or at least a piano

princess [draco malfoy]

request: nonexistent! this was directly out of my mind (’:

word count: ~3700

a/n: good jesus christ this one took far too long to write. this is my first post of the blog, though, so color me excited for what’s to come! also i’m so tired. this has drained my energy for some reason. ugh. please do request though i have nothing to write and my ideas sort of go everywhere when i don’t have a solid idea in mind! thanks for reading! <3

summary: in which a sarcastic comment has draco calling you “princess”. he’s also kind of an ass. a very attractive, rude ass. (contains swearing ofc)

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College Things

- The guy in front of you in class is shopping for a charcoal grill on ebay. why. sir. we have a test next week. 

- Squirrels just….have no fear. None. Only on college campuses though. Are they okay? 

- Finding condoms, packaged and not, in various places. 9 times out of 10, if there’s something inside, it’s not what the condom is supposed to have inside of it. 

- Water balloon condoms. See above. 

- That one guy who wears the same hat every day and you see him every day and you don’t understand why he’s so attached to this hat what is he hiding 

- *single flake of snow appears* “Maybe campus will shut down tomorrow.”

- Campus doesn’t shut down. There’s three feet of snow and the wind chill is below zero. 

- That one corner of the library basement that no one goes to. It smells old and there’s probably a ghost there. 

- When you’re a pedestrian, you hate the cyclists. When you’re on a bicycle, you want nothing more than to run every single person over. 

- You see someone violently acting out a music video with their headphones in. You leave them alone because you were doing the same thing thirty minutes ago.  You hope it goes well for them. 

- Theater majors. Just…theater majors. 

- do the science kids???? ever leave the science buildings???? where do they sleep? 

- There’s a dog. It’s surrounded in seconds by over-caffeinated, under-hydrated students who haven’t slept in three days. 

- you find articles of clothing in really weird places and just. stop caring. glove in a tree? Cool man. Sock on the street? Hope no one needed that. Pants on the stairs of the dorm? Use a condom bro. 

- The dorm lobby television only ever plays sports, news, or The Food Network. No one is ever actually watching what’s on. 

- how are the art students even alive 

- that one professor that EVERYONE on campus knows, even if they have a completely different major than what they teach. 

- there’s a class. you know you had it. you know you have a grade for it. you can’t remember a single second of your time in it. 

- Where did that cat come from? No one knows. It’s always been there. You can’t pet it. Only stare from afar. 

- what is tipping? how does it work? idk tip the pizza guy five bucks for the ten dollar pizza. he looks tired. he’s dying on the inside. he saw a guy naked tonight. 

- Inevitable “pinned condom on the bulletin board goes missing” gag

- Your whiteboard markers are missing again. You put them out yesterday. 

- someone stole an entire skeleton from the science buildings. it got returned a week later without the skull. 

- Vocalist majors. Almost as bad as the theater majors. At least the theater kids don’t sing during breakfast. 

- there’s a piano in the student lounge. no one can play anything but Chopsticks and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. 

- your garbage is four feet tall and has been there for two weeks. you add more to the top. you took the recycling out yesterday.

Bergen County, New Jersey

Every once in a while, I discover an extraordinarily special place. And by special I mean hideous. Bergen County, New Jersey is that place. This will not be the first, nor the last time this county will show up on this blog, as its houses and I have a long working relationship ahead of us. 

So where to start? I used this house as an example in another post before (can’t remember which one) but I knew from the first time I saw it, that I needed to dive deeper. 

Man, where to start. First of all, the exterior of this house appears to be screaming in two different ways: either the two dormers, or the two “sidelight” windows are the eyes, with the door being the agape mouth. With the absurd windows on the front facade, the silly fake quoins, and the pseudo-Palladian elements scattered all over the place, I have a feeling this place is going to go down in McMansionHell history as a Certified Dank™ Legend.

This house (built in 1988 as we will all soon see) has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, and is currently retailing for almost 3.5 million dollars.  

By far, my favorite McMansions are the ones that are like time capsules. You open the obnoxiously large front door and step into the obnoxiously large entryway and are instantly transported into another era. 

In this case, that era is 1988. 

Front Entryway

My favorite part about the 80s was how they axed all of the environmental reforms made in the 70s while simultaneously obsessing over having as many house plants as possible. 

Living Room (1 of 2)

At least piano makers are thankful that their art is being funded by those who buy large instruments as symbols of wealth. 

Study

Fake book subjects commonly include: 
- Business
- Law
- Classic Literature

Dining Room (1 of 2)

Seriously I don’t think you guys are prepared for what you’re about to see. 

This has to be one of the best worst vintage 80s rooms I’ve ever seen. 

Dining Room (2 of 2)

Those poor plants, working like slaves for the man. 

The Kitchen! 

Who thought that orange was a remotely good idea?? Spoilers: it was probs HGTV.

Living Room (2 of 2)

Luckily for the homeowner, many elements from this room (the furniture and wall color) are coming back in style again, as dark green is all the rage this year apparently. 

Master Suite (Part 1)

Shocked that the drapes don’t have the same pattern as the wallpaper. 

Master Suite (Part 2)

P sure the hyper-femininity of the 80s and early 90s were what led to the creation of the ManCave during the dawn of the 21st century.

Master Bathroom

This bathroom almost looks like it came out of a Robert A.M. Stern coffee table book from the late 80s. Whoever did this interior was a licensed interior designer. I’m pretty sure those vanities are custom. 

On to the last room of our tour! (Somehow there weren’t pictures of the other 6 bedrooms or the other 5 baths…)

The Basement

Seriously the mirrored door is hella choice. 

Fortunately, our tour ends on a positive note this week, as the rear of this house actually makes some architectural sense:

Rear Exterior

Well folks, I hope you enjoyed that tour as much as I did. I love these time capsule houses - you can learn a lot from studying the design trends of the past; most notably, when they’re coming back. 

Stay tuned for this Sunday’s special post, McMansionHell from A to Z (Part Two) and, of course, next week’s dank McMansion!

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wanted: skating lessons

based on this post that @actualyuuri sent me that of course spiraled into a fic idea (you know, the usual. we’ve been over this) 

disclaimer: not to be taken seriously at all, the skating progress is not accurate, etc etc 

length: 2k 2 many // rating: gen 

Wanted: Skating Lessons

Hi. I am Victor and I need to learn how to skate before Saturday. My parents have been paying for me to get skating lessons every week for the last fifteen years but I never actually attended any of the lessons and I spent the money on marble busts instead. Now they want me to perform to ‘Stammi Vicino’ at their wedding anniversary on Saturday.

If you can teach me, be here at Ice Castle tomorrow at 7:27am with an extra pair of skates. I am a fast learner (well, at least my dog Makkachin is–it took me only two weeks to teach him how to roll over) so I am pretty sure I will pick it up quickly. In return, I can teach you how to say some pick-up lines in Russian or tell you some facts about my love life. Whichever you prefer. Not both, though.

Yours sincerely,
Victor

PS. I’m a size 8

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MY BUCKETLIST

1.      Throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands
2.      Travel to Australia
3.      Travel to New Zealand
4.      Travel to America
5.      Travel to Paris
6.      Travel to New York
7.      Travel to London
8.      Travel to Rome
9.      Travel to Hawaii
10.  Travel to Norway
11.  Travel to The Philippines
12.  Travel to a deserted island
13.  Go to Disney Land Paris
14.  Go to Six Flags
15.  Go on a safari
16.  Visit Auschwitz
17.  Visit the museum in Cairo
18.  Walk on the great wall of China
19.  Be completely bilingual
20.  Be completely trilingual
21.  Cohabitate with a friend
22.  Buy my own dream house
23.  Buy my own dream car
24.  Buy my first horse
25.  Buy my second horse
26.  Breed my own foal
27.  Ride my horse on the beach
28.  Go on a vacation with my horse(s)
29.  Train my own foal
30.  Participate in a horse contest
31.  Go on a safari on horseback
32.  Ride a horse in a foreign country
33.  Get a dog of my own
34.  Have my own pack of dogs
35.  Get my driver’s licence
36.  Spend the night at the beach with a loved one
37.  Ride an elephant
38.  Have my hair short
39.  Attend a wedding for a whole day
40.  Stand front row at a concert
41.  Have a bonfire with friends at the beach
42.  See the Hollywood sign
43.  Get my first full-time job
44.  Run a marathon
45.  Ride the bullet train in Japan. (Shinkansen)
46.  Throw someone a surprise party
47.  Speak a foreign language (apart from English) and travel to that country
48.  Eat sushi in Japan
49.  Have kids
50.  Get a job that actually makes me happy
51.  Celebrate Christmas above the arctic circle
52.  Go to an airport and buy tickets for a random flight
53.  See the Northern lights
54.  See the Midnight Sun
55.  Visit the Northpole
56.  Visit the Southpole
57.  Climb to the top of a mountain higher than 5km.
58.  Go on a real cruise
59.  Go on a mini-cruise
60.  Get my braces off
61.  Work abroad
62.  Have an awesome picnic
63.  Swim with a dolphin
64.  Travel completely without destination, going wherever the roads take me
65.  Set foot on all 7 contents (2/7)
66.  Ride a hot air balloon
67.  Paint my hair a weird colour
68.  Go on a big trip with friends

69.  Learn how to play the piano
70.  Live in a big beautiful city of my own choice
71.  Take my mom on the vacation of her dreams
72.  Be able to do 100 push-ups
73.  Breed my own kittens
74.  Build a real treehouse
75.  Become vegan
76.  Float in the dead sea
77.  Stand with one foot on one side of the equator and with one on the other side
78.  Go bungee jumping
79.  Ride a limo
80.  Go skiing
81.  Ride a husky sled
82.  Meet a celebrity
83.  Get on a plane all by myself

84.  Get a lip piercing
85.  Get a stomach piercing
86.  Get an ear piercing
87.  Celebrate Halloween in America
88.  Have/Build my own horse stable
89.  See a real shipwreck
90.  Kiss beneath the mistletoe
91.  Give a kickass birthday party
92.  Graduate
93.  Get permanent make-up
94.  Jump off a cliff
95.  Wrap a snake around my neck
96.  Milk a cow
97.  See the Great Barrier Reef
98.  Go snorkelling
99.  Go on Yacht Week
100.  Dive in an aquarium with sharks
101.  Learn to surf
102.  Stand under a waterfall
103.  Have grandchildren
104.  Have my own fireplace
105.  Read the Bible
106.  Read the Koran
107.  Help an endangered or injured animal
108.  Write a song
109.  And play the piano with it
110.  Attend at least 20 festivals (1/20)
111.  Take a Mud Bath
112.  Stay in a 5-Star Hotel (just for once!)
113.  Drink milk from a Fresh Coconut
114.  Eat at a 5-Star Restaurant
115.  Eat Caviar
116.  Have at least 10 plants in my garden that are eatable
117.  Go to a Book Signing
118.  See a Volcano
119.  Stay in an Underwater Hotel
120.  Touch a Pyramid
121.  Visit as many of the United States as I can | 0/50
122.  Visit the Grand Canyon
123.  Visit the Niagra Falls | New York
124.  Swim at night in the sea
125.  Swim in icewater

126.  Read all the Harry Potter books
127.  Go on trip to at least 50 countries (13/50) 
128.  Visit 100 different countries (17/100) 
129.  See the statue of liberty
130.  Own a beach house
131.  Climb the Eiffel tower
132.  Do something special on Valentine’s day
133.  Go skydiving
134.  Go paragliding
135.  Climb a mountain
136.  Hike a mountain
137.  Get hair extensions
138.  See earth from space
139.  Experience weightlessness
140.  Visit the roman colosseum
141.  Go to at least 100 different concerts (11/100)
142.  Stay overnight in an icehotel (jukkasjärvi, Sweden)
143.  Spend the night in Finland, igloo village, kakslauttanen
144.  Spend the night in an overwater bungalow
145.  Watch the sunset over Ayers Rock
146.  Eat pizza in Italy
147.  Swim in every ocean | ¼
148.  Visit Mistic Falls (Covington, Georgia)
149.  Jump off a small waterfall
150.  Visit Harrods  
151.  Jump off a bridge (no, not like that!)
152.  Breath in helium and speak
153.  Write a letter to myself and open it in 10 years
154.  Finish 10 diaries (2/10)
155.  Write a book

Sooo, this is everything that’s on my bucketlist. As I said, I’m quite ambitious. xD I hope this inspires some of you! :)

Highschool!AU Haechan

find college!nct (here) & more hs!dream kids will be coming soon!!

  • favorite subject: piano & creative writing 
  • least favorite subject: chemistry 
  • voted most likely to: become a famous game show host
  • haechan is described by his homeroom teacher as ‘popular’, with pretty high grades in all subjects - even the ones he despises, and a personality that’s loud an vibrant it’s only natural that people want to be his friend
  • although he does have a streak of giving back cheeky answers to teachers, never insulting or rude just a bit too sarcastic 
  • but that just makes him even more popular, because everyone thinks he’s hilarious 
  • his parents are both musically inclined so haechan took every music extracurricular class that was available, the piano teacher basically lets him live in the music room
  • some older kids had tried to make snarky comments involving haechan’s talent, but he had confidently told them to buzz off with their low college entrance exam scores and well,,,,they never bothered him again
  • doesn’t skip class often, but when he does it’s totally with jisung and chenle to cause some no good pranks on their friends jeno and renjun
  • and/or to get snacks down at the corner store, the owner is like “hey shouldnt you be in school??” and haechan is like “oh, it’s national government day so no school!” and the person is always like uh,,,sounds legit and haechan just grins
  • has he used his cuteness to get free food from the lunch ladies? yeah,,,he has,,,,much to the look of regret on jisung’s face
  • his other favorite class is creative writing because haechan is imaginative, it’s hard to not notice both his personality and his creativity
  • and he likes storytelling and songwriting, so even if everyone else is writing cheesy romance hs love plots like haechan’s gonna write his dragon slayer robot apocalypse piano playing hero trilogy - just you watch him
  • (what im saying is popular boy haechan probably lowkey loves reading magical books and stuff,,, like he might hate science but do i think haechan loves scifi novels??? yeah,,,,look at him)
  • and you actually have creative writing with haechan this semester, which is funny because ofc you know him
  • your friends are friends with his friends yada yada, but you’ve like never really given him a thought
  • one of your friends had a brief crush on him when you were all freshmen, and you’d agreed - something about him was charming
  • was it the clear, glowing skin? the long eyelashes? the smile that made the room light up? the way you’d made eye contact across the lunchroom and haechan’s eyes , an earthy brown, had sparkled - 
  • ok yeah you totally just thought that “something” about him was charming not like you’d thought about him twice
  • but being in the same room with him for a whole semester changed that
  • and it changed it really,,,, really fast
  • and you weren’t expecting it, coming into class - trying your hardest to listen to other people read their stories, make comments, ask questions
  • but all you could do was sneak peeks at haechan
  • who sat at the desk beside yours, closest to the windows
  • and when a gust of wind would past buy, his hair would ruffle slightly and he’d tap the end of his pencil gently against his lips
  • whenever the teacher called on him, he’d have something so interesting to say and the chance amount of times he’d look your way
  • you had to pretend to be scribbling something against your own notes
  • because what,,,what was happening
  • you had never thought your crush would end up being haechan and not because he was the school sweetheart or the most athletic kid on the soccer team or any of that stuff from the movies
  • you just got,,,,entranced,,,, “he’s a wizard, right?” you once rationalized to yourself in bed but what - no c’mon,,,that couldn’t be it
  • and it wasn’t like haechan didn’t notice,,,,,,
  • he’d always wondered - when you were both freshman and you’d met eyes in the lunchroom during the first couple of weeks of school
  • why had you never,,,looked at him again?
  • it had bugged him, he had even asked mark about it who had graduated and mark just said something about “why do you care? oh,,,,do you like them?”
  • haechan had gritted his teeth “what are you talking about?”
  • mark’s cheery laughter came on the other end “only people ask a questions like ‘oh why aren’t they looking at me?’ when they have a crush.”
  • “you know what mark, i called you for some REAL advice and you’re giving me this baloney. this was dumb, college is making you dumber bye”
  • mark hadn’t been hurt when haechan hung up the phone, he was too busy chuckling over the fact that haechan 100% was interested in you - and just refused to admit it 
  • or maybe haechan was just as confused as you, he would act like you didn’t phase him at all in creative writing
  • most of the time he’d concentrate extra hard on staring out the window, or asking questions about other peoples work
  • because one slip up and he’d have his head down on the desk, hearts floating above his head looking at the way your hair falls over your eyes sometimes, the pretty birthmark on your arm, the cute animals you doodled in your pages when you weren’t listening
  • haechan did NOT want to fall into that hole - he had seen jisung have crushes before and it was never pretty he acted like a total fOOL 
  • but it was hard,,,you were so cute,,, he’d thought that when he first saw you but high school life had got in the way
  • now you sat beside each other????? what the heCK was he supposed to do???
  • you hadn’t told anyone about your feelings, and it was easy to hide you literally never saw haechan in the halls or at lunch - the only period you had with him was creative writing
  • so no one suspected a thing,,,,not until it was haechan’s turn to read aloud his writing
  • and you were secretly dreading it, but it did give you an excuse to finally look at him without seeming weird
  • yet the gnawing idea in your head was just: what if it’s a love poem about someone ,,,,, or some kind of allegory ,,, 
  • it was a dumb thought - but you’re a teenager in love these things always bubble up
  • so on the day off, you briefly considered cutting class but ended up at your desk, watching haechan walk to the center of the board 
  • his story was set in the future, something about a hero who played the piano while simultaneously defeating monster robots - it reminded you slightly of a comic book story line
  • someone had snorted at the idea, but haechan wrote it really well
  • to the point that halfway through the class, and even the teacher were on the edge of their seats
  • and then ,,,, came that part
  • haechans main character, who played piano in a well known orchestra was sitting beside his love interest
  • haechan read,

    “i would sit with them, completely alone in the grand hall. i would read music and they would practice at the other end of the room. the tune they played almost religiously, was one of my favorite. yet, there was never a moment where i could feel their gaze on me. almost as if i did not exist.

    i could clearly remember the first time we met, the canteen had been full of other musicians and orchestra staff. it was bustling, but like in any special moment time had slowed when we saw each other. it was like looking at someone who embodied spring. bright, just as curious and nervous as i. their eyes were a color i could see myself falling in love with effortlessly. but like spring breeze, the moment dwindled for a second and was gone. since then, they have not dared to spare me a glance.”

  • for a second you felt something familiar in the scene, then you realized haechan was describing a memory you had
  • the memory of the two of you in the lunchroom during freshman year
  • subconsciously, you were arguing that it was just a coincidence. he didn’t remember that, why would he?
  • but your heart was flipping in your chest, your grip on your pen had tightened
  • you almost didn’t hear the teacher call your name and ask for your opinion
  • haechan’s eyes landed on you and your face felt like it was on fire
  • “i,,,,,,,,,,i really like the scene between the protagonist and his ,,,,,, crush.”
  • you weren’t even thinking straight, but it came out
  • you hide your eyes back onto your paper, too concentrated on hiding your blush to see haechan’s lips turn upward ever so slightly
  • he had thought to himself,,,you remembered this moment too?
  • as class came to an end, you couldn’t get up out of your seat. your legs had turned to jello and you were still overthinking the whole situation
  • when the room had emptied out, even the teacher gone you finally put your hands on the desk and pushed yourself up
  • haechan had been waiting outside the room, he didn’t really konw what to say to you but the look on your face in class had meant something
  • and really, this itching feeling to look at you,,,,,to hold your hand,,,,,to even kiss you was starting to overwhelm him
  • and he wasn’t a patient person, i mean when his thoughts had crossed over to ‘why wont they look at me?’ to ‘they look really cute, kissing them would be nice’ he had decided to write that scene in his story
  • he wanted to know - he needed to konw
  • if what happened that day meant something and if that something was happening now, now in this one period class you had together
  • you didn’t see haechan when you opened the door, your eyes were on the floor and you were muttering to yourself
  • when you heard someone clear their throat and you looked up
  • “h-haechan?”
  • he looked at you and that sparkle from back in freshman year was still there
  • “i dont want to guess, but i need to know. you remember what happened a while ago,,,,,,,,,,what i based the scene off of right?”
  • you could feel the lump in your throat grow, you were late to last period calculus but you couldn’t even use that as an excuse
  • “i ,,, i do. but -”
  • “but, i want you to know that i started feeling it again. what i felt in that moment. i have a,,,,,,,,,,,mark used this word so ill use it too even though,,,it’s,,,corny but whatever - i have a crush on you.”
  • you stand there, backpack slung over one shoulder and your eyes wider than ever before
  • ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,haechan likes you?,,,,,,,,
  • “y-you like me?”
  • “yes, im sorry for saying crush it’s corny but i guess,,, i dont know,,,,it fits the situation?”
  • haechan gives a small shrug, but a smile starts forming on his face
  • the cute, shy one you’ve never seen before
  • “i - i like you too,,,,,,, i just got kind of confused because well i just,,,,, it’s never really,,,,something,,,”
  • haechan nods “something you thought about before?”
  • it’s not like this is middle school or anything, but even as high schoolers neither you or haechan ever had much of a mind when it came to crushes
  • haechan had always found distractions in good friends and music - you had found it in your pasions
  • so it was only normal that liking each other kind of sent you bothi nto mini panics
  • but haechan, has never been embarrassed by telling the truth so it was just a matter of time till he confessed
  • and standing there, alone in the hallway with the muffled sounds of other classes going on , you were happy he did
  • your first date starts that afternoon, you both are too late for your last classes so you sneak off and go into the city
  • neither of you has much allowance, so you scrap up what you’ve got and buy snacks to eat, dropping what change you have into the pal of your hand
  • “it’s not much, but we can go see what it’ll get us at the thrift store?”
  • you nod and follow haechan into a small, underground store that is stuffed to the brim with second-hand items and vintage clothing hanging off the ceilings
  • aside from the trendy adults in the store, you and haechan stick out like sore thumbs in your school uniforms
  • but you completely forget because haechan puts on a large, round straw hat with flowers on it and does an impression of one of your favorite actresses
  • you two giggle over trying on outrageous clothes, digging through old records and books, until haechan pulls an old puppy toy from the depths of some stack and goes 
  • “doesn’t he look like me?”
  • you laugh because the puppy is a slightly washed out red color, but the adorable face with big eyes does sort of remind you of him
  • on he flip side of the dogs ear is a worn out tag, the name ‘cherry’ spelled out in cursive
  • “should we spend our change on this guy?” haechan asks
  • you take him and hold him up “well it’s either him or we share cup ramen in the subway,,,,”
  • haechan and you agree, cherry is worth it
  • and as you walk around till late, the city lights illuminating you two in a soft glow, you hold cherry 
  • and the people walking by flash smiles at you two, a young couple in love
  • when it’s time to go, haechan has to catch the train but you’re getting on the bus
  • he fusses with you over waiting till you get on safely, longenough for your bus to actually get there
  • watching you climb on, you turn over your shoulder and tell haechan to be safe
  • he points to cherry and raises an eyebrow “you two be safe as well.”
  • you nod, and haechan seems to stutter for a moment
  • “see you tomorrow.”
  • you call before the door shuts and the bus stars on its way, haechan watches your figure through a window as the bus pulls away
  • softly, with a smile he answers “see you tomorrow”
  • on the bus ride you stare out the window, holding cherry tightly in your arms
  • who knew haechan’s story would be the reason you two,,,,finally understood each others hearts
  • haechan gets home,,,,,and immediately calls mark
  • “i have a stupid crush. you were right. college is making you smarter.”
  • mark just laughs, he saw this coming and asks haechan to tell him all about you 
  • when you end up in class the ext time, you try hard not to smile like an idiot when haechan comes in
  • but to your surprise, he doesn’t hide it all
  • he smiles, sliding into his desk and moving it just an inch closer to yours
  • “how’s cherry?”
  • “fine, did you get home late?”
  • the entire class seems to shift their gazes on to you and the weight of their stares makes you nervous 
  • but haechan doesn’t seem to mind, he just looks at you and says everything was good. clumsily he adds in,,,,if you want,,,,,i gotta show you something after class
  • the thing he shows you is the piano in the schools music room, you never knew it before = but haechan is a skilled player
  • and when he sits down behind it, you think he looks handsome - like some kind of young prodigy - like the character in his story
  • the more you get to know him, the more you see a side of him that you’re sure he hides from others
  • the little that you knew from other people was his popular, sarcasti image
  • but there’s a lot more - there’s someone that wholeheartedly loves music and his friends 
  • it makes you fall for him even harder,,,,,,,
  • haechan isn’t sure how to tell jisung and the others, so he approaches jeno first since he knows he’ll deal with it the calmest
  • “you’re dating,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,what how did we not EVEN KNOW?”
  • haechan shrugs “you guys are kind of oblivious.”
  • jeno frowns at haechan’s joke, but congratulates him nonetheless
  • now when isung, renjun and chenle find out ,,,, it’s a whole different ball game. there’s a lot of shouting. renjun even goes “haechan, you have a heart? you never told us!”
  • when you meet them, they all have some story to tell you about haechan
  • and haechan just ends up chasing half of them around, threatening to reveal their own secrets to their parent if anything
  • jeno, who stands beside you watching this unfold leans over and goes “he says he’s really happy these days thanks to you.”
  • you even get to know jaemin, haechan’s close friend whose on a break from school 
  • haechan is a half-decent cook, you find out when you try to have a picnic and your homemade lunch is nothing like his
  • you end up discarding your pitiful sandwich for whatever haechan has in his fancy lunch box
  • dates with him are always a surprise and goofy
  • the amount of times you two use the ‘cute highschoolers with no money’ charm is uncountable - free popcorn at the movies? check. extra fries at burger king? check compliments from people on how you two will only get better looking from here on out? weird, but check
  • you don’t even need money to be happy, honestly you and haechan can make it fun no matter what
  • from running by the sea, backpacks discarded in the sand and the early fall wind blowing the waves up close as you yell when haechan pretends to jump in
  • to taking cute pics of the puppies in the puppy cafe windows
  • heck, once haechan gave you some flowers before first period and you were like how’d you get these,,
  • and he had told you that he just “got them” when in reality he part-timed for a friends cafe on the weekend to get some money for a gift
  • you and him meet up at the public library to try and study, but get distracted because you text each other even though you’re a foot apart
  • ‘hey, chemistry sucks’
  • ‘you know what doesn’t suck? my cute face’
  • ‘agreed’
  • haechan sends you memes he made of jisung himself
  • you keep asking to meet mark because, most of the dating advice haechan gets is fro him but haechan is just like ‘mark’s a loser,,,,,,,,,,but he’s my big brother and he’d say something to embarrass me.’
  • you do meet mark when he comes back on college break and he does tell you something embarrassing. it’s that haechan doesn’t shuttup about you. 
  • haechan teaches you some songs on the piano, you two stay late after school and the music teacher entrusts you with the keys to the room
  • but it’s nice, to be there with him in the soft evening glow of the sunet - no noisy kids in the halls, just you
  • your first kiss is outside of the music room, with haechan’s hand on your waist and his nervous laughter afterwords, because he’s confident but ,,,,,,a first kiss is really something else
  • but you reassure him, when you kiss him a second time before getting on your bus home and haechan walks to the subway, dizzy with glee
  • haechan doesn’t do pda persay, but he does do little things that are cute
  • he’ll lay his hand flat on your desk, looking at his textbook like he didn’t just do that and you’ll giggle and hold his hand or play with his fingers
  • one time you kissed them and haechan blushed deeper red than you thought was humanly possible, but he likes it,,,
  • other cute quirks; calls you nicknames that have to do with your clumsiness, compliments you when you least expect it, sends you his favorite instrumentals when you say you can’t fall asleep because he knows they can calm you down, has your favorite snacks memorized so he know what to get you without asking, haechan would probably read your horoscope to you everyday if you were into horoscopes like he’s that kind of boy
  • also if you’re ever upset by something or someone, haechan has the kind of skills that will uplift you in ways you never thought possible. with possible jabs at what made you upset here and there
  • he might be ‘sarcastic’ to some people, but with you he is nothing but truthful and gentle. he can make jokes and be playful, but his love is real and strong and if anyone hurts it - he goes after them like bad blood
  • always ends his texts with “stay safe” if you’re going anywhere
  • and totally leaves his cardigan on purpose on the back of your chair in class if he sees that you’re cold
  • mark: can’t believe you’re soft for someone haechan
  • haechan: im not,,,soft
  • mark: their name in your phone has three heart emojis next to it  
  • haechan:,,,,,,,,,and yours has three poop emojis now goodbye
  • (he is soft for you tho, fyi ^^) 
tips on how to rehearse your instrument

okay, so, after ages of procrastination, here it is. My rehearsal tips for classical music. Mostly for piano, but also other instruments, especially woodwinds, since i’m also playing the flute! If you have anything to add to the list, just don’t hesitate :)

1. Prepare yourself. Yep. Even in music, this is an important step. Turn off your electronic devices, they’ll only distract you and you won’t need them - at least not for classical piano rehearsal. Get all of your sheet music together! You can also get yourself a glass or a bottle of water (Especially for wind instruments!), but make sure that the instrument won’t get any damage!

2. Warming up. This is so important and it’ll help you to improve your tone (winds) and your style. I recommend doing scales and arpeggios in different versions - you’ll always need them. Also, try out different breathing techniques if you’re playing a wind instrument, such as circular breathing. However, try to mix it up. Don’t do the same stuff every day because you’ll eventually loose interest in what you’re doing. Be creative! Don’t forget that music is art!

3. Don’t try to play all of your pieces in one day. What I wanna say is: If you have 3 pieces to practise - for example a Bach, a Beethoven sonata and another piece, don’t do all of them in the same day. Practice two of them the 1st day after your rehearsal, then two the next day and the day after that another two. This way, it’ll be a nice circle and you still practiced everything in the end. It’s the same with studying, really. Try to make a rehearsal plan. Also, if you only have to practise one piece, don’t just play it from the beginning ‘till the end. Do the same. Play 3 lines the first day, maybe 4 the next and maybe 2 the day after that. Divide the work in small chunks. It’ll be much easier to keep track of what you’re doing. 

4. Analysis. Most people don’t believe me this, but analysing your piece of music can be really helpful. Especially if your teacher just gave you a new piece to practise and you think it is way too difficult. It is not! Try to find out where the melody is. Is it in the left hand or the right hand? What is the form of the piece? Where would you play forte, where piano? Where do the notes come from, where do they go? Where are the important parts, the climax of the piece? All of these are important information that, if done right, transform the notes on the sheet into actual music. However, you may check the details of this with your teacher. They often know a lot more about music - and asking questions won’t be wrong. 

5. It is very important to practice the nuances and the intonation from the first moment on. In every instrument. Don’t try to make excuses as to why you would add that crescendo later. Do it now! To memorize the nuances easier, you can sit down for 5 to 10 minutes before your practice and just look at the notes, trying to memorize the small details that you added. 

6. Start slowly. You don’t need to be able to play a piece of music in the original tempo in one week. Getting to know your piece, feeling the music, takes time. It often takes a semester to remember 3 or 4 pieces by heart - depending on their seize as well - but that was at least the case for me. And most of the time, i was just too lazy and i could’ve needed two or three more additional weeks ‘till the actual exam. I had to memorize like 20-30 pages by heart for my last two or three exams and it really takes a good amount of work and practice!

7. So now to the actual rehearsing. Again, it is important to chunk down the piece into a lot of small pieces. Start with the right hand first, then do the left hand on its own. Or start with the melody first. Go slowly - it is better if you can play without any mistake, than playing 15 wrong notes in just one line. Also, especially for piano (and violin?) - write down the fingerings. This may take some time, but it’s so important to play everything the same way. Try to find a fingering that suits you, if they’re not included already!

8. If the piece has a lot of chords, you should play the chords first. (I’m talking about Rachmaninoff here, that little bitch!) Try to get the connection between two chords right, then add a third one, and so on. Before you notice it, you can play the whole passage already - congrats! Again, prefer going slowly and with the right notes to going fast with a lot of wrong notes. In classical music, precision is really important. And precision starts the second we start learning a new piece of music. 

9. Memorize the parts you played wrong, mark them, so you can go back later. For the very start, just try to get into the feeling of the piece. Then, take one section and play that 10-15 times. So slow, that you don’t play any wrong notes. Just 10-15 times, then go on to the next passage. At the beginning, you may repeat them more often, but as you’re already into the piece, don’t repeat the passage more than 15 times. Let it rest, go on to the next one - and only repeat it again the next day. This is also a great method for rehearsing if you don’t have a lot of time. It’s better to play just 10 minutes a day and just a passage than to not play at all! 

10. Get a metronome. Seriously. Metronomes are so important because it is literally so so so annoying when a musician can’t keep it’s tempo. And you need to be able to do so - even in difficult passages. Also, for pianists and basically every other instrumentalist (except for drummers maybe!) DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT TAP YOUR FEET TO THE BEAT OF THE PIECE. DON’T DO IT. IT’S THE WORST THING EVER TO DO ON STAGE. Also, in orchestra, it’ll most likely annoy a lot of musicians around you. Just get a metronome. 

11. Don’t skip difficult passages. Don’t do it. Practice them excessively - with the method that i described in step 9. 

12. Listen to yourself. Record yourself if you need to. Criticise yourself. Don’t say “Yeah, I know i played that wrong.” Stop playing. Repeat the passage 5-10 times until you won’t get it wrong anymore. Then move on.

13. Enjoy yourself. Music comes from the heart. Try to talk to your teacher if you don’t like your piece or if you find it too difficult to practice and concentrate. I’m sure they can give you different exercises that are perfect to help you improve as an individual. 

14. If you have an exam coming up, listen to different youtube versions of the song. Get inspired - but don’t freak out. It’s okay if you don’t play Chopin as fast as Yuja Wang or Lang Lang or whoever is THE GOD in your instrument. Judges know and mostly respect that you’re a student. You’re still learning, and you’re nervous. They’re humans too and they know this. I also recommend to play the songs in front of people, for example your friends or family - often, music schools offer mini concerts for students so that they can play in front of other students who’ll take the same exam - before your actual exam. It helps to get used to the situation and it’ll be really helpful because you know what passages you have to practice more so that they won’t go wrong in the exam. 

15. Try to find out which way to play your pieces. One may requires more strength than the other, or a lot more concentration. Do you play your best piece at the end or do you choose the order by music eras and music styles? If you are not sure which way to play your pieces, ask your teacher for advice! 

16. During the exam. Don’t stop if you played a wrong note there. Please don’t try to correct yourself, that only disturbs the music’s flow. And the judges will notice the wrong note more likely if you stop playing. Mostly, they won’t even hear a wrong note. Just continue playing as if nothing happened.

17. Last but not least, if you have to audition for an university, it is important to know why you choose that certain song. Be prepared to explain what the song means to you or why you thought it would be good to play it in this setting. Also, be prepared to do an improvisation. Don’t freak out if they ask you to do something differently - they often just want to check if you’re able to change things up immediately, if you’re open to new things. Also, it is often required to play songs from different eras. Do it! And be sure to be in the required time limit as well! Mostly, they send you a list of things you have to be aware of when you register for the audition. 

18. As for the practicing times, it’s up to you. However, I recommend not playing a full hour at once - especially for piano. It’s easier to squeeze in a quick 10-20 minute practice between your study sessions. If you do that 2-3 times a day and practice the right way, you’ll be surprised on how your productivity will evaluate! Also, this method will make it easier to concentrate on your studying afterwards again, because music frees the mind from stress, relaxes your body and is good for your soul! 

okay well I finally got an orchestrion for Cyril’s apartment since enough people poked me about it (I usually have game music muted like a scrubcake okay so I didn’t think about it {/sulks} )

…. so now I need music recommendations. someone please help me my family is dying

Someone To Fall Back On

Originally posted by d-scendants

Okay, so this is the longest fic I’ve written so far. Pray it does good.

Pairing: Harry Hook x reader

Setting: Aurodon

Summary: Pls, don’t ask me yet, I don’t know what it is.

Words: 2,121 (damn)

Requested by: @carbonated-beverage

@kimmy-h-life

A/N: Fuck me I’m crying. Also while reading this, start listening to Someone to Fall Back on by Jason Robert Brown, so pls. It adds to the mood and I reread it and I’m fucking bawling : ) - B.R.O.


After dating Harry for so long, as in 2 years long, King Ben had declared that all children of the Villain Kids (who weren’t too bad) from the Isle would be immediately brought to Aurodon. To keep it simple, you and the crew were more than ecstatic. It was yours and Harry’s dream to live in Aurodon, evil plans or not.

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Two strangers meet for the first time performing an awesome improvised duet.

For your OTP~
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“Voglio stare con te
Inseguire con te
Tutte le onde del nostro destino”

Thank you for all the adventures, Teo. Good luck on Milano. We’ll see you around. Modena will always be your home, and it will be missing you and that beautiful smile of yours. Keep that smile on your face, and doing magic with your hands. It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you soon.

au: high school story is a tv show

inspired by the lovely @zahranamazis au where endless summer is a tv show and other choices blogs au’s from other choices books. i loooove this au, it’s so much fun to write!:

part ii

  • all the cast members are over 20 y/o so none of them are teens even if they’re playing ones
  • fans are shocked when they see them drinking or at clubs because of this
  • the actor who plays max is around 26-27 but because of his rugged appearance people think he’s over 40 or something lol
  • ‘’he doesn’t even go here’’ brian jokes when max is shooting a scene
  • the show is shot during summer when classes are out in a real high school in california
  • awesomeness tv produces the show
  • the actress who plays emma originally auditioned for the role of MC but she was so nervous that the casting directors thought she was perfect for the character of emma instead
  • the high school story red shirts are actually merch that the cast wears almost all the time off set
  • sydney does her own cheerleading stunts because she was a cheerleader throughout her high school years irl 
  • wes was supposed to be short haired but the actor who plays him had long hair when he auditioned and they immediately changed that in the script 
  • the whole cast has their own group snapchat, every day a cast member takes over the account to show fans ‘a day in their life’
  • sakura’s hair is actually blonde, she revealed she uses manic panic hair dye to make her hair pink 
  • ‘’it honestly killed my hair texture but i guess it was worth it’’ she reveals when asked about the process of going full pink haired
  • michael was the last actor to be cast and he wasn’t going to be a major character at all
  • ‘’it was my good looks that got me in the show’’ he says winking while the mc rolls her eyes ‘’he likes to flatter himself’’
  •  the cast all get together on friday nights after shooting at each other’s places to have board game night 
  • mia and ezra are the biggest cheaters, according to the rest of the cast 
  • ‘‘it’s called a strategy’‘ is something that mia always says to defend herself from the accusations
  • aiden doesn’t know how to play any instruments in real life, but he had to take a few piano lessons to at least make it look a bit real on the show
  • they freak out when endless summer is mentioned to them in interviews because they LOVE the show and watch it all together
  • ‘’zahra and craig are our biggest otp’’ payton and nishan reveal 
  • ‘’aren’t grace and aleister dating in real life?’’ caleb asks the mc, getting completely carried away from the interview
  • michael revealing he asked the costume team to give him a green bomber jacket in honor of jake mckenzie’s character
  • the cast totally freaking out  that the show got renewed for a second season!!
Everything Politically Correct About Beauty and the Beast

Hollywood has been dry of creativity in recent years, so they figure instead of just doing remakes of classic films, they can “modernize” them. From black Annie to the all-female Ghostbusters, it was only a matter of time until Disney got in on the PC action. 

Here is everything that is politically correct about the new live-action Beauty and the Beast.

(Warning: Politically-Correct Spoilers)

1. The “poor provincial town” is very diverse. 

Despite the film taking place in 1700s France, the cross-section of the people there could have been borrowed from contemporary New York City. And yes, slavery was a thing in 1700s France. Sure, this is a fairytale, but this film namedrops real-life things like Shakespeare, so there is an element of realism in this universe. While it’s nice to be inclusive, seeing people of color singing and dancing in a time period when they were slaves eliminates believably. Either fully commit to it like Hamilton or don’t. And the town earns extra PC points for having a black guy run the bookshop. 

2. Belle is a feminist. 

What made Belle so brilliant in the original animated film was that she was intelligent, independent, and kind. Even when she turned down Gaston, she was still charming. In the new film, Belle (played by Emma Watson) was actually pretty mean to Gaston! She definitely had a “I’m a woman, hear me roar” attitude that sorta tainted Belle’s gentle nature. And to drive the feminism message even further, they added a scene of her teaching a little girl how to read and showing a couple of townspeople scowling at her for it. 

3. LeFou is gay. 

The new Beauty and the Beast film got lots of free press when it was announced that they made LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, gay (a first for any Disney film). Upon seeing the film, the controversy was waaaaaay overblown. In a nutshell, he’s flamboyant, drops a couple of verbal hints, and shares a brief romantic embrace with Gaston (which was solely meant for comedic effect). Honestly, unless you’re a bible thumper, this isn’t a big deal. That said, while the filmmakers can be seen as brave for making LeFou gay, they’re definitely cowardly for making him a good guy in the end. According to Political Correctness 101, you can’t make a gay guy a villain. Throughout the film, LeFou expresses sympathy for others and after being left for dead by Gaston in the third act, he decides to help the inanimate objects fight the mob that crashed the castle. So in short, making LeFou gay? Whatever. Making him good? Weak. 

4. Interracial relationships are totally common. 

Remember how controversial it was when a Cheerios commercial featured an interracial family? Well Disney wanted to top it by having not one but two interracial relationships in the Beauty and the Beast remake. One relationship was between Lumière (Ewan McGregor) and Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), aka the feather duster, and the other was Madame Garderobe (Audra McDonald), aka the wardrobe, and a brand new character Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), aka a grand piano. Granted, at least 90% of their screen time is in CGI-mode, but that 10% of the time that they aren’t, they flaunt it. 

5. Women can be angry villagers too!

In the original film, Gaston led a mob full of angry men from the village to “kill the beast” and you see a woman and her child waving to the men from the window as they go marching into battle. Obviously, it’s sexist to force women to stay at home to protect the children. So in the new film, women get to fight too! 

6. Gaston shows us that guns are EVIL. 

In the climax of the animated film, Gaston’s weapons of choice were a bow and arrow and a knife on The Beast. So naturally in the 2017 remake, he uses a scary gun instead. The subliminal messaging ain’t so subliminal Disney!

In Conclusion

Look, the new Beauty and the Beast is still entertaining and fun for the whole family.  Is there a chance that I’m simply overanalyzing this movie? Perhaps. But there’s something that I want to make very clear. It’s okay to have a diverse village. It’s okay to have interracial relationships. It’s okay to make someone gay. Just because I point these things out, it doesn’t mean they’re bad. However, what’s bad is Hollywood’s lack of creativity. They think by changing the race or sexual orientation of famous characters of the past is “fresh and original.” If being fresh and original is their ultimate goal, maybe they shouldn’t remake a tale as old as time.