Towers - 1 - 002"What do you mean -- The same as me?" Rifel quizzed Duncan, gesturing vaguely at the fog.
"What you said earlier... It seemed to imply that because of the fog, you saw nothingness. And because of that nothingness, your mind was fettered with the possibilities of what it could contain. I simply meant to imply that I feel the same as you. Ignorance in important fields is an abomination."
"I see." Rifel said softly. "Is that truly how you feel?"
"Yes, of course. Sometimes what you can't see is more frightening than what's available to the naked eye. There could be anything down there, sir."
"You're not lying solely for my benefit? The knowledge that you will replace me as the fourth triumvir when I die isn't affecting your answer in... any way?"
"Goodness no, Rifel. That's honestly how I feel."
The vulpine took a deep breath, as if a great deal of stress had just been lifted from upon his back. "Well, if you're honest. I must be as well."
Duncan turned to the older male, no longer f
Towers - 1 - 001"The sun grew darker and dimmer as the humans' towers rose taller. Some believe this was to keep ourselves from burning in hellfire as we ascended to the heavens; a marriage to nature that ensured our well-being."Towers - 1 - 0013 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Humanity had fallen unto it's hubris. Rising in tandem with the Towers, their unwavering pride ensured that soon, all but naught would remain of their kind. A self admiration that spread as a cancer on their world, gave birth to us... Born from a cancer... what does that make us?"
Rifel crossed his arms, tapping a single foot against the harshly depressed soil, oblivious to the destruction of the young grass and flora this action would surely author. He raised an arm to gesture as if he were pointing below, his large vulpine paw implying that significance may lay in the infinite abyss below.
This, as if some sort of pseudo-cue, caused the ursa beside him to step forward and look as instructed, both curious and confu
Towers - 1 - 004"Ignorance is my life." Rifel admitted, his hot breath hitting Duncan in the face as he remained pinned to the soil. "It is all I need to know; and so I know everything."Towers - 1 - 0043 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Valessa cringed as Duncan took no credence from these words, choosing instead to raise his fist and bring it down upon Rifel. The sound that followed was indescribable – only signalling the extreme pain of the older vulpine.
"You crave knowledge; and so you know nothing..." Rifel continued under his breath, clearly in a pain most intense. "That pursuit of knowledge... will only bring you hurt and sorrow. Hurt and sorrow will... deliver you to death."
Duncan started to audibly protest, but was interrupted as Rifel grabbed a piece of rock from the eroded outlook, and brought it smashing against the bear's face. Valessa heard noises that she would rather soon forget, as Duncan gargled in pain at his crushed cranium. Rifel used the other male's daze in his favour as he gripped Duncan by the chest and pushed h
Towers - 1 - 005"Two children is all a mother may bear. This is not a rule of our leaders – but one of nature. Attempts to give birth after the thought are met with the death of a mother -- and her child. The lapine race however, is a significant exception. The ability for the rabbits to breed unchecked has led to overpopulation and famine."Towers - 1 - 0053 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Valessa gripped the bedsheets tightly in her paw, panting intensely as the sweat on her body became effectively a sheet of ice. It had only been a week since the murder on the outlook, but the events were still fresh in her mind. As if infinitely reoccurring; that was how she knew another scar had been born into her brain. It was the early morning hours, and thus her sight blurred with the fatigue of being prematurely awakened. Until she rubbed her eyes to get them accustomed to the waking life, she could only help but make out the reddish brown of her fur, and the way that at her knees, it changed abruptly into black.
This was t
Towers - 1 - 000In a world after humans,Towers - 1 - 0003 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
where animals have evolved to rule in our image;
a group of freedom fighters vie for
separation from the tyrannical TRIUMVIRATE.
This REBELLION, aloft in the heavens with
numerous other kin, call the TOWERS their home,
majestic wonders built millions of years
ago; before the humans' extinction.
Punishing any form of disobedience with
a chastening most cruel – The Triumvirate
maintains a steadfast societal dominance.
In a desperate attempt to gain the upper hand,
the rebels have employed the services of VALESSA,
a young vulpine spy skilled in the art
of reconnaissance. Sending her to The Triumvirate's
amphitheatre, her small chance at attaining
key intelligence is all that stands in the
way between freedom and enslavement for all...
Towers - 1 - 003The silence following this statement was almost painful in its intensity. Faced with this revelation, it took several moments for it to truly sink in: The Triumvirate wanted Rifel to take his student's life. When Duncan found the will to speak, Valessa could have sworn that, confronted with such a situation, she would have chosen the exact same words:Towers - 1 - 0033 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Wh-what are you talking about, sir?"
"It's just as it sounds. They want me to kill you. A replacement has already been found, and--"
"And what!?" Duncan retorted. "You're going to listen to them just like that? Rifel, surely you know me better than to just... dispose of me like some pest!"
"I thought I did, Duncan. I thought I did." Rifel said quietly as he closed his eyes. "Hold a kin upon the cliff's edge, and only then will you know their true intentions. I tested you Duncan, and in your eagerness to make me proud you have only proven your disloyalty to The Triumvirate."
Duncan took a few steps back, as if to make a distance between
Towers - 1- 006Amidst the roar of children, came young Dresden Varis, just as Valessa had expected. He held no quarter for juvenile games. Even though he was only six years old, he chose instead to cling to Valessa's leg and embrace it tightly. The allure of a child's race and the promise of extra food meant little to him in comparison.Towers - 1- 0063 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Good morning, Mrs. Valessa!" the young lupine shouted. "I had a dream!"
This caused Valessa to chuckle. She knelt to bring herself down to par with the younger boy. "I've told you almost every day. It's 'Ms.' Valessa, not 'Mrs'..."
"What's the difference?"
"I can't be called a 'Mrs' until I find someone to marry. Which is still a long ways away. I'm only six years older than you, with so much work to do..."
While she was saying this, she turned around and patted herself on the back, signalling Dresden to hop on board. She wasn't exceptionally strong, but she was still able to carry the younger boy without any apparent trouble as they made their way down the sta
Towers - 1 - 007He wasn't always on time, yet he wasn't always tardy either. This constant balance of negligence and responsibility baffled Valessa as to his true intentions. Taylor was only six years older than she was, but he was a veritable fountain of knowledge. The way he was able to so skillfully impart wisdom was the cause of much jealousy. Not just to her, but to the other students as well – their faces showing that one day too, they hoped to be as wise as he.Towers - 1 - 0072 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Genius however, always came at a fault. In this case, it was in the fact that they sat in wait for the next twenty-three minutes before their teacher decided to show. Standing at the head of the class with his arm cradling six or seven books, he smiled as if nothing was wrong. Not today, nor ever.
“Well, not too late now, am I?” he laughed. “I mean, I've been much later than this in the past, and still your gracious hostess has yet to scold me.”
He seemed to place an emphasis on the feminine term, while fixi
Towers - 1- 008With what Taylor had just said, almost every student groaned in unison. It sounded much like Valessa's earlier sigh, yet these ones weren't exaggerated. As most younglings did, the majority found that school was boring, especially when faced with the same lesson time and time again. They only sat here on a daily basis because it was required of them.Towers - 1- 0082 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Valessa offered this free room and board under the pretense that they would learn about the world and advance their education. Her goal was to ensure that they knew right from wrong, and the just and unjust way of life. Of course, this was not something easily attained; and so she had to shush them of her own accord, hoping that this would cease their ongoing criticism. Even though she was the current headmaster of this orphanage, and largely respected -- respect didn't always mean complete obedience, as the following actions confirmed.
“Hey now, kids. Calm down, it's not the end of the world. Just sit through this lesson one more t
A Trick Too FarA Trick Too Far2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
WARNING: This story contains soft, non-lethal vore. If that isn't your thing, don't read. Thank you.
A Trick Too Far
On a rather productive day at DragonTrain
Studios, Train was filming his movies as he always does. Some of them arent
that great, he admitted, but he knows he has been getting better over time.
Train was working on a rather lengthy movie which was based on Spyros
adventures before and after the fall of Malefor. You see, Train was a bit
upset that the announced Legend of Spyro movie, to which he was really looking
forward, had been cancelled, so he decided to make his own version of it
instead. He had to pull a lot of petty funds out of the treasury of his
studio, but he was positive the end result would be well worth it. It took a
couple weeks for him to work out a script, cast the characters (most of whom
were played by themselves), and building the props. Some such props were
dragon eggs made of glass and decorated w
Sadness In My EyesTo regret livingSadness In My Eyes3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Being forsaken and forgotten
Knowing that wherever I go
I turn the air gloomy
My heart sinks in sorrow
Desperately trying to catch a breath of happiness
But the grieving tides keep it under
Keeping my head low and month shut
To make everyone's life tearless
While mine's it miserable
In my heart I am weeping
In my mind I am wretched
In my soul I am a downcast, a letdown, a disappointment
A monster that craves nothing but sadness
And to make other as blue and pale
I hear only the cries of others despair
I see the barrier and emptiness of others in their hearts
I dream every night the most depressing moments of my life:
everything I experienced since I was born
I cry myself to sleep because I don't want these dreams
But no one can see these tears
On the outside all they see is youth and joy
When on the inside there is a monster turning the saddest things in existence
Into my reality
The Eagle - Part One His fingers worked adeptly at the lock, twisting it several ways before tapping certain corners. His palms were sweating under his gauntlets as usual, but he did not allow it to distract him. The room he was in was dark, facing away from the moonlight. His heartbeat was ever increasing. He had to hurry. This lock was pure genius, the most complicated he had seen yet. He had been to the richest parts of the city, and not once had he encountered a lock like this one. He was impressed.The Eagle - Part One3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Was that footsteps? His ears pricked for the sound of a footfall. No, the thuds came from outside. A flash of orange appeared, illuminating the room for a second. Then it vanished, but not before he heard screaming and panic. A wild riot? Surely not in this part of the city
"What are you doing?"
He jumped badly and turned around, speechless. A creature stood in the doorway, yellow feathers on end, wide talons gripping the carpet. Its beady eyes s
Birth of a DragonHe wasn't sure how he'd let it happen, but one of the guys had been short on cash and Gojyo had walked away from the poker table with some sort of rock. . . stone. . . gem. . . metal egg-shaped thingy. The guy said it was valuable, that he'd found it in the lab that got shut down when his construction crew was getting ready to demolish the place, the one that was rumored to have been experimenting with bio-mechanics or some shit. There were laws about that sort of thing; things like Hakkai's eye were considered okay, things like test-tube animals with motors instead of hearts that never lived past the embryo stage were illegal.Birth of a Dragon3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
This thing just looked like an egg-shaped metal paper-weight in a little metal stand in the middle of a glass jar. Probably some sort of science award. Hakkai would know what it was. Hakkai was smart like that.
Gojyo walked home with the trophy held against his chest tucked under one arm. The egg-thingy wobbled around when it was turned any other