last minute gift to the world

#26 [Dean Ambrose]

Requested, #26. “The diamond in your engagement ring is fake.” (Prompt from here.)

AUTHOR NOTE: This is shorter than my usual stuff. Just something cute and fluffy.

@superkixbaybay @hiitsmecharlie @ihtscuddlesbeeetchx3 @valeonmars @pjanina13 @catie-kaboom @cosmicswimming



“We’re getting married in a couple days.”

We are?”

You narrowed your eyes at your fiancé’s sarcastic response. The typical rueful grin came to his face at your look, making him appear years younger, and entirely nonthreatening. Taking it a step further, you kicked at him lightly, your foot making contact with his thigh. You were settled back against the arm of the couch, taking up one cushion, as Dean was seated on the next cushion, leaned back and legs wide.

“Hey! Be nice,” he demanded at your action. You pushed harder at this leg, grinning. “I’ll leave you at the altar if you keep it up darlin’.”

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Gift #23, @pottergerms

Ew. Potter germs. Gross. Draco certainly doesn’t think the same thing. This one is for you, @pottergerms!

Our gifter says:

“Happy Dralentine’s day! I hope this fanfiction is everything you hoped for and more. Despite me, as always, leaving things to the last minute and freaking myself out, I actually rather enjoyed writing this one shot. Enjoy, indulge, and let us share the Drarry-love with the world! ~ Your Dralentine.”


A Dragon In Snake Clothing -  Harry’s friends are desperate to help find him a date for Valentine’s Day. Considering his growing list of one-night stands, Harry finds himself desperate enough to give almost anyone a shot. When a potential date goes awry, there is only one snake sneaky enough to wrap himself around a love-lost Boy-Who-Lived. 5k.

Tags:  smut, top!Harry

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When the "PSL" Distracts You From Purpose

Greeted by a crisp kiss of cold air on my forehead this morning, I knew exactly what time it was; somewhere in between late for work and “I gotta have it now.” While standing in line, awaiting the highly anticipated Pumpkin Spice Latte, I suddenly became super deep in thought and I asked myself…“Why is it that the things with no importance or relevance to the call on our lives are the things we’re willing to risk so much and stand in lines for?” Absent of complaint and foot tapping, we patiently and gracefully take steps towards becoming hypnotized consumers and caffeine addicts; sneaker heads and dumb smart phone users. To be quite honest, this latte wasn’t even the greatest (she could have stirred it) but what could have happened in the time wasted standing in the line of someone else’s success story could have been.

The issue is not in grabbing a coffee. The issue is that most of us have a hard time channeling that same “I gotta have it now” anticipation and “I’ll wait out this line” endurance when it comes to our own success, purpose, gift and/or talent. We have AMAZING, WORLD CHANGING potential and yet, we struggle with maximizing that last five minutes between now and when we have to clock-in. We have trouble yearning and craving passion when it comes to our writing verses, painting pictures, playing cords, running laps, practicing scenes, studying for the LSAT; whatever it is that we do and desire to be.

I too am extremely gifted in building and experiencing the brands of others. I mean, by nature and the need to survive, we all are in some way, shape or form. -Duh- But every time we order a #5, purchase an app or sharpen the wings of our eyeliner (may the odds with that ever be in your favor), we are living and breathing someone else’s dream. I mean OF COURSE…we all need the 8 ct. nugget -crispy with a lemonade, Instagram and pore-clogging, face staining make-up. (HA). I’m just noticing that as the weeks of my blogless platform have gone by, that I’m extremely distracted; extremely brainwashed and programmed to think that I absolutely “gotta have” these Pumpkin Spice Lattes and not…my own purpose.

Truth be told, if I could put complete blame on society and the mystery behind why the Pumpkin Spice Latte currently has 244, 807 hashtags, I would. However, we all usually have a part to play in our scraped knees, broken limbs and abnormally increased heart rates.

THE PART WE PLAY IS THE PART WE CAN CHANGE!

The part we play is the part we have authority to shift, shape and alter in our favor. The part we play is the part we can maximize and grow into something great. The part we play…is the part we don’t but “gotta have.”

Writing is my passion. It’s what I’m great at, it’s what I do. It used to come so naturally and the words would just flow. It wasn’t until I started standing in lines during my free-time that pulling words out of my head began to feel like pulling teeth. I started to lack the fire, the passion and the consistency I needed to write whole, cohesive pieces…. The bible tells us in Matthew 5:29 “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

I was slowly oozing out my gift …BUT…I had my Pumpkin Spice Latte. I had caffeine which resulted in more energy to do more of nothing. I had become both one of the 200 million Pumpkin Spice Latte consumers of the decade AND one of the billions who waste time every day in the average 5 to 15 minute Starbucks experience…all in a sip. LIKE…WHEHH?

Anyway, I got-tuh-thinkin’ some more and I’ve to the conclusion that we aren’t all lazy and caffeine driven. Most of us don’t deliberately waste time or recognize when we are. We are all just living and doing what we humans do best; surviving and occasionally missing opportunities to grow because we aren’t perfect people. We follow trends and will surely wait 20 minutes in the Chick-Fil-A drive thru because the #5 is a ministry in itself but ya know what…? So are we. Every day, we can strive to stand in line for our own purposes and passions. We can make room for that extra stop along the way. It’s time to make our dreams and gifts highly anticipated movements and solutions; Spark fires across the world…

Ephesians 5: 15-17 says “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

God wants us to make time for the awesomeness that lives inside of us. Maximize every moment and expect greatness just like we do when we spend darn near $7 on one coffee. It’s in you to live purposely and purposefully. Step by step, work on wasting a little less time obsessing and building other people’s dreams and get eager about your own!! If your feet are going to hurt, it should be because you’re running towards what God has called you to do. If you’re going to stand, it should be because sitting on your call is too painful. If you’re going to sigh in impatience, it should be because you’re ready to speak up for what you believe in! Give your time, TIME! Do not miss another moment to excel, expand and elevate! Hashtag THAT!

-How ya like DEM pumpkins!!!-

Lol. Please, if you’re going to drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte and experience someone else’s frothy idea, let it be while you’re typing your business plan or building your brand.

Love you lots, Emmy

Mathew Barzal #2

Requested by Anon(s):

1.  Could you please do something cute about Mathew Barzal??

2.  Can you do a cute Mat Barzal one where another player says something about you and he gets protective, I have so many mat Barzal feels rn 😍

*AAAAHH!! I hope you like this one. So much feels. :) Not totally about a person saying something about the girlfriend but I hope that’s totally fine. Enjoy!:)*

Originally posted by oliverkylington

Hockey butts are the best butts. Also, hockey thighs are the best thighs. You looked at the parade of European hockey players in front of you and grinned to yourself. You may be perfectly happy and in love with your boyfriend – who also has a great butt and an even more amazing pair of thighs – but you’re not blind. You recognize good butts when you see it.

One of the Russian players looked at you and smiled so, naturally, you smiled back. You’re not a snob.

He waved at you before saying something to his teammate. He turned back and took three steps towards you when you felt a heavy arm pull you from behind.

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The People We Meet At the End of the World (1/2)

Title: The People We Meet At the End of the World (½)
Author: @insanityplaysfics and @notanannoyingfangirl
Artist: @scofflawn
Beta: @lesterwillmakeyouhowell
Word count: 19,116
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Major Character Death, First time sex, heavy angst
Summary: The year is 1934, and the Great Depression is in full swing. Seven years previously, Phil Lester’s family had come to America hoping to find their fortune; what they found instead was much worse. Forced to ride the rails in search of work, Phil meets up with Dan Howell. The two brits are alone in a foreign country, separated from their families after they lost their life savings in the stock market crash. Together, they decide to find work out west - but the west has problems of its own. The dust storms are raging, and every day has become a desperate struggle for survival.
Author’s Notes: Well, guys, it’s been a long time coming, but our PBB fic is finally finished. I know that you’re probably excited to read part one, so I won’t say to much. Thank you to all of the wonderful Mods who worked so hard to organize the PBB, they did a wonderful job. Also, thank you to the wonderful artist and beta who worked with us on this - you did a wonderful job! Finally, thank you to my lovely co-author because writing with her is always a pleasure and this story would have never happened without her!

Part Two (coming later today)   Artwork (coming later today)


September 18, 1927

Phillip Lester was sixteen years old when his parents decided they were moving to America to try their fortune. The announcement came seemingly out of the blue on a cheery Friday morning:

“What do you mean, we’re moving!?”

“Things are better in America, Phil, and your father has already accepted a position selling bonds. If all goes well, we’ll even be able to send you to college!”

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Disheveled - Chen

You guuuuuuuys, I’m actually slightly on time for once! Here’s a quick snippet that’s a little longer than a drabble for the birthday boy :3

(Yes, you are aware that it’s his birthday.)

Kim Jongdae’s hair has gone through several dramatic stages since you were first assigned the task of intricately styling his locks to perfection.

To amend your statement and defend yourself from loyal Exo fans, you’re obviously exaggerating.  

Although you’ve seen his bandmates go from shocking pink to bleached blond within a week, Jongdae has not once agreed to turn his hair into an oozing palette of ridiculously bright colors. Shades of colors that shouldn’t even be part of a ‘hairstyle.’

You don’t blame him for the ridiculous concepts his company goes for.

Other than your long standing job (you’re so good with scissors now you can practically cut paper sculptures while blindfolded), Jongdae’s hair has been one of the few constants in your life. So are his frequent visits to the salon due to his stubbornness with hair dye.

Today is no exception. He’s right on time for his appointment. No surprise there.

But you are slightly more anxious now, not because you continue to fret over original looks for multiple idols at once, but because this is a very important day.

Today, you’re styling for a birthday.

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Christmas Eve:  A Dramione Drabble

Christmas Eve, she thought as she stood in the interminable line, was the worst time to have to return a present.  And it had seemed like such a good idea.  The present, that was, not this last minute, miserable shopping trip.

Ugg.

“Granger.”  The neutral tone stating her name made her nervous and when she turned to see who’d acknowledged her, she sighed.  

“Malfoy.”

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i’m at ulta getting a last minute christmas gift and the 10 year old boy in line behind me just said to his mother “i hate it here. i hate you for bringing me into this world”

the MELODRAMA…… love it

I was at the Used And Terrible Bookstore today, looking for last-minute gifts for my least favorite relatives, and WHAT should I come across but another “manifesto” by self-proclaimed “multiple author" Ryan North!

Here are a few GEMS I transcribed from the introduction:

Where the 20th century was industrial, the 21st century shows every sign of becoming feudal. In this book, I present proven facts and techniques for success in this exotic new world, passed down by generations of grandmasters and warriors from the East. I’ve studied every single ninja fighting game, from Ninja Gaiden, to Ninja Gaiden 2, to others. I’ve successfully started and shut down over seven companies just in the last 26 months. AND I live in Canada, which is often called "the Orient of the Americas”. 

In this book you will learn to sneak around your competitors’ business strategies….conceal your true motives from possible corporate threats…poison people metaphorically who might want to see you fail literally…and leap from rooftop to rooftop of the pagodas of your own career. You will need to climb on walls with foot-claws to stay ahead in business – and I will show you how!

Additionally, in case you haven’t purchased this book’s companion VHS tape, I have helpfully reprinted a series of video stills in the appendix (pages 245-370). 

Ah, so! Are YOU ready to stop bowing and scraping to your bosses and rivals, and start coolly and awesomely swording and starring your way to victory? Narrow your eyes for the coming battle…Nip bad habits in the bud…Repair chinks in your own armor…And turn your shogun into sho'nuff: the NORTHUTSU way!!

REALLY, Ryan? “Nip” bad habits? “Chinks” in your armor?? There’s also a whole chapter on “yellow fever” that CLAIMS to be an elaborate treatise on the viral plague, complete with illustrations of mosquitoes, but WHAT’S IT DOING in a business book???

Wait…I just noticed the back cover reads “Never before have so many outrageously cartoonish racisms been collected unconsciously in one book for satirical and not-serious intent! What a satire, ha ha!!” It’s written on a sticker that was applied to the book AFTER it was printed.

All that said, I’ve started following some of the tips, and my QTD receivables are up 25% over Q3 so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Another thing: his body really IS that strangely proportioned, I’ve both seen it with my own eyes AND heard his wife whisper quietly yet incredulously about it to my wife!!

[ BOOKWAR ]

Every dancer understands....

“You start by taking your 3 year old daughter to dance class as something to fill an hour of her week and give her an outlet for her energy. She comes home from class and continues to dance around the house, wearing a few spare scarves from your closet or last years princess costume from the dress up box - asking every day there after "do I go to dance today?”

Next thing you know, you’re complaining about hours spent driving back and forth to the studio, the later-than-you’d-like rehearsal(on a school night?!), time sitting and waiting at the studio for classes to end when you have a million other places to be, and don’t even get me started on the money- tuition, shoes, master classes, shoes, fund raisers, shoes. Did I mention shoes?

You fret and worry that a “normal” childhood is passing her by. She’s not on the field hockey team, she’s not a cheerleader. She’s rarely at the dinner table because she has class almost every night of the week. Family vacations are planned around summer intensives.

But before you know it, she’s danced her last recital and discarded her last pair of shoes and it’s all over too soon. When it’s all over and she’s left the stage for the last time, will you remember the hours, the money, the worry of the physical toll? My guess is “no”. You will remember the gifts dance has given her: the ability to prioritize and multi-task, a strong, flexible body, the ability to handle pressure and last minute changes, and an appreciation for music not currently heard on everyday radio. You will be grateful you are sending your daughter out into the world with a strong work ethic and a long attention span. You will have a great sense of peace knowing your daughter is part of a strong circle of young women equally capable of lifting one another up when the road is rough, as they are at celebrating one another’s triumphs. In the end, you can pat yourself on the back because taking her to that first dance class 15 years ago was one of the best parenting decisions you made.

I couldn’t begin to count how many times the very same words have kissed my ears. “What do you want this year?” “It’s that time of year again.” I already know what you expect to hear, I can guess the words you’re waiting for. So I’ll say I’d like something I can hold, something tough and definable. Something that you can pin worth to in numbers. But what if I said I wished for a dream? I could request today’s favorite hour stretched like taffy into an entire day, a single smile lasting twenty minutes and hours exploring that abandoned house on the corner two miles down. Half an hour long laughs and dancing through those forgotten halls for forty five minutes instead of fifteen. What if, on your brithday, I could give you more than painting or a book. What if I could present you with a handful of pure joy or the smell of your grandmother’s house. What a beautiful world this would be…
—  A.O.A.M. || Happy Birthday

fireworkshazza-deactivated20170  asked:

Hey lovely :) Do you know of any larry christmas fic recs? I'm starting to get in the mood!!! HAPPY MITAM RELEASE!!

I was secretly wishing someone ask me that ! THANK  YOU !!

So, here we ho (ho ho), FIC REC SPECIAL CHRISTMAS :

- love is a word (you gave it a name) , by @hattalove : it’s christmas. in between snowman building, tree shopping, and ill-advised skating on a frozen lake, louis and harry get ready to take the most important step of their lives. ‘21k)

- Could It Be Magic? , by halleluzayn : (…) Or the one where Harry comes back from America, the Horan’s pretty much own the whole town, Niall loves the “Bubble Man”, Liam is a cheating bastard and Zayn and Louis should really ask first before they make assumptions.) (Ziam 18k )

-  wrap me up like a present and put me away    by @larryarrow : It’s Christmas time and as Louis’ best friend, Harry needs to make sure he doesn’t feel lonely during the merriest part of the year. Maybe putting anonymous notes in his locker isn’t the best way, but, technicalities. (9k)

- Smile Again , by @mistresscurvy : Recently dumped Louis sets his kitchen on fire on Christmas Eve. Fireman Liam makes the mistake of inviting him home for Christmas. Chaos and feelings ensue. (Lilo 16k)

- all the lights are full of colour , by @infinitelymint :  (…) Or, Harry and Louis are separated, but for the sake of their two sons, they choose to spend Christmas together. It may just lead to a Christmas miracle. (26k)

- We Will Find Our Way by supernope :   Harry and Louis are uni students studying abroad in New York, stuck in the dorms together over Christmas. (9k)

- may your every wish come true by @cocoalou : Harry and Louis reconnect during the Holidays, it’s kind of fate. (4k)

- Like You Made Me Feel When We Were : “Did you hear?” Ruth asked. “Louis Tomlinson’s back.”Liam’s first reaction was oh shit followed by come on, Liam followed by keep your face blank just this once, don’t react, c’mon Liam, don’t react. He wasn’t tremendously successful, if Ruth’s giggles were anything to go by. “He’s your best friend! It’s not like you haven’t spoken to him in two years or something, right?” Ruth asked. — I n which Louis comes home for Christmas. (Lilo 17k)

- The World Could Show Nothing To Me : Where Louis is a washed-up popstar and Harry is his stylist’s assistant, Liam has a crush on supermodel Zayn Malik and boys are really bad at expressing emotions, but really good at Titanic re-enactments. (10k)

Update under the cut (on April 4th 2017)

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anonymous asked:

Do you know of any Drarry fics that are pre war? Preferably long (100k and up), but anything you know of is fine.

Some of these are up to war as well, but they’re mostly pre war hogwarts era fics.

Gold Tinted Spectacles by beren (162k)
Harry is about to enter his seventh year, and things are not quite what he expected. He is no longer the angry boy who watched his world fall apart at the end of his fifth year, but neither has he completely found his place yet. He is looking for something, and to his confusion it seems to involve Draco Malfoy.

Boys Don’t Cry by Furiosity and Pixies (50k)
After the eventful Christmas in Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts, his godfather gave him a badly wrapped package. Inside was something Harry could use to get in contact should the need arise, Sirius said. Harry resolved never to use whatever it was – he would not put Sirius in danger. When Harry had a vision of Sirius in terrible danger, he did not think of using Sirius’s last-minute gift. Hermione, however, did. This is the story of what happened after that

Twist of Fate by Oakstone730 (302k)
Draco asks Harry to help him beat the Imperius curse during 4th year. The lessons turn into more than either expected. A story of redemption and forgiveness.

Different Worlds by Professor Mckitten (201k)
AU-Draco is sent to Durmstrang for the first five years of his schooling. How ever does he and Harry end up together

Eclipse by Mijan (287k)
“You’re dead, Potter… I’m going to make you pay…”
Draco swore his revenge on Harry for Lucius’s imprisonment, and Harry all but laughed at him. But Draco is planning more than schoolyard pranks this time. The old rivalry turns deadly when Draco abducts Harry for Voldemort. It’s the perfect plan, guaranteeing revenge, power, and prestige, all in one blow. But when Draco’s world turns upside down, the fight to save himself and Harry begins, and the battle will take them both through hell and back. If they come back.


Bond by AnnaFugazzi (173k)
Yet another one of those Harry And Draco Are Forced To Be Together By Something Beyond Their Control And Then Stuff Happens Leading To Twoo Wuv stories. Because every HD writer has to write at least one.

Inter Vivos by Lomonaaeren (255k)
AU. The Parseltongue incident in second year caused a more violent explosion in Gryffindor House than anyone could have foreseen. Harry, trying to withdraw from everyone except his two best friends, finds himself helped by people he couldn’t have foreseen either, first Snape and then Draco Malfoy. Sometimes, all it takes is one sudden impulsive throwing of a stone for the ripples of change to spread through several lives.

Beneath You by Cinnamon (114k)
Draco had no idea that the repercussions of stealing Potter’s journal and shoving it down the back of his trousers would be so extreme. Featuring nefarious plots, the mating rituals of Slytherins, double-crossing spells, Ron/Pansy, and Draco/Harry.

It was All Just a Game by Write_me227 (318k)
When Draco comes up with an idea to mess with Harry during the Triwizard Tournament, will he be the one who will get burned in the end?

Earthbound Spook by Cest_what (57k)
Two months after Draco Malfoy was reported dead, Harry and Ron found him tangled in Strangler Ivy on the grounds of Hogwarts.

Catch 22 by Jad (49k)
As if NEWTS weren’t enough, Dumbledore’s gone and had another one of his ‘bright ideas.’ If all ends well, the Houses will be getting along in no time. Or according to Harry’s correspondent, an Apocalypse will be in order.

Chaos Theory by @tessacrowley (102k)
Chaos: when the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future. One gene varies, one neuron fires, one butterfly flaps its wings, and Draco Malfoy’s life is completely different. Draco has always found a certain comfort in chaos. Perhaps he shouldn’t. [WIP Sequel Quantum Flux ]

Starts With a Spin by Maxine (119k)
It started with the spin of a bottle, and now Harry and Draco have gotten themselves so far into their own game there’s almost no way out again. Except to keep playing.

Dragon Tamer by jennavere (114k)
Desperate to avoid an arranged marriage, Draco convinces Harry to pretend to be his boyfriend. What follows is an epic romantic comedy involving scheming, snogging, silliness, shagging, snarky boys, superstars, singing, shagging, snuggling, secrets, sex gods, shagging, and a bunny named Draco Lucius Malfoy the Third. (Explicit version Dragon Tamer Uncensored: The Naughty Version)

Also Underwater Light and If You’ve a Ready Mind by Maya, if you’ve a copy of her fics.

An Undertale animated cartoon where it’s post pacifist ending and the monsters are living on the surface with humans and are all living in the same apartment building, trying to adjust to the world and its oddities as they try to fit in.
Episode concepts:
- Sans and Papyrus go to the DMV
- Toriel desperately tries to get a teaching job. The kids love her but the parents are wigging out
- Asgore enters a hedge sculpture trimming competition. He forgets to eat breakfast that day and the hedges are looking tasty. He is a goat, after all.
- Muffet tries to open a bakery. It doesn’t go well ._.
- Papyrus meets a kind young lady over the human internet. The two of them arrange to go on a REAL date. (also, the girl’s name is Arial :P)
-  Toriel is a kind and compassionate monster, but she needs to get her beauty sleep to keep that motherly demeanor and goddammit if her neighbors aren’t keeping her awake tonight. (basically an excuse to have a shitton of noodle moments with the characters getting into crazy shenanigans)
- Undyne, crushed at the realization that anime isn’t real, decides she’s damn well going to MAKE it real. She becomes a superhero for GREAT JUSTICE. This can only end well.
- Mettaton is attempting to break into stardom so he goes on an ‘America’s got Talent’ esque show. Against all odds, though, it is somehow ALPHYS who gets rocketed to international stardom.
- Undyne and Papyrus desperately try to solve a heinous crime. Somebody assaulted Napstablook and put the poor spook in a coma. They have to solve the mystery NOIR style. (turns out he was just napping really hard)
- Asgore, having led the monsters for so long, decides to run for mayor.
- Halloween episode involving spooky happenings surrounding W. D. Gaster
- Sans going through shit as he becomes more and more paranoid about the great timeline he’s found himself in possibly resetting, starts lashing out and going through emotional shit and has to learn an important lesson about enjoying life as it comes and living in the moment and so on and so forth and it’s really heartwarming and emotional and stuff you know
- Undyne has to go to the doctor. She must amuse herself in the waiting room for THIRTY WHOLE MINUTES
- Toriel is trying to make thanksgiving dinner for all the monsters but at the last minute, the feast is ruined. Now she must go to the supermarket and, with the help of Undyne, engage in Battle Royale with all the other last-minuters for the last turkey, the last can of cranberry sauce, and the last pumpkin pie
- Papyrus and Undyne have gone missing, with only a cryptic note suggesting they are in horrible trouble giving any indication what happened to them or where they might have gone. Sans and Alphys must team up to save them by going on an epic road trip quest to the most horrible place in the human world… NEW JERSEY
- Asgore tries to pick up his old role as 'Santa’ again, and attempts to deliver gifts to all the boys and girls in the neighborhood, human and monster alike. Turns out sliding down a strangers chimney and entering their house in the dead of night doesn’t go over so well in the human world.
- Papyrus discovers the MMORPG Lands of Lorecraft. Suddenly he’s less interested in going outside, being active, and making puzzles and he’s started becoming lazy and slobby. It’s up to Sans and Undyne to turn this around.
- Alphys suddenly has an epiphany. She realizes that Sans and Papyrus don’t have any stomachs! Where does the spaghetti go when they eat it?! Furthermore, if they’re skeletons, they don’t have muscles, vocal cords, or anything of the sort! How do they do anything?! She goes nigh-on mad observing and experimenting on the two of them, trying to figure them out.
- And the season finale… INVASION OF THE TEMMIES

As usual, Alfred had left his gift shopping to the last minute. He needed something under $10 for his gift exchange at work, he wanted something that would impress his colleagues, and he needed it fast.

Like a man on a mission, he strode through the imported food aisles of World Market and tried to think about what his many international coworkers liked. Alcohol? Well, yes, they did like it, but that was probably a poor choice. Office holiday parties already had a bad enough reputation without adding more booze to the mix.

Perhaps something sweeter… His eyes lit up as he came to the candy aisles. Candy was always a good choice, right? Who didn’t like candy? Of course, his coworkers might think that he had picked out a gift based on his own tastes so he could steal it during the gift exchange.

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All Good Things Happen in December - A Tayvin Oneshot

“On three,” Andrea called, tilting her head back to look at the oversized phone screen. “Okay, one, two, three! Smile!”

The audible snap from the iPhone echoed out. A couple seconds later and she frowned at the screen and sighed heavily. “No one smiled. Of course.” Austin began to get up from his position on the ground, but she stopped him short. “You stay right there, I’m getting one nice one with everyone smiling if it’s the last thing I do. 

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Things You Could Do During The Holiday Season

By: Valerie

Winter break is almost there, finally! I have listed some activity ideas below. Do them yourself, with a friend, or with a family member, and don’t forget to have lots of fun!

Ice skating 

This is one of my favorite things to do during this time of the year. If you’re lucky and the temperature drops, you might be able to go ice skating outdoors! Find a canal or a lake, call your friends, and have a fun frosty day. Don’t forget to grab some hot chocolate afterwards to warm your hands.

Lazy days

Having lazy days is the best way to get some energy back in your body. After Christmas you’re probably exhausted from all the eating and opening presents, so have a lie-in the morning after. Have breakfast in bed and stay in your PJ’s all day. Catch up on your favorite series or your favorite youtubers and have a bath. It’s time to relax!

Christmas shopping

Some of you will have all your presents ready and wrapped underneath the Christmas tree, but for some of you there’s still some shopping to do! Don’t leave it till last minute, do it now! All the stores will have their window displays festively decorated and all the streets are filled with fairy lights, this will get you in the Christmas spirit. If you’re kind of stuck and you don’t know what presents to get, don’t forget to check out Rebecca’s article: The Ultimate Girls Gift-Guide. Don’t forget to treat yourself with a nice warm jumper or a cute dress! 

Baking

This is the perfect time to transform your kitchen into a baking world. You can do this by yourself, but it’s way more fun to invite some friends. You can find a ton of Christmas themed recipes online. Get all the ingredients you need and start baking. You could blast your favorite Christmas songs (or any song you like) whilst baking, it’ll be so much fun! The best part is you get to eat everything that you’ve baked afterwards. 

Go to a light festival 

Almost all big cities have these during the Holiday Season. A light festival is a festival with lights. A part of a city or maybe the whole city is decorated with all sorts of lights. You can also do lots of fun activities and there will be many food stands. Search for your local festival on Google or Facebook. Most of the festivals are free so give it a chance!

Lots of love!

Photographer: Julie