the ladder of fortune

Alight (4/?)

If the cabin seemed compact from the first floor, the second surprised Nesta. There were three doors leading to separate bedrooms, two with a joining bathroom. A ladder stood in the center of the landing that led to an open attic.

Normally more comfortable with high spaces, she’d chosen that room.

Mor and Elain bid her goodnight, separating into their own rooms, before she crept up the ladder.

Fortunately the space was tasked as a bedroom already. With a plush bed with its head pushed to the single window on the far wall, it also held a small dresser and a stack of pillows upon a rug in the guise of a sitting area.

Placing her things neatly on the floor so as to not disrupt the dust that had settled on the dresser, she crawled across the mattress, using the sloping ceiling on either side to balance her. The window revealed a plane of earth, cleared of vegetation, weapons strewn about. A dagger stuck from the dirt, a sword laid haphazardly by it. Like there’d been a battle, and they were stolen away – leaving traces of their existence to wither with the weather.

A light rain had started again, and judging by the state of their roads, she wondered if the Illyrians warriors ever experienced a dry, warm day.

Surely no condition to leave weapons lying around in.  She scoffed and flipped onto the mattress, closing her eyes with relief.

“I’d have to agree.”

Nesta sat forward suddenly, bearing her weight on her elbows behind her, and peered past where the moonlight lit the room.

“But then again,” Cassian said, laughing as he stepped into the white glow from her window. “Illyrians have never been known for their intelligence. Bastard-born brutes, yes. But not knowledge of things that matter.” At that he scowled. Okay, sensitive subject.

“Is this the part where you tell me that’s where they’ve underestimated you,” she replied, quirking an eyebrow at him.

His form swallowed the room and she was mildly impressed that he was able to fit in the attic. His dark hair swung forward to shadow one eye as he ducked below the rafters. She hadn’t even heard the ladder creak when he came up.

“Catching on, are you,” he asked from deep within his throat, venturing another step toward her.

She watched his gaze settle on where her chest inflated erratically. She schooled her face into an impassive mask, completely ignoring the fact that her blood felt electrified.

“Am I intruding? You must be tired,” he finally said, raking a hand through hair still wet and unruly from being outside earlier that night. Shy was a fresh look for him. “I… I just thought we could discuss what you said at dinner. When you said that you wanted to help. Did you mean that?”

“Ah, I… yes, I meant it. Please sit.” She waved a hand to the end of the bed and curled her legs beneath her.

Cassian tentatively sat on the edge of the mattress, wings tucked tightly to one side, not yet looking at her, but at his wringing hands. It seemed like he was settling himself.

“I wish…” He paused. “I wish this wasn’t happening again. We supposed it would, after Amarantha, but not of this magnitude. You and your sisters shouldn’t have this burden, not when you’ve only just been Made. The things my family and I have seen… Unspeakable things. I just wanted to make sure you’ve acknowledged the brutality still to be come, and the possible outcome.”

She knew what outcome he was referring to, had mentally prepared herself for it. But thinking about death, and staring it in the face were totally separate entities.

“Cassian. You forget they tossed my family in the slums when we lost our wealth. Watching death eat someone slowly from starvation has hardened us, I think,” she said soothingly, placing a hand atop his shoulder. He stopped moving altogether, stopped breathing. “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have.”

She slowly withdrew her fingers, planning on holding the hand to her chest for the remainder of their conversation – a silent promise not to touch him again – when his own hand shot out blindingly fast to capture her wrist.

Nesta gasped at the contact of skin on skin. His grip was enough to hurt her, yet she was tempted to tell him to wrap those lovely hands around her whole body and hurt her everywhere.

“Sometimes,” he said, sounding strained. His attention was now where his hand traveled to her palm, stroking softly with his thumb. “I forget you are unaware of our traditions. Dinner, for instance. Making your mate a meal, allowing him to eat something that you alone made, is a part of the acceptance of the mating bond.”

It was her turn to stop breathing. She had no idea the significance.

“Don’t worry, sweetness,” he said quickly, noting her expression. No doubt she looked horrified. She wished that wasn’t the first expression he saw. “I won’t hold you to it. There are things our kind takes very seriously, however, mannerisms and traditions that I can teach you with time. Things that you would not have known otherwise. What I said at dinner was also true – the choice is yours alone.”

“I know,” she replied softly.

Cassian nodded, as if some agreement had been made, and turned those beautiful eyes to her own. “May I ask you a question?”

Now captured in his gaze, Nesta nodded slowly.

“How did you learn to block me from your mind? Sometimes I hear everything, others I hear total silence. Did Mor instruct you?” His finger stopped circling her still-outstretched palm and she wanted to scream at him to start again.

He winced and laughed gloriously. “Like that, right there? I heard that.” Still, though, his movements against her skin resumed.

Nesta smiled, angling her pointer finger upward to graze the inside of his wrist, and she felt the bond physically hum. Even the slightest touch and she had enough electricity coursing through her she could light the night. “No one instructed me. I imagine a knob inside my mind and I turn it until the bond quiets.”

“What an original and beautiful creature you are,” he said after a moment of studying every inch of her face.

“So now I’m reduced to a creature, am I?” She laughed. He grew serious and stared at her mouth, and then into her eyes again. Quickly recovering from his change in mood, and her now hammering pulse, she said, “And what could a creature like me contribute to your war, hmm? I’m not strong enough to carry you on my back through battle, but I could learn to jump through hoops if that pleases you.”

It felt like she was treading on dangerous ground for some reason.

“You could win a battle of wits with any male, and once we’ve trained you to harness your full power… you could win the war, if you so wished.”

Cassian’s words were intoxicating. He not only thought her capable, but believed her to be powerful. A woman. She was drunk on the feeling radiating from them both, and she reached up to capture his chin between the fingers of her free hand, feeling his day-old beard scrape her delicate skin.

Leaning forward to pin him with her gaze, she whispered, “Thank you.”

Gathering her hand in his, he slowly removed her grip from his face. “Nesta, you shouldn’t unless…,” he said, pained. “It’s just… I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop myself, if you don’t.”

Nesta felt like a greedy child. She never considered what her demand for comfort, or simply touching him, implied. Typical. She’d opened herself to another, let him see, and she’d gotten another door slammed in her face.

She wanted someone to take control – to not stop. But she couldn’t think that way. Not after last time.

Tomas briefly flitted through her mind. His hands, his mouth, the satisfying smack of tooth on lip as she slapped him away. Then the urge to smack herself as she thought of the times she allowed him to have his way with her, fortunately always over her skirts. When she had thought that if someone was willing to have her, she might as well yield to him.

Cassian’s growl shook the bed. “Tomas, is it? Thank you for such a clear image of his face, for I will look right over it in his time of need.” He sighed heavily. “Is that what you think of me? That my single focus is satisfying my urges? If I was granted an inch, it would be in your direction. You must know that.”

She considered his eyes for some sign of dishonesty, but found none.

Shaking her head to clear her thoughts, she said, “The night does funny things to people, I think. Maybe we should wait until morning to resume this conversation.”

Forcing self-control into the shape of modesty felt wrong, but she couldn’t trust herself. Not when she clenched her fists to stop herself from brushing another lock of umber hair from his forehead that had fallen from where it was tied at his neck.

“I’m glad you’re feeling better, though,” Nesta blurted when he began to draw away from her. “Your wing looks almost completely healed.”

Cassian smiled wryly at her. She hoped he didn’t think her attempt to placate him into innocent conversation was a flat-out refusal of him. “We’re meeting downstairs at sunrise. Then we convene with the Council. We’ll be discussing the human territory, and your input would be invaluable. The choice is yours.”

As it always is.

Sudden guilt came over her for not being ready to accept this arrangement, for everything. He had had a life before her, and she found it hard to believe he was a stranger to the female form. He could only be honoring the bond, and not be interested in her at all.

“You’re impossible,” he grimaced. Nesta realized he most likely heard every word of her doubt, and hated herself for not warding against projecting her emotions like a warning flare. “Listen to me, woman. I don’t involve myself in matters I don’t wish to be a part of. I don’t spend time with people who I care nothing for. If I was only honoring the bond as a matter of respect to the Mother, you’d know. If you want to paint me as a coldhearted predator, fine. I’ve been called much worse, trust me.” She felt every word released on her lips, snarled in her face like a repeated slap.

Nesta watched as he ducked to avoid the ceiling, disappearing into darkness again, like he’d never been there at all.

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xsofarawayx  asked:

Hii!!! :D Kirisaki daiichi high boys seeing their shy and calm S/O getting really mad and punching the other person? The person was insulting her for a while or something like that :D Thank you for your work!

(YES a Kirisaki Daiichi request I’m so happy i love you)


Hanamiya: He was working on his classwork at a table when he hardly noticed that you had left his side. He only did when he heard a loud commotion and turned to see a girl on the ground holding her hand over her nose.

He missed a fight? Dammit.

Wait… His eyes widened slightly when he put together the pieces that it was you who punched her. Immediately, he smirked and got up, walking by your side and wrapping his arm around your shoulder, looking down at the girl on the ground. “I’m sure that this trash deserved it?” He says to you, but looks directly at her.

With that, he proudly guides you out of the room right as teachers rush to tend to her bleeding nose.

Hara: “Yeah, that’s what I told him, but…” Hara scratched his cheek, and he was busy telling you about Hanamiya’s new rule when a guy from across the way shouted something rude to you. 

His eyebrows raised in disbelief that a guy would be brave enough to do that, especially with him around, and was about to say something back when you left his side and walked over to the guy.

“Hey,” you say coolly, causing the guy to turn from his laughing friends just in time to receive a straight punch to the jaw. “Who do you bastards think you are I can’t believe-” You began shouting, and your tall boyfriend ran over and held you by your waist, picking you up while you continued shouting insults. 

“Heh, sorry about her guys. Guess you learned your lesson though, huh? Next time you’ll deal with the both of us,” he grins, popping a large bubble before giving a carefree wave and carrying you away from them.

Seto: Seto enjoyed his sleep, and what he enjoyed more than anything was you. Now, having you and sleep together was amazing. So… anything that disrupted that was bound to get beat. 

He and you were laying on the roof with each other, you in his arms when a group of guys followed you up and blocked the exit. “Oh? Here with your boyfriend, huh?” One mocks, and you open your eyes, sitting up to look at the punks.

“Who knew you’d ever actually find a guy who’s into you?” 

You narrow your eyes, and instead of running away or feeling sad, you stood up and accidentally woke your boyfriend. “You should leave,” you say as Seto slowly figures out what’s happening. “The hell..” He stands up behind you, rubbing the back of his neck.

“Or what?” The main punk asks, crossing his arms.

Frowning, you simply land a strong kick to his stomach before punching him in the nose as he hunches over in pain, falling behind him and down the ladder. Fortunately, the fall wasn’t anything special, and his friends went to help.

Your turned to face Seto, letting out a deep breath. “Did that just happen..?” You ask, disbelieving. 

He just gives you a small smile, huffing proudly, “Yeah, I think it did.”

(Why did his get so long what happened I’m sorry?)

Yamazaki: You, Yamazaki, and the rest of his team were seated together at a table eating during lunch when a girl and her respective ‘bitch-squad’ lingered up. She’s bee saying things to you recently probably because she wanted to at tough in front of the boys, but they knew better.

Still, some things did hurt to hear, but your much more outgoing boyfriend always helped you. “OI, you got a problem?” He asks the main girl, about to stand when you had heard enough.

“Oh, look at her, she-”

It was over in a second; without a word you landed a straight punch to her face and grabbed her hair, “Who’s tough now?! Get the hell out of here!” You yell at her, and as she gets up to scurry away you land a kick with the bottom of your foot to her rear to give her a boost. 

Yamazaki just stared at you with wide eyes as you sat down and continued eating, waiting patiently for detention. “…I think love you.”

Furuhashi: You were in the school’s garden with your boyfriend, Furuhashi, admiring the flowers and plant-life with him when a girl walked by you with her friend, giving you a purposeful shove with her shoulder, causing you to stumble forward.

“Hey,” you turn around, looking disappointed before you notice that it’s her. 

Furuhashi turns as well, eyeing the girl though he didn’t say anything. You can handle yourself; he knows this despite how quiet you usually are.

“Oh? What do you want, huh?” The girl asks, obviously wanting a fight when she turns with her arms crossed.

“I want you to leave me alone.”

“I don’t think that’s likely.”

“Fine.” You take a step closer and lay upon her cheek the loudest slap in existence, and you could see the power behind it as she stumbled to the side and held her red mark. “You want anything more?!”

She stared at you with wide eyes, obviously shaken up, as she just shook her head and ran away, friend following after.

THE SIMS 4:  Expansion Pack Survey

There’s a new The Sims 4 survey out (it’s by invitation only, check your email) that includes descriptions for seven potential expansion packs.

Popular expansion packs from the last survey (University, Pets, Seasons and Hobbies) were excluded this time.  While the less popular expansion pack ideas (Rise to Fame, Careers and Crime-Justice) were re-worked and included again in this survey.  

Of note, this is the first survey to include a Business expansion pack. 

And for the second time there’s no mention of a Generations type expansion pack – which could mean it’s the first expansion pack and is already in development so there’s no point of including it in a survey.  Or not.  Time will tell. 

The unannounced first expansion pack is speculated to be released March 2015.  


Your Sims will have the chance to experience a variety of fully interactive careers that provide exciting gameplay and opportunities for you to tell all new stories.  Directly control your Sims’ every action while they’re on the job and watch as they create new inventions as a Scientist, help cure other Sims as a Doctor, or solve crimes as a Detective amongst other career options.


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  • Vampires:  Play as a vampire where you can stalk, charm, or persuade other Sims to do as you wish.
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  • Elementals:  Play as a Sim that has the power over one of the four natural elements: Fire, Water, Earth, or Wind.
  • Assemble A Monster:  Discover how to assemble your very own monster and bring it to life.
  • Rune Collections:  Collect runes, learn their secrets, and use them to control the elements.
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  • Brand New Venues:  Visit a variety of new places around town including restaurants, coffee shops, and laundromats.
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“The Tree of Temperance” - Currier and Ives

“The Tree of Life” - Currier and Ives

“The Tree of Death” - Currier and Ives

“The Ladder of Fortune” - Currier and Ives

Fic: Changing Places (M)

Author’s note: Some Halloween themed RP smut in honor of my birthday. Happy birthday to me (tomorrow, lol)! Enjoy!

Also posted: / AO3

Changing Places

There were some things Killian would never grow accustomed to in the Land Without Magic. One of them was a holiday where rational people dressed up in costumes for tricks or treats. He’d been forced to watch some moving picture about a Great Pumpkin with Henry and Emma, much to their delight and his consternation. He didn’t understand, but it brought joy to the two people he loved most, so he chose to forbear.

Now he was dressing for a party, and feeling like an utter fool.

Killian adjusted the cuffs on his shirt then shrugged into the long jacket. It was very reminiscent of the get up the bloody Crocodile had given him in the past, only this coat was a buff blue instead of brown. He’d scoffed when Emma handed him such a thing, but she promised to make it worth his while later in the evening.

Thank the gods Henry was spending the evening with the Queen.

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Making this just to add beltsquid’s perfect tags from this post.


(( portugals-blog it’s not letting me reblog the other post))

*smiles* Yeah, it is

Once, when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw how an enchantress came there and he heard how she cried,

’Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down your hair to me.’
Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her. ’If that is the ladder by which one mounts, I too will try my fortune,’ said he, and the next day when it began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried:

’Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down your hair to me.’
Immediately the hair fell down and the king’s son climbed up.

At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man, such as her eyes had never yet beheld, came to her; but the king’s son began to talk to her quite like a friend, and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest, and he had been forced to see her. Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought: ’He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does’; and she said yes, and laid her hand in his. She said: ’I will willingly go away with you, but I do not know how to get down. Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come, and I will weave a ladder with it, and when that is ready I will descend, and you will take me on your horse.’ They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening, for the old woman came by day. The enchantress remarked nothing of this, until once Rapunzel said to her: ’Tell me, Dame Gothel, how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king’s son–he is with me in a moment.’ ’Ah! you wicked child,’ cried the enchantress. ’What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world, and yet you have deceived me!’ In her anger she clutched Rapunzel’s beautiful tresses, wrapped them twice round her left hand, seized a pair of scissors with the right, and snip, snap, they were cut off, and the lovely braids lay on the ground. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery.

On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel, however, the enchantress fastened the braids of hair, which she had cut off, to the hook of the window, and when the king’s son came and cried:

’Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down your hair to me.’
she let the hair down. The king’s son ascended, but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel, he found the enchantress, who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. ’Aha!’ she cried mockingly, ’you would fetch your dearest, but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest; the cat has got it, and will scratch out your eyes as well. Rapunzel is lost to you; you will never see her again.’ The king’s son was beside himself with pain, and in his despair he leapt down from the tower. He escaped with his life, but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest, ate nothing but roots and berries, and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife. Thus he roamed about in misery for some years, and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel, with the twins to which she had given birth, a boy and a girl, lived in wretchedness. He heard a voice, and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it, and when he approached, Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again, and he could see with them as before. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received, and they lived for a long time afterwards, happy and contented.