can we talk about the boys first time? philip making sure lukas was okay with doing it, asking for consent twice. lukas smiling after philip kisses him. the two of them threading their fingers together. being cautious and gentle.
philip gives lukas a hickey (aka philip is a really good kisser)
While he was growing up, Lukas heard quite a bit about kissing. From his guy friends when they’d been able to plant one on a girl in middle school. From songs, and movies, and tv shows. He even had a few kisses of his own.
His kisses never lived up to the expectations. There were never fireworks, or explosions, or even passion. There was just chapped and cold lips, and Lukas trying to figure out what he was doing wrong.
At least, that’s how it was until he met Philip.
Because the first time he kissed him in the cabin was exactly how people described it. But it was more than fireworks.
It was tectonic plates halting in their shaking, falling into place. It was meteor showers and the sky splitting apart. It was every other kiss he’d ever had being proven wrong.
It was Philip, kissing him back.
He really likes kissing Philip. He likes the way Philip’s hair feels when he runs his hands through it, and the way Philip’s hands settle on his waist, dipping beneath his shirt. He likes the feel of his mouth against Lukas’.
On the day of the birth, not a bench nor a table was left unbroken in
the palace, nor a single pastry-cook’s nor tavern that was not sacked.
Tomorrow [December 6]
they say that his Majesty will go on horseback to the Atocha to give
thanks to the Mother of God… They say the prince is a pretty little
chap, and that the King wishes him to be baptized at once, before the
extreme cold comes on… There are to be masquerades, bull-fights and
cane-tourneys as soon as the Queen stands up to see them, as well as
plays with machinery invented by an engineer, a servant of the Nuncio,
to be represented at the theatre of Retiro, and the saloon of the
palace… The municipality, following the lead of the Councils, have
gone to congratulate the King… and no gentleman, great or small, has
failed to do the like.
On this day in 1314 Jacques de Molay, the twenty-third and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake. The Templar knights were a major fighting unit of the Crusades, aiming to preserve Christendom and regain control of the Holy Land. After control the Holy Land was lost to Muslim forces, support for the Knights Templar started to fade. King Philip IV of France began to mistrust the
group and wanted to free himself of his debts to the Templar; he thus had
many leading Knights burned at the stake. Pope Clement V disbanded the
group in 1312, and the hunt continued for remaining members. The Knights
were tortured until they confessed to a range of crimes, including
heresy, obscene rituals, and idolatry. De Molay had been forced to make
such a confession, and despite retracting the confession, he was charged
with heresy and burned at the stake. Pope Clement died a month later, and King Philip died that year. With their
leader gone, the remaining Templars were arrested or removed from the
group and the Knights Templar were no more.
“God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death" - De Molay’s words from the stake