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Jul. 27th, 2017 01:46 am
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Dated July 8, 2017:

More than once, she's pulled Chloe's number up on her phone, meaning to call, but unsure of what to say, has never actually worked up to it. The sight of her in the park, then, approaching with a smile, prompts one from Therese in turn, a little less restrained than usual, as she sets her camera in its bag, waiting on the picnic table beside her that she's claimed as her own while she takes pictures. She manages, somehow, to resist the temptation to snap one of Chloe before she puts it away.

Therese and Chloe run into each other in the park. Some (semi-awkward on Therese's part) flirting commences.

[ HERE | ongoing | currently pg ]

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Jul. 27th, 2017 01:38 am
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Dated June 10, 2017:

"Yeah, same," she says with a shrug. "I mean, in a different way, I know. I wasn't off having to learn how to save the world or whatever, but... yeah. Same. You have to learn how to be tough when your parents are fucking nuts."

With impromptu plans to get drunk and go bowling, Chuck and Kate wind up having a conversation that takes a more serious turn.

[ HERE | ongoing | pg ]

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Jul. 27th, 2017 01:33 am
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Dated July 5, 2017:

She knows she'd felt that way when she was nearing the end of her time in school, and she knows that Beth has enough else going on that she's had to set that aside. In a way, though she would never know how to voice it, Jenny admires that. Back home, it only ever seemed like there were two paths: go to university, or find a husband and get married. Any sort of middle ground, anything that might be deemed unconventional, is something she can appreciate.

Jenny and Beth catch up.

[ HERE | ongoing | pg ]

I don't want the world to see me

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:18 am
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Today is not a good day, which is made more difficult by the fact that the days leading up to it were magnificent, and Even should have suspected that this was coming but, still, somehow, it blindsides him. You would think, living with his head like this for nearly his whole life, he would be able to see the tell-tale signs of the crest and crash of his moods, but somehow it always blindsides him, like if he feels miraculous for long enough the inevitable just won't happen this time. Since arriving in Darrow, it's been a constant up and up and up, with so few backsliding days, and Even just wanted so badly to believe that there wouldn't be that tremendous crushing weight.

So today is not a good day. It starts with something small at first, a little hiccup in his step on his way out the door to head to the Zen Center, Isak sleeping in when Even can't, he wants to but he can't because at least one of them needs to have a job even if they get a stipend, and it breeds, quiet and bitter in his chest. He gets to the Center, and they tell him he's late, but he swears, he swears, they haven't changed his start time in two months because he asked for a regular schedule, something he can keep in mind at all times because it never changes but today, apparently, it's a different one, and when he snarls a swear under his breath, the director asks him to leave for the day instead if he can't keep a good attitude about it.

He walks. His feet carry him and everything feels a little blurry and terrible, that rapid demise into things he can't control, and the noise of English all around him hurts almost because he misses Norway so much, he misses the streets of Oslo and cheap beer and his apartment and the school and he realizes, suddenly, that he's not ready for college, he's not ready, he hasn't been ready this whole time but it's what he ought to be doing because how is he going to become a director if he doesn't go to art school? How is he going to make movies that people actually want to watch if he doesn't find some way to make himself reputable and marketable, when his day to day life is a knife edge of these sorts of fits and the eventually crushing action of his own mind make him worthless?

The park is quiet at least, quiet and still and unoccupied at whatever corner of it he finds and Even tracks down a shady spot to sit and he just--the weight of it sags him down and he covers his mouth and stares into the middle distance. His heart is hammering but he feels so sluggish, so useless, can't even move for the way that the weight bows down on his shoulders and his thighs, pinning him there to that spot and it's worse, it's so much worse than when the police picked him up in Oslo last time because at least he'd still been riding high on all the good in his life when they found him and it took him two more days to crash into this.

He hides in his hands and tries to breathe, tries to reach out to feeling human again, tries to recapture those light, soft feelings of just the night before, just the day before, just last week. They're gone, transported elsewhere, and he has no idea when or if they'll come back this time, when or if they'll start to perk up in his chest, how to breathe.

[Even's having a massive mood swing. He suffers from bipolar disorder and is unmedicated. His thoughts and reactions will be a little dark and scattered, very stream of conscious, and defeatist. It isn't the worst time to meet him, but be aware that he will be very blunt, pessimistic, and potentially angry with new people. ST/LT welcome.]

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Jul. 26th, 2017 06:01 pm
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It's been a long, long time since Tanith had the time to just sit. Even before everything had kicked off in Roarhaven, there'd always been something to do - London was just crawling with creeps who needed to be reminded of their place in things. In Darrow, she's remembered what it feels like to be bored and, honestly, she's not sure that she loves it.

That said, it is giving her plenty of time to catch up.

Lunchtime finds her sprawled on the grass in the park, a pile of secondhand books at her elbow. She's never been a fan of unnecessary layers, but the sun here is warm enough, the humidity high enough, that it's comfortable to be stripped to a bikini top with her short shorts. Tanith would really like something or someone to fight but, at a push, she'll settle for reading and watching the world go by. Right now, it's Catcher in the Rye, her all time favourite. She remembers it new, brand new, the ink still virtually wet. She remembers being not even forty years old, just figuring out what she wanted to be in the world and then there had been this book and, briefly, it had been the only perfect thing.

"Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

Over the years, it's something she's taken to heart. It's easier if you don't linger; it's a hard life, even if you don't weaken.

So Tanith lets herself got lost in her book and she absolutely, categorically does not think about all of the many, many never spoken of, the ones she's left behind.

ooc: Tanith is sunbathing and reading in Petros Park. ST/LT totally welcome.

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Jul. 25th, 2017 06:58 pm
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14 July:
Full of ice cream, and thankfully not unpleasantly so, they returned home. Kavinsky rolled down the windows on the Mitsubishi and turned up the radio. He was in love, gloriously so, and despite his conversation with Jack earlier talking about constantly worrying, or his one with Bull talking about being the things that others defined you as, everything was focused down on the glory of that concept.
[ HERE | on going | R for adult sexual content ]

MEME: Babies

Jul. 25th, 2017 01:53 pm
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Because babies.
Tag into this meme with your characters, then respond to each other (or top-level again, if you prefer) listing information about the children they might have with others.

Whether they're the offspring of current pairings, past pairings, ships that will never happen in a million years, ships in the making, even ships with characters who haven't shown up and might never or where one-half of the relationship is an NPC, ships your characters have nothing to do with, anything goes.

Tell us what Darrow's next generation holds: what the kids are like, who they know, what they get up to, what they would look like. Even use one of the creepy morphing sites for a terrifying visual representation! Bonus points for telling us more about what kind of parent your pup would be.

Optional questionnaire to help get the ball rolling!

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Jul. 25th, 2017 07:03 pm
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Early June 2017:

And it's not like Darrow hasn't granted me some good. I've met incredible people. I've been given a chance to reinvent myself as a writer.

To be Aurora and not a ghost of my father.

It's not until one day I'm into my thirteenth lap of my gym's pool, writing paragraphs in my head that I'm sure to forget, that I realize how the hell I'm going to go about that.

While swimming, Aurora decides she's going to write a book. She goes to tell her closest friend.

[ HERE | complete | general ]

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Jul. 24th, 2017 06:23 pm
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Saoirse has never broken a bone before, but the moment she hears the snap, she knows that's what it is.

It's a silly thing, that does it. She's in the park, at footie practice with the rest of her team from school. She darts in for the ball, and her foot taps it. Just as she lifts it to step, she feels first one body, then another, strike her. She topples, and throws out her hands to catch herself.


She sucks in a sharp breath, and her face turns pink from the outcry that doesn't sound. She's never felt pain like this before. She curls on her side, clutches her arm to her chest, trying to hold it still. It hurts so much.

The kids playing with her crowd around when she doesn't jump back into the game. Their voices blend together until she can't tell one voice from the next. She feels overwhelmed. Tears stream down her face.

The moment an adult sees the ruckus, she's rushed to hospital. It's a flurry of people talking, and the doctor and nurses seem mad that she can't talk. But eventually, she's got a pretty pink cast around her left wrist, and she has a red juice to drink for the pain, and she's free to go home.

It's such an exciting afternoon that by the time it's over, she's ready for a nap.

[ oh no! Saoirse done gone and broke her left wrist during soccer practice. Be a spectator, the person that brings her to the hospital, or visit her at Green Gardens after she's casted up. I know she has a lot of magical friends, but I'd prefer she not get healed magically. Open until this reads otherwise, ST/LT welcome! ]

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Jul. 24th, 2017 11:06 pm
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Early June, 2017:

He's not the kind of man who can just do nothing, but James is at a bit of a loss as to what he should do now. Sirius keeps himself busy enough, but other than Apparating into his best mate's house at inappropriate times and bugging Lily, James has nothing to pass his day. Drembleydrop had been fun because it appealed to his sense of nonsense while at the same time letting him do something sport related again, and so when James catches sight of an ad looking for someone to help coordinate sport events at a kid's summer camp, he figures why the hell not?

James gets a job at Jack's summer camp for kids.

[ HERE | ftb | pg ]

July 1, 2017:

Sirius puts the phone back down and James doesn't drop to the floor, but it does take all of his concentration and effort to keep himself standing. His hand reaches out for Sirius unconsciously, to steady himself on his friend's shoulder. He doesn't know what to do next, where he's supposed to go from here. He's checked everywhere he can possibly think of, there's nothing left but to admit that she's gone, and he can't do that. Admitting that means he's lost Harry and Lily both, and that's not an eventuality he's prepared to deal with.

James wakes up and finds Lily gone.

[ HERE | ongoing | pg, sads ]

now the tabloids have the news

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:07 pm
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I should have known, when I stepped away from the computer, that something was up: a few people that shouldn't have meeting my eyes and a few people who normally would have glancing away. But to tell the truth, I have a thousand thoughts going on in my head, and I didn't stop to think about whatever strange office politics were at hand.

"Stuart," Louis says, our section editor, startling me from my thoughts; it doesn't help that he slings an arm over my shoulder like we're friends. "Do you have a moment?"

Now, lunch or not, someone just isn't too busy for the editor to pull aside, and about a hundred panicked thoughts go through my brain as I down the last of my coffee and toss the cup. "Sure, yeah."

"Look," he says when I step inside his office. "Your work's been great lately. It really has. I had my doubts when you started here, you know, you're kind of old-fashioned about some things, and you can be a real pain in the ass when you want to, but --"

"Is this a compliment or are you firing me, Louis?" I ask, frowning.

"Here's the thing," he says, putting his hands down. "Your job here depends on you writing about entertainment, not being the entertainment."

Be the entertainment. It hits me in the chest, like I'm back at school, and I don't have the faintest what he's talking about. He's still talking.

"--grown man, I don't give a fuck what you do in your free time, but we don't want to come across biased and --" Louis furrows his brow. I must look completely baffled, because he stops. "You don't get on Chirper much , do you." When I shake my head, he sighs and turns his monitor to face me.

It's the website of the Darrow Daily, another thing I don't pay attention to as much as I might. The Reporter? Yeah. Any number of other more independent rags and websites? Sure. But the Daily's one of those newspapers that's basically a tabloid, the kind that publishes headlines like BATSHIT CRAZY: Giant bats back? right next to political updates. I like to assume no one reads it, but that's a fantasy.

Now one of the subheaders on the front page is 'Wild' Musician Tamed By Journalist?? There's a goddamn picture, too, of us about a breath away from kissing on the stoop of an apartment, and I can only imagine the look frozen on my face right now. He clicks away, and it's to Chirper, where the search for "Darrow Times" he probably puts on his alerts is coming up with a thousand rechirps about the Times writer heating things up with Curt Wild, and a thousand more unsolicited opinions on what it all means. For whatever reason, this has blown up.

"Shit," I say. It's not as though we're some sort of bloody secret, and I don't doubt there've been rumors about who the hell I am before, but not this. "Shit."

"Look, I don't give a shit about your personal life, but just. If you're going to fuck a rock star--"


"I'm not kidding. You gotta know that there are people who don't want it to stay personal. It's not news to me, right? But it's not news at all until it is, and it is now, so do with that what you will."


"And Arthur? I'm taking you off the music section until this dies down."

"That's bullshit," I exclaim, startled out of my daze by indignation.

"That's business. Go take a break."

I head out of the office as professionally as I can and rub my face, trying to collect myself. My first instinct is to call you. Have you heard already? What am I even feeling? I've never done the spotlight thing, and my heart is hammering in my chest. Is this what your whole life is like? I want to check Chirper again, some sick part of me wondering what people are saying. I sort of want to punch Louis for thinking this is worth pulling me off music.

I stare at my phone for a moment as my feet take me toward the corner cafe, unsure of what to do with it.

[Find Arthur heading toward lunch, call him on his phone, and/or have read the rumors that he's domesticating Curt. Strangers and friends alike!]

The Dog Prince

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:14 am
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July 8, 2017:

Sam's full-moon experience is altered by a cookie from a strange cabin and then the realization that he can't change back into himself.

[ HERE | complete | none ]

July 15, 2017:

Sam has been small, dark, and fuzzy for a week with no signs of that changing. Biffy and Daine offer much-appreciated assistance.

[ HERE | ongoing | none ]

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:10 pm
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July 17:
Steve wakes up to Darrow playing tricks on him; neither he nor Agron handle it particularly well from the start.
[ HERE | on going | PG for canon typical swearing ]

July 20:
Agron makes a valiant attempt at physical affection with Steve, even though neither of them know what to do with Steve looking like a woman.
[ HERE | on going | TBD/PG13/Rish for adult sexual situations ]

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:08 pm
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July 4:
The fireworks at the Killjoy concert trigger Goodnight's PTSD; Billy does his best to calm his man down.
[ HERE | on going | handles PTSD panic; PG13/Rish for drugs and sexuality as coping mechanisms ]

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:06 pm
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July 14:
Neil and Gabriel enjoy their ice cream and each other under the pier.
[ HERE | complete | R for sexual situations, semi-public sexual conduct, horny teenage boys ]

I only wanted to begin

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:22 pm
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They said that crazy ran in the Cooper family.

The 'they' in question weren't anyone worth listening to, were the same people that would scrawl SERPENT SLUT on a locker in pig's blood. They didn't know what they were talking about. Polly had been at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy because she'd been pregnant, because she'd been a scandal, because what really ran in the Cooper family was secrets.

Another one: The Cooper family of which that pernicious they spoke hadn't existed beyond a generation or two back. Her great-grandfather had been a Blossom, a family that didn't even care that Polly and Jason had been related, had considered that a plus if anything. If there was crazy in the Cooper bloodline at all, maybe it came from there. The Blossoms certainly seemed to have plenty to spare.

But maybe it didn't come from anywhere. Maybe it was just her, just something inside her that didn't come from anywhere else. Maybe the crazy was just all Betty Cooper.

Because as much as she liked to pretend otherwise (and oh, wasn't that hypocrisy, in her railings against the secrets covering over the rot in Riverdale), the facts were these: Betty Cooper had lost time. She sat now on a train she had no recollection of boarding, traveling to a destination she didn't remember seeking. She'd been with Jughead, in his father's trailer -- his, now? She didn't know, now that FP was in prison, now that Jughead was living on the Southside, attending a different school, potentially living a different life -- and then with no gap, no seam she could pick at with the same nails she dug into her palms more and more often, she had been here. On this train.

Cut for length. )

She stabbed at the power button, shoved the phone back in her pocket, and slammed her palm against the glass of the information booth. "Hey!" she said, hammering on it before she had to step back, breathing hard. No help there. She'd help herself. She would have to help herself. She could do it. Someone had left the envelope. There was a thread. She could follow the thread. She would put her hair up in a ponytail, she would march out of the train station, she would ask where she was, she would work out what to do from there.

She would do all of this once she stopped feeling like she was going to unravel.

[Traditional debut style! Find her in the train station or wandering wide-eyed around the city.]
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July 9, 2017:

The boxing ring is suspiciously empty when I know there were people sparring there before he walked into the door. I look up at the man, thinking about his offer.

"I'm going to remember that you encouraged me to go after the balls."

Tris meets Mad Sweeney. They fight. It's fine.

[ HERE | ongoing | swearing leprechauns and short, violent people ]
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"So, like, I'm thinking I should start with my classics and then go into the unreleased stuff. Do something new," the ghost prattles and Aggie drops her face into her hand. In the last few days, Aggie has learned to hate that gingerbread house as well as the voices of the dead. Tiffany Charlotte's ghost has gotten increasingly lucid since her summoning, allowing her to hold full conversations, manifest in different places, and, apparently, meet with her agents and Todd Chad for a revival concert.

Lucid, but nothing of substance.

"I literally do not care," Aggie says. Tiffany Charlotte huffs and glances sulkily at the bone harp that sits on the table in front of her at the café. Despite trying to get rid of it, Tiffany has been using it as a vessel and seems to be able to take if where she wants, which has mostly been to hound Aggie.

"If you didn't care, then how come you made a freaky skeleton harp and gave me the power to, like, manifest?" Tiffany Charlotte asks, clearly annoyed at the tepid response to her concert plans from, as she put it, the creepy emo kid who brought me to life. Aggie resents all of those accusations since she wears too much color and not enough hair spray to be emo and Tiffany isn't actually alive, just given the power to take a consistent shape. Aggie wonders how they're going to put a mic set on her.

"I told you. It was an accident. Don't you have producers to meet? If you don't like me and think I'm creepy, why do you keep following me?"

"Um. 'Cause you brought me back? And I'm a ghost. Aren't I supposed to haunt you?"

Aggie is starting to ponder whether she can axe-murder a ghost.

[[Find Aggie in a café with a harp made of human bone on the table and the ghost of Tiffany Charlotte haranguing her. Despite her annoyance, it's a good time to meet her. Tiffany is completely visible, if somewhat transparent, but not corporeal. If you don't want to thread with her, you can say she disappeared in a huff. And, once again, Aggie's Fairy Tale is The Twa Sisters/Bonny Swans/Minnorie/Binnorie/Wind and Rain.]]
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It started a few weeks ago. A strange cottage made of candy had popped up out of nowhere, and as usual, there was pressure for the Guardian to try and be the first to report on it with some meaningful amount of detail. And when it came to looking for volunteers to cover the story, plenty of people shied away, worried about what could pop out from behind those doors.

(The Easter eggs, it seemed, hadn't vanished from people's collective memory yet.)

So Cindy had picked up the story, because really, she was probably one of the people better equipped to face whatever it was that had erected the house. If it really was dangerous, better her to be in harm's way than a civilian hounded and pressured by Mary M. Madison to chase a hot story.

As it turned out, there was nothing in the house that immediately posed a threat. Nothing that even pinged Cindy to head in the other direction — walking into the building had made no more of a splash than walking into a pastry shop, with the smell of cookies and sweet bread baking and wafting from wall to wall. (And maybe Cindy had plucked a few gumdrops off the walls to test. For science.)

It was the next morning that Cindy awoke to the sensation of rain falling on her face, and looked up to find a small rain cloud which insisted on following her around wherever she went.

So for weeks, Cindy spent as many hours outside as possible. For weeks, she had metaphorically stuffed her costume in the back of her closet, afraid of people putting two and two together when it came to her identity as Silk. For weeks, she had worked outdoors, with an umbrella carefully positioned between rain and her laptop. And every evening resulted in a mad dash to the bathtub, where she layered blanket and poncho on top of herself, hoping to manage a couple hours' worth of sleep.

It was a pain in the ass.

Trying her best not to drip on anyone with her umbrella, Cindy stood in line at a food truck, her stomach growling as she rummaged in her pocket for enough cash to buy lunch.

"Girl," the vendor said, shaking his head when it was her turn. "You gotta find some other place to get your hot dogs, man. You've been driving away all my customers with those puddles you're leaving."

"Believe me, if I had any other option," Cindy sighed, carefully extending her arm out from under the umbrella to pass over her bills. "The usual, please."

[ Per fairy tale plot, Anans-indy brings the rain with her. Closed — if you still want to tag, please let me know. Thanks! ]

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Jul. 21st, 2017 09:37 am
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Friday evenings in Darrow, regardless of the time of year or any other events that might be going on in the city, tended to be bustling things. There was an active nightlife, for those who had been in Darrow as long as they could remember, and for those that had simply shown up here one day. In this, they were all in it together: the week had come to an end for those that worked a nine-to-five, and almost everyone wanted to celebrate the weekend.

It didn't take long after work let out for the day for so many people that restaurants, cafes, and bars all over Darrow were humming with energy. Those places that had windows had thrown them open to the balmy evening heat, which wasn't supposed to temper off until well into the evening--and, even then, it would still be a warm night. Summer was definitely in full effect, even with the occasional smattering of clouds overhead.

Streets were noisy with the comings and goings of people. Whether they were enjoying an evening out, or just getting off work, or just getting on work, Friday evening was turning into a bustle of energy. Down at the beach, people were setting up bonfires as the light got low, people continued to play volley ball and sand soccer until the light made it difficult, and the atmosphere was, generally speaking, one of celebration of the existence.

Once night settled, a blanket of dark that hardly broke the humidity of the day, the bars picked up and the clubs started to open. For those lucky enough to have already been getting in the door as soon as they opened, they were welcomed in with relative simplicity; it was in those short ten, fifteen minutes after the first wave that the lines began to form at some of the clubs, showing the places that had some drawing power: live music, a particular DJ, or just the sort of venue that a person might want to indulge in for the evening.

For Neil Perry, the whole thing is a mess of excitement. It was his eighteenth birthday today, and that means that he is officially an adult in Darrow. He can drink, smoke, and go out as late as he wants. They can't turn him away from just about anything at this point. And Neil, still a bit fresh-faced in Darrow, rather enjoys the idea that nothing can stop him now. And while the day was spent at practice for both plays of Shakespeare in the Park, now Neil has the whole night stretched out in front of him.

He texts a couple of his friends, just to tell them he's going to be out and that they should come if they can. Even if they can't, Neil's going to make the most of the night.

[Gathering post to celebrate a good summer day in Darrow! Play however, where ever, whenever you want in the day. Neil is going to be at dance clubs in the later evening to celebrate his birthday, but please use this post as a general sort of gathering to interact with whoever you'd like. Open to one and all!]

Meme: Off-Screen

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:54 pm
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There's only so much of our characters' lives we can (or would even want) to play out, so we can all assume that there's a lot more going on off-screen, as it were, than happens in threads. Today's meme is for illuminating characters' day-to-day lives and sharing details that their friends, classmates, and co-workers may or may not be aware of. The questions below are a jumping off point; feel free to remove some or add more, and to ask each other questions or let them know, what do you assume about interactions between your characters? How often do they hang out? What kinds of things do they do? Or respond expanding upon someone else's answers, with details about things you think might have happened or could happen between your characters. What is their daily life like in Darrow? Feel free to use these as jumping off points for possible threads or to inspire future EPs. (Questions are addressed to the characters to avoid pronoun confusion, but may be answered from the player's perspective, whatever's easiest/most interesting for you.

Drew a heart for you in the sand...

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:14 pm
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Paul has limited experience of swimming in the sea. In Canada it had rarely been warm enough; in Fionavar, there hadn't been time before he'd gone to the Godwood and the Summer Tree. In Darrow, though, now the days are warmer and longer, Paul's been spending more time at the beach. He runs on the sand and then he strips off his sneakers and shirt and he wades into the water. He swims until his muscles ache, until he can feel his heartbeat throbbing through him. In dreams, he sometimes speaks with gods, with Dana in the moonlight or Leannan in the waves.

He wonders whether a call would be heard, from so distant a shore. He wonders if the thunder in his blood might find an answer.

He pushes both hands back through his dark, wet hair. The months after Rachel died had left him thinner than he'd ever been, wasted and wasting away. Now, now that he's seen how he can be forgiven, now that he's healthy, he's putting on muscle again, back to being that lean, rangy boy who played basketball so well that, sometimes, it had felt like he was flying.

There are things to regret about Darrow, things to miss about both Toronto and Fionavar, but Paul is happy more days than he has sad. He has work that he enjoys, friends, something that's starting to feel like a relationship.

Things have definitely been worse...

He's breathing hard when he comes out of the water and, for once, the god's voice is quiet, nothing in his ear but the loud and regular beating of his own human heart.

ooc: half-naked, dripping wet, excellent time to meet The Lord of the Summer Tree. ST/LT welcome.

they're coming up no matter what

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:54 pm
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July 12, 2017:

He remembered. He remembered so much.

Now that he knew, Alec found that he wanted to give everything back.

Alec receives all his memories up to his final moments in Edom.

[ HERE | complete | spoilers for The Mortal Instruments ]

July 18, 2017:

They'd been forcing normalcy. They'd been trying to go on about their lives despite the new knowledge in Alec's head and the information he'd shared with Magnus. They'd been trying to go on as if nothing was wrong, as if their wedding was the only thing to focus on.

But, Alec knew they were both lying.

Magnus finally breaks down over the news of the future that Alec shared with him.

[ HERE | complete | spoilers for The Mortal Instruments ]

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Jul. 17th, 2017 12:23 pm
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It's not the fact that it's happened that bothers him. He'd been waiting for it, if he's being honest with himself. Of all of the weird things Darrow does, this is hardly the most dangerous. He can deal with the fact that his body is different.

The thing that bothers him is that now he's not sure what to do with himself. He's not going to work, not like this. At least not for the first day. And he can't go for his usual morning run. He needs proper clothes first, that much is obvious. He definitely needs a bra, because he's suddenly stacked, and he had no idea breasts were so . . . cumbersome. How do women deal with these things?

He layers some shirts together, but it's still pretty obvious that there's nothing between the cotton and his skin. He tries not to blush, tightens his belt, then sighs and slips out the door.

It doesn't help that Agron seems to have no idea what to do or how to take this. It's an uncomfortable switch for Steve, seeing him at a loss like this. So Steve gives him a break, pushes his fingers into suddenly long, thick, curly hair, and makes his way in too-big flip flops to the nearest store.

After some awkward conversations and a little fumbling around in the bathroom after checking out, Steve is dressed in clothes that fit. He feels a lot better, at least. He has no idea if he's hot, but he thinks he probably is.

And the bra makes a big difference.

The clothes he'd worn out of the house are in one of his shopping bags, mixed in with some new things to tide him over for however long this lasts.

He texts Thomas and his coworkers to let them know he won't be in today, then texts Agron to see how he's doing. He shoots one last text to Lito, which simply says, My turn, before tucking his phone into his new, snug jeans and stepping into a cafe for a much needed dose of caffeine.

[ Genderswap! Find Steve looking banging with Gina Torres's face before, during, or after he hunts down new clothes and some coffee! Open until this reads otherwise, st/lt welcome! ]

slow it down, slow it down

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:10 am
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Everything felt a bit shit lately. Jake couldn't really put his finger on it but waking up had been hard, getting through his shifts had been difficult, and he hadn't been going out as much as he tended to at night. All in all, he'd gotten really bloody boring and decided that he couldn't be having that anymore.

So, after his shift, he'd gone home, showered and changed, before immediately heading out to find something to do. Going out to a club was his first choice but he figured it'd be crowded and hot and Jake had dealt with enough sweaty people wanting to hang off him during work.

Maybe he'd go a bit low key tonight. Get out of his flat but not throw himself right back into things. The sun had drooped below the horizon a few minutes ago, leaving the city in that hazy limbo between sunlight and moonlight. Jake liked it. The air was warm but not stifling.

On his way to the beach, Jake stopped by the marijuana dispensary and picked up a few cigarettes to smoke and he popped into a convenience store to get some liquor. A few people coming into the store gave him a look and Jake just smiled sweetly at them. If a man wanted to get high and drunk on his own, it was his God given right, wasn't it?

The beach was, blissfully, empty when he padded his way there. He took off his socks and boots, digging his toes into the warm sand. There were a few people wandering around the area but most everyone had gone home, leaving Jake alone with his thoughts and the sounds of waves lapping onto the shore.

Lighting the joint, Jake dug the bottle of liquor into the sand to keep it upright before he lay back and peered up at the darkening sky. Maybe this wasn't exactly breaking the streak of keeping to himself but it was better than staying in his flat, watching old telly and eating chips.

He closed his eyes and briefly thought of Simon. It was never going to work out, Jake realized, but it had been nice while it lasted. It had been nice to feel like he was wanted, desired.

But, it had been false. Fake. Jake opened his eyes again. He took the joint out of his mouth, letting it burn between two fingers while he played a lazy game of connect the stars with himself.

[Find Jake on the beach at any point after dusk. He's a little high and maybe drunk but friendly and easy to talk to. ST/LT always welcome. Currently: open]

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Jul. 16th, 2017 07:45 pm
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June 10, 2017:

The morning after Peggy and Daniel's first night together is both adorable and honest.

[ HERE | complete | pg-13 ]

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Jul. 16th, 2017 10:47 am
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Hello friends,

So I'm heading out of the city in about an hour and will be gone until Wednesday evening, which means no tags until Thursday at the earliest, probably. Not much of a hiatus, just a few days, but I'm disconnecting entirely, so definitely no tagging for me!

I'll pick everything up when I return.


Leah (omg for Kate, Beth, Luke, Demelza, Philip, Reese, Lincoln, Marcus, Chloe, and Mad Sweeney jfc how did that list get so long???)

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Jul. 16th, 2017 06:38 pm
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March 9, 2017:

"Little seems wrong, now," he points out. It's still something of a shock every time he looks at Sam and sees his eighteen year old face staring back, as though he's daring Nate - or anyone for that matter - to say anything. He's used to Sam's bravado though, especially at this age. When he was a kid he thought Sam was the coolest guy around, and he's always going to be his brother, but Nate's old enough now to know that for the most part they were just a couple of scared kids.

Sam is eighteen and Nate finds it hilarious.

[ HERE | wrapped | pg ]

Mid May, 2017

Sam's got a pair of cute plastic earplugs around his neck, like he's come prepared. Nate looks over at him with the beginnings of a smile, giving him a little wave. He's got them a good little corner, barricaded away from most of the other lanes. He'd wanted to have a day with just his brother, without any kind of interruptions, but he also doesn't want anybody asking questions he'd rather not answer.

Grown up again Sam and Nate go shooting.

[ HERE | wrapped | pg ]

[meme] test drive

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:02 pm
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Tag into this post with characters you're thinking of apping to the game (characters who are not currently in-game or currently reserved by someone else). It can be just a tag, a brief EP, whatever you want. You can be new to the game, or simply want to test out a fresh pup. Tag each other with these characters or those already in game, and have fun.

Also, please include the name of their canon somewhere in or on the comment or on their profile page.
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Surprising no one, Darrow had more than its fair share of odd little holidays that it liked to celebrate. Today’s festival was no different, taking its inspiration from ice cream of all things, but at least it fit in the season. Though cloudy, the day was warm and humid, with the sun peaking through at intervals, generating a great need for something sweet and cool and relaxing.

The boardwalk and the pier were set up with all sorts of entertainments and food stalls. A great number of artisanal ice cream shops had staked their claim, taking advantage of the crowds who might finally give their habanero pepper ice cream or tomato water olive oil flavors a chance. More traditional flavors were offered from the carts set up in between, along with ice cream sandwiches made from cookies and ding dongs and pop tarts. Milk shakes, both alcoholic and not, were on offer from the food shake at the end of the pier, as well as a sundae making station filled with every topping imaginable.

The festivities didn’t stop at food. There was an ice cream eating competition that left its competitors moaning on the floor from massive brain freezes, a sight which was probably more entertaining than the ice cream eating itself. A bouncy castle in the shape of an ice cream sundae was in place for the kids, as well as a ball pit where all the balls were in the shape and design of sundae toppings -- cherries and sprinkles and M&Ms and peanuts. There was of course a competition for the best ice cream, with the surprising winner being sweet avocado cayenne.

But most people seemed to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating ice cream at the beach, lounging with their flavor and item of choice and trying to get some relief from the summer heat.

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Jul. 14th, 2017 09:47 am
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Browsing Nile was both an excellent idea and utterly over-stimulating. Anduin was there, ostensibly, to pick up a few things: namely a journal. He had been a regular chronicler, even as a boy. Almost as soon as he had walked in, the list of essential items grew. He had learned, unbeknownst to his father, how to cook a few Pandaren recipes. Once he saw that there were an array of books with recipes... he knew he had to acquire a handbook, or he would practically starve alone. A Florbert's Guide to Darrow proclaimed to offer the traveler details of landmarks, history, and attractions in the city.

That's when he picked up one of the red baskets other shoppers were carrying. Occasionally, he caught shoppers giving him strange looks as he took in the bewildering variety of topics. He was fully aware that he was gawking, despite himself. He actually started walking with his free hand behind his back, to fight the impulse to examine them all. He would come back later... And, besides, why shouldn't a city of this size not have a library?

Anduin walks up a short flight stairs into the history and philosophy sections. His eyes scan across names of places and wars he has never heard of. One of the books is turned outward to display its cover. It is a slim volume, and- like most of the books- poorly bound with glue. But he pauses over it and hesitantly picks it up. All of these books have descriptions either on the inside or the back summarizing their subject.

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

"Victory... without battle," he whispers. He rereads the blurb, then slips the book into his basket. Just knowing it is there makes the hairs on his neck stand on end. He moves on to the Religion and Spirituality section. Eagerly, he looks for any reference to the Light. Before long he spots it- "Camford Companion to the History of the Church." Finally! He knew there must be some form of the Church here. He cracks it open and reads. He sees dates, names, places he has never heard of. There is an index, he turns to it. There is a listing for 'Light' but it is worryingly small, like a footnote. The page it references quotes strange texts about a god in the void. Confusion turns to disgust. He turns back to the index. 'Priest.'

"None of this makes sense..." Women can't be priests? And there is nothing here about healing. He does find one reference to resurrection- but it seems to be practically unheard of- except that apparently the church looked forward to a mass resurrection of all dead humans--

"You gonna buy that?" Anduin closed the book. He had read enough.

"No, it's not what I need at all."

[Find Anduin wandering Nile, or on his way home post-book buying binge.]


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