Balance of Power 5Slowly the darkness stopped being as suffocating and I started clawing my way through the cotton haze towards consciousness. I could feel a weight beside me, hear a steady beeping noise, smell the sweet scent of my mate even if it was mixed with worry. As I got closer to consciousness, I got my arm to move and wrapped it around the body beside me. I had little doubts that it was Nova lying there, I just hoped that it was because he was worried and not because he was hurt.
"Tell me you're alright..." I rasped out, opening my eyes slowly.
"I'm fine," Nova said, instantly moving up to give me a kiss. He didn't linger long, but it was definitely nice to feel his soft lips. "How do you feel, love?" he asked, brushing my hair back some.
"Like I was hit by a truck," I murmured. "What time is it?" I asked softly, rubbing his back with the arm I had around him since there was still an IV needle in the other one.
"Late," I answered. "Your fathers should be back around in about ten minutes or so.
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
The Debt 2I was dreaming, I knew I was. Sayan was just a baby and was there by me. I couldn't convince my body to move, but he was giggling and smiling and it made me smile. He was so adorable and the only part of my mother left. He was my reason for living through this hell.The Debt 23 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Sayan..." I murmured, making him giggle again. My entire body hurt so much from the restraints and my stepfather's 'love'. So many times I wished I would just die and then Sayan would giggle and smile again. That was all I needed to have the strength to continue on another day. The scene changed to the shack that I'd been hiding in with my brother, his cough growing worse and his fever higher.
"Sayan... don't die..." I whispered, trying to soothe him as much as I could. "Please... don't die..." I groaned a little as the scene in my dreams changed again to when Sayan and I first found the shack. "Not great... but... close to the water... near enough town... far enough... safe..." I told him as I wrapped him a blanket I'd st
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
The Debt 3I was only given another two months with my baby brother, during which time the doctor came to keep checking on my injuries and then my health. Rainier was apparently worried about me becoming sick too, though I really didn't care. I'd rather die and be with my brother and mother forever than stay here alone. The last week, Sayan never woke up at all before his chest finally stopped rising.The Debt 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"No!" I shouted, sitting up and shaking my brother slightly. "No, Sayan! Don't give up! Please, stay with me! Don't leave me all alone!" Suddenly arms wrapped around me from behind.
"He's gone, Juna. There's nothing you can do," Rainier told me calmly.
"He can't leave me here alone!" I cried, unable to help myself. Sayan was my entire life after all. "Kill me, please! Let me stay with him!"
"I don't think he'd want that," he said, holding me tightly. "He wouldn't want you to give up, Juna." He turned me away from my brother and into his chest. I broke down completely, clinging to the man I'd barely
Heavenly Lover 12I groaned some as I woke up from yet another nap. All I could really do was sleep and eat when I'd been put on essential bed rest. Even still, all of the weight seemed to go straight to the babies growing in me and just moving now was a massive chore. But I had to move since staying in one spot for too long hurt. A moment later, Kitchi was there.Heavenly Lover 123 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Have a good nap?" he asked, propping his arms up on the top of the ledge.
"Sure..." I muttered, still not happy with how much my stomach had been stretched out. I couldn't even hug him anymore. "They're... hungry again..." I added with a heavy sigh. Getting in and out of the tank was becoming steadily more difficult. He frowned a little.
"Maybe you should stop coming in here... I know it's been taking you a lot more effort now," he said, rubbing his palm over my stomach lightly. "We can still talk with you out of the tank..."
"But... I can't feel you out there..." I murmured. "I don't know... how long I'd be able to stand not feeling you touc
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
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 43 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
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
Forgive Me 2I groaned softly as the usual morning stiffness woke me up. I made sure to roll away from my reasons for being so stiff before cracking my back and stretching. I wondered if I would ever sleep normally again or if waking up with back pain was going to be the norm for the rest of my life.Forgive Me 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I'm sorry about last night... I don't know what came over me. But I shouldn't have left you alone with the babies," Enraas said and I turned to see him leaning against the doorframe.
"The babies were the easy part," I said, giving him a smile. "Getting you in the house and into bed.. Well, that was a lot trickier, especially in three inch heels." He looked off to the side at that.
"Yeah... sorry about that. I just... was more tired than I thought, I guess. I'm gonna make breakfast," he said, before turning and heading for the kitchen. I jumped up to chase him down, slipping on the wood floor with my stockinged feet.
"Enraas... I told you I would do anything to make up for my mistake... Please don't br
Who was I? 3I woke up at the sound of a knock on my door and let out a shout of surprise. I was freezing, lying in a tub filled with cold water. I tried to get out, but my body had gone completely stiff from the cold and stationary position. The knock came again.Who was I? 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Alexei? Are you alright?" I heard Terah call.
"No!" I yelled, letting the water out of the tub, but that only made me colder. "Damn it, I'm stuck!" After a moment I heard my door open.
"Where are you?" he asked.
"In the... tub..." I replied, feeling my cheeks heat up even if my body was freezing cold. He came in and handed me a towel to cover myself with.
"What are you doing in here?" he asked. I sighed, wrapping the towel around me as well as I could when I could get out of the tub.
"I fell asleep in here last night... There was water then..." I muttered, shivering even as I leaned forward to try and rub some feeling back into my legs.
"Did you get your cane back?" he asked as he lifted me out of the tub and carried me over to my bed.
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
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 64 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
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 Me3 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
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
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 84 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 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 885 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
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
Shipwreck Island 7When I woke up again, it was very dark out. The fire in the cave had burned down to embers so I moved slowly over to stoke it back up. I was stark naked and my pelvis hurt something awful. What I wouldn't give for a painkiller right about now. The thing that I noticed not long after I got the fire back up was that Britt was nowhere around.Shipwreck Island 73 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Be careful, baby," I mumbled to myself as I crawled back into the bed to wait for him to come back. I should have probably eaten something, but my worry for Britt far outweighed my worry for myself. I pulled the blanket tighter around myself as I heard what sounded like distant thunder. I hoped that was what it was. I didn't want to think of Britt being hurt or worse, killed. I almost screamed when someone entered the mouth of the cave, but I quickly realized it was Britt when he fell to his knees.
"Britt!" I cried worriedly as I moved as quickly as I could to his side. "Oh God... oh god..." I whimpered as I realized there was a hole in the back of
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
Save Me 3I woke slowly to the feel of the water in the bed shifting and turned enough to see Kekoa leaving the room. I wanted to chase him, to make sure I hadn't upset him, but I was still too tired and my eyes closed again. I knew I'd be awake again soon. My body was just too used to getting up early for school, diving practice, or work, but for now, I'd catch a couple more minutes of sleep. Maybe when Kekoa came back I'd drag myself fully conscious.Save Me 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I ended up waking before Kekoa came back and rolled out of the water bed slowly. I went over to the bathroom, washing my face some before making my way downstairs. I stopped in the living room first, but it was empty so I moved on to the kitchen. Lani was up, humming softly as he started up a pot of coffee. It was a small pot, so I figured he was the only one who drank it.
"Good morning, Lani," I said softly and he jumped slightly, startled.
"Oh, Cyan... You surprised me," he said, smiling warmly.
"Sorry, I learned quickly to be quiet in the morni
My God-King 5I woke up some, finding that I wasn't lying on the hard ground anymore and on something softer. I forced my tear swollen eyes open enough to find the God-King seated at his desk, writing. It was too much trouble to keep my eyes open so I let them fall shut again.My God-King 53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"'M sorry..." I mumbled, not sure and not caring if he heard me. "He said... whores weren't... 'lowed in the tent..." I felt his hand brushing my hair back.
"A whore?" he asked.
"Yesh, my King..." I mumbled, still without fighting to open my eyes. "Nothin' in the tent... that a whore... needed to hear..." I curled up a bit more tightly, pulling my hands into my chest instead of how they were normally holding the pillow.
"Whores do not sleep in my bed every night," he told me. "Whores sleep with every person they can. You do not. You are not a whore. And even if you were you are mine. Which makes you far more important than him." I shivered, pressing my hands into my chest as I fought the urge to get out of the bed. More
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
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 Falconer3 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
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