land of secrets

Romee Strijd walks the runway at the TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show on February 8, 2017 in Venice, California

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The Air Force just landed secret spacecraft  X-37B with a sonic boom

  • An unmanned space plane owned by the United States Air Force touched down in Florida on Sunday after two years of being in orbit.
  • This would be an exciting feat for science or space exploration — except no one really knows why the spacecraft was sent out in the first place.
  • The spacecraft is called the X-37B, which is fancy name for a small plane with a 15-foot wingspan and an overall size that’s about a quarter of NASA’s retired space shuttles.
  • It landed with a “sonic boom” on the morning of May 7, much to the delight of those living near the NASA Kennedy’s Space Center. Read more (5/8/17)

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I would have Loved to see this beauty and Beast retelling, but it got cancelled. This was created by Don Bulth a animator that use to work at disney a long time ago but quit. He made other movies that are amazing like Anastasia and The Secret of Nimh. At the time he was making this movie disney was making there own version so Don Bluth had to cancel the project. It probably would have told the dark retelling, and if you have seen his work you would know why.❤️

Episode 3: The Secret

Hey, guys! So… I’m sorry about the long hiatus. Been so busy with life that I forgot to take a step back and relax -_-”. Anyway, I’m back with the next episode! Though, don’t put too much hopes aye?

Do drop by in my inbox if you have any feedback or requests. Love you alls!

If you guys hadn’t catch Episode 1 & Episode 2, click on the links to read ‘em. Enjoy!


It’s a refreshing and beautiful morning here in Neverland. Despite its fierce name, the Dark Jungle is thriving with life as the bird chirped in the trees with a melodious tone. With the beautiful sounds that made to your ear, you can’t help but to wonder how the Dark Jungle got its name. You closed your eyes for a moment as you take in the refreshing air of the jungle.

“Y/n.” Felix’s voice caught you by surprise, reminding you that you were not alone and you were out early in the morning for a mission.

“Yeah, what’s up?”

“What’s going on between you two?” You gave him a look, asking him to explain himself further as his query did not make any sense to you.

“You know… you… and… Pan?” As soon as it struck you, you looked at him in utter disbelief. You slapped him hard on the back, mad at him for having such a silly idea in your head. “Ouch! What was that for?”

You looked at him with wide eyes, as if with your stare, he would just blow up right in front of you. Though, you don’t really mean that.

“Oh, come on! It was so obvious. You guys are getting soft with each other.”
Mouth agape, you stared at him, still not convinced of Felix’s statement. “You know what? Pan said the same thing about me and you. But even so, you don’t have any proof of that stupid idea of yours.”

“Really? What made Pan think like that?”

“Beats me.”

Quickly, he pushed away the thought and went back to his original statement. “Besides, I have plenty of proof.” You watched him in silence, anticipating on Felix’s answer as you eager to know what kind of proof he will present to back his statement. “For the past month, you shared your stories with him, though not as much as you did with us. But still, it was a start. And he started to complain to you of his problems, as if you could help him but in fact, you don’t even know what he was talking about half of the time.”

“So? That doesn’t prove anything. It’s just a leader trying to confide in his next right-man. Woman. Whatever.”

“Oh come on. You guys started to talk to each other more than you had ever did. I still remember the first time you stepped foot in Neverland, you would only give him a one-word reply. It’s almost impossible for you to have a longer conversation with him without getting into an argument. Making it worse, you guys even started to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to each other if any of you need any favour from the other. What’s up with that?” Felix quickly continued with his points, not giving you even the slightest opportunity to shoot him down. “But the most obvious was the one before yesterday’s game. He offered to partner with you and you accepted willingly. That’s so unlike of you. Before that, you would shoot him down right there and then every time he offered himself as your game buddy.”

Now that all evidences have been laid out, no words could come out of your mouth. You turned speechless. All your arguments that you have planned out earlier to rebut Felix’s points were gone. But why? Why can’t you just deny Felix’s statement? Was there something that you don’t want to admit, not even to yourself?

Unable to back yourself, you turned away from Felix and continued walking into the jungle, leaving his query unanswered and leading him to where the accident occurred.

Felix, following right behind you, could only smile at your actions. He knew you too well of what’s in your heart, even if you didn’t know it.

“We’re here.” Your voice breaks the awkward silence between yourself and Felix. 

Carefully, you arranged your footsteps to what seemed to be the centre of a small circle that was surrounded by tall trees and thick bushes. As you kneeled down, you picked up a stick as you pushed away the leaves to find traces of dried blood on the underside of the leaves below. Pan’s blood. 

“Y/n.” Felix’s voice pulled your attention back to him. You walked over as you looked at the piece of stick in his hand. “Was this the arrow that almost killed Pan yesterday?”

With the arrow now in your hand, you took a closer look at the arrow. “I’m not too sure. Everything happened so fast. But I believed this is the one.”

Felix took the arrow from you as he carefully observed the intricate details that surround its stick. Your eyes roamed around, trying to seek out any possible evidence that could lead you to your attacker.

As you looked around, something shiny in the trees caught your eye. Instinctively, you walked over to get a closer look, leaving Felix behind once again.

“Y/n.” Felix caught up with you. “Where are you going?”

“I saw something in that tree over there.” You pointed out to the tree that was not too far from where you were.

Felix squinted his eyes, trying to get a focused look to where you were pointing at. As soon as he realised of what you might have seen, his hand grabbed your arm, stopping you from going any further.

“What the-” His sudden action stupefied you. “Why the hell did you stop me?”

“Can we go back, please?”

“Why? Don’t tell me you are scared?”

“No. I’m not scared. But right now, you have no idea who is this attacker. For all you know, this guy is just waiting for another opportunity to kill you again. Let’s just go back.”

I have no idea? So, you know who’s out there wanting to kill me?” Felix could not reply you. “What are you hiding from me?”

Silence.

“Felix. I have the right to know. This concerns my life. It might have hit Pan but the arrow was meant for me. Don’t say otherwise cos I’m sure of it. So, I need to know who is, or are, behind this.”

Silence again. 

You looked at him with pleading eyes. “Felix, please. What is it that you are not telling me?”

“I can’t tell you but I need you to trust me.”

“Then, what am I supposed to do? Just continue to stay in fear that someone’s out there to kill me?”

“No. I assure you. You will be safe. As long as I am here, Pan’s here, I promise no one’s going to hurt you.”

“What’s the big secret that you just can’t tell me the truth?”

“Y/n.” Now, it’s Felix’s turn to looked at you with his beseeching blue eyes, pleading you to stop asking him questions that he couldn’t answer.

“Fine. Forget it.” Despite the strong urge to rebel and go ahead with your mission, you turned and make your way back to camp. Perhaps what Felix said was true; you had no idea of who you might be up against. But then again, you have the right to know the truth.

“Y/n, I’m sorry.” You left him unanswered, keeping the silence between you. Felix tried to touch your arm but as soon as he did, you quickly pulled away and quicken your pace back to camp. 

For the third time that morning, you left Felix behind.


“You guys go ahead. Not feeling too well today.” You said to the boys as soon as you were done with your chores.

“Are you alright?” Harv, one of the younger ones among the lost boys, asked you.

As sincere as possible, you presented him with a sweet smile. “Yupp, I’m okay. Just need some rest.”

“Alright then. If you need anything, just shout out for any of us, alright?” You could only smile at his sincere gesture. And off they went to play their planned game in the jungle.

Convinced they had gone far enough, you took the trail that would lead you to your favourite spot in Neverland; the edge of the cliff that was not too far from camp but far enough to have some alone time.

You let out a sigh of relief as you sat at the bottom of a tree that was just a few feet away from the edge. As soon as you sat down, your mind started to spin with infinity questions raised by the recent events.

What is Felix keeping from me? Does it concern me or was it really the culprit’s intent to hurt Pan? But if I’m the intended victim, will he try again to kill me? What was in the tree that spooked Felix? Why was it so hard for him to just even tell me the truth? Urgh!

Knowing fully well all these would only dampen your mood even further, you pushed away those thoughts and enjoyed the beautiful view and refreshing air of Neverland. Though, your peace was short-lived when a familiar voice came to your ears.

“Hey there, hun.” You let out a sigh, knowing too well of his purpose coming to you. Reluctantly, you opened your eyes to see a well-built figure standing beside you.

“Hi, Pan.” Felix, you cursed under your breath.

“What was that?” Pan asked.

“Nothing.” Without asking, he took the empty spot beside you, forcing you to cross your legs and faced him. “So, what’s up?”

“You know why I’m here, don’t you?”

“Yeah… Felix told you what happened this morning.”  

Pan nodded. “Why didn’t you tell me you were going after the attacker this morning?” Before you could answer, he interrupted. “Wait. You know what? It doesn’t matter cos I had already guessed it the moment you asked for my permission early in the morning.”

“Then why did you ask me?” It was a rhetorical question. But then again, you realised that you have started to turn salty with him again. Things are going good with Pan for this past month but why are you shutting him out again? Is there something that you are trying to avoid?

“Why so angst?” You left his question unanswered, turning away from him. Though, you could not shut his voice out. “Honey, I know you’re feeling down. I knew it the moment you reached back here earlier than expected, something must have happened. Felix told me everything, including about the arrow. He was just trying to protect you.”

Trying to get your point across, you turned to face him once again. “But that arrow was clearly meant for me. If you hadn’t pushed me away, I should be the one dead right now. No matter what, I deserved to know the truth. This concerns my life. How am I going to protect myself if I don’t know who I’m up against?”

“Who says that? I’m here. Felix is here. The boys are too. We can protect you. So, what do you have to worry about?”

“There’s no one else that I can depend on other than myself, not even you, Pan.” Pan let out a sigh, knowing too well that no matter what he said, nothing could convince you that you are never alone in Neverland. 

“Honey, you don’t know what you are getting yourself into.”

His last sentence struck you. “So… YOU too know who tried to kill me?”

Pan turned speechless. And in that moment, you knew you hit a bull’s eye. With anger, you immediately stood up. “Fine.” You stomped off, leaving Pan stoned at his spot. You turned to him before disappearing into the jungle. “I won’t be returning to the camp tonight. Don’t look for me. I’ll go back when I feel like it.” And off you went, deeper into the Dark Jungle, alone with no one to depend on.

“Y/n. It’s dangerous out there.” You continued running, getting further away from him. “Y/n!”

With all his might, he punched into the tree in front of him. However, he is not Hulk and his hand is bleeding due to his action. Even though he could have easily healed it with his magic, he left it alone to feel the pain. But yet, the pain in his hand could not be compared with that in his heart.

“Damn it.”

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PARANORMAL ROMANCE WITH BLACK HEROINES

Earthsinger Chronicles by L. Penelope

Young Adult Fantasy Romance.

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. She is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive—an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines nearly cost him his life but leaves him convinced that the magical barrier between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall. He is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to protect Elsira and its people from the wrath of the True Father, and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They embark on a perilous journey to save their land and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. But Jack has secrets of his own, and as an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

when you first read tsh, it’s like “wow this is so deep holy shit I’m ready to go do a ritual and invoke a god in the woods too” but after another read or two, tsh becomes a legit comedy.
you laugh at everything. why do they do this. why are they so pretentious. how can they literally kill for the aesthetic. henry how did you not know about the moon landing.

Happy-Meo MASTER LIST !!

I try to update this as often as I can cause I know how hard it can get to find your way around LOL :) As always I really appreciate every one who has subscribed to me! Thanks for taking the time to read my writings ^_^

Freshly updated on 5-7-17

* = new stories since last update/reblog of the Master List

VIXX Stories:

Keeping Secrets (Neo; Hongbin x Reader): [COMPLETED] 
Chapter Links 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 (Finale)

Summary: Every person usually has their own set of secrets, but when your interest lands you in the biggest secret in Jellyfish, you’re in for a whirlwind as you find yourself in different predicaments trying to keep it. 

VIXX! Father Series (Fluffy one-shots with VIXX as fathers): Leo | Hyuk | Hakyeon | Hongbin | Ravi | Jaehwan

Brains & Beauty (Hyuk x Reader fic; school au)
Summary: I never really sought out K-pop or was too fond of it. Until K-pop found me in the form of Han Sanghyuk.    



BTS/ BANGTAN BOYS STORIES:

ONGOING Series: 

Vampire! Tae: The Unlucky Ones (Tae x OC) [Fluff, Angst]: Vampires have soulmates too. But there were unlucky ones whose soulmates turned out to be human.
Part 1 | Part 2

Don’t Judge Sweet & Sour (Yoongi x OC Lee Maia x Jungkook with BTS members) [Fluff, Angst]:
Chapter Links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14
Summary: Through a series of events, Lee Maia becomes BTS’s manager, specifically genius producer Min Yoongi’s, in order to become a Big Hit trainee. However, Min Yoongi is infamous among staff for being rude and particular and no other staff members were able to handle him for more than a few days. Will she survive the year and achieve her dream of debuting as an idol?

When Music Meets Lyrics (Yoongi x OC) [Fluff, Angst]:
Summary: Min Yoongi had been having trouble creating music lately, especially coming up with meaningful lyrics. But that all changes when he hears the words of a new mysterious lyricist.

Part 1 | Part 2  

COMPLETED Stories:

* Masquerade III (Jungkook x Reader x BTS member - read to find out >:] ) [Fluff & Smut]:  [RECENTLY COMPLETED]
Summary: With Club Masquerade’s original hosts “graduating” one at a time, it’s up to the newcomers to pick up the slack and keep the customers happy. And who better to take the reins than the notorious Red Mask’s prodigy, Jeon Jungkook. But things become a bit difficult when you come into the picture, with your desire to do research on the rules of love and dating through your experience with your host. Will Jungkook be able to satisfy your curiosities… or will someone else?

Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 (Finale)

* FORGIVE ME. Sequel to “Hug Me” (see below).  
(Jung Hoseok/ J-Hope & his daughter; Hoseok x Reader) [Angst] 

Summary:  How can one gain forgiveness from someone who is no longer in a position to give it? How can one be forgiven if they refuse to forgive themselves? How can one move forward to the future… if the past was so much better?  

SILVER SPOON [COMPLETED]
(Yoongi x Reader ft Jimin & VIXX’s Leo as side characters) [Office Au; Rom-com, Fluff]:

Summary: Having been born and raised in the country side, you have worked hard your entire life to make it to the big city. You eventually achieved your dream and now you have a wonderful paying job for a large company and you continue putting your 110% into everything you do. However, your perfect plan to climb to success through consistent effort and hard work becomes disarrayed with the arrival of your branch’s new rebellious and easy-going CEO, who never desired the position in the first place and has never truly worked hard a day in his life. Your job is on the line if he can’t be turned into a quality CEO within a year, but he has no intention of changing himself for anyone or letting you boss him around so easily. How will you work your way through this obstacle? Will you succeed in changing him or will he be the one that changes you?

Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 (Finale)

Out of the Egg [COMPLETED]
(Jungkook x Reader; War Au/ Rebellion Au) [Fluff, Angst; mentions of violence, death, sexual harassment (briefly), and warfare]

Summary: The world you had once known is now bare and rotting with evil. Families were torn, houses were burned, and businesses were shattered by the Oppressors. In your world, there were only two possibilities – if you weren’t working with them, you were owned by them. However, a new faction arises that sings of hope and taking back the world that was once for the people, calling themselves “The Changers”. Although you tried to go unnoticed by either of them, out of fear of being killed or captured, you soon find yourself deep in the middle of the rebellion after an unexpected encounter.

Parts: | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 (Finale)

Bangtan Mission: Get BANG'ed (OC x Bang PD ft. all of BTS)
[Fluff, Romantic Comedy]

Summary: With all the fame and fortune they have been receiving, the boys can’t help but grow increasingly grateful to the man who gave them the opportunity to achieve their dreams – “Hitman” Bang PD. In their struggle to come up with the perfect Christmas gift to express their love and admiration for the very man who continues to inspire and motivate them, they find that their boss actually and very secretly only wants one thing for Christmas…their beautiful Head Coordi-noona. Put seven crazy boys on a secret match-making mission and one very shy CEO together and you have a recipe for a comedic disaster. Will they succeed in getting their Coordi-noona “Bang”-ed?

Masquerade  [COMPLETED]
(Jimin x Reader x Hoseok) [Fluff & Smut; Office Au, Hosts Au] 

“With a mask, you could be whoever you want to be. You could be someone completely different, or you could be unabashedly yourself.”

Summary: To secretly relieve your stress about your single life and your hard times at work, you cave and decide to give this mysteriously alluring club a chance. At Club Masquerade, you can indulge in your fantasies and indulge in who you really want to be without strings attached. So when you waltz in and realize you’re not exactly sure what you want, two of their best hosts swoop in and are more than willing to help you figure it out… But it seems you’re not the only one keeping secrets in your office.

Parts:  Part 1Part 2  |  Part 3 | Part 4 (Finale)

Masquerade II: Welcome to Burlesque & Balls [COMPLETED]
(Fluff & Smut; Club Au, Masquerade Ball Au, Burlesque Au)  
DISCLAIMER: Since this is the second saga of MASQUERADE, there will be SPOILERS! So if you haven’t already, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you read Masquerade first before this for context and for better understanding, plus you won’t spoil the ending of that story for yourself. ;) **

Summary: Being the receptionist of Club Masquerade and working as a barista wasn’t quite enough to make your ends meet comfortably, so when a new place opens up nearby that’s looking for attractive females to perform in a neo-Burlesque club, you jumped at the chance for a new job and a chance to do something more than sitting behind a desk or counter. But just like your financial status, your love life wasn’t all too great either. When it seemed like all hope was lost, fate had other plans for you. Unexpected suitors waltzed into your life in various ways, and unbeknownst to each of them, you play the field, hoping to overcome your fears and finally find Mr. Right among them… But it seems you’re not the only one keeping secrets.    

Parts:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 (Finale)

WORLDS. (Yoongi x Reader x Hoseok; ft rest of BTS) [Fluff & Angst; Childhood Au, School Au, Best friends Au]  [COMPLETED]
A collection of your life growing up with your two best friends Yoongi and Hoseok. From the small pains of childhood to experiencing the trials of school life, love, heart break, and finding your passions, you three were always inseparable…until one day, you were forced to grow without them and it was then that you truly discovered yourself and each other.

Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 (Finale)

Hug Me (J-Hope/Hoseok x Reader; Angst, some fluff): 
You and Hoseok were married, but the married life you thought you would be living is nonexistent now. You two were like strangers living in the same house. You knew his heart was no longer yours, but you still loved him. When the end of your marriage was near, you made him promise to stay with you for just one more month. One month was all you needed to finally let him go.

Past, Present, Future (Jin x Reader; fluff w/ mentions of bullying and body shaming) : You weren’t the ideal body type, far from it, but Jin loved you all the same. 

Feel the Rain (Namjoon x Reader; Fluff): In the midst of your mundane routine life, you meet a man who changes it all.

~Accidentally in Love~ Series (BTS x Reader; Fluff): We’ve all had our clumsy moments but what if those embarrassing moments, where we hoped no one was looking, actually led us to the right person?
Jungkook | Namjoon: Part 1 / Part 2 | 

Wings: An exposition of what I feel like all the BTS short films and titles were trying to exemplify about life and growing up on a general, relatable sense.

“First Meetings” Series (Fluffy one shots of the reader meeting BTS members; different story per member): Namjoon | Jin | Taehyung :“Sunflower Boy” | J-Hope : “Sun & Moon” | Jungkook : “Picture Perfect” | Yoongi : “Infires” | Jimin : “Flights & Fate”

Growth (Namjoon x Reader)Namjoon was everything you weren’t but you were everything Namjoon wasn’t.


Funnies: (My Random Troll thoughts)

REACTION TO BTS “SPRING DAY” MV ~

Reaction to the new songs on the BTS “You Never Walk Alone” album.

Reaction to AGUST-D

Yoongi’s hint at Hobi’s WINGS Introduction 

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Today marks the 79th birthday of animation legend Don Bluth. Aside from his animation work for Disney on classics like “Winnie the Pooh,” “Robin Hood,” and “The Rescuers,” Bluth is responsible for directing/producing some of my most favorite animated films as a child. Not to mention some of the most memorable and iconic animated films of the 1980s & 1990s in general.

Romee Strijd walks the runway at the TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show on February 8, 2017 in Venice, California

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They allow each other the space - the freedom - to indulge in each other once a year.

Most days are a carefully choreographed dance between waiting and watching, protecting and guarding, promising and cherishing. Never too far away, but never so close that the line they’ve drawn together in the sand is crossed beyond what they know they can handle.

Until Starfall.

Just this one simple night when Cassian steps away, as he inevitably does at some point or other during the night. They’ve never asked him if its intentional or not.

Just this one simple night when the music takes over, slows them down, sets their bodies in motion weaving in and out of one another, until the moment is so soft and gentle, there is no going backwards. There is no disconnect. There is only dancing and there is only each other.

Just this one simple night and there is only them.

Silently, they’ve promised this night to one another for centuries.

When Azriel gave himself his first night off and it was Starfall, and Mor was there to drag him to dance. They’d never been so intimate before, so close. Not in this way that was open and devoid of danger or death. No one carried anyone to safety that night as Azriel had when he’d flown Mor from the Autumn Court to bring her home. He didn’t need any other excuse to touch her, hold her, protect her then as she had danced in and out of his arms with such ease, her smile holding the promise of many dances to come over the years.

So long as he would stay.

And stay he did.

When Mor first came back from the Court of Nightmares and had to choose a dress to wear on the court’s most celebrated night to help her pretend there were no demons lingering about her mind, and Az was waiting to help her into the music. When the music had grown less lively and a little more haunting, and Azriel had felt more than seen the first tear fall, he’d tucked her safely between his waiting arms, brought his wings around them, and let their bodies sway slowly in time to the beat. He watched Mor stare at those wings until she was no longer thinking through them to the world outside, but seeing them - seeing him - and knowing he would always be there.

And so would she.

For him, when Starfall comes and Azriel has to leave in the morning because the war is over, but their enemies aren’t. And he’s nervous even though he says nothing. There are more shadows on him than song and dance, but Mor threads careful smiles together. Offers a reassuring pat when Cassian has to step away to chat with someone mingling about in the crowd. Meets his gaze thoughtfully and doesn’t press too hard when Azriel sees Rhys brooding about the same mission and his shadows constrict. Gently, she flits about the perimeter of his world letting him be, letting him breathe. And when he’s ready, she knows he’ll come to her and offer his hand. No words needed. And they’ll dance.

Just one dance.

Over and over again through the centuries.

Sometimes it is sweet.

Sometimes it is mournful.

Sometimes it is the only way they know how to say I love you without actually saying it.

Just his chin resting against her hair. And her thumb stroking the smooth skin at the base of his neck. Or his hand holding her firmly in place on the small of her back. And maybe their free hands entwined together, pressed firmly against his chest.

Maybe he dips her. Maybe he doesn’t. Maybe they spin and spin and spin endlessly through the night. Maybe they move in a slow heat.

But always they are close for just that one song. Where the world slips away and it is only them, and the words they cannot say yet feel every second of every day. And the stars reign down to tell them it is okay to live - even if only for tonight. To hold each other close and feel everything they want to feel, to know that it is there.

It is enough to get them through a year’s worth of visits to the Hewn City or missions to far away lands and courts full of secrets. When Mor is fighting back the ghost of a pain driven into her stomach as she paces her chambers deep beneath the mountain, or when Azriel sits atop a lonely mountain cleaning Truth-Teller to forget whose blood has stained it. On the coldest, hardest nights, they will think back to the last time they had their one dance, and feel the pain in their chests ease with the recollection.

It is almost better than the moment Azriel lands on the balcony at the House of Wind and sees Mor waiting for him, just like it is almost better than when Mor feels Azriel pull her against him when her father’s words go too far. Almost. But not quite.

No, nothing ever quite compares to that first moment of return when they carry Starfall in their hearts to bring them hurtling back toward one another and their eyes meet across the room, the city - wherever they may be - the love and relief springing to life inside their hearts with promise. Because even through all the doubts and fears and uncertainties that keep them from daring too much for the remainder of the year, Morrigan and Azriel know one thing with absolute certainty:

Starfall is waiting.

And so, too, is their dance.

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