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
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 13Everything Under the Stars 135 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 13: Unsure
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((!!!Your full attention is requested: Because deviantART has a size limit, I had to break this chapter into two parts. I decided to make this 'part' into Chapter 13.))
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 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 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
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 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 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
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
Tales of Adventure from Keagan's Alehouse Part 1Tales of Adventure from Keagan's Alehouse Part 11 month ago in Short Stories More Like This
The blizzard howled around her, driving snow and sleet into her eyes, teeth chattering as uncontrollable shivering rocked her again. Falling, she couldn’t remember how many times already, she lay on the frozen ground. Just enough strength remained to turn her face away from the wind. She was cold, so terribly cold, and wanted to sleep. Sweet sleep, she’d be warm again and this nightmare would end. Above the howl of the wind, she heard a voice, “Get up, you’ll freeze to death!”
“Sssleep,” she hissed trying to stop whatever was shaking her shoulder.
“Get up!” as something stung her backside.
“No, sssleep,” too tired to move.
“GET YOUR ASS UP!” and the stinging increased.
He knew Awamset was less than a league away when the mountain blizzard enveloped him. A nuisance but no matter, he was dressed for the weather and knew the way. A short while later he saw a body lyi
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
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
Tearful RealizationTearful Realization3 years ago in Romance More Like This
You don't understand Iroh. My world crumbled. Everyone I loved or held dear became enraged with me or disgusted by what I had done. And I can't blame them. Even afterward I continued to hide behind my pregnancy in order to save myself. The guilt and shame is something I live with every day. Along with the images of their faces as they found out what really happened.
And than you swooped in. The little boy who's garden I snuck into when I was small was now grown into handsome and honorable man. Out of all the people in this world the one who actually knew my birth name appears! Who knows all the secrets I keep. And my little tells when I'm trying to hide them. The only man who actually treated me like a friend and a person. The man that taught it was all right to stand for something when I thought it was needed. Someone who was very precious to me and that I thought I would never see again. The first person I cried for. Crashed back into my life and rescued me.
You took me in
Medieval MisconceptionsHeavy, cumbersome swordsMedieval Misconceptions9 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
- The issue of weight seems to be one of the most commonly mistaken aspects of medieval combat. Smiths all made swords slightly differently and each fighter had his own preferences. It is impossible to generalize when it comes to the technology of an entire continent from c/ 500-1500 AD, and both very heavy and very light swords existed. In terms of what was typical, though,, here’s a rough guide to averaged:
Single-handed sword (aka sword) - 2.5 pounds
Hand-and-a-half (aka bastard sword) 2.5-3 lbs
Two-hander (aka longsword) - 3 to 3.5 pounds.
The absolute largest swords still rarely hit the 5-pound mark. These were designed to serve very specific tactical functions on the battlefield and were not intended for general-use purposes. Experience showed smiths and warriors that this was the ideal weight range for their weapon. It’s essentially natural selection at work: people whose swords were too light or too heavy went off to battle and
Beating the summer's heatBeating the summer's heatBeating the summer's heat3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
By The Shadow Demon
(Women into mermaid)
"God I hate this weather!" Heather moans whipping away the sweat from her brow as the air conditioner in the apartment was broken causing her and her room mate and best friend Samantha to feel the heat.
"Hate the landlord for not fixing the air conditioner!" Samantha said using her hand as a fan to cool herself down as she sits next to her friend.
"When did he say he'll get around to it again?" Heather asks.
"About two weeks ago!" Samantha moans.
"God, there's got to be something to beat this heat!" Heather explains standing up whipping off the sweat off her face.
"We got no air con, we're roaming around with just a bra and undies and unless you want to attempt to jump into the fridge's freezer we got nothing else!" Samantha explains.
"Well I wish we could just beat this heat!" Heather growls.
"Yeah well if wishers were horses " Samantha began to say before a knock on their door cause the two to turn it.
"Just a mi
BasilBasil4 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
hanasaki ni todoku bajiru no hashigo kana
poking at my nosetip,
the basil ladder.
Silence's CallSilence's Call5 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Aurana grinned as she kept chasing Sol, the dusk turning to evening as she taunted the young Hamurian. Soon he noticed they were approaching the mountain and almost paused mid-flight but the dragoness' determined sweeps past him drove him to a tunnel entrance about two-thirds of the way up the mountainside. Again he was about to protest but it seemed she wasn't quite done yet nipping his rump again and again as he raced down the tunnel coming out into an open space inside it. He sighed heavily and glared at her as she slowed to a stop, a triumphant smug look on her face but he remained unimpressed. While he didn't mind her mischievous behaviour at times, he was genuinely displeased that she'd still chosen to come here and with good reason it seemed. The mountain she'd chosen was an active volcano and although it wasn't erupting at the moment there was still a lake of magma at least a few kilometers below them. He doubted there would be any danger of it rising up towards the broad ledge
Tempesta Caelestis: PrologueThe first thing that hit you was its stench.Tempesta Caelestis: Prologue5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It stank heavily and relentlessly of cleanliness. It had a smell so clean that it stopped not being dirty and came out the other side. It had the smell of dirt particles getting massacred by the invading forces of clean, taking no prisoners. It was like acid, burning the throat and nose, making the eyes water and the skin raw and red, while its artificially lemon-like fumes curled around you.
Or at least it would, if the person holding its tube had such skin to speak of, or eyes to speak of, or a throat, to speak of. A strange, four-digited hand held the tiny glass tube. The hand was ragged, scraped and, by the looks of things had had its dirt massacred by the foul substance recently. Another hand was stirring it with a silver rod, which it was slowly dissolving. This other hand looked if anything worse than the first a large, cumbersome gauntlet riddled with scrapes and burns and what looked suspiciously like bite marks on
To all the photography lovers out there.Have a look at this short selection of Leonard Freed's New York City Police work (1972-1979).To all the photography lovers out there.2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
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TF-Moon Shadows Ch1-NothingTF-Moon Shadows Ch1-Nothing4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
DISCLAIMER: I do not own Transformers, or any of the song/movie quotes used in this story. However, the idea for this story does, indeed, belong to me.
HERE'S YOUR TRADITIONAL, FRIENDLY NEIGHBOORHOOD REMINDER THIS IS NOT A SLASH FIC.
NOTE: DO NOT READ THIS FIC UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN DARK OF THE MOON!!! MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUND!
Moon Shadows 1/7
Rating: T (Just to be safe)
Characters: Sam, Sentinel, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Mirage, Sideswipe
Takes Place: During Dark of the Moon
Spoiler Warnings: Reading the novels/comics/seeing the movies helps.
Other Warnings: ANGST, and Character Death.
Teaser: There was nothing he could do. Nothing at all, and he hated himself for it.
F-59A Sabre II SpecificationsF-59A Sabre II Specifications3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
F-59A Sabre II
The F-59A Sabre II is an advanced 5.5 generation medium weight stealth fighter designed for air superiority. It is powered by a single PDT-60 variable cycle engine that produces 40,000-60,000 lbf (18,143.69-27,215.54 kgf) of thrust via a 2 dimensional thrust vectoring nozzle. This advanced engine can propel Sabre II to a maximum speed of Mach 2.4 at 30,000 ft (9,144 m) while providing efficient cruise performance. Agility is on par with the F-22A Raptor due to the 2D nozzle and very large control surfaces and wing area.
Dimensions & Capacities:
63 ft (19.2 m)
47 ft (14.32 m)
12 ft (3.66 m)
2, Pilot, WSO (2 seat models)
22,000 lbs (9,979 kg) empty
55,000 lbs (24,947.6 kg) MTOW
45,000 lbs (20,411.6 kg) TCW
Internal Fuel Capacity:
18,000 lbs (18.143.7 kg)
2,666 gallons (10,092 L)
Mach 2.4 (1,416 kts, 1,629 mph, 2,623 km