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Guess Who’s Back

Me. It’s me. 

I’m finally back. I’m really sorry for the long hiatus friends - I’ve been extremely sick for a while (and in the hospital), and for the past week and a half I’ve been working 14hr days to catch up with my work. 

I promise I haven’t abandoned you (like everyone seems to be speculating) and I never would. I’m not ‘procrastinating’ either. I’m also sorry if it’s been ‘annoying’ that I haven’t posted. I’m trying my best, I swear. 

((I’ve had a lot of chapter 25 finished for a while now, but haven’t posted it because I’ve been getting messages this last month telling me that I should just not post chapters if they’re ‘too short’?))

UPDATE: 

I’m planning to get chapter 25 out either Thursday or Friday, and then we’ll be back to a normal schedule. I should be able to get you a preview tomorrow as well. (I’m hoping there’s still some interest in YCPfE.)

I will also do my best to catch up with messages and everything else. Thanks for sticking with me. ❤️💕 

anonymous asked:

I’m curious on others opinions this but is L-25 Lolita’s mother? Everyone says she is and is waiting for her? But had there ever been any confirmation? Or do people cling to this idea because it’s a sweet story and L-25 is one of the only possible females that could be her mom still living? And a reunion is possible?

There’s really been no confirmation, from what I understand the only evidence behind this theory is that L-25 was one of few Southern Resident females to be of breeding age. So she could be Toki’s mother or she could have just as well been Lil Nooka, Ramu 4, Wally, Clovis, Chappy, Jumbo or Winston’s mother. Or equally likely, she could not have had any calves taken in Penn Cove. 

I think the reason people stick to this idea so tightly is simply because L-25 is still going strong. At this point she is the oldest Southern Resident and the only whale who was alive during Penn Cove [x]. If she was truly Toki’s mother it can easily be twisted into a heart-wrenching story of a mother staying around in the hopes of one day seeing her-long lost daughter. Of course even if L-25 was Toki’s mother, the idea that she is “waiting” for her is highly anthropomorphic. 

Is a reunion possible? I doubt it very, very much. After nearly 50 years of human socialization and nearly 40 years of same-species isolation, the idea that Toki could ever successfully interact with her own kind again is simply implausible. She was captured young (around 4 years old) and spent the majority of her formative years with only a single orca companion. She likely never even had the chance to develop proper social skills, and if she did they have long since disappeared. 

Would L-25 recognize her? Hard to say, orcas have been known to recognize Sd’s that haven’t been used in decades but that’s cognitively fairly simplistic: all it requires is operant conditioning. Whether or not a geriatric whale could recognize another old whale after 50 years apart is a different story. Toki doesn’t look or likely sound like she did 50 years ago so it would require L-25 to have a sort of dynamic concept of another individual that is really cognitively advanced.  

Yes, Toki is believed to use the dialect of the Southern Residents (that’s to be expected as she’s never met any non-Southern Residents). If her vocals were empirically analyzed, I would bet on her having picked up a significant amount of lag vocals and who knows, maybe even a few pilot whale or risso’s dolphin calls in the process! So could her calls help L-25 recognize her and facilitate bonding with the other 70+ residents she’s never met? Potentially, but that’s a steep bet. Orca communication isn’t like human language: it’s a set of stereotyped calls and just because an animal knows said calls doesn’t mean they can successfully interact with other animals. 

So basically, the odds are steeply against Toki being able to successfully reunite with L-25, whether or not she is truly her mother. That’s not even getting into the environmental challenges of the Salish Sea (one of the most polluted habitats on earth!), the decline of the Southern Residents and trauma of transport. 

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[MESSAGE] SEVENTEEN Japan official site open!!

freshlavender  asked:

can you recommend some good multi chapter exr fics?

oh my god ok WELCOME TO MY CHAMBER. There are so many fantastic fics to recommend, I don’t know how many recommendations you want so I’ll stick to 25 I have edited this number many times bc I trawled through my bookmarks finding too many good fics. This list is in no way comprehensive, I’m sure there are many awesome fics that I just haven’t discovered yet :)

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People You May Know (Part 21)

Girl Meets World Fanfiction

Chapter 1 (X) Chapter 2 (X) Chapter 3 (X) Chapter 4 (X) Chapter 5 (X) Chapter 6 (X) Chapter 7 (X) Chapter 8 (X) Chapter 9 (X) Chapter 10 (X) Chapter 11 (X) Chapter 12 (X) Chapter 13 (X) Chapter 14 (X) Chapter 15 (X) Chapter 16 (X) Chapter 17 (X) Chapter 18 (X) Chapter 19 (X) Chapter 20 (X) Chapter 21 (X)

AU: She’s his tutor. He’s the star player of the lacrosse team and the most popular guy in school. They live in polar opposite worlds, but not in ones you might be used to with this kind of story. Riley Matthews has perfect parents who love one another unconditionally. She has a 4.5 GPA, is expecting to get accepted into an elite writing program for high school students at NYU this summer, and has friends who support her in every way possible. Lucas Friar lives in a world of secrets and lies. His parents are in the middle of a brutal divorce, his dad’s company is going bankrupt, he’s failing 11th Grade English, and his girlfriend is cheating on him with someone he cares about. When their worlds intersect, their lives are changed in ways they didn’t think were possible.

Summary: Riley finds herself in a dire situation. Lucas shows her friends and family how much he cares about Riley. Riley and Lucas figure out what they need to do in order to cope with everything that has happened these past few months. 

Note: 4 more parts guys!! I’m ending on 25. Thanks for sticking with me and this story for so long. <3

Chapter 21: Learning to Fly

Riley

Growing up, I was never one to romanticize what it was like to fly like the rest of the children my age. Whenever my parents took me to the park, I would see girls and boys pretending to be super heroes, wearing their makeshift capes made of towels or blankets, jumping off benches or tall rocks, imagining that they were suspended in the air for longer than just a millisecond. But that kind of thing never interested me. I always liked having my feet planted firmly on the ground. I liked being able to look up at the clouds and dream about what it would be like to touch them, instead of actually doing it. The appeal was in the dream for me, not the reality. 

And because I never grasped the idea of flying, the thought of falling was even more of a foreign concept. Falling never even crossed my mind. What it would be like to feel your stomach drop as you made that fatal descent to the ground. To feel the wind in your hair and your clothes like it was shooting right through you. Those were feelings that I didn’t think were possible.

So regardless of how I felt about flying, I could tell you, without a doubt, that I would choose it over falling in a heartbeat.

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These pictures always make me happy, because they remind me of the progress I have made, and how much healthier I am than before. I need to stop stressing about gaining a pound or two and focus on staying healthy and sticking to a regular exercise routine. I had lost 25 pounds or so when this was taken. I need to love myself and stop seeing faulure. mattjosephdiaz are you proud? :)