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Redesigning an Old Saree Blouse with Trendy Peacock Design Embroidery

2023.04.01 12:33 radha_rakshan Redesigning an Old Saree Blouse with Trendy Peacock Design Embroidery

Redesigning an Old Saree Blouse with Trendy Peacock Design Embroidery
Sarees are an important part of Indian culture and history. Women of all ages across the country wear sarees for various occasions like weddings, festivals, and formal events. A saree is a timeless garment that is always in style. However, the same cannot be said for the accompanying blouse. Blouses can easily become outdated, and finding a replacement that fits perfectly can be a challenge.

Redesigning an old saree blouse with a trendy peacock design embroidery is a great way to breathe new life into an old garment. In this blog, we will guide you through the process of creating a beautiful peacock embroidery design on your old saree blouse.
Materials Required:
An old saree blouse that needs to be redesigned
  1. Embroidery hoop
  2. Embroidery thread in shades of blue, green, and gold
  3. Embroidery needle
  4. Scissors
  5. Fabric glue or fusible web
  6. Peacock design template (you can find one online or draw your own)
Embroidery is a lovely art form that has been practiced for centuries. It involves decorating fabrics using threads of different colors, patterns, and styles. The embroidery process is time-consuming, but the results are always stunning. In this blog, we have discussed how to redesign an old saree robe with trendy peacock design embroidery. However, embroidery is not limited to saree blouses and can be used to enhance any outfit like dresses, skirts, and jackets.

Choose the peacock design

The first step to redesigning your old saree is to choose a peacock design. You can find many beautiful and intricate peacock designs online. If you are an artist, you can also create your design. Choose a design that complements the color of your saree and suits your style.

Cut out the design and adhere it to the bodice

Once you've chosen your design, cut it out and, using fabric glue or fusible web, stick it onto the bodice you want to embroider. Place it in the center of the blouse or wherever you like.

Secure the blouse to the embroidery hoop

After placing the peacock design on the bodice, place the embroidery hoop over it and tighten it to hold the fabric. The embroidery hoop will ensure that the fabric stays tight, making it easy to stitch the design.


Thread the embroidery needle in your chosen color and tie a knot at the end. Start stitching the design from the center and work your way outwards. You can use a variety of stitches including back stitch, satin stitch, and cord stitch.
Use different shades of blue, green, and gold to create a realistic-looking peacock. Use blue and green for the body and lighter shades for the feathers. For the eyes and beak, you can use a combination of yellow, gold, and black threads.

Remove the embroidery hoop

Once you have finished embroidering, carefully remove the embroidery hoop and trim the loose threads. If you are using a fusible web, remove the paper backing and follow the instructions to attach the embroidery with an iron to the floss. If you use fabric glue, allow it to dry completely before wearing it.
Embroidery is an excellent way to personalize your clothing. You can personalize your clothes by embroidering your initials, favorite quotes, or your favorite characters. Embroidery can also be used to mend clothes that are worn out or have holes. You can cover holes with embroidered patches or use embroidery to create new designs on damaged areas.
In addition to embroidery, there are many other ways to add personality to your clothes. For example, you can use fabric dye to create unique designs or use appliques to add dimension and texture to your garments. Applique involves sewing a piece of fabric onto a larger piece of fabric to create a new design. This is a great way to create a 3D effect and add color to your clothes.
When it comes to redesigning your clothes, the sky's the limit. You can get as creative as you like and experiment with different techniques and materials. By doing so, you can breathe new life into your old clothes and create a wardrobe that is unique and reflects your style.


In conclusion, redesigning an old saree blouse with trendy peacock design embroidery is a creative and cost-effective way to add a new and unique touch to your saree. With the right material and design, you can turn your old blouse into a piece you love to wear. Take your time and enjoy the process of creating your peacock embroidery design.
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2023.04.01 11:41 LFordyy Nothin But Nothin RP A Brand New Server and Discord is open and looking for members to help our community build from the ground up!

Nothin But Nothin RP A Brand New Server and Discord is open and looking for members to help our community build from the ground up!
Welcome to NothinButNothin RP A Brand New Server and Discordhttps://discord.gg/ZPdhaS7Jy9
Always hiring core jobs, Plenty of things to do, Friendly and active community, and so much more!If you’re 16+ and this is something that interests you, join the discord, and find us on Facebook and other socials by searching Nothin But Nothin RP!
A new server and Discord means lots of room to help a City grow from the ground up! Be the most decorated LEO, the biggest gang in town, the best business owner around!
Law Enforcement
Join Nothin But Nothin RP’s Police Force today! Equipped with top of the line equipment and an amazing Evidence System we promise you will always have something to do!
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The Most In-Depth Gang System Possible thanks to RCore! This means we have Gang Territories, Gang Vehicles and Storage, Drug Sales, Kidnapping, Robberies, Extortion, and Tagging!!! Combine that with Gabz Gang MLOs and we have a deadly duo for all your gang territory and criminal needs! Want a little more sprinkled on top of that? While check out our next section…
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We recently got a brand new skills and level system! How about a fully functioning Multiplayer Casino! Play 3 Card Poker, Roulette and Blackjack with friends. Spin the Lucky Wheel to try and win a car. Spin the Slots and try your luck. (Did you know that 99% of gamblers quit right before they become a trillionaire?)
If any of this sounds good please get in touch!We hope you come join us on this journey, If you have any questions feel free to add my discord and ask away: Leo.#2780
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2023.04.01 10:43 throwRA53345688 Is this some sort of SA or I'm just a serial cheater? (I'm not trying to justify my cheating)

My bf(30M) and I(20F) have been dating for two years. I have issues like sex addiction and more. He was aware. A year ago when he was constantly busy and we couldn't have sex I started talking to a guy J(24) I met online. I don't know how to feel loved without sex,I was missing it. Though friendly at first, it turned sexual quickly and we started to exchange nudes. It went on for 2 months and then I decided to come clean. I begged my bf to forgive me and he did. I tried to do anything he wanted to "fix" it.
A week ago an old friend, T(22F) asked me to hang out with her. My bf restricted my social media usage and also going out but he agreed to let me go because from my knowledge there'd be no males. I went out and T bought 2 of her friends A(24M) and L(22F). We all got drunk at L's apartment, me being more than just drunk because of low tolerance. I was trying to flirt and kiss A the whole time. He was responding to it well I think. Then I don't remember anything clearly. I remember parts of it. One was I was in a dark room and someone (A) was trying to undress me and I didn't understand who it was first and asked something like "what do you think you are doing? Who's this?" and he responded something like "I'll make you feel good". Then I don't remember anything except at some point he was trying to reposition me and flipped me over to my stomach. He was having sex with me and I wanted to push him away but I couldn't. I laid there. I don't remember anything after that. In the early morning I woke up and didn't know what happened, didn't even realize where I was, A was sleeping on the corner of the bed. Then I realized I didn't have any clothes on me and there were dried semen on my body. I went to the bathroom and then left quickly.
I fucked up again and I feel so bad about myself. Some people might say it's SA assault but I don't feel like it is because I am a cheater. I'm a wh0r3 and I was flirting with him before. I was definitely trying to seduce him when I was less drunk.
Just tell me the truth I don't want anyone to sugarcoat it to me, I do not deserve that.
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2023.04.01 09:47 basilandmint Update: 1 year trip around Europe

Hello all!
I’m currently on a plane waiting for everyone to finish boarding and about 3 drinks in from the lounge (lightweight). I figured now is a great time to update you all as we are at the 7 month mark in our trip. We started in September and made our way through the rest of autumn and winter in Europe. Please note, as mentioned in my previous post, that idgaf about technical gear, and would rather prioritize style and comfort.
London > Birmingham > Scotland > Barcelona > Madrid > Sevilla > Lisbon > Tirana > Tivat > Istanbul > (on our way to) Bucharest
Things I should have prioritized(hers): - A durable, fashionable winter coat (it gets COLD sometimes and people in Europe are way more fashionable than Americans! Get a nice, warm coat that can be incorporated into your capsule wardrobe) - Sweater! You only really need one or two, and you should make sure it can stand the test of travel/time (pilling from friction, laundry machines) - T-shirts: I brought 2 with me and a few long sleeves, but honestly with a well heated Airbnb, I’ve found myself most comfortable wearing tshirts around, and when I’m going outside I’ll layer the sweater and coat, we haven’t experienced anything below freezing) - Panties: I brought 7 pairs and honestly, I could’ve brought more. Europe mostly only has washers, so we’d have to hang dry our clothes all the time. With the exploring and working, we hardly had the motivation to hang up our wet laundry, and having 2-3 more pairs would’ve been nice to allow ourselves a longer grace period - Hat: just a simple winter beanie has helped a lot in windy conditions - Rain coat: I actually prepared this one correctly and it’s been great for those “rare” rainy days
Things i should've prioritized less: - Skincare: they sell this everywhere and every climate is different! I loaded on toner, oil, and moisturizer in colder weather and sunscreen in warmer weather. I was constantly running out and wanted to experiment with other product that might work better specific to the country I was in
Additional items (his): - Ultralight puffy and raincoat will get you a loooong ways - Socks (bring enough for a week and a half, merino is the best)
Hope this is helpful!
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2023.04.01 09:20 Lem0n_Lord Displacement - Azur Lane

I decided to go through with it, and finished my first chapter. I've posted it on AO3 'n stuff, figured I'd put it here anyway. I also wanna preface the chapter by briefly saying what it's about to avoid (some) confusion.
"Displacement" is a line of self-insert fanfics I'm writing where a random person get's "Displaced" into the universe of the series it's based on. There's no lore to the teleporting, but the teleporting does happen more than once, and it happens at often crucial times to put the character into a new scenario.
Any text with italics without " " will be the thoughts of the MC, which I'll constantly just be referring to as "you". I really should start writing in 3rd person, but right now I'm stuck in a horrible loop where I keep writing in a mix.
I preface each chapter by putting lyrics from the song it's named after, which are emboldened and put in italics.

Chapter 1 - Dead On Arrival
As dawn arrives, we still survive.
Nobody knows what's goin' on, Tearin' my town limb by limb.
Where are your mom and dad..?
Was it shocking for you?
Somethin is scaring you?
Enemies will hunt you, no matter what you do!
But we'll fight for you, to defeat them all.

If not, there's no way out.

What in the hell just happened?
You'd landed on your hands, which ached immensely from the poor angle you somehow fell from. In absolute confusion, you flipped onto your back and used your elbows as supports to lean on, looking upwards.
Above you was but a regular ceiling with lights, nothing out of the ordinary. It seems you had fallen through the ground by some contrivance and into an archaic office of sorts.
There was a total lack of memory from anything that had transpired both leading up to the events that had just occurred, and even some memories predating that.
Such simple things such as your name were somehow eluding you. Questions of who you were rebounded in your head over and over like an echo-chamber filled with nothing.
As your thoughts spiraled, you had a splitting headache. A pained groan escaped your lips as you stood up in defiance. You looked around the room, trying to assess your situation the best you could.
Multiple red banners fit with black Iron Crosses decorated the walls.
An underlying sense of dread built up as you continued exploring the room in search for answers. You approached curtains behind the desk, they seemed relatively well cleaned. With a gentle tug, you pulled them back.
Lying beyond the curtains was a view you thought you'd never see.
Just where in the hell am I?
Looking down from the window, you could see huge warships docked at a port. Some people down below, the size of pinpricks, were walking along the concrete ground. More crimson banners littered the streets away from the docks.
"Oh, no, no, no, no, no..." You whispered to yourself, backing away from the glass.
In an attempt to find out where you were, you flew open the desk drawers. Paper flew like confetti as you looked for answers.
A date eventually stood out to you.
"1-1941?!" You said out loud, dumbfounded.
You continued sifting through the pages in denial, finding the very same date over and over again. After a while, you were surrounded by a sea of white sheets each imprinted with evidence of the impossible.
The drawers all lay empty with nothing more to prove.
You looked towards the multiple banners in the room and silently cursed.
Where the fuck am I? In the Führer's office?
Two doors were present in the room. One opposite the desk, and another to your right.
Testing your luck, you opened the one opposite where you currently were.
It was in the middle of a clean carpeted hallway. The walls were an ivory white, while the carpet was a bleeding vibrant red. Even more banners littered the walls.
This was no time to just start wandering around the Reichstag.
Well... Did Hitler live in the Reichstag? Was this the equivalent? The Reichstag was never built so close to the sea, let alone having a view right over a German port...
A figure turned the corner from down the hall, which you quickly noticed. After silently closing the door, you quietly opened the 2nd.
It was a relatively well kept bedroom with an unidentified blonde woman sleeping on the bed. On the bed-side table was an officers cap fitted with a rising golden eagle alongside a red and white band.
A window view facing the sea was left open; letting in a cooling breeze drift into the room.
An idea struck your mind.
If I'm were going to escape this place alive, I'm gonna need some kind of disguise. Atleast, something other than a T-shirt and shorts.
You could only imagine what they'd do to you if they'd found some random person in what you thought was the Führer's quarters.
As silently as was humanly possible, you crept up to the wardrobe.
You thought "What woman was high-ranking during World War 2? ".
Perhaps the woman sleeping was Hitlers wife or something?
The closet responded to your touch with a high pitched squeak. Despite it being an inanimate object, you motioned for it to shut up with your hand. Your head spun around to see if the woman had woken up.
She did not.
With a silent thank you to god, you looked inside for some kind of uniform. What you instead found was... Womens' apparel?
You reached further in and looked deeper. There was no men's uniforms, which was quite surprising. Further scanning the wardrobe, you came across what appeared to be her undergarments.
You would've slammed the door shut, but the sound of the woman behind you snoring left a constant reminder that there was a SLIGHT element of danger.
Instead of risking it making another creaking sound, you left it open and left the room with a blush. You dove back into the marked papers and read them more thoroughly. Mentions of... Ship girls? Wisdom cubes?
No, no, no, that can't be right.
Standing back up, you struggled to formulate any kind of plan.
If you were going to survive, you'd need a weapon. Surely you could kill one with a surprise attack, then take his gun, and perhaps find a way out of here.
The closest thing resembling a weapon was a pen on the table.
Yep, that's fine, I'll just John Wick them...
You huffed and sat down on the more throne-like chair. It was quite comfortable, but it didn't spin like an office chair. It'd be 35 years before office chairs would be invented unfortunately.
The pen wasn't a ballpoint such as the ones you were used to; instead it was a dip pen. A half empty inkwell laid next to it. Out of boredom, you opened it. The smell of ink wafted out of the glass container.
Didn't they have fountain pens by now? Weird.
Your eyes were drawn to a map on the wall to the right of you. It depicted a slightly distorted version of the world you once called home. If you were uneducated, it wouldn't be unfeasible to identify it as the real thing. Perhaps even interchangeable should you be intoxicated enough, there were only slight discrepancies which broke the illusion.
You shook your head in disbelief. Either you were truly out of your depth or what you thought were the Nazi's were just pitifully incompetent.
At that point, it felt like you were in one of those TV pranks. You started probing the room for cameras or hidden microphones. With one glance at the open doorway, you immediate ignored it and continued the search elsewhere.
With a sigh, you surveyed the room one last time while leaning in a corner.
This couldn't be some sort of prank or something. Nobody would spend all of this money just to get a reaction from someone.
Your eyes traced the boundaries of the window.
Especially with all of those battleships and the like. God, the steel alone would cost millions...
The door leading to the bedroom slammed shut due to the wind from the open window.
You snapped your neck around to look at it, terror and trepidation coiled around your soul like a knot. Well... Now that's just great, isn't it?
The noise was so loud, you unconsciously held your ears in reaction to it.
You ran towards the window behind the desk and tried to get it open. There was no handle or any sort of way to open the window unfortunately.
Panic rushed through your body as you heard rapid footsteps approaching from the hallway on the other side of the wall. Grabbing the pen, you dashed over to get yourself in a good position to stab whoever was going to enter.
By the time I kill the first guard, I'll easily be able to deal with the girl in the other room. Shouldn't be too difficult as long as I land this blow.
Eventually, a figure opened the doors.
The pen somehow deflected off of her head, even though you used all of your strength.
"Eh? "
A dumbfounded look was imprinted onto your face, and she returned the expression.
Both of you stared at each other awkwardly, both of your minds were trying to assess the situation. She had a skirt that was a mixture of a brilliant red and foggy grey. Despite the look on her face, she had quite an imposing stature. Alongside her flat chest were golden buttons fitted to the exterior; 8 in total.
The pen tip was completely bent and disfigured, unlike the persons face you'd just attempted stabbing. There wasn't a single scratch or mark from your inept strike.
You crept around the stunned girl and into the hall, almost tripping on your own feet. As you backed up, she turned around and apprehensively pointed at you.
"You! What do you think you're do-" She was interrupted by the door to the bedroom being burst open.
"That man! Hipper! Detain him at once!" A tall half-dressed blonde ordered from the doorway.
You started backing away, you knew you had to run but it almost felt like you'd forgotten how to.
The inimical woman in front of you was poised to lunge at you, but her eyes gazed at something beyond you. Eventually you had backed up into something warm.
With a gulp, you slowly turned around.
You were face to face with, yet, another female.
Why were they all women? It's only 1941, surely they're not being pushed on all fronts?
An Iron Cross adorned her neck along with two more embroidered onto the wrist section of her clothing. Instead of blonde, her hair was a chalky white that was tied up in twin tails. Something else you noticed is that they all had thigh-highs on.
"Eugen, I order you to capture that spy!"
"Whatever you say, sis~" Eugen replied with a teasing grin.
"This is a huge misunderstanding! If you'll just let me-" You squealed shortly before being picked up by your shoulders. Her strength was extremely surprising to say the least. You attempted to maneuver yourself out of her grasp, but had no such luck.
Eugen effortlessly tossed you like a speeding missile down the hall and through a door labeled "Canteen".
"Why did you- EUGH! YOU ALWAYS DO THIS!" A irked Hipper scolded before giving chase.
"Oops~ " Eugen giggled with content, following with a gait of elegance.
The blonde put on her cap, and finished getting dressed before rushing in the opposite direction.
You'd just breached the doors of the cafeteria, landing on your shoulder and tumbling into the floorboards. You released a loud groan of agony as you made a clumsy uncoordinated attempt of rising to your feet.
Your mind was briefly rendered into tomato soup for a good few seconds before you regained your bearings.
How the hell did she just whizz me around like that? And how did that other girl just completely ignore my strike? What in the name of Christ is going on here..?
As you finally stood on two feet, one of your hands instinctively reached for your shoulder. It really felt like you broke something, but you knew that if you really had broken something, you'd probably be on the floor crying.
"Who is that?"
Your eyes widened as you realized you were in a room full of women draped in all kinds of modified Kriegsmarine uniforms. Some of them forewent their uniforms entirely, wearing skimpy, very revealing clothing for god knows why.
They were of all shapes and sizes. Though, putting it like that makes it sound like they're abnormal godless creatures.
It wasn't too far from the truth, some of them had what seemed to be horns. A good number of them also looked like children.
You struggled to get some words out in a very poor attempt of deception.
"I-I, uh... Für den Kaiser? " You stuttered in a horrible German accent. Everyone was silent. "No? Too early? Damn..."
A feminine voice crackled in from the P.A system, a ringing alarm repeatedly blared.
"Intruder alert! Spy in the base! Prevent him from leaving at all costs!"
Chatter erupted all over the room.
"There's a spy in the base?" Someone repeated.
Only fragments of conversations were intelligible from the mess of different voices and German. The talking slowly died down until the room was in absolute silence. Every single one of them were staring at you.
Your eyes went from face to face, they were innumerable.
You immediately turned you back on them and began your great escape.
It started with a thundering of rushing and mangled cries of "Get him!" and other variations of apprehensive phrases. Multiple lunch trays clattered to the floor. The flat blonde you'd met before burst through the doors, using her arms in an X fashion as a brace.
Hipper didn't see you slip out of her way and slink back into the hallway before continuing into a sprint.
"W-where did he go?" She sputtered in a blunder. Her breath was raggedy and frequent.
They all pointed behind her, some of them started running towards her which prompted an annoyed groan from Hipper, who began to give chase to the human.
A look of steely determination was imprinted onto your face as you ran with all of your might. Crimson banners, vanilla wallpaper, and the wall-lamps all whizzed by in a amalgamated blur.
You looked behind you to see how much a lead you had.
They were gaining, Hipper was still leading the charge. In a panic, you hurriedly chose a random door flying by.
Eenie, meenie, miney, mo!
You braced and charged through the wooden pair of doors. What you saw in that room was interesting to say the least.
Yet another woman was sitting on some sort of throne. The masonry itself was crumbled at the edges, armrests draped in light amethyst hair.
The woman herself was crossing her legs with her hands joined in her lap. Behind her was a large cathedral-like window showering the room with light, unveiling the darkness. Unlit wax candles ran along the walls with two golden chandeliers hanging above.
She cocked her head slightly to the right, intrigued by your form. Her presence alone sent chills up your spine. Something about her gave off an incredibly ominous vibe.
As you stood there, stunned, the girls behind you had finally caught up. But instead of entering the room and apprehending you with shouts and whatnot, they were quietly gossiping behind closed doors.
"... Think he'll come out alive?"
"August is scary!"
"Quiet, morons!" Hipper hushed them with a quick strike to their foreheads. Muffled whimpers of pain came from the other side of the wall while the figure in front of you stared you down.
There was a profuse silence that was eventually broken by the woman speaking to you.
"It seems you're this Spy. "
She spoke with an air of sophistication and superiority. More silence followed before being broken up yet again. with a sigh she stood up, albeit slowly.
"I must admit, you caught me off guard. "
You watched in a combination of wonder and horror as a mass of azure cubes passed through the floor and walls, amassing themselves into a metal dragon. Instead of wings, it had half of a deck of an aircraft carrier on each wing.
"Your bravery is worthy of admiration, although whether it is folly or valor..." The dragon took a thunderous step towards you, turrets on the deck seemed to be locked onto your head. "I shall decide."
Each of the steps towards you made you flinch.
"You... Want me... To fight... That?" You said while backing up against the door. "What in the name of Christ..? "
What kind of world was this? A world where dragons just... Exist? A world where someone can just pick you up and hurl you without any effort?
This was but another wake-up call to where you had been thrown into.
"Will you falter in the face of such trials?" She ignored your very obvious indirect plea for mercy.
Your hands wrapped around the knob of the door and turned it violently. The door did not open. In a desperate escape attempt, you rammed your shoulder into it repeatedly to no avail.
Seeing how it wasn't working, you backed up towards the dragon and prepared to ram the door down one last time with all of your might.
"Have you given up already?" The woman sneered, a hint of disappointment rang in her voice.
You ran at the door and made one poor excuse of a dropkick while closing your eyes.
It felt... Warm. Your body impacted the ground without ever hitting anything with your feet.
For the second time that day, you were dropped onto the floor. Hard.
You let out an exasperated gasp after opening your eyes. Sunlight hit your body from above, no longer held back by a structure.
You were now in a street, occasionally people would pass by. Some looked on with concern, but without the courage to assist. Wooden buildings lined the busy streets, the archaic stone pathway was littered with the tapping of footsteps.
It was just like when you had first arrived here. Though this time, you remembered.
With a silent thank you to whatever deity might've saved you, you stood up with a grin.
"Where did he go?!"
"I'm afraid that's not something I know."
"B-but... How?! He can't just vanish! Unless..."
Hipper scratched her chin, her right eye twitching in increasing frustration.
"He must be a submarine! He might have some... Some sort of camouflage! Yes, that must be it!" She whipped around to the crowd of startled onlookers. "Scour the base! I want no stone unturned! Every cabinet, wardrobe and desk!"
Most of the ships saluted with a coordinated "Jawohl!" before dispersing in different directions. Some merely nodded in a sultry state, upset that their lunch had been ruined.
The ones remaining infront of her were none other than Bismarck and Prinz Eugen.
"I just got my rigging on too! Damn him!" Admiral Hipper raised her shaking fist to the sky in rage.
"I'm sure you'll get him next time~" Eugen jokingly assured Hipper, slinging her arm around her sisters neck.
Already teetering on the edge of rage, she had an outburst.
"IT'S YOUR FAULT ANYWAY!" She flew Eugens arm off her shoulder. "I-if you didn't toss him like you did, we could've easily-"
"Eugen, don't go overboard on your games. What is done is done, though do expect to hear from me in the coming days."
Eugen let out a "Hmpf. " and walked away.
Bismarck approached Hipper with a serious gaze. She immediately got the message and composed herself, straightening her posture.
"I believe you were closest to him. Can you describe his face? Eye color, or anything of the sort?"
Admiral Hipper profusely nodded.

And that ends the first chapter. As you can probably tell, I'm a novice writer, and most of you are probably twice my age. (Surprisingly, most of you seem to be above the age of 20.) I'm also very new to the fandom, and am looking to improve my writing of dialogue and vast amount of personalities (most of which are tropes), and I'm quite afraid I wrote August/Eugen wrong.
I also have a few questions for any hard-core Azur Lane fans that I'd appreciate if you could answer:
1: Is the German language just called "Ironblood"? Is Japanese called "Sakura" or something? 2: Does the game or anime happen first? Or, are they in separate timelines? I haven't seen Crosswave myself, so I don't know. I was going to follow the events of the anime, then maybe into the game, then into Slow Ahead.
3: (most important one) Are men just... Really rare? Is there a reason why all the ships are females, or why we never see any men, anywhere?
If you've somehow read all of this, thank you, I appreciate people reading my work. Cheers from Australia.
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2023.04.01 08:31 Clay_Bricks Every retiring LEGO set (April 2023 update)

Welcome to another month! That means it's time for our monthly update on retiring sets. Not many changes this time around, but there were a lot of sets added to the database!
As always, we owe a massive thanks to ZombieYeti from the BrickHound Discord for providing this valuable data. If you're looking for real-time in-stock/deal alerts for Lego.com and other sites, make sure to check out his server.
This information is scraped directly from Lego's website, and all dates are subject to change. ZombieYeti is currently developing a website to host this data and offer real-time updates. In the meantime, here is a list of every set and their corresponding retirement date as per LEGO's system!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Due to Reddit's character limits, we can't include everything here, but the full spreadsheet contains every set.
Theme Set # Set Name Old Date New Date Change
Creator 40646 Daffodils Dec 31, 2025 Dec 31, 2023 -2 years
Icons 40516 Everyone is Awesome Dec 31, 2023 Dec 31, 2024 +1 year
Promotional 60369 Mobile Police Dog Training Dec 31, 2023 Dec 31, 2024 +1 year
Minifigures 71038 LEGO® Minifigures Disney 100 N/A Aug 31, 2023 NEW
Minecraft / BrickHeadz 40624 Alex N/A Dec 31, 2023 NEW
Minecraft / BrickHeadz 40625 Llama N/A Dec 31, 2023 NEW
Minecraft / BrickHeadz 40626 Zombie N/A Dec 31, 2023 NEW
Indiana Jones 77012 Fighter Plane Chase N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Indiana Jones 77013 Escape from the Lost Tomb N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Indiana Jones 77015 Temple of the Golden Idol N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Jurassic Park 76957 Velociraptor Escape N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Jurassic Park 76958 Dilophosaurus Ambush N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Jurassic Park 76959 Triceratops Research N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Jurassic Park 76960 Brachiosaurus Discovery N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Jurassic Park 76961 Visitor Centre: T. rex & Raptor Attack N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Mario 71423 Dry Bowser Castle Battle N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Star Wars 75346 Pirate Snub Fighter N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Star Wars 75358 Tenoo Jedi Temple N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Star Wars 75361 Spider Tank N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Star Wars 75363 The Mandalorian's N-1 Starfighter Microfighter N/A Dec 31, 2024 NEW
Duplo 10998 3-in-1 Magical Castle N/A Dec 31, 2025 NEW
Icons 10317 Land Rover Classic Defender 90 N/A Dec 31, 2025 NEW
Theme Set # Set Name Retirement Date
Minifigures 66733 Minifigures - Series 24 Apr 30, 2023
Classic 11015 Around the World Jul 31, 2023
Creator 31123 Off-Road Buggy Jul 31, 2023
Disney 10780 Mickey and Friends Castle Defenders Jul 31, 2023
Disney 43203 Aurora, Merida and Tiana's Enchanted Creations Jul 31, 2023
Dots 41962 Unicorn Creative Family Pack Jul 31, 2023
Mario 71404 Goomba's Shoe Jul 31, 2023
Mario 71407 Cat Peach Suit and Frozen Tower Jul 31, 2023
Mario 71409 Big Spike's Cloudtop Challenge Jul 31, 2023
Mario 71412 Big Bad Island Jul 31, 2023
Mindstorms 51515 Robot Inventor Jul 31, 2023
Minecraft 21187 The Red Barn Jul 31, 2023
Ninjago 71738 Zane's Titan Mech Battle Jul 31, 2023
Ninjago 71754 Water Dragon Jul 31, 2023
Ninjago 71756 Hydro Bounty Jul 31, 2023
Ninjago 71759 Ninja Dragon Temple Jul 31, 2023
Ninjago 71762 Kai's Fire Dragon EVO Jul 31, 2023
Ninjago 71770 Zane's Golden Dragon Jet Jul 31, 2023
Ninjago 71773 Kai's Golden Dragon Raider Jul 31, 2023
Technic 42129 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros Trial Truck Jul 31, 2023
Minifigures 71038 LEGO® Minifigures Disney 100 Aug 31, 2023
Architecture 21054 The White House Dec 31, 2023
Art 31203 World Map Dec 31, 2023
Art 31205 Jim Lee Batman Collection Dec 31, 2023
Art 31206 The Rolling Stones Dec 31, 2023
Art 31207 Floral Art Dec 31, 2023
Avatar 75571 Neytiri & Thanator vs. AMP Suit Quaritch Dec 31, 2023
Avatar 75573 Floating Mountains: Site 26 & RDA Samson Dec 31, 2023
Brickheadz 40540 Lion Dance Guy Dec 31, 2023
Brickheadz 40541 Manchester United Go Brick Me Dec 31, 2023
Brickheadz 40542 FC Barcelona Go Brick Me Dec 31, 2023
Brickheadz 40554 Jake Sully & his Avatar Dec 31, 2023
City 30638 Police Bike Training Dec 31, 2023
City 30639 Dog Park and Scooter Dec 31, 2023
City 41723 Donut Shop Dec 31, 2023
City 41726 Holiday Camping Trip Dec 31, 2023
City 60253 Ice-Cream Truck Dec 31, 2023
City 60313 Space Ride Amusement Truck Dec 31, 2023
City 60314 Ice Cream Truck Police Chase Dec 31, 2023
City 60315 Police Mobile Command Truck Dec 31, 2023
City 60317 Police Chase at the Bank Dec 31, 2023
City 60318 Fire Helicopter Dec 31, 2023
City 60319 Fire Rescue & Police Chase Dec 31, 2023
City 60320 Fire Station Dec 31, 2023
City 60321 Fire Brigade Dec 31, 2023
City 60322 Race Car Dec 31, 2023
City 60323 Stunt Plane Dec 31, 2023
City 60324 Mobile Crane Dec 31, 2023
City 60325 Cement Mixer Truck Dec 31, 2023
City 60327 Horse Transporter Dec 31, 2023
City 60330 Hospital Dec 31, 2023
City 60332 Reckless Scorpion Stunt Bike Dec 31, 2023
City 60333 Bathtub Stunt Bike Dec 31, 2023
City 60335 Train Station Dec 31, 2023
City 60338 Chimpanzee Smash Stunt Loop Dec 31, 2023
City 60339 Double Loop Stunt Arena Dec 31, 2023
City 60341 The Knockdown Stunt Challenge Dec 31, 2023
City 60342 The Shark Attack Stunt Challenge Dec 31, 2023
City 60343 Rescue Helicopter Transporter Dec 31, 2023
City 60346 Barn & Farm Animals Dec 31, 2023
City 60348 Lunar Roving Vehicle Dec 31, 2023
City 60349 Lunar Space Station Dec 31, 2023
City 60350 Lunar Research Base Dec 31, 2023
City 60351 Rocket Launch Centre Dec 31, 2023
City 60353 Wild Animal Rescue Missions Dec 31, 2023
City 60354 Mars Spacecraft Exploration Missions Dec 31, 2023
City 60355 Water Police Detective Missions Dec 31, 2023
City 60356 Bear Stunt Bike Dec 31, 2023
City 60357 Stunt Truck & Ring of Fire Challenge Dec 31, 2023
City 60358 Cyber Stunt Bike Dec 31, 2023
City 60359 Dunk Stunt Ramp Challenge Dec 31, 2023
City 60360 Spinning Stunt Challenge Dec 31, 2023
City 60361 Ultimate Stunt Riders Challenge Dec 31, 2023
City 60371 Emergency Vehicles HQ Dec 31, 2023
City 60382 Vet Van Rescue Dec 31, 2023
City 60385 Construction Digger Dec 31, 2023
City 60388 Gaming Tournament Truck Dec 31, 2023
City 60390 Park Tractor Dec 31, 2023
City 60393 4x4 Fire Truck Rescue Dec 31, 2023
City 60394 ATV and Otter Habitat Dec 31, 2023
Classic 11014 Bricks and Wheels Dec 31, 2023
Classic 11018 Creative Ocean Fun Dec 31, 2023
Classic 11019 Bricks and Functions Dec 31, 2023
Classic 11021 90 Years of Play Dec 31, 2023
Classic 11022 Space Mission Dec 31, 2023
Classic 11031 Creative Monkey Fun Dec 31, 2023
Creator 30641 Panda Bear Dec 31, 2023
Creator 30642 Birthday Train Dec 31, 2023
Creator 30644 Vintage Car Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31111 Cyber Drone Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31118 Surfer Beach House Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31127 Street Racer Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31128 Dolphin and Turtle Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31130 Sunken Treasure Mission Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31131 Downtown Noodle Shop Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31132 Viking Ship and the Midgard Serpent Dec 31, 2023
Creator 31143 Birdhouse Dec 31, 2023
Creator 40461 Tulips Dec 31, 2023
Creator 40469 Tuk Tuk Dec 31, 2023
Creator 40568 Paris Postcard Dec 31, 2023
Creator 40646 Daffodils Dec 31, 2023
DC 76181 Batmobile: The Penguin Chase Dec 31, 2023
DC 76220 Batman versus Harley Quinn Dec 31, 2023
Disney 10777 Mickey and Minnie's Camping Trip Dec 31, 2023
Disney 40521 Mini Disney The Haunted Mansion Dec 31, 2023
Disney 41168 Elsa's Jewellery Box Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43187 Rapunzel's Tower Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43189 Elsa and the Nokk Storybook Adventures Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43194 Anna and Elsa's Frozen Wonderland Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43196 Belle and the Beast's Castle Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43197 The Ice Castle Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43198 Anna's Castle Courtyard Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43199 Elsa's Castle Courtyard Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43202 The Madrigal House Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43204 Anna and Olaf's Castle Fun Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43207 Ariel's Underwater Palace Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43208 Jasmine and Mulan's Adventure Dec 31, 2023
Disney 43209 Elsa and the Nokk's Ice Stable Dec 31, 2023
Disney / BrickHeadz 40377 Donald Duck Dec 31, 2023
Disney / BrickHeadz 40378 Goofy & Pluto Dec 31, 2023
Disney / BrickHeadz 40476 Daisy Duck Dec 31, 2023
Disney / BrickHeadz 40477 Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey & Louie Dec 31, 2023
Disney / BrickHeadz 40550 Chip & Dale Dec 31, 2023
Disney / BrickHeadz 40553 Woody and Bo Peep Dec 31, 2023
Disney / BrickHeadz 40622 Disney 100th Celebration BrickHeadz Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41801 My Pets Bracelet Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41802 Unicorns Forever Bracelet Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41803 Extra Dots series 8 Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41805 Creative Animal Drawer Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41806 Ultimate Party Kit Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41807 Bracelet Designer Mega Pack Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41808 Hogwarts Accessories Pack Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41809 Hedwig Pencil Holder Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41811 Hogwarts Desktop Kit Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41947 Mickey and Friends Bracelets Mega Pack Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41948 Cute Banana Pen Holder Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41950 Lots of DOTS - Lettering Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41951 Message Board Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41957 Adhesive Patches Mega Pack Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41959 Cute Panda Tray Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41960 Big Box Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41961 Designer Toolkit - Patterns Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41963 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Stitch-on Patch Dec 31, 2023
Dots 41964 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Back-to-School Project Box Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10411 Learn About Chinese Culture Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10872 Train Bridge and Tracks Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10882 Train Tracks Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10899 Frozen Ice Castle Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10930 Bulldozer Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10938 Dinosaur Nursery Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10944 Space Shuttle Mission Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10948 Parking Garage and Car Wash Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10949 Farm Animal Care Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10955 Animal Train Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10956 Amusement Park Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10960 Belle's Ballroom Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10962 Buzz Lightyear's Planetary Mission Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10963 Spider-Man & Friends: Funfair Adventure Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10964 Bath Time Fun: Floating Red Panda Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10968 Doctor Visit Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10972 Wild Animals of the Ocean Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10973 Wild Animals of South America Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10974 Wild Animals of Asia Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10976 Santa's Gingerbread House Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10977 My First Puppy & Kitten with Sounds Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10978 Creative Building Time Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 10979 Wild Animals of Europe Dec 31, 2023
Duplo 30648 Whale Dec 31, 2023
Friends 30633 Skate Ramp Dec 31, 2023
Friends 30634 Friendship Flowers Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41443 Olivia's Electric Car Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41677 Forest Waterfall Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41696 Pony-Washing Stable Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41697 Turtle Protection Vehicle Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41699 Pet Adoption Café Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41703 Friendship Tree House Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41704 Main Street Building Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41705 Heartlake City Pizzeria Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41707 Tree-Planting Vehicle Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41708 Roller Disco Arcade Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41711 Emma's Art School Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41712 Recycling Truck Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41713 Olivia's Space Academy Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41714 Andrea's Theatre School Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41715 Ice Cream Truck Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41716 Stephanie's Sailing Adventure Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41717 Mia's Wildlife Rescue Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41718 Pet Day-Care Center Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41719 Mobile Fashion Boutique Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41720 Water Park Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41721 Organic Farm Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41722 Horse Show Trailer Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41729 Organic Grocery Store Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41732 Downtown Flower and Design Stores Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41733 Mobile Bubble Tea Shop Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41735 Mobile Tiny House Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41741 Dog Rescue Van Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41742 Cat Hotel Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41743 Hair Salon Dec 31, 2023
Friends 41751 Skate Park Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 75968 4 Privet Drive Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 75969 Hogwarts Astronomy Tower Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 75979 Hedwig Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76386 Hogwarts: Polyjuice Potion Mistake Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76398 Hogwarts Hospital Wing Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76399 Hogwarts Magical Trunk Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76400 Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76401 Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius's Rescue Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76403 The Ministry of Magic Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76406 Hungarian Horntail Dragon Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76408 12 Grimmauld Place Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76409 Gryffindor House Banner Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76410 Slytherin House Banner Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76411 Ravenclaw House Banner Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter 76412 Hufflepuff House Banner Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter / Brickheadz 40495 Harry, Hermione, Ron & Hagrid Dec 31, 2023
Harry Potter / Brickheadz 40560 Professors of Hogwarts Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 30643 Easter Chickens Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 40426 Christmas Wreath 2-in-1 Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 40522 Valentine Lovebirds Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 40523 Easter Rabbits Display Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 40570 Halloween Cat and Mouse Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 40571 Wintertime Polar Bears Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 40575 Year of the Rabbit Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 80110 Lunar New Year Display Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 80110 Lunar New Year Display Dec 31, 2023
Holiday 80111 Lunar New Year Parade Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10255 Assembly Square Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10265 Ford Mustang Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10270 Bookshop Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10273 Haunted House Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10276 Colosseum Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10278 Police Station Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10289 Bird of Paradise Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10290 Pickup Truck Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10292 The Friends Apartments Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10293 Santa's Visit Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10299 Real Madrid - Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10306 Atari 2600 Dec 31, 2023
Icons 10497 Galaxy Explorer Dec 31, 2023
Icons 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck Dec 31, 2023
Ideas 21325 Medieval Blacksmith Dec 31, 2023
Ideas 21326 Winnie the Pooh Dec 31, 2023
Ideas 21329 Fender Stratocaster Dec 31, 2023
Ideas 21331 Sonic the Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone Dec 31, 2023
Ideas 21337 Table Football Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76943 Pteranodon Chase Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76945 Atrociraptor Dinosaur: Bike Chase Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76946 Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76947 Quetzalcoatlus Plane Ambush Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76948 T. rex & Atrociraptor Dinosaur Breakout Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76950 Triceratops Pickup Truck Ambush Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76951 Pyroraptor & Dilophosaurus Transport Dec 31, 2023
Jurassic Park/World 76956 T. rex Breakout Dec 31, 2023
Lightyear 76830 Zyclops Chase Dec 31, 2023
Lightyear 76831 Zurg Battle Dec 31, 2023
Lightyear 76832 XL-15 Spaceship Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71406 Yoshi's Gift House Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71413 Character Packs Series 6 Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71414 Conkdor's Noggin Bopper Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71415 Ice Mario Suit and Frozen World Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71416 Lava Wave Ride Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71417 Fliprus Snow Adventure Dec 31, 2023
Mario 71418 Creativity Toolbox Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 10781 Spider-Man's Techno Trike Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 10784 Spider-Man Webquarters Hangout Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 10790 Team Spidey at Green Goblin's Lighthouse Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76187 Venom Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76193 The Guardians' Ship Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76206 Iron Man Figure Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76207 Attack on New Asgard Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76208 The Goat Boat Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76209 Thor's Hammer Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76211 Shuri's Sunbird Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76212 Shuri's Lab Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76213 King Namor's Throne Room Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76214 Black Panther: War on the Water Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76215 Black Panther Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76216 Iron Man Armory Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76225 Miles Morales Figure Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76226 Spider-Man Figure Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76230 Venom Figure Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76241 Hulk Mech Armor Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76242 Thanos Mech Armor Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76243 Rocket Mech Armor Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76245 Ghost Rider Mech & Bike Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76253 Guardians of the Galaxy Headquarters Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76255 The New Guardians' Ship Dec 31, 2023
Marvel 76256 Ant-Man Construction Figure Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21164 The Coral Reef Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21170 The Pig House Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21172 The Ruined Portal Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21177 The Creeper Ambush Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21180 The Guardian Battle Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21181 The Rabbit Ranch Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21183 The Training Grounds Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21184 The Bakery Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21185 The Nether Bastion Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21186 The Ice Castle Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21188 The Llama Village Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 21190 The Abandoned Village Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft 30647 The Dripstone Cavern/The Stalactite Cave Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft / BrickHeadz 40624 Alex Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft / BrickHeadz 40625 Llama Dec 31, 2023
Minecraft / BrickHeadz 40626 Zombie Dec 31, 2023
Misc 40174 LEGO Chess Dec 31, 2023
Misc 40382 Birthday Set Dec 31, 2023
Misc 40584 Birthday Diorama Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 30656 Monkey King Marketplace Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80008 Monkie Kid's Cloud Jet Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80030 Monkie Kid's Staff Creations Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80032 Chang'e Moon Cake Factory Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80033 Evil Macaque's Mech Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80034 Nezha's Fire Ring Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80035 Monkie Kid's Galactic Explorer Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80037 Dragon of the East Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80038 Monkie Kid's Team Van Dec 31, 2023
Monkie Kid 80039 The Heavenly Realms Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 30649 Ice Dragon Creature Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71757 Lloyd's Ninja Mech Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71760 Jay's Thunder Dragon EVO Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71761 Zane's Power Up Mech EVO Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71763 Lloyd's Race Car EVO Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71765 Ninja Ultra Combo Mech Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71766 Lloyd's Legendary Dragon Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71767 Ninja Dojo Temple Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71768 Jay's Golden Dragon Motorbike Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71769 Cole's Dragon Cruiser Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71771 The Crystal King Temple Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71772 The Crystal King Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71774 Lloyd's Golden Ultra Dragon Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71775 Nya's Samurai X MECH Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71776 Jay and Nya's Race Car EVO Dec 31, 2023
Ninjago 71781 Lloyd's Mech Battle EVO Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30435 Build Your Own Hogwarts Castle Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30509 Yellow Yoshi's Fruit Tree Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30510 90 Years of Cars Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30560 Pineapple Photo Holder & Mini Board Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30584 Winter Holiday Train Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30590 Farm Garden & Scarecrow Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30646 Moana's Dolphin Cove Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30651 Quidditch Practice Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30652 Doctor Strange's Interdimensional Portal Dec 31, 2023
Polybag 30657 McLaren Solus GT Dec 31, 2023
Promotional 40393 LEGOLAND Fire Academy Dec 31, 2023
Promotional 40534 LEGO House Chef Dec 31, 2023
Speed Champions 76900 Koenigsegg Jesko Dec 31, 2023
Speed Champions 76901 Toyota GR Supra Dec 31, 2023
Speed Champions 76906 1970 Ferrari 512 M Dec 31, 2023
Speed Champions 76907 Lotus Evija Dec 31, 2023
Speed Champions 76910 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro and Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Dec 31, 2023
Speed Champions 76911 007 Aston Martin DB5 Dec 31, 2023
Speed Champions 76912 Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger T Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 30654 X-wing Starfighter Polybag Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75288 AT-AT Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75292 The Razor Crest Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75300 Imperial TIE Fighter Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75301 Luke Skywalker's X-wing Fighter Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75309 Republic Gunship Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75312 Boba Fett's Starship Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75317 The Mandalorian & The Child Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75318 The Child Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75320 Snowtrooper Battle Pack Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75322 Hoth AT-ST Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75323 The Justifier Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75324 Dark Trooper Attack Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75326 Boba Fett's Throne Room Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75327 Luke Skywalker (Red Five) Helmet Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75329 Death Star Trench Run Diorama Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75330 Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75332 AT-ST Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75334 Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75335 BD-1 Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75336 Inquisitor Transport Scythe Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75338 Ambush on Ferrix Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75339 Death Star Trash Compactor Diorama Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75342 Republic Fighter Tank Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75343 Dark Trooper Helmet Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars 75344 Boba Fett's Starship Microfighter Dec 31, 2023
Star Wars / Brickheadz 40539 Ahsoka Tano Dec 31, 2023
Technic 30655 Forklift with Pallet Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42096 Porsche 911 RSR Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42107 Ducati Panigale V4 R Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42111 Dom's Dodge Charger Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42117 Race Plane Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42118 Monster Jam Grave Digger Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42122 Jeep Wrangler Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42123 McLaren Senna GTR Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE 'AF Corse #51' Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42127 The Batman - Batmobile Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42128 Heavy-Duty Tow Truck Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42131 Cat D11 Bulldozer Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42132 Chopper Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42133 Telehandler Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42134 Monster Jam Megalodon Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42135 Monster Jam El Toro Loco Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42137 Formula E Porsche 99x Electric Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42138 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42139 All-Terrain Vehicle Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42140 App-Controlled Transformation Vehicle Dec 31, 2023
Technic 42144 Material Handler Dec 31, 2023
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2023.04.01 07:42 setatsdelgnat Breakup line

I feel horrible. I left her. My love!
I was telling her how happy being with her had made me this week… So happy.
She set me straight. ):
I asked her to talk before she slept. But then she was asleep. So I woke her and asked, “I need to know what to do?”
She didn’t wake. At 11 pm Three and a half hours later 5:30 am) I wake She’s asleep. I ask her if she needs to go to work. She does (which I knew)
I was packed. She asked if I was leaving.
I said yes [i’m horrible] I said, “all my clothes are dirty, and I like my washer and soap better than yours.” [this last part is true, still 🤦🏻‍♀️]
I’ll never forget the words. Neither will she.
It’s an asymmetric relationship. Me 100%. Her? less.
I’m guessing I am done. My hope is against hope.
She is not committed to us. 6 years.. I am I can’t keep doing this. I am broken
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2023.04.01 07:07 shintarojsvd Prolouge: (Time for me to do one of these for once)

Prolouge: (Time for me to do one of these for once)
Year 20xx Location: Abandoned mall
I find myself in a abandoned mall running down its empty halls the ceiling looking like it could collapse at any moment as i heavily breath in the damp air as all i see is teared up shops as all that illuminates the area of my vicinity is nothing but the skylight trying my best staying away from the dark shadows as nothing but growling can be heard behind me and the sound of claws scratching the surface of a tiles on the floor and with each step they take feels like they are shaking the entire building.
thats the first word went through my head as i am heavily running away
"Why me?"
Boom Boom Boom
the sound of it's steps echoed behind me all i could do is keep on running and taking on wild turns this mall is like a maze im lucky that the objects in its path is slowlying down the beast behind me. but as luck would have it i made it to the middle of the mall with multiple paths in front of me each path is unknown for me as each path can hold a entirely different beast and horror behind them.
"Damn it"
I quickly look around and see a shop nearby and went ahead and hid there but as soon as i headed near its entrance the floor below me caved in as i fell deep and splashed into what seems like a flooded level

i splashed around and got my footing and realized that it isnt that deep as the water reached to my thighs and with a couple of scratches i was fine but i cant be safe yet as i look up and i make eye contact with the beast that was following me all i see its its shadowy figure but for some reason it leaves and doesnt bother me dispite us making eye contact. i felt naxious and exhausted wanting to collapse but i couldnt i needed to find a spot with a higher ground i looked and examined my sorroundings and so far its pitched black and i still had some light and saw an escalator to use to get out of the water. as soon as i arrived to the escalator i sat down on its steps taking a break trying to piece myself together
"Why didn't it attack me?" i said softly as i sat there dripping in sweat as far as i know i must have been running from that thing for a long time probally 6 if not 7 blocks down the street from this mall. i tried to check if i had any of my supplies and luckily i still had my knife and some medication and some crackers and a flashlight if need.
"Damn it i probally won't last a day out here but that thing is still gonna be around and whats worse thing swill be really bad once it gets dark and my problems will worsen"
i probally shouldnt stay in this spot for too long as theres a possibility that more of does creatures would appear but this is my only source of light and if i go out running around back up there or stay down here with just a flashlight and a knife i would just be someone being blind folded swinging a knife at a moving deadly pinata. my options arent that good. my best shot is really just surviving the night.
"But still, its pretty unlucky that out of all of us that beast decided to chase me specifically, Damn it why didn't it go after sun or any of the others!" i yelled to myself in my head as i breathed heavily
"No......you musnt think that after all it was better it was me instead of them afterall at least they had a chance to escape im just being selfish right now, at least she got away in time, if only i could have been stronger to fight that thign on by myself after all im pretty weak i probally wont stand a chance if i wait here till my death"
I constantly just kept tlaking to myself im probally wasting precious daylight and giving myself a death sentence.
i lay down in the escalator looking through the hole i fell from sorrounded by total darkness probally sorrounded and badly outmatched. i look back and think about my times during boot camp the constant heavy drills with the heavy backpacks and tough training that nearly could me i worked so hard to get into this position. but why? why? did i push myself so hard to end up being in a situation like this, oh yeah thats right i thinkg i somewhat remmeber t was all cause of her my idol she is someone i greatfully look up to someone strong and reliable i want to be jsut like her fighting for survival. but why? was she that strong? no it's not a question on why was she strong but more so what made her strong? i then asking myself why am i thinking about this? and just as that a tiny voice played in my head
"what makes me strong? well i always fight to eventually reunite with does i care about so if you ever are in a tough spot always remmeber for what you fight for ok?" the voice says in my head
"What i fight for? well what am i fighting for? to see my tomorow? to fight for does close to me? but i dont have a place i belong? i dont have a role to play in this world no purpose."
Then it clicked on me
"A purpose?"
"What i fight for?"
"Do i just fight to find my purpose and role in this world?"
for some reason that oddly makes sense to me. as i stand up and search around the area i fell in trying to search in the dirty muddy water to see what things i can use. eventually i found some iteams like a wine bottle with some wine left in it and a electronics store submerge and i explored it and found a lighter that surprsingly still usable
"I musnt die in a place like this i want to find a place were i truly belong i want to keep on fighting to figure out what i was meant for this world i wont end up being food to the creatures up above me"
Eventually i finished some of my preparesions till i hear the footsteps of the creature as the firt on th eceling falls i ended up finishing what i needed to do and carried the wine bottle with a piece of my clothing on it and lighter ready. i take deep breathes and prepared myself as time was ticking as its getting to sundown and i made a mad dash up the escalator and made a jump towards the spot i fell from grabbing to one of the metal bars on the side of the hole and climb myself up so far i look around and see nohting and then started running from the way i ran till
the creature appears
the beast in front of me a hanninbal it quickly slashed at me and i managed to dodged its strike but it spinned around to hit me with its tail and it managed to launch me across he area and hit a pillar
i quickly stood up dispite the sharp pain in my back and look to see it getting ready to charge a fire ball and as it fires off its charged attack i managed to briefly dodge it getting a small burn on my right shoulder
"Don't Give Up"
i said to msyelf as i pull out my knife despite my wunds as i charged in if anything i must fight back no matter what as it suched back at me as its arms turned ablazed as it would charge in front of me trying to punch at me as it would dodge and use my knife to slightly parries its attacks its powerful shielded armor is strong i cant even hurt it but luckily for once luck is on my side today. as eventually through all my efforts i managed to slice underneath it injuring it as i managed to leave a huge gash around its belly as i start to light up my hand made moltov and slowly approach it as it would squirm for a second and go to strike me as we both go at each other as i shove the moltov through its wound as my left arm gets badly burnt as the moltove exploded on it sinsides and lighting the hanninbal on fire from within
"GO TO HELL!!!!"
as i quickly step back and watch it squirm for its life as it have my knife out with my right arm and slowly appraoch it delivering it a mercy kill by stabbing it through the fleshy part of it armored neck as its blood got onto my hands i walked back and heavily breathed and slowly started to puke my guts out as blood and yestardays food comes out of my body.
"oh god.....that was terrifrying"
My mind felt hazy but at the same time my shoulders feel like a heavy weight got lifted off but dispite it all my body was messed up my right shoulder is burnt and i can barely move it and my left arm is comepletely unusable but eveyrhting is good im fine and im alive. this was a small no huge victory for me i'm alive and thats all that mattters my next objective is to reunite with my group and i should be ok. but i felt a chill down my spine
my victory was short lived as i looked around and see a pack of hannibals sorround me as they seem fiesty and angry but most of all ready to devour me and my sould
"damn it....."
i wanted to give up so badly in that moment nothing but despair was felt through my body
"Dont give up" i said to myself as i slowly stood up
"i still have much to live for me....i wont let a couple of stupid BEASTS LIEK YOU MY RIGHT TO LIFE!"

I tightened the grip of my knife i was sorrounded badly injured and nearly going in and out of consiouessness its a hopeless situation but no matter what im going to keep on fighting i want to find out whats more to this life i wont lose my convition again i will keep on going
"I will keep on fighting!"
As the light above me of the sundown shrowned brightly as i would rush at my foes that sorrounded me as they did back a burst of light flashed in front of me that knocked me back to the floor as the beasts around me seem frozen in time i could barely examine and analyze what was going on till a bright light behind me it felt warm and welcoming i turned around i see a giant duel blades i was confused on what was happening till a spirit of a girl in black and white floating above them
"I have heard your conviction your willingness to keep on fighting i am the weapon Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi one of the divine artifact weapons spread across the world from the fallen gods i have come to answer your prayers"
I was so confused i couldnt understand what she meant divine weapons? fallen gods? no i dont have time to go on a full thought session if these weapons are the only things that would help me fight and escape this situation i will find my worth and survive till i see it! i didnt hesitate any longer and grabbed the weapons. i felt a burst of energy a powerful wave of energy in my hands as the energy exploded and the bright flash was gone the next thing i could see was the hanninbals dead around me and the roof of the building gone
"What just happened?" i felt confunsed and looked at my arms as the wounds are comepletely gone. no i musnt think much on this my group i need to find my companions i need to see if they are safe whatever these weapons are their my only hope in me suriving i start running off.
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2023.04.01 06:40 SubstantialBite788 Freestyle Camping is Not a Good Idea

I used to pitch my tent wherever. If it looked interesting, I was setting up camp. I kept a tent at the ready in my trunk. There’s nothing exciting about a park; there’s no adventure in that. I didn’t camp out near someone’s house or anything like that, but I have found myself in some precarious situations. The worst yet, happened in East Tennessee.
I was traveling back to campus after spring break. There’s a spot of hills that I’ve always thought interesting. Between those hills runs a long valley. As I drive back and forth between Knoxville and Nashville, I always tell myself that I’m going to camp in that spot, but I never do it. I’m always pressed for time. I never leave in time though. Class is always the next day. Lost in music, I started ruminating on how boring my life had become. To hell with it, I was going to do it. I didn’t much care to do Calculus at eight in the morning anyway. I could afford to miss one day.
I pulled over to the side of the interstate, got my tent and backpack, and started hiking downhill to the valley. It was still early afternoon. The sun was still high enough in the sky to illuminate my way. The vegetation was thick. There was no human-made trail, no way to easily traverse the terrain. As I hiked through the briars and whipping branches, I reminded myself to buy a machete for instances such as these.
I found a perfect spot under a thicket of red cedars, with a nice flat area and no undergrowth. I pitched my tent and laid out my sleeping bag. I didn’t carry much on these excursions. I had a backpack with some crackers, a knife, lighter and a flashlight. It was usually a one-night affair and I’m gone the next morning. I spent most of the day exploring, but on this occasion, I was a little late. My main desire was to hike to the top of the largest hill to see the view and discover what was on the other side.
It took me about an hour and a half to make it up the hill. There on the other side was a wide expanse of nothing but trees. It looked like a green shag carpet rolled out across the landscape. I noticed directly at the bottom of the hill was an old wooden shed. What an odd place for a shed. The sun was farther down but I still had time to check it out.
I descended down to the other side of the hill, with a little haste. I wanted to make it back to my tent before it got too dark, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. My curiosity piqued. I was excited for some adventure. I got to the shed, opened the door and walked straight in without surveying the inside first. I felt the earth beneath my feet give way, my gut lifting up as if on a roller coaster, and then fell hard to the ground, breaking my tibia. The pain was excruciating. I rolled around in agony, feeling the dirt and rocky bottom. I looked up and realized I had fallen down into a deep hole, not so deep that I couldn’t see the shed walls. The shed was only big enough to encompass and hide the hole. The hole seemed to be about twenty feet deep, no way to climb out and escape. There was still enough light to see up top, but down in the hole it was dark.
“We’re dead. You know that don’t you?”
I was startled. Someone else was down in the hole with me. I grabbed my flashlight out of my backpack. There on the other side of the hole was a young woman. Her whole being- body, face, and clothes were filthy with dirt and grime. Her lips were dried up and cracked.
“You almost hit me. Watch where you’re falling next time,” she said with a weak chuckle.
“How long have you been here?”
“I don’t know. I’m in and out of consciousness. Sometimes I wake up and think I’m home in bed, then realize I’m in this damned hole.”
“How did you get here?”
“I was abducted… and you?”
“I was camping and found this shed.”
She laughed. “So, you saw a creepy shed in the woods and went to see what was inside. Man, you’re a dumb fuck.”
“There’s no way out of here?”
“No, I’ve tried. Nothing we can do. I know you’re hurt pretty bad. I heard your leg snap as you fell. Man, what a sound. I hate to say this, but I’m glad you’re here though. I was getting lonely. I don’t mean I want you to go through what I’ve been through. I mean, I’m just glad you’re not him. Well, might as well introduce myself since we’re going to be spending a lot of time together. My name is Mary.” She widened her eyes and tilted her head forward, trying to evoke a response.
“I’m Gary.”
My leg was bent awkwardly, but no bone was exposed. Even though there was just me and Mary in the hole there were piles of clothing, a thrift store in the middle of the woods. I grabbed some blue jeans and a tee shirt. I tied it tight around my shin. I didn’t know how to make a tourniquet or even if I should. I just wanted to stabilize my leg the best I could.
There was an uneasy silence. What do you talk about when you are trapped in a hole?
“Him… you said him. It’s just the one guy?”
“Yeah, but I don’t know if I would call him a guy.”
“What do you mean?”
“You’ll see.”
“What do you mean? Does he come down into the hole?”
“Yes, and he takes you out of the hole and does things to you… experiments.”
“Then that’s our chance. That’s our only chance, is to knock the shit out of this fucker and get out of here. He’s not expecting me. He doesn’t know I’m down here.”
I started formulating a plan. There were enough clothes that I could hide underneath, and I had my knife.
“Mary, I want you to move forward. I’ll pack some clothes behind you. I’ll be buried underneath with my knife. You lean back on that pile… you know like you had made yourself a comfortable little bed or something. Ok?” She nodded her head. “When does he usually come?”
“I don’t know but it’s pretty regular.”
“How does he get down here?”
“He has a rope ladder.”
“Is he big? Have you ever tried to fight him… to escape?”
“No, he has some…” she hesitated, “some kind of power. It freezes me. I can’t move. I hear a ringing in my head and then I’m paralyzed. Don’t let him see you. We’ll know when he’s approaching. There’s always a humming sound and a clicking.”
I wasn’t believing anything she was saying. She had been trapped in a dark hole for who knows how long. She was losing her mind, starved of vital nutrients. Her imagination had started to create a different reality for her, one that I was unwilling to participate in.
I laid against the wall of the hole on my side. My broken leg was throbbing, as it was laying on the floor with my other leg on top. I couldn’t switch around though. I had to be facing the side the hole he would be climbing down. Mary threw a bunch of the clothing on top of me, leaving my face exposed so that I could breathe and not get too hot. I held my knife up to my chest. It was the old-fashioned survival knife, with a compass on the handle. I had long since lost the matches and string that came with the knife, tucked away in the hollow of the handle. But for my present purposes, the blade was, hopefully, all I needed. Mary leaned back against me. We waited.
After a while, I heard a humming and a clicking. The thought ran through my head that maybe Mary wasn’t crazy after all.
“He’s coming.”
“I know. Go ahead and cover my face.”
The humming subsided, but the clicking grew louder. I heard the door open, then the unrolling of the rope ladder with the wooden rungs tapping out a rhythm as it fell to the floor of the hole. Mary started to whimper in fear. I heard the man make his way down and then the thump of his feet as he jumped to the bottom. The hole lit up with a blue light. I felt Mary’s body go limp and then I felt her lifted up off of me. I slowly, quietly pushed away the shirt that was covering my face.
The man had his back towards me with Mary slumped over his shoulder. He was about to climb up out of the hole. He wasn’t that tall, but thick like a Neanderthal. He wore all black, with a long sleeve turtle-neck shirt. He was bald, but the oddest thing was where the blue light was emanating from. What skin I could see, on his head and his irregularly long hands, was glowing blue.
I was scared as hell. What was I about to tangle with? Yet, I knew now more than ever this was our only chance. I let him climb a few rungs before I sprung out and hobbled as fast as I could to the other side of the hole. He didn’t hear me. I know I had made too much noise, but he never reacted. I shoved my knife into his lower back. The clicking grew loud. I grabbed his shirt and yanked him down the ladder, pulling my knife out of his back, and thrusting it in the back of his neck. Mary fell hard to the ground.
He turned his head revealing large black eyes, devoid of pupils. He didn’t have a nose. His mouth was huge with mandibles projecting from each side. The mandibles fluttered angrily, clicking and humming, increasing in frequency. He, or it, pushed me to the ground, pulling my knife out of his neck and throwing it to the ground. It looked into my eyes, making a hypnotic contact that I could not shake. I heard a ringing in my head and my body went limp. I had no control over my limbs. I was frozen to the bottom of the hole, my plan unraveling.
Everything was a haze. I was barely cognizant of my surroundings so I don’t know when or how Mary regained consciousness, but I could see her sneaking toward the knife. My vision was blurry. I was fighting to not to pass out. I saw Mary get the knife and move quickly toward the being. She grabbed a handful of dirt and slung it at his head. He turned and she landed the knife in his face. He pivoted back toward me, and I could see she had stabbed him directly in one of his eyes. Black and crimson fluid streamed down his face. I could feel my body again, slowly able to move my limbs. I got up as fast as my recovering body would allow and started towards the ladder.
“Go Mary. Go, go, go. Get the hell out of here!”
She went up first and I followed pushing her in the rear as we went up. We were half-way when I felt him grab my broken leg. I shrieked; the pain was unbearable. I instinctively kicked with my other leg and landed a shot to his mouth, breaking off one of his mandibles. The creature fell back down into the hole. Mary and I made it out of the hole and quickly pulled up the ladder.
The creature recovered from its fall. Realizing it was trapped, it tried frantically to climb up the wall. I was relieved to see that it didn’t have any power of flight or levitation or some other weird alien power that would get him out of the hole. Mary and I watched as the blue shimmer of light banged against the walls, like a firefly stuck in a mason jar. There was nothing to do but leave it there and hope it starved to death.
It took forever, but we finally made it to my car. Mary drove me to the nearest hospital. She called the police and told them that we had escaped from an assailant with long black hair and a big bushy beard. I don’t know what else she could say. Who would believe the truth? She pushed the officials in a different direction from the shed, claiming that we had escaped from a house somewhere about ten miles from the actual location. I suspected she knew more than what she was saying, or even more than what she had told me. Maybe she knew that the creature would no longer be there, that something would have come and retrieved him. I don’t know. I do know that I never travel that way anymore and I sure as hell don’t ever go camping. Gaming is all the adventure I need.
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2023.04.01 06:11 shortstackcat Skin care routine question

Lately I feel like I can add more to my super basic skin care routine to try to reduce signs of aging (34 yrs old). I’ve always had eczema and mostly dry, but somewhat combination skin. I have been using the CeraVe foam cleanser at night, followed by the CeraVe SA cream. Right before bed I put CeraVe healing ointment on my face (but not under my eyes because I was getting milia). I use the Paula’s Choice BHA exfoliant a couple times a week. I just cut down on that. I was applying it every night and I think it was drying me out. The healing ointment is helping my skin retain moisture, which has been a nice change. In the morning I typically use water on my face and occasionally dab the sides of my nose with a wet washcloth cloth to get off any dry skin. I always use the cerave SA cream followed by sun screen during the day too. I’d like to add some more moisture to my routine and prevent/reduce some of the fine lines and sagging pores I am seeing. Any suggestions about how to add hyaluronic acid or anything else to my routine? Thank you in advance and please be nice!!
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2023.04.01 06:10 Soggy_Helicopter8589 [NoP] Hunter of hunters 17

Thanks all for reading! Sorry this chapter took longer than expected, but I didn't know where to stop, so this chapter is a little bit bigger than usual, I hope you all enjoy it!
Thanks to u/Frame_Late for my new profile picture, sadly the mods deleted the image from the main sub because they thought that it was a random image, but you can see it in his profile
Also, sorry for any mistakes, Im not an english speaker
And of course this is a fanfic from a story from u/SpacePaladin15, and the story is The Nature of Predator
Also, here is the whole NoP universe
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Memory transcription subject: Halai, ex-cattle prisoner N° 240524
Date [standardized human time]: November 13, 2136
As the demon ordered, I stood up and once again began pushing myself up the tube, and same as before, once I was probably halfway in there, every wall around me began pushing me upwards
Soon I felt how I entered his mouth once again, but unlike last time where I stopped there, I now passed through the terrifying saw-like teeth to get to the exterior
It was very cold, very different from the inside of the demon. Now I was cold and somewhat wet from the saliva of the demon, fortunately I heard the cracking of fire and I felt his warmth
But now, I was scared, not of dying of hypothermia, but from what was behind me
Something pushed himself around me, for some moments I thought that the demon had pounced me, but fortunately it seemed that it was only a blanket of some kind
"Well, I think you are dry" The demon said removing the blanket, then another blanket surrounded me, but unlike the one before that was white with dark spots, this one was silvery "That's a thermal blanket, it will keep you warm"
After that I heard footsteps from behind me, they were heavier than any creature that I had heard… Well, considering that he could eat me whole and without problem that would mean that he was huge
I fearfully closed my eyes as I heard the demon pass beside me. Then it sat down probably in front of me besides the fire
My muscles tense at the noise, my mind accelerates and my body began to pump even more fear chemicals through my veins
Fortunately, it wasn't the growl of the demon, but my own stomach
"Oh yeah, you will be hungry, tell me, you eat plants, like, any kind?" The demon asks such a stupid question, of course I can! Normal people eat plants
"Well, the only thing here is either frozen grass or leaves from the trees. If you can't eat those, I can create some pastes"
"L-leaves?" I ask mentally kicking myself, after all, I just asked a preda-
"Okay, wait a moment" Eh?
I can hear the demon standing up and then giving some steps. Then I heard the crack of branches being torn apart
"Here, take" The demon said
Without much else to do I opened my eyes slowly while looking at the ground, I could then see the sharp claws of the demon under a white cloth of some kind
I wanted to scream and run, but unlike before where the walls were visible, now they were invisible
Without fur or a warmth source I would die in minutes, so I had to bite my own tongue if I wanted to live
I looked a bit higher finding a whole branch being offered by sharp metal claws
My paws slowly grabbed the branch hoping not to trigger the instincts of the demon, then after his claws were free he grabbed another branch and sat down relatively far away from the fire
I didn't dare to look at his eyes, last time I looked at a predator's eyes I almost lost mine. Apparently that was supposed to be a defining gesture and the gray that I had looked at didn't like it. The only reason that I survived was because the demon feasted on someone else's corpse recently
The noise of branches being broken caught my attention. Not having a death wish I began eating slowly my own leaves
They were decently, especially after eating that tasteless kibble that the grays gave us for so long
Still curiosity got the better of me, and discreetly I stole a small glance at the demon in front of me
And to be honest, it wasn't what I expected
If my blurry memories served me well, the demon was supposed to be black as the night with red glowing eyes
But now? He was dressed in some kind of white clothes with a white mask that looked like a skull. I guess it made sense, after all, a black mass in a white forest stood out
But what caught my attention was what he was doing
Confused, I looked at him. He was bigger than even the gray that was about to eat me not so long ago. But the interesting part was what was eating
Despite being a predator, he was eating the branch. Not only the leaves, but the whole branch, wood included, and it was doing it with those sharp teeth designed to eat meat with surprisingly ease
But something else that I noticed was that it was a machine
A predatory machine
The nightmare only found in movies that didn't wanted to use the grays as antagonist, or direct antagonists was now sitting just before me
The thing ate in relative silence being the noise of the branches breaking under the power of those jaws,
the only noise
"You aren't eating" It said once again without moving his mouth "You can't eat it?" It asked turning his head to a side "Oh, wait, I didn't saw the tag" The thing stood up once again and began walking towards me
I froze as he passed me to be in my back, during that moment a sharp-flat tail passed by me at eye level
"Let me just…" The thing spoke softly behind my ear. I just stood there waiting for the blow
A metallic noise broke through the silence and with my side vision I could see the tag of my prisoner number that was connected to my ear through a metallic ring was now gone
The familiar weigh of my ear was now gone
"This is yours, you can toss it if you want" It said, giving me the tag in my paw "... So… Can you eat that or..?" It spoke softly, he then sighed and sat down "You should really eat"
I couldn't respond, I was frozen in fear by just looking at him
The thing eyed me through the tinted dark glasses that his mask had. But after some moments where we both looked at each other, he sighed once again before standing up
"Eat, if you didn't finish that once I return, I will be mad" The voice wasn't no longer trying to be gentle, but now it released his true form
Fortunately it left walking to the frozen forest and soon enough I lost complete visual of him, and to be honest, I didn't know if it was more terrifying to see the monster than not seeing it but knowing it was close

Memory transcription subject: Leon, UN "Jackal" special forces
Date [standardized human time]: November 13, 2136

After I left Halai behind, I dropped to the ground mentally exhausted
"What even am I doing?" I asked to no one
My mind wanted just to go to sleep, but I knew I couldn't. I had to watch out for Halai, even though he's terrified of me…And I thought that the camouflage clothes would help… Well in that case I don't this much clothes to cover me
I took off the hood that covered the back of my head and my antennas. Now I had a new camera available, I also let my colorful antennas to the exterior, and finally the fox tail that I had hooked under the camera so it didn't stood in the way, was now once again free
I began eating the branch that I took from the tree. It's leaves looked very similar to the pine trees that were in earth, but they were different, I couldn't pinpoint what, but it was
The reason that I was eating not only the leaves, but the wood too was because it gave me some biomass fuel, not nearly half as much as meat would, but it would be enough as long as I didn't do much moving or doing stuff in general
But now with the problem where I have an alien who's life dependeds of me, and at the same time, it's completely terrified of me…
I could try getting his trust… But how? Hmmm, well for starters I should patch the wound on the back of his head, the poor bastard had a very deep and nasty wound
I didn't do it before because I was scared that he wouldn't trust me, and I didn't want to sedate him
Well, he has no other choice, either he trusts me with that nasty wound, or he's getting into forced coma with sedatives
I could definitely keep him in my medbay unconscious while I feed him through his veins or with a tube going directly to his stomach
But that was something that I didn't want to do… But if it was something that I had to, then so be it

Now, it's going to be 3 months in this frozen hell hole, 3 months that I have to take care of him… Why did I even brought him with me anyway? Wasn't his species going to be rescued soon anyway?

Bah, what's done is done. Now I have to make sure he doesn't die
Food it's easy, if he's able to eat leaves then that's covered, if not, I will have to feed him through tubes from my medbay… Still, don't know if I have that much supply anyway
Then the next problem is water… We are surrounded by fucking snow, well, I will have to melt it, it's bad to eat a lot of raw snow if I remember well
Hmmm, my torch still has some ammo, so for now fire isn't a problem… The problem would be 'Where?' Where could I melt it?
I don't have a canteen nor somewhere to boil things… Yeah, he will have to get it through me, but how?
Well, my saliva is basically lube, it's something that can be eaten, and because it's a majority of water, he could get water from it… But I won't be spitting in his mouth anytime soon… So that's a last resort
Oh! I have 2 systems to refrigerate my internal components, the first one is the standard one, and the second one is the liquid one
I use a special liquid through a system of tubes through my whole body in case that I can't use air to cool myself down, for example this would be used in space where there isn't air, or in dust storms where sand gets everywhere. And as a bonus, it practically renders the federation flamethrowers as nothing more than 'bright smoke'
The liquid obviously isn't drinkable, but I don't think that I would be using this system anytime soon, so a good option is to replace the cooling liquid with snow, then use the little heat that I have to melt it down
Fortunately because this wasn't supposed to be used like that, the entry and exit point of the liquid was my tail, so every time Halai needs to drink, he won't need to enter my medbay, unfortunately because it isn't supposed to work like that, fill it with snow will be a pain in the ass
Also, because it's water, I will have to keep the system 'on' constantly so it doesn't becomes ice
Oh, I finished eating, well, let's check how Halai is doing
After walking the way back, I could see him eating the leaves of the branch that I gave him, but I could see and hear him sob uncontrollably, silent sobs that I could hear clear as day
He also looked all around constantly in every bite
That might be my fault, after all, I've just recently threatened him with me 'getting mad'. Obviously I wouldn't be, I've just used that so he ate. But I didn't took on account that despite how adorable he looks, he isn't a child, and I'm a Jackal
God dammit, well… I will wait a little so he finishes. In the meantime I will check what I have on me
>Arm bandages
>Survival kit
>Twin plasma pistols
>Repair kit
>1 Jackal MRE
>Four extra plasma cells
>Shoulder armor
Hmmm, well, I've got something at least…
The Jackal MRE it's something that only jackals can eat, that's because of the high amount of stuff that's in there, some of them are even poisons, but thanks to my robotic body I'm able to eat it without problems. And yes, it tastes like shit. I thought that there wasn't any worse food than the one the school gave us in 4th grade. But whoever created this piece of shit had done it
Congratulations asshole
Now, my survival kit has a manual flashlight, pen and notebook, watch, compass, Whistler, knife and a long rope
Meanwhile my repair kit has my torch and a few tools. Something very simple but that can help me do some emergency repairs. Okay, now how do I deal with putting water in my tail?

Oh, I've got an idea!
I open my med bay and with the knife I take a plastic tube that’s used in case I need to exchange the ones that I have equipped
With a small and quick bite I cut a small part, then I placed it in the relatively small hole from where the liquid is inserted. Fits like a glove. Obviously I wouldn’t be able to put much snow through that tube, but it will help Halai to drink like it was a bottle
Now, I take another tube part and this time bigger, this time with some heat and my hands I would expand the tube until it becomes a cone where I can stuff more snow more easily
Sadly the fire is with Halai and I don’t want to use my torch, so without much else to do, I grab my things and I walk towards him
He immediately after noticing me begins eating faster than before
“Relax, I won’t do anything” I say walking past him
I sat down by the fire and I immediately began heating the tube and with my claws i began expanding it slowly so it doesn't break, from time to time I stop this process so my claws don’t stuck with the hot plastic
Once I finish I get something that resembles an cone, it’s very crude, but it will help
“Come” I say to Halai who has been looking at me the whole time unblinking “I said come” I order while extending my clawed hand to him
As much as I don’t want to be like this, talking like my drill sergeant is the only thing that can take him out of his trance
Shaking from fear he stands up and slowly walks to me
"I won't do any harm, I'm going to check that wound"
Halai hesitates, but after some moments he finally grabs my clawed hand. As gentle as I can, I close my hand while I pull Halai towards me
Eventually he's right in front of me, even though I'm sitting, I still tower over him a little, still, I don't want to have him standing all the time, so I retract my legs until I'm sitting with my left leg over the right one
"Sit down" I say, he's in the space in between my legs, so I wait until he sits in on-
"Sit on my leg" I say as I see Halai began sitting on the cold ground, he once again hesitates, but eventually he sits "Turn around" I say
Once Halai turned I began evaluating the wound
And for 'evaluating' I mean let one of the AI do all the work
The wound is closed thanks to a thin string, but whoever did it, did an awful… Well, he was supposed to become a snack, so as long as he didn't bleed at the moment would work
Obviously I wasn't planning on eating him too… Well, in a lethal way at least. So to prevent any infection nor any more bleeding I would have to cut the string and sew back
Without much else to do, I grabbed Halai through the arms so he doesn't move with my lower arms
"Don't move, I need to sew"
"Your wound will infect with this awful sews" That seems to silence Halai, and because he isn't struggling I open my medbay. For something so simple I wouldn't have to get him fully inside, even though it's the best way to heal him
Halai's heart goes up quickly, but surprisingly he isn't resisting my grasp, so to end this quickly and not stress him more I began by the most important part of all, anesthesia
From my medbay several small arms that are connected to all kinds of medical equipment appear, and from one of them, the anesthesia one injects its contents in Halai's neck

Okay, let's do this
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2023.04.01 05:21 Talvalld CTD When Trying To Load A New Game

Earlier today, my saves started corrupting left and right and I'd get stuck on infinite loading screens so I decided to try starting a new game to try and remedy my problem. I then got an infinite in-between screen where I'd selected "New Game" and hearing the main menu music playing with the Skyrim logo, but it wouldn't transition to a loading screen. Long story short, I first just deleted all my mods and everything in my overwrite folder (MO2), put in a fresh install of Skyrim 1.6.353, and started downloading a new mod list (carefully matching mods to that game version). I got up to about 160 mods and retried launching anew game, and it failed. I'd then thought my computer just had a memory issue, so I fiddled with some settings to no avail. I then put my new mod list and other relevant mod organizer files onto an external SSD and formatted my computer. That still didn't fix my issue. I am at a loss now as to how to get my Skyrim functional again. If anyone has any ideas, I'd be very appreciative for some suggestions.
+Spinning Load Screens
+NL_MCM - A Modular MCM Framework
+Skyrim SafeSave System Overhaul 2 - Auto Save manager with optional Safety Check Rotating system Hardcore mode
+Realm of Lorkhan - Freeform Alternate Start
+Random Main Menu Music
+Alduin's Imprefvicticious and Chapper's Demonic Retexture mashup
+Cult of the World Eater - Dragon Priests Buff Alduin
+Defeat the Dragon Cult
+No Bethesda intro
+SunHelm Survival - Compatibility Patches
+Ordinator Beyond Skyrim Patch
+Colovian Leather Armor and Outfit SE - UNP - CBBE
+Dwemer Researcher Armor and Outfit
+The Wheel of Time - My patches SE
+The Wheel of Time - Fully Voiced Follower and Quests
+Nibenean Armors and Outfit SE - UNP - UNPB - CBBE
+Brows by Hvergelmir for High Poly Head
+SkySight Skins - Ultra HD Male Textures and Real Feet Meshes (4K2K HIGH)
+Niohoggr Warpaints
+Weathered Nordic Bodypaints -Special Edition- RaceMenu Overlays and Warpaints
+Beards of Power
+Faarok The Norse God Follower (Alpha)
+Realistic Water Two SE
+Legacy of the Dragonborn SSE - The Curators Companion
+Whiterun Exteriors Patch Collection
+RYFTEN - Make Your Riften - Inner
+Markarth Outskirts
+Remember Lockpick Angle - Updated
+Selina Mage Follower or Serana Replacer - High Poly Head - 4k FaceTint
+High-Poly Inigo Replacer
+Inigo - Bloodchill Manor patch
+Paarthurnax - Quest Expansion
+Helgen Reborn
+Skyrim Extended Cut - Saints and Seducers
+Jarl Balgruuf Dilemma SSE
+Open Civil War SSE
+Serious Civil War Consequences for Jarl Balgruuf
+Opening Scene Overhaul - Original Voice for Hadvar
+Opening Scene Overhaul Patch
+Opening Scene Overhaul SE
+VIGILANT Voiced - English Addon
+The Wheels of Lull SE
+Immersive World Encounters SE
+Skyshards Offer Skills - Boss Containers Grant EXP
+Skyshards Full LOD
+Unofficial Moonpath to Elsweyr Patch
+Moonpath to Elsweyr SSE
+Extended Carryweight
+CFTO Carriage for Helgen Reborn
+Carriage and Ferry Travel Overhaul (Formerly Complete Fast Travel Overhaul)
+Legacy of the Dragonborn Patches (Official)
+kryptopyr's Automated Patches
+JK's Enhanced Solitude
+Enhanced Solitude Fixes, Tweaks, and Enhancements
+High Poly Head SE
+Legacy of the Dragonborn
+COTN Dawnstar Patch Collection
+Cities of the North - Falkreath Patch Collection
+COTN Morthal Patch Collection
+Wintersun - Faiths of Skyrim
+Odin - Skyrim Magic Overhaul
+Apocalypse - Magic of Skyrim
+True Thane SE
+Not So Fast - Mage Guild
+Not So Fast - Main Quest
+Spell Perk Item Distributor
+Relationship Dialogue Overhaul - RDO SE
+powerofthree's Tweaks
+PapyrusUtil SE - Modders Scripting Utility Functions
+Static Mesh Improvement Mod
+powerofthree's Papyrus Extender
+TrueHUD - HUD Additions
+Mfg Fix
+The Eyes Of Beauty SSE
+True Directional Movement - Modernized Third Person Gameplay
+Project New Reign - Nemesis Unlimited Behavior Engine
+RS Children Overhaul
+XP32 Maximum Skeleton Special Extended
+Serana Dialogue Add-On
+Pandorable's big overhauls AIO
+Pandorable's NPCs
+Pandorable's NPCs - Dragonborn
+Pandorable's NPCs - Males
+Pandorable's NPCs - Dawnguard
+Pandorable's NPCs - Males 2
+Campfire - Complete Camping System (Supports Skyrim VR)
+JContainers SE
+Unread Books Glow SSE
+KS Hairdos SSE
+LeanWolf's Better-Shaped Weapons - All in One Installer
+Wet and Cold SE
+Diverse Dragons Collection SE (DDCse)
+Rich Skyrim Merchants
+Realistic Ragdolls and Force
+Unique Uniques SE
+Weapons Armor Clothing and Clutter Fixes
+Imperious - Races of Skyrim
+Convenient Horses
+Smart No More Stupid Dog Comments
+Proudspire Manor TNF Beds Plus
+Breezehome TNF Beds Plus
+Vlindrel Hall TNF Beds Plus
+HoneysideTNF Beds Plus
+Hjerim TNF Beds Plus
+SkyTEST - Realistic Animals and Predators SE
+Wildcat - Combat of Skyrim
+Hearthfire multiple adoptions - Now with custom home support for kids and spouse
+SunHelm Survival
+Elle Hrafn-High Poly Nord Preset
+Expressive Facegen Morphs SE
+Skin Feature Overlays SE - Freckles Scars Birthmarks Stretch Marks Moles and More for Face and Body RaceMenu Overlays
+Seductive Lips HD SE Edition
+Realistic Natural Skin Tones by Asherz LE
+Mysti's Tincture - Immersive Hair Colors for Skyrim
+Female Makeup Suite - Face - RaceMenu Overlays of Eyeliner EyeShadow Contours and Highlights - Special Edition
+Fair Skin Complexion
+Obi-Wan Kenobi - Nord Male - Racemenu Preset
+Hvergelmir's Aesthetics - Brows
+Spell Knight Armor - Light Armor Variants and Tweaks
+Character Creation Overhaul - Races - Birthsigns - Classes - Skills - Specializations - Attributes
+Dear Diary
+Capital Windhelm Expansion
+Windhelm Expansion - Grey Quarter
+JK's Windhelm Outskirts
+Skyrim Sewers 4
+Fortified Whiterun
+Whiterun Watchtower Doesn't Start Broken
+Capital Whiterun Expansion
+Epic Gate of Whiterun SE
+JK's Whiterun Outskirts
+Neutral Whiterun Guards
+Ryn's Whiterun CIty Limits
+Whiterun Outskirts Market for SSE
+Riften Docks Overhaul
+GG's Markarth Farm
+Blubbos Markarth 2022
+Enhanced Solitude SSE
+Enhanced Solitude Docks
+Enhanced Solitude with Vanilla Textures and Misc Tweaks
+Palaces and Castles Enhanced SSE
+The Great City Of Winterhold SSE Edition
+JK's College of Winterhold
+Cities of the North - Dawnstar
+Cities of the North - Morthal
+Cities of the North - Falkreath
+Simple Mod Item Spawner -Alternative To AddItemMenu for AE VR or SE
+Face Discoloration Fix
+Nether's Follower Framework
+Beyond Skyrim - Bruma SE
+Aesthetic Skin CBBE 4k SE
+Compass Navigation Overhaul
+A Matter of Time - A HUD clock widget
+moreHUD Inventory Edition
+moreHUD SE
+Wider MCM Menu for SkyUI
+Achievements Mods Enabler
+Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim
+MCM Helper
+KS Hairdos - HDT SMP (Physics)
+JK's Skyrim
+Immersive Weapons
+Immersive Sounds - Compendium
+Immersive Patrols SE AE
+Immersive Citizens - AI Overhaul
+Immersive Armors
+HDT-SMP (Skinned Mesh Physics)
+Fuz Ro D-oh - Silent Voice
+Enhanced Lights and FX
+Dynamic Animation Replacer
+Better MessageBox Controls
+Better Jumping SE
+Better Dialogue Controls
+Apachii Sky Hair SSE
+Address Library for SKSE Plugins
+A Quality World Map
+Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch
+SSE Engine Fixes (skse64 plugin)
+Bug Fixes SSE
+Creation Club Content
*DLC: Dawnguard
*DLC: Dragonborn
*DLC: HearthFires
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2023.04.01 05:13 mollyk8317 How screwed am I?

So for background I have dealt w bed bugs once before, way back in about 2008 at an old apartment. Anyways, so I'm doing laundry at work, bedding to be exact, and I work as an independent contractor home health aide. This woman I work for almost never leaves her home, however a few other women besides myself work for her. So anyway as I'm taking bedding out of dryer to fold, I see a bug lodged in a space between the lint trap n outer edge (there's a lip there not sure why) anyway it took me a min to get this bug out but I am 99% positive it was an adult female bed bug. Unfortunately it going thru the dryer n the process of me pulling it out of that space really dicked up the bug. It did not appear to have fed recently, as when i bagged it i squished it (since i know how hard they can be to squish n sure enough it was quite hard to squish it..) when I did a cpl of smaller looking light brown pieces came out of it.. I didn't hammer on the thing since I knew my employer would want a look at it but she took it from me before I could take a photo.. not that a photo might have helped much by that point.. Anyway I did a cursory look around her bed during day time n didn't see any obv signs of blood or feces from them.. i guess my question is this... if she does have bed bugs mildly, how likely is it that I might now have them from working over there? Of course today all my clothes went in to washer n drier on high heat as soon as I got home but I'm worried about before now... Sorry for the novel but thanks for any advice!
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2023.04.01 04:24 drink-fast [Acne] I have extremely sensitive, combination, acne prone skin, looking for a good cleanser AND daily spf!

Whew okay. So just to give some background about a year ago I completely gave up all skincare whatsoever (besides physically exfoliating with a warm wash cloth in the shower occasionally) and in the long run I was still breaking out.
Now. I recently started to pick up skin care again, with the new found info that my skin is highly sensitive. Even just water makes my skin dry and tight. You don’t even want to know what my “skin care” routines were like in high school.. I tried EVERYTHING! Oil cleansing, every product under the sun, just about every drug store moisturizecleanser, and none of it helped! Only made my skin irritated, raw, red, and my breakouts worse.
My current routine is
AM: sigh CeraVe hydrating facial cleanser… (not going well btw.)
Cetaphil Daily oil free hydrating lotion
PM: Cerave hydrating facial cleanser and nothing else lol. Some nighttime moisturizer recommendations would be very lovely.
aaaaaand that’s it. I can’t tell if it’s the fatty alcohols making me breakout or what, but so far my skin isn’t really liking this. It looks slightly better than when I wasn’t using anything on my face, but I definitely could step my game up.
My skin definitely hates fragrance I may add.
Does vanicream have fatty alcohols? I want something very simple and gentle.
Idk what to do about spf. Right now I’m looking at isdin’s eryfotona actinica.
I just ordered some Soon jung hydro barrier cream after another person recommended it.
Edit: I forgot to add I also use differin at night 3x a week. I’ve had good results with it, but using it nightly was a no go for me personally.
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2023.04.01 03:55 peachplum1 i don’t want my boyfriend with bad psoriasis to sleepover anymore, unsure how to tell him

my (23f) boyfriend (27m) sleeps over about 2 times a week, maybe 3. he has a severe case of psoriasis where his skin flakes and peels off of his body just by moving. he’s incredibly insecure about it which i understand, and i do my best to always make him feel loved and accepted for who he is. I have minor scalp psoriasis so i can empathize with people pointing it out and feeling insecure.
when he stays over at my place, he refuses to sleep with clothes on. kinda person who likes to sleep in a t shirt and underwear at most, which I understand! however, when he leaves the bed is covered in dried skin flakes, occasional blood when he scratches and refuses a bandage. he’s offered to clean my sheets only when there’s blood, and i’m visibly upset.
i didn’t mind this for the first few months of us being together but it’s started to upset me when i need to take 30 minutes twice a week to vacuum my bed, floor and surfaces after he sleeps over. when were at his place, he’s very diligent to clean up this mess but ignores the issue at mine - has even gotten angry if i shake out the sheets so that the flakes are on the floor and not where we sleep. he is prescribed very intensive medication, however he doesn’t have insurance and it’s quite expensive so he can’t get it often . although he can improve it in other ways he’s not one to take care of himself when it comes to his diet or habits that make it worse. I don’t know how to have this discussion with him, without upsetting him, or triggering him about his insecurities. however, I am really starting to dislike having to clean up after him and not being comfortable in my space. how do i bring this up and not hurt his feelings?
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2023.04.01 03:26 KirkHammettJigsaw Booking the NJPW World Television Championship Until Wrestle Kingdom 18 Straight Shooter

Booking the NJPW World Television Championship Until Wrestle Kingdom 18 Straight Shooter


Most wrestling championships are, of course, very similar. Same rules, same type of prestige, held by similar types of wrestlers, etc. The NJPW World Television Championship, though, is different. Every match has a fifteen minute time limit. If you run out of time, the match goes to a coin flip. The phrase “to be the man, you gotta beat the man” doesn’t apply here, because if the man fails to defeat you, then they could still lose the belt off of complete chance. It’s a concept that greatly interests me, and since it’s still new, the first year of its existence will shape how the gold is viewed in the future. It was captured for the first time at Wrestle Kingdom 17, so let’s book it until Wrestle Kingdom 18, shall we?

NJPW Sakura Genesis 2023
Shota Umino vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
Zack Sabre Jr. has had a fun reign with the NJPW World Television Championship so far (despite his banger of a theme being changed), and tonight, he’s defending against a man that some have called the future of FBE, Shota Umino. Umino became one of the most well known Young Lions in the company back when he was following Jon Moxley everywhere, but “Shooter” is not a Young Boy anymore. He’s received co-signs from legends of the game, but praise only goes so far. Tonight, it’s sink or swim in the biggest match of his career, and he’s facing a man more than capable of twisting him into knots and ripping his limbs clean off his body (okay, maybe not CLEAN off). It’s a huge test, but with his potential, anything is possible.
The match is a lot of fun, as they both work aggressively, not wanting to cut things close with this fifteen minute time limit. Sabre looks for a submission the whole time, but Umino is doing a good job of staying positioned near the ropes so that he can break the holds every time The Technical Wizard gets a hold of him. Shota tries to create space with his striking, and after a beautiful Dropkick, he takes control for a while. Time is starting to tick, and after wearing Blondie down with some strikes, Shota lifts the Champion up and plans him with a Fisherman’s Suplex! Hooks the leg with a Bridging Pin! One…Two…and Sabre kicks out! He picks Zack up, but Sabre catches him with a big Forearm and grabs a Headlock. He tries for a Headlock Takeover, but Umino manages to stay on his feet, and both men go toppling through the ropes and to the apron.
Sabre starts trying to lift Shota back into the ring so that he can submit him, with time ticking down. Desperately, he starts to wear Umino down by locking in an Octopus Hold! We breach the fourteen minute mark, and the challenger makes the daring move to leap off the apron, The Front Man still on his back! This hurts both men, but Umino limps to his feet and throws ZSJ in the ring, the clock dangerously low! He goes for the Death Rider on his opponent, but Junior counters and transitions into a Cradle Pin! One…Two…and Umino gets the shoulder up! Both men dart to their feet and throw a Lariat, and both connect and fall to the mat! Three…Two…One…ZERO! Time has expired, and we’re going to a coin flip decision! Both men stand up, and Sabre, with the Champion’s Right to choose, picks tails. The coin toss happens, and results in…HEADS! SHOTA UMINO HAS WON THE NJPW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP, AND SABRE IS FURIOUS!
Shota Umino def. Zack Sabre Jr. in 15:00 to win the NJPW World Television Championship

NJPW Collision in Philadelphia
Danny Limelight vs. Shota Umino (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
Shota is right back in action, and after a callout on Twitter, Danny Limelight of Team Filthy has gotten himself a championship opportunity. This match is quite fun, with Limelight showcasing exactly why he’s one of the most underrated men in wrestling today. However, Shota is ultimately able to take firm control of the contest, and around the ten minute mark, he plants Limelight with a Spike Death Rider and pins him for the victory. Danny leaves the ring with Team Filthy, but they look back at Shota with vitriol in their eyes.
Shota Umino def. Danny Limelight in 9:21 to retain the NJPW World Television Championship

NJPW Hirooki Goto 20th Anniversary
Shota Umino and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. TenKoji
On Hirooki Goto’s twentieth anniversary, we get a tag match with three NJPW legends and one potential future legend. The tag match is a lot of fun, and at the end, Shota gets a huge rub as he plants Tenzan with a Death Rider to pick up the victory. Everybody in the ring embraces each other, and then Tanahashi and Umino salute the crowd, but Team Filthy ruins the party, darting out and laying waste to Shota! Tom Lawlor stands tall, picking up the World Television Championship and posing with it while the rest of Team Filthy holds Tana off!
Shota Umino and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. TenKoji in 11:45

NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2023: Day Seven
Tom Lawlor vs. Ryohei Oiwa
Oiwa tries his very best in this one, showing tremendous heart, but of course, Lawlor is able to dispatch the Young Lion pretty quickly, locking him in a choke and forcing him to submit. After the match, Team Filthy celebrates in the ring, but Shota Umino runs out with a chair and starts knocking most of the members to the side! He gets a hold of Tom Lawlor and starts wailing on him with the weapon until officials get in between the two! They’re having a title match next week at Wrestling Dontaku, and this one is going to have some heat behind it!
Tom Lawlor def. Ryohei Oiwa in 3:08

NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2023
Tom Lawlor vs. Shota Umino (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
Umino is pissed coming into this match, angry that Filthy Tom spoiled his moment at Goto’s Anniversary Show, and he starts swinging for the fences from the very beginning. Lawlor, a skilled grappler, is able to use Roughneck’s anger and aggression against him, taking advantage of his overzealousness. Because of this, the match lasts quite a while, even going late into the thirteenth minute, but Umino is able to retain with a Death Rider from the middle rope. His aggression worked this time, but Filthy gave him a hell of a fight. Could Shota’s style cost him in the future?
Shota Umino def. Tom Lawlor in 13:51 to retain the NJPW World Television Championship

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2023: Day Three
Robbie Eagles has just lost a match in the BOSJ, and he is furious about it. Instead of placing the blame on himself, though, he blames the referee for his contest, Red Shoes Unno! Eagles grabs Red Shoes and threatens him, but he isn’t safe for long because Unno’s son, Shota Umino, rushes out to defend him! Eagles runs off, but Umino stares him down. In the post-show press conference, Umino is furious and wants Eagles to face him on a night where Robbie’s block isn’t competing. The contest is scheduled for the sixth day of BOSJ.

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2023: Day Six
Robbie Eagles vs. Shota Umino (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
Shota, just like last time, comes out of the gate very aggressively, which is a good strategy for a match with a short time limit, but also a risky one. Eagles is able to do some damage, and a lot of it is because he manages to piss Umino off and take advantage, even hitting a brutal Poison Rana! It’s a back-and-forth affair, but eventually, Umino manages to escape a Michinoku Driver attempt, lock Robbie in a standing Sleeper, weaken him sufficiently enough, and plant him with a Death Rider for the pinfall victory!
Shota Umino def. Robbie Eagles in 12:24 to retain the NJPW World Television Championship
After the match, Eagles gets up and offers a handshake to the man that just defeated him. Shota seems very, very hesitant, but accepts it, and the two shake hands. However, Zack Sabre Jr., Robbie's TMDK stablemate and the man that Shota took the belt from, attacks Roughneck from behind! He soaks in the jeers from the crowd, and, in the post-show press conference, states that he wants to challenge for the TV Title at Dominion. He says that he lost the belt via coin flip, so Shota is the champion legitimately based on pure chance. He’s too aggressive, not refined enough, and he WILL make a mistake so big that Sabre will be able to capitalize and take his belt back. Later on in the scrum, Shota accepts.

AEW Dynamite (May 31)
Bryan Danielson doesn’t yet have a match for Forbidden Door, but he has a proposal. In New Japan, there’s a pretty new title, the World Television Championship. He knows that by Forbidden Door, that belt will belong to either Shota Umino or Zack Sabre Jr. The prospect of either match is exciting to him, because he has heard stories about “Shooter” from Moxley, and he was meant to face The Bone Master at last year’s Forbidden Door. Plus, the American Dragon wants to make in-roads in Japan, so this is the perfect opportunity. No matter who has the strap, the Blackpool Combat Club is coming for it in Toronto.

NJPW Dominion 6.10 in Osaka-Jo Hall
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Shota Umino (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
This match literally went to the wire last time it happened, and Shota Umino doesn’t want to leave his aspirations and his destiny in the hands of fate once again, so he wrestles even more aggressively than last time! ZSJ, though? He sort of hangs back, takes a beating for a while, hoping for Shota to make a mistake. Indeed he does, as the champion goes for a Rolling Elbow without setting it up properly, and the Submission Master is able to isolate the arm and begin manipulating Shota in position for a Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than The Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness! Shota has no choice but to tap out! After three defenses, the NJPW World Television Championship has returned to TMDK!
Zack Sabre Jr. def. Shota Umino in 10:59 to win the NJPW World Television Championship

AEW Dynamite (June 21)
Zack Sabre Jr., in a pre-taped segment, talks about his upcoming match with Bryan Danielson at the second Forbidden Door event. He says that he has been looking forward to this match for a long while, for two reasons. Firstly, last year, he was meant to face the Dragon, and it fell through. Secondly, last year, he lost to a Blackpool Combat Club member in Claudio Castagnoli, and Bryan denied him the chance to prepare, so he’s been holding that grudge ever since. He doesn’t want to inflict punishment on Danielson for only fifteen minutes, no. He has spoken to AEW and NJPW officials, and he has negotiated a stipulation. Two out of Three Falls, and every fall is contested under NJPW World Television Championship rules!

AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door II
Two out of Three Falls: Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
The first fall is a very fun one, as the two men in the ring exchange technical holds in one of the finest displays of chain wrestling in recent memory. It’s very evenly-matched, and even geared towards ZSJ for much of the contest, but once the BCC member is able to escape the Jim Breaks Armbar, he’s able to take control by peppering the TMDK leader with Roundhouse Kicks. One of the kicks catches Sabre directly in the skull, and Danielson takes him down and applies the LeBell Lock, but he hasn’t been paying attention to the clock, and time expires! The referee gets a coin, and ZSJ calls Tails for the coin toss. The coin lands on…TAILS! Zack Sabre Jr. escaped by the skin of his teeth, getting saved by the bell and then getting the luck of the draw!
In the second fall, though, Danielson carries on his momentum from the first, and on top of that, he is VERY angry about the coin toss not going his way. He comes out of the gate wrestling as aggressively as Shota Umino, but unlike Umino, Sabre can’t seem to counter it. He gets some offense in here and there, but Bryan is pressuring him too much, and all of the kicks do a lot of cumulative damage. After thwarting an attempt at Hypernormalisation, Danielson runs the ropes and levels Sabre with a Busaiku Knee! Makes the cover! One…Two…Three! That fall went less than seven minutes, and Danielson has full control! He waits in the corner for Zack to find his footing for the third fall.
The third and final fall begins, and Danielson goes for another Busaiku Knee, but it’s dodged! This one has plenty of reversals in it, neither man managing to lock the other in a submission! ZSJ is probably slightly more technically proficient, but Bryan is able to bridge the gap with his striking, and once we’re past the ten minute mark of this fall, both men are just absolutely destroyed! Danielson is throwing kick after kick after kick, and they’re landing to the body, but ZSJ catches one and slaps on a Heel Hook, or as he calls it, the Sunday Rail Engineering Works Replacement Bus Service! Danielson is locked in the middle of the ring, and he has no choice but to tap out! ZSJ has retained the NJPW World Television Championship!
Zack Sabre Jr. def. Bryan Danielson two falls to one to retain the NJPW World Television Championship

NJPW G1 Climax 33
The G1 Climax rolls around, and it’s NOT A FOUR BLOCK BULLSHIT G1. Zack Sabre Jr. is in the A Block, and, to the delight of NJPW fans and AEW fans everywhere, Bryan Danielson is in the B Block! Danielson is very angry that he lost at Forbidden Door, especially considering the fact that he was well on his way to winning the first fall before the coin flip went in Sabre Jr.’s favour. While both men have plenty of great matches in their respective blocks, neither one makes the finals. Their feud does result in a match at the Finals, though. TMDK is at ZSJ’s side, but BCC isn’t in Japan, so Danielson enlists the help of Strong Style.
TMDK (Zack Sabre Jr., Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste and Robbie Eagles) vs. Bryan Danielson and Strong Style (Minoru Suzuki, Ren Narita and El Desperado)
Strong Style and Bryan Danielson are cut from the same cloth, and the quartet works well together, with the group allowing the American Dragon to get some shots in at ZSJ. However, the chemistry isn’t there as much as it is with TMDK, and Haste and Nicholls are able to isolate Despy on the outside of the ring and take him out. Suzuki and Sabre, as former stablemates, have a very fun sequence, and Narita shines in the contest as well, but the eventual finish comes when Eagles rolls a beaten-down Desperado into the ring, and ZSJ plants his former partner with the Zack Driver to pick up the win.
TMDK def. Bryan Danielson and Strong Style in 13:13
After the match, ZSJ grabs the mic and shit-talks Danielson, telling him to pack his shit and go back to the “Blackpool Country Club”. Suddenly, the big screen lights up, and on it is Jon Moxley! He talks about how he was supposed to face Zack Sabre Jr., but didn’t. Recently, he was supposed to wrestle in the UK, but he didn’t. If The Front Man hates BCC so much, how about they make up for all the lost time and face off for the Television Championship at Royal Quest? ZSJ contemplates it, and agrees to the contest. Mox, on the big screen, says “I don’t know what you just said, because this video just so happens to be…pre-recorded.” The champion turns around, and Mox is right there! Death Rider, and he runs away before TMDK can get to him!

NJPW Royal Quest III
Jon Moxley vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
This match has been long-awaited, and Zack Sabre Jr., in his home country, is looking to extend his second reign with the NJPW World Television Championship. Jon Moxley, though, is an absolute force. This is a great dichotomy of styles, as Mox tries to get the match on the outside of the ring to do damage with his great brawling, while The Submission Master wants things right in the middle of the squared circle so that he can submit the Death Rider. After a frenetic match, ZSJ is busted open, and he’s trying desperately to take Mox down, but he stuffs the takedown! Elbows to the back of the head! Hooks the arms! PARADIGM SHIFT/DEATH RIDER! COVER! ONE…TWO…THREE! JON MOXLEY IS THE NEW NJPW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION!
Jon Moxley def. Zack Sabre Jr. in 14:31 to win the NJPW World Television Championship

AEW Dynamite (September 6)
We get a recap of Royal Quest, showing the fact that Jon Moxley has won the NJPW World Television Championship, and then we cut to a backstage promo from the man himself. He talks about how he has always loved performing in New Japan, but it seems like wrenches always get thrown into his plans. The pandemic forced him to give up his US Title, he lost in the G1 back in the day because of Toru Yano’s bullshit, and he just hasn’t been there as much as he would have liked to be. However, now that he has gold, he doesn’t plan on letting it go. “The Blackpool Combat Club has the World Television Championship, and we’re bringing it to REAL television.”

AEW Dynamite (September 13)
Darius Martin vs. Jon Moxley (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
The younger member of Top Flight is in singles action tonight. He’s coming in as the huge underdog, but a win would propel him to superstardom, and over to Japan. His opponent, though, is Jon Moxley, a man that’s meaner now than he’s ever been. They have a fun match, with Martin’s insane pace seeming to benefit him with the short time limit. He’s very difficult to ground, but Moxley eventually does figure out a way to do so, locking Darius in the Bulldog Choke and forcing him to tap for the successful retention.
Jon Moxley def. Darius Martin in 8:20 to retain the NJPW World Television Championship

ROH TV (October 5)
Yuji Nagata vs. Jon Moxley (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
Yuji Nagata is in the United States for a tour, and after finding out, Jon Moxley challenged him to a match for the NJPW World Television Championship over in Ring of Honor. Blue Justice accepted, so now we’re here. We’ve seen this match before, and last time Mox won relatively easily, but Yuji is a legend because of his ability to adapt. He gives Jon a little bit more than he expected, and busts the champion’s chest open with a flurry of chops! Moxley comes alive after that, very angry, and after beating the legend down, hits three Regal Knees and a Paradigm Shift to take the victory.
Jon Moxley def. Yuji Nagata in 10:00 to retain the NJPW World Television Championship
After the match, Moxley walks up to Nagata aggressively, looking ready to attack. However, somebody runs out to make the save…SHOTA UMINO! Yuji Nagata is one of the men that trained The Roughneck, but Moxley is the one that taught him almost everything he knows! Umino doesn’t get physical, but he does try to defuse the situation, and Moxley backs off. Shota turns around to help Nagata up, and MOXLEY LAYS HIM OUT FROM BEHIND! PICKS HIM UP! DEATH RIDER! HE JUST DESTROYED HIS OWN PROTEGE!

AEW Dynamite (October 18)
Jon Moxley is interviewed by Lexy Nair, who asks why he attacked Shota Umino on ROH TV. He says that he looks at Shota and just feels disappointed. “Shooter, I trained you to be a vicious, violent son of a bitch, and to your credit, you try. You wrestle aggressively, but you leave yourself exposed, and you lose. I wrestle aggressively, and it wins me belts. You wear my jacket, and you use my finisher, but you are NOT me. You aren’t a wild man, you are a kid trying to be one. If you were really as violent as you’ve been trying to be, if you were really a Roughneck, you wouldn’t have let your heart get the better of you and make you come out to save Yuji Nagata. I know you want this belt back, and I know that I want to show you exactly why you aren’t the wrestler that I thought I had molded you into. At Power Struggle, Shooter, I will prove that no matter what you call yourself, you’ll never be anything more than my Young Lion.”

AEW Dynamite (October 25)
Shota Umino vs. Jack Cartwheel
Jack Cartwheel, seen on Dark a few times, is making his Dynamite debut against Shota Umino. Of course, this is a showcase match for the former NJPW World Television Champion, but Jack shows out as well, impressing the crowd with his almost supernatural agility. Unfortunately for the underdog Cartwheel, he gets caught with a Dropkick off of a springboard move, and Roughneck assumes control. He hits a Death Rider and makes the cover for the one…two…three.
Shota Umino def. Jack Cartwheel in 6:46
Shota picks up his jacket and goes to leave, but Jon Moxley comes out and gets in his face. He calls him a Young Boy, says that he doesn’t have what it takes to be champion, and Umino gets frustrated. He throws the jacket in Mox’s face and throws a punch! The two men brawl until officials pull them apart! Power Struggle is going to be one emotionally-charged match!

NJPW Power Struggle 2023
Shota Umino vs. Jon Moxley (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
Mentor vs. Protege, now bitter rivals. Jon Moxley looking to extend his title reign, Umino looking to reclaim the title that he lost earlier this year. Shota is no longer Shooter, he no longer has the Mox jacket, he is his own man. Not only is he his own man, but he goes to war with Jon Moxley. Moxley seems to be expecting Shota to be as aggressive as he usually is, but Umino has refined his style and instead of getting reversed and leaving himself exposed, is actually countering Moxley’s moves! He hits a Regal Knee on Moxley, busting the man open around the seven minute mark!
The blood seems to wake Moxley up, though, and he snaps, managing to do some prolonged damage to the challenger. Time is starting to tick, and with only about two minutes remaining, The Death Rider goes for a, well, Death Rider. Shota spins out of it, kicks Mox in the gut, AND GOES FOR A DEATH RIDER OF HIS OWN! CONNECTS! COVER! ONE…TWO…THR-AND MOXLEY KICKS OUT! HE’S NOT ABOUT TO LOSE TO HIS OWN MOVE! Shota checks the clock and quickly lifts Moxley to his knees. Runs the ropes, charges at him, and HITS HIM WITH A SHOTGUN DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! ON COMMENTARY, KEVIN KELLY CALLS IT “THE STRAIGHT SHOOTER”! HOOKS THE LEG! ONE…TWO…THREE! YOUNG BOY NO MORE, SHOTA UMINO IS A TWO-TIME NJPW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION!
Shota Umino def. Jon Moxley in 13: 46 to win the NJPW World Television Championship
On the post-show press conference, Shota says that he wants his first defense to be against Ren Narita.

NJPW World Tag League 2023: Night Seven
Ren Narita vs. Shota Umino
Ren Narita’s faction, Strong Style, is busy feuding with TMDK, but he takes a night off from waging war to challenge Shota for the NJPW World Television Championship. The two of them are the future of the company, and they have one hell of a match tonight, with Narita coming within an inch of winning the belt after Umino just BARELY manages to get a rope break. Time is winding down, and this one may very well go to a coin toss! With about twenty seconds left, Narita goes for a takedown, but Shota rolls through, gets behind Ren, and hits a short Straight Shooter! RUNS THE ROPES AND DELIVERS A SECOND, BIGGER ONE FOR GOOD MEASURE! MAKES THE COVER WITH JUST A FEW SECONDS LEFT! ONE…TWO…THREE! HE WON WITH JUST A SECOND LEFT ON THE CLOCK!
Shota Umino def. Ren Narita in 14:59 to retain the NJPW World Television Championship
After the match, the two men shake hands, after proving that they have impossibly bright futures. Shota leaves the ring, and Narita goes to do so as well, but TMDK comes pouring out to assault Narita, their feud still ongoing! El Desperado and Minoru Suzuki come to his aid, but TMDK still has a numbers advantage…until SHOTA UMINO TURNS BACK AND RUSHES INTO THE RING! He pulls Zack Sabre Jr. away, and the two stare daggers at each other…BEFORE COMING TO BLOWS! THIS IS AN ALL OUT BRAWL, AND TMDK RUNS FROM IT! Minoru Suzuki gets a Strong Style shirt and hands it to Shota. After some deliberation, he PUTS IT ON! STRONG STYLE IS A FOUR MAN UNIT!
During the post show press conference, both Umino and Sabre call each other out for a rubber match, and the contest is made official for Wrestle Kingdom 18.

NJPW Road To Tokyo Dome: Night One
Strong Style (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, and Shota Umino) vs. TMDK (Zack Sabre Jr., Kohei Fujita, and Shane Haste)
For a throwaway tag, this one has a lot of heat behind it. It’s Shota Umino’s first match as a member of Strong Style, and a chance for him to establish dominance over ZSJ. The match is a fun one, but the most important moment of the match comes when Shota and Sabre are in the ring together. Zack goads him and insults him repeatedly, and frustrates him so much that the champion LEVELS HIM WITH A CLOSED FIST PUNCH! ZSJ smiles a shit-eating grin, pointing at Shota as if to say “You’re just as aggressive as you were during your first reign.” Umino has been keeping his cool lately, but ZSJ just got to him. Strong Style wins the match after Suzuki fucking MURDERS Fujita, but Umino looks shaken in victory.
Strong Style def. TMDK in 12:57

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Shota Umino (c) - NJPW World Television Championship
This is it. Each man has won one match apiece, each man has taken the Television Title off of the other. Shota has only ever defeated ZSJ via Coin Toss, and he’s looking for a more decisive victory tonight, while the Technical Wizard wants to prove that his spot will not be overtaken by a relative upstart. The contest is an intense one, and, with Shota trying to maintain his composure, a measured chess match.
Shota Umino def. Zack Sabre Jr. in 13:23 to retain the NJPW World Television Championship
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2023.04.01 02:36 cherries_sakura How do I get clothes actually 100% clean?

I really pride myself on being a clean person but laundry is seriously kicking my butt.
I don’t have a washing machine, but my complex has a small laundry area. Unfortunately the first run through left my small load of clothes stained, unclean, and didn’t even dry them in the dryer. Whatever, it won’t kill me to hand wash a few things and go to a larger laundromat later.
Hand washing - gets more of the general grime off, but leaves hair on. Everything. It works okay for my work scrubs, and gets more crud off my socks then a washing machine, but the amount of hair left on everything for seemingly 0 reason drives me crazy.
Laundromat - prices have gone significantly more up and it’s not really economical for $8 a load. Little things like 25 cents for hot water + 25 cents for this setting etc really drive the price up on top of the already weirdly high priced stuff. And still didn’t get the grime off my socks.
I’m kind of at a loss on how to get my clothing actually clean and am thinking about getting a countertop type washing machine when I can.
I have super hard, very chlorinated water and use washing powder. I do have pets but they don’t interact with my scrubs or socks, just my daily clothes.
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2023.04.01 02:34 ChiefDurham Retired CAL FIRE Chief Recap with Commentary - Episode 13 - "You Know Your Dragon"

Retired CAL FIRE Chief Recap with Commentary - Episode 13 -
I've been traveling so have gotten behind on the recaps. Looking forward to getting caught up! Still LOVING the show but had to take a pretty strong exception to a particular story line in this episode. I wonder if you can guess which one ;)
Fire country episode 13 opens with the Station 42 crew treating a protester for low blood sugar while at a demonstration to stop a developer, Neil Wallace, from cutting trees down, in a forested area, to build houses. Collin handles this, his first medical aid call well. Eve is talking to Jake about what would happen if Bode goes ahead with the kidney transplant, that he’d have to go back to a prison hospital to recuperate and might not be able to come back to Camp afterwards.
Just then, a Molotov Cocktail explodes against the side of the construction site’s office trailer, a steel Conex box where Jake, Eve and Collin had just been treating the protester. It’s really good to see the calm demeanor that Eve and Jake use with the extinguishers - no excitement just doing what they’re trained to do.
And at Three Rock Camp, a horn is going off as Manny jogs through the work out area, telling his crew to load up. Once his crew is on the bus, he makes an announcement that today is a big day. It’s Bode’s birthday, his 30th, and it’s time for a fire camp tradition, getting “roofed” (never heard of that one 🤷‍♀️). The crew lifts Bode up, like he’s crowd surfing, and bumps him against the ceiling of the bus several times telling him “Happy Birthday.”
As Bode and Manny walk away together, Bode tells Manny he passed the organ donation psych eval! Manny is super happy for Bode and Bode seems proud of himself for what he’s doing. Bode suggests that Manny that Gaby that he’s getting back on his feet, that he’s doing better. But Manny wants to wait until he’s no longer couch surfing. The two mens’ relationship seems to be back on solid ground.
At the Leone’s, Sharon’s made French Toast for Vince in honor of Bode’s birthday, supposedly. * I’m not sure why Sharon is wearing a shirt with different patches on it. They don’t say CAL FIRE. I saw Luke, as well as the fire investigator who did the interviews after the bridge incident, wearing the same patch. There is only one CAL FIRE patch no matter which program you’re working in. Weird.
When Sharon admits the French Toast might also be a bribe because she needs a favor from Vince, he asks if the favor is for her or “for a morally corrupt developer who wants to cut down trees and put in condos.” Sharon responds that the developer is ready to cut a big fat donation check to Station 42. All he wants is the appearance of an endorsement, a smiling photo with Vince in his dress blues. Vince tells Sharon, “we all know this is a dirty kick back just to get CAL FIRE‘s seal of approval.” Sharon responds, “you do recall that I fought them at a City Council meeting not to do the deal with the development unless Neil was willing to give something back to the department, which he is. Hundreds of thousands of something.” Vince is not sold. Sharon goes on to explain that she is making lemonade out of lemons here. That they are looking at year-round fire season now; that their firefighters are having hard times, like Manny sleeping on their couch. She says this money could really go along ways to helping their people. And she gets a perfect eye roll from Vince as he continues eating his French toast while she holds up his dress uniform telling him how handsome he’ll look in it. Love these two!
*BUT (yes, here's the big one) - I do not love this storyline. A lot of the things the show may not get quite right are easier to overlook. But not this one. Giving public support to a developer because he’s giving a fire station money would never, ever happen. It’s illegal and a set-up for corruption. To make this worse, they say the money is going to personally benefit individual firefighters! This is even worse. And it’s completely off-base. Getting specific fire control strategies wrong or having a Battalion Chief (BC) riding on an engine (If you’ve read my previous recaps you know that this is a pet peeve, but a good-natured one. BCs have their own pick-ups; they don’t ride on fire engines.) But this insinuation is insulting to CAL FIRE and to the fire service in general. When new developments go into cities and counties, often times during planning meetings, when it’s time for the fire department to give their plan review, they will propose a new fire station or new equipment because of the impact those additional homes will have on their suppression capabilities. These recommendations become part of the city or county plan review. But never, EVER is money offered or exchanged. Not to the department, not to a fire station and certainly not to individual firefighters.
Ok, whew. Jumping down from my soapbox . . .
Back at the firehouse Gaby, Jake and Eve are eating breakfast. Eve talks about how maturely Jake and Gaby have been handling their break-up. That she thought she was going to have to choose between them but she’s happy not to have to. They all continue, giving each other a bad time about their dating lives. *This is definitely real fire house behavior! Though the entire crew would be eating meals at the same time, together. Station 42 has at least one other pieces of equipment with at least 3 people assigned per day. There would be a minimum of 6 people at each meal.
Holy shit! I almost spit out my wine when I saw Vince driving a pick-up!! And it even has his number on it B1508! (The B is for Battalion) Whoop! Whoop! THAT’S what real Battalion Chiefs drive! I hope this is going to stick!

Vince's Battalion Chief Pick-up! Woo Hoo!! :)
Vince arrives, in his pick up ;), at the demonstration to meet with Neil Wallace, the developer. He is in what CAL FIRE refers to as an administrative uniform - a long-sleeve blue shirt and a tie with dress pants. CAL FIRE‘s dress uniform, for chief officers like Vince and Sharon, is black dress pants, a white shirt, black tie and a black blazer with gold stripes and gold “years of service” stars on the left cuff.

CAL FIRE Class A Dress Uniform
As Vince gets out of his pick-up, he gives a thumbs up to the protestors and goes to greet Neil. While the developer may have a point about Edgewater needing more affordable housing, Vince has a much more valuable point when he tells the developer he should not be building new homes in the middle of a high fire danger area. Neil has no response to this so grabs Vince’s hand and gets a smirk, more than a smile, for the camera. It’s a good scene. Billy Burke does such a great job of portraying a crusty BC! And, except for the long hair and the different patch, he could walk up to a firehouse and easily pass for one of us!
As the two men finish up, the developers SUV is suddenly on fire. Vince assumes that it’s because Neil left his car running while parked on dry leaves. \The only way I know that a parked car can start a fire is on dry grass where the grass is actually touching the exhaust. Plus the fire gets big fast, like there’s an accelerant involved. And telling a citizen, in this case the developer, you’re not concerned about him or his belongings, only the forest, is not something a BC would likely say; even one as crusty as Vince.*
Vince calls in the fire to Edgewater but doesn’t grab an extinguisher or a hand tool. *A 50x50 spot could easily be put out by one person with a hand tool or an extinguisher. Both of which CAL FIRE BC’s carry in their pick-ups. The best way to keep a fire from getting big is to put it out when it’s small. That sounds kind of smart ass ;) but good initial attack is what keeps fires from becoming major incidents.
Station 42 responds to the fire. When they arrive, Vince briefs them and takes Jake and a mystery firefighter to search for other protesters near the site where the construction materials are being stored. Eve, Gaby and Collin grab a hose line and start extinguishing the vehicle and surrounding brush.
Edgewater dispatches Three Rock Crew 4 to the fire. Shortly after, Sharon arrives at scene and assumes command. Manny arrives and Sharon sends them to help Vince protect the building materials. But not before Bode and Gaby get a chance to say hi and smile at each other. Collin notices.
Gaby and Collin knock down the vehicle fire and Sharon tells Eve what a good job they’re doing; that they were well trained. It takes Eve a second to pick up on the fact that Sharon is complementing her abilities as a trainer. Sharon tells Eve that she did well at incident command training and asks if she’d like to shadow her once the fire is knocked down. Eve is excited about the opportunity. Normally requests like that go through your supervisor but they don’t really have time for that kind of dialogue in the show. Eve seems pretty confident with the assignment.
Vince, Jake and the mystery firefighter get to the area where the building materials are stored. \Why dry lumber would be stored in an area that’s not cleared is . . . umm . . dumb*. They pass evacuating protesters as well as construction workers hauling their tools out to the main clearing.
Vince and Jake convince a handful of more stubborn protesters that the fire is real and they need to leave. Once they see the smoke, they do. But one of the protesters has chained herself to a tree with what they’re calling a “sleeping dragon.” Vince says it’s not his first time taking one apart and he and Jake call for more equipment.
Back at the incident base, Collin and Gaby have extinguished the vehicle fire, at least from what we can see so Eve sends them off with the gear Vince needs. The vehicle reignites and Eve starts to grab a hose but Sharon reminds her that she needs to delegate. So she has another fire fighter grab the nozzle and continue to extinguish the vehicle. She looks confused at that idea. Sometimes it can be a hard transition from putting out fires to running one. Often times that’s when people figure out they would really rather stay on the nozzle then wear the white hat.
Vince and Jake continue to work at dismantling the sleeping dragon but the protester has used too much glue and they’re having trouble getting it apart. While they’re working, Jake tells Vince that he is a match to donate a kidney to Sharon. He’s worried that Bode would have to go back to prison to recuperate from the surgery and that might be hard on Sharon. He asks Vince to please pick him so that they don’t have to worry about that happening. Just then Bode walks up with his crew, overhearing the last part of their conversation. Rut Ro.
Jake tries to explain to Bode what his real motivation was but Vince and Manny tell them both it’s not the time; they have work to do. Vince has Crew 4 start clearing around the construction equipment and materials in case the fire comes that direction. He has Gaby and Collin help Crew 4 cut line.
Back at incident base Eve reviews with Sharon why the vehicle reignited. It’s a hybrid and she didn’t see the insignia because it had melted off the car. Hybrids and electric vehicles present a different set of problems for fire fighters. I don’t know a great deal about them; they came along after I’d left the field and, after about 20 years, had gotten my own white hat ;)
Jake continues to free the protester from the tree as she explains to him that her family used to own a small construction company, which Wallace purchased. She goes on to say that her family practiced sustainable forestry (although that’s a completely different business than construction) but her comments are sound. We are not going to stop needing lumber but there is a right way to harvest timber and manage forest land that keeps it sustainable and provides healthy forest land with shaded fuel breaks.
As Gaby helps the crew clear around the building materials, she takes a chance to talk to Bode, asking him what was going on between him and Jake. Bode won’t talk at first but finally explains that he’s bummed to hear what he thinks Jake’s trying to take away his chance to help his mom and donate his own kidney. Gaby doesn’t seem to understand his frustration.
Eve has instructed another crew to raise the still burning vehicle and put cribbing underneath so they can put water directly on the battery and cool it down. Sharon is impressed with her leadership.
As Eve asks Sharon if she ever misses being in the thick of it, the developer approaches them. He’s angry, accusing Sharon of letting his building materials burn. She calmly explains that she is not letting anything burn but he tells her that if he loses his building materials they may lose his donation to CAL FIRE. She, again calmly, glances at everyone holding up phones, recording him and he realizes he’s just stepped in it.
Vince and Jake continue working to free the protester as she explains more about the type of construction her family did, incorporating defensible space around their structures. *This is where the show has such an opportunity to inform the public. Defensible space is vital when homes are constructed anywhere near wildland urban interface area.
As they continue to work, the building materials start to ignite because of falling embers from the approaching fire. The engine crews work alongside the hand crew to break apart the building material piles and, using dirt, they smother and extinguish what they can.
Vince needs water so asks for a hoselay from the engine. Now that Eve and her crew have the vehicle extinguished, she starts to send two firefighters with the hoselay. But then she decides to also go herself, telling Sharon, "thank you for the opportunity but not being able to fight fire has got her crawling out of her skin." She’s definitely not done fighting fire!
\The hoselay looks legit - their technique does; though some of their terminology is different than I remember. And hoselays normally run along the fires edge. You put the fire out as you go, stopping the spread. It could be that they’re just trying to get water to the landing where the building materials are. But that’s a good way to lose all the hose you’ve just put in, as well as your water supply, because as soon as the fire reaches the hoselay, it will likely burn the hose.*
Back at the Incident Command Post (ICP) the developer and a protester start arguing when the protester finds out the developer may likely have caused the fire. *A Chief would not make comments to the public (or a developer) about how a fire started until it was fully investigated. When the developer learns that Tatum, the daughter of the people he bought the construction company from, is in danger, his concern seems genuine.
Eve and her crew arrive at the landing with water to extinguish the fires there and Jake is almost through cutting away the sleeping dragon to free Tatum.
Eve tells Vince the fire is about 10 minutes away which doesn’t give Jake much time to finish freeing Tatum. Vince orders the hand crew and fire crews to evacuate the area causing Tatum to start yelling at everyone about how she didn’t risk her life just to give up on the trees. Insert eye roll here ;) *The crews are about to be overrun by a crowning timber fire. Fire engine crews and hand crews alone cannot put out timber fires. It’s completely unsafe. Clearing around the building material and equipment and covering them with foam before they leave is about the best they could do.
Bode suggests they wrap their fire blankets around the trees to protect them. Jake seems to be the only sensible one, saying that the trees are not the priority. *At first I thought they meant to use their own personal fire shelters; the ones they carry on their web gear in case they are overrun by fire. But I did a little research and found that other countries use large fire blankets in some instances rather than fire extinguishers. And they use bigger blankets on EV fires. It’s a pretty cool concept. Though I’m not sure wrapping a tree on the bottom 6 feet is going to do much to save it when the crowns are burning. Any foresters or arborists out there?
The hand crew and fire crews, along with Tatum, make their way back to the ICP. Sharon tells Vince that a strike team has arrived to take over for them. *This is weird. Initial attack crews, all of the crews and equipment originally assigned the first day, put in at least a full 24-hour shift before they’re relieved. Besides, if it’s too hot for Vince and Crew 4 because of a crowning fire, then another engine strike team isn’t going to be safe (or effective) either.
If it’s a true crowning timber fire, Operations would try to use a natural or man-made fuel break, well out ahead of the advancing fire; or create their own with bulldozers, airtankers, crews and back fires. When a wildland fire has burned into the crowns of the trees, the heat is so intense that it’s completely unsafe for ground troops.
As everyone comes back down the hill, Sharon see’s an opportunity to connect Neil and Tatum so that her concerns can be heard. And so he doesn’t look like such a weasel! ;) Good plan.
Eve catches up with Bode to tell him that he might want to hear Jake out about his being a kidney donor. He doesn’t know the whole story. She also tells him “Happy birthday.” Gaby overhears and tells Bode Happy Birthday as well just before Manny tells him to load up. Here again, the Fire Crew would be working through the night and, hopefully, getting off shift the next morning.
Back at the fire house Collin and Gaby are in civilian clothes as Gaby looks like she's emptying out the frig. In an odd exchange, Collin warns Gaby to be careful not to do anything with Bode. She tells him nothing’s happening there as Collin seems to chalk up his concern to, “we nuggets have to stick together.” But it seems pretty strange. He doesn’t know her well enough and he doesn’t know the whole story.
Eve appears and asks Gaby what she’s doing. She says she’s looking for something that resembles a birthday cake, and she pulls out a chicken!
Eve tells Gaby she thinks she might’ve blown it with Sharon when she decided to go fight fire instead of staying with her and shadowing her. I can’t imagine ever having done that. Once you commit to an assignment you stick with it, even if it sucks. Interesting.
Gaby points out though that maybe Eve's career dissipation light isn’t blinking. (That’s a well used quote from the movie Backdraft, in case you were wondering ;) ) Gaby continues, saying maybe she just has different career goals. That maybe Incident Command is not where her heart lies. That is a valid point. And the way they’ve written Eve’s character, the fear and uncertainty she keeps showing on incidents wouldn’t give me the confidence to put her in that role. She’s not ready yet.
Gaby convinces Eve to come with her to Three Rock with the birthday chicken. This is pretty funny. Not sure why they wouldn’t just stop at a grocery store and grab a pre-made cake though?? *And, like I’ve said before, Firefighters do not ever visit inmates at a camp outside of formal visiting days, even if they are friends.
Next we see Vince and Sharon at Three Rock Camp heading to the barracks with an actual birthday cake in hand! They stop as they see Gaby, Eve and Bode on a picnic bench with the birthday chicken. The look on Vince’s face is priceless when he says, “is that a chicken?” Hilarious! Sharon convinces him that they should let Bode celebrate with his friends and take their store-bought cake home with them. I never get tired of the scenes between these two! Diane Farr and Billy Burke rock these roles!
Eve, Gaby and Bode are having a good time and laughing as Jake appears. He needs to talk to Bode so they walk off alone. After they leave, Manny walks up to the ladies and Eve takes a walk to let the father and daughter have a chat.
This seems to be the first time Gaby and Manny have talked since he confessed his gambling problem. Manny tells her about staying with the Leone's and that he’s trying to dig himself out of the financial hole he’s in. She’s frowning and seems pretty tense. Manny goes on, telling her he knows she’s waiting for him to get his act together but he thinks right now he just needs to feel stable. And if that’s not good enough . . . Gaby interrupts by putting a hand on his arm and telling him she just needs to know he’s getting help; that she can’t be the only one holding him together. They both smile; they seem happy with this new understanding.
As Jake and Bode talk, Jake explains that he wasn’t trying to go behind Bode’s back. That he just doesn’t want Bode to go back to prison - that his mom and dad need him there. Jake adds that it’s been good having Bode back in his life. Bode thinks for a minute and then agrees with Jake. He tells Jake that if he really is game to be a donor, it does make better sense; that if his mom is OK with it, Jake should be the donor. Bode realizes he made this choice about himself, but it’s his mom he really cares about and he wants to do what’s best for her. The two young men reconnect in a good way. It’s a nice scene and an uplifting way to end the show.
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2023.04.01 02:30 Poxymoxy23 Cleaning lotion socks ?

I lotion my feet every night with a thin lotion I put on socks then when I get into bed I put on another pair so it’s more dry , I used to wash them separately in hot water and a lot of detergent latley I’ve been combining them with my work clothes and I’m wondering if I’m transferring bacteria to my work clothes . How should one wash these kind of socks ? Am I making a big mistake washing them together? I use a laundry mat and I honestly feel like they only use cold water not hot
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2023.04.01 02:21 BitingLime laundry always smells stale after a couple days?

So, I don't know what's going on, but for the past few months my clean clothes have a stale stench to them after a few days. I hang my clothes immediately after they come out of the dryer, I clean the dryer vent every time I dry, I have drained the washer, cleaned the trap, and have wiped the interior and usually keep it open after a wash so it doesn't mildew. Most of my clothes are 100% cotton or a mostly cotton blend. I don't use softener or dryer sheets and the laundry soap I use is unscented because I'm kind of sensitive to smells. I'll occasionally use oxiclean and that seems to help them stay fresh for a couple more days, but overall it keeps coming back. I tried a vinegar wash cycle and it just makes my clothes smell like vinegar. When I hang them I spread them out on the rack just in case they are still damp in any way just in case. This has only been happening in the past few months. Is there something else I'm forgetting?
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2023.04.01 01:23 Adventurous-Map-9400 Growing Up Alien Chapter 17

A homeless teenager reaches out to the Shil’vati on first day of the invasion of Earth.
This is a rewrite of my original story ‘Loyalist’.
Credit to u/bluefishcake for writing the original SSB story.
Pizzaulostin who has been beta reading since the beginning.
and u/BruhMomentGEE
Credit to u/HollowShel for getting me started with this!
This story is based in the SSB universe.
as always, comments are welcome.

Chapter 17:

Thanks to the author of Alien-Nation for editing this chapter!


“We are sorry about the restraints. Your dossier has a security lock from the Office of Interior that I can’t even read, and all our supervisor could tell us was ‘interview with caution’,” one of the two agents explained.
I regarded my handcuffs with professional disapproval. They had a longer than regular chain for ambulatory movement and inmate processing, by the deep, I could even use them as garrote if needed. They had revealed the limits of their rank with that apology.
“No need to worry. I am sure this will be a formality in less than an hour,” I told them, if there was one thing that was in abundance on the planet Sky it was Interior and undercover commando trainees. I hoped this would probably be their most interesting case all month.
“So, would you care to explain how you are raising a human, that is also considered a military asset?” The agent inquired as she pulled out her slate.
“Of course, Klein surrendered himself and requested medical aid and refugee status. He was willing to answer essential questions regarding human culture that aided in liberating humanity into the Shil’vati Empire. He wouldn’t be safe on Earth anymore, and I mentioned that he was still important in writing my reports. If I had my slate, I could give you the relevant documentation,” I said in a conversational tone, without any of the emotions that weighed the story, and glossing over the specifics.
“No need. I have everything you submitted to the Interior, including his asset designation, the interrogation transcripts, and even his doctor’s contact info. To be honest with you it’s the only reason we haven’t interviewed you yet, even after a dozen calls about a ‘possible trafficked human’ since he arrived. Your information is corroborated with several other departments. The issue now is what the medivac scans found.” The agent pushed a slate towards me with medical notes bolded for emphasis ‘probable severe abuse’.
“The report shows a recent history of blunt force trauma, abrasions, and even muscle tearing, in short. It looks like the human has been systematically tortured for months. You also have recently requested restricted training armor in the human’s size.” The agent explained.
Ah, that was my mistake. I had been treating Klein as another child, just with some unique needs. It looks like there were other considerations, ones that I failed to see.
“I really do need my omni-slate to illustrate this, it’s on my desk right now if one of your assistants could get it?” I asked, hoping they got the suggestion to not leave me with only one interrogator in the room so they wouldn’t be graded too harshly.
They thankfully acquiesced without comment, and with my omni-slate in hand I pulled up the latest video of Klein practicing with me, the speed and brutality was difficult for me to sit through. Then, Klein pulled off his helmet seconds later, laughing in the rain. Unconcerned that, without armor, we could have just killed each other- I was grateful he had, else it might’ve been interpreted quite differently. “The bruising mostly from everyday participation at a Rakiri gym, and some remnants from before I got proper gear for baton practice. He heals extremely fast, and more so, he isn’t happy unless he exercises for at least an hour or two a day.”
I pulled up another video. Klein was sitting at the table bouncing his leg at an ever-increasing pace while trying to focus on a decently complex equation. He finally stood up and started pacing mouthing words as he skipped in time to an unheard rhythm.
“W-what’s he doing?” The agent asked, looking just a tad disturbed by the display of what seemed erratic behavior.
“A sort of dance while playing the song ‘a fine mesh net’ on his headphones. There was a monsoon that Shel weekend, and even I’m not crazy enough to fight in a thunderstorm like that. He does that around the house for an hour, and then finally settles in on a video game,” I explained to the agents, who were looking at me dubiously.
“So, you oversee an adolescent who is an intelligence asset, but also seems poorly fitted for Shil’vati life. Why the baton practice? Wouldn’t that make him even more dangerous, more of an outsider? Are you trying to sabotage his integration? Why not take him shopping, instead, or teach him beauty and self-care routines?” They were antagonizing. Countering every argument to see how I reacted. It seemed they could at least interrogate decently well.
“I hardly call a few quirks ‘poor fitting’. The baton practice is for obvious self-defense. Its intention is to make him dangerous,” I explained, letting the interviewers lead the conversation.
The back and forth went on for a while, but I presented a highlight reel of the last few months. Including a Rakiri gym video when Klein tried to flourish a wall climb and smashed his shoulder on the ledge while face planting into the mud.
The agents would not be arresting me today. They would need medical reports, and would require Klein, Hario, and Compassion Through Deeds to attest while truth scanned that these were sports injuries, and not some conspiracy to commit torture. We were also going to need to see an ICAD agent every two weeks for counseling. I had no idea what ICAD was, but I would investigate them later.
Finally, the agents appeared they were closing up the interview. I tried not to brace myself as they asked the complicated question. “One thing we need to know is, what is Klein to you? If he is just a crucial asset, then why haven’t you contacted a local volunteer family foster? Or was the military asset just a cover to find a male heir?”
I sighed, the truth wasn’t incriminating, but if I didn’t word it right, I would look like the worst sort of military tourist. “I had, originally, taken care of Klein as a key intelligence asset. Within that first week though, I had found that despite the decades of preparation, there wasn’t a process for someone to claim asylum as a child during first contact. He would be in military bureaucratic limbo without an advocate. We both know where he would end up.”
The room cooled by several degrees, which was a pity, I almost got the talkative agent to laugh at Klein’s antics. “Out of duty I investigated ways I could bring him home until I could find resources to place him in a stable situation with all the resources to help a xeno without a community. I found someone who was willing to help in exchange for reports on Klein’s adaptation to Shil’vati lifestyle. That’s Klein’s purpose as a military asset in my home.”
I continued. I was saying more on than I needed to, but if they did a follow up investigation later for some other incident, which was a when, not if, then I wanted this on record. “Klein has become part of this household though, despite, or maybe because, of his oddities. He may not be Shil’vati, but he seems to have integrated well. It’s why, while it was never my intention, when he is an adult, I will offer him full adoption, and title of home guardian.”
I watched the agents exchange looks, then the agent made a few taps on her slate. ‘Upper left, middle center, probably a message app’. I then listened for the telltale taps of a yes as a micro expression of a self-satisfied smile crossed the agent’s face. I decided to stop playing interviewee.
“So, you won the bet on if I would claim the human as my son, how long has that pool been building?” I asked folding my hands together.
The agent answered before she could think. “Two months… Wait!? How did you-”
The agent was cut off by the squawk of the slate’s speaker. “Agents you did well enough with the interview portion, however; you absolutely failed to secure the subject. Could you please illustrate to them why I stressed caution {petal of death’s veil}?”
The code name wasn’t one I had heard in decades, but I wasn’t going to snub an old handler. I kicked on my fast reaction mods to max speed and lunged over the table past the still sitting agents. I pirouetted and twisted the restraints into a loop as I brought them down over the left agent’s head and pulled back carefully, lightly touching the chain of my restraints around the neck of the agent before she could even react.
I kicked off my mods and caught my breath as time returned to normal. Both agents’ eyes went wide with shock as the one not about to be strangled tried to get away to pull out her weapon. “W-who are you!?”
“I’m going to slowly release you and put my hands up, is that everything you needed {hated old friend}?” I directed my question to the slate, using the code High Shil word to show I was playing along.
“More than enough. Agent! Holster your weapon and come back to the safe room. We need to go over security procedures,” the slate responded, and the very brief confrontation was over.
The agents walked out, and Siltan stomped in looking like she could bring about a thunderstorm by pure force of will. “We weren’t the only ones to get visits from the ‘majesty’s’ Interior today. Cee let me know that the Interior is also interrogated Reqellia as well.”
I now understood why these two rookies were here. It was a distraction for me. I grumbled as I picked up my slate and called Reqellia. Her face appeared a second later.
“By the Deep, it’s been a long day,” Reqellia breathed out as I heard a door slam, then she cursed some more.
“Tell me everything. Is Klein ok?” I asked.
“Cee says he’s fine and is waking him up. Klein might be getting a mod himself before she closes him up though because, oh- looks like it’s my day is going to get longer still. ICAD is here, and it’s a Hydrean in a Gearschilde clinic.” Reqellia hung up, and I stared at the phone in confusion.
It was time to find out what ICAD was.


I blearily came to, as high powered, piercing white light flooded my half open eyes. I tried to move my arm to shield my face and found I couldn’t. Actually, I couldn't move or even feel anything from the neck down.
I started to panic as I turned my head, focusing on lettering on a terminal, tried to sigh, and felt what few muscles I could control turn to lead as I sank back on the medical bed. Thank the goddess, it was Shil and Gearschilde lettering on the slate and medical supplies.
“Good afternoon Klein, are you okay? Your heart rate spiked.” I heard Cee, or full name Compassion Through Deeds, speak and turned my head to see her. She wore a dark red lab coat and regarded me with unblinking cybernetic eyes. Most of her orange skin had been replaced with dark steel etched with stylized waves and swirls of silver. Her face still emoted in a pleasant smile, but had that uncanny valley look of unblemished synth skin. I looked down to see a dozen micro surgical tools still inside me.
I should have been screaming at the sight, but all I felt was relief and joy. “Yeah, I just worried for a half second that I had hallucinated the last few months and was actually on a back on Earth on some black-market operating table getting my kidney stolen.”
Cee was aghast. “Does that happen on Earth?”
I would shrug, but again, I couldn’t move, instead I responded. “Rumors of it happening, but I never knew anyone personally.”
Cee reassured me. “Well, good news Klein, you are on Sky, you are in a Gearschilde clinic where stealing vital organs is a legal, moral and religious crime of unrepentant severity. What I have done is remove your appendix, and let the sedatives wear off so we can discuss what you want in its place.”
“In place of my appendix? Why?” I asked, it wasn’t like I really needed the vestigial organ turn internal hand grenade.
“Customary in Gearschilde for surgery is to be about giving a better life than just taking from the body. So, any ideas of what would make your life better?”
I thought about the bruising, the constant having to put healing patches on, and the annoyance of doing so. I thought about the near fatality of almost blowing my appendix, and if something could have fixed the issue before it got out of hand. “What about a healing dispenser? I keep having to put on patches and gel at the end of the day, and if I miss a spot, I will pay for it later.”
Cee gave me a grateful expression. “That’s a perfect first implant. I was worried you were going to ask for something more aggressive. When I was your age, I got my first defensive mod, a retractable forearm knife. Of course, my next surgery was being stitched back together after accidently stabbing myself with it.”
I tried to chuckle, but I didn’t have control of my diaphragm for it. “So, what’s next?”
Cee explained. “Well, the fabricator in the other room is right now creating your implant. It shouldn’t take long; are you ok being immobilized for the next hour or so?”
I thought about it, and honestly, I was still surprised I wasn’t panicking. “No, but I’m going to get really bored just laying here, do the Gearschilde have any good myths or stories?”
I knew I was fishing in an untapped pool that was guaranteed to have something. I wasn’t expecting my doctor to be gleeful at the thought though. “Oh blessed be you child, I am a surgeon priest, half the reason I am in this vocation is to tell stories. I take it you know nothing about Gearschilde mythology, or even our history?”
It was on my list of rabbit holes to get into, but instead I binged the rest of Prince Of The Stars and cried, it was nice. “No, but I would love to hear them.”
“Well if you want to, every Shel we have open services and brunch. But since you are new to Gearschilde mythology we should start with one of my favorites. The story of the Hopestrider.”
The ceiling lights dimmed, and the sterile operating room felt surprisingly cozy as I leaned my head back. Listening to Cee starting up the tale. “Our sect requires us to lead what can best be called ‘child technician classes’. Learning to take care of machines, which includes us by the start of adolescence, if not before. It’s a critical life skill, and teaching it is considered an important part of our religious studies.”
‘Cyberpunk VeggieTales’ Squirrel brain chittered.
No one wants your opinion squirrel brain. I thought back.

Cee’s story: Hope Strider

“Long ago our world was full of harsh life. The valleys were often filled with poisonous mists and deadly predators that could rip apart even the strongest of our people. The mountain kingdoms were brutal fiefdoms that sent many to their deaths mining precious metals from the dangerous wastes of the valleys. Drilling into the heart of the mountains provided the power necessary to purify water, and later, steam engines turned those fiefdoms into empires. Expanding into the wastes using the lowest class of people as its foundation.”
Cee paused for dramatic effect. “Then, everything changed.”
“The ground shook, and the mountain kingdoms erupted in fire and molten rock. Radioactive dust from these now volcanoes made the centers of civilization barren and deadly. Only the wasteland colonies in the poisonous mists provided any refuge, and so king and commoner alike huddled in the once disposable outposts of a ruined world. Our story starts a generation after the calamity with an unlucky child.”
I heard a ding, Cee stopped as the ceiling lights came up. “Oh dear, let me stop for a second to get the implant.”
I leaned back and thought about her nightmare world. When Cee returned, I didn’t even bother to open my eyes, too engrossed in the imagery of the story. “What happened to the child?”
I could hear the whirring as she started to work. Her voice I realized had taken a more scripted cadence. She must have automated her voice so she could focus. “In a metalworker’s home, a child was born with broken legs and brittle bones. It was common in those days for such a child to die that way. It was their first born and the parents did everything they could to save them. A surgeon was called. The child lost their legs, but kept their life.”
“The child lived in the workshop. Kept warm by the hearth’s fire, even unable to walk, they were curious. Day in and out, they watched their parents construct machines that helped the community make food, filter the air, and defend the homes from the starving, mutated, monsters that circled the fortress walls. The child felt helpless though. Only able to crawl within the confines of the home or be carried around like cargo about the maze-like town of winding stairs and narrow passageways.
“They spent much of their time learning, sitting near the hearth to keep warm, they did the careful work of filing gears and wheels needed to control what could be automated as each hand replaced was another that could be spent doing something else critical to keep the community alive. Still, the child wanted to do more. They could not deliver what they made, and had to rely on others to help them at every turn in life.”
“Little did the child know that in the hearth a machine spirit lived, getting by eating scrap metal that fell in and sleeping at night on the bed of embers. The machine spirit saw the child’s wish, an invention without form, and turned it into a dream for the child, since new machines would mean new machine spirits to play with.”
That night the child saw themselves flying over the cold gray landscape on a pair of machine legs. Traveling the dangerous paths to other towns, and giving the isolated towns hope and community. The child awoke with joy and crawled over to his workbench littered with scrap metal, now children….”
Cee stopped talking and her voice went back to an unscripted rhythm. “I just realized we can’t do the practical part of this story. In class each kid gets a hope strider stuffy with snaps to attach legs they make. We give them bits of copper. Show them how to bend and hammer it, and how to bond it by wrapping the joint in solder and then applying heat with a soldering iron heated in their own toy ‘hearth’ with a safety cover. Still we get a daily small burn or cut, but that in itself is a valuable lesson in tool safety.”
It sounded adorable in a weird, steampunk way. “Sounds fun, so, new legs?”
Cee got the que, as much as I loved the story, and the talk about kindergarten metal shop, I was still immobilized on the operating table. I heard surgical whirring, and the scripted voice came back. “Yes, the child works all night until they fit the new legs on, and for the first time stand up on their own! The parents are overjoyed as they watch them move about the house and that afternoon, with the help of an iron bar as a cane, they walk around their community by themselves.”
“However, it isn’t long before the legs start to see wear and tear, but the child persists, not wanting to stop and fix the creaking joints, until one day the legs stop working altogether and they fall down in a twisting staircase. Carried back to the workshop, they rest for days to heal before they are able to work again. Constructing a new set from the remains of the old. Now…”


Cee stopped again, but this time she had moved away from me and was putting the now bloody surgical tools into a sanitizing system. “We're done! I am going to start removing the nerve blocks, so you’re going to be sore, but if things get too painful, let me know. Please, try not to move anything but your hands right now, even then I would advise against it.”
My whole body had that pins and needles feel and I tried to move my fingers, but it was sporadic and jerky. Cee distracted me by explaining my new implant. “So, this implant is very basic. It can only be requested to send diagnostic data. The implant only administers more healing serum at a safe, steady rate if, and only if, it doesn’t detect any in your bloodstream. There is an injection site with a color change circle around it. It uses standard go, caution, stop colors to let you know if it’s functioning. I want to wave your omni-pad over the site and check the diagnostics at least once a day. It should hopefully catch if something like this is happening again.”
I tried to not move as I felt my body twitch. My gut felt like I had been run over, repeatedly. I asked, “why didn’t my medical monitoring implant catch this?”
Cee explained. “That’s only good for basic vitals. Near universal indicators of life and activity such as heart rate and blood pressure. The new implant will be able to scan for elevated protein counts. So, if one of your other internal organs starts to malfunction you can get a more unambiguous message that I hope you won’t ignore before getting medivac’d through the city.”
I chuckled a little at that, and it hurt. “Ow, ok, no movement. I thought it was just a pulled muscle or something.”
Cee looked down at me sternly, and her voice took on a deeper, more authoritative tone. “Child, more than enough Gearschilde have died thinking they can just, push themselves past their organic parts failing, if you have a torn muscle that hurts after you’ve used healing gel, then it’s serious enough you need to come see me, or another xeno-doctor, immediately. That’s why I hope your new implant can fix things before it gets to that point.”
Cee brightened after that and went back to the explanation of my implant. “Now that I scolded you, there is a color changing circle over your implant’s location. It will change color when the healing serum runs low, or and will start to flash in color, and try to ping your omni-pad if it detects a malfunction. The implant uses a standard Shil’ implant autoinjector, and it will reject anything not meant for red blood standard biology, but still be careful, it’s not a perfect filtering system. Today I’m giving you a set of autoinjectors I want you to use throughout the week. It's fortunate that your implant’s primary function will speed up your recovery time.”
Ok, that’s cool to know, but.
What happened to Hopestrider?!’ Squirrel brain demanded.
“So, the story, what happens next?” I asked as Cee helped me sit up. My stomach still hurt, but the feeling was in the overworked muscle category rather than a gut punch.
Cee started to explain as I put on what was essentially gym clothes. Soft, baggy pants and shirt with easy pull away tabs if they needed to remove the clothes quickly for checkups and surgical intervention. “Well, we don’t have time to go over the Hope Strider as a story, or even a summary, but if you want to, my husband teaches the child technician class during open services on Shel, you could sit in and listen.
Right now, I will give you a family crafted picture book that tells the core story of Hope Strider growing up, and making their first delivery. After that it’s a loose selection of legends that are attributed to Hope Strider as they grow older and more accomplished, but while I get that book, I need you to speak to someone.”
Cee led me out of the operating room, and into a comfortable looking lounge where a… Hydrean was sitting in an Imperial business uniform reading an omni-pad. My brain pulled everything I knew of Hydreans out. A rabbit hole I had dug into one rainy Shel on the public information repositories.
She, they, single gendered I reminded myself, looked up and smiled at me calmly, mouth closed for politeness. Their skin was grass green with artful patches of bark on her face and neck, the result of cosmetic scarification. They looked human, or Shil’oid, but that was purposefully done. Even the somewhat standard looking ‘desert walker’ Hydreans normally had more, or less, limbs than standard. Biological modification was at the root of all Hydrean technology, ancient as the stone ax to other species.
I thought about how contentious Hydrean/Shil relationships were said to be. Their arid home planet was off limits to all but certified personnel who had been trained how to handle the dangerous mix of flora/fauna that instead of being different groups, was just a single taxonomy that had no distinction between predator and prey. With their complex biology, a Hydrean needed to undergo extensive body modification just to exist off their home world.
Cee left the room with a friendly goodbye and offered assistance “Hello Klein, I am Ka’tel. It’s wonderful to meet you. I am with the Imperial Child Assistance Division, or ICAD. My job is to help interspecies fosters and adoptions. How are you feeling today?”
I caught a glimpse of her teeth as they spoke. Triangular, and made of burnished metal meant to tear off chunks of animal, plant, or even rock, whole and let their stomachs’ mix of acids dissolve it into something the rest their body could use.
‘The agent in charge of your welfare is a plant/animal hybrid with a diet of ‘yes’, your doctor is a wholesome orange 40K mechanicus, and your crush is a were-lion, you are not ok .’ Squirrel brain remarked.
“I’m actually pretty good, despite the surgery, it’s actually a common issue for humans.” I said to Ka’tel, because my life was weird before the aliens, squirrel brain was just being a pessimistic asshole.
“Really? Do you know what caused it?” Ka’tel asked.
“It just, happens? Gets irritated or infected and then you need to get it removed.” I said nonchalantly. Ka’tel made a mark on her omni-pad.
“How did you know? It seems dangerous if it can happen suddenly, and you mentioned it before you passed out.” Ka’tel asked tone friendly and conversational.
“Oh, the side of your stomach hurts. I was hoping it was just a pulled muscle bec- Dammit!” I just remembered what happened before I woke up here.
“The raid game! Ko’tasa would have had to substitute for me and she’s not well balanced for our team mix.” I said with a exasperated sigh.
Ka’tel cocked their head to one side, but the tone in her voice was humorous. “You were willing to ignore a possible life-threatening condition for a game?”
I explained, though I felt idiotic now. “I couldn’t tell. I get sore muscles all the time from gym, and sparing, and even from the auxiliary work, honestly my commandant doesn’t really know where to put me sometimes. Last week I helped with road clearing for the new town to go up a few [miles] away, and the girls could barely keep up with me.”
Ka’tel seemed to be enjoying my rambling. “Sounds like you really get put to work.”
“Not really? The auxiliary is the only work I do, and if I wanted to stop I just, can. It’s not like I need to worry about buying food.” I knew what I was saying seemed strange while living in the Imperium.
It was the first hint that Ka’tel was controlling her expressions when she seemed more attentive and… relieved? “That’s delightful news to hear! Is there anything about your living situation that bothers you?”
I paused and thought about it, and really couldn’t see anything. “Not really?”
“Anything, or anyone, you miss from Earth?” Ka’tel asked, stressing that last bit, dropping a mental bomb on my head and I froze, mouth partly open with a half formed response. When was the last time I even thought about Earth as more than an abstract concept? It hadn’t been [six months] since I left but…
I didn’t feel anything.
The last year I lived on Earth, it was like being a ghost. I saw people, I even talked to people, but it was like a thick plate of glass all around me. Today I felt color, and life, and things, but that last year on Earth?
Like radio static.
I looked at Ka’tel, and their expression was one of controlled neutrality. Why was I not freaking out?
I had a sensation of the room spinning. I asked, “No, I don’t really feel anything about Earth, is that normal?”
“I don’t know Klein, by most sentient standards what you went through was unusual, and from what little I know about humans that isn’t propaganda, it’s unusual for humans as well. What I do know is right now you seem happy and healthy, and that’s my top priority.” Ka’tel said as they stood and offered me a stiff plastic card with their contact details on it.
“We will be chatting every other week to see how you are adjusting. I might ask to visit you at the youth auxiliary depot, the gym or at home. I really am glad to see you are doing just fine, but if you ever need a way out, that card has an emergency signal function, just pull the plastic tab.” Ka’tel told me, and was about to open the door before I spoke up.
“How should I refer to you?” I asked, and once they realized, Ka’tel gave me a genuine, toothed, smile that was both menacing and goofy at the same time.
“Most people don’t learn enough Hydrean biology to ask. Her, that’s how everyone in the office sees me, and it’s more convenient socially.” She said, opening the door to an anxious looking Itaro standing next to a serious Ruhal and Reqellia.
“I need to speak to you Ruhal, and Reqellia, you should join us for this conversation as well.” Ka’tel said as she ushered me out.
Cee led us into a gaming room with a long table on one side, and a set of couches facing the wall to wall display on the other. She handed me an overloaded plate of cookies with bottle of water, and stepped out, closing the door behind us. “Eat those, your stomach has healed, but it’s going to need calories to fuel the recovery.”
Only then did I realize I was salivating at the smell of warm sugar, and flour made of Kasan grain, if I was identifying the green color correctly. I put the plate of cookies on the table, and snarfed them as I sat down.
After swallowing the fourth cookie semi-whole, I looked up to see Itaro’s face fighting a war between impatient, apprehensive, and hopeful. I stopped, realizing what I was doing, and sipped some water to stall for time.
I was about to pull my omni-pad out from my pockets when Itaro suddenly put her hand out to stop me. “Wait! Klein, I need to tell you something…”
She was silent for a long moment, what was she worried about?
“I… Like you, as, I find you…. Attractive, and I may have gotten a little…. overprotective when you got hurt.” Itaro said, her voice stuttering.
Oh, that makes things easy.’ Squirrel brain was for once, right.
“I like you too.” I said as I leaned over and kissed her.

///// Author’s Commentary

Wow! I couldn’t find a good stopping point so I just kept writing and writing and… It turned into something over 5 thousand words. I spent the last day trying to figure out clear up a few parts. This week I have some time off! So there will probably be another chapter sooner rather than later.
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