never been more happy for a book to have a commercial

Because some asked why I needed Truthwitch to break out...

Some people have asked me what I meant by a statement in my postmortem – about WHY I needed Truthwitch to break out (because if it didn’t, my career was over). I’m not sure how in-depth I’ve been in my newsletter, so here’s an answer for you:

Basically, my first series tanked. I mean…tanked. We’re talking, Truthwitch sold more copies in its first two weeks than the entire SS&D series COMBINED.

Bad sales hurt an author – you’re way better off as an untested debut than an author with shitty sales. So I was at a crossroads in my career, where the plan was to change my name. That way, I could be a “debut” again. (Sadly, this happens a LOT in the industry. Which is why please do not pirate our books!)

But then Tor decided to take a chance on me. Because they’re a small (and amazing) house, they have more room to take on projects that they’re passionate about (instead of just commercially successful). HOWEVER, if Truthwitch didn’t sell well…. Then yeah. That was it. “Susan Dennard” would be dead, and I’d have to reinvent/start over my career.

There’s no shame in that. I was totally willing to reinvent! The problem was that I had this great audience for my writing advice – thousands upon thousands of people who were coming back for my blog and newsletter. Yet none of them were buying my books. Which is fine – I don’t give free writing help to sell copies. I do it because I love doing it.

BUT…if I reinvented myself, I would lose what little crossover I had between writing-advice-fans and book-readers – not to mention the handful of amazing fans who did like the SS&D trilogy (I will never ever forget my wonderful Misfits!).

So…I needed + desperately wanted Truthwitch to sell well. I wanted Tor to be happy. I wanted to keep my name. That led to me going “all in” on self-promo.

Full disclosure: I allocated $15,000 of my advance to promote Truthwitch. (Which, in case you’re wondering, was most of the advance.) I ended up going over that amount…by a lot. Costs ranged from travel to important events (this was really where the bulk got eaten up!) to running/maintaining my street team (swag, postage, hiring an assistant to help me keep it going) to learning how to + making my own book trailer.***

And like…I honestly don’t even know what kind of TIME I spent promoting. It was a lot more than I thought it would be. Literally most of 2015.

But…it paid off, right? At least in terms of “success.” I’m a New York Times Bestseller now!!

That said, I haven’t earned back the money I spent yet (“bestseller” doesn’t automatically mean “rich”), and I will never get back the time I spent. Plus, the nightmare that was 2016 as I tried to rush-create Windwitch

It begs the question: were the costs worth the rewards? I don’t know. I think so since, hopefully, the rewards will continue to pay forward for a long time – and my career is definitely growing!

Best of all, though, I CAN KEEP MY NAME. Susan Dennard. C’est moi pour toujours. ❤️

Edit:

I want to add two more things – because this post has opened up a lot of conversations I wasn’t expecting to have (but welcome!!).

First: I cannot emphasize enough just how important LUCK is in this equation. On top of the time, money, publisher-partnership, and salty desperation that I poured into Truthwitch, I ALSO GOT LUCKY. I had the Right Book at the Right Moment with the Right Cover in the Right Genre coming out in the Right Month.

A publisher can pour all the money in the world into a book, but nothing will make readers buy it. There is no predicting trends.

So a lot of the success of Truthwitch (which is still pretty small, relatively speaking. I’m not a Big Author by any means!!) boils down to that intangible, finicky sprite known as Lady Luck.

Second: This is just ROUND ONE of “reinvention.” I have no illusions or expectations that my success will remain. The Witchlands series has already exceeded my wildest hopes, but no author stays “on top” forever. It’s a constant up and down, and frankly, we’re all just really lucky to even be able to share our words in the first place.

Sure, I’d love to be successful forever, but it’s not my primary dream – and definitely not my expectation. Realism is key to longevity in this industry, and more than that: gratitude.

So on that note: thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being the reason I keep writing.


***Note: I need to also mention that, once it was clear my own self-promotion was starting to pick up momentum, Tor really stepped in and helped me. This was not a solo journey, and it NEVER is. I had/have an amazing team, and we’ve forged a real partnership while getting the Witchlands into readers’ hands.

anonymous asked:

Hii! Can you do a fic in the future where jughead already published his first novel and he has like some sort of conference or sth where he gets asked questions and all and somebody asks about the girls next door and he talks so sweetly about her and like Betty is in there too and all. Idk if you get it but English isn't my first language. Oh and I love your writing btw you are really talented

*insert here Titanic’s “It’s been 84 years” gif* Yes, it’s a prompt!! I finally uploaded one! Easter holidays are totally messing my writing scedule and I’m so terribly sorry for that. But I’m back in the game and I promise I’ll be my usual bughead obsessed self from now on! So, I’ve finished this just before the episode aired yesterday (I was just so tired to go over it and post it after the episode ended, I’m sorry) and I’m very pleased a lot of things that I wrote became canon. I had so much fun writing this because I’m a sucker for future fics and because that’s pure fluff and a huge, much needed dose of happiness to Jughead’s life! Also I changed the request a little, I wrote this as a TV interview just to make it more grande for Juggie, I hope you don’t mind, nonnie! Thank you for requesting and for your lovely words!!! <3 Hope you all enjoy (and maybe this will make you hate me less for my tardiness) !! <3


Betty could literally feel herself bouncing on her heels with nervous excitement, the velvet material of her blush colored pumps getting scratchy as they rubbed up against each other but, truly, right now, she didn’t give a damn about her potentially ruined shoes. She could only focus on the red digital numbers changing sequentially over the silver doors of the semi-packed elevator she was in, biting her lip nervously and counting mentally in her mind as if that way, somehow, the numbers would run faster and the silver cage would miraculously arrive on her floor in a nanosecond.

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anonymous asked:

The new fans who just go "awww they're such good friends!!" Meanwhile they're making out in their tour bus

oh my god i am so here for this au okay lemme Expand on this

  • tristan is still famous but piper holds this as a closely guarded secret from literally everyone, including annabeth and reyna (i’m just rlly feelin this whole Angsty Teen Movie where she’s got Big Dreams that she wants to achieve without daddy’s help al;ksdjf)
  • she gets gigs on her own in bars and nightclubs or whatever. her voice is beautiful and her audience is always thrilled with her, but she doesn’t have enough of a unique kinda vibe that could make her famous.
  • reyna and hylla used to play on sidewalks for change, they were the Small Town Girls With Big Time Dreams hoping to get a record deal
  • hylla eventually becomes responsible and jaded and gets a job and is kind of annoyed when reyna still wants to pursue music.
  • they part ways kind of bitterly, but reyna really is serious about music. she’s absolutely lethal with a guitar, and anyone who’s heard her play is surprised she isn’t more successful (she has some kind of unique Sound like idk she’s like eddie van halen and built her own guitar or something)
  • piper and reyna book a gig at the same seedy bar one night, purely out of coincidence.
  • they will joke a lot later about how the first time reyna saw piper, she was literally standing in a spotlight and angels were singing (even if the angel was piper herself)
  • reyna’s like, TOTALLY smitten the instant she sees piper and knows immediately that she wants to break her out of this dingy bar and tour the country together making music forever.
  • so that’s what they do!!
  • reyna finds her after she gets off stage and gushes about how talented she is, and of course piper is hugely flattered. (can you honestly fucking imagine reyna saying to piper “what’s a girl like you doing in a place like this?” im gonna LOSE it l;kdjkl;fj. she doesn’t actually say that though but like. ima G IN E)
  • somehow they end up on stage together? the audience is probably cheering for an encore for piper and piper is sort of embarrassed because reyna is supposed to go but reyna’s like nah, stay up with me
  • ANYWAY reyna starts wailing out “i love rock ‘n’ roll” and they belt it out together like they’ve practiced it for years and they have this instant musical connection and like??? keep making dramatic eye contact at each other while they’re singing at their respective microphones….
  • they finish and the crowd is like going WILD for them (they hadn’t noticed while they were playing bc they were so wrapped up in each other honestly wtf)
  • THIS IS THE SONG THEY DO NEXT oh my god imagine imagine piper doing this on stage with reyna..i’d die
  • they do the most badass cover of i kissed a girl ever and piper changes the lyrics????? to make it explicit that she kisses girls and doesn’t have a boyfriend?? and reyna KNOWS it’s intentional bc like she literally changed the lyrics and keeps making bedroom eyes at her like honestly…..damn piper y u so smooth
  • i was gonna make it a slow burn but honestly like they hook up that very night lmao
  • the video of i kissed a girl goes viral and that is how they get that Lesbian Attention bc like honestly it’s rlly cute and u can actually see the moment piper stops just singing the song and starts flirting, it’s like halfway through the second verse she’s like “no i don’t even know your name…” and then she kind’ve giggles into the microphone and says “but it really matters” and turns around to look back at reyna who is staring at her with REALLY HUGE EYES…omg
  • anyway that video rlly helps them bc after that they start a youtube channel and they do a bunch of badass covers and become pretty successful, and eventually they get a record deal
  • piper writes the lyrics to their songs and reyna writes the music. piper of course sings lead vocals but reyna can do backup, and they harmonize really nicely.
  • they’re successful in their like little Niche of fans, but they don’t Make It Big. they’re disappointed and frustrated that things seemed to have stalled….which brings us to annabeth
  • um honestly the only way i can see annabeth bein into music is if her parents were? so that’s how they met. her mom was some young starlet who wanted to be a singer, swept her dad off her feet, had a baby, and then fucked off to get a record deal with little heed for her kid. annabeth gets it in her head at a young age that she can get her mom’s attention if she becomes even better than her.
  • annabeth doesn’t do anything half way so she plays like 8 instruments and she’s fucking good at all of them. annabeth’s mom is a deadbeat though and once annabeth figures out she’ll never be good enough, she decides to get so much more famous than her mom’s failed pop star career out of pure spite.
  • n like, it works. she has a successful solo career. she’s a very talented musician and a good singer. she’s right on the edge of being an A-lister, but she’s not quite there yet.
  • only problem: she’s unhappy because fame can’t buy happiness (this is actually a study in how many cliches can i cram into this)
  • she’s also missing like, the soul of her music? her fans are starting to complain that she’s a sell out and the grit and rawness that used to make her music so great is now just commercialized and mainstream (it wouldn’t bother her except that they’re right; she barely writes her own stuff anymore)
  • she’s honestly like trying to work through her issues with her mom i bet and like it just makes her whole career feel jaded, and she’s miserable.
  • i do not know how she discovers piper and reyna’s music but when she does she instantly loses her mind because they are incredible
  • she’s stunned that she hasn’t heard of them before, and even more stunned that they aren’t more popular
  • she immediately demands that they be her opening act for her next tour
  • piper and reyna are OF COURSE like absolutely thrilled to get the news (imagine them hanging up the phone and then looking at each other all excited and then screaming and jumping up and down together ?????!)
  • the tour is, of course, filled with sexual tension and lesbian antics and progressively less annabeth playing alone and more piper and reyna and annabeth playing together
  • and at some point they decide all three of them to form a band ?
  • annabeth’s record label is like “um that’s like…the opposite of what you’re supposed to do…u ditch the band and go solo once you make it big not MAKE a band when you’re already famous??”
  • but reyna and piper make annabeth more excited about music than she’s been in a long, LONG time and also they’re REALLY good together so of course they go for it
  • and the three of them together are like, the final combo that they need to make them BIG. they become a sensation. they smash all kinds of records and become the most successful all girl band of all time aaay
  • they’re famous for writing such raw and honest songs about themselves and their life, piper is also like literally lyrical genius

also they do a collab at some point with lacy sadie and hazel’s band ;)

Work Comes Home - Part 6

Summary: You work for the company that publishes Hamilton: The Revolution. You meet Lin-Manuel at work and who knows what will happen?

Words: 3748

Author’s Note: Thanks to @secretschuylersister and @iwrotemywayto-revolution for being amazing and reading this over and editing it for me. Brazenhead Books is a real store in NYC and so is the owner Michael, visiting his bookstore is now on my bucket list. 

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Disclaimer: Obviously, the overall story timeline is a little weird, it takes a while to publish a book, but we’re condensing that time for the purpose of the story. 

Warnings: Swearing

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Arkos Pregnancy Au

here it is folks. What started out as a way of making me feel less depressed spiralled out into this beautiful au.

are you ready??? (also please keep in mind that I only did some research into pregnancy so if something is wildly inaccurate its because I’m lazy)

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I'm actually glad the movies failed now.

I was one of the few who actually liked the movie, but I do think it could have been HEAPS better than it was.

I’m a Kevin Zegers fan, and I thought he did a good job as Alec, but yeah, he was/is too old to play him. I was blinded before by my love for KZ. xD

Godfrey (movie!Magnus) looks like a GOD and he had the visual part of Magnus down for me, but would he have made a good Magnus in all the other areas? I don’t know, and I guess I never will, because we never got to see too much of that.

Harry hooks me from the word “GO!” How he moves, how he speaks, his facial expressions - there is NO OTHER that can play Magnus. Harry IS Magnus Bane. No one can tell me otherwise. This man is BRILLIANT as the character, and if the movies had been more successful, I would have never come to know that and that would be a tragedy.

Same with Matt as Alec. He looks so tortured, serious and yes, indeed, “grumpy” a lot of the time, and just how I pictured him in the books (though of course, my visual had blue eyes, and as much as I am a sucker for blue eyes, that no longer matters to me. Matt’s eyes could be fuchsia and I wouldn’t care because everything else about him and his portrayal of the character is FLAWLESS!!) 

Oh, and don’t even get me started on Malec as a couple. The chemistry those two have is beautiful, and it makes me sooo happy seeing this now because —as a book reader— I know what is yet to come and if they are this amazing to watch now…. oh gawd, someone save me. (I’m sooo looking forward to them falling in love on screen before my very eyes.)

Another reason I’m happy the movies fell through, is that we get soooo much more of the Shadowhunter world because of it. The movie was like 2 hours, but with the show we have 1-hour-episodes (more like 45 minutes because of commercials, but still), so about 9+ hours of footage in one season - and with 20 episodes for Season 2, we have like 15+ hours more of our wonderful characters still to experience.

I remember being super upset when I heard of the fate of the movies. I was happy to hear we would get another shot with a TV show instead, but the idea of all new people playing my favourite characters was still upsetting. But I couldn’t be happier to see now that I had nothing to worry about because this new cast is great!

So excited for Season 2!!

The Contest Part 13- FINISHED VERSION

To celebrate Supernatural’s 15th season, the producers have decided to hold a contest to cast an unknown in a recurring role as Sam’s rumored love interest. They are doing open casting calls all over the country. Your best friend Nikki wants to go and she drags you along.

A/N:  My inspiration for Nikki is the one and only Red, @oriona75 . So I’m actually telling two stories here, Jared and Y/N’s, and Sam and Gemini’s.  It flips back and forth, so try and keep up! :)

Characters: Reader, Best friend Nikki (OC), Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Cliff, Emily (OC) other Supernatural cast and crew

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Dr. Jenkins came running up to the set.  Emily had regained consciousness but was very disoriented.  I was holding her hand and talking to her softly to try to keep her calm.  He knew I was a nurse so he asked me to give him a report.  I kept it brief.  “She’s 37 weeks pregnant.  Gestational diabetes.  Started seizing.  I tested her sugar, it was 500.  She told me her blood  pressure has been running high lately.”

The EMT’s had arrived and Dr. Jenkins filled them in.  We all stood around while they did a quick assessment.  Jared came up next to me and held my hand while we waited.  They loaded Emily on to the gurney in preparation to take her to the hospital.

“Do you need someone to go with her?  I’ll go.” I told them.

“I’m sorry Y/N, but we have to get this episode in the can today.  You still have scenes to shoot.  Dr. Jenkins can go with Emily.” Phil said.

I opened my mouth to protest, but a warning elbow in the ribs from Nikki made me shut it. Oh yeah. I’m not a nurse now, I’m an actress.  The show comes first.  I flashed Phil a smile.  “No problem, Phil.  I understand, the show must go on.”

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Bucky

Hey guys! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, things are a little crazy right now. So this is a little one I wrote a while ago. Get pumped for this weekend! A nice, long, fluffy story is coming your way! I’m really excited about it! Happy Thursday! Enjoy!

There were never many guys that I was very into. Sure, nice guys would pop up every now and then, cute guys would walk around every corner, but it was rare to find a kind, handsome man I wanted to spend a lot of time with. 

I’m like every girl. I want someone to care about me, to talk to, to satisfy me. I like to get dressed up and go to bars every now and then. I like to dance and flirt and drink a little. Or a lot.

But then I like to go home. I like to read or watch movies in my spot on the couch. I like to go to the gym in the morning and I like to spend my days at work. I like to make myself dinner and go to bed. 

I like not depending on anyone.

Well I did. Until Bucky Barnes joined the team. Now I want nothing more than for him to depend on me and for me to depend on him. He’s addicting. He makes me realize how much I want someone like him in my life.

And I’ve never even said more than two words to him.

He’s new and he’s shy. His eyes dart around at all times scanning for threats. He never jumps, but I know that he gets startled when a new voice comes into the room or a loud movie plays on the television. Tension always shows in his shoulders.

Steve has told me about the Bucky he used to know. The suave and smooth hunk of man who used to glide from girl to girl. The center of attention who used to tell all the jokes. The knight in shining armor who used to drop in and take care of Steve.

That last one I believe. He’s always with Steve. They train together, eat together, go on missions together. Steve is really the only person Bucky almost holds a conversation with.

I look at him and I don’t see a lost puppy like the others do. I see a strong man who has found himself again. He doesn’t need anyone’s help or pity. He’s doing just fine on his own.

I was sitting in my spot on the couch. The corner where the two ends come together and form a nest. My legs were folded under me and I was reading my book. 

Well I was until Bucky and Steve came in. 

Steve said hello and Bucky gave me a quick smile which I returned. Steve asked permission to watch the news on the TV which I granted. Anything to keep Bucky in the same room, though I would never admit that to myself. 

Steve plopped down on the couch in front of the screen while Bucky gently lowered himself to sit. He was closest to me, though on a separate couch, which was intriguing. 

It shouldn’t have been, but it was. I rolled my eyes at myself and tried to turn my focus back to the pages in my lap. I really need to stop looking so far into things.

I couldn’t help it though. Usually if anyone else was in the room Bucky sat as far away from them as possible. He normally glued himself to the arm of the couch near the wall, sitting straight, his arms safely folded in his lap, ready to pounce at any second.

Today, he was in the middle of the couch. Steve was on the other side of him, giving me a full view of the man I just loved to stare at. My brain cursed the situation while my heart praised it.

And the staring commenced.

It’s not that I’m creepy… well I am but I’m not trying to be. I don’t check him out, or eye-fuck him as Natasha would say. He truly fascinated me.

He looked more relaxed than I’d ever seen him. He leaned back into the cushions of the couch, his strong shoulders buried in the beige material. He was so slouched, I could see the light of day between the small of his back and the cushion. It almost made me laugh.

My eyes traveled down his lounging form as I tried to ignore my lungs collapsing as my body clenched in attempts of holding in a scream. His legs that were usually pulled together and tense were now wide open in a v, the foot closest to me resting on the coffee table.

His legs were long, but thick with muscle. Even as he was sitting I could tell his pants were hanging low on his hips. For a brief moment I wondered what they looked like when they weren’t hiding under fabric. I had to quickly raise my eyes from the lower half of his body before my mind wandered too far and got me excited about something that would never happen. 

When I look at his face watching the news, something overcomes me. A feeling of warmth passes through my body. Maybe I’m blushing at the way his jaw cuts his profile or the way his cheekbones line his dark stubble.

Maybe the warmth is simply joy. He seems happy, even with me in the room, intruding on his time with Steve. He’s grinning at a funny commercial and it makes me think of the rare times he shares his toothy smile. I live for those moments when his smile is white and perfect, blinding even. It doesn’t come very often, so I’ll settle for the little grins life brings him.

Whatever the warmth is, it comes and goes and leaves a darker notion in its place. One of longing. Like I’m watching everything from afar. A feeling of nostalgia washes through my veins and I feel like I’m swimming against the tide to be closer to him. Like he’s a lifeline. I fear that if I breathe wrong it’ll upset the moment and he’ll get up and walk away, never to return.

I honestly have trouble finding the words for it. The way I feel about him. I don’t know why I feel so strongly. It’s rather ridiculous, but I feel like I’m head over heels for this man. Like I’ve jumped off a cliff expecting him to catch me and he doesn’t even realize I’m missing.

I rip my gaze away from him and plant it back to my book. I try to ignore the feeling that overwhelms me once again. The urge to rub the tension out of his shoulders and smooth the worry marks on his forehead and please and pleasure him until my lungs give out.

Without my consent, my eyes peek around the top of my book just once more to see Bucky’s eyes already on me. I quickly look down, trying to hide the grin on my face and the red on my cheeks and the squeal in my throat.

I try so hard to read the words on the page for the tenth time and maybe pay attention to what it says this round but I can’t see anything except his blue eyes floating off the pages. His eyes are like a portal to another world. Those eyes that have seen New York City almost a century ago first hand. I wish I could swim in them but whenever I look into them, I struggle to even stay afloat. 

It’s truly amazing how they’ve stayed so blue when everything around him seems to have fallen into the darkness he’s seen. Their sky is surrounded by dark clouds of lashes and brows, long hair that attempts to rain on his light skin.

When I was brave enough to look up from my book he suddenly smiled over at me. Well, grinned. But it was warm and lovely. His lips are the most perfect shade of pink that’s ever existed, bright against his light, rough skin. They’re round like little pillows waiting to be stroked. Pink and round, though a bit chapped. I couldn’t help wondering how wonderful they would feel against mine, a juxtaposing texture from my own that could keep me busy for hours on end.

His behavior encouraged me to say something to him. But what would I say? And when was a good time? 

The second I thought about speaking, my heart was thrashing in my chest, sending adrenaline rushing to all extremes of my body. My hands began to shake against my book and my breathing was labored and eventually hitched in my lungs. I couldn’t imagine what I looked like over in the corner in my little nest, and on top of that I was absolutely sure both Steve and Bucky could clearly hear my pounding heartbeat. 

I tried to calm myself down, but eventually decided not to talk to him.

Maybe tomorrow, I thought to myself.

It was beyond my comprehension that Bucky had been having the same thoughts about me since he sat down.

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Summery: The reasons to why he saved your life all those times were selfish; he just wanted peace of mind for himself. You were completely oblivious to this part, and with the innocence Yoongi was amazed to find you possess, you believed with your whole heart that all those times he helped you made him your guardian angel. Yoongi almost chocked on air when he heard you say that to your friend over the phone the first time you voiced your feelings, feeling like a total idiot for going those lengths for you. Demon!AU

Inspired by this prompt. It was meant to be a small, harmless piece and lol this happened.

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Being a demon was actually a pretty challenging job. Human used to think it’s easy, just wondering around, possessing bodies and making them kill themselves or worse, kill others. All those stories are very nice, but false. Human heard of the existence of demons from strong hearted travelers who grew constantly tired from chasing beasts; of course those kinds of people won’t spill everything over beer at the local bar. The locals asked questions involving horrible deeds they didn’t want to associate with other humans, and when the travelers stared and drank more, they got a go to spreading such weird stories.

Now, Yoongi wasn’t a patient man to begin with, but when he hears ridiculous stories about his kind his blood boils. He frowned, wondering if he even had blood to boil. He was never hurt by demon hunters and he only heard stories of demons dying in a cloud of their own mist, but he never heard anything about demons shedding blood. Yoongi eyed the fork that stood in the small silver wear basket on the table in front of him, wondering if he should try his luck with it. It’s deeply doubted that this kind of cheap silver would even harm him, if he ever dared to try.

He reached his hand out and curiosity almost killed the cat right there. Luckily for him, you chose that exact moment to walk through the door.

Yoongi sighed and watched you as you took a seat at your favorite table at the little café, waving the barista who already knew you way too well to get your usual made for you. Yoongi watched the teenager behind the counter nod at you with a smile, hands already reaching for what he needed automatically.

The truth was demons didn’t walk around doing whatever they wanted. They had a purpose, a very clear one. Every generation each demon is given a name of a newborn human, craved with fire on the inside of their wrist. The demon then must find the human born into that name, and hunt them until they’re scared enough for the devil to be pleased. Sometimes it ends with the human’s death – from crossing the too-scared line, or suicide, mostly - and sometimes, it ended with a pleased demon that got to live a relatively peaceful life as the name on his wrist gets crossed off. When either of those options happens, the demon gets to live a short human life until their next target is born, usually decades older.

Yoongi craved to be at peace again. The thing is, he was good at being scary, and most humans that were chosen for him ended up dead. One girl got a heart attack on him, the boy tried to end his life about five times before he got it right. In his entire life, Yoongi got only two shots at being human. This cycle was somewhat strange to him, but that’s how Yoongi felt. That’s how most demons felt. He got to meet a few, unpleasant demons who just enjoyed getting their human into such despair they actually killed themselves willingly, those demons finding the devil in hopes of not living as humans not even for a second.

Yoongi never got that, actually. Demons can’t be seen by humans but they share the same world as them, it seems like an awfully lonely life. Of course Yoongi was a loner even in his human time, but he enjoyed the world as much as he could. He got to screw around and drink until he couldn’t feel his body anymore. He even had an episode of experiencing with different kinds of drugs, since he couldn’t take any as a demon. He lived the human life he was given to their fullest. That’s why he always made an effort to keep his humans alive after he’s done with them, handling them with somewhat soft gloves.

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Few Personal Headcanons

AXIS

2p Italy plays the violin and to me is basically that one guy who looks super cool and awesome from a distance but one you get to know them is literally the worst friend you’ve ever made. Luciano has a low patience and can not handle stupidity even as a joke. If you would act really stupid round him, I can only say he would squint at you judging you silently. Also is super Tsundere. No one can tell me other wise.

Ugh 2p Germany is a huge perv not even gonna lie. He’d make like sexual innuendos and then laugh about them later while you’re probably still wondering what the hell he’s talking about. He is lazy but not lazy enough to have the body of all gods.(acts smooth, but it actually really lame)

2p Japan. Third most sensible of the axis, but can be really irrational in the heat of the moment. Kuro is the one who has the ringtone to his favorite anime opening or ending and most likely has a shrine of Miku in his closet. He is the mother and does not give a shit about anything, like forever poker face. Best cook that has ever set foot on the planet earth and don’t you forget it.

2p Romano is the bigger fashionista there has ever lived. Don’t even get me started on how this boy will angrily type a whole packet about how bad crocs are and why they should be illegal. He is the topmost of all fashion and most of his brain consist on his appearance. Even though he cares much about appearance he won’t look at someone in disgust if they don’t look camera ready. Unless they wear something that isn’t their size(mostly too small) then he might have trouble on telling his friends and not keeping it to himself.

He is the cutest baby of all I can’t even tell how adorable 2p Prussia is. Gillen has really low self esteem, like if you give him a compliment he might either deny it or his self esteem would go up but like +3 and if he gets any negative comments it’ll drop to like -60000. He’s not weak, but is really indecisive about his decisions. For example if someone was picking on a friend of his, his time would mostly be standing there thinking out scenarios of what could happen in the two paths, making him on of the most sensible.He’s more of a picker upper than someone to stop it all together.

ALLIES

2p America is without a doubt an instigator. He’s like the child who never grew up, not really having much of filter or testing people with a goofy smile of his face. Overall just a big kid. Even though he can be really childish there are times where he’s really an adult, like cheering people up or taking serious situations serious while still lightening up the mood. With a s/o, he’d be really gentle and would put them first before himself. He’s a dick though. Is Vegan and haaaaaaaates when any of fast food commercials come on, because it makes his stomach hurt to see so much grease in one food item. It hurts his soul.

2p Canada is the big buff cheeto puff. He’s super blank face and looks really intimating, but is all about cuddling by the fireplace with a hot cup of Cocoa. He does the occasional smoking, but only if he’s really stressed out and needs some kinda quick way to get his mind clear. Matthieu has a “Bros Before Hoes” relationship with Allen even though it doesn’t really seem like they get along. He is the best at making some fluffy buttery pancakes that you would be begging for seconds.

2p France, as we all know if a heavy smoker and drinker. François doesn’t tend to talk much and doesn’t mind having silence. He also tends to have a medium to high sex drive. Not that he needs to be in any kind of sexual act constantly, but probably can’t do it himself after a week or two. He’s like Italy, mafia wise and has plenty of connections to get what he wants when needed. Right now he doesn’t seem so compatible, but does a soft side deep deep deep in his soul and can’t stand the sight of an injured pet. Has to change the channel if one of those animal shelter donation commercials come on.

2p England is the kindest most sweetest loving asshole there has ever been. Sure he is covered with colors and smiles and cupcakes, but can annoy you bad into swearing so he can pull out that swear jar. He cares for everything, but don’t get him to a point where he’s so mad that his kitchen knife won’t just be used to cutting foods. He won’t swear for anything and if he does it’s just words like fudge or butterscotch.

2p Russia is the love of everyone. Vlad is a pacifist and will not fight not matter how gruesome things are. He would sit down and have a civilized conversation about the issue over like some coffee instead of resulting to violence. He has a large library in his home containing over hundreds of books and loves to read and be informed of politics. He is very well cultured on the world and enjoys learning more information and facts. He likes people who are willing to talk about touchy subjects in the world and who wouldn’t turn a blind eye to such issues.(race, injustice, politics, brutality etc.)

2p China is the short angry one, also with zero amount of filters. He sucks a cooking, please do not ask this child to make ANYTHING for you, unless you’re prepared to go to hospital to get your stomach pumped. It may look good, but do not taste it at all cost. When he’s stressed out he’ll just get high and chill with some kid shows and a bag of Doritos. Huge flirt and just because he flirts doesn’t mean he’s all into you though. Just saying.

OTHERS

2p Spain is literally a stone. You will probably never see this guy smile, he barely talks, doesn’t like being touched and doesn’t know the word friendly or gentle. The only person he lets touch him and hang onto him is Flavio. I mean he let him dye a strand of his hair. Anyway, Andres has a “whatever if it’s not broken” attitude and doesn’t care what people think. He does like being inside and just take a nap, so have fun with that.

You know that one kid in high school who had shaved hair, Metallica shirts, ripped jeans and wore the pentagon necklaces and you kinda hated them but still found them alluring in a way? That is literally 2p Austria. Ryszard is all about rock and seems like a “Hail Satan!” kind of guy. He plans on being ruler of the world and treats himself like the king. He tends to smoke for any occasion, sad, mad, happy, bored, just to have something in his mouth. Like binge eating, but with cigarettes. Even though he listens to the hard rock and metal, he secretly has a huge soft spot for classical music. Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, so on and so forth.

archival-hogwash  asked:

Hi there! Big fan here, wondering if you'd be down to take on the "famous person is interviewed about when they were in love and HOLD UP IT'S their long-lost love" for RogueJedi (Bodhi Rook x Luke Skywalker)?

Oooh, a chance to write two of my favorite Space Disasters! Yes please! 

Also, you are the sweetest! (blushes) (throws a fic at you)

Bodhi was comfortable, sprawled out on the couch, feet up on the ottoman. He was  half-attending to his phone and half-watching the television when Jyn came out of the kitchen with a plate full of sandwiches and offered him one.

Bodhi took the sandwich. “You’re the best.”

“You know it.” Jyn sat down on the couch next to him, leaning against him slightly.

“Cassian is right there.” Bodhi said, gesturing at Jyn’s boyfriend seated at the kitchen table, head buried in his laptop.

“Well, I’m cold and you’re right here. Deal.” Jyn said.

The television droned in the background, “And next up we have Commander Luke Lars, with his new book ‘Skywalker.’ Commander Lars, it’s good to have you with us.”

Call me Luke, please.”

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anonymous asked:

Headcanon: Jin has a habit of leaving things out for yoongi to find. Can be a cute gift like a bracelet that would look nice, a flower jin picked up on his morning run, or a shirt left out for yoongi to wear for the day. Memorable find was a cat ear headband and yoongi went up to Jin embarrassed asking why he should wear this and plops it on jins head first, blushes and mumbles he understands and walks out of the roo. With the headband 😢

Originally posted by jinjuseyo

i straight up screamed in the kmart parkin lot when i got this just so you know

also, slightly nsfw? idk. y’all should know me by now, imma hoe

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The Olympics

Summary: In which Bucky is the only one willing to watch the Olympics with you.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 2,124

A/N: The Olympics have taken over my life and Bucky owns my heart so this is the best of both worlds in my book. 

@avengerstories - you’re my favorite, thank you for always editing things for me :)

Originally posted by romanianlovespell

“Steve, come watch the Olympics with me.”

“Sorry Y/N,” he apologizes, continuing the tedious process of wrapping his hands. When he looks at you, he appears almost grateful to have an excuse not to join you. “I’ve gotta train. That punching bag is calling my name.”

Your eyes narrow into slits when you say, “You’re the worst.”


“Sam,” you call, knocking on his door. When he doesn’t answer, you begin banging your hand even harder against the wooden object.

“I’m coming, I’m coming,” he huffs, making you smile triumphantly. When he pulls the door open, he is dressed in a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt. “What do you want from me?”

“Come watch the Olympics with me.”

“You made me get out of bed to ask me that?” He asks incredulously. “What’s the point of watching the Olympics when you live with a bunch of superheroes?”

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ronnie-lodge  asked:

bellarke + 'I originally followed you on Instagram bc you’re hot and I’m thirsty but now I’ve developed actual feelings for you bc you’re a genuinely good person’ HAPPY FUTURE HOLIDAYS!!! and thanks 🙈

Clarke’s original reasons for following Octavia’s brother were far from pure, but she thinks it would be hard for anyone to figure that out. After all, she found out about his Instagram because Octavia posted a picture of the two of them with the caption: Finally got my dork brother on Instagram (and in Boston!!), everyone follow @theblakemistake.

If anyone asked, she was just following orders. It was not at all that he was really, really hot. No one could prove otherwise.

Especially when she keeps following him through the rocky first weeks of his Instagramming. Given how Bellamy Blake looked–broad shoulders, tan skin, toothpaste-commercial smile, artfully mussed hair, topped off with a pair of black hipster frames and a generous sprinkling of freckles–she assumed Octavia’s descriptor of “my dork brother” was just a little sister teasing.

But Bellamy’s inaugural Instagram post is a picture of a plant Clarke can’t identify with a truly dorky caption:

Things @octaviathefirst (am I doing that right) made me get today:

1. Instagram account
2. Plant

I figure I might as well use the first to monitor the second and see which one dies first.

And then he actually lists information about the plant. Like how many leaves it has and its color and the dampness of the soil. It is not at all what Clarke was expecting, but she finds herself actually kind of looking forward to his daily plant updates. His captions are fun, and he is really worried about his ability to keep the thing alive, which is really endearing.

After a week and a half of that, he finally posts another picture of himself, wearing pajamas and holding an orange kitten. Which is exactly the content Clarke was looking for. That’s what she’s about.

So, it’s come to my attention (s/o to @octaviathefirst) that I’m “doing it wrong” and just posting pictures of my plant is “boring and sad.” So I guess people on Instagram like cats? That’s what I’m getting. Anyway, this is Hermes, he’s an asshole.

PS: I’m still doing the plant updates.

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The Signs As Girlfriends

Aries: (Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham, Kristen Stewart, Kiera Knightly) the girlfriend who is not afraid of anything, very protective but also very passionate. Aries girls will be the dominate one in the relationship, the one behind the wheel. They are not interested in serious relationships from the start, they are turned off by people who seem clingy and want to get a relationship going right of the bat. They are the girlfriend who you will find sitting on the couch with a beer watching the game when you get home, she’s the one who stands up at the bar and cheers for her favorite team at the top of her lungs, she probably has more guyfriends then girls. Aries females hate catty drama, they prefer to address issues straightforwardly, get them taken care of, and move on. Take your Aries girl to a wrestling match on the weekend or a place with a pool table, they love competition.

Taurus: (Adele, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Bettie Page) the levelheaded girlfriend who is always there for you. A Taurus girlfriend likes to be the submissive one, she wants someone who will handle the reins and guide her through the relationship. These girls are also independent and have a mind of their own, like the Pisces, they can be very hard to read and hide a lot of their emotions from other people. Taurus girls are so chill, they never fight with people they dislike, they just ignore them. The Taurus girlfriend will always be up to go to dinner, no matter where, they love all kinds of food. She is a tomboy at heart, a shopping date will bore her. You will hardly ever hear a complaint from her, this is one of the things that she keeps to herself. A Taurus girl wants something fun, a trip to a theme park or a picnic in a field, something unexpected.

Gemini: (Angelina Jolie, Helena Bonham Carter, Ashley Olsen, Marilyn Monroe) the girlfriend who is all woman, she’s four different people rolled into one, very dramatic and one of the most complex (and sometimes complicated girlfriends) that there is. Gemini girlfriends are extremely clever and careless and are able to discuss any subject under the sun. They are the girlfriend that your parents and friends love, because they can keep a delightful an intriguing conversation going with anyone. Gemini girlfriends get bored very easily, they need constant change and a new adventure. They love spontaneity and would like to be surprised with a date somewhere new.

Cancer: (Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Lana Del Rey, Khloe Kardashian) the moody, loving and passionate girlfriend. If you are looking for a complex and deeply romantic relationship you have found one with a Cancer girlfriend. She is strong willed and persistent, if she feels offended (which is likely) she will go into her own world and not let anyone in. Cancer girls are deeply intuitive, they can spot a fake person from a mile away, they make their decision about whether or not they like a person the first time they see them and because of this intuitiveness they are always right about these things. You will rarely win in an argument with a cancer girl. These girlfriends have big hearts and a deep love for a lot of things. They are down for any kind of date as long as they are with you.

Scorpio: (Katy Perry, Louise Brooks, Marie Antoinette, Rachel McAdams) the sexy, powerful and mysterious girlfriend. These girlfriends have the best advice and they are seldom wrong. They are like a black widow, and when they create a relationship they have wound you up in their complex web. They like to see things in black and white, no grey. They want you to be honest with them, honesty is the most important aspect to a Scorpio, they do not trust anyone. Scorpios can be controlling and they are definitely the dominant one in the relationship, they offer a loving companionship and extreme loyalty. They are fearless, stubborn, and self confident. Scorpio girlfriends want a romantic night around the house alone, they want to cook and make love and have deep conversations.

Virgo: (Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz, Amy Poehler, Salma Hayek) the perfect girlfriend who is charming, emotional, and intelligent. She is a natural critic and analyzes everything in her path. These girls can be prone to overthinking and they need constant love and reassurance, don’t be surprised if your Virgo girlfriend jumps to conclusions, it’s only natural because they are constantly thinking. She is very detail oriented, she will remember to pack your car charger or will be the only one with a match when it comes to start a fire. Virgo girlfriends like routine and they love collecting things as well, their ideal date would be going shopping at an antique store or visiting an art museum.

Leo: (Madonna, Coco Chanel, Kylie Jenner, Mila Kunis) the outgoing, confident and hilarious girlfriend. She is the loud, eccentric one in the crowd of people, if something awkward happens she’s the first one to call it out and bring up the elephant in the room. Leo woman do not hide their feelings, they bring them up the second they are felt. Leo girlfriends say exactly what comes to their mind and aren’t afraid to step on people’s toes. These girlfriends are the ones who are willing to rob a bank with you and laugh about it all the way.

Libra: (Kim Kardashian, Julie Andrews, Ashlee Simpson, Gwen Stefani) the girly girlfriend, these girls love eccentricity. Take them shopping or out to a nice dinner. Your Libra girl will always look flawless, they are known as the prettiest sign in the zodiac. Libra girls are the most likely to have a sugar daddy. Libra girls love to argue and they’re good at it, they will often start an argument just for the fun of it, they love debating and they know how to push anyone’s buttons. She can be very suspicious and jump to conclusions easily. Ultra feminine and eccentric, a Libra girlfriend will always give respect.

Sagittarius: (Britney Spears, Edith Piaf, Katie Holmes, Lucy Liu) the girlfriend who is always on the move and needs something to catch her attention constantly. Nothing is too boring or dangerous for a Sagittarius girl, she is literally up for anything. They love to talk about travel, this is the girlfriend that will have your bags packed before your even home and two plane tickets to Switzerland to do who knows what, just because she saw it on a commercial and it looked intriguing. They love the outdoors, hiking is a perfect date for a Sagittarius girl, she will talk the whole time about the trees, butterflies, sunshine and will never lose her breath or be a step behind.

Capricorn: (Janis Joplin, Kate Moss, Patti Smith, Michelle Obama) the sugar momma of the zodiac. Definitely the dominant one in the relationship, she is the girlfriend that “brings home the bacon” she will more than likely work in an office job all day and wants to come home to someone who is positive and wants to relax and talk. She will be the one to go out to dinner with you and then catch the waitress and pay for the whole meal before you even know it. Capricorn girlfriends never disappoint in any aspect but because of this they see the wide range of variety that is open to them and can move on to the next before you even know it. They are attracted to intellectual conversation, money does not impress a Capricorn girlfriend but keeping a conversation stimulating and interesting does.

Aquarius: (Laura Ingalls, Molly Ringwald, Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton) the goddess girlfriend. Open minded and unpredictable, the Aquarius girlfriend will always surprise you. They are confident on the inside and have a devil-may-care attitude, they know they are attractive so they don’t need to hear it from you constantly. They love different cultures, they want to be stimulated, they want to do something they have never done before. Aquarius woman love their freedom, they also have many friends so there will be many times she is out with her girls and will not respond to texts, they like to live in the moment and take everything in. Like the Aries girlfriend, Aquarius girls don’t want a serious relationship from the start. This girl will say one thing and do another the next, it’s not that she’s fake, it’s because she’s constantly exploring and learning new things about herself.

Pisces: (Elizabeth Taylor, Kat Von D, Rihanna, Drew Barrymore) the mysterious and cute girlfriend. The hardest girl to read on the zodiac, these girls are known as sirens and can be very manipulative, they relate most to mermaids. This is the girlfriend who always wants to cuddle, it doesn’t take much but a kiss to make her happy. She is a homebody and does not like to go out to very crowded places, she’s perfectly happy with staying in bed all day as long as there’s food. It’s very hard to understand a Pisces girl because she keeps a lot of thoughts and feelings to herself, she can seem oblivious but that’s because she is always in her own dream world, and needs to be brought back to reality every once in awhile. Pisces are very intuitive and have been known to have psychic abilities which is why they can be manipulative, don’t be surprised if your Pisces girl warns you about something and it ends up happening exactly as she called it. Pisces keep to themselves, rather then being out with friends she will more than likely be at home with a book. Take her to a quiet bar or an underground show, things that are unpopular and unknown intrigue a Pisces girl greatly and will make her feel special. As long as a Pisces girlfriend feels safe and loved she will always remain by your side.

I Can’t Go On Without You

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Destiel
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@mishcollins : Please tell me you’d be inspired by “morning sunshine” and I dunno fake relationship destiel au?

This is a S12 canon-divergent AU (pre-ep7) in which Castiel didn’t leave to go find Lucifer and in which Dean & Cas have to go undercover as a couple for a case wherein some couples were murdered after participating in a secret Valentine’s Day ritual…


“And how long have you two lovebirds been together?” The waitress was young and blonde, wearing skinny jeans and heels that were way too high for the type of work she did. She was just Dean’s type, really. Or, well, she would’ve been. Before…

“Almost eight years,” Castiel says, smiling fondly at Dean and giving his shoulder a gentle squeeze with the arm he’d slung over Dean’s shoulder a few minutes earlier. It had been that exact gesture that had caught the waitress’ attention.

She’d come up to them and started fawning over them while she refilled their coffee cups. Obviously, she thought they were a cute couple. He had been so utterly unprepared for the barrage of questions, he’d completely frozen up. But Castiel – the smooth bastard – had picked up the slack and answered every question she had with quiet confidence.

Truth be told, Dean was kind of impressed with Castiel’s acting skills.

Because it was an act. And Dean had simply lost the coin toss.

It had all started a few days ago, when they’d been busy looking for a new case. A piece in the newspaper about a town that had a yearly festival completely dedicated to Valentine’s Day had caught Sam’s eye.

The article mentioned a secret ritual that that took place on the eve of the 14th that only couples were allowed to attend. It was supposed to bless couples’ relationships – making sure they’d get their happily ever after. Only a few were allowed to attend the ritual, so it became this exclusive thing that you had to apply (and pay through the nose) for, which was, of course, a big draw for tourists.

The part of the article that piqued Sam’s interest was the mention that some of the couples who had received the so-called blessing had died or committed suicide within two weeks of Valentine’s Day. Most deaths involved a knife or gun, or both.

The article didn’t go into any details but said that the locals didn’t like to talk about those couples, calling it a “curse” and blaming the couples’ bad luck on the fact they had split up after receiving the blessing.

It was enough of a lead to pursue it, so they’d decided that at least two of them could go, while another held the fort and kept looking for clues about Lucifer. They couldn’t afford to get sidetracked too much, yet being idle was also not in their nature.

Fast-forward to Dean losing the coin toss, sending in their application for the ritual – which Sam and his hacking skills made sure got accepted – and bringing them here on Valentine’s Day.

Dean had never been more uncomfortable in his life, surrounded by couples being sickeningly sweet and affectionate to each other. They’d only been here for an hour and already they were drawing unwanted attention. And Castiel…Well, it wouldn’t do to think about the things Cas was saying about him. Because they weren’t true, and Dean had to keep reminding himself of that fact.

“Dean.”

With a start, Dean’s thoughts refocused on the diner, and on Castiel, who was holding his elbow and looking at him with a small, concerned frown. The waitress was gone.

He needed to get out of here – get some air. “Yeah, um, let’s go Cas,” Dean said gruffly. He threw a couple of bills on the table and stood. With Castiel a mere step behind him, they left the diner and stepped onto the sidewalk.

“Dean,” Castiel said again, far more softly this time, though the concern was still audible.

“What, Cas?” Dean followed his eyes down to their clasped hands. Shit. When did that happen?

“Are you alright? You seem very distracted,” Castiel asked, his frown deepening as Dean let go of his hand.

“Yeah, Cas, I’m fine. It’s just this place.” Dean shudders. “All the hearts and flowers and stuff. I’m really not looking forward to sleeping in our motel room of horrors.”

It was the pink wallpaper. It freaked him out.

“I agree that they seem to be taking Saint Valentine’s Day very seriously here. And I know how certain things associated with the holiday disturb you.” Castiel was obviously trying hard to commiserate with him, which Dean appreciated. He himself didn’t seem at all perturbed by the over-the-topness of it all, though.

“Come on man, you can’t tell me you like all this shit?” Dean gestured around vaguely.

Castiel leveled a neutral look at him.

“People are happy, Dean. Everyone here is celebrating their love. I find it a refreshing change from the circumstances we usually find ourselves in.“

Ouch. He had him there. Dean had no response that wouldn’t make him sound like a grouchy old love-hating guy, so he opted to give a small shrug, turn around, and start walking to where they had parked the Impala. They only had a few hours to prepare for the ritual, and they still didn’t know what it was they were hunting. They were running out of time.

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anonymous asked:

MC x R.F.A.+V and Saeran getting ready for Christmas with their kid(s). Like, what they do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

A quick guide to the MM x MC children:

Ryung: Zen’s daughter (eldest)
Seung: Zen’s son (youngest)
Haneul: Yoosung’s Son
Nari: Jaehee’s Daughter
Jin: Jumin’s Daughter
Cheol: 707′s Son
Ryukmi: V’s Daughter
Jaeyun: Saeran’s Daghter


Zen

  • You guys have a family set of pajamas. They’re all matching and you’re sure to get a picture of the four of you in your “Crimas pajas,” as Seung calls them, on Christmas morning.
  • Zen is super into decorating the tree with the kids. You’re the one sitting on the floor, taking ornaments out of the box and handing them off to whoever’s available, but you don’t mind because you like watching them have fun.
  • When the bottom of the tree gets too crowded, Zen will suggest ornaments they can move up, and starts picking the kids up to let them place the ornaments higher.
  • One of the first years, you got really excited about seeing an old ornament, but Zen thought you got hurt and poor baby Ryung got a mouth full of tree.
  • On Christmas morning, you sit with the kids and help them open their presents, and Zen takes pictures. He’s a sentimental freak, so he keeps and prints nearly every photo, even if it’s blurry.
  • He loves taking a family photo every year and making Christmas cards out of them. Typically, Christmas cards would get sent to people that you don’t really keep in touch with, but he literally hands them out to his coworkers.
  • Around 1 or 2 in the afternoon, you’ll ask the kids for any old toys that they won’t play with this year. They both put a lot of care into putting their old toys into a box and bringing it out to the car. When you all hop in the car, still in your matching pajamas, and go down to the donation center, the kids have this big ol smile plastered on their faces.
  • Zen’s so proud of the kids and he thinks it’s crazy that they came out so kindhearted.
  • When you’re back home, another family tradition is to decorate cookies together. Zen and Ryung both don’t like gingerbread, so you make chocolate chip and snicker doodle people for them to decorate.
  • All your beautiful cookies get a photo shoot, then then they get eaten.


Yoosung

  • CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR A STRAIGHT MONTH.
  • Haneul is barely four years old, but he knows almost every single Christmas song ever, because that’s all Yoosung plays from November 25 to December 25.
  • Yoosung is a slut for Christmas, especially now that he has a kid and a wife to spend it with.
  • Polar Express, The Santa Clause, Home Alone,,,,,,, He somehow finds a way to watch every Christmas movie within the month of December.
  • His favorite is Elf, because it’s Haneul’s favorite too.
  • Haneul has to talk to a Mall Santa every year. It’s not that he doesn’t want to, it’s just that he probably wouldn’t if not for his dad pushing for it.
  • Christmas eve is pretty calm. The three of you bake cookies together, then leave them and some milk out for Santa. You help Haneul get ready for bed, then Yoosung reads him a Christmas bedtime story until he falls asleep.
  • After the two of you go out and take care of the cookies, milk, and presents, you watch a couple of those cheesy, romantic Christmas movies and go to bed.
  • In the morning, your son is usually pretty anxious to go see what Santa brought him. He practically harasses you both out of bed.
  • After the initial Christmas morning routine of opening presents and eating breakfast, Yoosung starts cooking.
  • “Yoosung its just the three of us, why are you cooking so much?”
  • “I didn’t tell you…? My family is coming over!”
  • Your son has been hijacked by his grandmother and you lost your husband
  • Where has your family gone
  • Yoosung’s mom always has something to say. Good or bad, the woman hardly ever stops talking. 
  • Haneul is covered in lipstick oh my god where are the makeup wipes, your child is too fragile to be passed around like this.
  • Every year, Haneul ends up passed out in one of his parents’ arms 


Jaehee

  • Family time is legit the most important thing to her, so she includes you and your Nari in everything, especially around the end of the year.
  • Holy crap, okay, so,,,,,, Jaehee makes this hot chocolate,,,,,,,,, and you don’t know exactly what she does to it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but it is sO GOOD.
    • She only makes it during December though, 
    • Legit, this hot chocolate is enough to make you cry happy tears.
  • She really likes to go to the more festive areas and drive up and down the streets to look at the lights on Christmas Eve.
  • When Nari was a baby, Jaehee would have festive blankets to wrap her up in, but now she’ll settle for scarves.
  • Before bed, you play Christmas songs and talk about the good memories you’ve all made since last Christmas.
  • You have to keep your reputation as fun mom, so you let Nari sneak a piece of cookie from Santa’s plate before bed.
  • In the morning, you take turns assisting your daughter in opening her presents.
  • After presents, you look up a new cookie recipe (usually something bizarre) and all bake them together.
  • It was Nari’s idea the first time, but it’s become a tradition to drop off a plate of the cookies you all made to all the RFA members.


Jumin

  • Okay, he’s usually super anxious about anything that involves him needing to go into full dad mode, but Christmas festivities come so naturally to him.
  • One of his favorite things to do around Christmas is help Jin write a letter to Santa and send it. 
  • Christmas Eve, he really likes to just sit on the couch to enjoy some movies with you and Jin.
  • You do it about a week and a half before Christmas, but Jumin reeeeeeaaaaaaally likes buying the Christmas tree.
  • Of course, he also reeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally likes to decorate the tree with you and Jin as well.
  • Jumin loves to spoil you both, and he uses Christmas as an excuse to go completely overboard.
  • Jin loves coloring books, so when she gets some every year, he’ll actually sit and color with her.
  • Christmas eve really isn’t that big of a deal. You insisted on your first Christmas with Jumin that he allow the chef to have Christmas Eve and Day off, so the only thing that’s different is that you and Jumin cook dinner together.
  • On Christmas Day, everything’s super laid back until around 2pm.
  • The entire RFA comes over for a sort of mini party, and Jin is totally the star of the show.
  • By the end of the night, Jin is pooped.
  • Every year, she falls asleep in Jumin’s arms.


707

  • Oh Jeez, baby’s first Christmas
  • At some point, Christmas became super important to him.
  • When you first met him, his attitude towards Christmas was….. bad…. depressing.. but somewhere along the way, he started loving it.
  • Now that he has a family to spend it with, he gets super excited.
  • To him, Christmas isn’t really about the gifts or tree or any of that commercial shit. It’s about him getting to spend even more time with his family than usual.
  • He buys a tiny, fake tree to decorate with you and some garland that he sorta throws wherever it may look nice just to get into the spirit, but he doesn’t make it a big deal.
  • One year on Christmas eve, you accidentally turned on Lord of the Rings instead of Christmas movies, then left to make popcorn. By the time you came back to change the channel, both of them were super into it. The first Lord of the Rings film is now considered a Christmas movie.
  • On Christmas Day, the whole RFA comes over! Everyone makes food together (or they bring it already made), eats, and admires Cheol.
  • As Cheol gets older, Luciel gets more and more into celebrating Christmas.
  • Real trees, real decorations, the whole thing.
  • When he’s old enough, they work together to hang lights and program them to have a crazy light show on the house.
    • It gets bigger and better every year.
    • It’s only started a fire once.


V

  • V is a simple man with simple pleasures. He likes decorating the tree and hanging things up around the house to add some Christmas-y flair.
  • Ryukmi is so into Christmas. Like, she starts wanting to prepare as soon as December starts.
  • V is the holiday food guy. Hot chocolate, cookies, festive shaped pancakes, 
  • On christmas day, he makes so much food, like,
  • Jihyun, why wont you cook at all the rest of the year??? You’re the most ridiculous man I have ever met????
  • V’s cool with the little decorations, but Ryukmi is never satisfied and plans out new decorations for the front yard every year. Her dad is always willing to help and be involved with it, but he’s a little lost when it comes to actually doing it.
    • One year, Seven was called over to make the lights even crazier than before. He taught Ryukmi how to do it and she’s still trying to teach V.
  • They both love to do that thing where they hide the pickle in the tree????????? Whoever finds it gets good luck or something???? idk
  • She runs a Christmas blog that’s goes year-round, so he takes pictures for her to have some original content.
  • Really, there’s not any Christmas Eve/ Day traditions besides opening presents and watching some classic Christmas movies.
  • They make blankets for the homeless, but they do that all winter long, so it’s not strictly a Christmas thing.


Saeran

  • It’s super important to him that Jaeyun gets her time to believe in Santa. He didn’t really have the chance, so he wants to let her indulge in that.
  • He sits and helps her write a letter to Santa every year. He brings colored markers and helps her draw pictures that she might want to include.
  • Hot chocolate + cookies + family + Christmas = Happy Saeran
  • Christmas eve is spent doing whatever the heck everyone’s in the mood for.
  • He gets her a new Christmas hat every year. She loves them, but he mostly does it for himself because he think she’s adorable.
  • Christmas morning is spent opening presents, then sitting around and talking and listening to Christmas carols.
  • The rest of the RFA gets invited over, but it’s a very small event. Exchanging gifts, having a small meal together, then everyone goes home.
  • Saeran doesn’t make a big deal out of Christmas, but you know it really means a lot to him. Because of his childhood, he tries to give Jaeyun a good life, and Christmas is a large part of that.
Love and Poetry // Ron & Hermione

Sometimes, when they were out for dinner with a collection of Very Important Ministry Officials dressed in robes worth more galleons than his childhood home, and her eyes were shining as she laughed politely and sipped her drink while she pushed a soft curl behind her ear with a sort of ethereal grace that belonged in a montage of beautiful people you’d see in a posh muggle film, he would wonder why fate had decided he, of all people, deserved to have this woman cross his path when they were eleven.

Then again, he felt very much the same when she stumbled out of the bathroom at just gone six the next morning, pinching her eyes shut as she scowled and tugged at her hair, as if that could stop it from frizzing out of her head at strange angles.

When you live with a person - not just sharing a flat, but when you live your whole life with them - they work themselves seamlessly into your experience of the world. They become a part of you that you never quite get used to, but that is all a part of the comfort and intimacy of being an “us.”

Which is why, Ron supposed, Valentine’s Day didn’t make much sense to them. Sure, when they were dating, it had been nice to have a day set aside where everyone in the world would take “we are in love” as an excuse to skive off for an extended lunch and an early dinner. But now that they were married and spending all their spare time in a place they both called home, it seemed a bygone conclusion.

That’s what Hermione had said, anyway. “A marriage is not about a wedding,” she’d declared sagely, repeating what had been her calming mantra during the planning phase of their engagement, “and love is not about a commercial holiday.”

And yet, somehow, Ron found himself wandering aimlessly through a crowded flower shop early on the morning of the fourteenth. Hermione had only sent him out for a few items they’d forgot, but he’d passed no fewer than three Grand Romantic Gestures on his way down their street. It started with a surprise proposal complete with a flash mob, then a yard fully decorated with streamers and a banner proclaiming that “Bonnie, you are my whole heart,” to a man reciting what Ron was sure was very symbolic and moving poetry to a sobbing woman clutching his hand. And so, he found himself in the flower shop, wondering how on earth he could surprise the smartest woman in the world.

The trouble was, this being their sixth Valentine’s Day, he’d already covered all the basics. The first year had been the roses, more than he could count, delivered to her at breakfast in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, with the closest thing to a love letter he’d ever written. Having set the bar so high before he’d turned nineteen, it wasn’t unfamiliar to feel a certain sort of shame when he realized his best idea was to settle for a dozen red roses bound up in a purple ribbon.

Still, Hermione seemed pleased enough when he got back. “You didn’t have to, Ron, but this is very sweet, thank you!” She beamed, kissing him on the cheek as he arranged the flowers in a vase on the kitchen table. “Why don’t I make us a nice dinner tonight? My treat, whatever you like.”

“Okay,” Ron said uncertainly. “You don’t want to go out or anything?”

“Not particularly. Saturdays are about the only day we get to ourselves, aren’t they?” Hermione settled into their armchair and pulled a book from one of the many stacks that had formed in every nook and cranny of their small flat. (They’d wait to buy a house, they’d decided, til they were ready to have children - in a couple of hypothetical years, safely in the future.) “Come here and relax a bit. I’m sure there’s some sort of sport on the telly.”

Ron sat hesitantly on the floor in front of her, grabbing one of her feet and working her muscles with his thumbs. “You know this is our first Valentine’s married, yeah?”

Hermione shrugged without looking up from her book. “It’s a Saturday at home with my lovely husband.”

“You don’t mind that I didn’t set up a flash mob or write any poetry?”

“Sweetheart, if you ever flash mob me, I’ll be tempted to file for divorce.”

Ron snorted. “Feeling’s mutual. I just feel a bit unromantic, y’know?”

“We’ve got our whole lives to be romantic. Besides, it’s the little things like this that make a marriage last.” She raised her eyes to his and smiled, wiggling her toes as he continued to rub her feet.

“You’re always saying that,” Ron remarked, poking her ankle gently. “Maybe you just have a foot thing.”

“Yes, that’s it, a foot fetish. That’s the basis for our relationship, really.”

“Always knew it.” Ron raised an eyebrow. “I was serious about the poetry.”

“Alright,” Hermione smirked. “Let’s hear it, then.”

“Roses are red, violets are blue, your name is Hermione, and I love you,” Ron said smoothly, making it to the last syllable before they both dissolved into guffaws.

“Really, Ron, the flowers are more than enough,” Hermione said once they’d recovered.

“I know you’re not one to ask for gifts, it’s just…they just don’t say what they ought,” Ron explained. “This holiday’s a bit ridiculous, yeah, but there’s something to be said for doing something crazy because you want to let a person know that, ‘hey, every time I look at you, I remember that I’m the luckiest person in the world, and no matter how boring our lives seem from the outside, you will never be the boring part.’”

“Now that, my dear, is poetry,” Hermione remarked softly, leaning forward to give him a sound kiss.

Because forever was made up of every single day, and the biggest love was in the smallest things.

Problems in Paradise

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Dan tried not to let his nerves overtake his body as he walked up to the unknown door, preparing himself to knock. He wished he was assigned to a different partner, one that he’d been to the house of a gazillion times rather than that of the most beautiful girl in school. 

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