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Ways to say “yes” in Italian

colloquial, informal
ah sì? - oh yeah?
ah sì/già - oh, yeah, I remember
effettivamente / in effetti - you’re right / that’s true
eh/eh.. - yeah (annoyed; sad or worried if used with suspension points)
eh sì - guess so
già - yah (not really enthusiastic)
ma certo! - of course! 
ma sì! - of course!
proprio così - that’s right
sì - yes
sì sì (also written sisì, sisi) - of course
sicuro! - sure

d’accordo - all right, it’s a deal
ok - okay
va bene - okay

assolutamente (sì) - absolutely
certamente - certainly
senz’altro - certainly, definitely
volentieri - with pleasure

inspired by @language2go​ ‘s post


Originally posted by noctass

Just dating Ignis Scientia things:

  • Oh man. Dis mofo slick. I mean you can’t tell me you don’t get even a little bit giddy seeing him be a professional. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking he’s just an empty suit. A lot of people think he’s all work, no play, super boring, but those people are so wrong. Ignis is great and gets better over the time you get to know him. He is loyal, diligent and suave with very little of the vanity and ego of the other three guys. He’s witty, knows the best time to drop jokes and puns and and clever little jokes and observations. Ignis Scientia is just the absolute worst because he’s perfect; good looks, good heart, great smarts. You’ve got no chance if he decides he wants to woo you.

  • Like with Prompto and Gladio, you have to understand what Ignis has been groomed for and that’s supporting Noctis, the royal family and Insomnia pretty much first and foremost. His role is critical when it comes to any kind of success. Understand that during moments of crisis or urgency, your boyfriend might have to postpone his time with you. Don’t ever assume he does this easily. It breaks his heart every damn time. He knows how difficult it is to be with him, someone who has so much responsibility. Every time he disappoints you, Ignis is scared you’re tempted to leave him. Prove Specs wrong and support him as much as you can.

  • Ignis never leaves you wanting for anything. If he can look after three man-children, one of which is a picky pretty-boy prince, he can bloody well look after you. He treats you more like royalty than he does with Noct, to be honest. Ignis is also very observant when it comes to your well-being and he takes care of you without really saying anything. If you’re looking cold, suddenly his jacket is around your shoulders. If he’s seeing signs of you getting hungry, there’s suddenly a delicious meal within your grasp (sometimes it’s your favourite depending on how cranky you’re getting). If you’re working hard and looking exhausted, but you need to push on for deadlines, you’ll have coffee, you’ll have snacks, you’ll have whatever you need to keep going. Ignis just knows how to take care of you without being overbearing or intrusive. He saves that shit for the three man-children.

  • Affection with Ignis is just… beautiful. It’s got a classic romantic flavour, it’s sweet, it’s mature. It’s a lot of little things he does to show that he cares a lot about you. Lots of hand holding and gentle kisses against your palm. Ignis is 100% the kind of guy to hold your hand while driving, by the way. The guys give him shit for it, but they might be kind of jealous. You’ll get random gifts sometimes, out of the blue without any words just a sweet, knowing smile. Sometimes you’ll have flowers sent to your work or something. Ignis does all of these things because he love that shy grin you get when he does this stuff. Your blush is the cutest. Smooch Iggy as much as you can to reward him <3

  • Okay, so you’re right in thinking that Ignis isn’t petty, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got the ability to be. Though when he’s petty, it is fucking savage. For example, one day the guys are just absolutely unbearable. Sometimes it gets like that over stupid shit. Usually you can step in and calm everyone down, but they’re beyond help. Ignis, being clever and straightforward, decides he’s had enough. He very loudly declares, to your embarrassment, “We fucked in the Regalia once.” There is a deafening silence as Ignis takes you by the hand and leaves without any explanation.

    Ignis is a genius because the boys immediately stop bickering. Was he joking? Wait, when did you fuck in the Regalia? When was there time? The boys are hardly without either Ignis or the car, so…? WHEN? HOW? Were they in the car after?! Oh god, was it front seat or backseat? They freak out over Ignis’ declaration. The perfect part of this whole ordeal is that eventually one of the boys thinks ‘maybe Ignis is joking, he probably is, we should ask’, but neither you or Ignis confirm or deny if he was telling the truth.

    The boys are kept in perpetual suspense. At this point, they don’t even care if you guys had fucked in the car, they just need to know if it happened or not, but they will receive no respite. Ignis keeps his lips sealed, as do you. The boys are kept in a state of limbo regarding answers and they are reminded of that dreaded, possibly true, declaration every time they see the Regalia.

    Noctis is the Lucian King, but Ignis Scientia is the fucking King of petty when the situation calls for it. 
Things 100% Canon in Pokeani:

(just off the top of my head -an incomplete list)

  • Time Travel (happens w/ disturbing frequency tbh?)
  • Cloning/Genetic-Engineering/Creation of New Species
  • A insulated community of Cat-Worshiping People control an island
  • Advanced Robotics and AI
  • People with Genuine Psychic Abilities
  • Mind Control -via something w/ psychic powers(hypnosis) AND/OR by scientific device (the devices we’ve been shown are destroyed but multiple scientists have developed working tech… and are still alive)
  • Santa - is a real man that lives at the north pole making presents for the world’s children every year
  • Multiple Parallel Universes/ Dimensions (accidental travel between which is possible and happens, again with surprising frequency)
  • Ghosts (of humans) and Evil Spirits
  • Magic- like, the argument “a wizard/witch did it”- is Valid????
  • people/pokemon being turned into stone
  • Resurrection From Death
  • There exists a unique-to-universe kind of energy (Aura) that effects A LOT of things in nature but also can be manipulated by certain ppl in a way sorta/kinda reminiscent of The Force
  • Aliens
  • 2 Giant Ancient Forces of Destruction were accidentally unleashed by some archeologists one time, and were invulnerable/unstoppable until an eldritch jigglypuff was also arisen and saved the earth from certain destruction by doing the sing-n-get-mad-n-draw-on-everyone-for-falling-asleep gag
Prequels Meta

Note: I originally posted this at the end of another person’s thread. I was responding to something someone said and my inner classics nerd took over and as happens on this blog a lot, my mind and my hands ran away from me. Then I started to worry that OP would think I was being rude, so I decided to delete it but since I’d spent literally an hour of my life writing it I decided to just copy-paste it as a freestanding piece of meta. 

[Rambling/meta about Prequels and Greek tragedy under the cut. Disclaimer, this is just my opinion about star wars, everyone else is free to have their own opinion. I am happy to read rebuttals but please be nice.]

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the “reading my love interest’s diary” trope doesn’t work well for Viktor and Yuuri because a. they actually respect each others privacy b. they have very little jealousy issues that are never taken to unhealthy levels and c. they write in 2 very different alphabets:

*this is missing Kanji a third Japanese alphabet 

there is no reason for them to write in English for something like a personal diary…

anonymous asked:

There's an expectation that Vanity Fair will have another Star Wars centered issue with photographs by Annie Leibovitz like with TFA. My question is, if we do and we get a portrait of Adam and Daisy in character together, would that be giving too much away?

I’m SO GLAD you asked me this because I’ve put A LOT of thought into the Vanity Fair shoot, and post-Celebration my predictions have definitely evolved in a more reylo-positive direction (before, for example, I was focused more on how this shoot would be the first reveal of Kylo’s maskless face/scar and look how wrong I was about THAT, in a good way lol).

personally, I think the chance that we’ll get a portrait of JUST Adam and Daisy together is extremely low, like 1%. I think they’re fine with hinting at story points (and it’s not exactly a secret that Adam filmed in Ireland with Mark and Daisy), but they won’t want to give the game away THAT much. they’re always doing this careful tiptoeing dance around addressing the relationship/dynamic between Rey and Kylo, despite the fact that it was central to TFA and will continue to be to the ST as a whole moving forward. until they show their hand with where they’re going with it, I think they’re going to continue doing that.

HOWEVER, after that poster (!!!!!), there’s an EXTREMELY good chance we’ll get a group picture of Mark, Daisy, and Adam, and also a good chance that that picture might be the cover photo. my reasoning is basically:

  • it’d be a major waste to NOT put that gorgeous Irish scenery on the cover
  • the poster has already introduced the concept of the three of them sharing the force thread of the storyline, so it wouldn’t be giving anything more than that away
  • putting just Mark and Daisy on the cover might carry certain implications they want to start gently steering the audience away from
  • putting Mark and Adam in the same picture plants the reminder in people’s heads that this is the tragic family backstory we’re getting, that they’re very much related and that something mysterious happened between them that this movie will reveal

this is just my wild speculation, take it with a grain of salt, etc. but if Celebration showed us anything, it’s that they’re not afraid to show us Kylo’s face, they’re not afraid to make him look beautiful and sad and more conflicted than ever, and they’re not afraid to plant the idea in our heads that Kylo, Rey, and Luke will be spending a good portion of the movie together.

Wizard!Thrawn has me so whipped I’ve reverted back to my horrible old manga art style. For those of you who missed my previous foray into the weird world of Hogwarts AU Eli and Thrawn:

Part 1  Part 3  Part 4

The Duelling Club had always been a popular activity among Hogwarts students who were encouraged to learn how to defend themselves in a safe and carefully monitored environment. Several teachers would always be present and the Great Hall would be emptied of its long tables to make room for the sizable number of participants.

The spell of the day would be demonstrated at the beginning of the lesson and then the students would be broken up into rotating pairs to practice with each other. Some used the opportunity to concentrate on perfecting the spell rather than beating their opponent while others simply endeavoured to pick on the weaker students which often lead to rivalries between the Houses.

Eli had joined the Duelling Club under the sage advice and persistent nagging of a young Gryffindor named Ezra Bridger and there was no doubt it had benefited them both. Though Eli’s power was quite tempered compared to the other boy’s, his technique was flawless and Eli was capable of holding his own against Ezra’s powerful stuns and jinxes which actually threatened to flatten some of the first years.

It was a fornightly activity that Eli enjoyed very much but when he arrived at the Great Hall, his good mood was instantly dampened.

In the far corner on the right, Eli spotted a tall, black figure observing the magnicent cylindrical sandglasses that displayed the Hogwarts House points in four brightly bejewelled colours. 

It was Thrawn. 

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Favorite Fic Authors/Blogs

Hi all, I was going to answer this in a reply but of course after I was a second from being done my webpage refreshed and I lost everything… So I did this on word and pasting it here! Let’s start! (These are listed in no particular order!) 

Note: I tend to read very smut driven stories, but that does not make the narrative one to miss out on. There needs to be aspect of intrigue that keeps me reading, and every author I have listed masters that, along with quenching the thirst for my favs. I’m also super BTS and Block B Biased… so I’m really cheating you of some great authors who write for other groups… 

Favorite Fic Authors: 

@sugasmut | Master List

If you’re looking for exceptionally well written smut, and you’re Yoongi Trash, then sugasmut is for you. Not only are her plot lines intriguing, but her writing doesn’t feel forced or unreachable. There is a thin line that she keeps extremely intact with her work, that is, the boundary of who idols really are, and who we think they are. She’s one of the few (like others on this list) that take artistic license at zero expense to those she write about. 

Check out: Steam, A Game of Silk and Three Sentence Drabbles 

@thehappiesttime | Master List

I have the great pleasure of talking to Nebula (I just realized we only swapped contact info, not names… but Nebula is really cool so I hope it’s your real name!) outside of Tumblr, and she even graces me with her drafts from time to time. I cannot tell you how excited I am when she tells me she’s working on something new. She excels in the suspense genera to the point where you’re not even sure which idol you’re reading about until the very last line. 

Check Out: Repeat, New Beginnings, and all of her Dating BTS 

@sexonextdoor | Master List

I was lucky enough to write scenarios based off of her BTS Kinks post and was happy to find her answer my request to complete on for Block B as well. She’s brilliant in her descriptions and her fearlessness to express her opinions on things most will find difficult to do. Thank god though, she fuels my need to write smut on like a daily basis. If its scenarios, drabbles, or questions, she’s got you covered! 

Check Out: Beautiful, and Required Reception 

@babyitsbts | Master List

Her Wicked Games series is phenomenal, I was hooked from the very first chapter and couldn’t wait to read more- the relationships she writes are extremely honest and easy to relate too. She also has a very impressive library, writing for; BTS, GOT7, Mamamoo, Red Velvet, 4Minute, and AOA. I find myself venturing to places untraveled just because I love her writing so much. She never disappoints and creates so much reality in bringing out each personas characteristics, while still remaining fictional. 

Check Out: Wicked Games, Sex Dice: Hwasa, and Wet 

@apandasmind | Master List

Oh Nala! What a treat it is to know someone so intelligent and supportive.When I was writing my Say His Name series she really gave so much amazing input to my writing and has continually kept my stories from getting stale. She’s an exceptional writer herself and lends her talents to ones I go to when I want something interesting, but not too overwhelming where I miss details. Her drabble series is not one to miss- 

Check Out: Drabble Series,  Home, and Lazy Days

@magical-scenarios | Master List

If you’re dying to make your heart flutter, look no further. There’s a great attention to detail that she put into her stories that add stock to the emotions you’ll feel while reading her more romantic drabbles. I’m really not one for fluff, but she writes in such an interesting way I can’t help but get all rosy cheeked when I read her work. She also did a Block B week that was so addictive and wonderful! 

Check Out: Between Us, and I’m Not Going Anywhere 

@taetaetown | Master List | BTS Theory

If you’re going to introduce your friends to the black hole that is BTS, this is one of those blogs every ARMY needs to be aware of. Not only did she do an extensive, and extremely intriguing break down on the theory to the meaning behind BTS’s latest concept- but she goes millions of steps further and looks into things that wouldn’t cross our minds. She’s really doing the work for us! I had to say I haven’t had the chance to read her scenarios, but if they are anywhere as well written as her theories then I’m missing out! 

@zeurin | Master List

I’m relatively new to zeurin, and extremely addicted at the same time. I recently read her English Literature fic, and was thoroughly impressed with her detail and the length of her stories. Sometimes you’re met with fics that leave loose ends, or try too hard to get to the good stuff sooner, but she really takes her time and add a personable quality to her writing. Can’t wait to read more! 

Check Out: English Literature 

@philxharxmoxnics | AsianFanFics

So if you’re wondering how I hash out my ideas, look no further. Though Kris hasn’t posted her story on Tumblr yet, she’s worth a follow. She makes amazing lists about her favorite songs and groups that are very entertaining and not cookie cutter. She takes the time to explain why she choose certain things and give it a really honest feel. She’s writing a really awesome Exo fic on AsianFanFics, it’s spy based and super exciting! She’s really helped with the inspiration for my stories and is a dear, dear friend of mine. 

Check Out: W.E.S 

And the mother of all…. The Boundary Between Crimes is truly a literary masterpiece written by a AsianFanFic author by the name of LadyAphrodite_872. We’ve deemed the story “the mafia fic” and I send it to everyone who’s looking for a good read. She’s been leaving us hanging, but I hope she will update soon! I can’t say better things about this fic, extreme attention to detail, the imagery is exquisite, and her characters have amazing grit to them. This is not a story for the faint of heart- you really need to prepare yourself, but not one to miss out on. (Also if she has a tumblr I’d love to follow her…) 

Favorite Blogs: 

My inspiration squad: @softsadprty @tildespersson @philxharxmoxnics

Without you guys, my stories would have no depth and wouldn’t make any sense, thank you for you brilliant input and your unfailing creativity. And for listening to me ramble for days… 

Some Freakin’ Cool People: @we-hate-bts @bobby-language @spookyzukini

Seriously, follow these guys. Bobby-language and Spookyzukini give great feedback interesting conversations on my blog- and I just love checking in on we-hate-bts I think she’s just a staple to follow! 

J’ai retiré ta couverture pour mieux me rapprocher de toi
Te déshabillant du regard
Point d’ interrogation
J’ai enlevé ta ponctuation pour épouser l’ondulation de tes formes
Puis j’ai déboutonné mot à mot l’imagination de ton corps sage
Tout doucement j’ai dégrafé ta rime
Point de suspension
J’ai vécu le vertige à chaque hésitation
J’ai préservé le curseur de l’amplitude de tes mots
En isolant les verbes de tes soupirs
Point d’ exclamation
Ainsi tu as saisi la majuscule de mon désir
En ouvrant délicatement les parenthèses de tes envies
Alors j’ai déchiré ta poésie en pénétrant ta métaphore
—  Frantz Massouf (via kate-0167)

anonymous asked:

prompt: Professor Graves

Credence’s eyes are burning and his head is pounding. The school library is entirely empty; he’s surrounded by several piles of scrolls and books, half of which are completely useless, because of course Professor Graves had to give them an assignment on topics that weren’t covered in books that were outside of the Wampus library, which he of course couldn’t access as a Pukwudgie. 

Credence is certain that Professor Graves looks down on him, the sole Pukwudgie in Advanced Magical Defence. The rest of his classmates are Wampus, with a handful of Thunderbirds scattered in the for variety. He’s used to their dismissive glances, to being the last to be paired for the practical portions of Magical Defence. But he will do well in his theory, even if no-one wants to work on spellwork with him. He doesn’t mind. Any sort of attention from Professor Graves thrills him, makes little shocks skitter down his spine every time the man looks at him, every time their fingers brush when he’s returning homework. 

Credence thinks about him, sometimes, at night when he can’t sleep. He carefully recreates his professor’s face in his mind, strong jaw after slicked hair after dark eyes, until he can fall asleep feeling yearning for something he cannot name. 

The candles in the wall sconces flicker. Outside, the sky is dark. Gradually, the school settles, students and staff alike turning in for the night. He’s so absorbed in his work he doesn’t notice.

The moon has passed its highest point in the night sky when the library doors burst open and Credence jerks upright, almost toppling from his chair in fright, his quill skittering across his page and leaving a jagged dark smear behind. 

“Mr Barebone,” says Professor Graves, mouth turned down in a grim frown, “What are you doing in the library at two in the morning?” 

Credence’s stomach drops. He hadn’t meant to stay here for so long, but he couldn’t for the life of him find any information because Graves had assigned them an impossible topic. 

“I didn’t – I’m sorry, sir, I – I lost track of time –” Caught off-guard by the world’s most terrifying Magical Defence professor, the words won’t come out right, and Credence clamps his mouth shut miserably. 

Graves fixes him with a look that could probably turn him into a pile of smouldering ash. Feeling like a stupid First, Credence shrinks down into his chair. “It’s five hours after your curfew,” the man says, sharply. “This is a suspension-worthy offence, Barebone.” 

The breath catches in Credence’s throat and he can’t breathe. Suspension. He thinks of his Ma, who he hasn’t seen in eight years, the bite of the belt all the way to his bones, long hours spent kneeling beneath an unkind cross. Distantly, he can hear himself saying, “No – no sir, please – please, you can’t –” 

“Oh, I can’t, can I?” Professor Graves says, moving closer to his table. “Principal Hyslop might have something to say about that.” 

The thought of kindly Principal Hyslop staring mournfully over his desk at him – we risked so much for you, Barebone, what a shame – fills Credence with a terrible feeling. He feels sick. 

“Please sir,” he says, voice trembling, “please, you can’t tell Principal Hyslop. I – I don’t have anywhere to go, sir, please don’t suspend me, please, don’t tell him, sir, I’ll do anything, sir, please…” 

Professor Graves’ steps echo through the library, though Credence’s gaze is fixed upon his white-knuckled hands and he can’t see. A chair at his table scrapes on the floor. Professor Graves settles into a chair, and then there are fingers on his jaw. He flinches, but the fingers are surprisingly gentle, guiding his face up until he has no choice but to look at Professor Graves in the face. 

“’Anything’, Barebone?” his professor asks him, almost mocking in his gentleness. “That’s an awful lot to promise.” 

He is closer than Credence thought. His breath fans out on his cheek. Credence meets his eyes, skips away, returns shyly. Looking at Professor Graves’ eyes he has the sensation of looking down from the top of a cliff, the sea churning beneath him, and not knowing how to swim. 

“Any sort of punishment you see fit, sir,” he says. “Only – only please don’t tell Principal Hyslop.”

His professor examines his face again. The moment yawns out before them, Credence suspended in the darkness of his eyes like a dragonfly in amber. Evidently, he sees something he was looking for; a tiny smile curls up the corner of his lips, and Credence feels like he’s had all the breath punched out of him. 

“Tell me, Barebone,” he says, conversationally, casually. “Have you ever sucked cock?”

 Credence inhales sharply, trying to pull his head away, but his jaw remains gripped firmly in his professor’s grip. “I – I -,” he says.

 “Answer,” the man says curtly.

 Credence shakes his head once, face burning.

 “Perhaps not tonight, then.” Graves releases his jaw and Credence’s hand springs up automatically to rub at it. “Stand.”

 “Wh – what?”

 “Stand up, Barebone, unless you’d rather we go for a little walk to the Northern Tower – “ and Credence is up so fast he sways slightly on the spot. He hasn’t eaten since breakfast. His hands curl into fists at his side.

 Graves has to tilt his head to look up at him, but despite their height differences Credence still feels powerless. “Come here.”

 When Credence hesitates, his professor makes an annoyed noise deep in his throat before flicking his fingers, and Credence comes stumbling forward, nearly pitching into Graves’ lap, pulled forward by his belt loops and magic. His hands almost collide with Graves’ shoulders to steady himself but he corrects at the last moment, yanking back and returning to curl into anxious fists by his sides.

Graves looks amused. “Hands on the table.”

 Credence begins to turn around so his hands are in front of him on the table, but Graves clicks his tongue. “Lean back against the table,” he says, “and keep your hands there.”

 Leaning back against the table, hands behind his back, Credence feels horribly exposed, from the long line of his throat down to his knees. He swallows, the saliva in his mouth suddenly thick.

 Graves kicks his ankles apart nonchalantly, and then pulls his shirt from his trousers with ease. Another casual wave of his hand and Credence’s jersey disappears, reappearing on the table on top of his essay, folded neatly. Credence shivers, and it has very little to do with the chill October air. His chest feels very hot and then very cold on the next breath.

 Graves undoes the lowest button of Credence’s shirt, and then the next, and the next. Credence’s stomach quivers, leaping away from the man’s fingers. Graves make a little noise like he’s just bitten into a sweet pastry, and the back of his knuckles are ghosting along Credence’s stomach, then around to his waist and flank. The other hand curls around his hip; Professor Graves’ hand brackets his pelvis easily, thumb pressed against the point of his hip and fingertips skimming the notches of his spine. Though the touch is feather-light, Credence can feel every bump, every hair on the back of his hand, burning hot against his skin.

 His fingers trace the long rungs of his ribs, from their origin at his spine and curling around to his front, beginning with the lowest just above his navel and climbing steadily. It feels – it feels quite nice, actually, and Credence feels his shoulders uncoil, the tight muscles at the nape of his neck relaxing, and his head tilts back.

 But then Graves skips the last few ribs – Credence’s shirt is fully unbuttoned now – and his fingers skim over his nipple. There’s a sharp, sudden bolt – something arcs down inside him, a force connecting the point where Graves has touched him and the secret place between his legs.

 Credence’s eyes fly open and he spasms straight up. “Oh!” he cries.

 Graves looks startled for the barest moment, but then his mouth curls into a smirk. “Sensitive one, are you?” he asks. It’s that same tone as before, that makes Credence want to sink to the ground and bury his head in his hands; nearly kind, almost gentle, but there is something in the tone that makes Credence want to skitter away.

 He nods, shakily.

 Then Professor Graves’ fingers are back, tracing back and forth over Credence’s nipple, whisper-light. With one pass, the pads of his fingers brush the very tip of his nipple; the next, the nail of his thumb presses into the areola. Credence gasps with each one – he can’t help it, oh, there’s warmth and heat inside him that he never knew existed, curling and coiling and twisting. It feels good – so good –

 And then Graves’ clever fingers come together and pinch, taking a hold of the areola and pinching it up and tight and Credence hears, distantly, someone making a whining noise and realises it’s him. The sharp sensation bolts through him, twice as powerful as the gentle pleasure from before, and Credence’s legs are feeling so shaky that he’s very grateful for the table behind him, holding him up.

 “Very nice,” Graves says, approvingly, and those words fill him up. He arches his back, seeking those fingers again, please, please

 “Oh,” says Graves, and he sounds ever so slightly out of breath. “You liked that, did you?”

 “Y-Yes, sir,” Credence says. His fingers clench and curl against the table.

 “Hmm,” Graves says, and then his hand is back, and the other hand leaves his hip and now there are two, one pinching and the other pulling and Credence rises on his toes but also curls in, leaning into the sensation. A bead of sweat slides down the side of his neck. Every inhale makes the world tremble at the seams.

 Professor Graves chuckles, deep and dark, and the sound arcs right through him. He repeats the action, one hand pinching him from the base of his areola while the other latches around the other nipple and tugs. He’s using his nails now, worrying the flesh and Credence can’t think of anything, not of his essay, not of the threat of suspension, just those sharp points digging into his skin like mean little teeth. “Uh-uh-uh!” he stutters. It feels so good but it hurts.

 Graves releases his nipples, and Credence thinks his legs might give out entirely because the release is somehow just as tortuously wonderful as the grip. He gasps through clenched teeth, but then his Professor’s palms soothe over his chest, gentle now, a warm pressure over his nipples. He is so sensitive he thinks he can feel Graves’ pulse through the palms of his hands on his chest.

 He feels electric.

 “Barebone,” his Professor says. He doesn’t sound kind any more, but he doesn’t sound unhappy, either. Not kind, not cruel.

 Credence opens his eyes and finds his head is fully tilted back, blinking up at the ceiling. “Yes, sir?”

 “You have two options. You can get up, leave, and go to sleep in Pukwudgie, and this will go no further.”

 Credence swallows.

 “Or you can stay, and we continue.”

 Credence eases his head upright, looking down. Graves is staring right at him. In the golden half-light of the library, his eyes are not black, as Credence had once thought; a sunburst surrounds those pupils, the precise colour of Wampus fur, of a gold coin, of the sun in the evening sky. His face is not as expressionless as it usually is; his cheeks are stained just a touch darker, and there is an indent in his lips where he has bitten them.

 “Please,” Credence says, hesitates, and then keeps going because otherwise he’ll never say it, “Please, don’t stop.”

 Graves’ face is utterly blank for a moment, and then the twin sunbursts of his irises disappear, so widely blown are his pupils.

 “If you want to stop, all you have to do is say so,” he says. “Say stop, and you’ll be dressed and back in your dormitory, and no one will ever know.”

 Credence licks his lips. “But sir,” he says, “I don’t think I want you to stop.”

 Graves smiles, lazily, languidly, all teeth.

 Something skitters down Credence’s spine, a little burst of fear and yearning, and explodes like a firework somewhere in the cradle of his hips. Credence can’t help the broken little moan that escapes his throat, and his head falls back again.

 “Ah, ah, ah,” Professor Graves says, and one of his hands reaches up again, brushing Credence’s throat and holding onto his jaw again, dragging it down, forcing Credence’s head upright. “You’re going to watch now, and you won’t look away, will you, pet?”

 This angle makes it harder to breathe, and he can feel his shoulders burning already in their strained position, but Credence nods obediently.

 Graves’s hands skim his chest again, up to his collarbones and then down to his ribs. His stomach tenses minutely but his professor merely reverses his direction, back up to his throat and then down to his hips again, hot rough palms against soft skin. On the next drag up he catches Credence’s nipples again, and Credence inhales, arching his back and trying in vain to get him to do that again, touch him again, it felt so nice –

 But Professor Graves denies him. His hands continue their slide up to his throat and then back down again, and this time they unbutton his trousers with neat efficiency and then his pants are around his knees and –

 Graves’ hands still. “Christ,” he says.

 Stark clarity bursts through Credence and he recoils, hands coming up off the table and reaching around to cover himself.

 Credence has never told anyone, has never dared tell anyone. When he was a Fourth he’d outgrown the underwear he’d brought with him from the Second Salem Church. It had fallen to Queenie, his only friend in Pukwudgie, to show him how the magical mail order system worked, and as a joke she’d ordered a pair of lacey underthings along with the rest of it, and the moment Credence had slipped them on in the privacy of his bedroom he’d known he never wanted to wear anything else ever again. The lace curls daintily around his hips, the satin caresses his skin in a way union suits couldn’t dream to imitate; he loves them, loves them, but it’s a secret he’d thought he’d take to the grave.

 Literally, as it turns out.

 He tries to take a step away but stumbles, caught as he is with his trousers tangled around his legs. But Professor Graves’ hands shoot out to catch his elbow before he can fall, drawing him back and half onto his lap, enclosed in his arms.

 “Look at you, pet,” Graves says, but the tone isn’t scornful like Credence had expected. It’s something quite, quite different – something quiet, reserved for Sunday mornings and for prayer. Worshipful. Reverential. He dares sneak up a look. Professor Graves looks like he’s just watched Moses part the Red Sea, a hundred men fed with twenty loaves of bread, collected manna from morning dew. Something miraculous, something Biblical, something holy. “Look at you,” he says again.

 Credence swallows. The saliva is thick in his throat.

 “Credence,” Professor Graves says, and Credence startles a little, because he’s never called him by his first name before.

 “Y-yes, sir?” Credence replies.

 “Do you want to continue?” And Mercy Lewis help him, Graves sounds so oddly gentle in a way he never has before, Credence thinks he might melt into a little puddle of warm and happy goo at the man’s feet if it meant he could hear him speak to him in that tone again.

 “Y-y-yes,” Credence manages. He swallows again. “Yes, sir, please.”

 Graves brings his hand to the back of Credence’s head and Credence jumps at first, but the hot weight of his palm remains steady and warm. Something about it anchors him. He feels more substantial, less like he might be whirled away by a breeze and more present.

 “Good,” Professor Graves murmurs into his hair. “Good boy.”

 Credence is basking in that when Graves pushes him back up, and he stands, hands going back to the table. Graves drags the chair forward and Credence’s legs are forced farther apart, one on each side of Graves’ thighs. His Professor brings one hand up, slowly, slowly, running it up Credence’s leg from his knee to his hip. He strokes Credence’s skin through the underwear. They’re not even Credence’s nicest pair – white, almost entirely lace, covering him modestly – but Graves brushes his fingers over the lace like they’re the finest things he’s ever seen. Beneath the fabric, Credence’s taught muscles quiver.

 He hooks his fingers over the hems on either side and slowly, agonisingly, draws them down, and Credence’s cock bobs free, slapping into the skin of his stomach, head purple-red and angry. The library isn’t cold, but a shiver runs through him from toes to the crown of his head, hairs on the backs of his arms prickling. The underwear hadn’t even hidden all of it but like this, lace bunched obscenely beneath his testicles, Credence feels filthy.

 “Now,” Graves says, voice dark again, and Credence rocks up onto his toes and back down again, “I told you to keep your hands on the table, didn’t I?”

 Oh. Credence nods, once.

 “Answer me,” Graves says sharply and Credence’s cock jumps at that, smacking into his belly. A thin line of pre-cum rolls obscenely onto his thigh.

 “Yes sir,” Credence says, voice small.

 “And you moved them away, didn’t you?”

 “Yes sir.”

 “Do you need me to use a sticking charm to keep them in place?”

 Credence’s knees actually buckle at the idea, eyelashes fluttering down onto his cheeks. “If – if you’d like, sir,” he says cautiously.

 “Mmm,” Graves purrs, “you would like that, wouldn’t you, pet?” Credence watches as he spins his wands between his fingers, once, twice. “Epoximise.”

 Credence tugs experimentally, but the palms of his hands remain firmly stuck to the surface of the desk. His breath explodes out of him and he shifts his weight anxiously from one foot to the other, because Graves is leaning back into the chair with one leg crossed over the other looking like he could stay there until the sun comes up, just watching Credence tugging uselessly at his bonds.

 “You should stop struggling,” Professor Graves says casually. “I might be more inclined to give you what you want if you ask me nicely.”

 Credence stills immediately, leaning back against the desk and watching Graves from beneath his eyelashes. He nibbles at his lower lip, worrying at it between his teeth. Graves’ eyes skip from the long line of his throat, his poor abused nipples, the dip of his waist, and then his cock, head purple-red and angry, drooling against his belly, framed by the white lace underwear. His eyes skip back up to Credence’s.

 Something gives inside Credence, and he’s sinking. He feels like he’s fallen into a pool of syrup, sinking and floating all at once, and nothing in the entire world exists except for the way Graves is staring at him, his dark eyes, his large hands settled on the arms of his chair, the broad press of his shoulders inside his suit.

 “What do you want?” Professor Graves asks him, gently, persuasively.

 “I – I – “ Credence tries, but his face is burning. He closes his eyes and tries again. “Please,” he says, voice a high whine, “please sir, please will you touch me?”

 Fabric rustles and then yes yes yes, Graves’ hand is on his hip again, then back down to his leg, joined by the other, easing his underwear off. When the underclothes reach the vicinity of his knees Credence feels a hot breath of air against his cock, and he makes an aborted little wail, eyes screwing shut, fingers scrabbling against the table for all that they can’t actually go anywhere.

 “Was that nice, pet?” Graves says and he’s right between his legs.

 “Yes sir,” Credence says, gasping now. “Oh – oh – “

 “Tell me what you’d like, now,” Graves says again, so sweetly, so coaxingly.

 And Credence doesn’t know what he wants, exactly, though he has a fairly good idea it involves Graves’ mouth and his cock, the hot breath over him again, all tongue and wet and completely merciless. “Please,” he begs, because he wants to ask but he doesn’t know how, doesn’t know what to ask for. “Please.”

 “Tsk,” Graves says, and Credence thinks he might become the first ever case of spontaneous self-combustion. “You beg so prettily for me, pet. Look at you. How could I deny you?”

 And then his hands are right there and he’s pressing his lips against Credence’s navel, then his stomach, then the point of his hip and down to his thigh, open-mouthed and wet now. Credence whimpers, because every press is so hot against his skin, every point those lips touch is searing hot, imprinting onto his skin and sinking through, to muscle, to nerve, to bone. He thinks, dizzily, that if he dies right now, when they find his skeleton, they will surely find the marks of Professor Graves’ lips pressed into the bones of his thighs.

 Credence can’t breathe, oh god, he’s going to die right here and he’ll be the first ever wizard to die of pleasure, but what a way to go. Pinned as he is, he can only turn his head to try and muffle the noises exploding from his chest into the skin of his shoulder.

 Graves moves back, and Credence keens, hips arching, aborted little circles in mid-air, chasing that warmth, that heat, the perfection that is Professor Graves’ mouth.

 “Ah, ah, ah,” Professor Graves says, and he flicks his fingers and Credence’s head turns of its own volition, fixed and frozen so he has no choice but to watch. “You’re going to let me hear every noise you make, pet.”

 And then Graves bites, sinks his teeth into the softest part of Credence’s thigh. Credence is vaguely away of someone moaning, high and keening, nearly a wail; it’s him, he thinks, dizzily.

 Credence barely has a moment to savour this new sharp sensation before Graves moves away, pressing his lips to the bite gently, gently, butterfly kisses and kitten licks against the delicate skin of his inner thigh. He presses a last kiss, harder than the rest, to the centre of the bite before raising up and before Credence can say anything else he leans forward and presses an open-mouthed kiss to the head of his cock.

 Credence jerks, curling in, hips arching, the wails cut off abruptly as he gasps, gulping down air like a drowning man. Sensation arcs through him, a force of nature, an earthquake or a tsunami or a thunderstorm, threatening to drown him.

 Graves moves, cold air whispering over the kiss before another presses down, and another, and another, and another. Then a wet stripe of tongue against his length, and Graves takes his cock inside his mouth and sucks. He pulls back, swirling his tongue around the head and then back down, mouth burning, taking him in and swallowing around him.

 Credence is trying to get his mouth and tongue to cooperate, a babbling, incoherent mess. “Yes,” he says, “Yes, sir, please, more, oh – “

 He comes, wailing, his world contracting to the feel of Graves’ mouth around him, and everything is burning white, pulses of pleasure sparking and skittering and exploding out again, his universe reborn. His knees really do buckle and he arches weakly, his poor shoulders straining at the joints as they hold most of his weight. But he doesn’t notice, really; he’s sinking into that lake, enveloped, surrounded.

 He’s dimly aware of Graves tapping the backs of his hands and they’re free from the table, and then being bundled into an enormous fluffy towel, gathering into Graves’ lap right there on the floor of the library. He thinks he might have fallen asleep for a little while. Professor Graves soothes him, pressing soft kisses against his forehead, his cheeks, his eyelids. He has the vague impression of green flame and the familiar scent of Floo powder before he’s being cocooned in warm blankets on a sofa, a hot cup of tea pressed into his palms.

 “Good boy, well done, you were so good, so perfect,” Graves says, so softly, so gently, Credence thinks he might float off again. He takes a sip of his tea. It’s sweet, herbal, and leaves the taste of roses on his tongue. The sweetness centres him, and the long heavy weight of Graves’ body against his. He yawns.

 “Christ,” Graves mutters, bringing up a tempus charm with a waggle of his fingers. It’s past three in the morning.

 Credence opens his eyes muzzily. “Sh’ go,” he mumbles into his cup.

 Graves’ hand ceases its slow winding through his hair. “Do you want to go?”

 Credence thinks for a moment. Now that he’s an upperclassman he has a room to himself. And tonight’s – well, yesterday – was a Friday, so no one will be expecting him. He shakes his head slowly, jaw cracking back into another massive yawn.

 Graves takes the cup out of his hand and Credence burrows into his side. Tomorrow, he thinks sleepily, tomorrow he can worry about all of this. For now, he just wants the gentle safety of Graves’ arms, the angle of his jaw on Credence’s crown, and the soft private comfort of the sofa, a little world unto themselves.

Premiered January 12, 1943: SHADOW OF A DOUBT, starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, and Macdonald Carey. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, Spellbound, Rear Window).  Shadow of a Doubt is reportedly Hitchcock’s personal favorite of all his films.  While it doesn’t have the glittering cachet of his other films from the period, such as Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), Lifeboat (1944), and Spellbound (1945), it is nonetheless a significant entry in the noir canon and a great film in its own right.  The film opens with Joseph Cotten on the run from authorities somewhere on the East Coast. We don’t know exactly why the authorities want him, but the enormous wad of big bills he carries suggests he committed a robbery… or perhaps worse.  After eluding the police, Cotten decides to leave the East Coast and come to California to stay with his older sister (Patricia Collinge).  Collinge’s teenage daughter (Theresa Wright) is especially fond of her uncle and is overjoyed.  Collinge and her husband (Henry Travers) live an idyllic life with three delightful children, a charming home, friends, and plenty of community activities.  When Cotten arrives, he quickly insinuates himself into the quaint small-town lifestyle enjoyed by the family.  However, it doesn’t take long for his past to catch up with him in the form of two agents (Macdonald Carey and Wallace Ford) who tracked him across the country.  The agents still need to gather more evidence before they can be absolutely certain Cotten is the right suspect, so they don’t want to approach him directly and risk scaring him off again.  Instead, they approach Wright and ask her to act on their behalf, but when she learns they suspect Cotten of several brutal murders, she refuses to believe it and won’t cooperate.  But the well has been poisoned and Wright becomes increasingly suspicious and fearful of Cotten as small bits of incriminating information come to her attention.  Hitchcock’s expert pacing ensures the tension builds very slowly until the suspense reaches a boiling point and Wright finds herself in a perpetual state of danger.  Thematically, Shadow of a Doubt is similar to several other Hitchcock films, in particular, Suspicion, where the story starts out harmlessly enough, with a fair amount of humor thrown in, but gradually transforms into a dark tale of terror.  In Shadow of a  Doubt, Travers and his best friend (Hume Cronyn) frequently discuss methods of killing one another without leaving any evidence.  Initially, their lighthearted banter is quite amusing, but as Wright begins to realize the truth about Cotten, their conversations become increasingly disturbing to her and to the audience.  What really makes Shadow of a Doubt so unsettling is that it strikes directly at the heart of idealized American life in the 1930s and early 40s.  Shaken by the horrors of war and the trauma of soldiers returning home, a growing sense of unease and uncertainty about the future pervaded American society.  Film noir reflected this anxiety and brought it to the surface by eschewing conventional Hollywood entertainment in favor of gritty films about the dark side of human nature.  In Shadow of a Doubt we are treated to a clear vision of this emerging noir landscape when Cotten delivers a pointed speech to Wright:

There’s so much you don’t know. So much.  What do you know, really?  You’re just an ordinary little girl living in an ordinary little town.  You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there’s nothing in the world to trouble you.  You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep filled with peaceful stupid dreams.  And I brought you nightmares.  Or did I? Or was it a silly inexpert little lie? You live in a dream.  You’re a sleepwalker, blind.  How do you know what the world is like?  Do you know the world is a foul sty?  Do you know if you rip the fronts off houses, you’d find swine? The world’s a hell.

 Noir films would offer penetrating glimpses into that hell for the next two decades and beyond, and Shadow of a Doubt is one great example.  Cotten and Wright are superb in their roles, and they are supported by a first-rate cast of actors, an intelligent script, and a legendary director at the top of his game.  We give Shadow of a Doubt 5 out of 5 fedoras.