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DannyMay Day Twenty Nine: Laptop /Video games

…He was careless to think nobody would find him out. However, anything involving his most enigmatic student is bound to blow up in his face at some point. Amazing how he put so much effort into everything except his schoolwork.

Then again, the other students don’t have a ghostly alter-ego.

It was a Friday afternoon, the final bell had rung ten minutes ago. Edward Lancer was finishing up some last minute grading in his office when he heard a knock. Thinking it was another professor he gave permission to enter. Imagine his surprise when in comes Daniel Fenton looking terrified but determined. He raises an eyebrow hoping it has nothing to do with an ectoplasmic being.

“Hello Mr. Fenton, what can I do for you this fine Friday afternoon?”

He studies the troublemaker. Shifty eyed, sweaty, twiddling his fingers. Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe the aura wafting off of the boy. He asks him what’s wrong and that it’s ok, he won’t get in trouble as long as he tells him. What comes out of the boy’s mouth might as well be gibberish.

“Willyouteamupwithmeandmyfriendssowecandbeatdoomed?”

“To Kill a Mockingbird Mr. Fenton, if you want me to understand what you just said you have to slow down and breath. Now please try again”

“Will you team up with me and my friends so we can finally beat doomed?”

And queue the sweating. He becomes a bit pale at the boy’s request. Impossible. Nobody except his closest circle of friends knows he’s an avid gamer. He’ll have to play dumb.

“I’m sorry Mr. Fenton, I’m not sure what that is”

“C'mon Mr. Lancer, I know you play, I’ve seen you on the servers! Your handle is Lancelot, (which is honestly not very creative) and you’re actually pretty good. So me, Sam and Tucker were wondering if you would team up with us?”

He sighs, he’s been caught redhanded. He could refuse, there’s no shame in that. But the look on Daniel’s face is enough to make his resolve waver. Maybe this would be a good opportunity to express his concerns on Daniel’s Ghostly dealings.

“Alright Mr. Fenton, you’ve caught me. I wouldn’t mind helping you and your friends, however, this must stay between us, understand?”

“No problem Mr. Lancer, thanks you so much, be online at five PM Saturday, we’ll talk strategies and battle plans then. Bye and thanks again!”

In a whirlwind of excitement the boy exits. He sighs. What has he just gotten himself into. No matter, what’s done is done. He’ll have to prepare, there are many upgrades and new weapons he must equip. If he’s gonna help them beat the game, he’ll have to be armed to the teeth.

Saturday finally rolls around and he’s early. Getting in some practice before the others arrive. It’s been a while since he last had a chance to play. After about five minutes the others arrive. He’s uncharacteristically nervous. He makes his way over.

“Wow, I didn’t think you would show, Mr. Lancer”

“FryerTuck? Really?”

“Hey, you have no room to talk Lancelot

“Touché”

They go over the plan, every level and every quest. Who’s abilities to use when. The whole nine yards. Incredible the strategic abilities they have. Then again, they have to if they’re gonna help Daniel protect the town. Now would be a good time to try and broach the subject.

“I’m a bit curious, why the handle Ghost Boy?”

He can see him tense. Ah, he needs to be careful, lest he push the boy away. He tells him that it’s an inside joke between his friends. He doesn’t push it. They continue slaughtering the competition. Mr. Foley is surprised by his abilities in combat. Secretly he is pleased that his students would think him somewhat cool.

“Ok people, I have to say something, now that we’ve found a safe zone I think it appropriate. I know, about Phantom”

At first there’s no reaction. Then Daniel’s eyes grow comically wide. Foley and Manson look apprehensive, tending as though ready for a fight. He tries to keep a straight face as he continues.

“I have been aware of you for some time, however I am very concerned that you’re over doing it. Your more tired than usual, notice how I don’t call you out in class anymore? I know you need the rest. I’m only confronting you about this because I am worried that you’ll wither away into nothing. I appreciate everything you do for this town and honestly, I am proud to call you my student. I haven’t told anyone and I won’t. I just was to help in any way that I can, and I want you to know you can talk to me if you need to.”

They are all stunned into silence. He couldn’t tell what they were thinking. All he could hear was his heart beating in his ears. Then Daniel did the most unexpected thing. He started crying. Immediately Foley and Manson are at his side, comforting him. Panicked, Lancer tries to backpedal, maybe he said something wrong. Then almost too feint for him to hear Daniel says the last thing he expected.

“Thank you…”

Then the word vomit starts. He just vents about everything. From the accident that made him this way to the battle that happened earlier this morning. It’s amazing that he’s been dealing with this for almost an entire year. Technically alone, because Foley and Manson are just as surprised by some of the things he said as I am.

After he calmed down and got it all off his chest we give him time to compose himself. I’m honestly even more concerned. However it is a huge leap forward that he felt he could let himself go in front of me. He looks up at me, eyes puffy and red rimmed. I can only assume I was making a strange expression because he burst out laughing. His friends are just as confused as I am.

“Thanks Mr. Lancer. You’re the best you know that?”

Catcher in the Rye, now he’s getting misty eyed. The feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming. He got Daniel to open up to him, trust him with his secret AND accept his offer all in the span of one afternoon. He will do everything he can to help Daniel in every way possible. Even if it means tweaking his grades a bit.

“Alright people, battle stations, I do believe we have a game to finish.”

Thoughtful Impracticality

Title: Thoughtful Impracticality - Kidge Week Day 7 Prompt Fill
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Pairing: Keidge
Summary: They say the best gifts come from the heart, right?
Standard Disclaimer: If you read and enjoy this, please give it a like/ reblog so I know if I should write more.
AN: Just call me Chester, because I’m a filthy cheetah. Anyway, same forewarning for the other two fics; read through once for problems so be aware.

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I have said it before, and I will say it again. The Chantry NEEDS to fall. It really has to. Like, Andrastrianism, the faith and belief in the Maker itself, I could take or leave, but the Chantry itself, as an institution, NEEDS to be dismantled, have its power dulled and worn away. And that really seems like what should have been the core question of Inquisition.

I mean, just think about it - Corypheus, Leliana, and Cassandra, three of the major figures of the game are all in a crisis of faith in the wake of events. Corypheus believes that the world NEEDS a god to rule and control things. Leliana lost a friend and mentor, and it was to a threat she feels she should have seen coming. Cassandra believed in the Seekers and now finds that they lied to her, lost sight of what they were seeking.

One of the core themes of the game should have been about faith, how people will twist it to allow them to believe and act as they desire, rather than to be true to the ideals that faith calls for. And it’s so disappointing, because I truly believe that if these characters DID ask those questions, they would recognize that while the faith and belief in the Maker may, as Josephine says, bind the disparate nations of Thedas together, the Chantry, existing as it does as a de facto ‘power behind the throne’ of the major nations of Thedas, has reached a point where its actions are toxic and destructive to the foundations of society.

In short, I’m about to rework the entire game into what I think it SHOULD have been.

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Love is a stranger (1)

Originally posted by slayalec

MASTERLIST x

A/N: The next chapters will always consists of two parts, a combination of the past and/or the present and/or the future.

Pairings: Husband!Steve x reader (it’s going to rip your heart out) and Bucky x reader

Warnings: some swear words

Word count: 1.984 (without background information)

Summary of part 1: You and Bucky go to visit an old friend to ask her for some advice concerning a very delicate predicament.

Fun fact, Minerva is actually the online platform of my home university *giggles* Listen to my inspiration for this fic here

Background information: As negotiator for the NYPD, you and Steve Rogers meet during a raid in Brooklyn. It’s love at first sight, but 4 years later your powers put your marriage at risk. Will it be Steve or Bucky to save you from the darkness?

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© Andrew Purcell

Brunch Upgrade: Classic hollandaise sauce is prepared with butter, egg yolks and lemon juice. Here, Neal Fraser adds a red wine–and–port reduction to the rich sauce, which is delicious with the juicy tenderloin steak that accompanies the poached eggs.

Recipe: Steak and Eggs Benedict with Red Wine Hollandaise 

Start Blowing Up Enemies with Rose’s First Class Path: Heavy Barrel & Storm Trooper!
By GM Amelia

Hiya, adventurers! If we had to make a guess, we think you already know what’s coming out tomorrow, right? Right? Right?! Well that’s just half of what we have in store for you guys and gals tomorrow! So what else could be happening tomorrow? Lots! But first, here’s a little reminder about the Dream of Halloween Design Contest; it ends next week. Yep, next week. How time flies when you’re trying to be creative. But keep calm, you still have a week to drain your brain of its creative juices and blow our minds with your designs.  

As mentioned, many things will happen tomorrow so don’t forget to log-in to join the events. And there’s always new stuff at the Item Mall so don’t forget check ‘em out tomorrow!

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After closing for upgrades in February 2013, the Large Hadron Collider is coming back online later this month. 

The LHC has laid dormant, undergoing upgrades and tweaks in preparation for coming back online in the spring of 2015 for a (hopefully uninterrupted) three-year run of gathering more data. There remain plenty of unknowns for the researchers to investigate, such as the theorized existence of dark energy and dark matter, so the Collider’s future looks to be at least as busy and productive as its past. In order to spread this message and to give the public a better understanding of what the LHC does, CERN is using the present period of downtime to tour journalists around the particle accelerator’s cavernous detector stations and underground pipe network. It’s a fascinating look at how big industrial machinery is helping to answer questions about infinitesimally small things.

How To Have A Good Weekend (like Ina Garten would)

Have your husband leave for a weekend, but prepare him dinner upon his return

Consider upgrading your “very good” olive oil to “your most excellent olive oil” by putting it on a small boat and sending it out to The Hamptons for a weekend

Steam your hundreds of denim shirts

Meet your florist for calamari stew and homemade bread

Take a walk through your garden, which has the most beautiful flowers and cubed cold butter, just perfect for making sweet and delicious flaky pie crust

Have Alec Baldwin do your grocery shopping (real episode I saw once)

“Golden” “Flaky” “Crispy”

Become so close to the owner of your local cheese shop, you cannot help having them over for scones and tomato bisque, separately

The wonderfully rich and warm gay men that live down the block have already promised to decorate your Christmas tree for you

Genuinely say “my fishmonger” 

Garnish your table with basil leaves in mason jars, and have people shower you with complements like “I’ve never though to put basil leaves as a tablescape” and you humbly say “divine”

Buy whitefish spread and have it put you into a transcendent sunset overlooking the water

Make your very own lemon curd to serve to forty or fifty small business owners

Put together a flower arrangement that will never die

Greet your very good olive oil, now your very excellent olive oil, and delight that it has brought you back a lobster roll

just got off the phone with zuckerberg he said they upgrading the servers in preparation for my newest selfie sorry for the disruption yall

What the fuck did you just fucking say about Saitama, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I am a classified S-class hero, and I’ve been involved in numerous Dragon Level threats, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in eradicating anything that stands in my way and I’m the top cyborg in the entire Hero Association. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit about Saitama over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am preparing my latest mechanical upgrade and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the incineration, maggot. The incineration that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat and can fly, but my arms alone have access to an entire arsenal an army wouldn’t posess and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit oil all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

The Truth About the Profession

There are many good things that come with being an airline pilot…

Pilots Love Their Job
First of all, most pilots are very passionate about their profession and love flying airplanes. Of everyone I know in all kinds of different professions, no one enjoys their job as much as I do. And likely, if you do meet your career aspirations of becoming an airline pilot, you will realize the same thing. There are few things better in life than going to work and actually enjoying what you do. The job is always different, it’s stimulating, interesting, and can be extremely rewarding. Frankly, it’s probably one of the coolest jobs anyone could ever have short of being a brain surgeon or an astronaut :)

Schedule
The schedule flexibility, especially the flexibility afforded to senior pilots, can be extremely beneficial. (and also extremely detrimental, which is why this listed under “The Bad” section as well!) Airline pilots don’t work the typical 9 to 5 schedule that many other professionals work. Very often, pilots have groups of days where they are “ON” and have groups of days off where they are “OFF.” The quantity and the quality of these ON/OFF days is usually determined by one thing-seniority. A moderately senior pilot can have sometimes 18 days off, with these days off grouped together in a manner that would allow weekends and holidays off, or perhaps long stretches of time off by grouping “OFF” days together. There are very few jobs that offer that type of flexibility. Of course, you have to be senior enough to take advantage of these scheduling abilities.

Pay
As much as I have stated that for many pilots pay is very low, especially during the early several years of one’s career, for some lucky pilots, the career can be very lucrative. It is possible, after many years of service, to earn high salaries sometimes well north of $100,000 per year. Of course, you have to be lucky enough to choose the airline that’s not going to go bankrupt on you in your peak earning years nor be financially unstable in the future. Some airlines still have pensions, now becoming extinct in other industries, so becoming employed by one of these carriers could be financially beneficial to your retirement.

Travel
If you love to travel, then this job is for you. Not only will you have the opportunity to “see the world” on your company’s dime as you “work for the man” as an airline pilot, but you also will enjoy travel benefits, like inexpensive space available seating to wherever your airline flies, or discounted airline tickets for you, your family, and your parents. Now I’ll be the first to tell you that the travel benefits aren’t as good as they used to be just 10 years ago, but for the most part they are usable if you travel smart. And if you’re traveling alone as a pilot, you’ll have access to the jumpseat(s) in the cockpit of both your airline and other airlines, usually for free. With this benefit, you can travel virtually anywhere in the world on your own.

People
Just as pilots usually love their jobs, you’ll find that the other professionals you work with enjoy theirs, too. You’ll meet many different people, cultures, and their associated ideas. There are few things more enjoyable than flying with a group of people who love their jobs and the airline biz.

Live Wherever You Want
Since pilots can fly very inexpensively on their own airline, or use the pilot-exclusive cockpit jumpseats on their own carrier or just about any other carrier for free, many pilots choose to live outside of the city they are based in with their airline. For example, a Chicago based pilot could live in Florida if he or she desires. As long as the pilot allows enough time to fly from their home to their airline’s domicile to begin their trips, it’s perfectly acceptable to commute and live wherever you choose. Some pilots, however, would find such a commute stressful and undesirable so therefore chose to live in their assigned domicile. Regardless, the pilot can choose to live “in base” or anywhere else, as desired. Few jobs offer that type of flexibility. 

Many Airlines Don’t Care About Your Age
This is more for career changers, but unlike other professions where once you hit a “certain age” it becomes more and more difficult to find employment, in the airline business the airlines don’t really seem to care how old one is. In particular, during the short periods of time of airline economic growth where regional airlines get desperate for anyone to take their low paying, low quality, entry-level jobs, they’ll hire just about anyone who meets minimum qualifications. You could be 60 years old for all they care. If you meet their minimum requirements and can withstand the financially difficult regional airline first officer lifestyle, the job will likely be yours!  

You Don’t Take Your Job Home with You
Many professionals, even when at home, are still chained to their company. Even on days off, they still may be required to answer e-mails, texts, or phone calls. For the most part, when you set the parking brake on the last leg of your last day, that’s it.  You don’t take your job home with you. There may be some times where you might have to do a little “homework” for the job (like preparing for your checkrides or upgrades) but again, for the most part, unless you’re on call you are not required to answer your phone or be “available” to the company.

If you want to read all the related posts you will find them under the tag #The Truth About the Profession