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Here you can see both twins on the same branch. This was taken an hour after the first two, I had gone inside to get something to drink and cool off (it's been really really hot here lately), then I went back outside only to see that the second twin had moved to the same branch as their sibling. The one on the left is the second twin, the one on the right is the first twin.
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For years now we've had red tailed hawks that live in the woods near our house. Every year the parents have pairs of twins or triplets, every year you can hear the parents and kids screaming back and forth. Every year, you can watch the parents teaching the kids how to fly and hunt. I have never been able to get a good picture of the parents and kids, as they used to nest in the woods behind my house. This year, however, they decided to nest in the trees across the street from my house...in my neighbors yard. 

This picture is of the first twin, he or she was sitting in the tree closest to the road. Both are just about ready to venture out on their own, as mamma has been leaving for longer periods of time and the twins have been hunting things (once or twice) on their own. There were three of them but one of them died shortly after hatching. 
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The sun was bright and the sky was clear, it was a perfect day outside. It hardly ever rained here, which was one thing she loved...she hated the rain. Normally she would be curled up next to the stream behind her palace right now, but she wasn't. Instead, she was in the castle, lounging on the couch in the parlor and playing one of her favorite games. She had been stuck on this particular level for months and was determined to get off of it. Just as she was about to use her best move, the door to the palace opened and a booming voice echoed through the palace, bouncing off the stone walls and floors.

"PREPARE TO DI-" The voice stopped and the young woman looked over her shoulder to see a young man standing in the doorway, his weapon drawn as though he was prepared to strike. He blinked a few times before lowering his weapon, his eyes locked on her figure.

"Excuse me, but would you happen to be the witch that is rumored to live in this castle and kill harmless villagers?"

The woman smirked behind her dark hair before moving it out of the way to reveal her startling blue eyes and beautiful full lips, which were currently turned down in a frown.

"Yes, I would be...and you just caused me to lose for the millionth time. I was just about to beat this level finally." She gave him a scowl before turning back to her game and starting the level over.

The hero stood in the doorway, his weapon at his side, and his eyes fixed in shock on the young woman. This slayer of innocents...killer of men...was curled up on a couch in the middle of the very first room of this castle...in clear view of the door. She had stacks of pizza boxes and empty bottles of gatorade, dr. pepper, pepsi, coke, water, and powerade scattered around the couch in neat little piles. She was curled up under a plush throw and playing on an xbox one that was hooked up to a massive tv, which spanned the entire left-hand wall of the parlor. It had to be at lease 152 inches long and 145 inches wide. This seemingly-harmless girl, playing one of his favorite games, was the witch he had come here to kill. As he stood there watching her play, he begun to realize that he could not kill her. He had a growing doubt that she was as evil as the king had claimed.

"Are you just going to stand there with the door open or are you going to close it and join me?" The woman called from her couch, without taking her eyes off the large screen.

The young man shook his head and returned to the door. He poked his head out and looked at his fellow comrades, who were leaning against a rock wall, waiting for him.

"This may take a while, lads. She's tougher and smarter than I planned. Why don't you all go into town and explore until this is taken care of? I'll come find you lot when I'm finished."

He watched his comrades as they returned down the mountain before he ducked back inside and locked the door. He made his way to the couch, where the young woman had shifted over, giving him room to sit down. He leaned back as he watched her, giving advice on how to beat this battle and helping her finally win the game. Once it was over she started the game again, but this time putting it on multiplayer, so that he could play as well.

They played the same game for weeks. Each time his crew returned to see how things were going all they would hear was the tv up on full volume, brodcasting the sounds of the battle game. The hero and witch would be yelling back and forth: "DIE YOU HORRID WRETCH!" and "TAKE THAT YOU STUPID HERO! I WARNED YOU!", convincing the troop that their leader was, indeed, engaged in a very hard battle with the witch of the mountains. They played together, ate together, and slept together for years, eventually becoming very good friends. They would often chat about their past. The witch learned the hero had come from a broken home...where his mother often abused him as his father lay passed out on the couch. She expressed her sympathy for him and told him of her life, of how her father had abused her...and how the games were her way or releasing her pent up emotions. He nodded in understanding, for it was the same with him. They were happy. The hero's group eventually gave up waiting and went on with their lives, figuring he would find them eventually one day. The hero didn't care...he was happy.

That is...until she had his trust completely.

One day, after he had been with her for nearly ten years, she paused their game and looked over at him with a smile.

"Tell me...am I really as bad as the king made me sound?" She asked, her eyes reflecting her smile. He smiled back.

"No. I think the king a fool for calling you an evil witch. You are far to innocent and beautiful to be such a thing."

The young woman smiled and sat up. She moved to sit in his lap and placed her arms around his neck. She smiled as she felt his hands on her hips...she knew what he wanted. She leaned down and began kissing him passionately, inwardly smirking as he returned it while pulling her closer. After a few moments she leaned back just enough to ask, "Are you happy with me?" His reply was yet another kiss. When she returned the kiss, he shifted them so that she was on her back and he was hovering above her, his hands working on her gown, pushing it up. She returned the kiss and made sure he was fully distracted before she felt along the edge of the couch. She smirked as her fingers closed around the handle of her trusted dagger. As he finally got her gown high enough and was about to undo his pants, she plunged the dagger into his back and leaned back to gaze upon the horror in his eyes.

"You should have listened, love." She said with a sinister smirk.

Once the light faded from his eyes she pushed the body off of her and stood up, fixing her gown. She transported the body to the dungeon, throwing it to the large pile of bones, before returning to the parlor and using a simple spell to remove the blood. She then sat down and pulled her laptop out from under the couch. She opened up a communication site and typed a simple message.

"It's done. Took longer than I thought."

She waited for a few moments. Soon there was a 'ding' and she looked down at the return message.

"Good. Your payment has been deposited."

She smirked before replying, "It is a joy to serve you, my king."

The response came faster than the previous, "I shall send another hero to you in due time. Keep up the good work."

Once he signed off she shut her computer and slid it back under the couch. She turned the game off and made her way to her library. She picked out her favorite book and sat down in one of the ultra-comfy chairs, opening it to where she had left off. She had been serving the evil kings for centuries...riding their beloved towns of the heroes who barge in and try to change things. She would continue to serve them until centuries later when a benevolent king is born...one that would end her life for good.

Before that would happen, before that king would even turn of age, the night before...she would leave this dimension. She would go to a different realm in a different universe, and to an older era... She would then start all over again, providing her service to the evil kings once more...until another benevolent king was born, when she would again change dimensions and eras. No one would ever know how old she truly was, or where she would show up next.

She was The Witch. She befriended heroes before killing them. She was...unstoppable.
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This story was inspired by a picture I saw on Facebook years ago. The picture (which I will find and upload later) was of a twitter/tumblr post about how you (the reader) are the hero of your own story. I randomly thought about this picture while I was in the shower tonight and began thinking 'No...I'm not the hero of my own story. I'm the villain...but not a good villain...a lazy one. One that doesn't want to put in the effort required for an evil plot...one that'd just lay around and eat and play games all day...' So...that's how this story came to be. It's random...I know. I have the "Contains Mature Content" turned on because there is one part that kind of hints at something, so I'd rather play it safe-than-sorry. 
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Earlier today I saw a post on my Facebook from Funimation...

From Facebook by UnitedFandom01

This...it really got to me people. I completely lost it. I posted a long comment about it but had to stop myself before it got too long. For anyone interested... Here are my thoughts: 

If you are over 15 and still like or love Anime, I salute you. In this crazy world, filled with people trying to tell you what to do, how to dress, what to be, what to like, what to hate...etc., it takes courage to continue to do things you enjoy. It takes courage to continue watching the shows you love, no matter if people hate them or think they're stupid. It takes even more courage to open up to people and let them know the things you like, because not everyone understands how you could like it. Trust me, I know. I've been there. Now I am literally in love (as in my heart skips a beat whenever they come onto the screen) with hundreds of characters. Women who love Anime will not dis a guy who enjoys it, in fact, we will respect them more because some Anime actually contain valuable life lessons.

When I was growing up I was the shy/timid/quiet girl in the back of the class. The one that never smiled, never talked, never looked up. I never actively tried to make friends, yet I always found myself with at least one or two. This continued well into my high school years. I was born in 1990 so in the late 90s I was introduced to the likes of Pokemon, CardCaptor Sakura, Naruto, Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and many others. I watched them well into my high school years but kept to myself, never let anyone know about it. One day in middle school, one of the kids I had known for a majority of my school life (and who had basically adopted me as a younger sister) began talking to her friends about Yu Yu Hakusho and Inuyasha. This, as you could imagine, caught shy-me's attention. I looked at her and she looked at me...then smiled. It was in that moment that I realized I had unintentionally found a true friend...someone I could be open with. She was one of the few I started to talk with. It was because of our mutual love for Anime that I was able to start opening up to others and working on coming out of my shell. In high school I was introduced to Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight, Gundam Wing, and a lot of others that later became some of my favorites...all because of her friends hanging around with her (and me since I never left her side), and discussing their favorites and ones they'd recently started watching on a DAILY basis. 

No matter how much I stayed around them, though, I still felt like an outsider. There were a few things I was too afraid to admit. I was too afraid to admit I liked things with a lot of action or "Adult" language. I was too afraid to admit I liked overly cute things like Hamtaro. I was afraid to admit that there were certain ones with highly adult situations that I was interested in watching. I was even afraid to admit simpler things like my favorite color or my favorite type of music...or even my love for art and Norse & Greek Mythology. Basically, all I did in these group situations was sit silently, listen, and occasionally offer a few words on the subject...I was still super shy and timid. But then...something happened that changed all of that. While I had been introduced to Fruits Basket, I could never get past the second episode...either I'd get distracted or I just never had the time. But one day I did...I managed to finish the entire series. And you know what? There was one scene that really spoke to me. It was in the third episode, after Kyo loses his temper with Tohru when she stops the (soon-to-be) fight between him and Yuki. He's laying on the porch outside of Shigure's office and they're talking about Kyo's training. It went like this: 

Shigure: So you're home. Had enough school for one day?

Kyo: I don't want to live in this house anymore.

Shigure:
 If you can train on a mountain for four months, I think you can endure more than three days here.

Kyo: I said such terrible things to her...terrible.

Shigure: And by her I take you mean Tohru? Let me guess. You lost your temper and yelled at her again, right? You know you shouldn't do that if you're just going to regret it. Not to bright now is it?

Kyo: Save your breath. I'm just not meant to get along with other people, period. End of story. 

Shigure: Oh sure. Some people just aren't, but you're not one of them. You just lack experience, that's all. For example, I know you could smash this table to bits with your bare hands...but I'm equally sure you could punch the able without breaking it. And why is that? Because I know your training has taught you to control your fists...at least I should hope so after four months of fighting bears and what not.

Kyo: I DIDN'T FIGHT BEARS!

Shigure: My point...is it takes just as much training to get along with people. Only, training by yourself in the mountains won't do you any good. You need to surround yourself with others. As you get to know them you'll take a chance that you'll end up hurting them...or they'll end up hurting you. One of those things might very well happen. That's the only way we learn...about others, and about ourselves. You're a black belt in martial arts, but I'd guess you still have a white belt in social skills. Someday you're going to meet someone who truly wants to be your friend...and you theirs. If you don't keep training, you won't be ready when that happens.

Kyo: It'll never happen anyway.

Shigure: Uh-Uh. Never say never.

Kyo: Okay, fine. Maybe if I meet someone with brain damage...or something.

Shigure: That's the spirit!

This scene...it spoke VOLUMES to me on a PERSONAL level. I honestly felt myself being the Kyo of my high school. Granted, I wasn't good at sports, fighting, or anything like he is...but I couldn't connect with other people. I had some people trying to talk to me but I still felt as though I couldn't open up to them. When I finished the series then started rewatching it...that's when I truly took notice of this scene. Kyo was going through the same issues I was in dealing with people. From that moment on whenever I was around my friend and her friends, I'd hear Shigure's voice in my head "As you get to know them you'll take a chance that you'll end up hurting them...or they'll end up hurting you. One of those things might very well happen. That's the only way we learn...about others, and about ourselves." This, paired with Tohru's mother's words of "Just be yourself and you'll be fine."...they literally helped me come out of my shell and actually engage in conversation with other people. Not only did I begin talking with my friend and her group more, but I was actually accepted into the group. I also began reading out loud in class, participating in discussions, and finally had courage to do a speech for my communications class that was worth 70% after already refusing (and failing) the one that was worth 30%. By the end of my senior year I was no longer the shy/timid girl I had been all through my childhood and early school life. And you know what? It was thanks to a FICTIONAL character. It was thanks to an ANIME that I was able to find the strength to come out of my shell. Because of several FICTIONAL characters, I learned that it's OKAY to be alone at times, to do your own thing, and basically how to associate with people. But it doesn't stop there.

Anime is NOT a simple and stupid cartoon. It is SO MUCH MORE. There is action, romance, sci-fi, comedy, drama...every genre you can think of...and then some! The characters go through love, heart-break, depression, friendship, adventures of self discovery and growth...they find the strength needed to live their lives the way they want, they have to get jobs to make ends meet, they fight to save the world from evil, they lose friends, they have families, they get married... Literally everything any one person in real life can do or does actually experience, somewhere an Anime character is going through the same things. Anime characters also go through things no normal person could ever experience, like saving the world from some evil being who wants to destroy it or using magical powers to grant wishes for their friends... Granted, some anime are more "Adult friendly" than kids should be introduced to, with highly adult-only situations/scenes/language...but even these will sometimes be relatable in some way. Some anime is filled with death and murder, violent altercations and interactions, suicides, and a wide array of highly graphic images that children should NOT see...but, again, some of the things the characters say or think may be relatable to some people...be it they're depressed and see no other option, or their heart is so broken that they can't function in any other way. 

Many, many MANY anime have valuable life lessons that kids can learn from. Many of them talk about the power of friendship, how friends will sometimes hurt the ones they love without realizing it and how to fix that situation, how to get through the tough days at school with a little fun, or how to discover your own inner strengths when you need it most. Through Anime I learned how to open up to other people, come out of my shell, make friends, interact in society in general, find things/people I enjoy doing/being around, AND find the freedom to enjoy it in public without caring what anyone else thought. I found strength I didn't know I had BECAUSE OF ANIME. 

People, you don't understand. Anime contains morals, life lessons, wisdom...it can cheer you up when you're feeling down...it can make you laugh when you want to murder someone...it can change your life for the better. And if you don't give a damn about the life lessions/morals thing, then enjoy it for the art! It is literally one of the most unrespected forms of art out there...and I don't just mean the designs of the characters/worlds. There are many forms of art that go into Anime. First of all, you have the characters themselves. Someone has to draw them out on paper, then digitally animate them...THEN they spend literally DAYS getting the motions just right for every scene...and this is true for every single character in one anime, granted it usually involves an entire crew of creators drawing/animating different characters and not just one person doing it all. Secondly, there is the backgrounds/worlds that the characters live in. Someone, again usually a team, has to design every single pixel of the worlds by hand...easier with the invention of digital animation...but they still have to draw every aspect of the worlds from the insects to the buildings. Thirdly, someone has to translate the scripts from Japanese (or whichever language since Japan isn't the only country to create anime, just the main one) to English, which is usually a team of writers. Fourth on this list is the person who then takes the script and adapts it to the scenes. Fifth on the list are the voice actors...This is perhaps the hardest part of the entire production. If you get someone with the right voice who can truly bring the characters to life through use of pitch and vocal range, and fuel the words emotionally...you have a true master of the art. The right VA is everything. Voice acting, on it's own, is a form of art. Finally is the final product that we get to see on our screens. What takes perhaps 20-30 minutes to watch may take more than a month or so to produce, yet not everyone realizes that. The characters, the worlds, the dialogue...it is all an art form and should be appreciated as such. 

Also, on another personal note... I don't date. I've never dated, never drank, never smoked...nothing. BUT, If I ever do decide to find someone... If he likes Anime and has his own favorites, or if some of his favorites are some of mine, or if he's willing to give my anime faves a chance...even if he only likes a few of them or likes a few of my fave characters... I will MARRY that guy. We will be married by either Sebastian or Undertaker or Grell from Black Butler, Sesshomaru from Inuyasha, the ENTIRE club from Ouran High School Host Club (or just Tamaki/Kyouya), Kaname from Vampire Knight, Itachi from Naruto, Ikuto from Shugo Chara, Goku from DragonBall Z, Kyo from Fruits Basket, Hero or Chang Wufei from Gundam Wing, or even Alucard from Hellsing. Our honeymoon will be at the San Diego Comic Con. We will be in cosplay as our favorite anime couple, even if the characters aren't from the same anime. Do not be ashamed of liking Anime if you are over the age of 15. Do not be ashamed of liking Anime if you are over the age of 20. DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF LIKING ANIME NO MATTER WHAT YOUR AGE IS. 

Anime is life. Anime is love. Anime is drama and action. Anime is entertainment and education. Anime is wisdom and creativity. 

If you ever start to regret liking or loving anime just remember...you have literally THOUSANDS to MILLIONS of people who understand your passion and will support you. Anime is powerful. Anime will bring people together. You are NEVER alone. Next time you start to feel this way look outside after dark...look at all the stars and the moon...imagine the moon is Anime and the each star represents at least three people who enjoy/love it. That is us. That is our community. You will NEVER be alone.

I'm sorry this has turned into a long rant but people don't understand the true power of Anime... it brings an entire community together...people you never would've talked to on your own, you can now become friends with through a mutual love/respect for Anime. It's really a powerful creation and I love it. I'll stop now before this gets any longer...  PEACE, LOVE, ANIME!

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Thanks for the +fav
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Nice gallery:)
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UnitedFandom01 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017
Thank you very much! ^_^
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No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
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I'll check it out when I get time ^^
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you're very welcome ^_^
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Thanks so much for the fav. merry xmas.
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