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Loose Ends chapter 3

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Loose Ends chapter 3

It wasn't long after the sun rose over Cavendish Manor and breakfast had been served when the arguing began. "Honestly, Diana, must you drag more of your ragamuffin friends here?" demanded Daryl, Diana's imperious aunt. Diana swallowed her toast, her face a carefully controlled mask. "I realize this is an inconvenience for you, Aunt, but my three friends will be arriving for lunch and only staying overnight until we all leave for Luna Nova tomorrow. It's not as if I'm asking you to entertain them." Akko watched this exchange silently while hiding behind her orange juice. Daryl sniffed. "You put such stock in the Cavendish legacy but can't be bothered to associate with witches with respectable magical lineages." "In my experience a person's heritage gives no indication of their character," Diana shot back with perfect equanimity. "And in any event I haven't the faintest idea what their lineages are, nor do you." "They're Irish hedge witches," Daryl declared with a voice

Loose Ends chapter 2

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Loose Ends chapter 2

On the other side of the Irish Sea the sun was shining warmly on Wicklow, a modest town nestled between the mountains and the coast an hour south of Dublin. The unusually nice spring weather had brought quite a crowd to the music festival. Delicious smells wafted from the line of food stalls and the vendors were doing a brisk business selling memorabilia and merchandise. The grassy pitch in front of the main stage was packed as the current band finished its last number and bowed off to thunderous cheers from the crowd. One of those cheering the loudest was a short brunette bouncing up and down while holding onto the arms of her two companions. Her long hair was flying about with her enthusiasm, and her trademark lucky star bandeau was peeking out between her bangs. "That was awesome!" she shouted to her friends, "Wasn't that awesome, Ashling? I told you this band is great! What did you think, Aine? I've been wanting to take you to your first concert for ages!" "Yes, Aoife, it

Loose Ends chapter 1

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Loose Ends chapter 1

Long ago, in ancient Ireland, a young girl of perhaps twelve years of age was running for her life. The night shrouded forest closed in around her, forcing her to flee from her pursuers blindly. Breathing hard, heart pounding in her ears, leaves slapping her face and branches catching at her clothing and tangled blond hair, the girl still heard every sound they made. The eerie "K'Tic, K'Tic" noises were punctuated by the occasional lingering howl, "Arooooooooo!" as they glided through the trees after her. The girl tripped over a root and tumbled down a short slope. Trying to get up, her ankle wouldn't support her. Turning in terror, she saw the shadowy forms of her pursuers emerging from the trees. "Murowa!!" The commanding voice rang out behind her as a bolt of magic lanced out, striking the nearest pursuer. As one, they howled in anger. Turning, the girl saw the glowing figures of two women emerge from the gloom, wands held out, magic wreathing them in power. The taller
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Loose Ends chapter 3

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Loose Ends chapter 3

It wasn't long after the sun rose over Cavendish Manor and breakfast had been served when the arguing began. "Honestly, Diana, must you drag more of your ragamuffin friends here?" demanded Daryl, Diana's imperious aunt. Diana swallowed her toast, her face a carefully controlled mask. "I realize this is an inconvenience for you, Aunt, but my three friends will be arriving for lunch and only staying overnight until we all leave for Luna Nova tomorrow. It's not as if I'm asking you to entertain them." Akko watched this exchange silently while hiding behind her orange juice. Daryl sniffed. "You put such stock in the Cavendish legacy but can't be bothered to associate with witches with respectable magical lineages." "In my experience a person's heritage gives no indication of their character," Diana shot back with perfect equanimity. "And in any event I haven't the faintest idea what their lineages are, nor do you." "They're Irish hedge witches," Daryl declared with a voice

Loose Ends chapter 2

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Loose Ends chapter 2

On the other side of the Irish Sea the sun was shining warmly on Wicklow, a modest town nestled between the mountains and the coast an hour south of Dublin. The unusually nice spring weather had brought quite a crowd to the music festival. Delicious smells wafted from the line of food stalls and the vendors were doing a brisk business selling memorabilia and merchandise. The grassy pitch in front of the main stage was packed as the current band finished its last number and bowed off to thunderous cheers from the crowd. One of those cheering the loudest was a short brunette bouncing up and down while holding onto the arms of her two companions. Her long hair was flying about with her enthusiasm, and her trademark lucky star bandeau was peeking out between her bangs. "That was awesome!" she shouted to her friends, "Wasn't that awesome, Ashling? I told you this band is great! What did you think, Aine? I've been wanting to take you to your first concert for ages!" "Yes, Aoife, it

Loose Ends chapter 1

L

Loose Ends chapter 1

Long ago, in ancient Ireland, a young girl of perhaps twelve years of age was running for her life. The night shrouded forest closed in around her, forcing her to flee from her pursuers blindly. Breathing hard, heart pounding in her ears, leaves slapping her face and branches catching at her clothing and tangled blond hair, the girl still heard every sound they made. The eerie "K'Tic, K'Tic" noises were punctuated by the occasional lingering howl, "Arooooooooo!" as they glided through the trees after her. The girl tripped over a root and tumbled down a short slope. Trying to get up, her ankle wouldn't support her. Turning in terror, she saw the shadowy forms of her pursuers emerging from the trees. "Murowa!!" The commanding voice rang out behind her as a bolt of magic lanced out, striking the nearest pursuer. As one, they howled in anger. Turning, the girl saw the glowing figures of two women emerge from the gloom, wands held out, magic wreathing them in power. The taller
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My Bio
Hi! I'm Kes, a native Philadelphian who sometimes tries to do the whole art thing. I was born in 1976 (Ack! I'm getting ooooolllld!) and went to Penn State University. I started off majoring in Engineering Science but later switched to East Asian Studies, so I've wound up with a foot in both the clear cut scientific world and in that hazier existence of uncertainties and things half seen or half remembered.

I love anime and manga - they're my preferred forms of entertainment these days. But I'm always willing to try new stuff. I also have some pretty wide interests in things from physics to history to folklore and mythology.

Artistically I'm self taught so IhavenoideawhatI'mdoing... Feedback is always appreciated, including general assessments of my art, anything that particularly jumps out at you good or bad. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong - don't worry, I have a thick skin. ^_^ I shoot for an anime-ish style, and any tips, suggestions, or things it might help me to learn are much appreciated.

In general I return llamas but not faves or watches. Please only fave or watch if it's because you like what I'm doing. I'd much rather get comments. Conversation helps motivate me much more than anything else. If I go a long time between posting artwork, it probably means I'm in a bit of a funk so feel free to poke me and tell me to get off my lazy behind. ;-)

:iconbobo-kitty: made the chibi avatar for me - she totally rocks!

Yup, I talk politics. Yup, I'm left of center. However, I have no time for ideology. I care about what works in the real world, not how anyone thinks the universe is supposed to be. I always listen. I have no problem with respecting different points of view. I like to learn new things and new ideas. And if you don't want to talk politics just say so. I'm perfectly happy to be friends with people who strongly disagree with me.

However, I have completely exhausted my tolerance for mushrooms: people who want to be kept in the dark and fed bullshit. Those whose egos and worldviews are too fragile to deal with contrary facts hate me and frequently block me. I am the Snowflake Slayer!

Confirmed kills:
:iconcat-man-dancing: :iconmissouripatriot: :iconoddgarfield: :iconspookwriter: :iconamericandreaming: :icononlytheghosts: :iconxekowarrior123: :iconcenturion030: :iconmadkingfroggy: :iconsilverstarapple: :iconthe-psychonaut: :iconswytheq: :icondarthbane48: :icondieselhedgehog96: :icongnoll-el: :iconjax1776: :iconpig123456789: :iconslytherinroja: :iconcaciquecaribe: :iconkajm: :iconkarkovice1: :iconyarkariolu:

Favourite TV Shows
Revolutionary Girl Utena, Air, Escaflowne, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, xxxHolic, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Noragami
Favourite Books
Tao teh Ching
Tools of the Trade
GIMP, pencil
Other Interests
physics, history, space, folklore and mythology, East Asian religion and philosophy

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Enjoying eclipse?

Can't say I'm a big fan, although to be honest I haven't put in the effort to learn how to use it yet.

its bad I use their tutorials to find everything now

My source for the most part is guerilla journalists China Uncensored who use individuals living in China to report on activity in China. I figured I'd share it they work for no one but themselves hoping to preserve the culture Mao killed in exile and make the world aware of the CCP. 
That explains a few things.

I really admire those folks.  It's an incredibly brave thing they're doing, risking their freedom and maybe even their lives by defying the Chinese government to get this information out to the world.  they're fighting for a noble cause, and we should do what we can to support them.

But they're not journalists.  They're activists, even a resistance.  There's a difference.  By definition, they have an agenda.  Do you remember all the "slam dunk" intelligence Bush had about Saddam's WMD in the run up to the Iraq War?  Most of that came from an Iraqi dissident codenamed Curveball.  He was also fighting against an oppressive, tyrannical regime in his homeland, just like these folks in China.

I'm not telling you not to listen to what these folks have to say, but you should temper it with real journalism and not simply take it at face value.  Remember that Chinese invasion of Taiwan that was supposed to have happened a few months ago?
Well activism is all journalism according to most journalists oddly enough only Tucker Carlson has been against that and he is an editorial troll. Frankly a trade war was according to them in 2015 a peaceful way to stop an invasion of Taiwan. Although I am more of the mind that Corona Virus is a mixed blessing the PLA is unable to do anything. Still the group may be activist but well they meet standards Curveball never met. Also yeah I know they are a bit non-news like. Frankly give them a watch it won't hurt you. Also the invasion was slated to take place between March and May so yeah its likely not happening as the Corona outbreak started in January. Microbes are a real equalizer nothing to be done against them with laws, borders, and modern weapons.
Hey, this is kind of off topic, but have you heard about NASA has been overlooking evidence if life on Venus for decades?  It all started with declassified Soviet era imagery from the Venera probes, which show what appears to be some sort of small creature on the surface.  A closer analysis of the probe's data revealed that the Venusian atmosphere is anomalously depleted of hydrogen near the surface, which is believed to only be possible due to biological activity.  Radar returns from orbiters show strange surface features that seem to come and go with the seasons.  And finally reanalysis of meteorites originating from Venus has revealed what can only be microfossils, clearly indicating the presence of life on ancient Venus.

So what do you think?  Does that seem credible to you?  Do you believe it?  Would you believe it if you saw that story on one of your favorite websites?

You shouldn't.  Because I know for a fact that it's complete bullshit.  Because I just made it up off the top of my had.  Completely pulled it out of my ass.

Seriously, if you had read that online somewhere, would you have believed it?  Would you have thought to check it?  Would you even know how to check it?

You cannot tell whether or not a story is true simply on the basis of whether or not it sounds good.  It is not at all hard to simply make up a story that sounds good.  That's why con artist is one of the oldest professions out there.  Credibility of your sources matters.  Professionalism matters.  Expertise matters.  And saying that, "Well activism is all journalism," is saying that there's no such thing as objective truth, that there's no such thing as real facts.  That there's only what you want to hear, what you want to believe, and what serves to stroke your ego.  That's saying that's all you care about and nothing else matters to you.  Is that the sort of person you are?  Is that the sort of person you want to be?

The agenda of real journalists is the truth.  Period.  The fact that they do not just tell you what you want to hear does not make them part of grand liberal conspiracy out to get you.

Yes, the Chinese government is authoritarian, oppressive, and has global ambitions.  Yes, they are the US's greatest long term strategic challenge.  No, they are not out to deliberately start a war.  They're despots, not idiots.  And they know full well just how devastating a war with the US would be to their country.  And you should know just how devastating a war with China would be to the US.  You need to stop thinking of war as a legitimate tool of diplomacy.  It's not.  It's how the world ends.
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