The StarI looked up at the building with nothing but a sense of trepidation. It was my dream to be discovered and become a world renown singer, but I was scared. They were holding open auditions today at Radical Records and I could already see that the lobby was filled with people. Some held guitars that they were tuning, others had drum sticks, and then there were the ones that were listening to Ipods and singing along. There were just so many people and I had infinite doubts about my ability.
"Gonna just stand there all day or are you going in?" someone asked and I looked over at the sound. I saw a black tank top with a red anarchy symbol painted on the front of it before following it up to a black studded collar and then a really handsome face. I nodded slowly, suddenly finding myself without a voice as I looked into gorgeous blue eyes framed by black hair, streaked with more blue. "Yes, you're going to stand there all day or yes, you're going in?" he asked, a smirk breaking up those perfec
Break the Rules"Charlie, stop!" I hissed, slapping his hands off my hips. "I'm not gonna be your blow up doll every time Cindy doesn't wanna put out! Besides, you know the rules..." I added, looking away some. This was perhaps one of the only small towns out there that tolerated the fact that I was gay, but the number one rule was that I couldn't turn any of their precious sons to the dark side. In an effort to assure that no one would 'fall in love' with me, I could only have sex with someone twice. Just enough to satisfy their curiosity.Break the Rules3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"But, Krystean..." he whined and I shot him a quick glare. I wasn't about to be lynched just because he had a higher sex drive than his girlfriend.
"But nothing! Now let me get back to work," I hissed before turning on my heel and heading back out into the diner. Sometimes I thought about leaving this town so I could settle down, but the rules weren't too bad. I didn't have to deal with disgusted glares or hate crimes and all I had to do was be lonely most of the t
Save Me"Pay close attention, boys," our scout leader said to bring us back to the presentation being given by the dive instructor. I looked back up the woman who was demonstrating how to read the tank gauges on the scuba gear. It was entirely boring. Most of us had taken the diving class back home at the YMCA so that we would be prepared for this trip down into the Caribbean, so she was only going over things that we already knew.Save Me4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Cyan, stop staring at her tits," Douglas said, elbowing me slightly. I rolled my eyes a bit as I leaned into him some.
"Kinda hard when she's got such big ones and wearing such a tiny bikini," I muttered, turning my eyes back out to the beautiful blue water all around the boat. Beside me, Douglas snickered and passed on my little comment to Lucien on the other side of him. Finally, the refresher was over and we were strapped into the tanks, pulling on our flippers and masks before jumping off the back of the boat in pairs. I paused at the end of the boat, noticing
Who was I?The first memory I have is waking up in a hospital bed. I was told that I'd been in a coma for a month which explained a lot of things, but I'd apparently broken my leg badly before it. Surgery on both my leg and chest, doctors having had to open me up to repair a lot of damage to one of my lungs. I was considered lucky to be alive, but at the same time, I was at a loss for anything that told me who the people in my room were, who I was, who anyone I was supposed to have known were.Who was I?3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It took me eleven months to get discharged from the hospital, having had several surgeries on my leg and knee and countless hours of physical therapy. I'd still have a permanent limp, but at least when I left, I didn't have to use a cane anymore unless I was in severe pain. I wasn't sent home though. Apparently, I hadn't really lived there before the accident so I was being sent back to the boarding school where I'd been previously. That didn't bother me since I didn't really know the people who claimed to
The Runaway"Do you have my money, Dre?" came the cursed voice of my step father as I sat back down gingerly in the backseat of his car.The Runaway4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Yes, sir," I muttered, dropping the roll of cash on the console beside him before leaning my head against the window. It was another typical night where my mother was off at work at the corner mart for the midnight shift and my dead beat step father was selling my body for his beer money. I was long past my surprise at his ability to find so many men who were interested in little boys yet his inability to find a job.
The ride home was silent as I stared at the shadows of the trees we passed on our way back to the run down shack we called home. I'd long given up dreaming of a better life. I was almost resigned to the horror that was what I called my life. No one in this stupid town noticed what my step father was doing and those that knew weren't going to go to the police since they'd be hit with prostitution and rape of a minor.
I dragged myself in the house, go
At High Tide"Momma... I have to go now..." I murmured, kneeling in front of the gravestone. "Why... did you have to name him my guardian? He's never met me... Never called... Not even a birthday card... So why him? Why do I have to move so far away from you and all of my friends to live with him?" I fell forward a little, tears starting to stream down my cheeks. I watched as my tears fell to the earth beneath my hands, soaking into the recently turned, rich soil.At High Tide4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Braden! It's time to go!" my aunt called from beside the taxi. I rubbed the tears off my face before slowly getting to my feet.
"Goodbye, Momma..." I murmured, slowly turning to head back to the car. It had been a selfish side trip of mine to have a chance to say goodbye before I boarded the plane that would take me all the way to what felt like the other side of the world. I slipped into the backseat with my aunt, letting her pull me to her side. She'd taken care of me for the last year while my mother had only grown sicker and more wea
The HandymanI wiped my brow as I tended my garden with care. It was important that I tilled the soil and planted the seeds before the weekend was over if I wanted fresh vegetables this fall. Most of the farm was unused now since it was just me here. I only had enough muscle for a garden and a couple of chickens. I'd let the wheat fields go unattended, even attempted to sell off the land, but no one wanted to buy anything that had belonged to me.The Handyman4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I looked around as I shoved the handkerchief back into my pocket, noting everything that needed to be fixed around the house and land. The roof leaked, some parts of the porch had rotted through, most of the porchrail was missing, the chicken coop needed a complete rebuild, the fence around it needed to be redone, and that wasn't even starting in on the barn or the fences surrounding the unused fields. Hell, even the inside of the house needed quite a bit of tender loving care that I just didn't seem to be able to give it.
I quickly spread the p
Forgive MeI stood outside the house that had once been the one I shared with him, trying to muster the courage to knock on the door. I'd screwed up by not coming back sooner, by not remembering right away how drunk we'd gotten on our anniversary. It really wasn't until I was sitting in a bar on our anniversary and getting drunk again did the memories come back and I felt absolutely wretched for accusing him of cheating on me. I'd left him alone to bear the fruits of that night and I doubted he was going to be apt to forgive me for being gone an entire year.Forgive Me4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I smoothed out the long white coat that concealed the fact that I was wearing nothing more than little pink panties and thigh high stockings, trying to calm my nerves. Finally, I swallowed hard and rang the bell before starting to play with one of my very long cream coloured ears. I was prepared for him to be angry, to tell me to go away. I could only hope that he wouldn't. Enraas opened the door and for a moment seemed shocked, but that mome
The MechanicI ran across the dilapidated tarmac to the airship that was refueling. If any of the people on the ground saw me, they'd probably shoot me before asking any questions. I was quick to slip into the cargo bay, using the boxes they were loading as cover as I scurried deeper into the ship. As soon as I found an access panel, I pulled it off and crawled inside before closing it almost completely. I just needed to get away from this town. To get away from him before he killed me.The Mechanic4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I held my breath as I heard the bay doors close and the engine fire up. It was only a matter of mintues before I was away from this town. They could kick me out at the next port and that would be perfectly fine with me. As long as it wasn't this town. That was all I needed. I relaxed as I felt the ship actually begin to take off, but there was an odd sound filtering through the access panels from the engine.
I slipped out of the access panel to creep down towards the engine room, holding my tools close to my chest s
Shipwreck IslandIt'd been a week now. A week since the boat we were sailing on our way to explore some recently discovered ruins sank in a storm. Of the ten of us who had come along on this expedition with our professor, there were only four of us left. Our professor had survived to make it to this island, but he'd taken a nasty gash on his leg from a piece of debris in the water. Through his instruction and Clark's background with boyscouts we had managed to treat it, but without medicines, infection set in quickly.Shipwreck Island4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Now it was just Clark- the boyscout, Damian- the pretty rich boy, Taylor- the bimbo who had been sleeping with our professor, and me- the bookworm. Of the four of us, I was fairly certain that Clark was going to be the only one to survive long enough for us to be found. Hell, I was only here now because he'd been in the next bunk and had woken me up when he realized things were going wrong. I owed him my life and unlike Damian and Taylor, I was going to help him with keeping us alive.
Balance of Power 3I gasped, immediately swiping my hand to remove the foul smell from near my sensitive nose. As soon as it was gone, I blinked for a moment, trying to reorient myself with where I was. I stared at the ceiling for a long moment, remembering that I was in the den of my uncle's house and I'd just been told that Nova was pregnant. Nova was pregnant.Balance of Power 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Holy shit! Nova, you're pregnant!" I said, sitting up quickly and wrapping my arms around him tightly. He squeaked a bit in surprise, but then turned and buried his face in my shoulder. After a moment, I felt my shirt becoming damp and slid my hand up the back of his neck. "Sshh... It's alright, cutie. I was just... overwhelmed is all. We'll get through it together..."
"Someone should tell Tarot..." Conner said, looking pointedly over at my uncle. Uncle Jinx sighed, but nodded and scooped up Kross to go with him. He waited a minute before pulling back from how tightly he was hugging me.
"Can we... get off the floor now?" he asked. I nodded, shi
The Twin Princes - PrologueI ran through the woods as quickly as I could considering how heavy I was with child. I was due in only a month, but our village had been raided by soldiers. My mate and younger brother were murdered when buying me time to escape and now I was running. I was terrified. I could hear the frightened and saddened cries of the other 'females' as they were rounded up, the 'men' of their families murdered in front of their eyes.The Twin Princes - Prologue3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
All I could do was run for the caves that my brother and I used to play in when we were little. Tears were streaming down my face at the memory of the kiss Jaliel had given me before forcing me to run. It was only moments after that I had heard his pained scream as he was gutted. My brother had moved to defend him, only to suffer the same fate. My entire family was gone, save the twins that I carried in my womb. The twins that would probably come before the sun rose because of how much energy I was putting out.
I got to the caves, finding them to be clear and went as
Oh Captain, My CaptainIt'd been four days already since pirates had attacked and commandeered the ship I was on. Four days since I'd refused to act like a common whore for their crew. And four days since I'd been stripped of my clothing and set adrift in a dingy wearing a woman's dress. Four days of wondering if I was going to die on these seas my father and mother loved so much.Oh Captain, My Captain3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I was actually thankful for the dress in the long run. All of the extra fabric and space inside of it had given me the ability to turn it into a tent to protect myself from the deadly sun above. But just protecting myself from the sun wasn't enough. I needed food and water, preferably water at this point, if I was going to survive any longer. I could feel myself starting to shut down from the lack of both.
"Yo ho!" a voice yelled and I peeked out of the neck hole in the dress to find that a large ship had pulled up alongside my dingy. "Captain! Seems to be someone alive inside the dingy!" the voice yelled again and I let my eyes mo
Balance of Power 8Nova had been restless all night and again he shifted. Suddenly he gasped and grabbed at his stomach before panting a bit to catch his breath.Balance of Power 83 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"A-aiden... Aiden, wake up..." I sat up, already awake despite his desire to believe I slept through his restlessness.
"I'm awake, papillon," I growled out. "What's wrong? Are they kicking too hard?" He shook his head before groaning and grabbing at his stomach a bit more.
"I... I think you need to call Conner..." he said through grit teeth. My eyes widened for a moment before I bolted for the door, shifting as I went.
"Crys! Crys!" I yelled, paying no heed to my nakedness.
"What's wrong, Aiden?" Galen asked from the bottom of the stairs.
"It's time! Can you grab Conner?" I asked, but didn't really wait for an answer. Conner had already told me that we'd have to take Nova down to the Moon wing of the hospital for this. It was a safe environment just in case there were complications. I ran back into our room and quickly pulle
Balance of Power 7"Here you go, Nova," Crysta said, handing him a bowl of fruit and ice cream that was practically drenched in chocolate sauce. He gave her a bit of a smile.Balance of Power 73 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Thanks, Crysta," he said, taking the bowl from her and reaching for the spoon. He'd just had lunch a half hour ago, but he was hungry again and ice cream was his current craving. From the bottom of the stairs I could see pretty much all the decorations for this party that was going to happen soon. All sorts of pastel colors were draped over things and more were coming as last minute decorations were thrown up.
"Dessert before the party?" I asked, coming more fully into the room and kissing the top of his head softly. "You know... I heard there was going to be a lot of sweets at this party... I think, someone found out my little papillon has a sweet tooth..."
"Not nearly as bad as Olen," he replied before taking another bite of his ice cream. "And at least I'm putting fruit in it like you and Conner told me to," he added as h
The Star 3I quickly took a shower, brushed my teeth and dressed for bed. I had a strong feeling that Kelsea had passed out downstairs unless that Vaughn had kept him talking. Even still, I pulled the comforters off both of our beds before heading back downstairs and out onto the patio. Sure enough, my brother was out like a light and I sighed, dropping the blankets beside him.The Star 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"You always pick the most random times to fall asleep, Kels..." I muttered, pulling one of the blankets over him.
"It's probably been a long day," Vaughn said, frowing at the glasses he now had. He took them off and cleaned them on his shirt.
"It has..." I agreed, tucking the blanket around my brother. He always got cold when he was sleeping. "Doesn't help that he worked last night either..." I added with a sigh. He worked too hard.
"Where did or... does he work?" Vaughn asked curiously. He got up to grab a fire pit from the corner.
"Pole Cats," I replied before abruptly slapping a hand over my mouth. "Shoot... I wasn't su
Left in the WakeI could still remember the look on everyone's faces that morning. Everyone was staring at me as if I had grown a second head and whispering to themselves. There was disgust in their voices and I finally heard what it was. My relationship with the star football player had been found out and everyone knew. But what truly stopped me in my tracks and horrified me was how everyone seemed to know about the relationship we'd kept secret since freshman year.Left in the Wake3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
He killed himself.
My entire world seemed to come to a stand still at those words. The guy I loved, the guy who'd had a scholarship to a prestigious university to play football next year, the guy who would have been salutatorian had killed himself because the secret was too much for him. And in his suicide note, he'd named me as his lover, said he loved me, told me he was sorry, and everyone knew. The principal and guidance counselor pulled me out of homeroom, tried to talk to me about what might have set Jason off, but I had no ans
Trapped in the FireI was awake and coughing, practically choking on the disgusting, smoke-filled air. I don't know what woke me, whether it was the fire alarm or the smoke that filled my lungs and made it impossible to breathe. But now, I was rolling out of my bed to crawl across the floor to my window. I knew the drill. We'd practiced it enough times when I was younger. I was to get out of the house, through my window and down the drop ladder, then wait for everyone else at the mailbox.Trapped in the Fire4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I stopped at the window, my fingers pulling up the carpet. I knew I was supposed to be escaping right now, but that was why I had hidden the box here. In this box were the most precious things to me, what held the most meaning and what was irreplacable. I pulled the box from its hiding spot before I pushed the window up and dropped the rope ladder. It was tricky to climb down with the box, but I wasn't going to drop it and I wasn't leaving it to burn either.
I jumped the last few feet to the ground and stumbled out towar
The RomanticHe was here again today, flirting with the staff, smiling that perfect smile of his. He both turned me on and made me sick at the same time. Guys like him shouldn't exist. They were just too perfect to be human and what was worse, was they knew it. Or at least, he knew it. I sighed a bit, rolling my eyes behind my glasses, when the girl working the register today slipped him her number with his change.The Romantic4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I lowered my eyes back to my book as his predatory gaze moved my direction, not wanting to be caught looking. He was hot, but I had the feeling he was a use them and lose them type person. Not that I knew for sure, but it was the vibe I got off people like him. I didn't get more than a couple of sentences read in my book before I had to stop and look up, seeing a pair of legs standing next to the table I was at. I looked up slowly before jerking my head to the side to get my bangs out of my eyes.
"Hey, it's pretty busy today," Mr. I'm-too-hot-for-words said, giving me that perfect smile.
Shipwreck Island 2I woke in the morning with a small gasp. It was a new thing and kind of annoying as it seemed the last thing I did before waking up was dream of drowning. I hated it, as I knew I could swim, but I also knew I wasn't the strongest of swimmers. I sighed a bit, rubbing my hand over my face as I tried to wake up completely. I glanced down, finding that I was definitely not where I had fallen asleep and had a piece of thin leather draped over me. Turning my eyes around the cave, I finally found Britt asleep sitting against the wall. I frowned a bit and moved to drape his blanket over him as I went to check if my clothes were dry enough to put on.Shipwreck Island 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I sighed when they were at least dry enough to put on and pulled my jeans on. I felt weird walking around naked, especially with someone who wanted nothing to do with me like that. I moved back to where the netting was, determined to finish this for him. It was the least I could do anyhow.
"I thought you'd leave right away," Britt muttered and I ra
Starcrossed"Jay!" I shuddered a bit as my named echoed off the stone walls of the enclosed courtyard. Dean Valencio must have heard about my latest escapade in Madame Wells' class. I couldn't stand the woman and she couldn't stand me, so her class seemed to always erupt into a prank on my end and yelling on hers. I supposed she wasn't overly fond of my filling her class with frogs this morning. "Jay St. James! Present yourself immediately before I have to resort to drastic measures!"Starcrossed4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Yes, Dr. V?" I asked with feigned innocence as I hopped across the tables to stand in front of him. Several of the other students snickered over the fact that I was in trouble again, but most everyone usually laughed at the pranks I pulled on Madame Wells. No one really liked her.
"My office, now!" he said, grabbing my ear the moment I was close enough. Instantly, I leaned into him, but not because it hurt. He'd grabbed the silver earcuff that kept my true self a secret from the other students. If he pulled it off,
The Runaway 2There was something it didn't take me long to learn about the city I had chosen to live in. It was a college town. So there were always college students at the restaurant where I worked. The pretty girls in their short skirts and low cut tops were always flirting with me during my shift and of course, I flirted back. I had a vague interest in them, but the things I had done in my past had perverted my sexuality. I couldn't seem to find sexual relief in any of the ones that actually thought I was old enough to have sex with. I mean, I could climax, but it wasn't fulfilling.The Runaway 24 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I began to experiment with toys, finding that I had to have something shoved up my ass to find any real sexual relief. It sickened me to no end. It was a secret that I forced myself to keep because I didn't want to accept it. I didn't want to see the truth. I didn't want to think for a moment that I was gay. It was something I simply couldn't accept.
In an effort to cope with the growing distress of my sexual pervers
The Runaway 3My alarm went off at five in the morning and I was up instantly, shutting it off before it could wake Blake. I grabbed my clothes for work and headed to the bathroom to shower and complete the rest of my morning routine. I took an extra moment to style my hair since I'd found that I liked the extra tips looking good would get me from the girls. I left the bathroom and headed for the kitchen, starting up the coffee pot before opening up the freezer.The Runaway 34 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hungry?" I asked, glancing towards the couch. I figured he was awake. If he was worried about people jumping him while he slept there was no way that the shower hadn't woken him up if my alarm hadn't. He shook his head.
"Still full from last night," he said, staying curled up under his blanket. "I am thirsty though..." I nodded some and poured him a glass of juice after dropping a couple of frozen waffles in the toaster. I didn't eat lunch when I worked so I needed the energy to get through the day. I carried the glass over to him, smiling
The FalconerI groaned as the sun set. I had yet to find a suitable place to stay for the night and most places didn't take kindly to strangers showing up after sundown. I waved my hand over the crystal set into the top of my staff, causing it to suddenly glow with a bright blue light and illuminated the path I was walking through the woods. I wasn't following any man made path, but a magical one that the trees had shown me as the fastest way to the next town. Too bad it wasn't fast enough to get me there before dark.The Falconer4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I came upon a stream and stopped for a minute to refill my water skin. As I knelt down to dip the skin into the water, I saw him. A very handsome if not slightly thin young man, bathing in the water a little ways away from me across the water. I couldn't help but stare at the pale skinned, black haired man. It only took me a moment to snap out of my self induced spacing and I put my bare hand on the surface of the water. It was only polite that I announce my presence to the man so I c
Forgive Me 4I woke up to crying from the nursery, surprised a bit to find myself in bed but even more surprised that Enraas was wrapped around me. Well, it explained why I had slept all night. I carefully untangled myself from him to get up and tend to the babies so he could sleep a little longer. I changed them both before carrying them into the living room, tucking one in each arm as I held their bottles for them. I leaned back into the couch, letting my eyes close while they ate.Forgive Me 44 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When they finished and I'd burped them, I put them down on a blanket on the floor so I could go make breakfast for Enraas. I made him another omelet before taking it and a glass of orange juice with a shot of vodka in it back to the spare room. I left it on the side table before starting to move the cribs out of the nursery and into the living room since he was sleeping in my bed.
I cleared out the nursery before Enraas got up and I was changing the sheets in Tioree's crib when I heard the shower running. I attached th