SO I did an incredibly self-indulgent thing and I commissioned @lelelego to create some art for the next Big Writing Project on my plate. It’s another Homestuck fic, it’s gonna be a ride, and Jake the not-quite-a-merman is one of the centerpieces.
Look at this shiny water boy. Look at his amphibious tail and glowspots and his translucent fins. He is so pretty. He’s going to be a menace.
I super needed visual reference for this version of Jake because he’s not a merman, and I needed to… sort out how he’d look? So I dumped like a page of written ideas and a dozen inspirational images onto Lego, and she fucking used talent and witchcraft to make it all work together. And then put up with all my “okay but can you do this instead” requests.
Lego is good. If you require some arts, she is very good at them.
…. /vibrates with excitement. I think the title may be you can only take what you can carry to the edge of the world. We’ll see.
YOU DID SUCH A GOOD JOB ON MY PROMPT!Another: Trini thumps a helmet onto a little girl's head and ushers her to the 'arena.' "Alright warrior, beat the fu-" "TRINI!" Jason rolls his eyes from the outside of the playpen, the word 'SECURITY' showing through his crossed arms. Trini grumbles as the carnival owner's daughter lets out a loud laugh from her station at the water slides. Stupid Kimberly Hart and her stupid hot pink bikini bottom showing underneath her 'life guard' tank top.
The Hart Family Fun Center, the only all year ‘round, indoor carnival in Angel Grove was thoroughly crowded with screaming children in the middle of summer. Trini had to admit that she could have a worse job, it paid well and the place was air conditioned, but the children left something to be desired.
“Alright, alright, everyone out, we gotta get the next batch in,” Trini calls before blowing her whistle watching all of the kid run up to her partner, Zack to hand back the helmets and the foam swords to be sprayed with sanitizer.
Her and her friend ran an attraction known as the Arena; a sort of water slide where kids were a part of two teams, one that guarded the tower and one that was supposed to try and get up it and slide down to the bottom to get points.
“Eww, no girls!” A boy on the tower yells as a little girl steps up to Trini, a frown on her lips.
Trini turns to glare at the boy, grabbing a yellow helmet from the stack. “Don’t listen to him,” She murmurs, fitting the head gear onto the child with a smile. “Now, pick out your sword,”
The little girl moves to grab a pink sword from the pile, grinning up at Trini who thumps the top of her helmet gently. “Alright warrior, go and beat the fu-” She’s cut off when one of the security kids yells at her. “I uh-go win, kid,” She corrects, looking away from the blonde boy, Jason.
She pretends to focus on starting up the fight music, but is stopped by Jason himself, his arms crossed over his red shirt, hiding the bold text of his title. “You know better,” he says, as though they’re friends and not just co-workers.
“Yeah, yeah,” Trini mumbles, rolling her eyes as a loud laugh echoes across the room from the large wave pool across the way.
She doesn’t have to look up to know its Kimberly fucking Hart, the owner’s daughter and the head life guard at the park. “I won’t do it again, now get back to whatever you’re supposed to be doing, I’ve got kids to watch.”
She turns around to make sure the right track is playing, trying to ignore the giggles still coming from the Hart girl, with her stupid pink bikini poking out from under her stupid red life guard tank top.
Trini forces her attention back to the Arena, watching proudly as the little girl makes her way to the slide, a grin on her face as the boy from earlier lays in the shallow pool of water below the tower. As soon as the round is over and the little girl has returned her helmet, Trini walks over to her and places a few golden tokens into her hand. “You can get something nice at the prize counter with those,”
“Thank you, ma’am!” The child exclaims, wrapping her arms around Trini’s waist for a moment before running off to a smiling father outside of the playpen.
She watches them walk away before turning to Zack. “I think it’s time for a break, I’ll be back in ten,” Trini smiles, not really giving him a chance to say no before she’s walking toward the locker room.
Trini settles down on one of the benches after grabbing her bag, cracking open an energy drink. “Those are bad for you, you know,” An annoyingly familiar voice sounds, even as Trini starts to chug the can, trying to ignore Kimberly.
She finishes about half the can, only to find Kim sitting next to her, brows raised. “What do you want, Kim?” Trini asks, annoyance clear in her voice.
“I just wanted to say it was cute, what you did for that little girl,” Kim replies, shrugging her shoulder a bit as she reaches over to grab the can from Trini, taking a drag.
Trini scoffs, taking the drink back from the other girl, finishing it with narrowed eyes. “Thought you didn’t like energy drinks,” She says, crushing the can against the bench.
“I never said that, I just said they were bad for you,” Kim says, getting up to stretch. “Never pegged you for one to share drinks,” She muses, leaning against the lockers.
“I doubt you have anything that can be transferred through sharing a drink,” Trini snorts, trying to ignore how good Kimberly looks lounging in front of her.
“I think you just wanted an indirect kiss from me,” The taller girl suggests, a smirk on her stupidly perfect lips.
Trini can feel her face heating up at the thought, but manages to find a come back. “This isn’t some bullshit anime, Hart, no one actually thinks about stuff like that,” She huffs, standing up to shove her bag back into her locker.
She can feel the other girl’s eyes on her as she pretends to dig for something, when in reality she’s hoping the blood will drain from her face enough that she won’t get shit from Zack upon her return.
“Trini,” Kim says from the other side of the locker door, the sound of her own name making the shorter girl shiver slightly. “Why are you hiding?”
Trini takes a breath before slamming the door closed, coming face to face with the cause of her frustrating crush. “I’m not hiding, I was hoping I had a protein bar in there,” She lies, eyes narrowing at the brunette.
“You’re a shit liar,” Kim murmurs, taking a step closer to Trini, a slight smirk on her lips. “Just admit that you want to kiss me.”
The smaller girl swallows hard, the close proximity of the life guard forcing Trini to look up at her. “Why are you such an asshole?” She forces herself to say, grinding her teeth.
“I’m the asshole? I’ve been trying to flirt with you since you started here!” Kim shouts, causing Trini to jump at the sudden volume change. “And all you can do is be a grumpy little shit!”
“You call teasing me every day flirting?! What the fuck?” Trini retorts, jabbing a finger at Kim’s chest.
“I just…you’re all stoic and shit…what else was I supposed to do?” Kim mumbles, looking away from the smaller girl.
“You could just ask me out,” Trini replies, grabbing the taller girl’s chin gently, making Kim look at her.
Kim bites her lip for a moment, her brow furrowing. “I guess…” She sighs softly, smiling a bit. “Wanna get dinner later?”
“I suppose so,” Trini grins, standing on her toes to press their lips together.
So I just stumbled across a photo of a pup that works in a hardware store, following people through the shop and bringing their purchases up to the register, and now I’ve fallen into a SuperCorp + Krypto the Superdog bookshop au
Update: A continuation is in the works, but uni summer courses have been kicking my ass. So progress is going a little slower than expected! I will be coming out with first couple chapters soon, hopefully!
Lena’s been having a really rough time since first moving to National City, but nothing’s more calming than a good book and a steaming cup of tea, right? She knows that she desperately needs to unwind a little bit, so on her way home from work, she makes the executive decision to stop by a cozy, out-of-the-way bookshop that has caught her eye a couple of times. Its empty state implies that it doesn’t see a lot of business, but the artsy “Argo City Books” sign and the warm atmosphere that Lena can see through the display windows are just too charming to ignore. When she walks in, however, she isn’t anticipating being greeted by a massive, furry floof of a dog, sitting on a dog bed near the entrance with ears perked and tongue out panting excitedly.
Besides the friendly-looking beast, there doesn’t appear to be anyone else in the shop. Lena starts browsing the aisles, breathing in the comforting scent of books, and she’s starting to feel the slightest bit more like herself again when she feels something damp and warm nudge her hand. Looking down, she spots the dog now seated beside her, staring up at her expectantly. Lena hesitantly shifts her hand to scratch behind the dog’s soft fluffy ears, and he breaks out into a dopey puppy grin that has Lena’s lips twitching at the corners in return before she turns back to looking over the book titles in front of her.
The dog continues to follow her around the shop as she reads the backs of books, and when she finally selects one, she’s startled to feel the dog’s nose nudging against her side, drawing her attention. Lena sees the pup’s gaze fixed on the book in her hand, and in confusion, she holds it out to him. She watches in surprise as the dog gently takes the spine of the book in his mouth and prances up to the register, where he rears up to place his fore-paws on the counter so he can delicately deposit the book. He then returns to her side, proudly waiting to do his job again.
Lena honestly can’t help what happens next. It has been a really hard month and a half since the move, and this dog is just too damn cute. Somehow Lena finds herself on the floor sobbing into the fluffy chest of this massive dog that now sits a head taller than her. His fur is soft and warm, and the gentle puffs of his breath against her are comforting.
The quiet moment is broken by a voice calling, “Krypto, buddy, where are yo– oh,” followed by a blonde woman appearing around the bookshelf and stopping in her tracks.
Lena scrambles back away from the dog, brushing the wetness away from her eyes but not quite capable of dragging herself up off the ground. “I- um I’m sorry for c-crying into your dog,” Lena apologizes awkwardly, trying to avoid eye contact with the beauty now squatting beside her and the floofy beast, Krypto.
“Not a problem. Are you alright though?” Concern fills the other woman’s voice, and Lena is surprised to feel a warm, comforting hand placed on her shoulder. She looks up to meet sparkling blue eyes and brilliant grin as the woman offers, “Looks like you could use a hot drink and maybe someone to talk to?”
“Oh … no. I- I couldn’t” Lena whispers out, flusteredly brushing a loose piece of hair behind her ear.
“Nonsense,” the woman shrugs with a sweet smile as she takes both of Lena’s hands within her own and pulls her to her feet. She then strides to the other side of the shop and flips the ‘Open’ sign to ‘Closed.’
“Come on up,” she says gesturing to a door at the back of the shop. Lena follows this stranger up to what appears to be a small, cozy loft. She takes it all in feeling a calming energy fall over her for the first time since setting foot in National City. Oddly enough, Lena feels as though she can finally breathe easier, here in the presence of this sweet stranger and her beautiful beast of a dog that is currently leaning heavily against Lena’s leg.
“I’m Kara, by the way,” the woman says, setting a kettle of water on the stove top in the kitchen before turning with a broad, friendly smile lighting up her already-stunning face like a ray of sunshine.
Lena gives a soft smile in return and threads her fingers through the thick fur on Krypto’s head. She offers a quiet, “I’m Lena,” in return, her heartbeat quickening as Kara’s smile grows even brighter.
So yeah … I had to get that out of my head! The pupper was just too cute and I couldn’t get this to leave me alone!! Maybe some day in the future, I’ll turn it into a real full-fledged fic if any of you want