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Risk Everything for Family
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 7 of 14
word count (story only): 1932




:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::




Graham stood, blinking in surprise. “I don't feel tired, or cold, or stiff,” he explained as Aidan took the pot to put it back on the shelf. “That's pretty typical of mental 'sitting around' or visualizations.”

“This isn't visualization as such,” Aidan argued. He pointed toward the hallway. “This way, please.”

The narrow hallway was cheerful, despite the lack of daylight. The light sconces on the walls were antique, meant to hold kerosene lamps, but the delicate, faceted glass baubles hanging from wire loops threw bright, even light in hundreds of rainbows. Graham paused. “What do these represent?”

Aidan laughed merrily. “Mostly, learning the hobby of first electrical wiring, then solar batteries, and so forth.” He paused, pointing at the largest dream catcher Graham had ever seen, hanging on the wall between the bathroom door and the open door with Saraphina's name painted on it running diagonally from the top on the knob side to the bottom at the hinge side. “Don't touch the dream totem, or the eagle feathers, please.”
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I'm starting to feel I just come here to rant (or rave) about the morals in a kids show.  I can't help myself.  As usual, this post will assume you don't know much about My Little Pony because I'm assuming no one here does.  

 I just watched the season five episode of My Little Pony titled "Tanks for the Memories" and I immediately had to find out if other fans had the same reaction I did.  Amazingly, it seems almost everyone did: The My Little Pony universe apparently doesn't view eco-terrorism as a serious crime? I mean, really????? How does this show keep managing to bring up these questions in the first place?

First, the episode is fantastic and the moral is actually sound it's just some of the stuff swept under the rug that leaves me unsettled. The episode starts with Rainbow Dash finding out her pet has to go into hibernation for the winter and Dash is devastated.  The episode is clearly supposed to be about grief and loss without actually having someone die.  I have to give kudos to the writers for playing this well and honest with all the stages of grief portrayed in the episode for kids to see.  I know some kids that just lost their dad and I think an episode like this could really help them.

Second, this episode has Rainbow Dash having a complete and total mental breakdown and destroying a lot of public property.  

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fiber monday

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 07:38 pm
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Status: resorted to ___Sand's endless icord bindoff because a half-cotton yarn doesn't care about chapped hands. (Fires to the north, general windiness, then the sudden onset of rain plus temperatures chilly enough for the furnace.) Squeezed in a bit of pi shawl with today's good light; began binding off the toddler vest. Finally acquired hand balm for this winter, with thanks to partner. Also, I've bought a woven linen/cotton jacket on deep discount after reading that several reviews complained of ...exactly what I want clothing to accommodate for me. Fits great. It needs every buttonhole reinforced, but then it'll be a solid summerweight jacket that's fancier than I could ever devise for myself. Jacket + ___Sand cardigan = summer layers, check, and nicer than the random buttondown shirts I've used till now.

That's my Slow Fashion October moment for the year: don't buy petroleum-derived clothing anymore (minus waistband elastic/similar and bras, though I'm working on the latter---I mean polyester/nylon/rayon fabric blends; nylon in sock yarns can instead be silk, alpaca, or mohair; even tencel is better in terms of poisoning fish with every laundry load or handwash). Mend things, buy durable things I can't reasonably expect to make if replacing things I've worn out, don't support expensive-for-its-own-sake unless it actually translates to good wages for those in the labor/production chain. I couldn't handle making all my clothes even if I had no outside job time-wise (exacerbating joint pain is a valid limitation), but I'm moving in a direction I prefer. (In a poorer situation I would need to be part of a larger group where it'd be viable to trade intangibles for others' help. I've been pondering this piece alongside this one and the fact that till recently, I haven't had clothes nice enough that mending made sense: when they wear out, they're crap enough that mending would mean substantial remake and/or dyeing.)

The week was upside down due to after-effects of the mild back/pelvic sprain and a new cold, so let's ignore knitting's dismally slow progress in favor of something speculative.

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Post-Deadline Pinch Hits

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 09:16 pm
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The deadline has passed and we have 5 pinch hits. These are due on the 31st of October at 11:55pm UTC. (Countdown | What time is that for me?) If you can take any of these, please comment on this post with your AO3 name and the pinch hit you wish to claim. Comments will be screened.

Reveals will be November 3rd,11:55pm UTC at the earliest.

Note: Some people have been granted extensions, so you may not have a gift yet. However, if you believe a mistake has been made, don't hesitate to contact us (either on the page-a-mod post or by email at fgemods@gmail.com)

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #15 - Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews, Innkeeper Chronicles - Ilona Andrews, The Penumbra Podcast )

Pinch Hit #19 - Almost Human, Gridlocked (Movie), Nettare di Campanula (Novel), Lupin III )

Pinch Hit #20 - Killjoys (TV), Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson, 紳士同盟† | Shinshi Doumei Cross | The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Switch (Manga), Fire Emblem Echoes: Mou Hitori no Eiyuu Ou | Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia )

Pinch Hit #21 - Fate/stay night & Related Fandoms, Robotics;Notes, Chuck (TV) )

Pinch Hit #22 - A Redtail's Dream (Webcomic), Stand Still Stay Silent, Always Human (Webcomic) )

Check-In – Day 22

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 10:10 pm
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Welcome back to the party, everybody. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

And what is your plan of action for your writing this week, if you have one?
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Q: I’m supposed to be a bridesmaid in a very conservative wedding. I said yes a while ago to a friend that I’ve always “agreed to disagree” with. But since then I’ve come out as bi/pan to most people in my life and I have a girlfriend. The bride doesn’t know because it seemed safer to tell her after the wedding because I’ve heard her say homophobic things about sin and hell.

But things have gotten more complicated. I injured my leg and when I told her about it and asked if I could sit for the several hour long ceremony she told me I shouldn’t be a bridesmaid anymore. I’m hurt that she would kick me out of her wedding because I’m injured and I’ve already spent a lot on her gift, a flight there, etc. I’m not sure I can change my flight either (I had to be there several days early as a bridesmaid and I’m supposed to share a hotel room with her, I don’t think I can afford a room myself). My friends said if I don’t go to her wedding at all now I’m probably throwing away the friendship. I feel like she’s the one doing that by kicking me out over something I can’t control.

More than that, I’m afraid that if I go as a guest or try to suck up the pain to stand during the ceremony as a bridesmaid, that she will ultimately reject my friendship anyway when I do come out to her and I don’t want to put in all this time for nothing. If she rejects me for an injury it seems easy enough to reject me for being queer too since I know she thinks that’s a sin. I don’t know what to do.

A: Ayyyyy. I humbly submit that your first order of business is calling about your flight. Just see what the deal is there.

And wow yeah, she does sound like the kind of person who would reject you because of your queerness! What do you want to do? Like what feels like a decision you could live with. If I were in your position, I would slap a shipping label on that gift and take myself out for a milkshake. If I were in your position and feeling especially obligated for some reason, I’d change my flight to arrive closer to the actual wedding date, get my own hotel room, and be the cutest happiest friendliest son of a bitch at that party, where I would talk openly about my darling girlfriend and share my thoughts on a single-payer system and how abortion bans are class warfare, then leave with an air of smug superiority the likes of which that town had never seen.

Do what makes you feel like the best version of yourself, whether that’s protecting your feelings by not attending, or taking one on the chin to avoid a fallout. Make the decision you can live with, but above all else please know that you deserve friends who care more about your injured leg than the optics of a wedding party. Also, you know who has ceremonies that last for several hours when that shit can easily be handled in 45 minutes or less? Showboating assholes, that’s who. THERE I SAID IT.

https://www.autostraddle.com/yall-need-help-12-the-straight-girl-is-back-3985543/

Deadline Passed

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 07:00 pm
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The deadline has passed for assignments, and the AO3 collection is temporarily closed. Stay tuned for the post-deadline pinch hits, which should be up within the next several hours. Let us know if any issues crop up.

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