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anonymous asked:

??? pledis doesnt even promo svt that much??? also wdym proper comeback??? nuest has released an album every year since debut??? so whats your point???

If you’re going to speak to me and try and cause some sort of disagreement, then please, speak properly. 

Firstly, Pledis does promote Seventeen properly. If you look at how much they promote Seventeen compared to Nu’est and After School or Orange Caramel, there is a big difference. When they do eventually decide to promote Nu’est, Pledis uploads the schedules late. This means that fans are unable to attend these events and show their support for the band. This is why a lot of support is shown online on media such as Tumblr, as this is where the majority of international and a lot of Korean fans come to.

Even though they have had an album each year, Pledis has not promoted that album in order for it to become popular and successful. As I said above, Pledis does not upload Nu’est’s schedules on time leading to fans unable to show their support at events. 

Another thing that Pledis does not do is protect their personal rights. While promoting in Japan (one of the only times they have done recently), fans were allowed to take personal photos during a selca event. A number of fans requested photos in which they touched/poked/squeezed the members faces. Although fans are not allowed to do this, the Nu’est members were not allowed to say no to the fans. However, the managers that were present did not stop the fans either, leading to some of the members feeling uncomfortable.

My point is, Nu’est, a band that debuted 5 years ago are on a boy band survival show as they believe that it is their last shot. They think of themselves as a failed boy-band. Pledis does not care about their older artists after their ‘peak’. 

Long Distance with Jimin

And now it is time for the first member of the maknae line, half of the Busan line, the other half of Yoonmin, our angel who looked s o fucking good with the pink hair cotton candy!chim was one of my faves it was so cute while it lasted, he always looks so good tbh, Park Jimin aka chim chim

  • So this series is gonna be about a long distance relationship (ldr for short) with the boys, this post is gonna more focused on the online relationship aspect but it’ll still be ldr!!
  • This is gonna involve youtuber!Jimin (here) to sum it up, he has a channel where he uploads anything he wants, covers, dances, vlogs, tags, just anything he’s in the mood for that day
  • So the story of how you two meet is that you meet over social media (youtube) you see one of his dance videos, mention how much you loved it in one of your videos, the subscribers tell Jimin and then shit just goes from there
  • He’d already been a fan of your channel and you loved his so the two of you start talking online and he’s s o friendly and sweet and you two get to know each other really well
  • The first two months of your relationship is long distance until you two can finally meet up
  • At first everything is platonic, you’re considering doing a collab together or just meeting up but you’re both too busy to fly out at first bc college and you’d need to figure out where you’d stay if you did fly out to see him
  • Like would you stay with him??? Is that okay with him?? Or should you find a good hotel nearby? Is that something you ask him, you don’t know what approach to take to it so you save it for when it comes up
  • But then things start getting more flirty bc chim can be a lil flirt when he wants to be, he’s shy and smol and cute but he goes from shy giggles and looking away to avoid people’s gazes to ripping his shirt off
  • So at first, he’s just being friendly, asking how your day’s going, what video you’re filming/editing, what your favorite movies are bc he wants to get to know you and you do the same with him
  • And slowly but surely, more flirty lines start up like he asks about your ideal first date, what you look for in a significant other and he starts telling you about his crush and it’s pretty obvious he’s trying to hint at you being the crush
  • “Actually, my crush kinda looks like you haha how ironic right??”
  • “Oh hey my crush has that same necklace what a small world”
  • He eventually gathers up the courage to Facetime/Skype you and ask you out and he has this whole date planned out in his head, he wants to fly out to see you and have the first date in person and he wants to explore your city with you
  • You say yes when he asks and he gets s o happy, you know that smile Jimin gets where it’s all teeth and most of the time he laughs and his eyes are so bright his entire face is just lit up and it’s so precious, that’s the smile he gets
  • You two were gonna meet up either way but the date is an extreme bonus
  • He sends you clips of his journey on snapchat, packing up his bag for the week he’ll be with you, heading to the airport with kook driving him, the both of them singing in the car on the way over, Jimin in the plane bc he plans to take a nap the entire time and wants to let you know that so you don’t text him and get !!! when he doesn’t respond
  • But he was lowkey up all night editing and packing and was way too excited to go to sleep how does one sleep when such exciting things are going on
  • You pick him up at the airport bc he obviously doesn’t have a car/ride in your city yet and he also doesn’t know his way around and you’re in awe at how handsome he is in person, cameras don’t do him justice tbh
  • He gives you a hug and it definitely lasts longer than a “friend” hug but he also doesn’t wanna make you feel uncomfortable bc you two had just met so he doesn’t stay in the hug as long as he would’ve liked to
  • It feels so comfortable with him like there is that first hour where you two are figuring each other like how close you can sit near each other without the other being uncomfortable, how affectionate you can be with each other, stuff like that
  • But Jimin’s a really affectionate person so it doesn’t take too long before he’s hugging you and laying his head or chin on your shoulder or leaning on you when he laughs and the relationship feels really natural, nothing is rushed or forced, everything happens at its own pace
  • You two spend the week together and he’s so much sweeter than you could’ve ever expected and he makes you laugh a lot and he’s always so giggly and smiley which makes you giggly and smiley and you both wish he could stay longer but he’s got school to go back to
  • The goodbye hug lasts a l o t longer than the first hug did and you can see how much more comfortable you two are with each other
  • My head canon is that Jimin is a nuzzler when he hugs people like you know how some people bury their face/nose in the other person’s hair or neck or shoulder, that’s Jimin all the way
  • His hugs are really tight and warm and just overall lovely and he would make such a great cuddler don’t even get me started on this shit
  • You promise to fly over to him in a couple weeks so it’s not gonna be too long until you two can see each other again but you’re in that honeymoon stage where you wanna talk to them and see them as often as you can so going long distance after you two just started to figure each other out is ouch
  • He leaves one of his favorite rings with you so you have something of his to wear and he gets one of your necklaces so you two have lowkey couple items
  • Jimin makes sure he calls/texts you everyday and he never ever (e v e r) forgets the good morning/night texts
  • There are so many nights where you two stay up way too late texting each other and you’re both smiling at your phones and Jungkook keeps teasing Jimin about it bc that’s the job of a best friend
  • He is a king of selfies, even his “ugly” selfies are cute like how he makes the weirdest angles that should not make anyone look good actually look really nice is beyond me I don’t get it I’m fully convinced he’s a secret model
  • He sends tons of selfies bc he wants you to know he’s thinking about you and he sends lots of pictures with Jungkook’s dog bc two puppies in one shot that’s a good deal
  • He also takes lots of pictures with the rabbit Tae gets and that’s equally as cute bc he keeps calling her his niece and he sends this one clip of her hopping around and you can hear his giggle in the background
  • Skype sessions with chim though, he’s in one of his really huge hoodies and he’s got a snack bc your Skype/Facetime sessions normally last a couple hours
  • The two of you will do anything from watching the same movie at the same time so you can watch it together to just talking to listening to music together to eating meals together, it’s always really chilled out but it’s nice to be able to spend that time together
  • He gets s o excited when you tell him you’re flying over, he just about cries bc he’s so so so happy
  • He makes sure his apartment looks cute before you get there bc the last he wants is for you to walk in and see a pair of his boxers on the bed
  • He’s just really excited and kook and tae are officially in charge of teasing him about it but they’re of course excited and happy for him
  • He buys a bouquet of your favorite flowers to greet you with and some sweets and he has this whole day planned for you bc he’s so ready to show you around Busan
  • “I’m on my way to the airport, I’ll be waiting!!!! I wore the shirt from my last video, you said it was cute, don’t worry I washed it”
  • “Jimin, my plane hasn’t even taken off yet”
  • “Well tell the pilot to hurry, I gotta hold my bby asap”
Please Boycot the Taichi Kungfu Bot Pages

It’s unfortunate that I need to post this for the 2nd time. The 1st time was a few years back, it was succesful as the budoblr + wider martial arts community banded together, and the company stopped being asshats.

A few years ago the taichi kungfu / feiyoushoes china pages were notoriously bad for stealing people’s work, and reuploading it as their own. Not only is this terrible manners, and copyright infringement, but they are using my work and others to make their own pages more popular in order to sell products.

You know the types. No humanity to them, just constant posts with no original content. If you are unsure then pm me and I’ll let you know if they are connected. I don’t follow any of them, but it’s impossible to miss them now I’ve been here years.

I would personally consider it a favour if you not only refused to reblog or like their posts, but also unfollow them if this post resonates with you. They create no original content, they only take from others. Anything they steal you can get in bucket loads from quality pages like @jaxblade, or @martialartsprobs, or @godsforgottendream, or @girlinkarate, or @sifukuttel (too many others to tag you all!)

@taichi-kungfu-online is the offender I spotted. A 5 gif post where they are the original uploader, they receive full credit for the post. The problem? One of those gifs belongs to me, it was my sweat, tears, and time. In this case it also involves my good friend who is in the gif, who is also a professional coach. He also isn’t happy about having his image used without any credit by someone we don’t know. The other 4 gifs, I would bet money that they are also stolen. I recognise where the first and last gifs are from already.

Let me be very clear. I LOVE it when someone likes my work enough to share it. It’s a great compliment, and I’m always humbled and excited by it. I tell my students that the best compliment they can give is to bring me a new student, to share me, don’t keep me to yourself! Online the best compliment I get is to have my work shared, don’t keep me to yourself! :)

I’ve sent a message to the blaggards, but honestly, I don’t expect one back. When the content re-uploading was really bad a few years back, they didn’t respond then, either. The only reason it stopped for a while was because they were called out. People agreed that 1. Sharing someone’s work with reference was ok, HIT THAT REBLOG, YO and 2. That taking someone’s work, uploading it as your own, using said content to grow a page that then sells product to people, is not freakin’ OK.


Music and fashion collide in the best of the Fall 2017 collections.

By Carine Roitfeld and Interview by: Brooke Mazurek; Photographs by: Brigitte Lacombe; Creative Direction by The Style Council, Lacombe,  Aug 3, 2017

The Weeknd hates giving interviews. In the past, they’ve required the 27-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter to make himself available backstage or at his condo, only to have his body language scrutinized and his hairstyle woven into elaborately clumsy metaphors.

Before releasing Starboy, the hugely successful 2016 album that established the Weeknd as one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, he chopped off his famous dreadlocks and stashed them in his manager’s safe. But his new, softer coif, which plateaus ever so slightly above his forehead, still attracts annoying questions that he would prefer not to answer. Instead he offers a glimpse into his psyche by way of e-mail.

Ask the press-shy cinephile about his favorite movies, for instance, and he’ll opine about his favorite villains. “The last one I was really infatuated with was Heath Ledger’s Joker,” he writes. “David from the new Alien saga who has no remorse for human life” also piques the Weeknd’s interest. He adds that when he was 10, Nas and Puff Daddy were his style gods for their “haircuts and baggy clothes,” and that until a few years ago he loathed wearing suits.

He’s gotten good at it lately, though. In May, when he and girlfriend Selena Gomez made their debut as a couple at the Met Gala, it was his bespoke Valentino tuxedo, accessorized with a diamond-and-sapphire Cartier woman’s brooch, that landed him on nearly every best-dressed list.

On the rare occasion that outsiders make their way into the Weeknd’s orbit, what they often discover is a man more earnest and kind than the one whose lyrics can seem ripped from the pages of a Bret Easton Ellis novel. While his music is rooted in experience, he offers up a simple explanation for the disparity between his lyrical and real-life personas: “I’m not in a rush to let people know everything about me. Mystery is always great.”

But by “great,” maybe he means important. Because before the Weeknd became the Weeknd, he was mystery incarnate. Born Abel Tesfaye in Toronto to Ethiopian-immigrant parents who fled the country in the late 1980s to escape a civil war, he was raised by his mother and grandmother in the suburb of Scarborough. At 17, he dropped out of high school and moved into a one-bedroom apartment in downtown Toronto with his best friends, La Mar Taylor and Hyghly Alleyne. Rent was paid mostly with welfare checks, food was sometimes shoplifted, and copious substances were consumed, all while the future star crafted what would become his 2011 avant-R&B trifecta of online mix tapes: “House of Balloons,” “Thursday,” and “Echoes of Silence.” Even before the Weeknd’s highly explicit and intimate music received an endorsement from fellow Canadian Drake, his decision to upload his work to YouTube under his stage name helped him amass a cyber following that had no clue what he looked like.

If his ascent to superstardom seems somewhat effortless, it’s by design: The Weeknd’s approach to his music’s sonic complexities is a closely guarded secret. “Abel is always going to be that guy, the one not giving away too much information,” says Taylor, now his creative director, who collaborated with the stage designer Es Devlin on the shape-shifting light sculpture that floats above the stage on the Weeknd’s current world tour. “Abel worked on the set design as I imagine he works on the music—composing every nuance in scrupulous detail,” Devlin says, adding that the Weeknd has synesthesia, which allows him to “see specific colors in the music. Certain chords are a precise shade of blue; others are blinding white.”

Having achieved A-list status, the Weeknd is grappling with the notion of being both known and unknown in a world where fans expect more access than ever. So how will he preserve his mystique?

“Luckily, the only thing the world demands of me is music,” he says. “I don’t have to give them anything else for the rest of my life.”

Still, he engages with his 14 million Instagram followers and even responds to interview questions. Perhaps the key for him will be to do so only up to a point. Asked if he would ever tinker with his public persona for his next album, he expresses interest. “Kind of like pulling a Ziggy Stardust. Maybe I’ll retire from being the Weeknd,” he says before backtracking. “Or maybe I’ll just give him a break.”

This article originally appears in the September 2017 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, available on newsstands August 22.

Witchy Real Talk: Technopaganism - What Is It and Why?

From day to day, a lot of us work with tools and supplies that are very specifically traditional. Candles, altars, stones, cards, herbs. Much of paganism and witchcraft is nature oriented, after all. And in many forms of paganism, animism - the belief that even inanimate objects have spirits - is a prominent feature of the belief system. But… what if we started looking at today’s technology… What if, instead of focusing entirely on traditional supplies and tools, we started incorporating, say, computers, cell phones, or even our gaming avatars into our practice?

Pfft! Don’t be silly, Josh! Most of paganism is nature worship. You can’t do that with software!

As it turns out, this is a growing practice. Given the rather futuristic name of “technopagan” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, some hold the belief that modern technology has just as equal a place in witchcraft and modern paganism as the athame or chalice.

How could that even work?

In large part, technopaganism focuses on combining current technology with pagan practice in order to find a balance between technology and nature. And, honestly, I would argue that most, if not all, modern pagans have begun doing so in small ways. Just hear me out. What are you doing right now in order to learn about the craft? Reading books? Great! How are you reading them? Are you reading the hard copy, or are you reading it in digital format on your Nook, Kindle, or smartphone? What about your other research? If you’re reading this, I can make the assumption that some of your research and exploration of paganism and witchcraft has been online.

Those are just the two most obvious aspects of technopaganism. Am I saying that every modern witch or pagan is technopagan? No. What I’m saying is that many of us have incorporated certain aspects of it into our own practices in order to move forward with the times. And doing so is frankly quite honorable - the gods wouldn’t want us to stagnate.

To further reflect on certain aspects of technopaganism, I’ll break it down based on tools, spells, and even special practices that separate it yet also marries it to paganism as we usually picture it.

Research and Interaction

Before the advent of the Internet, books and meetings with other pagans were the only way that you could really dig into your research or learn about other traditions. This made it somewhat difficult for many to really pursue paganism, as for years, it was a pain to find the appropriate books, and for many, interacting with other pagans was nigh impossible depending upon where they lived. Furthermore, learning about modern traditions from the other side of the pond was far less practical.

The Internet was a huge change made to paganism and the access that could be made to it. From chat rooms to blogs to YouTube and Facebook, witches from all over the world now interact on a daily basis. As a great example, I maintain a blog all about different aspects of witchcraft and paganism, and interact with those who might message me in order to learn from them and to teach what I know. And I grew up in a Christian family. Most of my exploration into witchcraft when I was first getting started was done online.

Some witches have taken a similar approach to what I do, but in a more visual format. The LadyGravedancer, WitchyBear, Wednesday Adams, Creole Witch, Sunshine Morningrae, and Joey Morris are all examples of witches who have turned to YouTube to help teach new witches and experienced witches alike about their paths and traditions, allowing access to Hoodoo, Morriganic path, and Wicca to be easily accessible to many more witches.

Even further is the growth of witchy social media. On Facebook, I’m part of a group of witches that numbers more than 800 worldwide, and we’re always talking to one another, bouncing ideas back and forth, and exploring paths in a friendly environment that I might not have had access to a decade ago.

One of the greatest difficulties I’d had when I first got started in witchcraft was the lack of books on the subject in the area I was in. When I came across bookstores, I had to scour every shelf in the hopes that I might find even one book that pertained to my research. Later on, ebooks began to grow in popularity. When I was finally able to get my hands on a Nook ereader, I’d found that the access I had to books on paganism and witchcraft had increased many-fold. This access increased even further when I began to use my smartphone for reading ebooks. Between apps for Kindle and Nook, and even Google’s all-access books, I was able to build up a significant library digitally that would have taken me decades otherwise.

The Car and the Witch

Modern technology isn’t limited to cell phones and computers. Cars have become such a prevalent part of life that witchcraft and paganism have adapted to incorporate spells of protection for these two-ton chunks of moving metal. In Scott Cunningham’s The Magical Household, he has an entire section dedicated solely to providing protection, luck, comfort, and positive energy into one’s vehicle.

Even the practice of hanging objects on the rear-view mirror stems from pagan roots. Lucky dice, bags of herbs or potpourri, crystals, et cetera. Some witches have even begun incorporating small altars into their cars, either on the dash or kept in the glove compartment as a shadowbox altar. Cleansing a car by smudging or asperging has become common practice, as well. In a way, cars have begun to be seen as an extension of the home, and magic has adapted to reflect this view. 

Lasers, Crystals, and Hard Drives

One of the neat little features of technopagan practice is incorporating technology into your tool set. Some are more subtle and used by many witches, while others took me by surprise!

Wands or athames are part of the bread and butter of witchcraft, and it’s difficult to picture an altar without at least one of them, but some pagans with the technological lean have begun replacing the tool with a substitute such as a laser pointer or stylus!

Similarly, the use of electric lighters have begun replacing the role of matches in the practice. While that might not seem like much, there are many traditions that encourage the use of wooden matches because of the more natural aspects these matches hold over an object made of metal or plastic. (I personally use wooden matches over lighters for the natural aspect, the aesthetic, the feeling of striking the match, and the fragrance - matches rarely impart any kind of odor to candles and incense, but lighters sometimes do, especially kerosene lighters such as the Zippo brand which will turn sandalwood incense into a rather sickening and bitter scent).

Witches the world over will expound upon the benefits of keeping a book of shadows (and some witches will even say that you can’t be a witch without them - something I wholeheartedly disagree with, but to each their own). For many of us, notebooks and journals that have been handwritten and lovingly crafted to match up with our own personal aesthetics serve as our grimoires and books of spells. Techno-witches often will keep their books of shadows on their hard drives, writing and saving in a word processor. (This is something I might recommend to those who need to practice discreetly - when I first got started, my book of shadows was kept on my computer in a little folder convincingly labeled as “Fan Fiction.”)

Similarly, graphical representations of altars may be kept on a computer! I’ve seen some of these altars take the form of live wallpapers or screen savers - a creative use of these applications!

When we begin to look at the computer itself, it gets really interesting! I’ll start with the simple part. Quartz is believed to be particularly beneficial to technology, absorbing and cleansing any negative energies that may cause the computer to malfunction or pick up a virus. As such, many witches will keep quartz on or near their devices. Technopagans may take it a step further, creating charms and spells specifically for protecting their computers, their online accounts - both financial and otherwise - and for gaming avatars if they have any.

This is a common sight on Tumblr, and is part of the bread and butter of technological witchcraft: emoji spells and charms! For some, there is power to stringing certain emoji’s together along with a written spell or charm. They will then like or reblog in order to charge and send out the spell. While I don’t identify with that, there are witches out there who will swear by such spells. Other, similar spells I’ve seen include sharing gifs of sage smudging in order to cleanse one’s blog or Facebook (this is one I do identify with, as it provides a lovely visualization that I’ve seen do wonders for my pages), and uploading sigils for various purposes. Part of the draw to these spells is not only the prevalence of online witching, but also because likes, shares, and reblogs are believed to lend energy to such spells. With so many witches proliferating the spell, it allows the spell to constantly feed itself in the working. (Once again, I don’t necessarily share this optimistic belief, because if you send a “baneful spell” and regret doing so, you can’t easily reverse it because it has developed a life of its own - something very dangerous when you consider the power thought-forms can have.)

With the change in culture over the centuries, as I have often said, the gods must have changed as well, because they’ve never been ones for stagnation. Sports have done the same thing, moving into the realm of video gaming. Competitive games such as League of Legends, SMITE, and DOTA, have become recognized by large names in sports such as ESPN, and feature many teams of gamers now competing in world competitions - televised and otherwise - for a living. Some of these more witchy gamers have spells meant to protect their avatars and give them the skill and teamwork needed for victory. And some gamers will even dedicate their avatars to a particular god or goddess in order to bring honor to their deity! (And I will admit, this is something I love the idea of!)

((A side note for my fellow pagan gamers, SMITE is a MOBA which allows you to play as a god or goddess from real world pantheons in the ultimate war of the gods. It is a blast to play, and now that they’ve begun releasing the Celtic pantheon, it’s gotten even more interesting (and I can attest to the awesomeness that the Morrigan brings to the game), so definitely give it a try!))

Some technopagans have also incorporated other traditions into their paths. An example of this which I use is the practice of having a wallpaper with a dragon on it. So long as the dragon is not looking directly at the viewer (as if it is looking out of the computer), it will protect your computer from viruses! As a lover of dragons, and as a witch who has incorporated this little aspect into his path, it perhaps comes to no surprise that I’ve got a little collection of such dragon wallpapers!

The Magic of the Mobile Device

The examples don’t stop there! Especially among younger witches, smart phones have become an extension of the online world. Computers with the capabilities of laptops, but small enough to fit into a pocket. Much of what I’ve talked about above applies to phones, from storing a book of shadows to having little charms and spells of protection. However, there are certain nifty aspects phones often have for the technological witch.

First is the ease of access to music. For witches who don’t feel particularly musically inclined, smart phones and iPods have become a useful way of bringing music to their rites or spells. (I’ll even admit that despite being a musician, I do play music from Enya or Clannad or even Stevie Nicks during my rites!)

Second is the growth of using mobile devices for divination. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there, and there are just as many dedicated to tarot, rune reading, astrology, and other witchy topics. Some apps will include a reading each day, or will allow you to perform readings for others on programmable spreads using digital cards.

The Balance of Nature

With all of this emphasis on technology and Internet, it might sound as if technopaganism is losing its pagan. On the contrary! Many such witches actually encourage maintaining a healthy balance. I’ve read blogs and forums where technopagans will talk about how they’ll do both online rites and offline rites, how they maintain two sets of books, and how they’ll take a hiatus from technology in order to ground and restore balance by spending time in nature.

In my exploration of the technopagan path, I’ve discovered that like any other path or tradition, these witches are all about taking life by the horns and making their lives and the lives of those around them easier. However, they’ve found technology to be a useful tool for doing so and saw the magical potential of these tools. This doesn’t make them any less witchy than the green witch, Wiccan, or Celtic pagan. Their magic is just as powerful as ours, and is just as deserving of respect as any other witch’s!

So give it a try and see what sticks. You may be surprised as to what you find works for you!

Blessed Be! )O(

Father!Yoongi Head Canons

Okay so normally I do series in order of age but I figured since today is Yoongi’s birthday in some time zones and I’m in a father mood, why not combine the two together so this is an example post for the rest of the series, if you guys wanna see the other boys’ posts, let me know!! (also I didn’t realize yesterday was international woman’s day bc I’m really shitty with days, I couldn’t even tell you what day Thanksgiving is, but happy late international woman’s day!!!)

  • So this is just gonna be a list of my biggest head canons for father!Yoongi, there’s no theme to it, these aren’t all of them, I could probably make a part two but these are just some of my favorites compiled into one post
  • All of the father related posts are here (for everyone that hasn’t read the original father!Yoongi post, he has one daughter and there’s also another version where he has a younger son)
  • So my biggest head canon of pretty much all time for father!Yoongi is that he’s a total sucker for his kids
  • Any chance of him acting serious or not smiling is out the window the second they come into a room, which brings me to the next head canon
  • They are his happy viruses, he can have the shittiest day, he can be stressed out, he can be pissed off but the moment he sees them or hears their voices, everything starts getting better
  • He sometimes just hugs them to his chest and closes his eyes and he starts to calm down slowly but surely
  • He takes them into the studio with him a l o t bc just having them around helps him stay happy, they’re just chilling out on the couch with his phone or iPad watching some kids’ show
  • He actually turns the spare room of your home into a mini studio, it’s nowhere near as professional and official as the actual studio but it has enough basic equipment for him to make rough drafts that he’ll work on later on
  • The kids are always in there with him and one of them is on his lap and he actually doesn’t mind bc they almost always just want to be held or give him a hug or a kiss
  • Sometimes, when he has a draft that just isn’t working out at all and he’s not gonna use it, he’ll let them play around with it
  • He shows them that certain buttons make certain noises and he just lets them go crazy with it and he’s smiling so hard the entire time and he’s cracking up with that silent laugh he gets when he finds something really funny bc they’re s o proud of themselves and they’re having so much fun with it 
  • It’s pretty clear they have a huge love for music but he never pressures them about becoming musicians, he doesn’t care if their future career has absolutely nothing to do with music or if they follow in his footsteps, he’ll be proud of them no matter what they become bc he’s their biggest fan
  • They come to a few concerts or shows but he doesn’t like them being around so much noise (even though they do get some earplugs if it’s too loud) and so many people but they’re always backstage cheering him on with all their might
  • They’re in awe watching him perform bc they’re so used to seeing goofy dad that wakes them up with soft kisses and makes weird faces at them and buys them ice cream when they go out together but now goofy dad’s turned into this amazing rapper that’s giving his all into his performance
  • They wear “Suga” shirts that are way too big for them and they have on his snapbacks that are also way too big but they don’t care, they’re supporting their father
  • He’s v e r y private about his family life in general but especially when it comes to the kids like it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the public doesn’t know he’s gonna be a father until the actual birth
  • You know how they tend to release logs a lil bit later than the dates they record them?? Well head canon that he films a log a month before bby girl’s due date
  • He’s got this really happy look in his eyes but he also explains how he’s a bit nervous about becoming a father bc what if she doesn’t like him, what if he can’t make her stop crying when she’s upset, what if he doesn’t have those “paternal instincts” everyone always guarantees him he’ll have??
  • He holds himself up to pretty high standards and I don’t think he’d be any different with fatherhood, he’d want to be the best father to his kids that he could be so he’s a bit worried with the first child
  • He’s seen some of the boys have their first children and they make it seem so effortless like they always seem to know exactly why their bby is crying and how to fix it but they also tell him that it’s hard at times, the lack of sleep combined with the new experience can be a bit confusing and stressful but that it’s so worth it the second that bby smiles
  • And the second his bby girl grabs onto his finger, he gets it, he gets every single word they said
  • He hates seeing her cry, even though in the back of his mind he knows it’s just her way of communicating since she can’t speak yet but that part of his mind isn’t easy to focus on when she’s so upset and he’s rushing around to get whatever she needs
  • Seeing her face light up whenever she sees him makes his day every single time, seeing that gummy smile make an appearance makes the lack of sleep disappear from his mind, seeing her grow more and more everyday, discovering new things and being so fascinated makes him stop to appreciate the small things more often
  • Nothing makes him laugh harder than his bbys, they could literally just make a weird face (bc we all know Yoongi can make some funny ass faces and his kids would inherit that) and he’s gone for the next ten minutes
  • His entire camera roll is just photos of the kids, he has a few photos of you and him or just you and a few of Holly but the majority are his bbys
  • There are barely any pictures of the bbys’ faces online but he does always post a few pictures of them on their birthdays and he makes sure to include just one face picture bc he does want to include the Army in his family while not over-exposing them at the same time
  • All of the boys make them happy birthday posts as well and they upload a few pictures as well so birthdays are always when the most photos happen of the bbys
  • For bby girl’s third birthday, she wants a Peppa Pig themed party bc that’s her favorite show and there are so many pictures of Yoongi letting her put lil pig ears on him and he’s walking around dressed as the father pig and bby boy is the lil brother and all of the boys dress their kids up as the characters and it’s just really cute
  • Bby boy has no idea what’s going on bc he’s still too young to be able to understand a birthday party but he giggles every time his big sister giggles and he still has lots of fun getting hugs from all of his uncles
  • His kids are almost always in the background of videos though, like when he does V live broadcast things, there’s always the giggling in the background and the chatter of the two siblings and sometimes he shows a glimpse of them playing with Holly
  • Okay so you know how Yoongi did those album reviews, well head canon that he’s in the middle of recording one with bby boy just climbs onto his lap and of course Yoongi can’t say no bc he just wants a hug but then bby boy gets curious about what Yoongi’s doing
  • The bbys always wanna do whatever Yoongi does, if he’s eating, they want to eat too, if he’s laughing, they wanna be in on the joke so bby boy wants to look at the album too
  • Yoongi lets him and all you see are his tiny bby hands that are still so so small compared to Yoongi’s and yoon keeps making faces at the other boys’ photos to make bby boy laugh, the camera can’t see that part but you can hear the smile in Yoongi’s voice when he moves onto the next page
  • Holly is their best friend in the entire world, Yoongi comes home one day to see Holly curled up with bby girl’s cheek squished on his head and bby boy hugging him to his chest and Yoongi just about cries from how cute it is
  • Calls them his mini mes 24/7 bc they are just two tiny versions of Yoongi, they have the same eyes the same gummy smiles the same cheeks and the same facial expressions like there’s this one time Tae dresses up as Santa for the kids and they were all on board until he does aegyo for bby girl and then she just furrows her brow and gives him this look that looks so much like Yoongi’s “what the hell” face that everyone has to laugh 
  • Lots of kisses and hugs go on in the Min household bc Yoongi just can’t get enough of his munchkins, they’re so sweet and cute and he loves them so much, they’re his teeny tiny muses

anonymous asked:

Sooooooo... there's this fan acc on insta and the whole acc is based on posting art about this fandom. They never credit the artists, they just say #credtotheartist and #idontknowwhotheartistis. They even put a filter and watermark on the art. How do I approach this situation because I was following them for a while bf I realized the problem

that’s gross of them…especially putting a watermark over someone else’s art. i’d DM them bringing up the fact that saying “credit to artist” really isn’t helpful at all, especially if someone who sees that artwork is genuinely interested in following the original artist.

if they try to give you the excuse of “oh i couldn’t find the original artist” then bud don’t post it in the first place, or if they say “the artist should expect people to repost it, they’re the ones who uploaded it online in the first place”, then remind them that in that case, they’re stealing all the recognition, likes, comments, and possible support that could be going directly to the artist instead of some repost acc. a lot of artists rely on their art to make a living, but they can’t do that if people repost their art and don’t link it back to the original.

hopefully they’ll understand :/

Thank you all, slowly approaching 45,000. I had a few followers complain about spamming y'all with memes. Honestly, sorry bout it. I usually only come on at night so I’ll upload the ones I like that I’ve come across throughout the day while I’m online, so yeah most times they come in a bit of a spam train. Hopefully most of y'all don’t mind. For those that do … SMD. Also thanks to the one guy who said my memes suck, I love you too. ❤ Have a safe and wonderful weekend everyone, like and reblog my memes so I can reach 45,000 this weekend, that would be super dope. Kthx

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The code that took America's Apollo 11  to the moon in the 1960's has been published

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.

They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Assembly itself is obscure to many of today’s programmers—it’s very difficult to read, intended to be easily understood by computers, not humans. For the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of that esoteric code.

Here’s a very 1960s data visualization of just how much code they wrote—this is Margaret Hamilton, director of software engineering for the project, standing next to a stack of paper containing the software:

The AGC code has been available to the public for quite a while–it was first uploaded by tech researcher Ron Burkey in 2003, after he’d transcribed it from scanned images of the original hardcopies MIT had put online. That is, he manually typed out each line, one by one.

“It was scanned by an airplane pilot named Gary Neff in Colorado,” Burkey said in an email. “MIT got hold of the scans and put them online in the form of page images, which unfortunately had been mutilated in the process to the point of being unreadable in places.” Burkey reconstructed the unreadable parts, he said, using his engineering skills to fill in the blanks. 

“Quite a bit later, I managed to get some replacement scans from Gary Neff for the unreadable parts and fortunately found out that the parts I filled in were 100% correct!” he said.

As enormous and successful as Burkey’s project has been, however, the code itself remained somewhat obscure to many of today’s software developers. That was until last Thursday (July 7), when former NASA intern Chris Garry uploaded the software in its entirety to GitHub, the code-sharing site where millions of programmers hang out these days.

Within hours, coders began dissecting the software, particularly looking at the code comments the AGC’s original programmers had written. In programming, comments are plain-English descriptions of what task is being performed at a given point. But as the always-sharp joke detectives in Reddit’s r/ProgrammerHumor section found, many of the comments in the AGC code go beyond boring explanations of the software itself. They’re full of light-hearted jokes and messages, and very 1960s references.

One of the source code files, for example, is called BURN_BABY_BURN--MASTER_IGNITION_ROUTINE, and the opening comments explain why:

About 900 lines into that subroutine, a reader can see the playfulness of the original programming team come through, in the first and last comments in this block of code:

In the file called LUNAR_LANDING_GUIDANCE_EQUATIONS.s, it appears that two lines of code were  meant to be temporary ended up being permanent, against the hopes of one programmer:

In the same file, there’s also code that appears to instruct an astronaut to “crank the silly thing around.”

“That code is all about positioning the antenna for the LR (landing radar),” Burkey explained. “I presume that it’s displaying a code to warn the astronaut to reposition it.”

And in the PINBALL_GAME_BUTTONS_AND_LIGHTS.s file, which is described as “the keyboard and display system program … exchanged between the AGC and the computer operator,” there’s a peculiar Shakespeare quote:

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This is likely a reference to the AGC programming language itself, as one Reddit user . The language used predetermined “nouns” and “verbs” to execute operations. The verb pointed out 37, for example, means “Run program,” while the noun 33 means “Time to ignition.”

Now that the code is on GitHub, programmers can actually suggest changes and file issues. And, of course, they have

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Yuuri is a singer and Victor used his songs when skating AU


Yuuri often listens to instrumental music and creates lyrics to sing. He does a cover for one of Victor’s past skating program music and uploads it online without thinking. He meant to upload it privately, but he accidentally shared it publicly and the video goes viral.

Victor comes across the video while searching videos of his past skating competitions to review, and is drawn to Yuuri’s voice. He looks up videos of Yuuri’s singing and listens to them nonstop. He has a few saved on his music player.

Victor contacts Yuuri hoping he could use his songs for his next choreographed program. Yuuri gives Victor permission, but on the condition that Yuuri remains somewhat anonymous to the news media. Victor agrees to refer to Yuuri as “Y” if inquired about the songs he chose.

Viktor’s skating changed when he first started skating to Yuuri’s songs. He feels more emotion in his skating, like telling a story with a song. Viktor is even reminded of his early childhood memories of when he first started learning how to skate when he listens to one of Yuuri’s song titled “Reminiscent Ballad”.

After Viktor skated to one of Yuuri’s song at a competition, the audience is completely silent for a moment before breaking out into a large applause. The audience is even more moved and surprised than before. Viktor has never felt more alive before in his skating before Yuuri’s music.

BTS in the eyes of 1 out of millions of A.R.M.Ys

I remembered one broadcast where B-Free dissed BTS in front of RM and Suga. RM responds by saying there’s no doubt that they are but they are something more. B-Free insists how can they be different when it’s still the same hiphop in the industry and being like a girl by putting on make-up when performing. Suga and RM defended their stance as a group with so much more than what these sunbaes know.

The boys has been through so much as an individual and as a group. They’ve cried a together, laughed together, fought through the hardships to success together. I believe it’s their experiences and the support they get from each other that keeps them strong.

I recall BTS saying that their music is something most performers do not want to sing about. At that time, as a newbie fan, I didn’t really know what they meant.

Later on, more albums were created, more awards were won, eventually, BTS earned a name for themselves. I realized their music had a story. It had a message I needed to look into. It’s not just an ordinary music to listen to. They had something that made fans hunger for more. Every comeback became something worth looking forward to. And every comeback was a new milestone.

Then, the Love Yourself: Her album happened. It flew BTS’ career to sky-high. It made their goals and dreams come true. They became a global sensation. But more importantly, they broke the barrier of becoming just a hiphop group. They showed more flexibility with their dances and music. They started collaborating with some international artists. They started to mature as a group.

Some started referring to them like “sons” of the kings of K-pop groups, but I say they are now kings in their own ways. From their first-ever win as a rookie group to their remarkable place in the Billboard Charts to earning a name in the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list, they have become unstoppable.

This 2017, we start to appreciate each member more and we’ve scene some changes that we could say are refreshing, some, nostalgic.

While I could say that my bias is Jimin with V being the bias-wrecker, I would like to go down the memory lane and recall the most notable contributions each member had for the group. After all, you can’t love BTS if you don’t love each one of them.

Originally posted by ksjknj

In one live broadcast on V-Live, a fan said that, Kim Namjoon a.k.a. Rap Monster (who also now refers to himself as RM), is the best leader. RM responded by saying he wouldn’t be one if it weren’t for the members.

A 94-liner, he is one of the hyungs in the group who built the foundation for BTS, being the first member to join and the only member coming from the original line-up. He, together with Suga and J-Hope, contributed to majority of the writing and production some of BTS songs.

Originally posted by kimdaily

Don’t tell me that heart pose didn’t show leader’s aegyo.

While initially criticized for not being good at dancing, he has improved a lot. It’s amazing how he has so much strength to express his and the other members’ feelings through his lyrics. It’s the charm of a Kim Nam Joon as a pillar of support for the group. 

RM reveals in another broadcast that he wrote Jimin’s song, Serendipity for their comeback album, Love Yourself: Her. Jimin who experienced his first time to do the intro song, asked RM how he wants him to sing the song. It only shows how much appreciation the members have for their hyung who wrote it for them. He has also revealed that Jungkook began taking an interest in producing and started consulting him about it and would like to take part in the production process of the group as well.

Originally posted by boo-t-s

Aside from being a genius in rapping, Min Yoongi a.k.a. Suga / Agust D, has showcased his talent in playing the piano. He did a freestyle on the keyboards one time during a live broadcast done by Jungkook where he tours Suga’s studio. There were other clips uploaded online where Suga showed off his piano skills while filming MV.

Originally posted by apgujeon

This sleepy-head has so much talent I thought he dreams of new skills while sleeping and wakes up with a new skill every time.

Despite being known as the straight-forward, sleepy-head and savage Suga, he has his own ways of supporting his co-members as a hyung for the maknae line and a brother to the hyung line. He has also showed his softer side when his pet, Min Holly, is mentioned during interviews. He was also seen shedding tears at the stage when they win awards which only show that Suga has emotions like all of us.

Together with RM, he has experienced being dissed by older rappers in the industry and has dissed back at haters through their expressive lyrics. Like RM, he has participated in the writing and production process of their songs so many times.

Originally posted by syubto

Dancing Machine / Dance Captain, Jung Hoseok a.k.a. J-Hope, is the brain behind every perfect dance performance on stage. His dance moves show how much passion he has for dancing. Together with Jimin, they attended Seungri Academy and majored in dance. 

He shares the same quirky and playful personality with V and is often seen in hyper mode. But behind the scenes, J-Hope plays a big role in ensuring that the group gives the best performance every time and is scene providing guides for members in improving the performance and their impressions. Members claim that J-Hope even memorized the choreography for their song, DNA, in just a few minutes.

Originally posted by boo-t-s

The heart of BTS’ vocals, Jeon Jeongguk a.k.a. Jungkook, is the most loved maknae you can ever imagine. His hyungs were present during his opening and closing ceremony at school. Jungkook claims that his hyungs basically raised him up since he started as a trainee at age 15. He also claims that after being scouted by 7 different agencies, he picked BigHit Entertainment as his final choice after seeing RM’s rapping.

In several live sessions via V-live, Jungkook is usually seen catching up to his hyungs when he sees them live. He makes up 1/3 of BTS’ maknae line and shares their playful personality making them the cutest maknae line you’ll ever meet.

Originally posted by sugataecups

Three words for the maknae line: Best. Trio. Ever.

Despite being the youngest in the group, his role as the main vocals showcase his strong lyrical asset along with his amazing visuals. His singing voice is well remembered since he gives their varying songs the vocal quality that makes a mark with new and old fans alike.

In one broadcast, Jimin says that Jungkook didn’t really know how to dance when he first started; however, after coming back from America to receive dance training, JK has improved so much to a point where he began to love dancing and wanted to be a dancer instead of a singer. Hah!

Originally posted by jjilljj

The eldest member of the group, Kim Seokjin a.k.a. Jin, is hyung known as the Worldwide Handsome for his visuals. The broad-shouldered hyung gained a lot of fans for his handsome face after the group winning the Social Artist Award at the Billboard Music Awards in 2017 where they beat other famous international performers for the title.

Despite being the eldest, he is often seen around playing with the maknaes. While some people claim that his only asset is his visuals, Jin has a singing voice that can make you swoon. On several occasions, he is seen belting out a few lines from their songs like how he sang an acapella of DNA for a family on an episode of Let’s Eat Dinner Together.

Jin and RM are the wings in the dance performances of BTS. They both admit that they belong to the Can’t Dance Line of BTS and are seen many times to receive coaching from the dance line of BTS like Jimin and J-Hope; however, I do believe that they have improved so much especially in their most recent performances. Just goes to show how far they have gone in the industry. 

Originally posted by jimins-bootae

Hyung, you’ll always be adorable, no matter what.

While I admit that Jin needs to be given more attention in their songs in terms of line distribution, I believe that Jin’s role to the group is crucial especially in his roles in their music videos which I think majority of the videos’ stories circulate around his character. 

Originally posted by jjks

The member with the angelic face, smiling eyes and killer abs, Park Jimin a.k.a. Jimin, has cute facial features with unbelievable physique.

He claimed in one broadcast that he was almost kicked out of BTS before their debut. The reason was not revealed; however, I believe it is not a very important issue now especially with the group’s success and Jimin’s improvement from debut up to the present.

Like J-Hope, Jimin has so much passion for dancing - the body rolls, the dance stunts, the vocals - Jimin has so much to offer and we can expect a lot more to come. He his very fond of the maknae, Jungkook, probably because he has a younger brother who he probably misses a lot because they are always away. He and V makes up the 95 duo since they are born in the same year and are very close friends after becoming classmates in Busan Arts High School.

Originally posted by gotmeolk

News of Jimin fainting on stage caused worry for fans because of his drastic dieting. He has claimed that he is insecure about his weight and chubby face. He even claims he has even lost his abs in one broadcast while claiming that J-Hope has developed 6-pack abs. When I read about this news, I thought to myself, I hope Jimin does not starve himself to look perfect because he already is in every way.

Originally posted by kim-taehyung

The funniest member of BTS, Kim Taehyung a.k.a. V. We often wonder why he was named V, but it may probably be because of his habit of putting on a V with his fingers when he poses for photos or greet fans. He has the capacity to make every body laugh. And that habit he has with his tongue…I’ll stop here.

Originally posted by jimin-bts-trashs

Don’t even get me started on this one.

V actually came from a family of farmers and was encouraged to join auditions and so began his journey towards stardom. He has a low voice that compliments the vocals of their songs very well. 

He is the first BTS member with firsthand experience with acting after taking on the role as the adorable ‘Hansung’ in the historical K-drama, Hwarang, alongside some of the highly anticipated actors such as Park Seo Joon, Park Hyung-sik, Go Ara, at Minho of Shinee.

Despite not actually being a dancer himself, this multi-talented creature can follow choreography very well that you wouldn’t even believe he is not really on the dance line and instead, is on the vocal line, of BTS. 

If he did not debut, he claims that he would have been a saxophonist. And personally, I do hope that he will be able to enhance his skills in the process while being with BTS.

Originally posted by parkjmzl

These are only a few of the things my mind can recall as I write this post. BTS is more than a boy group in the Korean music industry. They are multi-talented and flexible individuals with so much passion for their craft. Our boys have gone a long way and will continue doing so together. Keep supporting, them fellow A.R.M.Ys!

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Here, Kitty-Kitty (Jalex smut/One-Shot)

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Now or Never (Bias x Reader) Pt.15

You were right about that being your goodbye. Three days later you’re packed and going through the hotel to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Kara is quiet, for the first time ever, as she sits on the bed.

You nudge her, “You okay?” 

She doesn’t look at you, but she nods. You lean over to look at her face to see that she’s crying. 

“Hey,” you turn her towards you, “What’s wrong? You’re gonna miss this place that bad?” She shakes her head, “Mad we didn’t get to see Kara in concert before they disbanded?” She hesitates but finally shakes her head, “You don’t want to leave because of him?” 

She sighs and leans into your shoulder, “I know,” you say as you pat her back, “You got to say goodbye at the concert right?” 

She sits up, wiping her face, “No. You know I don’t like attachments,” 

“What happened?” 

“I freaked out. Gave him the cold shoulder and everything. I didn’t expect to like him this much,” she covers her face, “I wish I gave a proper goodbye,” 

“Call him and explain. I’m sure he’ll hear you out,” she nods and immediately calls him, but receives no answer, “I was an ass. I deserved it,” 

You’re about to say something when the door knocks. You pat her knee in encouragement to try again as you answer it. Instead it’s the very same person Kara is trying to reach.

“Hi, um. Is Kara here?” 

“Yeah she’s-” but he’s moved pass you once he sees her. 

“I’m so sorry I-” he kisses her dramatically, her legs wrapping around him. You scratch your eyebrow, feeling out of place. That’s when you feel an arm around your shoulder, not having to look to see who it is. 

“Young love, beautiful isn’t it?” he says as he watches them both, “Let’s give them privacy,” you slip into the bathroom and close the door but their moans are still audible, which makes you both laugh from embarrassment. 

“Didn’t think I’d let you leave without a goodbye, did you?” 

“Figured that was our last time,” you sit on the counter, still able to hear the other two outside. They’re going at it and you both are talking.

“What time is your flight?” 

You sigh, swinging your legs, “In a few hours,” 

Observing your behavior, he asks, “You want me to stop talking, right?” 

You nod as he steps between your knees, “Thought so,” he holds your face as he kisses you and soon you can no longer hear the other two outside. 

His breath is hot against your neck and ear, hands pressing you against him. But he stops, keeping his face against your neck. He sighs before looking at you.

He gently touches your lips, tracing along your jaw. You close your eyes at his touch as he kisses you. As if you weren’t close enough, he grips your thighs, pulling you closer. 

“What is with you and my thighs?” 

The only response he gives is to squeeze them again. He rests his forehead against yours, “I can kiss you for as long as I want but I’d still want more after you’re gone,” 

You brush his hair back, remembering how easily he allowed you to do it the first time, “No hair brushing on the first date okay? That’s my thing,” 

He smiles, flattered at your jealousy, “Anything else?” 

“No star gazing on top of cars either. Pick a different approach,” 

He takes your hand, “Yes. That’s our spot now,” 

You look off to the side mischievously, “You never told me how many girls you took out there,” 

He kisses your hand, “Doesn’t matter. Just no more after you. I’m not sure how many can keep a pinky promise,” You nod, “Are you going to cry again?” he asks.

You roll your eyes, “No. But you look like you’re about to,” his nose is red, eyes glossy. 

He laughs, dismissing your observances, “I’m not wearing any makeup and I’m tired. You’re seeing me for who I really am,” 

“Bad time to ask for a photo together?” 

He doesn’t decline your request. You stand as you hold your phone up, but you can’t get the both of you in the photo. He takes the phone and moves behind you, one around your waist. You smile for the photo, actually liking the way it came out. Him, not so much.

“My turn,” he hands you his phone, enveloping you into a back hug. You take one, but he’s not done. His kisses your cheek and you laugh, because this is something you haven’t done before, “Hurry up, my neck’s hurting,” you snap the photo, handing it back to him. 

He stares at the pictures before saying softly, “Keep in touch, okay?” 

You nod, “Get lots of rest,” 

He smiles, “Now let’s go see if those two-” 

The door opens and Kara is standing there looking disheveled, “There you are. Oh, what are you two doing in here?” 

“You both were too loud, where else could we go,”

She ignores your comment, “We made up,” she says shyly.

“Obviously,” B/N says.

You check the time, realizing you should’ve been there half an hour ago to check in. B/N offers to drive you both to the airport and Kara agrees without hesitation. It’s just to get out of the car without anyone really noticing. 

You’re holding B/N’s hand the entire time, but then he puts your hand on his forearm as he rests his hand on your thigh. When you don’t push his hand away, he holds it better, rubbing it with his thumb, the same thing he should be doing to your hand. 

“Do you have a fetish for thighs?” you ask.

He smiles shyly, “I just like yours,” 

It’s a calm goodbye between the four of you. Kara repeatedly kisses him but B/N continues to look at you, hand on your cheek. 

“I’ll call you when I can,” he tells you.

You nod, not wanting to count on it. You’ll be gone, he has no obligation to you, “I’ll answer when I can,” you tease. 

He kisses your forehead before you tell him goodbye. He shakes his head, “Later. I’ll see you later,” 

“Whenever that is,”

Your hand is on the door, but you turn to him before opening it. You give him one last kiss, the kind that makes him smile at you. A sedative that lessens the sadness in your heart. 

You get out of the car, holding your luggage in one hand and Kara’s hand in the other. She looks satisfied now, no loose ends. 

They leave quickly. Getting through check-in is a blur, but you’re sitting on the plane, looking at the country you won’t see again for a while. 

“You okay now?” you ask Kara.

She nods, “We didn’t make up the way you expected,” 

“Hard to believe with the way you both sounded,”

“He said he wants to wait. Who the hell waits anymore? If the moment is here, take it. Live every day like it’s your last,” 

You smile, “Maybe he really cares about you. Or maybe he wasn’t ready,” 

She rolls her eyes, “Or maybe he’s incredibly inexperienced and didn’t want to disappoint,”

“Or maybe he didn’t want to rush because you’re leaving. Wanted it to be special,” 

She shakes her head after a moment, “You see, this is why relationships and I don’t work. It’s complicated,” 

You pat her hand, “You move too fast. I like him for you. He slows you down,”

“Does he expect me to wait until I see him next time? While he gets with every girl and I stay by myself? No.” 

You let her rant, scrolling through the messages on your phone. Before you’re told to turn it off, you receive one last message from B/N. 

He sent the pictures he took with a message that read, “Don’t upload those pictures online, not sure how I’d explain that,” as you’re typing back, you get one more, “Pretty sure you’re crying now,

You actually laugh, sending the one photo you took as well as one of yourself currently as proof, “You know guys handle breakups harder than girls.”

“Your face is my new wallpaper now,” you’ve never been someone’s background photo before. Is it safe to tell him he’s been yours for months? “I miss you. But I won’t say it often, don’t want you to feel bad.”

You’re told to turn off your phone again, getting annoyed with the flight attendant, “No, I’ll get bored of you,” Not wanting that to be the last message he receives before you go, you sneak in one last message before you turn it off, “I’ll miss you. You can tell me as much as you want,” 

Would It Be Okay...?

Rating: T+
Word Count: 5,336
Relationship: Westallen (Barry/Iris)
Summary:  It was agreed that for the sake of their children and future generations to come, the kings of Central and Keystone would sign an agreement that when their children were grown, they would marry. It was a decision both of them felt was necessary, but lingering in the back of both of their minds was a hope that when their children grew up, they would be willing participants. 
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Ever since the birth of the modern day polises, Central and Keystone had been neighboring polises who were constantly at war with one another. The relationship between the West and Allen families, who ruled Keystone and Central, had been turbulent for generations with neither kingdoms willing to concede ground nor negotiate, causing the tensions between their polises to run high.

That all changed when Joseph West and Henry Allen took the throne in each of their respective polises. Though they had been raised to hate one another, both of them knew that they did not want their children to grow up with the same hatred for their neighbors as they had. Throwing aside years of anger and aggression, the two kings and their wives gathered together one day and decided that the best way to mend that bridge was to have a marriage bonding the two polises together. 

Nora had just given birth to the Central heir, Bartholomew, and Francine was pregnant with her and Joe’s first child whom they had been told was a girl. It was agreed that for the sake of their children and future generations to come, the kings of Central and Keystone would sign an agreement that when their children were grown, they would marry. It was a decision both of them felt was necessary, but lingering in the back of both of their minds was a hope that when their children grew up, they would be willing participants.

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