ALRIGHT, so I’ve been meaning to write this one for a while but I have accepted that it not going to happen in full-fic format. So, here, the old “this isn’t a fic but oh wait it’s turned into a bit of a fic” format (a petals classic):
So, the key of a CP HP AU is that, in general, you have to get everyone in the same House because that’s how the quidditch teams work. And a quick glance (I haven’t read them bc I try not to read aus im going to write for fear of transference) tells me that others have done Hufflepuff and Gryffindor but if you know anything about me, you know there is nothing I love more than dismantling the last vestiges of anti-Slytherin prejudice that still lingers in everyone’s subconscious. (*cough* Untamed *cough*)
Basically, I’m going to put everyone into Slytherin. Cuz I can. So here you go, you have:
Jack Zimmermann, son of Bad Bob Zimmermann, a quidditch legend. He played Beater for the Montrose Magpies and is known for creating and coining the term “Scoring Beater” due to his skill at using his beater’s bat not only to control the bludger, but to hit the quaffle through the posts at incredible distances. It starts out as a trick play but turned into a legitimate scoring strategy. Most importantly for our story, Bob Zimmermann was the Captain of the team for his final two years of Hogwarts, won the House Cup for 4/6 years he was on the team, and is generally regarded as one of the finest flyers ever to come out of Gryfindor.
Yes, Gryffindor. Bad Bob Zimmermann was a Gryffindor. In fact, all of the Zimmermanns in the history of Magic have been Gryffindors.
Until Jack Zimmermann. Already dealing with the pressure of dominating in quidditch little leagues, Jack Zimmermann came to Hogwarts and then in a moment that didn’t quite seem real, the Sorting Hat was put onto his head and screamed SLYTHERIN before it had even finished it’s downward descent. The Gryffinders started clapping before they realized what had happened. The Slytherins didn’t start clapping because they assumed there was some mistake. Some claimed that the Hat must just be a bit tired (it was the end of the alphabet after all) and it made a mistake. It is said that this might be the only time Headmaster McGonagall broke her calm exterior during a Sorting Ceremony and tried to put the hat back on a student’s head.
But, eventually (when the Hat just turned and huffed at McGonagall and the Slytherins finally started cheering), there was nothing left for Jack Zimmermann to do but walk over to the Slytherin side of the Great Hall and plop next to B. Knight, already wondering how on earth he was going to explain this to his parents. Even his mother, who was a Muggle, knew enough about Hogwarts to know that Slytherins were the worst.
Of course, in the weeks/months/years that follow, Jack Zimmermann realizes that he is, in fact, a Slytherin. Goal-oriented? Ambitious? He is all of those things. And, actually, he is a lot of things from the other Houses as well because, really, what person can be reduced to just three or four traits and isn’t it a bit ridiculous that eleven year olds are just sorted into Houses and then basically conditioned to view themselves in a certain light throughout their formative years and–
The Doubtful Comforts of Human Love (61500 words) by PoppyAlexander Chapters: 7/7 Fandom: Sherlock (TV) Rating: Mature Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Molly Hooper, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Ballet, Alternate Universe - Rugby, Ballet Dancer Sherlock, rugby player John, ballet!lock, rugby!john, Established Relationship, Long-Term Relationship(s), Marriage, Married Sex, Blow Jobs, Case Fic, Sassy!Ballerina!Molly, Implied/Referenced Infidelity, Angst, Ballet!, party!, Dressing Room Sex!, Uh-oh Arguing, Anal Sex, Shifting Power Dynamic, Surprise Turn-Ons, The Smut Moves The Plot Forward!, Dirty Talk, Violent Outbursts, More Goddamn Arguing These Two, Playful Sex, Relationship Discussions, Love Letters, Grand Gestures, Psychobabble, backsliding, Laughing Together, Hopeful Ending Summary:
or, The Adventure of the Red Shoes
UK Ballet principal dancer Sherlock Holmes and assistant rugby coach John Watson met and fell in love as ambitious, optimistic teenagers. Twenty years on, they are entering midlife, facing the break-down of their bodies and the ending of their careers, and contemplating what the future holds for two middle-aged men forced to start over. With a frightening crisis unfolding at the Ballet, Sherlock must balance the demands of his career, his friendships, and his marriage with his own struggle against bitterness and discontent, while John takes a long-overdue glance from the outside, in, and stutter-steps toward making a kind of peace.
AU - ballet!lock/rugby!john
@loveismyrevolution - this is what I’m reading at the moment (thanks to @alexaprilgarden for pointing me towards it) - and it is so fucking good. Brilliant ballet!lock, but also a rather mature, very honest story about the efforts it takes to maintain a long-term relationship with all its ups and downs.
If you haven’t already read it - I can highly recommend!
Holy shit. On my course, I’m working with a 60+ year old man, he’s served as a police officer/in law enforcement for about 25 years, been a rugby coach (all very typical male ‘laddy’ things). He’s the mirror image of my dad in that respect, except…
He’s a massive feminist.
He was ranting at considerable length about the unfair treatment of women’s rugby, how it’s the women who are winning the games and the trophies but it’s just not reported on by the media.
I almost lost track of what he was saying because he was so passionately getting into it. One of the other people on my course is a girl my age who plays rugby and they were talking on totally the same level, it was bloody amazing to see.
Okay guys. Guess what I did! So for those of you who don’t know, someone ( @siickbee2 ) asked a rather important question: Is there an ostrich ymbryne? It kind’ve just escalated in what’s left of the MPHFPC fandom. So naturally, I created some HC’s for it. Slight cursing by the way! I’m not sorry man.
Miss Ostrich HC’s
• Her name is Winona Beatrice Ostrich
• She’s great, man
• Natural born British Lady™
• She’s like 64 years old
• Has a loop in 1773 that’s in Stockport, Manchester
I think it’s autumn in the loop? Like October 17th?? Yeah let’s go with that
• She’s a badass though
• Doesn’t take people’s shit
• Hosts yearly “meet ‘n greets” with the other ymbrynes and their peculiar children
• She’s strict, but lovable
• If you’re on her good side, she’s really nice to you and treats you like on of her own
• She can knit AND bake some bomb ass cookies (and has a secret gun stash under her bed but shhhhhh)
• Pretty smart too (she sometimes coaches a rugby team)
• Pretty old school though
• The whole “boys pull out the chairs for girls at the table and ladies first” thing
• That’s just because she was born back in the early 1700’s
• Both her parents were peculiar also which is really REALLY rare
• She takes great pride in her family tree and where she’s from
• Is more of an ‘eye for an eye’ kinda gal
• Her favorite color is peach
• She isn’t that much of a jokester, but absolutely loves people’s reaction when she turns into an Ostrich
• Back in her younger years, she was embarrassed of it
• Now she embraces it
• “Get your head out of the clouds” “Yeah, and get it into the ground” “WINONA”
• Always has her hair up
• A bit of a perfectionist
• By a bit I mean a lot
• Loves her Loop and all of her wards
• Helps teach some young ymbrynes how to create loops, take care of wards, and things such as that
• A great baker, not that good of a cook though
• May be old school, but accepting of all
• Doesn’t really question people, unless you are doing something completely reckless that might endanger others
• Big fan of swing music
• Also LIVES for theatre!
• She sometimes directs little plays that her wards perform! OH MY GOODNESS THAT WOULD BE ADORABLE YES
• Her favorites are Amadeus, Matilda, and MARY POPPINS because yes
• Has her wards go out and see what new plays the modern world has created
• She’s just a great, strict, tough, kind, accepting, strong old lady and she’s great okay
• Ransom Riggs, if you are reading this can you please make another book series for Miss Ostrich and her peculiar children???
What will all the characters (ok, especially narlie) be when they're grown up? What do they study at uni?
i have a lot of characters, so i’ll just talk about narlie for now haha!!
charlie does a degree in classics and then a masters in classical civilisation (he’s just a huge classics nerd). he specialises in classical literature in both of those, but enjoys studying classical art (studying, not doing art lol), ancient history, and latin and ancient greek as well. i think he then goes on to work at a literary agency, specialising in non-fiction and historical fiction. maybe even dabbling in editing as well, eventually! something bookish, anyway.
nick has a less straightforward uni/career path i think. he does psychology at university but doesn’t enjoy the course much, then has a year after uni where he’s just surviving doing a couple of part-time jobs like bartending and working in shops. at the same time, he’s also getting a bit of money as a semi-pro rugby player - he’s not good enough to go pro, but he gets a little bit of money out of it and that takes up quite a lot of his time. after a lot of thought and lots of stressing and existential crises, nick realises what he really wants to do is be a primary school teacher, because he loves kids and wants a job that’s different every day. so he trains to be a primary school teacher and then does that!! i can imagine him doing that for quite a long time, though maybe when he’s older he goes on to more senior teaching positions. i reckon he gets into rugby coaching as well at some point, particularly coaching youth teams! he just makes a damn good teacher :)
“It’s the small things. You get onto the bus to the field and Axel’s seat is there. You get into the changing room and normally he’s there. All the little things that remind you of it.
Then you get to the field and the way the Irish people, the Munster people, do things is very personal and with so much emotion. It was a privilege to experience what we’ve experienced here. It’s just unreal, and I can include all Irish people in that. It’s not just Munster, it’s unreal how personal, emotional – how people do things here.
It’s tough to understand how one would want to be in any other place than here, after experiencing that. For me, personally, it was just a great honour.”
- Munster’s Director of Rugby ‘Rassie’ Erasmus on remembering Anthony Foley
Shoutout to the two strangers who restored my faith in humanity
So every week I buy donuts for my Gay Straight Alliance club. I was buying donuts just now and this guy in the line sees my three boxes of donuts and says, “you’re getting spoiled tonight”
“Haha, I wish. It’s for my club.”
“Oh what club are you in?”
“Gay Straight Alliance. I’m the president”
“Oh that’s awesome!”
And so the guy and his wife start talking about how they are supportive and we start talking about the guy being a rugby coach and all this other cool stuff! Just as I was about to be rung up for the donuts, the guy stops the cashier and says, “I’ll buy these donuts for him”
So shout out to those two who bought my GSA donuts. It was such an amazing and kind gesture that has made my day :)