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He smiled suddenly, the haze of fatigue gone. “Oh, aye. Chickens are verra poor company, especially on a long journey.” Realizing that the dressing was completed, he hunched the shoulder experimentally, wincing as he did so. 

“Don’t do that!” I said in alarm. “You really mustn’t move it. In fact,” I glanced at the table, to be sure there were some strips of dry fabric left. “I’m going to strap that arm to your side. Hold still.”

He didn’t speak further, but relaxed a bit under my hands when he realized that it wasn’t going to hurt. I felt an odd sense of intimacy with this young Scottish stranger, due in part, I thought, to the dreadful story he had just told me, and in part to our long ride through the dark, pressed together in drowsy silence. I had not slept with many men other than my husband, but I had noticed before that to sleep, actually sleep with someone did give this sense of intimacy, as though your dreams had flowed out of you to mingle with his and fold you both in a blanket of unconscious knowing. A throwback of some kind, I thought. In older, more primitive times (like these? asked another part of my mind), it was an act of trust to sleep in the presence of another person. If the trust was mutual, simple sleep could bring you closer together than the joining of bodies.

The strapping finished, I helped him on with the rough linen shirt, easing it over the bad shoulder. He stood up to tuck it one-handed into his kilt, and smiled down at me. 

“I thank ye, Claire. You’ve a good touch.” His hand reached out as though to touch my face, but he seemed to think better of it; the hand wavered and dropped to his side. Apparently he had felt that odd surge of intimacy too. I looked hastily away, flipping a hand in a think-nothing-of-it gesture.

My gaze traveled around the room, taking in the smoke-blacked fireplace, the narrow, unglazed windows, and the solid oak furnishings. No electrical fittings. No carpeting. No shiny brass knobs on the bedstead. 

It looked, in fact, like an eighteenth-century castle. But what about Frank? The man I had met in the wood looked disturbingly like him, but Jamie’s description of Captain Randall was completely foreign to everything I knew about my gentle, peace-loving husband. But then, if it were true— and I was beginning to admit, even to myself, that it might be— then he could in fact be almost anything. A man I knew only from a genealogical chart was not necessarily bound to resemble his descendants in conduct. 

But it was Frank himself I was concerned with at the moment. If I was, in fact, in the eighteenth century, where was he? What would he do when I failed to return to Mrs. Baird’s? Would I ever see him again? Thinking about Frank was the last straw. Since the moment I stepped into the rock and ordinary life ceased to exist, I had been assaulted, threatened, kidnapped and jostled. I had not eaten or slept properly for more than twenty-four hours. I tried to control myself, but my lip wobbled and my eyes filled in spite of myself. 

I turned to the fire to hide my face, but too late. Jamie took my hand, asking in a gentle voice what was wrong. The firelight glinted on my gold wedding band, and I began to sniffle in earnest.

“Oh, I’ll … I’ll be all right, it’s all right, really, it’s … just my … my husband … I don’t—” 

“Ah lass, are ye widowed, then?” His voice was so full of sympathetic concern that I lost control entirely. 

“No … yes … I mean, I don’t … yes, I suppose I am!” Overcome with emotion and tiredness, I collapsed against him, sobbing hysterically.

The lad had nice feelings. Instead of calling for help or retreating in confusion, he sat down, gathered me firmly onto his lap with his good arm and sat rocking me gently, muttering soft Gaelic in my ear and smoothing my hair with one hand. I wept bitterly, surrendering momentarily to my fear and heartbroken confusion, but slowly I began to quiet a bit, as Jamie stroked my neck and back, offering me the comfort of his broad, warm chest. My sobs lessened and I began to calm myself, leaning tiredly into the curve of his shoulder. No wonder he was so good with horses, I thought blearily, feeling his fingers rubbing gently behind my ears, listening to the soothing, incomprehensible speech. If I were a horse, I’d let him ride me anywhere. 

This absurd thought coincided unfortunately with my dawning realization that the young man was not completely exhausted after all. In fact, it was becoming embarrassingly obvious to both of us. I coughed and cleared my throat, wiping my eyes with my sleeve as I slid off his lap.

“I’m so sorry … that is, I mean, thank you for … but I …” I was babbling, backing away from him with my face flaming. He was a bit flushed, too, but not disconcerted. He reached for my hand and pulled me back. Careful not to touch me otherwise, he put a hand under my chin and forced my head up to face him.

“Ye need not be scairt of me,” he said softly. “Nor of anyone here, so long as I’m with ye.” He let go and turned to the fire. 

“You need somethin’ hot, lass,” he said matter-of-factly, “and a bit to eat as well. Something in your belly will help more than anything.” I laughed shakily at his attempts to pour broth one-handed, and went to help. He was right; food did help. We sipped broth and ate bread in a companionable silence, sharing the growing comfort of warmth and fullness. 

Finally, he stood up, picking up the fallen quilt from the floor. He dropped it back on the bed, and motioned me toward it. “Do ye sleep a bit, Claire. You’re worn out, and likely someone will want to talk wi’ ye before too long.” 

This was a sinister reminder of my precarious position, but I was too exhausted to care much. I uttered no more than a pro forma protest at taking the bed; I had never seen anything so enticing. Jamie assured me that he could find a bed elsewhere. I fell headfirst into the pile of quilts and was asleep before he reached the door.

1.02 Castle Leoch

I meant to post this on april fool’s day because my writing is a joke :) But I’m late, so here’s a joke posted on the wrong day.

Summary: Keith, who just happens to be coming down with a cold, is forced to wait out a thunderstorm with Lance.


“You’re still coming to pick me up, right?”

Lance’s voice is questioning, insecure, as if he doesn’t already know the answer. Keith sighs into the phone, before sniffling once, absently rubbing his nose on the back of his hand. “I thought we already went over this.”

“I know, but I called you and you weren’t picking up–”

“I was in class,” Keith retorts, pressing the phone to his ear with one hand as he slings his backpack over his shoulders with the other. He twists away briefly to cough into his shoulder. “The lecturer ended a little later than usual, that’s all.”

He can hear Lance’s hum of assent on the other end. “So, you are coming, then?”

“Yeah. Yeah, I am.” Keith pauses outside of the university building, scanning the parking lot for his motorbike, before he spots it parked in the far left corner. “Have you been waiting for a long time?”

“The meeting ended ten minutes ago,” Lance responds, “so, not really.”

“That’s good,” Keith unfastens his helmet from where it’s been clipped around the handlebars, then fits it over his head, brushing loose strands of hair from his eyes. “….I’m heading off. I‘m going to have to hang up now, okay?”

“Okay,” Lance pauses. “I’ll see you in twenty minutes?”

“Fifteen.” Keith fishes a keychain out of his pocket, pausing to find the right key before inserting it into the ignition. “See you there.”

The engine starts up, a low rumble of sound and motion, and Keith presses the end call button before sliding the phone back into his pocket. He sniffles, before straightening slightly, navigating the bike carefully out of the parking lot.

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Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn't that generous?

athousandsons  asked:

(1/2) I'm writing a superhero novel with a diverse main cast (two white guys, an Indian woman, a Latina woman, and her black girlfriend, and one of the white guys has a black ex-husband and adopted daughter), but I'm white, so I have some questions. My first one is about the black girl. A plot point in the story is that various people connected to the main villain are abducted and experimented on to give them metahuman powers. I want her to be one of these people.

(2/2) Both so that she can become a hero in her own right and to force her girlfriend, who leads the team of superheroes to deal with it. At the end of the story, she is safe and happy, after spending some time recovering. Would this be feeding into problematic tropes? My other question is about the black ex-husband of one of the white heroes. For a while, they are divorced due to plot reasons, and he is raising their daughter alone, and well. Is this a problematic trope about black fathers?

Black Superhero: Experimentation & Powers + Black Single Father

Several superheroes gain their powers due to experimentation, such as Luke Cage. Doesn’t make it right, but as long as you’re not singling out the Black girl and don’t put her through excessively harsh conditions compared to the non-Black people who are experimented on (aka the tortured/brutalized Black body trope and depending on their endurance Strong Black Man/Woman trope) or use the things she goes through for shock value, it should work.

As for the single father, I can’t tell if it’s the Black or white father raising the daughter alone. For one, is this father actually a single father (doing all or nearly all of the work when it comes to raising and supporting the child) or is he co-parenting the child with his ex (both still provide sufficient parenting and financial support)? There’s a difference.

Seeing as there’s no Black mother involved in the situation, the 1 (½) tropes I can spot are Absent Black Father (if the Black father has left the white one to parent without any support). The other ½ isn’t really a trope, more like Black single fathers are praised overall for simply being there for their children while it’s just an expectation for Black single mothers who are not credited for being good people in the same way for raising theirs (and are in fact shamed for being single Black mothers). 

The majority of that is audience perception which can’t be controlled, but just remember when writing, even if the Black man is painted as a good father, which is favorable, men are not automatically extraordinary for raising their children. No cookies for doing what you’re supposed to do, anyways!

~Mod Colette

Thoughts on how gems could be formed...

@stevenuniverse-bible the Google Doc made me think of this…

Actual Gemstones (Quartzes, Corundums, Diamonds, Peridots, etc)

  • Formed in Kindergartens. They grow from the ground after the right materials are “injected” into the Kindergarten. They then emerge, fully-formed.
  • We know this holds true for quartzes, many of whom were formed on Earth. In fact, Earth only seems to have produced quartzes. Either it was designated for this purpose or Earth is just really good at making quartzes.
  • Due to the pressure and time needed to make a real diamond, SU Diamonds probably require special conditions to form, possibly only conditions found on Homeworld or on other very particular planets. (Could Earth have produced Pink Diamond?)

Organic Gems (Pearls)

  • Pearls form in oysters as a defence mechanism against bits of sand and grit and the like getting into the oyster’s shell. This is a bit like how the Kindergarten works, in that something is injected and then you get a Gem.
  • However, due to Pearls being organic, they probably need different conditions. Giant magical clams?
  • This might explain why Pearls are so low-status: they are organic, as opposed to every other Gem. If Gems look down on organic forms of life, and Pearls are technically organic…

Non-Organic Non-Gemstones (Metals, Minerals, Glasses, etc)

  • These fare better than Pearls because they’re not organic. But can they actually be created by Kindergartens? Probably not!
  • Bismuth requires lab conditions to get its distinctive crystal shape. Obsidian (referenced as “Snowflake” Obsidian by Bismuth) is glass. Lapis Lazuli is a mineral.
  • A Lapis Lazuli could, therefore, be produced by a Kindergarten, being formed from earth, but it might require special conditions and/or be very rare.
  • Bismuths would likely not be able to occur as a part of the “natural” gem reproduction process and would have to be specially made. This implies that the Gems experimented with other ways of making new Gems.
  • Obsidian, being a glass, is made from superheated and pressured sand. Again, this probably requires unusual conditions.

Experimenting with other Gem types?

  • If Bismuth was probably born from an experiment, does that mean that other “experimental” Gems exist?
  • Some types of real-world gems, like Aura Quartzes, are made by applying coatings and treatments to natural gemstones. The Gems could have tried the same thing to make special Gems with different abilities and qualities.
  • In this case, they would probably be naturally formed in the Kindergarten and then altered after emergence.
  • Note that white and clear quartzes are usually used for this in the real world - same goes for white topaz becoming mystic topaz.

Caste system?

  • Going by the Pearls, can we extrapolate castes from this?
  • At the top are the Diamonds, who require extreme circumstances to arise, and who are extremely rare and powerful as a result.
  • Quartzes can be mass-produced, but are fairly strong, and probably higher up the list. Sapphires are rarer than Rubies, probably because of their colouration, so it doesn’t go exactly by core gem type.
  • Peridots “can’t own Pearls” so they are probably lower down the list, but not as low as a mass-produced Ruby.
  • Aura Quartzes, Mystic Topazes and the like are probably higher-class than their base forms because of the special treatment program required to make them in the first place.
  • Bismuths, Lapis Lazulis and Obsidians sit in an interesting position due to not being naturally-formed. Lapis Lazuli is probably higher up because as a mineral they CAN be produced by a Kindergarten (and they’re rare!), but Bismuths and Obsidians are lower down.
  • Pearls are organic and at the bottom of the stack.

So in order, we have:

  • Diamonds
  • Sapphires
  • Lapis Lazulis
  • Modified Quartzes
  • Quartzes
  • Peridots 
  • Bismuths
  • Obsidians
  • Rubies
  • Pearls
WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU Part 12 full translation

Marriage Registration

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6th Division Barracks - Lieutenant’s room.

After they finished submitting their documents to the Higher Order Spirit Rank Administration Bureau earlier than expected, they had quite some time left until the Noble Assembly reception counter was opened which they had to visit next, Renji who was accompanied by Rukia, came to pack things up at his private quarters.

“You haven’t tidied up at all!?”

As soon as she opened the (fusuma) sliding screen, Rukia was dumbfounded​ by the disastrous scene before her.

Surrounding the futon that was laid out at the centre of the room, clothes, books, a soccer ball to muscle training goods, every possible item was scattered about in utter chaos.

“It’s because I was occupied one way or another It couldn’t be helped you know!? There’s a box over there, so you can gradually pack everything in however you want”

“It’s okay to do it however we want? But shouldn’t we consider sorting it out……”

“Nah, right now speed is essential! We’ll sort everything out at our new home!”

Whilst wondering whether or not that would be the reality, Rukia began packing things up off of the floor and into the box.

Officially seated members who are 9th seat or above, are given private rooms within the squad barracks. Most people go to sleep and wake up there, however people wishing to live outside the squad barracks are given a class of housing appropriate to their station. No more than one room of a housing complex is rented out to those up to 3rd seat, but when it comes to captains and vice captains, they are provided with detached housing large enough to be called ‘mansions’.

Until now, Renji was living at the squad barracks, Rukia at the Kuchiki mansion, after the establishment of their marriage they will both utilise that system and move into a mansion together built in the central first sector.

“This looks okay! I’ll tidy up bit by bit later myself. Thanks, Rukia!”

“This is……enough? ……alright”

To Rukia, the place still seemed like it was cluttered, but she convinced herself it’s good enough if the person himself says it’s okay.

“There’s still a little time. Drink some tea or……”

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8. A First Kiss (from this list)

(not compliant with dark cupid)

i’ve always sort of thought of mari as being the one with experience when they get older, but the opposite is also an interesting concept, tbqh :3c

“H-hey, Chat?”

“Yeah?”

“You’ve… you’ve kissed people before, right?”

It was such an odd question that Chat stopped and stared. “I mean… I guess so? Why?”

Ladybug puffed her cheeks at him, embarrassed, and tightened her grip on the string of her yo-yo where it was secured to the next rooftop. “Just curious.”

“Oh… ‘kay?”

He extended his staff and primed his next jump, but apparently Ladybug wasn’t quite done yet.

“Can…” Chat glanced over and was surprised to find her fidgeting. “Can I ask when your first kiss was?”

He shrugged, watching her wind and unwind the string around her fingers in not-quite-concern. “Sixteen?”

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After Hours

Prompt: I would like to request a one-shot with Pride where it’s a late night at his bar. The two of them are closing up the bar. They keep sneaking looks at one another. Cute shit you know? <3 Pride starts dancing with the reader. Things get a little heated. Her hands in his hair and he sits her on the bar counter. The reader isn’t sure if Pride wants this, but Pride is like YES. YES I DO. Then smut or fluff can ensue, I am not picky. <3

Requester: imthehoneyyourethebee

Words: 2,038

Warnings: A make-out session

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LIW Review: Lovely Little Losers

Much as I love NMTD as my favorite adaptation of my favorite Shakespeare play, LBD for introducing me to the genre and the genre to the world, and so many other literary-inspired webseries for so many reasons, Lovely Little Losers will always be my favorite. 

The premise is simple: Benedick, Balthazar, and Pedro (now going by Peter) from Nothing Much To Do are going to university in Wellington and living in a flat together with the lovely and awkward Freddie Kingston. Freddie and Ben decide to impose some order on the flat with a set of absurd flat rules that everyone has to follow, including a curfew, vegetarianism (and vegan Fridays), Ben getting to film everything, imposed flat bonding in the form of challenges, and the worst rule of all, no romantic relationships, aka no shenanigans. 

The series is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, but in reality there are only about five episodes that have anything to do with the plot of the original play. Apart from those moments, the inspiration mostly just creates the premise and the names of certain characters.

Plot overview:

Freddie, Benedick, Peter, and Balthazar sign a bunch of ridiculous flat rules that at first seem like a good idea and quickly spiral out of control. Then Beatrice and Meg decide to road trip to Wellington, where, due to The Rules, they end of sleeping in a tent in the back garden along with Kit, another friend of the flat. It’s hard to say more about the actual plot without spoilers, since it’s barely revealed what’s been going on until almost the end (starting around “SARDINES” and going until “FEATHERS”), so I’ll move on to my other categories.

Format:

All actual episodes are posted on the Lovely Little Losers YouTube channel, with Ben as the main (unreliable) narrator, Meg as secondary (mostly reliable) narrator, and other characters (such as Beatrice and Peter) occasionally filming/uploading videos as well. Fifteen videos are devoted to “Balth in a Bath,” which was all filmed on the same day in February but is uploaded sporadically throughout the year. There are also between fourteen and seventeen song videos, depending on how you define “song” (more on that later). There are also a few extras on other YouTube channels that, while not technically part of the story, help illuminate things considerably (the channel I’m referring to here is Zoos Job, though there are also two videos on the Nothing Much To Do channel).

How to watch LoLiLo:

This is ordinarily not one of my categories, but in this case it is very necessary. You MUST read the video descriptions, and also check the comments section, to have ANY idea what’s really going on here, and even then most of it’s going to be subtext. You can watch the series either in the order it was intended to be watched in or in chronological order (which ruins a little of the mystery but averts a Zoos Job marathon later on. Links to both playlists are below). Keep in mind that Benedick is the narrator of nearly the whole thing, and that he is editing the content to fit his own agenda – the one @beatriceeagle calls “Project Birdy-Fingers.” This means that two-thirds of the love stories in LoLiLo are almost entirely hidden from the viewers and once again need to be read through subtext. 

Realism:

Off the charts dedicated. This series has a much more experimental style than NMTD – several episodes use more than one camera angle, nearly every episodes has multiple characters in it, and is frequently filmed over multiple days and edited into non-chronological order – but there is still always a reason for the camera to be there and always a reason, in-universe, for it to have been edited and uploaded the way it was. This dedication to realism made things that much more difficult for The Candle Wasters, but it also adds hugely to the value of the series.

Music:

As I mentioned above, many, many episodes of LLL are actually songs. The series has been referred to by many people as a “secret musical” because of this. 11 songs are almost entirely character development. “A Merry Note” was written by Shakespeare and was mostly The Candle Wasters being clever and making us think our ship had sailed. “Heaven in Her Lips” is a cute love song. “Stay” is secretly plot, though the lyrics also assist in understanding “one foot on sea one on shore one in the boiling hot lava,” which is the real first episode of LoLiLo. Then we get to the question of whether certain other videos are songs. “Berry Nice,” while a Balth in a Bath episode, is clearly a song. But what about “Beatrice and Ballads,” which is essentially the reprise of “Beatrice, You’re Vivacious”? What about “A Sonnet,” which, although not a song, is the inverse of “An Ode” and should therefore be included for the sake of symmetry? Of course, the numbers don’t matter, because the songs are amazing. The songs themselves were mainly written by Reuben Hudson, Elsie Bollinger, and Maude Morris, with some help from other writers, and are performed mostly by Reuben Hudson and Mouce Young, with help from most of the rest of the cast.

Representation/diversity:

Very strong. Several characters are not white at all (Kit and Jaquie), and race just generally is a non-issue. LGBT representation is also great, especially for a pre-2016 webseries: Peter is now openly bisexual, Balthazar actually uses the word “gay” to describe himself, Paige and Chelsey are a lesbian couple who have basically the only functional relationship in the whole series, and the sexuality of several other characters (Kit, Freddie, Costa, Vegan Fred), is never defined, though I headcanon them all as bi. Though there are no disabled characters, there are extensive explorations of mental health issues, though as usual for The Candle Wasters, this is largely in subtext. Also, people actually talk about money in this and have realistic issues with money, which is a nice change from every other webseries I’ve seen.

Film quality:

Fantabulous, especially since The Candle Wasters had an actual budget for this series.  As mentioned before, there are even episodes shot with multiple cameras THAT ACTUALLY WORK. Yay for realism and quality combined is all I can say.

My three favorite things about Lovely Little Losers:

1) My two favorite episodes, “RUSSIANFUDGE” and “ACCOSTED”

2) Balth in a Bath, because Balth in a Bath is perfect and innocent and lovely and actually includes a lot of exposition and character/relationship development that doesn’t exist anywhere else.

3) The fact that I keep getting more out of it on every rewatch – and I have now seen this thing in full ten times, though it’s been more like twenty for some episodes (”TEA,” “RUSSIANFUDGE”), and I have no idea how many times I’ve watched/listened to some of the songs.

Difficult things about Lovely Little Losers:

On first viewing it can be almost impossible to understand what’s going on almost all the time, and it can be easy to skip things because the series seems largely plotless. Do not give up hope! There is indeed a plot, but you have to hunt for it. If you finish the series and still feel confused or dissatisfied, I recommend a rewatch and @beatriceeagle and @marydebenham ‘s LLL rewatch metas, which have been invaluable for many the confused/dissatisfied viewer. It can also be frustrating that certain things (like apologies) are never said on camera, but we can blame realism for that. 

All I can say is, despite its surface flaws, LoLiLo is not only my favorite webseries but also only of my favorite pieces of literature of all time. There’s so much here, in character, in content, and in theme, and I could talk about it for ages more than I already have. Although on first viewing I had no idea what to make of it, I now give LLL a solid and glowing 5/5 stars.

Cast:

Benedick Hobbes – Jake McGregor @jakeasaurus–rex

Peter Donaldson – Caleb Wells @letslipthedogsofwar 

Freddie Kingston – Bonnie Simmonds @bonniesimmonds

Balthazar Jones – Reuben Hudson @reubenhudson

Meg Winter – Jessica Stansfield

Beatrice Duke – Harriett Maire @harriettstella

Kitso Harper – Phodiso Dintwe

Paige Moth – Mouce Young

Chelsey Long – Bronwyn Ensor

Rosa Jones – Ella McLeod

Hero Duke – Pearl Kennedy

Jaquie Manders – Kalisha Wasasala

Costa McClure – Robbie Nicol (Aka White Man Behind a Desk, now part of The Candle Wasters)

John Donaldson – Geroge Maunsell

Vegan Fred Boyet – Daniel McBride (aka Sheep, Dog & Wolf)

Dogberry – David Hannah

Claudio – Matthew J. Smith

Leo Duke – Alex McDonald

Ursula – Tina Pan

Zeb – Jim Mitford-Taylor

Kelsi Forrester – Calum Gittins

Julia – Mirabai Pease

Violet – Hannah Mitford-Taylor

Maria – Hannah Geddis

Created by The Candle Wasters @thecandlewasters

More complete social media links for the cast and crew are available from people who aren’t me :) 

Running time:

Approximately ten hours. 

Time frame:

December 24, 2014-December 25, 2015

Watch it in the original order here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ4M4eic7acR3w0c4lLxWE8SnpT2WzoCJ

Or in chronological (Zoos Job) order here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ4M4eic7acRAEqZtFwMqTz_lvB5YxKs4

Or in upload order as a slideshow here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tvK1vOQNA9ClJi8K061c_sxiY4pwHfxbUvj8yPd_yuE/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p

Identifying pseudoscience

Science is the method of eliminating the maximum number of biases from observation as readily possible, describing results with as little interpretation as possible, and attempting to using valid and sound arguments to explain patterns in data with theorhetical models, peer reviewing results, and predict future results under similar conditions to experimentation.

The following may be very useful to read, especially with a topic in mind to examine whether it relates to these bullet points. Think of any broad topic relating to sets of political or religious beliefs, various practices in medicine, diet, fitness, spirituality, psychology, community, counseling, any subject presented as science. Really, any system of interpreting truth can be put under the microscope of the rest of this post, and It doesn’t even absolutely have to be a topic that presents itself as science, just any system of thought that makes claims. Once you have a topic in mind, consider how it relates to each bullet point. The subject I obviously would like people to examine is feminist theory.


The following are some of the indicators of the possible presence of pseudoscience.

Use of vague, exaggerated or untestable claims

  • Assertion of scientific claims that are vague rather than precise, and that lack specific measurements[47]
  • Assertion of a claim with little or no explanatory power.[36]
  • Failure to make use of operational definitions (i.e. publicly accessible definitions of the variables, terms, or objects of interest so that persons other than the definer can measure or test them independently)[Note 5] (See also: Reproducibility).
  • Failure to make reasonable use of the principle of parsimony, i.e. failing to seek an explanation that requires the fewest possible additional assumptions when multiple viable explanations are possible (see: Occam’s razor).[49]
  • Use of obscurantist language, and use of apparently technical jargon in an effort to give claims the superficial trappings of science.
  • Lack of boundary conditions: Most well-supported scientific theories possess well-articulated limitations under which the predicted phenomena do and do not apply.[50]
  • Lack of effective controls, such as placebo and double-blind, in experimental design.
  • Lack of understanding of basic and established principles of physics and engineering[51]

Over-reliance on confirmation rather than refutation

  • Assertions that do not allow the logical possibility that they can be shown to be false by observation or physical experiment (see also: Falsifiability).[18][52]
  • Assertion of claims that a theory predicts something that it has not been shown to predict.[53] Scientific claims that do not confer any predictive power are considered at best “conjectures”, or at worst “pseudoscience” (e.g. Ignoratio elenchi)[54]
  • Assertion that claims which have not been proven false must therefore be true, and vice versa (see: Argument from ignorance).[55]
  • Over-reliance on testimonial, anecdotal evidence, or personal experience: This evidence may be useful for the context of discovery (i.e. hypothesis generation), but should not be used in the context of justification (e.g. Statistical hypothesis testing).[56]
  • Presentation of data that seems to support claims while suppressing or refusing to consider data that conflict with those claims.[26] This is an example of selection bias, a distortion of evidence or data that arises from the way that the data are collected. It is sometimes referred to as the selection effect.
  • Promulgating to the status of facts excessive or untested claims that have been previously published elsewhere; an accumulation of such uncritical secondary reports, which do not otherwise contribute their own empirical investigation, is called the Woozle effect.[57]
  • Reversed burden of proof: science places the burden of proof on those making a claim, not on the critic. “Pseudoscientific” arguments may neglect this principle and demand that skeptics demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that a claim (e.g. an assertion regarding the efficacy of a novel therapeutic technique) is false. It is essentially impossible to prove a universal negative, so this tactic incorrectly places the burden of proof on the skeptic rather than on the claimant.[58]
  • Appeals to holism as opposed to reductionism: proponents of pseudoscientific claims, especially in organic medicine, alternative medicine, naturopathy and mental health, often resort to the “mantra of holism” to dismiss negative findings.[59]

Lack of openness to testing by other experts

  • Evasion of peer review before publicizing results (termed “science by press conference”):[58][60][Note 6] Some proponents of ideas that contradict accepted scientific theories avoid subjecting their ideas to peer review, sometimes on the grounds that peer review is biased towards established paradigms, and sometimes on the grounds that assertions cannot be evaluated adequately using standard scientific methods. By remaining insulated from the peer review process, these proponents forgo the opportunity of corrective feedback from informed colleagues.[59]
  • Some agencies, institutions, and publications that fund scientific research require authors to share data so others can evaluate a paper independently. Failure to provide adequate information for other researchers to reproduce the claims contributes to a lack of openness.[61]
  • Appealing to the need for secrecy or proprietary knowledge when an independent review of data or methodology is requested[61]
  • Substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all view points is not encouraged.[62]

Absence of progress

  • Failure to progress towards additional evidence of its claims.[52][Note 7]Terence Hines has identified astrology as a subject that has changed very little in the past two millennia.[63][64] (see also: scientific progress)
  • Lack of self-correction: scientific research programmes make mistakes, but they tend to reduce these errors over time.[65] By contrast, ideas may be regarded as pseudoscientific because they have remained unaltered despite contradictory evidence. The work Scientists Confront Velikovsky (1976) Cornell University, also delves into these features in some detail, as does the work of Thomas Kuhn, e.g. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) which also discusses some of the items on the list of characteristics of pseudoscience.
  • Statistical significance of supporting experimental results does not improve over time and are usually close to the cutoff for statistical significance. Normally, experimental techniques improve or the experiments are repeated, and this gives ever stronger evidence. If statistical significance does not improve, this typically shows the experiments have just been repeated until a success occurs due to chance variations.

Personalization of issues

Use of misleading language

  • Creating scientific-sounding terms to persuade nonexperts to believe statements that may be false or meaningless: For example, a long-standing hoax refers to water by the rarely used formal name “dihydrogen monoxide” and describes it as the main constituent in most poisonous solutions to show how easily the general public can be misled.
  • Using established terms in idiosyncratic ways, thereby demonstrating unfamiliarity with mainstream work in the discipline
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Klanceweek2k16 Day 6: Hero/Villain

Superhero AU for today!  I was planning on drawing 2-3 comic pages, but I broke my tablet pen when I got home from class, so this is all I have q_q 
Edit: I finished the second page here!

Lance is a licensed hero working for Garrison, codename Hail-Raiser because of his ice abilities; he’s currently on a hero team with Pidge and Hunk.  Keith deserted the Garrison and is now a wanted criminal; the Garrison call him Prometheus because of his fire abilities, and for thematic reasons too.

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Rizumo: long analysis post

I decided to save this question to the last, because to explain  and answer properly, this post needs actual proofs from the beginning of the manga until now. 
advertence1: if you are an anime watcher, be aware this post is full of spoilers. Read it at your own risk.
advertence2: excuse my grammar, english is not my first language.
advertence3: high Rizumo content.

Shall we start?


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Disclosure - Crimes Against Humanity - Transformation

{Collective-consciousness - Heart Chakra - Intuition - Meditation - Duality - The Matrix - Illuminati - Extraterrestrials - Spirituality - Satanism - MK Ultra Mind Programming - Occult meanings - Military Abductions MILABS - The Golden Age - Fifth Dimension - Victory of the Light Forces}

I am not particularly fond of exploring and researching the dark side of what is occurring on Earth - but it is part of my soul mission on here - when full disclosure comes I will be glad to no longer research it. I research this out of love for humanity and this planet - to be of service. I have moved into a peaceful and loving state of being - but there is obviously still so much pain and suffering all around this planet. I won’t stop taking on more information and researching until disclosure comes, that’s when things will really start to change and the masses will start waking up. I know that the deeper my planetary realizations and knowledge becomes the more I energetically benefit the collective and the transition. In truth I feel very guided - often I will have a question about an aspect of the planetary conspiracy or metaphysical concepts and information comes to me through various sources. There is a lot more I could say about this and I have mentioned some of my various otherworldly and multidimensional experiences before on this blog. There are a few other experiences related to this I may share on here at some point.

Anyway, the way it works is that when humans individually deal with their subconscious - their shadow side, the negative ego aspects, all that is hidden from them in their psyche - as they shine a light on and heal these aspects, this affects the collective-consciousness. So then as more and more people individually heal and raise their consciousness the shadow side of the collective-consciousness of humanity begins to be seen more and more by people. And humanity individually and as a collective must deal with all that has been hidden from us on a planetary level.

Someone may meditate for a period everyday, and also through various other methods, they become more and more conscious, healing their shadow side - seeing where they are acting out of fear, what their limiting and fearful beliefs are - and then healing and letting go of the beliefs and stored repressed energies - and in turn becoming more loving and raising their vibration. And as their consciousness and vibration gets higher and higher their intuition gets more attuned - and through allowing themselves to feel all their feelings rather than repressing, and by expressing and demonstrating gratitude and love, their heart chakra opens more and more. They also become very conscious of all feeling and sensations in the body, and they become very attuned to the messages from their body and their Heart and intuition. Then they feel their way through life, and they can see and feel that there is something very wrong with this planet - they see and feel the lies and deceptions - that there are some seriously unusual things occurring on this planet and in the collective. And when we gain a certain amount of knowledge our discernment becomes stronger and the pieces of the puzzle all begin to fit together. Part of why we raise our consciousness is to be more conscious of things - more conscious of everything - to house information.

Engaging with what is going on in the human collective can be very intense, some of the very dark things that have been going on here on Earth is shocking and when it all comes out the masses will need some time to process it. I have been researching this a great deal - guided to information after information - so I am somewhat used to it - but I know initially, as certain world or planetary realizations hit me, it blew my mind and freaked me out for a little while until I reminded myself of the transition this planet is going through - due to the energies coming from the galactic center - and that the fact that people are becoming aware of all these dark hidden factors is just a byproduct of this, so in some ways it can be seen as a positive thing, from a certain perspective - showing that the transition/ transformation is underway.

I have said it before on this blog - this is a type of slave / farm planet (mainly the farming of human energy). This planet will make sense to you when you come to this understanding.

Pretty much all you see around you is a part of this slave matrix / system - there are occult (hidden) meanings behind so many things - and a part of the Illuminati’s strange religion / belief system is that they must give us clues as to what is going on. For example you may want to look into all the occult meanings behind the names of all the major corporations and the logos they use - and who actually owns them. And even the everyday words we use: Television = Tell a vision ( They are creating visions for us - getting us to manifest their visions. Television is the Archon’s, Draco’s and Illuminati’s visions, it is one of their ways of getting us, as creative beings, to collectively manifest their visions and agendas - they control all the networks and nearly all of Hollywood ) Business = Busy-ness ( This word is telling us that this economic system they designed for us is to keep people busy - you can’t work out the planetary conspiracy if your are so busy. In fact just look how busy they keep most people - parents often barely get to see their kids - people don’t have time to prepare proper healthy meals - very little leisure time - very little time to evolve spirituality - most people are so busy and stressed they barely have time to contemplate anything spiritual - it’s all connected - it has all been planned and coordinated.) To ‘spell’ a word or ‘spelling’ is alluding to the fact that words have energetic power and are seen by the illuminati as a type of magic, they use words as spells. A ‘sentence’ is seen by the elites as sentencing someone or cursing someone - again because words have power in a way that humans are not fully aware of. Before human DNA was disconnected by our controllers humans were telepathic. There is a reason behind why English was pushed by the Elites as the ‘World Language’. Anyway, there are occult (hidden) meanings behind almost everything - the matrix on this planet has been set up and coordinated from very ancient times - this slave planet has truly been designed - planned out.

One more little occult thing for you: The red carpet used at events, which the Royal Families always use - that red carpet represents ‘the blood of the Goyim’ - Goyim (wikipedia won’t tell you the true meaning of it to the Elites) is a word the Elites use - it is a word they use to refer to humanity. What it means to the Elites is something like: ‘useless eaters’ - that is how the Illuminati / The Cabal and The Royals etc refer to humanity - ‘useless eaters’. So when you see a Royal walking down that red carpet - or anyone for that matter, it represents walking over, through or on humanity’s blood. It is also related to genetic bloodline elitism.

Now, I am not going to get into all the fine details here of all the information I have researched – of all that very disturbing satanic ritual and sacrifice within the powerful secret societies, royal families and banking families – the alien and military (MILAB) abductions – the government treaties with negative extraterrestrial races – the alien technology hidden from us – secret underground experimental laboratories and military installations – the manipulated and contrived wars and terrorist acts killing masses of people – the wiping of soul memories – the reincarnational false light realms – the manipulation of our DNA – the MK ULTRA mind programming of soldiers, celebrities, pop-stars, film-stars, etc – the very advanced healing and free energy technology hidden from us – the portal travel hidden from us –  the weather modification technology (HAARP) used against humanity – the chemtrails – poisons in our food, water and cleaning products – poisons in our so called vaccinations – the occult economic money debt slavery system – the vast secret space programs (the colonization of the moon, mars and our solar system, vast space fleets of craft, all of it hidden from us, and the moon is an artificial construct by the way) – the constant psychological manipulations, deceit and oppression through technology, the education system and the media – the corrupt medical and pharmaceutical industry – humanity’s erased and rewritten history – our extraterrestrial DNA and heritage hidden from us – the corrupt and deceiving news corporations – the false flags and psyops –corrupt politicians – satanic royal families – the artificial intelligence transhumanism agenda – the diseases unleashed on humanity that were purposely created in laboratories – etc, etc, I could go on and on. You see the crimes against humanity committed by The Cabal / Secret Societies / Banking Families / Crime Syndicates / Illuminati and the extraterrestrials are so vast - probably beyond what you can imagine right now.

It is up to you if you feel you are ready to research these things and engage with this information and find all the details. But we as a collective need to be conscious of these things to stop them occurring and transform them - just like we need to be conscious of our own issues, our fears and shadow side, before we can heal them. I know it’s not particularly pleasant, but we have to shine a light on these hidden aspects of the planet and the collective before they can be transformed.

Some of the extraterrestrial races that have been running the show here - now that is really going to shock people. People often mention this false reality we are experiencing now - this Matrix - this Matrix of extreme duality - but not so many people are talking about where it stems from. It is the Archons, the Draco Reptilians and the Cabal (the negative factions of the Illuminati) with all their very advanced technologies that have created it and maintained it. They have cut humans off from the rest of the civilizations in our solar system, galaxy and the infinite universe - and cut off humans conscious connection to Source. To create a type of slave / farm planet - for them to utilize humans and their souls for their own benefits - mostly feeding off fear and low vibrational energy. I have said it before: Truth - Stranger than Fiction.

If you are not familiar with any literature regarding the Archons just use the search option on this blog - there is plenty of info posted on here - I have also got a few new posts on the Archons coming.

When disclosure comes and we do reconnect with the many more advanced loving extraterrestrial and inter-dimensional civilizations out there, the way we view spiritually will also change - in truth, we know so little about the nature of soul energy, multidimensionality, the universe and creation - so much knowledge has been hidden from us.

Advanced technologies are used to create this matrix of extreme duality - but one of the key things for them is manipulating human consciousness to bring forth their agendas, to utilize humans for their needs. We are powerful creator beings and their manipulation of humans, through many different esoteric, occult and psychological ways (very much including all aspects of the media) - turns humanity’s collective power and creativity against itself to manifest a world mainly consisting of conflict, extreme duality, fear, pain and low vibrational energy. If we all see through the deceptions and their agendas, become informed, shine a light on and heal our shadow side, become more loving and continue to raise our vibrations and visualize a beautiful, harmonious, abundant future for humanity - their control will fade even more quickly.

Their control is actually getting less and less all the time - the positive alliances behind the scenes have procedures in place - there will be mass arrests - disclosure will come - and everyone will have to mentally face what has been going on at some point and come to terms with it. Then humanity will move on, into a very different reality on this planet - a higher vibrational experience - some refer to this as either fourth density, the fourth dimension or the fifth dimension - it is what many prophecies and ancient cultures refer to as the coming Golden Age.

Peace and Love.

Christmas Parties and Mistletoe | Spencer Reid

Title: Christmas Parties and Mistletoe
Author: Clara
Character: Spencer Reid
Warnings: ex mention
Prompt:
anon: “Could you please do #3 from the Christmas List with Spencer Reid? I love your writing btw!! <3”
anon: “3 on the xmas prompt thing with Spencer Reid please :*”
(3. Character A’s ex will be at the Christmas Party A is attending. Character B poses as A’s fiance. )

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Sanctuary

Author: @appleblossomgirl0305

A/N: I’ve had a sad week and couldn’t pull off the next chapter of Holiday in time to post it here. I wasn’t planning to post anything but as I gratefully snuggled into bed last night, my mind drifted to Peeta and Katniss in their cave. I’ve never written anything canon compliant before (I’m not 100% sure this qualifies as such), but it made me so happy to imagine them hunkered down together, resting and healing, that I jotted this down. It is un-betaed, please forgive mistakes.

Rated: T to M? for mild sexual content


His eyes were dark and bottomless with fever as she administered the shot that would save his life. Miraculously, nonsensically, it had been Clove’s skull that was crushed, her crumpled, lifeless body left at the Cornucopia, not Katniss’. Katniss felt her knotted muscles begin to relax for the first time since she’d left their cave that morning for the feast in pursuit of the something they “needed desperately”. 

Weak from loss of blood and exhaustion, she exhaled a shaky breath, quelling the irrational tears that were pressing against the backs of her eyes. Silently chanting the mantra that he would be okay, she had gotten him the medicine and he would be okay, she closed her eyes. And she was thankful for his warmth beside her as she surrendered to the oblivion of unconsciousness.

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veronicamvrs  asked:

'when they lean forward a fraction as if to kiss the other person, then realize they shouldn’t and pull back to stop themselves' for our boyfriends 💗

enJOY ALEX!! <3

(sidenote: this is a high school au, and the age difference between the boys has been reduced because i can do whatever i want)


The friendship that has blossomed between Alex Summers and Warren Worthington III is something no one really saw coming. In fact, not a lot of people even know about their friendship, due to their own reputations that are polar opposite from one another.

Warren smokes things that are far from good for him and breaks hearts, seemingly without any care. Alex keeps to himself and has a mind that never seems to quiet down.

Their friendship started after Warren witnessed some douchebags push around Alex in the hall. They knocked his books out of his hands and just started shoving him. Warren still isn’t quite sure why he stepped in that day; normally, he’d look the other way. Maybe it was the look Alex had given him from across the hall. Despite it all, that’s the day their friendship started.

Alex always had known he’d been just as attracted to boys as he was to girls, and he hated himself for developing a giant, obvious crush on one of his only friends. And that friend just had to be the one person he couldn’t have.

Tonight, Warren had snuck into Alex’s room because of an explosive fight between him and his father. Alex feels sick to his gut every time this happens; he knows how nasty they can get.

Alex is sitting on his bed with his back against the wall, strumming his guitar idly. Warren is laying down on the bed, with his knees in the air, playing some dumb game on his phone. They don’t really mind the silence, it’s not even awkward. Alex knows that Warren just needs some quiet time after fights like those.

“Is learning how to play easy?” Warren asks out of the blue, sitting up, tucking his knees to his chest. “I’ve always wanted to learn.”

“I dunno,” Alex shrugs, taking the strap off his shoulder. “It always came naturally to me.”

“You think you could teach me a few chords?” Warren asks, with a small smile.

Alex feels his heart suddenly jump at his request, knowing how close in proximity he’d have to get to Warren to teach him.

“Uh, yeah! Yeah. Totally.” Alex replies, kicking himself for sounding flustered. Alex hands the guitar over to Warren, who strums it experimentally.

“I guess we could start off with some basic chords.” Alex starts off, moving closer to Warren. “E minor is pretty easy, just put your fingers on the second and third string.”

Warren follows his instructions and strums, smiling to himself when the desired sound is produced.

They run through the basic chords together, Warren picking up the skills easily. The only chord that seems to be troubling him is the F chord, which Alex can tell he’s getting frustrated at.

“Here,” Alex says, moving to the other side of Warren. “Let me help you.”

Warren feels his heart pick up in speed when Alex delicately takes his fingers, and puts them in the correct spots. His hands are soft and comforting, something Warren isn’t used to. He looks down at Alex who’s concentrated in helping him, his tongue poking out to help Warren. It’s not until Alex looks up at Warren, when they realize just how close they are to each other.

Everything seems to come to a still in the world, as they just look at each other. Warren realizes how pretty Alex’s eyes are, and how the mole on the underside of his chin makes his face just that much more unique. Alex realizes that Warren’s lips are incredibly pink and he can’t help but to think of how they’d feel on his.

Alex also realizes just how much he wants to kiss Warren.

He leans forward to Warren slowly, and he can hear the sharp intake of air that Warren takes. Warren’s tongue swipes over his lower lip, his eyes fluttering shut for a moment. Alex tentatively reaches up to rest his hand on Warren’s shoulder, and just for a moment, he closes his eyes too.

They’re so close to each other now, close enough to where a little slip would get their lips to touch. And just as Warren is about to give in, he realizes how fucked he’d be if he’d let this happen. He’s kissed so many people to feel something, to feel anything, only to be left feeling broken. Warren knows if he kisses Alex, he’ll finally find what he’s been looking for. And he’s fucking terrified of that.

So he turns his face away from Alex. Alex opens his eyes, to see Warren setting the guitar down on his bed. Warren shrugs on his jacket, back facing Alex. Alex feels the tears well up in his eyes as Warren runs a hand through his unruly hair.

“I’m- I’m- fuck,” Warren says, trying to find the right words to say. He turns and sees Alex sitting there, looking like Warren had just ripped his heart out. “I… I have to go.”

And with that, Warren makes a beeline for the window, leaving Alex. Alex gets up to watch Warren hop off of the tree that’s in front of his bedroom, and stalk off to his car that’s parked across the street.

And Alex-

Alex shouldn’t have gotten himself attached to someone he couldn’t have.

b-tamin  asked:

Hi can you recommend slow build drarry fics? I like all the time settings (hogwarts, 8th year, post hogwarts; they're all so unique and good) but I love when they start out as kinda-enemies and move onto friends and then lovers. Thank you so much! <3

Hi b-tamin! I think I have some lovely recs for you. :) These are multiple eras, though I have to warn you, in not all of these they start as kind of enemies; in some their start is antagonistic, but also some of these have a gentler starts, not established as friends, but yeah, less antagonistic, I’m afraid.

I hope you enjoy them all the same. <3

Stop and Stare by Saras_girl (R, 78,3K)
Summary: Harry’s life is full of care, he has no time to stop or stare; he has no time for anyone’s shit, until his friends aren’t having it. A story about the unravelly things. (R, 78,3K)
My notes: Oh, this fic is the definition of slow build. :D It’s very slow paced, and actually, that’s what’s wonderful about this story, to see Harry, living this busy life, and slowing his pace and falling in love. Saras_girl has a number of slow-build fics though, but this one came immediately to mind.  

The Vanishing Department by @dictacontrion (NC-17, 47,6K)
Summary: The things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, even if that involves a lot more form-filling, bickering, covert glancing, miscommunication, and flying furniture than we might expect.
My notes: This fic has one of the coolest slow-builds EVER, because Harry spends much of that time ~annoying~ Draco, and Draco being thoroughly ~annoyed~ by Harry, and is fucking perfect. In fact, this whole story is perfect. I’d say it’s one of my favourite stories by Dicta, but everything she writes is my favourite, so. <3

Little Red Courgette by blamebrampton (PG, 31,4K)
Summary: When this season’s purple courgettes are woefully thin, Draco Malfoy thinks it amounts to small beans. Next thing he knows, the Department of Standards is over-run with leeks, Brussels sprouts all sorts of legislative difficulties, and somebody appears to have put a roquette under Harry Potter. Can Draco seize a marrow victory? Or will his plans for peas be squashed?
My notes: The most darling fic ever, and one of my favourites by Blamebrampton. Harry and Draco begin a friendship due to an international incident about the substandard size of courgettes. Very nicely paced indeed.

The Moon Looks Lovely Tonight by Omi_ohmy (R, 35,7K)
Summary: When Harry moves into the damp and empty Black house, it doesn’t quite feel like home. And then the first owl moves in. After that, it’s a steep slope leading to bed-sharing, more owls, assorted housemates, strange potions experiments, and terrible cooking. And a bit of waltzing, too.
My notes: Omi_Ohmy has some of the most lovely paced fics out there, it’s one of the things I always remember about her fics, and this one is no different. Harry moves back to Grimmauld Place and very soon all sorts of owls find their way to his home and make a home there, too. With them (though in a different way) many of his friends end up living with him, and eventually Draco does, too. Though somehow he ends up sharing his room (and bed) with Draco.

Against All Odds by momatu (NC-17, 53,8K)
Summary: Beauxbatons is hosting the first ever Quidditch Summer School for children from all over Europe, and Harry has promised to enroll Teddy as his birthday present. Meanwhile, Draco is stuck in his office, putting together the first ever Quidditch Summer School for children from all over Europe during, when he should be enjoying summer holidays.
My notes: If you’re looking for slow-build, this is the fic to go! As the summary says, Harry enrols Teddy on a Quidditch Summer School in which Draco is the Flying Instructor, Harry ends up staying to fill-in for the duration and Harry and Draco begin a journey of falling in love. It’s wonderful.

Open For Repairs by FeelsForBreakfast (R, 34,9K)
Summary: After the war, Draco works at a tv repair shop and Harry breaks things.
My notes: I find this story to be completely enchanting. There’s everything so very sweet about Harry finding his place in the middle of the messy repair shop where Draco works and learning about Draco’s new life, how the war changed them, being friends with Muggles and Squibs. It’s very gentle and has some lovely insights into Harry and Draco’s character.

Wish Upon a Star (As Dreamers Do) by ICMezzo (R, 27K)
Summary: There’s plant magic and celestial magic and dark magic and the normal magic that allows Harry to use a spell to clean his socks when Myrtle’s taken up in his laundry room again. Then there are wishes, and dreams, and love, and those are even more magical still.
My notes: Draco is an actual Wishmaker here. Literally, he grants wishes. Of course, there’s a ritual to follow and wish upon the right star. And Harry is going to need his help. It’s lovely, the whole process of wish-making is so much fun. But that’s not all, Harry’s living in Grimmaul place, and it’s filled with ghosts, literal ghosts, too. But it’s not sad (or creepy!), it’s just a bit melancholic at times but it’s wonderful all around.

It Must Be (True Love) by frostywonder (R, 45,6K)
Summary: No amount of playing by the rules has made Harry’s life any easier, and Malfoy has matured but also hasn’t. They are who they are, and though they try, neither one can fully change.
My notes: This story is really a darling. Harry is an junior Auror who momentarily takes over a ‘project case.’ This one in particular is being witness of a Potioneer doing an experimental potion and being present to ensure they are following certain protocols so this Potion is Ministry-approved. That Potioneer is one Draco Malfoy. It has wonderful and delightful characterisations of Harry and Draco (who has a very low tolerance for alcohol and pain Potions), and there’s also Romilda, who is seriously brilliant.

Somebody to Love by khasael (PG, 31,2K)
Summary: Draco’s life after the war is quite different than it used to be. When he finds himself cursed, with little hope for lifting the spell, he sets out to make the most of the time he has left. Getting to know his Aunt Andromeda and his young cousin Teddy feels like a good thing to do, even if it can’t help him in the long run…or can it?
My notes: As the summary says: Draco’s been cursed! Not only that, he’s been cursed to death, and the only way to break this curse is to find someone who will genuine love him, not as a friend or family. At the beginning Draco really tries to find someone, meet people, but soon he just gives up and decides to use the time he has to live. He reaches for Andromeda, wanting to know and love his family, but of course, Harry is a something of a permanent feature on Andromeda and Teddy’s life, and this is how their friendship begins. Oh, so lovely, isn’t it!? ^^

Lucky - Neville Imagine

Requested by @itsafestivaloffantasy: Could you do an imagine or two about Neville? Maybe with his children or something sweet with him and the reader aftre the war?

During and after the war you had worked as a junior Healer, healing the people sick and injured as a result of it. This had been your preferred contribution to the war, as you were talented in potions and charms. Your boyfriend Neville, however, had become a true hero.

Six months on and each of you was working full time due to the importance of your jobs, you as a Healer, and him helping to rebuild Hogwarts as he trained to become a teacher there. 

By now almost all of the people injured during the war had fully recovered due to the advanced and sometimes experimental magic used to save them by the members of the Department for Victims of War at St Mungo’s. Most of the patients you dealt with now suffered from psychological trauma. Only now, over half a year on, was the trustees board of the hospital allowing trusted muggle psychologists to help in the department.

 One of your jobs as a Healer was to observe these psychologists as they assessed the patients and think up magical cures for the diagnoses. So far the new treatments introduced included sleeping draughts for those suffering from nightmares, Patronus therapy and calming potions from those suffering from PTSD or anxiety and there was current deliberation over whether or not Felix Felicis could be justifiably used in finding missing persons.

Today was a fairly difficult day, you were shadowing a psychologist in the Memory ward from this war. Frank and Alice weren’t in this ward but even the similarities of their situation to these people was striking. You hadn’t told Neville you were doing this today, it would’ve been too much. 

 In the ward the muggle psychologist explained that there were different types of memory and that they were processed differently. There was short-term, and long-term memory, and important memories would move from one to the other at some point. He explained that each patient had, in fact a varied form of memory loss. You in turn explained how the memory charms worked and, gradually began to form a picture of how it may be altered to restore memories, and repair the parts of the brain stopping them from forming. 

 As a result of the new magic brought to light by the healing of the war’s victims, nerve repair had been made possible, meaning that although risky, repairing brain pathways was theoretically possible. A reverse memory charm had never before been successfully performed however, and required more thought. It was mentioned that stimuli may be helpful as well as the presence of a close friend or family member.

A theory began to form, first the physical pathways of the brain would be fixed, then you would perform the spell in the presence of a family member, concentrating on bringing to the surface, rather than removing the memories. 

After a long meeting with the manager of the department it seemed to be decided that the families of the memory loss patients would be informed and asked to take a judgement. It was also decided that you would become the official in charge of performing these spells. 

Just a fortnight later you were sat by a little girl - who it was decided would go first due to the lower severity of her memory loss. Her parents were there, and had brought a box of her toys too. The first spell had been done before, although never on a brain and so, while fiddly, you knew it would work. The second spell was the risky one but, nevertheless you attempted it. To your relief, no damage appeared to be done and, when the patient came to could remember almost all of the memories she had lost. 

This meant that the treatment had been successful and could be used on other patients, a major breakthrough. Over the next few days you were able to give treatment to all of the remaining memory loss patients, with at least partial success in all cases. 

 It was at this point when you knew that you had to tell Neville what you’d been doing. So, at the weekend you told him you needed to talk and you explained what you’d been doing, and that there was a possibility of restoring the minds and memories of patients from the last war too, patients like his parents. He buried his face in his hands and his shoulders shook with quiet sobs. 

 "Is it really possible?“ He asked. You nodded with a soft smile. "I’m so lucky to have you, promise you’ll never leave me.

I’M STILL IN TIME! HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL OF YOU GENOSONIC TRASH!!!

partly inspired by @nimnime​‘s sinful sonic-in-a-dress fanart and partly my own insane ideas, featuring near-deaths, crossdressing!sonic, a new year’s party, and genos’s faulty machinery: 

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