Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH1
"Beans?" Jacklyn said, not bothering to mask her skepticism.
"Magic beans!" the merchant said. Though perhaps calling this man a merchant was a bit generous. He appeared to be in his late forties or early fifties. He was of a tall and willowy build, and his clothes were rather plain and worn out looking. He appeared to have no wares other than the sack beans, although it was possible they were just hidden away in his cloak as the beans had been.
"Ah," she said, making a show of seeming unconvinced.
"Really, child, you think you'll find a better offer?" he leered.
She frowned, inwardly admitting he had a point. She glanced at the old dairy cow whose tether she held in her hand. She had provided well when she was young, but now she was far too old to be supplying milk. She was thin and gaunt, and no doubt any meat harvested from her would be... lacking, to say the least. In more prosperous villages, people would not have the audacity to even try to give such a pat
I Was the First Chapter OneI was the first and maybe the only one to see the giant's boat that day. I stood on the beach like the friendless person I was now and let my mouth hang open when they crested the horizon. It wasn't a crowded beach, it never was because the island I lived on was so remote but I still wished that at least someone was there to confirm that I was the first to seem them approach. I wished someone would have been there with me. There were three of them on the small boat and I felt my toes dig into the white sand as the three unearthly individuals approached the shoreline, their eyes all settling on the tiny female who must have only looked a few inches tall to them. I looked at each of them and then turned my eyes from their 'small raft.'I Was the First Chapter One3 years ago in Settings More Like This
As the boat came closer, I found that I simply could not turn away from the horrific and yet astounding visual impending. I had never seen anything like this in my short sixteen years of lif
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH2Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jacklyn woke shortly after dawn. She stretched, feeling stiff from sleeping in the straw all night. She walked outside, heading for the house when something made her stop dead in her tracks.
Just outside the farmhouse, a massive plant had grown, apparently overnight. A beanstalk, she realized. The bean her father threw out the window last night apparently germinated into this massive plant. It seemed impossible... yet there it was.
She craned her neck, trying to see how far up the stalk grew. It seemed to disappear into the clouds. Could it have possibly sprouted more beans overnight? It seemed possible... Enough beans that size could feed her and her father for years! They wouldn't exactly be eating like kings, but they would be eating, at least.
Jacklyn walked up to the stalk, wondering if she could climb it. It seemed sturdy enough- more than capable of holding her weight. The stalk was made of a series of thick vines interconnecting, but with plenty of space for he
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH4Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
For the next few days, Jacklyn found herself quickly adjusting to life in the castle. It was hard to say if it was better or worse than her life in Revelle. Food was easy to come by, as the giant seemed to have taken to leaving bits of bread and other foods out for her. Well, "bits" to him, anyway. To her they were decent-sized portions. She got the feeling he was doing this deliberately, and at first had been hesitant to take the food, fearing a trap. But, it seemed his only intention with the food was to keep her fed, not to lure her into the open. In fact, the food was rarely placed in the open- usually near walls or other secluded areas.
She had found a home of sorts for herself in the castle walls. A crack in the wall similar to her previous hiding spot, only it opened into a small sized room. Just large enough for her to sleep and stash a few pieces of food for herself. However, she was usually only there to sleep and occasionally take a brief rest. Much of the d
New Grounds ~ Chapter OneCorinne scanned the forest trail that spread out before her. This was the area her father had used to carry her out to every weekend when she was a little girl. Its luscious trees, constantly blooming wildflowers, and calming stream had been a magical place for her to use her imagination.New Grounds ~ Chapter One2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Of course, that had been several long years ago, and her father was long since gone.
Being just nineteen years old, Corinne was able to take care of herself. She never stayed in one location for long, moving frequently throughout North America.
Now, she had rediscovered the woods next to her first home, and she took it all in with a single breath. Brushing her hand against the rough bark of an old oak tree, she recalled with a smile the time her father had told her that his great grandfather had planted that very same tree.
Shifting her backpack around, she stretched up to the first low-hanging limb she could reach and proceeded to lift herself upward. Eventually, she made it to the top, stopping to t
The Giant of Felrein CH1Chapter 1The Giant of Felrein CH13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Welcome, Dara!" Leo said, embracing his niece. "How was your trip?"
"It was fine, thanks," Dara said. Leo was her late mother's elder sibling, although she saw only a fleeting resemblance, perhaps because her uncle wore the large, bushy mustache that was traditional to ringmasters of Alorian. He was a tall man, and of solid build. He stood roughly a head taller than his nineteen year old niece, and was finer dressed as well. Her plain white shirt, brown leather vest, green denim pants, and worn boots paled in comparison to his pristine white suit coat and polished black boots. Even his dark hair, its shade only a tad darker than hers, was slicked back and neatly trimmed, in contrast to her own plain hairdo consisting of a simple half-ponytail.
She supposed it made sense. The circus he ran was quite successful, from what she heard, while her and her mother had slightly less means. They were not poor exactly, but had never had much in the way of luxuries.
"Is this all y
Cole and Ava ch 1Ch 1 Meetings and capturesCole and Ava ch 14 years ago in Settings More Like This
Ava had no idea how this situation could even be happening. She lay crouching under a dense covering of brush, shaking in complete terror. She was frozen to this spot, just as rooted as the bushes that surrounded her. This day had started out with a completely normal hike in the woods, although getting lost, and now the earth was shaking around her. He at least she assumed it was a he was getting very close.
"Little one, where are you? You know I saw you. You should come out, I don't want to accidently step on you."
The words rattled through the overhead branches, created by the huge whisper. Ava shivered again in fear. Giants were not supposed to exist. This had to be some bizarre dream. However, even if it were a dream, Ava was still concerned about the current situation as if it were really happening. The giant continued to search for her, creating the same earthq
SnaredDeath came in many forms. His was going to be a human.Snared3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Oh, Warren, what a sorry excuse for a wood nymph you are, he scolded himself miserably. Can't even take a simple walk without getting captured!
Warren shifted uncomfortably in the rope trap that hung from a tree limb, rocking gently in the night breeze. It had probably been meant for something bigger than him, but that didn't help him in the slightest. The openings between the patterns of rope were only big enough to get a limb out at a time, if he was lucky.
Slumping against at the bottom of the bag-like trap, he buried his face in his hands. He was surely as good as dead. From what he gathered, humans were merciless, especially toward things they didn't understand very well. A wood nymph wouldn't be an exception. A human wouldn't lay a trap without checking it later. It was only a matter of time. To make the situation more helpless, he was quite a distance from home. No help would be coming.
Trembling, he checked on
My Pet HumanMy Pet Human4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
My Pet Human
I was on a hiking trip with my dad in September, in the forests of Brazil. Our camp was far from us as we had just crossed over a tree bridge. My father looked at me. "Amber. Walk over there and get a few pictures of some animals and I'll go back over the bridge. Here's a map back to the camp. Meet me back there in three hours and we'll share what we find." He said giving me a compass and a map back to camp, as he walked back over the tree bridge. I sighed and walked as I took pictures of every exotic animal I saw. I heard an unusual crowing sound and ran toward it with camera in hand. I kept looking around frantically for it but couldn't see anything. I went off trail to find it as I maneuvered my way though all the brush and leaves. I soon found the sound so close, it sounded like it was right on top of me. The sound went silent and I sighed in frustration. "Great so close .. Now so far " I said to myself. It was quiet as I turned back to get to the
I Was the First Chapter 3"Well do something!" the scarier giant shouted to the one behind me. "How else are we going to know if she can talk?!"I Was the First Chapter 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I I can't," the kinder one said in an almost pitying voice. "I can't just grab her. She's not some animal."
"She she is a human! They are practically the same as most rodents!" he shouted, dumbfounded. How could these giants think about humans that way? I was shocked to realize that they probably both believed these horrible ideas. I was the same as them, being only considerably smaller. We both wore clothes, we both could articulate our thoughts and feelings, I should just explain all of this to them but I was so scared at the time! I dared to peak my eyes out from under my arms and saw the one giant's hand palm down in the sand only a few feet away from my body now.
I was so sure that that hand was going to grab me. What would happen to me then?
ITLOE: Chapter I'******' -- indicate a point of view switch.ITLOE: Chapter I3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Chapter I Assessing the Situation
Eyes opening up to a strange new world around her, Michelle Clara Knight sat up with an audibly loud groan. What did I do...? It feels like I have the hangover of the century! More importantly... She looked around briefly at the unfamiliar territory. Where the heck am I?
Impossibly large peach-colored walls towered above her on all sides and when she looked above to the ceiling, she saw a chandelier, appropriately separated from its siblings also on different sections of the ceiling, hanging by a post. It was stunningly breathtaking...not to mention rather expensive looking...which once again raised the question of where Michelle currently was.
She looked down at her clothes for a moment, seeing the same outfit that she was in previously. Huh...now that's pecu
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH3Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jacklyn spent most of the morning exploring the castle. She kept near the walls, staying cautious and frequently pausing to listen for giants. So far, she had only seen the one. She made a point of remembering what he looked like so she might be able to keep track of how many lived in the castle. She saw him several times, though not as closely as their encounter on the staircase. Surely he couldn't be the only one though? This castle was too huge for just one giant.
She soon found her answer, or at least hints of it. She managed to squeeze into a couple rooms that appeared to be bedchambers, but they had fallen severely out of use. Everything was covered in what a giant might have seen as a thin layer of dust, although to her it was quite a bit more than that. In the first such room, she had lingered too long and eventually the dust tickled her nose and she sneezed, sending a massive cloud of dust flying up from the carpet and into her face. The other two times she fo
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH5Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Wyatt's invitation to dinner had caught Jacklyn a bit off-guard at first. However, she quickly adjusted to the idea and even joined him at the table the very next day. Well, on the table, moreso. Fortunately, the dining table, like most of the castle furniture, was quite lavish and intricately carved. So scaling it had proven quite an easy task.
They had three meals together in this fashion, although conversation was minimal. Wyatt spoke a bit about the food, and how he procured it. Apparently there was only a few days worth of food stored in the castle at any given time, and every few days or so he conjured fresh food magically. He seemed surprised when Jacklyn told him she had never seen magic until she came to the castle, but he did not press the issue.
Between meals, they had gone their separate ways. Jacklyn mostly wandered around the castle. She guessed Wyatt had better things to do than entertain a human all day, although as far as she could tell, he spent most
I Was the First Chapter TwoHumans.I Was the First Chapter Two3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Humans cannot speak. Now as far as I knew at least. I stole a look at my twin brother Shai who still was standing over the frightened little girl in between us. Couldn't he see how scared she was of us? I was trying my best to be slow and gentle with my movements and keeping my voice low, but Shai wasn't attempting to change anything to make us seem any less monstrous.
I didn't know that humans could talk but I knew that my brother didn't see humans as anything more than small and easily frightened animals. However, even his face was a shocked now. Gratefully, he lowered himself to a crouch, now concealing both of us behind the cliff with the tiny human.
I turned away from my brother and focused my attention on the girl.
"You can speak?" I whispered to her as she remained sitting on the sand, her tiny eyes darting around looking for any possible means of escape. "There's no where to go, you might as we
Wolf Pack-Chapter1-SnowyForestWolf Pack Chapter 1- Snowy ForestWolf Pack-Chapter1-SnowyForest5 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Jaclyn sat at her window yet again watching the wolves thunder past the woods. Her un-natural golden eyes longed to go closer to the sacred animals. On this planet called Pegata the wolves were sacred animals that didn't take the form of Earth's wolves. No, no these wolves were gigantic beings. They were at least 100 foot tall beings equipped with ears and tails of Earth wolves. Her people had been created after those beautiful creatures, so says their history books.
She had been attached to them for so long, ever since she was a child and wandered over the huge hill to the woods where one wolf pack resided. Her house was near the border of their small city and she found it all the more reason to go see the wolves. According to her mother she had been trying to play with one of the 'puppies' that was still well over her own height. Though she recalled the memory faintly, it was her most treasured.
A female wolf, one that was most likely the puppy's mot
Small Comforts ~ GT"DAMN IT!" A violently, pounding, voice suddenly vibrated against the air around the small human and she jumped, squeaking in terror at the suddenness of Jason's aggressive anger. The ground beneath her rumbled furiously with each enraged impact his enormous feet took with the ground and into the house, the vibrations seeping into the pads of her own feet and rattling up her legs to send her entire body trembling violently.Small Comforts ~ GT2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"DAMI IT, DAMN IT, DAMN IT!!!" He hissed again, shaking Cameron's ribcage and spine with unintentional force and terrifying her into cowering behind an opposing table leg in the kitchen.
It had been three months that she had lived here now, lived here with one of THEM, the monstrous species of giants that overrun the defenseless humans and degraded them to mere pets (and rumored snacks). Though it hadn't been as terrifying as she first thought it would be to live with a breathing mountain, in fact, she actually found herself feeling rather fond and affectionate towa
GT: Guardian 1The sun was almost completely out of the sky at this time; not that it mattered considering it hid behind the numerous clouds all day anyway. It took only a few minutes for the temperature to drastically drop due to the absence of solar heat. Snow lightly began to fall over a small metropolitan city inhabited with houses, apartments, and businesses alike.GT: Guardian 14 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I'm going out!" Located in a small shoe store; which was irrationally sandwiched between two large industrial companies, a young girl, 14 or so, rushed out into the cold. She was aware that her parents could have cared less if she was there or not she didn't help with the family store as much as she could have, but still, she liked to announce her departure: acknowledgment or not from them.
She closed the store door behind her, hearing that familiar 'ding' and then fumbled to get her coat on correctly. She silently cursed and she struggled with the material as the wind pierced through her thin shirt and the tiny snowflakes
GT: TherapyFear, rational or otherwise, was something one never truly wanted to face head on.GT: Therapy3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
For twenty years, give or take, Carol Walding viewed conquering some certain fears as overrated; avoidance was just as commendable in her eyes.
So as she sat quietly in the large, solemn office, under the scrutinous gaze of the austere Colonel Jackson, she wondered what decisions in her life caused her to end up here.
"It's quite illogical, Carol." Colonel Jackson was a longtime friend of the family, possibly her father's best friend, but as he spoke with her that evening, his voice was leveled and professional; though he still had trouble concealing the underlining concern he held for her. "Your fear that is; it's irrational." He softly tapped the tip of his pen onto the desk and leaned onto his elbows; watching the girl carefully from across the table.
Carol slumped into her chair and sighed; she had been getting this conversation all week and she was growing ever tired of people telling her tha
Warmth in RaindropsThe pitter and pattering of rain echoed around Jasmine, not nearly deafening her so much as keeping her awake and from falling into a dangerous slumber. If she did fall asleep, she knew that she may possibly not wake up again..rain was never forgiving to the poor, small dog-girl as it would leave her susceptible to illness.Warmth in Raindrops2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Cold and wet days never mixed well together.
Her previous human—who left her and her siblings in the box with an "Adopt Me!" sign—was kind enough to put them underneath a tree and lay a towel at the base of their box. Earlier that day, the weather had been exceptionally nice, so they needn't worry about getting sick from rain. However, no one could always predict the weather, and just as the warm air had gone…so had her siblings.
Pet adoption was always a hit-or-miss: one either got picked or they did not—it was as simple as that. Usually, humans—who were the potential adopters—would choose the ones of the litter who they
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH7Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH73 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As usual, Jacklyn emerged from her hideaway a couple hours after dawn and made her way to the study. Wyatt was usually up by now, so she was surprised to find it empty. At first she dismissed it as him sleeping in, or perhaps her misjudging the time and getting up a bit early. However, after a few hours dragged by she began to get anxious.
It was nearly noon, and with no sign of Wyatt she decided to go upstairs and check on him. She had found his bedroom during her first days in the castle, but had never returned since then. Even before she was willing to speak to him, she had respected his privacy enough to stay out.
Jacklyn half expected him to find her halfway up the stairs, or in the hallway. He'd laugh, shake his head, and wonder what she was doing there. She'd say she was worried, he'd be flattered but politely inform her he had only been sleeping in.
But that did not happen. She stood outside his bedroom door, which, like most doors in the castle, was kept sligh
An Interview With A GiantIt was perfect. The sun was out, the wind was tame. Ashton lay on his back- the silky grass of the meadow felt soft on his bare skin.An Interview With A Giant2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
He finally had a chance to be by himself- the humans didn’t come near this part of the country. So he was safe from any interrupting yells of fright or disgust. He took a deep breath of the fresh air, then shut his eyes sleepily. A short nap was all he wished for…
Five year old Kelly had seen this giant more than once. He was enormous- he seemed bigger than the first time she had seen him! She could see his gargantuan body lying in the emerald green meadow. He appeared to be sleeping…
It was Kelly’s chance! She looked down at her school backpack and took out her pair of binoculars. She peered through them, zooming in onto the giant’s face. His eyelids were shut, and his great mouth was open slightly.
He was definitely asleep.
Kelly was beyond excited . She could approach him easily now… She clapped her hands
No Way Out Part 1It definitely seemed like this could be a hopeless situation. Perhaps there had been worse at some point in history, but none that specifically affected Acadia and Maia. In their wildest dreams, they had never imagined that they would be jointly bound to the same wooden pole, sweating in the heat of the desert. The wind offered no relief, for it simply moved the same stale, moisture laden air lazily about. Sometimes it kicked up enough to spray the sand into their eyes, which were already partially blinded by the sun. They weren't completely bound to the wooden pole, but then again it didn't really matter. Their wrists were nearly rubbed raw by the rough metal cuffs. The chains were only a few feet long, giving them enough room to shift and walk about. However now they sat in dejection, and rightfully so. The first day had come to an end, and, even if they were lucky (or not so lucky), there would only be a few more.No Way Out Part 14 years ago in Settings More Like This
The girls were quite a ridiculous sight. Their dres
The Big Sibling ProgramMy name is Amelia Rose Moffingale. I have a younger sister named Amanda (Amanda Caridee Pasco, if you want specifics) and two big—and I emphasize 'big' for a reason—brothers. None of them are my real family so to speak...they're actually my adoptive/foster family.The Big Sibling Program2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Several years ago, when I had been about eight years old, I lost both of my parents to the sea; the two of them had loved to travel on the water—they had their own boat and everything. They would take me along with them too so that I could experience the beauty of the oceans and the sea. My life had been the water, but the water was what also tore my happy days apart...
It had been a stormy night in August: we were traveling along the Cape Cod when the waves suddenly grew rougher and more violent. On the strongest gale of wind and tide pressure, it had caused the boat to tip until the moment where my father lost control; my parents had known that we weren't going to make it. As my father wrestled with his crew,
432 days Short StoryPart 1432 days Short Story3 years ago in Settings More Like This
I crossed off another day on the calendar. Day four hundred and thirty two now was diagonally cut in two by the harsh, red mark of my pen. I don't even know why I bothered to keep track of the days anymore. I guess it was just another thing to do to keep myself occupied, although the result was hardly beneficial to my goals. Keeping track of the time my parents had been gone and the number of days that held my lonely existence was hardly the plan I had in mind. Still, I felt an odd urge to keep watch, to know that I was still attached to this earth somehow or else I might mistake that I was now dreaming, or dead as well. At very least my parents had made it until I was 22 yrs old and capable of taking care of myself. It made me happy, although somewhat bitterly, that it was the one, tiny piece of solace they could find at the time of their deaths. My memories began to trail down painful roads, and I immediately shut off all thought. No, I would not go there. Not again.
So, I now
Change of Plans Chapter FiveI might have been calm and cool when I left Ezra that night but I shut the door behind me to my own room I leaned against the door frame and palmed my face.Change of Plans Chapter Five3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"What the f " I mumbled quietly and slunk to the floor.
How could such a thing be possible? A giant. A giant living here. My parents must know about such a thing, otherwise they would have never stopped here. I mean would they? Would they?? I had to have answers, I'm sure Ezra himself could tell me but I knew there was at least one person that could really help me out with this. I removed my hand from my face and looked towards the heavens.
"The internet," I whispered and jumped off the floor and ran to my computer.
"Giants " I typed quickly and hit search.
Nothing. Nothing that would really help me. I didn't really care about baseball, or bears, or the Guinness Book of World Record holders. The tallest man to eve