Just got back from Canada—it was truly a beautiful experience. I feel very blessed to have spent time with the exotic locals and to have experienced their quaint way of life. I picked up some mjölk choklad from one of their folksy markets, IKEA, and I even got to try one of their traditional meals: a cheese-curd dish with gravy called “putain.” It really is a mystical land.
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He’s very excited but also very confused by Valentine’s day.
Since he met you, he’s shown you how much he loves you every
Okay well once he got past the whole “stay away from me
I’m dangerous” portion of it all he was extremely loving. Never once left
you wondering just where you stood with him. Since he’s so open about his love,
what is the need of celebrating this holiday? He gives you silly presents all
the time! Whatever you want, he’s gotten it for you! So why bother with
But, on the other hand!! He’s very excited that he now has
someone special in his life he can celebrate with! He can spoil the one he
loves and get spoiled right back! Not to mention, he now has his brother back!
Can he celebrate brotherly love on this holiday as well?
He had no ideas what to do for you though. He wants it to be
special, and fun! But he also wants to do something for his brother. Is he
allowed to combine the two? Would either of you mind? Is it wrong of him to do
that? HE JUST DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THE RULES WERE!
After searching everywhere on the internet, he still had no
clue what was okay and what wasn’t okay to do for Valentine’s Day. How could
the internet let him down like this?! He’s spent days trying to think of
something for all three of you.
One day, he’s gotten so frustrated that he’s slammed his
head against his desk repeatedly for a solid 5 minutes. Vanderwood came in to
the sound of banging and stood with their arms crossed, watching as the younger
man smacked his head against the table.
“As much as I’m loving this, what is your
problem?” they asked, watching as the red head shot up, pushing his chair
away from the desk.
“I!! HAVE RESEARCHED!! FOR DAYS!! AND I STILL HAVE NO
ANSWERS!” he complained, stomping his foot like a child. Vanderwood raised
an eyebrow, questioning his temper tantrum.
“Answers foooor…? What, exactly?” they asked, as
Saeyoung threw his hands in the air in a huff.
“For what to do for Valentine’s Day! What to do for
both MC AND Saeran! What am I supposed to do?!” the pitch of his voice
rising with each word he spoke, running his hands through his hair. “I
want it to be special for the both of them!! But also I don’t want it to get
awkward or creepy either!! All the ideas I’ve seen online are romantic which I
mean is great for MC but what about Saeran? What am I supposed to do for
“I’m pretty sure your brother is fine without
celebrating Valentine’s Day with you,” they threw at him, throwing their
hip out to the side. “It’s more of a romantic thing anyway, isn’t it? Why
bother trying to do something for your brother then? That’s just weird.”
“I have to show Saeran I love him too!!! Strong
brotherly love!!!” he sighed before sitting back down in his chair,
leaning his chin in his hand. “I just want to spend every holiday with the
two of them! Holidays are for the people you love, and I love the both of them
very much.” He looked at his mouse, staring off into space. Too many
thoughts were running through his head at once, he couldn’t focus on anything,
let alone listen to whatever Vanderwood was telling him.
“Hello?? I’m talking to you!” they shouted at him.
They tried to snap their fingers by his ear, but when they realized that wasn’t
working, they smack him up-side the head. “Hey!! Will you listen to me when
I’m talking to you!?”
“Hm? Oh, Vanderwood, what did you say?” he looked
at them from the corner of his eye. He was only half listening to them, so he
didn’t bother to make any effort to turn to them.
“I said, why don’t you all go and do something together
like at an amusement park, or the beach, or hell, even something cliché like a
picnic in the park?” they suggested. “You could all just spend some
time together, then later on in the night you can spend some alone time with
MC, make it romantic.”
“That’s…..actually a good idea! Yeah! I’ll plan like
a day trip sort of thing!” he declared, jumping from his seat a second
time. “I’ll plan something all of us will love! Maybe I’ll gear it a
little towards Saeran, then I’ll spend the rest of the night romantically with
MC…. Yes! That should work!” he turned Vanderwood around and began
pushing him out of the room. “You gotta go! I have planning to do! I have
to think! Go go go!” he called before slamming and locking the door behind
The rest of the day was thinking and planning everything.
Where to go, what to do, and what to do later on, for you! He even waited until
both you and Saeran were asleep and packed over night bags for the three of
He risked his life waking up Saeran the next morning. He was
able to coax him into the backseat of one of his babies, wrapped up in a
blanket, asleep across the seats. Waking you up and getting you dressed was way
easier! You tried to tell him “Happy Valentine’s Day” when you sat up
but he refused to let you? You tried again, thinking maybe he was just too
excited to let you speak, but he covered your mouth- making it fairly obvious
he didn’t want you to say it yet. So, you went along with his antics, knowing
that it would more than likely turn into a great time.
The three of you were on the road in less than an hour,
Saeyoung cranking the radio up, the two of you singing along terribly, and
Saeran cussing the both of you out the entire ride.
“PLEASE. PLEASE TELL ME WE’RE ALMOST THERE. I CAN’T
TAKE THE TWO OF YOU ANYMORE. NO! DON’T TURN IT UP! HEY- I’M TALKING TO THE BOTH
OF YOU! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA” Saeran started screaming at the top of his
lungs, as the both of you sang at the top of yours. After hours in the car, you
look around to see snow all around you outside. You turn to look at Saeyoung,
who’s trying to stifle a laugh because Saeran was sitting in the backseat with
wide eyes, and his face practically against the window.
The moment Saeyoung parks in front of a cute, homey looking
cabin, Saeran practically rolls out of the back seat while his brother shoots
out of the front seat, not bothering to shut the door. You calmly get out, and
watch as the twins already started building snow forts, throwing hastily made
snowballs towards each other’s faces.
“Um, you guys? Maybe you should bundle up in warmer
clothes before getting too into your game? You don’t want to get sick!”
You called out, laughing at how their faces went from determination to a pout,
both grumbling as they walk back towards the car. “Wait, do we even have
warm clothes? I didn’t pack a bag because ssoommeeoonnee didn’t tell me what
their plans were,” you sassed, raising an eyebrow towards your boyfriend.
“Hey hey hey, I came prepared!” he defended,
opening the trunk of his car, “I packed overnight bags for all three of
us!” He dished out the backpacks before grabbing the keys to the cabin,
leading you all inside. With bags haphazardly thrown into their respective
bedrooms, and everyone bundled up in winter coats, scarves, and gloves, you sit
on the porch, watching as the brothers resumed their snowball war.
You knew how much it meant to Saeyoung to spend any and
every holiday he could with his brother, so it didn’t bother you that he was in
the snow with him. You enjoyed your time watching the two of them, keeping
score, and being the referee- calling one or the other out when they play
dirty. But you never let them figure out that you were the one throwing a few
when they least expect it.
Hours went by, and once the sun went down, Saeran is asleep
on the couch, and Saeyoung is coaxing you back into the car. He drives to a
drop off high on the mountain, and lays a few blankets over the hood of his
car. Once the both of you are cuddling close on top of the car, there’s only
silence between the two of you while you watched the night sky. Shooting stars
flew by constantly, and he kissed your forehead every single time he saw one.
“MC, I’m sorry I didn’t take much of a romantic route
this Valentine’s day. It.. well it was my first one so I wasn’t sure what to
do, but I also didn’t want to leave Saeran out of it completely, you know? I
just wanted all of us to enjoy our day as a mini vacation and celebrate our
love for each other collectively,” he whispered against your forehead,
pulling you closer as he gets further into his explanation. “But I’m
hoping laying here, in my favourite spot- the one I used to run to every time
work got too tough or I couldn’t handle my feelings- the one place that meant
the most to me, is romantic enough for you.”
Your heart almost jumped out of your chest, and when you
pulled away to look at his face, you could tell how sincere his words were. One
hand on his cheek and one tangled together with his, you pull his face back to
yours, capturing his lips in a soft kiss.
“You said it meant a lot to you.. why? And why did you
say ‘meant’ like it was in the past?” you asked him once you pulled away,
and you watched him smile down at you.
“It’s always got fresh air up here, makes it easier to
think. You can see the stars perfectly at night up here too, lots of shooting
ones, great for making wishes. But now I have you and Saeran, I don’t need to
wish on them anymore. Wherever you are is my new favourite place,” he
said, giving you the biggest, sweetest smile he could. He may be a big goof but
he’s such a sweetheart and you couldn’t help but bring him in for another kiss.
Then another, then another. After a while, he pulled away from you and looked
you dead in the eye, a thick layer of seriousness flooded his face.
“MC, do you think the aliens can get us up here? Hey
what are you- Hey!! Don’t push me off of the car! MC! It’s cold! Let me back
into the blanket please I’m sorry! I won’t ruin the moment again!”
Billy Broadview making an appearance from the far far mystical land of Boyle, Ireland (ohhhh maaaaagical) because Easter holiday lined up with my birthday this year! Boom, yay me! Cake and I don’t even need to go to class.
Now sadly they still don’t let me do magic outside of school, which is a shame because I have a new one I learned where I can colour eggs and then make them grow legs and run around. The dogs would’ve loved that!
But yeah, don’t worry Jonathan and Emily- I didn’t want you guys to miss my boyish charms too much while I’m gone so I might have set a couple loose in the castle for you guys to hang out with. The pink one with stripes is my favorite. I named him Scrambles.
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How Versailles Did “Arranged Marriage with someone of the opposite sexuality” Right
My I guess you’d call it meta? on Versailles is getting really cool responses (wow thank you guys I didn’t actually think anyone would read them lol) so here’s another one I’ve been thinking about.
Let me preface this by saying I love “The Magicians”. I’ve loved the books since they came out, I think the idea of a realistic take on Harry Potter/Narnia is brilliant. I think it’s a wake up call to all of us who have dreamed about having magical powers/going to a mythical land because it’s a series about what that would actually be like for your average millennial. It could be awesome but also suck balls. I think the characters are interesting, the writing is both witty and grounded yet doesn’t stay away from campyness and the Les Mis sequence is one of my favorite things I have ever seen on TV.
However, I find what they did to Eliot Waugh questionable and borderline extremely offensive. For those of you who are reading this and do not watch the show, Eliot is an openly gay young man who studied theater at SUNY Purchase and is a Magician. He actually reminds me a lot of Philippe (damn that crossover would be amazing), very sarcastic, very troubled, yet a truly good person. He becomes the High King of this mystical land called Fillory and so he and his friends can get a blade to kill this evil being called the Beast, he needs to marry the daughter of the blacksmith who made the blade. Which is made infinitely more complicated because in Fillory marriages are forever and he cannot physically have sex with anyone else except his wife ever again. This is kind of a huge problem being that he’s gay. Now you’d think that for such a progressive show they would find a way to make this not as awful as it sounds. Yeah no, they even go so far as to imply that he’s falling in love with her and his sexuality for about most of season 2 is erased or retconned to be Bi (nothing wrong with that but he was created as a gay character). That’s not good. Also Fen, the girl he marries, is kind of annoying. She’s desperate to get him to fall in love with her in the beginning and is honestly mystified as to why he seems reluctant to sleep with her. She wants him to love her and doesn’t grasp the fact that he’s gay. Anyway this is made all sorts of awkward, they are trying to fix it by also giving him a ‘husband’ because in this fictional land you can have one of each! Still…it’s awkward.
Back to Versailles. There were some people when Liselotte was introduced that thought she was going to be THAT girl, the girl that gets in the way of the OTP. One person on twitter even called her a “blonde cow” (do NOT get me started on that…that was beyond disgusting). Now knowing history, I knew that was not going to happen, those two are together until death do them part (quite literally look it up it’s sad but doesn’t happen for a long time don’t worry everybody!). Yet having experienced The Magicians, I was a teeny bit hesitant as to how this whole thing would be handled as Philippe did have children with Liselotte. How would Liselotte come off? Would she come off as clingy or not understanding of the realities of the situation?
I was SO impressed by the writing of her character, the writing of their situation, and the resolution between Liselotte, The Chevalier and Philippe. I really didn’t want a freaking love triangle of awfulness to last an entire season, especially when Liselotte was such an amazing character. I think that it was genius that they made her someone most people can identify with and even aspire to be. She’s fun, she’s down to earth, she’s courageous, she’s blunt and she’s a damn good person. She walked in fully knowing that Philippe had a boyfriend and though I know she was probably disappointed to realize that he was not attracted to her whatsoever and physically never would be, she came up with a solution that ultimately got her what she wanted (aka kids so she didn’t get kicked out of Versailles and sent home in shame) and was a great influence on both Philippes. She had the right idea all along, that this whole mess would work better if the three of them could stop fighting and if the Chevalier would just calm the fuck down and realize she didn’t want to take his place. I love the scene between her and the Chevalier, I think it’s an eye opener for both of them. She comes into things with a very business-like mindset…and he gives it to her straight, that this isn’t about just sharing a bed or sex, it’s about love and that his heart is broken. His monologue to her is heartbreaking. And I think she kind of knocks some sense into him very gently when she says that the reason he’s acting like this is because he’s terrified and that Philippe loves him but he’s going to lose that love.
The writers made her important to both men, and I think, at the end when she realizes that she’s in a fucked up situation where her brother in law actually had most of her family killed, at the very least she knows she has two people who she can count on. Philippe loves her, maybe not physically but definitely loves her as a person. The Chevalier knows she’d never hurt either of them, and that she wants nothing more than to make all of them happy so he has someone to talk to as well. I think the fact that Philippe basically tells both of them that should anything happen to him (IT WON’T) that the Chevalier will marry her and raise their kids says it all. And the last scene where they are both watching Philippe leave and Liselotte clutches an obviously distraught Chevalier’s hand, you see Philippe smile knowing the two people he loves are going to be ok. And then the final scene of the season, which I assume is some time later, you see the two of them again together and it’s clear that they are both leaning on each other for friendship and support while Philippe is away. I think the progression from all three fighting to working together and ultimately love is so different, and such a breath of fresh air and also shows just how awesome a person Liselotte is. She’s a bit disappointed, but she’s a damn fine human and she wants the people she cares about to be happy. She becomes sort of the missing ingredient to making those two work, the one who will knock some sense into either one of them when Philippe gets too moody or the Chevalier gets too possessive and I hope they’ll get her to also have more fun and embrace the ridiculousness of it all. Yay great character arcs for everyone!
Also SO happy they made it clear that Philippe is pretty exclusively gay and does have trouble having sex with a woman since he is not attracted to women. He doesn’t just magically perform cause ‘welp now I have to’. That was amazing.
TLDR: Liselotte is a gift of a character, Versailles stayed away from the stupid love triangle trope, and gave us a pretty polyamorous marriage that is respectful,loving, and not uncomfortable.
The First Emperor of China and the Giant Sea Monster,
Qin Shi Huangdi is famous for being the first Emperor of a unified China. While Emperor he created a common writing system, system of currency, an imperial bureaucracy based on merit, a codified system of laws, and a unified Chinese Empire. He is also famous for expending much blood and treasure on the Great Wall of China as well as building a massive elaborate tomb complex complete with 8,000 terracotta warriors.
Another thing Qin Shi Huangdi is famous for was his quest for the elixir of life, a potion or concoction that could magically grant him immortality. Qin Shi Huagdi commissioned hundreds of alchemists and mystics to create the elixir. Many of the elixirs the Emperor favored contained mercury as a main ingredient. A poisonous substance, mercury is now known to cause degenerative effects on the nervous system and madness. After many years of drinking dubious elixirs, potions, and concoctions, the first Emperor of China was beginning to lose grip on reality.
His alchemists never were able to find the right concoction, and the Emperor, growing more desperate and mentally unstable, order the execution of those who failed to provide him with a working elixir of life. One day the Emperor commissioned an expedition of several ships crewed by 6,000 virgins to find the elixir of life. The expedition was led by Xu Fu, the court sorcerer of the Emperor. According to the Emperor Xu Fu was to find the mystical land of Penglai Island, where a 1,000 year old sorcerer named Anqi Sheng lived, a man who knew the secret of the elixir of life. According to the Emperor he had once met Anqi Sheng who had invited him to the island. Anqi Sheng promised the Emperor the elixir of life if he would bring him 6,000 virgins.
Xu Fu and his crew knew that the story told by the Emperor was nonsense, but they had to return with something or they would all surely be executed. What Xu Fu came up with was an excuse, an excuse that took advantage of the Emperor’s failing mental health. After a short sail, Xu Fu reported to the Emperor that the fleet was unable to sail to Penglai Island due to a large sea monster that patrolled the coast, preventing the fleet from sailing beyond coastal waters. The Emperor believed the story, but not willing to let monster get in his way, he assembled a team of archers and a warship.
With Xu Fu, his eunuchs, and courtiers, Qin Shi Huangdi sailed the coast, his archers firing randomly at every disturbance of the water. The Emperor declared that he had killed the monster, it was quite apparent that Xu Fu’s plan had backfired. He was once again ordered to set sail with his expedition and find Penglai Island. This time the expedition never returned, instead opting to settle in Japan rather than return home to certain death.
Qin Shi Huangdi’s search for the elixir of life would be fruitless. For the remainder of his life the Emperor continued to ingest harmful potions in hopes of gaining immortality. He died in 210 BC after ingesting a number of pills containing mercury.