You weren’t sure what the thread count was but her sheets were soft like the clouds and smelled like home and as she cuddled against your naked chest, sleeping soundly despite the layer of sweat that coated her, she looked more like a goddess than she ever could on a battlefield.
She was like a star, in your eyes at least. She was so bright and beautiful (and hot) and timeless.
You frowned. She was so old, so forever and you weren’t. You were a mortal that’d age and die and she was this Amazonian goddess that’d forever be the same. You were a grain of sand and she was the beach.
“Why are you thinking so loud?” she murmured.
“Since when could you read minds?” Her eyes fluttered open and she smiled sweetly at you. Her lips were so pink and kissable and she was amazing and you were so lucky that she chose to be with you when she could have anybody on Earth.
“I can’t, I just know you.” You ran your fingers through her hair, careful not to yank the tangles.
“Now,” she ran the tip of her nose against the underside of your jaw, “What has got you thinking.” You sighed.
“It’s nothing,” you tired. You smiled at her, abet it was a weak, sad excuse for a smile but you tried. You didn’t want to worry her with what was going on in your mind. But the look in her dark eyes make you wonder if she even needed the lasso of truth or if you were just so in love with her you’d tell her anything.
Probably the second one, but hey the first option might also be somewhat the truth.
“Do I matter, to you? I mean you’re a goddess Di, and I’m not. I’m going to grow old and die and you’re not. You’re going to be here looking like this and falling in love with someone new and, and I’ll be ninety years old in some retirement home and still in love with you.” Diana stilled and frowned at you, you hated when she frowned, it never looked right, she was made to smile and laugh and be perfect not frown and brood, that was Bruce’s job.
You sat up when she rolled over to the edge of the bed; for a moment you thought she’d leave you there, but instead she opened up her bedside table and pulled out a watch. It was old, thought the leather straps were new and the metal was somewhat shiny it was worn from being rubbed.
She sat up in bed and looked at you. There was a small smile on her face and her dark eyes held so much love you wondered if your heart would burst because she had on the same expression you did whenever you looked at her.
“The man who gave me this watch told me about marriage. He said marriage is something where two people cherish and love and honor one another until they die, and I know you’ll die long before me but,” she held out the watch to you, your heart was beating so fast you wondered if this is what Barry felt like all the time, “I want that, with you. I want to spend a fraction of the time I have with you. I want to be with you until the day you die.”
“Why?” You didn’t realize you were crying tears of joy until Diana wiped one away. You did the same to her.
“Because I love you.” This wasn’t the first time you’ve heard her say it, in fact the first time she said it felt like nothing compared to this time stopping moment.
*SLAMS TWO SHINY NICKELS DOWN* GIVE ME ALL YOU WANT TO TELL ABOUT MONROE PLS
FINALLY here are A FEW of my FAVORITE/MOST INTERESTING facts about my second favorite founding father!
James Monroe is the youngest founding father, born in 1758 in Virginia.
He had one sister and three brothers- one of whom (Spence) died when he was fifteen. Monroe was very close with his mother, who was also his teacher until he was eleven and at the age of sixteen his father died.
1774 was also the year he started College of William and Mary and was a devoted student. He started with intentions of studying law- but dropped out months later to enlist in the 3rd Virginia Regiment in 1775.
During the Revolutionary War, he served under General George Washington, and was an aide de comp for General Stirling.
In 1776, James Monroe was a hero at the Battle of Trenton. He was sent in an earlier boat across the Delaware River by General George Washington to scout. He nearly died at the battle, wounded at Trenton- he was shot in the left shoulder, he bled fast because the bullet severed an artery and he only survived because the volunteer medic stuck his finger in the bullet hole to stop the bleeding. He carried the shrapnel in his shoulder for the rest of his life.
In 1777, after the Battle of Brandywine, George Washington sent for French speaking James Monroe to stay with Lafayette (who had been shot at the battle) throughout the night. According to Lafayette, James Monroe spent the entire night talking about how much he loved Thomas Jefferson. (Giles)
Monroe also wintered at Valley Forge, eventually reaching the rank of Colonel in the Virginia service.
During the time that Monroe was stationed with Aaron Burr- Burr fell in love with Theodosia Prevost; and so did James Monroe. (Isenburg)
In 1780 the British invaded Richmond, and Governor Thomas Jefferson commissioned Monroe as a colonel to command the militia raised in response and act as liaison to the Continental Army in North Carolina.
Monroe did not return to William and Mary after the war, but finished his legal training with then Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson who became one of his closest correspondents along with James Madison.
James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Monroe, had a particularly close relationship and married in 1786. Their warm family life is illustrated by his wife and two daughters, Eliza and Maria (they had a son but he died at sixteen months), who all accompanying Monroe on nearly all his official travel, including diplomatic assignments in France and Great Britain.
During their time in France, the James and Elizabeth attended Napoleon I’s Coronation in Notre Dame Cathedral. Elizabeth was very strong and instrumental in fighting for the Lafayette’s rights and land as well as making sure while Marquis de Lafayette was in prison, his wife–Adrienne de Lafayette–wasn’t guillotined and got her freedom.
The Monroes also provided support and shelter to the American citizen Thomas Paine in Paris, after he was arrested for his opposition to the execution of Louis XVI.
Monroe moved to Albemarle County, Virginia to be near his friend and mentor, Thomas Jefferson. His farm Highland actually shared a border with Jefferson’s Monticello. With the addition of their colleague James Madison—whose home in Orange County, Virginia was situated on their way to and from Washington. Three presidents of the United States were neighbors.
When Monroe was Governor of Virginia in 1800, hundreds of slaves from Virginia planned to kidnap him, take Richmond, and negotiate for their freedom. Due to a storm on August 30, they were unable to attack. Monroe influenced the Executive Council to pardon and sell some slaves instead of hanging them.
1803, Thomas Jefferson sent him to France to assist Robert Livingston with the negotiation of New Orleans. Finding Napoleon strapped for cash and willing to sell the entirety of the Louisiana Territory, Monroe took advantage of a deal that would double the size of the nation.
As Envoy to Spain, Monroe took a journey by mule from Paris to Madrid to negotiate with Spain for the Floridas.
During James Madison’s presidency, James Monroe held TWO cabinet positions at once–Secretary of War and Secretary of State. He was the only person in America’s history to of held TWO cabinet positions at the same time.
Monroe’s first presidential term was coined the Era of Good Feelings.
His inauguration was the first ever to of been done outside.
His daughter–Maria–was also the first to be married at the white house!
James Monroe was the first president to travel by steamboat. Towns across the country greeted him with parades, lavish dinners, and other grand events. The city of Charleston, South Carolina actually barbecued an ox in honor of his visit.
1820, Monroe saw no opposing candidates, and he was re-elected with all but one electoral votes. The one electoral vote against him was the result of a man who wanted George Washington to be the only president elected unanimously. This was the last time the United States saw a candidate run without serious opposition- Monroe was the only president besides Washington to do so.
James Monroe has a song about him written at the time of his presidential campaign called “Monroe is the man”.
One time, William Crawford (secretary of treasury) called on Monroe at the White House to suggest a list of appointments he wished the President to approve. However, Monroe objected to Crawford’s list and said that he intended to make his own. Crawford lost his cool and snapped at the President, “Well, if you will not appoint persons well-qualified for the places, tell me whom you will appoint that I may get rid of their opportunities!”. The President was not intimidated by Crawford, telling his Treasury Secretary, “Sir, that is none of your damn business.“ Crawford was not easily intimidated, either (he killed a man in a duel years earlier). Monroe’s remark led Crawford to charge at the 67 year old President with his cane, waving it at Monroe while calling him a “damned infernal old scoundrel.” Monroe was quick to grab two red hot tongs from a nearby fireplace for self-defense and threatened to personally throw Crawford out of the White House.
Monrovia, Liberia is the only foreign capital in the world named after a United States president.
Monroe was recognizably old-fashioned in choosing his attire. He was the last president to dress in the style of the Revolutionary War era (which was considered outdated) and was called nickname “The Last Cocked Hat.”
Because the white house burned down in the War of 1812 and the white house fund was broke- James Monroe had to dip into his own pocket to fix the white house and provide dinners for his guests. His wife Elizabeth chose all of the inside decor and furniture! By the time he finished his presidencies, he had lost his Virginia estate and was $75,000 in debt partly due to his wife’s poor health who likely had epilepsy and severe burns from when she collapsed near a fire.
Shortly before his death, James Madison and James Monroe (best friends and rivals) sent each other a heart felt letter. Monroe felt that he was fading and sent Madison a letter detailing how much he thought of him, and appreciated him, loved him through the years and how depressed he was that he would never see Madison ever again. Madison, getting emotional (who knew) sent him a letter back, scolding him that he shouldn’t be so negative because Monroe was going to get better and they were going to be able to hold one another again. Monroe never did get better.
Like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson before him, James Monroe died on July 4th on the 55th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
@larvesta i know im a little late with this bc im a piece of shit but i appreciate you so much as a friend, an artist, and a content creator for this fandom that i had to whip up something for you really quick, even if it’s not much. i hope you had a wonderful birthday and thank you for being so beautiful and special :)
happy birthday olivia <3
“I want to marry you.”
She said it at 11:37pm, cheek pressed against the kitchen table, eyeliner smudged after a 14 hour work day, and voice slurred from the sleep she’d been without for close to three days. Alya had driven out to her office, coaxed her away from her designs, and laid her out on the back seat of her car, blanketing her with her jacket before driving back to their apartment. The dozen or so other times they’d done this, Alya would always brew her fresh tea over the stove – with actual tea leaves, not store bought bags – to help her sleep, only to find her snoring across the couch or at the kitchen table before it was even ready.
Alya was ready to keep the tea warm for herself and carry Marinette back to their bedroom, but Marinette muttered tiredly from her seat at the kitchen table and made Alya stare into the pot of tea, afraid to look behind her.
“…what was that babe?”
Marinette yawned in response and said nothing for a long minute, convincing Alya that it was just something silly mumbled from half-sleep, or something that Alya had misheard. But Marinette merely repeated what she’d said – stronger this time, as if its repetition was enough to keep her awake past what her body demanded. “I want to marry you.”
Alya swallowed and picked a mug from the cabinet above her. “I don’t understand.”
“You know, weddings,” Marinette explained. “Both of us in white dresses. A room full of relatives we haven’t seen since we were in diapers. Chocolate cake. In a hall or a garden, because I know you don’t like churches. Everything purple and pink.”
There was trepidation making her chest feel tight, but Alya still had enough in her to laugh. “That’s pretty thought out. Not surprising, considering it’s you.”
“I think about it a lot,” Marinette admitted quietly, her nails scratching at one of the cracks in the wood table. “I was thinking about it today. I just wanted you to know.”
Waiting in a never-ending bathroom line of one. Today is my favorite day in months.
I never showed you guys my new shoes. The Goodwill had a special on brand new Target shoes. These strapped flats were $2.50. I got them in leopard print too.
The Virgin Mary pendant is something my mom threw away, because she’s “anti-idolatry”. I’m not attached for religious reasons, but it’s hand painted on mother of pearl under glass with a sterling frame, and I liked it, so now it’s mine.
Also, taking pictures from above makes me look about 50 pounds lighter with 25 pounds of boobs.😂😂