subject to updates

→ works in progress;

A list of future fics that are either currently being written or are in planning just for the sake of keeping track for both myself and others who are curious!

Updated | July 1, 2017.


R E C E N T:

Hiraeth | Pt.13

Hiraeth | Pt.14 (Finale)

O N E S H O T S:

Heart of the Sea | Jungkook

• Pirate/mermaid oc

• Currently: Less than 1k words (0%)

La Vie en Rose | Jungkook 

• Punk skater Jungkook/ballet oc au 

• Currently: Less than 1.4k words (0%)

Kaleidoscope Eyes | Jungkook

• Blind Jungkook au

• Currently: Still in planning (0%) 

Young Hearts Fade | Yoongi

• Zombie apocalypse au

• Currently: Still in planning (0%)

S E R I E S:

Bad Habits | Pt.2

• Ongoing series (2/4)

• Currently: Less than 1k words (0%)

The Bygone Boy | Pt.2

• Ongoing series (2/10)

• Currently: Less than 1k words (0%)

D R A B B L E S:

• “Things you said in the kitchen” | Wonho (Monsta X)

• “Things you didn’t say at all” | Kihyun (Monsta X)

• TBA | Taeyong (NCT) 

• TBA | Moonbin (Astro)

→ possible future fics (still storyboarding);

• Punk au | Taeyong (nct)

• Your Name au | Jungkook

• College au | Namjoon

• Vampire au | Taehyung

• Rota Fortunae | Taehyung

• Boxer au | Namjoon

anonymous asked:

How realistic is it for the retired agent/spy/assassin to come back and kick just as much butt as they did years before? Does such training come back to you easily if you haven't used it in a long while or will you be rusty enough to get killed?

Parts of this are realistic, others not so much.

If you’ve spent enough time training techniques, this stuff gets baked into the way you move. It’s not, “oh, I’ll do this to someone;” it’s just there. Training can also affect how you look at the world; this is true as a general statement on life, but it also applies here. Again, as with muscle memory, this is always there, always affecting how you view your surroundings and the people in them.

So, in that sense, yes. A veteran character coming back after years away from the job will still have their skills and training. Some of that will be rusty, but this stuff sticks with you. Especially if you were maintaining your training for years. That said, they’ll still get their teeth kicked in.

Ironically, one of the more realistic takes I’ve seen on this was in the middle seasons of 24. In the early seasons, the protagonist, Jack Bauer, is a federal counterterrorist agent. After the third season he’s basically on his own, and no longer a part of the agency that trained him. By the fifth season (about 3 years later) he’s at a point where he’s getting his ass handed to him by a security guard.

The problem is something we’ve explained, repeatedly. Hand to hand combat is not static. The training I got 20 years ago doesn’t apply now. It will work against untrained opponents. Basic physiology doesn’t change. However, going up against opponents who’ve been keeping their training up to date, (or are some of the people responsible for updating the techniques in the first place), is not going to end well.

Something I know we haven’t discussed on this subject is how this updating happens. It requires contact with people who are actually using their training practically. Seeing what people are doing isn’t something that you can do sitting on a mountain top. You need to actually be immersed in the community. You look for how people are adapting to the techniques you’re training others in, and look for ways to get around those counters.

In the case of law enforcement, one major source if intelligence to guide updates is watching what criminals are teaching each other in prison. Career criminals will look for ways to counter police hand to hand, and once they have that, will (usually) share it with people they work and/or socialize with.

A veteran coming in after years away may be able to execute their training perfectly, and still get taken down by a rookie who received their training last year, because they were trained to counter the veteran’s approach.

Updating is about looking for the things that are most prevalent, and finding ways to defend against them. It’s very likely your veteran will understand this concept. Whether that affects their behavior is more of a characterization question.

Incidentally, this doesn’t just apply to hand to hand, it’s also a relevant concept when you’re talking about things like tradecraft.

Tradecraft is the shorthand for techniques used in intelligence gathering. It’s (somewhat) all encompassing. So, anything from social engineering to dead drops or even the way you set up surveillance could be lumped in under this header.

Just like hand to hand training, this stuff does go out of date. Usually once someone’s actually exploited a method and gotten caught doing it. Though, sometimes it’s preventative.

The irony is, when it comes to being a spy, the biggest problem is being a veteran, not being out of practice. It’s being a veteran. When a spy starts their career, no one knows who they are, they have no reputation, they’ve never turned up in strange places, they’re just someone walking around, taking in the sights, maybe doing a job for some NGO.

Even if a spy is never caught, as they work, their name will start ending up on desks, in lists of witnesses, employees, or whatever. Once is not a pattern, but as their name keeps coming up over the years, it becomes easier to identify them. Potential enemies start keeping files, and gradually filling them with what they know. This means it is much harder for a veteran spy to operate in the field undetected, than it is for a rookie.

There’s a similar issue for assassins. Either they’re a complete ghost, no one knows who they are, and may not even believe they ever existed, or (more likely), if they were working for a government (or any other large, overt organization, like a corporation), they’re in the same boat as a veteran spy. People may not know your character is an assassin, but they will know that they worked for someone. Which in turn, will put them on guard, and make your character’s life much harder.

There are concepts a veteran will have internalized, which someone without training won’t understand or grasp. Thing that just don’t go out of style. For example, bullets will blow through most residential walls and furniture. So, if someone’s taking cover behind a couch, kitchen wall, or car door, it’s far more expedient to simply shoot through whatever’s in your way. Another concept is one I’ve mentioned recently, you reload when you have the time, not when you’ve run your gun dry.

Similarly, experience they’ve learned from may still be relevant. Being able to read someone’s intentions, know when they’re about to resort to violence, or simply knowing the value of good intelligence aren’t going to go away because your character spent the last five years pretending to be a well-adjusted human being.

-Starke

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  • Fushimi: *scoffing* Boyfriend? I don't want to be Misaki's boyfriend!
  • Kusanagi: *cleaning a glass in the bar* Well, what do you want then?
  • Fushimi: *slumps down and hits head on bar* I don't know. I just want to be with him. All the time. I want to hear about his day and tell him about mine. I want to hold his hand and smell his hair. But I don't want to be his stupid boyfriend. Because Misaki is stupid. And HOMRA is stupid. And you're stupid. And Captain is stupid. You know who else is stupid? Everyone. Everyone is stupid. Stupid Misaki won't even look at me. And another thing-
  • Kusanagi: ...

AP blogs are tough to find on Tumblr, so I’ve made a collection of all the AP blogs I could find, sorted by subject. Some haven’t updated for a while, but all the same the resources provided by the blogs are still usable and I highly recommend finding a way to use Tumblr to get some productive AP studying done! The list is quite small, so if you know of any more, feel free to send me a message! A part of my “get studying” series!

General AP Blogs

apbymichelle
scholasticwhimsy
theaplyfe
ap-madness
apreview
apstudying

AP Biology

apbiostudygroup
notesforbiology
apbiohelp

AP World History

apworldhistorystudyresources
todayinhistory

AP European History

apeuropeanhistory
fuckyeaheuropeanhistory
fuckyeahapeuro
easyeuro
historyofeurope

AP United States History

apushresources
howtoapush
deadpresidents
ourpresidents

AP Art History

fuchyeaarthistory
effyeaharthistory

AP Calculus

apcalabstudyblog

AP Chemistry

apchemstudygroup

Small Devotional Acts

 Freya / Freyja

Norse goddess of love and beauty, sex, magic, passion and fertility, war, and death. Member of the Vanir, but was sent to live with the Aesir as truce.

❧ A goddess of love is very much a goddess a self-love. Take care of yourself; drink water, cook a healthy meal, take a longer shower, do a face mask, straighten your back and take a deep breath. Treat yo self.

❧ Dedicate the act of sex or masturbation to her.

❧ Make small donations to your local planned parenthood, NICU, fertility clinic, or any other agencies that are geared towards family planning and/or children, especially those in the wee beginnings of life.

❧ Read the news, see what’s going on in our world today. (Death and war have been prominent topics).

❧ Donate time or money to a local vet or shelter. If time, spend with cats in particular. 

❧ Leave suitable food out for any strays, once again gearing this towards cats. 

❧Do something you love.

❧ Get some fresh air, some sun. 

❧ Take time to dress up and/or add in daily accessories; necklaces, rings, bracelets, hair clips, etc. Choosing a day to dress to the nines for “no reason” can also be done in her honor.  

❧ Carpool! In multiple myths she allows others to use her cloak of falcon feathers in order to travel quickly between the realms, which is where this one comes from. 

❧ Put offerings to her in your jewelry box, makeup-bag, etc

❧ Practice runes or other forms of divination in her honor, set out crystals if you’re able. If you practice witchcraft, dedicate a spell or small ritual to her. 

❧ Choose room spray or perfume/cologne to wear with her in mind - scents that are light, floral, and fresh are the major ones I can think of. 

❧ If anyone you know has passed during the line of duty, share their stories with her. If you don’t know anyone personally, offer support to those that have gone through such a loss. 

❧ Light a candle for her, jasmine and rose are the first to come to mind, but any scent you’d like to share with her will do the trick!


Feel free to add your own! This post is subject to updates, but anything added from another source will get it’s due credit. You can request an additional Norse deity / figure here. 

Not Over Yet: Chapter 23

A/N: I write based on my inspiration, and I was motivated to write this chapter before chapter 22. That being said, this one is complete and I am only to finish writing the previous one. Since we won’t have an update for a while, here’s a little preview of what I have!

Read from beginning: AO3 / FF.net


Preview Ch 23: Dust Particles in the Morning Light…

Historia is, to put it lightly, filthy fucking rich.

Not only does her father own a theater, but a stadium too. A damn stadium. Yeah. And that goes without mentioning the fact that she’s a successful ballet dancer that goes by the stage name of Christa Lenz and tours and performs regularly. Mikasa had never realized just how wealthy her small friend is, always viewing her humbleness as a virtue of, well, leading a humble life. But she understands now that this is not the case. However amiable and amicable Historia may be, she’s practically royalty among all of them. A speckle of fire in an army of coals.

They traipse through the night to their destination, talking calmly among themselves. Mikasa’s heels pound against the ground, her skates wobbling in her hands, the red scarf around her neck heavy with the added weight of Connie’s rose brooch. From head to toe, she is redesigned, molded into this creature of the night. She peers up at the sky and there are no stars, only passing planes and light pollution. She’s carried back by Bertholdt’s sudden announcement.

“We’re here.”

Here. At Historia’s family-owned friggin’ stadium.

Keep reading

Through A Mirror Darkly - chapter 14

A/N - Yeeeeah - I finally got off my Reyes obsessed butt and updated my Subject Zero Kaidan fic! And someone finally realises they’re falling in love in this chapter! I hope you all love it! *hugs* Thank you so much for the continued support! (Art by szajnie)

AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6049996/chapters/24129519

FFnet: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11797289/14/Through-A-Mirror-Darkly


Chapter 14

Pandora drew in a deep breath and watched the stars shining through the canopy above her, their faint twinkling light casting a muted glow over the bed. Flushed and sweaty, she ached slightly from both the physical exertion and the position Kaidan just had her in, but she felt wonderful. A warm feeling of contentment seeped through her body as she lay curled in his arms, his biotics tingling against her skin like a familiar purr.

Kaidan was unusually quiet, and she could almost feel him thinking as he lay against her, his thoughts turning over in his head as he stroked calloused fingers up and down her arm.

“Penny for your thoughts?” she asked quietly.

He grunted and slid a leg against hers, cuddling close. “Just thinking about my family and Cerberus.”

“Ah.”

Kaidan seemed to think of little else these days, and it wasn’t to his merit. His fury at Cerberus burned like a brilliantly lit torch within him, blinding him with hate. Miranda and Jacob had become enemies in his eyes, and he spat poison at them whenever they came near him. Other Cerberus workers fared no better, and as unfriendly and prickly as Kaidan had been before learning the truth, he had become ten time worse since.

Not that she blamed him.


Read the rest at AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6049996/chapters/24129519

Or FFnet: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11797289/14/Through-A-Mirror-Darkly

If Jack Harkness was the Winchesters’ grandfather (Mary’s real dad because I’m not a fan of Samuel):

-He’s so shaken up when he realizes he has full-grown grandkids he never knew about but he refuses to make contact because he wants them to have normal lives apart from all the craziness that defines him

-Until one day (maybe during the Leviathan fustercluck?) he sees two guys on the news going on a killing spree and everyone says it’s the Winchesters and he’s wondering what went so wrong that he sired two serial killers and goes out to deal with them

-Then he realizes that it’s not Sam and Dean perpetrating murder, it’s monsters wearing their faces, and at first he’s thinking “aliens” because we all know how the alien people think magic and ghosts don’t exist and vice versa, and he’s still coming to grips with what’s really going on when he meets them

-And even though the boys are so much younger than him he sees so much of his own tiredness in their eyes and he’s wondering what could have possibly happened that two thirty-somethings look as old as he feels

-And somehow he comes across the Supernatural books and they don’t tell the whole story but they tell enough and Jack’s grandsons have both done time in Hell and he never even knew they existed, but he should have been there to save them from something as horrible as what they’ve gone through

-And Sam and Dean are thinking this guy is another Man of Letters type and naturally they don’t trust him, but he just keeps volunteering to help out with these hunts because if there’s one thing Jack knows how to do (apart from sex,) it’s track down things that go bump, and naturally it’s only a matter of time before something kills him and the boys flip out because surely this guy has to be an angel or some crap

-And for the very first time since Station 5, Jack actually tells someone the entire story, because these two deserve better than half-truths, and Sam immediately wants to find this Doctor and Dean’s still skeptical

-Finally Jack goes back to Wales with a promise to call, except he never gets the chance– it’s maybe two months later and Dean calls him. They’ve got some kind of weird rat-person thing locked in their basement and “is this some of your weird alien crap because holy water doesn’t do jack.”

-It’s a weevil and simple to take care of, but Jack sticks around for a while just to be sure there aren’t more. He gets to meet Cas, who is completely puzzled by him.

Theory 1: Thoughts on Nerris and Harrison

Hello Everyone! Welcome to this blog’s first official theory!

As I had already revealed in a previous update, this theory is going to be centered around my personal favorite background characters: Harrison and Nerris! As I’ve also revealed, the topic is going to be about why they appeared to be rivals in episode one, and what might have caused a shift in their relationship.

To do this, I’ll be analyzing their interactions episode-by-episode, and will be adding some thoughts along the way.


Episode 1: Escape from  Camp Campbell -

Was mostly based around the main trio and counselors, but there was a certain interaction between them worth noting.

When Harrison was innocently walking past Nerris’s ‘camp’, mostly likely to go wash the tomato off his face, Nerris whacked him upside the head with her fake sword. I first wrote this off as her being in character, but then I paused the scene.

That look is someone who is pissed, and with good reason. Plus, if you pause before the scene with them ends, you see this:

To me, Harrison’s expression here can be taken as either one of two ways: A) This has never happened to him before and he’s genuinely scared and confused, or B) He knows exactly why Nerris is pissed and regrets going near her area of the camp.

Both options are good, but if we hypothetically say the latter is correct, then their interaction next episode surprisingly makes sense.

Side note: It took Neil cursing to make Nerris stop whaling on Harrison.


Episode 2: Mascot -

Once again, these two were mainly in the background, but there was a little scene that caught my attention.

After David announces the rest of the campers would be on his team for the mascot hunt, we get a quick little scene of what appears to be Harrison and Nerris trying to perform magic. However, if you take a closer look, Nerris actually gives a short glance to Harrison with an almost challenging expression as she tries to cast a spell.

To me, this suggests that these two were actually competing against one another, possible to prove who was better at magic.

Plus, their reactions to David referring to them both as “Magic Kid” could confirm this.

“Illusionist.”

“Sorceress.”

Them correcting the other in this way, to me, clearly shows they don’t want to be grouped together under a broad label. Furthermore, we could even go out on a limb and say that they both believe they’re the best at magic, and are currently in a feud to prove themselves.

Plus, under this theory, Harrison pulling that rabbit out of his hat makes so much more sense; he was simply trying to upstage Nerris in front of an audience.

Side Note: Just look at how smug he looks when pulls that rabbit out of his hat.

I have no idea who he was looking to, but I almost guarantee you it was Nerris.


Episode 3: Scout’s Dishonor -

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Episode 4: Camp Cool Kidz -

Okay, so far them feuding makes the most sense theory wise, but I believe that this is the episode where their relationship begins to change..

For example, right after Nikki tells Max she won’t regret choosing Erid for a leader, the scene cuts to show Nerris and Harrison guarding the mess hall.

To me, this shows something significant has happened between them.

Sure, Erid may have their respect, but I highly doubt feuding ten-year-olds would just stop fighting because someone told them they had to work together. Maybe they would at first, but more than likely, they’d just go back to fighting. I honestly see David being the cause of their teamwork. Afterall, he’s been shown on multiple occasions to strive for diplomacy over violence, plus he had nothing else to do while tied upside down. Perhaps he was able to talk the two into discussing what had been bugging them, and through that, the two were able to agree to a stalemate.

This is further supported by the two not corrected Erid when she refers to them as “Magic Dudes” - something David had essentially done just two episodes prior.

The only thing that disproves this is what Nerris yells after Harrison accidentally sets David on fire.

“You suck, Harrison!”

Despite this, I firmly believe this is the episode where they slowly started becoming friends, and the only explanation I have to offer for that last bit is that old habits die hard.


Episode 5: Journey to Spooky Island -

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Episode 6: Reigny Day -

Nerris and Harrison were sadly given little screen time this episode, but there is actually some evidence to support my earlier claims.

After interrogating Space Kid, the scene cuts over to the rest of the campers to reveal that Nerris and Harrison are actually willingly sitting at the same table as one another - albeit a few inches apart. To me, this shows that the talk they most likely had during episode 4 is paying off, and are slowly becoming comfortable being friends.

Additionally, look at how concerned Nerris looks for Harrison when Dolph kicks his art off the table.


Episode 7: Romeo and Juliet II: The Resurrected -

After David’s initial try to silence the crowd, the scene cuts to show Harrison performing a trick for a happily watching Nerris and Erid.

This image just makes me so happy for a multitude of reasons.

For starters, just look at how closer Nerris has moved toward Harrison compared to the last episode alone. Additionally, just look at how undivided her attention is, and that smile; she’s genuinely interested in his trick and thinks it’s cool.

This alone shows me that the feud they most likely had is now over, and are now finally seeing each other as friends instead enemies.


Episode 8: Into Town -  

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Episode 9: David Gets Hard -

After David recaps that the camp had gone base-jumping for Erid’s extreme sports camp, the camera pans over to show a very worried looking Nerris hurriedly trying to free a frozen Harrison with an ice pick.

Additionally, before the moment ends, Nerris looks very regretful for accidentally chipping Harrison’s arm off.

“I can fix it.”

Just the worry in her voice alone tells me she genuinely is concerned for Harrison’s well being right now, and desperately wants to help the other. It’s just such a big change from how they treated each other at the beginning of the season, and I’m glad to see such a strong bond of friendship forged between them.

Side note: If you pause right before Nikki and Neil’s conversation, you can actually see Nerris and Harrison playing a makeshift version of baseball in the background.

In conclusion, it’s in my personal opinion that we’ve witness Harrison and Nerris go from enemies to friends all from the background of these nine episodes. It’s unclear at the moment exactly where their relationship goes from here, but at the very least, they shouldn’t be enemies again anytime soon.


Anyway, thanks for reading this theory, and I hope you enjoyed it! If I happened to miss any details that may prove/disprove this theory, or just have a different opinion on the subject, please let me know so I can add it on! :D And as always, please feel free to submit suggestions or even your own theories through the ask!


(Edit: Okay, so I saw that I accidentally forgot to add one of the pictures, but now it’s fixed. :))

Small Devotional Acts

Skadi

Norse goddess of winter and hunting.

➳ Enjoy the outdoors; visit nearby hiking trails, parks, lakes, etc

➳ During the winter, go outside more! Throw it back to snowball fights, sledding, snow angels and people, etc

➳ If you collected snow water this past winter, leave it as an offering for her. If not, or if you’re in an area without, snow globes and paper snowflakes also work!

 If you typically hunt, dedicate the act to her.

➳ Have a random winter based movie marathon in the off months

➳ Dress for the weather. This is ignored especially during the colder months, so make sure to get your coat out next season!

➳ Add cooler colors into your wardrobe, whites and light blues / yellows / etc etc. This can be as simple as nail polish, but range from accented makeup to full clothing dedications.

➳ Go all out with winter celebrations, don’t let the cold hold you back!

➳ Set up a winter oasis for her in your home using decorations you’d normally have put away; keep out your stringed lights, snow settings, etc etc

➳ Practice your aim. This can be as grand as practicing archery, or as small as using your trash as a basket, playing bags, and so on.

➳ Keep up to date with the Winter Olympics the next time they’re on.

➳ Donate your old winter clothes in her name.

➳ Exercise! I feel this is a good way to honor a goddess of the hunt - going on walks and/or runs in particular. 

➳ As per usual, light a candle! Any winter, nature, or woods themed scents work perfectly for her! 


Feel free to add your own! This post is subject to updates, but anything added from another source will get it’s due credit. You can request an additional Norse deity / figure here.

While I’m on the subject of malware and security updates and all that fun stuff, it’s time for me to say again what I love to say whenever possible: please regularly shut your computers down properly. Don’t turn them over and let them “sleep”: it’s not the same thing. I’m talking proper power down, select “shut down” from the menu action here.

When you shut your computer down properly it does thousands of little, crucial things in the background. That’s why it can sometimes take a while. On Windows computers, this is where the updates happen – updates that can include security patches. You usually get a warning a few days in advance, where the menu will say something like “Update and restart”. Eventually that will go to “Update and shut down”. If you do not shut down your computer, those updates won’t happen. Those updates are crucial to the longevity and efficiency of your computer. Even if you restart occasionally to get these updates, there are countless other little tasks that your computer cannot do unless you shut it down properly.

I know if you use your computer often it can be seen as pointless to shut it down. You think to yourself well, I’ll be using it in a few hours, or well, I’ll be using it as soon as I wake up, so why shut it down? But guys, it’s a couple of minutes, and the good it does your computer is endless. Ongoing tasks are shut down properly, updates are installed, the system is cleaned up and ready for use again. It is essential and basic computer care, possibly the best thing you can do for your computer on a regular basis. I’ve heard a lot of people in my time complaining that their laptop is running slow, it’s glitchy, it’s not working right, they need to get a new one, and their laptop is only a year to eighteen months old. This is not normal! A good laptop should be able to last you three, maybe five years, possibly longer, but you have to take care of it. Shutting down properly and regularly is essential to this. Please do it, and save yourself a lot of hassle. 

tl;dr there’s a reason that the “shut down” option is on a laptop and there’s thousands of good reasons why it sometimes takes a few minutes, please shut your laptops down regularly.

There will now be several parts of Inconsequential, it seems. Tonight was a short one, and I think most of them will be. There will be more awkward conversation, and more background to Sherlock’s view on his own sexuality. And yes; there will also be Johnlock. (Or…?)

It just refused to leave my head so… well. While I won’t publish it on AO3 I might as well do it here.

Di piano e forte 03

Originally posted by mvssmedia

pt. 1 ↠  pt. 2  ↠ pt. 3

↠Summary: Piano; A keyboard of cypress, played with soft and loud. Was it the ivory and onyx keys that let you escape from your reality…Or was it the man with sable hair and ivory skin. 

↠Genre: Angst, fluff.

↠Warnings: This fic contains slight domestic and verbal abuse as well as mature subjects.

author’s note: Updates for this series on Thursday or Friday, enjoy!


They were fighting again. 

That was the beginning of your sleepless nights.

As dysfunctional as their relationship was you’d think the would’ve split up by now. It was cursing out each other one minute then cursing at you to get out of the room. That was on your list of things you hated most about living here, and you had a long list. That’s what you heard all night, they bickered and she went on about why she thought he was cheating and other stuff that didn’t concern you. You stood in the kitchen, preparing some tea to take back to your room when you heard a knock at the door. With your mug still in hand you went to peek through the peep hole. She knocked once again, earning a startled flinch from you.

You opened the door, and cherry ran up to greet her as well, seeing her with two large grocery bags on her arms and a bright smile. “Stop it cherry- Hi, Mel? What’s all this?” You questioned, immediately helping her inside.

“I haven’t been to your place, it’s nice.” She looked around on her way to the kitchen and you stared at her baffled. “He may be douche bag but at least he doesn’t live in a dump.” She chuckled, still hearing no responses from you.

“Mel…” You looked at the bags and sat your tea on the counter and she gave you an odd look of confusion.

“Don’t tell me you forgot.” She went towards the kitchen and sat the groceries on the counter, you were clueless. “You said if I brought you the ingredients you’d make a congratulations cake for Hara’s first dance recital - which is tomorrow night.” She crooked her brow until your your mouth hung open in realization.

“Oh God!- I’m so sorry I don’t know how it slipped my mind, I’ll start it right now.” You rushed to change your shirt and ran into the kitchen to start unbagging the groceries. “Mel, you’ll have to forgive me I’ve been a little distracted lately.” You went to the draws to grab measuring cups you know he’s never used. 

“Oh?” She smirked, peeling a banana as she sat on the bar stool. “Distracted by what? Or should I say who?” 

You leveled a cup of flour and sighed. “I have a piano teacher now…” You grinned.

“That’s so good, you need something in your life that isn’t just work. A hobby like that is perfect for you.” She was halfheartedly scrolling through her phone as she continued to talk to you. “Who’s your teacher?”

“His name is Min Yoongi, he’s a student at my university…” You checked under the cabinet for your mothers cook book and sat it open on the counter.

Mel’s grin stretched from ear to ear and you rolled your eyes at what she was getting at. “Is he cute?” Of course she had to ask.

“Um,” You got a little flustered at the question as you went into the fridge for eggs trying to distract yourself from thinking about him. “why does it matter if he’s cute or not?…” You sat the eggs on the counter and began to crack them into a spare bowl.

“So he is cute, I knew it…” She laughed, knowing she could read you like a book. “Do you have his number?”

“Yes I have his number but it’s not like that.” Rinsing your hands off in the warm water from the kitchen sink you gave her an innocent look.

“Is he nice? Does he have a girlfriend?” 

“I don’t know!” You exclaimed, shrugging your shoulders. “Why are you trying to set me up with every guy I come in contact with.” Both of you laughed in unison, it was true; ever since high school she tried to hook you up with her boyfriends friends. She succeeded once, and the ‘double date’ consisted of her leaving you with some weirdo while she went to make out somewhere. You remember it vividly, your date took you to some weird bonfire and - it was just a bad situation.

“I wanna see you with a boyfriend Y/N, they’re not as bothersome as you think.” Say’s the girl who’s ended every relationships she’s been in.

“I don’t think they’re bothersome I’m just not that interested in anyone right now, and I don’t think anyone’s interested in me.” 

“Trust me, if you’re a pretty girl in college there’s always someone interested in you, they just don’t say it all the time.“ She would know, she knew everything and everyone in high school and if she were in college right now she’d know all of them too. “Hara’s father is coming to her recital, he asked me to get him a ticket last night.” 

“Seriously?” You knew where the mention of him was going.

“Yeah, he kept her last weekend right, and when she came back he was all she talked about, ‘daddy said this, daddy said that, me and daddy did this’. I try to put our problems aside and be a mature grown woman but it’s not easy. I got pregnant when I was twenty one, fresh out of college with a baby. And now she’s a bubbly five year old wondering why mommy and daddy don’t live in the same house anymore.” She groaned. “I tell her that ‘mommy and daddy aren’t like your friends mommies and daddies’ but she still doesn’t understand.” 

“Well,” You turned the mixer on low to beat the sugar and eggs, “she’s at a very impressionable age. She’s absorbing everything and anything she comes in contact with, and if she notices that you and Jackson aren’t getting along it will affect her development.” You turned off the mixer to beat it by hand.

“You know, for someone with no children you sure know a lot about them.” You giggled. 

“Is Jae nice to you?” She asked suddenly, catching you off guard. 

“Define, nice?” 

“Does he treat you well? Do you guys get along?”

“No and no. I don’t know why my mom decided to move before I could finish school, my grandmas house is being renovated so I can’t go there for another three months. I’m stuck here. He doesn’t hurt me physically but he does get heated over my being here, I don’t blame him. It’s not like he wanted me to move in, his dad made him.” The last thing you wanted to do was talk about him but you had to let it out to someone. “I appreciate having a nice place to stay but it doesn’t feel worth it. The worst part about all this is that he acts like an angel around my mom but as soon as she’s gone I’m nothing but a verbal punching bag.” You muttered bitterly.

‘What’d you mean?”

“His dad left his mom and he’s not over it. His mom gave him everything he wanted but now his dad wants him to learn some independence when in reality he’s just wasting away his life on sluts and drugs. As soon as I get the chance I’m out’a here.”

“You know you always have a room at my house, if you want to stay with me you know I don’t mind.” She’s offered many times but you declined every time, Mel is a great girl but she already has a lot on her hands and she needs to focus on her little girl. “And hey, you know if he ever acts out you have a place to say and lawyer to call.” 

“Thanks Mel…” Skillfully, you poured the batter in one of the cake pans and continued to do the others. 

After sitting for a while she saw the time and got down from the stool. “I gotta go, her rehearsal and final fitting is in an hour and I have to pick her up from day care.” She maneuvered around the counter to give you a big hug. “Thank you again, you’re a life saver.”

“Anything for my favorite niece.“ You smiled, walking her to the front door.

“Oh and I got you a ticket, and one for a friend. Now you have to bring someone or you’ll be wasting my money.” She quipped, walking out the door before you could get on her.

“Mel! Who am I supposed to bring!?” You pouted.

She closed her car door and opened the window. “Bring that piano boy!” 

Keep reading

washingtonpost.com
New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given subject
When men appeal to a higher authority: themselves
By https://www.facebook.com/chrisingraham

Update: HAHAHAHA ALL YOU MALE HATERS AREN’T EVEN READING THE ARTICLE BEFORE YOU MANSPLAIN. GOOD JOB BROS.



This is actually about self-citation in academia but it’s very interesting.


My final question - is it ego, laziness, or a tactic to gain prominence in their field?

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The summer sun kisses a blushing sky good night in Moonlight Falls.

Shipping AU Masterlist (MLP:FiM)

In the past that some folks mentioned having a hard time navigating my AU tags, so I figured I’d go ahead and make a masterlist to help. This list is subject to change and/or update at any given time, especially since I tend to make more AUs than what I know what to deal with. :/ But anyway, here ya go (NOTE! CLICK THE AU TAG TO BE DIRECTED TO EVERYTHING RELATED TO THAT AU):

Established AUs:

AU Tag: Mafia!AU

Summary: Rarity’s a mafia crime boss. Twilight’s a cop/detective. They eventually start working together.

Main shipping/Pairings: RariTwi, PinkieShy, AppleDash (these ships are very reoccurring in my AUs)

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AU Tag: Goddess!AU

Summary: Rarity summons the demigod Twilight Sparkle to help her defend Ponyville from monsters. But in order to do that, she must first strike a contract with the demigoddess.

Main shipping/Pairings: RariTwi, PinkieShy, AppleDash

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AU Tag: Bodyguard!AU

Summary: Rarity is the Queen/princess of Equestria. Twilight Sparkle is her protective bodyguard.

Main shipping/Pairings: RariTwi, PinkieShy, AppleDash

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AU Tag: Monster!AU

Summary: Rarity’s just got a bunch of new roommates that are anything but normal.

Main shipping/Pairings: Omniship (Mane 6 shipped together)
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AU Tag: Infected!AU

Summary: 15-ish years after an outbreak, our girls are trying to make the most of life in a post-outbreak Equestria. While some places flourish, others do not, and the girls must navigate not only the Infected, but also the living.

Main shipping/Pairings: RariTwi, PinkieShy, AppleDash (possible Omniship)

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AU Tag: Slave!AU

Summary: Rarity is a princess living comfortably, but her views of the world and on slavery, and as herself as a person, is forced to be reevaluated upon the ownership of the alicorn Twilight Sparkle on her 23rd birthday.

Main shipping/Pairings: RariTwi (VERY slowburn; focuses more on their friendship), PinkieShy, AppleDash

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AU Tag: Arranged Marriage!AU

Summary: In a world threatened with the brewing of a world-wide world, Equestria and Saddle Arabia arrange a marriage between their children (Rarity of Equestria, Twilight of Saddle Arabia) to broker an alliance. Rarity and Twilight try to make the best of the arrangement, and manage to become friends and something more along the way.

Main shipping/Pairings: RariTwi, PinkieShy, AppleDash

Species swapped in this AU. Twi’s a sphinx, Rarity remains a pony, Applejack’s a minotaur, Fluttershy’s a flutterpony, Pinkie’s a reindeer, and Rainbow Dash is a kirin.

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AU Tag: Dragon!AU

Summary: Twilight is a monster slayer, in which she is called upon to relocation and, if the need arises, kill creatures of the more “supernatural” caliber (werewolves, vampires, chimeras, dragons, cockatrice, so on). Whens she’s contracted to locate and slay one of the rarest creatures in existence, a dragon, she ends up getting more than what she originally bargained for.

Main shipping/Pairings: RariTwi, PinkieShy, AppleDash

Rarity in this AU is a dragon.

Feel free to ask me questions if you have any. :3

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Nov 2016: Zayn followed a Ziam account (check out her profile description when Zayn followed her 😏 and that Liam follows her already)
Dec 2016: Liam liked a tweet from @TheZiamNews about his BB Artist 100 list debut
Jan 2017: Zayn liked a tweet from @TheZiamNews about voting for him at the Brits