The Symptoms of SuicideHow can you tell when someone wants to die?The Symptoms of Suicide3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Are there physical signs for people who have given up on life, like symptoms of some terminal disease?
Maybe you can see it in their eyes, that ashy grey colour that indicates the total absence of any form of hope.
Maybe you can smell it on them; a sour, despondent smell, similar to the stench of turned milk.
Perhaps you can hear it in their voice, the lack of electricity, the lack of life.
A dead voice.
The voice of a suicidal person should sound like a note played on a harpsichord. Tinny, listless, flat. An unpleasant noise that makes your skin crawl. Nails on a chalkboard.
But maybe there aren't any signs.
Maybe the nicest boy in class is the same boy who gets abused by his step dad every day after school.
Maybe the girl with the infectious laugh is the same girl who is too afraid to tell anybody that she got raped because she still blames herself.
Maybe the boy who does charity work for homeless people is the same boy who cries himself to
Mass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERSMass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERS2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
MASS EFFECT 3 ALTERNATE ENDING *SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY*
**EDIT** Holy crap this got way more attention than I was expecting. The comments and support have been amazing everyone!
A few points: Credit where credit is due; this ending, as much as everyone seems to love it, was only created because the amazing team at Bioware created a universe that was so rich and full of life and detail. As much as I know a lot of fans are hurt by what they did, we need to remember that Bioware still created an incredible trilogy, one of the best ever. So hats off to them all round.
Also, this was written really fast and so the ending (specifically the last part on how you actually win using TIM's signal) isn't very fleshed out. I know there are holes, and they can actually be fixed quite easily. This isn't perfect. Also, this doesn't deal with a 'happy' ending. If there were to be one, or you were to even CONSIDER taking the fourth option, you'd need to be damn ready. I'm talking ALL war assets e
The Gathering Shadows, Ch1 Pt1The Gathering Shadows, Ch1 Pt16 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
The Gathering Shadows, Chapter 1, Part 1.
Premise: A young man is thrust without warning into the dark world of Shadowrun.
After a five-year coma, Tzalin Rhom finally awoke. He slowly became aware of the sensation of existing and his mind stirred from its healing slumber. Only when his eyes opened, his first sight was an aged, more mature version of his own face. He recognized his own wispy blond hair and gaunt cheeks, and had his eyelids been open he would have known the bright green eyes.
His disembodied consciousness inhabited the hospital room where his body laid resting, and he could see it through the mechanical eyes of the medical monitoring equipment. A sense of fear rushed over him as he struggled to comprehend what was happening. Am I dead? Considering the alien sensations and environment, Tzalin thought the prospect likely. Seconds passed by and nothing changed. Data hummed busily around his mind, traveling at virtual s
The Grey Jedi Code IIThe Grey Jedi CodeThe Grey Jedi Code II6 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
There is no good,
There is no evil,
There is only balance,
I gain focus,
I gain discipline,
Discipline provides control,
I gain knowledge,
Knowledge is the key to Understanding,
Honor Your FallenOne for the man who answered the call.Honor Your Fallen2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
One for the brother taken too soon.
One for the man who gave his all.
One for hearts made heavy and sad.
One for families torn apart
One for a boy now without his dad.
One for the endless tears,
One for the new struggles.
One for so many lost years.
One for the mother's only son,
One for the memories;
One more, one more until this war is won.
One for the brother coming home under his Nation's flag,
One for the ultimate sacrifice,
One for the man in the body bag.
One for the love of the fight,
One for family born not of blood.
One for that final flight.
One for the free.
One for you
Until it's just me.
A final salute for those who no longer hurt,
For the boys who paid the ultimate price;
Twenty one guns for my family in the dirt.
Ursa Major-class heavy commercial haulerName: Ursa Major-class heavy commercial haulerUrsa Major-class heavy commercial hauler5 months ago in Settings More Like This
Manufacturer: Centauri Heavy Industries, Centauri Orbital Commerical Yards , Alpha Centauri V orbit (primary yard)
Type: Interstellar heavy commericial hauler
Control System: Bridge w/screen control stations
Length: 820 meters
Width: 340 meters
Main Drive: 1 x 2.8 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 1 x 10,000 KW
Main Thrusters: 4 x Heavy Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Acceleration: 15 kps (kilometers per second)/1.0 light year per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: Anti-collision/spatial radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, telescope
Fixed Armament: None
Additional Armament/Compliment: 156 crew (12 flight crew, 96 maintenance crew, 48 loading/cargo crew), 4 shuttles, 16 tugs
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors
Equipment: Artificial gravity system, escape pod system, interstellar communication system, sa
The KalkuhkalkThe KalkuhkalkThe Kalkuhkalk8 months ago in Profiles More Like This
The dominant order of life on the galkgrokst homeworld evolved from something not unlike our sea urchins: a central oblate body, protected by a bone-like shell, housing the major organs, with between three and five specialized tentacle-like limbs with their own independent nervous systems which do not really coordinate with the central body or each other. In most cases, one of these limbs has become specialized for eating and sensing, one for reproduction, and the others for locomotion. Land-dwelling members of this group have almost universally developed internal bone-like structures in those limbs used for locomotion.
The kalkuhkalk, the only real domestic animal the galkgrokst have, is, like most animals on the galkgrokst homeworld (and rather unlike the galkgrokst themselves), a member of the family described above. Its wild ancestors were social, highly aggressive herbivores first domesticated almost 20,000 years ago and subjected to intense artificial selection al
Artemis Of The BowArtemis Of The Bow1 year ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Twin of my brethren youth,
This forest is thou own.
Sworn to the faces of the moon
And the silver, Divinity bestows.
Off the hunt, and above the hounds -
Life within the bow!
Fairest maiden of many calls,
This forest is thou own.
Archer of the gleaming dart,
My sister of the dualist two -
The nymphs have sworn their oath,
To the daughter who runs with wolves.
Favoured by Zeus and amongst all Gods,
Man played no part in this -
No part in the making of this maiden.
Thy fair Goddess, Artemis.
The Reaper's LootOf war, of war this day I write,The Reaper's Loot1 year ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Of battle and blood that is shed in the night,
Of cries and screams of blood and pain,
I wish this night to become day's light.
The pain, the pain of the killing pursuit,
The scars etched upon berserker brutes,
The hate and fear of fire and lead,
I see the fruit of the reaper's loot.
Oh fire, oh fire and destruction's start,
Oh copper and lead seeking the foes' hearts,
Oh flesh and bone you sought to rend,
And as their souls depart,
The devil sees your new art.
Take me!He was begging me.Take me!1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Take me! Take me!"
"No," I said.
"Oh, but please, Miss!"
Again, I turned him down.
I could feel his scent. Sweet, delicious. Seductive. I shook my head.
"But Miss, I love you!"
"I love you too, my dearest. But I cannot do what you're asking of me. It is wrong" So
"I promise I won't tell anyone"
I could feel my heart beating faster.
"Nobody will ever know. It will be our little secret"
Oh, how I wanted him.
Slowly, I reached out my hand. With two fingers I held him. I led him towards my mouth.
"Yes, miss! Yes! Just a little more now..."
And then, in one quick motion, I put the cookie in my mouth and ate it.
The Day We Died"Oh shit, oh shit! Just what the hell are those things man," yelled private Johnson, as he unloaded just over half his M-4 carbine's clip at the screaming creatures. The bent-limbed horrors were peppered with bullets, but still they continued to crawl toward the soldier and his sergeant; shrieking in a strange unintelligible language. The creatures were by no means fast; they were limited to crawling, but their large bulky arms showed no sign of weakness. It served as both a weapon and a shield, dragging the rest of their thin emaciated body along the floor.The Day We Died8 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"I suggest you duck for cover Johnson, those things will tear you apart in melee," said first-sergeant Gabriel as he placed a hand on Johnson's shoulder and ushered him behind the blockade of furniture that had been set up. The sergeant pulled the pin on an old frag grenade. One that he had found within a storage box in the facility and he held it tightly in his hands until he was sure of the distance. "
Fallout Equestria: Rules of Engagement Chapter 1Fallout Equestria: Rules of Engagement Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Special thanks: to my editor tebee without whom this story would be a mess of grammatical errors and my pre-readers
Once upon a time, on the not-so-magical-and-actually-quite-fucked-up planet of Earth. There was a US Marine who signed up to defend his country. He was assigned to a fire team, the fire team assigned to a squad and the squad assigned to a company. Together they defended the area surrounding a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan from insurgents. If only it were that simple.
Chapter 1: Of New Wars and PipBucks
"As a soldier, you can be sent to any area of the world... you could find yourself alone, in a remote area possibly in enemy territory. This manual provides information and describes basic techniques that will enable you to survive and return alive, should you find yourself in such a situation." Preface, US Army Survival Guide.
" and so I said, 'chicken nuggets? Are you crazy!?'" exclaimed Jackson
The two marines in the Humvee's back seat roa
Mass Effect Cataclysm 2Chapter 2: Same SoulMass Effect Cataclysm 24 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The ship was empty. No crew. "Where is everyone?" Kaila asked out loud.
"The Deific must have taken them," Shepard replied in a disturbed tone. "Do you know how to fly a ship?"
"Enough to get us from point A to point B."
"That's good enough. The ship's VI can handle anything else."
He carried Yin to med bay and placed her on one of the beds. Shepard walked back out. He felt the ship vibrate as it took off from the planet's surface. Shepard approached the cockpit where Kaila sat. The ship flew into the sky and through the atmosphere. Soon they were above the planet.
"There's the ship!" Kaila pointed out.
The clawed appendages curled forward around the dish. The center of the dish glowed green, as did the ends of each of the claws. A beam shot out from the dish that was concentrated by the claws. The beam shot down through the atmosphere and hit the mining facility. Kaila and Shepard watched a large explosion come from where the mining facility was.
Mass Effect 3 Chapter 2Chapter 2: SacredMass Effect 3 Chapter 24 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The next couple of days of leave were the greatest days of Tali's life. Shepard and
she went all over the Wards attending clubs and doing some shopping at various
stores around the Citadel. It made her happy. Though their leave didn't last. The
two days were up and they had to get back to their mission to stop the Reapers.
They returned back to the Normandy which was busy with activity. The Cerberus logo on the side of the ship was painted over. Shepard and Tali entered the ship and saw Kaidan working at one of the consoles in the walkway to the CIC. "Alenko?"
He looked up from the console. "Commander." Kaidan got up from his station. "I'm
here reporting for duty." He extended his hand.
Shepard grabbed it and shook. "Good to have you back on the Normandy." His eyes glanced down the hall and notice more crew members. "Is it me or do we have more crew members?"
"The Alliance is giving you full support," he replied. "To make up for doubting you.
You have acces
Mass Effect 3 Chapter 8Chapter 8: Captain ShepardMass Effect 3 Chapter 84 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Shepard went to the cock pit with a slight smile. "We're getting shore leave when we reach Earth."
"Seriously?" Joker exclaimed in excitement.
"It gets better. Right when we arrive there's going to be a ceremony and feast. Set the ships comm so I can announce it to the crew."
"This is Commander Shepard. I was just contacted by Earth. It's going to take a week for them to dig up the Prothean temple. In that time, you all will have shore leave. When we arrive at Nairobi we are invited to a ceremony and feast, so formal wear, people."
Some cheers came from the walkway and the CIC.
"Been a while since we've been to Earth, Commander. Why the ceremony?"
"I'm being promoted."
"About damn time! I'm sure I have a nice suit somewhere I can wear to your ceremony."
* * * * *
Shepard walked in through the Life Support doorway. Thane was meditating at his table. "Shepard," he stated quietly. He briefly glanced behind himself then faced the power core.
Tf:The Calm before the Storm 4Tf:The Calm before the Storm 45 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
----------Section 7: The Righteous Justice_----------
199.2 Cycles aka1654 Hours_
Bridge of Autobot Battlecruiser Righteous Justice_
In Transwarp space_ [[Per Operation: Containment Directive]]
Unknown coordinates near Sol System_
6 Days ago_
Transwarp space was always blue and white. There was no other colour present inside it except blue and white. Whenever the Autobot Battlecruiser Righteous Justice goes into Transwarp space, every display screen save for the navigational and bridge control screens will display the blue and white colours of Transwarp space. Somehow, Autobot Commander Advocator does not get tired of it, even though he has seen it more than a billion times in his lifetime. To him, it was something extremely complex, perhaps far too complex for an average transformers processors to understand, and it was fascinating to know how Transwarp space works once your own cerebro-circuits managed to comprehend and compute the mathematics and astrophys
FoE: Clearer Skies ProloguePrologueFoE: Clearer Skies Prologue2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I groaned as I rolled out of bed, my leg swinging out at my alarm clock. I missed, flailing for a second before tumbling unceremoniously onto the floor of my room.
"Oof!" I exclaimed, getting back onto my hooves and shutting my alarm clock off.
Just another day in Stable 199. I thought, rubbing my eyes and making my way into my bathroom. I looked at my reflection in the mirror, studying it. My black mane stuck up oddly in several places, part of it covering my right eye, while the rest fell haphazardly over my ash-grey coat. Sighing, I scooped up a brush with a hoof and struggled with it until it looked halfway decent. I spread my wings, giving myself a good stretch before looking down at the PipBuck on my leg, a 4000 model. It was black, the display red. I looked at the notes scrolling across the screen.
Schedule: Breakfast, Firing Range, Lunch w/ Scopes, Meeting w/ Overmare, Patrol, Break
TF:The Calm before the Storm 6TF:The Calm before the Storm 65 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
----------Section 11: The Gathering Darkness_----------
Year 2010 A.D._
An Unknown Location_
Section 56 Headquarters_
2 Days ago_
General McAlister stood at attention in front of a panel of people whose faces were shrouded in darkness. He submitted the latest report complied on the Stormbringer Project, saluted and took a seat at the round table. Somehow, he cant shake the feeling that he was in a war zone. These people at the table were somehow pleased at the recent chain of events happening around the world, and now they were requesting updates on the Stormbringer Project. It seems that they wanted it to be accelerated to the final few phases, in order to create the perfect transforming soldiers like the Transformers. They talked among themselves for a few moments with hushed whispers and quiet tones, before finally addressing McAlister.
Section 56. An ultra-secret sub-division of Sector 7. Officially known as the 686th Mo
TF:The Calm before the Storm 1TF:The Calm before the Storm 15 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Transformers: The Calm before the Storm
----------Prologue: Some Intelligent Conversations_----------
Year 2010 A.D._
United States of America_
The White House_
10 Days ago_
The room in which this specific conversation was held in was large, but it was so cavernous and spacious that it has enough room to spare for the Presidents table, bookshelves, storage file cupboards, chairs and sofas, glass tables, expensive glass designs and sculptures, lavish-looking windows and seats, as well as a complex computer workstation and large plasma television screens for the President of the United States himself. Every file located in those storage shelves contain sensitive information that were discussed both publicly and privately, and filed away under fifty years of Official Secrets Act, and were constantly kept under lock and key, because if they were leaked, these information can cause the immediate downfall of a Superpower Nation. Books containing thousan
TF:The Calm before the Storm 5TF:The Calm before the Storm 55 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
----------Section 9: A Situation Report (Sit-rep) and A Past Encounter_----------
Year 2010 A.D._
United States of America_
Outskirts of Washington D.C._
Victor Keys Personal Residence_
3 Days ago_
We, the federation government of the world, will give our peacekeeping unit permission to exterminate anti-government and terrorist groups around the world with any means necessary. The peacekeepers of the World Peacekeeping Force, also known as the WPF, will work with the United Earth Federation Security Department to increase efficiency in stamping out those guerilla forces and bringing a new era of peace to the new unified world
The spokesperson of the United Earth Federation spoke in a calm and reassuring voice from the big plasma television screen in Victor Keyss personal quarters. The words World Peacekeeping Force goes into action today. scrolled horizontally across the screen as the spo
The Price of Loyalty - Part 2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Price of Loyalty - Part 23 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The Price of Loyalty - Part 2
Part 1 - [Click Here]
Part 2 - Current Page
Rainbow Dash stood before the entrance to the Everfree Forest, gazing up at the dark clouds above her. Raindrops masked her still tear-speckled cheeks. She narrowed her eyes and spread her wings, cursing her own exhaustion.
Rainbow kicked off from the ground, pushing upward toward the clouds. Thick raindrops pelted her face, forcing her eyes closed. Her wings begged her to let them rest, but she pushed on, regardless. Just before she reached the clouds, a sudden gust shoved her back toward the earth. She flailed wildly, desperately trying to gain control of herself. A solid wall of rain blinded her as she fought to regain control of her descent. Extending her wings at the last moment, she managed to level out
Mass Effect Cataclysm ProloguePrologueMass Effect Cataclysm Prologue4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Accessing Alliance Database...
Security Clearance: Alpha
Accessing Alliance Soldier Database...
Name: Lucas Andrew Shepard
Birth Place: Alavult, Rannoch
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Combat Proficiency: Adept
-Quarian Martial Arts
-Strong Moral Foundation
-Ability to Cope with Loss
-Open-Mindfulness of Working with Other Races
-Graduate of N7 program
-Hero of Pragia:
Risked his own life to activate colony's defensive network during a pirate raid when a majority of military forces were annihilated in the initial assault. Continued fighting against the attacking pirate forces until reinforcements arrived. Thousands of colonists were saved.
-Hero of Mind