local-ties

Ti ho cercato per le strade negli occhi della gente, ti ho cercato in riva al mare tra le onde che sussurravano il tuo nome, ti ho cercato nel solito locale il sabato sera, ma sono riuscita a trovarti solo nei miei ricordi.
—  ilragazzodalsorrisomaledetto
Intertwined

A/n: Thank you for requesting anon!! I wasn’t entirely sure of the best way to go about this request but I got an idea and it’s sparked a three parter. I’ll hopefully finish the pt2 by next tuesday but no promises… anyway I hope you like it! - Amelia

Genre: Angst, Fluff
Members: Namjoon x reader, ft. Twin Taehyung
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Part One - Move

“Old or new. New or old. That’s not really important. What’s important is that we still breathe and we live in the same place. So let’s move on.”

Originally posted by taetaehyungs

The train ride from Daegu was exhausting, not to mention expensive and just barely worth it. If you didn’t have your beloved twin brother Taehyung, and your handsome boyfriend Namjoon waiting for you, you would have zero motivation to ever visit the capital city. After sitting through two hours on the train and the extra time it was going to take you to get from the station to the dorm, all you wanted to do was take a long ass nap in the arms of your soft boyfriend… but the purpose of your trip today wasn’t to laze around. For once you had actual ‘business’ to tend too.

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Tutta la casa puzza di aglio perché F. è. l'unico che quando torna a casa ubriaco e affamato decide di mangiare la verza. Ieri sera, quando eravamo in quel locale che ti piacerebbe molto, mi ha preso da parte per dirmi di avere più rispetto per me stessa, poi si è corretto affermando che magari rispetto non è la parola giusta, quando invece si tratta proprio di puro e semplice amor proprio. P. non ha parlato quasi per nulla. Lo guardavo, si vede che è intelligentissimo, si vede che è innamorato di E.; vorrei davvero che stesse insieme a lui invece che con quel suo pseudo ragazzo fascista. Non sapevo come parlarci dopo l'altra sera, perché probabilmente mi ritiene una che non vale niente. Gli ho raccontato qualche mia storiella mentre aspettavo che girasse una canna sperando che non stesse ridendo per finta. Potrebbe benissimo essere un film di Federico Moccia, anche perché la mia esistenza non è di qualità molto più alta.
F. ha aggiunto anche che sono troppo innocente, e devo pensare di più a me stessa. Semplice e dritto al punto. Poi mi ha abbracciata dicendomi che mi vuole bene. Io questo bene lo sento davvero da parte di tutti e lo restituisco a chiunque mi parli, mi tocchi, mi conosca, mi usi: ad Elisa, la tutor che mi ha fatto accoglienza nei primi giorni di liceo, e ieri quando ci siamo rincontrate era contentissima di vedermi. Alla sua amica che fa la tatuatrice, a cui ho mostrato il mio tatuaggio e ho guardato i suoi, tra i quali c'era il coniglio di Donnie Darko e il viso di Kubrick sulla coscia. Le ho detto che è uno dei i miei registi preferiti e abbiamo cominciato a discuterne un po’. Lei era strafatta e parlava molto lentamente, continuando a ripetere che in Arancia Meccanica c'è thanatos, anzi c'ètthaaa-na-toos.
A Giuseppe che mi dedica le canzoni in reggae siciliano, con quella sua buffa barba rossa e la sua simpatia disarmante.
A Marco, l'amico salentino di F., così bello e solare, che mi incontra sempre quando sono ubriaca. Ho parlato con lui e la sua amica, che studia lingue, ed è bellissima (ovviamente gliel'ho detto). La parola preferita di Marco in inglese è mockingjay, perché sta nel titolo di un film che gli piace tanto. Ho cercato di indovinare: forse è Hunger Games?
No che trashata.
Allora è To Kill a Mockingbird, il libro di Harper Lee, Il buio oltre la siepe.
Sì esiste anche il film.
Alla fine mi ha chiesto il numero; Federico io direi che dovresti conoscermi.
Eppure percepisco un'incongruenza tra me e le persone che amo, così grande da farmi arrivare a pensare di essere sola, mentre sono in realtà la persona più cullata e coccolata della terra. Mi sento una ragazzina viziata che vuole sempre più giocattoli nonostante ne abbia la stanza piena.
Mi sono accorta questa mattina di aver inviato un messaggio ad Arianna, con scritto che mi sentivo una merda. A te invece ho scritto che quel posto ti sarebbe piaciuto tanto.
Da un mese ci sentiamo di nuovo, mi hai detto cosa fai in Scozia, ma questa è un'altra storia.
Federico davvero ho tante trame avvincenti per te.

anonymous asked:

so this is more stemming from the fact that i cant have access to resources cuz of income and such but could i use other pagan practices for kami in my area? like i wanted to honor the local rain kami in my southern town but i wanted to use pagan/witchcraft substitutes for some less stiff shinto practices. would this be okay or can i only practice the traditional way?

Hi there! 

Ah, well you see,  Shinto is more a way of life, with the traditions born from it being very tied to Japanese culture. The local kami of your town is probably not so tied to Shinto unless you lived in Japan. If you live in Japan, it’s better to do a Shinto style ritual - but outside Japan it can vary 

That being said, depending on where you live, the local spirits are tied to their own traditions there, which may not entirely align with pagan or witchcraft rituals. However, as long as you are sincere in ritual and don’t harm the environment, it is a kind gesture in my personal opinion

perhaps a more accurate thing would be to say that although material conditions and comfort have improved markedly for many people over the past 50 years, some of those people will feel that their status relative to other people has dropped, due to changes in media, increased travel and awareness of other communities, and decreased local social ties, among other factors.

if it didn’t, you would expect hunter gatherers to be incredibly unhappy and inhabitants of industrialised nations to be over the fucking moon, when if anything the opposite appears to be the case.

but compare being a farmer in US of 1950 to being a farmer today: you are likely to spend more time consuming media that present you as being low status relative to coastal elites, citizens of other countries, and people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, all while your ties to the local community have likely weakened.

@ean-amhran writes on @phoenyxoftheashes’ post:

If UPG is historically and lorically incorrect, then it’s incorrect and should be abandoned. Take that as you will. Agree with me or not. But I will always have that stance.

That said, for a bit I did have Cailleach and Brighid together on the same Shrine (I believe there’s still a picture of it in my /tagged/my-workspace tag). There wasn’t any conflict with it that I could discern- and I’m not quite sure why Allec would suggest no to do so (thiugh it might just be because I’m dedicated to both, so the “rules” are different persay). At the very least Cailleach and Brighid arent, insofar as I’ve encountered, enemies in the lore.

Idk why Allec can’t reblog my posts, either. I’m not on desktop now, though, so I can’t look into the issue at the moment.

(Still can’t reblog directly from your blog for whatever reason. Hope you see this!)

You are free to have that stance on UPG. I am not quite so against UPG that contradicts lore and history, but I do agree that it should be viewed with caution and a high level of critical thinking. But that said, I’m open to the idea of UPG conflicting lore and history. 

As for why I wouldn’t have them on the same shrine, I think it’s a personal “feeling” (I wouldn’t call it UPG since I haven’t tried to put the Cailleach on my shrine with Brighid). I think that feeling is informed by a lot of Scottish lore that I’ve come across about the Cailleach, particularly the way Brighid defeats the Cailleach each spring. So if you aren’t pulling from that lore, it makes sense why you wouldn’t have the same feeling. Also may be that, again, who I interact with as “the Cailleach” may be a different entity than the Cailleach you are oathed to. I’m of the belief that the Cailleach I pray to is very local and tied to this land. Just my UPG on the matter.

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DR Congo: 5 questions to understand 'Africa's World War'
DR Congo is home to the deadliest conflict since WW2.

1. Where is Congo?

Congo, which is one-fourth the size of the United States, shares borders with Rwanda, Burundi, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Its border with Rwanda is one of the most volatile and deadly in the world.

2. Why is the conflict in DR Congo nicknamed ‘Africa’s World War’?

With up to six million dead and over two million displaced between 1998 and 2003, DR Congo was home to the deadliest conflict since World War II. At the height of the conflict, nine countries were fighting each other on Congolese soil. Millions more have been driven to the brink by starvation in the country that is the size of Western Europe.

The victims died either as a direct result of fighting or due to malnutrition and disease. Additionally several million women and girls have been subjected to rape, which is used as a weapon of war. A 2011 study showed there are “1, 150 women raped every day, 48 women raped every hour, and four women raped every five minutes” in the DR Congo.

3. What started the war?

Mobutu Sésé Seko was president of the DR Congo, which was also known as Zaire for much of his reign from 1965 to 1997. Mobutu renamed the country Zaire in 1971 as part of his programme of “authenticité” to erase the last vestiges of colonialism.

While Mobutu, a dictator, was courted by the West for decades due to his staunch anti-communist stance, the seeds of DR Congo’s undoing lay in the 1994 assassination of Rwanda’s Hutu president, Juvenal Habyarimana.

After Habyarimana died, a Hutu extremist regime − the “gouvernement intérimaire rwandais” which promoted the Hutu Power agenda− seized power and around 800,000 Tutsis were killed in a space of 100 days in what is now known as the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The leaders armed the Interahamwe and other militia groups, which ultimately carried out genocide acts against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

A Tutsi rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which was led by current president Paul Kagame, managed to drive the Hutu regime away but more than a million Hutu refugees fled into Zaire, as they feared revenge for the genocide.

As Rwanda welcomed a new Tutsi-led government, the presence of the Hutu Interahamwe and Mobutu’s support for his Hutu allies in Zaire precipitated the disaster that was to come.

The United Nations (UN) also played a large role in the conflict, as its UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) empowered the Hutu extremists as leaders of the refugee camps and gave them control of food distribution.

After Habyarimana died, a Hutu extremist regime − the “gouvernement intérimaire rwandais” which promoted the Hutu Power agenda− seized power and around 800,000 Tutsis were killed in a space of 100 days in what is now known as the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The leaders armed the Interahamwe and other militia groups, which ultimately carried out genocide acts against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

A Tutsi rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which was led by current president Paul Kagame, managed to drive the Hutu regime away but more than a million Hutu refugees fled into Zaire, as they feared revenge for the genocide.

As Rwanda welcomed a new Tutsi-led government, the presence of the Hutu Interahamwe and Mobutu’s support for his Hutu allies in Zaire precipitated the disaster that was to come.

The United Nations (UN) also played a large role in the conflict, as its UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) empowered the Hutu extremists as leaders of the refugee camps and gave them control of food distribution.

No longer backed by the United States and France, Mobutu was forced to flee and the Rwandans installed Laurent-Désiré Kabila in his place in Kinshasa. Kabila reverted Zaire’s name back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 1998, Kabila and Kagame, who was then vice-president, fell out and Rwanda invaded DR Congo, again. Kabila recruited some of the former Rwandan Hutu forces, which angered Kagame and prompted the war. Angola and Zimbabwe teamed up with DR Congo, while Uganda and Burundi lined up alongside Rwanda.

4. Are Congolese still fighting?

A fragile peace deal in 2002 initiated the withdrawal of foreign armies from DR Congo, but local rebel groups tied to the Rwandan government continued to control much of the east of the country.

In 2000, Hutu extremists in eastern Congo launched a new armed group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). The group counts among its number the original members of the Interahamwe that carried out the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Under Kabila, the FDLR were used as a proxy force against the foreign armies, such as the Rwandan Patriotic Army and Rally for Congolese Democracy, backed by Rwanda.

In 2002, FDLR units moved into North and South Kivu, border regions with Rwanda that are still volatile today, where residents live in fear of death, rape or displacement. Its members are mainly former soldiers of the National Congress for the Defence of the People.

In March 2005, the FDLR announced that they were abandoning their armed struggle and returning to Rwanda as a political party. The same year, United Nations Security Council ordered the FDLR to disarm and leave the DR Congo. By 2007, however, the FDLR was still fighting against the Congolese army.

In 2008, both the DR Congo and Rwanda decided to disband the FDLR and the Rwandans entered Congo to round up FDLR fighters.

A year later, Congo mounted a joint operation with Rwandan troops to weaken Rwandan rebel Hutu militias active in eastern DR Congo. After the peace agreement was signed in 2012 in DR Congo, a group of Congolese army mutineers − mainly Tutsi survivors of the genocide and former soldiers of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) − began an offensive under the name M23 in the eastern regions.

In early 2013 the UN secured a regional agreement to end the M23 rebellion in eastern areas, and the group’s alleged founder Bosco Ntaganda surrendered to the International Criminal Court to face war-crimes charges.

The UN accused Rwanda and Uganda, which border DR Congo to the west, of having supported the M23 rebels, but Kigali and Kampala have both denied the claims.

Human rights groups also claimed M23 fighters have been responsible for widespread war crimes, including summary executions, rapes and the forced recruitment of children.

5. Is the conflict mainly political?

No. It also has an economic side, as DR Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth with an estimated $24 trillion (£15.5tn, €21.1tn) of untapped mineral resources.

With the world’s second-largest river flowing through it, DR Congo has limitless water and vast mineral wealth, including abundant deposits of copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil. The country also boasts vast energy resources and the World Bank notes that “with a 40GW potential, Inga is the world’s largest hydropower site and its proper development can make it the African continent’s most cost-effective, renewable source of energy with an estimated generation cost of $0.03 per kilowatt hour.”

The country said it aims to double tax revenues from minerals but investors warned that an overhaul of the mining code could remove incentives to invest there.

Many neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda, have been accused of profiting from the anarchy to plunder natural resources.

Despite its resources, DR Congo is also the world’s third poorest country per capita ($700, £452, €615), just above the Central African Republic and Somalia

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Hercule Poirot [INFJ]

Ni: Poirot is usually ten steps ahead of everyone else in the room. He can observe a situation for awhile, discern what will happen as a result of the interaction there, and then work backward to find who will be the murderer. Once a crime happens, then it falls to him to prove it with external evidence. Poirot is rarely truly surprised or caught off guard.

Fe: Much of his work involves dealing with people – and he is always charming, affable, and easily influenced through flattery or the need of a woman for his assistance. Poirot is popular and able to put people at ease. Most of all, he understands how the mind works, which enables him to understand the true motivation for the crime – not in surroundings but in human hearts. Poirot tries to blend in to his surroundings if he is on holiday, by insisting others adhere to local customs and food.

Ti: He searches for meaning and understanding of the crimes – interestingly, by encouraging others to ask questions. Poirot often already has the solution, but he insists on those around him reaching a similar level of “aha!” He is very analytical and under stress, can become short-tempered when dealing with “incompetence.”

Se: His appreciation for the finer things in life is apparent – Poirot always dresses in the nicest suits, has the most meticulously packed luggage, and keeps his mustache ideally quaffed. He’s extremely observant and pays attention to what is happening around him and what conversations are happening.

the signs as ed sheeran lyrics
  • Aries: "Flames just create us but burns don't heal like before and you don't hold me anymore" [Drunk]
  • Taurus: "Take my hand and my heart and soul, I will only have these eyes for you" [One]
  • Gemini: "And you will never know just how beautiful you are to me" [Wake Me Up]
  • Cancer: "When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me under the lamppost back on 6th Street" [Photograph]
  • Leo: "Sometimes I wonder in any other summer, could you have been a part time lover to me" [Nina]
  • Virgo: "Darling, how I miss you, strawberries taste how lips do" [Little Bird]
  • Libra: "I'll pick you up when you're getting down and out of all these things I've done, I think I love you better now" [Lego House]
  • Scorpio: "Take my into your loving arms, kiss me under the light of a thousand stars" [Thinking Out Loud]
  • Sagittarius: "To have a local girl hair tied up in elastic band with a kiss on the cheek for her one-night man" [One Night]
  • Capricorn: "It never came from my mouth, but you were just afraid to find out" [The Man]
  • Aquarius: "Can you feel it? Found you hiding here so won't you take my hand darling before the beat kicks in again" [Sing]
  • Pisces: "Stuck in her daydream, been this way since eighteen" [The A Team]

Anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for handling the “revelation” portion of a novel? I mean the big reveal when the main character goes “Ah, I’m actually a long lost princess! It all makes sense now.” Another way to ask is: how do you write plot twist scenes or character turning points without it sounding trite?


It’s really all about laying the groundwork ahead of time. What you want to do is surprise the reader, but in such a way that they look back and realize the pieces were in place all along. And, if your character is able to say “it all makes sense now,” you’re probably doing just that. The “all” would be all the little things that didn’t add up, but finally mean something when that last piece of information is discovered or revealed.

Your best bet is to start by figuring out what those details would be. You want things that don’t mean anything on their own, but which start to have more significance as each new detail is added on. For example, let’s say your character IS a long lost princess. Here are some potential clues:

1) Origin story doesn’t add up - maybe her adoptive parents say her mother was a beggar woman in the village who gave birth and left her baby on their doorstep before disappearing. But maybe the girl considers the fact that she has never seen beggars in their village, because the villagers are so charitable that they would never allow anyone to be down on their luck long enough to be considered a beggar. That would be a good first clue that something is off with the story. There could also be changing or conflicting information between each parent’s version of the story, or what she hears from other people. That would be another clue that the story is off–especially if there’s someone else who knows the truth, and they tend to clam up or make silly excuses when the girl presses them for information.

2) Discovery of origin objects - perhaps the girl is digging around in the attic one day and she discovers a chest containing a luxurious baby blanket with a silk embroidered name on it that isn’t her own name. There could even be something else suggesting that the owner of the blanket was of high status. Then, if she presses her adoptive parents about the find and they give her the run around, here would be two more interesting clues. None of the clues so far give away the fact that she is actually a princess, but they certainly would have the reader’s interest piqued. 

3) Gossip and Legends - maybe there’s a village legend whispered among the children or repeated over frothing mugs of ale at the local tavern. It all ties back to some terrible thing that happened at the palace, and how shortly thereafter, a mysterious man arrived in the village in the middle of the night, was taken to see the village’s mayor, and was never heard from again. Maybe some say he carried with him a small bundle, which some thought was a young bleating goat, but others swear was the head of a screaming banshee. Perhaps your character hears about this story, as it’s passed along during a harvest festival bonfire, and she poo poos it as a childish story. The reader might not even think twice about this, but if later it’s revealed that the man was actually the king’s best knight, and the screaming bundle was actually a baby–her–then the reader will look back and think, “OF COURSE!!!”

4) Random bits of information - there can be other information gleaned in a variety of ways, too. For example, maybe the king–the new king, the one who usurped the throne on that terrible night, who happens to be the brother of the old king–comes riding through the village on progress and someone notes that he has the same golden hair as the girl. Again, not super interesting in and of itself–lots of people have golden hair–but when taken together with all of the other information, it’s pretty compelling. BUT, it doesn’t outright spell out the truth. And, what’s even better is you can throw your readers off the scent a little, because maybe some of the really astute readers will have put two-and-two together by now. But then, what if the big reveal isn’t that she is the daughter of the usurped king and queen. What if it turns out she’s actually the daughter of the usurper, and he had her sent away to keep her from ever being able to challenge his throne? After all, if the legitimate king and queen had no children of their own, a disliked usurper could potentially be replaced by his own beloved heir when she comes of age. There’s your real plot twist! :)

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CASTING ANNOUNCED for BBC America’s new drama, Tatau.

Joe Layton (New WorldsFather Brown) and Theo Barklem-Biggs (Silk, The Inbetweeners Movie) have been cast as Kyle Connor and Paul ‘Budgie’ Griffiths – the lead roles in BBC AMERICA’s new drama Tatau

Tatau follows Kyle (Layton) and Budgie (Barklem-Biggs), two twenty-something friends from London that set off to travel the world. Ahead of the journey, Kyle gets a Maori-style tattoo to celebrate their eventual destination: the Cook Islands.

When snorkeling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the dead body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater. Returning to the lagoon with the police, Kyle finds her corpse has disappeared. But Kyle knows what he saw. Desperate to uncover what happened, Kyle and Budgie find themselves sucked deeper and deeper into a world of Maori myths, symbols, and hallucinatory visions… until finally the full meaning of Kyle’s tattoo is revealed.

Set in the Cook Islands, the 8 episode series, written by Richard Zajdlic, is co-produced by Touchpaper TV (Being Human) and New Zealand’s largest screen production company, South Pacific Pictures, for BBC Three and BBC AMERICA. (x)

On Questions, Answers, and the Wabi-Sabi Universe

When I started applying for colleges, I knew I was going to have to deal with a lot of uncomfortable questions, what to major in, how I’m going to pay for this, what friends do I make, ect. But these questions, I think, are not nearly as important as questions like “What do I think about God?”, “What do I think about morality/the afterlife/religious experience?” “Why do I believe those things?”, questions that do not concern the people I interact with as much as they should.

It’s easy to take the college questions and give them a positive spin, thinking of them as an adventure rather than an crisis. I suppose one could think the same way about their spiritual journey, but for me these questions never fail to be endlessly confusing, frustratingly vague, profoundly unsatisfying to examine. What’s even more uncomfortable is realizing that you don’t identify with beliefs about the world that you used to hold dear. To look at beliefs that you’ve had for years and to say “that’s not me anymore” is in itself an accomplishment, to look for new beliefs, is a hurdle ten times as high.

This is where I was when I was applying for colleges, and to be honest I’ve never really left, even though I’ve chosen a spiritual path to follow. But given that that path is Shinto, I’ve just opened up a door with a thousand more questions. Shinto is a religion that is practiced almost exclusively in Japan, has only a small presence in the United States (a presence which, helpfully, is mostly located in Washington and Hawaii both hundreds of miles from where I live), and only has a limited amount of resources in print, along with helpful but somewhat dubious online ones. It has no scripture, no clear doctrine, and is closely tied to local Shrines and the landscape of a country which I am descended from, but have virtually no other connection to. It doesn’t mean that I can’t learn about my religion, it means that the answers to my daunting questions are very hard to find, which can be really hard sometimes.

But my experience with Shinto hasn’t been all frustration, otherwise, why would I be attempting to follow it? In my research I have uncovered a philosophy that acknowledges and even celebrates the ambiguities that have so baffled me in the past. It is a path that emphasizes awareness of one’s actions and awareness of the divine in nature, in the Gods, and in ourselves and the people we interact with every day. We call this divine energy “Dai Shizen”, or “Great Nature”, and the way we interact with it is by nature shifting, vague, and impermanent.

In Zen, there is a concept which has carried over to all aspects of Japanese life including Shinto, called wabi-sabi. It, like most Japanese philosophical concepts, is extremely hard to translate into English, but I like to think of it as a kind of “eternal impermanence”. We must acknowledge and appreciate that the world we live in is ever changing, ever shifting, and always impermanent, and although we can have religions doctrine and codes of morality, we cannot possibly think to understand everything. It is most commonly understood in Japanese art and aesthetics,particularly the tea ceremony invented by Sen no Rikyū and the simple but devastatingly beautiful haiku of  Matsuo Bashō. The roughness and irregularity of nature are celebrated in these, not honed out or proportioned away as they are in western art. They ask you to look at the cracks in a cup, the bending of a sakura branch, or the irregularity of a group of leaves strewn across a path, and see that it is beautiful. The imperfection is where the art derives it’s beauty, and likewise the universe derives its beauty from it’s imperfection and refusal to be easily understood.

Wabi-sabi asks you to look calmly and sympathetically on the intricacies and iperfections of the universe around us, and approach it with awe, reverence, and non-judgement. Spirituality in Shinto and for the Japanese in general is more of a purifying appreciation of the divine rather than a prostrating submission. Every religions path involves some sort of “surrender” or “leap of faith”, but in Shinto it’s a different kind of leap than in western paradigms of religion. It’s quiet, mysterious, and impossible to describe, and that not only doesn’t make it less hard to make, but 100 times more hard. But that, I suppose, is wabi-sabi.

@maximumsrickimus-rp

The werechild had wrapped up a package nice and neat, a cute little Christmas scarf inside he’d bought from a local gypsy. He tied the bow and jumped through a portal, landing in the Citadel jail and running around frantically trying to find the Councilman.

When he was brought to Max’s cell, he snarled the guard Rick away and smiled at the inmate before him.

“H-hi, Maxi!!”

anonymous asked:

Bellarke+Clarke's new neighbor is smart, charming, and handsome. Unfortunately she's also pretty sure he works for the local crime ring. Bellamy's falling for Clarke unfortunately he's an undercover cop investigating her for ties to local crime ring

I’m sorry this took so long!! It warped a little bit from the original prompt, but I hope you enjoy! 

[AO3] [FFN]

Clarke should have sold her parents’ house in the oldest, wealthiest suburb of Arkadia as soon as she inherited it. But with her parents both gone, it’s all she had left of them, so she decides to keep living in the big old mansion at least until she finishes her residency at Arkadia Memorial. 

And by the time she realizes that the Wallaces are moving in next door, it’s too late to sell. No one wants to buy the house anymore, or any house in the neighborhood, and that’s how Clarke gets stuck living next door to the biggest crime family in Arkadia. 

She’s mostly convinced herself it’s not so bad, now finished with her residency and working as a general practitioner in the smaller clinic across town. In general they’re quiet neighbors, and their yard is tidy. She keeps the shades closed at night so she’s not an unwilling witness to something that would get her thrown into the witness protection program, or maybe killed. So, not all bad, she tells herself. 

Clarke does have to interact with them a little bit, whenever she makes house calls to check on Maya’s health. Cage’s little sister is in remission, but still needs check-ups; Clarke counts herself grateful that Maya is the only patient Dante has insisted she see. She has no desire to become a mob doctor. 

But Maya is sweet, and young, and Clarke is pretty positive that her brother and father keep her far away from any of their less-than-legal proceedings. That means that Clarke is kept away from them too, and the only “employees” of theirs she ever meets are the men who serve as Maya’s bodyguards.

The newest one is the bane of her existence. All the others until now have been always older, always stoic, and always utterly unattractive to Clarke.

Bellamy is only a few years older than Clarke, he always has a smirk and a wink ready for her, and from the moment she first met him, Clarke has wanted nothing more than to jump his bones. 

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