warding!

looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you: phil coulson and skye/daisy

looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll: bobbi morse

looks like a cinnamon roll and is actually a cinnamon roll: fitzsimmons

looks like they could kill you and would actually kill you: melinda may

the sinnamon roll: grant ward

10 Years After the Storm: Has New Orleans Learned the Lessons of Hurricane Katrina?

New challenges have emerged as well. Repopulation and redevelopment have proceeded unevenly across neighbourhoods, partly because of early government stumbles. And those disparities often fall along racial lines, as black residents were historically segregated into flood-prone areas. The city in 2013 counted 100,000 fewer black residents than it did in 2000, according to the Data Center.

Public policies after the storm tended to disadvantage the African-American community further. The city’s decision to shutter its crime- and poverty-ridden (though structurally sound) housing projects displaced thousands of black households. And with the federally funded Road Home housing programme, “the method of calculating grants penalised African-American homeowners in ways that reproduced longstanding racial disparities,” Tulane University sociologist Kevin Fox Gotham wrote in 2014. Since this programme covered homes’ pre-storm values or cost of repairs – whichever was lower – those who lived in depressed areas, typically African Americans, tended to receive smaller grants.

The housing market, devastated by Katrina, remains tight. Competition for the city’s diminished housing supply – it had 25,000 fewer units in 2013 than in 2000 – has driven costs ever higher. Median gross rent rose from $698 a month in 2004 to $925 in 2013, according to the Data Center. Other costs of living, such as flood insurance rates, have likewise risen.

“We’ve got a lot more work to do to make sure that the city of New Orleans remains affordable,” Kopplin concedes. Thirty-seven percent of residents now pay more than half their income toward housing, 11 percentage points higher than the national average. Gentrification has bumped “the footprint issue” from centre-stage.

(Submitted by klutzygirl - “Grant has a run-in with Thomas and his sister that doesn’t end well and he’s trying to hold himself together which works until Skye pushes him to talk about it.” I didn’t add the actual meeting (because then it would have been like 2-3K words, and I would still be writing it), but I still think it ended up being pretty emotional. Also, I couldn’t help but making it part of my Haylie/Ada verse. I hope it’s okay)

Just Let It All Out (You’ll Feel Better Afterwards)

Back when she first met him, Skye thought that Grant Ward was completely unreadable (save for the unhappy frowns) – so unreadable, in fact, that he doesn’t even have emotions.

She knows it better now, of course.

Now she can see every little twitch, spot every tiny tell, and read him like an open book, even when he is an enigma to everybody else.

Just like now – she can see behind his perfectly structured shield as he tugs at the simple black tie, loosening it, then pulling it through his head, making his collar stand up. There’s only an ounce more force in his movements than necessary, and his hands, his steady, sniper hands tremble just the slightest as he takes off his cufflinks, tossing them into the bowl on the top of the chest of drawers.

No matter how hard he tries to show otherwise, she can tell that he is close to breaking down.

She sits down by the desk, kicking off her heels and sighing.

“Maybe we should talk about it?” she prompts, making him look at her.

“What?” he asks, his expression forced-blank.

“You are right. You should do the talking. I’ll just listen,” she corrects herself, but he only shrugs.

“There’s nothing to talk about.”

This attitude is going to give him ulcer one of these day, she thinks as she starts pulling out the pins from her hair, letting the waves fall down. She’s learned the hard way that it does no good to hide from your problems, to act like they don’t exist, and although he’s made a huge progress in the last year or so, he still has problems with understanding this concept.

Not that she can fully blame him.

They were at Gramsy’s funeral today; an emotional enough event in itself (she didn’t know the woman personally, but still loved her, through Grant’s stories of his childhood visits to her, so she mourned with him), but then they just had to meet his siblings.

The original plan was to stay back, show their respect, then leave without talking to anybody – especially not to his family.

But then Thomas spotted them.

It was ugly.

There was a lot of name-calling and accusations in front of the funeral home, insults of how Grant even dared to come to the funeral. Anger and malice and hatred, first only from Thomas, then from his sister as well, who came out looking for her brother.

And the worst of it? Grant just stood there, enduring the verbal assault – and the prodding fingers and the pushing hands – with complete apathy. Like it didn’t matter. Like he deserved it.

“What do you want me to say, Skye?” he says then after a few seconds of silence, his voice trembling a bit as he sits down on the edge of the bed. “Some Zen crap? That I’ll rise above it? Or should I just simply say that I don’t care – about them, about what they said?” He reaches for his eyes, angrily wiping away a yet unshed tear. “Because I can do that. Hell, of course I can do that – I’m good at lying, didn’t you hear? I’m good at playing a saint while being a monster.”

She just can’t take it anymore. She stands up and walks to him, sitting down right next to him and taking his hand.

“Hey. Hey, look at me,” she says, and when he won’t, she places her hand on his cheek, and turns his head to face her. “First of all, you are not a monster – we have talked about that. You are not a bad person. You are a very good person…”

“…Who bad things have happened to,” he finishes the quote for her, casting his eyes down.

“Exactly,” she nods. “Secondly, I know that you wanted them to forgive the old stuff and take you back. To understand what happened,” she tells him with utter frankness, not holding back anything. “But sometimes it just won’t work out. Any anyway, who says that they deserve you? Because if you ask me, they don’t. And why should you waste your time on people who just refuse to see the real you, refuse to hear your side of the story, huh?” She gives him a tiny, sad smile. “And take it from somebody who epicly failed at reconnecting with her birth family – sometimes it just really doesn’t worth it. Sometimes the family you find yourself is a lot better than the one you were born into – and you already have an awesome found family. And,” she places his hand on the gentle curve of her belly, her bump still almost completely hidden by the cut of her dress, “you have us now, too. You have a family who loves you. You don’t need them.”

“I know,” he replies, and she can tell from the set of his mouth that he is trying to be strong, but he’s just an inch from breaking. “And I love you. It’s just… It’s just…”

The next moment he is crying (something she never would have thought she’d see one and a half years ago), tears spilling from his eyes as he hugs her close and buries his face in her neck, his fist clenching the material of her black dress at her shoulder blade.

“It’s okay,” she murmurs into his ear, gently rubbing his back. “It’s okay to cry. It’ll be better afterwards…”

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anonymous asked:

How does Skye react when she finds out Garrett kidnapped and abused Grant?

Okay, let’s say we have an AU where Grant breaks down mid-season 1, and confesses everything to Skye.

He’s very afraid what she’ll say - hell, he’s terrified -, but he’s determined to tell her everything.

Only he still doesn’t realize that what Garrett did was abuse - he still thinks that Garrett saved him, made him a man, only he doesn’t agree with him on a lot of things anymore (like betraying the team that has become his family).

When he finishes, Skye starts asking him question, all detached and emotionless and unreadable (it’s scaring him) - she asks about what he did in the woods, if Garrett ever beat him, what did Garrett do once he was at the Academy, etc.

Grant really believes that this is the point when he loses her.

And when he finishes, Skye starts raging - only, she’s not mad at him.

She’s mad at Garrett.

She’s so mad, if Garrett were there, she’d skin him alive.

For a full five minutes, she goes on what she’ll do to Garrett once she can have him in her grasp.

Then she falls to her knees in front of him, takes his hand with one hand, and places her other on his cheek. And the proceeds to tell him that it’s not his fault, that he’s been abused, and that everything would be al right from here on in, because now he can rely on her and the whole team’s help.

(Cue the start of his compulsory sessions with Andrew)

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