smokescreened.smokescreened.5 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
His door didn't seal.
The light leaked through in morse code. It was more dotted than dashed in the shady light of underground morning, smoky from that dirty chainsmoker mouth, chapped and broken from a night of second hand liquor and first hand regret.
He checked his watch. It didn't work.
Even after so long in the darkness, he still opened his eyes every now and again to check if the sun was still out.
He felt it. That mouth still gnawing at his throat, all docile words and violent farewells. Those fingers on his abdomen curling into his stomach and tearing.
He was overdue.
The door didn't seal. It was easy enough for air to pass right on through. Words too. Scent and sound and regret travelled on air, didn't they?
He was outed by association and it didn't even matter.
What he'd give to be selfless, to be something better than that creature who hoarded bodies in the storeroom corner-- coveted his people like they were belongings--
but he wasn't that good.
elbows + kneeselbows + knees7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
this is an epiphany,
my epiphany of
of a faster face
of dirty glass glances
& scattered debris.
for my kind
to be the kind
the languished kind
burnt & surrendered
the kind it takes to crush
sand to glass,
oh the heat
& the cold--
the dead sufficed
the kind that burns on contact
and blows crisply away.
i want to know more than this.
of scrapes i've got
from cat clawing
from picking locks
elbows & knees,
elbows & knees,
worn thin from
(oh god, the heat).
of marks i've got
flashlight incandescent of a shutterclick flame
all the stares
all the stairs
that i never get to use.
this is the kind
Sleepsong -- Apologue.Sleepsong -- Apologue.8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
once upon a time, in the year of bated breath and lover's debt, there lived a man and his beautiful wife-- and though they toiled in circular disintricacies and stayed the coming of any age that time mustered, they loved each other dearly, to the threat of every deathbed and beyond.
she spent her days singing songs about the house as she did everything in her power to create the best home she could manage of the sagging willows and bastard reeds she gathered-- for the husband she loved so much.
There is nothing you can see that is not a flower;
There is nothing you can think that is not the moon!
and always, though he never knew the verses pre
Their TalkSkye was heading to the kitchen to see if there was anything to eat when he heard a loud thud in a closet. His blue eyes glanced around and he carefully opened the closet door. Barrett fell out, tied up. He even had duct tape over his mouth. "Let me guess," Skye said, rather calmly, "Reema?"Their Talk3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Skye sighed and removed the duct tape. "Do I even want to know why? Or was there no reason other than that she's evil?" he asked, starting to untie Barrett.
"She was acting like I did something, but I can't for the life of me figure out what she was upset about," Barrett replied, "I'm gonna get her back..."
"You don't want to do that," Skye stated.
"Don't give me any of that holy crap about how revenge will destroy my soul," Barrett argued, "I'm a demon, so I'm not too concerned with trying to save my soul."
"I didn't mean that," Skye said, standing up, "I'm just trying to warn you. This is nothing compared to what she can do."
"What are you talking about?" Barrett asked, "She tied
Obviously a New GuyJoseph walked into Veronica's office. She was filling out some paperwork of some sort, nothing that he really cared about. He set a plate in front of her. With cake on it, of course.Obviously a New Guy3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Veronica slid the plate aside, continuing to read the paper before her.
Joseph nodded slowly, taking in his observations, "Must be some interesting paperwork for you to put off eating cake. I've never seen you turn cake down."
"Mm-hm," Veronica hummed, still reading.
Joseph stared at her blankly, "I guess it's for the better. You'll get fat eating so many sweets."
"Mmhm," her eyes still scrolled over the page.
Joseph thought for a moment, "So, I saw a girl while shopping the other day. I was thinking we should hire her, because we really could use the help. What do you think?"
"Mm..." Veronica continued.
Joseph made a pouty face, "It's no fun if you don't react..." he looked around, "Maybe I'll get more attention if I talk to Natalie. She really likes me."
Veronica glanced up, "What do you want?"
MeetingVeronica eyed Natalie, looking from Joseph to the young girl.Meeting3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Joseph smiled, setting a hand on Natalie's shoulder and nudging her forward, "This is Natalie. She'll be working for you from now on."
Veronica gave Joseph an odd look, "Do her parents know that you kidnapped her?"
"They're dead," Joseph replied, still smiling.
"Did you kill them?"
"No. Why do you keep asking me if I've killed someone?"
"Because I'm sure you have."
"I've never hurt anyone that didn't deserve it."
"So, you have killed someone?"
"What do you think?"
"I'm sure you have."
"Think what you like."
"Which is it?!" Veronica stood up, very frustrated. She slapped her hands on her desk.
Joseph grinned, "Ah, see," he pointed to Veronica, leaning over Natalie, "That's why you should simply do as the boss asks. She's got a temper like that."
Natalie blinked and nodded slowly, "O... Ok..."
Veronica glared at Joseph, who was still smiling.
Joseph patted Natalie on the head, "Well, I showed you the supply closet. Why don't y
Special TwinsThe girl looked about eighteen, which was why the muggers didn't see her as a threat when she chased after them for stealing an old lady's purse. She had short brown hair and, for some reason, she was wearing sunglasses. She chased the muggers down, having no problem keeping up with them. The two men were starting to get anxious that they weren't losing this girl. After a few blocks, they decided to confront her.Special Twins3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"What the hell do you want?!" one of them shouted after coming to a screeching halt.
The girl also came to a sudden halt, "Isn't it obvious? I just want to give that poor woman her purse back," she stated nonchalantly.
"We can't do that! We need the money!" One of the men shouted, pulling out a gun with a shaky hand.
Unable to see her eyes, they couldn't tell how the girl felt about having a gun pointed at her, but her voice remained calm and steady, "Ok, guy, just calm down. I can tell from here that you don't want to be a murderer. Maybe your family's having money troubles,
Problematic part 2Terra carried Renn as we walked along. Sapphire cautiously followed, taking every step carefully. She obviously wasn't accustomed to walking without seeing where she was going. I gave Terra a worried look. Terra was going on, completely ignoring the increasing distance between her and Sapphire. "Shouldn't we wait for Sapphire?" I asked.Problematic part 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Terra glanced over her shoulder at me and looked around me to see Sapphire. Sapphire had also stopped, being unable to hear where we were, she couldn't tell if she was going in the right direction. Terra shook her head, "She's not asking for help. Everyone should either know or learn their limits," she pivoted on her heels and continued on, "I won't hurt her pride by going easy on her. Besides, this is good training for her. She can't fight without learning to walk."
Renn squirmed to be able to poke her head around Terra. She looked back at Sapphire, who was carefully placing one foot in front another. Sapphire's every movement was slow and cautious. Sh
Olivia's FriendsJuta looked from the house to the address written in the ripped-off piece of paper in his hand, "Well, as long as Olivia gave me the right address, this is her house."Olivia's Friends3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Naru stepped over and looked at the small building. It had flowers of several sizes and colors growing in the front yard. The house was a light shade of blue. "It doesn't seem like the kind of house Olivia would live in..." she remarked.
"That's what I was just thinking..." Juta muttered as he pocketed the note, "She probably did't give me her real address."
"Why would she do that?"
"Have you not noticed that she hates me?"
"Yeah, but she knew that the rest of us wanted to come with you, too."
"Olivia's a master of deception, but this definitely isn't her house," Juta looked around, "She's probably living in some sort of haunted-looking house. There's got to be one of those around here."
"Juta," Naru grabbed his hand, "Maybe Olivia has a soft side. You could very easily be wrong. Since we're here, we might as well at lea
My Mind 4I tapped my pencil against the paper in deep thought. Eventually, I set the pencil down and pushed my chair back, "I've reached the limit."My Mind 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Limit..?" Tsuru asked, looking over my shoulder, "Oh! Those are Japanese symbols!" he pointed at the paper.
"Yeah," I stretched, "That was supposed to be my math homework, but nothing's sinking in. I normally have no problem with math, but... I can only learn so much in a certain amount of time. I need a brake before I can concentrate on my math."
I walked to the fridge, opened it, looked inside, changed my mind, and closed it. Tsuru watched me with his pitch black eyes, "If you're hungry, I saw some squirrels frolicking around your back yard-"
"No thanks," I interrupted, "I think that my neighbors might be disturbed if they saw a green-haired teenager running around in my backyard, chasing squirrels... Risu."
"Risu..?" he asked.
"Japanese for squirrel," I replied and opened a cupboard, "I've been having a heck of a time coming up with a decent pl
ProblematicMy teacher's angry shouts echoed down the halls. "Kanna! What did you expect would happen?!" he shouted, "There's a reason your species was almost completely wiped out! You're too dangerous!!" I looked up at him and looked around the room. Everything seemed destroyed and most like not reparable. Had I really done all of that? My classmates were all looking at me with disapproval. In the end, I was kicked out of combat class for the last time. They would now refuse to try to help me because I was dangerous.Problematic3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I should probably explain a little of what's going on. I'm a butterfly from the land of death and I specialize in fire. In my world, animals and insects all have human forms. Butterflies and dragonflies have strong powers that make them a big threat. The immortal named Tolby had most of us wiped out a long time ago because he saw us as a threat to him. I just happen to be one of the more powerful of my species that survived. Unfortunately, I can't control my powers very well. It woul
Terra's Special Place part 8Zeru stretched out and placed his hands behind his head, closing his eyes. Sam hugged her knees to herself and shivered. Zeru opened an eye and gave her a confused look, "Are you ok?"Terra's Special Place part 83 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sam feigned a smile, "Yeah, I'm just cold."
"I guess it's colder here than it is in the human world, huh?" Zeru asked. Sam nodded and shivered. Zeru sighed, "I guess it can't be helped," he took off his sweatshirt and threw it at Sam, "You should know better than to come here wearing just shorts and a t-shirt."
"I didn't really think about the possibility of it being colder here than my world," Sam replied, graciously putting the sweatshirt on, "All I was thinking about at that time was how I wanted to help Rachel."
Zeru rolled onto his side and propped his head up on his fist, "What exactly happened to her that Terra thinks she ended up here by mistake, anyway?"
Sam shrugged, "I'm not even sure what happened myself. Mark, Rachel, and I were just hanging out in my room. I turned away for a split second an
A Pointless Passage"Sacrificing for the team... Sacrificing for the team..." I pressed my face against the table, trying to focus on why I was doing this to myself, "Sacrificing for the team... I can get through this... Sacrificing for th-"A Pointless Passage4 years ago in Settings More Like This
"What are you doing?" a voice asked from behind me.
I straightened up and pointed accusingly at my mom, "This is all your fault!"
My mom stared at me, confused. Despite my being a teenage girl, it was rare for me to raise my voice to my mother. It was actually pretty rare for me to raise my voice at all. My mom attempted conversation, "What's all my fault?"
I pointed at the cookies, "You bought THOSE! I'm trying to be healthy, and you bought cookies! Delicious, wonderful, sugary cookies that could very likely bring about my destruction!"
"O...kay..." my mom replied hesitantly.
I sighed and allowed gravity to pull my head back down on the table. It was quite painful. I groaned, feeling satisfied with my outburst now that my rage was subsided, "Sorry, Mommy..."
The soldierThe soldierThe soldier4 years ago in Drama More Like This
(10 minute play)
(men's dressing room, standing in the room is Leon in a tux)
Leon: (paces back and fourth messing with his tie whistling nervously)
(in walks Sargent Brad, and Paul.)
Leon: Paul this tie must be broke. (still messing with tie)
Sargent Brad: (punches Leon's arm) Get hold of yourself son, I didn't let you off from training to watch you spazz out before the wedding.
Paul: geez man, the way your acting your going to make people think your a women (fixes Leon's tie)
Leon:I just want to make sure everything is perfect, that's what lily deserves.
Paul: Me and Sarg have everything under control man, just sit back and relax
Sargent Brad: That's Sargent or sir to you lieutenant.
Leonlets out sigh of relief, then proceeds to smell his breath) Someone get me some mints! (runs around room.
Sargent Bradpick up Leon and puts him in a chair) Leon sit down and take some deep breaths.
Paul: so Leon where did u plan the honey moon?
Leon: Honey moon? Oh god!
Otaku Love 8I walked over to where my friends were sitting before school, "Neito kun! Arika chan! Ohayo!" I hugged Nate and sat down next to him, "Sup, Shrimp chan?"Otaku Love 84 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Alex looked up from the notebook he was reading, "I'm taller than you!"
I laughed, "Whatcha reading?"
"Delia's story..." Alex continued reading.
I leaned back, "I've already read everything's she's written so far." I put an arm around Nate, who gave me an odd look in return.
"Aww! You two are so cute!" Arica teased.
"Maybe if I didn't already have a boyfriend," I remarked.
Delia walked up with a breakfast tray and a small pancake hanging out of her mouth, "You're here!" she pointed at me and muttered around the pancake
"Yup, I am," I smiled, "I'm back from the dead." I pushed Nate over to make room for Delia.
"Ah, you're welcome..." Nate grinned.
"I don't pity you," I remarked and gave him a hug in apology. I glanced across the lunchroom and saw David walking in with his brother and Kyle not far behind him. "Tatsu sama!" I declared an
The kind SwindlerI walked into the city of England. The air was thick with the smell of chicken and perfumes. I tugged my cart along watching the people on the streets pass by. "this is where we part Aries, Alexander." they simply gave a look of understanding and took off. I smiled as I threw a pot with a eye holes and a smile drawn on it,over my head.The kind Swindler4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Morning had just began and it was sunny. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect scene. Aries was off hiring some people to "advertise" for us by offering them nice things. I set up my stand in the middle of the town. It did not take long until Aries arrived.
She acted to be looking around but then drew her attention to our stand. "what do we have here?" she said in a confused tone. It was time to begin "Oh it is simple my lady, in each of these pots there is a great prize. You always win for you always get something. I would explain further but why not try for yourself?"
Aries pretending to be skeptical said "Dare I ask how much this will co
Otaku Love 5I sat on the counter in front of the large doors. I always got to school before David, so I ended up waiting for him a lot. Finally, the door opened to show a familiar face: Kyle. I ran over, "Hi, Kyle!"Otaku Love 54 years ago in Settings More Like This
He glanced over to me and pulled an earphone out of his ear, "Hey, Kitty."
Kyle stopped. I glanced over his shoulder, "Hmmmmm...?"
He continued walking, "David's not here," he replied calmly a he brushed past me.
"Hah?! Doushite? Ist Tatsu sama not feeling well?" I asked with concern.
Kyle started up the stairs, "No, Dylan's got something wrong with him. He had a really bad fever and he threw up. David wanted to stay home and look after him."
MOE. My eyes sparkled, "He's such a good big brother!" I followed Kyle to his locker.
"Yeah," Kyle remarked, "He's also pretty stupid. He'll probably be sick with the same thing tomorrow, and he'll be alone. Actually, he won't, but his mom will be sleeping like a rock, so he'll still have to take care of himself."
"He's so sweet!" I replied, "Doin
Otaku Love: armbandsI held up the bright orange armband, "Tada!"Otaku Love: armbands4 years ago in Settings More Like This
Stacy stared blankly for a few seconds. Her eyes slowly narrowed as her brain slowly worked. One could see the gears slowly beginning to crank in her dysfunctional mind. Suddenly, it hit her. Her face lit up, "Haruhi!" she cried.
"Yup," I smiled, holding out the armband, "And it's got the Japanese kanji for 'sojifu' on it, at David's suggestion."
Stacy took the armband and checked it over, "You mean that word he always calls me by?"
"Yup," I smiled, yet I was quite upset with David on the inside.
Stacy looked at me and set the armband on her lap, "Do you know what it means? I mean, he's never told me."
I faked a smile, "Not a clue." Wrong. I most certainly knew. I just didn't approve. David dubbed her "Sojifu" because Sojifu means "maid." It was his way of saying that she was a pillar of obvious turn-ons. They all seemed to be the kind of turn-ons that only a lolicon like him would catch. She was tiny, flat, clueless, easily tricked, innocen
Deep Thought part 9* * *Deep Thought part 94 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I leaned on Alex and closed my eyes as the doctor stuck a needle into my arm and began the process of drawing blood. Alex stood still without so much as flinching when I dug my nails into his arm in an attempt to take away from the pain. "Sorry, Alex "
"Don't worry about it," He placed a hand on my head, "It doesn't hurt that much. I just don't like seeing you in pain."
I looked up, "Me?"
"That's what I said, right?"
I flinched as the doctor changed the vial to get more blood. "Ah! I hate needles " Alex put his hand on my head and turned my face towards him. I pressed my face to his chest.
"Don't look at it," I felt his head turn toward the doctor as he stared at the flowing from my arm. "He's almost done. Hang in there."
I whimpered, "I can't take much more of this " I felt the needle get pulled out of my arm.
"All done!" the doctor placed a cotton ball on my arm and walked away with his vials of my blood. "I'll be right back."
"This time, ke
Kawai Kyuketsuki part 2I looked around. The busy streets around me. The people brushing by that all seemed to be in such a hurry. This scent around me. They weren't from my species. They were all human. I was the only of my kind there. I had been cast from my home. I was now in the human world. The problem was that I wasn't sure WHERE I was in the human world. I thought back to what had happened. I was banished to the human for "attacking" a superior, despite the fact that I attacked him in self-defense. I was given an hour to pack everything that I would need. I took five minutes to pack and just stood there being held by my boyfriend for the rest of the time. We both knew that he would very likely never see me again, but we still promised each other. He promised to do everything in his limited power to get into the human world and be with me again. I had promised to wait for him, but he also made me promise not to let him hold me back from having a good life. He said that this was a second chance for me. IKawai Kyuketsuki part 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This