How Avatar: the Last Airbender impacted me.As a Christian, I was raised to believe that God can speak to us through anything. I never really doubted that, but I guess I always assumed that anything bearing a message from God would go somewhere along the lines of a burning bush or a pillar of smoke; something powerful, enigmatic, and unexplainable any other way.
What I've learned in the past two year is that, a lot of times, the things that have the biggest impact in our lives come in the most unassuming forms. They're the mundane parts of your average routine, the things you experience in everyday life to which you never pay any mind. Little things like the grumpy old sales clerk, the adopted family member, or in my case, the television series you thought you would never watch.
It was in the summer of 2010 that a good friend of mine told me I should watch a show called Avatar: the Last Airbender. I had heard of the series many times, but had always dismissed it without a though. It being an anime-esque Nickelodeon progra
DW: Five Things Time Lords Don't DoBut the Doctor Definitely DoesDW: Five Things Time Lords Don't Do3 years ago in Romance More Like This
1. He daydreams:
It wasn't his fault, honestly! Rose should have known better than to wear such a short skirt with an almost see through top. In fact, she should know it was better (worse, definitely worse) if she covered every single inch of her body. It would be much, much easier for him to concentrate on fixing his sonic screwdriver. Every once in a while he would glance at her, but luckily she didn't notice. She was deeply engrossed in one of her magazines.
What would happen if he marched over to her, threw the magazine away and snogged her? He could practically feel her hands tearing at his hair, his arms around her waist. He could imagine running his arms up her back, feeling her shiver under his touch. Maybe he would run his fingers through her blonde hair, just to feel it.
"Doctor, are you all right?" she suddenly asked. She had stopped reading and was now staring at him. He realized he must have been staring at her for severa
Brutaka's Game: PrologueBrutaka’s Game: PrologueBrutaka's Game: Prologue5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Brutaka stared at the open ocean. All he had seen for the last thousand years was his island home. He was sick of it. It’s no fun being ‘stranded’ in the middle of an ocean world. He would rather be off doing other things, but his duty of guarding the Ignika came first. His duty was boring. In fact, the last thousand years of his life were boring. The only threat around was a stirring volcano, and all he ever did was otherwise hide from the Matoran struggling to stay alive. He let out a sigh of boredom and sat down, resting his back against a rock. With legs crossed, he pondered over ways to amuse himself.
"I could drop another Tahtorak in Metru Nui and watch it destroy half the city." he thought. But he immediately shook his head. It wouldn’t have the same level of amusement. He stood back up and activated his mask of Dimensional gates. The
M.I.A. Ch 12M.I.A. Ch 123 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 12
Before Sam even had a chance to stop him Mike pounced, roaring. He easily tackled his opponent and pined it to the ground by its shoulders. He raised his fist for a punch, but stopped himself as he recognized the cowering being.
“Scott?” Scott moved his hands out of the way and when he got a real grasp of who attacked him his eyes widened.
“Mike?” he gasped in horror. Mike Smiled.
“Scott!” The Hordika pulled him by the shirt and bear hugged him. Over Mike’s shoulder he could see Sam. She smiled awkwardly and waved.
“Sam?” he gasped, but not because he was surprised but because he couldn’t breathe. He grabbed Mike by the side and tried to pull himself away. Mike let go and he dropped to the ground. Scott then took another look at Mike.
“Mike?!” he said with dread. “What in hell’s name happened to you?!”
Always AlrightShe is gone.Always Alright3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Trapped in another world, so close and so, so far away from him.
It takes a minute to sink in, a minute with his forehead, hands, hearts pressed up against that featureless white wall.
He doesn't know which is more blank, that wall or his face.
He pulls away, her face surfacing to the forefront of his memories and he knows he'll never forget it no matter how long he travels or if he never even sees her again.
His brilliant beautiful human is really gone forever this time and it's his fault. But he pushes off the wall and sets himself to fixing this world, this world without Rose Tyler in it, this world that will never again see her wonderful smile.
He has to move on; but he can't. He knows he never will. The only thing he can do for the moment is to go back to his beautiful ship like he had so many times before , take solace in the TARDIS's familiar green glow and know that somewhere, somewhen, Rose Tyler is alive and is moving on with a whole family and maybe an empty hea
M.I.A.: Ch 13M.I.A.: Ch 133 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 13
Daniel cringed his teeth and groaned while he shifted his body around to find a more comfortable position for his leg. All it did was make it worse and brought him to the point of screaming. Josh covered his mouth.
“Keep it down.” he whispered harshly.
“Here,” Oscar pulled out another needle and stuck it in Daniel’s side. In a few moments he transitioned back to quiet moans. Oscar brought his attention back to another wounded Marine. He only had a long scratch on his back. It wasn’t deep and certainly isn’t fatal, yet for some reason his breathing was faint.
“Come on Richard, stay up.” He lightly slapped the Marine’s face. He stirred a bit, before slumping his head back over. “I don’t get it. What’s killing him?” Saber took a look and sniffed the air near his wound.
“Poison.” she whimpered quietly. “He m
Brutaka's Game: Ch 10Brutaka’s Game Chapter 10Brutaka's Game: Ch 105 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Mr. Petrik looked up and placed his hands on his waist. “Zach, how did you get up there?”
Lewa sat thirty feet above the ground, on a branch. He looked down and shrugged. “I climbed.”
“Well get down here, we’re going to have a huddle.”
Lewa climbed his way down and sat near the campfire, next to Mackenzie. Janet walked up and scooted herself close to him. Mark stood behind him and began recording the event with the camera.
B.J. took center staged and clasped his hands together. “Alright everyone, it has come to my attention that we adults can’t always be here to keep an eye on things. So after talking with Eric and Mr. Petrik we are going to prepare you to take care of yourselves until we have dealt with these Toa and their people.”
“Starting today Eric will teach you the basics i
M.I.A.: Ch 10M.I.A.: Ch 104 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 10
*Six months after departing*
Toa Naromia sat in her hut polishing her blade. It was a quiet night, but the Matoran were still on edge after a Visorak was spotted and then killed off by Terun. A high-pitched screech could be heard out side. She looked out and saw a messenger rahi swoop down and perch on her window. She walked over and pulled a scroll out of its carrying case and opened it. To her relief it was from Xipher.
I hope things are going more smoothly for you than for me. So far I’ve followed a lead, but the trail quickly went cold. So I’m going after another, less credible lead hoping it would have better results.
Just as I promised I’ve been doing my duty and helping out any Matoran and village I can along the way. However, my strange behavior hasn’t gone away. Despite my best efforts to suppress them, I still hiss and growl from time to time. Unfortunately I’
M.I.A. Ch 9M.I.A. Ch 94 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 9
*A year after Hakann’s Escape*
Xipher leaned against his hut, with his arms crossed and stared out into the night sky. Naromia came over. She was usually a welcomed sight, but not today as she walked in a rushed manner.
“I heard about what happened.” she said. “Is it true?” He huffed and looked at the ground.
“Yeah. I punched him. Hard.” She gasped.
“How could you? He’s our Turaga.”
“I know.” He turned and marched away. Her shoulders sunk and she quickly followed.
“Xipher talk to me, does this have something to do with Hakann?? He didn’t respond. “Xipher!” She reached out and touched his shoulder. He shook if off and turned around, eyes glowing red. She took a step back in surprise.
“No,” He growled, “It has to do with everything! The constant ridicule, not just fro
M.I.A. Ch 1M.I.A. Ch 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 1
"Mayday! Mayday! Can anybody read me?" yelled the pilot as the damaged Osprey descended. The squadron of troops was tense as the pilot got no response and sent out another call.
"What’s going on?!" Scott yelled over the sound of the damaged propellers.
"Does it look like I know?!" replied Sergeant Turner.
He stood at the tail end of the Osprey and looked outside the opening. Where he had just seen the sun and dessert, he now saw rain and darkness. Suddenly the plane began to experience turbulence and shook violently. The sergeant flailed his arms as he tried to regain balance. Scott reached out to grab him, but his leader leaned too far and fell out.
“No!” Scott cried.
If the fact that they were going to crash didn’t scare the men on board, the loss of their leader did. Some of the marines were beginning to be overwhelmed by fear, while others latched themselves to wh
M.I.A. Ch 7M.I.A. Ch 74 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 7
*Over 17,000 years ago*
“So Hakann, care to explain this?” Said Terun. The Toa of fire toyed with the vile, which was filled with a transparent, sickly green liquid. The Skakdi’s hideous smile grew wide.
“Wouldn’t you like to know.” Xipher placed his hands on the table.
“We know you’re not the smuggling type, so why the big risk?” Hakann leaned back against his chair.
“It pays well, why else?”
“That doesn’t surprise me.” Xipher spat as he took his turn examining the vile. Terun then spoke.
“Just who paid you and where are you taking this too?” The Skakdi shrugged.
“Don’t know, don’t care, so long as I’m getting paid.” He then smiled and raised his cuffed hands. “All though if you want I’m more than willing to give you guys a cut of it if you
M.I.A. Ch 8M.I.A. Ch 84 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 8
*Over 17,000 years ago*
Naromia moved out of the way as Xipher stormed from the Turaga’s hut.
“What happened in there?”
“What do you think?” he growled. “Another insulting lecture on how poorly I did my duty.” She followed him out of the village and too a stream, where he sat on a large boulder and buried his head in his hands. His sister sat down beside him and placed a hand on his shoulder.
“Xipher, I don’t care what he says. You should be glad no one was hurt.” He rubbed his forehead.
“Easy for you to say. You still don’t have a splitting headache.” After rubbing he looked at the palm of his hand.
“What’s on your mind?”
“It’s that vile. Hakkan said we’re oblivious to what’s going on and he’s right. Whatever was in that vile couldn’t have been go
M.I.A. Ch 6M.I.A. Ch 64 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 6
*Around 17,000 years ago*
“Get down!” shouted Terun.
Xipher did so and in time to avoid getting struck by a flying boulder. “You know you’re throwing stone at a Toa of stone, right?” he remarked. He stretched forth a hand and summoned a tower of stone underneath the Skakdi’s feet.
It launched him several yards into the air, where he landed on the steep and rocky slope above.
“You couldn’t of just grabbed him?” shot the Toa of fire.
“You’ve got to rough them up first. Make them too tired to fight back,” Xipher replied. The red Skakdi slowly got back up. “You two know you’re a thorn on my side, right?” He snapped back before firing a lava launcher at them.
The toa took off in different directions.
“Got any ideas of your own?” barked Xipher as he hid behind a large boulder.
M.I.A. Ch 11M.I.A. Ch 114 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 11
*Three years after leaving home*
Xipher leaned back in his chair with legs crossed on the table. His eyes were shut and he heard two figures approach him.
“Are you Xipher?” He opened his eyes and looked up at the Toa of Fire. Next to him was a Toa or air and neither appeared to be in a mood to make friends.
“Yeah,” he replied in an uninviting tone. “What about it?” Both sat down on the opposite side.
“We’re hoping you would assist us in a rescue mission.” The Toa of fire then gestured to the bar tender for two drinks. Xipher crossed his arms.
“There’s plenty of Toa of stone out there. Especially ones less…. aggressive. So why me?” The Toa of air spoke up.
“While your lack of happy-mood is a problem, we believe we’d benefit each other.”
“I don’t see how.” he
Draconic Changes Late in the afternoon I slowly woke up from a nap in my yard. I was tired after a hard morning of yard work and felt a little sore. Slowly, I opened my eyes and groaned as my head was pounding. Figuring it was from the hard work, I slowly stood up only to lose my balance and landed hard on my stomach. Letting out a heavy sigh at my own clumsiness, I slowly looked at my foot thinking I over worked it early. To my surprise, it had changed; my foot looked like a scaly red paw. Shocked by this I looked myself over rapidly to find I had two large wings, a tail and what looked like a bladed spin at the tip of the tail. Somehow I had changed into a quadruped dragon.Draconic Changes2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I was baffled by this transformation. I had no idea exactly how I felt as my emotions and thoughts turned into a melee within my head. Being a fan of dragons, this was exciting and a day dream that came true. However, the feeling of joy wasn’t alone. Despair and worry were stro
Brutaka's Game: Ch 2Brutaka's Game: Ch 2Brutaka's Game: Ch 25 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Jaller marched on top the village wall, keeping watch for any threats, when something along the trail caught his attention. It was Tahu, Gali, Pohatu and Takanuva racing down the trail with Lewa in their arms. He turned to a guard and ordered him to open the gate.
The Toa ran through and passed dozen of makeshift huts on their way to Tahu’s. Tahu pushed the draped door aside and helped place his brother on his bed.
"Alright," said Gali "we need to act quick. Let us summon all of our healing powers." Tahu, Pohatu and Takanuva drew out their weapons and placed them on Lewa's chest. They glowed and sent pulses of energy through his body. With a wave of her hand she ordered them to stop. As they put their weapons away, Gali summoned her powers. She placed her hands several inches apart with palms facing each other. A flash of blue appeared and quickly turned into a gro
M.I.A. Ch 2M.I.A. Ch 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A Ch 2
*Over 17,000 years ago*
The new Toa of stone examined himself for a third time. He could feel the new power flowing through him. It was amazing, and yet somewhat nerve racking. This power came at a price: he had to use it to protect the Matoran, something the novice wasn’t good at nor had any interest in doing. His approaching brother was one of several reasons why.
“Of all people I never expected you to become a Toa.” Smirked the Toa of fire as he slapped a hand on his shoulder.
“Same to you.” He snapped back.
“Hey, at least I have a Toa-like quality. What do you have, your personality?” The Toa clutched his fist. “Just as I thought.” The Toa of fire shrugged and walked off. He looked at himself again. There was something about all this that wasn’t right. Becoming a Toa was a high honor indeed, but he didn’t feel that he was meant to be one. He lo