Summary: In which a friendship drastically changes due to an all-campus text alert about a strange man wandering the campus.
A/N: Another one from draft-purgatory. It feels weird releasing it into the wild.
“I hate you. So. Much,” Bucky deadpans, looking up from a stapled packet of papers. “It takes me two weeks to write something of this quality, yet you pulled it off in two hours.”
"We’ll know if it’s really ‘quality’ when Professor Coulson gives it back,” you yawn, snatching the 18-page research paper from him.
“How do I obtain your kind of focus? What’s your secret?”
“The startling realization that a deadline is actually 8am and not 8pm.”
The brunette stares at you as if you just grew a third eye on your forehead. “You’re either completely insane or a brilliant genius,” Bucky sighs with either admiration or exasperation.
“Well, all this insane genius wants to do right now is sleep,” you sleepily murmur as you slide your paper back into your bag.
“Too bad Coulson docks points if you’re absent.” Bucky swings his messenger bag around and swiftly zips it open and pulls out a bottled iced coffee. “Take this,” he nudges.
“No, for the unicorn behind you,” Bucky sarcastically says, pushing the iced coffee towards you. “I can tell by your dark circles that you didn’t sleep much. Take it, you have class until 8pm today,” he insists.
Touched, you take the iced coffee and scrunch up your face in a cute way, but you don’t know that, of course. “You’re one of a kind, James Barnes,” you grin.
Bucky crosses his arms against his chest, a slightly peeved look crossing his face. “How many times did I ask you not to call me 'James’?“ he defeatedly sighs.
"A little less than a million times.” You laugh as Bucky looks like he can’t decide on laughing with you or strangling you, but both of you know that you’re absolutely right.
gryffindor ; slipping into coffee shops to keep out of the cold, big cozy parkas, snow ball fights - no - snow ball wars, flannel, doc martens, board games by the fire, building excessive snow forts, ugly christmas sweaters, big knit mittens, living in leggings or skinny jeans despite the cold, eating all the christmas oranges and all the baking before anyone else can, watching arthur christmas, putting up the tree on december 1st, trying to stay up all night christmas eve
ravenclaw ; reading under heavy blankets, braving the cold to take pictures of the trees when they’re perfectly dusted with snow, cashmere turtlenecks, always holding a cup of steaming tea, reading robert frost, burning candles to stay warm, mom jeans and big woolly socks, baking cinnamon buns, putting up all the fairy lights, building igloos, making paper snowflakes, watching
the polar express, always cold and sleepy
hufflepuff ; oversized woolly scarves, chatting and reading by the fire, hot cocoa with heaps of whipped cream, bean boots, walks through fields of snow, baking sugar cookies, making snow angels, walking around the house with a blanket wrapped around them, always smelling like a warm vanilla candle, knitting everything, picking out christmas trees, always in holiday pyjamas, making christmas puns, planting poinsettias,
watching elf over and over and over
slytherin ; still walking around in heels like the snow and ice don’t exist, slim fitting woolen overcoats, all black everything, apparently never cold, beanies with a fur pom pom, watching the snow fall late at night, leather gloves, decorating with ivy and mistletoe,
building snowmen and ice sculptures, berry lipstick stains on red starbucks cups, watching the holiday, waking up way too early christmas morning and getting up anyways
The whole building is just empty. No dishes (except for the single broken jug), no garden furniture or any other furniture at all, no BBQ equipment or trails of parties gone by. The only thing we find is an assortment of wipeable tablecloth by the yard, mounted on some stakes under the ceiling.
Okay, but have I ever told anyone about this Urban Fantasystuck AU I have?
Megidos- ghosts or mediums, there are
technically two AUs because of that
Nitrams- Reverse Minotaurs/Bull Centaurs
Captors- Naga People
Leijons- Cat People
Pyropes- Dragon People
Serkets- Spider People
Amporas- Sea-Centered Storm Spirits
But it’s my personal favorite type of Urban fantasy, which
All the species are intermingled and living
together and magic is as common as technology
There are completely new cultures and the cities
themselves are alive with magic and wildlife and have personalities of their
The citizens take care of their cities by cleaning
them up and not littering and decorating them with gardens and chalk drawings
and the out-of-control forces of nature creeping in, there’s ivy on every
The cities in turn take care of them, buildings sheltering
people on the sidewalk from the rain and roads swallowing up would-be criminals
You walk down the street and a deer walks beside
you, unafraid and content, it’s hooves clicking against the pavement
Squirrels and rabbits hop from mini-clearing-alley
to mini-clearing alley, disappearing into the tall green grass and strong trees
as the sound from a brook washes over you
A selkie plays in the fountain in the town
square, and children of all ages and species jump in with her to escape the
Peddlers are standing in booths in the city
market, selling jewelry and clothing and blankets and other suck homemade
things, enchanted with protection spells and glamours and things
Cat lovers put charms on their kitty’s collar to
keep her safe as she roams the city and also keeps her from activating anyone’s
allergies so she get pets from anyone she wants
Clubs for magic at schools!! Magic Boy/Girl
Scouts! To be an Eagle Scout or get the Girl Scout Gold Award you must have at
least one alchemy merit badge and one or more of the four Elemental Merit
A little girl gardening with her dad learns that if she concentrates
really hard she can make the plants grow faster and thats how her family find
out they have some wood nymph in them
PTA meetings with all manner of species there to make sure their
kids are learning all about everyone correctly
Parents teach their children that it’s okay to have a crush on
someone even if they’re not the same species as you, it’s perfectly okay and
natural and okay and yes Jackson, even if he’s a boy werewolf and you’re a boy
The school lunch lady is a witch who makes
healthy and delicious lunches
The school security is a pack of baby griffins
You are required two years of magical study; if
you scare an A in both, have a recommendation from a teacher, and passed the AP
exam, you can take a remedial –mancy study
Every sport must allow magical beings to
participate, to a point. Water nymphs and merfolk have their own swim teams.
Centaurs have their own track league
Schools and workplaces must have an indoor garden
for plant people to rest in
Speacking of workplaces, there are specific jobs
and activities and such created to help magical beings with special needs
There are blood drives for vampires
There are places for summoning spirits so you
can speak to loved ones or study for a history exam/project. The public library
has a heavily charmed, dark back corner where you can summon any ghost who gave
up their body for public use (volunteer sacrifices, donated to science, organ
donors, ingridiants for rare spells) and decided to stay in the library to
continue to help people. After seven p.m. the ghosts can use the library for
themselves and walk around freely
Hotels where people help incubi and succubi feed
off of their sexual energy and these hotels are clean and cozy and have all manner,
both magical and mundane, of protections against STDs and pregnancy and sexual
Incubi and succubi often work at health clinics
With the good, however, also comes the bad
People get addicted to all kinds of magic and
magical herbs, which in too high an amount can have effects never intended
With all kinds of species comes all kinds of
racism and specism that people have to conquer and get over
People use their powers and magic for ill
intent; mind control in particular gains a bad reputation
The best part of this AU is that it doesn’t even have to be
a Homestuck AU it can stand on its own and I really love it okay
all the thanks to @creative-classpect for helping me flesh it out more with the world building and also figuring out a species for the Amporas
taylor swift: you walk bare foot in the grass far far away from everyone you know. you can hear a stream running and formations of birds eclipse the sun. you are writing in a leather bound journal and drinking tea from a floral flask. you are too young to be worried about everything but old enough to be far from carefree. you dip your feet in the water. you smile at the sky. the world is very small and you feel safe.
fearless: the sky is silver after the rain as you look out through sheer curtains. you are awake before the rest of the world and everything is quiet, like the clouds are cotton wool muffling the sound. your legs are tangled in crumpled white bed sheets. you are wearing pale knitwear and reading classic fiction. on your windowsill are flowering houseplants. you are alone but with every inward breath you can feel your pieces coming back together. you are the eye of the storm.
speak now: you are at a ball, the kind that is reminiscent of bygone eras. people around you are beautiful but cold like marble, the swish of chiffon skirts and the whisper of polite conversation. champagne tastes like the heavens. chandeliers hang over head like a weight on your shoulder. you sneak outside to the garden, nothing here is refined. ivy clings to the building, roses climb upwards towards the stars. you converse with the moon like an old friend, and she tells you secrets.
red: you ride your bike down cobbled streets and wave to the woman at the bakery. later you will go and buy freshly baked bread. you ride past the canal and laugh at the ducks. the sunshine is pale and so is your smile. there is a basket on the front of your bike full of wildflowers. an empty locket hangs on your neck. you used to visit museums and galleries with someone you love. now you don’t. you have realised that there is a beauty in just getting up and getting on with things. you are art too.
1989: your kitchen in your apartment is always full of your friends, talking and laughing, and sat on work surfaces and sticking spoons in the sauce you are making. somebody is mixing cocktails. badly. your face aches because you are laughing so much you can barely catch your breath. your friend takes pictures of you candidly while you cook and you fend them off with a wooden spoon. david bowie’s ‘heroes’ is playing and everyone is telling stories about people they used to be. the world is very big but you are not alone. you feel safe.
<p>Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Blue Ivy, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae, Jidenna (some of Hip Hop royalty) meets Avatar: The Last Airbender with an African Influence</p>