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Scary Fact #48: Princes Street Gardens (Edinburgh).

Surely there’s nothing spooky about Edinburgh’s vast city centre park? Think again. Until the 1760s it was the Nor’ Loch, a filthy body of water that was used to test witches and was the site of multiple deaths. When the land was drained several sets of human remains were found including (according to legend) two skeletons sealed into a barrel who were re-interred somewhere in the grounds.


Queens consort of England: Catherine of Valois

Catherine of Valois was the daughter of King Charles VI of France and Isabelle of Bavaria, daughter of Duke Stephen III of Bavaria-Ingolstadt. Catherine was born at the royal palace of the Hôtel Saint-Pol in Paris on 27 October 1401, one of eight children born of the marriage. An older sister, Isabella of Valois, had previously been married to King Richard II.

Catherine’s father, Charles VI was mentally ill, he is believed to have suffered from schizophrenia, Charles experienced delusions, believing he was made of glass or denying he had a wife and children. He ran from room to room until he collapsed from exhaustion, declaring that his enemies were upon him. Charles’ illness is believed to have been later inherited by his grandson, Henry VI of England. Charles’ ancestors were closely related. His mother, the French Princess, Joan of Bourbon (1338-1377) was slightly unstable, as were her brother, Louis, Duke of Bourbon, her father and grandfather, she suffered a complete nervous breakdown in 1373 after the birth of her seventh child.

By the time Catherine had reached the age of three, the decision was reached that for the sake of his health and dignity Charles VI should retire from public life. Catherine’s mother, Queen Isabeau, an arrogant and ruthless woman, was openly unfaithful to her father. Acquiring the assistance of her brother Louis, Duke of Bavaria and her brother-in-law Louis, Duke of Orleans, she seized control of the government of France from the rival forces of the King’s cousin John, Duke of Burgundy. Catherine and her sisters, Marie and Michelle and her brother the Dauphin Louis, were at one point carried off by the Duke of Bavaria during power struggles at the French court. Catherine’s early years were dismal and impoverished, her only education was obtained in a convent at Poissy.

King Henry V of England renewed the English claim to the French throne and invaded France. Agreement was finally reached in 1420 by the Treaty of Troyes. By its terms King Charles VI of France recognised Henry as his heir, disinheriting his own son, the Dauphin Charles and the English King married Charles’ youngest daughter, Catherine on 2nd June 1420.

Catherine travelled to England with her husband and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 23 February 1421. Henry’s brother, Thomas, Duke of Clarence was killed fighting in France at the field of Baugy. Determined to avenge his death, Henry returned to France in June 1421. Queen Catherine gave birth to a son, Henry, on 6 December 1421 at Windsor. Leaving her son in the care of his uncle, Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, she joined Henry in France in May 1422, the child and his father were never to meet, Henry V contracted dysentery during the siege of Meaux and died on 31 August 1422, at the age of 34, leaving Catherine a widow. Her father King Charles VI died a few months later, leaving the infant Henry VI king of England and France.

In 1428, Henry V’s younger brother, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, concerned that a step-father of the infant king could wield too much influence, secured the passing of an act to prevent Catherine from marrying without the consent of the king and council. Now Dowager Queen, Catherine sometimes took part in state processions, contemporaries describe how often on such occasions, ‘the infant king was seated on her lap’.

Owen ap Maredudd ap Tudor, a Welshman of relatively modest background, who had entered the service of Henry V and distinguished himself at Agincourt, was appointed as keeper of the wardrobe to the twenty year old widow. By all accounts Owen was a handsome young man, the chroniclers dwell upon the beauty, at some point he became the Dowager Queen’s lover. Legend relates that Owen caught the Queen’s eye when she saw him swimming, or that he tripped and fell into her lap when dancing. The affair is thought to have started at Leeds Castle in Kent.

No documentation has survived of Catherine’s marriage to Owen Tudor in 1429. The discovery of at least three of the queen’s illegitimate children had caused scandal at the time, and was seen as an insult to the memory of the great Henry V. Owen and Catherine produced at least five children in all. Edmund, Jasper and Owen Tudor were all born away from court. Owen later became a monk. They also had two daughters, Tacinda, who married Reginald Grey, 7th Baron Grey de Wilton and Margaret who later became a nun.

In 1436, when Catherine was pregnant with her fifth child by Tudor, rumours of the Queen’s secret marriage reached the ear of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester. Owen Tudor was imprisoned and Catherine retired to Bermondsey Abbey, shortly after giving birth to their daughter Margaret, on 3 January 1437. Distressed and traumatised at the forced separation from her husband and children, Catherine fell gravely ill. Her son Henry VI sent her a 'tablet of gold, weighing thirteen ounces on which was a crucifix set with pearls and sapphires’ as a token of his love. Catherine died in disgrace on 3rd January 1437 and was buried in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey. Henry VI provided an altar tomb and included an inscription describing her as his father’s widow, with no reference to her second marriage.

Catherine’s will addressed to her son the King, refers in a guarded manner to an intent known only to him, 'in tender and favourable fulfilling of mine intent’ is thought to refer to her wishes regarding her children by Owen Tudor, which may have been revealed to him before her confinement in Bermondsey.

Owen Tudor was arrested soon after her death, he appeared before the Council, acquitted himself of all charges and was released. On his return journey to Wales, he was arrested again. He attempted to escape from Newgate Jail in early 1438 and was eventually moved to Windsor Castle in July of that year. Henry VI, when he came of age, 'never forgave his uncle Gloucester the harsh usage his mother had experienced’. He knighted his stepfather Owen, made him Warden of Forestries, and appointed him a Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

Owen lived on until 1461, on 2nd February 1461 he led the Lancastrian forces at the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross for his step-son against Edward, Earl of March, the Yorkist claimant to the throne. The Lancastrian’s were defeated in battle and Owen was subsequently beheaded at Hereford. He was reported not to have been convinced of his impending death until the collar was ripped off his doublet by the executioner. At this point he is alleged to have said that “the head which used to lie in Queen Catherine’s lap would now lie in the executioner’s basket”. His head was set on the market cross, where a mad woman combed his hair and washed his face, setting lighted wax torches round about it.

The two eldest sons of Owen and Catherine, Edmund and Jasper, went to live with Katherine de la Pole, Abbess of Barking and sister of the Duke of Suffolk. Sometime after 1442, the king, their half-brother, took on a role in their upbringing and they were given Earldoms by Henry VI, Edmund became Earl of Richmond and married Lady Margaret Beaufort, he was to become the father of Henry VII, the founder of England’s Tudor dynasty. Jasper Tudor became Earl of Pembroke .

The wooden effigy which was carried at Catherine’s funeral still survives at Westminster Abbey and is on display in the Undercroft Museum. Her tomb was originally surmounted by an alabaster memorial, but this was destroyed during extensions to the abbey in the reign of her grandson, Henry VII. It has been said that King Henry ordered her memorial to be removed to distance himself from his illegitimate ancestry. At this time, the lid of Catherine’s coffin was accidentally raised, revealing her corpse, which for generations became a tourist attraction. In 1669 the diarist Samuel Pepys kissed the long-deceased queen on his birthday- 'On Shrove Tuesday 1669, I to the Abbey went, and by favour did see the body of Queen Catherine of Valois, and had the upper part of the body in my hands, and I did kiss her mouth, reflecting upon it I did kiss a Queen: and this my birthday and I thirty-six years old and I did kiss a Queen.'Catherine’s remains were not properly re-interred until the reign of Queen Victoria, when in 1878 her body was re-buried in Henry V’s chantry.

Carol Ann Duffy - Richard - A eulogy written for the re-interment of Richard III’s bones at Leicester Cathedral - Read by Benedict Cumberbatch - 26 March 2015.

by Carol Ann Duffy (1955-)

My bones, scripted in light, upon cold soil,
a human braille. My skull, scarred by a crown,
emptied of history. Describe my soul
as incense, votive, vanishing; your own
the same. Grant me the carving of my name.

These relics, bless. Imagine you re-tie
a broken string and on it thread a cross,
the symbol severed from me when I died.
The end of time – an unknown, unfelt loss –
unless the Resurrection of the Dead …

or I once dreamed of this, your future breath
in prayer for me, lost long, forever found;
or sensed you from the backstage of my death,
as kings glimpse shadows on a battleground.

cutiejea  asked:

Does the 'bond' for demiromantics have to be emotional or could it be mental as well? This has been in my head for quite some time so knowing what counts as the 'bond' for romantic attractions would help a lot.


I believe that it could be either! They’re nearly inter-changeable terms to begin with, so to answer your question, in theory, yes it could be either!

going through my inbox, this may take a while!

Memorial Day in America – always celebrated on the last Monday in May – is a day in which we honor our country’s fallen soldiers. In honor of the day, here’s a history of the holiday:

History of Memorial Day
Following the end of the American Civil War, many places set aside a day to honor soldiers who died in battle. These observances eventually coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and several Confederate memorial days.

Supposedly, the first Memorial Day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who died in captivity. The freed slaves re-interred the dead Union soldiers from the mass grave into individual graves, fenced in the graveyard, and built an entry arch declaring it a Union graveyard. On May 30, 1887, slaves returned to the graveyard with flowers, thus creating the first Decoration Day. A parade with thousands of freed blacks and Union soldiers was followed by patriotic singing and a picnic.

However, the official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village is credited with starting the holiday because it observed the day on May 5, 1866, and continued the tradition every year, whereas previous celebrations were sporadic.

Waterloo resident General Logan had been impressed by the way the South honored their dead and decided the Union needed a similar day. Logan had been a speaker at a memorial observation on April 29, 1866, in Carbondale, Illinois – an event that gave him the idea to make it a national holiday.

On May 5, 1868, as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veteran’s organization, Logan issued a proclamation stating that “Decoration Day” be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 that year. The date was chosen because no battle had occurred on that day.

Many of the states in the U.S. South refused to celebrate Decoration Day due to lingering hostility toward the Union Army, and also because there were very few veterans of the Union Army who lived in the South.

The alternative name of “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882, but only became common after World War II. It was declared the official name by federal law in 1967.

On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May. Memorial Day has endured as one holiday during which most businesses stay closed because it marks the beginning of the “summer vacation season.”

Towns usually sponsor Memorial Day parades honoring those who have served in battle. The President holds a ceremony at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C., and a national moment of remembrance.

Blessed Memorial of St Pope Celestine V - 19 May -  Born 1210 at Isneria, Abruzzi, Italy as Pietro del Morrone;  Papal Ascension – 5 July 1294 – Papal Abdication – 13 December 1294.  Died:  • 19 May 1296 in Rome, Italy of natural causes.  St Celestine is buried in the church of Saint Agatha, Ferentino, Italy and re-interred in the Church of Saint Maria di Collemaggio, Aquila, Italy.  Monk, Hermit, Pope, Founder.  Patron of Bookbinders,Papal resignations, Aquila, Urbino, Molisem Sant’Angelo Limosano.   Attributes – Papal vestments, Papal tiara, Book

Peter Celestine, was Pope for five months from 5 July to 13 December 1294, when he resigned.   He was also a monk and hermit who founded the order of the Celestines as a branch of the Benedictine order.
He was elected pope in the Catholic Church’s last non-conclave papal election, ending a two-year impasse.   Among the only edicts of his to remain in force was the confirmation of the right of the pope to abdicate;  nearly all of his other official acts were annulled by his successor, Boniface VIII.   On 13 December 1294, a week after issuing the decree, Celestine resigned, stating his desire to return to his humble, pre-papal life.   He was subsequently imprisoned by Boniface in the castle of Fumone in the Campagna region, in order to prevent his potential installation as antipope.   He died in prison on 19 May 1296 at the age of 81.
St Celestine was canonized on 5 May 1313 by Pope Clement V.   No subsequent pope has taken the name Celestine.

Pietro Angelerio was born to parents Angelo Angelerio and Maria Leone in a town called Sant’Angelo Limosano, in the Kingdom of Sicilia (Sicily).   After his father’s death he began working in the fields.   His mother Maria was a key figure in Pietro’s spiritual development:  she imagined a different future for her deeply beloved son than becoming just a farmer or a shepherd.   From the time he was a child, he showed great intelligence and love for others.   He became a Benedictine monk at Faifoli in the Diocese of Benevento when he was 17.   He showed an extraordinary disposition toward asceticism and solitude and in 1239 retired to a solitary cavern on the mountain Morrone, hence his name (Peter of Morrone).   Five years later he left this retreat and went with two companions to a similar cave on the even more remote Mountain of Maiella in the Abruzzi region of central Italy, where he lived as strictly as possible according to the example of St. John the Baptist.   Accounts exist of the severity of his penitential practices.

The cardinals assembled at Perugia after the death of Pope Nicholas IV in April 1292. After more than two years, a consensus had still not been reached.   Pietro, well known to the cardinals as a Benedictine hermit, sent the cardinals a letter warning them that divine vengeance would fall upon them if they did not quickly elect a pope.   Latino Malabranca, the aged and ill dean of the College of Cardinals cried out, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, I elect brother Pietro di Morrone.” The cardinals promptly ratified Malabranca’s desperate decision.   When sent for, Pietro obstinately refused to accept the papacy and even, as Petrarch says, tried to flee, until he was finally persuaded by a deputation of cardinals accompanied by the king of Naples and the pretender to the throne of Hungary.   Elected on 5 July 1294, at age 79, he was crowned at Santa Maria di Collemaggio in the city of Aquila in the Abruzzo on 29 August, taking the name Celestine V.

Shortly after assuming office, Celestine issued a papal bull granting a rare plenary indulgence to all pilgrims visiting Santa Maria di Collemaggio through its holy door on the anniversary of his papal coronation.   The Perdonanza Celestiniana festival is celebrated in L’Aquila every 28–29 August in commemoration of this event.

With no political experience, Celestine proved to be an especially weak and ineffectual pope.   He held his office in the Kingdom of Naples, out of contact with the Roman Curia and under the complete power of King Charles II.    He appointed the king’s favorites to church offices, sometimes several to the same office.   One of these was Louis of Toulouse, whom Celestine ordered given clerical tonsure and minor orders, although this was not carried out.   He renewed a decree of Pope Gregory X that had established stringent rules for papal conclaves after a similarly prolonged election.   In one decree, he appointed three cardinals to govern the church during Advent while he fasted, which was again refused.  Realizing his lack of authority and personal incompatibility with papal duties, he consulted with Cardinal Benedetto Caetani (his eventual successor) about the possibility of resignation.   This resulted in one final decree declaring the right of resignation, which he promptly exercised after five months and eight days in office, thus on 13 December 1294, Celestine V resigned.   In the formal instrument of renunciation, he recited as the causes moving him to the step: “The desire for humility, for a purer life, for a stainless conscience, the deficiencies of his own physical strength, his ignorance, the perverseness of the people, his longing for the tranquility of his former life”.   Having divested himself of every outward symbol of papal dignity, he slipped away from Naples and attempted to retire to his old life of solitude.

The next pope to resign of his own accord was Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, 719 years later.

The former Celestine, now reverted to Pietro Angelerio, was not allowed to become a hermit once again.   Various parties had opposed his resignation and the new Pope Boniface VIII had reason to worry that one of them might install him as an antipope.  To prevent this he ordered Pietro to accompany him to Rome.   Pietro escaped and hid in the woods before attempting to return to Sulmona to resume monastic life.   This proved impossible and Pietro was captured after an attempt to flee to Dalmatia was thwarted when a tempest forced his ship to return to port. Boniface imprisoned him in the castle of Fumone near Ferentino in Campagna, attended by two monks of his order, where Pietro died after 10 months at about the age of 81.   His supporters spread the allegation that Boniface had treated him harshly and ultimately executed Pietro but the historical evidence is lacking.   Pietro was buried at Ferentino but his body was subsequently removed to the Basilica Santa Maria di Collemaggio in Aquila.

Philip IV of France, who had supported Celestine and bitterly opposed Boniface, nominated Celestine for sainthood following the election of Pope Clement V.   The latter signed a decree of dispensation on 13 May 1306 to investigate the nomination.   He was canonised on 5 May 1313 after a consistory.   Most modern interest in Celestine V has focused on his resignation.   He was the first pope to formalise the resignation process and is often said to have been the first to resign.   In fact he was preceded in this by Pope Pontian (235), John XVIII (1009), Benedict IX (1045) and Gregory VI (1046).   As noted above, Celestine’s own decision was brought about by mild pressure from the Church establishment.   His reinstitution of Gregory X’s conclave system established by the papal bull Ubi periculum has been respected ever since.

A 1966 visit by Pope Paul VI to Celestine’s place of death in Ferentino along with his speech in homage of Celestine prompted speculation that the Pontiff was considering retirement.

Celestine’s remains survived the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake with one Italian spokesman saying it was “another great miracle by the pope”.   They were then recovered from the basilica shortly after the earthquake.   While inspecting the earthquake damage during a 28 April 2009 visit to the Aquila, Pope Benedict XVI visited Celestine’s remains in the badly damaged Santa Maria di Collemaggio and left the woolen pallium he wore during his papal inauguration in April 2005 on his glass casket as a gift.

To mark the 800th anniversary of Celestine’s birth, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the Celestine year from 28 August 2009 through 29 August 2010.   Benedict XVI visited the Sulmona Cathedral, near Aquila, on 4 July 2010 as part of his observance of the Celestine year and prayed before the altar consecrated by Celestine containing his relics, on 10 October 1294.


I read Blood of Emmett Till recently, so seeing this was quite moving.

The African American History Museum now features the original casket that held Emmett Till’s body. (He was re-interred in a new one years ago after they had him exhumed for testing. At the family’s request, no pictures are allowed of the casket.)

14-year-old Till was brutally murdered in the 1950’s for the crime of allegedly whistling at a white woman. His body was so badly mutilated by his killers that his mother had trouble identifying it.

Mamie Till-Mobley insisted on an open casket funeral so that ‘the world (could) see what Mississippi had done’ to her son.

Thousands of people turned up to see Till’s body, etching it into the public consciousness and turning him into a martyr for the Civil Rights movement. The lines to get into the church stretched around the block.

62 years later, people are still filing past in a solemn line to see his casket. The line stretched around the museum and people waiting were being turned away when the museum closed.

King Richard III's re-interment carries pomp and grandeur of state funeral

It was not a funeral, the Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, reminded the congregation of his cathedral, which had been transformed into a grove of foliage and white roses – and the reminder about Richard III was very much needed.

Every pew was filled with guests in military uniforms, black or navy suits, academic gowns, decorations and honours, chains of office, silver white boar badges, white rose brooches and fabulous hats.

The guests included the Duke of Gloucester, Sophie Countess of Wessex, and the Duke of Norfolk, whose responsibilities include royal funerals. The music included a fanfare and new setting of the national anthem by the master of the Queen’s music, Judith Weir. Read more.


The Nefarious Plot to Steal Lincoln,

In 1876 a two bit Irish gangster in Chicago named “Big Jim” Kennally was certainly in a bind.  His gang’s most profitable venture was in counterfeiting, but recently their master engraver, Benjamin Boyd, had recently been caught and sentenced to ten years in prison.  Without Boyd, the his gang would be out of the counterfeiting business.  To get his man back Kennally came up with a ransoming scheme that was the weirdest and most convoluted scheme in the history of kidnapping.

At Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois can be found the final resting place of the Lincoln family.  There the corpse of Abraham Lincoln rested within the vaults of a large family mausoleum.  The cemetery had no security, no local police patrols, and the groundskeeper did not live on the premises.  In fact Oak Ridge Cemetery was located two miles outside of Springfield in a very secluded area.  Kennally’s scheme was to break into the Lincoln vault and steal Lincoln’s corpse.  After burying the body in a secret location Kennally intended to use Lincoln as a bargaining chip for the release of Boyd, as well as a $200,000 cash ransom.

Kennally recruited two of his gang members, Terrence Mullen and Jack Hughes, as well as two outsiders, Lewis Swegels, who was a professional grave robber, and Billy Brown, who was the getaway driver.  On the night of November 7th, 1876 the gang broke into the Lincoln mausoleum to steal Lincoln's corpse.  The only thing locking the door to the mausoleum was a padlock, however none had any experience picking locks, so they cut open the lock with a file.  Once in the tomb they pried open Lincoln’s marble sarcophagus.  The thieves attached ropes to Lincoln’s coffin, but found that they could not lift the 500 pound casket.  Not only was the coffin made of cedar, but was lined with lead, a very heavy metal which was thought to preserve the corpse.  As the befuddled thieves considered their options, Secret Service agents approached the tomb.

Little did the thieves realize, the outside man and graverobber, Lewis Swegels, was really a paid informant of the Secret Service.  Beforehand he had notified the local Secret Service office of the planned body snatching.  As the agents approached one of the officers pistols accidentally discharged, causing the group of agents to take cover in preparation for a gun battle.  This gave Jim Kennally and his gang enough time to make a getaway.  The Secret Service, however, was led to their location in Chicago by Swegels, where they were all apprehended.  All faced light charges, as there was few laws dealing with graverobbery at the time.

After the attempt to steal Lincoln’s corpse an organization called The Lincoln Guard of Honor was formed to protect the body.  The coffin was kept in a secret location, first hidden under a pile of lumber, then buried under the mausoleum itself.  Finally in 1900 the Lincoln tomb underwent a restoration and renovation project.  In 1901 Lincoln and his family were re-interred in the tomb.  To ensure that no one could steal his corpse again, Lincoln’s coffin was placed ten feet in the ground, surrounded by a steal cage, then encased a several tons of concrete.  Today Lincoln’s corpse still rests peacefully at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.  

A/N: Ford versus Jimmy. @pinesinthewoods @aspiring-procrastinator @fan-art-ic @peekabooitsmiko @taccoman @logicalbookthief

The contact of the unicorn leather with his skin made Jimmy yell in pain, and he and Ford tumbled to the ground, Ford allowing his fist to lead him instead of his feet.

Ford straddled Jimmy, then pulled his other fist back and punched him again, right in the face. Jimmy threw his hands out and fought to push Ford off, but with the power of elbows and Ford pushing his hands past Jimmy’s and wrapping his gloved fingers around Jimmy’s neck, Ford kept his position.

Strangling was never Ford’s style, but the smell of singing flesh and the sound of Jimmy gargling in pain made him consider it for a moment.

It took a moment longer than Ford’s rational side of his brain was comfortable with, but he moved his hands from the throat, leaving on in place just enough to keep a burning sensation on Jimmy’s exposed collar bone. He pulled his other hand back and begun to punch Jimmy repeatedly in the face.

He watched as Jimmy regenerated the skin that he had damaged with each punch, making it look as though Ford wasn’t doing as much damage as he was.

But the unicorn leather was leaving bruises and blood, even as the skin healed over. It was something.

“Stan is not weak! He’s not pathetic!”

Ford thought back to when they were children and this kind of activity had been exhausting for Ford. He had hated physical exertion. He had hated boxing.

He was glad he had taken it.

“Stan defended me every day of our childhood!”

Each fact was repeatedly punctuated with a punch.

“He went to prison in three different countries and is still here!”

Dimension hopping had taught him that prison everywhere was terrible. As much as Ford didn’t want to think about it, he was pretty sure Stan’s implication that he had been raped had happened in prison.

“He re-built an inter-dimensional portal with only a third of the instructions while only having a high school education! No matter how long I was gone or how much I pretended not to care, he never gave up on me!”

His arm was getting tired, so he switched. Jimmy was struggling to get a hold on Ford in an attempt to flip them over and change the situation to Jimmy’s benefit, but so far he was failing.

“He brought home three gold medals from boxing tournaments! He survived being homeless for ten years! He made sure I had a house to come back to! He gave me a reason to be proud of my birth defect! He was the first person to ever make me feel like I wasn’t a freak!”

Punching started to feel repetitive, but he didn’t want to stop, and it wasn’t like he had unicorn leather boots. The unicorn hide was the only reason this was hurting the man at all, anyway. Maybe a combo of backhanding and slapping him would be effective?

“Ford,” was said faintly somewhere behind him.

“Stan Pines is a better man than you’ll ever be! You never deserved him, and he sure as hell deserves better than you!” 

Ford pulled his hand back to hit Jimmy again, but something pulled on his arm.

Ford turned his head and looked to see who it was.

Stanley stood there, tears still in his eyes, gripping onto his coat sleeve.

“Stop it, Ford,” Stan said, far too softly.

Ford could only remember him speaking that softly when they were children. Never as adults. And it was only ever their father had yelled at them or given them a particularly harsh punishment.

“Just leave ‘im alone.”

The fight in Ford died suddenly as he saw the look on Stan’s face.

Jimmy then pushed Ford off him and got to his feet, eyes glowing red and smoking.

Jimmy lunged for the twins, but he suddenly found rope and chains being lassoed over him.

“What!?” Jimmy shouted, his face and throat slow to regenerate the skin that Ford’s gloves had burned off.

Ghost Eyes and the other prisoners had stepped it and were reeling Jimmy in.

“I think we know exactly who’d like to see you!” Gideon said. “Ghost Eyes, deliver him to Bill. I think they’d find a way to make sure he knows how to party.”

Jimmy was then dragged again, kicking and screaming.

Ford got back to his feet and looked at Stanley. Somehow his twin looked older than he was.


He said something, and Ford couldn’t really hear it.

“Come again?”

“Don’t ever do that again,” Stan said, just as softly as before.

“Don’t … ? Don’t what, protect you? Stanley, I meant every word. You’re not weak, you’re not pathetic, you’re not good-for-nothing. You didn’t deserve any of what he did to you.”

“Uh, Stanford? Er, Stanley? I mean - both of you,” Gideon spoke up. Ford and Stan turned their heads to look at him. “We should really get going if we’re gonna take on Bill. Regrouping at the Shack and getting who we need for the prophecy before rescuing Robbie from Bill’s human statue throne should be of top priority right now. Bill will only be entertained by that … unpleasant man for a little while.” 

Ford sighed. The child was right. And this meant that Gideon was willing to help them, though he couldn’t be sure why the child had changed his mind.

Gideon had the prison buddies who had stuck around drive all of them back to the Shack, with Spitfire’s and Dipper’s bikes strapped to the back of two of the cars. Gideon sat in the front seat with Dipper and Mabel in the back in their car.

“Mabel?” Gideon said.

“Yes, Gideon?” Mabel sighed.

“You, um… . You don’t have to go on a date with me if you don’t want to.”

Both twins’ eyes widened.

“Repeat that?” Dipper asked.

“Mabel doesn’t have to go on a date with me to get me to work with you guys. I mean, I’d love it if she did want to go on a date with me, but … I’m not making it a requirement.”

The twins looked at each other.

“Wow, thanks, Gideon,” Mabel said. “Who knew there really was some good in you?”

“Well, after … earlier, I’ve … decided I don’t want to be anything like that Jimmy brute.”

“Me neither,” Dipper said. “Though the biker look is growing on me.”