snap peas

Shirataki noodle bowl with tofu, broccolini, shredded carrots, dried mushrooms, and snap peas (later topped with spicy peanut sauce, recipe below) 🍴

Spicy Peanut Sauce

3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp peanut butter (I like using super chunky for texture)
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp Sriracha 

Tomorrow is a complete vegan meal day. 
Breakfast: my favorite oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries. 
Lunch: vegetable and cashew stir-fry.
Snacks: carrots and homemade roasted garlic hummus, my Graze Box sweet Memphis barbecue nut mix, and a banana before cycling class. 

Here are some snack foods to satisfy your cravings with minimum calories. If you must eat, try to eat something off of this list! Together we will be skinny

satisfy your sweet tooth:

1. ½ medium apple, baked, topped with 1 tbsp low fat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon (45 calories).

2. ½ small banana, frozen (45 calories)

3. 4 oz. unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon (49 calories)

4. 1 miniature box of raisins (45 calories)

5. 2 sugar-free ice pops (30 calories)

6. 1 sugar-free fudge ice pop (35 calories)

7. 12 cherries (48 calories)

8. 1 individual serving sugar-free gelatin with 3 tbsp. light whipped topping (40 calories)

9. ½ cup strawberries with 2 ½ tbsp nonfat yogurt (47 calories)

10. 14 seedless red grapes, frozen (48 calories)

indulge a salt craving:

11. 1 ½ cups salted air-popped popcorn (46 calories)

12. ¼ cup shelled edamame (soybeans) with sea salt (37 calories)

13. 8 oz. miso soup (36 calories)

14. 1 pretzel rod (37 calories)

15. ¼ small bag of Glenny’s lightly salted soy crisps (35 calories)

16. 1 medium sliced cucumber mixed with ¼ cup sliced onion, ½ cup chopped celery, and 4 tbsp vinegar and salt to taste (45 calories)

17. 6 oz V8 juice (39 calories)

18. 1 kosher dill pickle (10 calories)

crunch and munch:

19. ½ cup jicama with 4 oz salsa (49.5 calories)

20. 1 ½ cups sugar snap peas (40 calories)

21. small celery stalk smeared with ½ tbsp natural peanut butter (49 calories)

22. ½ small apple with 1 tsp soy butter (46 calories)

23. 1 brown rice cake with 1 tbsp sugar-free jam (44 calories)

smooth and creamy:

24. 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb wedge spread on cucumber slices (35 calories)

25. 1 tsp almond butter (34 calories)

26. ½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tsp sugar-free strawberry jam (43 calories)

27. 1 oz avocado (about 1/8 of an avocado) squirted with lime (45 calories)

28. 8 grape tomatoes dipped in 1 tbsp light cream cheese (46 calories)

cheesy whizzes:

29. 6 pieces of endive filled with ½ oz reduced-fat feta cheese (49 calories)

30. 1 slice fat-free American cheese (30 calories)

31. 1 large tomato, sliced, topped with 1 tbsp Parmesan, broiled (44 calories)

32. 1 oz fat-free cottage cheese on1 slice caraway Finn Crisp Crispbread (38 calories)

33. 1 oz fat-free mozzarella dipped in 1 tsp marinara sauce (46 calories)

power up on protein:

34. turkey rolls: 2 slices white meat turkey rolled in 2 lettuce leaves (46 calories)

35. 1 oz smoked salmon (about 1 slice) on 2 Wheat Thins crackers (48 calories)

36. 1 tofu dog with 1 tbsp sauerkraut (48 calories)

37. ½ cup plain fat-free yogurt sprinkled with 1 tsp sunflower seeds (49.6 calories)

38. 1.3 oz water-packed tuna with 1 tsp Dijon mustard (48 calories)

39. 2 large hard-cooked egg whites with 1 cup sliced cucumber (48 calories)

40. 1 slice Wasa Fibre Crispbread with 2 tsp hummus (45 calories)

41. 1 medium water-packed sardine with slice of red onion (35 calories)

solid standbys:

42. ½ cup melon with 2 tbsp 1% cottage cheese (47 calories)

43. ½ small grapefruit (32 calories)

44. 1/3 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp light sour cream (47 calories)

45. ½ cup carrots with 1 tbsp light ranch dressing (45 calories)

thirst quenchers:

46. ½ cup nonfat milk with 1 tbsp Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup (40 calories)

47. 1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate made with ¼ cup skim milk and ¾ cup hot water (47 calories)

48. ¾ cup almond milk (45 calories)

49. ¾ cup seltzer with ¼ cup cranberry juice and a lime wedge (33 calories)

50. homemade iced green tea (with artificial sweetener if desired) (0 calories)

Hope this is helpful! 


Dear friends,

Darwin died very suddenly this morning, December 14, 2017. He was 6 years, 10 months, 9 days old.

Please forgive me for what will undoubtedly be a rambling, miserable post. I have never been so heartbroken in my life. I can’t believe I’m writing this. Thinking about him in the past tense feels surreal. I didn’t expect to be prepared to announce this so soon, and I’m not, really… but I’m certain that if I don’t do it now, I won’t be able to in the future.

He was taken away too soon. Darwin was going to turn 7 in February, and he was supposed to live for many more years. I had this whole big “hatchday” celebration thing planned for when he turned 10. 

Ever since he came into my life, whenever I planned my future, Darwin wasn’t just in it - he was a key part of it. I made decisions on living situations based on what I thought would be best for him. I planned whole evenings around when I would be able to see him, check up on him, change his food and water, play with him. I bought groceries based on what meals I thought I could make that I could share with him. 

He saw me through the last two years of college, into a crappy job in Las Vegas, then on to better workplaces in the legal and nonprofit fields. He saw me through friendships, relationships, fall-outs and breakups, extreme depression and suicidal ideation. He explored the outdoors with me, learned the calls of wild birds, bit anyone and everything when he was feeling any kind of emotion that wasn’t ‘sleepy’. He lived in a way that can only be described as passionately

He imitated my laugh, my speech patterns, the little silly sounds I made just when I was chattering nonsense with him. He would make the coolest water-dripping noise–it sounded just like the real thing–and he was smart enough to associate it with water and make the noise whenever he saw the stuff. 

When I asked, “Give me a kiss?” he’d give me a kiss and make a little squeak. He was always gentle with kisses, even when he was feeling rowdy. He enjoyed imitating the sound of someone talking on speakerphone. He bit toes, chewed on my socks and shoes, stole my cereal, and snuggled into my hair when he got cold or tired. He only wanted to eat seeds–even on fruit and veggies, he’d eat only the parts with seeds–he especially enjoyed tearing apart jalapeno and bellpepper cores, and pulling off the tiny seeds on the surface of strawberries. He loved crunching on popcorn, digging into snap peas, and diving into shallow water basins for baths.

I had a little suction cup perch for him that would stick to mirrors, and he would sit on it and preen while I did my makeup in the mornings. He’d sit in the shower and enjoy the steam while I washed. 

When I sang to him, he would get quiet, fluff up, and listen attentively before falling asleep. When I cried, he’d snuggle up to me and kiss my cheeks.

And, of course, he was super photogenic. Darwin gave me the privilege of creating a wonderful online presence for him, where we could not only share fun photos of him but also give advice to curious bird owners across the world.

I never, ever doubted that he loved me. I hope he always knew how much I loved him.

Without Dar, it feels like my whole heart and future have been ripped from me. I don’t know what will happen to this blog, but I won’t delete it. I will likely keep it up as a tribute to his memory.

Thank you all for allowing me to share Darwin with you. It has been such a joy for the past 5 years. I will miss updating you on his adventures. I will miss the messages and the love. Thank you so much for being around to get to know him–and through him, a part of me. He was the most wonderful, special little guy, and I am so glad I got to share him with all of you.

Wishing you all lots of love,

(Darwin’s human, forever and always)

Can A Snake Be Sweet? // Sweet Pea x Reader - Part 3

Part One, Part Two

A/N: I’m so sorry for how long it’s taken for this part to be posted, i changed a few details about three times and i was also lacking some muse due to being over tired this week but i hope this was worth the wait ! Thank you for all the love on part two ! I’ll have part 4 up very very soon as way of making up for the long wait on this part so keep an eye out ! Also i’m more than happy to take critique and let me know what paths you’d prefer this fic go and what not, i’ll be sure to take everything into consideration.

Summary: Sweet Pea and Y/N are realizing that there may actually be feelings involved between them but once one of them attempt to drink away their feelings things get a little more complicated. 
Word Count: 2361
Warning(s): Swearing, nsfw language (barely honestly).

“Y/N can’t make it to the phone right now, sorry man,” an amused voice rang through the cell phone. “Sweets,” she squealed trying to grab her phone from Sweet Pea only for him to stand up in an attempt to get away. “Yeah, yeah, i got to go she’s begging for my attention,” he looked over at Y/N and sent a wink her way. She just shook her head and relaxed back into the bed. 

“Why did you do that?” Y/N propped her face in her hands as Sweet Pea hung up on Jughead. 

“He interrupted us,” a sly smirk appearing on his face as he sat back down onto the bed. 

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Something On the Inside - Sweet Pea x Reader



Anonymous said:I have been waiting years for a sweet pea fic! Bless your soul x 

Sorry this should have been up last night but work has been ridiculous.

Warnings: Mentions of drinking and abuse

Sweet Pea wasn’t typical. Never was. He didn’t grow up with a typical family, or in a typical house and it had been years since he had typical dreams foe himself. But he didn’t mind that. Knowing where he was going and where he would end up. At least he didn’t mind until he met her. That’s when everything changed for Sweet Pea.

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Bad Reputation || Sweet Pea x Reader

Warnings: Slut shaming, assault, bullying

Summary: [Y/N] has a bad reputation, which gets her into some trouble. Luckily, her knight in shining leather is there to save her

Word Count: 940


Originally posted by my-sweet-pea


“Hey, baby, why don’t we head back to my place and have a good time?”

“I heard she makes you pay her.”

“No I heard she’s so desperate, she’ll do it for free.”

The names and the whispers sounded like white noise, you’re so used to them. You strutted passed the whisperers, swinging your hips, and flipping your hair. Ever since some Ghoulies started a rumor that you’d slept with their whole gang, you’ve been labeled as Southside highs resident slut. The rumors weren’t even true, but who was brave enough to go against the word of the Ghoulies? All the guys cat-called you and had no problem touching you in places they shouldn’t be touching, which usually led to them having a black eye the next day. And all the girls hated you for taking all of the boy’s attention. You grew lonely, sad. You were slowly falling into a hole you knew would be almost impossible to get out of, but you let yourself fall anyway.

After school you sauntered into the White Wyrm and over to Toni Topaz, your best and only friend. You might live on the southside, but you’ve never been in the White Wyrm, that’s serpent territory, and you are definitely not a serpent.

“There’s my girl! [Y/N] get over here, I wanna introduce you to some friends,” Toni called, waving you over. She was leaning up against a pool table with two guys standing behind her. One stood about six feet tall, with a sharp jawline and steel eyes.  The other was about five inches taller, with dark, raven curls falling down his face. And to no surprise, they were both wearing leather serpent jackets.

“[Y/N], this is Fangs Fogarty,” Toni said, pointing to the short one. “And this is Sweet Pea.” She pointed to the taller one. You snorted.

“Are those names supposed to be intimidating?” Fangs rolled his eyes while Sweet Pea just stared at you, an unreadable expression on his face.

“Aye fresh peas, quit staring,” you said, but he didn’t stop.

“You look familiar,” Fangs said. Suddenly his eyes widened and he slammed his fist down on the pool table. “You’re the Ghoulies girl! Topaz, why the hell would you invite her here?”

“Calm your balls, Fogarty,” Sweet Pea snapped. “She’s not the ‘Ghoulies girl,.’ that’s just a stupid rumor.” Your eyes locked with his, confusion written on your face. Why was he defending you, the dude didn’t even know you. You looked around at your setting and grew uncomfortable. You don’t belong here.

“I think I’m gonna head out,” you interrupted.

“Why? The party’s just getting started!” Tony said, grabbing your arm and pulling you farther away from the door.

“No really, I have…homework. I promise I’ll catch up with you later, T.” You didn’t wait for a response as you rushed out of the bar and into the street. You let out a sigh and started heading home.

“Going somewhere?” A voice from behind you snarled.

You whipped around and came face to face with a Ghoulie. You took in a sharp breath and slowly backed up, only to have another Ghoulie creep up behind you, wrap their arms around you, and pick you up.

“Let me go!” You screamed, thrashing and kicking at the man holding you.

“Oh no,” the other Ghoulie said, walking up to you. “We’re gonna take you back to our territory, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun.” He smirked at you, and you didn’t hesitate to spit at his face.

“Bitch!” He yelled, and slapped you. It stung like hell but you laughed, taunting him. You could take a hit or two. The Ghoulie raised his fist again, and you closed your eyes waiting for the blow, but it never came. You opened your eyes to see him lying on the ground, clutching his nose with Sweet Pea towering over him.

“You touch her again and you’ll end up with more than just a broken nose,” Sweet Pea snapped, his voice laced with venom. Then he turned to the Ghoulie holding you and stared him down.

“Let. Her. Go.”

You were immediately dropped to the ground, and both Ghoulies sprinted away. Sweet Pea ran over to you.

“Are you ok? Did they hurt you?” You didn’t answer, you just stared at him.

“Why?” You asked.

“Why what?” He said, inspecting you for bruises or cuts.

“Why do you care? ”

“Well a thank you would have been nice, but-”

“Dude, I don’t even know you!” Sweet Pea’s eyes turned to the concrete.

“I’ve seen the way people have treated you, nobody deserves to be treated like that. I promised myself that if I ever saw it happening again, I’d stop it.”

“Hmm,” you said. “I didn’t know Serpents had feelings.” Pea let out a chuckle.

“Just had to ruin the moment didn’t you?”

“Yep,” you responded, popping the ‘p.’ He looked up at you and your eyes met. It was like a scene from some crappy teen romance movie.

“So, you’re my protector?” You asked, smirking.

“I guess so, princess.” He smiled at you, and helped you up from the ground.

“Well the night’s still pretty young-” you started.

“It’s literally three o’clock.”

“Let me finish,” you said, smiling. “What do you say we head to Pop’s?” You could see Pea’s eyes light up.

“Let’s hit it,” Pea said.

“Lead the way, my knight in shining leather,” you joked. He just rolled his eyes and took your hand, leading you to the place where you’d spend the next seven hours eating, drinking, laughing, and falling in love.

Hurt You | Sweet Pea x Reader

Originally posted by aunt-imogene

Requests: can i pretty please get an imagine where the reader is being abused by her boyfriend, but then one day in public it gets super bad and sweetpea comes and saves the reader ( tons of angst please), thank you !! @caniffismybabydaddy

A/N: The start of this is a little rocky. I’m sorry I haven’t uploaded anything lately my life has been hectic. Hope you all enjoy this. 

You flinch continuing to dab the concealer onto the freshest bruise. You and your boyfriend Aaron had a horrible fight last night and it had ended violently.  No one knew about the problems in yours and Aaron’s relationship. Aaron made you feel like the problems are your fault, you had no idea how to leave him. 

“Morning Y/N.” Sweets acknowledged you. The two of you had lockers next to each other and though you two aren’t close you greeted each other in the mornings.

“Hi Sweets.” A smile brightening your face, Sweets never failed to make you happy.

“Y/N are you feeling okay, you don’t look too good.” You were shocked by the concerned voice coming from the tough serpent. You pause for a moment considering your answer.

“I mean you always look nice.. You just don’t look yourself, not that you look bad.” He stutters out, your jaw almost hits the floor at the serpents tripping over his words. “Y/N did someone hurt you?” He questions anger filling his tone. You realise that the bruise must be showing through your makeup. You turn away from him fiddling with your locker. “Y/N, please tell me who hurt you. I can help.” You weren’t used to Sweets being so worried for you. 

“Sweet Pea I’m fine I promise, I’m just a bit tired.” You avoided looking into his concerned filled eyes.

“SP hurry up.” You hear Fangs holler out.

“I’m fine, go.” You usher Sweet Pea away, he sends you one last concerned look before hesitantly following his friend.

“Dude, you know she has a boyfriend right?” Sweet Pea spun around at his friend’s voice, they had just joined Toni in science class.

“Who?” Toni speaks up

“That Y/N girl SP’s in love with.” Fangs casually speaks.

“Ugh that guy she’s with is an abusive pig and Y/N’s so sweet as well.” Toni had seen you and your boyfriend arguing in the hallways sometimes, he was always so dismissive ignoring the tears that would stream down your face.

“I’m not in love with her.” Sweet Pea snaps back at them, he may not be in love with Y/N but he definitely was head over heels for her. Ever since he had seen you at his lockers he couldn’t help but want to get to know you. While he would never admit this to anyone, he was too nervous that you wouldn’t feel the same or even consider him. And he was aware of your boyfriend, even though Aaron wasn’t good enough for you.

You continue to pull books out of your locker after Sweet Pea had left. You were late to class but you couldn’t find your english book anywhere.

“What the fuck was that?” Aaron came out of nowhere leaning against the locker by your own.

“What do you mean Aaron?” You continue to shuffle through your locker.

“You know exactly what I mean, you and that damn Serpent.” He snaps.

“I’m not really sure what you’re talking about.” You withdraw from your locker to look at him.

“You know damn well what I mean.” He forcefully slams your locker door shut. You flinch away from him, looking around the corridor no one was around. You didn’t think that Aaron would do anything in public though.

“You can’t keep treating me like this Aaron, I’m meant to be your girlfriend.” Your voice was quiet, shaking.

“Exactly you’re my girlfriend not that Serpents. And as my girlfriend you are going to do what I want.”

“I’m not an object Aaron, I want this to stop.”

“Don’t you dare talk back to me.” Aaron snaps grasping a handful of your hair snapping your head back forcefully. Your body twist at the pain rippling through you.

“Stop it Aaron, you’re hurting me please.” You beg him, tears streaming down your face. He tightens his grip rather than letting go. You beg that someone will wander down the corridor now.

“Hey what the hell are you doing?” You hear Sweet Pea’s voice ring out.

“Mind your own business serpent.” Aaron growled out.

“Sweets please.” You whimper out, you were held in place by Aaron. Aaron grip was suddenly pulled from your hair, Sweets had ran straight into him delivering a punch to his stomach. You flopped onto the ground by your locker, Aaron smiled smugly at Sweets straightening up.
“That’s all you got.” he spits out. Aaron sends a punch at Sweet Pea knocking him and causing blood to burst from his lip. Sweet Pea slaps back hitting Aaron on the face snapping his nose with a sickening crunch. Aaron stumbles away clutching onto his nose.

“Don’t you dare come near her ever again. You don’t get to touch her again, you never get to hurt her again.” Sweets yells at Aaron who starts stumbling away down the corridor.

Sweets takes a second to relax, turning to you the anger ebbing away from his eyes worry filling them. “Y/N are you okay?” He gently crouches on the ground in front of you. You couldn’t even mumble anything out through your tears.

“Y/N you’re okay, breath, he’s gone.” Sweets gently traces patterns on your arms trying to calm you.

“It was my fault, I knew it would make him mad, I shouldn’t have said it.” You blubber out, Sweets looked shocked.

“Y/N don’t, none of this was your fault. You are worth so much more than him,” He holds onto your hands. “You can’t blame yourself for what he did to you.” You nodded absently your mind was still replaying what happened.

He ever so gently places his hands on your face cupping your cheeks.

“Y/N listen to me, this isn’t your fault.” He stares into your eyes. You cover his hand with your own.

“Thank you Sweets. I’m sorry he hurt you.” You gently reach up to caress his lip that was slightly cut from the punch.

“Y/N it doesn’t matter, what’s important is that you’re okay.” He calmly strokes your cheek brushing your tears away.

“I’m fine, thanks to you. Thank you for protecting me.”

“I’ll always be around to protect you. Now let’s get you home and patch up those bruises.” Sweets gently helps you up, wrapping his arm around your waist with the softest of touches.

A/N: I hope you all enjoyed this, I’m sorry it’s not my greatest work. Feel free to request (side note I am now taking requests for Star Wars as well as Riverdale) and send feedback.

FP Jones/Andrew’s Family/Riverdale imagines - Oh Dear Part 16

Originally posted by archibald-andrewss

A/N: I was so excited to write this chapter. I hope you like it. 

(Part One)(Part Two)(Part Three)(Part Four)(Part Five)(Part Six)(Part Seven)(Part Eight)(Part Nine)(Part Ten)(Part Eleven)(Part Twelve)(Part Thirteen)(Part Fourteen)(Part Fifteen)

Overall Summary: You’re Archie’s old sister and you have a thing for a certain serpent

Pairing: Reader x FP Jones, Sister!Reader x Archie Andrews, Daughter!Reader x Fred Andrews

Word count: 2,399

Warnings: None really

You had no idea what Archie was thinking by putting that video up after you specifically told him to be careful but you knew one thing, you weren’t just gonna ignore it. 

Archie has always been stubborn and stupid when it comes to things he’s passionate about and you were the same way however, ever since your dad got shot, he’s been acting way further off the rails than usual and this was really pushing it. 

“What the hell were you thinking, Archie?! I said ‘defend not attack’. I said ‘be careful’!” You confronted Archie, running up to him in the hallway. You hadn’t seen him that morning considering the fact that you had to leave the house early so you could sneak out your Serpent’s jacket. 

The teenage Serpents wanted you on the south side that evening and you knew you’d have to head there straight after school, with Jughead being suspicious and a killer on the loose, you thought it was a safe idea to go there straight away so you’d be come back home by a reasonable time. 

“I’m not in the mood, (Y/n): I’ve already had this from Dad this morning.” Archie told you, not even looking at you or stopping. 

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A woman I used to take care of would stay in her pajamas and watch Rachel Ray in the morning. English breakfast tea with just enough milk to make it light. She’d make jokes about staying dangerous when buying a spontaneous extra can of cream of mushroom soup. Some of us never lose our jokes.
My best friend closes her eyes when the summer wind runs its fingers through her hair. She inhales deep, like she’s about to dive down into the sun. It is something special to watch someone fall in love with the world.
My husband keeps an art gallery of growing greens. There are wildflowers on the windowsill and succulents by the back door. He tells me the snap peas are almost ready to harvest; that he can’t wait to show our kids how the earth works, how good things require care.
In small glimpses, I am stealing snapshots of people in their purest moments. I am pasting moments over. I am scrap-booking the good in humanity, the little visions of light, and saving it when everything else goes dark.
—  Schuyler Peck, The People I Know
Personal Space

Peter Parker x Reader

As part of my request a prompt, 300 follower celebration.

Request: From the wonderful @the-peterparker : CONGRATS RILEY!!!!! i wanted to request so many prompts bc they’re all so good but i dialed it down to 35, 52, and 66 (they don’t all have to be in one if u don’t want but ur call ur the genius lol)

Prompts:  “What about me?” “Have you ever heard of personal space?” “Oh boy…”

Peter is in his 20s.

This is actually just fluff/borderline smut with little to no plot. (Gratuity for the angst in the last one.)

It hadn’t taken long for the two of you to forget about the chicken in the oven and the simmering vegetables on the stove. It wasn’t really much of a surprise all things considered. Peter had been away with the Avengers for over a week. What had surprised you was the way that your hug had turned into being snatched away from the stove, lifted, and placed firmly on a counter; warm hands running up cool legs to pull them apart and make room for a pair of slim hips.

It was surprising how quickly he could get your heart going.

Even after all this time.

“Have you ever heard of personal space, Parker?” You whispered, words shaky and sounding a lot less confident than you were aiming for as his curls brushed past your ear, warm, hot breath spilling over your skin as moist, teasing lips worked their way down your neck. The tense coil of heat in your belly burning as he chuckled against your flesh, already covered in goosebumps; your whole body shivered and you released a startled breath as his lips moved up to your ear.

He smelt the way Peter always did but there was a hint of something like peppers, onions, and snap peas there too.

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Who Are You? - Part 1

I’ve never written anything before so I would love some constructive criticism. I know it feels kind of rushed, but I was hoping to do just a couple chapters (if anyone even wants more, that is). I find Y/N kinda distracting, so for now, no one has said the first person character’s name. Let me know what you think in the comments or a message!

Warnings: someone drugs a girl but then runs away, some swearing

Part 1  /  Part 2  /  Part 3 /  Part 4

I’d never really been one for parties. I don’t like the way my heart beats funny when the bass is turned way up. I don’t like getting drunk and making a fool out of myself. I don’t really enjoy seeing my friends turn into fools. I’d never been one to hit up a party just because a boy might be going. And I especially hated crowded parties.

Yet here I am, I thought morosely.

It was still fairly early in the night, but that hadn't stopped everyone I know from devolving into drinking- and sex-fuelled monsters. I glanced around the room at the dancing and gyrating kids from Southside High. I held my red solo cup full of lukewarm beer to my lips momentarily. This was my best defense against the ever-present “fun police” who made sure that everyone was having their preferred version of a good time. I had only taken two sips since I arrived, but no one noticed as long as I kept moving the cup every few minutes.

I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket. I carefully slid it out of the ridiculously skinny pocket on my skin-tight jeans. I assumed it was probably one of my friends at the party, trying to find out where I was. There were too many bodies pressed together to really be able to see any distance. To my surprise, a number I didn’t recognize flashed across my screen. I hesitated momentarily before answering the call. It could be a wrong number, or it might be someone from some business calling to see if I needed their services.

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