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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 15In homeroom Monday morning I began to hear my name in the whispering again, something that I hadn't missed last week. I listened a little closer to find out what it was about this time and almost blanched to hear Serj's name in there with mine. Only they were using what I could only assume to be his full name with an awful mispronunciation. I stopped listening again, angry that they were dragging my friend through the mud and ashamed because I knew it had be my fault. There was no other logical explanation for why they would be talking about him, since as I saw it, he was a rather popular person.To Unlock His Heart 153 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey, freak..." someone said, stopping next to my desk between homeroom and first period. "What do you say you use that pretty little mouth to give me some pleasure next time? I'll bet I'm much bigger than your fag boyfriend, Sir Gay." I turned my head swiftly at the remark to find a pelvis shoved into my face. "Or is it that your services are reserved for the captains of the soccer team?" My
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
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
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
To Unlock His Heart 20When I woke up Tuesday morning, I was covered in a sheen of sweat and I'd managed to kick my covers off the bed completely. I had this almost uncontrollable urge to cry at the flashes of my dreams that I could still remember. My biggest fear now was that Serj would want to push our relationship further physically and be disgusted when he found out what my mother had done. I wasn't sure if I could handle such a rejection with as much as I wanted to be close to him.To Unlock His Heart 203 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Rubbing my hands over my face to stop the tears before they could flow, I dragged myself out of bed and to the shower. I couldn't deny that I really was interested in the good part of my dreams, curious over whether or not it would really feel as good as my dreams made it out to be. I took as much time as I dared to in the shower, trying to clear my mind of all the dream flashes that kept haunting me. By the time I got out, I had to be quick to dress and eat my breakfast so that Kyle could get me to school on time.
I was a li
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
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
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 23 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
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
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
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
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
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
To Unlock His Heart 8Coach Moon hadn't been joking or even exaggerating a little bit when he said to come Monday prepared for serious practice. I honestly began to wonder if he was trying to kill us. First thing was the same ten laps around the field as we'd done everyday of tryouts, but now we were on a timer. Twenty minutes to circle the quarter mile track ten times! Just the thought nearly sapped all of my energy. A slight nudge from Skylar though and I fell into stop behind him and Serj, letting the rhythm they set guide me around the track. Those who didn't make it, we sent to the bleachers to do more endurance as punishment while the rest of us began to warm up.To Unlock His Heart 83 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Nikolai, make sure you completely warm up!" Skylar called from over by the coach and I blinked in confusion. They were talking and Skylar was animated in his excitement while the coach looked surprised and rather intrigued. I groaned inwardly as I slapped a hand over my face. I had honestly thought that they'd forget about that whole gymnast
To Unlock His Heart 16Tuesday morning came quickly and I was just as quick to shove down the lingering memory of the dreams from the night before. I knew that if I didn't, things would be rather awkward when I saw Serj at lunch today. He was doing his best to fend off the rumours that he was gay, he didn't need me staring at him as memories of my dreams lately floated through my head. Actually, neither of us really needed that right now. I was in just as bad with the rumour that Serj and I were dating. Just saying I wasn't gay wouldn't help that and might only make things worse for Serj in the end.To Unlock His Heart 163 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Even without my denial, people were still on about the rumour of Serj and I dating when I got to school. I really did want to deny it all, but at the same time no one was asking me if it was true or not. It was like they just assumed that since the rumour of Serj being gay came out first, that the rumour that we were on a date Saturday had to be true. It made me blush a little to think that Serj may have also not
Monster 70I watched with trepidation as Jinx talked to Paisley in what was now her room and no longer Tarot's. I was surprised when he said he wouldn't be needing it anymore, but then again, I should have learned by now that secrets were like a genetic thing between the brothers. It seemed that no matter how much I learned about either one of them, there was still so much more that wasn't being told. I really didn't care if I learned about Tarot or Paisley, but as it seemed that their secrets had a direct impact on my mate, I wanted to know.Monster 704 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I watched as my lover left his sister's room and walked into the kitchen to make himself a cup of coffee. A frown crossed my features as I watched him hunt down the butterscotch schnapps that Hides had brought into the apartment. Even worse, he didn't just add it to his coffee, but took a shot of the alcohol alone. For as long as I had known him, he had never been much of a drinker outside of the work he did at Nightingale's, but as of late, it seemed as if