Sleep Tight: PrologueSleep Tight: Prologue in General Fiction More Like This
The night was calm, the air cold and crisp. The stars shone brightly, piercing through the veil of black sky, fighting against one another to have their light to be seen the best. They flickered and twinkled as they laughed at and with one another, filling the universe with a celestial mirth.
They were laughing away their troubles.
For, that night, yet another star had been extinguished. Yet another golden planet. With them, another galaxy.
But all of this went unknown to the inhabitants of this little green and blue planet, a safe haven that was, at the time, not found on any maps of the cosmos. Our planet, whose atmosphere the remaining childlike stars were trying to project their light into.
A peaceful planet where no evil was known.
But that would change on this fateful night.
Winter held the Earth close this night long ago, smothering it in its thick, caring embrace. It permeated everything, wanting to follow the critters and people into their homes as a guest, a family mem
MemoryWe sit down beneathMemory in Free Verse More Like This
our favorite tree
who only shares its shade
with you and me.
Crack open that picnic
basket, let's start to eat,
enjoying it with
critters at our feet.
Do you remember how
you and I
fell for each other? Oh, how
our love reaches the sky.
Your smile simply melts
all of my worries away.
Don't you see how our love
continues to grow each day...?
"Who are you?"
Sleep Tight: Chapter 4Sleep Tight: Chapter 4 in General Fiction More Like This
The moon-rock door swung open as the five Guardians came closer to it.
A giant aquamarine glowworm with a kind face greeted them, standing just beyond the doorway and inside the lunar house. He ushered them inside, welcoming each of them individually with a deep and gentle voice, calling them by their full names and their Guardian titles.
The door was smaller than your average door, forcing the five to enter one at a time. North barely managed to squeeze his large figure inside. Both he and Bunny had to practically fold themselves over in half to avoid hitting their heads, too.
“And lastly, but most definitely not leastly, welcome, Jack Frost, Guardian of Fun,” the glowworm said when it was the winter spirit’s turn. Jack ducked his head to avoid the low clearing (though not nearly as much as the long-eared rabbit and massive man had had to) and went through the doorway.
Is every animal larger on the moon? Jack wondered to himself as he walked past the glowworm,
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Warning: This chapter contains spoilers regarding the Rise of the Guardians movie!
You brace yourself for impact.
But it doesn’t come.
You feel something catch you, slowing down the pace of your fall. You slowly open your eyes, daring to relax.
The wind whirls around your feet and shins, providing a cushion between you and the hard ground.
It slowly sets you down, your feet softly making contact with the earthen floor.
It leaves your feet and swirls up and around you in a single, long, invisible line, making you giggle as your clothes dance slightly from the wind. You’re reminded of a cat’s tail wrapping around its owner’s leg as it purrs, longing to be pet and loved.
It leaves the rest of your body and rubs against your cheek, feeling very much like a delicate hand resting on your face in a final farewell. Then, it departs.
Thank you, you call after it, still smi
ColdNever again, I told myself. I’ll never trust anyone ever again.Cold in Short Stories More Like This
And so I shut myself off from the world. I became cold, unfeeling, calculating. I would help others, but never receive help in return. I didn’t want it.
I knew that nobody was going to ever understand me in the least. I knew that they all only acted like they accepted me, rejecting me and thinking harsh thoughts of me behind their masks. Nobody truly cared enough to truly understand, to take on my problems as I had taken on theirs. Not that I wanted to burden them with my problems, anyway. I had accepted that I was going to be alone for all eternity.
And it frightened me like nothing else.
All of my other fears rooted from it.
I just wanted to be understood, to be believed in. To break down the barriers I had put up around myself. To hold onto the key to my inner self. I had told myself I wouldn’t trust in anyone but, deep down in the depths of my mind, I wanted someone to trust more than an
Sleep Tight: Chapter 1Sleep Tight: Chapter 1 in General Fiction More Like This
The boy laughed.
It was a soft, quiet, content chuckle, filled with mischievousness and boundless love of fun. Anyone who heard it could not help but smile along. When he laughed, the world seemed to perk up and laugh with him.
His bright blue eyes—a stunning color with a pattern based around the pupil of a lighter, more electric blue that closely resembled a snowflake—were admiring his work, scanning it over for any potential errors. He knew he wouldn’t find any. He just liked to stop and take a good look at his creations now and again for his own enjoyment.
I think that’ll do it, he thought to himself as he watched a new arm of white frost swirl into existence on the window before him, sprouting from the place where he had placed the pale tip of his right index finger just moments before. He chuckled again. The frost border, with all of its icy components, was just to his liking.
But now what was he supposed to do? The window had saved him from h
Sleep Tight: Chapter 2Sleep Tight: Chapter 2 in General Fiction More Like This
The girl sat on the branch of a tree, her legs dangling over the side. The branches of other trees hid her well, permitting her to see all, but none able to see her in return. Not even the prying eyes of moonbeams could find her.
Her hands were resting gently on her lap. Loosely held in them was a beautiful flute unlike any other.
She truly loved the instrument. The way the thin layer of diamond surrounding the pure white ivory captured the light. The slight engravings of leafy branches that found their way across its length. The way it sounded, the calm it provided to her as she played it. It seemed to be alive, to connect to the deepest, most intimate parts of her soul, as if a piece of her lived in it. Its songs were her soul’s songs, its notes those of her inner self.
But where it came from, she did not know.
One Winter night, much like the one she sat in now, she had awoken in the middle of a forest, sprawled out on its floor, her head half-buried into the thick layer of sno
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Warning: This chapter contains MINOR spoilers regarding the Rise of the Guardians movie!
You have no idea what to do.
Another Nightmare manifests from the dark, joining its companion at the window.
You can’t let the Nightmares make it back to Pitch and tell him of the Guardians’ compromised statuses.
But you can’t call out to Jack or Sandy, not wanting to alert them, either.
Plus, calling out would confuse the living daylights out of Jack, doing who-knows-what-kind of damage to him.
So you just stand there, completely immobile, staring at the Nightmares’ dark forms hovering by the window. They begin to clop their hooves on the air.
They’re getting ready to leave.
Come on, turn around, you think, hoping that somehow the Guardian or winter spirit will hear your projected thoughts.
It seems to work.
Jack takes notice of the being closest to him and whirls around. The Nightmares nei