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[RF][MF] Untitled but testing the waters. This is attempt at strictly dramatic fiction. Probably also the most amateur writer and my first post here. Appreciate in advance the feedback.

2023.05.28 05:39 Anubisfett [RF][MF] Untitled but testing the waters. This is attempt at strictly dramatic fiction. Probably also the most amateur writer and my first post here. Appreciate in advance the feedback.

Tyler sat in the driver’s seat with his hands still gripping the steering wheel firmly. He’d been parked in the driveway and staring at the closed garage door at the same green spot near the bottom staining the beautiful white paint for over half an hour now but couldn’t move. As the constant taps of the falling raindrops kept drumming the rooftop and windshield of his car, Tyler sat and tried to think. He tried to think of what the next steps were. He tried to think of how to move forward from here. Still sitting with his hands clenched around the steering wheel at ten and two, white knuckles drained of blood from an unrelenting grip for fear of letting go, he tried breathing deep but it wouldn’t take. He was so afraid that if he let go, he would have to face it. Jules would be gone and that would be it; he would have to start letting go. “I’m just not ready.” he breathed shakily.
The car still smelled of her perfume and it was intoxicating. He tried not to think it, but these might be the last bits of her he would be able to breathe in alone in the quiet. He began to peel his fingers slowly off the wheel and let his hands drop to his knees. His right hand brushed against the keychain and he couldn’t help but laugh briefly through the tears. As they rolled from his swelling eyes, his tears stung as they from eye to the bottom of his jaw where they let go to fall to his jeans. He forced a chuckle as he focused on that damn ridiculous keychain of hers. He had thought about all the times he’d given her shit about having an ungodly amount of keys and dangly bits that god only knew what they went to. As he let himself chuckle at the thought, the surge hit him again like a tidal wave of emotion as he slumped forward and tried to catch himself with a hand on the cold leather steering wheel.
A thousand questions raced through his mind on why her, how could this happen, what had he done, what had she done to deserve this. “Of all the people God… why her” he cried. “You gotta help me here because I just…” he paused. “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL!” Tyler screamed and slammed his fists on the wheel. Almost as if someone somewhere was listening to his need to pull himself out of this moment, the front porch light of his parents two story house came to life and the bright red front door to his childhood home at 27121 Oak Drive opened wide.
Standing in the door frame, his mother, silver haired and wearing a black sweater, beige capri pants, and a soft and gentle smile waived as she looked at her son. Smiling and gleaming in the porch light in her grandma’s other arm, half sitting on her hip, was his beautiful brown eyed, brown haired little girl. He tried wiping his face with his rough cotton work shirt. With the salty tears that had been rolling down his cheek, it felt like sandpaper on an open wound. He took a quick look in the rear view mirror at his face and breathed out heavily to try and regain what little composure one could regain considering. The rain had begun to really pour now, and of course, he’d never listened to his all-knowing wife and left the umbrella at the house that day the events of the day. “It never rains on a Thursday” he replayed himself saying to her in his mind as he had walked out of the house that morning. He couldn’t help but think it was the last thing he’d gotten to say to her.
Tyler pulled the keys out of the ignition, opened the car door, and stepped out into rain. The rain felt cool against the burn on his face and began to sting where he’d wiped too hard with his shirt. It felt good. Without taking a step, he stood for a minute and just let the rain fall over him. Even though it was a brisk 52 degrees out, the rain seemed to feel like a warm wave washing over him. With slightly more confidence, he gently shut the door to the car and started toward the front door. Each step felt like he was wearing hundred pound weights around his ankles but he trudged forward to his little girl and mother still waiting for him in the doorway. “Hi Daddy!” Anika spewed, smiling from ear to ear as she anxiously awaited her daddy, rocking back and forth in grandmother’s arms.
Anika looked every bit like her mother. She was a spitting image, if only just a smaller carbon copy of Juliette who stood a slim 5’7”. Juliette had long beautiful brown hair and soft brown eyes that had stolen Tyler’s heart at the tender age of nine. The two had been classmates since elementary school and almost never left each other’s side. Growing up together, a little time apart here and there, the two were inseparable. Juliette was strong willed, outspoken, and full of life. Tyler on the other hand, was reserved, calm, and just wanted to be anywhere Juliette was. She was always his “the one.” He had told his parents somewhere around twelve years old that he intended to marry her, “when we’re grown up, of course”. He was determined like that and she never made it easy. She kept him on his toes but Juliette didn’t take much convincing. She loved him every bit as much as he did her. It was a kind of beautiful fairy tale the two had lived. Until now.
“Hi baby” he said shakily as he reached out for her. Anika leapt into her daddy’s arms and Evelyn reached out for her son Tyler, doing her best to hold it together for his sake and Anika’s. She reached for his arm and pulled him in tightly and wrapped her small arms around them both with as much strength as she could bare. “Ouch mom!” Anika squealed. “Too tight” she said giggling. “Sorry honey, mom forgot you were there bean.” Evelyn forced her words softly as she gently lied to her sweet little granddaughter. Anika was only three and didn’t mind when “mom” squeezed her tight.
“Daddy? Where’s mommy? She better hurry home! We’re posta doing tea party.” Anika explained.
A large lump lodged itself in Tyler’s throat just then. This was the part he hadn’t yet thought about. His face went white and his eyes darted to his mother who had lost what little control she had due to the heartache she felt for her son. Now the thought of her granddaughter having to learn this broke her. Instinctively knowing it was his time to step in, Tyler’s father, Carl, arrived down the stairs in just the nick of time. “Where’s my sweet little munchkin?” grandpa Carl asked in a loud grandpa voice. “Wanna go play hide and seek?” Anika answered with a resounding “YES!” as she darted for the living room.
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2023.05.28 05:38 CalicoIda Koala Forest High School: How to lose a war to a bunch of Emus.

With the Birthday of Platypus, the girls began talking about their schools birds but for Wallaby, this brings up some rather interesting memories. This features a character named Perentie. Perentie is a rather large, cushy student due to the fact that she's a big eater and is kind of fat. She has a hair color mixture of earthy brown, cream and tan with brown eyes.
"I think Platypus' birthday party has gone very well. Well since we got nothing else to do, should we talk about something else?" Darjeeling asked the gang if they had anything they wanted to talk about.
"Man that party was fun, I wouldn't believe it that Perentie would dive into the food pile. Big girl she is." Kay told them as she definitely seemed to enjoy today.
"All right settle down you two. Now since we have nothing else to talk about, who wants to talk about birds?" Wallaby asked Kay and Darjeeling if they wanted to talk about birds.
"Sure." Darjeeling told them.
"So Kay what is your school's bird?" Wallaby asked if she had an idea of what her bird was.
"Our school's national bird i s the bald eagle. It's a strong, patriotic symbol of Saunders, and a deeply valued and protected species." Kay told the group about what her bird species was.
"A friend from the Indian themed school told me that her national bird is the peafowl. It's a beautiful creature whose vivid colors represent her school, so we list it as a protected species." Darjeeling told them that her friend liked the Peafowl. Wallaby began speaking to the two of them.
"My national bird is the emu, and it's a PEST." Wallaby told them. Kay and Darjeeling paused in silence before Wallaby continue to speak. "Also, bloody delicious!"
"So Emus. Why are they considered pests if they are your school's national bird? Shouldn't it be listed as a protected species?" Darjeeling asked Wallaby.
"I'm hungry again I want to challenge Perentie to another contest with food." Kay complained that she wanted revenge.
"So Emus we have a bunch of them roaming around the school are considered pests as we had instances with them coming onto our turf when they didn't belong there." Wallaby began. "So for starters, a good chunk of the population in the school are farmers living on homesteads. Also our school's soil blows its pretty terrible for farming. On a scale from Margaret Thatcher's corpse to Octomom. Our soil is a rough Clinton in terms of fertility. Also Saunders economy after people ravaged the school for the third time in the course of three years also sucks. So we're pretty much left with little to nothing and then the Emu infestation shows up. These gangily dillholes were all over the place just walkin on crops and crappin on crops and crappin on walks and croppin on craps and crabbin on the docks and captain on the rocks you get the idea. So we decided to evaluate the situation and try to decide to weigh on what limited options we had so we could either spend even more on the welfare of our farmers, money we don't have or we can go out of our way and begin slaughtering emus." Wallaby attempted to retell the story as best as she could. Kay raised her hand as she was rather excited.
"I go with option two!" Kay shouted, she was fond of bringing out guns to fight the Emus.
"Calm down Kay, let Wallaby tell the story." Darjeeling told Kay to let Wallaby tell the story.
"So me, Platypus and Perentie along with two Lewis Machine guns along with 10,000 rounds of ammunition were tasked with hunting down the Emus. They even sent a camera crew along with us to capture some good old propoganda for the school to give the illusion to the people that were were doing something but this job proved to be much harder than it was on paper." Wallaby attempted to describe on what happened. The it flashed back to where She, Platypus and Perentie were tasked with slaughtering Emus. Platypus and Perentie had the machine guns in their hands as Platypus spotted a target.
"Target spotted!" Platypus shouted. She raised her Lewis gun and fired at the target thinking it was an Emu. She fired off a couple of shots.
"Well, was it an emu?" Wallaby asked if they managed to take out an Emu. Perentie picked up the target that Platypus shot.
"No, Wallaby. It's an emo." Perentie told Wallaby that they didn't get the target they were hoping for.
"Dammit Platypus! Learn your vowels!" Wallaby shouted at Platypus for taking out the wrong target.
"I'm surry." Platypus told Wallaby. The Emus meanwhile we're watching nearby as the mob got together to weigh the options as three teenagers were coming after them.
"Okay, it looks like the humans are coming for us. But check this out. I've come up with an amazing plan. See if you can follow me here, okay? When they approach, we run away." The Emu leader told his mob. The Emus began to think about it before one of them began to speak.
"Sir... you're a genius." Another Emu told his friend.
"So apparently we set up the Lewis guns and we began firing at Emus but the Emus split up into smaller mobs meaning we could only focus on one mob at a time meaning most of them got away. And emus are tough as hell, they can take a bullet or three and still run away at full speed. They were meat-laiden tanks and Emu warfare is something that we can't mess with. We were only able to kill "A number of birds" and I remember telling myself "If we had a military division with the bullet carrying capacity of these birds, it would face any army in the world." So the winner of the first battle had to go to the Emus." Wallaby described what happened. It looked like their bird friends were tough and taking them out was going to be a challenge.
"So what happened next? Did you try round two?" Darjeeling asked.
"Well..." Wallaby began as she tried to find the next piece to the story. "Okay, we need to get closer." Wallaby told them. Platypus and Perentie leaned into Wallaby as this annoyed the latter. "No, you idiots, not to me, to the emus!"
"Oh sorry." Perentie told Wallaby before backing away.
"No, no... I like it." Wallaby told Perentie that she liked being hugged. "So next, we tried sneaking up on a large number of emus near a local dam, and firing at short range. Maybe we were just unlucky, but my professional opinion says the emus were magic, because both guns jammed after just twelve emus were killed. And once again, the rest got away. The Emus won the second battle."
"Sounds like you three aren't doing well." Darjeeling told Wallaby.
"Well Yeah." Wallaby sighed. "We were feeling a little humiliated after losing to a pack of discount ostriches, so we decided to move further south, where the emus were said to be tamer. And this time, we had a new strategy." Wallaby explained as she had a new plan in mind. They decided to borrow a truck and mount one of the Lewis guns on the back of it. "Okay, Platypus. Here's the plan: you mount the machine gun in the back, I'll chase the emus, you shoot. Got it?"
"Got it." Platypus repilied. Wallaby began to drive while Platypus fired away, the Emus scattered in many directions meaning it was hard to whip the machine gun around. Plus with the bumpy road, it made it impossible to aim properly. Eventually, Platypus was catapulted off of the truck and landed in some soft sand face first while the truck struck an Emu and flipped upside down. Wallaby wasn't harmed while the camera crew were filming.
"I'm gonna shove that camera up your—" Wallaby angrily told the camera crew. "The operation was a fiasco, and the press had a field day. In Parliament, I was lambasted, and the opposition party members suggested that medals should be handed out to the emus, who'd won every round so far. We were feeling quite humiliated and after firing 2,500 bullets, we called the operation off, but four days later, the farmers approached again, and said: "Hey, man. The emus are still eating all our crops. Can you send the army back out here?" And we were like yeah okay. So we continued firing away and after a few days we only had 100 bullets left before calling the operation off yet again. So we fired 9,900 bullets and we only had 986 confirmed kills plus a few that died from their wounds that we didn't count so in total that still left 19,000 Emus to cause destruction to our farmers. We began a bounty system where we gave cash to the farmers for every Emu they killed which worked out pretty good but we just felt humilated for losing against a bunch of Emus."
"At least George Pearce got his feathered hat." Darjeeling told Wallaby that at least some dead person who ordered the fiasco got what he wanted.
"What?" Wallaby asked Darjeeling.
"What?" Darjeeling asked Wallaby.
"So... how did the Emu infestation go away?" Kay asked.
"Simple." Wallaby told them. "We just made some better fences." The three of them cheered as they knew Emus wouldn't be that much of a problem any more.
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2023.05.28 05:37 sunnylalisa Advice

It’s crazy how I bring nothing to the table. Yeah, I know this going to sound out of pocket and mean, but I’m jealous of people who have normal families, mine are extremely feisty and dysfunctional. Please don’t tell me to move out, it’s impossible to live here alone because the rents are high.
My problem is that I don’t got a job and no friends, and nepotism is strong here. I’m going insane cause I desperately need to find a job next year, my cousin was able to get a great job because the supervisor knew his aunt. I’m taking dog grooming/college classes, and they are driving me nuts, they say if I want to succeed I need charisma I don’t have it.
Not only that, but I’m a really boring person, I don’t even know how I had friends in school. Most of them were awkward like me, and if they were charismatic they didn’t mind my awkwardness. Regardless, those times are over now and I need a way out. I’m 20, I look and act like a child, I feel so alone and from the bottom of my heart sometimes I want to commit suicide. I don’t understand people, and they don’t understand me. They look so disgusted whenever I talk to them, and it makes me sad. I don’t know if it’s because of my face or social skills (Although I have never been asked out, so perhaps it’s both)
I like my body, I think it looks amazing. However, my face on the other hand, I just don’t like it. It’s a stupid mindset to have, but anything that keeps you alive is a good thing, and the hope of getting plastic surgery in the future makes me hopeful.
I have been considering of joining the military, yeah it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but beggars can't be choosers and they have been calling me for a while, so what should I do?
I have been thinking of finding a new therapist who specializes in trauma, at the end of the day I might need someone who knows what they’re doing, I apologize for the self-pity paragraphs, I firmly believe that no one owns you romantic love or whatever, but parental love? It’s a must.
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2023.05.28 05:32 issaryn Ex(21F) and I(22M) have recently broken up

Hi, this is post is more of getting my thoughts out there and less of seeking for advice, but advice are still welcomed because I currently feel lost. I(22M) have recently broken up less than a week ago with my girlfriend of nearly 2 years, but she has already asked space weeks prior. I have known for for the better part of the last 7 years since junior year of highschool. We had always been good friends, but we stopped talking for nearly 2 years due to the fact her ex made her stop contacting a lot of her friends. After she had broken up with her ex we ended up getting close again and talking, but had some issues that we got past and eventually started dating. Honestly sometimes I think we went too fast since she had just gotten out of a long term relationship (a little over 2 years I believe) and I never gave her the space she need to figure out what she wanted. Recently leading up to the breakup she started becoming distant and eventually said she needed more space. Right before we broke up we discussed what happened and it was the fact we rarely saw each other and the fact that sometimes our conversations would be dry. The thing is we both live in the same city, but the city is huge and my drive to her house is about 40 minutes on a good day. I saw her about once a week or at least tried to, but with my 40 hr work schedule it became hard since a lot of the time I didn't want to make the drive afterwork. I regret that a lot. She ended up getting busy with her school schedule and we saw each other less and less. She told me that the distant we had eventually lead her wanting to breakup. I wish I can see her, but honestly I don't know when I will be able to see her again. We have officially broken up and she says she hopes that we can eventually get back together and time could make things work out, but I don't know if time will eventually be the reason I lose her forever even if we are friends. Tried talking to friends, but I don't have that many people in my life. I just miss her a lot. She is the greatest human in this whole world and she deserves it all, but it sucks it won't be with me.
TLDR; I know time heals all wounds but I don't want to lose her from my life.
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2023.05.28 05:28 InfernoAA God Made the World in Six Days, I’ll Perfect New Japan's on the Seventh Part Five: Destined

In Part Four, the comeback tour of rockstar Hiroshi Tanahashi was cut brutally short at the hands of the Leader of the New School, Zack Sabre Jr., who embarked on a quest to prove himself New Japan's most valuable gaijin. After beating back Will Ospreay for Royal Quest, he ran into another familiar face in Minoru Suzuki, almost clobbering him into retirement until Naomichi Marufuji made the save. Ending his saga with Just6Guys with a win over Maru, he placed a bow on the long-standing Blackpool Combat Club rivalry by besting Jon Moxley, cementing Sabre-Gun as New Japan's undisputed leaders... That is, without taking Los Ingobernables de Japon into account.
Since becoming one again, LIJ’s been on a tear through NJPW’s ranks this year in spite of Shingo Takagi dropping the belt and PAC losing the New Japan Cup Finals to the current World Champion. IWGP United States, IWGP Tag Team (Death Triangle have become LIJ affiliates through PAC), and NJPW World Television Championships in their grasps, they seek to round out the group by all holding titles simultaneously. But that begs the question – who’ll be going after the World Title? Though Shingo’s battle ready, he insists Tetsuya Naito take it this time, the Stardust Genius having worked his back off to rebound from Wrestle Kingdom. Failing every attempt in the past 3 years though, the question remains whether he can truly pull it off this time, or if it’s just not meant to be.
Kizuna Road - Night Four (July 1, 2024)
Sabre-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & El Phantasmo) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & PAC)
With Naito confirmed as Sabre’s #1 Contender for Wrestle Dynasty, SG and LIJ have themselves a scaled-down rematch from New Year’s Dash, Zack picking his trusty right-hand man ELP, and Tetsuya bringing the US Champion, knowing PAC has unresolved issues with ZSJ from the NJC. Though it drives the Bastard to work doubly-hard, especially considering how it’ll look if he pins the World Champion, it also makes their teamwork suffer, PAC becoming self-absorbed in getting the pin. Backfiring, a Sudden Death from Phantasmo knocks his lights out, SG getting their win back from NYD and putting the challenger on the backfoot heading into Madison Square Garden!
Sabre-Gun def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (16:12)
PAC appears distraught after the match, but Naito simply tells him ‘tranquilo’, not taking it personally. Though he’d hoped to use this match to get into ZSJ’s head, it appears he’ll just have to do that himself, like he’s always done.
Wrestle Dynasty (July 14, 2024)
Also on the show:
Shota Umino (c) vs El Desperado - NEVER Openweight Championship
Just6Guys (SANADA, Taichi, Ryohei Oiwa) (c) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi, Yota Tsuji, Titan) - NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs Kyle Fletcher - NJPW World Television Championship
PAC (c) vs El Phantasmo - IWGP United States Championship
The Lucha Brothers (c) vs Meiyu Tag - IWGP Tag Team Championship
Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs Tetsuya Naito XI - IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
In what’s been a very successful night for LIJ thus far, clean-sweeping their way through the competition, it all rests on Naito’s shoulders now to bring it home. Perhaps the most unreliable man to slot in this spot, and yet, the most beloved, MSG fully invested in Tetsuya’s chase, either the grandest of celebrations or coldest of heartbreaks will end the night! Naito keeps his cool, emanating his usual larger-than-life aura as he walks out in a pristine crimson suit, paying homage to Shingo, whilst Sabre’s cockier than ever with his recent streak of huge wins, knowing he has Tetsuya doubting himself after their tag. As he hands his title over, the two come face-to-face, SABRE SPITTING GUM INTO NAITO’S FACE, but Tetsuya doesn’t let ZSJ’s tactics faze him, having come too far for too long to let mind games be his downfall.
Circling each other, Zack lunges for a lock-up but Naito walks past, smirking and stretching in the opposite corner. Sabre rolls his eyes as Tetsuya turns around and tells him ‘tranquilo’, before going for it again… Zack snatching the headlock this time as Naito tries to repeat, but Tetsuya instantly whips him to the corner, teasing the COMBINACION CABRON as ZSJ braces himself… Naito stops in front of him and does the ‘Abre los Ojos’ taunt!
Furious, Sabre piefaces him, NAITO RETURNING A FOREARM, AND WE’RE OFF! Trading strikes, Zack rocks Tetsuya with European Uppercuts, Naito returning forearms, before a Japanese Arm Drag stops Zack in his tracks! Naito goes for another, but Zack hooks onto Tetsuya’s legs, tripping him up and contorting the foot! Tetsuya boots him off with the other, a Neckbreaker and a Somersault Senton connecting, though Sabre absorbs the latter, trapping Naito’s arm onto the mat to STOMP THE HAND!
Picking him back up, he cracks Naito with chops, before whipping him at the ropes, Naito hitting off them one after the other to build momentum, teasing the Flying Forearm Zack’s expecting… only to roll into the Tranquilo pose! ZACK MEETS HIM WITH A NECK TWIST!!! Tetsuya scrambling to the corner, Sabre steps on his throat against the ropes, BEFORE SLAPPING HIM! NAITO SPITS IN ZACK’S FACE!!! A harsh uppercut knocks Tetsuya back, a Running European following and a PENALTY KICK! Naito dodges and nails the FLYING FOREARM SMASH!
Teasing the Tornado DDT, it’s cancelled by an Enzuigiri, Zack leaping for the KIMURA- NAITO COUNTERS INTO VALENTIA!!! ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!!! Sending Sabre into the corner, the COMBINACION CABRON CONNECTS! AND A MISSILE DROPKICK! Naito teases the DRAGON SUPLEX, but Sabre flips through and STOMPS HIS ELBOW! SNAP GERMAN ON THE NECK FROM SABRE!!! ONE! TWO! THR-NO DICE! Naito woozy, his head’s only further knocked around by a ROLLING ELBOW! A CORNER HIGH KNEE connects, before a Hammerlock Suplex floats into a TESCO MEAL DEAL!!!
Naito’s hand flails about the mat as Sabre keeps him grounded, no Valentia escape this time, forcing Tetsuya to work the old-fashioned way to the ropes! MSG backing the Stardust Genius, after much deliberation he gets a foot on the ropes! But Zack’s right back on him, going for a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX- NAITO STANDS HIM UP WITH A SNAP DDT! An EVOLUCION’S shut down though, Sabre hitting the brakes to nail the ARM PELE! Fishing the arm, Zack tries to float into a FLYING ARTICLE 50- NAITO STUFFS HIM WITH A GLORIA!!! ONE! TWO! THR-SABRE SURVIVES!!!
Rallying momentum, Tetsuya nails the TORNADO DDT! Sabre nursing the head, a DRAGON SUPLEX FOLLOWS!!! In the drop zone, Naito tests the waters for a RUNNING DESTINO- SABRE SHUTS IT DOWN WITH A EUROPEAN CLUTCH!!! ONE! TWO! THR-NAITO’S DREAMS STAY ALIVE!!! Getting dangerously close with the flash pin, Tetsuya throws defiant forearms, Zack catching and contorting one, but a ROLLING WHEEL KICK knocks him off! ESPERANZA!!! ONE! TWO! THR-SABRE KICKS OUT!!!
Hooking the head, Naito hoists Sabre up… ZACK WITH A GUILLOTINE CHOKE MID-AIR!!! Tetsuya’s eyes bulge out his skull, looking for the nearest turnbuckle to ram Sabre into it, but ZSJ’s quicker, yanking him to the mat and transitioning into a JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!!! Brutally bending the arm at an awkward angle, there’s a manic look in Zack’s eyes as NYC desperately cheers on Naito, who does his best to hang on! Sabre keeps tugging further and further, eager to ruin Tetsuya, but it backfires, helping him stretch his leg to the ropes!
The crowd erupts as the referee forces Sabre off, though Naito’s clearly hurting all the same, a European helping no less! Zack rallies with further Uppercuts, one knocking Tetsuya down, before firing a PENALTY KICK!!! NAITO ABSORBS IT AND ROLLS THROUGH, SABRE GOING FOR SECONDS BUT HE EATS A RUNNING DESTINOOOOOOOOO!!! ONE! TWO! THR-NOOOOOOOOOO!!! Shaking himself off, Naito attempts another, though Sabre stops it with elbows, before hopping into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!
Slapping up Naito’s neck, Sabre dumps him on it with a TIGER SUPLEX!!! Naito woozy, Zack nails the PENALTY KICK!!! NAITO’S REFUSING TO STAY DOWN! Hearing MSG’s cries, he wills himself back up as Sabre watches in fascination… ONLY FOR ANOTHER PK TO CUT HIM OFF!!! And just like the 2022 NJC Finals, he’s going to end it here with a SECOND ZACK DRIVER- NAITO NAILS A DESTINO MID-AIR!!! HE’S STILL MOVING SOMEHOW!!! Stumbling to his feet, Tetsuya measures his man… DESTINOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! ONE! TWO! THR-SABRE’S FOOT’S ON THE ROPE!!!
Saving Naito more than once, it’s come to Zack’s aid now too! Hammering Sabre with forearms, Naito tees up another DESTINO- PELE KICK!!! Tetsuya falls forward, Zack catching him in a STRETCH MUFFLER!!! IF HE CAN JUST GRAB THE OTHER LEG, IT’S ALL OVER, COMPLETING THE ORIENTEERING WITH NAPALM DEATH!!! Zack bends Naito further and further as he tries to grab hold… TETSUYA SWINGS BACK! AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN! SABRE LETS GO!!! AND A ZACK DRIVER FROM NAITO!!!
Sabre on his back, Naito thinks about waiting for the Destino… but then he sees the top rope. The crowd cry at him not to, screwing him over time and time again, but Tetsuya can’t help it! Heading up top, the world holds their breath, NAITO SOARING THROUGH THE AIR… STARDUST PRESS CONNECTS!!! ONE! TWO! THREE!!! IT’S A MIRACLE IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!! NAITO’S WORLD CHAMPION AGAIN!!!
Tetsuya Naito def. Zack Sabre Jr. (c) to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (31:18)
New York LOSES their minds as Naito’s handed the title, Tetsuya himself struggling to process what just happened! But then LIJ rush out – PAC with the US Title, Hiromu with the TV Title, Shingo, Yota, and Titan with the NEVER 6-Man Titles, and even the Lucha Brothers with the Tag Titles! THEY’RE DRAPED IN GOLD, BABY! Sharing embraces all around as a dismal Sabre trudges to the back, there’s not a single dry eye in the arena as the outcasts raise their fists to the sky with one hand and their titles with the other, golden tickertape hailing down! Naito’s on top of the world after 3 long years, and it feels damn good! Doing the customary championship edition roll-call, the show fades on LIJ holding all their gold… and PAC looking over at Naito’s.
G1 Climax 34
Entering his second of fifteen G1s as the reigning champion, Naito heads B Block opposite stiff competition. Though dispatching of Hiromu in friendly competition on Night One, the two are subsequently assaulted by KONGOH post-match, allowing NOAH’s KENOH to upset him the following night! Behind the 8-ball already, Tetsuya’s motivated to make a comeback, mowing through Narita, Tanahashi, Yota, Sabre, and KENTA to take back the lead! Suffering another surprise defeat at Jeff Cobb’s hands after multiple failed attempts from the Hawaiian Hulk to best him, it opens the door for a returning JAY WHITE to spoil his final night, wrecking Naito’s legs with a ladder, allowing Zack to advance on 14 points! As for B Block, a draw between Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada on the final night puts the Commonwealth Kingpin through, the rivals meeting one more time! Other key underlying stories see Shibata finally beating Okada, Ospreay avenging his Takagi loss, PAC beating his fellow LIJ members but losing to SANADA, and KONGOH causing ruckus throughout the competition.
G1 Climax 34 Finals (August 19, 2024)
Also on the show:
Jay White vs BUSHI
Will Ospreay vs Zack Sabre Jr. - G1 Climax Briefcase
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, PAC, Hiromu Takahashi, Titan) vs KONGOH (KENOH, Manabu Soya, Masakatsu Funaki, Hi69, Shuji Kondo)
Perhaps the focal reason for Naito not making the Finals, KONGOH’s tournament chicanery, as led by KENOH, was a masterfully crafted plan. After losing to Tetsuya in last year’s LIJ vs KONGOH series at Wrestle Kingdom 17, the thought of ruining the Stardust Genius for vengeance never left the Rogue Fist’s mind, and with his win over Tetsuya in the G1, their score is now 1-1. Reigniting the intense rivalry between the two stables, they have an upgraded rematch to their Wrestle Kingdom 16 5-on-5, both sides having greatly changed since then.
Once again, PAC’s especially adamant to claim the spotlight, the loss to SANADA making him temperamental despite having the 2nd best LIJ record in this year’s tournament. An argument breaking out between PAC and Shingo as to who should get the pin is put on ice by Naito, though it doesn’t keep Titan from eating a nasty PFS from KENOH, handing the invaders the win!
KONGOH def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (19:57)
Redeeming WK16, KENOH offers the angriest of satisfied smiles, the group cackling as they gesture belts around their waists, warning that their business isn’t yet over. LIJ left behind, there’s a sour mood in the air from the loss, though when Shingo offers a fist in apology, PAC, taking a look at a nodding Naito, ultimately returns one, showing that despite popular belief, LIJ’s still fine.
Splitting off for Shingo and co. to gear up for KONGOH’s second wave whilst Naito and PAC are scheduled for AEW’s ALL IN supershow, this time taking place in Tetsuya’s home of the Tokyo Dome, both men are set for defences on the show. In PAC’s case, it’s a rematch against J6G’s SANADA, the Bastard adamant to gain Naito’s favour by beating the traitor. As for Naito, he has Jay on his tail!
Until the recent G1, White refused to show his face on any sort of NJPW programming (including Forbidden Door) since being embarrassed at Okada’s hands and having his faction torn to shreds. Leaving Japan to join AEW, no longer having connections to hide behind nor help him, he was forced to be the lone wolf for once, becoming even more merciless, knowing he’s all he has. After spreading chaos abroad, most recently coming up short in the AEW World Championship picture, trauma from his Okada loss clinging onto him anytime the stakes are raised too high again, he decided it was time to return to his roots to clear his head and eliminate any shred of weakness left in his body so that he can claim the top prize again, and there’s no better place to do so than the building his title was taken from him – the Tokyo Dome.
The last time he faced Naito in the Tokyo Dome, he had Gedo by his side, yet still lost. Now though, he declares if he’s to have this match, he wants a compensatory factor. A means of looking out for himself, like Naito has LIJ. He’s already beaten Tetsuya thrice in singles competition, knowing he’s the better wrestler, so this time… HE WANTS A LADDER MATCH!!! Japan’s become more and more geared to the Western market, the culture shifting from traditions, so unless he’s a snob like Okada, he'll embrace the new vision and accept the challenge. Jay using the perfect words to get under Tetsuya’s skin, he accepts, looking to tear down the foundations of the Rainmaker’s regime with his reign, starting with this!
RevProxNJPW 12th Anniversary Show (August 24, 2024)
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & PAC) vs The Knight Dynasty (Ricky Knight Jr. & Zak Knight)
The night before ALL IN features a special RevPro crossover event with their partners, NJPW, the 12th Anniversary being celebrated in Japan. Naturally, Naito tags with the most RevPro familiar member of LIJ, PAC, the two champions battling the celebrated Knight Dynasty, who are considered the present and future of the promotion! What begins as a fun exhibition sees more of the differences between PAC and Naito come to light, the hot-headedness of the Bastard and the collectedness of El Ingobernable wanting different things out of the match, yet still managing to remain reasonably on the same page. A close call on a 619 from Ricky sees Naito shove PAC out the way in the nick of time, absorbing the blow himself, though without acknowledging it, PAC springs to action, a Black Arrow on Zak scoring the victory!
Los Ingobernables de Japon def. The Knight Dynasty (13:10)
As the referee approaches LIJ with their titles, PAC’s quick to receive both, Naito only recovering just in time to find the Bastard lingering for a moment as he looks between the pieces of gold, before finally handing Tetsuya’s over him and walking off, leaving the leader confused yet unconcerned.
ALL IN Tokyo (August 25, 2024)
Also on the show:
PAC (c) vs SANADA - IWGP United States Championship
The Lucha Brothers (c) vs Golden Lovers - IWGP Tag Team Championship
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Jay White V - IWGP World Heavyweight Championship - Ladder
Stepping into the mastermind of the Switchblade, White baits Naito to play his game, the long-time rivals settling their score over a belt they both have history with. With no Gedo around, Jay’s focus is to demolish Naito’s already tattered knees with the ladder like he did to cost Tetsuya the G1, slowing down each climbing attempt bit by bit. Given the two’s creativity, it’s a sick warfare of increasingly dangerous spots, Naito taking Jay with him to neck bump city, White cruelly massacring Tetsuya’s body with reckless abandon.
White’s notably more in his element here, letting the Tokyo Dome atmosphere heal him whilst hurting Naito. A HANGING BLADE RUNNER cuts a Stardust Press attempt short, the magic only lasting once, but a ladder bridge CANADIAN DESTROYER buys Naito some momentum back! Ultimately, a war atop the ladder sees Naito boot Jay off, allowing him to unhook the gold to retain!
Tetsuya Naito (c) def. Jay White V to retain the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (25:30)
Though Naito walks out with his belt, PAC doesn’t, making the Bastard’s issues all the more prominent, taking more frequent looks over at Tetsuya’s gold, which begs the question – was there more to PAC joining LIJ than originally thought? Still, he wishes Naito good luck for Wrestle Grand Slam, telling him he wants to see the belt on him when they go England. But for now, the end of his trilogy against KENOH awaits!
Wrestle Grand Slam (September 8, 2024)
Also on the show:
Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs KUSHIDA - NJPW World Television Championship
El Desperado (c) vs Katsuyori Shibata - NEVER Openweight Championship
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi, Yota Tsuji, Titan) (c) vs KONGOH (Manabu Soya, Masakatsu Funaki, Shuji Kondo) - NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs KENOH III - IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
For over two years, the rivalry between LIJ and KONGOH has slowly simmered to this boiling point, coming down to the leaders now to settle their 1-1 score over NJPW’s top title! With the 6-Man Titles changing hands earlier in the night, Naito must put his 200% into assuring the same doesn’t occur here, or it’ll be disaster on New Japan’s waterfront.
As two men that could not be more opposite collide, it’s an intense war over the company’s possession, everyone from fans to wrestlers on the edge of their seats as the last of the NOAH invaders try to leave their mark. KENOH shows nothing but hatred towards Naito for ruining his past chances, whilst Tetsuya savours his every moment in the Sun, having slaved away to hold this belt. A PFS almost does Naito in, whilst the DESTINO does the same for KENOH! Ragdolling the older star with Dragon Suplexes, KENOH sets up for the ENRIN… BUT IN HIS STARDUST PRESS MOMENT, HE MISSES!!! DESTINOOOOOOOOOO!!! ONE! TWO! THREE!!! New Japan remains safe in the hands of Naito!
Tetsuya Naito (c) def. KENOH to retain the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (28:33)
Offering a handshake to KENOH out of respect for their series… the Rogue Fist declines it, though from the look in his fiery eyes, an inkling of acknowledgement is there for Tetsuya. Telling Naito to keep the belt warm for him, he declares he’ll be back sometime again, and when that happens, he’s going to usurp Naito once and for all!
And as they leave with their 50/50 successes, it’s back to LIJ to end the show on their usual note… except, PAC interrupts the tradition. He’s confused, no, he’s incredulous. What are they celebrating here? Failure? Or are they calling it ‘survival’? Is no one going to point out the elephant in the room? Just two months ago they were on top of the world, all draped in gold, but now they’re left with just Naito and the Lucha Bros’s gold. And yet, they’re celebrating? He’s been out here losing sleep over his missing US Title!
If they wish to continue to be taken seriously, they need to act the part. Luckily… he has a solution. They say iron sharpens iron, so rather than fighting these large-scale wars outside their stable… why not have a ‘friendly’ within? Naito has the title and an incredible row of suitors before him, so he should pick one to defend against! Tetsuya seems perturbed by the idea knowing what almost happened the last time LIJ fought within, but as PAC insists, even pointing out how he’s the only one with a clean record over Naito… Tetsuya turns to him and raises the title! If such claims are going to be made, they need to be backed up too! Challenging PAC with his title on the line, a grinning Bastard accepts, bumping his fist!
Burning Spirit - Night Seven (September 25, 2024)
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi) vs Death Triangle (PAC & The Lucha Brothers)
Slyly manoeuvring his way into the title rematch he’s desired ever since getting a taste of the gold against Shingo last year, this is more so PAC’s chance to prove himself over the statement he’s seeming to be making. Nonetheless, with various combinations of LIJ facing Death Triangle over the Burning Spirit tour, they supposedly rely on each other to improve their own skill, these 6 especially drawing the very best out of each other. Working more seamlessly with DT than he had LIJ as of late, the freakish chemistry between the AEW lads has a Fear FactoDouble Stomp/Black Arrow combo end Hiromu, PAC grinning as he stares down Naito, the challenge growing closer by day…
Death Triangle def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (18:24)
Giving a brief interview heading into the match at Royal Quest, Naito states that he can’t be certain on what PAC’s intentions are, but all he knows is that no matter what, LIJ sticks together. If this match is what PAC needs for his peace of mind, then it’s all his. All he can hope is the Bastard has the same idea of family in mind.
Royal Quest IV - Night Two (October 6, 2024)
Also on the show:
The Lucha Brothers (c) vs United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) - IWGP Tag Team Championship
Will Ospreay (c) vs Kazuchika Okada - G1 Climax Briefcase
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs PAC II - IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
The relationship between LIJ and PAC has developed into one of the more intriguing dynamics this year, raising a multitude of questions, but now, the true light of it all will be revealed. Whether it’s friendly fire or another coup, Naito’s ready for whatever PAC may happen to have up his sleeve, whilst the Bastard lets his actions do the talking. For once, it’s an utterly no-nonsense showdown between Los members, Tetsuya taking the threat of PAC very seriously, the Jordie clearly driven to make the grand prize his. And as the match rolls on, Naito starts to see parts of himself in PAC with each cheer or cry from his home crowd.
Just like Naito, he’s the incredibly-talented misfit who was overlooked, but unlike a young Naito, PAC doesn’t realise he has the world on his side already despite his quirks. Whilst Naito had to suffer through his changes, PAC’s a made man, and with each near-fall, the crowd see it too, becoming more and more invested in him! On the cusp of his crowning moment, PAC shows no hesitation unlike the Stardust Press, NAILING THE BLACK ARROW!!! ONE! TWO! THR-BUT NAITO KICKS OUT!!! PAC may have ‘it’, but Naito’s operating on an entirely different level as World Champion, and no matter what PAC may have thrown at him, it’s not his moment just yet. DESTINOOOOOOOO!!! ONE! TWO! THREE!!!
Tetsuya Naito (c) def. PAC to retain the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (30:11)
Maybe a different day. Both men propped in opposite corners of the ring, they suck deep for breaths, PAC only taking his eyes off Naito when he spots the title bring brought over to him. That should’ve been his. He should’ve been champion right now, but… he starts tuning in the crowd again. A standing ovation for the hometown boy. Though he may not hold the title right now, he’s still a champion in their eyes… Solace. Always overlooked, all he needed was approval. And now more than ever, he feels he has it. Noticing PAC’s realisation, Naito grins and nods to him, the two bumping fists together, no sour ending on this one.
At least, not between LIJ… OKADA’S HERE!!! After shockingly beating Ospreay for his G1 briefcase earlier in the night, the Rainmaker has his sights on the Tokyo Dome main event, and if things are to be believed, it may be Naito defending against Kazuchika on the grand stage! The long-time WK rivals locking eyes, there’s a different atmosphere between the Ace and the Dark Ace now. No longer does Okada look upon Naito condescendingly, but with disgust. Though he failed to beat Shingo earlier in the night, Kazuchika’s been vocal all year about the damage he feels LIJ have caused the company.
Where he did everything to purify the promotion with his reign, beating away outsiders, Naito did the exact opposite, bringing them further into their ranks and breaking tradition with a ladder match. With this briefcase in his hand though, he has the power to change that… but so does he. OSPREAY JOINS IN!!! The man who lost his case earlier in front of his own family, he can’t even look the smug Okada in the eyes. Rather, turning to Naito, he declares his desire to return to WK’s main event to not be over just yet! Against better judgement, he gave Shingo a shot at this title last year and it cost him everything. All he asks is Naito returns the favour! Smirking, Tetsuya tells him ‘earn it’, WK’s main event scene growing all the more interesting!
Battle Autumn - Night Five (October 15, 2024)
Elimination: Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Death Triangle) vs United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb, Great-O-Khan, Aussie Open)
Desperation drives a man to his darkest pits, and Ospreay is very much there. Banding his troops together one year on since the last LIJ/UE tag of this magnitude, the ante’s upped even higher now, needing to survive an elimination match to receive the match of his desires. Both stables going to war here, all their integrated rivalries of the past years come to a head, the one between Ospreay and Naito lying at the centre of it all. UE get a tough break to start with when Great-O-Khan hits the deck early, Mark Davis following, though a comeback removes the Lucha Bros from the equation!
Cobb goes next, before Ospreay takes out PAC, a double countout subsequently removing the leaders from the equation! Boiling down to Shingo and Kyle, the Aussie Arrow pulls out the underdog performance of his life, channelling all of Ospreay’s moves before a GRIMSTONE ELIMINATES SHINGO! OSPREAY’S HEADED TO KOPW!!! Raising Fletcher onto their shoulders, it’s a grand celebration from UE, Will receiving one last lease on life! As for Naito, he can only stand and wait, a final challenge paved in his path to the Dome.
United Empire def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (25:33)
King of Pro-Wrestling (October 27, 2024)
Also on the show:
KUSHIDA (c) vs Taiji Ishimori - NJPW World Television Championship
Sabre-Gun (Blake Christian & Clark Connors) (c) vs Catch 22 - IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Katsuyori Shibata - G1 Climax Briefcase
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Will Ospreay IV - IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
One year ago, Ospreay’s overzealousness cost him the chance to main event Wrestle Kingdom with the World Title, but now, as it all comes full circle, it’s official, the winner of this match defending against Okada! With that in mind, both men are equally ravenous to make the grand opportunity theirs! Their fourth match together, it’s rife with callbacks, Naito especially making sure to remind Will of the way he beat him in last year’s A Block Finals to get in his head.
To Tetsuya’s surprise though, this matured Ospreay is impervious to his strategies! No matter what the champion throws, the challenger always has an answer, their see-saw saga featuring plenty of nail-biting near-falls that could send either man through, but it’s a TRIAD OF HIDDEN BLADES that ultimately calls it, Ospreay finally reclaiming his throne, a date with destiny set in stone!
Will Ospreay def. Tetsuya Naito (c) to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (35:38)
Before WK though, Power Struggle is on the calendar! Featuring the likes of Death Triangle dethroning KONGOH for the NEVER belts for PAC to fully find his place in LIJ, Ren Narita dethroning Katsuyori Shibata for the NEVER Openweight Title, and Shingo Takagi taking the US Title from SANADA, it also sees Ospreay team with Catch 22 against Okada and the two men who ended Francesco Akira and TJP’s legendary reign, SHO & Taiji Ishimori, with UE scoring the vengeful win! And on the final Road To Tokyo Dome special, Ospreay finds a surprising ally in Shibata against Okada and Tanahashi in a HUGE blockbuster tag, CHAOS getting their win back here as Shibata keeps chasing down a rematch with Tana!
Wrestle Kingdom 19 (January 4, 2025)
Also on the show:
Sabre-Gun (Blake Christian & Clark Connors) (c) vs Li-YOH - IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship
United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) (c) vs CHAOS (Shota Umino & Yuya Uemura) - IWGP Tag Team Championship
SHO (c) vs Francesco Akira - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Ren Narita (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii - NEVER Openweight Championship
Shingo Takagi (c) vs Katsuhiko Nakajima - IWGP United States Championship
Minoru Suzuki vs Taichi - Retirement
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Katsuyori Shibata
Will Ospreay (c) vs Kazuchika Okada XII - IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
Finally, this is what it’s all led to. A story set in motion from the very first moment Ospreay set foot in NJPW under Okada’s guidance in CHAOS 9 years ago. Fighting through loss after loss after loss, he finally achieved his clean win over Okada last year to reclaim his World Championship, but now, he must accomplish an even greater task – beat the Final Boss in the Tokyo Dome itself! Failing on both occasions against Okada on NJPW’s biggest stage akin to Okada’s own chase of Tanahashi, it’s his Wrestle Kingdom 10 moment now as he walks into the Dome as the reigning champion, with the Ace as the challenger! Win and he’s immortalised in history. Lose and Okada resets the company’s entire trajectory. High stakes weighing on Will’s shoulders, it’s time to elevate under pressure!
Entering with WK level entrances to boot, Okada dripping sheer gold, and Ospreay with an entire kingdom of suited individuals accompanying him, they get underway as the bell sounds! And for the first time, it’s Ospreay controlling the opening sequence with the Tanahashi-style headlock! Big brothering Okada, he doesn’t let the Rainmaker out the gates in his own ballpark for a few minutes straight… BEFORE WILL EXPLODES FOR A HANDSPRING ENZUIGIRI!
Okada dodges, going for a GERMAN, but Will flips through, nailing the HOOK KICK, an OSCUTTER coming up empty, Kazu swinging for a ducked RAINMAKER, and it’s a stalemate! Trading forearms, a Lariat dumps Okada out, Ospreay running Kazu’s routine of the guardrail whip and Big Boot, a RUNNING CROSSBODY EATING A DROPKICK! Nailing a TOMBSTONE on the floor, Okada sets up a table at ringside before rolling Ospreay in, the MISSILE DROPKICK and AIR-RAID CRASH NECKBREAKER harping on the neck! ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!
Wrenching the MONEY CLIP, it doesn’t get him far, a BRAINBUSTER catching Okada by surprise! SHOOTING STAR PRESS! ONE! TWO! THR-NO DICE! A PIP PIP CHEERIO eats a BEAUTIFUL DROPKICK, before Okada whips Ospreay at the corner, only for Will to pop him up onto the turnbuckles, slamming Kawada Kicks into his face! CHEEKY NANDOS! Ospreay tries for a LIGER BOMB through the outside table, but Okada drops to the apron! Will charges for a Yakuza Kick, but a LANDSLIDE BLOCKS!!! ONE! TWO! THR-OSPREAY STAYS IN!!!
Hammering the neck, Okada lunges for a RAINMAKER, though a SNAP CUTTER blocks! ROBINSON SPECIAL! Will winds up the CHELSEA GRIN, but it receives a slap and a JOHN WOO DROPKICK! A pair of Short-Arm Rainmakers ricochet off Ospreay, but a Rainmaker is feigned for a DDT! DIVING ELBOW DROP!!! ONE! TWO! THR-WILL KICKS OUT AGAIN!!! A TOMBSTONE is countered by knees, Ospreay whipping Okada at the ropes, Kazu countering a BACK BODY DROP OVER THE ROPES!!!
Will narrowly missing the table, Okada follows with a TOPE CON HILO… BUT OSPREAY MOVES OUT THE WAY, THE RAINMAKER EXPLODING THROUGH THE WOOD!!! Shoving Okada’s lifeless body inside, Ospreay sets up a HIDDEN BLADE!!! ONE! TWO! THR-NOOOOOOOOO!!! A STORM BREAKER is blocked, Okada nailing a sick CORNER GERMAN! Dropkick rocks Will, before the TOMBSTONE connects! RAINMAKER’s dodged, Ospreay rebounding into an OSCUTTER- DROPKICK!!! AND A RAINMAKERRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! ONE! TWO! THR-NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Okada keeps the wrist, going for seconds… OSPREAY NAILS A RAINMAKER OF HIS OWN!!! Wrist still held, Will nails close-range elbows to the neck, before winding up another HIDDEN BLADE- HEAVY RAIN!!! OKADA NAILS HIS OWN HIDDEN BLADE!!! Teasing the STORM BREAKER, Ospreay spins out, dumping Kazu with a LANDSLIDE!!! AND A HIDDEN BLADE… Okada collapses! As Will tries picking him up, a DROPKICK awaits! ANOTHER DROPKICK! AZTEC SUPLEX – A LA ULTIMO DRAGON!!! ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!!!
Okada decks Ospreay with a RAINMAKER, but Will doesn’t go down fully, Kazu nailing a SECOND! Going for the Ripcord this time… RAINHAM MAKER!!! ONE! TWO! THR-OKADA KICKS OUT!!! ESSEX DESTROYER!!! ONE! TWO! THR-ANOTHER KICK OUT!!! Cracking a HIDDEN BLADE off Okada’s nose, an OSCUTTER follows, before he floats into a STORM BREAKER- FALLING RAINMAKERRRRRRR!!! ONE! TWO! THR-NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Okada smelling blood, he tries for another, AND A HIDDEN BLADE CONNECTS AT THE SAME TIME!!! Keeping hold, the two knock each other loopy with one free arm… OSCUTTER’S CAUGHT WITH A TOMBSTONE!!! Okada picks him back up, going for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE- OSPREAY REVERSES INTO A SPIKE PILEDRIVER!!! Ripcord… HIDDEN BLADE!!! AND A STORM BREAKER!!! Hoisting him up for one more… A SECOND STORM BREAKERRRRRRRRRRR!!! ONE! TWO! THREE!!!
Will Ospreay (c) def. Kazuchika Okada to retain the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (40:51)
HE’S DONE IT! OSPREAY’S FINALLY SURPASSED THE ACE ON HIS OWN STAGE! No longer is Okada himself anymore, but rather the Tanahashi to Ospreay’s Okada, the cycle continuing. And like his counterpart 9 years ago, Kazu leaves as empty-handed as he walked in for the first time in a decade, the times officially changing! And as sunlight washes over the Land of the Rising Sun, a new dawn is revealed. The dawn of the Ospreay Era.
Heading into 2025, NJPW is rife with changes, seeing more of the once Young Lion names step up as the likes of Tanahashi and Naito begin to slow down. CHAOS features a massive shakeup the following night as Shinsuke Nakamura returns, kickstarting his road to retirement, having been vocal in his interest of facing Tanahashi, proceeding to feud with Okada over his failures. As for Ospreay, his reign runs until Sakura Genesis, where one NJC Winner Katsuyori Shibata finally dethrones him 8 years on from his loss to Okada, though Will’s time with the title is far from over yet, remaining an integral part of the picture alongside ZSJ, Shingo, and more.
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2023.05.28 05:21 Anxious_Grover GLI VS Civic SI VS other??

Considering a 2019+ GLI Autobahn or 2015 or 9th gen Civic SI (I think the 1.5L will not be up to performance standards or respond well to mods). Do you have any other suggestions??
Needs: High hwy mpg, fun, quick, moddable, seat for 1 adult and 4 kids (they're petite). Manual transmission. Sedan or hatchback.
I like tech and stuff like that. I drive like 20k miles a year. Budget is $25k-ish, cash. Can pay a little more if it's perfect. I also looked at the Accord 2.0T but they are damn hard to find in a manual.

I was SET on the GLI, but then I read the Civic had more backseat room which I can't believe...I want the kids to be comfy for the 20-30 minute trips to school in the morning.
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2023.05.28 05:15 yeahbrogaming It’s hard to breathe sometimes

Every night I have the same problems, i think too much, I feel lonely, I don’t have friends and can’t get any, I can’t fucking cry. I try and try so hard to push, keep going, stay motivated. I’ve lost all of my friends from school, the only ones I have left are online and they don’t get to see me every day. I stick with Mario Kart and Smash, I find everything annoying, i get angry at the tiniest things, I’m struggling to breathe right now, my best friend is all the way in texas and I can’t go visit her, I need people, I’m tired of people expecting me to be ready, every week my family ask me about a job or driving when I don’t know if I can trust myself to even do so, I’m tired of having this expectation of since I’m a guy I should walk it off and tough it out, and coming out as trans nowadays is like, what’s even the point.
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2023.05.28 05:02 Chrissy2811 27 and Stuck

Hi. I'm posting this because I'm at a loss as to what to do. I'm 27 years old, and my life is literally going nowhere, no exaggeration. I'm an introvert and suffer from anxiety. In the 10 years since high school I have gained a qualification and a badly paying job (which I hate), and that is the only thing that has changed in my life. In a decade. I'm still single (never been on so much as a date) have barely any friends, still live with my parents, don't have a licence or car because driving scares me, have barely any savings because I spend money on expensive things to feel better. I'm so behind on life, and the awful feeling that gives me eats away at me 24/7. Being single bothers me the most. I'm quite miserable 90% of the time. I can't seem to force myself to do anything outside of my comfort zone, and don't know how to make myself do so, or why I find these things so hard that other people And meeting people-both for friendships and dating- is something I don't know how or where to do because I don't drink and hate bars, clubs, parties etc. Does anyone have any advice? (other than therapy because I'm working on that, my 2nd session is tomorrow).
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2023.05.28 04:58 Signal_Argument_9664 Some creep harassed me today.

Me and my friends were hanging out at the school and some guy approached us and asked if he could hang out with us. One of my friends said yes and the guy sat in the corner. He started talking to us but suddenly he called me cute. (Some info on ages, me and my friends are preteens and that guy we estimated to be around 18- in his 20's.) After a bit the guy asked if we wanted to play truth or dare. My friend said yes and the creep asked me truth or dare. I was already suspicious of the dude because first he called me cute and secondly I heard the guy talking to some other minor I know that's about 2 years younger than me about pornhub. I said truth but that didn't stop the pervert because he asked me if I was single. Both me and my friend said I was single and then the next time it was my turn the guy asked if I thought he was attractive. I got weirded out like anyone else would and I started staring at my friend, not wanting to make eye contact with the predator. My friend started laughing, not realizing I was just extremely uncomfortable. The guy then fucking said he thinks I like my friend, but my friend is gay and I have no romantic attraction to my friend whatsoever. My friend and I thought it was just me being shy, but I had a gut feeling. Eventually I just said I haven't decided yet because I was afraid to be honest and say no. The guy also talked about killing himself. (Example: When my friend gave the guy a dare, before he could even say anything the guy said "Kill myself? Okay.") My friend and I were confused when the guy even claimed to have shot himself two times. Some woman that I think was his mother came from behind us and started screaming at the man and pulled him away. A few hours later my other friend's older brother came over and when it was time to go home I decided to tell my parents. The second I started telling my dad about it my friends and the brother immediately all started telling all the details. I had to show mom where my friend lives incase I go there without asking, then we drove to the police station. The building was closed so we called. Some man that wasn't even wearing a shirt holding a bag of food came running to the car. I was horrified and started tearing up because I thought he was tryna do something bad but he offered us some gross looking cookie and we both said no. My mom managed to contact the police about what happened at the school and a police officer came driving to the house to talk to me. Everything went well and it took me a bit to warm up to the officer.
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2023.05.28 04:55 brokesurferchick is it normal to feel scared about graduating?

i’m graduating high school on friday. i feel so unbelievably scared, and cry at the word graduating. i’ve done well in high school: honor roll, student of the year, 4.0gpa, AP classes, dual enrollment, the works. i also have made great friends, and kept a close bond with a few of my teachers. i have always valued school more than anything else in my life, and can’t imagine a world without it. i’m going to a somewhat-local university in the fall, uc berkeley, but plan to still live at home for my first year, since it’s only about a 30-40 minute drive from me. i know i will only actually have a few months off of being in school, but it still feels like school is over for the rest of my life, or at least the kind of school i know and love. i’m not excited for college whatsoever, and can’t even figure out what i want to do. i’m declared as a neuroscience major, but i’m thinking about switching to english, as my heart has always been in reading and writing. not much will change for my life, realistically, but it feels like EVERYTHING is changing. i’m scared to miss my teachers, my classes, the admin, all of it. i honestly didn’t even have the “best” high school experience, and spent a lot of days hating it, so it’s weird that i feel so sad, but i do. does it get better? i want to be excited for graduation, but i’m just not. none of my friends feel the same as me, whatsoever. EVERYONE seems so beyond excited. what am i doing wrong? senior year has been so fun and i’m not ready for it to be over. i feel like myself at school, and close with everything. i don’t know how to move on or what to do. does anyone else feel this way? i’ve been extremely depressed and anxious over this for the last few months, but ESPECIALLY now.
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2023.05.28 04:49 moe_master The world longest joke (Pt 2)

I told you that you'd heal quickly now."
"Yeah, well, still," said Jack, "it's the principle of the thing. And nobody likes being bitten in the butt! Couldn't you have gotten my calf or something instead?"
"More meat in the typical human butt," replied Nate. "And less chance you accidentally kick me or move at the last second."
"Yeah, right. So, tell me all of these wonderful secrets that I now qualify to hear," answered Jack.
"Ok," said Nate. "Do you want to ask questions first, or do you want me to just start talking?"
"Just talk," said Jack. "I'll sit here and try to not think about food."
"We could go try to rustle up some food for you first, if you like," answered Nate.
"Hey! You didn't tell me you had food around here, Nate!" Jack jumped up. "What do we have? Am I in walking distance to town? Or can you magically whip up food along with your other powers?" Jack was almost shouting with excitement. His stomach had been growling for hours.
"I was thinking more like I could flush something out of its hole and bite it for you, and you could skin it and eat it. Assuming you have a knife, that is," replied Nate, with the grin that Jack was starting to get used to.
"Ugh," said Jack, sitting back down. "I think I'll pass. I can last a little longer before I get desperate enough to eat desert rat, or whatever else it is you find out here. And there's nothing to burn - I'd have to eat it raw. No thanks. Just talk."
"Ok," replied Nate, still grinning. "But I'd better hurry, before you start looking at me as food.
Nate reared back a little, looked around for a second, and then continued. "You, Jack, are sitting in the middle of the Garden of Eden."
Jack looked around at the sand and dunes and then looked back at Nate sceptically.
"Well, that's the best I can figure it, anyway, Jack," said Nate. "Stand up and look at the symbol on the rock here." Nate gestured around the dark stone they were both sitting on with his nose.
Jack stood up and looked. Carved into the stone in a bas-relief was a representation of a large tree. The angled-pole that Nate was wrapped around was coming out of the trunk of the tree, right below where the main branches left the trunk to reach out across the stone. It was very well done - it looked more like a tree had been reduced to almost two dimensions and embedded in the stone than it did like a carving.
Jack walked around and looked at the details in the fading light of the setting sun. He wished he'd looked at it while the sun was higher in the sky.
Wait! The sun was setting! That meant he was going to have to spend another night out here! Arrrgh!
Jack looked out across the desert for a little bit, and then came back and stood next to Nate. "In all the excitement, I almost forgot, Nate," said Jack. "Which way is it back to town? And how far? I'm eventually going to have to head back - I'm not sure I'll be able to survive by eating raw desert critters for long. And even if I can, I'm not sure I'll want to."
"It's about 30 miles that way." Nate pointed, with the rattle on his tail this time. As far as Jack could tell, it was a direction at right angles to the way he'd been going when he was crawling here. "But that's 30 miles by the way the crow flies. It's about 40 by the way a man walks. You should be able to do it in about half a day with your improved endurance, if you head out early tomorrow, Jack."
Jack looked out the way the snake had pointed for a few seconds more, and then sat back down. It was getting dark. Not much he could do about heading out right now. And besides, Nate was just about to get to the interesting stuff. "Garden of Eden? As best as you can figure it?"
"Well, yeah, as best as I and Samuel could figure it anyway," said Nate. "He figured that the story just got a little mixed up. You know, snake, in a 'tree', offering 'temptations', making bargains. That kind stuff. But he could never quite figure out how the Hebrews found out about this spot from across the ocean. He worried about that for a while."
"Garden of Eden, hunh?" said Jack. "How long have you been here, Nate?"
"No idea, really," replied Nate. "A long time. It never occurred to me to count years, until recently, and by then, of course, it was too late. But I do remember when this whole place was green, so I figure it's been thousands of years, at least."
"So, are you the snake that tempted Eve?" said Jack.
"Beats me," said Nate. "Maybe. I can't remember if the first one of your kind that I talked to was female or not, and I never got a name, but it could have been. And I suppose she could have considered my offer to grant requests a 'temptation', though I've rarely had refusals."
"Well, umm, how did you get here then? And why is that white pole stuck out of the stone there?" asked Jack.
"Dad left me here. Or, I assume it was my dad. It was another snake - much bigger than I was back then. I remember talking to him, but I don't remember if it was in a language, or just kind of understanding what he wanted. But one day, he brought me to this stone, told me about it, and asked me to do something for him. I talked it over with him for a while, then agreed. I've been here ever since.
"What is this place?" said Jack. "And what did he ask you to do?"
"Well, you see this pole here, sticking out of the stone?" Nate loosened his coils around the tilted white pole and showed Jack where it descended into the stone. The pole was tilted at about a 45 degree angle and seemed to enter the stone in an eighteen inch slot cut into the stone. Jack leaned over and looked. The slot was dark and the pole went down into it as far as Jack could see in the dim light. Jack reached out to touch the pole, but Nate was suddenly there in the way.
"You can't touch that yet, Jack," said Nate.
"Why not?" asked Jack.
"I haven't explained it to you yet," replied Nate.
"Well, it kinda looks like a lever or something," said Jack. "You'd push it that way, and it would move in the slot."
"Yep, that's what it is," replied Nate.
"What does it do?" asked Jack. "End the world?"
"Oh, no," said Nate. "Nothing that drastic. It just ends humanity. I call it 'The Lever of Doom'." For the last few words Nate had used a deeper, ringing voice. He tried to look serious for a few seconds, and then gave up and grinned.
Jack was initially startled by Nate's pronouncement, but when Nate grinned Jack laughed. "Ha! You almost had me fooled for a second there. What does it really do?"
"Oh, it really ends humanity, like I said," smirked Nate. "I just thought the voice I used was funny, didn't you?"
Nate continued to grin.
"A lever to end humanity?" asked Jack. "What in the world is that for? Why would anyone need to end humanity?"
"Well," replied Nate, "I get the idea that maybe humanity was an experiment. Or maybe the Big Guy just thought, that if humanity started going really bad, there should be a way to end it. I'm not really sure. All I know are the rules, and the guesses that Samuel and I had about why it's here. I didn't think to ask back when I started here."
"Rules? What rules?" asked Jack.
"The rules are that I can't tell anybody about it or let them touch it unless they agree to be bound to secrecy by a bite. And that only one human can be bound in that way at a time. That's it." explained Nate.
Jack looked somewhat shocked. "You mean that I could pull the lever now? You'd let me end humanity?"
"Yep," replied Nate, "if you want to." Nate looked at Jack carefully. "Do you want to, Jack?"
"Umm, no." said Jack, stepping a little further back from the lever. "Why in the world would anyone want to end humanity? It'd take a psychotic to want that! Or worse, a suicidal psychotic, because it would kill him too, wouldn't it?"
"Yep," replied Nate, "being as he'd be human too."
"Has anyone ever seriously considered it?" asked Jack. "Any of those bound to secrecy, that is?"
"Well, of course, I think they've all seriously considered it at one time or another. Being given that kind of responsibility makes you sit down and think, or so I'm told. Samuel considered it several times. He'd often get disgusted with humanity, come out here, and just hold the lever for a while. But he never pulled it. Or you wouldn't be here." Nate grinned some more.
Jack sat down, well back from the lever. He looked thoughtful and puzzled at the same time. After a bit, he said, "So this makes me the Judge of humanity? I get to decide whether they keep going or just end? Me?"
"That seems to be it," agreed Nate.
"What kind of criteria do I use to decide?" said Jack. "How do I make this decision? Am I supposed to decide if they're good? Or too many of them are bad? Or that they're going the wrong way? Is there a set of rules for that?"
"Nope," replied Nate. "You pretty much just have to decide on your own. It's up to you, however you want to decide it. I guess that you're just supposed to know."
"But what if I get mad at someone? Or some girl dumps me and I feel horrible? Couldn't I make a mistake? How do I know that I won't screw up?" protested Jack.
Nate gave his kind of snake-like shrug again. "You don't. You just have to try your best, Jack."
Jack sat there for a while, staring off into the desert that was rapidly getting dark, chewing on a fingernail.
Suddenly, Jack turned around and looked at the snake. "Nate, was Samuel the one bound to this before me?"
"Yep," replied Nate. "He was a good guy. Talked to me a lot. Taught me to read and brought me books. I think I still have a good pile of them buried in the sand around here somewhere. I still miss him. He died a few months ago."
"Sounds like a good guy," agreed Jack. "How did he handle this, when you first told him. What did he do?"
"Well," said Nate, "he sat down for a while, thought about it for a bit, and then asked me some questions, much like you're doing."
"What did he ask you, if you're allowed to tell me?" asked Jack.
"He asked me about the third request," replied Nate.
"Aha!" It was Jack's turn to grin. "And what did you tell him?"
"I told him the rules for the third request. That to get the third request you have to agree to this whole thing. That if it ever comes to the point that you really think that humanity should be ended, that you'll come here and end it. You won't avoid it, and you won't wimp out." Nate looked serious again. "And you'll be bound to do it too, Jack."
"Hmmm." Jack looked back out into the darkness for a while.
Nate watched him, waiting.
"Nate," continued Jack, quietly, eventually. "What did Samuel ask for with his third request?"
Nate sounded like he was grinning again as he replied, also quietly, "Wisdom, Jack. He asked for wisdom. As much as I could give him."
"Ok," said Jack, suddenly, standing up and facing away from Nate, "give it to me.
Nate looked at Jack's backside. "Give you what, Jack?"
"Give me that wisdom. The same stuff that Samuel asked for. If it helped him, maybe it'll help me too." Jack turned his head to look back over his shoulder at Nate. "It did help him, right?"
"He said it did," replied Nate. "But he seemed a little quieter afterward. Like he had a lot to think about."
"Well, yeah, I can see that," said Jack. "So, give it to me." Jack turned to face away from Nate again, bent over slightly and tensed up.
Nate watched Jack tense up with a little exasperation. If he bit Jack now, Jack would likely jump out of his skin and maybe hurt them both.
"You remember that you'll be bound to destroy humanity if it ever looks like it needs it, right Jack?" asked Nate, shifting position.
"Yeah, yeah, I got that," replied Jack, eyes squeezed tightly shut and body tense, not noticing the change in direction of Nate's voice.
"And," continued Nate, from his new position, "do you remember that you'll turn bright purple, and grow big horns and extra eyes?"
"Yeah, yeah...Hey, wait a minute!" said Jack, opening his eyes, straightening up and turning around. "Purple?!" He didn't see Nate there. With the moonlight Jack could see that the lever extended up from its slot in the rock without the snake wrapped around it.
Jack heard, from behind him, Nate's "Just Kidding!" right before he felt the now familiar piercing pain, this time in the other buttock.
Jack sat on the edge of the dark stone in the rapidly cooling air, his feet extending out into the sand. He stared out into the darkness, listening to the wind stir the sand, occasionally rubbing his butt where he'd been recently bitten.
Nate had left for a little while, had come back with a desert-rodent-shaped bulge somewhere in his middle, and was now wrapped back around the lever, his tongue flicking out into the desert night's air the only sign that he was still awake.
Occasionally Jack, with his toes absentmindedly digging in the sand while he thought, would ask Nate a question without turning around.
"Nate, do accidents count?"
Nate lifted his head a little bit. "What do you mean, Jack?"
Jack tilted his head back like he was looking at the stars. "You know, accidents. If I accidentally fall on the lever, without meaning to, does that still wipe out humanity?"
"Yeah, I'm pretty sure it does, Jack. I'd suggest you be careful about that if you start feeling wobbly," said Nate with some amusement.
A little later - "Does it have to be me that pulls the lever?" asked Jack.
"That's the rule, Jack. Nobody else can pull it," answered Nate.
"No," Jack shook his head, "I meant does it have to be my hand? Could I pull the lever with a rope tied around it? Or push it with a stick? Or throw a rock?"
"Yes, those should work," replied Nate. "Though I'm not sure how complicated you could get. Samuel thought about trying to build some kind of remote control for it once, but gave it up. Everything he'd build would be gone by the next sunrise, if it was touching the stone, or over it. I told him that in the past others that had been bound had tried to bury the lever so they wouldn't be tempted to pull it, but every time the stones or sand or whatever had disappeared."
"Wow," said Jack, "Cool." Jack leaned back until only his elbows kept him off of the stone and looked up into the sky.
"Nate, how long did Samuel live? One of his wishes was for health too, right?" asked Jack.
"Yes," replied Nate, "it was. He lived 167 years, Jack."
"Wow, 167 years. That's almost 140 more years I'll live if I live as long. Do you know what he died of, Nate?"
"He died of getting tired of living, Jack," Nate said, sounding somewhat sad.
Jack turned his head to look at Nate in the starlight.
Nate looked back. "Samuel knew he wasn't going to be able to stay in society. He figured that they'd eventually see him still alive and start questioning it, so he decided that he'd have to disappear after a while. He faked his death once, but changed his mind - he decided it was too early and he could stay for a little longer. He wasn't very fond of mankind, but he liked the attention. Most of the time, anyway.
"His daughter and then his wife dying almost did him in though. He didn't stay in society much longer after that. He eventually came out here to spend time talking to me and thinking about pulling the lever. A few months ago he told me he'd had enough. It was his time."
"And then he just died?" asked Jack.
Nate shook his head a little. "He made his fourth request, Jack. There's only one thing you can ask for the fourth request. The last bite.
After a bit Nate continued, "He told me that he was tired, that it was his time. He reassured me that someone new would show up soon, like they always had.
After another pause, Nate finished, "Samuel's body disappeared off the stone with the sunrise."
Jack lay back down and looked at the sky, leaving Nate alone with his memories. It was a long time until Jack's breathing evened out into sleep.
Jack woke with the sunrise the next morning. He was a little chilled with the morning desert air, but overall was feeling pretty good. Well, except that his stomach was grumbling and he wasn't willing to eat raw desert rat.
So, after getting directions to town from Nate, making sure he knew how to get back, and reassuring Nate that he'd be back soon, Jack started the long walk back to town. With his new health and Nate's good directions, he made it back easily.
Jack caught a bus back to the city, and showed up for work the next day, little worse for the wear and with a story about getting lost in the desert and walking back out. Within a couple of days Jack had talked a friend with a tow truck into going back out into the desert with him to fetch the SUV. They found it after a couple of hours of searching and towed it back without incident. Jack was careful not to even look in the direction of Nate's lever, though their path back didn't come within sight of it.
Before the next weekend, Jack had gone to a couple of stores, including a book store, and had gotten his SUV back from the mechanic, with a warning to avoid any more joyriding in the desert. On Saturday, Jack headed back to see Nate.
Jack parked a little way out of the small town near Nate, loaded up his new backpack with camping gear and the things he was bringing for Nate, and then started walking. He figured that walking would leave the least trail, and he knew that while not many people camped in the desert, it wasn't unheard of, and shouldn't really raise suspicions.
Jack had brought more books for Nate - recent books, magazines, newspapers. Some things that would catch Nate up with what was happening in the world, others that were just good books to read. He spent the weekend with Nate, and then headed out again, telling Nate that he'd be back again soon, but that he had things to do first.
Over four months later Jack was back to see Nate again. This time he brought a laptop with him - a specially modified laptop. It had a solar recharger, special filters and seals to keep out the sand, a satellite link-up, and a special keyboard and joystick that Jack hoped that a fifteen-foot rattlesnake would be able to use. And, it had been hacked to not give out its location to the satellite.
After that Jack could e-mail Nate to keep in touch, but still visited him fairly regularly - at least once or twice a year.
After the first year, Jack quit his job. For some reason, with the wisdom he'd been given, and the knowledge that he could live for over 150 years, working in a nine to five job for someone else didn't seem that worthwhile any more. Jack went back to school.
Eventually, Jack started writing. Perhaps because of the wisdom, or perhaps because of his new perspective, he wrote well. People liked what he wrote, and he became well known for it. After a time, Jack bought an RV and started traveling around the country for book signings and readings.
But, he still remembered to drop by and visit Nate occasionally.
On one of the visits Nate seemed quieter than usual. Not that Nate had been a fountain of joy lately. Jack's best guess was that Nate was still missing Samuel, and though Jack had tried, he still hadn't been able to replace Samuel in Nate's eyes. Nate had been getting quieter each visit. But on this visit Nate didn't even speak when Jack walked up to the lever. He nodded at Jack, and then went back to staring into the desert. Jack, respecting Nate's silence, sat down and waited.
After a few minutes, Nate spoke. "Jack, I have someone to introduce you to."
Jack looked surprised. "Someone to introduce me to?" Jack looked around, and then looked carefully back at Nate. "This something to do with the Big Guy?
"No, no," replied Nate. "This is more personal. I want you to meet my son." Nate looked over at the nearest sand dune. "Sammy!"
Jack watched as a four foot long desert rattlesnake crawled from behind the dune and up to the stone base of the lever.
"Yo, Jack," said the new, much smaller snake.
"Yo, Sammy" replied Jack. Jack looked at Nate. "Named after Samuel, I assume?"
Nate nodded. "Jack, I've got a favor to ask you. Could you show Sammy around for me?" Nate unwrapped himself from the lever and slithered over to the edge of the stone and looked across the sands. "When Samuel first told me about the world, and brought me books and pictures, I wished that I could go see it. I wanted to see the great forests, the canyons, the cities, even the other deserts, to see if they felt and smelled the same. I want my son to have that chance - to see the world. Before he becomes bound here like I have been.
"He's seen it in pictures, over the computer that you brought me. But I hear that it's not the same. That being there is different. I want him to have that. Think you can do that for me, Jack?"
Jack nodded. This was obviously very important to Nate, so Jack didn't even joke about taking a talking rattlesnake out to see the world. "Yeah, I can do that for you, Nate. Is that all you need?" Jack could sense that was something more.
Nate looked at Sammy. Sammy looked back at Nate for a second and then said, "Oh, yeah. Ummm, I've gotta go pack. Back in a little bit Jack. Nice to meet ya!" Sammy slithered back over the dune and out of sight.
Nate watched Sammy disappear and then looked back at Jack. "Jack, this is my first son. My first offspring through all the years. You don't even want to know what it took for me to find a mate." Nate grinned to himself. "But anyway, I had a son for a reason. I'm tired. I'm ready for it to be over. I needed a replacement."
Jack considered this for a minute. "So, you're ready to come see the world, and you wanted him to watch the lever while you were gone?"
Nate shook his head. "No, Jack - you're a better guesser than that. You've already figured out - I'm bound here - there's only one way for me to leave here. And I'm ready. It's my time to die."
Jack looked more closely at Nate. He could tell Nate had thought about this - probably for quite a while. Jack had trouble imagining what it would be like to be as old as Nate, but Jack could already tell that in another hundred or two hundred years, he might be getting tired of life himself. Jack could understand Samuel's decision, and now Nate's. So, all Jack said was, "What do you want me to do?"
Nate nodded. "Thanks, Jack. I only want two things. One - show Sammy around the world - let him get his fill of it, until he's ready to come back here and take over. Two - give me the fourth request.
"I can't just decide to die, not any more than you can. I won't even die of old age like you eventually will, even though it'll be a long time from now. I need to be killed. Once Sammy is back here, ready to take over, I'll be able to die. And I need you to kill me.
"I've even thought about how. Poisons and other drugs won't work on me. And I've seen pictures of snakes that were shot - some of them live for days, so that's out too. So, I want you to bring back a sword.
Nate turned away to look back to the dune that Sammy had gone behind. "I'd say an axe, but that's somewhat undignified - putting my head on the ground or a chopping block like that. No, I like a sword. A time-honored way of going out. A dignified way to die. And, most importantly, it should work, even on me.
"You willing to do that for me, Jack?" Nate turned back to look at Jack.
"Yeah, Nate," replied Jack solemnly, "I think I can handle that."
Nate nodded. "Good!" He turned back toward the dune and shouted, "Sammy! Jack's about ready to leave!" Then quietly, "Thanks, Jack."
Jack didn't have anything to say to that, so he waited for Sammy to make it back to the lever, nodded to him, nodded a final time to Nate, and then headed into the desert with Sammy following.
Over the next several years Sammy and Jack kept in touch with Nate through e-mail as they went about their adventures. They made a goal of visiting every country in the world, and did a respectable job of it. Sammy had a natural gift for languages, as Jack expected he would, and even ended up acting as a translator for Jack in a few of the countries. Jack managed to keep the talking rattlesnake hidden, even so, and by the time they were nearing the end of their tour of countries, Sammy had only been spotted a few times. While there were several people that had seen enough to startle them greatly, nobody had enough evidence to prove anything, and while a few wild rumors and stories followed Jack and Sammy around, nothing ever hit the newspapers or the public in general.
When they finished the tour of countries, Jack suggested that they try some undersea diving. They did. And spelunking. They did that too. Sammy finally drew the line at visiting Antarctica. He'd come to realize that Jack was stalling. After talking to his Dad about it over e-mail, he figured out that Jack probably didn't want to have to kill Nate. Nate told Sammy that humans could be squeamish about killing friends and acquaintances.
So, Sammy eventually put his tail down (as he didn't have a foot) and told Jack that it was time - he was ready to go back and take up his duties from his dad. Jack, delayed it a little more by insisting that they go back to Japan and buy an appropriate sword. He even stretched it a little more by getting lessons in how to use the sword. But, eventually, he'd learned as much as he was likely to without dedicating his life to it, and was definitely competent enough to take the head off of a snake. It was time to head back and see Nate.
When they got back to the US, Jack got the old RV out of storage where he and Sammy had left it after their tour of the fifty states, he loaded up Sammy and the sword, and they headed for the desert.
When they got to the small town that Jack had been trying to find those years ago when he'd met Nate, Jack was in a funk. He didn't really feel like walking all of the way out there. Not only that, but he'd forgotten to figure the travel time correctly, and it was late afternoon. They'd either have to spend the night in town and walk out tomorrow, or walk in the dark.
As Jack was afraid that if he waited one more night he might lose his resolve, he decided that he'd go ahead and drive the RV out there. It was only going to be this once, and Jack would go back and cover the tracks afterward. They ought to be able to make it out there by nightfall if they drove, and then they could get it over tonight.
Jack told Sammy to e-mail Nate that they were coming as he drove out of sight of the town on the road. They then pulled off the road and headed out into the desert.
Everything went well, until they got to the sand dunes. Jack had been nursing the RV along the whole time, over the rocks, through the creek beds, revving the engine the few times they almost got stuck. When they came to the dunes, Jack didn't really think about it, he just downshifted and headed up the first one. By the third dune, Jack started to regret that he'd decided to try driving on the sand. The RV was fishtailling and losing traction. Jack was having to work it up each dune slowly and was trying to keep from losing control each time they came over the top and slid down the other side. Sammy had come up to sit in the passenger seat, coiled up and laughing at Jack's driving.
As they came over the top of the fourth dune, the biggest one yet, Jack saw that this was the final dune - the stone, the lever, and somewhere Nate, waited below. Jack put on the brakes, but he'd gone a little too far. The RV started slipping down the other side.
Jack tried turning the wheel, but he didn't have enough traction. He pumped the brakes - no response. They started sliding down the hill, faster and faster.
Jack felt a shock go through him as he suddenly realized that they were heading for the lever. He looked down - the RV was directly on course for it. If Jack didn't do something, the RV would hit it. He was about to end humanity.
Jack steered more frantically, trying to get traction. It still wasn't working. The dune was too steep, and the sand too loose. In a split second, Jack realized that his only chance would be once he hit the stone around the lever - he should have traction on the stone for just a second before he hit the lever - he wouldn't have time to stop, but he should be able to steer away.
Jack took a better grip on the steering wheel and tried to turn the RV a little bit - every little bit would help. He'd have to time his turn just right.
The RV got to the bottom of the dune, sliding at an amazing speed in the sand. Just before they reached the stone Jack looked across it to check that they were still heading for the lever. They were. But Jack noticed something else that he hadn't seen from the top of the dune. Nate wasn't wrapped around the lever. He was off to the side of the lever, but still on the stone, waiting for them. The problem was, he was waiting on the same side of the lever that Jack had picked to steer towards to avoid the lever. The RV was already starting to drift that way a little in its mad rush across the sand and there was no way that Jack was going to be able to go around the lever to the other side.
Jack had an instant of realization. He was either going to have to hit the lever, or run over Nate. He glanced over at Sammy and saw that Sammy realized the same thing.
Jack took a firmer grip on the steering wheel as the RV ran up on the stone. Shouting to Sammy as he pulled the steering wheel, "Better Nate than lever!", he ran over the snake.
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2023.05.28 04:45 Clothes_Any I feel emotionally drained in my relationship, even though my partner treats me well.

I (18F) have been with my partner (24M) for about a year now. We're not officially dating yet because I told him I wasn't ready yet. I told him I wanted to wait until I get into college and get my life sorted before entering in a serious relationship, and he respects it and is willing to wait. But we still see each other and go out pretty often.
What we have seems picture-perfect. He's kind and understanding, takes me on dates often, always pays for our meals, buys me gifts frequently, he's never been controlling, nor has he restricted me in anything ever. He doesn't get jealous or possessive either, and he's communicates everything maturely. He lives a couple cities away because of work, but once a month on his day off, he takes the time to come here and takes me out to lunch or coffee. I told him he doesn't have to spend so much driving back and forth every month, but he simply told me that I was his source of energy after a long day's work, and just being able to see me and spoil me like this is enough to keep him happy.
We may not have the best chemistry in the world, but we share the same views, same faith, same values, which I know is ultimately what counts. Personality wise, he's a little on the quiet side and he's not so much of a talker, but his actions and efforts are enough to show he really loves me.
I'm tearing up a little out of guilt just by writing this. He's my first love and first relationship I've been in. I don't want to hurt him, but I don't know how to navigate what I'm feeling.
I can't pinpoint anything that's wrong with the relationship but I feel so tired and drained from it. Again, it's not like he's overbearing or expecting too much of me in any way. Quite the contrary actually, he gives me plenty of space and respects it.
This isn't just happening now-- it's a feeling that's surfaced multiple times before, but I've always been told to ignore it because it's apparently normal after any honeymoon phase.
But I don't have the experience to tell if this is normal or if it's starting to become unhealthy for me.
I've tried my best to maintain my relationship. I never pick fights, and I respect his space and freedom as much as he respects mine, and by nature, I'm not the type who requires a lot of attention.
Even with all that, I'm losing focus and motivation for school, I've been distancing myself from my friends. I'm having appetite problems, and just an overall loss of energy with everyday life. Each day feels shorter, and sometimes I struggle to even get out of bed. I don't feel like the same person I was before, and I don't know if the reason is tied to the relationship or maybe it's something external.
It could also be because my mom seems to disapprove of us being together because of his middle class status. It baffles me because the rest of my family loves him.
She's tolerant of the both of us, but behind closed doors, I'm always plagued with comments like "you can do so much better". As repulsed I am by it, maybe I've started to internalize it unwillingly.
Another reason could be that I'm having trouble opening up to him. I know communication is a big aspect of any relationship, and I know we're both mature enough to talk through any problem. We've done it multiple times before, but sometimes I don't feel secure expressing myself with him.
He's the kind of person that whenever he's upset, he gets quiet and processes it on his own instead of causing an argument. He's not one for confrontation.
I've always loved this about him and how peaceful he was as a partner, but sometimes it upsets me how he always seems to pull away and then comes back like nothing happened.
Everytime I try to open up and have deep, difficult conversations, he starts to get upset halfway through and then pulls himself away to regain composure. He tells me I overthink things to an unhealthy extent and stops me when he feels like I'm getting too deep into it.
I get that he's probably coming from a place of concern, and I don't want to be a burden to him either. But now, I'm just left feeling unheard, and like I can't fully be open with him.
Maybe the reason I'm feeling so drained is a combination of everything I've mentioned. I don't know where to go from here and I don't have an outlet to release any of this.
It breaks my heart because every time I see him, I know that he's longing for us to become official and he's longing for closure, but some internal instinct is preventing me from giving that. And it really hurts.
Sorry if this is really long. I really needed to get it off my chest and I'm hoping to see other people's views on this.
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2023.05.28 04:42 HeadFullOfBees A few 'so bad it's good' suggestions for the Vinegar Syndrome Halfway to Black Friday Sale

I've been buying movies from Vinegar Syndrome for a few years now and I'd just thought I'd share some suggestions from my collection for those of you out there looking for entertainingly bad movies. A few of these don't quite fall in that category, but you might want to check them out anyway.
You know, if you haven't spent enough money already.
These are all older discounted releases and some of them still have the slipcovers available.
Sweet Sugar - This is the movie that got me into Vinegar Syndrome in the first place. They used to play it all the time on USA Up All Night. It's a cheesy Women In Prison film shot in Costa Rica and it was unavailable on home video for decades until VS released it. I have a personal obsession with this movie.
Devil's Story - a totally bonkers French horror movie. I got this when I was a subscriber and knew nothing about it. I watched the whole thing and I STILL know nothing about it.
Orgy of the Dead - If you like naked women, you will hate them by the end of this movie. Written by Ed Wood and featuring an old and drunk Criswell from Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Revenge of the Virgins / Teenage Zombies - this is one of the old DVD drive-in collection releases. Revenge of the Virgins was written by Ed Wood and answers the question what if The Treasure of the Sierra Madre had topless women wearing Halloween store Native American costumes in it? Teenage Zombies is equally terrible but nobody gets naked.
Death Promise - I first saw this movie thanks to the MST3K guys at Rifftrax. It's a very dumb, cheap martial arts revenge movie. Lots of fun.
Tough Guys Don't Dance - This is a weird one for VS and people are probably put off by the cover art that appears to be in the style of a paperback novel, I think? Anyway, this Normal Mailer-directed movie is bad on the level of The Room and I'm amazed it's not more of a cult classic. Be warned, Mailer must have been quite a homophobe judging by some of the language.
Alien Private Eye - I learned about this one thanks to the Red Letter Media guys on YouTube. Check out their video on it. It's basically The Maltese Falcon but stupid.
Reform School Girls - this is kind of a cheat because the movie is sort of a satire of women in prison movies. I wouldn't say that it's an outright parody, but it's close. Hugely entertaining.
And lastly, even though it's not a Vinegar Syndrome release, I have to mention Bat Pussy. Just buy it. You won't be sorry. Actually, you will.
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2023.05.28 04:35 Narrow_Coyote8899 Can I say that I’m Indigenous?

My grandfather was Indigenous (making me about 1/4 indigenous so I do have government status) but I didn’t grow up with any culture. My grandfathers parents moved off the rez before they had him and essentially pretended to be white people. This was to avoid residential schools but also it seems like there was of a lot of internalized shame about their Indigeneity. They moved off the rez with a group of people and apparently when people from the rez came up to visit, my great grandparents made my grandfather hide in the house because “the Indians were coming”. He was really taught to be ashamed of his culture and I don’t think he ever really knew much about his culture - I never got to talk to him much about it because he had Alzheimer’s by the time I was even realizing that he was indigenous and wanted to know more about it. This shame was passed down to my mom as well and as a result all I was told was that I was Indian and not to tell anyone - I was so confused by this as a kid because to me and Indian was a person from India and I am extremely white presenting.
For the last 5 years I’ve been very interested in learning about this part of me. I did most of my undergraduate and graduate research projects on Indigenous topics, I started going to the Indigenous student centre and made a l lot of friends, I’ve taken almost every opportunity I can to participate in ceremonies and other cultural activities like a drum circle, and read a ton of Indigenous literature.
I always feel uncertain about saying “I am Indigenous”. I’m very thankful for all the teachings I’ve received but my Grandfather was Abenaki (a very small nation) that is about a 7 hour drive away from where I currently live so, I’ve never actually had Abenaki teachings (mostly Anishnabee and Haudenoshaunee because that’s the territory I live on). I’ve been to visit but I don’t really know how to connect with them because it’s so far and they speak French (I do not).
I’m also not really interested in the other parts of my background. My father and I are estranged due to him being a terrible person so I’m not as interested in learning about that half of me.
Is it appropriate for me to call myself Indigenous and participate in ceremony? I don’t want to overstep any boundaries but I’ve really never felt more accepted than I have in Indigenous space and I really appreciate the spiritual land based nature of Indigenous cultures.
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2023.05.28 04:35 Embarrassed_Tour_337 AITA For wanting my girlfriend to attend my birthday party?

Hi Reddit, i usually don’t go to the Internet for advice, but I am really in a tough spot here and I do not know what to do.
Myself, my friends, and my girlfriend are all in our mid to late 20s. Since The beginning, my girlfriend never liked some of my friends. We just have a different sense of humor. My friends and I do dumb guy shit.
We usually spend our time hanging out in my friends room. We drink beer, play video, games, and reminisce about the good times of high school and middle school and the dumb things we did. Sometimes when my friends get drunk, they can be a bit obnoxious and offensive. The times I brought my girlfriend around, my two friends, Brian and Ethan have said some pretty outrageous things in front of her.
My girlfriend overheard them talking about a girl we went to high school with, and how she “was on everybody” but me
Some mornings, when we are hung over, we go get some fast food and yell funny things out of our car while we are driving , at random strangers. Like our balls smell like fish. we think it’s funny seeing the peoples expressions.
Sometimes my friends will come up to me and pretend to grab my parts. I was telling my girlfriends about that one night, and she just said that it wasn’t funny. I got a little bit offended, Especially when she implies that she is more mature than me And my friends.
My other friend Brian is adopted, and has issues at home, so sometimes he will say very offensive things about the women at his house. He also made an inappropriate joke about him and his sister.
We will put each others toes in our backside, slap it, and make jokes about being with each other’s dads.
One day while we were at the bar, Ethan told my girlfriend a completely false story about how me and Brian had “plans” to sleep with a mutual girl friend in the group. We did not have those plans, and Ethan was just saying anything. Ethan has also said in front of my girlfriend that he is going to sleep with me. “no matter what “whether I like it or not. My girlfriend found this creepy, and I can understand.
My friends and I are very close to each other, so I overshared some details about our bedroom life to them, and her “interests” She found this out, and was completely mortified and angry. She didn’t like the jokes they said about her, and the dumb guy things to talk about.
Next week I have my birthday party, those two friends are going to be there along with a handful of others. She said she feels uncomfortable being around them because she feels like they will just be thinking about her and the things I shouldn’t have over shared. I understand her feelings, but I feel like it’s messed up for your own girlfriends to not be at your birthday celebration. This all happened months ago, and I thought it was over.
Reddit, am I the asshole for expecting my girlfriend show up to my birthday party? I do not know what to do about the situation.
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2023.05.28 04:27 Dedprice77 Am i wrong for telling my gf to cook for herself?

My gf (20F) of 1 year came over to my parents and I (24M). We use to stay in my college apartment where it was just me her and my best friend and things were fine. I cook for her almost every night, to every other night with fast food maybe 1 a week to once every two weeks. As summer just arrived for us, i had to move my stuff back into my parents and my gf would drive 30 minutes out to come see me. My mom is near her 60's and doesnt eat much and its just her, and my dog when im off in school so the fridge isnt filled often with something restrictive to her health diet like yogurt or fruit. My mom use to be a professional private cook before finding her current career in dental, and gets paid more but passed alot of her recipes over to me. So safe to say we both can cook some damn good meals.
Eventually my gf and i were hanging out and she said she was hungry. I told her i would cook later. i was playing a video game. this was around 7pm. It was around 8pm and i told my mom i was going to cook so i didnt wake her with the clanging and banging of pots, spatulas, pantries..etc.. She said dont cook too late because she has to be up early to work, additionally she said if i did cook, leave no dishes so she can make her coffee and work meal before leaving. My mom is very..VERY.. strict and cranky in the morning and would remind someone of a what a demon looked like if you slow her down on her way to work or throw her routine out of order so i agreed. 9pm. rolled and i told GF i didnt want to cook as I didnt want to wake my mom or have to do all the dishes after preparing all the food. normally at my apartment, when i cook, she cleans, and she doesnt have to do it immediately as its just us. But this is my mom's house. so momma's rules. which is clean immediately after cooking. She got upset and said lets go grab fast food. I noticed she was angry and tried telling her, ill just cook. she proceeded to tell me no while raising her my moms house. so i just said "ok ok" and shoved her out the house so she didnt wake my mom. it doesnt matter how angry you get. wake my mom when shes trying to sleep and i swear you will see what hell is like. We got food and she apologized for being cranky and everything was fine, but she did the same thing the next night at 2pm.
I took her to walmart, was tired of her being so rude and mean to me, and bought groceries, and things a 12 year old could make. specifically a oven baked pizza. She ate half of that and I made spaghetti old fashioned, a few hours later. She left this morning to go spend time with her own family, but we got into it when i tried talking to her about how she treated me. She didnt understand that she was being immature or unreasonable. It didnt matter that she could cook for herself or go get food by herself. Her whole point and reason for treating me like s**t is because apparently, i lied, about cooking for her, and she wouldnt feel comfortable making her own food in my moms house, despite my mom saying shes fine to dive into the fridge if shes hungry. She said things to me like "are you dumb?" told me to shut up, and other things in this conversation. So i was rude back. probably more rude then i needed to be. called her immature. self centered. a bitch. just to get the point across of how she was making me feel. She apologized for "being a d*ck" but still feels justified in all of it. trying to tell me how important her eating is. I told her i didnt want to see her again until she could apologize without having excuses or reasons for the way she treated me on top of never treating me like that again. Am i wrong here?
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2023.05.28 04:24 r_I_reddit The Place needs help for the food insecure

Dear OP,
Can you believe summer break is already here?
For the next couple of months, most kids will spend their summer break swimming at the pool, attending camp, riding bikes, sleeping in... you know, just being kids! Most kids look forward to a fun-filled season of kicking back and having fun. Unfortunately, this summer might not be as much fun for most other kids in our community.
Once school is out for summer break, 16% of low-income children in Forsyth and 46% of Dawson lose access to breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals available at school during the year.
With your help, we can help these children and their families have food this summer. This summer, we are providing additional free meals and snacks to any of the 9,100 children in our community who might otherwise go hungry.
Can you or your group of friends/coworkers commit to supporting our summer feeding initiative in any of these ways?
Donate Money to the food pantry so we can purchase food in bulk
Purchase food from our Amazon shopping list
Sign-Up to host a food drive
With your help, we can make a difference this summer.
Cristy Ferencie
President & CEO
ps - To contact our Outreach Team, email us at [email protected].
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2023.05.28 04:24 hashtagjlove Parents' probate is taking way too long and I'm getting frustrated

I just need some confirmation or maybe some relatable anecdotes about a pretty sad situation I'm dealing with because it's causing me major anxiety and I have no idea how to approach it and idk maybe I just need to vent and idk a more appropriate place for this post. I tried the AITA subreddit but it kept deleting my post.
So to set the stage; 2021 was an awful year for my family. Shortly before the pandemic my father was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth from his lifelong dipping tobacco habit. He was going through that while the pandemic took hold and not long into it my stepmother began to lose balance a lot and would fall and not be able to get back up frequently. My dad underwent treatment and went into remission very briefly before having to go back for a skin graft while my stepmom would slowly become wheelchair bound. Then in March of 2021 my dad went to the hospital for shortness of breath. The doctors put him into a medically induced coma to run tests, and the next day my stepmom had to go to the hospital for major stomach pain (bowel obstruction from the wheelchair). I lived in FL at the time, they lived in TX. I flew out and found that my dad had a mess of chest/heart/lung complications related to his cancer and the only options were hospice or numerous surgeries for a very long shot with lots of suffering so me, my stepsister, brother in law and her children all had to go to my stepmom's room across town and first explain the situation to her which crushed us, then she and I had to sit down and make the decision to let him go into hospice peacefully and we managed to get her to his hospital to say goodbye and I flew out shortly after. I flew back into town for my dad's funeral, my mom was now starting to lose her voice and upper body strength. I fly home, a few weeks later mom is back in the hospital and I get the call from my sister who also told me one of her sons had passed shortly after she went in and I got to fly in to town to see mom and we had to tell her as a family about my nephew which was heartbreaking. Another month goes by, we finally get mom's diagnosis: ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). By this time she has to be on a respirator and I'm flying into Texas every few weeks to visit her but she eventually became unresponsive in September and we had to let her pass, too, and to cap it off it happened on my dad's birthday. I flew back shortly after to scatter her ashes on the beach (which she made sure all of us knew she wanted before she lost her voice, she didn't want us to not know like we went through with dad). So to recap, Dad passes in March, nephew passes in June, Mom passes in September. I lost my parents and a nephew inside of six months. My biological mother is still alive and I've become a little worrisome about her now but still it was the hardest year of my life.

After the worst year our family ever experienced I just wanted some time to process it all and grieve and I'm glad to say I'm at a point where I'll catch a glimpse of something that reminds me of them and I'll just think of whatever memory is attached to it for a minute and smile, though the anniversaries are still hard. Thank you for sticking with me so far. So during that time the process of probate was going on but I didn't much care about that, I just wanted to grieve and see my other nephew get married last year which was beautiful but..

It's almost two years now since mom passed away. She named my brother in law as the executor of her will. I think he was the best choice bc he would be the one to get things done and stand up to my stepbrother who was kind of the black sheep of the family (long story) but still thinks he should have been the executor. He's started a few fights over it. Anyway, about a year ago I had managed to move past the grieving process and it felt like my sister and BIL had, too. We've grown a lot closer over this time so I didn't want to ask about probate besides keeping up with how my parents' house is holding up (and retrieving a wooden chest I had made in high school that mom cherished and my dad's ring that my mom left to me) because I trust them. I also feel like asking about money after someone has passed is in poor taste.. but like I said we're almost two years past that now.

My mom left me, my stepsister and brother in law equal portions of her estate after the specific things like furniture, jewelry etc, and a small portion to my stepbrother. I haven't heard anything about that and until recently I was content to let it be bc I wasn't the only one that had a really hard time with so much loss so suddenly but the house hasn't even been listed for sale. I've tried asking what's going on with it, it seems there's a plumbing issue that needs to be addressed but the house is an hour and a half from their house so scheduling is hard. I get it but... stepsis doesn't work. She has health issues that slow her down but nothing that stops her from taking a day to go to the house to meet a plumber. Mom left her car to her so she definitely has her own transportation and she can do exactly what she does at home.. at mom and dad's house. She smokes cigarettes and does puzzles on her porch. She can bring her dogs for company. I don't understand how this plumbing issue has held things up for at least two months. I've tried suggesting ways to have someone meet the plumber and alert her so she can drive to the house (neighbor, friends, someone from the law office). The last option kind of put a little unwanted intrusive thought into my head, though. When I suggested just having someone from the law office as a throwaway bc I'm getting a little frustrated my sister told me "Oh, the lawyer's job was done a long time ago."

What does that mean? Sister had to let me go before I could ask, claiming she had to go to the doctor for a possible infection (which is was but she's fine now). I haven't called since then because I'm more than a little frustrated after that last conversation. I'm assuming it means all my parents' debts have been paid, all insurance policies have been collected, savings/retirement accounts have been consolidated etc. The only thing that appears to be left is the house. That's a monthly mortgage payment, insurance, possibly utilities and probably the car. I'm not going to lie, I have thought about what I might do with my inheritance. Nothing concrete but I've considered using it for a house or to get some training to switch careers and I'm in no immediate rush to get it but my main issue is how in the dark I feel. Stepsis and brother in law have since bought their first house and have done extensive renovations to it. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt bc BIL had been promoted at work shortly before everything happened and they were looking at houses.. but I'm not unconvinced their budget didn't get bigger? Like I don't think they're spending my portion of the inheritance... but it's a bad look isn't it? They're the only family I have left on my dad/stepmom's side and I don't want to cause tension with accusations but I don't even know how much the estate was. I'm still paying off the flights, rental car and hotel bills from all the trips to Texas. I have severe PTSD and chronic anxiety diagnoses and piling this on top has been keeping me up at night for a year now. WIBTA if I called the probate lawyer and asked to see all the statements? Is this normal?
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2023.05.28 04:16 _Yaht 1 year since brain surgery - 2nd and 3rd pic show stitches post surgery

1 year since brain surgery - 2nd and 3rd pic show stitches post surgery
Today marks 1 year since I had brain surgery for epilepsy. I ended up getting a left temporal lobectomy due to my seizure frequency and medication issues. I recovered from the surgery much faster and a lot better than was expected, was told it would be possible I wouldn’t be able to walk for a month and was able to the next day. Since then I have had 3 seizures. The first one I had was about 7 months since surgery so was able to drive for a month. I then had 2 more on one day about 3 months ago. I was only able to take 300mg out of my 325mg normal dosage for about a day and that is the supposed cause for that one also. All in all I have recovered from this more than expected and have also had to basically now restart schooling. Applied for doctor of pharmacy about a month after surgery and will be in school another 5 years which I never thought would be possible. If anyone else has had similar issues and the doctor recommended that for you as the best option I would say it is a good idea. Was nervous going in but am very glad I went for it
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2023.05.28 04:11 Sad_Move8182 Adopted but want distance from Adopted Nmom

You guys I’m at a draw here. This is gonna be a long one but I’ll shorten my story up. I need some advise. So I was adopted as a child at 10 from a diff country. I have no blood relatives not even cousins. My birth mom was raised in an orphanage and both my birth parents were an only child. I’m the last of my name. When I was adopted it was like a dream but I didn’t realize as a child the abuse I went through. Emotional abuse and mind torture. I couldn’t even think without worrying she would know what I’m thinking.
She would have my social media logged in on her phone. A few times she replied to people acting like she was me. She deleted a post I made on instagram because she didn’t like it and didn’t think I should post that. She checked my phone every night almost everyday after school, would print my texts out and show them to me. She forced me once to break up with a bf I had in high school on speaker phone and told all teachers (she was pta president) to make sure I wasn’t around him. She would drive by wherever I was and make sure I was actually there. Read my Snapchat, text, Facebook, kik messages. My photos literally everything. I had no door in my room for a year. I was sxx abused by a member of her family when she found out she punished me by grounding me for 6-8 months and sent me to a mental institution claiming I ruined her family and now her relationship is weird because of me. Forced me to see these people who abused me every holiday and after many times telling her I was uncomfortable she would still invite them and say she didn’t know why I felt this way. Took me a long time to really see the issues we had. I’m never right, she’s always saying negative stuff, she has this uncomfortable energy that feels like she’s always mad at me for no reason. We argued when I was growing up she wouldn’t want me to ever ask or talk about my birth family. She always forced me to clean and clean and clean. Recently Mother’s Day I went to spend with my husbands family and it wasn’t planned like that in the beginning of day and I had told her earlier I had other plans to spend with my son and husband. We came to his family’s home and hung out for a bit before continuing our original plans, this woman drove by their house! And had my sister ask if I still have the same car. I called her and told her we were coming to see her and she said she’s not home they’re “driving around looking at houses just to get out of the house”. She was clearly spying on me to see if I’m lying. She would never admit so. She has given my husband the same gift twice that he does not like and she does not bother to get to know him. (He does not like her as he knows how she is). If I tell her the issues she just says she’s “walking on eggshells” around me and I’m always “mad” at her. Then it turns to that I don’t love her family or love her that I’m selfish (something she ALWAYS said) I only care about myself and not her feeling. So the question that I have for you guys is when do you know that it’s time to finally cut the chord? I’m adopted so it’s my only family so I feel drawn to keep this relationship having a lack of family for 10 years but also this stuff is just piling on and on and everything is always about her. I moved and she didn’t come see us for more than a month (1hr away) didn’t ask how the move went or how the place looks my dad came and helped us with the move tho. Then she texts me pictures of stuff she’s doing too her house or the issues she’s having currently rather than how things are with me. I’m not sure how to continue this my hubbys family is like my family but I feel like since I’m adopted I have to keep this relationship and am having a hard time cutting the string between her and I. What do I do in this case? I’m so lost
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2023.05.28 04:03 MadaraUchlha7 What can I do to increase my chances of becoming wealthy as someone who came from poverty?

23M. Basically I grew up dirt poor and had immigrant parents. I performed really well in school and just went to my local cheap state school. I achieved a BS and MBA in business there with stellar grades. Those degrees landed me a near six figure corp business ops job for this mid-sized healthcare company. Now I’m going to Johns Hopkins for my 2nd masters (now that I can afford it). I will be debt free in 2 years time.
I did not come from a privileged background so I need to leverage every advantage I can get. Obviously, I did not go to Harvard right out of school so I can't make that IB to private equity transition or management consulting. I need to find another path to wealth. That path is entrepreneurship, saving enough capital or taking out a loan where I can start investing in passive income sources. I am extremely outgoing and am great at making connections which is a shame because I feel like if I went to an ivy, I would have made a ton of connections. Nevertheless, I always try to make connections wherever I am. When I see someone driving a fancy car, I always ask them what they do and how they got there. These are base level connections, but I am not afraid to put myself out there and wear my heart on my sleeve.
I have come to the conclusion that I do not want a wife or kids in this lifetime. I am ok with a “partner” but without the forever disney fairy tale commitment type deal. This is for 2 reasons. One is personal: I thought I was going to marry my ex gf of 3 years, till she saw the bright lights in LA and told me to f*ck off for her career. Almost died in a car accident because of this. I can’t really trust a woman again especially hearing so many stories about how men get screwed over in marriages. One is practical: Wife and kids are a huge expense and require a lot of time/energy. They are a burden and since I want to become an entrepreneur, I have to take alot of risk. Having a family makes it practically impossible to take risks which conflict with my goal. The only thing I could potentially miss out on is the dual household income...
I want to know what you guys think. What can I do to leverage my background and increase my chances of becoming successful? Any advice, thoughts or even criticisms would be much appreciated.
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2023.05.28 04:01 MadaraUchlha7 What can I do to increase my chances of becoming wealthy as someone who came from poverty?

23M. Basically I grew up dirt poor and had immigrant parents. I performed really well in school and just went to my local cheap state school. I achieved a BS and MBA in business there with stellar grades. Those degrees landed me a near six figure corp business ops job for this mid-sized healthcare company. Now I’m going to Johns Hopkins for my 2nd masters (now that I can afford it). I will be debt free in 2 years time.
I did not come from a privileged background so I need to leverage every advantage I can get. Obviously, I did not go to Harvard right out of school so I can't make that IB to private equity transition or management consulting. I need to find another path to wealth. That path is entrepreneurship, saving enough capital or taking out a loan where I can start investing in passive income sources. I am extremely outgoing and am great at making connections which is a shame because I feel like if I went to an ivy, I would have made a ton of connections. Nevertheless, I always try to make connections wherever I am. When I see someone driving a fancy car, I always ask them what they do and how they got there. These are base level connections, but I am not afraid to put myself out there and wear my heart on my sleeve.
I have come to the conclusion that I do not want a wife or kids in this lifetime. I am ok with a “partner” but without the forever disney fairy tale commitment type deal. This is for 2 reasons. One is personal: I thought I was going to marry my ex gf of 3 years, till she saw the bright lights in LA and told me to f*ck off for her career. Almost died in a car accident because of this. I can’t really trust a woman again especially hearing so many stories about how men get screwed over in marriages. One is practical: Wife and kids are a huge expense and require a lot of time/energy. They are a burden and since I want to become an entrepreneur, I have to take alot of risk. Having a family makes it practically impossible to take risks which conflict with my goal. The only thing I could potentially miss out on is the dual household income...
I want to know what you guys think. What can I do to leverage my background and increase my chances of becoming successful? Any advice, thoughts or even criticisms would be much appreciated.
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