New Moon (Complete Story)Jaxina Botterbur was 1.2 trillion credits richer this week than last week, but she was neither ecstatic nor celebrating the prospect of a life of luxury. In fact, if she hadn't been standing in front of an unpleasant little man from the government, she would have been behind locked doors crying her eyes out.
"Times are changing, miss." The unpleasant little man smiled disingenuously in an attempt to be less unpleasant. The effort backfired thoroughly. "The United Coalition has given you fair warning of its ruling"
"Fair warning!" Jaxina's slender body shook as she restrained herself from choking the man with his own suit collar. "My father passed away just last week, leaving me his entire company and all of his property to manage. No one said anything to me about some government takeover!"
"Perhaps you should check your father's business correspondence." The man fussed with his collar as if subconsciously feeling what she wanted to do to him. "We notified him weeks ago."
The Finest Casket (Complete Story)The chandlers, grocers, butchers, clothiers, and every other merchant in Chantsville was yelling in the streets outside the shop where I was studiously working. Their ruckus combined with the bleats and squawks of livestock wandering underfoot, creating a bustling racket that would drive the unfamiliar ear to distraction.The Finest Casket (Complete Story)2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I was used to the noise, however, and I was so engrossed in my work that I would have sworn the world was silent save for the sound of my chisel biting into the oak box before me. Delicate curls fell from my worktable, collecting in small drifts upon the dirt floor.
I stopped to wipe sweat from my face. The pause gave me a moment to step back and survey my work.
Yes, the casket was coming along beautifully. I had mitered the joints meticulously. I had planed it smooth as glass before tracing out the panels on each side. I had spent days, chisel in hand, carving the scenes into it.
It was almost done, and the carved scenes on each side looked alive despite the casket's
HeartbrokenI loved, I cared, I gave you all that I could,Heartbroken2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
My misfortune; I couldn't be all that you wanted.
I hoped, I wished, and I thought you understood,
My misfortune; my heart felt taunted.
I wondered, I asked, and I prayed for your own good.
My misfortune; I felt so unwanted,
I pleaded, I begged, all to share thoughts I could,
My misfortune; I neglected the hurt you had planted.
I was stupid, I was blind, I was unable to read your mind,
My misfortune; I still messaged you.
I learnt my lesson, I felt the world, I now think I know it,
Dont worry, you shall never feel so lacerated.
I promise, I swear, I shall never speak to you again,
For I deserved it all to have fallen for you.
I was silly, I was weird, and I was dumb to think --
How could I been the one you cherished?
But may you answer if you could -- how could someone be so indecisively cruel?
A cold-heart with its own blood, uncaring with bleeding hearts
I question if you care truly for my well being,
Or if it is just an illusion to fill
Listen To The WhisperListen To The Whisper Of The Eternal WindListen To The Whisper2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
As It Gently Touches Your Ear;
Guiding You Through The Forest Of Life
Your Friend; Your Companion; Your Seer.
Listen To The Whisper Of Verdant Leaves
Adorning The Sentinels Of Earth;
Silently Watching The Passing Of Time
Its Beauty The Blessing Of Birth.
Listen To The Whisper Within The Heart
Where Soft Emotions Caress Its Beat;
Let Its Wisdom Flow Right Over Your Soul
And Dormant Love It Will Entreat.
Listen To The Whisper, All Three Of Them
Embrace And Entwine Deep Within;
And When They Merge Within Your Soul
A New Pathway You Will Begin
FOLLOW THE CHILDNatures Tears Splash To The EarthFOLLOW THE CHILD2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
To Flowers And Trees They Offer Birth
Soil Caress The Warmth Of The Sun
Life's Mysteries Which Gaia Has Won
Creation Stirs Behind The Veil Of Time
Bringing Forth A New Era That Of Mankind
Though But An Ember In Natures Fires
None Has Such Strange Whims And Desires
The Candle Flickers, The Flame Dies
The Innocent Child Softly Sighs
Knowing No Shadows In Life's Light
Free From The Darkness Of Human Plight
Delicate In Thought Like Threads Of Silk
Weaved And Adorned With Gaia's Milk
Purity Of Spirit Is What Was Meant To Be
And Such A Child Shall Live For Eternity
If We Would Only LoveIf We Would Only Love As HE Wants Us ToIf We Would Only Love2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Our Spirits Would Soar Our Souls Renew
Then Mankind Would See A Better Life
Void Of Evil Greed And Strife
The World Would Be A Beautiful Place To Live
If We Would Only Learn To Give
Instead We Take And Desire Of Things
Not Blessed By HIM Who Love Did Bring
HE Came And Said My Brother Man
Accept This Gift From The Golden Lamb
Some Did Listen To The Words HE Said
Others Did Laugh And Turned Their Head
As They Nailed HIM To A Cross Of Wood
Still HE Blessed Them As Only HE Could
The Years Have Passed Since That Holy Day
When HE Walked The Earth Taking Sin Away
If We Would Only Love As HE Wants Us To
Then Our Spirits Would Soar Our Souls Renew
THE ONLY HOPE NOWOnce There Was Love; Once There Was JoyTHE ONLY HOPE NOW2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Emotions Now Shattered Like An Old Broken Toy
Confused And Dazed, Wondering Why
Soul In A Turmoil Just Wishing To Die
The Brightest Day Now Shadows Of Night
Infecting The Heart So It Sees No Light
Thoughts Entombed By What's Been Said
A Loved One Lost At Twilights Ebb
Guided By One Whose Words They Believe
Not Seeing The Venom That Flowed To Deceive
The Only Hope Now Is To Pray To The Light
To Guide Them Back To All That Is Right.
THE BUTTERFLY WITH NO NAMEEmotions Flowed Like A Raging FireTHE BUTTERFLY WITH NO NAME2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
As I watched The Birth Of Dawn
Softness And Beauty Of Stars Had Past
My Heart Still Heavy And Forlorn
My Spirit Was Ebbing I was About To Go
When Something Caught My Eye
A Solitary Cloud So Pure And White
Appeared From Way Up High
My Eyes Now Ember With Rising Sun
Saw An Amazing Sight
Within Its Fleece A Golden Glow
And A Butterfly Took Flight
Such Beauty I Had Never Seen
It Sat Upon My Hand
And Said To Me In A Voice So Soft
I Was A Spirit Of The Lamb
My Soul Was Open My Heart Poured Forth
It Listened With Silent Embrace
And When I Had Finished It Smiled At Me
With Serenity, Peace And Grace
Moments Of Silence As We Shared The Dawn
Then It Whispered It Was Time To Part
And As It Began To Fly Away
A Sudden Lightness Filled My Heart
I Watched In Joy As My Newfound Friend
Returned From Whence It Came
My Fears And Sorrows All Had Been Taken
By The Butterfly With No Name
Had I Seen The Truth Within The Cloud
I Would Have Witnessed A Wondrous Sight
For The B
A HUG IS ALL YOU'LL NEED TO SAYIf There's Someone You Love, Someone You've WrongedA HUG IS ALL YOU'LL NEED TO SAY2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
And You Don't Know What To Say -
Don't Shrug Your Shoulders, Giving Up Hope
Leaving It For Another Day
For Life's Wake Is Short, Don't You Know
There May Be No Words To Hear -
As You Place The Flowers, Shed Your Tears
Upon The Earth Holding Someone So Dear
Your Mind In A Daze, Emotions On Fire
Wishing You Could Turn Back Time -
As You Gaze Upon A Loved Ones Grave
Memories Of When Everything Was Fine
If There's Someone You Love, Someone You've Wronged
Don't Leave It For Another Day -
With Love In Your Heart, Hug Them Close
It's All The Words You'll Need To Say
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 10.2Chapter 10: Girl Talk. Guy Talk. Part twoPersona - Chaos Butterfly 10.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It was warm, but not unbearably hot, at Samegawa floodplain, making it a perfect day for fishing. Souji had managed to get some extra fishing rods and baits from the old man that had taught him how to fish so his friends could join him.
"It's pretty easy actually. Just set the bait on the hook, aim and throw it in the water. Wait for it and when you feel the fish bite the bait, reel it in." Souji explained. "Oh, but don't reel it too fast or too hard or else the line will snap and the fish will get away."
"Heh, sounds pretty easy," Junpei said trying his luck. Five minutes later, he grew impatient. "Gah! What's taking it so long?!"
Akihiko smacked him on the head, annoyed. "Pipe down, Junpei. Things like these take patience."
Suddenly there was a tug on Junpei's line. "Oh yeah! I've got one!" he shouted excitedly as he reeled it in. "And it's a big one!"
After a brief struggle, Junpei finally brought his 'c
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 11.2Chapter 11: Festival Fun. (Part two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 11.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The next day, early afternoon…
Kanji walked down the street nervous as hell. He sort of expected Naoto’s secretary to pick up her yukata, but he never showed up. Now it was up to him to deliver the outfit to Naoto before she headed to the Amagi Inn to meet up with the other girls in order to get ready for the Festival. And he still had to meet up with the other guys at Souji’s place in order to get ready himself.
“Oh man… what am I gonna do?!” He thought. “What if she asks me about the yukata? What if she thinks I know her measures?! She’ll think I’m a perv like Yosuke-senpai!”
Not too far from there, Naoto was also walking down the same street. She was wondering how she would explain to the girls about her missing yukata. She had told them she had one, a gift from one of
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 10.1Chapter 10: Girl Talk. Guy Talk. Part onePersona - Chaos Butterfly 10.12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Minako hummed to the music of her MP3 player as she walked Koromaru to the shrine. He was whining about it e arlier and the adorable look he gave her made her cave in. "Maybe I'll stop by Aiya's later to get some food for Aniki, or maybe steak skewers? Ah why are all the food in this place so tasty?" she grumbled in her mind, trying to focus on her walk.
Koromaru shot up to the shrine the moment they arrived at the stairs. Minako sighed and followed him. When they reached the top, someone else beat them to it.
"Kanji-kun, what are you doing here?" she smiled at the sight of the former delinquent.
"Huh what?" Kanji said dumbly, a bit startled. It seemed that he didn't notice their presence and was staring out at nothing. He looked troubled.
Minako sat beside him in front of the offertory box. "You seem to have a lot on your mind. Care to share?"
Koromaru was sniffing around the shrine, getting used to the place. He barked
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 11.1Chapter 11: Festival Fun. (Part one)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 11.12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
After the splashing incident during the fishing trip, the boys went back to change into dry clothes. Souji invited Ken and Minato with him to Junes that evening to look for the new Phoenix Ranger Featherman R model. Of course, Nanako will be coming too. They had run out of groceries and Dojima was working late. Shinjiro decided to tag along because he felt guilty and wanted to make it up to the kids and the dog. Koromaru wagged his tail happily before trotting beside them. The other girls wanted some time for themselves, the guys wanted to get a rest and Junpei wanted to keep Chidori company, so they passed. Minako wanted some pastries though, and asked her brother to get some for her.
Minato, Shinjiro, Ken and Koromaru left for the Dojima residence after they informed the rest where they were going. Souji and Nanako were already waiting when the four of them arrived. Koromaru would be guarding th
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 14.1Chapter 14: I'm yourself, You're myself. (Part one)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 14.12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Teddie was flabbergasted. "H-how can this be? I thought people like Sensei don't have Shadows "
The two Shadows snickered.
"What a stupid bear," Shadow Minato said. "The three Wild Cards are human. Of course they have Shadows dwelling within them."
"Yeah, but we're just better at hiding it," Shadow Minako added, letting out a creepy giggle.
"If Izanami is gone, then why are you here?" Naoto questioned. "There's no way that you two could have awakened without her help." The others murmured and nodded their agreement.
At that, the Shadows burst out laughing. "You guys don't get it, do you?" Shadow Minako giggled. "While it is true that Izanami is no longer here, the both of us have always existed. Even when Aigis gained our power after we became the Great Seal, did you really think we disappeared? Thanks to her retaining that power for us, we were able to return." Her smile sent shivers down everyone's spines.
"We are Shadow
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 15.1Chapter 15: King's game! Again?! (Part one)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 15.12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Velvet Room
"Welcome." Igor said with his usual enigmatic smile. "It is delightful to see the three of you unharmed after facing the most difficult ordeal so far "
The three Wild Cards decided to pay a visit to the Velvet Room after the latest events, hoping that Igor would have some answers for them.
The three Velvet siblings, beneath their calm and sophisticated facade, seemed happy and relieved to see them safe and sound.
"I see you already know what we went through, huh?" Minato said, not really surprised. "Well, might as well go straight to the point then. What can you tell us about that?"
"As you know, one's Shadow self comes out of the darkness of one's heart, be it guilt, regret, despair, or any other assorted negative emotions related to one's past to in order to deceive and confuse them." Elizabeth started. "However, your Shadows were different."
"Different? How so?" Minako asked.
"Instead of leading you
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 7.1Chapter 7: Return of the fool - Part one (Part one)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 7.12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Velvet Room
"Welcome back, my children." Igor said, his smile seemed bigger than usual to the trio. The three Velvet siblings seemed to be in a good mood as well. "I see you've progressed a lot on your quest since our last meeting."
"Indeed, Igor." Minato said. "But now we request your advice again."
"Of course, I am always willing to assist my guests." Igor said, the creepy grin never vanishing from his face. With a motion of his hand, a set of tarot cards appeared on before the trio. "Shall I read your fortune?"
The three Wild cards nodded.
"Let's see " With a wave of Igor's hand one of the cards flipped. "The imminent future is represented by the Devil in the upright position It means you must to look beyond superficial appearances and to go deeper into the truth and meaning of a situation Remember that when you're feeling restrained you nearly always hold the keys to your own freedom."
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 14.2Chapter 14: I'm yourself, You're myself. (Part Two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 14.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The trip back to the Inn was longer and quieter than usual. The Persona users were exhausted from the vicious battle and immersed in their own thoughts. Shinjiro carried Minako on piggyback while Akihiko was doing the same for Minato, Yukari silently walking beside him. Both twins were fast asleep. Souji kept looking at them every now and then as if to make sure they both were okay.
Once they arrived, both twins were taken to their rooms. Due to the late hour, Mitsuru decided to call a doctor to check on them, to confirm they hadn't suffered any major injuries that couldn't be seen or healed with their magic or the Fox's leaves. After a thorough examination, the doctor didn't find anything wrong with either one of them, only that both were exhausted with a few cuts and bruises. He prescribed them some multivitamins and painkillers in case they had headaches, instructed Shinjiro and Yukari to help them change bandages often and
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 18.1Chapter 18: Bonds and Rivalries (Part one)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 18.11 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Is everybody here?” Souji questioned as he scanned the faces of his teammates. They agreed last night to meet up at Dojima’s house the next morning, and reminded them to bring their summer assignments. The only ones who didn’t protest at this were Yukiko, Naoto, and surprisingly Yosuke. Satisfied that none were absent, he smiled to Nanako standing beside him. “Alright, everyone’s here. Did you bring all your stuff?” He proceeded to lock the door.
The little girl smiled and nodded. “Yup! I brought all my homework I couldn’t finish yesterday.”
“Why did we have to bring our homework with us?” Kanji mumbled unhappily. “I thought we were just he
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 18.2Chapter 18: Bonds and Rivalries (Part two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 18.21 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“And that’s pretty much what happened,” Akihiko explained. “Hurt my pride a bit, but it also gave me back my drive to train.”
“I take it Junpei didn’t leave you alone for a while after that,” Minato snickered.
“You don’t know half of it… He bugged me all the way back to the Inn until I challenged him to a fight. That effectively shut him up.”
Minako giggled. “That’s Junpei-kun alright.”
Akihiko suddenly remembered something. “Hey, do you guys mind not telling Shinji about this? Junpei was bad enoug
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 7.2Chapter 7: Return of the fool - Part one (Part Two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 7.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
When Yosuke, Teddie and Naoto reached Dojima's house, the first thing they noticed was that the house was dark. Not even the front lights were lit.
Naoto took out her cellphone and dialed Dojima's number. After a few more tries, nobody picked up. Never a good sign Red flags were popping up everywhere in the young detective's mind. She handed Yosuke and Teddie a flashlight each. "We're going to have to search the premises. Be careful not to contaminate the scene."
"I just wish Koro-chan was here. He'd be able to sniff out the entire place," Teddie mumbled, sticking close to Yosuke. He never really liked the dark.
"Dude, give me some space. I can't move around with you clinging on me like that," Yosuke stated, trying to shake off Teddie who was hugging his right arm as if his life depended on it.
Naoto ignored their bickering and pointed her flashlight to the front door. There were neither sign
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 15.2Chapter 15: King's game! Again?! (Part two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 15.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
From the looks of the Investigation Team's faces, one might think they had just seen the scariest thing in their lives. The SEES members eyed them with curiosity rather than confusion.
"WHAT?!" Chie shouted.
"Are you crazy?! No way I'm going through that again!" Yosuke protested.
"Umm Have you guys played that game before?" Fuuka asked.
Rise and Yukiko lowered their heads. Recently, they were told about what had happened in Escapade and needless to say both were rather embarrassed about it.
"I refuse to take part in that nonsense again!" Naoto said, trying not to lose her calm.
"Damn right!" Kanji agreed. He clearly looked uncomfortable about that idea for some reason.
Souji sighed. "Sorry, Teddie, but I don't think anyone is willing to try that game again "
Teddie's eyes became all teary. "No fair! Nobody wants to play with me..." he whined, shedding crocodile tears. "Teddie never gets to have any fun "
Metis and Minak
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 19.2 Chapter 19: Back to School (Part two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 19.21 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Yasogami High Gym…
“Souji, you came!” Kou Ichijo ran as fast as he could from one end of the gym to where the trio just entered.
“Well, I couldn’t just leave you to be running the team by yourself now. You’re pretty
much hopeless without me. Right… Captain?” the silverette smirked.
Kou laughed at the title. “Don’t you mean the one-man-show? The club still lacks motivation, but a few recruits have joined since you left.” He gestured to three guys practicing their footwork. “If we’re lucky, we might be able to snag a place in the district championship and bring back the drive to move Yasogami High forward.” He turned to the twins and noticed
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 6.1Chapter 6: Wild Card Twins?! (Part One)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 6.12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The next morning, Souji woke up early. Despite the battle which had occurred the previous day, he managed to sleep peacefully and get enough rest. He took a shower, got dressed, changed his bandages and prodded to the kitchen to make his family breakfast.
'My family ' he repeated in his head. That somehow sounded sweet but at the same time it left a bitter aftertaste. 'What the hell are you thinking, Seta?' Souji scolded himself. He shook his head violently in order to remove the depressing thoughts. 'Unlike Aniki, at least you still have a family right? They're willing to take you in, so be grateful you damn idiot!'
Souji took a deep breath, stood straight, and entered the kitchen. Nanako had refilled the fridge with groceries the other day, so he had a lot of ingredients to work with. There were eggs, green vegetables, red peppers and the leftover rice from yesterday's dinner. He chuckled lightly. "I'm sure Nana
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 6.2Chapter 6: Wild Card Twins?! (Part two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 6.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The trio stopped their attack and fell on their hands and knees, panting heavily.
"And that's that!" Junpei cheered. "Just remind me to never piss them off "
Meanwhile, Ken casted a Mediarahan spell to cure any external injuries on Dojima and Nanako. Teddie seemed a little better, but he was still dazed.
"Umm...guys, you might want to get ready for another battle," Rise said nervously. She hadn't dismissed Kanzeon yet and was still scanning the area. "I sense a huge group of Shadows coming this way!"
"What?! More!" Chie shouted.
Shinjiro and Kanji started swearing profanities while Koromaru growled loudly, baring his fangs.
"Start scanning for their weaknesses immediately!" Minato ordered, slightly out of breath. "If we let them escape into town they might cause a lot of damage."
"Aniki is right," Souji groaned, the battle taking its toll on him. "They're looking for us. Might as well give them what they want," he smirked.
Persona - Chaos Butterfly 12.2Chapter 12: Misadventures in Babysitting. (Part two)Persona - Chaos Butterfly 12.22 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The next morning, everyone woke up early to prepare for the mission. Unfortunately things didn’t go as smoothly as planned when you add kids into the equation. The children didn’t appreciate being awakened so early, trying to get away from the adults when it was bath time. The little boys managed to squirm their way out into halls, running around naked. A few of the chambermaids and guests shrieked as the guys chased them around the inn. At least Akihiko had the workout of his life; they were sweating bullets by the time they caught little Minato and Souji and hauled them to the bathroom. Who knew that such passive and aloof teenagers would have so much energy? Trying to get them dressed was a different story altogether…
The young women were having an equally difficult time with Minako, but that was expected. What they didn’t expect was for her to dash out of th