Growing up in Las Vegas is probably the most difficult thing a teenager can endure. I mean, it is the crime capitol of Americacrime and kids don't exactly mix. The easiest way I can describe it to you is like a glass containing oil and water: the two substances don't go together without mixing them; and I don't intend to become a criminal.
For some reason, you never get used to the blinding glare of the neon signs outside of almost every single building, or the prostitutes walking the streets, not the constant honking of vehicle horns and angry screams of tourists and citizens, or the never ending, earsplitting shrieks of police sirens.
You don't even get used to the gunshots outside your window at night.
You're uneasy when you go out in the day, terrified when you go out at night, andif you're like me, anywayyou often sneak into bars and casinos with your fake I.D.'s and nobody takes a second glance at you. You can do anything you want in Sin City, believe it or
Neko Mother - Chapter 1 - TG, TFI was born in the year 2025, not that it matters anymore. With no calendars to keep track of stuff like birthdays and holidays are just not important anymore. I must have been thirteen when the first of them were reported on the news. Random articles about some sickness, making a big panic in cities or something. It must have started back East, or they wouldn't have been making such a big deal about it.Neko Mother - Chapter 1 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
All I can remember was it worried Mom and Dad a lot. They would have arguments that shook the house. I think Mom wanted to move farther West, while Dad wanted to stay put. They argued about it constantly. At that age, all I cared about was the fact that they canceled school. As more reports came in, people started locking themselves in their houses, only coming out when it was absolutely necessary.
It was at this point that I made the biggest mistake of my life. After a week straight of being on lock down I was going stir crazy. I went on a tirade against my parents. The argument that f
Symbiotic Boots, Part 1: Escape from OscorpSymbiotic Boots, Part 1: Escape from Oscorp4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Part 1: Escape from Oscorp
"Somebody better have a good explanation for what just happened here!" said Mr. Denzen furiously. A vein in his forehead was known to bulge when he got especially angry, and it was doing exactly that right now.
A short, slinder boy with thick glasses who couldn't have been more than 30 jogged over to Denzen after looking at a computer monitor.
"Umm, sir, if you come this way, I can explain everything."
Denzen walked towards the computer monitor, and as he did, the boy, whose name was Jake, explained the situation.
"Well, sir, as you know, Oscorp has been developing a super suit based on the symbiotes."
Denzen nodded. By this time they were near the computer monitor. Jake sat down and typed something in quickly, and a graphic popped up on the computer. It displayed a featureless man rotating 360 degrees to show every angle.
"We took samples from every symbiote currently still with us, and well as a few samples we had in storage of oth
Symbiotic Boots, Part 2: Boot Information AcquiredSymbiotic Boots, Part 2: Boot Information Acquired4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Part 2: Boot Information Acquired
The symbiote flew through the air duct, latching on its metal surrounding as fast as it could, with only one thought on its mind: freedom. The problem was it couldn't tell which exit was the right one. It traveled further and further down the vent, but couldn't see a way out. However, it did eventually come upon a deserted office in the Oscorp building. And best of all, it was facing a window.
The symbiote dropped down, and moved slowly towards the window. It pressed itself against the slightest crack in the window, and after some time, it was completely outside the Oscorp building, sticking to the window, and 80 stories up.
Slowly but surely, in the dead of night in Manhattan, it made it's way down the building. When it reached the bottom, it positioned itself in a alleyway next to the Oscorp building. It hid behind a trash dumpster, and began to contemplate its next move.
Several hours later...
The rain had started early tha
Neko Mother - Chapter 2 - TG, TF4 years laterNeko Mother - Chapter 2 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I crept through the debris left over from the Quick Mart's collapse. It was amazing just how quickly something that was built as sturdy as a city will crumble without regular use. The roof had long ago collapsed under its own weight, leaving piles of concrete all over the interior. The rear wall had so many holes you could hardly say it was a wall anymore. In fact the only way I know it was a Quick Mart at all was the left over of the neon sign still clinging to the front. From the overgrowth, this one must have fallen just a few months ago. I knew these ruins might have already been picked over before I even got to the area but you never know what you might find hidden in some overlooked corner or under a pillar. I had plenty of practice going through these old ruins so I knew the kind of places to look for those places hidden to others. Even the most picked-over spots always seemed to have something overlooked or ignored. I had gotten high prices selling off what other
Neko Mother - Chapter 4 - TG, TFChapter 4Neko Mother - Chapter 4 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“God I miss my backpack.” I muttered. It had been three days since I had had a decent meal. You would think that in a forest this size, there would be more to eat, but there had been bad weather threatening for the last week so all the game was staying on alert for any intruders to their territory. I was no master hunter, what with sticking mainly to scavenging the cities, so without a gun or at least a bow, my options were extremely limited. I had managed to catch a squirrel in a makeshift trap, but the other animals had been a bit more cautious. The few berries and edible plants I had been able to find along the path had provided for the rest of my meals, but my stomach was still growling. I knew the next town was about a day's walk away, but without anything to trade I couldn't even get a glass of water, damn scalpers. I would have to scrounge for food or something I could trade before I went in.
With only a few hours of daylight left, I began to look fo
Neko Mother - Chapter 6 - TG, TFChapter 6Neko Mother - Chapter 6 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mia came awake suddenly when she heard someone scream. She jumped up ready to pounce on the intruder but looking around she couldn't see anyone other than her Big Sis. He was standing a little ways away shaking slightly, an accusing finger pointed her way. She cocked her head to the side, not knowing what she had done.
Slowly, his shaking stopped and he was able to speak again. “What are you doing curled up to me again.”
He was so silly sometimes, “Because nyou are Mia's Big Sis and it is Mia's job to make sure nyou are warm and comfy.” She tried her best not to laugh at his expression but it was very hard.
He stared at her for a minute with the cutest face before his expression change to the grouchy one that Mia had seen quite a lot lately. He started grumbling again, saying he wasn't her Big Sis. He was just being silly again. Of course he was her Big Sis and no matter how many time he denied it, Mia knew he would always be her Big Sis.
He moved over
Neko Mother - Chapter 3 - TG, TFMia was lost. Well maybe that was the wrong term. For one to be lost one had to have a destination to begin with. She had just been wandering, going from one place to another without a clear idea for where it was she was going. So she was lost in a matter of speaking. She just knew that she was searching for Big Sis. Mia didn't know where Big Sis was, she just knew that Big Sis was in the direction she was going. She didn't know why but she had a feeling in her gut that constantly pulled her in the right direction. Mia didn't have anything else, no memories before waking in the middle of nowhere and no one to look over her, so she trusted the feeling. It had to be right. Otherwise she really would have nothing. She just the knew that Big Sis would be able to help.Neko Mother - Chapter 3 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mia felt very alone as she went from place to place, never staying for long. The pull on her heart told her that she had to keep moving. That it was imperative that she find Big Sis as soon as possible. The search for Big Sis
Neko Mother - Chapter 5 - TG, TFChapter 5Neko Mother - Chapter 5 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I woke laying on a mattress, covered with a bright pink bedspread. Looking around, I found that the room I was in was small and sparsely furnished. Aside from the bed, the only furnishings were a desk with a hard-backed chair bolted to the floor in front of it and a large mirror on the wall above it. The only openings into the room were a door to the bathroom, another door opposite the bed that stayed locked, and a slot in the wall beside the locked door that would only open for meals and whenever there was a new puzzle for me to solve.
That was my world as I knew it. The only way I could tell time was by the three meals a day and the puzzles in between. The food was decent and always came with a pill I was required to take. The puzzle differed regularly. Form jigsaws to word searches. Sometimes they were metal pieces that I would have to pull apart then put back together. Other times it was a code I would have to break. Whenever the puzzles got too easy, the next batch would
Neko Mother - Chapter 7 - TG, TFChapter 7Neko Mother - Chapter 7 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Although I knew it would be hard to convince Mia to stay behind, I was surprised just how hard it was for me to actually leave her there. As I walked over the hill towards the town, I found myself looking back. I could clearly see her as she peeked over the hill, with a nervous glance to the gate to make sure she could not be seen by the guards on the wall, I waved here back into hiding. Why was I so concerned about someone who should be my enemy? Steeling myself I walked on to the gates, this time forcing myself not to look back, in case the guards got suspicious.
I was let through after a short questioning of my intentions in town and an inspection of my bag. Walking through the gates I could see that it was quite a bit larger than the last town I had been to. It actually had a proper market street with food stalls and other shops set up in the buildings that had been properly maintained. The food smelled so good after having spent so much time surviving on road fare but I
Neko Mother - Chapter 8 - TG, TFChapter 8Neko Mother - Chapter 8 - TG, TF2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
At first, Mia was excited. Her Big Sis' hat had been knocked off revealing Neko ears just like hers. She looked at them and knew now why he had not smelled like other humans. Now she would be able to have all kinds of fun with him, running, playing and the best pets ever.
The sound of hissing brought Mia out of her day dream as Big Sis' tail was released from its hiding place. For some reason it was the movement made Mia think that Big Sis was angry. Was it because the other humans had tried to take Mia away from Big Sis. Yes she was scared of being taken away but the humans had just not known any better. She was sure it would be ok if they could explain everything to the humans.
Then the guard next to Mia brought his hollow stick up, pointing it at Big Sis. Before Mia could react, Big Sis had pounced on him, knocking him to the ground. Other human ran towards him but Big Sis was too quick for them. Kicking and punching, Big Sis knocked them down one by one. Mia was so scared
Under My Skin - Part 20Under My Skin Part 20Under My Skin - Part 205 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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While Surveillance got the updated feed from the cameras in Kore's depot, Cetz went over the most current aerial photos of the area. They showed that a small force of people and equipment had moved, on the hunt for something. If Will and Louis were right and Watch One was looking for Doctor Palmer, not the virus, than Watch Two had lost all possible leads during the lockdown. Cetz groaned at the world and leaned back in his desk chair.
"Damn Watch politics," he said.
Watch Two was instructed to retrieve the virus, and they did. Mission complete, back to business as usual. They didn't have to go after Palmer and they didn't have to stick their nose in Watch One's business. But after being nearly screwed over by Martin Za
Under My Skin Part 22Under My Skin Part 22Under My Skin Part 225 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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9:26 A.M. Luvor Ballroom.
"You know we don't really need to clean this stuff," said Louis, tossing the wood cleaner to Will on the ladder. The ballroom with all the wood paneling and gilded marble columns was massive; one bottle of Murphy's Oil wasn't going to take care of it all.
To get the Luvor properly wired up with Surveillance, Cetz had a team consisting of Beni, Reese, Will, Louis, and Franklin go in as part of the maintenance crew. Fake IDs proclaiming them help hired especially for the fundraiser were made and the polo uniforms handed out. According to Louis they were a neckerchief away from being the slave outfits of Martha Stewart. They managed to blend in with the maintenance without a fuss. Until the main decora
Under My Skin - Part 31Under My Skin Part 31Under My Skin - Part 315 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Watch One sent for Martin Zachs, Agent Ian, and Palmer late Sunday evening. Their departure was quiet, but it was a relief for all those that involved. The memory of Zachs was like an infection, leaving them to wonder if anyone else in the Watch could be turned as easily as he had. What bribes could turn them to such a man.
Early Monday morning Reese came into work with his own bribe, a four-pack of Monster, and set it on Beni's desk.
"That's one weak-ass apology," said Louis, standing behind him.
"You're one to talk." Reese then noticed the blond was wearing a black suit and tie. "What's with the Men in Black?"
"Got a meeting with the higher ups to prove that they're dicks and we were right not to tell the
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 34Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 343 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“We’re doomed!” Dale shouted as he shook on the bars of the cage, the cage bouncing while the van drove them to NIMH.
“Stop panicking,” Gadget said, trying to figure out how to undo the lock.
The cage had been built especially for intelligent rodents, and the lock had a key on it. She didn’t have the proper tools on her to pick the lock, and her tail wouldn‘t quite reach, not to mention she risked serious injury by even trying.
“Abigail’s still out there, right?” Russell asked, “She’ll get us out of this.”
“I know she will,” said Edgar, trying to calm himself, “She never lets her friends down.”
“We should’ve hid beneath the bed too,” Dale lamented.
“I think the only reason Abigail escaped was because of the four of us being on top of the bed,” Gadget reasoned, “If we were all down there the doctors would have caught us all.”
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 24Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 243 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After twenty minutes of cautious waiting, Zipper snuck through the doors to Thorn Valley, unguarded at the moment. Behind the door was a huge underground chamber, with stairs circling either side, filled with more dazzling crystals. Rats wandered around below, going about their daily business, dressed in capes and robes. He couldn’t see where the others had been taken, so he decided to fly on and investigate. The walls seemed to have little apartments carved into them, where each rat lived. He watched as a rat drew water from a fountain at the center of the chamber, upon which a statue of an elderly rat with a long flowing mustache and a scepter was situated. A stand with food was situated at the other end of the chamber. The food seemed to be given out free of charge. And the chamber was illuminated by great electric light bulbs near the ceiling.
As Zipper discreetly hovered near the ceiling, he could hear the rats murmur and gossip about an alleged break-in attempt by a g
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 25Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 253 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“You’ll have to excuse the council,” said Justin as he led Abigail by the hand down a winding, crystal-encrusted tunnel lit with a string of small, colored electric lights along the walls the size of Christmas lights, “We tend to take ourselves a little too seriously around here.”
Abigail still felt heartbroken by the harsh decision of the council. She and her friends were going to be stuck in Thorn Valley for the rest of their lives, while her daddy, Cornelius, and the others would suffer and die at NIMH.
“I may be the leader here but we’re still a democracy, my opinion only holds so much weight,” Justin said with regret, “If it were up to me we would send soldiers to try and rescue your family and friends. But you can’t blame them for being afraid to do that. After all, we’ve been there before. It‘s not a place any of us want to return to.”
Abigail stayed silent. She did understand why they voted not to hel
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 28Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 283 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Michelle lay on an operating chair holding Abigail’s hand, as Dr. Brannigan prepared his equipment. Willy was in the waiting room, though he’d been given some herbal painkillers to help with the beating he’d taken the day before.
“It’s perfectly safe, Miss Abigail,” the rat said, wearing a lab coat with gloves as he readied the equipment, “Humans have been perfecting this technique for a few years now, though it has yet to hit the mainstream. They were even testing this out on some of the rats at NIMH. It works by using concentrated beams of light called ‘lasers’ to reshape the cornea and correct bad vision. It’s a little uncomfortable but quite painless. In little Michelle’s case, her eyes were damaged by poison gas; the chlorine gas caused an acidic reaction that burned her retinas and caused scars on her corneas. It looks like the medical herbs were applied just in time to prevent her going completely blind. But, with
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 29Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 293 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After having finally tracked down the Stacy residence, Wilbur circled the roof and came down for a landing next to the chimney.
“Zis must be ze place,” said Bianca, double checking the address they’d found after some detective work involving the phone book.
“Do you have the string?” Bernard asked.
Bianca reached down by their feet and gathered up a long thread of string, “Here it is.”
“Alright, let’s go down the chimney,” Bernard said.
“Right,” Wilbur replied, placing his beak near the edge of the chimney.
Bianca and Bernard climbed up Wilbur’s neck and across his head to the brick chimney. Bianca handed one end of the string to Wilbur.
“Hold on to zis. Ve’ll tug on it vhen ve vant back up again,” she explained.
“You can count on me,” said Wilbur, taking the string in his beak.
Bianca tossed the rest of it down the chimney, and they began to climb down, carefully lowering themsel
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 26Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 263 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Penny breathed a heavy sigh as she parked her car at the staff parking spot at NIMH, taking the key out of the transmission and gripping the steering wheel. She wore her lab coat and her usual uniform but her hair was unkempt, and she’d neglected to wear her makeup. She felt as if those things didn’t matter much anymore.
Somehow, she worked up the willpower to open the door and step out of the vehicle, closing the door behind her. She couldn’t name a time in her life where she’d been filled with more dread. But she knew just what she was going to do when she got in. Penny walked up to the entrance of the building, and swiped a key card through a slot at the door to enter. Once inside she headed straight for the lab with the test subjects.
She passed by Dr. Clark, who began to greet her, “Oh, Dr. Stacy, how are you-”
“Sorry, I have business in the lab,” she replied hastily, walking past the scientist.
She slipped her keycard into another s
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 17Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 173 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The morning brought with it a renewed sense of urgency. Gadget was already up at the crack of dawn, with the forest floor covered in a light mist. She lamented not having her tool set, but she knew she had to do something to get her plane airborne again. She was removing the last part of the wings when Edgar awoke, putting his glasses on and crawling out of the burrow.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“Oh, good morning,” Gadget said, looking over her shoulder, “I’m just thinking about how to remodel the plane so it can get us where we need to go. We’re not going to get anywhere on foot.”
“I think I know just the way,” Edgar said.
“I was hoping you kids would help,” Gadget said with a smile, “You built a plane before after all. Even with my aviation knowledge it‘s never too late for me to learn a thing or two.”
“I’ll go get the others up.”
With that Edgar went back into the burrow
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 15Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 153 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Coming in for work was extremely difficult for Penny the next day, but, she managed to pull herself together again that morning, clean up the shards from the broken mirror and put her makeup on in the bathroom instead. With her dyed blond hair in a bun, thick framed glasses and white lab coat on, she felt much more confident. Her insecure inner-child was masked by a strong, logical, down-to-Earth scientist. Though her resolution remained the same; if her childhood delusions turned out to be real, she’d need to look for another job. Even though she’d worked hard to get this one. Her degree could get her into other fields, she knew. Already this job involved crossing more moral boundaries than she was comfortable with. The animal testing aspect had never been what attracted her to the study of behavioral psychology in the first place. It was more the desire to help children who were as lost as she used to be.
She stepped out of her car and walked from the parking lot into NIM
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 30Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 303 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Penny sat cross-legged on the floor, her arms restrained in the straight jacket, staring up at the stars behind the bars of the window, one high up where she couldn‘t reach. It was before dawn, perhaps four or five in the morning, but she couldn’t sleep. She wouldn’t have been constrained to a solitary confinement cell if not for Dr. Strauss’ “insistence” that she’d become a danger to herself and others. Nimnul must have been controlling him somehow, she thought. He wasn’t the same scientist who’d hired her to work for NIMH anymore. Sure Strauss always had a creepy, impersonal air about him, but this was out of character even for him.
Her plan now was to act completely calm and sane, and maybe she’d be released. It was just her first night, maybe after a while they’d decide she was cured, that the whole thing was just a little nervous breakdown caused by deep-seated emotional trauma in her past. They’d give her som
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 32Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 323 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A car pulled over at the side of a road near a stop sign, the area at the side of the road covered by foliage. It was around 9 in the morning, the sun low in the sky. A couple exited the car, and Penny peered through the bushes.
“Mom! Dad!” she called out, with Bernard and Bianca sitting on her shoulders.
“Penny?” her mother, Darla, searched and then saw her, running to hug her adoptive daughter. However, she gasped and drew back upon seeing the mice she had on her shoulders.
“What do you think you’re doing?” her father, a tall man in a coat and fedora hat named Ted Stacy, demanded, “You’re supposed to be at the institution!”
“I had to leave,” Penny said, “Look, I’m going to need to you to trust me on this. I know it’s going to sound crazy. I need a ride to Bethesda.”
“What you need is help! What’s with those mice?”
“Maybe we should listen,” said Darla.
Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 21Abigail and the Rats of NIMH - Chapter 213 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Penny didn’t sleep that night. She laid awake in bed, racked with guilt. She had, unintentionally, brought about the destruction of the group that had rescued her when she was a child, she now knew. In doing so she’d prevented the rescue of other children around the world. And she may have even caused the deaths of the ones who had rescued her as a child, Bernard and Bianca. She didn’t know for sure; they could have been among the ones captured to be experimented on. Or they could have not been there at all. Sixteen years is a long time. Maybe they were retired. Or already dead. But the mere possibility of them being dead because of her was unbearable.
It was Sunday. Though she’d been looking forward to her weekend break on Friday night, the wait now was agonizing. She’d go straight to the lab Monday morning, and the moment she was alone she’d look through the cages and find the new mice, see if Bernard or Bianca was there. And if not, she would ask