DeadlineDeadlines. Oh, how Langston Parker hated deadlines. They always seemed to crawl toward him at first, picking their way leisurely through weeks of plotting and typing and revising and retyping; but then they suddenly screamed, "BOO!" and leaped out from behind his computer monitor to torment him through the final weeks leading up to publication. His editors loved setting them. He was all too adept at breaking them.Deadline8 years ago in Horror More Like This
He leaned forward in his computer chair, squinting at the screen through eyes clouded from lack of sleep. Four empty mugs stood at easy reach around him, resting on stacks of discarded manuscript. Stacks that were growing taller with every passing hour when they should have been shrinking – the Day of Reckoning was a mere seventy-two hours away, and he still had fourteen chapters to write.
The bags under his eyes twitched, as though encouraging the lids above them to close. Parker blinked them into submission and rested his fingers on the keyboard once more. They spit out a s
After What I've Done"After What I've Done"After What I've Done6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Based on the song "The Opened Way" from "Shadow of the Colossus"
lyrics by Joseph Blanchette
I would turn my soul to see your eyes again
Follow the voice inside so I can feel warmth once more
I'll ride across forbidden lands with sword in hand
Make the mountains bleed until there's nothing left
With every step I take, I'm lost
With every heart I spill, I'm found
I've lost to much only to be lied to
Will you love me after what I've done here?
TG - The Art of FuThe Art of Fu: A Legend BeginsTG - The Art of Fu5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I've been lucky for a while.
As a little kid, I wanted to get picked for something in class and the teacher just happened to pick me. I got the winning run in a little league game because the other team committed seventeen errors in a single play. A prize machine once paid out all its tickets to me.
It didn't happen with everything. And sometimes, on the things I wanted the most, it never seemed to work. But when I was really focused and relaxed, it was like things bended my way. It got really weird when I wanted a personal fridge in my bedroom and it just appeared one day. So far as my mom was concerned, I'd had it for years.
I thought of my friend with black hair instead of blond hair (like he always wanted) and he came to school with it one day. I always happened upon the biggest secrets in Zelda, I never died in any of the bullet hell shooters I loved, and I always won in matches verses friends.
I was humble about it with all the dirty looks I
Red Velvet, Black VelvetRose Lalonde is not familiar with adults. Her mother only invites friends for "tea" on occasion, and they all might as well be the same woman. They form a blurred parade in her mind, a never ending procession of socialites toeing the line of middle-age. She sees their different outfits, different press-dried hairstyles, but always, always that same copy-pasted smile fresh from the school of passive aggressive knocks. Oh, what a charming dress, I remember having one like that as a little girl. Oh, you're still writing your little stories? Good for you, it's good to spread out of those dark little horror books you always read. Little, little, little- always the operative word.Red Velvet, Black Velvet4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Mr. Egbert is different. For one thing he is, as his name may suggest, a man. Her experience with older men is almost non-existent, and from her point of view they might as well be a different species from her entirely: silent, rugged beasts stalking jungles of business suits and automobiles. He does indeed
1: The Mistake“Dreyden… We need to talk.”1: The Mistake2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
That was what she said. That was where it all ended. Or where it all began, depending on which way you looked at it.
“This just… isn’t working. I mean-… Listen-… I love you. I’m never going to say that I don’t, but-…”
It was already over, and he knew it.
It wasn’t the first time he’d dealt with a breakup, but it was the first time that it hurt.
Dreyden Blazer hadn’t had a single thing ever turn out right in his life. Twenty-five years of absolute failure, constant disappointment, and an impressive amount of rotten luck.
That was just life, as far as he was concerned.
Ever since he was born, Dreyden believed, it had always been his destiny to be nothing more than a screw-up. Because that’s what he was: a mistake.
His brother was the one they wanted. Brian was the good child. Brian was the successful one. He was thirty-two now; handsome, muscular- and everythin
Mommy? -Cloverfield-WARNING!!! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED CLOVERFIELD AND/OR HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE REVIEWS/THEORIES/VIRAL TIE-INS. THOUGH THIS SHORT STORY MAY END UP HAVING NO RELEVANCE TO THE PLOT OF THE MYTH OF THE CREATURE, THERE ARE STILL SPOILING ELEMENTS TO THE FILM AND FAKE NEWSCASTING ON THE WEB. WATCHING THE FILM FIRST IS STRONGLY ADVISED!Mommy? -Cloverfield-7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
And now for those who have passed by the warning or don't give a damn, please enjoy the following interputation of the monster of the movie, based on recent reports of what the design and concept of the creature was "to be" or "were" based on.
What has happened to the world?
Where did these fleshy ants come from?
Why have the oceans gotten so small?
Where is my mommy?
I was sleeping for so long
The days have turned to years
I thought I was safe here
Knowing my mother was with me
Then something crashed from the sky
And the ants began to make so much noise
I finally awoke to a fright
My mother was nowhere to b
why do I suck at titlesJohn Egbert, age 8, February 4th.why do I suck at titles4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
He hadn't thought much of him when he first saw him. In fact, he wasn't even aware that it was a person. John just thought it was a bird. But he definitely noticed it was very much a person. The blond landed right in front of him. John stared in awe. The ninja kid only gave him a short look through his shades before continuing on his way to the same elementary school John was headed for.
He smiled to himself and began walking towards school once more. What a cool new kid.
Dave Strider, age 9, March 12th.
God, he only saw him at lunch and recess, but that 3rd grader with buck teeth was so damn adorable. (He wouldn't admit that using cuss words made him feel so much older and mature; he'd say that that is just a thing he did, as a coolkid.) And no, it wasn't Jade. He didn't know his name, But he wanted to. He wanted to protect him from those annoying kids that bullied him all the time, wanted t
Hotel Wawanakwa 05THE HOTEL WAWANAKWA: Part FiveHotel Wawanakwa 053 years ago in Horror More Like This
Approximately two hours must have passed since ensemble of Total Drama had been first thrown into this nightmarish game. In that time no one had yet to find the hidden prize money, three contestants had been eliminated, and at least three interns were hunting their prey. The ground floor had become rather quiet in that time, Trent's team choosing to move up a floor after crossing paths with Noah and Eva twice. Team E-Scope was looking a little thin, missing two party members, but Noah had decided it was better that way. Brains and muscle, he and Eva were enough of a team to turn the whole hotel on its head.
Eva somehow must have heard the inner dialogue as she upturned a large vase, emptied it of debris, than let it smash to pieces on the tile below. Noah internally frowned, he didn't mean for her to literally turn the place upside-down.
"Eva," he gestured with his hands, "Calm down."
"I am calm!" she snapped back, stomping back towards the lobby.
Hotel Wawanakwa: 01HOTEL WAWANAKWAHotel Wawanakwa: 014 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
On an average day for the average person, it might be a little disconcerting to find oneself in a strange abandoned building, unconscious on the floor. Panic and dread would follow your awakening, with paranoia and a million questions overloading your brain. This wasn't the case for 23 still unaware teens, haphazardly sleeping on the floor and various pieces of furniture in what appeared to be a lobby. This was just the beginning of another dramatic day, under the sadistically cruel wing of host Chris Maclean.
The creak of a door opening, hinges almost rusted through, and the echo of footsteps signaled the first sign of activity in the lobby. Briskly, almost enthusiastically the steps made their way to the mess of bodies, passing by a dusty and worn reception desk. Embellishing the once rich maple colored desk, hung the remains of the establishments title, mostly unreadable except for the word: HOTEL.
Beyond the dirty, shattered windows, the sun wa
WTMCO Conquest: Part 9Part 9WTMCO Conquest: Part 98 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I do not own Avatar: the Last Airbender, or any of the names or characters of the show. I merely control them for my own twisted pleasure from this point in the story on.
Zuko knocked before opening the door but didn't wait for permission to enter before walking in. He noticed a long time ago that these rooms were different than the others in the palace, and he just figured out why. The color scheme was different for there were only oranges and yellows in use; each color was lighter in this room.
He hoped Katara felt a little more at ease here without the major reds of the Fire Nation glaring at her night and day. He only stopped to think about it for a split second before continuing on.
The small apartment had three major rooms: the bedroom, which was directly to the right of the entrance, the main living room, which w
FMA Crystal Chronicles Chap 2FMA Crystal Chronicles Chap 23 years ago in Comedy More Like This
Al:*woke up before them and yawned slightly*
Ed:*had slept in a bit*
Em:*wakes up**yawns**rubs her eye*.
Ed:*yawned a little, stirs*
Al: Brother? *nudged him*
Em:*gets up and stares at ed* Ed? you awake?
Ed:*yawns, groans slightly* Yeah....
Em:*gave a stern face* dont sound like it
Al:*went over to her, whispers* I have an idea. .
Em:*looks at Al and whispers back* hmm? what is it Al?
Al:Why not get a cup of water and pour it on him, he should wake up if its cold enough
Em:Um...*blinks* ok. *goes out of room to get a cup of water*Ed:*had the covers off of his head as he stirred*
Al:*looked to where she went*
Em:*got back in room* got it *gave al the cup of water*
Al:Thanks *went over to Ed* Brother I'd get up
Ed:*shooed him away*
Al:I guess its time for the second option *pours it on him*
Ed:*jumped from the cold water onto the floor* hey! Al!
A;You wouldn't wake up
Ed:*looked at him* Yeah....
Em:*hands ed a towel* here *smiles* so you can dry off from the water *blushes
FMA Eternal Love Chapter 2-2FMA Eternal Love Chapter 2-24 years ago in Comedy More Like This
Chapter 2 part 2
Ed: *laughs* w-wow... heh heh in your time sure seems pretty interesting.
Em: yours to. I wish I could do Alchemy, but I cant.
Ed: I bet you can!
Em: how though?
Ed: Heh heh I can teach you how to use Alchemy.
Em: wha?! Is that possible for me to do?! I-i-i-i-i- I dont know if im able to do it. I mean I want to but im not sure if im able to do it. *eyes sadden*
Ed: *eyes sadden**smiles* Im sure your able to do it.
Em: *smiles* well lets hope so.
~Emmy 's eyes started to get heavy. Then Emmy started to get tired. Then Emmy tries to wake up but fell alseep. Ed smiles and carried her to winrys room~
Ed: Oi! Winry!
Winry: huh? *looks at Em* shes asleep right?
Ed: yeah. I guess Emmy and I talked so much she put herself to sleep.
Winry: Oh really? Well she can sleep over their. I set that bed up for her. It should be ok for her.
~Ed puts Emmy on the bed Winry made for Emmy to sleep on~
Ed: *yawns* I need to ge
Enola GayDo you know my name?Enola Gay9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Can you even hear my voice?
I know you've suffered,
But the time has come.
I have to ask for more from you,
But then this pain will end
In brilliance brighter than the sun.
This sin—my son, my Little Boy—
Will drop down from the sky
And everything will change.
The gravity of history
Aligns upon our backs.
The world is black and white today,
Like it never was before.
My path is clear. Thy will be done.
This thing is right.
This thing is right.
It's quiet, cloudless, bright. I soar.
And then the fist of god slams down
With strength you can't imagine.
The world begins to come undone;
The buildings flake away, into
Cherry blossoms that fall and fade,
And then the rain of black,
The poison rain begins.
The thing no one understands:
Although my flight is done,
My sin, my son, my Little Boy
Is still exploding every day.
I hear it from my hangar.
You hear it in your bones,
Your words, your sons, your flag,
Your deeds, your chromosomes.
I don't want your forgiveness,
Hotel Wawanakwa: 02THE HOTEL WAWANAKWA: Part TWOHotel Wawanakwa: 024 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Ten minutes after Justin left the premises and Chris speedily (well vaguely actually) explained the remaining details of the latest Total Drama challenge. The host excused himself down a hall, clicking a remote control over his head before disappearing. It became clear moments later what the remote did when Duncan stormed towards the front entrance to find it locked tight. The pierced teen commented it "unusual" that such a decrepit hotel had such tight security before joining sides with Gwen. Their fingers curled together discretely by their sides, but even so Courtney couldn't miss the gesture, even from 20 feet away.
Left to strategize amongst themselves, groups quickly formed to begin the hunt for the hidden prize money. Tyler, Lindsay, Beth, Katie and Sadie all headed upstairs towards the guest rooms with Tyler as the leader. Leshawna pooled together Harold, DJ and Trent to explore the ballrooms and dining area on the main level. Owen still hadn't wok
FMA Crystal Chronicles Chap 1FMA Crystal Chronicles Chap 13 years ago in Comedy More Like This
~It was a spring morning, Ed and Al had a happy start for once to the day and were heading out to see Roy for a quick recap on things.~
~in roys office~
Ed and Al:*walked into Central and up to Roy's office, Al knocks*
Roy: come in
Ed:*walked in first then Al behind him* Hey Mustang!
Al:*smiled* Hello there
Roy: oh hello fullmetal. what brings you here?
Ed:Thought me and Al would come and see if there's anything new going on.
Roy: hmm well sort of. I heard from a commotion from one of my officers that a group of men broke out of prison to look for someone. They say they are looking for a girl who wears a black cloak. i dont get it but they say she has a power no one has ever have. not even an alchemist as myself and you guys will be able to have.
Ed:Really........*thinks* I bet we could find her and get her on our side.
Roy: well your mission today is get her on our side and see what power she has. Im putting you in charge of her ed *points at ed*
To Learn To Fly AgainSometimes, when Rose was feeling particularly bored, she'd lower her knitting needles and stare at a trunk in the corner of her room. Her eyebrows would come together as an urge to open it and search through its contents consumed her, and usually she'd ignore that urge in favor of finishing whatever item she was knitting at that moment - whether it was a scarf or a sweater.To Learn To Fly Again3 years ago in Romance More Like This
But it was a day in which the urge to go through that white trunk over came her, and she stood from the rocking chair situated in the opposite corner of her room. The needles and incomplete scarf of the day rested on her dark purple and white bed comforter, and she approached the trunk almost cautiously. She knelt in front of it, hands trailing over the gentle dome of it, eyeing the symbol on the top of it that had been on her God Tier.
With a careful sigh she popped the lock on it, lifting the lid up. Boxes and photo albums greeted her, some covered in dust, others not so much. But the box she most wanted she knew
KH2: Scars that Never HealKH2: Scars that Never Heal8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Scars that Never Heal"
Rating: T for mild swearing and violence.
Pairings: Mild AkuRoku. Very Mild.
Disclaimer: Very little of this belongs to me. All I can claim ownership over is my interpretation of Axel's Somebody, Lea. I happen to think the name Lea is cute.
A/N: My notes are at the end of the fic, 'cause otherwise they'd spoil it.
It had been a long day.
That was a massive understatement, he thought grimly, slowly shrugging his way out of the heavy black jacket draped over his lean frame. It was soaked with sweat and clung to his skin in sticky patches, leeching at his already tender body as he struggled to remove himself from it. Finally freed, he flung the garment to the ground in disgust and looked himself over in the mirror that stood in the corner of his rather barren white room. White desk, white bed with light blue covers, white framed mirror, and a white wardrobe that held, surprise, a row of uniform black coats. The bed happened to have drawers built into the
A Final DuetA Final Duet2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
My dear Vinyl, who could have foreseen
my dear friend, how long has it been
It seemed an eternity since I've seen your face
so leaving the train I had a quick pace
I went to our house, nopony was there
I peered inside, but found it was bare
I wondered then, what could have occurred
you leaving town just seemed so absurd
I searched high and ever so low
wondering still, where did you go
I asked around, nopony talked
with sad faces, away they walked
I didn't Know, I wondered why
what had I said to make them cry
Suddenly I heard a tune I knew
I heard it before while I lived with you
I saw a glimmer, a spark of hope
at the top of a grassy slope
It came from there, without a doubt
the song I heard, the town throughout
The sound you played, it beckoned to me
I followed it gladly, filled with glee
But as I reached the top of this hill
my happiness had all but it's fill
Sadness now came in roaring seas
FNAF: Human! Fem! Puppet x Male! ReaderFNAF: Human! Fem! Puppet x Male! Reader1 month ago in Romance More Like This
You didn't know what to make of your nightguard job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. You did need the money, but you didn't expect ten or eleven robots to try to get into the office to try and kill you. Or at least one of them didn't seem to be that way: the one in the Prize Corner you were told about on your first two nights on the job. You never really saw the robot in question, you only knew it was a puppet because you were told that. You've been keeping the puppet at bay by using the music box like they told you, but you also knew that there would come a time where just one slip-up could get you killed.
You've been having a hectic night, checking the cameras, putting your mask on whenever the animatronics came your way, and keeping Foxy from pouncing on you using your flashlight. Not only were the new animatronics on the move, but also the old ones have been trying to get you as well. You've been so focused on saving yourself that you forgot to wind up the music box when it finished play
DefectDefect6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
It feels like falling into a deep, thick darkness. You get used to it, but the first time it can be a little creepy. Sometimes you fear youll get stuck in that darkness, that you cant get back up into the light. Its cold, but not the physical shivering cold. Its not easy to explain exactly how it feels unless you tried it yourself. Im just happy its only rarely I have to go through it.
Well, here I am again, waking up on a bed in a medic bay. Though its the first time I woke up in this exact place. Last time I went through this it was back on the Massive. It has been so long ago, I hoped I was over it; that I didnt have to worry about it ever again. I guess I was wrong. Of course Im not over it. A defect like this just wont go away on its own.
Seems like Im alone, I cant see anyone around when sitting up. At least last time I had a friend waiting for me to wake
When The Mask Comes Off:Chp.30Chapter 30: BlindsidedWhen The Mask Comes Off:Chp.308 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I do not own Avatar: the Last Airbender, or any of the names or characters of the show. I merely control them for my own twisted pleasure from this point in the story on.
A muffled female yell caught Zuko's attention. Recognizing it as Katara, he turned to just in time to see her drop her heel into Sho's instep. Silently applauding her before panic set in, he turned away from his current adversary, fully intending to help her escape.
A jerk from behind him made him spin sideways before pain clouded his vision. It took him the same amount of time to register the fact that there was a fist in his gut as it did to realize who the fist belonged to.
"Concentrate," Hanae growled into his ear. "I am your opponent. Had you been anyone else, you would be dead at this moment."
Zuko's chest clenched painfully as he
Gift of the GodsGift of the GodsGift of the Gods7 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
Smiling, Alex stood on the beach, basking in the warm rays of the morning sun, his bare feet buried in the still night-cold sand. This was it, what he'd looked for during his journey. With closed eyes, he took in the sounds of this place, the gently rocking surf, the cries of the cicadas, a couple of seagulls wrangling over some kind of juicy booty... it wasn't actually a quite place, but besides his breathing, there was not a single human-made sound.
The small Aegean island he'd gone ashore lay far away from commercial shipping routes, and its rocky composition had prevented it from becoming host to one of the hideous looking concrete blocks all too common in popular sea resorts. With beach chairs and waiters, and no difference to thousands of other similar resorts all
When The Mask Comes Off:Chp.24Chapter 24: ConfessionsWhen The Mask Comes Off:Chp.248 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I do not own Avatar: the Last Airbender, or any of the name or characters of the show. I merely control them for my own twisted pleasure from this point in the story on.
It felt strange to wake up and look over at the Blue Spirit and see Prince Zuko's face. Katara wondered if he had felt the same way at first; waking up to see her face morning after morning and not knowing how she would react.
She'd dreamt the night before. She'd dreamt of peace and fire and two dolls that embraced forever. She knew it was only a matter of time before she had to face her brother and Aang. Toph wouldn't care much; the blind girl would probably laugh at her for making Sokka faint. The thought made her smile and a giggle escaped her lips.
It was hard to believe it had been less than a week since she and the others had been