ok so I’m going to leave out stuff that’s Too Obvious, which means a lot of this is niche (to me) or contemporary, and… I recently had a canary on twitter about how much ~*~modern~*~ poetry GETS MY GOAT. I’m reading a lot of New poets/collections this year purely because I… didn’t really read that much contemporary stuff before, and I thought I should branch out. (so far I’m dubious.) so, yes – obviously Plath, Blake, Hughes, Sappho, Eliot, Keats, Shelley, etc. etc. ad nauseum, The Greats, yadda yadda, here’s some others.
so far this year I’ve read (and ENJOYED - I’m not reccing the ones I wasn’t into/thought were pants, soz):
Letters From Medea by Salma Deera
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (I actually LOVED this)
Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics
War of the Foxes by Richard Siken (of YOU’RE SITTING IN A CAR WITH A BEAUTIFUL BOY, AND HE WON’T TELL YOU THAT HE LOVES YOU, BUT HE LOVES YOU fame)
I’ve also read and loved:
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
The Curse of the Vampire’s Socks and Other Doggerel by Terry Jones
Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen
my personal 10/10 all-time go-tos are:
Crush by Richard Siken (despite appearing on every single tumblr graphic between 2011 and 2013, it still gets me in the heart guts)
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (which I have loved wholeheartedly since I was 17 years old)
pretty much any collection of Great War poetry: Up the Line to Death, Men Who March Away, Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (the Great War poets are my favourite. like, of all poetry, ever)
my favourite individual poems, as we’re on the subj, are:
i honestly think fears of hiveswap “going down the undertale path” are really unwarranted?
like people are worried about it being played by some “embarassing” youtuber or a youtuber with an embarassing fanbase and it becoming a thing so popular that the sheer masses of embarassing fans “ruin” the experience for everyone else
but in all honesty if that happened?? all i could say is???? good??????
hiveswap is a project that’s been through so much hardship that a huge fanbase of the type that undertale had would be the best possible thing that could happen to it? the game needs that kind of support. what pumpkin needs that kind of support to continue making the content we all know we’d like to see
and people are out here acting like embarassing fans and content are like the worst possible thing that could happen to the homestuck fandom. fucking newsflash, dudes. homestuck was born from a culture of shit we all like to look back upon as cringeworthy these days. that shit passed and we ended up with the community we love today. we’re seein a mostly similar thing happen with the undertale fandom on tumblr.
we get it. you don’t want kids having fun with your content. fact is, most of us were kids when we first started having fun with this content. get off your high horses and quit whining. hope for the best!!!! god
Sharkboy was not always half shark, half boy. He was a marine biologist - or, at least, in training. His father studied great white sharks and called his son “Sharkboy” because of how much he loved to care for the sharks. He made them sushi and had given them all names: Goodmilk, Peggy, Eggbat… and Crackett. But one day an incredible, mysterious storm appeared. It swept away the entire laboratory. Sharkboy! Thanks to their life rafts, Sharkboy and his father survived. But they survived on different sides of the wreckage, each floating off in a different direction. Sharkboy! Sharkboy was completely alone. Almost completely. But one of the sharks recognized him. Hey, it’s Sharkboy. Don’t take a bite outta him, boys - he’s a friend. They took Sharkboy to their cave home , where he’d be safe and dry. His new family were sharks. Hundreds of sharks. The sharks raised him as one of their own, training him in the ways of the shark. You must keep moving to survive. Always go forward, never back. To live by instinct and instinct alone. Eventually he grew gills, and sharp talons for claws. His teeth sharpened themselves to a point. He grew fins - all sorts of fins. But that was years ago. I first met Sharkboy while fishing on the dock this summer. He seemed lost. - You have to get a job! - No, I have a job! So I snuck him home… Then maybe you should just leave. when my parents were too busy to notice. I kept him fed and in water. He had been traveling the universe in search of his father. He told me of his latest adventures on a planet so cool it makes you drool. He said I too could go to Planet Drool someday. Then one night I was visited by a glowing light. An amazing girl with purple flames for hair and skin of molten lava rock appeared. I called her… Lavagirl. She smiled at me, for that seemed to be her name. She told me she needed Sharkboy to return to Planet Drool with her, for a great crisis was developing. She asked if I could go with them. I told her, “I have school tomorrow. ” She gave me a sad look and flamed away, taking Sharkboy with her. I haven’t seen Sharkboy or Lavagirl since then. And that’s what I did this summer. Enough! Someone is picking that up. And it’s not gonna be me! We were supposed to tell true stories. That is a true story. - Does Lavagirl have special powers? - There’s no such thing as Lavagirl. She can… She can shoot lava out of her hands. Cool. How many people think Max’s story is true? - Not true. - Made up. - Not true. - It’s just a made-up story. If it’s true, why don’t you bring Sharkboy and Lavagirl to class tomorrow? They went away. I don’t know where they went. Have a seat, Max. Linus, you’re next. This summer, I met a new friend… who was half dork, half boy. I called him Dorkboy. But his real name was Max. We had him for dinner, but he stunk so bad that we all blew chunks. That’s enough, Linus. Linus, Max, stay. Come on, Mr. E! Class, what’s my name? Mr. Electricidad. Mr. Electricidad, exactly. Not Mr. Electric, not Mr. Electrici-tha-tha-tha-tha. Linus, you just earned a minus for your behavior today. This is a new year. Do you think you can be friends? No. Then it’s been decided: You’ll be the best of friends. Which means no more picking on Max, Linus. Max. You’re in the fourth grade. There are some good kids in this class. Find them. Make friends with them. Dreaming keeps you from seeing what’s right here in front of you. This isn’t a dream. This is the real world. Lost my train of thought. No dreaming. Got it. I’ll try harder. What do you have there? It’s my dream journal. It has all of my most precious dreams in it. I’ll never part with it for as long as I live. You’re a good kid, Max. Max! Let’s be imaginary friends. You can try and hang with us… and we’ll pretend you don’t exist! Check it out. Sharkboy gets shocked by electric eels, and then they feed on his cooked flesh. Wow, Linus. Your skills are… weak. Ohh… I’m gonna burst your bubble, Dream Boy. You’re dead! Get the book! Give me the book. Hand over the book, or you’ll visit the dream world! Ooh… Agh-haa… All right! Got it! I’ll bring you a revised edition tomorrow. - Max, wake up! - Dream, Max. - Open your eyes, Max. - Eyes open, and dream. Stay dreaming. Wake up! Sharkboy! And Lavagirl! Hyah! Max! My cookies! My giant cookies! What are you doing baking sweets? You know what happens when he eats sugar. I baked them for his class. So you could make friends at school, and now you’ve eaten all of them. No, it was Sharkboy and Lavagirl! Look - this one has shark bites, and this one is singed. There’s no such thing as Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Well, I believe him. Your mother’s right. When you go to sleep and close your eyes, they may come back. But when you open ‘em again, Sharkgirl and Lavaboy’ll be… outta here. - But… - Shh. Mouth closed, eyes closed. - Now? - Yes, now. You can wait till you’re in bed to close your eyes, Max. Kids need their dreams. Kids… need to grow up! He’s not making any friends with these cookies! There’s no such thing as Sharkboy and Lavagirl. There’s no such thing as Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Yes, there is. Stupid plugs! Please don’t let me have to go to school. They’ll make fun of me, I know it! I wish I could just escape this loser world and go to Planet Drool. Games and toys and laughs and fun… May there be terrible storms, rain, sleet, snow, tornadoes… so I can lay here all day tomorrow and dream of Drool. Guess I didn’t dream hard enough. There are plenty of good opportunities. You just need to look. Ooh, traffic engineer! Hey. I was cleaning out my closet and look what I found. Remember Tobor? The robot you tried to build? Why were you cleaning out your closet? I had to find one of these. - Is Mom making you get a real job again? - Writing is a real job. - When it pays. - Max, I’m walking you to school today. So what do you say? Wanna finish making Tobor? It won’t work. - Well, how do you know? - 'Cause you told me it wouldn’t. I did? I’m sorry. I should’ve never said that. It’s OK. You were right. Dumb idea. How did these happen? The grass was dead anyway. Why are you so morbid? I just wish anything could happen so I wouldn’t have to go to school today. That’s not realistic, Max. It’s bad enough your father’s head is in the clouds, but not you too, OK? Just push that dream aside and move on. Like with your dream? The one about you and Dad and me? Well, I do have a dream about us, but, as I’m sure you’ve been noticing lately, your father and I are just… Well, we’re… not compatible. Sorry. I don’t mean to dump all this on you right before you have to go to school, but… school’s waiting. Did we have to move so close to school? Your father thought we’d save money on gas. Come right home after school today, 'cause there’s some things we need to talk about. I love you. I wish anything could happen so I wouldn’t have to come home today. Hey, look, it’s Dream Boy! Who knows where tornadoes come from? Well, when cold air mixes with hot air, it can form a tornado, as the hot and cold chase each other around and around and around. I dreamt of a story kind of like Sharkboy and Lavagirl - Ice Girl and Dream Boy. Her powers come from her crystal heart. No more fairy tales. Piranha Girl and Beluga Boy. Plastic Boy and Metal Girl. Barf Boy and Vomit Girl. Does everyone hear me? I’m a teacher, right? Wrong. I’m an awakener. Only I’m finding it more and more difficult to keep my class… awake. No recess again for you, Marissa - too many allergies. There are more boogers on your work than there is work. I’m just cold. I’ll be happy to change places with you. It’s a lot warmer back there in my spot. But I… have to sit up front. It’s just that you’re sitting right under the vent. - It’s August and you’re sneezing. - You’re gonna get me in trouble. Max. Are you… trying to make real friends? Trying, like you told me to. That’s good. Just not with my daughter, OK? No! It wasn’t like that. It’s just… Sit down, Max. - Give me back my journal! - Class has begun. Everyone in your seats. - Linus took my journal! - I did not! Minus! I mean, Linus. You get a minus for misconduct. Give Max back his journal. One more time, Linus, and we’ll have to change your name to Minus. He ruined my dream journal! I did not! Mr. Electric, send him to the principal’s office and have him expelled! You’re in my class, not the other way around! I know everything and you know nothing! At the end of class, both of you report to the principal’s office! With your parents! Everybody down! It’s them! I’m looking for Max. She’s hot! Whoa! We need your help, Max. Come with us. What do I have to do? Go with us to Planet Drool. We’ll explain on the way. We’re going to Planet Drool? It’s my home planet. Just outside our solar system. You should know, Max - you made it up. - I can’t go with you. - Why not? Because you’re not real. Both of you are just a dream. And when I open my eyes, you’ll be gone. We’re still here, Max. If you wanna stop the darkness from destroying our worlds, come with us. You better go with them. OK… I’ll go. Everyone follow me and we’ll find shelter. I can’t believe I’m finally getting to ditch this place and go to Planet Drool! How are we getting there? Put these on, everybody. Blue goggles for the boys, pink for the girls. Do you have another pair of boy goggles? Uh-uh. So, how do you fly it? - You don’t know? - Duh! That’s sort of been the whole problem! You press go. - Now, how do you fly it? - It’s got an autopilot. You just thought of everything, didn’t you, Max? Not exactly. - How do we land it? - That’s the part I never thought of! Jupiter… Saturn… Neptune… You might wanna hold on to something. Recognize your dream world, Max? Not really. I feel like I should, but I just don’t. It’s affecting him too. I thought he would just remember. - Remember what? - Your dreams. This planet? Us. Your powers. - I have powers? - More than any of us. Don’t you know that? Everything that is or was, began with a dream. And you dreamt us, Max. Us and this whole place. I did? Every dream you ever had landed right here on Planet Drool. Why is it so dark? The planet is dying. It began yesterday. What’s the calculation, Sharkboy? 45 minutes till the darkness destroys Planet Drool. We didn’t go to Earth to save you, Max. We need you to save Planet Drool. But how? The Dream Lair is on the other side of the planet. That’s where your dreams are going bad. We have to go there and reverse it. We have to travel through the Passage of Time, catch the Train of Thought, swim down the Stream of Consciousness and skate across the Sea of Confusion - now covered in ice. Why’d you do that, Max? Why’d you freeze the ocean? I… Ouch! Max didn’t mean to do it. Did you, Max? Max is a good boy, otherwise you and I would be evil, and we’re not evil. I’m not evil, am I, Max? I don’t think so. That’s why we brought you here - to put things back in order. We just have to stay positive. It’s not the end of the world. Not yet, it’s not. The darkness! Run! This is like a bad dream! Oh, yeah? Just wait till you meet Mr. Electric! He’s the worst bad dream yet! Where is everyone? - Mostly trapped on Mount Neverrest. - By Mr. Electric. But Planet Drool’s a place for kids to dream and have endless fun! It’s endless fun, all right. Once you get on… you can’t get off. Kids aren’t allowed to rest, 'cause if they rest, they sleep, and if they sleep, they dream. - And if they dream… - It takes power away from Mr. Electric. But we’re gonna stop him with our secret weapon. Shouldn’t we save those kids first? Why can’t I do that? Lavagirl! Hooray! Who knows where Mr. Electric is hiding? Everyone? They’re not raising their hands. You’re all upside down. Ah. Who is stopping my unstoppable coasters? - Back in your seats! - Go! Run! Hide! - Let’s get outta here! - Everyone back in your seats! Who’s Mr. Electric? He’s supposed to provide light to the planet, but all he brings now is darkness. Fun has begun! He’s taking us up! My home! At half its normal power. He’s taking us down. Show time! Keep playing! Never stop! Games and toys and laughs… hey-hey-hey… and fun! Well, well, well. If it isn’t Sharkboy and Lavagirl. What are you doing halting my endless-fun coaster and infiltrating my lair? We don’t need permission from you. Fiery! I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m Mr. Electric! Why are you bringing misery to our planet? You’re supposed to be running it. You’re supposed to be running it. I am running it - right into the ground. - Those are my orders. - Who ordered that? No school, no discipline, no rules. And, most important, no dreams. Dreams can destroy you, can’t they? - My instincts tell me that is so. - Really? - That’s why we have to stop you. - You and what army? - Now? - Now. Ha-ha-ha-haa! Pee-pee-pee-pee… Feel the burn! Agh… Not for real. Aaah! Ha-ha! Internal radar, shark-like reflexes… You’re amazing! But is it enough to defeat Mr. Electric? We have our secret weapon, remember? Did you really believe you could stop me? Oh… Ah… I know we can’t. But he can. Take it away, Max. - Show him what you’re made of, Max. - What am I supposed to do? - I told you this would happen. - I thought he would just remember. Remember what?! The dream. Remember the dream. I don’t remember half my dreams. That’s why I write them in my dream journal. What half of your dreams do you remember? This one I remember. Where are you taking us? Where all useless dreams go - to the Dream Graveyard! Whoa! Ploop! Cuckoo! Well, at least we’re on the Passage of Time. Maybe it’ll take us to the Dream Lair. It’s going in the wrong direction. The Dream Lair’s that way. What’s in the Dream Lair? It’s where all the dreams that fuel Planet Drool are stored. But they’re being destroyed. - How? - That’s what we have to find out. Soon even Sharkboy and I will cease to exist. Duck! Max, where is your dream journal? Great thinking, Sharkie! We can read his dreams out loud and turn everything back to the way it was. I may even realize my true identity. I threw it away. My journal’s back on Earth. We really thought you were the answer, Max. Don’t listen to him. He’s just upset because you didn’t show up and make him king of the ocean, with a giant fish army to back him up. Look who’s talking! You thought you’d find a great use for your powers and heal the planet. Max thought his dream world would be a happy place. We’ve all been duped. Ohh! I think you broke my fin. Sorry. Hey, you! I see you hiding! Come back here! I was awakened! I’m sorry. Did all the children from Mount Neverrest escape? It was Sharkboy and Lavagirl. But I took care of it - see? Someone was with them? Just another child afraid of his own shadow. No threat to us. I banished him to the Dream Graveyard. Where old dreams lie? He could find an ally! I told you, every dream must be smashed, every child captured! You want him back, we’ll simply track him when he falls asleep. Fool! He’s the Daydreamer. And the moment he realizes it will be the moment of our doom! Now what do you want me to do? Bring me the boy before he discovers his true powers and tears my new kingdom apart! Plugs, redirect the darkness. And… bring me the Plughounds! We’ll never find our way out of this graveyard. Darkness! Headed this way! Sit down, Max. - What for? - Close your eyes and dream. If Max can’t remember his dreams, maybe he can redream them. He could dream us out of here. Dream, Max. Now, what do you see? I see a… giant… chocolate-chunk marshmallow cookie… with lots of warm milk. - Sorry. I’m starving. - Here’s some food. - You’re not gonna like that. - I’m so hungry I could eat lava rocks. What is that?! Lava rocks. Here, have some real food. Fresh sushi. - It’ll knock you right out. - That’s not fresh. I’m not even sure that’s sushi anymore. - It’s just a few weeks old. - I’ll cook it for you. Oops. It’s OK. I’m not that hungry anymore. Let me just rest a moment. Maybe I can sleep. It’s getting closer. Get outta here! Max, I know you’ve got a lot to figure out, but if you happen to dream about who I am and how I fit into this world, it would really be helpful for me… No distractions. You steer him off course, we could be lost in a sea of dreams. - I’m sorry. I’m desperate. - Focus on the problem at hand. Max needs to dream us out of here, so how about I put him to sleep? - No, Sharkboy. - Just one punch. He’ll be out like a light. I’ve seen this before. It’s on the tip of my… finger. It’s a hand! It is a hand. A hand? Another hand. Yep? - It’s Tobor! - Who? Tobor! I dreamt him up when I was a kid… a robot that could help me with my homework. I tried to build him once. Everyone kept telling me he would never work. So here he is - a forgotten dream in the Dream Graveyard. Maybe he can help us. He’s supposed to be very smart. Tobor, awake! Yes? He works! - We can ask him anything now. - Let me, let me! Tell me something about me. I’m clueless. Actually, you are extremely bright. Am I king of the ocean, or what? No. Sorry. How do I save Planet Drool? The answer is in your dreams. You mean if I put him to sleep, he’ll dream us out of this mess? No. At least, not here. Darkness is falling. Any dream of his would become a nightmare… and you don’t want those becoming a reality. But if you go to the Land of Milk and Cookies… Of course! that’s where the good dreams are. Where the answers are. It’s perfect, Max. The Land of Milk and Cookies is a safe, sweet place. You’ll be able to dream easily there. Can you take us? I have no body. I can’t move. You can move your eyes and your mouth. Why didn’t you work back on Earth, Tobor? Some dreams are so powerful they become real - like Sharkboy and Lavagirl. I, on the other hand, am still only a dream. Oh… - What’s wrong? - Train of Thought… I’m losing it. You were taking us to the Land of Milk and Cookies, remember? I mean I’m literally losing the Train of Thought. It’s down there. That’s the Train of Thought? How do I keep it on track? With your mind. The Train of Thought gets easily distracted. Stay focused, and it’ll speed you directly to the Land of Milk and Cookies. The rest is up to you. Sorry I forgot about you, Tobor. Are you kidding? You just saved me. I’m free! Max, get down here! - What’s wrong? - We can’t control it. All you have to do is keep it on track. How can you keep it on track if there is no track? Looks like another dream gone bad! What do we do? Yell? Scream? Jump. It’ll be all right. What does it mean when your Train of Thought… wrecks? Well… It can’t be good, buddy. How much time do we have, Sharkboy? 20 minutes. Eww! Stick to rotten fish, please! Chocolate! I stepped in chocolate! We’re here. The Land of Milk and Cookies! Oh, yeah! The milk is warm. He’ll be out in no time. Lay down. Here’s a marshmallow pillow. How about dreaming us into the Dream Lair? The ground is thumping too much. My highly trained ears hear it too. Boom, boom, boom. - Let me hear it. - I wouldn’t. Hothead. When you dreamt up these giant cookies, who did you expect to be able to eat them? I really didn’t think about it. 'Cause if you dream giant cookies, something has to be created to consume giant cookies. Cookie giants! Ohh… Frosting. Those giants almost look like my parents. They seem happy together. Is that your dream? We had a dream we’re family. It hasn’t been coming true lately. Most dreams don’t come true on their own. You have to make them true. It takes a lot of work. Not easy. But not impossible either. Stinking fresh air! Blinding sunlight! Oh, how I long for a sky of fluorescent lights! Ahh… Better stand back. All right, that was me. - Still empty-handed, I see. - If you’re so powerful, you find him. That’s your job! Do it, or I’ll have you discharged! Shh… Someone is dreaming in here. All right, Max, you’ve had your cookies and milk. Now go to sleep. I’ll try. Go to sleep! Not like that. Sing him a lullaby. Your turn. It’s working! Keep it up, Sharkboy. Dream about me next, Max. I need to know who I am. Not just destruction or a simple flame. Dream of me as something good. He’s having a nightmare! Wake up, Max! Wake up! Stop that racket, Sharkboy - you’re giving him nightmares! Sorry, Max. Argh! Ow! Ohh… What was that for? Your nightmare was about me, wasn’t it? I don’t remember. But I did dream about one thing… Plughounds! This may come as a shock to you. Feel the power! It’s empty! Fudge. I forgot to dream of gas. Max! My powers are weakening. Watch the power lines - very dangerous. Yaaarrhh! Yaaarrhh! Sharkboy, get me down from here! Can’t you see I’m busy? Hot lava… Hot lava… I don’t got much fight left in me, Max. Where’s Lavagirl? It’s up to you now, Max. Dream us out of here. We believe in you, Max. Shark boat with turbo boosters! Shark boat with turbo boosters! A banana split?! Still hungry, Max? How about a knuckle sandwich? No, look! It’s a banana-split boat! Then let’s split! Ow! Huh? Catch you later. All dreamers must dream. This is great, Max. You’re starting to daydream. Keep that up, and they’ll never get us. Why not? Learn to dream with your eyes open, and you won’t have to be asleep to dream. You’ll be able to make anything happen at any time. Sugar will give you nightmares. - How much time do we have? - Don’t ask. The Dream Lair’s across the Ocean of Ice. We’ll have to travel there by foot. What was it you saw in your dream, Max? I saw an object shaped like… Give me something to draw with. The Crystal Heart! That’s the treasure of the Land of Ice! In the Ice Castle. It can freeze anything - even time. I’ve always dreamt of freezing a moment in time. And the Ice Castle’s ruled by the Ice Princess. I hear she’s the most beautiful girl on the planet. Ouch! She is not! She’s cold and cruel and cares for nobody but herself. She’s just saying that, Max. - Have you met her? - No. But I know we don’t get along. - How do you know that? - I’m fire. She’s ice. We must be enemies. We need that Crystal Heart. But I need you both to get it. I just hope this isn’t a trap. Whoa! If we freeze time with the Crystal Heart, we’ll be able to make it to the Dream Lair and save the planet. That’s the plan. Behold the Ice Castle! Home to the Princess of the Land of Ice. - The Crystal Heart’s inside the castle? - So they say. Let’s go. It’s no use! I’ll melt the bridge. This place inflames me. Can you cool down enough to get across? I’d have to be asleep to do that. Can you try sleepwalking? My dream is to live on Earth - but someplace warm… and that Earth will accept me, even… if I… destroy… everything I… touch! No, Lavagirl! Don’t sneeze! Aaa-tchoo! Aarghh… Look. She’s sleeping. - They’ve found us again! Lavagirl! - Shh! If you wake her up, she’ll reheat. She can make it. Lavagirl, they’re behind you! - Let’s go. Hurry! - Argh! It’s a trap! You can almost feel the electricity in the air, can’t you? This is all wrong. Someone else’s dreams are in here. Lights out! Welcome to the Dream Lair! I am the ruler of Planet Drool. No, you’re not! Max is! Max may have dreamed it originally… but I am much… cooler. I… am Minus. How’d you get so powerful? I do a lot of reading. My book of dreams! That’s why everything’s so messed up - he’s changing it! Electric eels. Shocking, isn’t it, Sharkboy? Reminds me of the time that electrical storm blew apart your father’s laboratory. - Where is my father? - Hm. Let’s see. Check the bottom of the ocean. And Lavagirl… Once I figure out how to freeze this planet’s core, all of your powers will disappear. Powers? What powers? And last but least, Max. You thought you could escape fear by running away to dreamland. But fear exists in the one place you can never escape! Your mind! I will show you the true meaning of fear. When darkness falls, the rest of your dreams will be destroyed and I will rule Planet Drool. Blah-blah-blah, threat-threat-threat… You must all leave now. I have some dreaming to do. Whoa! If I could just get my dream journal, I could turn everything back to the way it was. My fire’s dimming. I can’t melt the bars. My strength is failing me as well. How much time do we have, Sharkboy? Who cares? We’re never getting out of here. La La’s. They like you. - I don’t feel distracted right now. - I do! This song is driving me crazy! Don’t worry about him. He’s a cold fish. I’m serious! They’re singing at a frequency… my highly trained ears find… disturbing! Sing louder. Sing higher. You don’t wanna be too close to him when he explodes. Aaargghh! Shark frenzy! Nice job channeling your anger, Sharkie. Huh. First things first. Transportation out of here. My dreams. Lavagirl, you have a lava bike! I do? I do! This is so exciting! Cool it, Lavagirl. Everything we need is right here in this book. Sharkboy… your father really is at the bottom of the ocean. He’s in a submarine. Looking for you! He’s over the hydrothermal vents, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 42 degrees west by 14 north. Depth: 1800 meters. Near a snake pit! I need to get back to Earth. - What’s it say about me? - I’m not sure what this is. I can figure it out. Maybe there’s a section on my true identity. Lavagirl, no! Oh, no. What have I done? That’s terrific, LG! It’s OK, Lavagirl. It was an accident. Why did you make me out of lava?! Why, Max? Just let her cool down. She’s just blowing off steam. I know I can be good. I can feel it. But everything I touch, I destroy. Why did you make me like that? I have more potential. I’m sure you do. And why’d you make us a team? We’re nothing alike. When I’m near water, I fizzle out. When he’s near heat, he shrivels. We’re not compatible. Your… hair’s on fire. Yeah, it does that. Thanks, Sharkie. Maybe I really am evil. So far everything else you’ve dreamed has been correct. Maybe I just need to learn to accept it. That’s it! Everything I’ve dreamt so far has been correct. The Crystal Heart! Yeah, we were captured, but that’s 'cause Minus doesn’t want me to get it. We have to get back to the Ice Castle. 10 minutes left. We’ll never make it! - We can do it! - How? You’re Sharkboy and Lavagirl. You can do anything. Wake up! What? He escaped. And he’s getting the Crystal Heart. Shut it down. Shut it all down now! I did. It’s on a grid system. It takes time for the darkness to travel. - How soon? - Not soon enough. - Then destroy him. - How? By smashing his most precious dream: Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Is that what you saw, Max? Yes. You’ll have to climb the ice pillar and get it. It’s as delicate as a snowflake, so don’t drop it. And don’t touch it with your hands either - you’ll freeze. Use your claws. Aaarrhh… Lava, can you…? Never mind. Chew on some ice. It’ll keep you cool. Hm. Great job, Max. I got it! She’s frozen solid! Kneel before the Ice Princess. You tried to steal the Crystal Heart. Why? We believe it can freeze time. Long enough for us to defeat Minus. My Crystal Heart cannot help you. Only I have the power to use it. - Then come with us. - She can never leave this castle. The crystal is the only thing that protects our kingdom. Please, Princess. We’re running out of time. Perhaps I could give it to you. - Not without my blessing. - Father, you’re smothering me again. But are you worthy to wield it? Yes. The crystal you stole was a decoy. The true Crystal Heart is somewhere in this room. Choose the correct one, and you may carry it before you. Pick that one. It’s around your neck. - How’d you know? - I saw it in my dream. Usually, if you snooze, you lose. With Max, you snooze, you win. But be warned, Max, if anything happens to my Crystal Heart, my entire kingdom will be destroyed. Do you, Max, take this Crystal Heart to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, till death do you part? I do. - Do you trust him with your heart? - I do. Do you mean what you say? Yes. I mean, I do. The crystal will now work - but my daughter must stay here. Off with you, then! Good luck. We’re almost at the Dream Lair! If we’re gonna do this, we gotta do it now! - How much time? - We’re out of time! 10 seconds! What? I can’t hear you. - Five seconds. - Here it goes. Three, two, one… We’re out of time. - What happened? - It didn’t work. How could it not work? I was trying to tell you! Whoa… Only the Ice Princess can use it. It’s not her fault her father won’t let her leave her castle. Boo-hoo. No underwater readings. No anything! I’ll rip your sockets to shreds! Calm down, Sharkboy. Mr. Electric’s baiting you. I can’t… fight… my instincts! No, Sharkboy! Hey! Watts… up? You know - watts. As in a measure of electrical power. The 60-watt bulb? Watts up? What? Electric eels. That’s what’s up. Swim away, Sharkboy! Swim away! Can he survive down there? He can hold his breath, but not forever. - He’ll drown if I don’t go get him. - I can’t let you go. You’ll die too. He’s my best friend. Come on, Sharkboy. Come on, Sharkboy! Sharkboy! Wake up, Sharkboy! Lavagirl! Lavagirl! Lavagirl, please! Lavagirl… What am I gonna do now? What do you think you should do? Dream a better dream. Interesting. Explain. I wanted all my dreams to come true, but I only dreamt for myself. I wanted to escape my real world, when the world needed my help to make it a better place. Selfish dreams shouldn’t come true. You’re becoming a very good dreamer, Max. A very good dreamer indeed. What do you do when your dreams have been destroyed? Dream a better dream. An unselfish dream. She knew this would happen if she saved you. But I couldn’t stop her. Look! Lava. We have to get her to that volcano. I’ll go. I’m stronger and faster. You’ll burn up. - Sure this will save her? - It’ll do more than save her. I know who you are, Lavagirl. You are not fire, or a simple flame. You are greater than that. Something more important, and so necessary. It is why you must live. You are not destruction. You are not evil. Stand back. You are… light. Who turned on the lights?! Oh! Power, everywhere! Whoa! How’d you get here so fast? Hold off Mr. Electric while I deal with Minus. I’ll need my fish army. I’ll unfreeze the ocean. Good luck. I’ve become what you feared most… Minus. How did you get in here? I’m the Daydreamer, able to dream with my eyes open. Hate to burst your bubble, Dream Boy, but I read your book. There’s not one dream you’ve got that I haven’t already seen. So what do you say? Let’s blow the roof off this place. May the best dream win! Wait! Brainstorm! Eugh! Brain… freeze! Brain… fart! Oh… Get ready for the ultimate power outage. And who are you to believe that you can defeat me now? No one special. Just… king of the ocean. Ooh… Shark frenzy. Aaarhh… Aaarhh… Aaarhh… A- ha! You’re afraid of me, aren’t you? I used to be. Someone smashed your dreams once… now all you can do is smash everyone else’s. We can create a better dream than this. A better world. Don’t you see? What do you say… Linus? Hurry! No! Don’t let me fall! Wouldn’t dream of it. Don’t smash people’s dreams, Linus, because you’ll smash your own as well. And you too will stop believing. Max! I am light. Thank you. You were always that. It had nothing to do with me. But now I know. So thank you. OK, so she’s a light. Big deal. The real news is… what I am. Annoying? King of the ocean. Thanks for saving me. Ouch. Everything will return to being the way it was. You will be able to travel to Earth and back again as you wish. You can search for your father. You can rule Earth’s lava world. And what am I to do, now that you’re all buddy-buddy? Mr. Electric can go back to being the good electrician of the planet. Oh, really? Plugging in power cords? Keeping this loud, obnoxious world a happy place? You’re dreaming! I dreamt you up, and I can undream you. You think you can just snap your eyes open and make me vanish? Not so easy. I am the danger of dreaming. For every person who dreams up the electric light bulb, there’s the one who dreams up the atom bomb. This is one dream you won’t be waking up from. I’m gonna put an end to this ridiculous tangent at its source! Where did he go? He’s headed to Earth. He’s going to try and destroy you in your sleep. In my sleep? You mean I’m asleep? All this time I’ve been asleep? No. You’re dreaming, Max. With your eyes open. Make the dream real. You can live out your dreams on Earth. Just like you made us real. Make it real. Blink your eyes three times. One… Wait. What happens when…? Two… Will I ever see you again? Three. Everyone follow me, I said! We’ve got to find shelter! Max, get up! There’s a tornado heading our way! It’s not a tornado. It’s much worse than that. Linus, wake up! Look! Charge! It’s Mr. Electric from Planet Drool! The one from my dreams! You mean… this is real? Your dream is real? Some dreams are so powerful they become real. I don’t believe it. - It’s right there in front of you! - I can see that! What I can’t believe is you dreamt me as a big round bad guy! I’m not bad! Sorry. Kinda took on a life of its own. - Max is in Building C. - No, he’s not. He’s in Building W. That was the other school! Aaarhh! Help! Find Max! Tell him I love him! - Don’t leave me! - I thought you wanted me to leave. No, I don’t. You’re my best friend. I love you. I love you too. Aaargh! Come back! Please, come back. I’m not going anywhere. Neither am I. Aah… Aargh! Uh-oh. Aaargghh! OK, class. I’m just a teacher, and I’m here to inspire the answers from you. And I think that’s some pretty good inspiration outside. So this is now a pop quiz. We need to defeat that guy. Any ideas? Wow, Linus. You get a plus for being the first hand in the air. I can take him. Linus, watch out! - Poop. - Aaargh! Ohh… Nice try. Sorry, Max. Your journal. It’s OK. It was an accident. Plenty more dreams where those came from. OK, kids, who’s next? Remember, there are no dumb ideas. - Maybe we can freeze his circuits. - That’s the dumbest idea I ever heard. We’re in the middle of Texas in August! Next idea? Anyone but Linus. Wait - that’s a great idea! Thanks, Linus. Come here, Marissa. Is this yours? How’d you find it? So you’ve seen this? Yes, but… only in a dream. - It can freeze anything. - Even time. What are you doing? You’re not sending my daughter out there. Let her out. Electrical storm headed your way! - Do you know what to do? - I believe so. Stand back. Oh, who do we have here? Get ready for the mega-hurts! Get it? Hertz? As in the unit of electrical frequency? You’re just not paying attention in class, are you? Ooh! Whoa! Awesome! He’s unplugged. Yeah! - You made me a great teacher today. - How did I do that? A great teacher learns as much from his students as they do from him. You have… awakened me. Thank you, Max. Max. Your report, please. The following story is true. It might have started as a dream, but, as we saw yesterday, when we make our dreams a reality… reality becomes a dream. Sharkboy lives his dream as king of the ocean, where he cares for all its creatures. He searches for his father’s submarine where there is no light… except in one place, where light shines almost as bright as the sun. It’s where Lavagirl lives her dream, as queen of Earth’s volcanoes that boil at the bottom of the sea, a force of life for all living things. Sharkboy and Lavagirl don’t visit me anymore. But I can visit them - in my dreams. So dream a better dream… then work to make it real. Yes?
It matters what you call a thing: Exquisite a lover called me. Exquisite.
Whereas Well, if I were from your culture, living in this country, said the man outside the 2004 Republican National Convention, I would put up with that for this country;
Whereas I felt the need to clarify: You would put up with TORTURE, you mean and he proclaimed: Yes;
Whereas what is your life;
Whereas years after they LOOK down from their jets and declare my mother’s Abadan block PROBABLY DESTROYED, we walked by the villas, the faces of buildings torn off into dioramas, and recorded it on a hand-held camcorder and I said That’s a gun as I trained the lens on a rusting GUN-TYPE WEAPON and That’s Iraq as I zoomed over the river;
Whereas it could take as long as 16 seconds between the trigger pulled in Las Vegas and the Hellfire missile landing in Mazar-e-Sharif, after which they will ask Did we hit a child? No. A dog. they will answer themselves;
Whereas the federal judge at the sentencing hearing said I want to make sure I pronounce the defendant’s name correctly;
Whereas this lover would pronounce my name and call me Exquisite and LAY the floor lamp across the floor so that we would not see each other by DIRECT ILLUMINATION, softening even the light;
Whereas the lover made my heat rise, rise so that if heat sensors were trained on me, they could read my THERMAL SHADOW through the roof and through the wardrobe;
Whereas you know we ran into like groups like mass executions. w/ hands tied behind their backs. and everybody shot in the head side by side. its not like seeing a dead body walking to the grocery store here. its not like that. its iraq you know its iraq. its kinda like acceptable to see that there and not—it was kinda like seeing a dead dog or a dead cat laying—;
Whereas I thought if he would LOOK at my exquisite face or my father’s, he would reconsider;
Whereas You mean I should be sent MISSING because of my family name? and he answered Yes. That’s exactly what I mean, adding that his wife helped draft the PATRIOT Act;
Whereas the federal judge wanted to be sure he was pronouncing the defendant’s name correctly and said he had read all the exhibits, which included the letter I wrote to cast the defendant in a loving light;
Whereas today we celebrate things like his transfer to a detention center closer to home;
Whereas his son has moved across the country;
Whereas I made nothing happen;
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a THERMAL SHADOW, it appears so little, and then vanishes from the screen;
Whereas I cannot control my own heat and it can take as long as 16 seconds between the trigger, the Hellfire missile, and A dog, they will answer themselves;
Whereas A dog, they will say: Now, therefore,
Let it matter what we call a thing.
Let it be the exquisite face for at least 16 seconds.
Let me LOOK at you.
Let me look at you in a light that takes years to get here.
September 5th- School AU! Ever wondered what jade would be like if she got to go to school with some of her friends? Or maybe just to a separate school entirely! Its up to you! What would her uniform look like? Whats her favourite subject? Does she bring Bec to class? Probably! Try create something choice and tag #tuesjade so we can see!
September 12th- Colour Pallets/ Art Supplies! Going with a double prompt this week so you dont have to only do drawings to participate! For the first one choose from one of our pallets down below or one of your own to do a lil’ Jadey in! Its always fun to experiment! For the second prompt lets write about art! What do you think jade paints herself? Or does she do bigger projects! Let us know @ the #tuesjade tag!
September 19th- Flower Symbolism :o Different flowers have meant different things to people for 100s of years, although its not used as often now its still fun to see what flowers we relate today to things like love, passion and regret! Which ones do you think jade grows or that relate to her? Is she a violet lesbian or a despairing Marigold?
September 26th- Witches! We all knew this was coming at one point! Come on! She’s a WITCH of space! She’s a spooky gorl! Lets make this magical girl even more powerful with the power of art, writing or whatever you wanna do! A witch is a staple for jade- what area of magic do you think she specialises in? I’d love to see your creations in the #tuesjade tag this month!
Heya guys sorry this one is coming to you guys late again! We’ll try to be more prepared next time but schools started for Shay and I just started a job that has me working 50 hours a week! You guys make us so happy every week with your creations so thank you so much for your support and participation! We’re nearly at 100 followers! <3
This September, Band of Brothers will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Can it really be 15 years since Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks breathed new life into the TV landscape with their $125 million 10-episode WWII dramatic miniseries? Using historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name as source material, Spielberg and Hanks assembled an unparalleled creative team (consisting of talented young actors and a sterling behind-the-scenes crew) to bring their vision to the small screen. Their subject? The heroes of “Easy” Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, who landed at Normandy and fought their way in less than a year to Hitler’s Berchtesgaden home in the Alps.
Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the men and women who’ve died serving our country. Through its understated but eloquent celebration of the men of Easy Company, Band of Brothers pays particular homage to the ordinary citizens who, in all our wars, have been called upon to give extraordinary service to their country.
With that in mind as HBO Signature airs a complete marathon of the miniseries starting at 10 a.m. ET today, we look back at 15 things we love about Band of Brothers.
1. It’s still ranked as the No. 1 TV show on IMDB
That’s a pretty impressive feat for a miniseries that is about to turn 15 years old. What better evidence that Band of Brothers remains relevant and compelling a decade and a half after its debut? To be included on the IMDB Top Rated TV Shows list, a miniseries must have received ratings from at least 5,000 users. To give you an idea of the competition, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Wire are currently in the #3, #4, and #5 spots on the list.
2. Everyone is in Band of Brothers… literally, everyone
No, we’re not exaggerating. While only Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes (ER) and a few others appear in all 10 episodes, the men of Easy Company are comprised of some remarkably familiar faces including Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, Jimmy Fallon (!), Colin Hanks, Neal McDonough, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Settle. Oh, but that’s just the Americans. The alert viewer can easily pick out such notable British actors as Jamie Bamber, Michael Fassbender, Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Simon Pegg. All appeared in Band of Brothers before their “big breaks” elsewhere.
3. Interviews with the real men of 101st Airborne Division bookend almost each episode
While there are 500 speaking roles in Band of Brothers, perhaps the most powerful words are spoken by members of Easy Company themselves who appear at strategic intervals to recount their memories of the war. To maintain suspense about the fates of key members of the 101st, the creative team wisely waits to identify the speakers until the end of the 10th episode. However, the big reveal is hardly a surprise because the actors bear such an uncanny resemblance to their real-life counterparts that they essentially embody their roles.
4. Each episode has a different protagonist within Easy Company
How do you tell a story that encompasses the experience of an entire Company? Miraculously, Spielberg and Hanks pulled it off by using seven different Easy Company men to serve as point-of-view characters for different stages of Easy Company’s trek through Europe. Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters (who works himself up to Major) is at the center of only three of the episodes, though he is a unifying presence in all 10. The other episodes are anchored by soldiers (and a medic) of all different ranks, giving the audience a feel for the collective experiences of the unit and keeping the series fresh.
The premiere episode of Band of Brothers arguably provides the greatest military training montage of all time, stretched over 90 minutes. David Schwimmer embraces the role of Captain Sobel, the maniacally demanding commander who appears to enjoy torturing the men of Easy Company (especially Dick Winters). The scenes of their multiple three-mile runs to the top of Currahee Mountain are among the most memorable in the series. Viewers fully appreciate why “Currahee!” later becomes a rallying cry for the unit. Ironically, it is thanks in large part to Sobel’s brutality that the men of Easy Company bond as a unit and are thoroughly prepared for the hardships of the battlefield.
6. The friendship between Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon
We really would like to think Damien Lewis and Ron Livingston hang out to this day, but we haven’t seen the paparazzi photos to prove it. As Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon, the two actors form a bond so believable you have to think they’ve been through real basic training together, not the Hollywood version. Our favorite moment is when a bullet ricochets off Nixon’s helmet as a horrified Winters looks on. The shock and relief in both men’s faces says it all.
7. D-Day (Brécourt Manor Assault)
While Spielberg showed us one version of the D-Day invasion in Saving Private Ryan, audiences were able to glimpse quite another in Band of Brothers. The men of Easy Company were paratroopers who leaped into the fiery skies over Normandy the night before the invasion. While the recreation of the harrowing parachute jump was incredible, the centerpiece of the second episode is the re-enactment of Easy Company’s attack of a fixed position held by a large force of Germans at Brécourt Manor. Dick Winters devised and led the assault so effectively that the tactics he employed are still taught at West Point. He also won himself the Silver Star.
8. How it deals with PTSD
Of course, we now know it as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but during World War II, the disorder, if diagnosed, was called “shell shock” and considered shameful. While a number of soldiers obviously suffer from some form of PTSD throughout the series, two examples stand out. One involves Private Albert Blithe (Marc Warren), who becomes increasingly disoriented after the jump at Normandy and finally suffers hysterical blindness during battle. He begins to function again only after Dick Winters is kind to him. McDonough’s Buck Compton, though, is the character who best displays the gradual onset of PTSD over many battles and humanizes the syndrome. The scene in which Buck finally reaches his breaking point (in the episode aptly titled, “The Breaking Point”) after witnessing the dismemberment of his two closest friends, is easily one of the most disturbing of the series.
Perhaps the most harrowing sequences in Band of Brothers take place in the forests of Bastogne in Belgium, the focal point of the Battle of the Bulge. The two episodes devoted to this struggle in the freezing, deadly woods not only show the careless brutality of actual combat, but also the agony associated with waiting for the enemy to strike. Inside their foxholes under the towering trees, the men have intervals when they reflect and bond, until the trees start exploding above them and fire rains down. This signature battle, during which Easy Company holds the line against German onslaughts at tremendous cost, is a turning point for the paratroopers — as well as the series. After Bastogne, they are certain only of each other.
10. The Blue Headscarf
Due to its focus around Easy Company, Band of Brothers does not feature many women or children. That makes the appearance of Nurse Renee (Lucie Jeanne) all the more striking. Medic Eugene Roe (portrayed masterfully by Shane Taylor) encounters her at a make-shift clinic in a Belgium church near Bastogne. The two bond by recounting mutual experiences, share a chocolate bar, and form a real connection. She seems untouchable — a beacon of light in the darkness — until the clinic is bombed. A stunned Eugene finds her blue headscarf among the rubble that had been the aid station. He absorbs the fact that no one is safe and continues to deal with a wounded soldier — which is what she would have expected.
11. The legend of Ronald C. Speirs
One of the true gems of the series is Matthew Settle’s complex performance as Ronald C. Speirs, a skilled Captain who understands that, for an officer, it is better to be feared than be loved. Settle expertly conveys the dual nature of Speirs. He is both the man who is believed to have killed a group of German POWs after offering them a smoke and the man who turns out to be the savior of Easy Company when their craven commander is paralyzed by his fear of battle. It’s a gripping performance, which makes you wonder: why isn’t Matthew Settle a bigger star?
12. The 9th episode, “Why We Fight”
For eight episodes, the men of Easy Company fight the Germans simply because they are the enemy. In this episode, they come to a much deeper understanding of why defeating Hitler is the right thing to do. When they finally enter Germany, they occupy a town called Landsberg where they stumble upon a concentration camp. The sequence that has them liberating starving prisoners while forcing Germans from the neighboring town to witness the horror is remarkably effective.
13. The occupation of Berchtesgaden
The men of Easy Company cap off their long journey by occupying Hitler’s famed holiday home, Berchtesgaden, better known as the Eagle’s Nest. In an incredible, eerie sequence, the men marvel at the castle-like interiors with stolen treasures from all of Europe on display. The surreal fortress is guarded by a dead Nazi officer who obviously committed suicide. Winters and Nixon smoke outside on the balcony, drink Hitler’s alcohol, uncover remarkable souvenirs (including Hitler’s photo albums), and admire the views of the Alps. It’s fitting that it is at this moment that they receive the news of the German army’s complete surrender.
14. “We salute the rank, not the man.”
Maybe the most satisfying line in the entire series. After working his way up to the rank of Major, Dick Winters encounters Schwimmer’s Captain Herbert Sobel, the man who tormented him and the men of Easy Company and even attempted to court-martial him. Now that he is out-ranked, Sobel averts his eyes to avoid Winters, but Winters can’t let him get away with it. It’s a glorious moment of comeuppance when Winters forces Sobel to acknowledge him.
15. The ending baseball sequence
What better way to end the chronicles of Easy Company than with the survivors indulging in America’s favorite pastime? In this tasteful slow motion sequence, Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters narrates the fate of each featured member of this extraordinary unit. While Buck Compton went on to become the prosecutor who convicted Sirhan Sirhan, others found success in ordinary endeavors: they became construction workers, postmen, a cab driver, writers, and even handy men. It’s true when Winters says, “how we lived our lives after the war was as varied as each man.”
Alec spends the night at Magnus's and wakes up next to him in the morning only for them to be interrupted by Jace and Izzy busting in needing something
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Whenever Magnus let him spend the night, Alec’s heartbeat sped up in excitement. It meant he would get to wake up to see him sleeping. And there was nothing like watching Magnus sleep. His face was completely lax, no worry or stress, and would sometimes mumble quietly. He never knew what his dreamed up musings were about, but it gave Alec a sense of pride. This was something only he got to see, no one else, and he wouldn’t trade it for anything. Every time Alec saw Magnus like this, it felt like he had fallen in love all over again.
So when he heard his brother and sister enter Magnus’s loft, he was more than a little irritated. Was it really too much for Jace and Izzy to leave them alone in the morning? Alec groaned low in his throat and reluctantly got out of bed. He hoped he could at least keep them from waking up Magnus; he’d been over working himself these past few weeks.
“What do you want?” Alec tried to speak as quietly as possible, but he hoped his siblings could tell how annoyed he was. Gently closing the door behind, he walked into the living-room where Jace and Izzy stood waiting for him.
“Sorry, big brother,” Izzy whisper with little sister voice, knowing it would win Alec over quickly, “But we really need to talk to Magnus.” Alec stared at her; he already knew that.
“It’s important.” Jace added in a not so quiet tone. Alec just rolled his eye at both them. Everything Jace asked Magnus for or about was important; even the stupid things. If he didn’t love his brother so much he would have kicked his ass for being such a bother. But he did love both Jace and Izzy very much, and he would do just about anything for them. So he sighed before running a hand down his face and doing what he always does.
“What is it?” Alec tried, really tried, not to sound as annoyed as he felt.
“Magnus said he would make some potions for us.” Izzy was speaking quickly now, she knew how quickly Alec could change his mind, “They’re to help us with a mission later tonight.”
“Told us to come by in the morning, when they’ll be ready.” Jace wasn’t trying to whisper. He didn’t like bothering his brother and Magnus when they were having alone time, but he was too tired to put that much effort in just whispering.
“It’s only 6:30.” Alec’s voice was completely deadpan.
Jace looked at Izzy, who just shrugged, before speaking. “So?”
Any love he once felt for his siblings was gone. “Your portion won’t be ready for another four hours.” The potion they asked for needed at least twelve hours to rest or wouldn’t work properly, if at all.
“How do you know?” Jace almost sounded offended. A punch to his face was sounding more and more appealing to Alec.
“Because,” Alec spoke tersely, “That what Magnus told me after he called you last night. You know, when told you come by at ten?” It sounded like a question, but Izzy knew it wasn’t. Even she was annoyed slightly now; not everyone liked waking up with the Sun like Jace did.
“Jace, you said we needed to hurry.” She looked over Jace with all the irritation in her body; at least she was still whispering, “Why didn’t you let me sleep?” she might actually be more pissed than Alec was; Izzy loved her sleep.
“We have other things to do today,” Jace ignore the way Izzy was looking, which only set her off more, “And I didn’t think it would matter when we got it. The sooner the better.” Jace had the air of pride that only he could produce. Normally, Alec would just brush it off, but right all now he was staring daggers into him.
“It’s a good thing you’re pretty.” Izzy nearly growled out as she kept Jace by the elbow and Alec felt love for her once again. She started pulling him to the door with ease; it was obvious Jace knew he had made a mistake judging from the look of confused guilt on his face. Alec would have felt sorry for him for the verbal beat down he was about to receive from Izzy, but Alec didn’t. Jace deserved everything he was about to receive.
Once he was sure they were gone, Alec went back to Magnus’s bedroom. Magnus, of course, had woken up some point was watching him climb back into bed. His poor Alec looked more worn out than he felt. After Alec had settled, Magnus wrapped an arm around his chest and laid as close to him as possible.
He didn’t need to say anything; neither of them did. Alec was more then happy to let Magnus hold this way. It made him forget about everything else as he felt Magnus’s warm breath on his sink. Laying here with Magnus filled Alec with a sense of peace; so when Magnus fell back to sleep he quickly followed suit. Knowing that Magnus would be there when Alec woke up was an added bonus if he was being with himself.
welcome back to things we love about David Bowie and cannot explain to outsiders. Today, we’ll speak of Bowie’s habit to entertain himself when he is with interviewers. To express this differently, one could also title this
SHIT THAT DAVID BOWIE DOES IN INTERVIEWS
So if you ever decide to interview David Bowie, here’s a list of why you shouldn’t. Or absolutely should.