NO PLACE FOR HATE...We label this school safe, fun, and fair. But if Kentwood is a safe place, why do we have to watch our backs and get threats thrown at us everyday? Everyday in the halls I hear kids yell that a race or label ("prep","goth","gangster", etc.) is stupid. I hear people saying things such as "watch it before you get beat up", "you're so stupid", and the most popular: "that's so gay". Did you know the first definition in the dictionary for "gay" is "happy"? A term meant for an emotion, changed into a label, then elevated into an insult, and is now used by a large majority of this school. "There are a lot of statements that are not right and none of them should be used," a homosexual student stated "I get abused everyday, physically and mentally because of my sexuality to the point that when I get home, I cry. This is a big problem in this school, and it needs to be fixed."NO PLACE FOR HATE...9 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Imagine having a large group of people insult you everyday for who you are and what you do. Imagine being physically, me
The Importance of Being FrankThe Importance of Being Frank10 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Importance Of Being Frank
At the end of this story, a Frenchman will be eaten by African driver ants.
* * *
Silvie closed the stall door behind her; she closed it timidly, with an empty expression on her face. Her hand shook. She paused for a moment, her mouth half open, her lip curled upward, and a frown on her forehead.
Then she walked over to the wash basins.
A fly buzzed between her and the mirror. She turned on the faucet, filled her cupped hands with water, and splashed it on her face. She looked at the stall's reflection in the mirror, closed her eyes, and slapped herself.
Let us slow down to take in the sights. At the exact moment Silvie's hand hits her cheek, everyth
Ode to an Odd Quest.They fluttered in, as birds of a feather,Ode to an Odd Quest.9 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Closer they flew, flocked together.
A flash of light!
Sparks in the night!
It's Abe! The savior of his race,
Dropped to the rock in his grace.
We cheered! Ninety-nine freed of his fellows,
Our happiness could not be mellowed.
As freed slaves, we won't be lunch,
For our former masters, an ugly bunch.
But a strange noise echoed over our sound:
From Abe it seemed to be bound.
He'd passed wind, a not uncommon growl
(It's that slave-gruel, 's not good with our bowel).
We all laughed- hey! 'Twas a joyful day!
"Oops," spake Abe in his dismay.
A slap on the back the Bigface endows
(This happens again later as Alf well knows).
So Abe lost balance, tumbled off the stage.
His head smashed against the stone of past age,
The poor Mud lay still, we all gasped!
As it turned out, Abe was in a trance.
The Weirdos came to visit him then,
The spirits of three long dead mudokon.
These restless souls with missing limbs,
Came to Abe with problems grim:
Inner Strength part 19Bayleef! Ash managed to shout out.Inner Strength part 197 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
But she was already long gone by that time. Ash could see the Pokémon still trying to run out of sight from him.
Wait, Bayleef! Please! shouted out Ash again.
He needed to follow her, to try to explain how this all happened. But why would she be so mad? Why is she so upset? Was it because of his son?
Ash dashed out the door and outside, still holding his son in his arms. He had no time to think, but he definitely did not want to leave Xander alone with James. Pikachu, at least, has Mr. Mime with him, so he should be okay.
Pikachu! Ash had just about forgot about his own first Pokémon! Should he have left him there? Once again, theres Mr. Mime, but Ash just couldnt shake the feeling that something bad is going to happen once again.
Okay, first things first, thought Ash. Ill go talk to Bayleef, hopefully get her to understand and find out hat was wrong with her, then Ill come back
Symphony of the AbyssChapter 1Symphony of the Abyss8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Yggdrassil stood before the portal, and smiled. Retrieving Martel's new host body was proving to be more difficult than anticipated, and so he'd decided to put things back on track by recruiting some fresh blood to help his campaign. To that end, he'd built this portal. It was connected to a strange land, located on neither Sylvarant nor Tethe'alla, but another world entirely. And it had shown him many things. Most importantly, it had shown him the perfect candidate. One who worked tirelessly to revive a loved one, struck down tragically far too early. One who stopped at nothing to achieve his goals. A kindred spirit. Together, success was guaranteed.
"Preparations are complete, Lord Yggdrassil." an angel flitted over to him and droned.
"Begin!" Yggdrassil ordered. The angel took his station at a control panel nearby and entered a few keystrokes. A pillar of light began forming on a platform in front of him. First only the width of a pencil, bu
Inner Strength part 10Ash stared at the wide, blue waters of the vast river that laid before him. The light from the sun was reflecting itself on the waters, making it glitter.Inner Strength part 108 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Ash relaxed. It's been so long since he had been home that he had forgotten how beautiful this place is. If Team Aqua was hiding here, they chose a very good spot.
Ash turned towards the voice. It was May, and standing beside her was her Squirtle.
"I think we're ready," said May.
Ash nodded and walked up to Squirtle.
"Okay, Squirtle. We need you to go into that river and look for anything suspicious. Got it?" said Ash.
"Squirtle squirt, squirtle squirtle squirt?" asked Squirtle, slightly confused.
"We're not real sure of what exactly we are looking for. Just tell us if you see something out of the ordinary," said Ash.
Squirtle was still a little confused, but shrugged his shoulders and walked to the edge of the river. From there, he jumped up into the air, spun 360 degrees, and dived into the water with very little slashing in
Is It Wrong to Hate ?It’s not that i’m sexist, I just remember a time,Is It Wrong to Hate ?8 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
when I held the door open for a girl,
and she began to scream and cry.
“You oppressive piece of shit,” she began to say,
and when I tried to calm her, she kicked my way.
I used self defense, and moments later she was on the ground.
The cops were called, and I’m writing this from prison now.
It’s not that I hate women, just a selective few,
the ones who abuse the system, and many of them do.
I’m not transphobic, or anti LGBT,
it’s just that at seven,
my gay uncle took advantage of me.
When I turned eighteen and finally got a girl,
I told her my secret, and she spread it to the world.
Now they think I’m gay, and not a day goes by,
when I’m not touched by some random gay guy.
So no, I don’t hate transgender, or LGBT,
I just wish they didn’t exist, that they didn’t ruin me.
I’m not against Christians, because I love their God,
though I’ve read the bibl
Inner Strength part 11"How are we supposed to do that?" asked Ash, still in shock.Inner Strength part 118 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"You know just as well as I do, Ash," answered May.
"There has to be another way to do this besides sending kids into an HQ filled with people that want each of you dead. We should call the police or the army or something!" said Prof. Oak, freaking out that kids have to go on a suicide mission.
"We can't call the police," explained Max. "Remember when we told you how we ended up in jail?"
"I still don't understand that! None of you are old enough to even be in that jail. You and May should have been in Juvenile Hall if you actually did anything that bad," said Oak.
"That tells you something else," stated Brock. "It seems that Team Aqua can control everything the police does. Maybe Team Magma can too, for all we know."
"How is that possible? You can't just command all of the police departments," said Oak.
All these questions where spinning in Ash's head. Being turned into a Pikachu was a big thing when this all started, now th
Inner Strength part 8"What? Prof. Oak? No way!" said Ash as he looked at the screen.Inner Strength part 88 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Well, apparently, yes way. Says here that he researched on it for about 20 years, then he quit," said Brock.
"Why did he quit?" asked May.
"Doesn't say," said Brock.
Ash wasn't sure if this was true. A lot of times, the internet will make up stuff for entertanment. This could just be another hoax.
"How can we be sure if this is true?" asked Ash.
"Only one way to find out," said Brock and got out of his seat.
Brock, accompanied by the other friends, walked over to the telephone and dialed Prof. Oak's number. The screen, instead of showing the professor, had a blank screen.
"Prof. Oak is not available. If you still want to talk to him, please press five and you will be put on hold. If you would like to leave a message, please press eight and say your message after the beep. Thank you," said a computer voice from the telephone.
Brock pressed five and waited.
"Please hold. Would you like to listen to some music while you wait
Inner Strength part 5Ash pulled his tail out of May's grip, ran out of the Pokecenter, and darted towards the forest with May right behind him. Brock and Max where still with Misty II and Pichu in the Pokecenter.Inner Strength part 58 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Ash ran into a clearing right beside the Pokecenter, when Ray appeared right in front of him.
Ray waved away some of the blue smoke that was left behind from teleporting and looked at Ash. Ash looked at Ray and started to think to himself, This can not be happening.
"Hello, Ash," said Ray.
Ash looked back at the forest and thought about Pikachu.
"I don't have time for this!" shouted Ash and ran to the forest.
"Hey, wait! I have to br-," started Ray, but Ash was already running into the forest and completely forgetting about him.
Ray stood there for a second, thinking that Ash was going to fight him willingly. Then started walking towards the forest that Ash had just ran into.
May saw Ray walking towards the forest and saw his Team Aqua uniform, so she knew that he was going to hurt Ash. So, she tr
Crusaders for ChristWe need to stand togetherCrusaders for Christ10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
It's time for us to fight
Our God has called each one of us
To set this lost world right
We soldiers fight our battles
Down upon our knees
For the Lord we have so many
Hearts and minds and souls to seize
We've roused our mighty force
For an onslaught against sin
So get ready, because it's been said
That those on God's side win
Our provider is our Father,
Our Faith has forged our shield
The mighty sword of God's Word
Is the weapon that we wield
Legion of the Lord:
Prepare for a crusade
Arise, now, fellow soldiers
It's time that we invade
Invade the hearts of lost ones
Invade a world gone dim
Shine a light for all to see
We give our lives to Him
This is your call to arms,
The battle cry's been sounded
Our mission is to ambush Sin
By which we're all surrounded
We aim to break the chains
With the Word that is our sword
Of those under sin's domain
We're winning souls for the Lord
We've got soldiers in the trenches
In the midst of battle where
They're launching coun
BushidoBushido12 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The idea of bushido, the Way of the Warrior, is not easily encompassed in any document. It involves the concepts of honor, face, duty, personal courage, and self-esteem; but there is so much more. Whole tomes have been written that describe it, yet very few books or essays have captured its essence competently. As a result I will provide you with some basic guidelines to follow that will aid you in your becoming a samurai. You must also realize that those who are members of the lesser or greater houses also fall under the umbrella of bushido. A samurai need not be just a warrior: "samurai" is a catch-all term for a noble.
Honor in bushido is vastly different from traditional Western concepts of honor and nobility. The most striking contrast is its lack of morality. Bushido is not about being a good or moral person. It is about being an honorable person. The samurai sees no difference between life and death; death holds no fears for him. As a result, a
LogosWhat are words, but that which gives ephemeral formLogos9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
to thoughts and pictures,
or syllables weaved together to create a new sound?
And from whence does it come?
A box that cannot contain that which it produces:
foreign creatures with wings,
anxious to break free and be taken away by the wind,
left to ride the backs of thunderheads
This is the immersion of voice, buried deep yet exposed,
raised letter by letter like the resurrection of saints
and falling as a holy waterfall
Yet so much more are the strokes of a pen
that grace the surface of a sleek white virgin page,
truly allowing it to breathe some new thing
Word given form, shape and purpose
bringing to potential paper and ink, united as a bride to a groom
The result leaves humanity colliding with divinity,
drawn in by a shepherd's hook that brings the cold close
and holds her in a warm embrace
What are these words that fall off the tongues of cherubim,
cresting the edge of the world like satin white horses?
The lungs of man will be f
Mass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERSMass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERS3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
MASS EFFECT 3 ALTERNATE ENDING *SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY*
**EDIT** Holy crap this got way more attention than I was expecting. The comments and support have been amazing everyone!
A few points: Credit where credit is due; this ending, as much as everyone seems to love it, was only created because the amazing team at Bioware created a universe that was so rich and full of life and detail. As much as I know a lot of fans are hurt by what they did, we need to remember that Bioware still created an incredible trilogy, one of the best ever. So hats off to them all round.
Also, this was written really fast and so the ending (specifically the last part on how you actually win using TIM's signal) isn't very fleshed out. I know there are holes, and they can actually be fixed quite easily. This isn't perfect. Also, this doesn't deal with a 'happy' ending. If there were to be one, or you were to even CONSIDER taking the fourth option, you'd need to be damn ready. I'm talking ALL war assets e
Meal TimeAfter a long day of driving, the Winchesters came across a lush, empty field and decided to take a break and have lunch there. They had just been to a McDonald's drive-thru so the food they ordered were still fresh and intact (and not at all pathetically deformed like the paper bag had been thrown at the wall several times).Meal Time4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The brothers got out of the Impala and wordlessly agreed to sit on the hood. The sun was finally out and it was about time they got a bit of warmth and simply bask in it. A few minutes passed and they were already at ease. They could not recall the last time they could just sit back, relax and not have a care in the world; it was nice not having to deal with the crap they usually had to subject themselves to.
They were not in any life-threatening situations (for once), there were no supernatural creatures around (good or bad) and they had a big, cholesterol-filled meal at the ready. For now, everything was awesome.
Dean fished his bacon and cheese burger out of the
Why I want you to FAVWhy I want you to FAV12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Why I want you to +fav this work.
If you +fav this work, your effort will give me an immense sense of well being.
I will feel that a part of my heart has been forever devoted to this piece. For each and every soul that believes, \"this deserves a +fav\" I will grow ever happier. My view will become ever more optimistic and hope for the future will be installed within me.
My outlook on life will be like that of a sun coming out from behind a cloud, getting brighter and warmer with every second elapsed. I will forget my worries, my bad memories, my aches and pains, I will drop my chains. For each and every +fav will free me from an unwanted displeasure. Turning me into a new and better person.
My favourite saviours shall lighten my burden and relieve me from stress, they will give life reason and effort purpose. The satisfaction of a job well done becoming proven fact
The rain is stopping my friends, the clouds are dispersing. The thunder is now only a faint rumble and lightning is no mo
Ignitus 03: Worried _old_Ignitus was alone at the temple. He was still waiting for Spyro to return. It was taking a long time... he was starting to worry.Ignitus 03: Worried _old_7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"I hope you're alright, young dragon..." Ignitus thought to himself.
Then, a sudden jolt went through him; a touch of uncomfort. Something was wrong, he could just feel it. He started to grow even more worried.
"What if he's injured? Or captured?". Such questions filled Ignitus's thoughts.
A sad, cold wind started to blow, and the sky filled with dark clouds. All was not well.
"May the ancestors look after you, Spyro... and may they help you come back home safely..."
The next moment, there was a flash of lightning, and a loud boom of thunder.
"And please... let it be soon."
Gay Pride**>GAY PRIDE EVERYONE!!!!!!Gay Pride9 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
**>If you want to post your stories or info for me, please do so on my continuation deviation here: Gay Pride 2 This one has reached the character limit. More information will be added to Gay Pride 2, and please read it as well as this one.
**>If homosexuality is a sin against Nature,
Then heterosexuality is a crime against Humanity.
**>Support gay marriage.
**>If homosexuality is a sin, then so is love itself. (Lonewolfess)
**>God was the one who put gays and such on the world. He loves ALL of His creations therefore He cannot hate us. Hate is sin. (little-miss-anime)
**> In birth there's a fifty percent chance any individual will come out male or female. Why should I limit the person I chose to love to the outcome of a coin flip? (OpeeFomenom)
**>If gays were allowed to marry, the government would benefit a lot more. More money for them......
**>The bible does n
the heart, foldsthe heart, folds10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The heart, is an origami fold.
Emotions spooling miles of thread
Dangle me from:
The apex of a leaf [with a thousand veins to spare]
Half a moon [still flooding oceans not with tungsten spots]
Window panes [broken of its glass holding together dirty fingerprints]
WAKE UPWAKE UP10 years ago in Open More Like This
Go to school.
Do your homework.
Go to sleep.
Go to work.
Do your duties.
Go to sleep.
Clean the house.
Feed the children.
Go to sleep.
Take a breath.
Take a break.
Take a trip around the world--
Spill your soul over the world.
Sing a song.
SCREAM a song!
Break the rules.
Get a room!
Get a puppy...
Take a picture of your puppy,
of your friends,
heck, your hands!
Or a dirty corner full of ants.
write a poem in your hands.
Get your pens
and your lipsticks;
as your canvas
use the walls.
do cartwheels down the hall.
If bodies jam
knock them over.
If bodies fall
flip them over.
If bodies crawl
run them over.
When they rise--
when they fight--
Scrape your knee and show some blood.
Show some love.
Give a hug.
Say "I love you."
Say I HATE you!"
Say it loud--
Quit your "self."
Quit the world.
if not deep.
Dream of lands.
Dream of dreams.
Do wake up
And learn to live.
Hidden WithinHidden Within7 years ago in Horror More Like This
I curled into a tight ball and pulled my thick covers up to my chin. I closed my eyes and held my breath, trying to ignore the sound. But no matter how many times I heard that noise, I would never be able to ignore it. I just wished it would wait until after I had gone to sleep, until after I was already having peaceful dreams. I had lost count of how many nightmares that sound had caused me over the five months that I had been living in this house.
It wasnt loud, but it was distinct; the sound of Footsteps down the hallway.
I had long since dismissed it as being my family. I was an only child, and my parents went to bed much earlier than I did. And these Footsteps were far too light to be them. These were the footsteps of a child, not of an adult.
I would hear it every night. Walking slowly down the hallway outside my room. Just as it was doing tonight. I was never sure when the Footsteps would start their march, but I was sure that they were going to. I tried not
Nuada Story Part INuada Story Part INuada Story Part I5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Okay, then I guess to start with, it's just me in Orr Park a lot, so I guess I'm living in the dorm at this point. I visit the park all the time, and there's this one spot that I continue to go to, be it to spread out a blanket and read, or to do spiritual stuff. It's on the far left of the park, between the woods (aka thick underbrush) and the walking track, and I think it's kind of higher up, but not quite high enough on the hill to reach where we had done our ritual a couple of times with the 'Vallo gang.
One evening... not sure if it was twilight or late afternoon moving on to twilight. I don't normally stay out there at night, but I do like to experience sunset out there, waiting for the what if?...
I'm out there, on a blanket, doing homework, or reading, or something mundane. Some people walked by and something they did (don't remember if it was littering or being too unfriendly to a tree or something) made me say "Fucking humans. I wish you would just disappea
Dispelling the myths...With thanks to Dawkins especially, but many other leading scientists and philosophers too.Dispelling the myths...8 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. Can Evolution and God Coexist?
Evolution and God cannot comprehensibly coexist. It is a complete nonsensical idea, and is only ever suggested on the behalf of the christian, who realising the in-deniability of evolution, tries to cling to some 'fiat' life raft.
Evolution is a theory, tested and proven/observed that very accurately and brilliantly raises our consciousness to the fact that complicated things (such as humans) arrive 'on the scene' after a very very very long and very gradual process (the process of evolution). Evolution shows how and why we came to be the way we are in a very easy, understandable and acceptable way.
Now, to postulate that some creator of intelligence far far faaaar beyond us simply came into being out of nothing, (the 'unmoved mover' theory), simply defies all 'laws' of evolution - which have been tested and shown. Complex matter arrives on the scene a