ANL- MiscalculationANL- Miscalculation2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sam threw some more water into his face, letting it run through his fur and splash back into the sink. It had been difficult sending the message to his parents and siblings back home, and he wasn't sure how any of them would take it. He was certain his eldest brother would be furious with him but he'd done it quickly and jammed the 'send' command before he could think twice about it. For good or ill it was out of his hands now. He dipped his hands back into the stream and letting them fill again when the deck suddenly lurched beneath his feet and he flailed about trying to regain his balance; spraying water all through the latrine. Getting his feet under him again he looked around, "What the hell?"
The ship shuddered again and he heard a dull, throbbing 'whumping' coming up from below decks. The sound dissipated as the ship stilled again and Sam scrambled for th
ANL- Roja, part fourANL- Roja, part four1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
The remaining days flew by and before he was really ready their leave was up and it was time to go. They swung by the Espatier barracks on their way to drop Roja off so she could rejoin the rest of her troop. The two of them sat in the car for a while, just looking into one another's eyes.
"Sam, it was a real treat getting to stay with you guys. Thank you for the great time… *sigh* but it looks like I've got to go now… so… well, goodbye I guess."
She got out of the car and started to walk away, bags in hand. Sam hesitated only a second before he leapt from the car, "Roja, wait!"
She stopped in her tracks and instantly spun around, eyes twinkling and a smile on her face. Sam ran up to her, quickly activating his wireless and passed his contact information on to her.
"Roja, the Manhattan is going to be operating around Mars for the next few years. Maybe… we could find a minute to get
The Commander's Choice, part five (a)The Commander's Choice, part five (a)8 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
‘The day had started off so nicely’, she thought to herself as she helped Mark toward the car. He staggered again and she grabbed him to keep him from falling. Putting his arm around her neck she quietly said, “Here, just hang onto me, okay?”
He nodded, his face was bloody and he was sure to get a black eye. She quickly glanced up toward the group of pups being herded away by the club’s bouncers. She was ever so glad he’d managed to knock one of them completely out, giving them more than enough problems of their own to bother harassing them any longer.
Exhaling loudly, she shook her head and opened the door for him. He fell roughly into the seat and had to grab onto the door-frame to keep from falling out of the car entirely. She knelt down and gently tried wiping some of the blood from his face. She frowned and slowly shook her head to herself again, ‘today sta
The Commander's Choice, part fourThe Commander's Choice, part four9 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
When she woke again she felt completely fine. The water and a good sleep must’ve been all she needed. Sitting up, she slipped out of her dirty clothing and pulled a loose sleeping shirt on instead. She thought about showering but for some reason she didn’t feel dirty any longer and besides, she had a burning thought playing in her mind.
Striding from her room, she found him lying flat on his back still asleep on the couch. She gingerly sat down on the couch next to him, being careful not to wake him. She sat there looking at him and wondering. Had they… done anything last night? But then why was he on her couch and not with her? But if they hadn’t, why was he practically naked?
Her curiosity remained though. What would it feel like, his hairless skin next to hers? She reached out slowly, burning to satisfy her curiosity, but she could not quite bring herself to do it. She sat there, hand outstretched, slowly letting it descend…
The Commannder's Choice, part threeThe Commannder's Choice, part three10 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
Her head ached as she regained consciousness. The pain was the most intense she’d ever experienced in her life, her nose was blocked solidly and her throat burned. She opened her eyes to a dark room and had a flight of panic not knowing where she was until she recognized her own bed. But she had no idea how she had gotten there.
Sitting up, she held her head in her hands and tried to take stock of her situation. She was in her apartment, in her own bed. She was still wearing her uniform shirt and underwear, but her jacket, slacks, and shoes were all missing.
…and she smelled terrible.
Her mouth was so dry it felt like it was on fire. She was very obviously dehydrated and needed water so she forced herself to her feet. But as soon as she tried to take a step the room canted slightly under her causing her to stumble. Her stomach lurched and she put a hand out onto the wall
The Commander's Choice, part twoThe Commander's Choice, part two10 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
The interior of the building was a disorienting display of objects and activity; she couldn’t even begin to guess which were devices and which were merely decoration. The murmur of the crowd felt deafening in her ears despite being dully quiet. Thankfully she’d only garnered a few glances as they walked in; the crowd around her a bizarre mix of species, race, gender, and apparel.
Mark spoke quietly with a man by the door who nodded and pointed the way towards a booth off to one side of a large open bar. Following Mark through the crowd they took a seat on either end of a small table and a display popped up out of the table. Swallowing her anxiety, she put on the best show of bravado she could muster and punched the first menu that caught her eye on the display. As she ran a finger down the list she asked, “Do you think there might be something in here that I’d like?”
ANL- Roja finaleANL- Roja finale1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sam woke slowly, dimly aware of the muffled chirping of his wireless' alarm from under the bunk. It continued sounding for a short while before finally resetting itself to go off in another ten minutes. He didn't care, right at that moment he didn't care about anything else except for the person that was still wrapped in his arms. He pulled her into his chest and she made a small noise of approval before nestling farther into his embrace.
Sam felt her starting to stir; she looked up at him with sleepy, contented eyes for a moment before bolting awake. She sat there a moment with her hand over her mouth before quietly hissing, "Oh shit! I didn't mean to fall asleep! I probably shouldn't be down here should I?"
Sam quietly laughed at her as she fumbled in the dark trying to gather her clothing together, "Probably not."
She threw his shirt at him, "Shut up and help me! I can't find my bra, wh
ANL- 'An Individual's Value' -part twoANL- 'An Individual's Value' -part two2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
He was dimly aware of her pulling her face away from his. She roughly rolled him onto his side and struck him several times between the shoulder blades, all the while desperately repeating the same plea over and over, "Come on baby, breathe, you've got to breathe, please come on "
His whole body convulsed and a jet of water shot from his mouth. Trying to inhale he sucked more water back into his throat and started coughing instead. He lay there alternately gasping for breath and coughing violently until he finally lay there panting in her arms. She was shaking and her voice trembled, "Sanj! Are you okay?! Please tell me you're okay!"
He couldn't talk for lack of breath, so he nodded his head instead. What had happened? He was on the boat, Bom was pulling it to safety with the bowline and she shouted someth
ANL- Roja, part fiveANL- Roja, part five1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sam heard the thunder from the engines of the L-ROV in front of theirs as it roared down the runway and took off. That put them next in line. The engines pitched up slightly then fell off again as they nudged the ship into moving again. They bounced and jostled slightly as the pilot taxied them onto the runway then stopped again and waited for clearance. Roja looked like she was on a roller coaster as it approached the first drop. Sam leaned into his seat, closed his eyes and tried very hard not to think about all of the things that could go wrong.
The L-ROV's engines pitched up to a roar and the ship rapidly picked up speed. Sam felt them swerve and jolt as the pilot fought to keep it pointed down the runway. The nose pitched up until it felt like they were standing on their tail, the ship popped and creaked as the airframe loaded up. Sam could almost feel the ground fall away from them as the 'Bluejay' leapt
TransformationShe shouldn't have been able to hold him up. She was strong, too strong. The pain was excruciating and he was getting weaker with each passing second. He gasped and felt her tighten her hold, holding him against the wall as his vision started to swim. His legs had given out a long time ago; the only thing supporting him was her and the wall behind him. Where she was latched onto his throat it was hot, almost on fire, while the rest of him had started to go cold.Transformation3 years ago in Settings More Like This
He groaned and she let him sink to his knees and eventually to the ground. The next few seconds felt like forever. Hands grab him and turned him over to his back. The hands then lifted his head and laid it down into a lap. "Damien I need you to stay with me now, my dearest." He felt hands caressing the sides of his face, pushing his hair back from his forehead. "Look at me, Damien Look at me!"
The voice was intense, harsh and angry. He forced his eyes to open. He looked up at the face above him as it swam in and out
Halloween StoryHalloween Story2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The mud squelched disgustingly beneath Simon's feet as he made his way down yet another corridor of corn. Ahead of him, his friends were laughing loudly together and smirking. As usual, he wasn't in on the joke, not that he cared. He was too busy making sure his feet didn't fail him. The ground was so slippery, it was all he could do to keep up, and he was sure that he'd be left behind if he fell.
But that wasn't so bad. He was just fine walking through the maze himself. He liked the cool autumn air. He liked the shadowy moon glinting through the clouds. And he liked the comforting smell of fresh corn permeating throughout. It was rather peaceful altogether. Only the grimy earth prevented the night from reaching perfection.
Visiting the maze was something of an autumnal tradition among Simon's family, and they made a point to go every year at least once. This time, though, Simon wanted to invite his friends along as well. They seemed to be having fun so far, but he was beginning to rea
Death from Air-Singularity CH1Death from Air-Singularity CH13 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Up. There. Is. A.
Am. I. Going. Too. Slow.
I. Feel. We've. Come. Undone.
Is. There. Life. Above.
Death. By. Air. Oh.
Flash. Bang. Boom. No.
Death. By. Air. Whoa.
Flash. Bang. Boom. GO!
I. Feel. Good. Inside.
Terror. In. A. Shell.
Grammar. Is. So. Overrated.
So. Dull. And. So. Outdated.
Death. By. Air. Oh.
Flash. Bang. Boom. No.
Death. By. Air. Whoa.
Flash. Bang. Boom. GO!
Can we feel...
Can we feel...
May we feel...
May we feel...
Is there a purpose
For the ground?
Except for walking
Dressing Room Chapt. 4Dressing Room Chapt. 43 years ago in Sketches More Like This
We all stood there for a moment, nothing but silence. Then, I finally asked, "Do any of you want a drink?" They all sat down immediately.
I quickly wet down a rag, squeezed out the water, and rubbed a little soap into it. I then walked over and rubbed it around the table. "Just wait for it to dry." I said with a wink, and walked away. I had just walked into the kitchen, and, because of habit, let the door close behind me. I was opening the small turqoise door to see if I had any beer, when I heard "Jingle Bells...." coming from the living room in a gentle voice. I froze, then turned and ran out of the kitchen. I opened the door to find Paul and Ringo in double facepalms, elbows on table, and George turned around and staring at John. He had turned on my record player, and was sitting on his butt, and had his legs out in front of him, like a little kid. In his lap was the "Another Christmas Record" sleeve. He was studying it.
I felt m
The NarwahlThe Narwahl3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The Majestic Narwhal of the Sea
Swimming at a quick pace,
The bubbles slowly floating from it's slick skin,
The large horn protruding from its snout,
Piercing the sea and parting the way,
For its majesty to swim freely.
The small guppies follow this royal mammal,
Wanting to receive a great blessing from its magical horn,
Its golden nose sparkles everywhere it goes,
And behind it is a trail of ordinary fishes,
Gasping and bubbling after Him.
The mammal stops and turns,
As the many others bow in His presence,
His eyes skimming his followers,
Slowly he nods,
The tip of his golden horn gently touching the crown
Of the smallest fish,
Who suddenly turns a bright white,
Morphing slowly into the form of a great mammal.
The guppies stare and ooh in awe at the light,
And watch as their small friend has been transformed,
Into a young and beautiful Dolphin,
Her voice now shrill and sweet as a Siren,
Her skin young and smooth,
Her eyes now golden and sparkle,
Just as the Narwhals' nose.
Ephemeral SkiesEphemeral Skies3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The perpetual pattering
Of rain on cracked pavement
Echos through the night
Breaking only for brief cloudy days
Before returning with the added force of thunder
Dissapointment reverberates through the emptiness
Regret settles into the shadows
Sunshine is a myth
Something too good to be true
So why has it appeared now
Its warm rays dancing across a clear blue canvas
No indication of how long it will stay
Giving false hope to all the dreamers
And believers in this world
It wont last
Not for long
MadwomanMadwoman3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I sweep back and forth like a madwoman; back aching and sweat dripping between my breasts.
No one else will sweep if I don't do it.
Children gone, husband busy, only me to wield the broom.
Still there are fibers clinging to the floor, clinging to the straw, clinging in my mind.
Where are the children?
Why is he busy?
Why can't I stop sweeping?
When will my arms give out and I be unable to continue this terrible repetitive motion?
The sweeping never ends and the thoughts keep clinging and clinging no matter how hard I sweep the broom back and forth.
Back and forth.
Back and forth.
Greed - PrologueAstrael gazed into the night sky, pale green eyes glistening in the bloody moonlight. The clouds rimmed with a dark red. In his hand he held an unopened bottle of the finest wine money could buy. He smiled as his tummy rumbled in anticipation.Greed - Prologue3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A girl he had fallen in love with had asked to see him that night, in the forest behind the Huntsfjord manor; his home. A simple servant, of whom he adored with every fibre of his being, had occupied his mind for months on end, Lilith, or Lily for short. Astrael was a Lord, the next heir to the Huntsfjord lineage, of unimaginable wealth and power. But none of that mattered to him tonight; he'd happily be a peasant, if it meant spending one night with her.
Constantly staring at the moon, Astrael was full of happiness. Reminded of how Lily would take him away from his duties and let him stroke her tail, hold her in his arms and spend nights looking at the stars. He knew she had feelings for him, and tonight was the night they confirmed it. He brist
love, and a family-part 3.It was a long night ................... all the movements ............ "Oh Gwizdo ......................." moaned Zoe, who was completely wet with sweat.love, and a family-part 3.2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"It was your fault." Zoe said sullenly and looked at Gwizdo who was totally confused about Zoes reaction.
"It was you who took your clothes off first."
"But Zoe .............. you took off your clothes too ......... if you would not get pregnant, why did you not stop me?"
"Because, oh because ....................."
She looked at him and blushed.
"because I liked it. I think it was wonderful .................. and I just could not stop."
Gwizdo smiled, and began to blush.
"So, you would have a child anyway?"
"Yes, of course."
Gwizdo gave a little smile, and became completely red in the face.
horse tryoutThe wind rushed through the trees, making the tree branches sway with a great force of power. If you listened past the loud sounds of the wind you could faintly hear the sound of thundering hoof beats.horse tryout2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
lixo was just being himself running about his home. Well his temporary home anyways. a new stallion had arrived the other day and was bound to find him sooner or later....his ears twitched at a sharp squeal pierced his ears. His curiosity got the best of him as he turned in the direction and galloped to the commotion. His eyes widened at what he saw. The stallion had cornered his mom and sister. He looked closer and saw fresh cuts on his mother and bruises on his sister. Also he knew the stallion from his childhood, The one who had bullied and picked on him. He glared and charged his enemy, all hate and anger flowing through his veins. All the memories rushing through his mind. He headbutted the stallion making him loose his balance falling to the ground with a loud t
ZADR the last time chapater twoZADR the last time chapater two2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
zim, come on!" i was splashing in the water, trying ti get zim to come on there with me.
"b-but what if it burns me?" he asked, looking worried.
"i'm sure it wont, just come in!"
"but the paste might come off!" he was flailing his arms around, like a little kid.
"aww, don't be such a baby, or as you say, a smeet." i knew exactly what buttons to press to make him come into the water.
"zim is NOT a smeet, dib-BABY!!" he was fuming, and literally dived into the water to about his middle.
"see? not so bad, is it?" I swam up to him, and pulled him in further into the water. suprisingly, he didn't panic.
"i DO know how to swim, dib." he stated, with an all-too serious look.
we started playing games like shark and fish, and just had fun. To think that only three years before we were trying to kill each other with our bare hands.
it was starting to get cold, so we decided to play volley ball.
It wasn't long until my sister and tak came to play from sunbathing all day. tak came back after reali
Pink Storm DiamondPink Storm DiamondPink Storm Diamond2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The typhoon had come with no warning, not even the slightest shower during the fortnight. Rain was pelting down on the windows of the houses like rocks and thunder roared so loudly, even the ground shook in fear. The wind blew and blew, bending trees over and sending any unprepared soul flying with all the leaves and unfortunate bugs and birds with them.
Amongst those gust-battling creatures was a petite blonde girl whom was gripping her hat viciously on her head, the other hand pressing a small, round, blue package against her chest. She was so thin, it was a wonder that the wind hadn't swept her away. Her soaked clothing stuck to her like a second skin, her pink socks were down in a heap over her muddy, water logged shoes, and her hair continuously whipped her face.
Trudging through the mud with only one violet eye open, she began to question the idea of coming out in this weather.
A leaf plastered itself against her nose and it wouldn't come o
-SPOILER ALERT- Kovu's Day to day part 1-SPOILER ALERT- Kovu's Day to day part 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ookavu awoke to the sound of the morning commute, the chatter of passing commuters and the buzz of car engines hardly muffled by the walls of the condo. His red eyes slowly opened to gaze out the window on to the balcony and at the people below. He laid there drowsy for awhile, his eyes heavy, appreciating the warmth to his back emanating from his peacefully sleeping partner, Casey. After a couple of minutes he pushed himself up and planted his feet on the carpet being careful not to disturb his mate. He rested his face in the palms of his hands and ran his fingers through his greasy bed hair.
"ugh..." How can she sleep through this racket?
He removed one hand from his face to reach for a cigarette on his bedside table. He brought it to his mouth before reaching for his lighter. He felt around the table for it and eventually lifted his face from his palm to look over. It wasn't there. He st
The Hunt."Hello, I am Alice Nightshaw. I'm the new Nanny," the lean brown haired, blue-eyed women said. The butler eyed her suspiciously, then gestured her forward.The Hunt.2 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Alice Nightshaw looked around the house. The mansion had an air of rugged grandeur about it. The architectural masterpiece was embedded amongst the gnarled roots and branches of the idle woods. Deep under the very depths of the earth, was the secret of the Sainte Coquille family.
The Nanny knew this secret; the Sainte Coquille ancestors were enveloped in the catacombs where they have been for many centuries. With intense research, Alice had concluded that this was their secret. She had taken it upon herself to find out everything she could about this family, and their lives, so she could be prepared. She had stayed up many long hours into the night digging for evidence. For months, she had watched the family, and she had studied their every move. She knew everything about them; she knew their names, where they kept the