A pencilA pencil3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A pencil is a small thing
Irrelevant to most
But it can create anything
It can create images of a beautiful coast
It creates images that can change your life
It creates images that will withstand time
It creates words that make you feel alive
It creates words that can describe a crime
It tells a story of the past
While looking forward to the future
A pencil shows you a world which is quite vast
It can create images that are quite obscure
A pencil can defeat a sword
But it can also create a sword
So if you're ever down
And you are sitting in your room with a frown
Pick up a pencil
And let it guide you to a world
Beyond your wildest dreams
Guide - realistic dictatorI've noticed a trend of having dictator/world-ruler/people in a position of power characters. Normally, I find these types of characters fascinating - I love hearing the minutiae of how they keep their regime in control, the cults of personality they develop, their rise and their fall ... it's one of the reasons I love 1984 so much; is Big Brother real? Did he even exist in the first place? Who is the real leader of Oceania? Unfortunately, I've begun to see it addressed shoddily and without much thought, so I decided to make a guide of sorts (more like a glorified checklist) for anyone who is curious on how to develop their dictatorial character, and to make them realistic.Guide - realistic dictator4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. Why do they want power?
I have seen this written away with, "because they want to control everyone", which is true to an extent with many historical figures who were dictators, and also fictional characters. However, this often goes much deeper than "wanting to control everyone" or "they're mad, I tell you! MAD!"
Hungary x Male! Reader - Never Again pt.6"Whaa-- Hey! You got flour all over me!" the (h/c) child pouted, wiping his cheek with the back of his hand. In front of him, a black-haired girl grinned, her fingers covered in flour.Hungary x Male! Reader - Never Again pt.610 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Oh come on ____! Don't be such a baby!" She laughed, wiping the hand she used to flick flour at him on the blue, too-long-for-someone-her-height, apron that was tied around her neck and waist. It was a wonder how ____'s mother had tied the apron so that it reached the girl's ankle. The (h/c) boy grumbled, muttering somethings about her 'falling' and 'sleep'.
A woman, clearly in her mid 40's, laughed patting both the children's heads. ____ pouted but let out a laugh of his own after a while.
"Oh hey, wanna stay for dinner?"
"Won't I interrupt you and Sayuri though?"
"Nah, don't worry about it. Sayuri comes back somewhere around evening so we have lots of time together!" He grinned, hands behind his back. The groceries he was holding shook slightly with all the movement he made.
The DictatorSitting in a palatial wardroomThe Dictator3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Surrounded by bullet-ridden walls
He watches the latest soap opera
Tearing up as he learns
That Jeffy won't be playing football again
Fool the people
Play the game
Before you knock
Tell me my name
His guns are shiny
His shoes are too
His teeth are capped in platinum
His arms are tattooed
Fool the people
Play the game
Showering with filthy billions
Still you reek of shame
It's the U.S. on Line 1
It's the Kremlin on Line 2
Is my yacht ready
Make sure it's stocked with champagne
Fool the people
Play the game
Are you winning
As you run in vain?
Schmoozing with the debutantes
Of Princes in your land
They bow to kiss your ring
Isn't life grand?
As choppers cut down the rabble
Thrill to the 30mm auto-cannon serenade
Blood fills the gutters
And new orphans weep, afraid
Fool the people
Play the game
Satan has your table ready
At the Chateau d' Profane
Cameras flash as reporters query
Do you still intend to parry
The critique of your sty
Why Occupy Wall Street SucksAfter months of protesting the wrong people, the Occupy Wall Street movement finally got a clue and went to Washington D.C. on January 16 to stage Occupy Congress.Why Occupy Wall Street Sucks3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
And boy was it a real bust!
Despite the liberal media praising it, the protest only managed to garner a few hundred protesters instead of the over ten thousand it claimed it was going to have. Add the fact that donations have been dwindling and protests across the country have been getting evicted, and the Occupy movement could very well be going through its death throes.
People keep asking me why I don't support the Occupy movement. After all, my hero
Hungary x Reader: Best Friends (Good Ending)Hungary x Reader: Best Friends (Good Ending)1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
"I like you too, Hungary." You replied. Hungary smiled brightly out of joy and relief. She thought that you would've hated her for the way she acted earlier.
"Oh good! I like you too!" Hungary ran to you for a hug. Austria appeared with a music sheet.
"Well, so everything turned out fine for you two." He said sitting down and putting the music sheet in front of him. "This goes out to you both for your relationship then, I guess." He started to play (Insert Favorite Classic Song Here) and you smiled with Hungary. You both spent the whole time slow dancing to the music and sharing kisses from time to time.
Then you both did tomboyish things.
Male!Reader x Hungary - Never Again pt. 4"You're gonna be okay.. I promise.." a female said this to me softly, tears streaming down her face as she caressed mine. I was badly bruised and my arm was broken. My eyelids felt heavy and I couldn't see her face clearly. Everything was just a big blur. My head was pounding and I felt pain all over. My breathing was short and heavy.Male!Reader x Hungary - Never Again pt. 42 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"______!" another person came into my line of sight. From what I could tell, this person was a girl. She knelt down beside me and held my hand in hers. I could feel teardrops on my hand. "Please... don't leave me..." I was too tired to speak. Pain shot through my whole body, originating from the wound on my waist. I screamed.
I shot up in bed, screaming like I did in my dream. I panted, staring at the (f/c) fabric covering my body from the cold night air. Running my hands through my hair, I started thinking if it was a dream or a memory. These days, I never know which one is which.
"Oi.. Why'd ya scream?" I look up towards my bedroom doo
Hungary x Male!Reader - Never Again Pt.2"Who the heck are you?"Hungary x Male!Reader - Never Again Pt.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Those words rang in her head, over and over, like a broken tape. After she found out _____ had amnesia from the accident, she tried to help him regain his memories back but all he did was push her away... and it hurts.. Tears welled up in her green eyes as she buried her face in her pillow.
Daniel watched his twin sister with a worried look in his eyes. He knew about Elizabetha's 'minor crush', as she liked to call it, and wanted to hit ________ in the head with a frying pan.
'How could he not remember anything?!' was Daniel's first thought when he heard what happened. His gaze went back to the crying brunette and he saw that she was already asleep. He smiled and turned to walk away but a second glance made him stop. Elizabetha was holding the (color) bear close to her chest.
It's been a week or two now. _____ has been through some intense remembering. Whenever he remembered something, his
Male!Reader x Hungary - Never Again pt. 3'Stupid _______' Elizabetha thought, frustrated by his sudden change of attitude. He's been ignoring her lately, running away whenever she came into the room, not making eye contact and even flinching when they made physical contact! Oh _____. When will you learn to stop hurting Elizabetha? Sigh.Male!Reader x Hungary - Never Again pt. 32 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
-To _____'s room-
The (h/c) headed male was pacing around his room, chewing on his thumb. Why he was like this? Oh let's see. His mind might've forgot almost all of his past but his heart never forgot the feeling. So the 'I'm in love with a certain Hungarian' feeling is 'new' to him. He sat down, thinking if this feeling was real or he was just nervous or something alike.
Just admit it! You love her! I love her!
'What?' he looked around, searching for the source of the voice. After looking around, he realized it was his own voice, his memory. 'I... I don't remember saying that!'
Yes you did!
______ hit his head on the wall, creating a loud <em>
Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 1It all began with my prick of a boyfriend, Eric.Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"That fucking asshole !" I growled under my breath as I mercilessly plucked the petals off the tiny yellow flower.
You see, today, I received a text message from my boyfriend, Eric saying it's over. But not only that, I also found out that he had been cheating on me with a girl in my college art class!
I heaved a sigh, 'Of course he would pick her of all people; she's the school slut. And that filthy bastard just loves sluts !' I thought bitterly.
But why was I in the park you ask? Well, after receiving the news, I took all of his clothes (Only his clothes though. The rest of his stuff I threw out the window or smashed it to bit), walked to his apartment, threw it in his face and then left. But not without telling him just what I thought about him and his new girlfriend in my very colourful vocabulary, of course~! And after deciding that going home will probably result in me destroying everything in my house, I decided to go si
Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 3Taking her last sip of tea, Alice let out a content sigh. The cakes had long since been eaten and now they were enjoying another cup of tea. It started raining outside but the gentle sound of the raindrops falling is strangely hypothetic and brought peace to the visitor of the café. Alice and [Name] were lazily lounging in their chairs and enjoying the calm the rain brought.Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"This café is just wonderful." Alice breathed her voice hardly audible through the rain, eyes closed.
"Yeah, I know " [Name] agreed, grinning lazily.
"How did you even find this place?"
"I stumbled upon in a few weeks ago when I was on an adventure " [Name] yawned, leaning his head back, looking to the ceiling.
"An adventure?" Alice repeated, opening her emerald green eyes.
"Yeah, adventure. I went to explore my neighbourhood but I ended up straying from the path and got a bit lost. But I saw this café but decided I wanted to go here at least once."
"Why did you just go inside then?"
Hungary x Country!Reader: Best FriendsHungary x Country!Reader: Best Friends1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
You and your best friend, Hungary had been pals since you first came to the world meetings. You both had a lot in common with each other and kind of reacted the same to situations. Though recently she had been acting...girly. You went over to her once the meeting was over.
When you walked over to her you noticed how Austria was there it seemed like he was comforting her. Once she saw you she smiled weakly and Austria left.
"Hello (C/n)." She said.
"Hey Hungary! What's wrong? You look sad."
"It's nothing really. Let's go hang out at my place. I need to tell you something." Hungary sounded a bit strained. It must've been something that had been keeping her up all night.
"Okay let's go."
You walked to the door that was already opened. Austria greeted you two.
"Hello (C/n), Hungary."
"Hi Austria." You said.
"Come in." You walked inside the big house and saw Austria go back to his piano. Hungary stared at him until he left the room.
"Okay (C/n) once I tell you this don
Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 4On their way back to Alice's house, there was an odd silence in the air. While [Name] was humming a happy tune and looking up and down the dark streets; Alice was staring down at ground like it was the most interesting thing she'd ever seen. The sound of their shoes tapping against the pavement and the slow, taunting raindrops are slowly driving Alice mad.Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Desperate to start up a conversation, Alice blurted out a sudden "So, um-!"
[Name] looked down at the nervous blonde, "Yes?"
Alice froze. Somewhere in her mind, she hoped that he didn't actually hear her; but now that he did, she was trapped. But she honestly had nothing to say
"U-Um nice weather, isn't it ?" She said most in a whisper.
[Name] looked up at the sky curiously, holding out his hand, " Yeah, it is. It's a bit rainy but nice none the less."
"By the way, Alice-?"
Alice looked back up, "Yes?"
"How did you feel about Bella?"
" She was nice, rather friendly."
"Oh yes, Bella's a very upbe
Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 2"Ah, we're here!"Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch. 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Alice looked up at the café in front of her. It was a one-story, brown-bricked building on the corner. The windows in front were large and nicely cleaned. It seemed nice and spacious with a few people inside, there to enjoy a warm beverage on a cloudy day. Alice watched in awe as the people inside sat and chatted, sipping their drinks.
"That would be lovely to have right now " she murmured absentmindedly.
[Name] let out a small laugh, "How about we go inside then?"
Alice blushed, realizing what slipped her tongue, "Y-Yes "
Walking toward the entrance, [Name] held the door open for her, "After you."
Uttering a polite 'thank you' as she passed by, Alice stepped into the café. She heard the little ringing of a bell above and felt the warm air rushed passed her, escaping through the open door. She shivered inwardly, the warmth seeping into her bones.
"After being outside for so long, you forget how cold it really is, don't you?" [Name] laughed, slightl
Hungary x Male! Reader - Never again pt. 5"_____! Heeelp meee!"Hungary x Male! Reader - Never again pt. 51 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Liz?!" A five year old, (h/c) boy ran across the courtyard towards the oak tree. He looked around frantically for his friend, Elizabetha, when he heard a whisper from above. Being the scaredy-cat that he was, he shivered. (E/c) eyes looking for another person in the perimeter, he let out a shaky breath when there was not a single soul. That was when he heard the whisper again, only this time closer. Time stood still for the boy. Nervous glances looking for anything that could have made the sound.
"Boo," a shriek was heard, one that could have easily have been mistaken for a girl's. A high pitched laughter was followed after that. The Hungarian child jumped down, landing on her feet. Her laughter still did not stop as she sat there, tears bubbling at the corner of her eyes. The (h/c) pouted.
"That was NOT funny, Lizzie!" he stomped away. The girl followed him, trying to get him to stop pouting but all she did was laugh more.
Male!Reader x Fem!England fanfic 6[Name] was confused, to say the very least. He had had his fair share of weird job interviews but this had got to have been the weirdest…Male!Reader x Fem!England fanfic 611 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Alright, cut!” The Boss clapped twice, making all the lights switch on, “That’s a wrap!” She turned to [Name] with a smile, “Great job, [Name]~!”
‘Great job?’ Walking around an empty café at 10 pm, receiving tasks from old dusty tape recorders while getting the crap scared out of him and he did a ‘great job’? Yup, definitely the weirdest job interview he ever had…
[Name] heard two relieved sighs coming from behind, making him turn around.
The young man stood up from the table and stretched briefly before turning and began untying the woman.
“You two did an amazing job. Very convincing~”
“Thanks, Boss. It was our pleasure.” The woman replied, tying her dark brown hair into a bun.
Wait, she sounded familiar…
SugarA young girl of the age of fourSugar10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Sat silently on the kitchen floor
Eating cookies to her hearts content.
Unaware of any ill intent.
She ate until she could no more,
And quickly moved up off the floor,
She put her vice back in its stash
For her room she quickly dashed.
As she walked through the room,
She heard a voice mutter "doom"
Unsure of it she couldn't see,
What in this world could it be?
But the darkness made her blind,
No trace was there for her to find
So warily she kept on walking,
And silently it continued stalking,
Her heart raced as she peered,
Pace quickened as she steered.
Not stopping for any hesitation,
Kept heading for her destination.
In her room, door slammed shut,
Her imagination cought in a rut,
Of horrors recently conceived,
Monsters so vivid she believed,
Then as the floor boards creeked.
Overcome she quickly peeked.
Nothing seen, nothing moving,
but the danger was ever looming.
But she kept staring,
Struck down by fear,
Horrible images did appea
The Truth About HufflepuffsHufflepuff: The Nearly-Forgotten House of Hogwarts</i>The Truth About Hufflepuffs7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
In the Harry Potter series, there are four separate houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, the house representing courage and justice. Ravenclaw, representing intelligence and wisdom. Slytherin, representing ambition and resourcefulness. Hufflepuff, representing loyalty and tolerance. Each of these houses embody important virtues. So why do many people assume that Hufflepuffs are useless?
I recall the Sorting Hat song which mentions Helga Hufflepuff's statement "I'll take the lot" when the other founders revealed what virtues they would value in their students. I feel that this statement by Hufflepuff has been vastly misinterpreted by many fans of the series. As the importance of blood status has always been a major issue in the Wizarding World, to the point that that Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin (who were great friends before founding Hogwarts) came to resent each other
Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch.5As he walked to the café, [Name] could feel his grip on the umbrella tighten. [Name] was obviously nervous about the job interview. He had kept calm about it yesterday but now it was slowly sinking in.Male!Reader x Fem!England - Bad day Ch.52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He put a hand on the doorknob, 'Well, here goes nothing...'
Opening the door to the café, [Name] was greeted with the gentle ringing of the bell overhead and Bella's smiling face.
"Good morning, [Name]~"
"Good morning, Bella." [Name] replied, holding up the umbrella in his hand, "Thank you for letting me borrow this yesterday."
"Ah, it was no problem." Bella took the umbrella and placed it by the door.
"So how are you?" [Name] asked.
"I'm fine, how about you? Ready for the interview~?" she asked.
[Name] smiled nervously, "I guess. I just hope I don't mess up..."
Bella grinned and patted [Name] on the back, "Don't worry, you'll do fine~!"
[Name] sighed, "I hope so."
"The Boss is over there." Bella said as she pointed over to a table in the back, sitting one person, "Good
Hungary x Male!Reader - never againTears rolled down her cheeks as she pushed her way past the crowd. She ran to the hospital, not caring if people were throwing her glares or weird looks. Why she was running? A phone call.Hungary x Male!Reader - never again2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Liz!" the sound of (b/f's name) frantic voice was heard. "__________'s in the hospital!"
"(b/f's name)!!" The brunette stopped in front of her, panting. "H-How.. is he...?"
"We... we d-don't know," (b/f's name) gulped, holding back tears. "T-They told me i-it was a h-hi-" her sentence was cut short by a doctor coming out of the operation room.
"D-doctor!" Elizabetha grabbed his arm, looking him in the eye even though the male was taller. "W-What's his c-condition?" A sigh escaped the male's lips and he turned to her with a sympathetic smile.
"He's okay. Though he won't be awake for a few days. You can go see him but please be quiet," with that the middle-aged man walked off.
Walking into the white room, the (h/c) mop of hair stood out against the whites. The Hung
Fem!Germany X Male!ReaderFem!Germany X Male!Reader1 year ago in Settings More Like This
FEM!GERMANY X MALE!READER
Wars are terrible. Blood and gore everywhere. So much violence that goes on for years at a time!
___ ___ was in the middle of that violence.
He had been chosen to fight in this war, and had no say in the matter.
___ was fighting along side a friend he's made, and the girl he managed to fall for.
___ never told her directly, but whenever they weren't in combat, he'd drop subtle hints, yet Monica never seemed to notice.
Monica sits beside ___ in the trench, shooting at the Hungarians that come close to them both or their troops; him doing the same as her.
"How many are left?" He asked as he ducked down into the ditch, his gun starting to hurt his arm.
"Zhere are still tons, ___!" She said, ducking down as well. You sigh.
"What started this whole thing again?"
"I don't know, but ve're in it, so ve must keep fighting."
___ gave a nod and got back up, only to get his shoulder grazed by a bullet. He hissed in pain, but tried to ignore it. He landed
In Search of an Old RecipeDown a wintry lane, where streetlampsIn Search of an Old Recipe9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
rise from dimly lit snow hills and the
town is lightly covered in frost,
I pass an old neighbors house and
a village café. The gurgling noises
of a brewing pot and the sugary smells
of rising dough
always met with long conversations
or quiet contemplations, an old friend
or a new friend and a hint of the past.
Something that started the day and
ended the day with company and
a dash of hope
that time can always be paused
and people can always gather.
And behind the rising steam of
tightly gripped mugs, you can always
find laughter, stirring its warmth around
tables as we reminisce.
And sugar is sprinkled over cookies
and pastries the way snow is over the world.
And no matter how far away,
I can always make it home
on nothing more than a memory.
Perhaps these are the ingredients to make peace,
down wintry lanes, where feuds are blanketed
and grudges melt away into cups of coffee.
The Fall of Ariamis …Priscilla.The Fall of Ariamis2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I will keep you safe.
I will keep you company.
Do you remember all those years ago – when we first met? I remember it perfectly. I was so very close. So very, very close to my last shred of sanity snipping. And then I saw a peculiar little girl in white dress – you. Your left hand was occupied by a tattered doll. Your right was wet from wiping your tears. Your eyes began to water again, but I caught it for you that time. I still had a shred of humanity left, gnawing at my heart's strings to care for you, to pity, and to comfort. You were scared by my face, but I mustered a smile, and told you not to fear. You told me that you were lonely, that you were unloved.
And from that point on, I never left your side.
Do you remember all those years ago – when I saved your life? I remember it perfectly. The cursed fellow had threatened you, and I had intervened. You were bigger, but still, I needed to protect you. He chased you up the tower,
Serial KillerHandling knives with utmost care,Serial Killer4 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
The smell of death lingering in the air,
Blood splattered on everything I wear.
Motive or disease;
A quick kill just doesn't please.
The loud tortured screams,
Tears flowing in streams.
I cause quite a scare,
Limbs of my victims strewn here and there.
They scream that I'm going to Hell,
But oh, very well.
It's better than this society that fell.
I always get away,
In this game that I play,
I love to kill every night and day.
And I will not cry
Over the day I will die,
Because death and I aren't very shy.
I'll kill to my demise,
And I will say no goodbyes,
For it's in the ground where all my friends lie.