Fifty years ago, it was thought that the New Guniea Highland Wild Dog went extinct in the wild. These two images were recently taken using a scent lure; they show a pregnant female and her two pups. After an expedition, scientists were able to determine over 100 photographs of “at least 15 wild individuals, including males, females, and pups, thriving in isolation and far from human contact” in only two days of the cameras being up. The only photos taken before this expedition were 2 unconfirmed ones that were taken in 2005 and 2012.
After confirming via DNA tests, the New Guniea Highland Wild Dog Foundation declared that the canine breed is no longer on the list of extinct species.
◇ if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen… or stay to watch~
◇ Wonwoo x reader x Mingyu
◇ requested by anon; Can I request a werewolf!AU with poly meanie? I am honestly down for those at any time and absolutely in love with the fics that you have written!
◇ so I finally decided to do a poly!wolf!meanie that wasnt angst!! Amazing!!! Also i found that my past fics were somehow more wonwoo centred for some reason (i know the reason, I’m a wonwoo hoe), so i made this one a lil more mingyu centred // its abit short too but i hope u guys still enjoy!!
◇ So this has some characteristics of a/b/o, such as heat, but its different in that while there are alphas betas and omegas, not every wolf is one of the three. So basically a regular werewolf au just with the added heat!
◇ Warnings bc i always forget: voyeurism, knotting, kitchen sex, overall smuttiness????
Summer meant lots of things — it meant rainbow popsicles and sand sticking to your legs and the blistering heat pressing against your skin like the weight of the world.
It meant taking a day away from the world and driving to God knows where just to drive — it meant running out of sunscreen within a day because Mingyu needed adequate skin protection, or walking halfway across the city to get Wonwoo’s favourite ice cream even though you feel as if you’re about to melt onto the sidewalk.
And, unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on your mood — for you, it also meant a week long heat that included feeling light-headed, cranky, sick, and aroused in waves 24/7 — well, until your needs were fulfilled and you were knotted.
Your heats started at around 16, just a few years ago, and up until you met Wonwoo and Mingyu, you had just let the stomach aches and constant dizziness and arousal pass and fade. But as time passes, the waves of symptoms get stronger and more painful until you literally couldn’t function — which is why you were particularly lucky for having Mingyu and Wonwoo.
Your first wave takes you by surprise, because it’s early.
“Is it ridiculous that I’m feeling nervous as a girl on the first day of school?” I asked, smoothing my coat with one hand and squeezing Bree’s hand with the other as we waited in the tidy hallway outside the MacAlister’s door.
“You’ve no reason, lass,” Jamie assured me. I knew he wanted to put his arm around my back, but his hands were full of whisky bottles and Bree’s diaper bag. He did manage to lean in and kiss my cheek. “They’ll take to ye just fine.”
This particular get-together was long overdue. I’d been delighted to learn about Jamie’s serendipitous meeting with the Irish hurling group, and the subsequent connection with the lone Scot, Charlie MacAlister. Though Jamie had gone several times since to join the game or else get a drink one-on-one with Charlie (apparently a chap after Jamie’s own heart in many ways), the several times we had tried to schedule a family dinner since Halloween, the fates had always seen fit to intervene, with holidays, birthdays, morning sickness, et cetera, et cetera.
Fitting, though, that at long last, we should be spending this thoroughly Scottish holiday with a thoroughly Scottish (well, Gaelic, collectively) family.
The door opened with a bang and a roar of “A GOOD NEW YEAR TO YE!!”
Even in the first five seconds of our acquaintance, Charlie MacAlister gave me so strong a recollection of a MacKenzie clansman, I felt like I’d been jolted back into Castle Leoch itself. Jocular, irreverent, fiercely protective and loyal to a fault, those men had alternately vexed and delighted and protected and astounded me with their vigor and kindness and overall enthusiasm for living, in all its forms.
Perhaps that’s why it didn’t perturb me in the slightest that Jamie’s friend’s choice greeting was to lift me clear off my feet in a massive rib-crushing hug; and even though it was the first time I was laying eyes on the man, I couldn’t help but laugh and hug him back , brimming with warmth and affection at once. “Well, hello to you too!” I felt Jamie relax behind me: I’d given my permission, so he would not come to my rescue. I thought I could actually sense him grinning.
“I’m so glad to finally meet ye, Claire!” Charlie boomed as he set me back on the ground, taking me in. “From the way Jamie speaks of ye—” His eyes suddenly lit up and he whipped them up to Jamie with a grin. “Why, ye wicked wee dog, Fraser: ye didna say!!” He threw his head back and roared with, “Meal a naidheachd to ye both!” He straightened to give me a wink. “When are ye due, then, lass?”
“CHARLIE!!!” barked a red-haired woman behind him, his wife, Saoirse.
“What? It’s—” Charlie spluttered and made vague gestures between himself and my notably curved belly. “I’m only—”
“You’re only about making a fool of yourself, Charlie Mac. Keep your mouth shut, if you please?” She gave me an apologetic look that was nonetheless warm and kind. “Please be accepting BOTH our apologies for that great gowl over there.” After greeting Jamie, she turned and swatted her husband hard on the shoulder, her eyes blazing as she said between clenched teeth. “Have you no control over that tongue??”
“I do—and ye tend to like my control of it, lass…” and he bent her head back to kiss her thoroughly. She tried to push him away but she couldn’t resist laughing as his hands roamed and she relented and kissed him back.
God, this. THIS I’d missed—to see another couple who loved our same kind of irreverence and warmth and informality. Husbands and wives in these times—at least in post-war America—tended to err on the side of reserve in public, bordering on primness. Even Tom and Marian, as dear as they both were to to us, weren’t free with public displays of affection toward each other. Jamie and I tended to act precisely the way we wished and damn whoever should judge us for it, but it was unbelievably refreshing to not be the only ones in the room who would not be scandalized by lewd jokes.
On top of that, “Pregnancy” was considered a rather rude word, in American culture at present. Considering the massive increase in childbearing after the war, this seemed an enormously ridiculous cultural hangup (“be fruitful and multiply, but pretend the penises and vaginas don’t exist”). Those in the family way —as I now found myself—were treated with a delicate, pointed kind of embarrassment, as if to say, ‘look what she’s been doing…Heavens, what if she actually enjoyed it??’
I was used to the taboo, of course, having experienced it with Bree, and seen it around me, since; but it was an unexpected kind of relief to have it be so singled out with such joy and goodwill by these new friends. In fact, I was grinning like a prize idiot as I assured them both, “It’s quite alright, really.” I felt a rush of joy and pride at finally being able to share our news. I felt Jamie’s hand resting on my back. “You’ve spotted it right: we are expecting!”
Charlie gave a crow of triumph “I thought you’d been a little shifty these last few months about ‘family’ and things happening next year! When will the wean be arriving, then??”
“Late July,” I said, “or it might be the first of August.”
Charlie stepped forward to clap both of us on the back, at which Saoirse looked absolutely mortified. I made a point of reassuring her when she leaned in to kiss me on the cheek and offer her own comhghairdeas.
Jamie accepted the hearty congratulations, grinning like a fool himself, “Let’s keep it between us, aye? We havena told Brianna yet.” He nodded at the children, who were already playing on the living room floor. “Perhaps talk in a wee code if it should come up?”
Saoirse nodded agreement. “Wee Nolan has ears like a hare and a mouth like a magpie.” She gave a pointed roll of the eyes. “Wonder who he could possibly be getting it from…?”
It had all the same modern conveniences as our own house, the MacAlister’s little flat, but something about it—the spices, maybe?—or—no, that wasn’t it….Something about it just felt like Scotland. Like home.
If nothing else, I could see it in Jamie’s posture and manner. As for my own country of birth, I had rarely felt any great attachment to England that went beyond good tea and rolling hills. Home had been wherever I laid my head that night, and between Uncle Lamb, the war, and my experiences in the eighteenth century, I’d certainly spent more of my life amongst strangers than my own proper countrymen. But Jamie was Scotland, through and through, and even this small taste of it—Americanized and quasi-Irish as it might be—was enough to make him glow with an ease that filled my own heart in the seeing. He was happy with our life in Boston, I knew; blissful, even! To have our family together and safe was all he desired; but something about experiencing that deeper home-ness again was a restorative to his soul, and I thanked God for putting Charlie Mac in Jamie’s path. It was pure delight to see the two of them going on in rapid Gaelic, like brothers.
“They’re like two pups together, aren’t they?” Saoirse said fondly, echoing my silent thoughts as she took a seat beside me on the sofa.
“Indeed they are,” I laughed, looking at them through the dining room doorway.
Saoirse was as red-haired as Jamie, freckled and cheery-eyed. “Will you be speakin’ the Gaelidgh yourself, Claire?”
“Very little,” I attempted in that language, my accent horrendous but the words correct, I was fairly certain.
“Very well done,” she replied, laughing before switching back to English, her Irish accent broad and unashamed. “That’s about as much as I know of it, myself. My parents weren’t too keen on my marrying a Scot, but I’ve no regrets. Except maybe Charlie’s tendency to put his fool foot in his fool mouth.”
“It’s rather endearing, actually,” I assured her.
Despite herself, Saoirse grinned. “Damn me if it wasn’t one of the things that had me head-over-heels for the idiot.”
We laughed and settled deeper into the comfy couch, covered over with homey afghans. “So, Charlie tells me you and Jamie met in Scotland, originally? Did ye like it, there?”
“I did!” I paused just for a moment. “Well, to tell it true, a lot of sad things happened there…but we had some of our happiest days, as well,” I added, thinking of those days at Lallybroch before the war.
“Do you think you’ll ever go back?”
I thought about that for a long while. “To visit, certainly. When Brianna and—” I gestured to the baby, “are old enough to see and hear the stories, I think.”
“You’d never think of moving back permanently? Seems to be a dream of Charlie’s—It’d surprise me if Jamie had no similar desire.”
We had indeed talked about it, and I knew Jamie’s very conflicted thoughts on the matter. “Part of him wishes for Scotland, yes—but it’s a Scotland that’s long-gone.”
That surprised her. “How so?”
“Jamie had…a lot of hard things happen to him there. He lost his family, and so doesn’t have anyone left.”
“Not a soul?”
“No one,“ I said, feeling the ache of it. I rubbed the baby absently. “So, he misses it, the land and its people and ways, but there isn’t anyone left in Scotland to make it home for him.”
“That’s very sad,” Saoirse murmured, sparing a glance toward the men in the dining room.
“It is. But you see, it’s easier to have our life in America: to keep Scotland in his mind the way it was, rather than feel the ache of it, seeing always what’s missing.”
“Aye, I understand….At least he has his lady—and his little ones.”
We shared a smile, and I wanted to ask her more about her own family, but just then the children descended, Bree, four-year-old Nolan, and little Will, just barely walking. No impromptu migration, this: the pack of them squealed in, chased by their fathers at their heels.
“You lot are no better than the children!” I laughed.
“Aye, maybe no’,” Jamie agreed, grinning, “But at least we’re old enough to drink, and they’re not.”
“I AM!” Nolan insisted. “I’m plenty grow’d up!”
“Oh, aye, to be sure,” Charlie said with a wink. “I forgot we had a grown wee mannie in our midst.” He went to the kitchen and returned with an armful of ginger ale bottles. “A man needs a stiff drink.” He cracked open a lid and handed the glass bottle to his son, who looked terribly important at acknowledgment of his maturity.
Bree was NOT intending to be overlooked. She put on her hips and insisted, “I’M mannie, TOO!” daring Charlie to say otherwise.
Nor did he, bless him. He already had a bottle ready for her. “Here ye go, wee mannie.”
Bree had never had soda pop before, and she recoiled in surprise at first taste of the bubbly treat, looking as thought she’d rather skip this novelty; but, a true Fraser, she would never admit defeat with Nolan so proudly enjoying his, and so she gamely drank, getting violent hiccups almost instantly.
“A Hogmanay toast?” Saoirse suggested, rising to her feet to pour some whisky. She offered one to me, but I accepted only a ginger ale. Many people drank alcohol regularly during pregnancy, I knew (as had I, in the past) but somehow now it made me feel ill to think of accidentally intoxicating the poor thing.
The toasts flew thick and fast. To our families! To the new year! To a better season on the pitch! To the whisky! And even—
“To our Bonnie Prince!” Charlie said, with an eye to Jamie, making a rude gesture toward the ceiling. “May he sleep wi’ spiders in his grave for the feckless wanker he was.”
“AAA-bloody-MEN!” I intoned with feeling.
“Aye,” Jamie said with a rueful nod as he drank, though he crossed himself.
He promptly choked as Bree squeaked out, “Whatssa WANE-gr?”
Before the rest of us could react, Nolan grinned fiendishly and started in with, “It means a–”
“That’s QUITE enough from you, a blalaich,” Saoirse said sharply. “And what would Great-Gran Murray say if she heard ye were knowing such a word??”
I shook with silent laughter along with Charlie, such that I almost didn’t hear Jamie’s quiet question:
My belly tightened and I whipped my eyes up to look at him. He’d schooled his face into a mask of control—a sure bellwether of the deep emotional turmoil within him.
“My mother’s mam. They live together in Cambridge,” Charlie said blithely as he poured more whiskey all around. “The MacAlisters were none too pleased about my Da’s choice, but even they had to admit in the end what a fine woman she was. Strong and certain and wi’ a mouth on her that could wither fruit. Not one to charm royalty, she, but a damn formidable sort, Murrays.”
Formidable. Like Jenny.
“From, erm, which part of Scotland, is your mother’s family?” I asked casually.
“Roundabout Inverness, mostly.”
My heart quickened with excitement. Not far at all from Broch Morda. I was opening my mouth to ask more questions, to narrow and ascertain, but then I caught Jamie’s eye, his ever-so-slight shake of the head. I closed my mouth.
Later, after supper, while Charlie and Saoirse cleared the table (refusing our many offers of help), Jamie and I took the children into the sitting room again.
I took Jamie’s hand. “Why not, my love?” I asked gently.
He knew what I meant, but he didn’t answer right away, nor did he look me in the eye. He pulled me close and pressed a kiss to my cheek.
“Does it—” I began tentatively, but he was already speaking.
“Tis enough to me,” he said, simply, “that they might be.”
And though it at first struck me as utterly ridiculous, not to wish to know for certain, I did come to understand what he meant, as the evening went on. To KNOW was so final. Jenny and Ian certainly had THOUSANDS of descendants, and even so, the chances that we’d encountered someone from their direct line was highly unlikely, or at the very least, very difficult to prove. To allow himself to believe–that was the gift, here.
And I could see it in his eyes, the soft contemplation of it, the sense of true brotherhood between he and Charlie now even deeper. The tenderness that radiated out from his face as he knelt to speak to little Will about a toy. I could almost see the thoughts rolling through him.
Might some scrap of this lad owe itself to Ian?
To Ellen of Leoch or Black Brian Fraser?
“Bree, a leannan, do ye want to come sit wi’ Da?”
“No,” she said, shrugging back and rubbing her face, “I wan’ Mama.”
“Fair enough,” he laughed. “I would want your Mama, too.”
“Come here, baby,” I beckoned, groaning a bit as I gathered her up against my chest. “Oof, there’s my sweet girl.” I savored the feeling, as I always did, of holding Bree in my arms and the baby in my body. The sounds around us were muffled and distant as we settled into a warm heap of love.
The radio was switched on at 10:00, detailing the new year’s celebrations happening around the country. We’d arrived late in the evening, with the little ones having taken naps late in the day to stave off sleepiness, but the late hour was still wearing on them. Hot chocolate and slices of Black Bun cake at 11:00 were enough to rouse them temporarily, but it still took a great deal to get them all conscious for the big moment as we all got to our feet for the final seconds of 1950.
And as it always did, Auld lang syne began to play. It meant absolutely nothing to Jamie, of course. He had predated Robert Burns and his lyrics, and couldn’t have discerned the tune in any case, but he listened to the words with eager interest. Charlie was drowning out the radio with the traditional scots rendition, though I only knew the same anglicized version that was playing.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
And for the first time in my life, with my children held close and Jamie’s arm around my back, the song gave me chills:
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And both of us had tears running down our faces as we locked eyes. No, we wouldn’t ever forget the things of our past: neither the daisies of our life, nor the weary feet from the trampings of war, nor the roaring seas of tragedy that had indeed once swept us apart.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And as we moved toward the front door for the first-footing, I kissed my trustyfriend, and didn’t need to see any dark stranger outside to know that 1951 would be the best year of our lives.
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The next few weeks is much of the same, I start at school going three times a week Tuesday through Thursday and use my free time for research that I do at home. Much to my surprise I not only become friends with Auston’s teammates and their wives/girlfriends but I actually make a few friends at school, which is a first.
I pull into my drive way to see every cars already parked in my yard along the curb on the road. Walking in the front door I see that it must be another COD night because there’s eight boys scattered around my living room, none of them Auston. “Hello people who do not live here,” I call out, dropping my school bag onto the floor and throwing my coat onto the rack. “Hey Y/N,” several people call out and my two pups bound up to me, flipping over onto their backs for a good belly rub. “Where’s Auston?” I ask, still not seeing him anywhere. “Picking up food,” Mitch answers, his eye’s glued to the T.V even though he’s not playing right now and speaking through a mouthful of carrots. I snatch the bag of carrots out of his hand much to his dismay. “Hey!” He yelps, trying to get the bag back. “You owe me two bags of carrots now,” I snap at him. “But I only ate half!” Mitch complains. “I know, but you were pissing me off earlier this week so it’s two bags or you give me the copy of my house key you had made!” We stare at each other in defiance until Mitch sighs. “Fine! Two bags,” he grumbles and pouts at the T.V as I stick my hand into the bag and grab a carrot, munching on it as I put the rest back in the fridge. “This is why I have to hide the good food upstairs because I have nine man children raiding my house every day,” I complain as I look at the messy shelves in my fridge which had been nice and organized when I left for school this morning. “Yeah, Auston told us where it was. Can you ask your mom to send more of those mint things from Michigan?” Morgan calls from his spot in the living room. I snap the fridge door closed and whirl around to face them all. “You ate my candy?” I almost yell. “Not all of it, we left at least half,” Mitch calls over his shoulder. “It was in my closet! How could you have possibly found it?” I cross my arms over my chest as I step into the living room and in front of the T.V. “There’s eight of us, didn’t take long,” Mitch replies trying to see around me at the T.V. I open my mouth to retort but the front door opens and in walks Auston laden with takeout bags. “You told them where I kept my good food?” I round on him and he freezes in his tracks, opening and closing his mouth several times before stammering out a response. “They saw me eating one when they got here, they made me tell them!” He tries to defend himself. “You ate some of it too?” I say in disbelief. “I can’t believe you would do that to me!” At this Auston realizes I’m not actually entirely mad and visibly relaxes. “Now I have to find a whole new spot!” I groan and smack his arm. “And you are not allowed to eat anything else of mine upstairs!” I hear snickering behind me and Auston’s cheeks turn a faint pink. Mitch’s face is almost turning purple from trying not to laugh when I turn around and scowl at him. “What now?” I snap, rethinking the words I’ve said in the last few minutes, which I frequently have to do with all of them around me. I roll my eyes and throw a pillow at Mitch when I realize what he’s about to choke over. “Oh shut up,” I grumble and walk back into the kitchen muttering to myself. I spend the rest of the evening cleaning up my kitchen and making sure the trash talking is kept to a minimum in the living room. Eventually I find myself snuggled into the corner of my sectional, two warm bodies on either side of me and I almost immediately fall asleep, my head on someone’s shoulder, I don’t know who because Auston is sitting on the floor in front of me with his back against my legs. I don’t know how long I’ve been sleeping when the person I’m leaning on shifts below me and I snap awake. “Didn’t drool on me, did ya?” Morgan’s voice says to my side as I rub the sleep from my eyes, ignoring him. I look around the room and see a few of the guys have already left, Zach is asleep on the chair and Auston is now sitting on the other side of me. “What time is it?” I try to focus on the clock. “Almost midnight, we didn’t want to wake you to leave,” Auston says and touches my leg. “Ready for bed?” He asks, standing and taking my hand to pull me to my feet. “Night Morgan,” I call over my shoulder and he gives me a wink, settling down onto the couch and I know he doesn’t plan on moving until morning. Auston gets me upstairs and waits while I change my clothes in my closet, he may have seen me naked a few times in the last few weeks but we have yet to do the big thing and I’m too shy to change in front of him. When I emerge he helps me into bed and kisses me goodnight. “I’ll see you tomorrow after the game?” He whispers and I grab his hand, tugging him back to me as he makes to stand. “Stay, please,” I say softly and wiggle over to the middle of the bed. “I didn’t bring my bag this time, Y/N,” he whispers and I don’t let him take his hand back. “Then sleep naked, but stay,” I whine and when he sighs at me I know I have him. “I don’t think it’s very fair that I’m being held against my will and have to be naked…” “Held against your will?” I scoff. “I didn’t have to try very hard to get you to agree. But if it makes you feel better…” I shimmy out of my shorts, and shirt, leaving my undies and bra still intact. I throw them to the side and snuggle back down into my sheets and pat the bed next to me. Auston eyes me a moment before taking a step back from the bed and dragging his shirt over his head. He doesn’t tell me to look the other way like I always ask him to, so I don’t. I watch him in the near darkness, the only light coming from the light in the backyard which glances off his skin like moonlight. My cheeks heat on their own accord, as Auston meets my gaze before turning his attention to his pants. Once those and his socks are off, he quirks an eyebrow at me. “You said naked,” he says reaching for the waist band of his briefs and I squeal. “No no no!” I choke out and throw my hands onto my face, covering my eyes. Auston erupts into laughter and I feel his weight on the bed. “You’re safe,” he teases, his arm goes across my stomach and pulls me closer. I gladly move against him and marvel at the feel of his skin against mine, a shiver going through my body. “Thank you,” I murmur, brushing my lips against his shoulder. “For giving you a strip tease?” I giggle and pinch his arm. “I guess that too.” Auston turns onto his side and trails his hand from my stomach to my chin, tilts my head back and brushes my lips with a featherlike kiss. I breathe into him, thinking that it’s not fair that such a simple kiss does more to me than I could ever do to him. Laughing softly at that revelation Auston pulls back. “What?” He asks, the room is too dark to see his face now that he’s in bed. “Remember when I told you that I didn’t use to like kissing?” I ask. I think he nods but I can’t tell and he soon says. “Yes.” “I just think about it when you kiss me. I like it,” I say lamely, pushing my head into the crook of his neck even though I know he can’t see my face. “I would hope you like it, I do it pretty often,” Auston laughs, his whole body vibrating. “There’s more to it, I just can’t focus,” I say, and it’s true my senses are overloaded by his smell and touch, if I could see him I would probably be incapable of functioning. ‘Why’s that,” Auston breathes, his hand slipping down my bare side, his nail just scratching my skin. “Don’t you do that, you know exactly what I’m talking about,” I mutter, trying to focus on anything else than his hand that has now hooked behind my knee, pulling my leg up to Auston’s waist. Auston leans his head down to my neck, his lips just barely grazing my skin. “I really don’t, you should probably explain it to me,” he murmurs, continuing along my throat to my jaw just below my ear and I make a noise in the back of my throat, shaking my head slightly, the only body movement I’m capable of right now. “Why not?” He asks, the tip of his nose against my collar bone before his lips touch the swell of my breast, I’m grateful that I didn’t get over confident and take my bra off earlier. “Please stop talking,” I manage to get out while my breathing makes it nearly impossible to talk. “But don’t you want to know,” Auston whispers against my skin, “that you have the exact same effect on me.” “I doubt that,” I mutter, arching my back slightly when he pulls his lips away from my chest, I can feel his eyes on my face even though I can’t see him. “You don’t think that you drive me insane? Y/N, you don’t even have to touch me for me to go insane with need for you, whereas the only way I can get you like this is to actually touch you. Every time you raise your temper at me,” he says, his mouth brushing mine with every word he says. “Every touch, every whisper, every look…” he continues this time kissing me in between words. “I want nothing more than to make you feel exactly how I feel.” I tremble underneath him, his words doing more to me than I ever thought words could do. Overly aware of his thumb making slow circles on my thigh, I make another small noise and find myself unable to form words. So instead I snap to life and pull his head down to mine, kissing him so deeply that it takes us both by surprise. Auston rolls so he’s completely over top of me, pressing my body down into the mattress, trapped against his every move. We spend the rest of night trying to one up one another, never taking it too far. In the morning I wake before he does, which never happens. I glance at the clock to see he has to go to practice soon and slip out of bed. Dressing myself first, I gently prod him awake. Auston groans and rolls away from me. “Auston,” I say, grabbing his arm and rolling him back to me. “You gotta go, don’t make me get Morgan or Zach up here. They would be emotionally scarred for life seeing you like this,” I tease, although I refuse to sleep without some sort of clothing on, Auston seems to have no problem with it. Auston groans again, his hand wrapping my waist before slipping down to my ass. “Nuh uh,” I scold. “You have to get to your morning skate, I can hear Morgan and Zach moving around downstairs so you better get up.” I pull out of his reach and he finally cracks his eyes open to scowl at me. “It’s your fault, you kept me up half the night,” he grumbles, rubbing his face with his hands. “Excuse me? I never woke you up,” I remind him. “Didn’t you? Must have been a dream then,” he smirks at me and I smack his chest. The sound echoes in the room due to his bare skin. “You have four minutes to get downstairs,” I huff at him and turn on my heel, wandering downstairs and letting my dogs outside. Morgan and Zach say their good mornings to me and help themselves to my orange juice, waiting for Auston. “Coming to the game tonight?” Zach asks me, his disheveled hair sticking all over. Although he is already dressed in a suit, he must have brought one last night. “I actually don’t know if I’ll make it,” I say over my shoulder, getting a smoothie made up. “I have a group project that my partner wants to work on tonight. Riley asked me to work on it last night but I got a little distracted at the eight thieves in my living room.” Morgan and Zach give me devilish grins as Auston makes it down the stairs finally, also dressed in a suit already. We figured out my first week living here that he should probably have clothes on hand for game days. “You’re not coming? Is that what you said?” Auston asks and I’m surprised at his tone, disappointment seeping into it. “I was just telling them, I want to, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it there in person tonight. I’ll be watching though, even if it’s from here,” I give him a small smile. Auston nods and gives me a quick kiss on the lips before grabbing the smoothie I just finished making him out of my hands. “Guess I should be going to,” Morgan says, making a kissy face at me and I roll my eyes, putting my hand on his face as he leans into me and makes a face at me before winking at me and joining Auston at the front door. Zach eyes me a moment. “Should I even ask…” he starts and I point to the door. “Get out,” I say and he laughs, ducking out the front door after his teammates. I get settled on making my own breakfast and my phone buzzes on the counter. I see it’s my lab partner and accept the call. “Hey,” I say cheerfully into the phone. “Hey, how’s it going?” Riley asks. “Project wise or general wondering?” “Both,” he laughs, I can hear pen clicking in the background and know he must be anxious, he always gets fidgety when he’s worked up about something. “I’m going well on both of those. What were your plans for the project tonight?” “We should work on it someplace together tonight. I would say we can use my place but my roommates are a bit loud, could we work on it at your place? I know you said that you live alone,” he asks and I hesitate just a moment before answering. “You can come here, that’s fine. Plenty of space and its quiet,” I say, though I’m not sure Auston will like it too much because now I really won’t be able to go to his game. “Cool, can I come around six?” “Yeah, I’ll text you the address,” I reply, an anxious feeling pitting its way into my stomach though I don’t understand why. “Great, I’ll bring something to eat as well. See you then,” he says a little too eagerly, hanging up before I can say anything back. I frown at the counter where I just set my phone, something not sitting right with me. However, I shake my head and turn my attention back to my eggs in the frying pan. Overthinking was one of the ‘negative’ qualities I got from my father and my mother was always quick to remind me of it.
-An Omega having a bad day at work and being all quiet and sulky through dinner until they are startled by their Alpha scooping them up and carrying them upstairs before wrapping them snuggly in a blanket, plopping down in bed with them and telling them to just vent about whatever is bugging them. So for almost an hour the Alpha quietly cuddles their upset mate as their complaints go from rushed and angry to slow and tired until finally the Omega tires themselves out and they just crash. The Alpha being very pleased when the Omega wakes up feeling much better
-An Alpha not being home when they receive a distressed phone call from their very pregnant Omega who is crying about how cute puppies are, so the Alpha stops at a store to buy chocolate and a giant stuffed dog before returning home and cuddling up with their mate who is now crying about how much they love their Alpha
-A pregnant Omega avoiding intimacy because they feel gross and fat and their Alpha notices so the Alpha goes out of their way to kiss and praise every inch of their lovely Omega, paying special attention to their large tummy and reminding them just how much they love them
-An Omega who is just feeling down for some reason and being clingy with their Alpha and the Alpha low-key loving it so they carry the Omega around with them wherever they go in the house and press random kisses to their forehead
-An Alpha noticing that their Omega looks sad about something so they slowly sneak up behind them before sweeping them up into their arms and spinning them around while giving their face lots of loud silly kisses till the Omega is red faced and breathless from all the shrieks and giggles
-An Omega mother being really stressed after a long week taking care of children so their Alpha arranges a sleep over at grandma’s and then spends the day at home cuddling and napping with their exhausted mate. Only getting up to move to the tub where they soak together as the Alpha rubs all the knots out of their mate’s shoulders, pressing soft little kisses on their skin as they go
-Meeting an Alpha’s family for the first and the Omega being so upset after because, “they hate me. I could smell it, could you smell it? Of course you could it was so obvious.” and the Alpha just pulls their panicked mate into their lap and traces little circles on their arm until they calm down and then, “they did like you babe, but even if they didn’t it’s okay because…well at least your family loves me.” and the Omega just smacks them and stomps off while the Alpha laughs
-An Alpha accidentally upsetting their mate so they try to comfort them and make it better by surprising them with a blanket fort and cheesy movies that the Alpha hates but the Omega loves
-After reading ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ an Omega dissolves into a blubbering mess of tears on the floor and their Alpha picks up such a strong scent of distress that they come bursting in being all panicked and trying to figure out what’s wrong like, “Shhh, it’s okay, you’re okay, everything’s okay” and the Omega freaks, “Stop fucking saying okay! Okay was their always but it doesn’t fucking matter anymore! A-and I just-” and their mate then notices the book that was apparently thrown across the room and just stares because, a book? Really? Afraid to approach the Omega and be yelled at again, they eventually slide a bowl of ice cream across the floor and the Omega accepts it and life goes back to normal
-A couple trying for a kid and after a couple failed attempts during heats, the Omega is starting to feel a bit discouraged so their Alpha snuggles up with them, lightly running a hand up and down their back and crooning softly and after it’s quiet for awhile the Alpha attempts to lighten the mood like, “You’ve gotta admit we’ve had a lot of fun trying though” and the Omega just turns into a red flustered mess but even they can’t help giggling a bit. Though they feel much better when after the next heat they find out they are expecting at least two pups
Little shorter than my usual posts, but setting up for the real fun starting next post
My mom leaves me staring after her with a dumbfounded expression
on my face. Wha… what? I look
absentmindedly around my room, at a complete loss of what to do and seeing the
time glaring back at me, decide to just get into bed. I call my two pups into
the room and snuggle down into my covers with them on either side of me, my two
little personal heaters.
wanders to Auston, I don’t have to wonder what he’s currently doing because my
phone is still going off at regular intervals of pictures of him sent by either
Marner, Nylander or one of the other several player who seem to have my number
now. Auston sends me them too, though his aren’t every thirty seconds. My phone
vibrates from a text and I swipe down for look at it.
R u awake?
when I see who it’s from.
Nope, sleep texting
How was dinner?
I don’t really think u need to
ask that. U were pretty much there with all the snapping.
True, your chicken looked
I didn’t send you any pictures
of my chicken
Jesus. Is there anything they didn’t
minute before he responds and I wonder if I went too far. Then the little
bubbles pop up and I relax.
Thank god for that, I would hate killing my
and roll onto my back, my eyes are getting tired.
Well they r safe for the night
Ur getting tired
How do u know that?
U never abbreviate words or
Go to bed
I’m going to bed
Then y did u say no???
Don’t tell me what to do
again when he sends me a bunch of the exasperated emojis.
I stare at
my screen for a few moments, my heart fluttering against my ribs and I try to
figure out why. There wasn’t really any flirting, just conversation yet my
heart is beating like he really did send me nudes. I click my screen off and
shove my phone under the pillow, determined to fall asleep without thinking
about the stupid boy.
Two days pass
a lot faster than I would have thought possible. Now I’m standing outside the
house I grew up in, looking at all the grandness of it one more time before I
get into my waiting car, with a trail of my parents SUV a handful of family and
friends, all with their cars packed to the brim as well and a hauling truck
bringing up the rear. My parents are in their respective vehicles, letting me have
my moment. We had said our goodbyes last night.
I had just
gotten off the phone with Auston and had only been asleep for a few minutes
when my father gently shook me awake. Silently he had taken my hand and pulled
me downstairs, helped me put on my coat and then we went outside hand in hand.
Perched on our usual spot on the picnic table, we sat side by side in silence
for several hours, our eyes on the sky and silent tears rolling down our
cheeks. We didn’t need words to communicate.
outside the home that I had learned to walk, there was a sizeable dent in the
master bedroom doorframe from one of my failed attempts at that. My eyes trail
to the driveway to my right, where I had skinned by knees more times than I can
count trying to play street hockey and riding my bike. None of these things
made me sad to think about, though tears did come, they were just memories
trailing down my cheeks, making room for even more beautiful memories to come.
over to Canada goes without any difficultly and before I know it, I’m standing
outside my new house. My two dogs are already bounding around in the few inches
of snow that must have just fallen, within moments it looks like I own two
little polar bears instead of two labs. The house is nicer than I had thought,
built less than five years ago, it fits in with the few newer houses littering
the block. I can’t help but grin at myself. This
is my home.
The next four
hours are spent with my parents and various friends and relatives unloading the
U-Haul and other vehicles lined up on the street. I mostly just stand in the
foyer and point people in the right direction with boxes and pieces of furniture,
I feel extremely lazy just watching but there’s so many people that they need
direction. I’m amazed at how quickly everything is brought inside and I have
never been more grateful that my grandparents own a home renovation company and
over the years they have been putting various pieces of furniture to the side
for me and my cousins. Most everything that is now taking up space in my house
I didn’t have to pay a dime for.
The only time
that my happiness falters is when I glimpse my parents, the pain of leaving
them so great I don’t know how I don’t fall over. Once the last of the boxes
have been moved inside, the majority of my family and friends leave until it’s
just my parents and me. They stand at the bottom of the stairs as I make my way
down to them, their fingers entwined and my heart pangs in my chest. I could
never imagine being in love like my parents are.
I reach the bottom
of the stairs, my hand lingering on the banister, I open my mouth to say
something but nothing comes out and I reach for my parents. They embrace me and
I bury my head into my father’s chest. Not caring in the slightest that I’m a
full grown adult and hugging them like I did when I was five years old.
This time I
don’t sob like I expect to, my tears are all dried out. Instead I try to memorize
everything I can about them, their smell and the crinkles by my mom’s eyes, the
result of smiling more than the average human, the rough stubble of my dad’s
beard and the gray streaks in his hair that he always tries to blame on me.
time for your first home picture,” my mom finally says, her hand running
through my hair once more before putting her hand on my shoulder and I take a
step back, my hand still firmly in my fathers.
I join them
on the porch, taking my place by the front door as my mom takes my phone and
hers out into the lawn, my dad following. I beam at the camera and throw my
hands out to either side of me, my two dogs make an appearance at just the
right time and make the picture.
always,” my dad says from my mother’s side.
even see the picture,” I roll my eyes at him, returning to his side. He quickly
ducks me under his arm and gives me a noogie, I squeal and try to swat his hand
to look to know,” he says and I can’t help but grin at him as I try to smooth
my hair back out.
kid,” my dad says gruffly and I know this has to be harder for them than it is
My mom joins
us on the lawn, the snow sitting in her hair like a halo, her arms encircle me
and then my dad’s cover hers.
“I love you
so much,” I whisper.
“We love you
too baby, more than you know,” my mom whispers back, I can feel her wet tears
falling into my hair.
even begin to cover it,” dad chimes in, his voice even more gruff than before
and my heart twinges.
I meet my
father’s eyes, swimming with tears and I think back to that very first night
under the stars, he gave me everything I could have ever asked for, and I tell
“No, Y/N, I
introduced you to it, you made it into something beautiful,” he grazes me cheek
with his knuckles and I lean into his hand.
“I love you,”
I repeat, he winks at me and his hand drops from my face, taking my mom’s hand
instead, tugging her gently towards the car.
She kisses my
forehead once more and pats the heads of the two dogs bouncing around in the
snow before climbing into the passenger seat of the SUV. I close her door
gently and she rolls down the window. Though don’t say anything more. We can’t.
I watch them
pull away from the curb, down the street and around the corner. I stand there several
more minutes, staring into the distance before turning and looking at my house.
I stuff my hands in my pockets and whistle for my dogs, walking up the front
steps and through my front door.
in the kitchen is first on my list, my family offered to stay and help unpack
the boxes but I refused. There was no way I was letting someone have all the
fun of organizing my house. My phone buzzes the moment I touch the first box
and I let out a frustrated sigh. Really?
I snatch up
my phone and my annoyance fades away immediately. I had sent the picture my mom
took of me to Auston and he had finally responded.
You know I always had a thing for older, responsible
Haven’t you always had a thing
My point exactly
and lean against my counter, opening my snapchat and sending a picture of my
T.V already set up in the living room, which was the only thing I had allowed
anyone to touch because I knew I would mess it up somehow. I caption it “So you
can’t yell at me for not watching your game again” and send it to Auston. Last
week I had watched the Detroit game that was playing at the same time as the
Toronto one and boy had I heard about it from not only Auston but every Leaf’s
player that had my number.
I open my
text messages again and type out a response.
Are you calling me old??
Little bit, but im into it.
I roll my
eyes and another message from Auston appears.
Ur rolling ur eyes right now aren’t u?
I can think of other ways to
make them roll
goes through my spine and I blush even though there is no one around.
I don’t think it’s exactly fair that you
can say that kind of stuff but I can’t…
Says the girl who just the other
day said that she slept naked in my childhood bed!
notification pops up and I click it open, seeing a picture of Auston’s shoes
and I know he’s on the bus heading to the arena for the game against San Jose
tonight. “Good girl” it’s captioned and I roll my eyes again.
Alright, we just got to the arena, I’m
guessing u’ll be asleep by the time I’m able to call u. So I’ll see u tomorrow?
Another tingle shoots through my spine
at the thought of finally seeing Auston tomorrow. For the last twelve days all
I’ve been able to do is imagine his lips against mine and… Other things.
Depends, your rule still in place?
Then I can’t wait
pause between messages.
You are literally the worst
send a kissy face emoji and receive an unimpressed one in response. I grin,
pleased with myself and set my phone back down on the counter. I eye my dogs
who are already lounging on the sectional couch.
“Hey! Get to
work!” I call to them and they just flick their ears in my direction and give a
“really mom?” expression. I scoff at them and turn back the first box I see,
now is when the fun begins.
Gonna post another werewolf blurb because my prompt is taking way longer than I’d expected. *laughs, cries*
“Oh,” Howard said, delighted, as Tony ran into his office. He
stood up and walked around the desk, reaching out to scoop up the pup before he
fell over the paws he still hadn’t grown into. “Oh,” he repeated, a little more
pained, even as the werewolf licked up the side of his face in one long swipe.
Tony was getting quite large, and he wasn’t getting any younger.
He heard Obadiah sigh and cheerfully ignored it. Obadiah was
no fun at all.
“What are you doing here, pup?” Howard asked, playfully
scolding. “You should be visiting your mother.”
Tony licked him again, paws flailing. Oof. He was getting
way too big for this.
Howard set him down on the floor and patted his head. “You
just got home from school. Your mother will be worried.”
He heard Obadiah scoff and cheerfully decided to kick his
Tony wagged his tail so hard that his entire back end
wiggled with it, yapping happily, before galloping out of the room. They heard
a high-pitched yelp, a loud crash, and then a very long pause before the
rhythmic thump of paws started again.
“‘Your mother will be worried,’” Obadiah scoffed again. “You
spent the first hour after he left for school fretting about him.”
“I’m going to fire you,” Howard decided.
“Dad!” Tony exclaimed, nearly vibrating. “Dad! Mom said she
wasn’t worried about me at all! She said she thought I’d do great! She said that
you were worried, though!”
Howard wondered why Maria never let him get away with
anything. “Oh. I see.”
Maria smirked at him. “Yes, dear.”
Tony tugged at his sleeve, staring up at him with bright
eyes. “Why were you worried, Dad? I thought I fit in.”
“It’s not that I worried about you fitting in,” Howard said,
face falling. “I just… Well… I think we should keep homeschooling you!”
“Dear,” Maria sighed, scowling at him.
Howard tugged Tony up into a hug. Oof, too big in this form,
too. “The mansion is too quiet without him here! What’s the point of having a
child if he’s not going to be underfoot?!”
“I can be underfoot more when I’m home,” Tony offered
innocently, because there was no possible way he could be anymore underfoot if
Maria just gave him a long, stern look until the
ten-year-old deflated under it. “You’re finally able to control your shift. You
need human friends. A pack is important, but being open to outside
relationships is important, too.”
Howard sighed and sat down at the table, scowling
petulantly. “I like having my boy here.”
“You child,” Maria said, trying to keep the fondness out of
her voice and failing. “How did it come to be that I have to deal with two pups? Especially ones prone to
“We haven’t blown anything up recently!” Howard squawked.
Tony crawled back up into his seat at the table. It was a
shame his human form was not as big as his wolf one. Then again, European
wolves were typically bigger than American ones anyway. “Mom, Janet wants to
know if I can come over after school on Wednesday.”
Howard raised an eyebrow. “And who is Janet?”
“Janet Van Dyne, dear,” Maria said, as if that should mean
something to him. “Her father is Dr. Vernon Van Dyne.”
“Alliteration! How unfortunate.”
“You are literally the worst, Howard.”
Tony reached out for the bowl of mashed potatoes, making a
happy noise when Maria pushed it closer to him. “She said she wants to make me
Howard scowled. His son was already very pretty. He was the
prettiest, smartest pup anyone could ask for.
“Do you want to be made pretty?” Maria asked, honestly
Tony shrugged. “She’s bossy but she always looks nice.”
“Well, I don’t see why you shouldn’t.”
Howard whipped around to glare at her. Okay, so he knew who
Vernon Van Dyne was. He did not want Tony spending time with someone who didn’t
know that Tony was already perfect.
Maria just gave him an amused look. “We can’t keep him in
the house forever, Howard.”
“We could,” Howard insisted, as Tony happily ate his pork and
Howard was pacing in front of the doors when they burst
open. He jumped, startled.
A brunette girl a few inches shorter than Tony burst in,
turning and holding her arms out with a loud, happy, “TA-DA!”
Tony was dressed in a lovely white dress with red
polka-dots. Howard gaped at him, speechless.
The girl beamed at him. “Isn’t he pretty?!”
“I—uh—yes-! Yes, quite pretty,” Howard stuttered. “Do you
like it, Tony?”
“I liked the one with green polka-dots better, but Janet
said this one made my eyes pop,” Tony said, holding the skirt up to examine it.
Howard took a moment to be immensely relieved that his son
was still wearing the briefs they’d sent him to school in.
Janet squawked. “Tony, you can’t lift up your skirt like
that! You’re gonna flash people!”
“It’s just my dad,” Tony said, frowning at her in confusion.
“He doesn’t care.”
“Yes, well, you should still try not to flash people,”
Howard hurried to explain. “Not everyone is as open as werewolves, son. Some
people would be very upset.”
“Oh,” Tony replied, dropping the skirt. “Okay.”
Janet turned to wave at him. “It was nice seeing you, Mr.
Stark! I gotta go. My dad’s waiting in the car outside.”
“Oh. Well, thank you for Tony’s safe return, Janet,” Howard
told her, belatedly managing a smile.
She beamed at him. “Tony’s always safe with me, Mr. Stark!”
They watched her go, then Tony pushed the door shut. “She
punched Justin Hammer in the face.”
“I like her,” Howard decided, because he’d never liked the
Hammers. He looked down at his son’s dress again. “Do you… like wearing
“They’re okay,” Tony told him. “I’m gonna go talk to Jarvis.”
“If he tells you not to eat the cookie dough he’s making,
you’d best listen,” Howard ordered sternly, then went to go find his wife.
Maria yelped and covered herself with her towel when Howard
burst into the room. “…Howard,” she
“Tony came home wearing a dress!”
She frowned at him, confused. “…Okay?”
Howard flailed. “Is this—should I be buying him dresses?
Does he want high heels, too? Or no—He can’t wear high-heels until he’s
Oh. Maria suddenly understood. Sighing, she let her towel
drop and went back to dressing herself. “We’re werewolves, Howard. Clothing
doesn’t mean much to us.”
Howard frowned, still concerned. “So I don’t have to buy him
“Unless he specifically asks for one? No. He’s naked most of
the time anyway,” she added, smiling a little. “Clothes don’t matter when you
can slip into fur with barely a thought.” She looked at her husband fondly,
raising an eyebrow when she noticed him rubbing his back. “Little pup’s getting
too big for you to carry anymore, isn’t he?”
“He just needs to stay small forever,” Howard told her
seriously, making her snort.