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Shikamaru continued signing the after action reports, ignoring the loud music and the raucous laughter outside. Parties just weren’t his thing, even a blowout to celebrate the end of the Fourth Great War.
Even after he had dismissed them, his squad mates had tried their best to convince him to join them in the festivities. Ino had practically danced back into the tent, her long blonde hair flowing behind her, giving him a forced, flirtatious wink from under her long bangs. “Come with us Shikamaru!” she had teased, smiling through her sorrow and loss, but it didn’t reach her eyes. “The war’s over! We won! Surely we can forget the paperwork and live a little!”
Ino had been drowning in her grief; she desperately needed an escape from the reality of things dragging her down. She had held them all together. Tiles moved on his mental bo
Raided: 1 The RaidRaided - A Mericup StoryRaided: 1 The Raid1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ The Raid
Aibhlinn was gutting fish in the early morning fog with her family. It had been a terrific catch and the entire village had been working hard all night to prepare the fish for preservation. They had run out of salt already, so mum was building up the fire to smoke the rest of the fish.
The smoke smelled heavy in the still air, which covered the stink of the fish guts a little.
Struan and some of his friends had gone out to the forest to get more wood, mainly branches to set the fish on. Aibhlinn liked Struan. He was a strapping lad, he made her feel a little funny inside and she tended to giggle for no reason whenever he looked at her. She was almost of age to start walking out with him. She was hoping so hard he would ask her, she tried to be near him as much as she could. He looked at her sometimes with such a gentle look on his face. Her pretty brown braids were falling apart from all the work, but she would make herself look extra good after a go
Feral Rapunzel's First ChristmasA Tangled Christmas SpecialFeral Rapunzel's First Christmas2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ Flynn Rider and the Feral Princess
- Chapter 1
Flynn Rider slammed the shutters closed, finally safe from that stupid (okay, not so stupid) horse.
"Alone at last." Flynn said as he opened the satchel and pulled out the crown. He moved to a tall thin window and held it in the light, the jewels sparkling in the light. The three huge jewels that were most prominent on the crown were amazing. He found himself counting and categorizing all the lesser jewels that encrusted the crown as well. He had a buyer all ready and after ditching the Stabbington brothers he was going to take their cuts as well, more then enough for his island.
Soon enough though the excitement over the crown wore off and he looked around. The room was plain, there were a couple of chairs (the red one looked comfy enough), a wardrobe (he'd want to check that out for valuables), a spinning wheel (big deal), a neat little kitchen (he'd rummage through that, he was beginning to get hungry), a h
Raided 15: The WeddingRaided: Chapter 15: The WeddingRaided 15: The Wedding1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
The door shut behind Hiccup and the room went dark. He heard the bar slide into place, and his heart began to race again.
Elinor had told him that all he had to do was retrieve Merida from the dungeon during a mock raid. The idea seemed a bit odd, but it made a weird kind of sense, most of the interactions between the Viking and the Highlands had been raids and they were acknowledging that.
Hiccup was hoping that there wouldn’t be too many injuries. Elinor had confided in him that she was hoping this would also tire everyone so the new couple could have a quiet night together.
Elinor had just locked him into this dark room. Merida was in here somewhere, but how to find her. He waited as his eyes tried to adjust to the darkness. The slave chain on his belt clanked gently.
He started as he heard some rocks start rolling nearby. There was a thump and a window opened. There in the beam of sunlight was a white cocoon topped with wild red hair.
Raided : 12 Joinings~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 12: JoiningsRaided : 12 Joinings1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Her hair is like a fully enflamed Monstrous Nightmare. Her eyes are blue like the clear sky after a blizzard. Her hands are strong and callused but her touch is gentle like pussywillows. She smelled of apple. Her skin is like warm cream. Her face is round like a bowl you cup in your hands before drinking in her wonderful goodness.” Hiccup had his hands cupped before him.
“And her lips.” Ruffnut cooed.
“H-her lips....” Hiccup licked his own.
“sNerk.” A slightly muffled laugh came from Tuffnut.
Hiccup snapped out his revere. He looked around at the other teens and dashed away into the darkness beyond the bonfire on the observation deck, blushing bright red.
“Aw, you had to ruin it, didn’t you.” Ruffnut complained hitting her brother.
“Stop it! Won’t you ever stop it?” shouted Astrid, rising and spinning her ax in her hand.
Everyone stared at her.
Raided 13: The Althing~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 13: The AlthingRaided 13: The Althing1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“So how will the Althing help with the woman problem and the raiding of Scotland?” asked Hiccup.
“Well, son. At the very least we would be able to buy slave wives for the men.” said Stoic.
“Dad, that’s not a good solution and doesn’t help with the Scots.”
“No, but it is an option and is a simple answer to the most pressing problem.” Stoic held up a hand to keep Hiccup from butting in. “But there should be unattached women from other tribes available that might consider marrying into the tribe.”
“Okay, but what about protecting the Scots?”
“I am not exactly sure. I don’t really have a good understanding of the law and other nations. That’s why I want to talk to the lawspeaker and introduce you to him as well.”
“Yes, you. I don’t exactly have a plan yet. There are too many things I just don’t kn
Rapunzel Goes HomeAfter a long wonderful kiss, Rapunzel broke off the kiss and hit Eugene with her fist, "Why did you do that!? Why did you leave me!?" she cried.Rapunzel Goes Home3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
He caught her arm, the shackle clanking, "Ouch, That wasn't my idea. The Stabbington brothers knocked me out, tied me to the boat and shoved me off. They knew about you and your hair. I tried to warn you but they hit almost as hard as you do." He rubbed his head with his free hand.
"I didn't mean that, why did you cut my hair? I couldn't heal you. You were dying and I couldn't do anything about it!. You died!" Rapunzel was crying hard now.
Taking her in his arms. "I'm sorry, death was better then seeing you enslave yourself to your mother. If you were free I knew you'd be okay, I saw how wonderful you became when you were free. You are too amazing to leave trapped in a tower forever. I love you too much to let you do that even to save my own life."
Rapunzel looked somewhat mollified, "And why did you come back?"
"At first, because I thought th
Raided 7: Questions~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 07: QuestionsRaided 7: Questions1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Hiccup woke up to the sound of Toothless’ teeth extending, which made him sit up and look around really quickly. It was really early in the morning, a torch was guttering low on the wall by the kitchen. The windows were covered with wooden shudders and furs to keep out the cold but there were still drafts making the torch waver.
In front of Toothless were four young children. Three were redheads, Merida had introduced them as Harris, Hubert and Hammish, but he had no idea who was whom. Merida seemed to have no problem with it though.
There was another child, a little blonde girl about the same age as the boys. She had a halo of messy blonde hair, that told Hiccup that she must be related to Lord MacGuffin. He knew that Lord MacGuffin had some other children besides Kevin, his firstborn. There was a son about Hiccup’s age that he had seen, but hadn’t been introduced to. As well as a preteen girl, who he had seen rush up
Raided: 10 Back to Berk~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 10 : Back to BerkRaided: 10 Back to Berk1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Hiccup and Astrid glided into Berk. Hiccup was amazed as it looked like the whole village turned out as they came in. Everyone was shouting questions, and crowding around him. Astrid was glaring at everyone as they dismounted. Hiccup was looking for his father, but so many women were so close to him, touching him. Astrid and Ruffnut elbowed their way right next to him as Stoic came barreling through the crowd.
“Hiccup, son!” called Stoic as he caught his son up in a hug. “You’re alright. What happened? When you didn’t come back in time we sent out search parties.”
“Oh, ah, good. Did anyone find the message I left at Nest 5?”
“Yes, but saying you went looking for it didn’t exactly help. I found him in Scotland.” grumbled Astrid.
“Scotland?” Whispers wandered through the crowd.
“I found the dragons feeding off Scotland and I helped them deal with
Raided 15: One Last TimeRaided: Chapter 15: One Last TimeRaided 15: One Last Time1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Merida tottered out of the meeting that she and her mother had had with Astrid. Mum was arranging a room for the girl and a place for her dragon.
Merida had a hand on the stone wall guiding her, because she wasn’t sure how she was feeling. Hiccup had sent Astrid, the girl she thought Hiccup liked, to ask Merida to marry him. It would be a political marriage, the way to stop the raids on Scotland.
Merida stumbled down the stairs, grabbing the handrail. Her eyes didn’t seem to want to focus, her ears couldn’t hear. Part of her was raging, she didn’t want to give up her freedom. The freedom she had fought so hard for and hurt her mum over. Another part of her liked Hiccup, and held out the hope that maybe she could love him like Mum loved Da. The princess part of her knew what had to be done for the sake of her people.
Her feet carried her out of the castle and into the woods. There was a comforting presence next to her, Kevin MacG
~ Raided: 11 The Scotland Question~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 11: The Scotland Question~ Raided: 11 The Scotland Question1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
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Merida came tearing out of the castle. Maudie had told her a dragon had been sighted.
She looked into the sunset. It was Toothless. She ran to wait in the big field as he got closer. Her parents and others came to see. The trees were covered in the bright green of new spring growth now.
She had figured out that Hiccup was trying to get away from her once Astrid had shown up. As her parents had talked to Astrid, Hiccup had cupped her cheek in his hand and looked into her eyes, then he had gathered his things and left without a word. She figured that it was somehow too dangerous for him to say something. It was obvious that Astrid was jealous, and dangerous. But it had left her feeling devastated for him to leave without actually saying good-bye to her and she didn’t know why.
She knew that Astrid was dangerous, but so was she. Hiccup had said Astrid had basically claimed him after he recovered from their adventure
Raided 8: Flying~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 08 : FlyingRaided 8: Flying1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“So what was your first flight like?” asked Merida casually, as she and Hiccup sat down near the fire, watching Toothless curl up for a nap. The thought of riding a dragon was so very interesting.
Toothless could fully extend his wings now. They were settling down after taking him outside to flap his wings to stretch them out. He had thrown up quite the flurry of snow from the snowstorm the previous day. It was getting a little bit warmer; at least it was warm enough to snow now.
Merida was unprepared for the reaction she got from Hiccup’s face. He smiled, not just a little awkward smile but a real all the way to the eyes smile. She knew she was seeing the real Hiccup, like when she had seen her real mum in her room just before the introduction of the suitors.
“It was amazing. Our first flight didn’t go so well, because I hadn’t figured everything out yet, hardly anything actually. I had created a new t
The Crowns of DunBroch - FergusThe Crowns of DunBroch - King FergusThe Crowns of DunBroch - Fergus2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Fergus turned the key to his strongroom and took the torch with him inside as he closed the door behind him. He lit the other torches already in the room. Putting the torch in the holder by the door he went to the small chest in the niche in the middle of the wall.
He carried it to the heavy table in the center of the room, put it down near the end of the table and sat with a sigh. He pulled out another smaller key and opened this chest. He reached in and placed the object inside on the table at the center of the table.
Fergus sighed again. He was looking at his crown. He hated that thing.
It was round, as a crown should be. There were four large emeralds around the intricately engraved band, surrounded by diamonds, pearls and other precious gems. It was as silly as it was heavy.
But it was his.
He was the king.
He was in charge.
The clan lords had raised him to be king after he joined the clans together to fight the northern invaders. Clan DunBroc
Raided: 9 Goodbyes~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 09 : GoodbyesRaided: 9 Goodbyes1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Toothless landed by a sheltered outcropping of rock. He used the last of his flame to heat the ground. Together Hiccup and Merida curled up in Toothless’ protective embrace.
“Hiccup, are we going to be okay? We aren’t really prepared for a blizzard,” asked Merida, drawing her cloak close, it was a little charred on the edge but she had ducked behind Hiccup as they flew through the fire. They didn’t have any food or water; they were only supposed to take an hour to look around. Eating the snow was too dangerous, it was so cold it would chill them faster and kill them. She knew they could last a day or two without food and water, but lack of shelter was a serious problem in a blizzard. However, the blizzard felt relatively warm after the terrible cold of this winter.
“We’ll be okay, Toothless can keep us warm. Here, lay on me and cover us with your cloak.”
“Hiccup that leaves you with
Raided: 14 The Challenge~ Raided: Chapter 14: The ChallengeRaided: 14 The Challenge1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
The tribe kept an eye on the Skivvy Scroungers while dragons stayed close to Hiccup as he trained with his father. Everyone could see a few of BigEars’ men loitering near Stoic’s campsite. Stoic had some men keep watch.
The Althing still had quite a bit of business to take care of, and since it was traditional for a holmgang to have a cool down period between the acceptance of the challenge and the fight itself, it would be several days before the fight. That allowed the ship bringing Toothless to arrive.
Fishlegs dumped an armload of bread onto the table. Gobber and the teens dug in, as they sat in Stoic’s tent after another day of watching and training.
“Hiccup, you had to go mess up a good thing.” complained Snotlout as they met around a table in Stoic’s tent.
“What do you mean?” asked Hiccup.
“I had all those girls swarming me.” said Snotlout.
“Hey, it’s not that bad.”
Raided: 6 Friendship~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 06: FriendshipRaided: 6 Friendship1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“We have a new problem. A really big problem,” warned Hiccup, leaning on his fists on the table.
“We already have a problem, are you saying there is a bigger problem out there we have to deal with? We took out a lot of dragons, finally.” asked Fergus. He had one of the boys on his lap. He was feeling pretty good, they had taken out a large number of dragons and the rest had fled. They had lost only a few sheep.
“Yes. Admittedly, you did really well out there today, taking down so many dragons so quickly is impressive, but you lost a lot of people,” explained Hiccup.
After the battle, they began treating the wounded in the Great Hall. Hiccup showed them that the best way to deal with a Nadder quill was to push it through rather then pull since it was barbed. There was the man with the charred stump of a hand--it looked like Gronkle burns--who they were plying with strong ale as two burly guys and a ma
Vanellope Gets Put In Her PlaceVanellope Gets Put In Her PlaceVanellope Gets Put In Her Place2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
A nine-year-old girl woke up under a candy cane tree. There was a chocolate pond and some gumdrops. She didn't know how she had ended up there, but it felt wrong for some reason. She looked around for a while, trying to get a handle on what was going on. She knew what things were called, but that didn't seem to help.
She began to walk, in no particular direction and then after a long time heard something interesting, cheers and applause and something else the roar of engines. That roar spurred her to run as fast as she could and she soon found herself looking over a frosting covered hill at the start of a race.
There were little girls just like her getting into karts and driving really fast. She knew she was a driver like them, but she felt a little different, too. She looked at herself. She wasn't wearing clothes like they were, she just had on ...underwear, she was pretty sure it was called. That was wrong, she needed clothes.
She could see a landfill,
Rapunzel Meets Her Parents aRapunzel Meets Her Parents a3 years ago in Drama More Like This
After what felt like several sunlit days the newly rejoined royal family and Eugene stood up. They stayed very close to one another, Rapunzel and her mother holding hands and the king had his arm around the waist of the queen and Eugene had an arm around the shoulders of Rapunzel.
The King held Rapunzel at arms length next to the Queen, "She looks so much like you, the Test must have been pointless."
That hug was one of the most precious memories that Eugene now had. For several beautiful minutes he actually felt like he was part of a family, with real parents and everything. Something he couldn't ever remember feeling. His mother had died giving birth to him and his father had died after the ax slipped while chopping wood. Rapunzel was far more important to him then anything, even life itself he thought to himself, feeling the dried blood on his side.
This had been killing him on the walk to the palace. When she had still been Goldie, setting up some modest place and becoming a horse
The Origin of Flynn RiderEugene sat on his rickety old bed, as his fiancée, Princess Rapunzel, searched through his old things.The Origin of Flynn Rider3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"This is really where you grew up?" she asked him.
"Yep, this is the place. St. Claire's Home For Children," he replied, looking around his former home. He gave a sad sigh, remembering how lonely he'd been ever since his parents died.
Rapunzel found an old leather-bound book, engraved with the words The Adventures of Flynnagan Rider: 101 Short Stories. She held it up. "Eugene?"
"Isn't this the book you used to read to the younger kids? The one that basically created Flynn Rider?"
"Oh, hey, yeah! It is!" he laughed, taking it from her.
"Read to me?" she asked sweetly.
He laughed, and opened up the book. "Okay. The Adventures of Flynnagan Rider "
Eugene Fitzherbert, age 8, flipped through his favorite book: The Adventures of Flynnagan Rider. It was the one thing in his room that survived the fire. He sighed wistfully at the illustrations of the handsome young man,
Frozen: The AccidentElsa and Anna were placing dress-up having a good time pretending they are having a ball. They bowed and danced with each other to the sounds from the music box.Frozen: The Accident1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
As Elsa changed into a different outfit, Anna tackled her into the soft pile of clothes and begins to tickle her unmercifully.
In between bouts of uncontrollable laughter Elsa screams “Stop!”
Snow and ice blast out of her hands and threw her sister across the room leaving her under a pile of ice and snow.
“Anna?” Elsa scrambled out of the clothes and looks around.
“Anna!” Elsa franticly dug her sister out of the snow, but Anna is cold, unconscious and her lips are blue.
“Mother!” Elsa raced for the door.
Soon they are with the doctor. Anna is wrapped in warm blankets and she is pink again, she had woken slightly but was asleep again. Elsa was trying to explain what happened but it was difficult since she didn’t understand what happened.
The Crowns of DunBroch - ElinorElinor was looking at her crown. Her crown scared her a little now. Watching it sit on the table.The Crowns of DunBroch - Elinor2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Merida had brought it back to her a couple of days after their adventure.
Queen Elinor and King Fergus were going to be sitting on their thrones again to talk with the clan-chiefs some more before they sailed home.
But Elinor was afraid if she put the crown on again, she wouldn't be who she was now anymore.
She had carefully put it down before going into the stream to try catching fish to eat. She had been so hungry, even after all the fish Merida had caught for her, but she hadn't wanted to loose the crown. She had felt the tug of the bear on her almost as soon as she changed; to be the bear, the beast, wild and untamable.
She had needed the crown and clothes as a shield against that. But it hadn't been enough. She had lost herself to the bear. She had hurt her own daughter.
It had hurt a lot when she had learned that Merida had done this to her. She had asked herself if she hadn't been a
The Crowns of DunBroch - MeridaMerida and Her CrownThe Crowns of DunBroch - Merida2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Merida found her Mum sitting at the big table. It was time for princess lessons but Mum was just sitting there looking at the crowns that were sitting on the table.
The way Mum was staring at the crown was odd. Merida had gone out to get it yesterday, it was so odd seeing Mum without her crown, like something was out of place, it had taking her a while to figure out what it was that was wrong, then she finally noticed that Mum didn't have her crown on.
They had grown so close after Mum's furry little problem was solved. Things were calming down again now that the clans had gone home and Merida was expecting the normal routine to return and princess lessons to continue.
"Uh, mum are you okay?"
Elinor shook herself and then smiled at her beloved daughter and held out her arms. Merida rushed over and they hugged and kissed. It felt so good to both of them.
"Now then, a new lesson today. I learned something very important while I was a bear and it is something you ough
Gothel and the Baby~ Gothel and the BabyGothel and the Baby2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Gothel was looking at the body of the goat. She had stolen that goat to feed the baby. It looked like it had fallen down and broken its neck. How could that happen? Goats are supposed to be able to climb anywhere and eat anything.
Just then the baby started to cry. Now what was she going to do?
The baby was hungry and she was going to cry until she got something. She just didn't have anything suitable for a baby to eat. The only thing the canyon had for food was a patch of rapunzel. She found it very tasty, it was the best rapunzel she had ever eaten, but babies just find it too bitter.
She needed food and not just for the baby. She had found the tower a few days ago and was still trying to settle in. She had explored the canyon a little, but she needed to do more.
Gothel walked around the tower and climbed the stairs, the cries of the baby echoing down the stairwell.
What was she going to do now?
They had water at least. She had lugged up a bucket of water from t
Frozen: So It Begins"I'm so proud of you," said Mother as she clasped the red beaded bracelet around Elsa's wrist.Frozen: So It Begins1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Thank you, mother." replied Elsa, feeling a little embarrassed, but enjoyed the hug mother wrapped her in.
"Dear, are you alright? You feel so cold." asked Mother holding her daughter at arms length.
"I feel really warm." Elsa began fanning herself, "Could I have some water please?"
"Of course, dear." Mother quickly poured some water from the pitcher into a mug and gave it to her daughter, who drank it quickly.
"Yes, mother. Thank you."
"Well, your body is changing and you will feel things from time to time, but it should be fine. If you feel more strange then you are comfortable with talk to me."
"Yes, mum. Thank you mum."
"You're welcome. Come, let's go to the town for something special for you."
"Oh goody!" Elsa squealed, clapping her hands after putting down the mug on the kitchen table.
In their excitement, they didn't notice the rime of ice on the mug.
Rapunzel's Homecoming 1Rapunzel's Homecoming Chapter 1 - Rapunzel and the NightmareRapunzel's Homecoming 13 years ago in Drama More Like This
"no, No, NOOOO" Came the screams from Rapunzels room near dawn. Swords out, the six guards burst into the room the three doors crashing open. Eyes scanning the room for threats.
The chambermaid rushed straight to the princess, who was thrashing about in the bed. Quickly determining that there was nothing threatening her in the bed, she gripped the sleeping princess and shook her, "M'lady, Princess, Princess Rapunzel. You are home. You are safe!"
"Wa, wa, wa" Rapunzel's eyes flew open, filled with fear, looking wildly around the unfamiliar room and strange people with swords, she was pulling away burrowing backwards into her fish embroidered pillows just as the king and queen came rushing in.
"Rapunzel, are you okay? I'm here for you, mama's here, papa's here." The queen said as she slid next to the bed, gripping her shoulders, as the chambermaid moved quickly and quietly aside. Rapunzel found the face that looked so much