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.
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
Far from home- 3“Can’t you walk any faster?” Oak complained, as I trailed behind, trying to walk and write in my father’s book about an oddly patterned dragon I’d just seen, whilst not crashing into any trees.Far from home- 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Can’t you shrink your absurdly long legs?” I grumbled, because just one of Oak’s strides equated to about five of mine, meaning I had to practically jog to keep up.
“They aren’t long, yours are just small, Titch,” I could hear the grin in his voice at his new stupid nickname for me.
“I’m actually average height for a human and besides, walking at your pace, you’re missing all the details of the forest!” And he was. The forest was alive with inhabitants that could take you breath away; pixies with their hives in the tree trunks carved out so ornately, wild horses with the occasional glimpse of a winged one, leading their herds through the towering, magnificent canopy of trees. Oak looked at me slightl
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.Far from home-12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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
Experiments - Chapter Nine“Well, it’s eight o’ clock, and even if you have nothing else to do, I really don’t like to keep you up studying.” Clemmons shut his book.Experiments - Chapter Nine2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Kylie snorted. Somehow, the tutoring was enjoyable, despite the constant reminders she would receive that there was a massive human being sitting behind her. “Oh, please, Dr. Richard –“
“Call me Richard,”
“Okay…um… Richard. I stay up way later than this regardless of having homework or not.”
“Was that supposed to be funny?”
She turned red. “Um…yeah…but it kind of got messed up…”
Even so, she cringed as Gavin laughed lightly (for him at least) behind her. The girl turned around, green eyes flashing as though it offended her that he had been the one to laugh.
“I’ll leave you two to yourselves, unless you’re hungry or something, Kylie.” Richard shrugged, piling his textbooks into his arms. It was dar
Experiments - Chapter FifteenWhat seemed like an eternity passed before Kylie glanced down to check the time on her iPod. They were only fifteen minutes into the bus ride to Walton, and she already felt like throwing up.Experiments - Chapter Fifteen2 years ago in Settings More Like This
“Mom..?” She leaned forward, clutching her backpack that she’d brought along with enough amenities to last while they moved into their new apartment. Not receiving an answer, she stood up and noticed that Martha was asleep.
Stomach twisting, Kylie sat back with an umph, looking up at the screen at the front of the bus. Their next stop was two minutes away…
Glancing around at the tired faces of the other commuters, the girl sighed. This was crazy. This was insane. She would probably regret it. But she was tired of being told who she was and what she was supposed to do.
Grappling her fingers tightly to the canvas straps of her pack, Kylie rose to her feet. Already, her legs felt like jelly. And then the bus was squeaking to a stop, air pressure hissing as the doors op
Experiments - Chapter SixteenLips smacking together, Kylie awoke in a tiny puddle of her own drool. The bed-headed blonde looked upward at the gray winter sky, blinking at the dim yet blinding lighting. There was a rush of chilly air against her side as she rolled onto her back, the emptiness around her letting the cold battle her own body warmth. Somewhere in the distance, a crow cawed.Experiments - Chapter Sixteen2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Kylie was sore from the events she could barely remember due to her delirious state the night before, but foggy images of comfort tainted the edges of those memories. Sighing, the girl tried to ignore her morning breath. She sat upward to stretch, and then drowsily searched for her backpack with her left arm, smacking the plush blanketed ground around her.
“Huh?” Confused, she let her hand grasp at the fluffy, plush material below her, and then she remembered everything that had happened last night.
“Gavin!” Kylie did a corkscrew turn, craning her neck back in preparation to look up. But there was nothing t
A Soft Bond - Chapter 1"Damn, this place is creepy..." Josh grumbled to himself, taking slow long strides through the abandoned carnival. After losing a bet, he was dared to explore the carnival to see how long he would last. So far, he was questioning how tough the guys thought he was. While he had just realized how unsettling it was, the place was nowhere near enough to send him off crying like a little girl. He knew that something was off though, and he was curious as to what it was.A Soft Bond - Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The man continued further on in his quest to prove to his friends that he was tougher than they made him out to be. He was a strong looking guy with raven black hair and bright blue eyes that were filled with warmth and curiosity.
From the shadows, something small watched the human as he paced through the area. The creature, known as a Cotton Carnie, or just Carnie for short, tilted her head in wonder.
Humans haven't been out here for months, ever since the carnival closed down. Sniffing the air worriedly, the bunny-like girl
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.
Experiments - Chapter Seven“How did studying go?” Martha questioned as her daughter slid into the leather seat of the silver car’s passenger side.Experiments - Chapter Seven2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Tugging on the shoulder-length ends of her hair, Kylie looked out the window as the vehicle rolled forward.
“It went well! I actually learned some things I’ve been having trouble with. How was your evening?”
“I was in the middle of watching a romance movie when you called. Apart from you interrupting me from it, it’s been alright,” the older woman sighed wistfully.
The landscape whirred past as they drove, silence washing over the enclosed space. All they could hear was the noise of the car speeding along; yet there still lingered an odd sense about the atmosphere.
“Mom?” Kylie dared pierce the quiet, a bit muddled with herself for even beginning to ask the question.
“Mhmm?” Martha responded, her complexion unfazed.
“Do…” The girl hesitated, her lips pursed slightly.
Experiments - Chapter EightPitch blackness enveloped the length of the narrow stretch. Between two brick buildings lay the skirting alley in all its glory; dumpsters and rotting garbage included.Experiments - Chapter Eight2 years ago in Settings More Like This
In the middle stood three people: two shadily-clothed men flanking a young, sixteen year-old girl.
The taller one smirked, moving toward her.
Adrenalin coursing through her, Kylie spun around and threw a blind punch, her fist smarting as it met the stranger’s jaw.
Immediately they attacked, pinning her against the wall. She screamed, but it was cut off by the shorter one’s gloved hand.
Kylie squirmed, but it was useless. The hand muffling her voice slipped, and she took the opportunity to yell. At that, a set of knuckles clubbed at her abdomen. The girl wheezed, her mouth suppressed once more.
There was a metallic, air-piercing noise, and Kylie whimpered, the fact having dawned on her that someone had pulled a knife.
“You got any money, doll face?” The shorter once snickered, hand evidently clutc
Experiments - Chapter TwelveThere were next to no words for the group’s arrival at the Clemmons’. Without anything but a look of concern, Richard was ushering Jared into the house, staring back up at Gavin and nodding.Experiments - Chapter Twelve2 years ago in Settings More Like This
As the door clicked shut, Kylie trembled. She wondered why the other teenager had not set her on the ground as well, so when his fingers furled around her and the ground drifted further away from the movement of his standing up, she gasped.
Something pushed its way under her, and then it rolled around her abdomen, causing her to turn in his hand and face him.
“Gavin..?” She croaked, watching his worried blue eyes study her in some form of determination. She felt the slight bump with his every footstep, but she wasn’t able to twist around and see anything beside his upper body and the sky.
Suddenly, they were going down, and tree tops became the background of her view. He was leaning back now, tilting his hand forward.
Kylie squirmed a bit, but found herself unable to b
Of Nightmares and StormsA small jolt, wide eyes, fast breathing, and perspiration on her face was what the tiny little girl had woken up to. As she began to regain the sense of reality, and the fact that her nightmare was not real, she let out a couple of whimpers of relief, wiping her eyes of any tears that had slipped down her cheeks.Of Nightmares and Storms2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
For a moment, Nina contemplated going back to sleep, but the memory of the nightmare was still strong in her mind. She knew she wouldn't be able to sleep soundly again, not without help.
Standing up, she took a look around and absorbed her surroundings. For some reason, she was in the living room of a giant house sitting on the arm of an equally giant couch. It was dark, and she could barely hear the sounds of rain lightly hitting the glass windows and the roof of the large house she was currently occupying. The sounds of gentle gusts of wind graced her ears, and for a moment, she wondered why there would be wind in the house.
Once her eyes met the source though, her questions
Experiments - Chapter Thirteen“Kylie, are you okay?” Gavin trembled, clutching to the tiny human in his hand. What could have happened if he hadn’t been passing by kept replaying over and over in his mind, and it left a look of fear on his face.Experiments - Chapter Thirteen2 years ago in Settings More Like This
She didn’t really move except to shiver, staring up at him with wide eyes.
“G-Gavin..” Kylie squeaked, turning her gaze toward her mother.
Meanwhile, Martha was staring up in pure horror, stammering as she tried to find the courage to somehow get her daughter back.
The commotion drew attention, for Dee and Richard ran out of the house and down the steps.
“Gavin, what is going on?” Clem shouted up with a flustered expression.
“I… I…” the experimentally-altered being stammered, beginning to tremor. He felt so unsure about his ability to hold Kylie steady for much longer, so he quickly set her down in the grass at his feet, watching as she curled up, quaking for herself.
Martha disregarded the enormous t
Experiments - Chapter TenThe air vent lightly wafted the floor-length curtain back, rays of moonlight softly patterning the floor. Huddled beneath the thick white blanket draped over the mattress, Kylie watched the motion. Temptation beckoned her, and despite the late hour, the girl found herself drifting toward the window.Experiments - Chapter Ten2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Unhesitant, she slipped under the fabric, streaking her hand against the frost-laden window pane. The still world of the forest spread below her, illuminated by the breath-taking glow of the stars and half-moon.
Yet, it wasn’t what the curious green eyes were searching for.
Kylie sighed, allowing the window sill’s ledge to dig into her skin as she leaned over the peeling, painted level. Recounting the events sheer hours prior to now, her breath began to fog up the chilled glass.
She hadn’t wanted to be afraid. But she had gone against her emotions, scaling the walls of giant sleeve.
Kylie had feared the worst when her safe hold had failed, gravity dragging it down to eart
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 humans 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 experi
Experiments - Chapter FourteenHe’d tried to refocus his life away from Kylie’s meaning to him. He had really tried. And now, Gavin was merely lying around all day every day, staring ahead at the brick pattern of the Clemmons’ house. Jared would frequently come outside and try to initiate a game or something, but all he got was a mumbled “please go away” from the giant.Experiments - Chapter Fourteen2 years ago in Settings More Like This
On this particular day, something about that request had brought tears to the child’s eyes, and Gavin felt an empty pit in his stomach.
Jared pivoted, trying to hurry back into the house, and was suddenly disoriented as a leathery wall of massive fingers blocked his path.
“Lemme go!” he squirmed as they curled around his frame, a slight panic rising inside of him. Had he made Gavin angry with his constant visits? If he had, what would Gavin do with him? He could literally do anything he wanted, and now as Jared was eye-level with him, he curled up, shaking.
“I’m sorry, I won’t come out
Experiments - Chapter Two“Gavin Anders, release Ferdinand Meyers at once!” Someone’s demanding voice came to the bewildered boy’s ears through a loud speaker, and he turned his head, gaping at the person speaking.Experiments - Chapter Two2 years ago in Settings More Like This
“I wasn’t touching him anymore!” Gavin stammered, observing as the people in the room cringed at his magnified voice.
“What’re we going to do? We don’t want the special forces on our tails!” Someone muttered.
“We’ve already alerted them.” The strange bald man with a shrubby brown beard spoke. “However, we have notified them that Gavin poses no real threat yet. That’s why I asked you to release him.” The lab coatless-man set down his megaphone, casually walking toward the boy as though nothing was wrong.
“Whats-“ Gavin began, then inhaled shakily, lowering his voice to avoid hurting anyone’s ears. “What’s happening?”
“I knew we should have used an adult,
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
Experiments - Chapter Six“Mom?” Kylie called out upon entering the small apartment. The digital clock read 12:46 P.M.Experiments - Chapter Six2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Heading for the fridge, the girl found a note from her mother about a party. Shaking her head, Kylie found the 2% milk, poured a glass, then drank it with some cold pills. She wiped her mouth off with her shirt collar, and then she plunked down in front of the television.
Every station was playing horror. Bored, the girl clicked it off, forcing herself to go to bed. How was her mom planning on going to work in the morning?
Staring out the window while lost in thought, the blonde fell asleep.
. . .
Sunday afternoon, Gavin decided to go to the Clemmons residence. He approached the house, the sound of a hammer working furiously filling his ears.
Richard was on the roof replacing shingles, and he stopped as Gavin’s shadow fell over him.
“Did we not agree to you having the weekends off from studying?” The man found a towel nearby, using it to swipe his perspiring
Experiments - Chapter ElevenThe speed at which Gavin cleared the forest would never cease to amaze Kylie. She sat in silence on his palm, which so lightly curved around her in a manner of support and stability.Experiments - Chapter Eleven2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Treetops sailed past like clouds, and it was all that she could do from having a panic attack.
“Gavin?” She looked up. “Am I the only one who has seen you?”
Except for the thrashing of foliage being smothered against denim, he remained quiet. Finally, his groggy voice broke through.
“I think so… Well, apart from some people at the science labs and stuff.”
“Oh, yeah!” The blonde laughed. “My mom actually came home and nearly had a breakdown cause of what happened to her.”
“Your mom?” The older boy tilted his head, face twisted in bemusement.
“Mhmm.. I told her that chivalry was dead, since no one opens doors for people anymore,” giggling, Kylie leaned over the top finger holding her, hooking her arms to it.
Community Service (GT): Chapter 6Emily’s POVCommunity Service (GT): Chapter 69 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Okay. Let’s go then,” said the giant, standing up to his full height. I tensed—having something so tall looming over you was extremely unnerving. It was as if there was a skyscraper towering above you, ready to collapse and fall on you any second. Thankfully, the giant stooped down so he was kneeling by the bed, eye-to-eye.
I wasn’t sure if this was any better: from his shoulder to his head he was still significantly bigger than me—I suppose I should be used to such things by now, but it still both amazed and terrified me.
Despite this, I stood strong in the face of the giant male, watching carefully for any sign of deceit, even though I knew it was pretty useless considering my vulnerability at the moment. I was standing in a wide open space, staring straight into the face of a giant; perhaps the shelter had made me less scared, I wouldn’t have thought of doing such a thing with Aiken. He would smile sweetly for a sec
Experiments - Chapter ThreeEven if this giant was who he said he was, Kylie was still extremely jittery. Why was she smiling and laughing? Hysterics, maybe?Experiments - Chapter Three2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Dawning on her that she was resting against the curve of an impossibly large hand, Kylie inhaled gradually, waiting for the set of navy blue eyes to stop staring. The moment they glanced at the ground, the girl clambered to her feet, sprinting for all she was worth.
Each time her foot hit the earth, a pang of weariness struck her, dragging her deep into exhaustion.
After this, she was switching to caffeinated drinks.
“Wait!” The monster called out. Yeah, right. She looked behind her shoulder, breaths shortening as she didn’t see him. And then her body smashed to a halt as she collided with a barricade much like a gym mat.
Breath knocked out, Kylie staggered back, landing on her seat pockets. Dazed, she examined the foggy world above. As she located the giant’s face looming high above, an exasperated wail escaped her.
True Friends: Chapter ThreeTrue Friends: Chapter Three5 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I am not sure which I am more shocked by: Gideon crying, or him telling me I am going to die. I blink and let out a muffled noise of confusion. I haven't seen Gideon cry since his mother's funeral. I also don't want to die.
"They are holding a council meeting tomorrow morning to decide your fate." Gideon wipes tears from his face and gazes at me sadly. Absentmindedly picking at the collar of my shirt from his seated position on my chest. "You know the Vex twins will want you executed, with you gone, your father will be broken-hearted and leave his position in the council, and they will finally have the city fully at their mercy. The worst part is everyone will side with them, because if they don't they will cut off the food supply and we will all starve. We can't expect people to endanger their families for your sake, even if it is wrong... what are we gonna do Cole? I can't watch you die..." I consider this news, he is right. The Vex brothers will do ever
Gotcha, Little Guy!If he were totally honest with himself, David would admit that he suspected something from the very beginning.Gotcha, Little Guy!1 month ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was an average July day in Forteville — humid, buggy, and stupidly hot. Despite the Jurassic weather conditions, David was still out for his daily 4-mile run. Three miles in, his whole body was drenched in sweat and his feet were aching, but he was deep in an endorphin-driven euphoria. Last year, his 11th grade year in high school, he came in third in the state junior triathlon. He was determined to win next time, his last chance before graduation.
But July heat takes no prisoners, and even Forteville High’s golden boy had to slow down and take a swig of water as he passed the 7th Street playground. No kids were around because of the heat — in fact he hadn’t even seen anyone else on the street — but he was surprised to suddenly find himself watched by two sets of curious eyes at the level of his elbows.
Looking down, he saw that he was being fo
True Friends: Chapter TwoThe hissing of metal on metal is the first sensation I am able to detect aside from the intense pounding in my skull. Groaning I try to open my eyes, but my body doesn't seem to want to respond. My tongue feels heavy in my mouth, and I vaguely notice that I can't seem to taste anything or even move it. My mind slips in and out of focus, yet the metallic hissing continues. What is that? With a final burst of will the grogginess begins to clear, and my eyes open some.True Friends: Chapter Two7 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The noise stops.
Above me I can see the stars. Thousands of tiny orbs in the sky. I stare at them, still blinking the sleep from my eyes. I wonder what its like up there. I roll my eyes and attempt let out a massive yawn, only half managing; there is something weird covering my mouth. Working my jaw around I determine that it has to be some sort of muzzle. Then it all comes back to me: losing my temper, desperately fleeing the city, Gideon following, seeing the look on his face, attempting to explain, him knocking me