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2023.05.29 13:06 morlecollection Stylish Long Sleeve Options For Tall Women: Explore Morle Collection’s Elegant Range

When it comes to fashion, finding clothing that fits well can be a challenge, especially for tall women. One particular clothing item that often presents difficulties is the long sleeve. Thankfully, Morle Collection understands the needs of tall women and offers a stunning range of long-sleeve options designed specifically for them. In this article, we will explore the stylish and elegant long-sleeve choices available from the Morle Collection, ensuring that tall women can embrace fashion without compromising on fit or style.
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Morle Collection has emerged as a go-to brand for tall women seeking stylish long-sleeve options. With their emphasis on tailored fit, versatile styles, premium fabrics, and inclusive sizing, the Morle Collection provides a comprehensive solution for tall women who want to embrace fashion without compromising on comfort or style.
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2023.05.29 13:06 InevitableTraining69 Anyone else's favorite MMO no longer the same as it used to be?

I've played RuneScape since 2001, and left when they ruined the game with evolution of combat trying to make it like World of Warcraft. Came back for old school RuneScape thinking that they were going to be true to themselves and keep it old school. However, with each passing year, the game becomes less and less of what it used to be, and more like RS3. There is much less emphasis on the beautiful world, new lands, skilling, and a constant obsession with nothing but endgame bossing. I like doing PVE content, as I also play World of Warcraft quite a bit. The part that really bothers me though is that they focus on nothing but this.
They go so far as to even release game breaking or extremely overpowered PVM crap that would have never been in RuneScape back in 2007. For example, nightmare zone, an instance cave where you'll never see another player, and you can AFK all of your combat skills to max level. So in other words, AFK combat cave to infinity. Revenants existed back in 2007 to replace players once PVP was removed from the game. They added it back into the game in a cave, but now, the cave is literally infested with bots , the problem is so bad that players often go there just to record videos to post on YouTube because it's so crazy packed with obvious bot accounts and nothing is done about it...
Anyone else's favorite game fall from Grace like this?
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2023.05.29 13:04 Forward_Cockroach712 I (28/F) am concerned about my travel plans with my bf (27/M) of 4 years. We have been discussing our plans to go to the US this summer, to see my family and travel. Last week, we had an argument about this that really worries me. How can I discuss this with him to resolve the issue?

This trip means the so much to me. Not only have I not been able to see half my (half European, half US American) family for about 4 years now, mostly due to the covid crisis and my university schedule, and I really look forward to reconnecting with them. I’ve also dreamed almost my whole life of a road trip through the American Southwest, which for the first time now, I have the opportunity and financial means to do. My bf of 4 years wants to come and I see this as a big milestone in our relationship, in terms of intercontinental travel, but especially meeting my family. We are very committed to the relationship and both want and see a possible long-term future together.This is why it really caught me off guard when he recently, from my point of view, out of nowhere basically picked a fight with me about our travel plans. He literally said: “Your family is not a priority for me.” I find this extremely insulting and disrespectful, honestly unbearable. We had previously discussed that this trip, which will be around 3 weeks, would be a mix of seeing family and independent travel. This was the plan all along. Suddenly he started saying that he has next to no interest in meeting them or spending time with them, partially because my family here in Europe has trash-talked some family members, mostly my deceased grandfather, quite a bit. I hate when they do this, because it tarnishes my relationship with them and I think it’s disrespectful. Now he apparently has this image of my extended family being awful. He talked about how his vacation is really important to him as a travel experience and relaxation etc. I never disregarded that, but I can’t believe he’s prioritizing his entertainment over me reuniting with my family I haven’t seen in years. It’s not that he refuses to see them, it’s that he has no apparent interest and doesn’t want to give it significant time, apparently.The whole thing is incredibly hurtful to me. It makes me question the future of our relationship, because if we become a family, they will also be part of his family, who must be visited at least every few years (growing up, I saw them every year). I find him disregarding my family like that incredibly disrespectful and unacceptable. So now, on one hand, I have this beautiful hope of traveling together, it being a wonderful experience, taking this next step in our relationship. I really want a great trip for us. On the other hand, I am now really worried he will be constantly nagging me about our schedule while we’re there, complaining about seeing my family, sulking in the corner while I speak to my grandma, etc. This happened with an ex-bf and was incredibly traumatic for me. The argument put unbearable doubt in my mind and I am now worried he will ruin the vacation with selfish behavior, it really damaged my trust. We have traveled before within Europe several times now, and they were always great vacations, in which I put a lot of effort into fulfilling both of our interests fairly, so I don’t know where this came from. I even tried a jet-ski with him, despite being really scared and having back problems.I am hoping for advice on how to talk about this with him, so he can hopefully understand how important this is to me and change his perspective.
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2023.05.29 13:03 notibanix DIY "TinyLoad" a constant-current load tester with 3D printed case

My two major self-studies over the last 6 months have been electronics and 3D printing. I designed and built this constant-current load tester. This device is a prototype for a more sophisticated device I've been working on for over a year. A load tester is a piece of electronic test equipment that allows for constant draw of current on an external device for testing purposes. Power supply testing and validating manufacturer's claims about batteries are two uses of this type of device. Professional-grade load testing devices run into hundreds of dollars.
My circuit can handle 3 to 30V, ~0 to 2 Amps, limited to around 20W. It has a meter for the load's voltage and current draw. Switches control load on/off, meter on/off, and a switch for a 80mm fan for cooling loads over 15W. The meter and fan are powered by a 18650 Li-ion battery. The circuit is built on strip board, except for the power transistor, which is a 2N3055 mounted on a large heatsink. This is needed because this device literally turns electricity into heat, and the plastic of the case starts getting soft around 60C.
Designing the case for this required me to learn 3D design fundamentals, which I had essentially zero experience with. I have spent a lot of hours on this. The case is made of PLA plastic, printed on my Ender 3V2 FDM printer. The case is printed in eight pieces: case shell, front panel, back panel, side panels, cover, and two daughter boards for the electronics and heat sink. Panels attach to the board using tabs and slots (later superglued for stability). The ends, side and back are designed for heat to exit while still having structural stability. The heatsink mount was designed so that it doesn't directly touch plastic at any point, again because PLA starts to get soft at 60C. I used PLA because it is easy to print and cheap. PETG has better heat resistance but has excessive stringing. I'm not currently set up to print ASA or ABS, but I'm getting there.
The entire case is 20cm W x 12cm D x 10cm H. Case uses M2.5 screws and heat-set screw inserts to hold the battery box to the case, and the cover to the case. I learned a whole lot from this project.
Things I had to actually do:
  • Circuit design, using parts on-hand
  • Simulation of circuit (LTspice)
  • Layout of circuit for stripboard (VeeCAD)
  • Assembly of circuit on stripboard
  • Circuit testing
  • Detailed measurements of parts and necessary spacings
  • Drafting of case design from multiple angles
  • 3D design of case, in many parts (TinkerCAD)
  • Printing of dozens of alignment guides to check fitments
  • Final printing (and re-printing) of case parts (30+ hours of prints)
  • Final assembly and testing
Electronic Design flaws:
  • Self-powered load means load depends very slightly on voltage
  • Can't handle loads less than 2 volts
  • Can't handle more than 1 amp load under 3 volts
  • Heating of shunt resistors causes load to drift for high power loads
  • Minimum load set by power indicator LED
  • Load setting is quite sensitive on a 1-turn pot
  • No thermal monitoring or battery voltage monitoring
Case design flaws:
  • Printing tolerances of +/- 0.1mm to 0.3mm cause problems with fitment of parts
  • No mechanical connection between the tops of parts and the case walls, or cover, causes some flex
  • M2.5 screw holes should have been larger for cover
  • Tight spaces keep down on size, but make assembly a real challenge
  • Getting 18650 battery in and out is a real pain
  • PLA material has excessive flex, and limit use of device to loads with < 60C on heatsink
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2023.05.29 13:03 c00olsoc000l In Elemental (2023), it can be seen that the city is made up of more than just earth, fire, water and air, meaning that the elements that are actually on the periodic table must be systematically killed in order to be used to make buildings.

In Elemental (2023), it can be seen that the city is made up of more than just earth, fire, water and air, meaning that the elements that are actually on the periodic table must be systematically killed in order to be used to make buildings. submitted by c00olsoc000l to shittymoviedetails [link] [comments]

2023.05.29 13:02 maybeiamwrong2 Meta-analytic correlation coefficients for spd

Just ran across this chart and thought I might as well drop it here, since the question of how spd relates to other diagnosis (especially avpd) comes up around here from time to time.
Source: (PDF) Meta-analysis of structural evidence for the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) model (
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2023.05.29 13:02 yeager_doug Help to create Fact tables - DW

Hi There.
I'm modelling a DW to a retail store - at this time I just have one Fact table covering the orders and measures from it. But now I need to work with data from the payments table which has the amount field (which represents the value of the payment). In that application, one order can have multiple payments. With that scnery - can you guys help me how to define if it's the case to use multiple Fact tables or one single Fact covering the Orders and the Payments?
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2023.05.29 13:02 adviceplease471 AITA for not wanting my friend and her girlfriend to kiss

I (19f) had my friend (21f) and her girlfriend (21f) visit me at university. We went out to a bar, got drinks etc and were sat a table just the 3 of us. Not long after we sat down they started making out, I was uncomfortable because I didn’t have anyone else to chat to so was just awkwardly playing on my phone. When I mentioned this to my friend after she accused me of being homophobic. I don’t think I was I just didn’t want to sit with a couple with nothing to do. So AITA?
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2023.05.29 13:02 Media6292 Comparison of more 80 titles and 500 versions from Vinyl to Bluray, mono to Atmos

Comparison of more 80 titles and 500 versions from Vinyl to Bluray, mono to Atmos
That's it, there are now more than 500 versions that have been tested, more precisely 504 divided between 78 albums and 4 singles.
Thank you all for your encouragement.
The range of media types has been extended, and in addition to CD, DVD, Bluray, SACD, vinyl, cassette, DAT and streaming, there's now the 8-track cartridge.
Formats range from mono to spatial audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio.
You can find a summary table of all the albums, including the number of versions and a description of the versions for each album HERE.
Here's the list with direct links:
Adele 30 Alan Parsons From the New World Alicia Keys Alicia Amy Winehouse At The BBC Amy Winehouse Live at Glastonbury 2007 Anne Bisson Be my lover Anne Bisson Tiles from the treetops Coldplay Music Of The Spheres Daft Punk Homework Daft Punk Random Access Memories Depeche Mode Memento Mori Dianne Reeves I remember Dire Straits Brothers In Arms Dire Straits Encores Dire Straits Money For Nothing Duo Cirla Trolonge Piuma Ed Sheeran – (Subtract) Ed Sheeran + Ed Sheeran = Eric Clapton The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions Eric Clapton Unplugged Francis Cabrel Trobador Tour (Live) Indochine Central Tour Indochine L’ Aventurier Jean-Michel Jarre Amazonia Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene Jean-Michel Jarre Oxymore Jean-Michel Jarre Welcome To The Other Side - Live in Notre Dame VR Joy Crookes Skin Kate Bush Hounds Of Love Katie Melua Acoustic Album No. 8 Katie Melua Golden Record Lana Del Rey Blue Banisters Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over the Country Club Lana Del Rey Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd Les restos du Cœur 2023 Enfoirés Un Jour, Toujours Liszt / Sviatoslav Richter Concertos For Piano And Orchestra Nos. 1 & 2 Madonna Finally Enough Love Melody Gardot Sunset In The Blue Michael Jackson Dangerous Michael Jackson Thriller Muse Will Of The People Mylène Farmer À tout jamais Mylène Farmer A tout Jamais (Remixes) Mylène Farmer Histoires de Mylène Farmer L'Emprise Nirvana Nevermind Norah Jones ‘Til We Meet Again Norah Jones Come Away With Me Oscar Peterson A Time For Love Patricia Barber Clique! Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Pink Floyd Animals Pink Floyd Hey Hey Rise Up Pink Floyd Live at Knebworth 1990 Pink Floyd PULSE Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (Live at Wembley) 1974 PLACEBO Never Let Me Go Prince Prince and the Revolution Live Rag'n'Bone Man Life By Misadventure Red Hot Chili Peppers Return Of The Dream Canteen Red Hot Chili Peppers Unlimited Love Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 with Organ : Charles Munch and Boston Symphony 1959 Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 with Organ : Kansas City Symphony Shania Twain Queen Of Me Sting The Bridge Taylor Swift Midnights Taylor Swift RED Tears For Fears Live At Massey Hall Toronto, Canada 1985 Tears For Fears The Tipping Point The Art Of Noise In The City Live In Tokyo 1986 The Dave Brubeck Quartet TIME OUT The Police Around The World The Police Greatest Hits Thomas Bangalter Mythologies Thomas Schirmann After The Rain Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio Misty for Direct Cutting Various Back to the Future Various Ghostbusters Various Top Gun Various TOP GUN Maverick
Enjoy listening
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2023.05.29 13:02 NiceBedSheets Am I required to pay taxes on free meals and drinks that I receive from work?

Am I required to pay taxes on free meals and drinks that I receive from work?
I get one meal a day and almost unlimited drinks. I know many of you may say to ignore the whole thing, but it bothers my conscience to not pay my taxes. Do I need to be tracking what I consume, and how do I account for that during tax time?
Pic related are mushrooms growing from the wall from my last employer. He joked that it was floor to table. Please don’t eat at restaurants- the scratched Teflon pans and mushrooms and leaking ceilings would startle you.
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2023.05.29 13:01 GuidoGambardella All possible scenarios in the case of a loss against Betis

The total number of possible scenarios, for any result combination of the games where teams from position 13 to 20 are playing (all those interested in the relegation battle) is 243. However, Valencia will be in danger only in case all of the following will happen: a) Valencia loses against Betis, b) Celta doesn't lose against Barcelona, c) Almeria doesn't lose against Espanyol, d) Valladolid wins against Getafe. If all those happen, there are 12 scenarios, depending on the other results. For these scenarios, this is how the final ranking table will look (the point-tie rules are applied). Valencia is relegated in 2 out of those 12 scenarios. In other words, in 2 out of all 243 possible scenarios for the last matchday.
Rankings after 37 games
  1. Cadiz - 41 points
  2. Getafe - 41 points
  3. Valencia - 41 points
  4. Almeria - 40 points
  5. Celta - 40 points
  6. Valladolid - 39 points
  7. Espanyol - 36 points
  8. Elche - 24 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Celta - 43 points
  2. Valladolid - 42 points
  3. Almeria - 41 points
  4. Cadiz - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Valencia - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 37 points
  8. Elche - 27 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Celta - 43 points
  2. Almeria - 43 points
  3. Valladolid - 42 points
  4. Cadiz - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Valencia - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 36 points
  8. Elche - 27 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Celta - 43 points
  2. Valladolid - 42 points
  3. Cadiz - 42 points
  4. Almeria - 41 points
  5. Valencia - 41 points
  6. Getafe - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 37 points
  8. Elche - 25 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Almeria - 43 points
  2. Celta - 43 points
  3. Cadiz - 42 points
  4. Valladolid - 42 points
  5. Valencia - 41 points
  6. Getafe - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 36 points
  8. Elche - 25 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Cadiz - 44 points
  2. Celta - 43 points
  3. Valladolid - 42 points
  4. Almeria - 41 points
  5. Valencia - 41 points
  6. Getafe - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 37 points
  8. Elche - 24 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Cadiz - 44 points
  2. Almeria - 43 points
  3. Celta - 43 points
  4. Valladolid - 42 points
  5. Valencia - 41 points
  6. Getafe - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 36 points
  8. Elche - 24 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Valladolid - 42 points
  2. Almeria - 41 points
  3. Cadiz - 41 points
  4. Valencia - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Celta - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 37 points
  8. Elche - 27 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Almeria - 43 points
  2. Valladolid - 42 points
  3. Cadiz - 41 points
  4. Valencia - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Celta - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 36 points
  8. Elche - 27 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Valladolid - 42 points
  2. Cadiz - 42 points
  3. Almeria - 41 points
  4. Valencia - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Celta - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 37 points
  8. Elche - 25 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Almeria - 43 points
  2. Valladolid - 42 points
  3. Cadiz - 42 points
  4. Valencia - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Celta - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 36 points
  8. Elche - 25 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Cadiz - 44 points
  2. Valladolid - 42 points
  3. Almeria - 41 points
  4. Valencia - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Celta - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 37 points
  8. Elche - 24 points
Final Rankings:
  1. Cadiz - 44 points
  2. Almeria - 43 points
  3. Valladolid - 42 points
  4. Valencia - 41 points
  5. Getafe - 41 points
  6. Celta - 41 points
  7. Espanyol - 36 points
  8. Elche - 24 points
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2023.05.29 13:01 sillymimi_ 18 [F4M] #PARIS, FRANCE looking for caring and guiding man

Hi there ! As my highschool journey is about to end and I'm getting ready to embark on a new adventure at university, I've decided to be brave and try finding the serious and loving relationship of my dreams. That post is going to be quiet long so buckle up :D
I'm an 18-year-old mixed-race french girl looking for a serious relationship with a loving, caring, patient and honest man in his late 20s-40s. I'm okay with long distance if we connect well, although meeting a french man would be a dream come true. I would prefer a well educated, taller white man who takes care of his body and appearance. I'd like feeling small next to you c:
I'm 1m67 and 45kg (5'5 and 99lbs) so if you're looking for a curvy/thick woman I'm definitely not the one x) I have a happy-go-lucky personality, tho I do have my moments of -distress- , I can be quiet shy at first but not overly so and I've been told for a while that I am mature and composed. I love reading, cinema, fashion and anything pink and girly. If you're a cinephile or a cartoon-lover we might be made for each other haha ^ I can be really talkative... when i start talking about something I'm passionate about it takes effort to shut me up ! Despite being a good student, I can also be a bit of an airhead sometimes so bear with me :⁠⁠) I'm very open-minded and I do believe in a God, however I am not a religious person and I do not like people who impose their views (whether political or religious) on others. I'm also really clingy and have an almost constant need for reassurance once I'm attached to someone which can be overwhelming or annoying to some people :c It can take a while for me to actually get attached and to trust other people, so if you're looking for an immediate strong connection, you might want to look elsewhere.
I do have daddy issues and tend to be attracted to men with "fatherly auras", which is why I'd like a relationship in which i could feel protected and guided in a gentle but firm (when needed) way. Sexually I'm pretty vanilla besides the DDLG tendencies and the pretty heavy impact play kink but I'm also adventurous and willing to try almost anything out with the right person. However if what you seek is a merely sexual relationship, I'm not the right person for you as what I seek is primarily an emotional and intimate bond. I won't be sexual with just anyone. I have had bad experiences that make me weary about sending pictures (especially lewds/nudes) however I will of course be open to showing my face and even send lewd/nude pictures once I feel comfortable enough, just give me time !
Finally, i do struggle with depression, CPTSD, anxiety and an E.D that I've recently began to overcome so if you feel like this would be too much to handle or you'd lack the patience.. well we're not made for eachother ┐⁠(⁠ ̄⁠ヘ⁠ ̄⁠)⁠┌
If you feel like we'd match well don't hesitate to message me ! And I'd be happy to answer any question and/or have a fun conversation :D
P.S : I can do phonecalls and such however I still live with my mom and sister so it wouldn't be a very frequent occurence :[
P.P.S: I'm personally strictly monogamous but I don't mind if you're not. However, I'd prefer not to talk with anyone already committed to a monogamous relationship... I value honesty and trust above most anything.
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2023.05.29 13:01 ThrowRArara101 My (24M) Boyfriend (20M) doesn't take my feelings seriously.

We've been seeing each other for a bit and things have been great, a few tiffs here and there but nothing major. Except recently I decided to discuss something that was upsetting me a lot lately and he seemed to completely disregard how it made me feel and instead immediately go into how he didn't do anything wrong.
We were at a bar in his town after he finished work, I decided to confront him about how dry and uncaring his texts were as of lately, how I didn't feel it was kind of him to randomly go silent for a few days without any heads up and just leave me on seen. I told him it made me feel unloved and it hurt because it wasn't the first time, I told him if he ever needed space 100% I get that and even a little "Hey, need a few days space, love you" and I'll let him breathe, no issues there. The main thing that hurts is that he will just ghost out of nowhere and I'm always left worrying I've done something to upset him.
His first reaction when I mentioned his texts and how they made me feel was to pull out his phone and go through ALL of our texts and read them out to me so I would understand where he was coming from. At first, I just went with it, but it honestly seemed like he was almost mocking me?? I asked him multiple times to please stop and he just ignored me and kept going. I felt like he was making fun of how it made me feel or of how ridiculous he thought it was.
Despite constantly feeling like I need to swallow my feeings down, I truly do love him and he does make me feel loved... But given our communication is 95% text, since we live a trek away from eachother, it can get unbelievably hard when he's an awful texter. If he's not dry texting, he's not texting at all. I've tried to talk to him about it multiple times and he plays it off like I'm overreacting. He doesn't take it seriously and I feel like when I mention how things make me feel in the relationship, he will always try to come back with why that's wrong or why that's the wrong reaction because he didn't do anything wrong. "That's just silly" "You know that's silly" is always the response to me explaining something had upset me.
Not sure what to do at this point, I've tried what everyone's told me to do and that's TALK about it, but what happens when attempting to talk about it just results in him playing it off like nothing's wrong and I'm once again overreacting.
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2023.05.29 13:00 pretendHappy00 The feeling of not fitting in anywhere. Have you ever felt it?

Hello Guys, it's 23Y undergard here. I grew up in a family where close bonds and sharing inner thoughts were not much on the table. I grew up differently and I am far more different than any family member of mine. I am introverted person and in academia I have no problem studying and performing well in exams. But I do not have any close people in my life. No best friend, No girl friend, none... I feel the need of someone so badly. I feel I am an unlovable person and not belong anywhere, it's like I feel I am not fit in...

Kind of feeling so low and going thru a tough time. Any comment would be highly appreciated.
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2023.05.29 13:00 thaswhashesaid_ Never quite good enough

The feeling of never being quite good enough never goes away. It just transfers you back to a time where you were a 10 year old child wondering what you did wrong. What more could you have done to be deemed worthy. Being a third wheel in every single friendship group. Spending lunchtimes all alone whilst watching others with friends. That feeling never really went away. Its exhausting and so dehumanising at times. Being an afterthought most if not all your life. Trying so desperately to be worthy of love. But to no avail. Its lonely. Very lonely. As a child but also as an adult. You were never enough. Will you ever be? You wonder. You try to go above and beyond. Becoming a people pleaser. Avoiding boundaries like the plague. Letting folks walk all over you just for a morsel of companionship.
Constantly expecting to be ditched and dumped because someone better came along. Without fail. There is always someone better. No matter how hard you try. So replaceable and easily discarded. The feeling of longing never truly goes away. You stamp on it trying to suffocate it but you’ll always yearn for something you can never truly have.
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2023.05.29 12:58 Authorsebook Are you tired of feeling alone in your relationship because of your constant overthinking and anxiety? Do you struggle to communicate effectively with your partner and solve conflicts? You're not alone.

Are you tired of feeling alone in your relationship because of your constant overthinking and anxiety? Do you struggle to communicate effectively with your partner and solve conflicts? You're not alone. submitted by Authorsebook to u/Authorsebook [link] [comments]

2023.05.29 12:58 Finzombie The Thing in the Cracks Part 2

This is Part 2 because of the character limit, go here to get caught up:
Talbot awoke in a round corridor. At least he thought that’s what it was. The corridor seemed to be made of dark stone, rough and ridged like a worm’s tunnel, but on a massive scale. Despite no visible light source, Talbot found he could make out every detail in the space around him.
Talbot shakily stood up and considered his situation. His hands were shaking. He supposed nearly getting killed by lethal injection and then shattering the very fabric of reality itself took a toll on the psyche. He reflexively reached for his notebook to note that down, and with a pang remembered that it was gone. He would likely never see it again.
Glancing around, Talbot wondered at how normal everything looked, considering he was in the fifth dimension. There was likely more going on under the surface, but from his vantage it just looked like an oddly lit cave.
Talbot noted that there was no sign of Willis. He’d distinctly remembered the other man getting pulled through time and space with him, but at some point during the traversal his hand had been wrenched away from Talbot’s wrist. Had he been shunted back to their reality, or was he here somewhere?
A deep rumble began to grow beneath Talbot’s feet. The entire cave shook like an earthquake as Talbot scrambled to the side of the tube.
Confused, the man glanced around. He saw no probable cause for the rumbling, no subterranean vehicles or even geological fissures that could explain the vibrations.
Turning, he realized with a start that the rumbling was slightly stronger on one side of him. If it was directional, there was an actual source, not just a general shaking of the environment.
Talbot began moving away from the rumbling, as it continued to grow stronger.
Eventually, he broke into a full run as everything around him shook. He felt like his skull was going to burst. It felt like something was chasing him, a massive subterranean beast.
As the rumbling kept growing, Talbot tripped. Out of nowhere, his foot slipped and he sprawled to the ground, crying out as he landed on his arm. He tried to get back up, which was when he realized there was something right behind him.
Talbot hit the deck, right as something zoomed directly above his head. Wind pulled at his hair and it felt like he was directly under a train.
Talbot screamed, but it was drowned out by the impossibly loud whoosh of the thing above him. He gingerly flipped onto his back, barely staying clear of the surface of whatever was making the sound, in order to see what was above him.
There was nothing but empty space.
Then, he could suddenly see a long gray tube rushing past impossibly quickly. Then it was gone again, but the rushing was still there. It was blinking in and out of existence, only appearing for short bursts, but still there in its invisible state. Talbot realized that it must be dipping in and out of the Fifth Dimension, his own limited perception unable to comprehend its greater state.
Eventually, the thing slowed and stopped. As it was still, Talbot got a better look at it.
It was definitely organic. The exterior of the tube had a pale gray color, with a texture not unlike skin. However, as opposed to the neat, even lines separating cells on human skin, the striations on the thing seemed almost random, forming a surface that, although smooth, had the jagged impression of rough crags.
As Talbot examined the thing and wished he’d brought a camera, he heard something. From the object’s direction of origin, a deep groan emanated from lord-knew-where. Talbot winced as it hit his ears, the bellow deafening. He could immediately detect three things about the cry, judging by the cadence and the way it had slowly grown from an origin point. First, it definitely came from a living thing. Nothing artificial made that noise. Second, it came from very far away. And thirdly, it came from something massive. Impossibly so.
From the other direction, so comparably quiet he barely heard, Talbot made out a shriek that was horribly human.
The thing above him shifted and despite having almost a foot of clearance, Talbot instinctively sucked in his gut.
The tube… the limb began moving in the opposite direction, back towards its origin point.
Like a train, it started slowly but accelerated quickly, beginning to blink in and out of Talbot’s vision once again.
Talbot heard the scream again, closer this time. It seemed likely that whatever this thing was had found and grabbed another person.
After several long moments, the end of the limb finally reached Talbot, shooting past and above him like a tape measure shooting back into its shell when a button was pressed.
After it passed, Talbot sprang to his feet and finally got a good look at the end of the thing’s limb. The actual tube rounded off, dispelling any predictions about a monstrous tentacle. However, what was on the end of the limb may’ve been even more horrible.
Four long finger-like appendages were arranged around the limb radially, each one emerging from the edge of the flat tendril end. They were unnaturally thin, and despite somewhat resembling fingers, they had no visible knuckles and were tipped with sharp claws that appeared to be made of bone. They bent in, each holding their prey in place. Their prey in question was Tim Willis, currently pulling against the monstrous cage. The four outer digits pressed on each of his limbs, drawing blood where they poked him.
The limb, and Willis with it, disappeared around a bend in the tunnel. Talbot ran after it. He wasn’t sure what he was going to do, or if he was going to save the man, but he knew that no matter what happened, he wanted to see it.
For a long while Talbot chased the thing, barely keeping pace due to his cardio experience. During the run, whatever existed here continued bellowing, getting louder each time. In addition, each time he set his foot down, the ground felt slightly warmer.
Eventually he fell back, and lost sight of the thing completely. It was impressive that a man of his age and lifestyle had managed to follow the thing for so long, but he had to take a knee as exhaustion racked him. He continued following its path, but at a slower pace.
Eventually Talbot emerged into a much larger chamber. The air here was blistering, and the intermittent bellows had grown so loud that Talbot had to cover his ears every few minutes to keep from suffering permanent damage.
This cavern left him speechless.
Unlike the passage, with its unidentifiable neutral lighting, this cavern was dark, intermittently lit by what appeared to be giant glowworms, each perched on a rock surface and oozing an ugly orange aura into the space around it.
Less than half of the room was lit, but it was enough for Talbot to see that the remaining more-than-half was taken up by a monstrous… thing the same shade as the limb.
It was like a spider, in the same way that a massive dragonfish from the bottom of the sea is like a goldfish. Its main body was shaped like a blimp, and about the size of one too. A large abdomen sagged beneath it as it hung in the exact center of the room, and eight radially symmetrical limbs stuck to eight points around the cavern, suspending it in the middle of the room, and making it look like the center of a giant wheel, each limb serving as the spokes.
This facsimile was somewhat broken by the auxiliary limbs attached to its thorax, countless smaller tendrils identical to the one that held Willis. Some hovered around the thing’s ‘face’, while others darted towards countless holes in the rock around the cavern. As they moved, they blinked in and out of Talbot’s vision as they tapped into primordial forces beyond his eyes.
The cavern was dotted with holes, all exactly the same size and shape as the one Talbot stood in the lip of now. He realized that this thing and its countless appendages must’ve bored into the stone around it, creating a labyrinthine lair not dissimilar to an ant’s hive, but with one crucial difference. Rather than hundreds of tiny workers, this entire place had been built by, and for, one monstrous being.
Talbot was so stunned by the beast that he didn’t notice one of its many tendrils coming straight for him.
It appeared directly in front of his face, resulting in a jumpscare that sent him tumbling backwards, falling onto his back.
The thing moved like a snake, if a snake was constantly flipping between visible and invisible.
It struck, speeding downwards towards the chemist. Talbot braced for impact, but just before it could hit him it disappeared.
Talbot sat relieved, as it had apparently teleported somewhere else.
That was until it reappeared with the fingers around his torso.
The tendril had re-manifested just past him, the fingers clipping partway into the floor as they cradled him. Talbot felt four small pricks in his back and the backs of his thighs, where the claws had pierced his flesh.
The thing pulled him upwards, the fingers embedded in the ground breaking out of the stone beneath him and sending chunks of rock several feet in all directions.
The tendril shot up towards the ceiling of the cavern, rising what must’ve been 60 feet in half a second. Talbot could barely see the ground around the tendril, far enough below to dizzy him.
Talbot saw stars.
Talbot wished he could see the stars.
The tendril took him, in a daze, towards the thing’s face. As Talbot grew closer, he heard a ragged hissing, like an oxygen tank leaking. He realized it was the monster breathing, but immediately was unsure once its head turned toward him.
Its head was roughly human-shaped, but utterly inhuman in every other way. Five dark pits, facsimiles of eyes, were arranged in a pentagonal shape on the top half of its face. The bottom half was flat skin, but flat skin that seemed to be vertically stretched, as though it’d been draped over some opening. That was possibly where the breathing was coming from, but there was no way to tell with no actually apparent orifice.
The thing seemed to sniff Talbot, despite having no nose. Then it turned, and brought another piece of potential food to its head.
With a start, Talbot realized Willis was still alive. Or at least, unconsumed. He hung limp from his tendril, held in place by the finger-things and seemingly unconscious.
But the Thing wasn’t interested in either of them, not yet at least. It brought one of its tendrils up to its head before plunging it directly toward a nearby rock face. Right before it made contact, it disappeared.
Talbot reached towards Willis, but he was just outside of his reach. He didn’t want to yell to the man. The thing had no ears, but there was no guarantee that it couldn’t hear somehow.
The tendril that the thing had sent away reappeared, seemingly partially buried in the rock face. The thing wrenched its tendril from the rock, leaving behind a shallow pockmark in the cave.
Skewered on the spine was a small man. He flailed wildly and screamed something in a language Talbot didn’t know. He was wearing a business suit, but his pants were around his ankles, with baby blue boxers underneath.
Talbot wondered where he’d come from, then realized with a start that he’d likely originated from the real world. Meaning that this thing could reach beyond this reality and into their reality. Oh shit. Maybe he should’ve listened to Talc. If he and Willis hadn’t breached the Fifth Dimension, maybe the thing couldn’t’ve done the same, and this man might still be safe out there.
The thing brought the man towards its face and did the strange sniffing motion again. Satisfied, it brought him even closer. Talbot, despite himself, was curious to see how it consumed prey, and so paused in his attempts to wake Willis in order to watch.
The man screamed as the tendril brought him right up to the thing’s face, and then the thing’s face disappeared, moving through the Fifth Dimension in the same way as its tendrils.
When it reappeared, it was halfway inside the man, the smooth layer of skin clipped through his abdomen.
The thing pulled its head back.
Talbot turned away as a bloodcurdling scream and a terrible ripping sound reverberated through the cavern. He reached for Willis again, and to his surprise, found that he could reach him. He tapped him on the shoulder, and when he got no response, he slapped him in the face. Willis stirred, and slowly opened his eyes. He put a hand to his face and frowned. “Ow,” he said quietly.
Talbot put a finger to his lips and indicated the beast’s head with his eyes, and the gruesome consumption of the poor man.
Willis seemed to get the message. He quietly started prying each finger off of his body, praying that the thing had no nerves in the spines.
Talbot turned back towards the creature, which had repeated the teleportation maneuver a few more times before finally swallowing what remained of the man. Seemingly not quite satiated, Talbot’s tendril began to move as it pulled him closer to its face.
Talbot’s eyes widened and he looked back at Willis in fear. The man made a motion that suggested Talbot should try to stay calm, and that Willis would be along as soon as he’d freed himself.
Talbot tensed as he was pulled along, not wanting to be brought any closer to the monster. The thing brought him up to its face, and seemed to study him with the light-sensitive divots in its face. Talbot glanced back at Willis to see that he’d moved 2 of 4 fingers out of place. The larger man shot him a reassuring nod.
Turning back to the monster, Talbot realized that the other man wouldn’t get here in time. The thing was already lunging its head forward, and it blinked away.
It reappeared with Talbot’s shins inside its face. Behind the skin, Talbot’s feet could feel a damp cavity, so there was presumably a mouth of some sort behind the surface, and it wasn’t just solid flesh. A row of teeth closed around his legs, but not hard. They worked more to keep him in place than to actually damage his legs.
Talbot took a second to wonder why the hell he was considering the consumption mechanics of something that was actively chopping off his legs.
The tendril moved backwards, pulling Talbot away from the thing.
These last few lucid seconds, Talbot’s brain reverted to factory reset settings. Instead of hearing the wet tear of both his legs, or the strangely cartoonish wet pop as the bones in both his shins were yanked away from his kneecaps, he found himself focusing on the strangest things.
Talbot considered the glowworms. Were they native to the Fifth Dimension, or had they come here from his, or another, Earth? If they were native, the convergent evolution with Earth glowworms, especially in an environment so alien, was coincidental to an unfathomable degree. If they had originated from Earth, however, why the orange glow? No glow worms on Earth glowed orange. Also, if they were Earthly, why did the thing not eat them? Did it only eat humans? Was it that cunning? That cruel?
Oh, Talbot realized, I’m falling.
He blacked out before hitting the ground.
Talbot’s first thought upon waking up was, Holy shit, I’m still alive. His second thought was, Holy shit, how the hell am I still alive?
His inner ear told him he was prone, but it’d been on the fritz ever since he’d arrived, so he opened his eyes to make sure. They confirmed what his ear was saying, and he took a quick second to thank all his organs for functioning so well under stress.
Willis sat next to him, notably more intact. He was wearing no shirt, and both his abdomen wound and Talbot’s stubs were bound in the fabric of an Anderson Innovations janitor’s uniform.
Talbot started staring at his abs, which caused Willis to glance down at him.
The other man cleared his throat. “Oh, you’re still alive?”
Talbot nodded softly. “Does it not know where we are?”
“Not yet,” Willis shrugged, “It has no eyes and didn’t see us escape, so it’s sending out tendrils through each passage, and hasn’t picked this one yet. I guess we got lucky when I dragged you in here.”
“Yeah. Why is that, by the way? You were just about to kill me before I trapped you in a hellish cave dimension.” He considered his words. “Which would only be more reason to kill me.”
Willis shook his head and chuckled tiredly. “Call me an idealist, but I didn’t join a group called the Agency for the Preservation of Humanity to kill people. I’m not good at holding grudges.”
“Then why were you gonna kill me when we were still out there?”
“It’s different. I had orders. Now Talc isn’t here, so it’s my decision. The real question is how are you still alive even with my intervention?”
Talbot shrugged, which made him dizzy. “ I’m on my way out. That blood loss will kill me in a couple minutes, if that thing doesn’t find us first.”
Talbot glanced around the environment for the first time, and realized they were once again in one of the small side tubes. Loud bellowing filled the air as the thing presumably scoured its domain for the two men.
“Well, at least our sacrifice will save the rest of humanity.” Willis proclaimed.
Talbot chortled.
“What?” Willis responded.
“Didn’t you see the other guy get eaten?”
“What?! There was another guy?!”
“Yeah, it stole him from our world.”
“Goddammit Talbot, Talc said that would happen!”
“Yeah, sorry about that.” Talbot said, in a tone that didn’t sound very sorry.
“At least it was just once. Talc has your notes, so he’ll keep it from happening again.”
Talbot almost guffawed.
“Goddammit, what am I doing that’s so funny?!”
“No, it’s not you. Well, it is you, a little, but it’s mostly the fact that I… may’ve doomed humanity anyway.”
Willis was silent, which Talbot regrettably took as a prompt to continue.
“Cause you see,” the scientist slurred, getting more light-headed by the second, “before I tried to ship off the notebook to Johnson, I ripped out the most important parts and sent ‘em to Vincent Anderson, my boss.”
Willis remained silent.
“So, you know. Hopefully someone publishes that in a journal somewhere so that people can actually remember me.”
Willis punched him in the face, hard.
Once he recovered, Talbot nodded. Blood ran from his nose. “I deserved that. I’m sorry, I didn’t know that learning how to break reality would allow a Great Old One to start eating people.”
Willis shook his head in disgust. “Talc told you not to. Do you really think your legacy is more important than the survival of our species?”
Talbot didn’t respond. Whether it was because he was speechless or dead was unclear, and didn’t really matter in any case.
Willis turned and limped away.
Two days after Willis and Talbot disappeared to the Fifth Dimension, Talc said goodbye to… himself and Willis-2, and used a Seal of Traversal to return to his native dimension. He reported to his boss that Willis was gone and would not be returning, before going to Talbot’s house and opening the door with the key they’d taken from the scientist.
Talc went into Talbot’s kitchen and fetched a can of tuna and a jar of mayonnaise. He mixed the two together and filled the pet bowl on the counter. Noting that there was some left, he made himself a tuna sandwich and sat next to the bowl.
It took Ozymandius a while to approach Talc, and even longer to warm up to him. However, the cat was curled up against the delicate man, purring like an engine, by the time the sunset rolled around and they both watched it out the large windows at the back of Talbot’s house.
Talc’s phone rang.
“Yello?” Talc said to the unknown caller.
Talc immediately tensed. The voice was, undeniably, Talbot’s.
“What is this?!? Where are you?!?”
When the Talcs and Willis had reviewed the CCTV footage, they’d realized exactly where Talbot and Willis had ended up, and had naturally concluded that they were dead.
“I honestly don’t know. I was just in the Fifth Dimension with Willis, but now I’m unsure. It’s dark, and my legs don’t hurt anymore.”
“What does that mean?! Are you still alive?! Is Willis still alive?!”
“I don’t think so. I think I’m dying. Already dead?”
“Then how are you talking to me? Are there phones in the fifth dimension?”
“Nah, I can just hear you. My hypotheses are that this is either a feverish hallucination in my dying moments, or that the Fifth Dimension can somehow…” Talbot’s speech sank into bleary muttering, and was unintelligible for several words. “...subsurface conduit.”
“Talbot, you’re delirious. That makes no sense.”
“Good, so it’s the other hypothesis. Just cause I know you won’t actually hear this, take care of my cat.”
Talc moved to speak, but Talbot continued.
“Oh also,” He added, almost as an afterthought, “I sent my notebook to Anderson, so watch out with that.”
“Wait what, excuse me?!”
The line went dead.
Talc heard a thunderous snapping sound. He whirled around to face the window, pressing his face against the glass and staring up at the sky.
A horrific ripping sound filled the air as the very fabric of the Fourth Dimension was rent apart, the sky above Talc yawning wide. The thing’s tendrils emerged from the rift in the atmosphere and descended towards the ground, each one darting around erratically as though tasting the air.
Talc did not know what Talbot, or Anderson, or whoever had done, but he knew that they had forever changed the world around them, and doomed a large portion of the human race.
You haven’t just opened Pandora’s box, you fool, Talc thought bitterly of the foolish chemist, You’ve blasted it apart with plastic explosives.
Talc returned to the couch and cradled Ozymandius. There was little to be done now.
Talc felt almost relieved that his decades-long vigil could finally come to an end.
The Cracks in the world had finally become holes, and through those holes came a flood.
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2023.05.29 12:57 Affectionate_Egg7693 Am I a bad person for just… accepting the inevitable?

So. There’s a guy who has me wrapped around his finger. I hate him so much. He toys with my emotions and makes me feel so awful. But I think I have feelings for him. It’s weird.
Anyways. A week or so ago he got in touch with me and started to threaten to do a bunch of terrible stuff to me. I was a wreck and was constantly having panic attacks at work when he would randomly text me or at home. Eventually I blocked him. He found another way to contact me and some of the things he said he was gonna do to me…. It made me so terrified.
So I unblocked him. And I noticed the moment I started to go along and let him have those daily videos/photos and talks, he became less violent.
So now we have an odd sort of relationship. Sometimes I have bouts of just pure lust (usually when I get high which is nearly all the time) where I just need his attention and love and I need to hold someone and give a hug. Not sexual lust. Lust for affection.
He gives affection. Until I fuck up. Until I forget to send a photo or video. Then he gets mad. Then I have to somehow win his affection back. Even if I have to cause harm to myself, I keep going back to him and I’m afraid to leave the one who hurts me… because for some reason I need his attention.
But he still never lets me forget. He casually reminds me that once he meets me, he’s going to beat me nearly to death for all the times I’ve upset him. Im so scared of him, but I can’t just leave.
I mean, he’s made it blatantly clear that he wants to use me just for my body and actually enjoys forcing people to pleasure him (he’s admitted that he never has sex with someone who fully consents or is sober…). Any time I call him when I’m high or text him, he tells me how much he wishes he was there so he could make me do things while I was under the influence.
I guess the one solace I can take is, once he’s doing this to me he won’t ever do it to anyone else again, since he has intentions of keeping me for a while. So. I guess I’ll be saving a lot of people from being hurt by him.
Honestly I’ve accepted everything, im just. Idk. Im grieving because it feels as if I’ve lost something. I feel so powerless.
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2023.05.29 12:57 Finzombie The Thing in the Cracks - Part 1

By Fin
“Holy crap.” James Talbot stepped back from his handiwork. It was beautiful. It made him want to scream.
Talbot was a chemist, the modern form of an alchemist, and he’d discovered something as wondrous and terrible as the most extreme postulations of his forbearers.
This was it. The culmination of all his works. This is what he’d fought for decades for, why he’d abandoned connections with everyone he’d ever known. But now it was all worth it. He would reveal the Masterwork at the Grand Chemistry Convention. It would steal the show, and he would be revered beyond every other human being who had ever lived.
It had taken Talbot long enough to assemble the Masterwork that he’d shed the title of ‘young’, not to mention most of his non-gray hair. Although it was hard to tell whether that was from aging or from what he’d beheld in his long sojourn. He was only 45, after all, and the rest of his body still held firm from decades of outdoorsmanship.
Talbot stood before a wall, upon which was painted the most intricate design any human had ever seen. It was a diagram of… unknown things. A chart of runes, maps, and artfully painted lines. There was no text in any living language on the diagram, but the harmony within the full tapestry visually sang, imparting something unfathomable in a way that Talbot could somehow fathom. The man who’d made it, who’d studied it for 15 years, barely understood it himself. But he knew that it was the ultimate solution to the entirety of philosophy, containing the answers to every question humanity had ever seen fit to ask. It had existed in his notebook for a while, in bits and pieces, but today had been its first full assembly, and it was magnificent.
He had to keep it hidden, or someone would take it from him.
He retrieved a tarp and threw it over the wall, nailing it in at the top so it hung down to cover his designs. Just to be sure, he moved his desk to block the wall, then locked the door to his office when he left for the day. James Talbot was more excited than he had ever been, and he celebrated that night with a fireplace and a large bottle of whiskey.
Of all the people at his office to commit espionage, Talbot never would’ve suspected the night janitor. This may stem from the fact that he also never suspected the night janitor to be part of a massive secret organization dedicated to keeping humanity as ignorant as possible in matters of the Higher Order.
But no matter what Talbot suspected, Tim Willis was indeed part of this society, and after he’d entered Talbot’s office with his master key to do some routine cleaning, the obvious secrecy surrounding the wall at the back of the room worried him. So he moved the desk out of the way, lifted the tarp, and inhaled sharply.
This was bad. A tapestry of the Higher Order more complete than any he’d seen before, or any reported by the other Censors of the Agency for the Preservation of Humanity.
Willis quickly replaced the tarp and desk. As soon as he’d locked the room, he pulled out his phone and dialed the number for an Alexander Talc.
Talbot arrived the next morning with a song in his heart and a latte in his hand. The former died horribly as soon as he entered his office only to find someone sitting in his chair, and the latter died horribly as it fell from his fingers, limp in shock.
The person in question was a short, slight man who wore thick glasses and a dark gray suit. He was sitting on Talbot’s office chair, facing the now uncovered back wall with all of its eldritch calculations. Talbot’s desk had been moved to the side of the room, left askew with the tarp crumpled up on top.
As Talbot entered, the stranger spun the chair around so he was facing the chemist, a broad smile on his face. He was undeniably attractive, in a delicate sort of way.
“Ah! You must be the aspiring alchemist?” He spoke softly and cheerily, but with an unnerving edge. Talbot couldn’t identify any specific aspect of his voice that disturbed him, but upon further consideration he concluded that it was the incongruity of the situation, the warm friendliness of his tone grating against Talbot’s unease.
Talbot took a step back, shaken. “I don’t… what-”
“Quite an impressive display here. You’ve managed to glean a quite large amount of knowledge about the Higher Order, especially considering you’ve never consulted us at the APH.” He pronounced it phonetically, like Aff.
“What are you-”
Talbot heard a click from behind him, and turned to see Tim Willis, the night janitor, closing and locking his door. He could barely register the betrayal.
“Ah, yes. Tim is working for me. For us. The Agency for the Protection of Humankind really frowns upon anyone attempting to learn the Higher Order.”
Talbot, finally able to form a full sentence, asked, “What’s the Higher Order?”
“You know what it is, of course, although you may not have heard the term. It’s what we call the mechanics of the very fabric of the universe itself. The questions about ‘why are we here?’ and ‘is there a god?’ and all the stuff like that. All theoretical philosophy, basically. And you, apparently through sheer dumb luck,” He turned to admire the mural again, “have managed to find more of it than any human being ever, including us! Quite impressive. Big hand.” The man slow-clapped for Talbot. The small sweet-looking man being sarcastically condescending was jarringly incongruous.
Talbot felt a surge of anger, and it helped him produce a full sentence. “Dumb luck?!?” He advanced on the man. “My Masterwork is the product of 20 years of research and experience! This is the greatest thing anyone has ever done, and how dare you say I achieved it through dumb luck!”
The man raised his hands placatingly. “Okay, okay!” He chuckled. “Years of research, whatever. You found the Higher Order. That’s where we come in.”
“Ah. Well, you see, the reason that no one’s found the entire Higher Order is simple. It’s because we stop them.”
Talbot was incredulous. “What?! Why would you stand in the way of progress like that?!” As a scientist, the possibility that there could be anyone actively against gaining knowledge was incomprehensible to him.
The man grimaced, as though he was about to break some terrible news. “Well… there are some parts of this tapestry you’ve assembled, specifically here...” The man pointed at a small segment of the diagram, a thick horizontal line with four thin lines crossing perpendicularly that turned into five lines on the other side, “That grants access to some other planes of existence. Planes of existence that are home to some very dangerous things. And due to some logistical aspects of the Higher Order,” He gestured at another segment of the diagram entirely composed of square symbols, “if you muck about in their domain, they are able to muck about in ours. The Law of Equivalent Interference.”
“But… how would our finding answers count as ‘mucking about in their domain’? If we knew the danger, we just wouldn’t go there.”
The man was silent, then answered Talbot’s question with a question. “Tell me, Talbot. If humans discovered another dimension, do you really think they’d be able to stay out of it?”
“Fine. But then why do you have to censor the whole thing? Why not give them the benign parts that would still forward human progress by centuries?”
“Because the Higher Order is like Algebra. Or a logic puzzle from Highlights magazine. If you give someone smart enough just a few clues, they’ll eventually assemble the whole picture. Which we desperately want to avoid.”
There was a long and heavy silence.
“Ok.” Said Talbot, wrapping his head around the new information. “So the APH stops people from finding the answers to these questions so our world isn’t destroyed by Fourth Dimensional entities?”
“Exactly!” The man nodded, delighted at Talbot’s comprehension. “Well, they’re technically Fifth Dimensional. The existence of time in our reality means that this is the Fourth Dimension.”
There was another silence.
“Sorry, what was your name again?” Talbot asked.
The man looked utterly devastated. “Oh no! I can’t believe I was so rude!” He vaulted the desk and approached Talbot, stopping just short and shaking his hand. “Alexander Talc, Class 2 Censor Operative for the APH.”
“Censor as in… ?”
“Yes, I censor things. People too, if necessary.”
“So what,” Talbot asked, “You’re here to kill me?”
Talc gasped. “What?!?! No! As if we’d be so barbaric! We’re here to recruit you.”
Talbot’s eyes widened. “Wait, really?”
“Of course! You know more about the Higher Order than any human outside of the APH, and probably more than a majority of those inside of the APH. Your expertise could be vital in preventing a breach in our reality!”
“What would this job entail?”
“Well, we’d need you to fake your death, change your name, burn your research-”
Talbot recoiled.
“Now I know that sounds like a lot,” Talc backpedaled, “But allow me to let you in on a little secret.” He leaned in conspiratorially, then glanced around as though to make sure nobody was listening. Satisfied, he whispered, “The dental is off-the-charts.”
Talbot shook his head. “What happens if I don’t take the job?”
Talc winced. “Things get considerably less pleasant. I have to call in a Class 3 Purge Operative, and that’s always a hassle.”
Talbot chose not to inquire into the purpose of a ‘Purge Operative’.
Talc gently laid a hand on Talbot’s shoulder. “It’s a lot to take in, I know. How about we move to some place more hospitable and you can think it over?”
Talbot nodded, his mind elsewhere. Talc gently guided him out of the room, Willis following and closing the door behind them.
Talbot stared down into his conical paper cup, filled with water that tasted plasticy. The three men were in the lobby of Talbot’s workplace, leaning against a table adorned with donuts and a water cooler.
Talc bit into a day-old bear claw as Talbot swirled his water and considered the situation.
If he accepted the offer, he would be shipped off to another state, away from his home in Bedford, where he would join whatever on earth APH was. Talbot hated the idea of working for an agency whose entire purpose was to destroy knowledge. On the other hand, if he didn’t accept the offer, they’d likely kill him.
Purge Officer…
Would working for the APH really be so bad? Talbot liked Talc enough. Maybe they could be friends. Or… more than friends. And if the APH truly wanted Talbot to be able to suppress the Higher Order, he’d have to know the Higher Order. Which meant research. He could essentially continue on exactly as he was.
Except he would never be recognized as the genius he was. Talbot involuntarily crushed his paper cup as he realized that, if he took the offer, he’d never win a Nobel prize. He’d never present at the Grand Chemistry Convention. He’d never write a revolutionary scientific paper. He would be forgotten.
He knew what he had to do. He couldn’t say no, or he would be killed. He couldn’t accept, or he would be forgotten, which was worse. He had to escape.
But how? This was some sort of world-ruling secret agency. They probably had eyes everywhere. What could he possibly do to get away?
His eyes wandered towards the stairs. The stairs that led to his office, which held the key to every single natural law.
Talbot tossed his cup in the trash, then approached Talc.
“I think I’m ready to make my decision. But first, can I go to the restroom?”
Talc nodded. “Of course! Take all the time you need!”
Talbot nodded and jogged toward the restroom. In the tiled floor under him, he saw Willis’s warped reflection following him discreetly.
He entered the single restroom and quietly opened the window. He could see Willis’s shadow under the door as the man hovered just outside.
Talbot waited a couple seconds, then flushed the toilet, turned on the sink, and silently crept through the window. He fell a few feet to the alley below, and had to suppress a grunt.
Now what? He needed to escape, but his notebook was still upstairs. All his research was in there, and he couldn’t leave it to the APH.
The only ground level entrance to the building was the main lobby door, which was directly in Talc’s sightline. However, who said he had to enter on ground level?
Talbot’s gaze rose to the old fire escape above him. The bottom of the structure was a platform that lined up with the second floor. A ladder was folded up on the platform, an old rusty latch keeping it from reaching ground level. Talbot couldn’t reach the latch from where he was on the ground, so he looked around for a solution.
He had a bum throwing arm, so he couldn’t toss anything up to break it. Unless…
Talbot considered Talc’s words. The very mechanics of the universe itself... He felt a flare of pride as he realized how little Talc truly understood.
The sigil that granted access to the Fifth Dimension was just one of several such Seals. Over all Talbot’s years of study, those portions of the Higher Order were the most applicable. They did not just show universal aspects of reality. They represented those aspects. They were symbolic, and like all symbols, they were powerful.
They were simulacra of natural laws, and could be manipulated in order to manipulate those laws themselves. It allowed anyone who knew the Seals to weave a sort of magic, ignoring the laws of time, space, or gravity by sketching and then destroying the corresponding runes, temporarily destroying that Law’s influence over oneself. Talbot’s hypothesis was that there was a single Greater Seal for each law that controlled that law anywhere and everywhere. If that one was found and destroyed, the laws of reality would change forever.
For greater, wide-scale application, Talbot had scrawled in his notebook, The Greater Aspects must be located and manipulated.
Talbot dropped to the ground and dragged his finger through the alley gravel. He assembled the rocks into a facsimile of a tiny part of the Higher Order, one that he’d experimented with a lot. He looked around for a suitable vessel, settling on a rock. He poured all his mental energy into the stone, and used his hands to scatter the pebbles that made up the Seal of Velocity.
The rock sprang from the ground and soared upwards, clanging against the ladder before anticlimactically falling into a dumpster. From inside, Willis banged on the bathroom door and said something indistinct. Talbot’s second telekinetic toss hit the ladder before falling onto the platform itself. He broke another Seal, and his third throw smacked into the latch, splitting the rusted thing and shooting the ladder downwards.
It made a lot of noise, and Talbot could hear Willis pounding on the bathroom door inside. He seemed to be breaking it down, as Talbot heard wood split with a crunch. Talbot quickly mounted the ladder and climbed up to the platform, trying not to think about the alarming creaking sounds the old construction was making. From there, he took the stairs two at a time, spiraling up and up until he reached the sixth floor.
Six flights of stairs only had him a bit winded by the time he reached his floor. He tried the door to the inside, and found it unlocked.
Talbot entered the hallway outside his office quietly. He considered how this would play out. Willis and Talc would be storming up here at any moment. He had to move quickly.
Talbot entered his workroom, dragging his desk over to block the door. He took a moment to gaze forlornly at his Masterwork, because he would never be able to take it with him. All the same pieces and diagrams were in his notebook, but the full Masterwork was a thing of beauty, one that he would never behold again.
He snapped a picture of it with his phone. It wasn’t the same, but it’d have to do.
Talbot grabbed his notebook, its leather-bound pages bulging with decades of research. Some of the sheaves of paper stuck out at odd angles, newspaper snippets and glossy photographs glued into the most faithful companion Talbot had ever had.
Was there anything else he needed?
The door began to rattle.
Talbot grabbed a sheet of blank paper from his desk and rapidly sketched as many Seals as he could. He had an idea of how he could escape, but he needed to harness his work to do it. Using the Masterwork as a reference, he scrawled the Seal of Time, the Seal of Space, the Seal of Gravity, and, after considering it, the Seal of the Fifth Dimension.
Just in case. He thought.
With a crack, his door burst open, shoving the desk out of the way. Talc and Willis stood there, the latter looking enraged, the former strangely calm.
“Talbot, this doesn’t have to happen this way.” Talc appealed, but Talbot was done listening. He would not be forgotten. He would be immortalized, through his work.
Talbot ripped a corner off of his Seal sheet, and glanced down at the Seal of Time. With a glare at Talc, he stuck it in his mouth and began to chew.
Talbot disappeared with a pop, as Willis lunged towards where he’d just been.
Willis stopped short, then turned to Talc. He was noticeably upset at losing their quarry.
“What do we do now?”
“Well, we follow him.”
Talc approached the Masterwork. “It’s simple. I’m sure Talbot understood that time travel doesn’t work the way everyone thinks it does. Cause and Effect are inextricably linked, and cannot be put out of order. Traveling through time actually just creates another dimension, a splintered facsimile of your original where things play out differently.”
“So… to follow him do we just use the Time Sigil?”
Seal, Willis. And no. That will just create another splinter plane. Now that the reality has already been established, we need to follow him. Using this.”
Talc’s thin fingers traced the outline of another Seal, one Talbot hadn’t thought to inscribe.
“There are many ways to traverse the Multiverse.” Talc said, “Using Seals to rip open the barriers between planes is one of the simplest.”
Talc sketched down two copies of the seal, then separated the two and handed one to Willis. The two locked eyes and nodded in unison. They both rent their sheets in half and disappeared.
Talbot didn’t ‘land’, per se, but he still felt off-balance when he blinked into existence in his office. He staggered, but caught himself before he could fall. The world felt… different here.
Out of everything Talbot had discovered, Multiversal travel was his least considered. He’d been too cowardly to experiment with anything but the Space, Gravity, and Velocity Seals, so this experience was new to him. Naturally, as any scientist does when faced with something unfamiliar, he started taking notes.
Effects of Time/Universe Traversal:
–Slight nausea. Somewhat noticeable. Temporary?
–World overall feels discordant. Silence sounds different than back home. My tinnitus is in another key. Feels like I don’t belong.
–Different frequency hard-coded into every reality?
Before he could assemble an entire thesis on the underlying resonance within the multiverse, he realized with a start that he had to get out of here. Talc and WIllis were likely following him, and even if they weren’t, there were copies of them in this dimension.
Talbot had willed himself about 10 minutes back in time, and it seemed like that’d worked. His Masterwork was complete and the desk and tarp were off to the side. The trio were likely downstairs in the lobby, where Past-Talbot was thinking over the pros and cons of their offer. At least, he thought so. Time travel seemed to create a splintering reality, one that maintained consistency with his original up until the point where he showed up. There were plenty of unfamiliar worlds out there, but the Seal of Time created one quite familiar. Right now Past-Talbot-
Past-Talbot doesn’t sound right. Pretty soon it’ll be my present, then my future. How about Talbot-2?
After settling upon a name to call his double, Talbot exited his office and left through the door that led to the fire escape, in too much of a hurry to close it. He scrambled down the stairs, knocked the latch off the ladder, climbed to the ground, popped open the bathroom window, and climbed inside. Right as he got his arms through, the door opened.
Talbot-2 walked in, then stopped short as he saw himself dangling halfway through the window. Talbot put a finger to his lips, and indicated Willis-2 with his eyes. Talbot-2 silently shut the door, locking Willis-2 outside.
Talbot-2 opened his mouth to speak, but barely got out one word. “What-”
“I’m you, from the future. Well, not from your future, but from a future.”
Talbot-2’s confused expression was replaced with excitement. “So the Time Seal Worked?! Fantastic! What’s it like?!”
“I’d tell you all about it, but I’m currently stuck in a bathroom window and being hunted down by two government agents. Although I don’t actually know if they work for the government…”
Talbot-2 pulled him through the window into the bathroom. “Sorry.”
Once he was in, Talbot glanced at the door behind Talbot-2.
“Okay. Here’s the thing. Some version of Talc and Willis will be here any minute. Whether mine followed me from the future or not, yours will catch on soon. We need to get out of here, and get the Masterwork to somebody else.”
“Wait, which Talc and Willis will show up?”
“One of them… or both of them. It doesn’t really matter! Do we know anybody we can send our notes to?”
Talbot-2 considered it. “Davis?”
Talbot frowned, and opened his notebook to an early page.
Dr. Wilson Davis
–Spineless fool. He calls himself a chemist, but refuses to venture outside the conventions of the industry. No true scientist works a cushy chemical production job! We journey! We endeavor!
Talbot shook his head. “He’d never publish something like this. If they tracked him down, he’d probably take their oppressive offer.”
Dr Monica Johnson
—Chemist and conspiracy nut. Super gullible, but generally a good person.
“She’ll believe anything.” Talbot said. “...Which is actually probably a good thing in this case. If she thinks it’s real, she’ll distribute it, and she’s earnest enough to leave my- our name on it.”
Talbot-2 nodded. “Sounds like a plan. Actually, it sounds like an idea, not a plan. What is our plan?”
Talbot thought for several seconds. “Here’s what we do. You pretend to accept their offer, and do whatever they tell you. If all else fails, you’ll get a cushy job working for the government. Meanwhile, I get this,” Talbot indicated his notebook. “To Johnson, and then…” He paused.
Someone knocked on the door.
“And then?” Talbot-2 prompted in a whisper, glancing behind him.
“Then… I’ll figure something out.”
Talbot-2 nodded. “Alright. Are we ready to go?”
“I think so.” Talbot replied.
Talbot slipped out of the window, and Talbot-2 opened the door to greet Willis-2.
The man peered around him. “Who were you talking to in there?”
Talbot-2 shrugged. “Myself. You know, crazy scientist stuff.”
Talbot dropped to the ground, then produced his sheet of Seals. He picked out one specific design, a circle bisected by a thin line. On one side of the line, a stylized forest thrived, and on the other a pictographic city loomed. Talbot ripped the Seal of Space from his paper and stuck it in his mouth, once again disappearing with a pop.
Talc and Willis appeared in Talbot-2’s workroom, and quickly exited. Both spun in the hallway outside, and both spotted the wide-open door to the fire escape. They both moved down the rickety metal construction and found themselves in an alley behind the building.
“See that?” Talc pointed at the window.
“Yeah. Did he go in through it?” Willis asked.
“Of course. But if he used the Seal of Time to try to come back and alert himself, I’m guessing he came through here to talk to him…self, but he couldn’t have left. The only point at which he was in the bathroom, you were right outside. He popped in, popped out, popped another Seal.”
“Is there any guarantee that he came back to alert himself? He could’ve gone to any point in time.”
“I know his type. The out-there intellectual. He’s been burned by everyone but himself. He’ll only trust himself. And if he came to himself before we’d arrived, he wouldn’t believe him.”
“Sorry, who wouldn’t believe him?”
“Him! Aren’t you-” Talc took a moment to consider the context. “You know what, nevermind. The point is that this reality’s Talbot is now in league with our Talbot, and that’s not good.”
“What do we do?”
“Well firstly, we need to cut it down to one Talbot. Two is too many to deal with.” Talc pushed on his earpiece, then spoke. “Hello? Can you hear me, Talc?” There was silence, until something dawned on him. “Ah, dammit. I can’t call my own earpiece.” He adjusted something on his earpiece. “Willis! Do you copy?” Willis heard Talc both from right next to him and through his earpiece. He didn’t hear the reply, but his earpiece buzzed as its exact copy broadcast something. Willis took his earpiece out and squinted at it, curious about the exact Multiversal properties that bonded it to its clone.
“Yes, this is Talc. But not your Talc. Listen, Talbot ran off to this dimension, and we believe he’s working with your Talbot. We need to meet up, then dispose of the dupe.”
Talc listened for a response, and Willis’s earpiece vibrated as his double presumably replied.
Talc turned to Willis. “Alright. They’ll meet us back in Talbot’s office. There we can get rid of the redundant one and track our quarry.”
Their quarry was currently depositing a large package of brown paper in a big blue mailbox.
Talbot paused as he lowered the boxy parcel. This was his life’s work, his notebook and all his scattered papers, and was the second-most important thing he owned, next to the wall that contained the Masterwork itself, which was likely being dismantled by his enemies at that very moment. This was the last 20 years of his life, and he was about to gamble it away to a crazy woman on the off-chance that his legacy might live on. Talbot wished he’d spent more time with reasonable scientists, if only to expand the pool of people he could mail his book to.
With a deep breath, Talbot released the book, wincing at the gentle ‘paff’ sound it made when it fell onto the envelopes at the bottom of the box.
His job complete, Talbot slipped the hood of his sweatshirt over his head and disappeared into the afternoon.
Guns are inelegant, Talc told his subordinate often. They’re loud, messy. Tools of thugs and soldiers, not agents of a higher purpose.
But there’s a downside to not carrying a gun, Willis countered silently. The difference between shooting a person and being forced to kill them more intimately is palpable, and not often a positive.
Willis considered this as Talbot-2 stopped struggling and finally went limp in his arms. Willis released the garotte from around the man’s throat, then lowered him to the floor of the office.
An irritated sigh came from behind him. Willis turned to see Talc shaking his head and walking toward him.
“No, you need to finish the job.” The man said. He kneeled, took Talbot-2’s forehead in one hand, his chin in the other, then jerked his head to the side, snapping his neck.
“If you stop garrotting when he goes limp, he’s just unconscious.” The other Talc, Talc-2, stated.
Willis nodded, numbly. He didn’t really hear the man.
“I know this is hard,” Talc said, shifting into a gentler tone, “But this is all for the good of humanity. If we let these ideas run wild, we’d all be dead.”
“Worse than dead.” Talc-2 added helpfully. “Our very essences would be consumed by dark beings from beyond our world.”
Willis nodded again. He’d heard it all before. So why did he still find it so hard to hurt people?
“So where’s the other one?” Willis-2 asked, seemingly unaware of his double’s predicament.
“That’s the big question, isn’t it.” Talc-2 mused, “However, before we can ponder it, first things first. We need to get a CC team in here to handle that wall.”
All four men were familiar with the APH Cognito Containment Teams, mysterious individuals in surgical masks that took away artifacts of forbidden knowledge to be stored or disposed of.
Talc-2 clicked his earpiece, then said a series of numbers and codes that were unintelligible to either Willis. He finished by saying, “Please send a Class-4 CC team. Over.”
He turned to the others. “They’re on their way. We need to secure Talbot’s place of residence.”
“Do we know that’s where he’ll go next?” Willis-2 asked.
“Not necessarily,” Talc-1 responded, “But it’s quite likely he’ll at least stop there to retrieve personal effects before going somewhere else.”
Both Willises nodded, almost in sync. The logic made sense. They would lock down Talbot’s house first.
All was silent in the small house several miles outside of town that Talbot called his abode. Then frantic footsteps sounded from outside, as someone ran up the footpath leading to the front door. Then, a faint scratching as Talbot scrambled to fit his key into the lock. A quiet clacking came next, as Talbot’s cat descended his cat-tree and approached the door to see what was happening.
Talbot swung the door open and gently pushed the cat out of his way with his foot.
“Sorry Ozzy,” he muttered.
He produced his debit card and snapped it in half, having extracted all the money from his account before arriving here. He pulled several thousand dollars from his pockets and shoved them in his wallet, his backpack, the pocket on the inside of his jacket, and his shoes.
He grabbed a spare toothbrush and tube of toothpaste from the master bathroom, shoving them into the backpack as well. He was going on the run, for god knows how long.
He paused as his eyes fell on his set of keys. He wouldn’t be taking his car or his house, so they’d likely not be necessary.
But I might as well just in case. Talbot grabbed the jangling key ring and slipped it into the inside pocket of his pants.
His cat mewed at his feet. After a moment’s hesitation, he grabbed his carrier and bowl, both monogrammed with a matching ‘Ozymandius’.
He knew bringing Ozzy was objectively a bad choice. It was impractical and stupid. The cat was loud, and would slow him down. But Talbot couldn’t bear leaving his baby here to be subjected to whatever evil ideas Talc and Willis had in mind.
Talbot coaxed Ozzy into his crate, then picked up the cat and donned his backpack. He took one last look around his house before he opened the front door and was immediately grabbed by both Willises, one of which held a chloroform rag over his mouth until he went limp.
Talbot awoke with a start. He glanced around, disoriented, and immediately registered that he was in some sort of interrogation room. His chair was metal, and bolted to the floor. Before him was a table, and above that table a blinding light mounted on the ceiling shone directly into his eyes. On the wall across from him, very much breaking the theme, was a ‘Hang in there!’ poster and a wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser.
Talbot tried to stand, only to find that his wrists and ankles were strapped into the chair. He strained against the bonds, cursing as the straps held strong.
He thought he heard faint snickering.
He turned to glare at the mirror to his right. “What are you planning to do to me?!”
“What are you planning to do to my cat?!?”
More silence.
The Talcs and the Willi were standing behind the one-way mirror on Talbot’s left, looking at the back of his head as he shouted at no one. Talc looked mildly amused at Talbot’s complete misunderstanding of the room’s orientation.
Willis-2 glanced at Talc-2, who shrugged and motioned for Talc-1 to enter the larger room. Talc-1 did as asked.
The door at the front of the room opened, and Talc stepped out. He took a seat across from Talbot, and cleared his throat.
“First off, the most important thing. Your cat will be well-cared for, no matter the outcome of this conversation. Great name, by the way.”
Talbot refused to thank him for the compliment.
Talc cleared his throat, and there was a long silence.
“What about my first question?” Talbot asked, his voice trembling.
Talc sighed, then reached below the table.
Several seconds later, he came back up, notably with some difficulty. He slammed Talbot’s notebook down on the table. Next to it, he laid the sheet of seals Talbot had used to traverse space and time.
Talbot was stricken. “How did you-!?”
“Find this? Simple deduction. I’m frankly insulted that you didn’t consider that we’ve been tailing everyone you know for months. Johnson was the only person you could send this to.”
“What did you do to her?!”
“Nothing! We’re not the bad guys here, Talbot. We pulled the package from her porch before she ever got involved. We’d never hurt anyone.”
“Then where am I?” Talbot spat, then rephrased. “I mean… where is the version of me from here? Wait, are you from here or there?”
“I’m from there, assuming you mean your original reality. And Talbot-2 is fine. He’s in the next room.”
Willis winced behind the mirror.
“You never actually answered my question.” Talbot said quietly.
Talc pursed his lips regrettably.
“Well… here’s the thing, Talbot. What I’d like to do is offer you a chance to redeem yourself. I’d like to let you join the APH and help us protect humanity. But you’ve made it clear that that’s not what you want, and if we let you into our fold now, we’d forever be looking over our shoulders, wondering whose side you were truly on. And we can’t just let you go, no no. Your theories would largely be regarded as crackpot, but there are ways to prove these things, and you would certainly find them.”
Talbot swallowed. “Couldn’t you just… you know… erase my memory?”
Talc stifled a laugh. “Unfortunately, this is not Men In Black. Actions have consequences. There are no take-backs. And I’m sorry, Talbot, but this is it for you.” Talc stood, turned on his heel, and left.
“Why the hell’d you wake him up just to tell him that?” Willis muttered behind the glass.
“Hey, wait!” Talbot screamed at him as he departed, but there was no response.
Talbot tried to stand again, but slammed back into his chair as the bonds held.
Willis entered a few minutes later, holding a syringe. He winced at the sight before him. Talbot was hunched over, resting his head on the table. His shoulders were bobbing as though he was sobbing quietly.
Willis approached Talbot and tightened the strap on his right wrist. He moved around him and reached for his left hand, only to see that the strap had been sawed apart, and Talbot’s hand was free.
Willis grabbed his elbow, but Talbot struggled against the man’s grasp. The scientist was trying to keep it firmly on the table under his face.
Frustrated, Willis grabbed Talbot’s head and lifted it back, so he was sitting up straight.
As he beheld Talbot’s face, Willis felt a bolt of fear lance through him. The man was smiling, but it was not a happy smile.
It was the smile of a trapped animal that knew it would take a limb before it went down. With his eyes, Talbot indicated downwards. Willis slowly lowered his vision to the stainless steel tabletop. In Talbot’s hand was a housekey, the teeth worn down from sawing through the leather strap and scratching a symbol into the table. Right under his hand, the surface was pockmarked with the Seal of the Fifth Dimension.
Willis lunged for Talbot’s wrist, but it was too late. The alchemist brought the key across the symbol, carving another scratch to break the Seal and the boundaries between their reality and one far darker. Neither man had time to scream.
Talbot felt himself slip free of the chair, and out of the leather strap around his wrist.
Willis’s grip loosened, and it felt like he was flung across whatever intermediary pathway connected the fourth and fifth dimensions.
Part Two posted promptly!
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2023.05.29 12:57 Safe_Time1327 I can’t with recovery anymore

My parents constantly control what i eat since they know about my ED. I was forced to restore my weight, i got my period back, i don’t lose my hair as much. But now, I literally can’t anymore, I want to relapse so bad, but my parents are super controlling now. I got back into SH and i feel more depressed than when I was restricting. I don’t know what to do, i want to quit my house i cant do this anymore I dont control anything now. I dont even see my psychologist anymore because of financial problems. I feel so alone.
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2023.05.29 12:54 OLDZARI 10 Creative Ideas to Upcycle Your Old Saree and Give it a New Purpose

10 Creative Ideas to Upcycle Your Old Saree and Give it a New Purpose
Sarees are one of the most beautiful and elegant attire for women in India, embodying our rich cultural heritage and tradition. However, we often find ourselves with a pile of old sarees that we no longer wear or those that are damaged beyond repair. Repurposing them can be an excellent way to give them a new lease on life. Here are 10 creative ideas to upcycle your old saree and give it a new purpose.
Turn it into a Dress
One of the easiest ways to repurpose an old saree is by turning it into a dress. There are several styles that you can experiment with, such as an A-line dress, a maxi dress, a wrap dress or a sundress. Add embellishments or embroidery to make it look more attractive.
Make a Skirt
Another option is to turn the saree into a skirt. You can use the saree to create a maxi skirt or a knee-length skirt. You can also add a lining to make it more comfortable to wear.
Create a Crop Top
If you have a saree with a beautiful print or design, you can create a crop top from it. Crop tops are very much in fashion and can be paired with jeans or skirts. You can use the pallu of the saree to create the sleeves or the neckline. Add some lace or embroidery to make it look more attractive.
Make a Scarf
A saree can also be turned into a beautiful scarf. You can cut the saree into a rectangular shape and hem the edges to create a scarf. You can experiment with different styles, such as knotting it around your neck, wearing it as a headband or tying it to your bag.
Create a Handbag
If you have a saree with a sturdy material, you can turn it into a handbag. You can use the entire saree or just a portion of it to create the bag. You can add a lining and a zipper to make it more functional.
Turn it into a Jacket
Another way to upcycle your old saree is by turning it into a jacket. Jackets are a great way to add some style to your outfit, and a saree can provide a unique and beautiful material. You can create a short jacket or a long one, depending on your preference. Add some embellishments to make it stand out.
Make a Cushion Cover
If you have a saree with a beautiful print, you can turn it into a cushion cover. You can use the pattu of the saree to create the front of the cover and use a plain fabric for the back. You can add some tassels or buttons to make it look more attractive.
Create a Table Runner
A saree can also be turned into a table runner. You can use the entire saree or just a portion of it to create the runner. You can add some lace or embroidery to make it look more attractive.
Make a Wall Hanging
If you have a saree with a beautiful print or design, you can turn it into a wall hanging. You can cut the saree into a rectangular shape and add some tassels or fringes to the bottom. You can also add some embroidery or sequins to make it look more attractive.
Create a Quilt
Finally, you can also turn your old sarees into a beautiful quilt. You can cut the sarees into small squares and sew them together to create the quilt top. You can add a plain fabric for the back and use some batting in between to add some thickness. You can also add some embroidery or patch
In conclusion, there are numerous ways to upcycle old sarees and give them a new purpose, from turning them into dresses and skirts to creating handbags and wall hangings. Repurposing old sarees not only saves them from ending
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2023.05.29 12:54 Yasuman 30 [M4F] Germany/Europe/Online - Life is a jigsaw, looking for someone to finish building it to the end

Hey there,
I'm currently and sort of constantly looking for a partner in crime, a relationship to stand the test of time. I'm often a bit of a hopeless romantic, but I'm sure there's someone there for everyone.
Things about me:
183cm tall, white German guy. I'd say my build is average - I'm not overweight, but I'm also not super slim. With age I'm slowly starting to keep a small belly too, but working on it.
I enjoy cooking, and I'd dare say I'm pretty good at it (I got the pictures to proof it too). I'm also an omnivore, so if that bothers you we're probably not a good match.
Quite heavy on the nerdy side, too. Ranging from gaming (PC), to reading manga, following tech like it's a religion and just generally caring about everything in that space. I also work in IT, so there's that as well. But it pays well and is a stable career, so hey.
I love traveling, so far I've been to most parts of western and northern Europe, Turkey, Japan and the US. There's just something special about seeing many different cultures, and don't get me started on the food. I'm a big foodie.
I don't have kids, and I plan to keep it that way too, so if you want some little devils of your own, we're not a good fit either.
My humor exists, even though I am German. Admittedly it's often very dark humor, but that's just how we are.
I work from home, so I'm available most of the time, although with Diablo IV around the corner we'll have to see about that.
I love cats and dogs, sadly my current apartment doesn't allow pets - but once I move to a bigger one next year I plan on getting at least a cat, but we'll see.
That should be enough about me for now, you can go through my post history to find some more specific things I'm into as well. Now a little about what I'm looking for:
You should be Europe, as to make traveling short and easy. I'm fine with LDR for a start, as long as there's intent to move towards each other at some point. In my case moving out of Germany is quite difficult for some specific reason, but we'd see about that. You should be around 25-40, please don't be obese either, physical attraction is important in any relationship. Ideally you've finishing Uni already, so we both have financial means to travel together. If you're on the nerdy side and enjoy video games, that would be a big help. I also love a lady with tattoos (to an extent), but aside from those things I'm just pretty open to whoever wants to chat. You never know what kind of person is actually going to be yours until you see her. (:
I'm fine with exchanging pictures, if you want mine - send me a message and attach your own.
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