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10:16am April 24, 2014
itmovesmemorelol:

Heralds of Spring April’s showers and May’s flowers are only the tip of the no-more-snow-and-ice berg. Here are a few other certain signs that — at last! — nature’s new year really has begun: … In most places the aptly named mourning cloak butterfly holds the honor of being the first of its kind to appear in spring. It overwinters as an adult and appears, dark-winged and somber as winter itself, as early as March, even in northern states. The return of truly warm weather, however, is heralded more jubilantly a few weeks later by the sky-blue flutterings of dainty, delicately spotted spring azures, the first butterflies of the season to emerge, transformed, from a long winter’s pupal sleep inside hard-shelled chrysalises.


Source: motherearthnews
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☽✪☾ The Dance at Alder Cove - Youth/Father/Geezer  -  I see you
 


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itmovesmemorelol:

Heralds of Spring

April’s showers and May’s flowers are only the tip of the no-more-snow-and-ice berg. Here are a few other certain signs that — at last! — nature’s new year really has begun:
… In most places the aptly named mourning cloak butterfly holds the honor of being the first of its kind to appear in spring. It overwinters as an adult and appears, dark-winged and somber as winter itself, as early as March, even in northern states. The return of truly warm weather, however, is heralded more jubilantly a few weeks later by the sky-blue flutterings of dainty, delicately spotted spring azures, the first butterflies of the season to emerge, transformed, from a long winter’s pupal sleep inside hard-shelled chrysalises.

Source: motherearthnews

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☽✪☾
The Dance at Alder Cove -
Youth/Father/Geezer  I see you

 

9:38am April 24, 2014

Charitable Hearts: Beginnings || AU || Victor and Alice

delusional-beauty-alice:

Well, suppose as long as it works for them…

"She could certainly visit him in London," Alice grins. "I don’t…personally find him very helpful, but with something like this I have no doubt he would have a very accurate reading for your mother." Her and Radcliffe simply did not get along, but she didn’t really want to go into a tangent here and now. Papa kept the man around, and he could be very admirable from time to time- but other times, all he did was make a mess of things, and try to pull the war over Alice’s eyes about family matters. She always sees through him of course, but it doesn’t stop him from trying. 

"If they get along well enough, perhaps he could even find himself with some new clients," Victor says, oblivious to Alice’s dislike of the man. "I don’t think Father’s quite satisfied with our current lawyer. And someone who might actually enjoy Mother’s company…" Well, those people come around only once in a blue moon. "You said his name was Radcliffe, right? Perhaps I’ll mention him to Mother and Father later." He looks back at his parents, who are going over the list. "I think they’re a bit busy now. Oh dear, I still have trouble believing this is actually happening…"

10:02pm April 23, 2014

OOC: Bedtime

Sleep tight all!

9:43pm April 23, 2014

Charitable Hearts: Beginnings || AU || Victor and Alice

delusional-beauty-alice:

Some pride is a good thing, but…Too much of it, yes, makes for very poor conversation. It also makes for a slightly empty way to live a life, if you ask any of the Liddells, but. 

Alice stifles a laugh herself, nodding in understanding. “Our family laywer is somewhat the same- except he has nothing but artifacts from the East. Vases, swords- whatever you can think of, he has. And he’ll pay whatever price for it, because not only is it from the East…But it’s exotic and expensive too.” 

The Van Dorts are sadly one of those “new money” couples that make the rest of them look bad. There’s always a few that spoil it for everyone else.

"Really? Well, he and Mother would get on very well, then," Victor replies, grinning. "Even if she’s never had that much of an interest in the East." He looks at the vase again. "Perhaps he could tell us what dynasty it’s from. And if Mother and Father paid a fair price for it." He’s always wondered if perhaps the cost was a bit high…then again, he’s not really a collector in that regard. He likes buying books and art supplies.

8:47pm April 23, 2014

Charitable Hearts: Beginnings || AU || Victor and Alice

delusional-beauty-alice:

Arthur gives a modest and humble shrug, He’s kind, yes- but he’s also very down to earth, and vanity and arrogance serves him no purpose in his life. 

There’s a reason Alice admires her father. 

Speaking of Alice, she’s been looking at the decorations on the walls within the room. Something about them…somehow, she feels they would belong in someplace in the Dreary Lane Theatre. It’s not so much that they have an aquatic feel to them- 

They’re just very…out there.

However, when she realizes Victor has glanced in that direction, she snaps from her thoughts. “Pardon- I was simply looking at the decorations. They’re quite peculiar, but in a rather pretty fashion.”  

Nell and William could take a page from his book, to be honest — Nell more than William. Will tries, but he’s just too easily swept up by his wife’s enthusiasm. Plus he’s got a lot of pride in being a self-made man. (Justifiable pride, granted, but it doesn’t make him the best conversationalist.)

"Oh," Victor says, stifling a giggle. "I don’t think Mother would appreciate you calling them ‘peculiar’ — ‘pretty’ is all right, though. Father likes to have things about that remind him of his business, and Mother just likes having anything expensive that she can brag about to the neighbors." He glances toward an expensive white vase painted with koi fish. "That, for example — I don’t know what dynasty it’s from, and I’m quite certain neither does Mother, but it cost nearly a thousand pounds, so she’s very proud of it."

5:54pm April 23, 2014

gothic-red:

"… Muahaha. It is mine. All mine.” And now she’s digging in as though she’s never eaten a thing in her life, getting the false blood everywhere.

Victor watches with amusement and a slight bit of disgust as she coats herself in strawberry and chocolate. “Well, I’m glad you’re enjoying it, at least.”

12:12pm April 23, 2014

Charitable Hearts: Beginnings || AU || Victor and Alice

delusional-beauty-alice:

Arthur’s not trying to make you feel uncomfortable, Victor- he’s a generous person in general, so it’s sort of just in his nature. But he’d be willing to tone it down a bit if it made Victor feel better…

"I assure you, I don’t mind in the slightest. In which case, perhaps picking him up on the 16th to allow him a bit of rest before school may be a better idea. Of course, I am open to anything; simply give me what you’d like to work with, and I’ll do my best to accommodate." 

Alice has simply gone back to looking around- seeing as she doesn’t have much to contribute to conversation, there’s no point in adding anything in. 

Oh, Victor knows he isn’t — this is all on Victor’s end. He’s well aware he’s something of an awkward turtle when it comes to this thing. Arthur can keep being generous — Victor will just constantly look for ways to try and pay him back. (Even if there aren’t any.)

"Oh, that sounds lovely," Nell says, beaming at William. "Picking him up on the 16th will be just fine, Dean Liddell. You really are too kind."

Victor starts to protest, then gives it up. If Arthur’s all right with it, then it’s not worth fighting over. Even if he’s quite sure that his mother simply wants to show off. Feeling like he’s being pushed gradually out of the conversation, he wanders a little closer to Alice, glancing in the same direction she is. What is she looking at?

10:55am April 23, 2014

Unexpected Stopover

brave-princess-merida:

"They might mind, aye. But not if ye convince them I’ll be safe," she says, a blatant hint that she’d like for them to persuade her parents. Some part of her sort of doubts they’ll come back and take her, but…

That doesn’t means he can’t hope. Maybe they’ll surprise her. 

"I’d be ‘appy tae come," Merida says with a nod and a smile. 

"Perhaps we could write them an official letter?" Victor muses. "And you seem well-suited to handling Secundus. It may not be the absolute safest city in the world, but it’s safe enough. Most people are friendly, and there’s hardly ever any rampaging monsters."

"Just watch, somebody’s experiment will get loose the minute she shows up," Marty comments, done bantering with Doc. "But what do you think would be the best way to persuade them to let you visit?" Might as well tailor their plans appropriately.

10:16am April 23, 2014

Charitable Hearts: Beginnings || AU || Victor and Alice

delusional-beauty-alice:

"We’re happy to have such talent," Dean Liddell says, grinning. "That’s thanks enough, really." 

Alice would be lying if she said she hadn’t felt a similar sensation, but she’s quick to dismiss it. It’s probably nothing, and therefore she’ll treat it as such. However, she returns his smile, before he’s off to look at the list. 

"Not a problem. And whatever he doesn’t end up having, I’m sure we’ll have extras of lying about." Arthur’s library/office tends to have a lot of spare supplies. 

He’s never been the most organized person, so no one can guarantee that he’s going to know exactly where in his personal space they are, but that’s alright. 

"Would you like to drop him off in Oxford, or for me to travel down and escort him? Suppose that ought to be established before…." 

Victor can’t help puffing up just a tiny bit at that. The Dean thinks he has talent — talent sufficient to personally invite him to his college and home. That’s something to be proud of, certainly.

"I wouldn’t want to impose too much — but thank you," Victor says, running his fingers through his hair. Though if they do have to go hunting through the library, he’d probably enjoy the experience — his own room is an experiment in carefully controlled chaos. Or, well, at least the area around his desk is. He tries to keep the rest of it neat, but books and sketches tend to get piled up around the little alcove in front of his window.

William and Nell look at each other. Oh dear — to go to Oxford and be seen dropping their son off personally, or to have the Dean show up here and be seen picking their son up personally? Both options are very attractive. “Er…”

"Oh, I’m sure we could get there on our own," Victor says, fidgeting. Arthur’s generosity is starting to make him feel a bit like a burden. "I wouldn’t want to put you to any trouble—"

"But if you wouldn’t mind," Nell cuts in, having a sudden thought of what the Everglots across the square might make of seeing the Dean. Oooh, what if Lady Everglot was jealous? All of Nell’s dreams would come true.

9:38am April 23, 2014
alllexxx3:

chalk pavement art, with butterflies mounted on panels
artist: Josh Maxwell

Amazing!

alllexxx3:

chalk pavement art, with butterflies mounted on panels

artist: Josh Maxwell

Amazing!