polygraph

6

I know your act. You do your little dance, you beat polygraph machines, you always manage to guess the right culprit after missing the first four or five times. You whip that hair around and fall over every reasonable girl that Guster hasn’t unsuccessfully hit on already. And now you’ve made your way to O'Hara.

3

John Oliver: Trump’s Russia scandal has the intrigue of Watergate, except everyone is incompetent

John Oliver has a new shorthand for President Donald Trump’s ongoing, multilayered Russia scandal: “Stupid Watergate.”

“It is not clear what is really going on here yet, although one possibility is that this all amounts to what I’m going to call ‘Stupid Watergate,’” Oliver said on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. “A potential scandal with all the intrigue of Watergate, except everyone involved is really bad at everything. And the relevant question isn’t so much, ‘What did the president know and when did he know it?’ as it is, ‘Is the president physically capable of knowing things at all?’”

By Oliver’s telling, every single phase of the Trump-Russia scandal has been brought on by a dumb mistake. He walked through some of the key players of the scandal, all of whom have been the target of questions about whether Trump’s team worked with — — and covered up working with — Russian officials to support Russian interests and manipulate the 2016 election with hacked Democratic emails.

Take Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Most recently, he was brought into the Russia scandal when it was revealed that he misled Congress under oath, telling senators he had no communications with Russian officials when he had in fact talked with Russia’s ambassador twice last year.

But here’s the thing: Sessions wasn’t even asked during the confirmation hearing if he had spoken with Russians. During his hearing, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) asked, “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?” Sessions replied, “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

“That was an unforced error,” Oliver said. “He wasn’t even asked whether he’d met with the Russians. He just implicated himself out of the blue, which should have been immediately suspicious. If you ask someone how their weekend was, and they say, ‘Well, I definitely wasn’t masturbating into the Slurpee machine at the 7-Eleven,’ you check the fucking security cameras at the 7-Eleven, and you don’t act surprised.”

Other Trump surrogates have also come under fire, including former Trump campaign operative Carter Page. When asked whether he had met with the Russian ambassador in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, Page responded, “I’m not going to deny that I talked with him. I will say that I never met him anywhere outside of Cleveland. … I may have met him. Possibly. And it might have been in Cleveland.”

Or consider former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. When asked if Trump had financial relationships with Russian oligarchs, Manafort said, “That’s … that’s what he said. I … that’s … what I said. That’s … obviously what our position is.”

“Holy shit,” Oliver said. “That was so unconvincing it probably set off an unplugged polygraph machine just hidden in a closet somewhere.”

To top it all off, Trump’s apparent tactic to distract everyone over the weekend was to claimwith absolutely zero evidence that President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign — an idea that may have come from an article published by the conspiracy-laden website Breitbart News.

“I think we can now officially declare that Trump has a worse media diet than the Son of Sam killer,” Oliver said. “And he got all his news from a talking dog who told him to murder.”

What all of this amounts to, Oliver argued, is one of the most incompetent cover-ups — if there is really a cover-up — in the history of presidential scandals. It is, in other words, “Stupid Watergate.”

eastofthemoon  asked:

Here's a thought for you, when Shiro comes back from wherever he vanished to, for him it's only been like an hour but for everyone else it's been like five years or maybe even a decade?

:3   I like a decade.


Immediately after stepping out of the Black Lion, something felt wrong.

Something was different.

Shiro stood in place, helmet on his lip until it clicked.  The hangar was rearranged.

Not that it had a lot of things in it already, but there was some equipment on the walls and shelving, and it was either switched out or moved around.

An odd thing to do, while he was flying around Zarkon.  Shiro found himself a little irritated at the idea - he was the one who used those tools most, after all, and someone else messing with it made him antsy.  But he shook that off.  It wasn’t like Shiro owned any of it, and Allura and Coran had every right to move it around as they pleased.

That settled, Shiro walked back out, head tilted.  Was he the first one back, somehow?  He didn’t remember anything after passing out during that battle until he woke up in the Black Lion, hungry and cold but otherwise intact.  Maybe Black had flown him back and he had just woken quickly?  

Shiro put his helmet back on, listening for the inevitable post-battle chatter, at least from Allura and Coran.

Nothing.

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mrriggerworld  asked:

Imagine Maggie as a softball coach, teaching kids how to throw, how to catch, pushing them to improve their skills, taking the team out for pizza after games, making sure that they remember winning's great, but not the most important thing, listening to problems when necessary, and basically being the coach you still talk about after you've grown up. All the kids insist on vetting Alex after she shows up at one of their practices, because they have to make sure she's awesome enough for Maggie.

It’s not like she’s swimming in free time, but she can’t resist the kids.

The kids with the big eyes and uncoordinated runs, who want to play softball but don’t want to be separated along gender lines from their friends; who don’t want to be chewed out by people three times their age for missing a catch; who want to be part of something, but don’t want to go through the ritualistic humiliation that is most organized sports to get it.

So every Saturday, without fail, her work phone is off. Her captain knows; her captain approves.

I think he might be… you know… in your community, he tells her out of the side of his mouth one day about his nine year old son, and she immediately takes the boy onto the team.

Every Saturday, she pulls her ponytail through the back of a beat up Brooklyn Dodgers cap, and trades in her boots for cleats, and slings two bags more than half her height over her back, full of bats and balls and mitts and caps and water bottles and other assorted treats for the horde of nine year olds who stream onto the field she’s reserved just for them in varying states of readiness, varying states of dress (sometimes in skirts, sometimes in older sibling’s baseball jerseys, once – memorably – in a rabbit onesie because it’s Purim, okay, and who says rabbits can’t play softball?), varying states of excitement to get away from their parents, their homes, their schools, for a few solid hours under the California sun.

The only thing she doesn’t accept on the field is giving up; but she does accept anxiety and she does accept tears, because whoever said there’s no crying in baseball clearly has never played softball with a band of misfit kids who spend so much of their time trying to be perfect that sometimes it takes a while for them to realize that on this field, with these kids, with this coach, they can revel in their uniqueness, in their imperfections.

She has a system worked out for their little bodies slipping into existential crises: the swing set nearby. She holds the crying kid, whoever it may be at the time, and she rocks them, and she wipes their tears and she gives them a bottle of water and some animal crackers, and she sends them with two friends – always two friends – off to the swing set for a few minutes, so they can swing the sad away.

She keeps on eye on the ball and the other on them, and they always sprint back with smiles and giggles, ready to keep going, ready to learn more, ready to be more.

So she teaches them to throw and she teaches them to hit; she teaches them to move their hips right along with the rest of their bodies, and most importantly, she teaches them to let go. To let go of what everyone’s ever told them about perfection, about winning, about success, about their self-worth. Because each of them are stardust, and doesn’t that sound cooler than defining themselves by winners and losers.

They run drills and they support each other when the ball trickles through someone’s feet and they eagerly shout me me me me me! when Maggie stands at home plate with a bat in one hand and a ball in the other, knees bent and ready to aim a hit at each of them in turn.

They play against the other local teams, and even though they don’t always win, they always shock the smug-looking parents and coaches of the other teams, and they always win over some new friends – with the more expensive uniforms and pressure to win constantly on their backs – because they always look like they’re having more fun, like they’re feeling more confident, than anyone else to ever step onto the field.

And the first time Alex Danvers steps onto the field, Maggie’s spare cap backwards on her head and a red bandana sticking out of her back pocket and a nervous but thrilled grin on her face, they decide that they need to interrogate this pretty new lady holding Maggie’s hand and helping her carry her bags.

Because Maggie’s never held another girl’s hand before in front of them before, and she’s certainly never let anyone carry her bags for her before.

“Everyone, this is my girlfriend, Alex. Alex, this is the squad.”

They all form a line, squinting up at her and trying their best to look intimidating, and Alex is forcibly reminded of that Sandlot movie Kara made her watch over and over when they were kids.

She glances at Maggie, who’s regarding them gravely, and she follows her girlfriend’s lead, biting down her amusement and contorting her face into seriousness as she squats down on her haunches to be more on their eye level.

“You all seem like you have something to say to me,” she says, doing her best to not address them like they’re nine, but rather, like they’re a threat to her physical safety.

A girl with Bantu knots and a serious set to her jaw steps forward and gestures at Alex with her red glove.

“Coach Maggie told us she was bringing someone special to meet us. Coach never brings anyone special to meet us.”

“Yeah, even though we’re pretty sure you’re not the first girl she’s dated. She’s pretty pretty!”

“Shhh Andy, let Chase talk, we all agreed!”

Maggie closes her eyes to keep from doubling over with laughter and Alex reminds herself that she can beat a polygraph test.

“So we just want to make sure you’re really special enough for her.”

“Because Coach Maggie’s the best!”

“She brings us for pizza after every game!”

“Even when we lose!”

“And she told off Janelle’s parents when they tried to tell her she couldn’t wear a tie or shop in the boy’s section!”

“Yeah, and look how fabulous I look now!”

“And she – ”

“Order on the field!”

Alex’s eyes open wide and wonders if in a decade or so, Chase would be interested in a job at the DEO.

“So,” Chase continues happily when silence falls immediately. “Tell us why you’re special enough for her. What are your intentions with the best coach ever to coach?”

Maggie bites her lip and stares down at Alex for a moment before squatting next to her.

“Guys, you’re like the inquisition, Alex doesn’t have to – ”

“No, no, Maggie, it’s fine. I love how much they love you.”

She looks squarely at Chase, then at each of the children in turn as she takes a deep breath and speaks.

“And you’re right: Maggie only deserves the most special things and the most special people. Because – and you guys all already know this – she is so, so special. And she’s special to me. The most special. I ask myself the same question every day, you know: am I special enough for her? And honestly? I don’t know. I don’t know if anyone can ever be special enough for Maggie Sawyer. Except maybe you guys, but that’s different. And as for my intentions?”

She turns to look at Maggie and puts a hand on her knee, and Maggie immediately puts her hand on hers to steady herself, because her heart is in her throat and her eyes are watering at Alex’s words.

“My intentions with the best coach ever to coach – the best girlfriend ever to girlfriend – are to try, ever day, to be special enough for her. To care for her – to love her – better than she’s ever been loved. Every day, every night, and every moment in between.

“Ally.” Maggie’s whisper is barely a breath, and it’s almost lost in the whisper-shouting conferring of intensely defensive nine year olds.

After a few long moments of staring into each other’s eyes, a few long moments during which the softball team confers with each other in the consensus-driven style Maggie taught them, Chase nods and clears her throat for Alex’s attention.

“Dr. Danvers, would you like to play ball with us today? We’re going to learn how to slide into second base, and we think it’d be great if you learned with us.”

Maggie beams and kisses Alex’s hand as Alex shakes Chase’s with her other one.

“It would be my distinct honor.”

2

On 15 November, 1989, 15-year-old student from Peekskill, New York, Angela Correa, left her home with her cassette player and camera in search of subjects for her photography class. When she didn’t return home her family called the police. Her badly beaten body was discovered two days later; she had been beaten, raped, and then strangled to death. Authorities zoned in on her classmate, 17-year-old Jeffrey Deskovic, who was said to have arrived to school late the day after Angela disappeared. He also apparently behaved “overly distraught” by her death, often visiting her grave.

Classmates said that Jeffrey was particularly fond of Angela because she was one of the very few students that actually spoke to him. Jeffrey was questioned a number of times about the murder of Angela and was taken to a private polygraph business at the request of the local Sheriff’s Department. The real motive behind this was to “get the confession” as revealed during trial. Jeffrey was held in a small room without a lawyer or parent. As well as this, he was provided with no food and intensely interrogated. His so-called confession came after six gruelling hours. Regardless of the fact that his DNA did not match that of the semen found on Angela, Jeffrey was arrested and the prosecution attempted to strengthen his coerced confession.

The prosecution attempted to argue that the semen came from a consensual partner and that Jeffrey was the real killer, which he staunchly denied. With not a shred of evidence against him and going on his coerced confession alone, which he had immediately recanted, Jeffrey was found guilty of murder in 1991. Jeffrey sat in prison until September 2006, when the DNA from the semen found on Angela’s body was tested again and lo and behold, the semen was matched to convicted murderer Steven Cunningham, who was serving time for strangling the sister of his girlfriend. On 20 September, 2006, Jeffrey was released from prison after his conviction was overturned. Jeffrey won a $41.6 million lawsuit for his wrongful conviction and now works as an advocate for reforming the criminal justice system.

season 1-3 fic recs

i couldn’t edit the other post i made so i’m just making a new one. these aren’t in any particular order, just however i happen to read them! they’re divided up by season/arc that made sense to me lol please check the warnings, most aren’t that dark or anything but please check to be careful :)

please leave kudos & comments!! show the writers some love ❤️

AU
“somewhere someone must know the ending” by maleficently
https://archiveofourown.org/works/521505


INDINSTINCT TIME
“love her like she’s leaving” by absedarian
http://archiveofourown.org/works/747273

“memory” by rae325
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8868992/1/Memory

“possession” by sapphire smoke
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9256672/1/Possession

“come hungry” by chilly_flame
https://archiveofourown.org/works/668033

“all my care and woe” series by writetherest
https://archiveofourown.org/series/53663

“queens die proudly” by fictorium
http://archiveofourown.org/works/495795/chapters/867978

“through heaven’s eyes” by standbackufools
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8515418/1/

“revenge of the three little pigs” by mskezzles
http://archiveofourown.org/works/862051/chapters/1652372


SEASON 1
“land and the sea” series by adventurepants
https://archiveofourown.org/series/15898

“small world” by livelovelikeme
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2296289

“what good people do” by aurorstorm
https://archiveofourown.org/works/429164#main

“a trail of destruction” by starsthatburn
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9254493/1/A-Trail-Of-Destruction

“lucid” by alittlepinkvial
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9163924/1/

“you run for cover (i’ll take the bullet)” by writetherest
https://archiveofourown.org/works/923107

“the clock stopped ticking” by random dice
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8083628/1/The-Clock-Stopped-Ticking

“bitter” by aurorstorm
http://archiveofourown.org/works/429148/chapters/724188#main

“through a rose coloured camera lens” by aurorstorm
http://archiveofourown.org/works/485179/chapters/844845

“phases of the moon” by wily_one24
http://archiveofourown.org/series/140532

“the staircase” by red charcoal
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8602172/1/The-Staircase

“this great distance” by chilly-flame
http://archiveofourown.org/works/668021/chapters/1220209

“the worlds you never see” by writetherest
http://archiveofourown.org/works/619083/chapters/1116989

“this happens to all heroes” by fangirlinit
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1245949/chapters/2561230


POST SEASON 1
“monday” by echo_au
https://archiveofourown.org/works/651362?view_adult=true#main

“some hope after all” by hunnyfresh
http://archiveofourown.org/works/645637/chapters/1172731

“burn the witch” by jane_bond
http://archiveofourown.org/works/696697/chapters/1282047

“let’s talk about sex” by jane_bond
http://archiveofourown.org/works/699317/chapters/1287948

“battle towards surrender” by fictorium
http://archiveofourown.org/works/433898/chapters/736129

“halfway through the wood” by fictorium
http://archiveofourown.org/works/456306#main

“educating emma” by bond.jane
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8596228/1/Educating-Emma


SEASON 2
“a touch of magic” by lzclotho
https://archiveofourown.org/works/524203

“punctured soul” by skinnyprocrastinator
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3237476/chapters/7052129

“the rescue blues” by icicleair
https://archiveofourown.org/works/401901

“the debt” by scribes and scrolls
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8126674/1/The-Debt

“a ledger squared in blood” by scribes and scrolls
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8294827/1/A-Ledger-Squared-In-Blood

“savior’s shield” by aurorstorm
https://archiveofourown.org/works/429180

“thicker than oceans” by adventurepants
https://archiveofourown.org/works/458275

“soothing the distressed soul” by skinnyprocrastinator
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2746352/chapters/6156341

“the stars that fade” by chelseadaggz
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9795166/1/The-Stars-That-Fade#end

“safe in the arms of love” by jd4941
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/11122274/1/

“saving mom” by skinnyprocrastinator
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2577158/chapters/5734850

“polygraph calibration for beginners” by absedarian (bering & wells)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/676165/chapters/1237989

“of love and loathing” by sapphire smoke
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8950508/1/Of-Love-and-Loathing

“a fine line” by hunnyfresh
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9095819/1/A-Fine-Line

“flu love’s kiss” by sea-ess-eye
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9008544/1/Flu-Love-s-Kiss

“curse you and your dinner” by highheelsandchocolate
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8814244/1/Curse-You-and-Your-Dinner

“a glamour of truth” by sea-ess-eye
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8892899/1/

“my enemy’s enemy” by egoperceptum
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9212841/1/

“a dark ocean” by chilly_flame
http://archiveofourown.org/works/805227/chapters/1518809

“there will come a time, you’ll see, when love won’t break your heart” by inkinthepot
http://archiveofourown.org/works/523173/chapters/925496

“a broken heart the world forgot” by writetherest
https://archiveofourown.org/works/938112?view_adult=true

“the line” by chilly_flame
http://archiveofourown.org/works/668074/chapters/1220340

“a midnight dreary” by egoperceptum
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9224737/1/

“tattoo removal for dummies” by rebelbyrdie
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9363940/1/Tattoo-Removal-For-Dummies#end

“fade away with me” by selizabetha01
https://archiveofourown.org/works/664688

“a journey, in three acts” by coalitiongirl
https://archiveofourown.org/works/661856?view_adult=true

“you do not have to walk on your knees” by dollsome
http://archiveofourown.org/works/632136/chapters/1143528#main

“beautiful” sgtmac
https://archiveofourown.org/works/660699

“family matters” by hunnyfresh
http://archiveofourown.org/works/641786/chapters/1163927

“sounds like something breaking” by strangesmallbard
https://archiveofourown.org/works/718785

“burn” by sgtmac
https://archiveofourown.org/works/655169

“broken” by rae325
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8884957/1/Broken

“the monomythical adventures of regina mills and emma swan” series by maggiemerc
https://archiveofourown.org/series/37851

“death is just so full (and man so small)” by alinaandalion
https://archiveofourown.org/works/809813?view_adult=true

“our hearts will make a fire” by bayloriffic
http://archiveofourown.org/works/758616/chapters/1418668

“fretting over the fate of dinosaurs” by harper_m
http://archiveofourown.org/works/947050/chapters/1849609

“the one with emma’s wedding” by aurorstorm
https://archiveofourown.org/works/940806

“the queen and her lady” by starvinglunatic
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2145348/chapters/4687146

“whatever this is” by afictionado
http://archiveofourown.org/works/918010/chapters/1781942

“for henry” by adm_hawthorne
http://archiveofourown.org/works/736465/chapters/1369811

“our choices seal our fight” series by alinaandalion
https://archiveofourown.org/series/48723

“static” by hunnyfresh
http://archiveofourown.org/works/784526/chapters/1479337#main

“when the time is right” by deemn
https://archiveofourown.org/series/38834

“liar liar” by barbieshoes
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9151280/1/Liar-Liar

“defenestration” be velace
https://archiveofourown.org/works/986002

“what i did for love” by korderoo
https://archiveofourown.org/works/988961#main

“nothing comes from nothing” by parakitty
http://archiveofourown.org/works/890453/chapters/1717803

“if the blazer fits” by flyyoufools
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1054211/chapters/2110535

“the hard way home” by adventurepants
https://archiveofourown.org/works/441242

“addict fic” by fictorium
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/8998615/1/

“the cellar” by lovingonce
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9625417/1/


END OF S2 (finale)
“mend these broken pieces” by highheelsandchocolate
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9356875/1/Mend-These-Broken-Pieces

“a safe place” by rebelbyrdie
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9283245/1/A-Safe-Place

“on the mend” by coalitiongirl
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9278240/1/On-the-Mend

“you don’t need anything else” by rae325
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9273773/1/You-Don-t-Need-Anything-Else

“pretend” by sgtmac
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9215695/1/Pretend

“when the time is right” by negativeblue
https://archiveofourown.org/works/798638#main

“take this sinking boat and point it home” by mariathepenguin
http://archiveofourown.org/works/860705/chapters/1649266


NEVERLAND
“by the light of the moon” by bayloriffic
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1000303?view_adult=true

“fall” by sgtmac
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9325020/1/

“poppies” by SpookshowBabyx
https://m.fanfiction.net/s/10164255/1/

“i am violence” series by darkersky
http://archiveofourown.org/series/47296

“we’ll make our home on the water” by bayloriffic
http://archiveofourown.org/works/812066/chapters/1533780

“two sides of the heart” by velace
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1380376/chapters/2889358


POST NEVERLAND
“hide and seek” by absedarian
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1117740/chapters/7032956?utf8=✓&selected_id=2251464&commit=Go

“a kind of painful progress” by writetherest
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1495930/chapters/3158752

“in the dark” by intensedreams
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3259727/chapters/7108268

“you left me with nothing (but i’ve worked with less)” by fictorium
http://archiveofourown.org/works/991281

“gravity” by negativeblue
http://archiveofourown.org/works/833874/chapters/1587114

“do dream people like apples?” by skywideopen3
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5019568/chapters/11535583

“new york serenade” by lzclotho
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1095670/chapters/2205092

“incomplete” by negativeblue
https://archiveofourown.org/works/1087599

“mine” by ellemae
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1549499/chapters/3282614

“the wicked games” by black_knight
https://archiveofourown.org/works/1066842?view_adult=true#main

“keep me without chains” by swansaloft
http://archiveofourown.org/works/4681223/chapters/10685252

“the demons from our past” by bythedawn
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1051047/chapters/2102813

“chase” by fangirlinit
http://archiveofourown.org/works/7160954

“many miles to avalon” by wistfulwatcher
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1485289/chapters/3134542

POST SEASON 3
“in the velvet darkness” by devje
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1663199/chapters/3529082

“i met cupid (and he eats people)” by coalitiongirl
http://archiveofourown.org/works/4670879/chapters/10659329

“maybe this time” by strangesmallbard
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1713635#main

Am I the only one who always headcanoned that Tobias is the Ellimist?

Because I’ve always headcanoned that Tobias is the Ellimist.  

This idea originated when I was rereading The Andalite Chronicles and this one passage near the end stuck out to me.  Elfangor and Loren are standing over the Time Matrix, and he tells her to

«Imagine your Earth, your home just as it is today… We need to go back in time.  Back before your mother would have noticed you missing.  But not before the Skrit Na took you or we would undo this entire timeline…  Imagine that you are eighteen and that everyone who has ever know you expects you to be eighteen.»

“Is this really going to work?”

«I don’t know.»

The Andalite Chronicles p. 399

That’s right, sports fans: Elfangor and Loren created the universe.  At the very least, they created the universe in which the entire Animorphs series takes place.  They deliberately manufacture a time paradox—one in which Loren is simultaneously on Earth (so no one notices she’s gone) and bopping around the galaxy with Elfangor (to preserve the loop that created the paradox in the first place) for over two months.  One needs no further proof of the resultant universe’s impossibility than the fact that Chapman appears back on Earth after having been kidnapped and then killed, and yet he would have had to have died in order for Loren to create that Earth for him to return to in the first place.  

It’s also left ambiguous as to whether Chapman remembers being that alternate version of himself the way that Loren does.  He claims not to know her or Esplin 9466, yes, but they also don’t exactly hook him up to a polygraph to check—and he is a known liar.  It might even be possible that Loren makes herself forget all aliens, several years down the line…  We see subconscious longings and urges drive the will of the Time Matrix almost as much as conscious desires do (Loren perceiving the McDonald’s cashier as a face without eyes, Elfangor making his soul-tree the center of his universe, Esplin 9466 conjuring creatures that a yeerk fears to use as weapons), so it’s possible that she however-accidentally built a reset button into her conception of the universe, such that she was always going to forget all about aliens the moment Elfangor was gone from her life.

But I digress.  The point is: the Time Matrix is a literally omnipotent object, and the people who attempt to use it inevitably make some mistakes and have some unintended consequences.  Just look at Visser Four accidentally erasing Albert Einstein from existence.  

So what does this have to do with the Ellimist?  Well, I think Elfangor (and to some extent Loren) created him.

In the chronology of the Animorphs series, there is no hard evidence of the Ellimist’s existence (or non-existence, for that matter) before Elfangor and Loren use the Time Matrix for the first time.  He makes no appearance in The Hork-Bajir Chronicles or Visser, and his own Ellimist Chronicles might be retrospective only for reasons I’ll get to later.  So then the Ellimist’s first appearance comes just as Elfangor makes contact with the Time Matrix, as “a being like nothing I could have imagined.  It saw me.  It saw us all.  And it laughed” (Andalite Chronicles).  

What’s interesting is that there are apparently multiple opinions about the existence of the Ellimist(s) before this moment.  When Elfangor suggests that the Ellimist(s) created the Time Matrix, both Alloran and Arbron dismiss this belief as an outdated fairy story.  Apparently only some of the andalites believe that the Ellimist exists, and even that belief is not regarded as being particularly plausible or normative.  Furthermore, those who do believe in the Ellimists seem to think there are several, and yet we know that there is only one.  

So what if the Ellimist in fact doesn’t exist… until Elfangor creates him?

We know from the mashup of realities that results immediately afterward that the Time Matrix is an incredibly powerful object, one that can not only create entire universes but can change the laws of physics, chemistry, and quantum mechanics to suit the desires of the user.  We also know that the Ellimist we see in reality does not quite match the stories of the Ellimists that Elfangor mentions: there’s only one of him, after all, he does not in fact create the Time Matrix that we know about, and he’s not willing to gift the andalites anything they can’t make themselves.  In fact, the Time Matrix is quite possibly more powerful than either the Ellimist or Crayak, given that neither of them shows the ability to change the past and yet it can.  Therefore, IMHO it’s less likely that the Ellimist created the Time Matrix, and more likely that the Time Matrix created the Ellimist.  

We know that these kinds of paradoxes (i.e. Elfangor creating a being who has then been there all along) are possible using the Time Matrix (MM3).  Thanks to whacky time travel in this series, Jake dies before he is ever born, John Berryman is never born at all thanks to a string of events that require John Berryman to have been born in order to exist (MM3), the Animorphs being present to save the Meercora from the comet nullified the effect of the Animorphs being present to save the Meercora from the comet (MM2), and Jake literally exists in two places at once for a while before once again kicking the bucket (#11).  (Apparently, time travel does not agree with him.)  So it is very possible that the Ellimist doesn’t exist until Elfangor wills him into being, but that once he’s there he has always been there.  Because the Time Matrix is literally omnipotent like that.

Assuming that the Ellimist only came into being in that moment, his backstory then comes into existence because it’s what Elfangor imagines for him (Ellimist Chronicles).  In the instant where the Ellimist first appears, Elfangor is alone, cut off from his species, in love with someone he can’t be with, and forced to learn to adapt to living on his own.  He is literally being sucked to his death through the void of space after having been taught an excruciatingly powerful lesson in the dangers of making short-sighted decisions (Andalite Chronicles).  Ergo, the life history his subconscious creates for the Ellimist not only populates in these elements, it also nicely explains why he has heard so many stories of this all-powerful being: it casts the Ellimist as the creator of the andalites.

The andalites only exist because they were created by the Ellimist, who only exists because he was created by an andalite.  John Berryman’s parents only never meet because Cassie intervenes because John Berryman gets infested by Visser Four which is only possible because John Berryman’s parents met and gave birth to him.  

Anyway, all of that got me thinking: maybe the Ellimist wasn’t Elfangor and Loren’s only creation.  

Then again, maybe he was.  

Going beyond the fact that the Ellimist talks to Tobias more than any other Animorph, there are some interesting parallels between them.  They have pretty literally the same perspective on the events of the series: Tobias describes seeing humans as “hair ovals” and feeling as though he loses a dimension or two any time he’s on the ground (#23), whereas the Ellimist is described as a three-dimensional person talking to stick figures (Andalite Chronicles).  When talking with the Ellimist, Tobias perceives himself as a mixture of human and bird parts (#13); when manifesting himself, the Ellimist imagines himself in his original Ketran body which is comprised of human-like and bird-like body parts (Ellimist Chronicles).  

However, both of them work hard to transcend their original bodies: Tobias deliberately becomes a nothlit to escape his human life, and the Ellimist allows his original Ketran body to fall into a black hole in order to transcend physical life and achieve a new form of being.  The Ellimist repeatedly mentions that Rachel is his favorite Animorph; if you have any question at all about who Tobias’s favorite Animorph is then you’re clearly reading a different book series than I am.  In fact, Rachel herself describes the Ellimist as being “just a kid like me” after seeing his life—maybe she’s being more literal than we realize (#54).  The hork-bajir view Tobias as a messiah figure; the andalites have the same perspective on the Ellimist.  Toomin is “unique to the universe” (Ellimist Chronicles); Tobias is “one of a kind” (MM3).  

Maybe the parallels exist because they’re the same person.  Maybe this is who Tobias is destined to become after he dies.  Maybe the One absorbs Tobias at the end of the series, and Tobias survives after a fashion to do battle with the One.  Maybe Tobias escapes the One with music and sadness and mourning for his lost people.  Maybe Tobias then achieves a higher form of being, one that enables him to go back and ensure his own existence.  

If that’s the case, then the Ellimist never breaks the rules of his and Crayak’s game.  He just defends his own life.  

Chronologically, the Ellimist’s first major intervention in the time stream is simultaneously pulling Elfangor out of his vacation on Earth and ensuring that Tobias survives the change.  It should break the rules of his and Crayak’s game—and yet it wouldn’t, if he was just saving his own life (Andalite Chronicles).  If the Ellimist doesn’t intervene the first time he does in The Stranger, the Animorphs will be eaten by a taxxon—and if he doesn’t intervene the second time, Visser Three will kill and eat Tobias (#7).  Drode argues (with good reason) that the Ellimist had a hand in ensuring the Animorphs were standing just above where the Time Matrix was buried when Elfangor landed there to try and retrieve it; as Back to Before shows, if Tobias hadn’t become an Animorph then he would have become a quasi-voluntary controller and then been shot in the head (MM4).  

The Ellimist makes a huge intervention in the time stream in The Change when he saves the hork-bajir and gives Tobias his morphing power back.  Regaining the ability to morph might simply save Tobias’s life because it extends his life span far beyond that of a typical red-tailed hawk (#33).  However, it also potentially prevents Tobias from just giving up and killing himself, which he has already attempted (#3) and is considering again as an alternative to starving to death (#13). At the end of The Change the Ellimist asks Tobias “Are you happy?” because that’s what he’s really accomplished: changing Tobias’s answer from “no” to “maybe” (#13).  

When the Ellimist next intervenes in the lives of the Animorphs (#26) the competition between his team and Crayak’s for the fate of the Iskoort, it’s more or less exactly what it looks like—the only difference is that Ellimist only agrees because he already knows he’ll win, and that victory will enable him to continue to intervene and keep the Animorphs alive.  Of course the Ellimist comes to Rachel at the moment she transitions from being a body to being a pure soul (#54), and of course he considers her one of the most impactful people in the universe.  It is very possible that the hallucination of Elfangor which saves Tobias’s life in The Illusion was caused by the Ellimist, again to preserve his own life (#33).  

Like I said, all of this is pure speculation.  I have no idea whether it’s even a valid interpretation of the text.  I just like to imagine that maybe when Elfangor and Loren brought this world into being, they had a happy accident along the way.  That the Animorphs’ “eyes in the sky” might be the only guy in the universe capable of manipulating its fabric (#39).  That one day when Rachel dies, the revelation about their guardian angel is something she never could have expected.  That the guy looking out for the universe is one who can find the balance between killing one baby skunk and saving the rest of the litter, who sees a meteor crashing toward the Earth as the opportunity that everyone around him has missed.  

Arrow didn't deserve Laurel

Whether you loved her character off the bat, or took a few seasons to get to know her, you can’t deny that Dinah Laurel Lance drove the story of Arrow in a way no other character, including Oliver, could.

In S1E1, we see the first person he wants to see, the first thing he wants to do when given the choice to do whatever, is to go to Laurel and beg for her forgiveness. He isn’t even ready to talk about the traumatizing experiences,all he wants to do is apologize to the person who he stole everything from. Her love, her sister, and with it 5 years, as we later discover that Laurel spent a ridiculous amount of time either studying or pulling her father out of a bar.

”For all we know, Oliver could be dead and Sara certainly is, but there are people that are still alive. People who need us.” - Dinah Laurel Lance

A major plot point in S1 revolved around one question. “What happened to you on that island”. He wasn’t comfortable talking about it with diggle, his new partner. Not with his best friend, nor his sister, or with his mother. There have only been a few times where he spoke about it willingly. One being under oath at the courtroom, one while under a polygraph while under arrest, and the final time, being completely of his own free will, when he showed up on Laurel’s door, saying “I need to talk about what happened, can it be you?”

Laurel was literally what drove him on the island. Let’s not forget how both Yao Fei and Slade told him he stares at the picture too much, and if he continues he will die.

“I know that it probably sounds insane. It probably is, but Sara, she gave me this and when I wear it, it makes me want to help people like she did. Like she’s alive again.” - Dinah Laurel Lance

In S2 she had a tragic storyline. First she had to prosecute Oliver’s mom, then had to deal with severe depression and substance abuse. I don’t even think I need to remind people that she got an award for her performance at this part. Her struggles is what allowed them to bring Sara in as The Canary, and begin to introduce the tragedy that was shado’s death on the island and how traumatic it was for Oliver.All of this built up Slade Wilson, who may very well be the best villain arrow has ever had.

S3 wasn’t her best season, and that’s purely the writer’s fault. They didn’t transition her into the Black Canary well enough, and then gave her a terrible arc where for about 9 episodes she lied to her father about the fact that her sister was dead, and even disguised her voice to talk to their father as if she was Sara. Katie is an amazing actress, but this version of her was unlikable even considering how well she plays the character.

Regardless, she was suffering with her own trauma but still acted as the glue and the moral compass for everyone else. She befriended Nyssa Al-Ghul when she was practically treated as going rogue from the league, took in Thea when she discovered that Thea couldn’t handle living alone (whereas her brother just left to go play house with Felicity.) She and Roy formed an amazing duo while Oliver was presumed dead, and she took up the voice of reason for the team during the time as well, regardless of how she was suffering.

Originally posted by turtlejustice


“I’m sorry about what happened to Thea. I really am. I love your family, I always have. I just wish that sometimes you would give a damn about mine.” - Dinah Laurel Lance

Season 4 Laurel, or at least right before she died might have been the best version of her. After the arc with Constantine and Sara was resolved, she became the only one on the team who mattered to the viewer, and perhaps, the reason the show didn’t go under.

Roy was gone, Diggle was dealing with his rage and letting it out on his brother like a punching bag, Felicity was crying about something and blaming Oliver, and Oliver turned into a bitch who couldn’t do anything unless queen fefe approved. Laurel may have gone through the most traumatic experience of this time, having to go to her sister’s funeral twice only to see her resurrected twice, not to mention staying sober, yet she was the only level headed, calm and rational decision maker at this time.

Originally posted by sansa-starkz

“I know that the world isn’t fair. I know it’s a terrible place where people deserve to get punished and they don’t. I just, for just one night, I needed the world to be different.” - Dinah Laurel Lance

That is, up until Guggenheim decided to kill her off and have her last words be about queen fefe.

Arrow didn’t treat her as a character right, and didn’t show Katie Cassidy, an exceptional actress who was said to be constantly training for her role as the Black Canary, any respect because of it.

Guggenheim failed this series, and they’ve failed her legacy.


Originally posted by thepondscanary

Forensic Science: what is it?

WATSON REALIZED SOMETHING IMPORTANT!! And by that she means she was hit with the sudden realization that both Sherls and Watson never covered what Forensic Science is. And given the massive influx of new followers (thank you everyone, you guys are amazing!) Watson thought she should define forensic science and cover the sub-disciplines in the field. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of forensics, Sherls and Watson have a pretty general science background, so don’t be afraid to ask us about anything. 

Forensic science, in the most broad definition, is the application of any science to the court of law (both criminal and civil). Essentially, it is using the scientific method to help with court trials. It’s important to keep the law part in mind, because everything we do in the field, scene processing, evidence collection, evidence analysis, all the tasks are done with a goal in mind: to preserve the integrity of evidence so that it is viable in court. Their third job is to search, find, and collect possible evidence in an efficient manner to ensure fragile evidence isn’t lost, but also in a careful way so that the evidence is preserved properly and not contaminated. With that said, we have a very general knowledge of law, and it mainly pertains to the Criminal Code of Canada, while @scriptlawyer​ is the better person to go to for detailed law knowledge. 

The most publicly know facet of forensic science is crime scene investigation. These are the people that come in a scene in full Protective Personal Equipment/PPEs (bunny suit, gloves, goggles, mask, boot covers, etc.). Their first job is to protect the scene, make sure nothing is tampered with. The second job is to record and document the scene in a thorough manner (photography, video tape, hand written notes), to ensure that the scene can be revisited later in the future. 

Below, in no particular order, are brief synopsis of forensics in a given sub-discipline: 

Pathology – they are the coroners and the medical examiners, performs autopsy and is responsible for determining manner of death, cause of death, and estimating Post Mortem Interval/time of death (PMI) 

Biology/DNA – looks at the biology of the scene, including DNA and any other bodily fluids (blood, semen, saliva, urine, etc), when looking at DNA, will be intimately familiar with a process called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), will also look at hair and fibre samples, botanical material, and soil 

Toxicology – the chemistry side of the science, examines compositions of drugs, glass, paint, explosives, soil, determines presence/absence of drugs and poison, alcohol, uses lots of fun equipment, refer to @scriptchemist​ 

Firearms – looks at firearms (we are hoping that is obvious), discharged bullets, spent cartridge cases, shotgun shells, ammunition, gun shot residue (GSR), approximating how far from the target a weapon was fire 

Fingerprinting – studying minutiae of fingerprint, comparing prints left behind in a crime scene to prints from known origin, there’s actually not a lot of work being done on how accurate fingerprint is, and fingerprinting is under a lot of scrutiny right now for lack of organizational structure (some one should change that) 

Computer/Digital – one of the new emerging fields, basically finding, collection, preserving, and examining data from digital devices (computers, cell phones, etc.) Sherls and Watson do not have enough technological background so we will refer everyone to @scripthacker​ 

Anthropology – deals with skeletal remains, differentiating between human and animal remains, determining approximate gender, age, height, race, and any physical injuries or osteo-diseases 

Entomology – uses insect (mainly flies and necrophilious insects), flies life cycle, and the cycle of arthropod successions to determine long term PMI 

Psychology/Behavioural – this is a subfield of psychology/psychiatry. In criminal cases, work tasks might include determining if a person is fit to stand trial, evaluate for behavioural disorders, looking at behavioural patterns to set up a profile. In civil cases, they might determine if an individual is competent to decide when preparing a will, settling property, or refusing medical treatment. Both of us do not have much experience in this field, and would like to refer you to @scriptshrink 

Documents – document analysis studies handwriting, type-writing, type of paper and ink, tries to authenticate sources, basically anything to do with documents, neither Sherls or Watson has much experience with this 

Odontology – this field looks at dental evidence when the body is unrecognizable. Enamel in the teeth are hardy substances and can last for a long time, identification of the person can be made based of characteristics of the teeth, their alignment of the mouth, the great thing about living is the first world country is that almost every one has a dental record. Bite marks compared to dental cast has also been used as evidence in court (see Ted Bundy), but Sherls and Watson are both leery about this particular field, since there are not a lot of research proving that there is a scientific basis behind the field

Engineering – looks at failure analysis, accident reconstruction, and causes and origins of fires/explosions, mainly looks at the structure sides of things (is there an engineering scripty around? Because Watson would love to see one)

Others Watson found while researching: theres units for polygraph and voiceprint analysis too apparently. We do not know much about these two fields either.

*Phew* We know there is a lot of information on this post, we are planning to break down a few things we mentioned here and go into more detail in future posts. Send us asks if you lovelies have any questions.

anonymous asked:

I've been in retail for over four years. I have finally gotten the courage to apply for the police department in my city. I've made it through all of the tests and the oral interview. Next step is the background check and polygraph and as long as I pass those I get to go to the police academy. Just wanted to share my good news with people who would understand how happy I am to be leaving retail for my dream career 😊

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By his own definition, is Trump a corporate refugee? #trumpugee

Donald initiated his #muslimBan over the weekend, but after a closer look, who should really be banned by this executive order?

“I think the only way that vetting could get any more extreme was if you had to, I don’t know, fuck an American flag and climax while wearing a polygraph test to prove ya meant it? Would that be enough?”

A bit of levity to lighten THE DARKEST TIMELINE.

I’m watching Jeller’s polygraph again and omg the look Kurt gives Jane after the first question and then the flashback to her touching his face and then him saying she got inside his walls and it’s the best/worst thing she’s ever done for him and now I’m crying because they are soul mates and each other’s starting points and I can’t live without them.

Originally posted by alaskadiangelo

To Celebrate 200 Followers!!
  1. ”Who’s it’s possible that both of us took out the trash
  2. God, that woman pisses me off to no end!…but that’s why I want her 
  3. “I’m on middle of the fucking fight! Stop it!
  4. I’m gonna throw up, I hope that’s cool 
  5. Come on woman! 
  6. I broke two lower ribs, my stomach is full plum color.. Sleeping is kinda hard
  7. “Jump!”
    “What?!”
    “Aim for the tree!”
  8. “Do you think this is a good idea?”
    “My honest opinion is that this is the worst idea I’ve gotten since going to college, but..”
  9. You broke me out of the prison for this? As grateful as I am for getting me down from that wall, I don’t think you want me messing with that
  10. The kid was around adults all day, he knew how to approach them easily. 
  11. Toni was uncomfortably leaning backwards  on her hands as Scott stitched the wound inches below where the sport bra ended.
  12.  I have a breathing fucking creature inside my stomach, if you want to talk to me, you better fucking speak nice to me.    
  13. “Did you eat my lasagne last night?”
    “I haven’t even seen you in weeks.”
    “That doesn’t mean you haven’t broken into my flat. Remember, I know you.”
  14.   did he just..? Tell me he didn’t just put foot through my door
  15.  “What’s happening with Tom?”
    “Oh it’s full war with him.”
  16. ”Are the knots too tight?”
    “I don’t care.”
    “Well they’re on you..”
  17. She got her ribs kicked in for this?!
  18. “You sure that this is good idea?”
    “This is an great idea, what are you even talking about?”
  19.  “Can I get you something stronger?”
    “What would you suggest, barkeep?”
    “Rum and coke, without rum of course.”
  20. She’s the type of person who will pull the trigger for you when you’re too weak to do this yourself
  21.  You couldn’t have choice the worst time to do that
  22.  She could barely move her toes without grimacing in pain.
  23. With a broken nose and a stitches on her cheek, she showed up at senior’s prom and started a fight
  24. “Who are you?”
    “I’m someone who the people you own money are afraid of.”
  25. “Was that a gunshot?”
    “Gunshots don’t echo, fireworks do.”
    “Was that yes or no to the gun”
  26. I think she grew up with at least one broken rib at any given time
  27. That’s a brave fucking kid
  28.  I stared down at my hands, as people walked past the stairs, laughing and talking to each others. I was starting to feel the pain on my knuckles.
  29. Charlotte lifted her hoodie over her head covering herself from the world and stuffed her hands into the front pockets of hers jeans hunching hers shoulders closer to hers body as if trying to be unnoticeable.
  30. The itching rope was rubbing against my wrists as I tried to yank the rope off, they had bound my legs from ankles and up my knees. Something was tied around my neck, it restrained me from moving, which was obviously doing it’s job right. 
  31. To family. What wouldn’t she do? She took the punches for her siblings, from fists of her father and words of so many who ever were relevant.
  32. “Don’t run!
    “But he’s staring right at me”
  33. You have to admit, she’s great at what she does.
  34. If they trap us, we have good 50 minutes before we could get help. So don’t mess up.
  35. She was the first one to reach there and she took the worst of it
  36. He tightened his grip on my arm again and dug his nails into my skin.
  37. Three of them all squished into the back seat of the car. 
  38. Tyler had my teel backpack on his shoulder, his big form looking ridiculous with such a color
  39. “You thought he was crazy and you decided to just sat down next to him?”
    “He’s an nice guy”
  40. “You can’t deny that this isn’t relaxing.”
    “We are in prison. Nothing relaxing about this”
  41. “We don’t speak about the accident, Dara!”
    “No, no, we do not talk about it! Only mention it several times and wait someone to snap at us!”
    “They will beat us down and yell until we tell them the secret behind the accident.”
  42. Joisie knew that smirk on Rosa’s face. It wasn’t even a smirk, it was just disturbing lift of her red painted lips as she marched through the dance floor.
  43. “What are you doing?“
    “Depends are you going to judge me  or not?“
    “It really depends if you’re cleaning blood off your shirt?”
  44. Her head hurt. Almost enough for her to put a bullet in her own head
  45. “Pretended to be my sister!”
    “Seriously, again? Who lies about having a sister to get a girl?”
  46. “This is going to hurt.“
    “To be honest, you’d done much”
  47. “If I one more time wake up with duct tape over my mouth, I will throw you out of the fucking balcony.”
    “It’s not my fault that you snore!” 
  48. “You could’ve called, Kurt.”
    “Is he home?”
    “Passed out cold mid-way up the stairs. 
  49. She can pass the polygraph easily, you know that.
  50. Following people isn’t nice, you know. 
  51. Someone came to clean up the place?
  52. “Can you contact him?”
    “It isn’t so easy..”
    “Can you or can you not?”
  53. “You look bit homeless there”
    “I am bit homeless, though” 
  54. My clothes weight so much because of this damn mud. 
  55. I can’t hold you, you fat bastard. Use your feet to climb
  56. Only you would ask somebody who you met for the first time to break you out of a damn prison
  57. She will kill you if that’s the only way to get him back
  58. You know what they called me. You know my reputation 
  59. “You didn’t actually kill him, did you?”
    “Well now, you really have to define killing and accidentally letting him die”
  60. Not answering the phone is not a new thing for her
  61. Should I apologize and kick you or not apologize and kick you.
  62. And once again we are on the starting point. Crying on the playground.
  63. I’m working on my anger issues and seeing you angers me the most, so stay the hell away
  64. I’m not saying we should worry, but we have no breaks and the bridge is ending.
  65. We have a lead. Well, it’s more of a stupid ass guess, but it’s somethin’
  66. “Where did you bury her?”
    “Lake Baika”
  67. “We have possible sighting of her in Waterfront Park, Seattle”
    “How sure?“
    “It’s her. It’s definitely her.”
  68. “Your name is James? But you’re a girl“
    “My father was in drugs when he decided it“
  69. Explain the blood
  70. I pulled the trigger, hoping that the bullet magically would turn around and kill me instead
  71. “I’m a graphic designer, not a firefighter!”
    “Nobody told you how to throw water to a fire?”
  72. who did you manage to fell asleep in the bathtub?
  73. You really have high tolerance of pain, don’t ya?
  74. “Does your shoulder hurt?”
    “I have a butcher knife sticking out of me! What the fuck do you think?!”
  75. It’s amazes me how you are willingly to put your body through everything only to hurt her
  76. “Will you dig me out if this collapses in?
  77. She slowly brought the spoon to her mouth, closing her eyes as the warm liquid touched her lips. It was like she was afraid to eat. 
  78. There was no sympathy in her words
  79. Her past flickered in her eyes, the torture and pain coming back in waves.  
  80. Have you eaten breakfast yet?
  81. If she hits someone again, she will get kicked out
  82. She might be in prison by then
  83. She threw her bag and the cigarettes on the backseat
  84. She laid on her bed, pouring last of the mashed up chips down her throat. Relaxing her arms and letting them slam down against the mattress. 
  85. She didn’t fight back, not against him.“
  86. Tell me that this is never going change”
    “But the truth is, this is going to change.
  87. I jumped to the couch, placing my leg on his lap. “Touch me.” I dramatically whispered, “I just shaved.” Isaiah laughed, pushing my legs away. 
  88. Ohhh, that ain’t good
  89. I don’t aim on being the sweetheart one
  90. I kept the helm of the dress up, as I ran towards Leo, grabbing him into one arm hug
  91. After I had kicked the ball to Gordon, a third leg intervened, tackling me to the ground. 
  92. His leg managed to connect left side of my face
  93. On second period, I dragged myself in my car and passed out in the backseat
  94. She and Diego did every single thing that a parents would do for their kids
  95. You still don’t seem to understand. She doesn’t care if she dies, and that’s a biggest problem for us
  96. I am parked outside your house, so get your ass out here or we’re gonna leave
  97. Okay, I just want to put you on mute right now
  98. My girl, you are crazy as hell
  99. Bennett leaned against the wall, staring down at my shoes as I nervously tapped it against the ground
  100. You do whatever you hate to do to save her
  101. “Don’t be an asshole this time, okay?”
    “If you mean the blood mojito thing, it wasn’t my fault –“
    “It was definitely your fault, so shut up.”
  102. She had her head over the sink, both doctors stapling her busted up head
  103. “Put a towel under your head so the sheets won’t be bloody.”
  104. The bandages around my torso constricted painfully as I drew in a deep breath, hoping the stitches wouldn’t tear. 
  105. It’s special if he choice you from 23 girls.”
    “Yes, or he might be a serial killer or creepy otherwise.”
    “Or like last time, it might be grandpa of one of our girls and you have to bring your medical past back up.”
  106. Okay, that was an aggressive door slam.
  107. ”Just a heads up, Eric’s looking for you”
    Of course he is.”
  108.  One week here, and she stabbed three of our staff members, landed seven patient into medical care.  
  109. She’s the best damn sniper in this base
  110. I mean let’s be honest. This isn’t exactly working. 
  111. You still believe in happy endings? 
  112. Both of them could see the silvery white scar, about a half an inch wide, midway down her rib cage. 
  113. Ronnie was regretting her idea of putting high heeled ankle boots as she struggled to keep up with Nikki, who was walking ahead, kicking the snow and sleet
  114. Half-finished cigarette stumps were scattered on the last step
  115. My job is to run in front of everyone and not to get killed. Simple
  116. I jumped around to keep the balance as I ripped my shoe off, chunking it away to corner.
  117. “Anslo is going to kill you”
    “Quite many people are going to kill me”
  118. “I don’t think you understand.. I’m not an angel. I kill people, I murder people.. it’s my work, my job is to kill.”
  119. “If you ever again hurt her, look at her bad way.. I will kick in your miserable little balls. I will show you how it feels like to be beaten by somebody how once said ‘I love you’ to you. I can make it to hurt..”
  120. ”You should get somebody who actually wants to help you”
    “I will buy you double”
  121. “Could you explain why you are even with him?”
    “Somebody’s gotta do it. I’m taking a bullet for everybody else”
  122. “How can you even sleep next to him?”
    “Well, the snarleks is paying off with other things”
    “I don’t wanna even know.”
  123. Hey Mikey! Your father wants you to phone!
  124. You want to play her game? Don’t. You don’t want to get into it, believe me.
  125. Drown on a fish pool asshole
  126. Apparently I’m only good at taking beatings
  127. “I trust her”
    “It doesn’t matter. She doesn’t trust herself.”
  128. Someone just proposed in our dorm. Anybody know who’s Marley
  129. The dwarf looked her with disgust
  130. “Do you think she will stay?”
    “Knowing her.. I think she will 
  131. “You were supposed to bring the ladder”
    “I did. The bike is the ladder.”
    “No! Bike is not a ladder.”
    “I hold it, you climb up the wall of amazement.” 
  132. She wouldn’t last much longer, both of them knew it. Her knees were going to give up soon
  133. She leaned her forehead against the wall, letting the cold water run down her back.  
  134. “The safe house in Casablanca has been compromised”
  135. He ran up the stairs of Pinehurst Avenue 
  136. On the back roads of Nebraska, custom made Harley left a dusty cloud behind as it roared down the gravel route. 
  137. “I got inspired by genius but insane dictator Adolf Hitler, and got six.”
    “I can’t possibly imagine what word you got.”
    “Hither.”
  138. Lee can’t stop laughing, so I already have thoughts about this.
  139. “Question is, would I lie to you?”
    “Yes!”
    “She totally would.”
  140. I once had to dive out of my girlfriend’s window because his father tried to chop me in half with an axe
  141. Whatever she says, you do and you follow her 
  142. Don’t get into a fucking knife fight
  143. “Do you want me to do it?”
    “No.”
    “Are you sure? Hundred present sure? I have great change of breaking his neck”
  144. I just need to you are  alright, call me back.
  145. I may be getting way too old for this
  146. “I have to… go.. Need to shower my.. cat”
    “She doesn’t want to talk you assbag, go along”
  147. “Shut up, you don’t have option in this. Take the fucking leather tie off and don’t do anything stupid.”
  148. “Yeah, give her a reason to trust you even less!”
    “It’s not my fault that she can’t trust anybody!”
    “No, it’s exactly people like you why she can’t do that anymore.”
  149. You can’t just keep hitting everything you see 
  150. “You look like..”
    “Mess? I’m aware”
  151. You just fucked up our dinner!
  152. “What are you –?”
    “My father was one of the nutcases that were obsessed with zombie outbreak. Turns out that fucker was right.”
  153. Let the man in before he breaks my doorbell
  154. “I’m going to stay out of it this time. My old man is going to send me in Chicago if I get expelled one more time.”
    “What’s in Chicago?”
    “Not him.”
  155. I hold my books up against his chest, to keep his face coming even inch closer. 
  156. “Don’t be childish!”
    “What does that even mean?”
  157. If you haven’t noticed, huge part of my leg is in the desert in Afghanistan
  158. Charles had never understood her, but he had accepted that he couldn’t  
  159. John poured half bottle of vodka on me
  160. “He’s passed out in very weird position in the bathroom.”
  161. Stop slapping me with rings on! It h.u.r.t.s!
  162. Stop asking me to be your girlfriend! 
  163. Help me get off these stupid boyshorts.
  164. I can’t feel my thighs 
  165. Do you know how much replacing doors cost? Windows are also so fucking expensive.
  166. just remember personal space with her and you will be alright
  167. “You are so needy right now”
    “I’m aware”
  168. the game of ‘don’t touch the jellyfish’ is more painful than I thought
  169. there’s no people in 10 miles and I managed to run into a maniac
  170. “Do I have to?”
    “Sooner or later.”
    “Well I’m sure she’s willing to tell everything to you.”
  171. Do you think I can swallow the charge cord?
  172. “Do we have a ladder?”
    “If you’re trying to take the perfect photo of Empire State Building in our roof. No, we do not own a ladder.”
    “I just want to take the poster down from the ceiling.”
  173. “Are you and - ?”
    “Jackson. We are roommates.”
  174. “It’s landlord!”
    “Okay, we practiced this! Go, go!”
  175. yeah, you tried to drink beer out of you eye, it was quite amusing to look actually 
  176. Who did you run into a gun wielding gang within a two minutes entering here?
  177. “That’s not smart!”
    “I’m not trying to be smart!”
  178. “He has slight problems”
    “Slight?!”
    “I mean, we can discuss this whole night but”
  179. “When’s the last time you ate? And I mean real food.”
    “I had those ribs two days ago at your house”
  180. She has friends in high places, that’s why she has the job
  181. “How’s she alive?”
    “I’ve been asking that since she was born”
  182. “Does she have TV in there?”
    “Had. But her idea of shutting it off was to shoot it, so”
  183. “Go low!”
    “Low? What do you mean low? Stop confusing me!”
  184. You wrapped pizza box.. most amazing birthday present ever 
  185. “You mind if I crash here?”
  186. He uses fancy words that I don’t understand
  187. “Is your hair still green?”
    “I don’t think my mother really wants to me to ruin my hair again”
  188. Just pull your hood up. 
  189. You are same age now that your mother got you, she may not be worried but I am! 
  190. Your father looks like bodybuilding Santa. It’s quite attractive 
  191. “I know nobody here. What I’m going to do?”
    “Blend in.”
  192. Can you stop hanging out alone in the bathrooms when we are in parties? 
  193. What we discussed about the B-word?
  194. “So he can call you bitch but I can’t?”
    “You already call me slut. Easy with the insults okay?”
  195. “Why do you have a shirt with my face in it?”
    “You’re my best friend”
  196. “What’s wrong with you?”
    “I have kind of fucked up nerve ends”
  197. I got no fucking gun!
  198. What does under control mean to you? Because you have bazooka in your hands and I don’t think it’s safety to blast it inside the house  
  199. “You’re dating a firefighter?”
    “Well dating is a strong term to use”
  200. It’s like you don’t even know how much I love you
Pretend today never happened

Blindspot fanfic.

We’re celebrating Easter here today. So this is the written equivalent of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps. In other words: Pure fluff.

Inspired by this article with spoilers for 219:

What if the dual polygraph forces Jeller to reveal feelings they’ve been trying to hide?


He nearly missed her.

Jane was on her way out of the NYO when Weller caught up to her at the elevator, slipping inside just before the doors closed.

“Can I give you a ride home?” he asked.

“No. I’m good, thanks.” A polite smile flitted across her face, but she didn’t quite meet his eyes as she spoke.

“Jane… We should talk. About today.”

She’d changed out of her red outfit back into her own clothing after they’d gotten back from the op, and now she shoved her hands in the pockets of her leather jacket and hunched her shoulders. “We don’t have to. We can just pretend today never happened.”

Part of him wanted to believe she was right and that they could. But things were already awkward between them, and he didn’t see that getting any better.

“I’d feel better if we talked,” he said grimly.

The elevator doors opened. Jane drew in a breath and then followed him out into the parking garage.

Neither of them spoke until they were inside his SUV. It was going to be an uncomfortable enough conversation; he’d be damned if they started it where anyone in the FBI could overhear. The report he’d filed was deliberately vague on the details, but he knew it was still damning enough.

Jane still wouldn’t look at him. She buckled her seat belt and looked out the windshield in front of her.

“I’m sorry,” he said, abandoning the careful words he’d rehearsed.

“I know,” she whispered. She finally turned to look at him. “I’m not going to hold you to anything you said under duress.”

And even though the tone of her voice was flat, her eyes looked…. sad?

“You know it’s true,” he pointed out.

She gave a tiny shake of her head. “It doesn’t matter.”

Ouch. That hurt.

He gave a curt nod. “I just…. I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable around me.”

She heaved a small sigh. “I don’t. I mean, I won’t. I know it doesn’t change anything.” She swallowed and looked down at her hands in her lap. “If you’d wanted me to know, you’d have said something…. before.”

“And when was I supposed to do that? While you were dating Oliver?”

At the growl in his words, she drew back, blinking in surprise.

“Look,” he said, more quietly. “I just want you to be happy. And I know you…. don’t feel the same. And you don’t need to feel bad about that or worry that I’m going to do anything to make things awkward.”

He looked out across the parking garage, schooling his features into neutrality. “We’re friends. And that’s more important.” The fact that he was in love with her– and that she knew it now– was irrelevant. Had to be irrelevant. “Okay?” He finally worked up the nerve to look back at her.

He couldn’t read the expression on her face. She looked torn between concern and amusement.

“Kurt,” she said slowly, “you do know that part of the training I received was how to beat polygraphs.”

He looked at her, uncomprehending.

When he didn’t say anything, she said bluntly, “I lied.”

He blinked. “You– lied?”

She nodded, green eyes solemn and locked on his.

He tried to wrap his brain around what he thought she was telling him. “So you…” She’d gone first. She’d said she didn’t have any feelings for him. And the polygraph announced True. But if she’d lied…. “Why?”

She swallowed. “Because I was sure you’d say no, and it would be true.”

“But after…?”

Her gaze fell then, away from his. “You didn’t want to tell me.” Her eyes flashed green at him again. “And I didn’t want you to tell me if you didn’t want to. If you were only saying it because you were forced into it.”

He drew a deep breath and turned his whole torso to face her. “I’m not being forced to say anything right now,” he pointed out. “So… if I were to tell you… Would you want to hear it?”

She looked at him, eyes wide and the look in them almost frightened. But she nodded and whispered, “Yes.”

He swallowed, his mouth suddenly dry. “I love you. I’m in love with you, Jane.”

She blinked rapidly, her eyes overly bright and shiny. “I love you too.”

He had a moment where he felt like he couldn’t breathe at all. But she didn’t move, didn’t shake her head and tell him it wasn’t true. So he leaned toward her, slowly, still half afraid she’d change her mind.

She met him halfway. They both stopped, so close that he could feel the warmth from her breath against his cheek. And then they leaned the fraction of an inch more that it took to bring their lips together.

Her lips were soft and tentative against his, but she didn’t pull away, leaning as close to him as the armrest of the SUV would allow. He took his time, learning the shape of her lips, the curve of her mouth. He reached up to cup her face in his hand, trace the line of her cheekbone with his thumb.

And then a car door slammed, the sound reverberating through the garage, and he remembered where they were. He drew back slightly, her mouth following his, both of them reluctant to end the kiss.

Her eyes were closed. They blinked open, misty and so very dear to him, and he resisted the urge to lean in again.

“We should go,” he said.

“Oh.” It was little more than a soft disappointed exhalation.

He stroked his thumb against her cheek again before forcing himself to let go. “We missed dinner. Can I take you out? There has to be something still open.”

She bit her lip and nodded. “Okay.”

He reached for her hand, threading his fingers through hers. “You should probably text Roman. Tell him you’ll be late.”

She smiled then, a genuine smile that reached all the way to her eyes. She tilted her head to the side. “How late?” she asked in a playful voice.

“I’m going to want to kiss you goodnight,” he informed her. He wanted to kiss her good morning too, but they had time. “So… pretty late.”

She squeezed his hand. “That sounds good to me.”

He glanced around, but the lot was pretty empty, so he leaned in again for a swift kiss, before letting go of her hand so he could start the engine.

He glanced over at her as he maneuvered out if the parking space. Her eyes were sparkling as though something amused her.

“What?” he asked her, helplessly smiling back, his heart feeling lighter than it had in years, maybe ever.

She shrugged, still smiling, twisting in her seat and drawing her legs up so she could sit facing him. “Just… happy.”

He flashed her a quick smile and reached out to capture her hand again. “Me too.”

And that was completely the truth.

So given the latest spoilers we got, I am thinking Kurt will find out about Emma Shaw’s death early in the episode. Still, I had planned out five different versions of the 219 kiss fic and I will stick to them. One of these scenarios works with this assumption but the others don’t. For the sake of writing all five scenarios, I’ll ignore that for four of them. Hope you guys don’t mind.

So here goes. 219 Kiss Fic Version #1


They had not expected the polygraph, or the consequences of it. There was only one way they were going to make it out of it alive and that was by telling the truth; as difficult as that was. And so they did; they answered everything with brutal honesty and admitted things they had been holding in for quite some time.

Neither had expected to admit those things, at least not now, not while they are on a mission, and not like this. It was not that they wanted to keep those secrets, but they had been slowly getting back into a good place, and feared what those truths might do to their fragile friendship.

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Alison Clues by Episode - “Taking This One to the Grave”

Very interesting how Alison signed this picture the exact same way that A signed every single message last season - “kisses.”

So if Alison isn’t A or up to something, why did she have Holbrook fix the polygraph test? Those questions were obviously created to take the blame off of her and place it on Spencer, and she’s definitely aware of that, judging by her interactions with Holbrook in this episode. If she really is innocent, she would have had no reason to try and set Spencer up for Bethany’s murder…which ultimately led to her arrest.

This smirk on Ali’s face really says it all. Her manipulation of the girls shines through in this episode, through little moments like this. This one brief second proves that her desire for friendship and forgiveness is all an act to get Emily back on her side, nothing more.

Most people likely assume that this tape is discussing Charlotte…but considering what we know of their relationship now, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Why would Bethany wonder if she can trust Charlotte after Bethany was the one who set her up for murder? When looked at in the context of this tape being about Alison instead, it makes a lot more sense.

How does Mona have proof that Ali is A and lured Bethany to Rosewood unless it’s true? We know now that she wasn’t planning on faking her death that day but was indeed really kidnapped. What was she planning on showing Aria and the others when they showed up? This makes no sense unless she actually had something on Alison, which has never been revealed because the girls never asked.

Notice how A’s hair changes within moments between these two scenes. First it’s long and curly, very similar to Alison’s, and suddenly it’s straight and much shorter, more like Charlotte’s. How did they mess up something so simple like that? Or maybe it wasn’t a mistake…after all, it makes sense that a kidnapping would require two people instead of just one. Maybe the hair of the attacker appears to resemble both Ali’s and Charlotte’s at different points because it is indeed both of them?

If Alison isn’t A and had nothing to do with Mona’s “death,” what the hell is she doing in this scene? Who stands around at the scene of a murder smirking? So many little things like this point directly to her being the sociopath that she’s described as in this episode and the ones that follow, and so far they haven’t provided us with any alternate explanation.

Murder in Paradise

John Masegian was an extremely wealthy mortgage executive from Reno. In February, 1983, he went on a work trip and stayed in the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami Beach. He brought along his fourth wife, Carol, so that she could enjoy herself and relax while John went out for business. As the week was coming to an end, John had arranged to meet Carol by the pool at noon after attending a convention. When he didn’t show up as arranged, Carol called their hotel room as she left the key with John; he didn’t answer.

The front desk opened the door but John was nowhere to be seen. Later on in the evening, staff discovered John’s dead body in the stairwell of the hotel - he had been strangled with a garotte. An investigation revealed that John had been killed in the hotel room; it was believed to be a contract killing. Robbery clearly wasn’t the motive and suspicion began to fall on Carol, who had received a suspicious telephone call the previous day. The hotel receptionist took a message for the caller who just said: “Dick and Jeanie will be arriving in Miami tomorrow at 12:30.”  She was questioned by police and confessed to taking drugs in the hotel and stealing another guests purse, but denied any involvement in the murder and passed a polygraph test.

Carol went on to attempt to sue the hotel for $1 million, claiming that the hotel security was not strict enough but the jury sided with the hotel. However, Carol received $140,000 from the settlement of John’s estate and receives his workers’ compensation monthly. Nobody was ever charged with John’s murder.