SpaceSpace6 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
The orbiter had touched down at Vandenberg, and Lewis and a dozen others had flown cargo the thirty minutes to San Francisco airport. They trudged in from the tarmac in loose formation out of habit, unprepared for the crowds in the terminal.
The debriefing team had talked about friction, that the religious right had taken offense to their involvement in the colony war.
There was an awkward moment when the soldiers met the seething mass of people, unsure if there would be familiar faces, confused by the angry looks and rumbled undercurrent of discontent.
Murderers, a lone voice lit the fuse, causing the crowd to erupt into a cacophonic barrage of unfettered hatred.
The soldiers had faced more threatening forces, but here, at home, unarmed and unprepared, they could do nothing but close ranks and retreat to safety.
Police raised riot shields as picketers raised placards, the two groups squaring off as the tired soldiers slipped away through the terminal.
Lewis took the shuttl
Wara lonely heartWar8 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
a lonely song
a lonely tear now that peace gone
a tortured soul
behind fearful eyes
having to be all that you despise
a dying hope
a raging hate
that you must fight while leaders debate
that you must die for other men's quarrels
the tears of a dying warrior's sorrows
EnvyMaiden.Envy4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The space between us is slant rhyme,
Burning-in, saturation, and exposure time,
Ink curves he drew from a lead line,
The way his fingers fit in yours,
Instead of mine.
You are difficult to hone, granite.
I am prone to severing.
You are a vestige made of stone
That I could never be.
Are you what is happening to me?
Rain and gravity have
Weathered the weaker parts
They leave you standing
Strong, a pyramid, a mountain.
I am haunted: a cliff, daunted
By the sea.
untitled as of nowUntitled storyuntitled as of now7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
In the beginning there were eight gods, and each took one of the nine planets, to make a home for their element, and the people who use it's power. The ninth planet, however, did not have an owner, and the gods fought over it for ages. In the end, they decided to share the planet, and they each created a continent, and a ninth continent as a place for elementalists of all types to live in peace. Also to prevent another battle of the gods, they created the ninth planet protector, the one that would protect everything on this new planet, they left it up to the planet itself to choose who it would be. Every 70 years or so, a new protector is chosen, he is neither man or god, he is simply known as, The Master.
Three large rocks flew at Jason, just as he was able to duck behind a small earthen wall, just escaping being hit. Ian, Jason's opponent, kept up his barrage of rocks, by using his control over earth, and launching them at Jason, from the ground bene
Dear MeDear Little Rachel,Dear Me5 years ago in Letters More Like This
Yes, darling, you. You standing in the queue to get out of the airport, wrapped up as though it was minus 20 degrees Celsius outside when it was just 16 degrees. You there, aged eleven years old, your skin used to humidity and now cracking up like aging plaster in the blast of dry August air.
I know who you are. You brought me to life by your dreams, your bitter recollections of better days as you tried to defog the future, only to realise it was as misty as ever. I am who you are then, and you are who I am now. Call me a time traveller, talking to you and breaking a hundred physical laws but trust me, I'm just here to give you something.
Yeah, really, I hear you scoff. What have you learnt in the last five and a half years that you can tell me about? I mean, you're only about to turn seventeen. You're not even an adult. You're only an angst-ridden, bitchy, moody, internet-addicted teenager without one shred of philosophical decency. A teen advising
Only as Old"Frail bones predict what fragile minds can't detect,"Only as Old4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
He trailed off slowly, "And my bones are achin'."
The air around me hung low and depressed,
Sticking to the back of my throat like a stormy syrup
I'd tried to swallow down.
I peered out the kitchen window
And caught an inklet of patched-over-grey sky;
I wondered what was in store for the day.
Impartial to the gloom outside, we stepped out onto the back porch;
Grandpa wobbled out with his cane in hand and we waited.
In the hushed stillness the trees traded birds
Robins, swallows, whippoorwills, and cardinals.
If you squinted hard enough at the sullen shrubbery,
You could spot the caterpillar creeping to the underside of the leaf.
That's when I looked at Grandpa,
And saw through his eyes nature receding
At his prescience of a storm.
"Grandpa, how do you always know?"
He chuckled and simply said: "The world tells me."
It was left at that, but years later I have found
That the world is only as old as the person to whom you speak.
Things Dave Can't Do In RPGsThis piece is currently down for editingThings Dave Can't Do In RPGs4 years ago in Comedy More Like This
Paradise by the Toilet LightOf all the places she anticipates finding it, it's not on the toilet. Technically she muses, it isn't on the toilet though. She is. It's in the roof. It makes sense, she supposes, that you'd hide it somewhere that people wouldn't look for it. But still, it's a little unexpected.Paradise by the Toilet Light5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She's just noticed that Heaven is in the skylight in her bathroom.
She's not sure how long it's been there, but she counts herself lucky that she decided not to hose it out recently. Typical, though, that she let Steven borrow her ladder. She flicks the light switch on and off, checking to see if it's a trick of the light, but it makes no difference. She waves timidly up at the foot-square hole. Sorry.
She closes the toilet lid and sits heavily, looking up. It's kind of pearly, she thinks. It sure had the white light, and the swirling mist. It seeps out of the far left corner and fades to nothing in front of her nose. Maybe she's having a Xanadu flashback. That would explain the fluff on the toilet seat, and th
On DisappointmentI.On Disappointment5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Out on the porch, my mother sat in an Adirondack chair, smoking
her first cigarette in ten years. The air was hazy and discolored.
Her wedding ring spun on the table, gathering fallen ashes.
I was on the floor, knees tucked up under my chin, poking sticks
down the cracks. She spoke of lies and imagined bliss.
She tucked her hair behind her ear and sighed.
I listened as my mother explained the complexity of love.
Last night he drove just over the state border. I sat in the car,
feet up on the dashboard, singing with the radio. He looked at me
like he had a secret. He was the sage and I was the fool.
So there we were, lying together on the moth-eaten bed of some sleazy motel,
naked and not touching. The drink machine hummed outside, the gnats
gathered toward the flickering light.
And I know that I was warned, still it was not what I hoped.
The World Ends With You--Realization Part IIEverything will be fine. Trust me.The World Ends With You--Realization Part II2 years ago in Romance More Like This
He awoke to the sound of a voice to find he was in his own bed. "Lullaby for You" was still playing on his Ipod. He turned it off and listened for any other sounds, however, the apartment was dead silent.
It was just a dream.
Checking the digital clock on the nightstand beside him, he found the bright red numbers read 6:00. He groggily made his way to the window and opened the curtains, despite the fact he almost always kept them closed to separate his room from the outside world. The sight of the pale sun rising above the horizon snapped him awake.
It's six o' clock in the MORNING!? Jeez, how long did I sleep for?
Accounting his abnormally long time in the dream realm to the fact he had potentially been sleep deprived for the last three weeks, he switched the lamp on his nightstand on and bounced back onto his bed. Propping himself up on his elbows, he took some time to look around his room.
The dark blue walls were plastered wit
Spark Chapter 4Chapter 4Spark Chapter 44 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After the Princess left, Twilight was determined to get to studying. She wasn't too clear on how she was going to go about retrieving her books - maybe another teleport was in order. Twilight was just getting ready when a knock on the door interrupted her concentration. She groaned, knowing she had to answer it before Luna was disturbed.
"Wha- Oh, Spike!" Twilight was surprised to find her assistant crossly tapping his foot outside the door. He came in without her invitation.
"Where were you, Twi?" he asked, clearly indignant. "You were gone for hours! Do you know how hard it is to keep a straight face when you're lying to the Princess of Equestria?"
"One of." Twilight corrected. "And sadly, yes. I'm sorry Spike." gears turned in her head. She couldn't have spent more than an hour and a half searching for books, probably less. Yet Spike was right - it was already well into the afternoon, several hours having passed from when she began her venture. Twilight wondered just what
Sora x Kairi"So, you're still in love with Sora, right?" Kairi looked over at Yuffie, startled. "Well…yeah, but I don't know if I'll ever see him again," Yuffie nodded, then brightened. "I know! Why don't you agree to go on that date with that boy from homeroom?" Kairi stared out into the sun, which was setting over the ocean, and a smile spread across her lips. "I could never give up on Sora. I have to believe that he will return for me," she looked out at the water and gasped as she saw a light brown head duck under. "Oh no! Somebody's out there in the water!" she cried. "Yuffie, watch my bag," Kairi dropped her bag by her friend and ran out into the water. She dove under and swam towards the person. Whoever it was, he was swimming down faster than her.Sora x Kairi8 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
She had been swimming almost a minute when she realized she couldn't breathe. She clutched her throat and felt herself passing out. The boy turned and saw her. He swam up to her in a moment and grabbed her hand, pulling her into a cave. They swam
Kingdom Hearts: Tension RisingI dont like this at all, Sora muttered as he and Kairi were having coffee at the café. Kairi was telling him about Namine during the Thanksgiving dinner. It had been five days since the Thanksgiving celebration and there were signs that Roxas and Xion were together. Girls in school gossips about them, people commenting about their relationship and glares Roxas received from other boys for having a cute girlfriend, as if Namine wasnt that pretty.Kingdom Hearts: Tension Rising5 years ago in Teen More Like This
It seems that Namine was jealous with Xion and I dont know why she must have this conclusion that Roxas and Xion were together, Kairi concluded as she pour more sugar into her coffee.
But that crazy, Sora protested. Xion have only been here for only ten days! How can she and Roxas be an item in such a short period of time?
Love at first sight, Kairi suggested miserably. I mean looked at them; they looked as if they are meant to be together. Roxas is seems t
Picard writes a love poemThe ready room of my heartPicard writes a love poem5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
is waiting for you, number one.
Resist and I'll lay down phaser
fire, raise shields and fire
photon torpedoes. Come with me
and we'll dive into Risa's
sherbet sunsets, spill kegs
of blood wine on Kronos and fool
around with a dabo girl at Quark's.
Let's not continue our holodeck
fantasies, pretend each kiss
and caress are hollow as photons.
Let's do the real thing, warm up
the warp drive and engage.
Real Men of GeniusReal Men of Genius5 years ago in Comedy More Like This
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Yours is a lone voice now, but soon the faceless masses will pour in to reject this article along with you, just as soon as you can make the alt accounts.
(my personal army!)
So crack open an ice-cold Bud Light, ninja of negation, because no party is complete without a wet blanket.
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Fallout Equestria: Rules of Engagement Chapter 1Fallout Equestria: Rules of Engagement Chapter 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Special thanks: to my editor tebee without whom this story would be a mess of grammatical errors and my pre-readers
Once upon a time, on the not-so-magical-and-actually-quite-fucked-up planet of Earth. There was a US Marine who signed up to defend his country. He was assigned to a fire team, the fire team assigned to a squad and the squad assigned to a company. Together they defended the area surrounding a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan from insurgents. If only it were that simple.
Chapter 1: Of New Wars and PipBucks
"As a soldier, you can be sent to any area of the world... you could find yourself alone, in a remote area possibly in enemy territory. This manual provides information and describes basic techniques that will enable you to survive and return alive, should you find yourself in such a situation." Preface, US Army Survival Guide.
" and so I said, 'chicken nuggets? Are you crazy!?'" exclaimed Jackson
The two marines in the Humvee's back seat roa
Kingdom Hearts: ThanksgivingWow, Kairi panted as she helped her boyfriend, Sora, pushing a wheel barrow with a giant corpse of a bird in it. This is sure one giant Chocobo!Kingdom Hearts: Thanksgiving5 years ago in Teen More Like This
Sora gave her a grin. Tidus dad is selling his Chocobos cheaper than the one in the Moogle store. Besides, everybody knows that Tidus dad run the best Chocobo farm on Destiny Island.
Ive to agree with you on that one, Kairi said as Sora gestured he should do the pushing leaving her to walk beside him and the wheel barrow. Not to mention that theyre a lot fatter and juicer. I wonder what Tidus and his dad been feeding them.
Sora grunted as he gave the wheel-barrow a push up the hill. When they reached the top of the slope, Sora just shrugged, Maybe it those bitter weeds that you use in your potato salad last picnic trip.
You mean Chocobos actually eat them? Kairi looked aghast. Sora tried to hide a grin.
I thought the potato salad t
Merry Christmas KairiMerry ChristmasMerry Christmas Kairi7 years ago in Teen More Like This
Kairi sat on her bed looking at all the presents she had gotten for Christmas: all the clothes she had gotten were in her dresser or her closet, her new Nintendo DS was on her bed, as was her new sketchbook, sketching pencils, and oil pastels. There were other things as well, all strewn across the floor and her desk, dresser, and vanity. She had gotten everything she wanted. Well, almost everything she looked at her bedside table with the picture of her and her two best friends, Riku and Sora. She also had a picture of Sora sitting alone on the beach. She had taken the picture on her birthday, in the middle of summer. She giggled at the surprised look on his face and felt tears burn her eyes. He had left for Paris the day after she took that picture. She remembered the day exactly. She had been standing with Sora and Riku at the train station. As the train pulled up she had fel
Kingdom Hearts Love StoryIt was a beautiful day with the clear sky dancing above four teenagers happily splashing in the tranquil waters of Destiny Island.Kingdom Hearts Love Story7 years ago in Teen More Like This
Come on guys, shouted a boy, lets dry up and head for the ice cream store! Im dying for a Sea-Salt ice cream.
Wait for us Sora! yelled a boy with blonde hair.
SEA-SALT ICE CREAM! screamed two girls running after the boys.
The first boy, Sora, has brown and spiky hair and was tall. The second boy, Roxas, was Soras cousin. He was also spiky like his cousin but his hair was blonde and was the same height as Sora. One of the girls, Kairi, has auburn colour hair and shorter than Sora by an inch while her sister, Namine, has blonde and silky hair and also the same height as her sister. Surprisingly, four of them have the same ocean blue eyes and almost the same features. Whats more, both the cousins are handsome and good-looking while both the sisters are pretty and cute. They are like brothe
The World Ends With You--RebirthLight.The World Ends With You--Rebirth2 years ago in Romance More Like This
She blinked, and the world came into focus. Crowds of people walked the street in front of her. Indistinct chatter filled the air. A soft breeze blew through the air. She felt the comfort of Mr. Mew, who was safely in her arms, and hugged him tighter as she stood up. Looking around, she realized she was at the Statue of Hachiko.
Reaching up to tuck some of her hair behind her ear, she realized she was wearing glasses. As she looked down at the clothes she was wearing, it finally hit her.
I'm back. For real this time
Her thoughts were confirmed when a rather frustrated-looking kid looked her way. His face instantly turned to one of ecstasy when he saw her (or rather, her cat) and he immediately ran towards her.
"Shiki!" Neku genuinely smiled as he came to a halt in front of her.
"Neku!" Shiki smiled as well.
"We're really " Neku started excitedly, then stopped, as if he was afraid to believe it was true. "We're really back? This isn't just another Ga
KH: HairXion looks at Kairi and Naminé, specifically their hair.KH: Hair3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Long, flowing, vibrant.
It falls over their shoulders and caresses their shoulder bladesenticing.
Sora runs his fingers though Kairi's ruby red strands when he draws close to her and she welcomes him homehe lets his fingertips run along the back of her neck before dipping his head to hers. Roxas takes a lock of Naminé's pale gold tresses to kiss when she ignores him to focus on her drawingshe picks up the slight curl right off her chest, fingers brushing the tops of her breasts.
Xion tugs at one of her own locks.
Short, choppy, dim.
It doesn't even reach far enough to brush her shoulders, only long enough to frame her young facecute and not at all alluring.
Riku walks up to her then and brushes away her bangs. His hand follows the action through and guides the stray strands behind her left ear, fingers briefly gracing the shell. To finish off, He tugs the same lock of hair when it stubbornly fall
Kingdom Hearts: Valentine DayAh murmured Kairi as she lay on Soras laps. Isnt the sunset beautiful on Destiny Island?Kingdom Hearts: Valentine Day6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Yeah. agreed Namine as she leaned on Roxas shoulder, staring beyond the horizon.
The scene on Destiny Island was very calm and tranquil. The wind were gently blowing the leaves of palm trees, the waves were reflecting the sun rays. Sora, Kairi, Roxas and Namine were spending a lovely Saturday playing on the beach and watching the sun disappearing into the horizon as they discussed tomorrow event; Valentines Day.
Thank God that Valentines Day is on a Sunday. Sora said as he stroked Kairis long, auburn hair.
Roxas who was frowning towards the horizon said nothing.
Sora is taking me to watch a love film! said Kairi as she touched Soras cheeks and giggled.
Well Namine began as she snuggled next to Roxas. Were going window-shopping at the new mall! Right, Roxas?