You stand by them through dark days and celebrate with them in their victories. You give them strength when they need it most, and you fight for them when they don’t have the energy. A sibling bond can never be fully described nor can it be broken.
I am writing this post to
deal with the misconceptions about what constitutes sibling abuse in the ACOTAR
fandom. When replying to this post, it is very important to keep the discussion
polite and respectful. Please also consider that the trivializing and belittling
of this subject can have a negative impact on survivors of this abuse who are
reading your comments. I would also request that we leave other characters out
of these discussions, especially if they have no bearing on the topic. When
using information from one of my sources, I will use a number that I assigned
to that source. A separate post with information from different articles will
be posted and tagged “sibling abuse sources”, and labeled by the same numbers. I
will also be using direct quotes from ACOTAR. I am writing this post in between
different school and regular work, so I did not have time to detail the
parental abuse (mostly in the form of neglect) also found in ACOTAR. I will
only touch on it and its tie to the sibling abuse. If needed, I will do a post
on other familial abuse later. I am a survivor of familial abuse – both
parental and sibling. Unlike Feyre, the abuse I suffered was physical as well.
When reading this post remember that I have a lot of experience with this
topic, and that others who read it and your comments may too.
Family violence is awful in all its forms, but is usually
depicted inaccurately with men as just perpetrators and women solely as victims
of abusive family acts. This study’s findings indicate that there are no gender
differences related to surviving sibling abuse or perpetrating emotional and
physical abuse among siblings (3). There are three factors
to consider when defining sibling abuse - perception, intent, and severity. Perception
refers to how each sibling sees the interaction. If one sibling involved in the
sibling relationship views the behavior as abusive, there is a dynamic beyond normal
sibling rivalry (3). Intent refers to what a sibling hoped to accomplish
through an action or behavior. When sibling abuse is present, the intent of the
perpetrating sibling is primarily to cause harm. Severity is related to the
duration and intensity of the sibling behavior. As severity increases there is
greater chance that the sibling relationship is abusive. Perception, intent,
and severity exist within three primary categories of sibling abuse: psychological,
physical, and sexual (3). Psychological abuse is typically not recognized by
parents and is often dismissed as normal sibling rivalry. This type of abuse
includes belittling, intimidation, provocation, destroying possessions, and
torturing/killing pets. Psychological abuse is different from
“normal” behavior based on consistency and intensity. Examples would include
words and actions expressing degradation and contempt that have an impact on
the sense of well-being (insecurity and self-esteem) of a sibling, such as
daily harassing statements like, “No one in this family cares about you and we
would all be happier if you were dead” (3).
The most prominent perpetrator of sibling abuse in ACOTAR
is Nesta. There are numerous words and actions found in the beginning of ACOTAR
that support this statement. One of the most prominent instances, was this
exchange between the sisters, “What do you know?” Nesta breathed. “You’re just
a half-wild beast with the nerve to bark orders at all hours of the day and
night. Keep it up, and someday—someday, Feyre, you’ll have no one left to
remember you, or to care that you ever existed.” She stormed off, Elain darting
after her, cooing her sympathy. They slammed the door to the bedroom hard
enough to rattle the dishes. I’d heard the words before—and knew she only
repeated them because I’d flinched that first time she spat them. They still
burned anyway.” The last insult she told Feyre is almost identical to the
example given by Source 3, “No one in this family cares about you and we would all
be happier if you were dead”. The text shows that Nesta had said similar
hurtful statements before, and said them knowing that they emotionally hurt
Feyre. By analyzing this exchange with the three aspects of sibling abuse in
mind, this exchange is clearly psychologically abusive. Feyre clearly perceives
this as a verbal/emotional attack, and the words Nesta use greatly wounds Feyre
emotionally. Nesta’s intent in this situation is also clear – she is seeking to
hurt Feyre. Nesta is looking to wound Feyre for her disapproving of Nesta’s
possible marriage proposal. Nesta uses this specific phrase because she has
used it in the past and knew it had hurt Feyre’s feelings. The last aspect of
sibling abuse, severity, is also evidenced by this exchange. Nesta has used
almost those exact words to hurt Feyre before, and she actively looks for ways
to wound Feyre emotionally, as evidenced by more quotes found from the book.
More exchanges that reek of abuse found in ACOTAR
include, “… so you can have enough time to paint your glorious masterpieces.”
She sneered at the pillar of foxglove I’d painted along the edge of the table…”
In this quote from Nesta, she is knowingly and purposefully mocking the only
activity Feyre enjoys – painting. Her sneering at Feyre’s work also highlights
just how sarcastic Nesta’s words are when she called Feyre’s painting
masterpieces. Sarcasm on its own is not abuse, but when paired with Nesta’s
actions (like trying to hurt Feyre’s self-esteem and pride of her artwork)
shows that Nesta has the intent to emotionally wound Feyre. And Nesta succeeds
in her attempt to belittle Feyre’s art, “I drowned the urge to cover up the
painting with my hand. Maybe tomorrow I’d just scrape it off the table
altogether.” Nesta’s next psychological abuse tactic is to humiliate Feyre in
front of their father and other sister by exposing Feyre’s sexual activity and
trying to use it to shame her. “She added with a small smile, “At least I don’t
have to resort to rutting in the hay with Isaac Hale like an animal.” My father
let out an embarrassed cough, looking to his cot by the fire. He’d never said a
word against Nesta, from either fear or guilt, and apparently, he wasn’t going
to start now, even if this was the first he was hearing of Isaac.” The role
their father plays in allowing and propagating the abuse will be discussed
later, but is seen in this quote. It is also interesting his potential “fear”
of Nesta. This is an example of an abuser humiliating their victim to elicit
shame in the target of their attacks. As will be discussed later, lowering a
victim’s self-worth and increasing their shame is a tactic to gain power over
them. Sex shaming an individual on its own, while hurtful, is not only abusive.
But when the other factors of the situation are considered, it adds to the
narrative of daily abuse Nesta bestows on Feyre. When analyzing this situation
with the three sibling abuse factors, perception, intent, and severity, it is
easy to see that Nesta is being abusive again in the text.
Siblings who resort to bullying view it as a means to exert power, often in response
to the fact that they have been victimized by parents, older siblings, or someone outside the family
(1). The aggression of the perpetrators can be a means of getting
back at a favored child and releasing the anger stemming from their own abuse or an attempt to
claim a sense of mastery over the trauma of their own abuse or situation.
The aggression can also be a form of mimicry that is
reinforced by other aggressors in the family (1).
whole power dynamic of Feyre’s family is entirely turned upside down. The
father no longer has control or power over his children, and they are left to
grapple for it between each other. His lack of control is seen not only in how
he never tells his children what to do or reprimands them for their treatment
of each other, but also in the ways Nesta looks to use his painfully injured
leg against him, “His simply carved cane was propped up against his chair—a
cane he’d made for himself … and that Nesta was sometimes prone to leaving far
out of his reach.” Nesta is malicious in her behavior towards him, and while it
is understandable for her to be angry and hurt by his negligence, it does not
give her the right to lash out at him and Feyre. No human is perfect, so
occasional outbursts would be understood, but her consistent and calculated
actions against the members of her family show that the situation they have
grown up in has affected her enough to use abuse tactics to try to regain power
in the situation. The following quote from the book is another instance of her
seeking to claim power from the others, “From beside my father, Nesta snorted.
Not surprising. Any bit of praise for anyone—me, Elain, other villagers—usually
resulted in her dismissal. And any word from our father usually resulted in her
ridicule as well.” Anything that could help lift Feyre’s sense of self-esteem
is instantly destroyed by Nesta. Nesta is almost certainly in pain, and she is
looking to make sure everyone not only stays that way – but hurts more than
her. Some might argue that Feyre is the one with the most power in the family,
since she is the only provider and source of food and money. There might be
credence to this, if it weren’t for two things. First, Feyre would never withhold
food, or money for survival necessities, from her family in order to control
them. Second, it is possible that one of the reasons Nesta resents Feyre is
because she is the sole provider (Nesta could change this by trying to help
support the family, but doesn’t) and used psychological means of taking any
power that Feyre might have. An example of this can be seen in the following
exchange between the sisters, “Nesta picked at her long, neat nails. “I hate
chopping wood. I always get splinters.” She glanced up from beneath her dark
lashes. Of all of us, Nesta looked the most like our mother—especially when she
wanted something. “Besides, Feyre,” she said with a pout, “you’re so much
better at it! It takes you half the time it takes me. Your hands are suited for
it—they’re already so rough.”” Nesta will eventually chop the wood, but she did
not do it prior to the book starting when Feyre originally asked her to, and
most likely only does it to try to curry some favor with Feyre before they head
to the market, which will be addressed later. In this exchange, Nesta is using
what, at first glance, looks to be a compliment, but is really intended to
insult Feyre. First, Nesta offered an excuse not to contribute to the family’s
survival, then she compliments Feyre’s ability to chop wood, and followed it up
with a compliment that Feyre had an affinity for wood chopping – since her
hands were rough. This is, of course, an insult since Nesta believes that
manual labor which impacts the hands is a task only poor people – people lesser
than her – should do. Her belief is evidenced by the perfectly kept state of
her own hands and fingers. Feyre, the provider, theoretically should be able to
demand help from her family. But she at most offers empty threats, since she
promised her mother that she would care for them no matter what. If Nesta did
not chop the wood, Feyre would have eventually done it. This is a fact that
Nesta knows and exploits. That is why Feyre does more than the bulk of the work
needed for the family’s survival. These, along with other exchanges in the
book, show that Nesta is using psychological abuse to claim power from her
Several studies over the past three decades found data
which shows that sibling abuse is pandemic and can have fatal results. One
study found that as many as 40% of children in the United States
engage in physical aggression against siblings, and as many as 85% engage in verbal aggression against siblings on a regular basis
(1). Many factors, such as the severity and intent of an act by one sibling and
the emotional impact of that act on another sibling, is used when determining if an interaction is abusive.
Negative sibling relationships
are characterized by fear, shame, and hopelessness. Negative relationships
indicate that some form of abuse is occurring (1). Examples include ridicule, which involves both words and actions that express contempt
and degradation, which deprives the victim of a sense of self-worth. The sibling who can exacerbate fear gains
control in the relationship through minimizing the other’s self-esteem (1).
Emotional abuse includes numerous and often cruel
forms of abuse, such as belittling, intimidation, scorn, provocation, destroying possessions, and torturing/killing pets.
discussed earlier, Nesta is looking to gain control from the other family members
through contempt, degradation, belittlement, scorn, and goading. This is
evidenced yet again in the following excerpt, “My sisters had gone quiet, and I
looked up in time to see Nesta crinkle her nose with a sniff. She picked at my
cloak. “You stink like a pig covered in its own filth. Can’t you at least try
to pretend that you’re not an ignorant peasant?” I didn’t let the sting and
ache show. I’d been too young to learn more than the basics of manners and
reading and writing when our family had fallen into misfortune, and she’d never
let me forget it.” Nesta is belittling how Feyre provides for the family by
insulting her appearance after hunting and bringing home food. She is also
purposefully picking at Feyre’s insecurity – the fact that she was never able
to learn to read and other skills the upper/middle class have in their society.
Examining this interaction with the three factors of sibling abuse in mind,
Nesta is yet again abusive. Perception – Feyre feels the “sting and ache” that
Nesta’s words create in her. She is emotionally hurt by her sister yet again. Intent-
Nesta is looking to undermine Feyre’s accomplishment in killing a deer and
looking to use a known insecurity to hurt Feyre more. Severity – the text
states that Nesta has used illiteracy, manual labor, and lack of education to
mock Feyre before, and this is yet again another instance of her calculating
what the best words to wound Feyre are in that situation. Yet another example
of Nesta finding ways to exert control on her family members is seen here, ““Take
those disgusting clothes off.” I took my time, swallowing the words I wanted to
bark back at her.” Some might argue that Feyre is abusive as well, and while it
is important to keep in mind that all interactions are seen from Feyre’s
perspective and might be biased, Feyre’s intent is also very clear. After Nesta
negatively orders her to disrobe, she feels the insult in the order, but tries
to keep her anger inside her and not lash out. That is not a commonly found
trait in abusers, and Nesta certainly doesn’t display it. When angered, Nesta
instantly lashes out, and looks to find ways to severely hurt those who she is
The family environment is an important factor in sibling
abuse because sibling abuse often is a reflection of behavior
that has been witnessed or experienced within the family. The family is an interdependent unit, and
the actions of one family member have an impact on all the other members. Conflict over the
number of emotional and material resources available, and how parents handle
it, heightens stress among siblings. Children are at
greater risk of sibling abuse if their parents are unavailable to meet the children’s needs and are unable to help them to resolve
sibling tensions (1). Experts on sibling abuse
have proposed that maladaptive parental behavior and dysfunctional family structures play key roles in fueling
sibling abuse. In a
study conducted by Wiehe (1997), the normalization of abuse by parents was found to be a key factor in the severity and
frequency of abuse between siblings (1). It’s been proved that
an abused child may inflict abuse on a sibling because they are modeling the actions of their
parents. Some victims of severe sibling abuse have reported that
their family environments were toxic. Wiehe (2000) reported that some victims have “described the atmosphere in their
home as a ‘battleground.’ A culture of violence developed
for all family members living in this culture”. Raised in such an environment, children learn to survive through intimidation and cruelty.
Families who live in chaos are at risk of sibling abuse.
Chaotic and disorganized families move from crisis to crisis, and it
seems that no one has control. Parental stress and overburdened caretakers are two factors that result in the assignment of parental responsibilities and tasks to children. It has been shown that there is a strong
link between lack of parental supervision and the frequency and severity of sibling abuse
father in ACOTAR is neglectful to the point of abuse, which will be discussed
in a different post in the future. His emotional unavailability, inability to /
lack of trying to provide for the family, and refusal to protect the siblings
from each other all display his neglectful abuse. The chaotic situations the
family endures – losing their mother, losing their fortune, moving to a hovel,
watching their father beat, living without parents who provide for them – all
deeply impact the sisters. All of them are hurting, and this leads some of them
to turn to abuse to deal with the issues. “But at least Nesta didn’t fill our
heads with useless talk of regaining our wealth, like my father. No, she just
spent whatever money I didn’t hide from her, and rarely bothered to acknowledge
my father’s limping presence at all. Some days, I couldn’t tell which of us was
the most wretched and bitter.” The losses this family has faced has brought
them all low and filled them with pain, but it seems only Feyre is looking to actively
improve their situation.
Some families promote the development of alliances at the
expense of other family members. When this happens, an unhealthy triangle develops in the family structure.
are not always bad. However, when rigid rules and patterns are established in the triangle, problems may arise. When this
type of triangle exists in a family, resolution of emotional problems is often prevented
is an unhealthy trio in the house – and Feyre got the short end of it. Nesta
and Elain are the most bonded, and Nesta actively looks to undermine and cause
Feyre pain. Instead of Elain trying to heal the rift between the other two
sisters, she takes Nesta’s side – even though Nesta is predominantly cruel. This
unhealthy partnership, the support of an abusive individual, and neglectfulness
to the point of abuse along with the father, all show that Elain is not
innocent when it comes to sibling abuse. Textual evidence of this will be
provided and analyzed in a different post. Nesta also psychologically abuses
Elain – but to a much lesser extent than Feyre. This again, will be covered in
a different post. This post has grown too long, and so it will continue to
mostly focus on the sibling dynamic between Nesta and Feyre.
According to the National Family Violence Survey, the
rates of sibling abuse “make the high rates of other forms of family violence,
such as parents abusing children or spouses abusing each other, seem modest by
comparison”. Even with the high incident rates, sibling abuse is the least
reported and researched form of abuse (4). Emotional abuse may include verbal
intimidation or name calling, degradation, insults, and threatening or
completing acts of violence (4). The differences between sibling violence and
abuse are that violence showed reciprocal aggression between siblings, and
abuse was a result of one sibling exerting power over the other. Capsi defined
sibling abuse as, “unidirectional hostility where one sibling seeks to
overpower the other via a reign of terror and intimidation and reflects an
asymmetrical power arrangement” (4). When assessing psychological abuse, questions
related to emotional aggression can be used. These include, “what is happening
that hurts your feelings?” and intent “[insert example from student’s story],
did this happen accidently or on purpose? What tells you that it was ‘on
purpose’?” Questions such as these will likely elicit concrete descriptions of
the behavior between children (4).
There is another source of power found within families –
money and material items. Feyre is the provider of the family, the one who
risks her life to hunt and bring back game. The animals can be used for a few
purposes, for instance, some parts will be used for food, and other parts sold
for money. Feyre, the main/only real source of income for the family should be
able to decide how the money is spent. This right is undeserved and should be
revoked if the provider is selfish and wasteful with the family’s funds. The
book shows that Feyre is neither. Instead, her sisters are the selfish ones
when it comes to money:
love a new cloak,” Elain said at last with a sigh, at the same moment Nesta
rose and declared: “I need a new pair of boots.””
kept quiet, knowing better than to get in the middle of one of their arguments,
but I glanced at Nesta’s still-shiny pair by the door. Beside hers, my
too-small boots were falling apart at the seams, held together only by fraying
drew out the two syllables of my name—fay-ruh—into the most hideous whine I’d
ever endured, and Nesta loudly clicked her tongue before ordering her to shut
drowned them out as they began quarreling over who would get the money the hide
would fetch tomorrow…”
Why should either Elain or Nesta be given the funds the
hides would earn? Neither of them hunted the animals. If they weren’t being
selfish, they would be discussing the ways to use the money to best provide for
the family – every member. Instead, they bicker over which one of their
unhelpful and lazy selves should spend the money for their own individual
benefit. Clothing is of course a necessity, but Feyre’s clothes are in far
worse a state than their own, partly due to her physical activities she
performs to provide for them. Since she is the youngest, it is also likely,
though not specifically stated, that she got the hand-me-downs over the years
as many younger siblings do, especially in poor households. Yet the siblings
who did not earn the money argue over how they will spend it. Many abusers are
willfully ignorant of their selfish behavior and how it affects others. Other
abusers, as is likely in Nesta’s case, also selfishly seek to use money they
have or haven’t earned as a power ploy. Nesta, who constantly points out
Feyre’s shabby and poor appearance, has no doubt noticed the differences
between their apparel. She certainly knows that Feyre’s are in a worse state,
but still seeks to better her own wardrobe at the cost of her sister. Though
Feyre earned the money, Nesta is trying to take away Feyre’s power to use it.
and emotional sibling violence are one of the most common forms of violence
against children and the consequences of physical and emotional sibling abuse
can affect children and adults. Research has found children and adolescents who
have experienced sibling violence to have experienced mental health,
loneliness, psychological problems, and poor peer interaction and behavioral
problems (2). Violence against a child, regardless of, is still violence
against a child, unfortunately sibling violence has been mostly ignored in
child welfare. Children and teenagers who had experienced sibling aggression
reported higher mental health issues than children who had not experienced
sibling abuse. Children who were victims, and perpetrators, of sibling abuse
were found to be more likely to end up in abusive romantic relationships later
in life (2). Both the victims and the perpetrators of emotional sibling abuse tend to have significantly lower levels of self-esteem as adults than do nonvictims
unhealthy dynamic that Feyre and Nesta grew up with was rife with the
possibilities to become a selfish and psychologically unhealthy individual.
Nesta had considered an engagement, which implies a prior
attachment/relationship, with a man who would most likely be abusive. Feyre did
end up in love with a romantically abusive partner, Tamlin. Tamlin was not just
abusive towards her, but also arguably to Lucien. All sisters were unlucky
enough to live in a situation that can create abusers, but only one sister did
not show any indications of being abusive – Feyre. Unfortunately, she was
romantically involved with an abuser, but thankfully got out and found someone
who would not abuse her for the first time in her life.
all interaction between Feyre and Nesta in the beginning of ACOTAR is Nesta
trying to emotionally hurt Feyre and purposefully lower her self-esteem. When
reading the book, it is important to remember that Nesta has been treating
Feyre that way for years – not just the few days the readers see. Feyre has
been living in a hostile environment, one that Nesta inflames, for years. She
has suffered emotional and mental trauma at the hands of Nesta’s psychological abuse.
is abuse. Siblings are fully capable of abusing each other, and do so in
ACOTAR. Nesta’s later actions in no way erase her abusive behavior. Future
actions do not change past ones, but can begin to try to make up for it. Some
abusers can and will look to protect their victims from outside threats and
dangers besides themselves. Some abusers will love and care for their victims.
Some abusers will do nice and kind things for their victims. Some abusers will
even change their behavior. But none of it, none of it, will in any way lessen
or erase their current or past abuse. Some readers don’t think Nesta did
anything wrong. Some don’t want an apology from Nesta, and think it would be
out of character, in that sense, they would be right. It is out of character
for abusers to apologize for their behavior. But that does not mean the abusers
don’t need to, or shouldn’t, apologize for their actions. Or be held
accountable for them.
order for an abuser to deserve forgiveness they need to recognize their actions
as wrong. They then need to meaningfully apologize. Lastly, abusers would need
to change their behavior and keep it that way. Then they would not fit the
criteria for an abuser any longer. Simply stopping abusive actions do not undo
abuse, erase it, or mean a person no longer deserved the title of abuser.
was an abusive sibling. The fact is that she actively sought out ways to hurt
her sisters continually on a daily basis for years. The problem isn’t just that
she wasn’t unconcerned with other’s feelings, it was that she calculated ways
to hurt them. Whether she still is, or is not abusive is not what is being
discussed in this post. Nesta’s character is an excellent opportunity for the
author to show how an abuser can grow and change and be redeemed.
I will never enjoy reading about Nesta’s character. Many of her actions in
ACOTAR are nearly identical to many of my brother’s. Her treatment of Feyre is
very similar to some of the ways he treated me. I can’t read parts of the book
with Nesta’s character and not be reminded of my brother. It is certainly
possible for Nesta to grow and change, like my brother could, but even if they
do, I would still not want to read about, or associate, with them. Many readers
who have not suffered through sibling abuse will have no problem reading and
enjoying Nesta’s character, and there is no problem with that. The problem is
only when readers erase negative aspects of a character, and claim there were
no misdeeds done by characters they like.
is nothing wrong with liking a strong, willful, sarcastic, uncaring character. There
is nothing wrong with liking a morally gray character. Or a villain. Many do,
including myself. The situation only changes to being not okay when people
refuse to acknowledge a character’s misdeeds and mistreatment of others. Everyone
can have problematic faves, the only problem arises when fans refuse to
acknowledge their fave’s problematic behavior. We are all capable of critical
thinking and liking complex things. There is no reason to blindly pretend a
character has no flaws, or that the flaws aren’t harmful to others. We can
still love characters, flaws and all.
I ask that only polite discussion takes place on the subjects of abuse in the
fandom. There is no reason to write words that can be construed as hurtful to
people who have suffered sibling, and other, abuse in the past. Please remember
that survivors could be reading anything you post and say. I am tagging
everyone who liked/reblogged a post I saw earlier stating there was no sibling
abuse in ACOTAR. I am not looking to call anyone out, but only to shed light on
a very prevalent and harmful form of abuse that has been swept under the rug
far too many times.
According to Joyce, Valentine’s Day is a day to show the people you love how much you love them, and that one of the ways to show them is with cards or flowers. So, after seeing the soft, deep-red roses in all the stores around Hawkins, Eleven decides that all the people she loves should get the same. After school on Valentine’s Day, she bikes straight to the florist’s and buys twelve roses. The next half hour is spent sitting on her bed tying carefully-crafted red paper hearts with messages written in white pencil (“To __ Happy Valentine’s Day Love, El”) to the stems with pink ribbon. She gives the first one to Joyce, sitting at the table smoking a cigarette while paying bills and looking more than a little stressed, trying to finish before Hopper picks her up for their date. She gathers El into her arms and tenderly strokes her curls before pulling away, wiping a few tears away from her eyes. The next one is given to Jonathan, in his room getting ready for his date with Nancy, the Clash blaring so loudly that knocking on the door does nothing and El has to tap him on the arm to get his attention. He gives her an awkward hug and touched smile and sets the rose in a place of honor on his nightstand so he can see it when he wakes up. Next is Will, across the hallway in his room, drawing before Jonathan drives he and El over to Mike’s for a sleepover (since none of the kids ever have plans for Valentine’s Day). He gives her the biggest and sweetest smile and throws his arms around her before running to get a glass of water for the flower. They make two stops before Mike’s: first, Steve’s house, where his reaction to getting a ROSE from El is a surprised laugh and an “Aww thanks, kid!” before ruffling her curly hair and waving to Will and Jonathan waiting in the car. Second, the station, where El and Will run into Hopper’s office and around his desk to attack him with a hug. He takes El’s rose with a husky thank-you and kiss to her temple before getting up from his desk to grab an empty vase from the top of the file cabinet which he then fills with water and rose, setting it carefully on his desk next to the framed family pictures and last-minute work he’s finishing up before his date with Joyce. Finally, they arrive at Mike’s house and Jonathan walks them to the door, holding his own bouquet of red roses behind his back. Karen answers and accepts El’s rose with a touched smile, placing a hand over her heart, then pulling El to her so she can plant a kiss on top of her head. Holly gets a Valentine note tied around a lollipop, and even Ted gets a rose (that is still next to the La-Z-Boy two weeks later in a tiny vase). Nancy comes down the stairs, putting on one last earring, and lets out a small “Oh!” when El hands her her rose. El gets another hug and a kiss on the cheek, leaving a faint lipstick stain that Nancy gently wipes away. As Nancy runs to put her thirteen roses in some water, Mike bounds out of the basement (unbeknownst to El and Will, having practically sprinted up the stairs when he heard the front door open) and takes them back down to the basement where Lucas and Dustin and Max are waiting impatiently at the now-much-larger D&D table. Before following Will down, El hands Mike his rose and his face quickly colors to match the crimson petals. He mumbles a shy thank-you and furtively glances down into the basement where he hopes the cheers greeting Will’s arrival are enough to distract them from the quick kiss he places on El’s rosy cheek. He is wrong and the cheers become loud “AWWW"s, and El’s smile is the only thing keeping him from shouting a "Shut up!” down the stairs. Lucas, Dustin, and Max each get one of the last three roses and envelop El in a group hug that quickly encompasses Mike and Will too. They spend the rest of the evening finishing the campaign and stay up into the wee hours eating candy from the Valentines they gave each other earlier that day at school, Lucas all the while asking Mike if he’s the one who writes the sappy messages on all the conversation hearts. Once everyone else is asleep, Mike pulls out another larger valentine for El, a crooked heart cut out of pink construction paper with lace glued around the edges and a long message written on the reverse side. El proclaims it very pretty and thanks Mike with a gentle hug, sliding the heart under her pillow so it won’t get lost or swiped by Max or Lucas the next morning to (good-naturedly) tease Mike over. The last thing she sees as she falls asleep is the four roses lying on the D&D table in front of the owners’ respective places, conversation hearts and pink, red, and white candy wrappers scattered around them. She smiles and falls asleep, surrounded by six of the twelve people she loves most in the world.
When Irina is six and Mikhail is three and a half, Viktor and Yuuri visit Japan and while they’re there, they take the kids to the beach. Viktor, standing in the surf, notices the tide beginning to recede.
“That’s strange,” says Viktor, glancing over his shoulder, “the tide came early today.”
Viktor watches as Yuuri immediately grabs one child under each arm, and begins running to the boardwalk
“THAT’S NOT THE TIDE,” Yuuri screams over his shoulder.
That is how Viktor Nikiforov is forfeited to a minor tsunami by his husband. It knocks him down and pulls down his swim shorts. Later in the day, Yuuri laughs as Viktor picks seaweed out of his pubic hair.
“Why am I married to you,” Viktor mutters.
A few weeks later, someone posts a video titled “Viktor Nikiforov is pwned by a mini-tsunami.”
“Who even uses the word pwned anymore?” Yuuri mumbles as he watches the video for the sixth time. In the distance, the video catches Yuuri sprinting with the kids.
Lol @ Katsuki, read many comments. Take the kids, leave the husband.
(In about twenty-five years, this video will be shown at Mikhail’s wedding. Koichi will shout, “YOU SHOULD HAVE LET HIM BE RETURNED TO THE SEA,” and is hit in the arm by not only their girlfriend, but also by two of their siblings and Lilia.)
everyone talks about the “original” beauty and the beast with the rose theft and sisters and all that
but nobody talks about the ACTUAL original where the beast’s widowed mom had to lead her country in war and so left him with a fairy as his nursemaid and then the fairy tried to seduce him when he grew up but he refused her so she cursed him. oh and she’s also beauty’s mother. and beauty is a secret illegitimate princess raised by a merchant for her own safety
so basically gabrielle-suzanne barbot de villenueve missed her calling as a writer for once upon a time
Your Percy things always make me happy. Now I'm curious about Percy interacting with his niblings
THANK YOU FOR THIS QUESTION I LOVE ADULT PERCY SO MUCH!
Victoire was born exactly a year after the end of the war, when Percy was still trying to get his relationship with his family back to normal. Bill wasn’t sure how much he wanted Percy around his little family, but Fleur didn’t trust the rest of her siblings in law - who all had dangerous and/or flammable professions and/or personalities - with her infant child. Percy, as a result, ended up around Victoire quite a bit while she was a baby. He loved her with a calm fondness that continued throughout her life.
He found he was really good with babies and children, they were logical. Their needs, though undifferentiated,are straightforward. Percy is good with needs, and therefore, very good with babies.
The next Weasley children are Percy’s own. Molly and Lucy, the second set of Weasley twins to be closer than close, are the loves of his life. He’s bossier and as a father than as an uncle, reverting back to his childlike state of needing to control things, but he learns over the years to listen, really listen, to his daughters. Once they figure that out, around the time of Percy and Audrey’s divorce, he’s much better with his girls.
Fred and James are the next two of his niblings, and they’re born less than a month apart. He’s not around little Jamie much - Ron and Ginny keep their distance from him for the most part, except for big family gatherings - but he loves little Fred, who takes to Percy like his namesake had. The two of them discover Percy as an ally during their third year at Hogwarts, when the Marauder’s Map allows them to take a prank a little bit too far, and neither want to go to their own parents. Percy is a masterful liar, and good at untangling delicate situations. The word is spread throughout the kids in the family that he’s the one to turn to in situations such as that, and soon he has a standing weekly appointment with whichever Head of House needs defusing the most.
Dominique is a colicky baby, and then a wild child. He doesn’t see much of her until her first night at Hogwarts, when Lucy puts her through to him on a firecall, and he tells her how to be proud of her new House. She was crying at the start of the call, but by the end, was ready to take on Gryffindor with her best foot forward, even though she wasn’t with her sister.
Scorpius, Rose, and Albus are all born the same year. Scorpius, the only son of Audrey’s sister Astoria, is quite possibly Percy’s favorite baby in the world, sweet and warm and easygoing - no Weasley mean-streak or the fear that he might start breathing fire at any moment - but he doesn’t associate much with the Greengrasses (or the Malfoys, for that matter), after his divorce. Rose is a smaller version of her mother, and follows Hermione everywhere, listening to her every conversation. Every time he chats with Hermione at the Burrow, there’s Rose, listening intently. He feels as though she’s filing away everything he says for further study, which makes him smile. Albus, he sympathizes with. It’s easy to tell that he, too, is going to be an outcast from his family. Percy will be ready when the boy starts to feel it, whether Harry and Ginny ask him to be or not.
It’s Louis who, at fifteen, first accurately describes Percy’s position in the family. “See, Uncle Harry tries to be the Hot Dad ™, Uncle Ron is trying his best, Uncle George and Charlie are the fun ones, but you’re like the male version of a Vodka Aunt.” Percy is oddly touched. He does try to be that figure - wise and guiding, without being responsible for the outcome.
Lily and Hugo are another troublemaking duo, following in the footsteps of Fred and James, and make him grateful that his own kids are serious, competitive Ravenclaws ™ who, like him, care far too much about awards and accolades to wander around the castle in the middle of the night. Or so he thinks.
Percy is thirty six, remarried and raising two seven year olds, when he’s woken in the middle of the night, to Oliver’s eyes wide and shining. “Perce,” he says, poking the spot on Percy’s neck he knows from experience will wake him up. When Percy opens his eyes, his husband asks him if he wants to have another child. And with Oliver’s huge brown eyes looking at him that way, and with the way he’s felt about children since holding his brothers in his arms for the first time at the age of two, who is Percy to say no? Just over a year later, the adoption papers are signed for newborn Kenilworthy Ryan Weasley-Wood, Ken for short, who turns out to be the biggest adventure of Percy’s entire life.
Roxanne is the last of the next generation Weasley kids, and grows up with the benefit of fifteen years of collective experience, not only from George and Angelina, who couldn’t bear the empty house after sending little Fred off to Hogwarts, but from all her various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Including, of course, Percy, who never treats her like a baby or makes her feel like the smallest Weasley kid.
I was lowkey planning to make this into less of a “The Next Generation of Weasley Kids as Told By Percy I. Weasley” but here we go. This was SUPER FUN, so thank you <3
“Chris I already told you more times than I can count it’s AJ now!”
Aj is my new favorite sorry Chris, I just love their relationship so much aah and I believe it’s mother’s day tomorrow in the Usa, I wanted to play with Chris’ floral arrangement talent while playing with Aj because I love her! 😂 She reminds me of me so much when I was younger especially when it came to my brother’s dates ! 😂
We didn’t see his mom so I tried to incorporate her the most subtle way possible 😊 I wish we’d meet Kyle too but later maybe ♥️