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The Benefit of Squares (Astrology)

In astrology, the common association with hard aspects such as squares is that they are inherently negative aspects which will cause great difficulty in ones personality and environment.

The problem here is that in astrology, NOTHING is black and white - there are a lot of grey areas where aspects between planets and also signs have an inherent sense of light and dark, but nothing is strictly ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

It’s often too easy to simply say something is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ than to analyse how these supposedly difficulties energies can make a beneficial compromise.

Each sign and aspect has both positive and negative qualities within them, it’s there inherent potential of how we choose to use these energies that is the key.

Knowing this, there is potential for squares to become a beneficial aspect.

The reason for this is that the nature of a square causes friction to the point that manifestation and/or a release of energy must occur. Two planets in a square aspects will cause a friction of two personality types. The point to remember is that planets in Square often share the same modality - therefore a compromise can be made between two planets if the goal of the modality is taken into account.



Cardinal Square: They share the same need for forward movement and initiation of an idea (♎️), action (♈️), project (♑️) and self-care and security (♋️).

Knowing this, you can find what each planet in Square wishes to accomplish.

♋️/♎️: Initiating a new idea for self-care through interaction with or for others. Emotion vs logical rationalisation of things.

Taking into consideration personal needs and the needs of others. Compromising the need to take action based on logic and rationality and emotional provocation and intuitive action.  

♎️/♑️: Initiating a new idea or plan into a practical project. Compromising the need for a goal with working with other people and taking their perspectives into account. Understanding that one can not always be in charge of a situation, and shared responsibility must take place. Compromise needed to achieve a goal.

♈️/♋️: Initiating an action based on emotional provocation. Needing to recognise when one is becoming too aggressive to emotional stimulation. Learning how to care for others through action. Caring for ones own emotional wellbeing and stability. Providing oneself their own sense of security.

♑️/♈️: Initiating an action on a practical goal and project. Leading by power and example. Working for oneself and relying on ones own actions and energy. Sticking to a set path. Taking the role as authority. Doing things in ones own way to benefit the self.

Mutable Square: These signs are inherently changeable and adaptable to their circumstance, often changing and evolving as their perception changes due to new experiences. Mutable squares can be seen as being the easiest signs to integrate, as their natural flexible nature allows a compromise. These signs are about adapting and changing their physical surroundings (♍️), their ideas and perceptions (♊️) , their emotions based on sensory perception (♓️), and the way they take action, extending beyond what they can do and have done (♐️).

♊️/♍️: Changing the way tone does things when new information is presented. Testing the practicality of other ideas and thoughts. Perfecting known ideas and information. Testing the logical of preconceived ideas and information, and changing the way things are originally done.

♍️/♐️: Changing the day-to-day routine by engaging in long distance travel. Making philosophical ideas practical and perfecting them. Expanding and questioning the initial way things are done and creating something new from it. Servitude for a higher belief. Being humorous and playful when giving critical feedback.  

♊️/♓️: Thinking about and rationalising an emotional connection to others and the universe. Communicating ones sense of empathy to another. Writing down intuitive feelings and perceptions as possible psychic provocations. Communicating artists thoughts and ideas, perhaps in a form of a story or poetry.

♐️/♓️: Taking action on spiritual receptivity to the universe. Understanding life from a a far higher perspective. Activity teaching higher knowledge and understanding of spirituality and connection to the universe as one. Changing spiritual beliefs based on ones own sensory perception and connection to the universe at large. Healing and charity for those living overseas in unprivileged countries.

Fixed Square: This square is ultimately the most difficult to integrate due to its inherent nature to stay in one place due to stubbornness for change. If these energies can find a particular goal to aim for, these squares can provide the most beneficial results due to the massive power expended once the energy is related to create something great. These energies aim on building upon and maintaining ones sense of material security and resources (♉️), ones sense of self and their individual expression (♌️), their emotional security and inherent emotional power (♏️), and their own original unique and innovative ideas (♒️).

♉️/♌️:  Maintaining a sense of security when expressing the self as they truely are. A step-by-step approach to leadership. Expressing ones own inherent and natural beauty. Productivity in creative expression. Expressing the self through creating material objects and products. Using charisma and an extravagant presentation to create profit and wealth.

♌️/♏️: Transforming the way one expresses themselves. Integrating deep emotional connection and passion into creative expression and assertion. Sexual extravagance. Projecting a powerful sense of expression. Pride in ones own transformation. Sharing the spotlight. Passionate and powerful leadership.

♏️/♒️: Deep connection to humanity. Transforming people by the masses. Destroying and transforming the dynamics of society. Passionate connection to unique and innovative thoughts to benefit humanity. Deep passion for change and reform. Sexual innovation and transformation. Healing others. Deep and through scientific analysis, uncovering what is hidden.

♒️/♉️: Innovation and change on the way to create material things. Unique creations for profit. Originality in practicality. Scientific and practical step-by-step approach. Detached and objective evaluation using the 5 senses. Innovative way to building towards material wealth. Originality and innovation in artistic pursuits.

The planets involved in the square aspect will indicate what parts of the personality and sense of action is in tension, the signs on the planets will indicate how they do things. Applying the above formula of the compromise between sign modalities will show how to compromise the parts of the personality in tension.

Example: Mars ♌️ Square Saturn ♉️.Taking creative and powerful action towards approaching a career goal, involving passion to create ones own wealth that will last. Fixating on a long term goal to reach material success by applying ones self to the task, being authentic in their self-expression and creative passion. Consistently applying ones self to create long-term results.

Remember that absolutely nothing in a natal chart is inherently ‘bad’ or ‘good’, they are simply a composition of energetic potentials that can work to your benefit when consciously applying yourself and your actions. 

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Billboard Article- 10 Reasons Why NU’EST Was Always Worth Your Attention

1.They were putting out unique material from their debut

2. Even their early B-sides were great

3. “Face” held an impressive YouTube record (article didn’t mention how it’s still most viewed BG debut)

4. Their members have been challenging gender norms (Ren)

5. …and body standards in K-pop (Baekho)

6. They’ve been internationally minded from the start

7. “Hello” was the hit ballad that got away

8. The more they got involved, the more experimental their music became 

9. They’re pretty hilarious

10. They never gave up (❤️ )

So glad big international music websites like Billboard are noticing NU’EST! Babies have come so far since last year, when they were lucky for sites to even mention their comebacks.

Originally posted by m1nhyun


First Look: The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

The new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series from Porsche is the most powerful and unique 911 Turbo S ever. The Coupé provides 446 kW (607 hp) and is limited to 500 units worldwide. In addition to a power increase of 27 hp, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is distinct from the standard 911 Turbo S due to its unique design, higher-quality materials and luxurious details. 

The sports car is being intricately finished by hand in the new Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur at the headquarters in Zuffenhausen. Previously known as “Porsche Exclusive”, the in-house workshop specializes in tailoring to customer wishes, as well as being responsible for limited-edition series. And for the first time ever, Porsche customers can have the matching chronograph from Porsche Design configured in the same design as their sports car.


Miles Kane & Matt Bellamy playing The Beatles at Jamie Davis’ birthday party at Pour Vous, LA

Probably most people saw this by now, but I’ve collected all available footage for posterity’s sake. Absolutely timeless songs, ready for another 50 years. 

‘Please Please Me’,’ I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Twist & Shout’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, ‘Back In The USSR’ and ’The Night Before’.

edit: Re-edited and re-uploaded with new footage.

edit 2: Last time I’m re-editing and re-uploading this… hopefully. For those who only saw Instagram Story fragments, this is now 5 and a half minute worth of unique material.

Fear of Loss Leads to the Dark Side

Touken? I don’t know her, let’s talk about Ui Koori more. 

What I noticed right away from this chapter was Ui’s outfit change, he’s gone from wearing white primarily in the middle of missions to all black. It could be simply to match Furuta’s change, he is after all on the chessboard a black king where previously Ui fought as an ally of the white king Arima.

My mind however, jumped immediately to a different conclusion. Ui’s decision to dress in all black, and stand at Furuta’s side means he has decided to join the dark side of the force.

Yes, let’s talk star wars. 

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| Mirror | Bill Cipher

Your best friend’s name is Sally in this because shut up it was the first thing that came to my head.

“Hurry up, Y/N!!”

You took the time to fix the makeup on your face again. It wasn’t anything too extravagant as you weren’t really that kind of person, but your best friend had practically forced you to wear it. You got off with only wearing lipstick (thank god). After all, ‘today was the day for you to get turnt up’, as she so eloquently put it.

What was today? Oh. Halloween.

Whereas you’d rather be scaring kids that came to your door and gorging on candy while watching Netflix, your friend had other plans. She’d been invited to this haunted house, a.k.a a bunch of teenagers going to a crappy attraction then most likely go and get drunk afterwards and go to an actual party.

Yeah. You didn’t feel like doing that last part, if it wasn’t obvious. The only reason you’d agreed was because you’d never been to an actual haunted house.

“What’s the harm?” You muttered, dragging the red lipstick down the sides of your mouth to your chin in makeshift fangs. Yeah, yeah you were a vampire. Cliche, right? It was the only costume at Walmart that wouldn’t make you look like you were slack - the others only covered your most important parts and otherwise disgusted you.

Along with a long black cape, a jagged red shirt, ripped jeans and some knee length boots, You had on a white mask that covered the top half of your face, the material unique so that you could see out of it but that no one could see your eyes.

It was kind of sick actually. In a good way.

“Y/N!!” She whined once more. You rolled your eyes, capping the lipgloss and putting it down.

“Coming, coming,” You shouted back, running out the bathroom to meet her expectant eyes. She gasped and clapped her hands together, grinning.

“You look amazing!” She danced around, grinning cheekily. You rolled your eyes again but smiled a bit.

“You don’t look too bad yourself,” You glanced over her Tinkerbell costume. Way too flashy for your liking, but she still looked beautiful. It suited her.

“Damn right,” She scoffed, hooking her arm with yours at the elbow. “Now let’s go show the city who’s ready to rock.”

“You mean the boys,” You responded, teasing. Your friend could get quite boy crazy.

She chuckled nervously, scratching her cheek. “Same thing, right?”

“Woah,” Sally breathed, looking up at the large establishment in front you. Beside her were about ten other teens in your little group. They were all from your school as you vaguely noticed the faces, but otherwise you didn’t think you’d ever even talked to one of them before. A couple of them were staring with the same awe, one looked completely bored out of their mind, and two were locked into an intense make out session, with no regards for PDA. You shivered, disgusted, and pointedly glanced away.

The house itself indeed did look, haunted, you thought. Large intimidating structures lit up in silver, courtesy of the moon, and covered in shadows. Contorted faces of monsters greeted you as you all walked up the pathway. There was a long line to go in and you sighed just as everyone groaned.

“This is gonna take forever…” One of your groupies mumbled. Well the universe must have heard the complaint because as soon as the words left his lips, a shout was heard.

“Is there a group containing more than ten people?” One of the guides shouted over the crowd. “We’re taking in the large groups first!”

Immediately your group started calling out, jumping and making noise. A minute later you found yourself walking into the entrance.

“Ooh…I’m so ready for this!” Sally fidgeted. You huffed. You were a bit excited too, but you wished you could have spent this with only her or more of your close friends.

The double doors closed behind you as soon as the last person stepped in, enclosing everyone in total darkness.

Squeaks and cries were heard while you just raised an eyebrow. Sally clutched onto your arm.

“Well that’s just great,” You spoke, sarcasm dripping from your tone. “How are we supposed to know where to go?”

As if switched on by your words, a trail of lanterns suddenly lit up, one by one, leading down and down into the house until you couldn’t see anymore, emitting a green, sickly light.

There were words painted on a sign hanging from the ceiling. It was only supported by a tiny string and looked like it would fall any minute. “CoMe” it spelled.

Ok. That unnerved you just a bit.

The group of you started making your way down the path.

Long story short there was a bunch of scares. Some funny, most cheesy, and a few special ones that made you jump.

(What? You absolutely did not scream that one time a skeleton hand grabbed your shoulder out of the shadows. Definitely not. Tell anyone that and you’re dead.)

You could tell that you were nearing the end as the scares got few and further apart.

“The Man in the mirror?” Sally mumbled. You all had stopped before a large painted over sign that pointed to the mirror below it. You looked at the person in the glass and for a second your heart jumped.

“Woah,” you breathed, for the first time intrigued. There was indeed, a man in the mirror. There was a grin on his face, though there was something wrong with it, something  not quite….normal. His wide dark eye was glazed over, the other covered by an eyepatch. He was adorned in a white dress shirt covered with a yellow brick pattern jacket that matches his boots. His teeth were gleaming white, his gloved hands behind his back and holding a cane whilst a… top hat? A top hat floated above his head. He seemed to be frozen in the position.

Weird. But intriguing.

“Say something and I’ll answer it….if you dare~A talk box was beside the mirror. It was funny how it tried to sound intimidating, and you sighed. Just when you were interested it had to be ruined with something corny.

One of your groupies 'ooo’d, even Sally looking scared and you just shoved your hands in your pockets. Disappointing.

Some of the guys elbowed each other to say something till you just spoke up.

“Hello,” You said, the boredom leaking through your tone. Your group held their breath in anticipation.

“Hello. You may not want to look into your mirror tonight…just a warning.”

One of the girls jumped. “Oh jeez! Looks like I’m not looking into my mirror ever again.”

“Are you being serious right now?” You mumbled. “That was about as scary as a baby panda.”

A chuckle.

Well it was more like a giggle, but nonetheless it startled you, making you worry they had heard your stray comment. But none of them were laughing. In fact they weren’t even paying attention to you.

Then who…?

You dismissed it as a lame sound effect of the house.

“Well let’s go,” Sally hushed everyone along. You pursed your lips.

“Actually,” you interrupted. “I think I’ll stay here. I’m not really feeling up for any more fake scares.”

“But..” Sally frowned.

“I’ll be fine,” you reassured. “We have like fifteen minutes left in here anyway.”

“…ok,” She said cautiously. You watched till they disappeared into another room before letting out a breath, leaning against the wall.


Your eyes couldn’t help but stray to the attraction again. It seemed like his gaze was boring right into you.

You chuckled. “I can’t believe they got scared in here,” you talked to yourself, rubbing your head. “It’s all a bunch of crap. I should’ve just stayed home.”

“Say something and I’ll answer it….if you dare~” the box spoke up again, responding to your noise.

“Is there a way to turn this thing off?” You muttered. You were starting to get a headache and it wasn’t helping. You kicked it as a little joke, but jumped when smoke started coming off it.

“Did I just break it…?” You blinked. “Hah…whoops.”

Your eyes went back to the man’s again and you narrowed your eyes. “They couldn’t have done better with you? At least have your mouth move when you talk.”

You walked closer to the mirror till you were right in front of it. “Then again,” you titled your head. “I must say I’m loving the bowtie. Very dapper looking.”

You tapped the mirror absentmindedly. “I wish I could have this permanent smile. How do you do it?” You mused, closing your eyes out of frustration. “Having to deal with these stupid people? Sometimes I just want to smash their heads in I swear.”

You rested your head on the cool surface, snickering. “Well not literally. Don’t think I’m crazy enough for that yet.”

“It’s harder than it looks. Dealing with these meatbags.”

You jolted, opening your eyes.

Only to find him looking right back, head turned in your direction.

You backed up, eyes wide. His eye followed you as if actually seeing you. You swallowed then let out nervous laughter.

“Oh you can move! Thought you just stood still. Scared for a bit.” You shook your head. “And talk with a different voice too. Cool.”

The man just leant forward, bringing the cane from behind his back and leaning forward on it, floating top hat following his movements.

“I’m talking to an inanimate object, great,” you slapped your forehead.

“Depends on what you’d call inanimate, Little Bat,” He hummed. You frowned.

'You know what?’ You thought. 'To heck with it.’

“Little Bat?” You harrumphed. “What, because of the vampire outfit? Real original.”

He shrugged. “I do try.”

You put your hands on your hips. “Okay there’s no way that’s a mechanical response. How are you doing that? Is there someone listening and sending you the answers? If so not cool, man!” You shouted to whoever was controlling this.

The man giggled, turning upside down, blonde hair floating around. “Cute. But I’m afraid not, love.”

You pursed your lips. “Then how…?” You got an idea and went around the mirror but there was no projector or man standing behind it. Just the smooth back of the silver mirror. You went back around.

“Tell me how this works,” You couldn’t help your curious nature, eyes gleaming.

The man shrugged. “I’m trapped in here. That’s all.”

You snorted. “Yeah right. You want me to actually believe that?”

“I mean you can believe whatever you want, little bat,” he crossed his legs indian style, still upside down as he bored his eye into yours. “I’ve been stuck here for years. Sucked right out of the dreamscape because of some stupid teens trying out an incantation. Forced to watch every tiny little human walk by here on this holiday. It never surprises me, the stupidity of the human race.” At first his tone was light and comical but as he continued it started to get dark, his smile widening. “Sometimes I wish I could just go out there and rip the smiles from their puny little faces. Splatter these restraining walls with their blood.”

You took another step back, eyes wide.

He snapped out of it at your action, laughing and flipping back right side up. “Ah, did I frighten you?”

You swallowed on a dry throat. “Uh yeah. Definitely…definitely a bit frightened. And normally I’d be running down the hallway by now and screaming but you still intrigue me, and I’m not taking that stupid faux story of yours for the truth. So spill.” You crossed your arms.

Instead of giving in he just laughed hard suddenly, holding his stomach.

“AHAHAHA!!” He kicked his legs in the space. “I knew there was a reason why you interested me, kid!”

You could only watch as he continued his hysterics. “Excuse me?”

“Come back here tomorrow,” He said. “Early.”


You were cut off by a shout.

“We’re leaving!” You heard the voice of your best friend distantly. “Get over here!”

You blinked. How did he know you were about to leave?

“…I won’t be coming back,” You said.

“Yes, you will,” He said without a beat.

How dare he act like he knew you?

“I won’t,” You stressed. “Now if you excuse me, I have to leave.”

He only stared at you expectingly, resting his chin on his fist. You relented, turning around so you wouldn’t have to look at him.

“…what’s your name?” You muttered. He snickered and you glared at the ground. “It’s only so that when I tell my friends not to come here to be assaulted by a man in the mirror I have a title.”

There was amusement in his voice when he replied. “You can call me… Bill.”

You mentally tucked the name into the back of your mind before taking a step towards the exit. Two steps. Three. When you were at the door and he still didn’t say anything, you couldn’t help it.

“Don’t you want to know my name as well?” You looked at the painted wood of the door. You heard a click of a cane against the nonexistent ground of the mirror.

“But I already know it.”

You stiffened.

When he didn’t say anything else you opened the door and just as you were about to swing it closed, a whisper echoed in the space.


You slammed the door shut.

When you finally met back up with your friends, you tried to ignore the way your heart ferociously beat against your chest.

You couldn’t sleep.

Trust me, You tried.

You read a book. You visited every single social media account you had. You drank some tea. Hell, you even took a pill at one point.

But no matter what you tried, you couldn’t sleep. Every time you closed your eyes the name 'Bill’ appeared behind them, teasing you, inviting you. You were sick of it. You were tired, anxious, and you absolutely could not get a wink of rest.

There were so many questions. Was someone just trolling you? Was it really possible he was trapped in there? Why hadn’t he told anyone? How did Bill know your name? Most importantly….

Why did he want you to come back?

“I’m not doing it,” You stopped that train of thought, scolding yourself harshly. You rolled over on the bed, stuffing your face into the pillow and pulled the sheets over your head. “I’m not going.”

As the clock ticked four thirty a.m. you found yourself heading out the door.

Thankfully you were sleeping over Sally’s house that night. Sally lived with only her grandma, her grandma that wouldn’t wake up if someone was blasting the radio next to her head.

It was easy enough not waking up Sally as well, though it almost gave you a heart attack how cautiously you got out of the bed she and you were sleeping in. You swore she almost woke up like ten times.

You tapped against the mask you wore, biting your lip. No you still weren’t in your vampire outfit, just the mask. Why did you wear it? Well that’s what you met Bill with. You saw his face but he didn’t fully see yours. It gave you a sense of….security.

By the time you reached the haunted house you were already regretting your decision. Nonetheless you steeled your nerves and went forward.

You dropped down from the window you had crawled through, swaying on your feet to regain balance. The darkness hit you all at once. It had been dark before but without the lanterns it was pitch black.

Well. You came prepared. You took out your flashlight. It flickered a bit before you slammed it against your hand and the bright light shone out in a wide, strong beam.

You made your way through. There were no people hiding in the dark to scare now, and the traps you had stepped on earlier you maneuvered around this time. As an effect, it was just silent. The only sound you heard was the dusty shuffling of your feet as you walked. Eventually you got to the room where Bill was.

You took in a deep breath, strengthened your grip around the flashlight and opened the door.

Bill was in the pose you had first seen him with, staring off into space. You felt your stomach tighten at just the sight of him. Nothing strange really ever happened in your life and this, just his existence, made your adrenaline spike.

Your eye caught a switch on the wall and when you flicked it, light flooded the room. Thank god you wouldn’t have to be in the dark anymore.

“Hello?” You hit yourself internally for stuttering as you stepped closer. “Uh, Bill?”

Silence. He didn’t even move.

You tapped the mirror after you crossed the room, wondering if you had to wake him up or something. When he still didn’t make any signs of movement after a while you deflated.

“Of course he’s not on,” you pressed a hand to your forehead, feeling yourself get angry. “He’s shut off like everything else in here.”

You bit your tongue to calm yourself down, shutting your eyes tight. How had you really been so stupid?

I wasted my time. “It was all just a stupid-”


You made an embarrassing squeal and snapped your head up. Bill was grinning at you, twirling his cane. You couldn’t even say anything, your mouth opened wide. He burst out laughing at your expression.

“You should have seen your face! That was too good.”

If you were angry before, You were furious now. Somewhere deep down there was also relief that he was real, but mostly anger.

“I can’t believe you-ugh!” You almost tore your hair straight out of your skull.

Bill just watched you calmly. He leant on his cane, waiting for you to calm down. When you did, he smiled.

“Ah Little Bat, you’re hilarious. So, how’s that not sleeping thing going for ya?” He mused, stretching.

“How did you know I hadn’t-” you cut yourself off, shaking your head. “Forget it.” You had no time for that. “Why did you want me to come back?”

“Because I was lonely?” He tried, shrugging. You narrowed your eyes and he sighed dramatically. “Fine, fine. Because I want you to let me out.”

“Let..let you out?” You repeated, stunned. Something blue flashed in his eye and he nodded.

“Yes, let me out. Your hearing’s just fine, don’t be annoying.”

Um. Rude much?

“I don’t think that’s the way you should be speaking to someone you’re asking a favor from,” You crossed your arms. He had an uncanny way of pissing you off. “And besides, how were you so sure I’d come back today? What would you have done without me?”

In a split second his face was right up against the glass of the mirror, so close to yours he would’ve been touching you if not for the thin separating material. Your eyes widened and you froze, unable to move. His grin had widened, showing teeth. His eye was now coated over with a deep madness that bored straight into your soul.

“Because you’re curious,” He slammed his palms onto the glass as well. “And it’s that curiousity that kills cats such as yourself. I’d advise you to run, but would you heed the warning?”

You tried to swallow but found that you couldn’t. Your tongue was too dry.

When you finally managed to speak it was without thinking.

“I thought you said I was a bat?”

Bill blinked, looking surprised for the first time. Then he started laughing again, so hard you expected tears to start streaming down his face.

“Of course!” He knocked a fist against the glass. “How could I make such a mistake, Little Bat?”

You watched him lose it. “You’re insane.”

He stopped laughing creepily fast, shrugging as he returned to normal in a blink. “Sure I am, what’s your point?”

You opened your mouth before closing it. “You’re going off track. Why in the world should I release you? Not going to lie, people normally trap things if they’re causing chaos. How am I even supposed to in the first place?”

Bill just hummed, tapping the spot where your nose was in front of on the glass. You backed away, somehow feeling assaulted like he had actually touched you.

“You’re asking the wrong questions, dear~” He twirled the cane again. “What you should really be asking, is why I chose you to ask.”

“Alright then,” you caved. “Hit me. Why did you choose me?”

Bill didn’t even hesitate. “Because I like you.”

You almost choked. “You w-what?”

“I like you,” he repeated. “You interest me. From the minute you walked in wearing that ridiculous getup, I could tell you were different than the rest. That feeling only increased the minute we were alone.”

You could feel your body heating up, cheeks flushing. You forced it down, licking your lips. “And…You want me to let you out?”

“Thought I’d made that clear, little bat.”

“What’s in it for me?” You bit your lip. He tapped his mouth as if thinking.

“What do you want?” He asked.

“You,” you spat out.

His eye widened just as your jaw dropped as you realized how that sounded.

“N-Not like that!” You clarified, face now steaming as you shook your hands and head.

“That is a bit misleading,” Bill mused. Then he smirked, eye lidding seductively. “Though I’m happy to abide by your circumstances, kid~”

Oh. My. God.

You looked away as to not embarrass yourself further. “What I meant, was that you stay. Not just leave as soon as I let you out. I have so many questions…”

Bill seemed excited. A bit too excited. “That sounds fair. First, take off the mask.”

“Why?” You were taken aback.

“I want to see your face. It won’t work with a barrier like that.”

You took in a deep breath. “Fine.” You slowly removed the white accessory, smoothing your hair back and looking away so as to not see his reaction. When you inevitably looked back he had on a possessive smile that made you blush.

“Beautiful,” He purred.

“Get to the point,” You snapped, blushing harder. “What, w-what do I need to do?” Everything in you was screaming what in the world were you doing but your selfish desires were whispering in your ear for you to continue.

“Just put your hand here,” He pointed to the mirror. You shakily pressed your palm to the surface. His own hand lit up blue, enchanting you as the bright flames licked at his glove, but didn’t seem to burn. “Now repeat after me: θα σας απελευθερώσει, Bill Cipher, Δίνω την ψυχή μου.”

You repeated the syllables as if in a trance, the unfamiliar language rolling off your tongue. Bill grinned.

“Then it’s a deal,” He pressed his hand to where yours was. A blinding light flashed. The glass seemed to be melting as he started to step through. His hand passed through the mirror and pressed to yours, gripping your fingers. You gasped at the leathery soft feeling of his gloves as he shook your hand, electricity tingling through you at the contact. The last thing you saw properly was the bobbing motion of your arms and his last foot stepping out before everything happened at once.

Something exploded above you, deafening in your ears and plunging you into darkness. It took you a second to realize that it had been the lightbulb. Bill’s hand slipped from yours and you heard laughter, gleeful, mocking. You twisted on your spot round and round but you couldn’t locate the origin of it as the sound bounced round the darkness.

“I’m free!” He yelled.

“What are you doing?” You asked, starting to panic.

“'I like you’” He repeated the words he’d said to you, laughing. “What a joke! More like you were the only person gullible enough for me to win over their complete trust. You’re such an idiot!”

You felt a strong blow to your heart. What had you done?

“Though I suppose I should thank you for setting me free.”

Before you could register it, He was knocking you down to the floor. You could see his lone eye glowing yellow in the pitch black.

“And you do still interest me, believe it or not,” Hot breath hit your ear. His hands pinned yours to the ground, forcefully straddling you and pressing your bodies together. “So considering that you’re now bound to me for eternity-”

He bit down on your bottom lip.

“Let’s have some fun, Y/N~”

θα σας απελευθερώσει, Bill Cipher, Δίνω την ψυχή μου.

I release you, Bill Cipher, I offer my soul.


Empoleon Line Headcanons

(For anonymous - hope you like! I only did a few as you submitted two requests at once.) 

  • When Sinnohan Trainer Access Schemes were first established, many criticised the choice to include piplup as one of the starters. Given its proud and stubborn nature, it is much less amiable than most starter pokémon, making it a challenge for novice trainers to bond with and direct. As a consequence, it is the least popular of the three choices.
  • As it takes so much time and effort to establish a bond with an empoleon, such bonds are typically iron-cast by the time they are formed. Trained empoleons are, consequentially, incredibly defensive of their trainers, to the point that they will attack if their trainer’s pride is damaged. 
  • Prinplups are nigh on impossible to raise in a group. Pokémon breeders are forced to separate siblings at this stage in their lives, as they become unbearably hostile and aggressive towards members of the same species. They mellow out a little as empoleons, but still operate better as individuals. 
  • Empoleons are sometimes poached illegally for their pronged horns, which are made of a rigid, metallic material unique to the species. This material tends to be used in the making of jewellery and traditional medicine - certain ice-dwelling communities believe that adorning oneself with the horns of an empoleon brings great fortune and power.
  • Buttoned, double-breasted cardigans are colloquially known as ‘prinplup cardigans’, as they bear a resemblance to the markings on the species’ stomach. 
  • ‘Better a shelmet and a karrablast than a pair of prinplups’ is a particularly notable Unovan idiom. It suggests that it’s actually more productive to work with your natural opposite than somebody who is the same as yourself, as embracing differences can help you ‘evolve’ as a person. 

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Ryan Gosling Launches Production Company Arcana With Ken Kao
Yorgos Lanthimos' upcoming film 'The Favourite' will be the banner's first project.

Ryan Gosling and producer Ken Kao have teamed up to form the production company Arcana. The banner will focus on finding and developing a wide range of unique and diverse material for film and television.

Arcana’s first official project is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming film The Favourite, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. The film, which just wrapped principal photography in the UK, follows the clandestine personal and political machinations of the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. Arcana has partnered with producers Ceci Dempsey for Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures, together with Film4 and Fox Searchlight.

So about those Klingons...

Here’s what I think the deal is with the Klingons in Star Trek Discovery.

When we last saw the Klingons on Enterprise, their Empire was already in decline; TNG tells us that it had been without an Emperor for going on a century at this point, which would seem to indicate a prolonged breakdown in central authority; indeed, when we look at the Klingon warriors that they encounter on Enterprise, something immediately pops out at you: 

Namely, these guys aren’t even wearing uniforms; they’re just running around in a patchwork of random bits and pieces, with whatever arms and armour that they can find. What we can infer from this is that the Klingon state doesn’t have a national military in the 22nd century; these guys, then, are presumably pirates, or mercenaries, or feudal forces in the service of the various Great Houses. Based on some of the dialogue in the episode “Judgement”, we can infer that they are members of the so-called “warrior caste” which has come to dominate Klingon society in the absence of a strong government.

Indeed, this interpretation is supported by the Klingon lawyer Kolos:

Now, all young people want to do is to take up weapons as soon as they can hold them. They’re told there is honor in victory – any victory. What honor is there in a victory over a weaker opponent?…We were a great society, not so long ago. When honor was earned through integrity and acts of true courage, not senseless bloodshed.

Now, the Klingon Empire did nevertheless manage to have a government that was still mostly functional at the time of Enterprise, or at least functional enough that it was still capable of setting military priorities. But this regime–already weak–was brought down by a series of crises that were almost entirely of its own making. First of all was it’s attempt to create Klingon genetic augments by reverse-engineering Human biotechnology; an effort which succeeded only in producing a massive plague that killed millions of Klingon subjects and permanently disfiguring hundreds of millions more. The regime, having neglected scientific and medical research for generations, could think of no way to contain the plague other than by exterminating the entire populations of afflicted planets–a policy which not only would have caused the Klingon people to turn against their government, but which very nearly prevented a cure from being devised.

While the plague was ultimately contained (in a manner that resulted in the psycological trauma of genetic disfigurement in a culture where heredity is of paramount importance), the damage had already been done. The regime collapsed, but by this point no one House was strong enough to replace it as a dominant authority; instead, the Empire degenerated into a sort of permanent on-again/off-again Civil War, with each of the Great Houses operating out of their own regional power-bases, forming ever-shifting alliances like some sort of Klingon Dark Age. Expansion all-but ceased as the Klingons turned inward, obsessed by their own neverending power struggle.

After several generations of this, the fiefdoms of the various Great Houses, cut off from trade and communication with one another, had effectively become their own little states, each with its own unique material culture and religious practices. Beyond this, many of the houses had continued to experiment with genetic alteration in the hopes of gaining a leg up on one another, or reversing the deformative effects of the augment virus, usually unsuccessfully. In particular, several attempts to restore a natural Klingon phenotype resulted in a “hyper-Klingon” appearance, or even in the revival of morphological features seen in Klingon ancestral species.

TOS “Errand of Mercy” tells us that, ten years after Discovery, the Klingon Empire has become a military dictatorship, and they certainly appear to have a unified (and uniformed) Klingon Defence Force by this period; in the recent Discovery episode “Lethe”, Kol already seems to be in the process of establishing such a Dictatorship. Given that Kor, Kol’s kinsman, is a major military commander in TOS, it seems reasonable to conclude that he will be successful. 

anonymous asked:

I'm pretty late to the party but meh, whats new. Congratulations on your engagement! I'm so happy for you, the thoughts and feeling he must have put into the ring and planning show how much he loves you. I think your story is beautiful and unique. Money and material worth is the last thing that should count in that moment, its a personal moment. Once again congrats! I can only wish everyone a proposal as thoughtful as yours was. ♡

oh goodness gracious thank you very much!!

Epic Movie (Re)Watch #179 - Scooby-Doo (2002)

Spoilers Below

Have I seen it before: Yes

Did I like it then: Yes.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: No.

Format: DVD

1) According to IMDb:

The idea of a live action Scooby-Doo movie languished in “development hell” throughout most of the 1990s. In 1996, Jim Carrey was attached to play Shaggy and Sara Gilbert was attached to play Velma. At one point, director Kevin Smith was attached, but later dropped out. Later, Mike Myers accepted the project and was the one who most often had his name linked to it (Myers’ friend Janeane Garofalo was supposedly tapped by Myers to play Velma). Eventually, even Myers had to leave the project.

This film was originally set to have a much darker tone, essentially poking fun at the original series, and was set for a PG-13 rating. Shaggy was set to be a stoner, Velma and Daphne had a side relationship, and there were many marijuana references. According to Sarah Michelle Gellar, after the cast had signed on, there was a change and the film became more family-friendly.

2) The Case of the Luna Ghost

Originally posted by evilartist

The Luna Ghost was heavily featured in promotional material, to the point where it seemed like it would be the primary antagonist of the film. This is likely because visually the Luna Ghost is comparable with some of the best monsters from the original run of cartoons. From a storytelling standpoint the prologue wastes no time in establishing the tone and characters which - in my opinion - is actually pretty spot on. It doesn’t waste time in telling us, “This is Fred, this is Daphne, this is Velma,” because you either are familiar with these characters or will figure out who they are very quickly. Also the prologue plays out like the end of a Scooby-Doo episode, where the group tries to execute a plan to catch the villain but it ends up failing.

3) Wait, that’s…that’s Pamela Anderson? AS PAMELA ANDERSON!?

I did NOT catch that as a kid, although in some ways it makes sense. In “The New Scooby-Doo Movies” there was ALWAYS a celebrity guest star who worked on the case with theme (Don Knotts, Phyllis Diller, Sandy Ducan, Batman & Robin, etc.).

4) For whatever problems this film has (but more on those later), they get the characters VERY right. Writer James Gunn (yes, writer/director of both Guardians of the Galaxy films) 100% nails the film’s characterization of Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, Velma, and Daphne. Even when he makes them different from how they were in the show (notably Daphne and Fred) it FEELS right. It feels in line with who the characters are/were in the show and like a natural extension of those people. The reason I enjoy this film as much as I do is because in so many ways they FEEL like the cartoon characters through and through.

5) There are surprisingly deep life lessons between this film and its sequel.

Originally posted by pisces-history

6) Matthew Lillard as Shaggy.

Originally posted by bossygifs

Honestly, Lillard gives the standout performance of the film (although Linda Cardellini’s Velma is VERY close). Like all the actors he is able to support the characterization found in the script with a true to form performance, but he is by far the most chameleonic. You can see shades of Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar in their performance, but Lillard IS Shaggy. He gives off the heart/warmth - as well as the occasional stoner vibe - associated with the character since the late 60s. There is not an ounce of ego in his performance, being totally honest and committed. AND he acts with the CGI Scooby incredibly well. When working with a character who is not actually on set (namely: an animated one) it is important to see them and not see through them. Through all of Lillard’s scenes you believe Scooby is there with him. There’s not a doubt in your mind that he was on set, it’s not like he was added with CGI in post production or anything. And considering Shaggy’s relationship with Scooby is the heart of the film (and that Lillard shares the most scenes with the great dane), the fact that he’s able to nail this is all the better.

7) There are a number of deleted scenes in this film which I think are actually NEEDED for it to make sense in a lot of ways. Namely: when Fred, Velma, and Daphne meet at the airport and we get a juxtaposition of how they’re not as great in life as they say they are.

8) Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne.

Originally posted by killuarke

This is the first time I’ve watched this film since having become a fan (and completing) “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, so seeing the lead from one of my favorite show in that new light adds a level of fun to the movie. In the cartoons Daphne is not always the most consistently written character (although more modern entries into the franchise do better with this), often being relegated to the role of damsel in distress. But writer Gunn and actress Gellar are able to make Daphne more than that without disrespecting the source material. She’s unique, has her own personality which isn’t always true for the original show. Gellar adds warmth, humor, and gusto to the performance, while her striving against her own role as damsel in distress makes for surprisingly interesting conflict.


Originally posted by scoobycloos

(GIF originally posted by @scoobycloos)

Originally posted by wish-for-the-moon

10) The gag above is a good example of how this film was originally meant to be darker and poke fun at the original source material. While the movie ends up much more family friendly, some of these jokes do find their way into the final cut.

11) Rowan Atkinson as Emile Mondavarious is an occasionally fun role (more so for the reveal at the end than anything else), but unfortunately the comedic talent doesn’t get too much of a time to shine. He’s fine it what he does I just wish he could do more.

Originally posted by stevenscrivello

12) Linda Cardellini as Velma.

Originally posted by theperksofperkiness

Favorably comparable to to Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Cardellini similarly is able to 100% abandon any sense of herself/ego to support the strong character writing. You don’t SEE Cardellini, you only see Velma. She is able to embrace the intelligence and work with the occasionally cartoonish tone of the character/film in a way which never comes across as annoying but is instead a treat to fans of the cartoon. Also able to play Velma’s occasional insecurities well, Cardellini shines as Velma in a standout performance.

13) I get a big kick out of some of the jokes this film makes.

Bartender: “We got a Mr. Doo here? I got a call for a Mr. Doo?”

[Random guy stands up]

Melvin: “Melvin Doo?”

Bartender: “Nah. Scooby.”

14) Splitting up Mystery Inc. for the first chunk of the movie on Spooky Island makes the film a little scattered from the beginning. We never commit to one point of view or the other and this is another case where a deleted scene on the DVD (I believe it’s called Nightmare Boulevard) helps to slow down the pacing and establish some things better. Because I can hardly fault the script for equating in this film’s structural problems (as I haven’t read the script on its own), but it seems like every deleted scenes in the DVD would have improved the film. So the fact they’re cut is disappointing.

15) I actually really dig the sense of place Spooky Island conveys. Its fascinating, supported by a unique art style and conveying a sense of tone which makes the movie pleasantly macabre.


Shaggy: “Like, Scoob and me don’t do castles. Because castles have paintings with eyes that watch you, and suits of armor you think is a statue with a guy inside that follows you every time you turn around!”

This all happened in the first episode of “Scooby Doo” ever.

17) I have a head canon here. So Daphne does the usual bit of, “I’ll give you a Scooby Snack if you go into the spooky castle and be detectives.” Except she was planning on solving the mystery by herself and she came to Spooky Island expecting to be solo. I think she carries Scooby Snacks around out of habit. As a reminder for the friends she used to have, it just so happens that right now they’re actually useful.

18) Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred

Originally posted by captainshanyn

Much like Daphne, the film takes the occasionally flat character of Fred and builds on who he is in the cartoon to make someone who is unique. Fred is utterly buffoonish in the most fun of ways, but he is still human and sympathetic. Prinze Jr is able to make Fred a jerk when he has to be a jerk, but we’re still rooting for him and we still see that he’s Fred from the cartoon. Just with more of a personality.

19) Oh Fred…

Originally posted by kpfun

(GIF originally posted by @kpfun)

Originally posted by mulder-scully-gifs

20) The brief set piece of the Spooky Castle ride gone haywire is kinda fun to watch. Slapstick, madcap, energetic, but it makes me understand why the ride was shut down. It’s lethal.

21) I think one of the reasons this film is not so well received by critics is because the mystery can be confusing. Each time I watch it I have to remind myself how one seemingly random piece of information connects to the other (which I think is the victim of some deleted scenes), but here’s what I got: “Mondavarious” is planning world domination after having taken over Spooky Island from the real Mondavarious because the island has demons just living below the surface (I don’t how “Mondavarious” learned this but whatever). He uses the park as a front while at night he lets the demons posses the college kids. He needs to teach the demons HOW to act like “normal” teenagers so he creates an instructional video. His reach is far, even infecting the Coast Guard so no one can help people out on the island. But apparently just by knocking over the vat of souls everyone around the world is cured and we’re assuming all the monsters burst into flames. But why does “Mondavarious” want to take over the world? Just because he’s evil? And why would these super powerful demons let him lead them? I think I’m just going to move on.

22) Did we really need to have a burp/fart off in this film?

23) Mystery Inc. hiding in the armor is very cartoonish, which I mean in a compliment as it feels like it’s right out of the cartoon.

(This was the best image I could find of the scene. It conveys what’s happening well enough, I think.)

Heck, it is at this point in the film when they start really working together as a team again. Which is fun for us as the audience ot watch.

24) Okay, Velma’s boy friend always looked like Orlando Bloom to me. Am I just crazy?

25) Scrappy-Doo.

Scrappy is almost exclusively despised in the Scooby-Doo fandom and this film WORKS with that. As I understand it, James Gunn wanted to make sure Scrappy never appeared in a piece of Scooby-Doo media again. And outside of jokes about the character, he never has.

In the film Scrappy is portrayed as bossy, arrogant, and a general pain in the butt (as he was perceived by the fandom). He even pees on Daphne in what Fred calls, “marking [his] territory!” before getting kicked off the team. And potentially the best part is this:

Velma: “He wasn’t even a puppy! He had a glandular disorder!”

26) Apparently in the original script, Velma and Daphne were having a relationship on the side. This deleted scene plays into that more than anything else.

Is it wrong that I ship Velma & Daphne? Even if it is, I don’t care.

27) The CGI for the monsters is - at times - sort of lacking. I think this may be a key reason that the Luna Ghost was heavily marketed instead of the actual demons which make up the majority of the film: he’s more interesting to look at.

28) As a kid, I LOVED “Man with the Hex”. That songs did and still gets me pumped, so I always smile when it plays in this film under a chase scene. Also, the use of the song during the previously mentioned chase is very in style with the original cartoon (which would often use songs by The Monkees during chases).

29) It’s fun seeing Daphne stepping up to take charge in the absence of Fred and Velma. Although unfortunately the deleted scenes and lack of focus the film has means we don’t get to see this as much as I would like.

30) Another example of deleted scenes making the plot confusing: it is never established that Velma is possessed, we never know why there’s a random scream from somewhere in the island to tip off demon Fred that something is wrong. But a deleted scene establishes this. Making me wonder: why was it even deleted?

31) While I do love James Gunn’s characterization and tone in the script, could the film not come up with a better reason for Shaggy & Scooby to have conflict instead of them fighting over a girl?

32) Similar to note #31, the scene which established Daphne getting possessed by a demon is deleted. So we just see her kidnapped then Shaggy finds her head in a vat. That’s it. Another instance of a deleted scene which should’ve probably been kept in.

33) And here I was thinking Shaggy was the only one of the gang who dabbled in hallucinogenics.

Fred [when Shaggy is holding his disembodies ectoplasm head]: “Listen man; someone must’ve spiked my root beer last night. Talk me down man. Talk! Me! Down!”

34) It’s kind of fun seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar perform as her then-boyfriend-future-husband Freddie Prinze Jr and seeing Freddie do the same for his then-girlfriend-future-wife. Although I must say Prinze does a better job playing Gellar than vice versa, but that’s not to mean she isn’t good playing her partner.

35) So Scooby-Doo theory is that it’s always the first person they talk to. And guess why the first person they talked to was when the gang arrived to Spooky Island: “Mondavarious”.

36) This hits me harder than I expected it to.

Shaggy [trying to save Scooby’s life after they fought]: “Who’s your best buddy?”

Scooby: “Raggy?”

Shaggy: “That’s right. And who’s my best buddy in the whole wide world?”

Scooby: “Rooby-Roo?”

37) Let’s just just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this movie decided to make Scrappy-Doo the bad guy.

THEY MADE FREAKING SCRAPPY THE BAD GUY! Oh my god, I love that so much more at twenty-one than I did when I was six. Although, unfortunately Tim Curry turned down the role of Mondavarious because Scrappy was in the film (THAT’S how much Scrappy is hated).

38) The “Buffy” fan in me smiles every time I get to see Sarah Michelle Gellar get her martial arts on.

39) It is really satisfying - if a little expected - that Fred allows Velma to take credit for the plan which captures Scrappy.

40) File this one under “Jokes I Didn’t Get As A Kid”.

Scrappy: “If not for you meddling sons of -”

[He’s cut off.]

So I know this film isn’t exactly Oscar worthy. The structure is a mess due to messy editing, some of the humor is infantile, it’s a little scatted. But you know what? I like it. I’m a fan of the franchise so watching this film is fun. It makes me feel like a kid again. The characters are spot on in both the writing and acting, the tone is fun, and it’s just a good 90ish minutes to shut your mind off too. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s a good chance you’ll be a fan of this film.

anonymous asked:

OMG !! Ryan Gosling just started his own production company and his first film is The Favorite that Emma and Joe just finished filming! Emma and Ryan do everything together but Joe is in the film too so can that be one step closer to Taylor getting a pic with Ryan! Lol twitter(.)com/ryangoszling/status/875057623518806016

well this is exciting. 

That tweet references this below Hollywood Reporter article::

Ryan Gosling Launches Production Company Arcana With Ken Kao

10:48 AM PDT 6/14/2017 by Rebecca Ford

Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming film ‘The Favourite’ will be the banner’s first project.

Ryan Gosling and producer Ken Kao have teamed up to form the production company Arcana. The banner will focus on finding and developing a wide range of unique and diverse material for film and television.

Arcana’s first official project is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming movie The Favourite, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. The biographical historical film, which just wrapped principal photography in the U.K., follows the clandestine personal and political machinations of the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. Arcana has partnered with producers Ceci Dempsey for Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures, together with Film4 and Fox Searchlight.

Gosling and Kao previously worked together on Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys and Terrence Malick’s Song to Song. The pair also previously announced the acquisition of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed graphic novel The Underwater Welder, which they are developing for the big screen alongside Anonymous Content.

Gosling most recently earned an Oscar nomination for best actor for his performance in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and is set to star in Chazelle’s upcoming First Man for Universal. The actor will next be seen alongside Harrison Ford in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, which is due in theaters in October.

Kao will continue to run his Waypoint Entertainment production banner and BLOOM with partner Alex Walton. Kao’s production slate includes: Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike; Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider, starring Jared Leto; and Destin Daniel Cretton’s The Glass Castle, starring Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts.

Gosling is repped by LBI Entertainment, CAA and Anonymous Content. Kao is repped by WME. 


Dark Mark: Sirius Black

Originally posted by darkroomsuicide

hi! can you do a imagine with sirius, where reader stops talking to the marauders and lily (they share dorm) and one night she tries to drown herself in the bathtub bc her family made her take the dark mark during vacation and sirius saves her? thnkx

I tug on the sleeve of my sweater once again, hissing when the material brush over the sore skin decorated in the unique skull design. The material falls down to the ground and I quickly unhook my bra before sliding into the lukewarm bath, my frozen body melting and sinking down until the water level reached my chin. The bubbles shift and sway, covering my body, while filling the room with a lavender fragrance. The soothing atmosphere calmed my tormented soul until memories of this Summer began to flash against my closed eyelids like a picture show. I thrash around in the water, whimpers falling from my slightly parted lip, and it was as if I was once again brought back to the night my dark mark was forced onto my delicate paper thin skin. The ink contrasting against my pale skin, reminding me each day that I was forever burdened and tied to Voldemort.

When my eyes open up, the world seem to have gone black and white. The once warm water was now going cold and my tears mingled with the water. Taking a deep breath I begin sliding down into the water even more, I didn’t stop until my whole body was submerged and I was looking up at the ceiling. My lungs screamed for air but with my hands pressing against each side of the tub I release an angry shout, water rushing into my mouth and immediately filling my lungs. I could see everything fading from the corner of my eyes but I didn’t move, the pain would be over soon and then I would feel nothing. A small smile played on my lips as I take one last look at this world and allow my eyes to flutter shut.

“Would you like any refreshments ma’am?” A soft voice asks above me, I look up from the book I was reading and saw that the voice belonged to a sweet old lady dressed head to toe in a waitress uniform. I shake my head and smile before turning my eyes to the window, watching the scenery blur together as the train sped down the tracks.

“Come here often?” I brake my trance and once again turn to see who was disturbing my peace and saw Sirius casually leaning against the compartment door. He was dressed in a pair of black slacks and a white dress shirt with a couple buttons undone to show off his creamy dark complexion, his hair was sleeked back and the normal stumble shaved clean.

“What?” I ask, closing my book and setting it down beside me. He smirks and push his body up and swaggered over to my sitting frame. His cool fingers reached out and grip my cheeks, warmth suddenly pouring through my body and this heavy feeling on my chest.

“What’s a sweet thing like you doing here?” He mumbles underneath his breath, obviously unaware that I could hear him crystal clear. I frown, realizing that I didn’t really know what I was doing here or what here really was to be exact, the one thing I know for sure is that it feels as though a piece of me is missing.

“I don’t know,” I whispered and he smiles lovingly before dipping down and capturing my mouth in a surprise attack. My eyes widen in surprise and I stare at him as his mouth moves over mine effortlessly, it takes a while but I regain my senses and push at his chest repeatedly until he was sitting on the bench across from me.

“It’s time to wake up (Y/N). It’s time for you to wake up,” I was about to ask him what exactly he means but the surrounding starts to melt and mingle together until all remained was Sirius’s dark eyes. He winks and then a gust of wind blows away the last of the scenery until I was simply floating, not exactly moving until my body was lurched forward.

My eyes open up widely and I jump into a sitting position as I cough up the remaining water in my lungs. Soft hands rest on my lower back and I lean into their body as I gasp for air repeatedly, trying to fill my system with as much oxygen as I could. The room was spinning and I could hear people moving around me and see the outlines of their body. A towel was draped over my wet form and then a dry rag was used to dry my face and then move on to dry my damp hair. Sirius whispered soothing words into my ear and I could vaguely hear Lily say that she was going to get me clothes to wear. I shift until my face was buried into his neck and held onto him as my frame shivered and beg for warmth.

“I know why you did it,” He mumbles, giving Remus a small nod after the grungy lad finished checking you for wounds and internal damage. “Why didn’t you tell us? We would have figured out a way to keep you safe.”

“It was too late, they dragged me from my bed in the middle of the night and took me to the lair of you know who. I tried to fight but I wasn’t strong enough, I wasn’t strong like you wanted me to be Sirius!” I shout, my fist beating on his chest until I drained the small energy I had.

“I know sweetheart; I promise we’ll be here for you. Every step of the way, finding ways to cover the mark and to stop the pain, just promise me you won’t do that again. I can’t afford to lose you again,” His tears dropped down onto my body and I nod my head as his arms tightened around me.

“As long as you stay.”

“I wouldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”

anonymous asked:

Random message, but I have a GF headcanon that Mabel, as an adult, got a job at a zoo.

That’s super cute and would definitely fit her!

Personally, I imagine that she does something with art education and has a side business where she makes custom clothes for cryptids and other creatures with unique sizing and materials needs. But the great thing about Mabel is that she has so many interest and I like seeing the variety of headcanons about what she’ll end up pursuing. The only thing we know for sure is that whatever she does, she’ll be great at it!

A Critique of Anti-Technologism

me, pulling back from the joint: if it wasnt for modern hydrophonic technology i wouldnt be enjoying this brilliant hash. id probably have to go searchin for a hash plant somewhere in the greater glasgow area and at this latitude it’d be shite hash, at least it wouldnt be soapbar tho which is uniquely a capitalist phenomenon

Roleplay Ramblings: Strange Materials part 5

Making Your Own

So we’ve seen what Paizo has come up with, but how do we create special materials that are wholly unique to our own personal settings? Certainly, Pathfinder already covers a lot of bases in that regard, but inevitably, you’re going to want to make your own if that sort of thing interests you.

We’ll start with a concept. What IS this special material exactly? Is it some rare metal, stone, or even plant or animal with unique properties? An ordinary material treated by exotic and alchemical processes? Is it from another plane of existence where the rules of reality are different?

Then, we have to ask what exactly its special properties are. This can vary a lot, because a lot of magical enchantments are out there for both armor and weaponry. As such, a lot of materials that perform a similar function to an enchantment usually do so with a lesser effect, or with special rules on how it functions, such as how fire-forged steel requires the weapon to have absorbed heat from a fire attack, and hot siccatite also damages the wielder, but both are considered less than a flaming or flaming burst enchantment.

This, in turn, will affect cost. If an item is strictly better or worse than a similar enchantment, then its cost should reflect that. Any drawbacks the item has should also reflect this.

Further, you should consider what sort of items the material is viable for. Some are only good as weapons, such as inubrix, while others are only good as armor, such as dragonhide. Also consider what other sorts of devices they might be good for, such as cold siccatite being used in cold storage, or noqual being used in the prison cells of magic users in some high-end prison.

Also, in regards to material vs magic, consider how certain materials are made redundant by sufficiently powerful magic, such as silver, cold iron, and even adamantine’s purpose for negating damage reduction being replicated by ordinary steel with a high enough magical attack bonus.

Simply put, with the right amount of research and forethought, you too can populate your setting with all sorts of wondrous, quasi-magical materials. Happy forging!