Imagine your favorite turtle cuddling with you. It’s late and it’s cold and he’s had a stressful day. All he wants right now is to hold you and kiss you and fall asleep. The best part about being in a relationship is that all of those things can happen.
Leonardo is exhausted.
Today has been an exhausting, difficult day. And it seemed like those days were coming along more often.
Sometimes, the line between brother and leader can be confusing and tiring. There are some days when he just wants to hang out and not do anything…but that can’t happen.
He has a job to do.
A job that his family counts on.
So after training and patrol and meditation and butting heads with his brothers, all he wants to do is to crawl in bed. He slowly walks through the dark hallway, his brother’s voices and laughter slowly vanishing from his ears. He approaches the final circular door.
His door. His bedroom. His sanctuary.
He shuts the door behind him and leans against it, pressing his head to worn out wood, lost in thought. He thinks about everything he had to do today and how he will do it again tomorrow and he wonders if it will ever get any easier. He had been the Leader for five years, since he was fifteen, and as he got older his job only seemed to get harder.
Leo sighs and turns around, acting to get into bed, when he notices a small figure underneath his sheets. He stiffens but relaxes when the figure mumbles something. He would know that voice anywhere.
He strides over, quietly, and pulls his blue comforter away, revealing Y/N’s peaceful face. He notices the book tucked away next to her, a copy of Cinder that has her finger tucked between the pages.
He laughed softly at the sight before him.
“Did you fall asleep waiting for me?” He whispers.
Leonardo carefully takes the book, making sure to mark the page, and places it on the nightstand. For a moment, he simply watches her breathe softly.
She looks so content and he wonders what she might be dreaming about. A little part of Leonardo hopes that she’s dreaming about him…Eventually, he decideds to join her in her dreams.
Moving away, he removes his armor piece by piece, putting it away. He looks in the mirror. He tools older. Tired. He examines his green skin, littered with scars and a few tattoos. His eyes linger in his left forearm, where he had the kanji symbol for “love” tattooed.
He had gotten that for her and she had held his hand the entire time. He hadn’t really needed her to but he certainly had enjoyed it.
He looks up and he can see her reflection in the mirror. Y/N has rolled over and is now facing him, her arm reaching out towards him as though to say
“Come to bed.”
Love. His fingers run over the inked skin before he turns away and goes to join her. Carefully, so very carefully, he slides in bed next to her. Leonardo is always surprised about how small she seems next to him. How delicate, almost doll like.
She suddenly stirs, her eyes just barely opening.
“Leo?” She asks, her voice thick with sleep.
“Hey. Sorry for keeping you waiting.” he whispers.
Y/N smiled sleepily and says
She’s drifting off to sleep once more and Leonardo gives her a quick kiss before she resumes her peaceful breathing.
It has been a difficult day for the turtles but being able to hold her like this…made it all worthwhile.
Within moments, Leo had joined her in her slumber, still holding her in his arms.
Hello! I'm going to start learning Korean (I already started learning to write Hangul) and I was wondering if you have any tips for a begginer Korean learner? Thanks in advance!
I’M A WALKING LANGUAGEPEDIA! Jk, i’m good when it comes to tips and resources, otherwise i might be clumsy. ^^”
Step 1, Hangul
You started to learn their writing system, that’s great! It’s amazing actually, try to master it. (You’ll thank me for this) I mean, you don’t have to master it if you don’t want but if you master it your korean journey won’t be a living hell. I remember when i started to learn hangul how frustrating it was because i kept reading with the speed of a sleeping turtle. So master it ^^ read everything, everywhere, don’t think that you have no idea what you’re reading, just read.
Step 2, Choose your ways
So, Korean for beginners. Here you got books for culture, language, dictionaries etc. Choose one and stick with it until you’ve worked with everything from it. And also, have a notebook with all your stuff. ^^
Step 3, More ways
Beside a book you need to decide what site(s) you’re going to use on a daily basis. Here are some of my favourite sites:
Koreaboo (this is the link for their ebooks but the site itself is pretty cool)
http://korean.cuk.edu/ (now, if you change the language to eng, you can make an account and they have courses just like ttmk, however, ttmk is made with volunteers and so on, but this site is from a university)
Choose what works best for you and use that. I hope my suggestions from here help. Usually duolingo and memrise are the base but duolingo doesn’t have a korean course yet.
p.s. Also, Forvo is amazing for pronunciation.
Step 4, Ask questions
When you don’t know something, ask. Even if you think it’s a bad question, just ask.
p.s. HiNative is a good app/site for asking questions. They don’t know you, you don’t know them.
Step 5, Don’t give up
Korean is a challenge so even if you feel like it’s hard or you don’t improve at all, keep working, it will be better.
Step 6, Don’t study only with books and apps!
Watch a movie or listen to a song and try to translate the lyrics, play a game with another learner. Learning a language should be fun, not only “serious working”. And i bet you know some korean songs and k-dramas, if not, come to me and you will have a schedule with k-dramas for the rest of the year.
p.s. watch Master/God of study if you want motivation!
Step 7, Use your skills!
Don’t make the same mistake as me 3 years ago when i was experiencing with languages. Use what you learn. (you’ll thank me one day for this tip)
Step 8, Blackmailing is the key!
Find someone who can study with you. (or blackmail one of your friends x) ) Studying is better in 2, and watching movies too.
Step 9 (and the last one) Relaxing is good
You will study a long period of time so at some point you will need to take a break or you will lose your motivation. That’s okay, just take a few days off.
I hope these help you somehow. ^^ Good luck with your studies anon~ If you need anything, feel free to ask.
“It puts me in mind,” said Leonard, “of those nautical stories about giant turtles that sleep on the surface, thus causing sailors to think they are an island. Of course, you don’t get giant turtles that small.”
– living on the Disc makes your perception of giant turtles a little different |
Terry Pratchett, Jingo
I have provided an IDW-ish Mikey with some sort of scarf-mask braces and incredible smarts like they are thru tha rooooffff like look at that Advice…… I have a clean and messy version for you lovelies and a hug……. A big hug I love you all………
You quietly shuffled over to your closet that you shared with your boyfriends, trying your best not to wake them, well most of them.
Alexander was already awake, drinking coffee in his office, no doubt already busy doing work. Everyone else was still sleeping, not having to go to work until later in the morning.
You paused at the closet doors, glancing over at the alarm clock on the table near the bed.
The green numbers read 4:00 AM and you muttered angrily under your breath. Why’d you have to be such a nice person?
You normally didn’t work until 6:00 AM but last night you had a co worker beg you to cover their shift tomorrow morning because of an excuse you couldn’t even remember any more. All you know is that you agreed to take the shift, knowing that your co worker was probably lying about why they needed the day off. Most likely, they were going to party all day.
Warnings: It is probably shitty because I wrote it at 2:30 am and wrote it in 2 hours.
Summary: You find out you’re pregnant, but you don’t know whose it is and you are scared to tell them.
“DADDY! MOMMY! DADDY! DADDY! DADDY!” Frances called as she ran down the hallway to your bedroom.
Frances was your first child. She was 4 years old and totally unplanned. You or your boys didn’t care one bit. Even though the baby was John’s, Alexander, Laf, and Hercules loved her just as their own. You wanted to have a kids with all of your boys and soon you would. Frances came along after you were sick and John stayed home to take care of you because he had the most days saved up to take off. You were complaining about your fever and John jokingly said sex was the cure, naturally you tackled him onto the bed and the rest is history. The other boys were a little hurt at first because they all secretly wanted to be the first, but they were so happy to have a baby. Soon there would be a little one running into the bedroom and 7 on a Saturday morning, but none of the boys knew it yet.
“Can we pleeeeaaasseeee have turtle shaped pancakes for breakfast?!?!” she begged as she jumped on to the bed.
“Of course. Go in the living room and turn on the tv, we will be in there shortly sweetheart,” Hercules told her as he embraced her.
“Okay,” Frances smiled and planted a kiss on his cheek.
You watched Hercules melt. You were so excited to have another child. They were all so caring and sweet and loving fathers, you were just scared to tell them because you didn’t know whose it was. You also weren’t sure how much longer you were going to hold off on telling them. John started to get up to go to the kitchen when he was pushed aside.
“(Y/N)!” he shouted.
“Sorry!” you shouted back from the other side of the closed bathroom door.
“Are you okay, mon amour?” Laf asked.
“I’m fine, I’ll be out in a minute,” you assured.
“You don’t sound okay,” Alexander said.
You brushed your teeth and emerged from the bathroom.
“You don’t sound okay. Did you brush your teeth?” Herc asked.
“We haven’t even had breakfast yet, and you are totally against brushing teeth before breakfast,” John reminded you.
“What’s going on, (Y/N)?” Alexander asked as he had you up against the door.
He had his hands on the wall on either side of you. He had you trapped you had to tell them. You took a deep breath.
“I’m glad you brushed your teeth, that would not have been a pleasant smell after you just threw up.” Alexander said as he pressed his one hand on your forehead.
“Ummm, I’m not sick. I, um, I’m pregnant.” you said looking down at the floor.
Alex immediately wrapped you up in his arms followed by the rest of the boys joining in.
“Why didn’t you tell us?” Herc asked.
“Well I don’t exactly know whose it is and I was scared.”
“Hey, you don’t need to be scared we will all love this baby like it is our own. You already know that,” Alex said lifting up your head.
“I know, it was stupid, but I just remember y’alls faces when I told you about Frances.”
“Look, we all hoped to be the first one but soon we realized that we were all going to be a dad. Even if it wasn’t ours biologically we were still going to love her like she is, and we still do,” Alex said.
After breakfast you showered and came into the living room but stopped at the door. You were watching Frances sit on Laf’s lap as he read her a book teaching her french. You imagined a little Marquis running around with a head full of hair. Frances had her dad’s freckles and curly hair. You were thankful for that. Then you thought of a little Alexander running around probably learning how to write before they talked, or baby Herc sewing clothes for a doll.
Countless doctor’s appointments later you were sitting in the hospital with a baby wrapped up in a blue blanket. Frances looked at the baby boy in awe along with her dads.
“He is to cute mommy,” she said softly.
“I know, are you excited to finally meet your baby brother and be a big sister?”
“Yes mommy, can play dress up with him?”
“No sweetheart, this is a real baby not a doll.”
“But what about all the clothes daddy made for him?”
“Those aren’t for play. You can read all of the books daddy wrote for him though. How about that?”
“Can I help daddy make the baby food? He can teach me to make food in french!”
“That’s up to him sweetie.”
“He can sleep with the stuffed turtle me and daddy picked out, right?”
Frances leaned down and kissed the forehead of her new brother.
Your baby boy was now 5 and Frances was 9. He was just like his father, spoke just like him too. Marquis’ first word was Papa and he hasn’t stopped speaking french since. He loved to help in the kitchen too. Even though we was just like Laf, Marq showed signs of the others too. You found little drawings of clothes all over his room, he left you notes every morning next to your coffee (you usually couldn’t read it but it was adorable), and he loved animals, not just turtles, but all animals.
“MOOOOOMMMYYYYY!!!!” Marq screamed from the other room.
“What honey? What happened?”
“Fan killed a bug then used one of my masterpieces to clean it up.”
Dramatic, just like Laf.
“Honey you’re going to be fine. You have plenty of others.”
“Fan is caca téte!”
“Yes my dearest?”
“Why did you teach him poo head in french?”
“Why do you assume it was me? His dad is the one who speaks french.”
“Alex, babe, that’s what you call Jefferson when you rant about him.”
“Okay, fine. I am sorry. At least when he starts school no one else will know.”
“Mommy, where is daddy?”
“Which one honey?”
“The one with the same hair as me.”
“He is on his way home from work. Why do want to know?”
“I am hungry.”
“Well I will start dinner.”
“Your cooking…. Méchant.”
“MES CHERIS!! I AM HOME!!”
The kids ran to Laf and hugged him. John and Hercules came in behind him and the kids hugged them too. Hercules planted a kiss on each of their cheeks. You and Alex stood watching, he had his arms around your waist. Hercules pulled out some gifts for the little ones. Laf held Frances and John was holding Marquis as Herc handed them new clothes. John and Laf looked at each other and smiled, they leaned in and gave each other a lingering kiss. Herc leaned in too and they both kissed his cheek and the kids giggled. You loved your family that drew weird stares from everyone when y’all decided to have dinner or a movie or taking the kids out for ice cream. You really loved how Hercules and Alexander loved Frances and Marquis even though biologically neither of them were theirs. You couldn’t wait for you to have two more kids, you just didn’t know when they day would come for the last one.
He kissed your neck, “I know,” he said.
“I feel you get out of bed every morning.”
“Do the rest of our boys know?”
“Yeah, you have to climb over half of us either way you get out of the bed, and you’re not the most graceful person.”
“Why didn’t y’all say anything?”
“Why didn’t you tell us? Were you scared Herc would be upset?”
“You remember the day when we were both here because I was working from home?”
“Yeah, that’s when it happened I’m pretty sure.”
“I know it is. Hercules and I talked about it because we noticed you were dropping hints about wanting another child, he said he wouldn’t mind being the last one. He said he has to help design some clothes for some actor or something so he would have to fly to L.A. pretty frequently and it wouldn’t be the right time for him.”
“When were y’all going to tell me this?”
“Tell you what sweetheart?”
“You saying you were okay with being the last dad.”
“I don’t know…”
“It’s okay, I didn’t tell y’all about Frances or Marquis.”
“So when is Alex Jr due to join us?”
“Mon chéri! Another Alex?”
“Mommy, am I going to be a big sister again?”
“Yes sweetie. Marquis, you are going to be a big brother!”
“What does that mean maman?”
“There is a baby in mommy’s tummy. You are going to have a little brother or sister soon.”