I found this old article about Lauren Townsend that sounded super similar to Rachel’s story:
“She reached out to so many people,” said Dawn. “Lauren loved all kinds and all shapes. She loved all animals, too. Many holidays we postponed family traditions till later in the day, until Lauren returned home from taking care of the animals at the local animal hospital. She was a great role model for her teammates and other kids. She made you feel like you were the only person in the room when she talked to you.”
Dawn noted that Lauren was early to practice and was eager to help the freshman and sophomore teams by running drills or tutoring individual players without ever being asked. More than one teammate and friend had commented to Darn on this special quality of Lauren’s. Freshmen players would express amazement that a senior always went out of their way to talk to them.
Dawn reported that one of Lauren’s favorite T-shirts was imprinted with the George Raveling quote, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” “She wore that t-shirt a lot. That was what she believed,” said Dawn. “She didn’t wait for a handout, she always went for it and she didn’t leave things undone.”
Dawn called Lauren “a pure and simple soul” with no big agenda other than being kind and respectful of people and animals - someone who wanted to affect her little corner of the world. “Lauren was an old soul in a young person’s body,” says her mother. Like the parents of Cassie Bernall and Rachel Scott, who were also slain that day, Dawn and husband Bruce have found notes Lauren wrote before death which indicate that her daughter, too, may have been aare on some level about events to come.
“Lauren had written that to her ‘a day without laughter is a wasted day’ and ‘my job it to put a smile on someone’s face.’ Lauren also had noted that she felt ‘something big had to happen’ in her lifetime to change the state of affairs in this world, especially when affecting kids,” says Dawn.
Arsene Wenger (Coach, Arsenal) - “Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi. Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi!”
Diego Maradona (Ex Argentina) – “I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius and he can become an even better player.”
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – “Messi is a Joke, for me the Best Ever!”
Pelé (Ex Brazil) - “At the moment, Messi is the Best!”
Ferrer (ex-Barcelona, Chelsea): “I played with Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Laudrup and Stoichkov but Messi is the best I’ve seen”
Eidur Gudjohnsen (ex-Chelsea, Barcelona) – “Messi’s control is the best I have ever seen, it is truly breathtaking.”
Krankl (ex-Barcelona) - “Messi is the world’s number 1. Cruyff was my youth idol, him and Messi are the best players I saw in my life.”
Rafael van der Vaart (Ex Tottenham) - “Best football player I played against? I think Messi. He killed us.”
Ivan Helguera (ex-Real Madrid) - “For me, Messi is the best player in history”
Joan Laporta (Ex President, Barcelona) – “Messi is the best player in the world right now and the best ever. Together with Cruyff and Maradona, he’s the best we’ve seen at the club.”
Klaas jan Huntelaar (Schalke) - “Who’s better, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi. Ronaldo is good, but Messi is ten times better.”
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – “Messi won 3 Ballons d’Or and is competing for another one. He will be the best player in the world until he retires.”
Antonio Cassano (Ex AC Milan) – “Messi is the best player in the history of football, and that’s why I prefer Barça over Real Madrid.”
Arda Turan (Atléti, Ex Galatasaray,) - “Messi or Ronaldo best player in the world? In the world, I would say Ronaldo. Messi is from another planet.”
Sandro Rosell (Ex President, Barcelona) - “I think Barca will never have a player like Messi again. Messi’s greatness is present on and off the field of play.”
Roy Keane (Ex Manchester United) – “I was a big fan of Maradona growing up and of the current crop Ronaldo is good but Messi is the best I’ve ever seen. I don’t dish out praise lightly but Messi deserves it. I look for weaknesses in his game and I can’t find them.”
Bacary Sagna (Ex Arsenal) – “Best Player I played against? Messi, when he plays wide. He is the best in the world. Football seems easy when he plays it”
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) – “Although he may not be human, it’s good that Messi still thinks he is. Messi plays some another sport.”
Fabio Capello (Ex Coach, Juventus) -“In my entire life I have never seen a player of such quality and personality at such a young age, particularly wearing the ‘heavy’ shirt of one of the world’s great clubs.”
Raúl Gonzáles (Ex Real Madrid) – “The other day I saw one of his games. He was running with the ball at a hundred percent full speed, I don’t know how many touches he took, maybe five or six, but the ball was glued to his foot. It’s practically impossible!”
Gerard Pique (Barcelona) -“It doesn’t matter where Messi plays, if it’s cold or hot, he always proves that he’s the best.”
Marcello Lippi (Ex Coach, Italy) - “The best? Messi”
Antonio Cassano (Ex AC Milan) – “Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but neither are as good as Leo Messi.”
Fernando Gago (Ex Real Madrid) - “For me, the best in the world is Messi because of the way he plays, moves with the ball and changes matches, Messi has incredible ability and I love the way that he plays.”
Theirry Henry (Ex Arsenal, Barcelona) - “I have the possibility to watch Messi in training each morning, and because of what he demonstrates he is the best player in the world”
Arjen Robben (Ex Real Madrid) - “Messi is on another planet.”
Xavi Hernández (Barcelona) – “If he continues like this then I think Messi will be the best player in the history of football,”
Sir Alex Ferguson (Ex Coach, Manchester United) - “Critics have always questioned whether players like Pele from the 50s could play today. Lionel Messi could play in the 1950s and the present day, as could Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff because they are all great players. Lionel Messi without question fits into that category.”
Paulo Maldini (Ex AC Milan) - “When I see Lionel Messi playing, I think he should win it (Ballon d’or) every year. I have no doubt. He is an unbelievable player”
Pep Guardiola (Ex Coach, Barcelona) – “It has been an honour to be the coach of the best player (Messi) I have ever seen and probably the best I will see”
Ryan Giggs (Ex Manchester United) - “He is probably the best player of the last 20 years. He is such a slippery player. Because of his height and quickness he is difficult to pin down and his balance is exceptional.”
Manuel Pellegrini (Ex Coach, Villarreal) – ”I don’t know the parameters for the Ballon d’Or. I only know that Messi deserves to win every trophy”
Marco van Basten (Ex AC Milan) – “There is no doubt about it, Messi’s clearly the best player in the world. He’s a phenomenon who has already won everything, but is still hungry for more. His humbleness only makes him greater”
John Terry (Chelsea) - “For me, Lionel Messi is quite clearly the best player ever. It’s a pleasure to put myself against him and when I finish my career it’s something I can look back on and know I’ve tested myself against the very best.”
Vicente Del Bosque (Coach, Spain) - “Messi or Ronaldo? I prefer Messi because he is more of a street player.”
Zinedine Zidane (Ex France, Real Madrid) – “Messi makes the difference most of the time. In particular, he is always going forwards. He never passes the ball backwards or sideways. He has only one idea, to run towards the goal.So as a football fan, just enjoy the show.”
Filipe Scolari (Ex Coach, Portugal) – “The only bad thing about Ronaldo’s life is Messi. If it was not for him, Ronaldo would be the best player in the world for five years in a row.”
Robin Dutt (former Coach Bayer Leverkusen) - “You won’t see anyone else like Messi. People said that Di Stefano, Maradona and Cruyff were the best when they were playing. And now it is the same for Messi. He is on the throne and it is down to him how long he stays there.”
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) – “Ronaldo is good but I am #TeamMessi all day everyday! Everyone is allowed 1 bad game in 300 right?”
Radamel Falcao (Athletico Madrid) – “Is Messi a real player or a Play Station character?”
Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona) – “It is very simple, Messi is the best in the world, and if you give him a little bit of space, he can do whatever he wants.”
Gheorghe Hagi (ex-Madrid -Barcelona) – “Messi or Cristiano? Cristiano Ronaldo is very good, but I prefer Messi. He’s incredible.”
Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) – “Messi is the best that’s played the game. Streets ahead of Maradona.”
Sid Lowe (Editor, Guardian) - “To compare Lionel Messi to anybody else is unfair on them”
Jorde Valdano (Ex Real Madrid) - “I believe that we have the first genius of the 21st century, Leo Messi.”
Michael Owen (Ex Liverpool) - “I can’t believe anyone can have played the game of football as well as Messi.”
Franz Beckenbauer (Ex Germany) - “Messi is a genius. He has everything. When I watch him, I see a player who is very, very, skilful, very clever and his left foot is like Diego Maradona’s.”
Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) - “Messi is very skilful and can do whatever he wants at any moment. He’s the best player in the world.”
Ronaldo (Brazil) – “There is no doubt that Messi is the best player in the world.”
Hristo Stoichkov (Ex Barcelona) – “Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol but today you need a machine gun to stop Messi.”
Romario (Ex Brazil) – “Messi has all the conditions to be the best.”
Oliver Kahn (Ex Germany) – “Messi is undoubtedly a gifted footballer, like Maradona and Pele, and he’s playing for the best club side in the world at the moment. He’s successful and he’s winning trophies, so it’s only logical that he’ll be voted the best player in the world.”
Thiago Silva (Brazil) - “Messi is a special player, certainly the best attacker I’ve played against to date, but I think comparing players from different generations is difficult. All I know is that he’s spectacular and already is definitely among the best ever.”
Michel Platini (President, UEFA) - “Messi is the great player of this generation, like there were great players in other generations.”
Alessandro Pato (Brazil) – “When Messi plays, he is the best.”
Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao) - “I’m not sure Messi is a human.”
Ganso (Brazil) - “Without doubt he is on another planet, because he does things others can’t.”
Luis Figo (Ex Portugal) – “For me, to watch Messi play is a pleasure – it’s like having an orgasm – it’s an incredible pleasure.”
Thiago Alacantara (Barcelona) - “We can give him the ball and we can stand back and watch him. People often say to me they saw Pele and Maradona play. In the future, I will be able to say I saw Messi play.”
Ruud Gullit (Ex Netherlands) - “He is already the best in the world. He is an exceptional talent. I still think Diego Maradona is the best player I have ever seen, but Messi is closing in fast. He’s a wonderful sight in full flight and we are lucky to have him around.”
Luis Figo (Ex Inter) - “Player I would like to sign for Internazionale? It’s easy, the strongest in Europe at the moment is Lionel Messi, so I would say him. Messi has amazing qualities, he is the best of all, number one. That is unquestiionable.”
Johan Cruyff (Ex Barcelona) – “For the world of football, Messi is a treasure because he is role model for children around the world.”
Maxi Rodriguez (Ex Liverpool) - “There is no doubt, you’re from another galaxy. Thanks Leo”
Demba Ba (Newcastle United) - “Is Messi a human being?????”
John Heitinga (Everton) - “Mejores jugador del Mundo Messi! Best player in the World!”
Gary Linekar (Ex England) - “Fella’s a genius! Best ever by a distance in my life time! Never really saw Pelé. Wait til he grows up! Souness, Gullit, Venables and now Rooney agree Messi is the best they have seen. He plays a game to which we are not familiar.”
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – “Is Messi the best player of all times?”
Mano Meneses (Ex Coach, Brazil) – “Messi? We will play against the best in the world.”
Johan Cruyff (Ex Barcelona) – “Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six,seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league.”
Rio Ferdinand (Ex Manchester United) - “Who were the best players I had ever played against? Raul,Messi, Zidane.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) : “Messi is more naturally gifted than Ronaldo. Messi does not need his right foot, though. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world! Imagine if he also used his right foot, Then we would have serious problems!”
Rivaldo (Ex Brazil) – “Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, I go with Messi. For me he is the best in the World.”
Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) - “I wear Number 10 Jersey for the US National Team in honor of the Greatest athlete i have ever seen, Messi.”
Miguel Angel Lotina (Ex Coach, Deportivo) – “Comparing Cristiano to Messi is an exercise of ignorance in football. Messi is Messi and others, footballers.”
Radomir Antic (Coach, Serbia) - “Messi is the Mozart of football.”
John Carlin (Journalist, Argentina) – “Messi is much more than being clever. He is a genius who reserves all his expressiveness for football.”
Mario Balotelli (Ex Manchester City) - “There’s only one that is a little stronger than me: Messi. All the othersare behind me.”
Massimo Moratti (President, Inter Milan) - “Messi is the only player for whom I would go crazy.”
Antonio Lobo Antunes (Writer, Portugal) - “There are 3 or 4 important things in life: Books, Friends, Women……and Messi.”
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) – “I am not crazy enough to compare myself with Messi because he is the best there ever was and the best there will ever be.”
Jürgen Klopp (Coach, Dortmund) - “Messi is the Best. There must be life out there somewhere, on some other planet. Because he is too good and we are just too bad for him.”
Ray Hudson (Commentator) - “They tell me that all men are equal in God’s eyes, this player (Messi) makes you seriously think about those words. ”
Gianluigi Buffon - ‘’Messi is an alien, that dedicates himself to playing with humans.’’
Tata Martino - “He sees passes that most people can only see whilst watching the game on TV, not ones that you can normally see on the pitch.”
Carles Puyol - ‘’This Barca will be remembered as Messi’s Barca. He’s well above anything else I’ve ever seen. He’s an alien and better than four years ago because he reads the game better. He’s unstoppable’’
Raúl - ‘’I was lucky enough to play with Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Cristiano… but Messi is different; he makes everything look so easy, so effortless – even the impossible.’’
Henk Ten Cate - ‘’It’s too bizarre for words to see how good and consistent Messi has played. Of course he scored all these great goals, but in the end he has always served the team interests. I can hardly imagine what’s coming for him next. At least he is so intelligent that he is also of tremendous value as a playmaker. You see in everything he does that he is not individualistic, and is happy when another score.’’
César Luis Menotti - ’What Messi does is terrifying. It’s indescribable magic. You can’t analyze it’’’
Gary Lineker - ‘’I never ever thought I would say that there was a better player than Maradona since he was in my time and I was in awe of him, but I honestly think for a number of reasons that Messi has surpassed him. He can do anything that Maradona did, and he does it more frequently and consistently.’’
Cerezo (president Atletico) - I’ve seen amazing players, but Messi is unique. Special. He’s a global player, he defines this sport’’
Alessandro Del Piero - ‘’Messi is the number one. He has talent, instinct, passion and magic. He is part of football heritage and we’re so lucky that he’s living in our time and that we can enjoy watching him.’’
Jamie Carragher - His achievements over the last decade have been so breathtaking that you could say he has outstripped those who have gone before — and it is quite possible we will never see them bettered
Graham Hunter -That’s how I like to think of it. It’s not Messi running toward a yawning goal net thinking “must score, must score.” It’s the entire history of football, the gods of football drawing him magnetically to the net with one refrain in their celestial minds: “This is the guy we invented football for … this is the man we want to dominate the history of goal scoring for all time.”
Juan Bernat - ‘’Messi is the best player in history. Anyone who understands football, even a little, thinks the same.’’
Mario Götze - ‘’He’s achieved so many great things and set the bar so high that practically nobody is ever going to reach it.’’
Javier Mascherano - ‘’I am too much ‘Messisist’ to compare his performances’’
Escribá (Elche coach) - ‘’ve never seen another player like Messi and I don’t think I ever will. It will be hard to imagine another player like him. I’ve seen Maradona and Cruyff play and Messi is better than both of them.’’
Angel di Maria - ‘’Having him as a rival is complicated. You see game after game that it is impossible to take the ball off him, impossible to stop him. There are no words to decribe his talent.’’
Diego Simeone - ‘’Messi alone is more dangerous than Real Madrid’s attacking trio Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale.’’
Franz Beckenbauer - ‘’We should not compare humans to God, but Messi is a godly player.’’
Paul Scholes - ‘’Let me tell you what it is like playing against Messi. You are up against a footballer who can take the ball either side of you, and you have no idea which side that might be from any hint about his body-shape. Unfortunately, there is also a third way that he might go past you – the worst of the lot – and that is through you, as Fernandinho and James Milner discovered to their cost.’’
Gary Lineker - ‘’Messi is indisputably the greatest player ever to don a pair of football boots. Don’t even attempt to argue the point.’’
“(Y/N)?” Bucky’s voice resonated in your ear as he followed your gaze to the door. “(Y/N)!”
You dashed towards the entrance, determined to confront your father. You had no idea why he was showing up in your life again, you needed to know why. You needed to show him how done you were with him, that he was to stay away from you.
The world spun around you as the cool air hit you. You pushed the people around you, searching for him. Tears backed your eyes as your hope diminished. Was he at the bar as a coincidence? Had he known you had spent a few nights there a week or so ago? Was he trying to find you and toy with your goddamn feelings?”
“What the hell is going on, (Y/N)?” Bucky huffed behind you, desperate to figure out what was going on.
“I…” You paused, you couldn’t tell him what was going on. “Nothing, I thought I just saw someone I recognized.”
“Who did you think they were?” He was prying.
“No one.” You whispered, still looking around for your father.
“So, no one makes your demeanor change to a terrified child and then causes you to run out after them?”
“Yeah.” You sighed, knowing your dad was gone. “Can I sleep at your place tonight?” You didn’t have high hopes, you assumed he’d say no.
“Fine.” He sounded angry but you ignored it. “Let’s go.”
“Thanks.” You watched him call as cab, knowing you’d have to tell him something about yourself to get him to calm down.
Chocolates and a rose. (emo-rock valentine’s day story)
NOTE: NOT THE ACTUAL @emo-rock-tale STORY I HAVE PLANNED. JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING I WANNA PUT OUT THERE FOR THE OCCASION UNTIL THE REAL THING IS DONE. I OWN NOTHING EXCEPT ONE, ALL ELSE GOES TO THE LEGENDARY @sai-shou
Faith stared at the foot of her bed. Or more specifically, the heart-shaped box of chocolates ON the foot of her bed. There it lay, in all it’s pink glory, with a little golden ribbon wrapped around it’s side. On the box, a small card read “Will you be my Valentine’s? -Amelia
The sister didn’t know whether to blush or feel weirded-out. Sure, she liked her sister, but as SISTERS. Nothing more, nothing less. This had to be some sort of prank… Faith grabbed the box and tore off the gold ribbon. She flipped the cover off, and stared at the wild assortment of chocolates. White, dark, milk, peanut, you name it, there was a 1/25 chance it was in that box. She gingerly picked the white one and popped it into her mouth. H-o-l-y s-h-i-t. Faith tasted the chocolate with astonishment. She was, by no means, a connoisseur in chocolate, but DAMN this was good. Something like that, along with the rest of the chocolates (assuming they were of the same amazing quality), would have cost quite the cash. Which meant two things:
1) This was a very expensive prank.
2) It wasn’t a prank and these chocolates were actually a gift of affection…
And according to the card that now lay face-down on the carpet, from Amelia.
Amelia gawked at the thing she found on the piano keys. The moment she had lifted the fall board, the little thing hit her eye like a firework. Though it might as well have.
A thornless rose lay on the piano tiles, but that wasn’t the main thing that struck Amelia. It was the fact that every petal was of a different color. Red, then green, then blue, then purple, it was like a bloom of rainbow blood. She gingerly picked up the rose, and brought it to her nose. God, it was real… The smell coming from the flower was definitely real. It could have been for someone else, heck, anyone else, but the intended recipient was quite clear. Cut into the stalk with a delicate hand, in tiny words, read “Amelia, from Faith”
There was only one thing to do for something like this.
Faith reached for the canister underneath her bed.
Amelia slipped her own out of the bag that was by the door.
Both walked to the door frames of the rooms they were in.
The piano room and the bedroom were facing each other from the staircase landing, and an electric blue eye met 2 crimson eyes.
Both fingers curled around the white nozzle.
“Amelia.” Faith acknowledged.
“Faith.” Amelia declared.
A second passed, and the tension was almost visible. A laundry basket toppled out of a room in the middle of the hallway and fell down the stairs.
A pale finger twitched. A tanned one moved.
And as one, both rushed each other, raising the canisters…
Of holy water.
Pressing down the white nozzles, the sacred liquid from @mmm-juicey filled the space, and dampened the sisters’ hair and clothes. Faith grit her teeth against the cold mist, and countered by directing her own at Amelia’s glasses. Soon, the glasses were rendered unusable and Faith took this opportunity to duck and twist around the girl’s waving arm, and sprayed her back with all the power she could muster. “GAH!” the nerd cried out at the cold feeling now spreading across her back. With a feral growl, she swung the canister around and sprayed in the estimated direction of where Faith was. Not only did she get the sister, but she unknowingly sprayed her face.
Spitting out the liquid, Faith redoubled her efforts and aimed every available part of Amelia’s body, coating it all with a fine layer of holiness. You could FEEL the amount of divination in this fight, with the ceiling light above them casting though the mist and creating small rainbows. On top of that, rays of light danced around and cast spots of light amongst the surrounding walls and the 2 girls.
Outside of the house, where the sounds of scuffling could be heard, what appeared to be the silhouette of an angel crouched on a tree branch, spectating the ongoing battle with mild entertainment. This was definitely worth all the money and time. Grinning wildly, he decided to flee the scene. Spreading his wings, the man shot into the night… And disappeared in a flash of blue light.
people are going to hate on u because to some people your art is not "amazing" and you get a lot of attention. some people really work harder like me and don't get as much attention. so u have to understand your going to get hate for that. especially if your art is not high quality amazing art. so I get why that anon would be mad. hack!, I'm a little mad. but like you said, I'm going to use that anger to be better than you. so good luck, Cuz you have competition cuz you have competition. Lol😂
hi dude! first of all i’m glad you got that off your chest, so let me take a moment to clap back really quick in bullet points so you’ll understand
a) i’m not a fan of you undervaluing how hard i work because even though i’m in college, i stream once every two days, post art daily, and do commissions on top of that so i can eat every month and pay my tuition. This little post you made reeks of entitlement as well. Get a grip!
b) “you’re gonna have to accept you’re gonna get hate” nah you rancid fuck, i don’t. bottom line cut and dry. there’s no reason why me sharing my art with the world would ever justify getting hate.
c) i’ve taken a lot of hits for my “art quality” but being told i suck and that i have competition
(twice apparently, if you’re gonna send hate revise your paragraphs you illiterate nut) from someone who claims to put in twice the effort i do (are you living on 40 hour days?) yet your art looks like this?no ma’am
I usually brush off people like you, but this was so backhanded, so passive aggressively written that I was just in the mood for a public scalping. WELCOME TO YOUR TAPE, BITCH.
I just found tales of festival 2016 the front cover book picture not really in HQ but this is looks so awesome hopefully someone can really scan this amazing book but in a high quality that would be great ^^.
To everyone: I am not sure if they will play Jhins theme but there is a League of Legends concert rn on Facebook. If they do it would be magnificient because the quality of the artists is amazing. Don’t miss the change to (maybe) see our virtuoso on the screen.