Beings of myth; Medusa

“…upon that perfect countenance was the mark of eternal pain, of deathless agony and suffering past words… in the wide eyes seemed yet to lurk the flame of an unquenchable fire; while around the fair brows, in place of hair, curled and coiled the stark bodies of venomous serpents.”  
― Gertrude Bacon

  • Kaz: Hmmm, let's see... what's your bloodthirstiness on a scale of 1 to 5? 1 being "No thanks, I'm full," and 5 being "Unquenchable"?
  • Wylan: If I'm being honest... probably a 3?
  • Kaz: We can work on that.

anonymous asked:

i dont understand something?? people on here are saying that victor hugged yurio as if hes saying "win gold and beat yuuri", but why? why does he want yurio to win gold insead?

-yuri said he was going to retire 
-yuri wouldn’t change his mind even when victor cried and said 

-yuri still didn’t change his mind after his skate and getting first place and seemed content with winning gold for his last season and letting victor compete again, victor sadly accepts his fate because it’s what yuri wants 

-victor hugs yurio out of despair bc he can’t change yuri’s mind about retiring, yurio senses it

-yurio uses his skate to convince yuri not to retire

- the message gets through to yuri, and knowing yuri’s unquenchable desire to win and very competitive nature he won’t retire until he gets gold 

- victor shits his pants in excitement and says 

- victor succeeds in getting yuri to not retire and compete for many years to come

There Are Days

Yvaine didn’t always deal well with the events of Trespasser. This fic takes place after the DLC. Contains limb loss and a character struggling with that. Also came partly from this thought.

When Cullen finds her, Yvaine is sitting on their bed, and the only light in the room is a faint, glowing green. For a moment he tenses, unable to help himself, certain that there’s a rift, that -

No. Panic solves nothing. He shakes himself, hard, and looks again.

It’s… an arm, of some kind. It glows in the light, and it’s translucent; from her elbow downwards, there is only slightly rippling light. She lifts it, examining it, and she’s smiling faintly. “Remember when you used to blow out the candles, and I’d annoy you by using my own personal nightlight because I didn’t want to stop reading?”

“Yes,” he says quietly. “I remember.” He moves to the bed and eases himself onto it, sitting next to her. “I used to tell you that if a Venatori got past your guard because you were half-asleep…”

“…you’d get Dorian to drag me back from the grave so you could bollock me yourself?”

He pauses. “I thought I was milder.” He hopes. “Besides, he was just as bad.”

“It was mostly implied.” She smiles at him properly now, then looks back to the arm. “I suppose all that Knight-Enchanter training was good for something.”

He nods. “I assumed it came from you.”

“My magic, yes. It’s taken months to get it right, and it’s still not…” She flexes the fingers, and he can see it: there’s a delay. She frowns, and grits her teeth. “It takes… work.”

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Downfall by Opposites

Each set of opposite signs -known as an axis- has fatal flaws rooted in a similar issue. 


Aries will suffer negative consequences due to their own selfishness and attempts to make everything into a competition. Libra suffers because of others’ selfishness, and desperation to make everything a harmonious collaboration.


Scorpio suffers the consequences of their own secrecy, manipulation, and paranoia. Taurus will be the object of someone else’s paranoia and manipulation. 


Gemini’s downfall is its own dishonesty, which manifests as lying and gossip. Sagittarius is likely to be punished for excessive honesty, which manifests as a lack of discretion and tact.


Leo’s downfall is its unquenchable thirst for attention. This results in a tendency to self-aggrandize. Aquarius’s downfall is its arrogance about its own intelligence, and over-estimation of its own intellect. This manifests as hubris. Both are rooted in ego.


Both signs suffer from unrealistic expectations. Virgo expects itself to be perfect. Pisces expects other people to meet some sort of impossible standard. Virgo wants to help the weak. Pisces acts weak and vulnerable to manipulate others.

So the DAPL can officially no longer go through Standing Rock Sioux Land - this is a great victory, but it is only the beginning.

This gathering of tens of thousands has demonstrated the power we can have when we act directly to stop the ravaging of our planet, and the outpouring of material and symbolic support it has seen has been incredibly heartening, but this was only one step - this decision won’t stop more and more pipelines from being built to fuel this unquenchable growth we call Civilization. This decision doesn’t mean that our next president won’t re-approve this, with even less regard for human life and safety. This decision doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to march towards destruction of this world that we all hold in common. 

What it does mean, however, is that we have yet more validation that groups of thoughtful, committed people are one of the most powerful forces to change the world. It means that we must continue to center indigenous voices and ways of living in this world which has tried to hard to silence them for centuries. It means that we can continue to learn from the ways of co-existing more beneficially that have been tried in what has essentially been a City in the Sacred Stone camp. It means that if we keep fighting to live in a world that cares for human life instead of the never ending accumulation of profit, we can win that, too. 


“Hunger, the poet once said, is the most important thing we know, the first lesson we learn. But hunger can be easily quieted down, easily satiated. There is another force, a different type of hunger. An unquenchable thirst that cannot be extinguished. It’s very existence is what defines us, what makes us human. That force is love.“

  – Abraham Setrakian

      The Very First Words of The Strain

      Season 1, Episode 1

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
—  Bruce Lee