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I Don't Wanna Live Forever [Connor Murphy x Reader]

Title: I Don’t Wanna Live Forever
Pairing: Connor Murphy x Reader
Fandom: Dear Evan Hansen
Requested: no
Summary: Your family takes an annual trip to the mountains with the Murphy family every year to unwind over the winter break–that being said, Connor Murphy isn’t the sweet kid he used to be, and you’d rather be anywhere else than sharing a room with him for two weeks. However, between your parents, a line of accidents, and a mapless trip in the woods seem determined to bring you together–if you can make it out alive.
Warnings: Connor’s potty mouth | Mentions of drugs, abuse, alcohol, panic attacks, sex trafficking, sex, blood, hospitals | First person reader | face paced/vignette style | not proof read | tenses may change
A/N: Here’s that long ass thing I’ve been working on for weeks and just finished a few minutes ago, ayy. Based entirely off the “Connor hated skiing” line. This is long af with no read more option, sorry :/ Here we go! (THANKS FOR 500+ FOLLOWERS ♡♡♡)

Connor Murphy was a lot of things.

He was stubborn–I’d never seen him admit he was wrong, but I’d definitely seen him throw scrabble pieces across the wooden floor of the cabin, leaving Zoe to scramble red-faced to collect them as he stomped up the oak steps to his room, echoing around the house.

He was annoying–I’d told him once I wasn’t crazy about Iron Maiden, which resulted in the album being on blast for the entirety of the time he drove Zoe and I around the mall in the family’s silver minivan.

He was stoic. He was impatient. He was angry.

I’d begged my parents not to go cabins for winter break. I’d begged them to pick a different mountain range if we were so dead set on skiing. But Mr. Murphy and my mother were business associates, and the last thing she wanted to do was make them feel like we were no longer on good terms–especially because of Connor.

“Larry’s been having an awfully hard time with Connor, sweetheart, you have to understand,” my mother crooned in our rental car, fixing her lip liner as she drove, my father keeping a white knuckled grip on the Jesus handle above his head. “He’s not doing very well in school and he’s been throwing tantrums at home. Poor Cynthia is at her wits end. They’re lucky to have that sweet Zoe, she’s so talented and smart. Poor Connor is jealous and acting out, just try not to rally him up, alright, dear?”

I didn’t dignify her with a response, mostly because I knew she wouldn’t like what I had to say anyway, but also because I knew she wouldn’t care to listen, either. I sighed loudly, watching the snow flurry softly outside the window. It wasn’t fair–here I was in the middle of something so remarkably beautiful, and I’d be shoved in a minivan with the Murphy kids and stuck in the valley town’s 1970s mall with crappy t-shirts and a vape store that Connor would spend all day in.

The cabin was huge, up with a view of the town below, nearly three stories made of solid, stripped oak, in the middle of a winding road with a four percent grade. Half the cabin was supported on beams which plummeted down the mountain face. I’d be lucky to stand on the deck without vomiting, let alone being able to venture into the hot tub.

The Murphy’s minivan was already in the drive, trunk shut, meaning they’d unpacked and I’d be left with whatever miniscule space they’d left for me in the loft area.

“Remember to be nice, sweetheart,” my mother crooned again, fluffing her hair in the mirror and giving me an enthusiastic smile in the rearview. “It’s important! They’re practically family.”

Geez, I was lucky to not have Connor Murphy for a cousin.

Slinging my backpack over my arm and exiting the rental car, I took the liberty to stretch, despite the cold air that stung my cheeks and the snow that fluttered down into my hair. This may very well be the last moment of solitude I had for the entirety of the week, and I was going to revel in it.

A movement caught my eye, suddenly, and I lowered myself off my tiptoes to glance up at the second story window–a curtain fluttered shut. It was most likely Zoe or Connor checking out the commotion that was my father and mother bickering over who carried what into the house, and shutting it once they’d realized I caught them. Feeling vaguely uneasy, I turned just as Larry Murphy, bundled in a parka, burst out of the house to take two suitcases from my father.

It was going to be a long two weeks.


Cynthia Murphy made me stand by the kitchen counter as she was stocking the cabinet with neon colored cardboard boxes containing various sugary, pink cereals with marshmallows and prizes inside. The Murphy kids were both picky eaters, I remembered quickly, Connor more so than Zoe.

Mrs. Murphy kept playing with my hair, crowing about how much longer it looked (despite the fact I’d cut it since the last time I’d seen her) and how pretty and grown up I’d become, asking me the usually annoying adult questions (“Any thoughts on schools yet? Oh, Connor can’t decide either! Do you know what you’re going to major in? That’s alright, you’ll figure it out soon!”) It would’ve been annoying, I decided, if and only if she didn’t look so sad all the time, the purple bruising under her eyes visible still underneath the layers of makeup. My mother could say whatever she liked about Cynthia Murphy where her wifely duties were concerned–Mrs. Murphy tried to be a good mother (re: tried, period), and that was more than enough to pass her in my book.

In the background, my parents were settling into the second master bedroom, Larry Murphy yelling at the bottom of the stairs to announce our arrival. I could do without the annual reunion, awkward questions about school. The Murphy kids were tolerable–Zoe definitely more so–but it didn’t mean they had to force us together so artificially.

Zoe skimpered down the stairs first, her soft moccasin boots barely making any sound on the stairs–I was surprised to find her long legs bare, her thighs peeking out beneath a pretty pink chiffon dress, covered by what I hoped to be a faux fur parka. Her pretty auburn hair was curled, pulled back with a polka dot headband I could recognize from her childhood. She was wearing eyeliner, and cotton candy flavored lip gloss I remembered sharing when we were thirteen.

It was such a stark contrast from how I remembered her before. The last I’d seen her she’d been gawky and fifteen with a mouth full of metal and a bra full of kleenex. She was practically grown now, and beautiful–it made me feel slightly subpar in my own blue jeans and blue sweater. Regardless, she smiled brightly and skipped over to me, opening her arms to wrap them around my neck.

“It’s so good to see you!” She exclaimed, pressing a quick kiss to my cheek that shocked me, as well as some others–Larry Murphy’s horrified expression was priceless, and I was convinced Connor put her up to it–but I just laughed and hugged her tightly before letting her go.

“You look so pretty,” I told her with a wry grin, and she just tossed the expression back, nodding with a, “So do you!”

“It’s so good to see you girls are still so close,” my mother tittered, beginning to uncork a glass of wine–we didn’t drink much at my house, but the Murphy’s, I knew, did, and my mother certainly wasn’t going to let that go to waste. “Where’s that sweet boy of yours?”

Larry Murphy at the bottom of the stairs, banging on the oak walls, yelling out, “Connor!” was enough to make both the Murphy women flinch visibly. Zoe still had her arm around my waist as we stared up at the ceiling above us, waiting for the squeak of sneakers on the polished wood.

“Don’t yell.”

Zoe jumped away from me as if she’d been burned, pressing herself against the countertop as if to make herself invisible. Mrs. Murphy, her hand clutched to her chest after the initial nose, fought hard to smile believably. I, myself, had jumped at the unexpected sound–Connor Murphy’s curt tenor clear across the room, no where near the stairs, instead standing the doorway were we had just come from. I couldn't  quite make out his frame from here–there was a line of bodies blocking my view, my parents, Mrs. Murphy, and Zoe all formed a human barrier that constructed the divide between Connor and I. Fine by me.

“There you are!” Mrs. Murphy chirped, clearly still nervous, visibly by her shaking voice and hands, fluffing her hair to give her something to do. “You didn’t miss much, Connor, they’ve just arrived.”

My mother said something unintelligent in way of greeting, to which Conner didn’t reply, just shut the door carefully behind him to keep out the cold air. I couldn’t see his face from here, but I could make out that he was much too still for a teenage boy, much too quiet.

“–You remember her, don’t you, Connor?”

My throat closed up as the Red Sea parted, everyone’s heads turning to look between the two of us.

He didn’t move from the doormat–boots  caked in snow, as if he’d gone for a walk, and the bottoms of his skinny jeans were muddy and slick looking. Still, he didn’t shiver, which was slightly unnerving. He was skinnier than I remembered, like he hadn’t been eating, and his face was all angles. He slouched, his pink mouth which was mottled red from the cold was set in a heavy frown. His eyes, which were scanning somewhere around my waist and hadn’t come anywhere near making eye contact since he’d seen me, had blown pupils. Drugs. He was doing drugs in the middle of the afternoon.

He hadn’t cut his hair since I’d seen him last, brown curls poking out of the bottom of a black sock toboggan with a soft pompom on top. It could’ve been funny, I supposed, his rough puberty finishing to leave him left over with this, something akin to a drugged out vogue model who listened to way too much 2008 Fall Out Boy, if he didn’t seem so…unnervingly somber for someone who clearly wasn’t sober. Geez, this kid was a school shooter in the making.

I glanced back up to find him finally staring at my face, shooting an uncomfortable alertness down my spine. His eyebrows were crooked in vague amusement that didn’t seem to reach his mouth, and I felt my face heat up under his scrutiny. If he was trying to intimidate me, it wouldn’t work. I wasn’t scared of boys like him.

“Yeah, I remember her,” he grinned mirthlessly, stuffing his hands into the gut pocket of his hoodie, giving me a nod that, while meant to appease our parents, also felt like a vague threat. I didn’t smile back.

“Great! Wanna show her the room?”

Connor grinned crookedly. “Follow me, kid.”


The upstairs layout was just like I remembered  it–Two rooms, one main one in the first entrance with a king bed tucked in the corner, a TV and a few gaming systems with some furniture in the front, a bathroom with two doors which lead through to the other room, which held the fold out couch and television I was accustomed to using.

The Murphy kids already had their belongs strewn about the room–Zoe’s stuff animals and princess blankets eclipsing most of the bed and an ancient Nintendo DS on the table with SpongeBob stickers on the cover that I’m sure belonged to Connor–and it left me very little room to maneuver through.

Connor was silent as he lead me up, as if I didn’t know the way, but surprised me by stopping in front of the king bed, holding out his arms to signal me.

“Your room, my lady.”

I cocked an eyebrow. “This–this is your bed.”

“Not this year. Dad’s decided it’s a little too Flowers In the Attic for Zoe and I to share a bed this year–I’m on the pull out and you girls get to have your fun.” He shot me a bitter smile to let me know he wasn’t thrilled about having the pull-out–he shouldn’t be, the thing was total garbage–but surely he’d enjoy the privacy of it?

“I don’t care to take the pull-out,” I told him, keeping my bag on my shoulder despite the fact it was beginning to be painfully heavy. “If you wanna–”

“Don’t have a choice,” he said, already turning toward the bathroom to walk to his half of the loft. “The bed’s yours.”


So, Connor Murphy had turned out to be a total dick. It should’ve unsurprising information, I knew, but part of me still remembered him as a charismatic kid I was, at one point, friends with. Back when the three of us all slept in the king bed, before any of us ever had a zit, when we’d fall asleep in the floor watching early 1990s Pokémon episodes, because Larry Murphy didn’t like them watching it.

Even the Connor I remembered at fourteen, gangly and silent and shy with close-cropped hair felt better than this. I was past uncomfortable, sitting stiffly between he and Zoe on one of the couches in the living room. There was a faux fur blanket hanging behind us, shedding hairs onto Connor’s black jacket, which would’ve been funny if he wasn’t picking at his nails with a slightly rusted pocket knife–I notice he’d painted them, which I oddly admired. I’d kissed a boy earlier this year who painted his nails, and his palms were always soft when he’d reach up to cup my cheeks. It softened Connor in my head, just slightly.

He was careful, I saw, to stay on his side of the couch, leaning into the apex of the arm and the back of the couch rather  than flush with me, his thin legs stretched out and crossed at the ankle to avoid me. I appreciated it, but it didn’t stop me from leaning forward, my elbows on my knees, sitting on the edge of the cushion. I could still feel warmth radiating from him–it was late, and I was tired with a full stomach. If I wasn’t careful, I’d fall right into him, and he’d never let me live that down.

Zoe practically was asleep, leaning forward as well with her head on my shoulder. Cynthia had let her have nearly two glasses of wine at dinner–not enough to get her drunk, but it didn’t change the fact Zoe was still lithe and young, and easily tipsy.

We’d all gone into town for a very awkward dinner–I was just thankful to be placed between my father and Zoe, in a position on the opposite end of the table from Connor, who was stuck in between Larry and Cynthia, looking as if he were in a permanent time out.

Now we were gathered around the coffee table in the cabin, the seven of us hunched over a tiny photo album that I couldn’t really make out from here. There were fuzzy polaroids of us as children, looking nothing like we did now. Connor and I at six, soaked from romping in a sprinkler. Zoe and Connor sharing a chocolate icecream cone, their faces covered in the brown spatter.

“You were all so small,” Mrs. Murphy crowed with a choked voice, covering half her face with her hand in a faux attempt to eclipse the emotion. “Oh, I miss it. You kids used to spend so much time together! Now we only get together for break, and Zoe is so busy there’s hardly enough time for her to spend quality time with her sweet brother.”

Zoe snorted loudly, earning a glare from Mr. Murphy I was positive I wasn’t supposed to see. I snuck a glance at Connor, whose face betrayed no emotion, just staring blankly ahead in the direction of the album. From his position, I was positive he couldn’t see more than the chipped leather cover of the book. Even if he leaned forward, he wouldn’t have been able to see much.

My mother and Mrs. Murphy went out in loud voices in a seamless attempt to pretend the seemingly secret interaction had taken place, so, while the focus was shifted, I turned my attention to Connor.

He didn’t cock an eyebrow this time when he caught me staring, instead just furrowed his eyebrows and looked at me, as if he expected me to speak.

“Can you see?” I asked, nodding my head in the direction of the book.

“I’m fine,” he said immediately–vaguely irritating, I’d admit, but nonetheless understandable. I was sure Cynthia Murphy had spent most of her life making sure Connor was comfortable at all times. Still, this was my olive branch, in an attempt to make this trip a little more tolerable, and Zoe seemed less than likely to console her brother at this point.

“We can change seats, I’m not really looking,” I promised, sitting forward more in my seat to show that I was ready to make the change.

“I’m fi–”

Connor was cut off by a squeal from his mother, who had tossed the book into our laps. It had taken a great deal of squinting, letting my heartbeat slow before I realized she’d been showing us something and not trying to kill some giant bug between us.

The polaroid was grainy, an ivory hue that whitewashed the photo and the years of existence made the picture hard to decipher at first, especially when we were so tired. The time stamp was from the late nineties, glowing yellow in the corner of the frame. I recognized the gilded tub from upstairs that dominated half the bathroom, big enough for three adults easily.

Connor threw to book onto my lap first, like it had scalded him. I should’ve done the same, but it took me a moment. To see, to adjust, to read and understand what was so socially condemning about the photo.

It was Connor, I realized first, small and tanned with bony ribs and chunky fingers and the apples of his cheeks straining against his baby skin. His hair was cropped so short, it looked almost silly. Beside him was me, my hair wild and tangled, curled as if my mother had teased it for dinner. My wide eyes were blazing, much too big for my face, and I was grinning with wet lips at the camera.

We were in the tub, surrounded by big pink bubbles.

We were very, very naked.

It shouldn’t have been a big deal–not really, unless you counted the fact that if this had been printed, our parents would be arrested for child porn. I was mostly covered, sitting beside Connor, my shoulders hunched forward. But Connor was standing, meaning the camera got a very decent view of–

“What the fuck, Mom!” He screaming, standing and ripping the book off my lap. Cynthia’s tittering died immediately, the hands covering her laughed instead covered her horrified face.

This was how it started, I realized.

“It’s not fucking funny,” he growled, tossing the book across the room, banging against the wooden wall with a heavy whomp.  

“That’s enough, Connor,” Larry Murphy growled low in his throat. Cynthia’s head was downcast, her eyes wide and wet. I recognized the emotion immediately–she shut down with conflict the same way Connor did.

“You don’t get to laugh at me for shits and giggles this whole trip,” Connor said, already lunging up the stairs, his hands shaking. “If I wanted to feel shitty, I’d have a conversation with you.”

So much for having a quiet trip.
Zoe wasn’t quiet in her gossip about Connor–his door was fashioned shut, I saw, and I doubt he’d come out for the rest of the night. I was positive he could hear his sister’s loud comments from our room.

“Sorry, he’s such an ass,” Zoe groaned, stretching on the bed, her little lilac nightgown shifting across her thighs. “I think his high is wearing off or something–don’t let it bug you. You don’t have to be nice to him, by the way. I’m not gonna let him hurt you.”

I shrugged, noncommittal. “We were friends once. I’m not gonna be mean, he’s never done anything to me.”

Zoe snorted. “You didn’t just see that? He’s a monster, and it gets worse.”

“He just has a temper. Everyone gets like that sometimes.”

I wasn’t sure why I was defending Connor–half because I didn’t want Zoe to tell Connor I disliked him, then he’d actively terrorize me–half because I had no idea why Connor Murphy was so pissed off. It was just a picture. Yeah, embarrassing, I’ll admit I wasn’t too thrilled about eighteen year old Connor Murphy seeing my nipples, and I’ll admit he definitely had the worst end of the stick.

“He loses his shit like that all the time,” Zoe said. “It’s not just a temper.”

“He’s your brother, Zoe,” I reminded gently, brushing out my hair in the bathroom mirror. “Can’t you give him the benefit of the doubt?”

“He’s no brother of mine,” she whispered, rolling over on the bed and clicking off the light.


The next few days passed as the usually did–the adults going places without us, albeit romantic and boring, and leaving the three of us to wander about the town below the mountain crests. It was Zoe’s turn to pick the day’s activity, and she’d chosen the mall.

The place was all dark oak, and hadn’t been remodeled since the late seventies at the earliest. Zoe was chipper, balancing a bag of organic soap and bath bombs on her lap that she’d bought at a local shop, pouring over the cheese fries between us on a plastic red tray.

Connor had also been well-behaved since his outburst several days ago, albeit quiet. He’d separated from us the second we’d arrived, holed out in some record store. Zoe was thrilled to be rid of him, and very vocal about it. I was bored out of my mind.

“Don’t look now,” Zoe said brightly, despite her face suddenly shifting into a mask of disinterest. She bit down on her lip, covered in a pink glitter lipgloss she’d applied much too liberally, and pulled on her pretty auburn braid. “There’s some boys two tables behind us checking you out.”

I felt my face get hot. “You’re lying.”

“Nuh-uh,” Zoe said, leaning into take a sip of her milkshake, biting down on the straw–the look on her face told me she’d got their attention.

“How old are they?” I hissed. The last thing we needed were some creeps following us around the mall–this was how sex trafficking started. Surely Zoe knew that this was a huge red flag.

It was clear from her overzealous wave she didn’t.

I felt a hand on the back of my chair before I saw them–to Zoe’s credit, they were pretty. Both in thick denim blue jeans, both in letterman jackets over white tee-shirts. One was tall, skinny, with pretty dark skin and hair cropped close to his head. The other was a little thicker, pale and short, in badly need from a shave. They were smiling brightly at the two of us in a way that was less awestruck and more closely resembled a triumphant conquest.

“Hello, ladies,” the shorter man greeted, grinning like a shark between Zoe and I. His hair was dark, curling around his temples–handsome, maybe my age, maybe ten years older. It was impossible to tell. There were lines around his eyes that either indicated he smiled too much or was simply older. “What are two cute girls like you doing inside on a day like this–the ski lift is just a walk down the road.”

“We’re here shopping with our brother,” I said immediately, giving a grin. The taller boy quirked his eyebrows at me–his eyes, I noticed, were dark with tawny flecks hidden in them.

“That’s cool,” he said to me, switching places so that the other boy could be closer to Zoe. They both pulled chairs up to our table, facing us. My stomach pinched uncomfortably. “Where’s he at?”

“Nike,” I lied, seeing the sign from the distance and knowing very well that Hot Topic, while probably true, didn’t exactly invoke fear.

“Ah,” he said with a grin, his eyes glancing down at my bare arm with a grin. With two slim fingers, he reached forward to pluck at my woven bracelet Zoe had made me a few nights ago, my name in block letter strung across the twine. His hands were uncomfortably hot, and I drew my arm back into my lap. “Aren’t you cold?” He nodded to my bare arms. I’d left my flannel with Connor, who was sitting on a bench at the time–I hoped he remembered to grab it. I was just wearing a striped cotton tee right now, and my arm had broken out in a case of goosebumps, though I wasn’t sure it was from the cold.

“I’m fine,” I said, careful not to meet his gaze. He was pretty, and if I wasn’t careful, I might end up going somewhere with this guy.

“You know,” he began, and I could hear his grin turn predatory. “You’re very pretty.”

A jolt shot down my spine–I wasn’t pretty, not really, which terrified me. I could hear what the other boy was whispering to Zoe, but I could tell that all the stars were gone from her eyes. She looked pale, panicked. These weren’t the kind of boys we needed to hanging around with.

“I know,” I said quickly. “We really need to call our brother–”

“I think he can wait long enough for me to get your number, right?”

Across the table Zoe laughed, too loudly, pushing back and standing from her chair. She was grinning at the dark haired boy, beckoning her to follow with a jerk of her chin.


“We’re gonna run to get some coffee, okay? Connor should be back soon, don’t wait up.”

She didn’t meet my heavy glare for long, and didn’t turn around when I yelled her name. I watched in silent horror as the boy put his hand flush with her lower back.

I was alone.

The panic crept onto the back of my neck long before his thin fingers did. He smelled like cinnamon, strongly, like he’d done one too many sprays with his cologne that morning. When I turned to face him, his tawny eyes were asking.

“Is this the part where you say you’ve got a boyfriend?” He grinned, his teeth blindingly bright in his tan face. He was so close I could see the threads on the collar of his letterman jacket–it looked soft.

There was a possibility, I realized, that they weren’t dangerous. That I was just being paranoid–Zoe wasn’t stupid, and she wouldn’t go off with a strange boy unless she was sure it was safe. Still, they were definitely in college.

And boy, were they pretty.

“I do have a boyfriend, actually,” I said, lifting my chin to meet his gaze so he wouldn’t think I was lying. There was a small voice in the back of my head, screaming, raised on her tip toes that I should just take this plunge–let him hold my hand or kiss him or whatever he wanted to do, because this was a shitty trip and I deserved to be as reckless as the Murphy kids were allowed. I didn’t see a reason why I shouldn’t.

Besides, you know, the obvious.

He quirked an eyebrow. “You have a boyfriend?” He asked, biting back a smirk. I felt the voice in the back of my head get sucker punched by my ego. So, he didn’t think I was pretty after all. Which meant he was dangerous.

Which meant Zoe was in trouble.

“Yes,” I growled, standing, yelping a bit when his hand snaked up to grab at my wrist, nearly breaking my bracelet and keeping me bent over the table.

“Let go,” I hissed–the food court was nearly deserted, and the family in the corner was carefully avoiding my eyes. I wasn’t sure I had the voice to scream.

“I don’t believe you have a boyfriend.”

“Let go, or I’ll scream,” I warned, yanking on my arm. He let go immediately, holding his hand high above his head, which I knew was meant as a gesture of calm, but instead looked an awful lot like he intended to strike me.

“Where’s your boyfriend, then?” He taunted loudly, thrilled to see no one in the court coming to my aid. I felt sick, the panic rising in my chest. Where was Zoe? She was in trouble. I was in trouble. I was going to have to scream–

“He’s right here.”

My arm flailed, immediately cocking back in an attempt to elbow in the stomach whoever had wrapped their arm around my neck, their other spidery hand snaking just slightly under the hem of my t-shirt to splay across my hip, finger tips barely brushing my skin above my jeans. The arms were strong, vice like, pressing me against a hard body, and suddenly I felt limp, panic leaving me as I realized whose familiar smell I was enveloped in.

Hair grazed across my cheekbone, and I could make out the dark locks if I looked out the corner of my eye, and I nearly yelped when I felt lips press chastely against my temple.

I couldn’t make out much of the boy anymore, my eyes level with Connor’s adams apple from where he was pressing me against him.

“Babe,” Connor said cooly, calmly, making my knees knock against his. “Who’s this?”

“H-he’s leaving,” I managed to stutter out, barely a whisper, my voice hoarse. I sounded terrified. No wonder this ass in the letterman jacket hadn’t be intimated by me, I sounded about as frightening as a kitten. Connor pressed his fingers against the nape of my neck, tilting my head against his jugular so that I couldn’t see anything but the pale column of his throat and his dark hair. It was getting difficult to breathe–I felt sick. He moved his hand to wrap around my waist, yanking me tightly to him.

“You heard her,” Connor said, again stoic–half of me wished I could see his face, but the other half knew it would be terrifying. Connor’s temper was legendary and destructive–to see him so angry wouldn’t make the fist in my gut unclench. “Go. Take your friend with you.”

There was a beat of silence. Then two. I couldn’t hear much but my own shaky breathing, warm and wet against Connor’s neck, his hair making the space much too hot. I wasn’t aware I had knotted my fingers into his shirt until he started walking, dragging my stumbling form forward with him. He was going fast, too fast for me to keep up, and my chest could only rise so far before deflating painfully.

“You gotta breathe,” he grunted, one of his arms still around me. His face felt hot against me.

“Z-zoe!” I choked out, realizing I had no idea where she was. She could still be with that boy, be in danger–

“Oh, Christ,” he exclaimed bitterly, letting go and beginning to trudge forward. I was terrified briefly, suddenly overwhelmed with the fact I didn’t know where I was. There was a Game Stop, and a Victoria’s secret, the neon lighting combined with the screaming toddlers and the kissing teens and Connor was leaving

An arm swept up from behind me, leading me just as quickly, mumbling something I couldn’t make out into my ear.

“Zoe!” I grinned, immediately feeling safer, feeling my fear melt away just smidgen in my gut.

“I’m so so sorry I left,” she sobbed. “I went looking for a cop, but I found Connor first and I told him you were in trouble–”

“It’s fine,” I said immediately, surprised that my voice was no longer wet. “Thanks, Zoe.”

I was calm, or, at least calmer by the time we reached the van. Connor was waiting by the passenger side door, which was opened, leaning against a scratch in the silver paint. He wasn’t looking at us, instead appearing to observe the silver snowflakes as they fell.

My reflection in the side mirror revealed my face was red and blotchy, not just from the cold wind. I felt gross–guilty for the fact I hadn’t been able to defend myself and Zoe, guilty for the fact Connor Murphy was the one who had to come to my rescue, and guilty for the fact I’d cried all over him. His zipped up hoodie seemed to have escaped the mess, but that didn’t mean I didn’t feel awful. 

He stepped out of the way when I made it close, gesturing for me to get in the passenger side door while glaring at the ground. I was only vaguely surprised, and followed along immediately. Zoe and I almost always rode together in the back. I let Connor shut the door, ignoring the disgusted look Zoe gave as she got into the back.

Connor hoisted himself into the driver’s seat, surprising me with a costume change, reappearing in only a forest green tee. He held out his hoodie to me, balled up in one of his fists without looking at me, before just tossing it into my lap.


“I left your flannel in the back. Put that on or you’ll freeze.”

He licked his lips, staring coldly out the front window, before starting the car. I swallowed. Yeah, he definitely hated me.



“You’re sure you’re alright, honey?” My mother asked for the third time. Her hair was tied up, her pink bathrobe covering little of her cleavage and bare legs. She was cradling a wine bottle in her hands, looking at me in faux concern.

I gave her a soft smile. “I’m fine,” I lied. I’d calmed considerately. Connor and Zoe had both agreed I needed to shower to wash off the panicked look on my face–I’d asked them to keep the days happenings a secret. They’d reluctantly agreed.

She gave me a clipped smile. “Maybe you should go to bed early, yeah? That’s what I plan to do.”

I nodded, scratching at my bare leg. I’d taken advantage of Zoe’s absense and changed into boxer shorts and an oversized tee with a kitten on the front–she and Cynthia had headed into town for the night, spending the night at a spa and would be gone for a few days, and my father had taken his annual ‘me time’ and booked a hotel downtown to do his own thing. I think Mr. Murphy went with him, but regardless, he was out of the house. It was just me and my mother.

And Connor. I tried not to think about it. I planned on offering him the big bed tonight, in way of thanking him for today, but we hadn’t spoken much since the incident and I felt…odd. Unsure how to thank him. Unsure why he helped.

I supposed the Murphy men were just gentlemen, even under all that teen angst.

“Yeah,” I agreed. “I’m probably gonna sit out on the balcony and then head to bed.”

She grinned. “Don’t stay out too late, it’s almost down to single digits, dear.”

I just nodded, sliding off the countertop, and slinking upstairs. I was surprised to see Connor sitting on the bed. I grinned.

He looked different, to say the least. He was still without his jacket, wearing only his tee and jeans, and little pair of socks with stars on them, which did seem a little out of character, but I assumed Cynthia bought them. His head perked when he saw me, simply craning his neck, keeping his shoulders bowed forward over his body.

He looked small, I realized. He didn’t look like a boy who punched holes in walls or scared off very big very scary men in shopping mall food courts. He looked like a vogue model with a little too much innocence.

He gave me a grin with no teeth, and it didn’t quite meet his eyes, but I gave him a sheepish smile back.

“Hey,” I greeted, tugging on my top to cover my shorts a little better–Connor Murphy didn’t have any interest in seeing my thighs. Despite all the panic, I’d been playing over and over in my head the comment the boy in the mall had made, incredulous that I had a boyfriend. It was silly to let it sting me, considering he probably wanted to stuff me in a van, but it crippled me nonetheless.

“Hey,” he greeted back, not rising from the bed.  I waited for him to speak again, and when he said nothing, I continued.

“I, uh, meant to say, since Zoe’s gone, you can have the big bed like good old times.”

He frowned. “I don’t need the bed.”

“I don’t either,” I promised, leaning against the banister. “Plus,” I sighed, scratching at the back of my head. “I’m not entirely sure how to thank you for today. I’d probably be selling for a low ball price on the dark web right now, if it wasn’t for you. So, thanks.”

Connor was still frowning. “You’ve had a really rough day. You should take the bed.”

“No,” I insisted, beginning to get frustrated. “I’m really okay, I promise. I can’t give you anything else, take the bed.”

His dark eyebrows knit together quickly, licking his lips again nervously. “I don’t–”

“Plus,” I cut him off again with a curt laugh. “I owe you for your Oscar performance. That was crazy, you know. I can’t believe you fooled him into thinking a guy like you would be with a girl like me.”

His head snapped up. “A guy like me?” He reiterated coldly. I felt my face grow hot.

“You know,” I said quietly.

“Know what?”

“That you’re cool,” I muttered. “And nice looking. And I’m not.”

I was thankful for the warm lighting in the room, concealing my red face. It was already dark out, the blinds drawn tightly. Connor’s fists clenched in the white lace comforter on the bed. I didn’t want him to feel bad for me, and I sort of regretted saying it. Connor had already seen me blubbering today and he didn’t need my shitty teen angst to deal with.

He bit down on his lower lip, staring coldly at the ground before murmuring, “I need a shower. Take the bed.”

I shook my head. “I’m gonna go for a walk.”

He just nodded, rising from the bed. “Don’t get too far. It’s cold out.”

Connor shut the bathroom door behind him, and I was left feeling like a total idiot. I could hear the shower running before I left, snagging Connor’s grey jacket from my bed post and sliding it on. I went down the stairs, sliding out the first door to the outside, stepping out onto the first floor balcony. I made a mental note to the shut the blinds later, before walking around to the front of the cabin.

I should’ve been thrilled to be alive, I realized, snorting at how melodramatic that sounded. Still, as I burrowed deeper into Connor’s jacket, watching my thighs turn red from the cold, I realized that I was shrouded in a veil of melancholy I wouldn’t be able to shake off.

I missed Connor. I missed being his friend. I missed him coming over for play dates when we were kids, gauzy fairy wings strapped to our backs, jumping on a trampoline when Zoe was still to young to participate. I missed writing him letters, like a pen pal, despite the fact he only lived on the opposite side of town. Going to different schools hadn’t deterred us, for a while, at least. We had sleepovers every birthday, and Zoe told the best scary stories. I remembered hiding under Connor’s bed with him, a hand clasped over my mouth so Zoe wouldn’t hear our breathing.

I remembered kissing him when we were in kindergarten, ridiculously late at night, a quick smack on the lips during a game of pretend. I’d kissed Zoe, too, when we were probably much too old for it, but thinking of Connor tugged on my chest.

It stopped as we turned twelve, I realized. I never saw him–he was still playing little league, and I stopped coming to his games to pick dandelions with Zoe. He was beginning to get teased. My parents insisted the slumber parties should stop, we were too old. Every time Connor and I were together at birthdays or Christmas parties, adults would joke about when we’d fall in love, how soon would it be before we got married. We avoided each other like the plague, unless we knew we could be alone. And we were never alone.

Connor hid inside himself. Zoe made fun of him at parties, loudly. I kept quiet.

He stopped calling during the summer months. He never rode his bike by my house. The only time I saw Connor Murphy was the annual ski trip.

I missed him. He’d been a childhood friend, and I’d let him go without a second thought to save myself some shred of dignity, like it wouldn’t be ripped away from me regardless.

Connor Murphy was nothing to be ashamed of.

And now it was too late to be his friend.

It had started to snow again, so I wiped my face and rose, walking the opposite way I had come, skirting the stairs–they led to the upstairs, but only to Connor’s room, and I didn’t plan to barge in uninvited, especially if he was still in the shower, two rooms blocked me from getting to the king bed, so I’d have to walk all the way around the house.

The lights were out, I saw, but again no one had bothered to close the blinds. The television might have been on, a dim blue glow resounding onto the leather couch–

I froze.

As it turned out, my mother hadn’t gone to bed. The television was on, showing some late show with some old white man making cracks about some politician I didn’t care for, casting the blue haze onto the coffee table, revealing the wine bottle my mother had been cradling. Two empty glasses sat on the table–my mother’s bathrobe crinkled on the floor.

I was disgusted in a comedic way, just for a moment, to see my mother in her nightgown kissing my father, who my brain had filled in under the assumption he’d arrived back.

I’d begun backing up to the stairs, Connor Murphy’s naked body be damned, when I realized my father’s car had never pulled up, and I’d been on the front porch the whole time.

A better look in the window revealed a man a little older, a little more gray and a little more handsome than my father.

I was sprinting by the time Larry Murphy had begun to peel his shirt off his back.

I didn’t knock by the time I’d made it to Connor’s room, just threw open the door, struggling to get my breathing under control. I stumbled to the pull out couch, dragging the sheets up around my freezing legs. I was in shock, I knew, and I needed to calm down before Connor came in–the bathroom door was shut, but I couldn’t hear the shower anymore, despite the steady trickle of steam coming through the cracks. I was trapped in this room until Connor came out.

My mother was cheating on my father Larry Murphy. Larry Murphy was cheating on his wife with my mother. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t believe it, I had to have made it up, this had to be a dream–

“What are you doing in here?”

It was an exclamation, alarmed, grasping a towel tight with thin white knuckles.

Connor. Connor in a towel. Connor wet with slick hair and chest hair and navel and hip bones. Connor Murphy, son of Larry Murphy, who had his tongue down my mom’s throat–

“Hey, breathe, what’s going on? What’s wrong?”

By the time my eyes snapped back into focus, Connor was struggling to pull on grey basketball shorts without dropping his towel, and I dropped my gaze back to my shaking hands, almost startlingly red from the temperature change and what was most likely shock. I was hyperventilating, struggling to smother the sobs. I knew this deep in the house, they probably wouldn’t hear me–they were most definitely preoccupied anyway. 

The bed dipped, and Connor’s bare side brushed my thigh. I didn’t mean to jerk back, but I did, clinging to the arm of the couch and staring horrified–Connor looked almost hurt, but mostly panicked. I tried to calm down, for his sake.

“S-sorry!” I sobbed. “Sorry! I-I-I didn’t mean–I didn’t mean–I didn’t–I–”

“Hey, stop, breathe. You gotta breathe. Go slow, okay? Stop tryna talk,” he commanded, holding up his hands to show he wasn’t gonna hurt me, readjusting so that he sat up on his knees, leaning  over me to take my hands, rubbing them between his own despite the claminess.

I avoided his eyes, focusing instead on the dip of his collar bone, surprised to see thin lines of chest hair, wet and plastered to his chest. He was skinny, and I could see his ribs despite the tiny stomach roll from where he folded in the middle. His thumbs rubbed soothing circles across the backs of my hands, and for a moment, I didn’t think. I could’ve forgotten everything and fallen asleep right here with him.

He pulled my hands against his chest, cradling mine in his own, pulling me forward, asking with his slate eyes if it was alright.

I pretended we were friends.

“You wanna talk about that?” He asked very softly, looking down at where our hands were clasped against him–he was warm, his skin pink and hot from the shower. He’d combed his hair back out of his face, and it was almost cute like that. “If it’s about today, I promise you’re safe, alright? I wasn’t gonna let that guy hurt you.”

My heart sunk in my chest, nearly restarting my panic attack. I shook my head.

Connor deserved to know.

I was scared, briefly, that it would set him off. He might yell at me, throw things, kick me out of the room. He might hit me.

I didn’t care. He had a right to know.

I swallowed thickly, shaking my head. “N-no.”

“Did something happen on your walk? Are you okay?”

I shook my head.

“What? Trouble back home–your boyfriend break up with you or something?”

“My mom–” I started, voice breaking, feeling fresh tears of shock on my cheeks.

His eyebrows furrowed, tightening his grip on my hands. “Is she okay? She–”

I saw it in slow motion–his jaw unclenched, eyebrows relaxing from their set, pouted mouth turning down. It was calm. It was knowing.

“You saw them,” he said very softly, letting my hands fall back into his lap. I was too shocked to move them away from his thighs.

“You knew,” I spat–an accusation. I hadn’t meant to make it one.

Connor scrubbed at his eyes roughly, flopping onto his back against the bed. Frustrated.

“I was tired of my dad reading my fucking emails, so I hacked into his–I only saw a few. I didn’t want to see anymore.”

I paled, feeling nauseous. “So it’s happened before?” I choked.

He swallowed. “That was two summers ago.”

“Fuck,” I hissed uncharacteristically, surprised to find Connor stretching out an arm to me. I took his hand with a firm grip. “How long before then.”

He shrugged. “Maybe our whole lives. Maybe before. I’m not sure, angel.”

I nodded, secretly pleased that he was so calm. It kept me level, grounded, watching where our hands were linked.

“What do we do?” I choked. “I have to tell my dad. He deserves to know.”

Connor’s eyebrows furrowed. “Everything would change. He’d tell my mom.”

I bit down on my lip, folding down onto my back to lay down beside Connor. “I hadn’t considered that.”

Connor sighed, scratching at my hand tenderly with his black painted nails. “I’m not sure that my mom and Zoe could handle the news–it’s not like they’d turn to me. They’d be alone. Zoe might even take my dad’s side.”

I groaned, stealing my hands to scrub at my eyes. My wet hair was beginning to dry in a tangled mess.

“This is too much,” I mumbled, rolling onto my side to face Connor, staring at his bare, freckled shoulder. “I don’t know what to do. If I can do anything.”

I jumped a foot out of my skin when he placed a hand at the corner of my jaw, brushing the tangled hair back out of my face. “You don’t have to think about it right now. You’ve had a really long fucking day. You should sleep.”

I didn’t want to sleep–I didn’t want Connor to leave. I didn’t know how to say that.

I couldn’t believe that everyone had tried to desperately to convince me Connor Murphy was a bad boy–fuck them, Connor Murphy was good. He was better than everyone in this cabin combined.

He cared about me.

I caught his wrist, which froze in my grasp, but I just took his bony hand and cradled it between my hands the same way he’d done mine, tracing the lines across his palm. He sucked  in a sharp breath.

“Okay,” I said, and he smiled, moving away. I let go of his hand.

“I just have to turn off the light. Get comfy.”

His retreating footsteps filled my stomach with dread, but nevertheless I unzipped his jacket and draped it on top of the blanket so that it would at least keep my feet warm. Pulling the pillow tight behind my head, I was pleased to find it sort of smelled like Connor’s shampoo as the light clicked off. It left me feeling a little more safe. Ironic, I realized. I was in the middle of a wilderness, I’d almost been abducted, my mother was downstairs ruining our family, and all I could find myself to be worried about was if Connor would be okay.

The bed dipped behind me, shocking me into stillness, surprising me even more when someone lifted the sheet and slid in behind me, a bony hand resting on my hip.

“This okay?” He asked, and I dared to open my eyes to meet his. They were unsure, nervous. He was scared I’d reject him. I nodded, scooting closer.

“It really will be okay, you know,” he assured. “Whatever you choose, I’m gonna be with you.”

“You’re amazing,” I said without thinking, but being entirely sincere. Even in the dark, I saw his eyes go wide and his cheeks tinge a deep magenta in his pale face.

“No, I’m not.”

“Yes, you are,” I assured with a laugh, reaching across the divide to poke at his side, slightly surprised to still find him shirtless. He’d withdrawn his hand almost immediately, keeping respectfully to his side of the bed. “I’d be dead without you. And you’ve supported me this whole way.”

His jaw clenched and unclenched, freeing one of his arms to pick at the wrinkled sheets between us. “I just, fuck, I knew you’d hear some shit, but I was hoping you’d be able to come out here and we could start over again, like before? Zoe started her smear campaign almost immediately. I just, fuck, nevermind.”

I watched him withdraw, turning over with his back to me, the pale plains of his back bared to me.

“Con,” I said very softly. “I don’t care what they say–fuck them,” I laughed, watching Connor’s shoulders shake. “I think you’re good, Connor, and I miss being your friend.”

I watched with bated breath as his back rose and fell with his steady breath in the cold room, his skin radiating heat. I shifted closer, crossing the divide between us. He didn’t respond.

I didn’t sleep.


I was alerted late in the day by a noise–it was daylight, I noted, the clock on the bedside table reading it was almost noon. I was groggy, still in the state between sleep and consciousness. The room was shrouded in a bright grey hue from the winter wonderland outside–it had snowed a significant amount, apparently, and the white fluff stuck hopelessly to the window.

At the foot of the bed, Connor was on his knees, pulling a navy sweater over his head. It was tight, with a stretched collar and holes at the hem, but he looked good in it. His hair was frizzed at the temples, and his eyes were wide when we saw me.

“You’re awake.”

I just nodded, a little embarrassed. Part of me hoped Connor would just let last night drop, and we could continue our indifference toward each other, but most of me felt as if we had an unfinished conversation to attend to.

“Is anyone back yet?” I asked, surprised as Connor came to sit in front of me, legs crossed kindergarten style. He shook his head.

“No, actually. No one came back from their trip, and the lovebirds have miraculously vanished for a ski day. It’s just me and you.”


Connor seemed unsure for a moment, brushing his hands off on his pants. “I’m sorry, um, about last night? I should’ve asked first if it was okay to sleep next to you, I just–I know you said you missed being friends, so I thought–”

“It was nice,” I cut him off with a smile that was nearly all false bravado. “Warm. I really do miss hanging out with you.”

He pursed his lips in way of a smile. “Me too. Miss having friends, period, but you’re kinda great, so–I’ll shut up.”

Stretching, I groaned with the sensation and smiled widely at him. “We can be friends again, don’t you think?” I asked, rubbing the sleep from my eyes. When my vision cleared, he was sitting by my feet, eyes downcast.

“It’s kinda lame, isn’t it?” He asked, sending ice down my spine.

“What, I’m not cool enough for you?” I teased half heartedly, despite feeling slightly sick. If Connor left now, I’d be marooned on this island I’d made for myself, and it wasn’t ideal knowing I no longer had any allies.

“No! That’s not what I–no, fuck, I just meant. Don’t you like Zoe better?”

I shook my head. “I like Zoe–but I liked you first.”

“Yeah, I liked the Teletubbies first, doesn’t mean I prefer them to Death Cab for Cutie.”

I snorted. “Okay, I like you best. You’re both really similar, you know, but you’re kinder.”

He shot me a glare, which I supposed I’d earned. “Liar.”

“Can’t lie,” I protested. “And I like you better. Get used to it.”

He swallowed, shifting on the bed and looking at me again as if grappling to say something. His eyebrows were pinched in the middle, making him look slightly worried, small. I watched the way his mouth bowed as he opened and closed it, my eyes tracing over his soft lips.

He was pretty, I realized, in a way I wouldn’t have considered before.

“What about when you leave?” He asked softly, scratching his arm absently.

I frowned. “What about it?”

“We won’t see each other again.”

I smiled. “Connor, you just live on the other side of town. I do own a car.”

He frowned. “You’d come to see me?”

“If you wanted me to,” I answered honestly. “Or we could go do stuff. It doesn’t make me any difference–whatever you want, I’m game for.”

His eyebrows took a sharp hike into his hairline. “Whatever I want, huh?”

My stomach clenched nervously–decidedly a good kind of nervous. I didn’t realize it till he placed his hand on my ankle, grinning up at me with crooked teeth and pretty eyes, that I might’ve begun to develop a small crush on him.

Which wasn’t okay.


“This is such bullshit.”

I cackled as Connor continued to strap on his snow boots, repeatedly tripping and losing his balance in the snow.

“C'mon, it’s fun!” I protested, pulling my sock toboggan down tighter over my ears, trudging another few slow steps through the slush. Connor was frustrated, I could tell, seeing his pink nose and ears, his breaths coming out in angry puffs of smoke.

“No,” he grunted, dragging himself up the trail a few more steps. “Video games are fun. Cartoons are fun. Cheap Internet porn is fun. Dragging my frozen ass up a mountain covered in snow for ten miles is not my idea of fun, dude.”

“It’s not ten miles,” I protested, taking a seat on a mostly clean looking rock, patting the seat beside me in condolence to Connor, giving him a much needed break. He’d agreed to go outside with me at least once to take a hike, since the Murphy kids never ever wanted to do anything that didn’t involve fried food or touristy tie dye t-shirts. We’d been going for a few hours now, and the last bench had easily been miles ago. I wanted to see where the trail ended.

Part of me was scared he’d only agreed because he thought I would break. I’d surprised myself with how calm I’d been after, well, what a nightmare this trip had been. I supposed I’d be worse once my dad got back–but he wasn’t yet, so I was content to have my last moments with Connor.

“We’ve been out here for hours, man, don’t you think we should head back before it gets dark?” He whined, leaning forward on his elbows and rubbed his hands together–he had on mittens, which was probably the cutest thing I’d ever seen. Say what you want about Connor Murphy, his aesthetic was absolutely demolished once you put him in a fire engine red puffer coat.

I sighed, glancing wistfully up the trail. I’d like to finish, but Connor was right–it was getting dark, too dangerous out for us to be out here alone. He’d humored me enough for today.

Time to go back and face reality.

I just nodded, stuffing my hands in my pockets and rising from the rock, giving a decent stretch before moving forward back down the path, Connor scurrying along beside me.

“Thanks for coming,” I said again, nudging him with my shoulder. He stumbled gracefully, grinning with a subdued force that warmed me a little, before checking me back with his shoulder.

“Don’t tell anyone,” he warned, stuffing his hands in his pockets. “But it wasn’t totally awful.”

I snorted. “I won’t let anyone know Connor Murphy can feel fun.”

Biting back a smile, he nudged me again. “God, please don’t. Then they might bring me back here and I’ll have to spend another two weeks with you.”

“I’m sure I’m just killing you inside,” I teased. “How dare your parents give you unfiltered access to a teenage girl.”

“Who never wears pants around the house,” he added sagely.

“And sleeps in your bed!” I choked with laughter, the bird walking along the snow path in front of us clearing the way. “God, I can’t believe I did that. I’m sorry, I was probably awful. Did I snore?”

His mouth twisted, as if trying to look indifferent but instead just failed at smothering a smile, both corners of his lips turning in a different direction.

“Not awful,” he offered, earning an embarrassed groan from me. “No! It’s cute, like a kid, I promise. You kicked the shit out of me, though.”

“You’re kidding me,” I groaned. “I’m so so sorry! I didn’t hurt you, did I?”

“Might be some bruises,” he grinned, to my further mortification. “Hey, nah, I’m kidding. Any damage will heal. It’s kinda funny.”

I cocked an eyebrow from where I was hiding my face behind my gloves. “Seriously?”

“Yeah, don’t sweat it,” he said, reaching out to take my wrist, pulling one of my hands away from my face. He didn’t realize it, just held it, swinging stiffly between us as we walked. He held his breath for a moment before continuing, “I would’ve let you know if I didn’t like it.”

“Kinky,” I said upon reflex, earning a lazy kick to my ankle.

“You’re hilarious. I just meant you’re warm, maybe the bruises are worth it.”

I felt my face get hot, words forming in my belly, escaping before I could choke them back. “Yeah? Maybe I’ll kiss them better tonight, if Zoe isn’t back.”

He let go of my wrist like I’d burned him.


“Don’t,” he said quietly, stuffing his hands in his pockets, beginning to walk quickly ahead of me.

“What?” I screeched, frustrated.

“Don’t fake flirt with me. It’s not funny,” he spat, continuing walking too fast on his ridiculously long legs.

“Who said it was fake?” I grumbled. “I’m not making fun of you, Connor.”

There was a beat of silence, pulling at my heart with sharp claws, the dull ache starting in my chest and spreading. I’d messed up everything.

“It’s getting dark,” he growled. “And we don’t have a flashlight. Try and keep up.”


The panic set in at twilight.

We were running.

He was holding my hand again, dragging me roughly down the mountain, hoping desperately to see some kind of light pollution as the sun set, but there was nothing.

“We should see lights by now,” I told him. “We can see the lights from our cabin, we should see the lights now.”

“We went down the wrong side of the mountain,” he gasped, already out of breathe. I knew his lungs weren’t the best, and we’d been running for awhile now.

“There has to be something at the bottom,” I whispered hopelessly.

“There is,” he growled. “It’s called a gorge, then you climb the other mountain, and there’s the next state. Fuck, how did we get so turned around?”

“Doesn’t matter, Con,” I said hopelessly. “It’s gonna be dark soon.”

His dark eyes widened. “You aren’t sincerely suggesting we try to find shelter. In the middle of a national park.”

“I’ve got a flare gun and a flint,” I told him. “But we have to get back up out of the trees.”

“You want us to climb the mountain again?” He hissed, holding both my hands now. “Are you positive you don’t have signal?”

I nodded. “I’m really sorry, Connor.”

“Don’t be sorry. Start walking.”


It was an accident.

It was dark.

I had an analog watch, letting me know it was nearly nine pm. We’d found shelter just as it had started to snow–the  ground here was wet, quickly freezing into ice, and we kept slipping up on the trail. I’d set off the flare an hour ago, and, so far, nothing. The snow had begun to pick up, and we’d found a alcove between two adjacent rocks–not big, about the size of a walk in closet, but enough space for us, our bags, and a pile of wood that refused to light. It kept the snow and wind off of us, and the alcove was high enough I felt safe, with a small mouth that made me feel as if at any instant we could be trapped.

It was an accident.

“The fire won’t light,” I said again, hopelessly, watching my now bloody fingers go numb from trying desperately to get the flint to do its job. I couldn’t feel them without my gloves on.

Connor, huddled in a corner, viciously rubbed his arms in an attempt to get warm. I knew the  temperature would only drop from here. If someone hadn’t seen the flare….

“There’s no dry wood. I checked.”


“No, okay? Nothing. That’s it.”

I knew he was right–and searching now would only prove to be counter productive and dangerous. I moved our bags and the pile of firewood to the entrance, sealing us in.

“It’s gonna be pitch black soon,” I warned, watching Connor tap angrily at his phone. “You should probably save your battery. I don’t have a flashlight.”

He snorted. “You’ll bring sleeping bags and a flint, but not a flashlight?”

“It’s the emergency bag! I didn’t pack it, Connor. Make fun of it all you want, but it’s keeping us alive!”

There was a beat of silence, before he clicked his phone off, leaving us in darkness. “M sorry.”

I dragged out the single sleeping bag, stretching it out to him. “Don’t be sorry.” I felt guilty–it was my fault we were in this mess to begin with. “Wanna granola bar?”

“Save it,” he said in a clipped tone, unsure what to make of it since we were veiled in darkness. “We might need it later.” Then, softer: “What’s the plan?”

I heard him stand, and walk across the slick ice of the alcove, coming to stand beside me, his hand at my elbow.

“Well,” I said very slowly, feeling my throat get thick. “Survive the night, stay awake, and once dawn hits we head back to the other side of the mountain, if no one comes.”

“If no one comes,” he echoed, voice oddly hollow. I choked.

“It, erm, is very possible they think we just wandered off, you know? We’re teenagers,” I reminded gently. I left out the part the police would be less than willing to look–Connor had a history of running away after a bad binge.

“Fuck,” he growled.

It was an accident. It was quick, in the dark, we couldn’t see.

He reached our for me, his open palm colliding with the back of my head, yanking me tightly again his chest, my nose buried in his nylon puffer coat. I felt his other hand, too forcefully, at the small of my back, and I nearly screamed, terrified this was an episode I couldn’t control–

“We’re gonna make it outta here,” he breathed against my ear, his breath warm and humid against my freezing ears. It set off a light bulb in my brain. “We’re gonna go back home and–fucking shit, I’m gonna be a goddamn good friend to you and we’re gonna–fuck,” he hissed, his clipped voice breaking off. “I’m gonna take care of you, I’m not going anywhere.”

I let myself break open, collapsing against him, openly sobbing with regret. He stiffened, but just tightened his arms around me despite our bulky clothes.

“I’m sorry,” I whispered. “This is all my fault.”

“It is not,” he hissed, shaking me a little. “We had no way of knowing this would happen. The trail looked safe.”

I just nodded, knowing that arguing would tire me out. I felt the lethargy begin to creep in my bones–Connor was warm, and it was late, and we were tired. Falling asleep meant dying.

“Get out the sleeping bag,” he said, extracting himself from me, and I heard his hands scrape along the hard rock looking for the entrance. “And I’ll look for some more blankets in the bag, see if we can’t insulate–fuck!

“What is it?” I screeched, turning, grabbing his hand to only find that my own was suddenly wet, almost sticky, and Connor pulled away with a howl. I smelled the metallic sting before I realized.

“Something cut my hand!”

“Stay away from the wall,” I warned. “Take your undershirt off, I’ll rip it up.” I felt around desperately for Connor’s phone, immediately illuminating our little cave with a blinding blue light.

The amount of blood smeared across the wall was nauseating. There was a sharp spot Connor must’ve grabbed too quickly.

He was crying, trying desperately to unzip his coat with one hand, the other dripping onto the floor.

“Fuck, I hope something doesn’t smell that,” I whispered, laying down the light and running to help him get undressed, careful of the open cut across his palm.

“I knew I was gonna get naked tonight,” he said with an unsure laugh, “I just didn’t realize it would be like this.”

My face flushed. “What, you thought I’d suck you off because we’re about to die?”

He shivered, accentuated by me ripping his white shirt down the front, exposing his blue, goosebumped skin.

“Fuck,” he hissed, and I was unsure if it was from the cold, the pain, or my foul language.

“Hope this is clean,” I muttered, wrapping a strip of his white shirt across his palm in a desperate attempt to stop the bleeding. It was a good way to get an infection, but I wasn’t sure what else to do.

“I didn’t–I wouldn’t ask you to–”

“I’m not sucking you off!”

“Fuck, I just meant–hypothermia, skin to skin, I saw it in a movie–”

The phone light clicked off. I sighed, tying off the cotton bandage.

“You wanna get naked in the sleeping bag,” I finished.

“I don’t want to!” He howled. “And not naked–just, enough to stay alive, shit. It’s gonna be negative ten out here soon, I just wanna stay alive.”

“We should hurry,” I said, surprising myself by reaching out to urge him to rub at his bare chest, earning a gasp from him. “You’re gonna freeze soon. Get your pants off.”

I handed him the sleeping bag, my breath catching as I heard his belt clink to the floor, trying very hard not to think about the implications of this. How far did he expect me to undress? And, if we did get in here, it would be ridiculously tight, we might fall asleep–

“Hurry up, this bag is an icicle with one person.”

Straightening out my bra and panties (even if we were going to die, Connor Murphy did not get to cop a feel) I felt my way to the sleeping bag.

My hand on his chest, he guided my legs one at time–one by his side, one between his knees–and gently folded me down against him, uncomfortably tight as his shaking fingers zipped the sleeping bag up.

He was breathing hard against my temple, and I immediately began to sweat–between the nylon bag and the fact I felt all of Connor Murphy pressed against my chest and stomach–it was nerve wracking.

“Don’t fall asleep,” he reminded in a hoarse voice, shaking a little. I couldn’t quite figure out where his hands were.

“Don’t get a boner,” I begged, earning a beat of silence before:

“I, uh, am–I’m really trying not to,” he groaned, and I could feel how hot his face was against my temple.

“If it helps,” I said, slightly disgusted. “You can imagine our parents kissing. That really kills my fire.”

“Ew,” he said. “Please don’t.”

I grinned. “What? You don’t want me to be your hot step sister?”

Stop it,” he begged, making me laugh, pressing my face against the soft cushion of his hair, nosing at the column of his throat. He groaned a little, and I felt his fingers twitch beside my hips.

“I can’t believe their secret is going to die with us,” I sighed. “No one is ever going to know.”

“I can’t believe you’re lying on top of me in your spiderman panties, but that’s also happening, so you’d better believe it,” he sighed, hands twitching again.

“You can touch me, you know,” I breathed, a little embarrassed against his ear. “We’re gonna die anyway, might as well die comfy.”

“We won’t die,” he promised, his hands clasping over the small of my back regardless.  “Hey,” he crooned, in a soft voice I hadn’t heard before. Encouraging. “Remember sharing a sleeping bag when we were kids?”

I laughed half heartedly, remembering fully. “The thing was always full of pixie stick wrappers.”

“It was an addiction, and I have quit,” he said sagely, earning another laugh from me. I almost joked about the pot, but part of me knew it wasn’t a funny joke. It didn’t have anything to do with him. He sighed, one finger trailing up my spine. “God, I was so in love with you.”

I froze against him, my body a live wire. His hand pulled back.

“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said tha–”

“Were you really?” I asked. I felt him smile, before leaning in to kiss my cheek, slowly, his dry lips lingering.

“Don’t tell me you didn’t know,” he groaned. “Zoe had me convinced you were just humoring me because you knew I’d do anything for you.”

I pulled up, as far as I could (which wasn’t much) squinting to make out his face in the dark. “That wasn’t true. You were my best friend.”

He nodded. “Yeah, I know. God, that time when you kissed me….I’m so sorry we stopped talking. I don’t think I’m ever gonna forgive myself for that.”

“Connor,” I said very softly, reaching up to tangle my hands lightly in his hair. “If we’re gonna die…can I just….”

He surged up before I could, the nylon around us snapping taunt, squeaking in protest. Up on his elbows, his bony hands found their purchase on my bare hips, and I felt the wetness through one of the bandages–his hand was still bleeding, the idiot.

His lips were dry, and he kissed much too roughly for someone who wasn’t holding my head in place, our teeth clinking together in a way that I knew was an accident, sending my skull ringing. His eyes were squeezed shut in the darkness.

I can’t believe it took us to the brink of death for him to admit this.

God, he’s an idiot.

I reached up, pulling at his hair, holding his head to mine, his tongue licking roughly up into my mouth before breaking away–

“Boner,” he warned in a squeak, earning a loud laugh from me, collapsing against his chest.

“Not even in death, Murphy, am I sucking you off on a first or last date,” I giggled against his neck, giving him a chaste kiss there, listening to him groan. His hips canted a little, scaring me, before taking a deep breath to calm himself.

“First date, huh?” I felt him grin, followed by a yawn.

“Stay awake, Connor,” I urged, smacking him hard. “Or I’m gonna twist your nipple.”

“Kinky,” he sighed lethargically. Shit, he was gonna sleep.


“Promise me this,” he sighed, nuzzling lightly against the side of my face. “If we survive the night by some miracle, and we don’t freeze to death or get eaten by bears or bleed out–you wanna kiss me again? With more clothes on? As my girlfriend?”

I leaned into his touch, tilting my head up to give him access to suck a hickey into my neck, groaning.

“Murphy, if we live, I will suck you off.”

That was the last thing I remembered.


Three days later, it’s still cold. I’m not wearing much–a blue gown with shitty pink flowers, it’s made of some kind of plasticy cotton material. There’s blood under my fingernails and bruises on my neck that are almost embarrassing when I remembered how I got them. My clothes were gone.

Connor was gone.

My mother and father were leaning over my bed, the Murphy's  (minus Cynthia) are behind them. No Connor.

They explained it slowly, eyes wide. They found Connor and I nearly frozen, unconscious. Connor lost a lot of blood, they said, and he wasn’t do so well but he’d woken up several days before me.

He wouldn’t eat until they let him see me.

I’d nearly ripped out my IV to get to him.

He was wearing the same shitty hospital gown, his hair pulled back. He’s got hickies I don’t remember giving him across his collarbone that are ridiculously visible. There were purple bruises under his eyes, like he hadn’t been sleeping.

“They said you were still too sick to get out of bed,” he grinned, opening his arm, and I immediately stumbled over to the thin mattress, pressing myself tightly against him. His hand is thickly wrapped in cotton, a few tubes full of a yellow brown liquid in them. He was combing my hair–which I’m sure was a rats nest–out with his free hand.

“They said the same about you.”

“We’re really lucky, you know,” I said softly, tapping at his chest. “I almost lost you.”

“Almost lost you,” he choked out, pulling away to scan my face, before grinning. “Which would’ve sucked, because you’re my only friend right now.”

“Friend?” I said, trying hard not to sound disappointed. I supposed I shouldn’t have been–what we’d done in the heat of a moment hadn’t meant anything then. It had been a lie for my humor.

It wasn’t fair.

Connor’s eyebrows furrowed. “You, um–do you wanna be my girlfriend?”

I frowned. “I mean, only if you want me to.”

He grinned, the smile splitting across his face. “It’ll suck–your parents will hate me.”

“Right now, I kind of hate my parents, so.”

“I do a lot of pot.”

“We can do something else instead,” I grinned, nudging him, having the nerve to blush.

He licked his lips, looking down at where he’d intertwined our hands. “You–you can’t fix me, you know? I’m still gonna be, you know.”

I nodded, bring his hand up to kiss across the bloody knuckles of his good hand. “I know. I promised I’d be your girlfriend, though. A promise is a promise.”

He grinned. “I’m glad you say that–because you did promise something else.”

I shook my head, rising from the bed. “The kiss is for when we have clothes on, remember.”

“I wasn’t talking about that kiss.”

Connor Murphy!

Gorgon AU: Part Two

Where Deceit has snakes for hair.


Yup. I’m writing more.

Part Two

“Now you all listen to me,” Deceit said slowly as he stared at his snakes in the mirror. “Keep quiet about things that aren’t important, got it?”

Yes. No. Yesss. Yesss. What is? What not?

Deceit gave a groan as he lowered his head, “This is pointless isn’t it?”

“Something wrong, Deceit?”

Logan. Logan. Glasses. Like.

“You don’t need glasses,” Deceit responded, turning around. “I’m fine. They just aren’t very good at listening to what I say.”

Logan stood in the bedroom doorway for a moment as he paused. “Well they are you in some manner.”

“Then they should be obedient.”

“They’re your own sides,” Logan tried. “Despite all of us being apart of Thomas, we each have our own minds and personalities. I believe your snakes are the same.”

Deceit gave a groan, “Why are you right?”

“I am Logic.”

“…Get out of my room.”


Remus. Weird. Remus. Remus. Yay. Yesss. Yum. Remus. Present. Thank Remus. Remus Rat. Rat. Rat.

Deceit opened his eyes and rubbed them as he woke to the snakes coos. By the time he was fully awake he noticed Remus leaning over his bed a rat in dangling from his fingers. And before Deceit could say or do anything the small creature was falling toward his head.

“Is one of the snakes hurt?”

“One’s hurt?” Patton asked worriedly standing up from the table to look at Deceit’s head.

Hurt? No. Feelings only. Mari. Mean.

Deceit turned slightly to see Virgil enter the kitchen, “What?”

Virgil’s eyes were trained on Deceit’s head as he pointed, “One looks like it has a big bulge to it, like it got smooshed and swollen or something… Can snakes get swollen?”

Deceit gave a sigh, “I don’t know. But uh I was trying to sleep when Remus came into my room and fed Mari a rat.”

No share. Mari. Mean. Rude. Want rat.

“The others aren’t happy about it either,” he added after a moment.

“It ate a rat?” Patton asked horrified.


“So in other words you ate a rat,” Virgil clarified sitting down.

“Shut up.”

No. Mean. Virgil nice. Rat. Virgil give rat?

“Virgil doesn’t have any rats,” Deceit sighed.

“Remus shouldn’t have any either,” Patton commented sitting down.

Give rat. Virgil. Yessss. Be nice. Then Virgil give rat.

“I don’t want him to give me rats,” Deceit responded. “…You all know that your opinion doesn’t matter right?”

“Don’t be mean to the little noodles,” Patton chided.

“They’re annoying.”

You mean. Patton nice. All nice but you. And Roman. No like. Roman sword. No like. Like Virgil. Yes. Virgil good.

Deceit ignored the last statement, “I’m not going to let Roman cut you guys off.”

“What are they saying?” Virgil asked.

“That they don’t like me. Or Roman because Roman claims he’ll ‘slay Medusa’ before I can turn him to stone.”

Virgil gave a pause, “Can you turn Remus to stone?”

“Trust me, I’ve tried.”


“Deceit what are you doing?”

No. Roman. Bad Roman.

Deceit didn’t move from where he had laid on the floor to look under the fridge. “My good pen went somewhere,” he answered standing and brushing himself off. “I swear it was on the table but I went to grab something from my room and it was gone.”

Pen. Pen. No Roman.

“I know you guys don’t like Roman, but that’s not helpful.”

Roman reeled back as if he had been struck, “How could they not like me?”

Sword. Roman. Pen.

“They think you’re going to attack with your sword.”

“Why would I attack them?”

Mean. Pen. Roman mean. Remus like.

“You only like Remus because he gave you a rat,” Deceit replied.

“They like Remus over me?” Roman shouted.


The other side paused before a determined light shined in his eyes, “I’m going to right this. I promise you- all of you.”

“Whatever. Have you seen my pen?”

“One’s holding it,” Roman answered absent mindedly. “Now how do I get on a snakes good side…”

“Holding it?” Deciet asked confused.

After a short pause Sahara slithered down closer to be in his view, his pen in her mouth.

Pen. Forgot. Sahara grab. The others filled in.

Deceit couldn’t stop a small smile as he took the object, “Thanks girl.”


“I have gathered you here today for an important reason.”

Deceit watched as Logan raised an eyebrow, “Dinner?”

“Well yes,” Roman nodded. “But we also need to discuss why the hell Remus is the snakes’ favorite.”

Deceit gave a groan, “Believe it or not, no one has to like you, Roman.”

“I don’t,” Virgil tossed in.

“Virgil,” Patton chided. “We are nice at the table.”

“That’s hard.”

“While that is your loss,” Roman continued. “The larger issue here is that it is Remus.”

“He gave them a rat,” Deceit replied tiredly.

No. One rat. Not all. Want. Rat. Unfair. Mari mean. No share.

“Can’t we talk about normal dinner things?” Logan suggested. “Or not talk at all?”

“I like being the favorite,” Remus smiles proudly. “Now I know, I have a mini snake army at my command.”

“Remus isn’t even their favorite,” Deceit put in hoping to the end the conversation. “Virgil is. He’s second.”

“Why is that worse?” Was Roman’s reply.

“Why am I the favorite?” Virgil asked in surprise.

Deceit swallowed his food and hoped he didn’t panic as much outwardly as he was in his mind.

Virgil. Like. Nice. Virgil. Love.

“Because you helped out Henrietta that time,” Deceit answered quickly over the words the other sides couldn’t hear. “They’ve thought you were nice overall since.”

“It’s not like I gave them a rat though,” Virgil shrugged. “But cool I guess.”

With that the conversation was dropped and dinner continued with Patton talking about something or other, Deceit couldn’t help but notice Logan’s gaze on him throughout the meal. In that classic Logic way which showed that he had everything figured out.

Logan help. Logan. Virgil. Help.

Deceit lowered his gaze into his food, “I hate all of you.”


Part One - Part Two- Part Three









last night i noticed two things:

1. there’s a freaking mirror behind delphine auisjaks 


2. isn’t cosima too tall here? she’s almost delphine’s height and, i’m probably very wrong but i just pictured cosima standing on something and now i wanna find a way to hug this scene i swear 🙈


i mean i might be seeing things and delphine’s probably just wearing high heels here bUT

ps: cosima is not wearing her bowtie here anymore and not to be extra or anything but i really wanna see who takes it and her tuxedo jacket off kbyye


How to Set Up Shrines/Altars for Spirit Work

Everyone has their own way of doing things when it comes to spirit work. This is my method and a few of my tips, but feel free to take it all with a grain of salt. Hopefully this will inspire you to make your own altar or shrine!


A shrine is a particular space made to honor a spirit or deity. I am focusing on the spirit shrine, because every religion does things a bit differently depending on their deities, and I can’t speak for them. This is a super loose construct, and you can really personalize this based on your spirit companion’s wants and needs.

To make a shrine, all you need to do is have a vessel of some sort, if the spirit has one, and a plate, bowl, or cup to give offerings at. Other than that, pretty much anything can go on it. Obviously, things like garbage, or your keys/phone don’t really belong on a shrine. Keep this space as neat and ‘sacred’ (for lack of a better term) for the spirit as possible. Respect their space basically. Here are a few ideas for different types of shrines (feel free to mix these ideas together, ex: put crystals or other energy bringing things in an ancestral shrine if it is fitting, etc):

Specific things that can go on a shrine for Non-Human entities include:

  • Crystals
  • Blessed water
  • Vessel of the Spirit
  • Charged objects
  • Imagery of the spirit
  • Things related to the spirit (ex: sea shells for water spirits)
  • Bones (particularly good for death spirits, or for the animal owner of the bone. Always ask the bone’s inhabitant if it is okay to use it)
  • Trinkets you think they would like
  • Candles
  • Flowers/herbs/plants
  • Photographs you think they would enjoy
  • Poems and written pieces you find or create

Specific things that can go on a shrine for ancestors include:

  • Images of them
  • Objects they owned
  • Things they liked (ex: certain perfumes, makeup, etc)
  • Objects from their era
  • Their ashes/urn if you have it
  • Their hair (some people collect hair of their loved ones when they pass. Always ask before they die if this is okay)
  • Images of their headstone if they have one
  • Poems, pamphlets, and prayers from their funeral/wake/visitation
  • Candles
  • Historical information about them
  • Newspaper articles from their era

Honestly, if the spirit and you decide it is a good fit, go with it. Be considerate, though, and don’t take things that don’t belong to you from the woods if you haven’t asked and it isn’t legal to possess.

Other than that, some other general ideas include:

  • Altar cloths
  • Decor that fits
  • Your tools for spirit work

Basically, that’s my short and easy guide.


Altars, places where you work, are very personal and I honestly can’t tell you what you need to put on there. Because everyone’s practice is different and we all have different needs. These are some things I would keep on mine, depending on my needs for that particular time.

  • Candles
  • Bones, feathers, sea shells, and stones (basically, things that could connect me to the owner of the object. Sea shells and stones are more representative of bones of a different kind, but I enjoy having them nonetheless. These are not really permanent additions for me, more like things I can get out when I need them. I don’t currently have any bones, but those are something I could keep out more often)
  • Scrying Mirror
  • Pendulum
  • Spirit Vessels
  • Wand
  • Crystals for Spirit Communication
  • Herbs or Oils for Spirit Communication (mint is very important to my practice and so is lavender. Those are a part of my everyday altar setup)
  • Offering plates (I keep my shrines within my altar)
  • Roses or flowers as an offering to the forgotten dead

Those are my ideas! If you have any more, feel free to include them in your reblog!


Originally posted by modernwitchesdaily

as a long-time zutarian, the new popularity of zukka has given me the zuko-katara dynamic I never knew I needed: in-laws

Took you years (Alex Høgh/Reader)

A/N: Hello! So, most of you wanted the Alex x reader first, so here it is! It’s not very good, it’s actually really bad, but I wanted to post something and this is the best thing my mind came up with, it’s a bit of a cliché, but I hope some of you like it anyway… Maybe if someone does like it I will do a part 2, try to fix this (with some smut, too?). It feels really weird to write for a real person, and I don’t really know if I did it right… I took the inspiration from the last interview Alex and Marco did on their apartment. 

Warnings: this is so bad I’m sorry, there’s also mentions of alcohol, sex, and Alex being adorable, too. 

Words: 3353 (it’s too long, I know)


gif isn’t mine isn’t he adorable?

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anonymous asked:

im moving out this year! my goal is to have my bedroom have an old Hollywood glamour vibe. My favorite color is pastel pink and I love fur. I was wondering if you had any ideas that would help me put this together?? Thank you so much!! I’m open to all sorts of ideas

ok I love this. I think the style you’re going for is Hollywood Regency. If Regina George’s bedroom existed in the late 1930s it would be Hollywood Regency style. Pieces can be semi hard to find or look kind of weird on their own, but when put together correctly it can be SUCH a good look! It’s very, very extra and I love it. 

Some general things that come to mind when I think of Hollywood Regency - luxury, luxurious fabrics like velvet, glamorous comfort, chandeliers, opulent furniture, no corner left undecorated, extra as hell.

I think a good settee is the key to a flawless Hollywood Glamour room. I really like this one  - i think i’ve used it in other posts! the shiny velvet is so ~glam~!


“No corner left undecorated” means you need an elaborate headboard. You can even just screw one of these into your wall, or prop it up behind your bed depending on what kind of bed and frame you have. I think this is one of the most important aspects to this style! This one is an actual amazing cheap price - it looks so much more expensive! This one is even more ridic imo - QUEEN size, under $300, very glamorous, and amazing reviews?!?!??! Someone buy it and tell me if I need one too.

A vanity is also mandatory imo. You can find cool vintage ones on Craigslist for pretty cheap, or you could get one like this. I think this is a good piece to perhaps keep more modern to avoid looking too completely vintage-y. This one is cute too. If you do a modern vanity, go with a more opulent or vintage glam chair, and vice versa! 


Throw pillows are a great way to get more texture in! You said you like fur, so you could do a few like this, and a few super fluffy pink ones like this. I love throw pillows! You can never have enough! I also LOVE this magic sequin one that goes from gold to pink!

K this might be way too extra, but this wallpaper is killing me. It would look so good on an accent wall. This site has a lot more variety but it’s cheaper on Amazon/probably more reliable. 

A chandelier is another must IMO. You can get cheaper ones here and here, or you can find a real vintage one!!

If you want to be Extra Extra, a chaise lounge is amazing. They add so much to a room but they’re relatively small! I like this one and this one. 


Hollywood Regency Inspiration:


reasons why I fucking love Maniac and why more people should watch it:

- Emma Stone and Jonah Hill gave the best performances of their careers.

- it’s a sci-fi psychological dark comedy, it is the perfect blend of genres

- it deals with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, how family can affect your mental health and how important friends are

- to me personally, it is very much reminds me of shows like Black Mirror, Westworld, Castle Rock and Dark (by that I mean it deals with future, it’s kinda trippy and very complex and hard to follow at first, it is unique with it’s ideas and presentation and I just love it)

- the comedy in this is fucking gold

- it is hands down one of the most aesthetically pleasing and visually beautiful shows i’ve ever seen

- Sonoya Mizuno as Dr. Azumi Fujita is gonna be your new crush, like damn

- each episode is completely different and unique

- fully realized and strong female and male characters, also the women are so smart and beautiful and strong, ugh, I just love them

- it focuses on family dynamics and how toxic they can be

- even though it deals with very sensitive and dark issues, it never exploits or romantacizes any of these issues (unlike other certain shows *cough*13RW*cough*)

- it’s really easy to bingewatch

- Sally Field is in this

- it’s a miniseries, meaning it has only one season

- slight spoiler: Emma and Jonah don’t end up together as a couple, but as friends, which is so much better

Hey, guys, remember the fic “When the Dead Visit Us”? Well, tonight we start to celebrate Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and I want to show you the altar I did for my grandparents three years ago. Very similar of what Reader did for Ben.


Day of the Dead is a time when families gather to honor and remember deceased loved ones. It is believed that the souls of the dead return to visit the living families in homes, businesses and cemeteries. The Aztec honored their dead with parties and rituals during the harvest season. They viewed death as the beginning of the cycle of seasons and life. Here’s the complete altar. As you can see it has four levels and it’s very colorful. 


That’s my grandma! Such a classy lady. In the first level, there’s gotta be a cross. 


Second level. There’s more pictures of my grandparents and some food they liked. My grandma liked sweets and candies a lot and my grandpa liked tequila. There’s also some objects of them, like her pefume and his rings. We put food they liked because we believe they return hungr and this way they can enoy the things they liked when they were alive. 


Third level. The baby in the picture is me lol. There’s a glass of water so the dead can drink because they return thirsty after a long journey. Water is also believed to be a main support of life. There’s fruit and pan de muerto (bread for the dead), traditional loaves are round with a central raised knob of dough, representing the skull, with crossed bone-shaped decorations radiating from the central knob. Also, I don’t know if you can see them, there are sugar skulls, the name of each departed is written on a sugar skull. The names of the living are also written on these treats to introduce children to the idea of death in an atmosphere of joyful celebration. These sugar skulls are eaten and the living come to associate pleasant sensations with the sadness of death.

But it’s believed that the people who put the altar can’t eat the food after the day ends. Because it would be tasteless, only guests can eat it.   


Last and fourth level. The flowers are marygolds or cempasúchil, this flower was the symbolic flower of death for the Aztecs, because once it is cut, it dies very quickly. There’s some coins so the dead can pay to come, a knife, a mirror so they can look at themselves and remember who they are, a cross made of salt that protects them and a dog that helps them return. Maybe now you can understand better why that fic with Ben is so important with me, it reminds me of my grandparents, specially my grandma, who I miss everyday. I hope you liked it! 

“Do not cry, because if you cry, I suffer. But, if you sing to me I always live and never die.”

Tied Up in You

Chloe is frustrated with a certain someone’s hairstyle.

This is a oneshot belated birthday gift for the lovely @twindoodle​!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY + 1 week you lovely bean!!!!🎂 🎉 🎁 (sorry for the delay!) 

This is based off one of twin’s cutest chlonath pieces (JK THEY ARE ALL EQUALLY AMAZING AND ADORABLE) (link for lovely art

(ao3 link)

Chloe glanced over her shoulder. looking towards the back of the room once more with a glare.

Of course he wasn’t even paying attention to the lecture and she scoffed lightly, watching him lean over his sketchbook. His red hair hung like a curtain over his face and how he managed to see what he was drawing was a mystery to her. Just to be sure, for her own well being, Chloe ran a hand through her ponytail, ensuring it was smooth and untangled.

Satisfied, even as she reminded herself to schedule another hair appointment for sometime this week, she turned back to her tablet, trying to catch up on her notes as class continued on.

But not even ten minutes had passed by and again she found herself turning in her seat. She couldn’t even see his eyes with the way his hair fell across his face and Chloe clicked her tongue.

“Miss Bourgeois!”

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  • simon, dreamily: I miss real food especially creamy delicious ice-cream on a hot day when your fingers get all sticky and-
  • raphael: chunky monkey is overrated
  • simon: first of all it's the best flavor in the world and you've personally offended me. I mean - it even has Chocolate bits in- wait. how did you know that was my favorite??
  • raphael: easy, I listen to you
  • simon: you do??
  • raphael, smirking: you used to play the drums in a band called rock solid panda, you talk in movie quotes and love bladerunner, you ramble and smile when you're scared or nervous, you're jewish and it's very important to you, when you're angry you fling your arms around a lot, your favorite blood type is O negative, you like wearing my clothes and make faces at yourself in the mirror when you're wearing them (a poor imitation of me), you get excited about two men kissing, you've watched The Graduate no less than 10 times, you frequently leave your phone in the other room by accident, you keep your eyes open when I'm leaning in to kiss you, you tell cheesy jokes about being dead, you sleep on the right side of the bed, your mother calls you monkey, you miss her more often than not and you actually think your star wars pick up lines are smooth
  • simon: ok but they worked on you
  • raphael: only because-
  • simon: hey...thank you *kisses him*

Tramposo part eight // g.d

The look alike & the fool

Summary: while you’re caught up trying to be someone who’s worth loving, Someone is too caught up trying to be you. Ethan has a moment of clarity and Grayson makes a move.

Warnings: angst, mentions of restrictive eating tendencies. Obsessive stalker tendencies.

A/n: it’s getting series fellas. Big yikes.


“My name Y/n Y/l/n” you said softly as you spoke - watching yourself on the camera as it played back footage of your ‘My Calvins’ shoot. “I’m 20, I grew up in a small town in Ohio, and about four and a half years ago I moved to L.A.” You smiled when you saw a video of yourself posing in the mirror. “I recently moved into a nice apartment in the upper west side of town. It’s pretty tranquil, my safe haven.” You watched yourself play with the waist band of your Calvins. The scandalous shot making you look as if you were about to strip. Biting your lip as hair fell over your face messily.

“My Calvins make me feel confident, make me feel comfortable, I think it’s important to be comfortable in your own skin and whatever you choose to wear ontop of it.” You spoke like word vomit. Considering your current mindset you were being very hypocritical - would be good if you could practice what you preached. “I recently ended a relationship, I think it’s important to learn to love yourself just as much as you would love another.” You spoke as you watched yourself twirl and smile and poke faces as the camera.

“But right now? I say fuck love” you laughed as you watched yourself pull your underwear into a g-string, looking back at the camera with a cheeky smile. “Nobody gets between my Calvins, nobody but me, these are my Calvins, what do your Calvins mean to you?” You asked as the clips stopped rolling. Filters clapping as you smiled.

“Marvellous Y/n great job!” Scott cooed as he gave you a tight side hug. A small tear threatening to spill as you felt your skin crawl with guilt. You hated pretending.

“Thanks, I’m gonna go get changed and get going, I’ve gotta get home—“ as you smiled up at Scott everybody heard a loud crash coming from your dressing room - something that sounded like glass falling and shattering into a million pieces on the ground.

“What was that?” It sounded like six or so people asked as everyone rushed towards your dressing room - opening the door to see it completely trashed. Clothes and furniture that once stood nest tidy and organised now thrown around the room. Red lipstick stained the mirror that wasn’t broken. A gasp leavin your mouth when you read the message. Your heart stopped.

“Your secret admirer”


It was an eerie feeling. Walking to your car after the shoot, after seeing someone had trashed your dressing room. Scott had offered to walk you to your car but you said it was fine. Not wanting to be a burden. You had the biggest headache of your life - sipping from your water bottle as you exited the elevator to the underground parking lot.

Walking closer to your car you couldn’t help but notice how empty the carpark was, only your car and a few others remaining - however? Not a single soul was around. But then it happened. The sound of what sounded like a camera snapping a picture echoed off the concrete pillars.

“Hello?” You called out. Unlocking your car as you rushed towards it in a panic - locking the doors immediately when you found yourself behind the wheel - head resting on the steering wheel as you felt faint. Tired. An uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Were you being followed?


That same afternoon, Ethan was stumbling through the front door. His mind clouded with regret. His face still bruised up. Throbbing from Graysons fists.

What had he done?

But to his surprise? When he rounded the corner of the kitchen to see his beautiful Y/n standing with your back towards him his heart nearly jumped through his chest.

Ethan hadn’t spoken to Grayson since their fight - he’d gone to the business meeting alone and now? He was tired. Exhausted even. Up all night woundering where he went wrong and what craziness possessed him to do the unthinkable.

To hurt the women who gave him the world.

What was so special and Natalie that caused Ethan to forget about you? The guilt was only just now starting to hit him. The anguish, the heartache, the regret. But you were here! In his kitchen. 

Its one of those moments where Ethan knows he did wrong by you - a second of clarity where he thinks “wow I fucked up but she’s here anyways

It was the first tiny shred of guilt to even register with Ethan, sighing deeply as he trudged into the kitchen to take an unsuspecting you into his arms. wrapping his arms around you, inhaling your perfume, the one you always worn that smells like oranges and jasmine.

I missed you bubba” Ethan mumbles into the back of your neck.

“I saw you this morning handsome” Natalie responded with a giggle, turning around as Ethan jerked back so hard he hits his elbow on the cupboard.

Ethan was in shock, he truely thought it was you and to say he was so confused was the understatement of the year because he’s looking at you? But it’s not you?

It’s Natalie.

She had gotten her hair cut a little shorter and it looks identical to yours, not in a good homage type of way either , it had a creepy undertone. Her perfume was the same, the one Ethan adored and could never get enough of when you were his. The clothes she wore were exactly the same, Ethan had seen you where that outfit a time or two prior and when ethan finally looked up and realises Natalie had done her makeup in the same way as you? hes so. confused.

“What the fuck is going on? Ow— my fucking elbow!?” Ethan hissed.

“You like it E? I got a little makeover this morning.”


“What do you mean someone trashed your dressing room?” Grayson asked as he chopped up a carrot for dinner - a slow cooked stew he’d always wanted to try. He thought while he was staying at your now was as good as any to try his hand at the foolproof meal.

“Exactly what I just said, someone trashed my dressing room! And not the mention went as far as to play a sick joke and write ‘your secret admirer’ I mean, who would wanna admire me?” You sighed as you fell to the lounge with a huff.

“I could name a specific someone.” Grayson cooed as he wiped his hands clean. Walking over to where you laid sprawled out on your lounge. “But that’s pretty serious? Maybe I should call Kyle to just look over you?”

“Don’t be silly Gray I’m fine, also? I ate dinner on my way home so I think it might just be you tonight” you admitted, sitting up as you leaned into Graysons chest for comfort. His arm wrapping around your body. You hadn’t spoken about the kiss, well, kisses. Now wasn’t the time and in all honesty? You were scared to ask.

Maybe it was better to go unspoken. Maybe if you spoke about it it made it real?

“Why did you eat dinner at 1:30 in the afternoon?” Grayson asked as his hand massaged your scalp - relaxing you.

“I was just a little hungry, guess I’m not now.” Grayson didn’t press. Was he worried? Yes. He hadn’t seen you eat in a little over two weeks. Why?

Grayson looked at you softly - he wanted to ask, so badly. His heart ached. All he wanted was for you to be alright, he knew deep down you weren’t. To an extent? Grayson had a feeling he was praying on your weakness. But he knew he loved you deeply, wholeheartedly.


“Hmm?” Graysons eyes were always so pretty. Brown eyes in your opinion never seem to get enough credit. They were deep and full of desire. Full of the beauty that was Grayson Dolan. The gateways to his soul, his heart, starting back at you? Your own reflection.

“Can I—can I kiss you?, I—I didn’t ask last night?” Grayson stuttered.

“I— yeah” you mumbled. Slowly turning as Grayson leaned in and ever so gently attached his lips to yours. His hands pulling you onto his lap in a desperate need to have you close. Having you straddling his waist was something of a fantasy. If Grayson died tomorrow he would be a happy man. You were all he ever wanted regardless if you were his or not.

You threw caution to the wind for a second in time - slowly rocking your hips, hearing Grayson moan deeply into your mouth.

Fugh—Y/n.” Oranges and jasmine encapsulating Grayson’s senses.

Maybe Grayson would love you? Think you’re pretty, only have eyes for you, never lie to you, make you feel loved and adored, maybe Grayson wouldn’t choose another over you? A prettier, skinner, more attractive girl who you’d never be. No matter how hard you tried.

“Take me to my room?”


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She’s listening through the air shaft, to see how long our swan song can last 

Three Times Forrest Ignores Isobel When She Tries to Meddle, and Two Times He Doesn’t 


A post-season 2 finale Forrest POV fic. Features Isobel being a meddling asshole, Forrest being a good guy, Michael and Alex being obvious, but stubborn, with a cameo by Liz being a little OOC (oops!). Starts out Forlex (or ManeForrest, whatever your preference!) but transitions to Malex. This fic exists entirely because I wanted to write two lines, bonus points if you figure out which ones they are. I may have sort of plagiarized my own season 1 finale fix it fic accidentally, but if the RNM writers can have the finales mirror each other, then my fix it fics can too!

Thanks to @lambourngb and @seeaddywrite for help with ideas and editing (and listening to me whine, a very important part of my writing process)! 

*Title from Both Hands by Ani Difranco 



Forrest wasn’t sure what to expect dating Alex Manes. 

The 180 degree turnaround on PDA between their first date and open mic night felt too good to be true. He half expected regression on their second date, for Alex to pull his hand away when Forrest reached for him in public, or to scoot his chair farther away when one of his Air Force buddies approached them in the bar, but so far that fear has been unrealized. It’s like a switch flipped, probably due to a combination of his own internal work, the death of his father, and full support of his brother. Alex is lighter and happier than when they first met, and seems at ease being out in public with Forrest no matter where they go. Tonight, they’ve settled on a casual night out at the Pony, with the intention of Forrest getting a chance to know Maria better. 

Over the past few weeks of dating, Alex has met most of Forrest’s friends (they all love him, and if Forrest didn’t feel the same way, he’d be a little offended about how many of his friends have suggested that Forrest is punching above his weight class), but Forrest has yet to spend much time with any of Alex’s. Tonight’s supposed to change that, but Maria’s been slammed most of the night and when Forrest makes his way back from the bathroom, it’s not Maria he spots in the booth beside Alex, but someone much taller and blonder. As he approaches the table, he recognizes her as the woman he’d mistakenly identified as Alien Guy’s girlfriend one time when he and Alex chatted at the diner. He can’t place her name though,  since he had a difficult time focusing on anyone other than Alex that day. A problem which has persisted even now that they’re dating.  

As he slides into the booth across from them, she stops talking mid-sentence and glances him up and down appraisingly. “Oh, I didn’t realize you were here with emo smurf.” This is clearly addressed to Alex, though she doesn’t take her eyes off Forrest, a challenge in her gaze.

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“I loved the trash aesthetic of the band. It was all very obvious: Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Jane Mansfield - tragic blondes. My idea was to shoot them lying on gold lamé cloth.

I wanted it to look slightly tacky, camp. They arrived at the studio sporting several fresh love bites. Richey told me that they’d been to some club the night before and asked girls to bite them in order that they’d look sleazier for this, their most important photo session to date. I wrote ‘Culture slut’ on Nicky Wire’s chest in lipstick while Richey stared at himself in the mirror and scratched three letters into his neck with a school compass: VIH. I asked him what it meant.

'Don’t you know what HIV is?’ he asked.

'Er, yes. But you’ve written it back to front.'”

Dinner date

mags the second gif got me. a short drabble for you: you and sebastian were out for a nice dinner, but the waiter kept flirting with you, and you being the brat that you are, slightly flirt back. you can feel seb’s burning eyes on you the whole night.


You look in the mirror and make sure you looked alright, you had a very important date tonight with the love of your life, Sebastian Stan. It was his first day back from filming and you missed him so much. You missed his, eyes, his smile, his kisses, and his hands, god those hands could ruin you so easily. You sigh at the thought of what the night would lead to.

“Y/n! Are you ready to head out, I don’t want to miss the reservation” Seb called from downstairs, he had been waiting for awhile but you wanted to look extra special for tonight

You grabbed your purse and looked in the mirror one last time

You had on a off the shoulder black, skintight dress with red flowers going over the top of your chest and a slit that showed off some of your freshly shaven leg.

You slipped on a pair of heels and headed downstairs

Sebastian heard the clicking of your heels on the stairs and looked up at you

“woah” he said under his breath not taking his eyes off of you the whole way down the stairs

You chuckled “what’s wrong babe”

he looks you up and down until his gaze met yours “nothing doll, you just look absolutely beautiful”

He pulls you close to him by your waist and places a soft kiss on your lips

He lets out a small sigh when he leans back and looks at you again, biting his lower lip

“you don’t look to bad yourself babe” you said looking at the beautiful man in front of you

He had on a matte black suit with a solid res tie on and his face was freshly shaven

“let’s go I don’t want to miss our reservation” you finally said after a few seconds of silence while you both just took in the view in front of you

You could tell Seb was ready to cancel the reservation and just have his meal and his dessert right then and there.

He groaned but non the less he walked with you out to the car

Arriving at the restaurant you guys were sat down almost immediately and given your menus

The waiter came by and told you the specials for the night

Even in the dimly lit restaurant you could feel the gaze of the waiter the whole time you guys ordered, his eyes never leaving your body

Sebastian across the table was absolutely fuming, if you hadn’t given him a quick stare, he would have tackled that waiter right then and there.

Sebastian started being short with the waiter while he ordered his meal so you decided to have a little fun of your own.

You handed back your menu to the waiter and purposely let your hand linger on his for a little longer than needed and in the most sultry voice you could come up with, you said “thanks so much darling” with a quick wink

The waiter gulped, looked over at Sebastian and then looked over at you again

“No problem ma'am” he said almost getting a little too close to you

Across the table, Seb was staring at you so intensively you could have sworn there was a hole burning through your face

“What’s wrong sweetheart” you said innocently

“What do you think you’re doing doll” he said through gritted teeth

“Nothing Hun, I’m just having a nice time with you” you dismissed and smiled knowing exactly what he meant

The whole night, everytime the waiter came over, you two would flirt shamelessly and you would call him over one too many times

Sebastian called the check over before you even got to finish your meal

The waiter placed the check in front of Sebastian without taking his eyes off of you, “leaving so soon, doll?” He flirted

Your eyes darted to Sebastian, no one ever called you doll but him, and both of you knew that. You chuckled and looked over at the waiter “sorry hun, early night”

Sebastian was grasping his thigh so hard his nuckles were turning white

“yah, we have to go home and deal with see personal issues” he said almost killing the waiter with words alone

The waiter hurried away and you looked at Sebastian

“Awe babe no dessert?”

He cut you off before you even got to finish your sentence

He stood up, helped you out of your chair and whispered in your ear.

Making your legs clench

You’re really in it for tonight, doll”

Feels Right: Henry Cavill

Heeeeeeeey Y’all. You can thank @laketaj24 and @honeychicana / @honeychicanawrites​ for dragging me into the “Henry” phase. And I don’t care that I’ve used this gif (or one similar to it) before, he looks good as hell in this lol but in all seriousness, I haven’t written in a while (was having some major confidence issues) but I said fuck it. I like what I’ve written and I wanted to share it with all of you. I’ll also be updating my tag list adding Henry and a few other people/characters to it. I’ll post it once it’s done that way you can select any additional tags. 

Warnings: Mild language, mild smut. I wanted this to be cute and shxt. Henry also says darling a lot but that’s because I feel like he would sound so sexy saying it. Don’t judge me.

I tagged who I thought would be interested in reading this, if not-MESSAGE me so I’ll know for future reference.

SHOUTOUT TO @marvelmaree​ / @mareethequeen​ for beta-reading this for me a while back. I really appreciate it!!!!

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Gucci Gang

BTS AU: 8th member

Sumi x BTS

Tae and Sumi don’t skimp when it comes to Christmas shopping.

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“I think I’ll take this one.” Sumi checked herself out in the mirror. “What do you think, Tae?”

He looked over at her. She was wearing matching jacket and skirt in a sparkly pink fabric, with a white blouse underneath. Her collar was attached by a diamond choker, that’d she’d made the shop assistant hunt down.

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sherlock holmes in 1893

i happened to have @possiblyimbiassed ’s excellent meta open in a tab ( and noticed in the “blog jpeg” that the counter, formerly and famously stuck at “1895”, is now showing “18493”. OK, the 4 may have been dropped in to signify s4, but why 1893?

A very cursory search on “sherlock holmes 1893” shows me that FINA (the final problem) was published in the strand that year, as well as CROO, GREE, RESI, and NAVA. Having recently read all of those with the @astudyincanon book club, each of those stories mirrors or highlights some aspect of the central relationship. A love triangle, self sacrifice, betrayal by a close family member or crony.

I’m guessing the FINA connection is the most important, maybe another indication that “reichenbaching the show” is part of the plan?

Tagging some of the usual suspects, hope that’s ok.

@consultingidiots @devoursjohnlock @ebaeschnbliah @fellshish @ghislainem70 @gosherlocked @hawksmoor17 @holmesianscholar @impossibleleaf @kateis-cakeis @loveismyrevolution @monikakrasnorada @mrskolesouniverse @possiblyimbiassed @princesse-des-lucioles @raggedyblue @sagestreet @shawleyleres @sherlockshadow @spenglernot @tendergingergirl @the-7-percent-solution @tjlcisthenewsexy @88thparallel