Instincts yell at Ignis to wrap his omega in a nest, scent him until it’s impossible to know what he smelled like before being mated, and yes, knot him until he’s swollen with a litter, but even if that wouldn’t be a bad idea, Prompto looks at them and randomly cringe. As if the mere sight of his alphas makes him want to hurl. Hopefully (hopefully?) it means that the bonds won’t take.
Ignis had assumed he’d never take a mate. His duty is to Noctis and the crown, and a family of his own would have been neglected. His knowledge of bondings are rudimentary at best, since he’d supposed that Gladio would be the one to reach Noctis about bonds. Now it looks like Gladio is too ashamed and angry to know what to do, if he ever knew what to do in the first place, and Noctis looks green every time he looks at Prompto and catches Prom’s betrayed glare.
So it falls to Ignis to do appropriate research. That’s fine. He likes knowledge and the ability to guide his Prince and his pack. And if the bonds take, then Prompto will be his and his responsibility.
Outside the citadel and its libraries, his research options are limited to his phone and the internet. Hardly the most reliable sources, but Ignis has a discerning eye and a excellent bullshit-sniffing abilities. He tries searching for “how to care for a forcibly-bonded omega” first, but that takes him to sites for helping abused omegas escape their alphas and truly disturbing sites where alphas discuss the best ways to make unruly omegas “submit to their rightful place”.
Prompto doesn’t need to escape from them. The bondings were an accident, but now they want nothing more than the best for him, even if it means breaking the bonds, and even if that thought makes Ignis’ skin crawl. And they definitely don’t want to “break Prompto in”, for fuck’s sake, so Ignis pretends that the bondings were a happy occasion, that Prompto came to them bright, happy, and of his own volition and begged to be marked.
So he searches for “how to care for a recently-bonded omega?”
He scrolls past the first few generic sites, most of which have little info for alphas anyway, and lands upon a blog titled: The Alpha Family Doc: Advice from a retired alpha family doctor.
The About Me page soothes Ignis for the first time since The Incident:
Who are you?
I worked as a family physician in rural Duscae for thirty-five years and by far the most common and preventable incidences for domestic disturbances I had to handle involved a hot-headed, well-intentioned alpha who didn’t know how to help their omega. Most of the info out there is from omegas, for other omegas, which is fine - God knows omegas need to back each other up in this world - but there’s not much about what happens to alphas when they bond, or when their bondmates get pregnant and start taking care of a litter.
The idea is that alphas are stable and strong, that even during ruts they’re in control of themselves; at least if they’re good, strong alphas.
Thirty-five years of seeing patients left me a very different picture. I kept seeing alphas scared that their omegas would leave them for younger, fitter alphas, others terrified that they’d bonded the wrong omega or beta and wanted an out, alphas in near-hysterics because they were jealous of their own pups, alphas having breakdowns as they got older and their knots started to fail them for the first time. Often, these alphas lashed out at their mates and families, scared that they would lose everything if they didn’t present a front of total confidence and control.
I started this site with the intention of providing some basic information to alphas having family problems, or just a place where they could safely vent about their insecurities. It’s kind of blown up since then.
Do I have to be an alpha to ask you a question?
People keep asking me this, but how would I even enforce such a rule? No. You can be anything or anyone. Ask away. I might not have an answer for you though, or at least not the answer you’re looking for.
Are you trying to omega-fy alphas?
Hah. That’d be something, wouldn’t it?
Ignis smiled, scanned the side-bar, and practically stabbed the link Frequently Asked Questions about Recent Bonds.
Alright so if there’s one thing people rarely talk about is the effects of a bond on an alpha… Which is probably because there aren’t many. Chances are if an alpha claimed a mate (and they aren’t an asshole or tragically young) they loved that person and wanted them really badly, and their bodies were perfectly acclimated for it. Physically, an alpha isn’t changed much by a bond.
But their mates do, especially if we’re talking about an omega. Newly-bonded alphas must help their mates through a difficult and confusing transition. Omegas change A LOT after a bonding: their hormones, cycles, scents, their very bodies go through a myriad of changes in the first weeks after a bond, nevermind pregnancy.
No two omegas are the same, so every post-bonding period is its own, meaning that no guide will fit all bonded pairs. However, there are a couple of myths I had to debunk at least once a week during my working years. In no particular order:
Omegas want to be knotted all the time after a bond.
Don’t let the bond bite scar over until *arbitrary length of time* for *arbitrary reason*.
Omegas are rejecting the bond if they don’t go into heat right after a bond.
Omegas should be secluded until the bond settles.
Omegas are too physically frail to work until the bond settles.
Another #reylo question: At this point, I see Kylo Ren finding some common ground with Rey on their backstories (family neglect, loneliness, other). But, in your opinion, what identification could Rey possibly find with Kylo´s circumstances? (the ones we know about so far). Thanks!
Hey there Anon. xx
Interesting question. I think the points that you’ve made for Kylo could also apply to Rey. Despite them having lead very different lives, Kylo having lived a privileged life - depsite all the negtivies going on - and Rey having lived a life in poverty and servitute, they could both find common ground on the things you’ve mentioned.
Other things I think Rey could find common ground with Kylo over would be…
As far as I’m aware Rey hasn’t come across anyone else with force sensitivity, so all those with it that she meets she may feel she can relate to them more. I think since she’s only just found out about it as well, it’ll make her more eager to want to find others like her, others who she can relate to.
Both have had creepy, evil mentors/guardian figures in their lives.
Snoke and Unkar Putt. Both these characters have had an incredible amount of power over Rey and Kylo over the course of their lives. For Kylo, Snoke was a phantom whispering sinister manipulations into his ears over his life, then later he was his Master who continued to control and manipulate him. Unkar Putt’s was - as far as I’m aware - was the only source of food Rey had. His whims dictated whether or not she got food to survive. Rey could relate in some ways to how they were both controlled by another.
Both have felt trapped.
Rey never left Jakku, despite its harsh living conditons, as she felt she had no choice but to stay because her family had promised to come back for her. Kylo, on the other hand, feels trapped in the life he has chosen and feels ‘it’s too late’ to change it.
To that other anon: it is never, EVER okay to tell someone to kill themselves. That's a completely ridiculous response to not liking someone's drawings. Presumably you're here because you, too, love FMA. What would Arakawa say if she saw the messages you just sent? What would Riza say? Cmon guys. And for the record, I love your drawings and how much fun you clearly have with them!
Wise anon… listen to wise anon! Wise anon has blessed you all with powerful knowledge! I bow to wise anon. Praise wise anon! Lift wise anon to the heavens!!
But in all seriousness, thank you so much for this. You tell em anon! 4 for you anon! You go anon! Thank you for your words. I hope that person reads this and understands. But enough about that guy! I’m here to bow down to you!
Thank you thank you thank you i love you you wonderful person and I wish you all the best in life and i wish you all the happiness in the world!! Bless wise anon! Wise anon for president!!
Hi! :) can you do Lon'qu and Gaius reaction to f!mu sacrifice thing?
For once, you will be
selfish. For once, you’ll break your promise to those that fought by your side. You will trade your life for the millions of others, as long as evil
will leave Naga’s lands… You glanced around to catch the ginger hair of your husband, his cape whipping with the wind as he dodged and sliced with his
silver sword. He would understand… he always did.
Focusing your attention back on Grima, you gave a final shout and a flash of lightning ripped through Grima’s chest and she glared
at you, her mouth twisting in pain and shock.
“N-NOOOO…” she bellowed, her screech becoming one with the dragon you stood on.
Her form dematerialized into small particles, which flew at your face, and you smiled from their touch. You heard the sound of Lissa sobbing at Chrom’s side and saw how Chrom shook his head, trying to deny the fact
that his best friend will actually be gone, and he put an arm around the young princess to comfort
her. Your smile trembled when you heard light footsteps coming your way.
The familiar voice of honey that flowed in your ears and stilled your breath when you looked into a pair of green eyes. The same smile that kept your heart bubbling was struggling to stay fixed on his lips as he walked towards you, and Gaius tilted his head with that small, gentle smile of his. “Piece of
cake, eh?” he said, reaching to hold your hand.
You slightly chucked at his words and you glanced curiously
at the hand that held yours, feeling a touch that was barely above emptiness on your skin. You realized that your time was running out, and yet, Gaius brought your hand up to kiss it. You noticed the way his eyes were glazed with unshed tears, and you brought your other hand up to cup his cheek, even though you felt nothing but air
against your fingers.
“Gaius… know that I did it because I love you…” you said, your voice as soft as a whisper.
His smile grew, to savor the final moment and to reassure you, and even though it faintly trembled under his willpower, he still brought
a hand up to hold your transparent hand on his cheek. “You did tell me before… I
didn’t want to believe it but hey, you were always the sweet one here… I love
you too, ____.”
On that moment, you vanished before his eyes, and he kept a hand on his cheek, still feeling your ghostly touch on
him. He finally closed his eyes, slightly smiling to himself, and he perked his
head when he heard Morgan walking towards him. The young tactician stood before his father with a tear that trailed down a brown eye, eyes that
matched the person he loved, and Gaius stretched his arms for Morgan to tightly
embrace him, murmuring words into his ear when he felt his son shudder against
his body from his sobbing. The young tactician that grew to be like his mother,
and the greatest gift you could ever give him… the thief knew that he’ll keep your promise, to keep his own smile from fading, and now to give Morgan a
reason to smile every day…
Oh geeze. Dragons, cats, wings, flying…. figuring out my home world…. whatever daydream I have currently which usually features some combination of the above. :D
8: Do you believe in karma?
Sorta? I believe what you do and say will come back to you in the end. No matter how long that’ll take. Like you get a review of what you did in your life after death, and you get to experience exactly how it felt to be on the receiving end of your words and actions that you did to others in your life.
For some people it’ll seem like heaven (especially if they weren’t expecting to have made so many people feel good and be happy), for some it’ll be hell (because they didn’t realize just how many people they royally screwed over in truth), and for most it’ll be some awkward middle ground like purgatory (because everybody does a mix of the two and a lot of neutral things too.)
Also, I do believe in an effect of positive thinking/outlook vs. negative thinking/outlook but I think it’s more subtle than what most like to say or believe. You can be as positive as you want and bad things will still happen. You can be as negative as you want and there’ll always be the silver lining. It’s not like you can use it as a “magic switch” to “instantly have a care-free and awesome life” in “no time flat.” If you believe that, boy do I have a bridge to sell you.
So yeah, I guess all that can be filed under “karma” in a way?
23: How do you vent your anger?
Ranting? Often just ranting it in my head is enough (yeah I’m fucking subtle with my anger usually). I can even push it off for a more convenient time to analyze and deal with fully (like I can with fear, grief, depression, etc.) I’m told this is a very unusual ability to have?
If I need to, I can also write up a private word document expressing how I feel inside while listening to angry music.
Sometimes, if it’s extreme I’ll tear up tissue into tiny, tiny bits.
Usually I just rant in my head or to my amazingly always accommodating group of spirit friend and family. Sometimes I rant it online in a snarky way (throwing tons of shade) in the comments of some post. If I need to, I can write it up in a private document and either delete it or save it for later - if I ever need it later, I never read it again after that for a reason.
Sometimes I might kick a chair or punch a pillow or whack my computer (the latter is NOT a good idea, don’t recommend, but yes I know it’s very tempting when the computer is being an asshole to you!)
As for actually yelling at someone? I shrink away from that thought so fucking much, it’s not even funny. It takes a FUCK-TON for me to ever yell at someone and it’s usually akin to a volcano eruption. A bunch of pressure all released at once in a great explosion and then gone and never to be seen again for ages and ages. Or like an earthquake with the same metaphor.
I’m very quick to move on after getting angry. Or with ANY sort of emotion that isn’t a happy or contented state.
I know how to make myself happy again and I have a huge bag of tricks for that expressed purpose. I am VERY good at derailing my thoughts purposefully, at diverting my attention, changing topics, and even (unfortunately) good at repressing my emotions under iron-hard walls of denial. Even to the point that I would be completely oblivious to how I really feel unless someone (usually my boyfriend) carefully phrases a suggestion to prompt me to really look inside myself and see how I’m actually feeling, not what I think I “should” be feeling.
Eheheheh… for all that I am emotionally expressive, I really DO suck at times with actually getting in touch with my real undercurrents of emotions.
84: What is a saying you say a lot?
If you mean something I just say a ton without thinking about it:
“Oh, gods” “Good Lord,” “Dammit!” and “what the fuck?!”
If you mean a saying I live by?
“You can’t weigh pain. You can’t compare your pain to someone else’s and vice versa. All pain stands alone.”
Interestingly enough, the saying (which I roughly paraphrased, I don’t have the best memory for this) came from one of the books in the Dragon Jousters series by Mercedes Lackey. I think it was the third book, Sanctuary?
Ever since I read that, it struck me so hard that I just adopted it into my life because it just summed up something I always thought but never could put into words. It’s what guides me in all of my relationships with others.
Perhaps this is part of the reason why people seem to like talking with me and feel so comfortable with sharing things that they would feel too vulnerable sharing with anybody else. Because I won’t judge.
“All pain stands alone.” Certainly doesn’t mean that you have to leave them alone with their pain no. Just means you shouldn’t play “pain/oppression Olympics” and understand that everybody experiences it differently and that’s okay. You just gotta meet people where they are and help them there.