only birds were meant to fly

Diplomacy with Tentacle Aliens: A Klance Smut Story

Another story for my “Breeding the Paladins” series! Now including tentacles and oviposition. Yay? Hope you enjoy!

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Irritated. No matter the situation, whether it be serious or lighthearted, Lance always managed to get Keith irritated. Their current mission was no exception as Keith heard Lance’s voice babbling nonstop through the comms, the red and blue lions flying side by side through space.

“I bet their civilization is a matriarchy, don’t you? You know, girls everywhere, that type of thing?” Keith grunted.

“Lance, a matriarchy is a social system with women in charge; it doesn’t make any difference in whether the majority of the population is female or male.”

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stranded || dylan o'brien (prologue)

word count: 1176

warnings: none

prompt: none

author’s note: this is an idea i had for a mini series, if you’re into it, let me know and i’ll post more of it!

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#225 - For anonymous x3

Filling the prompts “the reader is a film music composer & she meets the lids after her interview on BBC Radio 1, & she meets Van and he says he loves her work & they go out on a date to a film festival & a year later, they’re touring the world together? Making sure that when they are touring, they go to the same countries?” and “a vacation with van to some island? and like spending the day by the pool(in the shade of course cause that baby would burn bless his irish skin) and the beach and coconut drinks and dancing to music and all those beautiful things??”

Bonus mini-request of something involving a lifeguard getting a little annoyed at Van running amuck.

It was instant. You’d glanced up as the elevator doors closed, catching his eyes for only a second. Your body moved forward towards him, but the thick steel was already between you and you were being dragged back down to Earth. Cue sad song; cue Everybody Hurts and Mad World and I Will Follow You Into The Dark and Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) and Sampson.

“You okay?” your agent asked. “Look like you’re gonna puke or something?”

“I’m fine,” you said, taking a step back. I’m just living the start of a bad romance film, that’s all.  

Out of the elevator and the doors of the BBC building, you were about to get into a cab. The interview had gone well; the last press you had to do for the film before a short break.

“Wait!” a voice called desperately over a sea of people on the sidewalk.

There he was, weaving through the crowd on his way to you. Cue happy song; cue I Feel Good and Call Me Maybe and I Believe In A Thing Called Love and Hey Ya! and Home.

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anonymous asked:

Flighted birds hit windows, fly away, get hurt, and DIE because of your stupidity. Why do you toy with you birds' lives? Just for the sake of having a 'different' opinion you are telling other people to risk the lives of their birds. You are playing with death letting them live that way, you do not deserve to have birds with the way you risk their lives.

Thank you for your honest opinion.  Yes it is true that flighted birds can possibly hurt themselves, yes birds can fly out doors and yes they can possibly die if they are not trained properly. All of those things are true but those same things happen with clipped birds. 

 CLIPPED bird flew away :

CLIPPED bird fell off it’s cage and almost died :

I could provide you with a massive list of clipped bird injuries, deaths, and losses. I take perfectly good care of my birds, feed them a proper diet, routine vet checkups, plenty of out of the cage time, huge amounts of mental stimulation, training, and I bird proof everything I can in order to keep them safe and live the fully flighted lives they were meant to live.  I have never forced anyone in to letting a bird’s wings grow out, I simply offer the unpopular opinion so that people can make their own decisions based upon the knowledge of both pro flight and pro clip.

You are toying with your own bird’s life if you clip it’s wings.  Not only does it have a higher risk of flying away due to owner false confidence but it also limits a bird’s brain development, harms it’s respiratory system, circulatory system and leads to many stress related issues (plucking, depression, wing flicking, toe tugging, toe tapping, etc). 

This does not apply to all people, some do a very good job at trying to get as much exercise and mental development as they can for their birds, but no matter how hard you try, nothing compares to flight.


Please enlighten me as to how something so intricately designed, with precision, grace, and perfection should be taken away for human entertainment?  I hate to break this to you but if you look at a parrot right now, any parrot, they all do one thing in common, they flyBirds have wings and their entire body is built around that.  Their bones are hollow to be light enough to fly, their respiratory systems are specifically designed for flight and are even created so that the first flap at take off fills an air sac to make the bird light enough to take off.  The circulatory system is designed to pump enough oxygenated blood through the body and to the lungs to keep the bird flying and without flight a bird’s brain does not develop essential neuropathways to be able to react.  Not to mention should birds be refused the ability to fly during certain periods of their lives their hearts will not grow to be the appropriate size, their muscles will not develop and they will live to be significantly weaker even if allowed to fly after this early clipping process.

If I was a poor caretaker my birds would bite me, Mia would not have recovered from fatty liver disease, Zeeby’s stress bars would not have been fixed, they would be ill, they would not train with me, Zeeby would not try to copy my words and neither of them would lay in my hand like that. I do NOT appreciate being told that I do not deserve my feathered companions.  I give more love, care, and attention to these birds than half of the people who have pets do.  I put their safety above all else and if I felt being flighted did more harm than good they would not be flighted however, being flighted is far more beneficial than it is detrimental.  You want to know why I do what I do? I need to express where I stand on the whole clipping debate I don’t think it is right for me to leave this subject so abruptly without the opportunity to properly explain myself. (Yes the last time this topic was brought up it caused me quite a bit of hurt, I might not even end up posting this because of that).  I just feel as though it is not fair that you can throw your ideas at me, lash out at me, and full out slam my beliefs in to the ground without even allowing me to explain my full beliefs on the subject.   Being around so many pro-clip people has started to almost change my way of thinking, not in to pro-clipping not at all! Just in a way where I can see more the reasons and emotion behind clipping. I’m not saying that’s bad, I love hearing views from other people and understanding why people do what they do!  Now, I don’t mind people saying why they clip, I don’t mind hearing their side of things, in fact, I encourage it! The only time this becomes a problem to me is when you directly attack my views, when you feel as though you have the right to place your views on a scale higher than mine and say that my views are worthless. I love fully flighted birds, living with ones who used to be clipped I love being able to see the change in their behaviour.  

My birds are so much happier in ways that words can never explain.  Mia is so much more energetic than she used to be, Zeeby is starting to do little laps around the room when she gets hyper, both of their confidences have grown so much and honestly it is the best feeling in the world to watch them develop this way.  After watching them try to fly after me only to land on the floor a couple feet away from them and now being able to see them joyously exploring their new capabilities without limitations is an irreplaceable feeling. I am going to stop you in your thoughts right now, if you are a pro-clipper spare me the stories about all the fully flighted birds who have hurt themselves with their wings.  I guarantee you I can find the exact same number of sad stories about clipped birds hurting themselves as you can with flighted birds, it is actually less common for a trained flighted bird to harm themselves (I’ll get in to that later).  You will find stories based upon your views, if you are looking for things to prove to yourself that clipping is right you will only see the stories of fully flighted birds hurting themselves and those are the things your mind will focus on, my brain will work in the opposite way.  The fact is, both clipped and non-clipped birds can hurt themselves regardless of the state of their feathers.  Both sides of this belief have their pros and cons, sometimes there are ways to avoid them and some are just bound to happen.  Birds will be birds no matter what. I am in no way saying that either side of this clipping argument is right or wrong.  We both want what is best for our birds, we just don’t exactly agree on how to do it.  If you clip your bird’s wings because there is absolutely no way you can provide a safe environment for a fully-flighted bird that’s your choice!  I am not one to beat you up about it!  As long as you are making sure that your bird gets enough exercise to make up for the lack of muscle development that flying provides and are doing everything you can to keep your bird healthy then I do not see a reason for there to be an argument over this! I am now going to share my raw opinions on why I choose to keep my birds fully flighted.  I hope that if I do post this you will have the respect to read my opinion, have your own reactions to my opinion and be kind about it.  If you have a concern over any of my reasons then go ahead and have a conversation with me about it in a civil matter.  I will always be respectful to your opinion and I hope for you to do the same.  Any hatred or hatred-like responses to this post will be responded to in a respectful manner to the best of my abilities, within reason - all will be publicly posted so think before you speak.  We all have differing opinions and I am open to sharing all angles of this topic just as long as we all remain respectful to one another. If you have read up to this point and plan on yelling at me because my opinions are different than yours then please just stop reading right now.  I am a highly sensitive person and do not need you making judgments before you have even read my explanations.  For the rest of you, read on and be kind. Why do I keep my birds fully flighted? (all of these are in no particular order)

It is my belief that an animal which flies for thousands of miles a day in the wild deserves to be provided with an environment which can best replicate that.  Birds spend their whole lives flying in search of food, travelling, finding nesting materials, and looking for a mate, just to name a few.  So I do my best to replicate that environment by giving my girls plenty of room to fly around in search of their new foraging opportunities, new locations they should discover, and fun new toys they can spend their energy on.  

I believe that an animal that was born to fly should not be modified to suit a human environment, I compare this to how you would not cut a dog’s tendons so they could not run away from you.  Birds were born with wings to fly, I just do see it as morally correct to modify them so that they can work with people.  How can something so perfectly designed be right to remove for our own selfish reasons? With all the flying birds do in the wild, without wings they do not receive as much exercise as they should.  Now of course there are games you can play, and ways to encourage your bird to be more active and I highly encourage that all bird owners out there keep playing these awesome games with your bird! They need the exercise and these games are a great way to get them their daily dose to burn off energy and develop muscles!  I just don’t think anything can really compare to flight, different muscles are used in different activities and flight requires quite a heck of a lot of them.  But again, any way you can get exercise to your bird is fantastic!

I keep my birds flighted because of how happy it makes them.  The cheerful chirps they make mid-flight, the great advances they have made with their ability to explore their capabilities, and for those moments when I call one of them and they fly with such perfect grace that it leaves me in awe.  Seeing Mia go from being quiet, anti-social, and uninterested in everything to a bird who is happily chirping away, munching at toys, flying laps around the room, coming over to me and other birds rather than sitting in a corner is a feeling I would not trade for anything.  I used to think that was the way that Mia was, that was just her personality! Maybe she just wasn’t a big fan of other birds, parrotlets are not very social creatures anyways!  But after watching her wings grow in she has changed dramatically, her flight has helped her come out of her shell, she and myself are much happier because of her ability to fly.

I keep my birds flighted because of all the issues that come along with the simple action of cutting a bird’s wings.  

Not all birds react the same to being clipped, while some “don’t mind” (these words are in quotations because I believe that at some point a bird must mind the fact that they can no longer fly) others can completely lose themselves.  Birds are highly emotional creatures and many of them do not handle losing the ability to fly very well, this can make them extremely depressed - this is something I never wish upon my birds.  Some birds react to being clipped so badly that they begin to pluck out of nervousness, loss of confidence, and fright.  There have been many instances where clipped birds have slipped off of their owners’ hands and since then rebelled against the hand.  They blame the hand for falling, lose trust in their human and have zero confidence in themselves, as a result they become aggressive towards their people.  Some methods of clipping can actually cause severe neurological damage.  One common practice is to clip only one wing so a bird will feel imbalanced and not take off, unfortunately birds have evolved to rely on balance, they moult to be balanced, they’re built to be symmetrical for hundreds of thousands of years and when that gets thrown off in captivity birds can be driven in to states of self harm that they can not recover from.  The one wing clipping technique also means that the bird will spiral, crash, and potentially break it’s neck upon impact with the ground since they have absolutely no control over where they go.  With evenly clipped birds who just trim the primaries on each side this is very minimally safer, when a bird stops it is reliant on the ability to adjust the primary feathers to slow down, the primaries can be rotated slightly to cut the wind and create draft allowing the bird to be precise in it’s movements and stop when approaching a hazard, what do you think happens when it’s brakes are cut off? They go slamming full speed in to walls and can kill themselves. These are things I am not willing to risk with my birds.

I stand on the side of things where I don’t think it is right to force something to like you.  Now it is no secret that both of my girls were clipped (not by my choice) before I got them, so you may just discredit everything I have to say here.  Just as you would not remove a dog’s ability to run away from you when you bring it home, I don’t think you should force a bird to not be able to fly away from you.  There are simple training methods and hand raising techniques which can be used to teach a bird to love human contact without needing to clip them.  I see no purpose in clipping a bird when these proven alternative methods exist and do, in fact, work! Clipping for the process of taming has actually caused birds to regress!  They feel trapped and forced to depend upon you, they have become highly aggressive and it is dismissed as the bird’s ‘personality’ even though the same bird is not aggressive once trained and flighted! 

 I also keep my birds flighted for the same reasons you keep your birds clipped, for safety.  If I had another animal in the house (or a larger bird) and they were clipped how would they be expected to escape?  Now don’t tell me “you would just supervise them”.  Accidents happen in seconds and in many instances people just can not get there fast enough.  There are many different situations, outcomes, and reactions.  Sometimes “supervising them” doesn’t guarantee their safety.  I would much rather allow my birds to have the opportunity to save themselves if something were to happen where I just can not get there in time.  No matter how cautious you are accidents will happen, that’s just the way it is sometimes. 

I ensure my birds mental health by keeping them flighted. Birds who are flighted use more parts of their brain and develop stronger vision and fine motor skills.  Being flighted allows a bird to develop powerful symbiotic neuropathways which aid in quick decision making and greatly affects their ability to learn cause and effect, symbiotic relationships between eyesight and flight as well as aggression, and personality.  This site goes in to great detail about the mental health of flight ( ).

Keeping my birds flighted also reduces the possibility of them fighting, yes they are able to fly across the room and kill each other if they really wanted to but flighted birds rarely do!  A birds main instinct is “fight or flight” where, when placed in a dangerous situation they have to determine if it is better to fly away or fight.  Once you clip a birds wings you completely remove the flight part of that instinct leaving only one option “fight”.  Your clipped bird can not feasibly escape danger so it stands it’s ground and fights, eventually this will lead to a very aggressive bird if not dealt with properly.  If you have multiple birds this means that they are far more likely to bite each other than if they were flighted. 

Another common reason we all do what we do is to stop our birds from escaping.  Open doors and windows are huge hazards for birds and you might believe that being flighted increases the chance of a fatal escape.  Now, a flighted bird might be able to manoeuvre past you a lot better and get out that door but a clipped bird can fly just as far outside.  Even the slightest thing can startle a bird and cause them to take off, I feel when birds are clipped many people develop this false sense of security where they feel nothing can go wrong.  Outside, a clipped bird can take off and fly much farther than indoors because of the wind and because the bird does not feel as cramped as it does when there is a roof over it’s head. 

To add on to birds outdoors, who do you think will last longer? Who has the best chance of coming back down? Even if a clipped bird does have the courage to take off from that high place they will have very little control over where they land and how far they go.  While they might be trying to fly back to you they can be easily deterred in to the middle of the road or across a couple streets way far out of your view.  A fully flighted bird has much better control and a lot more wind resistance, making it easier and more likely that they will find refuge and survive.  Not to mention the flighted bird’s ability to escape predators over one who lands on the ground and struggles to get back up. Along with that I feel that when you have a fully flighted bird most people are more cautious of open doors and windows making the chance of escape a lot lower.  This isn’t a proven fact, it is just my opinion based on watching various bird keepers behaviours.   

 Another thing I would like to add is that if you have a fully flighted bird that does not mean that all these above reasons apply to you.  If you do not train your bird, teach them certain boundaries, and have them flight trained you have just as much luck as a clipped bird.  Untrained birds will not have developed as much muscle to fight against the wind as one who has been trained to specifically strengthen these muscles.  Your bird will also likely not understand when to come down off of that tree, take off, get confused, scared, and just fly off even farther away.  Again this is just my opinion.  I feel if you have fully flighted birds, training is a basic thing you should have to do to ensure their safety, training is something that should be done with every bird regardless of the state of their feathers. I live in fear of my birds flying outside and not coming back, many would say that if this causes so much fear I should just clip them and be safe but I see this fear as a good thing.  

My senses are on red alert all the time meaning that I pick up on a lot more of those tiny hazards than I would if I was fearless.  This allows me to rid of those hazards, bird proof them to the best of my abilities and keep my birds in a much safer environment.  “But flighted birds will fly in to harmful objects! fall in to boiling water! hit windows!” this is very false.  A birds ability to “think on the fly” develops with the symbiotic neuropathways strengthened through flight.  A flighted bird will have developed a better ability to fly and see oncoming danger, recognize the hot water and have enough control to land elsewhere.  A clipped bird will not have developed these neuropathways, take off, not understand what is happening as soon, try to fly elsewhere, not have enough ability to change direction and end up in the pot. More detail on this can again be found here (

Of course the most obvious one, being flighted is incredibly healthy for birds.  Not only do they develop stronger flight muscles but flying is highly beneficial for a bird’s lungs, heart, and brain!  Just as you develop heart conditions from not getting enough exercise a bird’s heart does the same.  Birds who are clipped tend to take very poorly to veterinary testing, their poor heart condition doesn’t allow them to replenish blood as quickly making blood draws and the recovery period much longer and much harder, suddenly losing .2cc of blood can become a pretty big deal. What happens when they break a blood feather or have to get blood drawn, how much stress will that put on the body, how much of their lives does that risk?  The bloodstream is also the main source of nutrient transport for the body, when all of that slows down, is smaller than it should be or just can’t function correctly the body will not be receiving the nutrients it needs as fast as it should be, damaging their systems.

Have you ever noticed you bird flap heavily then start panting or showing signs of exhaustion?  That’s because the respiratory system is weak and not functioning as well as it should be, when you removed flight a major part of the respiratory system was not able to strengthen, just as a couch potato could not run a marathon without passing out.  This weakened respiratory systems means that they may be more prone to developing respiratory conditions, being heavily affected by airborne toxins and they will not be transporting oxygen nearly as efficiently which can hinder growth and the nervous system.

A major part of a bird is it’s brain, they have a highly developed nervous system with precise vision which connects to a huge number of processing centres to interpret that information and spit out a reaction.  Most of a birds brain is developed to work with flight, thinking on the fly, once flight is removed those many connections are not made within the brain leaving your bird with slower response times, lesser mental development and overall a less healthy bird! Not being able to fly and make these neurological connections is the exact same process as what would happen if a guitar player stopped playing for a few years, the brain decides that those neuropathways aren’t needed and starts to kill them to make space for things that are being used.  The guitar player would have slow moving fingers, fine motor skills would not be top notch, a bird who can’t fly will not be able to process movements as fast, recognize how close something is, and make the action to move out of the way.  A bird who spends years flying will develop those pathways which allows them to avoid hazards, control their flight, brake efficiently and develop incredible aerial skills.

On to the next part… I never really see clipping as an ‘okay’ thing to do.  It always irks me to see a clipped bird and it always will.  This does not mean that I do not understand clipping in certain situations, and this does not mean that I think of you as a bad person.  You do what you do with your bird’s safety and care in mind, that’s all I care about so long as you understand the effects of clipping and flight.  

If you are uneducated on the matter and clip because it is the ‘social norm’ then please do some research, you can check out the links I provide at the bottom and make a decision for yourself.

When a bird is injured, plucked out one wing, becomes discombobulated from flight, or has health issues I feel it is understandable to clip a bird’s wings.  This way the bird will not cause itself further harm and can take time to recover properly.

If you have children; they tend to leave doors open, give the bird things it should not eat, poke at the bird and aggravate it.  I see this as an “eh” reason (I wish the child was easier to control and altering them should be the first consideration before wing clipping).  I can see people not wanting their child to leave a door open and clip the wings to have it safer, this also stops the bird from being protective of it’s owner and attacking the children (although clipping can cause more anger all this does is stop the bird flying across the room and getting someone from great distances).  In these situations I am a little less understanding because there are other things you can do to prevent accidents like setting the boundaries with the children and not letting them interact until they are older, having a separate room for the bird, but I understand that both species are unpredictable. Many people have had children and fully flighted birds just fine, I feel you should experiment with all options and set boundaries with your children before you clip.

I also have a slight understanding as to why wings are clipped in pet stores, they have a lot of people coming and going, sinks full of soap and burning water, sharp objects, open doors, there are a lot of risks here.  Pet care facilities just do not have the time or money to keep flighted birds safe in most cases and it is intended to be temporary.

Reasons why I do not understand clipping: 

Believing that your bird will not fly away, clipped birds have equal (if not more) opportunities to escape in most cases. Because you think they don’t care/ you are too lazy to train them.  I understand if you have a hectic life it is hard to care for a fully flighted bird as well, let alone flight train them to control their flight properly. Along with bird-proofing your home if you do not have the funds or knowledge to do so.  But when you have the time to do this and you have the resources to do it and you just push it aside because you believe that you bird does not care that you are modifying it to fit your life then it just doesn’t sit right with me considering how detrimental it is to their health.  

Birds require a lot of training, time, and money if you can not reasonably spend enough time with a bird then you shouldn’t really have one in the first place.  But in today’s society it is unreasonable to expect people to do research and prepare before getting a bird.  

Because they came to you that way.  If you were given a clipped bird and never did any sort of research on it to never be able to form your own decision on whether or not you believe clipping is right or wrong then I disagree with those views.  I think everyone should do research on the pros and cons of both sides and determine what they believe is right rather than just following the ‘social norm’.  

If you clip your bird because it hurt itself once. Too many times I hear people who have clipped their birds wings because it hit a window, mirror, or basically anything.  It takes time for birds to develop the neuropathways which prevent them from flying in to things, hitting it once is the first step to developing those pathways. There are other procedures you could have done before it came down to clipping.  Covering mirrors, tinting windows, putting stickers on windows, putting the bird in an area without spontaneous furniture, training the bird to better control it’s flight.  Even my own bird has freaked out and hit a window once, I put a new thing in front of the window so when she heads in that direction her first instinct is to land and evaluate the situation, now that her neuropathways have better developed she has never hit a window again.  After I move I plan on doing more to protect them from windows; tinting them, putting large parrot rope netting in front of them, or putting high visibility stickers on them because although I have full confidence in her ability to fly I would much rather be safe than sorry.

So that is where I stand on this matter.  I personally used to be neutral to this, I never really thought about it much but as soon as I brought Mia home I researched every aspect of avian abilities. That research helped shape my opinion today.  My opinions change so who knows, maybe in 50 years I will have a slightly different view on this matter, different reasons for why I am pro flight but for today this is where I stand and where I plan to continue standing. I may update this as new factors in avian science develop or as my own opinions grow.  This is not just my opinion, these are my beliefs.  

Being flighted is not something to play with, it is a way of life.

I would love to hear all your opinions on this encouraging or otherwise.  Have a contradicting idea to something I have said? Please RESPECTFULLY send me an ask or comment on this post I would love to hear your own opinions on this matter! Some resources for pro-flight:

Educated standpoints:

Other facts/ opinions on the pro-flight side:

F(x) reaction to finding your secret tattoos

Another f(x) reaction requested by the same sweet anonie! Here’s this one to all of you! For now I’d looove to get some reaction requests, I have a 2NE1 one going on & then I have some scenarios (but I need inspiration to write those and i’m really not feeling it right now hahah)!

Victoria: “What are those?” you’d hear a sweet, curious voice say behind you as you changed your top. “I’ve never noticed them” she said coming closer. “Well it’s only been three months, Vic, I get it” you said smiling. You lift up your shirt to show her your side. She looked down to see the three small Chinese signs tattooed under your ribs. “They’re in chinese. I knew you were meant for me” she smiled at you.

Originally posted by jjong

Amber: “BABE” she’d yell out as you pulled your hair up “Are those tattoos?” Amber would run to you like a excited child and push your hair out of the way, to reveal your small flying birds tattooed on your neck. “I want ones like these!” You’d turn to face her and smile at her excited reaction. “You’re too cute” you’d smile at her.

Originally posted by quietlim

Luna: “OMO what’s that black on your leg, Y/N?” she’d almost yell as you walked out in a skirt. “It’s these small tattoos I took like ages ago. You like them?” you’d ask turning your back to her and showing off your ankle. Luna would stare at you, almost shocked. As you turned to face her, you saw her shocked expression. “No, no, they’re nice jagi. I just didn’t think you were one to like tattoos.” You’d laugh and kiss her, just to calm her mind.

Originally posted by iamstillalive

Krystal: She woke up beside you and opened her eyes, just to see your back. “Jagi.” she’d shake you awake. “What” you’d mumble. “Is that a actual tattoo on your back? When did you get that?” You’d turn to face her and smile a bit embarrassed. “Last week, when you were on tour. I haven’t told anyone yet.” She’d kiss your forehead and smile a bit cheekily. “Don’t worry, your secrets safe with me. And it looks good, trust me”

Originally posted by cillabambam

Goose, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (1 y/o), Salty Dog Kennels, Ardoise, Nova Scotia, CAN • Goose quartering (searching) a field for a hidden duck • “Nova Scotia is where the breed made itself known, put together for hunting purposes. Originally called the Little River Duck Dog, the breed was developed in Yarmouth, NS, and are the only provincial dog in Canada. They’re meant for tolling and retrieving ducks and geese. The dogs run along a body of water, and the birds will fly or swim over to see them – it’s an attraction. Foxes have the same behavior to lure in their prey. There really isn’t anything a Toller can’t do, though. Canada Customs use them for detection, and they’ll also do rescue work and agility. The two mascots for the Canada Winter Games were Tollers.”

anonymous asked:

Do you play Avengers Academy? Tony and falcon often fly together (getting Loki jealous lol) and I keep thinking about their flying dates and how they have an alone time somewhere up high to be all cuddly and schmoopy as they want where no one can see them and judge them

I hope you enjoy this. It’s a little over 1k, so watch out for the cut.

Tony had already been flying over the academy for a few hours before Sam joined him. He flew lazy circles around Tony and he didn’t speak for quite some time. But eventually curiousity won out for Sam.

“What are you even doing up here?” he asked and flew another loop around Tony.

“Flying,” Tony gave back. He expected Sam to ask more, but he was met with silence and in the end he felt the need to fill it. “Being away from everyone sometimes…it helps.”

“It sure is a bit much, isn’t it?” Sam asked and looked down, to watch their classmates and friends walk beneath them.

Since the academy had started it had steadily grown and there were a lot of people walking around now. Sometimes too many.

“Mh-mh,” Tony hummed and continued his huge circles.

Sam stayed by his side for almost two hours before he said “I have to go back down.”

“Okay,” Tony said and watched as Sam gracefully landed and folded away his wings.

Tony stayed up in the air for another hour or so, but it wasn’t the same anymore. Pretending that he enjoyed the quiet and reclusiveness suddenly became very hard to do.


Sam kept joining him. Not on all his flights, but on enough that Tony was wondering what Sam was actually doing.

When this had gone on for a few weeks he finally asked.

“What are you doing?” he asked with a little glance at Sam who managed to shrug despite his wings.

“Spending some time away from them,” he gave back with a nod at the others. When he looked back at Tony there was a small smile on his face. “Spending time with you.”

At that Tony frowned. “Why would you?”

“There’s always someone who wants something from you. Or you’re busy with your science. There is barely any time to catch you alone. This is the only time I ever get the chance to.”

“But…why?” Tony asked, hoping for a clarification, because what Sam had said had sure as hell confused him.

“You know, if you are not busy reading up on historic ladies you could pick up a book about birds,” Sam said with a wink and flew back down, joining Cap at the club.

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There were days Kean regretted moving to this fly-infested, swamp hellscape that had only two states of being: hot and humid. Christ, all he’d done was walk from his patrol car to a park bench and he was already sweating. Sure, he could’ve eaten his lunch inside the sanctity of the precinct, but that would’ve meant socializing and Kean much preferred the chatter of birds to the ramblings of his coworkers. Which was how he found himself working his way through a turkey sub when the blast of a horn nearly made him drop it. 

He looked sharply to his left, expression irritated, as he took in the scene unfolding before him: some jackass had walked right out in front of a car, understandably pissing off the driver. As the car sped off, the person finished crossing the street, passing in front of Kean as he did so. “Jaywalking’s a crime, you know?” he spoke up, apropos nothing. He was still wearing his uniform, so he added, “Lucky for you, I’m on break, which means I don’t give enough of a shit to write you a ticket.” 

Hands Like Houses {Sentence Starters}
  • "All I know is we can’t move closer."
  • "I wonder, can you daydream at night?"
  • "Keep your feet on the ground, kid. Only birds were meant to fly."
  • "I'll plead guilty to every taken chance."
  • "I’ve never seen the lights of the north."
  • "There’s better ways for us to waste our days."
  • "We’ll never be safe here again."
  • "I wanna know that I’m steady on my feet."
  • "Don’t we all want to be left alone?"
  • "Tell me what it takes to come alive."
  • "I could ruin you."
  • "Bring me back to something I know for sure."
  • "I know that you're scared of me."
  • "I promised not to wake you."
  • "It's been a long, long night."
  • "Is this the edge of the world?"
  • "I am wreckage."
  • "My path's my own and mine alone."
  • "I wish you’d just passed me by."
  • "Will you walk with me a while?"
  • "Hold your breath, baby."
  • "I don’t want to pretend that I’m stronger."
  • "I'm the shadow that weighs you down."
  • "I can't recall a night this clear."
  • "Please don’t remind me of reality now."
  • "I don’t want to pretend that the sadness is gone."


            Stiles Stilinski waited. And waited. And waited. He wasn’t that bad at kickball. It was down to him, Scott and Greenburg. And Greenburg was always last.

            “I’ll take Scott” yelled Danny.

            “Wait, wait, wait.” Stiles began “You gotta pick us together Danny. You know that!”

            “But the numbers aren’t right if you both are on my team!”

            “Put me on your team, and I’ll show you the handcuffs I took from my Dad”


            Danny’s whine could be heard across the field.  All the boys lined up as Jackson’s team took the outfield. Stiles sat watching the boys. Thinking about the little strawberry blonde girl in class. He liked the way that her hair swung from side to side when it was in a ponytail. And the way she raised her hand when the teacher asked a question. And how she would scrunch up her nose at the lunch table when people tried to offer her orange slices.

            He turned his head to try to find her on the playground. He went to her usual spot on the swings. Lydia loved the swings. He overheard her once say that she thought that must be what flying feels like. If only she could have wings like a bird; but humans aren’t even close to being aerodynamic enough to support flying. Stiles went home that day to research bird flight and what the word aerodynamic even meant.

            He checked the next spot, which were the monkey bars. She used to go on them more often. However, there happened to be an incident where Stiles might have dared Scott to pull on her skirt while she was dangling. Stiles hadn’t realized that Scott would pull them all the way down. He felt so bad for the rest of the day that he went home crying to his Mom about how he was the worst person ever. She quickly assured him that he was, not in fact, the worst person ever.

            “Stiles!” Scott hissed into his ear. “Its your turn”

           “Wuh? Huh? Already?” Stiles leapt to his feet. Kickball wasn’t his best game. His legs were a little too long for his body, which made it hard for him to kick it at the right angle.

            Okay, deep breaths Stilinski. Eye on the ball. Foot on the ball. You can do this. Just don’t get distracted. If you can kick it, everything will be okay. Just kick the ball Stilinski.

            Stiles looked up into Jackson’s eyes as he hurtled the ball towards him. Quick glance to the right to check the bases.

Strawberry blonde hair.

             She’s watching. Oh god. What if I mess up. What if I don’t kick the ball.  Focus!

             Stiles looks back at the ball, closes his eyes and swings his foot forward. He can feel the contact of the ball but is too afraid to open his eyes.

One, two, three…open.

            The ball is soaring over all the boy’s heads. Farther than anyone in the outfield. All he can do is stare. His body is frozen in shock. Eye’s wide in continual surprise.  He can hear Scott telling him to run. He can hear Danny yelling at him to run.

             He looks over at first base, and Lydia Martin pressed up against the fence. Her fingers laced between the metal. Her eye’s mirror Stiles’. He is looking at her, awe written all over her face.

            “Run!” Her voice is clear and the only thing he can hear on the field.

            And run he does. Over the first base, over the second, jumping over third. And suddenly he is running home. Home to the base. Home to the little strawberry blonde clapping her hands and jumping up and down from behind the chain link fence.

            And she will hide behind her chain link fence for years to come. The defense system she put up to protect herself from little boys with sparkling brown eyes and a knack for running back to her.