RetreatI have abandoned battle, savored peaceRetreat in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
and lost my weapons deep in sacred ground.
I have sought sweet mercy - God's own release
and prayed for his swift justice to abound.
I have walked past the soldiers in the street
and heard their cries run shameless without sound -
the tired, shuffling resonance of feet.
And in the morning's chilled and angry blast,
I recognize the music of retreat
as if I saw the ghosts that knew my past
gathering at the tables for a feast.
Then God allow these thoughts to be my last
for I have hopes my blessings will increase
and the dark symphony of war will cease.
ShroudShe weaves a dress upon the loom,Shroud in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
her neighbors knowing it's a shroud,
window dressing for a tomb -
she weaves a dress upon the loom.
Forbidden fruit has scarred the womb,
a stranger's face amidst the crowd,
she weaves a dress upon the loom -
her neighbors knowing it's a shroud.
AbsintheLeave me then to dream in wormwood -Absinthe in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
those malignant little demons
spilled in the mind-drift of my nights -
and steal me from my fitful rest.
Those malignant little demons
slip nightshade through the windowsills
and steal me from my fitful rest -
the cruelest jest, a poet's fears.
Slip nightshade through the windowsills
and leave the emerald juice to rest.
The cruelest jest a poet fears
is madness come home to roost.
Leave the emerald juice to rest.
Spilled in the mind-drift of my nights
is madness come home to roost.
Leave me then to dream in wormwood.
PomegranatePomegranate in Free Verse More Like This
are not like wine.
They are more intricate
than that which blots
a poet's lips
and leaves his senses
They are not like honey -
the morbid sweet
and clinging flow
of thick and amber light
that tangles up
Instead, they are like
and dense with juice,
their flesh pulsing
on my lips
and that dark
of Eve's final wish.
CrocusSmiling indigoCrocus in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
a crocus breaks the surface
shadow on the snow.
RainRain in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Rings and rivulets of water
Rolling down the panes and roof
Running wildly through the gutters
Resting underneath the porch
Raking wet across the shutters
Remaining still for far too long
Restless children yearn to play
Snow WhiteSeven more mouths to feedSnow White in Free Verse More Like This
(For this you left
your father's house?),
shoes piled by the door
and grimy rucksacks
full of coal.
(He promised you a diamond)
They keep you on your toes
with their uncombed hair
and their untrimmed beards
and appetites like young bulls.
That dress of yours
has seen better days
and your hands
are worn out -
bloodied starlings in your pockets.
So you cook and clean
and wait by the window
each morning for them to leave,
polishing your apples
and dream of what the huntsman
is hiding in his box.
RosesRoses in Free Verse More Like This
They say the last rose
is low born -
a slow moving blossom
that bears a crooked stem.
Pluck it carefully,
to raise the dull dusk
of your dress;
flush it pale and perfect
along your thighs.
You move through the trees
like pelerines at the fair,
carrying it in your hand
the adieu of petals
already inscribed -
to score the thorns
or to leave it behind
for the one
who called you sweetheart.
BeadsAnd I will weaveBeads in Free Verse More Like This
and string glass beads across your skin.
I will pick them out - azure and turquoise
like the beach at noon
when the sand makes love to the waves.
I will decorate you in ivory and ivy
bands to kiss
your wrists and ankles and
I will teach your tongue wicked fortunes -
stories that only night can
follow and languages
man is too afraid to speak.
You will wear me
silk and water -
the warm rush of magic,
a noise that rumbles fiercely
and grows restless
in the dark.
The DeserterI've wandered far too long tonight.The Deserter in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
I'm left adrift, the coward's flight -
an outcast from society.
I close my eyes and dream of thee.
Stripped of my honor and my name;
accused by all, I bear the blame.
This blasted heath from which I flee -
I close my eyes and dream of thee.
The greatest prize for which I strived,
my fellow soldiers gave their lives.
Three white feathers given to me -
I close my eyes and dream of thee.
Branded guilty, without bail,
handcuffed in irons, cast in gaol-
no longer shall I wander free.
I close my eyes and dream of thee
And after sundown, cut me loose,
an offering to the hangman's noose.
If there's a God, he'll hear my plea -
I close my eyes and dream of thee
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors Part 11 Part 2You managed to find the Val'ister's tent easily. You could see it towering over the shops for quite a distance away. It never ceased to surprise you how it large it was. The top of the tent was at least 3 stories high, with a bright purple flag flying over it.Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors Part 11 Part 2 in Romance More Like This
As you got closer to the tent, you stopped occasionally to admire what the vendors had to offer. Necklaces made from strange stones, candles that had foreign scents, cloths with textures you had never felt before, all of it was so strange and so wonderful at the same time.
You noticed however, that many, no- most of the elves you talked with looked at you with a hint of sadness in their eyes. You didn't notice at first. It was probably because they felt sorry for you, or at least so you thought.
You hesitantly pushed open the covering to the entrance of the large tent. The room seemed to be completely transformed from what it had been last night. There were almost no people in there, the lanterns were gone, and so was the joyful
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~Part 4~'Cold...it's so cold...'Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~Part 4~ in Romance More Like This
You could feel it, far away. It reminded you of those mornings where you would wake up to a freezing bedroom, but still want to sleep. That was the feeling you had now. You wanted to continue sleeping, but something at the back of your mind continued to pester you. 'Wake up, wake up!'
It almost sounded like some-one was speaking to you. "Wake up!"
You fluttered your eyes open for just a moment, seeing someone hover over you. 'Jane?' you thought. 'No, can't be...'
Suddenly you heard the voice loud and clear. "WAKE UP DAMMIT!" and a strong slap connected with your face. Your eyes flew open, a thousand thoughts flying through your head all at once. You bolted to a sitting position, ready to fight whoever just slapped you.
Every single one of those thoughts stopped when you saw where you were.
"What in the..." you whispered, standing.
You were in the middle of a barren, rocky landscape. There was absolutely no sign of life that yo
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 16 ~After filling your stomach with whatever you could find in the Asgardian kitchens, you retreated back to your room. Surprisingly, Sif was waiting for you, sitting on your bed.Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 16 ~ in Romance More Like This
You noticed the troubled expression on her face, and sat down beside her.
"Is there something wrong?" you asked with concern. Perhaps you were forbidden from seeing Loki..?
Sif shook her head. "No, I was just lost in thought for a moment. However-" she straightened, a sure sign she was telling you something important "-Odin has requested your presence."
Your eyes widened. Odin, Thor's father? You had heard from Thor about what a intimidating man he was. Why did he want to talk to you, of all people?
Sif seemed to sense your thoughts. "Fear not. The King just wants to be introduced to you is all. Apparently, Thor has talked much of you to his father."
You let out your breath in a tiny 'whoosh'. Thank goodness. "Did you get a chance to ask him?" You asked Sif, who shook her head. "No, when I told him you had wakene
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 23 ~You felt like you were floating. As Loki's screams became fainter and fainter, you could feel yourself becoming lighter and lighter. It seemed as if you were sinking, with everything growing darker as you went deeper, deeper.Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 23 ~ in Romance More Like This
You felt some sadness. You didn't have a chance to say goodbye to everyone. There were still so many things you wanted to do, places you wanted to see. You couldn't feel the tears at the corner of your eyes, but you somehow still knew they were there.
You were slipping away, your grip on life fading gently. You weren't afraid. It was a little intimidating, the thought of death. Yet at the same time, you were peaceful with it.
As long as you had saved Loki from himself. That was what mattered.
Thoughts seemed to float through your mind endlessly. You with your parents, smiling and laughing like the child you were. Then, when you were 12, kneeling at the sight of the car crash, your head in your hand, crying. Jane, smiling, looking like an angel. She had saved you.
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors Chapter 17To say that Volstagg, Fandrall, and Hogun were excited to see you would be an understatement. As soon as you set foot in the room where the three were, you were bombarded by shouts and hugs from the warriors three. Volstagg refrained from capturing you in a bear hug because of your injury, but could barely contain his joy nonetheless. Fandrall embraced you and once again tried to confess to you, but failed when Sif smacked the back of his head. Even Hogun, who was usually quiet and reserved, indulged himself in a silent smile when he saw you.Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors Chapter 17 in Romance More Like This
Sif quickly filled them in on your planned visit to Loki. Fandrall and Volstagg immediately objected, protesting about Loki's instability and your safety. Sif agreed, but pointed out that if Loki didn't injure you already, he wouldn't do it now. There was some squabbling about this, until you mentioned Odin had agreed to this, upon which all went silent.
Fandrall held the bridge of his nose in between his fingers and let out a heavy sigh. "As much
Wish of an Emerald Star (part 7)Due to some persuading on Steve's part and a little bit of yelling on Tony's part, the team managed to convince Fury to release you. However, this now meant you were boarding at Stark Towers with the rest of the Avengers. (Save Thor, of course)Wish of an Emerald Star (part 7) in Romance More Like This
Speaking of which.
"Where is Thor?" You asked Steve, who sat across from you at the breakfast table, reading the morning newspaper. Apparently it was a daily habit of hid, which made total sense.
It had been a few days since Loki and your capture by SHEILD. By pestering Steve and Tony and Clint, you managed to find out he was being kept in a compound deep beneath Stark Tower, only accessible through top security clearance, meaning the Avengers, Fury, and a handful of SHEILD agents.
In those few days, you relayed to everyone the adventures you and Loki had during the past year. Most of the avengers were cautious, still, but Tony was fascinated with your story and the worlds you visited. Bruce, however, had only listened for the first
Wish of an Emerald Star: ProlougePart 1: ProlougeWish of an Emerald Star: Prolouge in Romance More Like This
Bruce Banner looked solemnly down into his coffee cup. Around him, the other Avengers were discussing threats, reviewing SHEILD reports, and the like.
Tony was currently examining several holo-screens and having a minor discussion with Natasha, who seemed to be growing agrrivated with the billionaire playboy.
Steve was sitting across from Bruce, drinking his morning coffee and reading the News Articles with interest. Hawkeye sat on a ceiling beam above them, examining his cross-bow for any scratch marks or damage.
All were unaware of the scientist's sulking.
"I'm telling you, the reports don't match up! If there was an anomaly in that vector, then the scan would have notified us and we would have been deployed!"
"And I'm telling you, my software does NOT glitch!"
"You are incorigible!"
"And you are stubborn!"
Steve looked over at the two arguing avengers from over his newspaper. "Ah, quit it you two. Leave an old man to read in peace."
Clint snickered from his perch in
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endevours ~ Part 3 ~A few hours later you could feel your eyes beginning to lower a bit every now and then. Curse Jane for dragging you out here when all you wanted to do was sleep.Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endevours ~ Part 3 ~ in Romance More Like This
Tony noticed your beginning to nod off first. "Hey, Sweetheart." he asked. You didn't hear him. "Hey, ______, you okay?" he held up a hand and snapped in front of your face. "Hmmm, this is a problem. I can't have a good-looking chic fall asleep while I'm around."
"Leave her, alone Stark." Natasha scolded and gently shook you awake. "Hey, _______, hun, you fell asleep. Are you okay?"
You stared at her, uncomprehendingly for a moment, before shaking your head. "Yeah, I' m just kinda tired from the train ride."
"I don't think 'Kinda Tired' covers it, sweetheart." Tony told you, twirling a pick in between his teeth. "Seriously. You should go get some sleep."
You nodded weakly. "Yeah, you're right." You stood up and looked over at Jane. "Hey, Jane?" Jane looked over at you. "I'm headed back to the hotel. I'll see you guys in
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 22 ~It had been several hours since Loki left. This had begun to get familiar. Trapped on an icy planet with an insane demi-god, and no-where to go. If you guessed right, this would be the part where you wandered off and got attacked by a monster.Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 22 ~ in Romance More Like This
No such luck.
Your wrists had been shackled to the stone wall, and as much as you had tried, you could not budge them. The cold sank in quickly. You, wearing only a light dress, quickly began to freeze. Fortunately, you had discovered a blanket next to you in the snow. It didn't provide a lot of warmth, but it help some.
Loki seemed to have vanished. You didn't try to call him, knowing he wouldn't answer anyways.
This entire thing, it seemed like a dream. Part of you refused to believe it was happening. Loki wouldn't do this. His threat to kill you had been an empty one. Soon, he would come back and set you free, and you two would be swallowed by the sunset.
Once again, no such luck. :/
You entertained yourself with these kinds of thoughts for an
Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 10 ~You learned from Loki that the entire Dark Elves Camp stretched on for about a mile. It could be compared to a circle, with separate family encampments stretching on forever. Familiar families often camped near to each other, and sometimes even shared a cooking tent. Each family had a tent to about every two people, a campfire that served as a gathering space, not to mention an extra tent for cooking and whatnot. Each family had it's own livestock, which wandered nearby with other familys' livestock that was close by. All of the family camps were centered around a large, very large clearing that was used for dancing, celebration, etc'. Nearby to this clearing was a luxurious, posh tent for the Val'istar and his court. There were tents for healers, blacksmiths, vendors, as well as guilds located near the Va'listar's tent.Loki x Reader: Unwanted Endeavors ~ Part 10 ~ in Romance More Like This
Loki dragged you from one of the healer's tents in which you had been sleeping and past countless vendor tents towards the Val'istar's tent,
Gutter- CaughtNemi crept into the room, keeping her eyes underneath the swaying cloth to check for any shadows that would signify a guard, or, worse, the captain. She reached the desk, finally, and looked down at it- the desk was made of a dark brown, almost black wood, with designs on the sides and fronts of the drawers set into the sides of the desk. Nemi could tell with one glance that this desk was expensive. The kind of desk that she doubted could be afforded when one was making a living transporting food to and from markets.Gutter- Caught in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Calm down, she told herself, so he inherited a nice desk or something. Don't be rash.
Because sneaking into a guarded ship in the middle of the night isn't rash. A rather sneaky voice in her head sarcastically noted.
Nemi ignored this revelation and her trepidation over the desk and began slowly opening the drawers in the sides of the desk, seeing as the top was bare save for a flickering candle and an ornate wax seal. The first drawer she tried opened
Green"Stupid!" Nik growled to himself, walking away from yet another job opportunity. "Idiotic, stupid, bumbling, ugh! Just had to mention that you've got no magic- that'll be a great quality for them to hear!"Green in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
His tirade was cut off with the small pull on his hand. He looked down to see his younger, six-year old brother tugging at him, big green eyes looking up at his imploringly. The rage and frustration drained out of him, leaving him with only sadness and regret. He had no money, no job, no possible way to buy his younger brother a meal- no one wanted to hire a magic-less servant, or gardener, or anything. In a county full of superstition, most people stayed well away from such a person- in their eyes, bad luck was sure to be afoot around the unfortunate person. He looked up around the bustling town, full of busy people with large purses. Bitterness struck him the same time as an idea did.
"Wait here." He whispered to Aman, giving him a serious look. "I mean it, Aman, if you move so muc
Helpful Little Fireflies Sam's hand was on hers, gently guiding it so that she saw what he had been seeing all along in the dark sky. Her back was pressed against the thin blanket they had spread over the grass, and a few random sticks and rocks were pressing into her back, but she couldn't bring herself to notice, or care, as her attention was focused elsewhere. Mainly on Sam's voice.Helpful Little Fireflies in General More Like This
"See these right here?" Sam whispered to her, his breath tickling her hair as his finger pointed toward a line of stars, "Orion's belt, right there". His hand was holding hers and tracing her fingers across the sky.
"I see it." She said, keeping her voice as soft as his. The crickets chirping around them and the occasional firefly made their whole situation very picturesque, but was somewhat ruined by the line of headstones behind them. She sat up and glanced back at them, making sure this night wasn't going to turn into something from a horror movie. Feeling foolish, she looked back at Sam to find him gri
Piano Man He could hear Sarah warming up in front of the microphone, her small, soft voice rising and falling. The din of the waiters and servers setting up the many tables in front of them echoed behind her; the grating clatter of silverware wore against his ears.Piano Man in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He turned his attention back to Sarah. So much clearer, so much more pleasant... His shoulders, which had been tensed, relaxed, and he ran his fingers over the piano keys reverently, letting the background noise fade away.
And a pure, clear note from Sarah cracked.
His hands stopped over the keys, turning his head slightly and shifting on the hard piano bench so he could hear her better. Sarah had recovered beautifully, falling into a lower note and continuing the scale as she had been doing, but he could hear the small tremble in her voice, the quick gasps of breaths between notes. There was silence, for a moment, after Sarah finished the scale, before she began to sing again. She was determined, he was sure, to shake off
86. Seeing RedJude was frozen for a moment, heart beating a sickly, erratic drum in his chest. Everything was chaos around him; he no longer had the slightest clue as to what he should do. He made the choice that seemed logical, that sounded like Al's voice in his head, and ran for cover, throwing himself behind the hovercraft that they had driven there. He pressed his back against the vehicle, panting harshly, cold sweat sticking to his skin, before quickly peeking out from behind the car.86. Seeing Red in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Susan was already down on the ground, a quickly growing pool of blood coalescing around her. The amount would have shocked him once, as would the lurid, bright color; too real, too warm, he remembers with a pang. Jude looked to his left, quickly picking out Charlie from among the mass of people in time to see an officer drag her down to the ground by her hair, a gun clutched in his hand. And then, quite suddenly, as though someone had reached into his heart and gently flipped a previously unknown switch th
97. Safety First"It's never going to work." Jude argued as they walked towards the lot Al had specified.97. Safety First in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Pessimist." Charlie accused half-heartedly, "We don't know that it won't work. And that's better than doing nothing."
"I disagree." Jude said mulishly, staring at his ragged sneakers as he walked, nearly knocking into Charlie, who had abruptly come to a halt in from of him. He lifted his head, a protest already formed on his lips, before the sight in front of him cut his words off.
"Wow." Charlie let out an appreciative whistle.
"Understatement." Jude said, staring wide-eyed at the sleek and luxurious vehicle in from of them. "I thought Al said we were getting a
"Well, I'm not complaining," Charlie said, bouncing up to the door and running a hand over the silver and black polish, "I've always wanted to drive a hovercraft."
"Admitting you haven't driven one of these before is not the way to inspire confidence, Charlie."
"And off we go!" Charlie yelled, ignoring him and practically vaulting in
Something Was Bound to Go Right"Do you believe in reincarnation?" Victor asked suddenly, breaking the comfortable silence in the car. His dark hair nearly blended into the dark sky behind him. Taylor hadn't even noticed he had rolled down the window.Something Was Bound to Go Right in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"I have the heat on, idiot," she muttered, rolling up the window from her side. Victor jerked his arm out of the way just before the window rolled up fully, and turned to regard her half-hearted glare with a grin.
"C'mon. Reincarnation. You. Sound legit?"
"No," Taylor said, rolling her eyes. "There's just no way it's possible. And I know you don't believe in reincarnation, either. You've told me that before, when you were taking Religious Studies."
"Well, yeah, that Hindu thing was nuts, but I would've liked to know who I was," Victor said cheerily, tapping his fingers on the car window, watching the cars zoom past him. His fingers twitched towards the window button, and Taylor pre-emptively put her finger on the button on her side, keeping one hand on the wheel.
Tightrope I decided now that I am a dare-devil, a risk-taker, someone who loves to look a challenge in the eye. There's a large chance that it is because of my pride that I cannot pass up any type of provocation, or it may just be a way for me to inject some excitement into a previously dull life.Tightrope in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
I know now that the greatest challenge I ever took on was you. You were dangerous and extreme, throwing sparks off into a black, boring scene, and being with you was like foolishly walking over a tightrope with no past experience. Never knowing how much danger there truly is until, looking down, the world is so many feet below. With you, the adrenaline was always present- the sparks that you so easily threw off became fireworks when we were together.
I understand now why we could never be happy together. A person can never truly trust that they are not going to fall off the tightrope, and in the same way, I could not trust you. You blazed through my life, spout
And The NextCloud grumbled to herself as she raced down the sidewalk, holding her backpack over her head to block most of the downpour as she ran. She prided herself on being responsible and on time for her after school job, but today had been a bit of a disaster, which had led up to her situation at the moment. Late for her job at the diner, getting her feet and pants soaked as she sprinted in an attempt to get there quickly.And The Next in Short Stories More Like This
She finally came to the corner across from the diner, and she hurriedly checked for cars before running across the street, kicking up water as she did. She threw her backpack over her shoulder once she was under the diner's overhang. Grabbing a hair tie out of her pocket, she pulled her curly, now wet, hair into a messy ponytail and, pushing open the door and walking in, threw the other waitress a smile, hurrying into the back to grab an apron and change into her uniform.
"I think we should write this date down, or something." Allison, the other waitress,
Mentality- Request for ThureeMera was a very calm, very laid back person. Her twin brother, Joey, and countless others who knew her would gladly back her up on this. Therefore, it was safe to say she did not get angry/grumpy easily. However, sometimes, when you woke up on the wrong side of the bed with a crick in your neck, couldn't find your favorite pair of comfy socks, stubbed your toe on the way to the bathroom, and found your hair an incorrigable mess, it was easier to just let the bad mood get to you.Mentality- Request for Thuree in Short Stories More Like This
This was all hypothetical, of course.
Mera was quite determined to have a good time today. It was a Friday, they were on spring break for school, and it was gorgeous outside. That alone should help her out of her bad mood- not only did a bad mood make her...well, in a bad mood, but they threw her off. Her brother was pessimistic enough for the both of them most of the time. She had to stay upbeat or all the moodiness would rub off on her. Anyways, as long as nothing else happened this morning, she
Young Justice: Revolution Ep1-Trust Part1MetropolisYoung Justice: Revolution Ep1-Trust Part1 in General Fiction More Like This
2:18 PM EST
“This is Cat Grant reporting for GBS News from Metropolis where the city is under attack from the super villain known as Parasite.” Cat turned away from the camera gesturing to the scene behind her. A red car was lying on its top, smoke pouring from the under carriage. Water was leaking onto the street from a broke fire hydrant, fallen street lights criss-crossing the roads and sidewalks. “With Superman nowhere in sight, he seems to be unstoppable, sapping the powers and energy of everyone who gets close enough.” As the camera zoomed in on the field of drained officers Cat stepped back out of the frame. “Are you getting all of this Jimmy?” She whispered in a demanding
Young Justice: Revolution Ep6- Test Part 2August 13thYoung Justice: Revolution Ep6- Test Part 2 in General Fiction More Like This
Three teenagers--Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Robin--stand together, awaiting their assignment. Wonder Girl and Robin skipped class--not that anything in school would be thrilling. Everybody was either catching up on work or sleeping, and the two have better and more important things to be doing. The rest of the team had already been assigned missions and deployed. Starfire had quickly been welcomed to the team after the AOC. She, Supergirl and Miss Martian had been deployed to the San Francisco earthquake.
Aqualad enters the room and brings up a screen.
“Good morning. Beta assignment for today will be a simple one, but never the less important.” He looks among the three team members. “The AOC has been funding the development of a new combat exo-suit to challenge the threat of another alien incursion. Today the programs first prototype will be doing a live exercise at the star labs for offic
Young Justice: Revolution Ep2 - Star Part3SarnacYoung Justice: Revolution Ep2 - Star Part3 in General Fiction More Like This
Now deep within the alien city Alpha team began surveying their surroundings, the lower street reminded nightwing of gotham city dark and empty except for the odd scurrying creatures which must be this planets form of vermin, but once the team were guided into the entertainment district they were intrigued by the life and culture they were observing. bright lights and strange smells tingled their senses, strange life forms no human had ever seen before passed them on the street with out so much as a glance, but for all its differences it seemed familiar. As the group pace was slowed by the fully occupied streets the off worlders watched normal life pass by for the worlds inhabitants shopkeepers yelled strange cries seemed to entice people over and howed strange jewels or foods for examples or there stock. A peddler walking up the busy streets and tried to offer miss martian some freshly wriggling and glowing worms in a bag which she declined and t
Young Justice: Revolution Ep2 - Star Part1EarthYoung Justice: Revolution Ep2 - Star Part1 in General Fiction More Like This
8:16 AM (Eastern Time)
United Nations building
Main Summit Room - Meeting
Dawn broke across the horizon as new day as the sun’s ray hit the clean, clear windows of the United Nations building, where armed guards stood firmly around it and the door behind which representatives of around the world were discussing matters of the possible life and death of the human race.
The main conference room was full to the brim with senators from around the country, as well as the newly elected UN representative, Lex Luthor standing before them on the main stage behind his podium and having full attention from the audience. To his right is none other than Superman, representing the super-hero alliance known as the Justice League, he to was behind a podium standing across from his mortal enemy who now spoke to the gather representatives of humanity.
''Due to the serious invasion of the Reach, we have to realize the harsh reality ladies and gentlemen. We are defenceless! Bu
Young Justice: Revolution Ep4- Bonding Part 1AOC HeadquartersYoung Justice: Revolution Ep4- Bonding Part 1 in General Fiction More Like This
Cameras flashed madly, as a certain reporter stood in front of a tall, light colored building, facing the camera crew with a microphone in hand.
“This is G Gordon Godfrey, reporting outside of the Alien Oversight Committee headquarters, where a crowd has formed. Why you ask? Well, the infamous Justice League is once again breaking the rules.”
The enthusiastic reporter’s snarling voice then continued, not mentioning the fact that the Justice League immediately notified the AOC as soon as possible.
“This time, not only did they travel off planet, but also brought back another alien to Earth!”
Just as he said this, on television screens everywhere, a picture of Starfire was shown next to him.
Godfrey then went on, with a dark smile.
“Well, at least the Alien Oversight Committee is speaking with the alien right now to assess its threat to humanity...”
Within the dark confines of the building and corridor
Young Justice: Revolution Ep7- Loyalties Part 2Washington DCYoung Justice: Revolution Ep7- Loyalties Part 2 in General Fiction More Like This
White clouds glowed blue in the night sky, the stars shimmering brilliantly in the gaps between them. Moonlight shone down on an apartment complex, office buildings and business on all sides of it. The air above the apartment building shimmered slightly before going still once more, the Bioship’s camouflaged adjusting to fit the atmosphere around it. On the surrounding rooftops Superboy, Tigress, and Starfire moved systematically, scanning the area for anything unusual. Superboy leaped to the next rooftop, his eyes narrowing in focus looking straight through the building. Finding nothing, he moved on.
Is the Bioship picking up anything unusual? Any that could lead to Red Tornado? He thought, directing the telepathic question to Miss Martian. Though they had a back up communication link, it was e
Young Justice: Revolution Ep5- Flashback Part 3San Francisco, Resistance HQYoung Justice: Revolution Ep5- Flashback Part 3 in General Fiction More Like This
May 14 21:23 PDT
Wally looked around the room as the lights dimmed around the room. On the farthest wall a green glow began to appear, replaced by the face of an old woman. She was smiling, but with an unmistakable air of menace.
“Greetings servants to the Dread Lord of Apokolips, your god.” Michael rolled his eyes and sighed.
“I’ve heard enough. Mute it and start the transfers.” The woman’s voice cut out as the speakers were muted, though the face remained on screen. “Analysis, what’s the record for her normal rambling?” He called out turning to the desk he was addressing. Two people stood there, one typing, the other holding a long list in one hand and a headset in the other.
“The average is a four minutes twenty-three seconds sir, though the record is over six minut
Young Justice: Revolution Ep5- Flashback Part 1San FranciscoYoung Justice: Revolution Ep5- Flashback Part 1 in General Fiction More Like This
May 13 17:03 PDT
Dark water sloshed against the shoreline. Overhead the sky was thick with black clouds that looked ready to burst, as though preparing to release a storm that never came. Wind blew wildly between the buildings that remained standing, creating a high pitched ghostly wail. Glass from the shattered windows littered the cracked and broken sidewalks below, where over turned streetlights crisscrossed the streets. Dismantled light poles lay atop the ruined asphalt and cars. Foul smelling steam billowed up between the cracks, hissing at is escaped its subterranean prison.
Beneath the streets the damage continued; massive sections of concrete lay across the subway tracks. The train cars were concaved under the weight of the collapsing tunnels. Mold and moss grew in the damp cracks in the stone where mortar had once been;
Young Justice: Revolution Ep2 - Star Part2August 5thYoung Justice: Revolution Ep2 - Star Part2 in General Fiction More Like This
8:37 PM (Eastern Time)
As the moon was shining brilliantly over the busy city, a young couple was happily strolling, as the woman’s arms were firmly around the man’s arm. As they came closer and closer to a dark alley, however, their happiness would soon end. From the shadows, four men grabbed both of them, and dragged them into the alley, The woman tried desperately to scream, but was soon muffled by the hand of one of her attackers. The muggers then threw them to the ground, and spoke, each clutching some kind bat or crow bar.
“You ain’t goin’ anywhere!”
“Yeah! Just give us your wallets, and no one gets hurt!”
Right as the group of muggers were closing in on them, a black baton comes flying from above into the closest mugger’s face, knocking him out cold. All the other muggers then look up to see a tall, lean figure with a blue symbol on his chest and white eyes. The mysterious figure then dove o
Young Justice: Revolution Ep6- Test Part 3 A few second go by before anybody chooses to do anything. The audience, staff and Sergeant just stare at the four women standing at the edge of the room. The one furthest to the right wears an outfit completely of white: corset and loin cloth, boots and shoulder pads. Her skin was a rich tan, and she had long blonde hair. She holds a sword in each hand. Next to her another stands, with metal breast cups and skin-tight black pants. Three strips of metal stretch horizontally over her face, while other bands wrap her arms. She wears her dark black hair in a high ponytail, and carries a long rope with a razor disc on the end. A woman with bright green hair stands beside her, a chaotic smile on her lips. Similarly to the first, she wore a gray corset and loin cloth. Layered metal covers her forearms, and a silver band rests on her hairline. To the furthest left, the manliest of the women stands, clad in red and yellow armor. Her dark black hair was tied in a ponytailYoung Justice: Revolution Ep6- Test Part 3 in General Fiction More Like This
HomeYou always feltHome in Free Verse More Like This
I wish I still
Felt like home
Like TequilaMy lips met yours in an explosion;Like Tequila in Free Verse More Like This
of feelings unsaid, unfelt.
Like a shot of tequila
I gulped you down,
tingling fire burning
on my mouth,
down my throat,
onto my body.
Flushed, on fire,
floating, I swayed
that the touch of your skin
was likely to be as
a supernova to my senses.
Instead all I felt was
a soft benediction,
a thrilling glory
that trilled down my spine.
When I roused from my
I knew from the distance
of your eyes that our kiss
And in the end, the only
purpose it served
was to inform me of something
I already knew:
I desired you.
Always YouI love the curve ofAlways You in Free Verse More Like This
your shoulder where
it rises to meet your neck.
The contrast of your sun-
kissed skin, against my
The way your eyes fade
through from hazel
to green when we meet.
Your knightly ways,
of being a gentleman,
turn me into a lady.
How nothing with you
could ever be, or seem
out of place, or awkward.
How a laugh with you,
lasts longer, is better,
than with anyone else.
How an uncomfortable
silence turns out to be
comfortable after all.
Your ability to make
me smile, anywhere,
everywhere, no matter what.
I guess it is simple,
plain for all to see,
I love you, you love me.
In defence of loveThis heady cocktail of lust,In defence of love in Free Verse More Like This
and infatuation leads
to a rash of hormonal
bad decisions and poor choices.
And we fool ourselves, through
desperation, into thinking
"This is it! What I've been
searching for! This is love!"
Deep in our hearts, we
know better than that,
but blinded - we refuse to
accept this cold truth.
So curse this elusive
beast called love and
harden our hearts to its
We leave our hearts hard,
dusty and unused, shelved,
emotional fools you call us -
love-lorn lost souls.
And so we are - those who
dare to soften our already
vulnerable, foolish hearts -
open to the predators' depravity.
But in the end, the battle
is ours to win for we possess
the courage to fight it, fight
for the one in a million chance.
Bloody battle we poor souls
are prepared to do,
all for your lost cause -
all in the defence of love.
If I could, I wouldIf all you needed was love,If I could, I would in Free Verse More Like This
I would give you the piece
of my heart that you own.
If all you needed was a smile,
Every day, I would
give you my own.
If all you needed was my
company, I'd find a way,
to be where you are.
If all you needed was a hug,
every day, I would find a way,
to give you one.
I can't give all of that to you,
but if I could,
please know that I would...
TumbleweedAnd I've been thinking,Tumbleweed in Free Verse More Like This
baby you're the one,
the one I can't live without -
the one I've dreamed about for so long.
Even though, paradoxically, you're not
what I was wanting, looking for at all.
You're something unexpected, unplanned,
perhaps, unwanted, even, I could say...
But that was wrong, I couldn't want you more,
truthfully, there's a tenderness, a truth,
a strength, like a tumble weed in the wind,
getting stuck on a fence.
You are my fence, the place I call home,
some might say, you're an obstacle, but
like that tumbleweed, all I need
is someone to hold me here.
You make me real, solid, true.
And so the world blows by, leaving me,
I finally feel whole, with you.
No more the over-priced caricature princess
the picture perfect girl I tried to be,
Free to be me, you hold me, save me, know me,
love me, a crazy tumbleweed.
Trying to please them allLittle pieces of my soul,Trying to please them all in Free Verse More Like This
bit by bit.
The needs of others,
outweigh my own,
trying to please them all.
oh I'd sell my soul
to please you.
But no matter what I do,
it's not enough,
it's never enough.
I have no options,
I can't do this,
but I can't not
do this either.
Living in misery,
waiting for my
soul to be devoured...
Slowly, piece by piece,
bit by agonising bit,
I'll give it away,
to the hungering,
graspers that grab.
And I'll wait,
yearn and long,
for the day,
when I might be,
my own again...
Truth Must Be ToldPlay a little word game,Truth Must Be Told in Free Verse More Like This
communicate away your life,
without ever saying a thing.
So much we never say,
all these things
we keep inside.
The most important things,
we forget to say, our voices
taken for granted...
Time too short to second guess,
Think before you speak,
but always remember this;
The bitterest truth must be
better than the sweetest lie,
truth must be told.
Your heartbeatI know you're near me cause I can feel your heartbeat,Your heartbeat in Free Verse More Like This
running through my veins
trickling you keep me alive, hearts beating together,
like a breath this life-giving oxygen
from you to me.
This run on thinking drives me crazy
because every thought leads me directly to you
straight to your eyes looking into mine
straight to your fingers in my hair
straight to your hand in mine.
Love is the closest thing to crazy a person can be,
so they say.
With you, that just might be true
thinking things that no reasonable sane person should think.
There's nothing quite like this feeling
insanity though it is.
"who're you talking to?"
walk away punk from my steel cap boots and pocketknife.
And still through my angerfrustrationindignation
your heartbeat, thoughts of you, your heartbeat
It's in my chest, beating in time with mine.
And it sparks in me, flashes of green and red,
like a breath taken in
GoddessWhenever I practice myGoddess in Free Verse More Like This
devotion to you,
I feel your uninhibited love,
the presence of the divine.
I fear for my greedy soul,
yearning towards that feeling,
hungry, my heart acting like,
my eyes have just seen chocolate...
I try to bend my will to silence,
to the purity of transcendence,
but I know that is not my way;
and why would you want me to?
Why would you, knowing me,
loving me so powerfully,
want me to go against my nature?
Surely you wouldn't...
Your love is all-seeing,
all-knowing; the result of
lifetimes of soul-searching,
adventuring around the wheel of life.
So beautiful, is this feeling of
faith, given over to devotion -
within the boundaries of life,
you ask not for my everything.
You ask me only for what you give,
Others ask for the very marrow
of the body's sacred bones.
Devotion to soul-stripping,
inelegant, greedy, grasping,
fakeries of the divine,
I simply cannot fathom.
When you are there, waiting,
In whatever form you choose -
He, She, It, That, Th
PERSONAL CATASTROPHE AND PROBABLE SOLUTIONSYour life is headed for a disastrous end.PERSONAL CATASTROPHE AND PROBABLE SOLUTIONS in Free Verse More Like This
Everyone will die.
That is a fact.
You will die.
Your friends will die.
Everyone you know will die.
These are indisputable facts.
Your body will break down and crash in one way or another.
Your heart will stop.
Your brain synapses will cease firing.
100% guaranteed termination.
You and everyone you know has less than 122 years left.
The oldest person alive was 122.
Oldest person alive now is 115.
Death should be your number one enemy.
Do not accept it.
Do not welcome it.
The question is - are you willing to extend, improve your life and the lives of those you love?
Why haven't you done it yet? Do you think it's impossible?
Flying for us was impossible until airplanes were built.
Now, the question is- how do we stop the personal catastrophe of death?
The logical answer is - science!
We can slow death down using modern medicine, and we can stop and reverse some accidental causes of death.
Aging is one cause that we cannot currentl
Medea What if there came a world where supernatural abilities were real?Medea in Short Stories More Like This
And what if a military sect took advantage of this, by pairing such talented individuals, Evolutions, with a normal person, who was to be their emotional crutch?
What would happen if one of these crutches took advantage of their position?
In the elite group known as DEMI, she became a legend. Early on, when the organisation's modus operandi was still being fully developed, she was conscripted out of high school and trained in self defence and modern warfare, psychology and medicine, and paired with an Evolution..
He was her own age, taller with dark red hair and brown, almost black eyes. As soon as he saw her white blonde hair and bright blue eyes, small frame and angelic features, she knew he was obsessed with her. And she used it to her advantage.
She knew why she had been conscripted. At school she had been the queen bitch, displayin
Abandoned To The Cold RainI lie collapsed, wretched and unlovedAbandoned To The Cold Rain in Free Verse More Like This
Abandoned by all I loved unconditionally
The rain pours down, soaking my matted hair
I don't have the strength anymore to crawl to shelter
My face lies half in the wet dirt, but I don't care
My body is beaten and bruised,
Punished for some crime I didn't know I'd committed
I whimper, wondering with tears in my eyes
Why they don't love me anymore
The heartbroken ache is worse than the beatings
I cry alone on the side of the road
Shivering in the cold, pouring rain
Dimly I hear a car pull up, but I don't care anymore
I am not loved by those I love
Strangers rush over and stroke my head
At last I look up with dejection, one eye gumming closed
They take me and place me in their nice warm car
Wrapping me in a towel against the cold outside
They rescue me in my rejected state
But I don't care anymore,
Those I loved abandoned me to the rain and cold
Silent tears roll down my cheeks in a stranger's car
VictoriousI can beat it allVictorious in Free Verse More Like This
I can claim victory
I can emerge from this battle
I can gain immortality.
I will fight to the end
I will not back down
I will claim the champion
I will overcome all around.
I vow to do this
I vow not to be swayed
I vow none will stand before me
I vow to win, come what may.
PlummetI remember the fall.Plummet in Free Verse More Like This
I can still see it all.
You picked yourself up, returned to who you are.
Or so it seemed underneath hid the scars.
Everyone thought that was the end.
I held an envelope of tears you'd sent.
So here I stand, in the wake of it all,
Recalling that plummeting fall
The RunsThe trouble all starts with an upset tummy:The Runs in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
It's gurgling, and feels kinda funny.
You put it off as long as you can;
An animal instinct warns you away from the can.
At last you can't stand it any more,
If you die it'll be in that eternal war.
Man against self, since time begun
The weapon of choice: the bloody runs.
As soon as you give in, it grips you whole,
Building in your stomach to explode out any hole.
You feel it inch by inch as it gains ground
In the space of minutes the Lord you've found.
You pray for it all to just come to an end,
In any which way, as long as it gets done, you won't defend.
Long minutes pass and no result or conclusion;
Your delirious mind calculates fusion.
Movement starts and it hurts even more
Whimpering silently, you lean against the wall.
Some small release, but more is to come:
You pray again and again to just die and be done.
The pain refuses to stay away,
And suddenly you realise there's no air spray.
It begins to pick up speed, like death-spawn contra
Cassandra pt 2 Owen Burke strode through the streets like he owned them, walking in a straight line and daring anyone to try and make him go around them. He drove along these streets and past these buildings almost every day, but he rarely walked them. The only reason he was on foot to his office was because, of all things, his car had been towed. His head was on the chopping block, and the day before he has to safe his ass, his car gets towed. Scraped the paint too. Asshole.Cassandra pt 2 in Short Stories More Like This
He hurriedly checked his watch, not breaking his imperious stride for a moment. He almost mowed down a little old lady, but he didn't stop. He should get there with fifteen minutes to spare. Gave him plenty of time to compose himself once he got there, and compile a list of others who probably deserved more than him to stay, but who would get shown the door with their effects thrown out the window rather than him. Hopefully.
Three more blocks. He hadn't realised how far he actually lived from
NeoptolemusA child screaming from the battlementsNeoptolemus in Free Verse More Like This
Neoptolemus, screaming in his heart
A son for a father,
The son for his father
Do you have your revenge now?
Surely brought up on your father's prowess
Achilles, that fault could not blemish
Devotion and love turn to vengeance and heartbreak
And you follow your sire to his endplace-
Do you have your revenge now?
Death of a hero by the hand of a coward
Respected by all verse deplored by all
The gods are turning away from this strife
Their favoured feel their touch ebb in death;
Will you have your revenge now?
Hector and Achilles, champions lead the way
Into the death-throes of this long war
Dispirited and bitter, hearts across the seas,
The soldiers want only to end the fray
You may yet have your revenge.
For certain your arrival brought renewal
A likeness to Achilles that was sorely deprived
Ignore the armour, ignore the shield
Take your sword and break the ranks
Blind rage will fleet you to revenge.
Use the great horse, spit on the stupidity of I
Just Do ItUp-tight, all-nightJust Do It in Free Verse More Like This
Somebody make me feel alright
Do it every kind of way
Doesn't really matter how
Somebody make me feel alright-
Do it every kind of way-
Doesn't really matter how-
Just come on over, over, over
Dreams and Desolation Emily stared at the temperature gauge, willing herself to believe that it really was 21 degrees out there. The air on her face didn’t feel like it. It felt dead, and frozen, and struck through straight to her bones.Dreams and Desolation in Short Stories More Like This
But the gauge still said the same thing.
She wondered if it was broken, and had converted to Fahrenheit while she slept. But no, there was the little symbol for Centigrade, looking like a copyright – the temperature was without a doubt 21 degrees.
She looked for a window so she could see outside for herself, but of course that habit was useless. She was in space. Spaceships had no windows. Not in bedrooms, anyway.
She made a snap decision and lurched out of bed, dragging the thermal blanket with her. She didn’t know why she bothered looking at the temperature, why she hoped that it would change one day, just a degree in either direction. There was no day and night, and no atmospherics to go with them.
Phillip sensed her
Dirty DancingDirty, dirty dancing, in the dark with youDirty Dancing in Free Verse More Like This
Stripping jewelry, losing shoes
Don't wanna love, just wanna touch
Greedy people can't get enough
You can never be an only
Better satisfy before you're lonely
Back away from the door
Now drop it down low to the floor
The music puts you in a trance
You can't leave you lost that chance
All the pimps, all the girls
Every whore around the world
Lights flashing, bass beating
One more kiss is one more cheating
In the club til' three am
Stop them lord before they sin
You'll go crazy with her moves
One more shot and you will lose
You can't win the games she plays
She'll cheat you, just count the ways
You are wasted but see the lights
Music stops now say goodnight
In DenialHe's got what it takes to make me meltIn Denial in Free Verse More Like This
It's like nothing I have ever felt
The way he jokes to make me smile
Just two feet is like a mile
He meets my eyes and I just fall
He's so strong, he's so tall
He's real tan, with such warm skin
I think I fell for my best friend
All my feelings put on trial
I cant say, I'm in denial
Behind Blue Eyes -2-I went through the motions for the rest of my school day. I wasn't paying attention. I couldn't. I was anxious. The final bell rang and I jumped out of my seat and ran for the door. Once I was in the hall I sprinted until I reached outside, where I waited for the black Mercedes to pull up.Behind Blue Eyes -2- in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Jared slammed on his brakes and came to a sudden stop right beside the curb. I rolled my eyes and walked around to get in the car. He leaned over and popped the door open for me. "Well aren't you a gentleman." I say climbing into the passenger's seat. He merely smiles and whips away, leaving behind the school.
"How was the rest of your day?" He asks, not really sounding sincere. "You don't care about that now do you?" I say, crossing my arms. "Feisty . I was just asking. Ya know? The usual routine." He sounded a little offended, but I whipped it away before thinking too hard on it. "All right lets go home." I look out the window then back at him. "Your house ?" He raises his eyebrows, but k
Never Ending Plot of a KillerShutteringNever Ending Plot of a Killer in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Turtlesswimming through the currentsTurtles in Free Verse More Like This
paddling through the waves
diving down deep
hiding in their caves
and super smart
with my turtle
i do not part
this poem is pointless
so to speak
i like turtles
they are neat
Handerson High 2The lights dimmed a little and everyone fell silent. The assembly was now beginning. Mrs. Hut, the headmistress walked to the front of the room. "Some of you know what's in store this year and others of you don't. I must inform you first and foremost that your parents know about the true history of this school and have their own reasons for sending you here." I turned to see if Amber was just as confused as I was. She looked at me back and gave me the look. She, too, had no idea what she meant.Handerson High 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Mrs. Hut continued. "You are not just normal students. You are children of agents. You have been moved here to become part of our elite force. Everything you learn here is for your ears only. You may not tell your parents anything." She looked straight at me and gave a sympathetic nod. She knew my father was gone. The entire cafeteria was dead silent. Including me. "Some of you will carry out your years working for our technological department, whereas a few selection of you will be trained as f
Handerson HighThe car rolled into the long driveway that led to the fancy, reform school. My mom pulled me out of my old school and brought me here saying it was for the best. It wasn't that I had friends because I didn't, I just got comfortable and then we were suddenly moving.Handerson High in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The school was a mansion. It looked brand new despite the fact that it was like a hundred years old. Other cars were surrounding the school dropping off other students. My mom parked and to my dismay she opened her car door to get out, too. "Mom!" I said quickly. "I'm ok, really. Just stay in the car." At first she seemed offended, but then thought better of it. "Ok sweetie. I'll see you in a couple of months." I shut my door and she started backing up. I had told her I didn't want a big crying, hugging fest so I wasn't going to be talking to her until winter break.
I tugged down my shirt and straightened my skirt. Uniforms weren't my style, but the navy blue and green colors looked good on me. My hair was dark brown, silky,
Behind Blue Eye -5-I ran faster pushing the limbs that hung from trees out of my way. Thunder shook the forest and the leaves began to whirl around the air. A flash of lightning struck the tree nearest me and I had to leap to avoid the flames. A strange lure pulled toward them though. I could sense the tree was in agony and watched as it gave its last dying plea to Mother Nature. I also could feel the pure rage that fed the flames. I reached out to the fire and felt its warmth seep into my chilled skin the instant my hand came in contact with the blaze. I yanked my hand free from the fire and ran again without thinking. He was too close.Behind Blue Eye -5- in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
I was about to jump over a log when my ankle was snagged my something and I flipped over it instead. I lay face down in the sodden earth. He crashed through the woods. I could hear his quick ragged breaths and his unproportionable, sloppy steps. Yet, he was fast. Very fast in fact. I slowly picked my head up from the ground, instantly taking notice of the pounding that m
So what?So we dieSo what? in Free Verse More Like This
So we live
So we take
So we give
Some do suffer
Some will kill
If given the choice
We can gain
We have loss
We would risk
But theres a cost
We will all go to the same place
thats why we embrace
Your time is but a number
so, so what
we'll take a dirt nap
and love that endless slumber
Behind Blue Eyes -1-I sat there at the lunch table, deep in thought. I had everything. The most amazing friends, the popular rep, the hottest guy in school as my boyfriend, and I still managed to have perfect grades. My teachers thought of me as a true prodigy. Something seemed off though. My best friend to be specific. Her energy was wavering. Each day it becomes meeker. I'm worried it will disappear. Only the dead are classified as energyless. Was she dying?Behind Blue Eyes -1- in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I unfolded my arms and leaned back in my seat. My eyes narrowed as I watched her dump her food into the trash. She hadn't eaten a single thing. She began talking to the others at our table. Every time someone asked a question I would nod in confirmation. As the 'queen bee' they felt like they had to.
For some reason people have gotten the wrong impression about me. I'm not at all abusive, cruel, nor cold hearted. I protect the lower class of students and help the special needs. I am an all-around caring person. I am the smartest, most athletic, and