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spades-king asked:

Do you have any fic recs with Alfred getting mad and Arthur calming him down?

Hmm, this request was rather tricky. It’s more common to have Arthur get mad with Alfred being the one to calm him down. So I had to go with the more general theme of “fights” here.

Fighting and making up

Make-up Sex

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moon at nine by deborah ellis

From Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile. It is 1988; ever since the Shah was overthrown, the deeply conservative and religious government controls every facet of life in Iran. If the Revolutionary Guard finds out about her mother’s Bring Back the Shah activities, her family could be thrown in jail, or worse.

The day she meets Sadira, Farrin’s life changes forever. Sadira is funny, wise, and outgoing; the two girls become inseparable. But as their friendship deepens into romance, the relationship takes a dangerous turn. It is against the law to be gay in Iran; the punishment is death. Despite their efforts to keep their love secret, the girls are discovered and arrested. Separated from Sadira, Farrin can only pray as she awaits execution. Will her family find a way to save them both?

Based on real-life events, multi-award winning author Deborah Ellis’s new book is a tense and riveting story about a world where homosexuality is considered so abhorrent that it is punishable by death.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Review: Weeping Flower Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai

I was delighted by Kris Mukai’s The Extremely Small Witch Bibi, Who Lives in Mrs. Sen’s Garden (my review of which you can find here), and I’ve been sitting on a copy of Mukai’s latest work, Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness (Weeping Flower hereon in) for a while now. Weeping Flower is a 25 page purple, red, and green risograph-printed comic that Mukai self-published in April 2015. Mukai has, between the two works, grown as a writer; Bibi, while cozy and playful, does not have the intensity of purpose that Weeping Flower displays.

Weeping Flower follows Eleanor and Micky, two neighborhood friends who play in the woods around their homes. The adventures the two have together are pretty simple, exploring abandoned campfires and creekbeds. The idyllic exploration initially masks what is a very tense comic (we later we find out that Eleanor and Micky’s older brothers, Jeremy and Lawson, are missing). Eleanor and Micky find some completely white flowers under Micky’s family deck, and this strange discovery leads Eleanor down a proverbial rabbit hole.

The comic is something of a period piece, although the period isn’t a far and distant memory - the two youngsters spend time chatting on AOL Instant Messenger, which among other small references place the comic somewhere in the late 90s-early 00s. I thought this was an interesting choice, potentially referencing Mukai’s own childhood memories.

That Jeremy and Lawson are missing has a big impact on the overall mood of the story. Eleanor’s overactive imagination strongly reflects an anxiety that is the result of conflict that exists just out of sight. Not knowing where her brother and Lawson are, Eleanor fills in the gaps of her knowledge of the older boys’ disappearance with her own story.The result fills the book up with skin-crawling imagery. That Eleanor’s worries manifest themselves in such a visual way is a testament to Mukai’s illustrative and storytelling chops; seen and felt, not said, this dysphoria becomes more effective with each pass.

There’s a specific scene I think is worth explicitly mentioning for its spectacular pacing; Eleanor, after a night of horror and anxiety, tells Micky her theory that explains both the white flowers and Jeremy and Lawson’s disappearance. The scene lasts over four pages, and Micky ends up refuting Eleanor’s proposed explanation for Jeremy and Lawson’s disappearance. But Mukai lingers, and gives readers a chance to see a relationship change in that moment. The background conflict Mukai continues to reference throughout Weeping Flower has fundamentally changed the relationship that Eleanor and Micky have, partially because of Eleanor’s anxiety, and partially because of the secrecy of whatever is going on with the older siblings.

Despite the change in overall tone from previous work, the energy of Mukai’s previous cartooning is still here, and breaks out in the best moments. Eleanor falling in the woods, moaning, “I think I broke my butt.” felt childlike and funny and real. But the strength of the malaise of Weeping Flower proves to be its defining aspect, and the part of the comic that lingers well after reading. Recommended.

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Kris Mukai (tumblr: krismukai ) is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Mukai is the host of the Young Talk Podcast and was recently a guest on Mike Dawes’ TCJ Talkies with Annie Mok

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anonymous asked:

ronnie!! did you read best served cold by mea_culpa?? i read it so long ago and it's still one of my favs!

Thank you for the rec :)

Louis was a drama student, so it only made sense that when his best-friend Zayn wanted his help with his film project, Louis agreed. He thought seducing heart breaker freshman Harry Styles would be easy, until he met him and realised the real task would be to not fall in love with him.

Of course I do! Plus, I’ve just gone ahead and covered the whole doctor / nurse / hospital / med school AU.

Doctor Arthur

Doctor Alfred

WW2 Medical

Med School AU

  • His Dearest (by EmpressVegah) - Feeling that it’s for the best, Arthur breaks up with his med student boyfriend. Don’t worry, it ends happily!
  • Status: It’s Complicated (by shiyasim) - After a long time apart, med student Arthur restarts his complicated relationship with Alfred Jones.