maisie was a lady

“You look different now. Like a proper little girl.”

“I look like an oak tree, with all these stupid acorns.”

“Nice, though. A nice oak tree.” He stepped closer, and sniffed at her. “You even smell nice for a change.”

“You don’t. You stink.” Arya shoved him back against the anvil and made to run, but Gendry caught her arm. She stuck a foot between his legs and tripped him, but he yanked her down with him, and they rolled across the floor of the smithy. He was very strong, but she was quicker. Every time he tried to hold her still she wriggled free and punched him. Gendry only laughed at the blows, which made her mad. He finally caught both her wrists in one hand and started to tickle her with the other, so Arya slammed her knee between his legs, and wrenched free. Both of them were covered in dirt, and one sleeve was tom. on her stupid acorn dress. “I bet I don’t look so nice now,” she shouted.

Tom was singing when they returned to the hall.

My featherbed is deep and soft, and there I’ll lay you down,

I’ll dress you all in yellow silk, and on your head a crown.

For you shall be my lady love, and I shall be your lord.

I’ll always keep you warm and safe, and guard you with my sword.

Harwin took one look at them and burst out laughing, and Anguy smiled one of his stupid freckly smiles and said, “Are we certain this one is a highborn lady?” But Lem Lemoncloak gave Gendry a clout alongside the head. “You want to fight, fight with me! She’s a girl, and half your age! You keep your hands off o’ her, you hear me?”

“I started it” said Arya. “Gendry was just talking.”

“Leave the boy, Lem,” said Harwin. “Arya did start it, I have no doubt. She was much the same at Winterfell.”

Tom winked at her as he sang:

And how she smiled and how she laughed, the maiden of the tree.

She spun away and said to him, no featherbed for me.

I’ll wear a gown of golden leaves, and bind my hair with grass,

But you can be my forest love, and me your forest lass

Chapter Three

“Why was Auntie Jane so mean?” Maisie asked, as she followed Harry into the palace, clutching a bag full of toys and clothes to her chest.

“She just wanted you to go and live with her instead,” Harry explained, hauling the bag of Maisie’s things over his shoulder and pulling a suitcase with his other hand. “And she doesn’t like me.”

“Why?” she asked, shocked that someone could dislike someone else.

“I don’t know, she’s a crazy lady,” he said, laughing lightly and making Maisie giggle too. “But now we’re home.”

“Can we watch Frozen tonight?”

“No, Maisie, remember what I said? We’re going to have dinner over at Uncle William and Auntie Kate’s.”

“The princess?”  Her eyes widened with excitement.

He chuckled. “Yes, the princess. But don’t call her that, okay? She’s Auntie Kate to you, okay?”

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Female characters of houses of Westeros (House Stark)

Members of the family tend to be lean of build and long of face, with dark brown hair and grey eyes.

anonymous asked:

Hii.. so from what I've seen I'm guessing that russia,japan, usa and canada are the best countries in figure skating? I myself am from hong kong, which is in china, so i was wondering if china, or hong kong for that matter, is sorta bad in figure skating/?

Yes - Russia, USA, Canada, and Japan are the “Big 4″ in figure skating right now, with some of the deepest fields (but Japan is only strong in men’s and ladies’ singles, they haven’t had much success in pairs and ice dance yet). There are top international skaters from other countries too, but the fields within their countries aren’t quite as deep. Europe and North America have historically dominated the sport; Asia (namely, Japan and China) only started to become bigger players in the last 20 years or so.

China is a powerhouse in pair skating; since the late 1990s, they’ve produced many champion pair teams who have won World and Olympic medals, including Shen Xue/Zhao Hongbo, Pang Qing/Tong Jian, and today’s Sui Wenjing/Han Cong. Lu Chen was a ladies’ World Champion and Olympic medalist back in the ‘90s, but China’s ladies field today is still pretty weak, with the exception of Li Zijun - who is good, but not a World podium contender. Right now China also has a couple of strong men’s skaters, Jin Boyang (known for his quads, he won a World bronze medal last season) and Yan Han. China’s best discipline is still pairs, though.

Hong Kong has never had any top contenders in skating, but skaters representing Hong Kong do compete in international competitions! There will be 4 skaters from Hong Kong competing at the Four Continents Championships in a few weeks - Maisy Hiu Ching Ma in ladies (I like her, she’s a fun performer), and Leslie Man Cheuk Ip, Harry Hau Yin Lee, Harrison Jon-Yen Wong in men’s. Four Continents is also an opportunity to see skaters from small Asian skating federations like the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore. I don’t think it’s fair to say they’re “bad” at skating and leave it at that - they’re definitely not as good as skaters from stronger feds, but everyone still does their best to show good performances and enjoyment of skating, no matter what level they’re at.