Okay, are you ready for this? Don’t say I never treat you. Do you guys, right now, want some fan service? Do you want me to just give the people what they want? … Okay, you’re not ready for this, you’re not ready for this. Are you ready? You’re just gonna die. You’re not ready for this. Okay, this is going to be insane. You’re not ready for this. So we were out having lunch with our friend Laura and then I had to go meet up with my mum, who was in town, because I left my denim jacket at their house over Christmas - boring. And I went outside in just [the weed jumper] and this is really cold, right? ‘Cause when the wind blows and such and it’s been really warm in London recently but I went out and it was like freezing and I had to go walk for like twenty minutes to meet my mum, so you know what I did? While Phil was going home and I was going for a walk? I asked Phil if I could borrow his coat and I DID. Holy shit. So for twenty minutes today, I was wearing Phil’s coat. That-that… I mean, don’t say I never do anything for you. Okay? Don’t say… don’t say I don’t give the trash cans what they want. Don’t say I’m too busy acknowledging what the casual viewers and the calm people that don’t like crazy people, that leaves comments on my videos saying ‘Dan, this doesn’t represent me. I’m a normal person. I really don’t like watching these danisnotonfire videos where you're crying all the time. I feel like it’s too intense. We’re not all like that.’ You know, so there you go. I mean honestly.
Rocket: “We’re from the union.” Kraglin: “The union?” Rocket: “We represent workers in all intergalactic industries, both legal and illegal.” Kraglin: “Oh, of course.” Rocket: “Are you feeling at all degraded or oppressed?” Kraglin: “A little. We don’t even have dental.” Rocket, turning to Groot: “They don’t even have dental…”
This was the kiss he’d been waiting for. It was a gunshot. It was a prairie fire. It was the spin of Makker’s Wheel. Jesper felt the pounding of his heart–or was it Wylan’s?–like a stampede in his chest, and the only thought in his head was a happy, startled, Oh.
pose borrowed with some changes from this MUCH BETTER fanart
To the Check Please fandom: I love you, but you guys are missing out on something that I think you’ll love.
It’s called You Could Make a Life
The latest Check Please update currently has over 12,000 notes on tumblr and the ycmal chapter with the most likes and comments has less than 1000. Based on how great ycmal is, I can only assume that you guys are unaware of its existence or these numbers would be more similar.
It’s superficially similar to Check Please in that every story is about a gay, male, hockey player and his life on and off the rink.
Keep reading for my pitch or just go straight here and treat yourself to some fantastic writing
Ycmal is a series of stories that exist in the same universe but can each be read independently. There are nine (NINE!) complete stories ranging from less than 4000 words to 158,966 words (trust me, when you read this long one, you’ll be grateful for the length).
In addition, there are so so many short snippets about the characters. Think Ngozi’s extras but this is where the author’s incredible generosity comes in. Most of these stories are based on direct requests from readers and they range from “everybody’s cats!” to bodyguard AUs. If you’re still not convinced then read on.
To borrow some quotes from that amazing Check Please primer that went around for a long time:
What’s that you like zany casts?
Dan Riley: The gateway drug and a true romantic
Marc Lapointe: Shitty’s social justice in an almost Bitty-sized body but with more pretentiousness, and he’s French! (Canadian)
Ulf Larsson: Swedish sex god who makes bad decisions
“Vinny” Vincent: His teammates call him Bambi and he’s a goalie
Anton Petrov: Angry bub defence man
David Chapman: Seriously his character development is the most amazing thing. You will LOVE him
Jake Lourdes: We voted on what we thought of him and half of the suggestions were some variant of “golden retriever”
This isn’t anywhere nearly all of the characters. I haven’t even touched on the supporting characters and they’re all delightful
Are main character guy and pupil guy going to kiss? (No, nobody stylistically differs by having pupils but they all have pupils so it still fits)
The number one recommendation as long as you’re up for paying for a novel right now is purchasing You Could Make a Life here. This is the namesake of the whole universe, the epic love story of Dan and Marc and a book that I have read approximately six separate times not including the times I’ve read sections.
The number two recommendation depends on what you’re feeling right now.
between the teeth is my personal favourite. It is absolutely incredible in terms of plot and character development, and it has a lot of my favourite characters. (Hold your breath for Kiro people, then you can use the breath you saved to laugh your ass off) This is the long one though so maybe the next suggestion?
- Vinny gets a life would be an amazing first entrance to this universe. Vinny is a super fun narrator and the story and central relationship are both compelling
- In taking it apart has the tagline “He made his bed and then he fucked a teenager in it.” This one earns an Explicit rating on ao3 more than any of the others
Just please don’t start with throw up your fists, throw out your wits because that one can be emotionally tough to get through.
You guys, Check Please is an incredible and unique work of art but everyone I know that loves ycmal loves Check Please so I think they cater to similar tastes. Give these stories some love and improve your lives.
where do you even start on the russo-japanese war? it was a war of iconography, a racist battleground for the rest of the great powers (roosevelt provided the commentary of “the plucky little japanese”), a test run for world war i, and an effective death knell for two empires (not even a decade after the close of the sino-japanese war, russia would come to find that revolution was a bigger threat than any humiliating peace the japanese could deliver). it wasnt just “the victory that startled the old world and warned the new,” it, along with many of the events of the late 19th century, was a preview of the sheer bloodshed that would beget the rest of the 20th century
im going to borrow a quote from a different scholar here and when people ask on the aftermath of this conflict, i wanna answer, “we are still seeing the effects”