Summary: Derek decides to take a love potion, but things don’t go quite the way he intended. Note: Written for Teen Wolf Bingo (“Stiles/Derek”). Loosely based on the song by the same name. (On AO3)
“Deputy Stilinski,” he hears over the radio. “We have reports of what appears to be a drunk and disorderly accosting people on the sidewalk.” Stiles looks up from the ticket he’s writing. It figures, on the one day he’s assigned as the downtown traffic cop. “He’s near your location,” dispatch continues, giving him pertinent information.
“Okay, I’ll intercept,” he says, ripping the ticket from the pad and tucking it under some poor fool’s windshield wiper. Shouldn’t have illegally parked, buddy.
Nine: cares for John after he runs into the Mogadorian forcefield, constantly gives John life advice he doesn’t need, shows John vulnerability after almost throwing him off of the Hancock center in Chicago, gets angry when John picks Sarah and Six to go find Five instead of him, runs off to find John to heal his hand when he breaks it on Five’s face despite Marina being in the room when it happens, threatens to hot wire a truck to drive back to Chicago to find John and make sure he’s ok, takes Six telling him they would have felt it if John died to calm him down, “You need my affection now more than ever”, “You’re soft, Johnny”, gets his own special spiritual library with John and no one else, tenses when Five calls John bloodthirsty, told the soliders to cease fire on the mere chance they could hit John instead of Five during flight training, apologizes to John for being a piece of shit, tells him he’d rather live in a world with John in it, missed the shit out John after the final fight and is in complete awe when John is in front of him for the first time after a year
John: takes the time to learn Nine as a person even if it starts out insufferably, is constantly surprised and interested by Nine’s character and how he acts, makes jokes about Nine to lighten the mood for everyone else when Nine isn’t around, actively worries about Nine despite the constant “he can take care of himself” reminders he gives himself in Fate of Ten and from also knowing Nine as a strong warrior, has to remind himself Nine can take care of himself, thinks about Nine more than Sarah in Fate of Ten, pays attention to how careful he has to be to heal Nine when Five almost kills him, doesn’t give a shit about Nine’s irrational judgement, challenges Nine’s plans and authority often, trusts Nine to take out Five if he acts out of line when John goes to demand that Five teach him how to fly, forgives Nine for all of the shit he’s put up with, sees Nine first after being absent for a year with most pages of the epilogue dedicated to their reunion,
↪ kylux “love potion” au
(in which ben accidentally makes sizzurp and they accidentally fuck highdrunk)
Ben rolls the old dusty bottle filled with a viscous purplypink liquid between his fingers, “Love Potion Number Nine? What do you think, Hux?”
“I think I must have lost my mind when I agreed to help you clean out your fathers hoarder basement in January, it’s freezing down here. And there are definitely spiders. I don’t care what your mum promised.”
“Quit bitchin’ and get cups and some ice were going to try this. I bet it’s some trippy shit my uncle left down here. It looks old as fuck, the label is peeling off.”
Hux mumbles his way back down the stairs about how ancient bottles and peeling labels are a only clear sign that scream Drink Me! to people like Ben, “Here,” He shoves two cups filled to the top with ice into Ben’s chest.
“Should you really be mixing that – and where did you even get that vodka from, Ben? For all you know its rubbing alcohol and rat poison.”
Math Fact: All numbers are equations; 9 is a Fixed Point.
You may be wondering why we count numbers the way we do. If you’re not wondering that, well, now you are, because by subliminal suggestion, you read that first sentence and were forced to ponder it.
Wait I’m supposed to be talking about math.
Okay, so numbers. Numbers are easy to count. 1…2…3…4…and so on. You don’t even have to think about them. But we’re gonna do just that, because numbers are magical mystical beings from another realm actually an incremental series of one basic equation.
Now, you’re probably wondering why you can’t just count numbers and be done with it. And that’s all fine and dandy. But this shows you something fundamental about the WAY we count numbers: all of our numbers can be simplified down to a base of 10. This explains WHY we use decimal points (you can use this same equation on the flipside of a decimal, but you always have to keep Yk0 on the left side. Yk0 will ALWAYS be the first digit to the left of the decimal.
This also explains why the standard logarithmic base is 10, as compared to 2 in some variations (if you tried to replace the “10″ in the above equations with “2,” you would have a VERY different system of counting).
Finally, this also explains why the number “9″ is what is defined as a “fixed point” under Brouwer’s Theorem. If you add up the integers of any two-or-more digit number and subtract them from the original number, the resulting number will be divisible by 9. If you repeat this process, eventually the digits will ALWAYS add up to 9 or a multiple of 9, until you reached the number 9 itself and could no longer subtract away a value.
I could go on all the way down to 9, but as you can see, the added values keep switching back and forth between 9 and 18, and every single number is wholly divisible by 9.
This property is specifically due to the fact that we count by base 10. Each time you subtract, you remove one of the integers multiplied by 10. That is to say, the number 37 isn’t 30 + 7, it’s really 3+3+3+3+3+3+3+3+3+3+7 (ten 3s and a 7). By removing one of the 3s, you now only have 9, and thus, 9 remains a fixed point on the number line.
Brouwer’s Theorem doesn’t just apply to numbers, but to any closed system without holes. If you stir your coffee, no matter how you stir it, there will ALWAYS be one point that NEVER leaves it’s original position. A fixed point. No matter how you translate, scale, or twist a closed system without holes, without fail, exactly one point will NEVER change.
I have many thoughts about Sarah MacLean’s books so I’m breaking them up by series..
Overall, the Love by Numbers books were a solid win for me in terms of characters. The Ralston twins, Gabriel and Nicholas, with their sister Julianna, are a broken misfit family after my own heart. Still feeling the emotional pangs of childhood abandonment from their shared mother, the trio now needs to navigate through society burdened with proving that they are more than the product of a scandal.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake: you know a book is going to be good when the hero is named Gabriel. Callie has finally had enough and decides to itemise a list of things she wants, with or without appropriate approval, starting with kissing the Marquess of Ralston. I like that this isn’t a book where the hero has always thought the heroine was special - Gabriel only starts appreciating Callie when Callie starts appreciating herself. When she’s ready to take on the world, he’s there to support her and bolster her confidence with all of the good qualities she didn’t recognise in herself. One of my favourite parts of this book is the relationship between Calpurnia and her younger sister, Mariana. As an older sister with a younger sister that’s considered in higher regard than myself, I understood the balance of feeling happiness and jealousy. More often than not, romance books pit sisters against each other, but even when Mariana had everything she ever wanted, she still wanted to make sure Calpurnia was happy. Even though Calpurnia envied Mariana for what she had, it wasn’t spiteful; she never counted Mariana’s happiness against her. Mariana becoming Juliana’s best friend at the end was just icing on the cake.
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord: Nick is the cool twin in the Ralston duo - not that Gabriel isn’t cool, he’s just not as amiable as Nick. Despite his outside shell of pleasantness, Nick has a darker side hiding a darker past. Also, despite being noble, Nick has good friends who tell him the honest truth even when it’s unpleasant to hear. A lot of times in romance books, despite the hero sleeping with everything that moves, more often than not they are emotionally detached from the process. Nick leads with his heart, which is a refreshing change of pace as the plot forces him to question his actions. Is he tripping over his emotions again, or does he genuinely want to right the situation because of a genuine partnership with Isabel. Isabel, our lead, is just too precious for words and I want to give her the biggest hug after reading her opening scene. She’s repeatedly faced emotional rejection throughout her life, from her parents to random strangers, that she isn’t prepared for Nick’s onslaught of affection. Nick’s childhood trauma of abandonment made him seek affection from anything with breasts, whereas Isabel’s childhood trauma has caused a back log of love that she chooses to provide to other women in the form of shelter and support rather than seek a reciprocal response. Nick’s interactions with Isabel’s brother were some of my favourite scenes in the book - the Townsends are starving for familial love, and Nick is the perfect gentleman with infinite affection.
therapy for: abandonment, emotional abuse, scars from previous relationships
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart: oh Simon, my Simon, you stupid blond angel. The Duke of Leighton has been chipping away at his frigid Ducal persona since Callie and Gabriel’s story. He knows he’s a Duke, he wants to be a great Duke, and deviating from that path is unthinkable. Enter Juliana who’s here to tempt him away from the ice, daring him to resist a passionate interlude. They’ve been feeling the burn since book one, and Juliana finally takes a step forward. Simon pushes her away only to run back for more, confusing both of them, but his collective struggles add some nice depth to the story. He’s dealing with his own family dynamics, trying to hold down the fort the only way he knows how. Throughout the book he learns something about love and acceptance of family from each of the Ralstons - Simon is that closed off that it takes a village to thaw him out and make him human. I was attached to Juliana from book one because I could relate to her issues with her mother. She’s grown into a woman abandoned by her mother, always tainted by this other woman’s scandal. She’s trying to make a life for herself proving that she’s more than what her mother convinced her she was, and more than society believes she will be. I wish Simon and Juliana could have put the physical aside and reasoned out their differences instead. Instead we get them pining away for each other, only to be consumed by physical attraction, they act on that passion, then resist the outcome of their self induced misery - lather, rinse, repeat. Towards the end, we quickly punch holes into the plot and leave large ends untied all for the sake of putting this story out of it’s misery.
(@alexandralyman, if there’s a Tumblr link for this story, let me know so I can reblog it!)
I think most folks are familiar with Beyond the Horizon or Between Heaven and Hell, but I hope y’all have read this gem as well! Love Potion Number Nine is a very funny, fun canon divergence, with everyone living happily in the Enchanted Forest … until a foreign prince shows up with the intention of marrying Emma. Even if she’s not interested.
Love potions, like sex pollen, can be difficult to handle when it comes to consent, but @alexandralyman manages to handle the concept flawlessly. And hysterically, to be honest. I think my favorite scene involves Regina making suggestions of which household items to use to beat the hell out of a certain someone.
Hey guys! So, i’ve been working on this fic rec / masterpost (ish) for quite a while now. I have made a list of all of the fics I have read so far that I liked and arranged most of them by their content (AU, non-AU, trope) and have included the author’s rating (so you don’t accidentally open up an explicit fic as I have already bypassed AO3′s adult content warning no most of the fics) and whether they are incomplete or complete). I am pretty sure that i’ve linked all of the fics to their locations on tumblr, AO3 and ff.net, but please don’t hesitate to send me a message if I missed some out. This is my no means a complete list (i’m not sure why I called it a masterpost), so feel free to send me some fics that you like that aren’t on the list and i’ll put them on. As new Skimmons fics are being posted frequently, I will occasionally take some time to update the list, which, in addition to this post, will be available on a linked page on my tumblr blog skimmonsofficial. I have decided that it will be easier to update the list on the page on my blog rather than create a new post so that all the fics in the list will be available in one updated location.
Enjoy, and tell me what you guys think!
The ratings on ff.net and AO3 differ.
This isn’t some crappy spy movie by ImogenHoney on AO3 (T, completed) [SHIELD Academy AU]
we’re a beautiful, astronomical mess by thenightwatch on AO3 (NR, incomplete)
Her Heart Was Touched by jcncisfan913 on AO3 (T, completed) [angsty af]
your eyes look like coming home by BerryliciousCheerio on ff.net and AO3 (T, completed)
I’ll Love You in Springtime (I Lost You When Summer Came) by JackEPeace on AO3 (T, complete)
You Can Only Take What You Can Carry by JackEPeace on AO3 (T, completed)
The Sun Came Crashing In by plinys on AO3(T, completed)
Love Me at the Corner Cafe by Heylittleyahtzee on AO3(T, completed)
Friends with Benefits by Thatoneloser_kid on AO3(M, completed)
Jemma Simmons is not a Prude by RRGrokesyn on AO3 (E, completed)
Vet on Call by Thatoneloser_kid on AO3 (NR, incomplete)
The Girl I Met Last Summer by sototallyrandom on ff.net (T, completed)
Like Cigarette Smoke She Came and She Went by JackEPeace on ff.net (T, completed)
I Can’t Lap Dance by aos_skimmons on AO3 (NR, completed)
You Are Golden by Perfume_and_Promises on AO3(G, completed)
Fourth of July by RedBeautyFTW on AO3 (T, incomplete)
01. Scooby Doo Theme-Larry Markes 02: Munster Creep-The Munsters 03. Frankenstein Twist-The Crystals 04. Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde-The Who 05. Turn Off the Moon-Sue Lyon 06. The Monster’s Hop-Bert Convy 07. She’s My Witch-Kip Tyler 08. Grim Reaper of Love-The Turtles 09. Love Potion Number Nine-The Clovers 10. You Must Be a Witch-The Lollipop Shoppe 11. Monster Mash-Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers.