Epitaph for an Old Italian WomanWe walk into the apartment building. The building for old people.Epitaph for an Old Italian Woman3 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
It smells like old people.
We silently take the elevator to the second floor; her room is 205. Mom has the key, so she opens the door. The apartment is so empty. No little old ladies with white hair and a waggling crooked finger.
There's still newspaper on the floor by the door. Mom and I remove our shoes and put them on the newspaper, lest her ghost throw shoes at us. Or, maybe, hit us with a broom. She never did it to me, but Mom says she used to.
The pantry is full of food; mostly Fig Newtons. We always brought her Italian cookies when we came to visit, but she'd make us eat them while we were there. We would insist they were for her, but what good were cookies without someone to share them with? Italian cookies, Fig Newtons, and tea.
The cookie jar on the counter is full of tea bags. You could never have Italian cookies and Fig Newtons without
Paper-Thin Promisesthe first time I caught sight of yourPaper-Thin Promises2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
glistening, marble eyes,
I decided you disgust me.
I hate you the way I hate perfection:
merciless, like the snap of mantis jaws.
every fact of you is pretentious,
held high like you raise a middle finger.
You, the artist, always sculpting things,
tried to squeeze my malleable heart like white clay
and stash it in your pocket to rattle with stones.
paint me an unflinching self portrait, my dear:
this skyscraper of a boy shaking with anticipation
to build and destroy, build and destroy.
you sink in tooth and talon at first mention of beauty,
love-biting Aphrodite as though you were equals.
you're a statue, a prison,
a tasteless reproduction of a child's Heaven
but you are no museum.
you may hang yourself in gilded frames,
forcing masses to silence with obscurity,
but that does not make you a hallowed hall.
no, I fear you're no Metropolitan.
you look at me, daring to think you understand.
your words trickle from my lips like a waterfall
as you tell m
Gute Nacht, Guten MorgenIt started out as a summer cold. Prussia would cough occasionally and have a sneezing fit every now and again, but it hindered nothing in his life besides his ability to talk (though to him, this was one hell of a punishment). Nothing was especially concerning about the fact that the albino nation had caught this mild illness.Gute Nacht, Guten Morgen3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Except, of course, for the fact that he was a nation.
Nations generally do not catch illnesses without a proper reason - their economic state, their people, their land, etc.; these were all ways that a nation could become ill, since they did not seem to catch normal human illnesses. Prussia was almost an exception, however, since he had actually experienced the "death of nations," dissolving, once in his life. He had only been back for a short time, less than two human years, but in that time, he had done everything he'd wanted to do before he dissolved. He had mended his relationship with his brother, which led to a sort of "truce" between him and Romano, h
The Little Merman 12The Little Merman 123 years ago in Drama More Like This
It was a great celebration! Roman, Greek and Egyptians were dancing and singing for the king and queen's happiness! Wine, beer and food were plenty! Joy to all!
"Hooray! Hooray for the Queen Teana!" the Egyptians were yelling.
"Long life for the Queen and King!" Greeks were applauding.
"Ave Imperator Seto!" Romans were roaring!
Everyone was happy! There sitting on two thrones were Tea and Kaiba. Tea was wearing the best wedding dress made of fine white linen and her golden jewelry was shining in the torches' light. Seto Kaiba was dressed in fine linen Roman robes with a golden thorax and a crimson red cape showing his royalty. Atem was also there. He sighed seeing them. He was fully aware of the fact that there was more crimson color in his eyes rather than any royal cloth but he didn't say a word. His heart was aching as if someone was piercing it with sharp swords. He knew that his end was close now.
"I made it so far I went through so much pain I loved her I saved
Fragile facadeFragile facade4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Alright... so once upon a time, there was a doll with many faces,
She had her mouth stitched up the sides, like pretty little laces,
A permanent smile she was forced to wear,
if she ever grimaced her face would tear.
The spotlight seemed to follow her, though she tried to run away,
Her pretty little doll legs, weren't fast enough to her dismay,
Entertained smiles and expecting eyes glittered through the dark,
her smiling face never changed, it soon grew stagnant with a dying spark,
she glittered with the sun, and shined with the moon,
and every time she faked her life, she gave herself another wound.
a pity such a pretty doll,
couldn't survive a cruel worlds fall.
they stitched her back up and put her on stage,
she grew to hate the world and it's cage,
so when she was alone, the little doll was done,
she would get what she wanted, even though the world had won,
she used her little fingers, to rip away the stitching,
the facade of the carnival world glitching,
her forced smile became a
All This Time- Chapter FiveOver the past few weeks, Izaya had been debating with himself about how well he and Shizuo had been getting along. Don't get him wrong, he enjoyed being able to get along with him, it's just he could do without past feelings being brought up. One of Izaya Orihara's best kept secrets has always been that since highschool he has had a huge crush on none other than Shizuo Heiwajima. The very man he claimed to hate. He used to tell himself he only felt that way due to the level of interest he had in Shizuo's strength. Although these days such an excuse wouldn't work, he hasn't even seen him display his strength since before he left, well minus having his door kicked down on his first day back.All This Time- Chapter Five3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
These last few days have had Izaya thinking about these feelings; he has also been noticing small things. Things like how happy Shizuo is when he is playing with Psyche, how much he smiles now that they don't fight. On occasion, Izaya has found himself wishing that Shizuo was smiling because of him.
Vampire Yami Ch 32Yami now realized why Kaiba was at the ball. He was watching him, and that was because Bakura was keeping Mokuba hostage! He crawled on the ceiling's joists following Marik. One time, Marik peeked over his shoulder so Yami had to hide in the shadows again. Marik kept walking. He got into a room. He took his black cape off and let it fall to the floor. Unlike his sister he was blonde. Only his tanned skin was pointing out his origin. His blonde hair was long till his scapula and a bit more tufted on the top. Yami landed some meters behind him. Marik, not even bothering to look back, smirked. The golden jewels he was wearing on his entire body glowed in the torches' light.Vampire Yami Ch 323 years ago in Horror More Like This
"I know who you are! You're Yami, the one that everyone is talking about "
"Indeed" Yami answered calmly.
"My sister sent you to take me?"
Marik turned around and his violet eyes sparkled angrily.
"The problem is that I'm not going back! And if my sister could really predict the future she should have known
All This Time- Chapter SixIt has been a few days since Shizuo had taken Psyche to the park. They are currently sitting on the floor of Izaya's apartment pulling faces at each other. Psyche is giggling at most of the ones Shizuo pulls. Shizuo smiles at Psyche when he tries to pull a really good one. Izaya is sitting at his desk trying to focus on his work, though he has an increasing urge to stop working and just watch the two pull faces at each other. He has given up on trying to get rid of the recently unearthed feelings he has for Shizuo.All This Time- Chapter Six3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As the minutes tick by, the urge to watch them play gets worse. Izaya ends up looking, only to notice Shizuo's smile and he blushes a bit after thinking about how attractive he finds Shizuo. He hopes that Shizuo does not notice him blushing, lest he question him on the cause. It would be awkward to try and explain how it is Shizuo's fault he is blushing, and all because of a smile.
Unfortunately for Izaya, Shizuo did in fact notice and was wondering what would cause 'the gre
All This Time- Chapter SevenTo say he was surprised would be a massive understatement. Izaya Orihara, the very man he had spent years trying to kill, had just confessed his love to him. If he couldn't see the embarrassment Izaya was feeling, he would have thought it a joke. Shizuo didn't know what to say, he'd never thought someone would care about him to such an extent. He had a handful of friends, which oddly enough now included Izaya and Psyche and he also had his brother, Kasuka.All This Time- Chapter Seven3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The question Shizuo now found himself asking was did he care for Izaya in the same way? That little outburst had caused a slight blush to form on his face and he knew he no longer hated Izaya, if he ever did. Since Izaya had come back, they had gotten along quite well. Sure they still teased one another, but Shizuo had not even felt the need to harm Izaya. The last time he used his strength was when he kicked Izaya's door down on the first day. He doesn't even remember why he was so angry that Izaya was back, it wasn't like Iza
Lullaby Chapter 11Lullaby Chapter 113 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hello again. Since I am in SUCH a terrific mood, I am producing another chapter of “Lullaby”. This one will be considered a filler. It will explain the first Cover image made by ashitarimai X333
Disclaimer: I do NOT own TMNT....Trust me, it is better this way.
Raph grunted as he pumped iron. The weights all together weighed a little over 300 pounds. It somewhat scared his brothers on how strong he was. Leatherhead and Casey were in awe and shock of how much the emerald turtle could bench press. The mutant croc was glad that one of his terrapin friends could do that. Hell the crocodile could bench press 500 odd pounds.
The red banded turtle grunted again and heard his daughter going through her katas near him. He stopped lifting weights to look at her. Standing in front of Hana was Splinter, and “sparring” with the turtle tot was Mikey. Hana threw a fist, only for it to be blocked by the older turtle. Her father could tell she was getting frus
Akatsuki: Black Crow - Chapter 2: CrowsAkatsuki: Black Crow – CrowsAkatsuki: Black Crow - Chapter 2: Crows3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The girl startled up as something touched her feet. Even more confused she noticed the shady trees which surrounded her.
No sand. The desert seemed far away; such trees didn't grow in dry areas, only in regions where it rained often. It seemed more likely to be...
"Ame no kuni...", she muttered.
She turned around. One of the men she met in the desert sat on the stub of a tree. It was the black-haired one. Itachi.
On his shoulders and all around him sat crows which beat their wings in excitement. As she looked to her feed she knew right away what had woken her up.
Claws which clutched into her shoulder gave her a jerk. The crow ruffled its feathers and examined her through black eyes.
"...Hello...to you, too...", the girl said slowly. She waited a moment, but the crow didn't flew away but pulled on her coat instead. "Hey!" It stopped and begun to rub its bill against her neck; a strange feeling. The girl laughed.
Another crow lande
Akatsuki: Black Crow - Prologue: The monsterAkatsuki: Black Crow – Prologue; The "Monster"Akatsuki: Black Crow - Prologue: The monster3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"The monster showed up in the east."
"Eh? No kidding?"
"Yeah, it was just a few days ago. Two bounty hunters were killed."
"Bah!" The bearded man, who had listened the two women's conversation, let his cup plunk forcefully onto the wooden table. "If they're dumb enough to approach this monster, then it's their own fault."
"But somebody has to stop it!", said the prior woman, who had long brown hair which nearly touched the ground. Her friend had short red hair, which was tied back tightly with colorful strides, nearly as colorful as her embroidered kimono. She looked at the man with anxiousness.
"Somethin' like this can't be stopped – least of all by such fools."
"So it'll kill us all and end of the story?" Arms akimbo, she blinked. Her dark dress testified to the fact, that she was working here.
The spacious wooden room was a little cafe, but there were also groceries sold. All of the little village's residents cam
Kaibaman 5: Yami MutoKaibaman 5: Yami Muto3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The police chief sighed in frustration and leaned back to his office chair.
"Dammit all! For the first time our main suspect is that easily recognized and that hard to be captured!" Ushio said while sitting on a coach in the same office.
"Hmm…" was the only answer the chief mumbled.
It was evening already and the weather was nice and soft that day even though it was still cloudy.
"Anyone ready to go after him?"
"No, sir! Most of our men seem neither ready nor willing to go after him. Also there are people that consider him as a hero. There will be riots out there if our men do something against him!"
"Hmm…I thought that so…"
"What should we do then sir?"
The chief sighed once again and leaned to his desk.
"We will need someone willing to put his fame, no, his life at stake in order to catch the criminal…someone with strong sense of justice…someone whose only desire is the right thing. We need someone who's not afraid to speak his mind or be afraid of the public. We need someone that wi
The Little Merman EpilogueThe Little Merman Epilogue3 years ago in Drama More Like This
The sun started to rise and it filled with its golden light all nature around. The sky was painted with gold and pink. The sea waves were painted golden golden like no jewel can reach! This gold is more valuable than any other gold in the world. This is the very gold of life! The breeze that was caressing everything seemed to be the breathing of some sleeping God up there. Someone that was watching them
Atem started to open his eyes slowly. Where was he? Why was he there? He was feeling his body light and airy. He couldn't explain this wonderful feeling! His body seemed to be lighter than the air. It didn't have weight. He looked around. He was flowing over the sea. He looked at his hands and arms. They seemed to be like crystal. He could see everything through him! He saw that he was completely naked but he wasn't feeling any cold! Just the opposite. For the first time in his life he was feeling such a warm feeling! He drew a deep breath. He drew inside him all the warmth o
Italy x Reader - Ferris Wheel KissItaly x Reader - Ferris Wheel Kiss3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
This was the worst day ever!!! You found out your boyfriend was cheating on you for three straight months and he broke your heart. You didn't want to talk to anyone but your crush, after your boyfriend stopped really hanging with you, Feliciano. You saw him in the library reading "A Tale of Two Cities", you decided to walk over to him.
"I never thought you would read such a book." You said in a cheery humorous voice, your mouth curved into a big smile, which made Feliciano very happy.
"Mi bella, don't you look beautiful today? How is it, your day?" Feli asked and your smile turned into a frown. You slumped into a seat to hide your sadden face from Feliciano but he took you by the hand and left the library.
"Now, will you tell me what's wrong, bella? What happened?" Feli took a finger and lifted your face to look at his, you blushed a little and knew you couldn't lie to the man.
"Its...my boyfriend, well, my Ex boyfriend. He has been cheating on me for the last three months
Kaibaman 7: IsisKaibaman 7: Isis2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
“What on Earth…is going on?!”
Kaibaman was looking down at the fight scene! The unknown person was hitting the robbers mercilessly and with flaming hate and passion! Kaibaman’s eyes narrowed. They might be thieves but still…they were humans! They were human beings! That person was taking it too far and he couldn’t let him kill each one of them! He jumped down and landed to his feet. He ran and…he stopped the unknown person’s attack by throwing a card weapon. It hit his long weapon. The person turned to see him!
“No matter what they are, they are human beings! Stop this!” Kaibaman said.
“Kaibaman!” the dark figure exclaimed and jumped back!
Kaibaman jumped with him as his card weapons were trying to stop the person’s rod’s attacks. He had the strange feeling that he had felt some soft material waving. Linen…maybe…
“Stop doing this! There is no need to do anything more!”
Lullaby 12Lullaby 123 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Next chapter of “Lullaby”!!! And I am also giving some credit to Leaf Ranger on ff. net for helping create the next cute Mutant Child!!!! Say THANK YOU!!!!
Disclaimer: I do NOT own TMNT.....All I own is Hana and Half of Galileo!
Hana looked up from her play area to look at her family. Her grandfather was speaking to her father and uncles before they began meditating. The black haired girl did not like to meditate, for she found it boring. That was something her Uncle Mikey agreed on. Hana rolled over and looked at the male turtles, giggling to herself as they were now upside down.
Splinter just glanced at his granddaughter and chuckled to himself. She reminded the old rat of his own sons when they were her age. Meditating was not in the young turtle's ability...yet. The violet eyes girl giggled when her Jiji smacked Mikey for giving the wrong answer to his question. Raph looked at his daughter and raised a finger to his mouth, signaling that she should be quit
All This Time- Chapter NineDaddy and Shi-chan seem really close. Shi-chan stayed over last night and was in Daddy's bed when I went into his room this morning. When Shi-chan appeared the first day, I thought they didn't get along. Though now they are like the best of friends! I'm glad though because I like Shi-chan, he likes to play games with me when Daddy can't because of work.All This Time- Chapter Nine3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I've seen them hug a few times and they sometimes have red faces after one has said something. I wonder what they say which seems so embarrassing for the other. Right now Shi-chan's face is a little red, Daddy is lying down with his head in Shi-chan's lap. "Izaya, why do you have to rest your head in my lap? You have a perfectly good bed in your room" Seems Shi-chan doesn't like Daddy resting like that. "Shizu-chan's lap is comfortable. Besides, my bed is perfect for other things. ~" Now Shi-chan's face is even redder. Daddy was only talking about sleeping and jumping! Silly Shi-chan gets embarrassed by the weirdest things.
Mother knew the ocean amassed every tear ever shedMother always told me that the most important lessons in life come accompanied by saltwater.Mother knew the ocean amassed every tear ever shed3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
I always thought she was carrying a soul too spent and too sullen.
I didn't know how right she was till sometime back, at seventeen.
For it was at seventeen that I was to try through a time where paltry tears- saltwater, was all I could taste, as my world was ripped right out of my ribs, and I experienced my first heartbreak.
I was years too young to search for starfish by the shore, to wish myself an old wives tale cure, all for a classic summer sickness. His sea-foam eyes had plighted me and blighted me. He allowed my knees and ankles to burn in rock salt kisses and promises. I allowed him to sear through my wounds, past and present.
In the end, I almost lost myself to his vastness, and almost drowned in the strength of his currents.
He was far too momentous and I, too infinitesimal.
Summer ended a short-lived romance but romance it was nonetheless. Rock salt senses will always string dé
Too BeautifulToo Beautiful4 years ago in Romance More Like This
It was always the same. Wake, travel, eat, battle, fly, sleep. Was it ever gonna change?
I was back in Unova to see Rose again. I went to the Ferris Wheel to wait. And wait. And wait.
"Did ya hear? The Champion is gonna sing at the Pokémon Center tonight!" someone said.
"You mean Rose?" another asked.
"The very one!"
So she beat Alder and became the champion. Good for her.
'N?!' a Pokémon said. I turned and saw a Ponyta walking up to me.
"Yes?" I asked kneeling down.
'Won't Rose be surprised to see you!' the Ponyta said.
"Can she hear you guys now?" I asked. The Ponyta shook it's head.
'No, but if we are in a really good mood then she tries to fugure it out,' the Ponyta said smiling. 'Rose is over at the gym talking to Elesa. Rose always seems to be talking to her or the other female gym leaders, or it's the ninja gym leader.'
"Really?" I said surprised that she wasn't at the Pokémon League.
'Really. She crys at night too,' the Ponyta said. 'Well, I better get back. Don'
Yako and Gekko TenmaYako and Gekko Tenma3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
A small kid was sitting on the orphanage court and it was drawing something. He liked doing this. He was feeling better this way. He had greenish hair and green eyes. He didn't know much about himself since he was an orphan till the day he was born or maybe later? He didn't even know that! Anyway by all the things he knew that his name was Tenma. Yako Tenma. They had told him many stories in the orphanage but he wasn't that immature to believe all of them! He had a name, a surname so what? This didn't help him at all. He had learnt that well enough. But even though he was seven years old he was mature enough to be grateful even with that! When you are orphan you must mature really quickly! But still he was a child! A kid that needed affection! Suddenly someone took his drawing from his hands cutting his thoughts. It was one of the bullies. He hadn't seen those big guys before! They must have been new in there!
"Hay kiddo! What are you drawing?" one of them asked.
Static Smudges and SmearsStatic3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The newspaper is illegible:
Crop circle smudges from heaven,
Or maybe sieved through the soul's portcullises
Forever closed off to the dangers of the world;
So, instead, I trace the fault lines in
Broken mirrors plagued with fingerprints,
A desperate attempt to read and
Ascertain the present and
But cannot seem to discern which rifts
Are simply my faults and which fault
Is actually my life line,
Where and when do they end.
But, as so often is the musings of fools,
This too is meaningless.
Colder Weather, Chapter 9Colder Weather, Chapter 94 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
My back was against the black leather seat of our limo. Black was on top of me, running his right hand through my hair, rubbing my waist with his left. While my right arm was around his neck, and my left hand cupped his face.
The kiss...it was...not right.
My mom always went on about how it felt like fireworks every time her and dad kissed. It'd feel like the best kiss for every kiss. But this just felt like our lips were moving.
Before I knew what was going on, Black pulled himself off of me. The door was open, with the driver patiently waiting.
"Oh, we're here." He said, fixing his tie and collecting himself. "I'll miss you, White. I'll call you tonight, okay?" He said, kissing me on the lips, then he left in a hurry.
Not really the special goodbye I wanted...
The driver shut the door, and returned to his seat. "Where to now, Ma'am?" He asked, "Nimbasa City, please." I sighed, leaning my head against the window. Oshie was busy away eating the foods in the mini fridge. "Oshie!" I call