But I like the morning, the promise, and I feel the newness of the day. I expect a good day. I like the dark felt curtains. I like the view when they are open—sky and only the tops of the highest buildings.
Anaïs Nin, from a diary entry featured in Trapeze: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1947–1955
I LOVE YOU WRITINGS Can you PLEASE write a fic were peter takes his s/o on dates to the tops of buildings as spider man a lot to the point were people beging looking for spider-man girlfriend and pictures of them start showing up on websites and news broadcasts
a/n - i’ve gotten multiple requests to write this kind of fic, and i hope it doesn’t disappoint and is a flop like me anyways don’t forget to request a fic if you’d like or follow! also peter looks like he’s listening to a pretty funky beat in the gif LMAOOOOO
The sun was setting over Queens after the clock struck seven in the evening. My back was pressed up against Peter’s chest, breathing in the view as he was holding me close by. His mask was in my lap as his chin rested on my shoulder, rocking me from side to side.
Sitting at the roof of a busy building in town was a bit of a risk, but somehow Peter and I were willing to make such an attempt. During times together like these, he would become so equipped and steady to grab him mask at any point and run off with me, keeping our affair a secret as best as he could.
I leaned back even more and look up at his face, only being able to see his cheeks. I chuckled as he looked down, pressing a kiss on my lips as a smile melted onto his face as well. Our hearts were both jumping from mile to mile until Peter broke the kiss, putting his mask on within a second.
Whether you’re looking to spot wildlife, want to catch some waves or ride a rollercoaster from dawn until dusk, there’s a beach for every type of traveller in California, says travel writer Hannah Summers
Santa Monica, Los Angeles
A day at the beach doesn’t have to mean hours lazing in the sun. A case in point is LA’s 5.6km-long Santa Monica Beach. In fact, this stretch of sand is home to the original Muscle Beach, which has made a name for itself as the city’s most popular outdoor gym (and the second home of celebs and bodybuilders, including Arnold Schwarzenegger) since the 1950s.
Today you can try out the bicep-quivering equipment yourself, or just head along for a spot of people watching. The big draw though is the colours, lights and old-school atmosphere of the Santa Monica Pier. Test your nerves on the roller coaster, indulge in gigantic ice creams, or ride the 13-story Pacific Wheel – the world’s first and only solar-powered Ferris wheel.
La Jolla is known as ‘the jewel’ of San Diego, and it’s easy to see why with its white-sand beaches, towering sea cliffs and turquoise coves. Most beaches here are tucked into rocky coves, but for a 1.6km-long stretch of palm-backed sand, try La Jolla Shores Beach, the perfect patch for soft surf and sunbathing.
For something a little more hardcore, join one of the many kayaking trips leaving the beach and heading out to La Jolla Caves – it’s a rocky beach that’s hard to access on foot, and your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular cliffs and perhaps a sea lion or two.
For a combination of wildlife and walks, try San Gregorio State Beach which sits in a valley 15km south of Half Moon Bay. This is a rustic beach as its best, so instead of ice-cream shops and fairground rides, expect a golden sweep of sand dotted with logwood, driftwood and birds.
Picnic tables dot the bluff – bring your favourite food and drink down and enjoy it with the views – then work it off with a walk. Head south and you’ll take on a cliff-backed stretch to Pomponio State Beach, or head north to explore caves, fossils and sandstone cliffs.
It’s impossible not to fall for Santa Barbara, the laid-back and cosy beach town boasts top-draw beaches, pretty buildings and a booming food and drink scene. It’s also been a long-standing surfers’ hangout, and if you fancy trying it for yourself then there’s no better place than Leadbetter Beach, a favourite of local families and students from the college over the road.
You’ll find hardcore surfers at other beaches in Santa Barbara (try Rincon Point) but Leadbetter, with its gentle waves, is a great place to get to grips with a surfboard or try a stand-up paddle boarding session.
Zuma Beach in Malibu has had its fair share of publicity – Pamela Anderson ran these sands while filming Baywatch (and allegedly lives nearby), while Don Henley reportedly wrote his hit The Boys of Summer on this very beach.
Malibu locals find its wide sands and gentle surf (perfect for boogie boarders and body surfers) hard to resist, while others love the lively beach atmosphere – from hot dog stalls to groups of surfers hanging out listening to music. Satisfy your stomach at the Reel Inn, an informal restaurant, kitted out with wooden sharing benches – it serves up plates of fresh fried and grilled fish.
Carmel Beach, Central Californian Coast
Forget people watching – at Carmel Beach on the central Californian coast it’s all about dog watching. In fact, this is one of the only beaches in the area where dogs are allowed off the lead, so expect a full-on show from the pups.
Here the Pacific Ocean takes on a turquoise hue, and the water is speckled with surfers, otters and even dolphins. If you’re a big kid at heart, the annual Great Sandcastle Contest takes place every October, while you should also set aside some time to explore the romantic beach town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur State Park
Big Sur features on most people’s Californian must-visit lists and with good reason – as far as dramatic coastlines go, this is the best you’ll see. At the heart of the region is Pfeiffer State Park, where hiking trails thread their way through 1,000 acres of redwood groves (try the 2-mile round-trip hike to the Pfeiffer Falls for some of the best holiday snaps around).
Pfeiffer Beach, however, is really the big deal here. The combination of offshore stacks and rocks, deep blue ocean and purple sand make for a simply unforgettable combination. Stay for sunset and you’ll see some of the best beach views California has to offer.
3.“Right now, I don’t know if I want to kiss you or shove you off a bridge” “Can I pick?”
4.“You know what they say, panicking burns a shit-ton of calories.” “Who even says that?” “Me. Just now.”
5.“If I go through with this, I die. If I don’t, we all die.”
6.“No, no, you do NOT want me navigating. I’ll accidentally navigate us off a cliff.”
7.“Is that blood?” “No?” “That’s not a question you’re supposed to answer with another question.”
8.“This is all your fault.” “I hope so.”
9.“I’d rather be pecked to death by a flock of hummingbirds.”
10.“You have no power over me.” “You sure about that?”
11.“Hold on, you died.” “Yeah, well it didn’t stick.”
12.“Excuse me! I was a superhero for ten whole minutes!” “And in that time you got kidnapped and we had to come to the rescue”
13.“I am way too sober for this.”
14.“You’re not as evil as people think you are.” “No. I’m much worse.”
15.“Why do you keep risking your life? To prove a point?” “Yes.”
16.“That’s disgusting. You’re lucky you’re cute.”
17.“Did you just… agree with me?” “Oh, I wish I could take-““Nope! You said it! No take-backs!”
18.“I think I’m having a feeling. How do I make it stop?”
19.“This plan of yours is going to get us killed. Of course, I’m in.”
20.“Don’t mind me, I’ll just be in the corner having another existential crisis.”
21.“Can you please go be stupid somewhere that’s away from me?”
22.“What are you afraid of?” “You.”
23.“It’s a good thing you’re cute when you’re angry.”
24.“Are you SURE I can’t punch him in the face?” “Yes.” “What if I break his nose a little?”
25.“Stop that!” “Stop what?” “Doing that thing with your face when you’re happy. It’s making me nauseous.”
26.“You don’t strike me as a professional criminal.” “That’s what makes me so good at it.”
27.“It’s a long story” “You conned me into thinking you were dead for eleven months. I have time.”
28.“You can’t just turn into a bat and fly away when you don’t want to deal with things!” “Watch me!”
29.“I don’t give a damn.” “You give so many damns they’re visible from SPACE.”
30.“I’m trying to have a serious conversation with you!” “And I’m trying to subtly avoid it!”
31.“Unless I screw this up again, I’m going to marry you.” “Well you better not mess this up”
32.“Wait, you’re a superhero?” “How do you not know? My face is literally on the news on a weekly basis.” “I’m in grad school. I won’t have time to follow popular media until I finish my thesis. You’re lucky I’ve carved out some non-existent free time to date you.”
33.“I’m just really tired of watching you get thrown off the tops of buildings”
34.“Hey, I didn’t kill anyone today!” “What do you want? A gold star.”
35.“I feel like I’m being stabbed.” “How do you even know what it feels like to be stabbed?”
36.“Whether you believe in me or not, I will continue to exist.”
37.“We’re leaving.” “But they have a lobster tank in their basement.”
38.“Take my hand.” “Why?” “I’m trying to ask you to marry me, so take my damn hand!”
39.“I don’t care where I sleep, as long as it’s with you.”
40.“You’re a psychopath.” “I prefer creative.”
41.“Show me your scars.” “But… why?” “I want to see how many times you needed me and I wasn’t there.”
42.“You look…” “Beautiful, I know. Can we move on?”
43.“She’s my best friend. That hasn’t changed.” “It’s clear your feelings for her has.”
44.“I saved your life.” “You pushed me off a building.”
45.“How do we keep getting into these situations?” “Eleven years of friendship and I still don’t know.”
The morning was still muggy. August was unrelenting, not bothering to provide any sort of relief to the sweating city. The doors all swelled and creeked, while humid air did its damndest to infiltrate cold rooms and shops. Even before the sun came up, the sizzle in the streets was stifling and suffocating.
So for a lot of people, the “normal” study spaces just don’t work. Here’s a list of a couple ideas for alternative study spaces:
SUPER QUIET SPACES
- lesser used libraries, the ones only the ____ students use
- empty classrooms
- on top of buildings (if you can SAFELY and legally get up there)
- conversely, basements also work really well
- local museum (if one is close to or on campus)
SOME AMBIENT NOISE
- outside under a tree
- or just outside in general
- lesser used stairwells (at the top or bottom usually works best. Sometimes there will even be a chair at the bottom or a huge unused space at the top)
- hallways outside classrooms (for some reason my uni has a lot of random tables and chairs in the hallways)
- lecture halls with random lecture classes happening (please only do this if you can find a seat in the back and in classes where you are sure to not disrupt the actual class going on)
- the music department when there’s only a few people rehearsing
-the theater department or stage/ theater (this space can be super quiet too)
LOTS OF AMBIENT SOUND
- dining halls
- “fun rooms” or student lounges
- student union/ central student buildings
- the music department when there’s a group rehearsing
- the athletic center
I’ve found that people are really forgiving if they “catch” you in an area you’re not supposed to be in if you tell the truth and just say you’re doing schoolwork. If you’re not being disruptive, they’ll often let you stay.
Anyway!! Just some thoughts and ideas on the matter!
Who could have known that taking home a hybrid would change ones whole life? How could y/n have guessed he would affect her so much? All she wants to do is help, but she doesn’t even know if he’ll let her.
**Thank you so~ much for reading! I really hope you enjoy this chapter plus the rest to come. This chapter is definitely longer, and calmer, but it’ll speed up again soon. I hope to make all of my writing long, and entertaining for you. Please send me feedback and your thoughts, I would love to hear from all of you.
Previously: His screams had stopped, but his hands still firmly clutched the covers. His face was dry of rain but drenched with sweat and tears. You let your head fall lightly on his stomach, head still pounding as a dizzying nausea spread over you. Soft sobs and gasps for air left both of your mouths, chests shaking up and down in unison with every breath.“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.” Were the only words you were capable of saying, over and over again, softly without fault. It was like a lullaby to both you and the boy who’s name you hadn’t even had time to ask. He fell asleep to the sound of your voice, while you fell asleep to the rise and fall of his chest, ending the first night of many more to come.
Waking up was harsh. As you attempted to lift your neck up, it proved to be painful. The muscles were stiff and cramped due to the position it had been in for who knows how long, your hair and clothes sticking to your skin in the most uncomfortable ways. Your legs had fallen asleep from the weight of your body being rested on them. A groan left your lips when at the movements of your ankles and toes. Little prickles stung your skin, encouraging you to reach down and rub the numb area in an attempted to stop the feeling.
Getting up was a struggle as you grabbed onto the bed post, using what strength you had left to pull yourself up. All your muscles were sore, not even the amount of stretching you did able to give you relief. Looking around at your surroundings in the midst of rubbing a knot in your neck, you realized you weren’t in your room, but one of the many guest rooms.
Confusion flooded your mind as you looked around. White and gray curtains draped from the top of a large window directly in front of you, the part down the middle of them revealing a dark and starless night. Tops of buildings and the light of the city filled what you could see. A somewhat mesmerizing sight that threatened to take a hold of you.