The Reconstruction of the Stars: Chapter Two"Now arriving at the Concordia System. Please remain seated until we reach Nimbus IV."The Reconstruction of the Stars: Chapter Two3 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
Cosmo let out a breath of relief. The trip through the wormhole was a strange and surreal experience, so he was glad to be out of it, less he would vomit all over his seat. But of course he wasn't completely happy. After all, he was still sitting next to his mother. She was wearing headphones staring intensely at the screen, which showed a movie playing. Something about a pretty bureaucrat building a park to redeem himself or something. Why that movie interested her Cosmo will never know. He turned his head to the side to watch empty space again. This time he could actually see a couple of planets in the distance. Of course, Nimbus IV wasn't a planet. It was an orbiting space colony on the planet Nimbus, an uninhabitable yet resourceful planet. Nimbus IV is placed there to bring resources from the planet as part of trading, but it has virtually no rights or voting. It's part of the reason why the stu
A Game of Cat And Mouse Chapter 3A Game of Cat And Mouse 2 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
They had landed on the main spaceport without any major incidents. They had packed a backpack with basic surplice; a small med-kit, a small tracking beacon, a homing beacon, and a smoke bomb. Choyel hoped that she didn’t need to use any of them, she landed the ship and gave Suiauthon his ear piece and the backpack.
“I don’t think Hardeen will be that stupid to take the boy with him to the bar, but who knows?” Choyel’s brother said.
“I’m just assuming that he is that stupid. You’ll stay outside. I’ll go and get the boy. If something happens: do as I say. If I don’t come out: you are free to do as what you feel is needed to be done. Understood?” she said and took the other tracking beacon.
“Yes, General,” he said sounding gruff.
They exited the small ship and Choyel immediately regretted that she walked out. The stench from the junk and rotte
Elaine And The Apocalypse (INTRO) When i awoke... All i knew was protect Elaine Walker . Protect her life over my own .This was my mission ,my reason ,my purpose.My head was filled to the brim with information on how to survive the apocalypse. I knew everything i could to keep her alive.Protect her , protect her replayed over and over again in my mind like a broken record.I will protect the savior of man.Elaine And The Apocalypse (INTRO)4 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
Every where you turn crumbling buildings from the bombings of people on the verge of insanity,The dead mindlessly wander the streets until they find living to consume . But there hunger never disperses .They just kill. eat. repeat .My family all mangled and contorted,with blood all around.So many emotions bubbled up inside me at that moment .Fear sadness anger and an over whelming feeling of revenge. My emotions got stronger and stronger with every second i saw my family .The sides of my vision went re
Notes from a Time Traveler's Assistant--Part 3* * *Notes from a Time Traveler's Assistant--Part 35 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
We sat on the veranda one warm evening, sipping shandies. The sun was setting behind the clouds. Don Quixote was plotting around the large yard. Every once in a while, he would come over to see what we were up to, and nibble at my hair.
“Jim, ol’ pal,” Gregory began, without turning from the orange-red sky. “I’ve run into a bit of a problem. I need your help.”
I raised my eyebrows. “About?”
He finally turned to me. “I’ve made some adjustments to the machine…but these adjustments also cause a problem.”
“What adjustments?” I hated that he was never direct.
“Well, I’ve discovered a way to travel back in time and control when I want to return. Remember I had set the machine to an automatic timer, yes?” He lifted a hand off the table linen. I nodded. “I’ve figured out that it’s a simple as a button.” He snapped a silver box lighter open and lit a cigarette. He
Wire_Strung: chapter 4Wire_StrungWire_Strung: chapter 43 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
_/ _/ _/ 4 \_ \_ \_
There was an echo through the sea of information. A form floated through the murky depths, her body surrounded by darkness. Wires floated through the depths of the vast and infinite sea. She was asleep, dreaming. Except in the depths of the sea of Atomnet there were no dreams. She was lost in the dark, fast asleep yet wide awake. The wires around her began to move. They curled and stretched through the depths of the blackness, moving with purpose and intent. They curled together and formed another entity. It was formless, unspeakably massive and completely unidentifiable, except for its face. That face was a mirror.
The formless being was silent. Its face grew close to the female. They floated through the depths of the ocean.
“Hello.” The female said. She was not human. She was different, a mishmash of genetic material, just close enough to a human to not be an animal, but too different from a human to be con
Messages - Chapter 10Chapter 10: Internal IssuesMessages - Chapter 104 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
Blaster fire resonated throughout the jungle. The Republic troops were outnumbered, yet they were the ones winning the battle. The Osseus Manus terrorists dropped like flies, and not one of them had called for retreat, despite the fact they were clearly outmatched. Grey couldn’t understand them. In all of her encounters with the Osseus Manus, most of the lower ranking terrorists had almost no military training. And what she also couldn’t understand was how she’d managed to kill the highest ranking individual who’d been sent to Ondye to kidnap her and send her back to their leader for who knows what. It’d been an accident that she’d killed him; she had reflexively swung her arm after he cut up her shoulder. She hadn’t meant to slice his throat open. She was certain both of their looks of surprise were equally matched. She’d never get used to seeing blood spill from throats.
Binding Moonlight Prologue (Preview)Binding Moonlight Prologue (Preview)4 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
The sky was black. It had been like this ever since the small sun died almost sixty years ago. Nrekeeka felt like she should take its example and die as well. Her life had been crumbling ever since they moved to this city and it just seemed to keep getting worse.
The sky was still black. It somehow felt darker today than it had any day in the entire seventeen years Nrekeeka Seldon had been alive. She had survived through her father’s death. She had been strong when her mother overdosed. She was strong every day for the sake of her sister. But today, no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t summon any of her strength. Her sister had contracted the virus which had been ravishing the four planets as long as the sun had been gone.
Tears were streaming down her face and dripping off her chin. She wasn’t sobbing or hiccuping, just silently crying. She didn’t know what was left for her. Sure, Shelsea was still alive, but all her future held was painful deterioration
The Star Children ch13The Star Children ch135 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
13 On Display
‘I’m home,’ I thought.
‘I’m home. I’m gonna open my eyes this time and be back in my bed, this is all gonna be over...’
I was so certain I was home again. The bed, the covers wrapped around me and the warm body in my arms. I rubbed my nose through her hair and softly kissed the top of her head. A hand slid over my shoulder and she moaned. She pulled herself up and her lips met mine. We embraced and kissed for the next few minutes; my hands gliding down her back and hers running through my hair. We slowly parted and when I opened my eyes, I held my breath.
It was Heather staring back at me. My mouth hung open and I looked away,
“I... I am so sorry...”
“No it’s... Okay...”
No, it wasn’t.
I rolled over onto my back and smoothed my hair away from my face.
“Are you up for the day?” She was just trying to break the awkward silence.
“What time is it?” I was m
Ludus - Part 3Ludus - Part 36 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
One week later...
The big day was here at last. A tournament designed to show off their skills to the parents and various sponsors of the school here. Its purpose wasn’t anything like that for Corey though, the young Mandalorian was simply glad of an opportunity to test out his skills in actual combat, rather than training and sparring matches. It would be a day that would be remembered by many, and Corey had every intention of coming out on top. Even if he didn’t, Black knew that it would simply become the fuel he needed to push himself harder to come out ahead. Rising early as always, the young Mandalorian made his way to the mess, and ate quickly, getting through breakfast before dawn.
Black prepared himself, choosing to wear no armour, because armour didn't make him, and he believed himself more than the sum of its pieces, and had every intention of showing that today. Sitting in the centre of the training square,
In-Progress Story ExcerptYou place your thumb upon the scanner. Another day of auditing. You can't say you don't enjoy it from a purely mechanical standpoint. Seeing balance and seeing order is important to you. It's your duty as a citizen, as is your service. It is also very fulfilling because you have mild autism. A familiar electronic ding, you're authorized.In-Progress Story Excerpt1 day ago in Introductions & Chapters
CAI loaded. Welcome to the Central Auditing Interface! Log six hours of auditing, including a mandatory thirty minute break today for full-time. Please wait for information sync.
The information was being translated and encrypted. The new minutely cypher. All of this so you have no idea who you are judging and to whom you are giving or taking resources. You'll check your bank account tonight to see if you have any auditing additions or charges. The news droned on in the background. It was really just the usual, more pundits throwing around the talking points, hackers and their role in optimizing and harming the auditing system, whether AI shou
CP-BK2-RPRT9Part 9 –CP-BK2-RPRT92 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
ISL – Reno System – New Reno
Fitness And Life Centering Recreational Agency
March 3rd 6200 C.E.
Sakron had to chuckle at how easy it had been to set up the front that would become the Falcra’s new base of operations. In this case as suggested Salevirish had suggested they had purchased some property and quickly built a physical fitness center and spa.
The building as well as the underground facilities had gone up quickly and they had already been open for two months at this point with people flocking into the new mega fitness center that had all the bells and whistles at an extremely low cost.
They had hired staff and then Sakron had converted them into tru
Royalty and the Beast CH60Royalty and the Beast CH60Royalty and the Beast CH603 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
“you left me there.”
Evan groaned, sitting up. his head was pounding and the rest of his body was pulsing with a sore pain. He rubbed his eyes, reaching for a glass near by. He jumped in shock when he finally noticed the body standing next to him. “Kadeem?” he gasped.
Kadeem seemed hardly able to support himself. He had his clawed hand over the wound in his side, like he usually did. His yellow eyes burned into Evan, almost bringing pain. He drew a wheezy breath. “you left me.”
Evan sat up straighter, shaking his head. “no, Xeon rescued me. I didn’t leave you.”
“you left me!” he yelled. “you were right there. You were right under me. You. Were. Right. There!”
“They couldn’t waste anymore time, Kadeem,” Evan tried to explain, realizing the naga was speaking of his body. “they had to get out of there.”
“I was not a waste of time!” Kadeem yelle
The Plot ThickensThe Plot Thickens2 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
The next morning, Jasper was back, dragging Clarys out of dreams, by her hair. She was towed out of the cell, and into the corridor, yelling at Jasper.
"Bastard, let go! Bastard!"
"As you wish!" He threw her down, and she collapsed against the wall. Matthew Logan was behind Jasper, eyeing the prisoner with disgust and anger, whilst he cracked his knuckles.
"Get up, little whore!" Jasper hissed. "Now!" Glaring at him, Clarys pushed herself up, using the wall for support.
"I'm unarmed!" she shouted. "You don't have to use such violence!" Clarys spat at him again, and earned a backhanded slap across the face. Jasper took her upper arm in a vice-like grip and stormed down the corridor, half-dragging her, followed closely by Matthew. He pushed her through a doorway, into the same tiled walled room as yesterday, where the Chief of the Secret Police was waiting, hands on her hips, and a self-satisfied look upon her face.
"Well now, Clarys, I'm under the impression that you're not happy to see
Die finale Rochade 2/5Gerade als Luz Johanna Dorléac und ihre Begleiter durch die Eingeweiden des Sternenkreuzers Esperanza auf ein weiteres Schott zu rannten, erschütterte eine brutale Explosion alles - als brülle das Schiff selbst gequält auf. Die Erschütterung war dabei so heftig, dass es keinem von ihnen gelang, auf den Füssen zu bleiben.Die finale Rochade 2/53 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
Hierbei stürzte Luz am schwersten, als sie sich rasch abdrehte und nur darauf fokussiert war, das Consuelo in ihren Armen nicht verletzt würde.
Lange noch ging ein dumpfes Knarren und Grollen durch das Schiff, während sich hinter ihnen gut hörbar Sicherheitsschotte schlossen und verriegelten, um die kostbare Atemluft im Schiff zu halten.
Der schlaksige Toivo war als erster auf den Füssen, blieb aber entgeistert stehen. Seine Stimme klang ungläubig. „Das kam…“
„Sie hat wohl getan… was getan werden musste!“ antwortete Luz bitter, als sie vorsichtig Consuelo auf die Fü
Let Me In - Round 2 "AAAAAH!!!" The first thing Azalea noticed was that she was in immense pain, as if her limbs were being pulled from her body. In an attempt to escape the perceived source of the pain, she tried to flail her limbs. Panic quickly set in when she realized she could barely move, with leather straps holding her down. One crossed over her upper arms and chest, another over her upper thighs, and a third over her calves, leaving the only parts of her mobile being her head and lower arms.Let Me In - Round 23 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
'No. No, no. NO!! Not again! They couldn't have sent me back there! Anywhere but THERE! PLEASE!!! GRANDFATHER PROMISED!!!' After much work, she managed to push her arms away from her torso, and started to fumble with the straps, but she grew more and more upset. The pain was still ever-present, and not helping her situation. In an attempt to calm herself, she started to rock from side-to-side, and managed to knock her bed over, her body-weight causing her to fall a little in her str
Double Deceit : 1. AwakeningsDouble Deceit : 1. Awakenings4 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
In his dream he was together with Isolene again, they were walking down the beach, watching the breakers rolling in with a calming even rhythm and counting sea-shells on the ground, the glistening wet sand sticking on their bare feet only to be swept away when the next wave came in. Far in the distance, yellow through a hazy sky was the minor sun, descending towards the horizon, while the large sun was still high in the sky, burning their necks behind them. He knew he would get a sunburn but he didn't care.
They stopped and kissed, when they had reached half way to the pier with the lighthouse and the ruin. And she tucked back her flaxen hair behind her ears and grinned at him, puckering her lips, expecting more. He had asked for her name then, her full name. And she had given it to him, perhaps reluctantly, because a full name meant business, it meant that playtime was over and that they were supposed to get to know each other for real. Perhaps construct a social life, the cliché
(3) Take a Left at Sirius3(3) Take a Left at Sirius5 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
The thing about humans- if there is a single thing that can be described 'the thing' about the species as a whole- is their ability to blatantly deny what is directly before their eyes.
For example, soon after my assigned arrival, I spent several years living in a human city called Seattle. My neighbor, as it turned out, was a painfully obvious lycanthrope. I'd never known another being with quite the same talent for leaving obvious clues. And yet, somehow, even his roommates, two friends with whom he'd chosen to live his life for the time being, found increasingly far-fetched explanations for his eccentricity.
It's amusing to watch humans classify anything they don't quite understand, really. It's been that way for centuries now.
I talked to him one day, stating openly that I suspected him of lycanthropy. Though it may seem difficult to believe, he actually seemed rather relieved someone had seen through his ruse.
“Y'know, Alex,” he'd often say. “You're a de
Archon Chapter 1 Tobias McAvoy slammed his head against his revision notes, the notebook being the only source of padding on his hard ironbark desk top. In his mind fragments of physics and chemistry lectures, mathematic exercises, historical studies and geographic reports formed a chaotic maelstrom of thought which made it near impossible for him to prepare for the exam scheduled in two days. Wearily, he turned his head to one side and groaned as his eyes, failing to find sanctuary, fell on the schematics of the MK IV Vulcan class combat mech he was training to pilot which he had pinned to the wall for easy and quick reference. On the desk below the mech plans, was a report he completed for his Engineering and Mechanics elective, the front page showing that he had received full marks. Being subjects usually counting for two units, it was highly abnormal for cadet pilots to elect any mechanical or maintenance based classes. Preferring the higher marked subjects such as Leadership and ManagArchon Chapter 11 week ago in Introductions & Chapters
200 Writing Challenge Day 144- Phobias“Hey, I have a secret to tell you.” Chesh whispered into Timothy’s ear, still seeming to be invisible to everyone else, “It is about the chemist.”200 Writing Challenge Day 144- Phobias1 week ago in Introductions & Chapters
“What is it?” Timothy asked, Mary too caught up in her work to notice and Vera gone.
“He’s not from this time and is the reason for all of this happening. He is a paradox.” Chesh explained, his grin widening.
“What? What does that mean?” Timothy asked, giving Chesh a questioning glance.
“I guess that makes sense. I mean, I always thought there was something up with that guy.” Luke stated, leaning against the chair Timothy was sitting in.
“He is the reason you are this way, Timothy. He was the first one to discover the serum they used on you.” Chesh explained, jumping down from Timothy’s lap, “What do you think about that?”
Timothy looked down at his lap, processing what just happened. Looking down at
The Minuteman Chapter 2 - Home The mall Annie and Mason found themselves in was bustling as usual. Mason looked around in wonder. He felt at ease seeing all the people smiling and interacting with one another. Hearing girls giggle, boys in school uniforms running around. He was home. After a time, he was snapped back to reality by Annie when she yanked him into a clothing store. She pulled him all the way to the dressing room. It was a small room filled with sensors, monitors, a computer and a pad. Mason walked over and stood tall on the pad while Annie zipped over to the computer and started tapping away at the holopad. The screen on the wall showed a mirror image of Mason in different outfits. As the copy switched articles of clothing, she found she particularly liked a leather motorcycle jacket. After she was satisfied with the assortment she picked out, Annie walked Mason over to the register where they paid and collected his new clothing. Mason looked down at his girlfriend. ShThe Minuteman Chapter 2 - Home3 hours ago in Introductions & Chapters
The Djahanel Prophecy: part 1, chapter 2/6The Djahanel ProphecyThe Djahanel Prophecy: part 1, chapter 2/62 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
The Sigamee Menace
Another day, another problem.
The day promised to be beautiful. Already the sun was up and it was about 25 degrees or warmer than normal, but the atmosphere, which had taken a hit during the war, had hardly recovered making the heat of Solar become more intense.
Gill prepared a breakfast. Jahana ate little while his uncle practically slept on his plate. Gill took a good portion and helped Pakit to prepare to go to work.
"Come on, uncle Pakit. We should go now, we're gonna be late!
He lifted his limp body and went to his room to dress, arms dangling. Gill remembered the man, strong, right and brave who fought for the Kgitahns, to retain their freedom. But it became a wreck.
"You should lower on the alcohol intake, you will get fired." He said.
"Why are you telling me this?" angrily asked the uncle, in a hoarse voice. "I'm not drunk."
Gill opened the door to Pakit's room he froze, a bottle of alcohol in hand.
"Because I know you're already dr
Leon's Portal Prologue chapter 0.1"There's a guy who has recently been giving out free Donald Trump tattoos to Trump supporters," my Media Criticism professor explained as we neared the end of today's class. "That may be all fine and dandy, but come 5... 10 years from now, you can't help but to wonder one day they wake up from a bad dream and see their Donald Trump tattoo after he's destroyed society." The class uttered a quiet chuckle at his ripping on Donald Trump, a republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election.Leon's Portal Prologue chapter 0.117 hours ago in Introductions & Chapters
"But to get back on topic, the idea of pragmatism is somewhat opposite of semiosis. One involves that the interpretant determines the meaning of a sign, and the other says the way a sign is interpreted determines the interpretant." He then took a glance at the clock, realizing he had run out of time. "Keep that in mind as you complete your quiz on Thursday, and we'll meet back here on Tuesday."
As we headed out of the class, I walked holding my Lovinity pony plush with one of my classmates discussi