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Who Do You Love More? (Part 2)

Pairing: Archie Andrews x Reader

Requested: Yes

Warnings: Cursing

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Storm, A Perfect

Rob/Richard non AU [can be found on Ao3] Ch 1

Richard calls it the perfect storm. Sunday evening, the end of another of so many conventions spread over the years. 2 flights to LA canceled indefinitely due to what do you know, an actual storm. Booze and a hotel room. “Perfect StooOrm”, Richard croons at the drink he’s mixing.

Rob is lounging in the corner recliner chair because they’re exhausted and definitely not going out, not even to the hotel bar, but they’re not going to pass up the opportunity to be with friends just rooms apart. Richard stumbles sideways and Rob snaps out of his half nap. “Give me the drink,” he reaches out, talking to Richard like a good dad would to a son in need.

Richard regards him and kneels on the ottoman before him to hand over the glass. Rob is buzzed and feeling great at the moment, kind of sleepy, but good. He takes a healthy drink and smiles at Richard in front of him, kneeling on the cushion, supporting himself by a hand on the chair. He knows Richard is a talkative drunk until he hits this stage; quiet, contemplative, overly drunk Richard Speight.

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anonymous asked:

Okay, first things first, you're blog is amazing. All the characters seem so real and so worked on, that it is a pleasure to read! Anyways, I really wanted to ask for your opinion on Beauxbatons. I've always been fascinated with this school (I live in France), and I have been wondering if you had any thoughts about it, as you put Dom there. How many students go there? What rules, lessons, sports, lifestyle, etc,would these students have? What would be different to Hogwarts? Any thoughts please!

Aw omg thank you so much, this was so lovely to hear c: I’ve always wanted to live in France; bienvenue!

I’ve never thought about some of these bullet points before, so if any of them sound muddled I’m really sorry!

  • Hogwarts has like 1000 or so students, and I think Beauxbatons might be of the same proportion; i.e. there’s the same amount of students to each year, about 120 ish. There’s a bit on the HP wiki about Gabrielle attending Beauxbatons at age 8, so idk whether I consider this canon or not but I definitely do think they’d start earlier than normal, since Fleur talks about how they sit their exams after more years of study than Hogwarts. Either that, or they just finish later – if they do OWLs after 6 years of study, they may do 8 or 9 total years of school, but then that’s quite a lot so I’m not sure. I think they’d have one year “early” (so they’d start at age 10 and do an introduction year), do their OWLs in 6th year and then do their NEWTs at a really advanced pace, either 2 years for normal students or 1 year for really smart kids. There’d be the option to carry on studying at Beauxbatons, too. Unlike Hogwarts, where you graduate after 7 years, I think Beauxbatons would have an integrated “postgraduate” course for people who wanted to teach or specialise in a specific subject. Not university, it wouldn’t be that advanced, but it would be something more for people who wanted it.
  • At Hogwarts it was considered alien to stand up as your headmistress entered the room, so I think Beauxbatons would definitely differ in that respect. Hogwarts can be quite rowdy and lax with rules, but I feel like Beauxbatons would be much more proper and, well, civilised. There’d be pranks and games, but during school hours the students would use proper etiquette, such as the right cutlery during mealtimes, and holding doors open, that sort of thing. No one really runs in the hallways or hangs around lazily in the corridors; there are lounge areas for that.
  • Ok I have this major headcanon about Beauxbatons sports so please bear with as I do a lame introduction. In the Quidditch Through the Ages book that you can buy irl, it says about how there are different sports played all over the world. I do think they’d play Quidditch at Beauxbatons, but there wouldn’t be as heavy a focus on it and they’d play different sports, too. In Muggle schools you do PE and you have a hockey team, a football team, a netball team, … , and in Beauxbatons there’d be a Quidditch team, but also teams for games like Shuntbumps or Quodpot, so everyone is encouraged to play a sport and to get involved somehow. There are inter-house championships, but at the end of each year over a couple of days, where each game is played like in a tournament. The winning house gets a trophy, which gets put in the corridor designated to prizes and trophies.
  • As for houses, I don’t have any names, but they’re named after previous headmasters/mistresses from times gone by. There’s six of them, with house colours navy/light green/yellow/white/lilac/red. The house colours of Hogwarts are splashed everywhere, but Beauxbatons is much more subtle. The house colours only tend to come out during the House Championship or training for sports, but students will sometimes buy notebooks or pyjamas in their house colours. Students aren’t segregated by house, either; kids are randomly assigned to dormitories in their first year, so there’s less clashing between students of different houses. There’s less bitter rivalry and more fun rivalry.
  • There isn’t a massive curfew: students have to be in their dormitories by 10pm, unless it’s exam season when you can be in the library until midnight and then retire to bed. Lounges are open 24/7 normally, so if you really can’t sleep you can be excused and go and sit in there for a bit. Students have to wake up at 7am pronto in order to have breakfast and get ready in time for school, which is why they have a curfew, so they can actually get enough sleep. You don’t have to wake up at 7am during exam season, unless, of course, you have a morning exam; if you have an afternoon exam you’re allowed to sleep in until 9am.
  • There are two dormitories for each gender and each year, so 4 for each year and about 32 in total. The palace itself has a separate wing for dorms; boys are on one side and girls on the other. Lounges are mixed gender and accommodate all years; there are 3 dotted around and they contain things like a bookshelf with textbooks from ex-students (e.g. a fourth-year who doesn’t need his Charms textbook can donate it to a lounge bookshelf in case a younger student needs one but can’t afford it), couches and chairs, and things students have brought themselves, like a chess board. Students only go in the lounges during lunch, evenings or weekends.
  • The curriculum follows the one of Hogwarts, but there are also subjects in Domestic Magic and Foreign Languages, which are compulsory OWLs along with Charms, Transfiguration, etc. Hogwarts has the option to do things like Alchemy or Advanced Arithmancy Studies in NEWT year, but Beauxbatons doesn’t have extra NEWT subjects, per se. If you want to do something extra, you have to do it as an extra-curricular (e.g. in Alchemy club), but you can’t get an official OWL/NEWT in it, just certificates. Which is good, of course, because employers would naturally look at extra-curriculars as well as exam scores. Domestic Magic is what it sounds, really, and Foreign Languages covers almost every language, and you can pick two to study from first year to sixth. During NEWT year(s), you can either carry on with one of your languages at a super advanced level, both at a normal advanced level, or start a new one from scratch so you do three in total.  English does NOT count as a foreign language – every year there’s some smart arse who thinks they can get away with studying some combination of English, American English or “Australian”. No matter what you choose to do, it gets taught by a qualified native speaker, as Beauxbatons has amazing connections with wizarding academics all across the world.
    Classes are taught in French, so native English speaking students (such as Dominique Weasley) are strongly encouraged to be fluent in French before they apply to study at Beauxbatons. If there’s a word you’re stuck on and can’t understand, there’s a handy spell all first year students are taught with which you can translate anything, any time. A group of “postgraduate” students are working on a spell that would make you hear the language you’re most comfortable with – so if the teacher is speaking in French, the spell will make it sound like she’s speaking in English just for you, and another student can hear it in, say, Norwegian, etc.
  • All exam results, school letters, trophies, what have you are written in French.
  • The school day is from 9am to 6pm, and 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. Lunch is from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, evening time is 6-10pm. Training sessions for sports and extra-curricular clubs are normally held on weekends: sports take up a whole block of morning or afternoon, but clubs can be held in the evening if a lot of their members play sport so can’t be available during the day. Classes are 50 minutes long, and there’s a 10 minute break between them so you can theoretically swap books in this time, but there’s not really much point since classes are usually on the other end of the school to dorms, so by the time you got to your trunk to collect your next book you’d be late for class. At weekends you can visit the market nearby; it’s entirely wizarding and sells both school supplies and odd little things, but if you want an actual village with bookshops and the like in, you have to wait until the holidays.
  • The general atmosphere is one of etiquette and success – students are pushed to be focused on their work, whether it takes the form of academics or sports; sometimes there’s too much pressure, though. If you’re under-performing in lessons it can be hard to catch up, so you’ll often have to quit clubs and sports for a term until your grades get back on track.
    Rudeness is not tolerated under any circumstances; students can say what they like in lounge areas or dormitories, but if you swear in the corridors or get in a fight you get in trouble. Detentions either involve the usual stuff like writing lines, or you have to help the gardeners tend to the massive gardens outside and prune trees, for example.
Troye Sivan Seattle LIVE Show Review

Review by Josh A. // Tweet @mrjoshuahh // Instagram @mrjoshuahh

In the space of two days @troyesivan​ went from announcing his full length album, ‘Blue Neighbourhood’, live on iTunes Beats 1 Radio, to performing his first live show ever at the Neumos in Seattle.

Seattle is a city renowned for its music scene. It’s the birthplace of legends like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, and has a constant stream of new, interesting, up and coming artists flowing through its venues. As Troye has not performed for some time, it makes sense to pick a smaller city to have your first show in, to iron out the bugs of the performance.

The Neumos is a small venue in the liberal, arty and gay district of Seattle called Capitol Hill. I went by the area for lunch and there were people queuing from 1pm wearing WILD and TRXYE sweaters doing calculus homework! I arrived at around 6pm and that queue was now around the block. That pretty much sums up the dedication of Troye’s fanbase, something I’ll touch on later.

Doors opened at 7pm and DJ100PROOF kicked things off at 8pm. If you’re familiar with the YouTube music channels Majestic Casual and The Sound You Need, both playing an eclectic mix of lounge remixes, house, hip hop and downtempo beats, then you would pretty much recognise all the track played. It set a good tone for the show ahead and finished around 8:45 leaving just 15 mins to pack up the DJ equipment and set the stage for Troye.

The stage was small, and the setup simple. One very talented drummer on a standard kit with extra electronic pads to achieve Troye’s electropop sound. Another guy on keys, fills and backing vocals, this guy also cued the tracks on two laptops. The stage was adorned with 3 lit up outlines of blue houses. This embarrassingly for me took me until the last 2 songs to realise the Blue Neighbourhood connection. Very smart Troye.

So on to the show. SPOILER ALERT - Please don’t read further if you’re not interested in the show’s set list or song details.

Troye walked on stage dressed in skinny blue jeans, black shiny platform boots and a black printed Adidas sweater with Japanese characters. After a chorus of screams Troye opened immediately with ‘Bite’ featured on his WILD EP.

Bite is an upbeat but edgy song, filled with heavy bass and off beat fills that pay tribute to the song’s meaning of feeling discomfort. Despite his self admitted nervousness he immediately took control of the stage and crowd. Troye danced around on stage looking confident and comfortable. You can tell that he loves his music which is a really endearing thing to see.

He went straight into another WILD EP track ‘Fools’. Troye’s voice is ridiculously on point, so much so that I couldn’t tell whether it was the studio version. Bravo!

As with Bite and Fools, the crowd sang along to every word, so when new song ‘Cool’ got introduced it was nice to hear him and his band without the added background noise. Of all the new songs Troye played ‘Cool’ has to be my favourite. The live version sounded incredible, with 80s synths and a Phoenix/The 1975 feel to it. I can’t wait to hear the studio version of this with its catchy chorus! 

Moving on, Troye played ‘DKLA’, with Tkay’s rap laid on the backing track. This was followed by Ease which was a huge crowd pleaser. At this point whatever fear or nervousness Troye may have had, he had certainly overcome it. Between songs he would thank the crowd and marvel in disbelief at where he was and where he began.

His next two songs were tracks from his new album. The first, ‘Talk Me Down’, is part of Troye’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ music video trilogy where Troye bravely and truthfully shares his sexuality and experiences, including the struggles and pains, in his three part video. Of the whole show this track is the most downbeat - from the previews of the music video depicting a death/possible suicide it makes sense.

‘Suburbia’, another new Blue Neighbourhood album track, followed a similar tempo, with the lyrics relating to the Blue Neighbourhood theme of idillic suburban, middle class life. This nicely set the stage for ‘WILD’ the title track of his recently released EP.

‘WILD’ is ridiculously catchy. It has recently made it onto BBC Radio 1’s Playlist; a feat on its own! As the first note chimed in the crowd literally went nuts. Troye claimed in a recent interview of all the songs he performs in his show, WILD is his favourite. It’s easy to see why. He bounced around the stage gleaming and smiling to his audience who jumped around with him. At the end of the song he thanked the crowd and left the stage with his drummer and keyboard player for the inevitable encore walk off.

Chanting ensued, with more screaming and shouting. The drummer, this time with an acoustic guitar returned to the stage with Troye and the keyboard player. They played beautiful stripped back version of ‘Happy Little Pill’, a track from Troye’s early TRXYE EP which the crowd sang along to with glee.

Troye’s final song was ‘Youth’ another very upbeat new track, which features a very catchy vocal loop. A great song to end on.

To summarise:
Troye’s first performance really could not have gone better. There were no technical cock-ups, there were no awkward interactions with the crowd, it really was perfect. His voice was impressive and powerful. The length of the show was around 40-45 mins, in other words short but sweet. His band is talented; you could tell that whatever practice had gone into the show paid off as the performance was tight. Troye’s stage presence was good, he worked the stage and crowd from the minute he came on when he left. One observation was that he often looked down when he sang which could be put down to many things. Regardless this will only get better as he does more shows.

One of my favourite and most humbling moments of the show was when Troye announced his mum was front and centre of the stage amongst the crowd. She was Facetiming someone back home for the duration of the show, my guess is family. This felt very fitting as you really get a sense of family, and the support of his family running through the narratives of his music, show and in the room itself. His fans are like extended family, each connected to Troye through a series videos, social interactions and moments shared in their homes around the world. What makes Troye different from a normal musician is that there is a very tangible preexisting connection between him and his audience that makes a very successful career for him inevitable.

A big congratulations to Troye on his success so far, and I look forward to seeing his performance in London in November

Set List as follows:

Bite
Fools
Cool
DKLA
Ease
Talk Me Down
Suburbia
Wild

[Encore:]
Happy Little Pill (Acoustic)
Youth