strange makes the world go round

Alright Strange Magic fandom, which is your favourite Bog King expression™? 

I’m re-watching the Sugar Pie Honey Bunch sequence and I’m torn between “bring forth… the prisoner” (bc lmao that is so Over The Top Trying To Be Evil with the hunching and the sneer) and “what” (this reaction, and the shared blink between the goblins, are GIFs I need in my life) and when he’s back on his throne (2:30 in the clip) stare-glaring (like you can feel the ??????? radiating from him)  

week of April 1st, 2017

Who are these people?
@butteredonions, @bosstoaster, @ashinan, @mumblefox, and @velkynkarma are five Voltron fic writers who frequently combine to form fanfic and meta and shitposts Voltron.

What happened on April 1st?
Each member of the ThinkTank opened their askbox to receive fic prompts. These were then delivered back to the fandom in the form of microfills over the next week.

Nothing else happened on April 1st?
I’m sure I don’t know what you mean ;)

You guys switched icons and pretended to be each other.
We Formed ThinkTank, excuse you.

What is this Masterpost?
The downside of all five of us posting 5-20 fills (each) on the same day: SO MUCH FIC. Together we wrote a combined 27k of words! Rather than bombard our shared followers with multiple reblogs of the same (excellent) material, we have compiled this Masterpost so we can simply reblog them all at once.

Please feel free to like or comment or reblog pieces individually to show your support! We had so much fun participating in this impromptu event. If you liked what you read please let us know! Your support means the world!

All microfills are below the cut, sorted primarily by author, then by character (and/or pairing) and/or fandom. Thanks for your support!

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GOD BLESS ROMCOMS VOL. II - the sequel to this mix

  1. L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole (The Parent Trap)
  2. When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating (Notting Hill)
  3. You Don’t Know Me - Jann Arden (My Best Friend’s Wedding)
  4. Wishing and Hoping - Ani Defranco (My Best Friend’s Wedding)
  5. Cruel to Be Kind - Letter to Cleo (10 Things I Hate About You)
  6. Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (Pretty Woman)
  7. Sono Bugiarda - Caterina Caselli (Letters to Juliet)
  8. What If - Colbie Caillat (Letters to Juliet)
  9. You’re So Vain - Carly Simon (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days)
  10. Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris (The Princess Diaries)
  11. Miracles Happen - Myra (The Princess Diaries)
  12. I’m Scared - Duffy (Bride Wars)
  13. Have You Met Miss Jones - Robbie Williams (Bridget Jones’s Diary)
  14. Out of Reach - Gabrielle (Bridget Jones’s Diary)
  15. Jesse’s Girl - Rick Springfield (13 Going On 30)
  16. Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar (13 Going On 30)
  17. Love Makes the World Go Round - Deon Jackson (Something’s Gotta Give)
  18. Love Is Strange - Mickey and Sylvia (Dirty Dancing)
  19. Moonriver - Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

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Only Child: Stereotypes & Things to Avoid

Hey, I’m back with some more writing tips. And this time? We are going to delve into the strange and sometimes alluring world of only children. In fiction, an only child–usually some type of secondary character–has a set of characteristics that defines them, and their personality is dictated by that one trait.

There are a lot of stereotypes out there. A lot. It’s hard to find a good, well-rounded character that is an only child. The majority of the time, they are flat, static characters that don’t have much personality aside from the usual only-child traits. Those kinds of characters make me want to rip my hair out.

Some things to avoid:

  • The spoiled brat: This one is based on truth, at least somewhat. Only children are very good at twisting the arms of their parents. When you’re young, you have a tantrum when you don’t get what you want. That usually fades as you get older, and the arm-twisting gets a bit more subtle. A very bad example of the “spoiled brat” trope is Veruca Salt, the bad nut from Willy Wonka. Her obnoxious “I want it now!” is synonymous with only children.
  • The antisocial loner: I personally hate this trope. Yeah, sometimes only children get the short end of the stick when it comes to friends. I would say that I got the short end, but that doesn’t mean that I despise people. In fact, most only children want to have friends to make up for the lack of siblings. And even if our interpersonal skills are slightly stunted, that doesn’t mean we won’t try to meet new people.
  • The bossy pushover: People tend to think that only children have a certain my-way-or-the-highway attitude. If they don’t get their way, then the whole gasket blows. A good example would be the infamous Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter. He pushes his weight around to become a menace to Harry and no doubt others. Just because we don’t have siblings doesn’t mean we’re savages.
  • The clingy dependent: No siblings = clingy! According to society, only children don’t want to socialize and happy to stay with their parents. This, my friends, is complete and utter bullshit. Let me repeat that–bull shit. Most only children are really independent, because there is a huge age gap between them and their parents. And, sure, we rely on our parents as if they were our siblings. But that does not mean that we are constantly hiding behind their legs.

There are also things that people seem to forget.

  • We know how to manipulate people: I know it sounds nasty, but its the truth. We can twist your arm (discretely or indiscreetly) to make it go our way. But don’t let this discourage you if some of your friends are only children. We only do it if we only have to or want something we really desire.
  • We are oddly independent: This goes against the clingy trope. If your parents aren’t home very often, there’s going to be a lot of time spent alone. This could be used in plot points for shit to go down.
  • Punishments are not as severe: I’m not sure if this applies to everybody, but some parents don’t discipline their children as hard as they would if they had multiple children. Grounding may not be as severe and sometimes it might end earlier than planned. This can be used as a plot device if the story needs it.
  • Don’t complain to me about your siblings: This is something that personally gets under my skin. A friend might be complaining about a sibling’s antics and I’ll nod along and agree on some points. But don’t expect me to understand why you’re so upset. The words siblings, brother, and sister don’t exactly bring emotional connections. For example, an only child may be asked what the first word that comes to mind when someone says brother, sister, etc. Some might reply with a wish; others might just shake their heads because literally nothing comes to mind.
  • There’s usually a reason why: If humans are capable of producing more than one offspring, why do only children exist? Well, there are a shit-ton of reasons why. Many parents aren’t too keen on explaining to a four-year-old why they don’t have siblings, so the big reveals are usually saved for when the child is older after years and years and years of pressing. Hell, I didn’t know why until I was 16!
  • We can share: Even though we don’t have to share our things with siblings, sharing is something we learn too. And yeah, sometimes only children can be selfish. We’re trained to get what we want. It can be a bit of hindrance but it’s something that can easily suppressed with a bit of swallowing pride. But as a word of advice, selfishness is a vice that is practically unbreakable and there will be times where only children will look like spoiled, self-centered brats. You’ve just to take it in stride because it is something ingrained in our personalities.

 There’s a lot that I’m probably missing, but this just a quick overview. Only children have a lot of potential as characters and a lot can be explored with their sometimes complex personalities. 

Don’t be like J.K. Rowling.

Just … don’t.

Space Aesthetics. Spacesthetics

I’ve been thinking about the idea of ‘space’ (as in outer space) as an aesthetic.

Let me explain. I’ve been playing Aven Colony on my PS4. It’s a sci-fi themed city builder, kind of in the vein of Tropico. That’s what I was hoping for, actually, something like Tropico but, like, in space. Aven Colony definitely has that light, city builder aspect to it, but somewhere down the line it fails on context.

The Tropico games have always had this very strong sense of personality and place, planting themselves firmly in the mythology of cold-war Cuba. It gave context to the crops you could farm, or why you could enact various draconian policies, or to the various outside forces that impacted your game. While the Tropico franchise has never been as expansive or technical as a more traditional city builder, a SimCity or Cities: Skylines for example, it has made up for that with an impressive dedication to setting a tone and really using the setting to define its gameplay. It’s not perfect, the caricature often veers towards uncomfortable stereotyping, but it’s not just using its aesthetic as a wrapper.

Aven Colony feels very much like a pared down Tropico, if the franchise did away with its political overtones and dramatically simplified infrastructure system. The game in and of itself isn’t bad, i do think it’s maybe too simplified in some areas and needlessly complex in others, but the fact remains; despite being broadly in the same genre, a game about setting up a Caribbean nation-state in the 1960’s and a game about setting up a colony on a totally alien planet shouldn’t feel the same. The priorities and challenges should be dramatically different simply by virtue of the two games taking place in fundamentally different places.

Aven Colony stumbles on its sci-fi premise but not taking enough risks with the setting. Although it explains that colonists must use tunnels to travel around the colony due to the atmosphere, the planet is absurdly fertile and most regions allow for the growth, in the open air, of crops like corn and quinoa. You swiftly realise the ‘tunnel’ gimmick is just to simplify transport, power and water infrastructure into one item. Environmental hazards that the player must deal with don’t feel that much different from the weather events and rebel attacks that happen in Tropico, they’re just more loosely ‘sci-fi’. I feel like you could re-skin the creep spores (alien blobs that periodically show up to harass your base) as ak-47 toting rebels and it probably wouldn’t matter that much.

It’s probably not the kind of  game the developers wanted to make, I guess, but there should be real merit in considering the kind of pitfalls that making a large scale colony on an extraterrestrial world would face. Fertile ground should be the absolute endgame, the kind of high-tier technology that you get after so many hours of gameplay. A city builder game which actually tries to mechanically incorporate the scarcity and outright hostility of an alien world could be really compelling.

What I’m getting at is that Aven Colony embraces ‘space’ as a visual aesthetic, but not a mechanical or even tonal one. It tries to tell the story of bold pioneers, impossibly far away, but it fails because the game doesn’t make you feel like the colonists are isolated or ever truly under threat. It’s not the only game that does this either; Civilisation: Beyond Earth does practically the same thing. If Aven Colony is just Tropico but the trees look a bit funny, Civ:BE is Civilisation V but with Starship Trooper bugs rather than barbarians. Like Aven Colony, you don’t feel like the colonists truly have to deal with what could be real ‘space issues’.

Its not just these strategy games that do this, either. As much as I’m an apologist for Destiny, the only area that felt properly sci-fi was the Moon. The abandoned Chinese lunar bases felt appropriately haunting, they looked ‘real’ enough to be believable as the kind of thing you’d have to build on an airless, lifeless rock, the landscape of the moon itself looked properly ‘Lunar’. But the rest of the game, the neon high rises and vibrant jungles of Venus and the Ruined Metropolis on Mars looked like fantasy. Which was fine, I suppose, I don’t think anyone is trying to pretend  Destiny was hard sci-fi, but it was so fantastical, so mythological, if you swapped the sci-fi for fantasy, rifles for crossbows and jet bikes for horses, I don’t think the game would change much, if at all, really.

Thing is, I don’t think you have to try that hard to make a game that feel like its set somewhere truly extraterrestrial. Dune 2 is generally reckoned as the daddy of real time strategy, but one of the most impressive things it manages to do is sell you on the notion that Arrakis is hostile and not designed for humans. It doesn’t do it with complex game systems either; it has little ways of demonstrating it. You generate power with windtraps, which aren’t just described as wind turbines but also as devices for drawing as much water from the air as possible, which instantly describes how arid the planet is. It doesn’t need to go into still suits, or anything to do with water from the books. That’s enough. Mechanically, you can only build structures on rocky terrain, and if you don’t place proper foundations, structures immediately start with only half their hit points. You can’t build on the sand, but you need to harvest vital Spice from there. Only trouble is, huge great sandworms tend to eat anything that stays on the sand too long.

I’ll grant you, it’s not 100% hard sci-fi by any means, but it does enough to make the environment feel hostile and unwelcoming. This place isn’t for you, your species and culture didn’t develop here, you have to work around it, go the extra mile to do the basics. When Command and Conquer came out a few years later, it dispensed with foundations, building on rock and monstrous sandworms. It didn’t need those mechanics to sell its premise, because it was set in Europe and the Middle East. Of course you could just build a barracks mostly anywhere, why not? You can in real life.

The survival mode in No Man’s Sky is an absolute bastard, but one thing it does do is make surviving on an alien world fundamentally and appropriately difficult. Everything wants to kill you, pulling together enough resources to just survive is hard. When you actually get into base building it’s a massive struggle to start setting up even the basic structures you need. It’s a kind of focused difficulty that I’d like to see more of, something that would do very well in a game that wasn’t so intentionally massive. Something in the vein of Subnautica, but on land. Open, but not, like, cosmically, massively so.

An aesthetic shouldn’t just be a purely visual thing in a game. A choice of setting should be as much a mechanical and narrative decision as a visual one. I don’t dislike Aven Colony, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’d have been much more compelling if it had really embraced the idea of being on another world. Instead it just works genre conventions around art design that kind of looks like the matt painting they’d use in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in an establishing shot of a Federation colony. As I said earlier, I want an extraterrestrial colony game where being able to grow crops in the soil, outside, is the endgame goal. It should be something you have to work for. Make something feel so alien that getting back to a stable, functional and normal self-sustaining agricultural system mean something profound. Make the player truly value easy access to basic food and water and heat and light.

Space is vast, unknown and utterly lethal. If your game is all about going out and being a pioneer on a strange, new world, the player should feel like a square peg in a round hole, not designed to fit, having to really work to just get by, at least to start with. I would love to see more games that are interested in casting the player as that peg, and give them the tools to make that hole maybe a bit less round, maybe enough to get a bit of the peg in, but not all the way through. Make growing wheat feel as much of a triumph as winning a game of Civilisation. That’d be cool.

Strangers - Dean Winchester x Reader

Originally posted by lonesomesam

“Let’s pretend we’re strangers.” You whispered, leaning over the small, round table between the two of you. Heavy old books pressing into your chest.

Dean chuckled, “And why would we do that?”

“I’m curious.”

“What difference would it make?”

“The world.”

He laughed then, shaking his head and going to the fridge to get another beer.

“Okay then, princess. Let’s say we’re strangers.” He sat down opposite you, sipping his beer and staring at you, silent.

“That’s not fair.”

He laughed, ‘Why not? What am I doing wrong?”

“You’re not doing anything!”

“I’m watching you. A strange, gorgeous girl is in my motel room. Of course I’m going to be watching you and wondering what happens next.”

You ran a hand through your hair, “If we hadn’t grown up together, if I wasn’t ‘like a sister’ to you, would we-” You looked down, putting your bottle down on the table with a little too much force.

“Whoa.” Dean said, eyebrow raised.

“Sorry, I just- Sometimes I wish I’d only met you recently. So you didn’t think of me as a sister.”

“I don’t think of you as a sister. I may say you’re my family, but that doesn’t mean you’re like a sister to me.” He chewed his lip slightly, still watching you.

“So what am I then?” You asked, leaning back in your chair.

He laughed, “Am I supposed to answer that in a few words?”

You nodded.

“You are so much more than that, sweetheart.” Dean shook his head, sighing.

“So what, then?”

“You want to be strangers?” Dean asked, standing up again.

“Just for tonight.”

“Good, come ‘ere.” He opened his arms, and placed his hands on your hips when you came to him.

“Is this what you wanted?” He murmured in your ear, lips attacking your neck, your collarbones, your ear.

A nod, your hands tightening around his belt loops, head tilted to the side to allow him better access. 

Dean moved his lips to your shoulder, slipping your shirt sleeve and bra strap out of the way. 

“How far do you want to go?” He asked softly, fingers pressing into the flesh around your hips.

“I’ll tell you when to stop.” You murmured, leaning into him.

Dean smirked, eyebrow raised, slight nod, and then he started.

“We should be strangers more often.”

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nozoeli and their wedding :-)

Rin joins the queue spread across the rippling grass lawn eagerly, hopping with excitement that rushes through her bones like the lazy heat of sunbathing. Her enthusiasm causes her to step on three boots, knee a chair into some unfortunate guest (not hopping with enough excitement, apparently!), and almost steps on a service dog’s tail. She feels deadful about this last incident and spends some minutes apologizing heartily, talking too much with her hands in that way she’s picked up from Honoka now that she’s back from her internship in Italy. The elderly woman, who has Eli’s eyes and some same way of frowning so small and yet so cutting, takes this into stride, nodding blithely.

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Riverhead Table: WONDERLAND

Vanilla. Pepper. Cloves. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. According to Steven Johnson’s latest book WONDERLAND: How Play Made the Modern World these are the spices that make the world go round, some even as far back as 1721 BCE in Syria! When we consider the food we eat—from Thanksgiving meals to that giant bag of Doritos sitting in our snack drawer—we don’t always think about what goes into them, and we’re not just talking ingredients, here. We’re also talking about history. As Steven writes, “Like many forms of delight, the taste for spice propelled us far from our roots—not just geographically but also existentially. That strange new taste on the tongue that would send any child into howls of pain could be savored by an adult, its pain turned into pleasure. Spices enlarged the map of possible desires, which in turn enlarged the map of the world itself.” 

So for this edition of #RiverheadTable we decided to focus on these five core spices to show just how propelling and versatile they can be. Special thanks to Steven for being on grill duty, and thanks as always to Jones of Boerum Hill for our fashionable aprons!

Cacio e Pepe (Serves 11)


2 lbs dried spaghetti (2 boxes)

8 cups baby arugula or spinach

4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more to serve

½ tbs black pepper, plus more to taste

½ cup lemon juice (or more if you like super lemony pasta)

2 tbs red pepper flakes, plus more to taste

8 tbs minced garlic

1-2 sticks of unsalted butter

½ cup EVOO 

In a large pot of heavily salted boiling water, cook the spaghetti to al dente according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water (it comes in handy), then drain the pasta. 

(NOTE: You might have to do the next couple of steps in two parts, depending on how big your skillet actually is.) In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Make sure it doesn’t burn! Add the olive oil, then add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. 

Add the lemon juice to the skillet, then toss in the drained pasta and toss to coat. Add the cheese and toss, adding the pasta water, a couple of tablespoons at a time, just to help the cheese coat the pasta. Add the arugula or spinach and toss until it wilts, about 1 minute. Season to taste with additional salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Serve with more cheese.

Riverhead staffers Jessica and Kevin on the pasta station!

WONDERLAND author Steven Johnson marinates the salmon.

Salmon with Vanilla Balsamic Marinade (serves 11)

Ingredients for Marinade

6 tbs EVOO

1 shallot

2 tsp dried parsley

2 tsp dried basil

¾ tsp brown sugar

¾ tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 tbs balsamic vinegar

1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract   

Ingredients for Salmon

11 salmon filets (or half of a large salmon, deboned by your fish guy/gal if you can’t do it yourself)

Salt and pepper

Vegetable oil 

For the marinade, combine the olive oil, shallot, parsley, basil, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and vanilla paste into a food processor and puree. Pour evenly into two containers and set one container aside.

Preheat your grill. (NOTE: If you bought half a fish we recommend slicing it into three large pieces.) Brush each filet with canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Brush the tops of the fillets with the marinade, then discard any leftover marinade.

Place the filets marinated side down on a grill rack over direct heat. Grill for 8-10 minutes or until dark grill marks appear and the marinade begins to caramelize. Turn the filets and grill for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Serve with the reserved marinade.

Oven Method: Don’t have a grill? No problem! Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place your marinated salmon on a lightly greased baking pan and cook for 15 minutes or until done the way you like it.

Steven really enjoys being on grill duty!

Simple Kale Salad (serves 11)


Kale (we bought one large box but feel free to buy in bunches–3 should do)

7 tbs EVOO, plus more if necessary

1/3 cup lemon juice, plus more if necessary

6 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup grated parmesan, plus more for serving

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl put the kale, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, parmesan and salt. Using your hands start massaging the kale salad and continue to do this for about 3-4 minutes (you want the kale to reduce down to about half of what you started with). Taste the salad and add pepper and continue to massage for another few seconds. Taste again and adjust seasoning accordingly.

Spice Cake (with Vanilla Ice Cream)


1 cup milk

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup unsalted butter, softened until easily spreadable

2 cups dark brown sugar

2 ½ cups bleached all-purpose flour

¼ cup cornstarch

4 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground allspice

½ tsp ground cloves

Vanilla ice cream  

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a metal or disposable foil 9-by-13-inch pan. Whisk dry ingredients and spices in a large bowl. Mix milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a 2-cup measuring cup.

Beat softened butter into dry ingredients, first on low, then medium, until mixture forms pebble-sized pieces. Add about 1/3 of the milk mixture and beat on low until smooth. Add remaining milk mixture in two stages; beat on medium speed until batter is just smooth. Add the sugar; beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Pour batter into cake pan.

Lydia from our marketing team masters the Kitchen Aid. 

Bake until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Set pan on a wire rack; let cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the pan perimeter and turn cake onto rack. Let cool then serve with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream!

The right spices can make even the simplest of meals stand out! Don’t be afraid to play around with them in the kitchen and enjoy the delicious meal you end up with.

Setting the table for our Wonderland inspired dinner.

Special guest model/chef Scully :)

Cheers to spices!

Bring on the eats.

**BONUS** We decided to take the concept of “playing with our food” to the next level by also partaking in some weird (but awesome) tasting experiments. We each dissolved one mBerry Miracle Fruit Tablet on our tongues to see how the flavors of various fruits and cheeses would change. The results were surprisingly delicious. Lemons tasted like lemonade and green apples tasted pleasantly sweet instead of tart!

Dinosaurs tasted the same even after mBerry consumption.

limettalight  asked:

Hi there! :) Do you know of any merthur reincarnation fics in which arthur isn't aware of his past life, but merlin still does and all that? thanks x

Visions and Revisions (Timing Verse Masterpost) by mad_poetics
Modern reincarnation. Merlin and company have been reborn countless times; this is the story of the latest.

Memories by shadowglove88
Merlin is tired of the centuries in between reincarnations in which he’s so alone, so he stops looking for Arthur, making a life for himself. And yet Arthur comes back into his life, and even without his memories Prince Arthur is playing for keeps.

Dear Idiot by magog_83
Arthur is at last reborn but, when he is still a baby, he is left orphaned and alone in the world. Fortunately for him he always has Merlin - even if he doesn’t always know it.

Refracted by linckia-blue
Arthur pauses, trying to think of what they’d decided to say if this were to happen. “Umm…” He begins “We’re roughly a thousand years in the future and you’re caught in a spell in which your soul has fractured. You are one of the pieces of the whole of Merlin, and umm…something about timelines. But that part was confusing. I didn’t pay attention, I was looking at your cheekbones.” 

I Keep Going Over the World We Knew (Over and Over) by Mellacita
When Merlin Emrys is sent on a ‘round-the-world assignment, he begins remembering a life of magic, dragons, and kings. To make matters worse, a strange woman starts stalking him along the way. And that’s before he even meets Arthur Pendragon, whose answer to climate change is going to save the world. Because apparently just saving Britain won’t be enough this time around.

Now I Will Unsettle the Ground Beneath You by nu_breed
Merlin’s dreams have always fuelled his art, but they’ve always been abstract and removed from reality. Soon after he meets Gwaine, he starts to see vivid images of a past full of death and magic and love for a King who was ripped from him. Things only escalate further when he spends a weekend in the country with Gwaine and meets his group of friends, which includes aristocrat and It Boy, Arthur Pendragon. Merlin soon realises that no matter how hard you try, one thing is certain, you can’t fuck with destiny.

So It Seems I’m Someone I’ve Never Met by crazyboutremmy
Merlin has been alive for centuries, and now lives in a kind of house that all the village kids would joke is a witch’s house. On Halloween (or whenever), reincarnated!Arthur gets dared by his friends to sneak in and see if it really is haunted.

A Trained Professional: Chapter Three

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Levi’s back was to the wall facing Erwin’s office. It was too quiet, and Levi couldn’t entirely shake the eerie feeling he’d gotten while out in the field with Hange.

After Levi had marched him in, Erwin’s sharp eyes had taken one look at Eren’s bloody face, and he’d dropped the paperwork he’d been reading to stand and meet them at the door. He gestured with a steady hand at the open seat facing his desk, but he didn’t look shocked to see them.

Erwin never looked surprised.

Eren sat bone straight and glared at the map hanging on the wall behind Erwin’s desk, silent and fuming with his arms crossed over his chest. Even sitting down, he had a power radiating off his body, setting Levi’s nerves on edge.

Erwin cocked his head slightly when his icy gaze landed on Levi’s face, probably seeing more than Levi cared to share, but it couldn’t be helped. It didn’t ease the sting when Erwin slammed the door in his face without another word.

He strained his ears for fifteen minutes, but the silence was more telling than anything else.

So it was no surprise when Eren emerged half an hour later, a smirk plastered to his face. The dried blood caked onto his forehead and neck looked black against his dark skin.

His eyes narrowed in mean excitement when he spotted Levi. As he pushed through the main doors, his shoulder bumped Levi’s with enough force to make him grit his teeth in annoyance.

But he didn’t spare Levi another glance.

Curling his fingers into tight fists, Levi turned his attention back to Erwin. Eren was probably on his way back to his training facility, and it wouldn’t be good for Levi to dwell on the magnetic charge that ripped through his body with so little, careless contact.

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We were super proud of Robert Lloyd’s review of Bravest Warriors. Who wouldn’t be? –Fred


From the postcard back:

You’re one of 200 people
to receive this limited edition
Channel Frederator postcard!

“‘Bravest Warriors’ is my favorite thing on the planet.

“It is “scientific” where “Adventure Time” is magical, but it has its look, and its cadences, its rubbery limbs and noseless faces, its declarative sentences full of strange information, its poetical sensibility. It is a bit more mature, without being too adult about it – characters talk about ‘smooching’ and ‘getting sassy.’ It is sexy on an Archie Comics level, or just above it, with allowances made for extraterrestrial notions of intimacy. But it is love, mainly, that makes these worlds go round…

“‘Doctor Who’ fans might sense common cause.


–Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2014

Series 26.8 [Mailed out February 24, 2014]