A 40K ChristmasTwas the night before ChristmasA 40K Christmas9 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
and all through the barracks
not a creature was stirring not even the ferrets.
The servitor stalked through the hallways with care
as though in fear they may be mauled by a bear.
The Space Marines all tucked in tight in their bunks,
dreaming of blowing the 'nids into chunks.
When all of a sudden there arose a great clatter,
I called an Inquisitor to look into the matter.
I ran to the hanger, Laspistol in hand,
and saw a red Thunderhawk with a single white band.
From it there walked a man clad in red,
no sign of a helmet atop his great bearded head.
He carried a sack filled with hundreds of boxes,
and for a moment my fear fell upon poxes,
but then he laughed, in a great 'belly-laugh',
knocking me down, out of reach of my staff.
And then in a time no more than a heartbeat,
he drew out a present and laid it at my feet.
He made his way past the security beams,
giving presents to soldiers who were deep in their dreams.
When he w
Nightmares: Jeff the Killer Story Part 3A throbbing pain in the side of my head told me I was alive. My weary eyes opened to find myself back in my room. Had it all been a dream again? Had I bumped my head on the wall somehow? Then the image of someone standing over me told me no, it was real. I became confused.Nightmares: Jeff the Killer Story Part 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Who are you? Why didn't you kill me?" I demanded to know.
"I told you, you're beautiful," he reached and played with a lock of my hair. A tear escaped down my cheek and then more followed. I covered my face with my hands and sobbed. Then my breathing became out of control and I began coughing and hyperventilating. "Are you all right?" he asked as if he cared.
"N..no, I can't breath," I sat up and held my chest and continued to cry.
"Deep breaths, Raven," he said.
"How do you know my name?" I shook.
"It's on your door," he answered.
"Oh, yeah, I made that," I smiled finally able to breath a bit better. He sat on the bed and put an arm around me. Where was his knife? I glanced around my room to find he had placed it o
TF2: Shy GirlTF2: Shy Girl4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
She looked into the mirror hanging on her bedroom wall, her mask on. It was normal day on the base. Everyone was doing their own thing. She, the BLU Team's Pyro, was still gazing at herself in the mirror, battling her wits about doing something she was trying to avoid doing.
Since Scout helped her that day when the RED Spy slashed her, his comment about leaving her mask off stuck in her mind. She didn't know why, but it did. None of the other teammates questioned her reason for leaving the mask on, only Scout.
Her fingers itched as she was holding the bottom of her mask. Should she take it off? What if the others found her repulsive? She wasn't exactly proud of the scars on her face. She found them ugly and just reminded her of the past she wished she could forget.
Then she remembered Scout saying she wasn't bad-looking. It was probably his way of saying that maybe, perhaps, she's pretty? Pyro shook her head. How silly of her to think that. She huffed, staring at the mirror. Just for o
Monster Club (Chapter 14)Monster Club (Chapter 14)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Let them go!” Abraham spun to look behind Gregory’s gun. Behind him was a furious and dangerous looking Michelle. Her eyes flared with an intense anger and her fists were clenched. Behind her was Tamil, who looked slightly confused. He couldn’t see what was in front of him, but he knew what was going on. There was much to be worried about. Abraham dared not move, as the hunter, Gregory turned to face Michelle.
“So, the werewolf rears her head? So does the mummy.”
“I said let them go, bastard.” Michelle snarled. She made a dangerous move towards him, but Gregory made a threatening motion with the gun back towards Calypso.
“You’re in no position to make threats, werewolf.” He mocked. Michelle growled dangerously, but slowly lowered her fists to her side, fighting herself to keep from attacking.
“What do you want?” Michelle asked him dangerously.
“Purity.” Gregory snapped. “You and your kind h
Monster Club (Chapter 6)Monster Club (Chapter 6)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After the conversation with Solomon, Abraham went up to his room and lay down. He stared up at the ceiling from his bed and considered all that had been going on. So many thoughts and feelings flooded his consciousness…most of them about the strange group of monsters he now had to live with. Though he was starting to like them, he couldn’t help but think of them as monsters or something sub human. Something deep down told him that this was a cold stereotype…almost as if he was being somewhat racist…but he simply couldn’t help his thoughts. After all, he barely knew them.
A dridder that is open and friendly and likes to sew clothes. A werewolf girl who is a strong and loyal leader for her family. A shy and timid mermaid with a little girls crush. A vampire with unbelievable power and intimidating abilities. And finally, a young mummy with a sense of humor and a few secrets of his own. Top it all off with a ghost who owns an old lake house that several po
Monster Club (Chapter 5)Monster Club (Chapter 5)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The sun was high in the sky now. The overcast sky seemed to be brightening now as the lake shimmered with the suns glow. The inside of the house seemed to brighten under the sun. Abraham was rather impressed by the appearance of it…it hardly seemed like a house of monsters and ghouls any more. Solomon continued to stare up at Abraham, expecting him to speak up. Abraham was slightly nervous. Solomon had told him to stop digging into the fate of Katie, and he had disobeyed…but now Solomon was saying that he had wanted Abraham to do it? How did that make any sense?
"I…I don't understand…you actually wanted me to investigate the disappearance of Katie?" Abraham asked. Solomon nodded.
"Yes, I did."
"Then…why did you try to stop me earlier?" Solomon just laughed hardily at him.
"I wasn't trying to stop you…I only was trying to strengthen your resolve and feed your curiosity." Solomon explained. "I wanted to see how far you would be willing to go to find out the truth about her…and I must say
Monster Club (Chapter 17)Monster Club (Chapter 17)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Packing took almost no time at all, as no one really had that much they were looking to take with them. Everyone was excited for the beach and were all acting out of the ordinary! Sarah was giddy and trembling with excitement, running around looking for clothes to wear and helping other to pack their luggage. Tamil stumbled around his room wildly, trying to find his suitcase. When asked why he needed it, he would answer “You take suitcase with you when travel, yes?” Abraham found his response hilarious and pointed out that he didn’t need to pack anything...just a towel.
Michelle was in her room packing. She had been to the beach before, and already had some idea of what she was doing. She had a small bag of towels, a book, and her swimsuit. Katie was by far the most reluctant to pack. She seemed a little reluctant, but in the end, she couldn’t her excitement at the thought of seeing it for the first time. Abraham didn’t have much to pack, as he had very li
Monster Club (Chapter 12)Monster Club (Chapter 12)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Abraham, you listening?” Michelle asked sharply. Abraham’s head snapped up to attention. He had been so lost in his thoughts that he hadn’t heard Michelle speak to him. The entire club was seated at the table and were just finishing up breakfast. Michelle had apparently been addressing the entire table to give an announcement.
“Sorry,” Abraham replied sheepishly, “just a lot on my mind.”
A week had passed since Katie’s return and Asher had displayed his devastating abilities. For all respects and purposes, it seemed as if the house had returned to normal…for the most part. Living in Tamil’s room was nice and quiet, if a little dank. Tamil often joked that Abraham didn’t need to worry about snoring or noises…because it was quiet as a crypt when he slept. Abraham had laughed at this, but the first night that he’d slept in the room, he noticed that Tamil hadn’t been joking, the nights in the Monst
Monster Club (Chapter 15)Monster Club (Chapter 15)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I hungered. My body was on fire with it. I staggered through the cursed forest searching…sniffing…and growling. I hadn’t eaten in so long…I couldn’t afford to. Every day was a battle with myself. I couldn’t become a monster, I was myself…I was Asher…I wasn’t a beast. I needed to control myself. I had to. And yet, it was a hopeless struggle. I felt the rage within…the thirst.
Suddenly I perked up…I smelled it. The smell of flesh and blood…the smell of a human. My eyes darted from left to right, scanning for that smell. I could see him…about 300 yards away. There was something laying in front of him, but the man was closer…and his smell was so…delicious.
I felt my hunger take hold of my senses. I gave in to madness and hunger as logic fled my mind. I drove through the undergrowth with full speed, the world flying past me as the shadows of the night coated my body in
Monster Club (Chapter 2)Monster Club (Chapter 2)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Monster Club?!" Abraham cried in stunned amazement. "You mean…like a school club or something?" Solomon laughed.
"Don't be so daft, boy…it's just a name." Solomon walked towards the stairs and made his way down. Abraham followed close behind him as they walked through the still dark house. The rain outside was still pouring heavily, but the lightning and thunder seemed to have died down considerably. "What we really are is a safe haven. We provide a home for monsters who have none. Currently we have 5 monsters that reside here…and you will get to meet each and every one of them." Abraham felt his heart skip a beat. Would he really have to face all of these monsters? What would they be like?
"Would either of you like some tea?" Abraham turned to see Sarah scuttling behind them. She was tying a white apron behind her back and tying her hair back with a red ribbon. If she didn't have those spider legs and abdomen…she'd be a very beautiful young woman.
Monster Club (Chapter 11)Monster Club (Chapter 11)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I could only stand there...I could only watch and listen to them as they pointed and laughed. I was on a stage in front of an audience of people who were all shouting and laughing. The bars of my cage felt so cold and they made me feel so confined. I was dirty, and I was freezing. The ring master did not consider me human enough to deserve clothes...so all I could do was curl up in my cage...exposing myself to the cold, to the elements, and to the crowd of onlookers. The ring master was standing on stage in front of my cage, introducing me to the crowd, but never calling me by a name. The little sign under my cage read "THE SPIDER GIRL." That was my name, as I had not been given one. I was not human enough to deserve a name either, it seemed. I had nothing to call myself.
When he called his show workers and assistance up to assist him, I shivered and backed as far to the edge of my cage as I could as the two show workers came to my cage and opened the door. The cr
Monster Club (Chapter 7)Monster Club (Chapter 7)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When the night of the full moon finally came, the entire house was on edge. Abraham could feel the tension. Even Sarah, who was always so chipper and happy seemed slightly out of focus and a little lost in her own thoughts. She spent most of her time in the yard weaving her webs around the borders of the yard over and over again. Solomon stayed cooped up in the kitchen, staring out the window. Tamil sat quietly in the living room, not talking. His humor was dry and his spirit wasn’t in the humor. Calypso was even more clumsy than normal. Her gaze was somewhere off into space and she was easily distracted.
However, of everyone in the house, it was Asher and Michelle who were acting the most odd. Asher would spend the day cleaning a pistol while occasionally slipping off into a short nap, which he would quickly wake up from and curse himself for falling asleep. When someone tried to speak to him, he was slow to respond, if he responded at all. Michelle stayed cooped up in her room.
Monster Club (Chapter 3)Monster Club (Chapter 3)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Alright, well we've done enough standing around." Solomon said firmly. "The sun will be coming up soon and we have work to do." The house suddenly seemed to come alive as everyone started rushing off to different locations. The only one who seemed to remain behind was Asher. Abraham watched them all go and looked back at Solomon and Asher.
"Where is everyone going?" Abraham asked.
"To do their jobs." Solomon explained. "This house is not just my home anymore…it's theirs as well. As residence here, they have to do their part to take care of the house. Just because it's a haunted house doesn't mean it needs to look like one." Abraham smiled and nodded. It made sense in a strange sense. They were monsters…but that didn't necessarily mean that they enjoyed the unpleasant and ugly." Solomon pointed outside and indicated the lake and backyard. "Some of them do yard work…like Tamil. Others do work to benefit the rest of us like Sarah…and others, like Asher here do what they can to keep the h
Monster Club (Chapter 16)Monster Club (Chapter 16)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Abraham and Asher walked through the doors silently, without a word. Abraham wasn’t quite sure what to say to Asher after hearing what he had. He still knew so little about Asher…and that made him nervous, but at the same time, he couldn’t help but find Asher’s story a little comforting. He wasn’t a soulless monster, or just some beast…he did have feelings and he did care. This knowledge was somehow helpful.
“Abraham!” Michelle came walking out from the den with a smile on her face. “I see Asher found you well?”
“More or less.” Abraham answered. He looked to see Solomon standing in the far corner, looking up with a sad smile. There was something on the old mans mind, but he wasn’t letting anyone in on it.
“That’s good to hear.” Michelle commented. “Listen, Asher…we need to talk.” Abraham turned to see that the smile on Asher’s face had faded.
“Yeah, no kiddin
Shizuka Takahashi versus the Whack-A-Moles!Shizuka Takahashi. Amaterasu. The Silent Queen of the Underground. The bearer of the Phoenix.Shizuka Takahashi versus the Whack-A-Moles!3 years ago in Settings More Like This
She was embroiled in her greatest battle yet.
Her enemies were legion. They lurked within their cthonian lairs until the time was ripe to burst out of their burrows in many an attempt to ambush her. They always attacked en masse, their vectors multiple and their patterns unpredictable. And when she confronted them, they swiftly went to ground like the cowards they were, planning to wait her fury out.
But Shizuka proved swifter. Her lightning fast strikes tore through their ranks and cut them off from their lines of retreat. She struck them down again and again before they could gain sanctuary, hammered them into the black abyss that spawned them.
Yet even after she violently drove them back into the hell they came from, they always returned, their numbers replenished and their movements faster than before. And despite the horrific losses they suffered, they continued to grin all throughout the
Monster Club (Chapter 1)Monster Club (Chapter 1)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The sky cried powerful tears over Abraham's head. He pulled his coat over his head and continued to run down the dirt road, which was quickly turning to mud beneath this torn and blood covered sneakers. He had been running for what felt like weeks, but for what only could have been a few days. Nothing looked familiar to him…which is what he wanted. The trees toward over him like great leafy giants, glaring at him…challenging him. Lightning stuck over head, lighting the sky with its deadly and brilliant lights. The thunder clap was like a loud roar, daring him to continue his made race. Nature itself conspired against him...it fought him.
"Go ahead," he growled to himself, "it's not like life's done me any favors before."
The truth was that Abraham Singer had been running for most of his life. He had no home to speak of…and he had no adults to call parents. To the common eye, Abraham Singer was just a simple 15 year old orphan boy. However, it wasn't pity Abraham wanted…nor was it empat
Monster Club (Chapter 13)Monster Club (Chapter 13)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Abraham walked silently with the others, careful to remember where they were going and starting to wonder how far away they had to go in order to go shopping. Michelle was in the lead, walking briskly and with purpose. Tamil was hanging back slightly. He was smiling and looking around him, clearly enjoying getting the chance to be out and about. Calypso was looking at her feet, still a little embarrassed from the incident with Asher earlier. Abraham didn’t quite know what to say or who to talk to, thankfully, Michelle took care of that for him.
“Abraham,” she said loudly, “you’re a little new to all this, so here’s how we do things. When we get to the store, we’ll split off into groups. One group will go to the food sections and pick up anything food related. The other group will go to the clothing and toiletries area and pick up anything we need from there. When we’ve gotten everything that we’ll need, you are to go to check out li
Monster Club (Chapter 8)Monster Club (Chapter 8)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Abraham, wake up.” Abraham heard the voice, but refused to open his eyes. He groaned and rolled over in bed, trying to ignore the sound coming from the foot of his bed.
“Leave me alone.” Abraham groaned in response. There was a pause and there was the slightest sound of movement. Suddenly there was a squeaking and creaking sound as a weight suddenly hit the bed. Unwilling to open his eyes, but becoming more and more concerned, Abraham turned his head away and rolled over onto his back.
“Wake up, you silly willy.” Abraham cracked his eyes open at this. The sound of that voice was in no way familiar to him. It sounded like a little girl…but what was a little girl doing in his room? He opened his eyes and looked to the other side of the bed. Kneeling on the mattress next to him! She was wearing a blood red sundress and her little body was smooth and clean. She had black hair that feel down to the bottom of her neck and her eyes were a familiar d
Monster Club (Chapter 10)Monster Club (Chapter 10)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Dinner had been quiet. No one really spoke as they ate. Abraham sat in silence, as he could only watch and observe everyone eat. Only Asher and Katie had been absent from the table. Asher was in his room resting, as he had expended a lot of power earlier, and Katie was in her room, still sleeping off her injuries. Everyone else at the table barely touched their food. None were very hungry after witnessing Asher feed on the Dawn Bringer assassin, Warren. Even Solomon, who was always uplifting and upbeat, had a dark look across his face the entire time.
Now Abraham was sitting on the couch in the den. He was staring off into space and trying hard to wrap his mind around everything that had taken place in the past few hours. Katie, the lost lamia, had returned to them. The Dawn Bringers had sent a pair of killers to their home, and Asher had killed both, feeding on one. What else could happen before he went to bed that night?
"Abraham," Abraham whirled around to see Michelle behind him. N
Monster Club (Chapter 19)Monster Club (Chapter 19)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Hey, save your stories for later, Tamil!” Michelle called out as she walked past them, carrying a stack of firewood. The sun was setting and she looked ready to start the fire. Tamil stood up and smiled.
“Abraham, would you give me hand to fireplace?” Tamil asked. “I cannot find my way.” Abraham started to get up but then felt Katie stir on his chest.
“Um…what about her?” Abraham asked. Tamil chuckled.
“I almost forgot!”
“What should I do?” Abraham asked.
“Pray perhaps?” Tamil suggested. “Seems like a good idea.”
“Look, just help me.” Abraham hissed. Tamil shrugged and reached out with his foot to kick Katie.
“Katie, wake up. Abraham wants to move.” Abraham’s face went very pale and he looked to see Katie grumble and open her eyes to see Abraham’s face. There was a long pause as the two stared at each other, and the look of sleep and tiredness in K
Monster Club (Chapter 4)Monster Club (Chapter 4)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Well, of course I’m a mermaid, silly.” Calypso said with a laugh. She flicked her tail up and down playfully, showing him that there was no trickery or fooling around here…she was the genuine article. A real mermaid! Abraham could only stare in wonder at her. He had always thought them a myth…and he certainly never would have classified them as a monster.
“That’s amazing!” Abraham exclaimed. Calypso blushed.
“After all that you’ve seen today, is this really so surprising?” She asked. Abraham nodded.
“Well, you’re not like the others…I mean…mermaids aren’t monsters…they’re…” Calypso suddenly gave him a very cold look.
“They aren’t any more monsters than I am!” She shouted. “We aren’t monsters…none of us are. Not me, or anyone else in the club.” Abraham held up his hands defensively.
“I’m sorry…I didn&
Monster Club (Chapter 9)Monster Club (Chapter 9)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"This is Katie!?" Abraham cried. He looked at the long snake girl laying on the table. Her eyes were closed and Calypso was leaning over her, bandaging her wounds and rubbing them with some kind of ointment. He had heard so much about Katie from the others, but he hadn't expected this. He shouldn't have been surprised though...after all, he had known she was a monster like the rest of the house. Asher pulled himself to his feet and nodded.
"Yeah...it's her." He groaned. Michelle spun around to see him...and she noticed that his skin was tanned and burned in some places from being exposed to the sun. She ran forward and held him up, making sure that he didn't fall over.
"Asher, you've been through enough...go upstairs and sleep. We'll handle things from here."
"Please, Asher." Calypso said, turning to glance at him. "Don't overwork yourself...you're already weak from last night...please just rest." Asher gazed at her and his eyes seemed to glint a little.
Monster Club (Chapter 18)Monster Club (Chapter 18)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The beach was gorgeous and, as the afternoon dragged on into evening, things only became lovelier. Ashley had been confined to the umbrella all day, but as the sun began to set, she anxiously kept looking out, waiting for it to fully set. Her strength was returning to her. Tamil had enjoyed the feel of the water, but he seemed more interested in playing in the sand. He and Sarah had started building a giant sand castle together. Katie had gone out with Calypso into the surf and were swimming together around the rocks. Abraham was sitting with Ashley and Michelle. The moon was coming out now, and things were starting to cool down. The chill of the air mixed with the sea spray and made everyone feel soaked, even Ashley, who hadn’t touched the water all day.
“We staying out over night?” Abraham asked.
“Yeah, we’ll pitch a camp and stay a night or two.” Michelle said. “But if we’re gonna do that, we may need firewood. I’ll bet there are
Demo's DayThe alarm bell clamored throughout the entire BLU base. It wasn't a RED Spy like the last time (we all know how well THAT went), but a caravan of three RED Scouts were running in, hooting and hollering. They thought they were hot shit, confident that their trio could swarm around anything that tried to stand in their way.Demo's Day6 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
And they might have been right: any living thing that blocked them was greeted by a swift death via a flurry of bats. Unfortunately for them, our Engi's fully upgraded Sentry isn't phased by aluminum sport equipment.
I sit in the corner, back against a wall (someone's gotta show the team proper Spy prevention protocol), and wait for the little bunnies to hop right into our Sentry's killing zone.
"Let's go, let's go, let's go! Woohoohoo!" shouts one of them as he comes in from around a corner. The Sentry lets out a shrill chirp as it spots him, then proceeds to turn him into Scout-flavored swiss cheese.
His two living fellow Scouts become aware of the mechanized threat