thank you christine for the suggestion :)

What’s up, it’s Alexei!

When Ngozi posted this picture yesterday of young post-draft Tater “trying his darnedest to answer press questions in English,” I thought, “You know, I could make a play fic out of that.” Which is what led to the following 2700+ words about Tater and his ESL tutor.

Many, many thanks to @ktheunready for being my Russian authenticity consultant and beta!

Georgia Martin stood at the back of the media scrum and watched Alexei Mashkov stumble his way through his post-draft interview, saw the way his fingers kneaded the brim of the brand-new Falconers’ cap he’d been handed for the initial official photos, saw the way his eyes widened and stayed intently glued to whoever was asking him a question, like he was afraid he’d miss some key bit of meaning if he blinked.

She pulled out her phone and made a call.


«No, Mama, I promise, my room is very nice. The family is very nice. Everything is very…»

«Let me guess, nice? »

Alexei sighed. «Yes.»

«You know I don’t doubt you, right, Alyosha? I’m not worried you can’t do this. You will be fine. But I know this is your first time to live in another country, with none of the boys from your teams here. It can be… hard, sometimes. I know.»

«Yeah, Mama, I know. You told me.»

«Are you telling me you’ve heard the stories of my youth too many times?» she asked in mock outrage.

«No, no!» he laughed. «Of course not.»

«Good. I should think not.» He could picture her face exactly, and it made him smile. «I’m glad your host family seems nice, Alyosha. I’m sure you will have many friends in no time.»

He flopped back on the bed again and stared at the ceiling. «I hope so.»

«We’ll talk again soon. Love you, son.»

«Love you, too.»

He hung up and let his phone rest on his chest. He’d been to America before. He’d thought he’d known what it would be like, that it wouldn’t be so bad. Different, yes, but there would be so many interesting new things to see, and new teammates, and he certainly knew how to play hockey. What he had failed to take into account, apparently, was how exhausting it was to try to function in English all day. For a US hockey team, the Falconers’ roster was shockingly low on Russian players, so his host family was one of the French Canadian ones. To their credit, they did speak some Russian, but it was hardly enough to have a real conversation. Alexei felt like he’d been practically mute all day.

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The Victory Train

Summary: “Peeta, this is your Victory Tour,” Effie, his manager, said. “You just won a Tony. You’re young and you’re talented, and you don’t need Glimmer as your leading lady.”

“Then, who is going to play Christine?” Peeta asked in exasperation. “We’re heading out in three days.”

“There’s my sister,” Prim, the young blonde who played Meg Giry, timidly offered. “She can sing.”

Art imitates life. Costume designer Katniss Everdeen is about to play the role of a lifetime.

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I think this could be my biggest recoloring project ever.  Behold, Masquerade!

I found nearly every single Masquerade in here, including some I’ve never really known about, including The Oriental Lady, The African Tribesman, and Lon Chaney to name a few!  A few mysterious ones missing, like Piangi and Meg, so if you spot them in there, let me know!

It was pretty amazing to work on this incredible photo!  If you see any mistakes or want to point something out to me, don’t be afraid to!  I did hours and hours of research for this one (mostly thanks to operafantomet’s unbelievable catalog of photos) but I know that it’s not perfect and if anybody has any suggestions or sees something I missed, I’d love to correct it!  

anonymous asked:

Hey, there! I just wanted to say I've been a huge fan of your art for a long time! I'm a major phantom phan and I wanted to ask you a few questions. I've noticed you are a big Erik and Christine shipper. I think that's great. It's a wonderful ship but I was kinda curious on your thoughts about Raoul and Christine. Also I was wondering what inspired your Raoul character design. I hope you don't mind me asking these questions. Thank you and have wonderful day/evening/morning/night.

Thank you SO much! I really appreciate that!

I am most definitely an Erik and Christine shipper, but I’m also a stalwart Raoul and Christine shipper! I am not suggesting that the three of them should, um…you know…um. Because no. When I say I ship Erik and Christine, I do not mean to say that Christine should have stayed with Erik. I mean to say that I’ve come up with this happy medium in my happy little head canon land in which Erik and Christine end up together and she’s the cheery little ball of Swedish sunshine and he’s the fussy, grumpy, brooding creepy guy. The juxtaposition makes me laugh.

But if we’re sticking with canon, I love the story exactly the way it is.

I just realized that this is going to be a long post. I’ll put the rest under the cut.

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