First Battle of Eden: Part 1The First Battle of EdenFirst Battle of Eden: Part 14 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
By Josheua Samuelson
A Chronicles of Man Short Story
The chime pierced the silence of the flag officer's quarters aboard the Alliance battleship Kilimanjaro, and Vice Admiral Harriet Spencer's azul eyes opened begrudgingly before the chime called again. Sighing, the five foot nine woman rolled to her side and glanced up at the communication panel at her bedside, tapping the glowing accept key and designating voice only. After all, it wasn't right for an admiral to talk to her subordinates while half naked.
"Spencer, go ahead." She said and noted the grogginess of her own voice as she checked the time. Zero two hundred. No wonder she felt like she had just fallen off a sunderhorse.
"Admiral, I don't mean to wake you but we have a situation." Spencer quirked an eyebrow at the voice on the other end. It was Captain Kuritz, Kilimanjaro's CO who, like Spencer,
Caelum Lex Chapter 42: Seeing StarsCaelum Lex Chapter 42: Seeing Stars5 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
With a start, Fiearius switched on the light beside his bed and sat up, dread bolting through him as he forced himself awake. Simply put, he had no idea when or how he'd gotten back on the Dionysian. All he could remember of the night before was drinking fruity cocktails in a gaudy bar with Finn. A lot of fruity cocktails. All that came after was a big blank spot that had ended with him waking in his own quarters on his own ship.
But that wasn't his concern. His concern was the fact that he hadn't made it back alone.
An hour ago, he hadn't thought much of the warm figure pressed up against his bare chest when he'd first been conscious enough to notice her. He had just assumed it was someone he'd met at a dock bar who came back with him for a harmless evening of fun. It happened all the time, nothing to worry about. He had simply wrapped an arm around her waist and drifted back to sleep.
But, later, he cracked opened one eye and noticed there was something...awfully familiar about her.
Caelum Lex Chapter 23: Tonight's EntertainmentCaelum Lex Chapter 23: Tonight's Entertainment10 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
This wasn't how Leta would've preferred to spend her day, but what choice did she have? The Dionysian needed more med supplies, the captain needed more treatment for his shoulder wound, and she had to help him, of course, before he helped Ren. The circumstances brought her to an infuriating scenario: spending the afternoon with Fiearius.
Leta hadn't seen much of the captain in the past few weeks - with no complaint from her, of course. While she'd been researching the TTD Baltimore and tending to a few sickly patients (a nasty bout of flu had swept through the crew deck), apparently he'd been busy himself. The ship made several stops on small outer-span planets, and the rumor was Fiearius had picked up a few jobs for decent money. What those jobs were, Leta purposely did not ask. She didn't want to know.
Although Fiearius barked his disapproval when she'd told him they needed to buy med supplies, he'd agreed in the end, under the condition that he'd be present when she spent his hard-e
DruidaDruida7 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
He vivido cuarenta y dos mil ciclos lunares velando por la protección de los distintos territorios poblados antaño por mi raza. Hace mucho tiempo éramos miles, decenas de miles. Nuestra sociedad era próspera y nuestros hermanos del sur eran aún más numerosos que nosotros. Elfos altos, de pelo oscuro y ojos claros; estaban preparados para la guerra. Nosotros en cambio éramos pacíficos, de cabellos dorados bañados por el sol y miradas penetrantes. La naturaleza de mi raza siempre ha sido bondadosa, y siempre he creído que gracias a eso, nuestra sociedad se alzó próspera y nuestras riquezas fueron abundantes.
Nací en una pequeña aldea al norte de Bosquefrondoso, los días de mi niñez eran cálidos e inocentes. Jugaba, trepaba y peleaba contra los demás niños de mi pequeña aldea. Pronto me sentí atraído por todo lo que me rodeaba, comenc
Why Spaceflight?Why Spaceflight?3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I've heard a number of people mention that they think the space program is over-budget, more or less worthless, and a big waste of tax dollars. I can sort of understand that, but this is why that's wrong:
First: NASA's budget. The Entire National Aeronautics and Space Administration received only 0.44% of Congressional spending in 2010. To put this in perspective;
One $, out of: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, which is spent on other things. NASA does not even recieve 1% of Congressional spending, not even one out of a hundred dollars, but a bit less than one out of every two hundred dollars.
What does the space program do?
1)First, it inspires the general public. It gives the country something noble to hope for, and look forward to. Something where all the people of the Nation, or even all the people of the wo
Surreal DarknessSurreal Darkness5 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
It swirled, in and out, fluid as a current of air sweeping along a velvet cloth. There were stars that disrupted the blackness, but they were distant, faint, barely a dotted pinprick within its endless sea. Nasheen floated along with the current of the night, for there was a current- it carried her along its undisclosed route, her body no more that a passive passenger to its will. No up, no down, she thought absently, her ermine eyes closed to the dark. Hair merely a shade lighter than the black she floated aimlessly in swirled about her serene face, the strands caressing her solid features no irritant, but more a comforting companion. I wonder, she breathed, then let the thought float away with her cares, slowly ebbing into the black, perhaps one far day to reach the distant stars.
I am one.
And yet not.
Her eyes opened. A shining dagger-wound of moon stood
Already Dead: Chapter ThreeChapter Three: Revolution BeginsAlready Dead: Chapter Three5 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
It was all just a very bad dream, or at least that was what Rhage Von Crypten tried to tell himself as he studied the black insides off his eyelids. Yes, a dream. Slowly, he cracked open his concealing lids, wincing against the brightness of the midday sun.
I just overslept; Anya must have opened the curtains. He thought, and forced his eyes open all the way. The first thing he noticed was that he was not lying down, but standing.
And then he saw red. Everything was red.
The adolescent stood in the center of town, before the large statue of an angel that was the small towns most famed monument. The streets around him ran with thick crimson syrup, a substance that, too his horror, Rhage recognized as blood.
A scream pressed at his throat, threatening to claw out his throat from within, but when the boy parted his lips, no sound dared venture fourth into the scarlet-painted world.
Rhage wanted badly to just shut his eyes aga
Sacrafice SacrificeSacrafice7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The mark had been there since birth; a pale sliver like a crescent moon with three black dots on the solid side. The center of its host's forehead was its resting place, but in no way did it mar her beauty. Her name was Errai, uncommonly pale and slender for a child of their tribe, with hair like the feathers of a raven. Even in her younger years, she possessed a sort of delicate grace. She was also alone, and even her parents seemed to fear her. Perhaps it was that which drew him to her, like a moth to a flame. His name was Kakaro, with flesh kissed by the sun and a body forged from the earth. Inseparable, despite the scorn of adults and other children alike, they grew together like intertwining trees. As they grew, as all children grow, their friendship grew with them until, upon intangible branches of their companionship did
SSCom: Only MeOnly MeSSCom: Only Me11 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
To Break a Bond
"Dear sister, you will look at me... and only me."
I was stained with Alianna's blood when I spoke those words... and it feels like only yesterday her body laid before me in the sand. I can still remember the warmth on my fingers when I lifted her lifeless corpse and tossed it in the ocean.
No one will ever take my dear Harumi away from me... and after that day, no one ever tried again.
Fourteen Years Ago
Natsume's Journal Entry: January 17, 1999
"Harumi, my dear twin sister... two weeks ago, she met a wretched girl named Alianna. So many days I've spent locked up in my room while my precious Harumi leaves me behind.
That damnable village elder forbids me to leave this house! Father is constantly watching me... what can I do? I can only hope my sweet sister will grow tired of this silly 'friend' of hers and realize that I am the only one she needs..."
Fire TempleFire Temple1 year ago in Emotional More Like This
I set out to do a chakra balancing meditation one day.I realized how out of balance I was, and how much I needed to focus on my chakras.
I decided to sit in beautiful sunlight, and do the meditation.After I said positive affirmation, then relaxed into another meditation.
In this meditation, an odd thing happened.
From the time I was little, a strange sensation, would come over me--feeling of mystery, power and wonder.I would see strange,short images run through my mind, of an ancient place.
A very large temple of sorts--symbols, writings, altars, etc.
This place was extremely old, and very fascinating; yet I only got glimpse of it.
Now That I'm older, I realize this could be a memory or an actual, astral visit of sorts.
In my meditation, I was there again; which was unexpected.I saw myself traveling down the halls, touching the walls and going to a big altar.
I was suddenly aware of a very large dragon--it looked more like a Chinese dragon or serpent of sorts.I just rememb
Through the Eyes of Hawk - 1Through the Eyes of Hawk - 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Delta Squad remained in the weapons training room even after the others had left, uncomfortable with waiting while there was a mystery waiting to be solved on "Planet StarChild". It was named "StarChild" after it appearing out of no where two months ago. No known inhabitants, parents, environment all seemed native to those who saw it. Out of curiosity (and precaution), the Delta squad was to be sent as an investigation team to gain information on this "unknown rock"... But for now, the team was to wait as instructed by Gabe (a male scientist who assisted in the making of the clones) while he brought out "Their new team member".
Sev (RC-1207) used this wasted time of waiting to his advantage by attacking holographic droids. Scorch (RC-1162) and Fixer (RC-1140) sat on near by crates while the Delta Squad team leader, Boss or 38(RC-1138) paced anxiously.
The PassionThe Passion3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sitting with my dad in our big glass tent drinking coffee, is a usual routine in my life. I started the conversation by saying: "Dad, I'm passionate about birds, I really want to own one ". He looked at my face but it wasn't just a look, he was staring at all the details in my face and said: "let me tell you about your father's passion."
The story of my passion started since I was a teenager. I couldn't think of anything but falcons and hunting, it was moving in my veins with my blood. Mentioning the word hunting at that time could make me fly in my own world so proudly like a falcon brave and strong free as a king in his sky, but my fictional falcon had to deal with a lot of obstacles. Maybe the sky wasn't so clean and there was a hug black cloud that stood in my falcons face. It was my father he used to be so stubborn. He encountered me all the time. You're grandfather did not trust my ability in hunting. I tried a lot to show him that I'm a tough man and I can handle everything, but
Deadbolts Ch. 13Deadbolts Ch. 131 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The quiet whisper startled her. She looked up from the pistol she was cleaning and was met by the sight of Casey's soft brown eyes looking at her. She gave him a gentle smile. "Morning, sunshine."
He groaned and lifted a hand to rub his eyes. "What happened?"
"You passed out during the lock test."
"Oh right. Was that supposed to happen?"
"No. I guess it was because of your head injury."
His brow wrinkled in confusion. "But I thought Revis said I was okay."
"Yeah, well, I guess side effects were unavoidable anyway."
He closed his eyes again. "Do you have any idea how long they'll last? My head kills."
"Sorry. No," she answered apologetically. "But I've got good news."
His eyes opened to gaze at her again. Jade struggled to look anywhere but at them. She enjoyed staring at his eyes but was trying to convince herself she didn't. Every second she spent with him, she felt herself liking him more and more. And no matter how hard she tried to deny it, the feeling
Deadbolts Ch. 17Deadbolts Ch. 171 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Casey laid awake that night, thinking about what Faze had said. And about Jade. The conversation in the hallway had sent him into spiral of emotions and he didn't know what to think.
Jade had never mentioned Faze, but he couldn't believe they'd ever been a couple. But there did seem to be a lot she was hiding. He felt guilty when he realized he was curious about what it could be. How did Faze know what she looked like underneath her hair? Had she shown him?
The thought caused jealousy to start boiling up inside him. Why would she tell Faze and not him? Maybe he was just overreacting. There could be a multitude of reasons to explain it. He couldn't jump to conclusionsat least not until he got some answers. Now he was really going to have to fight the urge to ask her about it. She would probably get mad if he did. But what could possibly be so wrong with her that she would want to hide it? He knew it was Jade's business and it wasn't his place to go poking around
Deadbolts Ch. 18Deadbolts Ch. 181 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jade's hands were clenched into tight fists. "Why did you do that, Revis? You had no right to do that!"
"Actually, I did." He glanced over the top of her head to make sure no one was coming down the hall, then ushered her inside his room. His roommate, Benn, shouldn't be back for at least an hour, so that gave them some time. Revis hated to admit it, but he wanted this talk with Jade to be over with so he could go check on Vyra. He hadn't been to see her since last night, almost a full day. She must feel like he abandoned her.
"What makes you think that?" his sister screamed as soon as the door shut. "It's my business! Why do you always think you can butt into it?"
You don't know how big a favor I've done you, little sister. "You need someone else who understands your condition. I'm not saying you need someone else, because I know you can take care of yourself, but if the day comes when I'm not here anymore, I just want to know there'll be someone
Deadbolts Ch. 6Deadbolts Ch. 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Her test was scheduled for tomorrow. The officers looked at her like she was out of her mind when she'd shown up and requested to transfer squads. Why would she have such a notion, when she was so good with a gun? Jade laughed inwardly and muttered something about wanting to be good about other things too. Then she'd knocked around a training dummy for a few minutes before they said she could come back and have a proper testing the next day.
She exited the room and walked down the hall, carrying herself with her usual pride and confidence. Maybe she would make the Elite squad after all.
"Jade!" She turned. Revis was jogging down the hall toward her. "We're going to talk to Casey now. You coming?"
Jade subconsciously glanced down at her jumpsuit. "Now?"
"Yeah. What's wrong? You busy or something?"
She squared her shoulders. "No, it's just...I was going to change."
Revis rolled his eyes. "You look fine." He nodded behind him. "Come on."
With a huff Jade followed him as he wal
Deadbolts Ch. 7Deadbolts Ch. 72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jade's mind was in a whirl as she walked away from Casey's room. She'd dealt with patients before--everyone in the Sublevel had. Medical training was a requirement. But she couldn't understand why she felt tingly from the way he looked at her. She couldn't understand why she'd gotten a thrill from running her hands over his toned torso.
And she hated it.
She hated the feeling she got when he looked at her with those eyes. Those large, honest brown eyes... Jade growled in irritation and stopped to kick the steel wall with the toe of her combat boot, sending a faint ringing echoing down the hall. She hated his eyes. She hated him. And most of all, she hated that he made her feel like opening up. Nobody--besides Revis--had ever made her feel that way before. When they'd been talking, she found herself wanting to tell him more, to get to know him better. That meant she was becoming attached. And becoming attached meant becoming vulnerable. And being vulnerable meant being wea
Deadbolts Ch. 9Deadbolts Ch. 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
This was the story:
Lance must've been in some kind of cell. He thought it was safest to continue pretending to be unconscious, so he lied on a hard, cold floor, unmoving, for a long time. It was about an hour before he heard the metallic creaking of a door opening. Some Caps came in and put him in some sort of transport capsule. It was tight and cramped, so much so that he couldn't sit up. And it was pitch black, so he couldn't see a thing even when he opened his eyes. It felt like he was in a coffin. He was becoming more and more claustrophobic, just waiting to suffocate to death.
Thankfully, though, it was only around ten minutes before the lid opened and he was taken out. They lifted him into what he guessed was a storage unit for bodies, a little niche carved into a wall high above the floor, like what you might find in catacombs. He didn't come out for a long time. The rest of the night and an entire day passed. Lance slept through most of it, but knew he didn't move
Deadbolts Ch. 11Deadbolts Ch. 112 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The test was forgotten. As soon as she got Casey back to his room, Jade went straight to the confinement wing like Revis told her, even though she was supposed to go back to the training facility. Suddenly the examination didn't seem nearly as important.
"Revis?" she called as she jogged down the hall toward the cells. "Revis!"
"Over here," he answered, stepping out from a doorway.
A loud crashing noise came from inside the room, like a chair had been thrown.
Jade walked up to him. "Revis, what's going on? What's going on in there?"
She made to go through the door, but Revis barred it with his arm. "Wait, Jade. Don't go in."
"Wait? Why'd you tell me to come down here if I can't go in?"
He glanced over his shoulder into the room as another crash sounded, louder and harder this time. "Just hold on. Tamm and Jarrin are getting her restrained."
"Restrained?" She tried to peer over Revis's shoulder. "Why does she need to be restrained?"
"She's ah " He looked
Deadbolts Ch. 2Deadbolts Ch. 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Lance was out of his sleeping bag in an instant. They scooped up their things and fled toward the cliff.
The older boy cursed. "I knew we shouldn't be out in the open like this!"
"Then why didn't you say anything?" Casey puffed behind him.
"I just I didn't think they'd actually " He abandoned his sentence and focused on running. Suddenly he skidded to a halt. "Change of plans. We're crossing the river tonight."
"What?" Surely Casey hadn't heard him right.
"We've got to. They won't come after us down there."
Casey broke out in a nervous sweat. "Are you sure we can?"
"Doesn't matter if we can," Lance answered, his sharp eyes searching the cliffside. "We don't have a choice."
Casey watched as he stripped off his backpack and jacket and tossed them over the side of the gorge. They landed on a pile of rocks far below. Then, without hesitating, he lowered himself onto the ledge and disappeared beneath it. Casey came to stand on the very edge, the river surging and churn