Eric Bittle is becoming a problem. Not the problem Jack thought he was going to be in the beginning, no, he hasn’t had to worry about Bittle not pulling his weight on the team since pretty much the first time they played together. And certainly not now, when they work so well together on the ice. And off of it, too; it was surprising, but Jack considers Bittle to be one of his greatest friends, even if sometimes it feels like there’s maybe something shimmering around the edges of their relationship, something Jack doesn’t quite understand, it’s good with them, comfortable and fun in a way Jack isn’t used to.
But he’s becoming a problem, worse, a distraction . A menace, really.
The first time it’s a problem, Jack and Shitty had gotten back from a beer run, and Shitty was explaining some essential feminist theory to him as they made their way from the car to the Haus, “And that, my Canadian friend, is why intersectionality is so important. Like, you can’t really understand anything unless you understand all of the realities and identities that inform a person’s existence, my man. I me-” as Jack turns to enter the kitchen, the rest of Shitty’s lesson is lost to a loud thrum in Jack’s ear that he distantly realizes is the rush of his own blood through his veins as he almost fumbles the case of beer and the bag of fancy nuts and chocolates that he thought Eric might appreciate- for his bakin g- and had purchased on a whim.
He manages to save the beer and the bag of goodies, but not to suppress the inelegant “ Buh -” that escapes his slackened mouth. Because Bitty is bent over at the waist, looking into the oven and making a satisfied little hum at the progress of whatever is baking in there, and he’s wearing those shorts, the short, short shorts that barely qualify as such in Jack’s opinion. And the way he’s bending is causing his muscles to tense and bulge, and his butt . Oh, Crisse , his butt is like a work of art and on display right in front of Jack, and he is in so. Much. trouble.
Jack manages to turn his random noise into a reasonable approximation of “B-Bittle,” and to reassemble his face into a generally neutral expression as Bitty stands and turns toward him and Shitty, who now stands next to Jack and thankfully doesn’t mention his near stumble. The late afternoon sun slanting through the window catches in Eric’s hair and he appears to glow for a moment, Jack manages not to choke on his sharply indrawn breath at the sight, because Eric Bittle is beautiful, and Jack is awed that he hadn’t noticed it until now.
“Oh, hi, y’all,” Bitty says brightly, a genuine smile lighting his face and stretching his lips distractingly. “You’re just in time, because this pie is almost done, so if you wanted some, you’ll just have to wait for a few while it settles,” Bitty checks the timer with a brief glance before looking back toward the doorway where Jack is still frozen, he quirks a perfectly shaped blond brow as if to ask what Jack’s problem is, but when he speaks again, he says “Did you two have fun at the store?”
Shitty moves into the kitchen, patting Jack’s shoulder on the way, “It smells swawesome in here, Bits. You’re the best!” Bitty grins and a slightly pink tinge paints his cheeks as he watches Shitty begin to put away his beer and the few other groceries they procured. He looks back at Jack, eyes darting briefly to the bag he is clenching before settling back on his face, a curious little smile on his pink lips. It spurs Jack into action, finally, and he moves into the kitchen holding the bag out like an awkward shield.
“These are for you,” he says, sounding too loud to his own ears, and maybe too loud in general, because Shitty looks over from where he’s stacking beer into the fridge with a strange look on his face that Jack will not analyze later. He continues, careful to regulate his volume this time, “Um, for your baking, I mean. I thought you’d like them,” he amends. Jack can feel his face heating, hopes Bitty doesn’t notice, that he writes it off as the heat from the oven, but when Bitty takes the bag and their fingers brush he feels the flush deepen. It gets worse still when Eric opens the bag and he makes an excited little sound.
“Oh, gosh, Jack, thank you! I know just what to make with these,” Bitty places his hand on Jack’s forearm and squeezes gently, repeating a thank you and grinning at him, his smile is open and fond and it warms Jack in a different way than the hot flush that he knows is painting his face and neck now.
“ Bienvenue ,” Jack says, voice a little too quiet and close now. Bitty smiles at his slip into Quebecois. It’s almost too easy to slip into the quiet of the moment, the little bubble of space around them, warmed by the sunlight through the window. They stay close, looking at each other for what feels like a long time, but realistically can’t be more than a second or two, then the sound of Shitty shutting the the refrigerator door and exclaiming “Shit, Bits, that pie smells fuckin’ delicious! Think it’s done yet,” effectively breaks the moment.
Bitty laughs and turns away from Jack, his fingers trail along Jack’s arm leaving a warm tingle lingering on his skin. The buzzer sounds as Bitty steps away fully, and Jack shakes himself, realizes he’s still holding the case of beer and places it on the counter. Bitty looks at him briefly as he takes the pie from the oven, and Jack feels the confusion rumbling through him play across his face, but Bitty thankfully looks away before he notices.
Differences between ‘’por’’
and ‘’para’’ , these prepositions are one of the most difficult things
to get right for a foreigner, the truth it’s my pals, that they are indeed hard
to distinguish. But don’t feel bad about it, if you ask a native speaker what’s
the difference between those two, they won’t even know what to answer, so in
this post I’ll give it a shot.
Roughly translated, the two
correspond to the English ‘’for’’ and that is what mainly causes confusions.
most common and important difference is that ‘’por’’ is used to explain
the cause or reason of something and ‘’para’’ is generally used to
explain an aim, objective or purpose:
‘’Vine a Argentina por mi familia’’ – I came to Argentina because of my
crecen por la falta de arboles’’ – The floods become frequent because of
the lack of trees.
‘’No salieron de su casa
por el temor que le tienen a los ladrones’’ – They didn’t leave their house
because of their fear towards bandits.
‘’Compré este regalo para ti’’ – I bought this present for you.
‘’Cerraron la ventana
para que no entre viento’’ – They closed the window so the wind couldn’t
‘’Traje esta heladerita
para guardar las cervezas ‘’ – I brought this fridge to save the beers
Do you see now? The main
difference is quite clear I think, meanwhile, in each three sentences of the
beginning, ‘’por’’ is used to explain the REASON of the events (the
reason I visited Argentina is my family, the reason floods are growing in
number is the lack of trees, the reason they don’t go out of their house is the
fear towards thieves), and ‘’para’’ is used to explain the OBJECTIVE of
your action (I bought this present with the aim of giving it to you, they
closed the window with the aim of not allowing wind to keep coming in, I
brought this little fridge with the aim of keeping beers cool).
You can’t obviously mix
cause with aim, because you’ll get a semantic and interpretative mess:
*Las inundaciones crecen
para la falta de arboles – Notice how important it is to consider the subject with ‘’para’’. You see, sintactically speaking,
‘’para’’ in this function introduces
an INDIRECT OBJECT, this can be represented as ‘’x did y for z’’, so there is
someone who does something PARA someone, in these situations the indirect
Now let’s see the other functions, separate, starting with por:
Amount of time:
You can use ‘’por’’
to express the amount of seconds, minutes, hours, days and other time units
which took you to do the action (or will take, or usually takes you):
-‘’Voy como estudiante
de intercambio a Alemania por tres años’’ – I’m going to Germany as an
exchange student for three years.
-‘’Trabajé en Rumania
por tres años’’ – I worked in Romania for three years.
-‘’Vengo aquí todos los veranos por vacaciones’’ – I came here every
summer for vacations. (This
one has the two values: the reason of coming and the period of time, your
As locative, you may use ‘’por’’
to talk about a place or an object and you are not 100% sure about their
location, the doubt it’s inside the semantics of this function:
-‘’No encuentro mis
lentes, estaban por aquí’’ (I can’t find my glasses, they were around here)
-‘’Creo que la casa
estaba por este barrio’’ (I think that the house was around this
-‘’Sandrá está caminando
por la arbolada’’ (Sandra is walking through the woods)
-‘’El hospital queda por
Mitre’’ (The hospital is around Mitre st.)
As you see, in each example
‘’por’’ express location, in the first example, we are searching our
glasses (in our room, idk) and we know that they are there, but we don’t know
where specifically, they are just somewhere in our room. In the second example,
we know the house is in that neighborhood, but where precisely? In the corner
of the street? Or in the middle of it? We don’t know…
In the third example we
know that Sandra is doing that: walk, and we know she’s walking through the
woods, she told us that before leaving, but in which part of the woods? Deep in
the woods? Right at the edge? Through the road? We don’t have telepathic
powers, so we don’t know precisely. The same happens with the last example,
which is more frequent in the argentinian variety of Spanish, we know there is
x hospital by the Mitre street, that’s the important thing, I don’t need to
tell you if the hospital lies next to a market or to a gay club, it’s just
there in Mitre street.
-‘’Te cambio este reloj por tu perro’’ (I’ll trade with you this watch
for your dog)
-‘’Cambió a sus amigas
por su novio’’ (She changed her friends for his boyfriend)
Not too much to say about
this function, is mostly used in trading contexts, as the first example
depicts. The ‘’por’’ always is placed between the things that are
getting traded (x por x).
-‘’Viajaré a Alemania
por avión, no por barco’’ (I’ll travel to Germany by plane, not by ship)
-‘’Mándame los resultados por Facebook’’ (Send me the results via
‘’Por’’ is also used
to express the media, via or way you travel or do some actions.
-‘’Vendo un kilo de naranjas por 30 pesos’’ (I’m selling a kilo of
oranges at 30 bucks)
“Vendo este auto por 2000 euros’’ (I’m selling this car at 2000 euros)
Actually, in matters of
prices and selling, the preposition used to introduce the price may be either
‘’por’’, or it can also be ‘’a’’ (Te
vendo este auto a 2000 euros).
-‘’Una vez por turno, puedes robar una carta’’
(Once per turn, you can draw a card)
-‘’La pizza cuesta 50 pesos por
persona’’ (The pizza costs 50 bucks a person)
-‘’Es un caramelo por niño’’ (It is a candy for each kid)
‘’Por’’ introduces in these cases the measure of distribution, in the
second example you are stating that 50 pesos shall be paid by each person
to Wikipedia, the voice ‘’(…)describes the relationship between the action
(or state) that the verb expresses and the participants identified by its
arguments (subject, object, etc.). When the subject is the agent or doer of the
action, the verb is in the active voice. When the subject is the patient,
target or undergoer of the action, the verb is said to be in the passive voice.’’
According to that
paragraph, if we have a sentence like ‘’La
policía persiguió a Pepe’’ (The police chased Pepe), we will find out it is
in the active voice, since we clearly see an agent, a doer of the action, which
is the police.
The passive voice of this
verb would modify it’s relationship with the parts of the sentence, thus, the
object (Pepe) would become the subject… but not as an agent. You see, this is
the particular thing with the voice change, the passive voice, at least in
Spanish and English, doesn’t only imply a syntactical change, but also
semantical: The subject isn’t an agent anymore, but a PACIENT. This is, the
subject, instead of doing the action, will be AFECTED by it:
-‘’Pepe (subject) fue perseguido por la policía’’ (Agentive
-Pepe was chased by the
‘’Por’’, in the passive voice, introduces a compliment, known as ‘’Agentive
compliment’’ or ‘’Complemento agente’’,
which, as the name points out, introduces the doer of the action.
Soon to do an action.
This is not too important,
because it’s informal and it can also be replaced by ‘’a punto de’’. It must be always used combined with the auxiliary ‘’estar’’.
-‘’Estoy por limpiar la mesa / Estoy a
punto de limpiar la mesa’’ (I’m about to clean the table)
-‘’La anaconda está por matarme / La
anaconda está a punto de matarme’’ (The anaconda is about to kill me)
Para – Objective.
Now we’ll describe ‘’Para’’ and its functions, the most
important use of ‘’para’’ has to do
with the objective of an action, not the reason that causes the action, but
rather, the reason you are aiming to reach with your action, basically, your
goal. This first function may be easily translated to English as ‘’in order
to’’, in German and Dutch, ‘’um (…) zu’’ and ‘’om (…) te’’ respectively.
-‘’Voy a ir a Suecia para estudiar sueco’’ (I’m going to Sweden in
order to study Swedish)
-‘’Ryckhard usaba su espada para matar dragones’’ (Ryckhard used his
sword to kill dragons)
-‘’Compré torta para comer esta tarde’’ (I bought cake in order to eat
it this evening)
There is a function that is
pretty similar to these one, it differs because it involves movement, I call it
‘’destiny’’ because there is a
receiver of a thing you are transporting:
‘’Llevo esta caja de bombones para mi
novia’’ (I’m taking this chocolate box to my girlfriend’s)
‘’Esta nota es para el correo’’
(This note is for the mail)
‘’Traigo este regalo para Nico’’ (I
bring this gift for Nico)
See how the each sentence
has a verb that implies movement? (To take, to bring) Except for the second
one, in which the verb is hidden. These sentence describe a movement towards
someone who is a receiver (an indirect
object), represented in the sentence by ‘’para (…)’’ that will get that x
thing (the direct object) that you
End of a term.
‘’Para’’ has a temporal function too, it is used to establish a limit
or end to a given period of time, we are obviously talking about a term
established for an essay, a document, a homework, or some task that we are
asked to do… or we ask someone else to do. For example, your teacher gives you
some homework, and it has to be done for tomorrow (para mañana)
-‘’Necesito que hagan esta tarea para mañana (I need you to do this
homework for tomorrow)
-‘’Quieroque me traigas el
informe para mañana’’ (I want you to bring me the report for tomorrow)
In this case, ‘’para’’ express the direction towards x
place your going to, it would be like the Dutch ‘’naartoe’’. Also, expressing direction using ‘’para’’ is pretty informal, in more formal contexts, ‘’a’’ is used.
-‘’En quince minutos, salgo para tu casa’’ (In fifteen minutes, I’m
going to your house)
-‘’Me voy para Alemania’’ (I’m going to Germany)
In this case, ‘’para’’ introduces someone who has an
opinion, most of the times, this clause stays away from the rest of the
sentence, you’ll see many times at the beginning of the sentence, but it also
may be placed in other positions, ALWAYS, between comas (not at the beginning,
-‘’Para Pepe, el partido de Argentina
estaba arreglado ‘’(Acording to Pepe, Argentina’s match was fixed)
-‘’Para mí, estás hablando pura mierda’’
(To me, you are just speaking pure bullcrap)
-‘’Los bordes eran, para María, muy
filosos’’ (The edges were, acording to Maria, to Sharp)
You see how the two first
sentences have that ‘’para’’ clause
at the beginning and in the third one, in the middle of the sentence, totally
isolated from the rest of the sentence in each example.
The temporal function of
para is to point out an exact moment in time, it can be used to refer either
past or future events, but almost never to refer to present events.
-‘’Para navidad, fuimos de mi abuelo’’ (On Christmas, we visited my
-‘’Se crearán 900 [novecientas] escuelas para el año que viene’’ (900
schools will be created for the next year)
-‘’Mis amigos vienen para mi cumpleaños’’ (My friends are coming for
Okay people, I think these
are the most important ones, there may be a couple not so relevant that are
missing, but I may talk about them in other post, the most important ones are
here… I hope it helped because I noticed there are many people that struggle with
these two prepositions that clearly are sons of a huge and naughty bitch.
‘ntill the next post,
greetings qts! Hasta la próximaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
A/N: I love Winmills so damn much. Hope y’all enjoy! XOXO
It’s almost as dark inside Jody’s house as it is outside in the night. There’s one lonely lamp turned on in the hallway, sending a soft glow echoing through her living room, just enough to see by, not bright enough to be harsh on Sam’s tired eyes.
His stomach is full of her lasagna and his hair smells like the fruity shampoo she graciously offered him when she shoved him into the bathroom with a clean towel, insisting that he not leave that room until she could see his skin underneath the dirt.
It was another slow day today, you worked at a local clothing store for women and you hated every minute of it. The sizes never went above 8, and on rare occasions there was a shipment of size 10’s, but mostly during the holidays when the company wanted more sales. You were a bigger girl and working in a store than only sold to Victoria Secret sized model’s only made you more insecure, but Happy changed that feeling when he asked you to be his girlfriend a year ago. He made you feel as if you were the last California sunrise in his life, beautiful. You loved him with everything you had, even his smiley faces and his long stares. With you he was different, he talked, he laughed, he loved you with his all; and nothing was going to get in the way of that.
“Hey, Y/N, I’ll close tonight, you can leave early, just clock out,” your manager was sweet and usually every few weeks on Friday’s she’d let you leave early like tonight, “Oh, thanks, Malerie, enjoy your night!” She never had to remind you that you could leave early, you were already out the door. Getting into your car, you decided to go to the clubhouse to play some pool with Happy and Juice, and maybe stay the night in Hap’s dorm if the game proceeded without Juice. “Babe, I’m coming by r/n, Mal decided to close, save me a beer please ♥,” Hap always wanted you to text him when you got to work and out, at first you thought it was a little weird, but he explained it was so he knew you were okay and where you were at all times; it felt uncomfortable at first, but after being with Happy and the club, you realized it was important to let him know you’re safe, and that made both of you happy.
You noticed while pulling into the lot there was a party with all of the bikes and the barbeque burning. Parking your car at the end of the lot, you saw Tara walking towards your car, “Hey, Y/N,” she always greeted you with a warm smile, you both got along really well and got close super quick, “Hey, girl, have you seen Hap? He didn’t return my text,” it wasn’t like Hap to send a ‘K’ to your text or one of his other illiterate texts that sent question marks to your brain trying to decipher what he was telling you. “I saw him inside in the clubhouse a few minutes ago taking a few shots,” Tara wasn’t acting normal, she was fidgeting a bit and speaking faster. Looking over towards the garage, you saw the blinds were shut, but the lights were on. Normally Gemma constantly kept the blinds open to keep an eye on everyone and the garage to watch over her kingdom. But it was different.
Scanning your eyes over to the crowd, you saw all of the brothers with each other having a toast to more whiskey and dope, all but Happy. Your stomach dropped. Walking towards the office, Tara tried to stop you, “He’s not in there, Y/N, I saw him in the clubhouse,” she grabbed your arm, but you ripped it out of her grip and she sighed stopping in her tracks. Your footsteps stomped towards Gemma’s office. Grabbing the door, it was open, you hesitated, you hoped to God or whoever is up there that you’d find nothing or even Clay and Gemma getting it on. Grabbing the door handle in full, you turned the knob and slammed the door open.
Your stomach dropped as did the mouths of Happy and an ugly croweater under him. Your heart crumbled in your chest seeing Happy’s neck covered in hickeys. “Shit, Y/N,” Happy pulled himself away from the croweater while pulling his pants up, “Who the hell is that, baby?” She spoke wiping her mouth and her smeared lipstick. Not being able to speak your body froze with rage and tears. Immediately grabbing Gemma’s papers on the desk, you threw them at Happy and his bitch. “Fuck you, Happy, Fuck you and your slut,” you pointed your finger at her, “Fuck you, bitch, who are you calling a slut,” she stood up trying to intimidate you. Happy quickly got in between you both trying to talk to you, “Y/N, leave,” he spoke. “First of all, ho’, I will lay your ass out like your grandma’s panties on the laundry line, and second, fuck you, Happy, don’t ever speak to me again.” Walking away, Happy grabbed your arm, but again you snatched it out of his grip, “Don’t you ever put your fucking hands on me, Happy! I fucking hate you! We’re done!” It went silent on the lot, everyone was watching. You spit on the ground next to Happy and walked towards your car with tears streaming down your eyes. “What’s up, Y/N?” Juice asked with his dorky smile not having a clue what happened, “Fuck out of my way, apple juice.” Your tires screeched as you left the property to go home.
“Hap! What the hell just happened?” Jax came over with Opie, I looked behind me towards the office which they followed as saw the croweater buttoning up her shirt. “Oh come on, man,” Jax scolded, “You pissed Y/N off big time, Hap,” Opie took a drink of his beer, “She’ll be alright, I’ll call her in the morning,” Jax and Opie looked towards each other and shrugged, “I don’t know, brother, Y/N isn’t the type to come crawling back to someone who fucked up with her,” my anger started building, “I guess it’s my problem then,” we both stared each other down, “I guess it is,” Opie stepped forward to me.
~~~~~TO BE CONTINUED~~~
I loved this one!! I thought this deserved two parts lol, I honestly was so mad writing this because I hate making Hap out to be an asshole :( But thank you for reading, and part 2 will be up soon!!