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Wandering Free, Wish I Could Be (Part of That World) by eli_ssabeth

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“I’m going mental,” Louis whispers to himself. “There’s no way this is real. I’ve actually gone mental.”
The merman tilts his head at Louis, still smiling calmly at him as he continues his freak-out.
“You’re a merman. You’re a mythical creature. A tiny, tiny mythical creature in a tank, staring at me. I must be mental, there’s literally no other explanation.”
The merman tilts his head slowly in the opposite direction, his eyebrows weaving together in confusion.
“You probably can’t understand me. Great.” Louis throws his hands up, seriously considering driving himself to the psych ward just to be safe as he finishes feeding the fish.

OR
Louis works at a pet store and ends up getting a lot more than a pay cheque out of the deal.

Ao3, One-shot

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Jace Herondale and Clary Fairchild - The Mortal Instruments

“You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.”

Perfect Wife, 3

In a cycle of sausage-centered workplace dramas, what a delight it is to finally find a show I can love. Three episodes in, Perfect Wife is all about the ladies, with its men playing only bit parts.

Even as her marriage crumbles, Jae Bok is surrounded by women who care about her. At their hands, she’s already undergone two makeovers, both conducted with the express purpose of strengthening her, rather than pleasing someone else. Cinderella-style makeovers are a dime a dozen on Korean television, but how often do you see one that’s not given by a guy motivated by his own desires?

Gifts of shoes are especially fraught in Korea, as supposedly the recipient will use them to walk away from the giver. But Perfect Wife turned that around. After handing off her expensive heels to Jae Bok, Eun Hee tells her with a happy smile, “They will take you to a good place. I mean my shoes. Unnie, now only good things will happen to you.“

The show is teasing with Eun Hee, trying to make viewers think she’s mysterious and threatening. but I’m hoping that she’s exactly what she seems–a lonely woman who’s finally found the friend she needs in Jae Bok.

the signs as abandoned places

ARIES Abandoned gas stations, beholders of tumbleweeds and roadside tales, filled with dead fuel yet frozen in time, eyes on the passengers with their hands and hair out the window, haunted by old desert songs and engines revving behind it.

TAURUS: Abandoned bars, stools turned over, a ripped flyer shouting BABES BABES BABES hanging off the bulletin board, a lost motorcycle tire, glass shattered, and the spirit of hell still living somewhere inside.

GEMINI Ghost towns, at the base of old mountains, houses with shutters like eyes and doors like mouths, swallowing stories whole, convenience stores still stocked with stale bread, cabins and headstones still peeking out from behind fairy wood brambles, nature stretching into steel, ready to come alive with a shift of the wind.

CANCER: Abandoned motels, empty pools filled with deflated flamingos, the sign out front screaming VACANCY forever, each room a different anthology of guest book tales, smashed television monitors and a love note ( or goodbye note ) caught up in the rust of the honeymoon suite.

LEO: Abandoned theaters, stages dented with the ghosts of performances past, torn scripts scattered across floorboards in a mess of Playbills and shattered eyeglasses, broken lights and tattered dress hems, mannequins poised at an eternal act one.

VIRGO Abandoned train stations, cars sprayed in a kaleidoscope of graffiti, drifters still starting fires in some of the shells, grass growing over old gears, ghost conductors with no destination, rails intersecting at odd angles like flowers and bones.

LIBRA Abandoned campgrounds, rattlesnakes and desert blues, dead hot and forgotten, a shelled-out RV and the dry lake where the kids used to play, swallowing up broken toys and flat tents, showers crawling with critters, vintage t-shirts printed with campground bears promising that it’s still “the happiest place on earth.”

SCORPIO Abandoned amusement parks, soggy coaster cars paused mid-ascension, cheap thrills and screams still stagnant in the air, ferris wheels trembling in the wind, clown faces distorted and torn down the middle, a mascot head smiling out from the overgrowth.

SAGITTARIUS Abandoned renaissance fairs, an acre out of time, fake pirate ships swinging, fairy wings trying to fly, dead flower crowns tangled with bright ribbons and peasant blouses shed by the lake, empty squares and old stage buildings, Arthur’s sword caught at the entry, still waiting to be pulled.

CAPRICORN Abandoned toy stores, broken pinball machines, ghost clowns, and popped balloons, playing cards stuck to the floor, a crooked house of childhood horrors, teddy bears bleeding stuffing, and a funhouse mirror distorting the distorted. 

AQUARIUS: Abandoned piers, driftwood split down the middle, coastline the last alive thing, neon lights still calling Gatsby home from the horizon, but promising only the ghosts of mermaids washed ashore, tires and bottles filled with sand, dead trees spouting from old rocks, branches a wind chime of ripped dresses, forks, and seashells on strings.

PISCES: Abandoned waterparks, slides overlooking entire old cities, perfect for climbing, hoses and pools now scrawled over and used as skateboard ramps, kids climbing over the old towers and ladders in their bathing suits when it rains, pure want as their tickets in, yelling, “We’re still here, we’re still here, we’re still here!”