or going to situations that have some compensation at the very least

Chaos in Pandora’s Box’s Opinions Regarding Free Spirit Shops

Since Pandora and I were new to a lot of these shops popping up, and we are now considered an “older” shop, she requested that I post some information about our personal views. I’ll start with a blog regarding “free” in the metaphysical community that Pandora posted a couple of years ago on another site, by her request. She tends to say things a little more harshly than me, but it was after we’d seen some people actually get hurt due to these free programs.


“A lot of times, when people offer a service on the forums, people see “free” and pounce. Needless to say, this really bothers me. I’ve had to (more than once) undo something that a spell-caster has done because they either a) had no idea what they were doing, or  didn’t know the situation and just offered to throw up a shield/do a healing/perform some sort of service anyway. ANY spell-caster should be pelting the person with questions to find out their situation, instead of just trying to sell their services as fast and hard as they can. If they don’t know the whole situation, how the heck can they know what will help and what won’t?

Now, per usual, this is NOT directed at anyone in particular. But I want to make you all aware of something. Spell-casters that do not try to find out more of your situation do not care about you as people. They care about you as marketers and numbers, so once they cast their spell (whether it works or doesn’t) you give them free marketing by telling everyone else how great they are. This draws in more people, and so on, and the cycle continues.

What I’m trying to say is, if someone comes offering you a service, pelt them with questions. What’s their casting method? What precisely will the spell do? (I’m not talking about general “oh, it’ll help you feel better” answers. HOW will it help you feel better?) How will this spell manifest around you? What do they know about your situation as a person? Don’t just take things at face value, PLEASE. I know sometimes we get desperate and want a quick fix via spell, but if a spell-caster can’t answer these questions or gives you unsatisfactory answers, what good does it do you to accept the service?

And the same goes for conjurers. Ask them about their process. They may not share everything, but they should be willing to give you at least a basic idea of what goes on during a conjuration and binding. How do they match your energies, or do they at all? What wards or screening process do they put the spirits through?

So please, think twice before just running to someone and accepting their services when they say “free.”
-Pandora


I’m not saying her views reflect absolutely all of mine, but I do definitely agree that you should ASK QUESTIONS before committing to any free service. You don’t know who or what someone is actually conjuring for you unless you know they have a positive reputation or have been around the block for a while first. Our personal student conjurers are STILL practicing their conjuring, and several of them have no intentions of opening shops at all. We only have one who has recently in the past month, and that was because she had nearly a year’s worth of experience under our scrutinizing eyes first. We want to let you all know that we take our jobs as conjurers very seriously. We don’t perform free conjures because our work is sacred and taxing to us. The money we receive is compensation for the vessels, incense, candles, bags, packaging, time-consuming readings, time-consuming artwork, my expensive art tools, and last but definitely not least… the actual energetically-draining conjures and bindings themselves. Pandora and I both work full time jobs outside of our conjuring work, and we have a family we are raising. We are also going through a lot of life events, which makes conjuring a service. This isn’t always the case since we do offer giveaways and have sales about once every month, but that’s not saying that those giveaways and freebies we sometimes offer don’t come without energetic consequence like all our other services.

Concerning asking questions, definitely refer to this list below to ask these new shops if you have any doubts. Works like a charm, and you will ALWAYS be able to tell if they can’t answer all the questions honestly. As a final note from me, Pandora and I are completely unbiased about all this. These are simply our views as a general opinion from what we’ve experienced, and we are not siding with anyone concerning what’s happening in our community.

-Lu


What should I ask a seller to see if they’re reputable/ethical or not? - By Pandora


“~The Meta world is full of minefields. People telling you to do this or that, people telling you to buy this or that. It’s understandable why a lot of new people get totally confused. I’ve seen people get so paranoid that they shun anything from the Para world because there’s just too much of a risk that they’ll get cheated out of something. And then there are those that get burned time and time again because they stumble into the dishonest sellers. So…how are they supposed to protect themselves? Well, I’m not an expert, but I have seen a few trends that I can speak out about.

1. Prices are not an indicator of skill. 

This is a big one that I think trips a lot of people up. Almost everything from conjurers is self-priced. There’s no “standard” that anyone has to hold up to, because each working is different. However, there’s some common sense to keep in mind–Just because a seller’s prices are low doesn’t mean that they’re not reputable or legitimate. On the opposite end, just because a seller’s prices are through the roof doesn’t mean they’re any more legitimate than someone with low prices. Matter of fact, from what I’ve seen many of the higher-priced conjures have had some not-so-impressive results. But anyway, my point is this: don’t panic if you see quite the price difference between sellers. There’s many different things to take into account: The cost of the vessel itself, the amount of energy and work that goes into the conjuration and binding of a spirit or entity, shipping, and so on. And it’s also important to look at whether conjuring is the person’s only source of income. If it is, then their prices may be a little higher because they’re using the money to support themselves. Those that have other jobs can perhaps afford to have their prices a little lower. (Mind you, this is a general statement and may not be true for everyone.)


2. A conjurer/seller is not validated by anything they say. They are validated by their customers. I don’t care if they’ve had ten years’ experience or ten days. Here’s a saying I live by: Results matter. Someone can have all the experience in the world and even they may slip up from time to time. Or a newbie could do everything right from the word “Go.” The important thing to do here is pay attention to your gut. Does a seller’s bragging about their experience put you off? Does someone’s bashing of a seller intrigue you? Intuition doesn’t lie. People may misinterpret it from time to time and come to an incorrect conclusion, but I like to think that it never lies.

3. Of course, both the above points lead to this one: Ask questions of the seller. If you’re looking at someone new, pepper them with questions. If they answer you readily, and their answers are verified by others, pretty sure it’s safe to say that that’s a green light. If they stall or give you answers that don’t seem to jive with what you’ve read about them, then something’s up. Here’s a few questions you can ask sellers:

What does your binding consist of? (Now keep in mind they may not answer fully, because each conjurer prefers to keep some secrets close, but they should be able to get you a general idea of what they do.)

How do you conjure/What are the protections you put in place to make sure that you’re conjuring the right spirit? (Again they may not share everything, but they should be able to give you a general idea)

When did you conjure your first spirit? What was it like?

Which Arts do you work with the most? White, Grey, Dark, or Black?

What are some safeguards you have in place to buffer the Companion from their spirit if they’re feeling overwhelmed?

What is your return policy for a spirit and Companion that just doesn’t connect well on an energetic level?

And this is a big one: What do you think of other sellers? (You can name specific sellers here, or just leave it general.) This question will give you a feel for the conjurer’s personality.

Have you had issues with customers in the past concerning your conjures? How did you resolve the issue?

Can I follow up with you after I purchase a binding/How available are you after our transaction is completed?If anyone else thinks of some other questions, let me know.  My point here being, for the newbies at least, is don’t be afraid to ask questions. If a conjurer doesn’t get back to you right away, ask anyone here. A lot of us have been around the block a few times, and we’ve seen conjurers and shops come and go.”

kuzupekos  asked:

What would be a situation where an animal (specifically a dolphin, I'm trying to get all the nuances of the captivity debate) has been successfully rehabilitated but can't go back to the wild?

Good question! 

I asked someone who works with stranded marine mammals because I wanted to make sure that I didn’t get it wrong (and because it’s hard to find official documents regarding it that aren’t low-resolution scans). Their input is in quotes, my commentary is not. 

First off, it’s important to note that the rehabilitators don’t get to decide if the animal is unreleasable - all stranded marine mammals are under the jurisdiction of the National Marine Fisheries Service, a subset of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. They also are the ones who enforce the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which is the federal law (supposedly) prevents people from approaching, touching, swimming with and/or generally bothering marine mammals. So no matter where in the country an animal is, or what facility it is cared for at, the scientists with NMFS make the call about if it is releasable. 

Factors that can make an animal unreleasable include age, injuries or physical conditions that prevent everyday function, chronic but manageable conditions, re-stranding, or human intervention/interference. 

Age: “A cetacean determined to be under two years of age that strands without its mother (or the mother subsequently dies in rehab) will almost never be considered for release because they are still dependent calves.”

Most dolphins have a really strong bond with their mothers for a least the first two years of life, and still aren’t “adults” for another number of years. Unassisted babies in social species don’t survive in the wild very well, no matter what taxa. 

Injury or Impairment: “Animals with significant hearing loss, blindness, injuries that prevent or greatly impede locomotion, or animals found to be suffering from chronic but medically manageable conditions will not be released.” 

Some good examples in captivity currently are a rough-toothed dolphin with severe scoliosis, a number of deaf conspecifics, and Winter, the famous bottlenose dolphin who has a custom tail prosthetic to help her compensate for an injury sustained as a calf. 

Restranding: If an animal can’t survive well enough to need to be rescued more than once, it’s probably not going to get released another time.

Human involvement: “Places like Panama City Beach have a huge issue with people feeding dolphins and petting them from boats. Some of these “beggar dolphins” are known and recognizable. If one of these animals got hit by a boat and had to be brought in and it was a known and identifiable beggar dolphin, I don’t think he or she would go back out. Other dolphins in the area imitate their behavior and add to the danger.”

These are all assessed independently and in combination with each other, so a single issue may not be the sole reason for an animal being deemed unreleasable. For instance: 

“Panama, an old female dolphin who lived with Winter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, stranded in Panama City Beach very underweight and ill. She was later found to be deaf, but she was also a suspected beggar dolphin and that alone may have been enough to have her declared non-releasable even if she wasn’t deaf. She may actually have been begging because she was deaf.”

Dangerous Woman (Part 5) 🌙

A/N: Oh my god, this turned out longer than I expected it to. All I can say is good luck and have a new set of panties ready. Have fun, you smutty babies.

Pairing(s): Chanyeol x Reader

Warnings: Mentions of kidnapping, heavy sex, bondage, blindfolds, orgasm denial, degradation, anal sex, asshole Chanyeol, daddy kink

Requested: No

Summary: (Y/N) might be addicted to someone. And that someone isn’t Luhan.

Word Count: 8237

Soundtrack: Criminal // Britney Spears

Originally posted by scartic

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | PART 5

When I finally come to my senses and pry my welded eyelids open, the first thing my brain registers is the dull throbbing of my jaw, followed by the fact that my entire body has stiffened to the point of no return.

I’m lying on my side, my cheek pressed against a soft surface. Upon moving my arms, I realize that my hands are bounded behind my back tightly, the coarse material of rope digging into the tender skin of my wrists. The same goes for my legs, my sneaker-clad feet tied together and preventing me from squirming around too much.

That’s when the panic kicks in and I struggle to an upright position, bumping my head against the low ceiling. Now that I’m sitting up, I can see that I’m in a small car that seems to be racing a hundred miles per minute.

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About Last Night

They shouldn’t have slept together. But they did. Now for the aftermath.


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A prompt from @distant-rose: best friends secretly pining plus locked in a closet by other frustrated, impatient and exasperated friends. A baby ficlet dedicated to @nickillian


Emma Swan: expert at running away from shit. That’s what her obituary would say.

And by shit it would mean anything remotely resembling a situation where her emotions would be exposed and she would get hurt. Which was why she was currently hiding in Mary Margaret Nolan’s den.

“I’m failing to see the problem,” the brunette mused over a steaming cup of tea.

“Ms - I slept with Killian.”

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anonymous asked:

that video was so good! and so insightful! i feel like we could really take a lot on how they behave outside the cameras in certain situations. and it was so enjoyable and tense, probably one of my all time favourite videos (i can't believe i'm saying this after being so unhappy with the last videos). what did you think? any particular thoughts? i'd love to hear your opinion

yesssss. i loved this video so, so much. it was so consistently funny and so sweet in places and so refreshing to see them actually letting themselves occupy the more natural space of supporting each other and working together to complete a game as opposed to competing (which i’m sure they do as well from time to time, but whether it’s because they prefer collaborating or because they sense the audience presence more when they’re competing, the dan vs. phil videos always feel a bit more exaggerated to me, almost as though the urge to “perform” gets kicked up a notch.) there’s just absolutely no way i’m going to be able to write about every single moment that i loved in this video so instead i will attempt to just describe my biggest takeaways from it, because i really do feel the video gave us a good bit to think about in terms of the way that dnp approach problems and, most interestingly, the way that they approach problems together and deal with stress.

probably the most interesting thing to me was the discussion of phil and his ability (or lack thereof) to handle stressful and/or delicate situations. the notion that he cracks under pressure and is also very clumsy and therefore would somehow mess up regardless of which role he was playing (manual reader or actual bomb defuser) was something that both he and dan kept repeating in the start of the video. that’s interesting to me bc it means it’s something they both perceive phil as doing/being, and to me it felt like an authentic viewpoint from both of them rather than something that they were just saying for the bants. and yet, in my opinion, as the video progressed, phil was actually quite calm and orderly in his thinking, apart from a couple of moments where he got a bit flustered. i thought it was especially evident in the last round. there were double the modules and it was actually the most stressful one they did, but instead of spending any time freaking out about how complicated it looked or trying to be entertaining, phil immediately analyzed the bomb, summed up the modules they were dealing with and basically suggested they tackle it by type (wires first, then buttons, and so on.) in essence, he took control of the situation and guided both himself and dan through the most effective strategy to beat it. this reminded me a lot of the moment in the last impossible quiz video from 8:40-8:50, that i wrote about in this post, where dan is screaming about the fact they had to start over and phil waits for dan to calm down a bit, gently tries to reassure him through touch and words, and then pragmatically reiterates the strategy they should use the next time through the quiz to avoid losing. i’m not denying that there are moments of stress that may cause phil to panic or “crack,” as he put it, but if they exist, they’re definitely not in the form of these types of high-pressure games. there have been a fair number of these sorts of examples where we see that he keeps relatively calm and he finds it more important to temper dan’s moods (in that impossible quiz moment dan is screaming and like honestly possibly on the verge of a breakdown, whether real or staged. in this video dan’s a lot chiller but still had moments where he dealt w the pressure, especially of the countdown, by screaming or yelling, to which phil almost always responded by laughing, calmly reiterating what he was saying, or reminding him to focus.)

to be fair, dan was quite methodical in his thinking throughout most of the video as well, especially in the role of the manual reader. he kept a v level head for most of it. i thought one of the most interesting and noteworthy things from his end was the clear pride that he demonstrated both in phil and in the way they’re able to work together so well. the first time this stood out to me was after phil’s first go at reading the manual. dan completely turns in his seat to look at phil full on and tell him that he basically rescinds his criticisms/doubts from before and that he (phil) did a great job. it’s such a moment of genuine warmth between them, possibly not even meant to be included in the final cut of the video, where dan feels the need to point out to phil that both of them expected he would be bad at this but that, look, he’s smart and good and capable and did so, so well!! phil, for his part, looks genuinely thrilled at hearing that from dan. and then of course there’s the moment at the end that so many ppl have giffed and mentioned. dan doesn’t let them end the video without pointing out that much of the audience probably expected a lot of chaos and silliness from them when they tackled a more mentally challenging game like this, but that they defied those expectations because, hey, they are actually smart and also, too important for him to omit in that moment, they have a psychic connection. their success isn’t just a result of their individual cleverness or nerdy upbringings, but equally a result of the way in which they are so good at communicating and collaborating to tackle a problem together.

to that end, this game is fascinating in the way that it forces each person in the duo to limit their capacity, and completely trust their partner to compensate for it. if i’d had time to think about that before the video was underway i would’ve fully expected both of them, but dan especially, to maybe have issues with it. i would’ve expected dan to crack in frustration at not understanding what phil meant at first when describing a symbol and to then give up and turn to check the screen himself. i would’ve expected phil to maybe get annoyed at dan’s slow/methodical questioning and at the very least express frustration that he couldn’t read the manual himself. but instead they just completely trusted and leaned into each other (both figuratively and literally lol—i loved the bit when dan was like ‘they look like two k’s back to back’ and then literally leaned on phil to demonstrate).  there was very little impatience between them (apart from some playful teasing) or criticism of the way they were doing their respective jobs. they just totally relied upon each other to take on their own set of responsibilities and communicated/listened to each other so well. even though overall i don’t think it was like the best demonstration of their so-called psychic connection that we’ve ever seen, it was perhaps one of the best examples of that connection being tested under pressure. under those circumstances it was lovely to see them go back to the basics of a strong partnership: solid communication and listening skills. i mean, we didn’t really need confirmation that they have those and that they comprise the foundation of their whole relationship, but it was lovely to see it play out this way.

the last thing i want to point out is that even when they’re facing stress and pressure their default is to try and bring out the humor in the situation and make each other laugh. i talk about this so much with them but like, idrc, bc to me it’s one of the best things about the way they interact and work with each other. they both find each other so endearing and hilarious and i was so happy about the number of times they’d make each other giggle and tease each other and wind each other up even in a scenario that was meant to be stressful. i just feel like it’s def representative of how they dilute actual stressful or anxiety-inducing situations in real life and act as each other’s safety nets/security blankets.

other great bits: 

  • dan’s haru shirt. he’s so proud of it. phil definitely loves it too and loved pointing out that it’s ‘so inappropriate.’ he was barely containing a smile. bless. also phil looks amazing in black i’m going to faint. 
  • dan bringing that bit of irl backstory with the lil detail about how they like to do puzzle rooms for birthdays. i know for the most dedicated of us viewers that’s a known thing bc they’ve talked about it in live shows frequently but it was lovely to see dan mention in it in front of the 2.6M+ dapg audience who probs do not know that, and acknowledge in such a casual way that he and phil share this tradition (just another way to show that they really do share a life outside of what they show on the gaming channel)
  • them taking a second to comment and weird out a bit about how different they look when they switch sides. it really was disorienting for a second. 
  • it was immediately obvious to me that dan was stalling on purpose at the very end when he took so much time w that last set of symbols. but in the moment i assumed he was doing it to wind US up and make the video more dramatic. it was so funny to see that he was in actuality trying to wind phil up (though i’m almost certain phil must’ve assumed dan was stalling on purpose too which is why he immediately shoves dan and scolds him for being so slow).

maybe bc of all of this lovely teamwork and warmth between them, i mostly found this video a joy to watch and not in the least stressful or nerve-racking. it’s definitely one of my fav dapg videos ever and i really, really hope we get to see them do it again with even harder levels. their depth of knowledge of each other and trust in each other is just so amazing to watch and i love that they know that this is what this game is about and they not only want to share it with us but are also pretty openly celebrating it themselves :’) 

(keep talking and nobody explodes)

anonymous asked:

"Now, what Furuta did to Rize was horrible, but I think the fandom forgets she wasn’t exactly a saint before that point." I tend to disagree there. Everyone knows what Rize was capable of and what she famous for or they have never read TG. I think people are very much free to point said atrocity with keeping the narrative and personality of these two in mind and I have yet to read or hear from a good portion of people who are hypocrites in that regard. Also, Ui's love for Hairu and Saiko's

love for Urie are still not quite clear, so if it’s romantical feelings you are pointing out (or I might have interpteted your chart wrongly, which might be possibly the case) then I would say these feelings for said characters are pretty ambigious at best, although I agree with your overall premise that their find unfullfillment in their love because of stated factors.

I wasn’t really calling the fandom hypocrites. What happened to Rize is an atrocity regardless of what kind of person she was, there are some things you just don’t do to a person. However, I don’t think there are many fandom works that take Rize for more than she is at face value or take deeper looks at her character, mainly because she doesn’t get as much screentime as other characters. That was all I meant by that remark. Sometimes in writing you try to pick a nice transition for a sentence or introduction to a topic and it comes across as something other than you intended, my apologies. 

As to your second remark first for Saiko while I don’t think it’s completely romantic in nature I still think the love Saiko holds for Urie is unrequited. I didn’t talk about Saiko much because as you said she’s not that clear, of all the 4 quinxes she has the least distinct character arc and I’m including the mess that is now Mutsuki. If I were to guess at what her character arc is though she has an obvious tendency of attaching herself to male authority figures. Especially after having been failed, and basically sold by her female authority figure into a surgery and career she didn’t want for a measly compensation check. 

This is shown with Shirazu:

Haise: This moment is especially potent, because Saiko is shown observing Haise being tortured earlier and effectively doing nothing about it, as opposed to Hinami who stepped in at risk of herself and her current safety at Aogiri for the body of a man who no longer remembered her. However, the moment it looks like Kaneki might surface and Haise will be thrown aside, Saiko appears to beg him not to leave and Haise reasserts himself. This scene also repeats in a way with Tsukiyama later on, but one theory early in these two arcs was Saiko’s dependency on him was one major reason that kept Haise around. 

Then again with Urie:

While saiko undoubtably does care about these people as people too, she pretty much needs them around so she can attach herself to them and still function. That’s the iron of Shao’s description of her in this chapter.

Saiko’s freedom comes at the cost of giving up her individual willpower. It’s why she attaches herself to others, it’s so she doesn’t have to make decisions for herself or assert her own personal responsibility, because as somebody who was effectively sold to the CCG academy her freedom is what she values the most because it was threatened to her.

That’s also why this specific piece of advice was given to Saiko, because Saiko has a tendency to not think about things. She was complaining that maybe ghouls aren’t the bad guys in this situation one arc, and then slaughtering members of Aogiri alongside Urie’s side, because that’s how she could best support Urie the next arc. 

Now returning to the point, what Saiko wants the most is that sense of stability which is why she attaches herself to others. In essence she’s the one who right now most seeks the Quinx as a family, because that’s what she wants. However, Urie is not on that level of understanding yet. Remember, this was said about him not two chapters ago, and I doubt one hug is going to fix Urie’s deeply ingrained in mindset.

So whatever notion of love, familial or romantic Saiko has towards Urie is going to be unrequited at the moment. Saiko wants to think of the Quinx as a makeshift family, Urie wants to think of them as Squad Members he has to raise into faithful CCG members and protect. Both of them are blurring the lines into what they want to see out of their connections rather then what is reality at the moment. 

As for Hairu and Ui, it’s arguably not necessarily romantic either but I am basing this off of the omake which I read as pretty clearly romantic. 

(Translations by Randomthoughtpatterns [x])

In the first one Ui invites Take out on Christmas Eve to “Drink to Loneliness”, as Christmas is generally a lover’s holiday in Japan. Ui however, being his normal lonely self (his hobbies are karaoke, and scrapbooking alone activities you normally do with others) seems to regret not planning enough work to have an excuse to be alone on the holidays. 

Then when Hairu does show up both of the 4 panel omakes are jokes based upon romantic misunderstandings, because they are a guy and girl alone together on Christmas. First is that Hairu says “Walking side by side like this” where it sounds like she’s referring to how flustered she is that they might be mistaken for lovers, or that they feel like lovers in the moment, only for her to bring up kokeshi dolls instead because they both have short haircuts. The next is Ui getting Hairu a gift, and then after trying it on her first thoughts go to Arima instead of Ui, to which Ui looks obviously disappointed but answers “Oh, right.” The punch line being those were two situations where romance might have blossomed for lonely Ui, but Hairu’s eccentric personality changed the subject too quickly.

Omake also totally counts for establishing character relationships too, because Naki and Miza was established in an omake before getting an entire chapter dedicated to it in canon. 

Also Ui allowed Hairu to call him by first name, and it was something they did only in private as evidenced by her almost doing it in front of the quinxes and then retracting it.

Now that I’m done ruining jokes by explaining them however, I’ll admit this also works for a narrative where Hairu and Ui are just friends, and Hairu was just the closest thing Ui had to an equal among his coworkers because they were direct partners, rather than subordinate. Ui’s thing seems to be wanting intimate relationships with his coworkers in general because he is a lonely dude. I would say that’s still unrequited love though, because Ui is arguably the most hung up on Hairu of all the people he’s lost. Here’s the face Ui makes in F’s lie when Tsukiyama reminds him of what he lost at the Rose raid.

Here’s Ui, about one step away from a mental breakdown upon discovering Hairu’s body.

Here’s Ui instantly being shut upwhen Matsuri rubs the failure of the operation in his face.

In comparison, the arguably second most important person to Ui, Arima, only got one panel time of reaction compared to the rest. In a story basically, the more time you show to something, the more important it is. Therefore Hairu’s probably the most important person Ui ever had in his life, while to Hairu Arima was her most important person. Therefore the feelings Ui had towards her, romantic or platonic, was an unrequited love. 

At the end of the day though, this is a chart based upon personal interpretation of romantic subtext. It’s always going to be biased no matter how objective I try to be, but as long as I get the point across that this arc is about people projecting idealized version’s of love onto others, while also suppressing themself then I think the chart has succeeded even if a few details are off. 

The Seven Hermetic Principles of the Kybalion

Hermetic principles are laws that govern the entire universe much like the magickal laws, but these are present in all things, and are less exclusive to simply just magick itself. These hermetic principles were given to us in the hermetic text of the Kybalion in which were said to be written down by the Three Initiates. The hermetic principles are a good idea for a practitioner to learn in order to understand how the universe, and magick works as a whole, so that they can use it better in order to further their practice. These are principles that cannot be broken, because they are not morals, but are much rather understandings of how the universe will work in certain ways without flaw. this will just be a very quick rundown of the seven hermetic principles of the Kybalion. These laws should always be looked into more thoroughly, because there is always more that these laws can teach you about the universe, and our existence.

The Principle of Mentalism

“THE ALL IS MIND; The Universe is Mental.” - The Kybalion.

This first principle tells us that the all of the universe is consciousness. We are all connected, and we are all of one mind. The only thing that really exists is the all of the mind. Everything is a mental creation of the all, and in this mind is where we exist. There’s no separation of mind, and matter, and the mind controls everything that we experience be it physical, spiritual, or mental. Everything is perceived, controled, and understood through the mind, and is the whole of the universe.

The Principle of Correspondence

“As above, so below; as below, so above.” - The Kybalion.

This hermetic principle communicates to us that by looking at one lower, smaller, or internal system you can understand, and see the same patterns in the other higher, bigger, or external system, and vice versa. The principle of correspondence shows that paradigms are connected, and function usually in similar ways. Correspondences can always be drawn between different phenomenon in different planes, and situations, and will usually share aspects of each other. By understanding one you can understand the other, because of the way they connect, and stimulate each other. The function of this principle will allow you to understand the unknown, by taking a look at the known, so that you can divine parts of the universe you never thought you could reach.

The Principle of Vibration

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” - The Kybalion.

The hermetic principle of vibration is the principle that tells us everything is vibrating constantly, and is in motion. Nothing stands still, and everything is motion. These vibrations are what make up the difference between all aspects of matter, mind, and even spirit. By simply changing the vibration of certain things you can turn them in to completely different things. It is these different vibrations that give essence to this universe. Matter has a very low vibration, and spirit has a high vibration, and everything else exists in between these two extreme polarities allowing the whole of existence to exist within this spectrum of vibrations.

The Principle of Polarity

“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.” - The Kybalion.

The principle of polarity tells us there’s always at least two aspects, sides, and equations to a construct. There will always be two sides to everything that make up a greater whole that will have aspects of both sides. These aspects are even two sides of the same coin, but are not limited by binary values, but an overarching spectrum. These two extremes sides are actually the same thing just on different points on the overarching spectrum, making all opposites parts of each other. This shows that all concepts that are opposites are all one in the same just with different varying degrees. Such things as hot, and cold are exactly the same thing with hot, and cold being the extremes of the polarity. Truly one cannot separate when cold stops in hot begins. They are forever bound to each other, connected along a spectrum of polarity.

The Principle of Rhythm

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” - The Kybalion.

Does principle tells us everything has a rhythm to it, and there is a cycle to everything in existence. There’s always a constant motion that flows to, and fro throughout the entire essence of the universe, making the universe like a swinging pendulum that will continuously swing left to right in all aspects of its being. This pendulum’s swing will swing along the spectrum of many different extremes of polarity creating a very balanced flow throughout all these aspects of the universe. This rhythm can be seen and worked with in order for you to get the most out of certain situations, and practices. By understanding that there is a rhythm you can allow yourself to flow with it, giving yourself an advantage. The rhythm is beautiful, and ever present in all things, all you have to do is find it in order to work with it, so that you can better your existence. This rhythm is seen in everything, and is a very important part of life.

The Principle of Cause and Effect

“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” - The Kybalion.

This principle tells us that for every cause there will be in effect. This principle is pretty self-explanatory, and you can see it in all things, and you probably have some experience working with it. Every effect has to be caused by something in order for it to happen. This law also tells us there is no such thing as coincidence just the act of a cause, and effect going on notice resulting in an effects that most weren’t expecting. This law also tells us that the higher planes will always have dominion over the lower planes, and by causing things to happen in the higher, one will always be able to affect the lower.

The Principle of Gender

“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine, and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”- The Kybalion.

The principle of gender communicates that genders are ever-present on all planes of existence, and everything has masculine, and feminine qualities. No one thing is only masculine, or feminine energy, but an amalgamation of both. These energies will make up the whole of the being, and will be embodied, and manifested on every plane from the physical, to the mental, and on to even the spiritual. The connection of these energies that gives the life of all things generation, regeneration, and creation.

My Boys Drabbles - Elevator Ride

Hey guys. I wrote this story a couple of days ago and it probably deserved more decent editing by me. Since I’m on a train to Scotland doing basically nothing, I’ve decided to post it. :)

Thank you @jia911​ for your reliable support and proofreading!

This story is from the series My Boys Drabbles but it can also be read as a independent one shot.

  • The Prompt:

The lovely @bluebelle18 asked to write a story about Owen getting really angry at Amelia.

  • Timeline:

This happens before they had kids, after ‘Sunburn’ and ‘Pest Infestation’.


 
My Boys Drabbles – Elevator Ride

“Hey, Jim!” Amelia barged in the radiology room where the neurosurgery team usually gathered every Tuesday morning to discuss cases. “How was the weekend?” She playfully asked, suggestively giving her colleague a pat on the shoulder and a dirty gaze. “Yeah, look at that womanizer face you got there… I bet you had some fun!”

Jim Nelson gave her one mortified look that made Amelia crack up laughing. She loved to tease the other attending and that was no secret. Seeing her colleague’s usual lack of response, Amelia was about to add another teasing comment when her husband stormed into the room.

“I need you, ER, now,” He demanded, without offering any explanation.

Amelia frowned and looked puzzled from Jim Nelson to the door, but Owen had already left. Without much of a choice, she excused herself and followed his trail, wondering what in the world could justify Owen being in a hurry like that.

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“You stay close and make sure you have your kits on you all the time,” Owen commanded, pacing back and forth to make sure the whole team was properly geared up. “Don’t forget to add the appropriate tags so patients can be removed after they were assessed,” He reinforced for the third time, taking one last look at the team of five doctors who were in the transport with him.

Owen made individual eye contact with each one, receiving affirmative nods in return. It was no surprise people were following his lead, considering his entire background. Owen Hunt was good in critical situations and everyone knew that. To have a strong, imposing leader like him inspiring trust and confidence was comforting for the team of surgeons who were just about to take big risks in a massive accident location.

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Inspire...(Harrison “Harry” Wells/Reader)

192. “I swear I didn’t mean to touch your butt.”

Originally posted by darkangel66a

Working with Dr. Harrison Wells was always a treat. He was smart, energetic, and you never knew which Dr. Wells you were actually working with. Would it be the one that threw things and yelled for everyone to get out? Or would it be the one that inspired everyone to pursue a better future?

You took a deep breath pulling your hair up into a tight ponytail before grabbing the safety glasses and a welding helmet. You’d gotten there early in hopes of getting some work done just in case today wasn’t an inspiring day.

You climbed up the scaffolding taking a seat with a welding torch. Carefully you started it up as the door slid open across the room. You froze only a moment when he looked up at you. 

He stared at you nodding, “Morning…”

“Morning.” You smiled at him, “Readouts are on the printer.”

“Thank you.” He nodded taking a sip of his coffee stepping over to the printer, “Projection says you’re going to be starting on the upper portion of the canister today.”

“Yes, sir.” You nodded, “We’ll need to get the rigging out for me to reach it.”

“I’ll make a call before we get starting on the tubing.” He looked back up to you a small smile on his lips, “It’s nice to see someone who takes their job seriously for this project. I was beginning to wonder.”

“Well a chance to work with the Harrison Wells is something I aspired to do, since I got hire in sir.” You told him before flipping your helmet down getting work.

You chit chatted with him before but recently he’d been getting closer to everyone. Asking questions, being friendly…there were certainly more inspiring days then not. 

You finished the welding on the sides early climbing down walking over to the back were the tubes came out. You smiled a little as you rounded the corner watching Dr. Wells argue with one of the engineers. Obviously the engineer was in the wrong as he pointed out every spot to fix. 

When he finally turned seeing you he huffed, “I ask very little…but cutting corners has never been something. I should fire that man.”

“Flynn? He’s just nervous around you.” You told him taking off your wielding gloves.

“Nervous?” He looked up from his tablet to you.

“You’re the boss…the head hancho…” You told him tapping you toe against the ground looking from him to your hands.

“Are you nervous around me?” He asked putting the tablet down to his side a small smirk played across his face.

“Me?” You looked at him surprised, “Well…I guess a little, but…not because you’re my boss…”

“Oh?” His eye brows flashed up quickly.

You flushed a little clearing your throat, “I’d uh…rather move on, sir…I was just stopping over to see if you had a free man to spot me when I get rigged up.”

“I’ll do it.” He told you handing the tablet off to a passing engineer, “Jesse and I used to go rock climbing, I’m more then qualified.”

“I didn’t…ask for qualifications.” You squinted at him as he walked with you around the canister.

“Well…” He shrugged a small smile played on his lips, “all the same, now you know you’re in good hands.”

You smiled at him, “I suppose I am.”

You felt a little awkward as you strapped up in your harness. You pulled on the belts tightening them. You turned awkwardly trying to reach the one in the back that was tangled up. You grunted trying to get it tight enough but you just weren’t getting the right angle.

“Need help?” You looked at him stepping toward you.

“That would be great. Thank you Dr. Wells.” You smiled at him.

“Call me Harry.” He smiled at you getting closer as he leaned down to take hold of the strap, “I’ve read your paper, you know? It’s quite interesting.”

“You have?” You glanced back at him, “I mean it’s highly theoretical…but with the right fission process it could be extremely beneficial.”

“Yes, I especially like the use of the STAR labs processing systems.” He told you as he pulled the tangled strap roughly his hand slipping causing him to give you a surprising tap.

You flushed quickly as he stepped away. You knew it was an accident but it was an awkward situation regardless, “Uh…” 

"I swear I didn’t mean to touch your butt.” He told you quickly.

You turned to him slightly, “Well I should hope not, generally I at least get dinner first.”

“How’s Friday night at eight sound?” He asked you quickly.

You laughed a little, “Good one.”

“I…wasn’t joking…” He told you slowly. He watched your surprise roll over your features, “Y/N, I have enjoyed working with you this past month. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you.”

You looked down to your hands, “Is that why you read my paper?”

“No. I read your paper six months after you finished it.” He told you, “It’s why I started this project, because I think your theory can work.”

“You do?” You looked to him surprised.

“Yes.”  He smiled at you turning to the giant canister opening his arms, “The only way to compensate for the flyback…”

“Would be a secondary compression unit with a venting system.” You smiled shaking your head impressed, “You are brilliant.”

“I am just running with your idea, with a safety upgrade.” He told you hooking the carabiner to your harness, “So what do you say? Friday, eight o’clock?”

You smiled at him a little, “Well…”

anonymous asked:

hello! i love haikyuu!! but i find it so tough to like kageyama...he took sugawara's place as starter during suga's LAST year of high school volleyball, just because he's a "talented genius." he consistently tries to outdo oikawa and has since middle school after oikawa worked relentlessly and tirelessly to get where he's at. he basically gets all this handed to him because he's a "talented genuis" whose only flaw is his social skills which he can easilly correct. i don't like it;i dont like him

OOO OOOHH OOOHH oooooOOHHHHHHHHHH (сейчас пойдет что-то из серии “бомбануло”) 

Oh booy. I have a little storm building inside because do I love Kageyama? YES. Kageyama was the first character who got to be my favourite, with flaws and all.

I feel like narrowing Kageyama’s character down to him being a talanted genius only is not quite right, since he’s come short to the furthest ways in a matter of actual character development if you forget Tsukishima and maybe Yamaguchi. Hinata, too, but boy has lots to learn and his actual personality hasn’t changed as drastically really.

The thing about Kageyama is that, no, he doesn’t get it all “handed” to him, and no, I don’t think his only flaw is as easily to correct as you stated. Have you ever tried to learn how to trust people? Dude I think that’s something far more complex than just learning techniques. It’s pretty much Kageyama needing to unlearn everything he’s got used to for the past 15 years (and THEN learn how trust and teammates and partnership works and let himself be the part of it) instead of just LEARNING something if he was only seeking the new skills. But that’s not really the case here….or at least not quite what I’m going with it. (i’m not yet sure where i’m going with it tho) 

The way you say it sounds as if Tobio has a nature of some evil-hearted kid, because he steals his senpai’s place on the team, he wants to outdo Oikawa so bad and it’s a horrible thing to do, right?…While in reality he STRIVES to know more. To learn more. To get better. Kageyama isn’t satisfied with the “talented genius” label everyone gives him, Kageyama doesn’t have his skills handed to him in a matter of seconds either. He does have it easier than most, he is capable for more, but the thing about Kageyama is that he’s just as unsatisfied with himself as the rest of them if not more.  Not to mention that no one wanted to give Tobio a place on a team for the fact that he was a genius alone. His amazing skills could not compensate the lack of proper communication from his side.

There are people, who get praised constantly and who at some point in time decide that hey, it’s enough. I’m the best now. Kageyama…on the one hand looked like he was one of those people, back in middle school. Because he wanted everyone to run faster and jump higher and hit his so amazing tosses, but I don’t consider him one of those people. He didn’t yell at people for not hitting his oh so amazing tosses, he yelled at people because he thought they weren’t trying hard enough. Kageyama is someone who is unable to accept half-assed efforts. He doesn’t accept it in others, he doesn’t accept it in himself. Back in middle school his exceptional lack of proper social skills was the reason why he simply didn’t comprehand that his teammates were in fact trying which lead to everything it had lead to.

The whole situation with Oikawa is so much more complicated than Kageyama just wanting to outdo his senpai. Because guess what, Kageyama isn’t the only one who caused their middle school conflict. It’s Oikawa’s jealousy, Kageyama’s density, their general lack of experience with simply dealing with that kind of situations, and probably some kind of neglect from their coach on top of it. Oikawa is the reason Kageyama wanted to become a setter and probably to play volleyball on the first place. He is someone so HUGE and almost unreachable in so many ways to this kid. Now I realize I actually have been in the same situation before.. I usually relate to Oikawa the most, but now that I think about it the middle school situation is something close to what I have experienced back when I was around Kageyama’s age.

When you’re so young and impressionable you make your idols. They inspire you, you respect them so greatly because they were the force that made your wires move, but at the same time you want to overcome them desperately. I feel like it’s in the nature of people, or at least those that have a competitive spirit. Kageyama doesn’t want to outdo Oikawa because of ill will and superiority, he admires and respects Oikawa so much he wants to be just as good. To be better. To have someone respect and admire him as much and to feel the same way about himself as he feels about his senpai. Tooru is the biggest role model in Kageyama’s life so far and it’s only natural that he wants to be as good and better. It’s not….Kageyama’s fault that he is more naturally gifted than Oikawa is. I love this kid because even though he’s been called a genius he still doesn’t feel like one.

Suga’s situation is similar to Oikawa’s because they both have Kageyama as a kouhai, but it also differs greatly. While Tooru initially shut down all of Kageyama’s questions and “teach me how to”, Suga on the other hand, gives him all the possible advices even though this kid has the same position as him. It might be the matter of their maturity, because Oikawa had to deal with Tobio when he was very young and very doubtful, while Suga is older and with clear goal in mind - to do everything to make his team stronger.

Back then, before Iwaizumi literally knocked some sense into Oikawa’s head, Oikawa was….kind of playing mostly for himself, I guess. Or he took way too much responsibility for all of them on his shoulders alone. I mean if Oikawa considered Tobio’s potential a threat for his selfish reasons of being able to be on the court, Suga sees it as an opportunity for his team, almost the light in the dark, despite him not being on the court.

Personally I don’t think Kageyama deserves to be hated for this. He didn’t steal Suga’s place, he came to this school to play his absolutely favourite sport, to become better. Not to mention Suga himself doesn’t feel like his place was stolen from him. AND not to mention that Kageyama feels like it’s been given to him not quite fairly, so he, the real big genius, wants to truly deserve Sugawara’s starting place on the team.

I can’t help but think Kageyama is a very pure-hearted simpleton, oblivious because of his lack of experience and general social awkwardness, but with good intentions in heart. He gave it all in middle school because he wanted to win (even though he didn’t know winning together was SO much better); he yells at people awkwardly to encourage them, has a very pure eagerness and strive for knowledge and learning. Furudate showed us so many amazing character tropes and I LOVE the genius-who-still-feels-unsatisfied one. I love the loner who learns trust and companionship one. I love the development that comes along with it. And I just really, really love Kageyama’s character.

Heat of the Moment [Part 1]

Prompts #20: “Let’s have some fun. A little truth or dare never hurt anybody”  and  #26: “Wait, where are my clothes?” #28: I wasn’t listening, I was undressing you with my eyes…?” and  #5: “Damn you are a kinky motherfucker…I like it.”

Author(s): Caitsy and Ash

Warnings: Swearing, use of sexual words, Nat being sexy, Stucky,

Disclaimer: We do not own marvel or any characters. We also do know any gifs, images, jokes or songs that appear in this prompt.

Summary: Things get heated when Peter Parkers older sister comes for a visit when Peter’s never talked about her. Things get heated between reader and Scott. Bucky and Steve land themselves in an uncomfortable situation with each other. What really went on that night?

Requested: Yes. Anonymous

A/N: This is the first time Ash and I have co-authored something because we were stumped individually on how to take this so we did role-play lol. Enjoy.

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Originally posted by usaonetwothree

You weren’t that well known to the Avengers mainly because you were the older sister of a bug. Peter Parker was your little brother but he refused to let you anywhere the superheroes at the beginning because he saw you as the cool sibling. Actually Peter finally relented on not telling the Avengers about you so here he was was shifting uncomfortably on his feet.

“I have a secret.” Peter said drawing in a deep breath. Everyone dropped what they were doing to watch the bug boy talk.

“Did you murder your brothers Spider-boy?” Sam questioned leaning back into the couch.

“No that’s to be expected, I think Spidey is hiding something way more intriguing. I bet he’s secretly plotting to unleash a world of spiders. Maybe even a spider Godzilla.” Scott said. Everyone just looked at him wondering how this genius had a degree in electrical engineering.

“As cool as that sounds that’s not what I’ve come to confess.” Peter took in an even deeper breath. He went to speak only to be interrupted by a voice coming from the back.

“You still haven’t told them about me, have you punk?”

“Hey! That’s my nickname for Steve!” Bucky exclaimed not expecting it.

Peter face palmed as his older sister, as per usual, barged in when he was trying to do his thing. Everyone looking at the newcomer had a hard time grasping his Peter knew someone like this woman.

“How did you get into my building?” Tony questioned climbing to his feet in worry.

“Better yet how did the bug get her in his life?” Sam joked looking at the newcomer with a grin.

“Y/N Parker at your service.” You smirked taking a seat in the open chair crossing your legs, “By the way Tony, you’re technology isn’t all that strong against someone like me.”

Tony muttered pulled out his tablet with a glare towards the woman as he tried see just how she had gotten in without an alarm going off. Finding nothing he sat back down and emotionally isolated himself.

“Excuse me. I have to go reprogram and strengthen my security.” Tony huffed storming towards the elevator.

“Everyone, this is my sister.” Peter said reluctantly but with a bit of pride in his voice. He walked over and leaned down grabbing her around the neck. He whispered something in her ear making her laugh.

“Wait, just wait a minute.” Scott threw up his fingers not sure if he actually believed what was going on. He was secretly waiting for Ashton Kutcher to show up and let him know he was Punk’d.

“She’s your sister? I mean … you’re a bug. She’s hot. How does that work? You’re adopted aren’t you?” Scott moved his finger accusingly between the two of us. Peter and I just sat kind of dumbfounded before shaking our heads and laughing.

“We came from the same womb and parents.” You chuckled, “You blind there or does your mind stay the same small size?”

“Oh you have jokes, funny. Your jokes are as bad as his, you guys are definitely related.” Scott just shot you a wink and a sly smile. This guy was going to be trouble.

“My ‘bad’ jokes are better than your flirty words.” You rolled your eyes stretching your legs out, “I mean are you compensating your small dick or something?”

Scott seemed a bit taken back unsure of how to respond you. He’d never met someone so..feisty. If he was being honest, he rather liked it. “I don’t have to compensate for anything, my dick is quite the prize. Maybe you’ll find out at some point.”

“Um. No. I prefer men with…well not someone like you.” You chuckled as Peter made a sound is disgust.

“My sister’s practically a nun thank you very much.” Peter sniffled crossing his arms.

“Oh baby brother. Don’t you remember my boyfriend? We closed the door and we sure as hell weren’t play board games nor having a tea party.” You laughed as Peter gagged and shook his head.

“Oh (Y/N), you’re just full of surprises. Aren’t you?” Scott said in a coy tone. I could feel him looking me over and I knew ideas were just rolling around in his head. This weekend was going to be an interesting one to say the least.

“Well you know since you are new here and we barely know you. I think we should change that. A few drinks and a welcome to the tower party are in order.” Scott noted.

Steve groaned along with Bucky because they both knew that they would have to babysit drunk Avengers once more. Last time they played a drinking game Steve almost lost an eye when Scott decided to try Clint’s bow and arrow.

“Maybe we shouldn’t.” Steve calmly said, “Remember last time? Scott you-”

“Oh what did the little nuisance do?” You pouted, “Ants are such strange and unneeded creatures.”

“Strange, yes but unneeded … that’s a big no.” Scott said walking closer to where I was sitting. “And for the record, let’s just say tequila and archery don’t mix.” Scott said as he mock wiped the conversation over with his hands.

“Besides, who says bug boy’s sister could even keep up with us?” Scott scoffed. “She’s probably one drink and done.”

“Oh jesus.” Peter groaned collapsing onto the ground beside the chair, “Can we not talk about my sister’s life?”

“You’re just sad that you’re a lightweight.” You shot back at your brother before turning towards Scott again, “You’re looking at the current record holding in drinking games. I’m so legendary at college that Peter’s child friends know all about me.”

“It’s true! She drank so much she almost had alcohol poisoning.”

“If drinking was a career I would be fucking rich and the best. I can drink the strongest vodka straight vodka only.”

“Do they know all about you for your drinking or because of the tea parties you like to throw behind closed doors?” Scott said narrowing his eyes at me and running his eyes over me. Oh, that cocky bastard.

“You did not just accuse my sister of being a whore!” Peter shouted almost in rage and turning red.

Steve and Bucky grabbed the seething young Parker holding him tightly as to ensure the oddly strong boy from swinging. The team shifted uncomfortably at the entire time Y/N and Scott were bantering.

“Holy shit the sexual tension has grown.” Tony said as he made his reappearance, “FRIDAY informed me the words ‘drinking games’ was used at some point.”

“Of course alcohol would bring you back.” Bucky said rolling his eyes.


“Feels like a frat party with the sexual tension. Impressive given it’s only two people.”

“I need alcohol.” You moaned before opening your backpack to pull out a bottle of vodka. Everyone in the room froze at the sight before you looked down at it, “I was taking it to a girls night but I’m going to need it here.”

“Oh god, my sister is an alcoholic.” Peter muttered under his breath while shaking his head.

“I’ll grab the glasses and three more bottles.” Tony said whisking away to the bar that sat in the back of the room. You saw Steve and Bucky share knowing glances “we’re in for a long night.”

“Did that Thor guy leave any of that strong alcohol from wherever he comes from?” You asked getting looks from everyone. Peter had to take another glance at you in slight shock.

“How the hell?” Peter, “You drink alcohol like water. Holy fuck”

“Like a wise man once said, ‘that’s my secret, I’m always mad’”

“Wait you’re drunk all the time?” Steve exclaimed.

“No. I just like the quote.” You laughed, “I’m tipsy like forty percent of the time.”

“So you are an alcoholic. This explains a lot of things actually. “ Peter said kind of just shrugging it off.

“Alright children. Now we know everyone here is either a drunk, a pansy or just a weirdo we can get down to the important stuff. What game are we playing?” Tony asked coming settle back between all of us.

Scott’s hand shot up. “Really Scott, none of us are in pre-school” I quipped back.

“Ok alkie, I say we play something that’s a little unconventional and a little old school. For all the old people in our presence. Cap and Bucky I’m referring to you.” Scott said as he flashed a pointer finger their way, “Let’s have some fun. A little truth or dare never hurt anybody”

“So did that hot guy leave his magic drink here?” You questioned tilting your head, “I want to see a tipsy Stucky.”

“Stucky?” Majority of the room questioned while Tony held up the bottle of Asgardian liquor. You gestured over to Bucky and Steve. They awkwardly looked at each other with disgust before shuffling away.

“Why do you look disgusted punk?!” Bucky exclaimed looking quite offended at his best friend, “I’d be the best lay you ever had, everybody wants a piece of me. I can do wonders with my-”

Most of the room wrinkled their noses and quickly shook their heads make Bucky even more offended.

“I wouldn’t mind a piece.” You said taking a swing of your vodka while bringing your eyes over the supersoldier slowly, “Actually a Stucky threesome…mhm.”’

“JESUS CHRIST!” Peter screamed.

“Damn, you are a kinky motherfucker…I like it” Scott said giving me a thumbs up while looking over at Cap and Bucky. “Actually that would be pretty interesting to see. Could I take photos? I think Tumblr would have a field day?” Scott asked pulling his phone out of his pocket.

“I feel objectified.” Steve trailed off looking towards an equally awkward Bucky, “Bucky and I would never have a threesome.”

“No.” You sighed, “You two like the world thinking you’re clean missionary boys. I see the truth. You two are dirty freaks in the sheets. With each other.”

“OMG! Y/N SHUT-UP! I CAN’T…JUST…WHO ARE YOU EVEN?” Peter asked completely mortified. I should feel bad turning his childhood hero into some raunchy soccer mom’s fantasy, but I didn’t feel bad. I rather enjoyed it.

“Who wouldn’t want to see that? Two super soldiers having kinky super sex. That’s porn gold. I agree with (Y/N). There are hidden secrets there. Which means we are playing truth or dare, no objections.” Scott pronounced as if a lightbulb went off. It seemed like a grand idea. Peter was red in the face, Stucky was mortified but not completely objecting.

“Y/N I’m going to need that alcohol.” Peter groaned reaching towards the bottle. You literally hissed pulling it closer to you.

“Get your own bottle.” You glared taking a another swig of it, “Did you think I was going to share with my friends?”

“Oh have pity on the poor kid, I think you’ve emotionally scarred him.” Tony said passing a bottle of vodka and a glass to Peter. Peter grabbed the bottle silently thanking Tony. As he poured himself a glass he looked back over at you. You silently mouthed the words “I will kill you.” You made a mental note to slap Tony later.

“So now the question is who wants to go first?” I asked in a sauntering tone looking over at Steve and Bucky. Silently begging them to go first.

Steve facepalmed not wanting a minor drinking but if he was Peter he wouldn’t already drunk by chugging a bottle. He looked over to Bucky as his eyes slowly up up and down Bucky’s body. Feeling a gaze Bucky glanced over making both the men awkwardly shift and look away.

“Stop it.” Bucky grunted glaring away. Steve nodded before gluing his eyes at the group. He didn’t even look when he felt Bucky’s eyes give him the once over.

“Seeing as you’re the guest and a female, it’s only appropriate if you go first.” Steve said trying to remain calm, cool and collected. You could see him trying to keep his eyes focused on anything and everything. You were taking mental notes of the glares and once overs Bucky kept passing his way.

“Alright we’re going to play it the way my friends and I do.” You announced as everything sat on chair in a circle, “We mash it up with Never Have I Ever-”

“What’s that?” Steve asked.

“Let me explain.” You glared over at him, “What you do is when a player decides truth…everyone else takes a drink if they’ve done that the player is asked.”

“Oooh I like this.” Tony approved.

“If Peter said truth and I asked him if he’s ever pissed himself all the others players who have will take a drink.”

“I get it.” Steve nodded understanding.

“Nat the every quiet spy…truth or dare…” You smirked.

“Truth.” She cooly answered.

“What’s the longest you’ve ever given head.” You said, “Was it less than ten minutes.”

“A minute longer. He was average.”

You picked up your drink and took a swig causing Peter to shudder and nearly take a swig but he didn’t want to accused of doing…that. He was straight. You were surprised when Scott took a swig.


‘What?” Scott asked, “It was college! It was a dare that gave me a thousand dollars. I needed it!”

You just shot a smirk Scott’s way as you leaned back in the chair. He had peaked your curiosity. You felt Peter’s eyes shift to you as he shook his head. He waited for the next person to speak before taking a huge swig of his drink.

“Ok, Peter …the innocent and golden boy, Peter Parker.” Nat smirked and you could see a devious glint cover her face. You saw Peter turned red and you just prepared yourself to take a big enough swig to get past whatever was about to come out of your younger brother’s mouth, “Truth or dare?”

“Truth.” Peter practically squeaked out.

“Have you ever thought about being a stripper?” Nat questioned leaning back against the couch.

“NO!” Peter shouted. You took a swig of your drink along with Wanda.

“What?!” Steve exclaimed staring at Wanda. You could tell that he saw her as a daughter by the parental tone of voice, “Wanda!?”

“Times were hard for my brother and I!” Wanda defended herself.

You pursed your lips understanding exactly why she had to do it following the death of her parents and just before she volunteered to that HYDRA thing.

“I actually did it a couple times.” You shrugged, “It was the month that Uncle Ben died and it hit Aunt Mae hard that we almost lost the electricity. So until she got back on her feet she thought I got a waitressing job.”

“That’s why you came home in sparkles.” Peter nodded to himself. He set his sights on Sam, “Truth or Dare?”

“Dare. Bring it it bug.” Sam glared at him.

“Stand outside naked for three minutes.” Peter announced.

“WEEEAKK.” Scott shouted along with Sam and Bucky. Sam stripped before strutting out the balcony wiggling until he was leaning against the wall beside the door.

You didn’t happen to miss the way Steve and Bucky both watched Sam strip and walk out. Then turn back to each other and quickly divert their gaze.

“Scott, truth or dare?” Tony asked holding up his glass of scotch and taking a huge swig. Scott looked at you giving you a once over before turning to back to Tony. He stood up taking a deep breath before taking a long swig.

“Truth. You metal man. Hit me!” He exclaimed, he made it no secret that the liquor was starting to hit him. You just giggled watching the antics.

“When you first had sex, did you suffer from premature ejaculation?” Tony just sat there as if his question was every bit normal. Everyone looked at Scott. There was a unanimous yes that filled the room and you noticed Tony, Steve and Bucky all taking a swig of their drink.

“For the record, No I didn’t. That has never been an issue. But nice to know all the big men in the room have to compensate.” He scoffed and just mumbled something under his breath.

“Y/N…truth or dare sweetcheeks?” Scott smirked looking over at you. You chuckled before leaning forward.

“Dare…bitch.” You laughed returning his smirk.

“Kiss someone of the same sex.” Scott grinned. You shrugged before looking towards Nat.

“You single?” Nat hummed in response, “Wanna make out like teens?”

Nat laughed before coming over to you swaying her hips as she walked over. She leaned down placing her hands on either side of the back of your chair and whispered in your ear. You could feel her lips running over the shell of your ear, down your earlobe and softly but barely across your jaw. She pressed her body a little bit closer to yours before straddling herself on top of you. You took her hands and pressed her face closer to yours. “Let’s give em a show” you whispered and she happily nodded, “Peter go to the kitchen for a minute, we both don’t want to have this happen with you in the room.”

Nat ran her fist in your hair while you kissed with furiosity. You let a small kiss escape your lips as you battled for dominance and Nat took that moment to slide her tongue inside. Both of you exploring and devouring each other. You could feel her hands sliding down your chest and above the hem of your pants. You moved your lips to her neck biting, teasing, sucking while your hands made their way to her chest. You felt Nat starting to grind against you. She let out a soft moan and you gave her neck one last bite before capturing her lips once last time.

Pulling back you saw the shocked expressions on everyone along with all the men besides Tony looking mighty tighter in some areas. You straightened your shirt as Peter walked back into the room without looking at you or Nat.

“I had a girlfriend in college.” You waved off the questions, “Bucky…dearest Bucky. Truth or Dare?”

“Dare.” Bucky said giving you a look.

“I’m not even sorry about this.” You shrugged before fixing your eyes on Steve too, “I dare you to…lick Steve from his neck…past to his navel and just slightly above his the elastic band of his boxers. Make it like you’re seducing him.”

Steve and Bucky looked at each other. You could see both of them tense up and squirm a little bit at the dare. “Guys, we don’t have all night the clock is ticking.” I said teasingly.

“I’ve never been one to shy away from a dare and I damn sure won’t start now.” Bucky said as he stood up. “Trust me pal?” He asked Steve placing out his hand for Steve to grab it.

“Always” Steve said as he started to take off his shirt. “No let me.” Bucky whispered.

Bucky gently placed his hands against Steve’s and pushed it back down to his side as he softly smiled. He snaked his hand down his chest playing with the hem of his shirt as he started to kiss on his neck. “Just enjoy” Bucky whispered in his ear, just a bit loud enough for everyone to hear.

Steve’s eyes closed shut, almost uncomfortably. It took both of the men a minute to let go of the tension. As Bucky started to kiss on Steve’s neck you saw his eyes become less tight. His hands made their way into Bucky’s hair gripping at the chestnut strands. Bucky was biting Steve’s neck just enough to feel a little pressure. He ran his metal arm underneath Steve’s shirt. The cold metal was a nice contrast against Steve’s boiling hot skin. He felt Bucky’s fingers dancing on the waistband of his pants … right above where things were starting to get a bit to tight. Steve and Bucky seemed to forget about everyone in the room as Bucky ripped open Steve’s shirt. He ran his hands over Steve’s chest teasingly over his hardened nipples which made Steve moan slightly.

“Fuck Bucky” Steve moaned out as Bucky started to lick and kiss his way down. He stopped at Steve’s nipples taking a moment to kiss, suck and lick. Steve’s grip on Bucky’s hair tightened and you heard a moan escape the brunette’s lips. Bucky dropped to his knees in front of his best friend and Steve looked down at him through lust blown eyes. Bucky kissed and licked his way down from Steve’s nipples to his navel dipping his tongue inside. He made it a point to trace the outline of each ab…nipping and biting. He made his way to Steve’s pants tugging them down just enough to expose that glorious v-cut and make you wonder how much more he needed to pull down to expose Steve’s cock. Bucky took his mouth and traced the v-cut on each side. He teasingly and softly kissed right above the line of Steve’s pants. He bit it softly, sucking just a tiny bit. He only pulled away when he noticed a purplish-blue mark forming.

“Told I could do wonders” Bucky smirked into Steve’s ear as he stood back up and went to go sit down.

“Sweet jesus fuck.” You choked out shifting in your seat, “Nat they made us look like inexperienced school girls. It was hot as hell, I think I need shower…or a man.”

“I cou-”

“I said man. Not Ant.”

“Man is in my n-”

“Mhm. We’ll see.” You trailed off taking him in before deciding if it could happen, “So is Stucky going to happen?”

“I think it is.” Peter said staring harshly at the wall, “I’m not innocent anymore.”

The night turned into a long drinking game with two bottles of Asgardian liquor was finished by the drunk supersoldier. Clint waved to everyone, nobody was sober enough to notice, as he felt a rather large need to video chat his wife. Everyone was really drunk.

“Scott…t-ruth or daaaree?” You asked not knowing who was left in the room. You could see him staring right at you and not looking like he was going to answer, “Scott are you listening?”

“I wasn’t listening, I was undressing you with my eyes…? See you in my dreams sweetheart.” Scott answered before he passed out on the couch.

That was the last thing you remembered until you woke up in the room surrounded by people but nothing really woke you up until you noticed you were cuddling with Scott and liking it. Suspiciously Steve was absent from the room but Bucky was crashed still on the couch he had take to.

“Wait, where are my clothes?” Sam asked looking down at his chilled naked body.

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Crossfire - 11

Chapter 10
Yoongi x Reader
Gang AU
Chapter 11 / Words: 4595


Though the compound was more inviting than the bland suburban house you had been in previously, you felt less welcome and more stressed. You were invading a very private place that was almost sacred to them, and it put you on edge. You slept and ate less, and you were very aware of the close quarters everyone was in. There were always at least two of the boys home, and you’d be stuck around them unless you holed yourself up in Yoongi’s room, which was the surprisingly less desirable option. Everything about the room seemed artificial, despite the bed never being made and the desk littered with notes and papers with little to no meaning to you. You went there at night to attempt to sleep, but you often failed because your internal clock had been badly damaged. You tossed and turned uncomfortably in the bed until the sun rose, and you often took a short nap in the afternoon on the loveseat in a feeble attempt to compensate for your exhaustion.

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Frost’s Daughter

Joker x Reader (as Frost’s daughter)

{A/N} Enjoy love! xo

Prompt: This might be a weird request, but can you do one about the reader being Frosts teenage daughter? 
I’m the person who requested the frosts daughter imagine and I just forgot to mention maybe you could do something where it’s your first time meeting Joker!

Warnings: Cursing, self esteem issues (you’re beautiful, I promise), kidnapping, suggestive speaking to minors but like thats not really a real warning ;P

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“So my life’s a little different than yours, who cares?” You scoff, surrounded by friends and curious onlookers at the lunch table.

“But he’s THE Joker!” Kate squeals, excited and frightened at the same time.

“I know..” you respond, a bit hesitant, “but I haven’t exactly met him yet, either..”

Kate’s perfectly round green eyes stay alert as she listens intently to your words. She pushes some of her perfectly pin straight blonde hair back from her face as she stares at you in disbelief.

“But.. you’re always gone! And you always travel with your dad, {Y/N}. How have you not?”

A little embarrassed in front of the kids now leaving your table, you throw her a warning look. She looks to you with excitement, and as she catches your expression her face falls. 

“Sorry,” she murmurs. 

You both get up and take your Coke Zero’s, heading for the stairwell to wait while everyone goes back to class. 

“Let’s ditch this place, {Y/N}, please?” She pouts, her eyes moving towards the double doors as she hugs her books, bouncing in place slightly, “I don’t have the energy to face this test I have in French.” 

You inhale, already used to ditching the last class of the day already from countless tests that Kate hasn’t been too enthusiastic to take. 

“Let’s go,” you say, rolling your eyes with a smile. The two of you push through the double doors, hearing several taunting “Oooo, you’re gonna get in trouble!”’s from the kids you pass. 

As you walk out of the school and off of the property, you pull a pack of cigarettes from your bag, handing one to Kate and the keeping the other. She lights them both with her hot pink lighter with a unicorn on it and you continue walking up the street.

“Don’t you have to go to that thing with your dad later today?” She asks, curiosity bubbling from within her. “Do you think you’ll see.. him?!” 

“What is your obsession with this guy, Kate?” you ask, genuinely curious. 

The Joker was a criminal, a murderer. As far as you knew, your dad was only working for him for the heavy compensation he received in return. He was the best guy around and even though he got into some crazy situations that you were kept virtually unaware of, you knew deep down he was a good guy. How could you know that he’s the Jokers right hand man for a reason?

“He’s just so.. dangerous!” She squeals, a dreamy, smoke filled sigh leaving her full pouty lips as she lowers her cigarette. 

For being the average good girl next door, Kate has a side to her that you hadn’t seen before lunch when you explained to her what your dad does. If it weren’t adorable, you’d be annoyed by her constant return to the topic. 

You laugh, taking a long haul from your cigarette. “Kate, he’s like, old. We’re in high school. Stop that,” you joke, poking her in the side. 

“If that’s your only concern, maybe you two belong together!” She giggles, and so do you. Something about that sentence resonated with you. But you were too busy trying to get back home without someone spotting you and ratting the both of you out. 

As you approached the neighborhood you both live in, you hug goodbye and go your separate ways to your streets. As soon as you’re out of sight, your phone buzzes in your pocket. You pull it out and see it’s from Kate. 

“Please, please, please, take me with you tonight! Or at the very LEAST let me know what happens!!! Love you xoxxoxoox”

You return to your home screen and click your phone back into sleep mode, sliding it back into your pocket. You haven’t even met The Joker yet, and she was asking to tag along? You felt a slight pang of envy, but you know it’s only her excitement. 

You walk into your house and head immediately upstairs to your room. Your dad catches you in the hallway, raising a brow. 

“You’re home early…” 

“Half-day,” you retort, going into your room and slamming the door behind you. Your father was not the type to get into your problems, and you’re sure he had plenty to worry about on his own anyway. 

Tonight was a night that Frost wasn’t sure when he’d be home, so he’d take you with him, leaving you in a five star hotel near by that he knew would be within his reach if need be. You couldn’t help but feel like it was a little too much- a little over protective. Certainly you are old enough to stay home, but after what happened to your mother, you can see where he’s coming from. You don’t know all the gory details, but you know enough.

The hotel he booked for you tonight is on the upper end of Gotham, classy and full of money. This time, there’s a club in it that you can’t wait to see. Sure, you aren’t old enough to legally drink, but whats the fun in doing anything legally anyway? You know if you wear that slinky black dress and do your makeup right, they won’t even bother carding you. 

Flinging the doors open to your closet, you pull out your black dress and a pair of matching stiletto’s. You throw it into the bottom of your duffle bag, moving to your dresser to grab the raciest matching {F/C} lingerie you can manage to find.. If you decide to wear any at all. 

You were bubbling with excitement now, just itching to find out what the night holds. Your ringtone goes off and you scramble to find your phone on the bed.

“Hello?”

“{Y/N}!” Kate exclaimed on the other in, her baby voice pouring on thick before going back to normal. “So can I come?”

You hesitate on the other end. Tonight was supposed to be your time to shine, and even though you love her, you always felt inferior to her beauty, inside and out.

“I mean..”

“Oh please pookie! Come on! Just one time!’

You sigh, she pulled the heinous ‘pookie’ card on you- she wants this bad. You think about safety in numbers at least, if something did get out of hand at the club.

“Ugh.. Okay fine! I’ll give you the address I’ll be at tonight, do you have a pen? Get a pen, now, before I change my mind.”

Her elated squeal from the other end of the phone was earsplitting, and you could hear it drop to the floor before all of the sounds of her rustling through her messy room to find a pen and something to write on came through. 

“Got it! Go!” 

You give her the address and she thanks you a million times, promising you won’t regret it before hanging up. You sure hope you don’t, but that won’t be known until tonight. 


Your dad paces back and forth in the penthouse suite. You can tell something is on his mind, but you know what he does is already a daunting task, so you don’t push the issue. He was packing heat, and you watch as he loads more guns, hiding them on his person. 

“It’ll be fine, dad,” you say, secretly just hoping he’ll hurry up and leave so you can text Kate and get ready. 

“Do not leave this room, do you understand me?” he snaps back, causing your eyes to widen. That normally wasn’t something you had to abide by, and you begin to worry. 

“Wha… what do you mean?” You weren’t a goodie-two-shoes, but as your plans begin to crumble around you, you suddenly felt like staying in for the night.

“Just what I said, {Y/N}. If you stay here you’ll be safe, but if you go anywhere else, you’ll jeopardize your life.” 

His tone was stern, and you immediately get up, walking to the other side of the  room as panic starts to consume you.

“What the fuck? What is going on?”

He ignores your questions, checking his phone before turning to leave. 

“Do not leave this room,” he opens the door, poking his head back through it and making eye contact with you, “I love you, {Y/N}.”

Frost leaves, and you can hear the door click as it locks behind him. You stand still for a moment, turning to look at the amazing view from the windowed wall.

“Well fuck if that didn’t sound good..” you mutter to yourself, pulling yourself together and grabbing your phone. 

You open a message to send to Kate, staring at the blank screen. Your dad seems concerned for you this time around. Maybe this time you should take heed.. Just as you move your finger to exit out of her message thread, you see three little dots pop up onto the screen. You stare at it, tonights fate would be in her hands, and either she’s canceling or she’s coming.

“I’m not waiting anymore, bitch! I’m on the way! oxoxo”

You look at the time on your phone, 8:45PM.

Welp. Looks like we’re heading out, you think to yourself as you go to the master bedroom, taking your dress out with one hand and your lingerie in the other. Staring down at your {F/C} underwear, you quickly rumple them into a ball before tossing them back into the bag, getting undressed and sliding the dress on. A wave of dangerous excitement crashes over your aura, and you get giddy at the thought of disobeying your dads orders with your best friend. 

It isn’t long before you hear a knock at the door. Running from the master bath, through the rest of the penthouse and to the front door, you almost trip and fall. You stand on your tiptoes, looking through the peephole. Her makeup is done and she’s in sweats, carrying a large pink backpack. An excited scream leaves her throat as you open the door.

“Pookie!” 

“Please don’t,” you say flatly, hugging her and shuffling her inside, closing the door and barring it before you lead her back to the bathroom to finish getting ready.

“You look hot, oh-la-la! That black dress is just barely-there enough!” She comments, looking you up and down. 

“I still need to do my hair, but look at you! That eye makeup! I’m used to seeing you all.. natural beauty! Like a Hollister ad!” 

She pretends to scoff, undressing behind a screen in the bathroom as you work on your hair, “Please, this old makeup? Dah-ling….” She walks out from behind the screen, pretending to strut on a catwalk and striking a pose in a shimmery pale pink tube dress. 

“Wow,” you turn around, teasing your hair for volume still, “You look amazing!” 

That pang of jealousy returns, she was tall, slinky and naturally beautiful, essentially built for New York Fashion week’s runway. You never embraced yourself the way she has, and so your insecurities start to rear their ugly heads. Turning back around, you sigh to yourself and continue working on what you always consider to be ‘the best of a bad situation.’ 


You grab your room key and hand it to Kate since she’s the only one with a bra on tonight. She slides it into the top of her dress and the both of you slip into your heels. You take one last look in the large mirror by the door, and she pulls out her phone, taking a selfie of the two of you. 

“This is gonna be wild, {Y/N}!” She bubbles with excitement, heading for the door.

“I know!” you start, but your mind betrays you, suddenly replaying your dads words in your head. “It’ll be fun..” you manage to force as you follow her through the door. 

“Oh gosh what if we run into The Joker! You’re dad’s here, I bet he’s here too!”

You don’t have the heart to tell her what your dad told you, even if she did find this whole situation thrilling. Instead, you decide that the moment you step into the club, you’re going to get shit-faced. You try to perk up. If you can’t remember the problem, it won’t matter, right?

“Maybe!” You say a bit more enthusiastically as you let your mind wander back to what she said earlier. ‘Maybe you two belong together.’

You shake the idea and continue walking through the hall and to the elevator, giggling and joking around with Kate all the while. When the doors open, you both stand up straight, acting like you’re fabulous and ‘old enough.’ 

The lobby is busy, people walking in and others stammering out. It was already late, and the loud thudding from the music inside was getting under your skin in the best way. Kate struts up to the bouncer first, confident in all her glory as she winks at him. Of course he let’s her through that easily. Walking up behind her, you pucker your lips to blow a kiss in his direction with a smirk, minus the hand gesture. He let’s you go through, and you can’t believe it. The moment you pass you both light up in pure glee as you jump in place together. 

“Act.. Adult!” Kate says suddenly as you both try to collect yourselves again.

“Okay, okay!” You say. “Let’s get drunk and be bad.”

She grins, her perfect white teeth showing behind her pouty lips. “Let’s do it, baby!”

Walking further into the club, you smell the alcohol and sweat mixed with perfume and cologne coursing through the air. Bodies dance and grind around the floor, and hands are being swept around as you walk to the bar. Girls are dancing on poles and men are watching, touching them with no reservations. What a place, you think. 

The liquor bottles glimmer and gleam with the lights in the club along the back wall. Kate orders two vodka cranberries, or ‘Cape Cods’ as she called them, and turns back to you. She opens her mouth to speak, but you notice her eyes shifting to focus on something behind you, and you grow curious as to what it could be.

“What?” you ask in a rush, turning behind you and then back to her.

“{Y/N}, why is your dad here?”

You jaw drops, surely you’ve been caught and he’s coming to bust you and Kate. Your body tenses up as you shut your eyes.

“Isn’t he supposed to be with The Joker…. Oh my god! Do you think he’s here?”

“What are you talking about?” you snap, opening your eyes.

“I just saw your dad walking into the back room! We have to go spy! What if he’s there?!”

She grabs the drinks that are now on the bar top, shoving one into your hand and taking a sip of her own before she takes your arm, leading you through the sea of people again. 

“What are you doing?! If my dad sees us we’re done for!”

“We won’t get caught!” she shouts back, tightening her grip and making sure she doesn’t lose you in the crowd.

“How do you know that! Kate this is dangerous! He didn’t even want me to leave the room! If he see’s me here, what if we’re in a lot of trouble!”

“Stop complaining and live a little! Trust me!”

You give up fairly easily. You already knew that once Kate set her mind to something, it was going to happen, whether you argued it or not. You followed her and began to down your drink as it sloshes in your glass from the movement, hoping that it’ll hit you hard enough before you have to face your dad.

As you come across the door, you notice a window on it.

“There Kate, peek in the window first before you just barge in, that way you’ll see it’s not even worth it. He’s not even here. This is so stupid we should just–”

The door swings open and suddenly you’re both being pulled in roughly by large, muscular men with masks on. Being taken by surprise and trying to fight, you both begin kicking and screaming as you’re pulled further into the quiet room.

“Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha..”

You feel a sharp sting across your face and a black tie being place across your eyes. You can’t hear Kate clearly anymore, and you can tell she’s been gagged. 

The laugh continues for a moment before silence falls over the entire room. Your heart is beating out of your chest, and you can feel yourself beginning to sweat. 

“What do you want,” you start, adrenaline run confidence thick in your voice, “I’ll give you whatever you want, please, just let her go.”

You can hear Kate’s muffled screaming behind a towel, and you just wish you wouldn’t have gone out at all. 

“Miss {Y/N} Frost…”

“How do you know who I am?” You spit out, wishing you could see what was going on around you. 

“Lets just say I’m a.. family friend, Miss Frost.”

“Why am I blindfolded? I know who you are. I know what you do to people, Joker!” Your scream your last sentence. Your fear is showing more than anything else, but you can’t seem to react in any other way as your breathing quickens.

“Don’t be a coward. Let me see,” you finally say.

You feel a pair of cold hands on either side of your face, the blindfold being pulled off of your eyes. Slowly but surely, a red grin and metal grill was revealed, followed by a slender nose and eyes the size of worlds.

“Because you asked so nicely,” he says, as he tosses the blindfold aside, turning to one of his masked goons. “This ones gotta mouth like her mommy.”

Your blood begins to boil at the mention of your mother, and suddenly it all began to click. Your mothers incident was caused by The Joker, the very person your father worked for. Hatred, anger and sadness all began to sink in as you watched him saunter behind a desk that sat in the middle of the room. 

“Bring him in,” he says nonchalantly. 

The door to the back busts open, and your dad is being hauled in by two other masked men.

“Dad!” you yell, relieved and frightened. 

“{Y/N}! Fuck!” he growls, lunging for Joker. “Let her go you son of a bitch! You just promised me you wouldn’t hurt her!” Frosts voice is gravely as he’s being restrained. 

“Why does everyone hold me to such high standards?” Joker tuts, looking back towards Kate. 

He walks closer to her, eyeing her figure with satisfaction. When he’s standing right in front of her, he leans his head back, running his index and middle finger down the side of her perfect face.

“This ones pretty..” he growls, causing her to blush. He notices this and rakes his fingers back through his hair, leaning down to get on her level, though he didn’t have to by much. 

“I think she likes me too.” 

Why am I jealous right now? You think to yourself as you watch the scene play out before you. Kate’s trembling, you can see it, but no one dared to interrupt, and you weren’t sure if she even wanted someone to. Sure, she was shaking, but her eyes were the size of pies, and she looked like a kitten locking her sights on its prey.

“She’s seventeen!” You shout, and both their heads whip in your direction. You were going to feel Kate’s wrath later, and the guilt already washed over you as she glares in your direction. You’re unsure of what’s come over you and your dad lunges for you again as Joker stands up and walks towards you, cocking a brow as he cockily stands in front of you. 

Joker cracks his neck before he leans down to meet your shorter height.

“And how old are you, Miss Frost?”

You hesitate before answering. Kate could easily dime you out at any moment, even gagged as she was, and you expect it. But you feel worse when she doesn’t, and your eyes shift to the floor. 

“She’s not for you, J,” your dad says through his teeth.

“Ah-ah-ah, all that chit-chat’s gonna get’cha hurt. Or {Y/N}, over here.” 

He looks into your eyes, the blue halos radiating around his large pupils were like ice, cold and harsh- but there was a smoothness to them. You almost get lost in them while he looks at you. 

“Ya wouldn’t want her to end up like dear ol’ mom, would ya?” he questions your father as he continues to stare at you. 

Standing up straight again abruptly, he gestures the men to let Frost go, and he immediately runs to you. Pulling you out of the mens grip and pulling the towel from Kate’s mouth and taking her under his other arm. 

“They’re kids, Mr. J. They don’t mean fuckin’ shit to you. They won’t do shit for you.”

“Playing with them would’ve been so fun, too.”

He takes Kate’s chin in his hand for a moment, but leans over and faces you.

You cringe slightly, and you’re not sure if it’s more at his terrifying appearance or the weird butterflies in your stomach. Your dad grasps onto you both, and you can tell he just wants to make sure you’re away and safe from this situation before anything else.

“Call me when you’re eighteen baby doll, and I’ll show ya what you’re missin’ out on.”

He cackles as your dad grabs you both and pushes you through the doors quickly, appalled at Joker’s actions. You couldn’t help but replay his offer in your head over and over again as Frost drags you both out of the club, a stupid, insane smirk on your features.

Spot the real POT (Part II):  How a real POT handles the “meet and greet”

Last week, I started this series on Spot the real POT:  Things to look for that will tell you that he is for real! As I said in that post, the challenge for a newbie or even experienced SB is to be able to spot what a legitimate POT “looks like” when he approaches you about negotiating an arrangement.  If you know what to look for, instead of just what NOT to look for, you’ll be in a better position to weed out the good from the bad.  Part I dealt with the initial contact; the first messages to and from a real POT. Let’s pick up where we left off.

So, the initial messages have been exchanged.  And, oh, happiness, this guy seems like the “real deal”, so you are ready to move to the next step with him; actually meeting him in person!  

The meet and greet can take place in any public establishment; whether it is at a Starbucks for a cup of coffee or a nice bar for happy hour.  You can let him suggest a place to meet (if no other reason, this allows you to form some impressions about him based on what he chooses) or you can take the lead.  There is no hard and fast rule about where the meet and greet should take place, but I am a firm believer that it should not be a long meeting, an hour or so at the most, so, I would tend to shy away from a dinner or other extended event.  Things like that are best saved for after the arrangement actually starts!  You want the ability to bail if things go south, and chugging your iced latte or vodka cranberry and saying, “oh, my, look at the time!  I have to go!” should be in your arsenal if the two of you don’t click.  That’s much better than just finishing your first course at dinner and realizing that this is going nowhere and you have no way to politely leave.

And, one last note on the meet and greet location:  although it is okay (but not ideal) to meet at the lounge of his hotel, if he is an “out of towner”, do NOT, under any circumstances, be persuaded to go to his room upstairs to continue the conversation.  Just say no!

Okay, with all of that said, let’s fast forward to the meet and greet.  Here are some of the things that further demonstrate that this guy may be for real!

The meet and greet

  • If you make plans for an initial meet and greet, he will not cancel or move the time around.  Even though he is a busy man, he will schedule something with you based on his calendar and, if something comes up (except the most extreme emergency), he will juggle stuff on his end to keep your date because he knows that your time is valuable and that this is important to him as well.

  • He will look like his pictures!  It is really important to make sure you get a picture of him ahead of time.  First, you need to be prepared for what the dude looks like, right?  I mean, we all know that men are visual creatures and that looks are important, and the same is true for you!  Granted, your tolerance for a guy who is no Adonis is much higher, but you really should have some idea of what he looks like so that your jaw doesn’t drop from unpleasant shock when he introduces himself.  Second, if he doesn’t look like his photo, a “cat fish” situation, you should ask yourself, if he lies about how he looks, what else is he going to lie about?

  • He will respect your boundaries:  if you want to meet for coffee in the afternoon instead of a drink in the evening, he will agree without problem.  If he suggests a place or time that is not good for you, he will accommodate your request with no hesitation.

  • He will tell you whether he plans on providing compensation for the meet and greet, whether it is just gas money or something more substantial.  Or, as an alternative, as part of the initial messages, you may ask him to come with a token of his good intentions.  I responded to an excellent ask on this very subject and it should serve you well:  I’m looking for some advice on how to tactfully ask for a gift (preferably cash) on the first meet.

  • If he promised you compensation for the meet and greet, he will provide it to you at the outset (ideally) or before the end of the date without having to be reminded.

  • He will confirm or let you know that the initial meet and greet is just that and will not try to talk you to heading over to a hotel room if the date goes well.

  • He will be complimentary when he sees you for the first time.  He will not leer at you or make you feel uncomfortable.  He will not stare at your tits, ass or legs the entire time!  lol! I’m serious!  He will act like a gentleman.

  • And, like a gentleman, he will not be overtly or obnoxiously sexual with you.  After all, you’ve just met!  An experienced SD knows that intimacy is going to be part of the bargain and will not feel the compulsive need to tell you all the things he plans to do with his wanker and your hoo-hah! Now, that’s not to say that he won’t be a tad flirtatious, but, if he is, it will be well within the bounds of good taste and, if he is a good flirter, actually be humorous, clever and fun!

  • He will spend at least half, if not the majority of the conversation talking about you!  In other words, he will not drone on and on about his business, his hobbies, his politics, or how is wife/significant other is horrible or anything like that.  

  • He will be a good conversationalist.  You’ll find that you don’t feel awkward or uncomfortable.  The conversation will be enjoyable.  You’ll find that he asks you interesting questions or talks about interesting things.  You won’t feel like he is trying to pry into your personal life and he won’t try to “solve all your problems” or give you unasked for advice.  

  • He may want to talk about your experiences on SA; and, why not?  He’ll know that there are a lot of total wackadoos on the site, and, if he is like me, he’ll enjoy your tales about all the crazy things you have to put up with. He’ll express empathy with all of your bad experiences and be happy to hear about your good ones!  His questions about your experience as a SB will NOT be to gauge how “experienced” you are in the context of him “striking a better deal” or taking advantage of you.  You will know the difference because his questions will be genuine, not manipulative.

  • Once the two of you are comfortable and have gotten the “getting to know you” pleasantries out of the way, he will want to talk about your expectations and his for the arrangement, including intimacy, if that is going to be part of the deal.  Again, he will do so directly and nicely.  You will not feel creeped out by any part of the conversation.  If anything, it will be business-like and direct, but comfortable.  (I plan to discuss the “allowance talk” in more detail in Part III of this series, so, for now, we’ll leave it at that.  But, the point is, the allowance talk should be addressed by the time the meet and greet is done, if it has not already been concluded as part of your initial messages).

  • He will pick an appropriate point to end the meet and greet and be graceful about letting you go on your way, even if he is enraptured by you.  In other words, he will not overstay his welcome.  This is really a business meeting, after all, and he will be ready to leave after the business has been concluded.

  • He will not try to “follow” you, check out the car you are driving or anything like that.  He knows that your safety is the most important thing and will not do anything to make you feel you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

  • He will not try to give you a big wet sloppy kiss or grope your ass as part of the “good-bye”.  lol!  If anything, he will give you a quick, but nice, friendly hug without any expectation of anything more.

  • Afterwards, it’s always interesting to see who is going to be the first to send a quick text to the other about what a wonderful time he/you had.  A real POT will either send you or respond with a nice, but short text, that is appropriate!  In other words, he will not profess undying love for you, the desire that you have his babies or that you should move in with him.  lol  The message will be polite and nice and confirm in your mind that he is the real deal!

The meet and greet is very much like a business interview.  Both of you are interviewing each other, assessing whether there is going to be a good fit!  Work on putting aside your nervousness and anxiousness as much as possible because you need to be really focused and aware of everything that is going on and to draw good inferences based on what happened.  At the end of a meet and greet with a “real POT”, you will be invigorated, happy and you will feel good!

Bungou Stray Dogs Book 1: Dazai Osamu’s Entrance Exam [Chapter 3 Part 10-12]

As always, thank you @vanillue​ for the edit ^^

Also, here’s some update on my life because I keep going MIA on everyone and I am so sorry ._.

I just finished my major exams and university entrance preparations yayyy :DDD So I am FINALLY free to update and translate stuff :D

Also, idk why my message box stopped giving me notifs, so I wasn’t aware of all the asks I had gotten orz sorry I didn’t mean to ignore everyone ;; I  thought it had something to do with the settings but I hadn’t changed anything, so I hope it’ll start working again some day :c

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Some cool tips for making healthier eating choices

I ran across this sweet post here and I really find it quite informative and inspirational. So I decided to share it with you all. :)

1. Remove the crap from your kitchen: You know what I mean. Try to remove crisps, chocolate, softdrink, etc. from your kitchen and do NOT buy it at the supermarket. If you’re in a situation where you can’t chuck stuff out (e.g. living with people who aren’t changing their lifestyle) then try tip 2…

2. Hide any tempting snacks out of sight: When snacks are visible you are so, so much more likely to eat them. It’s a psychological fact. Hide the unhealthy choices at the back of the pantry and make them tough to get to.

3. Use a shopping list and eat before grocery shopping: Supermarkets and stores are quite literally designed to make you buy more. Ever noticed the chocolates near the checkouts? It’s not an accident - my first job was as a checkout chick and our management called it the “Impulse Bar”. Use a shopping list and stick to it to the letter. Eating a meal before you go will also reduce impulse buying!

4. Prepare meals in bulk: Not only are homecooked meals less likely to contain a whole range of chemicals and preservatives, but they also mean you save money and time, and you have all the control over what goes into them. Great meals for reheating include soups, stews, curry, stir-fry and sauces. If you like salads, why not prepare some diced beef or chicken with a sauce of your choice (e.g. Teriyaki chicken) to reheat and pour over fresh-bought veges throughout the week? It gives you a hot salad that will hit the spot and be much more beneficial than pairing them with rice.

5. Prepare healthy snacks in advance - make them visible and easy: You can also pre-prepare snacks by buying a large packet of nuts, some mini-protein bars, and some canned fish/chicken/turkey - bulk buying these with some large sandwich bags means you can pack snacks for yourself in advance. Put the little bags in the fruit bowl or on the counter in an easy-to-grab location and keep one in your handbag for when you get a craving - you’ll know you have an easy, convenient, and healthy option close by!

6. Use smaller plates and dishes to control portion size: Here’s an experiment for you… Get two bananas, put one on a small plate and put the other on a large plate. No matter how close to identical those two bananas are, your brain will tell you that the small plate has a bigger banana on it, and it will communicate that info to your stomach. This is a simple and terrific way of improving portion control.

7. Use your calorie tracker as a meal planner: If you don’t have time/patience to enter your meals after you eat each mouthful, then take 5 minutes in the morning on the bus/train or at your desk to enter what you think you will eat that day. This will let you know if you need to cut back on any snacks you realise you can’t afford, and also allow you to keep your meal plan in mind as you move through the day. It also lets you know when you have calories left over with which to enjoy a little bit more of something you love!

8. Start tracking at your biggest meal of the day: Although it takes some fiddling, you can change meal names on most calorie trackers. Make your first meal ‘Dinner’ if that’s your largest meal, and track from 5pm to 5pm instead of midnight to midnight. This way, if you go overboard on dinner, you can dial back your breakfast and lunch the next day to compensate, since that will likely be more comfortable for you than scaling back dinner.

9. Make one change at a time: It can be tempting to turn around one day and think “Right! I suck at this eating business - I’m going to eat salads for every meal and only drink water and track everything and it’ll be wonderful!”. Bzzzzzt - wrong! This so rarely works, and is a recipe for disaster and feelings of disappointment in yourself when you fail. There are very, very few people in this world who can change everything at once (I’m not one of them!) that I always recommend trying to make one change (e.g. cut down to one can of soft drink a day) then when you can maintain that change for a month, moving onto the next goal. It’s slow, but it will be effective. Other steps you can take (one by one!) to clean up your diet and/or portion sizes include:

  • add another serving of veges to whatever you eat now
  • cutting down your 'empty’ carb servings
  • cutting down on alcohol intake
  • drinking more water (instead of soft drink, fruit juice, etc.)
  • drink green tea instead of milky/sugary coffee drinks
  • track your protein intake and aim for at least 0.8x your body weight in lbs
  • try to keep your sugar intake under 50g per day
  • serve your meat with extra veges instead of rice/bread/pasta
  • replace rice with cauliflower rice (grated cauliflower fried in a pan with some oil/onion)
  • replace pasta with spaghetti squash
  • reduce the amount of butter, mayonnaise and cheese on sandwiches or burgers
  • substitute unhealthy snacks with protein bars, nuts, tuna, etc.

10. Use the 90/10 or 80/20 guideline - also known as “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”: The 90/10 guideline is basically that you eat good stuff for 90% of your calories, but 10% is whatever you want… even if it’s just pure lard or beer or whatever your guilty vice of choice happens to be. If you’re following a diet, it will be very very unlikely that you can stick to it 100% because we’re all human and so many opportunities come up in day-to-day life to try to lead us astray from all the healthy options. Enjoy a little snack each day, or save up your 10% to have one or two meals each week which don’t fit into your eating plan. Enjoy life and don’t be disappointed if you have a crap day!

Health is a journey, not a race - so just make the healthiest choices you can, when you can, and don’t beat yourself up when it’s not quite working!

How does sugaring work?  Honey, let me take you by the hand ...

I received this message from a lovely young woman who is “trying to do her research”:

Hey! I was wondering if you can let me know how sugaring works exactly. Like I get the summary of it but I’m more so curious as to how some women get sugar daddies who are fine w companionship etc

Oh also may you maybe add in what’s best to start off? As a escort, spoiled girlfriend, sugar baby (platonic/‘mentor) etc?  j really appreciate your help

Honey, let me take you by the hand as we go through the Looking Glass!

Experienced and successful SBs say that sugaring is a lifestyle.  And they are absolutely right!  In many respects, it is completely different from the way you approach and live in your “vanilla” world, and in other respects, the two overlap; for example, a good “sugar hustle” can serve you well in a “vanilla career”, but the fact remains that sugaring is a unique craft or skill.  

Sugaring is about pleasing a man and providing him with an experience that he cannot or does not get in his own “vanilla” life, but, equally important, it is about making sure that you are pleased and satisfied in return.  For most SBs, this involves meaningful financial support as the bedrock foundation of a good sugar relationship, and that is the way it should be! You can spin it anyway you want, but the truth is that a good SB is providing a “service” first and foremost, and, in return for “services rendered”, she should be compensated. So, that, in my opinion, is the first rule of sugaring.  It takes time to find the right “price point” that is appropriate for you and there are myriad factors that come into play; including your location (big or small “market”), your financial needs and goals, the type of sugaring you want to do (platonic, long distance, skyping, sexual, extended meetings or short dates), and your work/school/home situation.

Like any skill, work, career or profession, sugaring has a learning curve; often a steep one at that! There are no shortcuts, there are no “one size fits all” manuals that are going to transform you from a newbie to an experienced SB overnight.  It takes time to learn the craft of sugaring.  It takes commitment and dedication.  You will make mistakes, and you have to learn from those mistakes. You will encounter personality types that you have never dealt with before – whether good, bad or even monstrous – and you will have to have or get a “thick skin” if you are to succeed! You can read the blogs of SBs all day long, which is very good and important, but reading a blog (even mine! lol) is NOT going to transform you into an experienced SB; you have to experience the bowl for yourself!  Above all, always be careful, stay safe and trust your instinct.  I often say this, and I’ll say it again, because it is TRUTH: never let financial need cloud your judgment!  Decisions made based on financial need are almost always bad decisions!  Do not put yourself into unsafe situations; do not “trust” some guy that you have just met (or are going to meet) and do not be intimidated or manipulated into doing something that you know that you do not want to do!

Especially in the beginning, feel free to reach out your SB sisters if you have questions; and, when possible, try to do that BEFORE you make a decision or commitment.  I always feel bad for a SB that posts an “after action report” about a mistake that she made; I think, damn, if she would have posted a question before she went on that date, she could have avoided the entire mess!

I think the best way to start is to sign up on a sugaring website.  There are a lot of them out there, and, believe me, at this point, since sugaring has achieved a “mainstream” presence in our society and culture, every single sugaring website is going to be loaded with guys who are salty, creepy, freaky, perverted, childish, foolish, stupid and mean.  One of the true skills of sugaring is being able to weed those losers out without wasting too much of your time and focus on real POTs.  Again, that skill takes time to develop.  No shortcuts there!

I have only used SA, and it has worked for me.  I know that a lot of SBs don’t like it, but, quite frankly, I think the same can be said for any sugaring website out there.  

I have posted my thoughts on various aspects of starting out as a new SB, and, rather than repeating those points here at length, here are the links.  Read them! I think they will provide you with a good starting point on some of the Dos and Don’ts that may actually save you some time and frustration.

Avoiding burnout with sugaring websites

Using your profile picture to communicate your message

Learn from a Newbie’s mistakes; SA Profile No-Nos

Make sure you get the money off him before he gets the clothes off you! 

What to put in your profile

Advice on whether sugaring is right for you

I want to address one part of the question that you asked me; i.e., whether it is possible to be a strictly platonic SB.  I can tell you that I have never sought out or been involved in a platonic arrangement; i.e., one that did not involve sexual intimacy.  I imagine that it is possible, but there is a unique set of challenges that come with drawing the line to exclude sex.  I do think it is more difficult to find a SD that is willing to pay you “top dollar” for just social companionship and, as other SBs have posted, if the thought of having sex with an older guy turns you off, maybe you should rethink whether sugaring is “right for you”, if for no other reason than you still have to “compete” with SBs who are willing to have sex with these guys.  Now, I’m not saying that you have to “hop into bed” with a guy on the “first date”, but, I do think that you will make your sugaring life easier if you are willing to acknowledge and accept that sex going to be “on the menu”.  

Turning to your last question, i.e., the best way to “start off” is difficult to answer because the escort, spoiled girlfriend, sugar baby (platonic/'mentor) routes are so completely different.  Sure, they share certain things in common, but, ultimately, they are very distinct approaches to “alternative relationships/lifestyles.” Again, it is all a matter of experience; some girls who start out as escorts end up going the sugar daddy route and vice versa, because, at least in part, they learn, over time, what sort of “vibe” and experience works best for them. Again, there is no substitute for experience, dipping your toe into the bowl, so to speak and finding out what works for you.

Finally, do not measure your success or progress by what you read on blogs!  Sugaring is very personal and individual-specific.  You may find a SD that you think is absolutely perfect that someone else would say is “splenda” or “salt”.  The only thing that matters is your own happiness and satisfaction!

Pint Sized Chapter 1: A Small Problem

Chapters: 1/6

Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug

Rating: R … .FOR REALLY CUTE  (It’s PG/K+ guys don’t worry)

Relationships: Adrien Agreste/Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Chat Noir/Ladybug

Summary: “Honey? Someone shrunk the kids."In which the dorks become even smaller dorks.

**Also available** on AO3 | FFnet

Cover by @edendaphne


This was definitely not how Ladybug expected her day to go.

It was supposed to be just another normal day of summer break. No responsibilities beyond the ones her parents gave her, no homework, no babysitting, and no akuma. Just a trip to a butterfly garden so Tikki would have a chance to fly around for a while in a comfortable environment where she wouldn’t be in danger if she was glimpsed. It was going to be a nice, relaxing day free of stress.

Would’ve been nice if she and Hawkmoth could’ve been on the same page.

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WRITING ADVICE

I get a lot of asks asking for advice on writing and starting a blog and whatnot, and I felt like I was always repeating myself so I’m just making one big masterpost of it that I can link people to. This is basically of a smorgasbord of things I do and things I learned from the College Writing/Intro to Fiction course I took this past year. We gonna cover characterization and description, imagine specific advice, and starting an imagines blog on tumblr. :D

Let’s gooooo!

(All the little writing examples I’m putting in here are just stuff I made up on the spot. They aren’t from anything.)

General Writing

Description

Dialogue is a very important part of the story, yes, but it’s the descriptions that really bring it to life. You have to set the scene for your story. Describe the area your characters are in. One of my favorite things to do is focus on one specific aspect or aesthetic of the area and really nail that description. That allows the reader to kind of form their own image with things that are significant to them and their experiences.  Focus on the senses when describing anything, especially scenery. How does the wind feel on the character’s face?  Are they hearing the sounds of a creek or a busy street or nothing at all? Does the flavor of strawberry explode on their tongue or is it subtle tang the tingles their throat as they swallow? 

In general writing, something you really want to describe is characters (this is different for writing imagines, but we’ll get to that). These are the things that are specific and unique to your story. People don’t fill gaps of character description as well as they do of scenery descriptions. There’s direct characterization and indirect characterization. Both are fine.

Direct characterization is something. “He had light eyes and dark hair. He was clearly one of those boys that knew they were attractive and used it to make their ends meet.” You are flat out describing the characters looks and personality.

Indirect characterization is more like. “Her stubbornness got the best of her.” or “ ‘I think you’d like this place,’ he said, ‘It seems right up the alley of a pretentious artist like you.’” You’re revealing things about the character, almost without the reader even realizing it. 

Indirect characterization can be harder, but it’s majorly worth it to practice your skills at that. Stories that start out like “My name is Rachel. I have purple hair, green eyes, and freckles. I love writing and music. I was walking to school one day…” Like please no. I’m sorry if you’ve written stories like that, and I’m offending you, but we all have areas where we can improve. 

Really good mix of direct and indirect is good. Most often in stories (from first person perspective especially) the protagonist/narrator of the story is described through indirect characterization because it’s from their perspective; they know themselves the don’t need to describe themselves. The main character will, however, use direct characterization to describe the antagonist or deuteragonist, especially if it’s someone they are meeting for the first time.

Emotions are another thing that are very important to describe. You could also take a direct and indirect approach to this, but it’s flipped. The narrator/perspective knows their emotions most of the time, so they will say. “I felt my anger growing.” “The whole thing made me anxious.” However, it’s harder to read others emotion so you might say, “He furrowed his brow as he looked at her.” “She spoke in a condescending tone.” Hint are their emotions with their body language. Bonus points if you can get the right amount subtly where the reader knows the other characters emotions, but the protagonist doesn’t. It’s hard to do that without out the reader looking like an oblivious idiot, but it can be done by describing a character’s body language, facial expressions, and movements.

Again, use senses to describe emotions. Are they angry? Then their body feels hot and their shaking. Are they nervous? Their stomach is churning and their chest is tight. Are they shocked? They probably can’t breath and their limbs feel numb. Think about what happens to your body when you feel a certain way, and expresses that in your writing. 

Language

This is key in your stories. Keep your language true to yourself and your characters. Thesauruses are great, but don’t overuse them. People can see right through you if you use a big fancy word every paragraph and they start to get annoyed and think you or your characters are pretentious. Nothing brings someone out of a story more than thinking, “What does that word even mean?” every ten pages. 

ANALOGIES. Metaphors. Similies. They can be so amazing if done right. Again, like big fancy words, you can’t over do it or your writing comes off annoying and pretentious to most normal people, but in a tasteful amount, they can really add some spice to your stories. Analogies are fabulous because they relate the situation at hand to other real world experiences and knowledge. Ex. “He was an iceberg in the middle of the ocean and she was about to crash headfirst.” and “The sound of their voices ripped through the air like gunshots.” sounds so much cooler than, “She was falling for him, and it wasn’t good.” and “They all shouted at me.” ya feel?

EDIT

I don’t get the chance to do this as much as I would like because I have a lot of writing to do so I usually speed read and scan for spelling mistakes and then publish. If you’re super serious about what your writing re-read it at least twice. Don’t just fix the grammar; look for plotholes and places where your could delete a redundant sentence or two.

They absolute best way to improve your story is to complete re-write it. Print out a copy of your work. Put it in front of your computer. Re-type every single sentence. You’ll realize things that don’t make sense. You’ll add in some metaphors or stronger imagery. You see opportunities to foreshadow and blow people’s minds. I don’t so this with my imagines, but if I were writing a short story for class or something. Re freaking write it. 


Imagine Writing Advice

First and foremost, do not feel pressure to write anything you don’t want to. Some blogs will write smut, that doesn’t mean you have to. Someone might request something for a ship you don’t like or don’t much about, you don’t have to write it. You retain the right to decline requests, but always do so respectfully.

Description

Remember how I said you want to describe your characters with as much detail as possible. This isn’t true for imagines. If you are writing something in second person, you are writing about someone you don’t know, so don’t try to describe them. Unless a specific aspect of them is central to the story, the only things you should write are Y/N and Y/L/N. None of this “Your hair color”, “Your eye color”, “Your favorite food” shit. I roll my eyes every time I see this. The reader knows who they are; they’ll fill in the blanks themselves without you having to put the blanks in. It really pulls someone out of the story if they have to describe themselves. You need to make your reader as generic as possible so that anybody can put themselves into your story. You can compensate by describing Davee- I mean, your other character super well. 

Since you are writing about characters that you didn’t make yourself, you have to really know the character. Make their reactions something you believe that character would actually do or say. Get to know the character inside and before writing them so that you can do their original creator justice. People will love your story ten times more if it’s believable.

Edits 

Get the Grammarly extension for Chrome y’all. Chrome automatically downloaded it for me and it used to PISS ME OFF (still does sometimes but it’s worth it). Now that I’m writing regularly, however, it’s a life saver. It makes it ten times easier to edit your work faster. It highlights spelling mistakes AND grammar mistakes like forgetting an apostrophe or an article, or using the wrong “there”. Like I said, I try to re-read my imagine at least once before I post it just to polish things over. 

Don’t rush yourself, and don’t be afraid to start over. I deleted like half of my first Daveed imagine because I decided I didn’t like it, and I could do better. There is 100% always room for improvement; you just have to be willing to put the work in. 

Managing an Imagines Blog

Starting a Blog

Originally posted by jimmyfungus

People always ask me, “I want to start an imagines blog but I don’t know how.” 

First, click on new blog. 

Second, pick a username. 

Third, write. 

You aren’t going to get requests right away, so take the time write your own ideas. My first Laf fic and Blessings were a story I  wrote when I didn’t have any requests (lol hard to believe there was a time like that right?) 

TAGS TAGS TAGS. I say this all the time. They are the best way to get your blog noticed. For example, this is what tags on a Laf imagine might look like:

#lafayette #marquisdelafayette #lafayette imagine #marquis de lafayette imagine #lafayette x reader #marquis de lafayette x reader #lafayette fanfiction #daveed diggs #hamilton #hamilton imagine #imagines blog #hamilton fanfiction #lafayette fluff

See all that? That will get people to see your work, for sure. There’s no such thing as over tagging (be careful though, Lin checks his tumblr tag and we all know how that goes).

Reblog one of the many prompt lists floating around. It makes it easier for people to request stuff. 

Management

Once the requests start coming in, stay on top of them. My system is copying and pasting the request into a list of newest at the bottom. I write in and order of requested first, written first, because that feels courteous to me. That’s just my method, you definitely don’t have to that. 

I usually write about one imagine a day depending on how busy I am. Work at your own pace. You could write an imagine a week. You’ll figure out what works best for you. 

You might end up drowning in 50+ request like yours truly. Don’t freak out! Take it a fic a time. I like to look at a request and see if there’s another one further down on my list that I can combine. For example: The Lafayette fluff I’m taking a break from writing right now is a combination of two requests that had nothing to do with each other. 

One wanted Lafayette and reader as friends with prompts like “Come over here and make me.” and “I’ve loved you for years.” 

The other wanted a Laf fic where he’s besties with the reader and there playing around and Lafayette tackles her and gets caught up in the moment. 

SO I shoved them into the same fic. Two birds with one stone. 

You can ALWAYS close requests until you catch up; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Lastly, and most importantly, 

BE A NICE PERSON

Be polite when turning down requests. Tell your followers you love them because they’re the reason your there. Talk to and get to know them. Always be kind and patient with people. 


HAPPY WRITING! :*