Break FreeI see you standing there
So quiet... so sad...
Teardrops falling like rain
What could hurt you so bad?
I miss the smile you used to wear
So bright... so sweet...
You could make the sun shine
What cause your smile to retreat?
Come back to me
Break the chains holding you
I fear you've lost your care
So lost... so gone...
You think it's the only way
Why can't you see the truth?
Come back to me
Break the chains holding you
Feel the sun on your hair
So warm... so alive...
Come back to where you belong
Why won't you come back to me?
Come back to me
Break the chains holding you
And come back...
Break the chains holding you
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 Tide3 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
Monster 97It'd been days since Jinx left and he'd not returned to the house at all. The scent of his cologne was beginning to fade even from the room where he put it on every morning. I hadn't wanted to wash the sheets, fearing losing his natural chamomile to the cleansers, but I couldn't sleep in our bed with the smell of the mistake I'd made lingering there. I'd been so stupid and impatient, fearing that my lover wouldn't settle down and stop taking such dangerous risks with his life. When my sister went into heat, I just jumped at the opportunity to create a child with his blood.Monster 973 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It didn't seem like anyone other than my siblings and I knew of what happened. Violet and Hides knew only because they could smell Jinx's scent on Rose, but Violet was being silent and Hides was too busy making sure Paisley and Nattashia didn't over exert themselves and taking care of the red haired doctor he'd made to sore to move. Paisley kept giving me odd looks whenever I'd come downstairs to eat, but she didn't
Rainbow Italian Ice 5It was a little difficult keeping up with him as I couldn't jump the benches and trashcans like he could. At least not with a backpack filled with books. I used to be able to do it on a skateboard, but I was out of practice and laden with research books. Still, I could run as well as he could. My legs still worked pretty damn well. It didn't take long for us to get to the library and when we did, he stopped at the entrance to let me catch my breath.Rainbow Italian Ice 53 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Enough of a work out for you?" he asked with a chuckle. I rolled my eyes a bit and shrugged off the backpack.
"Mmm, definitely with the added weight," I muttered. "And don't laugh. These fuckers aren't that light!"
"Well, that's only making it an even better work out," he replied.
"I can think of much more fun work outs," I muttered as I twisted and stretched my muscles.
"And more thorough, but come on, let's get inside. I have work to do unfortunately," he said, holding the door open for me. I bit back the sigh as the innuendo was lost an
Rainbow Italian Ice 6Finally the phone store and cafe came into view. "There, finally. Which do you want to do first? Phone or food?"Rainbow Italian Ice 63 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Phone..." I replied absently, my mind still swirling around what he'd said. "I can play with it while we wait for lunch that way."
"Alrighty then," he said, leading the way into the shop. I looked around briefly before picking up a new, relatively cheap phone and having them change the number on my contract. It seemed that changing numbers was a fairly common occurance so it wasn't too much hassle. I caught Valerio getting a couple of questioning looks so I kept my distance from him at a friendly one, instead of being too close. I didn't like the idea of anyone thinking that he might've left the bruises on my face.
"All set," I said, walking back up to him and holding up the bag with my new phone in it. "I am now officially starved though."
"Me too, let's go," he said, holding the door open for me. With the cafe being right next to the store, we had our orders placed within
Rainbow Italian Ice 3"My place is about five or so blocks from here. Want me to call a cab or do you think you can walk that?" he asked opening the door to the stairwell for me. I raised an eyebrow at him in surprise.Rainbow Italian Ice 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Why would you think I couldn't walk five or six blocks?" I asked as I started down the stairs. He shrugged.
"I saw you limping earlier is all." I nodded a bit, pushing my glasses back up my nose a little.
"Last night was a little rough," I said with a sad smile. "But I'm used to this. So walking's not a problem."
"Alright," he said before jumping over the railing to land on the next lowest platform. "If you insist." I rolled my eyes a bit and picked up my pace.
"I do. Today is not what tomorrow would have been," I said. "And I've never been one to back away from a physical challenge." He grinned.
"Is that so? Well then, I'm sure we'll get along just great," he said before jumping down to the next platform. With the increased pace, it only took us about five minutes to get down the stairs and
Rainbow Italian Ice 12After the first class, I had a break before my next one and walked over to where the skaters hung out. Patrick had broken my skateboard awhile back because of something he thought I'd done so I could join in, but I still would sit and watch the others do tricks.Rainbow Italian Ice 123 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Kai!" I jumped as I heard my name yelled across the courtyard. Fear instantly gripped me as my eyes fell on the flaming red hair of the man who'd controlled me for the last two years. I jumped to my feet and turned to run, immediately taking off in the direction of the nearest large crowd. Four days I'd been gone now, so I knew he was pissed and likely whatever Valerio had said or done to him at the library had only made it worse.
I ran through the school, dodging around as many people as I could. I was fast and I had decent agility, but his legs were longer and he was still gaining ground on me. It was one of those times I kind of wished I could do the same style of free running that Valerio did. Then maybe I'd stand more of
The Broken Toy 2I fought not to return to consciousness, still feeling far too tired to be waking up. Still, I couldn't stop it and slowly let my eyes open. It was easier to move some of the most basic muscles now and I could blink more normally. I tried to raise a hand to rub the sleep out of my eyes, but the best I could do was make my fingers twitch. There was still the evil thing in my neck and the plastic tube running up my nose, but it seemed as if someone had been kind enough to cover my lower body with more than just a blanket.The Broken Toy 23 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I heard a sigh and tried to turn my head to see the source. So much had changed since the last time my eyes were open. The room was different and I wasn't lying on a couch anymore. I finally got my head to turn and as soon as I did, I felt a small tug at my neck. The sound of something crashing to the floor reached my ears and I winced at the loudness of it. The young dark haired man looked up from his book instantly at the sound of the crash. He put the book to the sid
To Unlock His Heart 18I woke up feeling so much better than I had the last couple of days, as if the dream of Serj kissing me and holding me while I fell asleep had been real. It took me a few minutes to realize that the pillow my head was resting on was warm and solid, very much unlike mine. I opened my eyes to find that I was laying with a body and a quick glance up to the opening of the shirt and above told me that my dream had been a reality. Serj was still sleeping in my bed, with his arms wrapped around my body.To Unlock His Heart 183 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I started to smile at the fact that he had stayed, that I wasn't dreaming, but something seemed off about him. His face was pale and he was sweating and then I began to notice the slight tremble in his arms. I shifted quickly moving to hover over him and laid my hand on his forehead. He didn't feel warm and I could feel my panic begin to rise as I started to shake his shoulder. It took a few minutes of shaking, since I had no voice to call out to him before he opened his eyes briefly. Another
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 Island3 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.
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 Me3 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
The Broken Toy 3It took two months, but finally the saline bag and feeding tube were removed. I had bit more muscle control over my arms and legs, but my hands were still being difficult. The doctor who came by daily said that it had to do with the fact that I'd had them raised over my head for so long. I still didn't like the doctor touching me, but he had done quite a bit to help me. The infection was gone, I was hydrated, and I had enough energy to stay awake for several hours at a time. Wyatt was there as much as he could be, which was nice as it gave me someone to talk to.The Broken Toy 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Wyatt had eventually brought in a tv for me and despite the fact that I was so often around more matured people, I found I never turned it off of children's channels. The shows played on the other ones tended to bring up painful memories and I'd only needed to have one or two of those before I decided I couldn't deal. The biggest problem that I had, was now that the feeding tube had been pulled out, I was expected to feed mysel
Heavenly LoverI stared out the window at the buildings as they passed. I had no idea why my father had suddenly decided that he wanted to spend time with me, but the moment he mentioned my spending the summer with him my mother had jumped all over it. I blamed the fact that she had a new boyfriend and me being a teenager who would be in the way for why she was so quick on the draw. Whatever their reasons were, I didn't care. I doubted my father would actually pull himself away from his work long enough to even notice I was there and I'd rather not be around to listen to my mother having sex with her new man.Heavenly Lover3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Lani, stop scowling," my mother scolded. I rolled my eyes, ignoring her. I heard her sigh and rolled my eyes again. "Lani, baby, I know you don't want to be here. But he is your father and he has the right to see you." I scoffed, sinking lower in my seat.
"Some father," I muttered. "When was the last time I saw him? Seven? Eight years ago? More like sperm donor if you ask me." Another heavy sig
New BeginningsHe left. That was all there was to it. He sent me a text message and that was that. Everything was over. The last five years of my life that I had spent with him were now over and done. Five years together and all I got was a text message on my cell phone telling me goodbye. Goodbye because he found someone new. Someone younger. Someone better looking. Someone who would probably do all the things that I hadn't.New Beginnings4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
But then, what had I not done for him? I'd had sex with him when the mere thought of it terrified me. I'd given up going to college to be with him because he asked me to. I didn't look at anyone other than him for five years. I cooked his meals, cleaned his apartment, and did his laundry. I did things that were degrading and humiliating all because it was his current kink. What had I not done for him?
He'd given me until the morning to get out of his apartment. One night to pack my things and go somewhere else. But where? He had all but cut me off from my high school friends and
Tears of the Phoenix"Trouble will follow that child everywhere. It would be best if you killed him now." That was something the town elder said the day I was born. Why I could remember that when I was only a couple of hours old at the time, I will never really understand. But then again, it was almost like a prophecy as my mother and I ended up traveling like gypsies my entire life. We survived on the money she made doing odd jobs in the villages and towns we would stop in. We never stayed for more than a month and more often than not, we fled them much sooner than that.Tears of the Phoenix3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We managed to survive for ten years like that before our luck finally ran out. We were discovered because a strong gust of wind had blown the hood I always wore back from my face, revealing my hair. In my surprise, I had raised my head and people had then seen my eyes. Whatever it was that people wanted from me, they only ever wanted it after they saw my eye colour combined with my hair colour. Ruby red eyes were so rare most peopl
To Unlock His Heart 12I had gone to bed Monday night having forgotten all the rotten things that had happened that day. I was on cloud nine when Kyle had readily agreed to allow me to have one of Arina's kittens when they were old enough. I slept peacefully and woke up in as good a mood as I had gone to bed in. I couldn't wait for the next eight weeks to pass so that I could have my first pet. Kyle seemed to be as happy with the decision as I was and smiled as I continued to prattle on through breakfast, repeating quite a bit of what I had the night before.To Unlock His Heart 123 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Nikolai, I'm glad this excites you so much, but you need to eat," he said, breaking into my ramblings. I blushed a bit and nodded, quickly devouring my breakfast so that neither of us would be late. I was still high on my cloud when I got to school, but that didn't last long as I was almost immediately reminded of the day before when I got into homeroom.
"Well if it isn't the momma's boy," someone sneered as I took my seat. "So tell me, freak, how was i
After the NightmareSlowly, I rocked back and forth in the wooden rocking chair we'd put in Simon's room. He'd had another nightmare, such a rare thing for him, and now I was trying to soothe him back to sleep. I kept brushing his corn silk blonde hair away from his face and soon his tears began to ebb, his sobs turning into the soft breathing sound of sleep. I sighed softly, glad he'd finally gone back to sleep and leaned my head back to watch as his ceiling fan made the model planes dance on the strings that attached them to the ceiling.After the Nightmare4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He was so sensitive to the people around him and it hadn't been so long yet that he had forgotten his Uncle Tarot. It had only been a year since my brother was kidnapped, but it was a year too long for him to be missing as far as I was concerned. We should have been able to locate him by now, but we always only were able to pick up on cold trails and find abandoned homes. We were so far behind on catching up with the captors, that the smell of blood was almost unnoticab
Welcome to Hell"Timber!" I heard my name echo through the woods. I shrank back further into the small cave I had hidden in the night before, afraid of who could be looking for me. I knew the voices didn't belong to my brother or my parents and I didn't want to risk them finding me. I could still see the streaks of red lightning as if they'd been burned into my retinas and feared what would happen if they were directed at me.Welcome to Hell3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Timber?" a familiar voice called, much closer than before. I knew the voice, but I couldn't bring myself to move. I was still so scared that those people were playing tricks on me. A soft whine escaped me, bouncing off the stone walls until I heard a gasp from the ground below the entrance to my hiding spot. "Timber! It's me, Harding! Your cousin!" I whimpered, shrinking back further even as I wanted to go to him. He and Lief had been close and both had protected me many times from bullies at school. I heard the sound of scraping shoes on rock as he scaled the cliff face
Left Behind part 7When I finally made it back to my room, I had gathered up all of my courage to sit down and have that talk with Sense. I needed him to know that it wasn't him that made me flinch, that it wasn't his feelings that did it. I needed to make him understand that it was simply an ingrained instinct now to flinch when someone reached for me or touched me. I wanted him to know that I wasn't weirded out by everything he had said and that I was grateful for everything he had done for me.Left Behind part 74 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Sense!" I said as I entered the room, but stopped, immediately realizing he wasn't there. What was there was the bag of clothes he had brought me from my house, sitting on the bed all packed and ready to go. I frowned. I knew this meant that I was being discharged, but I didn't know where I was going now. I stood there for the longest time, staring in despair at my bag, afraid that I had been too late to tell Sense everything that I had needed to say. I jolted forward as a hand came to rest on my goo
Monster 40"I suppose this makes it my turn?" Tarot asked softly. I nodded a little, but didn't say anything as I didn't want to put any more pressure on him than I was sure I already was. He pulled back from me and sighed softly, his eyebrows scrunching together as he seemed to think, most likely about where to even start. Finally, he took a deep breath, his eyes moving to stare at his feet.Monster 404 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I didn't start martial arts until I was seven," he started and I scowled a bit in confusion. Our father had pushed me into martial arts by the time I had started kindergarten and I had assumed he'd pressed for the same from Tarot. "Up until then... I had no idea how to..." He paused a moment, swallowing hard. "Defend myself." He swallowed again, closing his eyes this time and I could feel the apprehension tightening my chest. "My mother... she worked a lot. Even though Carson was giving us money, she still had to pull a lot of hours sometimes."
"Tarot-" I started, feeling guilty that I was putting him throu
At High Tide 8"Hey, Firecracker!" a voice said loudly, jolting me from my sleep. "Time to wake up!" I blinked rapidly, looking over at the door. Laoni stood in the doorway, smiling at me some. "Get up, shower, and get dressed. We're gonna go see Leo," he said. I nodded a little and slowly started to get out of bed. My body was stiff and rather sore from the day before, but I forced it to work with me so I could do what Laoni had said.At High Tide 83 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I took a long time in the shower, thoroughly cleansing my entire body about three times over before I stepped out. I had to clean my new piercing too before I got dressed and headed upstairs. I had to pour a bowl of cereal since no one here knew how to cook nor did they think to have anything microwavable. As soon as I was done, we were heading out to the hospital again.
"How are you this morning, Firecracker?" Aaron asked as I leaned my head against the window again.
"Sore..." I muttered. "And worried. Did Keoni come home last night?"
"No..." Laoni finally
Monster 41I opened the apartment door to be greeted by the delicious smell of steak cooking on the stove. Smiling as my stomach growled, I walked further in to find Brad and Hides moving about the kitchen and my brother seated at the bar with a cup of coffee in his hand. I felt my chest swell slightly at the knowledge that my brother was still there, having fully expected him to go rushing back to Dani's side.Monster 414 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Jinx, you're back," Brad said, coming out of the kitchen and giving me a quick kiss. "But I thought you said you were just going to see your father..." I raised an eyebrow at him, confused by the statement. I had only gone to see my father, even though I made a small detour by Dani's apartment, I shouldn't have had his scent on me.
"That is all I did," I said defensively. "I needed a computer to do some research, so I went to borrow one from him."
"If that's all you did, love," Brad continued, his eyes traveling southward. "Then why do you have blood on your jeans?" I blinked at him stupi
At High Tide 6I woke up to my door handle being jiggled. I frowned, realizing I was alone in the bed and that meant Kaleo had left me. A sudden beating on the door made me yelp in surprise and fear, but that only made it grow worse. Keoni shouted my name, demanding that I open the door before things went silent. I almost screamed when in the next instant a loud thud hit the door.At High Tide 63 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Go away!" I yelled. Another loud thud and then the sound of a cellphone ringing and Keoni's voice, sounding perfectly normal. I shuddered at how easily that switch could flip. I heard him cuss before stomping through the boat and finally over my head. I sat there in my bed, holding my legs tightly to my chest and ignoring the pain in my hips. I hated how scared I was in that moment. I wasn't afraid of anything usually, but I was afraid of Keoni. Of what he wanted from me and how he'd get it. A few mintues later another knock came at my door and I instantly froze up.
"Braden? If you're awake, I'm going to go make breakfast
To Unlock His Heart 27"This is Kyle Martin," I said, answering my cell phone without looking at it first. I didn't usually as it had to do with work nine times out of ten. I frowned a bit at the sudden onrush of words, so heavily accented that I barely made out mine and Nikolai's names in it.To Unlock His Heart 273 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Serj! Calm down, I can't understand you like this," I demanded, nearly yelling over the phone and attracting quite a bit of attention. Even still, I had a sinking feeling that something was horribly wrong. "Now, slowly, what is wrong?"
"Nikolai! Nikolai is gone!" he said, the panic still creating a thicker accent that I normally heard on the teen. But the fact that he was panicking meant I needed to pay attention. "H-he sent me a text saying 'help' and I came to the house and the door was wide open! He is gone!" My heart stopped in my chest. We'd contemplated Markov coming after me, but we hadn't for a moment thought that he knew where I lived or that Nikolai might have been in danger.
"Serj, listen to me," I said as
Monster 88I didn't want to go back. I was still mad at my brothers for not having told me that Jinx was awake or that Tarot was on the verge of being arrested for the murder of my donor. It honestly felt like I didn't exist to them and I didn't want to be tied to such an environment. Even still, despite my desire not to return to Cold Stone City, I was on a flight back to the accursed city.Monster 884 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Uncle Marv was anxious to get back to his current boyfriend, Jack, Jinx's former boss and lover. Apparently Marv had pitched a fit when Jack said he couldn't come to London with us and had left with things not on the best of terms. By the time we got to London though, he had finally come to his senses and realized that Jack really did have a business to run and without my brother there, he was having to work harder with the new people coming and going. Now, he wanted nothing more that to get back to the man and apologize profusely for being his typical drama queen self.
Krim had barely left me alone about the