HI can I have a zach werenski imagine where your friends and family don’t really approve of him but you don’t care? And your long distance?
Author’s Note: I made it so the reader was still living in Michigan, mainly, because, I live super close to where he grew up. So, all the places, I use in here are real and are in the area between his town and mine. Enjoy! -Julianne
A week. A week was all you had left of your summer with your boyfriend Zach. Soon, he would be back in his car and on his way to Ohio for the most of the year. Of course, you would see him again, but living just a state away from each other grew hard sometimes. But, you had school and a job you loved for the moment.
The sounds of the alarm went off, waking you up from your sleep. You shut it off fast hoping that it didn’t wake the sleeping boy that laid behind you. You slowly turn to see that Zach’s eyes were still shut. You placed a small kiss to his forehead before getting out of bed.
“Noooo.” Zach whined holding your waist.
“Zach, I just have one class than, I am all yours.” You said laying back down and facing him.
“Okay, but I’m driving you to class and then, I’m taking you to lunch. I can go hang out with Dylan while I wait for you.” He said smiling.
“Deal.” You said kissing his nose and getting out of bed for real this time.
Once you two got ready, you grabbed your bag and books then headed out to Zach’s car. The car ride to the college was shockley fast. Normally, you have to deal with traffic, but today nothing.
The ride into the city was always your favorite. Sure, it was still an unsafe place but it always held the best stuff. Best coffee, restaurants, art fairs, music and not to mention the home of the Red Wings. You loved the Blue jackets, but living in Michigan meant it was mandatory to love the wings. It was hockeytown after all.
“Gosh, did they add more to Wayne?” Zach asked as he parked his car on the side street.
“No, why?” You asked confused.
“It just looks bigger than last time I saw it.” He said.
“You’re a dork.” You said looking around to make sure you had everything.
“Ahh but you are a dork lover so what does that make you.” He smiled before leaning over to kiss you.
“A fool in love.” You smiled before getting out of the car.
“Love you!” You yelled before closing the door.
“Love you too fool!” He yelled back through his opened window. He made sure you were in the college before he made his way to Royal Oak.
“How was class?” Zach asked as the waitress bought over your drinks.
Zach had taken you to one of your favorite places in Detroit. The Traffic Jam & Snug. They had the best food and drinks. There was always something someone could eat no matter what. However, it was yours and Zach’s place so if he wasn’t in town you never went. Unless you needed a pick me up.
“It was good, long and well it was a class.” You smiled. “How’s Dylan?” You asked placing your menu down.
“You’re getting it aren’t you?” He smirked knowing you all too well.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“You have an obsession.” he laughed.
“Hey! It’s the best veggie burger in town, it doesn’t even taste like one. How can you go wrong there!” You laughed.
“You’re cute. Dylan, was good. He asked us out for dinner at the end of the week. A going away/start of a new season dinner he called it.” He smiled up at you, but soon dropped the smile as he saw your face.
“Hey, baby. What’s wrong?” He asked placing his menu down.
“Nothing, I just. I hate that you already have to leave. I know you have too and what not but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t hurt.” You said looking down at the table.
“I love you. You know that. You know that I would give anything to see you happy, but just think it’s one more season and then next season you get to come with me. Then, you’ll be begging me to leave.” He joked placing a kiss to your cheek.
“Ahh, I can always trade you in for Panarin than.” You joked.
Female Characters to Avoid in your Writing: An Illustrated Guide.
1. The Bella Swan (i.e. the blank sheet of paper)
Who she is:
In Twilight, Bella has absolutely no qualities that make her interesting as a character. She’s shown to have very little personality, in the books or onscreen, and is only made “interesting” (a relative term here) via the inclusion of her sparkly, abusive boyfriend. It feeds into the harmful mentality of adolescent girls that you need a significant other in order to find fulfillment, particularly if he’s significantly older and likes to watch you sleep. Yikes.
Bella is welcomed to school by a friendly, extroverted girl and given a place to sit amongst her and her friends. Despite this girl’s kindness, Bella shrugs her off as a stereotypical shallow cheerleader, and spends her time staring wistfully at the guy across the cafeteria from them. Once Edward becomes her official boyfriend, she immediately loses interest in her new friends as her life shifts its orbit to revolve completely around him.
How to avoid her:
Female characters are allowed to have lives outside of their significant others. They’re allowed to have friends, quirks, hobbies, and interests. Give them some.
The best fictional relationships are based off of characters who compliment each other, not one character who revolves around the other. Make sure your female character’s life does not centralize around her significant other.
Strong female characters don’t look down on other girls, even if they are outgoing cheerleaders. Being pasty and introverted doesn’t make you a better person, y’all – if it did, I’d be a decorated hero by now.
Give them aspirations besides getting an obsessive, much-older boyfriend. In fact, don’t give them an obsessive, much-older boyfriend at all – if you do want them to have a significant other, give them one who cares about their interests and accepts that they have lives and goals outside of them.
2. The Molly Hooper (i.e. the starry-eyed punching bag)
Who she is:
Like most things about BBC’s Sherlock, Molly was an amazing concept that went progressively downhill. I used to love her quiet tenacity and emotional intelligence, and was sure that with her strong basis as a character, she would overcome her infatuation with the titular Sherlock and find self-fulfillment. Nope!
She remained stubbornly infatuated over the course of five years with an ambiguously gay man who, en large, treated her badly, leading to her public humiliation with zero pertinence to the plot or resolution. Moreover, her infatuation with Sherlock quickly usurped almost all of her other characteristics, leading her to an increasingly immature characterization that was difficult to relate to.
How to avoid her:
By all means, please write female characters who are quiet, kind, and unassuming (a female character does not, contrary to popular belief, need to be rambunctious, callous, or violent to be “strong”) but remember than none of these traits need to make the character a pushover. Let them stand their ground.
Similarly, attraction to men (or anyone, for that matter) does not invalidate a female character’s strength. Just be sure she values herself more than their attention.
As I said earlier, don’t be afraid to make characters who are gentle and soft-spoken, but be wary of making them “childlike,” or giving them an infantile, emotionally characterization.
My best advice for writing gentle, soft-spoken, unassuming women would actually to look to male characters in the media fitting this description; since male characters are rarely infantilized as much as women are by popular media, you’ll get a much better idea of what a well-rounded character looks like.
3. The Irene Adler (i.e. the defanged badass)
Who she is:
Yup, another one of the BBC Sherlock women, among whom only Mrs. Hudson seemed to come through with her dignity and characterization intact. In the books, Irene and Sherlock have absolutely zero romantic connotations, only bonded via Sherlock’s irritation and respect with her substantial intelligence. In the show, it’s a different story entirely.
Irene is a badass character who’s turned into a teary-eyed Damsel in Distress via her uncontrollable love for the show’s male lead. It doesn’t help matters that she’s a self-proclaimed lesbian who falls in love with a man, which, unless you’re a woman who loves women yourself and writing about a character realizing she’s bi/pansexual, I would recommend against doing under any circumstances. She ends up being defeated and subsequently rescued by Sherlock – a far cry from her defeat of him in the books.
How to avoid her:
If you’re writing a badass female character, allowher to actually be badass, and allow her to actually show it throughout your work as opposed to just hearing other characters say it. And one punch or kick isn’t enough, either: I want to see this chick jump out of planes.
That said, “badass” does not equal emotionally callous. It doesn’t bother me that Moffat showed Irene having feelings for someone else, what bothers me is how he went about it.
When writing a character who’s shown to be attracted to more than one gender, just say she’s bisexual. Pansexual. Whatever, just don’t call her straight/gay depending on the situation she’s in. Jesus.
4. The Becky (i.e. the comedic rapist)
Who she is:
Most people who know me can vouch for my adoration of Supernatural, but it definitely has its problems: it’s not as diverse as it could be, its treatment of women is subpar, and yes, there is some thinly veiled sexual violence: all three of its leading characters have dealt with it at one point of another (Dean is routinely groped by female demons, a virginal Castiel was sexually taken advantage of by a disguised reaper, and the whole concept of sex under demonic possession is iffy to say the least.) It’s rarely ever addressed afterwards, and is commonly used for comedic fodder. Possibly the most quintessential example of this is Becky.
Becky abducts Sam, ties him to the bed, and kisses him against his will. She then drugs him, albeit with a love potion, and is implied to have had sex with him under its influence.
How to avoid her:
Male rape isn’t funny, y’all. Media still takes rape against women a lot more seriously than rape against men, particularly female-on-male rape, and I can assure you its not.
Educate yourself on statistics for male sexual assault: approximately thirty-eight percent of sexual violence survivors are male, for example, and approximately one in sixteen male college students has reported to have experienced sexual assault.
Moreover, be aware that forty-six percent of all instances of male rape have a female perpetrator.
In other words, treat themes of sexual assault against men as seriously as you would treat themes of sexual assault against women.
5. The Movie Hermione (i.e. the flawless superhuman)
Who she is:
Okay, in and of herself, Movie Hermione is amazing: she’s beautiful, intelligent, and heroic, as well as possibly the most useful character of the franchise. She only bothers me in context of the fact that she takes away everything I loved most about Book Hermoine, and everything I loved about Book Ron, too.
Book Hermione was beautiful, but not conventionally: she had big, poofy curls, big teeth, and didn’t put a lot of effort into maintaining her appearance. Movie Hermione looks effortlessly flawless, all the time. Book Hermione was intelligent, but also loud, abrasive, and unintentionally annoying when talking about her interests (which meant a lot to me, because as a kid on the Asperger’s spectrum, I frequently was/am that way myself – it was nice to see a character struggling with the same traits). She was also allowed to have flaws, such as struggling to keep up with academia, and being terrified of failure.
Movie Hermione also took all of Ron’s redeeming qualities, and everything that made him compliment her as a couple: his street smarts used to compliment her academic intelligence, for example, staying calm while she panicked in the Philosopher’s Stone when they were being overcome with vines. He also stood up for her in the books against Snape, as opposed to the jerkish “he’s right, you know.”
How to avoid her:
Allow your female characters to have flaws, as much so as any well-rounded male character. Just be sure to counterbalance them with a suitable amount of redeeming qualities. This will make your female character well-rounded, dynamic, and easy to get invested in.
There’s no reason for your female characters to always look perfect. Sure, they can be stunningly gorgeous (particularly if their appearance is important to them), but it’s physical imperfections that make characters fun to imagine: Harry’s scar and wild hair, for example. Female characters are no different.
If you’re writing a female character to have an eventual love interest, allow their personalities to compliment one another. Allow the love interest to have qualities that the female character is lacking, so that they can compliment one another and have better chemistry.
Basically, write your female characters as people.
I’ve been using a bujo for a year now, and as a high school student, I was struggling to incorporate my bujo into my studies, aka organising my homework and stuff. Before starting a bullet journal I was using a day to day diary where I wrote down all my homework and exams. As I switched to the bujo, I was so happy to have this productivity-boosting tool, yet I couldn’t figure out how I could write down my school-related dates and assignments on my bujo, since it is not designed for long-term planning. So here are the tips I figured out through time (and a lot of studyblr scrolling hehe) on how to use a bujo as a student! Enjoy ^^
1. Have a Semester/trimester/year overview of your school/uni year
This is so far the best tip for long-term planning in your studies. With an overview of your school/uni weeks, it is very easy to jot down exam dates, deadlines, conferences and stuff.
It’s very useful when you are given, at the beginning of your school year, the planning of exams. You can easily jot down the dates and subjects of each exam in this calendar.
You can also add vacations, public holidays and weekends. I also like to highlight the days already gone so that at the end of the school year, I’ll feel the joy of highlighting the last day of school ^^
2. Weekly spreads and assignments columns
This is essential if you want to incorporate your bullet journal with study planning.
It consists of having one column of your page, the weekly assignments overview, dedicated to only writing homework, assignments and upcoming tests. The other part of your weekly spread consists of your usual daily logs. Here are some of my weekly spreads as an example (shoutout to @studypunked for the inspo)
As you can see in the pics, the left column is used solely for writing down my homework and tests.
I also like to add some decorations and pictures to give a bit of life to those weekly spreads.
I also added a month overview and a sleep log each week, but this is personal: you can become creative about how you want your weekly spreads to be.
I usually pre-do these weekly spreads for school weeks after a vacation so that if the teachers give an assignment due in a week or two, I already have the homework column of the due week prepared in advance. When I don’t have school (aka during vacations), I don’t make a weekly spread. I just do my dailies linearly.
3. Useful collections for school
I also like to have some pages of my bullet journal dedicated to other elements related to school:
Homework to do during the holidays:
My grade averages:
A spread dedicated to the list of things I had to do for UK uni application and school during last summer:
And so on… you can get creative and it also depends on your needs for school.
So here it is! This setup worked really well for my senior year and I will definitely continue to use it for university.
So Inktober starts tomorrow or today depending on where you live. I decided to create my own list that I’m going to attempt to follow or if anyone wants to try. Here:
1. Forehead touch 2. Kiss 3. Hug 4. Lazy morning 5. Snow 6. Bridal Carry 7. Rain 8. Selfie 9. Harry Potter AU 10. Outfit Switch 11. Mermaid AU 12. Royalty AU 13. Sleeping 14. Date 15. DeAged 16. 50’s 17. Roman/Greek AU 18. Genderswap 19. Pirate AU 20. 20’s AU 21. Fairy Tale AU 22. Ugly Sweaters 23. Flowers 24. School Uniform 25. Cooking 26. Chibi 27. Them with Pets 28. With an Adopt Child 29. Fandom Costume Switch 30. Halloween 31. Marriage
[if you keep clicking on him]
have you nothing better to do? no, of course you don’t, as i expected.
revenge is never a straight line. it’s a forest. and like a forest, it can be most enjoyable.
every year, i sneak into shimada castle to honour my fallen brother. you’d think at this point, the clan would just close the gate.
garrosh is PROUD of his tattoos, but can they summon a pair of SPIRIT DRAGONS? HA! DIDN’T THINK SO.
it’s not my fault if people want to pick me all the time. they simply recognize greatness when they see it.
IT IS NOT ENOUGH THAT I SHOULD SUCCEED. OTHERS SHOULD FAIL.
they say that ‘perfect’ is the enemy of ‘good’. so i guess i’m a villain after all. [laughing]
heal yourself before you become a burden.
if you do not heal yourself, you will die.
a talking fish? is this a JOKE?
overwatch? ha! so you are the ones for whom my brother betrayed his clan.
your archery is keen, but your heart is SOFT. compassion has no place in battle.
crossbows? ha, toys for CHILDREN
ha! save your concern for yourself.
you DARE to disrespect me?
you could train for a hundred years and STILL not reach my level.
this conversation bores me. it ends now.
you can either be silent, or start making sense.
[probably talking to the monster heroes] whatever you are, just stay out of my way.
[probably talking to the monster heroes]
whatever you are, i suggest you prove yourself useful.
your words are a waste of breath.
so you’ve heard of my skills before? good. your ideals are childish. open your eyes to the real world.
that armour… you look ridiculous.
yes, you will soon witness what a TRUE archer can do.
you are no TRUE dragon.
is that the BEST overwatch can offer?
1. he continues to make fun of other sniper weapons (rifle and crossbow) 2. there are references to both his murdering genji and interactions with genji who is another hots hero, so just try figuring that mess out
In light of the charity livestream, I think this little comic of mine coincides with it since I heard it’s going to be a Dream Daddy stream? And of course, the iconic Craig and Mark team-up. I love them XD
school is starting soon (or has already started) and i also wanted to somehow thank you guys for 7k in a way other than the usual blog rate or blog awards. keep a look out for the other 4!
this is a collab with @studyruels. his masterpost is on making an aftetschool routine which you can check out here!
now, i’m naturally a morning person. i just am, and i always have been. no matter how late i go to bed my body thinks it’s a great idea to noT sleep in and wake up at 6 am every day (’: here are a few things i do to make it a little easier and enjoy my mornings!
1. GO TO BED EARLY. this is honestly a no brainer but STOP SPENDING HOURS ON YOUR PHONE WTH like it’s so harmful for your eyes and your mind and your brain and your body will thank you in the morning when your eyes aren’t burning with exhaustion.
1.a. when i decided to stop being an irresponsible smol child who tried to stay up every night, i started setting alarms for going to sleep. so like at 9:00 (ok ik thats pretty early but thats usually when i go to bed), or maybe that’ll be like 10:00 or 10:30 for you so that you can go to bed around 11. but anyways, when you hear this alarm, it’s time to get off of your phone or laptop (-: send your gn streaks and texts, close insta (log out if u have to), and shut it all down. soon after, you will start to notice how tired you actually are without all that blue light distracting you !!!
2. read! this is a personal favorite just because i’m a huge nerd but reading right before bed is just killing 2 birds with one stone: you’re exercising your mind and subconsciously improving your writing skills (vocabulary and grammar) while making yourself very tired!! if you think reading, especially at night, is boring, you aren’t reading the right books for you.
3. prepare yourself for the morning so it seems less dreadful. OPEN YOUR BLINDS BEFORE BED JUST DO IT OMG you will wake up with the sun. do a little miniclean of your room before bed so you’re not waking up to yesterday’s disaster. make your coffee the night before and leave it in the fridge if you like it iced in the morning. plan out what you’re going to wear tomorrow, as well as your lunch. shower (so u sleep better and/or dont have to do it in the morning) and brush your teeth. pamper yourself. set up fairy lights. just do anything that will cause you to wake up and go “jeez glad i did that last night; now i have more time and peace of mind”.
4. find something to look forward to in the morning. this might be going to get coffee or tea with a friend in the morning, getting to wear the cute outfit and eat the delicious lunch that you prepped last night, or remembering that you’re going to see a movie after school. whatever it may be, let it motivate you to get up and start your day as soon as possible.
5. turn off/disable snooze. do it. if your alarm app can’t do this, install an app that can. i also like to set up my alarm so that i have to do some challenging mental math to turn it off.
5.a. make your alarm something that will cause you to get up. it doesn’t necessarily have to be something really annoying. it can be something upbeat and light that puts you in a good mood for the day. however, if you’re a really heavy sleeper then you might want to make it some obnoxious and loud sound so that you will be motivated just to get out of bed and turn it off.
6. put your phone across the room. we’ve all heard of this one but most of us are too lazy to do it. at night, when you whip out that book, log off all your social media and then put your phone somewhere so far that you’ll have to physically get out of bed and turn off the alarm.
7. make your bed suit your aesthetic. this derives from the basic “make your bed” tip. sure, you can make your bed, and sure, it might motivate you to not get back in. but if you really struggle with this, buy one of those prepackaged bed sets that has a nice color scheme. once you make your bed, you’re not going to want to ruin that aesthetic tbh
8. keep a consistent sleep schedule, even on the weekends!! i’m not saying you have to wake up at 6 am even on saturdays, but don’t go from waking up at 6 to waking up at 12. maybe push your wake up time to 8:30 or 9 latest on the weekends. as you get used to waking early (and sleeping early, too!) you can slowly push back your weekend wake up time earlier and earlier until it’s almost identical to the time you wake up when you have school.
i hope this helps! good luck with this school year, everyone!
Hey hey hey look who’s alive! :D I moved into my university awhile ago so I’ve been trying to figure out balance in my life and as a result I haven’t been on here as much. In high school I didn’t really understand the social life vs sleep vs school thing, but I do nowwww D: It’s really tempting to be constantly hanging out with friends, especially since my closest friends live right next door to me, and I can just pop in and hang out whenever I want. There’s also soooo much homework and so much reading >.< I was a little homesick at the beginning, but now that I’ve become a lot closer to my friends I’m a lot happier!
i just have a lot of feelings about peter and mj so here we are. (part two can be found here)
peter is not looking forward to junior year
he somehow ended up signing up for like 3 different AP classes that he definitely did not remember signing up for
but being spiderman, he barely sleeps so his memory has been out of sorts lately
anyways so the first day of school rolls around and his first class is AP bio, and ned was his partner in regular bio but Ned is taking environmental science this year
and ned is peter’s only friend
so our spidey boy is without a lab partner, until michelle walks in right as the bell rings, drops her bag right next to Peter’s laptop on the lab counter, and begins reading catcher in the rye
she’s read it multiple times, just fyi
peter is shook
because he and michelle are friends now? i mean she’s caption of decathlon now that liz is gone and he’s sort of one of the best on the team and they are sort of partners there too
so peter rolls with it
and michelle ends up making AP bio fun, for example she and peter come up with names for everyone else in their class since they sit at the back of the room
flash is named: “dumbass”.
not original, but it works for them
AP bio is usually after lunch, and so often if there is a quick decathlon meeting during lunch, peter and michelle find themselves walking together
it’s not until peter realizes he’s low on webs that he realizes the problem
Michelle is sort of his ‘other ned’ if you will
basically, she never leaves him alone
and she doesn’t know he sneaks into the labs to make more webs
this is a situation, because how is peter supposed to distract her long enough to sneak into the chem labs?
cue ned the chair guy
peter gives ned one job, JUST ONE JOB, to keep michelle distracted during lunch so he can sneak into the chem lab, test out his new webs, and get out.
but the only thing ned can talk about is his new lego millennium falcon
and michelle is not into hearing ned talk about that for more than 5 minutes because he isn’t peter
so somehow she escapes and finds herself wandering around the halls when she realizes where the hell is peter?
eventually she finds herself downstairs and she hears a strange noise from a nearby door.
so she peeks into what looks like the chem lab and low and behold peter parker is shooting webs out of his hands
the bruises, the sudden disappearances, decathlon, why spiderman was in DC out of all places…
next thing peter knows, michelle is in front of him, and she’s pissed
like, REALLY pissed
peter doesn’t catch much of what she’s saying besides the occasional “you could be killed” or “NED knows and i DON’T?” or “is this the damn stark internship?”
and peter is staring with his mouth open because even though she just found out his deepest darkest secret in the most obvious place (did he learn nothing from the aunt may incident?) her eyes are a gorgeous shade of brown and she’s kind of adorable when she’s mad
but that’s not that point
it takes peter the rest of lunch period to calm her down and to convince her not to tell anyone, not that she would, but you never know
and it takes him even longer to reassure her that he is perfectly safe and that the suit is very, very, reliable
she demands to see it, and peter refuses because they’re in the damn chem lab for god’s sake
eventually they head to AP bio, and Michelle doesn’t ask anymore questions. In fact, she doesn’t ask anymore questions for a while
peter thinks she forgot, or that she doesn’t care that much, but then a major accident happens in downtown in the middle of the night a few days later and spiderman is seen pulling people from a burning building, but no one saw spiderman come out before it collapsed.
he skips school the next day because he’s “sick” and ned brings him his homework. he doesn’t ask about michelle, because he thinks that if she really doesn’t care after all, it’s better that he doesn’t know
he’s proven wrong – because when he does go back to school and walks into AP bio, Michelle launches herself into his arms in front of the whole class.
and while afterwords she makes some joke about how peter saved their project that isn’t due until the end of the semester, peter starts to feel butterflies in his stomach.
For the past year, ever since Steve had dragged her to
Jonathan’s to confront Nancy and they had battled the Demogorgon, Y/N had
suffered from terrifying nightmares. Her parents both worked for Hawkins Lab
and had assured her multiple times that the old people had gone and that nothing
like that would ever happen again. However, it didn’t reassure her. Her parents
worked late most nights and would sometimes not even come home at all with only
a brief phone call to tell her. When they weren’t home it was worse. She would
wake up in cold sweats, breathing hard and sometimes crying.
This night was one of those. Shaking, Y/N swung her legs out
of bed, pulled on a pair of leggings and a hoodie, put her shoes on and left
the house after locking the door. The air was cold and her hoodie didn’t provide
much protection. There was a soft breeze that swirled the autumn leaves into
the air which she watched as she walked down the road. There was little noise
this time of night and it was beautifully peaceful.
Hiding her hands in her hoodie, she shuddered as the sound
of a car engine roared through the silence. She moved to the side of the road
for the car to pass but, to her surprise, it pulled up beside her.
“Y/N, right?” The driver said as she looked over to see it
was Billy Hargrove. She nodded her head and he smiled. “What you doing out this
late in the cold, princess?” Y/N and Billy knew of each other but had never
actually spoken at school. That was mainly down to the fact that he was not
nice to Steve.
Y/N shrugged. “Couldn’t sleep” She studied the boy’s face
and noticed a bruise beginning to form under his cheekbone.
“Want to come for a drive? I’d rather not leave you out in
the cold.” He reached across and opened the door. “You shouldn’t be out here
alone, it’s dangerous.”
Realising that he was probably right and that there was
little chance of him actually turning out to be an axe murderer, she shrugged
and climbed into the dark blue Camaro. The warmth from the inside of the car immediately
engulfed her and she sank further into the seat as Billy set off.
“Anywhere particular you wanted to go, princess?” Billy
asked glancing at the girl in his passenger seat.
“Not really” She muttered and looked out of the window as
he turned on the radio and Rebel Yell by Billy Idol flooded the car. “What
happened to your cheek?”
Billy glanced at her but she was still looking out of the
window. “It’s nothing.”
“Is it the reason you’re out this late?” Y/N asked looking
over at the blond.
“We’ve all got our demons, princess.” Was his response and
she didn’t press him further. He thought most people would have and was suddenly
glad it was her he had found and not anyone else.
They drove around aimlessly for a few hours, talking every
so often and then letting the music fill the silence the rest of the time. He
dropped her off at home and looked at the empty drive. “Where’re your parents?”
”At work. They either work really late or just stay at the
office all night.” Y/N explained as she opened the door. “Thanks for the ride.” She smiled softly.
“Anytime, princess.” He returned the smile as she shut the
door and walked away.
This continued to happen frequently over the next month. Y/N
would have a nightmare and would go for a walk to clear her head and most times
Billy would pull up with fresh bruises and they would go for a drive. Neither
of them spoke any other time; they would glance at each other at school but
that was about it. Their conversation and friendship were limited to the inside
of Billy’s car. Neither of them really minded. They found an escape in each
However, one night the normality of their meetings was broken.
Y/N was, for once, sleeping peacefully, when there was a knock on her window. Sleepily
she had sat up and would have gone back to sleep blaming it on her imagination
if it hadn’t sounded again. She walked over to the window, opened the curtains
and locked eyes with those familiar blue irises. She opened the window as she
took in his face. There were bruises all over his face but unlike usually, his
nose was also bleeding, his lip and eyebrow was split and there were bruises
visible under his ripped shirt.
“Billy?” She questioned as he started to climb through the window
and nearly fell, causing her to grab him.
“Hey, princess.” He muttered as he winced in pain.
“My dad didn’t like the way I was talking to my step-mom.” He told her as she helped him sit on the bed. “I didn’t know where else to go.” He whispered as he looked at the floor.
“It’s okay. I’m going to get the first aid kit.” Y/N said as
she motioned for him to stay put. She walked into the bathroom and grabbed the
first aid kit with shaking hands.
She walked back into the room and sat next to him and
started pulling things out of the kit. Bill turned to look at her and noticed
her shaking fingers as she tried to pour some alcohol onto some cotton wool. He
placed his hands over hers and she stopped shaking and looked at him. He nodded
reassuringly and she began to clean the cuts on his face. She then pulled out
the tea tree oil and gently rubbed a small amount into the bruises on his face.
“Could you…?” She trailed off as she gestured to his
tattered shirt; unable to meet his gaze.
He just nodded and pulled it off. Her hands started shaking
again as she rubbed the ointment into the bruises on his chest and then on his
back. She packed the kit away and just put it on the floor next to her bed. “Do
you… Do you want to sleep here tonight?”
“If you don’t mind.” He said shakily.
“Of course not.” She murmured as she climbed into bed. He
kicked off his shoes and climbed in next to her as she switched off the light.
“Thank you.” He whispered as they started to drift off.
Him coming over in the middle of the night after a fight
with his dad started to become regular thing. Not once did he look as bad as
the first time and each time she was glad of it. She hated to see him hurt. Her
parents had begun to spend more time at the lab lately so she was always glad
for Billy’s company. It seemed with Billy by her side, the nightmares didn’t have
the courage to attack. Billy had found a place where he actually felt safe and
was reluctant to give it up anytime soon. They still didn’t talk at school but
glances had evolved into smiles when they saw one another. Other people were
beginning to catch onto them but no one ever saw them together.
“You know my house has a door? You don’t always have to use
the window. Especially when my parents aren’t home.” Y/N smiled as Billy
climbed into her room from the darkness outside.
“Where’s the fun in that, princess?” He chuckled. There were
small bruises in the shape of finger prints on each of his biceps. He sat on
the bed as she grabbed a small bottle of tea tree oil that she now kept in her
bedside table. No matter how many times he told her it didn’t matter, she wouldn’t
listen so he had just started giving up and letting her put the ointment on the
“You staying?” She asked as she rubbed the ointment into
each bruise on his arms.
“If that’s alright.” He whispered.
“Always.” She smiled and met his gaze.
As she put the bottle away, he pulled off his shirt, kicked
off his shoes and trousers and got into the bed. After the first few times he
had just started sleeping in his boxer shorts. She climbed in next to him and
laid her head on his chest. One of her legs was thrown over his hips and her hand
rested on his necklace right above his heart. One of his arms was wrapped
firmly around her waist and the other played lazily with her hair. They had
gotten used to sleeping in a tangle of limbs pretty quickly and now neither of
them would have it any other way.
Y/N very quickly dropped off to sleep after she spent the
previous night awake from her nightmares. Billy looked at her sleeping
peacefully on his chest. He had tried so hard not to fall for her. Had tried so
hard to convince himself they were just friends. But as he looked at her slowly
moving with the rise and fall of his chest he realised it; he was well and
truly in deep. He loved her.
I’m sitting here doing psych work and I just read yet another statement on how kids and students are overweight because of TV and video games keeping them from going outside and I just sat back in realization because like….
8 or 9 times out of 10, I’m not outside because of homework. Not TV and video games.
I get back from class, two in the afternoon, and I’m either so exhausted that I don’t want to do anything physical or I have so much homework that I can’t get outside before its dark.
Elementary school kids spend from 8 am to 3:30 pm in school (where I’m from), and by second grade are bringing home at least an hour of homework (based on the dozens of kids I work with over the school year). Say they come home, take half an hour to grab a snack and relax before doing an hour of homework. By the time they’re done, its five o'clock. Six is dinner time in my house, and I imagine its similar elsewhere (America centric but thats the school system I’m talking about)
That’s MAYBE an hour of playtime outside, if they dont have chores and if it isn’t already dark out, like it is in the late fall and winter. And yeah, they could do their homework at night. But I know my parents were strict about getting it done before dinner, and I’m sure a lot of other parents are the same way.
Don’t even get me started on middle and highschool. I didn’t even see the sun during musical season.
College? You run to and from class for anywhere from two to six hours a day and then you have homework, jobs, and you have to eat and sleep somewhere in there.
No wonder kids and young adults are sitting down in front of the TV or video games. We’re too exhausted mentally to do anything else.
Video games and tech aren’t the problem here. It’s school and the excessive amount of homework dumped on kids every damn day.