Extraction from Gotham CityWe begin with Gotham City being in a state of chaos. Gunfire can be heard from afar, the docks are on fire. The Batsignal can be seen through the haze. On top of this is snow.
Nightwing: *narrating* This is bad. You think you can watch something on the news or hear something from a friend about Gotham City and think its bad. You don't know even HOW bad it really is.
In the smog over the city, we can see a small dark figure.
Nightwing: *narrating* This isn't as bad as the quake, or when the Clench ran through the city, or the Zero Year,or the Night of the Owls; but it's close.
We see Nightwing is the speck, he's on a hang-glider.
Nightwing: *narrating* A gang war has broken out. A big one. Penguin, Black Mask, and the Falcones are at each other's throats; each one blaming the others for inciting it. The Gotham Police can barely keep order, or protect the civilians.
The hang-glider goes over a bridge, armed thugs can be seen below.
Nightwing: *narrating* What's worse, the gangs have pret
Memories to Heal the Broken 3Bioware owns all these characters. (but I like my Javik better than theirs!) (OK, I like my Liara better too. And grunt, and Wrex, and Tali well you get the idea )Memories to Heal the Broken 34 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Earth, High Orbit:
The Destiny Ascension hung in space, closely guarding the SSV Nightingale. Her captain, Matriarch Lidanya stood by the large viewing portal and watched the other ships arrayed close by. Dreadnaughts of several different designs all sat at station keeping, creating a wall around the diminutive Alliance hospital ship.
Two dreadnaughts from the Asari, Turian, Quarian and even the Batarian fleets had taken station within an hour of hearing that Commander Shepard was aboard and barely hanging on to life. It was a time honored show of respect and support from the spacefaring races in the galaxy. The SSV Beijing arrived and the SSV Houston had towed the SSV Normandy over near their little formation, also. Now ships from
Memories to Heal the Broken 2I apologize for the back and forth nature of this. I had no idea what I was getting into when doing a look back at ME1 from the end of ME3 through the exestential awesomeness of a meld.Memories to Heal the Broken 24 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Bioware owns these characters and Mass Effect
Captain Reynolds, commanding officer of the SSV Nightingale, was having the worst day of his life. The war was over and that meant that for most of the Alliance the worst part was over. But for the medical professionals from every race in the galaxy that ran the forty seven hospital ships of Task Force Haven, the truly horrific work started now. Caring for the wounded, disfigured and dying was a thankless job that would continue for the next several decades.
He was ready for that, trained for it and planned on it. What he did not expect was the parade of VIPs trying to get access to his med-bays. Access to Shepard. He was even given a lengthy list of peo
Memories to Heal the Broken 1So a friend 'Noted' me and suggested a look at my FShep (Sarah) and Liara's relationship 'back in the day'. I decided to start from the end of ME3 and find a way for them to relive some special moments that they shared. It takes a while to get there, but now that the hard part is over, the next installment will be more on point, I think.Memories to Heal the Broken 14 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Bioware owns these characters.
FOB Hammer, London:
They had been fighting for hours and the brutes, marauders and cannibals were closing in on all sides. Liara saw Tali incinerate two cannibals with one flick of her Omni-Tool then glanced to her own left before throwing up a singularity that caught up three cannibals. She killed all three with aimed shots from her Locust but was then knocked back and over a low wall by a charging brute. There were hundreds of vile creatures all around her and the small contingent of Soldiers left at FOB Hammer.
She knew in her heart that they couldn't last very much longer.
More Wayne Manor VignettesWhile Alfred is cooking something, Sam enters reading a book.More Wayne Manor Vignettes2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Alfred: *not even turning around* Dinner is not for another hour, Master Sam.
Sam: But you're cooking already.
Alfred: This is for Master Bruce's dinner. He eats a tad "cleaner" than the rest of you.
Sam: You mean like grilled chicken, brown rice, no sweets?
Alfred: How do you know about that?
Sam: Joey used to eat like that until he took me in; which meant a lot more time on cardio for him.
Alfred: And as he isn't crimefighting at the moment, I don't think he minds not having Master Bruce's diet. He is still pretty active in his own way, but doesn't need to be primed for battle.
Sam: Yep. Umm...what are you cooking?
Alfred: It's a type of fish.
Sam comes over to where Alfred is cooking, he sees a branzino being pan-fried. He then looks a tad queasy.
Alfred: Want some?
Sam: Umm...no thanks; I don't like eating anything that still has a face on it.
Damian then walks in,
The Sheps, teen angst, love and understandingBioware owns Shep and Liara-I made up Elena and the girls!The Sheps, teen angst, love and understanding4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Eden Prime, 17 years after the destruction of the Reapers:
Ambassador Liara T'Soni-Shepard returned home and started preparing some after-school snacks for her children without even changing out of the traditional pure white with gold trim dress she wore to official functions.
Liara was happy and occasionally caught herself staring out the sliding kitchen doors that opened to the huge porch that over looked the big back yard which ended at the shores of the crystal clear glacial lake. A lake named Lake Shepard, much to her husband's chagrin. On the other side of the lake snow-capped mountains towered over everything, reaching into the clear, azure sky. It was breath-taking.
Her lithe figure moved gracefully around the kitchen as she gathered items and mentally ticked off nutritional values. She loved it when she got home in time to do this, but her duties usually held her
TMNT 2012 Chapter 5: Just A Kiss GoodnightChapter 5: Just A Kiss GoodnightTMNT 2012 Chapter 5: Just A Kiss Goodnight2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Raph felt impatient, even more than usual. It was probably because him and Mona hadn't had time to finish that moment before she played her guitar, that was three days ago. He was also worried that they would never be able to, twice when they were so close they were interrupted. If it did happen, he'd be the first out of his brothers to kiss a girl. It wasn't the only reason he wanted to kiss Mona, but it was part of the reason. Raph sighed remembering what Splinter had said to him that same day. He knew it was going to be hard not to show off the relationship he was having with Mona.
Something in his stomach twisted. There was one thought that kept bugging him. No matter how many times he tried to push it away it just kept coming back. He was worried about if what him and Mona seemed to be having was real. She still hadn't admitted to liking him; he hadn't either, but any time he thought of bringing it up his shyness got the best of him. And what if sh
The Fight to LiveF-Shep/LiaraThe Fight to Live4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Her final defiant shout was lost as her world blossomed in beautiful, terrifying, all-consuming light and heat. She heard her flesh sizzling and searing and smelled the acrid stench of it even as she inhaled those hungry flames and felt the terrible intensity of the living fire within her breast. The agony crushed her physically and lit every nerve in hyper-sensitive torment as she felt herself picked up and thrown like so much trash across an endless expanse of forever.
It was her end. Again. Her last moments. Again.
A part of her absently recalled those thoughts of despair from before. Since her resurrection, she spent hours each day living in that memory of the woman who should be dead. They haunted her soul shadowing every act in her life with a reminder of impermanence, wrongness, time stolen and the cold touch of death on her heart.
The certainty of death while she dr
TMNT 2012 Chapter 7: Venus De MiloChapter 7: Venus De MiloTMNT 2012 Chapter 7: Venus De Milo2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
“So the people who you thought were your parents, aren't your parents?” Mikey asked for the fifth time.
“Apparently not,” Mona responded. “At least according to Falco's notes.”
“How did he get a hold of your DNA?” Donnie asked, there were dark circles under his eyes. He had been up all night study Falco's grimy book of notes.
“Well in order to do an internship I had to give him my records. Also we did a lab with middle-schoolers how to find their blood type. He probably kept some of my blood,” Mona suggested.
“Would it have been enough?” Donnie asked.
“I dunno but he could have gotten some of my hair or almost anything. I mean I was there for three weeks,” Mona replied.
Donnie was still flipping though the book, “Yeah.”
“I don't think he's really paying attention,” Raph said looking at Mona.
She only sighed and rested her head in her hands, “This su
TMNT 2012 Chapter 17: Scared and HurtChapter 17: Scared and HurtTMNT 2012 Chapter 17: Scared and Hurt2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
“You're pregnant?!” Lotus yelled.
“Lotus shut up!” April hissed.
“How the hell did that happen?” Lotus asked.
Mona took a deep breath, “Well...the night before they attacked the Kraang I went and saw Raph. We were both worried it'd be the last time we saw each other so we figured we'd just...do it.”
Nia looked at Mona and April, slightly confused. “You're pregnant? Like you're going to have a baby?”
“Yeah, she is,” Lotus growled rubbing her forehead. “You just had to do that with him didn't you? What's Raph gonna do? What's Master Splinter going to do?”
“Look I don't know ok?” Mona stood glaring at Lotus. “Sorry for being a horn dog. We all can't be in control like you.”
Lotus took a step forward when Nia stood, “Stop it, both of you. This isn't going to help the situation any. Right now we need to support Mona, she can't take this back, none of
Batman: Conflict, Part I Page 1Batman: Conflict, Part I2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Panel 1 POV of our villain, Conflict, who we will see
later in this book. It's a red HUD, built for combat. We
are in a conference room at Wayne Enterprises. Several
security guards lie dead on the ground. Bruce Wayne has
his arms up, as does Joseph Kane.
This is not what I expected.
Ronin: Overtures and Origins (Intro Arc Tale)We are in the hidden base of Ronin aka Dr. Joseph Kane, just under Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Joseph himself is plugged into several machines as he lays on a bed in the med-bay. Sam sits by his brother, holding his hand and weeping. Batman and Nightwing stand nearby, watching the screens. Robin glowers in the corner. Barkley sits by the foot of his older master's bed.Ronin: Overtures and Origins (Intro Arc Tale)2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Nightwing: --A metahuman, you're sure?
Batman: Heightened strength and speed, increased stamina, incredibly fast reflexes? Seems Joseph has some secrets even he doesn't know about.
Nightwing: That would explain his intelligence. Must have been the first time his powers manifested.
Batman: And now they're killing him....
Sam: Joey...please wake up....
Robin: >TT< Stop your damn crying, if he wakes up, he'll wake up!
Sam: I'll cry if I want to!
Robin: Listen you little--!
Barkley: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr WOOF WOOF!
Barkley: YIP! YIP! YIP!
Barkley runs and hides behind Batman, shivering like
TMNT 2012 Chapter 22: A Question of TrustChapter 22: A Question of TrustTMNT 2012 Chapter 22: A Question of Trust2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Six months passed quickly. Mona appointments. Donnie created retro mutagen turned back Timothy, Kirby, and Bradford. Lotus and Leo both struggling against each other. April and Donnie get closer. Nia and Mikey get closer.
Six months passed quickly. Mona continued her appointments each month, learning more and more about what to expect, with Raph, Donnie, and Bradford by her side. Donnie soon discovered a retro mutagen, and after a tangle with Baxter Stockman managed to turn April's father back to normal. Donnie also was able to cure Timothy and offered it to Bradford and Splinter. Bradford took some time to consider the decision.
Splinter said no and Donnie was confused, “But sensei, I thought that's what you wanted. To have your humanity back and to be normal again.”
Splinter looked at his son, “Donatello, if turned human and returned to the world above, what would become of you and your brothers?” Donnie was silent as he thought
TMNT 2012 Chapter 14: Divide and ConquerChapter 14: Divide and ConquerTMNT 2012 Chapter 14: Divide and Conquer2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The next morning the boys were up for their morning training. When they were done April, Casey, Nia, and Lotus were in the kitchen with Mona, who had cooked breakfast. No one acknowledged it, but there was an obvious and ominous tension in the lair. All there thoughts were plagued with worry and doubts.
Leo finally broke the silence, “In six hours the modified mutagen bombs will go off, in four hours we will head out to start the plan. April and Nia, you guys need to get to the mutagen containers and remove the bombs. As Donnie has already said the containers are completely stationary and we will need some time to remove them. So long as you guys detach the bombs that will work for now. Lotus and Casey, as soon as we get inside you watch the bottom floor and guard the front doors and elevator. Mona, you'll be a block away from TCRI inside the Shellraiser on Donnie's computer. The guys and I will have headsets so you can help lead us through TCRI and
TMNT 2012 Ch. 1 The New GirlChapter 1: The New GirlTMNT 2012 Ch. 1 The New Girl2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
This was an amazing opportunity for her. The brunette could hardly hide her excitement, everything was finally getting better. It had been three weeks since she accepted the internship with Professor Falco, it seemed like she was going to keep it. She gathered her school materials and headed to the New York City community college. She entered the building and headed up the three flights of stairs to Professor Vincent Falco's office. She pressed the buttons to the pin pad and opened the door when the light flashed green.
“A few minutes early, always punctual,” Falco said with a smile.
“Thank you, again, Professor for this great opportunity. It really means a lot to me,” she said smiling.
“Well you're not just any regular girl. You are just as smart as a graduate student and you're only a sophomore in high school. You really have potential, your parents would be so proud,” Falco said turning around and walking over to a door.
TMNT 2012 Chapter 16: What Doesn't Kill You...Chapter 16: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You StrongerTMNT 2012 Chapter 16: What Doesn't Kill You...2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Mona froze unsure what to do. There were at least thirty Foot bots on the front yard and that's all they could see, who knew how many more were on the roof or trying to get into the house right now. She glanced to her left, Leo, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey were still really injured and lying on couches or chairs. Although they were hurt, their senses were on edge along with their bodies.
“Mona,” Lotus began slowly. “We need to try and talk to them.”
Mona looked bewildered at Lotus, “Are you crazy?”
“Look if we don't they are just going to attack. Nia and April can grab our weapons while we head out there and try to talk to them,” Lotus offered. “What else can we do besides stand here?”
Mona gritted her teeth, “April, Nia. Please grab mine and Lotus's weapons. If things get bad protect the guys at all costs. Notify Splinter and Casey of the situation.”
Nia and April n
TMNT 2012 Chapter 3: Mona Lisa SmileChapter 3: Mona Lisa SmileTMNT 2012 Chapter 3: Mona Lisa Smile2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It'd been two days since Mona had kissed Raph on the cheek and hugged him. And yet he felt like she had forgotten him. She would sit and talk to Donnie for hours about physics and calculus, something about the linear velocity and something with triangles. Then she'd play video games with Mikey, laughing at all his cheesy jokes. Leo would strike up a conversation with her about Space Heroes, which she liked to discuss more than she let on. Whenever April was over she would sit with her on April's laptop or they would go talk in April's room.
“Maybe I don't have a chance...” Raph mumbled under his breath.
“Hey guys its time to practice!” Leo yelled to his brothers. “You can come watch Mona if you'd like.”
Mona smiled and looked over at Raph, “Are you coming?”
“Yeah,” Raph smiled back at her.
The boys were all warming up in the dojo and Mona sat next to Splinter. They started with going through katas an
Getting Tall (A Musical Short)Joseph and Alfred work on Nightwing, who has been shot badly. Damian and Sam watch from a distance. Batman is working on the computer. Soon, Joseph comes down from the med-lab, disposing his gloves. He pats Sam and Damian on the shoulder. He heads over to Bruce.Getting Tall (A Musical Short)2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Joseph: He'll pull through.
Batman: I had no doubts.
Joseph: He's not the one I'm worried about.
Batman turns around and glares silently. Joseph doesn't flinch.
Joseph: I know that when the Joker is on the rampage, you tend to be single minded. But tonight, you were so focused on getting him that you got careless and Dick got shot badly.
Batman: He knows the risks.
Joseph: And you know better than to rush into a building where there is a trap.
Batman stands, enraged.
Batman: Don't you dare start with me, Joseph. You barely know anything of field work--
Joseph: I know enough from my roofcrawling days, thank you! I may not have been up to your standards, but at least I would scope out the place. You, Dick, and Damian were suppose
Mr. Sandman, Send Me A DreamThere is a realm outside reality, where your wildest imaginations and your darkest nightmares live. Here there be two feuding brothers, and their gargoyles, a sentient meadow known as Fiddler's Green, a loyal butler, a wisecracking raven, and more.Mr. Sandman, Send Me A Dream2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
In the center of this realm, behind gates of horn and ivory, stands a beautiful castle made of the purest dream-stuff. Imagine a much grander, and far more gothic, Cinderella's Castle.
And in the ornate throne room sits the realm's master. His hair and robe are dark as night, and his eyes are filled with stars. Around his neck is a chain with a massive ruby. Attached to his belt is a bag filled with magical sand. And perched on an armrest is a weird shaped helm that is a cross between a hummingbird and a gas mask.
His name is Morpheus, or Dream.
Others simply call him "The Sandman".
Nearby were seven niches, each with a symbol for his siblings and himself. They are the Endless, aspects of the universe such as Destiny, Desire, Destruction, an
TMNT 2012 Chapter 19: Slash to Destroy Part 1Chapter 19: Slash to Destroy Part 1TMNT 2012 Chapter 19: Slash to Destroy Part 12 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
They all settled back into the lair quickly and things were back to normal in a few days. About a week after they had settled in, Bradford called Mona. Raph glanced over to Mona and watched her as she paced around the lair. Every so often she would respond.
When the call was over she walked to Raph, “What'd Bradford want?”
Mona twirled a strand of hair, “He says he found some help for me. A doctor and a vet who specializes in reptiles.”
Donnie looked up from his laptop, “Why did he do that?”
“Well I’m sure he guessed you don't know that much about pregnancies for reptiles or humans. He says these guys will be able to work together and make sure things go smoothly. Also they have access to equipment that we don't have,” Mona explained siting next to Raph.
“Where did he find them?” Donnie questioned.
“That's the problem....” Mona started looking from Raph to Donnie.