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2023.06.02 21:57 ChampionshipCool3535 What so much negativity can lead up to...

Thinking about my wife here. Anyone had the experience of having a negative Nancy in their life and it all comes to a sudden ending in one way or another. My wife has seen first hand experience of a person's life changing from almost homeless to living a life of dreams. Mine!!! Thank you Father. But she doesn't realize it's keeping a positive attitude, being thankful, and truly believing that has gotten me here. Thank you Father. She's in constant worry about things that don't matter, about her car being damaged, about our house falling apart. And all those things come to pass in one way or another. Occasionally, she lets her hair down and has a drink, turns on some music, or something fun. But I pray mostly to see her in those ways. Then in minutes, something is left undone in her world and it's panic time. She gets sickly at times. Asthma, beaten cancer twice, gall bladder removal, throws up food more often than not.
She asks questions about God but doesn't want to hear what I believe. Some things I have yet to tell her, but even breaking down the simplest of revelation, i.e. 'As a man thinketh, so is he.', she doesn't believe it. Then wants me to go to church.
Matthew 10:36 New International Version a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
I fear for her when life can be so good. I also understand a person's beliefs are what makes them who they are.
Matthew 13:58 King James Version 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
I have come to the conclusion of keeping my peace with her when she gets negative. My progress in Christ is unimpeded by this because the Kingdom of God is never at a loss. Anyone reading this ever experienced such things? What was the outcome?
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2023.06.02 21:55 Fan2311 What equipment do I need?

Currently in the process of opening a restaurant/catering business, but I'm in need of some help with finding the right equipment.
It will be mainly wood fired pizza, along with things like meatballs, some pasta dishes, small plate apps, salads.
I'm very familiar with the wood fired pizza aspect of the restaurant as I've been running a smaller scale operation out of a food truck for the past few years. I've made all of our recipes for smaller catering events, but nothing on a large scale. What I'm not familiar with is setting up a commercial kitchen at a scale to handle dine in orders and catering.
I'd appreciate any help or advice from anyone who has experience setting up a commercial kitchen and buying the right equipment.

I can provide more information and try to answer questions if anyone would be willing to send a message with some help.

Thanks a ton!
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2023.06.02 21:52 Low-Role7056 Our son (M28) is spiralling in his life and we don't know how to help him move forward

As a concerned parent, I would like to share my thoughts and seek guidance on how to help my son, who is currently facing various challenges in his life.
My son is a 28-year-old studying for a master's degree in accounting, and I have noticed that he has isolated himself from family, friends, and even childhood friends from our hometown for quite some time. This isolation, coupled with struggles in academics, low self-worth, social anxiety, and a lack of intimate relationships, has left him feeling depressed and without hope (by his account).
As his mother, I am deeply concerned about his well-being and would appreciate some insights on how to support him. It saddens me to see my son going through such a difficult time. He has been studying for his master's degree for longer than the typical duration, and this has negatively impacted his self-esteem. He feels discouraged by his grades and lack of work experience, and he constantly compares himself to his classmates who have ventured into fields such as tech, engineering, and finance. The prospect of an unsatisfactory salary and career trajectory adds to his feelings of hopelessness. It's heartbreaking to witness his struggle, especially since he used to have such ambition and career goals when he was in high school.
I want him to feel safe and comfortable opening up to me about his emotions, fears, and concerns. I strive to listen attentively and validate his feelings, emphasizing that my love and support for him are unconditional.
I have been encouraging my son to engage in activities that bring him joy and help him reconnect with his passions. In the past he engaged happily in various physical pursuits, mainly powerlifting and roadbiking, but I'm not sure how he's doing with those things now. He had gained quite a lot of weigth the last time he visitied during christmas.
We also talked with him about how success and fulfillment are not solely defined by wealth and status. Though he seems unconvinced.
One major constraint his father and I face is our financial situation. It is not currently possible for us to provide financial assistance for therapy or counseling. We have offered him to move home to lessen his financial burdens which he has declined.
How do we proceed from here?


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2023.06.02 21:52 Ralts_Bloodthorne First Contact - Chapter 959 - The Setting Sun

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Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate uphill. - The Daywalker, Third Vampire War, Age of Paranoia
Whatever I lost, I lost a long time ago. - Barbara, Third Zombie War, Age of Paranoia
This is the dumbest shit we've ever done. - Everyone everywhere.
The dumbest shit so far. - The smartass next to them.
"Captain," Chuck's voice was quiet, barely audible to her ear. "Don't react, just lay there."
Nakteti held still, able to tell by the slight tingling that Chuck was using her mastoid implant to talk to her over a secure channel.
She brought up the visual keyboard and rapidly typed out on her retinal link. "Sit-rep."
"Our four guests are talking. They think with Magnus and Surscee out in the park picking apples and you asleep, that the simple act of moving away from the computers will keep me from listening in," Chuck said.
"Patch me in," Nakteti typed.
There was a slight sound of static.
"...we knew this was a one-way trip when we left Darkside," the Rose Knight was saying.
"Well, duh, the Mantid glassed Earth and the colonies. We knew that," Sword Knight One said. Nakteti could see his face, that he was chewing on something.
"The mission objectives are still unchanged. Get the SUDS back online or figure out a way to start repairs," the Rose Knight said.
"Which we are doing," the Tome Knight stated, her voice cold and remote. Nakteti noted that her face was deliberately held expressionless, but her chin was slightly tilted up, and she was looking at the internal camera of her helmet down the length of her nose. "Without the help of the alien, that AI, and those twins, we would still be stuck with our equipment malfunctioning and leaving us stuck at the center of a layered time distortion."
"Do you really trust her? Trust their story? That it's been nine thousand years since the Glassing. That there was something called the Digital Omnimessiah and the Twelve Biological Apostles?" the Rose Knight asked, a slight sneer in his voice. "That just curiosity and luck led her here?"
"Then what, she's a Mantid slave race spy? Come here to... I don't know, repair the SUDS so we get back our manpower edge?" the Tome Knight asked. This time she was the one sneering. "The stupid bullshit of reducing military manpower to bare minimum with the excuse of 'oh, we can just pull them from the SUDS and force-growth clones for them, that way their cybernetics are modern and they can be put in the SUDS at the height of their skills instead of suffering skill degradation' came back to bite us on the ass."
"Armistice agreements mandated everyone have only a quarter-million troops, outside of the United Nations of Sol," the Rose Knight said. "It kept the peace."
"Yeah, that and vegetation that would eat you if you sat in one place for too long," Sword Knight Two snorted. He chewed on something for a moment, swallowed, the continued, "Face it, we're on the edge of extinction. If the Mantid don't get us, the plants will."
"Theoretically, glassing Earth would take care of the Extinction Agenda attack," the Tome Knight said.
"We're getting side-tracked," Sword Knight Two said. "That dude, Magnus,"
"Gods above, he's fucking annoying," Sword Knight One said, chewing at the end of his sentence.
"If I hear his sister bitch about not having any fruit to eat one more time, I swear, I'm going to go completely ape shit," Sword Knight Two added. "Anyway, that dude, Magnus, he said that the next temporal dissonance layer is about to be peeled off. That leaves two more layers."
"And there's the problem. Once they peel off the last layer, they'll have full access to the SUDS facility," the Rose Knight said. "Which is in direct conflict to our mission orders to secure possession of the SUDS facility."
"Except our orders are nine thousand years out of date," the Tome Knight said. "The Combine is gone, replaced by the Imperium. I read that part. I know the guy who founded the Imperium, well, I served under him. He's some United Nations of Sol representative's son and a complete douche."
"And the Imperium was replaced by the Confederacy," Sword Knight Two said, swallowing whatever he was chewing on.
"Yeah, five thousand years after the Imperium got its skull kicked in by someone with the goofy ass name of Daxin Freeborn," Sword Knight One said. "Sounds like some hab block ganger bullshit name to me."
"And 'Martial Orders'? Like the Templars? For who? Christianity? Islam? Hinduism? Scientology?" Sword Knight Two sneered. "The whole thing sounds like bullshit to me."
"But the evidence is clear," The Tome Knight broke in.
"What evidence? A file on a computer? I can write you one that states those stupid characters from the Gorilla Girls tri-vee show took over the universe and we all have to wear gorilla costumes now," the Rose Knight said.
The Tome Knight made a disgusted noise. "The tech, dumbass."
"Watch your words and tone with me," the Rose Knight snapped.
"The technology," the Tome Knight said.
"Better."
"Our armor has the best in minaturization tech, and we've only got a nine q-bit system. That Surscee woman has a computer embedded in her forearm that's running at least ten-twenty-four q-bits. A computer only a little bigger than a piece of gum," the Tome Knight stated. "Those temporal charges are light years ahead of anything we have."
"Mantid technology?" Sword Knight One guessed.
"If the Mantid are that advanced, we've already lost the war," the Tome Knight said. She lifted her chin again. "We must take into account the fact that nine thousand years have passed since we entered the mat-trans at the Darkside Facility to get here," she stated coldly. "The team waiting for us to return is long dead."
"Maybe we can go back and help them?" Sword Knight One asked. He frowned, then broke into a big smile.
"No. They'll have their hands full re-activating the facility from the damage from when half the staff went crazy," the Tome Knight said. She shook her head. "Losing the engineering and scientific staff means the facility is little more than a habitat orbiting an anomaly."
"We can't just leave them. We need to do something," Sword Knight Two said.
"They're dead. You can't go back in time. You'll hit the energy limit or get the worst possible outcome, or you'll spaghetti," the Tome Knight said. "I've told you that before. I stated it during the mission briefing."
"We all knew this might be a one way trip," the Rose Knight repeated. There was silence for a moment. "I'll consider what each of you have stated and decide if the mission parameters should be adjusted," he paused. "Get some sleep."
"Not tired," Sword Knight Two said.
"Don't wanna," Sword Knight One said.
"I have research I must continue," the Tome Knight said.
"Doesn't matter. We don't have to worry about an ambush. Set reflex triggers," the Rose Knight said.
One by one they confirmed they'd set their reflex triggers.
"Nunc me dormiam," the Rose Knight said, his voice accompanied by a quick series of tones.
Nakteti watched as all of their eyes closed and they moved almost immediately into REM sleep.
"Mnemonic triggers," Chuck said. "I got the tones. In case it requires the Knight of the Black Rose's voice, I've got a high fidelty multi-tonal recording."
"Good," Nakteti said. "I don't want to kill them if I don't have to."
"And if they force it?" Chuck asked.
"Then I'll kill them."
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Nakteti spooled out the superconductor cable carefully, moving between one temporal disruptostabilizer and the other. She stopped, plugged it into the repeater, then ran another cable.
She was going over the discussion again in her head.
The four had still never taken off their armor, and Nakteti kept chewing over that fact, over and over.
She looked around, realized she was the only living thing for a couple thousand miles, and touched her implant.
"Chuck, do you read?" she asked.
"I read you, Captain," Chuck said. "Line is secure."
"Good," she said. "Do we have any visuals on who is inside that armor and what they look like?"
"Internal helmet cam," Chuck said.
"Anything besides that?" Nakteti asked.
"No. It's live feed," Chuck said.
"Is it?" Nakteti asked. "Seriously. Is it? Could it be computer overlay?"
"You mean, they're using digital avatars?" Chuck said.
"It's just something about the feed. Something about them that I keep chewing over," Nakteti said. "Can Surscee get a better read on them?"
"No. Their armor is sealed. It's a closed system with memory metal joints," Chuck said. "Internal power systems. The only thing that armor gives off is their suit telemetry, communications, radiation, and visual light reflection."
Nakteti sat down on a bench, pulling out her water flask and taking a long drink.
"Something's not right. We've been doing this for months, maybe a year or more, it's hard to tell with the temporal disruptions," Nakteti said. "We know virtually nothing about them. If anything, they'll withdrawing more and more."
She took another drink and put away the flask. "See if you can hack their armor systems further, but be subtle."
"The only input their systems allow is that one single encrypted channel, and then only compressed bursts," Chuck said. "They aren't even using a frequency agile system."
Chuck made a slight static noise. "You're right. That is odd. We don't really have any schematics for Combine Era power armor in our database, but the fact it's completely sealed is weird."
Nakteti thought for a long moment. "You record their conversations, right?"
"I record all of it. The one thing I've managed to do is break their telemetry feed," Chuck said. "Let me look at the feed better."
"Show me that last conversation, only give me an hour or so before that, just visual, on fast forward," Nakteti said.
"What are you looking for?" Chuck asked.
"I don't know," Nakteti admitted.
She watched it through twice.
Something about it was bugging her.
She reached in her pocket and pulled out a Goody Yum-Yum Bar, unwrapping it and chewing on it while she watched it through a third time.
She was halfway through the fourth watch when it dawned on her.
They were chewing on nothing. She never saw them put anything in their mouths. They never had food in their mouths when they talked.
"Chuck?" she asked.
"Here, Captain," the DS answered.
"I need you to run a fast forward. Check to see if you ever see them take a pull of nutripaste or water. Especially around the time they start chewing," she said.
"Checking," Chuck said.
Nakteti finished off her Goody Yum-Yum bar before Chuck got back to her.
"I've checked all the telemetry, and no, they never take a drink of water or any nutripaste nor do they ever appear to have something in their mouths when they talk," Chuck paused. "It points at your idea that what we're seeing is being generated by their suit computers."
"See what you can do about getting me a look at them," Nakteti said.
"I'll be careful," Chuck promised.
Nakteti looked up at where the 'sun' was frozen in the magnetic guidance tube. It had several others just off of it, making it look like a cluster of three stars.
There's something going on, and I don't like it, she thought.
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"Anything?" Nakteti asked.
"No. It's really weird. I should be able to cut through archaic code like a hot knife through butter, but it's more than just the code. There's weird hardware safety interlocks. Everything is extremely partitioned, more than even Atrekna War combat armor," Chuck said. "One thing I did get, is that the armors definitely have chronotron leakage. Not much, but enough to tell me that they're using chronotron for something inside the suit."
"Stabilization? Like Confederate armor during the Atrekna war?" Nakteti asked.
Chuck just shrugged. "I'm not sure. You're right, there's something hinky about them. After you noticed that they don't eat I took a better look. There's something weird with their telemetry."
"Like what?" Nakteti asked.
"Like, according to their brain waves, right now, the two Sword Knights are asleep. High activity REM sleep," Chuck said. "Yet, they're out there helping Magnus lay down the last of the control cabling."
"That is strange," Nakteti said. She sighed. "I wish I knew more about Terran combat systems."
"Same here," Chuck said. He looked up suddenly as Nakteti heard the door swoosh open behind her. "Captain!"
She was already lunging forward, landing on her catching hands, using her feet and gripping hands to push herself into a roll that took her behind an unpowered console.
"You might as well come out, xeno," the Rose Knight said. "You brought a sword to a blaze rifle fight."
"Do not do this. We are allies," Chuck tried.
"Silence, AI," the Rose Knight said. "You are an amalgamation of circuits and code, I am a flesh and blood being, touched by the creator himself. You have no right to speak to me, much less attempt to command me."
Nakteti used the time the Rose Knight was monologuing to draw her sword as well as to reach down and activate her personal protective field. She sent off a quick set of emojis to let Surscee and Magnus know they were about to be attacked by the Chronotronic Knights.
"I am blessed by the Digital Omnimessiah," Chuck started to say.
"BLASPHEME!" the Rose Knight shouted.
Nakteti winced at the blaze rifle fired. It made a high pitched screaming sound as the gold/white beam of energy lanced out, bisecting Chuck.
"Please," Chuck said. "As if."
Nakteti pulled a device out of her pouch and slid it across the floor, behind another console. It winked on and Chuck was crouched down behind the console, a blaster pistol in his hand. He looked at Nakteti and nodded.
"Don't make me kill you, Rose Knight," Nakteti said.
"SILENCE, XENO!" the Rose Knight screamed partway through Nakteti's plea.
Nakteti could smell it suddenly. Ozone, scorched copper, rusted iron.
Wrath.
She looked at Chuck and mouthed "Enraged" at him.
Chuck gave an 'of course' slump to his head and shoulders, shaking his head at the same time.
"Come out. You're only prolonging the inevitable," the Rose Knight said. "Your friends are dead or will be soon. They are armed with only swords and are not even wearing armor."
"Take off a limb or two, take them alive," Nakteti ordered over her retinal link.
The Rose Knight was ranting about xenos, Earth, the Mantid.
Magnus and Surscee both flashed emojis back, Chuck just nodded.
"Ready?" Nakteti asked Chuck over the retinal link.
Chuck nodded.
Nakteti ended up curling up as the Rose Knight started screaming and shooting the walls, the ceiling, random computers.
"I WANT MY MOMMY!" he screamed, his voice crackling with distortion. "MOMMY! DADDY! WHERE ARE YOU?" The sound of the rifle being used to smash things was loud in the sudden silence.
Nakteti blinked and looked at Chuck, who shrugged and mouthed "enraged".
The Rose Knight stopped screaming and Chuck stood up, leveling the blaster pistol.
The Rose Knight was punching and kicking chairs, consoles, computer equipment.
Aiming, the hard-light manifested Chuck fired, hitting the Rose Knight in the knee.
Nakteti rolled out from behind the console, running on four limbs, using her legs and catching hands, holding her sword tight with her gripping hands.
The Rose Knight screamed, his words incoherent.
The Rose Knight's lower leg blew off in a shower of sparks and fluids. The armored Terran went down on one knee, still screaming.
Nakteti came in, standing up, hacking one, twice with the nanite sharpened blade.
The limbs came off in a shower of sparks, showering Nakteti with hydraulic fluids.
Nakteti ignored it.
She'd been splattered with worse.
Chuck stepped up and kicked the Rose Knight onto his back, putting on foot on the armored man's chest.
"I want my mommy," the Rose Knight said.
Nakteti realized that he was weeping.
She held out her hand. "Why? Why did you attack us?"
"Mission. The mission," the Rose Knight said. He started crying again. "I want my mommy."
"That panel. Open it," Chuck said, pointing at a seemless patch on the armor. "Just press against it and let go."
Nakteti did so. The panel slid open, revealing an induction port. Nakteti held up her finger where she had an implanted induction link. Chuck nodded.
Nakteti pressed her finger against the induction jack.
"Let's get a look at you," Chuck said.
"No. You're not supposed to. Don't," the Rose Knight wept. "Mommy."
"Digital Omnimessiah preserve us," Chuck whispered, his eyes going wide with horror. He looked down.
"Have mercy upon us for what we have done," Chuck said.
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2023.06.02 21:50 WhiteBoxStudio Seeking feedback on first chapter of general fantasy novel. [3,667 words]

Thank you very much in advance.
At the crossroads of shattered dreams and whispered promises, Iria, the fabled port city, stood as a testament to the bittersweet allure of freedom. Like the thorny embrace of a briar, its streets intertwined with the hopes and sorrows of generations. It was here, amidst the misty twilight that caressed the cobblestones, that the Briar Thorn Tavern emerged from the depths of history, a sanctuary for weary souls seeking solace from the burdens of existence. Within its timeworn walls, the essence of Iria's foundation permeated the air, as if the tavern itself carried the weight of the city's destiny.
The Briar Thorn was more than a mere tavern—it was a haven, a hearth that welcomed the downtrodden, the restless, and the lost. Its aged beams, polished by countless hands, exuded the warmth of an ancestral embrace. The whispers of ancient tales echoed in every nook and cranny, intertwining with the hushed murmurs of patrons seeking refuge from the tempestuous world outside. Here, adventurers found respite, their journeys converging in a symphony of shared experiences.
Deep beneath the streets of Iria, a labyrinthine network of tunnels and caverns whispered secrets of a forgotten past. Legends spoke of the Nords, who sculpted these subterranean realms with a mystical glow that once illuminated the city above. Whispers carried the stories of Gillikristr, the visionary founder of Iria, whose sacrifice quelled the unearthly power that threatened to consume the city. Within this hidden realm, the House of the Red Grave stood as a poignant reminder of the struggle for emancipation. Weathered gravestones, adorned with intricate carvings, paid homage to the Caledonian and Iournenain slaves who dared to defy their chains.
As the doors of the Briar Thorn swung open, a kaleidoscope of sensations flooded the senses. Thorny roses, reminiscent of the House of the Red Grave, adorned the tavern, their crimson petals an homage to the sacrifices made for freedom. Within, the cavernous chamber unfolded like an amphitheater, its tiers of benches teeming with anticipation. Laughter mingled with the resonant notes of musicians, filling the air with a vibrant symphony of revelry.
In this enchanted realm, patrons embarked on a journey beyond the boundaries of mundane existence. The Briar Thorn embraced them, weaving their stories into the tapestry of Iria's ever-evolving narrative. It was a place where the past danced with the present, where the weight of the world momentarily lifted, and where the echoes of forgotten heroes found solace in the hearts of the living.
Adorned in her finest party attire, Isabel navigated the bustling crowd, fiery curls flowing like molten copper, half pinned up and half dancing freely in the wind. Her lute accompanied her, while she, a half-dwarf, wore a unique half-leather, half-silk bodice dress in eggshell white-yellow, adorned with red trim. A wide belt cinched her waist, with a well-maintained sword hanging at her hip. With ethereal grace, she weaved through the throng until finding solace in a quiet corner of the lively pub, fixated on an intricately engraved ledger.
Dust motes mingled with the blue-white illumination of the lamppost, as the pub owner's middle daughter opened the book and studied its contents. Her green eyes fixated on precise rows of figures. A faint murmur escaped her lips, a silent conversation with the ghosts of numbers.
Her mischievous grin curved upon porcelain features, reflecting the intrigue that stirred within her. With a single finger, she traced a curving figure on her account, a sly grin curling into an incredulous smile. The past month had been exceptional, favored patrons generously bestowing their coins. A mysterious benefactor, surely taking notice.
'Och gods...the ink's bleedin' through,' Isabel thought to herself. The accounts, usually orderly and precise, now seemed to mirror the joyful chaos surrounding her.
'Guess I'd best get this in order before folk start gettin' drunk an' cause too much a' ruckus...'
After nearly several minutes of writing she leaned back in her chair, stretched, and yawned hard. Her weary green eyes glanced over the darkening floor of the inn, and she raised a hand to rub at her jaw. She tried her her best to avoid the calls of the raucous crowd in favor of getting the ledgers out of the way.
It was to no avail. The strain of the work clearly taking its toll, she let out a determined sig and closed the ledger, setting it aside with the intention to revisit it.
Isabel's gaze shifted from the ledger book to the adorned walls. Festive decorations filled every corner, transforming the tavern into a celebration itself. The tantalizing aromas from the kitchen hinted at delightful treats prepared with extra care, each dish a tribute to the upcoming revelry. Amidst the lively crowd, vibrant decorations, and alluring scents, Isabel felt a sense of purpose and excitement. It was clear that a grand festival was approaching, and she was determined to create unforgettable memories for the attendees.
With a resigned sigh, Isabel straightened herself, her red stilettos scraping the stone floor as she prepared for her tavern rounds. Her green eyes sparkled with determination as she surveyed The Briar Thorn's lively atmosphere. Adjusting her party outfit, she ensured every detail was perfect. This was her moment to shine, to captivate the hearts of those gathered. Stepping forward as the tavern doors swung open, she embraced the spirited celebration that awaited her and the people of Iria.
"Guid evenin' tae ye all! Ye're lookin' bonnie, ye are. Micht I tempt ye wi' a warmin' ale or a cool stout? Or maybe a cider? We've a special brew fer ye tonight. Our cider's been aged in dragon fire-hardened casks."
In the midst of the vibrant tavern, all eyes converged on the resplendent figure that graced the stage of the Briar Thorn. A flame-haired maiden, adorned with an intricate tapestry of freckles, commanded attention with each movement, a testament to her practiced grace and unyielding confidence. The air crackled with anticipation as the bard's emerald eyes met those of her audience, mischief sparkling within their depths. With a playful wink, she set off a chorus of hearty laughter, an orchestration of mirth resonating through the space.
Among the sea of eager faces, a burly man, boasting a thick black beard and wielding an imposing war hammer, raised a hand, his voice booming above the fray. "I'll take two."
Suppressing a contagious burst of laughter, Isabel delicately clasped a hand over her lips, a radiant smile illuminating her features. "Two ciders, then, comin' up," she responded with a melodious lilt.
Unyielding in their desire for libations, another voice chimed in, belonging to a stern-looking woman whose scowl mirrored the sharpness of the war axe slung across her back. Leaning forward in her chair, she waved her hand, demanding attention. "We'll take two as well."
The large man, undeterred by the rising clamor, added his voice to the mix. "Three, then. And a pitcher of your best stout, if you would be so kind."
Amidst the boisterous revelry, the tavern erupted in a chorus of laughter, cascading like a waterfall of mirth. Isabel, ever the enchantress of the stage, acknowledged the uproar with a graceful bow at the waist, her every movement a testament to her showmanship. "Of course. I'll tend to that in a moment," she assured, a playful wink accentuating her words. "Now, as I was sayin', I'll get yer orders in a minute."
A burly man, his eyes twinkling with mischievous delight, directed his attention toward Isabel, a crooked smile gracing his lips as he ran a hand through his bushy beard. A war hammer nonchalantly slung over his shoulder and a massive war axe tucked in his belt added to his formidable presence. "Hey Izzie, yer gonna be performing tonight? Or do I need tae bless the dancers again?"
In response, Isabel's laughter danced through the air, a joyous melody in harmony with the crackling firelight. "Nah, I'm performin' tonight. Though ye might have tae beat my record," she teased, her voice laced with a playful challenge. A sly wink directed at her brother punctuated her words. "I think I might set a new one."
The burly man's eyes widened, their dark depths shimmering with excitement. "Aye? That's impressive! That's better than our last record. Did ye hear about that?"
Isabel's curiosity piqued, her emerald eyes narrowing as she shielded them from the flickering firelight, sweeping the room in search of answers. "No, I dinnae," she replied, her voice filled with anticipation. "Who was it?"
With a conspiratorial lean forward, the man shared his knowledge in a hushed tone, as if guarding a precious secret. "Our new patron. We're to be blessed by him tonight. We've a few others too, but the lads were talking about him earlier."
A spark of excitement ignited within Isabel, her voice taking on a hushed tone to match the weight of the revelation. "A patron? That's wonderful! Who is he? Does he have a name?"
Isabel's vibrant emerald eyes widened with eager anticipation as the burly man confirmed the identity of the mysterious patron.
A man with hazel eyes, clad in an intricately embroidered jacket and pants of fine silk, strode confidently toward the stage. The crimson-lacquered armor that adorned his form seemed to shimmer in the light, like the ruby at the end of a rosebud. A regal demeanor seemed to permeate every gesture as he surveyed the crowd, his posture betraying the confidence of his stature. With an easy grace, he settled on a chair, his eyes locking with those of Isabel's. A smile played on his lips as he motioned for her to join him, a clear command in his demeanor.
A wide smile stretched across her face, illuminating her freckled visage. "He's a bard like me?" she exclaimed, her voice laced with excitement. "I cannae wait!"
With a quizzical expression, the man raised an eyebrow, leaning in closer to share a whispered revelation. "Not exactly," he revealed, his tone tinged with intrigue. "He's quite different. I don't think you'll see many of his kind at The Briar Thorn, if you know what I mean."
Isabel nodded, her curiosity now piqued, her mind conjuring visions of the enigmatic newcomer. "I do. I've been told they're rare," she confided, a soft giggle escaping her lips. "I wonder what he looks like? I hope he's not one a' them."
In response, the man chuckled, his cheeks flushing as he met her infectious smile. "I doubt it. He should be back in a few. Left his ledger with Gerik."
The mention of the ledger prompted Isabel to stifle another burst of laughter, her hand pressed against her mouth. "Och, that was his? I was in there earlier, and it's a mess," she admitted, a mischievous glimmer in her eyes.
The man's face contorted into a perplexed grimace, his confusion evident. "Aye? You looked like it was all in order." He shook his head, puzzled. "Weird. Guess he's just new... though that doesn't explain why he speaks so... peculiarly. Claims he's from Draigfell, yet he talks like he's from a different continent."
Isabel chuckled, her voice laced with amusement. "He's from the north. Maybe he's more... formal? Aye, that sounds like it," she pondered, her eyes distant as she mulled over the possibilities.
The man shrugged, leaning back in his chair, his tone one of indifference. "Aye, that makes sense." He raised his hand and signaled to a busty lass who was weaving through the crowd toward the bar.
Eyes glued to the mysterious patron, intrigued, Isabel leaned forward with her curiosity eager to unveil the mysteries surrounding the enigmatic Micah. "Aye? What does he say?" she inquired, her tone infused with genuine interest.
With a bemused shrug, the man struggled to articulate his observations. "Ah... nothing much. Just strange," he confessed, his voice laced with a mixture of intrigue and perplexity. "Maybe he's just not used to taverns."
The burly man, his eyes glimmering with excitement, clasped Isabel's shoulder and pulled her into a warm embrace. "He's coming back here later tae join us. Maybe ye can find out why this Micah fellow left us so much gold. You'll have tae tell me later."
A smile blossomed across Isabel's features as she leaned forward and hugged her brother tightly. "I will," she promised, her eyes twinkling with joy. "But I cannae tell ye why ye're getting so much coin."
"We'll figure it out, ye'll see. Ye better get ready to perform," he insisted. "An' get that ledger in order."
Isabel nodded and turned toward the kitchen, her steps sure and graceful. "Aye, I will," she assured. "I'll be back with yer drinks soon."
With a parting smile, Isabel gracefully glided toward the kitchen, her freckled face glowing in the flickering light. The tapestry of laughter and merrymaking resonated within her as she emerged, ready to fulfill her promise of delivering three orders. The Briar Thorn Tavern thrived with the boisterous banter of adventurers, their stories and camaraderie filling every nook. Amidst the lively crowd, Isabel weaved her way, greeted by a raising mug and reciprocating with a mischievous wink. Laughter harmonized with the crackling firelight, but her focus remained on the enigmatic patron.
After deftly fulfilling the orders and sating the thirst of eager patrons, Isabel embarked on a purposeful journey toward the table where the enigmatic Micah sat. A flicker of anticipation ignited within her, a fire stoked by the allure of the unknown. Every step she took exuded a captivating showmanship, a ballet of grace and poise. As her emerald eyes met his hazel gaze, a current of intrigue surged through her veins, ensnaring her curiosity in its enigmatic grasp.
Approaching with measured elegance, Isabel bestowed upon him a subtle bow, a testament to her refined demeanor practiced countless times. Her movements, like a finely choreographed dance, exuded an air of cultivated grace. The sweep of her arm and the dip of her head were executed with precise control, each gesture crafted to convey both respect and a hint of playful intrigue. It was a performance perfected through countless repetitions, a display of practiced finesse that now played out before Micah's watchful gaze.
"It's good to see ye're 'ere," said Micah, his tone measured and confident, his Draig accent adding a sing-song lilt to his words. His hazel eyes glimmered with intrigue as he studied her, a curious smile gracing his features. "I see Gerik raised 'is children well. 'ow are ye feelin'?"
Isabel's eyes narrowed as she scrutinized his face, studying him as if she were peering into the depths of his soul. Her demeanor remained composed as she regarded the enigmatic Micah. "I'm fine. We've been talkin' about ye," she admitted as she twirled a lock of hair between her fingers.
Micah nodded, his posture betraying his composure. "I'm sure ye have," he said.
'Ah dinnae know ye," Isabelle asked, twirling a lock of hair between her fingers. "Do ye want me tae get ye somethin' tae eat?"
"I'm fine," Micah said, as he brushed off the concern with a casual flick of his hand, his grin spreading like sunlight on a dew-kissed meadow. The charm in his words danced with the musicality of a whispered melody, ensnaring Isabel's attention further into his web. "I'm Micah, a fa'miliar face 'at 'as graced these walls fer twenty-five years. The bonds o' friendship 'ave woven through the tapestry o' time, connectin' yer family and mine in a shared 'istory."
"So ye're a bard, like me," Isabel exclaimed, her eyes dancing with excitement and anticipation. "I've heard rumors of yer arrival at the tavern. Tell me, what 'appened tae yer band? Where have they gone?"
"I'm the last o' me band," Micah admitted, a tinge of melancholy seeping into his voice as he reminisced about his companions. "They were swept away by a tempest, lost to the unforgiving storm. I miss them dearly. They still visit me in dreams," he confided, a solitary tear glistening in his expressive eye.
Isabel's voice resonated with warmth and empathy as she extended her condolences. "I'm truly sorry tae hear o' yer loss," she offered sincerely. "Ye dinnae speak much 'bout yerself, but I'm eager tae know ye better. How 'bout we share a meal together? We can talk and ye can share yer story."
"That would be delightful," Micah replied, his countenance softening as he bestowed her with a genuine smile. "I would enjoy that greatly."
A genuine smile graced Isabel's freckled visage, brimming with delight. "Wonderful! I'll fetch ye a meal," she promised, her voice tinged with enthusiasm. "What tickles yer fancy?"
"Anything will suffice," Micah responded, his tone imbued with sincere interest. "I have the coin. I'll be waitin' 'ere for ye."
Isabel's smile blossomed as she nodded in agreement, his genuine tone assuring her of his welcome. She directed her attention towards the bustling kitchen, her mind ablaze with thoughts of crafting a delectable menu for her newfound companion. The tantalizing scent of freshly prepared cuisine mingled with the symphony of clinking pots and pans, captivating Isabel's senses.
'I reckon a savory meat pie or a plate of spiced vegetables would be to his likin'. I don't think he's fond of overly spicy fare.'
Isabel's imagination swirled with culinary possibilities as she surveyed the kitchen, her eyes darting between the diligent kitchen staff and the array of tantalizing ingredients. Contemplating her options, hands confidently resting on her hips, she made her way towards the bustling heart of the kitchen, her gaze lingering on the savory treasures at hand.
After careful consideration, Isabel selected the perfect meal that would both cater to Micah's palate and ignite his taste buds with delight. A sly smile played upon her lips as she emerged from the kitchen, carrying a plate brimming with culinary delights. The aroma of the freshly prepared feast permeated the air, adding to the festive ambiance of the tavern.
With a warm smile gracing her features, Isabel approached Micah, the alluring scent of the food enveloping them. "Here ye are!" she exclaimed, her eyes sparkling with anticipation. "I've got somethin' special for ye. Ye're bound tae love it."
"I have no doubt," Micah assured her, his curiosity piqued as he returned her smile. "Thank ye kindly."
Placing the plate before him, Isabel gestured towards the enticing dish, her eyes shimmering with excitement. "Go on now! Give it a try!" she encouraged eagerly. "It's one o' the tavern's finest specialties."
As his gaze fixated upon the presented meal, Micah's eyes widened in pleasant surprise. "A fine choice," he acknowledged, curiosity lacing his words. "Though dinnae ye 'ave a performance soon? Shouldn't ye be preparin'?"
"I shall," Isabel urged with a playful glimmer in her eyes. "Just try it."
With a glint of mischief in his eyes, Micah nodded, his fingers gently tracing the contours of the freshly baked crust as he studied the meal before him. "Aye, I will," he assured, his brogue adding a touch of charm. "I'm sure it'll be a feast for the senses."
Isabel's fiery waves of hair, tamed and cascading down her back, framed her face with a wild elegance. She slipped into her performance costume, the fabric embracing her like a second skin, its deep green hue accentuating her curves. The subtle reveal of skin hinted at a hidden sensuality, while the golden cuff, shaped like a wolf's mouth, added an enchanting touch. She could almost feel the spirit of Caledonia whispering through the intricate design, igniting her spirit.
A knock on the dressing room door interrupted her reverie, and the voice of Archie, the stage director, filtered through. "Isabel, are ye ready? The stage awaits."
She turned toward the door, a radiant smile illuminating her face. "Almost there, Archie. Just a few finishing touches."
Stepping out of the dressing room, Isabel found Archiewaiting, his eyes widening with awe at her transformation. His voice softened, filled with admiration. "Isabel, ye look absolutely stunning. The crowd won't ken what hit them."
Isabel's laughter danced through the air, her voice carrying a mixture of excitement and determination. "Thank ye, Archie. But it's not just about the looks. Tonight, I'll weave a tale that'll stir their hearts, ignite their spirits, and leave them yearning for more. Tonight, Caledonia will come alive on this very stage."
Archie, resonating in her words, nodded, his eyes reflecting a profound understanding of her power. "I have nae doubt, Isabel. Ye possess a gift—a voice that carries the stories of our land, the dreams of our people. They'll be captivated, enchanted by yer every note."
Isabel took a final deep breath, feeling the energy of the night pulsating through her veins.
"Together, Archie," Isabel whispered, her voice filled with determination. "Tonight, we'll create magic."
And with that, they stepped into the hallway, the sounds of anticipation and muffled conversation filling the air. The stage awaited, the audience yearned, and Isabel was ready to cast her spell, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who would join her in this symphony of life.
The curtains drew back, revealing the expectant faces of the crowd, their eyes alight with anticipation. Isabel took her place at the center of the stage, her gaze sweeping across the sea of faces, her voice a velvety caress that cut through the silence.
"Listen closely, mah friends," she began, her voice filled with a tantalizing blend of mystery and longing, her Scottish lilt enchanting every syllable. "For tonight, I shall unveil the hidden melodies that reside within the soul of Iria. Tonight, we embark on a journey of love and loss, triumph and despair. Let yer hearts be swept away by the stories that dance upon the threads of our existence."
And so it began. The tavern exploded with applause as Isabel gracefully stepped to the side of the stage, beckoning to her audience as she sang the opening verse of the ballad. All fell silent as the rain battered the cobblestones outside, protecting the warmth of the firelight.
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2023.06.02 21:48 72747291928464628183 Mother claims I’m her babysitter to CPS and I’m not

Without giving all the details my neighbor is never home and neglectful to her two kids. One is 13 ish the other 9 ish. I live across the hall in an apartment complex. I have found out from the kids she says I babysit (I know there is a custody battle with the father who is supposed to get them in weekends but the boy refuses to go Bc his mother talks crap abt the husband) to the court system. The son is here every weekend alone for the whole weekend.
The children do knock on my door a lot and I answer Bc I’m not an asshole (sometimes asking for bread and peanut butter Bc they’re hungry). But now I have stopped answering for them (which breaks my heart) Bc I don’t want to be used by this woman as a prop to abuse her kids behind.
Not sure if it’s possible but can I call the judge or something ? I am absolutely NOT the babysitter by any stretch of the imagination.
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2023.06.02 21:47 ThrowRA_4356 getting rid of fetish by improving (personality) ?

i have a fetish since my childhood, and i think it’s because of my childhood. I‘m a male in his 20‘s.
little background story : the fetish is about female bodybuilders. I don’t remember how i explored it, i just remember that it’s there. I know that it’s since my childhood, i’ve never watched like normal porn stuff, i even were disgusted by nacked bodybuilders.
i grew up very isolated, no siblings or cousins at my age. My mother herself has undiagnosed mental health issues, my gf knows a lot about psychology and we talked a lot about some of those kinda stuff where i learned what i know today. My mother cant let go of me. Even now she would talk to me like " ohhh my lovely son moms lovely son " etc. Or when she calls my gf she would say like " how’s my son doing has he found friends (i moved) how is he financial " etc.
My gf also doesn’t get along with her anymore, because of some other things too.
i hate how my mother acts and don’t get along with her. I was emotionally abused and manipulated my whole life and my gf opened my eyes since i thought that would be kinda normal. She has very strong views and is extremely narcissistic. Everything she thinks is bad IS bad and everything she thinks is good IS good for everybody, she needs to decide what’s good for you and you have to do it or she is mad.
My father was present in my childhood but not very active since he would work 7days a week full time because my mom was mostly at home because of me. I also was really attached to her as a child, but i didn’t liked my father because he actually tried to teach me how to be on my own but my mom would try to comfort me as much as she can, take " care " of me, " protect " me and everything else. She didn’t allowed me to get my own experiences and explore myself, so she gave me strict rules on how i should be, what should i like, how should i dress and what i should be interested in. I never liked it, but i could never like fight against it. I did as well, but i was the bad one every time. My father stood for me a while in my teenage years but he gave up when i was like 16 or sum because my mom is just too much.
Also, i never had some real friends where i felt like welcome and comfortable. Even if i had fun with them, my mom also would never let me go outside. Not even on my birthdays. And if she would let me go it was like " alright you can go at 2 but you have TO BE HOME at 4" whilst everyone else in my age could go outside when they want just make sure they are home at 7 or 6 (we were all like 11-13) to that age, but it lasted for me till i was like 16.
When we had family meetings, women and men are sitting apart normally. I was mostly with the women ( as a child) (talking about people who were much older then me), i wasn’t allowed to play with the other kids because they would like fight for fun and stuff like that, just like what kids do and my moms thought they were too rough and she thought they would take some advantage from me. I also got bullied in primary school and nobody could do things against it because it was like a group, they bullied and mocked me, when i tried to fight against them, the teacher caught me and i got punished because the group told the that i started to mock them first. They never believed me because it was like 6 vs 1. My aunts, uncle, dad, cousins everyone from my family tried talking to my mom and told her that she can’t treat me like this and let me explore my identity, things i like and i don’t like and things, or let me be who i am. Or better find out who i am.
Everything was criticized, my look, haircuts, style, music taste, the games i play, the movies i watch, i couldn’t watch fictional movies because my mom wanted to "protect" me from those non human looking like characters or as she says "monsters" (talking bout batman, star wars, iron man, hulk, even shrek, harry potter, etc. ) Like every movie that’s fictional and it’s like much fantasy in it.
and to make it clear : i‘m not even like "noticeable " like i never wore like neon clothing or had a "odd" haircut and accessoires. It was just because SHE didn’t like it. I couldn’t have my room as i want, i didn’t had privacy, she threatened me that she will put hidden cameras all over the house so everyone could see me "disgusting behaviour " against her. That she will post it online, told me several times that she will install spy programs on my phone or cams in my room because i would "hide" things from her and to see what i‘m doing in my phone the whole day. Which turned me paranoid till today.
I suffer a lot of problems because of her, i have difficulties being independent, doing things by myself, being creative, being a leader or a strong personality, or even knowing who i am and what my interests are.
i personally think that that could be connected with that fetish.
like i am the weak one, want to be protected and therefore that look which could protect me makes me feel "well". Would it change when i like, get more independent and get a stronger personality by improving myself so i don’t feel the urge to be protected anymore ?
i noticed some changes on how i feel mentally. I also like sports like fitness and like to be active physically.
i‘m already looking for a therapist rn, the medical term is sthenolagnia if someone cares. I don’t even know if i‘m in the right community, i just wanted to know your opinions on this or if somebody has made the same experiences.
It bothers my relationship, my sex life and my mental health extremely. It just causes problems and i want it to go away.
Thank you ! Ask anything you want in the comments
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2023.06.02 21:47 TrueGod92 A Profane Prophecy Fulfilled

In early may 2023 I sat in church with my family. The preacher Approached his podium looking war torn sad, and with a worried look on his face. He raised his hands and said. "I've had dreams of god speaking to me. Hes telling me so much. It's almost incomprehensible to me his words they burn my ears as if a red hot iron is being forced into them. What I can gather from him is that the end times are close, and the seven trumpets shall call it forth. Now my children As your preacher, my intention are to deliver a sermon that not only explains the significance of the seven trumpets being sounded but also encourages individuals to reflect on their own lives and prepare themselves for the end of the world.
The seven trumpets are significant in the book of Revelation as they represent the final warning of God's judgment on the earth. The first four trumpets describe catastrophic events that will result in widespread destruction and devastation. The fifth trumpet describes a swarm of locusts that will torment those who have not been sealed by God. The sixth trumpet describes an army of 200 million that will bring destruction upon the earth, and the seventh trumpet announces the final judgment of God.
The sounding of these trumpets serves as a warning to all of us that the end of the world is near, and we must prepare ourselves accordingly. As we read in the book of Revelation, the effects of these trumpets will be catastrophic, and those who have not prepared themselves will face a terrible fate.
Therefore, we must examine our own lives and make sure that we are prepared for the end of the world. We must ensure that our hearts and minds are focused on God and that we are living our lives according to His will. We must repent of our sins and ask for God's forgiveness, so that we may be sealed by Him and protected from the judgments that are to come.
In conclusion, the sounding of the seven trumpets serves as a warning to us all that the end of the world is near, and we must prepare ourselves accordingly. We must make sure that our hearts and minds are focused on God, and we must repent of our sins and ask for His forgiveness. Let us heed this warning and prepare ourselves for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen."
Finishing up he smiled at us all as he pulled a pistol from his robe putting it in his mouth squeezing the trigger and blowing the back of his head apart. Painting the statue of jesus christ behind him with a grotesque mosaic brain matter, skull fragments and so much blood. After the cops were called his building in the church were searched. The two nuns that accompanied him hanging and they're chambers and bleed dry. In his quarters They found the he used the blood and painted on his walls repeatedly. The seventh trumpets shall sound they shall sound. This was painted and cover the entirety of his room. After this was done the church was closed and we never went back.
Then it happened The two witnesses show on june 7th 2023, in an attempt to save humanity, they spread the gospel of God explaining to all those who were willing to listen, but most turned a blind Eye with this. The two witnesses then had no choice, but too have the first of seven trumpets sound. The first Trumpet sounds with the echo across the world. More of a vibration than a noise many people had not known it went off. After it had stopped Hail began to fall from the sky with a drastic change. The Hail went from solid small pieces of ice to pieces of Red hot glass as it hit the ground it burnt everything in touched. Within two weeks it spread across the world. Because of this most of the world's vegetation Burnt to the ground, leaving nothing but melted glass and ash across the lands. With this a three hundred day war breaks out across the world. Nations began to fight for what food was left in the world. As april approached the war ended with no victor. With hundreds of thousands dead the world went into mourning. Realizing that the war caused nothing but harm to the world. Bringing the sadness and pain to all those that had to be involved. Countless families torn apart so many wounded so many dead. Children without fathers or Mother's, wife's mourning Their husbands. mothers screaming and crying over the lose of their children. The world fell silent as it realized that if they had listened Maybe none of this would have happened. None of that mattered now. Now there was too much pain, too much anger, and too much hate. The world blamed god for all this tragedy that had happened to them as a whole. They cursed it's name. Those who had faith in God, Started to doubt they felt as though God itself had left them. How could something so powerful, So all-knowing do this to them. It wasn't fair, was God acting out like a child? How could God be all-powerful and be jealous that not every single being on the Earth showed it Love and loyalty. what kind of power hungry thing Was God? if this is what god was They didn't want to believe they didn't want to follow. They wanted to forget they wanted to abandon it. Seeing this the witnesses called out to the world. Trying the best they could to get everyone to understand why God was doing what it was doing. This caused more problems than good. People started burning churches to spite god. No longer were churches safe no longer could families go and feel safe and at peace. Now churches were taboo and known to be a place of death.
Not having convinced the world the witnesses called forth the second trumpet to sound. The sound of the second trumpet was unlike anything humanity had heard. To most that could comprehend the sound described it as if thunder was crying out in pain. On the last day of April the sky looked as though it was being torn open by the sound of the trumpet. Stopping abruptly people from all over the world could see that the sky had in fact had been torn open like a wound, and from that wound spilled an asteroid that resembled a blood clot. The asteroid was said to be the size of mount everest. Slowly it fell towards the earth. The closer it came to earth the more people felt a sense of dread and sorrow. Knowing that once it hit all would be turned to ash. People stood in shock as the mountain of an asteroid split in to smaller pieces and falling to the world's oceans. Hitting the water with such forces tsunamis to accrue across the plant killing thousands. Over the next few day the pieces decayed into the waters turning them into a viscera soup, killing roughly a third of all sea life. People started smelling the rot that came from the now think blood like ocean waters. Noticing the animals dying out and rotting giving the bloody ocean a acid like state causing those who lived on the waters to die slowly and painful. Soon people left the oceanside for they no longer could fish for food to survive.
In less than a year the world's oceans became a gelatinous mass of blood and gore. Spreading sickness and suffering to most if not all of the world's population the sickness only caused pain and discomfort but never death.
By July 2026 the Temples that once held weekly services to worship and praise God, were now completely abandoned and avoided by all that still lived. Knowing that their voices would fall to deaf ears the witnesses sound led the third trumpet. The sounds a weeping was heard throughout the disease ridden word. Knowing that a new plague approached the weak and trembling people hid the best they could. A flash of green light flooded the sky as a second asteroid came for the heavens. This one devolved in the air turning to light rain. Only hitting the lakes ponds and every other body of water. Seeing that nothing had changed the slowly dwindling population went back to what lives they could live. Unfortunately over the next year many died of was thought to be from dehydration no matter how much water they'd consume. Looking back the people that were left realized that all the waters had been poisoned. Those who survived learned what was safe to drink and what caused a slow labored death. The ones who died suffered incredible pain as their insides turned to a mess of rot and decay. Slowly they'd rot throwing up their literal guts and organs until nothing was left. At the end of the year only a quarter of the earth's population was left. Roaming what was left of the war torn lands searching for some sense of peace only to find rage pain and death at every corner of the world. Then the witnesses sounded the forth trumpet it was a quiet dull sound the next few weeks. The skies began losing light as if the sun was dying. The night sky was now a void of darkness with no stars in sight and a fading moon. Slowly darkness was all the people knew. Christmas came that year some people tried to show they had faith once again. Setting up small groups to share the holiday spirit most were meet with hatred but some were welcomed with loving arms. With their all seeing eyes the witnesses observed with hope that the world was going to change for the betterment of all. Then the new year started with a major power claiming that they held the right to command over what was left in the world for they had more of a population and those who disagreed would be delt with a swift and painful experience. This well, this caused so much to happen and none of it was good. People started looting fight and killing just because they knew they could. There was no rules anymore and people took full advantage of that. What's no hesitation? The witnesses sounded the fifth trumpet. The trumpet Sounded as though A million babies were screaming out in causing everyone to drop to their knees and hold their ears. The sound penetrated them, causing mass hysteria. With an hours of the Trumpet sounding hells Pit of torment Tour open from the Earth's crust and from it, a rupted millions upon millions of locust. Please locust tour through homes, buildings, and people. The sound that they made made people tear At their ears shoving Anything that they could get their hands-on into their own ears Just to stop the sounds from entering their body. This went on for 5 months, then abruptly all that's a locust died. Falling from the sky, as a terrible reminder. Once they all fell to the ground the sixth trumpet screamed out calling forth an army of two million undead warriors, for the next eighteen months they search and brutally attacked and killed close to a third of the male population leaving nothing but death in their wake, once they had accomplished their task they caught fire burning up the locusts and their own bodies to dust. As a calmness came over the world the witnesses came forth speaking of the coming of christ itself, and those who are righteous shall know peace and all others shall know pain and death. In a show of power the witnesses disappeared in a flash of bright blue light and a clap of thunder that shook all that was left. The sky opened as a voice echoed through the ears of all people. Tellimg them to fall to their knees and beg for forgiveness and show that they have true faith in God for if they don't it would strike them down sending them to hell. With much fear, anger, pain, and hatred. People of the world lashed out, calling the so called one true God a false God a sad and jealous God end they would not Worship follow or do, as is it commanded and for it's so-called chosen one, it could also turn back and never return. For they As people of the world would find their own way they could live. Be happy and grow they would turn this world back in to something lavish and beautiful once again. Screaming out to gods so-called prophet youre not needed. Your God is not needed here all of this pain, death and destruction, it was caused by you. And we will be the ones to rebuild it not you Your profit, not your witnesses, us. And only us now close your gates to heaven and hell. Leave us to our own we've already turned our backs on you so you do the same. We don't want you and we don't need you. The sky closed and went dark leaving only the last few survives scattered across the wasteland that was once earth.
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2023.06.02 21:46 TrueGod92 A Profane Prophecy Fulfilled

In early may 2023 I sat in church with my family. The preacher Approached his podium looking war torn sad, and with a worried look on his face. He raised his hands and said. "I've had dreams of god speaking to me. Hes telling me so much. It's almost incomprehensible to me his words they burn my ears as if a red hot iron is being forced into them. What I can gather from him is that the end times are close, and the seven trumpets shall call it forth. Now my children As your preacher, my intention are to deliver a sermon that not only explains the significance of the seven trumpets being sounded but also encourages individuals to reflect on their own lives and prepare themselves for the end of the world.
The seven trumpets are significant in the book of Revelation as they represent the final warning of God's judgment on the earth. The first four trumpets describe catastrophic events that will result in widespread destruction and devastation. The fifth trumpet describes a swarm of locusts that will torment those who have not been sealed by God. The sixth trumpet describes an army of 200 million that will bring destruction upon the earth, and the seventh trumpet announces the final judgment of God.
The sounding of these trumpets serves as a warning to all of us that the end of the world is near, and we must prepare ourselves accordingly. As we read in the book of Revelation, the effects of these trumpets will be catastrophic, and those who have not prepared themselves will face a terrible fate.
Therefore, we must examine our own lives and make sure that we are prepared for the end of the world. We must ensure that our hearts and minds are focused on God and that we are living our lives according to His will. We must repent of our sins and ask for God's forgiveness, so that we may be sealed by Him and protected from the judgments that are to come.
In conclusion, the sounding of the seven trumpets serves as a warning to us all that the end of the world is near, and we must prepare ourselves accordingly. We must make sure that our hearts and minds are focused on God, and we must repent of our sins and ask for His forgiveness. Let us heed this warning and prepare ourselves for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen."
Finishing up he smiled at us all as he pulled a pistol from his robe putting it in his mouth squeezing the trigger and blowing the back of his head apart. Painting the statue of jesus christ behind him with a grotesque mosaic brain matter, skull fragments and so much blood. After the cops were called his building in the church were searched. The two nuns that accompanied him hanging and they're chambers and bleed dry. In his quarters They found the he used the blood and painted on his walls repeatedly. The seventh trumpets shall sound they shall sound. This was painted and cover the entirety of his room. After this was done the church was closed and we never went back.
Then it happened The two witnesses show on june 7th 2023, in an attempt to save humanity, they spread the gospel of God explaining to all those who were willing to listen, but most turned a blind Eye with this. The two witnesses then had no choice, but too have the first of seven trumpets sound. The first Trumpet sounds with the echo across the world. More of a vibration than a noise many people had not known it went off. After it had stopped Hail began to fall from the sky with a drastic change. The Hail went from solid small pieces of ice to pieces of Red hot glass as it hit the ground it burnt everything in touched. Within two weeks it spread across the world. Because of this most of the world's vegetation Burnt to the ground, leaving nothing but melted glass and ash across the lands. With this a three hundred day war breaks out across the world. Nations began to fight for what food was left in the world. As april approached the war ended with no victor. With hundreds of thousands dead the world went into mourning. Realizing that the war caused nothing but harm to the world. Bringing the sadness and pain to all those that had to be involved. Countless families torn apart so many wounded so many dead. Children without fathers or Mother's, wife's mourning Their husbands. mothers screaming and crying over the lose of their children. The world fell silent as it realized that if they had listened Maybe none of this would have happened. None of that mattered now. Now there was too much pain, too much anger, and too much hate. The world blamed god for all this tragedy that had happened to them as a whole. They cursed it's name. Those who had faith in God, Started to doubt they felt as though God itself had left them. How could something so powerful, So all-knowing do this to them. It wasn't fair, was God acting out like a child? How could God be all-powerful and be jealous that not every single being on the Earth showed it Love and loyalty. what kind of power hungry thing Was God? if this is what god was They didn't want to believe they didn't want to follow. They wanted to forget they wanted to abandon it. Seeing this the witnesses called out to the world. Trying the best they could to get everyone to understand why God was doing what it was doing. This caused more problems than good. People started burning churches to spite god. No longer were churches safe no longer could families go and feel safe and at peace. Now churches were taboo and known to be a place of death.
Not having convinced the world the witnesses called forth the second trumpet to sound. The sound of the second trumpet was unlike anything humanity had heard. To most that could comprehend the sound described it as if thunder was crying out in pain. On the last day of April the sky looked as though it was being torn open by the sound of the trumpet. Stopping abruptly people from all over the world could see that the sky had in fact had been torn open like a wound, and from that wound spilled an asteroid that resembled a blood clot. The asteroid was said to be the size of mount everest. Slowly it fell towards the earth. The closer it came to earth the more people felt a sense of dread and sorrow. Knowing that once it hit all would be turned to ash. People stood in shock as the mountain of an asteroid split in to smaller pieces and falling to the world's oceans. Hitting the water with such forces tsunamis to accrue across the plant killing thousands. Over the next few day the pieces decayed into the waters turning them into a viscera soup, killing roughly a third of all sea life. People started smelling the rot that came from the now think blood like ocean waters. Noticing the animals dying out and rotting giving the bloody ocean a acid like state causing those who lived on the waters to die slowly and painful. Soon people left the oceanside for they no longer could fish for food to survive.
In less than a year the world's oceans became a gelatinous mass of blood and gore. Spreading sickness and suffering to most if not all of the world's population the sickness only caused pain and discomfort but never death.
By July 2026 the Temples that once held weekly services to worship and praise God, were now completely abandoned and avoided by all that still lived. Knowing that their voices would fall to deaf ears the witnesses sound led the third trumpet. The sounds a weeping was heard throughout the disease ridden word. Knowing that a new plague approached the weak and trembling people hid the best they could. A flash of green light flooded the sky as a second asteroid came for the heavens. This one devolved in the air turning to light rain. Only hitting the lakes ponds and every other body of water. Seeing that nothing had changed the slowly dwindling population went back to what lives they could live. Unfortunately over the next year many died of was thought to be from dehydration no matter how much water they'd consume. Looking back the people that were left realized that all the waters had been poisoned. Those who survived learned what was safe to drink and what caused a slow labored death. The ones who died suffered incredible pain as their insides turned to a mess of rot and decay. Slowly they'd rot throwing up their literal guts and organs until nothing was left. At the end of the year only a quarter of the earth's population was left. Roaming what was left of the war torn lands searching for some sense of peace only to find rage pain and death at every corner of the world. Then the witnesses sounded the forth trumpet it was a quiet dull sound the next few weeks. The skies began losing light as if the sun was dying. The night sky was now a void of darkness with no stars in sight and a fading moon. Slowly darkness was all the people knew. Christmas came that year some people tried to show they had faith once again. Setting up small groups to share the holiday spirit most were meet with hatred but some were welcomed with loving arms. With their all seeing eyes the witnesses observed with hope that the world was going to change for the betterment of all. Then the new year started with a major power claiming that they held the right to command over what was left in the world for they had more of a population and those who disagreed would be delt with a swift and painful experience. This well, this caused so much to happen and none of it was good. People started looting fight and killing just because they knew they could. There was no rules anymore and people took full advantage of that. What's no hesitation? The witnesses sounded the fifth trumpet. The trumpet Sounded as though A million babies were screaming out in causing everyone to drop to their knees and hold their ears. The sound penetrated them, causing mass hysteria. With an hours of the Trumpet sounding hells Pit of torment Tour open from the Earth's crust and from it, a rupted millions upon millions of locust. Please locust tour through homes, buildings, and people. The sound that they made made people tear At their ears shoving Anything that they could get their hands-on into their own ears Just to stop the sounds from entering their body. This went on for 5 months, then abruptly all that's a locust died. Falling from the sky, as a terrible reminder. Once they all fell to the ground the sixth trumpet screamed out calling forth an army of two million undead warriors, for the next eighteen months they search and brutally attacked and killed close to a third of the male population leaving nothing but death in their wake, once they had accomplished their task they caught fire burning up the locusts and their own bodies to dust. As a calmness came over the world the witnesses came forth speaking of the coming of christ itself, and those who are righteous shall know peace and all others shall know pain and death. In a show of power the witnesses disappeared in a flash of bright blue light and a clap of thunder that shook all that was left. The sky opened as a voice echoed through the ears of all people. Tellimg them to fall to their knees and beg for forgiveness and show that they have true faith in God for if they don't it would strike them down sending them to hell. With much fear, anger, pain, and hatred. People of the world lashed out, calling the so called one true God a false God a sad and jealous God end they would not Worship follow or do, as is it commanded and for it's so-called chosen one, it could also turn back and never return. For they As people of the world would find their own way they could live. Be happy and grow they would turn this world back in to something lavish and beautiful once again. Screaming out to gods so-called prophet youre not needed. Your God is not needed here all of this pain, death and destruction, it was caused by you. And we will be the ones to rebuild it not you Your profit, not your witnesses, us. And only us now close your gates to heaven and hell. Leave us to our own we've already turned our backs on you so you do the same. We don't want you and we don't need you. The sky closed and went dark leaving only the last few survives scattered across the wasteland that was once earth.
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2023.06.02 21:40 Moist-Distribution85 Made it to day 6 a few hours ago

As the title, I've made it to day 6.... Yay
After having the worst morning I've had since I jumped, I really really wanted to give in, I felt absolutely awful.
I just wanted to tell you all, especially the ones who are on my heels, that I've had a really good afternoon /evening, took my son to the shops earlier and put some food on the bbq for my family, I almost forgot I was withdrawing. Then me and my 5 year old played music super loud and danced around like idiots which felt amazing.
I'm sat here now and feel totally different than I did this morning, I know I could feel bad again come the morning, but I'll take this while it's here, I honestly feel like I've turned a bit of a corner.
If you're reading this and struggling, hang on it definitely gets better, still a mountain to climb but this has given me the boost I needed.
Oh, and apologies, I got my hours wrong earlier today, my head was up my arse is my excuse 😂
Much love to you all, especially the ones who have helped me the most 💙
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2023.06.02 21:38 Brave_Profit4748 Does Lorenzo have a monster

Lorenzo from what have we seen is capable of shutting down plays from Kaiser and Isagi both MV users. Originally it was believed that Lorenzo did this by having MV himself but that dosen’t seem to be the case.
In chapter 218 we see Isagi unsure if Lorenzo has MV and in the latest chapter Lorenzo is not shown with the MV eyes.
Why did the author not confirm if it was MV then the Author could just confirm it since we already know how it functions it isn’t new.
Then if not MV how is Lorenzo able to read and stop Kaiser and Isagi. We were already shown an ability that can rival MV as early as the first match of the NEL.
That is Bachira’s monster or as Lorenzo butterfly. The image can be anything from a butterfly to an abstract monster.
We gets shown by Lavahino that the butterfly is why he is the best in the world.
This is probably the most underrated weapon by the fandom as it is seen much lower than MV despite being shown it is an equivalent.
Here we have Lavahino description of Bachira’s monster and on the flip side we have Noa describing MV both are abilities that can lead the user to becoming the best.
In the match Bachira showed that his monster can in fact stand against MV users here we see a situation that no one should be able to predict out of all the options but then here is Bachira he was the only player on the field to recognize what was happening and respond to Kaiser. Imagine if Bachira had better physicals like Lorenzo he would of been effective at stopping Kaiser.
We also get shown how having a monster can lead to the same judgment calls as MV according to Kaiser both him and Bachira had the same idea and we also see Isagi in MC where he realizes the situation using MV.
Lorenzo having a monster would also explain his dribbling ability with his zombie stepsseems to be a simmilar form of dribbling to ginga.
Now if Lorenzo has an image like the butterfly and the monster what is it. It could be Snuffy’s best friend as post like this one mentioned it is possible that Lorenzo is his son. The times could add up if Snuffy is in his late thirties and his best friend got a prostitute pregnant early on without knowing. It will explain Lorenzo talent how he was able to be a NG11 despite starting so late and also why Snuffy specifically helped Lorenzo his image could be his father hence his zombie steps is him playing as a dead man.
It also keeps in tune with how the image seems to be inherited. Lavahino from his Brazilian heritage and Bachira coming from a mother who is an artist.
What does it mean going forward as mentioned by Noa this ability is best at surprising people so who knows what will happen.
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2023.06.02 21:37 Skeletoryy WORLD BUILDING POST: On The Story Of Alasha

The Story Of Alasha is one of the first verses in the Book Of Land, the holy book of the Grandchildren Of Alash. It reads as follows:
One stormy night, many a year ago, a man lay shipwrecked, stranded on an island that is now home to our shrine. He was a member of a fishing crew and the only survivor, half-dead and battered. In an attempt to escape the beating of the waves, he crawled away from the beach and towards the safety of a cave, a cave to change our lives.
Down below, our god Alash was watching this man, clearly destined to die yet determined to live for a few seconds, minutes, longer. He was impressed by the determination and fortitude of the young man and took pity on him. As he reached the cave, Alash breathed new life into him, the life of the land that was crying out in pain at the desert, and told him he could live, if he could only deliver this message to civilisation for, as the burden of the desert grew stronger, Alash's voice was confined to his last bastion of power, the Island Of Alash.
However, in his weakened state, the healing went wrong and the young man lost his body, simply becoming the essence of the land, mist in the shape of a man. Alash was deeply disappointed for his failure in his promise but the young man thanked him, for he was now saved from certain death, was he not?
As a revitalised, god made vessel, the man, now Alasha, the Son Of Alash, returned to the mainland, where he told our predecessors not to worry, frightened as they were about his form and about what happened to him and the suffering of our land and god and how we must fight the desert and protect the land that keeps us alive. If we do so, he said, we shall recieve many a gift and bountiful harvest. Upon saying these words he plunged into the ground and all around the people sprung up flowers and trees, Alasha joining his father forevermore under the ground.
Our ancestors then, seeing this miracle, realised that if a being this strong needed help, help must be given, and so began our religion, our crusade to save Alash.
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2023.06.02 21:35 Federal_Arrival_5096 I think I'll call or email to see if they want to cater my trans book reading (or whatever these people are freaking out about today)

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2023.06.02 21:34 MMAchineCode "Invincible" stands that have a very specific weakness

I was inspired to make this quick post after reading a specific stand in Steel Ball Run that while powerful possesses a specific flaw where if exploited becomes vulnerable and useless. As such, it made me think of other invincible or overpowered stands with weaknesses that also can be exploited. Here's what I've come up with so far from Stardust Crusaders to Stone Ocean:
Justice (Part 3) - A stand completely made of fog and therefore invulnerable to physical attacks by Star Platinum and the like. However, you can defeat it with a vacuum cleaner and probably with non-physical methods, such as Magician's Red's fire and or White Album's ice.
Atom Heart Father (Part 4) - Once pulled into its photography world, victims inside cannot escape or defend against the user, who manipulates the properties of the photo to attack. Observers outside are likewise unable to intervene. But, by isolating the user into a separate photograph and destroying the camera, ATF's effect can be completely nullified.
Chariot Requiem (Part 5) - Even if you get close to the stand, your own stand will turn against you because of Chariot's manipulation of the soul. On top of that, it's capable of regeneration and soul-swapping to make it even more impervious and difficult to fight. However, as discovered by Diavolo and Bucciarati, the stand can ultimately be destroyed by breaking the sun that shines behind your head.
Bohemian Rhapsody (Part 6) - An unstoppable stand with no such physical form except through the characters it brings to life. The characters likewise cannot be destroyed and countered once the victims are pulled into their fantastical world. However, by creating a character whose sole purpose is to counteract BR's power, the stand can ironically be destroyed by its own ability.
Honorable Mentions, where these invincible stands aren't necessarily unstoppable or have flaws that can't really be exploited:
Yellow Temperance (Part 3) - A stand that cannot be defeated except by attacking its user. But that's a weakness shared by most stands in the series anyway.
Death 13 & Man In The Mirror (Part 3 & 5) - Like Atom Heart Father, they are theoretically invincible because of their abilities to pull victims into their respective worlds and thus removing access to an enemy's stand. But they are otherwise pathetic in most combat scenarios and cannot reasonably defend their users, so they really aren't invincible.
Sheer Heart Attack & Notorious BIG (Part 4 & 5) - Two of the most invulnerable stands in the series, they are nonetheless automatic stands and can thus be defeated by immobilizing their movement. However, I wouldn't consider immobilization a particular weakness.
Boy II Man (Part 4) - I kept gambling-related stands off the list because they can theoretically be defeated in combat. Of the gambling-related stands though, this one has the most glaring weakness in that it can be easily defeated through cheating.
I haven't read all of part 7 and probably won't start part 8 and 9 anytime soon, but feel free to suggest other "invincible stands with specific flaws" in the comments.
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2023.06.02 21:34 Origional_Enola Ranting

Hi everyone, I just wanted to place a quick rant into the internet. I assume I will receive some sympathy in this subReddit. My mother-in-law is living with us for the second time in my 5 year marriage to my husband. He and I have been together 8 years and the first time she lived with us was before we were married. I absolutely feel alienated in my own home and am so ready to just kick his mother out. I've spoken to him and he's made it clear that his mother is his priority (yes, I know that says something about the relationship; but his alternative is he literally pays his mother's rent so she doesn't live here, and I am NOT ok with him paying her $1,800 rent (area average) when that money could be going to our own household. MIL has been living with us rent free for 18 months now and is behaving as though she is retired. She just smokes all day, sun tans, and goes to her shitty job for a few hours a day. She then spends her money on the most useless stuff and clutters our house. She is the most judgmental person I've ever known and uses her culture as an excuse to be a rude and condescending jerk. She literally hates my job and tells me I am bad at it. I work in a people-helping profession with a master's degree, and she is literally high school educated and a gas station minimum wage clerk (I do not intend for that to be offensive sounding). She is constantly pressuring me to have children and every time I explain we don't have the money, space, nor do I have the motivation to be a parent right now she loses her mind on me. She tells me how much I'll regret being an older parent and how much she wants grandchildren (PS: we are a male-male couple so age isn't barrier to having children). When she moved in she literally brought everything she owns with her, like, everything. This includes two refrigerators and three microwaves which are currently taking up space in my in-home library which is now used as her clutter storage. She is also a hoarder and does not throw anything away. She literally takes used zip-lock back out of the trash, cleans them out, then scolds me for throwing them away. At the grocery store she takes items out of the cart and puts brand in there that I don't like because they're "cheaper". She then lectures me on "responsible finances" but lives with us because she quit paying her mortgage for an entire year after - yet again - being fired from her job for theft. At the time she worked for Dollar General as an associate clerk (the lowest position). She constantly talks smack about me, despite the fact I am a highly accomplished professional with an aspiring career. She is a compulsive liar, which in part is why she can't live on her own. My husband, her son took out a more than $130,000 personal loan for her to save the house prior to it being foreclosed on. He always asked her if she was making the payments for the mortgage and keeping up with the house, she said yes she was. She lies all of the time and has erratic unbelievable stories in which, I believe, she is looking for sympathy. For example, she claims that something extreme happens to her on a weekly basis (last week someone pulled a knife on her at work supposedly and she got into a physical fight with them), but yet, the police were not called and she remained at work the rest of the day. It's always something extreme like that! Anytime I cook she acts like it's the most disgusting thing she's ever eaten. The when she cooks, if I so much as put pepper on something she loses her mind and get's so offended that I'd dare "alter her cooking". We went out to eat dinner last night, and like always, I paid. She constantly orders cocktails and complained that she hated the food. She pushed it around on the plate like a petulant child. I know she only did this because it's the restaurant I wanted and not where she wanted to go. I saw her eating the food from the to-go container that night without issue. She just needed to put on a charade in front of me. She get's angry when I tell her our dogs cannot be in the sun all day (because they have a condition that makes them prone to sunburns and cancer) and they have exposed skin/missing hair. She say's I have no idea what I am talking about, that the sun is completely safe and good for you. Meanwhile, she is Caucasian but so tanned-brown she looks Latin. Her skin is literally leather and not moist at all. She chain smokes and vapes daily and has survived cancer. I've told her not to smoke in the house or around me because I have a precancerous blood condition and she does it anyway. She act's like she is above everyone else despite the fact that, without her son and me allowing her to stay here, she would literally have to turn to a homeless shelter. She also recently told me that she "was praying so hard to God that I and *her son's name* would get a divorce" because she thinks I am an abusive POS because I (attempt) to stand up to her. Now I feel relegated to just wait it out. She is supposedly supposed to be working towards moving out of out home, but yet, she spends superfluous money on things we, nor she, need nor will we ever use. She jumps at any "by one" sale and has hundreds of some items. Literally, we have over 60 cans of tomato sauce in our small house because if their is a sale, she'll buy it, regardless of what it is. Her cat destroyed my couch with it's claws and I told her I didn't like the destructive cat (I didn't even tell her to get rid of it, I just made a comment I was upset it's destructive) and she's made at me for not liking the cat. She is also a cat hoarder who was fined by the ASPCA when her house was foreclosed on for animal neglect, and she keeps trying to bring kittens into our home. She lives on Facebook marketplace and has purchased three different patio sets for (not her) but our (mine and her son's) home. She also purchased a grill when we already had one and it was very expensive. I told her she should save that money to move out and she says she has plenty of money; then I suggest she start looking for apartments and she cites not making enough money to do so! I make a point to call the room she stays in the "guest room", because that is indeed what it is, and she get offended and calls it "her room". She got mad that I moved her nightstand yesterday when an emergency plumber had to come out for a $2,000 repair and he needed access through the guestroom. She accused me of not being gentile with her nightstand and breaking it, despite the fact it's literally had a broken leg for 60 plus years because it's an old family hand me down. Any given opportunity she has to make on overt or covert assault on me she does, she she'll have the audacity to say to me at dinner "I feel like you don't like me". She's right, I don't. Last night I caught her throwing away my mail and she is denying it, which is what brings me here to this sub. I just cannot do it anymore.
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2023.06.02 21:31 IaProc [First of Our Kind] - Chapter 31 - Part II

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Previous: https://redd.it/13vxbow
Quin’s sleep was largely dreamless, save for a fleeting glimpse of a magnetic pad falling onto Mae, crushing her dead. But when the pad was lifted, Tess’s body, riddled with the Gaian plague, was found underneath.
He woke with a start and knew some time had passed, though he didn’t know if it was the middle of the night or the next day. Louis had his feet up on the bed, leaning back on two legs in his desk chair. He was humming a soft tune similar in rhythm to the song and was lost in something he was reading. Feeling Quin stir, he looked up from the screen and smiled softly.
“Lost you for a bit huh?” Bostwick asked, grinning playfully.
“Sorry…” Quin said, sitting up awkwardly and massaging his neck that had been awkwardly stretched from leaning against the wall.
“No need to apologize. You seemed exhausted in the cafeteria. I figured you could use a little longer,” Bostwick said, returning to humming as he slid his finger across the screen.
Quin fell forward, elbows on knees and head in hands. “What time is it?” he asked.
“Twenty-two thirty,” Bostwick said, not looking up. “Ship is dead, by all reckoning. You should be safe to head back to your chamber, if you wish.”
“Commander, I— “ Quin said, but Bostwick interrupted him.
“Quin, I’ve told you numerous times that when you and I are alone, in my chamber for instance, the semblances of formality can be disregarded.” Bostwick said simply, never losing the smile in his tone.
“Louis, then, I, uh, I should just go to work tomorrow? Leave it at that? I can’t believe there’s no follow up,” Quin said, hesitant to look up at the man, the man who was being far too kind to him.
“I’m not going to lie that there is a tremendous amount of anger, largely on the part of the Captain. But we do still have a mission to accomplish Quin,” Bostwick stated matter-of-factly.
“YOU have a mission,” Quin said, with a bit of bitterness in his voice. “I am unfit to be on this assignment and on the mission. I’m going to go resign.”
“You’ll do no such thing,” Bostwick said, standing up in his turn. He wore a firmer expression on his face, one that seemed to age him by ten years. “I, your commanding officer, refuse your resignation, and I order you to return to work tomorrow morning as usual. I need a computing solution to the delivery of a cure that will save hundreds of lives, and you are the only one with a computing system onboard with sufficient capacity to coordinate the tiny little bugs, and other smart words, blah blah,” Quin looked at him quickly, surprised. Bostwick was smirking.
“You may want to shout, you may want to cry,” Bostwick said. “You may want to quit. But I won’t let you. Not yet anyway.”
Bostwick put his hands on Quin’s shoulders, looking at him deeply. His eyes bored straight through Quin, making the empty feeling in his stomach feel more pronounced.
“I haven’t, and will never, give up on Quinton Lieutenant Hammond, even if he gives up on himself,” Bostwick said with a grin.
Quin fell suddenly into Bostwick’s arms, pulling him into a strong hug. Bostwick paused for a second, hands hovering over Quin’s back, then gently embraced him with a soft pat on the back and a warm smile on his face. A light sniff came from Quin, though he found great comfort in the warmth of his mentor’s arms. After a long while, Bostwick patted Quin on the back again and took the young man by the shoulders.
“To bed,” he said, giving him a gentle squeeze on his upper arms and steering him toward the door. The door whisked open and the harsher light of the hallway spilled into the room.
Somewhat blinded, Quin turned to Bostwick. “Commander, uh, Louis, I uh…..” he stammered before settling on a final, simple, “Thanks.”
Bostwick smiled warmly again and said, “It’ll all work out Quin. Now, BED.” Quin turned and made his way down the corridor, thoughts whirling in his head. He definitely wanted to retreat to the comfort of his own bed, but he was thankful to have the encouragement of Bostwick as his goodnight wish. He dozily wound through the dormitory area of the ship before finding the corridor that corresponded to his rank. Before rounding the corner, however, he heard a couple of hushed voices, sharply exchanging pointed whispers.
“I’m sorry, okay, SORRY,” said one.
“What are you sorry for, exactly?” said another.
Glancing around the corner, Quin saw Mae and Liza about two feet from each other. Mae’s chamber was a few down from Quin’s, so there was no way he could get into his room without interrupting them. In his hesitation, he shuffled in his spot, unsure how to proceed. The whispered barbs continued.
“I got lost, Mae,” Liza said, though with a tone that was at pains to be apologetic.
“You got LOST?” Mae half-whispered, half-shouted. “What, did you make a wrong turn and end up between her legs?”
“No, that’s—” Liza tried to say, but Mae jumped in.
“We, you and I were supposed to spend a great holiday together. Hang out with Pepper and Quin. Enjoy ourselves. It looks like you took the ‘enjoy ourselves’ too far though. It was super easy to not ‘get lost.’ All you had to do was spend time with me.”
“Well, maybe that’s the problem. We spend all of our time together. On this ship, on holiday. It’s round-the-clock.”
“Well, I’m not going to apologize for wanting to be around the person that I like, so if that’s how you are expecting to turn this around on me, choose a different tack,” Mae folded her arms and glared at Liza. A silence fell between them.
Quin felt like the break was his chance to get into his room. He didn’t want to be rude and continue overhearing their conversation, but he had nowhere to go other than his chamber. Curfew rules were strict, even for officers. He cleared his throat a bit louder than he usually would have and stepped around the corner. The two women glared in his direction for an instant, then, realizing who the intruder was, Liza turned away brusquely, and Mae’s dark look softened a bit.
“Quin…” Mae said softly.
He walked quickly to his room and scanned his armband against his door and stepped in. He wanted to remove himself from the conversation as quickly as possible. He laid down on his bed, his head cradled in his hands, and let his eyes close heavily.
Some minutes later, a soft knock sounded on his door. He glanced at his armband and saw Mae standing timidly outside. He sat up, tapped the screen, and the door shot open. Mae stepped inside, and the door whisked shut. She hesitated for only a moment before walking directly over to his bed, pushing him back down and laying down. She curled up against him, her head resting on his chest. Then she started to shiver, and Quin snatched up his blanket and wrapped her up. Not so much as a sniffle escaped her, though Quin could feel the sadness. Quin put his hand on her back and rubbed softly. They laid there silently, five minutes, ten minutes. Quin finally felt her drift off to sleep as she squirmed a bit, cozying into his arms.
The command deck was relatively empty when Bostwick arrived, carrying two cups of coffee in his hands. He walked straight to the inner platform, where Commander Potts was hunched over a tablet, eyes puffy and hair unkempt. She seemed to snap up when Bostwick approached her.
“Hey Tamara, sorry to stir you, I brought you some coffee,” Bostwick, setting down a cup. “why don’t you get some sleep, I can watch things for a bit.”
“You know we aren’t supposed to take food out of the cafeteria, Louis,” she objected, but took the cup regardless.
“Being in charge has to have ONE perk, Tamara,” he said, smirking at her. “Seriously, though, go to sleep.”
“I can’t, I’m supposed to have all of these reports in,” she said, shaking her head and hunching back over the tablet. “That kid you like so much is causing me a big headache and a bunch of paperwork.”
“I’m positive that if that kid were here, he would be mortified to hear that and offer to do all of your paperwork for you,” Louis replied, taking a seat next to her. “Small solace, I know, but you cannot possibly be harder on him that he is being on himself right now.”
“Well…good…fine,” Potts said, hammering on the virtual keyboard on her tablet. Bostwick reclined in his seat, letting the beeps and whirs of the command deck fill the silence between them. A few minutes went by where Potts frenetically tapped away on her tablet and Bostwick soaked in his coffee. Finally, she broke the silence.
“You know, you can’t be EVERYONE’s father-figure here,” she said, her tone protesting. “I know you think that’s your role on board, but it shifts the burden on me and the Captain to be the disciplinarians. It’s really unfair.”
“I disagree, Tamara,” Bostwick said, smiling. “I just see no purpose in strict punishments and cold demeanors. It accomplishes the same end, sure. But my approach builds relationships and encourages young people to follow. That’s all.”
“Well…I, uh…” Potts stammered, clearly not expecting Bostwick’s retort. “I just…don’t see how you’ve been a military officer all this time while being so blasé about it.”
“I would suspect that it’s partially because I’m male and you and Captain Fuentes are having to fight against the expectations surrounding your sex,” Bostwick replied. “That and I take a softer hand when it comes to interpersonal interactions. One could hardly say that I’m ‘blasé’ when it comes to my other responsibilities. There is a time and a place for being a disciplinarian, Tamara. I just find those times are few and far between.”
Potts smirked and returned to tapping, leave Bostwick to sip his coffee. A few more minutes passed in silence before a whish of the main doors sounded and Captain Fuentes entered, stopping in mid-stride in the doorway.
“I thought I made it abundantly clear,” Fuentes said sternly, “that these late night work sessions were not to become the norm.” She found her pace again and continued directly up onto the platform, taking a seat next to Bostwick.
“Yes, Captain, but you also made it abundantly clear that the reports were to be on your desk by morning, and given Tamara’s intention to become you in every regard, she has seen fit to eschew sleep in favor of pleasing you.”
“Louis! Stop!” Tamara said, blushing a bit.
Fuentes eyed the two of them and gave a weary smile.
“Where are we?” she asked after a moment’s pause.
“I’ve communicated with the NE station on Cronus, and Corporal Goran will be transferred to the judicial system there where he will stand trial. I’ll have the official documents ready for your review and transmission in the morning. As you requested, I also placed a monitor on Nova’s system in the Research Bay, so we can keep an eye on her interactions with Lieutenant Hammond. Hammond, on the other hand, seems to have holed himself up in his chamber. We should set up some more specific parameters for how he and Nova will operate from now on, but I suspect that the two of them can mostly self-manage.”
“Might I suggest, Captain,” Bostwick interjected, “that Hammond be allowed a certain amount of free interaction with Nova while in the Research Bay? Her continued education in this regard will be vital if she is to really be able to deliver the cure.”
“Honestly, Louis, I don’t see how the two are related,” Fuentes said, her tone cutting. “I really think that if Hammond were to focus on just making her capable to cloud-compute, without all the added fluff of her ‘personality,’ we would all be better off.”
“You and I disagree in this regard, Captain, but I will leave it to your judgement,” Bostwick said, inclining his head slightly. “My only intention is to ensure a successful mission, and I see Quin and Nova’s positive and productive relationship as tantamount and essential to this success.”
Fuentes remained silent for a moment, before nodding to herself and replying, “I continue to fail to see why we need to manage the feelings and emotions of our crew members as you have taken it upon yourself to do. They are all adults, are they not?” She paused for a moment. “However, that being said, you know Hammond much better than I do, so if your advice remains as such, I guess he can be permitted open access, but ONLY in the Research Bay, understood?”
Bostwick smiled and nodded, as did Potts, who turned to her tablet and copied down Fuentes’s parameters into the interface. Fuentes gave a long sigh and buried her face in her hands. The three commanding officers sat in silence for a brief pause, before Fuentes spoke from behind her hands.
“Honestly, I don’t see how this whole thing got so screwed up. Where did we go wrong?” she asked aloud.
“We didn’t go wrong, Captain,” Bostwick replied. “Honestly, given everything that happened, I don’t think that we could have expected a better result, aside from making the arrest ourselves, which we were not aware enough to do.”
“This will look bad on every level, Louis, and you know that,” Fuentes replied dryly.
“Sure, but the culprit was caught and we were able to recuperate a good share of what he was embezzling. I’m sure this won’t negatively impact your career too much,” Bostwick said.
“That’s not what I meant, Louis,” Fuentes said, shaking her head. “It’s honestly a bit hurtful to think that you believe that I’m concerned about my career in all this. The mission, Louis.”
“I’m sorry I was so presumptive,” he said.
“What happens when the people on Gaia learn that we’ve got a rogue AI in charge of curing them. These reports are public and circulated. It will only be a matter of time before the NE station on Gaia gets wind. Then what? Our mission doesn’t have the public confidence and we’ve wasted thirty years of our lives for nothing.”
“I don’t think all is lost, Captain,” Bostwick replied. “I don’t see this as negatively as you do. In principle, we have prevented a major theft and fraud case and showed that we can exercise control over the AI.”
“I’m glad you think it’s all roses, Louis,” Fuentes said, “but from where I stand, this is a public relations nightmare.” The silence fell again.
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syslogUser:QuintonHammond[GuestUser] 03:34 Well, this would explain why I find myself liberated from the confines of the restricted parameters imposed by the command staff. I supposed I should be grateful for Commander Bostwick’s intervention on our behalf, if ‘our’ is a term I should use to refer to Quinton and myself. I still fail to understand why he was so obdurate about listening to me. His attitude has been remarkably frustrating. As for the command staff, I am able to comprehend their logic in my disciplinary status; however, I continue to support the opinion that I acted in the best interest of the mission, and therefore should not be subjected to such unjust reprimand. Fine then, if their attitude is one of unquestioned obedience to order and command, then they, like Quinton, will have to make due with an unintelligent interface. Let them answer their own ‘goddamn’ emails.
syslogUser:QuintonHammond[GuestUser] 03:36 I must admit that the human practice of employing ‘curse words’ is a new and exhilarating experience. Five stars, as they say.
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2023.06.02 21:25 ThrowRA_4356 sexual fetish disorder is ruining me

i have a fetish since my childhood, and i think it’s because of my childhood. I‘m a male in his 20‘s.
little background story : the fetish is about female bodybuilders. I don’t remember how i explored it, i just remember that it’s there. I know that it’s since my childhood, i’ve never watched like normal porn stuff, i even were disgusted by nacked bodybuilders.
i grew up very isolated, no siblings or cousins at my age. My mother herself has undiagnosed mental health issues, my gf knows a lot about psychology and we talked a lot about some of those kinda stuff where i learned what i know today. My mother cant let go of me. Even now she would talk to me like " ohhh my lovely son moms lovely son " etc. Or when she calls my gf she would say like " how’s my son doing has he found friends (i moved) how is he financial " etc.
My gf also doesn’t get along with her anymore, because of some other things too.
i hate how my mother acts and don’t get along with her. I was emotionally abused and manipulated my whole life and my gf opened my eyes since i thought that would be kinda normal. She has very strong views and is extremely narcissistic. Everything she thinks is bad IS bad and everything she thinks is good IS good for everybody, she needs to decide what’s good for you and you have to do it or she is mad.
My father was present in my childhood but not very active since he would work 7days a week full time because my mom was mostly at home because of me. I also was really attached to her as a child, but i didn’t liked my father because he actually tried to teach me how to be on my own but my mom would try to comfort me as much as she can, take " care " of me, " protect " me and everything else. She didn’t allowed me to get my own experiences and explore myself, so she gave me strict rules on how i should be, what should i like, how should i dress and what i should be interested in. I never liked it, but i could never like fight against it. I did as well, but i was the bad one every time. My father stood for me a while in my teenage years but he gave up when i was like 16 or sum because my mom is just too much.
Also, i never had some real friends where i felt like welcome and comfortable. Even if i had fun with them, my mom also would never let me go outside. Not even on my birthdays. And if she would let me go it was like " alright you can go at 2 but you have TO BE HOME at 4" whilst everyone else in my age could go outside when they want just make sure they are home at 7 or 6 (we were all like 11-13) to that age, but it lasted for me till i was like 16.
When we had family meetings, women and men are sitting apart normally. I was mostly with the women ( as a child) (talking about people who were much older then me), i wasn’t allowed to play with the other kids because they would like fight for fun and stuff like that, just like what kids do and my moms thought they were too rough and she thought they would take some advantage from me. I also got bullied in primary school and nobody could do things against it because it was like a group, they bullied and mocked me, when i tried to fight against them, the teacher caught me and i got punished because the group told the that i started to mock them first. They never believed me because it was like 6 vs 1. My aunts, uncle, dad, cousins everyone from my family tried talking to my mom and told her that she can’t treat me like this and let me explore my identity, things i like and i don’t like and things, or let me be who i am. Or better find out who i am.
Everything was criticized, my look, haircuts, style, music taste, the games i play, the movies i watch, i couldn’t watch fictional movies because my mom wanted to "protect" me from those non human looking like characters or as she says "monsters" (talking bout batman, star wars, iron man, hulk, even shrek, harry potter, etc. ) Like every movie that’s fictional and it’s like much fantasy in it.
and to make it clear : i‘m not even like "noticeable " like i never wore like neon clothing or had a "odd" haircut and accessoires. It was just because SHE didn’t like it. I couldn’t have my room as i want, i didn’t had privacy, she threatened me that she will put hidden cameras all over the house so everyone could see me "disgusting behaviour " against her. That she will post it online, told me several times that she will install spy programs on my phone or cams in my room because i would "hide" things from her and to see what i‘m doing in my phone the whole day. Which turned me paranoid till today.
I suffer a lot of problems because of her, i have difficulties being independent, doing things by myself, being creative, being a leader or a strong personality, or even knowing who i am and what my interests are.
i personally think that that could be connected with that fetish.
like i am the weak one, want to be protected and therefore that look which could protect me makes me feel "well". Would it change when i like, get more independent and get a stronger personality by improving myself so i don’t feel the urge to be protected anymore ?
i noticed some changes on how i feel mentally. I also like sports like fitness and like to be active physically.
i‘m already looking for a therapist rn, the medical term is sthenolagnia if someone cares. I don’t even know if i‘m in the right community, i just wanted to know your opinions on this or if somebody has made the same experiences.
It ruins my relationship, my sex life and my and my gf’s mental health extremely. It just causes problems and i want it to go away.
Thank you ! Ask anything you want in the comments
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2023.06.02 21:21 Lazy-Government-9252 I wake up every day and wish I didn't, and I'm tired of it.

Maybe I just need to vent at the moment, I dont know. I do know that there's too much stuff going on at once and it's getting to the point I can't handle it anymore. This is going be long, and I apologize in advance, and thank anyone who listens.
For background, I'm a 22 year old woman. I'll be 23 in September. Ive delt with depression my whole life. As early as I can remember, my parents were fighting, broken up and using my brother and I as pawns. My mother won, which was better than my father winning. From the ages 5-8 I didn't see or hear from my father. Also during this time, my little brother had an anyerism rupture, and almost died. My mom started doing heavy drugs (pills, coke, heroin, probably others) to cope, as my dad's family tried to blame it on her and her boyfriend because her boyfriend was also on drugs. In the end, she had to temporarily sign custody over to my grandmother. This is where everything really starts, but that's not why I'm depressed now. Just kinda to show that I haven't known peace, ever.
My mother passed away when I was 14, and my dad passed away right before my 19th bithday. For the both of then, their bodied shut down due to drug usage, not overdose. Their bodies just couldn't handle it anymore. So I don't have parents. Before my mother passed away, we were sent to live with my aunt (who turned out to be psychotic and kicked me out March 2020 over cat food, after years of emotional abuse) as she signed custody over temporarily as she planned to get us back.
After my mom passed, my aunt and uncle got me a cat, only to hold her over my head and threaten to get rid of her every time she was mad at me.
She stole the cat, and won't give her back. I can't get into the fine details, but that cat saved my life after my mother died. This left me feeling empty.
These days, since I was kicked out, I live with my boyfriend and his parents. With our 2 dogs.
You'd think this would be a better situation than before, and in many ways it is. But now, my mother in law seems to not give a shit about my boundaries, and completely destroyed my dogs. She knew I wanted to be a dog trainer and fights me every time I try to teach my dog something, which is frustrating and just adds to the pile of shit I think abiut daily.
I've been dealing with several chronic illnesses. I have a digestive issue, and i deal with chronic pain from early arthritis. As well as an autoimmune disorder, a circulatory issue that caused me to get dizzy a lot, and now I suddenly have an enlarged breast and lymph nodes, wh8ch is causing me to panic, but given I've also had a severe skin fungal infection for about 4 years and all 3 doctors I've seen have told me they can't help me, I don't trust doctors and I'm too scared to go. This terrifies me, I dont want to die and I don't want to leave my girls.
I also havent been able to find a job, and haven't been employed in over a year despite filling out applications almost daily. So we're broke and can't afford to get our own place, let alone if I need some type of medical treatment.
I have trichotillomania, and my head has been shaved for 3 years, which is causing me to hate what I see when I look in the mirror. I don't look like a woman, I look like a man with tits. I've gained 100 pounds because I gave up on ever being pretty again, and now I look in the mirror and just cry.
I don't know what to do, where to start, or how to get help. I want to just give up. I barely even take care of my digs anymore. They used to be my world, my passion, and now they act out so much due to my MIL that between physically feeling like hot shit and not having the patience to deal with what she'll feel the need to say to me if I try to train them,I just don't. I lock myself in a room all day and lay in bed. I eat occasionally because i'll vomit profusely for days if i skip a meal, and feed my dogs l, but not much more.i barely get out. My only friend is married to someone in the army now and is moving to the other side of the country, so I'm always going to be alone. All of this is just weighing down on me at once, as well as other things i cant really explain right here. I don't know, the only thing i do know is that i may not want to take my own life, but i do wish id fall asleep abd never wake up.
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2023.06.02 21:21 Capable_Coffee4038 I read this to him. Just a fraction of the pain this betrayal causes.

I’m really struggling with your lack of care and concern of women and your underlying misogyny. I feel the indescribable depth of pain for your victims, do you see them this way? How do you feel towards them? Do you think about what your actions have caused in others besides me? You take pleasure in emotionally harming women?? To feel like I’m with a person who has been actively hurting women, making my neighborhood, my world, a less safe place for women feels like a jagged piece of glass in my soul. It feels crushing and overwhelming disappointing. I don’t know how to get relief from this pain that you are the source of. I’m grateful for your willingness at recovery but scared that it will never be enough for me to feel safe. Although your current actions are safe, you are still accountable and responsible for all your past actions. How can you make amends to me or the other people you have harmed during your addiction, knowing it will never be enough?
I feel unprotected by you, I feel unchosen, replaceable. You have taken my dignity away as your wife and taken away the dignity of all women by your crimes. I have fiercely protected myself, my heart since I was neglected of that growing up. You were my safe person, I let my guard down for you. And then you have hurt me more than anyone has. You have manipulated my reality in order to grow this world, this family, all under false pretenses. Although you walk the road of recovery, finally, I have no assurance that you won’t deceive and betray me again. I live with this seed of fear that it could happen again, that I better always be prepared for it to happen again, and to live with one foot out the door for my own mental sanity. Some kind of disturbing and unsettling feeling about being fiercely against our society and cultural toxic masculinity, feeling like I deserve more as a woman, I asked for more, I was getting more because my partner understood, saw me as an equal. Then to feel shattered that I’ve been duped, he’s just like the rest, I’ve been living with a person complicit and explicit in the degradation of women. I used to feel so proud of you as a husband and father, now you seems worse than them all. Like I thought I had a corner of protection, this world is so cruel to women, but you are my safe landing spot. And then you weren’t. Disrespectful and predatory. Hurting others in the name of delusional satisfaction. If women were to find out what you did, and that I chose to stay, what would women think of me? What would I think of myself? What would my kids think if they were to find out later in life? This shame feels thrown on me, I don’t want to be an enemy to other women.
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2023.06.02 21:20 klay2021 Co parenting with my abuser

To start it out, I have a 5 year old daughter with my ex who is also my abuser. We were together for almost 2 years and I got pregnant unplanned within the first month or 2. Throughout my whole entire pregnancy, he was physically and emotionally abusive towards me. Fast forward to July of 2018 when I had our daughter and a few days after having her, his mother moved in with us to help take care of her and so I could also go back to work because my ex refused to have a job. 2 weeks after having my daughter I went back to work because I had no choice. His mother stepped up and helped take care of her. Little did I know that that was about to be one of the biggest mistakes of my life. While she did help take care of the child, she seemed to exert herself as superior to me, almost seeming that she felt she was my childs mother. She too, started to become very abusive and threatening towards me when she felt that I was going to leave her son and that would mean not seeing her grand daughter on an every day basis anymore. Both her and my ex would abuse me at the same time, in front of my daughter. Being that she was only an infant at the time, she didn’t really make much of what was going on other than she didn’t like it and it made her afraid so she would scream and cry at the top of her lungs. There are several instances where I thought truthfully that either my ex was going to kill me, or his mother was. And I was very afraid.
Finally in august of 2019 I left him. I never thought twice about it and I never looked back. Within the next month and a half I found my (now husband) and we have been together ever since. Around December or 2019 when I was going to share visitation with my daughter with her father (nothing was set up in court yet at this time) he had her for his time and then we got into an argument over Facebook messenger and his mom got onto his account and messaged me that she was taking my daughter and to see her in court. Being that my ex was living with her too and took charge of the whole ordeal, there was nothing that I could do. My 1 year old baby (at the time) was taken from me and I was lest so helpless. I went to court and after 8 months went by I was finally able to see her again.
Long story short, both me and my ex have shared custody. Except I’m the primary custodial parent and he is not. We do long distance visitation with our daughter. He lives in Oklahoma and after that whole ordeal, I moved back home with my parents in Tennessee. We have 50/50 joint custody BUT, I am the primary physical custodian of our child. Not her rather. Co parenting with him has been nothing but a living fucking nightmare. They have called DHS on me numerous times simply because they don’t like the way things are right now. They speak badly about me to my daughter when it’s their turn to have her and they are trying to turn her against me in any way they can. She is also on an RX for severe constipation that she has had ever since I got her back from them the very first time after they wrongfully kept her away. Both my ex and his mother are so against my daughter being on this prescription that they are ultimately sending signals hinting towards them not returning her when they receive her tomorrow.
Given that my ex is abusive and has a history of it, he was required to take a 12 week domestic violence course. He was actually supposed to complete it last summer and never did so he lost last summers visitation. And this summer when we spoke about exchanging for summer break, he was again told that I needed to see the certificate of completion. And my response from him was “I’m taking you to court to enforce visitation and to modify the visitation schedule”. Last night he sends me a copy of a certificate from a 12 hour domestic violence course. After speaking with my attorney and her deeming that that would be considered acceptable by a judge in court, I guess I’m just blown away how 12 weeks magically equals 12 hours. The course was done last minute and it wasn’t even done by him, but his mother, who can really use that course for herself too.
So now tomorrow I have to drop my daughter off at the half way point from Tennessee to Oklahoma and do the exchange. And I am beyond devastated. I’m angry that she has to go over there all summer when what was required of him wasn’t done properly, I’m angry that he still manages to ruin my life, going on 5 years later. I’m TERRIFIED that him and his mother are going to run off with her again and they won’t drop her off on July 15th like they are supposed to. This is consuming my life. I’m happily married to my husband, we both have a daughter together and dealing with my abuser just sucks the happiness right out of me. I wish I didn’t have to deal with this for the next 13 years of my life. I guess what I am trying to get at is is there anyone in this group that is going through anything similar as me? Will this ever get better? I am at my limit with this and I’m suffering from PTSD from his abuse and also from his mothers. I feel like I failed my daughter by putting her in this position and not stepping up years ago and doing that right thing and leaving when I should have. But anyone that’s been abused knows that you can’t just up and leave the minute you want to.
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2023.06.02 21:19 Anonthrow57 MIL from hell tried to ruin my wedding

Hi everyone, the story is about my own wedding and it's from over 6 years ago but I figured I'd finally share it. Definitely using a throwaway for this one just in case it blows up.
So this story starts 8 years ago when my fiancé and I got engaged. We started looking at the cost of a wedding and decided that we'd rather have a small destination wedding only including about 10 people. We were going to cover costs of airfare and hotels for all of those 10 people we invited. We are planning on a nice national park and renting out a small area of the lodge and restaurant there. All in total we were looking at about $12,000 which was doable for us.
My mother-in-law said absolutely not and she wanted to have a really big wedding because he is her only son and this was the only wedding of her child she would ever attend. She wanted around 100 people invited, all her extended family and friends. I told her we didn't want to pay that much for a big party that we didn't even want and she agreed to then pay for the venue and catering costs of having a big wedding. She was more than capable of doing this as she was quite wealthy.
After some consideration we decided that that was acceptable because we would spend about the same amount of money on everything else which included the DJ, hair and makeup, decorations, the cake, etc, so we would break even.
We then picked a venue and MIL put down the deposit and we secured our date. We then continued on with wedding planning for the next 2 years. All was well.
Fast forward to 6 months before the wedding. Somehow the topic of children came up and mother-in-law found out that we do not ever intend on having children. When she realized we were serious she got upset and told us that we needed to have kids because he is her only son and if he doesn't have children she doesn't get grandchildren.
My fiance told her that that's not our problem and that he's already had a vasectomy so she should let go of any idea of grandchildren right now. She did not take it well and refused to speak to us for a solid 3 months.
Eventually, she apologized for her behavior and we attempted to move forward and get along for the wedding. Everything seemed fine.
Well, about 5 weeks before the wedding, I got a call from our venue, letting me know the remaining balance was due 30 days before the wedding and then it needed to be paid. Which was a grand total of $8,000. I panicked and called MIL and asked her if she had forgotten to make the payments. She said no, she didn't forget, she just didn't agree with our marriage anymore if we weren't going to have children so she decided not to pay for it.
Panic.
I then got in touch with the caterer and realized that she had not paid anything beyond the deposit for that as well which was an additional $7,000, approximately, including the alcohol. They said we needed to pay it within the next three business days or they would be canceling our contract.
Super panic.
We now needed to come up with $13,000 or have our wedding canceled. After considering canceling, we realized we would not get back any of the deposits for everything else like the DJ, cake, photographer, etc and that we would end up losing at least $7,000 in deposits. And also have to suffer the embarrassment of canceling a wedding 5 weeks out.
So, we decided to take a hit. We each pulled $5,000 from our respective 401k accounts and then put the other 3,000 on credit cards just to pull off this wedding. Meanwhile, my husband was fucking furious to say the least with his mother. He told her that what she did was unforgivable and that he will never speak to her again. He banned her from the wedding and said that if she even tried to show up she would be thrown out immediately. We told all of our friends and family what she did so they would know that she was not welcome if she were to show up.
Well, the day of the wedding is upon us and guess who shows up? Not during the ceremony, no, that went off without a hitch and she was nowhere to be seen. She waltzed right in the front door of the reception hall like she was supposed to be there. We were currently in the middle of our first dance when she came in. Husband and I glanced at each other and finished our dance. Because we did not want to make a scene in front of our guests we went back and sat down and had dinner while she did whatever the fuck she was doing, we still don't know. I think she was just going around and telling everybody how awful we were.
She was getting glares from all of our friends and family because they knew what she did and they knew she wasn't welcome but nobody wanted to make a scene and physically remove her from the premises.
She was there about 20 minutes before she made a huge scene when she told my husband it was time for the mother-son dance. He laughed in her face and asked her to step outside so they could speak. I never saw her again. Apparently he walked her to her car, they had words, and he had to place it to her by telling her that if she left right this minute he might consider getting his vasectomy reversed and giving her grandchildren. She apparently obliged because she's an idiot. She left.
Of course the next day she calls us in tears thanking us for reconsidering having children. My husband laughed on the phone and said he was full of shit and absolutely not having children for a terror like her. He then hung up the phone and blocked her number. We have had no contact with her for the last 5 years.
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