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2020.09.21 19:49 Westypet Where is Date Mike?

I’m on day 3 of a fully developed migraine, where the insomnia and restlessness has taken over. My brain has laughed at the pain meds attempt at band-aiding this bullet hole. Maybe writing out some of my insane thoughts will help.
[Circus Music] Bromos, welcome to my migraine mania brain. I hope you enjoy. It’s also long AF.
Every step on the tile floor hurts. I should be reassured and grateful that I can even get out of bed today, but when I do, I can feel my brain jiggling against my head. It’s like stepping on spiky pebbles in a blistering ballet shoe... that’s slightly too small. But in your head.
Medication administration during and after a migraine is very much like managing a migraine itself. It’s a careful balancing of the scales. A carefully developed regimen of medicines after years of trial and error, or rather, pain and suffering, missed social and career opportunities, and absentee parenting while a nanny, babysitter, co-parent, or friend is left taking mommy’s place at random and mostly unpredictable times.
A migraine is like a game of Jenga. Barometric pressure change? Hormone change? Poor food choice? Bright lights? Lack of sleep? Too much sleep? Alcohol? Mercury in retrograde? Any offset in the perfectly balanced scale can tip you over into the OH MY SWEET BABY MOSES HERE IS MY FIRST BORN JUST MAKE IT STOP stage of pain.
Then there’s the fun neurological symptoms migraines sometimes bring along with them... like a bonus guest at a party. Aura can affect any part of your brain just like a stroke can affect any area. Muscle weakness? Loss of bodily functions? How about wavy lines in your vision or blindness (try it while driving!) My personal favorites and typical aura symptoms are slurring words without the fun of partying to get that way, or even your Brian playing word swap, which is otherwise known as “aphasia”. You might write down the French word for strawberries (fraises) on your grocery list, or use the name Brian for the word brain. I was unable to say my husband’s name out loud during the aura phase one time. It literally kept slipping away like the computer code in my brain kept deleting each time I tried to rewrite it. I’ve written out “roast beef” on a grocery list before as “bf fffff”. If that isn’t the computer color code for a burgundy brown hue, I vote that it should be. I could write a guidebook. *Migraines with Aura: Your Brian’s Autocorrect. *
I wish there were an easy way to parent while experiencing this shit. If I can’t get help during the pain phase, I have to plug my ears to keep my toddler’s happy and sad shrieks from making my claw my own skin off. I have to wear the wrap over sunglasses. I usually take a crap ton of Excedrin while eating my favorite comfort foods to get that sweet dopamine hit and wait for the inevitable moment when I yelp out, “Mommy has to potty! Here’s your ipad.”
Dumping my kid in front of his computer tablet is our saving grace during these painful stages. Guess who brought home a newly spiderwebbed computer? My 5 year old. I specifically told his grandpa that he could not carry it, as he kept dropping it and would break it. I told him before he drove off that LO kept dropping it. Did they listen to me? I’m just a helicopter mom who over prepares and overpacks. So of course not! So it was an unfortunate accident when the 5 year old, hugging his computer tightly against his chest as they walked out to the car, tripped on the wet pavement and smashed his beloved device. What a horrible accident that absolutely could not be avoided. 🙄
I may be extremely selfish but I use the kids’ device time to get some time to breathe. To bleach the sink. To fold laundry. To walk out of the room without someone throwing a tantrum because mommy left. We set limits with screen time, but lean on them a lot. What are we going to do now??
We’re trying to save money during Covid times. How are we supposed to do that when the tablets keep breaking, we have to keep an after school nanny on staff because of my intermittent yet chronic health issues, and when the roof starts leaking.
Oh wait... the roof leaked and stained the ceiling months ago. Did we deal with it? Meh. Not really. Well, when you live in a hot and humid and hurricane-prone state, you should expect tons of rain. We get rain on the daily, and hadn’t had any more problems. Maybe the leaks were a one off? Out of sight, out of mind. Well, this week, it monsooned, and now we see all of the fun places water wanted to visit. My house is not a timeshare for leaks! I do not have the capacity in my degraded brain to deal with this on-again, off-again shit. This is another steaming pile to add to the mix. 2020 is a popcorn kernel stuck in the gums and I am running out of dental floss.
I am trying, Bromos, to floss this tooth and get going, but putting on a bra and fixing my hair is hard enough today. I don’t have the energy to make phone calls and keep the Karen out of my voice when I call roofers for quotes and schedule inspections. The sound of my own voice hurts and keeping the house organized and bearing the mental load today is almost too much.
Putting my lions mane of somewhat washed (I attempted it last night) and slept-on hair into a scrunchie made me want to vomit. Nothing feels quite like getting your previously fabulous, bleached blonde, now-crunchy hair stuck in a SalonPas patch. On days like this, I wish I had the cajones to shave my head and invest in wigs. My natural hair never does what I want it to anyway. It sounds like a good idea. But, I live in a hot and humid place, and I can’t imagine jumping in a pool, coming up from my impromptu cannonball, only to see the shocked and scared faces of my children gawking a dirty blond hair clump floating in the tidal waves like a drowned rat. I would have to invest a “pool wig” and glue, and that seems like a lot of work.
Everything today is a lot of work. Too much work. I need to replace the 3 pain patches on my neck that, during my tossing and turning throughout the night, have rolled up into shoulder pads that look beige joints and smell vaguely of mint.
Adding insult to injury, I finally started drifting off after 3rd doses of pain medications, sensory deprivation, food dopamine hits, and asmr, when the lady curse is activated and my world is directed by Wes Craven. It’s just an obnoxious insult from the universe to have to deal with this, TOO.
Positive Patty cowering in the corner of my brain pipes up and says, “at least you’re not pregnant!”
She’s right, and hyperemesis gravidarum is no longer welcome in my house, but this week’s scales have been tipped in the negative and The Nothing is eating away at all of my positive instincts. Positive Patty needs to shut the hell up and let these fires burn for hot minute if she knows what is good for her. She can come over another day.
Usually when I am coming out of a migraine, I feel a sort of mania, or enthusiastic drive to make up for lost time. That energy propels me through the headache hangover, the soreness and fatigue, and the loss of time motivates me to keep going. I clean like crazy, I activate Super Mom Mode, and start A Project. Where is that mania today? It’s weird, and not really welcome, but it’s damn useful. Normally I think it’s bizarre and part of me gives the mania side eye. The mania isn’t like Positive Patty. It’s aggressive and insistent. It won’t let me stop and recover back into health in the post-migraine state like I probably need. When the pain phase is gone, the migraine mania bursts like climbs on top of the pool table in a backwards kangol hat à la Date Mike. And when the night or next day is over, I am almost back to normal. As normal as one can be when you are an puking positive extrovert with a migraine brain and anxiety, depression, and ptsd from HG.
Compared to the hurricanes that so many of you are going through this year, my week is barely a tropical depression, so I feel guilty using this forum to complain about this. I hate to use up any emotional bandwidth if it’s needed elsewhere, but I feel like I can’t even board the struggle bus today. I almost welcome a weird emotional upheaval to kickstart the bounce back process.
Bromos, I need to pop the scrunchy in my hair and get going. If you have “big girl panty” tips, I’d love to hear them. If you can commiserate or one-up me, that helps too. (Joking!) I used a spoon to complain, but in a way, posting this out kind of gave me one, too?
Thanks for letting me blow this hot air at y’all.
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2020.09.21 18:38 burninginfinite I am 31 years old, make $117,000, live in Northern VA (DC suburbs) and work as a Management Consultant

Content Warning: Dieting (intermittent fasting)

Section One: Assets and Debt

Section Two: Income

Section Three: Expenses

Day 1 (Sunday)

9:30 am : SO and Dog are still asleep, so I read in bed until SO wakes up. We have sex (Dog is not pleased) and then he gets up to work out while I keep reading. He basically bought a home gym when COVID started and at first he thought it might be a waste of money, but it’s actually proven to be a good purchase.
11:55 am: I’ve been intermittent fasting a bit to balance out my WFH snacking habits. I try not to eat before noon, but I’m starving, so I eat a small snack a few minutes early. Water our balcony plants, refill the bird feeder, then shower and perform my skin ritual. I scale this up or down depending on my plans for the day, but I have time and I was lazy last night, so I do all of it. I just added bakuchiol and I’m excited to see how it works. (Double cleanse with Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil and CeraVe Facial Cleanser, then: Trader Joe’s Rose Water Toner, Amara Vitamin C Serum, TJ’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Handmade Heroes Bakuchiol Booster, TJ’s Eye Cream, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.)
1:00 pm: We have a Very Lazy Dog who never wants to take walks, but we drag him out before driving to meet a friend for a 1:30 brunch reservation. When we arrive, they’re behind and seem to have no idea when our patio table will be ready. My friend K brought her dog (yay!) but that means we can’t sit inside, so we have to wait. She’s a little shy and anxious (the dog, not K) but I brought her some treats, which she eats without hesitation.
1:55 pm: Finally seated! K’s pup keeps getting tangled under the table begging for more treats. K and I have drinks (SO doesn’t drink on Sundays so he has a soda) and we split some brussels sprouts as an appetizer. Avocado toast for K, a burger for SO, and avocado eggs benedict and two sweet potato pancakes for me (SO eats the potatoes that come with my benedict). We split the check, but SO takes mine before I have a chance to see it. He and I try to keep things relatively even, but we mostly just trust it’ll wash out in the end. He likes to pay when we go out but I usually buy the groceries. (We’re more disciplined about splitting big purchases.)
4:00 pm: Pit stop on the way home for SO to pick up more vape pods. He’s been planning to quit for a while, but his work has been super stressful lately and he keeps pushing his quit date back. I try not to get too annoyed about this – I know he’s trying and quitting sucks.
7:30 pm: I wake up from an ill-advised nap. We finish last night’s leftover sushi for dinner and watch the first Harry Potter movie. My friend Venmos me $163.71 to pay me back for a group purchase I placed a couple weeks ago and I immediately transfer it to my bank account.
10:00 pm: SO likes to be in bed by 9:30 and asleep by 10 because he gets up so early to work out, but I usually stay up later reading. Tonight, I actually have to catch up on some work that’s due first thing in the morning. Working in bed while SO and Dog snore next to me weirdly helps me focus (because I want to join them!).
3:45 am : That took longer than I thought it would! As I’m shutting down, I randomly remember a few things I need from Amazon. I’ve been trying to shop more responsibly, which means not using Amazon Prime. But a week ago I needed some stuff quickly and they offered me a monthlong free trial, so now I’m on an Amazon kick. I’ll cancel before the trial ends and then I won’t re-up for probably a year or so. I buy some mask brackets to try while working out, broom and mop grips for the utility closet door, some washcloths, and the next size up of a sweater I ordered and liked but was too small (I’ll return the other one this week). It takes a while to fall asleep (shouldn’t have napped earlier!). ($82.62)
Total: $82.62

Day 2 (Monday)

7:45 am : I wake up to the sound of SO ironing his shirt for work. He says he overslept (guess he missed his workout) and rushes out the door. I kiss him goodbye, get dressed, drink a glass of water, and log on to my computer. I check last night’s document one last time and email it to the client.
10:30 am: I take a break from work to pay my credit card bills, which are all due around the same time. ($1,100) I use a modified avalanche method – I make minimum payments rounded up to the next hundred, then I pay proportionally more toward higher interest balances. I know it’s not as cost effective but seeing significant progress toward all my balances is reassuring. I’ll make a second payment at the end of the month on my highest interest cards with however much money I have left over. Scrolling through Facebook, I see that the animal rescue where I got Dog is doing a fundraiser for vet bills for a sweet pup who needed emergency surgery. It makes me sad – I go snuggle Dog for a minute (who is still snoring in bed and is not happy about the forced snuggle time) and then make a donation. ($107.20)
12:30 pm: Made it to noon (and beyond) without eating! I was really hungry around 11:45 but then I got distracted, so here we are at 12:30. I microwave some leftover pork shoulder that I roasted last week and eat it with honey mustard. I have so much admiration for people who actually make meals for lunch. I mostly just cobble together whatever I have.
2:00 pm: While filling out this MD, I realize I can’t remember if I’ve paid the property tax on my car yet. I panic briefly because I can’t find the letter they sent, but then I remember I can look it up on the website and… I have not. Today is turning out to be expensive! ($110.22)
4:45 pm: Our engagement photoshoot is in a month and I’m starting to stress about what to wear. The COVID weight gain is so real (and I haven’t been working out like I used to). I buy an oversized sweater I’ve had my eye on that will hopefully be cute with skinny jeans (if any of them still fit me) and vow to return it if it’s not perfect. ($33.91) Then I walk the dog, who is just now getting out of bed and asking for attention.
6:45 pm: SO gets home! On Mondays I take a late workout class, so I get to see him before I leave. I toast an everything bagel and eat it with cream cheese while we chat about our days.
8:00 pm: Class! I asked one of the women in my class to make me two masks, which she brings me tonight, so I Venmo her $20.
9:45 pm: Get home from class completely wiped and am grateful to find that SO walked Dog before I got home so I can basically go straight to bed. (Dog never wants to go outside but he has yet to learn to use a litter box, so…) He’s asleep before I finish washing my face and I’m not far behind – out like a light by 10:30.
Total: $1,371.33, but at least most of it was bills.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

7:45 am : After hitting snooze once, I hop in the shower to wake up. Dog watches me do my skin routine from the bed, looking very annoyed that I’m up. SO texts me to walk the dog early because it feels like fall today, so I drag him outside after I’m finished with daily standup. This involves bringing the leash up two flights of stairs to leash him in bed before coaxing him down the stairs and out the door.
10:00 am: Our client has been migrating their document repository to a new system and there is evidently some confusion over who is supporting which migration effort. Everyone is calling all of the projects “System Migration,” so this honestly seemed inevitable. I spend a good chunk of my morning sorting this out so I can tell them confidently that we are not involved with the one they’re asking about. When I’m intermittent fasting, I routinely get hungry at 10am but I drink a glass of water and try to power through.
12:30 pm: Lunch! I heat up the rest of the pork and steam some veggies in the microwave. One of the most annoying things about SO is that he’s always craving delivery of some sort, even if I’ve planned a meal, so fresh produce often goes to waste in our house. I haven’t totally given up yet, but thank god for frozen veggies.
1:00 pm: I feel like this is going to sound like a ridiculous purchase, but here goes: SO’s favorite pen company is dropping a batch of limited release pens at 1pm (noon CT). I set an alarm and am refreshing the website repeatedly by 12:59 because SO has been coveting these pens for ages and last time they sold out in about 10 minutes. I have to start over when someone buys the pen I picked as I am checking out, but I manage to snag two– one as an anniversary gift for SO and one as a Christmas gift for my dad (anyone who knows me will tell you I really do start my Christmas shopping early – gifts and acts of service are my two big love languages). A few minutes later, the pens are all gone. ($403.86)
2:00 pm: We trained Dog not to rush the door when he hears the doorbell by giving him treats and now he RUNS to the treats whenever the doorbell rings, which it just did. I toss him a couple treats before retrieving the packages at our door. The sweater I ordered on Sunday is among them and although it fits better, I realize it’s too sheer, so I pack it up with the rest of my returns.
5:15 pm: I resolved to start Chloe Ting’s 2 week shred program today, but the 13 minute HIIT session leaves me totally wiped and feeling very out of shape. (Dog didn’t help – he was VERY in the way every time I got down for anything plank adjacent.) I skip the ab video and leave a little early to drop off my return at the UPS store before class.
8:00 pm: Out for drinks with two friends from class. It’s late to be eating but I also don’t want to drink on an empty stomach, so I order a wrap and take home the half I don’t eat. The fall cider I’m drinking is delicious. I order two crowlers (canned draft beer… well, cider) to take home. ($57.96)
Total: $461.82

Day 4 (Wednesday)

7:30 am: SO wakes up on the wrong side of the bed because he overslept again. I help him get out the door, walk the dog, then get on standup (I’ll shower after). I feel like I didn’t sleep well last night and my Whoop recovery score reflects this – only 31%.
11:00 am: My company closed one of its offices a while back when one of our big contracts ended, and they’re trying to get rid of all the furniture, which has been in storage ever since. I’ve been working at SO’s old kitchen table and a kitchen chair since we moved in May, so I drive the 30 minutes to the office to see what they have. It’s also really nice to see a bunch of my coworkers in person who I haven’t seen since COVID started or even before that. I wind up with an office chair, a mat to go under it, a whiteboard, and some assorted office supplies. The smallest desks they had were still too big for my home office (which is also our guest bedroom). Guess I still need to buy a desk after all. It’s 1:30 by the time I leave, so I stop by Panera for lunch on my way home: you-pick-two with half a chicken salad sandwich and a small broccoli cheddar mac and cheese. I also buy a lemon cookie for me and two chocolate chippers for SO (his favorite). $17.23
5:30 pm: SO texts that he’ll be home a little early! Dog will be thrilled (and me too, of course). I waffle about doing Chloe Ting Day 2 because I am extremely sore from class Monday and Tuesday, but I do the HIIT video and SO arrives home just in time to save me from doing the abs videos.
7:00 pm: I bake some chicken thighs brushed with TJ’s Honey Pale Ale Mustard and garlic and steam some veggies for dinner. SO doesn’t really like chicken, but he says this is good and has three pieces. Victory! I file this recipe away in my head. (I like to say he’s the pickiest adventurous eater in the world. He doesn’t like pasta/noodles, cheese, or chicken, but he loves the stuff that lots of picky eaters won’t eat: seafood, especially sushi, and all kinds of international cuisine. It’s nice having a partner who is always up for sushi night, but cheese boards and family style sides of mac and cheese are a challenge. I really hope our kids don’t decide to emulate his eating habits.) We walk the dog after dinner.
9:30 pm: Because my recovery last night was so bad, I resolve to go to bed at the same time as SO tonight… but he’s still asleep by the time I finish my evening skincare routine. In bed by 10.
Total: $17.23

Day 5 (Thursday)

7:45 am: I hit the snooze once because our neighbors woke us up around 1:30 blasting music and I didn’t fall back asleep for almost an hour. Still, I feel fairly well rested and my Whoop recovery is 83% (yay!). Do my morning skincare, drink some water, get online for daily standup, and I’m greeted with the news that my return has processed, putting $140.57 back on my card. (I’ll count this as a $25.43 credit for this week since one item I returned was the sweater I bought Sunday – the rest was from earlier purchases.)
10:00 am: It’s a light morning, so between emails, I spend some time bringing my new office furniture upstairs and organizing my desk area, then browse Ikea for a new desk. A new desk would also be motivation to finally unpack the last of the boxes, which all live in my office (the other rooms of the house are pretty much unpacked).
12:00 pm: Lunch! The half wrap from Tuesday night is a little soggy but still good. I eat that and then wander down to the garage to scrounge up the second half of my lunch from our deep freezer. Half of the freezer is my lunch stash – things I love but SO won’t eat. Pierogies sound delicious but I don’t have the patience to cook them right now. Instead I grab a box of TJ’s butter chicken and pop it in the microwave; I’ll mix in last night’s leftover veggies. While I wait for that to heat up, I mix some yogurt with salt and set it in a strainer to make labneh, then grab a resistance band and do some lateral band walks across the living room – my knee has been acting up lately mostly because I have weak, lazy glutes. The smell of food finally gets Dog out of bed, so I eat at my computer and then take him for a walk.
2:30 pm: My 2pm meeting ended very early and I have packages! My Soko Glam order from last week is here with some sheet masks, a new serum, and a pore control mask (my mascne has been horrible since I’ve been wearing a mask to work out lately). The sweater I ordered Monday also arrives. I try it on and like it, but I can’t decide if it’s too baggy. I snap a selfie to send to some friends for second and third opinions about whether I need to size down.
5:00 pm: I enter one of those “win a wedding dress” sweepstakes. I normally never enter these, but since I’ve been wedding planning I’ve been entering them like crazy. I know the chances of winning are so slim, but still. I briefly consider a Chloe Ting workout (I really should) but since I have class soon, I skip it.
8:00 pm: Done with class! I’ve been on a hunt for the best masks to wear while working out (that don’t make me feel like I can’t breathe). The studio owner makes the best ones I’ve found yet. I buy 3 for $40 from him. I pick up Chipotle (SO ordered ahead) and stop for gas on the way home. ($23.50) We eat while watching Space Force (a burrito for him, a burrito bowl for me, half of which becomes my lunch for tomorrow). Steve Carell’s character is just a different version of Michael Scott, but it’s mindlessly entertaining. Dog has to be dragged outside for a walk because it’s raining.
9:30 pm: I shower and do the Acsen pore control mask that arrived today. It’s a little tingly and smells really nice. Finish up my skincare and sleep nice and early again – I’m out by 10:30.
Total: Net $38.07 ($63.50 with a $25.43 credit)

Day 6 (Friday)

7:00 am: I wake up early today. SO is out the door before 7:30 and Friday standups aren’t until 9, so I squeeze in the HIIT video, then join an 8am stretching class my friend teaches on Zoom (this is “paid” for by my staff membership at the studio).
11:45 am: It was a very productive morning and now I’m ravenous. I start scrounging up lunch so I can eat right at noon before another meeting marathon begins at 12:30 which will last until 5. Leftover Chipotle and pita bread with labneh with olive oil and za’atar.
4:45 pm: Finally done (a little bit early)! I have a small bowl of ice cream as a Friday reward and watch a little Netflix. SO said he was going to try to leave an hour early from work today, but my money is on him leaving like 5 minutes early.
5:50 pm: I take Dog for a walk (he has literally been sleeping all day and hasn’t made so much as a peep). SO texts that he’s going to be late because of some last second drama at work. Sigh. Well, I guess now I have no excuse not to do some Chloe Ting. I do an ab video and a lower body video.
7:30 pm: SO gets home and immediately announces he’s going to work out, but sprawls on the bed with Dog for a while before getting a move on. I’m a little annoyed because I was looking forward to having dinner and spending some time with him, but his workouts usually take about 1.5 hours, so that would put dinner at probably close to 10pm (way too late for me, even if I wasn’t intermittent fasting – I don’t know how he eats a full meal and then goes straight to bed). Honestly, lately I feel like we aren’t spending much quality time together (scrolling on our phones next to each other doesn’t count) and every time I suggest an activity, he just wants to watch TV instead. I also get the news about RBG passing away and now I’m just extra sad. I watch a movie in bed and am half asleep by the time SO finishes his workout and comes upstairs.
Total: $0

Day 7 (Saturday)

8:45 am: Alarm goes off. I take 2 classes on Saturday mornings, so I roll out of bed and start getting ready, but SO derails me wanting to talk about last night, and we have it out. I struggle to explain that it’s not that I don’t want him to work out or that I don’t support his goals – it’s just that I would like him to prioritize me and our relationship at least as much as he does his workouts. We end at a bit of an impasse (with me crying, because I cry at everything) and instead of going to class, I take a drive to calm down. Driving up and down the GW Parkway with the windows down always makes me feel better.
11:30 am: I buy SO Starbucks as a peace offering and head home. ($6.05) When I get there, SO apologizes and promises to make more of an effort to do things with me that aren’t just laying on the couch watching TV. He suggests that we go out for a late lunch/early dinner and do a little day drinking, and that we can have a zoo outing tomorrow (plus he’ll work out while I hit the studio for class).
2:00 pm: After our respective workouts, we both shower and then walk the dog together. Then we go to the restaurant across the street, walking to take advantage of the good weather (and so we can both drink). We sit outside and split calamari and a dozen oysters. I have a steak salad with peaches and gorgonzola, and SO orders crab cakes. We each have two drinks and I take dessert to go (SO does not share my sweet tooth!). The check is around $170 (pre-tip); SO pays and we walk home.
7:00 pm: We watch a movie on the couch and keep drinking. I’m excited to crack open the cider I brought home the other day. After the movie, we take Dog out for a quick walk and then head to bed. Before going to sleep, I make a $107 donation in honor of RBG to be split between several Senate campaigns.
Total: $113.05

Weekly Total: $2084.12

Food & Drink: $81.24
Fun & Entertainment: $0
Home & Health: $117.19 (I’m counting masks here)
Clothes & Beauty: $33.91 (Net – $25.43 bought and returned)
Transport: $23.50
Other: $1,828.28

Weekly Reflection

All in all, I feel like I did ok this week. I spent more money this week than I expected – that being said, looking at how much of this week’s spending was in bills and donations, I’m not too upset about it. The pens were an unexpected and big expense, but I was going to have to buy those gifts eventually, so again, not too upset about it. (The cost is probably in line with what I’d normally spend on an anniversary gift for SO. The pen for my dad was a little more expensive than what I’d normally buy for him, but I know it will be a special gift.) Going out has also been an uncommon occurrence lately, but it felt good to be social again, and I would much rather spend money on going out and spending time with people than spend excessively on stuff.
I’m definitely a spender, which (as you can see) has gotten me in trouble in the past. I’ve been doing better lately and I’m also very good about returning things that don’t work out, especially now that COVID has increased my proportion of online shopping vs. in person. This week was also a little unusual because we didn’t buy groceries and SO picked up the bill every time we went out. (For reference, we went grocery shopping on Day 8, which I paid for. That came out to about $200 between Costco and the supermarket and will last us about two weeks – we buy in bulk when it makes sense and freeze what we won’t use immediately. That bill is on the low side because we just restocked the freezer within the last month.)
I guess one thing I’ve thought about a lot while doing this MD has been how SO and I split expenses. I personally think it’s pretty fair – he might spend a little more than I do in the end, but he is also the one who always wants to order delivery, so I don’t feel too badly about that. I realize this week wasn’t a great snapshot for demonstrating an even split, but I’m curious to know how it came off to you all as readers and your thoughts on splitting expenses with an SO without having to split every bill right down the middle and Venmoing each other all the time (there’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s not how we work).
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2020.09.21 14:05 LordCongra [Runes & Brews] - Book 1: Trouble Brewing, Chapter 8

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Theo’s morning was spent in part cleaning up broken glass and scrubbing away a soot mark on the floor. Grumbling to himself, he wiped a sheen of sweat off his forehead. It was some aggressive scrubbing he had to do.
“Finally, it’s clean. Now uh, I suppose I’ll need to wait on potions…” Theo mused to himself, a seed of worry tightening in his stomach over his potion stock. I’ll start on my plans for Maraz then… Hopefully enchanting will go better than this.
Most of the basis for his next enchantment was from another project, so Theo quickly scribbled out the setup on parchment, substituting a few runes from his channeled Stun Chain wand. Well, at least I can still draw runes on parchment without something exploding.
Glancing out the window, he realized the time. “Oh goodness! I need to open the shop!” He ran out of his workshop, grabbing his inscribing stylus on the way as well as a blank wand. With the sign flipped, he settled behind his counter with a heavy sigh.
Theo was confident in this wand’s rune setup, so he opened his roof slats and got to work. He wouldn’t need his vacium clay for this, the whole setup was just a mishmash of two other wands.
The start involved the basic Aspect runes for the spell to be cast, which he would etch into the handle of the wand. These were runes to recognize the wand was being held, and a rune that he could tie vocalization runes to for the spell to be cast.
They weren’t necessary, but Theo had found that people loved to shout out a spell when they cast it, so it had become one of his staples to add over the years. The mana cost was actually reduced through adding the vocalization as well. Only slightly, but it was still a benefit nonetheless.
His inscriber ran the spell for enchanting, and Theo began to feel his mana flow through the implement. Runes lit up and the crystal hummed with energy in his hands. He smiled, touching the tip to the treated wood.
Moving slowly, he inscribed the first rune with as much precision as he could handle. He drew with a steady hand, visualizing each line in his head as he transferred them to the wood.
Mana pulsed out of him faster than he was used to, but the stylus acted as a buffer so he didn’t overload anything. Upon finishing the first rune, Theo regarded his work. Curious. The rune had a qualitative change he wasn’t used to. It emanated power that he could feel under his fingertips. He felt he was completing the runes faster as well, the enhanced strength of his magic drawing them quicker than before.
Mentally checking his mana pool, he made sure he hadn’t drained himself. He still had plenty left, and with the sun shining down on him, more was flowing in every second. It was a good thing Romuen wasn’t a particularly stormy region.
As he finished up a few more runes on the handle, the door to Theo’s shop rung. He looked up. “Welcome to Runes and Brews! Is there anything I can assist you with today?”
“Hello, Theo. I must inquire about your current mental state, as is social doctrine,” the wind starborn said, his echoing voice catching Theo’s attention.
“Oh, hello, Viktor. My mental state? Oh. ‘How are you?’ I’m doing well, business has been going well since I last saw you. How are you?” he asked, trying to figure out where to make “eye contact” with the starborn. It was just a floating crystal orb in a dervish of wind after all.
“My mana levels are sufficient for sustaining my form and I have been amassing wealth over time, which I am told should make me ‘happy.’ So I believe the correct answer to your question is ‘happy’ as I have met all prior conditions,” he said, gliding closer to Theo, the crystalline orb shifting as if inspecting the shop.
Theo had to blink a few times. “...Ah. Well that’s um, good. To what do I owe the visit?”
Viktor slid ever-closer to Theo, so much so that he could feel the gentle gusts of wind against his skin. The way Viktor’s starborn core was “facing” him somehow managed to feel invasive. “I was informed of your collapse and as your landlord, I am inclined to inquire about your wellbeing. Are all of your mental and physical faculties fully intact?”
“Well, I Snapped, so I guess not entirely. But I’m mostly better. Just a little headache,” he said, shrugging.
“A Snap? That is most vexing. How has your organic anatomy handled it thus far?” Viktor asked with more emotion than he’d ever heard from the starborn upon the mention of organic anatomy.
Theo took an unconscious step backward. “Fine? I think? I’m having some trouble controlling my magic though, which is admittedly concerning…”
Viktor’s core rolled forward and back, which looked like nodding to Theo. “Yes, yes. Of course. I have recorded this information within my memory for further review. Have you noticed any other undue side effects of this Snap? Altered slumber habits perhaps, or incontinence of the bowels?”
Theo sharply took in a breath, going into a coughing fit after swallowing saliva. Once he recovered, he regarded Viktor once more.
The crystal core bobbed slightly. “Fascinating.”
“...Right. Well, that’s a bit… invasive of a question, but no. Everything else has been normal. Do you… happen to know how one would control this?” Theo asked, hopeful but not exactly expecting much.
“From what my magical senses are detecting, you are leaking mana from the Snap. I assume your control has been in the category of pouring too much mana into spells, correct?” he asked, prodding winds shifting Theo’s clothes.
“Um, yeah. You hit the nail on the head, actually,” he said, nodding.
“Your mana pool likely needs time to recover and the leaks in it will seal up naturally. The control will still prove difficult as your mana has had a qualitative change from our last encounter, indicating to me that you have broken into a higher Tier of magical strength. Congratulations are in order, you are a stronger mage than you were just several days ago. I will now offer a congratulatory handshake,” Viktor echoed, likely offering a hand Theo couldn’t see.
He put his own hand out, feeling the odd wind hand grasp it, shaking it up and down a single time. “I really broke through to another Tier?”
Viktor bobbed once more. “Indeed. You have overcome the barrier from a Tier 2 mana quality to a Tier 3 mana quality. It is most impressive for how long you have existed. I commend you on your diligence in your craft.”
“Mhm. Diligence. Yes.” Theo avoided eyes that Viktor didn’t have. “So, how do I regain control of my magic?”
“Magical control is instinctive to us starborn. I may have more information for you when I acquire an organic body of my own, but for now, I am unfortunately lacking in answers for your inquiry. Now that I have successfully fulfilled my role as your landlord, I must take my leave,” he said, already pivoting and gliding back towards the door.
“Wait!” Theo said, holding a hand out towards Viktor.
The orb swiveled back to him. “Yes, Theo?”
He cleared his throat. “What are the uh, rules on me installing some kind of enchantment based security here?”
“Is there a reason you require security? Have you been threatened?” Viktor asked, a note of interest that Theo found to be too… clinical.
“Oh! Um, no. Just… wanted to make sure no one stole from me or something. It would be enchantments that cause absolutely no bodily harm, I promise,” Theo said, holding a hand over his heart.
Viktor bobbed again. “A system of security enchantments would be sufficiently within your skillset and as such is permitted per the terms of our contractual agreement. Please report any illicit activity you observe directly to me.”
“Of course. You’ll be the first to hear of it,” Theo said, feeling an uncomfortable stirring inside himself as he lied through his teeth.
“Very well. I must be on my way as I have more inquiries to make of the other residences I oversee. Goodbye, Theo. You cannot see it, but I am waving as is customary in your human culture,” he said, his core tilting left and right.
“Bye, Viktor. Have a nice day!” he said, waving back.
I’m not quite sure I’ll ever know how to feel after talking to Viktor… Theo thought, lips pressed into a line. Well, work waits for no one.
With that thought, he moved back behind his counter to work on the wand, only glancing up on occasion to watch for customers. He allowed himself to fall into the rhythm, humming as the runes took their shape.
This wand combined the channeled spell aspects of his Stun Chain wand and the offensive aspects of his Gale Buffet wand. Together, with a few changed runes here or there, the intent of this wand was to simply blow Maraz out of his store. He’d work on some reinforcement runes for the door itself to keep Maraz out but this felt like a good security measure.
Theo knew he couldn’t very well trap Maraz from the results of last time, but he was still a man, and enough wind could blow him away just like anyone else. The tricky part was getting the backwards force cancellation runes in place so the spell wouldn’t push him too.
Fortunately, the setup for the Gale Buffet wand already included these, so he had a strong basis to work off of. It just needed to be able to handle a sustained gust rather than intermittent blasts. With everything being so familiar, he was making good time on the wand between customers. Finally, it rang and Theo was happy to see the visitors he had.
Steely green eyes met his and his heart thumped in his chest. “Adam! Telsa! You’re back! Oh, and hello. I see you’ve brought friends. Welcome!”
Telsa stepped in front of the other three adventurers accompanying her. “Hey, Theo. This is the rest of the Vanguard’s Grip. We were gonna come earlier this morning, but a... thing came up.” She frowned. “Anyway, introduce yourselves.” She waved at the two people Theo didn’t recognize.
The young woman with slate blue hair sneered at Telsa before her eyes locked onto Theo. “I’m Deskan, the spellbow of the Vanguard’s Grip.” He waited for a further response, but the archer busied herself with the quiver at her hip instead.
“Ah. Well, nice to meet you, Deskan,” he mumbled, frowning.
Telsa rolled her eyes but pulled the robed man forward. “Next.” Theo immediately felt a kinship with the man upon noticing his dark red hair. He smiled at him.
“Hello uh, Theo. I’m Nils, the support mage for the Vanguard’s Grip,” he said, lowering his voice and turning to Telsa. He was still perfectly audible despite his stage whisper. “Why are we introducing ourselves so formally, again?”
“Because Theo saved our asses with the gilgafrogs and you should be thankful,” Adam said, crossing his arms and glaring at him.
Nils had the tact to be cowed slightly when he looked back at Theo. “Ah. I see. Thank you, Theo. That wand was impressively useful for the price we paid for it.”
Theo colored slightly. “Well, it was an original design…” He eyed Deskan’s quiver. “Are those arrows enchanted?”
“Yeah, Deskan’s an Infuser Fundamentalist and enchants her own- oof,” Adam cut off from Deskan elbowing him in the stomach.
“How about you tell the shopkeeper my home address too, Adam? Hm? ...I enchant my own arrows. I don’t have anything as fancy as that inscribing stylus, however,” she said, pointing to crystalline implement in Theo’s hands.
He held it up, displaying it better for Deskan. “Ah, this? I’ve had it for quite some time now, I made it myself. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for me to make one for you if you’d-”
She held up a hand, stopping him. “I’m fine. I get by with manual casting. I don’t know as many runes as you or Adam, it’d be a waste.”
“Deskan, please be polite to Theo he’s just-” Nils stopped when Deskan pinned him down with a stare.
“I’m not going to mince my words just because he sold us a wand,” she said, crossing her arms. Theo was beginning to think “sneer” was just her permanent facial expression.
“I’m sorry, Theo. Deskan and I will have words later.” Telsa eyed the prickly woman disapprovingly. “She’s just grumpy because she broke her arrow.”
Theo glanced at her quiver momentarily. “It’s just an arrow, isn’t it? I don’t know exactly how expensive they are, but surely it can be replaced?”
Deskan sniffed. “It was a special arrow. The main one I need when we take requests.”
“How exactly did it happen? If you don’t mind my asking,” he said, holding up a placating hand when another sneer was sent his way.
She grumbled and pulled a larger, metal arrow out of her quiver, handing it to Theo. “Enchantments are shot. This one was special-made, I don’t know the runes for it. We fought some divirens the other day and their sap ruined the runes.”
“Ah. That makes sense, the antimagic properties of diviren sap aren’t very strong, but I assume this arrow was in the body of one for quite some time,” he said, inspecting every inch of the arrow’s runic makeup. He recognized some, and had a vague idea of what the arrow did. “This arrow acts as some sort of… beacon?”
“Yes,” Deskan offered, lips pressed into a line.
“Deskan, just tell him. He might be able to help,” Adam said, nudging her.
“Alright. I’m a Fundamentalist secondary, so my arrows are enchanted to teleport. The arrow works as a beacon so the other arrows have something to teleport at,” she said, taking an arrow from her quiver and pointing it at the beacon arrow in Theo’s hands.
“What a wonderful application of runes! May I see one of the arrows? I’d love to see how the beacon interaction works. This may not be beyond my capabilities,” Theo said, sliding a finger over where the runes had been on the arrow.
Deskan grunted, but Telsa nudged her with a foot. “Fine.” She handed one of the arrows to Theo who happily began to inspect it.
“Ah, I see, the runes here detect the location of the beacon arrow and have a wider range of reception so they don’t all just strike the arrow. What a clever design. This certainly seems deadly for any monsters you come up against,” he said, offering a chuckle.
The corner of Deskan’s lips quirked at the compliment but she forced it back down before Theo was even sure he saw it. “Yeah, whatever. Can you fix it?”
He spun the arrow around, scanning the impressions left of the runes. “I believe I can. It may take me some time, the runes towards the tip are especially erased, so I may need to do some research in one of my rune books to find some appropriate substitutes. It should be within my capabilities, however. I’ll just need to keep both of these arrows for the time being.”
“Can you do it before our trial? It’s in three days,” Telsa said, eyes full of hope.
Theo gulped. “Three days? Adam indicated it was closer to a week.”
“They changed our test date on us, that’s the thing that came up. We had to go deal with the guild all morning. They refused to give us our old test date back,” she said, glaring in the direction of the guild.
“Well, that’s certainly no good… I believe I can do it, however. But… I may need to recruit Adam’s help for a thing or two. Perhaps Deskan as well?” Theo said, regretting the second request the moment it left his mouth.
“Why both of us? We’re not exactly busy so I don’t mind but… yeah,” Adam said, the tiniest hint of a frown meeting the corner of his lips.
“I uh… tried to make a potion this morning. It had rather… explosive results,” Theo said, frowning.
“I meant to ask about how you were doing but we got so caught up in the arrow thing! Are you okay?” Telsa asked, laying a hand on his arm.
Theo gave her a reassuring smile. “Ah, yes. I was able to put the unstable potion in a box enchanted specifically for that kind of situation, so I was unharmed.”
“He makes potions explode and you want him to enchant my arrow? I don’t think so,” Deskan said, moving to grab the arrow back from Theo.
Telsa slapped her hand down. “He Snapped, remember? He’s probably having trouble controlling his magic’s strength right now. Isn’t that right, Theo?”
“Unfortunately, yes. All of my alchemy spells are Named Spells, and according to my starborn landlord, my mana pool is… leaky right now. It should recover soon, but it looks like I can only manage enchantments right now. And that’s mostly because my stylus appears to act as a buffer. I’m hemorrhaging mana regardless any time I enchant,” he said, frowning.
“Well, whatever then. Just make sure it’s done in three days, okay?” Deskan said, fixing him with a hard stare.
Theo cowed at that, lowering his head. “O-Of course. I can do that.”
Adam whipped around to face Deskan. “I’ve had enough of your shitty attitude. Nils.”
The robed support mage jumped and nearly dropped a potion bottle, having been tactfully avoiding the situation up until now. His staff clattered to the floor. He looked at him as he picked it up. “Yes, Adam?”
“Walk Deskan home. She clearly needs some time to cool off,” he said, pointing a thumb over his shoulder towards the door.
“Ah but-” Adam’s steely gaze shut down any opposition. “Very well then. Deskan? If you’d-”
“I’m coming,” she said, grabbing Nils’ arm and dragging him out with her. Theo frowned as she slammed the door.
“Sorry, Theo. She’s… young,” Telsa said with a frown.
“It’s quite alright-”
“It’s not. I’m not gonna let her talk to Theo that way she- she needs to calm the fuck down,” Adam barked, pounding a fist on the counter.
Telsa’s lips quirked into a smile. “So, Theo. You need help making potions, right? Adam, you’re on potion duty for the next three days.”
“W-What? Telsa, I couldn’t expect that much from all of you,” he said, glancing at Adam. His heart tightened. “But… if you insist. If Adam and Deskan can help me out with potions and enchanting for the next three days, I’d be happy to do Deskan’s arrow repair free of charge.”
She raised an eyebrow at that. “Free? Really? I definitely can’t turn down an offer like that. Deskan might be… a problem to get to come here right now. Is just Adam okay?”
Relief flooded Theo’s veins. Thank goodness. “Absolutely. No problem.”
Adam had the tact to only look slightly disgruntled about the prospect of three days of potion-making. “Sounds like… fun,” he said through gritted teeth.
“I’m gonna head out for now. I have um, important team captain duties to do,” she said, already slipping away to the door quicker than Theo’s eyes could track. He noticed a peculiarity in the air where she was traveling as well as one of her daggers that she picked up from the floor on the way out.
He chuckled, shaking his head. He turned to Adam, smiling tentatively. “Well, shall we get to work?”
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2020.09.21 09:52 F2PBTW_YT TSLA Forecast (Battery Day)

TSLA Forecast (Battery Day)
Okay I am not a certified financial professional and following my train of thought WILL lose you money. So take my analysis as entertainment and go ahead and disagree because it will be the smarter decision you'll make today than your put options on TSLA. Do note that my analysis might COMPLETELY FAIL and NOTHING HERE ACTUALLY HAPPENS!
The pre-market is going live in a few minutes so here's my quick analysis of what will happen. We all know that Battery Day is coming tomorrow (depending on your timezone) so that is marked by the grey vertical dashed line:
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As you can see, I have gone ahead to mark out several nodes of interest and I will explain them in detail. But first, the two long blue lines are the rising supports with the more recent one being an assumption. Broadly speaking, the black lines have a very good probability of happening. I am placing my own bets on this. But the green and red lines are each likely results. So here's why:
  1. Today is an excellent opportunity to test the short-run resistance at 450.75 because there will be a lot of hype for the Battery Day. It may break resistance, but there won't be an entire candle above resistance.
  2. We will break the 450.75 resistance because of the hype running its course and very likely retest the previous high of 501.07. Take note that news-sellers may push the price down and we will see a red candle.
  3. I am going out on a limb to assume that traders will sell the news which will cause the price to drop the very next day (or very possibly Battery Day itself). I doubt the price will drop beneath the new support 450.75 because it is likely to be great news. Also, here is the interception of a rising support and the new support which makes it a very strong point.
  4. Eventually the price will rise along with the rising support and by midweek (next week), we will finally retest the 501.07 high again. And this is where shit hits the fan and two things will happen.
5a. A lot of pushing power ensues and we break. Nobody knows, with certainty, what the increment will be but everyone will be happy. That is until we hit the next high and achieve another major sell-off.
5b. This is a very likely scenario if we fail the break. It will only take a week or so to drop down to the previous rising support due to the mad proportion of retail investors in the market. The power is really left in the hands of hedge funds and other financial institutions here.
  1. The market quickly recovers from the dip, as retail investors find the perfect price point to buy in again. This will lead to a retest of the old 450.75 high. Take note that I am not confident in the actual date this happens.
  2. We will eventually meet the tip of the wedge where I am extremely certain will result in an explosive run upwards from there on WITH EVERYTHING HELD CONSTANT. Two things are happening during this period. First we have the Tesla Earnings Release (not confirmed yet, but estimated to be around October 28) which will have the potential to push the price above the resistance and break hard. Second, we have the presidential election which will disrupt everything and we may see a plummeting of not just Tesla share prices. Nobody knows what the hell will happen here. So this point is of KEY importance. That's assuming we didn't break at (5a) in the first place.

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So what am I doing now? I am personally banking on the upwards break to 5a, but because of how deadly 5b can be, I will average in my position until the 501.07 high is reached where I will sell all my shares. Doesn't matter if the 501.07 high is reached at (2) or (4), I am selling that shit. I'd rather take less profit on the repurchase during the (5a) run-up than to kill my gains holding on as it possibly plummets to (5b). But that's just me.
What are your plans?
EDIT: Price fluctuations in the pre-market is a norm. In fact my buy-in price is set to 429 and I am hoping that triggers.
EDIT2: Thanks to the institutional scare, I was able to buy in at 420 instead! And another set at 425. But if you want to earn money, consider setting a buy at $408. Not guaranteed, but there will be a possible second dip today.
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2020.09.21 04:45 Str8OuttaLumbridge First timer for some light gaming

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Light gaming(runescape, Minecraft, etc no need for maximum settings! I just wanna enjoy it) I also wanna be able to play my Xbox on the monitors (is that possible??) general browsing, maybe get into making YouTube videos or a podcast type of thing. Possibly get into steam gaming.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
I’d like to keep it below $1000 USD
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
1-2 weeks from now
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Everything, except OS, keyboard, mouse. Monitor needs to be included, would possibly get a dual monitor at some point.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
US, Illinois
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
None
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Probs not
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
no
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Wifi
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
I want a window thingy with some fancy lighting if it’s not too expensive, any color to pop? Green or blue or purple!
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
not needed
I don’t know much about building a pc. My experience with laptops has not been good. Only have lasted me around 2-3 years each. I would like this pc to last a while but to allow upgrading. Any tips or advice would be nice.
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2020.09.21 02:54 TheAusNerd Debris [Part 42]

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<"Dude, I love playing that when I was a kid!"> said Wora exuberantly over video chat. <"I can't believe they still make it.">
Le'quaren, the only friend Wora could name that wasn't perpetually surrounded by criminals and thugs, sat smiling, cradling her newborn in her arms. <"Jell told me it's getting even more popular at the store he frequents, but he's concerned that if his friends find out he plays, he's never going to hear the end of it.">
Wora giggled. She remembered feeling the same way in her youth, spending a solid chunk of the allowance she received from performing chores to buy a pack of cards just for the feeling of anticipation and mystery. It was simpler then, better. Wora thought. <"Hey...">
Today's lunch was a lonely one for Behn. While a significant portion of the women went to have their bi-weekly video calls, she abstained, choosing instead to get in line for food that, without the rest of the prison lining up for their meals and bringing things to a crawl, was comparatively fresh. The food, surprisingly refreshing though it was, was no replacement for Wora's lively demeanour and barbs at the brainless programmes on the television, which the prisoners noted to now be flickering somewhat; the women expected their food to soon take another dip in whatever quality it had left.
At last, and with a tray on which she swore she could see the scrapings from the bottom of the greasy pot in which her meal was cooked, Wora arrived, throwing herself onto the bench beside Behn. The mood was immediately lifted. <"Hey, girl. What'd I miss?">
<"Just some weather boy waffling on about expected wind speeds during Chill Winds. They're gonna be high, but nothing we haven't survived before."> As she heard the young man read the weather report, part of Behn was glad that Arnd apparently spent most of her time in X'rtani House, she would be nice and warm there.
<"Huh. Oh! Did I ever tell you about that one time when my aunt slipped on an ice patch and fell down the stairs of her apartment complex?"> Behn shook her head. <"Yeah. She was fine in the end, nothing more than a few bruises, but she screamed like a damn siren until she hit the floor. A cop came bursting in looking for his buddy's cruiser, muttering that he didn't get a call for a crime in progress! When he saw my aunt, he damn near pissed himself!"> Wora chuckled heartily, and Behn couldn't help but be drawn in. The two women laughed so hard that they missed the opening to that day's episode of MarkWatch.
The pair watched a man too average-looking to form an opinion on confront Mark on a bus, and a thought came to Wora's head. <"Do you have anyone to call on the outside? Friends, family?">
Behn swallowed hard after she removed her gaze from the television and processed the question. <"No. I hadn't noticed I left it all behind until I realized who I was running with. And before you ask: no, I'm not calling my mother."> she clarified, dim resentment on her tongue.
<"You think she would've called by now, given what you've told me.">
<"She's busy doing gods know what with Mark and all that government crap, I wouldn't be surprised if it was years before she called to talk.">
Wora nodded along as only a friend would, recognizing that words were no good here, and returned to her meal.

<"You reckon he couldn't have gone shorter? Show some arm?"> asked Wora in relation to the tailored suit MarkWatch's presenters accurately predicted he had arranged for.
<"Meh, it's probably fashionable where he's from. It's not my business in any case."> replied Behn, squat lifting the weight of the average prisoner in the complex. It was simple. It certainly wasn't a heavy machine gun, two backpacks worth of ammo, malante plate body armor... <'No, gods damn it! You're past that! The violence is no more! Just squat and breathe, Behn.'> She squatted, she breathed, she felt her thighs grow warm with the effort, focusing on that helped her stay in the moment.
<"Behn?">
<"Sorry, I spaced out a bit, what'd you say?">
Wora pointed past Behn, whose gaze followed her friends finger. Four surly women, with enough muscle between them to convince Behn that they could bend the collective population of the prison into thick knots. They closed in and Behn put the barbell back on the rack. She and the quartet's eyes met, and the clear challenge was recognized.
<"So,"> began a X'etish woman who dwarfed the others. <"Miss Ex-Fang here's got 48 lifetimes, eh? Not bad, pint-size."> She giggled, her yellowed and chipped fangs on full display. <"See, there's something about multiple life sentences that I'm sure you know: You step out of line, and you're in solitary.">
<"I'm aware."> replied Behn, knowing exactly where this was going.
<"So then you know that you can't fight anyone, correct?"> the woman sneered, leaning down so her jaw was inches from Behn's face. Behn didn't notice a X'rtani woman slinking out of view.
<"Correct.">
The woman stood back up. <"Good.">
Behn was seized from behind, a second X'rtani clamping her jaw shut <"Don't go crying now."> she taunted. Wora hollered for the guards, only to be grabbed by the jaw and thrown to the ground by the X'eti, who roughly held her face to the floor. Struggle as she might, Wora was helpless and silent in witnessing Behn's right arm being held out by a X'ogan woman, her mouth warped into a savage grin. <"You learn that we're the bosses in this yard right quick, or..."> And with a visceral crunch that turned both Behn and Wora's stomach, the woman bit down on Behn's thumb, removing it at the base. She spat it on the ground and chuckled, her jowls splotched with bloody yellow. Behn, pain and disgust twisting inside her, swayed at the sight of her own blood. Finally, the guards arrived, detaining the perpetrators. Upon her attacker's seizure, gore-induced vomit spilled from Behn's newly unclamped jaw, and she staggered to the floor, lightheaded and queasy.
As the assailants were taken away, a guard administered basic first aid to Behn while calling for a medical team for the two victims. Before long, a team arrived with a mag-lifted bed for Behn, they immediately administered an anesthetic and antibiotics to the wound, and they rushed Behn off to the prison station's medical ward. Wora, her head throbbing, was helped off the ground by the guard who stood beside Behn, and was led from the yard as she explained the altercation.

Wora's impatience was not due to the aches she felt as her injuries were examined in the medical ward.
<"You appear to have a mild concussion and some bruising."> noted the doctor. The guard present relayed this information to her fellow officers in Wora's arm of the prison. <"There's no cure for a concussion but rest and limiting stimulus; no television, no major physical activity, and keep socializing to a minimum for the next few days. I'll have pills regularly sent to your cell to help with pain, and I'll arrange for your meals to be sent to your cell, too. In the meantime, I can provide you with a blindfold and earmuffs to help limit stimulus."> The physician filled out application forms as she spoke. <"You should begin to first see results in a few days, and I'll have you come in for an examination in seven days.">
<"Fine, cool, whatever."> said Wora. <"Is Behn going to be okay?">
<"Your cellmate? Due to patient confidentiality, I can't give that information away. But I'll ask her if it's okay, and we'll go from there.">
<"Yes, please."> Restlessness was thick in her tone.
The doctor blinked at her for a moment, before turning back to her computer. <"Alright. We'll arrange someone to visit you in your cell as soon as possible."> She turned to the guard, handing her the stimulus-limiting headwear. <"Shel, please escort Miss Lakk back to her cell, and be sure to take the quiet routes.">
<"Of course, Doctor. You heard her, get these on you and I'll get you back safe."> the officer held the blindfold and earmuffs out to Wora, who took them begrudgingly.
The blindfold didn't so much as blind Wora, but rather kept her vision dim, which she admittedly appreciated given her injury, the earmuffs too aided in the easing of her headache; they didn't help ease the throbbing she felt from her bruises, though.
When Wora arrived back at her cell, she saw some pills already arranged on her bedside table; they tasted like everything and nothing at the same time, she nearly gagged. After chasing her medication with some water, she slumped down onto the bed and dozed, her body seemingly responding to the doctor's orders.
She later woke with a start as a guard outside her cell called for her attention. <"Miss Kell? Miss Kolr would like to see you in the medical ward, I'm here to escort you.">
Wora didn't miss a beat, immediately following the guard through the passageways prisoners usually only got to see if they were in deep trouble, add-years-onto-your-sentence trouble. All the way, she was thankful for the headwear provided, and was finally deposited into the medical ward after an uneventful journey. A doctor, noticeably armed - it was a prison, after all - directed Wora to Behn's bed.
Behn laid propped up in a hospital bed with her eyes closed, grimacing in pain. Her right arm and hand were held still by braces as a tissue replicator went to work reattaching her thumb with new bone, muscle fibers, and skin weaved from their constituent components coded with her DNA, given in a sample taken from the shredded stump of her thumb. Wora noticed that a small curtain had been set up to block Behn's view of her automated operation.
<"Behn, it's me."> said Wora, sitting by her bedside.
Behn's eyes slowly opened, brightening when her friend came into focus. <"Hey sis. Wh-ugh, what's with the sleepwear?"> she asked sardonically.
<"Concussion, but I'll be fine. How about you?">
<"I should be okay, too. The doc said that this should take just fine, given that it's mostly a reattachment. At best, I'm looking at minor scars.">
Wora raised an eyebrow. <"And at worst?">
<"My body rejects the new tissue, my thumb falls off, and they try again."> Behn explained nonchalantly, as though the sight of such wouldn't result in her puking again.
<"Ah."> Though her tone didn't show it, in truth, Wora was truly relieved that her friend, despite her gruesome injury, was still in high spirits. One question remained, however. <"So, you're looking at a stint in solitary?">
<"Nah, enough of the girls in the yard vouched for me that I'm off the hook this time. I got told that those dry cunts are in lockdown for half a month and their pay's been slashed. Next time they jump someone, they're in solitary for a month, with an extra month for each following attack. And the best part, I now have express permission to defend myself from those four in future."> Behn giggled. <"I mean, so long as I don't break anything.">
<"Oh, thank the gods, I didn't want to lose you."> expressed Wora, not realizing until after she had said it that she said the quiet part out loud.
<"Aww, you would've missed me?"> Behn barbed.
Wora knew there was no backing out now. <"Of course, you dumbass! You're the only cellmate I can name that I've gotten along with.">
Listening to Wora lay herself bare, Behn couldn't remember the last time her presence made someone genuinely happy beyond her deft handling of a firearm. She smiled warmly and extended her uninjured arm toward her friend, placing her hand on Wora's knee. <"Hey, I'm not shut in a hole just yet, so buck up!">
Wora sighed, content. <"You're right. Just don't go scaring me like that again, okay?">
<"Sure, sis.">
<"So, how long did the doc say you'd be stuck here for?">
<"They reckon they'll see if this'll take in a day or so. If it does, I'm free to go. Well, as free as I can be on this rock, at least. I'll be back to see your lack of modesty again soon.">
Wora's expression grew smug. <"You know you love it."> she mocked.
Behn sniggered, transitioning into full on laughter when Wora mockingly began lifting her shirt. Wora joined in, letting the joy of the moment wash away any lingering doubts and worries. Now she knew that she, her friend, and their bond, was safe.
~~~
The bus glode smoothly past shop-lined streets as Mark stared out the window, attempting to map out the city in his mind while wondering where he could get a set of headphones built for his ears. It stopped outside a family-owned grocer to let waiting passengers board. Before the bus could take off again, a thin man carrying a basket of food approached Mark.
<"What're you doing here?"> he asked belligerently.
Mark was shaken from his window watching by the man's question. "Can I help you?" he asked politely.
<"This bus isn't built for you."> the basket-carrier stated with certainty. <"Get off.">
Mark blinked. "... Pardon?"
The man's already scowl-creased face scrunched further, his jowls parted just enough for a thin white line of fangs to be visible between his jaws. <"Are you mocking me? Get off the damn bus!"> he insisted, shooting a finger at the side door.
Mark knew then what was happening. He knew it would happen eventually, but he wasn't entirely prepared for the sensation of the event itself. Still, he retained his composure. "Please leave me be, sir." he said firmly.
The man, clearly knowing that he wasn't going to get his way alone, stormed up to the driver's seat and demanded Mark to be removed from the vehicle. <"Buddy, the guy ain't causin' no trouble. You leave 'em alone or you're walkin'."> the driver said matter-of-factly.
The man, finally understanding his place in the proceedings, shot a nasty look Mark's way, and stepped off the bus.

"That guy on the bus surprised me. I've noticed that nobody here's all that subtle, but nobody's been that forward thus far." said Mark, recounting yesterday's encounter with a concerned citizen on public transport.
Rilk'r, Mark's companion at the cafeteria table, nodded along to the human's retelling, aware of the encounter in question from today's episode of MarkWatch. <"Don't let 'em get to you. You really shouldn't have to put up with that shit, but if it's just a handful of belligerent dicks, you don't have much to worry about. You stay the course, and they'll get over it eventually.">
While Mark wasn't entirely convinced, stressing over factors out of one's control did little good. "Yeah."
The conversation paused as the two men dug into their lunches, picking up again when Rilk'r asked: <"So, how's that gym treating you?">
"Pretty well, actually. It's a bit stuffy, but I can't complain too much. I imagine you learned about that from the news?"
Rilk'r looked hurt. <"The news? I helped put the damn thing together!">
Mark choked on his water, drawing eyes from employees that he had hoped would be used to his presence by now. "Wait, really? You never told me!"
<"I like my customers to leave their reviews after they've put my work to the test."> Rilk'r said smugly.
"Heh. Well, I've certainly seen worse equipment." He would never forget that one squat rack in Anytime Fitness that fell apart the instant he re-racked his bar.
Rilk'r chuckled. <"Glowing praise, that.">
And once again, the two men put their chat on hold while they ate. Rilk'r cleaned his tray before Mark, to neither's surprise, and waved as he returned to work. Uns'la pointed a finger gun as she linked up with Rilk'r, Mark returned it. As his tray neared empty, Arnd, who too was using the break in the day's lesson to eat her fill, came up to the table.
<"You think you could pick up the pace a bit? We still have the last decade of the Crisis of the Peaks to cover, and I don't want it spilling into my free day."> she asked, the tapping of her foot on the tiled floor akin to a metronome with no patience for rhythm.
"What do you think I'm doing?" replied Mark, now shoveling his gravy-soaked wobunil chunks into his mouth at as fast a pace as their size allowed. Before long, and with many painful attempts to swallow mouthfuls in excess of his throat's capacity, Mark emptied his tray. He also made a mental note to, if he ever made it back to Earth, tell Percy about that time he almost took too much meat for his throat to handle, giggling childishly to himself.
After he quickly gulped down water from a paper cup, Mark was ready to return. Arnd watched impatiently as Mark nodded to the guard stationed outside the bar, with her impatience morphing to simple annoyance when Mark paused to pull out his data pad. This annoyance turned to frustration when Mark turned on his heels and walked back toward her.
"I gotta go, T'aro wants me in R&D immediately. We'll pick up with Crisis when I get back." And with that, Mark was off toward the elevators and Arnd was left watching him go.
Jan'u came up to her, licking his jowls clean of gravy. <"What's he up to now?">
Arnd deflated. <"Doesn't matter. Come on, Nelert's Bones is out and I wanna see if it lives up to the trailers.">

Beneath the mountain, with K'ul stalwart by his side, T'aro paced, second-guessing whether this was a good idea.
Yesterday, as the moon shone as a silver crescent high above the city, T'aro oversaw the first test of a circular bone saw attachment to F'ejen's shield-focused surgical tool. The device whirred, the multitude of tiny energy blades blurring together to form a single, uniform disc of light at the tip of the apparatus. With precision, F'ejen lowered the device down on to, in absence of replicated human bone, a plate of what T'aro dubbed 'Malante Squared', a substance that acted as a less refined, less dense x'erren attempt at N.L.N.A, the substance that comprised the hull of Mark's detached cockpit. Upon contact, the saw squealed as it battled its target, but both it and F'ejen held firm, and the doctor soon excavated a near-perfect square from the mass. A few moments after F'ejen shut the device off, he was told that this attachment too passed safety and stability tests. F'ejen nodded proudly at this victory and ticked off yet another test on his notepad he pulled from his breast pocket; thus far, among other tools, he had successfully tested: a scalpel with adjustable length, a needle tip, a drill, and scissors.
F'ejen stepped out of the testing room, discarding his gloves and shoes, and loosing his ears. <"Well, what's next on the docket?"> he asked, softly massaging his aching ears.
<"Staples. Although how you plan on making this work, I have no clue."> replied T'aro, looking over the list of planned tools.
Listening to T'aro launch into further detail of the task's complications, F'ejen couldn't help but think. <"So, remind me; Mark's more or less on your side now?">
<"He promised that the antics were over, so ostensibly, yes.">
<"... Then shouldn't you tell him about all this?"> asked F'ejen, gesturing to the testing room where a team was examining the surgical apparatus.
T'aro looked at the doctor in stunned disbelief. <"Out of the question. If you've read Mark's contract, and I know you have, you'll know he has the legal right to shut this entire operation down at any time he so wishes. The instant he sees us developing this technology, I've no doubt in my mind that his first act would be to demand that development ceases. His second would be to demand a release from his contract, which is also his legal right.">
<"I take it then he still doesn't trust us?">
<"He said so himself."> said T'aro pointedly.
<"And do you think he'll trust us any more if we continue keeping secrets?"> questioned F'ejen, turning to face the administrator.
T'aro turned in kind. <"I am the director of this project and I will not be questioned.">
<"I have been a surgeon since before you came of age."> the doctor stated firmly, letting his experience drive his words. <"I have worked at many hospitals and have tended to very many patients. The longer you lie to a patient, even if the lie is entirely for the patient's benefit, the harsher they react when the truth comes out. When Mark tried to escape, he was in a panic, trying to tunnel away from the force he thought he could not fight. But what do you think he'll to do now that he's come to know us, to adapt to us? I know you have the means to bring him in again, but none of them are quiet enough for you to get away with it."> F'ejen leaned in, craning his neck upward to get face-to-face with his junior. <"You open up now, or the decades you've spent on this project go up in smoke.">
T'aro could say nothing to the physician as he produced a pack of lija from his pocket, bit down on a pod, and ambled out of the room saying that he was going to bed. T'aro stood blinking into the silent air for a few long minutes after the doctor had left, before deciding: <"Not the samples, that's too far.">

T'aro's pacing and fretting was interrupted by Mark rounding the corner into R&D, his face a portrait of curiosity and apprehension. "You called?" he said flatly.
T'aro straightened. <"Yes, I did. I'm glad you could make it so promptly.">
Mark shrugged. "You said immediately. So, what's up?"
T'aro turned, gesturing Mark to follow. <"As you well know, I wouldn't be doing my job as head of extraterrestrial affairs if I didn't look after the health of those that fall under my jurisdiction. I've already made steps to accommodate this in providing you proper nourishment and the personal gym - which I've noticed you've taken quite a fancy to."> Mark nodded, he would be lying if he denied his enjoyment of having regular, challenging exercise as part of his daily routine again. <"Regardless, this is just the surface; I'm frankly shocked you've not yet fallen ill, I'll chalk that up to your immune system being just as hardy as your body. That body, Mister Stevens, however durable, is still mortal. If you were to suffer an injury, it would need to be tended to. You could recover from nicks and bruises on your own, but more severe injuries: broken bones, deep lacerations, etcetera, those would require medical attention, even surgery.">
Mark didn't know whether or not to ease himself now that the man was getting to the damned point, as said point's subject matter put him on edge.
<"Unfortunately,"> T'aro continued. <"The same implacable nature of your physiology that keeps you safe from the same rounds that would put a hole in a x'erren man large enough to stick one's hand through, would similarly keep standard surgical tools from being able to do their work. Thus, when doctor Rour brought forth the idea of using projected shields in place of metal or glass blades, I had to jump at the chance.">
With impeccable timing that told Mark that T'aro had thoroughly rehearsed this speech of his, the X'erren gestured Mark through a door to his left. Upon entry, Mark realized that his initial mixed feelings were nothing compared to what he felt looking upon the implements in person, their pristine, rounded forms catching the light in a way that made them look both sacred and profane, and they weren't even turned on!
T'aro stood beside the human. <"As you can see, we've developed a range of attachments, with more on the way. I understand any apprehension you may have, Mister Stevens, but you must understand that without this, there is no way for anyone in x'erren space to aid you should the need arise.">
"... Have you tested these?"
<"On varying metals, yes. And I can confirm that these tools are up to the job.">
"Then, may I see them in action?"
T'aro knew not to ease himself just yet, but part of him was glad that Mark remained at least outwardly calm. <"If I can manage to rouse doctor Rour, then yes.">
In the tense calm following T'aro's message to F'ejen, Mark found his eyes always drifting toward the assortment of attachments laid out on the table beyond the viewing window, and tried to fit each adapter to a purpose. He was in the middle of inspecting the needle tip when the door opened to F'ejen, who, upon seeing Mark, immediately sported a smile.
<"Mark! How are you?">
"Just fine, thanks."
<"Mister Rour! Glad you're here. Now, shall we begin the demonstration?"> said T'aro as though yesterday's conversation never happened.
<"That we shall."> replied F'ejen in kind.
And after F'ejen donned his surgical garb, he did just that, lighting the space and filling the air with the sound of humming shields projectors and screeching metal as he sliced, drilled, and punctured a sheet of malante2. All the while, T'aro explained the substance's origin, reminding Mark that, given its nature as a recreation of an entirely human creation, he could shut down its production and research thereof at any moment. Mark politely declined.
Before long, each tool, including the staples, had been demonstrated in full, and F'ejen rejoined the pair in the viewing room. <"So,"> he said. <"what do you think?">
Mark thought a moment. "I think that this is not only a brilliant piece of tech, but that it exists for my sake is very considerate of you both." His words, while genuine, were tinged with doubt, something that his x'erren listeners were all too aware of. "I do wish, however, that you would have notified me beforehand, for both the tools and the metal."
F'ejen and T'aro apologized for their lack of foresight and, with a gesture from Mark that he was satisfied with the showcase, followed him out into the hallway.
As the trio made their way back to the surface, K'ul keeping stride with T'aro, Mark tapped F'ejen on the shoulder. "Hey, are you free for a bit? I have some questions I'd like to ask."
<"Of course, we can talk over lunch.">
T'aro was mildly distressed at the apparent desire for him to not be present, but he understood. He stopped the pair, telling them to go on without him as he had to oversee maintenance performed on the gym. He watched as Mark and F'ejen rounded a corner and hoped for the best.

F'ejen returned to the cafeteria table with a small mantan leaf wrap, understanding that Mark went without food because he had already ate. <"So, bud, what do you need to know?">
Mark had loosened somewhat in T'aro's absence, but still hesitated slightly when asking. <"Are those tools really for surgery?">
The doctor paused mid-bite. <"I brought up the idea of using shields as a substitute for metal, why wouldn't they be for surgery?">
"I know, but that's not what I meant. It's more..." Mark looked around to see if anyone suspicious was watching. "Are they really there to mend injuries, are they really there to help me?"
F'ejen laid his wrap down, sighing in understanding. <"Look, man, I get that you don't trust T'aro, I wouldn't trust him either after what he's pulled. But I can tell you straight that this is legit. You can trust this.">
Mark didn't know if he felt any better after having it said to him so plainly. "I just hope they never have to be used."
<"No true surgeon ever wants their tools to leave storage. If I had my way, everyone would always be healthy and surgery would be a dead field."> He bit into his wrap, and Mark agreed.
~~~
Du'fra stepped out through the hospital's front doors, a prescription for pain medication in his hand and a thick cast on his arm. It took time and a lot of pain to realign the halves of his shattered forearm, and by the time the cast was on, the doctors had confirmed that this level of damage could take at minimum four months to heal, and years to regain full strength once he had the internal plates and pins removed. Before he left the ward, he opted to hire a Spare Hand: a robotic arm strapped to one's shoulder controlled by brainwaves monitored by a small headpiece, to replace one's out of commission arm while it healed, held aloft in a sling. Healthcare was a dream in Ta'X'rtana, and thus the only money that left Du'fra's coffers was the hire fee for the Spare Hand, and a handful of chump change for a surprisingly good hospital meal on his way out. He finished his meal in the office courtyard, carelessly tossing the container aside when his taxi arrived.
As the vehicle navigated the city's airspace, Du'fra checked his cruiser's tracker, and found it to be impounded in a lot across town. He decided that it could rot there for all he cared, he still had the cruiser he got in his divorce. He was both shocked and glad that the parasites now sitting in the executive chairs at X'rtan Freight hadn't stolen anything from him while he was out. With that thought, he searched The Flow for any news pertaining to X'rtan Freight, and came by an article reporting on the new Acting Chief Vuk'li's ascension to the top of the company and his donation of 500 billion ker'se to the Men-te Relief Fund to commemorate his rise. <"That brakk fucker worked in marketing before he was hired there, of course he'd pull a stunt like this."> growled Du'fra. In his fury, he instinctively reached out for a pack of first-grade lija pods, and remembered the one thing in his old cruiser that he would miss.
Errant dust was blown off the rooftop by the taxi's arrival to Du'fra's apartment. Air-capable taxi fare took a bigger bite out of one's pockets than a standard ride, but Du'fra didn't care. Once inside his building, Du'fra quickly reminded himself where the set of keys to his ex wife's cruiser were, and then got to work. Where it once felt drab and lifeless, his office now felt fresh, given its new purpose. Typing with an artificial hand was awkward despite the practice doctors mandated before Du'fra could take it home with him, and he continually made spelling errors that served only to add to his mounting frustrations. Even with this new complication, however, it didn't take long for Du'fra to find what he was looking for.
Arnd Kolr's online life was scarce. All Du'fra could dig up was a seldom used Conclave account, the last activity of which was to trawl the forum of a middlingly popular book series and the account of her work hard-play hard daughter. A daughter that, with a quick search, Du'fra found to be in prison for gang activity dating back years. Familial association was not proper grounds for legal action, though, so he had to find another avenue. From news sources, he read claims that she was either hired by the government or arrested and held in X'rtani House until further notice. All Du'fra knew as of yet was that she, in her current position, was effectively untouchable. At least, if Du'fra was alone. It was common knowledge among those who did any cursory research that Arnd had close ties to Mark, someone who, though protected, was in a state of political flux, with talks going back and forth regarding the alien and how to handle him. And if politicians listened to anything, it was money, and significant public outcry.
And thus, the plan was simple: Either through generous donations, the outspoken voices of concerned citizens, or a mixture of both, swing the Council in opposition to Mark, destabilizing his and therefore Arnd's position. This should result in numerous investigations being launched, the likelihood being high that at least one would uncover the connection between Arnd and Vuk'li, putting Vuk'li's position in jeopardy and likely landing him with fines and jail time. The resulting controversy should put immense pressure on him, leaving nothing left to do but keep the pressure up until he resigns. It was elegant in its simplicity.
The only problem was getting started. He would have to be smart with his donations, hitting the sweet spot between being too small to notice and too large to be innocent. And thus he knew to start with his alternative solution; he would have to track down an anti-Mark group. But he was still weary from his surgery, and he wasn't too concerned with losing a day of progress, and decided instead to kick his feet up and relax, maybe fall asleep to reruns of that one talk show with the cute young presenter.
Prime kurjan ribs delivered to his door and top shelf X'ogan reed wine were the night's menu, with entertainment courtesy of one Wer'eled, a host who seemed determined to wear the thinnest and loosest fabric the censors would let her get away with. As Du'fra indulged, his mind drifted back, as it always would on nights like these, to the days of his relative youth. He was a 34 year old up-and-comer at X'rtan Freight after acing his interview for administrating light post in central Ta'X'rtana and surrounds, with a brand new studio apartment financed by his father, and a charming young woman to call his own: Ber'a Neyil. She had energy exploding from every inch of her tiny body and could talk her way in and out of damn near anything, which was useful skill for a saleswoman. On glorious, youthful nights when they were both tired from work and needed release, Ber'a was known to signal the beginning of the night's events by sporting a lacy gown and demanding that Du'fra follow his instincts. Looking back, Du'fra could name little else he enjoyed from his marriage. Time wore on and things grew comfortable, Du'fra couldn't be more content. Ber'a, however, viewed her continued entrenchment in a cozy routine to be increasingly stale, and sought an escape by suggesting to move away from the city. Du'fra disagreed, and thus the couple engaged in their first fight, with tempers and moods only worsening from there. Though it felt like an eternity of squabbling and growing resentment, only a few months had passed since that initial spat before divorce papers were being signed. By that point, Ber'a was more than done with Du'fra, not caring if he kept her cruiser. Du'fra never saw her again. Every time he reminisced on his marriage, Du'fra debated whether or not staying was a good idea, before shrugging and continuing on with whatever he was doing.
Stars twinkled faintly in the gaps between moonlit clouds, and Du'fra began to drift, slowly, into the waiting arms of sleep.

Day broke, and Du'fra was jolted awake by a sudden pain in his arm, the surgeon warned him about that. His unhooked the Spare Hand from his shoulder, the throbbing he felt was an indication that he should probably take it off before he goes to sleep in future. Breakfast was pe'ka pieces drowning in lija sauce that disappeared down Du'fra's gullet with grotesque haste, there was work to do. Simply typing Mark Stevens into a search bar brought up more results than he knew what to do with. Forums arguing back and forth over why he was on Kerc-en and whether or not he should be allowed to roam free; the supremely tacky MarkWatch page that practically begged him to appear on the show; and, oddly enough, a site claiming to 'spread truths' that would have a hard time convincing even the most hardcore conspiracy theorists. If the government was trying in earnest to kill Arnd, then how in the scream-rent flaming air of the Pit was she still alive? Laughable nonsense. Still, his search bore some fruit, with mentions of live meetings to debate all matters Mark, with an unsubtle negative lean in the poster's text. This, he could use.
The doorbell beeped, pulling Du'fra out of his concentration. He strapped on his Spare Hand and went to answer. The door opened to a police officer whose expression was nothing but business. <"Mister Du'fra Neem?"> he asked.
<"Yes.">
The officer glanced slightly to the left. <"Do you have a permit for that apparatus?">
Du'fra quickly flashed the document in question. <"Might I ask what this visit is about, officer?"> He knew he would get the answer either way, but asking helped his confidence.
<"You have been summoned to attend a hearing at the Central Municipal Tribunal, to determine your sentence for your engagement in an illegal Kre'gadol duel. This hearing will be undertaken on the 15th Dawn of Se'te. The full details are listed in this document."> With form befitting a man in uniform, the lawman presented an envelope.
Du'fra took the envelope only because waiting to let the situation sink in would take too long. The officer nodded, and left, the door slamming shut in his wake. A thorough reading of the summons told Du'fra that everything was as standard: He and the other guilty party were to each present a defense either with their own lawyers or lawyers provided by the state, with expected sentences ranging between two to seven months. At the mention of a month shy of an entire year being snatched away from him, Du'fra's grip tightened on the paper. However, he knew that he would have to face this some day soon, and he had slowly been steeling himself ever since he declared the duel that fateful night. Now, he knew there was no turning back, and he was prepared to learn just how much he was willing to pay for justice.
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<"Dude, I love playing that when I was a kid!"> said Wora exuberantly over video chat. <"I can't believe they still make it.">
Le'quaren, the only friend Wora could name that wasn't perpetually surrounded by criminals and thugs, sat smiling, cradling her newborn in her arms. <"Jell told me it's getting even more popular at the store he frequents, but he's concerned that if his friends find out he plays, he's never going to hear the end of it.">
Wora giggled. She remembered feeling the same way in her youth, spending a solid chunk of the allowance she received from performing chores to buy a pack of cards just for the feeling of anticipation and mystery. It was simpler then, better. Wora thought. <"Hey...">
Today's lunch was a lonely one for Behn. While a significant portion of the women went to have their bi-weekly video calls, she abstained, choosing instead to get in line for food that, without the rest of the prison lining up for their meals and bringing things to a crawl, was comparatively fresh. The food, surprisingly refreshing though it was, was no replacement for Wora's lively demeanour and barbs at the brainless programmes on the television, which the prisoners noted to now be flickering somewhat; the women expected their food to soon take another dip in whatever quality it had left.
At last, and with a tray on which she swore she could see the scrapings from the bottom of the greasy pot in which her meal was cooked, Wora arrived, throwing herself onto the bench beside Behn. The mood was immediately lifted. <"Hey, girl. What'd I miss?">
<"Just some weather boy waffling on about expected wind speeds during Chill Winds. They're gonna be high, but nothing we haven't survived before."> As she heard the young man read the weather report, part of Behn was glad that Arnd apparently spent most of her time in X'rtani House, she would be nice and warm there.
<"Huh. Oh! Did I ever tell you about that one time when my aunt slipped on an ice patch and fell down the stairs of her apartment complex?"> Behn shook her head. <"Yeah. She was fine in the end, nothing more than a few bruises, but she screamed like a damn siren until she hit the floor. A cop came bursting in looking for his buddy's cruiser, muttering that he didn't get a call for a crime in progress! When he saw my aunt, he damn near pissed himself!"> Wora chuckled heartily, and Behn couldn't help but be drawn in. The two women laughed so hard that they missed the opening to that day's episode of MarkWatch.
The pair watched a man too average-looking to form an opinion on confront Mark on a bus, and a thought came to Wora's head. <"Do you have anyone to call on the outside? Friends, family?">
Behn swallowed hard after she removed her gaze from the television and processed the question. <"No. I hadn't noticed I left it all behind until I realized who I was running with. And before you ask: no, I'm not calling my mother."> she clarified, dim resentment on her tongue.
<"You think she would've called by now, given what you've told me.">
<"She's busy doing gods know what with Mark and all that government crap, I wouldn't be surprised if it was years before she called to talk.">
Wora nodded along as only a friend would, recognizing that words were no good here, and returned to her meal.

<"You reckon he couldn't have gone shorter? Show some arm?"> asked Wora in relation to the tailored suit MarkWatch's presenters accurately predicted he had arranged for.
<"Meh, it's probably fashionable where he's from. It's not my business in any case."> replied Behn, squat lifting the weight of the average prisoner in the complex. It was simple. It certainly wasn't a heavy machine gun, two backpacks worth of ammo, malante plate body armor... <'No, gods damn it! You're past that! The violence is no more! Just squat and breathe, Behn.'> She squatted, she breathed, she felt her thighs grow warm with the effort, focusing on that helped her stay in the moment.
<"Behn?">
<"Sorry, I spaced out a bit, what'd you say?">
Wora pointed past Behn, whose gaze followed her friends finger. Four surly women, with enough muscle between them to convince Behn that they could bend the collective population of the prison into thick knots. They closed in and Behn put the barbell back on the rack. She and the quartet's eyes met, and the clear challenge was recognized.
<"So,"> began a X'etish woman who dwarfed the others. <"Miss Ex-Fang here's got 48 lifetimes, eh? Not bad, pint-size."> She giggled, her yellowed and chipped fangs on full display. <"See, there's something about multiple life sentences that I'm sure you know: You step out of line, and you're in solitary.">
<"I'm aware."> replied Behn, knowing exactly where this was going.
<"So then you know that you can't fight anyone, correct?"> the woman sneered, leaning down so her jaw was inches from Behn's face. Behn didn't notice a X'rtani woman slinking out of view.
<"Correct.">
The woman stood back up. <"Good.">
Behn was seized from behind, a second X'rtani clamping her jaw shut <"Don't go crying now."> she taunted. Wora hollered for the guards, only to be grabbed by the jaw and thrown to the ground by the X'eti, who roughly held her face to the floor. Struggle as she might, Wora was helpless and silent in witnessing Behn's right arm being held out by a X'ogan woman, her mouth warped into a savage grin. <"You learn that we're the bosses in this yard right quick, or..."> And with a visceral crunch that turned both Behn and Wora's stomach, the woman bit down on Behn's thumb, removing it at the base. She spat it on the ground and chuckled, her jowls splotched with bloody yellow. Behn, pain and disgust twisting inside her, swayed at the sight of her own blood. Finally, the guards arrived, detaining the perpetrators. Upon her attacker's seizure, gore-induced vomit spilled from Behn's newly unclamped jaw, and she staggered to the floor, lightheaded and queasy.
As the assailants were taken away, a guard administered basic first aid to Behn while calling for a medical team for the two victims. Before long, a team arrived with a mag-lifted bed for Behn, they immediately administered an anesthetic and antibiotics to the wound, and they rushed Behn off to the prison station's medical ward. Wora, her head throbbing, was helped off the ground by the guard who stood beside Behn, and was led from the yard as she explained the altercation.

Wora's impatience was not due to the aches she felt as her injuries were examined in the medical ward.
<"You appear to have a mild concussion and some bruising."> noted the doctor. The guard present relayed this information to her fellow officers in Wora's arm of the prison. <"There's no cure for a concussion but rest and limiting stimulus; no television, no major physical activity, and keep socializing to a minimum for the next few days. I'll have pills regularly sent to your cell to help with pain, and I'll arrange for your meals to be sent to your cell, too. In the meantime, I can provide you with a blindfold and earmuffs to help limit stimulus."> The physician filled out application forms as she spoke. <"You should begin to first see results in a few days, and I'll have you come in for an examination in seven days.">
<"Fine, cool, whatever."> said Wora. <"Is Behn going to be okay?">
<"Your cellmate? Due to patient confidentiality, I can't give that information away. But I'll ask her if it's okay, and we'll go from there.">
<"Yes, please."> Restlessness was thick in her tone.
The doctor blinked at her for a moment, before turning back to her computer. <"Alright. We'll arrange someone to visit you in your cell as soon as possible."> She turned to the guard, handing her the stimulus-limiting headwear. <"Shel, please escort Miss Lakk back to her cell, and be sure to take the quiet routes.">
<"Of course, Doctor. You heard her, get these on you and I'll get you back safe."> the officer held the blindfold and earmuffs out to Wora, who took them begrudgingly.
The blindfold didn't so much as blind Wora, but rather kept her vision dim, which she admittedly appreciated given her injury, the earmuffs too aided in the easing of her headache; they didn't help ease the throbbing she felt from her bruises, though.
When Wora arrived back at her cell, she saw some pills already arranged on her bedside table; they tasted like everything and nothing at the same time, she nearly gagged. After chasing her medication with some water, she slumped down onto the bed and dozed, her body seemingly responding to the doctor's orders.
She later woke with a start as a guard outside her cell called for her attention. <"Miss Kell? Miss Kolr would like to see you in the medical ward, I'm here to escort you.">
Wora didn't miss a beat, immediately following the guard through the passageways prisoners usually only got to see if they were in deep trouble, add-years-onto-your-sentence trouble. All the way, she was thankful for the headwear provided, and was finally deposited into the medical ward after an uneventful journey. A doctor, noticeably armed - it was a prison, after all - directed Wora to Behn's bed.
Behn laid propped up in a hospital bed with her eyes closed, grimacing in pain. Her right arm and hand were held still by braces as a tissue replicator went to work reattaching her thumb with new bone, muscle fibers, and skin weaved from their constituent components coded with her DNA, given in a sample taken from the shredded stump of her thumb. Wora noticed that a small curtain had been set up to block Behn's view of her automated operation.
<"Behn, it's me."> said Wora, sitting by her bedside.
Behn's eyes slowly opened, brightening when her friend came into focus. <"Hey sis. Wh-ugh, what's with the sleepwear?"> she asked sardonically.
<"Concussion, but I'll be fine. How about you?">
<"I should be okay, too. The doc said that this should take just fine, given that it's mostly a reattachment. At best, I'm looking at minor scars.">
Wora raised an eyebrow. <"And at worst?">
<"My body rejects the new tissue, my thumb falls off, and they try again."> Behn explained nonchalantly, as though the sight of such wouldn't result in her puking again.
<"Ah."> Though her tone didn't show it, in truth, Wora was truly relieved that her friend, despite her gruesome injury, was still in high spirits. One question remained, however. <"So, you're looking at a stint in solitary?">
<"Nah, enough of the girls in the yard vouched for me that I'm off the hook this time. I got told that those dry cunts are in lockdown for half a month and their pay's been slashed. Next time they jump someone, they're in solitary for a month, with an extra month for each following attack. And the best part, I now have express permission to defend myself from those four in future."> Behn giggled. <"I mean, so long as I don't break anything.">
<"Oh, thank the gods, I didn't want to lose you."> expressed Wora, not realizing until after she had said it that she said the quiet part out loud.
<"Aww, you would've missed me?"> Behn barbed.
Wora knew there was no backing out now. <"Of course, you dumbass! You're the only cellmate I can name that I've gotten along with.">
Listening to Wora lay herself bare, Behn couldn't remember the last time her presence made someone genuinely happy beyond her deft handling of a firearm. She smiled warmly and extended her uninjured arm toward her friend, placing her hand on Wora's knee. <"Hey, I'm not shut in a hole just yet, so buck up!">
Wora sighed, content. <"You're right. Just don't go scaring me like that again, okay?">
<"Sure, sis.">
<"So, how long did the doc say you'd be stuck here for?">
<"They reckon they'll see if this'll take in a day or so. If it does, I'm free to go. Well, as free as I can be on this rock, at least. I'll be back to see your lack of modesty again soon.">
Wora's expression grew smug. <"You know you love it."> she mocked.
Behn sniggered, transitioning into full on laughter when Wora mockingly began lifting her shirt. Wora joined in, letting the joy of the moment wash away any lingering doubts and worries. Now she knew that she, her friend, and their bond, was safe.
~~~
The bus glode smoothly past shop-lined streets as Mark stared out the window, attempting to map out the city in his mind while wondering where he could get a set of headphones built for his ears. It stopped outside a family-owned grocer to let waiting passengers board. Before the bus could take off again, a thin man carrying a basket of food approached Mark.
<"What're you doing here?"> he asked belligerently.
Mark was shaken from his window watching by the man's question. "Can I help you?" he asked politely.
<"This bus isn't built for you."> the basket-carrier stated with certainty. <"Get off.">
Mark blinked. "... Pardon?"
The man's already scowl-creased face scrunched further, his jowls parted just enough for a thin white line of fangs to be visible between his jaws. <"Are you mocking me? Get off the damn bus!"> he insisted, shooting a finger at the side door.
Mark knew then what was happening. He knew it would happen eventually, but he wasn't entirely prepared for the sensation of the event itself. Still, he retained his composure. "Please leave me be, sir." he said firmly.
The man, clearly knowing that he wasn't going to get his way alone, stormed up to the driver's seat and demanded Mark to be removed from the vehicle. <"Buddy, the guy ain't causin' no trouble. You leave 'em alone or you're walkin'."> the driver said matter-of-factly.
The man, finally understanding his place in the proceedings, shot a nasty look Mark's way, and stepped off the bus.

"That guy on the bus surprised me. I've noticed that nobody here's all that subtle, but nobody's been that forward thus far." said Mark, recounting yesterday's encounter with a concerned citizen on public transport.
Rilk'r, Mark's companion at the cafeteria table, nodded along to the human's retelling, aware of the encounter in question from today's episode of MarkWatch. <"Don't let 'em get to you. You really shouldn't have to put up with that shit, but if it's just a handful of belligerent dicks, you don't have much to worry about. You stay the course, and they'll get over it eventually.">
While Mark wasn't entirely convinced, stressing over factors out of one's control did little good. "Yeah."
The conversation paused as the two men dug into their lunches, picking up again when Rilk'r asked: <"So, how's that gym treating you?">
"Pretty well, actually. It's a bit stuffy, but I can't complain too much. I imagine you learned about that from the news?"
Rilk'r looked hurt. <"The news? I helped put the damn thing together!">
Mark choked on his water, drawing eyes from employees that he had hoped would be used to his presence by now. "Wait, really? You never told me!"
<"I like my customers to leave their reviews after they've put my work to the test."> Rilk'r said smugly.
"Heh. Well, I've certainly seen worse equipment." He would never forget that one squat rack in Anytime Fitness that fell apart the instant he re-racked his bar.
Rilk'r chuckled. <"Glowing praise, that.">
And once again, the two men put their chat on hold while they ate. Rilk'r cleaned his tray before Mark, to neither's surprise, and waved as he returned to work. Uns'la pointed a finger gun as she linked up with Rilk'r, Mark returned it. As his tray neared empty, Arnd, who too was using the break in the day's lesson to eat her fill, came up to the table.
<"You think you could pick up the pace a bit? We still have the last decade of the Crisis of the Peaks to cover, and I don't want it spilling into my free day."> she asked, the tapping of her foot on the tiled floor akin to a metronome with no patience for rhythm.
"What do you think I'm doing?" replied Mark, now shoveling his gravy-soaked wobunil chunks into his mouth at as fast a pace as their size allowed. Before long, and with many painful attempts to swallow mouthfuls in excess of his throat's capacity, Mark emptied his tray. He also made a mental note to, if he ever made it back to Earth, tell Percy about that time he almost took too much meat for his throat to handle, giggling childishly to himself.
After he quickly gulped down water from a paper cup, Mark was ready to return. Arnd watched impatiently as Mark nodded to the guard stationed outside the bar, with her impatience morphing to simple annoyance when Mark paused to pull out his data pad. This annoyance turned to frustration when Mark turned on his heels and walked back toward her.
"I gotta go, T'aro wants me in R&D immediately. We'll pick up with Crisis when I get back." And with that, Mark was off toward the elevators and Arnd was left watching him go.
Jan'u came up to her, licking his jowls clean of gravy. <"What's he up to now?">
Arnd deflated. <"Doesn't matter. Come on, Nelert's Bones is out and I wanna see if it lives up to the trailers.">

Beneath the mountain, with K'ul stalwart by his side, T'aro paced, second-guessing whether this was a good idea.
Yesterday, as the moon shone as a silver crescent high above the city, T'aro oversaw the first test of a circular bone saw attachment to F'ejen's shield-focused surgical tool. The device whirred, the multitude of tiny energy blades blurring together to form a single, uniform disc of light at the tip of the apparatus. With precision, F'ejen lowered the device down on to, in absence of replicated human bone, a plate of what T'aro dubbed 'Malante Squared', a substance that acted as a less refined, less dense x'erren attempt at N.L.N.A, the substance that comprised the hull of Mark's detached cockpit. Upon contact, the saw squealed as it battled its target, but both it and F'ejen held firm, and the doctor soon excavated a near-perfect square from the mass. A few moments after F'ejen shut the device off, he was told that this attachment too passed safety and stability tests. F'ejen nodded proudly at this victory and ticked off yet another test on his notepad he pulled from his breast pocket; thus far, among other tools, he had successfully tested: a scalpel with adjustable length, a needle tip, a drill, and scissors.
F'ejen stepped out of the testing room, discarding his gloves and shoes, and loosing his ears. <"Well, what's next on the docket?"> he asked, softly massaging his aching ears.
<"Staples. Although how you plan on making this work, I have no clue."> replied T'aro, looking over the list of planned tools.
Listening to T'aro launch into further detail of the task's complications, F'ejen couldn't help but think. <"So, remind me; Mark's more or less on your side now?">
<"He promised that the antics were over, so ostensibly, yes.">
<"... Then shouldn't you tell him about all this?"> asked F'ejen, gesturing to the testing room where a team was examining the surgical apparatus.
T'aro looked at the doctor in stunned disbelief. <"Out of the question. If you've read Mark's contract, and I know you have, you'll know he has the legal right to shut this entire operation down at any time he so wishes. The instant he sees us developing this technology, I've no doubt in my mind that his first act would be to demand that development ceases. His second would be to demand a release from his contract, which is also his legal right.">
<"I take it then he still doesn't trust us?">
<"He said so himself."> said T'aro pointedly.
<"And do you think he'll trust us any more if we continue keeping secrets?"> questioned F'ejen, turning to face the administrator.
T'aro turned in kind. <"I am the director of this project and I will not be questioned.">
<"I have been a surgeon since before you came of age."> the doctor stated firmly, letting his experience drive his words. <"I have worked at many hospitals and have tended to very many patients. The longer you lie to a patient, even if the lie is entirely for the patient's benefit, the harsher they react when the truth comes out. When Mark tried to escape, he was in a panic, trying to tunnel away from the force he thought he could not fight. But what do you think he'll to do now that he's come to know us, to adapt to us? I know you have the means to bring him in again, but none of them are quiet enough for you to get away with it."> F'ejen leaned in, craning his neck upward to get face-to-face with his junior. <"You open up now, or the decades you've spent on this project go up in smoke.">
T'aro could say nothing to the physician as he produced a pack of lija from his pocket, bit down on a pod, and ambled out of the room saying that he was going to bed. T'aro stood blinking into the silent air for a few long minutes after the doctor had left, before deciding: <"Not the samples, that's too far.">

T'aro's pacing and fretting was interrupted by Mark rounding the corner into R&D, his face a portrait of curiosity and apprehension. "You called?" he said flatly.
T'aro straightened. <"Yes, I did. I'm glad you could make it so promptly.">
Mark shrugged. "You said immediately. So, what's up?"
T'aro turned, gesturing Mark to follow. <"As you well know, I wouldn't be doing my job as head of extraterrestrial affairs if I didn't look after the health of those that fall under my jurisdiction. I've already made steps to accommodate this in providing you proper nourishment and the personal gym - which I've noticed you've taken quite a fancy to."> Mark nodded, he would be lying if he denied his enjoyment of having regular, challenging exercise as part of his daily routine again. <"Regardless, this is just the surface; I'm frankly shocked you've not yet fallen ill, I'll chalk that up to your immune system being just as hardy as your body. That body, Mister Stevens, however durable, is still mortal. If you were to suffer an injury, it would need to be tended to. You could recover from nicks and bruises on your own, but more severe injuries: broken bones, deep lacerations, etcetera, those would require medical attention, even surgery.">
Mark didn't know whether or not to ease himself now that the man was getting to the damned point, as said point's subject matter put him on edge.
<"Unfortunately,"> T'aro continued. <"The same implacable nature of your physiology that keeps you safe from the same rounds that would put a hole in a x'erren man large enough to stick one's hand through, would similarly keep standard surgical tools from being able to do their work. Thus, when doctor Rour brought forth the idea of using projected shields in place of metal or glass blades, I had to jump at the chance.">
With impeccable timing that told Mark that T'aro had thoroughly rehearsed this speech of his, the X'erren gestured Mark through a door to his left. Upon entry, Mark realized that his initial mixed feelings were nothing compared to what he felt looking upon the implements in person, their pristine, rounded forms catching the light in a way that made them look both sacred and profane, and they weren't even turned on!
T'aro stood beside the human. <"As you can see, we've developed a range of attachments, with more on the way. I understand any apprehension you may have, Mister Stevens, but you must understand that without this, there is no way for anyone in x'erren space to aid you should the need arise.">
"... Have you tested these?"
<"On varying metals, yes. And I can confirm that these tools are up to the job.">
"Then, may I see them in action?"
T'aro knew not to ease himself just yet, but part of him was glad that Mark remained at least outwardly calm. <"If I can manage to rouse doctor Rour, then yes.">
In the tense calm following T'aro's message to F'ejen, Mark found his eyes always drifting toward the assortment of attachments laid out on the table beyond the viewing window, and tried to fit each adapter to a purpose. He was in the middle of inspecting the needle tip when the door opened to F'ejen, who, upon seeing Mark, immediately sported a smile.
<"Mark! How are you?">
"Just fine, thanks."
<"Mister Rour! Glad you're here. Now, shall we begin the demonstration?"> said T'aro as though yesterday's conversation never happened.
<"That we shall."> replied F'ejen in kind.
And after F'ejen donned his surgical garb, he did just that, lighting the space and filling the air with the sound of humming shields projectors and screeching metal as he sliced, drilled, and punctured a sheet of malante2. All the while, T'aro explained the substance's origin, reminding Mark that, given its nature as a recreation of an entirely human creation, he could shut down its production and research thereof at any moment. Mark politely declined.
Before long, each tool, including the staples, had been demonstrated in full, and F'ejen rejoined the pair in the viewing room. <"So,"> he said. <"what do you think?">
Mark thought a moment. "I think that this is not only a brilliant piece of tech, but that it exists for my sake is very considerate of you both." His words, while genuine, were tinged with doubt, something that his x'erren listeners were all too aware of. "I do wish, however, that you would have notified me beforehand, for both the tools and the metal."
F'ejen and T'aro apologized for their lack of foresight and, with a gesture from Mark that he was satisfied with the showcase, followed him out into the hallway.
As the trio made their way back to the surface, K'ul keeping stride with T'aro, Mark tapped F'ejen on the shoulder. "Hey, are you free for a bit? I have some questions I'd like to ask."
<"Of course, we can talk over lunch.">
T'aro was mildly distressed at the apparent desire for him to not be present, but he understood. He stopped the pair, telling them to go on without him as he had to oversee maintenance performed on the gym. He watched as Mark and F'ejen rounded a corner and hoped for the best.

F'ejen returned to the cafeteria table with a small mantan leaf wrap, understanding that Mark went without food because he had already ate. <"So, bud, what do you need to know?">
Mark had loosened somewhat in T'aro's absence, but still hesitated slightly when asking. <"Are those tools really for surgery?">
The doctor paused mid-bite. <"I brought up the idea of using shields as a substitute for metal, why wouldn't they be for surgery?">
"I know, but that's not what I meant. It's more..." Mark looked around to see if anyone suspicious was watching. "Are they really there to mend injuries, are they really there to help me?"
F'ejen laid his wrap down, sighing in understanding. <"Look, man, I get that you don't trust T'aro, I wouldn't trust him either after what he's pulled. But I can tell you straight that this is legit. You can trust this.">
Mark didn't know if he felt any better after having it said to him so plainly. "I just hope they never have to be used."
<"No true surgeon ever wants their tools to leave storage. If I had my way, everyone would always be healthy and surgery would be a dead field."> He bit into his wrap, and Mark agreed.
~~~
Du'fra stepped out through the hospital's front doors, a prescription for pain medication in his hand and a thick cast on his arm. It took time and a lot of pain to realign the halves of his shattered forearm, and by the time the cast was on, the doctors had confirmed that this level of damage could take at minimum four months to heal, and years to regain full strength once he had the internal plates and pins removed. Before he left the ward, he opted to hire a Spare Hand: a robotic arm strapped to one's shoulder controlled by brainwaves monitored by a small headpiece, to replace one's out of commission arm while it healed, held aloft in a sling. Healthcare was a dream in Ta'X'rtana, and thus the only money that left Du'fra's coffers was the hire fee for the Spare Hand, and a handful of chump change for a surprisingly good hospital meal on his way out. He finished his meal in the office courtyard, carelessly tossing the container aside when his taxi arrived.
As the vehicle navigated the city's airspace, Du'fra checked his cruiser's tracker, and found it to be impounded in a lot across town. He decided that it could rot there for all he cared, he still had the cruiser he got in his divorce. He was both shocked and glad that the parasites now sitting in the executive chairs at X'rtan Freight hadn't stolen anything from him while he was out. With that thought, he searched The Flow for any news pertaining to X'rtan Freight, and came by an article reporting on the new Acting Chief Vuk'li's ascension to the top of the company and his donation of 500 billion ker'se to the Men-te Relief Fund to commemorate his rise. <"That brakk fucker worked in marketing before he was hired there, of course he'd pull a stunt like this."> growled Du'fra. In his fury, he instinctively reached out for a pack of first-grade lija pods, and remembered the one thing in his old cruiser that he would miss.
Errant dust was blown off the rooftop by the taxi's arrival to Du'fra's apartment. Air-capable taxi fare took a bigger bite out of one's pockets than a standard ride, but Du'fra didn't care. Once inside his building, Du'fra quickly reminded himself where the set of keys to his ex wife's cruiser were, and then got to work. Where it once felt drab and lifeless, his office now felt fresh, given its new purpose. Typing with an artificial hand was awkward despite the practice doctors mandated before Du'fra could take it home with him, and he continually made spelling errors that served only to add to his mounting frustrations. Even with this new complication, however, it didn't take long for Du'fra to find what he was looking for.
Arnd Kolr's online life was scarce. All Du'fra could dig up was a seldom used Conclave account, the last activity of which was to trawl the forum of a middlingly popular book series and the account of her work hard-play hard daughter. A daughter that, with a quick search, Du'fra found to be in prison for gang activity dating back years. Familial association was not proper grounds for legal action, though, so he had to find another avenue. From news sources, he read claims that she was either hired by the government or arrested and held in X'rtani House until further notice. All Du'fra knew as of yet was that she, in her current position, was effectively untouchable. At least, if Du'fra was alone. It was common knowledge among those who did any cursory research that Arnd had close ties to Mark, someone who, though protected, was in a state of political flux, with talks going back and forth regarding the alien and how to handle him. And if politicians listened to anything, it was money, and significant public outcry.
And thus, the plan was simple: Either through generous donations, the outspoken voices of concerned citizens, or a mixture of both, swing the Council in opposition to Mark, destabilizing his and therefore Arnd's position. This should result in numerous investigations being launched, the likelihood being high that at least one would uncover the connection between Arnd and Vuk'li, putting Vuk'li's position in jeopardy and likely landing him with fines and jail time. The resulting controversy should put immense pressure on him, leaving nothing left to do but keep the pressure up until he resigns. It was elegant in its simplicity.
The only problem was getting started. He would have to be smart with his donations, hitting the sweet spot between being too small to notice and too large to be innocent. And thus he knew to start with his alternative solution; he would have to track down an anti-Mark group. But he was still weary from his surgery, and he wasn't too concerned with losing a day of progress, and decided instead to kick his feet up and relax, maybe fall asleep to reruns of that one talk show with the cute young presenter.
Prime kurjan ribs delivered to his door and top shelf X'ogan reed wine were the night's menu, with entertainment courtesy of one Wer'eled, a host who seemed determined to wear the thinnest and loosest fabric the censors would let her get away with. As Du'fra indulged, his mind drifted back, as it always would on nights like these, to the days of his relative youth. He was a 34 year old up-and-comer at X'rtan Freight after acing his interview for administrating light post in central Ta'X'rtana and surrounds, with a brand new studio apartment financed by his father, and a charming young woman to call his own: Ber'a Neyil. She had energy exploding from every inch of her tiny body and could talk her way in and out of damn near anything, which was useful skill for a saleswoman. On glorious, youthful nights when they were both tired from work and needed release, Ber'a was known to signal the beginning of the night's events by sporting a lacy gown and demanding that Du'fra follow his instincts. Looking back, Du'fra could name little else he enjoyed from his marriage. Time wore on and things grew comfortable, Du'fra couldn't be more content. Ber'a, however, viewed her continued entrenchment in a cozy routine to be increasingly stale, and sought an escape by suggesting to move away from the city. Du'fra disagreed, and thus the couple engaged in their first fight, with tempers and moods only worsening from there. Though it felt like an eternity of squabbling and growing resentment, only a few months had passed since that initial spat before divorce papers were being signed. By that point, Ber'a was more than done with Du'fra, not caring if he kept her cruiser. Du'fra never saw her again. Every time he reminisced on his marriage, Du'fra debated whether or not staying was a good idea, before shrugging and continuing on with whatever he was doing.
Stars twinkled faintly in the gaps between moonlit clouds, and Du'fra began to drift, slowly, into the waiting arms of sleep.

Day broke, and Du'fra was jolted awake by a sudden pain in his arm, the surgeon warned him about that. His unhooked the Spare Hand from his shoulder, the throbbing he felt was an indication that he should probably take it off before he goes to sleep in future. Breakfast was pe'ka pieces drowning in lija sauce that disappeared down Du'fra's gullet with grotesque haste, there was work to do. Simply typing Mark Stevens into a search bar brought up more results than he knew what to do with. Forums arguing back and forth over why he was on Kerc-en and whether or not he should be allowed to roam free; the supremely tacky MarkWatch page that practically begged him to appear on the show; and, oddly enough, a site claiming to 'spread truths' that would have a hard time convincing even the most hardcore conspiracy theorists. If the government was trying in earnest to kill Arnd, then how in the scream-rent flaming air of the Pit was she still alive? Laughable nonsense. Still, his search bore some fruit, with mentions of live meetings to debate all matters Mark, with an unsubtle negative lean in the poster's text. This, he could use.
The doorbell beeped, pulling Du'fra out of his concentration. He strapped on his Spare Hand and went to answer. The door opened to a police officer whose expression was nothing but business. <"Mister Du'fra Neem?"> he asked.
<"Yes.">
The officer glanced slightly to the left. <"Do you have a permit for that apparatus?">
Du'fra quickly flashed the document in question. <"Might I ask what this visit is about, officer?"> He knew he would get the answer either way, but asking helped his confidence.
<"You have been summoned to attend a hearing at the Central Municipal Tribunal, to determine your sentence for your engagement in an illegal Kre'gadol duel. This hearing will be undertaken on the 15th Dawn of Se'te. The full details are listed in this document."> With form befitting a man in uniform, the lawman presented an envelope.
Du'fra took the envelope only because waiting to let the situation sink in would take too long. The officer nodded, and left, the door slamming shut in his wake. A thorough reading of the summons told Du'fra that everything was as standard: He and the other guilty party were to each present a defense either with their own lawyers or lawyers provided by the state, with expected sentences ranging between two to seven months. At the mention of a month shy of an entire year being snatched away from him, Du'fra's grip tightened on the paper. However, he knew that he would have to face this some day soon, and he had slowly been steeling himself ever since he declared the duel that fateful night. Now, he knew there was no turning back, and he was prepared to learn just how much he was willing to pay for justice.
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2020.09.21 00:29 snori74 Day 11 - Finding things...

INTRO

Today we’ll look at how you find files, and text inside these files, quickly and efficiently.
It can be very frustrating to know that a file or setting exists, but not be able to track it down! Master today’s commands and you’ll be much more confident as you administer your systems.
Today you’ll look at four useful tools:

INSTRUCTIONS

locate

If you're looking for a file called access.log then the quickest approach is to use "locate" like this:
$ locate access.log /valog/apache2/access.log /valog/apache2/access.log.1 /valog/apache2/access.log.2.gz 
As you can see, by default it treats a search for "something" as a search for "*something*". It’s very fast because it searches an index, but if this index is out of date or missing it may not give you the answer you’re looking for. This is because the index is created by the updatedb command - typically run only nightly by cron. It may therefore be out of date for recently added files, but it can be worthwhile updating the index by manually running: sudo updatedb.

find

The find command searches down through a directory structure looking for files which match some criteria - which could be name, but also size, or when last updated etc. Try these examples:
find /var -name access.log find /home -mtime -3 
The first searches for files with the name "access.log", the second for any file under /home with a last-modified date in the last 3 days.
These will take longer than locate did because they search through the filesystem directly rather from an index. Also, because find uses the permissions of the logged-in user you’ll get “permission denied” messages for many directories if you search the whole system. Starting the command with sudo of course will run it as root.
These examples are just the tip of a very large iceberg, check the articles in the RESOURCES section and work through as many examples as you can - time spent getting really comfortable with find is not wasted.

grep -R

Rather than asking "grep" to search for text within a specific file, you can give it a whole directory structure, and ask it to recursively search down through it, including following all symbolic links (which -r does not). This trick is particularly handy when you "just know" that an item appears "somewhere" - but are not sure where.
As an example, you know that “PermitRootLogin” is an ssh parameter in a config file somewhere under /etc, but can’t recall exactly where it is kept:
grep -R -i "PermitRootLogin" /etc/*
Because this only works on plain text files, it's most useful for the /etc and /valog folders. (Notice the -i which makes the search “case insensitive”, finding the setting even if it’s been entered as “Permitrootlogin”
You may now have logs like /valog/access.log.2.gz - these are older logs that have been compressed to save disk space - so you can't read them with less, or search them with grep. However, there are zless and zgrep, which do work, and on ordinary as well as compressed files.

which

It's sometimes useful to know where a command is being run from. If you type nano, and it starts, where is the nano binary coming from? The general rule is that the system will search through the locations setup in your "path". To see this type:
echo $PATH
To see where nano comes from, type:
which nano
Try this for grep, vi and service and reboot. You'll notice that they’re typically always in subfolders named bin, but that there are several different ones.

EXTENSION

The "-exec" feature of the "find" command is extremely powerful. Test some examples of this from the RESOURCES links.

RESOURCES

Copyright 2012-2020 @snori74 (Steve Brorens). Can be reused under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). This means you can copy, distribute and adapt the material as long as you credit Steve Brorens, and abide by the CC BY 4.0 licence terms.
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2020.09.20 19:52 FireyRage Corey Carstens, Your Public Service Announcement

"Put your head on my shoulder,
Wear your hair with pride, flake-free."
- Corey Carstens
general information additional information
name: Corey Cyrene Carstens nickname: Triple C, CCC, CC
d.o.b.: 15 October 20XX, global hand-washing day age: 14
nationality: American hometown: Philadelphia, PA
gender identity: cis-female gender expression: androgynous
sexual orientation: i'm just vibin' preferred pronouns: she / her / hers
  • conundrums (demigod-related and not): ADHD (attention deficiency and hyperactivity disorder) and Dyslexia
relation name/s age relationship
divine parent Salus incredibly old Salus is the goddess of safety, well-being, and welfare. Her influence on Corey's life has been stretched pretty thin, but her father says that the shampoo does not stray far from the conditioner.
mortal parent Augustine Cooper Carsten 40 years old Corey doesn't talk about her father often, even if Augustine Carsten is a veteran of the legion. He did a lot in his time at Camp and in New Rome, which may have led to the gallons of expectations that he weighs on his children, especially Corey.
sibling Benjamin Chase Carsten 5 years old Ben, or BCC as Corey likes to call him, is one of the most precious things on this earth -- and she doesn't hesitate to make that clear. They are full siblings, both children of Salus and Augustine Carsten. They found out about their mother together.
clan the Carstens i don't know i didn't listen to the family lecture The Carsten clan has had ties with the Twelfth legion for generations. While their influence on Camp Jupiter can be debated about, the fact that at least one Carsten has served under the eagle for the past twenty or thirty years is a testament to their dedication. It's also a handy consequence of this fact that Corey has three cousins who live in New Rome. She sometimes stays with one of them instead of her Pennsylvania home for the holidays.
cohort tres several centuries Though Corey has only been a member of the third cohort for a little bit over a year, she has grown rather close to them. She fills the role of the cohort's mother, always there to make sure that nobody is getting maimed and that all of the rooms are cleaned. Some of the more experienced legionnaires don't think her centurion-material, but the ones from Three often look to her for strength, support, and sanitiser.
appearance
faceclaim voiceclaim height weight hair eyes skin
Katie Kuffel still her 5'3" 105.7 lb dark, curly undercut, multicoloured tips robin's egg, pale blue light pink, smooth
  • description: Several people have described Corey as a walking Pinterest board as if all sorts of pretty pictures and colour palettes converged on this one kid with a body built to walk rather than run, and stand rather than fight. Other people just call her aesthetic and leave it at that. The dark curls that frame her chiselled features -- the ones bleached in seemingly every colour under the rainbow -- is usually enough evidence to support the claims. When her gaze falls on someone, her eyelids droop low enough to bring out the paleness of her eyes, almost clinical and definitely quizzical in the way they look them over. (She only figured out the exact shade of her irises from a birdwatching book.) Her skin is light and faint, almost pastel pink and in dire need of some vitamin D. Still, her silvery undertones make her complexion look almost porcelain, which a strict skincare routine is definitely a major factor for. The largest point of contrast to her pale features is definitely the wheat tattoo accented with a singular line marking her time with the legion.
  • attire: Corey has no one attire. She doesn't really do the whole set-your-wardrobe-out-in-advanced kind of thing. She just puts on what she feels works, and what she feels like wearing. Skirts and dresses are nice and all, but crop tops and ankle pants are typically her cups of tea. Of course, Camp Jupiter regulations means that her shirt rarely gets variety. This is the one part of the dress code that she follows, considering how her nose piercings and Arcus-worthy hair are definitely non-negotiables. Oh, and she can usually be seen with a pair of nifty sunglasses.
  • equipment: Corey does have her own fair share of personal belongings, a given from a kid living in a camp on the other side of her home coast. These include but are not limited to: a) a set of hair colouring and bleach from New Rome; b) a Nintendo DS with c) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky and d) Pokémon Rangers: Shadows of Almia; d) a polaroid of her immediate family from e) a polaroid camera she may or may not have swiped from her father when she was six; and f) a set of Creative Commons stickers which she uses in place of monograms to label all of her things. She also, of course, has the legion-standard set of weapons and armour, but her signature weapon is an armlet that can be stretched into an Imperial gold pilum -- named either item g), or simply 'copy furnish', Her powers let her manifest a shield to go along with it, but whenever she does have to use one, Corey goes for the scutum she's taken to calling 'bcc'.
abilities
social your distancing - shield construction 
  • As the daughter of the goddess of safety and welfare, Corey can project energy in small bursts to produce shields. These shields can take any two- or simple three-dimensional shape, from discs all the way to small domes. They tend to take on a fluid appearance, like see-through ice or hard jello. These shields emit a vague clinically blue light, but it does not offer much vision. Corey's shields can deter most projectiles and debris, though their resilience in the face of these depends on how much Cory has eaten and how much she is concentrating. On an empty stomach or a particularly empty-headed day, Corey can barely deflect spit wads. After a good dinner, she can stop arrows mid-flight. Anything stronger, larger, or of higher-grade materials (such as cannonballs, ballista rounds, and sharp Imperial Gold weapons) can shatter her shields. These can be generated at the furthest two metres from herself, which is a shame considering the fact that she is claustrophobic. As of now, she can only hold the shield for as long as twenty seconds, with five at the maximum shield-surface area-thing. Yeah.

wash your hands - cleanliness inducement 
  • Although Salus is the goddess of individual well-being, Corey does not display healing abilities. Instead, she has an incredible knack for sanitation and disinfection. Should she wrap all ten fingers around a container of water, the liquid inside would be imbued with magical properties that appear to have the cleansing nature of various soaps as well as the disinfectant power of alcohol. Its properties are, in Corey's humble opinion, leagues better than your Brand X (disgusting). This cleaning liquid can remove most dirt and oils and kill at least 99.99% of bacteria on the surface it's applied to. This fluid is not edible. Unfortunately, Corey has firsthand experience with figuring that out.

stay at home, kids - defensive intuition 
  • Corey displays a knack for defensive manoeuvres, as her mother embodies the well-being of the people. Her knowledge in the act of not-attacking is profound and is best demonstrated in combat. Her way of fighting is rarely aggressive and relies on the wearing out of and manipulation of the strength of the opponent against themselves. She's best holding her ground and protecting others, a great leader in times of crisis. This intuition does not aid her at all when on the offensive. Corey is, however, a master of comebacks.
skillset
  • In spite of Camp Jupiter's rigid and boot camp-esque training regiments, Corey still remembers vividly her various skills and hobbies and tries to make time for practice and participation. She doesn't have a guitar of her own, but the girl is a master with the bass. Some of her fellow legionnaires have even recruited her for a small band. Corey also demonstrates a great passion for painting, namely the finger and Bob Ross-varieties. Most of her more tolerable works are tucked away in her personal belongings-chest, along with a set of scrapbooks, comic books, and her stamp collection. She's also excellent at cleaning and cooking, much to the delight of her fellows at the cohort. Corey also has a fondness tie-dying clothes, much to the not-delight of her fellows at the cohort. (She's also a master at playing the Town of Salem, but she prefers the space version Among Us.)
personality
theme song: it's not all about you by Lawrence
Corey is... Corey. It's kind of hard to pin her down with one particular set of traits. She likes to think of herself as a free spirit made to inhabit a mortal body. CC does what she likes, follows her interests, looks into her curiosities--usually inside haunted mansions and 7-11's open at five in the morning. Her mind is as abstract as Slurpees she's grown to know and love.
By no means is she scatter-brained, however. Corey's mind runs with evasive manoeuvres and defensive procedures ready to deploy. Her training under the Wolf ingrained a level of alertness in the nervous energy that would otherwise have just led to acne breakouts. She always keeps one eye on the exits and makes sure to memorise or at least be mindful of possible escape routes and defensive standpoints. Her centurions can always rest assured that C is up to date when it comes to the disaster risk management plans devised for the camp and New Rome. The third cohort is never late to an evacuation drill.
Anything else... Well, Corey is more relaxed in handling those, hence her supposedly mediocre reputation with the highers-up. She doesn't mind, happy to take the free time and not-so-free time to herself. Triple C does have a lot of things to do of varying levels of importance, after all.
She's that kind of person that you can spot from a mile away, yet is still just as capable of sneaking up on you from behind. That's her 'Everready Drill, Not Battery-Powered.'
backstory
Corey's story-- well, her story begins when she's born, of course. Her demigod story begins quite young actually. Corey was trained in the ways of Rome from a young age, alongside her cousins and family friends. She had a normal childhood apart from that, as normal of a childhood a kid could get from a father with high expectations. She was one of the first demigods to come from the Carstens line in generations. Corey was also the daughter of a former centurion (later senator). There were a lot of eyes, mainly her father's, that were watchful of her progress.
Corey only really broke out of her shell at the age of thirteen, when she was officially claimed as the daughter of Salus herself. The heritage was always common knowledge, but the claiming felt like a rite of passage for the girl. It was like she just realised she'd built a shell around herself. It was now her chance to break out and turn that shell into something else more interesting, more CC.
Shortly after, she was taken under the care of the She-Wolf Lupa and again went through intense training regiments (if wolves have regiments) for months as she made her way from one coast to the other. Corey did, at one point or another, lose one of her letters of endorsement--the one from her father, no less. She made up for it by defending some of the centurions from a small flock of Stymphalian birds. This led to her introduction to the third cohort, the removal of her probatio tablet, and her full introduction into the Twelfth Legion Fulminata.
In her time since, she mostly just vibed.
now
Corey likes to spend her mornings behind the stables. Some people think that she just likes to hang out with the unicorns, but she's really there to gather some of the snakes she may or may not have fed to the point of becoming a sorta threat to the unicorns themselves.
To make sure no one suspects her, Corey simply denies any and every accusation thrown at her. She's definitely not suspicious, not at all. That's definitely not a snake poking out of her sleeve. That's just some... silly string, yes.
She's on her way to the Mess Hall. Time to feed some s-- herself.
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2020.09.20 18:52 Verastahl One Step Behind. Part Three.

Part Two
What does that mean? Meat?
The paper of the journal stayed silent for the next two hours, and finally I was too exhausted to stare at it any longer. I considered carrying the notebook with me to bed, but something recoiled at the idea. This was all too strange, and while I was still largely preoccupied by the wonder and mystery of it all, I couldn’t help but feel a growing sense of unease too. I didn’t know what I was dealing with, not really. What if it was dangerous? What if I…
My eyes snapped open and I could see sunlight coming in through my bedroom windows. I’d slept past eleven, even though I’m usually awake before nine. Even then I felt like I could have slept on, and probably would have if not for the cold bit of metal digging against my cheek. Lifting my head, I looked groggily back down at my pillow.
It was a key.
A small, brass key like you sometimes saw on lockboxes or rolltop desks. Sitting up quickly, I looked around the room for other signs of an intruder, but I didn’t see any. Just this tiny key that had somehow been slipped onto my pillow like a bizarre tooth fairy. I picked it up gingerly, as though I thought it might shock or bite me if I didn’t handle it with care. Turning it over in my hand, I saw no markings or labels, and it didn’t seem remarkable in any way. Just three jagged teeth, defined by the valleys of planed metal that separated them into tiny, isolated islands of brass.
I blinked and realized I’d been just staring at the key for some time. What was wrong with me? I looked at the clock and saw it was nearly noon now. I had work to get done, and then there was that weird dinner invitation from Abrams if I decided to actually go. The idea of begging off was very tempting, but something in me resisted the idea. Aside from not wanting to be rude or alienate a landlord that could toss me out at a moment’s notice, I also wondered if I could find out more about the man that had lived there before me. She certainly seemed to think a lot of him, and if she’d gone through all his stuff, maybe she knew something about his work.
Still, the idea of being in that house with her made me uncomfortable. I glanced down at the key nestled in my palm. Just like all this was.
I put the key on my nightstand and wiped my hand on my shorts absently as I wandered into the living room. My excitement at checking the notebook was tainted by fear and uncertainty now, but I still made myself look before getting ready to go out. When I flipped open the cover, my eyes found the last word written in faded grey letters, still unchanged from the night before.
Meat.
“It’s an old, family recipe, though I have jazzed up the ingredients over time.” Mrs. Abrams shot me a sly look. “Maybe if you’re good to me, I’ll teach it to you.”
I shifted uncomfortably on the floral sofa she’d led me to when I arrived a few minutes earlier as I gave a small laugh. “Oh, I’m no cook. But it does smell good.”
She smiled at me, the red lipstick on her lips crawling up toward eyes that seemed to sparkle with a light I hadn’t noticed before. “You’d be surprised what you can learn if you put your mind to it.” Tipping me a wink, she gestured toward the kitchen. “I’ve still got to finish up in there, so you just sit here and relax.” She put her hand on her hip, smoothing out the black velvet of the dress she was wearing. “And if you think of anything you want, you just let me know.”
I nodded and tried to keep my expression neutral as she left the room. What the fuck? Was she fucking flirting with me? I was used to the amiable attention that I sometimes got from older women, but this? She was made up more than I’d ever seen, and while she didn’t really look younger than her seventyish years, there was a weird energy to her now that gave everything a different feel than just an old woman looking to mother a young tenant.
Shaking my head, I glanced toward the kitchen where I could hear her opening what sounded like an oven. I was being stupid, right? Or even if I wasn’t misreading things, wasn’t it a bit sexist of me to be so grossed out about it? I mean, if it was an older man being a little flirty with a younger woman, would I think it was so weird? And it wasn’t like she’d done anything out-of-the-way, at least not yet. I just needed to chill the fuck out and…
That’s when my eyes landed on the rolltop desk sitting in the far corner of the living room.
I froze, as though I was being caught in the act of…well, something, just by seeing the piece of furniture. It looked almost identical to the image that had come to mind when I’d found the key that morning. It was bound to be a coincidence, like one of those instances of fake déjà vu that your mind convinces you is real, but once I saw the desk, I found it hard to keep my gaze from wandering back to it.
Glancing in the direction of the kitchen, I heard the sound of metal clattering. If I was going to do more than look at it, now was my best chance. Odds were it was just full of old person crap, but if it would satisfy the buzzing curiosity in the base of my skull, at least I could re-focus my attention on fending off any awkward advances from Abrams while not pissing her off.
Standing up slowly, I casually meandered over toward that corner of the room, pretending to look at a picture of willows hanging on the wall and a small collection of porcelain figurines clustered in a display case next to the rolltop. Glancing around once last time, I focused my attention on the rolltop itself.
The ribbed lid was all the way down, and just below a small brass knob was a keyhole. One that looked the same size as the key I’d found. I felt my heart sink. I’d left it on my nightstand. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to try the lid. It was probably just a normal desk unrelated to anything, which meant it was probably unlo—
“Naughty boy.”
I jumped and spun around to see Mrs. Abrams just behind me. This close, I could smell flowery, too sweet perfume covering a deeper, sour smell. She smiled at me with yellowed teeth.
“I…I was just…”
She chuckled. “You were poking around. It’s okay. Curiosity killed the cat.” Her lips pursed into a smirk. “But satisfaction brought him back.” I took a step back and shuffled to the side as her eyes drifted down to the desk. “You won’t get into there, I’m afraid. Locked up tight to protect some of Albert’s papers.” Her eyes found mine again. “Delicate matters.”
Swallowing, I nodded. “Um, yeah. Sure. I…maybe I should just…”
Turning away, she beckoned for me to follow. “In any case, dinner’s ready. It’s time to eat.”
When I hesitated, she glanced back with a raised eyebrow. “Come on before the meat gets cold.”
The next hour was one of the most uncomfortable of my life. Abrams acted more normal at the dinner table, but I couldn’t shake feeling exposed—as though she was constantly weighing me in some way I didn’t understand. She did most of the talking, primarily asking me questions about where I was from and what I did for work, while occasionally pausing to ask if I was enjoying the food. I said yes, of course, though it wasn’t hard to be convincing.
The meal was actually very good—the roast had a tender spiciness that was offset by sauteed potatoes and steamed asparagus. It was the first homecooked meal I’d had in…well, years, and between its flavor and my nervousness, I’d cleaned my plate before I realized it.
Abrams offered me coffee in the living room, but the idea of settling back into that flower-print sofa with her sitting so close unnerved me. Making up the excuse that I had to get up early the next day, I thanked her for the delicious meal and started heading toward the door. My eyes stole a glance at the desk again as I walked through the living room—the significance of what she’d said was in there hadn’t been lost on me, and the desire to open it up and search for clues about Mulhaven only grew stronger as I got closer to escaping whatever weirdness Abrams might have planned.
She didn’t argue with my rushed farewell, smiling serenely as she stepped forward to give me a lingering peck on the cheek as I turned to say good-bye at the door. I smiled awkwardly at the gesture and told her good night again before turning and heading back across the road at something just short of a trot. My mind was racing—I wanted to get into that desk, but how? Did I really want to go back over there? Wouldn’t that just be encouraging her?
A few minutes later, as I was washing her ruby lipstick off my cheek and brushing my teeth, I started considering the idea of going back in there without being invited. Not to bother anything, of course. Just to see if I could open the desk, poke around in there, and then get back out.
The thing was, Abrams never seemed to leave her house. Not that I always paid a lot of attention, but I’d never noticed her car gone in the time I’d lived there. And if I wasn’t willing to go over there for another awkward dinner date, what other chance would I have?
Sighing with frustration, I went into the living room to check the journal before heading to bed. There was nothing new. Hell, maybe it was done. And would that be a bad thing? I wasn’t sure anymore.
After a moment’s consideration, I carried the notebook back into the bedroom with me. I still wasn’t sure I wanted it so close while I slept, but it did seem to write when I was close by. Maybe I’d wake up and it would give me some hint or clue as to what I should do or what was going on. If only I could see in that desk. If only she left the house or I had some way of knowing when it was safe to go have a…
I jumped slightly as I awoke to a familiar sound next to me.
Scritch scritch
Fumbling for the light, I grabbed up the notebook from the nightstand, knocking the small key to the floor in the process. Palms sweaty, I flipped open the cover to see two new words written on the lowest line.
It’s time
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2020.09.20 18:16 hippie_nerdy_gal When and how to part my hair? And any other beginner tips?

Hey all! I’m new to CG after a couple years of neglecting my curls. I’ve had a few false starts in my life at truly caring for my curls with a few days here and there with co-washing, but never a detailed plan to follow so it didn’t last long. I took okay care of my curls most of my adult life (lots of conditioner, curl holding gel, only shampooing once or twice a week, etc). But the last couple of years have really just been washing with whatever shampoo/conditioner my mom tried and didn’t like and sent to me, wet brush, air dry, messy bun.
Well, I tried to put some gel in my curls the other day for a date with my husband and when my hair dried I just had a bunch of limp, almost waves and frizz.
So, now I’m dedicating myself to reviving these curls because I miss them and I feel bad for neglecting them for so long! I’ve always loved m curly hair and I want to nourish it back to life. I did a few test runs with my old shampoo/conditioner just to try out the methods and get a feel for it while I was waiting for my CG approved products to arrive. Today I did my reset wash (VO5 Clarifying), squish to condish (Giovanni Tea Tree), and LOTS of gel while my hair was still soaking wet (DevaCurl AnGel... there’s like 1/4 of a bottle left from forever ago, then I’ll be switching to a safer brand!).
I’m sitting with my hair in a plop right now, probably for another 30 minutes or so.
But I’m wondering how the heck to get my part looking decent! Whenever I did my test runs, the only time my part came out looking like anything other than an irregular mess was when I used a comb to split it before plopping. But when I did that, I ended up with limp (more limp than the others) and frizzy curls on my top layer where some of them had been split by the comb. I tried to stay on a line to avoid splitting as many curls as possible, but it was inevitable to hit some.
So, at what point does everyone else do their part? And what method do you use? And do you have any other tips for a new CG?
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2020.09.20 16:16 fuzzypits Haven't built or paid attention to computer parts in years... Help catch me up to speed? 😂

1. What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games (ex: resolution, FPS, settings) or programs you will be using.
I built my current computer in April of 2016 and promptly stopped paying any attention to what was going on in the computer parts world mostly to avoid pointless upgrading. I've been pretty happy with my build, I'm definitely relatively casual and have been pretty happy with 1080p 60fps. With how prices have come down on 1440p monitors I think I want to make the jump to that resolution. I'd ideally like 60fps as the minimum on most AAA games.
2. What is your maximum PRE-TAX budget before rebates and shipping?
I'm not super strict on the budget and things could obviously change depending on what you guys say about my current build (cpu) but hopefully around $1000 incl. A monitor.
3. When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
No rush. Everything works on my current PC works so I'm open to ordering everything but the GPU waiting to see what AMD does with their new GPU's, 3060, etc.
4. What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ex: toweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
PC parts + monitor
5. If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? How old are they? Brands and models are appreciated.
I have keyboard, mouse, etc.
6. Will you be overclocking (ex: CPU/GPU/RAM)? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line?
I'd be fine with overclocking if it gives a significant gain.
7. Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, Wi-Fi, VR, VirtualLink, tensor cores, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
8. Do you have any specific case preferences (ex: mITX/mATX/mid-towefull-tower sizes, styles, colours, window or not, LED lighting, etc.), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Currently full sized ATX, possibly itx in the future (see above). No preferences on colors... I guess black is preferred
9. Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? Note: some post-secondary students can get Windows 10 for free.
No
10. Will you be upgrading this PC in the future (ie: will you swap out better parts later on or will you build an entirely new tower later)? If so, when?
Mentioned earlier but provided my CPU is fine for 1440p right now, I'll likely hold off on that and focus on the GPU, monitor and ram today. Next year I'll likely move over to an ITX build with a new case, psu, mobo, cpu.
11. Do you have a brand preference? (ex: AMD/Intel for CPUs, AMD/NVIDIA for video cards, etc)
No preference really. I do have an Nvidia shield in my house so the ability to use game stream would be cool. Not a big deal though
12. What are the specs of your old PC / laptop? Do you want to see if it can be upgraded instead? If so, paste its build from PCPartPicker here.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MnPqYH
13. Extra info or particulars:
Random thoughts:
From what I've read my I5 should be generally okay for right now. I've put an alert in my Kijiji and Facebook market for a 6700k as I've read an OC 6700k makes a huge difference in newer games vs the 6600k. This could be a cheaper upgrade path for myself. In terms of currently available GPU's I was like at I had been thing a 1660 super or a 2060? How long of a wait is it usually for the 60 version of Nvidia cards to drop? Budget wise I'm currently in my head thinking I'll be somewhere around:
$350 monitor $120 ram $300-$500 GPU
Does that sound about right? Sorry if I'm a little long winded I appreciate any tips or insight
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2020.09.20 11:18 kcluqhto Movierulz 2020: Download Free Bollywood, Hollywood And Tamil Movies

Movies are the source of entertainment for all ages of people. Everyone loves downloading and streaming movies. There are people who can afford to watch and then there are others who cannot. If you are one of the above-mentioned people then this article is for you. To know more about the interesting options like Movie4Me to stream and download your favorite pick. Just stay tuned till the end.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic entire world is in a state of panic, fear, uncertainty and chaos. Citizen of the world are currently practising self-isolation and trying to find a way to keep themselves entertained. Do you want to keep your boredom away? If yes, we have brought to you a website called ‘Movie4Me’ where you can watch and download all the latest movies in HD quality for free. There are millions of people are busy searching free movie download website on the web but only a few people know about Movie4Me. For the unversed, Movie4Me website is the second largest free movie download website after Tamilrockers.
If you love watching movies irrespective of language or genres, Movierulz would never disappoint you. Yes, Movie4Me is regarded as the undisputed king of not only movies but also TV shows, web series and desi drama. According to reports, Movie4Me website has over 30 million monthly active users. The website is mostly visited by Indian then followed by the United States, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
To keep your lockdown entertained, we have decided to write an article about Movie4Me highlighting its benefits and drawbacks. Movie4Me website is nothing but a treasure of movies and TV shows and it is regarded as one of the most trusted and popular free movies download sites across the globe. If you are looking for free movie download sites then visiting Movie4Me.com is highly recommended. Unlike other movies downloading sites, Movie4Me has been functioning for years and that is the reason why it has millions of daily visitors.
We all know that Movie4Me.com is not the only website out there but we can say that there is no website that can be trusted except Movie4Me when it comes to downloading movies for free. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 21-days nationwide lockdown, the traffic of Movie4Me has exponentially surged and it is likely to be increased further in the near future. There are various reasons why the traffic of Movie4Me has skyrocketed and one of them is cinema halls and theatres are remain closed throughout the country and people are not allowed to venture out from the house since April 15, 2020.

About Movie4Me

Video Piracy has been on a rise in the last couple of years. When it comes to Video Piracy the one name that comes to everyone’s mind is Movie4Me. Movie4Me is an online movie-streaming website that is known for pirating the newly-released movies. Whether it is Hollywood, Bollywood, or Tollywood, you will find movies from all movie-industries on this website as soon as they release in the cinemas.
As I have said that not every one of us can afford to go to the cinema or get a subscription to options like Netflix and other such. Movie4Me is a type of website that allows users to download and stream movies for free. You can stream and download movies in HD. It has all types of movies be it Hollywood, Bollywood, and south – Indian movies. It also has Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and dubbed movies in Hindi.
You may go through a particular genre if you want. Be it horror, action, thriller, documentary, sci-fi, crime, and comedy. Also, romantic, historic, family, 18+ movies, or any other type. Movie4Me provides every type of Hollywood, Tollywood, Bollywood, and Kollywood movies.
Though, there is no doubt that it is free and you get all those favorite movies free of cost. But Movie4Me is a piracy website that offers content illegally. And because of the copyright issues. It is banned in most countries along with India.
Movie4Me changes its domain name frequently to keep itself available. It operates websites through several different domains like Movie4Me.pc, Movie4Me. nz, Movie4Me. cm, Movie4Me. gd, Movie4Me. ac, Movie4Me. in, Movie4Me. com, Movie4Me. to, Movie4Me. tv, Movie4Me. hp, Movie4Me. Co.
On Movie4Me you can find movies from various genres, release years, and quality. All the movies are sorted alphabetically for easy searching. A search bar is also provided to search for movies by their name. After finding the movie that you want to watch you can find its download links. You can also stream the movie online without having to download it. You can add subtitles, change quality, change the speed of the movie using the features provided in the players. Torrent download links are also provided. On the movie’s page, you can find the details about the movie like description, genre, star cast, country, release year, etc.
What is Movie4Me? Before delving into deeper about Movie4Me.com, let us tell you that it is an illegal website and if you are a citizen of India and the US and explore Movie4Me, you are likely to be punished. Yes, it is one of the thousands of websites, which has been banned by the US and India.
You must be wondering why it got banned? The reason is quite simple, websites like Movie4Me leak all the movies released in the theatres or OTT platforms and owing to that producer of the film or series have to suffer a huge loss. Due to websites like Movie4Me.com, the box office collection of not only Bollywood but Tollywood or Hollywood movies are badly affected.
There have been everlasting efforts made to curb piracy in India but looks like their efforts seem to have gone wasted. Yes, despite action taken against Movie4Me or other illegal sites, they still continue to leak all the movies with impunity. Movie4Me is one of the most notorious sites to offer copyrighted contents mainly movies, TV shows and web series before or hours after their release dates. That is the reason why still millions of people use it to download and watch movies for free.
Movie4Me does not leave any opportunity to lure citizens making them download copyrighted contents by offering them each and every movie they come across with. Talking about its homepage, irrespective of language or genres, it has all the latest movies featured for illegal download. Besides providing a download link, Movie4Me.com provides a brief synopsis about the film and its run time. Movie4Me is surely a site, where you get all the latest HD movies within hours of their release. Unlike another website, it uploads Scam or theatre print on the release date of the film but a few days later it replaces it with the HD version.

How To Download The Movie4Me App?

If you are not comfortable in downloading a movie from the desktop using Movie4Me App, then we have yet another option to do so. Besides Movie4Me.com website, the developers of the site had released its app, which is no longer available on Google Play Store. If you want to download Movie4Me app, you will have to take supports of some third-party sites. The app has been designed keeping in mind user experience and it has a very user-friendly structure.
Movie4Me or Movie Rulz is a free movie downloading an app that serves millions of people. When it comes to its designing part, it is user-friendly. It is beautifully segregated in all the categories. Movie4Me is said to be undisputed kings when it comes to streaming or downloading Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and English movies, web series, TV shows, desi drama or documentaries.
According to reports, Movie4Me app is available for Android and iOS, Smart TV and PC, so you can enjoy it on the favourite medium. It is to be noted that you can not download Movie rulz App from an official source such as Google Play Store before it is not legal. So you can download the application by using third-party sources on your phones such as Hindi Links 4u.
While using this app make sure to use Wifi because it consumes a lot of internet data. Movie4Me is a free movie app to watch the contents without spending data and so that you do not have those annoying cuts that they happen when the connection speed is not very good.

Movie4Me App Features

Before downloading Movie4Me Android app, it is quite important to know about its features. There is no doubt about some of its unique features but we would urge you to use some legal options such as Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and MX Player. We have listed down some of its features below, which you can have a look.
Looking for apps to download movies or series online, you have come to the right location. If you would have thought that downloading movies from the mobile application was impossible, you were wrong. We have brought you Movie4Me app, which has thousands of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi and English HD movies, which you can download for free.
If you really want to download all the latest movies, you can visit Movie4Me.com website at your own risk or download Movie4Me apk. Movie4Me is surely one of the best applications to watch Hindi movies and download Tamil movies for free. Besides movies or TV shows, Movie rulz app has an option allowing users to watch Live TV. It definitely has a wide catalogue of content in addition, divided into categories. It has personalization themes, views and most importantly, everything is in Latin.

How To Download Movies from Movie4Me Website?

As we have told you at the beginning that it is a piracy website and using it for streaming or download purpose in India is a crime. However, if you still want to access the site and download movies, then you need to follow below steps to do so.

Movie4Me New Links 2020

Similar to other torrent websites such as Tamilrockers, Movie4Me keeps changing its domain in order to not to get caught by the cybercrime. Changing the domain frequently reduces the chances of being caught by the cybersecurity. Movie4Me is one of the most notorious piracy websites, which lets users stream or download all the latest Tamil movies, English Dubbed Hindi, Malayalam Movies, Hindi Movies, Hollywood Movies, Hollywood Dual Audio Movies, Web Series, TV shows for free.
The website has millions of monthly visitors. The main domain of Movie4Me had once blocked by the Indian government Anti piracy cell with the help of ISP internet service provider of India and Search Engine Portal functioning in India.

Best Movie4Me Alternatives: Download Latest HD Movies From Movie rulz 2020

If you did not find Movie4Me worthy to visit, you must have knowledge about the website which are better than Movie4Meor Movie Rulz. Keeping in mind user’s choice, we have brought you some of the best alternatives of Movie4Me, which will surely help you. The following Movie4Me alternatives have plenty of contents including Movies, TV shows, TV series, web series, desi drama or documentaries that can be downloaded and streamed online for free. The website we have mentioned below would not irritate you with their pop up ads.
As per the analysis by Tubular Insights which stated that in 2020 comes around, 80% of the world’s internet traffic will be affected by online video streaming. Due to the increase in traffic then you are looking for Movie4Me alternative. Here are the lists. For the better user experience, we have rechecked all the below links which is working fine. Movie4Me is known for providing all the latest Movies, TV Shows, and videos but people who regularly visit the torrent website might have known that there are several domains of Movie4Me have been blocked. If the scenario is like that, so, how can we depend on a single domain Movie4Me.com?
Looking at the importance of free movies downloading sites, we have shortlisted some of the best alternatives to Movie rulz.

What are the best legal alternatives for Movie rulz?

There are several alternatives out there such as Tamilrockers, Tamilgun, Tamilyogi, Khatrimaza, Filmyhit, Movie4Me and others but all of them are illegal websites. Keeping in mind the dangers of illegal websites, we have enlisted some of the best and legal alternatives of Movie4Me.
Nowadays, people are addicted to watch and download movies online and they can’t wait so many days for movies to come on TV or legal platforms. There are some legal websites or OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, MX Players and other offering all new movies and TV series within days of their official release.

What are the best Movie4Me Alternatives?

Movie4Me is surely one of the most popular and visited piracy sites across the world. However, there have been people who did not like the site and might be busy searching for its alternatives. If you are one of those people, then do no worry, we have brought to you a list of best and free Movie4Me alternatives. Here are the best Movie4Me.com alternatives in 2020:

Movie4Me Movies Categories

Movie4Me leaks movies ranging from Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood and Pakistani movies. When you visit 4Movie4Me.com, you will see various categories that we have mentioned below. You can check out the categories of movies which Movie4Me leaks on its website:

What are the best legal alternatives to Movie4Me.com?

After introducing to some of the best and illegal alternatives, we have brought to you a list of free and legal Movie4Me alternatives. The above-mentioned websites are great but they are illegal and could be banned at any time. Keeping in mind the dangers of illegal websites, we have enlisted some of the best and legal alternatives to Movie4Me. Take a look at the list of legal Movie4Me alternatives:

Movie4Me Website: Movie Rulz Latest HD Movies Download Site

If you are looking for free movie download sites, you have come to the right place. We have got you covered everything about Movie4Me website, Movie Rulz or Movie4Me app, which are considered the best platform to download movies, TV shows, Series and drama in HD quality. Watching movies online or web series for free has always been a hot topic and people are tired of visiting fake movie downloading sites. Making your work easier, we have come up with the best and free movie downloading site and it is Movie Rulz, Movie4Me ms or Movie4Me Telugu.
Movie4Me.com or Movie4Mez website used to provide Tamil movies to download but now they have extended their services and now offering Bollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood or Hollywood movies in all the formate (360p, 420p, 720p or 1080p). Apart from Movie4Me website, you can also download Tamil movies and Telugu movies from Movie Rulz Android app. Ever since Movie4Me was established, the website has been offering HD movies for free.
As per the report, Movie4Me app was disappeared for some period of time due to its legality issue. Before delving into more about Movie4Me, let us tell you that, this is an illegal or kind of torrent website, which the Indian Government has banned. Tamil Movies Download Sites
As we all know that nothing comes for free on the internet, Movie4Me might steal your personal information while using the website. As a respectful organisation, we would not suggest or recommend using Movie4Me website for streaming or downloading purpose. You must be feeling happy to get to know about free movie downloading site, Movierlz but illegal is illegal. If you ever caught using the torrent website, Indian Government has authorized to punish you as per the Anti piracy act.

Is it safe to watch movies on Movie4Me?

No, watching, download, sharing, or uploading of Pirated Content is punishable by the law. Although, different countries have different laws regarding Piracy. In countries like India and USA, Piracy is illegal. The person found guilty will be warned, or in some cases, legal actions can also be taken against him/her. But the laws are not really strict for people watching/downloading the movies. It’s rare to see anyone getting arrested for downloading/streaming pirated movies online. Most of the arrests have been made for uploading the pirated content online.
There are other things to worry about while watching movies on sites like Movie4Me. Sites like fmovies, 0123movies, Movie4Me earn money by placing ads on their websites. These ads, popups, and redirects can take you to sites containing malicious software, malware, adware, and various kinds of viruses. So, it is highly recommended to have a good Antivirus installed on your system before watching movies on such sites. I will advise you to install an Ad-Blocker and a VPN too to be on the safer side.

Is Movie4Me Banned In India?

Movie4Me.com website is an illegal or kind of torrent site and visiting any illegal websites in India might land you in trouble. The Indian government had banned thousands of websites and Movie4Me.com Tamilrockers was one of them.

Why Movie4Me has become so popular?

You might have visited dozens of free movies download websites, but have you ever visit Movie4Me.com? It might be an illegal site but it never breaks the trust of millions of users. The reason why it became quite popular among the masses is it provides all the movies in multiple formats ranging from 360p, 420p, 780p and 1080p.
As per space, you have left in your device, you can opt to download the format. The website showcases how much size a particular format will take to get it downloaded. If you are downloading a movie from Movie4Me.com, opting for 420p or 300 MB size option will be highly recommended. If you are downloading any Tollywood or Hollywood movies, the size will provide you dual audio quality and subtitle making it easier for non-native language to watch the film with the flow. Doesn’t these options are worth to visit it on repeat?
As soon as English or Hollywood movies release in India, Movie4Me does not take much time to upload movies Hindi version or Dubbed version on its websites since its millions of users do not know the English language. That could be the reason behind its soaring popularity among Indians. Movie4Me website is designed very well and has options to navigate each and every category of downloading all the movies. You would not find any difficulty while searching for Tamil Dubbed Movies, Hollywood Movies, Bollywood Movies, Movie4Me HD Movies and more. You might face some problem owing to pop up ads.
Since piracy website offers download links for all HD movies within hours of their release date. Owing to fast update, Movie4Me has become the most beloved Hindi Movie Downloading site of the people. The website shows you whether the movie is in HD Quality, DVDrip, Bluray, and other low resolutions. You can also check the movie’s quality by streaming online before put it on download mode.

Why you should avoid Movie4Me to download movies?

Well, the reason is quite obvious. As Movie4Me provides non-copyrighted content. Which means it shares movies link without the consent of the original owner of the content. Therefore, its domain is pirated or restricted in many countries along with India.
Moreover, if you access any of these types of website it may harm your device. As they use third-party ads that contain corrupted files or malware that can damage your device. Accordingly, I would suggest staying away from these websites to secure your device as well as yourself from non-copyrighted content.

What are the legal options to download movies?

Above we discussed that free of cost option can give us the opportunity to download movies without paying. But it also violates our government laws and also it is not safe for our devices as well. So what can be other options for downloading and enjoying the latest movies?
Well, there are such legal options that allow you to download movies and shows of different languages. Options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, SonyLiv and other such legal sites that are purely safe to access. However, these are all subscription-based websites but few also provide free content. It is better to spend some money on entertainment rather than getting corrupted files or malware in your device.

Three legal options to stream and download movies

Netflix offers all the latest movies and shows of Hollywood and Bollywood. It has around a thousand tv shows and nearly 4000 movies to stream and download. Moreover, you do not have to pay at once, you will get a one-month free trial. Thereafter, you can continue watching while choosing one of the three streaming plans: basic, standard and premium. Each plan will offer you different features and limits to watch films and shows.
SonyLiv is also one amazing option to stream videos online for free and premium based movies and shows. It features more than a dozen TV channels in India. The interface is quite clean and simple on the website. The paid content is clearly modified as Premium to help you find the free content. Moreover, the content is divided into trending, drama, Hindi, South Indian, Romantic, Comedy, etc. SonyLiv offers its premium plans at Rs.99/month and Rs.499/year to unlock more exciting content.
Amazon Prime Video is a rival to Netflix and ranks second in the list of video streaming platforms in India. It is a much cheaper option compare to Netflix where the basic plan starts at the lowest cost of Rs 500. Whereas Amazon Prime Video offers a monthly subscription at only Rs.129. And a yearly subscription at the cost of Rs.999 along with free Amazon Prime deliveries on Amazon account.
Talking about movies and shows, well it holds a strong collection of Hindi and English Tv shows and movies. Along with awesome storage of Bollywood and other Indian language movies. Name it Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil or else. It also produces home-grown content too. Such as The Man from High Castle, One Mississippi, Fleabag and others. You can stream shows such as Suits, The Mindy Project, Young Sheldon, and many more.

Here’s why you shouldn’t visit Movie4Me Tamilrockers

If you are a citizen of India, you should know that we have a piracy law which restricts its citizen to use any illegal site for either for streaming or downloading purpose. Unfortunately, if you ever caught exploring any torrent sites including the above-mentioned site, the Indian government has authorized to punish you as per the piracy law.
There are multiple laws in India against online piracy to save them from paying the hefty price. In India, the Copyright Act, 1957 protects all type of music, songs, and videos, literary and artistic work. The Stop Online Piracy Act (STOP) is also one such act that restricts access to sites that host pirated content. The prime aim behind the piracy law is to stop or crackdown on copyright infringement.

Is it legal to download movies from Movie4Me or Movie Rulz?

No..Downloading or streaming movies from Movie4Me are completely illegal and if you still use the site, you might land in trouble. In fact, the MPAA or the Motion Picture Association of America said that such websites are considered a notorious website as they make all the latest movies available for Hd download. After Tamilrockers, Movie4Me is said to be the most notorious piracy website worldwide.
As per the reports, the website had once recorded over 98 million users monthly, which is very high that has been designated as an illegal website. The website is reportedly developed in Vietnam.

How does Movie4Me work?

Movie4Me is a free movie download website, which is being operated by a bunch of people from undisclosed locations. In order to make money or convert its millions of user into money, the owners of the website use different ads network. Notably, Movie4Me does not use Google AdSense ads becuase they promote piracy and that is against Google’s policy.

Is it safe to use Movie4Me?

No.. It is not safe for a longer period of time. Movie4Me is a torrent website, which has been banned by the Indian government. Using any torrent website or piracy website in India is a crime. Besides some legal issue, if you use any illegal and pirate website, you may get some unusual malware or even viruses in your PC or mobile. There is a possibility that you may accidentally click on a specific link while using this website, which may cause malware to enter your PC. You can also take it to some websites that are not protected.
Another thing is that Movie4Me can damage your mobile device or your computer. There is a possibility that you may experience that your device is running slow or even overheating when you use the Movie4Me website. The reason for this is that this website is using more ROM to be able to stream and get the videos you want to watch. And worst of all, the processor of your computer or mobile device may get damaged after a long time of using Movie4Me.

How to use Google Trick to Download Movie rulz

Downloading movies or web series from Movie rulz is quite dangerous as it not legal in India. But, there are Google tricks making it easier for users to download all the latest HD movies or web series in HD quality. You might be thinking that downloading Movies from the torrent website is far difficult but you are wrong. In this article, we have brought you some tips for making your work easier. Without having to go to these websites, we could easily perform this task by applying a little Google trick.
If you do not know, this Google trick is one of many that currently exist to activate a certain number of services. It is so easy, you could make a calculator, the translator, a unit converter and much more apparent. In order to make use of this other alternative, we must only use a small command line that is very easy to remember.

Final Words About Movie4Me

So, that’s it for this post about Movie4Me. Piracy has been a major problem for the movie industry and sites like Movie4Me are one of the biggest producers of pirated content. Many awareness campaigns have been started to make people aware of this problem. People are getting more aware day by day and are refraining themselves from watching pirated content. If you have any questions in your mind then feel free to leave a comment below we will try to answer them asap. Stay tuned for more such informative posts. Thanks for reading.

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We The Live Mirror neither supports not promotes any piracy or torrent websites. We respect the Indian constitution and know how dangerous is downloading contents from pirated websites such as Movie4Me.com, Movie4Mems.com, Movie4Mepz.com, Movie4Memovies.com among others The content shown above is solely to provide our readers with the necessary information about the illegal a tivities. We do not intend to encourage our readers to use piracy or torrent websites. We urge our readers to stay away from such kinds of websites
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2020.09.20 10:31 kcluqhto Rdxhd: Download Free Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood Movies

Movies are the source of entertainment for all ages of people. Everyone loves downloading and streaming movies. There are people who can afford to watch and then there are others who cannot. If you are one of the above-mentioned people then this article is for you. To know more about the interesting options like Movie4Me to stream and download your favorite pick. Just stay tuned till the end.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic entire world is in a state of panic, fear, uncertainty and chaos. Citizen of the world are currently practising self-isolation and trying to find a way to keep themselves entertained. Do you want to keep your boredom away? If yes, we have brought to you a website called ‘Movie4Me’ where you can watch and download all the latest movies in HD quality for free. There are millions of people are busy searching free movie download website on the web but only a few people know about Movie4Me. For the unversed, Movie4Me website is the second largest free movie download website after Tamilrockers.
If you love watching movies irrespective of language or genres, Rdxhd would never disappoint you. Yes, Movie4Me is regarded as the undisputed king of not only movies but also TV shows, web series and desi drama. According to reports, Movie4Me website has over 30 million monthly active users. The website is mostly visited by Indian then followed by the United States, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
To keep your lockdown entertained, we have decided to write an article about Movie4Me highlighting its benefits and drawbacks. Movie4Me website is nothing but a treasure of movies and TV shows and it is regarded as one of the most trusted and popular free movies download sites across the globe. If you are looking for free movie download sites then visiting Movie4Me.com is highly recommended. Unlike other movies downloading sites, Movie4Me has been functioning for years and that is the reason why it has millions of daily visitors.
We all know that Movie4Me.com is not the only website out there but we can say that there is no website that can be trusted except Movie4Me when it comes to downloading movies for free. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 21-days nationwide lockdown, the traffic of Movie4Me has exponentially surged and it is likely to be increased further in the near future. There are various reasons why the traffic of Movie4Me has skyrocketed and one of them is cinema halls and theatres are remain closed throughout the country and people are not allowed to venture out from the house since April 15, 2020.

About Movie4Me

Video Piracy has been on a rise in the last couple of years. When it comes to Video Piracy the one name that comes to everyone’s mind is Movie4Me. Movie4Me is an online movie-streaming website that is known for pirating the newly-released movies. Whether it is Hollywood, Bollywood, or Tollywood, you will find movies from all movie-industries on this website as soon as they release in the cinemas.
As I have said that not every one of us can afford to go to the cinema or get a subscription to options like Netflix and other such. Movie4Me is a type of website that allows users to download and stream movies for free. You can stream and download movies in HD. It has all types of movies be it Hollywood, Bollywood, and south – Indian movies. It also has Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and dubbed movies in Hindi.
You may go through a particular genre if you want. Be it horror, action, thriller, documentary, sci-fi, crime, and comedy. Also, romantic, historic, family, 18+ movies, or any other type. Movie4Me provides every type of Hollywood, Tollywood, Bollywood, and Kollywood movies.
Though, there is no doubt that it is free and you get all those favorite movies free of cost. But Movie4Me is a piracy website that offers content illegally. And because of the copyright issues. It is banned in most countries along with India.
Movie4Me changes its domain name frequently to keep itself available. It operates websites through several different domains like Movie4Me.pc, Movie4Me. nz, Movie4Me. cm, Movie4Me. gd, Movie4Me. ac, Movie4Me. in, Movie4Me. com, Movie4Me. to, Movie4Me. tv, Movie4Me. hp, Movie4Me. Co.
On Movie4Me you can find movies from various genres, release years, and quality. All the movies are sorted alphabetically for easy searching. A search bar is also provided to search for movies by their name. After finding the movie that you want to watch you can find its download links. You can also stream the movie online without having to download it. You can add subtitles, change quality, change the speed of the movie using the features provided in the players. Torrent download links are also provided. On the movie’s page, you can find the details about the movie like description, genre, star cast, country, release year, etc.
What is Movie4Me? Before delving into deeper about Movie4Me.com, let us tell you that it is an illegal website and if you are a citizen of India and the US and explore Movie4Me, you are likely to be punished. Yes, it is one of the thousands of websites, which has been banned by the US and India.
You must be wondering why it got banned? The reason is quite simple, websites like Movie4Me leak all the movies released in the theatres or OTT platforms and owing to that producer of the film or series have to suffer a huge loss. Due to websites like Movie4Me.com, the box office collection of not only Bollywood but Tollywood or Hollywood movies are badly affected.
There have been everlasting efforts made to curb piracy in India but looks like their efforts seem to have gone wasted. Yes, despite action taken against Movie4Me or other illegal sites, they still continue to leak all the movies with impunity. Movie4Me is one of the most notorious sites to offer copyrighted contents mainly movies, TV shows and web series before or hours after their release dates. That is the reason why still millions of people use it to download and watch movies for free.
Movie4Me does not leave any opportunity to lure citizens making them download copyrighted contents by offering them each and every movie they come across with. Talking about its homepage, irrespective of language or genres, it has all the latest movies featured for illegal download. Besides providing a download link, Movie4Me.com provides a brief synopsis about the film and its run time. Movie4Me is surely a site, where you get all the latest HD movies within hours of their release. Unlike another website, it uploads Scam or theatre print on the release date of the film but a few days later it replaces it with the HD version.

How To Download The Movie4Me App?

If you are not comfortable in downloading a movie from the desktop using Movie4Me App, then we have yet another option to do so. Besides Movie4Me.com website, the developers of the site had released its app, which is no longer available on Google Play Store. If you want to download Movie4Me app, you will have to take supports of some third-party sites. The app has been designed keeping in mind user experience and it has a very user-friendly structure.
Movie4Me or Movie Rulz is a free movie downloading an app that serves millions of people. When it comes to its designing part, it is user-friendly. It is beautifully segregated in all the categories. Movie4Me is said to be undisputed kings when it comes to streaming or downloading Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and English movies, web series, TV shows, desi drama or documentaries.
According to reports, Movie4Me app is available for Android and iOS, Smart TV and PC, so you can enjoy it on the favourite medium. It is to be noted that you can not download Movie rulz App from an official source such as Google Play Store before it is not legal. So you can download the application by using third-party sources on your phones such as Hindi Links 4u.
While using this app make sure to use Wifi because it consumes a lot of internet data. Movie4Me is a free movie app to watch the contents without spending data and so that you do not have those annoying cuts that they happen when the connection speed is not very good.

Movie4Me App Features

Before downloading Movie4Me Android app, it is quite important to know about its features. There is no doubt about some of its unique features but we would urge you to use some legal options such as Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and MX Player. We have listed down some of its features below, which you can have a look.
Looking for apps to download movies or series online, you have come to the right location. If you would have thought that downloading movies from the mobile application was impossible, you were wrong. We have brought you Movie4Me app, which has thousands of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi and English HD movies, which you can download for free.
If you really want to download all the latest movies, you can visit Movie4Me.com website at your own risk or download Movie4Me apk. Movie4Me is surely one of the best applications to watch Hindi movies and download Tamil movies for free. Besides movies or TV shows, Movie rulz app has an option allowing users to watch Live TV. It definitely has a wide catalogue of content in addition, divided into categories. It has personalization themes, views and most importantly, everything is in Latin.

How To Download Movies from Movie4Me Website?

As we have told you at the beginning that it is a piracy website and using it for streaming or download purpose in India is a crime. However, if you still want to access the site and download movies, then you need to follow below steps to do so.

Movie4Me New Links 2020

Similar to other torrent websites such as Tamilrockers, Movie4Me keeps changing its domain in order to not to get caught by the cybercrime. Changing the domain frequently reduces the chances of being caught by the cybersecurity. Movie4Me is one of the most notorious piracy websites, which lets users stream or download all the latest Tamil movies, English Dubbed Hindi, Malayalam Movies, Hindi Movies, Hollywood Movies, Hollywood Dual Audio Movies, Web Series, TV shows for free.
The website has millions of monthly visitors. The main domain of Movie4Me had once blocked by the Indian government Anti piracy cell with the help of ISP internet service provider of India and Search Engine Portal functioning in India.

Best Movie4Me Alternatives: Download Latest HD Movies From Movie rulz 2020

If you did not find Movie4Me worthy to visit, you must have knowledge about the website which are better than Movie4Meor Movie Rulz. Keeping in mind user’s choice, we have brought you some of the best alternatives of Movie4Me, which will surely help you. The following Movie4Me alternatives have plenty of contents including Movies, TV shows, TV series, web series, desi drama or documentaries that can be downloaded and streamed online for free. The website we have mentioned below would not irritate you with their pop up ads.
As per the analysis by Tubular Insights which stated that in 2020 comes around, 80% of the world’s internet traffic will be affected by online video streaming. Due to the increase in traffic then you are looking for Movie4Me alternative. Here are the lists. For the better user experience, we have rechecked all the below links which is working fine. Movie4Me is known for providing all the latest Movies, TV Shows, and videos but people who regularly visit the torrent website might have known that there are several domains of Movie4Me have been blocked. If the scenario is like that, so, how can we depend on a single domain Movie4Me.com?
Looking at the importance of free movies downloading sites, we have shortlisted some of the best alternatives to Movie rulz.

What are the best legal alternatives for Movie rulz?

There are several alternatives out there such as Tamilrockers, Tamilgun, Tamilyogi, Khatrimaza, Filmyhit, Movie4Me and others but all of them are illegal websites. Keeping in mind the dangers of illegal websites, we have enlisted some of the best and legal alternatives of Movie4Me.
Nowadays, people are addicted to watch and download movies online and they can’t wait so many days for movies to come on TV or legal platforms. There are some legal websites or OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, MX Players and other offering all new movies and TV series within days of their official release.

What are the best Movie4Me Alternatives?

Movie4Me is surely one of the most popular and visited piracy sites across the world. However, there have been people who did not like the site and might be busy searching for its alternatives. If you are one of those people, then do no worry, we have brought to you a list of best and free Movie4Me alternatives. Here are the best Movie4Me.com alternatives in 2020:

Movie4Me Movies Categories

Movie4Me leaks movies ranging from Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood and Pakistani movies. When you visit 4Movie4Me.com, you will see various categories that we have mentioned below. You can check out the categories of movies which Movie4Me leaks on its website:

What are the best legal alternatives to Movie4Me.com?

After introducing to some of the best and illegal alternatives, we have brought to you a list of free and legal Movie4Me alternatives. The above-mentioned websites are great but they are illegal and could be banned at any time. Keeping in mind the dangers of illegal websites, we have enlisted some of the best and legal alternatives to Movie4Me. Take a look at the list of legal Movie4Me alternatives:

Movie4Me Website: Movie Rulz Latest HD Movies Download Site

If you are looking for free movie download sites, you have come to the right place. We have got you covered everything about Movie4Me website, Movie Rulz or Movie4Me app, which are considered the best platform to download movies, TV shows, Series and drama in HD quality. Watching movies online or web series for free has always been a hot topic and people are tired of visiting fake movie downloading sites. Making your work easier, we have come up with the best and free movie downloading site and it is Movie Rulz, Movie4Me ms or Movie4Me Telugu.
Movie4Me.com or Movie4Mez website used to provide Tamil movies to download but now they have extended their services and now offering Bollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood or Hollywood movies in all the formate (360p, 420p, 720p or 1080p). Apart from Movie4Me website, you can also download Tamil movies and Telugu movies from Movie Rulz Android app. Ever since Movie4Me was established, the website has been offering HD movies for free.
As per the report, Movie4Me app was disappeared for some period of time due to its legality issue. Before delving into more about Movie4Me, let us tell you that, this is an illegal or kind of torrent website, which the Indian Government has banned. Tamil Movies Download Sites
As we all know that nothing comes for free on the internet, Movie4Me might steal your personal information while using the website. As a respectful organisation, we would not suggest or recommend using Movie4Me website for streaming or downloading purpose. You must be feeling happy to get to know about free movie downloading site, Movierlz but illegal is illegal. If you ever caught using the torrent website, Indian Government has authorized to punish you as per the Anti piracy act.

Is it safe to watch movies on Movie4Me?

No, watching, download, sharing, or uploading of Pirated Content is punishable by the law. Although, different countries have different laws regarding Piracy. In countries like India and USA, Piracy is illegal. The person found guilty will be warned, or in some cases, legal actions can also be taken against him/her. But the laws are not really strict for people watching/downloading the movies. It’s rare to see anyone getting arrested for downloading/streaming pirated movies online. Most of the arrests have been made for uploading the pirated content online.
There are other things to worry about while watching movies on sites like Movie4Me. Sites like fmovies, 0123movies, Movie4Me earn money by placing ads on their websites. These ads, popups, and redirects can take you to sites containing malicious software, malware, adware, and various kinds of viruses. So, it is highly recommended to have a good Antivirus installed on your system before watching movies on such sites. I will advise you to install an Ad-Blocker and a VPN too to be on the safer side.

Is Movie4Me Banned In India?

Movie4Me.com website is an illegal or kind of torrent site and visiting any illegal websites in India might land you in trouble. The Indian government had banned thousands of websites and Movie4Me.com Tamilrockers was one of them.

Why Movie4Me has become so popular?

You might have visited dozens of free movies download websites, but have you ever visit Movie4Me.com? It might be an illegal site but it never breaks the trust of millions of users. The reason why it became quite popular among the masses is it provides all the movies in multiple formats ranging from 360p, 420p, 780p and 1080p.
As per space, you have left in your device, you can opt to download the format. The website showcases how much size a particular format will take to get it downloaded. If you are downloading a movie from Movie4Me.com, opting for 420p or 300 MB size option will be highly recommended. If you are downloading any Tollywood or Hollywood movies, the size will provide you dual audio quality and subtitle making it easier for non-native language to watch the film with the flow. Doesn’t these options are worth to visit it on repeat?
As soon as English or Hollywood movies release in India, Movie4Me does not take much time to upload movies Hindi version or Dubbed version on its websites since its millions of users do not know the English language. That could be the reason behind its soaring popularity among Indians. Movie4Me website is designed very well and has options to navigate each and every category of downloading all the movies. You would not find any difficulty while searching for Tamil Dubbed Movies, Hollywood Movies, Bollywood Movies, Movie4Me HD Movies and more. You might face some problem owing to pop up ads.
Since piracy website offers download links for all HD movies within hours of their release date. Owing to fast update, Movie4Me has become the most beloved Hindi Movie Downloading site of the people. The website shows you whether the movie is in HD Quality, DVDrip, Bluray, and other low resolutions. You can also check the movie’s quality by streaming online before put it on download mode.

Why you should avoid Movie4Me to download movies?

Well, the reason is quite obvious. As Movie4Me provides non-copyrighted content. Which means it shares movies link without the consent of the original owner of the content. Therefore, its domain is pirated or restricted in many countries along with India.
Moreover, if you access any of these types of website it may harm your device. As they use third-party ads that contain corrupted files or malware that can damage your device. Accordingly, I would suggest staying away from these websites to secure your device as well as yourself from non-copyrighted content.

What are the legal options to download movies?

Above we discussed that free of cost option can give us the opportunity to download movies without paying. But it also violates our government laws and also it is not safe for our devices as well. So what can be other options for downloading and enjoying the latest movies?
Well, there are such legal options that allow you to download movies and shows of different languages. Options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, SonyLiv and other such legal sites that are purely safe to access. However, these are all subscription-based websites but few also provide free content. It is better to spend some money on entertainment rather than getting corrupted files or malware in your device.

Three legal options to stream and download movies

Netflix offers all the latest movies and shows of Hollywood and Bollywood. It has around a thousand tv shows and nearly 4000 movies to stream and download. Moreover, you do not have to pay at once, you will get a one-month free trial. Thereafter, you can continue watching while choosing one of the three streaming plans: basic, standard and premium. Each plan will offer you different features and limits to watch films and shows.
SonyLiv is also one amazing option to stream videos online for free and premium based movies and shows. It features more than a dozen TV channels in India. The interface is quite clean and simple on the website. The paid content is clearly modified as Premium to help you find the free content. Moreover, the content is divided into trending, drama, Hindi, South Indian, Romantic, Comedy, etc. SonyLiv offers its premium plans at Rs.99/month and Rs.499/year to unlock more exciting content.
Amazon Prime Video is a rival to Netflix and ranks second in the list of video streaming platforms in India. It is a much cheaper option compare to Netflix where the basic plan starts at the lowest cost of Rs 500. Whereas Amazon Prime Video offers a monthly subscription at only Rs.129. And a yearly subscription at the cost of Rs.999 along with free Amazon Prime deliveries on Amazon account.
Talking about movies and shows, well it holds a strong collection of Hindi and English Tv shows and movies. Along with awesome storage of Bollywood and other Indian language movies. Name it Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil or else. It also produces home-grown content too. Such as The Man from High Castle, One Mississippi, Fleabag and others. You can stream shows such as Suits, The Mindy Project, Young Sheldon, and many more.

Here’s why you shouldn’t visit Movie4Me Tamilrockers

If you are a citizen of India, you should know that we have a piracy law which restricts its citizen to use any illegal site for either for streaming or downloading purpose. Unfortunately, if you ever caught exploring any torrent sites including the above-mentioned site, the Indian government has authorized to punish you as per the piracy law.
There are multiple laws in India against online piracy to save them from paying the hefty price. In India, the Copyright Act, 1957 protects all type of music, songs, and videos, literary and artistic work. The Stop Online Piracy Act (STOP) is also one such act that restricts access to sites that host pirated content. The prime aim behind the piracy law is to stop or crackdown on copyright infringement.

Is it legal to download movies from Movie4Me or Movie Rulz?

No..Downloading or streaming movies from Movie4Me are completely illegal and if you still use the site, you might land in trouble. In fact, the MPAA or the Motion Picture Association of America said that such websites are considered a notorious website as they make all the latest movies available for Hd download. After Tamilrockers, Movie4Me is said to be the most notorious piracy website worldwide.
As per the reports, the website had once recorded over 98 million users monthly, which is very high that has been designated as an illegal website. The website is reportedly developed in Vietnam.

How does Movie4Me work?

Movie4Me is a free movie download website, which is being operated by a bunch of people from undisclosed locations. In order to make money or convert its millions of user into money, the owners of the website use different ads network. Notably, Movie4Me does not use Google AdSense ads becuase they promote piracy and that is against Google’s policy.

Is it safe to use Movie4Me?

No.. It is not safe for a longer period of time. Movie4Me is a torrent website, which has been banned by the Indian government. Using any torrent website or piracy website in India is a crime. Besides some legal issue, if you use any illegal and pirate website, you may get some unusual malware or even viruses in your PC or mobile. There is a possibility that you may accidentally click on a specific link while using this website, which may cause malware to enter your PC. You can also take it to some websites that are not protected.
Another thing is that Movie4Me can damage your mobile device or your computer. There is a possibility that you may experience that your device is running slow or even overheating when you use the Movie4Me website. The reason for this is that this website is using more ROM to be able to stream and get the videos you want to watch. And worst of all, the processor of your computer or mobile device may get damaged after a long time of using Movie4Me.

How to use Google Trick to Download Movie rulz

Downloading movies or web series from Movie rulz is quite dangerous as it not legal in India. But, there are Google tricks making it easier for users to download all the latest HD movies or web series in HD quality. You might be thinking that downloading Movies from the torrent website is far difficult but you are wrong. In this article, we have brought you some tips for making your work easier. Without having to go to these websites, we could easily perform this task by applying a little Google trick.
If you do not know, this Google trick is one of many that currently exist to activate a certain number of services. It is so easy, you could make a calculator, the translator, a unit converter and much more apparent. In order to make use of this other alternative, we must only use a small command line that is very easy to remember.

Final Words About Movie4Me

So, that’s it for this post about Movie4Me. Piracy has been a major problem for the movie industry and sites like Movie4Me are one of the biggest producers of pirated content. Many awareness campaigns have been started to make people aware of this problem. People are getting more aware day by day and are refraining themselves from watching pirated content. If you have any questions in your mind then feel free to leave a comment below we will try to answer them asap. Stay tuned for more such informative posts. Thanks for reading.

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Disclaimer:

We The Live Mirror neither supports not promotes any piracy or torrent websites. We respect the Indian constitution and know how dangerous is downloading contents from pirated websites such as Movie4Me.com, Movie4Mems.com, Movie4Mepz.com, Movie4Memovies.com among others The content shown above is solely to provide our readers with the necessary information about the illegal a tivities. We do not intend to encourage our readers to use piracy or torrent websites. We urge our readers to stay away from such kinds of websites
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2020.09.20 06:04 kcluqhto Kuttymovies: Download Free Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood Movies

Movies are the source of entertainment for all ages of people. Everyone loves downloading and streaming movies. There are people who can afford to watch and then there are others who cannot. If you are one of the above-mentioned people then this article is for you. To know more about the interesting options like Movie4Me to stream and download your favorite pick. Just stay tuned till the end.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic entire world is in a state of panic, fear, uncertainty and chaos. Citizen of the world are currently practising self-isolation and trying to find a way to keep themselves entertained. Do you want to keep your boredom away? If yes, we have brought to you a website called ‘Movie4Me’ where you can watch and download all the latest movies in HD quality for free. There are millions of people are busy searching free movie download website on the web but only a few people know about Movie4Me. For the unversed, Movie4Me website is the second largest free movie download website after Tamilrockers.
If you love watching movies irrespective of language or genres, kuttymovies would never disappoint you. Yes, Movie4Me is regarded as the undisputed king of not only movies but also TV shows, web series and desi drama. According to reports, Movie4Me website has over 30 million monthly active users. The website is mostly visited by Indian then followed by the United States, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
To keep your lockdown entertained, we have decided to write an article about Movie4Me highlighting its benefits and drawbacks. Movie4Me website is nothing but a treasure of movies and TV shows and it is regarded as one of the most trusted and popular free movies download sites across the globe. If you are looking for free movie download sites then visiting Movie4Me.com is highly recommended. Unlike other movies downloading sites, Movie4Me has been functioning for years and that is the reason why it has millions of daily visitors.
We all know that Movie4Me.com is not the only website out there but we can say that there is no website that can be trusted except Movie4Me when it comes to downloading movies for free. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 21-days nationwide lockdown, the traffic of Movie4Me has exponentially surged and it is likely to be increased further in the near future. There are various reasons why the traffic of Movie4Me has skyrocketed and one of them is cinema halls and theatres are remain closed throughout the country and people are not allowed to venture out from the house since April 15, 2020.

About Movie4Me

Video Piracy has been on a rise in the last couple of years. When it comes to Video Piracy the one name that comes to everyone’s mind is Movie4Me. Movie4Me is an online movie-streaming website that is known for pirating the newly-released movies. Whether it is Hollywood, Bollywood, or Tollywood, you will find movies from all movie-industries on this website as soon as they release in the cinemas.
As I have said that not every one of us can afford to go to the cinema or get a subscription to options like Netflix and other such. Movie4Me is a type of website that allows users to download and stream movies for free. You can stream and download movies in HD. It has all types of movies be it Hollywood, Bollywood, and south – Indian movies. It also has Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and dubbed movies in Hindi.
You may go through a particular genre if you want. Be it horror, action, thriller, documentary, sci-fi, crime, and comedy. Also, romantic, historic, family, 18+ movies, or any other type. Movie4Me provides every type of Hollywood, Tollywood, Bollywood, and Kollywood movies.
Though, there is no doubt that it is free and you get all those favorite movies free of cost. But Movie4Me is a piracy website that offers content illegally. And because of the copyright issues. It is banned in most countries along with India.
Movie4Me changes its domain name frequently to keep itself available. It operates websites through several different domains like Movie4Me.pc, Movie4Me. nz, Movie4Me. cm, Movie4Me. gd, Movie4Me. ac, Movie4Me. in, Movie4Me. com, Movie4Me. to, Movie4Me. tv, Movie4Me. hp, Movie4Me. Co.
On Movie4Me you can find movies from various genres, release years, and quality. All the movies are sorted alphabetically for easy searching. A search bar is also provided to search for movies by their name. After finding the movie that you want to watch you can find its download links. You can also stream the movie online without having to download it. You can add subtitles, change quality, change the speed of the movie using the features provided in the players. Torrent download links are also provided. On the movie’s page, you can find the details about the movie like description, genre, star cast, country, release year, etc.
What is Movie4Me? Before delving into deeper about Movie4Me.com, let us tell you that it is an illegal website and if you are a citizen of India and the US and explore Movie4Me, you are likely to be punished. Yes, it is one of the thousands of websites, which has been banned by the US and India.
You must be wondering why it got banned? The reason is quite simple, websites like Movie4Me leak all the movies released in the theatres or OTT platforms and owing to that producer of the film or series have to suffer a huge loss. Due to websites like Movie4Me.com, the box office collection of not only Bollywood but Tollywood or Hollywood movies are badly affected.
There have been everlasting efforts made to curb piracy in India but looks like their efforts seem to have gone wasted. Yes, despite action taken against Movie4Me or other illegal sites, they still continue to leak all the movies with impunity. Movie4Me is one of the most notorious sites to offer copyrighted contents mainly movies, TV shows and web series before or hours after their release dates. That is the reason why still millions of people use it to download and watch movies for free.
Movie4Me does not leave any opportunity to lure citizens making them download copyrighted contents by offering them each and every movie they come across with. Talking about its homepage, irrespective of language or genres, it has all the latest movies featured for illegal download. Besides providing a download link, Movie4Me.com provides a brief synopsis about the film and its run time. Movie4Me is surely a site, where you get all the latest HD movies within hours of their release. Unlike another website, it uploads Scam or theatre print on the release date of the film but a few days later it replaces it with the HD version.

How To Download The Movie4Me App?

If you are not comfortable in downloading a movie from the desktop using Movie4Me App, then we have yet another option to do so. Besides Movie4Me.com website, the developers of the site had released its app, which is no longer available on Google Play Store. If you want to download Movie4Me app, you will have to take supports of some third-party sites. The app has been designed keeping in mind user experience and it has a very user-friendly structure.
Movie4Me or Movie Rulz is a free movie downloading an app that serves millions of people. When it comes to its designing part, it is user-friendly. It is beautifully segregated in all the categories. Movie4Me is said to be undisputed kings when it comes to streaming or downloading Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and English movies, web series, TV shows, desi drama or documentaries.
According to reports, Movie4Me app is available for Android and iOS, Smart TV and PC, so you can enjoy it on the favourite medium. It is to be noted that you can not download Movie rulz App from an official source such as Google Play Store before it is not legal. So you can download the application by using third-party sources on your phones such as Hindi Links 4u.
While using this app make sure to use Wifi because it consumes a lot of internet data. Movie4Me is a free movie app to watch the contents without spending data and so that you do not have those annoying cuts that they happen when the connection speed is not very good.

Movie4Me App Features

Before downloading Movie4Me Android app, it is quite important to know about its features. There is no doubt about some of its unique features but we would urge you to use some legal options such as Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and MX Player. We have listed down some of its features below, which you can have a look.
Looking for apps to download movies or series online, you have come to the right location. If you would have thought that downloading movies from the mobile application was impossible, you were wrong. We have brought you Movie4Me app, which has thousands of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi and English HD movies, which you can download for free.
If you really want to download all the latest movies, you can visit Movie4Me.com website at your own risk or download Movie4Me apk. Movie4Me is surely one of the best applications to watch Hindi movies and download Tamil movies for free. Besides movies or TV shows, Movie rulz app has an option allowing users to watch Live TV. It definitely has a wide catalogue of content in addition, divided into categories. It has personalization themes, views and most importantly, everything is in Latin.

How To Download Movies from Movie4Me Website?

As we have told you at the beginning that it is a piracy website and using it for streaming or download purpose in India is a crime. However, if you still want to access the site and download movies, then you need to follow below steps to do so.

Movie4Me New Links 2020

Similar to other torrent websites such as Tamilrockers, Movie4Me keeps changing its domain in order to not to get caught by the cybercrime. Changing the domain frequently reduces the chances of being caught by the cybersecurity. Movie4Me is one of the most notorious piracy websites, which lets users stream or download all the latest Tamil movies, English Dubbed Hindi, Malayalam Movies, Hindi Movies, Hollywood Movies, Hollywood Dual Audio Movies, Web Series, TV shows for free.
The website has millions of monthly visitors. The main domain of Movie4Me had once blocked by the Indian government Anti piracy cell with the help of ISP internet service provider of India and Search Engine Portal functioning in India.

Best Movie4Me Alternatives: Download Latest HD Movies From Movie rulz 2020

If you did not find Movie4Me worthy to visit, you must have knowledge about the website which are better than Movie4Meor Movie Rulz. Keeping in mind user’s choice, we have brought you some of the best alternatives of Movie4Me, which will surely help you. The following Movie4Me alternatives have plenty of contents including Movies, TV shows, TV series, web series, desi drama or documentaries that can be downloaded and streamed online for free. The website we have mentioned below would not irritate you with their pop up ads.
As per the analysis by Tubular Insights which stated that in 2020 comes around, 80% of the world’s internet traffic will be affected by online video streaming. Due to the increase in traffic then you are looking for Movie4Me alternative. Here are the lists. For the better user experience, we have rechecked all the below links which is working fine. Movie4Me is known for providing all the latest Movies, TV Shows, and videos but people who regularly visit the torrent website might have known that there are several domains of Movie4Me have been blocked. If the scenario is like that, so, how can we depend on a single domain Movie4Me.com?
Looking at the importance of free movies downloading sites, we have shortlisted some of the best alternatives to Movie rulz.

What are the best legal alternatives for Movie rulz?

There are several alternatives out there such as Tamilrockers, Tamilgun, Tamilyogi, Khatrimaza, Filmyhit, Movie4Me and others but all of them are illegal websites. Keeping in mind the dangers of illegal websites, we have enlisted some of the best and legal alternatives of Movie4Me.
Nowadays, people are addicted to watch and download movies online and they can’t wait so many days for movies to come on TV or legal platforms. There are some legal websites or OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, MX Players and other offering all new movies and TV series within days of their official release.

What are the best Movie4Me Alternatives?

Movie4Me is surely one of the most popular and visited piracy sites across the world. However, there have been people who did not like the site and might be busy searching for its alternatives. If you are one of those people, then do no worry, we have brought to you a list of best and free Movie4Me alternatives. Here are the best Movie4Me.com alternatives in 2020:

Movie4Me Movies Categories

Movie4Me leaks movies ranging from Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood and Pakistani movies. When you visit 4Movie4Me.com, you will see various categories that we have mentioned below. You can check out the categories of movies which Movie4Me leaks on its website:

What are the best legal alternatives to Movie4Me.com?

After introducing to some of the best and illegal alternatives, we have brought to you a list of free and legal Movie4Me alternatives. The above-mentioned websites are great but they are illegal and could be banned at any time. Keeping in mind the dangers of illegal websites, we have enlisted some of the best and legal alternatives to Movie4Me. Take a look at the list of legal Movie4Me alternatives:

Movie4Me Website: Movie Rulz Latest HD Movies Download Site

If you are looking for free movie download sites, you have come to the right place. We have got you covered everything about Movie4Me website, Movie Rulz or Movie4Me app, which are considered the best platform to download movies, TV shows, Series and drama in HD quality. Watching movies online or web series for free has always been a hot topic and people are tired of visiting fake movie downloading sites. Making your work easier, we have come up with the best and free movie downloading site and it is Movie Rulz, Movie4Me ms or Movie4Me Telugu.
Movie4Me.com or Movie4Mez website used to provide Tamil movies to download but now they have extended their services and now offering Bollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood or Hollywood movies in all the formate (360p, 420p, 720p or 1080p). Apart from Movie4Me website, you can also download Tamil movies and Telugu movies from Movie Rulz Android app. Ever since Movie4Me was established, the website has been offering HD movies for free.
As per the report, Movie4Me app was disappeared for some period of time due to its legality issue. Before delving into more about Movie4Me, let us tell you that, this is an illegal or kind of torrent website, which the Indian Government has banned. Tamil Movies Download Sites
As we all know that nothing comes for free on the internet, Movie4Me might steal your personal information while using the website. As a respectful organisation, we would not suggest or recommend using Movie4Me website for streaming or downloading purpose. You must be feeling happy to get to know about free movie downloading site, Movierlz but illegal is illegal. If you ever caught using the torrent website, Indian Government has authorized to punish you as per the Anti piracy act.

Is it safe to watch movies on Movie4Me?

No, watching, download, sharing, or uploading of Pirated Content is punishable by the law. Although, different countries have different laws regarding Piracy. In countries like India and USA, Piracy is illegal. The person found guilty will be warned, or in some cases, legal actions can also be taken against him/her. But the laws are not really strict for people watching/downloading the movies. It’s rare to see anyone getting arrested for downloading/streaming pirated movies online. Most of the arrests have been made for uploading the pirated content online.
There are other things to worry about while watching movies on sites like Movie4Me. Sites like fmovies, 0123movies, Movie4Me earn money by placing ads on their websites. These ads, popups, and redirects can take you to sites containing malicious software, malware, adware, and various kinds of viruses. So, it is highly recommended to have a good Antivirus installed on your system before watching movies on such sites. I will advise you to install an Ad-Blocker and a VPN too to be on the safer side.

Is Movie4Me Banned In India?

Movie4Me.com website is an illegal or kind of torrent site and visiting any illegal websites in India might land you in trouble. The Indian government had banned thousands of websites and Movie4Me.com Tamilrockers was one of them.

Why Movie4Me has become so popular?

You might have visited dozens of free movies download websites, but have you ever visit Movie4Me.com? It might be an illegal site but it never breaks the trust of millions of users. The reason why it became quite popular among the masses is it provides all the movies in multiple formats ranging from 360p, 420p, 780p and 1080p.
As per space, you have left in your device, you can opt to download the format. The website showcases how much size a particular format will take to get it downloaded. If you are downloading a movie from Movie4Me.com, opting for 420p or 300 MB size option will be highly recommended. If you are downloading any Tollywood or Hollywood movies, the size will provide you dual audio quality and subtitle making it easier for non-native language to watch the film with the flow. Doesn’t these options are worth to visit it on repeat?
As soon as English or Hollywood movies release in India, Movie4Me does not take much time to upload movies Hindi version or Dubbed version on its websites since its millions of users do not know the English language. That could be the reason behind its soaring popularity among Indians. Movie4Me website is designed very well and has options to navigate each and every category of downloading all the movies. You would not find any difficulty while searching for Tamil Dubbed Movies, Hollywood Movies, Bollywood Movies, Movie4Me HD Movies and more. You might face some problem owing to pop up ads.
Since piracy website offers download links for all HD movies within hours of their release date. Owing to fast update, Movie4Me has become the most beloved Hindi Movie Downloading site of the people. The website shows you whether the movie is in HD Quality, DVDrip, Bluray, and other low resolutions. You can also check the movie’s quality by streaming online before put it on download mode.

Why you should avoid Movie4Me to download movies?

Well, the reason is quite obvious. As Movie4Me provides non-copyrighted content. Which means it shares movies link without the consent of the original owner of the content. Therefore, its domain is pirated or restricted in many countries along with India.
Moreover, if you access any of these types of website it may harm your device. As they use third-party ads that contain corrupted files or malware that can damage your device. Accordingly, I would suggest staying away from these websites to secure your device as well as yourself from non-copyrighted content.

What are the legal options to download movies?

Above we discussed that free of cost option can give us the opportunity to download movies without paying. But it also violates our government laws and also it is not safe for our devices as well. So what can be other options for downloading and enjoying the latest movies?
Well, there are such legal options that allow you to download movies and shows of different languages. Options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, SonyLiv and other such legal sites that are purely safe to access. However, these are all subscription-based websites but few also provide free content. It is better to spend some money on entertainment rather than getting corrupted files or malware in your device.

Three legal options to stream and download movies

Netflix offers all the latest movies and shows of Hollywood and Bollywood. It has around a thousand tv shows and nearly 4000 movies to stream and download. Moreover, you do not have to pay at once, you will get a one-month free trial. Thereafter, you can continue watching while choosing one of the three streaming plans: basic, standard and premium. Each plan will offer you different features and limits to watch films and shows.
SonyLiv is also one amazing option to stream videos online for free and premium based movies and shows. It features more than a dozen TV channels in India. The interface is quite clean and simple on the website. The paid content is clearly modified as Premium to help you find the free content. Moreover, the content is divided into trending, drama, Hindi, South Indian, Romantic, Comedy, etc. SonyLiv offers its premium plans at Rs.99/month and Rs.499/year to unlock more exciting content.
Amazon Prime Video is a rival to Netflix and ranks second in the list of video streaming platforms in India. It is a much cheaper option compare to Netflix where the basic plan starts at the lowest cost of Rs 500. Whereas Amazon Prime Video offers a monthly subscription at only Rs.129. And a yearly subscription at the cost of Rs.999 along with free Amazon Prime deliveries on Amazon account.
Talking about movies and shows, well it holds a strong collection of Hindi and English Tv shows and movies. Along with awesome storage of Bollywood and other Indian language movies. Name it Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil or else. It also produces home-grown content too. Such as The Man from High Castle, One Mississippi, Fleabag and others. You can stream shows such as Suits, The Mindy Project, Young Sheldon, and many more.

Here’s why you shouldn’t visit Movie4Me Tamilrockers

If you are a citizen of India, you should know that we have a piracy law which restricts its citizen to use any illegal site for either for streaming or downloading purpose. Unfortunately, if you ever caught exploring any torrent sites including the above-mentioned site, the Indian government has authorized to punish you as per the piracy law.
There are multiple laws in India against online piracy to save them from paying the hefty price. In India, the Copyright Act, 1957 protects all type of music, songs, and videos, literary and artistic work. The Stop Online Piracy Act (STOP) is also one such act that restricts access to sites that host pirated content. The prime aim behind the piracy law is to stop or crackdown on copyright infringement.

Is it legal to download movies from Movie4Me or Movie Rulz?

No..Downloading or streaming movies from Movie4Me are completely illegal and if you still use the site, you might land in trouble. In fact, the MPAA or the Motion Picture Association of America said that such websites are considered a notorious website as they make all the latest movies available for Hd download. After Tamilrockers, Movie4Me is said to be the most notorious piracy website worldwide.
As per the reports, the website had once recorded over 98 million users monthly, which is very high that has been designated as an illegal website. The website is reportedly developed in Vietnam.

How does Movie4Me work?

Movie4Me is a free movie download website, which is being operated by a bunch of people from undisclosed locations. In order to make money or convert its millions of user into money, the owners of the website use different ads network. Notably, Movie4Me does not use Google AdSense ads becuase they promote piracy and that is against Google’s policy.

Is it safe to use Movie4Me?

No.. It is not safe for a longer period of time. Movie4Me is a torrent website, which has been banned by the Indian government. Using any torrent website or piracy website in India is a crime. Besides some legal issue, if you use any illegal and pirate website, you may get some unusual malware or even viruses in your PC or mobile. There is a possibility that you may accidentally click on a specific link while using this website, which may cause malware to enter your PC. You can also take it to some websites that are not protected.
Another thing is that Movie4Me can damage your mobile device or your computer. There is a possibility that you may experience that your device is running slow or even overheating when you use the Movie4Me website. The reason for this is that this website is using more ROM to be able to stream and get the videos you want to watch. And worst of all, the processor of your computer or mobile device may get damaged after a long time of using Movie4Me.

How to use Google Trick to Download Movie rulz

Downloading movies or web series from Movie rulz is quite dangerous as it not legal in India. But, there are Google tricks making it easier for users to download all the latest HD movies or web series in HD quality. You might be thinking that downloading Movies from the torrent website is far difficult but you are wrong. In this article, we have brought you some tips for making your work easier. Without having to go to these websites, we could easily perform this task by applying a little Google trick.
If you do not know, this Google trick is one of many that currently exist to activate a certain number of services. It is so easy, you could make a calculator, the translator, a unit converter and much more apparent. In order to make use of this other alternative, we must only use a small command line that is very easy to remember.

Final Words About Movie4Me

So, that’s it for this post about Movie4Me. Piracy has been a major problem for the movie industry and sites like Movie4Me are one of the biggest producers of pirated content. Many awareness campaigns have been started to make people aware of this problem. People are getting more aware day by day and are refraining themselves from watching pirated content. If you have any questions in your mind then feel free to leave a comment below we will try to answer them asap. Stay tuned for more such informative posts. Thanks for reading.

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2020.09.20 03:22 JagdKitty TEARS OF A VAMP Chapters One And Two

(((((Just an idea for a new book so I thought I'd get feed back on how the beginning might be improved and if you think you want more...)))))
Chapter One
It was a dark and stormy night... Sorry, I know it's pretty cheesy but I've always wanted to begin a story like that. Over the years I've written many stories. Some for fun, others for money or fame. Sometimes for all three. But never have I written my story. So as cheesy as it may be, my opening is perfectly correct. It was a dark and stormy night that my story begins...
Early 21st Century... Lexington, Kentucky
My supper was finished. I was nursing my cola, wondering if I should just make a run for my house. Rain poured down and lightning flashed outside the large panes of glass which formed the entire wall between the wet outside and the cozy inside of the small, family friendly restaurant. A late evening thunderstorm wasn't unexpected in August. The heat and humidity would build throughout the day. Thunder clouds would build higher and higher in the sky and then all hell would let loose as the temperature dropped with the setting sun.
No one was waiting for my table so I didn't feel guilty keeping the table to myself. It wasn't like I was denying my waitress another customer and tip. Many tables were occupied but some were still open for new customers. But a new customer hadn't walked in since the rain had started. Between the heavy cloud cover and the lateness of the hour, it was pitch black outside. Strobes of lightning would light the street as bright as day before darkness reclaimed the streets. The last of my cola slurped up my straw and I was just reaching for my wallet when she appeared.
My first sight of Tiffany was as a form under the streetlight on the corner as she dashed across the street for the door of the restaurant. Splashing in the puddles she was as wet as any woman could be and looked as mad as any cat tossed into a pool. My cousin had done that once with the family cat. Tiffany looked just as mad as that cat had looked after dragging her wet fur out of that pool, only without the hissing and barred teeth.
She shook herself like a cat, too, as she stood in the entrance. That took my mind off the family cat since her t-shirt was plastered to a very nice, very wet chest sans bra. Sizing up the place, she walked to the table next to mine and plopped herself in a chair. Grabbing a wad of napkins, she began wiping her pretty face. The contrast between her pale skin and bright blue eyes to her jet black, shoulder length hair was striking.
"Look all you want, you perv." The sarcastic tone brought me hastily back from my appreciation of her striking... Umm, beauty. I hastily raised my gaze to her face.
"Ahh, sorry..." I began but she cut me off with a hand wave. She shrugged and her voice had less sarcasm and much more humor as she cut me some slack. "I don't care. My boobs have been seen before. By a lot more people at once than are in here. I hit Mardi Gras every year I can. I get lots of beads," She said with a smile. Picking at the wet material of her shirt she pulled it away from her skin and let it drop. It went back to outlining every curve she had including two, very hard nipples.
She shrugged again in resignation, "At least I'm wearing a shirt." Grabbing another handful of napkins she wiped at her arms and hands again. Moving quickly, she invited herself to my table and sat across from me. "Sorry to drop in unannounced. I usually have better manners but that damned rain! I'm Tiffany," she said, thrusting a still slightly damp hand across the table.
"I'm Daniel," I completed the intro and shook her hand. "Ahh, would you like something to eat," I asked as my waitress approached.
"I could do with a bite. But not here. I was just headed for the club down the street when this," Tiffany waved a disgusted hand at the rain, "appeared out'a nowhere." Tiffany gave me an appraising look, "I've got a pretty good idea of what I want to eat later."
"I didn't know they served food at the club."
Tiffany laughed at nothing I could see. Since Darlene was at the table anyway, I paid for my food and added a good tip. I ate here often and knew all the wait staff.
Tiffany sighed and picked at her wet shirt again. "Screw it. No clubbing for me tonight. The apartment I stayed at today doesn't have a clothes dryer."
"My house is just down the street and I have a clothes dryer. I'm really not a perv," I hastily added. "I'm just offering dry clothes. I've got a robe you can wear while your clothes dry. I just don't want to go home and think about you sitting here cold and wet and maybe getting sick or something without at least offering."
"Why, aren't you the Southern gentleman. I'd like that if you won't mind a house guest for a few hours. Wet clothes just suck."
My house was only a block and a half away but it was raining so hard my clothes were as soaked as Tiffany's by the time we ran up my driveway to the side door leading to the garage and laundry room. There were towels in the dryer that I hadn't folded yet. We used them to towel off our faces and arms. I told Tiffany to wait and I'd get her a robe.
"Fuck that," Tiffany said taking hold of the hem of her shirt and stripping it over her head. Tossing it into the dryer she grinned, "Don't look so shocked. I've already given you a wet t-shirt show." She toed off her sneakers and while I stood there her jeans, socks and finally her panties went into the dryer. "Your turn."
I was in shock. It had been a while since I'd seen a naked woman. I'm not gay, I just haven't had much time to date while in grad school. Women taking their clothes off in front of me was unusual. Women as beautiful as Tiffany taking her clothes off in front of me was incredibly rare. As in never before. In bare feet she was maybe 5'9". Breasts just on the large size for her slender frame. Perfect hourglass figure. Her skin was pale without bikini lines. "Hey! Your turn. Get those wet clothes off. I don't want you to get sick either."
I hesitated. I wasn't in nearly as good a shape as Tiffany. I've been 40 to 50 pounds past my recommended weight for my height of 5'10" since high school. I almost always wear a t-shirt at a pool and not because I sunburn. Tiffany finally gave up on my moving and began unbuttoning my shirt. I came out of my daze enough to begin helping and soon she was stripping my briefs off. I had the expected anatomical response any heterosexual male would have in the presence of a beautiful, naked woman. It was impossible to hide since it was at eye level to Tiffany as she knelt to strip my briefs down far enough for me to step out of.
Tossing my clothes into the dryer she turned the dial and started the dry cycle. Taking the initiative again, Tiffany wrapped her arms around me and went up on her toes for a kiss. She began pushing me towards the door that led into the house.
"Wait. Wait, wait... The clothes need a fabric softener sheet," I managed to break lip contact long enough to gasp out.
"You gotta be kidding me, right?" Tiffany's eyes were wide and though her body was still pressed to mine she drew back and asked in disbelief. "A naked woman is literally throwing herself against you, offering a night of wild sex and you're thinking of laundry?"
"I guess not," I said and let myself be kissed and pushed to sit on the den couch which was as far as we made it.
The rest of the night was a haze. I remember Tiffany straddling my lap and lowering herself around me while nuzzling and sucking on my neck which was extremely pleasurable. I was embarrassed as I finished almost as soon as she lowered herself completely onto me while still trying to give me a hickey. I know I hadn't had sex for a while but, damn! I should have had better control than that but her mouth on my neck felt so damned good. Just as good as what was she was doing to my groin.
Tiffany didn't seem disappointed at my lack of control. She just grinned, gave me a long, wet kiss that had a tinge of a taste that reminded me of... Something I was struggling to recall even as her hips began to move again and her mouth went back to my neck.
What happened after that was what began to blur. Tiffany's mouth left my neck and my thoughts were all a jumbled haze as she continued moving her hips slowly over my lap. In this position her breasts were moving close to my face and I pulled her close enough to capture a nipple. I was sucking hard on her breast when she suddenly gasped and pulled back to sit up straight. Her hand raised the breast I'd been sucking on so she could get a good look at the small cut, a shallow scrape really, on her skin.
"Damn it, damn it, dammit," she yelled climbing off me. Pacing the room, she stopped to look at her breast again. Raising clenched fists she yelled, "FUUUUCCCCKKKKKK!!!"
My head swam when I tried to stand up to try and calm her down. I couldn’t seem to make my legs and arms work together and sat back down with a whoomph onto the couch. It was just a tiny, barely red scratch. I couldn't understand why my speech was slurred, I'd only had a soft drink with my meal, as I tried to explain. "I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. I chipped a tooth last week on a walnut shell and I guess it cut you. It's not that much real..."
Tiffany interrupted me to yell, "You don't understand, you idiot! I've already fed from you. Once your blood mixes with mine, if you take even a little back you're gonna Turn! Fuck this shit," she muttered and began to pace again. Stopping in mid-stride, she seemed to have made up her mind about something. "This is your house, right? No one else lives here," she asked. "No relatives dropping by?"
"Yea, I live here alone. My relatives live in Eastern Kentucky. They never drop by without calling. What do you mean by Turn? Look, I'm sorry my tooth cut you but..."
"Just shut up. Just shut the fuck up. Don't make this harder for me."
"Make what harder?" Man, I was really woozy. I was having trouble just sitting up straight.
"I have to kill you, you big, stupid human," Tiffany yelled. With a jump that covered an impossible distance, she landed on me and drove me back into the couch cushions. This time when her mouth went to my neck there was nothing sensual about it. It hurt like hell when she bite down and then all the pain vanished in a wash of euphoria. I was twice her body weight yet I couldn't break the hold of her arms and legs around me to push her away. I felt my skin tear and, God help me, I came against her stomach and mine as the pleasure I was feeling doubled and then doubled again. Still she bit deeper. I heard a sucking sound under my ear and then I heard and felt nothing at all.
Chapter II
My next memories are all a jumble. I would swim up from a deep sleep when Tiffany came near. She'd whimper as she'd open her own wrist with her teeth. The smell of blood would rouse me more and I'd drink as much as I could of her thick, rich blood for as long as she offered her wrist. "I'll have more for you soon," she'd whisper as I'd fall back into my dreamless sleep.
I had no idea how many times this scene was repeated until one time her wrist wasn't enough. I wanted more and her amazing strength was no match for mine as I pulled her down and bit hard on her neck. Her cry wasn't one of pain, however. The harder I bit the more her cries sounded like the cries of a woman having an orgasm.
I drained Tiffany of every drop of blood I could coax from the tear in her throat before pushing her away. She dropped, drained of blood and strength to the floor beside the bed. Hearing her moans of orgasm, I went back to my dreamless sleep. There was one feeding I remember more than any other. I have no memory of when it occurred in my schedule of feedings but Tiffany smelled differently that time. More alive. Every mouthful from her wrist was intoxicating. When the flow from her wrist began to slow it was her who offered me her neck. When I bit her cries were again of pleasure. Orgasmic cries as the smell of her sex filled the room. She didn't try to pull away no matter how much pain I had to be causing her until the flow from her torn throat ceased.
Her blood will make you strong, I heard as I drifted back to sleep. I think I dreamed. ***************************
"How bad is it," I asked Carla Bannon, the detective who'd gotten the call.
"Female, late sixties," Carla began giving me a concise review of what she'd discovered so far. "Ida Knowles from her ID we found in a purse stuffed under the driver's seat. Put in the trunk perhaps two days ago. She hasn't been reported as missing. Found four hours ago by the supermarket manager. He says the car has been sitting here for two days. Said he was going to look for ID so he could call the owner before he had the car towed.
"Two days in this heat? When he got a whiff of what was in the trunk he called us. Uniforms came, popped the trunk and called it in. I got the call about two hours ago. I got here a little after the call. Crime techs after me." Carla lowered her voice and added, "Lieutenant, her throat was torn out."
"Dogs?"
"God, I wish! But," Carla looked around to be sure no one was within hearing. My former partner was always careful not to seem too chummy in front of others since my promotion. "Of course we'll have to wait for the coroner's official report but, Ben, the crime scene tech swears it wasn't dogs. Her throat wasn't cut with anything sharp either. Says there's no teeth marks or cuts. He says it's like someone just yanked her throat out. Tore out a large chunk of flesh. And that chunk ain't here.
"I told him to keep his mouth shut to everyone but me and called you as soon as I could." Detective Bannon looked around again to be sure we were out of earshot. "Ben, this could be a real mess if that tech is right. No one wants a psycho running around who rips out throats."
"The tech any good?"
"Twelve years on the job. I've worked with him before. Hell, we've both worked with him when we were partners before you took the promotion. He's very good. I wouldn't have called you out on a Sunday if he was a rookie."
"Lieutenant Haskell? Detective? Got something you need to know," a tech called out and walked towards us. I remembered working with him. He was good. Good enough and experienced enough to know he stank of death and to stand downwind. "Two things, really. First, there's no blood in the body or in the trunk. There's barely enough blood left in the body for it to pool and form post mortem bruising. I can't find the blood! Only a few drops on the floor of the trunk. There's been no rain in the last few days to wash away blood from the asphalt. There's a few small drops on the asphalt from the driver's door to the trunk. She either wasn't killed here or someone held a bucket for her to bleed into."
"I'll get a couple of uniforms to start canvasing the grassy areas in the back of the store to make sure we didn't miss a blood pool under the tall grass," Carla said and left.
The tech reached into his overalls and pulled out a sheet of paper and an evidence bag. "Second, her address from her ID and her keys from the floor of the car. Keys are clean. No blood. I've already dusted and there's no usable prints. Her house is only a couple of blocks away. If you can't find her blood there I don't know where the hell it is."
I took the paper and signed taking possession of the evidence bag containing the keys. "Carla, you keep working here. I'll take a uniform and check out the house," I called out and got a thumbs up in acknowledgment.
The uniform followed me and we parked on the street. There was a Chevy Nova parked on the street in front of the address. The front door was open, screen door closed. It was a small sized, two story on a street where old oaks shaded the street and lawns and all the houses had a tired, long lived in air. Stepping onto the porch I could hear someone inside. Through the screen I could see a living room/den and part of a kitchen and hallway. The screen door made a small sound when I tested if it was unlocked.
"Grams? Is that you? Where have you been? You haven't even started our dinner."
"Police, ma'am." A young woman came into view walking towards me from the kitchen. Caucasian, early twenties, 5' 4", slender build, pretty in a girl-next-door way. Shoulder length red hair and gray eyes. "Miss, do you know a Ida Knowles?"
"Yes, she's my grandmother. Oh, God. Grams... Is she Ok?"
This was the part of the job I hated most. "May we come in, Miss..."
"Olivia Knowles."
She cried of course. But then wanted to know the how. "Please. I have to call my mom and family. They all live in Tennessee. I need to know something to tell them."
I tried to give the bare minimum of details but she had a way of asking questions that drew more information from me than I'd meant to give. For some reason my gut was sending me a warning that something was strange here. Over the years I've come to trust my gut. "You haven't tried to contact your grandmother in the last two days?"
A shake of her head. "I have an apartment out Winchester Road and a job. We don't always call each other every day. Every Sunday we try to... I mean we used to, have dinner. Go over our week. Make any plans we might have for the week coming up. That kind'a thing. When I came over today the front door was open and her car was gone. I just thought she'd gone to the store for a few things."
"So you haven't looked around the house?"
"No. Just used the bathroom and started chopping some vegetables in the kitchen while I waited. Why?"
"It's possible whoever killed your grandmother did it somewhere else and then drove her car to the parking lot. Would you mind if we looked around the house and backyard?"
Ms. Knowles invited us to look anywhere we wanted. The uniform looked over the backyard and the small garage while I looked in every room and the basement. No signs of a struggle or blood. Everything was neat and clean as if the owner had stepped out for a short trip to the supermarket. Which I was guessing she had. Leaving my card with instruction to call if Ms. Knowles thought of anything or saw anything out of the normal, we left. I left with a feeling that something just wasn't right.
Out on the sidewalk I asked Officer Westbrook what he thought. Westbrook shrugged and then spoke aloud my thoughts. "I don't know, Lieutenant, but damn! If someone just told me my grandmother had been killed by having her throat ripped out, I think I'd be having hysterics. But she... She just got calmer."
I nodded. That had been my observation, too. Something about that young lady set my teeth on edge. I drove back to the crime scene to let Carla know what I'd found. I also wanted Carla to look more closely into Olivia Knowles.
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A witch's hearing isn't as good as an elf's, but I could hear them talking on the sidewalk. They were both wrong. I wasn't calm. Not by any stretch of the imagination was I calm. I was in a murderous rage.
Vampire! A fucking vampire! There was absolutely no doubt in my mind who, or rather what, had killed my Grams. I had phone calls to make but first I had to carry out Gram's instructions. She'd drilled her instructions into me every day when I'd first moved in with her five years ago. If something happens the first thing you do is make sure the house is safe!
I waited until the police cars disappeared from view before going to the basement. Tripping the concealed latch that my grandfather had installed sixty years ago, a small section of shelves that lined one wall popped open an inch. I pushed the door all the way open. No one but me and Grams even knew that her half-basement had once been a full basement.
Gesturing at the candles scattered about the room I lit them with a cantrip before stripping off all my clothes and shoes. No metals of any kind except gold, silver or platinum were to enter the next room. Ever! Not even the tiny amount in my underwire bra. Since I was alone I didn't bother with a robe. A steep wooden staircase led to another concrete floor six feet lower than the one that policeman had just searched. All the furniture here -staircase, chairs, tables and bookcases- were made using wooden dowels instead of metal nails. Grandad had been a master craftsman when it came to working in wood since the 18th Century.
Striding to the center of the circle etched into the concrete floor, I Reached and found all the house protection spells that were powered from the circle. The circle was 20 feet in diameter and cut three inches into the concrete of the floor. Poured gold filled that circle. Gold was a perfect superconductor for Vim. Silver and platinum could be used but over time Vim would leech away. A gold Power Circle would hold Vim indefinitely. The larger the circle, the more Vim. This was one of the largest circles in North America.
By instinct I Reached out to the small Ley Line that Lexington was on top of and siphoned Vim into the circle. In a few seconds I could leech enough Vim into the Power Circle to keep all the spells powered by the circle maintained for months.
Reaching out again, I found the spells tuned to the circle and made then mine. As soon as they came under my control, a softly glowing, golden hemisphere appeared around me. Twenty feet in diameter, it filled the room, almost touching the ceiling and walls. Any metal other than gold inside this sphere might cause a feedback of the Vim held in the circle of gold. Think of the CERN supercollider going nuclear. Yea, that's the reason no metals were allowed in here. Grams had told me of the trouble Grandad had digging up the entire basement trying to find one lousy horseshoe nail when he'd been making this witch room.
Grams had made me practice what to do many times and it was easy to Key the spells to me. If I ever wanted to pass this Power Circle on, I'd have to teach the Key to another. The protection spells on the house wouldn't turn away door-to-door salesmen but Supernaturals would be stopped and if a Supe did try to enter this house, I'd know it no matter where I was.
The last thing I did before leaving the workshop was to take two books from Grams' library. The first book was very small and contained a short list of the members of Gram's coven. They needed to be called and warned that a vampire was in the area. The second book contained everything Grams had learned about vampires. For the last century Grams had collected stories and knowledge on every topic in every witch's tome she could get her hands on. Lined up on the shelves in front of me was probably the best collection of magical knowledge in North America.
I knew that in the first book on the shelf was a learned discussion on whether Aardvark gall bladders were necessary for potions which caused nightmares. I'm not sure? But knowing I'd just swallowed ground up Aardvark gallbladders? That would sure as hell give me nightmares.
I still had a phone call I couldn't put off any longer. It was as hard to tell my mom as I'd thought. She promised to drive up the next day to help with the funeral arrangements.
I remembered to get the bottle of bourbon I'd hidden in the attic four years ago and my smokes before sitting down. Grams had always made me go out on the porch to smoke. I knew what was in Gram's will. This house was mine now and with my first cigarette I began to make it smell like mine. With darkness falling I was finally able to open the book to begin my education.
There was a vamp in town that needed killing.
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2020.09.20 00:56 Pscyking Spayed cat behaving as though she's in heat

I adopted my cousin's cat at the beginning of the year. She's mostly aloof during the day, but in the hours around midnight she's in and out several times. Previously, on each return from the great outdoors, she would jump onto my desk to greet me, we'd play for a minute or two, and then she would always go lie down or head back outside.
However, in the last week, she has become extremely affectionate at night. She's meowing often; pawing at me; bunting my arm; rubbing against me (and furniture); and climbing on my lap. Even after several minutes of attention, she returns relentlessly if I move her to her bed. She is also exhibiting a behaviour I can't seem to identify: Standing sideways between me and my keyboard, arching her middle back (not lowering her front and raising her rear).
She's still pretty darn cute, but it's not great when she interrupts my work for several minutes. A lot of her actions line up with what I've read about cats in heat, except that she was spayed several years ago. Does anyone know what might be going on with her? Any explanations, anecdotes or training tips would be helpful.
E: Clarified date of spaying
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2020.09.19 23:30 TheBusted A Proper Bulbing

Not mine, but this is another one of my all-time favorite stories.

Hi, my name is Alana. I'm 27, with long, brown hair, 5'7", and a perfect body, thanks to the two hours I spend daily at the exclusive gym down the street from my luxury condo. I've been told by about a million different males, as well as several girlfriends that I have a face to die for. Can you blame me for being confident?
It's easy to stay beautiful when you're in my line of "work." If I was asked to list my job title, I think I'd call myself a Professional Man-ipulator. It's an extremely cushy, well-paying "job" that requires minimal effort and gives me plenty of free time to travel, go shopping, but most importantly tend to my personal grooming. Between the gym and all the skin products I'm able to afford, it's easy staying beautiful.
How did I fall into this profession? It wasn't until my early 20s that I discovered the joys of Female Domination. For a long time, I worked as a waitress. It was a nice restaurant and I wasn’t making a bad living, but I felt unfulfilled. Now those feelings of emptiness at the end of a long day are gone. I’ve found my true calling: the humiliation of the male gender. Not all males, mind you. I'm talking about perverted, penis-driven retards also known as "Compulsive Jackoffs," or, my personal favorite, "Walking ATMs."
There is a lot of machine ATMs world today. But for me, there are literally billions. That's because I can make most men do whatever I want whenever I want. Put it this way -- I get dozens of emails from male wimps every day, most of whom I ignore since I don't have time. This leaves me free to focus on the jerkoffs with the fattest wallets (at least until I am done pressing a few of their "buttons" and transferring their $ to my fat bank account -- it's the only thing fat about me).
Here's the way it works: These males work their shitty 9 to 5 jobs. Then they willingly give their money to me. Or, I take it from them. Whichever you prefer.
So you're probably wondering why I have titled this story "A Proper Bulbing." Well, it has to do with scrotums. And when it comes to scrotums, I guess you could say I have a hate/love relationship.
Why do I hate scrotums so much? Scrotums are responsible for many of the world's ills. I'm totally convinced the world would be a much, MUCH better place if men's scrotums were put totally under the control of Women. Any men who still displayed violent tendencies would have their scrotums disciplined with blunt force, or a simple electrical shock, for those ladies who'd rather not touch. Imagine how many fewer wars and how much less violence there would be. But this isn't the only reason I hate scrotums. Imagine having that silly, wrinkled flap of junk hanging off your body! I detest looking at regular scrotums. However, that last sentence deserves an asterisk. That's because I very much enjoy looking at scrotums that have been "treated" properly. What do I mean by that? U shall see.
Why do I love scrotums so much? Because scrotums are part of what makes it so incredibly, amazingly, magically EAZY to control males! That and their stupid penises, of course! It’s a great comfort knowing that all men have these monstrosities sitting between their legs, causing them to do the stupidest, most retarded things imaginable. And knowing that I can control males through their scrotums (and penises) by doing absolutely NOTHING, other than being myself, is the greatest thing about life. It's like God (who is obviously female) decided to give Women the ultimate gift -- a way of dominating the weaker gender by her mere presence. I think about this all the time -- when I'm working out and men are gawking at my spandex-clad body, when I'm walking down the street in my expensive new shoes and a skirt, and of course when I'm totally humiliating the living shit out of males on the internet and raping their bank accounts.
But the "love" is not only about that. Remember I said that I love looking at scrotums when they've been "treated" a certain way? Well, that gets to one of my favorite activity involving men: ballbusting. For me and my girlfriends, kicking scrotum is the most liberating activity in the world. Every girl needs to try it.
For you men out there reading this and feeling yourself weaken -- I have a standard rate for males on my website: $500 and I will come and kick your scrotum with my expensive shoes until you beg for mercy, and your scrotum is inflated to the size of a baseball. In other words, by paying the $500, men agree to submit their scrotums for a brutal kicking that will result in terrible, excessive swelling, or, as I like to call it, "bulbing." I try not to pop their balls, because I'm not psycho or anything (but no promises), which means my goal is to inflict as much damage as humanly possible without rupture.
I should also add that by paying the $500, the male agrees to submit to a clothed-female nude-male photograph session. The photos always take place at the end of the scrotum punishment. I insist upon full-body, fully nude male photos, because I love the look of his face when I've finished um, annihilating (yes, that’s not too strong a word) his genitals. And of course I insist upon a close-up of the scrotum itself. It's so much more pleasing to the eye when it's a deep, enduring red/purple color and swollen to the point where the guy probably won't be able to walk for several days. I love it! Once I have the photographs, it means I basically own the guy. I don't show a photo of his face on my website (unless he pisses me off, or unless he gives his consent), but all the close-ups are on my website. All 476 (and counting) of them. 476 bulbs. Tee hee!
$500 sounds like a lot of money for a male to pay for what is essentially his own destruction, but you wouldn’t believe how popular my service is. Since I started my scrotum enlargement program two years ago, I have "processed" 476 scrotums. That's $238,000 for the mathematically challenged amongst you. And that's only part of the revenue I've been generating. Pretty soon I'll have bulbed 500 scrotums! I think I'm going to invite my girlfriends over for #500. Imagine that. Males willingly pay me to mangle their groins. Isn't life wonderful? Talk about absolute power.
This gets me to the story that I want to share with you. It's about a male that I own. I'm particularly proud of this one. Let me explain.
As I mentioned, prior to becoming a Man-ipulator, I was a waitress at a good restaurant in a posh part of down. I made a decent living, but the hours were shitty and I had to put up with Keith. Ah, Keith [snicker].
Keith was, and still is, the floor supervisor at my restaurant. In other words, back when I waited tables, he was my boss. Now, as you will soon see, I'm his boss. Keith is a tall, balding male in his early 30s who used to act as if he was the shit. All the waitresses couldn't stand him. There were several reasons for this: One, he was a total stickler for punctuality. If you were a minute late, you'd be docked two hours pay. Two, any time there was any issue with a customer -- no matter how big a douche bag the customer was -- he would side with the customer and give the wait staff an earful. Three, he made insulting comments to all the waitresses and he often would grope us in ways that made us uncomfortable. Me and my friend, Trina Lin, who also quit and is also now a Man-iupulator, used to get furious about it. We even considered telling the chef and owner, but we realized that d-bag wouldn't do anything about it. So why bother?
Around two and a half years ago, I stumbled upon some Female Domination sites on the Internet. I'm a voracious reader and what I discovered really fascinated me. I knew some Women out there controlled their men but I never realized the extent of the fetish. I shared my findings with Trina and we began experimenting on the side. In absolutely no time, we both had several male clients and we were raking in the dough. Six months after that, we both surprised the fuck out of Keith by quitting on a busy Saturday. We both showed up to work and put on our waitress outfits. Then, just as the first diners were getting seated, we walked up to Keith, handed him our aprons, flipped him the bird and walked out of there. It was awesome! The look on his face was priceless. As we walked out, he shouted, "You'll never work in this town again." We just turned to each other and laughed.
After that, I quickly forgot about Keith as my new career took off. The next couple of years went by. My income skyrocketed and I "work" like, maybe ten hours per week. But can you even really call it work if you're doing what you love to do? I guess it is work in the sense that I have to sort through a million stupid emails from retarded men and make sure I don't cross paths with a dangerous dude. For that reason, I have a bodyguard. I don't pay him anything, since I own his ass. But he's a big, physically powerful guy who worships the ground I walk on and lives right around the corner. Any time I'm doing a session with a new client, he sits in my guest room, ready to pounce if a Walking ATM gives me any trouble. It's nice to know he's there, and he's thrilled to serve me in any way he can.
A few months ago, as I was sorting through all the loser mail I get, one of them stood out. It was the name of my ex-boss and there was an attachment. My heart skipped a beat. Keith?! What did this idiot want? Well, I opened the email and began laughing. Then I spoke with Trina on the telephone and we laughed together for another hour straight. I saved his email. Here it is:
Dear Miss Alana,
It's Keith, your ex-boss. I have been debating whether or not I should send this email but you are so irresistible that I can't help but do it. Let me explain. I know I wasn't very nice to you when you worked at (name of restaurant). And I want to apologize to you deeply and sincerely for that. As it so happens, I'm deeply submissive and a few months ago I stumbled upon your website. I couldn't believe it. The amazingly beautiful Alana, a lifestyle Dominatrix! I was shocked, amazed, and more than a little turned on.
Yes, you guessed it. I'm a totally submissive, pussy-whipped, masturbator.
I can't believe I'm going to send this. Alana, ma’am, I need to be punished for the way I treated you. Nothing would be more fitting, I think, than for me to enroll in your Jacktard 101 class, where I'll surely be taught a lesson that I'll never forget. I think this would be fitting revenge for you, for all the times I treated you poorly.
Miss Alana, I'm so sorry again. The truth is that all those times I was bothering you, I secretly fantasized about you humiliating me. I can't tell you how many times I jacked off while imagining myself debasing myself at your feet, and doing stupid things for your entertainment. The day you and Trina quit, while a nightmare at work, was secretly one of my favorite days. I masturbated myself for weeks on end when I thought of the way you flipped me the bird. I couldn't get the image out of my head. Imagine my total delight and amazement when I discovered your website. This is the stuff dreams are made of.
To show you my sincerity, I have attached a photograph of me. Please tuck it away and use it against me. As I said, I intend to enroll in your Jacktard 101 program with your permission.
Humbly yours,Keith
I opened the photo attachment he sent me. Keith was naked, spread-legged, facing the camera. He held his little (of course) penis in his fingers and had this retarded look on his face. HA HA HA! The best part was his organs themselves. For such a large male, Keith had a pathetic pin-dick, but his scrotum was huge! They made his pin-dick look even smaller than it actually was -- no small feat. I especially love racking big scrotums. It’s like a fun challenge to see how big I can make them. Sometimes I can inflate them to the size of a softball.
I think I stared at the naked photograph for a good five minutes, the smile on my face growing wider and wider. I must have laughed for an hour straight. This was to be my greatest conquest yet.
You're probably wondering what the Jacktard 101 program is, so let me explain. The Jacktard 101 program was a rather ingenious lesson plan I came up with for all those compulsive jacktards out there to jerk off properly and worship me in a way that I like to be worshipped.
Here's how it works: By enrolling in my Jacktard 101 program, the penis pumping puppet agrees to pump his penis (say that ten times fast!) at least once every single day (I know, piece o cake, right?) for 101 consecutive days. For you monkey-spankers out there, it probably sounds like a dream. But there's a catch. In order to "graduate," my students commit to gobbling up their manchowder after every single ejaculation. Can you even imagine? 101 dirty cumloads festering inside the belly of each and every loser that enrolls in the program. It took me approximately 19 minutes to film the Jacktard 101 video and I've sold over 2,000 of them. There are other built in rules in my program. I demand that all my students stare at a photo of me on my website while they jerk it. It's just a simple photo of me in classy, feminine attire staring right at the camera lens. This way, I'm conditioning their brains so they worship me and send me extra tribute.
It's been a remarkably successful program for me, as well as the losers who pay to humiliate themselves. Successful for me because I'm getting rich. Successful for the losers because they get to serve a higher power and humiliate themselves, while pleasuring their stupid penises. According to my calculations, if a dude eats 101 of his own pathetic cumloads he's effectively eaten a gallon of his own jizz! Ha ha. Can you even imagine? If that isn't the complete definition of LOSER, I don't know what is. Jerk your own pathetic penis, and EAT all your slimy splooge -- a gallon of it. If that isn't enough, I make them thank me after they're finished guzzling. "Thanks for the lesson, Miss Alana," they all say.
There's one final segment to my program. Once the loser completes the program, he can download a certificate from my website, which says, "I successfully completed Miss Alana's Jacktard 101 program. I'm a certified cum-eating loser." Ha! Then they email me a photo of themselves holding the certificate with load # 101 festering on their tongues. Now that's total ownership.
That gets me back to Keith. Once I got finished reading his email, and laughing, I threw on my spandex and went to the gym. As I bounced up and down on the Stairmaster, I wondered how I could ensure that Keith suffered the most abject, demoralizing humiliation ever inflicted upon a male. No easy task, right? There are a lot of smart girls out there who have severely exploited males. Millions of women across the world humiliate millions of men every single day. But I know I'm good at this and I was up to the task. I couldn't stop smiling during my workout once I figured out what I was going to do to the complete jackass that made my life a living hell for three years.
After getting home, showering and slipping into shorts and a t-shirt, I sat in front of the computer and constructed an email:
Dear Keith the LOSER,
Hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Why am I not surprised to discover you’re an ashamed, closeted, penis jacking pervert?
I will admit you as a student in my Jacktard 101 program under the following added probationary conditions. Because of our history, I'm going to have to insist that you agree to a few additional up front rules. I believe this added structure is necessary to your development as a true worshipping disciple of mine. So, here are my added rules:
  1. Each day, before two in the afternoon, you are to film yourself masturbating and email the film to me. But I don't have the time to watch the whole retarded penis-jacking ritual and I don't want your emails jamming my computer. Therefore you are to send me only 30 seconds of edited footage. The 30 seconds will begin with you introducing yourself as Keith The Loser, then a quick snippet of your pathetic ejaculation, then you EATING YOUR CUM, and thanking me PROFUSELY for teaching you another lesson.
  2. Each day you are to deposit $10 to my pay pal account. If I'm dissatisfied with your video (AND I WILL WATCH EVERY VIDEO), I will increase the payment to $100 on that day.
  3. Any failure to follow my instructions will result in me shutting you off for good. There will be no second chances. You should also know that if I sense any lack of respect, the folks at (my old restaurant) might be getting some new movies in the mail.
Your agreement to My terms will be in the form of a video, sent to Me tomorrow by 2 PM, as well as an initial deposit of $100 (first ten days) to My account.
-Miss Alana
The next day, like clockwork, Keith’s first video came in, I immediately forwarded it to Trina and we watched it while talking on the phone. Both of us couldn't stop laughing. Keith stood there with his legs spread, his crotch sticking out, pumping his spunk into a tissue. The whole time his tongue was hanging out and he was grunting like a freak. He looked right at the camera and gobbled the whole mess down. Then he got on his knees and put his hands up in prayer and started thanking me like a boss who spared his job. What a total triumph! We had oodles of fun watching him make a total jackass of himself for the first week or so. After that, he got boring, so I didn't watch for a while, but one day I checked a few videos to make sure he was in compliance. His "loser-tax" tributes continued to fill my bank account. Of all the losers that send me tribute, I think I've had to do less "work" for Keith than any of them. In light of our history, it's fitting, don't you think? A convenient transfer of wealth from male to Female, from retard to Goddess. It's a unique form of Darwinism.
For load #101, I decided to make a house call. Because of our history, Keith was obviously a special case. This was more than just some random jackass who wanted to be humiliated; this was personal. In light of that, I wanted to have an intimate one-on-one moment with Keith where I could cement my dominance over him in memorable fashion. For that reason, I though the best place to truly embarrass him and hammer home my superiority was in his "private" sanctuary, a.k.a. his bedroom, the site of so many self-administered personal relief massages. By invading his home and shaming him in the way I had selected, it would show him that his body and his life, not to mention his dignity, no longer belonged to him. It belonged to me.
After arranging to visit his condo on a Friday afternoon, I instructed him in an email to leave his front door unlocked and lie on his bed, naked. He was to have tissues and hand lotion in bed with him and he was to masturbate himself to the brink of orgasm. I instructed him to groan continuously so I'd have no trouble finding his bedroom when I arrived. As a final touch, I told him I wanted his legs spread and up in the air and the middle finger of his non-jacking hand to be wedged up his anus. Just so there would be no shenanigans, I told him that people knew of my whereabouts and if he was anything less than ultra-obedient, the tapes of him masturbating would be circulated everywhere.
I dressed in simple attire, jeans, a blouse, booties and a full length jacket. I didn't intend to be there for more than 15 minutes. This wasn’t the first time I arranged to walk in on a masturbating loser. I absolutely love to do it. Another technique of mine is to arrive late, so the male is forced to get all pent up and bothered while I take my sweet time and arrive at my leisure.
When I arrived, I took a moment to take my jacket off and check myself in the mirror. I could hear the shameful monkey-spank groans coming from down the hall, so without further delay I headed straight to the source of the perverted groaning sound, an anticipatory smile on my face. I pushed open the door to his bedroom and there was Keith in all his "glory," legs spread and elevated, finger stuck retardedly up his own ass, pumping his penis and groaning. The tissues and lube were next to him on the bed.
"Oh I'm sorry, am I interrupting something?" I said, conjuring up my most condescending, feminine voice.
Keith's face turned so red. It's always more satisfying when they get really embarrassed. And in Keith’s case, it was with good reason that he was embarrassed. But I wanted to make sure he experienced some real shame. I sat down on the bed next to him and slid my hand beneath his chin, so he had no choice but to face me.
"You should see yourself," I began. "What a disgusting pervert you are! You do realize you've paid me a thousand dollars to feed on your own filthy sperm, right? And now look at you!" I released his chin and slapped him like a pimp slapping his bitch. His face became the picture of shame -- eyes cast downward, cheeks redder than ever. That's what I wanted. “Absolutely pathetic,” I added.
I'm not in the business of giving males what they want. I'm in the business of giving males what they need. I knew Keith wanted me to watch him masturbate and consume his own ejaculate. He wanted a female audience to fulfill his fantasy. I had something else in mind.
"Okay, I can't stay. I'm meeting a couple of friends at the mall," I lied. "Toss your legs up over your head, so your penis is pointing down at your stupid face."
Once he obeyed, I reached into my handbag and took out his certificate. I flipped it casually in the air and made for the door. "I have no intentions of watching you splooge all over your face. I'm going to go buy a few pairs of designer shoes with your money. Then, tomorrow I'm going to splatter your balls with them. Happy jerking, loser! If you jerk really quickly, I might hear your groans before I leave."
I could hear him grunting as I left the apartment. He obviously wanted me to hear him pleasuring himself. I’m quite sure he gave himself a faggot facial while I was riding the elevator downstairs. But what the fuck do I care? I had exploited him the way I wanted to exploit him and now it was time to go shopping.
Later, when I got home, I wrote him an email:
Dear Keith the LOSER,
Tomorrow (Saturday) is officially "Punishment Day" for you. It's the day I intend to pay you back in full for your childish and unacceptable behavior from the days when I worked at (name of restaurant). As I'm sure you know from your deep infatuation with Me, I specialize in Ballbusting. I assume you have had a chance to review the 100s of pictures of Bulbs on my website. You can expect your scrotum to take on a similar appearance. Make sure you shave your pubes THOROUGHLY the morning before you arrive. I want it smooth. And dipshit, I have to warn you that I'll take absolutely no prisoners. I'm going to knock your stupid nutsack (and the nuts inside your stupid nutsack) into next week. Very few things in life give me more pleasure. The fact that we have a history will only enhance my feeling of determination and my ultimate joy when I do what NEEDS to be done.
Of course you know you will pay me $500 for this necessary attitude adjustment, which you yourself admitted that you so desperately need. When you arrive, I'll lead you into a room, where you are to strip naked and bring your wallet with $500 in it. I'll be waiting in my kitchen. You are to enter, kneel and open your wallet so that I can ceremoniously rape it.
I expect you to arrive at noon. Do not be late.
-Miss Alana
For all you jerkoffs (and Females) unfamiliar with my practices, let me explain in clinical terms what it means to properly "bulb" a male. When a male suffers trauma to his scrotum, the testicles inevitably swell. As they swell, eventually they force the skin from the scrotum to stretch in such a way that the skin will accommodate the damaged nuts. A properly "bulbed" scrotum takes on a highly comic appearance. For one, it's quite large in size, since testicles tend to swell quite dramatically when punished with the blunt force of Female Footwear. Two, the skin takes on an ultra smooth appearance. This is because, as the gonads undergo trauma, the skin has no choice but to stretch to accommodate them. The result is sort of like what a facelift does to wrinkled skin. Not only that, but a properly bulbed scrotum tends to become almost perfectly circular in appearance. What a wonderful symmetry, and proof that scrotums were meant to be this way. And lastly, the bulb also turns wonderful shades of pink, red, blue, and my personal favorite, purple.
I have a high quality digital SLR camera, and after a successful bulbing, I make sure to take dozens of photographs. Then, I'll analyze the photographs and come up with my favorite one. The photograph is then labeled and archived with the male's name, age, and the date the bulbing took place. My photographs always include a totally flaccid penis in them. There are several reasons for this: One, I find the full image, penis included, very pleasing to the eye. Two, the docile penis offers wonderful perspective on the extent of the damage that was inflicted upon the scrotum. Three, it makes for a highly humiliating image that the bulbed male can always look as a reminder that he was put in his place by the superior gender. I want him to know that he is the victim of Female Power. And when I'm finished with them, they know it.
Prior to Keith's arrival, I had Trina, Lynn and Leslie come over. They're my closest gal pals and all intricately familiar with male humiliation. I had them sit quietly in my kitchen while I answered the front door. Keith looked so embarrassed and this was even before he realized he would have an audience. Without saying a word, I stared him down. "Are you ready for more humiliation?"
"Yes ma'am," he looked almost crestfallen.
"Look me in the eye when I address you!" I gave him three crisp bitch-slaps. "Oh, don't you worry. I'm going to humiliate you alright," I said, before leading him to the room where he was to remove his clothing (and what little dignity he had left). I couldn't help but snicker as he disrobed. He had a little erection and his balls hung there, oblivious to me, their executioner.
Fittingly, I wore all black -- a tight black skirt, a black top, black stockings and black high heels. Trina, who is Asian, looked gorgeous in a white dress with these really cool white leather square-toed boots. The other ladies looked quite lovely as well.
You should have seen Keith's eyes pop out of his head when he walked butt-naked into my kitchen and found himself face-to-face with four clothed Females. He was totally mortified.
Lynn has this great video camera that takes both video and high quality photographs simultaneously. She captured Keith's priceless reaction when he realized his humiliation was going to be much more public than he imagined. The girls all laughed as he stood there stunned. He mumbled something about this not being what he expected.
"Get your naked ass over here and present your wallet to me," I said matter-of-factly.
After I raped Keith's wallet of $500 of his hard-earned money, I made him kneel before us and admit what a compulsive masturbating jackass he truly was. "We've all seen the videos," Lynn added, as his face turned bright red just as it had the day before. We all called him a loser (I have always found that word to be particularly fitting and effective), jackass, compulsive dick-spanking retard, lots of mocking laughter, you get the idea.
Once that was taken care of, it was time to get down to the bulbing. I couldn't wait. All dominant women love to bust nuts. It's just that me and my gal pals take it to another level.
"Time to get underway," I said.
First I had him stand up, legs spread. I told him to present his balls to me and beg me to teach him a lesson. This is a must. It shows the male knows his place and is ready to accept his punishment. It also adds a ceremonial element to the proceedings, which I think is a necessary formalization of a process.
"Mess him up, Alana," said Trina.
I used a chair to brace myself and carefully measured my target, pressing the tip of my pump into Keith's groin.
THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD!
In the early stages of a bulbing, it's important to get a lot of kicks in, but the kicks can't be too hard. You want the male to remain on his feet. I used the bridge of my foot, which does a good job of causing blunt trauma without any real risk of rupture. The goal is to get good coverage and make sure both testicles begin the initial swelling process. After each ten kicks, Keith was made to thank me, as well as the other women in attendance. I kicked him maybe a hundred times this way. For the final flurry of kicks, I upped the ante, really snapping my foot with extra force. The second to last kick was enough to put him on the floor, but before he went down I nailed him with a really super kick. This one took some skill because he was falling away. I had to shuffle my feet forward and change my angle. All my work at the gym really paid off, as it made an especially loud thud and sent his genitals flying. Lynn captured the moment perfectly, getting a great shot of his penis pointing straight to the ceiling as my foot battered his nuts. When one analyzes ballbusting photographs, it’s amazing the way the nuts contort during an assault. Keith's knees slammed together and his hands came down between his legs in protective (too late) mode. I love watching when they do that. The Women all cheered.
We were off to a good start.
I circled him as he struggled to get his bearings and (I assume) deal with the pain in his stomach. We could see he was already red down there. "Now I want you to get on all fours and face the Women. I'm going to kick you from behind."
I really love kicking scrotum from behind. I admit it gives me a thrill to see that naked ass crack just staring up at me, legs spread like a dog in heat, silly, dangling soon-to-be-bulb, waiting for additional punishment. It gives me a chance to show them how uncivilized they really are. I also love the imagery of my shoe wedged between their ass, as I rock their world. Because it echoes off the floor, each kick makes this nice snapping noise.
SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!SNAP!
Keith was starting to suffer now. I could see him try to cheat his punishment by sliding his knees slowly together and lowering his ass. "Keep your fucking legs spread, ass up!" I warned him, before launching another good ten snappers. I put my hips into the last kick and his ass bounced up into the air. He fell on his side and groaned.
Now we were getting somewhere.
His legs were fastened together and his hands were wedged into his groin, doing their best to protect his prized possessions. It was pure male instinct. I’d seen it hundreds of times. I knelt down and reached between his legs, gently pushing away his hands, which gave way without too much of a fight. Once I had snaked my hand in there and secured his ever-expanding scrotum, I gave it a firm squeeze and ordered him onto his back. “Spread your legs nice and wide, loser, so we all have a nice view. It’s inspection time.”
After he realized he had no choice but to comply, I began properly inspecting his scrotum, pulling and pinching at the skin. I love the process of “damage inspection” during a bulbing because, by the time I check, the scrotum is usually highly sensitive and a simple pinch can result in pain. Keith kept wincing and writhing on the floor. But he kept his legs apart like a good, obedient male should. It was clear I had unencumbered access to Keith’s most prized possessions. And I had his respect.
I made sure to stand to one side of Keith so that the other ladies had a nice view of him lying there, genitals lewdly on display. His scrotum had turned a nice pink color and was starting to stretch, but we had a long way to go. After tugging and pinching longer than was necessary, I leaned forward and looked deep into his eyes. "We're not even close to halfway done. Get back into position," I said. Trina laughed.
Once he was back in position, I stood and let him know what I thought about him covering up. "Each time you sprawl on my kitchen floor and grab your dirty organs, it makes me want to kick you even harder," I said. "You know this is what you wanted and we all know it's what you need. So stay PUT-" SNAP....SNAP....SNAP. I began putting my hips into each kick. Now every time I kicked him, Keith's ass bounced pleasingly in the air, but knowing my warning, he gritted his teeth and got back into position.
SNAP!!!
He was really bouncing up with each kick now. Lynn let out a groan of satisfaction. All of us lifestyle dominatrixes love taking part in a good bulbing. Everything about it is so enjoyable. It's a total display of vaginal power. And we all love watching that male ass bounce in the air.
SNAP!!!
This time I squealed with pleasure. Keith's sack was now a bigger target and I could feel all that mushy flesh really yield as my foot smashed into it. Keith let out his first real scream and began rolling around my kitchen floor.
I kneeled down and again secured him by the balls. Once he had obeyed my unspoken command by lying on his back and spreading his legs, we all studied his exposed groin. "Looks better, Alana," said Leslie, in that detached, lispy voice of hers. "Progress is being made." Leslie was such a snob.
Determined to make an example of Keith, I conjured up my strictest most no-nonsense tone:
"Get back on your hands and knees. This time I want your ass way up in the air."
SNAP!! SNAP!! SNAP!! Three more good hard kicks. Keith slumped over.
"Get up."
SNAP!! SNAP!! SNAP!!!!!
"Uhhhhhhh!" I added.
SNAP!! SNAP!! SNAP! SNAP! SNAP SNAP SNAP!
I kicked with controlled fury. No sense in rushing the job. Plus, more kicks usually equate to a rounder, firmer bulb. It's important to be thorough and make sure every single cell of testicle ends up swollen.
Again I kneeled down and checked. Keith's scrotum was beginning to resemble a bulb, but it was still too loose for my liking. His nuts had more room to swell. An appropriately bulbed scrotum should cause the male constant pain, because the testicles eventually push against each other as they run out of room. "What do you think, Ladies?" I asked, knowing full well the answer.
"Not there yet," said Leslie.
"Nicely swollen, but not yet an official bulb," added Lynn. “We want those nuts pushing up against each other in his sack so he’s in perpetual pain.” It was as though the girl could read my mind.
“Yes dear, I know what it means to bulb a male,” I said.
I pulled a chair between Keith’s legs so I could be comfortable. A Woman can't really kick with the bridge of her foot from this position. It’s important to have square-toed shoes with some depth. Fortunately I had my square-toed red shoes at the ready, for just this purpose. Trina handed them to me.
I made him sit up and put my shoes on my feet (an honor) before returning him to the floor. I pressed my shoe up against his sack. Keith's scrotum had grown almost to the size of a baseball now, but it was clear more work was needed to increase his swelling and get the skin suitably tight. I held my shoe against his ball bag and spoke evenly.
"This is the nastiest part of a bulbing. Don’t you think, ladies?”
"Especially for him," quipped Trina.
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2020.09.19 19:44 OneSilverRaven Raven Reviews: IxSHE TELL Part 2, Love and War are NEVER Fair.

ALMOST A CHARACTER
When looking back on the first part of this review after I had posted it I felt like perhaps I had given the protagonist (Ninomiya Hajime) a poor representation. P-kun, or Protagonist-kun if you prefer, is a term I use to describe a VNs POV character when they are... less then developed. This isn't necessarily a condemnation of a novel (Yukizakura is a pretty good novel with this type of protagonist) but I'd be lying if I said I didn't use the term derogatorily. I am not blind to the fact that the appeal of "blank slate" protagonists in this genre specifically is higher then most, but I think the evidence is overwhelming that more beloved novels have more developed protagonists. Shirogane Takeru, Toomi Yuna, Emiya Shirou and others might not be what most people think of when recalling their stories but their is no doubt in my mind replacing them with a vehicle for easier self insertion would have been a mistake, as each is crucial to the feel of the narrative. Depending upon your opinion of DDLC as a parody of traditional novels you might even reference its call outs of the POV character as recognition that the vast majority of VN protagonists are not only underdeveloped but participate in actions that from an outside perspective they have no motivation to do. So when I reference IxSHE Tell and its protagonist I feel slightly bad about including him on the same list as Takao Ibuki rather then giants like Okabe Rintarou because he has SOME personality at least. So i'll make a compromise, just this once. When I can justify it I'll refer to the protagonist by name, and when he slips into self insert territory I'll call him out for it with P-kun, so if you see me switching back and forth in this review that's why. Part 2 is going to cover my thoughts on the common route and its assets so lets dive right in and talk about the title screen.
I DON'T THINK THAT CHAIR ACTUALLY APPEARS ONCE IN THE NOVEL
IxSHE Tell starts almost immediately upon launch with a loud trumpet filled intro track over a picture of five girls tightly clustered in front of a posh throne. A few weeks ago when I published my first review of HuniePop I commented at length about my personal pet peeve for title cards and this one is... not very good. For starters the characters are much closer together then on the promotional art picture of the exact same scene (the characters even have the same poses) and that tightness clutters the left side of the menu uncomfortably. The picture on VNDB is MUCH better and not only lets each character breath more but puts emphasis on the empty seat which was presumably left open for the reader. The draped curtains in the background and the bright gold of the title clash with the music as the upbeat tempo and almost party like tone conflict with what looks to be a much calmer and upper class if unusual arrangement formed by the heroines. As a group shot, this title card fails to show anything but the most superficial traits of its subjects. I guess you could gather Kozuka is younger then the others from her expression and clothing but her personality doesn't really fit the tone she's putting off with her body language and saying you could guess Yamabuki is a tsudere or Yuuki is confident from their posture is a stretch at bast. Muv-Luv's title card isn't PERFECT but it's a much better example of how things can be done right in a group shot where every character has something unique to convey their personality to the reader. Pretend you've never seen either of these novels before and compare just these two images on VNDB, the list of things you can guess about one game's characters is easily triple the length of the other. So not a great omen for whats going to come but who knows maybe the title card at 100% completion will be better...
BEING POPULAR AND FAMOUS
In the past year of 201X (Seriously? Mega Man style date? What is this a secret Sci-Fi novel? If you're so worried about accurately depicting a level of technology just leave the year unspecified nobody cares! All you're doing with this is drawing attention to it.) the novel opens with a strange bit of narration in which the student newspaper (presumably) talks about the virtues of P-kun... okay. And tells the reader about him by calling him the hero student council president. So we know this novel isn't compensating for anything out of the gate at least I mean we're JUST the legendary president of the student council it's not like we're also drowning in women or anything...
Anyway cut to an introduction to our first Heroine Yamabuki Yoshino presented with a cute title card claiming she "Can't fully hide her true feelings" so look forward to embarrassing the soul out of her all game. She's okay I guess, her introduction is twenty minutes of nagging P-kun in her capacity as vice president while everyone tells P-kun how great he is and stuff. Then she falls over for a pantsu CG and the whole thing is so forced and unbelievable it comes off as a joke which is REALLY not want I wanted my FIRST interaction with this girl to be like but hey maybe you like seeing strong women humiliated to the tune of epic suspenseful music more suited to a poorly done Lord of the Rings video game then a VN, no judgment.
The rest of the student council, all one of them, is introduced (Hakuwa Shoukichi) as well as presumably the president (Kozuka Yui) and vice president (Ninomiya Aoba) of the neighboring sister school who's name is unimportant enough I'm not going to bother looking it up but it directly feeds its students into P-kun's academy so thats nice. Aoba is P-kun's sister and an adorable brat, she and Shoukichi spend the entire novel as one note characters i'll discuss in detail later but both are pretty enjoyable to have around. For story purposes all you need to know is Shoukichi has a crush on the school idle and does all the student council grunt work while Aoba is three steps down from spoiled rotten and oscillates between totally obnoxious and sickeningly sweet and clingy. Oh and she's friends with Yui I guess.
Speaking of which Yui gets her own title card "Both childlike and mature" (THAT'S not code for anything) and has the best romance introduction in the game. Hajime pulls her aside and tells her that as a fellow student body president he wants to ask her for her advice. He's having doubts what he's doing is the right thing. Today's student council meeting was all about the abolition of the centuries old ban on romantic relationship he had pretty much single handedly championed and gotten passed and how it was going to affect the school. Yoshino, again, his vice president, had originally run against him as a supporter of the ban and still speaks out against it despite working with him diligently as he was the people's choice. Hajime expresses his fears for the future and openly questions if this new freedom will come at the cost of some people's comfort who will now be subject to unwanted advances. Yui's response is so well crafted I can't do it justice in this summery but she asks point blank if she is the only one who knows Hajime feels this way. When he reply's affirmatively she takes responsibility for all his fears, and dismisses them. As the only person who COULD blame him, by choosing not to she makes it so their is now no one who does. Again the scene is MUCH better then this but I still have over half the cast to introduce so take my word for it, GREAT first impression from Yui.
Next comes Yuuki Ayaka, the school idol and two year winner of some beauty pageant. Apparently she's voiced by Oohashi Ayuru who is an idol herself which is a neat touch but her introduction here is UNBEARABLE... Her Heroine quirk is "Fary-Tale ideas of romance" which translates to referring to herself as "Perfect and Kawaii" every third paragraph and rejecting the advances of over a dozen guys, including poor Shoukichi, and some unnamed student directly in front of P-kun and Yui on their walk home. Realizing P-kun is there, she flat out presses her butt on his groin while saying to his face he, as the schools most popular boy, is the only man she could accept the confession of. Which prompts P-kun to freak out internally as he apparently has a crush on her and is a member of her "fan club" whatever that means. Apparently Ayaka and Yui know each other and Ayaka is teasingly warm to Yui's teasingly cold, bet that's going to come up later. Anyway P-kun gets Ayaka to blush after she DECIMATES poor off screen confession bro and the scene ends.
We pick up with P-kun walking home with his childhood friend Hanamori Shiori who I THINK is the front runner for best hair but we'll have to see. Her quirk is "Madly in love, single-minded devotion," and she will oscillate between too shy to function and creepily obsessed with P-kun for the rest of the novel until the romance branches. Her scene here is completely forgettable and uninteresting because the only thing that matters is that you know she's P-kun's childhood friend.
At the dorms Hajime and Shiori apparently live at together with Yoshino (Because THAT'S fair to the other heroines.) a new student is transferring in after the semester already started in true anime style and she immediately latches onto Hajime during their introduction. This is Koshimizu Kasumi, the apparent LOSER of best hair by popular vote which is a darn shame because the indigo tints on her tips are pretty cute, but that's a topic for later. Apparently she knew Hajime, Aoba and Shiori from their childhood where she was really sickly and Hajime would come visit her and bring her the schoolwork she missed. This left such a huge impression on the girl she developed her quirk "Pure, unabashed adoration" of Hajime and now that she's all better and able to go to public school again ten years after they met she's here to reunite with her white knight. Honestly it's a pretty touching story that feels a little rushed but OH BOY wait till we get the resolution to this one down the line it is going to get SO much more painful to read.
But enough of that, it's time to meet the best character in the game Hanamori Yasumasa! Yasumasa is Shiori's little brother, which makes him YOUR little brother by right of childhood friendship, and he's adorable. Your introduction to him is at the last meeting of the club you preside over together hilariously called The Horny Brigadier Brotherhood with the sole goals of creating and maintaining a free, secure network to browse porn at the school and abolish the relationship ban. Today's meeting disbands the group as Hajime steps down from his position as general (Which is weird right I mean can you even be the president of two groups simultaneously in Japanese schools I didn't know that was a thing but regardless) and Yasumasa is the vice president. When one of the members gets too rowdy Yasu threatens to suck him off and I'm going to have to stop this whole review for a second because that one line is my favorite in the whole novel.
Full context, I am a bisexual man. I lean about 60/40 in favor of women and didn't discover this part of my sexuality until I was in college, so the majority of my taste is centered around more traditional media rather then BL or Yaoi, but I do dabble in that as well. Yasu as a bisexual character is something I almost never get to see because in the words of my real life little brother "Japan only has two sexualities it recognizes, straight and fetish." Even setting that aside though for all the LGBTQ+ representation in American and Japanese media the B part of that is actually really hard to find good examples of in media ESPECIALLY male versions. They exist, but in recent years especially what little their is often gets drowned beneath a sea of purely homosexual characters and stories so its harder and harder to find. I can't tell you how excited I was to have this opportunity presented to me to see a good bisexual character because this game has a real chance to positively portray him and might even give the barest note of something between him and Hajime. I wasn't expecting a full romance route or anything, but their has to be a failure route in this game, and THAT is the perfect place to put something. It doesn't have to be flashy, maybe just a confession scene where Hajime, who rejected every one of these five girls, is approached by Yasu who questions him about why he's still single. It could end with a kind rejection, CG optional, or maybe even a kiss after the fade to black if they want to spoil me but this is a golden egg I'm BEGGING you Japan don't waste this...
After the meeting Hajime returns to his room and the narrative shifts to view the three love interests he boards with in the bath. Now I'm by no means a pearl clutching reactionary, but their is literally no reason for this scene to take place in the bath outside of Echii. If you didn't install the H-patch the scene is bland and has absolutely no character sprites. If you did the camera hugs the largest tits in the room as the girls talk. This conversation could easily have been anywhere else in the building but whatever the first CG in this game was an up-skirt pantsu shot so I guess this isn't as egregious as THAT. This does give me a good opportunity though to mention I WILL be including the H-patch content in this review but I'll be sectioning it off as much as possible to it's own subsection. When I eventually get to the romance routes I'll be glazing over everything Echii but this particular scene was kind of unavoidable to mention because Kasumi announces that she is going to confess to Hajime in front of the other two girls... and then immediately gets out of the tub and does it! I don't know why I find that so surprising but we as readers met this character literally twenty minutes ago in and out of game so this is REALLY forward but I guess points for confidence.
Kasumi's confession takes place in P-kun's room and is... a mixed bag. On the one hand her story, that she was a sickly girl P-kun would visited frequently ten years ago to bring homework and spend time with before she moved away for her health thus causing her to motivate herself to get better so she can one day reunite with her white knight is touching and romantic but also feels kind of rushed for a reason I can't quite explain. Maybe its the way she tells the story but I get the sense it would have been more impactful if it had a few more sentences of build up somewhere but for what it is it's serviceable. Hajime, understandably, politely tells Kasumi the two of them just met kind of and while he's flattered she feels so strongly about him he can't return her feelings as of yet because he knows so little about her. So not fully rejecting her but not saying yes either, just a request to get to know her first. Then she trips on him and the camera zooms on her boobs. So that ruins the mood as Yoshino comes in to tell P-kun he's terrible.
A DAY OF CONFESSIONS
The second half of the prologue begins with Kasumi transferring into P-kun's class, because of course she is. the next five minutes are background nobodies saying she's pretty. After a time skip to lunch these murmurs of Kasumi's apparent good looks reach all the way to the third year classes apparently because Ayaka bursts into the class to see her new competition appalled that Kasumi has been here less then 14 hours and has already confessed to her "crush." After establishing that Ayaka and Kasumi are now maybe possibly rivals not only for P-kun's affections but the beauty contest crown as well Yui, who apparently ran all the way from the sister school, bursts into the room, catches her breath, and asks Ayaka point blank if she is also here to confess to P-kun. If all of this is sounding rushed don't worry it is.
Yui makes the kind gesture of apologizing in advance to Kasumi, who without question got to P-kun first, but nonetheless confesses her love in front of the whole class which WAY too embarrassing even for me and I can't help but think this poor girl is going to be RELENTLESSLY teased for this but whatever its cute she's so brave. Hajime gives her the same response he gave Kasumi, stating he wants to consider both of them before deciding, which is pretty cool of him not ganna lie. Kasumi takes it really well considering she's standing right there as it all happens and says she likes the idea the boy she loves is so popular so as many girls can confess to him as possible without bothering her. Everyone acts real mature about the whole situation and honestly the atmosphere of the whole thing is pretty sweet.
Then Ayaka interrupts the mood tripping over herself to ask P-kun out too.
Yeah, this is the worst confession in the game and her reasoning that "We should date because we're popular" is ridiculous. I don't have any jokes about this I just find it really poorly executed, 0 points.
After that P-kun is chased out of the classroom and down the hall by a ravenous group of girls in a brief break for levity before the novel establishes P-kun is apparently remembering arm day because he hoists himself into the student council room through the window, and will do so on a regular bases throughout the rest of the novel. Inside he's greeted by Shiori, Yoshino, Yui, and Kasumi as well as the entire student council important enough to have a sprite. Yoshino, unable to take the second hand embarrassment of the girls who already confessed to P-kun cooks up a ridiculous plan. She confesses her "love" for him, saying she wants to have the most debauched relationship possible to get the romance ban reinstated and end all this chaos. The only important part of this is that no one thinks she doesn't actually like him and just felt jealous so she did something rash. Aoba asks if her brother is going to die tomorrow to keep karmic balance and at this point I wouldn't be surprised if he did.
Anyway somehow this group chooses to be productive after all that and discussion begins on a PR campaign that the photography club, of which Shiori is a part, will be helping with. Hajime is nominated to be one of the models for a series of posters showing a model couple for students to look up to and the remaining girls fight over who will be his partner in the pictures. Everyone has their own reasons for why they should be picked but just when the reader may think they'll be given the first choice of the game Hajime (After a day of deliberation, a visit to the cafe Ayaka's parents own in which she works so SHE can be in on this, a much better and cuter scene then her introduction with Shiori at the dorm, and an admittedly pretty good fake out when Hajime gives a speech to the student body about the right to love in which we get a LOT of time with Yoshino.) just chooses Kasumi and the whole thing resolves... and then Shiori confesses her feelings in front of the other girls in the weirdest, most unsettling way possible.
In a CG where she twists her head to look over her shoulder as it tilts back, Shiori, backed by the most ominous track possible, expresses she has loved P-kun since childhood blah blah that parts not interesting she looks like a total Yandere. Like no joke if this was the only picture you had to go on, which at this point it is, you'd expect this game to devolve into Love Letter at some point down the line it is TERRIFYING! Gotta admit though her stance of "If all it takes to get a yes from you is to get to know each other then I should easily win because I've known you for years." is a pretty good argument. Seriously though I really can't stress this enough she isn't just setting off a red flag it's BLOOD red.
OKAY MAYBE THIS IS A LITTLE TOO POPULAR.
The first of five subsections in the common route opens with P-kun being chased by a hoard of women and a 90's style record scratch sonic movie opening "Yeah, thats me, if you wanna know how I got here we have to go back to-" in medias res. Now because of the way the heart system works my summery from this point on is going to SOUND really surface level and bare but for every scene I gloss over with a sentence it is entirely possible something takes place that may not be important to the STORY but was purely designed to endear the reader to the heroine featured in it. I'll point out any moments I feel are noteworthy but just because not much PLOT happens doesn't mean NOTHING happens alright?
P-kun has a flashback to this morning when Yoshino walked him to school and the two of them were mobbed by a hoard of girls who either want to ask him out or ask him about the girls who asked him out. He runs and abandons Yoshino to the wolves. Good boy Yasu meets up with Hajime for the cross view section which I will cover quickly. Yui's scene is just talking with Moka and getting pumped to go spend time with P-kun. Yoshino deals with the aftermath of being abandoned. Kasumi meets a cat girl and acts cute. Ayaka is swarmed by fans who agree to help her track down Hajime and Shiori has a panic attack. You see what I mean about these summaries? Each of those scenes was probably a ten minute read where not much happens but you're able to spend time with the heroines. I'd love to go line by line and talk about how charming some of these moments are but this review is already a monster so I'm just going to have to move on.
Yasu is being blackmailed into helping the mob of girls but he nobly sacrifices himself for p-kun to escape, fainting to distract them. Hajime ends up at his favorite spot on campus, the Clock Tower, where Ayaka visits him and they have a chat. Apparently Ayaka's fan club is working like a not so secret service to give her an advantage. Which I kind of want to say is cheating but will let slide because the other girls get outside help from their friends later in the novel. Anyway the mob finds them and Hajime flees again, this time to the auditorium where Kasumi gives him a lunch since he probably hadn't had a chance to eat yet and if you don't give her a heart for that you're a monster this is a legitimately sweet gesture. Hajime freaks out that she was keeping the milk she got him between her breasts, must be a Japanese thing because I don't know a single teenage boy who would care. Anyway you can guess what happens, they're found, he flees, this time he's pulled into an unused room by Shiori who sits on his lap, which is somehow NOT a CG but whatever I'm not salty. The title screen has her in a close position to what I imagined anyway. Anyway more girls and more fleeing. (How long has this been going on don't you kids have class to get to?) Now Hajime climbs trough the student council room window again and finds Yui who stuffs him under her desk to prevent him from being spotted and we get ANOTHER pantsu shot which is WAY over quota now and its not even tasteful. Like this is full on up the skirt vag view, for which Hajime is rightfully punished by... being crushed between Yui's thighs... are we sure this is before the Echii patch add ons?
The school day comes to an end when literally every heroine, Aoba, and Moka all end up at Ayaka's cafe (she had invited Hajime their in the earlier scene) and they talk for a bit about who Hajime is going to take on a date. For the first extra scene the reader gets to make that choice. Kasumi takes him to the mall where she clings to his arm, not a great scene but playful I guess. Yoshino runs into her political supporters against relationships and forces Hajime to pretend they are just out together as friends. Ayaka has a truly forgettable scene of walking with Hajime. But the two stand outs are definitely Shiori and Yui. Shiori has a scene I'm guessing is much more sexual in Japan where you measure her cup size, I don't know maybe that's your thing I just can't get over the *squish* sound effect it's like a bad anime skit. Yui calls you Onii-chan for the ONLY time in the novel and asks you to pet her head which is ADORABLE and it is a CRIME this is the only time this happens.
Next day, new batch of hearts.
Hajime runs out of ink for his pen... Theirs a joke here somewhere but I can't quite find it... anyway Yoshino offers him some of hers... god I really feel like I'm missing an innuendo here. Hajime turns her down and runs off to the campus store where he runs into cat girl and Ayaka. Apparently the store needs to sell a whole bunch of noodles nobody wants and cat girl is depressed about it. Ayaka offers to do a handshake event, which I guess is a Japanese thing where when you buy a certain amount of a product you get to touch a celebrity, and volunteers Hajime to be there too, so that's the plot of this subsection. All the girls find out about it and have their own reactions. The cross view section lays out their plans. Shiori skips class to be first in line. Ayaka uses her fame to advertise. Kasumi volunteers to work the store in exchange for four times the necessary amount of noodles to qualify for a handshake. Yoshino beats herself up over wanting to go to the event and not having a good excuse (She's really starting to lean into that aggressively shy personality about romance.) And Yui has a HEARTBREAKING scene where she thinks about how even the short distance between the two sister schools is a roadblock to her romantic prospects because unlike all the other girls she has to run every day to even SEE Hajime and they just have to go to class. She finds out about the handshake event but by then she knows she'll be way back in the line. Oh and Aoba has a scene where she tries to price gouge people and fails miserably, so that exists.
Anyway the actual event takes place and all the Heroines get a chance to interact with Hajime, the scene comes off as a bit comedic with Yui wearing a disguise so the artist can make use of the alternate lab coat outfit she has for no good reason. Yoshino's indecisiveness makes it so she gets in line too late to buy any noodles but Kasumi gives her half of the ones set aside for her day of work. Ayaka cracks some pretty good jokes, and the whole thing ends with a photo shoot for the whole group where Ayaka surprise kisses Hajime on the cheek. And Shiori is there too. Then you get the least interesting extra scenes in the game. I mean they aren't BAD they're just comparatively the worst of the bunch. Ayaka tells you she was embarrassed to kiss you but swears she wants to make your heart flutter. Yoshino acts embarrassed on the walk back from school and runs off. Hajime just kind of chats with Shiori, walks Yui home, and gives Kasumi her "handshake" after she teases you. Nothing terrible just nothing super interesting either.
FAVORITISM
The next scene is a fireworks festival and the best part of the whole game. I mean it if you could somehow only play one part of this novel THIS is the part you should do it is cute, fun, has great jokes, honestly its better then any of the romance routes so if this review has gotten you interested in the game I honestly recommend a blind look at it you'll have a blast.
The girls get into an argument about who is going to be Hajime's date to the festival and decide to play a game called King to determine the winner and while I would have LIKED to have this scene take multiple paths it always plays out the same way but the jokes here are top notch as the girls all try to one up each other. Theirs a CG of playing the Pocky game with Yoshino and it's adorable, honestly Yoshino kind of steals the show during the game till she passes out peso pon. Eventually the girls all drop out one by one until Kasumi wins and gets the right to your fireworks date. But tragedy! That night she calls Hajime saying she lost a special pendent and just can't leave the house without it. So he tells her to stay put since it's getting dark and goes to the school to look for it.
The cross view this time around has the first of two tied for worst scenes in the game and some really cute moments. Kasumi ruminates on how cool you are for understanding she can't go on the date with you and decides to go to the school to look there even though you told her not to, but she's the outlier because literally all the rest of the heroines plan a big party at Hajime's dorm on Aoba's suggestion. In Yui's scene we see her upset that she lost the game with the other girls and Aoba suggests the party to cheer her up, why the developer decided this scene needed to be done from both Yui's AND Aoba's perspective when Yui would have been fine on her own I don't know but I HATE when visual novels repeat themselves like that it's maddening. The difference is literally six lines of dialogue but to find it I have to sift through all this stuff I JUST read, it's a waist of time. If you want me to have both perspectives, wright the scene in two parts and put one after the other, like Aoba recommends the party and then Yui thinks about what a great friend she is shortly after ANYTHING ELSE but this. Shiori, Ayaka, and Yoshino all get invited and agree to go. Their's also a really nice scene of some random no name guys talking about Hajime and how jealous they are of him but it's not mean spirited or anything they act really casual about it, honestly this might be my personal favorite of the cross fades its just got a really nice atmosphere to it.
Hajime arrives at the school and tells off my boy Yasu for bringing a camera to school to catch couples getting frisky on campus during the fireworks which totally sounds like its going to happen given the recently lifted ban on romance making people lose themselves in the moment but Hajime is a total cock block and tells him to go home. After a long time searching Hajime bumps into Kasumi and just when they're about to lose hope and go home the fireworks start and a glint of light leads Kasumi right to her pendent on the ground. Overjoyed, but sad they missed their chance at a date, they head back to the dorm to find the party in full swing and have a great time. the extra scenes are all post festivities and range from decent to too cute to exist. Yui and Ayaka get walked home, nothing super interesting but sweet. Shiori helps clean things up and you do the dishes together like a married couple. But Kasumi and Yoshino definitely win this round. Yoshino, like a boo from Mario, inches closer to Hajime when he looks away but losses her nerve when he looks at her. Intentionally turning to see what she's trying to do but without looking directly at her he sees her creep up and lock pinkies with him with a triumphant "Yay! I did it!" under her breath. He responds by holding her hand and the two of them clean the outside party area together. Kasumi looks up at the starts and talks to herself about how fortunet she is to have met Hajime and when he approaches her she asks if, just for a moment, he'll let her think of him as her hero as she cries on his chest in relief she still has her pendent. It's not a long scene, but it is incredibly touching.
the next subsection is a party at the dorm, no not the party we just had a different one, this time a sleepover. Theirs a scene with Hajime's teacher who I have purposely avoided speaking about until this point. Rest assured she has been here the entire time I just don't think she's very important. This is the exception however as Hajime runs off to save her from drunk driving and we get the cross view early. Ayaka stresses over what to wear with Moka, a scene we also get from Moka's perspective, same problem as last time don't worry I won't repeat myself. Yui rolls around in Hajime's bed, which I don't THINK is an innuendo in this case but who knows? Kasumi tries to bribe Aoba into giving up information on her brother and gets conned. Yoshino agonizes some more about being in love and Shiori hits her brother while thinking about getting treated like a 50's wife. Hajime brings the teacher back to the party and she kisses his cheek before being murdered off screen by five jealous women.
After ANOTHER scene in the bath involving talk about all kinds of girl stuff it would be inappropriate for me to reveal here due to its private nature Hajime goes to take a bath of his own and all the girls show up in their swimsuits because OF COURSE we need a swimsuit scene this is a VISUAL NOVEL come on! Their is a lot of unnecessary boobs and then extra scene time. Ayaka is outside and reiterates to Hajime her desire to make his heart flutter. Yui sits on the couch with him and lets him pet her. Yoshino also gets head pats. Shiori comes to visit and nearly kisses p-kun and Kasumi burns her sensitive tongue after an indirect kiss. It's all really cute, good note to end the extra scenes on.
The last section of the common route is the Haloween party and this is the point the narrative has been building toward. Tonight, Hajime chooses one of the girls to ask to the dance and finally gets a girlfriend and it is the least interesting part of the whole novel. It's not TOTALLY worthless, Yui and Kasumi get to be pretty cute but 90% of this section is just the heroines agonizing over who he's going to choose. Theirs a subplot about Yui being too busy to go to the party but its resolved quickly and the whole cast ends up together for a little free time and competition that Kasumi and Yui totally win. Something to note in the cross views is my good boy Yasu reveals he's into traps and shows the entire student council, all one of him, a picture on his phone of one. The scene ends with the first and only choice of the game. Who won your heart?
THE LONG ROAD TO ROMANCE
In the previous part I alluded to the fact I would be discussing the entire rest of the game in part 2 but as you could guess from the fact their is a paragraph left in this post I'm going to have to renege on that. I have no intention of stopping here but I'm going to need to make this a three parter at least, I just bit off more then I can chew. Next week, I'll focus on what happens with each heroine when she gets the chance to interact with P-kun by herself. If you're liking this review so far be sure to let me know as I'm putting a LOT more work into this one and feedback is the only way I can know if it's paying off. If you've read the novel let me know what you think of my summery, naturally I had to leave a lot out but I'm curious to see if you would have included something I overlooked or vise versa. Regardless, I hope you were entertained, stay well!
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2020.09.19 19:42 Razor_Teverek [WTS] Waterman pens, other odds and ends

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Waterman Hemisphere II three piece set (FP/RB/MP) red marble GT with B nib $55 (A condition) There is no wear on any of the trim or finish. The fountain pen has a fairly wet gold plated B nib. This dates from the first year the Hemisphere became available in FP and RB form. I think these pens looks beautiful and will be a fine addition to your collection. Includes empty ink cartridge and 0.5mm mechanical pencil lead. Another picture. Fountain pen.
SOLD: Waterman Expert Black GT with medium nib $40 (B condition) This is my favorite writer in the whole lot. This pen always lays down a consistent line and it’s the pen that folks usually ask to borrow from me. You’ll notice microscratches on the pen, which is natural since I’ve used the pen as an EDC for a while. Another picture.
ADD ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SMALL DOLLAR ITEMS TO ANY PURCHASE ABOVE!
SOLD: Yookers Yooth with 0.8mm tip $7 (A condition) This is a felt tip pen that uses fountain pen ink. I bought it because I was curious, and I enjoyed it. I will probably buy a Yookers Metis in the future, which is a bit more stylish. Includes three short international cartridges.
Kaweco #2 2.3mm Steel Nib Unit $11 I tried this on my Kaweco Lilliput. It served its purpose, but I personally wasn’t a fan. You might have better luck!
I've moved since originally purchasing most of these pens, so I do not have their boxes, but I'll be sure to package them safely and securely! Shipping is extra, I'll ship priority mail. If you purchase multiple items, I'll condense as much as possible for efficiency!
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2020.09.19 18:48 Volsatir On Mazikeen in Season 5A (Fair warning, this is long and filled with quotes)

I had a bit of trouble formatting this post, but fixed it after doing some basic research into reddit markdown.
You know Maze, I think you’re looking for something more…than what this baby or I can be. I think you’re looking for your own connection. For a partner.\ Linda to Maze S4 E7
There have been a lot of discussions on Mazikeen lately. I even posted a thread myself on her betrayals over the seasons. Now I want to dig into Mazikeen’s emotional state and arc throughout Season 5A. Contrary to what many believe, Season 5A has given Maze a significant amount of focus, each episode highlighting a new step in her journey. My focus will be on Season 5A, making references to previous seasons when relevant. Each paragraph will cover an episode, with a quote prior to and immediately after it, the vast majority will be from said episode. Maze’s arc is still going from what started in S4 E7 with Linda telling Maze she might be looking for something more, like a partner, after realizing Maze is obsessively guarding Linda and the baby. Maze attempted this and Eve got involved during Lucifer’s attempt to break up with her in S4 E8. Maze tries to win Eve over in S4 E9 after Lucifer finally does it, but Eve’s obliviousness and major screw up led to a demon problem. After that was resolved in S4 E10 Eve decided to go figure out who she is after telling Maze that there was a connection, leaving poor Maze. Lucifer dropped an exit next, going to Hell. So now Maze is still looking for a connection with Season 5 starting.

Anybody worth dating should understand everything that makes you… you.\ Eve to Maze on Maze being a demon S4 E8
S5 E1 starts off with Maze and Chloe partnering up. It makes sense, Chloe needs a new partner and someone to fill the void Lucifer left, and Maze needs a connection. If Maze is still looking for that connection, then there are a limited number of options if she intends to hurdle the demon barrier. Eve, Linda, Amenadiel, and Chloe. Eve isn’t going to work out right now, she tried a connection with Linda but was told Linda and the baby weren’t quite what Maze was after, and Amenadiel is tied to Linda/Charlie. So that leaves Chloe. If you run with Maze’s MO with Eve in S4 E9, she’s playing it the same way, supporting Eve/Chloe to convince them that they don’t need Lucifer and lead them to her instead. Chloe’s already working to get over Lucifer, as opposed to Eve’s trying to win him back, so all Maze has to do is help Chloe succeed. They’re kindred spirits in this too, both left behind after Lucifer went to Hell on his own. This time though, Maze has been sucked into her own problems, and now she’s struggling to get through the chaos as much as Chloe. The difference is that Chloe is more emotionally mature, and she realizes what she’s been doing, along with some insight on where Maze is too. They party a lot together and get close as partners, but when Maze tries to kiss her Chloe puts an end to it.
Maze, I know what it feels like to be abandoned. You know, I mean, I’ve been throwing myself into work, and… going out with you so that… I don’t have to face it, and… I just think you and I are using this partnership to fill a void that someone else has left behind.\ Chloe to Maze S5 E1

I told you, I know things, and I know that you’re pissed at my brother. Join me. Lure him back up here, and then you can kick the real Lucifer’s ass. Or you could just keep beating up pianos. It’s your choice.\ Michael to Maze S5 E2
S5 E2 introduces us to an empty Maze. She’s not sure who to turn to after being pushed away by Chloe. While Chloe may have realized what she was doing, Maze isn’t aware of her issues yet. She’s just staying at Lucifer’s place when she confronts Michael, and he throws her a sales pitch. A chance to get back at Chloe for them splitting up, and to get back at Lucifer for abandoning her? Why not? It’s Michael’s idea to lure Lucifer back up to earth for Maze to beat him down, and Maze falls for it. Maze thinks she wants to go back to Hell at this point, especially as her life on earth seems so void, and once again we see a season 3-like Maze embracing her more malicious instincts and driving them into Chloe’s relationship with the fake Lucifer. Chloe figures it all out though, and rather than arguing with Maze she sympathizes. Maze lashes out when she’s hurting, and Chloe sees that. Chloe also knows what Maze isn’t, and by setting things up to the next level with “Lucifer”, she makes Maze realize this is going too far. Maze tries to stop Michael, but he sees it coming and neutralizes her before she can try. In her vulnerability Maze furiously finds herself the pawn, again.
Maze: I know what you’re about to do and I won’t let you. I have my…issues with Lucifer, and yeah, I am kind of pissed at Chloe. But this? No. Kissing me was one thing. Chloe is a good person. She doesn’t deserve this.\ Maze to Michael S5 E2, on him trying to sleep with Chloe

Linda: I think what you’re struggling with is a fear of abandonment. It’s completely normal. It comes from… someone important letting you down in your youth.\ Maze: I didn’t have anyone important in my youth, Linda.\ Maze and Linda in S5 E3
S5 E3 has Maze get what she teamed up with Michael for, her shot at Lucifer, but it’s not what she hoped for. After a brief fight that ended with Lucifer coming out ahead, despite Maze getting in that nice surprise strike at the end, Maze vented at Lucifer, asking him why he abandoned her. He snuffs out this argument by noting she could go down there with him and was welcome to do so, Amenadiel being an easy route down despite Maze not having any wings. Maze is left without an answer and storms off. It’s with Linda that we explore Maze’s emotional state. We see this wasn’t about Maze wanting back in Hell at all. Lucifer leaving her without warning was far more relevant than the destination he was headed for. Think back to S2 E17 and you’ll find a few similarities, but this time Lucifer never set anything up and he had a much better reason for his actions, but that doesn’t change the impact it had on Maze, and outside circumstances in her life only drove the effect home harder. Maze has always relied on her knives, and through them, violence. It doesn’t come with emotional pain or bite her back later. But she realizes in this case Lucifer isn’t who she was angry at, or Chloe. She’s gotten a better understanding about something, though we aren’t entirely sure what yet, even if we think we know. She seems to be going to Chloe’s to apologize, and upon discovering “Lucifer” is there, we get the idea she would have apologized to him too. Unfortunately for her Michael is still up to his old tricks, and though his face isn’t fooling anyone anymore, he’s still able to fake the voice. He implies there’s something Mazikeen should be upset with Lucifer about. It might just be related to that discovery she made about herself.
Maze: [scoffs] I wouldn’t… call them abandonment issues. They’re not issues. I mean who cares if Lucifer left me, right? [scoffs] Chloe left me. [sighs] [sobs] Then she left me. Why did she leave me?\ Linda: Eve?\ Maze: [sobbing] … Ugh! [grunts, shrugs, and takes a drink] (And doesn’t answer)\ Maze and Linda continued in S5 E3

Lilith: My children are perfect. They can’t be… banished, because they have no home. Can’t be abandoned, because they have no family.\ Lucifer: They’ll never be cast out of the proverbial garden.\ Lilith: You can never tell them what I’ve done today, Lucifer. Not if they are going to be unbreakable.\ Lucifer and Lilith discussing Lilith’s final request after becoming mortal S5 E4
S5 E4 was really Mazikeen’s episode, for all the fun they had with the new background, exploring a bit of Lucifer’s past, and giving Trixie a story in pulling a secret out of Lucifer through an innocent story at Maze’s request. Why is Mazikeen afraid of being abandoned? The person who left Maze, that unnamed individual to cause her so much grief, who is she? We think we know who she is. Chloe mentions Eve, it strikes a nerve. Linda tosses that name out there too, but as Mazikeen looks back at her life and her pain a little deeper, perhaps that isn’t the correct answer after all. It’s hard to say yet without a name, but this episode introduces a stronger candidate for the title, Lilith. She is why Lucifer has that ring, storing her immortality as she took a stab at love as a mortal. An unsuccessful one it seems. And Lucifer can never tell Maze, bound by his word. When Maze finds out, she just can’t let that go. Maze confronts Lilith, expecting…something, regret? But Lilith shows no remorse, taking pride in her decision, seemingly unaware of the pain it’s causing Maze. Lilith also doesn’t reveal to Maze why she wanted Mazikeen to be strong, the suffering she felt in the garden that Lucifer understood. So Maze remains unaware of what was behind that callousness.
Maze: I wanted to know why you abandoned us. Why you abandoned me.\ Lilith: I did it to make you strong, and it worked. Just look at you. I can see you don’t need anyone.\ Maze: Yeah, look at me. (Leaves)\ Lilith and Maze now that Maze knows. S5 E4

Maze: You were right. The abandonment stuff you talked about. Definitely her fault.\ Linda: You found your biological mother.\ Maze: Like I said, the bitch.\ Linda and Maze S5 E5.
S5 E5 directly answers the question S5 E3 raised, who is she? If there were any doubts remaining from S4 E4 that it’s Lilith, and not Eve, they are gone as Maze directly answers the question. Maze is firing the shots at Lilith and Linda finds herself trying to defend her as though it was her own history on the line, which for her, it feels like it. Lilith isn’t Linda though, and Maze cuts down each of Linda’s defenses: age, fear, and even the feelings the regret that can come afterward, as not even one of them describe Lilith. Linda confesses to what the season has been building towards for her arc, her confession to her guilt that would drive her to Hell, now that Maze is finally in a place for it to hit home. The reaction is not surprising, both are struck in a different vulnerable place at the same time, for Maze it’s anger and Linda it’s grief. Linda’s worst sin is currently Mazikeen’s sharpest pain. After the initial feelings subside, Maze is willing to listen as Linda confesses to the whole story, her regrets, and afterwards we discover what Maze was doing in the time after leaving Linda and before returning. She found Linda’s daughter as she is trying to sell a house. As they go to meet her, Mazikeen is putting Linda under fire as Linda holds up the pretense of being potential buyers. We’ve seen Maze employ such tactics before, such as with Dan after he slept with Goddess and indirectly gave Goddess information to use in court in S2 E10. Or with Amenadiel and Linda’s relationship with a double date in S3 E15. But Linda refuses to break, holding off Maze’s attempts to shatter the secret and accusing Mazikeen of using Linda as a substitute Lilith. Linda finally tells Maze to talk to Lilith, because that’s who Mazikeen seems to want to have more words with anyways, the two mothers are completely different people and trying to break down Linda’s story isn’t going to equate dealing with Lilith’s. But it’s too late, Mazikeen discovers Lilith is gone, and so are Maze’s chances at getting answers. After her anger passes, Maze finds the empathy at the end of her road in seeking her mother to try and help Linda avoid the same fate befall her daughter, giving Linda a release form to make it easier for her daughter to find Linda when she is ready to start that journey for herself.
Maze: You need to give your daughter the choice, ok? You have to.\ Linda: You saw your mother, didn’t you? What did you say to her?\ Maze: Nothing. I didn’t get to say that “I hate you.” I didn’t get to say that “I forgive you.” I didn’t get to say anything. Because she’s gone. She died, Linda.\ Linda and Maze as S5 E5 closes

Maze: So she died in a shitty apartment all by herself. Sucks for her. All I need to be is to not be her. So how do I do that? … How do I not end up alone?\ Linda: That is not an easy question to answer…You just have to find someone to connect with.\ Maze: I just scare everybody away.\ Linda: Well I’m still here, right? So you just know when you find someone that you’re romantically interested in, you just try not to be so scary. You know, be more open, emotionally available.\ Maze: “Emotionally available.” … Huh\ A Charlie-tired Linda helping Maze move forward, S5 E6
S5 E6 has Maze transition from her mother’s death in a more pragmatic, if less empathetic, state than she was in as S5 E5 closes. The goal set in S4 E7 with the discussion I mentioned at the very beginning continues. And this piece of advice is something Maze has no idea what to do with. As she mulls it over Ella catches her attention in her friendly fashion with other people. So, the question for Mazikeen is this. What does Ella have that she doesn’t? Tearing a page out of Lucifer’s book, Maze becomes Ella 2.0 with amusing results, trying to find the part of Ella that will help Maze find what she is looking for. This bit runs closer to an Ella arc. The lightness and comedy we see leads to Maze’s judgment on Ella’s own bad boy tendencies that push her towards trying a nicer guy, setting up the stage for our Whisper Killer arc. Maze realizes living Ella’s life just isn’t going to work. But it’s the closing lines to this arc that give Maze an answer to her question in Ella’s unintentional phrasing. Yet another page out of Lucifer’s book, pulling a message completely different from what the speaker intended by focusing on an aspect that seems relevant to them. Though in this Ella could never know how close to home that comment hits, as her words have unintended connections to celestial intent, as we saw with Ella’s chat with Chloe about absolute evil in S4 E7. The lack of a soul is a barrier Maze can’t cross as a demon. With Season 5 still incomplete the full implications that this began in starting Mazikeen’s soul searching arc are unknown.
Maze: You don’t think I’m scary?\ Ella: Oh, I think you are hella scary. But, it’s good scary, because it’s you. And I know, when you finally show someone how absolutely amazing you are, you’re going to find your soulmate.\ Maze: You can’t find a soulmate if you don’t have a soul.\ Ella and Maze after Maze gives up trying to be Ella. S5 E6

Maze: I had two rocks when I was growing up. One sharp, one not. Take the sharp one and try to stab things. Take the dull one, try to make it sharp.\ Amenadiel: That um… That explains a lot.\ Maze reprimanding Amenadiel on spoiling Charlie. S5 E7
S5 E7 has Maze unable to move past not having a soul, so she looks backwards instead. The humorous quote above undersells how bad Mazikeen’s life was in her unseen past in Hell, something that is easy to forget when we never see what things were like for the demon growing up. That history, and what she is as a demon, substantially limits her options for a partner. In going over S5 E1 there were 4 names Maze had a shot with given they knew she was a demon. Eve, Linda, Amenadiel, and Chloe. After her time with Linda led her to try something with Eve that didn’t work out, and Chloe is ruled out at the end of S5 E1, Maze looks back and realizes there is still one name left. Someone who hadn’t abandoned her, who knows her, and maybe could find a way to love her again. Amenadiel in Season 1. Mazikeen’s lack of a soul didn’t stop them from coming together in Season 1, and that Amenadiel seems like the perfect choice for her now. An Amenadiel free of obligation, untethered to the human world, that Amenadiel could save Maze from her fear of ending up alone like her mother. The dismissal Maze has of her mother in S5 E6 masked the fear Maze actually felt that she would end up just like her. She tries to introduce Amenadiel to his past self and rekindle what they had. But her attempts to rewind the clock are a pipe dream, failing for both of them. 27 shots into trying to forget, Maze finds herself asked about that event by Amenadiel. She confesses to the pain she is feeling, born a soulless demon by Lilith’s choice, and her hopes that an angel, or at least Amenadiel, could give her hope at not being alone. Amenadiel doesn’t have the answers, but he does have hope, looking back at all the unusual things going on around them, he believes Maze can find what she is looking for, whether that requires a soul or not.
Maze: Everyone’s rejected me, Amenadiel. But I was the one who rejected you. So, I thought… maybe that was a mistake. Maybe… Maybe only… an angel could love a soulless demon.\ Amenadiel: You didn’t reject me. You… You went to find your own path. And you did. You did. And you’ve come such a long way, Maze. Grown so much.\ Maze: Apparently not enough. Ever heard of a demon getting a soul?\ Amenadiel: I…I can’t say that I have. But… No one ever heard of an angel and a human having a baby before. Or of the devil falling in love. I don’t know if a soul is what you need to feel whole, but…I do know this. If anyone is going to find what they’re looking for, it’s you, Mazikeen.\ Amenadiel reassuring Maze. S5 E7.

Maze: So, have you ever heard of a demon getting a soul?\ Lucifer: [scoffs] Of course not. That’s impossible.\ Maze: Yeah, um… I’ve heard that all my life. Then again, you did fall in love. Amenadiel had a baby with a human. There’s a first for everything, right?\ Lucifer: Well that’s different. We’re angels. You’re just a demon.\ Lucifer crushes Maze’s hopes. S5 E8.
S5 E8 has Maze still digging into souls when Lucifer is calling her. Amenadiel was going to help but finds Charlie’s 101 temperature too concerning for a part angel to have, and upon seeing Maze not responding to Lucifer’s call, he suggests that she tell Lucifer that she’s upset with him about hiding Lilith from her. Upon getting Lucifer’s call she hurries to help, torturing the fake Whisper Killer to give him the tips about stalking restaurants targeting talkative women, giving her time for a brief glance at the ring, which gets to her. Maze isn’t going to let that stop her from helping Lucifer, and as he discovers his mojo is back and uses it to find surveillance, Maze asks him what he thinks of her chances of getting a soul, inserting Amenadiel’s own words on the matter within her question. Lucifer brusquely dismisses them, justifying the firsts as unique to angels, something Maze could never achieve, being just a demon. Despite this Maze still helps find Chloe. She’s the one who connects the dots to Michael, she’s the one who finds and brings in Dan, and she’s one of the two people to come with Lucifer when he rescues Chloe. Their reunion is yet another reminder of something Lucifer has that Maze doesn’t, a soul. Maze stays behind to confront Michael for kidnapping Chloe. Mazikeen has been fighting her fears, but fear is Michael’s element, and he has used it to strike at everyone, and Mazikeen’s fears of ending up alone, driven by the secret Michael helped reveal, has set up his offer perfectly. He can get her a soul if his plans work. So Maze decides to go with him, blocking Amenadiel’s swing at Michael. Lucifer is confused, and Mazikeen reminds him of what he said to her about the impossibility of getting a soul because she’s “just a demon”. His confirmation of that was the last thing he got to say before she attacked. During their confrontation Maze reveals her discovering Lucifer’s secret about Lilith and foreshadows another potential issue. How important Maze is to Lucifer, a query that has occasionally cropped up. Without seeing the next episode, it’s hard to say how much of a role this will have to play, as Lucifer brings her down soon after that.
Lucifer: Maze. Why are you defending him?\ Maze: Because he promised me a soul!\ Lucifer: [Laughs] That’s impossible.\ Maze: Why? Because I’m just a demon*?*\ Lucifer: Exactly.\ Maze: [yells and kicks Lucifer through glass] Get up. We’re not done.\ Maze confronts Lucifer in S5 E8

The episodes of Season 5A came down with a consistent arc for Mazikeen. They began by continuing where Maze left off in her partnership goals suggested in S4 E7 from Eve having left her in S4 E10, and Chloe as the natural next step of that for S5 E1. Chloe’s rejection did not surprise us, but it burned Maze, especially when attached to what happened in Season 4. This allowed Michael to convince her to work with him in S5 E2, to a point. Why Maze felt such a strong reaction to both Lucifer leaving her and Chloe rejecting her is what S5 E3 sought to answer. A fear of abandonment rooted somewhere likely in her youth. But who? S5 E4 gives us Lilith as the answer. S5 E5 built on that revelation as Maze put that anger on Linda when Linda’s own secret made her an easy target, but Maze eventually chose to do right by Linda when her own journey was cut short by Lilith’s death. Faced with the fears of ending up alone. Maze looked for answers to change her own fate in S5 E6 and determined that a soul is what she both needed and lacked. This belief led her to desperately look back for any answer that could save her, and she unsuccessfully tried to get Amenadiel to revert to what she needed to the disappointment of them both in S5 E7. Still, Amenadiel gave her hope afterwards, and she fought for that hope in S5 E8, keeping her anger in check while Chloe was kidnapped. But when she stayed to confront Michael, he blew it all open when he offered her what she thinks she needed, and she let it all out in her confrontation with Lucifer, how he kept Lilith from her, his dismissal of her as a demon, and possibly a larger issue with how he looked down on her in general. (Flashback to what Mazikeen wanted from Lucifer by the end of S2 E4, she gave up getting his convertible just to have him pour her a drink.) What Michael’s exact offer was, Lucifer’s perception of Maze and how her opinion of it fueled this conflict, these are things that we won’t know the full story about without seeing Season 5B. We will be hearing more about Mazikeen’s arc, and we will almost certainly get information on what made her betray Lucifer again. I think her case will be stronger than it was for S5 E2 now that she knows herself better, and it will expand upon the same problems we saw her face here. But only time will tell. Their last words to each other as Season 5a comes to a close gives us some idea of where they might carry on with Mazikeen's frustrations, especially with Lucifer.
Lucifer: Why would you ever trust Michael? He’s a liar!\ Maze: He’s only ever been honest with me. You… You hid my mother from me.\ Lucifer: How did you – (Fight interrupts) I’m sorry Maze, but I gave Lilith my word.\ Maze: Which is apparently more important to you than I am!\ Lucifer: What?\ Lucifer and Maze fighting. S5 E8
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