Return of the Wicked - Part 1Victor's whiskers quivered. He was getting nearer, he was sure of it. The woods in these parts were thick, and the sunlight filtered through the green canopy above, casting dappled shadows on the forest floor. A songbird flitted across the fox's path, whistling gleefully.Return of the Wicked - Part 13 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The silver fox scowled at the bird.
Uhg. What could possibly be so joyous in this Podunk neck of the woods?
He paused to gnaw at the bits of grass stuck between his ivory claws. The songbird landed daintily beside him. The fox snarled, revealing a mouthful of perfectly white teeth. The bird persisted and began pecking at his tail, undeterred.
"I love the country," the fox breathed sarcastically through gritted teeth. As he sighed, he noticed a hint of lavender in the air. It was faint, though, and Victor dismissed it as imagination. The country did peculiar things to a fox, he decided.
Noticing a small puddle left over from the rainstorm the night before,
No Rest for the Wicked, Part 1Deep in the Pacific Northwest, winter, 1873.No Rest for the Wicked, Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The man lay dead under the sprawling redwood canopies of the high Rockies, half buried in snow. There was a bullet wound in his chest, and the frozen blood which stained his rugged clothes had turned almost black with age. His gun lay a few feet away, and his pale hand reached fruitlessly for it. He had been killed many days ago, yet his eyes still stared wistfully at the crystal blue sky, as if desperately wishing to ascend to some higher plain of existence. But still he was tethered to the mortal, lying undisturbed by the trailside and slowly consigned to burial by the hands of winters chill.
A ravishing scarlet vixen materialized from the shadows beneath the swaying undergrowth. Her coat was full and lustrous; it seemed to glitter with the ice crystals that the vegetation had sprinkled her with. She crept out into the ditch which followed the trail, careful with her footing in the deep snow. Her perfect azure eyes scanned for dange
No Rest for the Wicked, Part 3The wolf grinned fiendishly as he beheld the gold. "Well well, I'd like to thank y'all for savin' us the trouble and leadin' us straight to ya. I really ain't in the mood for diggin' today."No Rest for the Wicked, Part 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
His subordinates laughed. He growled and lowered himself to Victor, pushing him back into the snow. "Ain't no glasses around here, Mr. Fox. What's say we conclude our unfinished business from earlier, now that you ain't so busy?"
The wolf on the right stopped chuckling, his face turned serious. "Alopex wants 'em alive, Avner. Keep your cool."
Avner shot his companion a frosty glance, but eventually simmered down, pulling back and allowing the silver fox to sit up once more. "Y'all are lucky I'm so forgivin'. I got a feelin' the boss won't be so kind..."
He nodded to the chest and the other wolves quickly picked it up, one handle in each maw.
"Now get movin' you two," he ordered. "Or you'll find out just why everyone in these parts is so afraid of us."
Roe ground her teeth and her fur bristled in hu
Return of the Wicked - Part 2Victor's paws were heavy with exhaustion. The two foxes had traveled well into the night.Return of the Wicked - Part 22 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Let's rest a moment," the silver fox panted, plopping down at the base of a giant pine. His scarlet companion glared back at him- it was obvious she wasn't as keen on pausing to rest.
"If you must, Victor." She grumbled. "But we're almost there. I'd rather not stop now."
Victor rooted around under his red neckerchief until he found his quazzilare. He lit it with a swift movement of his paw and inhaled the smoke deeply. His pipe bounced between his teeth as he spoke. "My dear, would you be so kind as to inform me exactly who we are looking for? We've been ambling through this god forsaken forest all day, and the purpose I know not."
"I told you we could find the location of the fox that you so desperately seek." Roe began. "Do you not trust me?"
An owl hooted somewhere in the giant, looming limbs of the trees above.
"I don't know about you, Miss Roe, but I was raised to believe that trailing after
No Rest for the Wicked, Part 2The pair hurried through the forest, moving swiftly but silently, whipping through frosted underbrush and leaping from log to snow-dusted log. They were little more than shadows in the dark as Roe led the silver fox deeper and deeper into her domain. She circled around several times and doubled back on herself; ensuring no-one would be able to track them. Eventually she came upon a partly frozen river, and after crossing it twice in both directions she decided to identify a safe place to spend the night. A hollow tree trunk presented itself ahead, its cavernous opening curtained by thick strands of ivy. Roe pushed her nose through, shrugging off the snow that came tumbling from above, and inspected the hollow stump.No Rest for the Wicked, Part 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The interior was relatively dry, and the muddy floor had been mostly spared by the onslaught of winter weather. It was easily big enough to fit four or five foxes inside, so space was certainly not an issue, and the thick walls would retain at least a little heat from escap
Brown EyesEyes,Brown Eyes3 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Mine scare me,
Mine scare others.
Not because of how they look;
Or what color they are.
But what's inside of them,
The virus that people fear.
But don't understand....
Slowly scarring them from the inside out,
Until nothing can be seen,
At least for me anyways.
Easy and fast.
Just one tear on my hand,
could mean you being blind if you touch me,
Then touch those beautiful little eyes of yours.
That's all it takes.
For me to ruin your life.
For you to suffer as I am,
Only to slowly watch the world fade before them,
Knowing there's nothing they can do,
But watch their eye eat itself from the inside out
Like sand running through my fingers,
Although that analogy is used way too often,
A bug in a spider's web
When it sees the spider coming near it,
And it knows it can't save itself
And all it can do is watch.
Perhaps it was a plan.
A plan to ruin an artist.
And all she wants is to see two things;
And her first born child.
Star Cross Knight (Part 3)Star Cross Knight (Part 3)1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Pairing: Juha Bach/Haschwald
Some time has passed since the day of Haschwald's night conversation with the Emperor. But since that time they have not even once spoken about their feelings to each other and didn't touch this topic anymore.
It was a very busy time in the castle and every Quincy had a lot of work to do. Haschwald was instructed to train the group of rookie soldiers so he didn't have time to talk with the Emperor. Besides His Majesty was really busy too and Haschwald didn't want to distract him from the important business.
So Haschwald concentrated on his errand, which was given to him, and started to teach rookies the basics of fighting. The young soldiers tried very hard and soon enough they were showing a big progress. During the one of such trainings Haschwald gave his students a task to practice a certain skill. While they were training, he went to the nearby window and stopped there, looking outside.
The blond Quincy started to think about his relations with the Empe
Star Cross Knight (Part 2)Star Cross Knight (Part 2)1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Pairing: Juha Bach/Haschwald
Time went and Haschwald continued to perform the duties of the main Stern Ritter. He was coping with his work rather well, though, sometimes he still felt a bit unsure, when the Emperor entrusted him some important tasks.
However, as time passed the blond Quincy got used to it. And as he was spending much time near His Majesty, he was able to learn better the Emperor's personality.
Haschwald was glad to be near his Emperor whom he respected very much. The only thing which was bothering the blond Quincy so far was the fact that he couldn't understand his own feelings. For example he pretty often felt Emperor's glance on himself and for some reason it made Haschwald to blush a bit. When blond Quincy was asking himself why it was happening he couldn't find the answer.
So being unable to understand the reason Haschwald decided to shift his attention at something else. He thought that skills training will help him to distract a little from his musings and headed
Star Cross Knight (Part 4)Star Cross Knight (Part 4)1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Pairing: Juha Bach/Haschwald
The life in the Quincies' castle went on but all the days were busy and similar to each other. Because of that most of the soldiers, especially Stern Ritters, became very tired. Soon enough the Emperor noticed it and decided to give a break to his soldiers.
Stern Ritters were allowed to spent their day off in the World of the Living and the news about that spreaded around the castle very fast. The excitement of Stern Ritters could be felt everywhere and it became even more noticeable in the day of the trip to the human world.
Bambietta visited Haschwald to find out if he was ready to go or not. She rushed into his room and started to gabble about how she is happy and what she was planning to do in the World of the Living.
Haschwald was listening to her chatter while putting on the hooded cape worn over his casual outfit for the human world. This cape was special and hid the wielder's presence while traveling between worlds.
"Are you going to take your favou
With youPairing: Askin x Bazz-BWith you3 weeks ago in Short Stories More Like This
Bazz-B opened his eyes and looked around the common room. It appeared that all Stern Ritters has already left. The last person who left the room was Haschwald.
Actually Bazz-B wanted to stay here alone with him to have a talk. But unfortunately when all other Stern Ritters had finally left the room, His Majesty appeared there. He threw a quick glance at Bazz-B and then called Haschwald to go with him. Something like joy flashed in the blond Quincy's eyes for a second and then he quickly followed the Emperor.
"Because of what he is so happy?"-Bazz-B thought a bit irritably.-"Anyway what's so fun in messing with documents along with His Majesty?"
Bazz-B closed his eyes again, leaned back on the sofa and sighed tiredly. Suddenly the punk felt how someone put the hands on his shoulders, trying to embrace him.
"What the..?!"-Bazz-B winced from surprise.
"Why are you so sad, boya~?"-a familiar voice was heard.
"Meh..It's you, Nakk Le Vaar."-Bazz-B recognized the perso
Shattered IcePairing: Bazz-B x CangShattered Ice2 weeks ago in Short Stories More Like This
Cang shuddered and woke up. He has just seen a terrible dream. Stern Ritter closed his eyes again and tried to forget what he saw.
"Oi, looks like you have finally woken up."-a familiar voice was heard.
Cang turned to the speaker and saw Bazz-B, who was staying near the window.
"What happened?"-Cang asked, trying to remember recent events.
"Huh? Did you forget already?"-Bazz-B surprised slightly.-"You fought that icy bastard but he managed to freeze you. I saw how you had used your Vollstandig after that. But looks like that Hollowfication trick made you too exhausted, so you lost consciousness right after you had escaped that damn ice."
"And what about that guy?"-Cang inquired.
"He? I quickly finished him off and then took you to nearby building, so you could have some rest after the battle."-Bazz-B replied.
"I see."-Cang said.
Bazz-B glanced at him closely then came up to the bed, on which his comrade was lying, and sat on its edge.
"You don't look very well."-
HappinessHappiness1 year ago in Emotional More Like This
Нужно скорее ехать домой. Завтра рано вставать, сегодня еще много дел, а времени почти не осталось. Еще этот МКАД со своими пробками Дома получится быть гораздо позже, ч
Easier This WayI'm lying to your faceEasier This Way2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
every time I tell you I'm okay.
It's easy to hide the emotional struggles
when I laugh and make off color jokes,
when I dance around and talk about addiction
like it's just a thought
and nothing more.
It's gets easier as more time passes,
because I start to believe that's all it is,
I don't perceive it as a fib,
it's a fact in my mind.
Then some days,
I'm about to break,
to let loose.
I'm teetering on the edge,
I'm ready to leap.
I'm looking for a way out,
but I come to you instead.
I'm about to tell you everything,
I'm so close to breaking free.
But then I look into your eyes,
I see the pain I've caused,
the hurt I've dealt you.
It eats at me,
it makes me swallow the truth,
so I force myself to smile and nod,
I tell you I'm okay.
And I think to myself,
it's easier this way.
PretendingA peace sign on my headPretending2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
has fallen through my eye
leaving an imprint on my mind
whenever I talk about the things
I like to pretend I know about
and the things I just don't understand
It's nice to pretend
when I think I'm going crazy
that instead I'm sitting here
simply being lazy
Beer, Bud and BlowI'm not as sad as I used to beBeer, Bud and Blow2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
when I think of all the things I've seen.
It seems silly now,
another big fat toke.
Singing and strumming,
screaming and crying.
It was all a laugh,
another fucking joke.
It's funny because
we barely even spoke.
AileniIt's so beautifully contrite,Aileni2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and arcane despite
all the words I've spoken,
though you ignored,
I'm taking these little tokens
but I'm not wishing for more.
I'm no longer trapped in a world of fright,
I've found myself speaking and dreaming at night.
I'm taking every moment for what it's worth,
I feel as though I've been rebirthed.
Found My WayI've lost so many days,Found My Way2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
we found the light then you led me astray.
Please send the sun back my way,
please tell him I'm here to stay.
Orange InfernoOrange inferno,Orange Inferno2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
beautifully abstract pigments of hues of orange.
White foams from harsh sizzling as it rises from yellow rocks and into the face of fire illuminating darkness,
radiant in bright streaks of tribal spirals and primitive notions only associated with its simplicity.
SinkingOur bodies bare,Sinking3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
there is no shame.
Please come lay with me in my castle of sand.
And when the sand becomes too much,
We'll just jump in the ocean.
Then when you start to give,
I'll dive down and touch your body with my hands while we're both sinking,
But we won't drown.
What Character Type Do You Dislike?There is only one character type that i truly dispise and that is the "damsel in distress". I mean, it's just degrading to women! Like we can't survive without some guy saving us from towers or something!What Character Type Do You Dislike?2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In case you haven't noticed people, this is the 21st century!! Women do just as many dangerous things as men do! I swear, it's like you can't even open a decent book without some petit little angel who screams for help everytime a bunny looks her way! I've read too many God-awful books where in the end either the guys dies saving the damsel and she goes onto the next poor sucker that falls victum to her "innocent" trap or vise versa!
And, if you haven't noticed, movies are the same way! Take almost all scary movies for example. Who's always the first to die? The brainless female who thinks make-up is more important then running for her life and, therefore, goes off to apply and re-apply before getting slaughtered like some sort of pathetic animal! Then there's the other Ms. America wh
Past in PresentWatching pseudo intellectuals running about,Past in Present2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
dancing utensils all around.
Discussing silly conversations into the ground,
quoting song lyrics and wondering if we should drop out.
Criticizing things we wish we understood,
hating on the life we know we have to live.
Feeling no remorse for our mistakes,
fucking things up with our lack of give and constant take.
IgnoranceWords stain reputation and hurt, as irrefutable actions can damage hearts.Ignorance2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
He walked down the crowded halls, trying to ignore the other students as they avoided him. He vaguely wondered if this is what a leper feels like. The cold sting of blatant avoidance at the face of someone different, of what they don't understand. Some looked down upon him with scorn, others with something akin to pity.
He he has spent his entire life trying to fit in. Effort after fruitless effort instilled his now constant sense of resentment towards his peers. Though he still remained hopeful that one day they might accept him.
His vision swam in a sea of pink and brown flesh as he tried to make eye contact with someone, anyone. Looking for just a glimmer of understanding.
It isn't much to ask, he thought. A little kindness. Just some understanding.
What was wrong with liking other boys anyway? Why is society so narrow-minded?
Homophobia's a plague of the mind. A disease spread through ignorance. H
Beauty in the RhythmWe felt the colors of our souls as your mouth began to speak,Beauty in the Rhythm3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
an eeriness surrounding us as the blood rushed to my cheeks.
Casting fires to spark across the range,
our conversational nuances only made to ignite the flames.
Alongside the living symbiosis of wanton dreams,
our love a mountain of gold that rarely gleams.
Still there's beauty in the beating rhythm of each and every kiss,
the kind I try to capture as we flounder in this bliss.