The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 22[Chapter 22]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 223 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
* THUD *
A dull tremor gently shook the floor, halfway stirring Hal out of his slumber. He lay in that murky miasma of half-sleep: barely even aware that he was no longer unconscious. It was almost impossible to wake any further on his own, and he lacked the willpower or energy to open his eyes.
“Hal.” He felt Miri's hand on his shoulder, shaking him awake. “Did you hear that?”
“Mmmm?” He rolled over, slowly forcing his eyelids to open. The room was dark and blurry to him, but Miri soon reached over to shake a glo-orb, and the needle of new light poked sharp pain into his skull. Hal winced, hoping his eyes would adjust quickly.
The room was well sound-proofed by design, so Hal couldn't hear very much of what was going on outside. He thought he heard the muffled sounds of commotion, like a violent argument was happening down on the floor down below.
* CLACK – CLACK – CLACK *
The distinct sound of springer fire pi
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 19[Chapter 19]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 196 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“What happened back there was murder, plain and simple! How the hell do you justify killing someone in cold blood like that!?” After a sorrowful and silent ride back, Hal now found himself in a heated argument with his brother in the cozy top-floor office of the cathedral. Despite the comfortable setting, it felt like the argument could boil over at any moment. Vanir, Dubs and Miri all played spectator to the unfolding fight.
Marcus sighed, uncorking a bottle of fermentae and taking a sip before responding to Hal. “Hal, you're angry. I get it. I really do. But what was I supposed to do? Capture him? Risk more people discovering us? Start a whole big collection of captives to keep you and Miri company? I can't afford that, Hal. One slip up when we're this close, and everything falls apart.”
“God damn it, Marcus! He was my friend!” Hal couldn't restrain his outrage. “You could at least pretend to show remorse for all you've done!
Rules of the internetRules of the internet3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Found the rules of the internet. there's a lot of them.
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. Uncyclopedia is never wrong, NO EXCEPTIONS, fuck it.
. None of these rules really matter, except for the ones that do.
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.3. Actually, 899 is a good rule.
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. forkheads and 4chan may be the last remaining places of freedom on the net. insert exceptions here
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i. You can't the square root of a negative integer.
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The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 24[Chapter 24]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 241 month ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Is this what dying really feels like?
That question was the last thought to flow through Hal's mind, and it seemed stuck there in mid-stream, unable to move forward. There was never any pearly gate, no flash of light or recanting of his sins. There was just the question. The single question that waited an eternity for an answer.
A sound broke through the haze of timelessness.
There it was again, and suddenly Hal realized he was having thoughts. Why was he thinking about having thoughts?
Hal tried to open his eyes, to wake up, but he only partially succeeded. There was nothing to see, but he was clearly awake. He was thinking about being awake and how odd this felt.
Something was covering his eyes, and yet even so they felt fused shut somehow. Slowly the cold truth of realization condensed in his mind. His eyes were covered by bandages. He was lying down. He was alive.
Hal wanted to cry, but he couldn't. Why was he alive? Was t
When Gregori Met NamahThe day after Halloween. All the scary stuffed dolls were being put away, and the cute, calming dolls were being put in their place for the holidays to come. Well, all except one that got stuck in the dark corner of the bottom shelf, hidden by the shadows of the shelves above, and left forgotten.When Gregori Met Namah4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
A couple of days passed by and no one noticed the forgotten stuffed doll. Then, a group came, taking every stuffed toy off the shelves and putting them into a large box, including the forgotten doll which got tangled up with the one next to it.
The box was dark, and the only time there was light was when someone opened the box to take one of the cute stuffed dolls out of the box before closing the lid once again.
First they only took one at a time, then two, then three, then whole fistfuls, with the occasional voices;
"Think she will like this one?"
"Maybe she wants more then one."
"There has to be one that she likes!"
"These work with Lillith, why not the mons
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 20[Chapter 20]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 205 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hal sucked air deep into his lungs, fighting off the clamor that seemed to be erupting from all around him. Though the walls, the floor, and the ceiling he could feel the pressure of the lives suddenly thrown into movement in reaction to the violence. No matter how hard he wished it, the bees' nest couldn't be unkicked.
The giant void ripped into the world by Vanir's singularity prevented Hal from continuing down the hallway, which was probably a good thing. The evil rec room was down that way. He could already begin to sense and see the IR heat shimmers of multiple people moving towards them from that direction. Miri ran to pick up Vanir's springer, but found the body of the weapon to be badly damaged from the deflected bullet. It wasn't useful as a gun anymore.
“No time for that Miri, let's go!” Hal grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her along with him as he scrambled back towards the stairwell leading upwards, to freedom. The sound of his own amplified and
The Viscounts Folly Ch.4A Banished TaleThe Viscounts Folly Ch.42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Viscounts Folly
The Dawn found Nina wake and ready to go, she had been awake for several hours before sunrise, she just couldn't get used to a bed that didn't roll around even a little bit. She had made good use of her time tweaking the prefabbed resume to be just a little more realistic. What had been provided was too perfect; someone with little work history studying engineering would be more a numbers rather than a words kind of person.
Nina secured her contraband and checked to make sure nothing was out of place, before giving herself a once over in the mirror. She had trendy blouse under a short waist hugging jacket and a pair of pants that squeezed just a bit in the rear. A little bit of sex appeal has never hurt a girl’s c
Best Friends Forever - Chapter 1He was an orphan.Best Friends Forever - Chapter 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He lived in the little building, bricks painted red so long ago, giving the walls a dusty, dulled colour. The lawn had a few flowers here and there; weeds were what dominated the garden, though. Grass poked out of the brown, unconcealed dirt like stray hairs, occasionally getting torn out by the hands of some of the other orphans bored from cooking up mud pies.
Oh, she had heard it was a dream for an orphan to get adopted, but she greatly doubted he would have a chance.It was true; it was sad to admit, but it was true. It didn’t help the fact that he was a little ugly. Pale blue skin, enormous eyes with tiny pupils, tiny freckles speckled on the bridge of his nose, lips that puckered out.
What stood out about him, however, was the fact that he always wore a smile. Constantly cheerful,constantly laughing, constantly looking at the bright side of things.
That’s what she noticed.
The tadpole turned his head toward her, his face dirtied
The Zacky Vengeance storyThere once was a Zacky Vengeance who lived under Amanda's bed. He was really sexy. So Amanda raped him and they lived happily ever after. The end.The Zacky Vengeance story3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
THEY ALSO HAD 82.5 CHILDREN AND THEN LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Illegal Emigration - SatireAn acclaimed childrens book writer once declared, If you give a mouse a cookie, hes going to ask for a glass of milk (Numeroff). Despite this amusing anecdotes preposterous proposition, many figurative glasses of milk are being dispensed to many of the perpetrators of United States laws. This equally confounding situation reopens wounds caused by terribly-organized discussions, or rather, arguments, concerning one of Americas most widespread subject of gossip and, ironically, least important issue. This issue, which draws the spotlight of Federal funding and media coverage from important issues to its self-indulgent maw, is amnesty for illegal immigrants. The debaters who argue over whether or not foreigners who illegally enter the country should be welcomed with citizenship belittle the heated issue of illegal emigration, or the illegal departure of citizens from their homeland; they are attempting to cover a mIllegal Emigration - Satire7 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Age of the Alicorns: Chaos Rising PrologueAge of the Alicorns: Chaos Rising Prologue3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It all began with love.
After the dawn of time, alicorns and mortal ponies lived separate from one another. In the old age, the ponies of the earth below us started out as a very segregated race: greedy, unjust, hateful. The world as we knew it had turned evil and no longer reflected the land it was created to be. Sin was rampant everywhere and love was but a memory rarely spoken of. We alicorns, the immortal and wise race, were disgusted with what the world had become and made our domain in the heavens far above the sky. Granted, our race was not perfect either, but the land below us was shrouded in darkness and hate and we could not coexist with those beings.
The land grew colder, and snowier. The winter season one year did not stop. Spring did not come; instead, it continued to snow and freeze all around the ponies' domain. It was the windigoes, demon equine s
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 21[Chapter 21]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 215 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Ah.” Miri bit her lip as they approached the entrance to the Passion Lounge. The pale pink light from the buzzing sign flickered in the night like a beacon. “I think I understand what you meant.” Her ears twitched for a moment, arching one eyebrow high as she gave him a look. “Spend time here often?”
“Hardly.” Hal wrapped his fingers around the handle to the heavy door. “But I know the people who run this place. We go way back.”
“How far back are we talking, here?”
He pulled open the door and it emitted the faintest of heavy creeks as it swung outward to let them into the foyer. The brothel's velvety but heavy aroma was quick to greet them. Miri coughed a bit on her first breath as they stepped into the building and left the cold of night behind.
“Welcome to the Passi-OH SPIRITS!” Cassi and Jonny were both standing behind the front counter, but neither were prepar
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 25[Chapter 25]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 251 week ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hal balanced the chisel delicately between his fingers, sensing the subtle shifting of its weight as he adjusted to the perfect angle. With a patient but firm tap, he hammered the end with his mallet and chipped away the last few fragments of stone. A quick burst of air from his lips pushed aside the dust and laid bare the final cut of the “L”. He sighed in satisfaction as he used his fingers to trace out the letter and verify that indeed, all was as he imagined it.
After months stuck inside the hospital, getting outside was quite literally a breath of fresh air. The cool evening wind had a humid weight that lent a calm silence to his solemn task. Saying goodbye was never easy, but at least this time Hal could do it on his own terms.
He moved his hand over all the letters in turn, examining the sum total of his long efforts: 'MARCUS ANDREI ADHIL'. His brother's tombstone was finally complete.
“Hey.” Miri's voice emerged from behind his shoulder, and
Making Comics is awesome! What do you think?I recently read a Journal on FrontPage, "Tough Love: How to Make a Comic".Making Comics is awesome! What do you think?1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Nothing against the writer, i really appreciate the willingness to share some true advice by the writer, but i felt compelled to write my thoughts about it, as i feel it is misrepresenting what making comics actually is like, at least if that's what you want.
It also made me curious to hear more opinions on what making comics feels like for you!
This is a great opportunity to talk about this matter, would love to hear your opinions as well, so i encourage you to comment!
Doesn't matter whether you are already making a comic or have doubts about beginning one, let's talk about this!
This is a topic i really care about, since supporting beginners is something i love to do (as you can see by my tutorials/videotutorials) - there's nothing better than sharing your passion with people who are struggling but want to do the same thing you love!
Since some found it useful/inspiring, I'm sharing with you my reply, hoping
Fur and FireThe Camera positioned itself, as the spot light focused on an anthro deer, and the show began.Fur and Fire1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
"All over the city of Arcadia, there are dozens of talented chefs with amazing skills in the kitchen." she said, as another spotlight went onto a Dalmatian Anthro.
"But only one can claim the title of Master Chef."
"Hello, I'm Aile Grove." the Deer greeted.
"And I'm Tommy Jarrison." the Dalmatian said.
"And once again, 4 chefs are here to duke out for the top in another episode of..." Aile gestured to Tommy.
"Fur and Fire!"
The lights went on, revealing the competitive kitchen in all it's glory, as the two hosts walked to the center.
"The Rules as always, go as such, four chefs, three rounds, five judges. Each chef has to make an amazing dish before time runs out, but it's not that easy! Is it, Tommy?" Aile asked.
"Not easy at all." Tommy said. "Each round uses certain ingredients, and you have to use all of the neccesary ingredients in your dish."
"When time runs out, your dishs will be prof
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 14[Chapter 14]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 141 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Vanir led Hal and Miri through a few hallways and down into the basement of the Cathedral. There, Hal encountered a sight that was somehow both expected yet surprisingly comical and irreverent: The basement was wide and open, littered with punching bags, free weights, training dummies and a rather long firing range along one whole side. One corner had an area with a modest-sized kitchen, complete with some counter space, a fridge, sink, and a few small round tables. Hal's tail blinked all four eyes simultaneously as he struggled to process the disconnect between what he expected and what he was seeing.
At one table sat Marcus, relaxed and impeccably dressed, as he read the morning paper and sipped at a hot mug of coffee or tea. A finished bowl of cereal sat just beyond easy reach, pushed aside to make room for the paper. “Good morning, brother.” Marcus smiled and raised his mug in greeting, folding the newspaper into a neat rectangle. It was almost an absurd si
The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 18[Chapter 18]The Wayward Astronomer: Chapter 188 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hal zipped up his leather jacket, experimentally flexing his bad leg. His knee made a loud popping sound that solicited a grimace.
“Are you going to be ok?” Miri asked the question Hal wondered himself.
“I hope so.”
The two of them were now in the 'evil rec room' yet again, but this time the entire cathedral seemed to be buzzing with activity. The network of agents Marcus claimed to command seemed to be heeding his summons, trickling in by the hour, usually alone or in very small groups. All of them looked fairly hardened, as one might expect from an army of ex-convicts. Many of them seemed eager to act, and were kept busy arming themselves and preparing for the events to come. The air had a tension to it that was impossible to overlook.
Rather than sally forth right away, Marcus preferred to sit tight until later in the day, sending Vanir ahead of the rest of them. Though the university was over in Calypsa district, if they traveled by telepad, the
The Viscount's Folly Ch.6A Banished TaleThe Viscount's Folly Ch.62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Viscount’s Folly
It was nearly noon on Tuesday before a ping from Nina’s data scroll let her know a new message had arrived. With much trepidation Nina opened the file and read the contents. After a minute of suppressing the urge to jump around Nina replied that she would be on-site at two o’clock for her interview.
When Nina sat down across from Mr. Regal she immediately noticed he looked like hell. So she commented with; “If I may Sir you look like someone keel hauled you.”
Mr. Regal smiled wanly before replying; “Our foreman didn’t show up Monday night, so I was called in, been here ever since.”
“That’s rough Mr. Regal. I’m sure he’
From the Shadows Chapter 1Disclaimer: While not marked as mature, this story (this chapter included) will have some mild cursing and violence. If this offends you then don't read on.From the Shadows Chapter 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 1 — First Day
The storm was violent, bitter and cold. It beat the city like a drum all through the night with pounding rain and howling winds. As the morning sun rose into the sky, the storm broke its siege on the city and dissipated to light rain. Despite power fluctuations all morning, the damage was minimal; at least that’s what Channel Fourteen News announced that morning.
To the resentment of most teenage and youthful dreamkeepers, schools remained open. Ceriben High was no exception. By eight in the morning Ceriben High was crowded with moody teenagers. The exterior stonework walls kept the school nice and cool during the late spring afternoons, but today the school was cold. Ceriben High, founded over fifty years ago, seemed archaic and out of date compared to its residential neighbors. The building stuck
Awakened Dreamers: ZapbirdKazsh was in a serious rut with his life. Everyday was the same. He woke up, got dressed, went to work at the 24 hour bar/diner as the night barkeep, served normal customers and members of A.D. alike, passed messages to other members, leave work at dawn, take the long way home, go to bed and lie awake thinking when the next A.D. was exposed until his morbid thoughts lulled him to sleep. The reptilian dreamkeeper sighed heavily and leaned against the counter.Awakened Dreamers: Zapbird4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I see that chronic depression of yours is kicking in again," an avian dreamkeeper commented over his fermentae. He was the newest member of the little organization he'd joined a few years back, the Awakened Dreamers. Of course, just because he was the newest didn't mean he hadn't been around for a while. Late June and still no new members this year. It was a good thing, though. Every member agreed, when their group ended, either they were all dead or dreamkeepers with powers didn't need to hide any longer.
Kazsh didn't answer the
Untitled Tiger Project Part 1Untitled Tiger Project Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The strange feeling came over the tigress Penumbra once again. Her paws tingled, her charcoal hair rose as if electrified, and her body felt faintly as if it were being constricted by the air around her. She flicked her ears in irritation, but she was too used to the phenomenon to express actual alarm. She didn't even bother to raise her head off of her single broad foreleg. The sensation would pass, as it always did, and she paid little mind to it.
It was the water leaking from the rusted pipe above her head that caught her interest, though. She had been absent-mindedly watching the pure water fall, drop by drop, from the peripherals of her vision. Now the rhythmic, predictable dripping slowed until it stopped. Then, in defiance of every law of fluid dynamics that Penumbra knew, the drops of water began to rise from the floor and slip back into the pipe. Penumbra stiffened and swivelled her head to watch.
Adventures of Iron Tail - Chapter 01"Grounded"Adventures of Iron Tail - Chapter 012 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Alright, give us every coin you’ve got! And no funny business, you hear!?”
The couple had no choice; they didn’t have any weapons on them to defend themselves against the bandits, especially the large one in their group: a bear standing at an impressive seven foot height. The axe he wielded was none less terrifying either.
“P-Please don’t hurt us,” said the woman, who was sitting next to her husband at the driver’s seat. “We were just passing through!”
“Yeah, yeah…” the smaller bandit waved off. “Alright, big guy. Grab everything from the back.”
The bear nodded firmly to the wolf and made his way around the carriage. With the animals held down by their reigns by two other bandits, the old couple wasn’t going anywhere.
Suddenly, the woman gasped: “Oh no! George, the boy…!”
She turned her head to look towards the muscular bear man, who was a