this thing all things devours

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Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker on the red carpet for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens World Premiere 12.15.2015 (x)

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the way they look at each other just gives me a lot of unwanted feels. all the love and admiration for each other and the joy and happiness at having finally made it to being able to say “we’re married”. they made it. they put in the work and they got their happy ending. i’m so proud of my babies

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Better pics of the black dragon armor with elder Futhark runic borders. The runes spell out the following:

This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

(Gollum’s final riddle from the Hobbit)

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: ‘Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’

(Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley)


We wonder—and some hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when through the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the wolf in chase,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.

(last part of Ozymandias by Horace Smith)

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This Thing All Things Devours (4/15~)

Sherlock/John, explicit, 7,750~ words in chapter 4

Are you sure you have to leave?

Summary:  (In Time AU) In 2169, time is money—literally. Humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, when the numbers on their arm start counting down from one year. When that time is up, they die. The only way to get more time is to earn it, borrow it, or steal it.

John Watson lives day-to-day in the crowded slums of Zone 13. He never imagined living any differently—until he meets the practically-immortal Sherlock, and helps him on a case to track a local time-thief…

Fic Rec #3

This Thing All Things Devours, by cypress_tree
Word Count: 63,852

Summary: (In Time AU) In 2169, time is money—literally. Humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, when the numbers on their arm start counting down from one year. When that time is up, they die. The only way to get more time is to earn it, borrow it, or steal it.

John Watson lives day-to-day in the crowded slums of Zone 13. He never imagined living any differently—until he meets the practically-immortal Sherlock, and helps him on a case to track a local time-thief…

My Thoughts: Last night I was sort of mindlessly searching AO3 for an interesting AU to bookmark to read when I got up today when I stumbled across this gem.  I started reading at about 1:30AM, and literally could not bring myself to stop.  I finished at 4 AM, exhausted, but with no regrets.  

This is an AU based on a film I haven’t seen called “In Time”, which is set in a distopian future where, when people turn 25, they both stop aging entirely and green numbers appear on their arms counting down from one year.  Time is currency-They can gain time by borrowing it (via loan, etc), stealing it, winning it, or earning it.  The plot is extremely intoxicating and interesting, and I commend the author for making the transition of John and Sherlock’s relationship believable.  Usually when I’m reading a long fic and the romance starts happening too soon, I tend to get bored.  However, the plot itself was so interesting and well-written, I never found myself drifting off.

If you’re looking for a good, long AU with a meaty plot and some great, well-written smut, I HIGHLY recommend this fic.  Make sure you have a few hours on hard before you start though, because its nearly impossible to stop once you do.

((***The paragraph below contains spoilers***))

I really want to comment on John in this story.  This fic has a lot of badass John, and I seriously couldn’t get enough.  I mean, god, the characterization was perfect.  I especially love how stubborn he is.  Even when he is poor and he knows how rich Sherlock is and that he can spare the time, he never willingly lets Sherlock give him any.  Even when John is no longer poor, he is still steadfastly independent of Sherlock, and only truly accepts Sherlock’s time once, and only when its absolutely necessary.  

The only negative thoughts I have for this fic was that Sherlock was a little too dependent on John for me.  I like my Sherlock feisty, and this Sherlock was almost too “damsel in distress” for me.  But only in some instances.  For the most part, Sherlock held his own.

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This Thing All Things Devours (14/15)

Sherlock/John, explicit, 5,400~ words in chapter 14

“You know you only have three tries before it sounds an alarm?” Lestrade warned.

Sherlock tried another number.  The lock buzzed again.  The red light flashed, threateningly.

“We have limited time—”

“I know that!”

Summary:  (In Time AU) In 2169, time is money—literally. Humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, when the numbers on their arm start counting down from one year. When that time is up, they die. The only way to get more time is to earn it, borrow it, or steal it.

John Watson lives day-to-day in the crowded slums of Zone 13. He never imagined living any differently—until he meets the practically-immortal Sherlock, and helps him on a case to track a local time-thief…

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This Thing All Things Devours (15/15)

Sherlock/John, explicit, 1,776~ words in chapter 15

“We could stop this, you know,” John murmured.

Summary:  (In Time AU) In 2169, time is money—literally. Humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, when the numbers on their arm start counting down from one year. When that time is up, they die. The only way to get more time is to earn it, borrow it, or steal it.

John Watson lives day-to-day in the crowded slums of Zone 13. He never imagined living any differently—until he meets the practically-immortal Sherlock, and helps him on a case to track a local time-thief…

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This Thing All Things Devours (6/15~)

Sherlock/John, explicit, 4,400~ words in chapter 6

“You never showed up!” John yelled.  “I waited a whole year for you, and you never showed up.  Why would you even make that promise if you—”

Summary:  (In Time AU) In 2169, time is money—literally. Humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, when the numbers on their arm start counting down from one year. When that time is up, they die. The only way to get more time is to earn it, borrow it, or steal it.

John Watson lives day-to-day in the crowded slums of Zone 13. He never imagined living any differently—until he meets the practically-immortal Sherlock, and helps him on a case to track a local time-thief…

I’m not saying it’s happening, because it’s just–I can’t–I’m not saying it’s happening, but…

azriona commented on “this thing all things devours” wondering where Moriarty’s place would be in this ‘verse.  and.  um.

now I have this headcanon that…if Moriarty were to exist in that 'verse, he would be very similar to Sherlock, but with different motivations.  while Sherlock and John steal from the rich to redistribute to the poor, Moriarty would steal just to fuck up the system and watch the economy crumble.

….and then John would have this whole inner conflict because Moriarty would start targeting Sherlock–catching his attention in some really destructive way.  and Sherlock would want to stop Moriarty because he’s fucking Moriarty, and Sherlock knows that Moriarty is doing it just to toy with him.  and John would want to be on Sherlock’s side, because he’s Sherlock, and John knows that Moriarty is doing things for the wrong reasons.  but at the same time, John wants that revolution.  he wants Moriarty to destroy the system, because he knows the system is fucked up, and a little destruction is unavoidable and worth it in the end, isn’t it?

oh god.  imagine the arguments.  the relationship conflict.  I just–

fuck fuck fuck fuck

also, if there are any beloved readers out there right now, let me tell you a story~~

so in my AU, people have glowing green numbers on their arms telling them how much life-time they have left, y/y?  I refer to them either as “numbers” or “time.”  occasionally, I just heavily imply it by saying “[person’s] arm.”

originally, I called them “clocks.”  which, Squid was quick to point out, can be easily mis-read as “cocks.” take, for instance, the following actual fic-excerpts:

  • He rubbed at his [clock] mindlessly.
  • Sherlock eyed John’s [clock].
  • He laid his own arm next to Sherlock’s and scowled, comparing their [clocks].

thank you to my betasquid for helping me avert inevitable disaster.

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This Thing All Things Devours (3/15~)

Sherlock/John, explicit, 3,600~ words in chapter 3

When John woke the next morning, Sherlock was gone again. John groaned through a yawn, and Sherlock appeared in the doorway. His hair was still tousled from sleep, he had a smudge of jam at the corner of his mouth, and he hadn’t changed out of John’s wrinkled pyjamas. He was holding a turner in one hand that appeared to be dripping egg yolk onto the floor.

Summary:  (In Time AU) In 2169, time is money—literally. Humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, when the numbers on their arm start counting down from one year. When that time is up, they die. The only way to get more time is to earn it, borrow it, or steal it.

John Watson lives day-to-day in the crowded slums of Zone 13. He never imagined living any differently—until he meets the practically-immortal Sherlock, and helps him on a case to track a local time-thief…

yakuzadog  asked:

So I watched In Time. Dude. You are doing that au way more justice than the movie did! Seriously, now I'm even MORE impressed than I already was with your fic because so many of the cool things that happen in it are your own original ideas! ah and your bank break-in scenes are way more thrilling and suspenseful than anything the movie pulled off ("really. did they really just drive a truck through and just WALK into the open freaking safe? REALLY?") oh and your sex scenes are rad, too~

aaahhhhHHHHH you are too sweet, thank you!  ;__;

I was kind of disappointed with the movie tbh, because I feel like it didn’t take things far enough!  it supposedly takes place 100+ years in the future, yet practically nothing has changed???  how???????

so, yeah, I embellished a bit.  I feel like I kind of had to, because I’m essentially taking a story that is action-with-bonus-romance and turning it into romance-with-bonus-action.  so a lot of the things I embellished were done to aid the romance bits of the plot.  like the description of how it feels to exchange time with someone, or the idea of flatlining during a particularly satisfying orgasm.  heh.

I am so, so not used to writing action scenes.  they are kind of an alien beast to me.  I’m much more comfortable in the realm of fluff and domesticity, which is why most of my fic falls into those categories.  >_>  honestly, the In Time AU almost didn’t happen because I was so afraid of not being able to pull off multiple bank robbing scenes.  but in the end, I tried, and I’m glad I did!

and yeah, that scene in the movie where they drive a truck through the bank, like—whut.  although the most hilarious part of that for me was the fact that people were so calm about it.  there was an initial frenzy to grab the capsules (I think I made that word up—they’re never named in the movie, iirc), but then afterward, people are just hanging out in the street.  um, that wouldn’t happen.  there would be a fuckn riot.

and I’m glad you like the sex scenes, hahaha.  I’m always afraid I make them too sappy.  I’m quite certain many of them are too sappy, but whatever whatever I do what I want~~  *cartwheels away*

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This Thing All Things Devours (2/15~)

Sherlock/John, explicit, 4,700~ words in chapter 2

They sat in silence for a few minutes, the story behind them. John took another sip of tea before noticing that Sherlock’s fingers had stilled. He was watching John—following the motion of the mug every time John brought the rim to his lips.

“You sure you’re not thirsty?” John asked. Sherlock nodded, blinking twice as if to clear his mind.

Summary:  (In Time AU) In 2169, time is money—literally. Humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25, when the numbers on their arm start counting down from one year. When that time is up, they die. The only way to get more time is to earn it, borrow it, or steal it.

John Watson lives day-to-day in the crowded slums of Zone 13. He never imagined living any differently—until he meets the practically-immortal Sherlock, and helps him on a case to track a local time-thief…

 

sunday six

Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, submitted, in progress, for your cat — whatever.

“That was a little dramatic, don’t you think?” Sherlock asked with a scowl.

Mycroft shrugged.  "Well, when playing with children, one must play by children’s rules.“

"You’ve always thought of me as a child, haven’t you?”

Mycroft smileda polite show of teeth without any emotion.  He turned to John.

my goal is to finish writing chapter 14 by the end of thursday night.  and when I say “thursday night” what I mean is “friday morning.”

I’m going to visit some friends in the NY/NJ area over the weekend, which means I won’t be around on tumblr, and I won’t have time to write from fri-mon.  except on the five-hour train ride there and back.  which has the potential to be a perfect chunk of productive time, but–

anyway, chapter 14 is about 90% done?  maybe even 95%.  I have a few plot holes to plug up and then I really need to get this final scene perfect, because….it’s just really important.  you’ll find out why, if you’re reading.  if you’re not reading, you won’t find out, but you also won’t care, so–

anyway.  I think finishing by end-of-day thursday is doable.  the real action part of the story will wrap up in this next chapter, and then chapter 15 will basically be a shortish epilogue.  if I could use that 10-hours-total train time to pump out the epilogue, that would be fan-fucking-tastic.

so.  them’s my goals.

I really like what I have so far of chapter 14.  I hope you guys like it, too.  I think you will.  I don’t want to be presumptuous, though.  um.

okay I just watched In Time for the…fourth or fifth time um so here is a comprehensive list of things that are not in my au but probably should have been:

  • constant surveillance in the poorer zones (this would have worked perfectly with Mycroft damn damn damn)
  • everyone has bodyguards in the rich zones (I mention it briefly, but I should have done more with it oops)
  • strip poker 
  • …..
  • just stRIP POKER
  • TAKE ANY EXCUSE TO PUT STRIP POKER IN YOUR FICS, YOU GUYS WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU THESE OPPORTUNITIES YOU GRAB THEM
  • the end that is all thank