temptation indeed

THE SYMBOLISM OF THE ANCHOR

by Harold Meij

“The anchor is first seen in the third degree lecture, where we are taught that it is a symbol of a well-grounded hope. As the anchor was often a seaman’s last resort in stormy weather, it was frequently connected with hope. Being made of a solid body, the anchor was also identified with firmness, solidity, tranquility and faithfulness. The anchor remains firm and steady amidst the stormy waters, symbolizing the stable part of a human being, that quality which enables us to keep a clear mind amid the confusion of sensation, emotion and the general “storms” of life. Therefore the anchor keeps us steady in the storms of temptation, affliction, and persecution. Indeed St. Paul mentions that “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19). Christ is sometimes referred to as the anchor in the sea of life. This usage in Christianity can also be seen in the usage of the anchor in pictures of Saints, including St. Clement of Rome, St. Nicholas of Myra - patron saint of sailors, and John of Nepomucene - patron saint of confessors.”

this week's horoscopes with too much advice, probably, since Mercury is retrograde...
  • From May 19th to May 23rd Horoscope written by Crystal Melbourne (zodiac--signs), based on the Movement of the Moon.
  • Aries: You will be tempted to try something new on the 19th and 20th, and this will inspire you far more than your personal chores. You will have a great opportunity to expand your skills if you look for a position that allows you to explore the world. On the 21st and 22nd, you may feel guilty because of what someone says to you, so keep your intentions stellar, your eyes set on the prize and you'll be just fine. On May 23rd, social activities will be extremely insightful concerning someone you deem special.. Just have fun!
  • Taurus: Someone will need your help on the 19th and 20th and you should do your best to deliver whatever is necessary, but keep moving: put time aside to help people yet don't forget about your personal struggles. Don't look back. On the 21st and 22nd you may feel a sudden urge to dwell on the past, but instead, do something out of the ordinary and you'll find someone who motivates you a lot more, outside your routine. On the 23rd, a problem at home will arise if you overreact, overspend or do anything excessive, in any way. Moderation will be your bestfriend!
  • Gemini: On the 19th and 20th, you'll feel confused and if uncertainty takes over, try your hardest to be honest with yourself about what you can actually do. Empty goals will frustrate you in the future. On the 21st and 22nd, you'll get ahead as long as you present your skills in a diverse manner. People from your past will surface and come back to haunt you on the 23rd, so find your hidden strength and refuse to dwell on the past. Break free.
  • Cancer: On the 19th and 20th, don't back down or give in. Trust your gut and move forward, stay focused. Don't be fooled by something that sounds too good on the 21st and 22nd. This week's temptations are indeed dangerous and an impulsive reaction will be the worst you need right now. On the 23rd, avoid making a fuss.. you will feel confused but it shall pass. Don't make any important decision. Don't overreact.
  • Leo: The 19th and 20th are very favorable to make professional changes, but keep your emotions in check. On the 21st and 22nd, if you keep your motives pure and be positive, you'll find it easy to find a solution to whatever is requested of you. You'll be asked to solve a problem. Time is money on the 23rd, get moving!
  • Virgo: Loss is apparent if you're not paying enough attention on the 19th and 20th. Don't trust people so easily these days, control will be needed to secure your well-being. Be careful. Your judgement of others will be uncanny on the 21st and 22nd. On the other hand, on the 23rd, relationships are more than encouraged! Use your intuition and socialize as much as possible.
  • Libra: A change will do you a world of good. Travel plans or exchange of ideas will give you plenty interesting goals on the 19th and 20th. On the 21st and 22nd, avoid anyone who causes you any kind of emotional grief. Watch your back and do not, no matter what, give your secrets away. It's important that you keep a smile on your face on the 23rd.
  • Scorpio: Expect to experience deception regarding investments, other people's money or legal issues on the 19th and 20th. On the 21st and 22nd, too much of anything will lead to a great loss, so be careful and take care of your responsibilities. Don't underestimate the power of something outside your control.. Look for a job, catch up on correspondence and minimize your spending on the 23rd.
  • Sagittarius: On the 19th and 20th you will notice that someone doesn't like the way you're doing something, but don't be upset, arguments are likely to be destructive these days. Make a financial move on the 21st and 22nd and you won't be disappointed! Long-term decisions are also favorable these couple days. On the 23rd, be more committed, let your feelings be known and lay your plans on the table.
  • Capricorn: Changes of feelings are likely to occur on the 19th and 20th, so think twice before making an impulsive decision. Avoid trying to change others. On the 21st and 22nd, you'll be prone to anxiety if you set your goals too high. Be softer. An unusual offer will entice you. The 23rd is a great day to nurture an important relationship you have.
  • Aquarius: Open up about what you want on the 19th and 20th, and you will tempt someone who has an interest in you. Get rid of something you no longer need, and it will bring you much joy in the future. The 21st and 22nd are great for personal changes and growth, especially personally and professionally. However, financial gains may be fragile. On the 23rd, a change at home will be needed.
  • Pisces: On the 19th and 20th it's absolutely necessary that you have a backup plan. Consider the path most likely to lead you to success very carefully and don't share your thoughts until everything is in its place and ready to go. The 21st and 22nd are great for creative projects, but working quietly on your own will bring the best results. Spend some time making your surroundings more comfortable on the 23rd, and it'll help you feeling at ease with your future.

Boxer!Luke continuation from this

Gif credit to 2k15luke

Word count: 1k

A/N: It’s a bit longer than the first part and deals with mature themes (not really though), so read with caution.

This got angstier than intended.



You saw the way his facial features visibly unclenched and relaxed when he was sleeping. You took in the light pout that was grazing his lips and just how peaceful he seemed. You tried to memorize it all because it would be the only time you’d see him like that, the only opportunity before you both went back to distant and cold behaviour. You mentally sighed and wrapped yourself up in his blanket before Luke would wake up and snap at you to leave.

~

In the end he tried to be nice or at least not kick you out of his bed so fast. You were not a normal girl he fucked that he didn’t want to see anymore, no, you were his roommate and he actually liked seeing you entangled in the sheets, eyes blinking heavily with sleep and with nothing more than a shirt underneath. Even though he’d like you even more with nothing covering your body. He hated himself the second his mind came up with the visual. Inappropriate but also tender thoughts about you had come to him more often than he wanted in the last few months that you stayed with him and he just wanted to shake them off. A relationship was not what he was searching for, let alone love and care.

He had to pull himself away from you, away from the temptation that indeed you were but Luke was never good with self control. He wasn’t ever going to sleep with you in a bed again, he vowed to himself, naked or with clothes on, sober or high. And he definitely wouldn’t fall in love with you because fuck it, then he would be screwed.

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Still Life

More Fenfluff for onemooncircles. She got two responses to the prompt she gave, so I riffed off the anon thing she received the other day. Love you, awesome artist lady!

Fenris by the fire, the light flickering over his white hair and his bare shoulders. The straight, dark eyebrows drawn together in concentration; his expression entirely focused and unselfconscious. His hands: long, graceful lines of olive skin and silver lyrium, faltering with the charcoal pencil and the page, and so confident in other contexts… Maker, she loved his hands. 

“You are staring at me. Again.”

“Technically I was ogling,” Hawke protested. She was thirteen thousand months pregnant, and no matter where she put the pillows, she couldn’t get comfortable. Her bladder had been compressed to the size of a pea and the babies kept trying to kick her ribs into pieces. In her current state, the hard-won and long-awaited ability to openly ogle Fenris was one of the best parts of her life, and she objected to him reducing it to mere staring. Anyone could stare. 

He looked up from his page, eyes lingering on hers. “I am corrected.”

“Damn straight,” she said, and made him chuckle. “Ogling aside, can I convince you to leave that for tonight and come to bed? Look, I’m already here and all naked.” She drew her hand along her side, over her breast, just to make the ‘naked’ part a little clearer.

“A temptation indeed,” Fenris said, low and a little rough. “I am almost finished, I think.”

“Anders says there’s another month to go, so I’m all out of patien–oof.”

“Hawke?” Fenris was tense, ready to go to her aid or run for Anders, and she’d be smiling at his wide-eyed concern once she had her breath back. 

“Just –“ she put her hand over his as he knelt beside their bed, charcoal-blackened fingertips skimming the taut skin of her massive belly and leaving a ghostly tracing in their wake. “Maker, I’d swear there were at least six tavern brawlers in here.”

“That does not sound comfortable,” he said, and Hawke laughed as she shook her head.

“You are the master of understatement, Fenris. Let me guess…  the sun is a little on the bright side, grass is not ungreen-“

“ ‘Ungreen’?” Fenris repeated, with the lift of one eyebrow.

“Don’t argue with me, I’m fifteen million months pregnant with wrestlers. The grass is not ungreen and life is tolerable.”

Hawke,” he said, the way he did sometimes, as though he was helpless to say anything else. He dropped a kiss on her hand, on her stomach. One of the babies kicked him in the mouth, and his laugh, muffled against her skin, was soft and full of wonder. “Life is… so full of joy that I would fear it all a dream, save that I could never have imagined this. I could never have imagined you.”

“Ah – oh.” Hawke’s eyes filled a little… pregnancy was turning her into such a sap, and she would have hated it if anyone else could see it, but between her and Fenris, it didn’t matter at all.  “That’s… that’s not understatement.”

“Ah, but it is,” Fenris said, very quietly, and there were no more words for a time. 

Later, though, he returned to the fireplace and his paper. “You had your hand tucked under your head, Hawke,” he reminded her, and she rearranged herself accordingly as Fenris drew. 

Drew her, as he’d done many times before, when they were parted. She’d found one of them once, and it had given her hope… but it was a very different thing, to lie still as he studied her, frowned at the paper, smudged the charcoal, and swore at her knees for refusing to make sense. 

He was never too confident about the result, but persisted nonetheless. He didn’t articulate why, either, but Hawke thought sometimes that it was simply because he chose to, that this was something he had claimed for himself. She liked seeing it; there had been too few choices in Fenris’s life, too few chances to do something simply because he enjoyed doing it. So if she could help by sitting still, or lying still, she would. It didn’t hurt that it provided her with an excellent opportunity for ogling.
She was less than enthused about this particular portrait, but that was because she had a mirror and she knew she looked like a whale. If Fenris really wanted to draw whales, they could have just gone off with Isabela…

… actually, scratch that. Morning sickness had been awful enough without compounding it with seasickness. Hadn’t they seen whales down on the Wounded Coast that one time? Isabela had scoffed at her, but she’d been sure she’d seen a plume…

“Hawke,” that rich voice interrupted her mental image of the two – no, the four – of them down by the beach, looking for whales.

“Huh?”

“I’m done,” Fenris said. There was always a pause before the next question, a hint of vulnerability in his voice when he asked, “Would you like to see?”

“Of course,” she said, and the thin paper with its blurred charcoal was entrusted to her hands, to her gaze, her opinion. 

Hawke looked at it and sniffled. Oh, her knee was wonky and there was something a little weird about the curve of her hip, but Fenris had drawn her and she wasn’t a whale. “Oh, Fenris. I’m… I’m so beautiful.”

And he smiled, leaned in close to kiss her. “I will do better,” he murmured against her mouth, “by the time they are born.”

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Translation starts at 6:15

mMC: The things that each Tohoshinki member wants each other to fix. First is what does Yunho wants Changmin to fix?

fMC: It’s this: “STOP TEMPTING ME WITH YOUR MIDNIGHT MEAL”

mMC: Eehh? What does that mean?

YH: So because lately I’ve disciplined my body (diet), I control my meal intake. But changmin, in the middle of the night, he would make instant ramen so I got tempted by him.

mMC: Like “let’s eat”…

YH: yes, like “It’s okay!

CM: "You won’t get fat!”

YH: And then I’d say “leave me alone”

mMC: Ah it’s those kind of temptation, it’s hard isn’t it when you’re in the middle of enduring meals

CM: because he (already) has a good body…

*everyone laughs

CM: … I want to share a delicious meal with him. It was a pure thought

mMC: I see, like you only want him to eat…

From 7:10

fMC: But then, what changmin wants yunho to fix is this: “PLEASE STOP SNATCHING MY MIDNIGHT MEAL”

mMC: ehh.. both of you said different stuff

CM: So at first because I knew that he’s on diet (discipline), I didn’t offer/ask him. I made and ate instant ramen or other delicious midnight meal by myself but then suddenly he appears beside me and went like

“Is it delicious?”

mMC: eeh?

CM: “Can I have a bite?” and it was not ‘a bite’ at all, it was a big portion. So I thought, next time i’ll invite him to eat together. So next, when I was about to eat I asked him “do you want to eat?” he went “naaahh~”

YH: Can’t Can’t

mMC: but the reason (behind his offer) was because Yunho-san snatched his food first

CM: yes! so because he said he won’t eat so I said “okay then I’ll eat it by myself” and when I’m eating, again, he appeared beside me and went like “ya…. but okay I’ll take 1 bite”

mMC: what was that…

YH: yes so in the end I ate, but as for why, it was because Changmin’s reaction are no joke. when he’s eating he’d went “hmmmm~ <3 this is so delicious”

mMC: So the “hmmm~” was the temptation

YH: yes indeed

mMC: You two are close aren’t you!!

8:44

mMC: Are you guys living together?

CM: yes, in Japan

mMC: (asking the bald MC) won’t you live together with me too? (and then the bald MC went all like wth, and the chubby MC went like so we can be takatoshinki –> cos they both were known as “takatoshi”)

9:05

Yunho and Changmin’s ideal type among Japanese celebrity

YH: I like bright personality but those that also looks intellectual, and has innocent kind of prettiness

fMC: eh?? eh?? (*hoping)

YH: But this is our first meeting *touches the MC’s shoulder*

fMC: HE TOUCHED ME HE TOUCHED ME

YH: 仲間由紀恵

mMC: Have you met her?

YH: We met and did a light introduction, but after i went back home and lied on my bed it came to me like “she’s pretty”

mMC: So you when you’re asleep you think about it, so you realized afterwards

YH: yes it came to me a bit later. and I was a bit dokidoki

10:11 - Changmin

CM: lately it's 長澤まさみ

MCs: Aaaaa~ she’s pretty

CM: She looks bright and full of spirit, and she’s also cute

mMC: Have you met her?

CM: Last year she came to our  Tokyo dome concert

MCs: Eeeh?

CM: Japanese celebrity, actress, came to watch our live performance… I felt like… Uwa! I’m a celebrity.

mMC: Because you’re also a celebrity…

10:47 translation ends

translated by: boomjagalaka