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wylan-van-eckk · 2 days ago
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random kanej headcanon because yes
!! disclaimer: this is after Crooked Kingdom, both Kaz and Inej have healed a lot!!
one time Kaz was cold
his window was open, it was late October and the temperatures had gotten considerably lower
to top it all off a cold sea breeze flew through the window
Kaz could've of course closed the window, but he wanted some clear air
his door was locked, he had no appointments
Inej had been there in the morning and she left a sweater behind
it was knitted and colourful
Kaz would never have worn it, he ignored it as well as he could
but his gaze kept flying back to it
lying there, slumped over the chair in the corner
pink and blue and red and green
it looked soft and warm
"Fuck it." Kaz muttered and got up, walking over to the chair.
he stared at it for a very long time
he ran his fingers over it
it rlly was soft
he picked it up, the nice meadow scent of Inej hanging in the air
Kaz took a deep breath, looking around to check if maybe, just maybe anyone was looking
then he pulled the sweater over his head
it fitted him perfectly, the sleeves a bit too long which only meant it was way too oversized for Inej
it was soft and warmed him up and it felt nice against the skin, much nicer than the shirts and waistcoats he usually wore
he wrapped his arms around himself, a smile playing across his lips at the comfort he felt, a feeling distant to Dirtyhands
he closed his eyes and took another deep breath of the clear air, relaxing his tense muscles and overworked mind
that was when he noticed her
he swirled around, face to face with Inej, a small smile tugging on her lips
he just stared at her for a very long time, her smile spreading into a grin as she started laughing quietly
"Shut up."
"I didn't say anything!"
"You're laughing."
"I've had a very funny day." Inej replied, her laughter getting louder. Kaz rolled his eyes, sighing.
"Okay, yes, I'm wearing your colourful sweater, I was cold." he muttered. Inej calmed her face, but he could still see the laughter on her eyes.
"I think you look adorable." Inej said, breaking back into the wide smile.
"Shut up, Inej."
"Oh, I'm sorry, am I hurting your reputation?"
"Shut up, Inej."
"Or what?"
There was a silence, a long silence, a rain starting to fall down outside. Then Kaz leaned in, wrapping his arms around Inej gently. Inej smiled, leaning closer and with her consent Kaz hugged her tighter, burying his face in her neck. They stood in the embrace for a long time, the rain getting louder. Then, after a silent moment Inej mumbled:
"You know this isn't helping your case, it just makes you cuter."
"Shut up, Inej."
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kolarpem · a day ago
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Morning Doodle: "He tightened the knot that restrained his long black hair, and folded his huge tattooed arms. 'Tamar says fears are like weeds. They grow wild if left unattended.'" Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars Ch 4
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ravenyenn19 · 16 hours ago
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MODERN KAZ BREKKER HEADCANNON:
-he grumbles about celebrating his birthday, but every year, Jesper and Inej go halvsies to book a whole day of the most challenging escape rooms they can find, they’ll even make road trips with Kaz to surprise him. Then, by the end of the day, Kaz is grinning like a kid because he got to spend the entire day solving complex puzzles for fun. 🖤
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chaoticextrovert · 2 days ago
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OKAY BUT LOVE CONFESSIONS IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE IS SUCH AN UNDERRATED TROPE
LIKE THEY THINK THEYRE BEING MADE FUN OF BUT REALLY ITS A LOVE CONFESSION AND THEY JUST DONT KNOW IT YET
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WHY ARENT AUTHORS ON TUMBLR AUTHORS SHOULD BE ON TUMBLR NOT TWITTER OR MAYBE ALONGSIDE TWITTER LEARN FROM NEIL GAIMAN Y'ALL PLEASE COME TO TUMBLR
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camille-lachenille · 2 days ago
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The Crows movie night
Once a month, the Crows meet at the Van Eck mansion for a movie night. As they can never agree on which movie to watch, everyone propose a title and Matthias or Inej, the least inclined to cheat, write the titles on a paper and put them in a bowl. Then they pick a paper and announce which movie they will watch this night.
Jesper :
- loves action movies and westerns
- pew pew, guns and action !
- his favourite movie is the Pirate of the Caribbean franchise because there are swords, fight scenes, guns, jokes and hot actors
- His favorite scene is the dice scene in Dead Man's Chest and he is the only one who figured out what happens but he never told anyone
- always comments the scenes or makes jokes, Kaz wants to murder him
- he wants to watch the movie in the every language he can think of, like Greek, Chinese Mandarin, Russian or Turkish
- loves everything shiny and colorful in the movie
Wylan :
- his favorite genre is sci-fi
- he watched a million time the Star Wars saga
- spends the whole movie tryig to figure out the special effects, how the decors were made and every crafty aspect of a movie.
- he is the kind of person who will learn by heart the whole soundtrack of every movie he likes (Kaz wanted to break his flute but Jesper threatened him)
- enjoys a good romantic subplot
- always yelling at the villain
Nina :
- spends the whole time eating sweet popcorns, waffles and candies
- she always ends up on Matthias' lap after five minutes
- talks when not eating
- alwas yelling at the characters
- falls in love with every single actor or actress
- she is fond of animated movies and her favourite ever are Howl's moving Castle and Hercules.
- occasionally laught at Matthias when he frowns or doesn't understand a joke and then kiss him
Matthias :
- he tries to ignore the fact that Nina is practically preventing him from seeing the screen because she is on his lap
- he likes old movies in black and white, especially very obscure genres like the expressionist German movies from the 1910-1930 .
- enjoys independent movies and innovative producers
- he always want to watch a movie in the original language
- watch religiously without a word but cries when someone dies on screen
- he is super embarassed when two characters are close to each other/are kissing so he stares at the ceiling
Inej :
- occasionally steals food to Nina
- loves period dramas and romantic movies but watch pretty everything
- she notices every single detail on screen and can always predict what comes next but she never tells the others
- she is a quiet watcher but she can get mad at a character if they are against her moral values or make dumb choices
- she spends a lot of time looking at her friends and trying not to laugh
Kaz :
- his favourite genre are detective movies and thrillers
- he figures out the crime and plot after a few minutes and spoils the others
- he quietly talks about special effects and tricks with Wylan
- he mocks Matthias because he cries when a character dies
- stares at Inej when he is bored and she notices him but doesn't say a word
- he wants to murder Nina and Jesper because of the noise they make
- his favourite movie ever is Inception but the end turns him insane because he never figured it out
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meher-sumedha · a day ago
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And then he has the AUDACITY to tell you that, "You may be stupid at a lot of things, but you're not stupid"
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thxcrxelprincxss · a day ago
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when taylor swift said “he’s so bad but he does it so well” she was actually speaking about kaz brekker no one can convince me otherwise even though i make no sense <3
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sleep-deprived-goblin · 2 days ago
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Inej Ghafa
She did not tell herself she wasn’t afraid. Long ago, after a bad fall, her father had explained that only fools were fearless. We meet fear, he'd said. We greet the unexpected visitor and listen to what he has to tell us. When fear arrives, something is about to happen.
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kolarpem · 20 hours ago
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Morning Doodle: "But the war had left all of them with wounds"..."Nikolai flexed his fingers in his gloves and thought of the black scars staining his fingers." Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars Ch 4
Thanks to @meliescribbles for letting me adopt some aspects of her Nikolai claw/nail/vein design!
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now imagine I'm such a hopeless romantic and alwaysss in mood for some cliché plots or literally anything which gives a love deprived person like me even a bit of serotonin but a few days back, after finishing six of crows and crooked Kingdom, I decided to turn to the orange app to read some fan fics on kanej because i was so obsessed with them and didn't want to eat my non-reader friends' brain too much but imagine the type of fan fics i came across?????????? don't even get me started, so many of them showed kaz as the typical sweet romantic boyfriend who was so open about his feelings with inej which made me almost gag 🤢🤢🤢 if it was any other person, I'd have happily read more till i got absolutely tired but Leigh bardugo legit introduced Kaz in a way that I don't think anybody can digest seeing him behaving any different as the kaz in the books. There's just one type of kaz that exists and he is the touch intolerant dirtyhands who can hardly show slightest bit of affection to inej and that has to be sooo different than a way the normal guy does. So i hope writers stop showing kaz like a typical guy next door.
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ravenyenn19 · a day ago
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“The Song You Heard”
New chapter is live on “The Battles of Before” by ravenyenn19 on Ao3 🥃⚔️
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Hi guys! I’m so late, but I wanted it to be perfect. This one is my favorite of the prequel story so far. Jesper and Inej’s friendship- that is all. 🖤 I hope you love it and forgive my crazy tardiness. DWOD is going to be next, I promise.
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wylan-van-eckk · 20 hours ago
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finally
a zoyalai fanfiction
The air had gotten colder as late Autumn approached, counting down the days to the shortest day of the year.
Gentle waves danced playfully across the lake’s surface, lighted up by the far light coming from the Little Palace’s windows. A soft wind picked up a fresh scent and played with Nikolai’s and Zoya’s hair as they made their way down to the lake.
“Remind me as to why we have to take a walk in the middle of a very cold night?” Zoya complained, wrapping her winter kefta tighter around her body.
“You’ll just have to wait and see, my lovely Squaller.” Nikolai said, a relaxed smile playing over his lips.
The truth was he was all but relaxed. He hoped all would go well, but what if it didn’t? Saints knew what Zoya would say, he could feel doubt and anxiety slowly pouring in. His mind traveled back to when the whole idea had started in the War room of the Little Palace, in the middle of the night:
“Okay, I need you to help me with asking Zoya to marry me.” Nikolai went straight to the point, looking well rested even at three bells in the morning. The people across from him, however, did not look pleased. They looked like really tired people who really wanted to murder him. Both were probably true.
“You woke us up for that?!” Tamar finally shouted after a pause. Nikolai was about to apologize, when Genya, an excited grin spreading across her face, said:
“Finally.” She dropped a thick notebook on the table, her grin turning into a wicked smirk.
“That’s all you have on engagements?” Nikolai asked in disbelief.
“Wrong, royal boy. It’s all I have on your engagement. Now where do you want to start?” Genya asked, looking incredibly proud of herself.
“I could offer some poetry recommendations.” Tolya added.
“Saints.” Tamar groaned and laid face down on the table. It was too early for this.
After Genya and Nikolai decided everything they wanted to do, Tolya recited some poetry and Tamar drank a few cups of tea, messages were sent out to the Grisha staying at the Little Palace with new orders. Genya organised everything, Tamar overlooked everything and Tolya complained as to why he couldn’t recite poetry at the night of the engagement.
Now Nikolai took a deep breath of the late night air, trying to calm his nerves. What if she said no? What if she didn’t really love him? What if he would never find true love and would die alone in the guest room of Alina’s and Mal’s orphanage?
“Are you okay?” Zoya asked, studying him carefully. Nikolai forced himself to smile and nod. They had arrived at the edge of the lake. He could barely see Zoya in the darkness, the lights of the Little Palace too far away to make out her details, but he didn’t need light. He could recall all her features and details, the exact colour of her eyes and skin. He could recall them even if you woke him up in the middle of the night. He could recall them even in the middle of a fight.
“Can I kiss you?” Nikolai asked, unsure how to start it. Genya had given him a carefully constructed speech, but he wished to do this by himself. Zoya studied him again.
“You don’t have to ask, you know.” she said, then added after a pause: “Are you sure you’re okay?”
Nikolai nodded and smiled to reassure her, leaning in and kissing her softly. Whenever they kissed it felt the same: like having a picnic in a meadow, like sailing on the sea with the wind in your hair, like laying on the softest of clouds. He wanted to drown in the kiss, pull her closer into an embrace, but he wouldn’t let himself get distracted; he gestured with his hand. The plan began.
He pulled away, slowly, making sure to give the Grisha time. Zoya smiled gently, but he could see she was confused as to why he brought her to the lake for a kiss.
But then, in the corner of his eye he could spot the first one. Then the second. Then many more flew up to the skies. Glass balls created by Fabrikators to keep fire inside, like a round lantern. Inferni fires burning inside, sometimes taking the shapes of animals or plants. Squaller wind keeping them floating.
All around them light played inside the glass spheres, ascending towards the sky. Zoya took it all in, a smile tugging on her lips, her expression stunned. Nikolai would enjoy the view too, but he couldn’t help but look at Zoya’s joyful expression. He didn’t get many opportunities to see it, Zoya mostly kept her facial expressions to scoffs and ruthlessness.
Zoya broke out of the spell and looked back at Nikolai, frowning.
“What’s going on?” she asked quietly. This was it. This was the moment.
“Zoya,” Nikolai said softly, slipping his hand into the pocket of his coat. Then he dropped on one knee. “Zoya.” he said again. He was being awkward, why was he being awkward? He was never awkward, he wasn't an awkward person. He took a deep breath, looking back up at Zoya. She showed no emotion. In some ways, it made it easier.
“My dear, ruthless, beautiful Zoya.” Nikolai said gently, smiling. “I’ve been with many girls in my life.”
Zoya arched a brow. Nikolai paused for a second, realizing what he just said. He should’ve used Genya’s speech.
“I mean a lot of girls like me. Boys too. A lot of people in general like me and you know sometimes I liked them back…” Nikolai stumbled through his words, then pressed his hand against his lips to shut himself up. He buried his face in his hands. “Saints, I’m horrible at this. Zoya,” he looked up again. He was sure Zoya would be mad, or at least mildly irritated, but instead an amused smile tugged at her lips. Nikolai couldn’t help but laugh, if it was because of anxiety or how stupid he acted, he would not know.
“Saints, okay. I’ll just say it. Zoya, you are one of the most wonderful, amazing people I have ever met, and I’ve met a lot of people in my life.” he felt his eyes getting teary and tried blinking them back. “You’re beautiful and so strong and powerful and smart and just so lovely, and I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“You’d die, I’m the little bit of self-control you have.” Zoya teased him quietly. Nikolai laughed again and nodded.
“Yeah, probably. But Zoya, I’ve never loved a person as much as I love you. I didn’t believe it possible, I thought it was just another fairytale told in novels. And yet here I am, head over heels in love with you. Wanting to spend every waking moment with you. Wanting to hold you in an embrace and never let go. You got me, Ravkan royalty on his knees for you.” he said, tears definitely filling his eyes now.
“I could bring anyone to their knees.” Zoya mumbled.
“Yes, you could.” he took another deep breath, closing his eyes. She was still talking to him, that must’ve meant he was doing something right.
“I guess what I’m trying to say, Zoya, is…” Nikolai finally pulled out the small box he had stored in his pocket and opened it. Inside shined a small ring, shaped to look like a dragon wrapping around one’s finger when one wore it. It was silver, a blue jewel decorating it as the dragon’s eye. It shined in the light of the fire spheres still floating around them.
“Will you marry me, Zoya Nazyalensky?”
Zoya stared at him for an impossibly long time. He could see in her eyes she knew what was about to come, yet she still seemed surprised. What if she said no? They had an audience of the Grisha controlling the lightshow. The Ravkan prince getting rejected twice would truly be a tragedy the young Grisha would love to gossip about.
Finally Zoya took hold of Nikolai’s wrist, pulling him up. He frowned, afraid of what was about to come. She looked calm, yet she took a deep breath as if to steady an anxiety. She looked into his eyes and smiled, a smile so genuine he never thought he’d see it on the face of his spiteful general.
“Finally, you idiot.” she said softly after a pause, breaking into a grin.
“Yes.”
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s-tormwitch · 2 days ago
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people say that Nikolai and Zoya have very different energies and that he's the ''good and silly one'', but they forget that Nikolai is the guy who cut off a man's fingers and use it fed the dogs, to demand respect.
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Inej Ghafa :)
Finally I made something after a long time jshjdhjdhdjd so it looks plain and boring
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