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crassussativum · 11 minutes ago
Sentinel: Chapter 9
How did he have so many socks? Cato snatched another one up off the floor, one that didn’t match the other handful he’d picked up and actually wasn’t even his. He sighed and dropped it in the laundry basket with the rest of his dirty clothes and the few things that belonged to his brothers. Cato couldn’t remember when Cicero or Marcian had had the chance to be in his room to leave behind socks and a tiny t-shirt and the fish plush under the dresser that definitely wasn’t his. Cato bent and yanked it out and then tossed it in his chair. Marcian would figure out where he’d left it eventually. Maybe.
Cato was picking it back up when a knock at his door had him looking over his shoulder. Dad stood there, as usual having not waited for him to say it was okay to come in before just doing it. It annoyed him but he knew parents just did that. Mom had used to do it too when he was little.
“Are you...?” Dad stared at him and the half picked up mess of his room. “You’re not ready to go yet.”
Cato stared back. “To go?”
“Ignatius made arrangements for a day trip to one of Palaven’s more private beaches.” His shoulders sagged with a long, tired sigh. “I thought I had told you.”
Cato stared at him some more, nagging the talons of one hand. Dad hadn’t told him anything about a day trip, but the way he looked so tired and worn down, he didn’t want to say that. It wasn’t like Dad to forget things but he got lost in projects all the time just like he did too. And things were so different and hectic and it was okay to forget other things. Even if it hurt terribly to be one of those forgotten things. For a moment, Cato thought about coldly telling his dad that he didn’t want to go anywhere with him or the Sentinels or his brothers. But it was just for a moment and he knew it was wrong.
“I was just looking for my stuff and got distracted again.” He said instead. “I can be totally ready in a few minutes though. Do you need me to get ‘Ro and Marc’ ready too?”
Dad shook his head and gave a little smile. “No, I just got them sent down to the garage with the others.”
“Okay,” Cato said, relieved he didn’t have to scramble to get himself ready and then try to wrangle his sometimes feral brothers too. He knew he was likely to lose his temper with them and that would just ruin the day Dad had planned. “I’ll meet you guys down there soon.”
“Bring whatever you want to, I’d say we’ll be there well into the evening.”
“Okay,” He said again and turned to look for his backpack. He hadn’t heard Dad leave but when he turned around again, he was already gone.
Cato changed into shorts and a tank-top with one of his light sweaters over it just in case. He stuffed everything he’d thought he’d need in the backpack and headed down to the garage that housed the every-day cars and not the military ones. He doubted Dad would drive them to the beach in such a show of force as that. Sentinel Mavic was waiting for him when he got there, leaning on the backside of one of the cars and oddly enough dressed like Cato was.
“You’re gonna lose those.” He pointed to the small Sentinel’s sandals.
Mavic looked down at his feet and wiggled his toes. “Eh,” He shrugged. “They’re cheap so not a big deal if I do.”
Cato shrugged back at him, caught staring at the lines of orange going up Mavic’s legs. He hadn’t known his colony tattoos were on more than just his face. Most people didn’t do that and now Cato wondered if Dad would let him do it when he was older.
“My face is up here, kid.” The Sentinel teased him as he went around to open the rear door.
“Oh Spirits,” Cato trilled embarrassment and hurried to get in the backseat to Mavic’s laugh.
He climbed in beside him. “Gimme that look again in ten or somethin’ years and I’ll show you the rest of ‘em.”
“Wow.” He trilled again, blushing up to his fringe as he saw Eros already waiting inside the car.
“Good morning, Cato.” He said in a soft tone, his voice almost musical in nature but all the priests were like that. “Sentinel, you’re incorrigible.”
Mavic buckled in. “He knows I’m just pickin’ on him.” He laughed again. “Cato gives as good as he gets once he stops blushin’.”
Cato didn’t think he’d ever stop blushing. “I don’t think Sentinel Mavic is really a grown-up yet.”
“I’m probably not.” He chuckled and flashed a grin at both of them as the car started.
“Wait, where are my dad and brothers?”
“They went on ‘head in the other car with Ignatius.” Mavic told him. “The lil’ princes were chompin’ at the bit to get a move on.”
“Sounds like them.” Cato said, wiggling around in the seat until he was comfortable, one foot folded up beneath him. Now that he thought about it, of course there would be a second car, they couldn’t all fit in one. “They get so excited to do things, you know? Sometimes they’re just wild.”
“Your brothers are delightful children.” Eros said.
Cato shrugged. “Thank you?” He was never sure what he was supposed to say when people said stuff like that about his brothers or himself. “Sentinel? How long ‘til we get to the beach?”
Mavic scratched at one of his mandibles. “Crass said it would take ‘round an hour, hour and a half to get there.”
He flashed his own grin, nowhere near as boldly as the Sentinel’s, but bold for him. “Oh, so it’s Crass now?” 
“Mavic,” Eros was smiling. “Are you blushing?”
Cato was sure that he was and he grinned wider. “Mavic has a crush on Crassus.” He told Eros, comfortable -as Mavic said- giving as good as he got back to the Sentinel.
“Well, he’s got a crush on me too so it works out.” The small turian shot back, glancing behind him at the glass divider of the car that hid Crassus from view. 
Eros found himself laughing again at another of Mavic’s playful barbs directed at Cato. The boy was laughing too, his dark plating and skin tinted from his blush and getting progressively darker as the small Sentinel teased him. He’d not seen Cato behave so brightly or heard him laugh so much. In the few weeks he’d known the boy, he’d only witnessed introversion. Eros felt he was getting to see a glimpse of the real Cato thanks to his interaction with Mavic
Their reluctant Sentinel, as Ignatius called him when they were alone. Eros had expected someone given to morose moods or explicit aloofness or even firm stoicism like Crassus. He was beyond pleased that Mavic was none of those things and he’d have to talk to Ignatius about his unfair assessment. Mavic wasn’t the typical Sentinel with a decorated military background, he wasn’t battle-scarred and weary like Crassus, or as thoroughly trained as Ignatius but that didn’t make him lesser in any way. At his core, Eros sensed, he was the same as they were, he’d only chosen to walk a different path. And he made the children laugh. Eros liked him, and it seemed, so did their dispassionate Sentinel.
Eros cast his eyes to the partition that separated the front and back seats as Mavic did. He knew from experience it was sound-proofed. “You’ve only been with us a week, haven’t you?”
“Right ‘bout that long, yeah.” Mavic hummed.
“And yet you’ve already managed to make friends with both Cato and Crassus.” Eros said in his gentle way, just an observation searching for a reaction.
“Well yeah.” Mavic surprised him with a wide, boyish smile. “Us short folks gotta stick together, right Cato?”
The boy trilled a laugh. “The difference being that I’m still growing.”
“I assure you I’m jealous of that fact.”
Eros laughed with them, pleased with how Mavic handled the boy and so easily drew him out of his shell. However, now he had questions about how Mavic really dealt with their driver. Some people could be unnecessarily cruel to barefaced turians... “Cato, dear one, would you mind listening to your music or perhaps watching a vid on your omnitool so the Sentinel and I may talk? I’m afraid we’ve not had the chance before now.”
Cato glanced back and forth between them. “Oh, um sure.” He dug a pair of earbuds from his backpack. “Just give me a sec.”
“Sure thing, kid.” Mavic smiled. 
Eros waited until the boy had put his earbuds in and he could faintly the music they played. Then he waited a moment more until Cato was bobbing his head along to whatever it was he listened to. He gave the small Sentinel across from him a soft smile. Mavic smiled back.
“Y’know my parents used to do the same thing to me when they wanted to talk.” He drawled. “Or they sent me outside to play.”
“It would be difficult to send him outside of a moving car.” Eros flicked his mandibles somewhat playfully.
“Yeah,” Mavic chuckled. “But anyway, you wanted him distracted, yeah?”
Eros lifted his shoulders in a small shrug. He liked that Mavic didn’t seem interested in beating around the bush. He had that in common with Ignatius. “As I told him, I’ve not had the chance to speak with you or even start to get to know you. As the resident Spirit Carer, I fear I’ve forgotten my duties.” In truth, his grief had been overwhelming but acceptance was beginning and it was time to focus on others besides himself.
“Er...” The Sentinel scratched at his jaw idly. “I haven’t had all that many talks with Spirit Carers or priests like you, y’know? Makes me a lil’ nervous. Not that I was avoidin’ you or somethin’, I’ve just been adjustin’ to here.”
He gave an understanding smile. There were so few Valluvian priests left, nervousness was to be expected. “You appear to have adjusted quite well.”
“I usually adapt pretty fast.” Mavic ran a hand over his fringe. “Even if I think Sentinel isn’t really me, y’know? The Primarch wants me to try so I’m tryin’.”
“Ignatius had told me you were in a university on the Citadel before you were reassigned here.”
He nodded. “I served my fifteen and then decided real enlistment wasn’t for me.”
“I did the same.” Eros told him. “Though it was only five years. An injury forced me out of the field.”
“Shit. What happened?” His mandibles flicked. “If you wanna tell me ‘bout it, I mean.”
He flapped a hand. It had been so long again now, scar tissue had formed, pain had dissipated and survivor’s guilt no longer kept him sleepless. “An infiltration op went south. The unit I was assigned to perished in the onslaught, I was hit with an incendiary and would have died too had a Blackwatch vessel not passed by and received my call for help.”
“Shit.” Mavic said again, his mandibles hanging. “I’m sorry that happened.”
Eros smiled wanly and dipped his head a little. “There are many parts of it that I’m sorry for as well. But were it not for those events, I would have not met Ignatius and later mated him.”
The small Sentinel snorted. “Y’know that almost makes it sound romantic.”
Eros chuckled. “It does.” He said. “The Spirits often allow such things to transpire. You might have not planned to be here but you are and it seems you’ve found your own romance.”
“Er,” His mandibles fluttered wildly as he looked at the partition again. “I dunno ‘bout that.” 
Yeah, Mavic didn’t know about that at all. Crassus was all kinds of things he hadn’t expected when they met. Kind, smart, gentle without fail... But a romantic partner? He wasn’t sure if he wanted that with Crassus or anyone really.
“Oh,” Eros fluttered his violet painted mandibles. “I apologize, I took yours and Cato’s teasing on the matter somewhat seriously.”
“There’s a lil’ seriousness to it,” He excused, fiddling with the hem of his shorts. Crassus probably wasn’t a kiss-and-tell sort of person and he should respect that. “But me and the big guy are just gettin’ to know each other. He’s not... what his looks make you think he’s gonna be, y’know?”
Eros’ expression shifted between distasteful and shameful. “I’ll admit my gut impression of him wasn’t favorable either. Not many turian men are so solidly built, let’s say, but that aside I find Crassus to be genuine and intelligent.”
Mavic inclined his head a little, his mandibles spread in a grin at the first bit. “Your mate is built big but I reckon Crass is actually bigger. I’m used to big guys, y’know? I mean, c’mon, I’m not even six feet tall, big guys are kinda my only option.”
The priest’s laugh was warm and musical. “So then it wasn’t the size of him that put you off at first, was it?”
“Nah,” He shook his head, mandibles flicking low along his jaw a moment. Of course it hadn’t been Crassus’ size, it had been his lack of paint and the scars. “Same way I reckon it wasn’t for you. But when Crass smiles that cute lil’ smile of his and his eyes get all bright with it, I don’t much care that he’s barefaced. The toneless thing still gets me and it might for a bit, but I put my head on his chest and I can feel him purrin’. I reckon I could get used to that real fast.”
Eros gave him a soft, mysterious sort of smile and Mavic was caught by his snow-colored eyes. He was a man that saw more than he let on and saved it for later use. To help or harm, Mavic wasn’t sure but he’d always been good at reading people and instinct said the soft spoken Noverian was one of the few good ones.
“What?” Mavic chuckled a little nervously. That stare was intense.
“Does our gentle giant favor you as much as you do him?” Eros asked, his tones all whimsical and encouraging. 
He felt the heat on his throat spread to his fluttering mandibles. “I hope so.” 
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thecindercrow · an hour ago
Alternate options I made for that Judgment chapters set before deciding on finals, and minor thoughts with them, for funsies. Keeping it very spoiler-light just in case, but obviously it’s not 100%
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↑ I thought at one point I might end up mirroring ch1 and the finale with courtroom scenes, but that didn’t pan out on either end
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↑ it’s a good shot, brent. scrapped because sugiura’s way cooler than hamura. plus finding the balance on length and number of colors was getting annoying.
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↑ tbh I love chapter 3. I could have made even more for this one. I almost went with the knife one, but I’m a sucker for the kind of framing that ended up in the final set.
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↑ Limelight has one cinematic, and it’s a bunch of talking. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tense and good and leads into the next chapter by setting up a beautiful spike in the very next scene. Just not as visually thrilling for a set like this.
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↑ The symbolism. But not all that interesting to look at out of context.
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↑ I worked on this for so long and then kicked it to the curb. So it goes. That’s okay, because now I notice a couple mistakes.
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↑ I wanted so much to use something from the final scene of this chapter. No real details because I’m keeping this spoiler-light, but damn what a good scene. Problem is, anything I tried to grab from it ended up not working out framing-wise. A lot of text right over people’s faces. This one almost got there but the crop felt forced and the action was kinda slow, so I opted for something that felt suitably dissonant with the chapter title instead.
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↑ For as much as I hate Hamura, I sure included him in a bunch of options, huh? Fun camera/character spin in that shot, though. I’d already settled on ch8′s final gif, though, and decided to swap another Matsugane for getting Kaito in there somewhere.
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↑ Went back and forth on this one. Nice backdrop, ominous mood. Got a fun little edit out of the text on the final one, though.
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↑ Still kind of feel like I should have gone with this one for the final. I won’t get into all the reasons why here, spoilers and all. idk, I like both options for different reasons.
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witch0000 · an hour ago
Chapters: 8/ To sleep, perhaps to dream Fandom: The Handmaid's Tale (TV) Rating: Mature Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings Relationships: June Osborne | Offred/Serena Joy Waterford, June Osborne | 
This story picks up right where "We know what we are but not what we might be", leaves off. Nichole, daughter of June Osborne, has been kidnapped. June has been living with Serena and her daughter Hannah in Nova Scotia, where Serena brought them when she got them all out of Gilead. It was revealed in Part 1, Midnight, that Serena had been an undercover spy on a long term, deep cover assignment in Gilead. After 16 years of undercover work, Serena's heart intervened, and she fell for June, her assigned Handmaid. June asked her to escape with her and Serena agreed, Now that they are free, Serena is readjusting from her life in Gilead to trying to come back to the person she once was--one of Canada's top spies. The persona of Mrs. Waterford--volatile and nasty on her better days--has become someone ingrained in her, and it's taking a lot of psychological counseling and intervention to try to keep her on an even keel. The couple finally seem to be on solid footing, and ready to start their life together, when tragedy strikes. May be helpful to read Part 1 and Part 2 of the Series first
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zesque · an hour ago
My mutuals all hate football only because you don’t know what it’s like to have other, lesser sports as the national brain worm.
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jonnyoculo · an hour ago
ok they're not very coherent but im having sooo many thoughts about being butch. i've gotta wait until tumblr desktop lets me back into the post interface, so idk when i'll post them. but. you all will be hearing my thoughts <3
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bookwyrm214 · an hour ago
Chapters: 2/3 Fandom: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 | JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken | JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Rating: Teen And Up Audiences Warnings: Major Character Death Relationships: Giorno Giovanna & Guido Mista Characters: Bruno Buccellati, Narancia Ghirga, Leone Abbacchio, Trish Una, Jean Pierre Polnareff Additional Tags: Bruno Buccellati is Spelled Bruno Bucciarati, During Canon, Time Skips, Canon Compliant, Team Bonding, Team as Family, Developing Friendships, Fluff, Fluff and Angst, Banter, Snakes, Healing, First Aid, Hurt/Comfort, Aftermath, Grief/Mourning, Background Relationships, Implied/Referenced Character Death Series: Part 5 of PRISM, Part 5 of Write-tober 2020
Chapter 2 We Keep on Running (Ice) Summary: 
 The chaos of the fight against White Album has just wound down, giving Giorno time to process everything that has just happened. But with such a tight timeframe to get to the Boss, he can’t really justify relaxing enough to spend time understanding his feelings. Things keep on coming, and they don’t have time to stop running long enough to rest at the moment.
It’d been a long morning for the both of them. While Mista hadn’t been the one who’d driven through the early hours of the night, he’d been alert on watch, and he’d talked to Giorno to keep him from nodding off behind the wheel. Aside from that, Giorno knew how tiring it was to heal. His own arm was still healing, his sleeve torn where his flesh had been mangled. At least Mista wasn’t trying to wander around, the moment’s rest would give his wounds some time to finish closing up.
He glanced up to watch as the sunlight started to peek over the top of a building, illuminating Mista’s face in gentle golden light. His brow was sweaty, glittering in the sun. The blood on his skin shone gruesomely crimson in splattered patches that had yet to dry.
The sight unsettled him, making something in his stomach churn. The realization hit him, of just how concerned about Mista he was, and the strength of the feeling caught him off guard. Rationally, he knew Mista would be fine, as he’d just healed him personally. But he couldn’t seem to shake the feeling with logic alone.
With all that had happened in the last two days, it wouldn’t be helpful for him to get overly attached. It would be altogether too easy for Mista to die during their confrontation with the boss, however that went down, given Mista’s propensity for being a bullet sponge.
Despite knowing all of that, he couldn’t help but hope that Mista would survive. They’d been an effective team so far, and it’d been a pleasant surprise that Mista had saved him after his miscalculation in the canal. That display of dedication and loyalty, as undeserving of it as Giorno was, had saved his life.
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tomnooklesbian · an hour ago
first impression: oh hell yeah someone else who likes jetru and has a yue icon!!
impression now: where is your blue yue icon. who are you. at least you still like jetru
i like to keep you all on your toes by switching things up every once in a while :)
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xqueenmakesyoucrazy · 2 hours ago
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Lu Keran posted these pictures at 00:00 local time and probably therefore was the first with her birthday wishes for Liu Yuxin:
“ Warmly congratulating our Liu Laoshi for another cute year 🍰! Be always happy, be healthy ! Everyone go & listen to Liu Yuxin’s new EP!
Yuxin replied:“ thank you Jie, the photos are quite good hhh I’m waiting for your promise 😏”
And now the fandom is dying to know what the “promise” is X’DDD hopefully there will be a vlog?
Also I think what is meant by “another cute year” (I’ve seen various translation) is something like “one year cuter”, but I’m not 100% sure haha
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bookmartian · 2 hours ago
Something slightly important to note about Bucky noticing Sarah is the fact that she’s wearing her natural hair
Whenever a guy notices a black girl in a movie/show she usually has a straight hair wig on (which is completely fine) but it kinda has the underlying message of “you’d be more attractive with straighter hair” and it was something that made me very insecure about my hair growing up
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shewantsitall · 2 hours ago
Me: Walking around in silence proctoring a test, hoping a fic idea will magically come to me
My brain: I bet a modern au Whizzer would have gotten v stressed about finals and dyed his hair purple at least once. Trina tried to talk him out of it but that didn't work and then he was mortified.
Me: that's not what I was looking for..
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perville · 2 hours ago
For the ask game, you know I’ve gotta ask you about kcrm 😏
👀 fuck yeah i ship it
What made you ship it? literally never thought about the four getting together until reading type and lyra’s fic A Taste of Sunshine (highly recommend). i was already getting into dreammare at the time, and of course i like cream, and then god. the last chapter of the first fic sunk its claws into me when it came to knight i was smiling so wide reading ab them and super into it jahskdjfk. they honestly have such a great dynamic, and i think its bc of how well written it was ;o;
What are your favorite things about the ship? dude poly for one, why have one great bf when you can have three XDD but also, kinda what i said bf, i rly love the different dynamics going on between the four and that despite those different dynamics, they can still all fit so well together ;; (and i love the concept of tag teaming 3 vs 1 with this ship in particular for some soff treatment (and some good treatment akjhskfdjas 😏))
Is there an unpopular opinion you have on your ship? uhhhhh mmm ajhsdkljfas idk?? im getting stuck on the “opinion” part, bc my opinion is that i love them and theyre great and deserve each other XD i was gonna change it to unpopular headcanon but i literally cant think of one im sorry ;o;
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vanityloves · 2 hours ago
what if i made my shipname w/ spen//cer some shit like Vortumnus, sounds all serious and whatever but you look it up and its a painting of a guy made of fruits.
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urcaptainvrodani · 3 hours ago
i don’t know who needs to hear this but men aren’t trash.
if you have a harmful topic that someone falls under or if theres problematic behavior being performed in a way that is cause for complaint then please complain about the said topic and stop using generalizing and grouping statements. these all-or-nothing statements are so hurtful . i’m sick of that toxic mindset being drilled into queer spaces that are supposed to be safe and inclusive.
men aren’t evil.
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