LoT: MeanwhileLoT: Meanwhile5 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
The old man's nephew looked out the giant observation window into the city. His workers and helpers spewed statistics at him every so often about the amount of steam being released and the last earthquake location. They barely even stopped talking anymore.
He sighed, which only deepened when his uncle burst in and ran to look out through the window at the city. The nephew watched him, disinterested, then said "Uncle, really, you have your own observation deck, what are you-"
"Shhhh. Hear that?" The old man waved his nephew impatiently into silence, and went back to his staring, pressing his large nose to the window to see better.
The nephew looked out at the city, then back at the old man. "Hear what?" Agitated, the old man looks at him for a moment before seeming to make up his mind and rushing over to him, dragging him to his eye level by the collar.
"Listen," he hissed. He looked back out the window, and the nephew unenthusiastically follows his gaze.
"I still don't hear anyt
Humpty Dumpty (The Conspiracy)Humpty Dumpty (The Conspiracy)6 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again"
at least that's been the prevailing theory...
The name's Dumpty. As in Sam Dumpty. Formerly know as little brother to the now dearly departed (God rest his yolk) Humpty.
This is my story. It was a conspiracy. Plain and simple. See, my brother married a gal named Sally, heretofore known as Sally Dumpty. She was a classy dame, with eyes that could burn right through ya and curves in all the right places, if ya know what I mean. Never could understand what she saw in my brother. Except that he had money, and lots of it. Everyone knew that the king had eyes for Sally. The way I see it, the king and Sally set the whole thing up. The king told Humpty he'd make him a knight. All he had to do was sit on a wall. Now everyone knows that the top of a wall is no
FVN: Ghost in the WindFVN: Ghost in the Wind3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 1: A whole lot of Firsts!
"To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go" -Mary Oliver
It was a red, cloudy day at the Sierra Madre. The sky was, as usual, a thick red. The Villa looked dead, like a old knotted tree. But within its walls, buildings, life . . . or maybe not life, but something, moved through it like blood in the veins. Ghost People shuffled through the streets, out of sight, silent, and for the most part, single minded. They didn't think, didn't feel, didn't have individual ideas. Just hunt, capture, turn. Hunt, capture, turn. Hunt, capture, turn. Hunt, capture, turn.
Seeker was no different. Seeker hunted, captured, and brought the captured into the depths of the Villa. Seeker had never known another life, no Ghost had. Seeker was just anothe
Three Blind MiceThree Blind Mice2 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
three blind mice
three blind mice
see how they run
see how they run
they all ran after the farmer's wife
she cut off their tails with a carving knife
did you ever see such a sight in your life
as three blind mice
three blind mice
Dumpty here. As in Sam Dumpty. Another tale to be told, another mystery to be solved. And I'm just the guy to do it! After carefully considering all of the relevant facts, taking into account, of course, any mitigating circumstances, then factoring in miscellaneous possibilities, I have put together the pieces of this unusual and extraordinary puzzle and have come up with a working theory as to what actually occurred and why (deep breath).
I started my premise with a multiple query. Three things I considered: (a) How did the mice become blind? (b) Why did they turn on the farmer's wife and (c) Were the aforementioned facts somehow related?
I interrogated the farmer's wife first under the hottest light I could find and with
All the little toads...All the little toads...8 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 2 All the little toads...
Winky’s story began with both tragedy and blessing. Orphaned soon after the great change (his parents were swept away in a flood, at least that’s what he was later told), Winky was adopted by loving parents along with a number of other orphans. Altogether there were ten: Momma and Papa toad, Winky, Elmer, Sam, Joe, Matilda, Grump, Hump, and Ralph (Rafe). They lived near a simple pond, not unlike most others. Momma and Papa toad were always kind and loving, though they too had experienced tragedy when a sudden drought dried up the little pond where Momma had laid her eggs. They resolved then and there that if they ever had the privilege o
Life Goes OnLife Goes On8 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 3 Life Goes On
Forty-five days had passed since Bufonida had been struck by a terrible twister! Much of Bufonida had now been restored, or was in the process of being restored, to its former beauty. A memorial had been set up in the center of town for the twenty-one that had perished. All of the rest of the missing had been found and were back with their families. The king and queen had even visited Bufonida, promising to send workers and funds to aid with the rebuilding work.
Joe and Hump had agreed to stay and help with the restoration efforts. But now it was time to say goodbye. As they hopped once more to the farm that had once been home, all gathered around in support as Moe croaked:
“It’s with mixed feelings that we say goodbye,
not sure whether to laugh or whether to cry.
We all wish you well on your quest for fame,
just remember dear friends, from whence you came.”
The Day BeforeThe Day Before9 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 2 The Day Before
It was a sunny, cool spring morning as Joe and Hump entered Bufonida. It had been some time since they had left this town to help Winky on his quest to secure the throne at Anura.. They had left this place on excellent terms though, and were confidant that they would be well-received. Sure enough, the first toad that they ran into stuttered:
“Why, it’s… it’s Hump and… and Joe!
Have you come back home to stay?
Where… uh… where did you two go?
Nevermind! You guys okay?”
Joe and Hump then hopped alongside their former friend on the path that led to the old farm where they once had stayed, while they explained in some detail all that had taken place during their time in Anura. When they arrived at their destination, they could see that their old homestead was just as they had left it, for sure enough, there was a grandiose party in progress! But as the hopped into
Rise of Champions: IntroductionRise of Champions: Introduction7 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Since the end of WWII and even before with Thomas Alva Edison's invention of the light-bulb, electricity and computers have made the modern way of life possible. In the late 1880s the first of the great modern video game companies is founded. The company that we all know today as Nintendo started as a card game store on a city-side street in Japan. Jump-start 90 years and Nintendo is delving into Arcade Games and other entertainment devices. By the late 1970s the first Arcade Machines hit the market. It is the beginning of an era as games such as: Space Invaders, Pong, and Asteroids reach the masses.
In the last quarter of 1980 J
Birth - Chapter 15: ArceeBirth - Chapter 15: Arcee2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Optimus stretched one of his muscle cables briefly as he headed into the command centre. Today seemed like it was going to be one of those days where his Prime duty would have him away all day. Earlier this morning, Hot Rod had been waiting for him outside his quarters to give him a good morning greeting, and then a quick embrace, before heading off to do his training for the day. Optimus was a little surprised by the way how quickly Hot Rod was warming up to him being his adopted father since he had first offered it to him, but Optimus suspected that Hot Rod was doing his best to let go of his pain and move on.
Even as Optimus walked into the command centre, he never realised that his smile was still on his faceplates until Bluestreak looked up from his duty and raised an optic ridge. "You ok, Sir?" he asked. "You look like you're in a daydream."
Optimus chuckled, "It's nothing, Bluestreak. I just got a surprise when I left my quarters."
"Hot Rod warming up to you already, Sir?" Track
X The Lost Viking X Chap. 1x Hiccup xX The Lost Viking X Chap. 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hiccup woke to the sunlight streaming through his window. He blinked sleepily at the blurry figure above his head. It took him a second to realize it was Toothless staring down at him with curious eyes. He wondered how long the dragon had been there staring at him. He shrugged the thought aside. He sat up thinking it strange that he had woken up later than normal. It was probably because he spent most of the night in the cove with Astrid.
He blushed thinking about how they had laid together in the grass holding hand and watching the stars. They had talked about the most random things half the night, but it had been great none the less.
It had been about 6 months since they started dating. Astrid was actually the one who had to ask Hiccup out in the end. Every time he went to ask her he had clammed up and get really nervous, so she had saved him the trouble. They both enjoyed going on little outings together. Usually it was to the cove where Hiccup had meet Toothle
Adventures in Equestria Part 4Butterscotch's Adventures in Equestria Part 4 starring Butterscotch Sundae, Princess Luna and about a dozen other magical little poniesAdventures in Equestria Part 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Luna stepped onto the podium and cast her huge cheerful green eyes across the assembled guests.
"Thank you all so much for coming!" she began. "I know the party's only just started, but I thought I'd like to get all the formalities out of the way first, if I may." She turned to the old silver-maned butler standing beside her and looked at him with mock exasperation. "Apparently it's compulsory that every royal engagement have a formal component to it!"
The butler nodded once, his serene expression unchanged.
Luna turned back and continued. "I'm so sorry that it's taken me so long to formally thank the Elements of Harmony for their courageous efforts on my behalf. You all risked your lives to undo the great evil that my jealousy and selfishness had wrought and prevented a titanic disaster from befalling our beloved Equestria. So let
This Art Is ShitIf I knew then what I knew now, maybe I might have appreciated my work a little more.This Art Is Shit3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I always used to compare myself to the other artists that I would see, artists much older than me, with the training and the experience I didn't have. It didn't seem to matter to me where they came from, just that they where good and I was not. If I had understood at the time that someday, with perseverance, study and practice that I too might be ask good as them, maybe I might have worked a little harder, studied a little more and not been so down on myself.
Now I look back on a lot of the artists who were my idols, megabytes worth of their art saved to my ancient drive in the basement for reference and inspiration. I realize, they really weren't that good. Some of them were actually quite bad. At any given time, if your art sucks to you or even thousands of other people, it is amazing to someone and you are inspiring someone else by sharing it with them.
If it seems like you are not improving at all
Transformers: Lunar Episode 1Transformers: Lunar Episode 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Humanity, a species much like our own, able to have many shapes and forms. In my experience with the humans I have learned much, their capacity for compassion and love, as well as their greed and violence. But like all things, there is much more to the single human, then meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime, and this, is the story of Luna.
Jasper, NV. Midnight.
Luna walks up to her house late at night, hoping to not find her parents waiting for her when she gets indoors. She takes a deep breath and goes to put her bicycle in the garage. She starts to hear a strange noise from outside, like men talking but not so loudly. Luna gets curious and walks out to find a huge shadowy figure looming over her house and points a bright light at it; suddenly her house is aflame.
Luna screams and runsfrom the open door and into the road. She hears something follow her and doesn't dare to look back. She knows it would only make her run slower, and she doesn't want
Frozen Warmth [ Russia x Child!Reader ] 02Russia x Child!ReaderFrozen Warmth [ Russia x Child!Reader ] 021 year ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
That was the first sound to reach your ears. Off in the distance you could see a small fire. The shadows seemed to be dancing around the fire, tip-toeing just out of the fires orange/yellow glow, but still close enough to be seen by the human eye. The shadows continued to dance, one stopping to stare at you.
Sending you a toothy grin, the shadow extended its clawed hand. Its claws dripping with some foreign liquid, turning on your heel you screamed, your cloak billowing out around you. Another fire appeared in the distance, you could see no dancing shadows around this one. You could only see the form of another small body that was staring into the fire. The shadow stopped following you once you were in the safety of the boy's fire.
Looking at you, the boys cold, and seemingly lifeless purple eyes stared back at you causing you to feel uncomfortable; you decided that you would take a seat next to the boy. His purple eyes following your ev
Rise of Champions: ProlougeRise of Champions: Prolouge7 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
January 3rd, 2024 11:30 AM
Convention Center, Seattle, Washington State, United States of America
Mike: “Are the calculations correct?”
Michael was pacing himself towards the Conference room door. Dr. Musashi was trying to keep up with him:
Musashi: “Yes Michael they are...Dr. Koher assured me they were all correct”
Mike: “Good. Now let's go impress some bureaucrats with our tech skills”
They reached the door and he pulled it open. The room was crowded with press as well as the various CEOs of just about every single video game company. Everyone had wanted to come and see renowned Dream-Maker for themselves. Everyone was in conversation and only a few turned to see him enter. Tension was high and it made him feel slightly nervous, which was rare for him. He saw Nintendo's President, Satoru Iwata in the back near the large windows that lined one side of the room. Satoru bowed his head slightly and smiled and he returned it with a bow. H
Transformers Prime: Secrets Part 1Part 1Transformers Prime: Secrets Part 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I walked up the steps to the school. Many of the kids were chatting about and gossiping about other stuff. Then, a girl approached me with a smile wide on her face.
"You're the new girl, aren't you?" she asked.
"Um yes?" She grabbed my hand and shook it vigorously.
"My name's Miko!" she introduced. "What's yours?" She let my hand go. I shook it off.
"It's Marisa," I replied. She smiled and grabbed my hand again.
"It's so good to meet you!" She looked behind me and laughed. "Jack! This is Marisa, the new girl!" I turned around and saw a boy with black hair approaching.
"Nice to meet you Marisa," he said.
"Nice to meet you too," I spoke back. He nodded his head and looked at Miko.
"I need to talk to you in private," he exclaimed. Miko looked at him curiously. Jack grabbed her arm and drug her closer to the school doors. I listened carefully to try and see what they were trying to say.
"You can't tell her anything about it, alright?" I heard Jack say. I could hear Miko sigh.
The Elevator ManThe Elevator Man3 weeks ago in Short Stories More Like This
Eight hours a day, five days a week, for forty-one years he had pushed those buttons upon command. His place of employment - The Jansson Grande hotel in New York City. It was one of those hotels that had five stars for everything; suites, service, food, entertainment. Quite simply, it was the "best of the best."
But no one ever seemed to pay much attention to the little man who operated the elevator, the main one located just off the lobby. Occasionally he was mocked, derided. No one ever treated him with respect. From the time he was a child he was treated as someone undesirable, someone you would and should avoid. He was always smallish in size, nervous around people and quiet as a mouse. He never looked anyone in the eye, always kept his cast to the ground, even when spoken to.
His daily routine never changed. At exactly six o'clock in the morning he would rise, fix the same breakfast of one poached egg, a slice of t
White snow black nights Jack Frost x reader (2)Hey look at that I gave it a title, yay for me! Anyway this is Chapter 2 as you kind people can see below, same rules as Chapter 1, and please enjoy! (link for chapter 1 in description.)White snow black nights Jack Frost x reader (2)1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Your night of peaceful dreams quickly changes to nightmares. The whole thing was different than anything you've ever seen, it was everything you ever feared, and that still frightened you.. You cried out, it was so real. Then it changed to Jack. He was just standing there.
"Jack?" You asked uncertain, You couldn't tell if it was still a dream or not. A horrid evil dry dark laugh erupted around you, you fell to the ground, "What do you want!?" You started to cry you knew whatever the voice was, or whoever it was wanted to hurt you and Jack. "Please no!"
"(name)!" You hear your name called out from somewhere far away. "(name)!" And again.
"Please don't hurt him, d
White Snow Black Nights Jack Frost x reader (5)Chapter 5White Snow Black Nights Jack Frost x reader (5)1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Links to other chapters in description, enjoy!
I will be fine. Hopefully.
It’s dark, far darker than a cloudy night. You can’t get away, it’s in your head in your mind. There was something important, something you had to do, but what was it? Your mind was muddled, thoughts would come and go with no order or meaning.
Focus! What’s going on?
Your (color) eyes open, still nothing. Everything is black, not the kind where you can see darker and lighter shapes of object, no still completely Pitch Black. I know who that is don’t I? No, I need to know. Your mind races to pick up the shattered pieces of your memory. Come on stupid brain!
“Awake now are we?” You shoot up on the blackness that you must have been laying on. You try to comment, but your voice is gone. No noise escapes your lips.
“Have a bit of trouble? I would imagine so with that fall.”
Fall? When did I fall? It was cold, yeah I know it was cold, but I fell?
One winter's night (Jack Frost x Reader) Chaptr 10Time skip.One winter's night (Jack Frost x Reader) Chaptr 101 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After the Guardians read your letter, they all came up with a plan to find out your powers. Tooth would teach you how to fly, every day you get better and more confident with your wings. North taught you combat – or rather, he tried to; you were so tiny that your punches felt like someone had thrown popcorn at the target. You soon gave up on hand on combat, and North got the Yetis to make tiny daggers and a slingshot for you. Bunny gave you some of his exploding eggs and you practiced shooting targets with your new weapons.
It had now been a month and you were very happy with your new abilities. Jack hadn’t left your side since you came back and you were so glad that he still loved you. Even still, no matter how happy you felt, you still had doubts; about Jack, yourself and Pitch. You were scared that you may not be able to kill your father, or let him die from someone else's hands. Every time you look in a mirror you see him, you look too much like him and it
Jack Frost x ReaderIt seemed as though your mind, however tired, refused to fall into slumber this night. No matter how much you tossed and turned, fitted yourself into different positions, you could not get comfortable. It felt as though something was eating at your brain all day, which explained the lack of focus on anything. You were scolded by your teacher multiple times for not paying attention, instead you were caught staring out the window, admiring the blankets of snow that covered the entire town. Eventually you gave up trying to sleep and pulled yourself out of bed and sat on the edge of it. A heavy sigh left your mouth as your head fell into your hands. You began massaging your temples in frustration. You took in a deep breath as you stood up and wandered over to your frost-decorated window. The multiple leaf designed flakes of frost seemed so magical to you. You placed your hand on the window and rested your forehead against the windowpane. Your hot breath created a mist curtain over the glasJack Frost x Reader1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This