Everything Under the Stars 15Chapter 15: TensionEverything Under the Stars 154 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Heather wrapped a towel around herself before she pressed a button to shut off an opaque force field; it hummed softly as it dispersed and she stepped carefully out of Neelix's shower.
As she began to dry herself off, she noticed her reflection in a large mirror that was placed on the wall. She stared at herself for awhile in thought... and let out a deep sigh...
There was so much on her mind that left her feeling pressured and confused as to what to do. She missed home. Things use to be so simple... Now everything was a confused mess of emotions. She wondered what her parents were doing... what they thought. If they had been able to move on... That thought hurt. She didn't want to feel as though she had been forgotten.. but she knew her family loved her so she felt that she had no reason to think such things, but she also didn't want to think of how much pain they were in, either. Not knowing what had happened to their daughter...
Everything Under the Stars 16Chapter 16: Awkward MomentsEverything Under the Stars 164 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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"I'm not staying long..." Veeno said in a bothered tone as he followed Neelix and Heather into Neelix's private hanger. "Wish I had known before coming along with you that these were your plans for today.."
"Well that's what happens when you come around unannounced all the time and just assume I'm free." Neelix replied with an eye roll as he led Heather closer to the ship. Veeno just slipped his hands into his pockets and sighed as he kept at a slow, bored pace behind them.
Neelix was still highly stressed from the events earlier that day and was not in the mood for Veeno's usual carefree and smart ass attitude. Despite that, he was very anxious to get started with Heather; excitement rushed through him at the thought of her helping while he worked on his ship. He felt it was the only saving grace to turn this day around into a better one.
"I'm really excited to help." Heather said as she smiled up at him and he happi
Everything Under the Stars 13Everything Under the Stars 135 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 13: Unsure
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Continuation of Chapter Twelve
Later that evening, Neelix and Heather had finally settled down for the night.
Several minutes of silence had passed as Heather stared across at Neelix as they both laid together in bed. The way Heather was staring at him reminded Neelix of that moment when she had explored his face, touching him... examining him. It was like her eyes were studying his features, taking in his appearance.
He caught himself doing the same. It was hard not to when someone was gazing at you for so long without a word...
He noticed movement out of the corner of his eye as she slowly extending her arm out. He moved only his eyes down to watch as she brought her hand over to his. He didn't move; curious to see what she was doing
Everything Under the Stars 14Chapter 14: No More DoubtsEverything Under the Stars 145 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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The following morning, Neelix wasted no time getting back to the workshop.
His haste helped him to keep his mind off of what had happened the night before.. which only brought up more questions than answers. Unsettling feelings that left him feeling confused. After what had happened, he assumed he was not alone in his feelings anymore, and had a strong intuition that something, anything, was there inside Heather, as well. A tiny spark of hope. The thought warmed him inside...
But, like Heather, he needed to be sure... which, unfortunately, only time would allow. When Heather was ready.. if she really was feeling something for him, she needed time to slowly open up to him. At least, he hoped...
As Neelix and Heather entered the workshop, they were both startled by a loud commotion. They turned their attention in the direction of the chaos and Heather was both stunned and intrigued by what she saw: All the
Everything Under the Stars 12Chapter 12: The SurpriseEverything Under the Stars 125 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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She could hear his soft voice in her dreams...
And it slowly pulled her from them...
Heather roused and opened her eyes to a blurred silhouette above her.. Until her eyes adjusted and his face slowly came into focus.
"Neelix...?" She said his name curiously as she stretched out her arms lazily and yawned deeply. He smiled at her and leaned in to gently kiss her forehead. He lowered his head down and nuzzled along the side of her face before he pulled up, away from her. "Heather..." He whispered to her again, "I have a surprise for you today."
She cocked her head slightly in response, still groggy from just waking... but she was curious for him to tell her.
"What is it...?" She asked but he just smiled down at her. "It wouldn't be much of a surprise if I told you now.." He replied and she squinted her eyes and smile
The Human Touch“A heated rock in every home!”The Human Touch3 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The crowd gave a few uncertain claps.
“Free locusts for every school!”
Confused muttering. An aide took this opportunity to step up and whisper something in the Prime Minister’s ear.
The Prime Minister gave a quick nod in response. “Something something hardworking families!”
Doug squinted at the TV. “I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something odd about this guy...”
“Seriously?” Eugene put down his copy of UFO Afficionado. “You’ve only just noticed? He’s a reptilian alien in a latex human suit. Everyone knows that.”
“Well,” Eugene shrugged. “Everyone on the intern
Seventh Ring: Part 1 - SoldSeventh Ring: Part 1 - Sold4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 1: Sold
New Earth, 418 A.C. (After Contact)
"We'll start the bidding off at 100 credits!"
Ari shifted uncomfortably in her seat as the auction began. The fan she'd crafted out of the event's flier was starting to crumple between her fingers and become less and less useful the faster she moved her arm. The heat of the sun above them was unbearable, despite how early in the afternoon the auction was scheduled. It didn't help that the tight leather corset that hugged her middle was making it harder for her to breathe and shed the heat her body was emitting. A long, cream-colored dress kept her legs hot while a wide, flowery bonnet helped shield her pale face. She unlocked her ankles and shifted her weight in the hard wooden chair near the auction's stage.
"Stop fidgeting, will you?" hissed the man beside her.
She obeyed and recrossed her legs without meeting his gaze. She didn't move again until the auctioneer shouted "sold!"
The object that was
World War 2: Britain Stands AloneWorld War 2: Britain Stands Alone4 years ago in Settings More Like This
Preparing the Defenses
On June 22, 1940 Britain was now only the country standing against the Germans after the surrender of France. Still British Prime Minister Winston Churchill would not consider defeat and raised the unity of his country in a speech over the radio where he stated that the British people would defend their island no matter the cost. Britain still had all the resources of its enormous empire. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Egypt, and a series of other nations from Britain's colonies and commonwealth all declared war on Germany, but they were thousands of miles away across the oceans and their military power would be difficult to bring to support the mother country. Adolf Hitler, the German dictator, believed that Britain would quickly accept any peace terms.
Hitler entered the the German parliament (the Reichstag) and made a peace treaty to give to Britain. His offer was for Britain to keep its entire empire and virtually walk free so he could h
Everything Under the Stars Ch1Everything Under the Stars Ch15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Chapter One: Abduction
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A small alien spacecraft slipped undetected past a stationary marker buoy. This buoy is one of trillions that make up a grid that marks the border between known and unknown space. The two creatures within this craft belong to a society of many alien races known as the Concord. Every individual is forbidden from passing this border by law of this Concord. However, these two aliens will risk it for their goal is to explore uncharted worlds, beyond the borders to scavenge anything they can find to take back and sell in the black market. Technology, resources, even alien animals and people unknown to them.
Since the entire mission is illegal, they could face severe criminal charges if caught, but they must. It's within their nature. They're a pirating people. Their very race's survival depends upon their scavenging and profit skills. They're a sim
Everything Under the Stars Ch5Chapter Five: Auction AftermathEverything Under the Stars Ch55 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Near the doors, on the far end of the auction room, the other winners were finishing up exchanging information with Veeno's boss. He was grinning stupidly the whole time.
Neelix waited impatiently for the last of the auction attendees to leave, nervously fiddling with the rod in his hands... until Veeno took it from him. Veeno slipped the device into his pocket and grabbed Neelix by the hand. He pulled his friend over to the girl's crate, which had been lowered onto the trap door in the center of the room. The rest of the slaves that had been auctioned off would stay in the basement, beneath until they were shipped off to the winners later that day.
"Hold on just a moment, Neelix," Veeno said as he got down on his knees in front of the cage, "Unfortunately, there are a couple things I have to do before you can take her home... regulations." He sighed and Neelix nodded. Veeno then leaned forward and removed the force field
Nazi CultureThe term 'Nazi' is a shortened version of the Hitler-led NSDAP's (National Socialist German Workers' Party) name and as such, National Socialism (or Nazism) is more often than not associated with Germans and the German culture, which is an understandable mistake, but mistake nonetheless.Nazi Culture4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
While undeniably Nazism marked the 20th century through the bloodbath that was its reign, both within Germany and in the entirety of World War II, using the German Nation as its vessel to reap havoc and mayhem upon the world, it is not a 20th century phenomenon, and its culture has had centuries of grooming to reach to the (albeit grotesque) pinnacle it did in the 1930s-1940s.
So in order to truly understand the nazi culture, we have to see it not as part of the German culture but as it really is: a pseudo culture that is a composite of patterns and principles as ancient as the earliest civilizations, all gathered up together to form a concentrated doctrine that is adaptable through the distortion and
Everything Under the Stars Ch3Everything Under the Stars Ch35 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Three: For the first time
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A couple hours later...
For several minutes she had laid there in silence. She tried to open her eyes but they felt sticky, heavy, and her vision was blurred. Every muscle in her body ached and she felt like she'd be sick.
What had happened to her? Her mind raced.
The last thing she remembered were bright lights.. she couldn't even remember what had caused them... and then, there was nothing.
She tried to open her eyes again. She could barely see and everything was so blurry and bright. Her head was throbbing. She sluggishly sat up, her arm shaking as it tried to support her weight. She rubbed her forehead and blinked hard, hoping to clear her vision. The fuzziness was slowly fading and she could make out crude shapes of her surroundings.
Where the hell was she? She thought to herself. The room she was in was enclosed on all sides, however the wall directly across from her was different. It w
Everything Under the Stars Ch6Chapter Six: A New HomeEverything Under the Stars Ch65 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Neelix turned on the lights as he entered his quarters. As usual, the place was a mess. Thick wires were sprawled about along with crates and tools. It was obvious he was a mechanic.. and a bachelor. Both for a very long time. The girl was limp in his arms as he carried her inside, carefully moving between the crates and over the wires, to his bed.. or really, a large mattress like padding that laid on the floor in a far corner of the room. He knelt down with her beside the mattress, delicately pulling the fabric from around her body and quickly shoved it aside. He then carefully laid her down onto his bed.
She groggily opened her eyes, looking up at him. He smiled at her and ran a hand along her face, "It's ok.." he whispered, but she just weakly stared at him. He lowered his gaze down to the end of the bed and grabbed at his wrinkled and disarrayed sheets, pulling them up and over her as she continued to watch him through tired
Everything Under the Stars Ch2Everything Under the Stars Ch25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Two: Arrival to the space station
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Several months later...
Hundreds of light years away, an alien, by the name of Neelix, was occupied with welding the joint of a large pipe replacement. It was late in the afternoon and his co-workers were finishing up around him.
Goggles over his eyes and sparks spraying about, a hand touched his shoulder. He flinched and looked to his side. Veeno smiled at him. "Man, come on. Here you are, still working on shit and everyone else is..." Veeno watched as the last person walked out. "... Gone." He sighed. "It's only you here now, as usual. For once, lets go have some fun... Pleeeease?" Neelix sighed and smirked at his friend. "Fine." He cleaned himself and his work station up and a few moments later, they left the shop together.
They walked down a long hall towards an elevator and took it down to the lower districts of the station. Down here, people relaxed; had fun. Drinking, gambling, dancing, and sexual service
Everything Under the Stars 10Chapter Ten: The MeetingEverything Under the Stars 105 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Neelix roused to a soft repetitive beeping. It was the following day and he was happy that after Heather had rested the previous afternoon, that he was able to prepare her an evening meal which she not only enjoyed, but was able to keep down.
It wasn't that Heather wasn't able to consume any alien foods, she already had, so this was obviously not the case. It's just that some of them are a risk to anyone if that individual hadn't built up an immunity to the alien bacteria that can sometimes still be present in certain foods.
Neelix sat up, seeing Heather beside him. She rolled from her side to her stomach, seemingly annoyed, and shoved her face against the pillow. It was obvious she was still tired and didn't appreciate the annoying sound. He smiled and stood, moving to the back of his quarters towards his console. He knew exactly what the sound represented; a message. He pressed a button to play it, expecting it to be Ve
Everything Under the Stars Ch4Chapter Four: The AuctionEverything Under the Stars Ch45 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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"How did it go...?" Veeno asked, nervously. He had been waiting for the last couple hours in anticipation to hear from Neelix. "Were you able to find a buyer?"
Neelix nodded and tried to smile. It wasn't exactly easy turning over something so important to him. He didn't regret his choice, though, but that didn't alter the unsettling feeling lurking in his stomach. He tried to focus on why he had made this choice, thinking it would bring him comfort, but at that moment, it didn't. She wasn't his yet. His chances of having her were not guaranteed. It only made the knot in his stomach tighten.
"Because I haven't finished it, it will stay in my private hanger for now. I was lucky the buyer was willing to pay in advance. I guess he was worried I'd just take my business elsewhere... which I would have. He knew I was desperate, but... I think I have enough, If I'm lucky..." Neelix replied and Veeno nodded, "I wouldn't be too worried a
Everything Under the Stars Ch8Chapter Eight: CuriosityEverything Under the Stars Ch85 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Heather sat at the kitchen table once again while Neelix was busy preparing a tray full of several different types of food items for her. Because Neelix didn't want to waste too much, he decided to prepare small sample portions and only a few at a time. He also included some of his own favorites so that if she didn't like it, he'd be more than happy to finish it for her.
She watched him curiously as he set the tray down in front of her and looked down at it with a slight disappointed look on her face; nothing on the tray even looked remotely familiar to her. She looked to him as he sat down beside her, seeing her expression and slanted his mouth in response. There was nothing more he could do and he was trying his best...
Neelix moved his arm around her and gave her a soft hug to encourage her to try and she slowly reached up to the tray and picked out an item that
Everything Under the Stars Ch9Chapter Nine: AcceptanceEverything Under the Stars Ch95 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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As Neelix slowly woke and parted his eyes, a wave of panic shot through him as the bed beside him was empty. He sat up quickly, eyes darting across the room, but she was no where in sight.
"Heather...?" He called out to her as he stood and rounded the wall to look in the back of his quarters... and breathed deep with relief. Heather looked at him with dismal eyes before turning her head back to continue staring out into space...
Neelix lowered his head, hesitant to approach her but at the same time, a strong urge forced him forward. He slowly walked to her and gently slipped his arms around her from behind, hugging her softly, but she didn't even acknowledge him or stir at his touch. He felt broken from her.. and it hurt. He had tried so hard to preserve their fragile bond... only to have it all come crashing down once the truth came out? He didn't even really know what was hurting her more: Never being able to go home, or being
Everything Under the Stars 11Chapter 11: ConfusionEverything Under the Stars 115 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Heather sat quietly on Neelix's bed as another random object went zipping across the room. She sighed out her nose as she made a face.
"I can't believe what I've gotten myself into... this is insane! He's going to ask me to do something crazy.. I just know it! What else could possibly be worth it to him if it wasn't something insane, huh?! What was I thinking to take your advice!"
Veeno didn't answer. He was leaning against the door frame of the main entrance to Neelix's quarters with his arms crossed. He continued to watch as Neelix tore apart his quarters in frustration and looked over at Heather. They both shrugged at one another as they turned their attention back to yet another item being tossed across the room.
"It's not all that bad..." Veeno finally said, "I mean, you are getting his protection after all."
"Yeah and at what price, huh?! Not all that bad..." Neelix repeated Veeno's sentence, mocking him
Are Gryphons in The Bible?That question is very much founded upon the question: were Gryphons real? If they were, then yes, they're in The Holy Bible. If not, then no. Proving whether Gryphons were real or not is something many have tried to do, the same as with dragons, unicorns and any supposed mythological creature. As such, I will leave this question to be answered by the one I am posing: are Gryphons in The Sacred Scriptures?Are Gryphons in The Bible?6 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
More specifically, are gryphons mentioned personally in The Bible? As I said before, if gryphons were real, then they are mentioned in Scripture. Every creature that ever existed was created in the first chapter of Genesis. Therefore gryphons would be included here, if nowhere else in The Bible. But this does little to help answer the question, as The Creation Account gives very few specific kinds of animals.
Everything is summed up into categories (Genesis 1:20-30): moving creatures that have life in the waters, dragons (great whales), fish of the sea, winged
Everything Under the Stars Ch7Chapter Seven: The MarketplaceEverything Under the Stars Ch75 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Heather lay awake beside Neelix, staring up at the cracks along the ceiling of his quarters. She had been awake for the past hour while he slept beside her, unable to fall back asleep. She was still hungry but at least it wasn't so bad that she felt like her own stomach was eating itself.
She kept wondering why she wouldn't wake up. Why this dream wouldn't end. It was all too strange to be real so it had to be fake, right?
She turned her head to look at the strange creature called Neelix, watching his body moving up and down slowly with each breath. Even though she was afraid, he had been her only ray of hope through all of this and he was trying... even when she was frightened or a pain in the ass, he didn't give up on her. She tried to smile a little to herself as she watched him sleep but her smile faded as she wondered where exactly he came from or, really, where she had ended up. She hadn't seen any other human
Eden : FireEden : Fire4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
89 : Fire
Fingers wrapped with well worn leather grasp onto a chunk of flame red hair, yanking back desperately in a feeble attempt to stop the momentum that's rapidly carrying his companion within reach of sharp metal-like claws aimed for the tenderness of an exposed throat.
Too late the Trader realizes his folly when a second set of claws streamlines back, a shriek of pain torn from his lips as hot crimson liquid boils to the surface when the Hunter rakes down -his skin and tissue shredded as if his wrist were made of simple parchment, forcing the man to release his grip in an instant. Without pause his would-be captive spins again, red rimmed silver eyes reflecting little beyond acute rage and determination as he lunges for the Trader's companion once more, felling him so quickly that he's given no time to even scream as he crumples onto the rough ground below.
Surrounded by four others in the campaign, another Hunter lies already subdued the same creature t
InterceptorInterceptor3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
When they came in, they always came in fast. They skid low across the atmosphere like silvery stones, flushed with coldness and dawn. It seems like they had been coming for a few years now, and perhaps observing for some time before that. We knew what they had been doing for awhile, but due to the scale of the previous conflict their depredations went unnoticed. Unnoticed at least by nations and armies. The inhabitants of a remote farm would go missing. Bandits, of course. A fishing vessel might disappear, just before dawn on a clear calm night. Drift mine, most likely. However, the disappearance of all the human inhabitants from certain remote island chains seemed harder to explain.
As things were rebuilt, one missing person became ten, then a hundred, then a thousand. A sort of harvest was suspected. It took radar and collective will to finally see them clearly. Silent, swift, and hungry. We almost never saw them at all. We never found any trace of their victims. They came o