Just listening to @etl-echo-audiobooks new audio chapter of @lovesbitca8 ‘s “All the Wrong Things,” and had the pleasure of hearing one of my all-time favorite lines uttered by Draco Malfoy. After a sensational article by Rita Skeeter paints a weekend lunch Hermione got roped into with Narcissa and Draco as indication of a love affair, Draco is waiting in Hermione’s office the following Monday, sitting in her chair, feet on her desk. Draco greets Hermione saying, “Hello, lover.” It’s peak Snarky, flirty, provocative Draco seeking a rise out of Hermione and I love it.
In order for disabled people to receive any sort of financial assistant for their housing, food, bills, medical supplies, etc., they cannot ever have more than $2,000 of resources to their name. Ever.
It doesn’t matter what it’s for.
You’re saving up for a new wheelchair?
To put a downpayment on a house?
Hell man, you just happen to budget for once in your life so that you can have some extra money in case something bad happens?
Your benefits immediately get cut off if you’re a cent over $2,000.
And, even worse, you usually end up having to pay back every dollar the government gave you that month.
So say you get $400. If they find out you’re twenty dollars over the resource limit, you have to give them all $400 back and you undergo an investigation of your funds to see if you will continue getting money.
“What if I spend the money that day?”
Doesn’t matter. In fact, from what I can tell, people who do this are actually put under investigation for fraud.
And yes, this system literally kills people.
Remember when “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out? one of Rocket Racoon’s creators, Bill Mantlo, suffered an accident in 1992 and has irreparable brain damage.
before the movie came out, Marvel gave him an exclusive preview screening. SOme people were upset because they felt if Marvel was really wanted to thank mantlo, they should have donated money to Mantlo’s family.
Bill Mantlo’s brother had to come out and explain: If Marvel gave them monetary aid, Bill Mantlo would lose his financial assistance.
That’s so utterly depressing.
I have friends on welfare who won’t pick up a penny in the street because they’d risk the welfare they struggled to get for 10 years.
oh look another fucked up thing in this world. let’s just add it to the list. number 63858b
My brother has been on California State SSI for autism for the last 10 years, and he absolutely has to (no joke, HAS TO) spend all 720 bucks of his SSI every month, because if he puts it in the bank he risks losing his SSI altogether.
Sometimes, at the end of the month, he has no idea what to do with his money because the whole month went by and he still has 400-ish bucks in his account, and he fucking panics because he doesn’t want to get anywhere near 2,000.
And here’s the funnest part of the story!
One day he did a huge commission on Second Life and wound up earning 1500 bucks off of it, and he told the guy to donate it 500 bucks at a time over 3 months. The guy didn’t want to, and just donated all 1500, which put my brother at 2,036 bucks.
The state IMMEDIATELY (I’m talking less than an hour) called him up to tell him over the phone that they were canceling his SSI, because they noticed he had gone over the 2,000 buck threshold. He had to tell them that someone had made a charitable donation to him and that this was not a common occurrence in any way shape or form, and upon not believing him, my mother had to call to talk to them as his legal caretaker and say basically the same thing until they called off the cancellation of his SSI money.
He also had to cancel his renter’s assistance because it put him to 1,062 a month, so if he went 30 days without spending any money they’d cancel his SSI altogether. Like, none of us in the family have any fucking clue why that regulation is in place and it’s the stupidest shit in human history.
Please, legal side of Tumblr, tell me what positive reasoning this law has?
Happy 4th of July everyone! This is what the “nation of opportunity” looks like.
There’s something called an ABLE account that can help. If you are on SSI and were diagnosed as disabled before the age of 26 you can apply for an ABLE account that will allow you to save up to $99,000. More people need to know about this!
thank you so much for this information. i’m applying for an abled account right now
THERES A WHAT
OH GOD BLESS THE SHIT OUTTA YOU YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW FREAKED OUT OVER THIS I WAS
I’ve been looking into SSI; I had no idea about this!
And even if your state does not have an ABLE account program, you can open an account in another state that accepts out of state deposits. Residency as a requirement to open an ABLE account was eliminated by Congress in 2015. (https://www.ablenrc.org/frequently-asked-questions/ )
One can also set up a Special Needs Trust (SNT) for things like inheritances of valuable objects (art, for example, or, say, massively valuable comic book collections), money given by other people, or royalties paid by massive multi-national conglomerates for IP created by the beneficiary. These can be managed by a trustee. A trustee can be a corporation that specializes in asset management - think the Bessemer Trust of recent news fame in Brittany Spears’ efforts to end the conservatorship - or can be a spouse, sibling, partner, etc. (https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/how-special-needs-trusts-work.html)
Individuals can have both an ABLE and an SNT: the main difference is that while the benefitting disabled individual CAN contribute to the ABLE, they cannot contribute to the SNT. Also, neither requires that a person receive SSI to set up either - just a medical doctor’s letter saying the individual qualifies as disabled as defined for SSI.
This fic was a really incredible piece of work, and I have fallen in love with the writing style of this author- once again.
Expressing my gratitude for this amazing read to the creators: @lovesbitca8 and the pretty-much famous betas for this story: (@saintdionysus and raven_maden.)
Think Manacled, but less crying involved. It was fast-paced and the intricate plot kept me completely engaged the entire read.
There is enough smut to fill any Draco voids you may have in your life (trust me- I know,) and while the slow-burn is a component, it really makes the entire fic better, and the wait is well worth it.
PS While this fic can be read independently, the author suggests reading The Right Thing To Do beforehand, which I believe is a good fic to read anyways. If you can’t wait to take the plunge into The Auction, though, I think we’ll forgive you. It’s quite frankly… irresistible. (:
Talk about a SLOW COOKER! This one will really is the definition of slow-burn. But as we know, when done correctly, a good slow roast can keep you up at night (literally like this one I did not sleep until I finished it.)
It really is a good read! 175,000 words, just enough to get you nice and invested. I really liked the pace of this one… at no point did I think events were dull- which is hard to pull off! Credit where credit’s due to @lovesbitca8.
Bonus, this has two related fics, a Midnight Sun vibe of the same story from Draco’s perspective, and a Voldy-wins-AU of the story called The Auction. This is popular, I know, but I think everyone would suggest reading this fic before the Auction, even though it can be independently.
omg did you and LB8 break up? 😢 u didnt rec her in ur smut recs on TikTok
Yes, I forgot to include Good in my fave smut fics TikTok. I know it is shameful BUT it was an accident 😭 I HAD THE SS PREPPED AND EVERYTHING I JUST FORGOT BC I WAS INCLUDING SO MANY FICS AND SHE IS STILL RECC’D TWICE OKAY 😤
is their any info on pansys mother in the rights & wrongs series?
@lovesbitca8 and I had this convo very early in the planning stages of the auction when she shared Pansy’s story with me. Pansy was largely raised by her father. Her mother died when she was young, so there was no one to protect her from his abuse. 😔
I had shared the cover of All the wrong things (also made by Tiara) before this, and you can see the meanings behind two covers, especially how they reflect perfectly the atmosphere and mark important moments of the stories.
As we know, TRTTD and ATWT is written in Hermione’s and Draco’s POV respectively.
She’s on the balcony. Her dress is white. Someone’s done something grand to her hair, falling like snow against her shoulders. And beneath her tangles her back dips low, low. Tight skin across her ribs, expanding and twisting to look at me. Her lips open and I struggle to keep my eyes on her face when presented with the rest of her.
In honour of my birthday this year I present to you…
Readingreylo’s Absolute Favourite Reylo Fanfics
Jessie’s be-all and end-all fic list. The fics that I have re-read multiple times. The fics I would pay money for. The first fics I reach for when I’ve had a shity day. The fics that I have downloaded and printed off and have in a secure place in case the internet ever goes down. Those fics.
(And because it’s me, 90% of these are Modern AU. There are some incredible canonverse fics that I have enjoyed, but not many that I come back to again and again like these fics)
Janus by englishable | @englishable|Teen | 48k | Complete | Modern AU | Neighbors | strangers to friends to lovers | Slow burn | Recovering drug addict!Ben | Ben POV | She moves into the apartment beside his, with her flowers and her singing and her brisk optimism, and Ben Solo knows himself just well enough to realize that a person like him really shouldn’t have anything to do with a person like her. His good friend Snoke, of course, has other plans, because he gets a certain enjoyment from watching Ben - Kylo Ren, rather, as he calls him - screw things up. Which Ben inevitably does: but that’s not where he wants them to end, and maybe Rey doesn’t either. | The story of a man facing down his demons and moving forward with his life. | Brillaint charcterization across the board (Snoke was a highlight!). Loved the use of flashbacks. I can’t get over all the little details the author pulled from canon to weave into the background! This was the first fic I printed out to keep for a rainy day.
Hanging by a Moment by crossingwinter| @shmisolo|Explicit | 44k | Complete | 2000s AU | Funerals/wakes | Dysfunctional Family Drama | Misunderstandings | Chronic illness | Angst with a HEA | Ben POV | There are many things that Ben could have tolerated about his parents’ divorce. That his mother had finally had it with his father’s borderline illegal—or rather, as he liked to put it, borderline legal—company, the shady activities it covered that would doubtlessly end her political career if a reporter got hold of them; that his father had finally had it with the way his mother nags, because sure, he’d thought it was hot twenty years ago, but he is in fact an adult who can actually keep his shit together—all that he would have gotten. He’d have been wrecked, but he’d have gotten it. His dad leaving his mom for a nineteen-year-old gold-digger though, and his mother not even putting up a fight—that had caught him by surprise. | Ben comes home after years away for his father’s funeral to deal with his gold-digger step mother. But nothing is what it seems, and this week away will turn his life upsidedown. | The story, the tension, the emotion! Just Beautiful. Brilliantly crafted with great charcterization.
between two lives by neonheartbeat| Explicit | 31k | complete | Modern AU | Strangers to lovers | Fashion Model!Rey | Mechanic!Ben Solo | PTSD | military backstory | sexual disfunction | psychological trauma | CW: graphic depiction of violence | Rey POV | Rey Niima, a model driving from Chicago to New York, finds herself broken down in the middle of nowhere, Indiana, without any way to fix her rented car. Ben Solo, the big, silent, resident jack-of-all-trades in Kirby, a town with almost two hundred people, happens to come across her on the road, and offers her a place to wait for a tow, but Ben has a secret he’s not willing to share, and Rey is determined to find out what it is… | I cannot count how many times I have read this fic. There is just something about the characterizations, the raw-ness that keeps bring me back. The story itself is deceptively simple, but sets the stage for multiple emotional punches. On the technical side it’s so well crafted. Love the author’s prose and thepacing and plotting are engaging. The smut is out-of-this-world hawt.
a place to go by delia-pavorum| @delia-pavorum| Explicit | 52k | Complete | Modern AU | Snowed in | Christmas | Strangers to lovers | Sharing a bed | Cabincore | Canada | Multi POV |Rey is a teacher trying to have some peace and quiet over the holidays. Ben is a writer trying to run from his problems. They both end up snowed in at Luke’s cabin. |Their dynamic is so engrossing and the charcterization and backstory feel so genuine. With beautifully written prose, an attention to detail that adds a richness and some *chef kiss* smut.
Flux & Solder by angharabbit | @angharabbit | No longer available | Explicit | 23k | Complete | Modern AU | Neighbors | Domestic Reylo | Retired RCMP!Ben Solo | Artisan!Rey | Angst PTSD | Sexual Disfuction | HEA | Multi POV | Rey’s established a quiet life in the suburbs. Working in her stained glass workshop and reading on the front porch may not be enough though, after a new neighbour makes her question her accepted loneliness. | Brilliant and beautiful! Soft and lovely with a healthy dose of emotional constipation and personal drama. I love Haunted-by-demons Ben Solo. One of the first fics I truly realized “That’s my favourite!”
Cupcake Wars by crossingwinter | @shmisolo| Explicit | 36k | Complete | Modern AU | Enemies-to-lovers | Bakers | Rivals | Hate Sex | Rey POV | Entirely by accident, Rey ends up fucking someone who works for Snoke’s Cupcakery. She’s just blowing off steam. It doesn’t mean anything at all. It certainly won’t come back to bite her in the ass. | or Rey and Ben work at rival bakeries, and are hooking up for hate sex on the side. What starts as casual slowly becomes anything but. | Beautifully written, well fleshed out with great steamy smut. Such a great story. Not what I was expecting AT ALL!
Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations. by crossingwinter | @shmisolo| Mature | 74k | Complete | Canonverse | TFA re-write | Strangers to friends to lovers | Action | Angst | Multi POV | Ben woke, but Luke’s saber wasn’t ignited. Instead, he saw a master who had shattered his trust, who thought he was a monster, and—worse—he was probably right. So he fled Yavin IV, to Skywalker’s dismay, and no one heard from him since. Years later, on a wasteland planet, a girl and a fugitive stormtrooper board a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter in desperation to find they are not the only ones trying to steal it. | or Ben Solo is on the run from the voices in his head, and gets caught up with a girl, a former stormtrooper and a droid carrying a map to luke skywalker | A brillaint exploration of the butterfly wing effect! You think you know where the story is going, because it’s so familiar, but it veers off in suprising directions! Love the story!
Sip the Honey Sweet by dietplainlite| General | 14k | Complete | Historical AU | Edwardian | Prince Edwards Island | Romance | Strangers-to-lovers | Falling in love | Heartbreak | Angst | teacher!Rey | Jewish!Ben Solo | Reconciliation | story within a story | Rey POV | Spring, 1902. It’s Rey’s first day of teaching at Chandrila school on Prince Edward Island. Her perfectly planned morning starts off on the wrong foot, setting her on a completely unexpected path. | or Rey manages to catch the eye of a man no one has been able to entice before. Friendship blossoms into romance, but Ben’s past haunts him. | Beautifully evocative and romantic! Well written, with a charming story. Loved the characterizations and backstories. So much packed into 15k.
At the Edge, Alone, and Burning by Ben_Solo_Good_Boy_Sweater_Emporium | Teen | 24k | Complete | Histroical AU | 1920s | Strangers to lovers | Orphan!Rey | Lighthouse Keeper!Ben Solo | Small town gossip | Marriage of convenience | Falling in love | Rey POV | Orphan Rey starts a new life for herself in a small coastal Maine town. There barely two weeks her life is thrown into turmoil when her benefactress dies unexpectedly. Faced with returning to the loneliness and poverty of the orphanage she instead accepts a marriage proposal from the equally lonely lighthouse keeper, Captain Solo. | Wonderfully romantic! I love the dynamic between Rey and Ben. Just the right amount of angst and small town drama.
The Ballad of You, Me, and Everything in Between by bluetoast| @blue-toast17| Explicit | 27k | Complete | 1960’s AU | A/B/O | Strangers to lovers | Road trip | Porn with Plot | lactation kink | breeding kink | Domestic Fluff | Falling in love | HEA | Multi POV | “Alpha Ben Solo just wanted to get to his new job in Yellowstone National Park by the weekend. He’d had it planned out - get through the major cities outside of rush hours, be there and settled by Saturday. Pretty easy, considering most traffic was headed east, to Woodstock. That was before an omega named Rey Johnson tapped on the window of his Volkswagen bus in some spit in the dirt town in Ohio asking for a ride.” | No drama, just fluff, romance and lots of smut! I am such a sucker for a period peice and bluetoast writes them well!
Back Together by UnderTheCancerMoon | Explicit | 20k | Complete | Modern AU | Infidelity | Strangers to friends to lovers | Drama | Minor Rey/Poe & minor Ben/Bazine | Multi POV | Rey discovers her husband has been having an affair with a colleague. Ben’s wife abruptly leaves him after telling him she’s in love with someone else. An unusual relationship develops as two strangers try to figure out how to put back the pieces of their broken lives. | Deliciously angsty! A brilliant peice about hurting people finding love again.
the man, the stallion, and the wind by voicedimplosives | @voicedimplosives| Explicit | 17k | Oneshot | Modern AU | Roadtrip | Strangers to lovers | Snowed In | Multi POV | Weary and alone, Rey barrels west on the Trans-Canada Hwy in her old pickup truck. Weary and in need of a lift, Ben Solo stands by the side of the road with his thumb out, in the hopes of hitching a ride. One hell of a winter storm’s about to roll in, leaving them stranded. What ever shall they do? | Well written with interesting backstory and steamy smut and delicious chemistry. And it’s set in Canada too!
The Tenant of Theed Cottage by WaterlilyRose | @waterlilyrose| Explicit | 9k | Oneshot | Historical AU | Regency | Family Drama | PWP | Rey POV | Rey has been a ward of the Organa-Solo family since the age of six. Her memories of their only son Ben Solo are brief but powerful. Now, after a thirteen year absence, he has taken possession of a home within close range of his old family seat. Rey believes a reconciliation can come about. The man is not the boy she remembers and she could soon come to realise she longs for more than the return of a boy she knew so briefly but now recognises as a powerful man. | Steamy AF. Love the plot. Major Jane Austen vibes.
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More fics that I adore, have re-read many times, and you absolutley should read!
“I can promise you easy things, like wealth and comfort,” he said. “But the harder things — loyalty, equality, and adoration — those are the things I want to give you. I want you to take them from me.”
Narcissa’s vision blurred as she nodded. “Yes. If there’s a way out of this—”
He stood, cutting her off with his lips, his hand in her hair and his arm around her waist. She gasped into his mouth, and he slanted her head to the side. Her fingers curled against his elbows.