special correspondent

🌞 Ideas for Litha 🌞

☀ Charge Sun Water
☀ Make a Sun Book
☀ Burn Incense
☀ Make a sachet with appropriate herbs
☀ Make Sun catchers
☀ Make a solar oven then….
☀ Bake treats for the fairies
☀ Make/Buy a sundial
☀ Chart the sun’s movement through the sky by outlining your shadow in chalk throughout the day. (Great for kids)
☀ Do a drawing or painting
☀ Write a song, poem, or devotion
☀ Make sun tea
☀ Make a wreath for your front door
☀ Do red/yellow/gold candle magick
☀ Sun print fabric
☀ Watch a Midsummer night’s dream
☀ Paint a figurine gold for your altar
☀ Decorate special cups
☀ Dress in corresponding colors (bonus points for makeup magick)
☀ Cook up a Litha feast (grill to enjoy a fire if you can’t be at a bonfire)
☀ Try a new cocktail/mocktail
☀ Have a picnic outside in the sun
☀ Meditate on the energy of the sun/summer

These are just a few ideas I had and are going to try for Litha. Have fun and spend some time outside! As always, magick is all about intent.

💘Light and Love Witches!

5 Tips for Covert Conjurers

Originally posted by best14ester

This week, we have talked to you guys about harvesting the best parts of you and sowing seeds for the future, different terms for secret witch, and what your favorite item in a travel altar would be!  

We are going to wrap up our week with 5 Tips for Secret Witches (or, as Samma likes to call them, Covert Conjurers/CoCos.)  We hope these tips and tricks help you to continue your exploration of the witchy way without giving up the secret!  

Altar Alternative

Some secret witches carry a pocket altar on them, but what about witches that can’t even do that?  You can use this tech trick and create yourself an online altar using Pinterest.  Simply set up your account and fill a board with items you would like to have on your altar.  This can include deity and spirit imagery, scenes and landscapes, candles and herbs, stones and other decorations.  (Pinterest even has the awesome feature of making it a secret board!  Not even your followers will see what you are collecting on your altar.)

At Your Fingertips

Speaking of that magical mobile device you have: there are tons of apps being developed daily for witches!  Some of our favorites include:

  • My Moon Phase by Jake Ruston
  • Golden Thread Tarot by Labyrinthos Academy
  • Luminous Spirit Tarot by Labyrinthos Academy
  • Labyrinthos Academy by Labyrinthos Academy
  • Stone by Jack Flintermann (this is for iPhone only)
  • Spellcaster by Zardoz Creative Studio
  • Runes by Pagan Way
  • Zodiac Horoscope by Nikola Kosev
  • Plant Diary by  Behrang Javaherian
  • Candle by Progimax

(Extra)Ordinary Divination

There are many secret witches that cannot afford to purchase divinatory tools (like Tarot) or can’t have them lying around.  It would bring up too many questions.  But what if you made them from ordinary items?

One suggestion: collect pennies and draw runes using Sharpies.  These could be easily carried in a wallet or small change purse and cast on-the-go.

And one of the most ancient tools of the cartomancer is reading actual playing cards–yes!  They have their own special meanings, correspondences, and were believed to be the parent of Tarot decks.

Paper Crafting

One of the oldest crafts is origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.  Origami is said to simultaneously exercise the mind and relax the spirit.  And there are thousands upon thousands of shapes that you can manipulate paper into, including: small boxes/containers, animals, and geometric shapes.  All of these could be used for devotionals, spirit representations, and spells without seeming out of place.  You just happened to have picked up a talent for folding paper!

Invisible Grimoire

TiddlyWiki is a versatile, non-linear browser-based tool that can be used to catalog, track, and display various articles. Similar to Evernote without the cross-platform possibilities, a secret witch could use a TiddlyWiki as a virtual grimoire, Features include: always editable with searchable, flexible tagging system and markdown formatting support. With an active fan base, it supports numerous plugins for ease-of-use and utility, as well as themes and more. Everything is saved on your hard drive through a .html file, easily hidden within a folder or something similar.

That’s all we have for you for now, but we want to leave everyone with a point of take-away:  Your intent, your power to visualize, and your energy are the most powerful tools in your witchy arsenal, and those tools cannot be taken away from you.  

Stay magical, witches!

A Dropped Call

Part of my Special Relationship AU (AO3)

April 29th – 8:15 pm EDT

The beginning riff of The Clash’s “London Calling” echoed through the room, and everyone froze mid-sentence. Steve, hands tangled in a half-tied bowtie, jumped away from the cell phone vibrating against his desk. He swore under his breath and gestured frantically at the still-ringing phone. The members of the National Security Council all shifted away, some more obviously than others, until White House Chief of Staff James Barnes was the closest to the desk.

He glared at Steve, who tried to shrug apologetically, but instead managed to cut off his air supply. He gasped and frantically tried to dislodge the small piece of fabric from around his neck.

Bucky rolled his eyes and snatched the phone off the desk. “President Rogers’ phone, this is his Chief of Staff speaking.”

Steve grimaced and, still coughing, yanked on the silk tie until it ripped, the pieces drifting to the floor. He took a deep, relieved breath, and motioned the rest of the NSC out of the Oval Office.

“Thanks, guys,” he whispered as Bucky pinched the bridge of his nose, phone held slightly away from his ear. “We’ll pick this up after the dinner. This call is just the first of many we’ll have to deal with over the coming days. I’d like a report on the source of the leak—this Miles Lydon kid—on my desk by 7:00 tomorrow morning, as well as a full analysis of media coverage and of the national security implications. See you all tomorrow.”

Once the room was clear, Steve squared his shoulders and reached for the phone. Bucky nodded and said, “Sorry to interrupt, ma’am, but Steve’s now available to talk to you.”

“Oh, now he’s ready to talk to me,” the woman on the other line shouted, and both men winced.

“Here he is.” Bucky shoved the phone into Steve’s hand hurriedly, uninterested in continuing to hear the lecture clearly meant for Steve.

“Hey Peggy.”


Peggy was furious. She had been rudely woken early in the morning when the story broke, and her dark mood had only increased every hour, as she sat through meetings and strategy sessions full of equally angry and sleep-deprived politicians and staffers.

“How dare you,” she hissed into her phone, heels clicking as she paced around her now empty office.

His sigh rattled over the line, followed by the quiet click of a closing door and the shuffle of footsteps. “Listen, Peggy—”

“Spying on your own citizens? Your colleagues and friends? I can’t believe you would do something so stupid!”

“Now wait a minute—” Steve growled, an engine revving in the background.

“What were you thinking? How reckless and irresponsible and hypocritical—”

“Oh, please.” She couldn’t see him, but she could hear Steve rolling his eyes an ocean away. “First of all, don’t act like you’re surprised. We’re doing the exact same thing every other country in the world is doing, including you. Don’t get all high and mighty with me—we just happened to have our programs leaked to the press by a contractor. I inherited the program from my predecessor, as you well know, and no, it wasn’t perfect, but you would have done the exact same thing in my situation. And last time I checked, I’m the President of the United States, and I run my country as I see fit. I don’t report to you, thank you very much.”

Peggy picked up a pen from her desk and threw it at the wall. In her mind, the pen hit him between the eyes. “And monitoring my phone calls and personal correspondence? How do you justify that, Mister President?”

Fabric rustled against leather seats. “I didn’t—it was never—”

She scoffed. “Spare me your sad attempts at bullshit, Rogers. If you stop trying to spin this for a second, you’ll realize why I’d be so upset. Beyond the obvious breach of trust and invasive surveillance.”

The line was silent.

You call me on this phone, Steve. This—this could ruin everything. I could lose my job, my credibility, any shred of respect people have for me around the world. Do you have any idea—I am the second woman to be Prime Minister. Ever.  I could ruin the careers of all future female politicians with this scandal. You know I didn’t want to tell anyone, but now it could come out anyway. Because of a program you refused to dismantle!”

“Everything was classified—”

“Well, fat lot of good that does us, hmm? The existence of the surveillance programs was classified too, right?”

“They don’t record the calls.”

Peggy pinched the bridge of her nose, trying to relieve the pressure growing behind her eyes. She didn’t need a stress migraine on top of the current crisis. “But they do keep a record of the phone numbers and the duration of the conversations. How would it look if I spent two hours on the phone with a Washington, DC, number—one that belongs to the President—almost every night?”

On the other end of the call, she could hear the click of a door latch and the excited cheers of a crowd. There was a soft rustle of fabric—presumably Steve exiting the limo—and he sighed. “What do you want me to say, Peggy? What’s done is done, I can’t—”

There was a loud pop, almost like a car backfiring. Peggy heard Steve gasp, take a choking breath, and then there was a deafening crunch.

Peggy held her breath, trying to hear something, anything, on the other end, but it was silent.

“Steve?” Peggy heard her voice break, but she couldn’t stop. “Steve? Steve!”   

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When Your Hope’s On Fire // LISTEN

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anonymous asked:

HC: If merformers are legit in this au, I think it's cool if merpeople are still the stuff of legends. Like even merformers think they're just myths. It follows through the paradigm that all living things came from the sea. Merpeople came after Merformers, until the former evolved and lived on land. But there are remnants of the past, swimming the currents of the darkest corners of the sea, or so the legends say (lol sorry 4 gettin ahead of mself)

Actually they way I see it is that merformers are indeed that universe’s version of merpeople.  As in, people generally grasp the concept of them but hardly anyone actually believes them.  They are fae, plain and simple.  They only ever show themselves to people they deem worthy and believe in them, but even that is pretty rare, especially for the ocean dwellers.  (Optimus and his pod are a special case because Optimus genuinely believes that the Lost Light crew is doing good work and need protection.  But even then, it’s only the one vessel that knows about them.)   It mostly depends on the type.

Since lake merformers tend to live in very quiet areas with only a select few people around, they’re far more likely to make themselves known than say, a beach merformer near Miami.  People in those close knit communities usually have a long history in dealing with fae, spanning back generations, so the merformers trust and guard them.  (Think the Loch Ness monster without all the tourism and hype)

River mers operate in a very similar way, but they mostly expect people to leave them offerings and believe in them without ever actually seeing one.  (They’re a peculiar lot and don’t like to be bothered.)  They are said to be able to predict the future though, so if you’re brave and lucky enough, (and have an appropriate offering) you may be able to find one and ask it a question (though you may not always like what you hear…)

The mers living in mangrove swamps are more mischievous when it comes to humans.  They can hide anywhere they choose, making them nearly impossible to find when they don’t want to be, but are not above messing with some of the locals.  At their best, they’re playful pranksters who follow after boats and help guide wayward humans. At they’re worst… well, let’s just say there have been numerous accounts of people going into the swamps and never coming out.  (It helps to bring them an offering if you plan on traveling through.  Always best to get on a fae’s good side.)

Happy Birthday cmoon-2-mars!

We wish @cmoon-2-mars​ a very Happy Birthday! To help celebrate your special day, @mega-aulover​ has written an Everlark story just for you! We hope you like it :)

PROMPT: So, I’m asking. After 1000s of Everlark fics, my faves are still in-Panem AU “this would have happened anyway”. If someone has a chance. I know it’s short notice. Thank you!



Title: Dawn

AN: Thank you @norbertsmom  for betaing at the 10th hour hugs 

Snow was dead.

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★ Book of Shadows: Locations
Moon Pool 

A supernatural pool with the power to transform normal people into merpeople when the full moon passes over the top of the cave. The Moon Pool was formed on Earth after a collision with a comet containing moon rocks and crystals that generated special powers corresponding to the moon. 

aflookie  asked:

The news paper clippings on Snickets wall in the miserable mill, what do they all say?

Hello! I’ve broken them down just to make it easier to read:

Noted Scientist Dies of Snake Allergies- Dr Montgomery Montgomery Hated the Slimy Creatures

  • There has been much speculation in the media this week as world renowned herpetologist Dr. Montgomery Montgomery was found dead in his Reptile Atrium in the late afternoon. Police and a coroner did confirm that he died from a snake bite that contained very deadly venom. It has been speculated that Montgomery died from snake allergies
  • … being allergic to the snake. It is due from the deadly venom that is injected by the snake and into the blood stream that causes death. Many believe that ‘allergies’ however he said if that was the case then everyone in the universe would then be ‘allergic’ to snakes. He claims many are confused by this and he isn’t sure why. The herpetologist refused to try and explain it
  • … investigating the fire even though they are sure it was nothing more than just a terrible fire leading to a series of unfortunate events for the children. It has been a short time since the Baudelaire’s parents tragically perished in a blazing fire that took their lives and also their home. 
  • Veronica, Klyde and Susie still remain orphans. Mr Poe the husband of the great Eleanor Poe our Editor-In-Chief here at the Daily Punctilio is currently looking after the children till their closest living relative is found for them to live with. The children were seen standing in the ruins of their home. Sifting through ash and rubble looking for their belongings they can take with them on their new adventure as orphans. It looks like the children are trying to find reminders of their past life and parents.

Lakeside Home Destroyed- Authorities Blame Cabal of Real Estate Agents: 

  • Reported by Special Correspondent Bo Wilch. 
  • However we are finally not reporting about another house fire instead many are speculating that this disaster was much worse. Josephine Anwhistle and her house tore apart and crashed into the jagged cliff rocks below into Lake Lachrymose where the leeches were waiting and ate Josephine alive. Perishing in a fire would have been much better compared to being eaten alive by deadly leeches. She succumbed to the same death as her husband who also died by the leeches. 
  • Again another caretaker of the Baudelaire children has died. Somehow these children seem to be in the middle of a series of unfortunate events. Many speculate that somehow Count Olaf is also involved, police have yet to confirm this. Josephine was an Aunt to the Baudelaire children and now she is a distant memory just like her house. Police have now started to investigate the children seeing as they are always involved in their guardians death. They keep insisting that Count Olaf is the one to kill their guardian in order to kill them in order to kill them in order to steal their fortune. 
  • Perhaps the children killed their parents, killed Dr Montgomery Montgomery, and now killed their Aunt Josephine to protect their fortune from anyone trying to steal it.

Snicket, Author and Fugitive, Dead!

  • … And eventually turned to murder. Though there has not been enough evidence to support these claims police are more than sure like pretty sure it was Snicket.
  •  … this afternoon” - Klyde. 
  • “Our mother Beatrice has suggested we go to Briny Beach to enjoy the sunshine as if she knew we shouldn’t be in the house. I would never have thought that those would be our last words spoken to each other. I wish I could have hugged her for just a moment longer before letting go of her”- Veronica
  • We are not sure … Susie the children’s in a very exciting night has occurred at the Grand Theatre this evening. Count Olaf a local performer at the Grand Theatre staged the Marvelous Marriage. The play featured Count Omar as the Groom, Veronica as the bride, and some other folks as extras! What seemed to be a very boring play at the beginnign it sure sure turned out to be more exciting in the end in the final act, Count Locations where Snicket has been hiding out had been found with an alarming amount  of research on the Baudelaire children. It is unclear at the time what his research…

Accident At Lucky Smells

  • One of Paltryville’s ctizen has gone missing inside Lumbermill believe to have been an accident
  • One of Paltryville’s citizen has gone missing inside the Lucky Smells Lumbermill detectives believe foul play may have been involved. 
  • Due to circumstances surrounding the incident the victim’s name cannot be released at this time. Trouble in Paltryville began when three orphaned children Baudelaire showed up in town young may guessed it the Baudelaire children. After countless troubles with the children they were given an opportunity of a life time and were given the chance to work alongside Sir at world renowned Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Lucky Smells has received praise all around the world for the quality of lumber they supply and the outstanding customer service…
  • … Indeed if a snake killed him however another popular theory are the Baudelaire children were somehow involved. 
  • They were later taken and given to their Aunt Josephine who also has perished due to her falling off a cliff she had lived on with her late husband that succumbed to the Lake Lachrymose leeches. as you can guess the…

So I suppose the real question is what don’t they say? 

anonymous asked:

I'm a lonely loser who isn't very good at making friends, and I wanna write a spell to attract people with similar interests. got any ideas on some ingredients I could use? (thanks! ^u^)

Hmmm, a few things come to mind. Not all of these are super specific to your intent of attracting people with similar interests, so keep that in mind (and i would recommend doing your own research into them). I threw a couple in with different intents as well that may help.


  • Acacia/Gum Arabic (same thing, different names)
  • Agrimony
  • Apple
  • Arabic Gum
  • Arrowroot
  • Bee Pollen
  • Bluebell
  • Catnip
  • Celandine
  • Citronella
  • Gardenia
  • Garlic
  • Kava Kava
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram
  • Meadowsweet
  • Milo Berries
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Passionflower
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Pea
  • Vanilla


  • Barite
  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Carnelian
  • Emerald
  • Hematite
  • Jade (White & Green)
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Rose Quartz
  • Rhodonite
  • Snowflake Obsidian
  • Sonoran Desert Agate
  • Strontianite
  • Unakite
  • White Adventurine
  • Zebra Jasper

Disclaimer: PLEASE check with your doctor before adding any herbs if you plan on consuming them. Some of these are not safe to consume while taking other medications and/or while pregnant. Do your own research on herbs before working with them, as some listed above may not be safe to consume, burn, or may have special handling instructions. Be safe. Same goes with crystals: please check special care instructions. Correspondences are personal and my own, so your mileage may vary.

Strive Pt. 13

{PART 1} {PART 2} {PART 3} {PART 4} {PART 5} {PART 6} {PART 7} {PART 8} {PART 9} {PART 10} {PART 11} {PART 12}

Pair: Tomarry

Rating: M-E(depends)

Tags: Mild Language, Homosexuality, Sexism, Obsessed Tom, Time-Travel/Dimension-Travel, Teacher/Student, Eventual Romance, Teacher-Harry, Grey!Harry, MoD(sort of), Death!being,

On the train ride back to Hogwarts, Tom Riddle found himself inside a compartment with his Slytherin contemporaries. They spoke calmly and quietly about the drama that had occurred at Malfoy Manor over the course of the holidays. Abraxas was being as dramatic as possible to make the story even worse than it actually was. Tom had managed to remove himself from the situation well enough, until Abraxas mentioned that the Aurors tried to unlawfully search his person.

The others immediately turned their eyes upon his form, looking mildly horrified and curious. There was no choice but to join the conversation by then, and Tom nodded regally. 

“It was amusing when Lord Malfoy pointed out that they needed a warrant to check individual people on the premises. I believe I have also lost all hope in the Auror forces if they plan to listen to the hearsay of random wizards with no actual proof. Something else that will eventually need to change, I assure you all.”

A moment of silence met his words and he made sure to eye each of them considerably, before returning to his tome about potions and their potency.

The peace was disturbed when the compartment door slid open to reveal the Trolley Witch, who was looking expectant. “Anything off the trolley?” she inquired, waving a hand toward her wares.

Tom’s eyes noticed the large amount of Daily Prophet rolls. The woman glanced over and smiled. “We were given a massive amount to sell on the train, dear. Some drama in politics as usual.”

Abraxas immediately bought a paper as well as several Chocolate Frogs.

After several moments, the blond’s jaw dropped. “Dumbledore is currently being investigated!” he announced loudly.

Tom hissed, waving a hand to lock the door to the compartment and silence the entire room before the fool could make an even bigger spectacle than he already was.

The paper was passed into Tom’s hands immediately, who folded it carefully, eyes trailing over the words that proceeded to condemn Albus Dumbledore for foul action against the Lord of an Noble House, as well as call into question, his behaviour at school.


During the Yule holidays, the Auror Force headed a raid on Malfoy Manor in search of what is being termed, ‘Dark Artifacts’. An inside tip had alerted the Aurors of devious actions taken by the Malfoy Lord and an expressed concern for the visiting Hogwarts student, Tom Marvolo Riddle, Head Boy and Slytherin’s star pupil.

The Head Auror was among the group who searched the Malfoy’s home and found absolutely no trace of anything Dark. One of the Aurors on the team, who shall remain anonymous as requested, admitted to the group attempting to search the people inside the building without having a warrant to do such. Lord Malfoy has done as he had promised and filed a complaint with the Minister himself.

An inside source admitted to this reporter that the warning the Aurors received came from a golden and red Phoenix and was written in fanficul script. As there is only one wizard within our Magical community who has a Phoenix familiar, we have come to believe that the anonymous tip to the Auror Office was from Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Deputy Headmaster and Transfiguration Professor of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Many would question why Professor Dumbledore would even involve himself in such matters when he is but a school teacher, but it turns out that Mr. Dumbledore is also working to become Chief Warlock of the British Wizengamot. Such a thing is not something a passive school teacher would do. It is also very interesting when we consider what some individuals have divulged to us in concern.

“I have known Albus for many years. He was a bright pupil and always ready to learn what was available. However I have noticed that he has always been a bit too superstitious and tends to believe the worst of everyone upon first glance if their immediate impression isn’t positive. His attitude has changed quite drastically over the course of these past seven years, though I cannot for the life of me understand why,” said Armando Dippet, current Headmaster of Hogwarts. “If he was truly behind such a thing, I wouldn’t be able to give you a reason.”

“Albus has always been a delightful mind to pick and prod!” Potions Master Horace Slughorn stated enthusiastically. Unfortunately, that seemed to be the only pleasant thing he had to say about Hogwarts’ Deputy Headmaster. “Albus has a tendency to be rather biased. He is quick to jump on a Slytherin should they appear to be doing anything even remotely questionable. I have noticed that he neglects to pay Slytherin students the attention they deserve while lavishing his Gryffindors often and unnecessarily. He doesn’t even acknowledge the Slytherins unless something unpleasant happens, in which Albus will be the first to accuse a Slytherin. It is concerning behaviour.”

Finally, we spoke with Hogwarts’ new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Harry Potter. Professor Potter has been seen by many students and staff, in heated discussions with Mr. Dumbledore. This has lead many to believe that the two do not in fact, get along.

“Professor Dumbledore becomes visibly irate whenever he spots a Slytherin so much as looking at students from another House. He gives detention to Slytherins without proof of them doing wrong, and often times, Professor Slughorn must intervene upon his student’s behalves. A Gryffindor student was caught bullying a Hufflepuff student and Professor Dumbledore did nothing but waive the detention I assigned. He proceeded to give detention to a Slytherin Prefect for being out after hours, despite the fact that it was said Slytherin’s duty to patrol on the First Floor for an hour after curfew.

“I have witnessed him refuse to acknowledge the efforts of students who are not Gryffindors, yet raise his Gryffindors far above a level they deserve. He was displeased with my teaching style, claiming that ‘the good and just students of his House deserved better grades’. The fact is, a good percentage of his students did in fact, not do well in my class, and I have steep grading expectations.

“In addition to his questionable behaviour toward Slytherins and Gryffindors alike, he also has controlling tendencies, having attempted to coerce me into believing particularly terrible things about certain Slytherin students that he does not like. I am in no way shocked that he would try to put the Malfoy family under fire, seeing as he constantly puts the Slytherin students under similar stress and undeserved punishment.

“Sometimes I worry for the students with him here, which is why I did not take a holiday like many of my fellows. I was concerned for the Slytherin students who remained behind without their Head of House to be there to defend them.”

With the statements from these three individuals, plus many lingering comments from many Hogwarts students and other members of the staff, it has lead us at the Daily Prophet, to question whether or not our children are safe among the influence of a man who lacks any respect for his peers, nor any caring for some of the students under his purview.

An investigation by the DMLE is underway. We will keep you updated.

Garrison Bespoke,
Special Correspondent to the Daily Prophet.

A dark grin that felt well deserved in his opinion, spread across his face. This was the perfect way to destroy Dumbledore’s reputation. To shed light on his internal bias that he was incredibly poor at hiding. And then soon everyone who adored him, would see the type of person he really was.

“Professors Slughorn and Potter weren’t merciful in their comments. Even Headmaster Dippet spoke out against his attitude.”

If there was any more of a reason for Tom to like Professor Potter, he had it now.

Looking up at the Head Table and seeing Professor Potter sitting there calmly while the seat Dumbledore usually sat it, remained vacant, made Tom incredibly please. Enough to smirk openly. How he despised Dumbeldore’s very existence.

However, this would not distract him from his mission. he needed to find out why the professor knew about about Tom’s blood family.

He knocked thrice and waited a few seconds.


When Tom stepped into the man’s office, he found Professor Potter sitting with his… friend Mortimer.

“Hello, Tom.”

Mortimer glanced between them, before standing. “I will take my leave now. Remember what we discussed.”

Professor Potter gave a firm nod as Mortimer strode out the door without even giving Tom another thought.

“Come and sit, Tom. What is on your mind?”

Tom closed the door behind himself and waited until he was seated before placing the ‘anonymous’ letter on the other man’s desk. Seeing no reason to extend the awkward feeling he was experiencing, Tom asked, “How do you know who my mother was, professor?”

Potter’s eyes grew wide and for the first time since meeting the man, Tom saw him without any self-control or his aloof demeanor he’d become known for.

The following muttered curse, was enough to make him feel good. 

Too good.

Scottish missionary, George Patterson, known as ‘Patterson of Tibet’ amputating a Sherpa’s toes. Himalayas, 1960s.

George Patterson arrived in Tibet in 1946, then crossed the Himalayas to India in midwinter three years later to warn the outside world of China’s intention to invade. While he was away the Chinese took over and, with Tibet suddenly sealed off, he was unable to return. Instead, he became a special correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and, for the first 10 years of the Chinese occupation, played a unique role in keeping the world informed of the repression inflicted on Tibetans.

anonymous asked:

I am so, so proud of the CC family. We hate Ryan but we are so, so fucking happy for this role because we are going to see Darren being the protagonist again and it is a very good role for Darren's career. We do not care if Ryan is somehow involved in this, we're just happy because Darren can play the role of his life. However, M / ia / rren shippers complain because he is going to do another gay role. Can you see the difference? ;)

I too am really proud. I think we, as a whole, have really embraced this news. We have to rise above our feelings about Ryan, just like Darren has. 

The fact is, as I have been emphasizing, Darren is still under contract with Fox. They own him. And there is a reason they coerced him to sign a 2 year extension. They wanted him to play another role for their networks.  And that contract is likely set to expire late spring. So it really is convenient timing that this will be filming next month for about 4-5 months.  

Think about this. Glee has been over for 2 years and all they have gotten from him thus far was a 5-10 minute, pointless role in AHS.  And they bought his idea to potentially develop a pilot. They wanted more than this. They wanted him in front of the camera.  And that is what they are getting.

But what I love. I am willing to bet that they have dangled many opportunities in front of Darren. Romantic Comedies and the like. Roles that would be fine but not interesting. I am willing to bet that he fought to fulfill his contract with a much more interesting, juicy, career changing role that will highlight his diversity, strength and talent.  

ACS Versace is going to be based on the book Vulgar Favors.  Here is the Amazon synopsis (x):

Two months before Andrew Cunanan murdered Gianni Versace on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, Maureen Orth was investigating a major story on the serial killer for Vanity Fair. Now the award-winning journalist and Vanity Fair special correspondent tells the complete story of Cunanan, his unwitting victims, and the moneyed, hedonistic world in which they lived and died, culled from interviews with over 400 people, and details from thousands of pages of police reports.

In chilling detail, Maureen Orth reveals how Andrew Cunanan met his superstar victim…why police and the FBI repeatedly failed to catch Cunanan…why other victims’ families stonewalled the investigation…controversial findings of the Versace autopsy report, and more. Here is a late-century odyssey that races across America from California’s wealthy gay underworld to modest midwestern homes of families mourning their slaughtered sons to the celebration of decadence that is Versace’s South Beach. It is at once a landmark work of investigative journalism and a riveting account of a sociopath, his savage crimes, and the mysteries he left along the way.

To be honest, to refuse a role like would have been a mistake career wise. Especially as this is the type of role I think Darren wants and strives for. Blaine was wonderful, we loved him, and it was a great way to be introduced to the world.  And with Hedwig, Darren was able to display the emotional depth that he could evoke when playing a character. This role will provide him with the opportunity to go completely against his type cast. To reach beyond singing and dancing and to allow him to show just how insanely talented he is.
But yes, this role comes with a huge price tag. No question. And only time will tell how it will effect the perception of him publicly. He is working with Ryan and Fox again and I hate that fact. Ryan is the very man and Fox the very network that has bullied and abused him and Chris. And Darren needs to tread very carefully here. He needs to prove that he is not Ryan’s puppet, that he can play this role and still be true to himself.  He needs to prove to himself that he has learned from the mistakes and challenges of his past and that he has grown stronger because of them.
Only time will tell how that is going to play out.  I have very much gotten the impression lately that Darren is restless and ready to have the world fully embrace him. Will this new role hinder him?  Or will it provide him with a platform to reveal his true self?  ACS Versace does not need the teen fans of Darren that need him to be straight.  The audience for this show is much more sophisticated and anyone willing to watch a series about a gay serial killer and the murder of a gay icon has to be open minded.   
I am really hopeful that this role will provide Darren with the opportunity to show the world his talent in a unique and diverse way; to embrace his past and allow the heartache and pain to shape his future; and to walk proudly out into the sunshine as his true self proudly standing by the man his loves. 
Wouldn’t it be sweet irony if Chris was standing by his side when he wins the Emmy for a Fox/Murphy show? Maybe I am being too optimistic.  Let’s see how this goes.
Confessions of a Teenage Sugar Queen: The Fall

This is for @zutaraweek​ Day Four: Icarus. Trigger Warning: hints of abuse

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Is it ridiculous that I am now curled up in bed with Zuko’s sweatshirt? I’m not even wearing it, just hugging it. My brain keeps replaying this tantalizing scene—his car windows all fogged up for a much different reason. If only we had been swapping spit instead of sob stories.

Would he think me a desperate fool if I just… kissed him? After confessing about my dead mother, yes… yes, he would.

I wonder what the scar feels like.

What would Mom say? I could use a little advice here. Is it too soon? Yes. Is he even my type? No.

Jet had a tragic backstory. A small voice in the back of my mind says.

But Jet was also an amazing kisser. Says an even smaller voice.

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The best relationships include best friends who miss each other so much that they have to talk about each other in red carpet interviews.

Mindy at the White House Correspondents Dinner 2014:

Interviewer: “If you could go to Nerd Prom with any celebrity, who would it be?”

Mindy Kaling: “…Well, my best friend, BJ Novak, is really fun to go to these things with because he’s super funny, and he is very politically engaged so he would have been very fun to come with but he’s very busy so…”

BJ at the NYC The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Premiere (with a big stupid grin):

“I love working with Mindy and we’re always trying to do more things together. So…sometimes, we brainstorm ways my character can be on her show or the two of us can do something else together. I’d love to be back on her show."