basic redesigns pt 3 - the crystal temps! (sans connie) (part 1 | part 2)
left is the most recent in show palette for each character; right is how i’d personally choose to recolor them!
as much as i love the really beautiful speckled lapis redesigns ive seen, i figured that only a few freckles would rly be feasible if we’re considering the fact that these characters are made to be animated
still, i did try overall to make her look more like her gemstone, including nods to the common pyrite and calcite inclusions real lapis stones tend to have!
peridot is pretty simple; i just altered her to be less neon green and closer to the olive toned green of a real peridot gemstone!
Sin worthy double chocolate chip cookie recipe for those interested 😈
2 cups. All purpose flour
1 + ¼ cup. Cocoa powder
2 tsp. Baking soda
½ tsp. Salt
1 cup. Butter
1 cup. White sugar
1 cup. Brown sugar (I used demerara)
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
¼ cup. Milk (bonus, if it’s chocolate)
2 eggs, room temp*
1 cup (or more). Chocolate Chips, any kind you like. I used dark chocolate.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.
You’ll need 1 medium bowl and 1 large bowl.
Put the “Dry” ingredients in the smaller bowl, whisk together and set aside.
Put the “Wet” ingredients in the bigger bowl. Cream the butter and sugar once mixed thoroughly combine, add the other “wet” ingredients (in the order listed) mixing inbetween :)
Pour the “dry” mix into the “wet” mix bowl a little at a time. Then add the chocolate chips. Try not to over mix, a little bit of powder won’t hurt :)
Line a baking tray with parchment paper (or however you prefer). I make smaller cookies, so I use a little more than a tbsp worth of dough per cookie and I can fit a dozen per tray. Just take a spoon and drop the dough on…try to keep the dough away from your mouth…or you might not have any left for cookies…
Bake @350 degrees F for 15 min** and let rest on the tray for 5 min before devouri…I mean removing from tray.
(* Protip: if your like me and just took the eggs out of the fridge rn. Sit them in a bowl of warm water while you prep the rest of the mixtures. They’ll be warm by the time you need them.)
(**Protip: since oven temps can vary, a good way to tell if your cookies are ready (around he 12 min mark) is to poke the cookie (be careful, it’s got in there) if the dough sinks in and doesn’t come back up the cookies need more time.
Paris is exquisite. Everything seems to breathe with life, and count every
breath as if it was the last. The way the golden sun kisses the tops of the
buildings each morning to rouse them from their slumber is by far the best way
to wake. However, any true Parisian knows that nights in Paris are what the
soul really desires. The full moon that sits languidly above the Eiffel Tower,
watching all of Paris laughing through the night, lets you know that you are
never alone. It is definitely easy to understand why people fall in love in
this beautiful city. It is as if every piece of Paris was made just for you,
especially in June.
unless you’re being dragged a half hours walk to the 18th arrondissement
after every decent person in the city has locked up their homes for the night
by someone who is supposed to be your best friend. Then it is quite easy to be
disgruntled in the face of beauty.
If that is
the case, then it really depends on the person. If you are the sort of person
to enjoy a nice midnight adventure, traipsing through dangerous neighborhoods
in your finest, then this experience visiting a different kind of…market, would
surely be an enjoyable one.
However, Draco Malfoy was not the
sort of person to stick his nose into the *ahem* business practices of anyone else. Especially this sort of business practice. He would much rather spend his time
back in the 9th arrondissement… where it was safe, and sanitary.
June in Paris for him, at the moment, seemed very unattractive indeed.
the other hand…
honestly, hurry up. I don’t want to miss anything.” The beast tugged on the
jacket sleeve that was pressed within an inch of its life, wrinkling the
fabric. You would never guess that they were from the same ilk with the level
of excitement he was displaying. If Draco hadn’t known him all his life, he
would have thought the handsome gentleman tugging on his arm had grown up in
Montmartre itself, instead of the beautiful Italian manor house of which his
family was so proud of.
was climbing to alarming levels as he followed his bouncing friend in the
direction of the foul subsection. There were few reasons why a person from
proper breeding would make their way to this part of the city, and Draco did
not think they were here to peruse through the artwork of the locals.
streets below his feet caused him to stumble and curse, nearly falling into the
tall man clutching his arm. The walk alone was murder if one was not wearing
the proper shoes.
unhand me?” he snarled “I gave my word that I would accompany you out tonight,
even when you insisted that we spend the evening…” a sneer lifted the corner of
his mouth as he realized exactly what street they were on. How could he have
not noticed? The crowded streets filled with women in far too much makeup, men
leering openly at everything with a pulse, Bohemians strutting about in their
garish ensembles. “at the Moulin Rouge.”
feel his pulse thundering in his temples, not that he let it show on his face.
“Blaise, pray tell, what exactly do you not want to miss at the Moulin that is
perfectly available on any existing street corner? There,” he gestured to an
open corner where a very large woman was shaking her overly large breasts in an
offensive manor. “Why don’t you venture over there and pick up that beautiful…
creature. Preferably, without me being present whilst you…dally.”
features stretched into a predatory grin that made Draco’s stomach cramp with
anxiety. There were two people who frightened him when their features took on
that particular look; the man currently standing in front of him, and Pansy.
Pity, that they had married each other. Surely their parents felt their match
was appropriate, but Draco felt that if they had chosen someone more… demure
then it would have saved everyone a headache in the long run.
dear friend, do you not honestly expect me to believe that you have no
understanding of what takes place at the Moulin? It is more of an experience
than a simple rendezvous with Constance.” Of course he knew her name, the
wretch. He pressed his hand into the other man’s shoulder. “Do not fear, my
naïve friend, you are in my care now. You may drop the act of innocence that is
surely only there to impress Ms. Greengrass. She is nowhere in sight tonight.”
His grin stretched wider “Unless she too is somewhere inside, you have
permission to live as you wish until morning.”
Draco clenched his jaw muscles
and looked into the face of the other man.
feel the throbbing in his temples increasing at an alarming rate. Blaise was
many things, but never would he have considered his friend to be stupid. If he
thought that this lurid display of…. promiscuity was going to do anything to
calm his nerves from his impending engagement to Ms. Greengrass, then he does
not understand how they have remained in acquaintance all these years.
you—never mind.” He shook his head “Blaise, please tell me this isn’t some sort
of scheme to take my mind off of my engagement.” He looked the other man in the
undignified, guffaw erupted from his friend’s lips. “Oh Draco, dear heavens no!
This trip is purely for educational matters. I just figured that you might as
well get some practice in before you wed, that way when the time comes— “
He was going to murder him, right here. At least this way he can blame the
atmosphere for his willingness to commit such a crime when they haul him for trial.
Surely his father’s lawyer would understand. “Can we not discuss my upcoming
marital affairs in public? Actually, let us not discuss them at all. Just
because you and your spouse decide it is fine to jump into the bed of anyone
within 300 yards, does not mean that my marriage will be the same!”
that was a low blow, as well as hypocritical. What Blaise and his wife did
behind closed doors was none of his business and he preferred it that way. The
heat of embarrassment fills his cheeks at his outburst. Curse his fair skin.
lifted an eyebrow “The difference in the relationship between Pansy and I, and
the one that you and Ms. Greengrass will be establishing in a two years’ time,
is that I am attracted to my wife.” His eyes glinted in the lighting cast from
the glow of the buildings, giving them a frighteningly shiny gleam. “I do not
require the ‘practice’ to get through my husbandly duties.”
Draco suddenly found that the
Moulin was a much more complex structure than what he had though upon first
glance. He could feel the heat in his cheek spread to his neck.
That particular… abnormality of his would pose a problem with his future spouse
if he could not err—perform up to par on the night of his betrothal.
Blaise’s face softened with his words “You know that Pansy and I do not mind,
and would never betray your confidence.” He gave a kind smile. Sometimes, Draco
felt he was lucky to have a friend like Blaise. Other times, like now, he
understood why his father thought them unnecessary. “Besides, it is perfectly
his head toward his friend. He did know that, but that didn’t mean he would…
advertise this information. He was supposed to sleep with his wife after they
were wed. That is what he had been taught all his life. You procure an heir, and
your husbandly duty was fufilled. When his affliction presented itself when he
reached of age, suddenly the husbandly obligation seemed more daunting. He had
trouble enough imagining how to go about doing it, so how would it be possible
if he—well… For arguments sake, the theory was if he could deny his
abnormalities, then when the time arrived for him to fulfill his duties he
would do it to the best of his ability without the memory of what he could have
lingering in the back of his mind.
Blaise might not have agreed with, but had jumped onto if it meant that he
might accompany him out.
things, like deflating at the sight of your exposed wife on your wedding night,
were just not on. Something he knew was in the near future no matter how much
‘practice’ Blaise insisted he have.
did not bring you here to fraternize with women and steal all my
opportunities.” His grin returned to its previous state of decadence “I brought
you here because Zidler has proven to us all that he is completely insane.”
allowed an eye roll to cross his features as he released the tension in his
shoulders. Mollified that Blaise wasn’t going to convince him to sleep with
some terrifying woman.
Everyone has always known that Charles
Zidler was a mad man. A genius in all things to do with the sins of the flesh,
but a complete nutter. “What has he done this time, given his girls polka-dot
“He hired a
male can-can dancer.”
that had finally ebbed from his face, relocated to his abdomen. Suddenly the
Moulin’s complex structure was no longer a source mild interest; It was
absolutely fascinating. Almost compelling him inside to see if the grand
ballroom matched the exterior walls in their indecent shade of red. Images of a
man with hard muscles wrapped in girlish garters, kicking his legs into the air
along with the other dancers flitted through his mind. The red windmill on top beckoned
like a sirens call, promising the inside to be filled with mesmerizing objects
and creatures that Poseidon, himself, could never imagine finding.
“Oh, did I
get your attention then?” he smirked.
physically shook himself out of his trance “But… why would I be interested in
seeing him? It’s not like I could ever stoop to, you know.” His cheeks would
have warmed again if all the blood in his body was not currently making its way
to his groin at the mere thought of what that statement entails. He most certainly
could not ‘you know’ with the can-can dancer, but oh god, he wanted to.
eyes looked as if they were going to pop out of his head and roll onto the
cobbled ground beneath their feet. “What do you mean you are not going to ‘you
know’ with him? You can’t not ‘you know’ with him! You know?”
think that he knew, but one could never be too sure with his friends.
he explain to Blaise that he just couldn’t? It would be too much like Plato’s
Allegory of the Cave. Once he would have the knowledge of what is out there, he
could never go back without driving himself mad. For Blaise, it’s easy. He might, upon
occasion, enjoy a tryst into the deviant Bohemian lifestyle of sexual freedom,
but that is all they are to him; trysts. They don’t haunt him with realities of
his ailment, nor do they taunt him with the knowledge that legality has nothing
to do with familial obligations. “I can’t Blaise. I’m engaged.”
“And I am
married.” Blaise laughed. “What of it?
of the man in garters returned “You, you just don’t understand.” Draco hissed.
“You’ve a wife that does not mind you messing around with other people. You
both are honest and open about who you are with each other. Don’t you
understand that if I were to sleep with this man tonight, I could never allow
my wife the honesty she deserves? I could never look at her and promise her
that I would hold her above all else? Because I couldn’t Blaise, you know that
I couldn’t. I would return here, every night if I could.” He looked into his
the sadness he found there, he might now understand what he was feeling. But
the steel in his eyes promised that the disagreement was not met. “Draco,
listen to me. I know that I cannot fathom what it is to be in your situation,
but you have got to let go. It is not healthy for a young man to repress his
very nature.” He lifted his chin “Ms. Greengrass is not your wife as of yet.
You have not even announced your formal engagement and this opportunity
presents itself at just the appropriate moment, and you have decided to live
your life never knowing? What would Pansy say if she could hear of you being a
coward? This is a sign, Draco. One telling you that you must take care of your
needs, which you do not do often enough, if at all.” He gave him a stern look.
“If you choose to ignore this as a sign, then fate itself will punish you if my
wife does not get to you first.”
looked at his dearest friend and saw the genuine concern that lay behind his
words. As his courtship with Ms. Greengrass loomed in the near future, he
became more withdrawn. Barely speaking to any of his former friends. He had
spent all his energy on appearances, so worried that if he dared lose his
footing in the proceedings, that everything would be revealed. Pansy had
finally had enough of his distance and demanded his return to the land of the
living, or she would make Hell seem like a sauna. It had worked, and he had
promised her from then on to take care of himself.
like an easy compromise. Pansy, for her part, would rather it if he would live
openly and find himself a nice young gentleman to settle down with, the tart.
you will stay with me Blaise Zabini, or you
will find yourself on the end of your wife’s shrill descant.”
Cheshire cat grin reappeared. “Excellent.” He straightened Draco’s jacket, and
pushed him inside the doors. “I promise you will not regret this.”