this boy is growing on me

SVT Super Powers; Seungcheol!!

Originally posted by fabulous-girl-here

i hate him i hate him i hATE HIM YOU CAN FIGHT MEEEEEEEEEE


-so this boy can fight me

-fight fire with fire


-okay he wields the power of fire

-like the human torch but not the human torch

-and not chanyeol either don’T @ ME GDi

-so yeah he had it ever since he was born

-somehow ancient gods gave it to him yadda yadda yadda 

-his parents first knew about his powers when he was still a baby

-he was being burped by his dad

-he burped up a small flame

-his dad’s eyebrows didn’t grow back for another week

-his parent’s were genuinely confused

-”how did our child just burn your eyebrows off?”

-”I don’t know but…all I can say is burn baby burn”


-his mum didn’t exactly like him using his powers to be fair

-she was scared that most of the things in the house would go alight

-and the fact that he’s still young and she didn’t want him to hurt himself

-but it’s a good thing to have him around!!

-he warmed up his dad’s coffee when it got cold

-and he can heat up water quickly too!

-no matches in the house? here have a kid who  B R E A T H E S    F I R E 

-when he was a little older he used to go to the park

-and there was this one kid that he did not like at all

-one time this kid pushed Seungcheol off the swing set

-and boi



-luckily his mum was there by the set

-she pulled him back

-”Seungcheol we can’t extinguish our problems with fire. We get in trouble for that stuff.”

-seungcheol sighed and let him have the swing

-later on he melted his ice cream when he wasn’t looking

-take that you little shitt

-his mum found a perfect use for him though





-that was until using his powers a lot made him ill

-especially the body heat power

-that nearly kILLED HIM JESUS

-boi needs to cool down

-im sorry 

-actually im not that was a good joke

-up until he got into high school he had to keep his power kind of hidden to everyone

-except for you

-you were just the nice girl next door

-except you weren’t next door 

-but a couple blocks down the road

-the only time that seungcheol could really use his powers

-was all alone 

-in a park

-at night

-it was alright because nobody was there 

-except for you

-theres a lot of excepts in this one wow

-your mum asked to pick up some groceries

-at like 8pm 

-and the only shop was through the little park on the other side


-two options!

-you could go the long way and risk not getting stabbed and apologize for being late

-or you could go through the dark park at like 9pm where there could be all sorts of people in there waiting for a young person like you to walk though and then try to stab you or something and you apologize for being late while being whisked away in an ambulance 

-you chose the park

-clever, aren’t you?

-joking its for the plot

-so when you go through the first time

-you run like theres no tomorrow

-there was no way you were getting killed or mugged or stabbed or anything

-you looked like one of those motion blur memes 

-like wow 

-gotta go fast

-wait wrong member

-after that little race you had with yourself

-you head back through the park

-and you were just hoping in that small amount of time that you were in the shop

-no creeps or killers were in there

-luckily there weren’t 

-maybe pyromaniacs?


-on the way back you passed the kids park

-which is supposed to be closed after 6pm

-but you spot a light in the park

-curiosity killed the cat

-but you’re not a cat

-and curiosity isn’t a real object

-so you go down to inspect what was going on

-you see that little light? 

-it split into two

-except one was traveling further away from the other

-wait why is this the plot to brave

-your heart was kind of in your mouth 

-you’re not gonna lie you were shoOK


-you reach the gate

-and you notice that there’s someone’s bag near the metallic tunnel 

-you kind of open the gate slowly and quietly

-but it alway creaks

-meanwhile Seungcheol just jumped

-oh no the fEDS




-you get to the jungle gym

-and you quickly look into the tunnel

-and there’s a boy

-just a boy

-who let off a kind of loud scream

-wait did fire just come out his mouth

-you look at him closer

-he’s a dude in your class



-”wait…aren’t you y/n?”

-”yeah…seungcheol? what are you doing here? and why did i just see fire come out of your mouth…?”

-”uh…….no you didn’t.”

-”i just did.”

-”you must be tired.”

-”i’m not…are you…a pyromaniac?”

-”what?! no…it’s a long story…”

-”yeah….you’re going to have to start from the beginning…”


-he tells you about his super power

-and you’re so……interested in his abnormal superpower


-its such a pretty super power

-like since you were little you already read stories about people with fire powers

-and now it’s actually happened

-you met a dude with fire powers!!

-”y/n…jut one thing.”


-”keep this a secret…okay?”

-”don’t worry you have my promise.”

-you placed your pinky up to him

-and he wrapped his pinky around yours

-i feel that pinky promises are still legitimate forms of promise keeping

-i’m an adult i swear

-for a while you two hung out at night

-so you could just see his fire powers at night

-because it was so pretty

-but one time 

-you two were on the swingset and Seungcheol was showing you new tricks he learnt 

-by himself too 

-you’re so proud of your flame kid!!

-he shows you one where he just traces out a heart in the air and blows on it and it becomes smoke

-and you’re there like


-and he’s there like



-you’re sitting there waiting for him to draw it

-and you see him start to draw

-you then realise that he’s not drawing a heart

-it was letters instead


-uhuh waIT WHAT

-the fire read; i like you

-and you’re dying inside cause that’s so cutE

-after that you start to realise that you like Seungcheol back

-and he’s the light in the dark for you



-”seems like things are…..”




anonymous asked:

do you have any writing tips? for someone who dares to post but doesn't have a lot of feedback? it's a bit demotivating :( I am asking you because your writing is amazing!

thank you nonny! I’m touched you like my work :) I’m going to split this reply into three parts: 1) fandom feedback, 2) writing growth, and 3) writing tips. maybe this is more than you wanted but it’s how I roll. under the cut because words, words, words!

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You gotta wonder how bakugou must feel after the sports festival when clearly no one is in his corner, he gets yelled at by pros, his classmates joke about him being a villain to uraraka, and Then
The boy gets fucking kidnapped By villains cause they think he would Join Them. Like damn, its impressive as shit he hasnt gone down the road of ‘they wanna treat me like a villain, ill give them a fucking villain’. Like bakugou is weirdly secure in his dreams, is the most arrogant person he knows, and yet has shown clear signs of some deep seated inferiority complex and constantly needs to be number 1 to prove himself.

aka Local Angry Teen’s Life Grows Closer to Being Shakespearean Tragedy

“Welcome to the Black Parade”

Originally posted by jasontoddlonelysoul

Pairing: Jason Todd x Batsis x Tim Drake

Prompts: Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

Warnings: cursing.

Words: 772

A/N: I hope this is what you want, sorry if it isnt!

Tags: none yet! ask me if you wanna be tagged.

Jason had the best idea the other day.. he would annoy you and Tim by singing “Welcome to the Black Parade.” and knocking everything over. So.. that’s what he did. First he just started singing it when it played on the playlist that you and Tim were listening to. “When I was a young boy, my father took me into the city
to see a marching band, he said son when, you grow up will you be, the savior of the broken, the beaten and, the damned?”
Jay started to sing. Both Tim and you looked a him, a ‘wtf’ look on your faces.

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Im Youngmin || Snapped

Genre: Angst

Originally posted by im-youngmin

Youngmin lays in bed, staring up at the ceiling above him, resting his head underneath both of his arms as he’s engaged in his thoughts. ‘What if Y/N isn’t excited to see me tomorrow? Will her reaction be the same as it always is when we meet?’ Youngmin felt the atmosphere growing hot as he thought about this.

He shakes his head, brushing those thoughts out of his head as he turns to lay on his side. Soon enough, his eyelids slowly closed shut, until he was fast asleep.

Youngmin woke up the next morning, squinting as the bright light coming from the window almost blinded him. He reaches over to cover the window with the curtains and sits on his bed, staring at the time on the alarm clock sitting on the desk next to him. The time showed ‘8:55 AM.’

He groaned as he got off the bed, walking like a zombie with his eyelids half open and making his way to the bathroom to wash up.

As he’s done using the bathroom, he walks down the stairs to make himself breakfast. He decided on eating Fruit Loops cereal since he was too lazy to cook anything. As he was munching on his cereal, his phone buzzed. He picked up his phone and saw a text message from Y/N. His eyes lit up, growing excited as he opened up her message and reads what she sent.

From Y/N: ‘Youngmin! Are you finally awake? I want you to come meet me at the practice room before I begin training!’

Youngmin smiles at her message and felt his heart pounding against his chest. Usually Y/N is always busy with training, since she is a famous idol, and they never really have much time to hang out like usual couples do.

Youngmin quickly typed in his response and hit the send button.

From Youngmin: ‘Okay, honey, I’m coming right now!’

As Youngmin sent his reply, he quickly stood up and put his empty bowl of cereal in the sink. There were so many dirty dishes in the sink that he forgot to clean the night before, but he shrugged, deciding to just clean them when he gets back home.

Youngmin grabbed his coat and put on his sneakers, tying them, before opening the front door and walking out in the nice, chilly air. The Brand New Music building wasn’t too far from his house, just a few blocks away. He stopped at a stoplight, though, waiting for the cars to pass by. He shook his foot, anxiously waiting for the light to turn red so he could continue walking. He just needed to see Y/N. Badly.

Finally, the light turned red and Youngmin crossed the street, continuing to walk a short distance on the sidewalk before the entertainment building was right in front of his eyes. He walked towards the building and stepped inside, sighing at the nice, warm heat inside of the building. He made his way to the practice room, opening it slowly and peeking his head inside. He looked inside and spotted Y/N alone, stretching her arms. Youngmin smiles and quietly steps inside, carefully closing the door behind him and made sure it doesn’t make any noise. He sneakily walks up behind Y/N and taps her on the shoulder.

Y/N jumps slightly and turns around, facing Youngmin. “Gosh Youngmin, don’t scare me like that!” Youngmin chuckles and gives a peck on Y/N’s cheek. “Sorry, it’s not my fault you’re such a scaredy cat, though.”

Y/N rolls her eyes and smiles at Youngmin before bringing him into her arms. As they’re hugging, Youngmin laughs. “Y/N, you’re all sweaty and gross.” He teases. Y/N flushes red and slaps his chest. “I know I am, shut up!”

Youngmin laughs and kisses her forehead, not caring about all of the sweat that was trickling down the side of her face. They both lie down on the practice room floor, staring up at the ceiling. Youngmin intertwines their fingers together, squeezing her hand tightly, not planning on letting it go.

“I love you, Y/N. So, so much.”

Youngmin wakes up, his face beet red and sweat rolling down his face. He sits up and stares outside of the window, noticing that it’s still bright outside. He checks the time on his alarm clock. ‘8:55 AM?’

After he’s done using the bathroom, he walks downstairs to make himself cereal to eat for breakfast. As he’s eating, he checks his phone for any recent text messages or missed calls. As he looks through all of his messages, he didn’t see his and Y/N’s messages.

He goes on Instagram, looking through Y/N’s account. As he clicks on her account, he sees a recent photo of her and a handsome idol together. Youngmin felt his heart stop beating as he saw the photo. He reads all of the comments saying how nice they look together and how lucky the man is. No one knew how much pain and heartbreak Youngmin felt as he saw all of this.

A tear fell on Youngmin’s phone screen. Youngmin notices and wipes away the falling tears from his eyes and turns off his phone, wanting to forget everything. He snapped back to reality, thinking back to his dream that he had, wishing and hoping that it would come true one day, but at this very moment, he did nothing more than doubt everything.

‘Of course it was all fake.’ He thought to himself.

‘She’s a famous idol, I will never be anything to her.’

How I’m Going to Be a Mother

I’m going to raise my baby to be strong, boy or girl. They’ll grow up learning to respect others, especially adults. They’ll learn from an early age what the word no means and that as they grow up they are their own person and no one else’s. He or she will be independent and know that even then I will be there for them no matter what. When they fall I’ll be right behind them to pick them up. If they cry I’ll be there to calm them down. Everything in my life will revolve around my child, not around me. My baby is my priority. So think what you want to think, but that’s how I’m raising my baby.


“The boys finally got to go outside with grandpa today! I was a little nervous but my dad is licensed to carry, so at least they have some sort of protection… Since the boys got up pretty early, they ended up rousing Joseph awake and now he won’t go back to sleep… I kept trying to rock him, play classical music, and brush his hair, but nothing worked. He keeps getting up and crying for me to take him out of the crib… Thanks a lot, M&Ms, lol.

It was nice to spend some time with my youngest though. Every time I have one-on-one time with Joseph, I learn something new and spectacular! Like today… He’s always used signs and never really spoke since the twins are the same way. However, today he’s been more talkative since his grandma is always playing with him and reading to him as much as she can. Joey still prefers to sign, but he speaks as he signs now! I wish I had more time with Joseph as a little baby because now he’s taking so many big steps and I’m not ready at all!” -Catherine

onesie was gifted to me by the lovely @crazyvibesmami ❤️ Thank you so much!

anonymous asked:

im a trans guy and eveything is great y'know i got acceptance and whatever but my issue is that i dont know how to be a man theres so many little things you learn about your gender as you grow up and since i didnt grow up as a boy i dont know how to be a man i dont know how to do things that every man does i was wondering if you could make a guide or link some posts or anything that can help me learn the little things that men do everyday(dressing, working out, self care, etc.) thanks!

This question has come up a few times before. I know exactly what you are meaning but I havent been able to find the sort of stuff Im looking for. Not sure if it even exists really given its things we just learn and pick up as we go so whether anyone has written anything I dont know. If so I cant find it anyway. Might need to look at this sort of thing a bit at a time like each issue and find a guide on it, shaving for example is probably a good one. There are many how to videos on youtube for things like that in which a resource guide can use. Not everything will work that way though and there will be things I dont know or where to find the information

Really though there is no one way to be a man. Everyone is different and experiences things differently. You dont have to copy anyone else to be valid. You can be a man in your own way. Sorry this isnt helpful. I can try to work on something like this by compiling resources but it will take time to do and as I said most likely cant cover everything. Ideally a cis guy should do something like this as they may have different insight to give. I dont know if Im the right person to do something like that. I can try and do some but it wont be a fully comprehensive guide given I dont know everything. If people want to add/send in ideas on what to cover in it I can try put as much together as I can

If anyone has any useful resources for this topic it would be appreciated if you could share it

shaeko  asked:

what's your favorite thing about hanzo?


I mean the obvious answer is Everything bc there isn’t a single thing abt my boy han I would change I love him so incredibly much like??honestly

but if you would absolutely force me to name one thing I would have to say his backstory???? I think hanzo is an incredibly complex and interesting character and I’m so happy he’s made mistakes because I love watching characters grow and I’m looking forward to (hopefully :) @ michael chu) seeing him develop and grow as a person and I rly hope that blizz takes the opportunity to showcase this amazingly complicated character they have

I work at a kindergarten and this is a collection of cute Wonder Woman related things that happened within a week of the movie being released. 

  • On Monday, a boy who was obsessed with Iron Man, told me he had asked his parents for a new Wonder Woman lunchbox. 
  • A little girl said “When I grow up I want to speak hundreds of languages like Diana”
  • This girl had her parents revamp her Beauty and the Beast birthday party in THREE DAYS because she simply had to have a Wonder Woman party. 
  • Seven girls playing together during recess on Tuesday, saying that since they all wanted to be Wonder Woman they had agreed to be Amazons and not fight but work together to defeat evil. 
  • There is this one girl that refuses to listen to you unless you address her as Wonder Woman. 
  • Another girl very seriously asked the teacher if she could ditch her uniform for the Wonder Woman armor bc she “wanted to be ready if she needed to save the world”. The teacher laughed and said it was okay, and the next day the girl came dressed as Wonder Woman and not a single kid batted an eye.
  • They are making a wrap-up dance show, and they asked the teacher if they could come as superheroes, they are going to sing a song about bunnies. 
  • This kid got angry and threw a plastic car over his head and a girl gasped “LIKE IN THE MOVIE”
  • A boy threw his candy wrapping in the floor and a 5-year-old girl screamed “DON’T POLLUTE YOU IDIOT, THAT IS WHY THERE ARE NO MEN IN TEMYSCIRA”
  • On Wednesday, a girl came with a printed list of every single female superhero and her powers, to avoid any trouble when deciding roles at recess. 
  • I was talking to one of the girls that hadn’t seen the movie, and the next day she came and very seriously told me “you were right, Wonder Woman was way better than Frozen.”

Consider this your friendly reminder that if this movie completely changed the way these girls and boys thought about themselves and the world in a week, imagine what the next generation will achieve if we give them more movies like Wonder Woman.  

I just got home from seeing Wonder Woman. I was in tears for half the movie: Diana was never once presented as a sex object, she was never sidelined, her thighs shook, and she is a fighter. Not just a girl who can be dressed up in a sexy catsuit and fight sexily, but a fighter. Not one of those fight scenes was choreographed so she could land in an awkward pose that showed off her ass. She is gorgeous but not once was her worth correlated to her beauty. 

All of that, and she was still able to express a full range of human emotion – she didn’t have to be a hardass bitch who could only be angry or disappointed. She got to show joy, and wonder, and confusion, and horror, and sadness, and love – and anger, yes, real deep anger that comes from the pit of the soul. She is a whole, dynamic person who also happens to be a bad ass warrior. AND she could be this bad ass warrior without having a father or mother to hate, or trauma to catapult her into the world. Diana grew up loved and happy, and she stepped out into the world because it was the right thing to do, not because she had a personal ax to grind.

My husband was with me, and I remember coming to the realization part-way through that he was born into this. He has had this his entire life. It makes me so angry, and it also makes me so happy that there are little girls right now who will grow up with what I didn’t, and little boys who will grow up with this as well, who will be awed by Diana and see how Steve treats her.


Looking for some YA books with queer main characters to read during pride month? Here’s a list of titles I’ve read and/or heard great things about. Most of these were published within the past year or so. Feel free to add on!

You Know Me Well by David Levithian and Nina LaCour

Two classmates, one gay and the other lesbian, meet during pride month in San Francisco and help each other through relationship problems.

 Tell me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Finally! A cute F/F novel where no lesbians die in the end! The main character is an Iranian American with traditional parents.

 Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Mystery/thriller about a closeted gay boy who’s girlfriend goes missing, and he becomes the focus of her disappearance. I can usually figure out what happened in mystery novels early on but this one had me guessing until the very last page.

The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

Lesbian pirates and sea monsters. Need I say more?

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

This one’s like reading a modern day fairy tell starring a trans boy named Sam, who’s family immigrated from Pakistan, and a Latina girl named Miel who grows flowers out of her wrists. And there’s a glass coffin. It’s super creepy.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Y’all, this is set at SupaCon (like Comic Con!). There are two narrators. Charlie, an Asian movie star who is bisexual, and Taylor, a blogger who has ASP.

Radical by E.M. Kokie

This one’s a little darker. It’s about a butch lesbian doomsday prepper who accidently gets involved in a dangerous plot that could get her and her family into some serious trouble. I liked this book because Bex’s views about guns are completely different than mine. But that’s why we read, right? To learn about people who are different from you.

 Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

This book was pitched to me as a fantasy book about a princess betrothed to a prince but she falls in love with his sister. It’s pretty good.

PS: Dear Mrs. Coulthurst, thank you for Chapter 34

 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

A f/f story set in Vancouver about a girl with anxiety who goes to live with her dad and falls in love with a musician.

 How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Like Sarah Dessen? You’ll love How to Make a Wish! It’s about a girl, who’s bisexual, who falls in love with a biracial dancer. It’s part love story, part mother-daughter story and super amazing and emotional!

 History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Keep your tissues close. You’ll need them. Griffin’s ex-boyfriend, Theo, drowns and he’s left devastated. He grows close to Theo’s boyfriend, Jackson, who is one of the few people who knows what he’s going through.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Speaking of tissues, you’ll also need them for Nina LaCour’s latest YA/NA crossover. Marin is staying at school alone for Christmas holidays and her best friend Mabel comes to visit. It’s a tear jerker but also amazing and beautifully written.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I’m gonna cheat with this one because the main character isn’t queer. BUT she has two moms, they’re a biracial couple, her twin sister is a lesbian, and the sister’s girlfriend is pansexual. And her moms’ wedding is a big part of the plot. Great book to read during pride month!

Dreadnought by April Daniels

Superhero novel with a main character who’s transgender and a lesbian. I’ve read this and heard mixed reviews but for the most part, it’s a good book if you like superheroes.

The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood

This is a f/f story that I’m not entirely sure how to categorize. It’s part paranormal romance, part mystery/thriller, but could also be NA. The love interest is a butch lesbian who’s a werewolf!

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Main character is a butch lesbian who comes from a traditional Portuguese family.

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

If you’re a Clexa shipper, you’ll love The Cursed Queen. A fantasy novel with a bisexual main character who falls in love with her chieftain’s daughter. You can’t help but fall in love with Ansa and Thrya. And the best part? No dead queer girls!

SKAM S04E07 Clip 6 - Fucking over your friends

VILDE: He’ll break up with me..

EVA: No, Vilde, he won’t.

VILDE: Yes, he will!

CHRIS: He won’t do that..

EVA: Vilde, there are some douchebags who have done this and it’s not your fault. Someone did this to you.

NOORA: It’s not your fault.

EVA: It’s going to be fine. You’re just very, very sad now.

SANA: What happened?

EVA: Someone made ellevillevillde 2 and posted lots of shit about Vilde. It’s really bad.

CHRIS: Yeah..

NOORA: Oh my God..

CHRIS: It’ll be fine.. Just..

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me as a baby #1
  • baby: w- wh- w- w
  • parent: omg he's about to say something!!
  • Gerard Way: *kicks down door* TOO SEE A MARCHING BAND
  • My Chemical Romance: *materializes* HE SAID SON WHEN
  • Tyler Joseph: *backflips through window* YOU GROW UP
  • Dan Howell: *rides in in a llama* WILL YOU BE
  • mcrmy: *eyeliner running* THE SAVIOR OF THE BROKEN
  • parent: fuck

victuuri as parents, anyone?

  • blanket forts galore! they move furniture around and make a space big enough to fit a kid (later kids), two fairly tall dads, and one or two dog(s)
    • they lie on their stomachs with flashlights and read stories in excited, lilting voices of different characters until the whole group falls asleep on the plethora of pillows strewn on the floor
    • they may or may not wake up with giant red marks on their faces, but it just makes their mornings full of laughter
  • they have frequent family movie nights! they all sit on the couch with popcorn in their laps and enjoy the movie, but it always ends with three or four people asleep on the couch, huddled together in an extra big and warm blanket– and the dogs, of course. can’t forget their dogs
  • victor and yuuri love to hype up breakfast, especially! pancakes have syrup and fruit and bacon piled on top of it in the shape of a face, and waffle houses may or may not be built
  • victor and yuuri are soccer dads. whether or not their kid ends up picking up soccer is up in the air (its their choice and victor and yuuri will support their interest no matter what), but they’re definitely the first parents to volunteer to drive around their kids’ friends around when need be
  • their fridge is covered from top to bottom in various arts and crafts, and victor and yuuri love to sit down and just color with their kid(s)
  • can’t call it one of my headcanons unless i bring up the fact that victor and yuuri scrapbook everything! yet another scrapbook slowly but surely fills up with pictures from the first day they adopted their kid, to their first day in school, first time winning the spelling bee, first time on the ice… a lot of firsts, and a lot of birthdays, for sure
  • this is a little more personal, but i have an aunt who keeps a poster with the words “love yourself” by her kids’ bedside, and that’s absolutely something that victor and yuuri would do. like my aunt, they both remind their kids how much they love them, and above all, how much they should love themselves because self-love is incredibly important
  • me: [just chilling]
  • me: [starts thinking about how for over 10+ years yuri was constantly pushing himself to grow up faster and to exceed others' expectations like when he was a literal infant he just kept telling his grandpa he could do better and he was fine without his mom and as a teenager he told lilia he would give her his entire soul and body to win but even that required him doing routines that he didn't necessarily enjoy and otabek is the only person who's never made him feel like he has to prove himself or be anyone other than who he is bc from the very start he's always viewed him as an equal and fully respected him so yuri can finally act his age and do what he wants to do and canonically otabek and yuri have a loving, supportive friendship that could one day set the grounds for a healthy relationship]
  • me: [choking back tears] n-nice..........
A Little D for a Big A-hole.

When I was in eighth grade, my middle school French class took a trip to Québec City. My school was in the whitest part of whitest Connecticut and I had moved there a few years before from Atlanta. You can imagine the Izod-style culture shock I went through.

In any case, we were up in Québec City in February, for some awful reason. Probably because the prices were cheapest for hotels, I don’t know. I do remember it was cold and windy and snowed a lot.

I was a pretty geeky kid, unsurprisingly. I read Star Wars expanded universe novels during the morning reading period. I had disappeared into fantasy worlds after my brother died a few years before, just months after we moved to New England. Since my brother had died and I was a new kid, no one really knew how to be my friend. Some people were nice to me for awhile, but most ignored my existence.

One of the few people who took pity on me was the daughter of my church’s minister, who was in the same year as me. She’d invite me to eat lunch with her and her friends, even though I could tell her friends did not want me there.

Despite growing up speaking French, I was placed in introductory French – and never moved, because there was so much going on with my brother’s accident and eventual death that no one really bothered with my education. Thankfully, my French teacher was kind and would let me help lead the spoken French bits in class. This one boy liked to hang out after class and would mock me after I left, pinching his nose and doing his best “make fun of the French” accent. He liked to make my life hell in other ways, like stealing homework, tearing pages out of schoolbooks, or shoving my shoulder whenever he “bumped” me in the hallway. I had dealt with worse bullying before, so I mostly just tried to ignore him. His was never very serious, but it was constant.

In any case, I asked these girls I ate lunch with if I could room with them on this trip. I did not want to be randomly assigned somewhere. They grudgingly agreed to it.

Once we got to Québec, things changed. Our teachers told us we were allowed to explore the city in small groups and we were to use French only when interacting with shopkeepers and the like. Well, the girls I was rooming with quickly realized I was the only student in our class who actually spoke French. I helped my roommates order things at bakeries and make change and navigate around the city. Word quickly spread and by the end of the first day, several classmates came to me for phrases they could use.

On the second day of this trip, we were all supposed to meet up in this square in the old city at a particular time after being allowed to wander for a few hours. My group turned up a few minutes early and a group of boys – with my favorite harasser – was already there. The boys were clearly planning some kind of prank; there was a lot of stifled laughing and looking our way. The harasser came over to our group. He asked me how to say, “Are you my mother?”

Well, for those who don’t know:

“Es-tu ma mère?” means “Are you my mother?”

“Es-tu ma merde?” means “Are you my shit?”

Can you guess which one I told him? He had never paid attention in class, so to his ears (and the ears of our classmates), it sounded right. And no one would ever suspect quiet, mousy, geeky me of any shenanigans.

He went up to a stranger and asked her if she was his shit just as one of our teachers came around the corner. He got hauled by his ears, the teacher apologizing profusely to the woman while simultaneously scolding my harasser. Kid immediately tried to blame it on me but his protestations were immediately dismissed. The teacher did check with everyone, but no one had heard the difference in the language used so backed up my version of events.

He had detention for the rest of the trip and was not allowed to participate in any of the activities. He had to sit on the bus and write an essay.

He was far more cautious about being an a**hole to me in the future.


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