AdvertisementsShe was only six when the funeral homes started sending us advertisements, all competing with each other to be the best, to win her business. To win our business, more like; six is hardly old enough to understand what's going on. It's not old enough to understand why everyone is covering their mouths with their hands and failing to hold back tears when you walk into the room, or old enough to understand why people begin to outright sob when you start talking about what you want to be when you grow up. Once it was a doctor, before that it was a fairy princess, but right now it's a policewoman.Advertisements5 years ago in Short Stories
And of course all the children have heard about the funeral homes. Cold, nasty, make their business in knowing when people are going to die. Not how, as far as anyone can tell, just...when. A lot of kids have had relativesgreat-aunts, great-uncles, maybe great-grandparentsstart getting advertisements, maybe been shown them to know what to look out for, but not Anita. She
Anomalous Objects Catalogue chapter 1Anomalous Objects Catalogue chapter 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
"I hear Pripyat is pleasant this time of year."
Sniper stood watch, just outside the old travel agency building. Aside from somehow withstanding the rest of the block collapsing around it, the shop was impressive for having reasonably preserved brochures. Captain and Pilot would often amuse themselves by planning trips to countries that no longer existed, and Engineer would gather what they discarded for kindling. Whenever Sniper grew sufficiently bored, he'd call out with something he thought was witty.
It was a bit like that, being on watch; you'd either say something funny and die knowing your sense of humour was too good for this world, or you'd say nothing and die without validating your ego.
"Actually," Engineer spoke up from the Visit Asia section, a finger tracing over dusty advertisements as he moved along the aisle, "One of the last GOOD directorate broadcasts sent out was a list of anomalies brought on by the apocalypse, and apparently Chernobyl became the least radiated pla
The SirenThere was a dead body on Sandie's back porch, and it was trying to get in.The Siren4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
She wrung the coffee out of the front of her shirt, made damn sure that all of her doors and windows were locked, and called Mike.
"Yeah? Sandie? That you?"
"You don't know anything about this, do you?"
"Mike, there's a zombie on my back porch. It's leaving smears on the glass door. Is it yours?"
"I... Could you repeat that?"
"Zombie, Mike. It's a dead body in a puddle of nasty, and it's leaving more nasty on my door. God, I can even smell it. This is one thorough job, man."
She edged away from the door, keeping an eye on the intruder beyond the glass. It was bloated and purple with decay, green and black fungus speckling its face. There was fluid coming out of its mouth and dripping from its nose. It had no eyes, and all indication of sex or age had rotted away.
"Robotic, maybe? One of its legs is about to fall off. You didn't sic one of your Cyber Derby friends
Hug"Ha! Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"Hug5 years ago in Short Stories
"It is a gun. But I am also happy to see you."
"...I knew it was a gun, Rich. I was making a joke, you know? Because your gun was sticking out like- oh, nevermind. You friggin' aliens will never get the joke."
"You could try the line again? I will laugh this time."
"No. It's ruined now."
"Is that why you are upset, then?"
"I'm not upset. It just would've been a good joke."
"You are upset. Your symptoms show it."
"Gah- I told you to stop doing that! You don't need to know my body temperature or metabolism at the moment or whatever the heck you were looking for. Stop using your weird power things."
"They are not weird."
"Maybe not on Mars."
"I didn't come from Mars."
"You know what I mean!"
"Sometimes I am not sure, little earthling."
"Seriously. Don't call me that."
"I have nothing else to call you, since you stated that you preferred me not to call you Elizabeth Sandra Lener."
"That's my full name. Just call me Liz. D
Toby's Super Awesome Guide...Toby's Super Awesome Guide...5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
Toby's Super Awesome Guide to many Werewolf Things
Alpha-(α) The Executive leader of the Clan and overseer of the entire territory. The selection of an Alpha is done by popular vote there is also an interim alpha which are the runner up. Interim Alphas only serve until a new Election is held. Any werewolf can apply to be an Alpha. At the age of 6, Toby was the youngest to be elected and the interim served the position until Toby would be able to perform his duty. The implied criteria for an Alpha is abnormal strength, cunning, strict morals, bravery, compassion, and intelligence, but this interpretation of the criteria is entirely up to the voter.
Anthro- A Greek based word meaning Human-like. This is the 2nd form werewolves may take. The physical characteristics that the 2nd form differs from the 1st are: Longer nails, protruding teeth, yellow or golden eyes, Taller, more muscle, pointed ears, longer hair, raspy voice, fur more noticeable, and nose is
'ORGANIC' - Part 01'ORGANIC' - Part 015 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
SCIENCE IS VICTORIOUS.
Flat, unblinking eyes watched as many programmers and technicians gave one another hearty pats on the back while exchanging optimistic and congratulatory conversation.
It was indeed a victory for science. After many years of difficult study and intensive research, this epiphany had illuminated the world of Pokemon and sent shockwaves of awe through trainers and professors alike. The findings, among other scientific advances, were on display at an exposition in one of the several research institutes of the Pokemon world.
Although the appearance of this remarkable creature remained virtually unchanged, the core components of the Pokemon in question were radically different. What had once been only a shade of a living creature was now true flesh and blood.
More or less.
"...And this version is capable of organic processes down to the sub-atomic level. It eats, breathes, sleeps, and breeds just like any other Pokemon. It even gi
Don't Trust the Tall Man Ch. 1“Well, this didn't work...” Said a good friend of yours as she narrowed her eyes, looking around the wooded area. The silence in the air was eerie and the only noise was the wind blowing lightly, messing your hair up slightly. Smoothing it out a bit you looked up at the blonde who sighed disappointed and crossed something out in her black book she was holding.Don't Trust the Tall Man Ch. 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
Nodding you hummed in agreement “What exactly were you expecting?” You asked looking up at her from your sitting position. She acted like if she didn't hear your answer, or maybe she did but in instead of answering you she just kept looking around slowly. Completing full circle she finally shrugged and looked at you with the calm eyes of hers.
“I don't know...” She started in monotone “Something... I guess.” Shaking your head you lifted your hand towards her. Hesitating a moment she helped you up and looked around once more.
The two of you picked up the 12 pages from the forest floo
Cat Girl Fever TGCat Girl FeverCat Girl Fever TG5 years ago in Short Stories
"Alan! Is that you? Please come over nyao now it's urgent!"
I was so surprised by my friend's sudden phone call that all I could answer was, "I'll be over right right over, Joan."
She hung up and I clicked off the TV with the remote. It was going to some "BREAKING NEWS" graphic anyway. Knowing that station, it was probably another in a long line of pointless car chases which went on forever.
I tucked my cell phone in my pocket and threw on my shoes. Joan and Carl lived down the street from my apartment so it wouldn't be too far of a walk.
I crossed the street after a pair of emergency vehicles screamed through the intersection.
Their house was at the edge of a rather large tract. It had more grass than most and their Halloween decorations were still hanging in the window. As I approached the door, I looked around a few times.
I didn't see Clyde.
He was their silver tabby. And he absolutely hated me. The first time I came over to visit for a movie an
Queen Part 2 Sarah curled up on her bed. She was afraid and didn't know what was going to happen. But, she was a little excited. She had never told anyone this but all her life she had dreamt of being a mother, and especially of being pregnant. She thought it was beautiful. But this, this would be different. She didn't know how long she laid there but she found her self very hungry. She placed her hand on her stomach, and found it a bit larger than she remembered. She knew she had always had a little pudge of fat around her middle, but now it was a small firm bump. "I guess Aranu wasn't kidding." She said quietly to herself. The door opened.Queen Part 26 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
"You rang, your highness?" Aranu asked as he entered the room. "You don't have to call me Your Highness. Please just call me Sarah. And I didn't call you." She responded, confused. "You said my name. I am your assistant and came to your assistance,
Life As A Dragoness Ch 1 My name is Sarah. You can call me Sassy. My life as an 18 year old is pretty normal- well normal for someone with autism. Once in a while I would like some adventure in my life. But then my life with autism seems pretty adventurous. Then one Saturday afternoon I found myself in an adventure much bigger than my life with autism.Life As A Dragoness Ch 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
It was a Saturday afternoon. When I was done watching television I went to work on some homework. Luckily, my friend Lyndsey called and asked to go on a bike ride. My parents said it was okay. I grabbed my backpack and went to get my bike. I sped off to meet her at the park.
“Hey Sarah, wanna go check out that abandoned school on the other side of the park?”
“I am not sure about that…” I replied.
“Oh come on!” said Lyndsey.
“Well…okay…”I said nervously.
My Alien Girlfriend (Chapter 1)My Alien Girlfriend (Chapter 1)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
The rain pounded on my car as I drove up the highway to my college. The sky was cloudy and it was rather chilly. I wanted to get back to the campus soon, or it would be too dark to see where I was driving. It had been a good visit back at mom and dad’s, but they had wanted to visit too long and I’d let time get away from me. It was 9 in the evening…and my housemates would probably be up watching TV or something. I didn’t want them teasing me about returning from home so late…because they’d done that before.
The guys I lived with had long put their family life behind them and very rarely visited their families at home. They often picked on me about visiting my family during certain weekends like this one. Because it was the weekend, I had decided to drive home to visit my mom and dad for a while. Unlike the guys, I missed them and I don’t get to see them very often, especially ever since I started college. They were happy to see me of course,
Lifrasir Wars : 01Lifrasir Wars : 015 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
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"Camus said that the only true function of man, born into an absurd world, is to live, be aware of one's life, one's revolt, one's freedom. He said that if the only solution to the human dilemma is death, then we are on the wrong road. The right track is the one that leads to life, to sunlight. One cannot unceasingly suffer from the cold. [ ]The track he followed led into the sunlight in being that one devoted to making with our frail powers and our absurd material, something which had not existed in life until we made it." - William Faulkner on Albert Camus.
The Massacre at th
Sonic and Rainbow Dash Adventure PrologeSonic and Rainbow Dash Adventure Prologe4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
Sonic & Rainbow Dash Adventure: Prologe
Sonic's World (Mobius):
It was just another ordinary day, in place called "Emerald Town". It inhabitants are mostly anamorphic animals & different types of little creatures like the Flickies & the Chao. A blue hedgehog was running at a burst of speed. His name was Sonic & he just got back from defeating Dr. Robotnik (Usually called by his nickname Eggman) one of his arch-nemesis, from yet another attempt to build his empire, New Eggmanland.
(Music: Emerald Town-Sonic Battle)
"Man, Beating that Egg-head sure left me hungry, I'm gonna see if there's any chill dog stands around" Said Sonic
The hungry hedgehog then finds a chili dog stand near the Emerald Beach, buys himself one & then starts to munch on it as he walks.
"Mmm Hmm, If there's nothing I love more than adventure, is a good ol' Chill Dog, Warmed to perfection, too Implied the very satisfied hedgehog hmm, Sure is borin
Neko Mother - Chapter 1 - TG, TFI was born in the year 2025, not that it matters anymore. With no calendars to keep track of stuff like birthdays and holidays are just not important anymore. I must have been thirteen when the first of them were reported on the news. Random articles about some sickness, making a big panic in cities or something. It must have started back East, or they wouldn't have been making such a big deal about it.Neko Mother - Chapter 1 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
All I can remember was it worried Mom and Dad a lot. They would have arguments that shook the house. I think Mom wanted to move farther West, while Dad wanted to stay put. They argued about it constantly. At that age, all I cared about was the fact that they canceled school. As more reports came in, people started locking themselves in their houses, only coming out when it was absolutely necessary.
It was at this point that I made the biggest mistake of my life. After a week straight of being on lock down I was going stir crazy. I went on a tirade against my parents. The argument that f
After the Reapers IndexAfter the Reapers (in chronological order):After the Reapers Index5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
The Journey So Far...
Rest in Peace
Descent into Darkness
Remembering the Fallen
Before the Storm (WIP)
Affirmation of Life
Meeting the Folks
Late Night Observations
Union – Ceremony
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 29 (ReaderxLoki)You've been stomping around your room for hours. You refuse to come out. From the movies and real life scenarios, you know that if you go out there, everyone's going to be furious. You'll be a chew toy for a good few weeks. So childish, ugh. How could you let yourself do that?Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 29 (ReaderxLoki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
You hear loud, deep steps thumping down the hallway towards your location. You freeze in fear. There's more than one pair of steps. Oh god...they've come for you. You're gonna seriously get it now. You begin to cower onto your bed, fighting the panic. You'll just apologize, sob, and promise to never do it again. You just hope the punishment isn't...too painful...
The footfalls stop. Voices whisper incoherently, muffled, outside the door. Cautious, you begin to try and sense who's outside. With the imaginary trick Xavier taught you, you begin to pick up on some clues:
"...ikke ha gjort det i første omgang."
...Well, if it was Loki, you wouldn't be able to know what he's thinking. This must be Thor. Another
The Trust Fall(read description first! =3) It was raining outside that day, thunder cracking, shells thundering right outside the little house. We were in the middle of a war between our species. We being Ty and I of course, an odd pair of friends but a pair nonetheless. We huddled tensely in the abandoned modern home while outside in the muck, biological giants of 15 feet were locked in combat with mechanical giants, mechs inhabited by 6 foot humans. The rumbling around Ty and I indicated the close proximity of this war but we? We were two at peace, huddling right behind his enemy's lines. Though they were my people's lines as well. Ty the human, I the giant. While the two of us, misfits of our own societies, hid away in the rattled little human abode, bombs exploded abruptly around the war torn area.The Trust Fall4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
"AHH!" A shell BOOMED in the near distance and Ty and I uttered cries of surprise, rained upon with a shower of plaster from the crumbling ceiling. I leaned over him, my friend, to shield him fr
An Atheist's Mental NoteHer body, while only alive for barely twenty years, will take, in my opinion, another two hundred to be fully decomposed. The days of rotting flesh, vermin and foul gasses have long passed, but it was sufficiently elongated as to drive away all who would interfere with this interment process. Those who fear the distorted sleeping face of an abandoned physical shell and refuse to return to this isolated field have forever left behind the possibility of laying eyes on a genuine treasure of fated circumstance.An Atheist's Mental Note4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes
A single stroke of lightning, gulfed down with an ocean of rain, curved her into a cloudy figure of glass, as though she had only lived as a manifested recollection of time's incessantly drumming cascades of sand. Internal organs, of course, were not spared and had begun their return to living ash, melding this sleeping statue's reproductive organs, hips and entrails into the prolific soil, sadly before the electric phenomenon occurred. Her hair is a series of
Fingernails, Please“Fingernails, please.”Fingernails, Please2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes
The girl smacked her gum, fussed with her hair a little, and turned her attention back to her phone. After a few seconds she glanced up again, clearly irritated: “Well?”
“Right. Um.” Thomas suppressed the urge to look at the fingernails she was currently wearing. “Color?”
“Green. Do you have something in a sort of limey chartreuse, maybe?”
“Uh, yeah, the list's over here –” But his customer had turned her full attention back to the phone, and was clearly ignoring him. Thomas cleared his throat. “Do you want lime, or chartreuse?”
“Uh... yeah, lime. Sure.”
Thomas winced. The long ones were always worst. “I'll be right back.”
He had 18 mm lime in stock, still in their larval stage, pale and wriggling under the blue light of the stasis chamber. He tried hard not to look at them too closely as he de
The Undertall Virus, Chapter 1Transcribed from the audio journal of Dr. Paul Ahearn, research scientist.The Undertall Virus, Chapter 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
We have received approval to go forward with human testing of our experimental new virus. This will mark a first as a way of addressing human health, and may be a real breakthrough in the treatment of obesity.
The virus, R-4572-B, has shown great promise in lab animals. Overweight animals treated with the virus grew to the point that their weight was appropriate, the fat transformed into additional size, muscle and bone. The tests also showed that animals of normal weight were immune.
The virus has been given a nickname, coined by my colleague Dr. Jessica Egolf: the Undertall Virus. The name stems from a joke that was popular in the 1990s, "I'm not overweight; I'm undertall."
Ironically, Jessica herself would seem at a glance, to those unfamiliar with the virus, to be an ideal candidate for the virus testing. Dr. Egolf is f
OK Doc - A Doctor Who Western (p.1)The Ninth Doctor gets to play cowboy as he and Rose accidentally end up back at the OK Corral. But something new is brewing in Tombstone, involving an ancient culture, a myth, a legend, and a bunny rabbit.OK Doc - A Doctor Who Western (p.1)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters
The Tardis materialized.
The Doctor stepped out and took a look around the small dusty courtyard. "Oh, so not going to happen," he muttered in disgust. He turned around. "Back inside, Rose," he said, shooing her before him.
She sidestepped. "Why? What is it? What's wrong?" She looked around the small cramped yard, tall wooden fencing blocked out any view to speak of, but it was hot, with a dry heat similar to a desert, and it smelled of animals and rotting garbage. She held her nose and looked over at the pile of moldering onions that stood at the back door of the ramshackle, clapboard building they'd apparently materialized behind. "It stinks."
"Yes, it does," he said, giving the words an ominous ring that indicated something more dire than onions.
Rose gave him a sou