The Golden DragonThe dragon let out a small sigh as it brushed the remains of its latest would-be slayer out of its cave. These constant attempts on its life were more annoying than anything else.
This particular dragon was four stories tall and bright golden in color, with shiny scales all over its body, powerful wings with translucent membranes, two white horns that stood straight up, and sharp teeth and claws capable of ripping any human in half.
As it returned to its nap, it wondered why so many wanted it dead. It didn't terrorize the kingdom, it didn't hoard loot, and it didn't kidnap damsels; what motivation could any human have to kill it?
I bet they're just trying to slay me for sport. Humans are so despicable, placing such a low value on--
At that moment, the dragon's keen hearing detected the footsteps of yet another human in the area.
Great. Here we go again.
The dragon raised its head to look at the cave entrance. This particular slayer appeared t
A Nighttime Prank -Kane-It was the dead of night, and Indigo was sound asleep, not suspecting a thing.A Nighttime Prank -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Outside, a ladder gently settled against the wall underneath her very open window, and the silhouette of Kane scaled it by the light of a single burning candle. Said candle was one of the transformative incensed ones he'd received from Maki and Suki the other day, so it kept him in the form of a life-size plush toy as he went.
It hadn't immediately occurred to him, but being a living plush doll made Kane the ultimate stealth artist. Because his fabric-and-stuffing body was so light, his footsteps made practically no noise. The absence of voice or breath didn't hurt, either.
Kane stepped into Indigo's room and gently placed the candle-holder down on her dresser. The flickering light did little to illuminate the room, but he could see Indigo's face easily.
Within minutes, the candle worked its magic and transformed Indigo's body into a plushy state si
How to Have a Ball(that pun's so stale even WE hesitate to use it)How to Have a Ball1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
A three-step primer on converting a Mobian into a sports-ready ball
By Black and White of Black & White
Do NOT try this at home! Like many of our tricks, this technique relies heavily on the principles of cartoon physics, and cannot be done without them. Unless you are in a cartoon world or follow the physics thereof for any other reason, do not attempt any of the steps listed below, as they could be fatal!
Step 1: The Vertical Compress
Stand behind the victim and rest one hand on top of their head, then push straight down as hard as you can. Ideally, the victim's torso will be flattened against their head, leaving them looking like a head with hands, feet, and a tail; their chin should almost touch the ground.For best effect, don't compress the victim gradually; use one strong push. Practice with a volunteer until you figure out just the right amount of force to use.If you're not strong enoug
QUIZ: Three Bodies, One SoulThis is a fancharacter quiz about Sonic Heroes-style teams. The purpose is to get to know your teams better. Before we begin, tell us what the names of the members are and their positions in the team.QUIZ: Three Bodies, One Soul7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Speed: Ozone the Pangolin
Flight: Mythril the Pegasus
Power: Copper the Bull
Good. Now, have them answer the questions the System asks. The System will refer to the team members by their positions in the team, and unless otherwise specified, any team member can answer any question.
System: Let's begin. Speed, tell us a little about yourself.
Ozone: My name is Ozone the Pangolin, and I'm a singer/electric guitarist. I've got plenty of fans and I do what I can to keep them happy.
System: Okay. Now it's your turn to introduce yourself, Flight.
Mythril: I'm Michelle Hikare, alias Mythril the Pegasus. I'm a writer, and recently Ozone hired me as her lyricist. I... er..
QUIZ: Mars Aligns with VenusThis is a fancharacter quiz about male-female couples. It can be fan-fan or fan-official, but they have to have some sort of love relationship. Before we begin, please name the couple.QUIZ: Mars Aligns with Venus6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Him: Slicer the Wolf
Her: Blaze the Cat
Good. Now, have them answer the following questions.
To him: Tell us a little about yourself.
Slicer: I'm Slicer, a maned wolf. I'm employed as the Princess's gardener. My trademark is these three-bladed instruments I wear on my hands; they're called Double Cutters.
To her: Now it's your turn. Tell us a little about yourself.
Blaze: I'm Blaze the Cat, and I'm the princess of a kingdom. I used to be rather introverted, but after a little incident in an alternate dimension I've learned to open up and be more friendly. I can also control fire.
To both: What's your relationship like? Is the love mutual or one-way?
Payback Time -Kane-Heh... Indigo will never know what hit her.Payback Time -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
After a recent incident where Indigo had crushed him flat and made him into a sunshade for her car's windshield, Kane had finally decided to draw the line. He'd spent the past month planning his revenge against her, and now it was time.
Kane had enlisted Red's help in giving Indigo what she deserved; the robin had agreed to help largely because the plan would involve a bit of physical compression on her part, if you get my drift. Now the wolf and robin stood together at Indigo's doorstep. Red rang the front doorbell while Kane slipped around back.
A moment later, Indigo opened the door. "Oh, hi, Red. What brings you here? ...Wait, I can guess. You want me to..."
"Yep. I got a little bored, so I thought I'd come down early this week. Say, what have you been working on recently?"
"I've been crafting some new molds for the furnace.
Eaten by the BeastYou step not-so-bravely into the Beast's lair. It has gotten hungry again, and you are to be its sacrifice.Eaten by the Beast2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The lair is dark at first, but torches lit within quickly banish the darkness. You glance left and right at the torches, wondering if they are the Beast's doing.
Then you see it. The Beast itself stands before you.
It has the head of a wolf, the body of a lion, the wings of a bat, and a snake's head at the end of its tail. Although it would only be half a head taller than you if it stood upright, its figure is still intimidating.
Before you can decide how to react to its presence, it pounces. Its forelegs meet your chest and force you to the ground.
Drool drips from the Beast's mouth and lands on your face. The torchlight is now silhouetting it, but you are sure that it likes its offering.
A moment later, it opens its mouth, and your vision goes black as you feel the Beast's jaws envelop your head.
At first you expect to have your head bitten off, but instead the Beast rear
At the Laundromat -Kane-Let's see... the last day of the month is next Thursday, so that would give me time to...At the Laundromat -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
It wasn't a particularly busy day at the White Devil Laundromat. Kane himself didn't have any laundry to wash; he'd just come in because he needed a place to sit and think.
He glanced over the laundry pressers, each one as large as a twin-sized bed. He was always rather apprehensive about those things, for reasons that should be easy to guess for those familiar with him and the sort of situations he got into on a regular basis.
Wait... one of the pressers was closed, and unattended. That didn't make sense; they were always supposed to be left open when not in use, and they didn't run for long enough that anybody would have a reason to leave them unattended.
Curious, Kane opted to investigate. He walked up to the closed presser and heaved it open to see what if anything had been left inside it.
What greeted him was the face of a familiar red robin,
Trash Compactor -Kane-"Alright, Indigo-- what was it you wanted me to come over to see?"Trash Compactor -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Kane had very reluctantly accepted an invitation from Indigo to come over to her house to see something. He didn't want to, but his friends had convinced him it'd be rather impolite to turn her down.
Indigo led Kane into her kitchen, where a tall, metallic cabinet-like thing stood against the wall. She opened it up, revealing an inner chamber protected by glass. A piston dominated the ceiling of the chamber, and shortly below it a hatch was built into the glass.
"...What exactly IS that?"
"It's a trash compactor. I just had it installed, and I'm about to try it out for the first time."
Kane didn't like where this appeared to be headed, but he breathed a small sigh of relief when Indigo left and returned with a bag full of trash. She opened a hatch at the top of the compactor's enclosure and poured the bag's contents in.
"Alright, Kane. Here goes nothing!"
Laundry Wringer -Kane-Wow. So Indigo really DID get one of these things.Laundry Wringer -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
In Indigo's front yard, Kane inspected the electric laundry wringer that had been installed the day before. He ran his right hand over one of the two spotless metallic rollers the wringer's body contained.
Doesn't turn? ...Ah, of course. They're hooked to a motor.
Kane's attention fell quickly to the control switch on the side of the wringer, which was currently resting in the middle of three possible positions. The area just above the switch was marked with the word "OFF", with two arrows pointing to the left and right.
The wolf experimentally flicked the switch to the left with his other hand, and the wringer hummed to life. The top roller turned clockwise, the bottom roller anticlockwise, guaranteed to wring anything that passed between them.
Unfortunately, Kane hadn't thought to take his hand off the rollers first.
The sudden feeling of extreme pressure
Sasha's Spa TreatmentThe automatic doors making up the entrance of Shirley's Toon Spa glided open as Sasha approached them. The trip from Toonville to Flat Ridge had been quite a lengthy one, and although this spa apparently had a stellar reputation, she hadn't really planned to come and try it out until she'd gotten that gift certificate for it in the mail.Sasha's Spa Treatment3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Sasha was a human girl, almost twenty years of age, with two pink ponytails on either side of her head, an above-average breast size, and white-and-blue clothing that somehow passed for a schoolgirl outfit. Below her blue skirt she wore striped pink-and-white stockings and red shoes.
In front of her, a white anthro lioness stood behind the counter. The two of them made eye contact as Sasha approached.
"Welcome to Shirley's Toon Spa. My name is Alicia. Will this be appointment or walk-in?"
"Uh... walk-in, I guess. I have a gift certificate."
Sasha took the gift certificate out of her pocket and set it on the counter. Alicia examined it, then care
Vacuum Cleaner -Kane-"So, Kane, what have you been up to recently?"Vacuum Cleaner -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The local middle school was closed for the summer, but Jack had gotten a job cleaning the building, and he'd let Kane in because the wolf had said he'd needed a quiet place to think. Somehow, it'd dissolved into chatting between the two.
"The usual. Actually, I spent yesterday afternoon as Indigo's hammock. I was sure all that swinging back and forth would make me throw up... I'm surprised it didn't."
Kane and Jack were currently in one of the classrooms, where the lizard was going over the place with a vacuum cleaner. The vacuum in question was an ankle-high ground-bound model with wheels and a hose.
"What I don't get is, why does Indigo always decide to use me for her 'arts-and-crafts projects'? She knows I hate it. She could just as easily use Red instead, and she enjoys those things."
"I've never asked her, Kane. I think she must just find pleasure in t
Beauty's Bottle -Toon-It was a calm afternoon, and our favorite feline mechanic, Beauty, had no jobs that day. With nothing better to do, she had decided to drink the day away while lounging in her workshop.Beauty's Bottle -Toon-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Of course, Beauty being Beauty, her beverage of choice was whole milk.
The recycling bin just outside the room was already half full of empty glass bottles, each with MILK printed on the side and a capacity of about two liters. Having finished off yet another bottle, Beauty opened the door and gently placed the empty bottle on top of the stack.
She didn't notice a mouse slipping into the room before she closed the door.
This particular mouse was rather irritated at the cat for a rather extensive degree of harassment the day before, and was now out for revenge. It hid under a workbench, armed with a rather sharp toothpick.
Beauty lay down on the floor again and quaffed the bottle's entire contents in one gulp.
Inspecting the bottle, she noted that a few drops of milk were clinging to th
The Bathtub -Kane-"You're sure about this, Red?"The Bathtub -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Kane eyed his robin friend with a visible air of nervousness. The two of them were standing in the bathroom together, in front of an empty bathtub that had the plug in. A series of air vents lined the wall above the tub, currently off and controlled by a dial on the wall.
"You enjoyed the sauna, didn't you, Kane? Work your way up. Before you know it you'll be going under Indigo's rolling pin with a smile on your face!"
"...I doubt that, but okay."
The wolf climbed into the bathtub, and Red grasped the dial and turned it up. The vents began to bathe Kane in hot air.
Red kept her hand on the dial as she watched Kane relax in the warmth. Slowly she began to crank it further, increasing the heat.
"I'll be safe, right? You won't pull the plug or anything?"
"Don't be ridiculous! Nothing's going to happen to you or my name's not Red!"
Needless to say, once the
Getting a Drink -T+M-It was a warm Thursday afternoon. School was out for the day, and a certain blue kangaroo joey was waiting for his sister to come pick him up (he'd missed the bus again).Getting a Drink -T+M-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Max let out a sigh as he looked down the road. What's taking her so long? he wondered. I called her twenty minutes ago!
Deciding just sitting out front was too boring, Max decided to grab a drink from one of the vending machines inside. He hopped to his feet and proceeded towards the vending area.
Let's see... I don't want chips... I'm too young to drink coffee... hm?
At the end of the row of machines was a new one he didn't recognize. It looked like a cross between an ordinary vending machine and R2D2, and it apparently dispensed Space Cola for 50 cents a can.
According to the sticker on the side, this was a special new "smart" vending machine recently installed to increase quality of service and decrease risk of machine fraud.
Figuring he mi