From “Back-yard Monsters in Color,” National Geographic, August, 1952.
Velvety black and yellow bumblebee fur has a deep pile. Carrying pollen grains caught on the hairs from male to female flowers, the bee helps propagate many farm crops. This bee is the only insect which pollinates some types of red clover. Others have tongues too short to reach the nectar, and so are not attracted to deep flowers where they would pick up pollen.
If you ever feel rejected by someone, you can tell yourself they just haven’t evolved to meet your needs. The right bees will find you, don’t worry.
“hey, take my picture here?” taehyung asks, already bounding off to the railing of the lumber walkway and snapping a few deliberate shots of his own. he turns and settles into place so the scenic view of the mountain and its cascading waterfall is artfully situated behind him. jungkook pops the cap off of his lens like a second nature and adjusts the camera’s settings to combat the bright, blaring rays of sunlight that have chosen to make an appearance after several days of stubborn overcast. he glances up from the apparatus and the other man is already smiling back at him, toothy and eager. jungkook’s heart flutters at a speed of approximately 1/1000th of a second and he thinks that the sun has some serious competition.
-You know how we all lose our shit whenever Neil kisses Andrew’s neck? Now imagine Andrew kissing Neil’s neck.
-It happens the first time when they meet each other after a month of being apart cos of their new team schedules.
-Andrew had been like the sharp edge of a glass the whole time, cutting everyone who annoyed him
-Just cos Neil wasn’t there to dull the edges
-Neil on the other hand was obvs a Mess™
-Like he’s anxious most of the time. The only time he feels right is when he’s on the Court or if he’s talking to Andrew
-They both hate the fact how dependent they’ve become on each other. Hate it more than the plague. They know it’s dangerous. Letting someone in. Letting one person know all your secrets. Missing someone. These kind of feelings aren’t for them. Then why can they not stop thinking about how long they’ve not seen or kissed the other?
-Neil knocks on Andrew’s door after that terrible month.
-Andrew is clothed in black and he’s wearing sweats. Some part of Neil’s heart clenches.
-Andrew is shook™ when he sees Neil but obvs he has a reputation to maintain and just asks, “What are you doing here?”I love my little asshole
-And Neil replies, “I’m not even surprised that’s your first question.”
-And he shoulders past Andrew and enters the flat.
-On the TV a rerun of one of Neil’s matches is going on. Andrew switches it off.
-“What’s wrong?”, Andrew asks. He can’t understand why Neil’s here. Can’t believe why someone would come to see him when they’re not invited.
-But Neil is looking at him with his blue eyes.
-And his eyes are so alive Andrew wants to rip them out so that Neil stops looking at him like that
-And Andrew hates the burst of feeling in his chest
-Wants to carve it out of his fucking chest
-And Neil starts walking towards him
-And Andrew is as still as stone
-And Neil’s hands are threading through his hair “Yes or no?” “Yes.”, Andrew replies.
-And then they’re kissing. It wouldn’t matter if the world was burning but the thing is, their world is burning. Burning with everything unsaid and everything they aren’t feeling
-And Andrew breaks the kiss
-He’s not felt this much in so long
-And his head drops down on Neil’s shoulder
-And Neil’s rests against Andrew’s
-Neil’s neck is right there. So Andrew turns his head by a fraction and touches his lips to it
-And Neil just stops
-Cos this is so much more than they had bargained for. This is crossing boundaries and signing treaties. This is Andrew, a man who fought so hard for this nothing, who would burn the world for the man in front of him, even if it destroys him to the very core, kissing his neck. It wasn’t supposed to be this. But it is bliss.
lance asks keith what his favorite animal is and keith just Lights Up and starts going on and on about hippos like did you know they can hold their breath up to seven minutes lance?? did you know they’re one of the most dangerous animals in africa?? they can live up to 40 years lance did you know that?? and lance just listens to him talk and talk and is reminded of how In Love he is with this boy, this boy that loves hippos,