The first and most
important role of a toy, any toy, is to take care of their child.
Little Leslie was enjoying her bath upstairs by herself. The
novelty of unsupervised baths had not worn off on her, and she spent every possible
moment splashing and playing with her toys. She knew, of course, that many toys
did not make good bathtime playmates, but her favorite and oldest bathtime
buddy was Ducky. Ducky had been among the first words she could say, and so had
been named simply.
Being a simple rubber duck meant Ducky was sturdy. His
smiling face easily survived the younger years where “playtime” meant grabbing
hold and slamming him over and over into the water, the wall, and the side of
the tub. Ducky never minded, and looked forward to bringing her joy however he
could. His patience was well-rewarded, and now playtime included deep sea dives
for brilliant fish, exploring underwater caves, and being a boat.
Tonight Ducky and Leslie were swimming with the mermaids in
the Specific Ocean, when something unexpected interrupted. Ducky, above water
that was filled with bubbles, couldn’t see the tentacle slither up from the
drain and wrap itself around Leslie’s leg. He could certainly tell though when
it yanked her down, her unexpected gasp of surprise followed by her head
sinking below water and her hand releasing Ducky.
Ducky, ever the dutiful toy, quickly followed her under,
diving beneath the bubbles. Shortly after, Leslie emerged, gasping and quickly
jumping out of the tub. Leslie’s screams brought her mother running, who found
her daughter dripping water all over the living room as she sprinted away from
“There’s a monster in the tub!”
More puzzled than alarmed, Mom allowed Leslie to drag her
into the bathroom where puzzlement quickly gave way to fright. Draped over the
edge of the tub was what appeared to be a thin black tentacle, the torn side of
it dripping an inky blackness into the now cloudy water. And there, floating in
the middle of the carnage, sat a smiling Ducky, pleased to have done his job.
The first and most
important role of a toy, any toy, is to take care of their child.
One day you’re fighting the cold of winter, wool sweaters warming freezing skin. The cold blends seamlessly into spring. Days are longer, the sun bright and cheerful in the sky during the day before settling to sleep in the cool nights.
But summer comes with no warning. The sun bakes down, scorching sidewalks and skin alike. Sunglass tan lines and red noses cover smiling faces. Summer comes with no warning but it’s always welcome.
On days like today, when the temperate hits the rare and dreaded three digits, Clarke heads to the beach. One of the upsides of living in a sleepy ocean town. She stops for an iced coffee on the way, pays for the car behind her because she believes in paying it forward when she can, and presses the Bluetooth button on her dash.
“Call Octavia,” she says out loud as she makes a left hand turn out of the parking lot. It takes five rings before her best friend picks up.
“You better be in or on your way to the hospital for calling me this early,” comes her sleepy voice on the line.
Clarke laughs and takes a sip of her coffee. “Want to meet me at the beach?”
Octavia sighs heavily and Clarke can hear the rustling of blankets. “It’s like nine in the morning. Why are you going now?”
“Because it’s going to be hot as hell today and I want to beat the crowds. I have everything we need, just bring your sweet ass and some drinks.”
She can practically hear the evil grin when Octavia responds with, “Alcholic?”
“Bring your flask,” she laughs. “I’ll be near the surfboard rental shop. Your brother working today?”
Clarke and Octavia’s older brother Bellamy have had an ongoing flirtation for awhile, something neither of them have had the nerve to actually do anything about yet. She digs her teeth into her bottom lip, hoping that he’ll be around today so they can finally change that.
“Yeah, but not until noon.”
She pumps a fist in the air silently and then forces herself to chill out. “Okay, cool.”
Octavia snorts. “Okay, cool? Who are you trying to kid here, Griffin? I know you have the hots for my brother.”
“O, we’ve talked about this. You need to stay out of my love life. And your brother’s because it’s creepy.”
Octavia calls her a rude name and Clarke laughs as she ends the call.
title: walking with him pairing: naruhina summary: after months without any alone time or anytime together at all it seems, the couple decides to take a walk. notes: i did the thing. (side-note: sorry it’s taken me months to write anything, i hope this makes up for it. i’m so rusty….)
“Hinata! Wait up!” He was running after her, sweat forming in sticky droplets on his forehead and cascading down his back making his orange shirt cling uncomfortably against his skin.
She was yards ahead of him, too giddy with excitement to stop and wait for him. It had been months since they’ve had time together. Often he didn’t come home to sleep, instead he’d spend weeks in the Hokage’s office reading scrolls and taking food cold because he’d forget it was there.
So today was special.
A whole twenty-four hours dedicated to spending time together. Iruka agreed to watch Boruto and Himawari after Hinata mercilessly guilt tripped him offering her best puppy dog eyes. A bit out of character for her often shy and non-pushy personality. He agreed nonetheless, a tight lipped smile as he did.
Hinata stopped, grinning while placing her hands behind her back. Her husband looked out of breath, beat, and disgruntled but otherwise still as gleeful as she hoped he was.
“Sorry Naruto, I’m just so excited to finally be here with you.” She offered her hand which he took. It was cool to the touch and filled him with butterflies. After years of marriage he still felt this way about her. His stomach doing backflips and frontflips. He’d never get over her.
A goofy grin spread against his face and she was pretty sure there was still a piece of basil stuck in his teeth from their ramen lunch date earlier. “Are you ready?” He asked looking down at her an taking in the pale beauty of her eyes.
She nodded squeezing his hand and taking a step forward in the direction of the trail.
Today they decided to take a walk around the lake. It was a public trail so naturally there were other people on it. Some even stopping by to great the Hokage and his wife or just smiling in their direction. It was nice but they made sure conversations didn’t last longer than they should. The sun was high over head and the that days air was humid. The day before it rained, so small puddles of water filled small dips in the trail and it became almost like a game trying to avoid them all and occasionally they’d laugh coming out with wet feet because someone lost their balance.
Around them the trees were in full bloom and neither of them had really seem the trees this green before. It was almost magical with the light breeze shaking the branches making the leaves fall in a melodic like dance to the ground. It was fresh, the air cleaner than it was deeper into the city. Kind of like a paradise in its own way. And the water, green in color but crystal clear when you stopped to look at it as they were now. Across from them on the other side of the lake children played. Splashing, and daring each other to try and walk on the water and then laughing when their chakra didn’t work right and in the plunged into the cold depths.
Next to her Naruto chuckled and she reached up to place a gentle hand against his cheek. Blue eyes shown down at her and blond brows raise in wonder. “Yes, love?”
Her eyes grew soft. “Thank you for walking with me today. For all of today.”
“Of course. I would walk with you everyday if I could.” His lips touched the side of hand, sending chills through her body.
“Even now you still send my head spinning Uzumaki Naruto.” Her hand returned to his while she lifted herself onto the tips of her toes.
He leaned down, fingers tangling in hers, and lips crept closer to hers. “I plan to always do that, Uzumaki HInata.”
Their lips touched, pleasure rolled through their bodies making them calm. Like months of near separation never happened. Sure they had kissed before this, but this one was perfect. It was a rushed goodbye kiss, or a goodnight kiss. It was a no matter what happens, how long they’re apart, or how much they see each other, they would still find a way to give each other the same feelings like it was the first time.
It was a slow kiss, one that made people stop and stare or blush from second hand embarrassment. His hands were on either side of her face, dipping her body, pushing her abdomen into his and nearly knocking her off her feet. And then it was over and she had stars in her eyes and he wanted more.
“I love you.” He said against her lips, stealing another kiss.
So there have been some complaints lately. First, I want to say if you are unhappy with content here at British Detectives, please contact me and your subscription fee will be returned.
Today the complaint is about gifs. Yes. Complaining about gifs on Tumblr.
I will tell you a story about the family pool we used to attend when the three little British Detectives were tiny. There was an older woman who would stand in the low end, where the children played. She would read a book. And, when very small children would play and splash nearby, she would be very annoyed when her book got wet. Because it’s perfectly reasonable to attend a family pool, stand in the water where children are playing AND expect to read and stay bone dry. Right?
You know how Kitchen feels?
However, the vast majority of my followers are kind and your comments make me laugh, so:
The heatwave that had hit your city was, according to the news, the hottest it had ever been. That’s why you opted to a day at the beach with your sister and friend. Arriving at the beach, you slipped on your sunglasses and made your way to the brightly coloured changing rooms. After stepping out of your denim shorts and pulling your off shoulder top over your head, you left the changing room in your black and white striped bikini. Stretching your arms out, you grinned at the thought of the crisp cool waves against your body.
“Y/N! That bikini is so cute!” Your best friend Ji Hee complimented you whilst your sister exited the changing room. “Hey! It’s because I picked it out for her. Otherwise she would have came in her school swimsuit.” She playfully pushed you and you shot her a close eyed grin.
“Ah, thanks sis.” You began walking, in search of a suitable place to lay your towels whilst Ji Hee carried your parasols. When you found a relatively empty space, you placed down all your things and slapped some sun screen on your bodies. It was then you noticed you forgot to bring drinks, a basic necessity.
“Crap. We forgot the drinks. You guys relax while I run down to the stall and buy some.” Your sister lowered her glasses to look up at you. “Okay, if you need anymore money just go into my purse.” You nodded, picking out her purse.
Making your way down the cobblestone path, you arrived at the stall. When you had finished buying a few bottles of water and cans of drinks, you felt a tap on your shoulder. Turning around, you came face to face with a man you had never seen before. He smirked at you as he eyed you up and down whilst licking his lips. Despite knowing you would be stared at in the bikini you were wearing, it still utterly disgusted you that he was practically drooling at the sight of so much skin.
“Hey, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous you are.” He brushed a hand through his hair and shot you half a grin, obviously full of himself. You tried your hardest to remain polite despite the disgusting behaviour you were witnessing.
“Thank you. That’s kind of you to say.” He didn’t seem to notice your uncomfortable smile and tense shoulders as he casually slipped an arm around your shoulders, as if you had known each other for years. “So I was thinking you could join me and my friends ove-” You ducked underneath his arm and shot him a scowl, although he didn’t seem all that fazed.
“I don’t know you and I’m kind of busy. Please refrain from touching me, thank you.” You spun on your heel and you began walking back in the direction you came from but a tight grip on your forearm restricted you from moving any further than a few steps. “You don’t have to be so bitchy, just come and have fun with me.” Shaking off his grip was futile as he just pulled you closer towards him. You were extremely startled to find that he had the confidence to wrap both of his arms around you, resting both hands on your hips and you dropped the bag of drinks in shock. You pushed him away with new found strength and sent him a deathly glare. He had messed with the wrong girl but clearly he hadn’t realised that yet.
“What the fuck! I told you I don’t know you so don’t fucking hug me like we’re a couple or something, It’s creepy. Do I have to get a restraining order for you to know to back off?” The glare he returned was one that sent chills down your back and he took a step towards you, once again reaching out. Before he could do anything another arm shot out from seemingly nowhere and twisted the strangers arm behind his back. He screamed in agony and you stood there, half relieved and half confused.
“The pretty lady told you to leave her alone. Why can’t you get the message?” A cheery voice had come from your saviour, a man with light brown hair and a face so handsome you were almost certain he was model. “Alright! Alright! I’ll fucking leave.” The handsome stranger let a ‘boxy’ smile spread on his face and let go of your harassers arm. The man gave you one last look before running in the opposite direction.
“Well, that’s one way to spend a day at the beach. My name’s Kim Taehyung.” He outstretched his hand at the end of his introduction and you gratefully took it, returning his smile with a softer one.
“My name is Y/N. Thank you so much for helping me. I honestly thought he wouldn’t leave me alone and god knows what would have happened if you hadn’t turned up. I could’ve b-” He placed a slender finger upon your mouth.
“Hey, don’t think about stuff like that. It’s not good for the mind you know.” You simply nodded at him, trying to calm your racing heart. Your cheeks flushed at the skin contact as you watched him retract his finger and stuff his hands into his pockets.
“Come on. I’ll walk you to your friends.” He slipped ahead of you and you followed closely behind, picking up the bag of drinks you had dropped previously. How did he know you were not alone?
“Because I saw you earlier on, setting up with your friends.” His answer dragged you out of your thoughts and it was then your realised you had voiced your thoughts aloud.
“You should hang with me and my friends. Not by yourself obviously, bring your friends along. That way you won’t have to worry about touchy bastards who don’t know when to stop.” His suggestion was bold but you couldn’t deny that it would make you feel a lot more comfortable so when you reached your sister and Ji Hee, you explained what had happened and Taehyung’s suggestion, to which they agreed to. After moving all of your things, you found yourself being introduced to a group of 6 boys.
“Guys, this is Y/N, her sister and friend. Please make them feel comfortable.” At first, an awkward silence had settled in but after Taehyung had introduced each of his friends, you soon found yourself laughing along with everyone else at jokes and stories. Suddenly, the awkwardness had disappeared and your day at the beach had become more than a way to escape the uncomfortable heat. The sneaking glances you had shared with Taehyung was enough to hint to the start of a unique relationship. You spent hours in the sea having a splash war and then playing shoulder wars, with you and Taehyung emerging as the victors.
When the time came for you to part ways, Taehyung had pulled you away from your group and grinned at your confused face.
“Can you give me your phone real quick?” You obliged, unlocking and handing him your phone and you watched him with even more confusion. He suddenly made a 'V’ sign with two fingers, placing them at his forehead whilst closing his eyes and smiling his adorably boxy smile. The sound of a picture being taken piqued your interest and he began typing something into your phone. He then pulled his own phone out and snapped a picture of you and you gasped at the sudden action.
“Hey! I wasn’t ready for that!” He only snickered in return.
When he handed you back your phone, you found that you had a new contact listed under the name 'V’.
“It’s my number. I messaged myself through your phone so now I have yours.” He stuffed his phone back into his pocket and brushed his damp hair out of his face.
“What’s 'V’?” Taehyung lightly pinched your cheek, giving you a bright grin.
“That’s a story for another day.”
“Hey, Taehyung! Say your goodbyes, it’s time to go!” Hoseok’s voice had made Taehyung jump and you giggled at the look of surprise that flashed across his face.
“I’m glad I met you, Y/N. You’re fun and cheerful so it makes me happy to be around you.” His words made your heart speed up and you felt your cheeks grow hot. He stepped forward and gave you a brief hug, before turning and running to his friends.
“Y/N let’s go! It’s getting late.” Ji Hee’s voice broke you out of your trance and you all but ran to the car, hopping inside. When you arrived home and had prepared yourself for bed, you were reminded of when Taehyung had your phone.
Entering your messaging app, you were greeted with the message Taehyung had sent himself a few hours prior.
'You’re reaaaally pretty when you’re angry. Oh! And don’t let other guys touch you, I got really jealous earlier on because guys like that shouldn’t be around you. Only guys like me.’
You buried your face into your pillow, mentally screaming at yourself to stop acting like, a lover sick teenager, but to no avail.
If only Taehyung knew that you had no sleep that night all thanks to his message.
Okay so it’s raining where I am right now and after seeing a bunch of slugs around I thought, imagine every time it rains on Namek a thousand namekians come pouring out of their houses to wash and drink and the kids just splash around and play 😂 Maybe they even have rain parties, it could be a huge event for them
Hey hey hey! May I request SNSD being thought how to swim by you(as in you are the teacher)? Thank you very much!
Taeyeon: Doesn’t take your lessons seriously. She’d rather play around, splashing you and wearing safety bands that make her look so smol and cute.
“As long as you can swim, I’ll have you to save me!” she reasons.
Jessica: Tries so hard but is too clumsy, knowing she looks silly just flailing her arms and legs around. It doesn’t help that Krystal comes to show some “sisterly support” … but really she’s just recording her and laughing.
Sunny: Starts off serious. She really wants to learn but as time goes on, she’ll loose interest and convince you instead that being on dry land is better.
“I don’t need to swim away from sharks if I stay on the sand!”
Tiffany: She feels safer, now knowing how to swim, and wants to show how grateful she is. She’ll write ‘Thank you’ in the sand and insist on buying you a refreshing drink.
Hyoyeon: Finds the lessons fun and likes that she can swim now. The lessons are also good exercise but she finds that she’s so worn out after them. “Thank you,” she’ll say, clambering into a hammock, “I’m too tired but tomorrow, we should go for lunch. My treat! I want to say thank you for helping me ~”
Yuri: First of all, she looks so glorious in a bikini. And the sun only helps to bring out her beautiful skin tone. So it’s hard to instruct her, when you find yourself getting … distracted
Luckily, she thinks it’s cute and can’t resist teasing you.
“Why did you stop talking? Am I showing too much skin?” ;)
Sooyoung: Takes the lessons seriously but can be prone to complaining when she’s tired. Also prone to bragging when she masters how to swim. Of course, our down to Earth Sooyoung could never forget to thank you for your help. She’ll either introduce you to an idol you admire or maybe sing at your little cousin’s bday party (who’s bias is her)
Yoona: She’s so hardworking that she’ll probably learn the fastest out of all the girls. And her humble nature means that she wouldn’t dare not repay you. She’ll help out of you need it such as if you’re teaching kids how to swim and they’re wild and not paying attention.
“Do you need some help?” Yoona asks, as the kids gasp in amazement.
“It’s an angel!” one exclaims.
Seohyun: Unsurprisingly, Seohyun takes the lessons the most serious. She doesn’t waste time messing around. She really applies herself and learns quickly. And wants to thank you from her heart, so will most likely bring you something homemade; whether it’s a jar of kimchi, cupcakes, muffins, it doesn’t matter. It will be tasty and made from the heart.