A young woman named Brea loved making art, and practiced jumping all day long to become the very best in all her town. But one day, she was completely stumped. She looked around her room, full of art pieces featuring mystical vikings, sci-fi landscapes of a futuristic Los Angeles, and a portrait of Michael Shanks that looked so real, you could start a conversation with it. But nothing inspired her. Had she really created everything there was to create? Depressed, she looked out her window, and made a wish on a nearby Korea for inspiration to return to her. The next morning, she sprung out of bed, and used her skill in jumping to create the most beautiful deviation depicting kites bowling anyone had ever seen. That night, she shouted out the window, "Thanks, Korea!"
Slayers - The Past - Xellos/FiliaThe Past.Slayers - The Past - Xellos/Filia1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
In a rush of golden wings, Milgazia landed. The mouth of the cave was ahead of him, dark, save a few fairy lights. But it was the light behind him that was much more worrying than the blackness ahead.
He shook his reptilian head at this thought. The Pillar of Light was far, far away. No doubt the followers of the Fire Dragon King would be looking into the matter with all the vigorous purpose that they were known for. Milgazia could only hope to protect those in his province. The remnant on Dragon's Peak had more than enough to attend to without borrowing troubles.
He stepped into the cavern—a faraway retreat from the bustling, interconnected system in which his community lived. The inside of the cave was musty and relatively bare. Followers of the Aqualord were not much for tools and trappings. There was a bed of soft, dry grasses; a small share of the harvest; a comb from one of the hives his people carefully maintained; a collection of various mountain he
Slayers, From Now On Ch. 10"Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed."Slayers, From Now On Ch. 104 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 10. Be Our Guest.
Avoch would have normally taken two weeks of heavy traveling to reach from Achaea. But a mere four days of light travel later, Xellos and Filia were very nearly in the highlands. Xellos's wind-powered carriage had certainly saved them a lot of time, and all in all it should've been a nice, leisurely trip, but the appearance of the dragons had sapped all of the picturesque, picnic feel from the expedition.
Filia watched the trail behind them flee. Xellos was sitting on the driver's platform and she was sitting with her back to him. "You don't think " Filia began, "that they'll show up again."
"Hmmm," Xellos hummed thoughtfully. "I don't think it's very likely. For the time being at least our reptilian friends have decided that assassination is not their best option. It would be impossible for them to kill you or spirit you away as long as I'm around.
New Species Bio TemplateThe [your species]New Species Bio Template7 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
[If possible on your site, here would be a good place to put a height comparison to a human and/or a picture of your species. If not, post links.]
Discovered/Created by: (note: do not put your name.)
*these stats are average
Origin of Name/Discovery:
(Why is it called that? Who discovered it? What is their profession? Was it discovered by accident? Etc.)
(From the time they evolved to now, give any significant figures in their history and why they were significant.)
Appearance and Personality:
(What do they look like? How is each of the species an individual? Are they mischievous, good-natured, shy, aggressive? Etc.)
(Where do they live? What species do they hunt? What species hunts them? What of humans/equivalent to them in your world? Etc.)
(What is the name of their language? How long does it take for the species to learn it? Is it possible fo
Sentinent Species Template EtymologySentinent Species Template5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
- Such as the scientific, common and self-identified names, their pronunciation and usage
- First recorded, age
- First existence, creation (evolution/man-made/deity-made/cross-breed),
[2.5] Current Events
 Habitat and population
- Planet, location, adaption
- Body structure, body type, skin colour range, hair colour, hair type, hair area range, eye colour range, ear, tail
- Lifespan, maximum age, average height, average weight, physical strengths and physical weaknesses
[4.4] Life cycle
- Development, speaking age, walking age, reading/writing age, puberty, puberty changes, maturity, maturity changes
- Periodic eating timeframe, drinking timeframe, food starvation timeframe, dehydration timefra
Political CorrectnessPolitical Correctness – A New Age Civil WarPolitical Correctness10 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Political correctness - a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated (Webster.com), started out as a rather good idea. Nowadays it has gotten out of hand. Instead of making everything equal, it has shifted the balance of power from the majority to the minorities.
Take the "African-Americans" for example. When Americans first started to make amends for the way African-Americans were treated, people started to say "blacks" instead of "cotton-pickin-niggas". This was completely understandable, as the previous term was pretty derogatory. Now it has gone from "blacks" to "African-Americans", which really doesn't make much sense. You can't be an African-American unless you were born in Africa. For this to be truly equal all whites should be called European-Americans, as being called white is racist. As Charelton Heston said in his speech "Winni
Slayers - If Looks Could KillIf Looks Could KillSlayers - If Looks Could Kill4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I'll kill him," Filia vowed in high, scandalized voice. She stared across the dining hall at the purple-haired fiend sitting just two tables away and cheerily giving his order to the waitress.
"I don't really think that's going to work, Miss Filia," Amelia said nervously, with a discouraging wave of her hand.
Filia, with a great deal of effort, managed to shift her gaze from her least favorite traveling companion over to Amelia, her seat-mate. Even though they all traveled in one party, they often took up several tables at restaurants. This was because Lina and Gourry required so much space when they ate. First off, they tended to order more food than could possibly fit on the table at one time, so there wasn't room for anyone else's meal. That wasn't such a big deal because any meal at the same table as Lina and Gourry became their meal. What really worried anyone forced to sit next to them was the flying arms that flapped i
How NOT to Write a Fan-FicShikaTema MistletoeHow NOT to Write a Fan-Fic6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Shikamaru - 'omg temari your pregnernt will u marry me?' Temari - 'omg, ok' Garra - 'wtf did you do?' Shikamaru - 'omg im sorry but i love her' Garra - 'oh its ok im a nice person now and i will let you live' ShikaTema 'yay'.
ShikaTema Day Off
Shika - temari lets maek out
Tema - bah thats to troblesome
S - but i has teh power of youth!
T - but teh clowds luk so nice...
S - the springtime of youth waits for nohbody!
T - *snore*
S - *loudclapnojutsu*
T - uwah, joo waked me up
S - ja, now lets make oout
T - troublesome woman...
S - i r not a woman *boobchecknojustu*nope no bo0bi3z
T - *snore*
NaruSaku Burdens Ch. 1-2
sakura "I'm not good at anything" naruto "yes you are you wanna have sex0rz" sakura "omfg ok" *remove my clothes no jutsu* naruto"I lurvs you" sakura "shutup and keep sexing me" naruto"okayz" *2 weeks laterz* sakura"omfg im preggers" naruto"omfg will you marryz me" sakura"omfg ok" "omfg lets have a million uh oh ba
Slayers - DuskDusk.Slayers - Dusk4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The sky was in the last throes of sunsetorange only remained in faint traces and close to the ground. Day was all but dead and the eventide was only just flowing in. For the moment the world was at a point in between. What it was exactly at that point had been a matter of heated discussion between the dragon and the demon as they walked the lantern lit path through the park. Filia had called it twilight, but Xellos seemed to think that it couldn't be proper twilight until the first stars showed up. Filia had never heard of such a thing and demanded to know what he'd call it. Xellos suggested gloaming which Filia instantly shot down because she felt it sounded 'stupid.' Xellos actually seemed a little offended on behalf of the word. In the end, they'd decided to call it dusk and leave it at that. Dusk was all about happy mediums anyway.
Filia was grumblingnot really saying anything, but general displeasure radiated off of her. All she'd wanted was a littl
On Detailing CharactersOn Detailing Characters5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"Your need to tell me absolutely everything, as if every tiny detail were just so integral to the plot, was supremely annoying." You can always tell when an author has gone through many drafts, and when an author has gone through just a few. There are many details that work their way into writing that don't necessarily have to be there. Some of these unnecessary details may offer seasoning to the story---mood, tone, or serve to draw attention to something specific; just be careful, as too much seasoning can ruin the flavor of your soup. You don't want it too bland, but you don't want it too salty, either. This is what makes being a writer nicer than being a cook; you can add more detail or edit superfluous detail out without destroying the piece, whereas a soup might be ruined with too much fiddling. By trial and error, you can find a good balance and I encourage you to experiment this way. To play on one of Gandalf's quotes: "A good author is neither too detailed nor too sparse, but p
Male Japanese NamesAKI: Japanese unisex name meaning "autumn; bright."Male Japanese Names7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
AKIHIKO: Japanese name meaning "bright/shining prince."
AKIHIRO: Japanese name meaning "bright scholar; shining abroad."
AKIO: Japanese name meaning "bright man."
AKIRA: Japanese unisex name meaning "bright; clear; dawn."
ARATA: Japanese name meaning "fresh."
ATSUSHI: Japanese name meaning "cordial; industrious."
DAICHI: Japanese name meaning "great first son" or "great land."
DAIKI: Japanese name meaning "of great value."
DAISUKE: Japanese name meaning "great helper."
EIJI: Japanese name meaning "excellent second son; splendid ruler."
FUMIO: Japanese name meaning "literary/scholarly child."
GORO: Japanese name meaning "fifth son."
HACHIRO: Japanese name meaning "eighth son."
HAJIME: Japanese name meaning "beginning."
HARUO: Japanese name meaning "springtime man."
HIDEAKI: Japanese name meaning "shining excellence; splendid brightness."
HIDEKI: Japanese name meaning "splendid opportunity."
HIDEO: Japanese name meaning "spl
House of Secrets, Part 2The House of SecretsHouse of Secrets, Part 24 years ago in Drama More Like This
Part 2. Xelloss's Perspective.
I have always known that Filia Ul Copt derives quixotic courage from my presence.
I have always known that we are mirrored. That outrage consumes her at seeing her inverse, her shade, her purple feral anti-reflection, in a perpetrator of historic genocide against her race. That her anger makes her feel, perversely, invincible.
I know that I am her secret weapon. It is a fact both comical and horrifying.
Allow me to reminisce, because that abandoned mansion was a perfect example. The recklessness that I inspire was the real reason why she "permitted" me to tag along with her that day, while she "exorcised" the building like a novice.
You see, I even know why silly Filly "felt" eyeballs in that bathroom mirror.
Because a physical, psychological, and spiritual space so long devoid of the struggles, affections, and clutter, that are standard to a mortal life, has a way of nibbling at the
Closure by HesitationSeven years ago - well, more eight now Phoenix's life had changed dramatically.Closure by Hesitation5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
He probably wasn't as upset about this as he should have been, especially now that it was so long ago, but something about the incident still nagged at the back of his mind.
After being dropped in a situation where he was no longer a lawyer the first thing he did was pick his life up and start running again. He knew he couldn't let it get to him; he had a daughter to care for and bills to pay. Getting a job came first. The media could say whatever it wanted about him in the meantime, he had his priorities and didn't pay it much attention.
Unfortunately for him other people did pay attention to it.
The first few weeks were filled with phone calls from people who wanted to know the truth, none of them wanting to believe what had been reported. He tried his best to assure them that everything wasn't as bad as it had seemed.
But there was one person amongst all his friends that he couldn't face
Quick Guide: Story OrganizingA Quick Guide to Organizing Your Fantasy/Sci-Fi NovelQuick Guide: Story Organizing4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I'm going to try and briefly cover World Building specifically for Fantasy and Science Fiction (though it will apply in general to any setting), both major and minor Characters, and some basics of Timeline here. I am not going to walk you step by step through how to write your own story, but you should (hopefully) get some useful tips out of this.
I never used to organize my novels before I started writing. I have so many stories in my head, I would just pick one and start writing. I didn't have trouble keeping to the same details of a given character because I knew them so well. But after taking such a long break from writing Missing Puzzle Pieces, I really needed to do some serious work. I don't remember all the details I had in my head back when I started... in fact, I've completely forgotten the original ending. For those of you who don't know my story, which starts
Slayers: REBOUND Chapter 4Slayers: REBOUND Chapter 44 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It was sunset by the time they reached Port Nuance. The taverns were positively roiling with activity, and it was difficult to find a place that wasn't packed full. Celina pulled a face.
"Well crap. This is the one downside to a busy port town."
"Oh, there's no need to worry, Miss Celina." Deena waved them towards a tavern where a small dragon was carved into the sign over the door. The Sea Dragon, it read. When they entered, it was practically awash with blond haired, blue-eyed people. Many of them had pointed ears. They turned when the door entered. Deena waved with a cheery grin.
"Hello everyone." She was greeted with several cheers and a roar of welcoming. The party made their way to an empty table, seating themselves. Deena, for the first time since they'd met, seemed perfectly at ease. Celina took a glance around, noting just how many dragons there were.
"Wow. This is the tavern for the dragon traders, isn't it?"
"Tavern and inn. We're staying here tonight." Deena confirme
Slayers at the 2012 Olympics"How the hell did I allow myself to get talked into this crap you damn fruitcake?" Lina Inverse snarled at Xelloss beside her, tugging at the bright yellow skirt that was just far too short on her along with her pink top she detested, a golden racket with a brown handle in her hand as they were competing in the Summer Olympics. She was promised the medals given out to the winners of each competition had magical amplifying powers for athletes, Lina was hoping this would either help her become stronger or possibly amplify her body to more like an athlete's fit which could include bigger breasts she had hoped. At least it could according to what that trickster priest who ended up being her partner told her She wondered what all he did to end being paired with her in the mixed doubles. "At least you didn't pull some crap and sneak into the women's doubles earlier "Slayers at the 2012 Olympics3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Aww no need to be like that, Lina-chan." Xelloss wagged his forefinger, winking at her. He was wearing the same ou
Slayers Liaisons - Just RivalsJust Rivals.Slayers Liaisons - Just Rivals5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Look at him. Just look at him. Sitting cross-legged by the fire, humming some obnoxious little tune to himself, and cooking a sweet potato on a stick. Does that look like a swordsman cunning enough to best the Howling Sword? It certainly doesn't. 'Cunning' is not a word that you could possibly attach to a brainless, blond oaf like that! And yet he must be cunning, truly, in order to have defeated
"How long did you say you were going to be traveling with us again, Zangulus?" a peevish sounding female voice asked from the other side of the fire, eyes squinted in obvious annoyance.
I tore my eyes away from Gourry to give Lina a sharp look. "I didn't," I said. I lifted up the brim of my hat. "I'll leave you when I've defeated Gourry and proven myself to be the best swordsman and not a minute sooner."
Lina gave a mockingly heavy sigh. "Then we'll never get rid of you," she said.
Before I managed to get out a response, Gourry said: "Come on, Lina. Zangulus is
The Devil Can Hear You**The Devil Can Hear You4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I'm sorry, Beastmaster-sama. I'm afraid I was too late."
"No matter. This will only serve to make things a bit more interesting."
Amelia held the wiggling pink bundle tightly, afraid of dropping it.
"She's energetic," remarked Lina Inverse, holding out her arms.
The princess let out a sigh of relief and handed Lina's goddaughter over to her.
"Thank you, Lina-san," Amelia said, pushing sweat-soaked bangs out of her eyes. "I'm still not quite sure what I'm doing. This is all so surreal."
"You've got that right," Lina agreed, pulling down the pink blanket to reveal a flushed, wrinkled face with big blue eyes.
The child, Melanie, looked up at her godmother and gurgled.
Amelia flopped back against the half-dozen pillows on her large bed and allowed her eyes to close for a moment. Lina rocked the baby until she began to doze, as well.
Their peace was interrupted by the unusual sound of the astral plane being moved. It w
Don't Let Me Go 2 ~ PhanPhil awoke and momentarily had no idea where he was. He stirred, then realized he was being held. Then he suddenly didn't want to move a muscle, recalling everything that had happened last night. He finally opened his eyes, never remembering having woken up to a more pleasant sight.Don't Let Me Go 2 ~ Phan3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Dan was breathing slowly, both arms wrapped around Phil. He wondered just how much sleep Dan got, though. He would hate to have been a bother.
Then Phil thought he should perhaps leave. Let Dan get some actual sleep and not take up his bed space. He attempted to ease out of Dan's arms, but his look of placidness as he slept was replaced by confusion. Phil paused then tried to move again, but the younger only groaned and pulled him closer. Not that Phil minded at all.
Last night had awakened feelings in Phil that he thought he had gotten rid of. You can't really fall out of love with someone, he supposed, but he had kept them suppressed for quite a while, and was proud of himself. But with Dan's face a few m
Slayers-Everyone Needs a HobbyEveryone Needs a Hobby.Slayers-Everyone Needs a Hobby4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It all started because Xellos needed a place to keep his books. He didn't exactly subscribe to the notion that knowledge was power, but knew all too well that knowledge was the best way to leverage power. Not only that, but he also knew the location of every five-star ice cream parlor in the entire world. That was something worth bragging about.
He supposed that he could've kept them on the astral side but well books seem to sort of belong on shelves. And he didn't like reading on the astral side anyway. The constantly shifting light sources made the prospect rather annoying.
And what is a house but a place to store shelves?
So he'd gotten a space of his ownnot to live in, but to keep things in. It worked out well not only for books but for any items that he had to eh 'confiscate' because they were too dangerous for human hands, but were not to be destroyed. Plus he could read mid-air without arousing any
Slayers - No One Has to KnowNo One Has to Know.Slayers - No One Has to Know4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sleep had been hard to come by ever since Filia joined up with Lina's group for a second time. Being away from home and work even for the short time that her errand would take was nerve-wracking. Was Val doing alright without her? Did he miss her? Was he doing all his homework? Did he get his thumb stuck in the faucet again? Were Jillas and Gravos taking good care of him? And what about her shop? The questions mounted, and she'd have no way of knowing the answers until she returned homelikely to find that her domestic world had kept on turning just fine without her.
Insomnia drove her ever more frequently from her bed and to the lounges and lobbies of the inns, where she'd have a calming cup of tea to try to sooth herself into a more slumber-friendly frame of mind. It didn't help that she'd drawn the short straw again that night and had to share a bed with Lina. Sleepwalking is one thing, but sleepkickboxing is another thing entirely. She rubbed her bru
Don't Let Me Go ~ Phan"D-Dan?"Don't Let Me Go ~ Phan3 years ago in Romance More Like This
The small and hurt voice made Dan jump. He was lying on his bed in his pajamas, not yet under the covers, and he was on the internet, per usual. Immediate concern took over him. "Yeah?"
A few seconds later, the door creaked open and there stood Phil, clutching his stuffed lion Dan had one for him at the carnival. He looked like he had just woken up, his hair disheveled and his eyes red. It was then that Dan realized there were tears. "Can I come in?" he asked quietly, wiping at his cheek.
Dan closed his laptop and sat up immediately, nearly leaping off the bed. Instead he nodded and motioned for Phil to sit next to him. He sniffled and climbed up on to the bed. "Phil, what happened?" Dan asked, careful not to touch him unless Phil said so. It was almost painful, with the boy he was desperately in love with being hurt and Dan not doing anything about it. But Phil couldn't know. Not yet.
"A n-nightmare," he answered, his voice quivering.
Dan couldn't restrain any longer. He took
Slayers, Diary of a Dragon, Ch. 2Chapter 2. Unexpected Obstacles.Slayers, Diary of a Dragon, Ch. 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sunday, February 27st.
Park Bench. 1:24 pm.
It's a trial is what it is!
I was told before I left the temple that the outside world was full of temptations that could pull even the most virtuous dragon from the path of right, but I suppose I never paid too much attention I just thought how bad could it really be?
It turns out quite bad.
I guess that makes it sound worse than it actually is. The outside world isn't really tempting in a blatantly sinful, debaucheries on every corner kind of way. That would have been easy to resist. It's tempting in a more down to earth, subtle, paradoxically harder to resist kind of way.
Human culture is just so full of distractions!
I mean, really! Parkways, theatres, music, sporting events, restaurants that sell every kind of food imaginable (and unimaginable), and everywhere it's stores, stores, stores! How do humans ever manage to get anything important done wi
Slayers Contest: ZombiesNight of the Living Dead.Slayers Contest: Zombies5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Filia sighed happily as she walked down the street in a slightly leaned over posture as she towed the ever distractible Val along by the hand. It had been a lovely day so far. The shop was fulfilling, really it was, but it was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle every so often, and knowing that Gravos had things taken care of back at the home base made it much less stressful to be away.
Of course, the day hadn't been all fun and games as evidenced by the bag of groceries Jillas was carrying as he lagged behind them, bumping into things as he tried to see over the rutabagas, and the bag of pottery supplies she was lugging with the hand that wasn't lugging Val. It had been a day full of necessary errands that had been put off for too long. But that didn't mean there hadn't been time for quiet enjoyment. After all that time spent behind the counter of her own shop it was nice to play the customer role every so often. Not only that, but they'd
House of Secrets, Part 1A/N: Happy Halloween, folks! Here's part 1 of a Xellos/Filia fic that AmberPalette and I have been working on together. Part 1 is from Filia's perspective and written by me and part 2 is from Xellos's perspective and written by AmberPalette. The link to part two will be posted in the description.House of Secrets, Part 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
House of Secrets
Part 1. Filia's Perspective.
It wasn't even as though it was a particularly scary house. It was well, maybe a little imposing, but only in the way that really big houses always are. It didn't have any of the features that I'd have expected on a haunted houseno crushing façade, no prowling gargoyles on the roof, no windows that looked suspiciously like faces apparently Jacob Grogan, the head of the merchant empire family that had first commissioned the house, had decided that he didn't want his family living in a gothic cathedral, so the architects had opted for something a little less fashionable and a little more rustic. It was most