The Host With the MostPaul staggered out into the early morning fog like a drunkard.The Host With the Most2 years ago in Writing More Like This
He hunched into the raised lapels of this too-thin jacket and wandered away from the hotel, disoriented, shivering--panic gnawing at his gut like a cannibal. "I need help," he thought, "but where?" The nearest hospital was the obvious answer, but the thought of what the doctors would do filled his mind with images of hospital beds with straps, extended isolation with no answers and needles piercing his flesh.
The mass on his thigh was growing--that was certain. Paul could feel it writhing and pushing against his flesh as he walked. Lost in his fears, he never noticed the black, windowless van pull up next to him until he heard the van door slide back violently, and rough hands reached out and pulled him out of the grey London mist into darkness.
He awoke with a headache, disoriented. His eyes would not focus and he began to panic, his heart pounding in his ch
Drawn Together"a fit! A seizure! There must be some kind of police report!"Drawn Together2 years ago in Writing More Like This
"Sir, any such information would be confidential. But there has been no report of anyone having a 'fit' or 'seizure' this morning. Now, please step aside!"
"No, no. I'm sorry." Paul backed away, suddenly aware that the queue behind him was becoming a small, angry crowd. A policeman stood nearby, radio held to his lips. Someone coughed, "Nutter," as he staggered away from the kiosk and up towards the London streets.
He scanned the crowd surging into the station, hoping to see the shock of red hair and the deep brown of the jacket. A hand gripped his left forearm.
"Is he here? Did you find him?" A man, maybe fifty, stared at Paul with pleading, mud-colored eyes. The close-cropped, salt-and-pepper hair and hangdog features sparked Paul's memory: it was the man with the belt. The wo
Odyssey II Chapter 2He stopped in front of the hotel. The man could feel that his chosen was up there. Yes, that human who had so kindly lain him on his lap and allowed him to give him The Gift. He would spread it and be a perfect catalyst, this man.Odyssey II Chapter 22 years ago in Writing More Like This
The plan was proceeding perfectly. Everything would run smoothly, so long as the human survived this change that he was undergoing. Of course, he had no doubt the human would. As he'd gone through the seizure that came with passing on The Gift, the red-haired man had sensed the human's strength. He knew this would work.
However... If they decided to intervene...
No they were completely unaware.
Better get moving anyway, he thought.
Without hesitation, the red-headed man advanced towards the building, his heart beating rapidly as he crossed the threshold into the lobby. He could hear his chosen human's heart beating rapidly. His slight smile turned to a grin, and his eyes flashed a bright silver. Yes, this was it.
The Color of DarknessSara hated travel hated the journey, the movement. Perhaps the wandering of her spirit gave rise to the complacency of her body. Still, the necessity for travel was inescapable.The Color of Darkness2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Sweating through a fog of Xanax and Ambien, her hair damp piled and disheveled like heaps of autumn leaves tumbled in ringlets against her cadaverous skin. Her eyes, sharpened by deep shadows, were a tumult of color Indigo. Vermilion. Rust. Mahogany.
Her beauty was cruelly deceptive perverted by time and corrupted by desire. Her perfume was the sweet smell of jasmine and acetylene undercut by the scent of flop sweat and malice an odor that went unnoticed as she walked through the terminal at Heathrow.
They were waiting for her. Their fear was palpable.
"Where is the child?" Sara asked in her heavily accented but inscrutable voice.
"Lost...on the Underground." the man shifted his hands near his wais
Discovering A Disease"What the fuck.."Discovering A Disease2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Paul watched in disbelief as the laceration on his leg seemed to start spreading, fluctuating between a variety of different colors while the burning sensation it brought continued to cause extreme pain. What was once normal skin now seemed to be eating away at him, violently deteriorating the excess skin around the circular abrasion to the point where the lather was now striking bare flesh. Confused and scared, he quickly jumped out of the shower and began searching for his computer, not giving a damn if he was naked or not.
The pain was constant even now that he was out of the shower, and it seemed like the deterioration wasn't only affecting his skin, but also the very muscles in his leg. His veins surrounding the infection seemed to be pulsing and dilating, almost as if he had suffered from a snake bite and it's venom rather than just one man and his vomit. When he had finally found his computer and loaded up the internet, the pain had finally stopped, but the sur
SkinPaul could hear someone screaming. It took him several seconds to realize it was his own voice he could hear.Skin2 years ago in Writing More Like This
The rash crawled down his legs as the spray from the shower tore away great strips of skin to reveal the dazzling kaleidoscope of color beneath. The drain at his feet quickly became choked with the discarded skin and the shower started to fill with water, slivers of pale flesh bobbing across its surface tapping against his shins.
Filled with revulsion, Paul leapt backwards. His foot slipped, skidding sideways, and he fell out of the shower. He grabbed at the shower curtain, tearing it from the rail and dragging it down to the ground with him as he fell. Time slowed as he crashed into the bathroom floor, waves of pain reverberating through his shoulder. His head cracked against the tiles sending bursts of red and blue and orange across his vision.
The shower curtain had become tangled around Paul's legs. He could feel the cold, wet plastic clutching at his ankles. He kicked
An Abduction Fit for a MartianAND IT WASN'T STOPPING!An Abduction Fit for a Martian2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Without a second thought, Paul bolted from the shower in a panicked frenzy: out of the room, along the corridor, and down the two flights of stairs to the lobby. All the while savagely scratching his leg, thinking, and screaming:
This can't be happening!
What do I do!?
"GET THIS BLOODY THING OFF ME!"
hospital? Hospital! ok!
Skidding to a halt at the front desk, he lunged over it, grabbed the concierge by her jacket, and roared:
"WHERE'S THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?"
"Calm down sir, what..."
"WHERE THE FFF-UCK IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL!" Inadvertently spraying spittle all over her face.
"R-r-right ar-r-round th-the corner sir, Th-The College Hospital"
He released her and continued his mad dash for aid; Sprinting across the marble floors, rushing past the alarmed residents, and finally bursting out the front doors of his hotel in Highgate... Only to slam into something so hard, it must have been concr
Sinister Smile Paul quickly went from amazed to frightened. Whatever it was, was spreading fast. His eyes widened as it reached his scrotum. Colors swirling, spawning, multiplying. Paul pushed at the edges of the rash as if trying to fend it off but it was of no use. He fell to the shower floor writhing in pain and pleasure. The feeling was so intense that he lost consciousness.Sinister Smile2 years ago in Writing More Like This
When he regained his senses Paul hadn't yet opened his eyes but was sure he was no longer in the shower. He didn't feel the water nor the porcelain floor anymore. His naked body was humming. When he did open his eyes he was almost blinded by the bright burst of colors that swirled before his pupils, or more correctly, onto his pupils.
Paul's mind hummed just as intensely as his body. It was as though he was on another plane of existence. Any kind of fear one should naturally feel at this moment did not occur to Paul. A sensation of peace and tranquility like nothing he's e
Impaired VisionImpaired VisionImpaired Vision2 years ago in Writing More Like This
The hurricane of colors finally subsided, yet the skin around the original rash was now stained a grotesque shade of gray. The pain had dulled, however a deep throbbing remained around his swollen groin.
Paul grabbed a nearby towel to dry off. The feathery cotton felt comforting as he wiped the moisture from his face and moved toward the pulsating gray canvas. As he wiped the water from the spot, he noticed the color faded with each pass. As it disappeared, the throbbing calmed until it was gone completely. Oddly, the stain had not transferred to the towel, instead it seemed to have absorbed into his flesh.
The area was a bit red with rawness from the scrubbing, but much better. As his stomach began to rumble, Paul decided to pull a clean outfit from his bag and head to the lobby to find a good restaurant nearby. Rarely did he eat lunch, but the long trip must have encou
Premonition"Shit," Paul yelled as he stood in the bathroom. He gazed in horror at the whirling vortex of colors that arose from the vomit anomaly that had infected his leg. The shower had done no good. The multicolored gelatinous lump, which had once been a coin-size stain on his trousers, continued to grow inside his thigh. It was grotesque, revolting, and yet riveting to watch. Then the pain started - agonizing pain.Premonition2 years ago in Writing More Like This
In pure panic, Paul rushed from the bathroom to find a telephone. He quickly picked up the receiver, but before he was able to beckon for help, the pain from the now pulsating hideous blob on his leg became unbearable. It spread like wildfire from his thigh, through his torso, to his head resulting in such excruciating agony that Paul fell to the floor trembling.
Paul's head pulsated with so much pressure that he expected it to explode at any moment. Images and other contorted appari
The EndgameThe bathroom swiveled in one sickening motion . Lights were extinguished. Paul skidded out of the shower and crashed upon the floor. Waves of everchanging colors collided with each other....blood red met emerald green and out came purplish foam . Shutting his eyes, Paul held onto the piece of tiled driftwood, hoping that it would be over soon....that it was a mindtrick, a nightmare, anything but reality...The Endgame2 years ago in Writing More Like This
He laid there for a long time. Until the seasick sensation subsided, Paul felt safe enough to get up. His eyes were unfocused, lines were blurred and the room seemed brighter than before. He worked his way over to the mirror and examined the rash. It pulsated and slowly grew larger. Wavering, Paul returned to the bedroom and began to dress. He needed air...he had to get away from that damned hostel and find the nearest hospital.
“What the heck?” Rubbing his eyes
Chapter two entryPaul let his hands fall down and the water wash the soap off his body, as well as a few more flakes of skin. The rash, if it could be called that anymore, had spread halfway down his thigh as well as a good portion of his pelvis. His skin looked like the colourful offspring of a lizard and a toad.Chapter two entry2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Out of some perverse curiosity, he poked one of the lumps with his finger. It didn't hurt as much as before. There was still a deep ache under his skin, but nothing that can't be ignored. He turned off the water and dabbed the rash with a towel. There was no way he could get all the water that hid between the blisters, which he could swear had gotten larger since he got out of the shower, so he simply put on a fresh pair of wear and dug out a clean pair of trousers.
The rash began to sting again as he unpacked his laptop and opened up a browser. Whatever this thing was, he knew he needed a doctor. It didn't take long to find a medical clinic nearby, although Paul would have to stretch his und
Odyssey 2 - Ch 2 Entry - A Colourful FindHi there I'm going to keep this note short and simple: Hope you guys enjoy it, I enjoying writing, I'm terrified of my own ideas, and I REALLY hate cute things because they manipulate me too well.Odyssey 2 - Ch 2 Entry - A Colourful Find2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Paul began panicking. He furiously tried to stop the spread of the disease, with absolutely no success. He tried everything from rubbing alcohol, to shaving cream, to soap, and every concoction in between. The mass of colors began to coalesce with one another, forming large puddles of strange mixtures. Paul stopped trying and sat down, looking defeated. There was nothing that he could do besides stare at the abomination that had festered on his leg. If he focused enough, he could actually see it moving, slowly spreading across his flesh, inching outwards, slowly but surely. Little tendrils of varying colors spread up his thigh, invading more of his body. The larger it grew, the more fatigued Paul felt.
For a second, Paul could've sworn that something was moving underneath
The Stranger“W-What the hell?” Paul shouted to the shower wall. What was happening to him? This beautiful, disgusting rash was quickly spreading down his leg, and it felt like it was burning him. He turned so that the water could hit the rash directly; he hoped to lessen the burning but it did nothing. In fact, it seemed to make it worse.The Stranger2 years ago in Writing More Like This
At seeing this, he jumped out of the shower and gently dried the burning rash with a towel. Cursing, he limped weakly out of the bathroom and over to a lamp so he could see what he was dealing with better.
The rash was spreading slower now that he was out of the water, but he could still see his skin changing, transitioning through all the different colors. Looking at it in the light made him fully grasp the beauty of it, but also the horror at what was happening. He reached down and found his skin was not that of flesh, but felt more like a strange mix of coarse fish scales and soft silk; he winced away from his leg.
He shook his head; Paul was unabl
Odyssey II: Chapter Two SubmissionThe rash etched itself into Paul's skin with patient accuracy, like a tattoo drawn by an invisible hand. Its expanding edges followed a pattern of sortsa fractal that repeated upon itself but never diminishedrevealing the maelstrom of shifting colours and patterns beneath.Odyssey II: Chapter Two Submission2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Paul stepped out of the shower and towelled off, being careful to avoid the parts of his skin that were still inflamed. He sat on the edge of his bed, spellbound by the gradual transformation of his leg into some sort of cosmic canvas. He wondered what he should do. Go to a doctor? The idea invoked the thought of needles, tests, constant scrutiny. Besides, he didn't need to be a doctor to know that this wasn't something that modern medicine had been designed to cure.
A flash of red in the swirl of colours reminded Paul of the man that had started all this. He opened his suitcase and grabbed out a fresh pair of jeans and some briefs. On the way out of his room he picked up the trousers; the vomit was still
This is Most IrregularWearing nothing but his t-shirt and briefs, Paul sat in his local doctor's office. Crumpled up on the ground next to him, lay a pair of joggers he'd grabbed in a hurry on the way out of his room. His doctor sat across from him in a white overcoat. The rash was now the length of his leg, the colour somehow reflecting the rainbow. The doctor picked up a syringe.This is Most Irregular2 years ago in Writing More Like This
"Okay, Paul, I'm just going to take a blood sample and swab for analysis if that's alright with you?" he asked; Paul nodded.
As the syringe plunged into his thigh, he felt no pain, only numbness as he watched the tube fill up with his blood. It looked like it had something inside it. It was a silvery colour, not shiny, but dull. The doc held it up to the light with a frown of his face, and then he took a small stick with a cotton bud on the end out his overcoat. Paul winced in pain when the bud connected.
"Okay, this is most irregular, Paul," the doctor said, sniffing the substance. "Hmmm smells like a metal. Possibly Mercury, bu
Odyssey 2 chapter 2Suddenly Paul felt a sting from that area and a thin crimson streak went down his leg the rash was now covering half of his leg so he decided to stop.Odyssey 2 chapter 22 years ago in Writing More Like This
He went out from the bathroom and into his bedroom to check his first aid kit luckily he had been thought to carry stuff like this with him almost everywhere.
He found what he was looking for he put the medicine on the rash which was cold, smelled horribly and it made it stink worse bandaged his leg and went to bed to try to take a nap, but it wasn't long till his leg started burning like hell.
Paul started to think of stuff just to get his mind off of his leg his mind rushing through every single frame of memory he had stored in his head until today. Paul thought hard trying to figure out what had happen today exactly his mind clearly confused.
Paul wondered and in his mind started appearing millions of questions why did this have to happen to him why did it have to be him why did someone hate him was it a joke&
Odyssey II: Ch. 2 - Hand of PeaceIt was too cold out. The chill permeated his sweater which didn't seem to be doing him much good. Screw the weather reporter.Odyssey II: Ch. 2 - Hand of Peace2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Paul exhaled smoke and leaned against the alley wall. He had been in personal quarantine for three days because of that rash. Locking oneself in a hotel room was not how one spent time in London. He checked the offending infection now, tugging up the hem of his sweater.
It had crept up his inner thigh to his left arm, strangely controlled. Hell, he mused now, giving a worried laugh and taking a drag of his cigarette, it seemed as though it was crawling around his body with a fixed destination.
He wouldn't be surprised.
Sounds of an argument garnered his attention.
He was bored, and he wasn't sure he could go anywhere fun right now, so he pushed off the wall and took a quick trek. Each step caused the curse that marred his skin to flare up, but he needed this night air.
Down the adjacent alleyway, he saw a pair arguing viciously. A blonde was backed
Evolving"Excuse me sir are you alright?" Paul glanced up at first dazed at hearing the voice which slowly brought him out of his trance. The glazed look began to fade from his eyes and he took in the sight of the pimply grocery store clerk that stood uncertainly before him. Paul glanced down slowly and saw that he was holding a package of raw meat of which he had torn open and had been eating. Blood dribbled down from his chin. He did not know what to make of this but was seized by great embarrassment. Housewives stood around watching him with paralyzed horror. "Uhh" was all he could say before dropping the meat and fleeing from the store.Evolving2 years ago in Writing More Like This
The cold air felt good once he stood outside but he had no idea where he was or how he got there. He had no memory of coming here. He frantically scratched at his chest, over his legs, and arms, those blasted scales itched like hell. He could feel them as if they were alive. They were still moving, morphing. What was happening to him?
He caught s
The DreamerPaul tried to run but the rash has relieved him of the ability to move, his limbs felt corpulent and bloated as he began to cascade through his mind. He fell further from any reality he had known, through unknown recess and dark corners of his mind. He could not tell if this was a dream or reality, he fell until time became lost a mere construct.The Dreamer2 years ago in Writing More Like This
His bare feet touched the ground, it was warm, a dark velvet green grass caressed his soles, Looking around he gasped at the majesty of his surroundings, as far as the eye could see lay perfect hills and valleys, golden meadows and blossoming trees. It was spring and the landscape was filled with life. Animals of all shapes and sizes ran through the grass and in the meadows, skipping and leaping and basking in the warm glow of serenity. His mind fragmented and broke
Paul lay in the grass, it was like lying on cushion of cloud, moving and shaping itself to the contours of his body, A small copse of cherry trees lay in the distance; t
Fateful MilkThirteen years ago, Paul came to London and embarked upon a journey.Fateful Milk2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Back when Paul was seventeen, he had set out to escape the crutch of his inhibitions. In fact, it was during his first outing to London that he broke away from those reserved voices. Were it not for the coercion of those he met in the hostel to tag along, he might've never loosened up.
Those friendships that followed him through his travels across the rest of Europe would never have existed. The e-mails, the globetrotting, the love of his life, the REAL love of his life, all would belong to someone else; some other "Paul" that took his place that night. To think, that singular event of which all these others spilled out from like fateful milk could have been so different had he been afraid to let go of the glass.
Certainly he wouldn't find himself back here in London for this reunion that had been put off time after time. Reluctant as he had been reading the e-mail, he couldn't deny the longing nor hide the eag
#ODYSSEYPROJECT Chapter Two 2nd submission“This isn’t possible”#ODYSSEYPROJECT Chapter Two 2nd submission2 years ago in Writing More Like This
‘You’ll be confused at first. After a few seconds you will start to calm down, and your memories will return.’ The words rang true in Paul’s head for the first time. The swirling mass of colors was no longer visible, as if Paul had been lucid for a brief moment while the mass disappeared.
He remembered now.
‘You’ll regain memories. Soon you will have sudden realizations of what has happened, and you will remember our entire conversation.’
He shook his head. He knew already what that meant. The red-head was no stranger. It kicked again. His mind was chaos as images and ideas swirled in his head. It was too much, but then it kicked again.
“Guess I got the real deal.” Paul let out softly. A sudden wave of calm rushed over him, he was immediately in control and not panicking. He laughed softly, but could not help a smirk. He collected himself, got dressed and made plans as fragments of his briefin
[Odyssey II chapter 2 entry] Cycle"He's an epileptic!"[Odyssey II chapter 2 entry] Cycle2 years ago in Writing More Like This
"I've got a belt to put between his teeth!"
"You'll be alright, sir; stay calm."
"Thank goodness it wasn't a bad fit."
And later, through the haze, Paul's own sluggish voice "No, please, I don't care where we've stopped; I'm getting off!"
One month ago, he'd woken at midnight in a steamy hotel shower wearing only a soaked t-shirt, terrified to his core of an impossible recent past.
One month ago, at midnight, he'd changed back from the multicolored right; he'd lost consciousness and woken up just Paul again. His clothes had been in the disarray he'd left them in, but he hadn't found a trace of a vomit stain anywhere.
One month ago, 12:24 a.m., he'd stared at his sweat-beaded face in the mirror, locked wide eyes with himself, felt the memory of what he had supposedly become felt his only evidence slip into a black box for his mind's safekeeping, a midnight black box thankfully, blissfully, far out of c