the river was deep but i swam it

Goodbye Aotearoa

Two years, ten months and twenty-two days. That is how long i have had the extraordinary experience of living in New Zealand. I have crossed razor thin tussock-covered ridges being battered by endless gales and soaked by the rain. I have walked among forests full of life - crown ferns, beech trees, assortments of mosses and grasses covering the land, all very nourished and green. I have crossed the Southern Alps, those majestic mountain ranges that defiantly impose their will on the landscape, following the trails of old while forging some of new. I have swam in glacial waters, whose intense milky-turquoise colours are not of this world. I have sat by alpine flowers, the natural setup of the mountainside creating a sonic amphitheatre, and every creak and groan was echoed with clear punctuation. I have tramped deep into Fiordland, the land of endless rain and infinite sandflies, where rivers roar and trees grow old. I have met much of the wildlife, chatting with keas, waiting for kiwis, watching weka. I have slept under the sky, the stars appearing in detail, colour dancing across the horizon. I have made lifelong friendships with people of all cultures, emerging myself in with the history and traditions of the Maori. These days have been the best of my life. But now it is time for the next adventure. Tomorrow, I am leaving New Zealand to live in London, on the doorstep of Europe. New lands to discover, new friends and experiences to make. Goodbye Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud. I will be back one day.

I think I met Persephone?

So, today I decided to lay out in my backyard under my apple tree and try to communicate with anyone who would listen. I imagined myself climbing up the apple tree, higher and higher, until I looked down and saw myself below, relaxing peacefully. I kept climbing until I reached a new level (plane?) where I sat by a group of rocks next to a quiet stream. I sat until a shadowy figure approached. I sat with it a while, trying to ask it questions (it never answered me verbally), but then I tried to show it a trick and it LOVED it! I used some type of telepathic ability to put a purple narcissus on a stick and float it down the river. 

The shadowy fellow led me into the stream and we swam until we arrived at a deep pool. There, I met a woman all in yellow, who kept running all around the pool and diving in and swimming and laughing while I tried to catch her. Finally, she let me catch up and she kissed me, but then pushed me away, laughing. Then I knew it was time to leave and went back the way I came. 

I’m going to send a note of thanks down a nearby creek to the shadowy figure for leading me, and a bundle of yellow flowers as an offering to the lady in yellow. I’ve been reading, and I wonder – could she be Persephone? I know that Persephone loved yellow narcissus, and in one telling of the myth she was kidnapped by Hades when she was picking narcissus by a stream with her friends (there were other young men and women swimming and running, but they were a little less solid than the yellow lady). I felt like I had a really strong connection to her, and I want to try to communicate with her again. Does anyone have tips?

Dammit Janet
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Dammit Janet

Brad: 
Hey Janet 

Janet: 
Yes Brad? 

Brad: 
I’ve got something to say.
I really loved the skilful way
You beat the other girls to the bride’s bouquet!

The river was deep but I swam it, Janet
The future is ours so let’s plan it, Janet
So please don’t tell me to can it, Janet
I’ve one thing to say and that’s
Dammit, Janet, I love you…

The road was long but i ran it, Janet
There’s a fire in my heart and you fan it, Janet
If there’s one fool for you then I am it, Janet
Now I’ve one thing to say and that’s
Dammit, Janet, I love you…

Here’s a ring to prove that I’m no joker
There’s three ways that love can grow
That’s good, bad or mediocre
Oh J-A-N-E-T I love you so

Janet:
Oh it’s nicer than Betty Munroe had,oh Brad
Now we’re engaged and I’m so glad,oh Brad
That you’ve met Mum and you know Dad, oh Brad
I’ve one thing to say and that’s
Brad I’m mad for you too…

Oh Brad, 

Brad:
Oh… dammit!

Janet:
I’m mad, 

Brad:
Oh Janet!

Brad:
For you, 

Both:
I love you too
There’s one thing left to do, and that’s

Brad:
Go see the man who began it, Janet
When we met in his science exam-it, Janet
Made me give you the eye and then panic, 
Janet
There’s one thing to say and that’s
Dammit, Janet, I love you…

Dammit Janet; 

Janet:
Oh brad, I’m mad

Brad:
Dammit Janet; 

Both:
I love you!

My Top 10 “Spider-Man is an awesome bad ass and owns in a fight” Moments

These are my top 10 favourite moments where Spider-Man is a total BOSS in a fight. These aren’t all the best fights he’s been in and they aren’t in order of any kind of quality. These are just my faves. Don’t expect anything high brow here. This is about blood pumping testosterone laced action. Let’s go.

10: Spectacular Spider-Man #250: Spider-Man vs Norman Osborn

This one is very nostalgic for me as it’s the lynchpin of my favourite era (and possibly run) on Spider-Man. Fundamentally though I like it because it is Spider-Man letting rip on the guy he hates the most when he’s been pushed to the limits. Despite it’s consequences it is cathartic to see.

9: Amazing Spider-Man #230: Spider-Man vs Juggernaut

Possibly the most famous Spider-Man fight of all time. You know the set up surely. Spider-Man is tough but Juggernaut is in another league and Spider-Man can’t hurt him. He’s tried his best to stop a guy who’s super power is literally being unstoppable. He’s tried hitting him, he’s tried, webbing him up, he’s tried blowing him up with a gas truck. Nothing works. But ol’ Spidey doesn’t give up and eventually he finds a way to stop the unstoppable. HE’S THE SPIDER-MAN BITCH!

8: Peter Parker: the Spectacular Spider-Man #110: Spider-Man vs Sin Eater

This fight is awesome just because in the wake of killing a load of people (including his friend Jean DeWolff) Spider-Man has had enough of Sin Eater’s $*** and let’s him have it. To give you an idea of how badly he kicks this guy’s ass, Sin Eater is crippled after this.

7: Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 #35: Spider-Man vs Morlun

In something of a homage to the Juggernaut battle, Spider-Man has spent several issues throwing everything he can against the mystical villain Morlun. Nothing works, but what’s worse with Morlun is that he’s actually attempting to devour Spider-Man as part of his mystic lunch, so Spidey is fighting for his life and running scared. Between being effectively cornered and Morlun killing his new friend Ezekiel, Spider-Man takes desperate measures and takes a second dose of radiation. This does the trick because now Morlun can’t stomach him anymore and the tables are turned. No longer running scared and with Morlun’s invincibility gone Spidey puts this sucker down hard and has him terrified for his own life.

6: Amazing Spider-Man #33: Spider-Man vs the Master Planner’s Goons

I love this fight despite it being an overlooked part of the seminal Master Planner Trilogy. Spider-Man has had it rougher than usual in the past few issues. His debut at College has resulted in everyone hating him, his Aunt is dying because of him, he’s torn the criminal underworld apart trying to find the guys who took the only thing which can save her, he’s swam deep beneath the New York river, he’s battled a load of goons, he’s battled Doctor Octopus and he’s been buried under a ton of metal debris with water rapidly spilling in preparing to drown him. Now I’m sure we all remember the iconic scene where Spider-Man overcomes the debris and finds the inner strength he needs to triumphantly lift the burden off his back. Well by this part of the story he’s pretty exhausted but things don’t let up. He’s swam to the surface only to be met by a horde of Doc Ock’s goons.

You’d think this would be too much for Peter. He’s mentally and physically exhausted. Surely he can’t beat all these guys? Well he does. In fact he not only beats them, but he’s so bad ass he let’s them beat him  in order to recover some of his strength. And then he proceeds to fight so hard he not only K.O.s all of the goons but he does so without even realising.

Bad

.

.

.

Ass

5: Peter Parker: the Spectacular Spider-Man #75: Spider-Man vs Doctor Octopus

Ah, another iconic moment where Spider-Man is just tired of your $***. Doc Ock’s injured Spidey’s latest squeeze the Black Cat and tried to nuke New York City itself. And so Spidey does what he should’ve done a long ass time ago and rips off Doc Ock’s arms!!!!! Do I need to elaborate on how f***ing cool that is? He literally just disarmed the guy.

4: Amazing Spider-Man #270: Spider-Man vs Firelord

This is arguably the best retelling of the Juggernaut concept except in some ways it takes things up to an 11. Firelord is a Herald of Galactus. In case you don’t know that means he is a cosmically powered powerhouse cut from the same cloth as the Silver Surfer. This guy can tangle with the big guns. He can survive in open space. He smashes meteors.

He’s been chasing Spider-Man all over town for some dumb misunderstanding and after dropping a building on him and blowing up a gas station around him has failed Spider-Man has simply lost his rag and proceeds to hit Firelord hard with everything he’s got. And like the Master Planner’s goons before him he doesn’t even realise how strong he is or how badly he’s kicked Firelord’s ass because he needs to be told he’s already won the battle.

Little old solo Spider-Man just did what it’d take the entire Fantastic Four to do.

3: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3: Spider-Man vs the X-Men

Until a few years ago I merely enjoyed this fight but overlooked it. It was pointed out to me a while ago though that actually this is a pretty amazing show of force by Spider-Man.

The X-Men are super stars in the Marvel Universe. Back when Secret Wars was published in the early-mid 1980s, they were a hot property and no physical push over as a super hero team.

Cyclops can punch a hole through a mountain with his optic blasts

Storm is a veritable goddess who commands the weather itself

Nightcrawler is more agile than an acrobat and can teleport in the blink of an eye

Colossus has immense super strength and invulnerability

Rogue (at this point in time) could fly, was super strong, had a degree of invulnerability and can practically kill with a touch

Professor X can read and control minds

And then you’ve got Wolverine, a poster child for bad ass, with unbreakable bones, a healing factor, animal keen senses a feral rage he can fly into and of course those six razor sharp lethal claws which have slashed many an unfortunate S.O.B. asunder.

Spider-Man solos them in three pages.

He fights smart and he fights fast.

He disables the power houses and the telepaths

He, dodges lightning

He moves faster than the guy who can teleport

And he swats away the most popular X-Man as an afterthought

To make matters more impressive even the X-Men themselves are commenting on how much of a total f***ing boss Spider-Man was in this fight. Nightcrawler literally says ‘he’s awesome’ and the leader of the X-Men plus the single most bad ass member who’s extremely short on compliments (especially when it comes to brawlers) even say they were lucky Spider-Man didn’t own them harder.

It gets more awe inspiring when you consider he was just trying to teach them a quick lesson then move on, he wasn’t really trying all that hard.

Like.

A.

Boss!

2: Amazing Spider-Man #542: Spider-Man vs the Kingpin

*gurgling noises* This…This fight man. God I love this. Would you believe I despised this issue, this arc, this whole damn era when it was first put out back in 2007? Well hindsight has prompted me to give at least this issue a re-read and I’m slapping myself now because this is a true classic.

Kingpin is a awesome villain. He is.

Part of what makes Kingpin so compelling as a villain is he’s powerful without being super powered, yet he’s still a physical powerhouse amongst normal human beings.

He’s arguably Daredevil’s arch nemesis and it was kind of Spider-Man to farm him out to old Hornhead because bless him he doesn’t have too many villains of the same calibre as Spidey.

As much as I love Kingpin for being such a bastard I do wish at times to see him get his cummuppence. I wish he’d get knocked off his perch but alas that doesn’t happen too often since a big part of his concept is that he is untouchable. In particular he’s pushed and mocked and gotten under Spider-Man’s skin quite a few times in their storied history together.

And when push comes to shove Kingpin is still a Spider-Man villain when needs be as he proved in Civil War. After Peter revealed his identity to the world Kingpin wasted little time in putting out a hit on Peter’s family. Thus a gunman targeted Mary Jane but hit Aunt May instead.

Unfortunately for Kingpin he was criminally narrowminded about a few things.

  1. That Spider-Man might actually be itching to screw him over as much or more than he was itching to screw Spidey over
  2. That Spider-Man has actual super powers and ultimately he doesn’t
  3. That you do not mess with Spider-Man’s family (unless you’re Norman Osborn and even then it’s not a good idea)

And so Kingpin, cocky bastard that he is, prepares to humiliate Spider-Man in physical combat, or at least show him up for the fool he was in trusting the system and allowing his loved ones to come to harm. As far as he’s concerned Spider-Man is an impotent lily white idealistic hero, who’s childishly gotten upset about his mama being hurt. So he puts on a show by donning his classic white business suit to show Spider-Man just how untouchable he is. Showing him how even in prison he’s still powerful and can do whatever he wants and there is nothing Spider-Man can do about it. Kingpin is just about ready to show Peter this and give him a beating as he’s done in the past when…he learns a lesson…

This list is about my favourite moments from Spider-Man fights but even so….this is more than likely THE single greatest beat down in any Spider-Man comic ever. He takes Kingpin apart physically and mentally by humiliating him and showing him that actually his assessment of him is a zillion miles off. He shows everyone (including the readers) just how much of a bad ass he can be when he doesn’t hold back, and how when all is said and done Kingpin is a whale sized piece of crap compared to him, and that Spidey could actually own Fisk however and whenever he wants to. He just doesn’t because he’s usually so nice.

What more can you say about a comic where Spider-Man is literally (and repeatedly) bitch slapping the so called ‘untouchable’ King of Crime?

1: Peter Parker: Spider-Man #75: Spider-Man vs the Green Goblin

This is unquestionably my #1 pick. I will admit there are elements which are derivative of other stories. I will admit this isn’t as awesome as the Kingpin fight.

The thing is though…This sums up Spider-Man for me.

It’s not just that it’s bad ass

It’s not just that it gets to the core of the super hero genre with the hero battling his arch nemesis

It’s not just that it’s the best Spider-Man villain ever or that it’s so personal

It’s because this fight, this issue, this story encapsulates so much of Spider-Man’s mythology and who he is.

It’s him never giving up, never refusing to lay down and die. It’s the Goblin (and all the villains) never truly understanding that they honestly can’t beat him. No matter what powers they possess no matter how horrible their schemes are they cannot beat him. Because his inner strength, his will, his  desire to survive and his goddam humanity and heroism is always going to pull through.

I love this moment and think it’s the most bad ass moment of Spider-Man ever (at least in a fight) because I sincerely do not think he’s ever been as heroic as he is here.

I find the moments from this fight are the ones which remind me why I love Spider-Man so much.

The Signs As Radiohead Songs

Aries: Airbag-”In the neon sign
Scrolling up and down
I am born again in an interstellar burst
I am back to save the universe in a deep, deep sleep
Of the innocent
I am born again”

Taurus: Prove Yourself-” I want to breathe, I want to grow,
I’d say I want it but I don’t know how.
I work, I bleed, I beg, I pray”

Gemini: A Reminder-If I get old
I will not give in
But if I do
Remind me of this…Remind me that Once I was free
Once I was cool
Once I was me”

Cancer: Pyramid Song-”I jumped in the river and what did I see? Black-eyed angels swam with me. A moon full of stars and astral cars
And all the figures I used to see. All my lovers were there with me
All my past and futures
And we all went to heaven in a little rowboat
There was nothing to fear, nothing to doubt”

Leo:You-” You are the sun and moon and stars are you
And I could never run away from you… You me and everything caught in the fire,I can see me drowning, caught in the fire”

Virgo: Wish You Were Here (I know this is cover but I think its beautiful and can relate to Virgo’s :)-” How I wish, how I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year running over the same old ground
What have you found? The same old fears wish you were here”

Libra: I Can’t- “Please forget the words that I just blurted out
It wasn’t me, it was my strange and creeping doubt
It keeps rattling my cage
And there’s nothing in this world will keep it down”

Scorpio: Bloom-” Open your mouth wide
The universe will sigh, and while the ocean blooms, It’s what keeps me alive”

Sagittarius: Talk Show Host-” I want to be someone else or I’ll explode…Floating upon this surface for the birds The birds, the birds… You want me? Fucking well come and find me I’ll be waiting”


Capricorn: How to Disappear Completely-”That there, That’s not me.I go where I please. I walk through walls, I float down the Liffey…I’m not here, this isn’t happening”

Aquarius:In Limbo-” I’m lost at sea
Don’t bother me
I’ve lost my way
I’ve lost my way”

Pisces: Seperator-” Like I’ve fallen out of bed from a long, vivid dream
Finally I’m free of all the weight I’ve been carrying”

Nash Grier imagine: I love you.

You and Nash are best friends but you’ve developed feelings for him.

I felt a push on my shoulder and I stumbled to the side a little. Nash laughed and I glared at him and gave a push back.
He barely even moved but I lost my placing and tripped over my foot. Something grabbed me and I looked up into Nash’s bright blue eyes.
“Even though I push you around I’ll still be there to catch you.” He smiled cheesily.
“Wow, Nash very Nicholas Sparks.”
Nash pulled me up and gave me a little twirl.
“You know you love me honey.”
I laughed and Nash pulled me into him.
“So we’re playing that game? Darling.”
“I’ll beat you at any game sweetie.”
I raised my eyebrow.
“Oh really?Race ya!” Before I even finished my sentence I was already off.
“Y/N!!” Nash called behind me.
I stopped at the top of the hill with my hands on my knees trying to catch my breath.
Nash followed shortly and rested his hand on my shoulder.
“That wasn’t fair.”
“I still won.” I smirked.
“C’mon let’s just get back to the hotel.”
We didn’t even get to turn around before I tripped yet again and pulled Nash with me. We rolled down the hill. Nash’s arms wrapped around my waist and they tightened the longer we rolled.
When we finally stopped rolling, I got off of Nash and saw that we were covered with loose blades of grass.
I started laughing hard. Nash joined in. I had already stopped laughing but Nash just kept on going.
“I love you.” I blurted out.
Nash stopped laughing and looked at me with wide eyes.
“What?”
“I-I love you.”
“I’m sorry Y/N, but I don’t feel the same.”
I got up. “Oh.”
“But we can still be friends? Right?”
I shook my head. “No. I can’t just be friends with someone that I love and doesn’t feel the same about me. It’s just going to break my heart more than it does now. I’m sorry Nash.” I ran off and started crying.
Nash called my name but I paid no attention to it.
I finally stopped in the center of a bridge and started crying harder over the edge.
The water below rippled and I crouched down to look at the fish the was causing it to ripple.
It just looked at me and swam away. I ran across the bridge and stepped onto the dirt rocky edge of the river that flowed. The river’s current was going faster. I peered over and looked to see if it was deep. The rock where my left foot was resting on slipped from underneath me. I gasped and I knew that I was falling. I waited for the impact to hit but something caught me. I opened my eyes to see bright blue ones looking down at me. Nash.

“I’ll always be there to catch you.”

I stood up and looked down brushing myself off. I cleared my throat. “I didn’t need saving.”

“If I wasn’t there to save you, you probably would’ve fallen and died or something!”

“So.” I muttered.

SO? You would’ve left me heartbroken and sad and guilty!” I could hear that he was choking up on his words and I looked up to see Nash had tears going down his face.

“You couldn’t just leave me without knowing how I really feel Y/N.”

At this point I had tears in my eyes. "You said you didn’t feel the same. I do know how you feel.“

"No Y/N. I was stupid for saying that. I do love you. I was just too dumb to realize it sooner.”

“Really?” Nash pulled me into his arms and rested his chin on my head.

“Really.”

I wrapped my arms around him and hugged back smiling. When we pulled away, Nash picked me up and placed his soft lips on mine for a kiss. I happily kissed back. He twirled us around for a bit and then put me back down.

“Will you be my girlfriend Y/N?”

“Yes. A million times yes.”

He smiled and grabbed my hand in his and we walked back to the hotel.

“You know, you are really clumsy.”

I laughed and pushed him. “Race ya!” And I ran off with Nash close on my heels.

 

Tommy Morrison DWS on Wai Lulu (5.13a). DeSoto Falls, Alabama

Wai Lulu, a striking 5.13a line up the brown sandstone cave beneath DeSoto Falls in Little River Canyon. The climb overhangs the pool below the falls, and Tommy’s plan was to solo it.The fall was running low that day, trickling into a 10-foot-deep pool of stagnant brown water. Near the base of Wai Lulu, I saw a thick-bodied snake slither off a log and into the water. It swam with half its body out of the water, and I recognized it immediately.
The water moccasin, or cottonmouth, is the only poisonous water snake in the United States. At about three feet long, this hefty snake was mid-sized for the species. Extremely territorial, these large, brown-olive pit vipers chase down their prey, and will advance aggressively on humans. They have cat-like eyes, and deliver a potent hemotoxin that breaks down tissue by destroying red blood cells, causing excruciating pain.
After crossing the pool, the snake ducked and disappeared into some submerged talus near the beginning of Tommy’s climb. I called out, “Hey! I think there might be moccasins in the water!” Tommy replied, “Yeah, probably. I guess I should get off the ground then! Ha-ha!”

words & photo: Tomas Donoso

A Complicated Love Part26 (Nash Grier)

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 PART 5 PART 6 PART 7 PART 8 PART 9 PART 10 PART 11 PART 12 PART 13 PART 14 PART 15 PART 16 PART 17 PART 18 PART 19 PART 20 PART 21 PART 22 PART 23 PART 24 PART 25

The boys were downstairs taking pictures with all the fans. I decided to stay upstairs and make myself look nice for when I’d be standing on stage with all of them. It was kind of nerve wrecking for me. I was super nervous, what if the fans attacked me again? With the way I made Nash feel and what I did to him… I know his fans won’t like me ever. All well. I was willing to put up with them for Nash. I’m not going to let them get in the way of our relationship. I was in the middle of getting changed when I walked by the floor length mirror and my eyes caught the huge cut going down my stomach. That’s what I get for jumping off the cliff by myself. Ya ya ya I know. Why would I do that? Well I needed to clear my mind and no one was around, so I just went to the river by myself. I’ve only ever gone with Jack and the others so I didn’t know where all the rocks were. And of course with my clumsy luck I swam into it cutting myself on a rock. Yay me. I stood there admiring the deep cut and then I heard the door open. I quickly turned and pulled down my shirt to be faced with Nash. He looked at me confused and walked in closing the door behind him. “What are you trying to hide?” He asked and stood in front of me. Nothing. I’m not trying to hide anything.” I said and backed away from him. He stared down at me and then placed his hands on my waist and leaned down connecting our lips together. I was distracted by his kiss and then I felt him lift up my shirt and pull away. I closed my eyes hoping he didn’t notice it but of course… he did. It’s not hard to miss. The down side of him being my old school bully was that he always knew everything about me and whenever I was trying to hide something. “What happened to you?” He asked. “Hey you know me… clumsy Ally.” I laughed. He just stared at me silent and at a loss for words. “I’m fine.” I said cupping his face in my hands. “Come on you know when there’s something wrong with me.” I continued. He laughed and pulled me in for a hug. We stood there in silence just enjoying this moment together. “Come on, I have to be on stage in ten minutes.” He said pulling me away from him. I smiled and put my shoes on before grabbing my phone.

We left our hotel room and walked down to the venue. “Be excited. It’s going to be fun.” He said as we got to backstage. “Hey there’s the crazy girl!” I heard Johnson yell. I looked over to see him standing with Gilinsky, Sam, and Lilly. I smiled and separated ways with Nash to go over to them. “You guys ready to perform today?” I asked. “Ready? I think we’re more than ready.” Gilinsky said. “Well that’s good. You should be.” I said. Then I heard Mahogany’s voice over the speaker. “Show time!” Sam said and ran over to all the other boys. Jack and Jack followed as I stood with Lilly. “So you ready to go sit out on stage?” She asked. “More like ready to be hated on.” I said and started to walk away. “Oh come on Ally do you really think that the fans will hate on you with all the boys here?” She asked. “I’m hoping they don’t.” I said and we walked around to the other side of the stage and stood up there with Mahogany. “You guys are going to have fun trust me.” Mahogany said to us. “Oh I know we will.” Lilly said nudging my arm. I rolled my eyes at her and looked out at the audience. All I could see was a room full of haters. Judging me and every move I make. I tried to ignore them and just focused on Mahogany calling out all the guys. They came out one by one as their names were called out. Nash came out last and he came and stood by me. I looked up at him and our eyes connected. He leaned down and crashed our lips together quickly before I pulled away. “What’s wrong?” He asked. “I just dont want to upset the fans.” I said. He hugged me and then went off with the boys. Me and Lilly laughed with Mahogany for most of the time but then I decided to take a walk alone to clear my mind a bit. I went out into the lobby and got a water out of the vending machine. I turned around and tried walking away but I bumped into someone.

“Oh I’m so sorry.” I said. “Well well well look, it’s Ms. cheating Hemmings.” The girl said. Great fans of Nash. “Ya I am. What about it?” I asked. “Why are you here? Don’t you think you’ve caused Nash enough pain and embarrassed him enough.” Another girl said. I looked down at the ground and avoided their eyes. “She’s just another joke guys lets just go.” Someone else said. I looked up and all of me was saying not to say a word to them. But my mind took over. “I’m not a joke. I’m just a teenage girl who made a mistake and who has gone through a lot. At least I’m not just jealous.” I said. “A joke, a cheater, and rude. Seems like you’re perfect for Nash Ally.” The first girl said. I clenched my fists in anger and I could feel my nails digging into my palms. “Fans sure are going to love you. Have a nice time getting hated on.” One of them said. We stared at each other and then I felt someone walk up behind me. “Hey Ally you ok?” It was Jack. I turned and saw him standing beside me. “Ya I’m fine. They were just asking me where to go.” I said and kept my eyes locked on him. But he was looking at the three girls. “Come on.” He said and grabbed my hand before walking away with me. “Thanks.” I said as we walked down the halls. “No prob.” He said. “They were hating on you weren’t they?” He asked. “How’d you know that?” I asked and looked up at him. “Well for starters… you’re clenching your fists again like you always do when you’re angry. Those girls didn’t look confused and also because I heard a lot of things you guys were saying.” He said. I smiled at him and sighed. “They’ll never accept me as Nash’s girlfriend.” I said. “You don’t know that. It’s only been like what a month? They’ll forget about it.” He said. “Sure they will.” I said sarcastically. We got back out to the stage and I acted as normal as I could. Maybe Jack would be right. Maybe someday the fans will like me and accept me as Nash’s girlfriend. Ha, ya right.

A/N—So here’s part 26 not sure how you guys liked it. There’s a little bit of a Jally moment. Thought it was needed. :) Let me know what you guys think. My ask is always open!