This is in no way ready for AO3 posting, but since it’s done and the rest is stagnating, here’s a scene from a future sequel to Childish Things:
Patrick and Jonny have had some pretty epic fights. Not the fights everyone knows about, the fights they have on the ice or in the locker room in front of their entire team - no, Patrick’s pretty sure they both view those “fights” as a complicated hockey variant on foreplay. Their real fights, the ones that matter, have mostly occurred when one of them (usually Jonny) was lying to the other about something.
A Short (Completely Objective) List of Lying-Related Kane/Toews Fights, by Patrick Kane:
1) The time Jonny lied about his fucking concussion
2) The time Jonny lied about being okay with Patrick going to Switzerland
3) The time Jonny lied about his ankle fracture and nearly gave Patrick a heart attack when he sent Patrick a text message from the hospital when it finally got so bad that he couldn’t walk
4) The time Jonny thought Patrick missed sleeping with girls, wouldn’t believe Patrick when he said he didn’t, and lied about wanting to open up their relationship so Patrick wouldn’t feel smothered
5) The time Patrick lied about how much he missed Jonny in the off season and said it was totally fine if they spent all of it apart
The fact that only two of these fights occurred after they were actually dating is pretty telling, in Patrick’s opinion. They’ve never been good at casual with each other. But as hard as it’s been at times, they never fought about the things that Patrick always assumed couples would fight about.
I LOVE THIS VERSE SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! I’m excited there is going to be more :)))))))))
some fun sex tropes:
- laughing during sex
- and/or things going wrong during sex that leads to laughter
- sex on a countertop/tabletop/sink because we couldn’t wait to get somewhere with cushions
- kissing to stay quiet
- biting to stay quiet
- one person meticulously doing something entirely for the other’s benefit without expectation or need of reciprocation
- "wow i did not know that was A Thing for me until right now and i’m totally fine with that but for the love of god keep doing it"
- someone straddling the other while they’re “trying to read” and slowly getting them to put the book away
- "you’re only allowed to sit there and watch until i tell you otherwise"
- kissing anywhere but the lips
- alternatively, touching anywhere but where the person desperately wants to be touched
- "we couldn’t find a condom so we’re getting each other off in other ways" sex
- anything involving the secretive brushing of fingertips against inner thighs in public spaces
- sex with clothes half on/panties still on
- the pleasant misuse of ties
- sleepy morning kisses that accidentally turn intense
So this panel started on a high note when I spotted these lovely people in the crowd:
(Krugs Tre Kronor Jersey)
(Q Whaler Jersey)
This was basically a panel of all the front office bigwigs, including Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Stan Bowman, Jay Blunk, Al MacIsaac, and Chris Werner. I went originally because I am a giant worrier and I needed to stare at these dudes and mentally be like “TELL ME YOUR PLANS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS, I PROMISE NOT TO TELL THE INTERNET, BUT I NEED TO KNOW YOU HAVE A PLAN.” While I failed to achieve mind meld with StanBo to learn the masterplan, I *was* there for the single best question of the entire convention.
This is a question that made me, and the rest of the audience, applaud madly, made me so, so proud to be there as part of this fanbase, and made me literally write “CASEY IS GREAT” in my notes.
First though, let me back up a bit to cover some pertinent pieces of information that came up during the moderated portion of the panel:
Jay Blunk (EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT) really emphasized how important the Hawks considered fan feedback on everything that happens during a game including little details like how the bathrooms at the UC are, what could make the experience better because it should be “like a fine hotel” and “everyone who walks in is a customer”. He brought up how important it was to have a dialogue with the fans, especially calling out a volunteer organization called Fan’s Voice. He also mentioned connecting with people who don’t make it to the UC.
Chris Werner (VICE PRESIDENT, TICKET OPERATIONS AND CUSTOMER RELATIONS) also called out the Fan’s Voice, and basically requested feedback, noting that they’re always looking to improve. I literally have “Feedback plz” written in my notes.
Blunk also noted that the Blackhawks have the fastest growing female fanbase among the Chicago sports franchises (here’s an article with some numbers from the beginning of last season).
So to return to the BEST QUESTION, everyone stepped up to the mic, announced who they were, where they were from, and then stated their question. Casey steps up to bat a few questions in, announces herself, and then asks a rocking, kick ass question, that took what they had put out there and really asked them to listen to what they were saying. I’m going to paraphrase because I was applauding/nodding/fangirling too hard to get the exact wording:
You mentioned female fans as a growing segment of your fanbase, and I was wondering what you were doing to increase the diversity of female representation at Blackhawks games? Right now what we’re seeing is very one dimensional, with things like Ice Girls and the organ playing “The Stripper” when it’s a female fan’s turn during Shoot the Puck, but not much else.
The Hockeybrunch Blog provides a pretty good summary of what then happened.
Everyone on the dais took a nervous swig of water, the sort that says “Hoo-boy, we’ve got no good answer to this one,” before providing a solid non-answer, that the concern was appreciated and they would be careful about their practices going forward.
And despite the requests for feedback that Werner and Blunk both made, Kate Conway reports there’s been no follow up on the question.
While I actually learned lots of interesting things at the panel and would have considered it worthwhile even without Casey’s question, I’m so glad that she did bring it up, and that the Hawks front office is learning first hand:
Rathunde told me she asked her Ice Crew question not to attack the Blackhawks, but because she loves the team and wants them to do better by the fans. Roughly two-thirds of the convention’s attendees, by the extremely scientific count from “my eyeballs,” were women, and 38 percent of local fans are women, according to New York-based Scarborough Research. Thus far, we’ve been happy to shell out for Blackhawks tickets and merchandise, but that won’t last forever.
Listen up, Blackhawks. Your female fans are asking you to make changes. Eventually, we’ll get tired of you covering your ears. (x)
Keeping The Same Tabs Open For 9 Days Straight Because They Contain Information Relevant To Tasks You’re Too Lazy To Complete - A novel by me