which is the best kind of true

A story that may have relevance for others, or then again, maybe not:

When I was in college, about ten or so years ago, I was a history major. I wanted to learn to dance, so I joined a swing dance club on campus. To my surprise, this club had about twice as many men as women (in high school, the last time I’d tried dancing, the ratio had gone the other way–lots of girls, and boys only that you could drag by their ears).

But apparently, there had been some kind of word spread specifically to the STEM guys that dance was a way that they could meet girls.

So anyway. I joined the swing dance club, and met a few guys. And at one point, when socializing with the guys outside of dance class, one of them asked me what my research was on. (I had already established that I was an honors history student doing a thesis, just as he had established that he was an honors… I’m not sure if he was CS or Math, but it was one of those.)

So I gave him the thumbnail sketch of my research. Now, to be clear, an honors senior thesis, while nothing like what a graduate student would do, was still fairly in-depth. I had to translate primary sources from the original late-Classical Latin. (My professor said, basically, that while there were plenty of translations of my source material, that I’d only be able to comfortably trust them if I had at least made a stab at a translation of my own. And he was right.) And there was so much secondary material, often contradictory, that I had been carefully sorting through.

But I was able to sift it into a three-sentence summary of my senior thesis work, you know, as one does.

So I gave him that summary, and then asked–since he was also an undergraduate senior doing an honors thesis–what his research was on.

“Oh,” he said, “you wouldn’t understand it.”

Reader, I went home in a frothing rage. Because I had thought we were playing one game–a game of ‘let’s talk about what we’re passionate about!’– and he had been playing another game, which was, one-upsmanship. I had done my best to give a basically understandable brief of my research–and he had used that against me. As if my research, my painstaking translation, my digging through archives and ILLs of esoteric works, my reading of ten thousand articles in Speculum (yes, the pre-eminent medievalist journal in North America is called Speculum, I’m sorry, it’s hilarious/sad but also true), and then my effort to sum it up for him, was nothing. Because his research into some kind of algorithm or other was just too complex for my tiny brain to conceive of. Because I just couldn’t possibly understand his work.

Now, the important note here is that the person I went home to was my senior year roommate. She was a graduate student–normally undergrads and graduate students couldn’t be roommates, but we’d been friends for years, and the tenured faculty-in-residence used his powers for good and permitted us to be roommates that year. Anyway. My senior year roommate was basically… in retrospect I think possibly an avatar of Athena. She was six feet tall, blonde, attractive in a muscular athletic way, a rock climber and racquetball player, sweet but sharp, extremely socially awkward, exceptionally kind even when it cost her to be kind, and an incredibly brilliant computer science major who spent most of her time working on extremely complicated mathematical algorithms. (Yes, I was a little in love with her, why do you ask? But she was as straight as a length of rope, and is now happily married, and so am I, so it worked out.)

(Still, yes, she is my mental image of Athena, to this day.)

Anyway, I came home in a frothing rage to my roommate, the Athena avatar. And I said, “He made me feel like such an idiot, that I could sum up my research to him but his research was just too smart for stupid little me.”

And she shut her book, and smiled at me, with her dark eyes and her high cheekbones and her bright hair, and said, “If he can’t explain his research to you, then he’s not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.”

Now I hesitated, because I’d be in college long enough to have sort of bought into the ridiculous idea that if you couldn’t dazzle them with your brilliance, you should baffle them with your bullshit. But she said, “Look, I’ve been doing work on computer science algorithms that have significantly complicated mathematical underpinnings. What do I do?”

And I said, “Genetic algorithms–that is, self-optimizing algorithms–for prioritization, specifically for scheduling.”

“Right,” she said. “You couldn’t code them because you’re not a computer scientist or a mathematician. But you can understand what I do. If someone can’t explain it like that, it isn’t a problem with you as a person. It’s a problem with them. They either don’t understand it as well as they think they do–or they want to make you feel inferior. And neither is a positive thing.”

So. There.

If you are looking into something and have a question, and someone treats you like an idiot for not understanding right away… here is what I have to say: maybe it isn’t you who is the idiot.

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Black Opal is Australia’s national gemstone, and black opal is the rarest and most valuable of its kind, at times selling at prices that rival the best diamonds. The stone must have a rich, black background, but base colors come in all shades of gray, which is why opinions vary on what is a “true” black opal. Found in the Lightning Ridge area in northwestern New South Wales, black opals are natural, solid stones that absorb scattered white light, giving it brilliant spectral colors. (Source)

I have fallen down the "humans are space orcs/earth is space Australia" hole

I see a lot about humans being scary durable and cute and they bond readily to other creatures type of posts. But like what if the aliens don’t understand that we can bond with other creatures sometimes MORE than other humans….

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Zůrłtg is “best friends” with human-trixie, their crew first got their human 7 cycles ago and it has been a fast friendship, humans are infamous for their bonding ability, but Zůrłtg didn’t know that they sometime bond more with one person then others. Zůrłtg was honored when human-trixie bestowed upon zem the title “best-friend”. Human-trixie joined the crew as there botanist, which might be part of there friendship as Zůrłtg is made mostly out of cellulose. She has been a true asset to the crew, as she has saved many a fellow crew member from harm with her bravery and courage.
Zůrłtg remembers unwillingly the time she pushed Captain Cul out the way of a carnivorous plant only to be devoured herself, and when all thought she had perished bust out of the bloom with the plants brain stem in hand.
Human-trixie is also adorable, she is small and kind and smart. So if this is what humans are like it no wonder everyone was so excited to be meeting with Space Crew Valen as they also has a human aboard. Maybe they will be lucky and their humans will mate and they can have baby humans!
Unfortunately for Zůrłtg the Valen crew human was not like human-trixie. He was not as small as human-trixie or having pleasing brown “hair” from his head, in fact he seemed to always be making the face human-trixie makes when she is displeased, though not nearly as adorable.
But ze tried not to judge a book by its cover as human-trixie would say and was extatic to meet him.
Even more unfortunate, the human did not choose to bond with zem as human-trixie did, in fact quite the opposite, this human, human-dave, did not like zem at all, calling zem a (swear word) jolly green giant and that he should (swear word) off.
OH NO this is terrible!!! Human-Dave will tell human-trixie not to like zem anymore and he will lose his “best-friend”. If ze had tearducts he would be crying like human-trixie when her pet-hamster-walnut died. Human-trixie must never know this or she will surely not like zem anymore!
To zes dismay human-trixie knew something was wrong the second that she saw his drooping mumds. Zůrłtg ended up telling her everything as ze is not as adept at the act of deception as her.
Zůrłtg watched with horor as human-trixie got really really still, “he said what?” she spoke with a stone voice so unlike her normal happy squeaky tones.
She got up.
This is it.
She is abandoning zem. She told zem to follow him as she walked calmly to the common room where the visiting crew was.
There must be a ceremony to leave a “best-friend” that another human must witness Zůrłtg thought. Or maybe she wanted say hurtful things with human-dave at him. Zůrłtgs mumds were dragging on the floor at this point.
Much to Zůrłtgs surprised as he watched human-trixie mall human-dave screaming swears words with a violence that none of either crews thought possible for such a small adorable being.
Zůrłtg was still disappointed about not getting any human babies but ze was releaved that ze was the “best-friend” of such a fierce creature.

THINGS I’VE NOTICED ABOUT GIRLS AND THEIR SIGNS


aries; unafraid to speak their mind and are usually very upfront. aries girls can be intimidating however they’re usually very kind and easy to get along with. many aries girls seem to attract drama, but this is probably because of their take-no-shit attitude. they are very passionate about the things they love and can be very creative.

taurus; like taurus boys, taurus girls can seem very intimidating if you aren’t close with them. taurus girls are huge sweethearts and generally enjoy being of use to people. they have an eye for beauty and are very sensual. they are extremely stubborn which can be hard to deal with but they’re usually trying to show their point by doing this.

gemini; gemini girls are some of the most versatile. they seem to be good at multiple things and have many talents. very intelligent and appear to know something about everything. they do have a “two faced” nature, but this is usually so they can fit comfortable into their surroundings. gemini girls can become very malicious if you’re on their bad side, however most of the time they don’t enjoy conflict and are free-spirits.

cancer; caring and considerate, cancer girls are extremely maternal. they love to take care of others and to be the protecter. however, cancer’s can often get caught up in problems whether it’s their own or someone else’s. this will result in them drowning in their own self pity. cancer’s are extremely spontaneous and love to be around those who are closest to them.

leo; some might say leo girls are overly generous. leo girls love luxury and are extremely romantic. they dream of simplistic lives filled with happiness and are not the biggest fans of drama, however they can also get caught up in conflicts. leo girls seem very self confident, but they might actually be very self conscious and insecure. they’re very envious people and seem to always be overthinking what other people think of them, putting up a fake front to seem better than they think they are.

virgo; virgo girls love to socialise, believe it or not, most of them enjoy being out and discovering new parts of the world. they do have a reserved nature but this doesn’t mean they don’t like being fun. they are very neat and tidy but are not necessarily “clean freaks”, many virgo’s probably have their rooms messy more often than not. virgo girls are also very creative and are usually good at drawing.

libra; libra girls can often be seen as shallow and materialistic, and this can be true, but there is always more beneath the surface. libra girls are kind and caring and usually do the best for people. they expect for people to do the same for them which can leave them very disappointed. they are charming and adaptable to their surroundings as well as being ambitious, however libra girls tend to get lost in their dreams.

scorpio; just like cancer, they love to protect others. scorpio girls love to feel needed and enjoy helping others feel happy again. they’re extremely intuitive and can tell exactly how you’re feeling. they can be seen as manipulative, and sometimes they are, but they’re generally trying to help someone out. 

sagittarius; sagittarian girls are so varied, but they’re all definitely adventurous and open to new things. these girls, even the quietest ones, are not shy. they are honest and curious and do not like to waste time beating around the bush. they can sometimes be too forward for certain people to handle, but this never really bothers them.

capricorn; capricorn girls make amazing friends. they’re considerate, humble, funny and will do anything to make you happy again. they may seem detached but this is only so they can make friends more easily. they’re quite easygoing and love to joke around. they can be moody and extremely emotional at times but they usually won’t open up to many about this side of themselves.

aquarius; they love to shock you. aquarian girls will do anything to prove people wrong. they’re fiercely independent and almost always have a very large circle of friends. like capricorn, they’re very easygoing and love to joke around. they are brutally honest and can be detached. aquarian girls will also get frustrated if they feel someone is dragging them down, they hate extra baggage.

pisces; pisces girls give the best advice, they always seem to understand and know exactly what to do. like cancer, they can get pulled into a lot of drama and end up in their own self pity. pisces girls are very creative and love to express themselves. they usually get along with many and are also big romantics. 

What I Read This Week

(22/4/17)

I probably the best reading week I’ve ever had, thanks to my incredibly wonderful friends who wrote fics for me for my birthday (they made a collection which you can find here! I am so, so thankful for them all 💙) as well as some other great updates!

Easy Now with My Heart by braveten, Teen, 12k (WIP)
“Fast, Yuuri. Pow pow.”
“Pow pow?”
He giggles—Victor Nikiforov, figure skating champion, Olympic athlete, Yuuri’s idol, who is currently sick and delusional, giggles—and puts his hand on Yuuri’s chest, pillowing his head there, too. “Pow pow,” he repeats as he feels his heartbeat. “Pow pow, pow pow. Fast, see?”
Oh. I LOVE THIS SO SO MUCH <3

Batter Up! by Shadow_sensei, Teen, 2.9k
Victor and Yuuri are celebrating their birthdays together and decide to bake their own cakes, competing against each other to see which of their cakes will be the one to win over the party. Neither have baked a cake in years. SO cute!

Look How We’ve Grown by maydei, Teen, 7k
Victor’s been alive for thirty years, but every day with Yuuri brings new surprises. Life. Love. Fun. Family. Yuuri’s presence in his life has brought them all, and Victor wouldn’t trade it for the world. LOVE!

they say its your birthday by ebenroot, Teen, 3.6k
“Clowns are creepy. We’re not having a clown, Victor.”
“What if I dressed up as a clown?”
Yuuri is pensive for a moment, then he pushes his glasses further up his nose in a disapproving manner. “Then I’m afraid I won’t be able to have sex with you until that mental image of you in clown makeup is purged from my mind,” Yuuri says with a shrug. BABIES AND CAKE OMG 

Duckling by missmichellebelle, Teen, 3.6k
The ballet classes are, inevitably, Victor’s idea. THE MOMS IN THIS OMG I love the end, so adorable!

The Best Kind of Present by Reiya, Teen, 2.4k
Yuuri is having a crisis over what to get Viktor for his birthday. Thankfully, Viktor already has a pretty good idea of what he wants… This is SOO AMAZING!!!

(Only By You) My Heart Always Moves by lily_winterwood, Teen, 6k
This is their first birthday together, and he’s already screwing it up by not having a present for Yuuri. Yuuri, who had fought tooth and nail for them, who had traversed the seven seas to return to him, who had taken the words they had shared in the early months of their intimacy and turned them into something beautiful, something perfect. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

To Loving Tension by whalefairyfandom12, Mature, 
“Hey, Yuuri?” / “Yes?” / “Did you know people write fanfiction about us?”
Yuuri froze, any traces of sleepiness vanishing with his previous tranquility. / “What?” / “Mm. Phichit sent me a link. It’s tagged with endurance, hair pulling, blowjobs, possessive behavior, and they are in love.,” Viktor mused. “It sounds realistic so far.” OMFG… just… you have to read this omg!

A Hitman’s Guide to Emergency Gift-Giving by exile_wrath, Not Rated, 1.9k
1) In case of emergencies and not know what to give your husband for his birthday in twenty-four hours, the decapitated head of one of his lifelong enemies always works. REALLY awesome one-shot!!

let me be your lover by Tianetti, Teen, 2.7k
A terrible case of the sniffles. I LOVE SICKFICS SO MUCH HECK

Laundry Day by cryingoverspilledvodka, lucycamui, Explicit, 7.3k
The Katsuki-Nikiforov household takes a morning off to do laundry. Living together, it’s not just the bed that needs breaking in. THIS IS SO 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by flowercrownyuri (elevensong), Teen, 2.5k
When Yakov gets bronchitis and can’t go with Yuri to Skate America, Victor fills in as a last minute backup coach. The problem? Skate America falls right before Yuuri’s birthday, and Victor won’t make it back in time to celebrate. Yuuri knows this, accepts it even, but he should know that nothing stands between Victor and what he wants. This is SO CUTE OMFG and Victor is so extra I love him <3

The Greatest Birthday of All by paxton1976, Mature, 3.2k
When Yuuri and Viktor decide to have a belated birthday celebration, their gifts change their future for the better. I LOVE this fic, thank you Pax!!

Frozenheart & Hiddenfire by Thehobbem, Not Rated, 9.7k
Being the youngest child in a family means you get to leave home and find Riches and Adventures your older siblings could only dream of - but Yuuri Katsuki wants nothing more than stay home and hide from Destiny. Which will be much harder to do once a certain ice wizard comes into town. SO good I love Victor in this!!

Perfect Collision, We Call it Art by LittleLostStar, Gen, 884 words
Here’s the thing about Yuuri Katsuki: everyone underestimates him.
It’s not really their fault, and in his healthier moments he’s able to acknowledge that it isn’t his fault either; it’s just how anxiety warps the world around him, like a miniature black hole or the world’s shittiest invisibility cloak. It coats him in a shimmering mirage of shyness and insecurity, and more often than not it’s basically impossible to remove. It’s hard to shine your brightest when you’re dragging all of that around. So the masquerade is kind of a no-brainer. I can’t wait for more!

Accidental Crush by Ashida, Mature, 4k (WIP)
A university AU in which Yuuri’s phone is plagued with spam text messages and the one time he decides to text back results in the best thing ever. Omgomgomg 

dear true love by cityboys, Teen, 63k (WIP)
Victor is a writer pretending to be on a break; Yuuri is a pianist pretending to not be on a break.They meet, somehow, in the backwaters of Saga Prefecture, Japan. That update… my heart! </3

Butt Stuff by Plumpie, Explicit, 13k (WIP)
AU in which top Japanese male figure skater Katsuki Yuuri is recovering from an invasive (and frankly, quite embarrassing) surgical procedure, and his visitation nurse turns out to be terribly, terribly attractive. If only they had met under less humiliating circumstances.

our doubts are traitors by astoryaboutwar, Explicit, 20k (WIP)
the powered assassins AU in which betrayal comes first, forgiveness second, and love was always somewhere in the equation. WOW… that update!!

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Here’s to another week of great fic reading! Be sure to give the authors some love!

30 random questions to ask my muse

1.) Which is worse, failing or never trying?
2.) If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
3.) What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
4.) Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
5.) If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
6.) To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
7.) Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
8.) You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
9.) If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
10.) Would you break the law to save a loved one?
11.) What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
12.) How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
13.) Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
14.) If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
15.) Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
16.) Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
17.) Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
18.) Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
19.) Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
20.) Has your greatest fear ever come true?
21.) Your best friend and the one you love are hanging from a cliff. You only have time to save one. Which one do you save and why?
22.) Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
23.) At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
24.) If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
25.) Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
26.) Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
27.) If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
28.) Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
29.) When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
30.) If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

Just Friends (Part 1)

AN: Best friends, you and Tae were once inseparable. Tae’s fame made it difficult for you guys to always see eachother, but now you’re interning at BigHit and Tae can’t see you as his little punk anymore.

- 3,000 words. 


Originally posted by nessabts


“Y/N where’s my shirt?!” Tae screamed like a kid, pouting his full lips at you.

You were thus interrupted from working out his schedule and being comfortable sat on the couch with a mug of tea.

“Just because I work for you now asshole doesn’t mean you can boss me around like that!’ You yell back at his face, annoyed your best friend enjoys making fun of your new status.

Tae, being Tae, couldn’t control his annoyed expression. He burst out laughing.

He plummeted himself down on the couch next to you.

“Aish, it’s so easy to ruffle your feathers now Y/N. What happened?” He grinned at you.

“You only see my once every year, I grew up. I’m 20 now, Tae.” You said, offended Tae thought you had drastically changed. You spoke with him once a week before starting to work for BigHit, but those were one hour conversations at most where Tae couldn’t really pick up on you growing up.

You were 15 when Tae and you last saw each other everyday before he moved to Seoul to start life as a trainee. It surprised you how you had managed to stay in contact, but the contact was on the phone or webcam, with yearly visits for a week or two.

“Awwwwwh, my Y/N grew up. Do you remember when you use to pad your bra?” Tae said, cracking up again. Okay, it was true. You had a phase where you wanted to copy the ‘sexy’ girl of the class and also develop boobs. The problem was you were 12 and flat as a pancake.

“Hey!” You slapped his arm playfully, unable to stop a smile coming out of you.

“Everyone was doing it, don’t act like you didn’t notice. They looked good too..” You tried to defend yourself, but you knew you were in the wrong.

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I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do enter your room, you will find that the long wait has done you some kind of good which you would not have had otherwise. But you must regard it as waiting, not as camping. You must keep on praying for light: and of course, even in the hall, you must begin trying to obey the rules which are common to the whole house. And above all you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and paneling.
—  C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Underneath the cut is a guide to WHAT BEING EXTREMELY WEALTHY IS LIKE. I did not write this. I saw this on reddit. It is cut into net worths. I just figured it would be helpful for some of you since rich characters are popular. This guide splits it up in an understandable way! Please like/reblog this guide if you found it helpful!

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we (and by we I mean mostly @elvensemi) also came up with the best Disney’s Beauty and the Beast AU, which is the one that’s exactly the same except that when he turns back into the prince he keeps his horns, because even though he got true love’s kiss he’s still kind of an asshole. in theory they would go away if he would just be nice all the time but a man has limits and when belle is in a mood she somehow manages to find every single one of them in order.

infinity war predictions

  • there’s a joke about mjolnir most likely made by peter quill
  • rocket tries to steal something
  • the Cell Phone is used
  • the resolution between tony and steve is glossed over 
  • clint is bitter 
  • there’s a joke about technology 
  • star lord, doctor strange, and iron man all compare facial hair 
  • wandas values are tested 
  • vision just wants there to be peace but how can that happen when literally no one talks to each other 
  • natasha??????? bruce????? fjslk;slkdfja nat asks where bruce has been but no one asks where nats been 

things that i want to personally happen but will not

  • tony makes bucky a new arm
  • bucky uses B.A.R.F. to help separate memories and to finally start to heal
  • everyone apologizes to tony because he’s been talking about the threat of aliens since he went through a worm hole and died, you know the worm hole that gave him ptsd,,,,,to which the rest of the iron man movies were centered about how he was going to try to stop this Very Thing from happening
  • wanda tells everyone about tony’s super awful nightmare to which all of the avengers are dead out in space and how steve used his dying breath to blame him
  • all of the avengers realize that they’ve kind of been dicks about things 
  • theres open communication 
  • steve apologizes
  • tony apologizes
  • everyone literally apologizes to everyone
  • the guardians of the galaxy are like ‘oh boy we do not have problems compared to these people’ 
  • thor is more true to the thor in the short video about what he was doing during civil war 
  • sam and rhodey become best friends 
  • thanos is destroyed by the power of friendship 
I honestly have no memory of having written this (or: Aaron Sorkin and Julian Fellowes are BOTH going to kill me)

I was Googling around among the old posts for something that needs to go into a reply to an ask when I stumbled across this. Now I’m wondering what I was smoking. Because it’s fun, if I do say so myself.

It started with this comment and reply:

atarilake:

So I just heard that Michelle Obama is such a hardcore Sherlockian
She actually called BBC and asked for season three
And they gave her the sloppily put together tapes of season three
Michelle Obama literally called BBC for season three and they gave it to her

And my reply:

This would be wonderful if there was any way it could be true, as none of S3 has even been shot yet. Shooting starts in March.

Also: to they best of my knowledge the production company does not do the kind of “storyboard video” that a major film might do. So, nothing like that would be making its way to the White House either.

…Sorry. (But what was the source of this rumor, I wonder?“

To which the answer, per remaaarkable, was:

I believe the Sherlock rumor stems from the fact that Michelle Obama asked for Downton Abbey early at some point–but I think it was the Christmas special or something.

And then suddenly this happened:

INT. OVAL OFFICE – DAY

PRESIDENT JED BARTLET sits behind his desk in the Oval Office. He looks annoyed as LEO McGARRY, his Chief of Staff, walks in.

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The Charity match

A/N: Hello again guys! This is another of my imagines hahah, it is probably full of mistakes, but i hope you can bare over with it… Anyways enjoy :))  (Link to part 2: The Charity Match (Part 2) )

You were finally on your way! This was the first time you were meeting your best friend, you had made plans to meet before but something had always gotten in the way. He was a fulltime youtuber so it did make kind of sense. Youtubers always say that they never leave their house and that might be true, but they did have a lot of meetings all the time. Recently all of their meetings had been about the upcoming charity match. Your best friend was a part of the famous youtube group known as the sidemen and he was definitely the “fan favourite”. To the fangirls, he was known as Simon or miniminter but to you he was much more.

Which was one of the many reasons you were excited to see him. He had no clue that you were showing up to the match. You had contacted Josh a couple of weeks ago as you knew that he was one of the most responsible guys in their group. Together you had planned this whole “scheme”.

You were going to arrive on the day of the match and go to the stadium; here you would watch the first half of the match from your seat near the field. Then during the halftime break, the guys would bring Simon out on the field again under the excuse of having a quick crossbar challenge. While they were shooting you were going to go down to the nearest guard and tell him who you were. What was going to happen afterwards you had no idea about as Josh had planned this bit by himself and refused to let you in on it, all he said was that you had to trust him.  

———- A week later ———-

It was finally today, after years of hour-long phone conversations and failed plans you were finally going to meet your best friend. You had to admit that you were both excited and scared, what if he acted differently in person or if he didn’t even want to see you and therefore he had purposely made all of your other plans fail. You just had to trust Josh when he said that Simon never shut up about you.

When you got to the stadium and had showed your ticket, you started looking for your seat, you weren’t in a hurry though. They would all run past your seat a million times before the actual game started and the chances of Simon seeing you too early were too big. So you decided to wat until the game had actually started and he was at the other side of the field before you sat down.

The first half of the game went by quickly and at the halftime break, it was a tie between The Youtube Allstars and The Sidemen, 1-1. The boys all left the field for about 15 minutes before some of them returned, for a live crossbar challenge. This was your que.

You swiftly left your seat and walked down to the nearest guard as you had been told to. “Hello! My name is y/n, Josh told me to tell you that ‘I am the one’ or something like that” you said with a little laugh, you were so nervous that the guard wouldn’t believe that you. Luckily all he did was smile and say “Ohh you’re the girl that Simon is head over heels in love with” you didn’t really know how to react so you just smiled, but inside your head there was a thousand of thoughts, he loved you? As a best friend? Or something more?

The guard opened a little gate that led into the field and lightly pushed you when you were hesitating. He whispered in your ear, that you should “go ahead and get your man”. As you walked towards the boys, you could hear the fans whispering and/or yelling, they were all wondering what you were doing on the field and why no one stopped you.

When you were a couple of meters from the boys it seemed like Simon also had heard the screaming, he turned towards Josh and whispered something in his ear. Josh shook his head at whatever Simon had whispered and pointed towards you.

Finally Simon slowly turned around.      

Just a Friend

Summary: You and Baron have been best friends for years, but when you bump into your ex-boyfriend, will Baron’s true feelings for you come out?

This one is kind of short but super fluffly, especially at the end. Hope you guys like it! xxx

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Baron had a rare few days off from work with WWE, which meant he wasn’t on the road. Any time he came back to Kansas City he always made sure that he made time for you. The two of you had been friends since your college days when you both attended Northwest Missouri State.

The day was filled with laughs and stupid jokes that Baron would tell just to see you smile. You loved times like this when it was just you and him having fun like it used to be before he became a professional wrestler.

Time with Baron was so rare for you because he was getting bigger and bigger with WWE. You couldn’t be more proud of him, but it was hard to realize that his success meant he wasn’t home as often.

You and Baron were ending your day with dinner together at once of your favorite restaurants in Kansas City. You had just placed your order when you heard a familiar voice say your name.

You turned to see your old high school sweetheart, Tyler, walking over to you. Your first reaction was confusion. You hadn’t spoken to him since the breakup the summer before you went your separate ways to attend college. What did he want with you now, after all these years?

Your breakup hadn’t really been mean and nasty. Both of you realized that the relationship wasn’t going to work with the two of you going to schools 8 hours apart, so you mutually agreed to end it. He had tried to be just friends with you after the breakup but you, couldn’t get past the awkwardness of it all, so his calls became further and further apart until they stopped altogether. It had probably been four years since you last heard from him.

“Oh hey, how are you?” You asked as you looked up at him.

“I’m good, how are you? You look great!” He said.

“Thanks, you um…you look good too.” You said.

You glanced at Baron who was looking between you and your ex-boyfriend.

“Baron, this is Tyler, my old boyfriend.” You said.

“Boyfriend?” Baron asked as he shot you a look.

“A long time ago, back when we were just teenagers in high school,” Tyler said.

“Tyler, this is Baron.” You said as you smiled over at Baron.

“Nice to meet you. Are you two, like together?” Tyler asked as he pointed a finger at Baron and me.

“Oh no! He’s just a friend.” You said as you looked over at Baron. You saw Baron looked down at his hands with a look on his face that almost look like hurt? Had you said something wrong?

“Well hey, if you’re ever back in town, hit me up. I’d love to see you again.” Tyler said.

“Will do,” you said.

Tyler then turned and walked towards the exit of the restaurant while you turned your attention back to Baron. You tried to talk to him, but he gave you one-word answers and avoided your gaze.

You wanted to ask him what was wrong, but you didn’t want to do it in a crowded restaurant. So the two of you ate in silence. The waitress came over to the table to check on you.

“Will this be on one check or two?” She asked. You glanced at Baron, half expecting him to pick up the tab like he always did when you went out, but he didn’t say anything.

“Two please.” You said.

“Okay, I’ll be right back with those.” She said.

She came back with your checks a few minutes later. You put your credit card in your folder and Baron slid some cash into the other folder for his tab.

The two of you got up and walked out of the restaurant in silence. You were almost to your car when the silence became too much.

“Okay, what did I say?” You asked.

“What are you talking about?” He asked.

“What did I say? You barely said an entire sentence to me throughout the meal, not to mention the whole not looking at me thing. What did I say? What did I do?” You asked.

“You didn’t say anything.” He said.

“So what’s the problem?” You asked.

“That’s the problem! You didn’t say anything! I’m tired of being your friend.” He said.

Your jaw literally dropped. You couldn’t believe Baron would say something like this. You and Baron had been best friends for years, and suddenly he didn’t want to be your friend anymore.

“B-Baron?” You muttered as you tried to keep your emotions in check although you could feel tears forming in your eyes.

“I’m sorry. Look…just forget I said anything. It doesn’t even matter.” He said.

“No! You tell me. You tell me right now Baron! What did I do to make you hate me?” You yelled as the emotions took over you.

“I don’t hate you…shit-” He said as he noticed the tears that had betrayed you and were now falling down your cheeks. He reached out and wiped the tears from your face. “Don’t cry. Don’t cry. It’s…It’s the opposite. I love you. I’m tired of just being your friend. I’ve had enough of being in the friend zone. I hate that I can’t tell your ex-boyfriends or any fucking guy for that matter that your mine.”

Baron took a step closer to you and cupped your face in his hands. He stared into your eyes before leaning down. You felt your heart start to race as his lips hovered over yours. Then you felt his lips touch yours and everything that was going through your brain suddenly didn’t matter anymore.  All that mattered was him. You reached up and wrapped your arms around his neck, and he wrapped his arms around you, pulling you closer to him.

“You’re mine, okay?” He said after he pulled away from the kiss and rested his forehead against yours.

beckyhop  asked:

Lovebugs. Why are they. Why do they like to mate in SWARMS? Why did my first spring in Florida consist of at least one occasion where I had to brush tons of their permanently-sexing bodies off my damn bike? What cruel joke of nature are they?

Their teeny, tiny larvae live in soil in enormous numbers where they eat decaying vegetable matter and are fairly beneficial, but they’re all synchronized to reach adulthood and mate all at once! It’s a popular strategy with a lot of insects, but their numbers are especially dense in Florida because humans drained all the wetlands long ago and replaced them with exactly the kind of sandy soil lovebugs thrive in best.

Humans also likely displaced or exterminated a lot of their competitors and predators as is so often the case, and apparently, lovebugs are among the few insects who enjoy the nectar of the invasive brazilian pepper tree.

They’re actually true flies (diptera) just like houseflies and mosquitoes, but they don’t bite or spread any known diseases.

The one with the bigger eyes and smaller body is the male! They spend up to three days straight copulating, after which the male dies and the female lives only another 3-5 days.

Pillowtalk

Author: kpopfanfictrash

Pairing: You/Jaebum

Rating: NC-17

Word Count: 3,410

Summary:  You knew this breakup was coming. You just didn’t think it’d be this hard to say goodbye. 

Originally posted by got7europe

Author’s note: I’ve actually never written a song fic before. Please take this as my attempt! It’s what popped into my head listening to Zayn and thinking about Jaebum 


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anonymous asked:

despite the massive shipping wars and your amazing defensive essays for them, i've always wanted to know, what parts of naruto really got you hooked to the story in general, bc it surely can't be just the ships; like what characters did you relate to most, which characters had great development from start to finish, which character deaths made you emotional, what were some characters most defining moments, which filler arc was the best in the anime, you know, that kind of stuff ^_^

What parts of Naruto really got you hooked to the story in general - 

The rivalry aspect of the relationship between Naruto and Sasuke was what initially caught my attention, then I saw Naruto go into 9 Tails mode in The Land of Waves, then I saw Sasuke awaken as a true avenger in the Forest of Death, then I saw Lee vs Gaara etc. More and more things kept on intriguing me, so I never really had the opportunity to lose interest.

What characters did you relate to most - 

Well personality wise, I’d say that I’m most like Kakashi.

Which characters had great development from start to finish -

I wouldn’t say any character had continuous development from start to finish, but in general development terms, Sakura was my first thought.

Which character deaths made you emotional -

In terms of the anime, definitely Haku/Zabuza. It was probably because I was still relatively young when I watched that scene for the first time, so I was more prone to getting teary eyed, but yeah. I can’t be certain whether this death scene was the most emotional I got, but it was the first that got me emotional, so it was easy to remember the level of emotion I experienced.

What were some characters most defining moments - 

Well I guess I’ll stick to what I think were the most defining moments for each member of Team 7, in which case:

It would be Naruto being hailed and celebrated as a village hero after defeating Pain, Sakura finding her resolve as a Kunoichi due to her desire to protect her friends, and Sasuke awakening the Mangekyou Sharingan after learning the truth about Itachi, and spiralling down true darkness and hatred.

Which filler arc was the best in the anime -

Without a doubt, this can be the only correct answer:

That filler was absolutely masterful; watching Shino laugh out loud like a crazed lunatic never ever gets old XD it was by far the funniest thing to ever happen in Naruto, and it will live on in my memory for a very long time :)

From re-reading the books I felt like it was implied that Jokaste is an abuse victim. The “I don’t think you chose” was a very strange line, and it insinuates that Jokaste was shoehorned into siding with Kastor somehow.

Consider: Jokaste gives birth at the end of KR, so she is heavily pregnant by the time that the coup actually happens. This means that she *got* pregnant six months or so before the coup. We don’t know how long Kastor was planning it for, but it wasn’t the most artfully orchestrated or subtle coup in history, so probably not long. If she were pregnant six months before then the relationship must have started before that, at which time it would have been possible for her to warn Theomedes, if not Damen. She could have sounded the alarm somehow, possibly by sabotaging Kastor if they would not listen seeing as at this point that’s still in her best interests - unless it’s an abusive relationship, in which case she is unlikely to do this.

At this time it wouldn’t be apparent that Kastor was going to actually succeed considering how botched together his plan was. Jokaste isn’t one to stake her claim on the losing side.

We also know that Kastor covets what Damen has. Damen is the crown prince. He has better prospects, better slaves, and a beautiful, incredibly intelligent girlfriend. I think she was forced into a relationship with Kastor because he wanted to *be* Damen and have what he had. We already know that Jokaste was willing to drop Kastor at the drop of a hat because she fucked off as soon as she got the opportunity, and if Laurent knows Kastor is the weaker man then Jokaste knows it too. Kastor is a wildcard; I honestly don’t think that if Jokaste wanted influence she would have chosen him, considering how trusting Damen is and the relationship they had beforehand.

So! The conclusion I’ve come to is that the relationship was not willing, per se. I don’t think that Jokaste intended to get pregnant by Kastor or to be with Kastor at all, but when it was apparent that she was it became also apparent that backing Kastor was her best chance. If Kastor were king her child would be a prince - if Damen were king he would be a bastard. She’s not an idiot, and I don’t think she’s stupid enough to take that kind of risk unless she absolutely had to. She also keeps Damen alive, which shows some strong sentimental value considering she knows what he’s capable of, knows the reputation of Laurent, and knows that he’ll probably come back. She wouldn’t be Queen with Damen, but keeping him alive if that’s her goal is extraordinarily foolish; if that were her true motive she would have had him killed, or else her position as Queen with Kastor is no more stable than as mistress to Damen.

Just my thoughts. :0