Locke: punch me in the face
Jude: punch you?
Locke: yes, punch me, in the face. Didn’t you hear me ?
Jude: I always hear “punch me in the face” when you’re speaking, but it’s usually subtext
I sketched a Cardan
Cardan Greenbriar, the High King of Elfhame, 6/?
Jude Duarte, the High King’s Seneschal, 5/?
Okay so y’all remember that flower shop au that was floating around for a while the “how do I passive aggressively say fuck you in flower?” one?
Imagine that with jurdan.
Like Cardan’s working part time at his sisters flower shop bored out of his mind
And Jude storms in slams her hand on the counter and says the thing
And Cardan is like instantly smitten with the very pretty, very angry girl that keeps coming back with very strange and increasingly specific requests
“Only out of his spilled blood can a great ruler rise.”
~ Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
“Cardan,” I say in a whisper. The golden net of the bridle shines in my hands.
As if in answer, the serpent draws back, neck curving in a swinging movement as though evaluating how best to strike.
“It’s Jude,” I say, and my voice cracks. “Jude. You like me, remember? You trust me.”
The serpent explodes into motion, sliding fast over the grass in my direction, closing the distance between us. Soldiers scatter. Horses rear up. Toads hop into the shelter of the forest, ignoring their riders. Kelpies run for the sea.
I lift the bridle, having nothing else in my hands to defend myself with. I prepare to throw. But the serpent pauses perhaps ten feet from where I am standing, winding around itself.
Looking at me with those gold-tipped eyes.
I tremble all over. My palms sweat.
I know what I must do if I want to vanquish my enemies, but I no longer want to do it.
This close to the serpent, I can think only of the bridle sinking into Cardan’s skin, of his being trapped forever. Having him under my control was once such a compelling thought. It gave me such a raw rush of power when he was sworn to me, when he had to obey me for a year and a day. I felt that if I could control everything and everyone, then nothing could hurt me.
I take another step toward the serpent. And then another. This close, I am stunned all over again by the creature’s sheer size. I raise a wary hand and place it against the black scales. They feel dry and cool against my skin.
Its golden eyes have no answer, but I think of Cardan lying beside me on the floor of the royal rooms.
I think of his quicksilver smile.
I think of how he would hate to be trapped like this. How unfair it would be for me to keep him this way and call it love.
You already know how to end the curse.
“I do love you,” I whisper. “I will always love you.”
I tuck the golden bridle into my belt.
Two paths are before me, but only one leads to victory.
But I don’t want to win like this. Perhaps I will never live without fear, perhaps power will slip from my grasp, perhaps the pain of losing him will hurt more than I can bear.
And yet, if I love him, there’s only one choice.
I draw the borrowed sword at my back. Heartsworn, which can cut through anything. I asked Severin for the blade and carried it into battle, because no matter how I denied it, some part of me knew what I would choose.
The golden eyes of the serpent are steady, but there are surprised sounds from the assembled Folk. I hear Madoc’s roar.
This wasn’t supposed to be how things ended.
I close my eyes, but I cannot keep them that way. In one movement, I swing Heartsworn in a shining arc at the serpent’s head. The blade falls, cutting through scales, through flesh and bone.
~ Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Roach: That woman is a hurricane.
Cardan: *dreamy eyes* Yeah.
Roach: Hurricanes are bad, Cardan.
Cardan: I know.
Excerpt from “The Queen of Nothing” by Holly Black
You know how faeries can be manipulated if someone knows their True Name? I wonder how that works for Cardan and Jude- it was never glinted that he had another real name, but what if after the events of The Queen of Nothing and Htkoelths, he gives it to her? as a proof of his love and how truly invested he is in their relationship and how much she gets him forever undone
Jude Duarte at the Coronation of the Next High King of Elfhame, 5/?
“So I am to sit here and feed you information,” Cardan says, leaning against a hickory tree. “And you’re to go charm royalty? That seems entirely backward.”
I fix him with a look. “I can be charming. I charmed you, didn’t I?”
He rolls his eyes. “Do not expect others to share my depraved tastes.”
― Holly Black, The Cruel Prince
// since it seems like you all love these posts, here’s another, which is one of my favorites! quick question: what other fandoms would you like to see included in this blog? and would you all be down for some music playlists recs?
Cardan: Please, I’m begging you to go to a hospital.
Jude: I’m sorry, this is our stab wound? Stay out of it!
apologies to anyone offended but this blog is gonna have a lot of Jude and Carden because in this castle, we STAN THE FOLK OF THE AIR - and our queen holly black
An Insider’s Guide to the Folk of the Air: the Palace of Elfhame Forest, 1/?
I wanna look as good w make up on as Cardan Greenbriar does
An Insider’s Guide to the Folk of the Air: Cardan Greenbriar + Jude Duarte, who have never been solely allies or enemies, nor friends or foe or lovers, because they live in a world where they are permitted to have a taste from each plate, as long as it is not enough to satisfy any cravings, 2/?
The Folk of the Air Series x Iconic Designer Collections: Alfazairy Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Couture…
I. The Cruel Prince
II. The Wicked King
III. The Queen of Nothing
“𝐇𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐚𝐳𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞, 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧, 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐦. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞, 𝐛𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬, 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫. 𝐇𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧'𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞, 𝐜𝐚𝐧'𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞.”
-𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐧 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐫, 𝐇𝐓𝐊𝐎𝐄𝐋𝐓𝐇𝐒
I’m obsessively clicking pictures of HTKOELTHS because have you seen just how stunning and gorgeous this is?! Like my gushness my eyes are blessed to behold this beauty! And yes I have gone a little cuckoo with this series! Jude and Cardan will forever have my heart!