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demonic-kitkats · 20 minutes ago
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[ID: we are looking in through the doorway of a compartment on a train at Violet and Arkady, as well as two women whose only visible parts are their hands on the tops of their bags. Arkady and Violet are sitting on the benches across from each other, smiling. Arkady is on the right, a south Asian woman with dark hair and brown skin, and is wearing a red skirt and a brown blouse. Violet is a Chinese woman with dark hair and tan skin in a purple shirt and a lighter purple shirt. There is a window between them showing the countryside]
I made this art for @iffeelscouldkill ‘s fic (here) for the @tscosi-minibang . It’s a really good fic! You should read it!
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iffeelscouldkill · 22 minutes ago
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The Strange Case of the Iris Express
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[ID: A picture of a tan train car door with the text "The Strange Case of the" in the window, "Iris Express" on a white band of metal below the window, and "enchantedsleeper" on a plate of metal in the center of the image. All of the text is in all caps, dark brown serif, except for "enchantedsleeper," which is edited to look like it is embossed onto the metal plate. The door is very dirty. /end ID]
Summary: Violet Liu, a scientist working for industrial corporation Republico, is travelling on a brand new steam train called the Iris Express when she finds herself sharing a carriage with Kay Grisham - a young woman who says she grew up in the same small town as Violet. But as things start to go wrong with the train, Violet realises that the journey, and Kay, might not be what they had seemed.
Length: 11,583 words
Relationships: Violet Liu/Arkady Patel, Alvy Connors & Brian Jeeter
Read it on AO3!
A/N: Here is my fic for the TSCOSI Season Two Hiatus mini-bang, @tscosi-minibang! I am stoked to have worked with two brilliant artists AGAIN for this fic, @demonic-kitkats (whose fantastic artwork you can check out here) and @caedogeist-rights​​, who has made a podfic! of my fic!! which you can listen to on AO3! Ae also made the wonderful title card you see above 😍
Innumerable thanks are also due to Ehlana, whose tireless beta work made this fic so much better than it would have otherwise been.
Detailed content warnings and the full fic can be found on AO3, but read on for a small taster!
The brand new steam train was state of the art, or so her supervisor at Republico had told her – a fact that did very little to calm Violet’s nerves as she walked along the gleaming length of the Iris Express looking for an empty carriage. Or, failing that, a less-crowded one.
You might think that the presence of other passengers would have been reassuring, but as she took in the idling, hissing locomotive, Violet could feel the edges of a nervous attack tugging at her, threatening to drag her down, and if that happened she’d prefer to have as few people around to witness it as possible. Especially men making ‘helpful’ comments about female hysteria.
Finally, she drew level with the last carriage – the farthest away from the engine – and was relieved to find it mostly empty, with only a group of elderly women seated in a corner, talking quietly. Taking a last deep breath of dusty air, Violet boarded the Iris Express, gathering up her skirts so that they wouldn’t catch in the doorway. She made her way to the far corner and sat down, placing the leather case the company had entrusted to her on the seat beside her.
They had ten minutes until the train was due to depart. With any luck, no-one else would be getting into the carriage before then. Violet turned her head to look out of the window and tried not to think about the upcoming departure.
Get a grip on yourself, Violet, she thought sternly. Dozens of people have travelled by steam train without any problems. The corporation’s top engineers designed this and certified its safety. What are you afraid is going to happen?
“Hi!” a cheerful voice broke into her thoughts, and Violet did not almost jump out of her skin. She looked up to see a woman of around her age beaming down at her. “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to disturb your thoughts – I just wondered if you’d mind some company?”
Violet stared inarticulately at her for a few moments, thrown (and wondering what was wrong with the numerous other empty seats in the carriage), before her manners kicked in. “No – no, please have a seat.”
The woman’s face relaxed into a smaller, almost relieved smile as she sat down across from Violet. She had kind eyes, Violet thought. She was tall, her skin a few shades darker than Violet’s, her dark hair braided and wound into a knot at the back of her head.
“Kay Grisham,” the woman introduced herself.
“Violet Liu,” Violet said.
“So, what brings you aboard the Iris Express, Violet?” asked Kay.
Violet was about to reply when a loud whistle from outside made her jump again and clutch at her seat. The train was getting ready to depart.
“First time on a steam train?” Kay asked knowingly as the train began to slowly move away from the station, thick clouds of smoke obscuring the view outside the window.
“Is it that obvious?” Violet asked, aiming for self-deprecating humour. Her voice only shook slightly, and Kay was gracious enough not to comment on it.
“I know the feeling,” she said. The train was now picking up speed, the whole carriage rattling as it moved over uneven joins in the track, and Violet focused on taking deep, even breaths. Hearing Kay’s voice actually helped – there was something calming about it. Maybe having company wasn’t so bad after all. “I doubt a steam train would come within ten miles of the town where I grew up – it was tiny. More of a village, really.”
Violet smiled. “I was born somewhere like that,” she said. “You either knew everyone else who lived there, or you knew someone who knew them. It was… a little confining, but cosy at the same time. Not a bad place to grow up.”
Kay laughed. “That sounds like Harmony Creek,” she said, and Violet froze.
“What do you mean?” she asked. “Have you been there?”
Kay frowned slightly. “Harmony Creek? Yeah, that’s – where I grew up. Well, nearby anyway. My father had a general store on the outskirts of town, Grisham’s.”
“But… I grew up in Harmony Creek,” Violet said slowly. “We’re from the same town?” Her head was reeling slightly at the incredible coincidence – that hundreds of miles from her former home, she could have met someone who grew up in the same small, insular community. And yet – she couldn’t remember ever hearing about the Grisham family, or a general store on the edge of town. Could she? She racked her brains.
A broad grin was spreading across Kay’s face. “I thought your name was familiar!” she exclaimed. “Violet Liu – do you have a younger sister? Juniper?”
Violet’s eyes widened. “That’s right – we’re several years apart in age. Six years to be precise.”
Kay nodded like this had confirmed what she’d expected. “I have younger siblings, too – I think my brother and your sister used to play together. Jack Grisham?”
“Jack…” Violet tried to remember the names of any of Juniper’s playmates, but couldn’t. She’d been at the age where she was far too self-interested to pay attention to what her little sister had been doing, except when Juniper tried to play with any of her toys. “Sorry,” she said, embarrassed. “Clearly my memory is worse than I thought. You must think I’m so rude, not remembering you or your family.”
“No, no,” Kay rushed to reassure her. “It was more than a decade ago – it would be ridiculous to expect you to remember. My family did keep to ourselves – we weren’t heavily involved in town life, aside from the store.”
She paused, and then said with a bashful hesitancy, “I did see you around town once or twice and – think that I might like to talk to you. Ask you for a drink, even. But I never had the courage. Maybe if I had, I’d have been more memorable.”
Violet stared at her, aware that she was blushing fiercely. “W-well – it’s never too late,” she said. “Maybe after we get to the end of this hellish journey, we could… get a drink together.”
Kay looked surprised, and then favoured her with another delighted smile. “I’d like that,” she said. “Is it still a “hellish” journey, then?”
“I—” Violet stopped, and realised that it had been several minutes since she’d even thought about the fact that she was on a train – and the anxiousness that had been pressing against the back of her throat had faded significantly. “I’ve realised there are… some definite upsides to it.”
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Maslow's hierarchy of needs but the bottom layer is "podcast found family singing together"
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liveandbreathemusicals · 2 hours ago
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Hey everyone!
I just posted another Starkid Crack! video on my YouTube channel. Feel free to check it out and help get my channel off the ground!
https://youtu.be/xIvPMM1nGcg
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moonlight--falls · 2 hours ago
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Sura reached top nerd level! 
LICINIA: “Hey, good job!” 
SURA: “Thanks fam.” 
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books0977 · 2 hours ago
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Starship Troopers. Robert A. Heinlein. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1959]. First edition. Original dust jacket. Winner of the 1960 Hugo award for best novel. 
Starship Troopers is a novel set in an unspecified time in the future, although probably not in the far-flung future. It chronicles the experiences of Juan "Johnnie" Rico, the story's narrator, during his enlistment and training in the Mobile Infantry, and his participation in an interstellar war between the Terran Federation and the Pseudo-Arachnids (referred to as "the Bugs") of Klendathu.
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caseopencaseshut · 3 hours ago
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FUCKED UP WORLD — THE PRETTY RECKLESS
“Ain’t a chain on my brain. I’m nobody’s slave. I got one foot in the cradle, and one in the grave.”
I NEVER TOLD YOU WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING — MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
“Another knife in my hands. A stain that never comes off the sheets. Clean me off. I'm so dirty, babe. The kind of dirty where the water never cleans off the clothes. It's for the bodies I claim and lose. Only go so far till you bury them. So deep and down we go.”
GOING TO HELL — THE PRETTY RECKLESS
“For the lives that I take, I’m going to hell. For the laws that I break, I’m going to hell.”
“For the way I condescend and never lend a hand. My arrogance is making this head buried in the sand. For the souls I forsake, I’m going to hell.”
KILLER IN THE MIRROR — SET IT OFF
“Look out, they're closing in on you now. Wake up, or you'll wake up six feet down. Nobody's got your back in this town. Knock ‘em in the teeth now. Out here, there's no negotiation. No room to start a conversation. Before you get a taste, it's taken. Never let your guard down.”
“Feel the fear, and swallow back the tears. Let weakness disappear. There’s nobody but me here, the killer in the mirror.”
“Knock ‘em in the teeth now. Never let your guard down. When they step in your house, knock, knock, knock ‘em all the fuck out!”
THE PHOENIX — FALL OUT BOY
“You are a brick tied to me that’s dragging me down. Strike a match, and I’ll burn you to the ground.”
“Get hitched, make a career out of robbing banks. Because the world is just a teller, and we are wearing black masks. ‘You broke our spirit,’ says the note we pass.”
“The war is won before it’s begun. Release the doves. Surrender love.”
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DIRTY — PANIC! AT THE DISCO
“If you wanna start a fight, you better throw the first punch. Make it a good one. If you wanna make it though the night, you better say my name like the good, the bad, and the dirty.”
REVENGE AND ITS THRILLS — TONIGHT ALIVE
“Keep your back against the wall. Well, is this a face that looks like it’s sorry for you now? I wouldn’t care what side or the grass you’re on, as long as you’re out of my way.”
GLORY AND GORE — LORDE
“Now we’re in the ring, and we’re coming for blood.”
“Glory and gore go hand in hand. That’s why we’re making headlines. You can try and take us, but victory’s contagious.”
“We gladiate, but I guess we're really fighting ourselves. Roughing up our minds so we're ready when the kill time comes.”
“Wide awake in bed, words in my brain: ‘Secretly you love this. Do you even wanna go free?’ Let me in the ring. I'll show you what that big word means.”
MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK — FALL OUT BOY
“I’m just dreaming of tearing you apart.”
“Burn everything you love, then burn the ashes. In the end, everything collides. My childhood spat back out the monster that you see.”
MAD IQS — I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
“Oh, you are never gonna stop me, ‘cause I’m never gonna quit. I’m gonna get just what I want, and I am gonna get it quick.”
LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO — TAYLOR SWIFT
“But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time. Honey, I rose up from the dead. I do it all the time. I’ve got a list of names, and yours is in red underlined.”
CHOKE — I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
“Now shut your dirty mouth. If I could burn this town, I wouldn’t hesitate to smile while you suffocate.”
THIS AIN’T A SCENE, IT’S AN ARMS RACE — FALL OUT BOY
“I’m a leading man, and the lies I weave are oh so intricate.”
I DON’T CARE — FALL OUT BOY
“I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me. The best of us can find happiness in misery.”
I KNOW PLACES — TAYLOR SWIFT (Kaz x Inej)
“Baby, I know places we won’t be found. And they’ll be chasing their tails trying to track us down. ‘Cause I know places we can hide.”
“They take their shots, but we’re bulletproof. And I know for me, it’s always you.”
THRONE — BRING ME THE HORIZON (for Pekka Rollins)
“Remember the moment you left me alone and broke every promise you ever made? I was an ocean, lost in the open. Nothing could take the pain away.”
“So you can throw me to the wolves. Tomorrow, I will come back leader of the whole pack. Beat me black and blue. Every wound will shape me. Every scar will build my throne.”
“The sticks and the stones that you used to throw have built me an empire. So don’t even try to cry me a river.”
ALPHA DOG — FALL OUT BOY
“You’re not the first, or the last, but you’re possibly the prettiest. He’s a fighter past his prime. He’s in the gutter waving his hand, ‘I’m just fine.’”
THE CITY IS AT WAR — COBRA STARSHIP
“The city is at war. Playtime for the young and rich. Ignore me if you see me, ‘cause I just don’t give a shit.”
“Here’s how it goes: it’s about who you know. If you got money, you get in for free.”
YOUNG AND MENACE — FALL OUT BOY
“And I lived so much life, lived so much life, I think that God is gonna have to kill me twice.”
YOUNG VOLCANOES — FALL OUT BOY
“When Rome’s in ruins, we are the lions free of the coliseums.”
“We are wild. We are like young volcanoes.”
VICTORIOUS — PANIC! AT THE DISCO
“Fifty words for murder, and I’m every one of them.”
“Tonight, we are victorious. Champagne pouring over us. All my friends, we’re glorious. Tonight, we are victorious.”
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moonlight--falls · 5 hours ago
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The kids always drink outside, because we have no furniture. 
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cosmosx · 5 hours ago
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Are these timelines realistic? 👇 Credit: NatGeo (MARS), SpaceX, @maxrymsha, Star Citizen #space #spacex #starship #elonmusk #nasa #iss #moon #mars (at Future) https://www.instagram.com/p/CO5ltReDQvz/?igshid=oz3u6ydgoky7
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westcoastbroadway · 5 hours ago
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self care is rewatching starship but skipping the parts where bug is mean to bugette
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aquagirl1978 · 6 hours ago
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For @violettduchess and @lostgirl97 and all my other Atlas loving friends
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driverland · 15 hours ago
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2021 Starship SN10
Cool transport system for returning from space.
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weheartelon · 17 hours ago
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Starship’s heat shields are so satisfying to look at🚀😜
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weheartelon · 18 hours ago
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This is so cool! A few members of the SpaceX software team will be on Reddit tomorrow for an AMA! Coding and software dev is not my strong suit so I’ll let others ask the important questions😅
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manilalbahiram · 19 hours ago
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SpaceX outlines first orbital Starship test flight - SpaceNews
SpaceX outlines first orbital Starship test flight – SpaceNews
WASHINGTON — SpaceX has disclosed details for the first orbital test flight of its next-generation Starship launch system, but the company is still far short of the regulatory approvals needed for the mission. SpaceX filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission May 13 for special temporary authority for communications required to support a Starship test launch from the…
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I JUST WATCHED STAR TREK TNG EPISODE "THE OFFSPRING" AND IM FRACKING SOBBING WHY DO SHE HAD A PANIC ATTACK AND DIED WTFFFFF😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
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moonlight--falls · 22 hours ago
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Jefferson’s reaction to being pregnant again. 
JEFFERSON: “Damn.” 
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ondigitalshop · 23 hours ago
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SpaceX plans for 1st orbital Starship flight hint at Texas-to-Hawaii trip
SpaceX plans for 1st orbital Starship flight hint at Texas-to-Hawaii trip
SpaceX is getting Starship ready for its first orbital flight. The company plans to launch a prototype Starship vehicle from the usual location near Boca Chica, Texas, and do a round-the-world uncrewed flight that will splash down off the coast of Hawaii, according to a document filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that was first reported by The Verge. A flight date has…
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better-worlds · 23 hours ago
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U.S.S. Voyager, Star Trek: Voyager, Robert Bonchune
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