here’s another compilation of my fav sentence starters bc i love making these !! feel free to add your own(◕‿◕✿)
1. “Your hair is so soft..” 2. “It’s too cold! Come back!” 3. “No, I’m not letting you go. It’s too early to get out of bed.” 4. “C’mere, you can sit in my lap until I’m done working.” 5. “I’m not going to stop poking you until you give me some attention.” 6. “Shh, you’re safe. I won’t let you go.” 7. “What? does that feel good?” 8. “Just pretend to be my date.” 9. “He/She did it.”“No he/she did.” 10. “I think I’m in love with you and I’m terrified.” 11. “It’s not a double dat. We’re just third and fourth wheeling.” 12. “No no–it’s alright, come here.” 13. “I’m not going to leave you. You’re never going to have to suffer by yourself again, I promise.” 14. “Look, I know we don’t know each other that well, but I’m still worried about you. No one deserves to be alone.” 15. “If I could, I would kiss away all of your scars.” 16. “I think I might be falling in love with you.” 17. “Your lips are so soft. I could kiss them all day.” 18. “It’s not bad to cry. In fact, I think it makes a person stronger.” 19. “Mmm.. you’re warm.” 20. “You’re so cute when you’re half asleep like this..” 21. “I’ve had a rough day and honestly all I want right now is a drink and someone to cuddle with..” 22. “No, you can’t get up! You’re my prisoner for today.” 23. “Shh, it was just a bad dream. Just a dream, okay? None of it was really.” 24. “You know I’m/we’re always here for you, right?” 25. “Please talk to me about it.” 26. “You have something in you hair.. um–do you want me to get it out?” 27. “I remember practicing how to ask you out in the mirror..” 28. “I would’ve had breakfast ready, but you were sleeping on my arm and I didn’t want to wake you.” 29. “I know I’ve kissed you like, ten times, but just like another ten, please.” 30. “I can’t believe I got the first date, let alone a year.” 31. “Wanna, like–I mean, if you’re not busy.. We could get lunch? Or even just coffee if you don’t have a lot of time?” 32. “So I was driving past a pet store and couldn’t help but wonder how cute an animal would be like in our home..” 33. “Let’s just stay in bed.” 34. “We live together. You can’t blame this on anyone else.” 35. “I think I might be pregnant..” 36. “I want to try for a baby.” 37. “You would make the perfect father/mother.” 38. “Think about it. The little patter of children in our home.” 39. “I want to marry you.” 40. “I want to take a shower so you should probably join me. It’ll save water.”
41. “You’re just not the same anymore..” 42. “It’s midnight! Where the hell were you?” 43. “What the hell is your problem?!” 44. “Why do you run away from your problems all the time?” 45. “You can’t keep it all inside, you know? Bottling it up won’t do any good.” 46. “Hey, I know you’re hurting.. but, you’re not alone, okay?” 47. “I hate you! I’m sorry it took me so damn long to realize that.” 48. “You lost your chance.” 49. “I’m sorry if I gave you the wrong impression.” 50. “You can’t just lose your temper like this every time you get a bit upset!” 51. “Calm down! You’re scaring me!” 52. “Don’t look at me like that.” 53. “Were you ever going to tell me?” 54. “I’m done trying to help you!” 55. “Sorry doesn’t fix everything.” 56. “You didn’t call. You didn’t text. Nothing.” 57. “It isn’t up for debate.” 58. “I don’t know what’s wrong, okay? I’m just… really tired.” 59. “I’m fine. Stop asking.” 60. “I’m not leaving until you tell me what’s wrong, and don’t try lying to me.” 61. “I hope someday you get a taste of your own medicine.” 62. “Pack you shit and go. Get the fuck out of my sight!” 63. “Is this how little you think of me?” 64. “I can’t do this anymore.. not with you.” 65. “Are you happy now? Huh? DOES THIS MAKE YOU HAPPY?!” 66. “You said you’d always be there for me… so how did this happened? Why weren’t you there?” 67. “Did it ever occur to you that you’re hurting me too?” 68. “I don’t need help! I just want the pain to stop!” 69. “We can be friends instead.” 70. “I tried to move on, but nobody is you.” 71. “Do I look like I’ve moved on?” 72. “I don’t remember a fight or a reason, so what happened? Why did we break up?” 73. “Can I at least buy you a coffee? For old times sake.” 74. “I can’t take the loneliness anymore.” 75. “What are you talking about? You’re married!” 76. “I feels like everyone just forgot I exist.” 77. “Maybe I’m meant to be alone.” 78. “I gave you your chance, and you just used it to stab me in the back.” 79. “I’ve been alone for so long..” 80. “But you promised..”
81. “I think you’ll be happy to know that I’m not wearing any underwear.” 82. “I want you. Right here. Right now.” 83. “I’d be more than happy to show you a good time, if you’re looking for one.” 84. “It’s like you want to ruin men/women for me.” 85. “It’s been a long day. Why don’t we help each other unwind?” 86. “Oh don’t mind me. Just enjoying the view.” 87. “They always make shower sex sounds so appealing, but honestly, this is getting dangerous.” 88. “Did you just… finish?” 89. “Tell me what you want.” 90. “Get on your knees. Now.” 91. “Your lips make me wonder what the rest of you would taste like..” 92. “I don’t like being told what to do unless I’m naked.” 93. “Move your hands to the side. I want to hear you.” 94. “You’re so sexy when you’re all hot and bothered.” 95. “How bad do you want me?” 96. “Do you know how bad I want you?” 97. “I’ve been thinking about this all night.”98. “Don’t cover your face. I want to see you.” 99. “Come sit in my lap.” 100. “You’re so beautiful all spread out like this, just for me.”
There are initially four different ways to use the Bestow Curse spell in D&D 5e. Those are as follows:
Disadvantage on ability checks and saves for one ability score
Disadvantage on attacks against you
WIS save or do nothing during a given round
+1d8 necrotic damage when you damage them
The spell normally lasts for a minute, but if cast with a 9th level slot, it lasts until dispelled, which is worth noting because the best curses last until dispelled. if cast with a 4th level slot, it lasts for 10 minutes. A 5th level slot is 8 hours. A 7th level slot is 24 hours. These all have their uses for creative players, but the best part of the spell by far is the encouragement to invent your own curses, which many players and DMs have taken as a challenge for their own creativity. So while it is certainly not new, it’s my turn to take a crack at it!
* - A curse marked with an asterisk is a 9th-level only curse due to its powerful detriment or long-lasting nature. But who is to stop you from enchanting an innocuous item with such a curse?
Hair Growth/Loss: You are cursed to grow hair at a rapid rate for the duration of the curse or else lose all of your hair (it grows back after the curse ends).
Mute/Deaf/Blind: You are rendered either mute, deaf, or blind for the duration of the curse.
Forbidden Speech: You are cursed to never speak about a certain subject, topic, or word for the duration of the curse.
*Rapid Aging/Deaging: You are cursed to either age by one year each day, or to grow one year younger each day. After you reach your final day, you die.
*Phylactery: Your fate becomes tied to a creature or object. If the creature or object is slain/destroyed, you die as well.
Ugliness: You are cursed with horrible deformity for the duration of the curse. You have -5 on Persuasion checks and Deception checks for the duration and are easily noticed and shunned by most humanoids of any race.
image source: Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Possessed Limb: One of your limbs (usually an arm) acts on its own for the duration of the curse, usually attempting to harm its host, harm others, or sow chaos.
Petrified Limb: One of your limbs becomes petrified and is unable to be used for the duration of the curse. It could turn into any solid mineral like stone, iron, glass, salt, or gold. Any damage it takes is retained once the curse is lifted.
Funny Looking: For the duration of the curse, anyone who you attempt to communicate with bursts into uncontrollable laughter. This does not prevent hostile creatures from attacking you, but prevents them from speaking.
Lichsight: For the duration of the curse, you can see the spirits of the dead. Whether real or illusory, you cannot communicate with them and you must make a WIS saving throw each round or become frightened and run in a random direction or cower in place (50%/50%).
Butterfingers: Each round while the curse is active, you must make a DEX saving throw. On a failed save, you drop whatever you are holding and cannot pick up or hold anything for the rest of the round.
Forgetful: You have a tendency to forget things. During the curse, whenever new information is revealed to your character, you have a 50% chance to not be able to remember it, even after the curse has ended.
*Lady of Shalott: You are doomed to die if you ever lay eyes directly upon another being, and must therefore look at the world through a mirror and avoid direct sight of others. The difficulty of maneuvering a hand mirror or the necessity to close your eyes effectively makes you blinded while in combat, imposing disadvantage on attack rolls.
Stingy: During the curse, you must make a WIS saving throw whenever you intend to part with money. On a failed save, you opt not to spend your money on it. You cannot make another such save for the same purchase, even from a different seller.
Empty Coinpurse: You are compelled to buy things until all of your wealth has disappeared. You will even go so far as to barter your own goods once out of money. Whenever you find something for sale, you must make a WIS saving throw. On a failed save, you will do anything you can to attempt to purchase it or trade for it. Only if the seller refuses three times will you give up.
*Baleful Polymorph: You are transformed into a small creature or tiny animated object for the duration of the curse. You retain the ability to speak using a disembodied voice emanating from the creature or object, usually paired with animation like a moving mouth (if a creature) or a mouth-shaped part (if an object; like a book opening and closing its covers and such). You can move with a move speed of 10 ft. per round if an object.
image source: Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Talking Tumor: You grow a tumor-like second head that can speak that embarrasses, berates, or otherwise annoys and inconveniences you. It has +6 for Persuasion, Deception, and Intimidation checks, helping it be a complete jerk.
Evil Aura: Plants within 15 ft. of you wilt and turn brown or gray and animals within 60 ft. feel afraid or threatened by you for the duration of the curse.
Bad Taste: Eating food or drinking water causes you to become poisoned for 1d6 hours, or for the duration of the curse.
Bad Luck: Whenever you have advantage for the duration of the curse, you instead have disadvantage.
*Prophecy: You become destined to die under certain circumstances. Whenever it is possible for those circumstances to be met, you must make a relevant saving throw (falling boulder? DEX save. Poisoned apple? CON save. etc.) or begin dying. The victim cannot be threatened by the curse more than once every 2d4 hours. The curse will take increasingly convoluted measures to try and make the prophecy come true the longer the curse lasts.
*Guardian: The victim is polymorphed into a hostile creature of CR 6 or less. The victim is given some sort of command like guarding a location or spreading suffering, and will continue to do so until the curse is lifted or they are slain. They revert to their regular form if they are slain. The victim cannot communicate and is hostile to all creatures. The creature becomes immune to the charmed condition.
image source: Sleeping Beauty by Henry Meynell Rheam
Slumber: You fall into a deep slumber and cannot be awoken until the curse is lifted.
Eternal Rest: If slain while under the curse, you cannot be resurrected by any means even after the curse fades.
Phantasm: You believe that you have been polymorphed into a small creature (like a toad or chicken) and act as such for the duration of the curse.
Unquenchable Thirst/Hunger: You feel eternally hungry and thirsty. You must make a WIS saving throw whenever you encounter food or drink, no matter how dangerous or questionable it might be (swamp water, obviously poisoned food, moldy bread, etc.). On a failed save, you consume it.
*Obedience: Whenever someone you can understand issues a verbal command to you while you are cursed, you are compelled to obey. You may attempt a WIS saving throw to resist a given command for one minute.
Hold your tongue! (Ella Enchanted)
Magical Immunity: You become immune to nonharmful spells for the duration of the curse. Spells cast by enemies or damaging spells still affect you, but healing spells and buffs do not.
Unhealing Wound: A wound you have will never heal. Your maximum hit points are reduced by 2d4+the caster’s spellcasting modifier. This curse cannot reduce a creature’s health to 0 in this way.
*Wandering: While under the effects of the curse, you are compelled to wander. Each day at dawn, you must leave and never return to the same city/town or 2.5 mile radius (if in the wilderness).
*Deadly Descendants: All of your descendants are cursed to kill their birth parents, whether intentionally or not.
*Lonliness: You are cursed to die alone. Anyone you become romantically close to or close friends eventually leaves or dies or meets a horrible fate.
*Gargoyle: You are petrified during the daytime and return to normal at night for the duration of the curse.
Voyager: You cannot set foot on dry land for the duration of the curse, taking 1d6 psychic damage each round that you do.
Yes, there’s always a Wish spell or a Remove Curse spell, but I often believe that if any cleric can remove a curse it undercuts the drama of the punishing spell. Instead, use an alternative way to remove the curse. Most of it depends on how the curse was placed and the reasoning behind it. For instance, if you refuse to give a gypsy shelter from the cold in your luxurious castle, you might get transformed into a beast until someone falls in love with you. Here are some ways that one could feasibly break a curse (if the situation allows).
Give back an item that was stolen from the caster
Complete a quest or mission for the caster
Kill the caster
Pass the curse onto someone else (through some deliberate means like a handshake or kiss or losing a wager)
Seek out a powerful extraplanar being
Seek out special magical ingredients for a cure
Find a loophole in the wording of the curse (either through tricky wording or by finding a liminal loophole. “No man of woman born” could exclude a man born by C-section. “Neither day nor night” could exclude twilight)
Change your alignment (an evil or chaotic character learns to be good or lawful.)
Change your ideal or traits after learning some sort of lesson
Overcome one of your flaws.
Let the curse run its course instead of fighting it.
Find true love/True love’s kiss etc.
Prove your worth to the caster
Atone for past sins
Selflessly risk your life for someone else
Convert a creature to worshiping the caster’s deity
Avenge the caster
image source: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Feel free to use this list and add to it your own ideas for curses! There are so many possibilities that it’s never out of the question to find a new curse that uses arbitrary magical rules to drive the plot of a story. I guess that makes curses the sitcoms of the fantasy world.
Lemme just start off by saying 2010 was a great year in animated shows. Unreal great. Like, seriously.
To put this in perspective, about 2007-2009 wasn’t a stellar time for animated shows. The best one by far was Phineas and Ferb, and maybe … El Tigre (which had so much personality andlife, but I haven’t seen since it aired so I can’t tell you how it holds up), but there wasn’t a lot of new stuff that lived up to the top contender.
Also important to remember is that in 2009, Cartoon Network briefly went insane and wanted to transition to more live-action shows or live-action/animation mixed like Out of Jimmy’s Head. None of these really held my attention, and it took airtime from the cartoons that could’ve come out.
We also could point out that Nickolodeon was well on its way to airing basically only Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents forever amen (as much as I love those shows).
Disney Channel hosted P&F, but other than that, pickings were getting slim.
So, realizing that, you’ve gotta understand how remarkable it is that we were getting so many good shows all at once again! It was unreal!
But it didn’t stop there, not even for a year.
2011 gave us families.
2012 gave us blends of story and comedy.
2013 gave us stellar characters in interstellar adventures (also the Mickey Mouse shorts, but that might not count).
2014 gave us surprises.
2015 gave us heart.
And this year? A return to form. What with the Loud House finally breaking Nickelodeon’s streak of poor nicktoons, Voltron keeping the action cartoon alive from the Avatar team we love, and the upcoming Milo Murphy’s Law from the creators of Phineas and Ferb.
There’s also shows like Mighty Magiswords and Long Live the Royals on the way that could just as easily make this list.
So the question remains. What the hell happened in 2010?
Well, I don’t know what caused all this, but I’ll tell you what happened.
Sym-Bionic Titan happened on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. And nobody told me.
When I stumbled on it way after the fact, I thought I remembered seeing something like that advertised when I was a kid. You know, early 2000s action show. I figured it got lost in the Beyblades, Ben 10s, and Yu-gi-Oh ripoffs, and I could at least make peace with that.
But then I find out this aired just a few years ago and I’m shit-pissed. aND MY OWN BEST FRIEND APPARENTLY WATCHED IT AND NEVER?? TOLD?? ME??
how dare you I instantly forgive you.
What I’m getting at is this is a high quality show. Really high quality.
The basic premise is summed up best here:
The three main characters include Ilana, princess of the royal family; Lance, a rebellious but capable soldier; and Octus, a bio-cybernetic robot, all of whom must now blend into everyday life in Sherman, Illinois. Posing as high school students, Lance and Octus work to conceal Princess Ilana from General Modula and his hideous space mutants sent to kill the sole heir of Galaluna.
When called into battle, the Galalunans are outfitted with individual armor that provides more than ample protection. It is when the gravest of danger appears that Octus activates the sym-bionic defense program and he, Ilana, and Lance unite “Heart, Body and Mind” and come together to form the spectacular cyber-giant Sym-Bionic Titan.
If that sounds great, it absolutely is. The characters are well-devloped, the story is front and center, there’s continuity between episodes– everything we’ve come to love in some of our modern favourites. So, my point is … why the hell was this left out of the cartoon revolution?
Well … honestly, I can’t figure it out. Advertising? Not enough cross-promotion in the daytime? Weak word of mouth? It’s certainly nothing the show did wrong.
Why Watch It?
Reason 1: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS A STORY
I’m not gonna spoil much more than the summary, but despite the fact that it takes place on Earth for the most part and focuses on week to week stories, the overall story is very much in the forefront at all times– and you know how rare that is even for shows that do story well.
Reason 2: HOLY SHIT, IT HAS GREAT CHARACTERS
I’ll let you discover them for yourself, it’s too much of a treat, but I’ll just say, you might fall in love. Again.
Oh, and Voltron fans?
We found their son.
Reason 3: This Guy
So, even if you’re too young for some of these, you might’ve heard something called Samuri Jack is getting a fifth season after 10 years … and it’s going to be on Adult Swim.
Yeah, it’s gonna be badass.
The important part to all this is that this dude does awesome design, awesome shows, and if you have respect for any of these properties, you know you’re in for a good time.
Which leads me to
Reason 4: The Animationjfsfksnfksafafsj
Between the lighting and the angular designs, I just don’t know what to do with myself. Is bootiful.
Watch the first few minutes there. You see what I mean, right?
Reason 5: It Deserved Better
We’ve championed so many great shows in the past few years, but for whatever reason, we missed one. A great one at that. If you have any love for the shows I listed, I highly recommend you give it a chance. Who knows? You might just find another favourite.
‘ all i need is for you to stay by my side. ’ ‘ all of the love songs remind me of you. ’ ‘ all of the words in the world can’t show how much you mean to me. ’ ‘ boy, could i use your love & affection right now. ’ ‘ concept: we’re both awake at 4 a.m. i call you to hear your sleepy voice. ’ ‘ cute thing that you do: the most stereotypical giggle & then hiding your face. ’ ‘ don’t let this be temporary. ’ ‘ don’t worry about me. i just want to know you’re okay. ’ ‘ every day i get to see your gorgeous face is a good day. ’ ‘ everything about our relationship feels so natural & perfect. ’ ‘ feelings change, but mine about you won’t. ’ ‘ hey, guess what? i love you. ’ ‘ hold me tight & tell me you love me. ’ ‘ i always daydream about living with you. ’ ‘ i am so exhausted, but i’d sleep so much better with your arms around me. ’ ‘ i can’t help but imagine living with you years from now. ’ ‘ i can’t keep setting fires to keep you warm. ’ ‘ i could listen to you talk about the things you love forever. ’ ‘ i don’t think i’ll ever stop wanting you. ’ ‘ i don’t want those memories any more. ’ ‘ i forget who & where i am when we kiss. ’ ‘ i get that warm, pleasant feeling in my chest when i’m with you. ’ ‘ i hope with all my heart that you love me like i love you. ’ ‘ i hope you feel the same way you make me feel. ’ ‘ i just want to softly cuddle with you & count the freckles on your cheek & i want to run my fingers through your hair. ’ ‘ i know it’s getting scary, but you’ve just got your perfect self out of bed & do the best with what you’ve got. i believe in you. ’ ‘ i love looking into your squinted eyes while we laugh. ’ ‘ i love when you give me little kisses on my hand & cheek & neck. it makes me feel so loved. ’ ‘ i never thought i’d deserve the love you give me. ’ ‘ i think you’ve shown me what love really is. ’ ‘ i want the only thing between our bodies to be our love. ’ ‘ i want the only thing between our love to be our lips. ’ ‘ i want to bury my face in the crook of your neck until we both fall asleep. ’ ‘ i want to listen to the beautiful song of your voice for hours. ’ ‘ i want to make you just as happy as you make me. ’ ‘ i want to wake up to your smile. ’ ‘ i want to wrap my arms around you at 3 a.m. & tell you i love you. ’ ‘ i want you to be my yesterday, my today, & my tomorrow. ’ ‘ i want you. ’ ‘ i will always love you. even when you don’t think it’s a possibility, i am going to love you. ’ ‘ i would sleep so much better with you right next to me. ’ ‘ if only you could see your angelic self from my perspective. ’ ‘ if you frequently play with my hair, i might just fall in love with you. ’ ‘ it’s amazing feeling the warmth of your love. ’ ‘ it’s okay to have a bad day every once in a while. ’ ‘ it’s so much easier to fall asleep when you’re in bed next to me, running your gentle fingers down my back while we softly smile at each other through the darkness. ’ ‘ i’d wait a lifetime to be in your arms. ’ ‘ i’m all yours. always. ’ ‘ i’m always going to support you. without even a second thought, i’ll be there when you need me. i want what’s best for you. ’ ‘ just knowing you’re there comforts me. ’ ‘ just thinking about how you make me blush. ’ ‘ keep in mind all the things that you have to look forward to, babe. ’ ‘ kiss me under the starry sky. ’ ‘ let me know if you’re in love with me too. ’ ‘ let today be the day that everything changes. you are capable of so much. ’ ‘ let’s go on a cute, cliché date. ’ ‘ let’s sleep together under the stars. ’ ‘ make yourself & your own happiness you priority. ’ ‘ make yourself happy before you worry about me. ’ ‘ my kindness isn’t weakness. ’ ‘ my new years resolution is for all our arguments to be settled because i know you’ll still have my love ’ ‘ oh, what a privilege it is to matter to you. ’ ‘ our love could make flowers bloom int he dead of winter. ’ ‘ pet names are my weakness. ’ ‘ start setting boundaries. enough is enough. ’ ‘ thank you for caring like nobody else ever has. ’ ‘ thank you for caring when nobody else has. ’ ‘ the world is going to do something amazing for you. ’ ‘ there are times to power through it & there are times to say no. ’ ‘ when i look at the stars i can’t help but think of you. ’ ‘ when you look at me, the butterflies flutter. ’ ‘ you are my happiness & you don’t even know it. ’ ‘ you are my starlight. ’ ‘ you are the one i’d do anything for. ’ ‘ you are what puts my mind to rest when i can’t sleep. ’ ‘ you don’t need anyone to rescue you. you can do it all on your own, babe. i know you can. ’ ‘ you feel like home. ’ ‘ you have a smile that lights up my world. ’ ‘ you have no idea how proud of you i am. you’ve done so much for everyone. thank you. ’ ‘ you stole my heart, but i’ll let you keep it. ’ ‘ you’re made of stars & you’re my favorite constellation. ’ ‘ you’re my favorite notification. ’ ‘ you’re my home & i’m homesick. ’ ‘ you’re not just your mistakes & you deserve to be happy. ’ ‘ you’re so much more than good enough. don’t ever doubt that. ’ ‘ you’re soft & sweet & too good for me. ’ ‘ you’re something special babe. you can make a difference. ’ ‘ you’re the happy part of my days. ’ ‘ you’re the one i’m looking for. ’ ‘ you’re the one thing i think about when i wake up every morning. ’ ‘ you’re the reason why i want to get up every morning. ’ ‘ you’re waking, talking, living, loving poetry. ’
One way to get an abuser and toxic people, all emotional vultures to leave you, to lose interest in you, to stop stalking you, is to be BORING.
- Become as boring as you can be
Dull. Tedious. Abusers love drama. They get excited when they make people suffer. They love to be the center of attention. They want your undivided attention. They love to control. To control you, to control every single second of your life, to control every single aspect of your life.
- Become boring It’s a better idea than to just leave. When you leave, they might become so enraged at losing control, they can hurt you. They have no feelings. The only “feelings” they have are the pleasure they get of hurting, torturing, humiliating, making you suffer, and reducing you to become a zero.
- Torturing you gives them pleasure. Having control over you makes them breathe. They crave all the attention they can get. By letting them decide to leave you, you’ll be free for life. When you become boring, but so boring, and bored, when you show no emotion, they start to look for their next victim somewhere else. Eventually they’ll be the one to leave you.
- They can’t stand boredom They need a victim they can manipulate. A victim they can torture. A victim they can control. They love to see their victim falling apart. They love to control any emotion you might have.
- Let them think it’s you This has nothing to do with them, throw them off guard. Your reactions, your emotions, your torture, your fears are their oxygen. Cut their oxygen supply. Hide your emotions for a while. With time they’ll lose interest in you, and they decide to leave you.
- For those who can’t get away from their tormentor after they’re no longer together. For those who share custody of a child or children, continue to be tedious when they see you. Be dull as dishwater. Flat as a pancake. They can’t stand that.
- They move on to their next victim to suck their life out, to crush their joys, to manipulate and abuse. Remember, they must have control. Each time you meet, you must remember to be boring. You don’t want to arouse their interest in you again.
- They are the ones who can decide to leave, not you. Don’t even cry when they decide to leave. Show absolutely no emotion when they decide to leave, or they’ll stay and tear you apart. They will leave when they get bored. Just give them a hand. By being BORING.
There’s something beautiful about the summer- they way it creates a new version of reality where music sounds better and happiness feels sweeter. Parties can give the same kind of feeling where nothing feels real, but all of it feels great. Well, until the next morning.
This makes an end of the summer party the pinnacle of a new reality. Inhibitions run low and everything else is on overdrive. In a week they will all be students again, studying to ensure the best future possible. But for tonight they are 60% alcohol and 40% bad decisions.
“Y/N!” Jess squeals with excitement, running towards the girl who just entered the room. She had been away visiting family abroad for the majority of the summer, and while the beaches had given a whole new meaning to the word ‘paradise’, this was where she was truly happiest.
“Jess!” she returns the enthusiasm, hugging her best friend tightly. The warm breezes that blew in through her window every morning this past summer brought her comfort, but this was home.
“I want in,” Justin grins, approaching the two and enveloping them between his arms.
“God I’ve missed you guys,” she sighs contentedly.
“You have so much third wheeling to catch up on,” Jess teases light heartedly.
Her face twists up unpleasantly at the thought. She loves both Jess and Justin dearly, but she does not love the thought of third wheeling. “With all due respect, I think I’ll pass.”
“Is that Y/N Y/L/N?!” a fourth voice enters the picture, causing the trio to part and turn towards the person walking towards them.
Jeff Atkins. Baseball star and literal ray of sunshine with the face of an angel and the body of a Greek God.
“Hey, Jeff,” she laughs, walking away from Jess and Justin to meet him halfway.
“I haven’t seen you in forever,” Jeff grins warmly, brushing her arm with his hand. It’s a sweet gesture. He’s always been so sweet.
“It’s only been like two months,” she mirrors his grin. It’s impossible not to smile back at someone who radiates warmth the way he does.
“Feels like forever though. Especially since I was used to seeing you everyday at school. You look nice by the way,” he bumps her shoulder.
“I missed you, too,” she chuckles, “I look like I always do.”
She bites her lips together before looking down shyly and letting them fall apart into a smile. Jeff Atkins was so genuinely good in a way that was uniquely him.
“Jeff!” Troy yells from the outside patio, “Beer pong, now, c’mon man!”
“Coming!” Jeff yells back to Troy, but turns back to her before walking away. “Come watch us play? You can practice cheering me on for baseball season,” his mouth twists into a smirk.
“Who says I’m gonna come to your baseball games?” She challenges playfully, using quick wit to redeem herself from the shy smile.
“Don’t break my heart, Y/N,” he pouts childishly, walking backward to join the boys for a game of beer pong but not breaking eye contact with her. He finally turns away from her to exit the house and join those outside, but not before mouthing a “pleaasssseeee” and sticking out his bottom lip.
“I’ll be there in a second!” she yells so he can hear her over the music.
His pout transforms into a grin before he disappears through the threshold, indicating that he heard her.
“So how about a double date instead of third wheeling?” Justin and Jess approach her with Justin wiggling his eyebrows suggestively.
“Oh shut up,” her face heats up at the thought, “He’s a nice guy. He’s friendly with everyone.”
“Yeah, but he doesn’t flirt with everyone,” Jess interjects, crossing her arms over her chest vindictively.
“He didn’t ask me to cheer for him,” Justin fakes offense, “Honestly I’m a little hurt.”
“Fuck off, Justin,” she laughs loudly, putting her hands over her face.
“You better get out there,” Justin presses, gesturing to the sliding door, “After all, it’s mine and Jess’s two month anniversary so an intense make-out session could happen at anytime.”
“Bye!” she turns on her heels quickly, running away from her friends before they could make things awkward, or more awkward.
*** Five cups of jungle juice and two games of beer pong later she’s sitting on a folding lawn chair watching Jeff singlehandedly win a third game of beer pong since Troy had wandered off and was bothering Hannah and Clay.
After sinking another shot, Jeff notices where Troy had gone. A brief look of panic flashes across his face before he mutters a quick, “be right back!”, making a beeline for Troy. Jeff was just about as invested in Clay and Hannah as Clay was in Hannah. She wondered just how much better off the world would be if everyone had the same heart as Jeff.
“Did you save the day?” she asks upon Jeff’s return. She’s quite drunk and seeing two of everything, including two Jeffs. How wonderful would that be? A world with two Jeff Atkins. Incredible.
“I don’t know about that,” he chuckles modestly, “It’s up to Clay.”
“Meanwhile that beer run is up to you, buddy” Troy points out, his words slurring together.
“Later man,” Jeff replies, picking up a ping pong ball.
“Because you definitely need more alcohol,” she rolls her eyes at Troy, a sick feeling blossoming in her stomach.
“Don’t be a buzzkill, Y/N,” Troy retorts.
“Hey, relax,” Jeff snaps at Troy, “you’ll get your beer.”
The sick feeling in her stomach intensifies tenfold. She doesn’t want him to go, but she can’t beg him to stay. He’s not drunk, he would never jeopardize his life or anyone else’s so recklessly. But something about it still doesn’t feel right. He shouldn’t go.
She stands up, wobbling slightly. She grabs the back of her lawn chair to steady herself before heading back for the house. The twisting in her stomach is ominous in a way that refuses to be ignored.
“Where’re you going?” Jeff asks, his eyebrows knitting together.
“I need another drink,” she mumbles, brushing past him.
*** Three shots and a game of suck and blow later she’s feeling light and airy. All the anxiety from earlier has been replaced with a tingling feeling that reaches her feet. She’s quite hammered, and all the slip ups in suck and blow have her laughing and her sides aching. She’s starting to get lightheaded.
“I’m gonna go get some air,” she gasps in-between fits of laughter.
“Can you even walk?” Jess giggles.
“I’ll crawl if I have to,” she shrugs, stumbling her way out the door.
*** There’s nothing like the refreshing sensation of cool air hitting your skin after being cooped up in a house full of drunks, especially when you’re drunk yourself. The feeling of a breeze on her face is intoxicating in its own right, so she continues to walk around the outside of the house until she reaches the front.
There’s someone else at the front of the house, too. She can only see their back as they walk towards the row of cars, but she knows who it is. Suddenly she remembers why she felt the need to down three shots of vodka.
“Atkins,” she calls out, stumbling a bit as she walks forward.
He turns around at the sound of his name, smiling when he sees who it is. “Hey, you. Looks like you got that drink you wanted,” he laughs lightheartedly at her shaky balance.
“You making that beer run?” she asks, wringing her hands together nervously.
“Yeah. I’m not even a little buzzed, don’t worry,” he says soothingly.
“Stay,” she says softly.
“Huh?” he tilts his head to the side.
She continues to walk forward until she’s standing right in front of him, her weight falling to the side enough to make her falter. He reaches out to steady her, keeping a firm grasp on her side. She places her hands on his chest to steady herself before locking her eyes on his.
“Stay,” she repeats.
“Y/N, it’s okay I’m completely fine I promise. I only had two beers like two hours ago,” he assures, his voice gentle.
“I know, but it’s not like anybody needs anymore alcohol. I’m one of the more sober ones right now and that says a lot. Honestly I don’t even know how I made it out here on my own,” she sighs, “Just stay, please. ”
He looks at her softly, his eyes studying the worry etched onto her face. She feels so delicate in his grasp, like a porcelain doll that could shatter with too much pressure. He has always been enamored with her.
“Okay,” he moves his hands to hold her face, “I’ll stay.”
She lets out a heavy breath, letting her forehead rest against his chest and wrapping her arms around him. Maybe she was worrying over nothing, maybe she wasn’t, but she’s unexplainably relieved at those words.
“You gotta promise to watch me play baseball though,” he teases.
“I’ll be there every game with a sign that has your name on it,” she laughs, tilting her chin up to look at him.
“You gotta stop looking at me like that,” he shakes his head,“I might just fall in love with you.”
“Don’t get my hopes up.”
“Don’t leave for two months at a time,” he counters, grinning boyishly.
“I’d stay right here forever if I could,” she tightens her arms around him.
“I’d kiss you if you weren’t like 10 drinks deep right now,” he laughs, rubbing her back gingerly.
“Let’s go inside. I need to get sober. Right now. Immediately,” she pulls away, grabbing his hand to tow him behind her. Their laughter echoes down the empty street as they run around to the back of the house.
There’s something beautiful about the end of summer- the way things begin to feel more permanent. A simple request can change so much. All he had to do was stay. And he did.
Venus in Signs, people you might fall in love with, and warnings:
Venus in Aries: Pretty much everyone that excites you and can do crazy stuff together, keeping the fire of your passions (sexual and mental). Probably a close friend you can do everything with. Be careful to not hurt people when your passion is gone, or go over the person too quickly.
Venus in Taurus: Someone mature, well stablished, that knows how to enjoy the finer things in life. Probably someone older, that will help you to shape the kind of life you envision for yourself. Or at least someone with cooking skills. Be careful with liars or people who might spend what they don’t have to impress.
Venus in Gemini: Someone talkative, with good words. Probably fell for a teacher or someone really into new knowledges, a nerdy friend. Someone you can talk and listen forever and don’t see time flying. Be careful with those that are all talking and no action.
Venus in Cancer: Someone really caring. Maybe a babysitter, a teacher from kindergarten, someone older with a soft and kind heart that makes you feel like home. Be careful with those who might guilt trap you, or use your feelings against you.
Venus in Leo: Can be those fangirls of actors, singers, performers. Someone that can impress you and inspire you with their doings. Someone famous, or at least respected. Be careful to not give yourself to fake people, or people who might just use you as a tool for their ego.
Venus in Virgo: Maybe a co-worker, or someone you admire so hard everything they do you might not realize you’re in love. Someone clever, reference in their field. Someone that loves working and gets excited sharing ideas. Be careful with jealousy, cause you might underestimate your mental skills if they seem not as into you. You’re interesting enough.
Venus in Libra: Someone beautiful. You might pass as shallow because you like pretty people first. You might have a hard time loving people that doesn’t deserve you. Eventually you will learn to love the inside as well. Be careful with people who might use you through your love and kindness.
Venus in Scorpio: You might have a thing for broken things. People with problems, traumas, dark secrets. If they behave oddly, it gets your attention. If they share it with you, you’re in love to the point you might endure everything for them. Be careful with potential abusers.
Venus in Sagittarius: You might fall in love with adventurous people. Researchers, people who works traveling, even foreigners. People who will show you a new world. Be careful with people too weird or actually dangerous.
Venus in Capricorn: You like older people, or at least people who behave well and seem older. You can fall for your boss, or someone of superior status. You might like “daddys” even. Be careful with powerful people trying to control you too much and lose yourself.
Venus in Aquarius: you like the punk ones. The different, the rebels, the marginalized. You sympathize with them and fighting their fights is highly important. Be careful with victim complex, or to try to save people that don’t want to be saved.
Venus in Pisces: You tend to romantize people you don’t know very well and build a dream over them, or have unrealistic expectations that people will change for you. You probably fell for someone online or had a long distance relationship where you were loyal to the core. Be careful with people that loves your attention but just wants to be friends. Don’t settle for less.
Read all the books and other info you can, but learn to read critically.
Don’t be afraid to read things you might not agree with or identify
with. Study is study and just because you read it doesn’t mean you have
to believe it or incorporate it into your practice.
That being said, don’t appropriate cultures or cultural practices
that do not belong to your or that you have not be trained and/or
initiated in. There are ways to study cultures that are not
appropriative, pay attention and be respectful.
Let your personal curiosity lead your study. What are you interested
in about witchcraft? History? Divination? Plants? tarot? sigils? candle
magic? charms or talismans? knot magic? Energy work? Study what you are interested in and see
where it goes. There is a learning theory called “unschooling” that believes humans are naturally curious and that we should follow that curiosity to create our study. So, seek what interests you about witchcraft and find information about that.
You don’t have to buy all the fancy witchy stuff, especially if you
don’t know if you are even going to use it. Stuff you already have is
fine. Things from thrift store are cheap, and work just as well. You might not ever use that cheap athame from the witch shop, but you might fall in love with a thrift shop mason jar.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to practice witchcraft. Walk around your neighborhood and get to know the plants and animals, even urban spaces have unique magical things. Check out the spices in your spice rack and look up their correspondences. There are lots of books on witchcraft online for free as well as phone apps that could suit your needs.
Check out your local library. If they don’t specifically have books on witchcraft they will still have books on plants, history, and folklore. you might also be able to check things out with inter-library loans.
You don’t have to publicly document your path. I’m really happy
there isn’t a public documentation of my witchling years or my baby punk
years. Seriously, so much stumbling embarrassment. However, it is
always helpful to document your progress for yourself; a hidden blog, a
notebook, or google doc are just fine to start.
There is no universal witch. If you don’t want to work witchcraft in a religion, don’t. maybe secular witchcraft is for you. If you don’t want to work with deities, don’t. If forests give you the creeps and you love cities more, great, maybe urban witchery is for you. Make your witchcraft, your witchcraft.
There is little good in arguing with people that disagree with you,
especially on the internet. If someone is not being hurtful and they
just happen to believe differently than you, leave them alone. A witch
that believes differently than you does not diminish what you do.
Remember that witchcraft is a collected set of skills and practices. These are things that you hone as you find what works for you. It is not something that will be given to you or that you
will have instantly. It is something to be worked at that you can always
Basically, if you study and practice witchcraft, whatever that means to you, you can call yourself a witch. Also, if you do those things and don’t want to call yourself a witch, you don’t have to.
You might think that you’ll never gonna fall in love again, and you keep on wondering when is it gonna stop hurting. Or perhaps it’ll never gonna stop. You never thought that it would be this damaging, that its going to affect you so badly; mentally and physically. You probably feel sick and tired. Tired of love, tired of having feelings. You’ll think that being alone is probably better than having to feel like this. And for a moment, you lost hope. As well as your faith in love. But my dear, let me tell you one thing; it is completely normal to feel like this few weeks after you got your heart broken. The thing is, you will get through this. Without realizing it, It’ll pass. Life goes on. Someday it’ll all make sense. You’ll know why it had to happen, you’ll know why you need to go through all of this. To all the broken-hearted people out there, here’s my message to you; whether it has been a month, a year, two years, or even ten years, believe me, one day it’s not going to hurt anymore. That day will come, the day where you finally moved on. Where you can finally leave the past and ready to start again. So don’t lose hope, you are stronger than this.
Excerpt from a book I will never write #1211 // @bynoire on instagram