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georgeromerosanalcavity · 4 days ago
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You should be allowed to homewreck in Stardew Valley
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tilthecowscomehome · a year ago
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flower dance
Shane x Farmer.
Fluffy.
1900 words
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Wine. His worst enemy. But it was the only alcohol being served at this damn thing, so he gave in to a glass. It made him loopier than normal.
“Shane! Uncle Shane!” Jas called from the distance, “Vincent isn’t dancing. Why?”
“Oh-“ Shane was caught off guard by the question, feeling uneasy, “uh, I dunno kiddo. Shy?”
“Shy? Vincent? Yeah right,” Jas scoffed, folding her arms. He couldn’t help but smirk.
“Well, yeah, Jas,” he chuckled, crouching down to become eye level with her, “even if he seems like he’s not, he’s probably shy about this particular…situation.”
“Why,” Jas continued scoffing, less of a question and more of a statement, eyes rolling into the back of her skull.
“Uhm, I guess you just have to understand when your older?” Shane wasn’t sure how to approach this subject with Jas, wishing Marnie was closer, but she was fully encapsulated by the Mayor
“I just want to be a part of the dance!” Jas pouted, stomping a foot.
“I know,” Shane sighed, peering into his wine glass, unsure of how to help.
“VINCENT!” Jas hollered, stomping away. Shane let himself smile, enjoying Jas’ tenacity. She learned long ago to take care of herself, to Shane’s dismay. In the corner of his eye, he spotted some brilliant red hair make way onto the field, covered by a white sun hat. He let his gaze lift to see her more clearly. The farmer clutched her purse close to her, eyes darting every which way. He tilted his head as he observed her. As her eyes scanned the area, he didn’t want her to catch him staring, so his eyes plunged back into his glass. Albeit, he let his gaze rise just a bit so he could carry on viewing her, interested if she would fall back into her usual group of the dumb kids. He took in her appearance, she looked nicer than she usually does: she bothered to slap on a flowy blue dress and some sandals, a nice change up from her usual overalls and boots. Her hair sat upon her shoulders, a bit wavy, a little unruly. Shane’s bottom lip subconsciously withdrew between his teeth.
She looks cute.
STOP. He cleared his throat and brought the bitter drink to his lips, sucking it down. Getting more intoxicated would help this whole thing along. He looked up at the sound of Jas once more, but it was in the same direction as the farmer.
“Farmer Charlie!” Jas threw herself at the farmer. She seems to be her favorite person at the moment. Penny was her favorite for so long, but that title seems to have been passed on now.
“Farmer Charlie,” a voice, amused, called from the side. The dark, broody, emo one approached them, followed by Sam and the purple girl.
Purple girl, you’re one to talk, huh? Broody…
Shane let his gaze drop back into his glass, but his ears were wide open. What better things did he have to do than to listen? Justification.
“You came! Yay!” Jas hopped off her legs, clapping excitedly.
“Ha, yeah-“ Charlotte started.
“Glad you came.” Sam continued.
“You should dance with Miss Penny, she’s a great dancer!” Jas pushed, pointing at Penny who was caught up in conversation with Maru. Shane couldn’t help but lift his head up, bemused at this interaction.
“Oh-uh, I-“ Charlotte stuttered, looking up at Penny, who turned her head to smile warmly at her.
“Nope, that’s my dance!” Sam proclaimed, hands on his hips. Penny’s smile seemed to grow.
“Aw,” Charlotte hummed, smiling up at Sam.
“Well...what about him?” Jas frowned, looking up at the broody one, her nose crinkling a bit at the thought. Shane rolled his eyes as he listened.
“And that’s my dance,” Abigail hooked her arm into Sebastian’s, who’s head turned away from her “or else I won’t have one…and mom will be pissed to say the least.”
“Well!” Jas eyebrows fused together, looking fairly irritated, “farmer Charlie has to dance!”
Charlotte let out a hearty laugh and clasped her hands over Jas’ cheeks, looking warmly down at her, “Jas, it’s okay! I’m not upset-”
“No!” Jas balled up her fists and pulled them next to her sides, turning her head to scan the crowd “uhm…OH! My uncle Shane!”
Charlotte froze in her tracks. She heard her three ‘friends’ burst into laughter next to her. She pursed her lips together and lifted her eyes from Jas, checking the field. Then they landed on Shane. He was already staring at her, concern painted upon his face as well, a death grip on his empty glass.
“Yeah, he needs a partner!” Jas beamed, grabbing Charlotte’s hand. Shane felt his heart begin thumping way harder than he’s felt in a long time as his goddaughter and the farmer approached, ever faster. He nearly dropped his glass, but managed to maintain composure. He twisted his head around to the familiar voice of Emily chatting behind him.
“Emily!” He called, panicking. Emily looked up at him inquisitively. She began strolling towards him, “we’re dancing, right?”
Jas stopped in front of him and let her face fall into a frown once more. Charlotte’s cheeks burned something fierce, embarrassment washing over her.
Damn kid.
“Huh?” Emily’s head shot forward, eyes squinting. “I thought yo-“
“We talked about it, right? The other night. Yep.”
“Uh, hmm..”
“You’re dancing with Emily,” Jas asked, pointedly, arms crossing, eyebrow raised.
“Yep.”
“Oh,” Jas let out a disappointed sigh, thankfully buying it, then looking up at Charlotte with big, doughy eyes. “I dunno who else you could dance with!”
“How about you?” Charlotte broke the tension, offering her hand to Jas. Jas tilted her head at an angle, a smile forming over her lips. Jas took in a deep breath, and then-
“Oh, YEAH!!!” Jas jumped into the air, clapping, unadulterated excitement emanating from her bones, “yes, yes, yes! Can you dance? Do you know how? I can teach you, here let’s go!”
And with that, the girls were gone, Jas rushing them to the middle of the field for a quick lesson. Shane breathed a sigh of relief, pulling his drink to his mouth to consume, deeply. As he slurped down the last drop, he returned to the stand to get more, Emily on his tail.
“Thought you weren’t dancing?” Emily teased, hands on her hips, looking down upon him. Already the same height as Shane, she now towered over him in her heels. Shane didn’t bother to look towards her, refilling his glass. “No bother, I like dancing-oh, look at them!”
Shane looked up from his glass to see what Emily was pointing at. He watched the farmer twirl through the grass with Jas, Jas looking happier than ever. Jas had her feet on top of the farmers, letting her guide her around. He looked higher to see the farmers face, reddened likely by the sun, but full of joy. He lowered his eyes again to look at Jas.
That girl deserves the world.
He pursed his lips again, clutching the drink tightly, intently looking down upon it.
“Jas looks happy as a clam,” Emily sighed dreamily, resting her hand on Shane’s shoulder, “isn’t that sweet?”
“Hmm…” Shane hummed. He did agree. It was one of the best things he’s seen in a while. Penny was really great, truly. She was so good with the kids, teaching them. But Jas just looked lost in a moment of pure bliss, doing something she wanted to do, with no restraints. Sam and Vincent were fun, but the farmer was indulging her in something that not many people would. Marnie was too busy with the mayor, Shane was too busy being neurotic and anxious.
Why can’t you do that with her?
“It is,” he conceded, sighing into his glass, turning to the table of food. He set his glass down and grabbed a plate, picking some greens onto it with a scoop of some sort of sauce.
“She’s so good with that girl,” Emily mused, wrapping her arms around her own waist, “it’s just what she needs.”
“Oh, right, and you know that, how?” Shane snapped, looking up from his plate to eye Emily. She raised her eyebrows, a playful smile upon her face-all too familiar to Shane.
“Careful,” Emily sang, pointing a finger right in Shane's face, “you want me to dance with you, right?”
“Hmph, it doesn’t matter now. Jas is distracted. Sandy won’t be jealous?” Shane teased uncharacteristically, perhaps inappropriately.
“Oh she knows all about you,” Emily jeered with a giggle. Shane frowned, “it’s fine. She doesn’t even live here, I need someone to talk to! You’re one of the few that knows about her, aren’t you?” Emily’s voice became low, her eyes cutting into Shane.
“Sure,” Shane scoffed, looking back into his disgusting wine. “You know I don’t really care.”
“Yeah, that’s why I told you,” Emily glowered as Shane picked up his plate, shoveling a forkful into his face. Slowly, Jas and the farmer made their way closer and closer to himself and Emily.
“Mmm…excellent sauce,” Shane mused, unwillingly. He had a soft spot for spicy, “this green stuff is spicy. Yowch” he chewed quicker, eager to relieve his mouth of it, “who made this?”
“That would be me!” The farmer giggled as her and Jas inched closer, “Jas told me you guys like spicy!”
Shane glanced at her, breath caught in his throat, mouth full.
“Clever girl,” Emily bent over, slapping her hands to her knees, bringing her face close to Jas’.
“I wish you could dance with Emily,” Jas grinned, her eyes bouncing between the farmer and Emily, “she’s the best dancer.”
“Oh, you know it,” Emily reached into her dress pockets, pulling two unknown, shiny gems out and lifting them into the air, “c’mere, Jas!”
Jas began cracking up, dancing between Emily and the farmer. She was having the time of her life.
“Look at those moves!” Charlotte hollered, lifting her hands into the air as well to join the girls. Shane felt his entire body consumed in heat, but he couldn’t help but smile. His goddaughter was busting up with laughter, she looked like she was going to keel over in stitches between these girls. He let his mouth open to reveal a toothy grin, lowering his glass to the table.
“Yess!” Emily twirled around, pumping her fists into the air. Shane listened as a hearty laugh bellowed out of the farmer. All eyes on them.
With all of them so close, Shane could see the farmer so clearly. Her skin looked soft, albeit a bit red with work. Her eyes were a vibrant shade of green, contrasting extraordinarily with that freshly dyed red head of hers. She had a tiny, pointed nose, and her lips were thin, teeth pearly. His eyes lingered on her lips a bit longer, before tracing the rest of her face. Wrinkles were forming on the sides of her eyes, smile lines etching her face. He let himself wonder. How old was she? What’s her last name? Where did she come from? How was she so good with Jas? Why did Marnie like her so much?
It’s clear why, idiot, look at her.
“This is just what Jas needed,” he heard a soft whisper beside him, and broke his gaze away from the farmer to find Marnie next to him. Shane cleared his throat and looked back at his drink.
“Yeah…” he spoke involuntarily, sucking his lips in. Marnie’s stare was burning a hole in him, and he let out an exasperated sigh, “what?”
“Nothing,” air escaped Marnie’s nose with a bit of pressure, a small laugh breaking away from her before she turned her attention back to the girls, “nothing at all.”
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softstardewimagines · a year ago
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Friday Night || Shane x Reader
It was just another Friday night in Pelican Town. The small saloon was filled with bright laughter and cheery chatter. Nearly every seat at every table was filled, and Shane could name them all. 
At one table, there was his aunt Marnie making heart eyes at Mayor Lewis - kinda gross, if you asked him. Not too far away were Leah and Elliott, who he didn’t really know too well, but it sure as hell was amusing seeing Elliott get near-wasted after a single drink, embarrassing Leah to death as Pam encouraged him, loving the entertainment.
In front of him at the bar was Gus, the saloon owner who was a pretty nice and caring guy, and Emily, someone he wondered if he could consider a friend; both people he’s spilled his heart out to more times than he’d like to admit. A bit embarrassing, but they weren’t judgmental and truly only wanted the best for him, so he couldn’t be too upset about it. 
He also never found himself too upset with Clint, who sat with Willy and frequently gave Shane dirty yet heartbroken looks every time Emily approached Shane. He was kind of pathetic really, even more pathetic than he was. The guy lived alone for crying out loud, so Shane tried to just ignore him rather than make the situation somehow worse by talking to him. 
And of course there was the loud trio in the back of the saloon, the young adults that somehow acted like they were still in high school. Believe him, Shane would know, he had to put up with Sam at work. Sam, the kid who played air guitar with the sopping-wet mop. 
Shane knew these people, and they more-or-less knew him. Yet on this Friday night, surrounded by all his neighbours, he still felt alone. 
“They’re not here yet, huh?” Before him, leaning on the counter with a bright smile, was Emily. For a moment, Shane wondered how sad he looked - was it that obvious? 
He softly swished the glass of sparkling water around, “Nah, not yet. Could be busy tonight.” It was already nearing nine o’clock, and they were usually here around seven or eight. He knew they could be running late, but he couldn’t help but feel that they wouldn’t be showing up tonight. Shane never liked to get his hopes up anyway, and he kicked himself a bit for being so disappointed about this. They were allowed to be busy, it’s not like they had any kind of obligation to hang out with him every Friday night!
Hearing a snort from Emily, he glanced up to see her watching the door as it flew open. “About time!” She teased, and he followed her gaze.
Shutting the door behind them with a bashful smile was the farmer, “I’m sorry! The farm’s been getting a bit much to handle, I’ve been running around like mad all day.” Shane felt his heart skip a beat. He felt warmer, like they were the sun lighting up the saloon, as cheesy as it was. He couldn’t help feeling this way - they were one of his closest friends, he was allowed to think of them like this, right?
They approached their usual seat, a barstool right next to Shane, whose hands suddenly felt clammy as they always tend to do around the farmer. “So, how are you guys doing?” 
Emily prepared the farmer’s usual drink - a cool glass of iced tea - with a grin. “Pretty good! Some of my friends flew by today, they look as beautiful as ever.” Right, her friends, parrots. Sometimes Shane wondered who loved animals more, Emily or his aunt Marnie. 
The farmer’s gaze then fell on Shane, who simply shrugged as he took a sip of his own drink. “Been alright, work’s work.” He couldn’t help but notice Emily slowly slip out of the conversation, heading over to Gus. As much as he liked Emily, he felt a little grateful to spend some alone time with the farmer. Again, he just wanted to hang out with his good friend! Nothing non-platonic about that. Right? The thought of this sounding like he was attempting to convince himself rather than stating facts crossed his mind, which he tried to ignore.
“Morris annoying as ever?” The farmer teased, and Shane let out a groan with a roll of his eyes, getting an immediate chuckle from the farmer. 
“Yoba, you won’t believe what happened today,” The farmer leaned forward, their eyes brightening. Shane loved telling them stories, and they especially loved hearing about his hell of a job. “Morris nearly fired Sam. On the spot.” 
“No!” The farmer exclaimed, eyes wide. “How the hell did that happen?” 
“You know how Pierre and Morris have that rivalry going on?” 
“Mhm,” The farmer nodded as they took a sip of their drink.
“Well, Morris found out that Sam’s close friends with Abigail, Pierre’s daughter. He had a fit.” Shane paused to take a sip of his own drink before continuing. “Said that if Sam was like, ‘conspiring’ with the ‘enemy’, that he could look for a job elsewhere.” 
“Wow, harsh.” 
“Yeah, I had to step in and calm things down - me, of all people.” Shane said with a sarcastic chuckle.
Something about that made the farmer burst out laughing. Maybe it was the thought of Shane having to mediate that situation to save Sam’s ass, or maybe it was just how Shane sounded when he said it. Either way, it seemed hilarious to them. Their laughter was infectious, and Shane found himself laughing along before he knew it. 
“Pfft, oh my- Shane, Shane look!” The farmer grabbed Shane’s arm, pointing not-so-discreetly to Elliott, who was starting to dance with Pam right next to the jukebox. Both of them were drunk as hell, stumbling over their feet and flailing their arms wildly. The pair watching them could do nothing but laugh even harder. The farmer let out a snort, and Shane tore his gaze away from the dancing duo to look at them and oh.
‘Oh wow,’ was all Shane could think in the moment. They looked absolutely… flawless. Their big smile was stretched across their face, cheeks flushed red, eyes teary from laughter. They had never looked more amazing - of course, they always looked great, but this? Shane felt his laughter begin to slow as he just gazed at them, lost in thought. If he could pick any moment of his life to take a picture and frame it up forever, it would be this one, no doubt about it.
Slowly, the farmer quieted down and they took notice of Shane’s staring. They wiped their eyes and gave Shane a crooked smile, “You good?” 
Shane, now hyper-aware of his staring, quickly glanced away. “Yeah! Yeah, I’m good.” He felt his cheeks redden - he probably looked at the farmer like his aunt looks at the mayor. Gross. His eyes began to widen as he realized ‘oh shit, I just looked at the farmer like how my aunt looks at the mayor.’ Alright, maybe things weren’t as platonic as he had hoped.
The all-too-familiar anxious thoughts began to rise in his mind as he realized how strong his feelings for the farmer truly were. Shane felt sick and a little dizzy as they swarmed his mind for a brief moment. 
The sound of Emily setting down a tray in front of the two distracted him. She had brought them a pizza, “Fresh out of the oven, on the house!” 
“Awh this looks amazing, thanks Emily!” The farmer grinned, grabbing a slice. With a wink, Emily turned around, leaving the two alone once more. Watching Emily walk away, Shane tried to calm himself down. 
He looked back at the farmer, who caught his gaze and gave him a warm smile, making his heart race. Picking up a slice of pizza, Shane started to feel at ease again. Times like these were his favourite, he couldn’t let it go to waste by worrying about his own dumb thoughts and feelings. 
Sure, he was terrified. He hated dealing with his own feelings, and he knew he’d have to deal with his feelings towards the farmer sooner or later. But right now, all he really wanted was to just split a pizza and enjoy their company.
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somedew-fictions · 2 years ago
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15 w/ Shane apologizing to the farmer
1462 words - Shane x GN Farmer (pre-relationship) [WHOLESOME ALERT]
#15 “Please stop and listen to me.”
The farmer steps into the clearing in the woods, dressed for the flower dance. This is their second ever flower dance and they know exactly who they are going to ask to dance: Shane. Last year he had originally declined, forcing them to instead take up Emily’s kind offer instead, but now they are better prepared to ask him.
Shane has grown a lot over the last year and the farmer has actually gotten to know him to the point that now they are actually friends. The farmer knows Shane isn’t one for dancing, but when they mentioned it the week before he had given them a small smile and mused to them with a “maybe” behind a suppressed chuckle of amusement and slight rosy cheeks.
The farmer goes around and greets their friends in town, complimenting everybody’s attire and mentioning how beautiful the weather is to keep conversation light. Time always seems to stop during town festivals, but that is just because of how fun they are; time flies and before you know it, its 10 pm and everybody has to head home.
Across the clearing the farmer spots Haley practicing her dance moves as Alex watches, the slightest hint of color across his cheeks as he tries to keep his calm composure. Close by, relaxing in the shade of a tree, is Shane. He is watching Jas play with Vincent near by, his body completely relaxed.
The farmer excuses themselves from their conversation with Gus about his cooking before they begin to move across the grass towards him, their smile growing into a genuine grin. His face is freshly shaven, his shirt is free from wrinkles, and his tie is miraculously not already undone. He has cleaned himself up so nicely, and the farmer secretly hopes they are the reason behind it.
As the farmer approaches they can suddenly see Penny standing on the other side of the tree, her hand over her mouth to stifle a giggle. She leans across the tree towards Shane and whispers something close to his ear which makes his calm expression crack into a smirk, an eyebrow raised at her before he begins to chuckle.
Penny proceeds to laugh but Shane beacons her back in close where he whispers something back. She throws her head back into a fit of giggles, serving a perfect slap to Shane’s shoulder playfully as he continues to chuckle, his smile radiating.
The farmer stops advancing towards him, their smile thinning away. They don’t know how to react, and before they know it, watching Shane and Penny converse for who knows how long, Mayor Lewis calls for the dance to begin.
The farmer watches as Shane glances around before scratching the back of his head and looking back to Penny. He offers his hand to her and she takes it, accepting his offer.
The farmer’s heart drops into their stomach, their jaw falling slightly agape in disbelief. Had they read Shane wrong this entire time? Was his “maybe” really just a polite way of declining their offer to dance last week? The farmer feels their body tense, unable to move their limbs as the couples of youth line up to dance.
If it wasn’t for Emily once again swinging in, heading quickly over to the farmer and taking their hand to line up with the others, they would have probably just watched the premiere like an idiot, all alone on the sidelines.
“Is everything okay?” Emily whispers to the farmer as they dance, but the farmer is at a lost for words, turning on auto-pilot as they dance and completely zoning out of the whole song. Their thoughts are buzzing wildly in their head, a thousand and one thoughts fighting to be the central point that they don’t even notice Emily whispering to them as they dance with one another.
Soon after the dance is done, the farmer is sitting in the grass with a cup full of punch, deciding they want to be left alone. Leaving a festival early was always deemed as rude, so they stay only to make polite chatter with whoever ventures over to them and to keep an eye on Shane and Penny.
Time crawls by but the Sun finally sets and the air becomes cold, signaling to all the villagers that it is time to head home. The farmer stands up and helps clean up the decorations with Gus and Lewis, packing away everything into boxes and putting them away in the back of Lewis’s pickup truck for him to drive back to town.
By 11 o’clock everyone is gone and the farmer walks home alone. Wanting to get home as soon as possible, they take the short cut by Marnie’s ranch to their property, assuming Shane is already asleep.
The farmer hugs themselves to keep warm as they see the lights of Marnie’s house in the distance, breaking free from the shroud of the forest’s trees into clear view. The farmer begins to walk faster to quickly pass by her house, but to their unfortunate luck they hear the home’s door swing open and somebody’s footsteps in the grass.
“Is that my neighbor sneaking by?” Shane’s voice calls out to them, catching the farmer red handed. They step dead in their tracks, knowing they can’t make a run for it to their farm if they ever want to be able to face Shane ever again.
Taking in a deep breath, the farmer calls back, “yeah, it’s me! Just heading home!”
“You have a second to talk?” Shane asks, pulling on his jacket and approaching the farmer with a friendly smile on his face. 
“I don’t have anything to say to you,” the farmer’s words come out bitter, harsher than they intended them to be. Their words cause Shane to stop in his tracks, his smile falling away and a confused chuckle arising from his throat.
“Did...” he chuckles awkwardly. “Did I do something to make you upset?”
The farmer bites the inside of their cheek and turns their head away from him, unable to think of what they should blurt out next.
“I didn’t really get to see you at the dance,” Shane continues, shifting his weight from one foot to the other. “I was looking for you but-”
“But you were too busy flirting with Penny,” the farmer cuts him off, their tongue soaked in poison. They don’t know where these harsh statements are coming from, the words forcing their way out of their mouth before they can take them back.
Shane’s jaw falls agape in surprise before shaking away the punch the farmer had just thrown at him. “What are you talking about?”
“It was obvious, Shane,” The farmer sighs heavily, believing Shane was playing innocent. “You even asked her to be your dance partner- I thought you didn’t dance, Shane. That’s why you declined me last year, remember?”
“Please, stop and listen to me,” Shane’s voice sounds hurt, his eyes begging the farmer’s to meet his gaze. The farmer falls silent, their eyes darting around his, allowing him to speak. “Penny and I were watching Jas and Vincent playing and she was telling me embarrassing stories about them in class, not wanting them to hear. I told her some stories of Jas at home too. She is Jas’s teacher and we never really talked before because of the whole ‘drunkard’ thing,” he sights heavily. “I was waiting for you to come ask me to dance like you said you would. When I didn’t see you, I guessed you finally realized what a loser I am and changed your mind, so I asked Penny because I knew you would probably dance with Emily and Marnie would kill me if I didn’t participate.”
He drops his hands to his side in defeat, having said his piece of the story. The farmer is now left without words, their thoughts changing from targeting Shane to now targeting themselves. They were so stupid, having read everything wrong- doubting Shane...
“Shane,” the farmer meets his gaze, a frown across their face. “I’m so sorry.”
“I’m sorry too,” Shane sighs, opening his arms for a hug as the farmer quickly rushes to him to accept it. They share a tight hug, the tenseness from the entire day melting away into thin air as they realize how stupid they both had acted.
“Can I still have that dance?” the farmer whispers into his shoulder after a long pause.
“Maybe,” Shane chuckles softly, unable to hold back his smile. “Only if you promise not to tell anyone we are dancing out here in the dark like idiots.”
“Your secret is safe with me,” the farmer smiles, the two of them slowly letting go with one another.
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dukereviewsxtra · a year ago
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Duke's Monsterween: Halloweentown
Hello, I'm Andrew Leduc And Welcome Back To Duke's Monsterween...
Where We Continue Our Halloween Look At Disney...
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By Talking About Our First Disney Channel Original Movie, Which Happens To Be One Of The First Disney Channel Original Movies, Halloweentown....
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This Movie Is About A Girl Named Marnie Cromwell Who Travels To Halloweentown With Her Brother And Sister To Help Their Witch Grandmother (Played By The Late Great Debbie Reynolds) Save Halloweentown From A Darkness That's Destroying Everything...
While Also Beginning Her Training As A Witch Behind Her Mortal Insistent Mother's Back...
Will The Cromwell Family Unite And Stop This Evil?
Let's Find Out As We Watch Halloweentown...
The Film Starts In The Home Of The Cromwell Family Whose House Is Not Dressed Up For Halloween Nor Is Anyone Going Out Trick Or Treating...
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With Daughter #2, Sophie (Played By Emily Roeske) Basically Being A Wallflower, Son Dylan (Played By Joey Zimmerman) Not Really Caring...
And Daughter #1 Marnie (Played By Bringing Down The House's Kimberly J. Brown) Being Upset That Her Mother, Gwen (Played By The Original April O'Neil) Won't Let Them Go Out On Halloween For Reasons Unknown...
But When The Grandmother, Aggie Flies In On A Magic Bus From Halloweentown To Spend The Holiday With Her Family, She Attempts To Get The Kids Into The Halloween Spirit Only For Gwen To Become A Buzzkill Again And Say No...
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When The Kids Go To Bed, Aggie Reads A Story On Halloweentown To The Kids Which Pisses Off Gwen More As She Wants Marnie To Live A Normal Life Instead Of The Life Of A Witch And It May Happen If Marnie's Training Doesn't Start Tonight...
But Aside From That, Marnie Is Not The Only Reason Aggie Is There Tonight, It Turns Out That She Needs Gwen's Help Dealing With An Evil That's Turning People Evil Before They Just Disappear And Fears That This Evil Is Trying To Return Them To The Dark Times...
She's Tried Asking Other Witches And Warlocks But None Want To Help So, Instead She Figures That 2 Cromwell Witches Are Better Than One...
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But Not Wanting To Abandon Her Kids To Face Some Nameless Force, Gwen Refuses
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Which Leads Aggie To Storm Off, But Unbeknownst To Gwen And Aggie, Marnie Heard Everything...
Telling Dylan This, He Doesn't Believe Her But When They See Aggie Walking Away With Her Bag Right Behind Her, They Both Get Dressed And Sneak Out Of The House To Follow Aggie To The Halloweentown Bus Stop So They Can Sneak On-Board The Bus...
Arriving In Halloweentown, Marnie And Dylan Discover That Sophie Heard Everything They Said At Home And Followed Them Onto The Bus, They Meet The Mayor, Kalabar (A Warlock Who Knew Gwen Years Ago) Who Helps Them Go Their Grandmother's By Calling For Benny (Played By The Batman)...
Seriously, The Guy Who Voices Benny In This Voiced Batman On The Animated Series Called The Batman...
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To Take Them To Aggie's House...
Along The Way, Benny Warns Them To Be Careful Around Halloweentown As He Tells Them About A Kid Named Luke, Who Got A Nose Job And A Couple Of Warts Removed With The Help Of Some Shadow Creature...
Arriving At Aggie's, They Find That The Place Is Locked, Marnie Tries Using Her Powers But They Don't Work, Luckily, However, The Lock Comes Off When Sophie Wishes The Lock To Be Turned Into A Frog...
With The Kids Knocking On Aggie's Door, Marnie Tells Her That She's There To Start Her Training And To Fight The Darkness In Halloweentown, With Aggie Saying Okay As Long As They Get Back To The Mortal World Before Midnight...
But Despite Marnie Pointing Out That That's Only 2 Hours From Now, Aggie Points Out That Time Works Differently There With 2 Hours Being Either 2 Days Or 2 Weeks...
Looking Into Aggie's Viewing Globe...I Mean, Witches Glass, She Shows Them What The Evil Apparently Looks Like And Reveals That The Only Way To Stop It Is With A Talisman That Merlin Used To End The Dark Ages In The Mortal World Years Ago...
Aggie Attempts To Reactivate It With Instant Witches Brew But The Attempt Fails Which Leaves Her Only One Choice And That's For Her And The Kids To Gather The Ingredients For The Brew And Make It Herself...
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Meanwhile In The Mortal World, Gwen Discovers The Kids Are Gone While Aggie Relays To The Kids, A Brief History Of Halloweentown While Showing Them Around Before Running Into A Friend, Harriet, Who Has Obviously Been Transformed By The Darkness...
Telling Kalabar About It, He Apologizes For Not Taking Her Seriously And Believes She Has Uncovered Something Very Serious But Being Unsure Of The Details Himself He Tells Her To Leave It Alone For 2 Days While The Kids Are Here...
As Kalabar Leaves, Aggie Finds Sophie And Dylan But Realizes That Marnie Has Discovered The Brooms. Deciding To Get Her One Since It's A Witch's Rite Of Passage, They End Up Running Into Luks Who Flirts With Marnie Only To Get Seriously Shot Down By Her..
Deciding To Fly The Broom Out, Grandmother And Granddaughter Have Fun On Marnie's New Broom, When They Come Down They're Confronted By Gwen
And From There, It's Nothing But Bickering Which Sounds Like The Nostalgia Critic Doing An Impression Of Chris O'Donnell From Batman And Robin For A Few Minutes ...
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Either Way, Marnie Is Pissed That Gwen Wouldn't Let Her Train As A Witch As She Leaves With Gwen, Dylan And Sophie To Get A Bus Home...
Unfortunately, They're Unable To Get A Bus Home, So, They Go To See Kalabar Who Reminisces With Gwen For A Second Before Taking Off Saying That He Has To Deal With An Emergency..
Meanwhile, Aggie Runs Into Luke, Who Knows She Has Merlin's Talisman And That The Person He Works For Wants It, Telling Luke To Take Her To Him, They Walk Down The Street To The Old Movie Theater...
With Sophie Seeing Them, Marnie Knows Something's Up And Takes Off Despite Gwen Telling Her To Stop...
Once Inside, Aggie Is Confronted By The Darkness Who Is Revealed To Be The Shadow Creature That Benny Told The Kids About...
With The Creature Demanding The Talisman, Aggie Refuses Which Leads Him To Start Blasting At Aggie...
But When Marnie, Gwen And The Kids Enter, The Creature Blasts Both Gwen And Aggie Freezing Them...
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With Aggie Telling Marnie And The Kids To Go, They Decide To Try To Save Them By Continuing Aggie's Mission By Getting The Ingredients For Merlin's Talisman...
It's Here We Get A Small Montage Of The Kids Getting The 3 Ingredients Around Halloweentown, Like They Get A Hair Of A Werewolf From A Werewolf Barber, They Get Sweat Of A Ghost From A Ghost In A Sauna And They Get Fang Of A Vampire From A Vampire At At A Dentist's Office...
After Ditching A Monstrous Benny, Marnie Creates The Witch's Brew For The Talisman But Sadly She Doesn't Remember The Spell, Luckily, Sophie Does And When They Both Say It Together, The Talisman Lights Up...
Going To The Theatre, They Try Using It On Gwen And Aggie, But It Doesn't Work On Them, This Leads Marnie To Remember That Aggie Said They Had To Install It But As To Where? Well, As Marnie Puts It, Where Do You Put A Candle On Halloween?
But Before She Can Get To The Pumpkin In Town Square, Marnie Is Confronted By Luke, Who Warns Her That The Shadow Creature Is Waiting For Her And That He Knows That She'll Attempt To Save Her Grandmother...
Despite Not Trusting Him, Luke Tells Her To Get Down As The Sky Turns Dark And The Shadow Creature Appears On City Hall Where He's Revealed To Be Kalabar, Who Wishes To Use The Creatures Of Halloweentown To, You Guessed It, Take Over The Mortal World...
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But When He Spots Marnie, He Freezes Her Only To Discover That He Froze Luke And That Marnie Is At The Pumpkin...
Unfortunately Though He Does Hit Marnie And Freeze Her Before She Can Install The Talisman But Luckily The Talisman Falls In And Land Where It's Supposed To...
With Gwen And Aggie Returned To Normal, They Confront Kalabar Who Reveals That He Did This Because Gwen Chose A Human Over Him...
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Pulling The Talisman Out Of The Pumpkin, The Cromwells (Including Dylan) Unite Their Powers Together To Get The Talisman Back And Defeat Kalabar, As He Sounds Like Darth Vader When He's Defeated...
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With Gwen Apologizing To Marnie, She Goes To Check On Luke Afterwards As He's Revealed To Be A Goblin Who Only Did What He Did Because Kalabar Made Him Handsome, Either Way Though Him And Marnie Make Up...
I Would Say Become Love Interests But He Doesn't Appear In Either The 3rd Or The 4th One...
Finally Managing To Get A Special Bus Back To The Mortal Realm, Gwen Invites Aggie To Stay With Them In The Mortal World To Help Marnie With Her Training And Also Because She's Good With The Kids...
Accepting Gwen's Offer, They Get On The Bus And Go Back To The Mortal Realm As Our Movie Ends...
And That's Halloweentown And...I Love This Movie...
It Seriously Is One Of The Best DCOMS Ever Done For The Disney Channel, The Story Is Pretty Good, The Cast Fits Well In Their Roles, The Sets (May Not Look As Creative As The Nightmare Before Christmas But They, For The Most Part) Are Pretty Good, The Make Ups Are Pretty Interesting...
Now I Know There Are People Who Believe The Acting Is Hokey, The Story Is Stupid, The Town Isn't As Creative As The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Effects Are Stupid, The Monsters Look Fake And The Bad Guy Is A Mix Of The Grim Reaper And Jim Carrey's Grinch...
But To Those People I Simply Say To Turn Off Your Brains And To Think Like A Child For Five Seconds And You Might Find You Like This Movie...
But There's Another Reason That I Like This Movie And That's Because My Grandmother Loved This Movie Because Debbie Reynolds Was In It And I Used To Watch All The Movies With Her Almost Every Halloween Until Her Death...
And It's Because Of That And Because It's A Great Movie That I Definitely Say To See It...
Till Next Time, This Is Duke, Signing Off...
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sdvvillagers · 2 years ago
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Can you write something for Marlon/Marnie please? Like Marlon sees Marnie's upset about something (or someone coughcoughlewiscough) and wants to ask what's up?
This ended up way longer than I intended it to be, I’m sooo sorry.  LOL!  Enjoy!
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It wasn't often that Marlon was able to make it into town, his stiff leg made it difficult to walk up and down the mountain and as a result he led a fairly secluded life.  It could get lonely at times, but at the very least he had Gil to keep him company.  However, there was always something about the community events in Pelican Town that Marlon enjoyed.  Perhaps it was being able to watch the town dynamic from a distance or feeling the sense of community that took over when everyone came together, but he enjoyed the few times a year that he trekked down the mountain to join the villagers of Pelican Town in celebration.
Marlon was rather excited for today, it was the annual Flower Dance and although he was never one to step out onto the dance floor, it was still refreshing to watch the dance take place and to see the young couples of Pelican Town bask in the glow of their budding relationships.  It made him happy to see that life in Pelican Town was moving on around him and that the villagers were flourishing.  As it got closer to the start of the dance, Marlon waved goodbye to Gil as he headed out the door.  Gil always chose to stay at home, preferring his peace, quiet, and solitude.  It was a long, exhausting trek into the forest and there were many times that he had to stop to rest his leg for a moment, but he finally made it all the way out to Cindersnap Forest only slightly late.
As he entered the clearing where the dance was held, he scanned the crowd to try to find the best place to stand so that he wasn't in the way, but could still watch the festivities.  Because of his secluded life, it wasn’t often that he was able to socialize with others, not many people sought him out at these events.  As he scanned the crowd, his eye fell on Marnie in a beautiful pale green gown, her hair twisted up loosely on top of her head as small, delicate ringlets framed the sides of her face.  She was looking particularly lovely today.  Marlon noticed that Marnie appeared upset about something as she spoke to Mayor Lewis quietly in a corner of the field.  As Marlon approached, he could begin to overhear their conversation.
"You know why we can't," he heard Lewis whisper.
"That's all I ever hear is all the reasons why we CAN'T, I never hear any reasons why we CAN," Marnie answered harshly.  Marlon could see a small glint of sunlight reflecting in the corners of Marnie's eyes where tears began to form.
"We can talk about this later, just not here," Lewis whispered urgently.  "I have to start the dance soon, we can talk later when things are more... private."  Lewis scanned the crowd to make sure there was no one listening in and Marlon quickly turned his gaze elsewhere.
"I can't talk about this with you anymore," Marnie sighed in frustration.  "Go start the dance and just... just leave me alone."
Lewis didn't need telling twice, he swiftly crossed the field to distance himself from Marnie and stood in the middle of the open field, clearing his throat to get the attention of the eager crowd.
"Well, should we start the dance now?" Lewis asked the crowd in a loud, booming voice.
The villagers all started clapping and a few gave cheers and yells of approval.  Meanwhile, Marlon turned to look at Marnie and saw that she was still standing in the same corner of the field, sniffling and wiping her eyes.  Everyone was so focused on the dance that was about to begin that no one noticed Marnie trying to subdue her tears.  As the music for the dance began to play, Marlon approached Marnie with a soft, understanding smile.
"Are you okay, Miss?" Marlon asked gently.
"Oh, sorry," Marnie uttered, jumping slightly as she was taken off guard by Marlon's sudden appearance.  She quickly wiped her face on the sleeve of her dress to dry her eyes, though it slightly smeared her makeup.  When she noticed the makeup smudges on her dress she let out a high-pitched shriek of frustration.
"This is just not my day today," Marnie went on with a groan, more to herself than to Marlon.
"Anything I can do to help?" Marlon asked kindly.
"I'm afraid not," Marnie replied sadly.  "I just was so looking forward to this festival and now... now it's just the same depressing festival that it's always been."
"How so?" Marlon asked curiously.
"Love is in the air... and I'm still single," she commented with a wistful sigh, looking out at the group of young couples dancing happily together.
"Ah, yes, I understand," Marlon replied with a nod.  "Lucky for you, you're not the only one, Miss."  Marlon gestured a hand toward the crowd of onlookers which included Clint, Gus, Linus, Lewis, and Willy.
"I don't know, I guess I'm just feeling rather closed off today," Marnie said, looking away from the crowd.  "It's... complicated.  I thought I was going to be dancing with someone today and it turns out I probably never will.  I don't really feel much like dancing anymore."
"I couldn't dance even if I had the opportunity to," Marlon said with a slight chuckle, slapping his palm against his stiff leg.  "I barely made it here on this damn leg, there's no way it could survive a foray onto the dance floor.  I’ll be spending the afternoon just sitting back watching the festivities take place as I do every year.  Sometimes it’s nice just to be an observer and to watch the scene unfold before you.  There’s a lot you can discover about this town just by watching.”
“That actually DOES sound nice,” Marnie said with a nod.  Marlon noticed a small smile begin to form in the corners of her lips, the first smile he had seen from her all morning.  “Mind if I join you?”
“Not at all, Miss,” Marlon replied with a warm smile.
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pelican-town-imagines · 2 years ago
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Farmer has spread the news that they caught Marnie and Lewis going at it in the bushes! What are the most exciting reactions to this scandal??
“Jodi! You have to hear what the farmer just told me at the shop!” Caroline said as she stepped up to Jodi in the town square.
“Oh? What is it?” Jodi replied.
“They accidentally stumbled upon Lewis and Marnie in the bushes!” Caroline whispered conspiratorially.
“No!” Jodi gasped. “Really?”
“Apparently they were both quite embarrassed and it sounded like Lewis even tried to bribe the farmer not to tell anyone.”
“He didn’t! Lewis?”
“I know! I never would have expected such behavior from him!”
“Marnie too, I always thought she had a good head on her shoulders.”
Meanwhile, back at the general store Abigail was leaning over the counter to talk to her father.
“Do you think the farmer was telling the truth?” she asked with bright eyes.
“I don’t know, but I see no reason why they would lie about something like this.” Pierre said.
“But the mayor and Marnie? Really? I never expected those two to hook up.” Abigail snickered.
“You’re right, I had always figured Lewis preferred his bachelor life.” he mused.
“I can’t believe they were making out in the bushes!”
“Quiet, Abigail, you don’t want to be shouting such things.”
Soon enough, though, the whole town knew of the affair. Marnie and Lewis were, of course, mortified, but everyone mostly seemed to just think it was hilarious. Some (mostly the younger folk) thought it was weird these two, mature adults had been acting like teenagers. George was the most vocal in his disgust, but other than him the town seemed fine with just poking fun at the ridiculousness of their actions. Shane was embarrassed on his aunt’s behalf and Jas didn’t really understand why Aunt Marnie was so upset. She liked Mayor Lewis, was it bad for Marnie to like him too?
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bokunobirthdays · 2 years ago
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I see no god up here other than me-
Elliott - My boy! My favorite boy! I literally love him so much, he’s just so good. We are to be married in the Spring (if it ever rains). And if Emily will ever gift me some freaking cloth.
Jas - She’s just so cute. Her purple hair is adorable and I love her little bow. I just wish she would feel more comfortable around me.
Vincent - He’s just a good little boy and I love him. He always talks about his dad and I don’t know what I’ll do with myself if he doesn’t come back. Also, he just wants to be like his sunshiny big brother and that’s so pure.
You’re the best-
Willy - A kind old man. I hate crafting in this game, so he supplies me with all of my crab pots so I can catch Elliott some lobsters. Thank you, Willy.
Sebastian - One time his mom called him “Sebby” and I think about that constantly. He’d definitely be my favorite if not for Elliott and I really want to ride on his motorcycle. Also he plays synth like ya boi.
Sam - The best big brother, a sunshiny boy. Honestly, I ship him with Sebastian because they have the best dynamic.
Evelyn - How could I not love her? She’s just a kind old lady. I recently found out that she and her family have a canon last name, but I can’t remember it for the life of me. It’s so cute how part of routine involves just checking out the flowers.
Robin - She is singlehandedly the reason I can get married to Elliott and have his children. Thank you, my queen.
George - He’s a bit cranky and insociable sometimes, but he can be really nice when he wants to be and I can appreciate that.
Hey, I think you’re pretty cool, I like you a lot-
Abigail - She was definitely the first to catch my eye, but she hasn’t grown on me as much as a lot of the other characters have. She’s really pretty, though, and she plays the drums. That’s pretty rad.
Jodi - I just think she’s neat.
Penny - She’s really cute and I can appreciate her singlehandedly educating the children of the community. But she looks really sad sometimes and I don’t know what’s up with that. I just want to know how I can help her.
Leah - She’s actually one of my lowest bachelorettes, hearts-wise, only ahead of Haley and Harvey. I’d talk to her a lot more often because I really like her, but our schedules just clash so badly that I never get to see her naturally.
Alex - I HATED him at first because he was just a douchebag, but now that he’s warming up to me, he’s gotten a lot better. Now he’s just a nice himbo and I can respect that.
Caroline - One time she complained to me about Abigail’s dyed hair, but I’m so confused, her hair is   g r e e n.
Emily - Please Emily, just give me your cloth. I’m begging you. it’s all I need in this life. I got two pearls (which are supposed to be rarer than cloth, but whatever), now all I need is some cloth. I give you presents all the time, just give me your cloth. Please. Emily. I need it. I check my mail every morning for your gift of cloth. But I am disappointed each time. I beg you, Emily. Cloth. Just one word. I know you have extra. CLOTH EMILY. THE C L O T H-
I remember you -
Maru - Idk, she just hasn’t really grown on me. She’s cool and pretty cute, but I just can’t get into her like I can some of the other characters. Plus, every time I talk to her, all I can think about is the family tension between Demetrius and Sebastian.
Haley - I don’t hate her and I never have, but she’s just a blonde. That might change as I get to know her like it did with Alex, but I don’t even want to get to know her. Alex had some potential because he seemed interesting, but Haley just looks like she’ll still be as arrogant and annoying as she is right now.
Linus - He’s helped me out, I’ve helped him out. It’s mutually beneficial.
Demetrius - I love it when I talk to him while he’s working or observing or whatever he does and he says, “I’m taking a break from my work,” like, no you’re not. You’re literally working as I’m speaking to you. But whatever.
Pierre - He helps me make money. What else can I say?
Clint - He’s portrayed as having romantic feelings for Emily and I really don’t know how to feel about that.
Shane - Like Alex, I didn’t like him at first. He was just a no good, jerky drunk. But my best friend married him in her first playthrough and encouraged me to get to know him. So, I did, and he is slightly less jerky now.
The Governor - *shrug*
Gus - I keep waiting for him to put pink cake back in his stock so I can get some for Jas and Vincent, but I missed my one opportunity.
Harvey - I cannot take him seriously as a bachelor. Maybe it’s just because I don’t like his mustache, but he just seems too old. Idk.
Mayor Lewis - Sometimes he compliments me on my farm, but then sometimes he makes fun of it and I’m not here for that
Marlon - He’s the only name I’ve had to look up so far if that tells you anything.
Pam - I just feel bad for Penny because of Pam, but I know she’s trying and I don’t want to hate her.
Marnie - I do not like her relationship with Mayor Lewis, it’s quite upsetting. But she makes sure I can get chicks, so that’s pretty cool of her.
Gunther - I had absolutely no interest in filling up the museum at first, but then I found out how cheap everything sold for, I decided I might as well. He gives me gifts, so I guess I can’t complain.
Wizard - I have so many things I could give him as gifts, but I just don’t want to give them to him. Besides, his house is so unnecessarily hard to get to, so I don’t want to bother putting in the effort.
I haven’t met you yet-
Kent - He’s the only one I’m including because I met him after I made the list, but before I made my thoughts. I don’t know where I’d put him. Probably in “Hey, I think you’re pretty cool, I like you a lot” because he seems like a good dad. He’s not bad, but he doesn’t stand out all that much either.
You are literally the worst. Actual scum. Leave this planet and never return-
Morris - Penny keeps telling me about how her mom has to go to the Jojamart for shopping because things are cheaper there. Even though I’ve never shopped there (I’m a loyal customer of Pierre’s), I’m pretty sure things are more expensive. But I could be wrong, idk. Anyway, I hate him.
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katedoesfics · 2 years ago
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Honey & Vinegar: Chapter 2
After their less than ideal interaction with Abigail, Pip opted to stay hidden on the farm. They spent the next few days clearing the land, which consisted of tossing rocks into the nearby forest, stopping to snack, pulling some weeds, stopping to chase after a butterfly, kicking at a larger rock when they tripped over it, cursing at the rock when they stubbed their toe, and getting tangled up in some bushes only to roll away in the dirt, defeated. This farming thing was just not what Pip had expected.
It wasn’t long before Pip had another unexpected visitor. This time from a homely looking woman with curly brown locks that would have made her very pretty if it weren’t so… messy. Her overall appearance seemed messy, and it made her look older. Yet something seemed to suggest she wasn’t as old as she appeared.
Pip certainly wasn’t one to judge, but they had to force a smile as the woman approached in case she read any of these thoughts on Pip’s face. The woman, however, seemed not to notice.
“Hi there,” she said as she approached. “Uh, Mayor Lewis mentioned someone new had moved in.” She turned and pointed south of the farm, towards the forest. “I live on the ranch just down there,” she said. She turned back and held a hand out. “My name’s Marnie.”
Pip took the woman’s hand and offered one, short shake. “Pip,” they said simply.
“Nice to meet you, Pip,” she said, offering a warm smile. “I hope you’re settling in well?”
Pip hesitated, looking around the farm. “I’m not much of a farmer,” they admitted. “But, yeah, you know, I’m settled.”
“Well,” Marnie started. “If you need any help with anything, you know where I am. I sell a few supplies in the shop and have some animals for sale if you’re interested in getting some critters here. Every farm needs some animals.”
Admittedly, Pip was not much of a fan of animals. They were big and intimidating, to say the least.
“Or, you know,” Marnie started, hesitant, reading the look of fear on Pip’s face. “You don’t need any animals.” She cleared her throat and changed the subject. “What do you plan on doing here, anyway?”
Pip shrugged and continued to look around the farm. “Well, us fairies are known for our love of alcohol,” they said. “I was thinking of trying out some of my own recipes.”
“My nephew, Shane, will just love you,” Marnie said with a grin. “He’s a bit of an alcohol fanatic, too.” Her smile disappeared for a moment and she grew quiet. Pip watched as a flash of pain seemed to cross Marnie’s face before she smiled again. “The saloon in town keeps pretty busy at night. I’m sure Gus would love to have something from you on tap.”
Pip shrugged. “Yeah, maybe.”
“Well, if you need some strong arms around here,” Marnie continued. “Come get Shane or I. We’ll be happy to help you out.”
“I got it,” Pip said, more defensively than they meant it to be. They didn’t want to look like a total failure to these people. “Thanks,” they added quickly. “I’ll let you know if I do.”
Pip watched as Marnie made her way back home, waving goodbye quickly over her shoulder before she disappeared into the woods. Pip sighed and sat on the large rock that was still stuck in the ground. Maybe they could work around the rock. It wasn’t too inconveniently placed, anyway. Besides, they only needed enough space cleared for some crops. Pip certainly didn’t plan on clearing all of the land. There was no need for barns for animals, that was for sure.
Pip got back to their feet and looked around at their progress. Most of the space around the cabin had been cleared. Pip cocked their head to the side as they tried to envision the farm. They could build a shed right beside the old green house (and get that fixed up, too) and plant crops in the space in front of the shed and green house. That would make everything easily accessible and would save Pip from trecking across the farm every day. Then, they wouldn’t have to clear anything else. It wasn’t worth the frustration, anyway. It was already going to be a lot to keep up with, between the crops, the aging, the brewing - what had they gotten themselves into?
Pip looked up into the sky. It was still early in the day. They weren’t particularly eager to get back to work, but with nothing else to do, Pip eventually began weeding and pulling rocks up once more. By the end of the week, they guessed, they would have enough land clear to begin planting crops for the spring season.
It wasn’t long, however, before another curious visitor made their way to the farm, much to Pip’s dismay. Why did humans always feel a need to intrude on others? If Pip wanted to make friends with the locals, than they’d be in town doing just that.
Pip couldn’t be too upset at the little girl, though, as she made her way carefully to the stranger. She smiled and watched Pip for a moment. Pip ignored the girl as they pulled up some more weeds and tossed them to the side into a wheelbarrow.
“Are you really a fairy?” the girl finally asked. Her eyes were wide and bright as she looked at Pip.
Pip sat back on their heels and finally acknowledged the girl. Was it not obvious enough by the purple skin and wings? Pip sighed and bit their tongue. “Yes. I’m a fairy.”
“Aunt Marnie said you were!” she said excitedly. “Shane said fairies don’t exist anymore, but I knew he was wrong!”
Pip stood and brushed off their pants. “Well, we do exist,” the said, forcing a small smile to the girl.
“I knew it,” she said, a little softer this time. “Can you do magic and stuff?”
Pip shrugged. “A little bit, yeah. I’ve never been very good at it, though.”
“Did you know a wizard lives here?” she said, the enthusiasm still pouring out of her. “I bet he could teach you some stuff.”
“I know the wizard,” Pip said with a slight tone of annoyance. The girl did not pick up on this.
“He has purple hair, just like me! And you are purple, too!”
“What a coincident,” Pip said flatly.
“I bet that means I’m like, a witch or a fairy or something, too.”
“Does Marnie know you’re here?” Pip asked, an eyebrow raised.
This seemed to catch the girl off guard. “Uh, um, no,” she stuttered. “Not really.”
“You’re probably not supposed to be talking to strangers, right?”
The excitement was completely gone from her face now. The girl seemed uneasy. “No, I’m not,” she said softly. “But, no one here is a stranger. I know everyone that lives here.”
“You don’t know me,” Pip pointed out.
The girl smiled. “What’s your name?” she asked, happy to have seemingly found a loop hole. Pip couldn’t be a stranger if they got to know each other.
Pip sighed. “My name is Pip.”
“My name is Jas,” she said happily. “Now we’re not strangers!”
“Look,” Pip said. “I have a lot of work to do here, and you should probably get home before your aunt gets worried.”
Jas’s smile disappeared for a moment. “Okay,” she said. The smile returned. “Can I come back and visit tomorrow?”
Pip sighed and returned to pulling weeds out of the ground. “I don’t know. Maybe. Only if it’s okay with your aunt Marnie.” Maybe, if Pip was lucky, Marnie would say no to the little girl.
Jas didn’t seem to think so, however. She jumped up and down excitedly before taking off across the farm. “Bye, Pip!” she called over her shoulder.
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tilthecowscomehome · 5 months ago
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The View From Down Here - Chapter 9
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Shane doesn't want to dance, but Jas does.
Whole chapter, since I've technically already posted this one to tumblr before with slight changes.
Wine. His worst enemy. But it was the only alcohol being served at this damn thing, so he gave in to a glass. It made him loopier than normal.
“Shane! Uncle Shane!” Jas called from the distance, “Vincent isn’t dancing. Why?”
“Oh-“ Shane was caught off guard by the question, feeling uneasy, “uh, I dunno kiddo. Shy?”
“Shy? Vincent? Yeah right,” Jas scoffed, folding her arms. He couldn’t help but smirk.
“Well, yeah, Jas,” he chuckled, crouching down to become eye level with her, “even if he seems like he’s not, he’s probably shy about this particular…situation.”
“Why,” Jas continued scoffing, eyes rolling into the back of her skull.
“Uhm, I guess you just have to understand when your older?” Shane wasn’t sure how to approach this subject with Jas, wishing Marnie was closer, but she was fully encapsulated by the Mayor.
“I just want to be a part of the dance!” Jas pouted, stomping a foot.
“I know,” Shane sighed, peering into his wine glass, unsure of how to help.
“VINCENT!” Jas hollered, stomping away. Shane let himself smile, enjoying Jas’ tenacity. She learned long ago to take care of herself, to Shane’s dismay. In the corner of his eye, he spotted some brilliant red hair make way onto the field, covered by a white sun hat. He let his gaze lift to see her more clearly. The farmer clutched her purse close to her, eyes darting every which way. He tilted his head as he observed her. As her eyes scanned the area, he didn’t want her to catch him staring, so his eyes plunged back into his glass. Albeit he let his gaze rise just a bit so he could carry on viewing her, interested if she would fall back into her usual group of the dumb kids. He took in her appearance, she looked nicer than she usually does: she bothered to slap on a flowy blue dress and some sandals, a nice change up from her usual overalls and boots. Her hair sat upon her shoulders, a bit wavy, a little unruly. Shane’s bottom lip subconsciously withdrew between his teeth.
She looks cute.
STOP. He cleared his throat and brought the bitter drink to his lips, sucking it down. Getting more intoxicated would help this whole thing along. He looked up at the sound of Jas once more, but it was in the same direction as the farmer.
“Farmer Charlie!” Jas threw herself at the farmer. She seems to be her favorite person at the moment. Penny was her favorite for so long, but that title seems to have been passed on now.
“Farmer Charlie,” a voice, amused, called from the side. The dark, broody, emo one approached them, followed by Sam and the purple girl.
Purple girl, you’re one to talk, huh? Broody…
Shane let his gaze drop back into his glass, but his ears were wide open. What better things did he have to do than to listen? Justification.
“You came! Yay!” Jas hopped off her legs, clapping excitedly.
“Ha, yeah-“ Charlotte started.
“Glad you came.” Sam continued.
“You should dance with Miss Penny, she’s a great dancer!” Jas pushed, pointing at Penny who was caught up in conversation with another girl. Shane couldn’t help but lift his head up, bemused at this interaction.
“Oh-uh, I-“ Charlotte stuttered, looking up at Penny, who turned her head to smile warmly at her.
“Nope, that’s my dance!” Sam proclaimed, hands on his hips. Penny’s smile seemed to grow.
“Aw,” Charlotte hummed, smiling up at Sam.
“Well, what about him?” Jas frowned, looking up at the broody one, her nose crinkling a bit at the thought. Shane rolled his eyes as he listened.
“And that’s my dance,” Abigail hooked her arm into Sebastian’s, who’s head turned away from her “or else I won’t have one…and mom will be irritated to say the least.”
“Well!” Jas eyebrows fused together, looking fairly irritated, “farmer Charlie has to dance!”
Charlotte let out a hearty laugh and clasped her hands over Jas’ cheeks, looking kindly down at her, “Jas, it’s okay! I’m not upset-”
“No!” Jas balled up her fists and pulled them next to her sides, turning her head to scan the crowd “uhm…OH! My uncle Shane!”
Charlotte froze in her tracks. She heard her three ‘friends’ burst into laughter next to her. She pursed her lips together and lifted her eyes from Jas, checking the field. Then they landed on Shane. He was already staring at her, concern painted upon his face as well, a death grip on his empty glass.
“Yeah, he needs a partner!” Jas beamed, grabbing Charlotte’s hand. Shane felt his heart begin thumping harder than he’s felt in a long time as his goddaughter and the farmer approached, ever faster. He nearly dropped his glass, but managed to maintain composure. He twisted his head around to the familiar voice of Emily chatting behind him.
“Emily!” He called, panicking. Emily looked up at him inquisitively. She began strolling towards him, “we’re dancing, right?”
Jas stopped in front of him and let her face fall into a frown once more. Charlotte’s cheeks burned something fierce, embarrassment washing over her.
Damn kid.
“Huh?” Emily’s head shot forward, eyes squinting. “I thought yo-“
“We talked about it, right? The other night. Yep.”
“Uh, hmm..”
“You’re dancing with…Emily,” Jas asked, pointedly, arms crossing, eyebrow raised.
“Yep.”
“Oh,” Jas let out a disappointed sigh, buying it, then looking up at Charlotte. “I dunno who else you could dance with!”
“How about you?” Charlotte broke the tension, offering her hand to Jas. Jas tilted her head at an angle, a smile forming over her lips. Jas took in a deep breath, and then-
“Oh, YEAH!!!” Jas jumped into the air, clapping, “yes, yes, yes! Can you dance? Do you know how? I can teach you, here-let’s go!”
And with that, the girls were gone, Jas rushing them to the middle of the field for a quick lesson. Shane breathed a sigh of relief, pulling his drink to his mouth to consume, deeply. As he slurped down the last drop, he returned to the stand to get more, Emily on his tail.
“Thought you weren’t dancing?” Emily teased, hands on her hips, looking down upon him. Already the same height as Shane, she now towered over him in her boots. Shane didn’t bother to look towards her, refilling his glass. “No bother, I like dancing-oh, look at them!”
Shane looked up from his glass to see what Emily was pointing at. He watched the farmer twirl through the grass with Jas, Jas looking happier than ever. Jas had her feet on top of the farmers, letting her guide her around. He looked higher to see the farmers face, reddened likely by the sun, but full of joy. He lowered his eyes again to look at Jas.
That girl deserves the world.
He squeezed his lips again, clutching the drink tightly, intently looking down upon it.
“Jas looks happy as a clam,” Emily sighed dreamily, resting her hand on Shane’s elbow, “isn’t that sweet?”
“Hmm…” Shane hummed. He did agree. It was one of the best things he’s seen in a while. Penny was great, truly. She was so good with the kids, teaching them. But Jas just looked lost in a moment of pure bliss, doing something she wanted to do, with no restraints. Sam and Vincent were fun, but the farmer was indulging her in something that not many people would. Marnie was too busy with the mayor, Shane was too busy being neurotic and anxious.
Why can’t you do that with her?
“It is,” he conceded, sighing into his glass, turning to the table of food. He set his glass down and grabbed a plate, picking some greens onto it with a scoop of some sort of sauce.
“She’s so good with that girl,” Emily mused, wrapping her arms around her own waist, “it’s just what she needs.”
“Oh, right, and you know that, how?” Shane snapped, looking up from his plate to eye Emily. She raised her eyebrows, a playful smile upon her face-all too familiar to Shane.
“Careful,” Emily sang, pointing a finger in Shane’s face, “you want me to dance with you, right?”
“Hmph, it doesn’t matter now. Jas is distracted. Sandy won’t be jealous?” Shane teased uncharacteristically, perhaps inappropriately.
“Oh, she knows all about you,” Emily jeered with a giggle. Shane frowned, “it’s fine. She doesn’t even live here; I need someone to talk to! You’re one of the few that knows about her, aren’t you?” Emily’s voice became low, her eyes cutting into Shane.
“Sure,” Shane scoffed, looking back into his disgusting wine. “You know I don’t really care.”
“Yeah, that’s why I told you,” Emily glowered as Shane picked up his plate, shoveling a forkful into his face. Slowly, Jas and the farmer made their way closer and closer to himself and Emily.
“Mmm…excellent sauce,” Shane mused, unwillingly. He had a soft spot for spicy, “this green stuff is spicy. Yowch” he chewed quicker, eager to relieve his mouth of it, “who made this?”
“That would be me!” The farmer giggled as her and Jas inched closer, “Jas told me you guys like spicy!”
Shane glanced at her, breath caught in his throat, mouth full.
“Clever girl,” Emily bent over, slapping her hands to her knees, bringing her face close to Jas’.
“I wish you could dance with Emily,” Jas grinned, her eyes bouncing between the farmer and Emily, “she’s the best dancer.”
“Oh, you know it,” Emily reached into her dress pockets, pulling two mystery gems out and lifting them into the air, “c’mere, Jas!”
Jas began cracking up, dancing between Emily and the farmer. She was having the time of her life.
“Look at those moves!” Charlotte hollered, lifting her hands into the air as well to join the girls. Shane felt his entire body consumed in heat, but he couldn’t help but smile. His goddaughter was busting up with laughter, she looked like she was going to keel over in stitches between the girls. He let his mouth open to reveal a toothy grin, lowering his glass to the table.
“Yess!” Emily twirled around, pumping her fists into the air. Shane listened as a hearty laugh bellowed out of the farmer. All eyes on them.
With all of them so close, Shane could see the farmer so clearly. Her skin looked soft, albeit a bit red with work. Her eyes were a vibrant shade of green, contrasting with that freshly dyed red head of hers. She had a tiny, pointed nose, and her lips were thin, teeth pearly. His eyes lingered on her lips a bit longer, before tracing the rest of her face. Wrinkles were forming on the sides of her eyes, smile lines etching her face. He let himself wonder. Where has she been? Why did she come here? How was she so good with Jas? Why did Marnie like her so much?
It’s clear why, idiot, look at her.
“This is just what Jas needed,” he heard a soft whisper beside him, and broke his gaze away from the farmer to find Marnie next to him. The farmer, through her laughter, glanced at Shane and Marnie and let her eye linger a bit on them. Noticing, Shane cleared his throat and looked back at his drink hurriedly.
“Yeah…” he spoke involuntarily, sucking his bottom lip in. Marnie’s stare was burning a hole in him; he snapped his eyes up to meet hers with an annoyed twinkle, “what?”
“Nothing,” air escaped Marnie’s nose with a bit of pressure, a small laugh breaking away from her before she turned her attention back to the girls, “nothing at all.”
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