kids cry

To Our Sunshine Boy

Originally posted by thornescratch

There are no words to express how heartbroken I am. The world isn’t fair. None of this is fair. There was no way to protect everyone we loved, and in the world’s cruelest act yet, you suffered the consequences. You didn’t deserve this. You didn’t deserve anything that happened to you from the trade deadline on. You deserve so much more. You deserved to be appreciated by the Capitals and the coaching staff and to be a top-4 defenseman, but you were ripped away from us. And now we’re in shambles without you. I honestly don’t know how we’re going to cope (spoiler alert: we won’t).

In your years here, you were absolutely one of the best people to watch. You don’t go anywhere without brightening everyone’s day. You radiate sunshine. So smiley, so pure, so happy. 

You have such a kind heart. You care a lot, you’re hilarious, and every time I see you, no matter what you’re doing, you look like you’re having the time of your life.

Whether you’re at casino night,

riding segways,

playing video games,

Originally posted by holtbyism

or playing your heart out on the ice,

you are the guy out there having the most fun. I love your energy and enthusiasm. We all do. You make being a fan of the Capitals and hockey much more fun.

And I say from the bottom of my heart, that you deserved so much better from us. You may have been the player most overlooked within our organization. Your defense is so good and so electric, and yet you were always the one getting sat over veterans who just couldn’t keep up. You deserved more. But I want to tell you that even if the organization didn’t respect you as much as it should have, we sure did. Everyone I know absolutely loves you and believes you should have been treated better. I mention Nate Schmidt and their eyes light up. You are so, so loved, Sunshine. You’re so loved that your shirts at Kettler are sold out and I couldn’t buy one. You have the fans behind your back.

So I guess this is goodbye. I can hope beyond hope that somehow the trading gods will take pity on us and bring you back to us, but I’ve never been that lucky. So here’s to you, Schmidty. Here’s to your smiles, your laughs, your jokes, your warmth, your friendship with Chorns and your friendship with Holts, and your everything. I really don’t want this to be goodbye. It’s taking everything I have to write this, but I think it needs to be done. I’d say this is me letting you go, but it’s not. I’m going to follow you relentlessly wherever you go, and I will buy a shirt of yours from wherever you land. And when that team comes to the Verizon Center, I will drop everything I’m doing to come and see you. Because you mean so much to me and to this team. Of all the recent losses, like Mike Green, Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich, and Michael Latta, this one stings the most. We’re going to miss you so, so much. But most of all, I want you to be happy and to play every single game. If you can do that and be happy, I might just be able to get by.

Thanks for everything, Sunshine.

Originally posted by thornescratch

Ravenclaw Headcanon

Ravenclaws are very happy that their dormitory is in a tower. Most of the windows can be climbed out of and they pull themselves onto the roof. They don’t do it like the Gryffindors do, for bravery, but for solitude. There is an unspoken rule that if a Ravenclaw sees another Ravenclaw on the roof, they don’t talk. On the roof or afterwards. It’s a safe space. Sometimes it’s where Ravenclaws be the teenagers they are and smoke, while sometimes it’s a peaceful place to just read. If a Ravenclaw is sitting on the roof crying, any other Ravenclaw, friend or not, will go and sit on the roof with them until they calm down. And another unspoken rule is that if someone sat on the roof and cried more than twice in a week, they have to talk to someone about it, a friend, a professor, or Madam Pomfrey. This is what once led a third year Ravenclaw to march a first year Gryffindor, who had somehow made his way on the roof of Ravenclaw Tower, to Professor McGonagall. He thought he was in trouble, but became very confused when he was simply asked how he felt.

Harry Naming His Children

I just can’t stop thinking about James and Sirius and Remus in the afterlife, watching over Harry. And when he has his first child, James and Sirius are ecstatic that Harry chooses to name him after them. And Remus smiles benevolently and doesn’t say anything of course, but maybe feels just a tad left out. Sirius can tell and he pats him on the shoulder, saying, “Next time! You’ll see!” 

And then next time arrives and what does Harry choose? Albus Severus. And Remus understands, and he’s really not upset. But Sirius is. Sirius just cannot believe that Harry would choose to name his son after Snivellus, the man who had made his godson’s and his own life miserable (so what if he loved Lily), before he honored Remus. Remus, who had been a mentor and friend to Harry. Remus, who had named Harry godfather of his own child. Remus, who was one of the best men Sirius had ever known despite having a childhood that was probably much shittier than Snape’s. Remus, who deserved to be honored by Harry every bit as much as Sirius did, and certainly a thousand times more than Snape.

And for the first time in his life, Sirius is truly disappointed in his godson. And he can’t even let Harry know. And he just has to live with this awful feeling for years and years, and nothing Remus says can make it any better.

Until one day Sirius notices something. He notices how there are always four kids at the Potter house. He’d always thought it was just Harry being nice because Andromeda was getting pretty old by now, but once he starts paying attention, he notices how every time Harry talks about “his kids,” that includes Teddy Lupin. How Teddy is in all of the Potter family portraits. How James, Al, and Lily refer to Teddy as their older brother. 

And one day Sirius is watching as Teddy risks himself to save Albus from falling off his broom, and then proceeds to fuss over Al without once worrying about himself. And Harry runs over in a panic, and goes immediately to Teddy, who took most of the damage, checks that he’s basically alright, looks at him with tears in his eyes, and says “Teddy Remus Lupin, thank you. Thank you for saving Al. You are so much like your father.” And then he hugs him tightly and doesn’t let go for the longest time .

And Sirius’s anger evaporates just like that, and he looks over and sees that Remus has been watching too and now they are both silently crying as they watch Harry, their Harry, take care of two of his sons.

And it’s suddenly so obvious why Harry didn’t name his youngest son after Remus: because that was already the name of his oldest.

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HP Challenge Day 5 - Favorite DA Member: Neville Longbottom

“”The odd thing is, Harry,’ [Dumbledore] said softly, ‘that [the prophecy] may not have meant you at all. Sybil’s prophecy could have applied to two wizard boys, born at the end of July that year, both of whom had parents in the Order of the Phoenix, both sets of parents having narrowly escaped Voldemort three times. One, of course was you. The other was Neville Longbottom.“”

every new interaction in these stolen century episodes makes the fact that lucretia had to make them forget all that more and more heavy, but the thing that is really painful this time around is when you remember that merle highchurch, the man who communed with the hunger itself, is insecure about his place on the team