The final 10 days are approaching, so we’re starting up our final campaign push! Thanks to everyone supporting with their reblogs and commentary on both the demo and the project itself, we’re so close to reaching our goals and starting our stretch goals! Thank you for that, everyone! We’re almost done, and can’t wait to get started on this project! Make sure to hit the reblog button to get the word out!
Always start a meal with a glass of water: You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help you from overeating.
Make a few simple swaps at every meal: Going for a vinaigrette dressing instead of a Green Goddess dressing at lunch can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens as well. Get a list of simple swaps to save calories here.
Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert: Instead of opting for the cookies in the break room, quiet your sugar cravings with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off your sugar addiction, you’ll be glad you’re saving calories while having a healthy yet decadent treat.
Be diligent with portion control: If you want to lose weight, sticking to the right portions at every meal is important. Measure out snacks beforehand instead of eating from the bag, use smaller plates to visually signal that your meal will satisfy, and put away leftovers, so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.
Move more: Even if you’re not dedicating an entire chunk of time to a workout, you can burn a few extra calories by making an effort to move a little more during the day. Taking breaks to walk around the office, opting for the stairs instead of the escalator, and parking a little farther from the office entrance are all simple ways to up your calorie burn.
Don’t drink your calories: It’s a common reason why you’re not seeing results — those empty calories from a daily soda, morning juice, or large glass of wine at dinner can really add up. Stick to water flavored with a fresh ingredients likecucumber, lemon, or mint in order to save on important calories.
Don’t go hungry too long: A little hunger can be good for you, but starving yourself all day in order to “splurge” on dessert at night is both unhealthy and diet sabotage. Eat well-timed meals and snacks in order to avoid low blood sugar levels that cause you to crash.
Snack on high-protein, high-fiber foods: When it’s time to snack, make your food work for you. Steer clear of the empty, high-calorie options like chips and crackers, and go for protein- and fiber-rich foods that taste good and fill you up too. You’ll be able to eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied. One of these150-calorie snacks will surely hit the spot.
Eat a light, early dinner. Try to keep your dinner to about 25 percent of your daily calories, and have it at least two to three hours before going to bed. Eating too much too late can cause digestion and sleep issues that make it hard to stick to a healthy routine.
Get more sleep. Lack of sleep can cause you to eat more throughout the day and not have enough energy for your workouts, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your weight-loss goals on the right track.
I love the Humans are weird thing. And I was thinking about it and Happy Tears.
Happy tears would confuse the heck out of aliens.
Stasser is a Xeno-sociologist. It is highly regarded on it’s world and given how elite the study of alien societies is, that is a great achievement . It is because of this that Stasser was given the study of the humans.
It is the third such expert assigned to the species and it finds them…vexing.
it is clear they are emotional creatures. You can see that from their actions. In fact, the levels of their emotions and the scope of them (they become attached not only to their own and other species but to objects and fictional characters!) But the way they show these emotions is… less clear. Stasser is used to beings who show their feelings more directly. It’s own species are all connected. They share emotions through that connection. There is never any doubt what anyone is feeling. When they discovered other species felt things, it came as a surprise.
It completely changed their culture overnight.
If other species were emotional that meant… well it made a lot of their history a lot more shameful.
Stasser has since studied many species both on world and off. Most species give obvious signals to demonstrate their emotions. Some are visual, some audio, some physical, it varies from lifeform to lifeform. On the planet Jax for example, emotions are shown through colour. Jaxans glow bright blue when they’re happy. They turn a murky grey when they are sad. Some of the more subtle shades took time to learn, and Stasser had thought it was fairly awkward method of communication, if fascinating.
But humans! Humans were a whole new level of complicated.
Humans use visual signals. The configuration of their eyes, their mouth, demonstrate how they feel. If their mouth is turned up, showing teeth, then they are happy. If the mouth is turned down and if the eyes are leaking fluid, this means sadness.
Or no. They use audio signals. If their air filtering organs spasm causing an interrupted exhale, then they are happy. If their speech becomes louder, they are angry.
Or wait, sometimes humans combine signals. If they make a sound-it is difficult to describe, it involves similar organ spasms as the happy sounds, but it does not sound the same- but if they make this sound while they are leaking from the eyes, it means that they are very sad indeed.
Stasser thinks that it is finally coming to grips with human’s emotional signals. They are complex, certainly. But they are charming and the humans often vocalised their emotional state which helped.
Then, it happened.
One of the humans that Stasser was observing began leaking and it’s air filtering organ began spasming, making that difficult to describe noise.
It had been reunited with its offspring. This was a joyous occasion, was it not? Could it be possible that humans did not form an emotional attachment to their offspring? That simply did not fit with any of the data Stasser had gathered thus far.
“Crewman Avery? You are,” what was the word? “crying. Is something wrong? Is the offspring injured?”
The offspring did not appear injured. The offspring was clinging to it’s parent, and it was making the upturned lip teeth showing expression of happiness.
Crewman Avery made a strange audio signal. Was Avery injured? Stasser was a Xenosociologist not a xenobiologist. If Avery was injured, they must return to the ship at once. Stasser was broadcasting distress at the thought as well as confusion, but no one present had the correct organ to sense it.
“Oh Stasser, honey, no. I’m,” Avery inhaled deeply, limbs encircling the offspring, “I’m crying because I’m happy.”
Stasser stared for a long moment. It considered the long months of research and all the data it had gathered. The careful spreadsheets, the sketches of different visual signals, the recordings of audio signals.
It considered a new career dispensing saccharine food items or as a cultivator of plant life. It likes plants. They were so attractive to look at. And despite many studies, they have never demonstrated any sign that they had emotions.
Then Avery reached out a limb towards Stasser, pulling it into the physical contact.
And Stasser thought maybe it just needed to study human emotional signals further. It might take a lifetime of concentrated observation, but it thought it was up to the task.
Hey, if you enjoyed this story, you can read more of my writing here.
Fearless Self-Expression with Rebecca Sugar | Week 1: Press Yourself
In support of Stop Bullying: Speak Up, Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, discusses a five-step process on Fearless Self-Expression. Through creative expression, you can learn to give a voice to your thoughts and feelings and speak up for yourself.
Would it theoretically be possible to teach an octopus sign language? Assuming cooperation from the octopus, anyway.
Considering that octopus arms all move independently and without input from the brain, that sounds like it would be really hard to achieve. If it was one-arm sign language, sure, since a study discussed at that link did find that octopuses can exert control from the brain over a single arm - but if it needed more than one arm for it, or all of them? That seems less likely. I don’t think we know if octopuses can exert total control over all their arms simultaneously when they need to, or if the independent action of the tentacles not in use is constant.
They’re probably intelligent enough to learn to utilize some sort of visual mode of communication with people, but with sign language you also run into the problem that it’s a type of communication that is very primate in nature. A cephalopod might not find that intuitive or easy to learn, since much of their communication is through chromatophore manipulation.
So, overall, seems like that specific mode of physical / visual communication probably wouldn’t be something an octopus is likely to pick up easily. Not to say other types of visual signalling or language wouldn’t be possible if designed for the octopus umwelt, though.
PeaceNote Visuals Searching for Volunteer Artists for Second Amber, a Non-Commercial BL Game
Heads up for artists that PeaceNote Visuals is looking for volunteer artists for their upcoming Second Amber, a non-commercial game! The game is a BL romance story described to have “a more simple plot.” The estimated release date for the demo is Winter 2017 while the full game is scheduled to come out sometime during 2018.
Synopsis, via PeaceNote Visuals:
The plot of the story mainly circles the amnesiac country bumpkin, Ether, who was suddenly placed as the owner of his family’s fox ranch, Summer’s Fall, which he rightfully renamed to, The Augmented Jewel. His reason behind the name change, he plans on making the ranch twice, no thrice times bigger and successful than what his parent’s has done, thus the name change. The plot will progress through about two weeks throughout Ether’s new life and have three endings, one of them being the canon route.
To be specific, PeaceNote Visuals is looking for artists who specialize in the following:
Character designs and portraits
How much work needs to be done, via PeaceNote Visuals:
There are twelve characters including Cameo, and excluding different
outfits for the main character and three main love interests.
Thirteen backgrounds are planned for the game.
There is no estimate on the amount for CGs, two of the routes are still in progress.
GUI will be mostly the same for every project.
If anyone is interested in this project then please contact Sae Choi, the director of PeaceNote Visuals, via:
Note: Make sure to send a message through email or Tumblr private message first before trying to contact via Discord!
Commissions are finally open to the public. I am trying to build and strengthen my portfolio as an artist. As my third year of university is starting to creep up on me, I am trying my best to discover my strengths and polish my weaknesses.
With that being said, I have decided to open commissions to the public. They have been up for a little while on Patreon, but I feel now is a good time to make it all available to everyone!
If you are interested, please send me an ask, a Tumblr chat message, or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not try to send me any money because this email is not my PayPal email.
Before any kind of payment is initiated, you must email me first so we may discuss the subject matter, payment conditions, and other things that may be addressed.
I look forward to working with you in building a portfolio!
Today’s how people get in touch! You figured out languages in a previous prompt, but today how that language is conveyed in different ways is the important aspect.
Communication over distance is usually a big concern for any world, since it’s probably a wide world where not everybody is within a short walk away to talk to in person. For these purposes we’ve developed many technologies such as telephones, letters, telegraphs, visual signals such as smoke or semaphore, emails, instant messaging.
These different methods have their own restrictions no matter how advanced they are such as the inability for us to tell tone of voice by text based communication, or a lack of body language if there’s no video aspect. But we do work towards lessening these restrictions such as using webcams with voice chat, or creating entire new grammatical structures of writing to convey tone with written word (The difference between “no” “NO” and “No.”)
Also of consideration is how people of different languages communicate, or those with impairments such as deafness.
Genre: Romance/ angst.
Word count: 3k
A/N: This is shamefully late and unbelievably long. I didn’t follow the exact story line so it’s safe to say that it’s my modified version of the fairytale.
Little did he know, little did she see. Black ivory and no chance to flee, what a daunting task it came to be. The corners of his mouth twisted in a mischievous grin, looking upon their little sleepy heads. Kissing goodbyes and wiping farewell tears.
FROM A DISTANT WORLD comes A BOLD NEW WAY to snack AND relax: SNALAXING!
With great dexterity the evolved being enjoys radiation exploded food kernels coated with hot, dripping CH3(CH2)7CH=CH(CH2)7COOH
by using the anterior portion of their Blep muscle. Further, the food receptacle can be easily balanced on the evolved beings’ chest freeing the limbs for other useful tasks such as hyperspace astrogation, logarithmic selection of incoming audio visual signals, attending to pruritus (the possible applications are endless)
NOTE: an evolved being should not forget to check their crotch for any popcorn that may have escaped this superior technique
Since my master post got a lot of attention i’m going to make one with fun facts on the members! here we go this is gonna be long.
Kim Youngbin (11/23/93)
-Leader -Visuals -BEST SMILE IN THE WORLD CUTEST EYE SMILE EVER -dancer,rapper,choreographer -he likes to play korean chess -strict when need be but also very cute and surprisingly funny -mismatched eyes. Said they were his charm in one of the earlier neon lessons -sucks at basketball but does that stop him? no -he’s caring. he scolded hwiyoung in d.o.b once for doing the move not the way he pictured is and then went to comfort him when he cried, saying they’re gonna debut together since they’re all apart of the team. -he’s an angel and loves his members a lot before they debuted he did everything to make sure they all debut together -he dabs…a lot…i mean most of them do too but.. -another quote that made me cry was when he was like “I want to debut for the happiness of our 9 member’s families. Let’s succeed with debut since we’ve been struggling and trying hard” -HE LOVES EVERYONE SO MUCH i love him he’s an angel -he gets shy and flustered and its so cute??? thanks -he’s the thrill junkie in the group imo he was always hyped to go on every ride in spectacle fantasy 9 -selfie king thanks
Kim Inseong (7/12/93)
-eldest member -VOCALS he has such a sweet voice wow -Visuals -He’s learning english with Jaeyoon and he’s very good at it tbh if he keeps it up he can be fluent in no time -he has great taste in movies he recommended three when they did their q&a thing in the fan cafe and i watched one that caught my eye (bc of him) and it was literally one of the best movies meaning wise thank u inseong please recommend more -dimples -HE CALLS HIMSELF A FENNEC FOX BC HE THINKS HE LOOKS LIKE ON can u say furry…im kidding i love him -SMILE!! OK ALL THESE BOYS HAVE PRECIOUS SMILES AND EYE SMILES WE GOTTA PROTECT :// -also used the fox filter on snow when they did that video of all of them…using snow filters…self explanatory i guess but yeah -usually adds cute drawings to his signatures - really doesnt act like the eldest tbh but he is dont let that fool you -hes a happy little baby -he’s always next to Zuho and holds hands and HONESTLY they do that for me thanks
Lee Jaeyoon (8/9/94)
-vocals!! during their hour long v-app he sang and I melted his voice is like honey just like he says -VISUALS -he’s so extra but in a good way -HE HAS LIKE 3 FANSITES PLEASE STAN HIM HE’S ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED MEMBERS WHY? IDK -he’s the best at girl group dances in my opinion along with Dawon -Learning english with Inseong, his english is also fairly well!! -amazing body proportions -NOSE SCRUNCHES WHEN HE SMILES HARD -glowing angel -can be a meme i guess -he has amazing self confidence i wish i have -He’s from busan and love to let people know that he’s from Busan -manly busan man Jaeyoon -he’s scared of big rides someone needs to protect him -he has cute squishy cheeks -we need to hear him sing more please
Lee Dawon (7/24/95)
-VOCALS -visuals -was in AOA creams MV as the main man there…the only man in the video but u know what i mean yeah ok -he said in one lesson that he strives to be the worlds best vocalist and he’s there ok he’ll get there i believe in him and you should too -happy virus and mood maker -was one of the main love interactions in CYH -MC SKILLS LIKE I CAN SEE HIM DOING GREAT IN ASC AND VARIANTS OF THAT -in the one hour v-app thing they had at the very end of it he did a high pitched scream and honestly so relatable -always. screaming. -but a ball of sunshine even if u don’t stan him u stan him -he says he’s a fashion enthusiast i agree -the MOST extra member but thats what people love about him and i do too -SO FUNNY IDK IF I’VE SAID THIS ALREADY BUT HE’S SO FUNNY -and flirty tf he knows how to give fanservice y’all Dawon stans are lucky -he loves eating and i support that 100% he should have his own eating show with inseong ok thanks i’ll petition for that are u guys in? -….visuals -he has a soft looking smooth face like tell me ur skin care routine -he tries to make everyone happy and comfy even if he’s not happy he’ll be the type to make sure the people around him are - loves making people laugh stan this sunshine
Baek Juho (7/4/96)
-Stage name Zuho idk why they changed it it’s the same pronunciation but yeah if he’s happy with it so are we -MY BABY MY WORLD MY ANGEL i love this dude…so much can u tell who i stan.. -visuals…for days -was one of the main love interactions in CYH -deep toned rapper -his voice is so beautiful like..imagine waking up to his raspy sleepy voice wow sorry -literally a lyrical genius -he writes most of his own raps can you say TALENT? -sharp nose is his charming point and he likes to let people know he’s happy with his nose which i love like yes be confident baby -people (FNC and members) call him tsundere but i don’t like using that so pretend i didn’t just write that -A SHY BABY WHO PEOPLE WOULD THINK WOULD BE TOUGH BUT NO HE’S JUST SHY AND CUTE i love -members say he’s the most boring dsflak -he trained the longest..6 years along with rowoon -both him and rowoon where in a FNC show way before NEOZ SCHOOL was born -cheekbones!! he has really sharp and strong features -invented wearing headbands… -he says he has the broadest shoulders of the group and that he’ll show them off once he’s more comfortable -a BTS fan !! i bet he’s excited for their comeback, and excited they get to promote together wow -meaningful lyrics -the members woke him up once in DOB by dragging him out the hotel room and fed him a piece of bread lfakf -bc he’s the hardest to wake up that part was so cute -just a shy bun whom i’d lay down my life for if he tells me to
Kim Rowoon (8/7/96)
-VISUALS -like i know i said everyone is the visual but thats bc they are ok but the title belongs to him if u understand what im trying to say -VOCALS -TALLEST MEMBER HE’S 189CM WHICH IS 6′2 TALL WOW!!! -was one of the main love interactions in CYH -in CYH he played a baseball player and u can tell how good his proportions are in the uniform wow he can pull off the uniform better than anyone ok -he feeds the members and cleans the dorm -basically the caretaker of the group -so he’ll be a good husband to whoever he marries !! -he’s so sweet a literal angel thank u -his hight intimidates me he’s a whole foot and inch taller than me he can LITERALLY step on me -but he’s gentle so there’s no need to be intimidated he’s a gentle giant with a warm heart -FT islands biggest stan, biggest minhwan stan -when he met him in dob he was so cute and flustered -nice butt but u didn’t hear tht from me -he could literally be a model i’m WAITING -trained the longest with zuho -alone with cleaning the dorm he also nags the members to clean and put their clothes away. -during dob he and two members made a picnic for the group i support -also accidentally hit chanhee’s nose and he has a nose bleed he felt so bad it’s like a father who was playing with his son i,-
Yoo Taeyang (2/28/97)
-MY OTHER BABY WHO I’D DIE FOR -I have a mini playlist on YT with his predebut videos i might make a post abt them bc wow he did that -his smile is the literal sun? No pun intended with his name his smile is just !! -dancer !! -VISUAL -he choreographs along with youngbin! -big eyes and is proud of his eyebrows and honestly me too when will i ever -went to that famous dance school that literally all the best idol dancers went to like zelo -usually sings the chorus, or the beginning, his voice is beautiful -before wanting to sing he played guitar and i think he still does! -calls himself sexy charisma like ur 6 please -loves chanhee -prolly the biggest chanhee stan next to me bc im chanhee’s certified mother -cHANHEE SAID HE RARLEY GETS SLEEP BC HE WORKS THE HARDEST AND THAT MAKES ME SAD like you’re a hardworker you deserve some rest please :( -his hard work pays off he’s an amazing dancer ?? and singer one of the best honestly he’s just full with passion -the selfie with him in the pink sweater is my favorite -i think he can beatbox or am i just making that up? -lmfao like in January people gave him shit bc of his name since taeyang from Big bang has the name like? there’s thousands of taeyangs stfu let this sweet boy live. -a little shy awkward baby
Kim Hwiyoung (5/11/99)
-a baby -visuals -a little awkward but not really but yes -he knows he’s handsome y’all he prolly uses that to his advantage -rapper -i already said this in youngbins thing but he cried when he got scolded by the leader bc he though youngbin was mad at him :( -he’s sensitive pls handle with care -doesn’t look or act like his age? he’s really mature for his age -there’s a selfie of him sleeping with a kitty…my favorite -he loves cats -like so much he used to add a cat face at the end of his signature idk if he still does? - can u say Jumin Han -^ im kidding please -smile!! -in an episode of DOB he volunteered to bungee jump first and the members called him courageous bc he is !! -he talked informally to the eldest members in a episode of DOB he really did that nice -nice arms -SOFT -beat chanhee in arm wrestling he was so proud
Kang Chanhee (1/17/00)
-MY BABY MY SON MY BEST FRIEND -cutest nose and smile ever please -visual -played sunwoo in signal and was in other dramas as a chil mostly -when he was little he was friends with moonbin of astro and chanwoo of ikon!! -with those two they were in an epsiode of star king with DBSK and played mini DBSK -he’s literally been in the business since childhood thank GOD he debuted he deserves this -his goal is to play in a movie!! let him do this please.. -forces the members to be cute. He did that with Youngbin in a DOB episode i love him -was one of the main love interactions in CYH -other than signal he was also in hwajung and to the beautiful you -has amazing facial expressions on stage -i already said this but his nose is so cute :( -I need to protect him im his #1 mom -before the group name change like even before dob he had an interview with a magazine bc of him being in signal, and he said “the other members and myself will try our very best to debut together because that’s our dream” and i cried - that was before dob so member changes were more speculated -every other member is a chanhee stan -if u don’t stan him u still stan him bc u gotta? -everyone’s son -since he’s been exposed the most he’s one of the more popular members!! -he loves chicken and ramen if u buy him chicken he’ll prolly ask u to marry him -when he sleeps he kicks off the blanket he’s a baby bean - he loves to dance and is really good at it! he says he’s lacking but he’s training hard to meet everyone’s expectations please love him
A/N: Request for Kuron returning in place of Shiro and his S/O being sus about it. Kathbean and Jaybean taught me angst last week, you can thank them for the making of this piece *purple devil emoji*.
Y/NN = your nickname
Y/F/F = your favourite food
Shiro was a straight-A student, a great pilot and mentor, and a friend to almost everyone. He was the chirpy cadet who was always open to helping others even if he was a little shy. Professor Gerald didn’t make sense during his lecture? No worries, Shiro will explain the lesson, in a nutshell, three times if that’s what it takes for you to grasp the wiring system in the engine of a fighter. Which may or may not have been exactly how you and Shiro first started talking during your first year at the Garrison. He always made it his duty to put everyone ahead of himself and that was just one of the few things that started your admiration for him. So when news traveled through the base about the Kerberos mission gone wrong due to pilot error, you knew they were hiding something. Your boyfriend was the type of person to check and re-check everything before leaving the house or starting the engine of his own car so a “pilot error” as their report stated, was nothing but a bold-faced lie.
To Keith, Shiro was practically an older brother so he definitely didn’t take the news very well and quickly fell back into his old, reckless behaviour. He snapped at anyone who talked to him, he either showed up to class late or not at all, and he snuck around staff quarters. All of which ended up with him being kicked out. You didn’t blame him nor rebuke him for his actions because even though you held the role as a mentor to the students at the Garrison, you found it difficult to keep up your usual upbeat attitude after the “accident” and often spent your nights thinking of plausible ways of going to find him yourself and crying yourself to sleep because your heart felt an iron grip on it every time you looked up at the night sky and wondered if your boyfriend was hurt and held hostage or lost and stumbling through deep space trying to find his way home.
When Shiro mysteriously vanished again after the battle against Zarkon and his empire, leaving behind his new bayard and his black lion, you and Keith went back to your old habits. Keith spent nights awake beating himself up for not being next to Shiro while you curled yourself up in his bed and silently cried yourself to sleep.
The two of you kind of shut everyone out, leaving a small gap for each other when both of you couldn’t sleep. You were pacing around the halls of the castle when you found Keith sitting by one of the large bay windows with his knees pulled up to his chest, looking out at the galaxy. You walked over to him and quietly took a seat next to him, mirroring his action.
A brief moment of silence washed over before Keith sighed, “What if we never find him, (Y/N)?”
“Out of all the planets in this universe, Shiro has to be on one of them.” You smiled half-heartedly. “We found him the first time didn’t we?”
Keith understood where you were trying to come from and gave a small snort of air. “I guess…”
Although it didn’t really always feel like it, you knew the team was trying everything they could to try and find their leader, their friend, your boyfriend, and deep down you knew wherever the hell he might be, he was trying too. It was stupid to keep up this much hope but you’ve already lost him once, you were not about to lose him again.
Your head made it onto Keith’s shoulder as you closed your eyes, feeling the sting behind your eyelids as tears welled-up. “We’ll find him.” You whispered more to yourself as Keith brought a hand up to give your arm a squeeze in acknowledgment.
A few weeks had gone by and the only one of the two who started feeling better and regaining their composure was Keith. With a lot of pestering from you and the team, the six of you managed to talk Keith into finally taking the black lion and become the head pilot. With Allura piloting Blue and Lance moving up to Red, you took your spot next to Coran in central command when Voltron went out. Although Coran was very capable of doing everything himself, he insisted you stopped hiding in the hangar or the medical bay and came out to be his extra pair of eyeballs.
You and Keith spent last night training late, Keith arguing he wasn’t doing enough for his best friend and you reminding him he has been in and out of the castle with Black more time than you can keep count. You expected him to sleep in past breakfast yet it didn’t seem to surprise you at all when Hunk told you he had left early to scope out the nearby planets.
A couple vargas later, you, Coran and Allura were seated in the command room watching over Keith. Pidge was in her room with Hunk figuring out some mechanical upgrades that they could give all the lions and Lance was off doing laps in the pool.
A quiet yawn broke you from your trance as you watched the red dot on the map indicating where Keith and Black currently were. Pulling yourself up into a stretch, Allura looked over her shoulder and gave you a quick glance. You hated the look she always gave you. She was only trying to show her sympathy in hopes you would talk to her about everything but it always came off as pity. A sigh left your lips as you started for the door while your stomach rumbled.
You were about a foot away from the exit when Keith gasped. “We’ve found him.” Was all he muttered next into his communication equipment. Everybody was silent as we looked at the visual display of the signal blinking on the radar.
Everything after that was a blur, Keith and the black lion flew back as Allura prepared a jump to get us closer to Shiro’s signal. Coran had run out to alert every body, but all you seemed to do was take a step off to the side and lean against the wall for support.
Were you excited? Yes, but a part of you felt guilty for not going out there with Keith and helping with the search for Shiro, while the other part of you felt tingles run up and down your hands as they shook slightly.
Something didn’t feel right.
After rescuing Shiro from the Galra fighter he was on, Keith had brought him and together with Coran, the two of them stuck him into a healing pod since he looked a little malnourished and rather fatigued. While he slept, you slipped yourself in to take a peek. You knew Keith was getting suspicious about why you still hadn’t gone to visit Shiro yourself.
From afar you already noticed his long hair, the way it rested against his shoulders. The white trauma streak reaching a slightly shorter length and parted off to the side. The stubble was rather noticeable with the slight shadow making it even more prominent.
For a moment, you pushed all sense of suspicions and just walked up to the glass pod and examined him, but the moment you got up close you couldn’t help but eye him suspiciously. Even asleep, something felt off. It was his eye(liner)s that threw you off. With a shake of your head, you walked right back out of the med bay and headed to Shiro’s room.
You had made yourself comfortable in his room for the duration of his absence so you quickly tied up some things and made his bed. You ripped his bed sheets furiously off his bed as thoughts constantly run through your head at 80 miles per hour.
Maybe it’s just the separation that has you feeling like the man in the pod is a total stranger?
Why was he in a Galra fighter? Was he taken by those stupid purple carrot sticks again?
What if this was a clone. We’ve met Sven, it could very well be possible that the man in that pod is, in fact, a clone the Galra somehow managed to create or was this someone from another dimension.
Shiro never liked having long hair anyway. Why was his hair so long? Resources are limited, it’s not like he could just waltz into a barbershop and get a dope fade while he was out there.
You started counting all the sleeps you took before Shiro’s return but your thoughts were interrupted when the man from the healing pod walked in. Well more like stumbled in.
The both of you stood in shock, the dirty bed sheets were collected in your arms while the fresh one was on just set up. The man in front of you opened his mouth but on a slightly audible struggle to breathe could be heard before he was running at you.
Confusion was written all over your face as you backed up a little, but nonetheless, he wrapped his arms around you and pulled you into a hug. A small shiver ran down your spine as he inhaled in your scent. “I’ve missed you.”
It was so familiar to him, your warmth, your scent and your body, yet you couldn’t agree at all. He was a lot cooler compared to your Shiro. You used to be able to smell the familiarity of home and a certain kind of bergamot oil from his face cream even after he had gone a whole day of sweating from hiking, but he reeked of dirt and sweat. Who could blame a guy when he’s been running around trying to find his family with no shower to be offered. His body? It was a lot slimmer yet more rigid than the soft sculpts from the one you were used to hugging. He lost weight, no doubt. And that voice, it sounded like Shiro, but you were convinced something wasn’t right.
Something wasn’t right.
Instead of hugging the man back, you pulled away with as much force as you could muster up. You could almost taste the anger and confusion in a salty and sour flavour but your heart still ached. Whoever the hell he was, he still had feelings from the way he hugged you and even if you couldn’t reciprocate those feelings to him, you didn’t want to hurt him too much.
So with a simple downcast of your eyes, you gripped the sheets tighter as your voiced croaked out, “You’re not him. You’re not, Shiro.” Although you tried to be calm about it, there was still venom dripping from your words.
You quickly marched out of his room, leaving the man behind with open arms in defeat and confusion as he watched your figure disappear behind the closing door.
What did you mean by that?
Holy shite. This finally turned out after two weeks of trial and procrastination. I apologize to the mousy who requested this. Um… I kind of want to write a bonus. It wouldn’t be angsty and there will definitely be no relationship between Kuron and reader in the next part but I have some fluffy (platonic) ideas for a short, but I’m not opening request for bonus. I’m gonna see if this develops on it’s own.
Would you know of any reliable resources on "clicker" training a cat who's going deaf? Trying to work out a good visual signal in place of the click.
I don’t think I’ve heard of anything specific, but I’ll boost this and keep my eyes open for anything. A vibration collar is an option, but it’s something that I would think most cats would likely find much more aversive than most dogs. You could potentially use a hand signal if your cat is attuned to that, or a blink of light (but only the latter if your cat isn’t into laser pointers, otherwise you might confuse the cat).
Let’s see what other people think! It’s something I would have to sit down and think about / try things with the specific cat to have a solid suggestion for you. Maybe someone else has done something similar.
Think twice before crushing that spider that startles you. Its little brain may be up to some pretty fascinating things, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.
There are some very cool projects going on in spider science these days.
In one study, jumping spiders are induced to climb small viewing towers to contemplate experimentally manipulated images of prey. In another, wolf spiders are invited to assess visual and vibratory signals, digitally altered in various ways, that represent qualities of their potential mating partners.
Innovative methods are being used to ask the question, “What goes on in the mind of spiders?” The results suggest that the answer is “quite a lot.”
Fiona Cross and Robert Jackson at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand discovered that jumping spiders of the species Portia africana display a sort of numerical competence.
“How an animal with such a small nervous system can do all this should keep us awake at night,” Cross and Jackson told Joshua Sokol in May’s Quanta Magazine.
(Excerpt please click link for the full article)
This is significant because spiders are exhibiting higher levels of consciousness than they should be capable of given their relatively small brains and simple nervous systems.
13 Color Distortion Controls (Micro-tune the visual signal intuitively.) 4 Micro Pushbutton Matrix (Tap out a glitchy beat rhythm visually.) 4 Control Voltage Inputs (Run a modular synth in to control the FX.)