PhoenixPhoenix4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The bandaid covers up the bullet hole
So much for having a bullet-proof soul
The bullet burned through me
Ignored every artery
Buried itself into my soul
The poison, it spread through every cell
My life felt like a living hell
My skin wanted to crack and peel off
My mind wanted to pass away from blood loss
Part of me died
When people began to ask, I lied
I put on a façade
And my true self began to hide
But in order for a phoenix to be truly beautiful
It has to die
Destroy itself completely, when it's no longer useful
Be reborn, start a new
It took awhile
But I walked the long mile
And I won't go back
This is what I choose
FF13: Chrome pt 15FF13: Chrome pt 154 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 15: Grand Finale.
My life seems now like an opera gone wrong. There was my birth, unwanted but still welcomed by a somewhat young mother and an underpaid father.
They were both farm tenders, taking care of animals and plant life alike. My father was blonde like a majority of the Yoners, his ears pierced and even my dark-haired mother Ophelia had her cartilage hooped.
The changes happened after news that my grandfather disappeared reached us. My father overwhelmed became a l'cie to try and protect us. But in turn, his Focus was to destroy the Yoner family. When we refused he became a cei'th. To save my mother and to free my old man from a gristly fate I set him ablaze.
My mother distraught tossed me into the streets. I was nearly killed by a stampede of monsters but I was saved by a blonde boy my age named Maqui, eyes a crystal blue color. He promised to me if we ever met again he'd continue to save me. I hardly believed it, I was okay on my own.
But in doing so I was noticed by
Dragon Wings -- Chapter SixChapter SixDragon Wings -- Chapter Six6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
There was no goodbye. No group of dragons surrounding them to see them off. Just Lydia, Cial, and Retsam, standing at the edge of the Clearing in the driving rain. Cial squinted through the water running into his eyes, having difficulty making out the shapes of his companions. He tried to use his night vision, his eyes beginning to glow a brighter blue, but it didnt do much for him. The glow flickered off.
Be safe on this journey, Lydia. Retsam said softly. Are you sure that youre well enough?
Yes, Retsam. Lydia smiled, or at least Cial thought so. He still couldnt see very well. Ill be fine.
Indeed, Lydias injuries had not been as bad as they had first appeared. The only serious one was a scratch along her foreleg, but with a bandage and some time it was now okay to fly with.
All right. Retsam allowed. I suppose it wouldnt be wise to wait any longer. Go, and I will send a
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It was a few days later when Cial was able to slip away again. Eva had been surprised upon his quick recovery from his illness, but her patient seemed healthy and well enough. She was busy enough with other things, anyways, considering how many injured dragons there were. Only one had died from his injuries so far, and the rest seemed to be healing nicely.
Cial managed to slip out of the Clearing just after mealtime, when Zor and Eva were preoccupied with an infected wound. Exaiyen had been talking intently with Kaya, and would hopefully fail to notice Cials absence. Even so, the red dragon broke into a run, hoping no voice behind him would call him back.
There was none. Cial eagerly ran towards the waterfall, his feet digging into the loose river soil. He had thought a lot about his experience the previous day, and was anxious to see the Fleet of Diamond Tears once again. Maybe he did have power. Maybe they could help him control it
He skidded to a stop bes
Dragon Wings -- Chapter ElevenChapter ElevenDragon Wings -- Chapter Eleven6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Hey, Cial! Come over here and help, please! Cial sighed and bounded over to where Eva was calling for him. She was watching over a group of little hatchlings, several of which were stumbling with exhaustion.
Here, carry one, The Head Healer demanded, gently picking one up and placing it on Cials back. It was still small and not very heavy, but Cial knew it would get to be a burden after awhile. The little hatchling curled up on Cials back and promptly went to sleep, snoring softly. The red dragon smiled a bit despite himself. Why was he being so grumpy? Everyone had to do their job, and carrying a hatchling wasnt so much of a burden.
The Fleet of Jade Oceans, still battered and bloody, was making their way to the Fleet of Crystal Bloods Clearing. Although flying would have been much faster, they had to walk, and they had to walk slowly. Too many of the group were too badly injured to press ahead.
You too, Zor. E
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Cial struggled to keep his breathing even, trying to remain calm in this alien situation. Whats wrong? He repeated in a shaky voice. Lilac wouldnt-- or couldnt-- reply. She stood still and unmoving, her eyes still alight with that strange blue glow, her expression blank and emotionless.
Was she having a Seer vision? Cial had no idea how that kind of thing worked, and could only wait in unnerving silence for Lilac to recover. Perhaps a minute later, Lilac sucked in a long breath, and the light in her eyes finally faded away.
W-what was that? Cial asked once darkness had fallen again, trying not to show how scared he had been.
I Saw something. Lilac whispered. Its Its the air in here. It somehow had more to say to me than the wind outside.
Cial stared at her, uncomprehending. Uh, right. What did you See?
What did I See ? Lilac repeated in a small voice
Rathalos vs. Tigrex NarrationRathalos vs. Tigrex Narration8 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Rathalos VS Tigrex
Writing by: Xglide
Picture by: Terekjet
It was a bright day, the sun blazed through the clouds, nya. It was another great day, meow. Hello the name is Xglide, Felyne Scribe, nya nya. This day I have experienced the most exciting and the most gruesome battle between two great monsters, the Tigrex and the Rathalos. Never have I seen such a battle, and in an unexpected place too: in the mountains, near Pokke village. I was lucky to record this extreme event without getting hurt. The talented Melynx Artist Terekjet, a good friend of mine, drew this picture above of the battle. And now the story begins.
I was stalking a Rathalos because I wanted to write an ecology about them. He was in the forest, near Kokoto Village, drinking water. He raised his head and checked his surrounding. I ducked down to hide from him. He flew up and grabbed onto his tail as he took off. Im really light so he didnt notice.
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The day of the attack was overcast and gloomy, as if the atmosphere too could sense Cial's tension. The light was white and pale as it outlined the dragons of the army, their bodies looking abnormally dark against the uniform silver sky. The air was cold, and Cial shivered as he walked along the edge of the territory.
He was trying to keep in constant touch with his dark power so as to better find the Dark Leader when the time came, but it still made him somewhat ill to do so. This power was an evil and unnatural thing, and he was beginning to realize this. There was no forgiveness or lightness to be found under the earth. It was dark, cold, and enclosing. It held the dead in it's unrelenting embrace, slowly eating away at all that fell victim to it. To think that this thing could actually be controlled it was frightening. More than frightening, it was terrifying. Cial hated being connected to such a power, and on such an intimate level as well.
But connected to
HastingsHastings4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
On Senlac Hill, the grasses blow,
The forest hums with song;
Old Senlac Hill, by Hastings town
Gleams cold and all alone.
Here, the tramp and clink of maille rings,
Echoes 'cross the open meadow;
The clash and bite of iron sword,
And the spears are all a-splintering.
Here, the cloven helm, the whistling arrow,
Proud banners catch the breeze;
The baying horns still fill the dales
From a thousand years ago.
The gold-red drake of Wessex
Burns swathes of blood and fire,
His fiery tongue lays waste the ships
of the northern king, Hardrada.
The dark cold waters of Umber
Are blackened with smoldering reek
Stamford Bridge, soaks her feet in the scarlet
Of forsworn blood-brother's bones.
The battle won, the Norsemen defeated,
The Wessex dragon flies south on thund'ring wings.
As the proud crests of Normandy
Break upon its shores.
The stormy winds of autumn's breath
Abate before the towering spray
Slicing through the murm'ring Channel
Bow before the fleet invader's prows.
The whirlwind son of Go
Dragon Wings -- Chapter FourChapter FourDragon Wings -- Chapter Four6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Retsam, you have to believe me! Stroff was wrong! Cial cried.
Retsam looked down at him, his height and mass suddenly seeming very intimidating. His bright green eyes held no anger, but Cials entire body was shaking with nervousness. It was several hours after the incident with the crater, and the rest of the Fleet seemed to believe Stroffs earlier accusation.
Retsam, please, I really dont think Cial would do anything like this. Lydia pleaded from her place beside her adopted son. Hes innocent. Well, aside from sneaking out to chase the Scouts. Cial looked down, hiding from her sharp stare.
There was another dragon standing beside Retsam. He was long and green, like a snake, and age had dulled his once bright green scales to have a greyish tint. He was Barask, the Advisor, and the second most powerful dragon in the Fleet.
Barask glanced at Cial with a hooded expression. Sir, I think this whole thing is very
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Exaiyen's wing beats churned the cold mountain air as he drifted across the sky. His shoulders were aching after his long journey, but his face betrayed none of his discomfort, remaining a mask of stone. He scanned the mountains dully, until his gaze finally settled upon the tallest one. It's peak opened up into a large tunnel, like an icy mouth opened up to the cloudy sky. Exaiyen folded his wings and plunged inside.
Heat instantly flooded over his scales, stinging after the coolness of the northern wilderness. Exaiyen flapped his wings on the dead air, coming to a staggering stop on the bottom of the volcano. The stone sizzled under his feet as he landed, and he grit his teeth to stop from crying out.
Instantly he was aware of a presence in the mountain, something evil and vastly powerful. Exaiyen stood up straighter, staring straight ahead as the presence drew closer. It was nearly impossible to see - a shimmer of distorted air here, a brief, blurred shadow there-
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 32Chapter Thirty-twoDragon Wings -- Ch. 326 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Cial had never felt so alive!
The rocky ground sped along underneath him, covered with just enough grass to make his footfalls easy and painless. Lilac was flying among the Protectors, invisible among the small army that shadowed the plains with their outspread wings.
We did it! Cial felt like roaring in joy. The Protectors had come! The meeting had been long and tense with debate, but it seemed that the decision of the majority was the decision of all, because every single able-bodied Protector had taken flight to save his home. Their collective strength, burning above him like white-hot suns, made his head spin. They were not as numerous as the Fleet of Fighters, but their magical strength made them at least five times deadlier than an ordinary dragon, by Cial's guess.
He dug into the ground deeper, leaving the clear mountain air behind with reluctance. They had spent seven days already, as the Protectors had left the day after their debate. Cial's gut twist
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 31Chapter Thirty-oneDragon Wings -- Ch. 316 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The other dragons in the group hung back as Cial, Lilac, and Zahur entered a thick patch of trees. Cial carefully manoeuvred his way through the thick roots that were sprawled underneath the grass and leaves. Soon enough the thick foliage parted, and sunlight beat down on them once again.
There was a dragon sitting in the center if the clearing, his face turned away from them. His scales were a pale yellow that stood out among the green of his surroundings. Two wings so white they were almost blinding were folded on his back like a thick covering of snow, parted by the line of abnormally long spikes that ran down his spine and tail.
"Greetings, Leader." Zahur murmured, bowing low. Cial and Lilac mimicked the action, and Cial became aware of the Leader's aura. It was unlike anything he had ever sensed before. Instead of simply radiating power, like the other Protectors, the Leader seemed to be positively overtaken by it. It felt like if he were to be cut, he would not
Dragon Wings -- Chapter TwoChapter TwoDragon Wings -- Chapter Two6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The night was beginning to get cool, and Cial was grateful for the warmth of his adopted mother. She had fallen asleep already, her breath long and slow. But as Cial watched her, she started to mutter and twitch, her eyes darting beneath her eyelids.
Lydia He said quietly, poking her lightly with a claw. Her breath quickened, and she murmured something else.
Lydia, wake up. Youre dreaming. He shoved her a little harder. Her peach-coloured eyes popped open, bright with panic until she recognized him. Cial! Oh, Im sorry I was having a nightmare.
Um do you want to tell me about it? It felt a little weird saying that to his mother, but what the heck.
She looked at him seriously. I was dreaming about Lilac. She said softly, her eyes gaining a far away, sad look.
Lilac? Your daughter?
Lydias entire face seemed to sag with grief, as fresh as if Lilac had only died several ho
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The wind was what woke Cial.
Back in the Fleet of Jade Oceans, there had been a protective wall of mountain and forest that discouraged most of the wind from blowing through the Clearing. So when he felt the air brush past him, Cial remembered immediately that he was not at home. That Lydia was dead, and his life had been torn apart.
He didnt want to wake up. He wanted to lie in that soft patch of grass forever, and let the wind flow over him. But then he remembered where he was, and about the dragons that lived there. Was he in danger? Would they attack him?
Cial forced himself to get to his feet, and looked around. He was still in the Healers place, though there was a surprisingly little amount of Healers around. Yet another of the strange ways of this Fleet ?
Youre awake. Cial spun around at the voice, startled to find the black dragoness from before staring at him. Kaya, the advisor. Why was she there? Had she just happened to be arou
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So, have you decided what youre going to train for yet?
Cial bit back an annoyed growl at Lydias question. Was that all anyone could think about? Um no, but Im thinking about it, The small red dragon said instead.
Lydia nodded. I know its not something chosen lightly, but remember, you could always change after the first few days, so its not final.
Yeah. Cial replied absently. He wasnt worried about becoming something else. After today, who would think to deny him his destiny? After all, he was about to embark on a Scouting mission without wings. Maybe that could even be his claim to fame. The wingless Scout.
Ive got to go on patrol, Lydia informed him, looking worried. You look a bit odd. If youre feeling sick, just pay Eva a visit, okay?
Yes, Cial replied distantly. He felt everything but sick, like all the energy in the world
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The tunnel descended briefly into darkness, and for a second Cial couldnt see a thing. Lilac continued to walk in front of him, completely at ease, and Kohari lumbered along in the lead. Cials head was still spinning with questions. How could Lilac be here? What was the Fleet of Diamond Tears? And what was all of this talk about magic?
Light began to flood into the tunnel, and soon the threesome emerged into a large cavern. Cial felt his jaw drop as an immense cavern was revealed, bright and welcoming, and scattered with dragons.
Many of them stopped what they were doing to stare at him, but others didnt-- and thats where it started to get weird. The dragons were doing things that Cial had never thought possible flashing beams of light, conjuring fire, even creating shimmering illusions, strange glittering shapes in the air. All of this had to be a dream. Dragons couldnt magic wasnt real! It couldnt be!
Golden Blood -- Ch. 3Chapter Three - JayGolden Blood -- Ch. 35 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Jay! Pull up the nets!"
Sea spray was everywhere, sloshing into our fishing boat and soaking me to the skin. I groped blindly for the rough cordlike surface of the net, but felt only air and water.
"I can't see a thing!" I shouted in reply, struggling to stay balanced on the rocking boat. The sea was rough and cloudy today, and if we didn't hurry, we might get capsized.
My father swore. There was a break in the onslaught of water droplets and I saw a glimpse of him, tough and grizzled, holding onto the end of a net with all his strength. I stumbled over to him and latched onto the net as well.
"Heave!" He cried, and together we hauled the net on board. My heart sank as I saw the five or so fish thrashing there. Another terrible catch. We couldn't go on like this
The boat shook violently and I grasped the edge, struggling to stay on my feet. "Let's go back!" I called, spitting seawater out of my mouth. The water was cold and the wind was biting straight
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 26Chapter Twenty-sixDragon Wings -- Ch. 266 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
"Cial! Wake up!"
It wasn't the words themselves that woke Cial, but rather the desperate tone in which they were shouted. He looked up immediately, blinking the sleep out of his eyes as he stumbled to his feet. "What's going on?" He asked Dahren, the one who had called him.
Dahren's eyes were wide. "Kohari told me to come get you. It's Exaiyen-- he's called for reinforcements."
Cial frowned. "So? We're ready for this, remember? That's why we made the great army." He stretched, still not understanding what had Dahren so worried.
"No. It's not like that you'd better just go see Kohari. He's over there."
Cial looked up into his friend's eyes, seeing the utter seriousness in them. What had gone wrong? Had they made some sort of mistake? Was the Great Army breaking up just days after it had been built? Cial shook his head, trying to dislodge the pessimistic thoughts, and ran off towards the front of the Army.
Kohari was conversing with the other leaders, and looked
Dragon Wings -- Chapter TwelveChapter TwelveDragon Wings -- Chapter Twelve6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Cial had a rough night, tossing and turning and utterly unable to get comfortable. Even when he felt the weariness of sleep closing in on him, he refused to fall into its embrace, terrified that the poison would work quickly on his sleeping body. And yet when the sun rose that morning, warm and bright across the open grass, Cial didnt feel that bad at all. He struggled to his claws. In fact, he felt fine
It was then that he noticed that he was no longer at the Clearing. He looked around, completely and utterly confused. What how was this possible? He could see the Clearing in the distance, alive with the tiny shapes of dragons, but he was nowhere near it. He seemed to have travelled north, and there was now a huge cliff face in front of him.
Was that a message, in the rock? Cial peered closer, completely unnerved. Even more so when he saw what had been scratched into the cliff:
At last the one we awaited has arrived! It said, and belo
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Have you seen Lilac? Cial asked Dahren as the two of them, overshadowed by Dahrens brother Aeto, left Aras class. Dahren was friendly, outgoing, and rash-- disrespectful and annoying at times, but a great friend for the most part. He had a blaze of green scales over his face, breaking up the dark brown of the rest of him. Aeto was serious, burly, and quiet-- so quiet that Cial was almost inclined to ask if he was mute. All three of them had just been through another lesson, in which Cial continued to work on his sensing, considering that the whole earth magic thing wasnt going anywhere.
Havent seen her. Dahren replied, and Aeto shook his head. Cial sighed. Well, Lilac had just learned that her mother had died. It was understandable that she would be sad and need time to mourn. Cial had. But for some reason, he couldnt shake off the feeling that she was mad at him. Could she somehow know that Lydia died p
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 44Chapter Forty-fourDragon Wings -- Ch. 445 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Soon Cial could sense the beating hearts of the Great Army on the surface, and he swept towards them eagerly. Would they be able to hear him? They had to be! Perhaps not one of the ordinary Fleet dragons, but one of the magicians must surely be able to sense him
The feet above him were constantly moving about, and shifting their weight from side to side when they were still. It seemed like most of the army was in a state of nervousness. Could this be because Cial's squadron had failed to return? Or was it because they could already see the attack that was going to be their undoing? Dizziness spun Cial about as he tried to locate Kohari among all of the other dragons. Surely Kohari would be able to sense him, and then Cial could tell him about Lilac and everything would be all right
All of the heartbeats felt the same! Cial would have growled in frustration if he had a mouth. How was he to tell one dragon from all the others? If only he still had his senso
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What are you going to train for?
Im gonna be a Healer!
Oh please, who recommended you, your mom? Shami herself said Id make a great Hunter
Well I can top both of you! Im going to be a Fighter.
Cial listened to the cacophony of chatter as he ambled with the huge group of dragons. They were all twelve years old, like him, and ready to begin training to be something in the fleet. Most of them were clearly very excited about it-- would they become a Fighter, a Healer, a Hunter, or a Scout? The choices seemed endless. The dragons around Cial were talking excitedly, returning to their parents after their evening meal. The hatchlings, mothers and midyears always ate first, after which the adults with jobs would have their fill.
Like blackened leaves on his back, the shredded remains of his wings fluttered feebly in the dying breeze. It was his curse not being able to fly. What would he become
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 43Chapter Forty-threeDragon Wings -- Ch. 435 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When Cial first woke, he thought he was blind.
There was cold, hard stone beneath him, but only darkness reached his eyes. He struggled to swallow back the panic that was rising up in him, and tried to use his night vision. The blue glow flickered weakly for a moment, highlighting rough rock walls and chunks of stone, before it died out. He did not have enough stored light to see any more.
His head was throbbing. Cial groaned, reaching up to feel his skull. It was sticky with partially dried blood. What had happened? Someone had hit him
His memories suddenly slammed back into his mind, and he whimpered softly. Zahur and the rest of the squadron were dead. The mission had failed. Lilac was in danger. And he had been captured by the Dark Leader.
"Awake, then, are you?" Cial stiffened in terror at Volkan's rough voice. Footsteps came along in the darkness toward him, and stopped a few dragon-lengths away.
"Where am I? Where's Lilac?" Cial tried to make the