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2023.06.02 01:01 zestsoclean My darling duck

There was a time last year where I was in some of the worst pain of my life. I was starving because I couldn’t eat, my pain was coming from my mouth and I couldn’t pass the time by sleeping due to pain. My SO was at work and I was sitting on the couch in a dark room trying to distract myself with a show.
The darkest thoughts ran through my head. Had I had the means to end my suffering, I would have done it. Pain was driving me to madness.
Then I looked out the patio sliding glass door and saw the sweetest face looking at me from underneath the closed curtain. It was my local Muscovy duck. We called her OG because she was of the original girlfriend of another duck that would visit. Her looking in at me, checking in to see where her food was, did something for me. I cared about OG. I was able to peel myself off the couch and pull back the curtain and felt the sunshine. I got her seed and fresh water. She was pleased. It distracted me enough to clear my dark thoughts.
That duck could have saved my life that day. I’ve been a big fan of this breed since then.
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2023.06.02 01:00 Tyranitron [Fanfic[ A Beast's Heart Ch.40

Hey everyone! I managed to finally do what I planned and alternate fics with each chapter xD. I don't know what it is, but I get hyper focused here and there and then I can get such writer's block with certain things while writing but then get in a zone after managing to get past certain sections. Anyway, this is the second of three planned Linked Souls Day chapters, the next one being the last and from there just hopefully one more chapter that serves as a prelude and transition into the canon events. But don't quote me fully on this as it MIGHT turn into two chapters depending on if I can fit everything in it. But I'm excited to get into the canon material as I've had plans for it since 2020 xD. Anyway, I'm going to likely swap back to my Helluva Boss fic to do a chapter than swap back to this as I want to try to prevent any burn out. Fair warning, I might get a lil hyper focused on the HB fic, but I will do my best to keep a good balance and get back to this as soon as possible.
As I've said before both of these fics are passion projects that I intend to finish no matter how long it takes as I love writing in both worlds. Also, I'm still sticking to this being set pretty much in Japan given everything in canon and sticking to those sensibilities and laws while not neglecting my own western ones and other westerners. I know I've put the disclaimer bout the Nazomi and Sebastian relationship on every prior chapter focusing on then, I just want to make it clear each time this is being handled with care and the maturity it demands. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy and I might get the next chapter out maybe early next month or near the end of this one depending on how things go, but I WILL get it out.
Also, curious what everyone thinks about my introduction of a Valentines equivalent.

After Shinoku and Vega left to meet up with Anya and Sheila, Sebastian took the time to finish getting ready for when he’d meet up with Nazomi. Just like his friends, Sebastian took his time to make sure that he looked good enough for their rendezvous, putting on some clothes he had that looked very similar to the Cherryton uniform aside from differing colors and other minor things. Also like Shinoku and Vega, he had gotten Nazomi a gift as well. After making sure he was good and ready for his meet up with Nazomi, Sebastian went back to reading to pass the time till he needed to head down the hill to meet up with her. As he waited, Sebastian heard his phone ring, quickly going to see who it was and answering it when he saw it was his mother.
“Hello Sebastian.” His mother said as he answered the phone. “I hope you’re well.”
“Hi mom.” he replied. “Yeah, I’m doing well.”
“That’s good to hear. How are your grades, I trust you’re keeping them high like you always do.” His mother inquired.
“I am.”
“That’s good to hear, you always do your best. Though, I’m not sure why you don’t do cram school like your brother did and your sister is doing. It’s nice that you work hard, don’t get me wrong, but I just want to make sure you’re living up to your full potential.” She said, her tone carrying that always subtle pressure of a proud lioness with high expectations.
And there it was; while she did care for him like any lion mother, she always wanted him to live up to the standards and the image of what a lion should be. Not that she was any different from any other lioness towards her kids, they all knew they had to make sure that the reputation of the king of beasts was maintained. It was an ever present driving force for lions; to stand apart, set the example, excel and push yourself to ever higher points and positions. It was both the greatest driving factor, and the most dangerous threat to a lion. While most would manage to get by and repress the toll it took or even thrive; for others, it would be far too much pressure. It was what lead to so many lions to go to the back alley, to form the likes of the shishigumi or join it.
Sebastian took a moment, the pressure of his mother’s expectations briefly showing before he quickly composed himself. “I understand mom, don’t worry, I have everything planned out.” he assured her. “I’m just tackling things in a way that allows me to give my full attention to my grades here. It’s not that I’m not interested in cram school, I just think it’s more logical to not have my focus split too much.”
“Always the analytical one my little Seby.” his mother commented. “But you only focus on your schoolwork and your reading, even your brother managed to handle doing cram school AND being on his school’s baseball team. He always did so well, even as a cub. Your sister’s also excelling in her gymnastics.” She added. His mother never overtly sounded disappointed, but the subtle nudges and constant reminding of his siblings’ achievements spoke volumes of her wanting him to be like them and every other lion. Why couldn’t she just understand that while he had the potential like every other lion, he just didn’t have the interest? Wasn’t it enough that they were bringing home trophies to show off?
Sebastian let the pressure he felt slip slightly once more before regaining his composure again. “That’s good to hear they’re doing so well…” he said in a cheerful voice. “You don’t need to worry though mom, I’ll make sure I get into a good college, plus all my teachers like me. Getting a recommendation good enough to be accepted won’t be hard to get.”
“True, your teachers always liked you.” His mother said. “But it’s just so rare for a lion not to do cram school. At least, in terms of the ones wanting to make a good life for themselves.” she commented in a veiled implication that a lot of the lions who chose not to were always trouble makers and bad seeds.
“I know mom.” Sebastian replied. “But I do have a career path set and I’m not going to stray from it.”
“And given the way you study and your grades I have no doubt. I can’t wait to hear what prestigious college you become the head over. But you might decide to be something equally important to society.” his mother commented. He never dared once to say he wanted to just teach, he didn’t even care where. All he ever said when what he wanted to be came up was something potentially in education and just smile and nod when his mother would suggest stuff. “By the way, have you found a nice lioness yet?”
“No, not yet mom.” Sebastian replied. He didn’t even dare to think about giving her a hint that he had found someone, knowing full well the questions that ensue about her and wanting to see a picture of or talk to her.
“That’s a shame, I hate to hear that you’re alone on Linked Souls Day. Are you looking?” his mother asked.
“Yes mom, I am.” Sebastian lied. “I’ll find someone, it just takes time for some.”
“But you’re so handsome, are you sure you’re looking or giving good impressions?”
“I am…” Sebastian replied as he held back a sigh.
“Alright. But just know that I have a few friends with very nice daughters, I could always introduce you to.”
Sebastian pinched his brow. “Thanks...but I’m sure I’ll find someone soon.”
“OK, just don’t get so caught up in your studies that you forget.” his mother commented. “Anyway, I need to get going, your father’s going to be taking me out for a romantic date. He says hi by the way.”
“I won’t.” Sebastian said as he composed himself once more. “And that sounds nice, tell him I say hello.”
“Sure. And Sebastian, keep working hard and making us proud.” his mother said before hanging up.
Sebastian let out a sigh as he hung up his phone, putting it back in his pocket. As he did so, Hassan looked at him. “I get the whole familial pressure, it’s not fun. I can only imagine what it’s like with being a lion.”
“She means well…” Sebastian replied.
“Clearly given the expressions you let slip.” Hassan pointed out. “I’m not trying to say your mother’s horrible, but her intentions aren’t exactly selfless.”
“It’s just how it is for us lions.”
“Well if you ask me it’s a bunch of bullshit.” Jax commented.
Hassan just shrugged. “Like Sebastian said, it’s just what it is. All we can do is just not let it get to us and forge our own paths the best we can when it comes to expectations.”
“Anyway, I better start heading out, it’s getting close to time for me to meet up with miss Nazomi.” Sebastian said as he stood up, walking over to get the flowers and gift for Nazomi.
“Sure you don’t need any help?” Hassan asked.
“I’ll be fine.”
Hassan nodded. “Alright.”
“Keep living the dream dude, maybe you’ll get to spend the night with her.” Jax said with a wide grin.
Sebastian just rolled his eyes at Jax before walking out to meet up with Nazomi, not even wanting to respond to the comment. As he headed down to the main floor of the dorm, Sebastian felt a combination of excitement and nervousness. It was his first time celebrating Linked Souls Day with anyone, not that he was ever really bothered about not being able to do so in the past. Sebastian also felt a bit guilty due to the fact that because he was a student and Nazomi a teacher, he couldn’t really do anything publicly with her let alone the fact that she was preparing the meal for them to eat.
Deep down he was a romantic at heart, much maligning the fact that he couldn’t be the one to treat her to a cooked meal. It didn’t really feel right that on Linked Souls Day she was doing most the work. It was just something that he would make sure to do in the future if things got that far with them. Although he still worried about being the potential cause of her losing her job. That, and exactly when and how he was going to introduce her to his parents when he was no longer a student. Hopefully he’d have it figured out when the time came.
Sebastian let out a sigh as he exited the boy’s dorm. Despite all the worries, he still deep down found himself hoping that this would work out. Even with the returning thought of this being just a potential rebellion against his parents and their expectations, he could not deny how he felt about the older feline. Especially with their first date still ever present in his mind. No matter what challenges or obstacles they might face, he was willing to face them, his resolve hardening all the more. Even if it ended up with them having to end things before something bad happened, he’d rather live knowing he tried his best than giving into the fear and not trying to fight for his own happiness.
It didn’t take long for Sebastian to leave the school and get down the hill to where Nazomi said she would be waiting for him, and as he got to their rendezvous spot he stopped. His eyes widened as he felt his heart about to beat out of his chest. Before him stood Nazomi next to her car, dressed in a rather nice satin button down green blouse and black business skirt with a slit on the left side that fit her perfectly. She looked beautiful, so much so that Sebastian felt his cheeks were on fire and his heart was about toleap out of his chest as he blushed, unable to really say anything for a few moments.
“W-wow…” he managed to say as he managed to walk over to Nazomi. “You look...amazing.”
Nazomi smiled a bit. “Thank you, I did try.” she said as she blushed ever so slightly. “I would have worn a dress, but I didn’t want to arouse any real suspicion…”
“It’s fine, there’s not a time I’ve seen you where you didn’t look beautiful.” Sebastian said as he continued to blush, rubbing the back of his head as he did so.
Nazomi blushed more. “You look quite handsome yourself, and just as professional as I do.” she commented. “At least it won’t look too suspicious...I hope.”
“I’m sure it won’t.” Sebastian commented before blinking. “Oh, right, I got you these.” Sebastian added as he handed her the bouquet.
“Awe, thank you love.” Nazomi almost cooed as she took the flowers. “They’re beautiful, I can’t remember the last time I got flowers...Thank you.”
Sebastian smiled as he then handed her a smallish wrapped box. “I also got you this.”
Nazomi blinked as she took the gift, opening it to see it was a bottle of perfume. Taking it out of the box she gave it a sniff. “It smells wonderful, I can’t imagine how much this was…”
“It’s nothing, I saw it one day and thought it’d suit you. So I saved up to make sure I could get you it for today.”
Nazomi smiled, tail flicking as a purr emitted from her throat. “You really are too sweet.” she said as she moved to put the gifts up and then hugged Sebastian. “Again, thanks.” she added as she gave him a kiss on the cheek. “Shall we?”
“Yes.” Sebastian replied, giving Nazomi a nuzzle.
The two got in Nazomi’s car, Sebastian first asking if he should maybe hide out of site like in the trunk only for Nazomi to insist that he sit in the passenger seat. Despite his concerns she said if anyone asked, she was just helping him get to Linked Souls Day meet up. Which, in the most technical sense was not a lie. Sebastian nodded, getting in the passenger seat before Nazomi started her car up and drove.
As They drove through the city to Nazomi’s house something hit Sebastian that he could not believe he didn’t think about even when he had first seen the female cat. “Hey, Mrs. Nazomi?” he asked as he looked at her.
“Yes love?” she asked.
“I just’re a bit tall for an oriental shorthair. It’s something I should have realized sooner, are you…”
“A mixed species?” Nazomi finished asking for him with a slight smile. “Most don’t really take note until they hit their growth spurts and outgrow me by whatever their heights usually are depending on species. But yes, I am.” she answered. “I’m one third panther on my mother’s side.”
Sebastian blinked, that would explain why she was a bit more ebony in her fur color and why she was taller than the typical shorthair. In fact, her coming up to just under the mid point of his chest hadn’t come off as odd until he thought about it. With some growth still to come, odds are she’d likely be at his gut or just over his waist by the time he finished growing. Not that it was really a problem or he minded, it was just an observation he made.
His eyes glanced over at the scenery as they drove, taking in the buildings and noting that they were sticking to a fairly nice part of town. He then glanced over at Nazomi, taking in how beautiful she looked with a blush, she really was quite something. Sebastian found himself moving his hand closer to hers when they stopped at a red light. Nazomi smiled as she noticed, her hand moving towards his as they held hands for a moment before the light turned green. It did become a thing though with each stop they had to make, both of them enjoying the sign of affection.
It didn’t take too long until they had entered in a rather nice looking neighborhood, about the kind Sebastian assumed Nazomi might live in. It was nice and modest and the house that Nazomi pulled in to was just as nice looking. Thankfully, most of her neighbors were either out celebrating the holiday or doing so in their homes.“Here we are.” Nazomi said warmly.
“It’s a nice looking home.” Sebastian said as the two got out.
“Thanks. It’s really nothing all that special, but it’s nice and cozy and it’s really all I need.” Nazomi replied as she got the gifts Sebastian had gotten before heading to the door with the lion, both their tails flicking and even entwining a bit as they approached it. When they got to the door Nazomi fumbled a bit as she got her keys to unlock it.
“Allow me.” Sebastian offered as he helped her unlock the door, opening it for her.
“Thank you.” Nazomi smiled as she took a quick look around before pecking his cheek. “I’ll put these up while you make yourself at home. I haven’t quite started what I was going to fix, so it will be a bit longer before we eat.”
“You haven’t?” Sebastian inquired. “Then mind if I help? I feel bad that you’re doing a lot of the work and it’s only right that I do everything I can for you today.”
Nazomi smiled as she looked at him. “You’re such a kind, sweet, animal Sebastian. I don’t mind, really.”
“I insist.”
Nazomi chuckled slightly. “You really are a gentleman aren’t you?” she mused.
Sebastian blushed a bit as he rubbed the back of his head. “I just...I want to do whatever I can. You’re a wonderful woman and a great teacher. And, well, I want to take any and every opportunity I can get to treat you right because you deserve it.” the lion said as he blushed some more, conviction clear to see in his eyes.
Nazomi couldn’t help but blush, his words having touched her more than anything in her past relationships. “Alright, how about this? If you want to help me then let’s make it a thing and finish cooking it together?” she offered with a smile.
“I’d like that.” Sebastian agreed with his own smile.
“Alright, just give me a moment.”
Sebastian nodded as Nazomi went to go put up the gifts that Sebastian jad gotten her. As she headed off, Sebastian found his eyes wandering over her form, taking in her figure that was shown off by her attire as well as lower, noting her slightly swaying hips and…tail. Sebastian cursed himself as he moved his eyes to something else. Sure he was still a teenager, a boy, but he prided himself in being better than most. Sure he had his...moments, as Jax so brazenly pointed out. But the last thing he wanted was to be that inappropriate towards Nazomi, even if he did, at times, allow some indulgences here and there.
When Nazomi got back she smiled. “Alright, ready?”
Sebastian nodded. “Yes.”
“OK, should be done in half the time with both of us working on it.”
Nazomi lead Sebastian to the kitchen to show him that she was preparing, a fruit lasagna with the usual accompaniments. After Sebastian looked over the recipe she was using, one from the cooking show Happy Happy Cooking that was toted to be one of their more popular ones among carnivores. he set to work helping her, working side by side as they prepared the fruit, making sure that everything was layered properly. Like in the car, ever now and then Nazomi and Sebastian would briefly hold hands as they prepared the meal, satisfying their feline proclivity for touch contact. It wasn’t too long before they had the lasagna in the oven and the accompanying bread.
“Alright, shouldn’t be too long for it to fully cook, thanks for the help.” Nazomi said as she nuzzled Sebastian, giving him an affectionate hug as well. “In the meantime, we can go over some of my old notes and other things while we wait to help you out with your career path if you like.”
“Sure.” Sebastian smiled as he nuzzled and hugged her back, the two staying like that for a good minute.
“I’ll go get them then.” Nazomi said as she finally and somewhat hesitantly separated to go get her old college notes and study material, returning shortly after with them.
While the food cooked Nazomi went over various things she had to study and learn with Sebastian, covering things they hadn’t gone over from prior times and quizzing him on material they had. To Sebastian, this was like cram school in a sense, getting ready for what he’d need to know to excel in college, only with a more...personal and romantic one on one touch. While he never had issue with paying attention to any of his teachers, Sebastian always hung on every word Nazomi said. To him, her voice was just as beautiful as everything else about her. And just like all the times before, they shared affections with each other.
It seemed like no time at all when the food was done, the two of them chalking it up to them just enjoying each other’s company so much. As Nazomi got the lasagna and bread Sebastian set the table before helping her prepare their plates. As he finished helping her he noticed her take out some wine glasses and a bottle of wine and pouring some of the red liquid in each, although one was more of a sample serving compared to the other, before putting it up and placing them on the table.
“Wine?” Sebastian inquired.
“Just to help things feel a bit more normal.” Nazomi explained. “You don’t have to even drink it. But I was your age once, Rex it only feels like yesterday, and even back then sampling wine wasn’t wrong. That first date we had where you encouraged me to not deny myself any wine, where we acted like a teacher and student just having a meet up to discuss things, stayed on my mind for a while. It wasn’t right that there was some inequality, a full romantic atmosphere. So, I figured sense we’re in private I’d have us on an even level or give the feeling of it. But as I said, you don’t have to drink it.” she said before sitting down.
Sebastian blushed, smiling as he sat down. “Thank you, love.” he said with a fair bit of warmth in hid voice.
It never ceased to surprise the other that both worried about the other’s feelings and the challenges they had to face with their secretive relationship. Something that mad each grow more attached to the other was when a few days after their first date Nazomi had confessed to Sebastian that she was far more hesitant and worried than she let on. Revealing she had been hiding the anxiety of them being a thing and was actually on the verge of suggesting they just call the attempt off out of fear as well as the revelation of his uncle. But she had decided to go through with it because of how truly genuine and good a man he was among other things that made her want to try. Sebastian himself had also confided in her his own concerns and worries about it and her, which made her just feel all the stronger for him over time.
“By the way, how has your day been so far?” Sebastian asked as he began to eat, taking a bite of the lasagna. “Oh, this is delicious.”
“It is.” Nazomi agreed as she took a bite of it. “It’s all thanks to you though, doubt it would have been as good without a little help.” she said with a smile. “As for my day, it’s gone well so far, just the usual grading of papers and preparing for the coming weeks’ lessons. Same old, same old, really. So far the rest of the students I have are nice and do there best. Despite what issues some might cause outside of the classroom I don’t really have to deal with any troublemakers really. Maybe a few slackers or an unmotivated student, but that’s about it.”
“Well you’re a great teacher, I find it hard to believe that any pf my peers would want to cause any trouble in your class. Not only that, but you’re very nice and helpful too.” Sebastian commented.
A smile formed on Nazomi’s mouth as her ebony fur darkened. “Thank you, you’re always so sweet Sebastian.” she said as she purred a bit. “Honestly, I think you’re one of the best students at the school, you work hard and are always so polite. I know you’ll go far with being a teacher.”
Sebastian blushed heavily. “Thank you…” he said with a half smile. “Though I will admit, keeping it up can be a bit— stressful. Comes with being a lion, expectations and familial pressure.” he admitted
Nazomi blinked as she looked at him. “Is it that hard?”
“It’s, well…”
Nazomi moved her hand to rest on top of his. “You can tell me if this is something negatively effecting you Sebastian.”
The lion sighed a bit. “It is hard. Being a lion you’re seen as the king of beasts, someone who’ll go far and have high positioned jobs or in some form of leadership. That image both helps and hurts us, becoming a driving factor of pushing ourselves as much as possible to keep to a standard. It’s something that permeates every lion family, the mothers and fathers pushing their kids to do something worthy of being a lion. Cram school is seen as an expected and normal thing to do and those who don’t do it are mostly looked down on as they are often those that end up in gangs or didn’t try hard enough.”
Nazomi’s hand gripped his, squeezing gently. “Is your family pressuring you?”
“Not...entirely. My mother often brings up what my older brother and my sister are doing and keeps suggesting I try to do the same. She doesn’t seem disappointed, but there’s just something about her voice…” Sebastian admitted. “She is happy that I’m doing well, but I know she expects more. She thinks I’m planning to go into an education position that’s high up, or at a prestigious university when I don’t care where I teach so long as I do some good.”
Nazomi squeezed his hand again, feeling bad for the lion. “That’s not all that good Sebastian, have you thought about bringing it up to a councilor?”
Sebastian shrugged. “Somewhat. But as I said, this permeates lions as a whole, it’s far too ingrained to really be dealt with. Thankfully my situation isn’t too bad, it cab be far worse. Plus, I like learning so it’s not that big of a deal. I also have my friends and, well, you.” he smiled.
Nazomi blushed heavily. “I see…”
“I hope I didn’t make things awkward or anything…”
“No, no! You’re fine Sebastian.” Nazomi assured. “It’s good you have a support system and you don’t really let it get to you, you’re very strong for that. Will you tell your mother you’ll try to teach anywhere?”
“Eventually, yes, when I’m nearing the end of my higher education and am about to apply to various places.” Sebastian answered. “Just like how I’ll tell her about us when I’m a bit into my freshman year at college or before I get into college if we get that far, which I hope we do and keep doing. You are an amazing woman and to be honest, to me you are far more exceptional than any other.”
Nazomi blinked, her fur becoming more dark red than ebony black as her heart melted. He was the kindest, most genuine soul she had ever met and continued to prove he was mature beyond his years. “I— thank you Sebastian.” she said with a soft purr, falling a fair bit more for the lion.
From there the two continued to talk as they ate, taking their time and enjoying each other’s company as they swapped stories about their childhood. Nazomi found herself surprised as she learned that even as a young kid Sebastian was well mannered and somewhat bookish. She felt comfortable around him, able to share with him more embarrassing things like the time she was so nervous to do a presentation in high school that she messed up a word or two or when she practically face planted when she was looking at a crush. It just felt right and natural to be so open with him.
When they had finished eating, Sebastian even having drank the small bit of wine, he and Nazomi cleared the table. Sebastian even helped her with the dishes before they went back to going over some more of Nazomi’s old papers and work to help prepare him. It seemed like no time once more as they noticed the sun was start to set.
“Is it really that late already?” Nazomi asked as she looked at her clock, taking note of the time.
“Looks like it.” Sebastian commented.
“My how time flies, it seems to go so slow until well…” she blushed. “I’m around you.”
Sebastian blushed heavily. “Yeah…”
“Thank you for the lovely time, as well as the gifts and helping out, not many guys are as considerate as you.” Nazomi commented.
“Well, you’re worth any effort…” the lion blushed.
Nazomi smiled, blushing as well. How could this lion keep finding ways to make her heart feel like it was a puddle? She hadn’t really met many guys with the ability to do that over the years, more so not in recent years. It had gotten to the point where she just really stopped looking. But then Sebastian came around and made her feel things she hadn’t felt in a long time. His gentlemanly studious nature and willingness to be so considerate, among other things, just had her more enamored with each time they were together. The fact that he was willing to take things so slow, deny himself the most basic of typical teenage experiences that most his age were having just made him seem too good to be true. And yet, there he was proving to be just that good.
Then there was the fact that while she did do a fare share for the holiday he had not only helped out, but went out of his way to get her flowers and a rather nice gift, not expecting anything special in return and just wanting to treat her right. As the lion got up from where they had been sitting she stood. “Sebastian, before I take you back to Cherryton...I think you deserve another kiss.”
Sebastian blinked as he blushed. “I don’t want you to feel obligated to…”
“No, I want to.” Nazomi admitted with a smile. “The only true thing that’s tricky with our relationship is that you’re a student and I’m a teacher. You’ve proven time and again just how good a man you are and that you are someone I...have looked for.” she blushed. “So I don’t see us kissing, at least in private and while off school grounds as being an issue. I know you’d never take advantage of me and I want to reward you for such, and for treating me to one of the best times I’ve had in a while.”
Sebastian’s tail started to flick happily as he smiled. “Alright.”
The two approached each other, embracing as they leaned in to share a kiss. Just like with their first, it was utterly electrifying for Sebastian. The feel of Nazomi’s lips unlike anything he felt before as his heart beat out of his chest as he started to purr. Sebastian enjoyed every second that the kiss lasted, his hands starting to subconsciously roam along her back a bit, though he would catch and restrain himself before they went too low.
Nazomi for her part pressed a bit firmer than last time, what with it being a holiday for love. As they kissed she noticed that Sebastian’s hands roaming along her back, taking in her form and the feel of her body and causing her to purr a fair bit. She smiled as she noticed he restrained himself from doing anything inappropriate, knowing her trust in him would never be misplaced. Although she promised to herself one day when he was no longer a student, she’d allow him to no longer restrain himself.
As she finally broke the kiss Nazomi smiled. “That was a wonderful kiss, possibly better than the first.” she giggled.
“Y-yeah…” Sebastian agreed, his cheeks a dark red.
“Thank you for being such a gentleman and not taking advantage.” Nazomi commented as they stayed embraced.
“I’d never.”
“I know love.” she smiled. “And that is why I will make you this promise. If we manage to make it to when you are out of school, then you have permission to not restrain yourself anymore as we’ll be in the clear. Not that you’d need my permission at that point” Nazomi giggled. “Anyway, we best get going before it gets too dark.”
Sebastian’s blush deepened all the more. “Yeah…”
The two headed back out to Nazomi’s car, first checking for anyone that might notice before getting in and driving off. The ride back went much like the first, the two briefly holding hands here and there as they made their way through the city. It was something that both Sebastian and Nazomi seemed almost unable to resist doing. Hell, when they had walked back to Nazomi’s car their tails entwined again.
When they got back to the bottom of the hill that Cherryton rested on the moon had not been fully risen for too long. “Thanks again for the lovely Linked Souls Day, I haven’t really celebrated it in so long.” Nazomi said as she parked the car.
“No problem, hopefully our next date can be somewhat soon.” Sebastian replied with a smile. “I hope the rest of your weekend goes well.”
“Thank you Sebastian, you too, I’ll see you Monday.” Nazomi smiled.
Sebastian was about to get out when he stopped. “Nazomi?”
“Mind if we...have one more kiss?” Sebastian asked as he blushed.
Nazomi smiled as a giggle escaped her lips. “I suppose not, it’s only right to have a goodnight kiss after a date.”
The two leaned in close, sharing in one more kiss as they rested a paw on the back of each other’s head, purring loudly as they did so. When the kiss broke a few moments later Sebastian smiled. “Good night.”
“Good night love.”
Sebastian got out of the car, walking back up the hill as Nazomi turned her car around and left. The lion smiled as his heart continued to race, he was as happy as he had ever felt and was all the happier that Nazomi felt the same way as he did. While it was true their relationship had a strong possibility of stopping if they were ever in great enough danger of being found out, it seemed that she was daring for it to work as much as he was. Whether it did or not, only the future knew.
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2023.06.02 00:58 poyo61 What is Everyone's Favorite Glass Reusable Containers for Leftovers.

I can think of a million reasons why I hate Tupperware, but the simple fact that it doesn't last as long as a good glass container with a lid is reason enough to pick those up, instead. I have a few from Ikea. They are thick, come in different shapes, microwaveable, cheap, and you can buy the lids separately so you can grab an extra one in case of breakeage. What are some good frugal options that I only have to buy once that don't dump microplastics into my bones?
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2023.06.02 00:55 movingpastthehurt anyone else just so full of rage?

tomorrow will be 4 weeks since disclosure. as a lot of you know i was away for 11 days. he relapsed 3 fucking times while i was gone, one time being on mother's day. i'm so fucking angry all the time. i'm irritable and short tempered when the addict is present, not even only to him but to my children and the animals as well. we have been fighting nonstop. the other morning (530am) we were arguing about our puppy (he got while i was away, i said it was fine so it's on me) and it escalated into more and it ended with the addict saying i've been a horrible partner for the last 8 years and i never supported him or listened to him so now "we're even" after all the betrayal. you guys don't even understand how i felt-my soul left my body lmao. i started screaming and said that him stealing my sisters phone and masturbating to her nudes is no where close to even and then i threw a glass of water at the wall and locked myself in our bedroom with our 10 month old until he went to work. we didn't talk much after that. two days ago he checked in and said everything i did wrong but doesn't remember saying we're even. he also said i threw the glass at him. he was in the kitchen washing dishes at the time and i threw toward the dining room. so fucking stupid. he is upset because now that everything is in the open, no one will listen to "his side". last night he threatened suicide and i had muscle relaxers prescribed after giving birth because i literally couldn't walk (beautiful unmedicated birth that unfortunately separated my pubis symphysis) i didn't take them cus breastfeeding but i kept them. i've been so stressed out and sleeping so bad i was thinking of taking one but ofc he threw them out. i get it i'm glad he was safe with it, but he didn't even tell me until after the fact like hours later. i would have just hide the pills. you guys 🥲😅 am i crazy???
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2023.06.02 00:55 Missfrogprincess My clearance isle Queen shroomery cabinet. Lol

My clearance isle Queen shroomery cabinet. Lol
So let me break this down for you. LOL. The very top part is a Rubbermaid lid insulated around it with insulation pads that go into light switches and Outlets under the faceplate. And a window thermometer. Next the middle section. A cardboard box covered in Zombie wrapping paper (bc why not?). 2 hepa filters for some kind of vacuum.i just cut the cardboard and popped those in. A corner window which I sealed with a plastic window shrink wrap used for weatherization. The bottom section. A cardboard box with a hole cut for the dryer vent tube to go thru. (And a lil peep hole window. The vent runs down in front of the cabinet where I have a space heater, a humidifier and a hepa air purifier fam. I can switch between them as needed.
The cabinet (my gma called it an etegere ppl keep calling it a Kuhio, idk.) Has glass shelves and a light in the top with I installed a multi colored smart bulbs control it with my phone I keep it on K0 u 111 1¹1¹ Top shelf agar plates and uncle Ben's. Bottom ⁶⁶
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2023.06.02 00:51 Bennen Help my build

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2023.06.02 00:51 lavndel Will i get sick?

Sooooo, this is pretty weird but this evening me and my boyfriend bought lemonade in a carton and drank from it. We both noticed a weird taste but didn’t say anything because we both thought it must be our imaginations. My boyfriend went to have a second glass, took a few sips and suddenly asked me “does this tastes like… nuts to you?” So i was like well yeah I noticed a funny taste. He responds “I went to poor a second glass and noticed half a peanut in my glass”. We went full crazy and poured out the entire carton but there was no other peanut. We poured a tiny bit of lemonade straight into our mouth from the carton to taste if it maybe tasted funny because of the glass or something but it came straight from the package tasting like that. I checked the entire house and we have NO peanuts. Before I grabbed out first glasses I specifically looked inside the glass out of habit and they were both empty.
The peanut really had to be IN the lemonade and we bought it like that. It made the entire drink taste weird and pretty nasty. The seal of the carton was intact when buying. Now i’m wondering does anyone think it might give us fp*/make us sick? :( It had a peanut marinating in it for I don’t even know how long….
(Quick side note, I will be sending an email to the store where we bought it from, because I can’t even begin to imagine if you give it to a kid or drink it yourself with a peanut allergy or something…)
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2023.06.02 00:46 ShineJoker__ 23 [M4F] Texas/US/Online - Looking for forever

Putting this in the front, if you message me with just “hey”, “how are you”, “what’s up”, or any equally low effort response to this post I’m flat out ignoring your message. So please read this post.
Hey there, I’ve tried this a few times but still haven’t managed to find what I’m looking for, so I decided to suck it up and make a way too long post to cover all my bases. Seriously, this is probably gonna be a little long, but hey that’ll help me know who really is interested in me. So here we go.
ME - My name is Tanner, I’m 23 from Texas and am currently enrolled in music and theology school for another year. I will be working as a library assistant in August which is exciting, and will do that for a couple of years.
I’m 6’3 since people care about that stuff, a little overweight but currently building up muscle. I have dark curly hair, white skin, and glasses. (I have videos on my profile that show what I look like)
My interests include lots of nerd stuff. Anime, manga and manhwa, building model kits, video games, streaming, writing, music of course, stuff like that. I’m also learning Korean at the moment which has been a bunch of fun. I really want to go to Korea someday either with friends or with a special someone, or both, ya never know.
I have a dog named Mari who turned 3 this month and she’s my best friend. I’m a big animal lover in general and am very passionate about animal rescue and shelters for abused animals. I plan to get a cat in the future so Mari has a friend while I’m out working.
I want a family in the future so if you don’t want kids this won’t work out. I don’t smoke, drink, or do any sort of drugs and would ask that you do not either (social drinking is fine of course, not trying to police anyone I’ve just had bad family experiences with alcohol)
YOU - I’m looking for someone with a good personality, decent looks, and some sort of plans for their future. My preferences for appearance include darker hair, and either white or asian ethnicity, but this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker as personality is definitely a huge factor. I want someone who loves me for me and likes spending time together, even if we aren’t doing stuff together. Just the act of sitting on call while we do our own things, or in the future just hanging out in the same room doing separate stuff is a huge plus for me.
Similar interests aren’t a huge deal though of course I hope that we have a couple of things in common to make early conversations easier. Overall I just want someone who loves to be with me and talk to me, and that I feel the same way towards. I love hard and promise you that you will be loved more than you thought possible.
So when you message me please send me a description about yourself, what in my post stood out to you, and a picture if you do not mind! I cannot wait to meet you and look forward to forever.
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2023.06.02 00:45 ShineJoker__ 23 [M4F] Texas/US/Online - Looking for forever

Putting this in the front, if you message me with just “hey”, “how are you”, “what’s up”, or any equally low effort response to this post I’m flat out ignoring your message. So please read this post.
Hey there, I’ve tried this a few times but still haven’t managed to find what I’m looking for, so I decided to suck it up and make a way too long post to cover all my bases. Seriously, this is probably gonna be a little long, but hey that’ll help me know who really is interested in me. So here we go.
ME - My name is Tanner, I’m 23 from Texas and am currently enrolled in music and theology school for another year. I will be working as a library assistant in August which is exciting, and will do that for a couple of years.
I’m 6’3 since people care about that stuff, a little overweight but currently building up muscle. I have dark curly hair, white skin, and glasses. (I have videos on my profile that show what I look like)
My interests include lots of nerd stuff. Anime, manga and manhwa, building model kits, video games, streaming, writing, music of course, stuff like that. I’m also learning Korean at the moment which has been a bunch of fun. I really want to go to Korea someday either with friends or with a special someone, or both, ya never know.
I have a dog named Mari who turned 3 this month and she’s my best friend. I’m a big animal lover in general and am very passionate about animal rescue and shelters for abused animals. I plan to get a cat in the future so Mari has a friend while I’m out working.
I want a family in the future so if you don’t want kids this won’t work out. I don’t smoke, drink, or do any sort of drugs and would ask that you do not either (social drinking is fine of course, not trying to police anyone I’ve just had bad family experiences with alcohol)
YOU - I’m looking for someone with a good personality, decent looks, and some sort of plans for their future. My preferences for appearance include darker hair, and either white or asian ethnicity, but this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker as personality is definitely a huge factor. I want someone who loves me for me and likes spending time together, even if we aren’t doing stuff together. Just the act of sitting on call while we do our own things, or in the future just hanging out in the same room doing separate stuff is a huge plus for me.
Similar interests aren’t a huge deal though of course I hope that we have a couple of things in common to make early conversations easier. Overall I just want someone who loves to be with me and talk to me, and that I feel the same way towards. I love hard and promise you that you will be loved more than you thought possible.
So when you message me please send me a description about yourself, what in my post stood out to you, and a picture if you do not mind! I cannot wait to meet you and look forward to forever.
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2023.06.02 00:41 thrownAwayLama Just realized why I started self harming in middle school, 15y later

The very 1st time was with pieces of glass from a snow globe my father had given me and which had broken. I kept the broken snow globe in my room. It was at a time when I was furious at him for forcing me to go to his house and not seeing how wrong it was for me to go and the abuse I was receiving from his wife.
I remember thinking to myself "I want to hurt myself with what he gave me", it was symbolic. The pain he was inflicting on me wasn't visible, but it was there, so I had to make it visible myself by damaging my body. In a way justifying the mental pain and making it legitimate.
It's so obvious now that I think about it
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2023.06.02 00:37 TF1_21 RayBan 6465 Havana Gold vs Shiny Gold?

Hello! I would appreciate your honest opinion as I love both of them. I'm gonna use them for my prescription glasses, male - dark eyes/hair, pale skin tone
Link for the model(If allowed)
Btw could you tell me the color of the exact same model, but from the RayBan promotional screen(a guy from there) with 'you're on' tag on the poster)? It does seem to look like shiny gold, but earpieces are brown, not transparent.
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2023.06.02 00:35 destansen M/22 F/20

Guys I need help, iam confused
Male 22 years old Hello guys first I want to apologize for this long text, also English is not my native language but I have something on my heart that bothers me a lot and I need answers...
I started texting occasionally (for 1 month) with this girl who I met on a dating app, first none of us took it seriously we sometimes answered to texts a few days later.... After a while we started texting more frequently and I asked her if she wanted to meet on the weekend, she told me she had already something planned (which was not sure) and that she will text me in the following days to tell me if she had time. A few days later she told me that she had time on afternoon, so we made plans and she told me if it started raining we could go to her flat (she lives alone) She said that she had no bad intentions she just did not want Rain to ruin our first date because I have an hour to drive there.
So I drove there on Saturday(without any expectations), I came 15 minutes late because of traffic, she was already in front of the door waiting for me. My heart immediately skipped a beat because she was very beautiful and I never had somebody keep so much eye contact (usually iam the one with very long eye contact) so we started walking had a very good chat and after one or two hours it started raining lightly so we got back to her flat, where we had very very deep talk, later we played some Mario kart on her bed. At this point I was very nervous because we were laying next to each other and having a lot of eye contact. After a while we stopped playing and she showed me her books at this point I have had build up the courage to finally kiss her. As already said I was extremely nervous because she was very attractive and I had never kissed a girl on the first date. So we made out for a while but I was actually way to nervous to bring a satisfying perfomance:)
But nonetheless we still cudled, during the cudling we also had a very good conversation before her girlfriend came to pick her up. She came a bit early which surprised us both why I had to leave earlier. While driving back i had extremely mixed feelings, she absolutely took away my breath but at the same time I felt very very uneasy about her (a bad stomach feeling) While I was driving home she apologized to me per whatsapp for the abrupt ending etc. She wanted to meet again the next day which kinda surprised me, during our date we alked about a big amusement in the region where we live. I had never gone there because I have a fear of heights but she was absolutely obsessed with it and she suggested we go there so we made plans. To cut it short I got sick in the evening and we couldn't go. On Sunday evening she texted me that she really enjoyed the time with me and that I was very cute but my shy and insecure type is something she is not into,which I understand so I explained her that iam not like that usually so she agreed to meet again
The weeknd was over and she asked on which weekdays I had time to meet? I told her I get off work earlier on Monday, she suggested we met at her flat and that she cooks for us both. She told me beforehand that she did not want to get intimate yet which was okey for me because I need time for that as well. So we met on Monday and drank a bit of wine and had very good deep talk again, she told me that she lost her virginity at 16 to her boyfriend who raped her and that she also got into therapy because of that. She also told me that she left her boyfriend 6 months ago because he was toxic and she was also very depressed afterwards. She asked me if I wanted to cuddle a bit, so we cudled and made out again, this time I was very sure of myself and she really enjoyed is as well, she gave compliments to my smell and my looks. She also got a bit touchy even tho she did not want to get intimate.
We ate something during which she asked me about my bad character traits and if i have ever got loud towards my mother, I answered (very honestly) that iam jealous and don't forgive easily and that I have also gotten loud with my mother. Afterwards we lay into bed again, she brought up the topic of what's gonna become of us? I answered her that I could imagine a serious relationship and that my main goal is always marriage (I knew she was very into career which is why I said it) she told me that she also could imagine a relationship with me as well, so we talked about marriage and family plans for a very long time, she asked me if I wanted to spend the night at her place what I rejected because I had work next morning and I did not want to drive for an hour in the morning.
I have to mention that she was always extremely kind and gave extreme amount of compliments which was very unusual for me
The next days we only texted and we also had no plans for meeting because she would spend the weekend at her parents place and would go to a party there. On Tuesday evening she texted me that she was unsure about a relationship because I had the same traits why she left her ex. I immediately answered and asked her which traits she meant and if she wanted to talk on the telephone about it, which she didn't answer that night. That was an common theme with her, she always answered late, even if I answered directly to her texts. She sometimes answered hours later without any excuse which I always found weird.
During this time I had trouble eating and sleeping because I was very obviously falling in love (my first time) she was always on my mind and also I had an very uneasy stomach.
We texted the next day and agreed to talk on the telephone but somehow she only found time around midnight even tho that topic bothered me a lot. I answered all her questions and assured her I would never get violent with her etc. But i was also very unsure about a relationship already, on Monday evening while we were cudling and having the conversation about a potential relationship I asked her if she talked with other people on the dating app, which she answered with yes, I asked her If one of the dudes on the app asked her for a date if she would meet with them and she also answered yes to that and reasoned that she is still single, which I found very weird and upsetting because we were just talking about a serious relationship? So I asked her about that on the telephone call and she told me that she likes having a backup in case things don't work out because that makes her feel better or something?
She actually deleted her dating app a few days later and told me that, that also made me very happy. The next days we texted normally and also made plans to meet on the next Monday which she claimed she was looking forward to. She canceled this meeting because she stayed with her parents a day longer to meet her grandmother. She already told me that her family has a lot of drama.... and apparently the meeting with her grandmother was extremely bad She wanted to meet and asked me on which days I had time, I told her that I could spend the night on Wednesday at her place or we could meet at Saturday. She told me that it would be better if I don't spend the night at her place yet because she doesn't know if she can control herself because she feels that secure and well next to me, even to she offered it the week before? On the same day she also texted me that she can't imagine herself in a relationship currently.
We agreed meeting on Saturday but the next day out of the blue she asked if I could spend the night at her place on Wednesday which made me jump out of bed in joy. So i agreed but the next day she sent me an voice message on what's app where she sounded like she was crying, she explained me that she felt very uneasy because of what happened with her grandmother (some drama she didn't want elobarte further on) and that she just want to stay in bed and stuff and that I couldn't spend the night at her place and apologized, I offered her to talk on the telephone to help her but she did not wanna bother me with her family drama?
The same night I get a call from her and we talked a bit, it was an extremely good conversation she was very sweet and we got along very well, also we made plans week for the weekend. She told me that she couldn't wait to see me...
On Thursday I was on a business trip where we also texted and we got well along very well, but since meeting her the first time I had this uneasy feeling that destroyed me from inside and especially on this day I kinda knew that things were coming towards an end. At 8 p.m I got a 2 minute long voice message and I already knew what was about to come. In the message she talked about what a good guy iam and how much she enjoyed the time with me but that she can't meet somebody which could lead to an relationship because she has commitment issues? She also apologized for breaking contact on whatsapp because apparently I don't deserve it I sent her an answer in which I explained that I also wanted to finish this the next time we met but I wanted to do it personally etc.
We talked it out and finished it like two grownups, the last thing she said that the world is small and maybe well meet again one day. We broke up in good terms.
The next days were weird for me, I thought about her all day and was empty inside. We had no contact at all expect that she liked my instagram story.
5 days later before going to sleep i saw that she followed new guys on Instagram(she only followed like 4 guys one of which was me before) which made me extremely jealous and i blocked her everywhere. The next day I got curious and decided to confront her(In a very humane way) if our relation meant her something which she answered with: yes otherwise I wouldnt treat you like that So I asked her why she already started following other guys on Instagram. She replied that these are only friends of her girlfriend and she already deleted them, and when I checked she really had deleted them, I apologized and she said that there is nothing to apologize. We talked about the last few days and she told me that she thought about me a lot...
Next Day she texted that it's not a good idea that I follow her on Instagram, I told her that I did not want to remove her from my life completely. She answered that she understands but doesn't want any contact at this moment I replied that I will respect that, she replied with a heart and blocked me everywhere When I checked with an fake acc her insta was deactivated. It has been deactivated for almost 3 weeks after last conversation
Guys sry for this long ass text and thank you for your patience. Writing this down helped me a lot, what is your opinion on what happened? I think she is not over her Ex-bf yet and just used me to waste her time and when it got serious she got cold feet...
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2023.06.02 00:35 satanboii Words with double meanings

Hello all. So I was looking forward to getting a tattoo in two weeks that says “Prost 🍻” with the two beer glasses next to the word. I am doing my study abroad in Vienna and thought it would be a cool way to remember my time here (prost means cheers in German). However, I learned that prost also means “dumbass” in Bulgarian and Romanian which has me second guessing if I still want to go through with it or not. Any advice regarding this situation?
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2023.06.02 00:35 natale29 [WTS] criterion/fcd/vltor 12.5 upper, vortex uh1 w/ unity rider, aimpoint 3xc on unity mount

Decided to part ways with this upper to fund an ak project of mine i have had shelved for too long. Built by yours truly in august of last year, i would say i have about 4-600 suppressed rounds through the setup. Exclusively used norma 55gr.
The upper:
$875 shipped and insured.
All prices include shipping. Upper will come insured for the value. Dibs rules apply, paypal ff venmo and cashapp only. Please PM me, no chats whatsoever.
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2023.06.02 00:34 ObligationRoutine522 Best fan set Up on this case

Best fan set Up on this case
Hello everyone!
First of all thank you very much for reading this post. I'm useless with pc setups...
Let me explain myself, have a pc setup mounted on a Nox Hummer TGX Rainbow RGB (3.0 USB Tempered Glass). I use it with a ZOTAC RTX 3070. The case comes with three 140mm fans at the front that pull air out and a rear 140mm fan that pulls air in.
I have changed the front glass for an anti-dust mesh after read some recomendations.
I have also bought a kit of 5 120mm fans and I understand that I have placed them wrong because until now I did not know about negative pressure etc. I have placed two under the graphics card pushing air up and three at the top removing air as well. Now I understand that I have created an imbalance because I have copied setups designs whose frontal fans introduced air, not removed it. And now my pc had 8 fan taking the air out and only 1 fan entering it. im so dumb.
I see that on the same page of this nox model, one of the photos appears with 5 added fans. Could you tell me which ones take out air and which ones take out? And if you had to add these five fans, would you do it that way? What do you recommend?
A greeting and thanks in advance!
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2023.06.02 00:34 Klassik32 [USA-MI] [H] Quest 2 256GB [W] PayPal

Have a Quest 2 256gb thats been sitting on my shelf collecting dust, only used a handful of times. comes with
Unfortunately i do not have the original box for it but i do have a 128gb quest 2 box from a different headset that i will ship it in.
250$ Shipped - Timestamp
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2023.06.02 00:31 legitseabass Looking For a Portable Burner For Private Events?

I just met with a woman running a wine bar, and I'm going to start doing private dinners for her. The only problem is she doesn't have a burnerange for me to use so I need to provide my own. Does anyone have any recommendations? I need something that's good quality and won't crap out on me. Any help is appreciated!
Edit: wanted to add I'd use cast iron and stainless steel pans on it.
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2023.06.02 00:28 Cake_Eater26 The War to end all Wars - Ep 5. Christmas Truce

The fanfic based on a u/Snudwoner AU.

Tibek, 21 years old Venlil
Date: 23th December 1914
Place: Near Ypres, Belgium.
The whole year was rough. I sometimes couldn’t fall asleep because of people who I saw die. I saw them die either from bullets or being beaten to death by some mediaeval age weaponry that is used in trenches. Some of them were executed for deserting some were torn apart, shredded into pieces by an artillery shell, I’d probably have shot myself already if it wasn't Otto or Rilek. Adolf sometimes was cheering me up and it was enough to keep myself somehow not broken and in one piece.
I heard a whistle and gunshots. I took my rifle and quickly ran to the nearest available spot to shoot the enemy. The tactics were still the same, just suicidal attack with mix of artillery in hope the defending side will break and attackers will take trenches. I took the spot and aimed my rifle at the enemy and pulled the trigger. He fell dead on the ground after I shot, then I chambered the next round.
Earlier when the war started I was hesitating to shoot somebody, they had families…kids. They had someone to love them and that hesitation almost got me killed. Twice in September and once in November, I was close to death three times because I didn’t want to make another family lose its son or father.
As the war raged on and turned into a bloody, violent mess, so did I. I understood that if I did not kill the person in front of my rifle I would die. I surely wanted to live as them but I had no other choice…not to shoot…death. Desertion? Death…everything leads to death except killing. I sometimes couldn’t understand the stupid “Rush in hope they break” tactic which always resulted in high casualties due to counter artillery fire and machine guns. It sometimes was a miracle if this worked.
I heard artillery noise and later the shells were exploding, almost hitting our trench. I took cover and heard a sound of somebody approaching the trench and I peeked out with my rifle aimed at the soundmaker. I saw the face of a Venlil in a french uniform which still was that dumb bright red and blue form. He looked into my eyes and I looked into his….I hesitated to shoot him again and he aimed his pistol at me but the artillery shell exploded.
I fell on the trench floor as my cap went flying back from the explosion, my face got coated in his orange blood and guts and probably one piece of it made into my mouth. I quickly spit what was in my mouth and sat, my breath was fast alongside with the heartbeat. I hesitated again and it almost got me killed…happily or not the poor soldier was killed by his own artillery fire.
I stood up and took the post I got pushed by the exploded shell and aimed my gun at the British human soldier. I noticed that one of them had some markings on his uniform and I shot him first…in the head. His cap flew a bit off his head and fell on the ground as his dead body fell on the ground, not moving. The soldiers around him looked panicked and scared as I thought that I shot their officer…maybe one day they will stop just being first on the frontline.
I quickly chambered the next round into my rifle and shot another soldier…then another. I heard that they started to whistle and we prepared to launch our counter attack but their artillery shells dropped on our positions and they were hitting the trenches itself, damaging it and killing dozens of my fellow brothers in arms. I decided to quickly hide to not get killed and I left my position and took a turn then the shell exploded.
I felt the power of this shell as I fell on trench ground and my ears were ringing. I felt pain in my whole body and I felt that I was being torn apart from inside. It was hard to keep my eyes open and I saw Otto quickly running to me, I couldn’t hear what he was saying and the last I saw was him taking me in his hands and dragging me somewhere, then….everything went dark.
— Date: 24th December 1914.
I slowly opened my eyes and still felt dizzy and some pain in my limbs and body. I looked around and saw Otto, Rilek and Adolf nearby. Otto noticed me and quickly came to me, checking if I’m alright.
“Tibek! You’re good! Gott sei Dank!" He said and shook me slightly. I slightly laughed seeing that somebody is caring about me. Rilek also came and smiled when seeing me. I slowly stood up and was sitting on a built-in bench in the trench. I slowly approached Adolf and patted him on the shoulder, he slowly looked at me and stood up. He tightly hugged me, seeing that I’m alive and fine.
“Mein gott! You made me worry!” He said and I tightly hugged him back.
“Don’t worry my kameraden, I’m tough to kill.” I replied and laughed. I saw something white drop on the ground and looked around, others did too. I saw snowflakes falling on the ground which meant that Christmas is here. At least some holidays I liked…when I was kid.
I heard some soldiers cheering and looked to the right and saw some of them decorating a small christmas tree. I felt some joy for the first time in this bloody war. I heard some shouting and I took my rifle as did others and we quickly rushed to the positions.
As we arrived and took positions I saw the enemy in the trench, the trenches were not that far and we were able to see each other. We didn’t start to shoot at each other as usual. I then looked on the left and saw Otto who looked strange.
He took some bottle and slowly raised them from the trench, he slowly pulled out the bottle of wine and showed it to our enemy and walked toward them.
“WHAT YOU DOING?! GET BACK!” I heard Rilek shout as Otto didn’t stop. He continued to slowly walk towards them and I heard that some of the enemy troopers were shouting too and then I saw one of them do the same Otto.
They slowly approached each other as we were yelling at them and aiming our guns at each other. Then Otto and the British soldier….shook each other's hands. I felt unusual and lowered my gun….this is Christmas, the holiday of humans Jesus. I slowly understood that it's madness to shoot each other during this great holiday and I slowly stood up and put a rifle on my shoulder. And started to approach them. I had some fear that I might be shot…but with each step I took the fear slowly disappeared.
As I approached Otto and the British soldier he offered his hand and I shook it without thinking, then came the French soldier and we did the same. I looked around and saw other people coming closer and shaking hands, some of them were hugging. I heard someone yell and saw them bringing the ball for football, they started to talk with other soldiers and put rifles nearby. I did the same and put my gun down into the same pile with French, British, Belgium and our guns.
I saw Otto discussing something with a German and British soldier who probably knew Deutch. I saw a British venlil soldier approaching me and he hugged me. He hugged me tightly and I heard him quietly crying. I hugged him back as tight as I could, then he stopped hugging and put his hand into his pocket and when he pulled it out it was a card which had a girl with a christmas outfit on it and some words in their language. I didn’t know it but I understood that it was a “Merry Christmas” card. Wish I could send one to my family….I hugged him last time and he walked back to their trench.
I never felt so peaceful in the war and it was very silent, no guns shooting…no artillery sounds. It was….just silence….just peace. The peace we are all fighting for. I got poked at my shoulder and saw Otto.
“Hey Tibek, have you ever played football?” He said and I looked at him with a bit of confusion but I quickly understood what he’s about.
“Uh….no I never played it.” I replied.
“Well…would you like to?” He said and slightly laughed and stood aside, revealing that British, German, Belgium and French soldiers were standing in front of each other waiting for my answer.
“J-ja… I wo-would like to.” I said thinking that it would be hard to play football.
“Well then let’s go, we got the whole team to play against them, heh.” He said and walked towards them and I followed him.
For the next several hours we were playing football, I never could think that I would be playing the sport I never played before with my enemy. The game was fun, filled with fun and joy I finally experienced. We even had a large crowd standing around and watching how we played. Otto explained how to play this game and I quickly understood and was getting better each minute.
The match finally ended in a tie. We all were exhausted and near each other, then someone started to sing a song and slowly Otto started to sing too. I saw Rilek and Adolf join as some British and French soldiers. I soon joined in singing too, we were drinking, singing and trading some stuff with each other for some time.
After this Otto organised us and them to clean the battlefield. We all worked together as a team and I saw that officer that I shot several hours ago. I felt tears running down my cheeks as I helped a British soldier dig a grave for him and bury him. Soon we all cleaned it and returned back to what we were doing till nightfall. I saw a Belgian and German soldier putting the large cross on the No Man’s Land. It was time to say goodbye. I tightly hugged British and French Venlil, hoping that we will be able to see each other after this war ends. I think I made some friends during this time.
Tonight we’re all friends and brothers no matter what happened in the past. Who knows, maybe without this war the people who died would’ve done something great for our society. All of us slowly returned back to the trenches, not forgetting the guns. I still felt exhausted and as soon as I got to a bunk I fell asleep on it.
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2023.06.02 00:27 matrixloader Great AR glasses, terrible rokid app.

I just got my glasses shipped to California yesterday. I love my quest 2 and pico 4 for games but also watching movies in vr, but those are bulky for watching movies in bed or in the couch and not as portable. The rokid glasses have a much better picture quality than either of these headsets mentioned, the best part was how clear the text is and it looks amazing at 1080p when used with the Nintendo switch playing totk. Although for the switch you need to buy their adapter and power it when used and controllers need to be removed from the tablet.
One thing I really didn't like was the rokid app, the interface is terrible and needs to be reworked or updated, navigating the menu with the phone i find it very difficult in some situations and I wish rokid instead made a controller similar to a wand controller like the Samsung gear vr, that single hand controller actually worked amazing.
The free apps they provide, some I could not make work after installing them, looks like you will need a seperate game controller to use them. There is a sweet spot when using the lenses too and I found the second nose clip in the box to work much better with my tall nose. I tried youtube and plex and it all looks great, will try dysney and Hulu next, there is a shortcut button on the glasses, small button next to the volume, if you hold it for 2 seconds it's supossed to enable 3d mode but I could not get that to work on anything properly as the 3d effect seems broken or its just not compatible with most apps. Maybe somone else can tell me what I did wrong to make it work correctly.
Sometimes the rokid app would freeze and then I had to close and reopen it , I have a galaxy s10+ so maybe the fault is with my phone, I have no issue with other apps freezing on this phone. Over all the viewable screen at 50 degrees fov can be seen completely on the glasses and looks great, hopefully rokid takes note and improves the app interface but for everything else it works very well. I plan to keep them as I do enjoy watching a movie or show or play a game at night on the switch so I will use these mainly for that as that's the only thing they work for me so far.
Pros. Amazing picture quality. Plug and play with Samsung phones and screen mirrors directly to the glasses. Playing games on switch looks great. Comfortable and light weight. Very nice storage pouch. Great for watching movies anywhere.
Cons: terrible rokid app, just don't bother with it, launch apps directly from phone instead. Gets a bit warm after long use if glasses touching forehead.
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2023.06.02 00:24 kkarch [WTS] - BNIB Gucci upper Starter Kit Specwar Double Dimp EPC Black Eotech G33 w/ HRF

Hey! What is up my dudes and dudettes?
Got some gucci upper parts you fiends might be interested in:
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2023.06.02 00:22 Wonderful_Garden_363 AITA for accepting the suggestion and not coming back, ruined a family dinner?

I'm known in the family to be a "control freak" about preparing food.
In fact, in my family, there are 2 dinners in the year that all members come (in all 30 people) and before I took over, all dinners were extremely late, there was always some problem with seasoning or poor preparation.
I'm organized and for every meal, I have a spreadsheet with everything I need to make a huge scale dinner.
At first, they didn't respect it, but after seeing that my method was useful, everyone joined in and allowed me to be the head of the organization. Since then, dinners are ready on time, everyone praises and repeats the dish (not very common).
It's 1-2 day for preparing meals. I don't ask them to help me, because I know I'm serious with organization, but if the person wants to, I ask them to respect the process.
Another fact: my mother was a cook (for 1 year) and my SIL is studying gastronomy.
The situation:
Sunday was the half-yearly dinner and I was the head as usual. Would help me: my SIL, mother, aunt and uncle. This would be SIL's first family dinner and she offered to help.
During the preparation, my mother started to do several things wrong and every time I said something, she said something like "Stay calm, a wrong thing will not lead to anything".
The problem is that she did so much wrong, skipping so many NECESSARY steps in the food that most things I had to redo or give a second look. She continued to help even though I said it wasn't necessary.
I broke down when I just commented something about steps with my SIL and she corrected me, I was going to comment but my mother said "I think you better cool off in the pool and let those with experience sort it out".
I accepted, grabbed a glass of wine, the spreassheet with me and spent the whole day in the pool, ignoring when asked to come back.
So... Dinner was late, poorly seasoned, undercooked and no one had a second dish.
My mother later said that I ruined dinner and humiliated our family in front of relatives in revenge. I shouldn't take that serious, because it was a silly family joke.
Btw, I love making these dinners, and yes, my mother's SIL behavior is common.
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2023.06.02 00:21 andimiss 54 m4F Toronto guy exploring his feminine side PLATONIC

I am a sane, intelligent, gentle white male who wants to meet a local woman for a new friendship.
I live my life as a fairly typical guy, yet harbour an inner core that is very feminine. My male side has always tended to be more of a leader; however my feminine side feels the opposite, so if you prefer to be a "take charge" person, and comfortable making decisions for others, we would get along great.
I would love to explore topics such as clothes, relationships, shopping, makeup. Or I am happy to talk about most subjects...
Age is not an issue for me. It's compatibility.
I love chats over coffee, a drink, a glass of wine. Watch a movie? Chic flic? Get into a season of a TV show? A nice walk perhaps?
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