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#Adopting your John
selene-tempest · 4 days ago
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How to care for your John Tracy
So, you want to get a John?
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Before deciding that a John Tracy is the one for you, you must first realise that they take a lot of specialist care, time and attention that you must be willing to put in if you wish to get the best out of your John.
When taking on a John Tracy one must approach as you would a feral cat, making no sudden movements, do not attempt to touch or grab on first meeting. Allow him to size you up, get used to your presence and approach in his own time and at his own pace.
This could take minutes, hours, days, weeks or longer, there is no set time frame in getting a John to trust you, it varies from person to person. You must be prepared for setbacks and times when it might seem like an impossible task. They require regular reinforcement of their socialising, lots of praise and quiet support.
If you do not have the time, patience or love to devote to your John then we suggest you consider adopting a different breed of Tracy, they are many and varied. For a readily sociable one we suggest you try a Scott or a Gordon, both of which are friendly from the offset and easily tamed with the offer of food.
If a quieter Tracy is still needed but one that is less skittish than the John breed then maybe a Virgil is better suited to your situation. Or if you want one you can play with a lot, then an Alan would be perfect for you. A Tracy is a lifetime commitment so take your time in choosing the right one for you.
Personality traits:
If you do decided that the John is still for you then you will find that all the time and effort you put in is incredibly rewarding. Once you have proved yourself to a John you will find that it will go from a hissing, trembling, retreating ball of anxiety to a purring, snuggling pussy cat that is happy to cuddle for as long as you wish and is, in general, a pretty laid back, chilled addition to your life and household.
Contrary to popular belief a John Tracy is not an antisocial being, this is misinformation that has been circulated due to their quiet nature and contentment in their own company. A John Tracy is by nature actually an asocial introvert (see below pictures).
Once your John Tracy is used to you and has adapted to your ways he will be the most loving, wonderful, affectionate, caring, engaging, sweet, adorable, funny and friendly creature in the world. When he is allowed to do so on his terms in a way that makes him feel safe and secure, of course.
A John Tracy does not hate people or dislike interacting with them, he simply does not do well in crowds and social situations in which he is not prepared or comfortable. Then he may feel overwhelmed and react in a way that society sees as negatively, although for a John social anxiety is perfectly normal and acceptable and should be treated as such. A John is perfect as he is.
Your John Tracy requires a safe and secure place that he can retreat to when feeling overwhelmed or over stimulated, but on the whole, if allowed to come out of his shell and interact without being pushed, forced or tricked he will be perfectly content. John's need positive reinforcement, kind words and to be made to feel secure and loved from the start, this is the only way to bond with one.
A John Tracy is a devoted, loyal and loving creature that is known to mate for life, as do most other breeds of Tracy. A Tracy is a delightful companion that you will not be able to live without once you have one.
Unfortunately, many people will just not work out with a John Tracy, the very reason that so many varieties of this breed are left abandoned in space stations around earth's orbit.
Many see them as hard to socialise and grow impatient with their John, wanting him to act a certain way in a certain length of time, none of which is conducive to a happy and healthy John.
This is often seen as a fatal flaw in the John breed of Tracy, but many John enthusiasts insist that that is part of their attraction. The introverted tendencies of the John is in no way a flaw, it is part of what makes this particular breed of Tracy so special and so desirable to the right person.
John's make very good companions and they are well worth the additional effort that you will have to put in.
Feeding:
John's are not demanding in the food department and you will have to be prepared to offer food at regular intervals as they hardly ever seek it out for themselves.
Your John will try to exist on a diet of bagels and cheeseburgers but this is not good for them and, as much as they may protest or go on hunger strikes, you must continue to offer them a variety of options in your quest to ensure they eat enough to survive.
The same rules apply to keeping them hydrated, they will naturally gravitate towards coffee and occasionally water but they need to include fruit juices, herbal teas and the occasional meal replacement if they have been in a particularly stubborn mood, which they are regularly inclined to slip into.
Nothing is more stubborn than a Tracy breed and the John is one of the worst.
Exercising:
Your John will take care of itself in the exercise department although, once bonded to their person, a John will often try to entice you, or can be easily tempted itself, into playtime and physical activity.
When left to its own devices a John Tracy will spend many hours running, either outside in nature or indoors on an exercise ring. This helps to keep them healthy and fit for their jobs, for all Tracys are working creatures, all highly trained in their fields.
A John will also enjoy playing in water, such as swimming or diving and some extreme sports if it sparks his interest as John's are very athletic and flexible.
John's not only require physical exercise but mental agility training too. They have a very active, inquisitive and engaging brain and enjoy problem solving, organisation and stimulating intellectual conversations.
John's like to work with their hands and are very good with computers and AI's but be warned, they are also very good at hacking and you will have very little privacy with a John in your life.
Housing needs:
You John will require extensive housing to stay happy and content. He will require not only the run of your house with the ability to explore every single inch of your property but also his own specialist housing.
John's require a lot of space, both in the social way, the physical way and the outer space way. Do not deprive him of these essentials.
He will require access to both indoor and outdoor housing of the tropical island variety as well as his own space station.
Now this might seem excessive but it is a necessary part of having a John. John Tracys require extended periods of time in Zero-Gravity in order to both thrive but also stay calm and in control. John's like to feel weightless and to indulge whenever the urge takes them so you will have to be prepared to spend large amounts of time without your John in attendance.
John's prefer quieter surroundings to noise and will often take themselves off to hide if they are over stimulated and surrounded by other noisy Tracy breeds. You cannot stop this, it is part of the John's nature and you have to accept this if you wish to have one of your own. Attempting to force a John into socialising when he does not wish to is an unpleasant, cruel and unfair action and should never be undertaken if there is any other option.
John's also require a number of soft surfaces on which to stretch out, relax and be quiet. John's seem to require very little sleep and are very active both in body and mind for long periods before they crash out completely and need time to re energise themselves.
Appearance:
John's come in a variety of Ginger and Blond colours and are on the taller end of the Tracy spectrum. Long, lean and sleekly muscled the John is a beautiful specimen of Tracy breeding and very pleasing to look at.
Their hair is of the softest quality and, when a John is relaxed and content in your presence, they often enjoy it being stroked and petted, this pleases them and helps them to stay calm and sleepy.
John's have arguably the prettiest eyes of any Tracy breed, although lovers of the Scott, Virgil, Gordon or Alan breeds will beg to differ saying that blues and browns are nicer.
John's sometimes have a questionable dress sense when allowed to please themselves but their standard blue is figure forming and pleasing to behold.
Petting and affection:
John's can be extremely affectionate when they feel comfortable with someone. It just takes them a long time to get there.
John's do not like sudden movements or to be grabbed or forced into affection by someone they do not know well and are not already comfortable with. Unexpected affection from someone that is not one of their chosen people will cause them to freeze like a fainting goat and adopt the tactic of play dead until the threat goes away.
But when a John is comfortable it very much enjoys attention, affection and love.
As mentioned above, John's are an introverted breed of Tracy and allowances have to be made for them. They do not respond well to being forced out of their comfort zones or into interacting when they do not want to.
When a John wishes to interact they will be friendly, approachable and funny. They will happily join in with family activities and events but be aware that they may require additional quiet time after to recharge. This is just the way of the John.
Additional tips and information :
-Respect your John's boundaries. They will make it clear with body language if they are comfortable or not even if they do not verbalise it.
-John's are sensitive and they will respond with sarcasm when they feel threatened or attacked.
-John's cannot be forced into anything they don't want to do. They cannot be moved if they don't want to move. They cannot be tricked or cajoled, they are too smart, give up now.
-John's love their family more than anything and are fiercely protective of them. Never get in between a John and another Tracy breed. You will come off worse.
-John's have a death stare that might actually kill you. You have been warned.
-John's are generally very sensible, until it comes to a challenge between other Tracys, they are extremely competitive creatures and nothing will stop them.
-John's are logical and organised.
-John's do not respond well to blackmail, trickery, deception or engineered situations.
-A John is perfect as it is, never try to change it or force it to be something that it isn't.
-Being socially avoidant is only one part of his personality and it's only when you take the time to get to know him that you will see the rest.
All in all, we can highly recommend bringing a Tracy into your life, they are wonderful creatures and well worth your time and energy. Just think carefully before you choose a John as they require the most love, patience and attention.
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(John pic curtesy of @misssquidtracy)
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fanficlibraryposts · 3 hours ago
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Superhero (Marvel/DC) Fic Rec
Marvel:
Ten times outta nine, I’m a hand grenade by twobettafish
Though neither remembered that night, it turns out that Tony Stark and Stephen Strange had first encountered each other years earlier. Unfortunately, that might end up destroying the universe.
Tony Stark: PR God by PinkEasterEggs
Tony just wants some good press for a change. 
*cute and fluffy series ft. 73 Questions, Dad!Tony and Son!Peter*
for a hundred visions and revisions by aventria, iluxia    
Dr. Strange looks at the world after Thanos and, faced with its seemingly irreparable brokenness, breaks his own oath. Tony, Stephen, and Loki go back in time for one more chance - an intentional choice, because they are each other's insurance against repeating the same mistakes. Tony wakes up shortly before the Stark Expo with the reactor's palladium core still poisoning him. Stephen wakes up with undamaged hands and a flourishing medical career. Loki wakes up in Asgard one day before Thor's coronation. "Do I dare disturb the universe? / In a minute there is time / for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse."
*Loki time travel fic !*
In a Land of 24-hour News Cycle and a Time of Science by Morena Evensong
Sometimes, history repeats itself. Sometimes, it gets written anew. And sometimes, there comes an age when old heroes aren't needed. In a world where protecting the innocent isn't as simple as swinging a sword, a small antiques shop stands between Chinatown and Little Italy. Inside, history is never forgotten and legends are remembered as they truly were, and seen as they truly are.
*Merlin crossover, have to have least basic knowledge of the show*
Have I Changed by katling
 I liked you more before you met the Avengers.
It's an offhand comment that Tony wasn't sure he was actually meant to hear. But he did and he doesn't know what it means. Lucky for him, Rhodey's got an answer for him.
*anti-cap*
Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it by Savana_Marlark
A snap. A gauntlet. A dying man's regret. It is a dangerous thing to wish with infinity stones on your fist.
Sent back to the sands of Afghanistan, Tony Stark has a world to fix, and a Titan to stop, but he won't be doing it alone.
DC:
A Signal Of Hope by LananiA3O
None of the Robins had ever liked the galas held at the manor, but while their own experiences before during and after the event may have been as different the boys were from each other in general, one thing Bruce knew for sure: he would always, always be there to defend his sons from the vultures of this world.
A Diamond in the Rough by AllyMander
Richard John Grayson watches frozen as his parents fall, and in return everything changes.
Dick isn't adopted by the billionaire Bruce Wayne, no, instead he's taken in by his grandfather William Cobb. Or rather stolen away, to be broken down and twisted beyond repair. But Cobb miscalculates, and underestimating a child was never a good idea. For Dick has his own goals, striking his grandfather down, attaining his freedom, then dismantling the rest of the Court of Owls.
This is the story of how Dick builds a life for himself with bloody hands, refusing to follow any orders but his own. Even if that puts him on the radar of not only the Light but Batman and the Young Justice team. To him it doesn't matter, all that matters is he's a Grayson, and Grayson's are meant to fly.
Collected Bat-Family Stories by CloakedSparrow
A collection of interconnected ficlets, one shots, and stories, all focused on the Bat Family. All are based on the comics only, but blend assorted canons.
*An emotional roller coaster, from the fluffiest fluff to the most angsty angst*
a storge for you by glassofwater
They’ve never really believed in death. They know it exists, they see it all the time. It’s there, but it just doesn’t last for them. Death has never been permanent, only a mere pause in their lives. But here they stand, watching his coffin be lowered into the ground.
Infallible Dick Grayson was a fraud.
*soooo angsty, tears abound*
Disclaimer: The fanfiction above were not written by me for I am not nearly as creative. However, I am an avid reader and movie buff so these are some of my favorite fanfiction within the fandom. I politely ask that you read the tags attached the fanfiction beforehand so that you know what you are getting yourself into, there may be crossovers. If you don’t like it then don’t read it. In addition, I ask that there be no bashing, the fics are based on my preferences and what I like. Lastly, if there are any specific genre or fandom of fics you want me to get into let me know through my ask box.
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love-nashje · 5 hours ago
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We have all heard the phrase “fake news.” This is the current slang term used to describe the propaganda we are currently experiencing. Propaganda is defined as dissemination of information—facts, arguments, rumors, half-truths, or lies—to influence public opinion (Smith, 2021). According to our text book it is derived from the word propagate, and was originally a neutral term on the act of spreading an idea to a large population. The idea of propaganda was eventually subverted by governments and other organizations to manipulate the beliefs, attitudes and actions of others. This evolved propaganda from is neutral roots into current systematic manipulation we see today (Lester, 2014)
What is the difference between propagating and persuasion? Persuasion is more or less convincing someone that your opinion or ideas are correct based on factual information. Propaganda is the effort to manipulate based on misleading and false information (Lester, 2014).
Determining what is persuasion versus what is propaganda can be difficult, especially with the current political climate. We are flooded with different images on television and over various social media platforms, and deciphering what is truthful and what is propaganda can be difficult. While searching for examples for this blog, I found that propaganda is being spread mainly in the form of social media memes and videos.
Example 1:
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Here is a very simple example of recent (2018) social media propaganda being spread linking CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg to Russian Leader Vladimir Putin. There are no words on the propaganda, and there doesn’t need to be. By simply placing the two men in the same frame associates the two men together and fuels the belief that Facebook (and the media) is out to destroy America. This particular meme was traced back to Russian bots, and resurfaced when Facebook banned former President Donald Trump from its platform in January of 2021.
Example 2:
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Here is another example of a social media propaganda meme. This meme was also proven to be backed and spread by Russian bots in 2018, during the height of the investigation into Donald Trump’s Russian ties and business dealings. This was one of many red herring arguments used to manipulate and redirect the attention elsewhere. What’s most disturbing about this meme is the focus on the Muslim religion. This is a very deliberate manipulation to incite anger against a group of people based off fear and intolerance.
Example 3 and 4:
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This is where the water gets muddy with persuasion versus propaganda. In these posters by Shepard Fairey. The first, of Former President Barack Obama was done shortly after his election win in 2008. It was made to reflect the uplift in optimisum after the the previous eight years and administration. Was there hope with the election of a new administration? Yes. Would the same poster have been created if John McCain, the Republican nominee had won? That is where the line can be blurry between persuasion versus propaganda. The fourth example, also a work by Shepard Fairey, is an appropriation of his own poster. It is a push to adopt, rather than buy pets. The dog looks so sad, and his tag reads “a mutt like me.” Both posters are attemping a postitive message, and are persuasive, but are they propaganda? I would say they walk the line, but no. There was a sense of optimisim in 2008, and adopting a dog is a great way to support local shelters and animal rights.
References:
Carol A. Wells, C. (2021). Poster politics: Understanding the art of persuasion. Retrieved 4 March 2021, from https://www.cnn.com/style/article/political-posters-oped/index.html
Lester, P. (2014). Visual communication (6th ed., pp. 80-81). Boston: Wadsworth.
Smith, B. (2021). propaganda | Definition, History, Techniques, Examples, & Facts. Retrieved 5 March 2021, from 
https://www.britannica.com/topic/propaganda
Examples 1 and 2 are unknow sources. I pulled them from a family members Facebook and Google search was not conclusive.
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tpanan · 15 hours ago
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My Sunday Daily Blessings
May 9, 2021
Be still quiet your heart and mind, the LORD is here, loving you talking to you...........
Sixth Sunday of Easter (Roman Rite Calendar) Lectionary 56, Cycle B
First Reading: Acts 10: 25-26, 34-35, 44-48
When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, paid him homage. Peter, however, raised him up, saying, “Get up. I myself am also a human being.” Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” While Peter was still speaking these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also, for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.
Then Peter responded, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?” He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98: 1, 2-3, 3-4
"The Lord has revealed to the nations His saving power."
Second Reading: 1 John 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Verse before the Gospel: John 14:23
Alleluia, Alleluia
"Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him."
Alleluia, Alleluia
Gospel: John 15:9-17
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
**Meditation:
What is the greatest act of love which one can give for the sake of another? Jesus defines friendship - the mutual bond of trust and affection which people choose to have for one another - as the willingness to give totally of oneself - even to the point of laying down one's life for a friend. How is such love possible or even desirable? God made us in love for love. That is our reason for being, our purpose for living, and our goal in dying.
God is the source and origin of love - divine and human Scripture tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8) - and everything he does flows from his immense love for us. He loved us so much - far beyond what we could ever expect or deserve - that he was willing to pay any price to redeem us from our slavery to sin and death. That is why the Father sent us his beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave up his life as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. In this great exchange - the Father giving up his Son to death on the cross in order to give us abundant everlasting life and adopt us as his beloved sons and daughters in Christ (Romans 8:14-17).
God's love has been poured into our hearts It is for this reason that we can take hold of a hope that does not fade and a joy that does not diminish because God has poured his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). God's love is not limited or subject to changing circumstances. It is an enduring love that has power to change and transform us to be like him - merciful, gracious, kind, forgiving, and steadfast in showing love not only for our friends, but for our enemies as well. God's love is boundless because he is the source of abundant life, perfect peace, and immeasurable joy for all who open their hearts to him. That is why Jesus came to give us abundant life through the gift and working of the Holy Spirit.
A new way of loving and serving one another Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment - a new way of loving and serving one another. Jesus' love was wholly directed toward the good of others. He love them for their sake and for their welfare. That is why he willingly laid down his own life for us to free us from sin, death, fear, and everything that could separate us from the love of God. Our love for God and our willingness to lay down our life for others is a response to the exceeding love God has given us in Christ. Paul the Apostle states, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?... For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35,38-39).
Friendship with God Jesus calls his disciples his friends. Jesus not only showed his disciples that he personally cared for them and sought their welfare. He personally enjoyed their company and wanted to be with them. He ate with them, shared everything he had with them - even his inmost heart and thoughts. And he spent himself doing good for them. To know Jesus personally is to know God and the love and friendship he offers to each one of us.
One of the special marks of favor shown in the Scriptures is to be called the friend of God. Abraham is called the friend of God (Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23). God spoke with Moses as a man speaks with his friend (Exodus 33:11). Jesus, the Lord and Master, calls the disciples his friends rather than his servants.
What does it mean to be a friend of God? Friendship with God certainly entails a loving relationship which goes beyond mere duty and obedience. Jesus' discourse on friendship and brotherly love echoes the words of Proverbs: A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity (Proverbs 17:17). The distinctive feature of Jesus' relationship with his disciples was his personal love for them. He loved his own to the end (John 13:1). His love was unconditional and wholly directed to the good of others. His love was also sacrificial. He gave the best he had and all that he had. He gave his very life for those he loved in order to secure for them everlasting life with the Father.
Love to the death The Lord Jesus gives his followers a new commandment - a new way of love that goes beyond giving only what is required or what we think others might deserve. What is the essence of Jesus' new commandment of love? It is a love to the death - a purifying love that overcomes selfishness, fear, and pride. It is a total giving of oneself for the sake of others - a selfless and self-giving love that is oriented towards putting the welfare of others ahead of myself.
Jesus says that there is no greater proof in love than the sacrifice of one's life for the sake of another. Jesus proved his love by giving his life for us on the cross of Calvary. Through the shedding of his blood for our sake, our sins are not only washed clean, but new life is poured out for us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. We prove our love for God and for one another when we embrace the way of the cross. What is the cross in my life? When my will crosses with God's will, then God's will must be done. Do you know the peace and joy of a life fully surrendered to God and consumed with his love?
The Lord Jesus tells us that he is our friend and he loves us whole-heartedly and unconditionally. He wants us to love one another just as he loves us, whole-heartedly and without reserve. His love fills our hearts and transforms our minds and frees us to give ourselves in loving service to others. If we open our hearts to his love and obey his command to love our neighbor, then we will bear much fruit in our lives, fruit that will last for eternity. Do you wish to be fruitful and to abound in the love of God?
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Prayer of Ignatius Loyola)
Sources:
Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
**Meditations may be freely reprinted and translated into other languages for non-profit use only. Please cite copyright and original source.Copyright 2021 Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation, dailyscripture.net author Don Schwager
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eusuntgratie · a day ago
But I knew you'd linger like a tattoo kiss / I knew you'd haunt all of my what-ifs / The smell of smoke would hang around this long' / Cause I knew everything when I was young / I knew I'd curse you for the longest time / Chasin' shadows in the grocery line / I knew you'd miss me once the thrill expired / And you'd be standin' in my front porch light / And I knew you'd come back to me
i bet you forgot you sent this, RANDOM ANONYMOUS PERSON. this happened. oops. Also this is too long for tumblr bc it got away from me. You’re all shocked, I know. Hopefully the read more cut works!
Derek is startled out of his novel by a knock at the door. He glances at the clock. It’s pretty late for Scott to come by but maybe something came up. 
He catches the scent just before he opens the door, but not in time to school his features. 
“Stiles,” he says like he’s not quite sure he can believe his eyes and his nose. 
Stiles shoves his hands in his pockets and drags his eyes up from the floor but doesn’t make it up to Derek’s face, gaze stopping around his chest.
Derek is suddenly hyper aware that he’s wearing a tank top and soft sleep pants and nothing else. Stiles is wearing snug jeans, a Star Wars tshirt, and an unbuttoned flannel shirt. It could be the Stiles from five years ago. But this Stiles is older, his face has filled out, his cheeks are stubbled. His hair is longer and his shoulders are a bit broader. He looks good. Settled and comfortable in his own skin he never did before he left. 
Stiles finally drags his eyes up to his. 
“Hey Derek.” He gives him a little half smile. It soothes something in Derek to see him smile. To know he’s okay. John keeps him updated, but that’s different than <em>knowing</em>. 
“I- uh. I would’ve called. I mean, I should’ve called.”
“It’s okay Stiles. It’s good to see you.” He jerks his head into the house, beckoning Stiles in. 
He gives him another little smile and shuffles into the house. Derek watches him look around, taking everything in. 
“This is. Uh. We always talked about it but I didn’t…” He trails off, awkward. He’s looking at the staircase and Derek can see him remembering what it looked like the last time he was here. 
“I went the loft,” he says, sheepish. “I had to call Scott.”
“We finished it about two years ago.”
Stiles flushes, and Derek gets a waft of embarrassment, of shame. 
“I didn’t mean- It’s okay, Stiles. I’m glad you’re here. You look good. It’s good to see you.”
Stiles ignores him. “It’s beautiful, Derek. Did you-?”
“Isaac helped a lot. Chris. Scott. Liam and Hayden and Mason and Corey helped when they could. Your dad.”
Stiles looks up at him, confusion and something like longing crossing his face. 
“Dad?”
“Yeah.”
“Huh. He never…”
“You asked him not to, Stiles.” 
Stiles’s face says he can’t believe Derek knows that. But Derek knows everything he can know about Stiles without having seen him in five years. 
He smiles at him. “He’s kind of...adopted us? He’s like the pack dad. He’s uh… he’s really good with Isaac. He’s helped him a lot.”
“When did Isaac come home?”
“About a year after you left. Chris came home before that, but Isaac needed more time.”
He looks down at his feet again. 
“It’s okay, Stiles. I- you needed to go. I get that now.”
He ignores him again to ask, “how’s Isaac?”
Derek smiles, warm and fond. “He’s good. Really good. He manages a coffee shop in town. Him and Scott are good. We’re- we’re okay. Better. He lives here. We’re getting there.”
“Him and Dad are close?”
“Yeah. Your dad loves him. We have breakfast here on Sundays. Most of the pack comes for that though, I guess. Whoever is here. Dinner at his place when he’s off. Usually at least once a week.”
Stiles raises his eyebrows. 
“Don’t worry. We only buy turkey sausage now. And plenty of veggies for dinner. No one could make that man eat tofu though.” 
Stiles wrinkles his nose and smiles a little. “Wow. Um. Thanks.”
“We care about him too, Stiles. He hasn’t been alone.”
When Stiles looks back up at him, his eyes are red and wet and about to spill over. 
“It’s okay. Stiles…”
“I just- I- I couldn’t-”
“I know. It’s okay.” 
Derek crosses the space between them and wraps his arms around him. Stiles is stiff against him until Derek runs a hand up and down his neck. Stiles crumples against Derek, rubbing his cheek against Derek’s chest before settling his nose into his neck, tears soaking into Derek’s skin. 
“You’re still pack,” Derek rumbles. “If you want,” he makes himself say. 
Stiles shudders and runs his nose up Derek’s neck and he feels a tension he didn’t know he’d been holding release. 
Derek feels Stiles open and close his mouth, breath puffing against his neck, working up to say something. 
“Am- Am I.”
Derek holds him tighter.
“Fuck, Der,” he manages through his tears. “Could I- Could you-?”
Derek drops a kiss into his hair and draws him even closer. 
“I know you’d come back to me. Welcome home, Stiles.”
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christians-911-com · a day ago
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The Light Of The Lord God Will Reign Forever
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Christ is the true light of the world; it is through Him alone that true wisdom is imparted to the mind.  – Jonathan Edwards.
The Light of the world is Jesus Christ. And we can be an extension of His light to others when we live our lives following His steps. However, this is polluted with human thinking that we can be our own light if we just look within us. That is very wrong. For if we look within ourselves, all we will see is darkness, because we are all sinful. We need the Holy Spirit to provide light within us.
Bible Reading
Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Revelation 22:5. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Deuteronomy 33:3: God Directs The People Who Follow Jesus Christ
The light of the Lord that will forever shine
Revelation 22 starts with the angel showing John the river of life flowing from the throne of God and how the citizens of heaven will see the face of God. The emphasis is there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. Imagine that day, when the only source of light will be the Lord God. Moreover, there will be no darkness and anything accursed. And as the Father's adopted children we will be with Him forever and ever. 
Be a vessel of the light of the Lord God
Charles Spurgeon said the Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the Church. But the world does not read the Bible, the world Christians! You are the light of the world. Therefore, let us fill our minds and hearts with God's word and be the vessel of the light of the Lord God. Share God's words to others, that they too will be instruments of the light of God. Let us live out our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Remember what Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).
Reflection
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
Do you think there is a light within you?
Have you accepted the Light of the world? Accept Jesus Now.
Is the light of Christ evident in your life?
How do you share the light of the Lord with others?
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Prayer
Heavenly Father, we adore Your glorious name. We ask for your mercy for the times we have strayed away from You. For we have gone on our own way following what is evil on Your sight. We surrender all our sins at the foot of Jesus’ cross. May the precious blood of Christ wash away our sins.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your sacrifice on our behalf. We know that we do not deserve it, yet because of Your great love, You have redeemed us. We pray that the Holy Spirit will be with us to direct and guide us in the path that leads to You.
All these we pray in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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technavio · a day ago
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E-learning Market Size, Share, Trends - Forecast and Analysis 2021-2025
E-learning Market will register a CAGR of 16% during 2021-2025. The market’s growth momentum will Accelerate.
rising adoption of gamification will be one of the major factors driving the growth of this market. Additionally, key E-learning Market trends such as the adoption of microlearning will also influence market growth during the forecast period.
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During the forecast period, the E-learning Market size will grow by $ 147.79 bn.
E-learning Market : Vendors
The market is fragmented and owing to the growth opportunities, the level of competition among the companies in this market space will intensify further. are some of the major companies in the E-learning Market. Though the forecast period offers opportunities for vendors to increase their market share, factors such as the rise in in house content development will also challenge the growth of the companies.
Adobe Inc. | Articulate Global Inc. | Cengage Learning Holdings II Inc. | Cisco Systems Inc. | City and Guilds Group | Instructure Inc. | John Wiley and Sons Inc. | Pearson Plc | Skillsoft Ltd. | Thomson Reuters Corp..list
are some of the companies covered in Technavio’s E-learning Market report for 2021-2025.
E-learning Market : Region-level Analysis
The report identifies region-level market dynamics, developments, and key markets. The regional level analysis also identifies the market share, growth momentum, and key leading countries in the E-learning Market.
The North America will account for the largest E-learning Market share and during 2021-2025, the region will contribute to 34% of the market’s growth.
In addition to regions and the key companies involved, Technavio’s E-learning Market report also analyzes the market by Higher education | Corporate | K12 | North America | Europe | APAC | South America | MEA.comma
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purplebouquetwombat · a day ago
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Men’s Hair Color Market Growth - Global Industry Growth, New Opportunities and Forecast – 2027
Market Highlights
Global Men’s Hair Color Market is projected to be valued at USD 502.84 Million by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 7.20% during the forecast period. Men’s hair colors are sometimes designed to change the natural color of hair. They can also be used to switch to a color regarded as more fashionable or desirable. The growth of the global Men’s Hair Color Market Growth is driven by the growing young age population, along with the increasing trend of personal grooming. However, the side-effects and allergic reactions caused by some of the chemicals used in hair colors are hampering the growth of the market. The influence of social media and innovative marketing strategies is expected to create lucrative opportunities for market players in the coming years.      
North America constituted a dominant share of the Men’s Hair Color Market in 2018, owing to the high adoption rate of hair colors by the male population. The US and Canada are among the most lucrative markets for manufacturers in the region. The increasing trend of self-grooming in the male population is creating a demand for men’s hair color in this region. The market in Asia-Pacific is anticipated to exhibit the highest CAGR during the review period. China is the major Men’s Hair Color Market in the region due to the organized retail sectors. Rising consumer spending on lifestyle products and the growing consumer awareness regarding product use are likely to be significant drivers for the growth of the Asia-Pacific Men’s Hair Color Market Growth. The increasing per capita disposable income, increasing millennial population adopting the trending fashion, changing lifestyles, urbanization, and demographic change is further supporting the market growth.
Key Players
Market Research Future identified Revlon, Inc. (US), L’oreal S.A. (France), Coty, Inc. (UK), Combe Incorporated (US), Indus Valley (India), Hoyu Co., Ltd (Japan), Cover Your Gray (US), John Paul Mitchell Systems (US), NATULIQUE ApS (Denmark), and Kao Corporation (Japan) as the Key Players in the Global Men’s Hair Color Market Growth.
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Segmental Analysis
The Global Men’s Hair Color Market has been segmented based on product Type, Category, Form, End User, Distribution Channel, and Region.
By Product Type, the global market has been divided into permanent and semi-permanent hair color, temporary hair color, root touch-up, and others. The permanent and semi-permanent hair color segment accounted for the maximum market share in 2018, whereas, the root touch-up segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 8.32% during the forecast period. Root touch-ups are used to cover up the roots. As the colored hair will start to grow, the roots will begin to show the hair’s natural color, which will ruin the colored hair look. The root touch-up products will extend the time period between each salon appointment, as they are easy to use and readily available in the market.
By Category, the global market has been divided into conventional and natural & organic. The conventional segment accounted for the maximum market share in 2018. The conventional men’s hair colors are based on color precursors, called oxidation dyes, and the final shade is developed by their interactions with an oxidizing agent. The demand for conventional men’s hair color is increasing among men across the globe, owing to its easy availability and low cost compared to the natural & organic category.
By Form, the global market has been divided into powder, cream & gel, and others. The powder segment accounted for the maximum market share in 2018, whereas, the cream & gel segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 7.45% during the forecast period. Cream & gel are some of the most widely available formats of hair color. The cream & gel segment is expected to register the highest growth in the global Men’s Hair Color Market Growth. Premium men’s hair colors come in the cream form. Due to the increasing growth of premium products, the demand for the cream & gel segment is expected to increase.
By end user, the market has been divided into household and commercial. The household segment accounted for the maximum market share in 2018, whereas, the commercial segment is expected to register a higher CAGR of 7.68% during the forecast period. Commercial end use refers to beauty salons and parlors. The commercial segment is gaining acceptance both in developed and developing economies. Men’s hair color manufacturers are collaborating with the beauty salons and parlor to enhance the volume sales of the men’s hair color. The growth of the commercial segment is high due to the increasing disposable income and changing lifestyles of consumers. Consumers want to maximize leisure time, which has is expected to result in the growth of the commercial segment.
Regional Analysis
Geographically, the global Men’s Hair Color Market Growth has been categorized as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world. As per MRFR analysis, North America dominated the market, accounting for the largest share in 2018. Europe Men’s Hair Color Market Growth accounted for the second-largest market share in 2018. Asia-Pacific is projected to register the highest CAGR of 7.20% during the forecast period.
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PAWS of Rutherford County Pets for Adoption May 6, 2021
PAWS of Rutherford County Pets for Adoption May 6, 2021
I love the Star Wars theme with the names of the animals in this week’s PAWS visit. Han Solo was definitely one of my favorites :). Which one was yours? A big thank you to A Mortgage Boutique for sponsoring our PAWS videos!! PAWS of Rutherford County is located at 285 John Rice Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 and can be contacted at 615-898-7740.
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I made this tiktok and I was asked to release the slides in image form.
[Edit: Please feel free to steal, especially if you mean to create the whole presentation]
photo descriptions under the cut:
Photo ID Begins: A series of slides, introducing presentations by characters from the Check Please! webcomic by Ngozi Ukazu.
photo 1: title “The Bittle/Phelps Jam War and Why it Matters” subtitle “A Presentation by Eric Bittle” side text “If my mother finds out about this, I am never baking for any of you again”. The title is on a bright pink background, and the rest of the text is against a white back ground. There is a picture of an open jar of jam with a spoon in it on the left side of the image.
photo 2: Title “What Sitcom Trope Fits Each of You Best” subtitle “An Expert Report by Me, Holster”. The title is in large black letters in an all caps font that looks like handwriting, the subtitle is small white type against a teal background.
photo 3: Title “You Have to Go to the Woodshop Safety Training if You Want To Keep Annoying Me While I Fix Things, Nurse”. Subtitle “It’s for your own safety ffs. (for fucks sake). By Dex” The title text is a large, wide sans serif font, the subtitle is so small it can almost go unnoticed by comparison.
photo 4: Title “which book of poetry will i make dex read if he makes me go to wood shop safety training” subtitle “an eloquent list of possibilities by d nurse”. Both the title and subtitle are in an elegant narrow sans serif font, and written entirely in lowercase letters.
photo 5: Title “Cute Pets that Cait and I Will Adopt Some Day”. Subtitle “By Chris Chow”. The background is orange, the title is written in wide teal colored sans serif font. The subtitle is in small white letters. There is a photo of a long haired medium sized dog wearing a San Jose Sharks jersey on the right side of the photo.
photo 6: Title “Statistically Who Has Been the MVP (most valuable player) at Each of This Year’s Kegsters” subtitle “Besides Holtzy and I Obviously. By Ransom”. Both title and subtitle are typed with white letters, over a background image of a dark room with colored lights shining on the ground in patterns, simulating a party.
photo 7: Title “NHL (National Hockey League) Players I Think I Could Beat at Flip Cup”. Subtitle “An Incomplete List by Lardo Duan”. Both title and subtitle are typed in white in a serif font against a black background. There is a wide teal stripe above the black background.
photo 8: Title “WWII (World War Two) Isn’t Boring. You Guys are Just Mean.” Subtitle “Jack Zimmermann”. There is noticeably no customization, just a black sans serif font against a white background.
photo 9: Title “Why I Will be Taking Lardo’s Last Name” Subtitle “B. Shitty Duan Esq” The title is in a wide black serif font in a white box. The subtitle is in a small sans serif font in a black box. Both are against a background of wide yellow and blue vertical stripes.
photo 10: Title “Being Aware that You are Part of a Transformative Work: a Blessing and a Curse” Subtitle “An Intentionally Self-Referential End to This TikTok by John Johnson” The text is in the same non customized style as in photo 8, but the title is aligned to the right to make room in the left top corner for the Check Please! logo.
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illogicallesbian · 2 days ago
Pick five of your ocs and answer all of the oc questions for each of them. Now.
Okay I’ll do the one that I’m pretty sure you specifically want to know the most
Iza
1. Her human friends call her Kit or Kitty because she hisses when startled
2. Brown eyes, light brownish orangish color, and she has no hair because she is a Ferengi
3. she is 4′6″
4. You could notice their smile across the room
5. I have already said that Iza wears Hawaiian shirts pretty much all the time, but she also wears large (and very stupid) graphic tees from all over the alpha (and eventually gamma) quadrant. She has plenty of Lurian-sized merch for Quark’s. Overall, it’s pretty much big shirt big shoes small pants.
6. Caffeinated 
7. They have a large scar on their right ear, as well as their right cheek, that reaches the corner of their mouth. They got it in an accident that they had when they were little.
8. Their voice is always chipper, even in situations that are not chipper, it isn’t reflective of their emotions, it’s just how they talk.
9. It’s just absolutely covered in knickknacks. They’re a collector!
10. A notebook full of jokes that worked for the crowd and a PADD full of holophotos of their parents.
11. Iza misses her mom a lot and is always very excited when she comes to the station
12. Iza also misses her dad a lot, but they aren’t on AMAZING terms. Her dad is just kind of an asshole, but he wasn’t horrible or anything
13. They had one brother who died in the accident that they had when they were small.
14. They latched onto Bashir pretty much immediately, much to the chagrin of Bashir and also Garak (they’ve never met a doctor that was so nice!)
15. It wasn’t bad! They spent a lot of it in the hospital getting various reconstructive surgeries, and their dad also gets really sick really often, but they had a supportive mom and plenty of friends!
16. I know I could say the accident (for angst reasons) but I’m going to say getting her first pet. It was Klingon Targ. She wants another one.
17. Iza has a pretty big imagination. They can end up jumping to conclusions really quickly, and they are often very VERY far off.
18. Her family had to move a lot for various medical treatments. Her favorite place to live, though, has been ds9.
19. She is SO SCARED that she’ll mess a kid up. 
20. Not a good parent, but a fun one. They’re a little immature, but they’ve got a lot of love to give. Maybe if they adopted a teenager at some point.
21. Her mother and her cool uncle (he’s a Ferengi that we know but you guys can guess which one)
22.  I actually do not know this one. Drop your ideas in the notes.
23. Usually very upbeat people who can match their energy.
24. This sounds bad but shy people. They do not like trying to get people to open up.
25. They haven’t found their soulmate yet, but they’re definitely looking.
26. N/A
27. N/A
28. N/A
29. N/A
30. They got the standard Ferengi education but then went to acting school on Earth
31. They were SUPER outgoing and joined a lot of extra classes and clubs. Botany classes, sewing clubs, carpentry clubs, you name it. They were trying to make up for the time they lost after they spent so much of their childhood in the boring, sterile environment of a hospital.
32. They were super good at Language Arts and acting
33. They were honestly more interested in making people laugh than anything at school.
34. Comedy!! They hope to really take off one day and become a famous comedian like John Mulaney or J’Tahs Tiroha (famous klingon comedian that I just made up)
35. They perform literally every night at Quark’s (or on Ten Forward when they decide stay on the enterprise for awhile)
36. They absolutely love it. They love making people laugh and just being entertaining in general.
37. To be a famous comedian.
38. She acts out when she gets stressed. Sometimes she ends up in a holding cell.
39. She doesn’t get angry very often, but when she does she closes herself off.
40. It’s pretty similar with grief, except she cries a lot as well.
41. Her biggest fear is dying in obscurity
42. Seeing people smile
43. Their sense of humor is really upbeat. They don’t really do self deprecating, only mild stuff in their anecdotes. They also do joke about their feelings and events in their life.
44. She hates it when people refuse to be happy. She also hates when people whistle.
45. Whistling, high pitched noises in general (their hearing aid picks up on a LOT of them so they can get annoying)
46. She regrets not doing more to save her brother when they were kids. She also regrets not taking more time to figure herself out.
47. VERY easily
48. They can be really passive-aggressive since they don’t like to show negative feelings.
49. The accident and the hospitals
50. They haven’t told anyone about their brother. They also had a girlfriend in acting school who left her for reasons she does not disclose.
51. They want to put good into the world no matter what. They are also VERY for the Ferengi feminist movement, but they feel that business is bad and earning money shouldn’t be the only goal. They also have very strong feelings about the treatment of the Dominion aliens. They’re also pretty anti-federation, they think it’s basically an empire masquerading as a democratic union of planets.
52. She’s really motivated by the need to find love
53. She’s pretty physically healthy, if a little scrawny. She does get sick super easily, though.
54. Heart 100%
55. They do not like to think about death.
56. They’re really good at improvising and they care a lot
57. They aren’t very good at interpreting other people’s needs.
58. They try really REALLY hard not to cry because they know that they need criticism to grow, but sometimes they canNOT help it
59. She likes to think of herself as someone who cares
60. If she could change something about herself, it would be how easy she cries or gets anxious
61. They tend to think she has no boundaries, which isn’t TRUE at all.
62. She bears her heart onstage, but almost never one-on-one
63. Physical affection
64. Nail biting and clacking their teeth together
65. Orange juice! She likes thinner liquids
66. Toasted tubeworms
67. Butterscotches, they ate so many in acting school
68. Spring! It’s rainy and it reminds them of home
69 (nice). Cold rain
70. Garak made them read the Never-Ending Sacrifice and once they got their attention on it, they really liked it.
71. A Bajoran sitcom about farmers who adopt a cardassian baby called “Fires in the North” (very loosely translated)
72. Things that are upbeat and very loud. Lyrics don’t really matter as much.
73. Comedy!
74. Blue
75. Plants. Anything outside. The opposite of a hospital
76. They’re actually really fond of Cardassian Voles
77. A cheering crowd
78. Early morning, when everything is just getting started
79. They really like pickle flavored ice cream
80. Those really tiny ones that spit venom in that one guy’s face from jurassic park
81. Make your own question: Did your OC have a favorite teacher?
One of their acting professors was Dr. Ren, a human woman who nurtured her talent for comedy when all her other professors either tried to get her to be more serious, if they didn’t just write her passion off as another Ferengi moneymaking scheme.
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Happy Anniversary -- Deancas x son!reader (he/him)
TW/CW: Food mentions, light swearing (uncensored), canon-typical mentions of s/x, but nothing actually shown. Mentions of J*hn’s bad parenting.
Summary: They’ve been dating for four years, and somewhere along the line, they picked (y/n) up. To celebrate their fourth anniversary-- their first anniversary with a son-- they do something special.
Guys this has been in my drafts since literally January fifth. 
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The night before, Dean couldn’t sleep. He laid in bed with his lover, his angel, his Cas, and stared at the ceiling. Every once in a while, he felt the mattress shift, and he turned to check on the sleeping man beside him. After four years, he still wasn’t used to sleeping next to the angel. Hell, he didn’t think he would ever get used to it-- the domesticity, the gentleness, the pure love-- he had never had this. It was the kind of love you saw in the movies and scoffed at. It wasn’t real, and if it were, it would be when you found a hot woman at a sleazy bar, and fucked in the cheap motel across the road. 
Castiel changed that. He didn’t even know what he was feeling was love. Cas made him understand. He knew, suddenly, why Sam had been devastated by Jess’s death; why John had abandoned everything, even his own children, to get revenge for his wife. Dean shuddered as he remembered the fires, promising to never let anything hurt Cas. 
“Dean,” Cas mumbled. “C’mon. Sleep.” He threw an arm around the Winchester, pulling them together. Dean rolled over, wrapping Cas in his arms, holding him tight.
“I love you,” He whispered as he buried his face into the angel’s hair. He kissed his head gently, tightening his hold briefly. “Now and forever.”
“I know,” he whispered back, reaching up to squeeze Dean’s hand. “And I love you too.” Dean slowly relaxed, telling his negative thoughts to go to hell, and slowly fell asleep to the sound of Cas’s steady breathing.
He had less nightmares now. Maybe it was because they gave up hunting, or perhaps time really did heal all wounds, but it was a welcome change. And when he did have a nightmare, his lover was right there next to him.
The sun shone through little gaps in the curtains, painting sunstripes across the room. In the faint golden light, Cas seemed to glow, and Dean gently clutched his hand. They had long since given up on alarm clocks; there was no point to waking up early when there were no threats. “Happy anniversary, lover boy,” Dean whispered into his ear before standing up and stretching quietly. He tiptoed out of the room, heading down the near silent hall.
Stopping at a colorfully decorated door, he cracked it open and peeked in. “Well good morning kiddo,” he grinned at his son, who sat awake and reading a fairy tale book on his bed. 
“Morning dad!!” He jumped up, running to hug him. “Where’s papa?” 
Dean smiled, ruffling his hair. Adopting this little ray of sunshine had been one of the best decisions he ever made. “Well, it’s a very special day today.” he pressed a finger to the child’s lips in a shushing motion. “Four years ago, your papa and I said that we love each other.”
(y/n)’s eyes widened and he bounced on his toes. “Can we make an extra special surprise for him?” He looked up at Dean with begging eyes. “Please?”
“You read my mind, buddy. Wanna make him some extra special ‘I love you’ pancakes?” He grabbed (y/n)’s hand and walked him down the hallway towards the kitchen.
“Yeah!” he squealed, tugging on Dean’s hand. “C’mon, faster! We gotta surprise him!”
Dean swore when he saw this kid that no harm would ever come to him. He remembered his own childhood, how he was forced to play mother and father at a young age. He hardly remembered ever being this happy, but Mary told him some stories when she came back. He smiled sadly, knowing that she would’ve loved (y/n).
“You’re right, kid. We gotta hurry. In fact,” he let his voice trail off, and picked the kid up, running down the halls with (y/n) over his shoulder. He giggled in delight, holding on to Dean’s hair.
When they got to the kitchen, Dean put him down, slightly out of breath. “Pancakes, dad, pancakes!” (y/n) ran to the pantry, finding the box of pancake mix and putting it on the counter. He was still a little short to use the counter, but he didn’t let that stop him. “We need milk!” He pulled it out of the fridge, clutching it to his chest so that he wouldn’t drop it. 
“Wow, you’re so strong,” Dean chuckled, getting an egg from the still-open fridge. He also grabbed some measuring cups and a bowl. He did all the measuring, with an excited child clinging to his leg, but he let (y/n) do the mixing. He spooned a few circles of batter onto a buttered griddle, smiling at the quiet sizzling noises. “Do you think papa would want some bananas with his pancakes?”
(y/n) cheered and ran over to the fruit bowl sitting on the counter next to the sink. “Can I cut up the bananas?”
“Sure, buddy.” Dean flipped the pancake and helped his son get a butter knife and cutting board. “Can you peel the banana?” He nodded excitedly, his small hands grasping the end of the banana. It took him a moment of twisting, but the banana peel cracked open. 
“Dad, dad, look!” He proudly held the peeled banana up to Dean’s face.
“Wow,” he nodded in approval. “Soon enough, you’ll be a better banana peeler than your papa and I. We’ll have to ask you for help peeling our bananas.”
(y/n) giggled and turned to the cutting board. His eyebrows furrowed in concentration as he tried to cut the banana into even slices. They were a little lopsided, but as Dean turned to plate the pancakes, his heart swelled with pride. He hadn’t known how intensely he yearned for this life; until they adopted (y/n), this sort of domestic life was a fantasy, a sweet nothing that he dreamt about while he laid in bed. Seeing his son beam up at him? That was real, and that was good, and he would do anything to protect that innocence.
“I did it!” He clapped, still holding the butter knife. Dean knew that it was harmless, but his heart dropped when he saw the waving knife.
“Hey, hey, kiddo,” he rushed over, stilling his hands. “Let’s not do that with a knife, okay?” 
“Okay,” he giggled and placed the knife on the table before resuming his clapping.
“Now c’mere, lets put the bananas on the pancake.” They arranged the banana slices into a heart, and Dean drizzled maple syrup over the whole thing. “Let’s bring it to papa, okay? We gotta be real quiet so we don’t wake him up.”
The pair tiptoed down the hallway, Dean carrying the tray. He knew, technically, that Cas didn’t see the point in eating. How he tasted each individual molecule, not the food as a whole. That just meant more pancake for himself and (y/n).
“GOOD MORNING PAPA!” (y/n) shouted as they opened the bedroom door. “Look, look, we made you pancakes! Happy I love you day!” The child ran up, tackling Cas in a hug. He didn’t quite know what an anniversary was yet, but his excitement was contagious. Dean placed the tray on their bedside table and leaned over to kiss Cas.
“Morning angel,” he murmured as (y/n) stuck his tongue out in childish disgust. “Happy anniversary.”
“Good morning,” Cas smiled into the kiss. “I see you made some pancakes.”
“All for you,” Dean pulled away and placed the tray over Cas’s lap. “Well, mostly for me and (y/n).”
"I can see that," he gestured towards the young boy, already trying to sneak a banana slice off the plate.
In that moment, there was just love. The room was filled with it, and it was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Cas and Dean embracing each other on the bed, watching their son run around with glee, relishing the little life that they carved out for themselves. This was theirs. Their little corner of the world, safe from monsters and demons and gods.
And may God help the poor fool who tries to take it away from them.
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