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Cannot Forget (Part 5: Laughter)

Summary: Russia and China reminisce about their time together throughout and beyond the Cold War. Written for RoChu Week 2017 (@rochuweek).

Read Part 5 on AO3 or FF.net


A/N: So - this is something a *little* more lighthearted for RoChu Week. Because the prompt is laughter, and I ain’t sadistic enough to make them suffer all the way through RoChu Week. Enjoy!

Beijing, March 27th 1969

Russia rapped his gloved hand on the door, rocking back and forth on his heels as he waited for a response. He knocked on the door again, louder, his chest bristling with hope as he heard gentle footsteps approach. The door creaked open by the slightest, China’s dark eyes peering out.

‘What are you doing here?’

Russia placed his hand to his chest, not sure if he found China’s annoyance amusing or hurtful. ‘Comrades can’t visit each other?’

China scoffed. ‘They’re not supposed to try to bomb each other, I know that for sure.’

‘You know those are only rumours!’ Russia chuckled. ‘My boss would never plan to do such a terrible thing.’

China’s brow raised. ‘So then you’re just… stopping by for a friendly visit.’

‘Of course.’

China clacked his tongue. ‘Lies. You’re visiting out of pity! I know you. Your boss has something bad in mind and you’re trying to make up for it.’

Russia paused, mumbling for an excuse. China had been, as always, quick to read him.

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Soviet Union: kills 1.7 million in the Gulags, 390,000 in forced kulak resettlement, executes 800,000 prisoners under Stalin’s rule, 10,000-20,000 Cossaks are executed, 700,000 killed during the Yezhov era, 1,710,000 arrested by the NKVD, 724,000 killed by the NKVD, 100,000 religious authorities were killed, 35,000 were killed during the Mongolian terror, 21,857 during the Katyan massacre (that is only the surface).

China: executes 712,000 people, imprisons 1,290,000 in labour camps, causes the death of 45,000,000 people during ‘The Great Leap Forward’, and 2,500,000 were systematically killed to feed the rest of the population, and 750,000 - 1,500,000 were killed in rural China ALONE

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge kills 200,000 in The Killing Fields (1975 - 1979), while 1,400,000 - 2,200,00 die from disease and starvation caused by Khmer Rouge policies, 740,800 die from disease, overworking and political repression, and the mass graves in Cambodia contain 1,112,829 victims of execution

Bulgaria: kills 31,000 people from 1944 - 1989

East Germany: 80,000 - 100,000 killed by the Soviet Union as part of political repression

Romania: 60,000 - 300,000 killed in Romania as part of, guess what? Political repression

DPRK: kills 400,000 in concentration camps alone (approximately), 100,000 - 1,500,000 executions and through slave labour, 500,000 deaths from famine, 600,000 - 850,000 other deaths from 1993 - 2008

Democratic Republic of Vietnam: 50,000 - 172,000 died in campaigns against wealthy farm owners, although some estimate 200,000 - 900,000 which includes executions of National Party Members

Ethiopia: 30,000 - 750,000 killed in a violent, Communist campaign called the Red Terror

Some 15 year old on Tumblr: Communism could work

Something is Brewing Part 2: A Draco Malfoy x Reader Imagine

As in Part 1, you can sub another house in for Ravenclaw if you wish, but I felt that Ravenclaw best fit this storyline. If you see any errors that I may have missed in the hour and a half I spent editing this, please do not hesitate to let me know so I can fix them. I’m only human after all.

After being assigned detention in a Snape’s potions class, the muggle born reader must serve it with Malfoy, the same person who earned it for the both of them. Emotions continue to bubble as the two students skirt around what they feel, though tensions eventually come to a boil. After all, with eyes the color of smoky mirrors, who wouldn’t fall for Draco Malfoy despite their friends’ qualms? By the end of the night there is no denying that something is brewing.

[Y/n] - your name
Y/L/N - your last name
~~~ - used to indicate the passage of time

Warnings: Other than two extremely mild curse words and the tiniest bit of suggestiveness, none :)

***If you haven’t read Part 1, please do so. This is not a shameless self-promo, it’s just a notice that some of the story may not make sense if you haven’t done so.***

Word Count: 4,158
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The aged bark of the willow tree is at my back, as breeze off the black lake ruffles the pages of my DADA book. It has been a long day, so I decided to get some fresh air and a study session in before dinner. Draco was absent in potions today, but Snape made it clear that our detentions would still be served.

For the entirety of this day I’ve been dreading tonight, however the note tucked away in my potions notebook has created a vague sense of anticipation in my chest.

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Here’s the old profile on Hellflowers, since I took down the comic that had this page for updates (it will be a long time before those updates are done because editing and compiling a comic is not fun).

One thing that will change is that though the first sane AI surfaced in China, it isn’t necessarily Chinese. Maybe it was an sabotaged experiment, maybe it was a military project gone wrong, maybe it was sent to attack China, maybe it’s an emergent phenomenon, but nobody seems to know it’s origin (and if the hives know, they aren’t telling).

There’s a common theme in post-apocalyptic literature right now. We’ve seen it in books like Wool, Metro2033, The Remaining and many other stories. That theme takes survivors of a post-apocalytic event underground to live in tunnels, bunkers or subways. We’ve seen it in movies, and television, too. Of course, this idea isn’t new. And authors have been writing about it for decades. 

But it’s got me thinking. So I decided to do a bit of research. The results were startling. 

Most people probably have no idea that some governments have already prepared for a fraction of their population to live under the surface. North Korea, China, Vietnam, Switzerland and even the United States are all examples. 

You may remember a passage in the book, World War Z, where North Korea moves their entire population underground when the zombie apocalypse hits… but did you know China has an entire underground city? Or that Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world due to the tunnels they’ve built deep in the mountains? 

Governments have been preparing for the apocalypse for decades. It’s fascinating when you think about how fiction is in some ways, not fiction at all… 

On Dec. 14, 2013, the Chinese mission Chang’e 3 set down on the Moon; the first soft landing of a robotic mission since 1976. Within a few
hours of touchdown, the rover Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”) rolled off the
lander, ready to begin its exploration of the surface. China has been
making a lot of progress in space exploration over the past few years,
including the launch of three crewed (though temporary) space stations. They have clear plans to put a human on the Moon, perhaps as soon as the mid-2020s. (Source)

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Fanon History: When Matt Wachter left 30 Seconds to Mars

2006

Both Thirty Seconds to Mars and Angels & Airwaves are touring in 2006. AVA has released their first album, “We Don’t Need To Whisper” and Ryan Sinn is on bass.

August
30STM recap -
Early in August of 2006, Matt Wachter takes time off from touring to get married. Tim Kelleher was called on to fill in on bass, starting with playing one song with the band during the Madison, WI show on July 30th, at which time Jared introduced Tim to the fans. That was Matt’s last show until the end of August.

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Day on the Grand Canal with The Emperor of China or Surface is Illusion but so is depth

Philip Haas + David Hockney

nytimes.com
Fear of Toxic Air and Distrust of Government Follow Tianjin Blasts
The government has insisted that it ensured the safety of the city’s air, but after rain on Tuesday, the streets began to foam.
By Dan Levin

BEIJING — Within minutes of the immense chemical explosions that sent apocalyptic fireballs into the night sky over Tianjin, Zhou Haisen, 23, was making arrangements to leave town. He was terrified that poisonous gases would reach his apartment six miles from the scene, and his fears were swiftly reinforced by posts on Chinese social media. So he and his parents fled to his grandmother’s house an hour’s drive away.

Since last Wednesday’s still-unexplained accident, which killed at least 114 people and injured more than 700, the Chinese government has repeatedly insisted that effective measures are being taken to ensure that the air in Tianjin remains safe. But when rain fell on Tuesday, the city’s streets began to foam, and people reported burning sensations on their lips and elbows.

An environmental monitoring official denied that those phenomena had anything to do with the explosions, Chinese news outlets reported. Even so, Mr. Zhou will not be going home anytime soon.

“Of course, we don’t believe the government about the air,” he said in a telephone interview. “They’re always unwilling to tell the truth. I don’t want to bet my life on their words.”

Just as the military cleanup crews have been unable to extinguish the smoldering fire at the port facility in Tianjin, the Chinese authorities have struggled to contain mounting public anger and distrust. The system of information controls they deployed after disasters like the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, the 2011 high-speed train crash and the ferry sinking in June does not seem effective this time.

The nation has watched in real time as government censors deleted online investigative reports, erased microblog posts and abruptly cut off a nationally televised news conference after local officials appeared unwilling to answer even basic questions about which dangerous chemicals were at the blast zone and why they had been stored close to residential areas.

“They are definitely trying to cover it up,” Yuan Ping, 30, a telecommunications worker whose apartment was heavily damaged in the explosions, said in a telephone interview. Ms. Yuan said she and her family were so frustrated by a lack of official support that they were considering suing the government and the company that owned the facility, Rui Hai International Logistics. “I wouldn’t believe even a single word from them,” she said. “The government is doing everything on the surface.”