Far from home-1Deep breathing and groaning filled my ears as I neared the clearing. Stuffing the alder bark I had been stripping hastily into one of my many pockets, I pulled my huge trench coat tighter around my slim frame, and slowly slid my sword from it’s sheath, the steel hissing against the leather scabbard. Keeping to the shadows of the trees, I darted between the trunks. Swift and silent, I told myself, my heart in my throat.
Steeling myself for the possibilities of what lay in the clearing, I checked the runes on my sword were clear, in case the deep breathing thing was undead. Probably some injured animal, but it was the predator that injured it that worried me more. The nights were getting longer, and the forest was filling up with animals I’d rather not encounter if I was being fussy, giant spiders, wolf-men, hags and even some reports of maugs, awful spirits that wore dead flesh like clothes.
I crept round the tree I hid behind, and froze. The creature was no creature, but a
Deep Secrets pt1Scared for her life, Night ran through the immense forest. She'd attracted the notice of a large animal, though all she had seen of it so far was gray and furry, hissing when she'd gotten too close without seeing it first. She tried to slip through the bushes, but it followed her easily enough, sniffing out the path she'd made. If only there was a clearing so she could take to the air! It would be far easier to escape the creature if she could get enough space to spread her wings without hitting the immense leaves around her.Deep Secrets pt14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Stupid, stupid!" She hissed under her breath. Coming up here, to the world above had been one of her lifelong dreams. Seeing what they'd given up a thousand years ago, for the safety and comfort of the caves of the world below, however nice the caves had been made after so many years of development and care. The problem was, she'd never given thought to how dangerous the world had become. Her people only had legends of the people who lived there now, distant stor
Experiments - Chapter One“Happy May 2nd, Gavvy!” A shabby group of boys jeered at the seventeen year old sitting in the corner. Averting his dark blue eyes, Gavin Anders tried to conceal his chagrined expression.Experiments - Chapter One2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Heart falling, the boy picked at his cuticles. He’d been trying hard not to think about the date, but as the idiots who acted like they owned the place mentioned it, the memories all came crashing back.
May 2nd, 2009, Saturday afternoon. The boy with charcoal black hair was thirteen years old, a freshman in high school just being picked up from a soccer game.
Dark weather clouded the sky, but it hadn’t stopped the championship. Gavin’s team had won, and now his parents were carpooling a van full of kids to get ice cream.
No one had predicted that a gust of wind and a strike of lightning would split a tree in half.
No one had predicted that it would fall in the road in front of the black SUV.
No had predicted that four people would die and three would be injured.
Surprise Chap 1RP with :iconserenityrobison:Surprise Chap 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
~It was a crisp fall day when Adam went out to go camping. He had been planning this trip for weeks. He loved to go out into the wilderness away from the busyness of everyday life. He had a three day weekend break from school, and wanted to take advantage of it.
He loaded up his car, and before he knew it he arrived at the camp site. Backpack in tow he hiked for a good hour and a half before reaching his desired site. First he set up the tent, and after he was satisfied he set up a make shift fire pit. 'Guess I need to find some firewood' he thought to himself. After getting a good stack he sat down, and allowed himself to enjoy the blissful sounds on nature. Bird watching was also fun. He was personally fond of spotting the native birds, and their calls.
Soon dusk started to fall, and he began to assemble the fire. He managed to get a good enough blaze before night had fully fallen.
First night of camping was always hot dogs on a stick followed b
New Grounds ~ Chapter OneCorinne scanned the forest trail that spread out before her. This was the area her father had used to carry her out to every weekend when she was a little girl. Its luscious trees, constantly blooming wildflowers, and calming stream had been a magical place for her to use her imagination.New Grounds ~ Chapter One2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Of course, that had been several long years ago, and her father was long since gone.
Being just nineteen years old, Corinne was able to take care of herself. She never stayed in one location for long, moving frequently throughout North America.
Now, she had rediscovered the woods next to her first home, and she took it all in with a single breath. Brushing her hand against the rough bark of an old oak tree, she recalled with a smile the time her father had told her that his great grandfather had planted that very same tree.
Shifting her backpack around, she stretched up to the first low-hanging limb she could reach and proceeded to lift herself upward. Eventually, she made it to the top, stopping to t
Community Service (GT): Chapter 1All I saw was a flash of tan as the human bolted out of the cardboard box that I had promptly set on the floor. I didn’t even get a good look at him before he vigorously careened across the carpet, under the nearby sofa. I watched with wide eyes as the scene unfolded. This is way too early for this crap. I hissed inside my mind, letting out a frustrated huff. Community service—Please. I had to do this, just get it over with. Better than paying those crazy fines; they would leave me completely broke. Take care of a human—fine, no problem. I could do this.Community Service (GT): Chapter 19 months ago in Settings More Like This
Gritting my teeth, I watched the tiny, four-inch tall human slip under the couch, ragged, green trousers disappearing into the dust and darkness. Why he was running away was beyond me—he hadn’t even given me a chance yet.
I knew that basically my assignment was to help—what was the word they had used—repair, a human stolen illegally from Earth. I had the least idea what they meant by “rep
Wander || Chapter 1"God…" Jude sucked in air sharply.Wander || Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He ran a hand through his short golden brown hair and closed his eyes, trying to ignore the pain. His arm was killing him. He had mentally bashed himself for three days now- for reaching for the wrong rock in climbing the mountain face. The jagged rock left a nasty gash in his arm. He had bandaged it up to the best of his abilities, but his job involved camping out in the deep of woods many a night, and the lack of proper sanitation was taking its toll. When the sun began to sink in the sky, he removed his camouflage and started a small fire. Leaning back against a sequoia, Jude unraveled the dirty strip of bandage and groaned.
"Oh that is definitely infected..."
In his experience, the quickest route from place to place was a straight path. He made his own way across the varied terrain instead of trying to shuffle along the marked routes. It was more efficient, and stress-saving to avoid that mess of people. He had settled down in an isolated c
Cole and Ava ch 1Ch 1 Meetings and capturesCole and Ava ch 14 years ago in Settings More Like This
Ava had no idea how this situation could even be happening. She lay crouching under a dense covering of brush, shaking in complete terror. She was frozen to this spot, just as rooted as the bushes that surrounded her. This day had started out with a completely normal hike in the woods, although getting lost, and now the earth was shaking around her. He at least she assumed it was a he was getting very close.
"Little one, where are you? You know I saw you. You should come out, I don't want to accidently step on you."
The words rattled through the overhead branches, created by the huge whisper. Ava shivered again in fear. Giants were not supposed to exist. This had to be some bizarre dream. However, even if it were a dream, Ava was still concerned about the current situation as if it were really happening. The giant continued to search for her, creating the same earthq
Far from home- 2I felt the dawn’s fingers of light prise open my eyelids. Before, I had liked to sleep long into the morning. But that was before. Now daylight hours were precious, and not to be wasted. Yawning, I stretched, when all of a sudden a shadow fell over me. Before I knew it, I was upside-down, suspended by my left leg. I realised fairly quickly with alarm the giant was awake (evidently), holding me by the foot with one huge hand, which hid my foot and ankle. Peering suspiciously into my face, I noticed he was only sitting up, yet could lift me clear off the ground. I fought the urge to: scream, kick, writhe and curse at him. Instead I put on my bravest face, and put my so-called silver tongue to the test.Far from home- 21 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
My rule for staying safe in the forests was simple, when threatened, climb the tallest tree in the vicinity. If the threat can also climb the tree, it can nearly always be reasoned with, and my persuasive skills were second to none. I gazed into those big eyes, stormy grey, and
ITLOE: Chapter I'******' -- indicate a point of view switch.ITLOE: Chapter I4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Chapter I Assessing the Situation
Eyes opening up to a strange new world around her, Michelle Clara Knight sat up with an audibly loud groan. What did I do...? It feels like I have the hangover of the century! More importantly... She looked around briefly at the unfamiliar territory. Where the heck am I?
Impossibly large peach-colored walls towered above her on all sides and when she looked above to the ceiling, she saw a chandelier, appropriately separated from its siblings also on different sections of the ceiling, hanging by a post. It was stunningly breathtaking...not to mention rather expensive looking...which once again raised the question of where Michelle currently was.
She looked down at her clothes for a moment, seeing the same outfit that she was in previously. Huh...now that's pecu
GT: Guardian 1The sun was almost completely out of the sky at this time; not that it mattered considering it hid behind the numerous clouds all day anyway. It took only a few minutes for the temperature to drastically drop due to the absence of solar heat. Snow lightly began to fall over a small metropolitan city inhabited with houses, apartments, and businesses alike.GT: Guardian 14 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I'm going out!" Located in a small shoe store; which was irrationally sandwiched between two large industrial companies, a young girl, 14 or so, rushed out into the cold. She was aware that her parents could have cared less if she was there or not she didn't help with the family store as much as she could have, but still, she liked to announce her departure: acknowledgment or not from them.
She closed the store door behind her, hearing that familiar 'ding' and then fumbled to get her coat on correctly. She silently cursed and she struggled with the material as the wind pierced through her thin shirt and the tiny snowflakes
Muse and Magic: Chapter 1Most people would be upset if they got into a car accident. Especially if they were a taxi driver and they would be out of work until the car was out of the shop, but Austin was glad for the opportunity to have some time off.Muse and Magic: Chapter 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
His forced vacation quickly took a turn for the worse.
Alone in his studio apartment, he was laying on his back and watching the ceiling fan go around, circulating the warm summer air from his open patio door through the room. He was bored. There was metallic paint everywhere. On the floors, on the walls, on his hands, on his clothes. He didn’t change into junky clothes before he began making the desperate mess and as a result had stained some nice jeans and a striped polo with gold, silver and copper colored paints - but he had nothing to show for it, except that he was pretty sure he wouldn’t be getting his security deposit back.
He brushed the sunbleached hair out of his face, leaving a new smudge of silver paint on his forehead, and stared at
Larger Than Life Eminence Serafin made sure her steps were stealthy as she sped across the kitchen counter with the food she so desperately needed. She had a four year old daughter counting on her. Going from a "stay-at-home" mom to a full blown borrower mom was a lot harder than she thought. She had been taught in the ways of the household with hopes of having a life with a caring husband. That was how her family started until tragedy struck and forced her to move with her family of now two instead of three. This had been her life for three years now. The borrowing had gotten easier and her daughter had grown from an infant to a toddler taking a minuscule amount of stress off her shoulders.Larger Than Life3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The beans of their house had been away for three days now and the mother had just gone to the store earlier that day. Eminence grabbed a half bag full of cheerios but, she had to make her get away as the wailing of a child echoed through the house. She knew, from personal experie
A Friend in a Strange World Chapter 1The giant guards standing near the podium waited as the humans approached, toting their prisoner for the exchange in a bared cage. He would be the expendable one that would be like a...gift, to the giant prince, who had no others his age to really be with. It was a good exchange...better than just killing the sentenced human. Hopefully it would work out well.A Friend in a Strange World Chapter 11 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Inside of the cage, Cyril sat despondently, not paying much attention to his passing surroundings. He tried to hope that living with this prince would be better than having his head cut off, but he just couldn't convince himself.
One of the guards shot him a brief, pitying glance as one of the giants knelt down. The human guard turned and unlocked the cage, beckoning for Cyril to cooperate and go peacefully. He didn't need to get the cuffs- Cyril no longer had a choice. If he knew what was smart, he wouldn't try and run with the giant guards around.
Silently, Cyril stood, stepping out of the cage. Briefly, he paused and clasped ha
Coming Back: Part 1 A car blew past Lillian, flying down the other side of the highway. The wind danced off its vinyl top and shiny sides, rushing over to the far side where Lillian walked and made her shoulder length hair wave.Coming Back: Part 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She paused, grunting as fine dust stabbed at her dark grey eyes. She reached up to push her bangs out of her eyes as she blinked the pain away; she had been letting them grow out from the short and blunt style the pin-up girls had, and now the ends were longer around her face, while the others across her forehead were just short enough to almost be in her eyes on their own. With a scowl, she continued walking once the dust had cleared from her eyes.
Lillian walked past the large Ford truck her father was driving, the T-Bird her and her mother had been in parked just head of the truck. As she walked past, she glanced up at the bed of the truck, warily noticing how so much of her stuff was strapped down. Pushing the worried thoughts that nag
Experiments - Chapter FourAs if being held at the mercy of some flimsy branches and such wasn’t enough, the moon became clouded over, darkening the setting and promising rain.Experiments - Chapter Four2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Sprinkles dribbled down Kylie’s face, and she bit her lip. You’re not going to cry, Kylie. You’re sixteen years old, and you used to love camping.
Rain drenching her, Kylie decided to roll over as far as her stuck foot would let her, staring down at the water as though she were in the rafters of a building.
The view below seemed rather peaceful what with the moon peeking out, shimmering against the mirroring river. Rain dotted the liquid, sending graceful spheres like sound waves all around. Despite the situation, Kylie found it in herself to smile, her eyes drooping.
If this had been her desktop background, she would have had the same reaction.
Wind whistled through the trees, sending icy chills through Kylie. She rolled back over, attempting to curl up and keep warm. Her teeth chattered as she shivered, an
High Tides (Makogou merman AU) Ch. 1High Tides (Makogou merman AU) Ch. 11 year ago in Romance More Like This
A girl with long red hair swept up in a ponytail turned around from the back of the van where her best friend called her. It was a blistering summer day and the girls were outside packing up for their one-day road trip to the beach with four other girls from school. Gou drew a frown when she saw her come closer. “Chigusa-chan, didn’t I tell you my name is Kou! Kou!”
Her best friend, Chigusa, caught up to her, wiping sweat off her brow. “Gou-chan, I’ve known you since we were in diapers. You are going to be Gou to me no matter what.” Chigusa playfully punched her shoulder while putting her backpack in the trunk.
“All right, girls. Ready to go?” Ayumi’s mom questioned when the girls were all packed and ready to go. The girls from school cheered and climbed in the van. Gou sat in the very back with Chigusa and Minami; the middle seat consisted of Satomi and Yuka, and in the front were Ayumi and her mother. Gou s
However Unlikely Ch. 1Chapter One: Found?However Unlikely Ch. 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Elijah sighed as he looked around the city, his grey eyes not really seeing much of anything. He squatted down, cursing the boots they forced him to wear. No insoles allowed, damn bastards. Those black boots hurt his feet and the material of his uniform was barely any better. It itched every time he moved. He plucked at the drab grey front, fingering a black button. The sleeves were short, exposing his tanned muscular arms. He was one of the fittest Sentinels to oversee this area, and the youngest. Elijah sighed again and decided to head back to the station for lunch. It was a quiet day, after all.
“‘Scuse me? Mr. Sent’nel, sir?” a small voice piped up to his left, interrupting his train of thought. He turned his head and saw a small human child. He slowly wiped his hand down his face and attempted to smile. Probably lost, he thought grouchily. Tourists always seem to lose their kids beyond The Wall.
“Lost, little one?
432 days Short StoryPart 1432 days Short Story4 years ago in Settings More Like This
I crossed off another day on the calendar. Day four hundred and thirty two now was diagonally cut in two by the harsh, red mark of my pen. I don't even know why I bothered to keep track of the days anymore. I guess it was just another thing to do to keep myself occupied, although the result was hardly beneficial to my goals. Keeping track of the time my parents had been gone and the number of days that held my lonely existence was hardly the plan I had in mind. Still, I felt an odd urge to keep watch, to know that I was still attached to this earth somehow or else I might mistake that I was now dreaming, or dead as well. At very least my parents had made it until I was 22 yrs old and capable of taking care of myself. It made me happy, although somewhat bitterly, that it was the one, tiny piece of solace they could find at the time of their deaths. My memories began to trail down painful roads, and I immediately shut off all thought. No, I would not go there. Not again.
So, I now
The Big Sibling ProgramMy name is Amelia Rose Moffingale. I have a younger sister named Amanda (Amanda Caridee Pasco, if you want specifics) and two big—and I emphasize 'big' for a reason—brothers. None of them are my real family so to speak...they're actually my adoptive/foster family.The Big Sibling Program2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Several years ago, when I had been about eight years old, I lost both of my parents to the sea; the two of them had loved to travel on the water—they had their own boat and everything. They would take me along with them too so that I could experience the beauty of the oceans and the sea. My life had been the water, but the water was what also tore my happy days apart...
It had been a stormy night in August: we were traveling along the Cape Cod when the waves suddenly grew rougher and more violent. On the strongest gale of wind and tide pressure, it had caused the boat to tip until the moment where my father lost control; my parents had known that we weren't going to make it. As my father wrestled with his crew,
Forbidden giant love Ch 1Chapter 1Forbidden giant love Ch 14 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Dian walked towards her home in a snowstorm and - 28 Celsius after a long day of work on the military in the laboratories section. There they worked with space and time and to live in 50 lifetimes.
It was hard work with many hours with one or more things. She was starving when she was going to opend the door. Her work day started in 07.00 (7am) and had lunch from 11.30 (am) to 12.30 (pm) and then hard work to 20.00 (8pm).
She got in an throw away her bag of lunch and her new bought dinner, she throw away her winter jacket and her hat in her hall. She kicked of her winter boots and finaly took the food bag and walked into the kitchen with heavy steps. She got to the oven and opend the bag. She took out from there a frozen pizza. Dian opend it and get it in the oven. She went to the tabel and sat down. With cold fingers, she felt through her hair that was wet from the melting snow.
- Gosh what my hair is dirty and I`m just so cold! Dian thought
Inevitable A thumping sound dragged me out of my dream and into reality- for a second I was totally disoriented, but the feel of the bark beneath my fingers reminded me I was up an Oak tree. And a pang of terror reminded me I was close to their settlement. What used to be Barnes Green, a quaint little English village was filled with them now, their base sort of thing for this area. I was dangerously close. I’d gotten complacent.Inevitable 1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
My muscles tensed, ears straining, waiting for more noise. Many things could be said about Them, but that they were stealthy was not one. A fox screamed from somewhere deeper in the forest, a high coarse noise that raised all the hairs on my arms. Like a child screaming. I hoped vaguely the thump had been some other woodland creature, so I might go back to sleep and never stray this far out the forest again.
The cynical part of my brain spat on this. Nothing in the woods was big enough to make a noise like that. Nothing indigenous. It was a light night, the moon was
Someday Will Never Come: Part 1THUNK!...Someday Will Never Come: Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The sound repeated itself over and over. It was deep. Booming. And it kinda had a grinding quality to it. Almost as if there was a large construction rake digging at the ground.
Whatever the noise was, it was starting to get really annoying.
'Holy crap. Who the hell is starting a construction job on a Sunday morning?' Aubrey thought groggily. Still half asleep, she clung to the welcoming, black numbness of her early morning nap as hard as she could. But she was slowly pushed into consciousness as the noise continued to pound away in the background.
Irritated at being woken up she rolled over onto her other side, trying to put her back to the sound and fall back into a blissful doze. She stretched lazily and let her muscles relax back into the cushioned frame of the large wooden lawn chai
The Island | Chapter 1"What does that mean?" I asked angered.The Island | Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Exactly what I said. You're not going to go on the school trip", my teacher said without any sign of compassion in her face.
"That's not fair!" My voice sounded harsher than I had intended it. I knew that anger wouldn't bring me far but in that moment it rose inside of me and pressed against my chest to be let out.
"Oh yes it is! Your grades are terrible. You really need that week to study if you want to get your degree." The legs of my teacher's chair scraped over the floor when she stood up and turned around to leave the room.
I followed her with fast steps. "I promise, I really promise that my grades will be better next year. Just let me go to the school trip, I beg you!"
"No." Without looking at me again she closed the door and made her way to the teacher's room.
I wasn't only upset but also desperate and disappointed. My grades had never been the best but excluding me from the school trip was definitely not the right way of motivating me to
What is Left: Chapter 1 The Small Ones~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~What is Left: Chapter 1 The Small Ones1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
In a small town near the green hills and valleys of California, stood a small brick house. It was painted with a thick layer of white paint and the roof was adorned with dark brown shingles. The door to the house was in fact two: the first was a thin metal door that was riddled with holes and the second stood behind the first and it was made out of a flat piece of wood; both doors were painted white. Though the house was simple, its inhabitants were not; a tale of life and death are contained within its walls.
The house was empty of its current owner, who was off to school for the day. However, other beings have made this house their home. They are very secretive, only coming out during the time the owner was out. They only take what they need to survive and only if the object in question would not be missed. They are not burglars, mind you, but a family no taller than a few inches: Borrowers.
Something scurried across the cream tile floor towards the kit