the letters are the same colour too

anonymous asked:

I don't know if you have noticed, but they have some serious clothing issues in season 12. Seasons 1-11 we just had Sam and Dean. But now that there's Mary, they can't all wear plaid. Because there would be too much flannel with three Winchesters. I'm being serious. I've rewatched season 12, and there's no episode where all three Winchesters wear plaid. One of them always has to sacrifice the hunter look.

Yeah, they don’t all wear it all the time anyway - Dean’s always had a bunch of stock shirts which are so boring he can wear them all the times he’s going to get killed or whatever gets him covered in blood to the point that he can’t use it any more :P Sam has slightly more variety, I think, because he doesn’t wear as many block colours in general, wears his shirts buttoned up so Dean can get away with wearing a block colour shirt and t-shirt, and Sam’s on the wrong side of the self-imposed class divide so doesn’t wear henleys either, all adding up to him needing at least subtle stripes on his shirts a lot of the time… Sam wearing boring grey in 11x22 should have been a warning something pretty horrific was going to happen to him because that’s Dean’s choice of colour for “I’m about to have a bad day and I don’t know it yet” which he at least also mixes into his regular wardrobe to add the element of surprise :P

Buuut yeah I bet there was at least 1 time they had a moment where they did all wear plaid and looked at each other and had to work out who had to go change immediately.

Anyway since we have a whole season now, let’s look at Mary because I like looking at Mary :D

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GETTING BACK TOGETHER | Yuta
  • Nakamoto Yuta
  • “Healing Smile”
  • like when you see him smile, any pain or discomfort that you feel right now instantly vanishes
  • one time, you just had a leg operation so he visited you at the hospital
  • your leg hurts as hell like boi wtf is this
  • Yuta being Yuta, brought you fruits instead of flowers
  • “You don’t need flowers”
  • “You can’t eat them so I just thought of bringing you fruits”
  • you start eating the fruits he brought and while you’re eating, he’s just watching you
  • and you’re like “WHAT?”
  • He just giggles and smiles at you
  • then BOOM
  • the pain from your leg operation just disappeared
  • when you first met him, you thought that he’s the type of guy who doesn’t take things seriously
  • because he’s so cheerful and talkative af during breaktimes at your school
  • he’s the captain of your school’s soccer team yet you see him play soccer with the younger kids during breaktime lol Yuta
  • until you saw him one time while he was practicing soccer
  • that’s when you noticed that he REALLY takes things seriously especially his love for soccer
  • that’s why he’s so good at playing it and became the team captain because he practices really hard
  • whenever you’re sad, he’s always there to do aegyos in front of you
  • which by the way makes you cringe so hard
  • but still manages to get you laugh and lessen all your worries
  • you also know about his dreams of becoming an idol
  • and you support him with it
  • so you let him leave, allowing him to pursue his dream
  • you are aware that it wouldn’t be easy
  • but never thought that it would be this DIFFICULT
  • if before you guys would talk for hours on the phone, now that they’ve debuted, you guys only get 10 minutes to talk with each other
  • sometimes, there’s an additional 20 minutes to it if you guys were lucky
  • until those calls suddenly stopped
  • “Nakamoto Yuta is currently unavailable right now. Please just leave a message right after the tone.” -BeeeEEEEeeep-
  • From “One Call Away” to “We Don’t Talk Anymore” real quick #CharliePuthZoned ok i’m such a horrible person i’m sorry hahahaha no i’m not hahahahahahaha
  • Your situation would be somehow similar to Jaehyun
  • except that the fans both love you guys
  • Only Yuta knows about the company not being in favour of your relationship
  • so the company asks him to break up with you
  • “EITHER SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR CAREER OR TO THAT GIRL. YOU CHOOSE.”
  • “They really said that?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!” - Hansol
  • “That’s such a foul move.” - Johnny
  • “It definitely is a foul move.” - Taeyong
  • “You guys can still date secretly. Chill out.” - Haechan
  • “Haechan, I think you’re forgetting the fact that we’re not trainees anymore.” - Yuta
  • “But (y/n) noona is really fun to be with. I wish there’s a way out of this.” - Mark
  • “Tell the company that you got her pregnant.” - Jaehyun
  • *insert the members facepalming themselves*
  • lol Jaehyun no… just no
  • yes they did give him a death glare
  • “That’s supposed to be my line Jaehyun. Jfc.” - Ten
  • The members tried to give him suggestions on how to make this easy
  • but they only ended up giving him useless and dumb suggestions
  • and that’s when they realized that it will never be easy no matter what
  • Yuta texted you that he has one week off from his work
  • you felt very excited because this means that you guys would be spending so much time together
  • but Yuta didn’t feel the same way
  • for him, it’s like a countdown towards doomsday
  • though he never let it show what’s really bothering him because oh look how beautiful and relieving his smile is
  • problems? where?
  • what is even a PROBLEM?
  • DAY 1: Yuta took you to the Korean stationery shops
  • He helped you choosing which calligraphy pens you need for your project even though they’re just the same colour but different brand.
  • He even told you “I hope you’ll use those pens when you write your love letter for me at our anniversary” yuta’s_healing_smile.jpg
  • DAY 2: He took you to your favourite Korean restaurant
  • He lets you order any food that you want but when he noticed that you only mostly ordered meat he frowns
  • “Hey, it’s not fair that you’re the only one who’s gonna eat meat”
  • “Eat some vegetables too”
  • And when you protest, he shoves a spoonful of vegetables into your mouth
  • You: “STOP BEING LIKE TAEYONG EOMMA!”
  • “I just want you to be healthy that’s why I’m making you eat veggies too. I don’t want you getting sick. Who will be my food buddy once you got sick?” then he wipes away the leftover sauce on your lips
  • DAY 3: He took you out to get some bubbletea
  • Even though it’s freezing cold, you guys still got those cold bubbletea drinks you guys are weird
  • “Hey Yuta, you want to try my purple taro?”
  • “Sure”
  • But instead of tasting it through the plastic straw, he tastes it through your lips
  • and guuuuuurl, he’s a great kisser
  • DAY 4: He took you to the movies
  • He cried when the dog died
  • but he bawled his eyes out the most when the guy and the girl from the same movie broke up wow affected much
  • he cried so loud that the people inside the theatre told him to shut up and fuck off
  • so you guys didn’t end up finishing the movie and just left
  • “Omg Yuta, I’ve never seen you cry over something fictional”
  • He suddenly hugs you tight
  • “Jagiya, always remember that I love you so much, okay?”
  • “What is wrong with you Yuta? Why are you being like this all of a sudden?”
  • “Jagiya, just promise me that you’ll always remember how much I love you, okay? Don’t ever forget that, no matter what happens.”
  • DAY 5: He took you to Lotte World Ice Rink
  • You don’t even know how to skate but it didn’t matter because Yuta was there to help you
  • He would occasionally laugh at you slipping on the ice but mostly, his hands would either be holding your hands or your waist
  • which results for him to hug you a lot
  • “Yuta, how can I even skate if you’re hugging me like this?”
  • “It’s cold jagiya. Let me warm up at least.”
  • “Of course it’s gonna be cold. We’re inside an ice skating rink!”
  • On that same day, he also took you to Sky Rose Garden
  • “Woooooooow! Look at how beautiful these roses are, Yuta!”
  • “But they’re not as beautiful as you.” - Yuta
  • yaaaaaaaas boi that’s how you do it
  • you blush with what he said then he cups your face and kisses you on the lips
  • DAY 6: He took you to N Seoul Tower
  • “Why’d you bring a lock?”
  • He doesn’t answer you and just writes both of your names on the lock
  • underneath your names, he wrote: “If life won’t let us be together for now, then love will find a way to make us stay together for a lifetime in the future.”
  • this is heartbreaking Yuta why
  • stop it
  • anywayyyy…
  • you blushed a hell lot when you read what he wrote
  • your heart skipped a beat when both of you placed the lock on
  • Yuta kept the key but he said that he’s gonna leave it at the Postbox of Love so that no one finds the key for your lock.
  • DAY 7: You guys went to Yeojwacheon Stream
  • You guys just took a stroll there and kept taking pictures of each other
  • You were a little bit sad because it’s your last day of being together and after this, he’s going back to work again
  • Yuta, on the other hand, is feeling way worse
  • He’s having conflicted emotions
  • He wants to stay with you forever but he couldn’t because he has a career that he wanted to protect too
  • So he decided to do it tomorrow
  • and let you guys have your last moment as a couple
  • That evening, he cried when you guys stopped by the bridge
  • “What’s wrong?”
  • “I’m just gonna miss you so much.”
  • Then without any further ado, he kisses you again on the lips
  • but you noticed something different with his kisses
  • they were full of desperation though you didn’t mind it that much anyway
  • He whispers to you: “I love you (y/n)… gosh, I love you so much.”
  • “I love you too.”
  • dO YOU heAR ThAT?!?!?!
  • tHAT’S thE SounD OF MY HEArt BREAKing…
  • The next day, after they had a tv guesting, he asked if you guys could meet up again
  • He says that he has something to tell you
  • He went to your house looking all sullen
  • You noticed it immediately but you just waited for him to tell you what’s wrong
  • “Let’s break up”
  • You blinked twice, trying to process what he just told you
  • “I-It’s cold out here. Do you want to come inside first for a warm tea?”
  • You hoped that he would reject it but a part of you wishes that he would accept your offer
  • HE DIDN’T ACCEPT YOUR OFFER
  • “I’m sorry”
  • “So I guess this is it, huh?” You tried not to cry but you start tearing up anyway
  • He nods and looks at you directly which broke you guys even more
  • “Before I let you go, may I know the reason why you’re breaking up with me?”
  • He sighs, “It’s not just gonna work out. I’m too busy. I… I can’t fulfill my duties and responsibilities towards you.”
  • “I don’t want to be unfair to you”
  • “You deserve better”
  • “Please try to be happy without me” then he left
  • Y O U   D I D   N O T   S T O P   C R Y I N G    A B O U T   I T    U N T I L  7   D  A   Y   S    L A T E R
  • You didn’t know this but three days after your break up with him, he went back to all of the places that you guys had gone together
  • He even went to N Seoul Tower and tried to take off your lock
  • yes he kept the key he didn’t leave it at the Postbox of Love
  • he failed at taking off the lock and just burst out crying
  • the members got worried because he didn’t rehearse with them for a couple of days due to him catching a flu
  • Hansol texted you and said that Yuta is sick so you went to their dorm
  • When you got there, he was sleeping
  • so you asked help from Taeyong and Jaehyun to prepare a meal for him and the other members
  • just as you guys finished cooking, Yuta woke up
  • you brought the soup that you made under Taeyong’s supervision of course to Yuta
  • he was actually surprised and confused that you’re still here
  • you guys talked casually and laughed like nothing bad happened
  • the same kind of chemistry is still there
  • “I still don’t get why we broke up”
  • “I mean, you are the best boyfriend I could ever have.”
  • You were about to cry again and looked at him in the eye, “Am I ugly Yuta?”
  • “Am I exchangeable?”
  • “No, that’s not it (y/n)”
  • “THEN WHY?!”
  • lol MY EX AND WHYS STARRING YOU AND NAKAMOTO YUTA, NOW SHOWING
  • He couldn’t take it anymore and just told you everything from the fact that the company disapproves of your relationship to the day when they asked him to break up with you.
  • you felt relieved that somehow he told you the truth but you wished he could’ve told you sooner so you guys could take some proper measures for it together
  • when he was a lot better, you guys talked to the company and tried to convince them
  • and luckily, they approved it already
  • as long as it doesn’t interfere with Yuta’s obligations to his group
  • Both of you told the other members about this
  • PAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRTTTTTTTAAAAAYYYY
  • “So can I hold your hand again?”
  • You just smiled and intertwine your hand with his
  • “My cheeks are burning”
  • He looks around to see if anyone was looking at the two of you and when he notices that no one’s watching he plants a quick but passionate kiss on your lips
  • everyday you watch him on his rehearsals
  • even on their live shows
  • you even went to one of their fansigns
  • Yuta smiled like there was no tomorrow
  • it’s because he always knew that you were one of his reasons why he loves his work so much
  • YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HIS INSPIRATION
YOORAN AU DYNAMIC AHEAD

OKAY OKAY I JUST HAD AN AU SCENARIO HAPPEN IN MY HEAD AND I NEED TO SHARE BECAUSE O M F G

so, my friends, if you would please imagine an alternate universe where yoosung joins a pen pal program in elementary school.

He is assigned a pen pal named Sae.

He writes excitedly to his pen pal! Tells him his favourite colour, all about his favourite toy (a stuffed blue bear with gold stars on it), his favourite classes!

He mails the letter with his mom the next day and waits anxiously for one to return.

About a week later, he recieves one!!

He tears up to his room to read it, butterflies of excitement running through him.

He opens the letter- his pen pal has much neater writing than him, even though they are the same age.

Sae tells him that he’s never written a letter before, so he isn’t quite sure what to say. In return, he tells of his favourite colour- blue, like the sky during midday. He doesnt have many toys, but he thinks yoosung’s bear sounds cute. He wishes he had one too.

“I can’t wait for your next letter.”

They continue writing for years. Age 7 soon became Age 15- but suddenly the letters stopped.

Yoosung kept sending them, desperately, in hopes his friend would return, but to no avail- they all returned.

He arranges a road trip with an older friend- they travel to the address where the letters came, in a small town a couple hours away.

Yoosung stands in shock as he sees the house has been burned down.

Years pass by- yoosung keeps all of his letters in a box under his bed. He reads through them frequently, trying to find a clue, any possible insinuation as to what happened to Sae- his friends get angry with him often, telling him its a lost cause, because with a fire, it was quite likely he passed away.

He refused to believe that. Sae couldnt be dead- not without ever having met.

Yoosung is 21 now, and in college.

He has stopped searching as frequently. He’s beginning to lose hope. His grades have been slipping because of this emptiness he can’t seem to shake.

His friends told him he should go on dates to take his mind off things- but they didn’t understand that was the last thing he wanted.

He had fallen in love with his pen pal over the 8 years of letters. He had never seen his face, heard his voice- all he knew was he had a twin, was quiet, loved candy, and the sky.

He sighed as the teacher began to introduce a new student. He was a fairly lanky, red-haired boy.

“Class, please bring your attention to the front- this is a new student joining our psychology class. Introduce yourself to rhe class, would you?”

The boy shifted awkwardly, rubbing his arm softly. His bangs fell into his eyes as he looked up at everyone- he wore eyeliner around his eyes, black nail polish on his fingers. He seemed soft, yet also unapproachable.

“..Hi. I’m Saeran Choi.”

The teacher clears his throat awkwardly and allowed him to pick any seat he would like.

He sat at the back of the room- right next to yoosung.

They made eye contact, and the boy looked away just as quickly as it had happened.

Yoosung blinked slowly- it seemed he was anxious around people.

Class flew by, and everyone began to stand to leave for the next- yoosung couldn’t stop himself from turning to Saeran, who looked confused and out of place.

“Um, hey, Saeran? Do you know where your next class is?”

Saern looked up at him slowly, shaking his head. Yoosung smiles and offers to show him the way.

They walk in silence, and Yoosung stops outside the door, smiling at him.

“Here it is!”

Saeran nodded, mumbling a soft thank you. He looks at the ground before meeting his gaze again.

“What’s your name?”

“Yoosung! Yoosung Kim.”

Saeran’s eyes widened in surprise, his back straightening. Yoosung blinked in confusion, tilting his head.

“What’s wrong?”

“… Yoosi?”

Yoosung’s heart began to pound in his chest at the nickname, his mind spinning with hope.

“…Sae?”

4

We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This 

First Captain Cold imagine, hope I do the character justice. (Love him in the Flash he’s great). 


Ever since the particle accelerator explosion caused by S.T.A.R Labs, you have been working alongside the Flash and a few others back at S.T.A.R labs. Cisco refers to you as Team Flash. The reason you got into all this is because you gained powers from the accident and wanted to use them for the greater good. So you arranged a meet up with the Flash and he got you the help and support you need in order to understand your abilities better. Once you gained control over your powers you got to go on missions to help protect Central City, it still feels kind of surreal. 

Your powers consist of invulnerability, meaning not much can hurt you and you can handle extreme temperatures (hot and cold) and super strength. You are the team’s big gun. Barry may be fast but can’t handle the big guys on his own. Cisco came up with your codename- like he does with all the metahumans- yours is Kevlar because you are strong and very resistant, much like the synthetic fibre itself. He also came up with the design for your costume, you had a little input on the colour scheme. You didn’t want a bright, eye-catching costume like Barry’s. Instead, you picked subtle colours like white and black. Not too flashy but not too plain either. Of course, Cisco had to add the letter K on the right-hand side of the chest. Your mask only exposes your mouth and covers every other part of your face, protecting your secret identity is important to you. Very few know that you and Kevlar are one in the same. 

As you sit in S.T.A.R labs with Cisco and Caitlin, the metahuman alert sounds and you spring up from your seat, ready for action. Finally, it looks like you will be getting some action for yourself. Cisco brings up some security footage of a bank being robbed while you and Caitlin lean over him to get a look at what you are dealing with here. 

“Cisco, zoom in the top left.” You spot someone making their way into a getaway car, wanting to see the registration plate, it will be easier to track that way. When the footage is clearer your eyes widen… is it really him?

“Captain Cold? That’s not good, you will be on your own with this one y/n. Barry is still in Star City working with Arrow.” Caitlin reminds you that it’s all up to you. 

Why Leonard Snart of all people and why now?! Every time you encounter him you end up shamelessly flirting with one another. He may be the bad guy but he’s a charming one and knows how to play you around. You are pretty sure he just flirts with you to be distracting but there have been times where he has looked you straight in the eyes and they tell you how he really feels. It is all very confusing. You shouldn’t be attracted to him yet you are and you can’t help it. 

“It’s okay guys I’ve got this.” You assure them both. 

“Be careful.” Caitlin gives you a soft smile. 

“Yeah, don’t let him get to you. We know you have a thing for him but don’t let that cloud your judgement.” Cisco gives you some advice which Caitlin elbows him in the ribs for. “Ouch, what was that for?” He puts his hand on the sore spot and rubs it like a child. 

“I won’t. Cisco track him down by looking for heat signatures of his gun then send me the location. I’ll be in touch.” You give them a nod before heading outside to get on your motorcycle; not everyone has super speed to get around the place. 

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anonymous asked:

I've check your resources but I may be missing it. I'm looking for how to add the code to make bold or italic words have that glow behind them. Would you mind sharing that code?

[ reposting on anon in case this helps anyone else! ]

basically…

or any combination of colour and glow/shadow that you like!

it’s actually just a very simple tweak to the code for ‘bold’ in your theme code.

somewhere in your code, usually up at the top of the css ( the bit that’s mainly in orange on the html editor ) you will have a code for bold that designates how it looks - usually theme makers will just assign a colour to is so that you can choose this from the basic editor.  just jump into the html and find the past that codes for bold ( b or strong or both ) - it probably looks something like this;

b, strong {
     color:{color:bold}; }

it might have other attributes relating to it like font-weight or text-size…  this is the bit you’re going to need to tweak…

my personal preference is to have the letters appear transparent with the ‘glow’ around them, but you can make the glow the same colour, or even a different colour to the letters themselves ( make sure to check for readability though as too big a contrast can be hard on the eyeballs… )

what you need to add is a text shadow…  below is the example of a black shadow around white text, where the ‘color’ is the color of the text and the color value in the text-shadow is the color of the ‘glow/shadow’;

b, strong {
   font-weight:bold;
   color:#fff;
   text-shadow: 0px 0px 10px #000;}

so what the hell does that mean?

well the glow/shadow is generated in four parts…

1. value = the X-coordinate
2. value = the Y-coordinate
3. value = the blur radius
4. value = the color of the shadow

if you change the numbers in 1 and 2 - e.g.

text-shadow: 5px 5px 10px #000

the glow/shadow will appear slightly below and to the right.  if you use negative numbers - e.g.

text-shadow: -5px -5px 10px #000

then the glow/shadow will appear slightly above and to the left - mess around with the values to get and effect you like.  just leave them at 0px if you want it to be centered.

the blur radius refers to how far the glow/shadow spreads around the actual text - again, change the number till you get an effect you like - large numbers will have a wide spread but also make the glow/shadow fainter.

and lastly the color is just a hex code for the color of the glow/shadow - have it contrasting or the same as the text colour if you really want your text to stand out.  if you really want to go for something with a little more impact you can always add - TWO - layers of glow/shadow to the text…

text-shadow: 1px 1px 1px #fff, 3px 3px 5px #d77109;

which adds the white glow first then the orange one around the edge of that with a little bit of offset on each one… just remember to separate your two layers of glow/shadow with a comma, yis.

now anything in bold on your blog will have the glow/shadow - you don’t have to add this to the bold code though - you can add it to header code or italics… wherever you like really… just make sure to check for readability!  

hope this helps!
love from,
octomoosey :3

Keep your shoes clean. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit more money on a beautiful journal, because if you love the feeling of gripping it in your hands you’ll write more. Same goes for having nice nails - your hands will look more grown up and prepared for adulthood, which somehow makes you feel the same. Never leave home without a watch on. Spend time reading - the books on your bedside table, the articles on your facebook feed, the faces on your train - everything is an inspiration. Floss every day. And always carry with you a bottle of water. Keep your eyebrows neat. Same goes for your desk - throw away all the clutter but always use coloured post-it notes (they make any old page look organised and important). Drink green tea. Cut your hair . Spend more on less - it will force you to reevaluate the worth of material things. Always always always wash your face before going to bed. Use good pens - life’s too short for a shitty biro. Slow down. Use a different handbag tomorrow. Focus.
—  A reminder I wrote to myself three weeks ago that really helped today

Le tagged by cotton-chan~ @cottonballwithmustache

Rules: Answer the questions with the first letter of your name, then tag 10 people. If the person who tagged you has the same initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use the same word twice.

What is your name? Sam (but Sachiko is fine too :3)
A four letter word? Sane
A boy’s name? Sam =w=
An occupation? Sandwich maker
Something you wear? Slinky dog costume
A colour? Sanik blue
A food? Spaghetti pizza
A place? Swaziland :D
Something you shout? SHIIIIINEEEEEEEHYYYYYYYYYY
A movie title? Sam, I Am :’)
Something you drink? sulfuric aci-*shot*
An animal? Snek of the Southern Isles
A type of car? Self-driving submarine-car?
Title of a song? Swan Song by Set it Off

le tagging: @minminami @skulldeaded @shedreamsfiction @angelicempress04 @nikkihime @jemchew @fureiaa @obscene-tevene @jane-runs-fast @atroniascreamsube

I was tagged by the lovely @whereisthefood123

Rules: Answer the questions with the first letter of your name, then tag 10 people (lol some people). If the person who tagged you has the same initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use the same word twice.

What is your name? Bianca is the name

A four letter word? Book

A “boy” name? Bernard

An occupation? Bartender, actually I’m pretty good at it, I made a course, and I’m certificated to serve drinks ;)

Something you wear? Ballet flats

A colour? Black

A food? Burger =P

A place? Bed. My favourite place in the world haha, but I’m in Buenos Aires and that starts with a B too :)

Something you shout? Back off! (I’m a extremily charming person haha)

A movie title? Billy Elliot (I love that movie)

Something you drink? Banana milkshake

An animal? Bat

A type of car? BMW

Title of a song? Bad reputation by Joan Jett, what an awesome song

Title of a book/fanfic? Baby & me by Sabastu, is a Gajevy fic in spanish and is so good, or in english, Beautiful disaster by AlwaystheQuest.


And now I’ll tag @snowmadien @mangaguitar96 @kiwidrawz @kmmcm @pocketwoman7

tagged by: @opheliablossom  😍

rules: Answer the questions with the first letter of your name, then tag people. If the person who tagged you has the same initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use the same word twice.

What is your name? - Zuzanna but that would be too hard and I’m a weak player so I’m going for English version, Suzanne 😋
A four letter word? - Salt
A boy’s name? - Samuel
Occupation? - Sinner
Something you wear? - Sandals
A colour? - Sepia
A food? - salmon
A place? - Silicon Valley
Something you shout? - Suck my cock!
A movie title? - “Sedmikrásky”
Something you drink? - Soda
An animal? - Snake
A type of car? - Subaru
Title of a song? - “Sister Midnight”

tagging: @outshined, @npdbitch, @sundaymorningandimfallin

anonymous asked:

I hipe everything goes well for you, guys! Here's mine: how would the lords react if they are far away in a battle and they receive a letter saying that MC is pregnant?

Thank you for the well-wishes!

YUKIMURA

My dearest Lord Yukimura,

It seems like it was just yesterday that summer’s green leaves filled the trees as we enjoyed each other’s company in the bright warmth of the sun. Then, how much more astounding it is to already see those same leaves begin to gleam with the colours of our clan, flame-hued and blazing! You are too far and too long away from me, my love, and I yearn to see your sweet smile once more.

Perhaps I am foolish in the hope that you would return before a full turn of seasons pass our wedding’s anniversary? The day arrives in less than a fortnight… But I would not ask you to abandon your men and your lord for such a selfish fancy. This humble letter, then, will have to do in my stead– please treat it as if it were your loving wife. <3

As for those of us here, we spend our days just the same, running the households and thinking of our men. Sasuke has been diligent in his practice, even without Saizo to train him. As for me, I’ve been feeling a bit unwell lately… but it’s really nothing to worry about! Because, you see, according to the elder maids… I’m with child.

I wonder at the expression you would make– your cheeks would likely be as brightly coloured as mine are while writing this letter. You are too cute, my lord husband, though you would say otherwise. But it is one of the many things I love about you. How happy I’d be, to be held in your gentle embrace, with the two people who mean so much more to me than the world itself: you, Lord Yukimura, and our child.

Though this letter may come to an end, be assured that my love and affection will continue, everlasting. I pray more fervently for your safety and victories with each passing day.

Love,

___

Just as you predicted, Yukimura’s cheeks are a flaming crimson by the time he reaches the end of the letter. He goes back to read it again several times, filled with your love, when–

“What’s this, dear? A missive from the little lady?”

“Saizo!” Startled, your dear husband flails about in a panic. “Stop sneaking up on me like that! Just how long are you going to do that for?”

The ninja only gives a sly smile in response before changing the topic. “It seems you’ve gotten quite the news. Congratulations, dear– if you couldn’t tell, you’re going to be a father.”

“I-I know what it means! She says right here”–pointing to the letter– “’I’m with child.’ Anyone c-could t-t-tell…” he trailed off, too happy and embarrassed to continue.

“Well, don’t get too excited– we still have some skirmishes left ahead of us, and the little lady wouldn’t be too pleased if you came home in less than perfect form, would she?”

“Yeah. And now I have even more reason to win every one of them.” Yukimura grins, determination filling him. “Let’s go home.”

Molly Weasley and Fred II’s Christmas Jumper

  • Okay so this just occurred to me 
  • Everyone just kind of accepts that Molly Weasley knits family Christmas jumpers for her grandkids (and you know Scorpius once you know he basically becomes a member of the family) and I agree of course. 
  • But have we talked about how she’ll have to knit a jumper for Fred II? 
  • And Molly loves Fred II and she doesn’t see him as a mini Fred because he’s his own person and Fred is gone and after all these years she can accept that. 
  • But then autumn sets in and she begins to knit her jumpers and it’s almost November when she gets to Fred II (who is about 5). 
  • And she sort of stares at her knitting needles and thread for a few minutes, maybe goes to make herself a cup of tea, distract herself because she just needs time.
  • Then she puts all thoughts of her son Fred to the side because she will always love her son but she has over five more children to knit for and she can’t let her tears get in the way of her plan again. 
  • So she powers through knitting this jumper for her grandson and she is happily listening to Celestina Warbeck (because it’s never too early for Christmas music!) and she has half the jumper and most of the letter ‘F’ knitted when she stops. 
  • She places the wool to the side and stares down at this half finished jumper in her lap, tracing over it, making sure there are no holes because you can never be too careful. 
  • She hadn’t even realised it but the colours that she had used for this jumper were navy for the jumper and gold for the letter ‘F’. The same colours that she used for son ever single year.
  • Suddenly she’s thrown back so many years ago to shortly after the war. To Christmas time where knitting had been her distraction. 
  • She’d start as always with Bill (and Fleur), Charlie, Percy (and she remembers smiling so brightly when she knitted Percy his jumper that Christmas because he was going to be there to receive it and she wasn’t going to get it sent back to her unopened), George and then out of habit she would knit a second blue and gold jumper with the letter ‘F’ on it. 
  • Molly stares at the jumper in her lap now and then with all her strength, swallows down her tears and continues knitting because Fred would not want her moping over Christmas jumpers of all things.  
  • Two months later it’s Christmas Morning and immediately after Fred II opens his present, he runs to her and gives her a big, big hug. 
  • “I love it, I love it grandma! Thank you so much! Look Daddy and I are matching! We’re both wearing navy and gold!” 
  • And Molly smiles at him and looks up at George who is wearing his traditional blue and gold jumper from who knows how many years ago. 
  • Tears are shining in both of their eyes but then George smiles brightly and Molly instantly knows she made the right choice with her grandson’s Christmas jumper that year. 
  • And she can’t help but think that the colours really really suit her grandson. Maybe she’ll use them again next year.
Guest Post by Laura Lam

10 Diverse LGBTQIA+ YA I Really Should Have Read by Now But Will in 2016

I’ve been falling behind on reading YA in the past year, and it makes me sad. I can usually read about 2 books a week, but it still feels like I’m never making enough of a dent in the things I want to read. Now that I’m technically writing adult books for the most part, I’ve found I’ve been reading more adult SFF or crime/thriller, plus loads of research nonfiction books (here’s my Goodreads if you’re curious about my book lists). So my goal in 2016 is to read more YA again, specifically with LGBTIA+ characters.

1. Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

I’ve been meaning to read this since it came out! I bought it, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Tess is awesome and this thriller sounds so up my alley. It’d also be good research book, as a book I’ve turned in recently deals a lot with addiction.

 2. Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

I’ve heard this is basically a f/f sweet rom com in book form, which is exactly what I want. I just watched Blue is the Warmest Colour, and I want something like that but with a happier ending, so hoping this delivers *crosses fingers*.

 3. Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

 Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

 I’ve been wanting to read this for ages, as I’ve long been a fan of Scott Westerfeld’s books. I like the idea of it being told in both the MC’s voice and bits of her novel. As an author who wrote a lot as a teen (all terrible; none remotely publishable), I think it’ll be a lot of fun.

 4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sàenz

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

 Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

 I know, I know! Everyone seems to have read this book and loved it, it won all the awards, and I’m sure it’ll be (if it’s not already) a core pillar of LGBT YA. I really, really need to read it, as it sounds beautiful.

 5. The Summer Prince – Alaya Dawn Johnson

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

 The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

 Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

 Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

 This book came out a month after Pantomime did (the first time), so I heard a lot about it at the time, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Fururistic Brazil! Cool tech! Rebellion!

 6. Not Otherwise Specified – Hannah Moskowitz

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

 Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

 The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

All the Bs: Ballet, bisexuality, biracial (I think?). It also looks at the prevalence of eating disorders within the ballet word. It looks so good! I should have read it yesterday.

 7.  Cam Girl – Leah Raeder

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

 Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

 Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

 She’s got nothing left to lose.

 So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

 It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question: Can we meet IRL?

 Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

 This might be technically NA instead of YA, but rules are meant to be broken, right? ;-) I read and loved Unteachable by Leah Raeder a few years ago; and this looks just as awesome. It looks at gender identity as well and it’s definitely something I’m going to read sooner rather than later.

 8. Coda – Emma Treyvane

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem—the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid.

 Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

 This is another one I really should have read by now. Emma Trevayne is a friend and this is so up my alley it’s not even funny. Cyberpunk yesss. It’s another one I’ve bought but haven’t opened. How? I don’t know, but I’m gonna fix it.

 9. Wildthorn – Jane Eagland

Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor’s daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key…

Lastly, I just bought this a few days ago because it was pitched as YA Sarah Waters and really, that’s all you need to say to me before I yell “SOLD!” at the top of my lungs.


So there’s a selection of books I should have read over the last few years, but better late than never. What are some books you’ve been meaning to read but are amazed you still haven’t? What’s something you read that we shouldn’t miss?


Laura Lam is the author of the Micah Grey series: Pantomime, Shadowplay & the forthcoming Masquerade. The first two books in the series have just been re-released in ebook by Macmillan, with print to follow next year. Pantomime features a bisexual, genderfluid, and intersex character, the circus, and a hint of magic and more than a little romance. Her next book is the near-future thriller, False Hearts, out in June 2016, which features formerly conjoined twins, cults, and brain hacking.

flavoured

Rei sighs, glancing furtively around once more to make absolutely sure that nobody familiar with his face is here. At nine in the evening in a convenience store three neighborhoods away from his house, the possibility of that happening stands very low, but still. He’d run here with purpose, making sure to bring his backpack with him.

Some may find the bright wash of lights in convenience stores disconcerting, clinical, but Rei finds them comforting. They remind him of the hospital his mother works at, and they also make reading the labels on the bottles in front of him much easier. And it somehow makes what he’s doing seem less…unsavory.

It’s not unsavory, he chides himself, leaning closer to the bottles and tubes, stroking his chin thoughtfully. It’s perfectly natural. Which is why you have all of these…manufactured products…at your disposal. The silicone-based lubricant glaring at him from the top shelf certainly isn’t jumping in defense of the “natural” argument, but at this point he doesn’t care. What he’s doing isn’t wrong; he doesn’t have to reach a certain age to buy any of these products. He’s allowed to be here. So why is he sweating so much?

He hears footsteps coming closer; the customer from the other side of the store. Probably just heading for the lotto ticket machine in the corner. There’s no way they’re coming to the same aisle Rei’s in. A bead of sweat drips down his forehead, even though there’s absolutely no reason to-

“Rei?!”

Rei stands up straight so fast he nearly swoons from whiplash, vision clouding momentarily as he stares at the person beside him. Wearing a black sweater with the hood drawn, not quite tight enough to conceal all the messy auburn hair falling in his eyes. “Rin-chan-san?”

Rin stares for a brief moment, wide-eyed, then smirks. “Watcha doin there?”

“Oh, um.” Rei can feel his cheeks darkening, giving away his intent. “Well, I-I came here to buy…” he gestures lamely at the contents of the shelf in front of them. Then he collects himself, coughing. You have nothing to be ashamed of, Ryuugazaki. “What are you doing here at this time of night?”

“Same thing you are,” he says with a casual shrug, bending down to peruse the selection of colourful boxes that Rei’s too embarrassed to look at. 

“Oh. O-Of course.” Rei makes to adjust his glasses, then pauses. “Isn’t…isn’t Samezuka an all-boys academy?”

“It sure is,” Rin drawls, attention on the task at hand. He holds two different boxes, trying to judge the merits of each. Rei catches the word “flavoured” written in bold letters on the front of one. “Got a problem with that?”

“No,” Rei squeaks, unable to to stop the flood of unbidden imagery that comes with the word flavoured. “None at all.” And that’s entirely the issue.

HAndwriting AnAlysis

So this was the card Charles got for his birthday along with a picture of him and his siblings. It was signed by his “friend and ally”. I think this means they must have been working together. Now Charles’ handwriting always seems to be the same (the one with the capitalized “T”)

So I thought I’d seek matches for the one above, too.

So I compared a lot:

Bethany - letters too straight

CeCe (the lighter colour) - too angular ‘y’s

Mona - too straight formed letters again

Emily - doesn’t fit

And on it went like that.. Until I discovered the following:

Ali’s usual handwriting. Close but not completely the same..

Ali has another handwriting! Remember how she also had a diary that wasn’t coded? Well look at it..

Look at the “a” in ‘ally”.. and then at the one in “aria” above.. THEY ARE THE SAME.

So this is Ali’s handwriting after all.. Your friend and ally, great one.