The Day And The Hour Are Hers...
On a day very still, very cold, very pale,
I see the shadows gather up her shape
In the frost-bitten garden where she paces, alone,
Her long black tresses stirring in the ghost of a breeze
As she wraps a cloak of midnight velvet
About her tall and slender frame,
Her bare feet crushing the snow!
She laughs at the cold, her eyes glittering
As she casts a spell of enchantment weird
Over her beloved town--
Upon each roof-top,
Imps and bogles dance, picking their noses
And smearing the results on the frostéd window-panes
Whilst a herd of screaming phookas galumph madly
Up and down the twilit streets
As ghosts and vampires rise solemnly from ancient tombs
To attend her Birthday Revels...
Dark Redemptions - Chapter 33Chapter 33Dark Redemptions - Chapter 333 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Patience said nothing, just stared at Aslansa. The demon removed the chains.
Patience breathed in and stretched himself, but still said nothing.
"Who are you?” Aslansa asked.
Patience glared at him and turned to Captain Chenbeard "I must thank you for setting me free."
Aslansa growled, but moved aside.
"Who are you?” Chenbeard asked, dropping is pirate accent.
"My name is Patience."
"Tell me what happened.” Chenbeard demanded.
Patience told him about Angel's torture and Riddle's confessed betrayal that led to Angel turning dark. Neither the Captain nor Aslansa could believe their ears.
"How are you connected to Angel?"
"I am her protector."
"Who did send you?"
"Who is your master?”
"Someone who holds Angel dear."
"Captain, he is playing games.” Aslansa growled.
"You aren't going to tell us more." he stated.
Patience nodded. "I must not."
The captain sighed again, but then said "Tell me, what I shall
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Angel sat on the rafter beam and looked down at everyone. They all seemed to be having fun. She sighed softly wishing she could be a part of it. Her mind drifted more to the dream she had recently. A strange being was the main part of it. A black and white angel and it told angel strange things.
She never could remember a dream with such details like this before every word seems to be carved into her memory. “I wonder if it is true?” Angel said in a soft sad voice. “Has my whole life been a lie?” Angel shook her head and looked down at the party again.
At the party, Riddle had the urge to talk to angel, yet she didn't dare to talk to her.
"Stop making such a long face, Riddle!” Sparky exclaimed and tried to cheer the trickster up by juggling with random objects she had stolen during the evening
Riddle laughed as Sparky received comments like "What are you doing with my dagger?" and "Sparky, that looks extremely dangerous!"
The comments distra
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Omega lifted her head from Angel’s legs when the door opened. She let out a warning growl until she saw who it was. Alpha went over to the side of the bed were Omega was lying and stood on his hind legs and placed his front paws on the bed and looked over at Angel. Alpha let out a whine and licked her face. Then he laid his top half on the bed.
Patience walked over to the bed and sat on the edge of it looking down at her. “Angel” he said softly. “I am so sorry I was there sooner.” He took his fingers and gently touched her face. Patience new she had been healed some but there were still so many scars and bruises that marred her body. It tore at his heart seeing her this way. “I wish I was the one who killed Krashune, my Angel.” Patience tenderly took her hand and held it in between his own. “This will never happen again, that I promise you” He continued to sit there and talking to her.
There was a knock at the Ca
Dark Redemptions - Chapter 35 (Final Chapter)Chapter 35Dark Redemptions - Chapter 35 (Final Chapter)3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Angel!” Aslansa whispered, filled with joy. Omega licked her hand and was close to jumping on the bed until she saw the fear in Angel’s eyes.
Angel eyes cleared and she saw relieved faces around her. She felt surrounded and cornered. Her wings twitched, forcing everybody to take a step back from the bed. Omega looked at her and whined, wanting to be near her.
Angel looked around. She was in her cabin. Then she noticed the necklace hanging around her neck.
"What is this?"
"That black angel gave it to you.” Aslansa growled.
Angel looked at you confused. "What black angel? I don't know what you are talking about."
Aisuru looked at Aslansa. "Be ye talking about patience?"
Aslansa growled again. "Yes"
"Aslansa why are you growling so much. Just please explain it to me please." she asked.
“Oh the one you had chained to the deck? What happened to him anyway?” Sparky inquired.
“I remember him” Lilt said. “ Yes whatever happene
Epic Tale - Chapter 7 - Part 1Lady Riddle had almost literally dragged Nemo right into Chenbeard's office. The Sangue Padre was sailing again, but the course wasn't set yet. Lyra and Crystal still tried to figure out where the islands the oracle had shown were located.Epic Tale - Chapter 7 - Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Now Chenbeard, his officers and Nemo were in the captain's cabin. The passenger, now released from the spirit collar, said:
"One of the islands the oracle showed to us, is the place where I come from."
"But ye asked me ta take ye with us until we reach the Garon islands.", the captain wondered.
"I still prefer those to my home Zarina. Anyway, there is a problem. The current leader of the island's population wants me dead.
"What did ye do?", Dan asked and crossed his arms in front of his chest.
"I refused to follow the traditions.", Nemo answered.
"That be a reason fer wanting ye dead?", Aisuru asked with disbelief.
"In this case, yes."
"Is that why we were attacked the night you arrived?", Aslansa asked.
"Yes. They were a group of assassins, organize
Epic Tale - Chapter 5 - Part 1Finally, the storm clouds were gone and the wind had died down. Not far away from the ship there was a plain island covered with a thick green jungle. A sandy beach was surrounding it.Epic Tale - Chapter 5 - Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We need ta find out where we are", the captain said. "Aisuru, Sparky and Latte, I want you to scout this island."
Aisuru nodded simply, Sparky grinned and Latte almost jumped out of joy. Her first task as a black fedora spy!
After they had prepared, they left the ship with a dinghy. They didn't stay long at the beach and went into the forest. "I suggest splitting up. The island is big and we are capable of defending ourselves.", Aisuru said and vanished in the thick undergrowth.
"I hope I will not get lost in there...", Latte muttered. Sparky turned around and smiled at her.
"Don't worry! We can team up, if you want."
Latte nodded happily. Though she was a spy, she didn't want to be alone on a dangerous island.
Carefully the two girls made their way through the thick undergrowth.
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In front of Aslansa and Angel a winged figure was standing in the air. The skin was as white as chalk, the long hair as black as coals. The face was featureless and androgynous, as well as the voice had been. Strangely one eye of the creature was completely white, the other completely black. It wore a long dusty grey coat, covering the body except for the wings.
The wings consisted of feathers, which were all black and white, but each feather had a unique pattern.
"Who are you?” Aslansa asked demandingly.
"I have no name for names are only necessary for interaction with others."
"Why are you here? What do you want?” Aslansa inquired.
"I've come for her.", the stranger said pointing at Angel.
"What do you mean?" Aslansa growled out.
Angel, barley awake, heard him and buried her head into Aslansa neck. “No...Don’t…let…take please.”
“Yes it is time. I watched you since the day you were born, Scarlet Seraph Of Hope.
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Omega watched as Dan moved away and turned her attention back to Patience. She sniffed at the chains that were holding him and started to whine.
No matter what Patience did he couldn’t get out. He sighed and knew he had to contact him. Patience shuddered at the thought because he knew he was going to be very upset. He closed his eyes and sent out a message. “I have been caught and…” but before he could finish he felt him answer back.
“What!!! What is happening Patience?”
Patience sighed deeply. “Krashune pushed Angel too far…the darkness has consumed her. I wasn’t able to get to her in time.”
“I sent you there to protect her Patience” he growls out.
“Krashune was more powerful than we thought. He had done so many things to Angel, Sir. She is lost inside herself.”
“What is happening now?”
“She is battling a member of her crew. She
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Aslansa landed on the deck and was at once surrounded by worried pirates, but he ignored them and forced his way to Angel's cabin. He put her body down on her bed. He marveled at the fact her skin wasn’t injured where the strange creature had removed her armor. Not even he was able to remove the darkness without small injuries.
He shook his head to get rid of the distracting thought. Angel was of more importance than this creature. Aslansa looked down at her, “I will return soon Angel” he whispered to her.
Aslansa returned to deck. The other pirates didn't dare to block his way. His demonic traits were more visible right now. He walked over to Patience. A black wolf stood right beside him and Omega.
"Move!” Aslansa demanded.
Alpha growled at him.
"I said move!” Aslansa shouted angrily.
"Don't bother. He won't listen to you.” Patience said smugly.
Aslansa growled and tightened his fist causing the chains binding Paitience to squeeze h
Epic Tale - Chapter 14 - Part 5It was one of those lavish late evenings only tropical climates could provide and Lady Riddle was leaning onto the rail, watching an empty bottle dancing with the soft waves of the port in the waters below. But the dancer couldn’t give her the answer she needed. She had asked Leith and Munira already, but both had given her variants of “Do what you feel is the right thing to do.” The bottle below didn’t seem to care for the trickster. It simply moved up and down and occasionally bumped against the Sangue-Padre, as if to say:Epic Tale - Chapter 14 - Part 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“If you accept or decline, nothing will change for me anyway.”
Lady Riddle sighed. She came here to find solitude and peace, but each time she finally was alone with her thoughts, she had the feeling she needed advice, always followed by the memory of Dan quoting somebody:
”By choosing my advisors, I’ve already made my decision.”
“If it only was that simple…”, the trickster answered in
Epic Tale - Chapter 5 - Part 3On her way back to her friends, Riddle ran across Nemo.Epic Tale - Chapter 5 - Part 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Can I talk to you?", he asked.
"Sure.", Riddle said with a smile.
"In private.", Nemo added.
Riddle was startled for a moment, especially because Nemo had this look again on his face.
"Aaaah-ye.", she agreed very slowly.
Nemo went out of hearing from the camp and Riddle followed. Nobody noticed Vixen appearing, grinning brightly and follwong them. Except Aslansa.
"What are you going to do?", the demon asked.
"Let me have some fun", she smiled.
"I would prefer you let them have their moment."
"Oh, come one. I'm bored to death. You don't let me tell Angel what was going while she was unconscious."
"You doon't tell anybody!", Aslansa hissed.
"Fine!", Vixen snapped. "I promise I won't tell and I will not disturb the two love birds over there."
The demoness left and Alsansa hoped she would not cause any trouble.
In the jungle, Riddle got nervous and tried to hide it.
"Relax, Riddle.", Nemo smiled in a way that almost made her blush ag
I Miss My FriendYou know, I always thought you'd be my friendI Miss My Friend3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I never thought what we had would ever end
But everything changed when I told you about him
And now everything is bleak and grey and grim
I took a risk and told you he likes me for who I am
And yet you couldn't so much as give a damn
You were mad that I was 'leaving you' for this boy
You made me feel like nothing more than a toy
I confided in you, felt safe with you, and I miss you
But whatever we had is apparently through
So you can ignore my pain and ignore my fear
Ignore how I happy and carefree I may appear
Don't look for my love for you lost that long ago
Because it is the truth that I now know
You said you loved me and you said you cared
But all you have left me is hurt and scared
So maybe I can go to the boy and feel more
And hopefully him I will not bore
Because I am too afraid to do too much
But to him, for now, I will clutch
I lost you, my friend, and miss you I do
I fear to show you my face, so it is him I look to
All I can pr
Dark Redemptions - Chapter 30Chapter 30Dark Redemptions - Chapter 303 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Alpha looked around at the people on the deck and let out a lowly snarl. He spotted Omega and walked over to her. Omega whined as she nuzzled his neck.
Patience looked up at Alpha and smiled. "Alpha, it is good to see you boy."
Alpha growled and walked over to Patience. Thin hazes of darkness emerged from the chains and streamed towards the wolf, but Alpha didn't seem to notice or care. Without any effort he bit through the first chain. Each piece of the solid metal he bit into turned into black haze, yet as fast as he got through one it grew back. Alpha growled out in frustration.
Patience sighed in frustration. “I guess I am trapped here until the Demon returns.”
“Aye” said Aisuru just as aggravated, “I don’t know what else to do to help ye. Lets just hope Aslansa can bring Angel back to us” he said worriedly.
Angel renewed her onslaught of attacks mixing both light and dark magic while Aslansa did his best to absorb the dar
Curse of the Witch Prologue Footsteps echoed eerily throughout the ship's rancid smelling cargo hold. I held my breath as one of the ship's crew walked a little too close to my hiding spot for comfort. I had been aboard the vessel for many days now, and we were too close to our destination for me to be discovered now, and likely tossed overboard by the merciless crew. The ship herself, aptly named the Wanderlust, was a two-masted vessel that cut through the water so quickly that it must have been aided by magic. Indeed, there was something fishy about the crew.Curse of the Witch Prologue3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The crewman dug around in the crate I hid behind. I lay still under my tarp, my lungs burning for air. I assumed he found what he was looking for, and the footsteps faded away slowly. I breathed a sigh of relief. I listened for a few more moments to be sure, and then threw back the tarp.
Checking to see if the coast was clear, I climbed up a few crates and peeped out the porthole. Dusk was fast approaching and
Epic Tale - Chapter 7 - Part 3As he had expected, Riddle's intense engangement with the dish resulted in a soon empty plate and a stuffed trickster.Epic Tale - Chapter 7 - Part 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"How did you plan the dance? Since we are all alone, we would have to dance without music.", the bard wondered.
"I asked Yvonne to help us out.", Riddle smiled.
"But isn't Yvonne playing tag?"
"I don't know. We'll see. But first: to this evening.", Riddle said and placed two empty glassed on the table. On top of them, she laid two spoons full of holes and put a sugar cube on each of them. Then she opened the bottle and poured its content carefully over the sugar until it filled a fifth of the glasses. Riddle put the closed bottle away and ignited the two sugar cubes before carefully passing one of the burning constructs to Lilt.
They both waited for the bluish flames to die before filling the glass with cold waten and stiring the now opague liquid.
"To this evening.", Riddle repeated and raised her glass.
"To the company.", Lilt answered and smiled. The glasses touched
Epic Tale - Chapter 5 - Part 2Meanwhile, Sparky, Latte and Allana searched for the missing assassin. Aisuru had successful covered his tracks, so the only trace they had were the disabled traps they found.Epic Tale - Chapter 5 - Part 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was already past noon when Allana suddenly changed into a lynx and listened intensely. The jungle was filled with the noise of birds and insects of all kinds, but still Allana must have heard something different. She then made her way through the forest, the other two pirates on her heels resp. paws.
Soon they reached a huge tree and Allana changed back into a human.
Above them hung a filled net made of tendrils. On the ground Sparky noticed a familiar weapon.
"Aisuru!", she shouted, but only some bird flew ways.
"I will take a look.", Allana said and in the shape of a hummingbird, she examined the net. As soon as she was human again, she said: "Aye, it's Aisuru. But he seems to be asleep or worse."
"How can we get him down?", Latte wondered.
"Just cut the net, of course!", Sparky wanted to say, but then... th