thelearnedalchemist
thelearnedalchemist:

ispeakalchemy:

It’s been twenty years.
And you can — and have — always say, “She’s waiting for me at home.”
And that’s the most amazing thing in the world to me. ✹

Twenty years ago, I made you a promise.
Look backward, at every moment, at every discussion, at every passionate embrace, at every argument, at every breathtaking change, at every tear, at every kiss…look deeply into the feelings of every second since I promised you my Eternal Love.
Let your heart whisper to you what only a heart can see:
"He has always been the man that comes home to you. He always will be."

Always. ✹

thelearnedalchemist:

ispeakalchemy:

It’s been twenty years.

And you can — and have — always say, “She’s waiting for me at home.”

And that’s the most amazing thing in the world to me. 

Twenty years ago, I made you a promise.

Look backward, at every moment, at every discussion, at every passionate embrace, at every argument, at every breathtaking change, at every tear, at every kiss…look deeply into the feelings of every second since I promised you my Eternal Love.

Let your heart whisper to you what only a heart can see:

"He has always been the man that comes home to you. He always will be."

Always. 

spgent
art-of-swords:

Anatomy of the Rapier
There are a lot of things that could be said and mentioned here, the rapier being quite a complex weapon, but this short and quick presentation should do. 
A rapier is a long, straight-bladed cut-and-thrust single-handed sword optimized for the thrust and featuring a guard that affords good protection to the hand; the rapier sees its apogee between the last third of the Sixteenth Century and the end of the Seventeenth.
The rapier anatomy of the rapier is broken into two distinct parts: The blade, and the guard.
Anatomy of the Blade
The blade of the rapier describes the long sharpened piece of metal which all the other parts surround or attach.
Tang
At the base of the rapier blade is the tang, which is a long tongue of metal that descends into the guard and ends at the pommel which is screwed onto threading or attached more permanently through [peening] or welding.
Ricasso
The unsharpened section of the blade beginning immediately after the tang. When placing a guard onto the blade, the crossbar block slides over the tang and then rests against the ricasso, preventing it from sliding further down the blade. The ricasso can extend from the crossbar block to the outer sweepings or guard shell (meaning the sharpened or more tapered edge of the blade begins immediately after the guard) or further down the length of the blade. The edges of the blade at the ricasso are square/flat.
Blade
The sharpened part of the blade is generally what is referred to when speaking of the ‘blade’. This part begins after the ricasso and is the part of the sword used for striking and defending.
Edge
The edge of the blade is oriented with the crossbar of the guard and aligns with the knuckle of the hand when holding the sword so that the knuckles lead the edge. On a rapier there are two edges that you can identify when it is held: the true edge (on the same side as your knuckles) and the false edge (on the same side as the base of your thumb).
Point
The part of the blade opposite the tang and pommel that is used for penetrating the opponent.
Strong
The lower half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for defense. In Italian the Forte.
Weak
The upper half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for offense (cutting and thrusting). In Italian the Debole.
Anatomy of the Guard
The guard of the rapier is the part that protects the sword hand of the wielder.
Pommel
A counter weight at the base of the blade, just behind the guard.
Turk’s Head
A spacer between the counter weight and handle.
Handle
The part of the rapier that you hold. Handles can be made of wood, wood wrapped in wire, wood wrapped in leather, and some other materials. Some handles are shaped to provide comfortable grooves for your fingers or provide other handling or comfort characteristics.
Crossbar Block
The crossbar block or alternatively the quillion block is a piece of metal that mounts to the blade just above.
Crossbar
The crossbar or quillions are a rod that extend perpendicular to the blade, on either side, and are used for protecting the hand, binding blades, and deflecting the sword of the opponent.
Sweepings
The rings and other rods that make up the guard and protect the hand.
Knuckle Guard
Sometimes referred to as the knuckle bow, the knuckle guard is a bar or bars of metal that extend down in front of the sword hand, protecting the knuckles. The knuckle guard can be used to identify the true edge of the sword.
Cup
The cup or shell is a solid plate of dished metal that surrounds the hand, typically in place of the sweepings, but sometimes in combination on some guards.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Western Martial Arts Wikia


So, Beloved, is this correct inasmuch as the terms are today?

art-of-swords:

Anatomy of the Rapier

There are a lot of things that could be said and mentioned here, the rapier being quite a complex weapon, but this short and quick presentation should do. 

A rapier is a long, straight-bladed cut-and-thrust single-handed sword optimized for the thrust and featuring a guard that affords good protection to the hand; the rapier sees its apogee between the last third of the Sixteenth Century and the end of the Seventeenth.

The rapier anatomy of the rapier is broken into two distinct parts: The blade, and the guard.

  • Anatomy of the Blade

The blade of the rapier describes the long sharpened piece of metal which all the other parts surround or attach.

  • Tang

At the base of the rapier blade is the tang, which is a long tongue of metal that descends into the guard and ends at the pommel which is screwed onto threading or attached more permanently through [peening] or welding.

  • Ricasso

The unsharpened section of the blade beginning immediately after the tang. When placing a guard onto the blade, the crossbar block slides over the tang and then rests against the ricasso, preventing it from sliding further down the blade. The ricasso can extend from the crossbar block to the outer sweepings or guard shell (meaning the sharpened or more tapered edge of the blade begins immediately after the guard) or further down the length of the blade. The edges of the blade at the ricasso are square/flat.

  • Blade

The sharpened part of the blade is generally what is referred to when speaking of the ‘blade’. This part begins after the ricasso and is the part of the sword used for striking and defending.

  • Edge

The edge of the blade is oriented with the crossbar of the guard and aligns with the knuckle of the hand when holding the sword so that the knuckles lead the edge. On a rapier there are two edges that you can identify when it is held: the true edge (on the same side as your knuckles) and the false edge (on the same side as the base of your thumb).

  • Point

The part of the blade opposite the tang and pommel that is used for penetrating the opponent.

  • Strong

The lower half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for defense. In Italian the Forte.

  • Weak

The upper half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for offense (cutting and thrusting). In Italian the Debole.

  • Anatomy of the Guard

The guard of the rapier is the part that protects the sword hand of the wielder.

  • Pommel

A counter weight at the base of the blade, just behind the guard.

  • Turk’s Head

A spacer between the counter weight and handle.

  • Handle

The part of the rapier that you hold. Handles can be made of wood, wood wrapped in wire, wood wrapped in leather, and some other materials. Some handles are shaped to provide comfortable grooves for your fingers or provide other handling or comfort characteristics.

  • Crossbar Block

The crossbar block or alternatively the quillion block is a piece of metal that mounts to the blade just above.

  • Crossbar

The crossbar or quillions are a rod that extend perpendicular to the blade, on either side, and are used for protecting the hand, binding blades, and deflecting the sword of the opponent.

  • Sweepings

The rings and other rods that make up the guard and protect the hand.

  • Knuckle Guard

Sometimes referred to as the knuckle bow, the knuckle guard is a bar or bars of metal that extend down in front of the sword hand, protecting the knuckles. The knuckle guard can be used to identify the true edge of the sword.

  • Cup

The cup or shell is a solid plate of dished metal that surrounds the hand, typically in place of the sweepings, but sometimes in combination on some guards.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Western Martial Arts Wikia

So, Beloved, is this correct inasmuch as the terms are today?

thelearnedalchemist
thelearnedalchemist:

ispeakalchemy:

Her senses were always heightened when he blindfolded her — and today she could smell the tang of the metal links long before she could hear them rattling against one another as he approached her. 
Shifting impatiently in her seat, she tilted her head back, just barely, nostrils flaring and breath quickening with expectancy. Yes, those were indeed chains, she assessed, and heavy ones, at it. So, he meant business tonight. The thought made her squirm uncomfortably, both in joyful anticipation and a very real fear of what was to come.
He saw her discomfiture; the slight wiggle of her bottom as she tried to allay the excitement building between her legs, …
~ ispeakalchemy  ✹

She was breathtaking to behold.  He was accustomed to this moment, the excitement building in her was palpable, and infectious.  He felt the potency of his own desires wash over his body, urging him to postpone his agenda and unleash himself upon her.  But he had already avoided this lesson too many times, and he could not justify doing so again merely because of his own needs.  
As he stood there, overcoming his moment of temptation, she proudly announced the discovery her senses had made, “You know how I like the big chains, Daddy.”  He had predicted this. Unknowingly, she would present him with temptations that no mortal man could turn away from.  As his mind spoke to the darkness inside, assuring it that the spoils of owning her would soon be known again, but not today.  He replied, “ I know you do, Sweetheart.”  In that instant, she realized something was amiss.  Realizing his response revealed something she wasn’t expecting, he quickly searched for a way to recover. The sound of the chains became the center of the room, and his chance to calm her was gone…
Now gone was the alluring mix of excitement mingled with vague trepidation, replaced by a countenance of white that said only one thing, she was scared.  He took one step toward her, saw her fear, and stopped.  He felt his resolve turn into a house of cards.  His, was to nurture and protect her, not to hurl her into blindfolded terror.  Outside of this room, he would mercilessly eviscerate anything that would cause her to feel this way.  How could he possibly justify what he was doing to her now?  Her fear had become his, and his heart desperately reached out in the fog of this moment to find a way to make it all better.  He stood there, frozen.  Then came a whisper, from deep inside him, that slowly blew back the surrounding mist and revealing a path, familiar to him, built by him, born during the time when he first captured her.  His, was indeed, to nurture and protect her.  And tonight, he was to turn another page of the journal in which they were bound together.  
He felt the heft of the chains upon his fingers, in the time that he had held them, they had stolen energy from him, warming.  He could feel the heart of the chain, like another presence in the room.  A cold heart, but a strong one.  Indeed, the heart of the chain could never fail, it’s very birthright was to never falter, to know only strength.  Stealing energy from that cold heart, he opened his eyes wide.  She was starting to shiver, but he was no longer afraid.  
He knew that tomorrow, she would be stronger.  He knew that tomorrow, she would see beyond his willingness to create her tears, and behold how he collected them all, and cast them into armor that would shield her heart.  
And with one last thought, he spoke to her.  Tomorrow, he reveled, she would love him more…
With a voice of granite:  ”Are you ready?”…

 ”…He knew that tomorrow, she would be stronger.  He knew that tomorrow, she would see beyond his willingness to create her tears, and behold how he collected them all, and cast them into armor that would shield her heart …” 
I… I am speechless … 
But oh, Daddy … Oh! — how I love you! ~ ispeakalchemy  ✹

thelearnedalchemist:

ispeakalchemy:

Her senses were always heightened when he blindfolded her — and today she could smell the tang of the metal links long before she could hear them rattling against one another as he approached her. 

Shifting impatiently in her seat, she tilted her head back, just barely, nostrils flaring and breath quickening with expectancy. Yes, those were indeed chains, she assessed, and heavy ones, at it. So, he meant business tonight. The thought made her squirm uncomfortably, both in joyful anticipation and a very real fear of what was to come.

He saw her discomfiture; the slight wiggle of her bottom as she tried to allay the excitement building between her legs, …

ispeakalchemy  

She was breathtaking to behold.  He was accustomed to this moment, the excitement building in her was palpable, and infectious.  He felt the potency of his own desires wash over his body, urging him to postpone his agenda and unleash himself upon her.  But he had already avoided this lesson too many times, and he could not justify doing so again merely because of his own needs. 

As he stood there, overcoming his moment of temptation, she proudly announced the discovery her senses had made, “You know how I like the big chains, Daddy.”  He had predicted this. Unknowingly, she would present him with temptations that no mortal man could turn away from.  As his mind spoke to the darkness inside, assuring it that the spoils of owning her would soon be known again, but not today.  He replied, “ I know you do, Sweetheart.”  In that instant, she realized something was amiss.  Realizing his response revealed something she wasn’t expecting, he quickly searched for a way to recover. The sound of the chains became the center of the room, and his chance to calm her was gone…

Now gone was the alluring mix of excitement mingled with vague trepidation, replaced by a countenance of white that said only one thing, she was scared.  He took one step toward her, saw her fear, and stopped.  He felt his resolve turn into a house of cards.  His, was to nurture and protect her, not to hurl her into blindfolded terror.  Outside of this room, he would mercilessly eviscerate anything that would cause her to feel this way.  How could he possibly justify what he was doing to her now?  Her fear had become his, and his heart desperately reached out in the fog of this moment to find a way to make it all better.  He stood there, frozen.  Then came a whisper, from deep inside him, that slowly blew back the surrounding mist and revealing a path, familiar to him, built by him, born during the time when he first captured her.  His, was indeed, to nurture and protect her.  And tonight, he was to turn another page of the journal in which they were bound together. 

He felt the heft of the chains upon his fingers, in the time that he had held them, they had stolen energy from him, warming.  He could feel the heart of the chain, like another presence in the room.  A cold heart, but a strong one.  Indeed, the heart of the chain could never fail, it’s very birthright was to never falter, to know only strength.  Stealing energy from that cold heart, he opened his eyes wide.  She was starting to shiver, but he was no longer afraid. 

He knew that tomorrow, she would be stronger.  He knew that tomorrow, she would see beyond his willingness to create her tears, and behold how he collected them all, and cast them into armor that would shield her heart. 

And with one last thought, he spoke to her.  Tomorrow, he reveled, she would love him more…

With a voice of granite:  ”Are you ready?”…

 ”…He knew that tomorrow, she would be stronger.  He knew that tomorrow, she would see beyond his willingness to create her tears, and behold how he collected them all, and cast them into armor that would shield her heart …” 

I… I am speechless … 

But oh, DaddyOh! — how I love you! ispeakalchemy