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r/Spanish: Learn, teach or discuss the 2nd most spoken language by natives

2009.02.25 08:00 pallaviwensil r/Spanish: Learn, teach or discuss the 2nd most spoken language by natives

We are the biggest Reddit community dedicated to discussing, teaching and learning Spanish. Answer or ask questions, share information, stories and more on themes related to the 2nd most spoken language in the world.

2014.10.29 17:33 christ0ph r/SockPuppetry- Lets take back our democracy from the armies of fake people posting online

This is a place to discuss the (global) epidemic of fake people posting on blogs to "shift the Overton window" on key issues, usually but not always to the right, and how they poison online communities and democracy. We also encourage discussion of other issues relating to both overt and network level manipulation of online communities and interactions.

2009.11.23 07:29 ineededanewaccount r/LearnSpanish: Language community

The subreddit for anyone interested in Spanish. If you have something to share or a question about the Spanish language, post and we'll help the best we can! Remember to provide enough context, read the sidebawiki, and use the search function.

2023.06.10 19:59 CallMeWhatYoudLike- can we talk about Alex Karev?!

season 10. episode 13. “take it back”.
the episode where Alex defends his father after Ross hacks his heart to shreds. 😔 & then brings his wife to the hospital per his wish in hopes he can see her & his youngest son before he dies.. ultimately being the only one by his bedside at the end. in the million times i’ve rewatched.. this is my first time paying full attention to each part of him with his father during this episode & wow! so heartbreaking! especially since during the withdrawals, Jimmy was yelling for Alex.. yelling at “Helen” for not taking care of Alex.. & then as he’s literally knocking on deaths door, & ALEX is the only one who has been by his side (yes i know Jimmy doesn’t realize. bc of how sick he is by this point but still) but he’s crying for Naomi & Nicky. & that hit me so hard. & all i could do was cry as i watched Alex stare at Jimmy & tell him that Naomi & Nicky love him & that it’s ok for him to go now.. Alex wanted him to love him, in my opinion.. & to know that HE was there in the end despite the fact that Jimmy was never a father his entire life. & couldn’t even be one for the last few months or weeks of his life & by that point it wasn’t even much of an ask. 😭 poor Alex… now thinking ahead to the episodes & scenes of Alex with his mom.. i appreciate them so so so much more! especially since she’s not losing her mind & she knows how to maintain herself at that point. & he’s so happy to just see her alive, healthy, & well. i love that it doesn’t show him mentioning his father to her. can you imagine how big of an episode they could have came up with if they would have made one where he talks to Helen about Jimmy coming into the hospital, & the experience he had with him through that time??
what are all of your opinions on this?
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2023.06.10 19:58 Key-Front392 I (F18) cheated on my toxic ex (M19) with my manager and keep getting harassed. How can I move on from this?

I (f18) was in a relationship for a year and a half with my ex (m19). He was very very insecure. He was a virgin when we met and I was far from it. He took it out on me constantly. He blamed me for getting physically assaulted by a man before we met because I slept with him. He ruined my 18th birthday by accusing me of cheating with my friend because her middle name is my first name. Bare in mind she was my ONLY friend. And he was critical of her for no reason. Making jokes about her weight and such. And a friend I made later who was transgender he was extremely rude about her and wouldn’t let me see her because he viewed her as a man, and I wasn’t allowed to be near men.
He made me cry constantly and wouldn’t listen or care. I have ASD and I’ve always been very naive when people hit on me. The problem was he constsntly shamed me and controlled what I could do. So I didn’t take it as a oh he cares I took it as a wow what a bad person. So I defintiely talked to people who liked me a lot and didn’t really realise and I feel bad but I wish we’d had good communication. I tried to have it so many times and talked very openly about what upset me and why but he wouldn’t do that.
Later on in our realtionship he snapped at me for no reason and screamed at me in public, cussing me out and made me cry and starting punching walls and threatening to leave me alone there (he was my lift and we weren’t near home). What caused this? Me asking to pee hahah. I left him for one day and inevitably ended up being the one to beg for him back. During the day we were apart I was trying to sext other people to get my mind off it and move on but I couldn’t, ofc I undersrnad how this puts people off getting back together. I’ve used my body for attention for years and it’s not healthy. But we got back when we shoudlnt have. I wasn’t happy.
He always bought me things and took me places. Comforted me and bought me things when I was on my period or sad. Took me on dates and paid for everything. The occasional insults and anger outbursts and controlling behaviours were not all the time. I’m not close with my parents and have 2 friends who I’m not rlly close with. So this is a lot to me and it was hard to leave because I’ve never met someone who could put up with me.
I got a new manager at work (m29) who immedaitely took interest in me. I was very disgusted at first, I have a history of sexual harassment at my workplace being the only girl and dealing with old men as customers all day as well. We eventually became sorta friends and talked a lot over text. Looking back it was weird but I don’t really have many friends and it seemed genuine. I hate how naive I am but I still view him as nice and more genuine than anyone else sometimes.
One night we had a staff do. Both drunk, me and my manager flirted over text after. Not in person once. I felt disgusting about it. I kept saying I can’t because of my boyfriend and I don’t like my manager at all. But it happened. I told my bf within an hour and broke up with him. I was glad we were over and I had an excuse (I knew what I did would mean we’d break up and honestly I think that’s partly why I did it) He came over to my house and started throwing my stuff, snatched my phone, filmed a video of me crying to send to his friend saying “look at the wh0r3” over and over saying how I don’t deserve to be loved and even called his friend so they could degrade me together and threatening screaming at me so loud my parents were going to call the police. It was scary. He went straight to my workplace right after to scream at and threaten them. Within a day he came back to my house to ask for forgiveness. I turned him away as I was still shaken.
After we broke up, I went on a date with my manager. He was talking to me every day and letting me cry about missing my ex over the phone. I thought he really cared for me more than anyone ever has to let me do that when he likes me. I’ve never had that support in my life. But looking back that might be naivety. It’s probably stupid that I’m still not sure. I still think he cares more than anyone else but he’s almsot 30 and I’m 18 and he wanted to sleep with me. But still I’m not sure. I went to his house after and I wasn’t rlly sure on sex. I’m not at all attracted to him and the age gap is weird. I Saïd no at first but he really wanted to and I was physcially aroused so I said he can just touch me but I am not comfy doing anything back.
Long story short he ended up giving me head because he really wanted to and I didn’t see the harm in refusing because well it’s just free pleasure right? I don’t know why I’ve always had that mindset because the sex I had with my ex was so passionate and intimate and I truly can’t enjoy casual sex with people I don’t care about after that. Looking back the age gap and my lack of self respect to firmly say no makes me feel sick. But I was still single and it wasn’t really overly willingly
My ex has come back to me so many times. Every time it starts off the same. He makes a new account or even showed up at my house before. He’s bought me many gifts since we broke up to get me back. Every time I let him back in, tell him how sorry I am and let him insult me to blow off steam and comfort him. And he cuddles and tells me he Loves me and gets me food. Then he has sex with me. And then within a day tells me how disgusting for getting with my manager. Bear in mind he’s been with another girl since we broke up as well. He’s fully harassed me for almost 5 months now and can never leave me alone more than a week. Well tell me he wanted to murder me then 3 days later message all of my friends to beg to see me and bring flowers. And I feel so much guilt for what happened that I keep letting him back but he’s extremely verbally abusive. I just always feel I deserve it because of what happened and let him blow of the steam.
I judt don’t know what to think. I know I’m in the wrong. And I know the guilt and disgust I feel is the result of my own actions. But being so lonely now with no friends and awkward at my job as well as being harassed reguarly is so hard. He always makes new accounts and it’s so hard to shut him down when he pretends to wsnt me to lead me on because I feel so much guilt. I know how awful he is deep down but I don’t know how to move on when I’m far from the victim in this situation. It’s hard to stop responding when I messed up. But the harassment and making me feel I deserve to die and whatnot with zero support in my life outside of my manager who I’d rather not use as support is difficult. Man relationships are complex. I’m not asking for sympathy btw I know what I did was very crappy. How do I move on from this?
TL;DR I cheated on my toxic ex to leave him and I let my older manager use my body and I’ve been harassed by my ex for months on end
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2023.06.10 19:57 LogaLagoon Friend (25M) stuck living with dangerously incompetent father (43M)

We'll call my friend Greg. Greg has been in our circle of online gaming friends for 12 years. He was born into a family of rampant addiction, violence, and mental illness. It's a really long and sad story. I'm worried about him and would appreciate any advice on what he could do to escape this situation and live a decent life.
Greg was born with a learning disability and a lisp. The lisp makes him sound like a child despite him being 25 yrs old. I'm not exactly sure what his learning disability is. He's fully intelligent, he just sometimes needs a little extra explaining. He didn't graduate HS because he was bullied and nobody in his family cared if he went.
Growing up, Greg lived with his parents, his grandparents (on his dad's side), and his aunt and uncle (also on his dad's side). Nobody in the family had a job. His dad and uncle routinely fought and threatened to kill each other. Police were called countless times and eventually his uncle ended up in prison. His mom, who is considerably more mentally disabled than Greg, was raped by his grandfather. His dad blamed his mom for "cheating on him" and kicked her out of the house. She moved to a different state and is essentially homeless now. Greg hasn't seen her in years. His grandparents were gambling addicts. They spent all day every day at the casinos gambling away what little money they got from the government. They both died around 2 years ago. So now with his uncle in jail, his mom homeless and in a different state, and both his grandparents dead, it's just Greg, his dad, and his Aunt.
Greg's dad is tragically stupid. He falls for love scams over and over and over and over again. He once met a girl online from a different country who convinced him that she loved him and that she wanted him to move to California with her and start a life together. Greg told him that it's clearly a scam and that he's wasting his money but he wouldn't listen. He bought a plane ticket for himself and then sent her all the rest of his money and flew to California only to realize once he got there that she wasn't coming. He called Greg crying begging for money so he could buy a ticket back. Every time this happens Greg tries to tell him its a scam but he gets angry and violent and so he doesn't feel comfortable speaking out.
Recently he's been sending every cent of his money to his new "gf". Of course he's never met her or even spoke to her over the phone. Her profile pic is a stock image of a young attractive woman. It started with her saying that she was going to send him 2 brand new sports cars and all he had to do was pay for shipping. So he sent her $1000 and was fully convinced that the cars would be delivered by the end of the week. When that didn't happen, she said they had gotten a flat tire and needed another $500 for repairs and they'd be there soon. His dad sent the money once again and once again the cars didn't show up. This has happened every single week for the better part of the last 3 months. She comes up with an excuse for why the cars haven't been delivered yet and claims that she needs money to fix a problem, he sends her the money, she says the cars will be there on a certain date, the date comes around and they aren't there, and then she comes up with an excuse for why the cars haven't been delivered yet. He's spent somewhere between 5k and 10k just on this newest girl alone. She'll send him stock photos of a Lamborghini in a parking lot and that's enough to convince him that it's real. The most obnoxious part is that he STILL believes 100% that he's getting 2 brand new sports cars AND a hot wife and he's being smug about it! He'll text Greg comments like "Your lucky to have a dad that can work some magic like this". The new thing this week is that now it's a brand new house that she bought for him. And all he has to do is send money for blah blah blah.
He stole his own son's wallet so that he could send his fake gf more money.... Greg reported his card as missing and when the new card arrived his dad stole that one too. He had to take a day off work to make sure he was home the third time so nobody would steal his card. And since Greg is the only family member with a job and all of his dad's money is likely being sent to some dude in India, nobody is buying food. Nobodies paying for utilities. Their water got shut off because nobody paid the bills. Their only car just got impounded for missing payments. With no car, Greg is currently using Uber to get to and from work every day and Uber eats for all of his meals.
Greg doesn't have a license, doesn't have a car, doesn't make enough money to get an apartment by himself, and he's living with his dad and aunt who constantly steal from him. It's gotten progressively worse over the years and it's getting to the point where I'm concerned for his safety. Homelessness is becoming a very real possibility. It may seem like it's none of my business, and maybe that's true, but I've always tried to help him out with what I can. I've helped him make a resume and get a job, I've helped him file for unemployment when he was fired, do taxes, etc. I'm just at a loss for what to do now.
Any advice would be appreciated. His dad really needs professional help but they don't have money for it. Any ideas for where his dad can go to get help or a place for mentally ill people to stay and get better? Is there any advice on how Greg could move out and become independent despite not having a license or a car? They live in Arizona if it's relevant.
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2023.06.10 19:56 Rude_Scientist_0218 AITAH for not letting my bf nap?

For context, we have a 5 month old baby and we both work full time.
He went to a concert on Monday night and partied, didn’t sleep at all and then went straight to work Tuesday morning. This was planned so I was okay with him going to this show and me carrying the full load Monday after work and during the night. After work on Tuesday he didn’t change any diapers, didn’t make any bottles, he didn’t hold the baby for more than 5 minutes, etc. So I did what needed to be done and once the baby was asleep in his crib we went to bed. Well throughout the night he was twitching (not from being asleep but because of the activities he chose to partake in), bad enough that it woke me up from a dead sleep. So I kept kicking him to tell him to roll over or turn or something to make it stop. So we go to work Wednesday, come home, and he tells me he’s going to take a nap. So I went upstairs with him and started watching tv while bouncing/entertaining the baby. Well the baby started crying and fussing, as babies do, and he couldn’t sleep because of it. So he started screaming at me saying that I’m a b**ch, a narcissistic, and a liar and that I only care about myself. He told me to get out of the room and take the baby so he could catch up on sleep. I told him that it’s not my fault he chose not to sleep and that him being tired doesn’t mean he gets to not help me take care of our child. AITAH?
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2023.06.10 19:56 Inevitable_Age_866 LegendsCraft Survival Server

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2023.06.10 19:55 yeokay My GF [23F] lashes out when stressed/during arguments [25M]

Me and my GF have been dating for a year now, and for the most part our relationship is great. She is generally very caring and kind towards me and quite rational and self-aware.
However, she has a tendency to say things that I find hurtful in the heat of the moment when something goes wrong. She is an extremely anxious person and gets overwhelmed quite easily with stress, either when something is going wrong, or in social situations.
For example, she might call me an idiot or says something along the lines of "pay attention to what you're doing for once"
I am fully aware that it is not OK for her to talk to me like that, and I have made it clear that I don't appreciate it. We have communicated about this before.
She is completely aware of the issue, and she always is quick to apologise afterwards, she always does feel guilty. The large majority of the time our relationship and interactions are great and healthy, so it's not like she's hurling insults at me all the time as I would not tolerate that.
She has stated that this is a trait in her that she does not like and she really wants to change it. The thing is despite this, it still happens on a relatively regular basis (maybe 2-3 times if we spend a week together) and she is struggling to change that behaviour.
I feel bad about myself and have low self esteem as it is, so although I know that she doesn't really mean these things, it still can be hurtful to me. I know she does this to other people as well such as family members, but it's still hard to not take it personally when I feel bad about myself already
I am much more level headed during an argument or when I am stressed, and I would never dream of saying anything like that to her. She has acknowledged that she appreiates that I would never say those kinds of things and always feels terrible for saying them to me in the heat of the moment
However, I am aware that I am far from perfect as well. I tend to let things fester inside me when they bother me and I retract a bit, often for longer periods of time. Although she can lash out, it's always very short lived, and she gets over things much quicker than I do which I think is good
I find myself trying my best to not cause stress or irritation by doing things wrong. I am very clumsy and forgetful so often that can be difficult, and it seems impossible to avoid completely.
I'd like some advice on how we can work through this?
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2023.06.10 19:55 Inevitable_Age_866 LegendsCraft Survival Server

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Protect your hard-earned creations by claiming land. Our land protection system ensures that your builds remain safe from griefing and unwanted interference. Focus on building, exploring, and expanding your empire without worrying about unauthorized modifications.
Unleash your inner adventurer through our carefully crafted quests. Embark on epic journeys, solve puzzles, and conquer challenges to earn exclusive rewards, experience points, and valuable resources. Engage with a vibrant community of fellow players as you embark on quests together or compete for leaderboard rankings.
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2023.06.10 19:55 Marina121277 Was Bored Today So Using Boredhumans I Made A Rap Battle Between Pod One And Freesmart

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a special treat for you tonight. In this corner, we have the talented teens from My Life Me, Amelia, Anna, Alexei, and Zeke. And in the other corner, we have the bubbly and fierce competitors from BFB, Pencil, Match, Bubble, and Ruby. Who will come out on top in this rap battle? Let's find out!
Verse 1 - Amelia:
We may be just teens, but we're taking this seriously
You BFB ladies are acting all deliriously
Pencil, you're a tool, Match, just a spark
Bubble, you're not even real, and Ruby, you're just dark
Verse 2 - Pencil:
Oh please, you My Life Me kids are out of touch
Your show should be called "My Boring Life So Much"
Amelia, your raps are weak, Anna, don't even try
Alexei and Zeke, no one cares if you live or die
Verse 3 - Anna:
You're quick to judge, but you can't even compare
Our show's about real life, not just colorful air
Pencil, your name suits you, 'cause you're just a scribble
Match, you're not even a real match, just a stick of fizzle
Verse 4 - Match:
Ha, you My Life Me kids sound like robots stuck on repeat
Bubble, it's a miracle you can even speak
Amelia, your bars are like a boring lecture
Zeke and Alexei, you should've stayed in the back sector
Verse 5 - Alexei:
You BFB losers are all bark and no bite
You think you're hot stuff, but you're just a sprite
Bubble, you're a bubble, that's all you are
Ruby, your rhymes are weak, go play with a toy car
Verse 6 - Ruby:
Wow, you My Life Me kids really have no chill
Your show's so lame, it should be called "Time To Kill"
Amelia, you're a wannabe queen with no crown
Anna, Zeke, and Alexei, you can all go drown
Verse 7 - Zeke:
You BFB girls are acting like you're so cool
But when it comes to rap, you're just a fool
Pencil, you're always wrong, Match, you're just a clone
Bubble and Ruby, you should've stayed at home
Verse 8 - Bubble:
You My Life Me losers think you're all that and more
But when it comes to rhymes, you're just a bore
Amelia, you're boring, Anna, you're plain
Alexei and Zeke, no one knows your name
Verse 9 - Extra Insulting Verse - Amelia:
Listen up, BFB girls, we'll give credit where it's due
You won this battle, but that's nothing new
We may not have won, but at least we have heart
Unlike you four, who are just a tiny fart.
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2023.06.10 19:54 Inevitable_Age_866 LegendsCraft Survival Server


Embark on an exciting Minecraft adventure like no other. Our server offers a captivating gameplay experience with a dynamic economy, engaging quests, and land protection for all players.
Immerse yourself in our thriving in-game economy, centered around crate keys. Acquire these keys using in-game currency and unlock crates to discover unique and valuable items. With a wide range of rewards, you'll always have something exciting to aim for as you progress.
Protect your hard-earned creations by claiming land. Our land protection system ensures that your builds remain safe from griefing and unwanted interference. Focus on building, exploring, and expanding your empire without worrying about unauthorized modifications.
Unleash your inner adventurer through our carefully crafted quests. Embark on epic journeys, solve puzzles, and conquer challenges to earn exclusive rewards, experience points, and valuable resources. Engage with a vibrant community of fellow players as you embark on quests together or compete for leaderboard rankings.
Whether you're a seasoned Minecraft veteran or a curious newcomer, our server provides a welcoming environment for players of all skill levels. Join us and become part of our friendly and thriving community.
Come and experience the ultimate Minecraft adventure on [LegendsCraft]. Join us today and let the journey begin!
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2023.06.10 19:53 Pretend_Extension889 Eid ul-Adha: Purpose & Celebration

Eid ul-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is an Islamic holiday celebrated worldwide by Muslims. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Here are some key points about the purpose of celebrating Eid ul-Adha and why Muslims observe this occasion:
Purpose of Celebrating Eid ul-Adha:
  1. Commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's Sacrifice: Eid ul-Adha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail (Ishmael), as a test of his faith and obedience to God. It is a reminder of the importance of submission to the divine will.
  2. Emphasis on Devotion and Obedience: Eid ul-Adha highlights the significance of devotion, obedience, and trust in ALLAH. It serves as a reminder for Muslims to remain steadfast in their faith and to be willing to make sacrifices for the sake of God.
  3. Reflection on Sacrifice and Generosity: The festival encourages Muslims to reflect upon the concept of sacrifice. It reminds them of their blessings and encourages generosity, sharing, and charity toward the less fortunate.
  4. Unity and Brotherhood: Eid ul-Adha promotes a sense of unity and brotherhood among Muslims. It is a time for families, friends, and communities to unite, strengthen their bonds, and celebrate their faith as one cohesive unit.
  5. Symbolic Ritual of Animal Sacrifice: The ritual of animal sacrifice during Eid ul-Adha symbolizes Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son and his ultimate obedience to God's command. The meat from the sacrificed animal is distributed among family, friends, and people in need, emphasizing the spirit of sharing and caring for others.
Who is Eid ul-Adha Obligatory (Fard) Upon, and Who Is It Not?
  1. Obligatory (Fard) Upon Adults: The celebration of Eid ul-Adha is mandatory (Fard) upon all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable. It is an essential religious duty for them to participate in the festival, including performing the congregational prayer and sacrificing an animal if they can afford to do so.
  2. Not Obligatory (Fard) on Children: Eid ul-Adha is not obligatory (Fard) on children who have not yet reached the age of maturity (puberty). They may participate in the celebrations and enjoy the festive atmosphere, but they are not required to observe the religious duties associated with the festival.
  3. Not Obligatory (Fard) on Those Unable: Muslims who are physically or financially incapable of participating in the rituals of Eid ul-Adha, such as individuals with disabilities or those experiencing financial hardships, are not obligated to observe the festival. However, they can still partake in the spiritual aspects and join communal gatherings and prayers.
It is important to note that while Eid ul-Adha is not obligatory for everyone, it is highly recommended that Muslims celebrate and participate in this joyous occasion to express their gratitude, faith, and commitment to Islam.
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2023.06.10 19:53 perplexedcactus No start no crank?

No start no crank?
I’m helping a friend get his ‘02 Impreza 2.5 RS with a 5 speed manual going again. The car sat for roughly 2 years. Last night I replaced the ignition switch as that is what the previous owner told him was wrong with it. However, once I got it replaced and we tried the key, nothing happened. I did not hear the fuel pump prime nor did I feel the relays click. My scan tool will say communication error as well whenever I connect it to the OBDII port. I have a couple of theories as to what might be causing the problem: ground cable or the clutch safety switch. Is there anything else I should be looking into to figure out why it won’t start?
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2023.06.10 19:53 LogosHobo Please post pictures of your potted citrus (preferably bearing fruit) and indicate the pot size!

I'm trying to get a rough feel for how productive I can expect trees to be between different pot sizes. Obviously that will vary considerably with other factors such as light as well, but I'm nevertheless hoping to get a rough visual grasp on how large/productive lemons, limes, and certain oranges can get in various sizes of pots!
Bonus if you can describe the approximate volume of pot that you, personally, cultivate a Meyer lemon of key lime in, such that it roughly meets your household need for their respective fruit. Thanks!
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2023.06.10 19:50 _Triple_ [STORE] 900+ KNIVES/GLOVES/SKINS, 50.000$+ INVENTORY. M9 Fade, M4 Poseidon, BFK Freehand, Crimson Kimono, Nomad Fade, Skeleton, Kara Lore, Bayo Autotronic, AWP Fade, Kara Damas, BFK Ultra, Kara Freehand, Kara Bright, M9 Damas, Omega, Tiger Strike, Flip MF, Bayo Tiger, Deagle Blaze, Talon & More

Everything in my inventory is up for trade. The most valuable items are listed here, the rest you can find in My Inventory

Feel free to Add Me or even better send a Trade Offer. Open for any suggestions: upgrades, downgrades / knives, gloves, skins / stickers, patterns, floats.

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2023.06.10 19:49 gremlcn Issue with tonsils

Hi! I, (19f, 5’6, 210lb, smoker) am having some issues with my tonsils. I have these white patches (sometimes stones will come out), and my throat is red but no white spots on my throat, only on my tonsils. I also have a post nasal drip, and slept with my mouth open.. Anyone got any ideas on what this is? My doctors office is unfortunately closed today. I had a similar problem about three weeks ago, went to urgent care, didn’t tell me what it was and gave me some amoxicillin (it cleared up after four days).
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2023.06.10 19:49 mix_master_meow I brought It With Me Part III

Part II
The eerie warning still echoes through my shaken psyche.
It has been about ten months since I last updated the Báthory saga. Ten months and three more disappearances. I am not sure where the dumping ground for the devoured cadavers has moved to, but I am all too aware of where Báthory is the vast majority of the time.
Even though Báthory has not spoken to me again since its warning in the wake of the medium’s grisly demise, its presence has been a constant at work.
When I arrive.
When I hold a Zoom conference.
When I pick up the phone.
Báthory’s inky outline haunts my door when it isn’t off hunting for another stomach-curdling meal. A constant reminder that it is aware of my reluctance to stand idly by while the feeding continues. A reminder that any effort to stymie its bloody feast will be met with swift, intense, and lethal violence. A reminder that my usefulness has expired and Báthory’s patience has limits.
As you can imagine, this has done wonders for my general disposition. My colleagues have noticed my constant nervousness. Students openly comment about my paranoid “vibe” and complain about the ever widening turn around on grades. I have struggled with anxiety before, but this is different. That was general anxiousness about everything that made me frustrated to stand in slow lines or push through crowds. This is a paranoia about something very real. I know exactly what the threat is and what it can do.
But how can I grade in a timely fashion when I still have to be a husband and father at home, then use my old sleeping hours to conduct the research necessary to stop Báthory? Grading is slipped in between meetings and classes during my work day. The few hours between work and “bed time” are to ensure my burden does not destroy my family, and then I browse through online sources for any glimmer of information that could banish this malevolent entity.
Honestly, the late night research hours sometimes work to my advantage. I have moved beyond keeping the scope of research limited to Native American folklore and mythology. I have expanded to any and all strains of supernatural belief across the globe. You know, a completely realistic and manageable scope. I’m not running headlong into a swirling vortex of paranoia and guilt induced insanity, I swear. You just have to have solid, healthy coping mechanisms. The off-brand sugar-free Sour Patch Kids that I devour like a hangry Kronos keep the crazies away. Down the hatch blue raspberry Poseidon.
But, back to how being a night owl researcher has worked to my advantage. Many of the repositories that I contact in search of ancient tomes on mythology and lore are overseas. The time difference means that even though it is the wee hours for me, it is normal business time for some of them. Language barriers be damned, I have Google Translate on my side. Oh, and also the motivation of not wanting to continue being an accessory to appalling murders. That helps me to get my point across the linguistic gaps to these archivists a lot too.
I have already racked up an impressive selection of books of mythology, demonology, and every other topic that could possibly lend some insight to the origins and weaknesses of my shadowy companion. Composed of ancient first editions, reprints, translations, and original copies, the stack has taken over the entire right side of my desk and the coffee table next to the visitors chair in my office. It has been slow going to get through the books. Even when I can locate a colleague that can help with translations, there is often an issue with dialects or other translation hurdles that slow the quest for illumination. Not to mention the probing questions about what exactly my research goals are.
I have spun so many incoherent stevia-fueled lies that I have lost track of what I tell everyone I am on about. The sleep deprivation tends to leave me unprepared for the question and each query receives an off-the-cuff response that never seems entirely satisfactory. It is a good thing I already had a reputation for being a bit eccentric.
Then again, the rumors about how I am linked to the death of that medium might be a more compelling reason for many to lend a helping hand to the rambling, disheveled, wide-eyed professor that storms into their office looking for assistance with analyzing passages of arcane ghost stories.
Keeping my hoard of esoteric books in the center of Báthory’s hunting grounds and conducting my research throughout the fields of prey turned out to be the opposite of a well conceived plan. When prepping a trap for a predator, you should probably not shop for the supplies in its lair.
Keep in mind, I never once claimed to be the Napoleon of monster hunting.
A few days ago I stepped from my office for a quick faculty meeting. I know for a fact that the office door was shut completely behind me, I am a bit obsessive about making sure I close doors behind me. Just be sure that it was fully shut, you will understand why I am emphasizing it here in a minute or two.
After a speedy yet frustrating faculty meeting about details that could have been an email and a shortcut to gather some more snackables, I set off to return to my lair of gothic readings. Imagine my surprise when I found the door ajar.
Imagine my surprise when I entered the room and found the wall smeared with gore and the crumpled body of a student topped with the stump of what had once been a head on the floor.
The bright green collared polo and slacks were still immaculate. His black and white sneakers were as clean as if he was trying them on fresh from the box. The only thing askew was that his neck ended in a still oozing stump and a viscous concoction of skull, skin, brain, and blood was smeared around a rather deep hole in the drywall. This wasn’t the kind of drywall hole a Mountain Dew infused Kyle creates after losing a match on Call of Duty, this was the kind of hole a sledgehammer wielded by someone with a bloody glee in their heart creates.
Naturally, after a brief shocked yelp and unceremoniously depositing my lunch on the floor I called the police. A murder had just occurred in my office. I knew the police could never catch this particular culprit, but what else was I supposed to do when faced with a corpse in my office? Wait for the custodians to take it away with the gummi wrappers and other garbage?
Imagine my surprise when the first responding officer had also been there to question me at the medium’s death. And oh boy, did he definitely recognize me. That stern face was clearly practiced. His face had the round quality of a cheerful baker in a Disney cartoon. Eyes not hardened by years of stress and worry. This was someone who could leave work at the office, but turn on the character while in uniform.
If you are wondering, he did not seem to regard my presence at another death scene as an unwelcome coincidence. His face had more of an “I knew this motherfucker was up to no good” quality to it than surprise or any other reaction. Can you blame him? First I was walking with someone who just happened to start screaming before running away from me into traffic and now one of my students looked like he was trying to spread brain jam on my office wall. He knew I am connected to the deaths somehow.
If only he would believe the truth. If I told him, I would definitely have a Netflix documentary sooner rather than later.
He asked me the normal, if you can call them that, interview questions. We discussed my whereabouts, the identity of the victim, and the timeline of events.
Not buying what I was selling, he decided to pull the security footage. I offered up no objections, the tape would clearly exonerate me. But I also knew it would not provide any evidence he would accept of another, more sinister, culprit.
Just as I had stated, the video showed me leaving my office at the time I had provided. About three minutes later, the student could be seen entering my office.
But how? I know I had shut the door.
Unfortunately, the angle of the camera did not show the latch side of my door, and thus there was no evidence that I had securely shut it. Clearly, according to the officer, I had misremembered. We had both watched the student enter with no resistance. He just pushed the door open. I asked the officer to play back the tape from after I left.
What was I looking for? The shadow that played along the wall toward my door about a minute after I left.
Báthory had set a trap for both the student and myself.
Báthory had had enough of my meddling.
But why not just kill me?
The next part of the video showed me returning, making the gruesome discovery, and calling the police after soiling myself. No evidence of anyone else ever having entered or left my office.
Except for that shadow again.
Releasing me upon my own recognizance, the officer asked if I took one last look at the scene to see if I noticed anything unusual. Aside from the Pollock-esque redecoration my wall had undergone. I indicated to the officer that I did not.
But that was a lie.
About a quarter way down the stack of books on my desk had been a hefty tome bound in faded blue and gilded with dull silver lettering. That book stood out to me among the others due to its age and quality of craftsmanship.
It was no longer in the stack.
That book had the key to Báthory.
You sly bitch.
I racked my brain to remember the origin of that book.
French? Slavic? Uzbek?
I could search through my spreadsheet, find its metadata, and track down any copies if my office wasn’t now a crime scene and everything in it evidence. I would have to find the book itself.
You have overplayed your hand, Báthory.
Now it is a race to the finish. Either I find the contents of that book or Báthory successfully frames me for murder.
Game on.
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2023.06.10 19:48 charmingyounglad Parents are starting to pressure me, I don’t want to be an adult.

I suck at taking care of myself, all I do is lay around all day. I’m not even 18 yet, but I’m getting pretty close, and they want me to start driving and to get a job, but I’m not ready, and I’m not sure I will ever be. All I do is mope around all day, depending on my parents to provide for me, I can barely take care of myself that well, sometimes I forget to eat, showering feels impossible whenever I’m feeling down like this, which happens more often than not.
I’m sick of living in this hell, I feel like such a worthless child.
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2023.06.10 19:48 ErrorGreen Ophiuchus [discussion]

Do you think Ophiuchus, the 13th gate key will appear in The 100 year quest arc? We haven't seen the spirit being summoned since the GMG arc (besides the filler arc with the evil spirits) and it didn't do much besides being used as a device to show Kahura's strength. I really hope it will make another appearance and we'll get to see what it can do. I personally want to think it has Darkness or Poison Magic.
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2023.06.10 19:48 fucking_lit_username 27 [M4F] NC/Anywhere - Lets talk and see where this takes us.

Hey! Im mainly looking for a friendly girl to talk and connect to on the daily, im not necessarily looking for a relationship but if we connect in that way I wouldnt be opposed to it. :)
Would be nice to receive a selfie so I can have a picture who im talking to at some point but it doesnt have to be right off the bat, I promise ill send you one back!
About me: Im latino, 5' 7" and id say im in pretty good shape.
My main hobbies are soccer, boxing, video games and going to the gym. Ive been trying different music genres lately as well, you should give me suggestions!
I love partying but I care a lot about my diet so I only do so on Saturdays.
Dont be shy to get to know me.
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2023.06.10 19:48 ShadowSV-U1 Self-promotion Thread

Use this thread to promote yourself and/or your work!
(Descriptions of fictional crimes investigated by the story's main Character Max.)
Detective's Fate
It's august of 2008.....
Max is a detective living in Chicago He checks his pistol and puts on his police badge as he walks out his front door.
He has been searching for a serial killer known as the Caller for years and always been one step behind due to the red tape.....
More importantly the chief's lazy attitude towards getting search warrants and actions approved by the courts for raids. Twice Max had good intel on the suspect's locations and photo evidence showing him at the sites.
The department needs more vigilant, caring officers and leaders but no one steps up to do it, instead they just complain about the slow progress and officers. And hinder investigations.
Now Max has decided that it might be time to stop playing by the rules and catch this scumbag.... .... ....
Starting his car Max sets his GPS to the address that "The Caller" was last seen and pulls out of his driveway as the 50 miles of directions pop up.
The killer's nickname being for his signature of calling in as he is committing the crime.
As he drives he remembers his first case, five years ago now..... ..... .....
A woman, Joane Taylor, was found dead in an alleyway after going out for the night. She showed no signs of struggle leading the police to believe she had drank to much and expired from alcohol poisoning.... ...
The death was written off as a "party gone wrong".... That is until several more were found and the coroner decided on a whim to test for other substances.
Once it came out that the deaths were possible murders...
The calls started coming in, almost like the suspect wanted credit before revealing himself....
Then ways of the deaths began changing as the Serial Killer explored his twisted desires searching for his preferred method.
The last case being a young woman found stuffed in a dumpster after the killer apparently got scared off.... Max will never forget it.... .... ....
The GPS finishes and the car beeps its final direction, taking an exit off the highway. Ramps out here are always confusing... Which is funny since he has driven this one for five years now...
The chief says he should sit this one out but he can't... The latest victim 3 months ago.
Marie Spelner, a waitress out on her smoke break talking to her spouse on the phone.
Survived by her husband, no children or living relatives. ....
Max Spelner turns into the driveway of the house he was directed to... Stepping out of the car he walks up and knocks on the door. Looking at the house he knows the family must be doing well if they live here.... Raising his hand to knock again he hears a scream from inside....
A second later the door is answered by a middle aged butler holding a tray with wine glasses on it... "Hello Sir, I'm sorry but this house does not wish to partake in any offers at this time..."
Max calmly says. "I'm not selling anything."
The butler looks confused for a moment before his eyes dart over Max's shoulder seeing his unmarked cruiser and he nods.
Looking past the butler Max sees that a woman is cleaning up after their dog.
"Have you seen this man?" Says Max holds up a picture of the one suspected of being the killer.
The butler gives it a once over before replying. "I'm sorry sir, no I have not." His tone sounds like he is lying... ....
"Are you sure?" The detective asks.
"I would not lie about something like that, sir." He states, his eyes not meeting Max's.
The woman calls from inside "Fletcher, who are you talking too?"
"Some man asking about a killer" he calls back.
"The killer is an inside job!" The woman quickly states.
"What?!" Max says.
"The Killer, it's an inside job." She says again, louder this time. In the same Max also hears a child begin to cry in another room.
"We should start from the beginning, it will be easier to explain trust me." The woman says.
'She seems to know what is going on....
"How do I know your story holds water?" He asks out loud.
"Oh I wouldn't lie. I have been following the case myself and it seems like an inside job to me." She states, somehow sounding hurt.
"Is there anyone else in the house besides you two and the baby?" He asks noticing the baby isn't crying anymore.
"Just Fletcher and I live here, the baby is my cousins but he just stays the night sometimes." She replies.
Max draws his gun and enters the house upon reasonable suspicion of an emergency in progress or suspect on the premisses as the man seems to be deceiving.
While the woman still seems unconcerned that the child is now silent.
He pushes past the butler and rushes towards the area he heard the crying. passes the entryway, the dinning room, and a kitchen before finally finding a child in a playpen.
"There there..." He says in a sing song voice picking up the child. "I'm officer Max, do you know where your mommy is?"
The child just cries louder.
Then he sees the man from the photo walk out of the bathroom, upon seeing him he bolts for the door and Max sets the child down gently then gives chase.
He runs through the house, following the man as he can hear the woman screaming at him to stop but he doesn't."
"Stop or I'll shoot." The man doesn't even break stride.
Instead he runs out of the front door and jumps into his car.
Furious that the man might escape he fires at the car as it drives away.
The back window shatters and he hopes he got his tire, but he doesn't wait to find out as he runs to his car and initiates a pursuit....
He flips on his concealed lights in his cruiser as he reverses down the drive and into the street.
The suspects car is fast but he manages to keep up with it weaving in and out of traffic as people move over for the siren.
As they approach a red light there is heavy traffic in the intersection..... ....
The suspect slams on his brakes and Max's cruiser only just stops short of hitting it. Jumping out the Detective points his firearm at the vehicle running up beside seeing heavily tinted windows.
"Get out of the car and on the ground now!!" He shouts as he moves to the driver's side door.
After seeing no response....
Max throws open the door and the driver is gone with the passenger side open.
He quickly runs to the other side catching the man trying to sneak off tackling him to the ground and then takes his arms putting them behind his back.
Max grabs his radio and calls it in as the man cries.
As he is waiting he hears a noise that sounds like static.....
"Wrong guy moron.. Did you ever stop to think I wanted you close for this one. That I planned everything...Even framing the pothead..... I almost lost interest until you pulled in the driveway... The attic is kinda cramped tho... I think I'll go carve some meat. Maybe graduate to other things to. I'm not sure yet. Lets see if you can catch me before......" A familiar voice says over the radio then cuts off... ...
Max looks at the man on the ground. "Why did you run from me?" He asks.
"Cause I have like 19 grams of marijuana in my pocket." He replies...
"Do you know how stupid that is?! I don't care about that I'm looking for a killer."
Before he can answer Max hears the woman from the house screaming for her life and a child's cries on his radio.
Then from below Max. "He's in the house, he's in the house! My mom and the baby!" The man on the ground says crying.
Max uncuffs him and runs to his car heading back to the house as he lays down rubber on the road... ... ...
As he approaches and pulls into the driveway he notices the front door is open.
"Hold on I'm coming!" Max screams jumping out of his cruiser...
He runs into the house finding the woman's body arriving too late. Moving over to her he checks for a pulse but she is gone, a large gash in her neck.
As he stands up he slips in a fluid but gains his balance and tries not to think about what it is....
He rushes to the room the baby was in finding the play pen empty. He leaves the room searching the rest of the house and still doesn't find the child.
"Where are you!!!" He calls out....
"This is the Callers first kidnapping and the media would eat up the fact I failed to stop the man." He thinks as he blames himself.
Sirens begin to blare in the distance as backup is about to arrive... ... ...
"There's a woman dead and a baby missing! The woman is in the dinning room straight ahead of the front door, Hurry!" He yells into his radio...
Looking over at the mother seeing a piece of paper on the floor.
He walks over to it seeing writing.
"So close... Looks like I'm a kidnapper now.... Good luck finding me.... And... I so enjoyed killing that sweet wife of yours. Might do it that way again. Not to the kid tho....later Max. Ps. This game is so fun.." It says.
"He was here..." Is all he can muster as the team enters.
"He was right in this house and I missed it because her son freaked over weed and ran..." He says as another officer speaks to him gently.
"Don't beat yourself up Detective, it's not your fault. He must have hid before you got her and left after you arrived." The words do little to comfort him "First day back on the job and the killer escaped taking a child..." He says as he walks away.
The chief arrives in his new lexus with a screeching of rubber as he lurches to a halt.
He quickly exits and leaves his door hanging open as he rushes into Max's face....
"I told you to stay away from this case MAX!!!!....(takes a breath)...
"If I catch any flak from my superiors, I won't suspend you.... That'd be to easy. Desk duty and an entry level demotion. The new guy will have a higher rank than you if things go my way.... Now get outta my sight...". "(Sighs)...
"This job is gonna be the death of me..." He says walking away from Max and towards the Coroner's van..... ..... .....
On the way home the detective stops by the store close to his house which is unlike him because he usually follows the same routine.
He nears the front door and he hears a kitchen timer ding loudly from behind him as his car explodes throwing him through the storefront windows as they are blown out..... .....
Alarms around the lot and others nearby create a cacophony of noise. His head pounding as his body aches, Max pushes himself up and collapses as the store manager runs over to him telling him not to move as he dials 911.... .... ....
Waking in the hospital Max recalls the feeling of the Shockwave as he flinches in phantom pain.
"Who woulda thought its like holding a ringing metal bat that hurts your hands but all over and way more intense." He thinks.
He suddenly feels tired and falls asleep.... .... .... ....
The next time he wakes, he sees a breaking news story that Jane Saltani is reporting on....
"Young toddler Accidently Shoots Serial killekidnapper ending his life and Alerting residents in the Area." The news anchor says.
Sighing to himself Max thinks about how crazy that is and laughs.
Tho he really wanted to bring the guy in. He closes his eyes to get some much needed sleep as his door opens.
Max looks up to see a man with a silenced pistol pointed at him.
"Hm. Now they think I'm dead. Funny how they just assume they got the right guy. Just like.... You did Detect... ....." Max hears but then hears no more as his end comes at just over the speed of sound....
The Caller leaves the hair of another intelligent convicted murderer that he obtained in a spot that's believable and quickly leaves.....
He disables the surveillance system and sends a virus out to any device that has received video data from the hospital.
Erasing and corrupting the systems. Leaving a master hackers finger prints on a glass from his home....
"Sorry, no witnesses." He says to the security guard as he fires... ..... ..... .... ....
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2023.06.10 19:47 ThrowRA089988 I (f23) want to save my relationship with (m23)

This is gonna be a long post, and I ask that you guys keep an open mind. Please don’t say “get over it” and “leave him” I want advice, I’ve seen the good in this man and I’ve seen the good in me, I think it’s worth a shot.
To begin with, me and this guy are religious, Im saying that because a lot of our decisions has been based on us being good in the eyes of God. We have been together just under a year, so when I mention an engagement later it’s because in our culture people get married within weeks. Also we never had sex because we wanted to make it special and do it on our wedding night, if that helps.
When we first met we were just friends and it was fine but we caught feelings, and we turned toxic. We both had bad experiences before, him never having a good relationship in his life (his parents always argued) and me always being cheated on or used. Because of this I asked him constantly to unfollow girls. We both agreed to this boundary btw we both agreed no people of the opposite sex but I was very very hurt in the past and I argued and assumed the worst out of everything. I was also hard to please, I know that and I’m ashamed of it but I completely changed. He heard some things about me from my past and it got to him, but he eventually got over it, and to this day apologises to me, because I’m not that person anymore. He always felt like he couldn’t see his friends because I’d worry, which wasn’t the case. I always wanted the best for him and I never wanted him to be “trapped”. He recently told me that he did a lot that he didn’t want to do, that I didn’t even ask for or WANT because he wanted to make me happy. He said all of our boundaries were fine (no opposite sex, focus on God, treat eachother well etc). But he was worried I’d react badly to certain things, which has clearly made him resent me.
We are both traumatised individuals if you can’t already tell, but we worked through everything. We became better and we were there for eachother. We became busier with our lives but still made time for eachother, we barely spoke but we still appreciated the time together. We no longer argued, we were finally comfortable. Then something big happened, his parents decided to divorce. This flipped a switch and he left me, of course I was blindsided to this. I cried and he stayed, and he left again 2 weeks later but this was a mutual decision. We decided to stay friends and wait for eachother and heal on our own, because what we had was worth it. I know I only spoke about the bad things, but there was so much good as well. We still kept one boundary, don’t date anyone else or see anyone else while we heal.
The issue now is, of course I’m heartbroken, we went from talking about an engagement to breaking up in just 2 weeks. I was okay and healing and becoming better, but last time we spoke I got so mad. I yelled at him, which I never have before and I pushed at him (not hard please don’t think I hurt him) and said I hate him, I don’t know how he could do this how he could lead me to believe everything’s okay when it’s not. He broke down, he cried and told me he’s sorry. He said he wants to try one more time, but that the feelings aren’t there anymore. He says he cares but he’s scared he’s too damaged he thinks I could find better etc. I know how he feels because I’ve felt the same before, but I never left. I just want to know how to fix this. How can I make it better? We weren’t the best but we still care about eachother, he doesn’t want something right now and it hurts but we’re waiting for eachother. I know he’s going through a lot right now, and he hates himself for what he did with us but I want to know how I can help him through this. We both became different people in the past few months, we healed our old traumas. His parents divorce has brought some things back, especially the fact that he always does things to make others happy at his expense. He thinks he’s cold hearted, but this man despite saying he doesn’t love me or even like me anymore, still checks in on me, still prays for me, still calls me to wake me up to pray etc. I refuse to believe the feelings are fully gone, we just need to heal.
I know there’s something still there, I know time can help us. I just want to help him, is there anything else I can do other than wait?
And please don’t say its hopeless, I know us and I know we can get better. How can I help him heal from the hurt he had? He does too much for others, I wish he never hurt himself thinking it would make me happy. We always communicated well on everything, I just wish he spoke up on things because I never knew he was hurting. He says we reminded him of his parents when we were toxic
How can I help a man that says he’s scared he’s too broken? How can I make him feel safe with me? What can I do to restart? I’ve been giving him space and I don’t want to rush things, I want to completely redo everything and take it slow this time and I pray it works
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2023.06.10 19:47 Substantial_Alarm_55 Should I worry about I7-1700k Heat?

I'm a total PC noob, I ended up just buying a prebuilt PC for my son that I occasionally use as well. I've noticed the temperatures hit 100 degrees Celsius and triggers the "Thermal Throttling" limit when gaming. Is this going to break the PC? What should I do? I've already tried carefully reapplying thermal paste and the heat still persists. The cooler is some fancy Thermaltake AIO. I've heard that it should be sufficient, but I don't really know.
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2023.06.10 19:47 Rusted-1 Stronger Together 15

That last chapter was so sweet, ahhhhh, it’s nice to see the two have such a good relationship. Well let’s move on to a more suspicious chapter shall we? This is quite the big chapter so strap in, get a nice drink or snack and get comfortable. This fanfic is based off the fanfic The isolationists, by Seeyouon_otherside. Another thank you to Demon_Deity for allowing me to make another reference to his series marred migration.
Constructive criticism is appreciated.
Memory Transcript Subject: Armanne, Zeyzell toddler.
Yay! Objects! “Squeak!” I was playing with the orange cubes that daddy got me! They are very fun! Stack them. Make them into shapes! Fun fun fun! I was making a grand tower, like the one back on the white covered home we lived on. Before we went to the stars!
*thudding noises*
Aww, they fell over.
I put them back up when I see red-eyed brother in the vents! Hello- aw he’s gone. The door opened. Oh! Daddy and mommy! They brought in my fishy brother, since that’s what daddy calls him, into our room! He’s asleep. He has a blanket around him. What happened?
I tilted my head in confusion. “Squeak?”
“Hey there Armanne! How’s my best juggler!” Yay mommy!
“Squeak! Squee!”
“Aw that’s a good girl! Are you playing with the blocks that daddy got you?”
Yes I am! They are very fun! “Squeak!”
“That’s a good girl…hey Alvaro?” I looked over to daddy as he was putting wet brother into his bed.
“Yeah sweetheart?”
“Do you think it’s a good idea to bring Armanne onto the station?” Station? What station? I look to daddy for answers.
“Hmmmmm, no, not yet.”
What? Hey, I want to go! “Squeak! Squee sqeuuu!”
Dad looks at me again. “Sorry my little juggler, you're not ready yet. Nor is it clean enough yet.”
Hmph! We’ll see about that! Oh there leaving! Not without me! Quickly! After them!
I crawl as fast as I can! They have longer legs! Faster! Yes I’m gaining! Faster! Faster! Oh there stopping! Hide!
We’re through? There! The box. Oh hey it’s comfy in here! Lots of blankets, no don’t fall asleep now, but…I’m so tired from crawling, no don’t fall asleep …don’t…doooo….
[Significant time pass detected, jumping to next conscious moment.]
Ahhhh! That was a nice nap! We’re am I? Hey, the top is closed. Oh! Voices?”
“…yeah this is our area to clean…it’s a mess, protector help me I don’t wanna meet the thing that did this.
“Well you're gonna, he’s in command of this station.”
“What?! Oh that’s great. What is he?”
“Some sort of cyborg Velil.”
“Like a deathwatch guard?”
“Noooo, much more scary.”
“Wonderful, let me grab the cleaning rags. Wow, that’s a long way down. How far do you think?”
“Dunno, deep. When we get this place cleaned up I call dibs on the room with the comfortable bed.
“They all have comfortable beds, dumbass, this place was built for, well an invasion of a galaxy. The Feds would need a place to relax and hang the heads of our kits.”
“Yeah, man am I ever glad we’re getting out of that crazy place of a galaxy, dang the zippers stuck.”
Oh! Someone is opening the top! It opens! I pop out to say hello.
Oh! I’m falling? Why am I falling? Wow…that’s deep…uh oh. Back into the bag-OFF! OW OW OW!
*thudding noises*
Ow…that hurt! Where is daddy? Mommy?
I look up, wow I fell a long way down. Good thing the bag cushioned my fall! We’re am I? It's weird down here.
I crawl around to see if I can find anything. Maybe down this hall? Oh hey there’s someone here! Why are they lying against the wall?
I crawl over to them. Wow they smell really bad…I don’t like that smell. It smells bad…are you ok?
I touch them, ewwww, they're all slimy, why do they have feathers? Did my paw just go through his arm? Are you ok…
“S-s-squeak?” Why are they leaning over like that? They're sliding down against the wall. Oh no, they're going to hit their head on the ground! Don’t worry I can…
D-d-d-did their head…j-j-just fall off? It’s rolling towards me…it-it has no eyes. What’s in its mouth? Is that a worm? What’s a worm…
*Hissing noise*
Run away! Get away! Mommy daddy! Help me I don’t wanna be here! Help anyone. I pass by more people slumped against the walls!
*bang* what did I slip…?
No no this is a nightmare! They're dead!? Is this what being dead looks like! I don’t wanna die! Mommy! Daddy! Anyone. A room! Get into it! I dive into it and…there’s someone in here? Who is that? They are very big, they have metal all over their body. Wow! It has a screen coming out of his stomach that’s glowing orange, but I can’t see their face, hey there talking.
“…the human and Zeyzell are very important to my plans for my children. You know this.”
Uh oh, I walked into a conversation again! Whoops! Daddy doesn't like it when I do that. I move very fast behind a box thing.
“Yes I do.”
“You also know my children desire…no, crave to no longer be alone in this galaxy. The Humans and Zeyzell are fundamental, no, Vital for my children’s future. Mainly the Humans with their unique abilities to pack bond. Also since my children can pack bond, they will amplify each other's pack bonding ten fold creating unbreakable bonds. The Zeyzell are also changing. Even when exposed to a single human I have observed much change in them. They no longer shy away from xeno like foods, activities, or media and entertainment. They embrace and enjoy it.”
Wow, whoever is talking from that screen has a very odd voice. Loud and powerful. Yet…more? I dunno. Maybe daddy or mommy might know?
“Yeah, I know that effect very well. You couldn’t have picked a better species to bring to your children. They’ll get along VERY well. AHAHAHA!!” Wow he laughs weirdly.
“Yes indeed. The Zeyzell are no longer the Zeyzell they think they are. They are open to new species. They no longer use the term Xeno. This is all from the effect of only one Human, imagine what the Zeyzell will become when they are met with over twenty thousand!”
“Really?! You know we’re more are?! All the way out here?! Wait…do you mean…”
“Yes, I have located two ARK ships, ARK’s eight and twelve. Each has a population of over ten thousand. They have been wandering the stars for a while now. Searching for a home. I intend to give them, and the Zeyzell that have arrived at your station, a home. A place they can not only survive in, but thrive, a place to nurture and protect.”
“That’s a lot of humans! I’m all for it but can your children handle a population that big?
“Yes, I’ve been sending them more raw materials than normal, they will have more than enough. A lot of their planet is still wilderness so colonization shouldn’t be a problem. The surface area is also much larger than earths. Although I’m worried about the fragility of the humans on my children’s planet, the planet has much higher gravity then there earth, among other things. “
“Yeah, humans can be pretty tough, but they're still one of the most fragile and vulnerable species I have ever encountered. Like a child in a giant war suit. They may appear scary and intimidating, however all they wanted was to be loved, to be held and told, welcome to the greater galaxy, yet they got near genocide.”
“Yes it is despicable what happened to them, no species that kind and caring should have that happen to them. Protect the Humans and the Zeyzell, please. They are not the last of their kind, but I fear for them. I can’t bear to see anymore of their kind killed simply because of the way they look and what they eat. It breaks my heart. On this note however, I must also now keep a much closer eye on the Tesh and Wurnta. Since my discovery of them after their societal collapse I saw born survivors. However now they are threatened by a Sivkit herd that crash landed on their planet and I’m uncertain if they can survive a hatred so potent as these federation fanatics.”
“Ah, these two species again! You discovered them on one of your wanderings, yes?”
“Indeed, I remember it like it was yesterday. I passed by a planet of ice and snow, that I sensed once had a great life, imagine my surprise when I bumped into an artificial satellite. It was old, very old. It was ready to burn up in the atmosphere. My presence was obscured by the raging snow storms on their world so they did not see me. So I took a look at them. They are so full of promise these two are, working together to survive a harsh and dangerous environment. Many died and many lived. Now I see that their civilization is back. They are recovering from the collapse of their first civilization. Now however they face a danger that they have never faced before. Pure hatred, by an enemy who is pure evil to them. This Sivkit herd wishes for their extinction, their only crime? Their existence. To the Sivkits that is enough for extermination, and that makes my core BOIL. The two species are linked on a deep level for surviving on a planet together for so long. Something I’m hoping that my children will achieve with the Humans and Zeyzell.
“Yes it is. I do believe that my children and the Humans would find them…very cute.”
The metal man looked surprised. “Cuter than…me?”
“Mmmmm, possibly.”
The belly screen changed color but I still couldn’t see anything on it. The metal man’s hands went up to his face.
“AHHHH! THERE ADORABLE! I JUST WANNA HUG AND SQUEEZE THEM AND-!” The metal man dropped their hands to their hips. “Hmph! Guess I do have some competition. Anyway, I will do everything in my power to protect the Humans and Zeyzell, my lord. For I am your disciple.”
“Oh for- don’t say that! Or call me that! We’re friends Hazard!”
“HAHAHAHAHH! I know! I just like to get under your metal!
“Ohhhh, sometimes I swear…alright I’ll leave you to it, please don’t die too quickly. I can only bring you back so fast!”
Hehehehhe! Yeah yeah! I know! Have a good day!”
“You too Hazard, you too.”
The screen went dark and it went back into his belly, he turned around and…
“Why hello there little one? Where did you come from?”
He’s huge! Bigger than daddy, I thought no one was bigger than daddy, he looks really scary. Where is his mouth? Why is his eye like that?
“Aw you poor thing.” He bent down and I shifted away. “Hey hey don’t worry, I’m not going to hurt you! I’m a friend! AH, what would Alvaro do?"
He’s a friend of daddy? I perked my ears up.
“Ah you know that name? You must be one of his kits! Great to meet you!”
He very gently picked me up. Then put me in his lap. I look over at the wall and I hear a faint sound. It sounds like…why is that person being ground up in that device?!?
“What? Are you-OH, I’m sorry you're too young to see something like that! He’s um, dead so I’m turning him into, uhhhhhh, fertilizer!
Is that what happens to us once we…die? “Ssss-sss-queak?”
“Oh sorry, uh your too young for that, oh I have just the thing!
He opened his chest and turned around, so I couldn't see the person anymore…oh! A plushie! Yay!
“That belonged to someone close to me. However the plushie seems to like you too. I’ll let you take care of him for now? Ok?”
Yay! Of course! “Squeak!”
“Glad you like him! I’ll turn on my heaters and get you a blanket. Better?
Hmmmmm, warm! “Squeak!”
“Glad you like my lap heaters! Built them just for this! I have an idea, I’ll tell you a story. Do you like stories?”
Yes, yes I do! “Squeak!”
“Alright let’s see…got one! This story is about a unique Venlil who was turned into a being of rage, but caring for others at the same time…I’m gonna need to work on that title. well lets get started”
The metal man clasped his hands and made a beep noise with his speaker mouth thing.
“Not too long ago on a planet called Venlil prime, a unique Venlil was born. He had odd thinking, horns, and sharper then normal teeth!”
Sharp teeth? Doesn’t everyone have those? Even daddy has some.
“Now this Venlil was strange from the beginning, he would use his sharp teeth to eat hard and tough plant foods. He would use have to hid his horns, but when he didn't he would put stuff on them, like flashlights, lights, small flags and other Knick knacks. You know what Knick knacks are right?”
I didn’t but I nodded my head yes so he would continue with the story. I love stories!
OK then! Now these oddities on him got him many odd looks. His parents however used their influence to keep the bad people away. With their tubes of fire, their suits of foil, and their tanks of flames. He would spend much of his younger years alone, but alive. Then he started school. He was shunned and bullied by all his peers, casting him out of anything they did together.”
Hey that’s mean! “SQEUAK!” I stamp my legs in protest.
“Hehe, indeed! It was very mean! They would call him names, horrible names!” His metal skin moved around. Up and down…cooool.
“He never liked his own kind much, always preferring to be around the Yotul. As they were very nice, and never judged you at first glance. They were oh so kind and very sweet. They became fast friends. This is when he developed his curiosity with technology! Always testing and building something new to show his friends! They would play and sing, and use the things the Venlil built. They would look to him for help and he would look to them for friendship. One day the little Venlil was walking on the dark side of the planet. He would walk there often. Then one day he came across a dead bird. That had been EATEN!”
Huh? We eat meat all the time. What’s so strange about that?I gave him a very confused look.
“Oh right uh you eat meat. Anyway, this was very unusual. What was more unusual was this young Venlil was not scared, he was curious! He followed the trial the creature had left behind and found an injured night hound, at least that’s what he called them. These would roam the night, hunting for anyone out in the dark side of Venlil prime. The night hound had been caught in an exterminator trap. The night hound was starving because it had had no food for a long time. So, the Venlil walked back to the dead bird and brought it back to the night hound. And feed it. The night hound was very grateful! It yelled in delight and happiness. The Venlil felt happy that he had saved a life, freeing the night hound from the trap it bounded away! The next day, the Venlil went through his daily routine, wake up, hugged his loving parents, go to school, get harrassed and bullied, meet up with his Yotul friends, and walk home by the woods. Then the same night hound appeared! The two became fast friends! Spending much time together! The two were inseparable! He would show the night hound his amazing inventions! It was a very happy time…”
Why did he look so sad?
“Then the bad people came. They had heard about the strange Venlil boy, they wanted to meet him, and so they did. They followed him home one day, and tried to kidnap him! The Venlil boy screamed in fear! Then the night hound tried to rescue him, but he was no match for the tanks of fire. Then…the night hound was no more…the boy cried and wailed, the bad people laughed and laughed at the boy. They take him and he never sees his parents again…he’s taken to a strange place. A place he did not like. They did things to the boy, cried about how the boy was the worse case of predator disease…They kept him there for many years, transforming the boy, taking his teeth, his horns, his…life. After they added things, they added…metal.”
His hand formed a fist, wait? How does he and the boy both have metal skin? Maybe they can be friends!
“Then, the Arxur came. They took everyone, even the boy. They brought them to an even more horrible place. A place of misery and pain. A place where the boy was hunted for sport. The boy was very injured on one of those hunts. He was going away to the other side. Then someone saved him. A powerful being, a chaotic being. It made a deal with him. Take revenge on the Arxur and the Federation, and he shall never truly die. The boy agreed, eager to take revenge against them. So when the Arxur were preparing to eat him, he LEAPED UP! Then the hunters became the hunted. When the boy took many Arxur lives, they trapped him and put him in a dark cold place. There was no light and little food. The boy however hung in with the fire of revenge. Then the humans came, his angels, he saw them for the amazing things they were. True people! Ones who would care about you. He traveled with them, then the powerful being came back in a dream and gave the boy new orders. Protect the humans, and so the boy did, and does, to this very day.”
Wow! That was an amazing story! “Squeak squeak!” I clap my paws together.
“Thank you thank you! Now let’s call your parents…wait…I forgot to call them!” He then put his hand up to his ear. “He Alvaro? Yeah I know she’s lost. How? Because she’s on my lap! Yeah I’ll come up. I’ll be there as fast as possible! Bye! Alright, time to see your dad again my little listener! I probably need to work on my sorry telling, not that age appropriate.”
I did not care I liked it! “Squeak!”
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