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funny list of dogs as main characters

Life is always better with a pet. And sometimes that pet is a dog. And sometime you're watching tv and your favorite show comes on and you think... this would be better with dogs! Well Barkpost decided that these shows are worth a chance! Barkpost writer, Lori Goldman, decided to take the best tv shows we all know and love and fit the perfect dog breed to patch thats character. Here's what it turned out to be...

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Ever wonder what animals go through? Do they have the same anxiety as us? And if so what would it be and what would they say? What is going through their minds?

Well, luckily for us... this video may have some answers we are looking for

*this is a comedic video and all voiceovers are done in a comedy setting

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I Can Haz Cardage!

Oct. 19th, 2017 02:26 pm
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Thank you, [personal profile] brumeier for the post card. You made it? Color me impressed. :)

Thanks also to [personal profile] felaine for the Hallowe'en card. I LOVE it (and you). xoxo

You both gave me a huge smile! <3

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Posted by Bruce Schneier

The Norwegian Security Council has published a report detailing a series of security and privacy flaws in smart watches marketed to children.

Press release. News article.

This is the same group that found all those security and privacy vulnerabilities in smart dolls.

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cute astronaut Cats funny - 3715077

Sometimes all you want in life is to take you cat everywhere with you. Luckily for us, it's actually possible. Not to mention cats become absolutely the cutest little astronauts ever! 

Thinking about getting with this trend and having amazing adventures with your cat? Well, now you can because these amazing carriers are selling on Amazon and you can check it out Here!

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Tonight I have the last cluster made with Elegant Autumn, and its a beauty from Anita!  New releases are coming soon :)

Just click on the image to download. See you tomorrow!  -Kim

Savage Love

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:18 am
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Posted by Dan Savage

Parental Controls by Dan Savage

My only child is 16 years old. He was curious about sex from a very young age and very open with me, so his interest in sexual matters gave me ample opportunity to talk with him about safety and consent. He went through a cross-dressing phase when he was small—mostly wanting to wear nail polish and try on mascara—and I felt like I navigated those waters pretty well, but his father made attempts to squelch those impulses. (He and I are divorced. He has since remarried and is less involved.) That's the background. I've always accepted that he is who he is and done my best to help guide and educate him. Then last year, I caught him trying to shoplift a pair of panties. I'm not the sort of mom who freaks out, but I made him put them back and talked to him about his actions. When I asked him why he stole them, he refused to tell me. I asked: "Did you want them to masturbate with? Did you want to wear them?" He said he wanted to try them on. I told him that if he wanted to explore, he needed to do that with a legal purchase and in the privacy of his own room. Today, I found a girl's bra in the laundry. He says he doesn't know whose it is or how it got there, but this isn't my first rodeo. What on earth do I do? If I send him to a therapist and this is about being trans or cross-dressing tendencies, I'm afraid that will shame him. However, this is now something of a criminal/ethical concern, and I want to nip that in the bud. He is in every way a wonderful human: kind, smart, funny, athletic, no drugs. Is this just the same kid who has always been curious about sex? Or are these warning signs of some sort of sexual deviance? Please help.

Mom In Sleepy South Carolina Lovingly Educates Offspring

Take a deep breath, MISSCLEO, or take two—take however many you need until you're back in touch with your inner mom, the one who doesn't freak out.

Your son may be a cross-dresser or he may be trans or he may find bras and panties titillating because women wear them and he wants to sleep with women (not be one). (Lots of gay boys are titillated by jockstraps—but a closeted gay boy can collect 'em all without freaking out his mom.) We can't know whether your son is a cross-dresser, trans, or merely titillated, MISSCLEO, but he's clearly exploring and wants to do so privately. So while he could go to his mom and ask for a pair of panties and let her know exactly how he intends to use them, he doesn't want to ask his mom for a pair of panties or share his uses for them with his mom. He knows you've always accepted him for who he is (but a reminder never hurts), so if this is about his gender identity, well, you'll have to trust that he'll share that with you when he's ready. But if this is about a kink, he may never share that info with you, because why on earth would he? Kinks are for sharing with lovers, not mothers.

Give your son some space, including the space to make his own mistakes. As teenage misbehavior goes, swiping a single pair of panties isn't exactly a crime spree. If you suspect he snuck into the girls' locker room and made off with a bra (there has to be an easier way for a guy to get his hands on a bra!), you'll want to address that with him—not the "Why do you want a bra?" part, but the risk of getting caught, suspended, expelled, or worse. There are too many prosecutors out there looking for excuses to slap the "sex offender" label on teenagers—especially in the Bible Belt.

My hunch is you don't have a sex offender on your hands or a kid drifting into organized crime. You have a slightly pervy teenage boy who's curious about sex and who may, like millions of other men, have a thing for women's undergarments. You should emphasize the Not Okay–ness of shoplifting panties from stores or stealing bras from classmates (or the siblings of friends or Laundromats or thrift stores) and the possible consequences should he get caught—theft charges, suspension/expulsion, losing friends, coming into the sights of a sex-negative prosecutor. (Seriously: A man like Harvey Weinstein gets away with assaulting women for decades, but prosecutors across the country are throwing the book at teenagers who got caught sharing pics they took of themselves with their BFs/GFs/NBFs.) But otherwise, MISSCLEO, I'm going to advise you to back the fuck off. Your son knows you love him, he knows he can talk to you about anything, and he'll confide in you if and when he's ready—if, again, this is something he needs to discuss with you at all.

My father passed away suddenly. I had a very idyllic childhood and was close to my father and my mother (who is also deceased). Upon sorting through my father's stuff after his death, I stumbled upon his erotica collection. If it were just a stack of Playboys, I would have thought nothing of it—that's just men being men. However, his collection contained material that was quite disturbing to me, including photos depicting violent sexual acts and fictional erotica books and magazines with themes of incest. Additionally, there were letters from people with whom he was obviously having extramarital affairs, including during the time that I was a child and believed that we were a "normal" family. Since discovering this, it has been hard for me to come to terms with it and think of my father in the way that I used to. I can barely stand to look at a photograph of him. I consider myself to be a sex-positive person, and I realize that even parents are entitled to be kinky, but I simply can't get over this. Any suggestions for how to deal with what I'm feeling and how to try to get past it?

Parent's Arousal Really Ended Nice Thoughts

Sex-positive, huh? Could've fooled me.

Your dad was a kinky motherfucker—you know that now—and if you've been reading Savage Love for a while, you'll know that lots of people are kinky and, distressingly, lots of people out there "enjoy" incest porn. "Of the top hundred searches by men on Pornhub," Seth Stephens-Davidowitz writes in his book Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, "sixteen are looking for incest-themed videos." And it's not just men: "Nine of the top hundred searches on Pornhub by women are for incest-themed videos." That's cold comfort, I realize, and it doesn't make it any less squicky, but your dad's tastes weren't as freakish as you thought and/or hoped.

As for his affairs, your happy childhood, and your suddenly conflicted feelings...

Your mother isn't with us, PARENT, so you can't ask her what her arrangement was with your father. But it's unlikely you would have had such an idyllic childhood if your parents' marriage was contentious and your mom was miserable about your dad's cheating and his kinks. It seems likely that your mom didn't have a problem with your dad's sexual interests or she tolerated them or—and I hope you're sitting down—she was an active and happy participant. (Kinky women weren't invented in a lab in San Francisco in 2008.) If your mom didn't have a problem with your dad's kinks (which she had to have known about) or his affairs (which she might not have known about), I don't see why they should be a problem for you.

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IoT Cybersecurity: What's Plan B?

Oct. 18th, 2017 02:58 pm
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Posted by Bruce Schneier

In August, four US Senators introduced a bill designed to improve Internet of Things (IoT) security. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 is a modest piece of legislation. It doesn't regulate the IoT market. It doesn't single out any industries for particular attention, or force any companies to do anything. It doesn't even modify the liability laws for embedded software. Companies can continue to sell IoT devices with whatever lousy security they want.

What the bill does do is leverage the government's buying power to nudge the market: any IoT product that the government buys must meet minimum security standards. It requires vendors to ensure that devices can not only be patched, but are patched in an authenticated and timely manner; don't have unchangeable default passwords; and are free from known vulnerabilities. It's about as low a security bar as you can set, and that it will considerably improve security speaks volumes about the current state of IoT security. (Full disclosure: I helped draft some of the bill's security requirements.)

The bill would also modify the Computer Fraud and Abuse and the Digital Millennium Copyright Acts to allow security researchers to study the security of IoT devices purchased by the government. It's a far narrower exemption than our industry needs. But it's a good first step, which is probably the best thing you can say about this legislation.

However, it's unlikely this first step will even be taken. I am writing this column in August, and have no doubt that the bill will have gone nowhere by the time you read it in October or later. If hearings are held, they won't matter. The bill won't have been voted on by any committee, and it won't be on any legislative calendar. The odds of this bill becoming law are zero. And that's not just because of current politics -- I'd be equally pessimistic under the Obama administration.

But the situation is critical. The Internet is dangerous -- and the IoT gives it not just eyes and ears, but also hands and feet. Security vulnerabilities, exploits, and attacks that once affected only bits and bytes now affect flesh and blood.

Markets, as we've repeatedly learned over the past century, are terrible mechanisms for improving the safety of products and services. It was true for automobile, food, restaurant, airplane, fire, and financial-instrument safety. The reasons are complicated, but basically, sellers don't compete on safety features because buyers can't efficiently differentiate products based on safety considerations. The race-to-the-bottom mechanism that markets use to minimize prices also minimizes quality. Without government intervention, the IoT remains dangerously insecure.

The US government has no appetite for intervention, so we won't see serious safety and security regulations, a new federal agency, or better liability laws. We might have a better chance in the EU. Depending on how the General Data Protection Regulation on data privacy pans out, the EU might pass a similar security law in 5 years. No other country has a large enough market share to make a difference.

Sometimes we can opt out of the IoT, but that option is becoming increasingly rare. Last year, I tried and failed to purchase a new car without an Internet connection. In a few years, it's going to be nearly impossible to not be multiply connected to the IoT. And our biggest IoT security risks will stem not from devices we have a market relationship with, but from everyone else's cars, cameras, routers, drones, and so on.

We can try to shop our ideals and demand more security, but companies don't compete on IoT safety -- and we security experts aren't a large enough market force to make a difference.

We need a Plan B, although I'm not sure what that is. Comment if you have any ideas.

This essay previously appeared in the September/October issue of IEEE Security & Privacy.

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The cat that stole the show. Not really sure how my live tease made social media let alone international social media. But here you go if you didn't catch it.

Posted by Scott Madaus FOX13 Memphis on Friday, October 13, 2017

So, you're watching the news and a story catches your attention. Cougar sightings in Mississippi. Sounds interesting and maybe you'll be lucky enough to see one on tv too! Some action, who knows! But, then something better happens... a very unamused house cat makes his grand debut. Fox13's Scott Madaus was teasing a live report from a field in Hernando, Mississippi where someone claims they spotted a cougar one day earlier. 

Madaus report was "I'm Scott Madaus, live in Hernando, Mississippi where there have been spottings of a cougar," the man said into the camera. "And that's not it, that looks like a house cat," he continued as the shot panned to a very normal cat, and stayed on it for the remainder of the recording. 

We are just glad that this News Reporter knew the difference between a cougar and a very big house cat...

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Drabble: Preparation

Oct. 18th, 2017 02:29 pm
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Title: Preparation
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley.
Word Count: 100 x 7
Rating: PG-13
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[community profile] snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 598: Lie(s).
Summary: Harry's ready for meetings and...other things.
Part Thirty-Three of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.




Hermione blinked, clearly surprised. “She can do that?”

Severus sighed. “I’m beginning to suspect we’ve a special Kneazle,” he said. “Although it’d be a lie for me to say I know all her capabilities.”

“But Polyjuice—” Hermione shook her head. “That’s a serious charge.”

“How do we prove it?” asked Harry.

“I can’t say I’ve seen Percy drink or eat anything recently,” said Hermione. “But we aren’t in the same circles. He’s much higher up in the Ministry these days.”

“So what now?” Harry asked.

“Polyjuice’s properties remain the same,” said Severus. “We have to observe Percy for an hour.”


“I can request a meeting,” said Hermione. “Say I wish to go over the charges and perhaps see if we can come to a settlement.”

“We’re not settling!” cried Harry.

Hermione rolled her eyes. “I know that, but he doesn’t. And once we get him in a meeting room, we can make sure he doesn’t ingest anything for an hour, and we’ll know.”

Severus nodded. “Easier said than done, I suspect. Especially since Harry let him know we’re fighting the charges.”

Harry scowled. “I wasn’t about to lie.”

“Wise choice.” Severus hummed. “You’re a terrible liar.”

Harry squeezed his hand.


“The earliest we'll meet’s tomorrow,” said Hermione. “Make yourselves comfortable, I’ll be back with news.”

“Okay.” Harry sighed. “May I bring some things in here, or will that twist someone’s knickers?”

Hermione smiled. “The powers that be plan to look the other way when it comes to Severus’ holding arrangements. Severus can’t leave, but it’s fine if you make the cell more comfortable for yourselves. Plus, the…Auror guard you’ve been assigned should be…understanding.”

Harry frowned. “Who is it?”

“You’ll see.” Hermione winked. “Now I should go. I need to lie convincingly to Percy’s secretary about needing a meeting.”


“I won’t be able to sleep unless it’s someone I trust,” said Harry once Hermione’s left. “I’ll lie awake all night.”

“Well,” murmured Severus, shifting Azizi off his lap and onto the floor, “I believe I can distract you.”

Grinning, Harry shifted closer. “I thought you could,” he whispered against Severus’ lips.

They kissed, Harry wrapping his arms around Severus and moaning as the kiss deepened, went deep and hot.

Severus was just laying Harry down onto his back when someone cleared their throat. Breaking apart, Harry and Severus turned their heads.

Ron smiled weakly. “Hey, guys. I’m your guard.”


“Hey, mate!” said Harry, sitting up. “It’s great to see you.”

Severus cleared his throat.

“Yeah.” Flushed, Ron stared at a spot above Harry’s right shoulder. “I’m going to pretend that’s not a lie, and that I didn’t just walk in on…what I just walked in on, okay?”

Harry bit back a grin. “Fair enough. Did Hermione fill you in?”

Ron nodded. “Yeah.” He scowled. “And just when we thought Percy was being decent for a change.”

“Oh, I guess you haven’t heard the latest, then,” said Harry.

“Latest?” Frowning, Ron shook his head.

Harry sighed. “You’d best sit.”


“You’re saying Percy isn’t Percy, he’s someone else Polyjuiced?”

“That’s the theory.”

“According to your…Kneazle.” Ron shook his head. “Mate, I know you’re honest, but you’ll need more evidence to convince the Wizengamot these aren’t lies.”

“When you put it that way—” Harry sighed. “We’ve Pensieve evidence.”

Ron shrugged. “Ever since you talked about how Slughorn tampered with his own memories, Pensieve evidence isn’t seen as reliable.”

“Ugh.” Harry leaned his head on Severus’ shoulder. 

“We’re tired,” said Severus. “We should postpone further discussion until tomorrow.”

“Good idea.” Blushing, Ron rose. “I’ll…let you get back to…um, resting.”


“At least now you’ll rest tonight,” Severus said once they were alone.


“You said earlier you thought you’d lie awake all night.”

“Oh, right.” Harry smiled. “I trust Ron with my life, with our lives.” Leaning in, he kissed the corner of Severus’ mouth. “How about you? Think you can sleep?”

“Perhaps.” Severus rested his forehead against Harry’s. “It occurs to me we can’t make love, though.”

“Why not?”

“Without my potion, I remain impotent.”

Harry smiled, reaching into his pocket. “Good thing I packed us some stuff before leaving New York, then, hm?”

“You brought it?”

“Of course.”

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How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Hands up if you love clothes with pockets? Show me a DIY dressmaker who doesn’t!

What if the pattern you’re making doesn’t include pockets? No problemo – as well as topstitching patch pockets to the outside of a skirt, it’s easy to add in-seam (hidden) pockets to dresses, trousers, skirts and more. Today I’m going to show you how to do so - give this a whirl on the Bettine dress or Dominique skirt. Oh and you can download our pocket pattern piece for free!

Open the pattern in Adobe Reader (you can download it for free) and print the pattern piece actual size / 100% scale on A4 or Letter size paper.

Insert these pockets into your homemade garment before you start sewing the pieces together. Decide where you want the pockets to sit – hold up the front fabric piece to your body, imagine putting your hands in the pockets, and mark with pins where the top of the pocket openings will fall on the side seams. Mark the same position on the back fabric piece – let’s say it’s a skirt for the rest of this tutorial, but it could be a dress, the skirt part of a dress, trouser legs…

The sides of our pocket pattern are straight – if you’re making something that has a curved side seam, simply curve the side seam on the pocket pattern to fit your garment.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Cut four pocket pieces, or two symmetrical pairs. Cut four strips of iron-on interfacing 2cm (3/4in) wide by 19cm (7½in) long.

Lay the interfacing strips over the wrong side of the side seams on the front and back skirts, the top of the strip 10mm (3/8in) above the pin marking the top of the pocket opening. Remove the pins and press the interfacing strips in place with a hot, dry iron.

If you’re using woven fabric, finish the skirt side seams and the edges of the pocket pieces using zigzag stitch or an overlocker (serger).

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Place a pocket piece over the front skirt, right sides together, so the pocket side seam lines up with the skirt side seam, and the curve of the pocket is pointing towards the skirt hem. Position the top of the pocket side seam 10mm (3/8in) below the top of the interfacing strip (which is on the wrong side of the fabric), and pin in place. Stitch with a 10mm (3/8in) seam allowance. Repeat on the other side seam of the front skirt, and then on the back skirt, ensuring the pockets on the back skirt line up with those on the front.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Fold the pockets away from the skirts and press. Place the front skirt over the back skirt, right sides together. Pin them together down the side seams and around the pocket curves, matching up the pockets and notches, and leaving the side seam where it joins the pockets unpinned. Mark pivot points on the wrong side of the skirt 15mm (5/8in) in from the raw edge of the side seams and pockets - marked in yellow on the pic above.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Using a 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance, stitch down one side seam until you reach the first pivot point. With the needle down, raise the presser foot and pivot the fabric until the pocket curve is pointing towards the needle, then lower the presser foot and continue sewing around the pocket curve. When you reach the second pivot point, pivot the fabric again and sew down the rest of the skirt side seam. Repeat on the other side seam.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Press the pockets and seam allowances towards the front skirt. And continue sewing your project!

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

And there you have it - easy-peasy pockets to stash your cash, keys and candy :)

PS. Like this post? You may also like How to make bias binding and How to line a dress.
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It's $2 Tuesday until midnight tonight at the Digichick....lots of awesome products on sale for just $2 each!    I have a wonderfully layered up cluster from Jenni to  share with you tonight - made with Elegant Autumn :)


Just click on the image to download. See you tomorrow!  -Kim


Oct. 17th, 2017 04:55 pm

Halloween Printables...

Oct. 17th, 2017 04:34 pm
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Posted by Paulette Creates

Use as card fronts.  Turn into shaker cards, or journal cards.  Can also be used as picture spots for journals.

Click on image then right click and save as...


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Remember last month when I wrote about Amazon recommending a ridiculous astronaut baby carrier to take your cats for walk in and they were like, “YOU SHOULD TOTALLY HAVE THIS, WIERDO” and I was a little offended? And then I … Continue reading
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hedgehogs with long ears

Long Eared hedgehog are different to their close hedgehog cousins due to their huge ears, the length of which varies from 3 to 5 centimeters. This size of the ear is an adaptation to the hot climate area, which is inhabited by these animals. Long-Eared hedgehogs are found in deserts, semi-deserts and steppes. Check out these adorable photos. Via: Sharesloth

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Drabble: Slytherin Wisdom

Oct. 17th, 2017 03:15 pm
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Title: Slytherin Wisdom
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): James Sirius Potter/Scorpius Malfoy (implied), Albus Severus Potter, Lily Luna Potter, Harry Potter/Severus Snape (implied).
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen100/[community profile] hp_nextgen100/[community profile] hp_nextgen100's prompt # 128: Wisdom.
Rating: PG
Length: 100 x 5
Warnings: Plotting children, sly Slytherins.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.


Slytherin Wisdom


“Mum’s gift’s sorted,” said Lily, making a note on the parchment. “That just leaves—”

“Dad,” Albus groaned. “He’s always the hardest.”

“Why’s this always so difficult?” Lily moaned.

“Because Dad’s the most popular wizard in the world, and he already has everything,” said James.

Albus smiled. “Not everything.”

James’ eyes narrowed. “No.”

“You don’t even know what I’m going to suggest!” Albus protested.

“Whatever it is, it’ll go wrong. No.”

Albus rolled his eyes. “There’s one thing Dad doesn’t have.”

“Okay,” said Lily.

“Wisdom dictates we not do whatever Al suggests,” said James.

Lily shrugged. “Desperate times. Go on, Al.”


Albus smirked. “Dad’s been alone years—”

“Oh no,” said James. “Absolutely not.”

“You want to set Dad up?” Lily pursed her lips. “That could work, the question is, with whom?”

“No, no—” James was muttering.

“James!” Lily snapped. “We need ideas right now, not negativity.”

“Dad hates being set up! That big fight he had with Aunt Hermione was because she tried to set him up with that Unspeakable, Sarah something.”

“Sarah?” Albus sniffed. “No wonder.”

Both Lily and James stared at him. “What are you saying?” asked Lily.

“Yes,” sneered James. “What’s your Slytherin wisdom?”

Albus snorted. “Dad’s gay.”


“B-but…Mum,” stammered James.

Albus rolled his eyes. “He was in the closet.” He shrugged. “Or he’s bi, pick one. Although I have to tell you, my Slytherin wisdom tells me he prefers blokes.”

“How…? You—” James glared at him. “You’re making that up.”

“Nope.” Albus grinned. “Haven’t you ever seen him check out blokes’ arses when we attend Quidditch games?”

“That’s different,” cried James. “Everyone does that.”

“I don’t,” said Albus.

Lily smiled. “Al has a point.” She winked at James. “And maybe you’re bi, too, James.”

“Anyway, back to Dad,” said Albus, ignoring James’ sputtering. “What’s his type?”


“Redheads?” suggested Lily. “Mum’s a redhead.”

“I vote we avoid people who look like Mum,” said Albus.

“Fair. What do you think, James?”

James huffed. “That this idea’s terrible.”

Albus smirked. “We await your wisdom on what to get Dad instead.”

James sighed. “I don’t think he likes blonds,” he finally muttered.

“Agreed,” said Albus. “After all, he never looks at Scorpius when he visits.” He smirked. “Unlike you, Jamie.”

“Shut it!” James hissed.

Lily rolled her eyes. “Can we please focus on Dad? So what brunets do we know who’d work?”

Slowly, Albus smiled.

“Merlin help us,” muttered James.


“Our plan worked!” whispered Lily as she and Albus looked on.

Albus grinned. “And always the tone of surprise.”

Lily chuckled. “Brilliant idea inviting Scorpius to dinner, too.”

“Right? I think we outdid ourselves with gifts this year, don’t you?”

They bumped fists, Albus’ smirk widening when James glared suspiciously at them.

“Let’s give it time before we let James know Scorpius was our gift to him,” murmured Lily.

“The wisdom of ages,” breathed Albus. “Ditto for Dad.”

Lily watched as Severus Snape leaned in to whisper something that made their father smile. “Oh, I think Dad’s fine with it.”



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