For Want of a Dawn - Chapter 4The QueenFor Want of a Dawn - Chapter 44 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The next morning dawned upon a figure formed of lumps, sound asleep under a massive pile of blankets atop a large, luxurious bed. The gilded posters shimmered in the early twilight, the sun having yet to crest the horizon. Purple velvet curtains strung between the posts blocked the sleeping creature from the view of the outside world, despite the fact that the room was sacrosanct. In those troubled times, nothing was held sacred.
Soft carpets of deep crimson padded the floor under the bed. On either side sat two delicately carved end tables: a slender green banker's lamp on one, and a ticking clock and yellow bottle sitting upon the other. A large, white vanity hugged one of the walls flanking the bed, gilded in fine reliefs of plants and flowers. A dresser lay on the opposite side; a gold and onyx crown sat on a head form on the top.
Overall, the room was smaller than one might expect for a goddess, but since it wa
The Bakery prologueOPENING ACT: THE ENTRANCE TO A PIT OF LOVEThe Bakery prologue6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Grace was in a state of total despondency as she wandered out of the nail salon early that afternoon. The bangs of her long, sunny-blonde hair clung to the sides of her pale face like glue. Her glazed azure-blue eyes stared straight ahead as she walked along the dirty sidewalk pavement, not paying an ounce of attention to the crowds of people rushing past her left and right. Never before had she felt so low in spirits, so downtrodden and hopeless. It was like someone had torn out her heart and stomped it to pieces into the ground. She wasn't going to burst out crying, though; she wasn't willing to let her disappointment take her THAT far.
Like most 19-year-old college dropouts she knew of, Grace was looking for a part-time job with adequate pay. However, the last 7 places she applied to all rejected her for someone who was apparently much more highly qualified. This nail salon, one place that she herself had frequently visited in her younger d
Peace Comes Why did it have to come to this?Peace Comes6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Didact and the rings monitor, 343 Guilty Spark, began the long walk into the control station of Installation 04. The thin glass floor reflected his own grim expression back at him. The more he thought about it, the more he began to accept the fact that the Forerunner were fated to live this day moment they had encountered the Flood. The parasites numbers combined with his own peoples arrogance a fault he himself was most certainly not exempt from- were the two variables that had led them down the path to the events currently taking place.
They were all but doomed, and every Forerunner, whether they wished to accept it or not, knew this to be inevitable. Perhaps a few would survive in the shield worlds, maybe even the Ark, but their numbers would be so thin
Zombie Survival GuideZombie Survival GuideZombie Survival Guide8 years ago in Horror More Like This
Daniel H@#&- Demented One
A common staple in many B-movies, Zombies are often depicted as taking over the world. Having watched many of those movies I have decided to compile my own Zombie Survival Guide after reading the one at Kuro5hin.org. This guide will be posted in many places I know of so that if anyone comments I will be able to make a better one later. To date I have not read Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide, though I intend to. As for the debate I've seen on the Fast Zombies vs. Slow Zombies, this guide is written with Slow Zombies in mind, for if they are really dead bodies they would have series body control issues, and under the assumption that the outbreak is a large one that would last several years at least.
Preparation: (what you did for Y2K)
If you are already preparing for a Zombie invasion, lets face it; you don't need this guide, and are probably a little crazy, like me. Preparing for a Zombie i
throwbackI saw a young man today;throwback6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
a photo of him kneeling
and draped in a flag
I found him online
and was struck by how
he looks like David
an uncle I never knew
but wish I could have-
to tell him I love him
intrigued with his looks
and how he reminds me
of me - a throwback;
dropped stitches in a quilt
the two of us,
mismatched of the family-
we don't look familiar
except to each other,
related by proxy
the first time I saw
his image, my bird voice
chirped, "He was so nice!"
how did I know?
with his black & white grin-
the pieces within me
kindred spirits throughout,
separated by generations
and bonded with scout pledges
I've always missed him
because I know him, but
he couldn't wait that long-
something went very wrong
long before I was born,
too late when time would sag
overturning his world,
the Pawtucket kid in a jeep
getting the news flash
it was ending- that they'd
be sending him home, covered
in a freshly draped flag
Bury GodOne day God created manBury God1 year ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
And ,in its love, humanity praised him.
One day God smiled at man
And in its pride, humanity continued
In the practice it believed God found just.
One day God laughed at man
And in outrage, man endeavored
To rise above God
And bellow from above him.
One day God cried for humanity
And in its grandeur
Humanity believed to understand God
To understand his sorrow
Whilst still glaring at him from below.
One day God forsook humanity
And in its disillusion
Humanity attempted to appertain God
And worse yet, aspire
To replace God
Whilst still brooding below him.
Finally, One day humanity killed God
And in its holiness
Humanity decreed from its heavenly throne
To bury God
And along with him the planet
For humanity had risen beyond it.
The Battle of Pelennor FieldThe Battle of the Pelennor FieldsThe Battle of Pelennor Field12 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
There was no dawn that cold March morn,
When sounded was the battle horn.
Two armies met, one dark one light,
The Men of Old and Dark Lord's might.
Pale faced men, all brave and true,
Stood ready to die if they must do,
Upon the walls, Minas Tirith ready,
No fear among them dared to eddy.
The dark tide's hoards below them lay,
To spill man blood and end all day.
Their leader dark, the Nazgûl Lord,
Far greater a terror than any hoard.
Before the dawn that dread Lord Called,
And wrecked before him, the gate was felled.
Cried brave the Guard, but hope did flee,
The gate was breached? How could this be?
But hope then came from Rohan's fields,
They joined in battle where friendship yields.
The dread Lord turned, his plan undone,
Then was the battle in truth begun.
Brave horse Lords, the Rohirrim,
By mid morn felled the Haradrim.
But darkness came on leather wings,
There swoopéd down, the bane of Kings.
Théoden crushed beneath his steed,
By Nazgûl sp
ANN News: War Erupts Across the TerminusANN News: War Erupts Across the Terminus7 months ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
ANN News Now
January 2, 2197
War Erupts Across the Terminus
by By Iris Dunnigan
CITADEL, THE PRESIDIUM: Joint Systems Alliance/Turian Hierarchy task forces launched attacks on seven colony worlds across the Traverse/Terminus border in what has been called the largest pirate suppression raid since the end of the Reaper War. Among the colonies world under interdiction by Citadel forces are Zanethu and Erinle in the Hourglass Nebula, Vortun in the Phoenix Massing, and Chav in the Crescent Nebula. According to a joint statement by human and turian governments, they conducted the Council sanctioned operations to,"root out several pirate bands and terrorist cells that have terrorized council worlds over the past decade."
But these are not the only forces active in the edges of Citadel space. The Batarian Free Forces launched a series of attacks on Ezrsbat (Kite's Nest) to liberate it from pro-Hegemony hold outs. So far the Batarian Assembly has re
Kissing YouIt seems no matter how many girls I kissKissing You5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The only lips I can taste are yours
Only your hands touch my skin
Only your scent lingers
So I hope you don't mind
If I keep you with me
Just a little while longer
At least until that scent fades.
The sephiroth songMy name is Sephiroth, I have long hairThe sephiroth song10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
My skin is pale, so very fair
I also have, 1 cute black wing
But people think, it's a chiken wing
My name is Sephiroth, I'm evil and cool
But when I laugh, I sometimes drool
I have a long, and shiny sword
They all call me, the Evil Dark Lord
I have 1 enemy, his name is Cloud
I hate him 'cos, he's very proud
Cos his sword, is bigger than mine
And all his girlfriends, are so damn fine
Future Shadows: Chapter 1Future Shadows: Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kolovraty, Lyran Commonwealth
17 August 3039
The door to his quarters slid open with a faint hiss, and Garadun stepped inside with his cat carrier in his arms. After the door closed he set the carrier on the floor and opened it. His two kittens, Wasp and Stinger, hesitated for a moment and then slowly crept out, looking around and sniffing.
“It’s okay, sweeties, it’s our old room,” he said and reached down and stroked them. This eased their anxiety and they began exploring. Garadun glanced around the cabin and sighed. His luggage hadn’t been delivered yet, but he wasn’t in a rush. Plenty of time for that later. Months, in fact.
The Fighting Fusiliers had completed their contract and finished their tour of duty garrisoning the world of Kolovraty. It had been highly successful. They had obliterated two groups of raiding pirates and made a lot of good friends with the Innsbruck Militia, the small local military unit.
ANN News: Has Cerberus Returned?ANN News: Has Cerberus Returned?6 months ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
ANN News Now
January 4, 2197
Has Cerberus Returned?
by By Iris Dunnigan
CITADEL, THE PRESIDIUM- The Alliance and the Hierarchic maintain that the operation into the Terminus systems was launched to stamp out pirate bands and terrorists in the face of new evidence transmitted from Chav. Fragmentary video messages and first hand accounts from refugees from the colony describe how a new wave of riots in the city of Jarvis turned into a full planetary revolt lead by heavily armed units with markings fitting the human supremacist group Cerberus. Reports indicate that fighting still rages across the planet but that Cerberus forces, with help from collaborators inside the colony's defense forces, secured several major cities and the Presidential Palace. The whereabouts of the colonial chief executive, President Lee, are unknown at this time.
In related news, there has been a sharp increase in both terrorist and pirate attacks across the Verge and i
CatalystCatalyst3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You didn't care for me,
It was something sick.
Comprised from my brain,
Spread through my veins.
With Your blood in reign,
Found myself a name.
Splicing the DNA,
Of my every way.
All my life with this familiar pain,
Leave a child alone, expect it sane.
Striving for the same kinds of wounds,
Circling my last every move,
I don't need to love myself right?
If I just pretend to love you.
But any lost soul could play your game,
You sensed my weakness, went for prey.
For each word of mine you'd cast away,
Well I have one last thing to say.
Don't forget the lone catalyst,
Who walked into your life.
You will reminisce on the space,
Where your eyes had met mine.
Engrave within the true masochist,
Who let you torture her mind.
And you think you're so evil,
And from off that you strive,
Well you're already dead,
You have been the whole time.
Gentle CannibalWithout a breeze to soothe my body,Gentle Cannibal3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
or salvage a mind
from the dripping tide of cicadas,
the midnight of summer begins to
lift its mantle from where you crouch,
and comes to honor me.
My gentle cannibal,
with eyes of hemorrhaging iris,
the jaundice of your nakedness,
translucent from the moon rings
your lips pulled as if in pain.
The fever of your touch traces
every rung of dappled trellis
from the faux shadings of a lunar day.
Give me my sweet plunder of ripe figs
as you bend me like a bow that will snap,
or have you already bitten me to the bone.
Naruto Seven Minutes In Heaven JiraiyaNaruto Seven Minutes In Heaven Jiraiya2 years ago in Romance More Like This
“Let's see, who do I want to go next?” Jiraiya looked around the room, stopping at you. “I think you'll do nicely. Come with me.” He led you to the center of the room and held out the bucket for you. “Here you are, pick something nice now.”
You nodded and placed your hand inside the cramped bucket. There were so many different items you decided it was probably best just to grab something and move on. “This feels interesting.” You lifted something rather squishy from the bucket. It was a frog doll.
“Is that a frog doll? It is.” Jiraiya threw everything he was holding behind him and started to laugh obnoxiously. “You'll never guess who's item that is.” He lifted you up into his arms and started carrying you to the closet. “That's right, it's mine. Someone, time us, only seven minutes.” Jiraiya shut you two in the closet and sat down with you on his lap.
“I didn't th
To PockyDear Pocky...To Pocky2 years ago in Letters More Like This
How are you today? How is breakfast up there? I believe you've been served like a king with many pretty angels as your harem girls. I miss you a lot but I'm trying my best to stay strong here. Life goes on ... Morning comes and routine starts. As I mixed the usual porridge breakfast for the colony gang I started crying again. I remember how much you loved the porridge and how eager you dig it every time, always. Because of you, the other birds followed your step and they can easily have their daily supply of complete nutrients now. So thank you. I forget if I have said or not.
This time last year, you were still a little midget wearing sandals walking funny toward me as I called your name. Time did fly... I had thought of how we both would celebrate our second Christmas before and then thank God for another year with you. But it seems He had another plan for us... I just can't see it yet. But looking back at my life... He was always there preparing something beautiful
We Are InvictusWe Are Invictus3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Who are we? We are Invictus.
We are the shadows in backroom libraries. We are the anonymous buyers of occult items, rare paintings and strange trinkets.
We are the patent office, the treasure hunter's league and the hidden buyers at the Dubai Weapon expo.
Technology, alchemy, mathemmatics, magic, genetics, quantum physics, they are all facets of science and all are divergent doctrines of progress - divergant but still vital.
The fates of old damned humannity to technological and social regression, fate cast us down from heaven and down from our utopias. We were kept oblivious by our masters of the godhood we once had, where magic and science were one unifying idea, one theory and one concept. It was glorious and even the present pales in comparision to humannity before our fall.
The rebirth of modern science sought to explain magic and the unknown, but cast aside what magic truly is. To understand the unknown you must assume every posibility, every uncertainty.
Magic is no enigma, i
ANN News: Alliance Captures ShipyardsANN News: Alliance Captures Shipyards3 months ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
ANN News Desk on The Citadel
February 12, 2197
Alliance Captures Cerberus Shipyards
by By Iris Dunnigan
CITADEL, THE PRESIDIUM- The Systems Alliance military announced that earlier this month a wolf pack of Alliance frigates supported by fighters from the carrier SSV Hawking launched an operation neutralize a Cerberus shipyard in orbit around the planet Zathras (Nile System, Voyager Cluster). The Alliance force claimed the destruction of an entire enemy fighter wing. But the operation netted more than just destruction of Cerberus forces. An Alliance Marine's assault team managed to capture three cruisers under repair within the shipyards. Two had suffered extensive damage in the fighting around Chav (see D-Day on Chav) while the third was under construction. ANN military consultant, Lydia Mugabe, expressed the hope that the Alliance will extract valuable intel from the captured ships.
Based on the discovery of the shipyards in this regi
Freelancer Agent Michigan BioFreelancer Agent Michigan Bio3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Name: *CLASSIFIED*, Answers to 'Mich' or Michigan
Date of Birth: Aug. 16
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Steel Blue
Race: Caucasian (White)
AI Fragment: Chi
AI Gender: Female
AI Emotion: Compassion
Armor Color: Steel with Teal (Freelancer), White and Teal (Post-Freelancer)
Armor Enhancement(s): (Freelancer) Enhanced Motion Tracker, Invisibility, Radar Jammer (Stolen by the Meta), Decoy Hologram. (Post-Freelancer) Enhanced Motion Tracker, Armor Lock (Locks the major joints of the armor and diverts all power to the shields, making the user nearly invincible at the cost of mobility and the use of other armor abilities, but can be used only for a minute or two, often used as a defense against vehicles and heavy weaponry), Cloaking.
Personality: General smart-ass
Weapons of choice: Katana, Spartan Laser, Alien Spike Carbine (Brute Spiker), Modified Alien shotgun (Brute Mauler), Battle Rifle.
Agent Michigan joined the Blue Team at the age of 20, bu
Do somen about ur jealousyDo somen about ur jealousy11 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Have you ever get jealous over someone's talent? Or think someone is better than you, and you are nothing? Have you ever said to someone "I wish I have your talent?"
If that's you, here is my tips for you.
Instead of just dwelling on that sour feeling of jealousy, do something about it.
1) Remember: No one pops out good works like magic, no talent would shine without hard work. When you are envying, or complimenting other's "Talents" you are really complimenting their results of hard work. No matter how talented one can be, without hard work talents are NOTHING.
a) Everyone has a different starts, different environments, different developments, different interests.
Everyone has a different start, a different environment, and different development... focus on developing yourself with what you have, and try to learn from whoever you can learn from.
Many artists are talented and gifted since their youth, but it's also their environment that plays a
.: SILENCE :..: SILENCE :.3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I never liked silence.
It's why I leave on my TV while I sleep
Or blast music when I'm home alone.
I'll even sing a tune myself,
If it keeps out the silence.
So why is it so surprising, then,
That I've grown so overly frustrated
With your unresponsive critical hit?
I can only do so much myself---
I've reached out,
Cranked up the volume,
I've shouted and sang and cried and screamed!
But you let the silence creep in,
And now there's just... n o t h i n g.
I hate your silence.
memories of tomorrowThen he lay down on the bedmemories of tomorrow7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
is he alive
a sea of dreams
tomorrow slipped away
I remember me
I wondered what lay ahead
in a world with no limits
confinement has an eager price
within the mind that held my life
to reach infinity
the wind blew south that day
It never got away.
MemoriesSo one dayMemories6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
When the bitterness
The anger fades away
When the loneliness,
the empty void's hard to bear
Will I think of you and how it used to be?
Will the memories unveil in splendid awe?
Will the wretchedness and evil dissipate?
In the end
the memories they are but points of views
Bitter subjects cast in dark through man's bias
So when bitter thoughts and lies are brought to light
Will you change
Your point of view?
Will you learn
to love again?
The memories we have will never fade completely
The times we shared together never dies
They are preserved within our hearts our minds our soul our love our everything
Until the day
we fade away...