Hang OnThe room shattered around them; the force of the explosion sending every Avenger standing in the lab hurtling to the floor. The computer screens and holographic projections that Bruce Banner had been working from vanished at once, the lights also flickering off as the electricity supply was cut by the blast. The missile had appeared to hit its target one of the primary engines had been completely disabled, and the helicarrier which served as the S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters was now surging recklessly down towards the earth.Hang On3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Steve Rogers, suited in his Captain America uniform, had managed to use his shield to protect himself from the flying debris, and apart from the impact of hitting the floor, had remained altogether unscathed. His combat training meant that it took him only seconds to get himself together, before he immediately went in search for his comrades, who lay strewn amongst the wreckage.
Thor was back on his feet in a matter of moments, crouching low to steady himself as
Love WithstandsBeing alone was a feeling that Natasha Romanoff was quite used to, considering her line of work. It was not in an assassin's nature to need the company of another person, for each worked alone, their duty as their only companion. And all of her life, Natasha had sworn never to love she knew too well how much it hurt when they were torn away from you, which they inevitably would be, sooner or later. An assassin's life was lonely, loveless but it was the path that she had chosen, however much she sometimes despised it.Love Withstands3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Yet on this night, as she sat alone in her small house on the outskirts of New York City, Natasha yearned to have the company of another. Never in her life, not since she was a little girl, had she wanted to be with someone else so badly it was a strange feeling, but it was one she embraced nevertheless. The reason: for the first time in twenty long years, someone had entered her life that made her feel happy.
It had been six months sinc
Who Am IIt was the sound of sobbing that brought Thor Odinson to a halt outside his brother's chambers. If he had been in any greater hurry, he would have perhaps mistaken the noise to be nothing more than a gentle breeze whispering through the curtains, or the gentle flow of water being poured into a goblet. It was not often that such a pitiful sound could be heard from Loki's chambers, as he was usually such a collected soul, but on this day, there was no doubt in Thor's heart that his brother was crying.Who Am I3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Approaching the door, Thor kept his footsteps as soundless as possible, hoping not to alert his brother to his presence. Since he had returned to Asgard as a prisoner, Loki's chambers had become his prison cell, and though many had offered to visit him, he had sent everyone away. Humiliated and heartbroken, he had hidden himself out of sight, and not a sound had come from within that room...until now.
"Loki..." Thor whispered, pressing his brow to the cast iron door that stood between him a
Coffee"Here," Bruce smiled, pressing a warm cup of coffee between Tony's fingers before turning back to the counter to make his own. His hands were gentle as they worked, carefully spooning two lots of coffee granules into a mug before pouring on the hot water, stirring slowly all the while. 'How could the man find comfort in such a mundane chore', Tony wondered, watching his friend work, 'when you could get technology to do it for you?' But then, Bruce Banner had always been a man of commitment, in all aspects of his life, and Tony couldn't help but admire him for it.Coffee3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Raising the mug tentatively to his lips, Tony inhaled the rich scent of the coffee, allowing it to clear his mind before taking a small sip. He hadn't even noticed that Bruce had slipped a splash of whiskey into the mug, but he tasted it immediately, warm and comforting on his tongue. Smiling, Tony took another sip, all the while gazing at Bruce over the rim of his mug. How thankful he was to have a friend who un
Touch a HeartWalking as soundlessly as he could manage down the steel hallways of the S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters, Steve Rogers sighed to himself wistfully. This was the third night in a row that he had been awoken by terrible dreams, and by now he knew that it was pointless to try and get back to sleep. Yet instead of sitting and reading comics like he had done previously, Steve had decided to leave his room, hoping that a midnight wander would clear his mind enough for him to catch some sleep.Touch a Heart3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Pressing the pad of his thumb to the sensor, Steve winced as the huge metal door slid open, praying that the sound was not enough to alert the security. It was impossible to walk through this building without coming into contact with some form of technology something which had taken him a while to get used to, considering his past life. After all, he'd lived in a time when a genetically modified human had been the highest advancement in technology the world had ever seen. Now, machines and electronics r
Poker"JARVIS, dim the lights."Poker2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was not often that the Avengers were off duty, much less all at the same time, but tonight was one of those evenings where the world had managed to keep itself stable enough to allow them some time off. Though Director Fury had insisted that they stay within the S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters in case of an emergency, an attack on the earth was the last thing on their minds right now. Sat around a table in Tony Stark's chambers, all six Avengers stared across at one other expressionlessly, piles of chips on the table before them and two playing cards clutched to their chests. The game was on.
"Are we all ready?" Tony the dealer for the first round asked, his hand hovering over the deck of cards as he cast a questioning glance in Thor's direction. It had taken almost two hours, and the combined efforts of all those sitting at the table, to explain the rules of the game to the god, and judging by the baffled expression which passed over his face, he st
LightEven in her sleep, Pepper Potts was smiling; nothing could have made her happier than to be lying next to the man she loved, and to be wrapped up safely in his arms. Eight months she had had to live without Tony Stark, whilst he was away fighting for the Avengers Initiative, and they had undoubtedly been the hardest and dullest months of her life. And it was these moments that she had missed the most; the moments where Tony's affectionate side a side no one else thought existed - shone through. Relaxing into his warm embrace, Pepper hummed contentedly to herself, so glad to have her boyfriend back at last.Light3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Turning over in her sleep, a strong beam of light hit Pepper's closed eyelids, waking her immediately and causing her to cry out a little in distress. Opening her eyes only caused the light to hit her with more intensity, and reeling back in surprise, she held a hand up over her stinging eyes as she reached out to switch on a lamp.
Sitting up, Pepper paused for a few moments t
SoulmatesSoulmatesSoulmates4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
I see her face when my eyes are closed
She lives in my heart and I in hers
My dark-haired beauty, my soulmate
A lifetime of love; given, accepted
Cherished beyond measure
A love so deep it creates its own space
Where none other dare intrude
A love story for the ages
But some stories are never written
Never put to the pen
For others to marvel and sigh over
To shine through the future as beacons
Of the truth of love
She died before we met
These are the great love stories never written
Lives lived out in the sorrow of the soul
Wrong Again?Heaving himself up from where he had been lying, spread-eagled, across his mattress, Tony Stark uttered a sleepy moan before proceeding to stumble, unceremoniously, across his bedroom and to the door. The sheet he had been sleeping under was now tied loosely around his waist, leaving his chest bare and the arc reactor embedded in it on display, but he didn't particularly care how much he was on show. All he cared for was the coffee he knew would be waiting for him on the kitchen surface, and he sighed contentedly as he caught the rich aroma wafting its way up the hall.Wrong Again?2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was safe to say that, in the early hours of the morning, Tony was not particularly at his best. His mind was not as sharp as it could be, and the late nights sat before a computer screen left him waking up to a terrible headache and sore eyes. Frequent nights of falling asleep at his desk in the workshop gave him a stiff spine, something that was not helped by the way Pepper then dragged him roughly up the stairs. And
BECAUSE OF YOUBECAUSE OF YOU!BECAUSE OF YOU3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I wanna dance, jump and sing
spend my whole time just dreaming
BECAUSE OF YOU!
I've got butterflies in my stomach,
and the sun in my heart
BECAUSE OF YOU!
I feel elated, joy drunken, pleased
Bubbling over with happiness anyway
BECAUSE OF YOU!
I wanna hug the whole world
kissing, caress lovingly, holding it in my arms
BECAUSE OF YOU!
Finally i can smile again,
feeling like doing thousand and one things
BECAUSE OF YOU!
I enjoy a new lease of life,
looking ahead, knowing everthing will get fine
BECAUSE OF YOU!
For the courage, the smiling,
the feeling like doing thousand things
the happiness, the fluttering butterflies,
the dancing, jumping and singing
I THANK YOU!
A Siren's CallA Siren's Call2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Visions of madness shimmer in silvery skies
Horizons of passion drown in timeless beauty
There is a voice so pure that can melt a Sun,
a fragrance so luring that can reap mortal breath
Once thou hath gazed into the eyes of a Siren,
love befalls in a kiss, upon whispers of death
An endless ocean swirls, ethereal waves bewail
the sound of her cry haunts eons of dreams
In the deepest abyss, my soul shall forever sail
For a thousand years, I drifted in her song
lost in restless fever of wanton seas
Gently I reached towards her long silvery hair;
embroidered in tempest of Love's odyssey
Tears of sapphire jewel oceans deep ...
luminous thoughts seeking the nectar of bliss
Among flesh and shadows, I crave evermore
Lips unveiled, blackness approaches
my destiny entombed by the Siren's lore
When the world turns forever still,
only the sound of her fleeting whispers remain,
like echoes of rain, suspended over the sea
Arthur Crow © 2012
It Belongs To Me"Hey Dummy," Tony Stark shouted across to one of his robots, "polish it up, will ya?"It Belongs To Me2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Tony Stark was tired. Deathly tired. Sure, he'd gone days without sleep in the past, when he was working on something big but this was different. He was past the point where coffee could keep his mind alert, and no amount of pinching was going to keep his eyes open for any longer. His body was on the verge of absolute shut-down, and there was nothing he could do to stay awake now. He was going to have to succumb.
"JARVIS, I think I'm going to catch some sleep, okay? Can you finish up here?" Tony mumbled, already rising from his chair and staggering over towards the door of his workshop.
"I think that'd be best, sir," came the reply, "twenty hours of sleep may just suffice."
Snorting at his computer system's sarcastic response, Tony looked back to his workspace to what he'd accomplished. Never before had he spent so long on a singular project, and never had he worked on something so very
The Sore Of A Deaf PoemAnother crumpled sheet thrown on the floor,The Sore Of A Deaf Poem3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Another shout, a thud, because she can't get rid of the sore,
The deaf poem of her broken heart is maybe too degraded,
She's not able to write it down, her soul is jaded,
The phrases of her life are burning on the inside,
A description about the moment when her dreams died,
It's smashing her heart and her tired mind.
From nowhere she hears a sardonic voice,
"- You're not able to hear the words anymore, in fact you never really did,
You have shed some scraps on pages, lies your soul to feed with",
She covered her ears, closed her eyes,
To stop hearing the demonic voice she tries,
"- Shut up!" she yelled again like every day,
It's impossible to escape this abomination that came in her way.
Maybe this is an already lost fight,
A decommissioned road to the healing light,
Her pathetic flounder makes no sense,
She's laying on the floor holding a broken pen.
Torn by the fall from grace,
She will leave behind just a bloody trace,
Beautiful ContradictionOne of my favorite places to beBeautiful Contradiction3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Is also my worst fear
All the life I see
Is shadowed by the death here
The waves call me
Begging me forward
Into the sea
Only to drag me downward
What a beautiful contradiction
It's hard to tell the difference
Between death and life
Day and night
Sinking to the bottom
It was you, not them
Beauty turns to scars
Can't erase these marks
Save me from what I've done
Save me from the monster I've become
Swallowed by the ocean
I'm calm, I'm calm
My heart is broken
This is how I move on
It's better this way
I'm out of the picture
No longer causing you pain
Thinking of you now
A tear rises to the surface
Here We Go AgainShh, do you hear that,Here We Go Again3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The voice in the back of my head?
You, do you see it,
The shadows at the foot of my bed?
Maybe I'm just different,
In a way that no one can see.
You just don't understand,
What it's like being me.
Tides of Earth and SkyTides of Earth and Sky3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
And the ache of soul carried the torch of dreams into the sky
Upon scent of mortal thirst destiny whispered in myriad
rapture of folding tides..
Lo the mythic shore, where I — a phantasm of love bleeds
into the ether of velvet sky & ocean hymn...
Lost in the wine of omni-dreaming, for our passion tis but
the humble audience of eternity
In jeweled horizons the Goddess feasts; her gaze I cannot flee
I have crossed oceans of time & drank the song of worlds
My spirit forever slain in the beauty of her immortal sea
— Arthur Crow © 2012
BabyBaby3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Baby wipe your tears,
let go of all your fears.
Let me take your pain,
and put it in my pocket.
I'll put a lock on it.
You'll never have to see it again.
Let my hold you close,
and wrap my arms around you.
Let me warm you up,
and take away the cold
and put it in my soul.
I'll take away your anger,
Your not a hater baby,
your a lover.
I'll take the hate,
and reform your fate.
I'll put your anger in my fist
and crumble it into bits.
Let me take your sorrow
and throw it away.
You'll never see it again.
Let me kiss you on the lips,
I'll hold your hand,
and put a smile on your face.
Let me color your heart
I'll push away the darkness
and let the light shine through.
I'll walk you out of the shadows
and bring you to the sun.
I'll walk you onto the moist grass
and take you away from the desert.
I can do so much for you.
If you were to give me the chance.
I can love
and love you right.
Let me show you,
you don't have to be lonely,
because I'm right here standing
HeartbreakIt hurts.Heartbreak3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
How can you tell?
You feel that?
A soft happiness coming from the depths of your heart.
Suddenly, a bullet hits.
Shattering glass hearts.
Everything bleeds away.
Now you have nothing.
No life. No hope.
You are alone.
A cold, dark presence forms where the love once was.
Alice's ReturnThere was a girl named AliceAlice's Return3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Who saw some wondrous things
A rabbit with a pocketwatch, a gryphon with gold wings.
She had tea with the Hatter and she chased around the Hare
But when she got back home, they locked her up and kept her there.
For nobody believed, not in a single claim
They thought that she had lost her head, that she had gone insane.
They took her to a nuthouse and they locked and closed the door
They chose to close their eyes and so her screams were heard no more.
How can you love a world that thinks you're mad?
And if she was, could it really be so bad?
She needed to return to her true home
The place where she could dream and live and roam.
They kept her in her cell
For four abhorrent years
Before she heard a tiny voice like music to her ears.
The cries she'd made while her misfortune took its heavy toll
Were heard by those in Wonderland, who'd climbed out of their hole.
They had come to save their dear and precious friend
From meeting an unpleasant fate which would lea
Secrets of the DjinnLo the winds howl "Never you roam the mist"Secrets of the Djinn2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Wander you far across lands, forest & desert sea
Or dream you deep in a cloudless sky ...
Yet a presence looms & beckons, spirits unseen
For they are the Djinn, silent and ever watching,
embalmed into seasons of mortal blood-flow
And beware, for I shalt not speak of this again,
lest darkness unto thy flesh they quest and sow
Eons adrift in smokeless fire did they slumber...
Befallen to Earth's domain, they undressed fate
The Djinn, ancient dwellers humans would fear
Betwixt worlds they linger, shimmering in fire
Thru parallel dimensions they reach, seducing
dreams and reality, life... You!
Peering eyes thru the veil of time and space;
shape shifters of any form, stalk and hunt
Thoughts & flesh canst not escape their magick
Besieged and shadowed, the human race
til they are sent back to whence they came
And death became a wanton treasure,
where Angels pillage & Demons lust in flame
"You should never have come human"
Do Not CryDo not stand at my grave and weep:Do Not Cry5 years ago in Emotional More Like This
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the softly fallen snow;
I am the gentle showers of rain.
I am the field of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the grateful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight.
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom.
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing.
I am in each lovely thing.
So do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there.
I did not die.
Queen JojoQueen Jojo2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
All hail Queen Jojo
She shakes her fist and yells no, no
She wears ribbons in her hair and bells on her toe, toes
Now let's all rise and hail Queen Jojo
She giggles when someone sings out ho, hoes
Her doggie is sweet and wears bow, bows
Now let's all rise and hail Queen Jojo
She always busy and always on the go, go
She gets into her boat and call out now row, row
Now let's all rise and hail Queen Jojo
Online RelationshipShe sits staring at her computer screen, her fingers nervously tapping the keys with just too little pressure to actually type anything. The little moving pencil graphic that indicates her partner is typing only taunts her more, making her wonder what could be taking him so long. She can't imagine what he could possibly be saying. She is almost afraid to find out, but even more afraid not to.Online Relationship2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Finally, his message appears: "I think I'm in love with you."
She can't explain the amount of sheer elation which sweeps over her, wracking her body with shivers as she clutches her laptop to her chest, happily sobbing so that it seemed sheer emotion was rolling down her cheek rather than simple saltwater. Those were the words that she'd been waiting to read for months, agonizing over, hinting toward, and dancing around. Those were the words she'd been striving for, the words she'd been hoping to receive as a result of her carefully worded sentiments, the words she'd stayed up until midnigh
Green Eye MonsterGreen Eye Monster2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Green Eye Monster
He envy's the moon for it owns the night
He envy's the stars for they are so bright
He envy's the mountain for it's so strong
He envy's the beach for it's so long
He envy's the sea for it's so deep
He envy's the baby for it can sleep
He envy's the day for it never stays
He envy's tomorrow for it's another day
He envy's the skies for they're so blue
He envy's me because I love you