I went to get myself a newspaper to do the crossword, and a cup of coffee and a packet of cookies. I went and sat at a table.
I want you to picture the scene. It’s very important that you get this very clear in your mind.
Here’s the table, newspaper, cup of coffee, packet of cookies. There’s a guy sitting opposite me, perfectly ordinary-looking guy wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase.
It didn’t look like he was going to do anything weird. What he did was this: he suddenly leaned across, picked up the packet of cookies, tore it open, took one out, and ate it.
Now this, I have to say, is the sort of thing the British are very bad at dealing with. There’s nothing in our background, upbringing, or education that teaches you how to deal with someone who in broad daylight has just stolen your cookies.
You know what would happen if this had been South Central Los Angeles. There would have very quickly been gunfire, helicopters coming in, CNN, you know… But in the end, I did what any red-blooded Englishman would do: I ignored it. And I stared at the newspaper, took a sip of coffee, tried to do a clue in the newspaper, couldn’t do anything, and thought, what am I going to do?
In the end I thought, nothing for it, I’ll just have to go for it, and I tried very hard not to notice the fact that the packet was already mysteriously opened. I took out a cookie for myself. I thought, that settled him. But it hadn’t because a moment or two later he did it again. He took another cookie.
Having not mentioned it the first time, it was somehow even harder to raise the subject the second time around. “Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice …” I mean, it doesn’t really work.
We went through the whole packet like this. When I say the whole packet, I mean there were only about eight cookies, but it felt like a lifetime. He took one, I took one, he took one, I took one. Finally, when we got to the end, he stood up and walked away.
Well, we exchanged meaningful looks, then he walked away, and I breathed a sigh of relief and sat back. A moment or two later the train was coming in, so I tossed back the rest of my coffee, stood up, picked up the newspaper, and underneath the newspaper were my cookies.
The thing I like particularly about this story is the sensation that somewhere in England there has been wandering around for the last quarter-century a perfectly ordinary guy who’s had the same exact story, only he doesn’t have the punch line.”
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Anonymous asked: I just realized that I can't watch certain scenes in 3A either. My reasons are probably different from yours, but I just /can't/ and it is hurtful. So, IDK, I get that you can't.
It kind of breaks my heart because Teen Wolf is actually my favorite show and I used to have it on in the background because sometimes that makes me see things I hadn’t previously seen or something.
The way 3A played out, the way it ended actually changes how I perceive not just the entire season but the SHOW. I haven’t rewatched it and I don’t think I will rewatch 3A unless 3B adds another layer. Because right now it’s just not fun. It’s miserable and painful and reminds me of all the worst days of my life.
But you know what I realized? Them including that scene on the gagreel and the shirtless montage pretty much underlines how very much they either don’t care or don’t understand what that scene (and that relationship) really was. And that more than anything disheartens me because if the genders had been reversed, no one would think that was funny.
Haha, lol, Peter kissed Lydia in his burned down house. If he’d fucked her before the illusion was over that would be the extent of what Jennifer Blake did that night, even if she didn’t use magic. If she did use magic to make Derek attracted to her or pliant? It’s rape, plain and simple. And the idea that the Teen Wolf team thought a rape scene was so damn funny they had to include it on the extras twice? Lol. Laughing my fucking ass off here.
This little needlefelted wolf is up for charity auction! All proceeds go to support the Wolf Haven sanctuary. The black “eyes” you see are actually the surrounding, and the actually eye colour is chosen by the winning bidder (I have lots of shades!)
Note: While this is run by the “Sterek Campaign”, you do not need to be a shipper - or even a fan of Teen Wolf - to bid. This auction is set up to benefit Wolf Haven International, not to influence the show / personal gain.
If you’d like to commission me separately for something, feel free to send an ask, but I have no intention of duplicating this wolf :)