Autumn, as you always said, is the Death of Seasons, the time when Persephone returns to the underworld to rule as queen alongside Hades…
And Autumn almost always brings change. These southerners know nothing of seasons but it seems regardless of the temperature or the blossoming of the burning leaves, Death comes and flashes insight like lightening.
Suddenly I know, deep as the calcium in my bones or the iron in my blood, that leeches do not belong in the Dragon’s home. And to think I called you brother.
Tonight, we drink and creep and laugh with friends at an invite-only event, and drink we shall to the changing of the seasons… and filling our home with only fellow dragons.
This time of year breeds reflection.
This time last year, I was destroyed, I was broken. By a boy who didn’t deserve, couldn’t handle, to be tested by the madness lurking over my shoulder.
… My heart is protected and cherished now, by someone who more-than-deserves, who has already met Simon’s gaze in full glory, and stood his ground. Not in defiance — for to Simon, defiance is assurance that you are everything he fears. But your willingness to stay, and not flee in terror or lash out in rage, lulled my beast to sleep.
OCD is a bully. He is a predator, ever watchful, over my shoulder, and I hear his commentary now and then. But earning Simon’s trust is something I’d previously thought impossible… until he raised a flag in defeat to you.
OCD is a disease of control… a desire to know the unknowable, see the unseen, control all and everything. But Simon consents willingly to the chains wrapped around my bedframe, and kneels at your feet.
(It’s exhausting, taking care of everyone. The burden of control is a heavy weight that we savor having removed, every one in a while — but only with you.)
You come near, I see my future clear
And the threshold appears
And I am carrying you over, carrying you over
Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis is one of the deadliest diseases in the world, with a fatality rate exceeding 95%.
It’s caused by an excavate called Naegleria fowleri, commonly called the ‘brain-eating amoeba’, which is usually found in warm bodies of fresh water like hot springs, rivers, ponds and lakes. Sometimes it can also be found in poorly chlorinated swimming pools, but there has been no documented case of N. fowleri inhabiting salt water.
In order for the infection to occur, contaminated water containing the excavate must be ingested via the nose, or insufflated. Naegleria fowleri then attaches itself to the olfactory nerve, entering the central nervous system and migrates to the brain where it multiplies greatly by feeding on nerve tissue.
It’s a very rare disease, with some 300-400 cases reported to date.
Top image: Brain of a female chimpanzee with amoebic encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris, a similar organism to N. fowleri. Source.
Bottom image: The histopathologic characteristics associated with a case of amebic meningoencephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri parasites. Source
These are a few pictures (not real blood in the pics) from probably one of the most unique haunted houses you will ever see. It’s not your standard — jump scare, strobe lights and people in clown masks — haunted house. This haunted house lets you live out your OWN horror story. It is extremely rough experience so, a waiver form has to be signed. It lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours—sometimes more.
You must be in extremely good health due to the extremely high physical demands. If it gets too much for the person, they can quit. There are a variety of “stories” you can chose to play out. This haunted house is for those people who desire a bigger kind of scare.
Forgot to mention, it’s done for Charity. You can pay in the form of dog food donation.
Dream Vacation. Let’s go dirtmurder.♥
This is so cool