like. his dad used to love it and had that kinda build anyway and wouldcoach ted as he grew up
ted goes to a little league after school and his family would crowd around the tv on weekends and watch the game
comes from a family of woodcutters. i’m serious
grows up watching his dad chop wood and swinging a lil tiny axe of his own and working with like. miniature pieces of wood
never had very much?? but had like. the ideal childhood
i’m talking living in a cottage in the woods and going to a tiny state school, getting real muddy from trainings and running through bluebell-scattered meadows until his lungs were raw
one day he’s working in the yard w his dad when he’s like ten and he stops chopping wood and his dad’s like ‘what’s wrong ted?’ and he sighs and is like ‘dad. i just don’t understand’
‘don’t understand what buddy??’
‘why we have to chop wood when we can just do this’
and he makes a really sharp chopping movement with his arm
and five feet away the massive hunk of oak his dad’s been hacking away at for the past two hours just. splits clean in half
his dad’s mouth is agape and he calls into the cottage like ‘sweetheart! come out here, would you??’
and they puzzle around ted for a while and try to work out the kinks but within five minutes of looking at him with really quizzical expressions theyr just like. holy fuck our kid is amazing.
and by this time ted is not only smart enough but humble enough to keep it under wraps and he doesn’t even have to do it for very long anyway
bc a year a later they get the letter from mcgongall and ted’s dad calls him out to the living room of the cottage and they all start screaming and hugging and crying bc. their little teddy is going to magic school
heads straight off to scotland and starts at hogwarts and he fucking loves it
like care of magical creatures and herbology and anything v outdoors-y. it reminds him of home
he does get v homesick ngl
esp for his mum
and coming from such a tiny, well-knit community as well?? he really struggled to leave behind all the friends he’d grown up with. his rugby team in particular.
but the lie was easy to get around considering that his parents just say that they’re sending him off to a larger boarding school near london where he can pursue rugby
and ted was kinda a primary school heartthrob anyway and like. it doesn’t help when he comes back during the holidays looking gorgeous and cheeky and several feet taller than the last time
he is. well. he’s gorgeous
he grows up before he grows out so there are a few years around the 14-year-old mark when he’s v tall and v lanky but only a few people can tell that he’s set to be one of the most broad-shouldered fucks in the grade
and by the time he’s sixteen. well.
he gives andromeda black a fucking heart attack
bc he waltzes into school on the first day of sixth year and he’s all 6ft and broad, broad shoulders and sandy-coloured hair, these really cheeky bright green eyes and a roguish grin that’s so shit-eating it’s no wonder half the school go into cardiac arrest
he practically lives in flannel shirts ngl
and it’s not really a surprise that he’s a hufflepuff?? bc like
he practically lives in the kitchens and thrives off the warmth and light of it
gave quidditch a shot on the recommendation of the school considering the fact that he’d make a great keeper but?? doesn’t really get into it
it’s not the same as rugby and he can respect that but it’s not enough for him to get on a broom
he’s kinda traditional and straight-laced?? idk it’s just the way his mum raised him
courts girls v ceremoniously and has a thing abt flowers and where to buy the best ones in season
but yes. holds the door opens, pulls out the chair for them to sit down on, offers to take their coat, etc.
classic 1950’s gentlemen ok
patronus is probably some kind of terrier let’s be honest
struggles w andromeda bc. here he has the most amazing, beautiful woman and he’s just. so enamoured w her but he can’t do anything abt it??
he wants to give her all the best things in life and everything that she deserves but he can’t
he can’t take her out on dates, he can’t leave her flowers, he can’t tell her he loves her
and he respects her boundaries and waits for her every day but it still hurts
it hurts not to be with her
and that’s how he knows he’s in love with her
it’s probably like when they’re sitting at their respective house tables and she’s w her sisters and he’s w his mates and they lock eyes and he’s grinning at her but she can’t smile back
and it kills him and the fact that it hurts him so bad just makes him go ‘fuck it’
and that’s when he knows
goes home as often as he can to visit his parents
really wanted a little sister when he was younger and was like?? probably really close to getting one
but his mum got sick when he was in hogwarts, when ted’s around the 16/17 mark
and she dies and the most lost he’s ever felt is when he’s back in the house w his dad and she’s not there
it’s so empty and cold and quiet. like. so fucking quiet
his mum probably only met andy once before she died and even though she never got to see them get married she like. fucking knew
she fucking knew it and ted tears his whole room apart bc she knew. she knew even when he didn’t. even when none of them knew
and he stands in the church yard on the day of the funeral
and the grass is incredibly green and the day is incredibly bleak and grey and his dad has never looked so old in his life
but across the graveyard he can see this really dark, muddied figure
and she makes her way towards him and her hair is braided out of her face and her eyes are red and her face is ashen and tight
she’s dressed all in black and moves v softly
and then andromeda black is standing right in front of him and ted can’t breathe
but she reaches out to him and even though she’s several feet shorter than him she doesn’t waver as she holds him and he sobs raggedly into her shoulder
she was always the strongest out of the two of them. the most unbreakable. and she holds him and holds him and holds him in that sea of green and grey and doesn’t let go
he gets out of the grief of it the only way he knows how. out and through.
and with andy holding his hand and several hundred cups of tea he’s like. not ok but he knows that he will be, one day.
he was probably a really good photographer?? like he gets v invested in the world of film photography and fucking loves it
has no idea what he wants to do when he grows up but again. loves the idea of photography
probably that fucker who loves camping in the countryside i’m not even joking
revels in his v simple lifestyle and wants nothing more for himself
nor does he want anything more for andromeda
ted represents everything she could ever want, simplicity and safety and freedom
i think one of the first dates he ever takes her on once they’re out of hogwarts would probably be horseback riding and i mean. come on
she’s like ‘is this fucker for real’
they’re both like. nineteen when baby tonks is born and she’s sleeping rlly soundly in andy’s arms and her hair is just changing softly, pink, blue, pink, blush, purple, mint, and back to pink again
and they both wondered how they managed to make something so little, so perfect
and she’s the closest thing to the little sister he always wanted but she’s not. she’s his. and she’s better. and he loves her.
i mean. loves her. adores her. adores watching her grow up, takes such good care of her, encourages her idiosyncrasies and teaches her to ride a bike and plays rugby with her, watches her climb trees and buys her a scooter for her fifth birthday
and one day they’re all together in that little cottage on the edge of the woods and like.
they’re all there
and they’re all together
and it’s the happiest he’s ever been in his life
basically hot af broad-shouldered ted tonks with his roguish grin and steady hands and a heart of gold
On this day in music history: September 29, 1984 - “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince & The Revolution hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on October 6, 1984. Written and produced by Prince, it is second consecutive chart topping single for the Minneapolis, MN born artist. Issued as the second single from the “Purple Rain” soundtrack, the song is heard over the opening sequence of the film. The basic track is recorded live at Prince’s rehearsal space “The Warehouse” in St. Louis Park, MN in the Summer of 1983, after Prince asks recording engineer Susan Rogers to pull out all of the recording equipment out of his home studio, and install it in the bands rehearsal space. Recorded in the large open space without any separation between instruments and electrical interference from other sources in the building, the band get the master take of “Crazy” on tape. Additional overdubs and final mixing for “Let’s Go Crazy” are completed at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA. Both the 45 and 12" single versions of “Let’s Go Crazy” are backed with the non-LP B-side “Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive)” featuring Sheila E.. Prince is inspired to write and record “Erotic City” after seeing Parliament/Funkadelic perform live at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles. Going right to Sunset Sound after the show, he lays down all of the instrumental tracks by himself, then inviting Sheila to sing with him on the song. The track quickly becomes a fan favorite and receive substantial radio airplay, in spite of the fact that the word “f*** is heard throughout. Though Warner Bros. claims that "funk” is what is being said, which later turns out not to be true. Stations now playing the record air a censored version deleting the expletive from the song. Issued as the follow up to the mega smash “When Doves Cry” on July 18, 1984, nine days before the opening of “Purple Rain” in US theaters, it quickly surges up the charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on August 8, 1984, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Let’s Go Crazy” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
I am fully aware at this stage that I am wearing some sort of “everything leads us back to the start in an endless cycle”, “we will end up at some sort of reverse “Swan Song” reverse “Crypt Scene”“-goggles at this point. I already talked about the minigolf stick falling into a black hole in the “games”-meta in relation to Dean earlier today. But now, you know goggles and all, of course I have to think of the hole that opened when Sam jumped into the cage (Dean’s “It’s in the hole”-screaming that is actually one of the scenes that made me smile so bright no gets a sort of bitter aftertatse in that regard…) or the hole that opened when Castiel returned all the stolen souls to purgatory.