it has been weeks i think

anonymous asked:

WHAT IS YOUR FOOD BUDGET??? HOW DO YOU SPEND SO LITTLE?? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!! please.

I will! On my food blog lmao!

I think my record for a week was $73. Like I said, it has taken me a shit ton of trial and error shopping and cooking to figure out how to spend wisely and stretch my meals. Feeding 3 people on one income is incredibly hard. It’s honestly one of the main reasons I started my Patreon. I love writing for this blog but there have been times I have thought of quitting just for monetary reasons and looking for work outside of the home. 

Main tips I have found and can quickly give you are 

  1. Process meat yourself. If a recipe says “boneless skinless” FUCK THAT. Take chicken thighs for example. This is the difference between $3 and $12 for the same amount of meat, you just have to work for it. 
  2. Use recipes that are large enough that you have extra after you eat. Which brings me to my next point.
  3. Eat leftovers. Seriously. Pack them for your lunch. Don’t let them sit in the damn fridge and then a week later you throw it all away. 
  4. Meal plan! I plan my entire weeks meals every Saturday night/Sunday morning. I go shopping on Sunday and get everything I need for the week. I also calculate on my phone as I am shopping so I can physically see what I am spending. 
  5. IF YOU AREN’T ADDING UP EVERYTHING YOU ARE THROWING IN YOUR CART AND SEEING WHAT YOU’RE SPENDING, YOU’RE GUNNA HAVE A BAD TIME. DON’T THROW SHIT IN THERE WILLY NILLY. When you calculate and see ‘oh shit…..I’m already at $50?!?!….you’re going to second guess that bag of hot cheetos in your hand or the case of red bull, whatever it may be. 

I’ll elaborate and have much more on the blog (: 

Z Interview

*A throwback interview from last year because I was backtracking posts and realized I’ve never posted this :P


Q. Your feelings about your bustling promotions after debuting?
Cha Eunwoo:
I think that time goes by really quickly. I think it’s been about a week since we started promoting but time has already flown past. (When I perform,) I feel that my seniors are really amazing. We also watch our seniors’ stages as we do the rehearsal stages for music broadcasts. There are a lot of things to learn as I watch those stages and I feel that we have to improve further. More than being happy that we’ve debuted, it’s also nerve wrecking. I think that I have to prepare more zealously.

Q. When did it sink that you’ve debuted?
Moonbin: When we had our debut showcase. The thought that ‘I really have debuted’ came to me. Composers, families, teachers, etc., many people came. Fans also came.
Cha Eunwoo: 1500 people came. It became dark and the moment the lights went on, I was touched when I saw our fans holding placards saying 'Congratulations on your debut’.

Q. If there was an experience where you made a mistake on stage or was flustered?
Yoon Sanha:
There was once during the dry rehearsals where our stage was performed short because the music was edited. During the rehearsal, I was looking only at the camera as I thought of my facial expressions so I got the flow the wrong.
Rocky: I ever committed a broadcast mistake and it was a live broadcast. I did a run between choreographies and because my pants had ripped, my underwear could be seen (laughs). There was no change in my facial expression. Without care, I boldly spread my legs if there was a leg-spreading choreography. To be honest, I thought this (incident) wold be out in news articles. I wondered if 'ASTRO panty’ would come out in the search terms and quietly anticipated it but because it didn’t, it was regretful.

Q. I would think that you’d be shocked if your pants had ripped though.
Rocky:
I just figured that it was like that. I think of even something like that as a one of a kind performance (laughs). What’s regretful is that it didn’t appear in news article? (laughs) Everyone viewed it feeling sorry but it’s fine if I’m fine.

Q. The image of Yoon Sanha wearing braces is really cute. Many idols would use braces that don’t catch attention but if there’s a reason why you put on braces?
Yoon Sanha:
I started wearing my braces during my trainee days before debut so I asked the company what should I do since our debut was approaching. But then they said to just stick to it so I ended up debuting with my braces on. I think you can feel our innocence. I’m also using a hat during this promotion and I think of that along with my braces as my trademark. It’s different (laughs).

Q. Cha Eunwoo was a model student who dreamt of (entering) Seoul University in the past, was there ever once you regretted your idol debut?
Cha Eunwoo:
Definitely none. I was attending Suri Middle school then entered Hanlim High School, there are a lot of people around me who ask if I regret studying only to have debuted as an idol. I really don’t regret it. Rather, I think that I’ve learnt a lot as I prepared to debut as an idol. I think that what I learnt at that time isn’t useless and that I can sufficiently apply them even now. I think I did a good job on latching onto a good opportunity.

Q. When do members feel that Cha Eunwoo is a 'mother’s friend’s son’?
JinJin:
When he speaks in English. When foreign fans ask for us to say something (in English), he speaks the best then. We only respond, we’re really shocked when Eunwoo speaks in English.

Q. How did JinJin think of going out on 'Show Me The Money 5’?
JinJin:
I was curious of what level I was as an idol rapper. I wanted to show myself but there weren’t really many opportunities to. I wanted to test at what level my skills were at. I was really nervous but I did it confidently. I wanted to appear on 'Show Me The Money’ even before debut. I was curious of how far up I’d go if I were to go out on 'Show Me The Money’ so I ended up participating.

Q. Do your labelmate actor group 5urprise treat you well?
Moonbin:
There aren’t many opportunities to bump into each other but we’re extremely close because we were together since our trainee days. We play soccer together and we also eat together, they tell us to have strength whenever we meet. They gave me advice saying that it may be hard (now) but it’s only going to get harder in the future (laughs).
Rocky: I went through my trainee life together with the 5urprise hyungs. They may have debuted first but we’re of a close older brother-little brother relationship. More than giving us advice in a serious manner, please simply tell us to have strength.

Q. If there was a memorable senior amongst the seniors you’ve met at music broadcast?
JinJin:
B.A.P sunbae-nim. I saw them while we promoted at music broadcasts together, they’re good at lives and they gave me feeling of playfulness (when they’re) on stage.
Cha Eunwoo: Taemin sunbae-nim B.A.P sunbae-nim and also Mamaoo sunbae-nim. It’s amazing how they command the stage and enjoy themselves. B.A.P sunbae-nim are also did a bright and fresh concept for their recent song. There were a lot of things that we could learn from them since our concept was a bright one as well. It was amazing how Taemin sunbae-nim commanded the stage alone and Mamamoo sunbae-nim’s singing and performances were good.

Q. What are the goals for your current promotions?
Rocky:
I think that our young age can become our weapon. There’s an innocent feeling that you can pull off only now. I want to show that kind of image.
JinJin: Since we did a spring concept this time round, a summer concept the next time? (laughs) I want to show you with difference in season.
Moonbin: We’ll show you an innocent and familiar image even though the seasons may change.
Rocky: As much as we are a rookie group, working hard on promotions and receiving the rookie award is our greatest goal. We brought with us a winged car and did a nationwide tour but I want to do a worldwide tour. Finally, our ultimate goal is to stand on the Super Bowl stage. It’s the dream stage.

Q. What kind of music does ASTRO want to show in the future?
MJ:
I want to show music that is as fresh and bubbly as our young age. We’ll also show you cool music when we grow older and mature, I want to greet the public with diversity.

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So… many… kids!

Good morning, and welcome to this rare early morning blog post. It’s been 3 weeks since I last posted something, and also since I even visited the blog. But like I mention pretty much every time I come back, then we’ve been busy; life is busy with six children, and I think my beloved loyal readers have gotten used to only seeing one new blog post a month. I haven’t been much on social media, so even my twitter account has been pretty inactive, and my involvement in the group chats I’m in, have been pretty much.. none. We’ve pretty much been traveling back and forth, from Saint Greer to Ériu Fé, almost every single day, so I haven’t had much time to just sit down and relax. But it seems that Damian has warmed up to the idea of moving, so I’m quite excited to hear his final decision.

MOVING ON! It was wonderful weather for an outdoor playdate last week, so I teamed up with Micah’s parents, and we decided to meet with all the kids. My children were very excited to spend the entire day with their best friends. Naruto and Sasuke have adopted two older children, in addition to welcoming little Mialyn to their family, and all the kids get along so well! Emily and William didn’t hesitate, and immediately added Otto and Logan to their growing list of friends, and they already act like they’ve known each other since forever.

Being only three adults with ten kids (Damian had to work), you can definitely say we had our hands full. At times it felt like we were only two adults, as a certain someone *cough* could easily be mistaken for one of the kids, haha. Luckily, the older ones are a little more independent, and didn’t mind lending a hand, and help look after the little ones. Mialyn was sleeping most of the time, like newborns do, but that didn’t save me from starting to miss having a baby in the house. You would think the crying and stuff would make me feel differently, but I already have Lumi, who takes care of that, and makes sure my house is never quiet. She even demonstrated just how loud she can scream at the playdate, and I’m sure everyone had fun with that. I would be lying if I told you my kids aren’t crazy! 

I’m happy the weather was good for the entire day. It was still pretty warm outside, when we said goodbye and parted ways in the evening. I also took like a million photos, so I’ve tried to pick only the best ones! I hope the weather will continue to be amazing, and to have another playdate in the near future.

Bechloe Week Day Two: Summer Camp

[AO3]

[ff.net]

“Beca stop worrying, it’ll be fine.” Chloe said.

“But… she’s so little, what if something happens?” Beca chewed her lip nervously, “Maybe it would be better if she went next year.”

“Beca Mitchell, stop being ridiculous.” Chloe said sternly. “She has been so excited for weeks, I will not let you ruin this for her.”

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State of Jump

I just kinda realized Shonen Jump has some really good array of titles right now in it

You’ve of Course got my personal favorite  My Hero Academia with probably my favorite cast in a Shonen since Naruto, and who’s plot especially in the current arc is making me love so many of the supporting characters and having me so excited to see how the current arc with Overhaul is gonna play.

On the other end you’ve got the newcomer Dr Stone which I picked up a few week back and have really been loving the world its building and how much the protagonist thinks and I’m curious to see where it goes with the characters quest to create a scientific kingdom 

You’ve also got Food Wars which is in the middle of one of its most intense arcs  with the group Shokugeki and with all the stakes that are on the table here it really makes me wonder what the stories going to play out as going forward after this, also I feel like this has some of the most attractive character designs I’ve seen in jump ( I wouldn’t  say best because thats ultimately objective to taste and its not my favorite style but for sheer quality its amazing for a weekly series)

On the other side you’ve got The Promised Neverland who’s world just keeps getting more fascinating and Characters like Emma are so compelling to watch I always wanna see how she gets through her next challenge 

Once again on the other end of things you’ve got fun Rom-Com in We Never Learn which has a premise I though I’d grow tired of but all the characters are likable and actually makes the main guy have a goal and not be generic love interest and all the girls seem like strong candidates but who also have goals outside of the relationship that they actively work for which I like.

Overall between those and the Occasional One Punch Man and Seraph of the End and Boruto’s monthly The magazine really is worth the money I pay every year for it and I really hope the quality continues at this level cause its been really nice to read lately.

Hey guys, I’m sorry for my absence this past week. I wasn’t feeling very well and struggling a little with using behaviors but I’m trying really hard to get back on track. Other that things have been quite good. I still have moments when all I want is go back to my eating disorder because I get overwhelmed by how much bigger my life has become lately but I’m slowly getting better at fighting the thoughts. Also I’m baking banana chocolate chip muffins and I can’t wait to try one, which I think says quite a lot about how much progress I’ve made (I can enjoy food now!)

lamarrdavis  asked:

sooo not to be annoying or anything but may i ask when will popcorn redemption be updated? love that fic and im terribly hooked

It’s in the works. I can’t say exactly when, but hopefully very soon. Yesterday I got out 15 pages on it, so big progress made.

I’ve given more regular updates about it on Twitter recently (it’s just easier and people seem to actually communicate more on there) but I guess I can use this as an update for everyone?

I pumped out 3 fics for a zine and 5 fics for McHanzo week, then a chapter of Rootbound, then made about 300 burlap roses for an upcoming wedding. I’m trying to get out Ch 11 for Popcorn Redemption then I have to make the bouquets (*cry* wish me luck on that one).

This chapter has been particularly difficult to write, and I think everyone will understand why once they read it. I want to make sure I give the subject matter the respect and gravity that it deserves. Believe me, no one wants me finished with this one more than me.

So hang in there, it’s on its way in the very near future! Thanks for the interest <3

I’m worried about this blog. Someone I know irl (let’s call him J) ratted out a friend of mine about her teacher crush. The teacher ended up getting fired. That’s the “recent events” I mentioned in a different post- P was definitely not happy about the whole thing. He thought it was gross and apparently he was really two faced about it. J knows about this blog. I think he follows it. I don’t even remember his main blog so I’m not able to block him. But I don’t want P finding this. He’ll hate me. He’ll never talk to me again. But I don’t want to delete either. I just… I don’t know man. This week has been weird. I miss P.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm a baby witch that has recently been exploring paganism/polytheism and looked into Apollo and Artemis and in the past week have seen several deer and crows in my yard (despite living in a suburban area where I rarely see either of these animals), do you think this could be a sign from them?

It could be! Other practitioners have seen many animals associated with their deities as a sign They’re reaching out.

anonymous asked:

Renee did the most interviews in raw. Charly and mike are going to hate her 😂. I hope renee interviews dean. It has been a long time since they appeared on tv together. ❤

Maybe next week ❤  I was particularly upset about how Renee did virtually all Raw interviews: I’m starting to think she’ll be both Raw and Smackdown. I’ve always said that Renee is one of the most important WWE interviewers.

anonymous asked:

Can you make a cómic about buff mari? Please ;-;

After this, Kim no longer challenges Adrien to competitions. He goes straight for Marinette.

CANCER: Lately it seems like everywhere you look there’s another promise shattering at your feet and you can’t even think about cleaning it up yet because that makes it official. That makes it irreparable. You want to hang onto the person you were when these pacts were made, when you still believed that the people you loved were incapable of hurting you. I know it’s difficult to accept that the summer night buzzing with cicadas in your chest is going to fade to autumn, and then to winter. But sometimes you need to let things die in order to try again, and that doesn’t mean you’re giving up. It means that you’re choosing yourself over the shards at your feet.

LEO: It’s terrible that no matter the length of time that you manage to hold onto something beautiful, it always takes twice that amount of time to forget about it. It’s been weeks since your heart was ripped from your chest and you’re still dreaming nightly about icicles and dark movie theaters and other things that can’t stay. I know that this is something you’ve heard before and have refused to believe, but you deserve people that don’t leave. You deserve people that know what to do with everything that you give them. You deserve more than what you think you do.

VIRGO: You’re starting to wonder if you really made the right decision, all of those months ago. Forgetting the love that you buried under an unmarked gravestone has been more difficult than you thought it would be, even with your cement-infused heart. How long has it been since you’ve washed your mirror? You should know better than anybody that trying to evaluate yourself under a sheen of dirt is next to impossible. It’s okay to go back through the photo albums just like it’s okay to discard anything that makes you feel as though you’re trying to run through quicksand. Choose for yourself.

LIBRA: There’s a big part of you that wants to climb atop the nearest mountain and scream until your voice gives out. Scream until your efforts make a difference. Scream until your family decides to let you make your own choices. Scream until the world notices you. Scream until something, anything, works out. I don’t blame you for feeling angry or upset, or as though you’ve been shorted happiness that you deserved to get back. Things haven’t been working out but you need to remember that it isn’t your fault. It isn’t always your fault. Don’t bottle up your frustrations.

SCORPIO: You’ve brushed so much under the rug that it’s become noticeable. There’s now a lump to avoid in the center of your floor and the only thing left to do is confront it. But it’s been so long since you’ve let yourself ruminate on the cobwebs in your memory that you’re scared to acknowledge the spiders that made them. There’s no telling what’s waiting for you, and putting it off is so much easier, I know. You’re so much stronger than you think you are, though. You survived the mess its first time around and you’ll survive it throughout its victory lap. The house will feel so much safer once you get this done.

SAGITTARIUS: The best and worst days of your life tangle up so often that you’re beginning to wonder if they’re secret lovers. It seems like you can only ever be rewarded after something is taken away, like your happiness is a set of scales that somebody with a bad sense of humor is in charge of regulating. The fact that you manage to prosper despite these odds is a reason to be proud of yourself each and every day. I know that you don’t hear this too often, but I mean it when I say that you’re doing incredibly well despite the moonless nights you’ve had to endure. Don’t be afraid to let joy run rampant in your life. She’s kind.

CAPRICORN: The future feels like an avalanche that’s barreling towards you without any sign of slowing down and lately laying down in front of it has been looking like a better and better option. I know that it’s discouraging to see people younger than you are putting their life together without an instruction manual, but it’s okay to not know how everything is supposed to connect yet. You have so much time to determine who you want to be, and where you want to be it. Anybody that pushes you to think faster isn’t worth the effort to think about them. Stand tall when the storm hits, you’ll be surprised by how much you can handle.

AQUARIUS: It’s difficult to mask your impatience when it comes to personal reinvention. You’ve been waiting for so long to feel this free and susceptible to the world, you want your skin to pick up its pace: shed and regrow into something that feels more like a home and less like a body. You’re forgetting that everything meaningful takes time to reach its zenith. You know, you deserve something that doesn’t bite back when you try to feed it. And this time the universe is actually attempting to give you that. Good things are here, embrace them.

PISCES: You’ve been feeling more grateful than ever for the experiences you’ve had and the people that you’ve met, and I’m so happy that you’ve been feeling that type of light. Too often you’ve found yourself in situations not worth remembering and with people not worth your friendship, but not now. It’s okay to let your guard down, to bask in the rays of what you’ve sown. It’s improbable to believe that you will never again feel the wound of sadness, but it’s okay to live as though you won’t. You’re allowed to be happy about what you have.

ARIES: You’ve never felt this free before. It’s almost as if the past few years were all just leading up to this current era of your life. With all of this change I know that it can be difficult to decide what you should keep in your life versus what you should discard, but you have to trust yourself and your instincts. It may be easy to prioritize the happiness of those around you but prioritizing yourself should always come first. If something is causing you great stress, you’re allowed to get rid of it. You’re allowed to do what’s best for you.

TAURUS: Lately the past has been digging into you like a shovel to the earth and you’re tired of waking up with new reasons to remember what you’ve been trying to forget. The good news is that these incoming negative thoughts are no longer a cruel surprise. The bad news is that these incoming negative thoughts are no longer a cruel surprise. Sure, the distance between you and the last person you gave a piece of yourself to might be endlessly fluctuating and uncertain in its boundaries, but that doesn’t mean its grip is powerful enough to stop someone like you from thriving. Go on a road trip. Control your own space. Tell yourself that it’s okay to let go of what’s already let go of you.

GEMINI: You’ve been finding yourself on your own a lot more than usual and this isn’t something you’ve been coping with in the healthiest of ways. It doesn’t seem fair that you always have to wonder about your expiration date, about how long it’ll take for people to deem you rotten and toss you in the trash. I don’t want to lie and say that this will definitely be the last time that you lose someone you believed to be permanent, because it most likely won’t be. But I can assure you, the people that are capable of meshing with your vibrant personality will know how to stick around. You don’t have to worry about being alone forever.
5
Joseph Christiansen Secret/Cult Ending Manuscript

I went digging through the Level 18 gibberish and sorted out all the dialogue into a manageable manuscript if anyone is interested in reading this secret wild ride. None of the dialouge is labeled so I did my best to interprete who was saying what so any mistakes are my bad. It took a few hours to put together but I felt like some people would like more than just a summary so here is the full text:

MC will be short for Main Character or your player.

Level 18- Joseph Bad Ending or True Ending ( Who knows? )

This appears to take place after MC and Joseph Christiansen engage in sex in the yacht, except you don’t wake up to what you expect. This takes place in Cult_Dungeon1.

(Photo Credits: jaalsucksdick)

START: You’re A Monster

MC: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. What time is it? Must have been asleep for ages. I wonder what will happen now that Mary is gone? What about Joseph’s kids? And how will Amanda feel about all this? That’s what matters… . Well, we all have each other. I guess time will tell, right? Better get up and greet the day.

Am I tied up?! What the hell?! How did I get here? What’s going on?! Joseph? Anybody? You’re probably just dreaming. Why would there be a… Don’t panic… . a dungeon. An evil dungeon. Why would there be an evil dungeon here? This can’t be real. Maybe I had too much Twilight Rouge. I’m dreaming, or something.

???:

Oh, I guarantee this is real.



MC:

I can barely make out any features. I can see someone at the end of the hall. It’s just a shape! Who’s there? Can you untie me?

???:

It’s a personal guarantee. A verbal handshake.

MC:

Please, I don’t know how I got here. I think there has been a mistake

Trust, if that’s what you get off on- [???]

Joseph:

You trust me, right? I mean, why wouldn’t you?

MC:

You’re into this kind Joseph?! Jesus, what is this? Are you into this kind of thing? I wish you’d have warned me.

 

Hah! Ha ha!

Joseph:

Goal oriented, anchored by family. The rock in a shallow sea. I had a whale of a time last night. I always liked you, [INSERT PLAYER NAME]. And down to pound, if you catch my meaning. Get it? Whale? We talked extensively about whales last night? You don’t really like them? You’re not in a joking mood. I get that.

 

MC:

His voice is different. This whole situation is different. The way he’s talking-

Joseph [ DIFFICULT TO TRANSLATE ]:

That one’s good-

Dastardly? Sadistic? It can be both. Throw another one in there. Wrathful.

MC:

Wait! How did he-!

Joseph:

I’m very perceptive. A good listener. I heard all those impure thoughts, [INSERT PLAYER NAME], and about a married man, no less. I’m pretty sure that’s a sin.

MC:  

Who are you?

Joseph:

I told you, I’m a cool youth minister. Have you seen my tattoos? Were you even watching me tear it up on the dance floor?  Well, hi. My name is Joseph. I have an alcoholic whore wife, whose life I destroyed. You used to be a lot more fun.

MC:

Poor Mary! And their kids!

Joseph:

Joseph laughs. My kids? Those aren’t my kids. Well, they are my kids. In a way. Cosmically. I guess you could call them vessels. And in that case I guess that technically makes me not a Dad. Woops. Sorry to kill that little fantasy for you.

MC:

Joseph, this is insane. So the whole minister thing… that’s just a front for this weird sex dun-

Joseph:

Joseph starts laughing hysterically. He wipes a tear from his eye. Oh, that’s so cute. You think this is a sex thing. I mean, it’s kind of a sex thing. The safe word is Jimmy Buffett.

[INSERT PLAYER NAME], there are powers at work so far beyond your understanding that the very idea that I would sink to some half-baked sex game is a little insulting. All that religion mumbo-jumbo wasn’t entirely false. I am a man of the cloth, just not the cloth you’re thinking of.

I am the conduit for something beautiful, [INSERT PLAYER NAME]. Something pure. And you have the honor of being part of it. I know that sounds kinda hokey but stick with me. I promise I’ll get back to being relatably cool in a second. Where you really are is under the house. Or I guess, under the houses.

MC:

The houses? Are we under the cul-de-sac?

Joseph:

Hey, deductive reasoning! Points for [INSERT PLAYER NAME]!

MC:

How did nobody notice a dungeon underneath the town? Somebody would have had to.

Joseph:

Everyone who figured it out, that is .. All dead..

And it’s not a dungeon. Dungeons are for old castles and twelve year olds. This place is how would I describe … inhabiting many spaces. The betweens of the world. The gaps in mathematics. It’s quite simply beyond you, I’m afraid.

Just think of it as the real Margarita Zone.

MC:

This is too much. My head hurts.

Joseph:

[INSERT PLAYER NAME] ever wonder where all the wives and husbands in town went? Why everyone’s an eligible single father?

MC:

…I just thought it was a coincidence.

Joseph:

Nothing’s a coincidence, idiot. No town in America has such a concentration of eligible, willing Dads.

And do you want to know why?

MC:

I don’t know if I do, Joseph.

Joseph:

Because of me. Because of my work. Because of my loyalty.

MC:

You’re insane.

Loyalty?

Joseph:

How many couples have I pushed to divorce? How many wives and husbands have I hunted in the dark?

MC:

Wait! Amanda’s Mother/Father- It can’t be!

Joseph:

I unfortunately can’t take credit for that one. It seems entropy beat me to the punch.

MC:

I don’t know if that’s a relief or not.

Joseph:

But man, what if I had? The look on your face would’ve been priceless. Maple Bay is a psychic beacon of unfathomable power, but it requires sacrifice. It needs to feed on those deep, unquenchable pangs of anguish. And all to get these very good friends of ours here, in my town, and my father’s town, and his father before him. Hurting for human touch. Praying for the salvation of kindness.

Of course you don’t. You were out there gallivanting about, seducing all the hottest single Dads. Meddling in something you have no understanding of. A greatness you could not conceive.

Out there, in the dark of the sea, lies something that has been waiting to return for a hundred million years. It showed the path to Jonah, my ancient ancestor, as it has shown the path to me.

And I will fuck each Dad whose life I destroy until the shame and stink of their failures has returned our eternal king to life. The fuel of a hundred thousand rank darknesses of the soul.

MC:

I don’t understand.

Joseph:

Wow. Do you have anything you’d like to say?

MC:

I’ll kill you if it’s the last thing I do. What about Amanda?

Joseph:

Just kidding! You don’t get to choose. I know you’re used to being in control here. But now it’s my turn. And don’t worry yourself about Amanda.

MC:

If you touch her …

Joseph:

Please, [INSERT PLAYER NAME], give me some credit. Look at my pedigree. If I do my job, I won’t even have to.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s some other business I need to attend to. Your dear friend Robert has been awfully worried about you. I think it’s about time that miserable drunk gets one last visit from the Dover Ghost. A beautiful nightmare, wouldn’t you agree?

MC:

This is a nightmare.

Joseph (or Self Reflection?):

All along you’ve been living a dream, Daddy.

Now it’s time to wake

MC:

Oh man. This is bad. This is very bad. How long was I out? When is he coming back? How do I get out of here?

A hand slips over my mouth.

 

???:

Don’t say anything. Hell, don’t even think anything. It’s okay, [INSERT PLAYER NAME]. It’s me [… Mary …]. I’m gonna get you out of here.

MC:

She kneels down and starts working on the ropes around my ankles.

Mary:

I gotta be honest, I didn’t like you at first.

MC:

I guess I did try to break up your marriage

Mary:

Shh! Shut up for once. Look, truth is I feel sorry for you. I feel sorry for the both of us. I don’t think you’re a bad person, despite what you might think of me.

I don’t want it to end like this. Not again.

MC:

I raise my eyebrows at her.

Mary:

Come on. Who do you think lived in that house before you? Don’t think about it. Not right now.

He’s coming. Run, kid.

MC:

Mary finishes untying me and disappears.

I have to get out of here. I get out of the chair and run as fast as I can down the hallway outside of my holding cell.

Eventually I run out of breath. I can’t keep sprinting. Not with these Dad knees.

I check myself. All I have are the clothes on my back and this thing in my pocket. The pocket knife that Robert gave me. If I have to defend myself, this is all I have.

Looking ahead of me, I can’t see the end of the hallway as it bends further up there. I look back and can’t even see where I started. I guess the only thing I can do is keep going and hope there’s a way out on the other end. If there is an other end …

The hallway bends and twists. Sometimes it gets smaller, to the point where I have to crawl on my hands and knees to get through. Sometimes it expands into a great cavern where I can’t even see the ceiling. I see no way out other than to keep moving forward.

I don’t know how long I’ve been walking, but my body aches with soreness. I’m long past dehydration. My head is pounding. My vision is blurred. I lean up against the walls of the hallway for support.

I’m not sure how I’m still going.

And yet still here I am. I’ve been walking for what I think must be days. It could be weeks or months.

The exhaustion has sunk into my bones. I drift in and out of consciousness. I think I’ve slept, if you can call it sleep. My dreams are plagued with nightmares of being chased down this hallway. I see Joseph’s kids. They hide in the shadows. They’re coming to drag me back to Joseph.

Oh god, Joseph. I can see his face so clearly in those dreams.’

I don’t know why I keep moving, why I keep placing one foot in front of the other. My clothes are tattered and my shoes have worn through.

My hell is inescapable.

Until …

It’s a door. A door at the dead end of the hallway.

I place my hand on the knob, seeing for the first time my gnarled fingernails and stretched, papery skin. I open the door and walk through.

…I’m in my house?! How did that!?

Amanda rushes into the room, wrapping her arms around me in a ferocious bear hug.

 

Amanda:

Dad! Where have you been?! Are you okay? I tried calling you like thirty times!

MC:

A…Amanda?

Amanda:

What happened? Did the boat break down or something?

MC: Oh? I.. um..

Amanda:

You know what? I’m just glad you’re home.

MC:

I look down and at myself and my clothes. They’re there. My shoes are on. My fingernails aren’t gnarled.

I feel fine. I hug Amanda again. Nothing has ever felt as good in my entire life. I have to choke back tears of relief. Amanda! I’m so glad to see you. You have no idea.

Amanda:

Wow, one night at sea. You didn’t see a whale, did you? You poor thing.

MC:

No whale could keep me from my daughter.

Amanda:

You’re damn right. You know what? You need breakfast. A very greasy breakfast.

MC:

That sounds amazing.

Amanda skips out of the room.

This is all so confusing! Was it a dream?

Amanda:

By the way, is it okay if Emma P. comes over tonight?

MC:

Emma P.?

Amanda:

You know, my best friend?

MC:

Oh, sure. Wait! I thought- isn’t Emma R. your best friend? She has red hair? You do art together? You pooped in her bed during that sleepover one time?

Amanda:

Oh right, my mistake. Teenager brain, you know?

MC:

I sit down on the couch, suddenly very exhausted. All I want is to have a big plate of hashbrowns with my daughter by my side while I quietly work on my word jumbles. I reach over to the coffee table and grab my trusty book of jumbles.

This is- this is a crossword puzzle.

I stare at it for too long.

Hey Amanda.

 

Amanda:

Amanda pops her head in from the kitchen. Workin’ hard on these eggs, Dadtron. If you want the perfect over-medium I gotta be in the zone.

 

MC:

When’s your birthday?

Amanda:

Why, did you get me something?

MC:

No, seriously. When’s your birthday?

 

Amanda:

Do I have to answer this? My birthday? Dad, really?

 

MC:

I have seen a lot of weird stuff today, Amanda. Humor me

Amanda Demon (AmandaDemon):

… It’s My birthday …

Nothing gets past you, huh?

You know, I almost had you going there for a sec. Was it the crossword puzzle that gave it away? You know, I try so hard to nail the details

Like, cooking you breakfast? Over-medium eggs with hash browns? Come on. That’s so you.

And my Amanda impression? I really think I stuck the landing on her irreverent yet wholesome tone. The whole aromatic pixie dream daughter thing? I should’ve been on Broadway with these chops

… .

 

I feel like you’re not appreciating how much work I’ve put in here.

Amanda turns ash black, her clothes, hair and bracelets collapsing into concentric rings of pitch-dark smoke.

Cracks begin to form along the walls around me. I look down and see the floor collapsing in tiles. As the wall crumble I see where I truly am.

 

 

Joseph:

Almost got away, huh? You’re a crafty one, aren’t you? Dunno how you got out of those ropes. Oh right! Mary! She’s rocking the tag team with you, isn’t she? Mary! Funny, here I was thinking marriage was about trust.

You know I thought I was gonna take care of Robert, and then here you were trying to make your escape and honestly [INSERT PLAYER NAME] you’re just killing my whole timeline here.

MC:

Wait, Robert! As quick as I can, I pull his folding knife out of my pocket and lunge for Joseph, throwing all my force into him. Joseph knocks the knife out of my hand. It skitters across the room.

Aw, man.

Joseph:

[INSERT PLAYER NAME], I thought we were cool. I thought we had a thing here. What happened to Margarita Zone?

Welp, sorry bud, but I guess I’m gonna have to do ya dirty. Doing you dirty means I have to kill you.

Joseph wraps his hands around my neck, smiling as he tightens his grip

What’s wrong? You were so into this last night

 

MC:

I have no strength left to fight him.

This is it. Isn’t it?

The world goes quiet around me.

All I can think about is Amanda. I miss her so much.

I’m sorry Amanda. I love you more than anything.

Please be good.

[ Mary_noblink ] [ Joseph_pain ]

 

Joseph:

Joseph’s eyes go wide. He releases his grip on me and I gasp in air. He turns around.

Mary:

It’s over, Joseph.

Joseph:

Honey, sweetie, you’ve stabbed me …

Mary:

You stole so much of my life from me.

Joseph:

Joseph backs away from Mary, clutching the wound on his shoulder.

Sweetheart, we can work this out.

 

Mary:

I’m done with you

Chris:

Father.

Chris peeks into the doorway behind Mary. He looks¦ different. Behind him are Christian, Christie, and Crish, who all creep into the room

Father, we’re so hungry. Won’t you feed us, Father?

 

Mary:

Hey, sailor. Mary turns to me and holds out a hand. It’s time to go.

 

MC:

I look back into the room at the horror I had escaped. The children corner Joseph as I crawl to Mary, who pulls me into the hallway. The more I look at it, the more it seems to break my mind. I turn away, my head pounding.

 

Joseph:

This body is but a conduit, Mary! I’ll see you in your nightmares! //Joseph laughing sfx

MC:

What the hell! My eyes open and I shoot up in bed, gasping for air.

 

Amanda:

Dad! Amanda leaps off of the chair in my room and attacks me with a hug.

 

MC:

Amanda! This is the best hug of my life.

 

Amanda:

I was so worried about you!

 

MC:

I’m so happy to see her again. Wait … Amanda, what’s your birthday?

Amanda:

Dad, did you forget again? Remember? You got me a record player and we ate an ice cream cake at the beach? But then I dropped the ice cream cake and got sand all over it? It’s March 22nd.

 

MC:

I remember that. Panda I missed you so much. What- What happened?

 

Amanda:

You don’t remember? The yacht sank. The rescue crews had to pull you out of the water. That was a few days ago.

 

MC:

Where’s Joseph?

 

Amanda:

Nobody’s seen him since. They found something in the Yacht wreckage. Some documents that showed he was embezzling funds from the church. Wait There’s a detective here who has been waiting to talk to you. He’s nice but he’s drinking all of our coffee. Lemme go grab him.

 

MC:

Yeah. Amanda, I love you so much.

 

Amanda:

I love you too, Dad.

Amanda skips out of the room, and in a moment Mary enters with … the guy I saw in the hallway

 

Mary:

Rise and shine, bucko.

 

MC:

Mary, are you okay?

 

Mary:

You know it was a real shame, what happened to Joseph. I had no idea he was doing what he was doing to the church. And I can’t believe he ran once the feds showed up, leaving me to take care of our four beautiful children on my own

But don’t worry, they’re staying with my parents out in the midwest til this all blows over.

Mary stares at me, waiting for me to say something.

MC:

[ Missing Dialouge?? ]

Good answer.

 

Saul:

Glad to see you’ve both got your story straight.

 

Mary:

I’m happy you’re okay. I was worried about you.

 

MC:

Thanks, Mary.

 

Mary:

Mary cracks a smile before turning and leaving my room. Take it sleazy, fellas.

 

Saul:

Once the door closes, the man pulls up a chair and sits next to my bed. You don’t know me, but I know a lot about you, {INSERT PLAYER NAME}. Been keeping tabs on you for a while.

 

MC:

Who are you?

 

Saul:

Graves. Detective Saul Graves.

There’s strange and mysterious forces at work here in Maple Bay.

What you saw down there- what we both saw down there- I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to forget it. And I get the feeling that you won’t be able to, either.

But it’s my job to get to the bottom of this.

 

MC:

So what does this mean for me?

 

Saul:

It means to live your life like none of this ever happened. Go be happy. Go raise your daughter. Go fall in love.

Be well, [INSERT PLAYER NAME].

Saul walks to the door of my bedroom, but stops. He turns to me. And I know it’s hard to raise a kid as a single parent. Even I lost my wife under mysterious circumstances. Little Barry and I have been on our own for a while now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned through all of this, it’s that us Dads have to help each other.

Get some rest. But if you’re not doing anything later, maybe you give me a call out.

10

“There are a lot of flashback scenes in One Piece, but that’s because there is a special feeling I want to convey through them. I’d like to think that by showing you the characters when they were children, they could become like your childhood friends. […] As you watch over their growth like this, I feel that a deep bond has been formed between all of you and Luffy and his friends.” - Oda Eiichiro

Stefan Karl and cancer

1. STEFAN KARL HAS NOT DIED!!   Why would anyone even post that, without a legitimate source??  His children could see that and they do not need that! 

2. We Are Unicorns is not a legitimate source.  For anything

3.  NO ONE knows how long he has to left to live.  Miracles happen.  Medicine happens.   He could respond better than expected to treatment!  He could live YEARS, for all anyone knows.   Is it likely?  Maybe not, but it is POSSIBLE.   So, let’s quit trying to bury him before he is dead, okay? 

4.  There is not a single legitimate source out there that has said he has only days or weeks to live.   “His candle burns quickly” does NOT mean that and she wrote that just after receiving terrible news!  The only sources that say that are just regurgitating speculation.  Most of them are tabloid trash.   

5.  Hope is better than just giving up on him.  We haven’t consulted with his doctors.  The man himself is thinking positively, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT WHEN FIGHTING CANCER.  Yes, the situation is grave and doesn’t look good, but that doesn’t mean he or anyone else has to give up. 

6.  The last thing Stefan Karl needs is to get on the internet and see that he has been written off as dead by his fans and meme friends.   He doesn’t need to feel abandoned by us.  How would you like to see a headline stating you only have days or weeks to live, when you’re trying to stay positive and fight back against cancer?  Do you think that helps?   I think it would be discouraging and that can only hurt him. 

7.  Where there is life there IS hope.