aizawa totally uses hello kitty bandaids and keeps some on his person at all times
they are shamelessly pink and cute and adorable and some of the Hello Kittys are dressed up as heroes (there’s All Might Kitty, Present Mic Kitty, and even the occasional Eraserhead Kitty)
i bet he also has rare Chococat bandaids that he uses for special occasions
one day he sees Keroppi bandaids at the store and buys them b/c they reminded him of Tsuyu. no one finds out about it until he Tsuyu gets a cut one day during practice and Aizawa hands her a Keroppi bandaid. she loves it and gives him a happy, contented frog daughter smile
he, of course, pretends it was a just a spontaneous decision and that it was totally a coincidence. no one in Class 1A believes him
additionally, everyone in Class 1A has had a Hello Kitty bandaid on them at one point. even Bakugou. particularly Bakugou.
sometimes Aizawa will be lenient and give Bakugou Chococat bandaids instead, but if he’s been a particularly terrible little shit that day, Aizawa’ll find the pinkest, girliest, most adorable Hello Kitty bandaid for Bakugou to wear, and pretend like he didn’t intentionally just do that
Bakugou curses but he’s forced to wear it all day, while his classmates snicker at him
(Ochako loves the Hello Kitty bandaids. Kirishima thinks it’s super manly. Tokoyami usually sulks slightly b/c they’re too pink for him. Aoyama somehow gets his hands on glittery Hello Kitty bandaids and wears them proudly. Izuku thinks they’re cute and is kinda fond of them.
Momo loves them and thinks they’re super adorable oh my god. Todoroki is kinda neutral to them, but enjoys the idea of Aizawa caring for them. Shouji is also kinda neutral, but thinks it’s cute that Aizawa has bandaids like that on hand. Mina and Tooru LOVE their cute bandaids and always look forward to getting them after a harsh training session.
Ojirou doesn’t say anything, but silently thinks they’re cute and is actually fond of the pink bandaids. Kaminari and Mineta think that wearing them will attract girls (this, inevitably, fails). Jirou won’t admit it, but she thinks the bandaids are ADORABLE….
Kouda loves to stare at his bandaids b/c they’re just super cute and it’s a tiny little kitty and he’s just super happy and content. Satou wears his proudly (and he also probably owns a Hello Kitty apron). Iida enjoys the practicality of a teacher carrying around extra bandaids in the event that a student may get injured. Sero just thinks it’s kinda funny and wears his bandaids without complaint
basically Bakugou is the only one who’s annoyed with the super cute pink bandaids and everyone else loves them)
im in need of some financial assistance, today i received a water bill from the city and it’s due in 5 days; i’m very meticulous about my mail because i noticed it was dated earlier than it arrived ( about an entire week ) but after talking with some other friends in my city they said similar things.
i dont know if you know about the water crisis in my town, but little to no work has been done repairing the pipe infrastructure and there have been figurative bandaids being used – filters ( that don’t even really work ) and bottled water which seems to have been dwindling in supply.
last year we were told not to pay anything toward our water bills and we would be credited 75-80% of the total bill, but this has turned out to be a lie as beginning this year the crediting has been removed from bills and people are being forced to pay 20% of their total bills each month or face shut off of their water; even though our water supply has been tainted for years if you don’t have running water in your home its considered unfit for living, and if the state finds out – which they will – you could have your children taken away by the state.
i just finished paying off my house taxes for the last 3 years from my grandmother’s passing until the ownership of the house was transferred to me, my sisters and mother so this is blindsiding me.
I need $231.80 by 3/30, although honestly i’d be grateful if you could just spread the word. When I return to work I’ll speak with corporate to try to get an advance but I’m really in a tight situation after dumping everything on my house taxes.
My paypal is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’m really thankful if you could help or spread the word. Thanks.
I recognise this is going out on a limb, however, if I hosted prompts, would anyone be interested in doing them?
Not weekly, and probably not even regularly because I won’t always have the time, but I would kind of like to do something slightly more intellectual upon occasion. Also, I would love it if you were the ones to choose the topics so that it’s fair and flexible to everyone. Basically, I just want to do prompts that evoke a sense of depth on a creative plane. If something makes you feel, I want to know why - not just know that it does. There is a difference.
No tropes. No limitations. Nothing tired or banal. Doesn’t matter how many or how few participate, and there’s no judgement. Everyone gets reblogged.
Jin: *judges you from afar* but can’t imagine you being any other way, so basically he’s just a walking fire extinguisher when he’s with you, and is always on the lookout for anything hazardous. He could be pretty clumsy himself since he’s so big, and just has a laugh with you whenever you’re both clumsily bumping into each other. He’d make sure to kiss your booboo if you ever got a scratch from tripping or bumping into something, and has a first aid kit on hand.
Suga: would reeeealllyyy love it if you stopped making his heart pound so fast every time you trip. He’s always on the verge of a heart attack, and just wants you to be safe and more careful, even though he knows you can’t exactly help it. Constantly calling while he’s away and reminding you to be careful, and look both ways before crossing the street, and to not trip on any banana peels.
J-Hope: lol what else would he do besides laugh at you for a good hour? After he’s done, he’d come up to you and ask (if that was really necessary) if you’re alright. Secretly enjoys comforting you after you stumble or trip on something, esp when it’s in front of the guys. Bc he’s like, “look, jagi, I’m clumsy too!!” And lands himself on top of a sleeping Jimin, RIP hobi.
Rap Monster: ohhh boy, you just met your match. No matter how clumsy you’d get, this boy will try to outdo you without even trying smh. He’d laugh and point fingers in mock, but he’s just as bad when hitting his hips on the corner of the counter, or spilling milk on himself in the morning. Everyone would avoid you both at all costs, not wanting to be dragged into your accident-prone life.
Jimin: can’t help but let out a little sigh and giggling every time he sees a little bruise on you. Constantly reminding you to take care of yourself, esp when he’s away bc he feels so helpless so pls don’t make him stress!!! Like Jin, he’s used to carrying around bandaids and having several first aid kits in the dorms. He’ll hold you very close while out in public, just to avoid any further ‘accidents’, whether they are your fault or not.
V: just scratches his head in confusion from how someone can be so clumsy and accident-prone. Thinks you’re adorable, but is very worried when you’re sporting new bruises every other day. Takes you in his arms and scolds you often, wanting you to watch where you’re going and being more careful.
Jungkook: so much facepalms. I mean he always wants to be your hero and pick you off the ground, giving you a sweet kiss after…but dang, could you please stop making him stress so much? Legit buys you padding and begs you to wear them when he’s not with you, he just doesn’t want something serious to happen to you. “Jagiya…make sure to wrap this bubble wrap around you when you’re walking outside, yeah?”
I don’t really know why, but I just thought of the boys as lifeguards and wanted to make a few quick aus about it haha. I’m also a certified lifeguard, which helped a lot while writing these. Hope you all enjoy!
Is a lifeguard at this enormous water park that is known for their wide selection of waterslides; they even have a wave pool!
Everyone who grows up within an hour of the park practically grew up there over the summers because it is relatively inexpensive and there’s a whole area for adults to relax without worrying about their kids.
To be completely honest Namjoon doesn’t think much of being a lifeguard, like yeah he is in charge of saving lives, but his heart is not really set on it, so it’s only temporary.
However, Namjoon really likes the pay and he has become friendly with all the other lifeguards so overall he actually doesn’t mind working there.
The only downsides are that the water park is located in the middle of nowhere, so the commute is just insane, but also that his station is usually at the top of one of the bigger waterslides…
It’s not really the height of where he is working that freaks him out, it is just the fact that he knows he is really clumsy, and is afraid that he will, one day end up tripping and falling into the slide,
Just the thought of it haunts his dreams, Namjoon is terrified of what all the other guards will think if that happens because he is relatively new to this job and cares what his coworkers think about him.
Usually his job includes him just waiting for when the person comes out of the water slide at the bottom and is a safe distance away for the next person to go,
so it’s a simple and easy going job for the most part,
that being said Namjoon still has that irrational fear of his and tries to switch shifts with people who work guarding the wave pool.
Can almost always be seen wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, and because of this, sometimes the patrons think he’s all tough and stuff but in reality… no.
He’s so gentle and kind to others and is always extra polite to elders.
Owns too many articles of clothing and merchandise with peace signs on them to count.
During staff training Namjoon met another lifeguard who he quickly became friends with, who somehow convinced him to start training for a 15k marathon,
completely regrets this decision with his entire body and soul because the training for a marathon is agony, but doesn’t want to leave his friend behind so keeps working at it.
Plus the training helped him get fit and bigger for the summer months when he is literally always wearing swim shorts and a tank top.
And you know Namjoon because you are also a lifeguard at the waterpark, and you two are sometimes on the same shifts at the wave pool.
You two have only had a few conversations together about casual things, but you’ve always been drawn to him because he always seems so friendly and gets along with everyone at the park, but most importantly…
You heard him rap once and it changed your entire world.
Like you showed up really early one morning because you wanted to get a head start on cleaning some of the large tubes that people use to go down some of the slides on (they became gross and some even started growing stuff on them),
, but when you walk into the locker room to change you hear the shower on the boys side (the locker room is only divided by a ¾ wall so it is only just enough to keep you from seeing into the other gender’s locker room),
And you try to be as quiet as possible, but then you notice that whoever is showering is singing - - no, rapping. And they are REALLY good at it.
You’re not the biggest fan of rap music, but you can’t help but be pulled into this person’s rhythm and flow because it’s so unique and his voice is just so captivating?! It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
The person on the other side clearly doesn’t think that someone is also in the room because they start to get more passionate in their lyrics, so you try to change into your suit and uniform as quietly as possible, but you end up dropping your lock on the floor,
The person on the other side of the divider instantly stops their rap, and honestly you are a bit disappointed, but you just carry on like nothing ever happened.
When you are finished changing you start cleaning the tubes like you originally intended and you catch a glimpse of Namjoon coming out of the staff locker room,
And you’re just like OH THAT MAKES SENSE, his voice is perfect for rapping,
and he notices you, but quickly ducks away.
You haven’t heard Namjoon rap since that incident, but it has been on your mind ever since, and you’ve even started listening to rap songs on your phone.
And things go back to normal, you even think that he forgets about the ordeal, but then one day you are guarding the wave pool and Namjoon is there on the other side watching his own zone when you notice that this one kid is having trouble staying above the waves and is getting pulled under,
, so you blow your whistle, signalling that you are about the do a rescue, and jump in to save the kid.
You hit the water and have no trouble swimming over to the kid, pulling him to the rescue tube and swimming back to the entrance.
It was a simple rescue and nothing serious happened so you let the boy go after you filed the paperwork, but it’s like a rule at the park that if someone performs a rescue, another guard has to throw a party that night.
So you go over to one of your colleague’s houses for your party and there are people everywhere drinking from red solo cups, and someone even brought cake (you thought that this was all a bit much considering that there are usually several rescues like this a week, but it’s all in good fun)
And Namjoon is there, but he’s sitting on the back porch drinking from his cup, and you don’t know how you came up with the sudden boldness to sit next to him, but you do,
and it’s a little awkward not going to lie, he’s wearing a black baseball cap backwards and has on a bunch of cheesy plastic necklaces with peace signs and hearts on them,
You ask him if someone was passing the necklaces out, but he says no, that they’re his, and that it’s weird but just kind of his thing. So you start talking about that and he ends up taking one off and putting it around your neck.
“That was a really smooth rescue this morning by the way, you made it look easy,” He says, and you blush, not knowing what to say.
He offers you some of the drink from his cup, and you are about to refuse because you are not that into alcohol, but then he whispers that it’s just kool aid and that he always carries some packets in his pockets to parties because he can’t stand the taste of alcohol either.
Eventually it looks like people are starting to leave and Namjoon seems like he is about to get up and leave when you just blurt out,
“You’re really good at rapping by the way, I’ve never had the chance to tell you that.”
“You weren’t supposed to hear that,” he tries to tell you and brush it off, and you’re just like, “,but I did and you’re awesome dude,”
You stand up to face him, but stay quiet for a minute.
He just looks down as whispers, “Is it ok if like I kiss you or something, that just seems like the right thing to do to get you to stop talking about it?”
He DOES kiss you, and you DO go on a date that weekend, but you never stop asking him to rap for you, and he always gives in.
Technically is a lifeguard, but primarily works in the main office of the facility as a nurse.
Has a basket full of lollipops for all the kids that fall and skin their knees on the cement to make them feel better,
though half the time it is actually Jin who is eating them.
Doesn’t own a doctor’s coat because all he really has is a lifeguard’s CPR and first aid training as experience, but he does wear a large red fanny pack at all times,
inside he keeps all kinds of first aid supplies but it’s mostly just band aids and alcohol wipes,
ONLY USES BANDAIDS THAT ARE DEEMED CUTE, so like pink hello kitty and ones with Looney Tunes characters on them.
His uniform is similar to the other lifeguards in that he wears a plain white shirt with the facility logo on the breast along with the red swim shorts and his fanny pack.
Loves his job because he gets to work inside all day and enjoy the air conditioning while the other lifeguards have to sit in the sun all day and make sure that they are actively watching the pool,
however Jin does worry about the other lifeguards often and always asks them if they are drinking plenty of water and if they have reapplied their sunscreen because the sun is strong and dehydration is common among the guards.
Once when he first got the job Jin was working in his office when they made him switch with one of the other lifeguards *cough cough* Taehyung *cough cough* because they became super dehydrated and was about to pass out from heat stroke or something,
Anyway Jin was freaking out because he remembered everything from the training boot camps, but he was never that good at it and it felt like so long ago…
Nobody drowned so Jin is proud.
Jin has his own desk and room to himself, it’s very small and was probably at one point a closet for cleaning supplies, but he doesn’t mind because it’s quiet and there’s a long window along the wall that looks out over the pool.
In the “Health Center” as the sign on the door says, there is Jin’s desk and a plastic bed, the kind found in nurse’s offices at school, and a small filing cabinet filled with all the first aid supplies
And on the other end is a door to a small bathroom, a sink and a small mini freezer where Jin keeps all the ice packs (there are some also flavored ice pops in there too but shhh no one is supposed to know!)
That’s about all that can fit in there tbh.
When it’s a slow day, probably because not that many people are at the pool for some reason, Jin likes to take naps on the sick bed or just lay there and read a book.
You decide to come to the community pool every once and awhile because it’s nice and you need a change of scenery from time to time and IT’S SUMMER! Time to find yourself so super nice looking dude to have a summer fling with…
- - what you don’t know - -
So you just get to the pool and are finally ready after putting on all this sun block and making sure that your bikini looks perfect to get in the water,
, and it all happens so fast but you must have slipped on the wet pavement because you fall down and end up fainting without ever even getting into the pool.
You wake up a half an hour later on the sick bed in the Health Center and you’re confused? and sore?
There’s a huge bruise on your hip and both your elbows are skinned,
And there’s Jin sitting in his desk chair, eating some ramen, and when he noticed that you’re awake he’s like Oh! thank God! and scoots over in the chair still.
You’re stunned into silence as he just keeps talking to you about where you are and why and just doing quick checks to make sure you don’t have a concussion, because OMG HE’S THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PERSON YOU HAVE EVER SEEN THROUGHOUT ALL YOUR YEARS ON THIS FORSAKEN PLANET
He introduces himself to you as Seokjin but that you can just call him Jin, and he is just so friendly and keeps talking so that it does not become awkward, and then you notice,
that it’s cold in the room, like really cold.
The air conditioner is on full blast and all of a sudden goosebumps are forming on your arms because all you’re wearing a bikini and you shiver,
Oh course Jin notices and without much thought into it he just stands up and TAKES HIS FRIGGEN SHIRT OFF AND HANDS IT TO YOU
if you didn’t have an irregular heartbeat before, you definitely do now because Jin is standing in front of you half naked, WITHOUT HIS SHIRT ON and wants you to put it on.
You do, and then Jin just kind of stops for a moment and realizes his actions and is surprised at himself, and that’s when it gets a little awkward.
“Um,,, can I uh, see your elbows uh,” Jin asks you, and you show him the scrapes.
He takes his time washing the dirt out of the scrapes and puts on some antibiotic ointment and two cute band aids with Mulan and Pocahontas on them.
Jin’s touch on your arms is so light and gentle and he’s an excellent caretaker.
When he’s done Jin suggests that since you fainted and you don’t have a concussion that you are free to go, but that he suggests that you stay there and rest for a bit longer, and you agree.
However neither of you move and you’re just kind of sitting across from each other, watching, until…
who made the first move is a mystery but somehow Jin’s lips are on yours and he’s pushing you to lie down on the bed, and you just make out with KIM SEOKJIN.
It’s crazy and you two know nothing about each other and neither oh you are the kinds of people who do this kind of thing,
,but there’s a clear connection… all things considering, and his hands are in your hair while yours are on his bare chest, but then…
“Um… is it ok if you take your fanny pack off?”
Works at a recreation center and used to assist with swimming lessons, but that didn’t last long because he couldn’t figure out a way to keep the kids in line without scaring them, so eventually he just became a full time lifeguard.
Has no tolerance for any horseplay because he once had to rescue this young boy from drowning after his friend once knocked him into the pool wall and he hurt his head
Yoongi was able to pull the boy from the water, but his head was really bloody and he had to perform CPR and he had to do all of this with the parents over his shoulder crying, and it was just a lot for him to handle
The boy made it and is fine, but it was Yoongi’s first rescue and scared him half to death because they kid nearly died.
Blows his whistle often and sometimes proceeds to yell at the offender.
Is known as the ‘scary lifeguard’ because of his no nonsense attitude, so most of the time people just tend to stay away from his zones.
Rotates on shifts for the indoor and outdoor pools, but sometimes they have him just work the main desk or have him scrub the locker rooms clean, which sucks but a job is a job.
Became a lifeguard because he was one the swimming team all through his schooling years and won many awards for breaking records in the butterfly, which is his signature stroke (get what I did there haha),
anyway since he is such a strong swimmer his coach practically begged him to get his certification so that he could coach, and he did get the certification, but he has no desire to coach,
in fact he has little desire to swim either, that the swim team was just to add onto his college apps, but having a paying job is another thing and lifeguard seemed good as any.
His real passion is rapping, and he’s good, like really good, and he could probably go off and join some company label somewhere but he needs to stay home and take care of his family, so he doesn’t really mind all that much.
WILL WEAR SUNGLASSES INSIDE BE WARNED
He tends to show up a little late to work sometimes, and the boss has gotten so angry that they have gotten really close to firing him, but there’s just something about him that makes them keep him around.
So you’re an EMT and one day you are just driving around the town in your ambulance with your partner waiting to get a call when suddenly you get one for a drowning victim at the rec center, so you head off.
And you rush into the rec center heading towards the indoor pool area because that is where the man who meets you at the front doors says the emergency is and he leads you there…
You and your partner run down the stairs to the pool deck and you rush over to the crowd of people surrounding the victim while try your best at not slipping on the wet tiles,
and there’s Yoongi performing CPR on the victim… and he’s crying, tears rushing down his cheeks and he’s whispering something that you can’t really hear
He’s doing what he’s been trained to do perfectly and his rhythm is better than yours (probs because of his secret talent for rapping) and
you almost feel like interrupting would disrupt a kind of intimacy that was created there, but it’s your job and a young boy is dying so you rush over next to the lifeguard,
and you can now hear that he’s whispering, “No, not again,” over and over again.
But you signal to him that you and your partner can take over and he backs up immediately and practically falls onto his back panting heavily,
did I mention that Yoongi isn’t wearing a shirt?, I feel like that’s an important detail, he jumped into the water with it on, but he took it off once he pulled the boy onto the pool deck because it was heavy and wet.
When you have finally worked to get the boy into stable condition, you prepare to load him up into the ambulance and you shout out, “Are any of you this boy’s parents?”
“No he just comes here to swim after school sometimes,” this bare chested, hella attractive lifeguard tells you, and you’re like oh, well someone needs to come to the hospital with him cause he’s still a minor…
And Yoongi immediately volunteers to go because there are other lifeguards on duty, but after this incident the pool will probably close for the rest of the day,
, and that is how you end up sitting next to Min Yoongi in the back of an ambulance, who is still not wearing a shirt might I add.
When you get to the hospital you hand the boy over to the doctors, and Yoongi thanks you for all your help.
He takes your hand in both of his and kisses it, kind of formally with a bow and then runs through the automatic hospital doors and doesn’t look back.
Now this young lifeguard is a complete stranger to you, but for some reason you can’t get him off your mind and every time you think of him your face blushes and the spot where he kissed your hand starts to tingle.
and it is by complete coincidence that you run into each other again.
You are at the DMV waiting on the hopelessly long line to get your new license plates when you see the familiar stranger walk in.
He sees you and smiles, once he gets his place in line he sits down right beside you, and you don’t know this but you’ve been on his mind too.
“The boy’s ok.” He tells you, and you hug him upon hearing the news, “That’s incredible, it’s all because of you, most guards wouldn’t have been able to keep someone alive that long before we show up, but you held that rhythm for what must have felt like forever,”
And he blushes, MIN YOONGI BLUSHES AND SMILES
“Is it that much of a surprise if I ask you to go get coffee with me later?”
The pool he works at is at a sleepaway camp, and it’s small, only needs one lifeguard.
All the kids love him because he brings them new pool toys like the colorful noodles and wind up fish
AND I mean come on his smile just brightens everyone’s day, and his attitude is infectious,
like though watching over the pool is technically his only responsibility he goes out of his way to teach the campers about the water and often sits in on different classes like arts and crafts or archery.
Doesn’t really mind when the children get a little crazy with the splashing and screaming because they’re just kids and they just want to have fun and really no one is getting hurt so what’s the harm?
That is until it gets a little out of control and he can’t see everyone which is when it becomes a safety hazard, so he’ll blow his whistle.
His wrists are covered in lanyard bracelets that the campers made for him during arts and crafts, and he always tries to make them back for everyone who gave him one, but he is not that good at them and there are just too many kids.
doesn’t own any standard lifeguarding swim shorts, instead he just wears his normal swim trunks and a tie dye shirt
stereotypical lifeguard who puts sunscreen on their nose and wears sunglasses
Every morning has to wake up a little early to clean the pool and pick out all of the bugs and frogs that flown in during the night.
Hoseok is essentially the only person taking care of the pool so he feels like he needs to take extra special care of it because it’s practically his,
though in reality it’s a hunk of junk, the cleaning and filtration systems are constantly failing and most of the pipes are covered in cobwebs.
to put it simply the pool is disgusting, but the campers don’t mind and neither does Hoseok because it’s 100 degrees (F) and there is no air conditioning.
Sometimes when the pool gets especially gross and green he lifeguards the lake waterfront so that the campers can still get a way to cool themselves off and have fun.
Has a class once a week where he takes some of the campers out onto the lake in kayaks and canoes and for a few hours they just explore the lake
And you are just one of the many counselors at the camp in awe of how Hoseok just is always so awesome with like everything,
the kids love him without even trying, he always stays cool under stress, he is a genuinely kind person who is looking out for others, AND the most frustrating, when he sweats he doesn’t get all gross and smelly like everyone else, he almost seems to be… glowing?
and of course you are friendly with Hoseok because you always stand by his chair when you take your group of kids to the pool and he is quite a talker
He also has shown up to a few of the staff parties, the ones that happen once the kids are asleep, and hung out with the counselors and staff,
And today is just like any other day in that after the pool the kids will dry up and head to the dining hall for lunch and then hammock area for siesta,
, and the kids are being a bit loud and it’s getting a little past the point when Hoseok usually signals that it’s enough with his whistle when one of the campers runs up to you asking where another camper is
and you are like “it’s ok I’m sure they are just in the bathroom, we’ll find them.” but you don’t remember being asked for someone to leave and all of a sudden you’re freaking out because WHERE ARE THEY OMG,
Hoseok notices that something is wrong by the look you give him and immediately starts scanning the pool
He blows his whistle and calls for the kids to have a buddy check, but then as the campers are exiting the pool you two spot the missing camper struggling in the water and whimpering that they don’t think they’ll make it to the edge.
RESCUER MODE ON! Hoseok jumps into the pool with his shirt and sandals still on, and you’re pretty sure his phone was still in his pocket as well, but you don’t care because your camper is in trouble!
Of course Hoseok reaches the troubled swimmer and pulls them to the shallow side of the pool and to the wall where he helps them out. They are coughing up a bunch of water, but is unharmed
And you are right at your camper’s side, but don’t really know what to do and then there’s Hoseok just comforting the child and his hair is all wet and sticking to his forehead and you never really considered just how ATTRACTIVE he is, like goddamn.
but you try and ignore those thoughts because your camper needs you right now, but at the same time Hoseok is just thinking about how he always thought you were pretty and motherly, but now as you are comforting the kid it’s dawning on him how he definitely has a crush on you.
After everything is under control and the camper is breathing fine again you start barking orders for everyone to grab their stuff because you are already late for lunch
As you are about to walk out of the pool gate you turn around to Hoseok to thank him and you two just kind of collide…
lips and all. You bumped your upper lip into his really hard, but somehow that doesn’t matter because he is kissing you and omg HOSEOK IS KISSING YOU and he’s really good at it.
“We definitely need to do that again.” he says and you agree, you agree so embarrassingly fast.
Works at a really nice beach with Jungkook as a lifeguard, and spends most of his days walking up and down the beach front looking for seashells.
If you don’t know him it may seem odd to see a lifeguard pacing the shoreline for hours on end, with his head down looking at the ground, like aren’t they supposed to be watching to make sure everyone is safe?
And yes of course, but Jimin is really good at watching the water while he looks for shells and can still spot an emergency and react fast enough that the boss doesn’t really mind if he is just looking for more shells to add to his collection or whatever he does with them.
Jimin wears a first aid pack on his waist, but in reality he just uses it for the most part to store all the cool shells he finds in,
Everyday he comes home and empties his pack of shells and sorts through them again, making sure that he only grabbed the good ones and throws away the chipped or broken pieces.
And then the next morning he starts off the day again with an empty pack to find more, and it’s just a calming activity of his.
Sometimes he just gives the seashells he collects to the young children at the beach trying to get them to behave for their parents.
Jimin also really enjoys boogie boarding and keeps a few boards in the back of Jungkook’s pickup truck, so that he can get in the water and ride during his breaks.
Speaking of Jungkook’s pickup, Jungkook gives Jimin rides to work every morning and they always fight over what is playing on the stereo because Jungkook always wants to listen to alternative music but Jimin has softer tastes,
he likes some jazz and slow rock, but Jungkook always wins so Jimin gives in and always ends up jamming to the music anyways because he secretly actually knows all the words too.
The worst thing about working at the beach in Jimin’s opinion is all the seagulls… he hates seagulls, they freak him out with their squawks and he thought he once saw once steal his packed lunch, but then again that could have also been Jungkook.
Jimin took on yoga as a hobby at some point and sometimes when the sun is rising, does yoga on the beach before his shift starts,
He has an extra mat for Jungkook, but he always refuses and Jungkook just watches his best friend while he sits in the sand.
LOVES, absolutely loves the feeling of sand between his toes, so he almost always walks around the beach barefoot, which was tough at first because the sand got so hot in the afternoon, but after time he just got used to it and it doesn’t bother him anymore.
The cutest thing about lifeguard Jimin is that while he walks around the beach looking for seashells he holds his rescue tube across his chest and under his armpits.
One day while walking up and down the beach looking for shells on his lunch break as he’s eating his sandwich,
he ends up walking much further than usual, and without noticing it ends up on the part of the beach that is privately owned by the several beach houses on the shore.
He knows that he should go back because his break will be up soon, but he’s never been to this area of the beach before, so there are so many beautiful shells that he has yet to have collected.
And all he’s doing is collecting seashells, but for some reason your dog absolutely can’t stand that there is a stranger on the property and just won’t shut up barking at Jimin through the window.
You are in your bedroom trying to study, but your dog’s barking is driving you nuts and you just can’t focus,
so, you go out (more like storm out) of your room to try and quiet your dog, but then as you are pulling them back off of the window you see this boy on your beach picking something up,
Now you are not the kind of person who really cares if someone from the public beach stumbles along and ends up on your property, as long as they just don’t set up their umbrella and chairs there, but you really need to study and your dog just won’t stay quiet.
You walk out onto your back porch, and the swing of the door shut is enough to get the boy’s attention, so he looks up, and you’re just…
it’s his face it’s so angelic and pretty and soft looking, and he waves at you and the muscles in his arms are flexing and he just looks so goddamn strong?
you’ve never seen anyone look like him before and you want to run back inside to disappear because compared to him you feel like an ogre with your band t shirt and pajama shorts, last night’s make up face and messy hair, and your prickly legs (in your defense you shaved two days ago, but it seemed to have started to grow back)
“Oh uh hi sorry if I was bothering you. I was just looking for shells, but I’ll leave.” ugh even his voice is pretty. You notice then that he is wearing a lifeguard’s swim shorts and tank, so he must work down the road.
And you just say that your dog was being annoying while you were trying to study for this really important test that you have to take in order to earn an extra credit over the summer, and he’s just like,
“Sorry, no problem, I totally get it. I probably should go before Jungkook starts making a scene anyway.”
, and you don’t know who Jungkook is, but you nod anyway, and go back inside because he’s walking away.
And tbh you basically forget all about your encounter with Jimin, but then one night your friends actually are able to convince you to go to a bonfire party on the beach about ten minutes down the road, and like he’s there,
Jimin is at the party and he is talking to another boy around his age, maybe a year or so younger, but the other boy is leaving the party just as you are getting there, so Jimin is left alone.
You freak out a little bit because you want to talk to him, but you just don’t know what to say,
When you control over yourself you just get in line for some of the drinks that will hopefully give you enough courage to talk to the handsome lifeguard.
It works much better than you anticipated and you march over confidently to the boy starting a conversation, all while pretending that your little encounter never happened.
And you learn his name is Jimin, and he is actually so charming and you are having a really good conversation when all of a sudden, someone starts screaming something about skinny dipping,
and while you may have thought that Jimin was not the skinny dipping type, he starts taking off his clothes just like everyone else, and you are not one to hold back, especially now that you have so much alcohol in your system.
Just like that everyone is running naked into the ocean, and the water is so cold on your bare skin, but it’s such a liberating feeling.
Later that night you end up being walked back to your house with the help of some of your friends and you fall asleep with a smile on your face because Jimin was so much more charming than you ever thought he could be, and also, you know…
YOU GOT TO SEE JIMIN NAKED SO PLUS PLUS!
The next morning you wake up with a massive headache to a series of knocks on your front door. You trudge to the front door not really caring who sees you looking like such a mess because you feel so awful,
, but there he is again. Jimin is at your door and he brought you gifts,
“First is pills for your hangover because you sure as hell have one after last night,” he says, and then after you take them with a glass of water he cutely reaches around his back and pulls out a beautiful seashell necklace.
And it’s not like one of those tacky looking ones, this one is so beautiful and when he tells you that he made it himself you don’t believe it because it looks professionally made…
turns out that Jimin makes a lot of the shells he collects into jewelry and sells it,
You accept his gift, and maybe it’s the pills, or maybe you’re just crazy, but Jimin is standing in your living room and all you can look at is his lips, and he’s doing the same to yours.
Works at the community pool during the summers and absolutely loves watching all the kids splashing around in the water all day having a ball.
Became a lifeguard because he didn’t want an overly serious summer job and is a relatively strong swimmer, so he took a lifeguard training course,
he then learnt that it IS in fact a very serious job, but also that it has a lot of perks like getting paid for sitting in a chair all day and he gets discounts on swimwear at stores so it’s like a win-win.
Spends his shift in the lifeguard chair in front of the water slide and is in charge of monitoring when it is safe for the next person to go down.
Sometimes he ends up watching the children’s water jungle gym area and gets to actually play with the kids, splashing in the water with them…
and then gets scolded by the other guards because he is supposed to making sure everyone is staying safe, not playing with them!
Likes to eat ice cream when he’s sitting on the lifeguard stand and it gets all over him and his fingers are usually sticky until he cleans himself off in the water.
Still, he has ice cream stains all over his white lifeguard shirt and swim shorts.
wears socks and flip flops, he’s THAT person,
Has this awesome pair of red cat-framed sunglasses that he found in some old box somewhere of his parent’s old stuff and wears them all the time
Never blows his whistle… though when he first got the job it was his favorite thing to do until he realized it frightened some of the kids
On the weekends Tae teaches swimming lessons to all the kids and people who don’t know how to swim or are looking to improve themselves,
and frankly he makes significantly more money during these lessons than just lifeguarding, but he never has considered dropping one for the other because yes swimming is important, but being a good swimmer isn’t always going to keep you safe in the water
during his breaks he likes to jump into the kiddie pool and just lay in the shallow water and think, that is until one of the kids splash him and an all out splashing war erupts.
And you like to come to the pool with the young boy you babysit because it’s a nice change from the park and you can sit back and relax and listen to music while tanning in the sun while he swims with his friends
But this time as you are settling into your lounge chair with your earbuds in and a magazine, you find yourself paying less attention to the boy and you end up falling asleep.
You wake up what is probably hours later and you have a minor heart attack because you don’t know where the boy you babysit is and he isn’t where you last saw him.
You go to look for him but you are covered in a horrific sunburn all the way from your chest and neck to your knees and it burns so bad, but finding the boy is so much more important.
Running around the pool you are searching for the boy when you decide to look by the small food court to see if he is there, and when he isn’t you look around for a lifeguard to help you
Originally you didn’t want to make a scene by getting a lifeguard involved, but it’s gotten desperate.
And there’s Tae, clearly on break since he’s eating french fries at one of the picnic tables, but you don’t notice because you’re frantic, and you’re just explaining the situation to this ridiculous looking lifeguard with cat-framed sunglasses and hair in his face with socks and sandals on,
, but he’s listening to you and then reassuring you that this happens all the time, that he couldn’t have left the property
AND THEN… he takes off his sunglasses and you’re taken aback because he’s, beautiful, like so unbelievably pretty, and here you are with make up probably running down your face with a gross sunburn down your entire front, and you’re suddenly self conscious
Tae being Tae takes your hand when you are searching for the boy both because he’s childish and doesn’t understand the implications that may have, but he also wants to comfort you as you were clearly distressed.
He takes you to the loudspeaker where you make an announcement about the missing boy, and within minutes someone found him and brought him into the pool office,
You’re so grateful towards Tae, and when you ask how you can possibly repay him, he stays quiet and shrugs, that it wasn’t that big of a deal, that it is just part of the job, but it means so much more to you than that.
“How about ice cream then?” you ask him, and the smile on his face, like the sun, the sun, but then he’s like “Isn’t that kind of like a date then?”
and you’re kind of shocked because that wasn’t what you meant, but I mean you wouldn’t mind…
but Tae is then like, “Don’t worry, I want to go on a date with you,” so you three end up going to get ice cream after his shift is up, and he is so full of surprises and you can’t help but tell him that you should do it again sometime,
He agrees and on your next date (this time without the kid) he brings you some Aloe Vera for your sunburn and it’s so thoughtful, but it’s still kind of embarrassing because you were hoping that he wouldn’t have noticed, but then again how could he have not.
Works at the beach with Jimin, and thinks that being a lifeguard is super cool and edgy because he is saving people’s lives and gets to be on the beach all day
totally has a hero complex in that he puts up this arrogant facade whenever he is working, but in reality has a shelf in his bedroom dedicated to his favorite action figures.
Owns a shark tooth necklace and always wears it because he thinks it makes him look super cool and tough, especially when he is not wearing a shirt…
SPEAKING OF WHICH, whereas most of the guards wear a t shirt or a tank top, Jungkook never wears a shirt on duty
Never, and all the girls at the beach know him as this super hot and charismatic lifeguard, so he gets invited to all these beach parties by the people who live in the beach houses and have their own private beaches,
, but he rarely shows up to them and people think it’s because he was probably invited to a million other parties and just couldn’t make it… which is probably true that he was invited to others
but the real reason why he rarely shows up is because his mom has him on a strict curfew and he never really has the guts to sneak out of his window.
Owns this super old pickup truck that he drives everywhere, at some point it was probably blue but now it is so covered in rust and is so old that the blue looks like a dark gray,
the seats are this orangey yellow color and he never cleans it so the seats are always covered in crumbs and… his t shirt on the passenger seat. There’s also a ton of energy drinks in the back of the truck in the tool kit.
Drives Jimin to work everyday and they always listen to Linkin Park cds and other alt bands in the truck
So he thinks that being a lifeguard at the beach is so cool and stuff, but then he actually had to jump in and save this girl once because she wasn’t a strong swimmer and the tide went out before she could get back to land
Since she was so far out in the sound it took Jungkook a while to reach her and carry her back to the beach, she had to be hospitalized because she was under the surface for so long,
, and Jungkook had never gotten nightmares before he saw this girl’s life nearly end right before his eyes, and reality hit him like a mother–
So for a while Jungkook got super serious about his job and it started to stress him out because it was a lot to hear about this responsibility he has, but experiencing it is a whole other animal,
but then he meets you.
You frequent the beach often because you are a surfer and this beach has the biggest and best surfing waves,
and you talk to Jungkook sometimes when he is up in his lifeguard stand and not going to lie you two are massive flirts.
But that’s all it is, in reality Jungkook is barely even a friend, and his whole “lookin tough” vibe isn’t really your thing, but as you two get a little closer he opens up more and you see another side to him than just this beach hunk.
Anyway, so one day you are getting your board ready to out surfing like usual, but you get a weather alert on your phone, but you don’t really think much of it.
So you go out into the sound and the water is a little stronger today, but nothing really concerning,
and you see this wave start to build up really nicely nearby, so you obviously don’t think twice about catching it,
, but then when you first start riding it the wave grows considerably and soon you’re on this massive strong wave and you are losing control over your board because the wind is picking up.
After trying hard to stay on you give up and try to wipe out in a clean way so that you can keep going, but when you do the current sweeps you in and you can’t surface no matter what you do.
And while you are a very strong swimmer and even have your lifeguard certification, the water is stronger and it’s pulling you down and the more you struggle the weaker you become
Back on the beach Jungkook sees you go down and doesn’t think much of it but keeps an eye out to see you resurface, but then you just don’t?
And he gets a little worried and stands up in his chair to get a better view because sometimes when you resurface you are far away from where you went in, but you’re nowhere in sight.
Jungkook blows his whistle and runs into the water with his rescue tube and swims faster than he has ever swam in his life because, while that girl was a stranger and he kind of knows you now and he can’t bear letting you suffer a similar fate,
mostly because you are super pretty and have nice eyes and legs and like talking to him and are flirtatious… basically he likes you… a lot.
He dives down to where you are sinking and pulls you up and into a calmer zone where your feet can touch the ground.
By then you have caught your breath and are holding onto the rescue tube for dear life, but since you are finally in a safe area Jungkook stops and turns to look at you, and
, and he has this look on his face, worry and relief and something else
“I’m fine,” you say to him, but then he grabs the side of your face and pulls himself to you, and his face is just there,
so close to yours and you lick your lips because his are centimeters away and you know what’s coming next,
“I’m not fine, you scared me to death.” and he kisses you.
He kisses you in the water for such a long time that you lose your breath all again, but this time it’s nice.
You two end up dating not long after that, and Jungkook convinces you to get a job at the beach so that you can be lifeguards together, and you end up agreeing
because not only do you want to spend more time with your gorgeous boyfriend, but Jungkook is also never going to stop getting dirty looks from all those other beach girls and you have to defend what’s yours.
the pay is also really good so…
You sit in between Jungkook and Jimin in the truck on the way to work every morning and on the way home every evening and jam with them to Linkin Park and eat energy drinks with the boys.
I really really hope that everyone who reads this enjoys it, I worked really hard on it. I’d love feedback, and if anyone has any other requests feel free to send them in!
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Requested by Anon: “Can I request a joker imagine where they get into an argument and the reader has had enough and leaves him and then a few weeks later joker gets into a fight and he’s badly bruised and the reader takes care of him? some angst & fluff and just a little OOC joker”
“You can’t keep doing this, J!”
“Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do,” he growled, waiting as Frost sewed up the deep cut on her shoulder.
“You’re going to end up dead and for what?! Some guy in a bat costume that you’ll never kill.”
Dermotillomania is a body-focused repetitive behavior. It involves one touching/picking/rubbing/etc. at their skin/scabs/acne/etc. to the point of damage. It can occur at any age, though teenage/adult years are most common. These impulses (and similar BFRB’s) are usually caused by anxiety. Many who have these are embarassed by it and there’s little to romanticize, so here’s to show even your favorite superheroes can have these, that they can be proud (and not so proud of them) and save the world!
▪ Clint Barton and Wade Wilson both have Dermotillomania
▪ As teenagers they both used to pick at their acne despite what the people around told them
▪ Because of this, there are still scars, though they’ve faded with time
▪ Clint picks at his arms a lot, especially when his nerves are running thin or if he’s away on mission
▪ When he’s having a particularly bad day, Clint hides them with his flannels, sleeves rolled all the way down
▪ Clint has purple bandaids he carries around everywhere
▪ Or just cute bandaids that make him feel better when he sees them on his body
▪ He’s open to explaining why he’s covered in scars and open wounds to everyone
▪ He notices when children/teens are picking at their skin and gives them Hawkeye bandaids/matching ones to his
▪ He really hates the stigma that comes with it, especially when people think it’s as easy as telling him/people with Dermatillomania “just to stop”
▪ Because it’s not really a subject many talk about it, he will always bring it up during interviews to raise awareness that people have this, that this is real, and it’s out of people’s control weather they pick or not
▪ His heart melts when people go up to him and tell him their own stories
▪ As a distraction with his hands he’ll play around with his arrows
▪ Clint liked that most of his uniforms didn’t have sleeves
▪ He liked that it showed heroes and good guys could have scars, that they’re not perfect, that it shows how human they are
▪ Even after years he still needs some reminders not to pick, usually from Natasha
▪ She knows he can’t help it and it’s out of his control, something people sometimes have a hard time understanding
▪ He still gets nervous trying to explain what it is to people for the first time
▪ Before Wade was Deadpool he used to pick at the skin all over his body
▪ He cannot stand when people negatively point out things like when he picks or if he’s opened a scar
▪ Wade loves making up “war stories” about all his little scars, mostly about saving a puppy from a burning building
▪ He has his uncorn bandaids of course
▪ Wade has tried to stop by keeping his hands busy with trinket toys, rocks, etc.
▪ Now that he’s Deadpool and he can heal, Wade still picks at old scars
▪ And still uses bandaids because they make him feel better when he puts something colorful and happy over something he’s not always able to laugh at
▪ Sometimes he does feel ashamed of them, especially if people are staring at him or watching as he picks
▪ But usually he’s pretty proud of them
▪ He likes to wear them as a sort of story, similar to tattoos
▪ “You like dangerous? Well check out these bad boys.” He says as he peels back pink unicorn bandaids
▪ When he sees other people picking he feels this instant connection, like they have this tiny bond they won’t have with a lot of people
▪ He feels discouraged when his body heals too fast for the smallest scars because when he picks it relieves anxiety
▪ Wade will punch anyone in the face who says anything bad to him or anyone else about scars
▪ He’s pretty open about explaining it to people as long as they’ll be respectful
▪ If not, it may result in a black eye
▪ Wade laughs at himself a lot, especially when he looks at himself in the mirror, covered in bandaids as if he’d been in a fight when really it was just a long night of worrying and picking
▪ Blind Al always yells at him for using all the bandaids
▪ “You grew back a hand stop wasting my stuff.”
▪ “But I feel so pretty! Do you think I’m pretty?”
Dad Might won't leave me, so, imagine Izuku breaks a finger or suffers some other small injury from training, but instead of going to see recovery girl Toshi wants to try and bandage/fix it himself, not only as a "dad" complex but also because without his powers he still wants to be helpful somehow
…….. he uses All Might themed bandages
b/c he wants to be helpful
Izuku blushes and laughs at the themed bandages, but Toshinori simply smiles back, expression subdued. This is the only way he can help anymore, he thinks, by patching up the small scratches and scrapes on his precious students.
“Do not worry, for I am here,” the bandages say, All Might’s gleaming smile staring upwards at him from Izuku’s arm. “I will keep you safe.”
It may not be as grand as heroically fighting to defend innocent civilians from devilish villains, but heroism was never about the grand things in life.
It’s nearly sunset, and yet Izuku’s smile shines brighter than the blindingly beautiful sky, a soft gradient of reds and yellows, as he thanks Toshinori for patching him up.
“It feels better already!!” Izuku says, cheerfully, raising his arm in a show of confidence. The sun is at his back, and from there, All Might grins at Toshinori, surrounded by a halo of fading sunlight.
“I will keep him safe.”
He may not be able to protect his students anymore, but he can patch them up when they get hurt.
(n.) a place where one feels safe, a place where one feels at home.
Summary: Being best friends with Jeongguk proved to be your downfall as it didn’t become at all what you expected it to be. The world led two people to fall in love, but cruelly destined them to be apart.
Pairing: Jeongguk x reader
Word Count: 5k+
Genre: angst, fluff | hanahaki au
Warnings: mentions of smut, swearing, and lots of angst
A/N: forewarning, i’m sorry i love my baby JJK. tbh this fic started out bc i was inspired by this quote “people wait all week for friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness” and it really just spiraled from there :’) i’m super excited to get this fic out bc i have worked incredibly hard on this so i hope you all enjoy! A big thank you to @xtaexhyungx /sweet sophia for beta reading this and giving me her live suffering reaction ;) ♡
If someone was asked to describe the color red, it could be described as love. It could be love under the stars, swollen lips after whispering sweet nothings and peppering kisses to every inch of one’s body. It could be anger, like blowing off steam, red cheeks and annoyed huffs as one stomps around in rage. It could also be blood, drops of deep red that stain the purest of things to crimson. In your case, red was fire. A blazing fire that seared your skin, leaving you begging to be extinguished as the name Jeon Jeongguk was branded on the palm of your hand in red ink, a reminder of the fire ignited in your soul.
Jeon Jeongguk, a boy you met on the playground in your neighborhood park when you were 7, the boy you fell in love with at 19.
hi sorry i cant find the prompt list but could you please write something where arnolds being insecure about his chub ??? thanks
Hello friend! You don’t need to reference the prompt list to make a request, all requests are welcome! Sorry this took a while, but it’s quite long. Also, you didn’t specify a ship, so I went with mcpricely and arnaba as they’re my faves and they go well together, but it’s mostly about Arnold. So if you want a different ship/it to be more specifically about a ship with the same or a different topic just tell me (this is to anyone, not just anon).
Heads up for:
•mild body image issues (really mild, ma boy loves himself really)
•some descriptions of a village hospital that are based purely on things from the musical, not what I actually think/know a Ugandan village hospital is like.
•playing with the idea of Arnold being adopted (makes a lot of sense, will explain after the story) so there’s a funny line to explain this.
Summer in Uganda was oppressive. This close to the equator days were long and stifling from the moment the sun peered over the horizon, with only a brief respite during curfew hours. As the earth became dry and cracked people began to struggle, the air heavy with heat and animosity.
Even the elders, who didn’t rely on agriculture to make a living, found the heat disruptive and uncomfortable. To remedy this they had gathered several small, blow-up paddling pools and set them down in the yard. Most of the teenagers were now lounging around in swimming shorts, trying to stay cool.
Arnold had curled himself up beneath a tree with a comic book and some orange juice. He was hot and sticky, the shade doing nothing to keep him cool, pulling at his T-shirt ever so often to stop it clinging to him. Usually he was the most sociable person at the centre, full of energy and eager to talk to everyone, but watching the other elders stretching in the sun he felt lethargic and out of place.
Kevin was tall, tanned, and toned; he easily would’ve made it on to a magazine cover. Connor was softer but equally slim, with pretty, pale skin dotted with freckles. They made a beautiful couple, literally and figuratively. It wasn’t often that Arnold found it necessary to compare himself to others, he knew he was attractive and sweet, but with everyone seemingly flaunting their conventionally attractive bodies he couldn’t help but feel insecure. He was soft and that was great, but it didn’t feel that way when it came to hanging out in paddling pools with the guys.
“Hey buddy.” Arnold looked up to see a half-naked, dripping Kevin sit down beside him. “You ok? Not too hot?”
Unfurling himself a little, Arnold at least attempted to look comfortable. “I guess I’m fine,” he shrugged unconvincingly. “I just feel a bit…” He surveyed the boys in front of him, their sharp cheeks and prominent collar bones, “Unhealthy?”
“Are you sick?” Kevin’s face paled and he pressed a wet hand against Arnold’s forehead. “You do feel hot. Have you been in the sun too long? Feel queasy? Do you want to go see Gotswana?”
Flattered, but still a little unused to having friends fuss over him like this, Arnold leaned back and said, “No, nothing like that. I’m ok. I might just go inside for a bit.” He stood up and shook his T-shirt loose from where it had stuck to his back, then offered Kevin a reassuring smile.
He patted him on the shoulder, “As long as you’re alright,” and went back to join his boyfriend in the pool. Connor and Kevin were so sweet and supportive of each other, maybe what Arnold needed right now was to see Nabulungi. He changed into dry clothes, before realising they would only become sweaty again as he walked to Nabulungi’s house, so abandoned that idea. Instead he decided he might visit Gotswana after all. He didn’t feel at all ill, but Gotswana was smart and funny, he always made Arnold feel better. After filling his backpack with water and some supplies Gotswana had mentioned he was running low on he set off without alerting any of the other elders. He was in one of those moods; let them worry, it didn’t matter.
It wasn’t far to the doctor’s, no more than a fifteen minute walk, but with the sun bearing down on him Arnold quickly began to regret his decision. His tongue felt like a burning rag in his mouth, but he refused to drink the water; Gotswana would need some cool, refreshing, quenching, delicious (he really stop thinking about this) water, especially in this heat.
By the time Arnold reached the hospital he felt as though his skin was melting, and couldn’t wait to get inside to be met with the cool tingle of air conditioning. Instead he found people spilling on to the street from a crowded waiting room, the stuffy space cooled only by a single fan. There was at least five people to each chair; people lay prone on the floor, several almost appearing dead. As Arnold navigated the tangle of limbs towards Gotswana’s room people hissed things in local dialects and gave him malevolent stares. He was struggling with Swahili, better at understanding it than speaking it, but he’d barely picked up anything of any other languages. Still, he understood the general mumble of malcontent: he was a privileged white boy.
When he reached the door Arnold knocked hurriedly, fearful of the hundreds of eyes bearing in to his back. Of course, he could sympathise, they were desperate and he seemed pushy, but he didn’t know how to explain he was just stopping by.
“Look, I have just taken in a new patient, of course I am not ready yet!” Gotswana yelled from inside the office. “Wait your turn, I know it’s hot.”
“No, no, sorry,” Arnold stuttered. “It’s me, umm, it’s Arnold, I just brought some… Stuff.” There was murmuring behind him as people who spoke English realised he was here to help, and those who didn’t explained it to their families. Arnold relaxed his defensive position a little, turning sideways to face the room.
“Ah! Elder Cunningham!” There was a rustling then the door opened. As soon as Gotswana showed his face the noise turned from muttering to uproars as the crowd went crazy. Arnold cowered and ducked in to the office. The door was slammed shut.
“Sorry,” Arnold said again. “I didn’t think things would be so crazy. Sorry. I’ve brought some water and some medical supplies.” He lifted his bag on to the table beside a small boy whose leg was bleeding. “Hello,” he said to the boy. “Mimi ni Arnold.”
Gotswana roared with laughter. “Even your accent is white. We will work on that.” He gestured to the backpack. “But thank you for the supplies. Usually I would tell you we are not a charity, but it’s always so busy in summer. People come from villages miles away because I have some of the best technology, besides in the city. I am overloaded. It’s stressful.”
Arnold looked around at Gotswana’s ‘state of the art’ technology. He had an X-ray machine that looked like it would give you cancer, a sink as dry as the earth outside, a wooden operating table with a sheet of stainless steel glued to the top. Arnold felt an awful, uneasy feeling stir in chest and stared down at his shoes.
“Ok Adama.” Gotswana mumbled some things in Swahili to the little boy, then took a large bandaid from Arnold’s bag and, after a final wipe down, stuck it to his leg. “You see,” Gotswana said to Arnold, “I have a lot of difficult decisions to make. I can use this bandaid and potentially waste resources I could use for those who need them more. Or I can just clean his leg up and send him in his way, but then I risk him getting his leg infected and then needing more resources.” He sighed tiredly and helped Adama off the table.
“Goodbye Arnold,” Adama smiled as he left. Arnold’s spirits lifted a little.
“So,” Gotswana clasped his hands together, looking professional but exhausted, “What do you want, elder?”
Arnold quickly shook his head. “I was going to ask you something, but you’re so busy. It’s completely unimportant, doesn’t matter at all. I’ll go now, I’m in your way.” He started for the door.
“Hey elder, wait,” Gotswana called. “You can stay. I’m busy, but you’re troubled. Stay until I close up, we can talk then.”
Arnold thought of the hundreds of sick people outside who had travelled miles to see Gotswana. He looked at the doctor, tired and shaky but more than willing to aid these people. “Would you… Like a hand?” Arnold offered. “I’m not much of a healer, umm, but science was my best subject in high school. And I think I’m capable of passing you scissors and stuff.”
Gotswana nodded and ran a hand over his face. Then he looked Arnold straight in the eye. “Wait, what? You want to help me?”
Hunching his shoulders, Arnold gave a small shrug. “I mean, if you want. I know I’m not much help. I’ll probably just be in your way, I’ll go, I’m sorry.” He reached for the door handle.
“No.” Gotswana stopped him. “Please, your help is much appreciated.” He pointed to the sideboard. “Put some clean gloves on, I’ll let the next patient in.”
Arnold was exhausted. Every time he blinked it got harder and harder to open his eyes again. Gotswana had worked him hard. All day they’d dealt with patient after patient, doing the best they could with what they had. Gotswana had done all the medical work, but he’d had Arnold fetching clamps and compresses and bandages. It was a demanding job.
“Alright, you are good to go.” Gotswana tied the bandage off around a woman’s arm and sent her out the door, then collapsed on to a stool. “Man, I am so tired,” he yawned. “Thank you for your help, elder, I’m sure it is most appreciated by the people.”
Arnold didn’t understand how Gotswana was still standing. He barely had the energy to breath, and he’d only been there half the day. And Gotswana did this every day, in at sunrise, home well after sundown. It was dark outside now. Arnold wasn’t looking forward to his walk back to the centre.
“Now,” Gotswana tried to muster an energetic smile, “What is you wanted to ask me?”
Suddenly shy, Arnold blushed and drew his hands against his chest. Gotswana listened with the sincerity of a doctor. “Do you…” Arnold wrapped his arms around himself. “Gotswana, do you think I’m fat?”
“Yes,” he replied immediately. Arnold nodded sadly, curling himself into a tighter ball. “You’re upset?” He questioned, gently touching the boy’s arm. “Is that not what you wanted to hear?”
“Well, it’s not exactly a good thing to hear.” Arnold cupped one of his chubby cheeks in his hand and leaned against the desk.
“No? Get up, Elder Cunningham.” Gotswana stood Arnold in front of him, then tiredly returned his stethoscope to his ears. Gently, he pressed it against Arnold’s chest. “Mm, very good. Healthy heart beat,” he mused.
Next he shone a small flashlight in Arnold’s eyes. “Eyes are bright. Clear. Always a good sign.” He inspected Arnold’s face. “You have been spending a lot of time in the sun, but you’re not burnt. That’s good, but I’m surprised.”
“My parents are emigrants,” Arnold said. “From the Middle East.”
“You are still pretty white,” Gotswana shrugged. He put the torch down then began to press gently on Arnold’s stomach.
“Hey!” He giggled and squirmed away. “What’re you doing now?”
“I’m making sure your stomach is soft. If not you may be ill or malnourished.” He pulled a wriggling Arnold back towards him.
“Well, you don’t have to worry about that. My tummy’s really soft.” He rubbed his stomach affectionately. Why shouldn’t he love it? It was great for cuddling and looked adorable in sweaters.
“Good. That means you eat lots of healthy food. Can I open these?” He pointed to the top buttons on Arnold’s shirt.
Arnold blushed and shrugged. He’d never let anyone unbutton his shirt before, it felt awkward. “Sure, why?”
Gotswana tilted his chin up, then gently felt his ribs. “I’m making sure none of your bones are showing.”
Arnold wrinkled his nose in disgust. “Like when you break them? I think I’d know if I’d broken something.” His dad would always spitefully joke that he had too much padding to break a bone, but he’d broken his wrist when he was five and never wanted to repeat the experience. What most people assumed was clumsiness Arnold saw as near misses from potentially dangerous situations.
“No, not when you break them. I’m checking they are not showing under your skin.” Gotswana rebuttoned Arnold’s shirt then ruffled his curls. “All done. You are very healthy. I recommend drinking lots of water in this heat, but apart from the keep doing what you are doing.” He busied himself beginning to tidy away supplies.
Arnold frowned, tapping his fingers on the desk. “But you’re a doctor,” he said eventually. “You can’t tell me it’s healthy to be fat.”
Chuckling, Gotswana shook his head. “That’s not what I told you.” He stood Arnold up again and passed him his backpack as they began heading for the door. “Elder Cunningham, you are young, vibrant, and happy. Those don’t sound like the qualities of an unhealthy person. Weight is a single and rather insignificant measure of a person’s health. I did not say being fat is healthy, but I also didn’t say it’s unhealthy. There are a lot of other important factors to be considered. Don’t dwell on this one.”
By now they were peering out into the darkness, and the only things Arnold was dwelling on were the lions and the murders and the mosquitos and the AIDS and everything else Nabulungi had warned him about. Although he could hold his own in a fight this was mostly down to throwing punches at random and screaming like a small child until the attackers backed away. Now he was tired and emotionally drained, on foreign terrain, and everything looked different in the dark. He stepped closer to Gotswana, who put an arm protectively around his shoulders.
“Would you like me to walk you home, elder?” He offered, rubbing his eyes.
“No, that’s not fair.” Arnold yawned himself. “You’re tired and it’s far away. I’ll be fine.” He meant to detach himself from Gotswana and wander into the wilderness, but fear kept his legs frozen.
“Or I could walk you to Mafala’s house. It’s only a couple of minutes away and he will certainly let you stay. Only the other day he was telling me how happy he is for you and Naba.”
“That would be really great, thank you.” They set off into the darkness, Gotswana wielding the tiny torch he had been using earlier.
“Elder Cunningham, what do you plan to study when you return to America?” Gotswana asked suddenly as they walked.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” Arnold shrugged. “I’m not good at much.” He hadn’t graduated top of his class, but Arnold had great grades that would certainly get him into a good college. His dad said college would be wasted on him, but if it meant he could actually get a job it was worth the money.
“For what it’s worth, I think you would make an excellent doctor. You are smart and intuitive. Friendly too, a good people person. You could tell someone they were dying and make it seem ok.”
Arnold was shocked. He had been thinking of maybe becoming a kindergarten teacher or a low level civil servant. It hadn’t even crossed his mind to aim high, like a scientist or a doctor. He’d never been told to aim high. “Gotswana… That means a lot to me,” he smiled softly. “But I don’t think I’d be any good as a doctor. I struggle reading long texts and I’m not very organised. I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone.”
“Oh, don’t worry.” Gotswana waved a hand airily. “Everyone struggled with the long texts. And doctors are some of the most disorganised people I know. I’m not pushing you, it’s just a suggestion. Think about it.”
Arnold was already thinking about it. He did like helping people. It would be tough, but recently he’d been proving that he could rise to a challenge. But he didn’t want to be a doctor in America. He wanted to come back right here and sit beside Gotswana, sweating in a tiny surgery all hours of the day and night. Only when he was through with it there would be a proper cooling system and modern medical equipment and enough doctors in rural areas that people didn’t have to travel three villages over for a bandaid. He smiled to himself.
There was still light in Mafala’s house when they arrived. Arnold was dragging his feet, desperate to get to sleep. He admired Gotswana’s energy, but was also ready for him to just shut up and let Arnold wallow in sleepy self-pity.
As soon as Mafala opened the door his hands were on Arnold’s shoulders, a worried expression on his face. “Elder Cunningham, why are you with the doctor? Are you sick? Why aren’t you at the centre? Was it a lion?”
“I’m fine,” Arnold soothed, allowing his tired body to be pulled in for a hug. “I just stayed late helping Gotswana. Do you mind if I stay here? I’m so tired.”
“Of course not.” Mafala tried to pull out of the hug but Arnold was resting his head on his shoulder, already falling asleep. “But don’t think you can try anything with my Naba. I’ll be right next door.”
“Well, I will see you later. I have a family to get home to.” Gotswana pried Arnold from Mafala’s chest and stood him up straight. “Thank you for all your help today elder, you have the makings of a fine doctor.” Arnold promised he’d come back another time to help, but only in his head. Gotswana said to Mafala, “Give him something to eat before he goes to bed, it’s been a long day. And give him some water, it’s hot.”
They waved goodbye and Gotswana was swallowed up by the African night. Nabulungi rushed in and fussed over Arnold, cuddling him and kissing his cheek. He felt sleepy and dazed but Nabulungi was clear as day and beautiful as ever. While Mafala heated him a bowl of… Something, probably the goat he was petting last week, she whispered to him and gently stroked his hair. He loved her.
After eating something he didn’t remember the taste of and drinking every time water was offered to him, Arnold finally got to collapse beside Nabulungi. It was a warm night, so they didn’t sleep huddled together, but rather as far apart as they could get. Still, this was their first night sharing a bed, so they intertwined their fingers on the pillow.
“Naba,” he mumbled sleepily, “I’m super tired right now, but I just wanna tell you I love you so much, and I’m totally thinking about moving to Uganda, and that would be great because then we could get married.”
“Arnold,” with her free hand Nabulungi gently stroked his cheek, “We are only nineteen. Marriage is a long way in both of our futures.”
“I know.” Arnold didn’t have the energy to nod. “That’s what I’m thinking about.”
Nabulungi moved her hand to rest on Arnold’s waist, pulling herself just a little bit closer. “You’re so soft and comfortable, I don’t mind if I get warm. I want to sleep with you.” She moved over and curled up against Arnold’s side, head on his chest.
“Awesome,” Arnold smiled. “I make a great pillow. I’m awesome. I’m gonna be an awesome husband. G'night Nabulungi.” He closed his eyes and relaxed.
“I can’t wait until you’re my awesome husband,” Nabulungi whispered softly into the darkness.
Hope that was good enough, I just really love Gotswana, he’s so funny. I also love the idea of Arnold actually being really smart. People tend to brush him off as being sweet but a little slow, but of all the elders it’s him I can picture going back to Uganda to make a difference.
Anyway, adopted Arnold makes a lot of sense because 1. Jewfro (👌👌👌 v. good jewfro, the curls are cute) 2. It would explain why his mum seems super protective and like a massive push over because she’s waited so long for this kid she’s just so happy 3. Whereas his dad sees it as ‘I waited for this little shit and I chose this kid so he’s suppose to be everything I’ve ever wanted’ and he’s disappointed when he’s not 4. They only have one kid, and although this is modern day and it’s not very important anymore and certainly not enforced or necessary, mormons are encouraged to have kids. Plus you’d think if they were disappointed with the first kid they’d have another. I had some other stuff but I’m so tired now.