the strongest conjuration


an: Killian feels abound in this one. First non-au I’ve written in a while. The title is pulled from Martin Chuzzlewit (by Charles Dickens)

"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself." - Maya Angelou

"Peace - that was the other name for home." - Kathleen Norris

the strongest conjuration

Home is a strange concept. To any one person it could be a hundred different things, and every person he’s ever met has a different idea of what it means. Home, he’s found, is less a place than a feeling, that tingle of warmth in your gut, the rush you feel at the sound of a particularly happy laugh or an especially welcoming smell. Home is not a place, it is an emotion, the kind that can overwhelm you, blindside you one afternoon on some idle, mundane Tuesday.

But mostly, home is the one thing, above all others, that you miss when you’re away from it.

(He’s paraphrasing an especially wise woman, he knows, but there’s a certain eloquence to that kind of understanding that he can’t quite let go.)

Home, the elegant concept that it is, is something most people strive their whole lives to achieve.

Killian has found home, and lost it, more times than he cares to remember, but he knows now it all lead to this - his pinnacle, the zenith of his mundane (extraordinary) life.

He wonders if any of his former incarnations would believe his tale - but then, none of them had worked for this, none of them had seen what he’d seen and done what he’d done.

Not a single one would appreciate it with the same devoted passion he does.

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such a needed campaign. i wish they’d have included native americans as well, though, as cultural appropriation of them in costumes is just as awfully common.

It’s that time of year again when these go around. And I will keep reblogging them. And if I see the joke ones I am likely to rip them apart with prejudice.

I will reblog this every year and unfollow anyone who posts joke fandom spinoffs of this very serious and important commentary.




It was a moment Anthony Carbajal will never forget: standing on the stage of one of TV’s most popular talk shows, fighting for a cause that touches him and his family profoundly. All while his mom looked proudly on.

Watch Anthony and Ellen do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and see the full interview here.

I swear to god, I just burst into tears at work. This is amazing!