sugar cane plantations

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Serial killer Ahmad Suradji murdered 42 girls and women over the course of 11 years all in the process of a ritual which he believed would grant him supernatural powers. He would bury his victims - some as young as 11 years old - up to their waist in the ground before strangling them to death with a cable. The disposal of bodies was also viewed as an intrinsic part of the ritual, with all the victims buried in a near by sugar cane plantation with their heads pointed towards Suradji’s home. He explained to police upon his arrest that the ghost of his father had instructed him to kill 70 women and drink their saliva, allowing him to become a mystic healer.

Suradji was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death, with his execution by firing squad being carried out on the 10th of July, 2008.

Just Updated: Flor Pálida, Chapter 3 - Conocer

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Chapter 3 now on AO3/ffnet

Summary:   Peeta Mellark is the son of one of the wealthiest sugar cane plantation owners on the island. Katniss Everdeen is the daughter of a poor farm laborer. When fate conspires to separate them, Peeta is certain he will never see her again. Many years later, their paths cross again, but both are now a little older and more jaded. Can Katniss and Peeta overcome the traumas of their past to find love again?

Many thanks to the amazing @akai-echo for the incredible banner. She is so generous and good to me, giving of her talent so freely to me. I love working with her. She also pre-read the chapter and talked me through some of the plot points. I also want to thank @thegirlfromoverthepond, for always being a wonderful support and a great friend. Finally, I am profoundly grateful to @eala-musings, who betas so well and with such care. She’s a sweet, kind and encouraging friend who is also one of my favorite writers.Thank you, my friend.

The Gold Dust Wedding

From Memories of St. Martinville by Charles Larroque (1999, Pelican Publishing):

“Oak and Pine Alley was planted by the slaves of Charles Jerome Durand around 1829. The three-mile alley leading from the Bayou Teche to Durand’s house was a veritable landmark, leaving no doubt as to the social position of the property owner. Like the sugarcane he planted, Durand’s imagination knew no bounds. The plantation family was awakened each morning by servants spraying perfumed mists. After baths in scented waters, daily routines began with promenades in gold-ornamented carriages rivaling even those of Versailles.

In 1850, on the occasion of the simultaneous weddings of his two daughters, Durand’s slaves decorated the arboreal alley in a manner befitting his most eccentric nature. Prolific web-spinning spiders were brought in (some say from the nearby Atchafalaya Basin, others say from as far away as China) and were released in the trees to go about their arachnidan business. Then slaves went to their task of coating the dewy, billowing webs with gold and silver dust blown from bellows. And under this splendidly shimmering canopy proceeded the ethereal promenade of the wedding party and its two thousand guests.”

Alright so about this mongoose pokemon

Some people are reacting strongly to this pokemon and hey that’s fair, but there is a really interesting reason for why this pokemon exists. 

Back in the 1800′s people who weren’t native to Hawaii came over to set up sugar cane plantations and with them came the thing that comes with every traveling conqueror. Rats.

These rats were a Huge problem and caused a lot of destruction. Eventually someone had the bright idea that since mongooses eat small mammals (and anything they can get their small teeth on) they would be and excellent way to take care of the rodent problem.

So the plantation owners brought them to the island, patted themselves on the back for being very clever, and thought their problems to be over.

Except

Rats are nocturnal and mongooses are diurnal.

They hardly interacted at all. So instead of getting rid of one pest there was now two destructive organisms to deal with (And many more invasives to come). In Hawaii today, mongooses prey upon endangered birds, sea turtle eggs, and all sorts of little critters. They generally cause a lot of trouble.

Back to this pokemon in particular, on top of being a mongoose this pokemon is categorized as the “Loitering Pokemon”. It hangs around without a real purpose and people generally don’t want it to be there. Could this pokemon’s offsetting appearance be intentional? Maybe. It’s biologically destructive history would be easier to ignore if it was cute.

One thing that can be said for certain is that since Yungoos is around, it is likely that rattata will be in the Alola region as well.

Just Updated: Flor Pálida - Chapter 2, Volver

Banner by the amazing @akai-echo 

Now on AO3/ffnet

Summary:  Peeta Mellark is the son of one of the wealthiest sugar cane plantation owners on the island.  Katniss Everdeen is the daughter of a poor farm laborer.  When fate conspires to separate them, Peeta is certain he will never see her again.  Many years later, their paths cross again, but both are now a little older and more jaded.  Can Katniss and Peeta overcome the traumas of their past to find love again?

I have to thank my most amazing support group for their assistance with this chapter - @eala-musings who has kindly decided to take on the endless task of editing my writing - your feedback makes my stories so much better than they would be and I’m infinitely grateful. I would also like to thank @akai-echo and @thegirlfromoverthepond for prereading and giving me great feedback on the language, plotting and listen to my general whining. I don’t know how you put up with me!

Happy Reading!

Yungoos is most likely based on the small Asian mongoose. Similar to how Yungoos was introduce to Alola to deal with the explosive population of a, right now, unknown Pokémon, the small Asian mongoose was introduced to Hawaii to control the rat population and protect the sugar cane plantation. And both became an invasive species soon after introduction, just like the animals and Pokémon they were introduced to handle (either there’s a new rat Pokémon or it’ll just be Rattata).