Stay With Me"You dummkopf." Deryn muttered at Alek's limp form on the mortician's table. She had taken an airship and a train into Vienna that same day, but the grief hadn't hit her until she had seen Alek's lifeless face. It had seemed unreal. Not tangible unless she saw some sort of proof to confirm what she didn't want to believe.
But it was true, and Alek's body lay on the uncomforting metal table, his head elevated slightly by a block. His face was already pale and his lips were blue from the chill of the cold room.
She struggled to remember the last time that she had kisses those lips, and what it had felt like. She couldn't remember if it had been a passionate, bloodthirsty or if it had been slow, and spontaneous. She pulled the sleeves of her jacket closer to her hands, trying to get them to cover her bare wrists. The cold had already started nipping at Deryn's cheeks and her exposed fingertips. There was no awful smell of death and decay in the room, just the faint scent of anti-bacterial
I Can't Breathe Because Every Breath is For You"Mr. Ferdinand. Mr. Sharp." Dr. Barlow began. "You have another mission." Dylan grunted/ He always hated to be away from the Leviathan. Alek smiled at his friend's sour disposition at yet another mission. Alek himself thought that missions were the perfect situations for him to use his mostly-useless diplomacy skills, and it was always fun to go on adventures with his best friend. Together, they were the best at stopping conflicts and solving international disputes.I Can't Breathe Because Every Breath is For You2 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Well, I hope we're going someplace warm this time." Dylan said, slouching in his chair, arms crossed in defiance.
"That would be nice." Alek said, nodding his head in agreement. "Russia was very cold and the czar had not been very happy to see us."
"Aye! And that brat Anastasia and her barking sisters were all a nightmare!" Dylan added. Alek broke out in laughter at the thought of Dylan being chased around practically all of St. Petersburg by the Czarinas. He had that kind of effect on young girls.
The boffin rolled her ey
Misogynist"Ican'tbreathe" Alek said through gasps, his lungs felt as if they were going to burst at any moment. His chest was trying, and failing, to heave enough air into his lungs to successfully oxygenate the rest of his body. "Thisistorture"Misogynist2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Oh, do be quiet, Alek, and stop your whining. We women go through this nearly every day to satisfy the male perspective of a perfect feminine figure." Dr. Barlow said perspicaciously as she tightened the laces of Alek's corset.
"Misogynist!" yelped the Loris on her shoulder in agreement.
"Iamnotamisogynist!" Alek huffed out in outrage. "I'mperfectlyalrightwhenDeryn"
"Ah, yes. Miss Sharp. You are perfectly all right when Miss Sharp dresses up as a man because you think that everyone should try to be as strong and sturdy as a man. Anyone who wears a dress is considered to be weak. In fact, you men, think that all women should be obsessed with you lot. You all think t
I Can't Breathe Because Every Breath is For YouDeryn walked Tazza along the long halls of the Leviathan, slowly breathing in and out. She had no clue how much more lying she could take. She was going to have to tell him her secret soon, or else she would burst. Every time she had to sit in a room with him it was as if she were constantly getting punched in the stomach. She would mentally beg him to look at her, just one measly stolen glance, if only to make her heart sink. Barking self-mutilation, really!I Can't Breathe Because Every Breath is For You2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Then there were the times that she would catch herself staring at him, almost possessively. It was a wonder that Alek was so oblivious to everything. The sky could be falling and he would still be focused on his damned engine.
"Why can't he just notice me?" Deryn muttered under her breath. "Why can't he just notice that I like him?" She looked around to see if anyone had heard her talking to herself, but there was no one in the deserted corridor. Laughing to herself, she thought of Alek's face if he caught her talking about him to
GhostsAlek looked Deryn in the eyes. Her glare was empty and bored, as if no thoughts ran through her sharp mind. Their day had been slow and uneventful, and the food in their small flat was running low since neither of them really had the initiative to go to the store. The grey overcast sky that had shadowed the streets made the day seem like night, and brought out the laziness in the both of them. They had stared at each other for practically the whole day.Ghosts2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"That's it." Alek said, slamming his hands down on the table, causing it to shake the floor beneath it. "We are going to do something."
"Have you seen the weather outside?" Deryn asked, pointing to the gigantic, endless mass of grey that had set itself over London. "It's going to rain any second."
"You've been saying that all day." He pointed out. "Just wait there. I'll grab our things." Deryn laid her head on the table, letting the fabricated wood dig into her skin, the splinters settling into the wider pores of her otherwise smooth sk
I wish I could tell you...I wish I could tell youI wish I could tell you...2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'm not the person you think-
I am a girl. I'm-
Sorry, I mislead you. But I'm not brave like you,-
I should have told you earlier. I should know I shouldn't have-
Lied to you when we first met because I'm a coward. I did what I was told-
To join the Air Service, but it was the only way. Oh, and by the way I love-
You don't and that's what-
I know it's a bit of a shock, but it's true. I' m a girl and I-
Love most of all about-
hypothetical"Papa," Sophie says, flopping upside-down over the back of his armchair, "if you were king for a day, what would you do?"hypothetical2 years ago in Humor More Like This
Alek closes his book. Thinks a moment.
"I'd marry your mother," he says.
Sophie rolls her eyes. Sighs heavily. "You already did that."
"Hmm. She couldn't be my queen? Or you my princess?"
"No," she says, impatient. "It's pretend!"
"Then I'm afraid I'd have to throw my crown into the sea and come home."
Sophie slides off the chair with another sigh, this one disgusted. "You're terrible at this, Papa."
Alek picks up his book again, and smiles.
Drunken Deryn: The FicDrunken DerynDrunken Deryn: The Fic2 years ago in Romance More Like This
To say that Alek was happy would be an understatement.
He had every reason to be, of course. The Great War had officially ended two days ago, and he's survived when so many others had not.
Admittedly, yes, it may have had to do with the fact that a month ago he'd left actual military service and joined Dr. Barlow's little Zoological Society. But still, the fact remained; hundreds of thousands of people had perished in those three horrible months of fighting, and Alek was still breathing.
And now he was celebrating that fact. Though not openly.
Currently, he was at a party, in a pub, one of many that was currently turning London upside down as soldiers and sailors and airmen all took let loose.
He was not alone; around him, the men who put their lives on the line for Darwinism chatted and drank and danced and sang, any and all differences between them forgotten. British, American, French, Spanish, Russian...all treated each other as brothers.
Of course, it wasn't all men.