lemon-bright

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“His fingers touched the strings, and all my thoughts were displaced. The sound was pure and sweet as water, bright as lemons. It was like no music I had ever heard before. It had warmth as a fire does, a texture and weight like polished ivory. It buoyed and soothed at once.”

- Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles, page 34

Learning to Ride

A while back @audreycritter and I were talking about Jason and bike riding which bloomed the idea for this story. Thanks so much Audrey for all your help getting me through this. : ) 

Words: 5,200

Rating: Gen

Summary:  Bruce was going to teach Jason how to ride a bike, but he’d died before they’d gotten to try. When Jason finds his bike in the attic Bruce decides it’s maybe time to try again.

Warnings: None

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Jason couldn’t remember why he’d gone up to the attic. There’d been a reason, he was sure, but whatever it had been was lost on him the moment he laid eyes on the bike. Unlike most everything else in the dimly lit space it was pristine. Not a speck of dust or dirt rested on it. The paint was as fresh and red as the day Jason had picked it out at the store. The tires were full and the chain looked brand new.

He reached out and touched his hand to the rubber grips on the handles, brushing his fingers over the rough edges of one of the bike’s only imperfections. The rubber was scuffed just so on the handle from where it had hit the concrete. If he reached down, he’d find a matching scruff on the hard plastic of the pedal. He’d been supposed to go out with Bruce to ride it. Instead he’d been late, caught up at a meeting. What it was for Jason couldn’t remember, he hadn’t cared enough at the time, only that it had ruined a promise. He’d wanted to show Bruce, show him what he’d missed out on, by learning himself.

He’d found out quickly that the bike was a bit too big for him, just like Bruce had warned him, and the weight of it had been too much. Too much to attempt riding, especially when he didn’t know how. Except he’d been so angry. So, he’d acted out, wanting to stir an emotion from Bruce, even if it wasn’t the one he actually needed. All he’d gotten for it was a scraped knee and a scuffed bike.

He had the distinct memory of shoving the bike against the brick of the shed he was supposed to keep it in and stomping inside. He’d blown past a worried Alfred and disheveled Bruce, just come back from his meeting, only half an hour late for their promised time.

He’d seethed with self loathing for the rest of the night. At falling. At scratching his new bike. At himself for not waiting for Bruce. He couldn’t get Bruce’s confused look out of his head, or his words twinged with hurt. He’d promised. He’d left early. He’d even come back. If only Jason had waited. There was still a faint scar on his knee from the accident. A little white line as a reminder of how impatience and hotheadedness could mess up something good.

“There you are, do you need some help finding the box?” Bruce’s voice, jarring in the way it was so normal, erased the lingering tones of hurt Jason had almost been able to hear moments ago.

Jason turned to look at him, Bruce had noticed the bike. A small smile turned up the corners of his mouth. “I remember when I got that for you.”

It hit him again how dusty everything else was. How the room was filled with the disused, old, and forgotten. His hand fell from the handle like it had burned him. His mind went back to the memorial, always in sight, always ready to bring fresh the memory of his death. And his room, the first time he’d walked in it had been like a tomb. Frozen in time. Not a thing moved from where he’d left it, socks draped over his chair, a book half open on the bed. There hadn’t been a speck of dust to be found there either, it had even smelled clean. Like lemon, the bright scent a burning contrast to the dreary weight of memory. A room should never smell like lemon.

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anonymous asked:

Could you list off some quartz gems? I'm trying to come up with a new gemsona and I can't come up with any. Literally any quartz will do. Please <3

Here are some quartzes:

Actinolite Quartz (clear, spikes of forest green)
Amethyst Spirit Quartz (purple, lavender, hints of light brown)
Angel Aura Quartz (clearish rainbow)
Angel Quartz (clearish rainbow)
Apophyllite Quartz (clearish white)
Apple Aura Quartz (lime green)
Aqua Aura Quartz (blue)
Aqua Aura Spirit Quartz (blue, light blue)
Blue Moon Quartz (clear, hints of light blue)
Blue Quartz (light blue)
Blue Siberian Quartz (blue)
Blueberry Quartz (clear, splotches of blue)
Blush Quartz (dark faded peach)
Bushman Quartz (shades of orange, brown)
Caribbean Quartz (blue, light blue, green)
Champagne Aura Quartz (clearish gold, clearish dark yellow)
Cherry Quartz (pink, light pink)
Chinese Chromium Quartz (green, light green, light greyish brown)
Chlorite Quartz (clear, green, dark green)
Crackle Quartz (clear, dyed various)
Dendritic Quartz (clear, black, sometimes yellowish brown)
Drusy Quartz (various)
Eisenkiesel Quartz (dark orange, dark red, orangish brown)
Elestial Quartz (smoky, brown, light brown)
Faden Quartz (clear)
Fire (Harlequin) Quartz (orange, reddish orange, clear, white)
Flame Aura Quartz (dark rainbow)
Girasol Quartz (clearish)
Gold Aura Quartz (orange)
Gold Quartz (gold, light brown, light grey, white)
Golden Aura Quartz (orange, yellowish orange)
Golden Healer Quartz (yellow, light yellow, dark yellow, clear, white)
Golden Rutilated Quartz (yellow, dark yellow, brown, light brown, clear)
Green Quartz (various shades of green)
Gwindel Quartz (clear)
Harlequin Quartz (clear, dark red specks)
Hematoid Quartz (shades of orange)
Jacare Quartz (smoky brown, light smoky brown)
Jacinto (de Compostela) Quartz (dark red, hints of brown)
Lemon Quartz (bright clearish yellow)
Lodolite Quartz (clear, faded green, brown, light brown)
Medusa Quartz (clear, green, blue)
Olive Quartz (clearish green, clearish light green, clearish dark green)
Ouro Verde Quartz (clearish lime green, clearish light yellow, clearish dark lime green)
Papaya Quartz (pink, dark pink, clearish)
Pink Himalayan Samadhi Isis Quartz (light pink, clearish white)
Pink Quartz (pink, light pink)
Prase Quartz (faded green, light faded green, dark green)
Prasiolite Quartz (clearish faded light green)
Colbalt Aura Quartz (rainbow, mostly dark blue)
Rutile Quartz (clear, yellow and yellowish brown spikes)
Star Lemon Quartz (clearish yellow, spikes of white)
Purple Aura Quartz (purple, rainbow)
Quartz (clear)
Rainbow Mayanite Quartz (rainbow, mostly clearish golden yellow)
Rainbow Solar Quartz (rainbow)
Red Phantom Quartz (red, white, black, clear)
Red Quartz (shades of red)
Rose Aura Quartz (pink, dark reddish pink)
Ruby Aura Quartz (hot pink, dark pink)
Rutilated Quartz (clear, yellow and brown spikes)
Samadhi Quartz (light peach)
Satya Mani Quartz/Sathya Mani Quartz (clearish)
Seriphos Quartz (faded green, faded light green)
Shocked Quartz (rainbow)
Slightly Milky Rutilated Quartz (clear, light brown)
Star Hollandite Quartz (clear, clearish white, black spikes)
Star Quartz (various, slivers of white or lighter version of gem’s color)
Strawberry Quartz
(clear, strips and spots of red and pink)
Sunshine Aura Quartz (clearish bright yellow)
Tangerine Aura Quartz (clearish orange)
Tangerine Quartz (orange)
Tangerine Aura Quartz (bright orange, light orange)
Tangerine Sun Aura Quartz (orange, light orange)
Tanzan Aura Quartz (clearish bluish light purple, lavender)
Tanzine Aura Quartz (clearish bluish light purple, purple)
Teal Quartz (teal)
Titanium Aura Quartz (dark rainbow)
Titanium Flame Aura Quartz (dark rainbow)
Titanium Quartz (dark rainbow)
Tourmalinated Quartz (clear with black and dark brown spikes)
Yellow Golden Quartz (yellow, light yellow)
Yellow Quartz (yellow)

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Good luck with your gemsona!

-Mod Beraunte

Odd Apples

How often have you found yourself skulking through a haunted orchard? Weekly, no doubt, if not more often. When you get hungry, as one is want to do while exploring dark regions, it is important to recognize what is edible and what is lethal.

Ghoul Delicious

A yellow-green apple with a slimy skin and a putrid odor. The inside is a bright, lemon yellow color with a texture similar to cold butter. Poisonous to humans but resplendent to all forms of undead. Ghoul Delicious apples are able to be enjoyed by both the corporeal and non-corporeal because the trees are pivot points in reality.

Feyburn

Possessing the unusual ability to sustain both the undead and the living, feyburn apples have a smokey aftertaste – indeed, if you eat two or three, and practice a bit, you’ll be able to blow smoke rings from your mouth. The exact flavor of the smoke depends on the other trees in the orchard, creating fierce rivalries in the odd apple industry.

Creature Crisp

Prized by hedge witches and folk who manage monsters, creature crisp apples are an irressible treat to many forest behemoths. Deadly to humans if eaten raw, they have been used for centuries to create novel poisons.

Lemon, Clove and Salt Spell

“Every now and then we may feel the need to reinforce our wards, our boundaries, our shields. Ground, centre and align.

Go to the kitchen or a working space that is embedded in your day to day home life. Take the bright yellow lemon, which has solar associations, and begin to draw up empowered breath from the earth and the worlds below.

Breathe seven times over the lemon and perceive it glowing. Push thirteen cloves into the lemon, each time focusing on reinforcing the wards of yourself and your home.

Finally, lay the lemon and clove in a bowl containing rock salt and so so with purpose and power.”


Source: Gede Parma via Llewellyn’s 2017 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac