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.
"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
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
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 25 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
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 975 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
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 Lover5 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
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 35 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
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 705 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
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 65 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
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 406 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
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 35 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Why would you think I couldn't walk five or six blocks?" I asked as I started down the stairs. He shrugged.
"I saw you limping earlier is all." I nodded a bit, pushing my glasses back up my nose a little.
"Last night was a little rough," I said with a sad smile. "But I'm used to this. So walking's not a problem."
"Alright," he said before jumping over the railing to land on the next lowest platform. "If you insist." I rolled my eyes a bit and picked up my pace.
"I do. Today is not what tomorrow would have been," I said. "And I've never been one to back away from a physical challenge." He grinned.
"Is that so? Well then, I'm sure we'll get along just great," he said before jumping down to the next platform. With the increased pace, it only took us about five minutes to get down the stairs and
Rainbow Italian Ice 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 55 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
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 Island5 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.
New BeginningsHe left. That was all there was to it. He sent me a text message and that was that. Everything was over. The last five years of my life that I had spent with him were now over and done. Five years together and all I got was a text message on my cell phone telling me goodbye. Goodbye because he found someone new. Someone younger. Someone better looking. Someone who would probably do all the things that I hadn't.New Beginnings5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
But then, what had I not done for him? I'd had sex with him when the mere thought of it terrified me. I'd given up going to college to be with him because he asked me to. I didn't look at anyone other than him for five years. I cooked his meals, cleaned his apartment, and did his laundry. I did things that were degrading and humiliating all because it was his current kink. What had I not done for him?
He'd given me until the morning to get out of his apartment. One night to pack my things and go somewhere else. But where? He had all but cut me off from my high school friends and
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
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 125 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
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
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
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 Phoenix5 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
Heavenly Lover 4"Fuck... that was cold..." I muttered as I made my way back to where I'd left my discarded pants. I shook my head a bit, to clear the cold water cobwebs from my mind before bending over to pick up my clothes. I looked over at Kitchi as I pulled my pants back on, frowning a little bit at the almost childish seeming way he flicked at the sand with his tail. "Did I... upset you?" I asked softly, wrapping my arms around myself a bit and he looked over.Heavenly Lover 45 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"No," he said, moving over to the glass again. "I just am not used to being alone after such a thing. It reminds me how alone I have been..." I closed my eyes for a moment, leaning against the outside of the tank with my forehead rested against it.
"I'm sorry..." I mumbled. "I've never.. done that in front of someone... I guess I wasn't really thinking."
"It is alright, Lani," he said with a smile. "We both experienced something new just now. There is nothing to be sorry about." I nodded a little before blushing at the sound of my stomach gr
Monster 61The week was dragging by slowly. There was no change in Tarot's condition and I knew it was taking it's toll on both Conner and Dani. Not that I could blame them. One had been friends with my brother for years and the other had been dating him for the last month or so. I wished I could say that I was holding it together, but in truth, I was simply there, physically at least.Monster 615 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I had issues sleeping still. I couldn't even begin to fall asleep when anyone else was in the room and as soon as Dani would return from one of his mind clearing walks, I'd be jolted awake again. And those rare moments of sleep would only come during daylight hours, which weren't worth anything. I knew the circles under my eyes were beginning to resemble Tarot's before this happened and I couldn't help but be a little envious that he was finally getting the sleep he needed.
Paisley had dropped by a couple of times, answered my questions, but she would never stay long and she couldn't look at Tarot. I had managed to
To Unlock His Heart 1We got the call from the emergency operator late in the afternoon and right at the end of our shift. My partner grumbled as she always did, knowing as well as I did that it meant we'd be working late. Sometimes I cursed our luck, wishing that the call had come earlier in the day or an hour later so that the next shift would have to take it. Still, I had a job to do and if we were being called, then it meant the victim was a special case. I grabbed my coat, badge and gun and followed my partner out to our car to make our way to the address we were given.To Unlock His Heart 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The house was crawling with patrol officers and crime scene investigators by the time we arrived. A quick run down from the first responder said that the victim didn't seem to have any signs of trauma of a sexual nature, but that the operator who had taken the call said that the caller sounded like a child. That worried me a bit, because of all the people I saw milling about, there wasn't a child among them. There was one person who see
Monster 33Unfortunately it seemed that the xray technician on duty today was the same one that was here when Jinx was first admitted and while he meant nothing bad when he tried to help Jinx out of the wheelchair, he managed to agravate him. I can't blame the guy for being surprised that Jinx was able to get up on his own, but neither could I blame my lover for being unnaturally easy to aggitate, especially knowing that it may very well be the concoction that we convinced him to drink that was behind it. Still, I convinced the shocked technician to allow me to stay in the room, using the ruse that I'd be the only one capable of calming the angry blonde.Monster 336 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jinx's disposition wasn't getting better though and I urged the technician to hurry along with the films. I had to wonder if it was just the serum he had ingested though that was making him so angry. Knowing my mate, it could also have something to do with being touched constantly by people he didn't want touching him and never really having the
Monster 41I opened the apartment door to be greeted by the delicious smell of steak cooking on the stove. Smiling as my stomach growled, I walked further in to find Brad and Hides moving about the kitchen and my brother seated at the bar with a cup of coffee in his hand. I felt my chest swell slightly at the knowledge that my brother was still there, having fully expected him to go rushing back to Dani's side.Monster 416 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Jinx, you're back," Brad said, coming out of the kitchen and giving me a quick kiss. "But I thought you said you were just going to see your father..." I raised an eyebrow at him, confused by the statement. I had only gone to see my father, even though I made a small detour by Dani's apartment, I shouldn't have had his scent on me.
"That is all I did," I said defensively. "I needed a computer to do some research, so I went to borrow one from him."
"If that's all you did, love," Brad continued, his eyes traveling southward. "Then why do you have blood on your jeans?" I blinked at him stupi
Runaway HeartsI laid there in bed, trying to block out the noises that were trying to force me out of my blissful sleep. A bell was ringing and wouldn't stop. There were people screaming and men shouting. And another sound, a roaring type sound. I groaned, sitting up in my bed and rubbed my eyes. Things were far too bright. It was as if morning had come several hours too soon.Runaway Hearts5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Teva! Why in Kylam's good name are you still in bed?" my brother, Trevant, yelled. I just stared at him for a moment before turning my eyes back to my bedroom window. The light wasn't sunlight, it was fire. The entire village must have been engulfed in flames for it to be so bright. I had finally started to get out of bed when something crashed outside, sending the normally solid wall flying inwards in pieces.
I screamed feeling the heat of burning debris on my back and curled up as best I could under the rumble. They'd always complained that I slept too heavy and was too slow in the morning, but I never thought that I'd wake
Monster 49The next couple of weeks flew by, everything returning to as normal as normal could get when you weren't exactly human. Well, that and Brad absolutely refused to let me out of his sight. He'd drive me to and from my classes and hang out at work all night, but as much as it bugged me, I did understand. I had blown the whole trust factor out of the water when I went after my brother's molester and it didn't help at all that I couldn't really tell him anything.Monster 495 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Between my classes in the morning, playing catch-up on everything I had missed in my two weeks of chaos, and working every evening, I'd barely had a chance to see my brother. I'd manage to see him for a few minutes between homework and the gym and he did look like he was feeling better than before. But at the same time, I knew he would put on a happy face and pretend the world was right, if only for the sake of keeping nosy people like me from asking. I was still wishing he would let me in to his world, but I wasn't going to push t