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sǝʇǝןpǝp ([personal profile] depletes) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-03-20 01:36 pm
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Got them wrapped around your finger

wrapped around your finger
selectively sweet shipping meme
You might be the biggest curmudgeon in the known universe, just as prickly as a porcupine. Perhaps you're on the other end of the spectrum, cool like a cucumber and never letting anyone get to you. They're not worthy of your time. Still, despite what the case may be, you have one little weak spot. The person you love gets all the sweetness and kindness you have, which admittedly may not be too much, and in your rare moments together, many would be shocked at how you behave. In fact, your special person might not even know that you can be grumpy outside of your encounters!

Well, goes to show that everyone doen't know everything about you, do they?

  • This meme is pretty shamelessly for fluff, opening up, dokis, and also more dokis.
  • Respond with your character, preferences, what role you'd like to play if it matters, and any other info.
  • Then, respond to others.
embezzle: (Default)

ward meachum / marvel's iron fist

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-20 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
meachumheiress: (073)

[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-21 05:46 am (UTC)(link)
((Ward <3 ... minus the shipping part, of course?))
embezzle: (pic#11150757)

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-22 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
[ sure thing! i'm easy either way. ]
meachumheiress: (073)

[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-22 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
((I'm also easy, so I guess we'll just go with the flow))

[When was the last time they did anything together, honestly. Anything that isn't work related, anyway, because Joy's starting to think she sees less and less of her brother, more and more of the steadfast businessman. How she got him to agree to breakfast on a weekend, at her place, she'll never know, but she'll take it.

She sets a plate of quiche in front of Ward (she didn't make it, sure, but she'd gone to pick it up from a specialty store a few blocks over), and tops off his coffee. The weather's nice enough that they can sit on the roof and look Manhattan around them.

Is there anything else you want?
embezzle: (Default)

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-23 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[ They don't really spend that much time together out of the office. In fairness, they don't really leave the office all that often, either, so it's less a matter of choosing to spend time apart than it is a byproduct of running Rand. But that doesn't account for all of it— Ward's always run a bit hot and cold, but never to the point of alienation from his own sister. (Joy is and always has been something of a true north for him; he just doesn't know how to reconcile that with the elephant in the room that she can't see — namely, that their father isn't six feet under.)

She suggests breakfast during the middle of the week. He agrees to it without really thinking about it, only to have it start hanging over him as the week draws to a close. It's been long enough since they discussed anything but business that he almost feels nervous about it, like making normal conversation is something to be eased back into rather than an innate ability. At the least, though, the weather's nice.

Nah. Come on, sit down. You're making me look bad. [ He smiles — a little wanly, but sincerely enough — as he straightens up in his seat, reaching out to tap her place setting. ] I'm not gonna eat by myself.
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-23 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry for trying to be a good hostess.

[Joy smiles as she sits, mostly pleased to see Ward smile. As much as Ward ever smiles, anyway. He grows more distant as the days pass and Joy's been realizing that she might be acting on it too late. They shouldn't let work govern their lives entirely - though there are days where she feels she owes it to their father and the Rands to put in the long hours - and they ought to know better than most that family can be fleeting.

She stirs some cream and sugar into her own coffee. Both hands cup the mug as she raises it for a sip, eyes glancing to a bird that stops for a moment on the ledge before taking off again. Under the table, Joy nudges her foot against Ward's, playful and a bit teasing.

You can relax. It's not as if I set this up as an elaborate way to spring something on you.
embezzle: (Default)

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-24 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, now I'm suspicious.

[ He says it archly enough to make it clear he's joking, looking away briefly to cut into the quiche. He glances up again when her foot nudges his, his expression trying for annoyance but landing somewhere closer to amusement. ]

I'm relaxed, I promise. [ As if rattling off a laundry list: ] I'm having a meal with my sister, it's the weekend, and my phone hasn't gone off yet; I'm practically zen.

[ His heel taps against hers, a diminished version of the kind of teasing they indulged in as children (though, granted, his target had usually been Danny, and the subject of a little more malice). It hasn't escaped his notice that they've started to drift when it comes to their lives outside the company, so he's glad for the time, even if it isn't immediately evident. ]

You gonna have anything to eat?
meachumheiress: (028)

[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-25 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
Now that you mention it, I do have this friend you might like ...

[It's obvious by the quirk of her lips that she's joking. Joy would probably call Ward married to his work, and she's not sure most people would be willing to deal with his aggressive Type A personality. Though maybe he just hasn't found the right person to keep him line, and, if she had the time, she might consider setting him up.

At his question, she snorts, plucking a strawberry from a nearby dish. She gives her brother a pointed like while she eats it.

What do you do on weekends? [It's embarrassing that she's never actually asked him before. Joy helps herself to her own serving of quiche, giving Ward an expectant look while she eats a bite.]
embezzle: (pic#11164667)

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-26 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Ward rolls his eyes, though the expression's good-natured more than not. (There's the kneejerk instinct to point out that everyone they know, friends or otherwise, is within Rand, but he knows — as brusque as he can be — that it's a little presumptive.) It's true, at any rate — work takes up the bulk of his waking hours, and the coil of his personality has never been one that's lended itself to any kind of intimacy. Joy's the only exception to the rule, though, again, even that tether has started to strain.

Funny how these things happen.

Work, [ he says, with a slight shrug, fork balanced between his fingers. ] Everything I couldn't get done during the week. You know how it is — we don't exactly get days off.

[ He pauses, reaching out for his coffee as the sound of a siren down on the street flares up and then fades in traffic. ]

What about you, then? I assume you haven't exactly been sneaking off to Cabo.
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-27 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
I -- Work.

[Joy has to laugh, knowing she's been caught out. She doesn't take it to quite the same degree as Ward, no one does. Beyond the walls of Rand she at least tries to invite other things into her life.]

I take Toro to the dog park on Saturdays, try to get in the latest Netflix craze. Cabo sounds like a great idea, though.

[Unlikely, but great. They could both use a vacation.]
embezzle: (pic#11164607)

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-28 04:51 am (UTC)(link)
A House of Cards binge doesn't sound too bad.

[ There's still a wryness to his voice — he knows it's about as likely as their taking a vacation, though maybe a little more realistic. It's that knowledge that it's likely a broken promise that keeps him from fully meeting her gaze, directing the smile that sits on his features down at his plate instead of directly at her. (He doesn't like disappointing her, he never has — she's the only one in their family who's ever loved him unconditionally. And that's— well, it's not something he's willing to let go.) ]

I think the last time I watched anything except the news was when we were kids. Saturday morning cartoons, stuff like that.

[ He laughs, mostly to himself. He'd been a pill as a teenager, and he remembers it well enough. The only thing that's changed is that he's gotten better at hiding his resentment. ]
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-28 05:00 am (UTC)(link)
You grew up too fast.

[It's said in a way that's meant to excuse his behaviour. Maybe Ward isn't anyone's idea of a good person, but she knows he's just trying to do his best. They were thrust into a bad situation when they were still too young, Ward barely out of high school and Joy still a couple of years behind him, and they learned to cope the best they could.

Ward has a lot of weight on his shoulders, Joy can't hold it against him.

Maybe we should take a vacation. Even if it's just for a day. Getting out of the city might be nice.
embezzle: (pic#11164661)

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-28 05:15 am (UTC)(link)
[ His demeanor shifts almost imperceptibly — that's the thing about her, she's right more often than not, and the fact of the matter is that they'd both been forced to grow up too soon, childhoods curtailed by tragedy (and his before their father had even supposedly passed away). Rand weighs on him, and their father's perpetual disdain and disappointment does, too. ]

Where'd you have in mind?

[ He's still only entertaining the idea — the idea of one of them taking time off seems farfetched to him as it is, let alone the both of them at once — but it's further than they've gotten with this conversation before. Maybe it's just the right place and the right time — they're not at work at the moment, which is also more than can be said for a lot of the time they've spent together recently. ]
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[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-28 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know. Florida?

[It's a quick trip, and Miami sounds nice. It's not Cabo, but the beach in the day and the clubs at night ... Well. That'd be a switch from the norm. If she could ever get Ward out of the hotel room.]

You could probably use a tan.

[Joy smirks at him around a fork of quiche.]
embezzle: (pic#11164709)

[personal profile] embezzle 2017-03-29 03:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He laughs, slightly, a little bemused but still warm more than not. ]

You make it sound like we're going on spring break.

[ Again, there's a lull as he eats, his teasing still as non-committal as ever. (He's not always kind, even to her, but he tries. As most things do, it comes down to their father, and the perpetual frustration he feels of the ignorance of the rest of the world, despite the fact that he's complicit in it.) Beneath the table, there's still that point of contact, his foot by hers. ]

Could be nice, though. Rent a house on the Keys or something like that.
meachumheiress: (034)

[personal profile] meachumheiress 2017-03-29 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't remember either of us actually having spring break.

[But the fact that he's at least entertaining the idea, whether it's to humour her or just make idle conversation, makes her smile. She settles her fork on her plate, elbows on the table as she leans in towards him. There might almost be something conspiratorial about her look.]

Why not? You, me, a private beach. Detox from Manhattan for a couple of days.
musubitori: (heeeh)

Houou Maniwa | Katanagatari | ota

[personal profile] musubitori 2017-03-20 08:50 pm (UTC)(link)
[ooc: He's got 200+ years of personal baggage, but assuming cr and that he's in love, he's indulgent and doting. On the flip side, he could charm you out of your clothes, so, wrapping people he's in lust with around his finger is p much par for the course. So have at it! ]
floreciente: (pic#10733194)

[personal profile] floreciente 2017-03-22 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
[gaSPS a katanagatari charaCTER I MEAN. yes hi, would you be interested in doing something with sakura here? ]
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[personal profile] musubitori 2017-03-22 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
[ooc: yes hello, we are a rare breed ;u; aND! I am canon blind but yes good, I would very much! We can assume cr? If you have any ideas! ]
floreciente: (pic#10733195)

[personal profile] floreciente 2017-03-22 03:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[ incredIBLE /takes pictures. assuming is always the way to go. But we could also go with a meeting cute fiance/early engagement scenario? ]
musubitori: (Default)

[personal profile] musubitori 2017-03-22 05:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Yes, oh gosh that's cute. Like, arranged marriage/promised to each other? I could see something like that for the sake of families/clans. Houou would def be smitten. ]
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[personal profile] floreciente 2017-03-22 11:41 pm (UTC)(link)
[ IT'S MY WEAKNESS making a promise to the Matous ten years earlier until one day he wakes up and someone mentions him that YO, THE GIRL'S LIKE. READY! His tiny purple bride.

I'll leave it as vague as possible re: timeline, to let you fit in whatever you want. But if there's something you'd like me to change, pls let me know! ]


[ Two promises were made.

The secret arts of the Matou family will die with the death of its Master; one son ran away from the village, and the remaining one was useless and unable to produce an heir fit to be taught their secrets. It was as regretful as inevitable, that the moment an untalented grandson was born, their family was finally doomed to vanish.


From this day forward, you will be a daughter of the Matou. The Tohsakas were blessed with two healthy, talented daughters. And for a family that could only pass on their secrets to one daughter, the diminishing of the Matou was a blessing. Cutting ties was of no importance if a future could be secured for the girl's talent.

(Her body was tortured and broken and reshaped, but her mind remained whole, because she's strong, because she can't quite bring herself to lose hope–)

And just like that, she was stained with new colors. She became property of others, and the second promise made... was made to a man with an ageless face, boldly sporting the colors of sunset, of an oozing wound. She remembers Grandfather's ugly laugh as he spoke and told him, wouldn't it be a waste not to see what could come out of something like this? And then she remembers staying behind, watching the back of the retreating man hidden behind closed doors, a dead-like little girl on her way to hell, wondering if she'll survive carrying more new colors on her skin. ]

... Houou-sama?

[ The lovely girl by his side, pale hands grabbing a teapot full of freshly made tea, is not dead-like. Her eyes are not empty and there's a healthy, deepening blush spreading over her face as she offers to refill his cup, still unsure of how to behave around him.

She was presented to Maniwa Houou, and accepted. And now they sit together, facing the garden and the dying day, without Nii-san's glares and Grandfather's interference, finally allowed a little bit of peace. ]

Will you stay for dinner?

[ The way his name falls from her mouth is not unpleasant. Drinking tea with him is not unpleasant.

... But she's still nervous. ]
musubitori: (heeeh)

this is perf /rubs hands together/

[personal profile] musubitori 2017-03-23 10:36 am (UTC)(link)
Of course, Sakura-dono. It would be my pleasure.

[ His tone is smooth, but there's a teasing pull to his smile, though not unkind, no not to this one.

The scars, he is not aware of, but the treatment of a worthless brother and scheming patriarch are clear to see, have been for some time and marriage seemed the gentler course of the many he could have taken. The Maniwa are a makeshift bunch, blood being of less importance than skill and bearing, but other clans have always lagged behind in that regard and so it had been with no amount of distress that Houou had offered his hand.

As a husband, after all, he has more sway and less likely hood of sparking a war to see happiness brought to this one - as he has dearly wished for some time.]

..Though 'Houou' is name and title enough between us in privacy...If you would grant me the same leave of course.

[ He accepts the fresh tea with an inclination of his head, sipping gratefully and with his gaze not leaving her for a moment. ]
floreciente: (pic#10733211)

[personal profile] floreciente 2017-03-23 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[ She relaxes at that, smiling with clear satisfaction.

Sakura may hate herself and the skills the Matous made her learn, and she may be unsure of a great many things, but as far as her skills as a wife go, she can be at ease - even a little proud. Her needlework is superb and her cooking makes even Nii-san smile, and... and...! And she's sure that... even with small, insignificant things like those, she can please him. Yes, as a wife, she can... she will work hard. She'll do her best.

... It wouldn't be so bad to make a home with this man, she thinks.

She hopes. ]

Of course, you may call me however you want, but... [ Her smile is hidden behind a sleeve, her blush deepening. A part of her is feeling mortified, while the other feels oddly happy. She repeats the name without the honorific inside her head, and it's... it's tingly. ] Uhm... if that's what you want...

[ ... A tingly feeling... ]

... Houou-san?
musubitori: (funny! not.)


[personal profile] musubitori 2017-03-23 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
[ It's a good thing he's finished drinking by the time Sakura attempts his name, otherwise that endearingly uncertain honorific would have him spluttering around a mouthful of tea. As it is, he startles with soft laughter and his smile turns sympathetic. ]

Forgive me my dear, I'm making you uncomfortable..

[ It's something to work on, and he's certainly not skirting around her name for the same reasons, no sir, nope. By way of silent apology or perhaps compromise? Huouou offers his hand, palm up, on the table - drawing just short of where Sakura's are folded - as none threatening as his long fingered hands ever are. ]
floreciente: (pic#10733195)

she likes this dumb chicken and i cry

[personal profile] floreciente 2017-03-23 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
You haven't! I'm fine! I'm completely fine!

[ She's just... tingly. Because she's once again being traded for another family. Because she's not watching his back anymore, but his face. Because she'll be his soon, and a bride. Because she'll leave this dark house behind.

Her hand goes to his, small and soft. ]

I'm just nervous, and... and I...

[ Nervous and a little bit embarrassed and out of breath and...! ]

I was just wondering if it's okay to feel this happy.

[ If it's safe. If he won't disappear.

If, if, if. ]
musubitori: (heeeh)

he's the dumbest chicken aw jeez sakura

[personal profile] musubitori 2017-03-23 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
[ That...strikes a chord. Somewhere in the cobbled together mess that is Houou's heart, something throbs, sore and resonating with her tone and words. His fingers fold around hers firmly; grounding in a way he himself ever really feels, but his reply is as immovable as bedrock. ]

I promise you, no matter what transpires between the two of us, till your final days, you will always have a place among the Maniwa.

[ Clan lore is sacrosanct on this, something that Sakura will be detailed on later of course, but it feels important to say so himself; Houou would keep her safe regardless, but, given their current arrangement, he would not see such hope held to ransom should they ever clash. ]

Of course.. [ His tone and expression lighten and there may just be the barest, delighted flush under the markings across his face. ] ..I hope to ensure that happiness more charming as my kinsmen are.

[ He has the good grace to look away a little bashfully at least.]
floreciente: (Default)

she has a lot of emotions okAY

[personal profile] floreciente 2017-03-24 11:41 pm (UTC)(link)
[ A place for her with them.

The thought feels a little like the first sightings of spring, colorful and hopeful and still a little too far away to reach. But it's real. Just like the warmth of his hand; gently, her free one covers them, fingers tracing the marks on his skin.

Safe. Warm. Hers. ]

It's alright. I promise I won't let myself be charmed by others.

[ Her face softens, and - yes, it feels like springs. This here, between them, barely blooming but surely growing, is definitely spring. ]
ihadabadday: (Mute Button)

John Watson | Sherlock

[personal profile] ihadabadday 2017-03-20 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[Baggage ahoy with this one]
barre_none: (sorta regretting that)

Grace Ford | OC | M/F

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andgracetoo: sideways glance (geez... i don't know)

sam murphy (original) f/m

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(her last serious relationship was extremely abusive and tbh I really enjoy threads where she gets to experience sweetness again. :3)
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Hiccup | How to Train Your Dragon | OTA

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elissa cousland | dragon age

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Ruby Rose|RWBY|ota

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mo guanshan ( 19 days ) m/m

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okita souji / peace maker kurogane / m/m

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cadeuces: (or maybe this mattress)

angela ❝ᴍᴇʀᴄʏ❞ ziegler • overwatch ( OTA )

[personal profile] cadeuces 2017-03-21 09:30 am (UTC)(link)
( ooc: definitely the sweet one. ♥ )
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Oliver Queen - Arrow - ota

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((total grump here))
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Derek "Sourwolf" Hale | Teen Wolf

[personal profile] lurkerwolf 2017-03-21 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
((As it says on the tin))
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Adam Parrish / The Raven Cycle

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thorin oakenshield | tolkien

[personal profile] oakens 2017-03-22 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
(m/f, bilbo exception.)
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[personal profile] onlymywits 2017-03-22 07:14 am (UTC)(link)
OOC: I have Alice here, who is a very tough woman who happens to have a shaky mental health history. I have an idea and I'm happy to write the starter, but I wanted to run it by you before assuming what you like. I'm thinking that Thorin and Alice have had a long-term thing that has never been made official because Thorin has to consider things like Durin lineage and royal traditions. I'm thinking of either a scenario where Thorin breaks it to her that he's going to go back to Erebor or an AU where he lives and she arrives in Erebor to live with him. Thoughts?
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[personal profile] timegates 2017-03-24 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
( ...I am incredibly tempted to try and AU Setsuna here into some kind of Tolkien flavor. She's already ageless and suitably ~mysterious~... )
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[personal profile] oakens 2017-03-28 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
i welcome it!
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mc (eun) ; mystic messenger ; ota

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Miles Edgeworth | Ace Attorney | OTA

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[Most likely the sour one but I'm flexible. I'm also open to AUs, too]
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Rey | SW: TFA | OTA

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