the well at the world's end

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“Sam?” You had been surprised when his name flashed up on your screen. It immediately had you worried–almost panicked. You hadn’t heard from him in quite a while, maybe over 6 months, and you hadn’t heard from Dean since–well… since everything blew up or turned to shit. Sam called every now and then to check in. Cas showed up randomly to check in, in his usual Cas way. But mostly you were out of touch with that period of your life now. “Is everything okay?” you asked.

“Uhhh…” you heard the exhaustion in Sam’s voice mixing with something else. “Mostly. Sort of…” he trailed off.

“What does that mean?”

“Nobody is dead. Or dying…”

You scoffed and let out a wry laugh. “Well, in Winchester-world that is definitely something. What’s going on then?”

Sam hesitated on the other end of the line. He and Cas had gone back and forth about calling you over and over. It was a last resort, and he still wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or a bad idea. “Dean is–” What exactly? What do you call someone barreling head first toward their own collapse willingly? What do you call someone who seems suddenly a shell of their old self? “Dean is–having problems.”

Your chest tightened around your lungs, constricting them like a vacuum was pulling toward your core. “What kind of problems?”

Another silence on the other end of the phone. “It’s–he’s just–it’s bad.”

You paced, anxiety rising up within you. “Why are you calling me, Sam?”

“I think you can help. I think you’re the only person who can help pull him out of it. Please.” The desperation in his voice wasn’t lost on you, and you could sense that it was mixing with frustration, and worry, and a profound sadness that he couldn’t help his own big brother himself.

You gulped, unable to ignore the sick feeling in your stomach or the way your knees felt suddenly weak at the thought of stepping back into your old life, even if it was just temporary. “Okay,” you said. “I’ll try.”

anonymous asked:

I don't care aboyt her avatar and I know and you know and everyone who said things aimed at Gillian in hurt none of us would just sit and take it. We would all talk back or tell people to fuck off. I mean we should've expected her to have something to say to us after a week of calling her crazy, a mess, that she has lost her mind, she is ridiculous, she is a loser, and she has herself to blsme, that she wanted her pussy out for the world to see, her titties too. I mean we all would get angry!

We definitely would all be angry. But that’s the difference between she and us. We are nobodies. We are the fans, and she’s the idol. We’re the employees and she’s the boss. We’re children and she’s the parent. She’s in control. We’re not. We’re playing by her rules. Give me one example where a celebrity treating her fans with anger and resentment ended well. Just one. There’s none. If we mess up, and we probably did at some point, she can’t just tell us to fuck off. This is not how it’s supposed to work, and not how it’s supposed to calm people down. It’ll just raise more anger, more insults, more name calling, more drama. It has been two days without pictures, people started to chill and forgive. How is that a good thing to set up this icon now?

Gillian keeps saying every time she can that she doesn’t read anything about her on social media and in the press, and doesn’t give a fuck. How is being that petty and angry not giving a fuck? If she really didn’t care, she would have never put this icon. But as she does seem to care, I do not think telling her own fans to fuck off is the solution. It never is. She used to talk to us, post messages on GAWS, genuine ones. She used to use words. Tell us what made her happy and what upset her, even when it was her fans’ behavior. People can understand words. When you get a thoughtful explanation on things telling you what you did wrong, and why that or this happened, you swallow back your anger and deal with it more easily. It’s human.  When you’re upset and all you get is someone you love and admire telling you to fuck off, you just get more upset and that’s where boundaries start to be crossed. 

She’s here now, on Tumblr, where the most part of her fandom is too. She has this wonderful social media tool allowing her a lot more than 140 characters to express her feelings in the best way, with words. But she keeps communicating with hidden petty messages. That is more than upsetting and disappointing. I understand her anger perfectly, but ours is valid too. 

anonymous asked:

I like burning houses down, and factories as well like burning anything, it's the truth I tell Libraries and museums, both of them have felI like burning things, burning things is swell would like to start it as a fashion trend Amongst the young people, then the world might end Wouldn't it be fun, to ring the funeral bell On our civilization, and watch it burn in Hell

..okay?

anonymous asked:

Quick is Lena a slytherin or hufflepuff?

Hi Anon. I hope you’re doing well. 

Hmm, yeah. I’ve seen the discourse from afar about the Hogwarts Houses + SuperCorp. I’ll state my opinion, but respect others opinions and don’t feel like debating (I had an exam; I’m tired) so *shrugs*.

Originally posted by lenazorel


I headcanon Lena as a Slytherclaw.


SLYTHERIN: Ambitious, Cunning, Resourceful, Fraternity, etc.

-She’s very ambitious and driven to run L Corp and chart a new, better direction for the company. Oh, and she wanted to cure cancer and end world hunger with her inventions. Also, she’s cunning af:

  • Switching the isotope/calling the police.She made a huge show of her double crossing of Lillian. I find Slytherins to be a bit Extra at times.
  • Getting Rhea to reveal she’s an alien by having her touch the alien scanner device,
  • Giving Kara the remote to control the-death-to-daxamites-confetti-bomb.

-Slytherins are also extremely loyal. Sure, their loyalty is very selectively given, but once earned, you will have a Slytherin on your side for a long while (fraternity). I acknowledge that Hufflepuffs also share this trait, but I don’t feel they are as selective. Lena is cautiously loyal likely due to her past, imo.

-She hacked alien technology with a tiara. A tiara. If that’s not resourceful, I don’t know what is.

-To address one point I saw: Slytherins aren’t inherently evil. I did not select this house because of Lena’s last name of “Luthor”. 

Clearly all Luthors aren’t all evil, so why would all Slytherins be evil?

“Is it because I’m a Luthor?” 

“Is it because I’m a Slytherin?” 

JK Rowling did a disservice to the house by making the majority of characters that come from it evil/unsavory. I could easily rant about this, but will just say I selected Slytherin for Lena (along with Ravenclaw) because she embodies the traits.

RAVENCLAW: Intelligent, Logical, Independent, Curious

-Lena is literally a genius, so yeah she’s intelligent. However, she’s also extremely curious and genuinely likes learning:

  • Lena was so giddy talking to Kara about quantum entanglement.
  • She later immediately deduces (she’s logical) how Jack’s fancy healing robotic bees work (murmuration). They then begin talking about it further; Lena asking questions and commenting as she learns about the invention. 
  • BLACK BODY FIELD GENERATOR (she created the gala event to bait the villains to attend, so she could take them down. Also, so Kara could come as her date.)   

-Lena is certainly independent. I don’t mean “alone”, nor am I referring to her slim interpersonal relationships due to the Luthor stigma. She is a strong woman, who tries to solve problems on her own for the most part. We don’t see her relying on others very often. 

I could see Lena possessing some of the Hufflepuff attributes, but personally feel the traits of Slytherin and Ravenclaw fit her better. 

Hope you have a lovely day/night. :-) 

So here’s the thing.

Naruto at their last battle puts Sasuke’s broken pieces back together by saying something among the lines of “I’m always here for you.” and persuading him to keep on living so that together they can change the world.

Sasuke at the beginning of the battle admits he has nothing left but his bond with Naruto. At the end of it all Naruto, who is mentally stronger than him, gives him a constant, the pillar he so needs to hold on and start anew and at the same time a purpose. And what is Sasuke without a goal? Not Sasuke at the very least.

At this point, Sasuke feels complete. His bond with Itachi and Naruto fill him completely. He has no need for anything else.And that’s the fundamental difference between his relationship with Naruto and with Sakura.

Without Naruto he has no home. No constant. Naruto is a precondition.

Sakura is a fortunate bonus. He cares for her. Might even have fallen with love with her at some point. She grants him the illusion of a normal life, despite the both knowing it can never be like this. Their family becomes his portal to the peaceful life he deserves.

But she is nothing that he couldn’t live without.

His relationship with Sakura exists because of Naruto. It is a bond he was able to effortlessly cut off upon descending into darkness. A bond that exists solely because the same doesn’t apply to Naruto.

So why do we all bother fighting over ships? Naruto and Sasuke’s bond is beyond friendship, beyond brotherhood, beyond romance. It’s something that transcends logic and thus cannot be labeled or categorised.

Sakura and Sasuke’s (and Hinata and Naruto’s) is (?) just romantic love.

Comparing them is of little meaning It’s like asking whether a rose is more beautiful than the sunset. A rose can only be compared with other flowers.

And being incomparable is the difference.

Well that was short lived.

Saw the boy last night and end the night leaving his place trying not to cry because he is still in love with his ex. Whatever. If the world wants me to just Samantha Jones forever I guess that’s what I’ll be. I wasn’t a relationship person until I met my last boyfriend so might as well just go back to it. Being disappointed and constantly told “you’re too good for me” has gotten old.

Originally posted by satcgifs

frankentitty  asked:

ive been listening to blur lately and i really love girls & boys as well as some songs on The Magic Whip... do you have suggestions for other Blur songs?

13: Tender, No Distance Left To Run, Coffee and TV, Far Out (Beagle 2 version)

Blur (AKA Self titled): Beetlebum, Song 2, You’re So Great, Country Sad Ballad Man

The Great Escape: The Universal, Country House, Mr Robinson’s Quango

Leisure: She’s So High, There’s No Other Way, Sing, Inertia, Bang

Modern Life is Rubbish: Popscene, For Tomorrow, Advert, Chemical World, Oily Water

Parklife: Parklife, Tracy Jacks, London Loves, Clover Over Dover, To The End, End of a Century

Think Tank: Out of Time, Good Song

Good luck with your mission, bud! If you need more Blur help, ask @glowinginahuddle, @strobelite, @beetlebum1997, @beetlebun, @blurgasm, @parknife, @saturnz-barz, @pferd-gesicht @blueblurjeans

PS: Songs are based on my opinion. Sorry if it’s kinda biased

anonymous asked:

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send ‘&’ for 17 8 blogs i recommend , no fuckning way anon

[[ @super-kame-love ’s mun got a writing that keeps my awake at night scrolling through the blog. very well fleshed out oc. im. … speechless. 

@virtusferocia a smol. muse seems to have a thing for levi ackerman. good. i love them. 

@divinebred idk if you dont follow akira youre doing things wrong. 

@kakashixsensei my favourite kakashi. all time favourite kakashi. no longer active, sadly, but deserves a spot on here. ♥ 

@rosehairphantom owns my itachi. 

@the-younger-umino ;^; created a great oc and you absolutely should take your time looking through the blog, reading all of the threads and follow until the world ends. 

@nezumi-vc-103221 i always get confuse with her url. i hate this url but i love the blog. magnificent writing? senpai. 

@inseroana worst joshua washington ever but chang is a pretty cool mun. 

shit idk, i dont know any more blogs to recommend. sorry. ]]

Nicest thing I saw in retail

I remember one time a lady came through with a bunch of things obviously for a baby (essentials like diapers, food, etc.) I gave her her total and her face just fell, and she quietly said, “It can’t be that much, can it?” My heart just broke for this poor lady when I told her unfortunately it is, and she just sort of looked at the stuff with all her anxiety showing. 

The lady behind her kind of starts craning her head to see what was holding up the line, and I start watching her, fully prepared to speak up if she started getting snippy. But she tapped the lady on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me for asking, but do you not have enough to buy this for your child?” No judgement, no snippy tone, just a soft spoken question.

The lady looked at her with her eyes tearing up and just shook her head, obviously embarrassed but trying not to show it, and without another word the second lady turns to me and says, “It’ll be debit, please.” And proceeds to pay for the first lady’s things. (Keep in mind the total was well over a hundred; this was no small amount.)

The first lady stared at her open-mouthed for a minute before saying, “God bless you, God bless you,” over and over to this other lady, who was acting like it was no big deal and even helped the lady pack up her cart while I rang through her things. After the first lady left I said to her, “I’ve worked retail for two years and that was the nicest thing I’ve ever seen, ma'am.”

The lady just shrugged and said, “I’ve been lucky enough to be well off in my life. Not everyone is. Why shouldn’t I help them?”

I think of her whenever the opportunity to be kind to someone pops up. If only we had more people in the world like that angel. 

feelbending  asked:

Thomas I hope you're okay with all the current drama, I personally believe that you did nothing wrong at all. You're always making sure you're inclusive and doing the right thing, sorry your fandom's exploded :(

Hey!! Yeah, I’m doing fine!! Please don’t worry, these sorts of things happen sometimes and it gets very hard to address and handle all at once! I have made mistakes though, so please don’t feel like you have to defend all that I do, that’s not your responsibility, and I’ve been doing what I can to make sure things were addressed!

There was a piece of art of myself that was posted a while back that I put under a Read More and tagged nsfw because it was, and it was revealed later, after the artists’ bio was updated, that they were not of appropriate age, and that was a complete mistake on my part to make sure! I’ve always made a point to clarify, if people asked me, that if they were to do any nsfw art of me and submit it, that they should be of appropriate age to be doing so. My tumblr started as a personal blog and I thought tagging things appropriately would be enough, but this occurrence absolutely made me rethink how my blog was laid out and how much more consideration I needed to be putting into my blog and who was viewing it, so I made a public apology for it yesterday (in the #TSask) and decided to restructure my blog in order to make sure this never happens again. Posts I deemed too questionable, I have removed and if they ever go up again, they would be going up on a sideblog of some kind. I absolutely appreciate those who brought this up to me. I should have been the one to catch it, and I need to be far more vigilant about what I post from here on out!

There was also the post I responded to about why I felt it right to include asexuals and aromantics of any combination in the community. I’ve been having many really awesome and respectful conversations with people on both sides of this argument and its been really good, for me and I think for a lot of them, to gain understanding on where we’re both coming from. I am so grateful to those who came to me and got to discuss with me incredibly important things to remember and respect: the early struggles of the trans and gay community, the Stonewall Riots, the travesties and systemic oppression that still happen around the world today that need to be fought. We also got to discuss issues like arranged marriages that affect people on all areas of the spectrum. We talked about different demographics of the community and where they would like to stand or not stand. And the importance of limited resources made available to people of the community were discussed with me as well. I’ve been so absolutely grateful to those of you who came to me and are still coming to me to talk through these things, because I don’t claim to know everything, and many of the discussions were ended wonderfully respectfully. In the end, obviously, I have no, or maybe just really little, say in what defines the community. In what I say, I am absolutely making no attempt to prioritize people over another, because there are some extreme things that need to be fought. I can only be in control of myself and who I deem to be valid and who I would like to offer my support. I truly am trying to put myself in everyone’s shoes and see where they’re coming from. And I am so grateful so many of you came to me so respectfully to talk! That’s amazing! That, I think, is the most optimal form of discussion for people on both sides. I don’t like seeing anyone on either side attacking each other, and it’s so devastating to see so much of it. 

I truly hope this helps bring clarity for those of you who were confused or looking for an update! The internet can be a confusing place and the truth can be mangled, but I am doing everything I can to make sure I amend for any bad decisions and hear you all out as best as I can. I’m only human, and I truly do care about you and where you’re all coming from, so I hope you can all bear with me! 

So apparently Shumdario’s panel was a lot of fun and the two were teasing and laughing alot with each other.

Which includes Matt defending Harry from a bee and hilarious quotes like these:

Harry: “Can you control where an arrow goes?”

Matt: “Well, if I aim it!”

Matt: “If Alec didn’t live in the Shadow world I’d want him to be a detectice.”

Harry: “I would want Magnus to open a "crime boutique” so Alec has cases to solve.“


And they showed once again how much love they have for Malec. They stay sometimes very late, to make sure everything shot is perfect and that everything looks okay and that the team is also hapoy with the end result.

But what matters the most to them and what pushes them to make Malec so wonderful, is us and our reaction and today they showed once again how grateful they are for us and our support to them and Malec.

Long story short, we do not deserve Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr.

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Yuzuru at World Championships 2017

No-commentary video of SP above;  post-SP interview with Eng subs below.

No-commentary video of Free Skate:

Japanese commentary (parts of FP) + interview with Eng subs: 

Thanks to 6277 for the subbed videos with proper credit to Sophie Moroi for her translation, and with her permission too.  (I saw videos in Youtube that used Sophie’s translation with no permission, and even worse, with no credit to her whatsoever!)   

And I love no-commentary videos… thanks to siberia1982 for the SP and FP ones! 

Victory Ceremony:  I was watching the competition on live stream and praying so hard during ‘Hope&Legacy’.  When he finished his perfect FP, tears just streamed down my face.  YOU DID IT, YUZU!!!!  Then, after the last skater’s turn, when it was confirmed that Yuzu got the gold, I started crying again.  And I could not stop crying throughout the medal ceremony!  I was watching it on live stream and I kept wiping my eyes so that I could see clearly!   Ahhhhhh……… finally, through all those ups and downs of the past 2+ years, through all the pain and heartache, finally!!! he got the reward that he worked so hard for.  You really deserve that gold medal and all the happiness in the world, Yuzuru!!!

Gala exhibition, the beautiful Swan Prince in ‘Notte Stellata’: 

(much thanks to respective video uploaders)  

What a privilege to know you and to be your fan.  Thank you, Yuzu, and CONGRATS!!!!

blamed

it’s my fault
everything
and i’m sorry
but it’s true

i probably won’t talk to anyone
for days at a time
or even for the rest of my life
because i’ll end up saying something wrong

maybe i should just leave
go away
fall asleep
and not wake up the next day

i don’t know
it’s hard
when you’re alone
and have nothing to rely on

so i write this out of spite
but i’m only spiteful of myself
and if you don’t hear from me
just know i’m not well

i’m either just ignoring
or i’m dead
the world may never know
but if you see my name on the news

just remember, it was my fault.

Y’all I Think I Got Sonic Forces Figured Out

Okay so I know we are all over the moon about the trailers and game play videos that we have gotten these past few days, but I honestly think that we have been glaring over a pretty CRUCIAL detail from the classic sonic game play video 

Think about what we have heard from the Sega Officials, this is not a Sonic Generations sequel. But how can this be if classic sonic is in the game? How are Sonic’s past enemies here alive and ready to fight? How is it not akin to generations if classic Sonic is alive and here?

But what is he isn’t?

What if this classic sonic isn’t the one from generations at all? But instead, from another dimension? Now I suppose Dr. Eggman may just be referring ro another state of time, but I don’t think the connection stops there. For the most obvious question, how in the WORLD did Eggman take over the world without Sonic to stop him? Its the focus of the game but H O W? In colors, generations and lost world. sonic had made stabs at Eggman claiming “Its like its his job to stop him” because, well? It is. Eggman knows this. He knows it far too well. In generations he went back in time to try to right his wrongs, to redo his errors and end Sonic but time and time again it didn’t happen. So what if Dr.Eggman instead decided to look beyond his world, to another dimension, with another Eggman? But why stop there? Why not bring forth a dimension where Sonic failed? Not only that, but a universe where Chaos destroyed Station Square. A world where Metal Sonic won the race on Starlight Speedway. A world where Shadow never helped to defeat the bio-lizard. A world where the deadly six drained the world of its life? This would explain why Shadow has suddenly switched over to the dark side, why Metal Sonic is still functional, why Zavok is alive and why Chaos is in his earlier forms before he became perfect chaos. 

 Of course, like the Time Eater, Eggman wouldn’t be able to do this on his own, as we have seen with our new villain: 

Now as menacing as he appears, these cubes are so….out of place. It’s strange on why he has all these cubes, and why the trailer makes them look as dramatic as it can. Showing our new villain SURROUNDED by them and then ending the trailer with him hurling them at you. It’s odd. So what are they if the cubes are so important? Well to put it simply,

They’re different dimensions 

Whoever this guy is, he is in control of countless dimensions, more than enough to combine and design a whole new terrible reality. A whole new HORRIFIC dimension, where Sonic has failed, and Eggman reigns supreme. What is the name of this devious villain?

INFINITE 

As in..Infinite worlds?

The clues are right in front of us, and all we had to do was pay attention. The trailer certainly wants to get the point across

Now, I may be jumping the gun on this one, with my head of fan fiction type ideals, and perhaps this new villain will just be connected to whoever you create as your own character, (either it be an evil twin or something like that) but who would want to do this? Who would want to bring total destruction onto a world full of peaceful people? Who would want to see the world burn and fall apart right before their eyes because of their wrong doings? Who would want to see people of the resistance fail hopelessly, desperate to save their once beautiful world? Who would want to team up with Eggman to decimate the world? Who hates Sonic so much that he would want nothing more than to force him to watch as his legacy, friends,home,universe fall apart? WHO IS INFINITE? Well I may be wrong, but there’s only one person who can and will

From the timeline that was erased. From the universe you reversed in Sonic 06. From the world you fought so hard to save and redo, rewriting reality so you could get the happy ending. 

Now, its his turn 

On a side note, Sonic Team knows that sonic 06 was a disaster, and make reference to it in the Sonic story episode in Lego Dimensions. Pretty coincidental or foreshadowing? Some other things we can consider as well could be that in 2012 we first heard rumors of a Sonic game called “Sonic Dimensions” The rumor said that we would be traveling to other universes with different color Sonics that had their own personality. My personal favorite, is a promise of a boss fight of an evil Amy Rose, wishing for Sonic’s pain rather than love. Now the rumor as we know now is false and was debunked and this could very well be a coincidence. However, this rumor broke out in 2012, a year or so after Generations and 1 year before Lost world released in 2013. I think we can safely say that Lost world was at the very least in early stages of production during or sometime after Generations especially with its ambitious game play style. It would have taken more than 2 years to make, with the game play style and everything else. This means, Sonic Forces could had possibly be in the early stages of development a little before Lost World, playing on the idea of different universes.I think it’s also possible that Sonic Forces may had been delayed at some point because of Sonic Boom’s games and tv show, since its not being advertised at the 25th anniversary game. Also is a pleasant time to remember that this happened:

Due to Gravity Falls’s more dark story telling, I think its safe to assume that Alex had some kind of influence on Sonic Forces’s story. Either way, 

We are in for a long deserved fantastic Sonic Game my friends. 

One of the things I loved most about Wonder Woman was how the thing that made Diana a superhero was her compassion and her love for others – for her Amazonian family, for Steve, for all of humanity.

All the traits we are told and socialized to see as traditionally feminine? They were Diana’s strength and her motivation for being Wonder Woman.

The movie never fell into the trap that so many do, writing “Strong Female Characters TM,” the writing of whom generally preoccupied with cutting all their ties to traditionally feminine traits and comparing them more with their male counterparts.

No. Here, when Diana steps into No Man’s Land, it’s because she can’t put aside the horrors that she’s seeing. Her compassion for the affected townspeople and their fate moves her to take action when “no man” can.

And the significance shouldn’t be lost on anyone that the villain she defeats at the end is Ares. Mars in roman mythology – yes, that same Mars we associate with the male symbol, the embodiment of traditional masculinity.

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. That’s how the saying goes, right?

Though they’re reasonably well-matched in combat, Diana can’t get an edge over him until she truly connects with the love she feels for Steve and for the world. And that love and compassion and all her traditionally feminine traits are what allows her to win.

A Finite Amount of Love

The first time Rose did it, it was out of ignorance.

The second was desperation.

The third time she did not do it. If she had, it would have been purely malicious.

She resisted it the fourth time too, and the fifth, the sixth and the seventh. 

The eighth time she never got the choice: she died first.

The first, though—the first was Adam. An eager and honest bucktooth man with blond hair in ringlets that reminded Rose just a bit of her own. Adam was the first human Rose fell in love with, and it was different. It wasn’t her normal human love, that soft and gentle maternal kind. This love was bubbly and effervescent. It was walks alone just the two of them that felt giddy and new and anxious eager jolts in her mind of touching his skin and investigating his lips and getting close, close like humans do, in a way that wasn’t fusion.

And 58 was far too young an age, Rose thought, for Adam to fade. He burst out in sores that corrupted his human form and could not heal, would not heal, and no human could save him. So Rose did. Adam died, and Rose shed just enough tears to bring him back into existence.

Things didn’t change all at once. For years nothing was different than the novelty of Adam’s ringleted hair truly matching Rose’s. But humans experience the passing of decades different from Gems. Adam grew solemn when all his friends died. He made new ones. Then 50 years later, they all died as well.

Adam’s body remained healthy. But it seemed the human mind wasn’t equipped for centuries of life. Maybe humans had a finite amount of love packaged into them, meant to well up from the soul for 70 or 80 years at most. Adam ran out of love. He packed his things, just a single bag on his shoulder, and he told Rose he would leave forever.

Rose let him go, but her heart still broke, because Gems work on a much larger time scale.

Samuel was the next man in her life, a mere 30 years later, and he was spry, bubbly, energetic, overflowing with a sort of giddy love that Rose felt would last and last. She swept him up in her arms and spun with him on the briny beach front, her bare feet molding in the sand as they swirled and danced, day after day, year after year. She and Samuel married, as was a custom among Samuel’s kind, and he gathered a batch of humans larger than Rose had seen since the victory against Homeworld.

Samuel turned 75 faster than Rose could measure. He was gray and worn, thin and knotted at the joints, senile and immobile when Rose still wanted to dance with him on the beach. He did not wake up one morning, and it was too soon for Rose. She wept, honest heavy wet tears that poured the life back into a husk that dried too soon.

Samuel lasted another 75 years after that. But he burned down, slower than Adam but still the same. His human light died. He wept too hard for his family and friends, for the children of his first marriage and his children’s children, and their children… He grew solemn, and cold, and inconsolable, and one day he told Rose he wanted to explore the ocean with his infinite age. Alone. Without her. His human love had burnt itself to the wick.

The heartache hit worse. Rose gave her hand and heart and time to no other man for decades. Not the curious sailors who came hat-in-hand to the Temple. Not the outcast townsfolk who came to investigate the myths of the magical women out by the briny shore. She waited, and waited, until that ache in her chest grew too heavy, and she let a young and spindly man named Wilson woo her. He took her out to sea on a rickety hand-crafted boat, and he pointed out the wonders of the vast sea to her, and Rose wondered silently if ever they might cross Samuel’s path.

Wilson grew old when Rose was not paying attention. She went to visit him one day, and found only a sickly man curled up in bed, breathing in wheezes, blinking through milky eyes. Garnet found her that evening, Garnet with the ability to see the paths laid out ahead of her. She warned Rose not to follow through this time, and Rose did not. And Wilson died.

Mark with the thick orange brows was slowly whittled down to thin scraggly gray hairs, like fuzzy caterpillars resting on his lip and brow the day he died. Seth had only hit 30 when his carriage was lost off the side of the road in a blizzard, his body found days after. Wallace made it to 76. Jeremy to 64…

When she met Greg, Rose reached a selfish conclusion. She would be the human this time. She would be the human wife that Adam, Samuel, Wilson, Seth, Mark, Wallace, Jeremy never had…she would be the one to give him a child.

And she would die first this time.

The other men had seemed so peaceful when they passed, Rose thought in hindsight. A life well-lived. A life fulfilled. Not like Adam, not like Samuel, whittled down to husks and then nothing but a puppet on strings, in a body strewn about, too spent and stressed for a human. She wanted to know that peace of a life lived to its end. She wanted to pass on her chance of experiencing the world to a new human, a new generation, like all humans were so happy to do.

Rose died first. Steven lived on.

Lars has not visited Beach City in centuries. Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst still live there, he knows that, but he never knew them well. He never properly met the green and blue ones either.

He travels sometimes. Mostly he lingers. Wherever he ends up. It’s all a blur. Where he’s been and where he’s going. Just not Beach City. He’s visited those old homes too many times, and he saw them all demolished over time. Nothing’s left for him there.

Lars does not quite know where he is. He does not particularly care. It’s indoors, and dim, and a man is logging orders on a holographic tablet one table over. It’s a restaurant of sorts. Lars doesn’t need to eat, but if he orders a coffee, they will probably let him linger longer.

Lars stares out the window. He does that often. He’s run out of other things to do over the years. He’s gotten numb to most of it.

A shadow of a man slides into the booth with Lars. He takes the space on the opposite side of the table. He’s wearing a rain poncho, a thin and ultra-light orange material for maximum hydrophobic effect. He looks old, eyes lined with wrinkles beneath the hood. Lars swallows the urge to ask him what he wants as the man lowers the hood.

His hair cascades in ringlets, each the same pale and luminous pink as the hair on Lars’ head.

He sticks a hand out, and offers a thin smile that doesn’t quite touch his eyes.

“I’m Adam. I noticed your hair from the other side of the bar. Sorry to intrude, but could we talk a moment…?”

Superheroes

Aries: The superhero who love attention and is very vain

Taurus: The superhero that has an existential crisis when no one’s around

Gemini: The superhero like Supergirl. Bubbly, everyone loves her

Cancer: The superhero who sacrifices the person who loves them to save everyone else in the world

Leo: The superhero who seems happy but is secretly so isolated

Virgo: The superhero who doesn’t have any actual superpowers. Uses their mind instead

Libra: The superhero who’s an underdog. Messes up a lot but comes out on top at the end

Scorpio: The well rounded superhero who’s smart and hot and secretly pays three instruments

Sagittarius: The superhero who’s actually miserable behind the scenes. Drinks a lot, has a gambling problem

Capricorn: The superhero who doesn’t fight on the streets. They’re running the operation behind scenes

Aquarius: The superhero who is hella socially awkward. Doesn’t like interviews or parties. Reads at home instead

Pisces: The superhero who is constantly torn between saving a loved one or the entire world