Strength in weakness At first, I didn't notice this feeling. Yet, as the weeks dragged on after the death of Danarius, I'm noticing a certain tightness in my chest as I watch Garrett. His face now marred with jagged scars caused by a rage demon, deep enough to leave indentions in the once smooth flesh. The townspeople talk about him as if he's damaged goods, the once proud noble women who used their money to get close to him, now shunned him like the blight itself.
Yet I feel myself drawn to him even more so than usual. Like any proud warrior he bears the scars as if they do not exist. Only when people ask, does he reach up and touch the markings; si
Chiaroscuro Chapter 24Chiaroscuro Chapter 249 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Night fell quickly; and the mighty crescent moon gave rise, hanging heavily in the dark sky. A harsh slap cracked through the still night air.
"I can't believe you just let them get away like that!" Luceille shouted angrily. "I summoned you and promised my own soul to you so you would kill Sebastian, but you couldn't even manage that much! I can't get over how useless you turned out to be!"
Claude's expression remained unchanged. Simply adjusting his glasses, he replied with an apathetic "Forgive me."
"Forgive you?! Why should I do that?!"
Claude frowned. I've been summoned by a petty human who wants to take a pointle
Chiaroscuro Chapter 23Chiaroscuro Chapter 2310 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A knock came at the door around noon the next day.
"It's Luceille!" Cadencia exclaimed. "I'll get the door."
"Oh, allow me, Milady." Sebastian said readily, though he was in the midst of baking a cake, and his hands were saturated with flour.
"Nonsense. I'll get it." She smiled. "You're busy as it is."
"If you're certain, Milady ." Sebastian replied passively, knowing it was pointless to argue with the Marchioness by now.
"I am. Be back in a second!" She said, cheerfully.
Sebastian gave a quiet chuckle. "Milady is certainly lively today."
Cadencia paced through the kitchen into the front foyer to answer the do
Chiaroscuro Chapter 22Chiaroscuro Chapter 2210 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Indelible Emotions Of The Human Soul"~
With unenthused eyes, Luceille looked ahead in displeasure at the grand mansion .which was far larger than her own.
"This is your mansion, Cadencia ?" Luceille asked, low.
"Err well, yes. Is something the matter?"
Luceille quickly found a cheery expression. "Oh, not at all! I..it's quite charming ."
"Oh. All right." Cadencia gave a nervous smile.
Sebastian frowned. He was not ignorant of the quick emotional change.
"Milady, shall we escort our guest inside for some hot tea?"
"You don't mind making some?"
"Certainly not. It would be my pleasure, Milady."
"All right." S
Chiaroscuro Chapter 14Chiaroscuro Chapter 141 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Light My Fire"~
It had been many years since the Winfield house had been aglow with such life. Sebastian had invited the guests, and each came accordingly. They were important people; a business man, a marquess and a marquis, a doctor, the chief of guards for the king, and even an actor.
Cadencia was very impressed with the great progress Sebastian had made in cooking. The meals he had prepared as of late tasted just as decadent as they looked. Lain out on a white lace table-covering, were serving trays of hors d'oeurves, cakes, and a variety of delicacies, which Sebastian deemed "crucial at an aristocratic gathering." She simply shrugged
Chiaroscuro Chapter 10Chiaroscuro Chapter 101 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The sudden gunshot caused Cadencia to exclaim lightly. Biting her lip, she felt worry fill the pit of her stomach. True enough, there was no proof of it, but what if Sebastian had just been shot? The thought of him being hurt stirred something deeply in Cadencia that she'd never felt before. Thinking it wouldn't do any good; Cadencia rose from the bed and furiously slammed her closed fist against the locked bedroom door. To her shock, the door went flying off of its hinges, and crashed against the wall outside. She stared agape for a moment. It had to have been weak, right? The hinges must have been rusty .
Chiaroscuro Chapter 7Chiaroscuro Chapter 71 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As they strolled casually down extravagant Parisian streets, Cadencia smiled cheerfully, with her arm linked about Sebastian's. To the butler's own surprise, his expression was a relatively cheerful one, as well. For some reason he could not discern, Sebastian did not mind the fact that Cadencia was not typically a serious person. Her happy-go-lucky nature was a refreshing change of pace, compared to the other stuffy humans about. He always observed her closely; everything about her was new and delightfully strange to the demon. The way that she was trailing the fine, silk hem of her gown in the dust of the side walk, the way tha
Chiaroscuro Chapter 2Chiaroscuro Chapter 21 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Dumplings Over Flowers"~
She was a pretty, young thing. Even her simple stride through the lamp-lit streets of Paris held a palpable verve. With her long, swaying black hair and flashing dark blue eyes, she was the Marchioness, Cadencia Winfield. She was something of a fascination to the other aristocrats of Paris. Rumors from behind gloved hands and feathery fans where whispered left and right, this way and that.
-"There she goes again, that girl."
-"She spends so much time outside, it's very unrefined, don't you think?"
-"Oh absolutely! She thinks nothing of trailing her dresses through the mud and saying hello to a common bourgeoisie
Chiaroscuro Chapter 3Chiaroscuro Chapter 31 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Resonance Of Absolution"~
Under the dark sky, hung heavily with the weight of countless stars, she found him in the alley. Well, she assumed it was a "he" anyways. The long hair and high-heels were misleading at first. When the person on the ground spoke to her, she knew for certain it was a young man's voice, not a woman's. Although she could barely see anything in the darkness, she was certain that the odd things at her feet, and beside the man were black feathers.
From what she could see, he was wearing some kind of tight, black, almost like a a body suit. His hands were odd; the nails themselves were black and very, very long. Ho
Chiaroscuro Chapter 1Chiaroscuro Chapter 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"The Falling Of The Crow"~
The dull, grey sky stood still, unchanging, as always. If there were trees, the hollow breeze would have surely rustled through them, but this was The Void. This was the land of the Demons, as determined by the Gate of Time, and there was not even a single blade of grass in The Void, let alone a tree. This world was truly fitting for demons, which is why the Crow Demon couldn't understand why the other Demon, the Dove, was so unsatisfied.
"Belial "The Crow began sternly. "What exactly are you thinking? Lady-Time appointed us with the duty of devouring souls determined 'impure' by the Gate of Truth. It has be
Chiaroscuro Chapter 27Chiaroscuro Chapter 279 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Raging Storm, Brewing Steadily"~
Cadencia wasn't sure what to make of his attempts. Since Sebastian had disappeared, Claude had all but taken his place as her butler. Granted, she didn't allow him to do much for her, as had been the same with Sebastian, but the Spider Demon had begun to create schedules typical for an aristocrat, as Sebastian had also previously done. Latin lectures at twelve, violin lessons at three it was the same, and yet it was not. She appreciated what Claude was doing for her, but she knew it was only because he hoped she would create a contract with him. She couldn't understand why he lingered for that re
Chiaroscuro Chapter 32Chiaroscuro Chapter 325 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~"Mise en scène"~
Sebastian scowled; the scorched portion of cobblestone was not a welcome discovery.
"You are quite right, Andromalius." The butler conceded to his Demonic companion. "This is indeed the residual demarcation of a teleportation."
The Serpent Demon nodded. "Thought so. Problem is, we don't know who made it."
"You are right." The Crow agreed.
"You don't suppose it was Belial, do you?"
The mere thought of the condescending Dove Demon was enough to make Sebastian's blood boil. Andromalius winced nervously as he saw Sebastian's shadow extend and deform. It was enough of a response for the Serpent.
BUTTERFLY EFFECT Chapter 2BUTTERFLY EFFECT Chapter 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~The Bird Who Deserted the Flock~
"Hey, I dare you to go and touch her house!" A boy whispered to his two friends, grinning like the Cheshire Cat himself; dark brown eyes glittering playfully.
"N-no way " The youngest child said biting his lip. "That's .Cade's house. I heard she's really mean "
"Yeah really, Aloysius I don't wanna play dumb games anyways. If she's there, she'll turn us all into stew or somethin'. She must be a right awful person. Apparently, she ain't been readin' her Bible."
The youngest boy's gloom deepened, matching Cade's house almost perfectly. "She's a sinner, then."
"Caelan "Aloysius groan
BUTTERFLY EFFECT Chapter 1BUTTERFLY EFFECT Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~The End of the World~
"Ow " A sharp throbbing sensation jolted Edward awake. Slowly, the boy rose from his unconscious position upon the alley ground. The second he did, however, the alchemist was extremely bewildered.
"Where am I ?"
It was a cold winter night in a dreary, decrepit looking city that lay in near ruins, blanketed lightly by snow. The alchemist decided it would be better to keep moving. Maybe if he saw someone, they might be able to help him, though Edward couldn't imagine what kind of people would live in such a city. It was like something came through and raided the whole place. A twister or a really b
Absolutely Anything part 10Absolutely Anything part 102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
At dawn the next morning, everyone was up, dressed and fed, ready to head out to Nadine's mansion and take back Ludwig.
"The plan will be like yesterdays." Japan said. "I will go in with three others to free Ludwig and retrieve Italy's limbs. The rest of you will keep Nadine's attention in the front of the house."
"Who will go with you inside?" America asked.
"China, Prussia and Hungary will accompany me inside." Japan said. "Once we free Ludwig, China and Prussia will take him out through the back where someone will wait with a getaway vehicle."
"I'll do that." Austria volunteered.
"In the meantime, Hungary and I will retrieve Italy's
Absolutely Anything part 8Absolutely Anything part 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In the dark lower room, a single television screen was the only light. Nadine's face was on the screen, and the glare of the small box illuminated a face that was so similar to hers. But this face wasn't confident or proud as Nadine's was, this face was sad and fatigued. As this young girl's weary eyes slowly opened to behold on the young girl on the screen, she sighed.
"Sister what has become of you?"
Switzerland sighed. His house was filled to the max and he swore if one more person walked into his door and asked to stay over, he was going to lose it.
Everyone was stuffed into the living room so as to form a plan of att
Absolutely Anything part 3Absolutely Anything part 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The two black cars pulled into the drive of a large wood and brick mansion. Feliciano was still held at gunpoint, but he had relaxed a bit during the drive. Nadine's butler opened the door for Nadine to exit the vehicle, and she strode over to the second car. The man who held Italy at gunpoint rolled down the window.
"Take them out back." She said. "I'll meet you there once I get my things."
"Yes madam." The man said, and continued to drive up a path that led to the backyard. There was a large building there, and they parked beside it. The three men led the two nations inside and sat them down and tied them to their seats by their hands and
Absolutely Anything part 11Absolutely Anything part 112 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When Ludwig woke up, his head was killing him. What on earth had his brother hit him with? A wok? Most likely. Sitting up in bed, he glanced out the window and into the noontime sunlight. Wow, he must've been out for a while. Getting up, he didn't bother changing out of his black wife-beater and his blue and yellow heart-patterned underwear. He walked down the hall and straight to the kitchen. Once he got his coffee, he failed to notice every other nation sitting in the living room as he walked down the hallway that led to the front door. Stepping out, he bent over to pick up the newspaper and noticed a familiar Asian country laying unc
Absolutely Anything part 9Absolutely Anything part 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As the fire inside Italy's room grew, blocking the exits and not allowing anyone to get in or out through the door, Japan stood firm with his sword in hand.
"They've noticed." He said. "Are you ready?" Italy nodded. Japan's hands began to shake.
"Don't worry about me, Japan." Italy said. "Just worry about the angle you cut it at." Japan nodded and raised his sword, dropping it quickly and slashing at Italy. Letting out a loud scream, Italy fell to the floor. Breathing heavily, he felt for his arm. Feeling it gone, he looked down to his legs, one was missing. Perfect.
"Throw my arm down." Italy said. "That will be what sets him off."
Absolutely Anything part 6Absolutely Anything part 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I didn't think it was real. Those screams; the sounds of the whiplashes, the taste of blood on my tongue. I didn't think any of it was real, and I was right, it wasn't. It was all a dream, thank god. But it was a dream that felt so real, it scared me. All my friends, captured and tortured by Nadine, their screams sounded so real, as if they were right beside me. The sounds of the whiplashes stung my eardrums, and it was so dark I couldn't even see my own hands, much less use them to cover my ears. When I finally woke up, I tasted blood like in my dream, but that was just because I bit the inside of my cheek and it bled. It was the middle of t
Absolutely Anything part 5Absolutely Anything part 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In Canada's house, America lay on the guest bed that had been prepared for him and he sulked. And his hand hurt. A LOT. Guess he shouldn't have been punching the floor after he was teleported to Canada's house. Hardwood flooring can really hurt your knuckles apparently. But that physical pain didn't equal the emotional pain he was feeling. Sure he knew that England only wanted to protect him, but couldn't they have both escaped? It didn't seem fair at least on England's part. It made America feel spoiled; knowing England only wanted to protect him and only him.
Getting off the bed, America headed into the living room where he fo
Absolutely Anything part 4Absolutely Anything part 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When Hungary woke up from her skillet-induced sleep, she found herself in a small room. Well, it was more like a small cell. There was a bed, mirror, sink and toilet, and the only door was barred, as well as the only small window. It wasn't dirty as usual prison cells were, it was just the size that made it uncomfortable. The bed had a mattress and the toilet and sink were polished and looked brand new. She was a prisoner right?
Hungary stood from the bed and made her way to the cell door. She couldn't see much from her angle, but she heard a voice coming from her right.
"Dammit dammit dammit " it repeated over and ov
My Dearest Detective 4"Oh, it's you," Gerard spat, looking at me. Guess he hasn't forgive me yet. "How was your 'date'?"My Dearest Detective 41 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"It wasn't a date," I replied. "Did you call me here to talk to me about my meeting or to get me to help solve a crime?"
"It's a burglary... nothing important was taken," He replied. "Family can't understand it,"
"Nothing important was taken?" I repeated, looking around the room before my phone went off. I took it out and opened the message.
Any new cases?? Syn
Yeah, just a burglary I replied, before putting my phone away.
"Was that him?!" Gerard asked.
"Jealous?" I smirked, looking around the room again. Then it hit me. Of course. I walk
My Dearest Detective 3"What the hell do you mean he wants to meet up with you?!" Johnny yelled.My Dearest Detective 31 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Exactly that," I replied, pacing round the room. "Oh... I can't wait!"
"Zack, I love you dearly.... you're my best friend,"
"I'm your only friend," I pointed out, now sat by the door, waiting for his reply.
"And I don't want to hurt you or see you get hurt," He continued ignoring my comment. "But this is going to far... he's a criminal for fuck sake... he's probably some 40 years old creep who wants to rape you!"
"Actually, he's in his early twenties," I corrected.
"Zacky! Hello!" He shook his head. "He said he's watching you in his letter.... that means he's sta
My Dearest Detective PrologueFirst LetterMy Dearest Detective Prologue1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was the summer of 2011 that I got the first letter from Synyster Gates after I solved the murder of a heiress. It was strange because the very next morning when I woke up, I found a small posh looking envelop on the floor. I picked it up and frowned. No stamp... just my name.
"Johnny?!" I yelled, causing the smaller male to run over to me. "Did the postman come today?"
"No, he doesn't come til 11.30, Zack," He replied, making me frown even more. "Why?"
"This," I replied, holding up the letter then noticing it was sealed by a wax seal with a strange skull with bat wings. Johnny shrugged his shoulders and walked off. "Oh...