Critical Role is a series on Twitch produced by Geek & Sundry where (famous) voice actors Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Taliesin Jaffe, Marisha Ray, Liam O’Brien, Ashley Johnson, Sam Riegel and Matthew Mercer play Dungeons & Dragons. Sometimes there are guests players and they are all always AMAZING.
They are all very close friends (some are spouses and married) and had this D&D campaign even before it started being broadcasted. Matthew is the Dungeon Master. Everyone is always in-character during the games, thanks to their talent, the voices and acting and RP is TOP NOTCH and you cry and laugh a lot.
The episodes can be up to 4 hours long sometimes, and there is 110 episodes so far (roughly the same length as a TV show with 7 seasons). It’s very intimidating, but you can also just listen to it and not watch them.. although (and i’m not even biased when I say that) watching Laura Bailey react to everything is like, one of the best thing about CR. Also the physical acting is sometimes important! The show is being uploaded in podcast form tho!
It’s broadcasted every Thursdays on Twitch, and then the episodes are added to Youtube on Mondays.
Who’s in the Party aka Vox Machina (some things will be left unsaid to avoid spoilers):
Vex’ahlia (Vex) played by Laura Bailey *harp music*
Half-Elf Ranger. Went from Neutral Good to Chaotic Neutral, and currently is Chaotic Good. Vax’s twin sister. She has a bear named Trinket whom she loves more than anything in the whole world (tie with Vax, probably). She winks a lot and flirts with everybody. SHE LOVES MONEY. A good person but sometimes does questionable things like lying and stealing. Self-worth issues. Lowkey bisexual, only kinda confirmed off-screen.
Vax’ildan (Vax) played by Liam O’Brien
Half-Elf Rogue. Chaotic Good. resident emo boy, but also a Soft Boy. Vex’s twin brother. Very emotional. A bit obsessed with Death. Depressed. Loves to prank Grog, and would die (literally) for his twin sister. Bros with Grog and Scanlan. Loves to braid hair. An actual bird. Canon bisexual.
Grog Strongjaw played by Travis Willingham
Goliath Barbarian. Chaotic Good or Chaotic Neutral? VERY TALL. Has an intelligence of 6. Pike’s best friend. Thinks water is poison (but not anymore, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT). The cutest murder machine. Fighting is like yoga for him. LOVES women and brothels. Also ale.
Pike Trickfoot played by Ashley Johnson
Gnome Cleric. Chaotic Good. The Mom friend. Grog’s best friend. Loves the goddess of Light and Healing, Sarenrae, whom she is a cleric of. She will swing her holy mace in your face if you threaten her friends. An actual angel?? Played by an actual angel? Plays only when she isn’t busy on the set of Blindspot.
Keyleth played by Marisha Ray
Half-Elf druid. Neutral Good. Percy’s best friend. Basically The Avatar. Most powerful member of the party. Vox Machina’s moral compass, she is 90% of their impulse control. Very wise but very socially awkward. (Spoilers) She jumped off a cliff, turned into a goldfish and died that one time. She’s okay tho. She loves the twins. She loves all of her friends tbh. Gets arrested a lot??. Scared about her future. Lowkey bisexual, kinda confirmed off-screen.
Lord Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III (Percy) played by Taliesin Jaffe
Human Gunslinger (Fighter). Neutral Good. Keyleth’s best friend. A little bit haunted. Obsessed with contracts and demons tbh. THE SMARTEST BOY. Build a lot of impressive stuff. Sometimes he makes jewelry for the party out of sea shells or dragon scales. Talks fancy. Loves explosions. Has PTSD.
Scanlan Shorthalt played by Sam Riegel
Gnome Bard. Neutral Good or Chaotic good? Unsure. Probably Chaotic Good. Bros with Vax and Grog. Really fancies Pike. A player. Has a lot of issues but hides behind humor. The funniest and most talented. Is often naked. Very loyal. A complex character. He doesn’t like Trinket. Canonically not Straight. Probably Pan??
Taryon Darrington (Tary) played by Sam Riegel (for a while)
Human Alchemist. Alignment?? He’s a good boy. A REAL DIVA. Rich. Super smart. Has an automaton named Doty who writes down his adventures. Vex’s best friend. Bros with Percy. His arc was brief but he started as a pompous brat and ended being a soft and loyal member. Scared easily. Loves being an adventurer. Canonically very gay.
Beloved NPCs, played by Matthew Mercer (but only some of them because Matt plays over 100+ NPCs)
SHAUN GILMORE. Human. The prettiest and (canonically) gayest shopkeeper in all the lands. Actually an incredibly powerful sorcerer. Had a crush on Vax and vice versa.
Allura Vysoren. Human. Very graceful and smart. Amazing arcanist (wizard). Vox Machina’s number one emergency contact tbh. She loves Kima, in a gay way. Canonically bisexual.
Lady Kima of Vord. Halfling Paladin. She serves the deity Bahamut, The Platinum Dragon. Small but will kick everyone’s ass. Sassy. Will kill you if you prank her. Butch Icon. Loves Allura very much. Canonically very gay.
/!\ SPOILERY NPCs /!\ :
J’mon Sa Ord. Nonbinary. SO ELEGANT. Barefoot at all times. Kind of tired of Vox Machina’s shit, but is still fond of them nonetheless. Spoilers x1000: Actually a (good) Dragon. The coolest sovereign. I’m in love.
Cassandra De Rolo. Human. Percy’s sister. Is running a kingdom while her brother is out and about shooting at bad dragons. NEEDS A FUCKING NAP. LET HER SLEEP, MATT.
Characters came and went (Tiberius Stormwind played by Orion Acaba for example) and some guests come back more often than the others, but this is getting way too long so let’s stop here.
Honestly, CR is the best thing I’ve ever watched. I never laugh as much as I do in front of a TV as I do in front of CR. Same for surprise and tears and stress and everything a show can make you feel. It’s truly something else.
Prompt: May I request a Jungkook smut in which you are bf and he has always seen you just as a kid because you’re younger than him. He doesn’t mind being shirtless around you or you hearing him talk about the last night’s girl with a friend. To the point of you getting so frustrated about him not treating you as a woman and plainly thinking of you as his cute and innocent girl friend that one day you start dry humping him saying something along the lines: do I still look that innocent to you (oppa)? thx
Genre: Smut, Slight Angst, Slight Humor, College!Au, Best Friends!Au
Author: Admin Nan
Summary: It was a boiling summer day you realized your attraction for the cute, older boy next door.
Tags: Swearing, Dry humping, Thigh riding, Sub!Kook, Oppa, Park Jimin - Reader Discretion is advised.
i really appreciate nyssa showing laurel that it is possible for someone to love both her and sara at the same time. when oliver cheated on her with sara it became clear he didn’t love either one of them, not truly. and her parents never seemed to have room enough for the both of them. the second sara died, dinah forgot she even had another child. quentin clung to laurel but ultimately used her as a punching-bag for his grief. and then oliver and laurel had that falling out and he ran right back to sara. nyssa was the first person who grew close with laurel because of their shared love for sara. nyssa was the first person who reminded laurel that she didn’t always have to feel like she was coming in second. that the love she felt for her sister was pure and strong and good. the thing with the lance sisters is even though it seemed like they were always on opposite sides, they clung to each other because their bond was where their strength came from. and i think nyssa was the first person to honor that. the first person to love the lance sisters in different but equal ways. and it was really beautiful to watch.
You were finally coming home to visit your family, from spending an exhausting year at college. Summer break! Finally some relaxation, hopefully. Your younger siblings might make that impossible.
As soon as you packed your bags for the next few months you had to say goodbye to your roommate/ best friend.
“We are definitely hanging out.” You gladly accepted her request. She only lived an hour from your parents house.
As you stood outside your family home, something felt different. You felt like you’ve been gone for so long. You were only a freshman in college, so much change in so little time.
You walked into your house expecting loud chaos from your brother and sister but surprised from the quiet.
“Hello….I’m home.” No answer.
You heard faint screaming in the backyard. As soon as you open the sliding glass door, you saw the kids running, your father grilling and your mother basking in the sun. You missed this.
“(Y/N)’S home!!” You heard your brother and sister run over.
“I missed you guys.” You said as you got smothered into hugs.
The few hours you have been home, your old childhood friends were already contacting you to come hang out tonight. It was already 6 o'clock when you went downstairs ready to leave but you noticed that your parents were dressed in a fancy get-up.
“Are you guys going out?” You wished for a no, but judging by their clothes that would be unbelievable.
“Yes, the company your father works for is hosting a dinner party.”
You did your best to try to stay calm, you knew if you complained about having to babysit, you would sound stubborn from only being home a day.
“Does that mean I have to stay home?”
“Where are you going?” Your mother questioned.
“Liz and Sana asked me to come over.” You nervously asked.
“Can Tae watch us?” Your twelve year old brother interrupt.
“Please, please.” Your seven year old sister joined in.
“Who’s Tae?” You asked your parents.
“He’s the babysitter we hired while you were at school.” He?
“Okay I guess, you guys wear that poor kid out.” Your mother answered. He must be some high school kid trying to make money for a new car or worse video games.
“So…I can go?” You already tried to walk towards the door.
“Fine….I’ll call Taehyung….but please keep your phone on just in case.” Your mother demanded.
“These were the days.” Sana said as she sipped her beer. You were at a beach party, scattered around a bon fire. In high school, this was your weekend. Even though you’re not old enough to drink, but that never stopped the young people around here.
It’s your decision to not get too drunk though. You hated the experience and you got grounded for a month.
“Hey (Y/N), long time no see.” You saw your ex, if you can call him that Youngjin.
You dated him for a solid month, until you found out he was cheating on you. After you broke things off he would occasionally hit on you and other women in your perspective. It got annoying that you even gave him a bloody nose once.
“Aren’t you looking beautiful tonight.”
You didn’t answer you just smirked and turned your back.
“I’m going to get a drink.” You left.
As you leaned down to open the cooler you felt someone aggressively grab your ass. The pain shot your attention to the person behind you. Youngjin.
“Get your fucking hands off of me.” You felt a little dizzy from the alcohol but you still had your right mind to not let that type of behavior pass.
“What’s wrong, don’t you like that?” He teased.
You pushed him away hard enough to make him lose his balance.
Youngjin had ruined your night and you decided to head home. You didn’t feel sick but you did feel tired. As soon as you got home you saw your parents pull up the driveway. Great, what if they can smell the alcohol on you?
You followed your parents footsteps walking through the door.
“How were they?” You heard your parents talking in the living room.
“They were good.” You heard a genuine voice. Must be the babysitter.
“They’re sleeping already.” Your mother told your father.
“Oh (Y/N)….come meet Taehyung.” Your mom caught you half way up the staircase.
You quietly groaned as you made your way to the living room.
“Tae this is our daughter (Y/N).” Your mother moved out of your view to reveal your new replacement and your siblings new best friend.
“Hel-” You started to say but got caught off guard as soon as you saw the mystery man. You felt your mind go into a daze, he was so handsome. You felt butterflies in your stomach, how can someone make you so tongue tied.
“Hi.” You cleared your throat. As soon as you felt him embrace your hand you felt tingles shot throughtout your body.
“It’s nice to meet you.” He smiled an adorable smile that made you felt weak. “Your brother and sister share a lot of stories about you.”
You immediately blushed, knowing your sibling those stories were most likely embarrassing.
“Thank you for coming.” Your mother grabbed his attention from yours.
“It’s no problem, they’re entertaining.” Your father laughed patting him on the back.
“Have a safe drive home.” Your mother hugged him. He really was your replacement, he was like part of the family now. He even got your brother and sister to bed quicker then you ever have.
“Bye.” You were caught staring the entire time.
“Have you been drinking?” You didn’t pay attention to your mother, you only paid attention to the adorable creature smirking at you as he walked out the door.
“(Y/N)? You have haven’t you? I can smell it.” Your mother pinched the top of her nose to stop a headache passing through.
“Those girls have always been a bad influence.”
“Mom no worries I only had like two drinks….trust me the first time was enough for me I never want to get drunk again.”
“Okay fine but please be responsible, you’re still considered under age.”
“For only three more months.” You defended.
“Doesn’t matter sweetie, the law is the law.” Your father rubbed your back then went upstairs.
“So Tae was cute wasn’t he?” Your mother teased.
“Mom.” You tried to hide your blush.
“He’s a nice boy.” Then your mother left you alone with your thoughts.
You made your way to the kitchen too early for your liking but school got you in the habit, even though you still felt groggy.
“(Y/N) sweetie, Taehyung will be here later to pick this up okay?” Your mother waved an envelope. “We didn’t have the cash to pay him last night, so he’s coming to pick it up okay.”
“Okay.” You yawned.
“Come on lets go.” Your mother guided your brother and sister out so they wouldn’t miss the school bus. They still had a another three weeks of school left.
You were bumming around just watching TV, when you heard the doorbell. You didn’t even think about it, you just got up and dragged yourself to the door.
When you opened the door you froze. Shit! Your mothers words flashed through your mind. Taehyung was suppose to pick up last night’s pay. If only you were more awake when your mother told you.
Here you were standing in front of an attractive man, wearing yoga shorts, baggy t-shirt, and hair tied up in a messy bun.
“Hi.” You nervously greeted.
“Hey.” He smiled. Butterflies, as he looked at your attire up and down.
“Sorry, I completely forgot you were coming.” You ran to kitchen quickly. As you searched through the kitchen drawers you couldn’t figure out where your mom could have put the envelope.
While you were still searching you heard someone clear their throat to get your attention.
“I got it.” You saw him take it off the magnet from the fridge.
“There it is.” You embarrassingly stated, causing him to laugh.
“How come you’re not in school, I figured you’re in high school?”
He laughed. “No I’m twenty-one.”
“Oh.” He’s older then you. “Are you in college?”
“No, I work with my parents.”
“Cool.” You said cheerfully, but you were just an awkward mess.
“I guess I better get going.” He smiled and started to leave.
“Okay see you later….or not…or I don’t know.” He turned around slightly and arched his eyebrows. Then he laughed cutely and shut the door behind him. You slapped your forehead disappointed in yourself.
“Why are you so awkward?” You whispered to yourself.
“You better be here in ten or we are leaving without you.” Liz snapped at you on the phone.
It was a few days later and your parents made plans for a social gathering for another work related thing. Your parents were pretty popular around the neighborhood.
You basically begged your mom to call Taehyung to babysit at last minute because your friends were hounding you to go to another party.
Your mother made the call, apologizing in the process, but you had to wait for Tae to get here yourself because your parents were running late. Your brother and sister was of course excited, they beg for him to be here all the time, even if your parents are home.
When you hung up the phone call with your friend, you heard a knock on the door.
You rushed over to answer and there he was, looking attractive as ever.
“Hi.” You greeted. He smiled, but as soon as he saw your outfit he was taken back. You couldn’t read his facial expression, he just looked shocked. Was it too much? You settled in a tight black skirt, stopping mid-thigh and a long sleeve black and red crop top that stopped right before your waist. It wasn’t too revealing but not too clean either.
As soon as he slightly brushed past you, you heard your sister run into the room and attacked Tae with hugs, not to long your brother.
“Okay, my number is on the fridge if you need me.”
“Bye.” Your sister waved, not even paying attention.
“I wont be too long.”
“Don’t have too much fun.” Taehyung smirked.
The party was a disaster, it was over crowed, you were constantly getting dry humped on by dumb drunks and better yet your friends abandoned you, probably some random hook up. You have only been here two hours and counting.
As you were getting ready to leave, you bumped into someone. “Hey sexy.” Youngjin. Ugh.
“Where are you going?”
“Home. Goodbye,” but before you could leave he grabbed your wrist pushing you up against the wall.
“Let go.” He put his lips onto yours. You tried all your strength to push him off but he was not budging.
You bit his lip as hard as you can and kneed him in the stomach, giving you a few seconds to make a run for it.
“You bitch!” You heard him shout in pain.
You drove home as quick as you can not caring about leaving your friends. They can find their own ride. You didn’t even have an ounce of alcohol this time, maybe if you did you would of enjoyed yourself more. But you were proud you didn’t, Youngjin would of probably of taken an advantage of you and you would of let him.
Honestly you wished you could of met someone like your friends, you’ve been single for a long time and worse, sexually frustrated. Seeing your college friends in relationships were quiet envious. As you can tell though you have a lot to learn, you are too awkward with attractive men. Tae for example, he probably thinks you’re weird.
When you pulled up to the house, you noticed your parents weren’t home yet, as expected. You entered and you saw your brother sleeping in the recliner and your sister cuddled up next to Tae, trying to stay awake.
Tae looked at you surprised that you were home sooner then he thought.
“Hey.” He greeted. “How was whatever?”
“Sucked.” You slouched on the love seat.
“Date?” You were surprised at his annology.
“Party.” You looked down. “And my friends ditched me again so I wasn’t having fun.”
“That’s because they suck.” Dara, your little sister yawned.
“I think it’s time you go to bed.” You got up as you guided your sleepy brother up to his bedroom.
When you left his room, you saw Tae carrying Dara on his shoulder, gently putting her to bed.
“Thank you…you can go home if you want.” You suggested.
“Do you want to watch a movie?” He kindly offered.
“Yeah.” You blushed.
You followed him downstairs to the living room.
“I’ll make some popcorn.” You left and went to the kitchen.
You sighed, still thinking about the party. What’s wrong with you?
“Do you want to talk about it?” You heard Tae sweetly ask as you turned around.
“It’s nothing really, I just wish I could meet the standards that my friends have….I’m always a buzz kill.”
“What do you mean?” He questioned getting closer.
“My friends are so pretty and so good at talking to attractive guys….I mean thats why I can’t even talk to you.” You rambled as you turned around to the ding of the microwave. Then it hit you of what you just said.
When you turned around embarrassingly, he was leaning on the counter next to you.
“You have trouble talking to guys?” He questioned. You just nodded. “You’re talking to me right now.” He smiled.
“And if you ask me, a lot of guys are probably tongue tied talking to you.” He blushed. Wait. Did he blush at you?
You froze as he grabbed onto the counter behind you locking you in place.
“Am I making you uncomfortable?”
“N-no.” You tried your best to speak. “Just nervous.”
He looked down shyly. “I felt intimidated as soon as I saw you.”
“Yeah…your sister talks about how pretty you are but I had no idea.”
Your breathing got heavier as you felt him lean in closer to you.
“Are you going to kiss me?” You whispered.
He arched his eyebrows. “If that’s okay with you.”
As soon as he press his lips to yours, he was surprisingly gently.
You kissed back, lacing your fingers through the back of his hair, slightly tugging. He grabbed your waist pulling you in closer so your hips were aligned, making the butterflies in your stomach shiver throughout your body.
You felt Tae deepen the kiss when you felt his tongue moisture your bottom lip trying to have access inside. It didn’t take you long to open your mouth, letting his tongue explore.
He slowly backed away to take a breather as he moved on to your neck. You bit your lips and tilted your head back as the pleasure was causing the dampness between your legs. The things you felt his tongue could do, you never felt more inexperienced in your life. You only had sex once and it was a dumb mistake with Youngjin, who purposely got you drunk. You don’t remember hardly anything from that night, so this was a new feeling to you.
Tae lightly sucking all up and down your neck, leaving marks behind. He reached around kissing you passionately again as he picked you up and placed you on to the counter top.
You both stopped for a second, resting your foreheads against each other. Your breathing was not slowing down from the gently touching, making his way up your shirt.
The adrenaline was revealing a side of you you never seen before. As he was making his way up to your bra, you grabbed a hold of his belt buckle. Your confidence getting the better of you. You undid his belt along with his pants.
“You really want to do this?” He asked concerned. You just nodded desperately.
“What if your parents walk in on us….I think it would be clear I would be fired.” You giggled from how cute he was.
“When it comes to social gathering my parents won’t be back till midnight….trust me.” You said lustfully.
He went back to kissing you, slowly pulling your shirt above your head and on to the floor. You placed your hand once more to his now open pants buckle, gently rubbing the sensitive area. As you started feeling him get harder he grabbed your hand stopping you.
“I wont last much longer if you keep doing that.” He laughed out of breath.
His fingers danced up your thighs making their way under your skirt. You felt his finger hook the edge of your underwear pulling them down.
You could feel your heart beating out of your chest, but you loved every second of it.
You saw Taehyung looked down disappointed. “I don’t have…..-protection.”
You laughed from the worry on his face. “What….I wasn’t planning on coming here, thinkin-” You kissed him to stop his ramble.
“It’s fine….I’m on birth control.” You pulled down the rest of your underwear and tossed them to the floor. He leaned into you closer, quickly pulling his pants down only enough to be exposed.
He leaned his forehead to yours for a second like he was thinking. Your breathing quickened when you felt his member brush your folds.
“You sure-” He asked once more.
Then he pushed into you, following your request. You quietly squealed from the surprise of his size. You stiffened until your body could adjust. “You okay?” He asked sweetly.
You nodded wrapping your legs around his waist to pull him in even closer. He started kissing your neck once again as he started thrusting inside of you deeper. You couldn’t help but moan loudly as he quicken his movements.
He suddenly stop putting his hand over your mouth. “Let’s try not to wake your siblings okay.” He laughed.
“Sorry.” You pouted.
He rocked his hips as he leaned into you, kissing your neck diligently. He quickened his speed harder hitting your g spot. You felt a rush as the pleasure was setting in. The only sound was your heavy breathing and the light tapping from underneath you. You felt your walls clench as you heard his low grunts, the way he was turning you on you were going to let go any second.
“Tae.” You cried.
“Fuck….I’m-” You couldn’t get your words out. You were a moaning mess as you felt sensitive from your orgasm flooding through. You were trying to refrain yourself as best as you could, but the ecstasy was throwing you off. The new feeling made you numb.
“Shhhh.” He smirked.
You could tell he was close from his movements being sloppy. You embraced him with another tender kiss to ease his pleasure. You felt your body go weak as soon as his juices shot through your body warming you up, the whole experience made you feel drowsy.
You guys were breathing heavy as you stopped to process what just happened. You bit your lip as you looked up at him nervously. “Do you want to go watch that movie now?” You suggested.
He looked at you amused and laughed. “Sure.”
You watched him back away from you and buckle his pants. You couldn’t help but blush, the way he looked at you was so sexy. You developed feelings for him in such a short time.
You were about to hop off the counter when he grabbed your hips helping you down. “Wow a gentleman.” You teased.
“I’m going to change into something more comfortable.” He nodded. As soon as you turned towards the stairs he grabbed your wrist pulling you to his chest. He grabbed the back of your neck pulling you in a deep passionate kiss.
“Don’t be too long.” He bit his lip and made his way to the living room.
You and Taehyung were cuddled up on the couch with a blanket drenched over you. He would steal kisses from you here and there. He was sweet and adorable and the butterflies in your stomach were never ending. You were hoping that this wasn’t a one time thing. He made you feel….happy.
Your parents came home at the time expected, 1 o'clock.
Your mother came into the living room surprised to see that you and Taehyung were sleeping on the couch, cuddled side by side.
It’s been a week since your sisters Valentine’s Day dinner. And the moment you made it to your apartment, you kept your distance from Steve.
The feelings you had for him were not only confusing, but painful. You couldn’t be with him. You couldn’t damage the friendship you two had because of things didn’t work out, you knew everything would change.
You were in love with your best friend. The biggest cliche of them all. Something you would always tease. But here you were.
Steve called you everyday since the dinner. Not knowing what was going on. He even knocked on your door a couple of times. But you never answered.
You were terrified.
He left voicemails on your phone, asking you to call him back. Telling you how much he misses you and wants you to talk to him.
It was the hardest thing to do, to push him away.
“Shit! I’m going to be late!” You yelped as you shot up in bed.
Quickly, you threw whatever you had near you, on and pulled your hair up in a messy bun.
It was your first day back to work since the dinner, and you couldn’t be late.
You were an assistant for one of the biggest fashion designer in New York City. And she wasn’t one to be late for.
As you opened the door to leave, you tripped over something, almost knocking you over. “Ow!”
“What the hell?” You groaned.
Looking back, you felt your breath hitch to the back of your throat. Your body stiffened as your eyes met his.
“Just beat me up why don’t you.” Steve slightly chuckled, pulling himself up off the ground.
“W-What’re you d-doing here?” You stuttered.
Steve crossed his arms over his chest, his stare more intense than it was before.
“I’m making sure my best friend is okay.” He said. “Why haven’t you answered any of my calls? Or texts?”
You swallowed hard and immediately averted your eyes else where as you turned your back to him.
“I’ve been busy.” You lied.
“Too busy to send a quick text back?” He asked. “Did I do something? Did I screw up the dinner? What the hell happened?”
You didn’t want him to find out the real reason why you’ve been ignoring his calls. Which you decided to play it cool.
“You did nothing wrong.” You stated. “I’ve just been busy. My sister had me running around the city with her, planning her stupid wedding.” Part of that was true, but it was always just for a couple of hours.
Steve studied your face for bluff. His brows scrunched together as if he were thinking of something.
Until a smile crept on his lips and his stare softened. “Ok good. I thought I did something.” He chuckled. “I’ve missed you though. I never knew how boring my life is without you until now.”
You playfully rolled your eyes and shook your head. “Stop being dramatic. It was only a week.” You teased. “But seriously, I have to go before I’m late.”
As you were about to walk away, you felt his hand tug at yours.
“Come over tonight. I’ll order Chinese and we can watch pirates of the Caribbean.” He smiled.
You wanted to come up with some excuse. But you had nothing.
“Before you could even say no, im going to leave.” Steve chuckled. “I’ll see you tonight. And say hi to Satan for me.”
And just like that, he was gone.
Your were finally able to let out a long breath, which you didn’t even know you were holding.
A part of you was happy to see him, to feel him again. But the other part wanted to scream.
Today was going to be a long day.
—– (9 hours later)
“So what’re you going to do tonight?” Riley asked as she swung her purse over her shoulder. Ready to leave for the day.
You shrugged your shoulders and yawned. “Going to Steve’s for some Chinese.”
Riley smiled at the name. Ever since she met Steve at your birthday party last year, she had this small thing for him. But who could blame her?
“That sounds fun.” She stated. “You’re so lucky to have a guy like him. I remember just how funny and sweet he was at your party. How long have you two been dating?”
“What? N-No, he and I are just friends.” You muttered. “Nothing more.”
“Oh wow, I thought you two were together. My mistake.”
“It’s okay. He’s just my best friend.” You reassured her.
Riley bit on her lower lip, her fingers twisting her hair as if she were nervous. “Well if you two aren’t dating, would it be okay if I talked to him?”
Your stomach dropped, a spark of jealousy ignited in you and as much as you wanted to say no. To tell her he’s all yours, you didn’t.
You knew you couldn’t be with him. You knew you had to ignore these feelings.
“What’re you doing tonight?” You asked.
Steve was so excited to spend the night with you. To be with you again.
The entire week, when he was alone he realized just how important you were. He realized how much he wanted to see you and suddenly, his feelings for you grew.
He wanted tonight to be special.
Steve wasn’t someone who acted on his feelings until now. When he saw you today, he wanted nothing more than to pull you in and kiss you again.
But he wanted to do it right. This was the first time he had ever felt this way for someone.
The knock at his door made his stomach flutter. Not only was he excited to hang out with you, he was nervous.
“You got this.” He whispered to himself.
As he opened the door, his smile twitched. “R-Riley?”
So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.
For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.
This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!
Gardening for Your Familiar
This past weekend, I went to one of my coven sisters’ place to run a game of Dungeons and Dragons. This in itself isn’t that unusual - I usually play about a game a week, and every other week is held at her place. However, she is definitely a witch who spends plenty of time both in the garden and in the kitchen! A fellow animal lover, with three cats and a couple of dogs, it’s always enjoyable to visit. What surprised me, though was an addition to her home’s normal features: a little garden close to the ground meant for her cats!
Whether a college witch or a witch who’d been practicing for a long time, it’s fair to say that many of us - dare I say that perhaps most of us - have dogs, cats, or some other kind of pet. And while there are plenty of spells out there for familiars and pets, it’s rare that I see spells focusing on gardens for them. So of course, my sister’s garden is featured this week, because it is absolutely brilliant!
A simple project, done in the same way you would any container garden, consider growing plants that your furry friends can safely consume. Where the magic comes in is the intent with which you grow your plants and with which you pot them. The example above makes use of cat grass, catnip, mint (which the kitties love to rub up against), cilantro, and parsley.
But let’s take it a step further, as there are plenty of other animals out there!
Aquatic Gardens: Just like with terrestrial pets and plants, live plants can be added to an aquarium with care. Not only do they breathe new life into your fishes’ home, but they help oxygenate the water and depending on the species of plant and fish in the environment, could provide a food source. Sometimes the plant itself is the pet, as in the case of marimo moss balls!
Terrarium Gardens: In the past, I’ve mentioned bottled gardens and terrarium gardens. Whether reptile or amphibian, plants can help provide a more natural surface for climbing, can provide a food source for herbivorous friends, and - as before - help bring more life to the terrarium!
Formicarium Gardens?: Admittedly, not everyone has a colony of ants as a domestic pet. But as with any animal, ants require care and maintenance, and a proper formicarium usually has a larger area for foraging. Though the ants will be healthy with a steady supply of feeder insects and sugars, adding plants will not only make the “outworld” a more aesthetically pleasing environment, but a more diverse one for the colony as well. In addition, ants have been known to tend to plants, harvesting sap and nectars while also keeping the plant nourished and maintained. Take it a step further by adding pitcher plants - a plant that could easily be a pet itself - which not only help control the colony population, but also promote a mutual relationship with ants (the plant offers nectar to the ants from its inactive pitchers, and while it does “eat” ants, the ants will still take care of the pitcher for the sake of the nectar).
Bringing it Outside: Some of us count horses and other outdoor animals as pets. The same principle applies - set aside a box garden specifically to help nourish your friends and bring some joy to the stable. Similarly, if you don’t have any pets, you could set up a garden to encourage wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see beautiful flower gardens for hummingbirds, fruit trees and berry bushes to encourage wild birds to visit, and gardens set off to the side specifically for deer.
What This Brings to a Witch
Part of being a witch or of being pagan is nurturing a relationship with nature. There are many ways of doing this, from adopting an organic lifestyle to assisting in conservation efforts, to even learning how to forage and to recognize various plants. But it goes without saying that pets, plants, and animals can all do much to help us learn about our role in the world. They teach us how to be ourselves, how to live in the moment. Even the ants in a formicarium can teach us about how to naturally be efficient and productive.
This in itself is magical. It’s a natural spell that is meant to enliven the spirit and while it does do quite a bit to make the animals in our lives happy and healthy (even more so when planted and grown with intent), it also turns around and gives us the very same blessing.
Grow your garden, and tend to it and your animal friends with love, and they will teach you far more than you may realize!
reyna should have been between at least 25 and this is why:
“i’m too old for this” “you’re literally not even 30″
alternatively: “well, you’re the adult, you do it!” “oh my god…oh my god….i’m an adult…i gotta be Responsible….holy shit i don’t know how”
power lesbian mother figure for the seven, all of whom are. traumatized and have no support at all except from other traumatized teenagers.
hilarious spats with her identical twin sister hylla, a running gag where they despise being compared to each other even though they are freakishly alike
greek and roman tension from reyna and coach hedge
camp jupiter being less of a freakshow where threatening to eat children is a normal induction and then they’re basically sold off into child soldier camps
has valuable advice for nico, because once upon a time she was also a gay teenager who stretched herself so thin to help everyone else and forgot that she had needs of her own
is like, a physical representation of a demigod who actually lived into adulthood. makes new rome a lot more of a compelling idea when you’ve actually got a character who is a college graduate with a full time job that she loves, rather than just mentioning it as a concept.
is an example of a mature, competent authority figure who gets her hands dirty, rather than sending out prepubescent children to do her bidding. i think it’s a really good lesson for kids that not all adults are evil, incompetent morons and how to spot the difference.
gives the fans someone to like, grow up with? he must know by now that half of us are at least twenty lol (if he can make his next protagonist an ancient god for a kid’s series, i’m SURE they could’ve handled a 25 y/o)
*percy makes comment about something his mother did while growing up* “oh my god……oh my GOD percy how old is your mother" *jason, leo, frank, and annabeth all chime in* “oh yeah our parents are that age too” *reyna internally screaming* “how did these people function with toddlers at my age i can’t even take care of myself” (which really helps put lots of issues that the seven have with their parents in perspective, they’re all like very young single parents you know it’s no wonder their childhoods were so unorthodox)
has valuable advice for annabeth, having grown up with a domineering goddess of a mother whom she based her entire identity around but never got much in return from
has valuable advice for leo, often feeling like a seventh wheel herself, lost and unlucky in love (also like….leo is gay too so that’s why? bye)
has valuable advice for jason, being a roman and all
is the girls’ allies rather than their competition (as annoying is this is, it’s sadly immensely realistic that 15/16 y/o girls feel threatened by each other where boys are involved. that’s just a fact. so we can eliminate that conflict altogether).
is a great role model for how to navigate frustration with the gods without selling yourself out to pure evil lol
I had to go back to rewatch parts of 4x01 because I couldn’t remember if this dialogue between Emma and Hook at the endcap of ‘snowmonster in the alley’ was in the episode. It wasn’t but it was a small cut. (i love snarky Hook tho)