Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH10Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Holy..." Jacklyn breathed, gazing at the sight before her. "And I thought the fountain was impressive."
Presently, she sat in Wyatt's hand, in a room similar to the one the fountain was in. This one, however, was empty except for a crackling orb of light floating at the level of Wyatt's shoulders.
"Just... how many of these things do you have in this place?" she asked, her eyes fixated on the orb.
He chuckled. "A few. It takes a lot of magic to keep clouds solid enough to build a castle on. Not to mention taking care of everything else we need up here. This one was meant as a fail-safe, if we needed to return to the surface for whatever reason. We used it to try to find more beans, but... That didn't happen, as you might've guessed." He noticed her staring up at him, her brow creased in sympathy. "Anyway," he said, clearing his throat. "We'll both need to have our hands on the orb for this to work. I'll activate it, and you focus on your farm."
"You can't just set me
I Was the First Chapter OneI was the first and maybe the only one to see the giant's boat that day. I stood on the beach like the friendless person I was now and let my mouth hang open when they crested the horizon. It wasn't a crowded beach, it never was because the island I lived on was so remote but I still wished that at least someone was there to confirm that I was the first to seem them approach. I wished someone would have been there with me. There were three of them on the small boat and I felt my toes dig into the white sand as the three unearthly individuals approached the shoreline, their eyes all settling on the tiny female who must have only looked a few inches tall to them. I looked at each of them and then turned my eyes from their 'small raft.'I Was the First Chapter One3 years ago in Settings More Like This
As the boat came closer, I found that I simply could not turn away from the horrific and yet astounding visual impending. I had never seen anything like this in my short sixteen years of lif
New Grounds ~ Chapter OneCorinne scanned the forest trail that spread out before her. This was the area her father had used to carry her out to every weekend when she was a little girl. Its luscious trees, constantly blooming wildflowers, and calming stream had been a magical place for her to use her imagination.New Grounds ~ Chapter One1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Of course, that had been several long years ago, and her father was long since gone.
Being just nineteen years old, Corinne was able to take care of herself. She never stayed in one location for long, moving frequently throughout North America.
Now, she had rediscovered the woods next to her first home, and she took it all in with a single breath. Brushing her hand against the rough bark of an old oak tree, she recalled with a smile the time her father had told her that his great grandfather had planted that very same tree.
Shifting her backpack around, she stretched up to the first low-hanging limb she could reach and proceeded to lift herself upward. Eventually, she made it to the top, stopping to t
GT: TherapyFear, rational or otherwise, was something one never truly wanted to face head on.GT: Therapy2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
For twenty years, give or take, Carol Walding viewed conquering some certain fears as overrated; avoidance was just as commendable in her eyes.
So as she sat quietly in the large, solemn office, under the scrutinous gaze of the austere Colonel Jackson, she wondered what decisions in her life caused her to end up here.
"It's quite illogical, Carol." Colonel Jackson was a longtime friend of the family, possibly her father's best friend, but as he spoke with her that evening, his voice was leveled and professional; though he still had trouble concealing the underlining concern he held for her. "Your fear that is; it's irrational." He softly tapped the tip of his pen onto the desk and leaned onto his elbows; watching the girl carefully from across the table.
Carol slumped into her chair and sighed; she had been getting this conversation all week and she was growing ever tired of people telling her tha
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH5Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Wyatt's invitation to dinner had caught Jacklyn a bit off-guard at first. However, she quickly adjusted to the idea and even joined him at the table the very next day. Well, on the table, moreso. Fortunately, the dining table, like most of the castle furniture, was quite lavish and intricately carved. So scaling it had proven quite an easy task.
They had three meals together in this fashion, although conversation was minimal. Wyatt spoke a bit about the food, and how he procured it. Apparently there was only a few days worth of food stored in the castle at any given time, and every few days or so he conjured fresh food magically. He seemed surprised when Jacklyn told him she had never seen magic until she came to the castle, but he did not press the issue.
Between meals, they had gone their separate ways. Jacklyn mostly wandered around the castle. She guessed Wyatt had better things to do than entertain a human all day, although as far as she could tell, he spent most
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH9Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
That night, Jacklyn drifted into the most comfortable sleep she could remember. The bed itself was set on Wyatt's nightstand, and had been made from one blanket. Wyatt had cut a portion of the blanket into pieces, two of which served as human-sized blankets while two more were rolled up to form pillows. The rest of the blanket had been neatly folded into a makeshift mattress. The whole thing was far more comfortable than her little nook in the castle, and even superior to the worn out mattress she'd had at her farm in Revelle.
Despite this, Jacklyn found herself awoken several hours before dawn. As she faded into awareness, she heard a violent coughing. Suddenly, she was wide awake. "Wyatt?" she asked.
"I'm okay, go back to sleep," he said.
She opened her mouth to ask if he needed some water, but that was a stupid question. Even if he did, what could she possibly do about it? "Are you sure?" she asked, climbing out of her bed and walking to the edge of the night
Daddy's Little GirlStarted 1/31/10Daddy's Little Girl2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It had been 7 years since that incident that everyone had blamed on the government. That incident that bred a new type of human being. And the new human being was being called a name from nothing more than fairy tales a giant.
Cassie was little but embarrassed of her situation in this 'new world.' It was all because over egotistical leaders of countries all around the world wanted some sort of gas to be tested right away. She stared at a photo on her bedside table in the corner of her room, her blue eyes falling to the friendly female smiling face in it. It was a photo of her mother in the hospital after she had Cassie. Her mother was lucky she never had to see this horrid new planet that was bred years later.
She stared down at the journal in her lap, her scribbling writing from when she was but a 10 year old to the beautiful curving letters of a 17 year old. She began this journal when her father started to change, all because of some explosion his lab had h
No Monster Lines"Leo! Hey Leo, wait up! Hey!" I ran, following my big friend after he bolted. I knew that chasing after a 53 ½ foot tall giant on foot wasn't one of my smartest ideas, but right now he needed me. He was upset, and I needed to be there for him.No Monster Lines2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
After several minutes of jogging through the trees, I finally found him. He was leaning against the sturdy trunk of a large oak, hugging his knees and staring blankly across the lake we played in so often as kids. I took a moment to catch my breath from all of that running before walking up to him. I placed a hand on his thigh and looked up at his distressed face.
He said nothing.
"Leo, it's going to be ok...you know they didn't mean it like tha-"
"Yes!" He snapped, whipping his head down to look at me with his sad eyes. I winced a little from the volume of his voice. He had issues keeping his rumbling v
Don't Stop! GT Short StoryEbony leaned back against the red wood's furry bark, breathing in a long trail of fresh air. Under her arm, sitting contently on her lap, was Melodon- her tiny Martin guitar. It was a light cream colored guitar with a loud sound, and small body. Ebony had received it on her twelfth birthday, and she had been playing ever since.Don't Stop! GT Short Story1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She looked out from her perch, staring curiously at the beautiful landscape... No one came up here. Except animals of course. And sometimes, Ebony would rarely catch a glimpse of a giant moving through the forest in long intimidating strides! Oh how those enormous creatures frightened her... But Ebony had to admit, they were quite impressive. They stood over 90 feet tall! They weren't ugly like the ones in old fairy tale books- they were almost godlike... Perfectly muscular with angelic features and voices as deep as the ocean, yet as soft as a the wind. Some were known to eat children, but Ebony didn't believe in such utter nonsense.
Ebony looked around, jus
FirePalmThis is one of my first GT stories- it's OK- I think it has potential but we'll see. SO- Firepalm- what is that? It's the ability to shoot fire from her palms of course! the only issue is the main character, Esmeral has this ability, but because she is so young, she has not had time to control her power.... Now, Firepalm is a condition passed on from generation to generation, and only a few percent of people are born with it.FirePalm1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Anyway, Esmeral soon finds herself trapped in a world of Giants- a world where humans are extremely rare and are considered prized pets only the wealthy can afford. i don't want to spoil anymore- hope you enjoy it!
"Esmeral! Dear, you left the fire extinguisher in the trunk!"
I jumped and turned around. My tiny five-foot tall grandmother was shuffling towards the house with her little feet with her giant red purse in her jittering hands.
"Oh! Sorry!" I gasped. I rushed over to the car and carefully opened the trunk. I stared sadly at the red cy
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH12Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH122 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Wyatt lay in his bed, watching Jacklyn sleep. The adrenaline had faded and he now felt the exhaustion of the climb and his fading illness. Yet sleep did not come easily to him. Jacklyn's injuries, fortunately, were not as severe as he had feared. He was fairly well-versed in first aid, one of the many things his parents had taught him. After all, there had not been a practicing medic of his species in decades. Though he had never expected to use that knowledge to aid anyone but himself.
It seemed that two of Jacklyn's ribs had been cracked, though thankfully not fully broken. Breathing would be painful for several weeks, and she would be bedridden for much of that too. But she would live. She would recover and be as healthy and active as she ever was.
Yet five words still echoed in Wyatt's mind. "It could have been worse." A phrase that was supposed to give comfort in times like this now had the opposite effect. He could have killed her. As long as she was near him, s
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH8Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"So, this is where you conjure the food?" Jacklyn asked from her perch atop Wyatt's shoulder. They were presently in a room she had not managed to find during her own explorations, in the very heart of the castle. The walls and floor were all stone, and unlike the rest of the castle, had no decorations to speak of. In the center of the room rose a stone pillar, just higher than Wyatt's waist. Atop the pillar was a stone basin which held what Jacklyn had first mistaken for green fire. But no, it was actually much more beautiful than that. A swirling fountain of liquid light danced in the basin, occasionally sending arcs of the liquid into the air.
"Yes," he said, holding up a hand for her to climb onto. "And today, you're going to learn how."
"Wh-What?" she blurted.
"Jacklyn... I would... like it if we stopped thinking of you as a guest," he said, holding her up to eye level.
"What do you mean?" she asked, perplexed.
"Well... If you truly don't wish to go back to Revell
ITLOE: Chapter I'******' -- indicate a point of view switch.ITLOE: Chapter I2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
'......' -- indicate time shift.
words in italics -- thoughts and emphasized words.
Chapter I Assessing the Situation
Eyes opening up to a strange new world around her, Michelle Clara Knight sat up with an audibly loud groan. What did I do...? It feels like I have the hangover of the century! More importantly... She looked around briefly at the unfamiliar territory. Where the heck am I?
Impossibly large peach-colored walls towered above her on all sides and when she looked above to the ceiling, she saw a chandelier, appropriately separated from its siblings also on different sections of the ceiling, hanging by a post. It was stunningly breathtaking...not to mention rather expensive looking...which once again raised the question of where Michelle currently was.
She looked down at her clothes for a moment, seeing the same outfit that she was in previously. Huh...now that's pecu
Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH4Jacklyn and the Beanstalk CH42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
For the next few days, Jacklyn found herself quickly adjusting to life in the castle. It was hard to say if it was better or worse than her life in Revelle. Food was easy to come by, as the giant seemed to have taken to leaving bits of bread and other foods out for her. Well, "bits" to him, anyway. To her they were decent-sized portions. She got the feeling he was doing this deliberately, and at first had been hesitant to take the food, fearing a trap. But, it seemed his only intention with the food was to keep her fed, not to lure her into the open. In fact, the food was rarely placed in the open- usually near walls or other secluded areas.
She had found a home of sorts for herself in the castle walls. A crack in the wall similar to her previous hiding spot, only it opened into a small sized room. Just large enough for her to sleep and stash a few pieces of food for herself. However, she was usually only there to sleep and occasionally take a brief rest. Much of the d
Arrietty 5 Years Later Chpt. 1"You mean he's alive?" Arrietty blurted out.Arrietty 5 Years Later Chpt. 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
Spiller shrugged his shoulders in a very blaze' way. He hadn't wanted to tell her this but it would hurt more lying to her. Besides, who was to stop her from finding him? Every summer since she had to leave her home, she "coincidentally" went over to the property. Spending several hours watching the open field as if waiting for him to come back. And now that it seemed that he was actually back, Spiller couldn't believe it himself. Spiller had to admit that he loved seeing her; this happy, but he wasn't so sure if he was happy about her reasons for being so cheerful. Maybe, he should have told her father first.
"That must mean that his surgery went well," Arrietty continued, starting to gather her borrowing things.
"You're going now?" Spiller blurted out helplessly.
Arrietty turned then and smiled, tightening the strap on her borrowing bag.
"Arrietty, he i
Short story: ChangesI was excited when I heard that Scott had returned. At first I was worried that he wouldn't remember me .it had been so long ago when we played together as children. I guess I wasn't really worried that he wouldn't remember me we had nearly been best friends, but I was more worried that he wouldn't consider seeing me again. You know how it is, when someone that you are close with moves far away. Sometimes you drift apart and there is that strange awkwardness when you see each other again. The strange awkwardness that feels like this person who you used to know so well is now a stranger before your eyes. Apparently, and happily, Scott didn't feel that way since he called me within the first few days of him being home.Short story: Changes2 years ago in Settings More Like This
It was so strange hearing his voice again, after all this time. He was about ten when he had gone away, and we were both twenty now. Ten long years separated me from the person I used to know. Would he be recognizable to me? Had he completely changed? The only wa
In the beginning..."Ugh, No!!!" He stomped in frustration, the ground shaking beneath his shoes. He had done it again another group of kids gone their terrified shouts still echoing through the forest as they fled back to town. Granted, they had lasted a little longer than most others who had seen him; he at least managed to utter a hopeful 'hello' before they took off running.In the beginning...2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
But hey, wouldn't you freak out too if you saw a 40 foot tall ten year old?
"This is pointless." He groaned and sat down, leaning himself back against a sturdy elm tree. Above him was the sudden rustling of leaves and chattering of squirrels, but he paid them no heed. "Why did we have to move so close to a human city? I miss my old friends and I can't make new ones if all the kids I meet keep running aw-"
His eyes widened and he nearly jumped out of his skin as he felt a small weight fall onto his che
Cole and Ava REWRITE Ch 1 Ava could barely open her eyes, but it was necessary. Splinters rained from the sky as branches cracked and exploded from the large, dangerous being in their wake. She lay crouching under a dense covering of brush, her body involuntarily shaking in terror. She was frozen to this spot, just as rooted as the bushes that concealed her. Her muscles ached from running as they rigidly locked in place trying to grip onto the earth as everything shook around her. It....the thing....something her mind refused to comprehend....was getting very close.Cole and Ava REWRITE Ch 11 year ago in Settings More Like This
"Where are you? You know I saw you. You should come out, I don't want to accidentally....hurt you."
The words alone rattled through the overhead branches from the huge whisper. She shivered again in terror. This had to be some bizarre dream, but it felt so real. Her arms and legs were scratched from the branches. That was real pain. Blood dribbled down her cheek, the
The Giant of Felrein CH1Chapter 1The Giant of Felrein CH12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Welcome, Dara!" Leo said, embracing his niece. "How was your trip?"
"It was fine, thanks," Dara said. Leo was her late mother's elder sibling, although she saw only a fleeting resemblance, perhaps because her uncle wore the large, bushy mustache that was traditional to ringmasters of Alorian. He was a tall man, and of solid build. He stood roughly a head taller than his nineteen year old niece, and was finer dressed as well. Her plain white shirt, brown leather vest, green denim pants, and worn boots paled in comparison to his pristine white suit coat and polished black boots. Even his dark hair, its shade only a tad darker than hers, was slicked back and neatly trimmed, in contrast to her own plain hairdo consisting of a simple half-ponytail.
She supposed it made sense. The circus he ran was quite successful, from what she heard, while her and her mother had slightly less means. They were not poor exactly, but had never had much in the way of luxuries.
"Is this all y
I Was the First Chapter 3"Well do something!" the scarier giant shouted to the one behind me. "How else are we going to know if she can talk?!"I Was the First Chapter 33 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I I can't," the kinder one said in an almost pitying voice. "I can't just grab her. She's not some animal."
"She she is a human! They are practically the same as most rodents!" he shouted, dumbfounded. How could these giants think about humans that way? I was shocked to realize that they probably both believed these horrible ideas. I was the same as them, being only considerably smaller. We both wore clothes, we both could articulate our thoughts and feelings, I should just explain all of this to them but I was so scared at the time! I dared to peak my eyes out from under my arms and saw the one giant's hand palm down in the sand only a few feet away from my body now.
I was so sure that that hand was going to grab me. What would happen to me then?
I Was the First Chapter 10I tried to shake off my embarrassment after realizing like what a jealous boyfriend I must have sounded like. Still, I couldn't help the fact that it upset me that Natalie seemed more enthusiastic to speak with my brother than to me. Wasn't I the one who promised to take care of her? Wasn't I the one who pledged to make her whole again? And yet somehow, because of my size I guess, Natalie assumed that I only wanted to take care of her in the way that a father takes care of a daughter. I stared down at my hand which Natalie sat.I Was the First Chapter 102 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I would never feel that way about you," I mumbled to her back and she turned around to look at me with those piercing tiny blue orbs.
"Did you say something?" she asked and waited calmly for my response. I think I overwhelmed her slightly by acting the way I did around Taylor and then pulling her to my face after she just told me she didn't want to be cuddled or pet and wondered if she was alread