with fate conspire

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I will be so disappointed if any future drama that contains a concubine selection sequence does not have this trope, where the demure innocent girl from a lesser family spills water/tea/soup/insert-liquid-here on the snotty, bratty rich girl from the powerful family, requiring the plucky female lead who is a Strong Female Character™ to come to her rescue and have an argument with the bratty girl in the middle of the palace.

Also related is the trope of the plucky female lead who is a Strong Female Character™ entering the palace for concubine selection, planning to hide her talents because she doesn’t want to be chosen, but Fate conspired against her and made her reveal her talents anyway, leading to her being the Chosen One, thus starting off a whole epic herstory of palace rivalries and intrigue.

Moon

I know it’s late, and our hearts stay far
Apart now, but I want you to have stars
And the moon in your thoughts tonight
Because while our love faded
The roof top memories of our distant and jaded spring stargazing did not

I know it’s late, and maybe simple fate conspired against us
Because with every new day
We simply found one more way to be ineffective with each other
So look at the stars, look at the night and Mars because while we faded they will not.

I know it’s late, and while you may hate
My metaphor’s meandering styles
Look up
Because that’s my only wild chance of one last midnight dance with you.
And right now I’m just gazing at the moon.

Just Updated: Flor Pálida, Chapter 3 - Conocer

banner by the amazing @akai-echo

Chapter 3 now on AO3/ffnet

Summary:   Peeta Mellark is the son of one of the wealthiest sugar cane plantation owners on the island. Katniss Everdeen is the daughter of a poor farm laborer. When fate conspires to separate them, Peeta is certain he will never see her again. Many years later, their paths cross again, but both are now a little older and more jaded. Can Katniss and Peeta overcome the traumas of their past to find love again?

Many thanks to the amazing @akai-echo for the incredible banner. She is so generous and good to me, giving of her talent so freely to me. I love working with her. She also pre-read the chapter and talked me through some of the plot points. I also want to thank @thegirlfromoverthepond, for always being a wonderful support and a great friend. Finally, I am profoundly grateful to @eala-musings, who betas so well and with such care. She’s a sweet, kind and encouraging friend who is also one of my favorite writers.Thank you, my friend.

In the likely event that I don’t get the privilege of growing old with you, if we don’t get that chance. If the universe conspires against us and oceans stand in our way. If the fates betray us and our story fades.

I will settle for one minute, a few moments, a fleeting second, just to know you have lived.

—  Mia Hollow
wsj.com
Venezuela’s Nemesis Is a Hardware Salesman at a Home Depot in Alabama
Gustavo Díaz also runs the DolarToday website, which tracks the black-market exchange of the bolivar and sways prices of everything from rice to cars in his native country.
By Anatoly Kurmanaev

i’ve noticed people on tumblr have a tendency to take headlines at face value and never bother to look at the article. this begins to border on the absurd when i see screenshots of headlines that directly contradict the article they head, so that people can’t actually look at the article before reblogging without googling it. this is a wonderful example of why you need to read the article, because news media is increasingly taking advantage of this. paragraphs 7: 

Mr. Díaz is a U.S.-trained retired colonel, and he indeed tried to overthrow Mr. Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, by participating in a short-lived coup in 2002. Mr. Díaz, who had been deputy security chief to the businessman who briefly took power in the ill-fated overthrow, said his conspiring days are over.

i know this is the kind of ethical violation you’d expect from a murdoch rag, but i’ve seen it in nearly everything nowadays. 

Just Updated: Flor Pálida - Chapter 2, Volver

Banner by the amazing @akai-echo 

Now on AO3/ffnet

Summary:  Peeta Mellark is the son of one of the wealthiest sugar cane plantation owners on the island.  Katniss Everdeen is the daughter of a poor farm laborer.  When fate conspires to separate them, Peeta is certain he will never see her again.  Many years later, their paths cross again, but both are now a little older and more jaded.  Can Katniss and Peeta overcome the traumas of their past to find love again?

I have to thank my most amazing support group for their assistance with this chapter - @eala-musings who has kindly decided to take on the endless task of editing my writing - your feedback makes my stories so much better than they would be and I’m infinitely grateful. I would also like to thank @akai-echo and @thegirlfromoverthepond for prereading and giving me great feedback on the language, plotting and listen to my general whining. I don’t know how you put up with me!

Happy Reading!

This was London, in all its filth and glory. Nostalgic for the past, while yearning to cast off chains of by gone ages and step forward intp the bright utopia of the future. Proud of its achievements, yet despising its own flaws. A monster in both size and nature, that would consume the unwary and spit them out again, in forms unrecognizable and undreamt.
London, the moster city.
—  Marie Brennan, With fate conspire