Lilli of the Forest: Chapter 16
As Ethan blinked his eyes awake, pale blue light illuminated the room, the usual sight he saw when getting up for school. Just as he was about to sit up, a ting of caution warned him otherwise. He turned his head to remember why; Lilli lay curled just beside his head still deep in sleep. With great care, he cupped his hand around the tiny girl to shield her from movement as he carefully rose up and out of bed. Lilli did not make a sound, thankfully. He crept over to his closet and pulled out the one suit he owned.
Today marked the anniversary of the one day of the year he needed to wear such an outfit.
He slipped the blue oxford collar shirt on before buttoning up the black blazer along with the matching pants. Once he knotted the black tie around his neck, he felt the same weight of the formal attire as he did the first time he put it on years ago. He inhaled through his nose to calm the pain of his heart thumping against his ribs.
"..than?" A ti
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Within the shroud of cobalt midnight a single beacon gleamed, its light formed a bubble around a crouched figure. With his shoulders wrapped in a quilt, Ethan huddled inside the shining shield and drew his book closer. But his mind absorbed none of the words that his eyes scanned. Every bit of focus drew to the echoes of crickets chirping and frogs croaking and cars revving down the street and leaves rustling in the wind. Among all of these noises he perked his ears in hopes that even the faintest high-pitched note from the whistle would ripple across the stars. But no such sound rang, and he tossed the book aside with a sigh, abandoning any hopes of being a productive student.
Ethan recalled what he told Lilli about the whistle, how it should only be used in case of emergencies and it would drive away danger. Although he sincerely meant this warning, he hoped that she would never have to use it. Lilli would only be in
FirePalmThis is one of my first GT stories- it's OK- I think it has potential but we'll see. SO- Firepalm- what is that? It's the ability to shoot fire from her palms of course! the only issue is the main character, Esmeral has this ability, but because she is so young, she has not had time to control her power.... Now, Firepalm is a condition passed on from generation to generation, and only a few percent of people are born with it.FirePalm2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Anyway, Esmeral soon finds herself trapped in a world of Giants- a world where humans are extremely rare and are considered prized pets only the wealthy can afford. i don't want to spoil anymore- hope you enjoy it!
"Esmeral! Dear, you left the fire extinguisher in the trunk!"
I jumped and turned around. My tiny five-foot tall grandmother was shuffling towards the house with her little feet with her giant red purse in her jittering hands.
"Oh! Sorry!" I gasped. I rushed over to the car and carefully opened the trunk. I stared sadly at the red cy
A Soft Bond - Chapter 1"Damn, this place is creepy..." Josh grumbled to himself, taking slow long strides through the abandoned carnival. After losing a bet, he was dared to explore the carnival to see how long he would last. So far, he was questioning how tough the guys thought he was. While he had just realized how unsettling it was, the place was nowhere near enough to send him off crying like a little girl. He knew that something was off though, and he was curious as to what it was.A Soft Bond - Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The man continued further on in his quest to prove to his friends that he was tougher than they made him out to be. He was a strong looking guy with raven black hair and bright blue eyes that were filled with warmth and curiosity.
From the shadows, something small watched the human as he paced through the area. The creature, known as a Cotton Carnie, or just Carnie for short, tilted her head in wonder.
Humans haven't been out here for months, ever since the carnival closed down. Sniffing the air worriedly, the bunny-like girl
Experiments - Chapter 18The floor is moving. The floor is moving. It’s an earthquake. Oh frick, remember your earthquake survival training. Wait, you never had any training. You watched a video in third grade. The ground is shaking. It’s going up and down. Find shelter.Experiments - Chapter 189 months ago in Settings More Like This
These were the thoughts of Kylie, the frazzled, half-awake teenager who found herself ripping away from the warmth of her shuddering bed, the dim lighting of the chilly room greeting her as she slipped around, barefooted. When did the carpet become so unsteady? Maybe the moment the earthquake hit.
But there was no time to think about that now. No time to realize there were no pictures falling from the walls, no dishes clattering from their shelves, and no people screaming bloody murder.
There was only time for running, and slipping, and barely stopping as she realized that the earth had split open, a roaring breath escaping from its darkest caverns as the cliff-drop widened below her. Kylie was scarcely able to catch
Small Comforts ~ GT"DAMN IT!" A violently, pounding, voice suddenly vibrated against the air around the small human and she jumped, squeaking in terror at the suddenness of Jason's aggressive anger. The ground beneath her rumbled furiously with each enraged impact his enormous feet took with the ground and into the house, the vibrations seeping into the pads of her own feet and rattling up her legs to send her entire body trembling violently.Small Comforts ~ GT2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"DAMI IT, DAMN IT, DAMN IT!!!" He hissed again, shaking Cameron's ribcage and spine with unintentional force and terrifying her into cowering behind an opposing table leg in the kitchen.
It had been three months that she had lived here now, lived here with one of THEM, the monstrous species of giants that overrun the defenseless humans and degraded them to mere pets (and rumored snacks). Though it hadn't been as terrifying as she first thought it would be to live with a breathing mountain, in fact, she actually found herself feeling rather fond and affectionate towa
The Giant of Felrein CH5Chapter 5The Giant of Felrein CH53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Gavin, do you ever think about leaving?" Dara asked as she applied her medicine to the fresh cuts on his back.
Gavin turned about so sharply that Dara could not pull her hand back in time, and the medicine left a blue streak across his back. "N-No, of course not. Why would I think such a thing?" he said nervously.
Dara allowed herself a weak smile. It seemed the giant, for better or worse, had never learned to lie properly. "Gavin, it's alright, you can tell me," she said, moving behind him to wipe off the excess medicine.
"S-Sometimes. B-But I know I shouldn't."
"Why do you think that?" she asked gently. "That you shouldn't want to leave?" She finished treating the cut and walked to stand in front of him.
Gavin wrung his hands nervously, not meeting her eyes. "Why aren't you afraid of me?" he asked suddenly.
"Wh-What?" she stammered. She had prepared herself for dozens of questions he might ask, but that had not been one of them.
"You came into my cage after only spe
Experiments - Chapter 20“I’m sorry…” Gavin mumbled for the umpteenth time.Experiments - Chapter 208 months ago in Settings More Like This
“For the last time,” Kylie blushed, voice quiet. “It’s…okay…” Her face was still tingling from the soft impact of the kiss. “I…I kinda…”
“Kinda what?” Gavin inquired anxiously, certain that she could feel the rampant pulse running through his veins.
“Well…” Kylie chewed on her lower lip, her own heart beating in rhythm with the giant’s – a surprisingly similar rhythm. “Some nights, I would just lie there…in bed, imagining… what would it be like if you kissed me…?”
Gavin exhaled shortly. “Really?” That received a brief nod. “I… I did too… I wondered what it would be like to kiss something so tiny…well, you…”
Kylie had never experienced such a giddy, awkward conversation. She actually liked it – it was much more innocent and
Nice to Meet You"Oh, you have got to be kidding me!" Jordan shouted as his bag caught and ripped on a thorn bush, spilling its contents. Candy bars, granola bars, some other kind of bar, and bags of trail mix all spilled out. He held out the now useless bag, glaring at the large tear.Nice to Meet You2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Well this is just great," he growled, gathering the snacks up and shoving as many of them as possible into the other pocket of the bag. It still left quite a bit left over, which he proceeded to stuff into his pant pockets. There was still some left over even from that and he was left staring at his hands, feeling utterly ridiculous that so simple a problem was causing so much frustration. He groaned and resumed walking, the snacks still clutched in his fists.
"Why did I let myself get talked into this?" he grumbled, stepping over a log. "I'm not a camper, I'm the tech guy. Ugh, damn Tray and my stupid pride."
As was fairly obvious by this point, Jordan wasn't having the best day ever. It had started out th
Ordinary Savior||Ch. 1"Ow! Dangit..."Ordinary Savior||Ch. 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Anja sucked in air sharply when she stubbed her toe on a stone sticking out of the road. She kicked it. It didn't go far. She hastened home faster, not looking where she was going and quite frankly not caring. She was an average girl in almost every regard, and nobody paid her a second glance as she stormed block after block. Or maybe it was the fact that she was a mere five inches tall that they didn't notice her. Anyway, today just wasn't going well for her. And just when she thought it couldn't get any worse, she took a wrong step and felt her stomach rise to her throat. She screamed as she clung to the metal grating over the street drain with all her might.
Rolling his shoulders back, Everett groaned. He'd just had the toughest day at work ever, what with all the angry customers that seemed to think he ran the system. He scratched the back of his neck, clearing his throat. The weather was way too cold already for September, compelling him to shiver.
The road w
Night Life: Chapter 8The following days passed in a confused blur. Even after he'd decided that he wasn't delusional and there was in fact a miniature girl living under his dresser, Nick still couldn't quite wrap his mind around it. The more he wondered about his never-ending questions, the more his head hurt.Night Life: Chapter 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Unfortunately, Ziana was almost no help in answering those questions.
It was difficult to get so much as a one-word answer from her, and when she did grace him with her voice, it was in an unsurprisingly snappy manner. And in every case, she knew it would result in the reward of a meal. Afterwards, she'd become silent until hunger got the better of her again. It was discouraging, but Nick at least acknowledged that the method led to some of his curiosities being satisfied.
He quickly learned that asking certain questions would result in her falling totally silent, even if she was hungry. Before long, he knew better than to ask "What are you?" or "Where are you from?" or "What happened to you before?"
Short story: ChangesI was excited when I heard that Scott had returned. At first I was worried that he wouldn't remember me .it had been so long ago when we played together as children. I guess I wasn't really worried that he wouldn't remember me we had nearly been best friends, but I was more worried that he wouldn't consider seeing me again. You know how it is, when someone that you are close with moves far away. Sometimes you drift apart and there is that strange awkwardness when you see each other again. The strange awkwardness that feels like this person who you used to know so well is now a stranger before your eyes. Apparently, and happily, Scott didn't feel that way since he called me within the first few days of him being home.Short story: Changes3 years ago in Settings More Like This
It was so strange hearing his voice again, after all this time. He was about ten when he had gone away, and we were both twenty now. Ten long years separated me from the person I used to know. Would he be recognizable to me? Had he completely changed? The only wa
Experiments - Chapter 19Something happened. Something bad.Experiments - Chapter 199 months ago in Settings More Like This
There was a misunderstanding and the “camp” that Kylie was supposed to attend was cancelled. Paula Rivvers told Kylie that Gavin had to go somewhere else for a special experiment, but he would be back by next spring.
It was as though someone had driven a knife through Kylie’s heart.
The rainy weather that drowned each day seemed far rainier than any rain anyone knew before.
With senior year on the rise, and the acceptance to a highly acclaimed college for the next fall, and Gavin’s date of arrival back to the home facility pushed back, everything that had happened that one chilly fall became a foggy memory.
. . .
“Kylie Peterson?” There was a voice on the other line that sounded all too familiar, but Kylie couldn’t place it. She had just finished her sixth semester at college, and she was sticking her car keys in her ignition to make the drive back to Martha’s house.
“This is she,” <i>
Higher Studies 8Now people looked at An with a certain fear. In her situation, it probably would give An some advantage, but she was suspicious. Yes, her classmatees were whispering, but in fact they wer giants, so An could hear some of what they were saying. They were talking about hunters, about the 'poweres' of An. It seems like if someone has spread a rumor she thought. She could hear someone whispering "They say that Nereildun is her slave ". An was amused by this comment, but she looked at Ildun slyly to see his reaction. He slowly turned his head to he who said that and gave him a glare so hard that it could have blowed the other boy's head. "Phew ! Thanks goodness I wasn't in the trayectory of that look "Higher Studies 83 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was already half past eight, the teacher came five minutes later. He was a tall midle aged man with short gray-almost-white hair, he was wearing glasses and a beige raincoat over a regular shirt and jeans and he carried a briefcase. People ran to seat in
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"So you wait until NOW to try another language?" Maia, momentarily losing any shred of
fear, spat out.
"What do you mean? I am speaking the same as I was before." Jacob, still stunned with
"But I .I can understand you!" Her voice rang in disbelief.
"This is amazing " His voice rose with excitement. Imagine this! They could speak! There
were so many things he wanted to communicate all at once.
"Please don't talk so loudly, you're hurting my ears."
"Oh .sorry. This is incredible though. How is this possible? What just happened? Can your
friend speak? Why were those other little ones so angry? How did you get so small? What
Maia, forgetting for a moment just where she was situated, struggled to stand up on his
unsteady palm in order to face his barrage of questioning. However, once again she
stumbled and Jace gently closed his fingers around her, wrapping her in a loose,
protective fist. The sound of his low chuckle reverbe
Experiments - Chapter FifteenWhat seemed like an eternity passed before Kylie glanced down to check the time on her iPod. They were only fifteen minutes into the bus ride to Walton, and she already felt like throwing up.Experiments - Chapter Fifteen2 years ago in Settings More Like This
“Mom..?” She leaned forward, clutching her backpack that she’d brought along with enough amenities to last while they moved into their new apartment. Not receiving an answer, she stood up and noticed that Martha was asleep.
Stomach twisting, Kylie sat back with an umph, looking up at the screen at the front of the bus. Their next stop was two minutes away…
Glancing around at the tired faces of the other commuters, the girl sighed. This was crazy. This was insane. She would probably regret it. But she was tired of being told who she was and what she was supposed to do.
Grappling her fingers tightly to the canvas straps of her pack, Kylie rose to her feet. Already, her legs felt like jelly. And then the bus was squeaking to a stop, air pressure hissing as the doors op
Guilt: Chapter 2Once he was in the privacy of his room, Vincent withdrew his hand from his jacket pocket. The tiny body lay limp across his palm. As he stared at the tiny girl, the reality of what he had done suddenly hit him. Groaning at himself, he tilted his head back and looked at the ceiling, taking a few moments to collect his thoughts.Guilt: Chapter 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He remembered why he had brought her in the first place. The rest of his problems could wait.
Carefully slipping out of his jacket, he laid it across his bed and lowered the little human onto it. Why was it so difficult to do it a gentle manner? He had never thought about how difficult it was to handle humans. Every movement his hands made seemed to be enough to hurt her.
Luckily, his parents were fast asleep by that hour, so he had plenty of time to gather whatever medical supplies he needed from the cabinets. With a lingering look at the minuscule form on his bed, he backed out of the room.
Anna awoke to warmth and sweat, nervously antsy as she looked aroun
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Chapter I Assessing the Situation
Eyes opening up to a strange new world around her, Michelle Clara Knight sat up with an audibly loud groan. What did I do...? It feels like I have the hangover of the century! More importantly... She looked around briefly at the unfamiliar territory. Where the heck am I?
Impossibly large peach-colored walls towered above her on all sides and when she looked above to the ceiling, she saw a chandelier, appropriately separated from its siblings also on different sections of the ceiling, hanging by a post. It was stunningly breathtaking...not to mention rather expensive looking...which once again raised the question of where Michelle currently was.
She looked down at her clothes for a moment, seeing the same outfit that she was in previously. Huh...now that's pecu
Night Life: Chapter 9Nick entered the empty apartment bearing an armful of groceries. An unspoken rule in his family stated that everyone took turns stocking up the pantries and fridge when things started running low. He guessed it was his parents' alternative to him paying rent, which he didn’t mind.Night Life: Chapter 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Dreading going to his room, he put away the groceries at a snail-like pace, organizing and aligning products with a care he normally wouldn't bother. As he did so, he rehearsed over and over in head what he was going to say to Ziana. As he had woken up that morning, he'd decided it wasn't doing either of them any good to be mad at each other. It would wound his pride to be the one to apologize, but maybe it would make her have a little more faith in his intentions. Or maybe it would just make her laugh scornfully at him. Either outcome sounded better than silently hating each other.
When there were no more groceries to put away, Nick leaned against the counter, rubbing his eyes with the back of his hand
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I relaxed a little as Neh-then kissed me, my eyes sliding closed. He kept me pressed to his lips for a while longer before lowering me. I stayed relaxed in his hands, eyes closed. I felt him moving, but didn’t feel the need to find out what he was doing. Surprisingly, I found I did trust him. He lowered me further, and soon enough, I felt his chest under me. I snuggled into it, relaxed further by the sounds of his breathing and massive heart beating below me. His large, warm hand rested over me as I rose and fell with each of his breaths. Soon his breathing evened out and his heartbeat slowed slightly. His warm and the sounds below me eventually lulled me to sleep.
I was standing in the forest, alone but unafraid. It was an area I had hunted in previously. The dappled light danced on the forest floor as I edged through the scant brush, bow in hand and quiver at my hip. A small stream danced over rounded pebbles to my left, babbling as it wound its
Take Me Home: Aimee Chapter OneTake Me Home: Aimee 1Take Me Home: Aimee Chapter One2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Aimee felt her heart race as she waited in the corner of the box. It was explained to her at the shelter that she was going to have a new owner, but she had no idea what to expect. Giants were a strange race, some could be good and some could be cruel, but what she knew was that you could never expect the expected. She wrapped her royal purple blanket more tightly around her shoulders as she heard the loud roar of an engine and peeking through the tiny peephole in her box, she noticed the car pulling up to the driveway.
This must have been him. As she watched the giant get out of the car, she felt even more frightened because she was on ground level and it only took a few steps before the only thing that filled her vision was his shoes. She backed to the furthest corner of the box and waited to see what happened next.
Heath nearly dropped his keys when he saw the distinctive delivery box on his front porch. "No way..." he uttered, stooping down to tilt it up
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Gavin was gone. The cage lay empty, with only a small pool of blood to hint at the giant's fate.
Leo loomed over her, his eyes taking on a strange greenish tinge. Darkness clawed at the edge of her consciousness, tearing her emotions and memories to shreds.
She was losing herself.
Dara started awake, tangled in the damp, clammy sheets. She pushed the bedding aside, sitting up and holding her head in her hands. The image of Gavin's empty cage haunted her, and suddenly she wanted to see him. She knew her dreams reflected only her current fears and had no bearing on reality, but... Seeing him would surely ease the sense of dread gnawing at her stomach.
She slipped out and made her way to his tent. Had she not focused on glancing around the grounds for signs that she was being watched, she may have seen the sky and noticed the dawn's light creeping on the eastern horizon.
She ducked into Gavin's tent and scurried over to the cage, resting her head against one of the
The Stranger Chapter 1"Are you kidding me?" I muttered and looked towards the lake. "I'm not going to take a bath in that lake. It looks filthy."The Stranger Chapter 13 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
My cousin clapped me on the back which sent my body rocking forward.
"Oh come on, two weeks out in the wilderness will do you good."
"Yes, because nothing helps me celebrating going to college than spending the summer in the boons with you."
"Oh come on," he jeered with a large smile. "Some other people are coming up in a week. I'm gonna make a run to town and pick up some supplies. Can I get you anything?"
"Cell phone service?" I begged and kept looking out towards the lake. "Perhaps some soap and toilet paper?"
"Oh don't be such a city boy Damir! It's really not that big of a deal! You brought your eReader didn't you?"
"Regardless, I'll be gone for a few hours. Why don't you take a look around the lake? You see that island out there
New Grounds ~ Chapter OneCorinne scanned the forest trail that spread out before her. This was the area her father had used to carry her out to every weekend when she was a little girl. Its luscious trees, constantly blooming wildflowers, and calming stream had been a magical place for her to use her imagination.New Grounds ~ Chapter One2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Of course, that had been several long years ago, and her father was long since gone.
Being just nineteen years old, Corinne was able to take care of herself. She never stayed in one location for long, moving frequently throughout North America.
Now, she had rediscovered the woods next to her first home, and she took it all in with a single breath. Brushing her hand against the rough bark of an old oak tree, she recalled with a smile the time her father had told her that his great grandfather had planted that very same tree.
Shifting her backpack around, she stretched up to the first low-hanging limb she could reach and proceeded to lift herself upward. Eventually, she made it to the top, stopping to t
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" .One down fifty six more to go " Jason sighed heavily as he set down the electrical engineering textbook and slumped back into his desk's chair. His notepad now held a full-scale circuit unit for a high end voltage electrical switch, hooked up to several others. It mazed around his page and he finished it off with a few labels here and there. He had been reluctantly working on that for the past hour and a half, and just when his spirits raised at its completion, they came crashing back down as he glanced over the assigned work.
"Uuugh .ill never get this done in time!" He couldn't help burying his face in his hands and moan in exhaustion. "Its too much!" he complained to his empty living room. Luckily there was enough room for a work desk right beside a bookcase when he first moved in, otherwise he would be in his bedroom or on the couch, and he was easily distracted. The large TV sat behind him on a far off wall and th