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palaces0ut0fparagraphs  asked:

Hi! I love shifted! It's seriously the best part of my Tuesday:) I was wondering-could we see the part where Jamie and Claire find out she's pregnant with Brianna and then decide to go back to Lallybroch together? It's referenced a lot, and I'd like to see how it played out. Thank you!!

For the next few weeks I’ll be writing one-shots in the Shifted universe, filling in the blanks that we don’t see in the main story, before we resume the main action with Part 7 - The Visitor.

If there is a particular scene you’d like to see, send me an ask and I’ll see what I can do!

In Shifted, the premise is simple - what if Claire had gotten pregnant with Brianna a month or two earlier in the story, and she and Jamie had re-evaluated  their priorities and decided that the cause was lost, and they were able to slip away from the army and quietly return to Lallybroch?

Previous installments…


Prelude - The Discovery

Inverness, February 1746

“Let’s call it a night, then – no use losing our eyesight over these  old maps. Cumberland’s men will still be there in the morning.”

“But James –”

No, Your Royal Highness.” Jamie’s voice was tired, but firm. “We’ve been arguing for hours, and still there is no agreement. We need rest – and fresh eyes. The scouts should be back by dawn, and we can go from there.”

“I concur,” O’Sullivan added, adjusting his wig – which had fallen askew over his forehead in the height of the argument.

Prince Charles Edward Stuart strode, tight-lipped, out of the room and in the direction of the kitchens.

The weary generals and advisers quickly dispersed – some to check on their men, others to review the latest dispatches from the Continent – the gold had still not arrived from France.

And still others – like Jamie – to the oblivion of sleep.

His position – and Claire’s vital role tending to the health and well-being of the troops – had landed them a drafty set of rooms on the third floor of the manor house once – still? – owned by a Jacobite on the outskirts of Inverness. The ragtag Highland army was encamped on the frozen grounds – having long overstayed their welcome in the farms of the neighboring villages.

It was February. It was cold. The cause teetered somewhere precariously between total success and utter failure.

But as Jamie crossed the top landing and rapped on the door six times – the signal he and Claire had set for each other – he knew that at least tonight he would be neither cold, nor alone.

The door flew open. Claire – clutching her arisaid around her shoulders, hair all wild.

Swiftly he slipped inside, and she was in his arms.

The fire crackled as they held each other. Savored each other. Breathed each other in.

Claire’s cold fingers wormed under his collar.

“Good evening, my beautiful wife,” he whispered against her crown. “And how was your day, since last we met?”

“Better, now that you’re here,” she whispered.

He pulled back just a bit, taking the ends of her arisaid into his hands and folding the long cloth around them both.

“Scurvy is setting in,” she murmured. “I saw at least ten men with symptoms today. It’s not bad yet, but if their food supply doesn’t improve…”

“It won’t,” he replied softly. “The damn generals canna agree on anything. They got Prince Charles all excited about a possible new strategy that I saw right away wouldna work. And now they’re angry at me for speaking the truth.”

“While the men suffer.”

He sighed. “Aye.”

She swallowed against him – and her pulse stuttered beneath his lips.

“What’s troubling you, Sassenach?”

She said nothing, but pulled back to look at him.

Christ, when had those wrinkles appeared at the creases of her eyes?

What had this life done to her?

What had he done to her?

“It didn’t come today, Jamie.”

Tears flooded her eyes. His heart leapt to his throat.

“Forty-six days. There’s only one possible explanation.”

Joy.

Terror.

Awe.

Gasta,” he breathed.

Two weeks now they had waited. At first Claire explained that the delay could be due to any number of factors – stress, poor diet. But as the days passed, and still no sign of her monthly –

Jamie dropped to his knees and pressed his face against Claire’s belly. She wove her fingers into his hair, anchoring him.

“I don’t know whether to be happy or sad.” Her voice was choked – her fingers trembling.

Mo nighean donn – this is the happiest news we’ve had in a long while. As ye ken weel.”

They stayed like that for what could have been minutes or hours – thinking.

“I want to go home,” Claire finally spoke. She crossed her legs and sat before Jamie on the threadbare rug. “But I can’t leave you, Jamie. I won’t.”

He pursed his lips, still deep in thought.

“I’ve sacrificed so much already – you have, too.” His eyes watched the fire consume another log. “We’re at an impasse. It’s not too late to leave.”

“What do you mean?”

Now he turned to face her – eyes wide. “I’m saying that we leave. I resign my post, bring the men back to Lallybroch. Avoid the battle – the ruin – that we ken is coming.”

The log snapped in two.

“You’d do that?” Her voice was small. “I can’t ask you to give that up –”

“Damn it, Claire! None of it matters now. You – and the bairn – you must be in a safe place. And it’s my duty to provide ye wi’ that safe place. Enough of this damn fool prince and the generals with their heads up their arses!”

“Sshh!” she hissed.

“I dinna give a fig if they hear. Nobody will admit it – the cause is lost. The emperor – the prince – he has nae clothes on.” Jamie shifted to take her hands. “So – so we will leave. I will take ye home, and we will raise the bairn away from all this nonsense.”

“But what about Murtagh? Dougal? And what will Prince Charles think?”

“I’ll figure it out,” he vowed. “I always do.”

She shook her head. “Are we being selfish? Does this make us bad people, for just -just wanting to leave everything behind?”

“No.” His voice was strong – confident – definite. “No, Claire. We are doing what’s right for us. For our family. That canna be wrong.”

Then he abruptly stood, pulling her upright, and led he to the edge of the bed. She had been sleeping before he came in – the quilt on her side was turned back.

She reached up for a kiss.

“When do we start?”

He kicked off his boots and lay her against the pillow. “Tomorrow. Tonight, we celebrate this gift from God.”

And in the small, dark hours of the deep night, she woke to his whispers.

Her Gaidhlig was still far from perfect – but she’d recognize the words for “white dove” anywhere.

i had the weirdest dreams last night? i had a dream i was with crissy (like domo and crissy) and taking care of their baby in the house i grew up in and domo had cheated on crissy and was leaving her for someone else and i slapped the other woman 7 times? exactly and then i walked out and i was alone and i was looking for arlie but she didn’t exist and i kept getting my heart broken and it felt so visceral remembering that aching pain? and i kept lamenting i just want to find my one! and then i was performing at a concert and this guy i went to high school with was stealing all my songs and claiming they were his own and i had to re-release my album and defend myself but it worked out for the best because he made my songs blow up from the controversy and i celebrated by going to a drive in movie at a haunted house

DWTS S24 Week 2 Recap / Review

1. Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigventsev -Cha Cha (7+7+7+7=28) Nancy has a really compelling narrative. For her to be so talented, accomplished & beautiful, the fact that she harbors so much insecurity & can’t take a compliment is endearing & heartbreaking all together. Artem is a really good partner for her, I think he’ll keep chipping at that wall she has up all season. This was one of my favorite cha cha’s of the night, I had to re-watch cause I missed it the first time, it had so much recognizable content. She really has amazing footwork, she just needs to step with more confidence & keep her control but she’s so much better than she gives herself credit for.

How cute is it to see Artem so happy about having a good partner. lol

2. Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko - Foxtrot (7+7+7+7=28) The dance was good, Ericka has great legs & potential for amazing lines, she’s very aware of her body & very confident which is awesome. The foxtrot could’ve been more graceful was a bit rushed & hectic at times. 

Now.. Here’s my problem with Gleb & his partners as of late, they seem to not grasp the concept of sexiness AND substance, equally mixed. I’m all for liberation, especially for women, I think it’s beautiful when women such as Ericka embrace their sexiness & sensuality so fearlessly. It’s one of the reasons Peta is one of my favorite pro dancers. But based on her package, I fear she doesn’t understand that sexiness being your personality or dance concepts entire driving force will eventually become one note. Being one note on a show like this doesn’t get very far, you have to be a symphony of different notes. In other words, versatile. I hate that she thinks that the criticism of her is that she shouldn’t own that part of her womanhood so much cause it’s not. Women are complex creatures, sexuality is one singe part of who we are, there are only so many weeks, I would like to see at least one or two different aspects to who she is as woman and dancer. What I mean by substance is something more tangible than just, “Oh a cop pulled me over, let me seduce him to get out of a ticket. “ That’s such a fly by night, unmemorable concept. You don’t have to fall in love with the cop & sing Ave Maria but connect to some emotions that make me connect to the human inside of you. Sexiness is not something you do or should seem try hard. It should naturally exude without you telling us. There is real beauty in sex & sensuality that’s deeper than this dance ever tried go. 

This is not meant to be specifically a take-down of Erica she seems like quite a lovely person inside & out, their package & dance just happened to be the catalyst for this rant. If anything a lot my issues on this subject lie with Gleb, I don’t find he has a lot of the ability or willingness to push his partner past the sexy surface. As the pro, I would like to see him try to get his partner out of their comfort zone more often. Of course the celeb is going to want to do what makes them comfortable but maybe guide them down a more diverse journey.

3. Charro & Keo Motsepe - Paso Doble (6+6+7+6=25)  She might be extra as all get out. but I’m living for these two after tonight . If she reigns her energy in, she could really impress. She had great legs & seemingly great stamina, I’m really interested to see how much she can improve in the next few weeks. 

I love how outgoing, confident & naturally exuberant Charro clearly is, it’s definitely not a put on, that’s really her everyday & I can’t even be mad at that. I would like to see her reign it in & show some restraint, because like Erika & Gleb, it can become one note quick.

4. Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd - Foxtrot (7+5+7+6=25)

In Nick’s defense that was some challenging choreography, but good on Peta for trying to push him but it was probably too much too soon. You could see it on his face that he wanted to do better than he was doing. He’s really got to relax, he’s more going through the steps than dancing. Hopefully Nick will get more comfortable in the coming weeks.

5.Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (injured) & Alan Bersten (stand in) - Jive (8+6+8+8=30)

Wow, what a difference a week makes. In just 2 weeks Heather has given us two vastly different sides to her. Last week she was appropriately subdued for the VW, this week she came out roaring in her jive mixed with pop / hip hop. Smartly choreographed to her advantage & make her shine, if not with the judges, with the fans, again smart. Her jive was pretty solid to me, obviously her hip hop was pretty much perfect, she channeled her inner Beyonce. I do agree with Bruno that she was clearly more comfortable & confident in the hip- hop. She needs to bring that spark & attack to the ballroom / latin dances as well. 

6. Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess - Viennese Waltz (8+6+8+7=29) Ughh, I hate to be this person but I just don’t connect with Bonner. Something about him feels inauthentic. I don’t see all this “chemistry between him & Sharna. I sense he likes her, likes her, & she’s just really good at her job. Back to the dancing, it was an ok effort, beautifully choreographed, but his posture wasn’t great & footwork sometimes messy. Those 8′s are some bulllll. 

7. Simone Biles & Sasha Farber - Cha Cha (7+7+7+8=29) This girl is tight, really find myself watching for mistakes more than anything. This was in no way as poor as the 7′s suggest. I didn’t really see the timing issues Carrie Ann saw. My criticism of Simone would be, she’s very robotic when she dances, it’s definitely an Olympic gymnast trait (Shawn, Aly, Nastia), almost devoid of emotion, I really want to see her in a rumba or VW & see if she can show some range in her emotions. The 7′s were insane, considering Bonner got 8′s, showed how over scored he was. He should’ve got 7′s & Simone 8′s. 

8. Chris Kattan & Witney Carson - Jive (6+5+6+5=22) Some celebs it’s not about the dancing so much as the journey & overall experience. This season for me as viewer that’ Chris. We know he won’t be the best dancer of the season, he knows, the judges know, but that doesn’t he don’t want to see him be the best dancer he can be considering his physical impairment. 

9. Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy - Cha Cha (8+8+8+8=32)

Best performance of the night at this point. She really killed it, face, hair, legs, technique all while traveling across the world each week. This girl is special, I’ve never cared much about Fifth Harmony but this girl is going places all her own. Heather needs to do what Normani does, which is turn it on for every dance, let her confidence lead her even if she’s truly unsure. Great job by Val with the choreography & teaching with such an unprecedented traveling schedule.  

10. Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater - Viennese Waltz (8+8+8+8=32) There is a quiet storm brewing with this couple, they are seriously ones to watch. I could see them snatching the trophy if they stay consistent. Between Simone, Normani & Rashad, I can’t think of a better finale. Rashad has the substance I want Erika to find & the sincerity I don’t get from Bonner. He can dance, he’s good looking to boot & he’s seems incredibly genuine. The judges were right when they say that he leads Emma & takes control of her the way a man should in the dance. For Week 2 that’s really remarkable for a male celeb. There’s a quiet confidence in him that’s really attractive, he dances with confidence but he doesn’t overdo it, he reallu delicate with Emma. These two are really special to watch.

11. Mr. T & Kym Herjavec - Paso Doble (6+5+6+5=22) I hate “judging” dancers like Mr. T, cause personally I love his story but dance wise it’s not the best. You can definitely see that he is working hard on improving the steps & timing, which was so much better than Week 1. I agree with Carrie Ann that the punching can stop now, explore so more range of motion but I think Kym is doing a good job with not overloading him with steps he can’t possibly keep up with.

12. David Ross & Lindsay Arnold - Cha Cha (7+6+7+7=27) David is pretty fly for a white guy. I love his spunk & approach to this show & dances. This week was not an improvement to his Quickstep, which was pretty good. But I like that Chris is willing to get loose & have some fun, hopefully we get to see a more polished side of him next week. 

ELMINATION

In Jeopardy

Chris & Witney -   Eliminated - Damn, I love Chris, his bravery & willingness to try something new & so physically vulnerable like this. God bless him.

Charro & Keo

rapmonster-aka-pinkmon  asked:

129 with Namjoonie please <3333

#129: “Well, you’re a prick.”

It had been tense all day and the two of you were at your wits end with each other. There was no way that one of you was not annoying the other at some point in the day, and by the end of the night, you were ready to just ignore him completely, until he said something insulting. “If you’re going to complain about things, try not to tell all the boys and your friends about our business.” He snapped, and you turned around, ready to fight back but simply stated, “Well, you’re a prick. Wow. I don’t tell the boys and my friends shit. They see the way we are and can pretty much assume. They’re usually fucking right.” You fling back, sticking your middle finger up at him and storming up the stairs. In the middle of the night, you were lying awake and heard Namjoon step into the room. “Look, I’m sorry. I know you don’t tell them things about us. I was wrong to assume.” 

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I didn’t like how the writers made it seem Cisco was just lucky to “get” her like that was super disrespectful??? Chemistry aside Cindy and Cisco mutually have feelings for each other and for once the writers are actually showing that they’re compatible so idk why GV shippers keep doing Cindy like this

Bc they need so badly to make the white girl better and they’re salty that Cindy had more depth in her relationship with Cisco in their first episode of meeting than L*sa had in, like, 3. And yes you’re right I hated how they made Cisco seem like she was way out of his league even though at the same time if you really think about it Cisco never actually wanted to date her? Like he was def attracted but he never tried to pursue a relationship or even made it seem like he was about to. He literally went about his business after she left and got a new boo the very next episode lmao. 

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Climb, climb. Tower of beloved corpses.

Sasako…wearing glasses…

You’ve been listening to me complain about it all week, now at long last, here it is for your hopeful enjoyment!

IN CELEBRATION OF 5K+ NOTES ON MY GHOST!LAURENS POST AND TO SAY THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND AMAZING FEEDBACK <3
I give you, music time with the Freckled Pair. Feat. Anthony Ramos as Philip, Ghost!Laurens, and…himself.

(Audio is from this little gem right here. Go watch it, it’ll brighten up your day.)