Of braiding hair and apology cards by @lotorn (Explicit) Lance’s long fingers thread through the soft locks gently, his nails scratching on the scalp. Lotor purrs. (okay so, not exactly fluff, but it is for this ship tbh lol)
Little Blue by @shiirxtakashii “Wait, are you flustered? Are you blushing?” Lance asked, leaning over to try and get a closer look at the other. “Flustered? Blushing? What are those?” Lotor asked, his head turning back, the flush still there slightly.
Moonflower by @noir-wing (yup, this one’s mine) (WIP) “Don’t swear at me in Galra,” Lance glared. The prince smirked, “Oh, it wasn’t an insult. If you were to translate it into your tongue… I suppose the word would be: darling.”
Altean! Lance AU Drabble by @raphidae Lotor and Allura are engaged in the name of an alliance, but neither want to wed one another. So what happens when Lotor meets her younger brother? (I’m putting this in multichapter because it’s a really long drabble series so it’s basically a fic)
SLYTHERIN: “I haven’t shown my hand – I’ve shown one card. I’ve given my enemies a single, provocative datum upon which to fixate. They have no idea what other cards I’m holding. It’s a strong hand, believe me – I dealt it to myself.” -John Gonzalez (Mr House: Fallout: New Vegas)
This has a happy ending, I swear, and no trauma to Peter. :)
“Steve, you’re taking Peter to school today!” Tony called
out from the bathroom. He shoved his toothbrush into his mouth and worked it
vigorously over his teeth. He didn’t have time for the extensive dental care
routine he usually adhered to like a religious conviction. It was going to bug
him all day, but he needed even those few precious minutes if he was going to
be on time for his meeting.
Steve, looking sleepy and rumpled and oh so unfairly sexy,
leaned into the bathroom and blinked slowly at Tony’s reflection. He yawned,
curled one hand up to scratch at his side like a monkey, and the other up to
grab the top of the door frame… also like a monkey. Tony had been watching way
too many cartoons. He wouldn’t have been surprised if Steve had grabbed the
frame and dangled from it.
“I thought you were doing that this morning?” he asked at
the tail end of his yawn. “I didn’t get home until almost four last night,
Tony. I’m tired.”
Tony stamped down on the immediate urge to snap that he was tired
too. He hadn’t been in bed much earlier than Steve, and he’d been running
around with Peter all night while simultaneously trying to meet a deadline. He
spat out the mouthful of toothpaste and swished half a cap of Listerine around,
holding up one finger while Steve swayed tiredly.
“I’m sorry, babe, I know you’re tired. But I have got to
meet this deadline.” He checked his watch and cursed under his breath. “I am so
late already. Please, please with sugar, and kisses, and so on, and so forth.”
When Steve made an unhappy mewling sound (Seriously, Captain America he may be,
but morning person he was not) Tony said, “We could have Happy do it today. He
Loved was maybe a
strong word, but as much as Happy blustered and complained that he wasn’t a
babysitter, Tony had found more than one unauthorized treat hidden in the car
after a school pick up. Steve tilted his head and actually did let his weight
hang on his fingertips for a second before straightening up.
“No,” he said with a sigh, “We promised that one of us would
do it at least once a week. It’s Friday. But you owe me.”
“Deal,” Tony said immediately, darting forward to kiss Steve’s
cheek and then detouring to seal their mouths together. Steve had morning
breath, but his body was still loose from sleep, and his lips were soft and
plaint under Tony’s. They shared a long kiss, and then Tony reluctantly pulled
away. “You,” he said, wagging a finger at Steve’s sleepy smile, “You are the
Devil.” He pressed another quick kiss to Steve’s jaw, and then ducked under his
arm. “Peter has a field trip today! Don’t forget!” He called over his shoulder
on the way out the door.
WASHINGTON—Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, testing the administration’s ability to reach a deal on government funding next week.
Most lawmakers representing the region—both Democrats and Republicans—said they are opposed and many said they have unanswered questions. A few were noncommittal, but not a single member of the House or Senate representing the region expressed support for the funding request. That includes nine members of the House and eight senators across four states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
The question is increasingly urgent as Congress and the White House scramble to agree on a spending bill needed to keep the government open. Existing funding for the government expires April 28, and the White House says it wants funding for the border wall as part of the package. Senior congressional Republicans have long indicated that they prefer to leave it out. That is partly because Senate Democrats are opposed, and their votes will be needed because most legislation requires 60 votes to clear the chamber, where Republicans hold 52 seats. Congressional Republicans have said they don’t want to risk the partial government shutdown that such a showdown could trigger.
Still, the White House is holding firm on its position.
“You’re always going to have constituencies within both parties that have local issues—we get that,” Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Office of Management and Budget, said in an interview. He added that the GOP leadership is on board to fight for the funding because “they know it’s a priority for the president.”
A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi replied by noting that Mr. Trump had promised Mexico would pay for the wall: “The White House’s demands that American taxpayers now foot the bill for a multi-billion dollar boondoggle are intensely opposed by Democrats and many Republicans.”
Enthusiasm for the project has been tepid, at best, from many lawmakers since Mr. Trump submitted his request. In March, he asked Congress for $1.4 billion in spending for the current fiscal year for the project, with an additional $2.6 billion for next year. Many Republicans responded that the Trump approach is overly focused on a physical barrier rather than other approaches to border security, such as technology, that experts say can be more effective and less expensive.
Administration officials said the 2017 money would pay for 48 miles of new border and levee wall systems, and 14 miles of replacement fencing, as well as some technology improvements and road construction.
“As representatives of the communities that make up our southern border, we recognize the need for robust border security and infrastructure to ensure public safety and increase cross border commerce,” Reps. Will Hurd (R., Texas) and Martha McSally (R., Ariz.) wrote in a letter last month to senior administration officials. “However, we also have an obligation to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and as such have a number of questions.”
Some who back immigration restrictions dismiss these lawmakers’ concerns as parochial and irrelevant to the national imperative to secure the border. But opposition from border-state members is significant in that many know the issue best. Ms. McSally, for example, chairs the Homeland Security border security subcommittee, and in an interview, she said walls do little to stop criminal organizations from getting across the border. “They will go over, through or under physical barriers, sometimes pretty quickly,” she said.
Mr. Hurd, whose district includes 800 miles along the border, describes a wall as “the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border.”
A third House Republican whose district touches the border, Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico, also opposes funding if it is focused on a wall, as opposed to a more comprehensive approach. “The solution must be a dynamic, multifaceted one,” he said.
In the Senate, none of the four Republicans representing border states have expressed support for the project as conceived by Mr. Trump.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, has repeatedly voiced concerns about the Trump spending request, including the impact of adding to the debt as well as the wisdom of the project. Mr. Cornyn has long said the Trump wall proposal is too narrowly focused, and he says he is working on legislation that would take a more comprehensive approach to border security.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) has said he also thinks border security should be focused elsewhere. “I will continue to review options as the current appropriations process moves forward,” he said in a statement Friday.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and John McCain (R., Ariz.) have both voiced skepticism about the Trump plan as well. A Cruz spokesman didn’t reply when asked directly whether he backs the supplemental spending request, and a McCain spokeswoman declined to comment.
Meanwhile, House and Senate Democrats are universally opposed—some forcefully so.
“There is no way in hell I support the request for $1.4 billion in border wall spending. My view on the wall is that we should bulldoze the existing structures,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D., Texas).
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D., Ariz.) joined a lawsuit seeking to block the project based on environmental factors. The other House Democrats opposing the project include Reps. Juan Vargas, who represents the entire California section of the border; and Texas Reps. Beto O’Rourke, Henry Cuellar and Vicente Gonzalez.
“The idea of a wall sounds good as campaign rhetoric, but the campaign is over and we need to offer the American people real solutions, not a false sense of security,” Mr. Gonzalez said.
In the Senate, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California and Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico are all strongly opposed, according to statements and interviews.
One activist who backs tighter immigration laws, Mark Krikorian, argued that border lawmakers’ views fail to take into account the national interest.
“It doesn’t surprise me that congressmen near the border are going to be either opposed or ambivalent but that’s neither here nor there in deciding whether it’s a good idea,” he said.
There ought to be a Fe Heroes event for Sexy Axe Wielders. From Fe7 Bartre, Garcia, Boyd, Largo, Dart, Fe6 Hector, Gonzalez Vaike and of course the best girl Charlotte. Also any from games 3-5 who I may have missed.
No, you do not need tickets and no, sadly, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and stars in the musical, does not play.
But other performers do, including Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington onstage and third base on the ball field.
He bats cleanup, right after Anthony Ramos, an outfielder, who in the Broadway production plays John Laurens as well as Alexander Hamilton’s son Philip.
The team’s left-fielder and fleet-footed leadoff batter is Ephraim Sykes, who is part of the ensemble, and also plays George Eacker.
Alysha Deslorieux, a standby performer for the roles of the Schuyler sisters, starts at second base and brings the team mascot to the games: Max, her dachshund-poodle mix.
They play in the Broadway Show League, where teams are made up of the cast, crew, musicians, ushers and other theater employees from different productions.
The notoriously sold out “Hamilton,” which is nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards this year, is also mopping up on the field.
Five games into the season they are undefeated. All of the victories have been decisive, if not blowouts.
They shut out the team from “Beautiful” by a score of 5-0, beat “Kinky Boots” and “Phantom of the Opera” by seven runs each, and blew out the combined team from “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Finding Neverland,” 19 to 0.
On Thursday, they routed “Les Misérables” by 10 runs, putting them at 5-0 and at the top of the standings with “Matilda.”
“Hey, we’re ‘Hamilton,’ we try to win everything,” said the team’s co-manager Sandy Paradise, poking fun at the show’s seemingly boundless success, which also includes Drama Desk awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Ms. Paradise, who operates the spotlight onstage, was penciling in the starting lineup before Thursday’s game, on Field 2, near the Central Park carousel.
She gathered the players and pointed across the infield at their opponents from “Les Misérables” — like “Hamilton,” a revolution-themed musical — and urged her players to kick some “French Revolutionary” posterior.
She led the pregame shout — “To the Revolution!” — and it was time to play ball.
The performers, who on the stage wear period costumes like frock coats and ornate dresses, take the field wearing black-and-yellow uniforms with the show’s name. The caps bear the “Hamilton” logo and the phrase, “Raise a Bat to Freedom,” a variant of a line from the song “The Story of Tonight” in the musical.
“There is still so much buzz around our show, and it translates onto the field,” said Chris Robinson, who operates the light board for the show, and is a utility player on the team.
While some teams have trouble fielding a full squad, more than 50 cast and crew members signed up for the “Hamilton” team, creating a roster “as big as the Bible,” said the team’s other co-manager, Angelo Gonzalez, who played first base on Thursday.
As the doorman at the stage door, Mr. Gonzalez makes sure things go smoothly when the cast exits to the swarms of fans awaiting them nightly.
While it’s fabulous to be in a show that has taken the theater world by storm, “the problem is, everyone expects us to win,” said Sean Quinn, the theater’s chief engineer and one of the team’s pitchers.