that salty air

chasing the dragon

Writhing in agony on the rocky shore, Sherlock attempted to warn her of the animal’s approach but no sound would pass his lips.  It took the clicking of a thousand scales and the buffeting gusts of salty air to finally tear Joan’s focus away from her partner’s contorted form.

The sack she carried dropped to the ground beside Sherlock. Joan reached for the hilt of her silver sword. Fiercely, she pivoted to face the winged creature.

Golden and glistening, as beautiful as it was terrifying, it screeched in anger at the intrusion. “He belongs to me! The oracle has so declared!” The beast swayed its long tale as it reared itself high into the sky, taking aim at the armored warrior. “Run, mortal woman, run while you can!”

Enraged, Joan stood taller. Her voice exploded from deep within her plated chest, full in its power, “We do not fear thee, dragon. Be gone. You have no power here.” She raised her sword high and prepared to plunge it deep into the dark heart of the shimmering lizard. Sherlock, now on his knees behind Joan, watched in terror.

The animal’s laugh, like the ringing of a hundred bells, filled the air. It opened its mouth sending forth a sphere of orange flames that enveloped Joan’s weapon. The molten metal fell from her hand, puddling like mercury in the sand before her.

Joan screamed, doubled over, and turned away from her enemy. Sherlock expecting to see the defeated face of his partner, was shocked at the smile on face.

She whispered, “Give me the sack, and close your eyes. No matter what you hear, do not open them until I say it is safe.”

Dumbfounded, he did as he was told. Joan took the sack and reached in, clamping tight on the mass within. She pulled out the blond-tressed head of the Medusa, cast her own eyes to the ground and raised it high before the dragon…

The keen of the dying beast entwined with the cold wails of Moriarty’s head as it swung from her hand filled the air, piercing and shrill, reverberated through her chest until her whole body shook. Her eyes clamped shut, she heard Sherlock call out her name over and over …..

“Watson! Watson!” He shook her again, trying to break the hold of whatever terror had chased her through her dreams tonight.

With a rattling intake of breath, Joan awoke to the sight of Sherlock’s eyes, full of pain and fear for her. Bringing her breathing under control, she laid her hand on his, “It’s okay. ….. It’s okay…”

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The story is from last year’s Watson’s Woes that I edited slightly here. The image is an attempt to capture what I tried to describe in words. Not quite… dragons are not my forte but I do like the figure of Sherlock cowering behind Joan. 

ETA - adding a second version of the image - not sure if it’s better or worse…

ARIES: eat frozen yogurt and take not-so-shitty Polaroids because these memories mean more than you’ll ever know. you are unique. go on adventures, and let yourself be taken with whatever these heated days have to offer.  you remind me of the good that will persevere no matter how bad it gets. i have so much love for you in my heart, and thank you for being the closest thing to home i know. you have saved so many people with those warm arms of yours. i am lucky enough to be one of them.

TAURUS: i hope you let your skin get painted over in gold from sunshine and your cheeks hurt with the weight of your smiles. see new things,  but be safe.  if it gets rough, just know there’s nothing you can’t get through. you are a smart and beautiful everywhere. embrace your humor, you’ve always had a knack for keeping me laughing.  

GEMINI: this is your time. the skies are blue with your name painted in every breeze. it’s all yours if you want it. i think you should spend as much time as you can outside, because there is something about summer that will always love you. eat your birthday cake on a picnic with the most loveliest person you know, and let all your stress fade into the chlorine smell of swimming pools and sticky sweet smell of skin and sunscreen. it’ll be good, i promise.

CANCER: you deserve to shine as bright as you possibly can, you deserve to see the stars, and taste galaxies, and love someone who knows what that word means. you deserve so much, much more than i’ll ever be able to give. but i will give it up anyway. no more regrets. dance a lot to loud music, and sleep with your entire body and soul, take care of yourself in the most gentle way you know how. i want you to have fun. go out and do something only mildly reckless. i want you to find stories, to tell, to write, to capture, to paint, to sing half badly at the top of your lungs. you are so lovely. none of these words will ever be enough to tell you how grateful i am that you are here.

LEO: we’ve got a calendar of things to do but it’s gonna be alright, trust me. you’ve got an army of love ready to fight the stress any hour of the day. there is so much good waiting for you, so much greatness you deserve.  if there is a battle, you are the winning side. you’re the strongest person i know but please remember take care of yourself. travel far and i hope you find different places that feel like home.

VIRGO: i just want you to smile. a little, a lot. i want you to feel lighter than things have been recently, or in the past, just want you to relax. the world is always moving, turning, constantly, and it can be deafening the amount of noise. sometimes people act like they don’t hear you, but they do. they’re just too stupid to admit it. you’re so goddamn gorgeous. enjoy the sun, i hope you find something new to love.

LIBRA: you mean so much, you matter so fucking much, there will be never enough of my stupid poetic sayings to describe it. this is what this is, stupid. just another time i couldn’t keep my mouth shut. you’re a different aspect of life, one that i’ve neglected. my most sincere apologies.  you’ve always believed so much, i admire that about you. i hope you’re happy every possible moment you can be, and i hope you are loved. this summer should be good. you deserve it.

SCORPIO: calm down, breathe in, breathe out. you are always there, like a constant thrum in the background or the sound of screaming poetry, no matter the noise, i am nothing but appreciative of your love. i hope you live your days breathing in salty sweet air of the sea and that your skin is speckled gold with sand and that your soul is breathing and alive. things will work out, i like to believe the universe has a way of giving back to the good ones. you’re one of them. good. calm. pure. something sinful, yeah maybe, but i’m alright with going to hell as long as i see you there.

SAGITTARIUS: there is sunshine loving adventures waiting for you. i think you’ll hate and love airplanes a little bit more, and get a little pissed at the way time seems to run on it’s own agenda, but all in all, i know it’s going to be a good month. draw, paint, laugh, go on road trips with good music playing in the background and take a selfish amount of pictures. there are memories that will keep you warm longer than the sun ever has.

CAPRICORN: i don’t know what to expect out of you that’s anything less than greatness. don’t run forward but a walk in the park can do wonders sometimes. you’re life. don’t forget that. have fun, don’t sit idle. move around, go downtown and look at sculptures and art you have no idea what they mean. laugh. a lot. be a child, cause you know things are only getting harder. but you’re better. you’re good. things will work itself out. what is broken, will always rearrange.

AQUARIUS: summers are either chlorine stained hearts or the breath of fresh air in your lungs, and this time around might feel a little bit of both. work with what you have, i don’t know what else to say. but remember you are not poison. yes there is black ink spilling from your pen and sometimes your gushing veins, but it is not a part of hell you have to keep inside of yourself so you don’t infect and destroy and hurt hurt hurt. humans, we’re heaven and hell combined in one animal. and that’s it. you’re only human. nothing more, nothing less. and that’s okay. keep breathing. i know you can take care of yourself, but thing is, you don’t have to. you are not alone.

PISCES: i don’t see you around much, but your tenderness is always in my heart. i hope you pick flowers and decorate your hair with the aesthetic cause you’re a sunflower in a garden full of weeds. you told me that once. i’ll never forget. i hope you love yourself. if things are spiraling, i will do good on my promise to sink with you, no matter the distance, no matter the time spent apart, we’re always together. somewhere. i miss you yeah. there is no battle ship, there are no more gun shots and bullet wounds, and you’ll be okay. the sun will be sweet to you. listen to good music and visit a new cafe. you have so much love to give.

—  JUNE ADVICE FOR THE SIGNS // X.V

I want someone to show up with sunflowers in hand and take me to the beach, my tranquility. Take me to hear the thunder of the waves, to smell the salty air, to feel the sand cooling off beneath my feet while the sun slowly paints the clouds in different colors as it falls behind where the waves meet the sky. I want salty boardwalk fries, matching intricate string bracelets from the vendor by the ocean. Taking a walk while the sun bids it’s goodbyes and we welcome the smaller stars with a warm acceptance. Laying on the sand, eyes locked on the sky fingers locked together. I want someone to show me that I’m worth something. Show me that I’m worth a simple date at my favorite spot. Show me I’m worth surprising. Show me I’m worth taking pictures of by the ocean. Show me you love me.

Sometimes I dream about living by the sea.
I dream about salty air,
I dream about days that are unattached to anything
or anyone.
The ocean would be swelling with sadness,
so much so that there would be no room for mine.
I could sleep with the sound of the water outside my window instead of the trees.
I think I could live that way.
—  h.m. {dreams}

Resist Everything Except Temptation

Rating: Explicit

Chapters: 10/10

Words: 100,118

Summary:

Louis is the commodore’s son who is forced to become a part of Harry’s crew when he is captured.

A gust of salty air pushed over the deck as the information resonated in the night sky. The only audible sound was the continuous wallop of waves wrecking against the ship. Louis kept his breathing even and his eyes locked with Malik’s, refusing to be the first to break.

“Now, that is interesting.” 

Malik’s head whipped towards the quarterdeck, his eyes wide as they settled by the wheel of the ship. Louis gawked as the entire crew bowed their head in respect. Some mechanically took a few steps back. Malik straightened his spine and clasped his hands behind his back, his eyes downcast. Instinctively, Louis followed suit and trained his eyes on the deck beneath his knees.

The lethargic sound of heels clicking against wood resonated across the sea. Footsteps descended the staircase, every assured step creating a menacing aura as it grew closer. Perspiration gathered along Louis’ palms as the rhythmic sound halted in front of him.

“Captain,” Malik greeted.

Louis watched out of his peripheral as Malik’s boots shuffled back a few steps. Sweat matted the hair along the nape of Louis’ neck as he waited for something to happen. He felt as if a sharp blade was twisting his gut as the silence became tangible.

There was a metallic slide of a sword being pulled out of its sheath, the sound startling Louis out of his cocoon of sterile shock. His shoulders jumped as the tip of a blade flattened underneath his jaw. Louis’ distorted reflection stared back at him in the polished metal. Engraved rose petals twisted his appearance as they crawled up the length of the sword. The sword lifted and took Louis’ chin with it.

Standing in front of Louis was Captain Styles.

anonymous asked:

any eXCITING ideas to put into a summer bucket list? (im like super boring so i thought i could ask the queen hehe)

i have two guesses who you are kind anon 

hell yes i do let’s go! idk if you’d call these “exciting” but those are the things that have been on my own summer bucket lists before. if anyone wants to add anything, please do! 

OUTSIDE AND TRAVEL

  • keep a travel journal!
  • send postcards to your friends (and maybe teachers you like, they’ll love it!)
  • try a new item of food!
  • explore some place you’ve never been to (doesn’t have to be far. maybe take a walk in a park you’ve never been to, or visit a museum!)
  • eat ice-cream and maybe try a new flavour (or make ice-cream yourself!)
  • try a new sport! for summer, try paddling/surfing/diving or if you’re not into water: tennis/golf/archery/outdoor yoga
  • watch the sunset 
  • have a BBQ
  • go to the beach (if you can) or to a lake
  • go to a concert
  • breathe in different kind of airs (sounds stupid, but i think it’s kinda cool. salty air at the seaside, fresh air after it rained, breezy air in the mountains, the smell of flowers on the fields…)
  • visit a place where one of your favourite books takes place (or where the author is from)
  • talk to someone in your target language
  • plant something in your garden! flowers, herbs, vegetables or a little tree
  • instead of taking a photo, draw or paint a scenery/landscape that you see
  • try a new restaurant or coffee shop
  • wear your favourite dress/shirt/pair of shorts/jeans
  • cycle somewhere!

INSIDE AND RAINY DAYS

  • learn how to cook some new meals!!
  • bake some cute cookies
  • rewatch your favourite series - but maybe in another language to add a little challenge?
  • write a story/poem/oneshot (doesn’t have to win the nobel prize, but it’s relaxing and entertaining)
  • take a walk in the rain! 
  • declutter your room while listening to some cool music 
  • learn a new piece on your instrument
  • movie marathon! 
  • learn the basics of a new language (if irl ones are too boring, try elvish or klingon)
  • build a fort
  • make flower-crowns or anything else you like
  • braid your hair (if that’s possible) or learn how to braid it in different styles
  • get to work on your tbr pile
  • if you don’t have one, here’s a list of great books by @areistotle
  • make milkshakes or fruit salad
  • redecorate your room
  • fix/redo your tumblr theme
  • backup your phone and computer 
  • tidy up your bookshelves or any other collections you have
  • watch some new youtubers (or just some of your favs)
  • learn some random shit
  • message a friend you haven’t talked to in a while! 
  • have a nice bath with bubbles or rosepetals or whatever you like!

I hope this is what you had in mind - have a great summer! :) 

DESUS

I’ve been shipping Daryl Dixon and Paul (Jesus) Monroe LITERALLY since Jesus first entered the show and I just now figured out that a ton of others ship them too? What the HICKITY HECK.



You hear that? That’s the sound of me sobbing.