the braggart

i have a fake son.
his name is Tim and he is working on his M.S. in astrophysics at Berkeley.
he is devestatingly handsome and enjoys rock climbing and volunteers as a counselor at the local YMCA there in Berkeley, California.
i am so proud of my fake son. i have raised him up in my own head to be such an outstanding member of society.
“Tim” is only brought up when asked about by one particular woman at work that i only see on occasion. i don’t make a habit or game of lying to people, but with her, it kinda came about as follows:
Faye is one of those people who has been there/done that and will hang herself on the cross while she tells you how much worse the experience was for her. i’ve seen this woman Kanye West an 8-month pregnant girl at said girl’s own baby shower to glorify the gift she gave her as well as go into how horrible her labor was with her own children. Faye also is a braggart. her car/purse/house/ring/shoes/etc. all cost more than whatever yours did and her children are all angels.
i was forced to work with Faye for 2 days about 5 years ago. she called me Emily a few times before i finally told her my name is Amy, not Emily. she gave me a sideways glance and said, “I like Emily better”, and since then, she has always called me Emily. i let this go because to get angry with her and tell her off is to see her become dramatic and begin crying and insist she did not mean anything by it while not issuing anything close to an apology. Faye is always right, too, you know.
anyway, when she shut up long enough about herself and her fabulous offspring on the second day, she asked, “Do you have any children, Emily?”
i replied that i do not. she then launched into her daughter taking fertility drugs so that she could give her mother grandchildren someday.
that was the only question she asked me until i saw her about a year later.
“Oh, HI, Emily! How are you?!”
“Hi, Faye…how are you?”
“Wonderful, wonderful. Stephen just graduated from UT. He’s going to be the best doctor ever! How is your son, uh, Tim?”
it took me a second. Tim? son? what the hell is she talking about?!
it dawned on me what a complete narcissist she truly is. she hadn’t heard me the day she asked if i had children, because she didn’t care. she didn’t care enough to call me by my real name, so it wasn’t much of a surprise.
i couldn’t stop myself. i briefly thought about correcting her, but i decided to just go with it.
“Tim is doing so well. He was just accepted to Berkeley after his amazing thesis on planetary nebuli. We are so proud of him.”
her eyes grew big. “Oh, how nice! But, Berkeley? That’s so far from home. UT is an excellent school; surely he could’ve been accepted there?…”
i gave a small chuckle. “Oh, well, they wanted him for sure, Faye. I mean, all the letters he received, practically BEGGING him to study there. But, well, they just don’t have a sufficient astronomy department. UT is a fine school, but not for the subject that Tim is going into. Astrophysics is not something you can study just anywhere, you know.”
her eyes narrowed. “Medicine is what these young people should be going into. Astrophysics? What is that, anyway? How will it contribute to the world?”
“Gosh, I don’t really know how to explain astrophysics, Faye. It’s so mind blowing for simple minds like mine and yours. But searching for things in space that could potentially help our planet is a pretty big deal, I think.”
Faye promptly excused herself. i knew i had gotten her.
i’ve bumped into her on and off throughout the past 5 years and she always told me how her angels were saving the world, especially Stephen, and then she’d ask about Tim. and i made sure my Tim was one step above her Stephen. her face would turn crimson and she would have to abruptly leave.
i saw her as i was leaving work yesterday and she stopped me to wish me a happy Easter.
“Stephen is coming home this holiday. He’s bringing his fiance. She’s a doctor too, you know. How is Tim? Don’t tell me he’s still not graduated?…”
“Oh, Faye, don’t be silly! Astrophysics takes YEARS to graduate from. It’s not as simple as medicine. But, yes, he is close to graduating.”
“Is he coming home for Easter? I can’t imagine spending holidays without my children; how dreadful! Oh, but he’s all the way in California…it costs so much to fly here, I assume.”
I grinned. “Yes, it does. But he’s such a sweetheart, he’s flying me out there this year! Taking a break from his studies and humanitarian efforts to have his dear ol’ Mom around for Easter. I’m so lucky!”
“…yes, well, have a nice time, Emily. Happy Easter!”
“You too, Kay! Oh, I mean Faye!”
you know, like i said before, i don’t like to lie. it does seem very silly to have let this go on for so long. Tim has been a fabrication in the making for over 5 years now, he almost feels real to me.
when i see Faye, i have images of my fake son, looking so handsome in his lab coat as he’s peering into a microscope looking at dust particles from a comet. i see him jogging with his dog on the beach. i see him hiking and biking and climbing. i see him helping an elderly woman with her groceries.
it’s a true testament that if you lie, or let a lie go on for a while, it becomes a solid thing that you have to keep up with.
oddly enough, i don’t lose sleep on this lie. i don’t see her often enough to fib about this on a daily or consistent level. Faye never cared anything about me or my life until she had something to try to one-up me on. SHE is the one losing sleep on account of her Stephen not succeeding quite like my Tim. it’s amazing how this lie has eaten her alive and made me feel proud of something that doesn’t even exist…
eh well.
i’ll be boarding the fake plane to Berkeley this afternoon, to celebrate Easter with my fake son.
Mama’s soooo proud of you, Timmy!

I Seek My Self through What I Think

💜 Aries

Positive natural tendency
courageous
bold
inspirational to others
intuitive
perceptive

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
foolhardy
zealot
egotistic show of bravado


💜 Taurus

Positive natural tendency
steadfast and loyal
intensely sensitive and understanding
composed and calm
affectionate and generous
practical and firm
productive and fertile

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
stubborn without just reason
overly emotional
aloof, dry, and hard
overindulges sensual appetites
stingy and rigid
seeks only material rewards for all efforts


💜 Gemini 


Positive natural tendency 

lighthearted and cheerful extremely intelligent
versatile and adaptable
sensitive to others
clear and objective in thinking
precise

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
silly and inane
superintellectual, all words
dissipates self through lack of unifying purpose
nervous and excitable
cold, aloof, and unemotional
indiscriminate


💜 Cancer


Positive natural tendency
sensitive to all feelings
cares for others’ needs and wants
psychic and impressionable
holds the family together
understands all human conditions

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
can become hysterical and/or irritable
can be extremely selfish
can have elusions and unfounded fears
can be too clannish and snobby
is oblivious to all desires but own


💜 Leo

Positive natural tendency

self-assured and progressive
warm and sincere
affectionate in love
protective
cultivated and refined
artistic and expressive
inspired by universal love 

Misuse or exaggeration of trait 
vain and self-seeking
falsely modest
lustful and hedonistic
dictatorial
extravagant and opulent
braggart and show-off
purely egotistical

💜 Virgo

Positive natural tendency
helpful and unassuming
clear and sharp-eyed
dependable and unselfish
precise and meticulous
born researcher and scientist
calm and self-reliant

Misuse or exaggeration of trait 
manipulative and underhanded
fault-finding
indecisive and a hoarder
forgets where things are
superficial and secretive
nervous and utterly dependent


💜 Libra

Positive natural tendency
completely impartial and balanced mind
refined, artistic nature
perfect in marriage and partnerships
sociable and gregarious
graceful and charming
inspires talent of others

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
incapable of decision
pleasure seeker and hedonist
manipulates and dominates others
completely dependent on others
superficial and deceitful
seeks relationships for personal gain


💜 Scorpio

Positive natural tendency
creative through rebuilding
healer
strong and loyal friend
giver of strength
inspires faith
seeks merger with Spirit

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
totally destructive
seducer
uses friends for personal gain
psychic vampire
total egotist
wants others to merge with him


💜 Sagittarius

Positive natural tendency
vast and inspirational mind
sees the larger issue at hand
magnanimous and generous
teacher and judge
straightforward and bold

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
inability to regulate mind with matter
tends to false exaggerations
gluttonous, never satisfied
dictator and propagandist
loud-mouthed and coarse


💜 Capricorn

Positive natural tendency
pudent and sel-sacrificing
trustworthy and loyal
dependable and unselfish
oranizer and executive
industrious
deep spiritual understanding
very aware of other people’s needs

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
miserly and demanding
unsympathetic and secretive
dictatorial
insatiably ambitious
worships only position and prestige
opportunistic


💜 Aquarius

Positive natural tendency
gregarious and social
loyalty to a cause or idea
strives for brotherhood
intuitive and alert mind
can love all equally

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
overly talkative and flighty
a zealot and fanatic
tries to impose own ideas on others
has zany schemes and is impractical
cold, aloof, litle human sympathy


💜 Pisces


Positive natural tendency

unselfish in all matters
vast imagination
creative and innovative
universal in scope of expression
strong spiritual aspirations

Misuse or exaggeration of trait
seeks to control through giving
hostage to elusion 
potentially locked within
poor sense of individuality
a sensualist in all things

Written by Alan Oken

Fourth House: Your Aversion

Your 4th house ruler shows what you received excessive exposure to during childhood. As a result, you might develop an aversion to the traits of the sign on the 4th house cusp. 

The following is organized by your 4th house ruler.

Aries 4th House: emotion/thoughtless impulse; you might to be a hard, cold cap rising who is averse to loud, brash personalities

Taurus 4th House: tradition/materialism/slow movement; you might be be an aqua rising who craves freedom and revolution

Cancer 4th House: sympathy/emotional manipulation; you might be a tough, independent aries rising who refuses to be told what to do

Gemini 4th House: talking/meaningless chatter/excessive communication; you might be a pisces rising who values meaningful communication, solitude, and silence

Leo 4th House: attention/narcissism; you might be a taurus rising who prefers to blend into the background and despises bragging/braggarts [analysis of psychology below]

Virgo 4th House: criticism/judgement/boredom; gemini rising who prefers to be entertained and open-minded

Libra 4th House: compromise/emotional neglect; cancer rising who desperately tries to control environment/other people to avoid compromise

Scorpio 4th House: scrutinity/paranoia/invasion of privacy; you might be a leo rising who self-aggrandizes, prefers to keep thigns light, and hide their flaws

Sagittarius 4th House: irresponsibility; virgo rising, self-explanatory

Capricorn 4th House: expectations/isolation; libra rising, self-explanatory [analysis 2]

Aquarius 4th House: eccentric/erratic behavior; scorpio rising, prefers to adopt a stoic, mysterious persona

Pisces 4th House: delusion/self-sacrifice; sagittarius rising who tries to learn about the world at large, stay grounded in reality, and has selfiish tendencies [analysis 3]

[1] Taurus risings often have parents who smother them with attention, to the point where they feel like they’re controlled and constantly watched. Parents may also have narcistic tendencies and seek approval/fish for compliments from their children while witholding praise. Parents may be act entitled to the child’s time and attention, leaving little room for peace, solitude, and self-care. This causes the adult Taurus rising to shy away from attention-seeking (leo-like) personalities and enjoy solitude, silence, and peace. 

[2] Libra risings can have parents with harsh capricorn qualities; parents who don’t hesitate to demean their own children in the name of “pusing them further,” who withold approval and affection, who may prevent the child from spending time wirh friends, who make the child feel lonely and unworthy. As a result, Libra risings almost pathologically seek approval and acceptance to compensate for what the parents deprived them of.

[3] Sagittarius risings likely have parents who expect the child to be pliant, obedient, and self-sacrificing. The parents may ask the child to give, give, and give, until there’s nothing left. The parents themselves may be weak, selfish, and delusional, pretending to be martyrs while taking advantage of their own children. The parents might act helpless as a manipulation  tactic. As a defense, the Sagittarius detaches themselves from needy people and (”selfishly”) puts themselves first, to compensate for years of being forced to put themselves last. 

The human personality is almost entirely a cluster of defense mechanisms to cope with different types pain and toxic people.  Once you know the traits each rising sign expresses, and the sign on the 4th house cusp, it is easy to trace the behavior to the roots.

Zodiac dark side
  • Aries: Bad-mannered, Careless, Conceited
  • Taurus: Braggart, Greedy, Materialistic
  • Gemini: Loose-lipped, Frivolous, Misleading
  • Cancer: Resentful, Closed off, Immature
  • Leo: Pompous, Pushy, High-strung
  • Virgo: Evasive, Disregardful, Fake
  • Libra: Vain, Fickle, Betrayer
  • Scorpio: Malicious, Manipulative, Possessive
  • Capricorn: Cold, Bitter, Antagonizer
  • Sagittarius: Unreliable, Snobby, Self-centered
  • Aquarius: Secretive, Detached, Gossip
  • Pisces: Untrustworthy, Aloof, Codependent
THE SIGNS AS ARCHETYPES
  • Aries: The warrior, the commander, the general, the fighter, the dragon-slayer, the challenger, the individualist, the child, the fighter, the thrill-seeker, the reckless, the impatient, the first, the pioneer, the bold, the brave, the fearless, the voyager, the entrepreneur, the stunt person, the dare devil, the competitor, the experimentalist.
  • Taurus: The empress, the earth mother, the preservationist, the hedonist, the sensualist, the materialist, the greedy, the grounded one, the realist, the good samaritan, the solid citizen, the bon vivant, the Honest Abe, the confidant, the protector, the adherent, the thoughtful one, the bully, the gentle giant, the dependable one, the musician, the peaceful one, the epicurean.
  • Gemini: The jester, the fool, the student, the thief, the comedian, the light-hearted, the one with the Peter Pan complex, the playful one, the one who never takes anything seriously, the imp, the trickster, the messenger, the gossip, the herald, the journalist, the practical joker, the sarcastic one, the class clown, the communicator, the talk-show host, the doppelganger.
  • Cancer: The girl/boy-next-door, the protective one, the helper, the giver, the intuitive, the witch, the wizard, the nurturer, the maternal figure, the caretaker, the defender, the fairy godmother, the kind one, the supportive one, the counselor, the angel, the giver, the enchantress, the siren, the mother, the crone, Mother Nature, the loyalist, the companion.
  • Leo: The hero, the noble, the generous, the ace, the chosen one, the hooker with a heart of gold, the dramatist, the performer, the creator, the star, the show-stopper, the narcissist, the praise-seeker, the braggart, the champion, the diva, the king and queen, the guiding light, the actor/actress, the headliner, the entertainer.
  • Virgo: The detective, the scholar, the observer, the thinker, the inquisitive, the critic, the intellectual, the bookworm, the author, the contemplative, the investigator, the perfectionist, the expert, the scientist, the research, the planner, the adviser, the mastermind, the scribe, the analyst, the nurse, the medicine man, the selfless.
  • Libra: The sweetheart, the darling, the charmer, the idealist, the romantic, the flirt, the sensualist, the enthusiast, the partner, the diplomat, the schmoozer, the pretty woman, prince charming, the star-crossed lover, the femme fatale, the flirt, the people-pleaser, the judge, the mediator, the peacemaker, the debater, the advocate, the just ruler, the lawful good.
  • Scorpio: The magician, the spy, the vampire, the bad boy/girl, the shaman, the healer, the transformer, the psychologist, the criminal, the obsessive, the passionate, the mysterious, the broody one, the anti hero, the reluctant monster, the seducer, the temptress, the survivor, the one with a tragic backstory, the manipulator, the alchemist.
  • Sagittarius: The sage, the philosopher, the academic, the teacher, the professor, the explorer, the adventurer, the preacher, the mentor and guide, the seeker, the wanderer, the traveler, the untameable, the happy-go-lucky character, the globetrotter, the fortune-hunter, the gambler.
  • Capricorn: The good kid, the role model, the CEO, the mob boss, the aristocrat, the manager, the captain, the responsible one, the rags-to-riches story, the determined, the achiever, the successor, the pragmatist, Father Time, the Grim Reaper, the authority figure, the emperor, the guardian, the laborer, the master.
  • Aquarius: The liberator, the outlaw, the maniac, the alien, the visionary, the catalyst, the inventor, the genius, the innovator, the eccentric, the pirate, the true believer, the creative, the wild man, the misfit, the lovable rogue, the rebellious spirit, the rule-breaker, the devil's advocate, the mad scientist.
  • Pisces: The mystic, the wise elder, the psychic, the oracle, the blind seer, the martyr, the dreamer, the saint, the sinner, the savior, the sufferer, the empath, the knight in shining armor, the damsel in distress, the escapist, the innocent, the shape-shifter, the starving artist, the storyteller, the spiritualist, the old soul, the last.
Seven Sinday Memes

Send a word for my muse to react to your muse doing the following… [Add reverse for your muse to do the action]
Any context helps!

Pride

  • [braggart] to hear my muse brag about themselves
  • [brag] to hear my muse brag about someone they’re close to
  • [mirror] to find my muse checking themselves out in the mirror
  • [perform] for my muse to show off a skill they feel they’re the best at
  • [critique] my muse reacting to hearing criticism they don’t like
  • [wrong] my muse doing something to prove yours wrong
  • [credit] my muse takes credit for something our muses did together

Greed

  • [prized] my muse will talk about their most prized possession
  • [money] for my muse to lose all their money
  • [shine] to find my muse dressed up in very expensive clothing
  • [will do] my muse explains (or does) the worst thing they’d do for money
  • [secrets] my muse withholding secrets that would benefit your muse
  • [withhold] my muse refuses to help yours
  • [power] my muse does something to gain power over yours

Lust

  • [lustful] for my muse to talk about what they like about one of their partners/crushes (specify if possible)
  • [kiss] for my muse to kiss yours
  • [seduce] for my muse to try to seduce yours
  • [bloodlust] for my muse to hurt yours for fun OR laugh at your muse getting hurt
  • [cheat] to catch my muse cheating on their partner
  • [caught] your muse catches my muse naked
  • [frisky] for my muse to grope yours

Envy

  • [green eyed] for my muse to talk about the one thing they see other people have that they don’t
  • [jealously] for my muse to get jealous of yours
  • [steal] my muse steals something from yours
  • [negative] for my muse to put yours down
  • [mine] for my muse to get jealous about your muse getting hit on
  • [share] for my muse to share something with yours
  • [ruin] for m muse to sabotauge your muse’s attempts to finish a task

Gluttony

  • [food] for my muse to talk about their favourite food[s]
  • [eat] to join my muse for an excessive meal
  • [drink] to find my muse extremely drunk/high
  • [vice] to try to stop my muse from indulging in one of their vices
  • [hoard] to find something that my muse hoards
  • [punishment] to try to get my muse to stop feeling sorry for themselves
  • [meal] my muse cook yours a fancy meal

Wrath

  • [vent] for my muse to talk about something/someone they hate
  • [smack] for my muse to hit yours.
  • [shout] for my muse to yell at yours.
  • [hate] for my muse to say ‘i hate you’
  • [calm] to try to calm my muse down
  • [stop] to stop my muse from getting into a fight
  • [kill] to see my muse kill

Sloth

  • [relax] for my muse to talk about their most relaxing experience
  • [sleep] your muse waking mine up because they’ve overslept
  • [work] my muse avoiding doing something they should be doing
  • [inaction] for my muse to see a stranger getting hurt and doesn’t help
  • [lies] for my muse to lie to avoid responsibility
  • [boredom] for my muse to suggest some way to cure boredom
  • [too much] to try to get my muse to rest after staying awake/working for a long time
Zodiac dark side

Aries: Bad-mannered, Careless, Conceited

Taurus: Braggart, Greedy, Materialistic

Gemini: Loose-lipped, Frivolous, Misleading

Cancer: Resentful, Closed off, Immature

Leo: Pompous, Pushy, High-strung

Virgo: Evasive, Disregardful, Fake

Libra: Vain, Fickle, Betrayer

Scorpio: Malicious, Manipulative, Possessive

Capricorn: Cold, Bitter, Antagonizer

Sagittarius: Unreliable, Snobby, Self-centered

Aquarius: Secretive, Detached, Gossip

Pisces: Untrustworthy, Aloof, Codependent

Source: myastroblog

list of things about JJ

I saw @acexius​ ‘s list of yoi facts, and I felt the need to do the same with JJ. The so misunderstood/mischaracterisized boy from Canada.

They are ALL CANON. Some are from the yoi fanbooks, artbooks,…

(From YOI fanbook)

  • JJ’s 19 (Birthday: July 15th)
  • JJ’s  5′8″ (178cm)
  • Coaches: JJ’s parents. Coaching by Nathalie and training by Alan (they are olimpic gold medalists).
  • Placed:   GOLD in Canada, GOLD in Russia, BRONZE in Barcelona (300.62).
  • BRONZE in the previous GPF.  
  • JJ does a lot of charity work during the off season.
  • He and Isabella were classmates in highschool.
  • He and Isabella are devout christians.
  • They reserve themselves for marriage, so their relationship is platonic.
  • He entered University of Toronto as TOP STUDENT.
  • He repeats his name many times in a conversation, like “JJ is~”. He nods and listens to others, but changes subject as soon as possible to talk about something he wants or about him. 
  • He asked Otabek to go dinner with them because he felt sorry to see him go alone and asked out of kindness.  
  • He doesn’t mind if others treat him unfriendly, or tell him it’s none of his business, if he thinks he’s doing the right thing.
  • He might be a braggart but he always match words with deeds.
  • He’s a late bloomer and his junior years weren’t as good as now. 
  • He went coach from coach, all for the sake of his ideal JJ style.
  • Long thick arms and legs, also thick and broad chest. Well mustled. Sharply sculpted feature, high nose, handsome when he doesn’t speak. He looks more than his age so it’s difficult to make him look like a teenager.
  • He’s also famous outside figure skating. He’s got a different type of fans from Victor, he’s popular among young boys and girls. (Inteview to Chacott on fanbook)
  • Theme of King JJ was composed as a song that JJ asked to a worldwide famous band he met at somewhere like Hollywood (and become friends) to write for him.   
  • His FS costume’s original design had a complex design on his legs but they though it was too much work for the animators. They put a more simple motiv like a leaf, as a message that he’s still evolving and growing

(From YOI guidebook) 

  • The fans loves and supports JJ because he always tries to be The King in everything he does, and JJ returns the favor being JJ under any circumstances.  
  • As a devout christian, he prays to god before skating (crossing oneself), and as a figure skate lover he thanks to the ice after skating (kissing the ice). 
  • Treating woman kindly is also JJ style. Not only his fianceé, but also pretty ladies on ice!  (photo of Yuri with cat years on this text)(really)
  • Jump, steps, spins, skating… an overall balanced skater. His high marks are due to the good base values of the elements. Specially his jumps: hight, length and landing are marvelous and high quality. He can jump 4 types of quads: Lutz, Loop, Salchow and Toeloop. The fact of being under different coaches in junior days turn him a extraordinary jumper. 
  • He met the world famous band in a grammy afterparty.
  • He singed along with his fans in chap 11.
  • He’s got 10 siblings (From YOI artbook)


…and so many things more!  I can’t translate them all *dies*. I hope the translations are understandable :)


What he is not in canon:

  • A villain
  • A rapist
  • An asshole
  • Homophobic monster
  • …and more.


Not liking JJ is ok.
But making him extremely OOC is just NOT FAIR.
Making characters do things that he/she might, or he/she might not do is what makes fanart and fanfic fun. I totally agree. But sometimes I find overwhelming that some OOC characterization are treated as in fact, true. 

So here was a little (little???) reminder of some facts about him from a JJ girl :D

The Girl Made of Starlight (Part 2)

Originally posted by heartsnmagic

Beast!Adam x Reader

The Girl Made of Starlight (Part 2)

Part 1: here

Running. It was all you knew these days. After your father had passed, killed by the very man that wanted your book, you had been forced to run to escape the fate that followed. Something was after you. Something dark. And if you stopped running, if you let your guard down even once, lowered your hood too far and revealed your true identity as a daughter of the sky, you would be killed. Inside you, there was great power. And with great power came many enemies.

You were scared. But you couldn’t afford to waste time on fear.

The worn old map you carried with you showed a village nearby. It was small. In your case, small meant safe. If you kept heading inland, you would hit it in a few hours, just before dark. Perfect.

You rolled the map and tied it with ribbon before making your way through the trees. You couldn’t describe why or what went through your mind, but something felt different this leg of the journey. It was as though something inside you was longing, reaching out for something ahead of you.

After a few hours’ time, the village was finally in sight. You wiped the sweat off of your brow. Although the hood hanging around your shoulders provided cover from those who were trying to find you, in the summer heat, it was nearly unbearable. You could practically taste the cold drink awaiting you at the nearest tavern. It put a little life in your steps as you trudged the remaining distance into town.

The stone and dirt paths were a welcoming sight. It had been almost a week since you had been in civilization. Your days in loneliness were starting to isolate you from the people altogether. You hoped that maybe the market would be open in the morning and you would be able to buy some bread and jam or some things to pass the time. Really anything would be helpful.

You walked through the doorway of the tavern. You had the feeling whoever owned the place was quite the hunter, given the abundance of antlers and the large mural of an arrogant man with his rifle. Gaston was his name, according to a sign. He seemed like a pompous braggart to you, a war hero with an ego the size of Paris. But perhaps that was just speculation.

You ordered a drink and took a spot at the table in the corner. It was cozy, you decided. Certainly not a place you could call home, but it could be. God, you longed for a home. Some place you could call your own without having to run away to protect yourself. It was exhausting. You never got a break. It was unending. Run, stop for supplies, sleep, run again. So much running and no place to go. It was beginning to feel pointless. But you knew if your enemies got their hands on your book, your kingdom would surely be dead. Your father had given his life to protect those secrets, and you were beginning to fear you would suffer a similar fate.

You exhaled a heavy sigh and took a long sip of the cold drink. It was refreshing after a long day. You were so caught up in bliss that you almost didn’t notice the large man as he took a seat in front of you. You bolted upright as soon as you noticed his presence.

“You must be new to town.” He stated, crossing his legs and flexing as he reached out for your hand. “I’m Gaston.”

“I know.” Your voice was quiet, but you didn’t reach out to take his hand. You only prayed your cloak would be enough to conceal your identity. It wasn’t likely that this lunkhead had any clue that you were a child of the stars, an heir to the throne of the sky, but you couldn’t take the chance that he was in league with Prince Ferdinand. So instead, you sat there, waiting for him to make a move, to say something.

“Are you in need of a place to stay?”

“Actually, yes.” You nodded. “I am.”

“Might I see your face, then?” he asked, pressing slightly. You recoiled slightly, withdrawing your hands further. Surely it would be stupid of him to let a stranger stay in his inn. You knew he only had his safety in mind.

“N-no, that’s all right.” You shook your head. “I’m afraid I’m not much of a beauty to behold.”

“Nonsense! I’m sure if you lowered your hood, it might put me at ease.” He grinned earnestly. You exhaled a slow sigh and reached up, gently pulling down the cloak around your head. “And what a beauty you are,” he marveled. “You’re welcome to stay as long as you like. I could show you around the village tomorrow morning.”

“No, that’s quite alright. I’m headed out early tomorrow. I need to buy some goods at the market and then I’m out of here.”

“Are you headed somewhere particular or-”

“Yes. I’m on a journey to meet an old friend.”

“I could accompany you if you-”

“That won’t be necessary.” You cut him off calmly, but firmly, standing your ground. For you, there was no safety in numbers. He very obviously didn’t know what or who you were, but that didn’t mean other people in the village wouldn’t. When his face fell, you quickly added: “But thank you very much. It’s kind of you to offer.”

“Anything for a beautiful woman like yourself.” He nodded simply as another man, a friend of his, came to stand beside him.

“Gaston, who is this?”

“A visitor to our fair village.” He crinkled his eyebrows as he realized he had never asked for your name. “What did you say your name was, again?”

“(Y/N).” You replied. Your silver eyes searched over the new man. His lingering gaze told you he had heard of those like you. He wasn’t as vicious as the people pursuing you. Instead, he was merely curious, in awe of the being sitting before him. You were a thing of fairytales, and yet here you were, as real as day. “Well, Gaston, I’m afraid I’m very tired from my journey.”

“I’ll show her to the spare room.” LeFou offered before Gaston so much as moved. He nodded hesitantly.

“Of course.” LeFou led you up the stairs behind him. You smirked, awaiting his question. As soon as you were standing on the landing outside the room, he turned to you, unable to hold it in any longer.

“Are you really one of them?”

“One of what?” you voice was soft, knowing.

“A…” he looked around and lowered his voice. “…child of the stars.”

“Yes.” You nodded.

“Why are you here?” he shook his head. “Of all places…Villeneuve. Why?”

“It was the nearest place to stop.” You admitted. “I’m not staying for long. I’ll be gone by tomorrow.”

“Before you go, I need to know one thing-”

“You will find happiness, LeFou.” You stated. Kindness waited behind your enchanting silver eyes. His heart raced. He felt as though you were looking into his soul. The glow in your irises held what seemed to be knowledge of everything that had ever or would ever be. “But it is not with that man.”

“Tell me something I don’t know.” He sighed.

“It’s closer than you know.” You put a hand on his shoulder. “I promise.”

“So do you know…everything?”

“No. I just know some things. Important things.” You winked and gave a well-meaning smirk. “Good night. I hope to see you in the future.”

“Good night.” He replied, nodding. As LeFou made his way down the stairs, you walked into the small bedroom, locking the door behind you. You hung your cloak on a peg on the wall and untied your boots, tucking them under the bed. Once you had crawled beneath the fur blanket, you stared at the ceiling.

Your heart was pounding like a drum. There was always fear in these late hours that something would come after you. Or someone would find you and use you. Luckily, LeFou seemed more curious than he did malevolent. You decided you were safe for now. But tomorrow might bring something else entirely. You didn’t know why, but somehow you knew in your heart, as you sometimes knew impossible things…

Tomorrow, everything would change.

anonymous asked:

I didn't vote because I felt trapped by the system. All candidates were awful and wo were going to get screwed either way so why bother?

Are you bragging or asking for forgiveness? I would hope the latter because, with all due respect, it simply isn’t true that all candidates are awful or that people’s votes don’t matter. 

When comparing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and their respective parties, there is simply no reasonable way to conclude that a lifelong civil servant is equatable to a raping, philandering, braggart who routinely sides with Russia (for some reason). Two years of Benghazi inquiries, nine investigative committees, and an FBI review of Clinton found nothing. A year and a half of a Russian-meddling probe has already resulted in five guilty pleas and 18 indictments.

The reason why you should bother voting is because the Republican party was only able to circumvent constitutional procedures and stack the Supreme Court with an ideological zealot despite the people’s wishes because people stayed home in November. Immigrant children are being torn from their families at the border, and those living in this country who have known no other land are being sent back for no justifiable reason with no legal recourse. Bullying against minorities and people of color has also been emboldened in America’s schools and the public square. Nazis have resumed marching. Not voting allows these atrocities to occur.

anonymous asked:

One thing I don't get is how Lily took James word so easily against Snape's. The thing I got was that she thought he was stupidly sneaking around and James saved him from the goodness of his heart. She knows James bullies people and that he's a braggart. Why didn't she say "Sev, Potter was going on about how he saved you from something? What happened? Are you okay?" She was ready to believe the worst of him and was influenced by her house. People don't want to believe it but she had her flaws.

I’ve got to be honest, this is the thing that I find really difficult to deal with when it comes to the Potter series; I think I’ve written about it a few times before.

To be clear, this is not criticism of Lily for not continuing to be friends with Severus - it is more an investigation of ‘what was their status as friends’ during their years as friends.

I am uncertain as to how deep the friendship between Lily and Severus was.  I think it’s plausible to argue that it was very strong, and perhaps waned over the years as they drifted apart whilst at Hogwarts.  Equally, I think it’s also possible to argue that it was convenience, and Severus’ actions were a perfect excuse for Lily to finally wash her hands of him.

I think there are several other very plausible readings of their friendship - but the only one that I give zero credence to is the one we see in canon, where Lily reassures Severus that they are indeed best friends…because in that very scene, Lily proves that they’re not.

Of course, it is important to recognise and appreciate that by this point in canon, Severus was already behaving in a way that was causing Lily concern.  I think that no matter how strong their friendship had been previously, she was bothered by the people he was apparently socialising with, and given the way Severus throws the Marauders back at her as a retort, it seems that he probably felt the same about her.  It is clear that from both sides, they are being affected and led by others in their house.  By Snape’s Worst Memory, Severus has been using slurs to refer to Muggleborns and in this scene itself, we see that Lily has sided with James’ version of events.

As you say in your ask, and it’s something I’ve lamented before, I do not understand Lily’s reaction to the werewolf incident.  Importantly, it is very plausible that Severus didn’t explain to Lily the depth of how the Marauders were bullying him - it’s perhaps logical to think that she only knew that James et al were generally troublemakers, and she didn’t know that the extent of their behaviour towards Severus.  …because Lily berates Severus for not being grateful that his bully saved him from ‘whatever’s down there’ by the Whomping Willow.

Something doesn’t quite add up.  If that was my best friend, I wouldn’t have waited a few days to catch up with him to see if he was ok.  I wouldn’t berate him not being grateful at being saved; I would’ve been concerned about his health and wellbeing.  …if that was my best friend, I would’ve been asking him for his version of events, and not relying on information from people I know he - at best! - dislikes.

The fact that Lily does none of that suggests to me that they’re not best friends at all, despite her early platitudes.  She has already pitched her wagon to Gryffindor and James by taking his version of events as gospel.  In itself, that’s not a crime.  It is, perhaps, unfortunate that she does so in the same conversation where she assures Severus that she’s his best friend, because her actions speak louder than words.  Of course, what’s most pitiful of all is that Severus doesn’t seem to register any of this - he has so few frames of reference for friendship, love and appreciation that he doesn’t seem to question Lily’s reaction and see it for what it was.

Lily didn’t have to be Severus’ friend; when you’re friends with someone, it doesn’t mean a lifelong commitment to be their friend forever, and I think given the circumstances (the background of war, the rise of the Death Eater rhetoric, the animosity between Gryffindor and Slytherin), their friendship didn’t have a chance.

However, all that considered, I think that whilst it’s important to recognise that Severus’ behaviour wasn’t stellar and Lily was within her rights to call the friendship off, it’s equally important to recognise that Lily’s own behaviour was hardly wonderful - it’s just that Severus has no grounding to recognise it, and be able to call her on it.

Best friends?  Quite possibly in the past.  
At that point in time?  Most definitely not.

Beholder - Part I

here it is, dragon lovers! enjoy! and a huuuuge thanks to @chubbyteeth for encouraging me to write it! 

(part I is sfw! part II will… not be)

(also, i totally modeled the dragon’s voice after goliath from gargoyles, cause uh, have you heard it? damn)

The village elders warn you not to travel too deep into the forest. It’s a labyrinth, they say, and many souls have been lost within its bowels. The trees stand like great spires, tall and lush and ancient; the great mountain they shelter stands much taller.

“Its peak pierces the heavens,” one of the elders tells you. “It is there that the Mountain King converses with the gods. You can hear them when the rains and winds come. Their great, booming voices fill the sky and send storms to ravage the land.”

“What do they speak of?” you’d asked once, back when you were small and as terrified of the elders’ stories as you were fascinated by them. 

“They speak of matters not meant for mortal ears,” the elder had replied, shooing you along with a wave of his hand. “Particularly young ones!”

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