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Chapter 11: A Dream come true
A gust of cold wind made a howl as snow began to fall from the heavens once again, Francis stares at the field where the irises grew every spring. He was bundled up in a navy blue wool coat, his golden blond hair was tied by a deep blue ribbon a gift he received from his beloved Jeanne.
Heartache filled his soul, he just couldn't be without her. He missed her so much he wished she would return to him once again, he watches as his breathe becomes visible as he makes his way through the snow covered field.
His eyes glanced about the city of Orleans, "Papa, wait!" cries a small voice causing him to stop in his tracks, he glances over his shoulder and his eyes fall upon the small child. A beautiful pale blond haired girl with the same gorgeous teal eyes that Francis loved oh so much, her cheeks were rosy red as she tries to catch her breath.
She wore a small blue dress under a darker blue coat, a small smile comes to Francis's lips, she rushes to catch up to h
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Chapter 1: Old Memories
The summer winds howl with rage as the heavens continued to shed tears, the pines and oaks dance to the storm melody. A young long blond haired man runs through the rain mud clasping to his pants and shoes; he carries an umbrella in one hand while he cradles bouquet of white roses in the other. He is tall roughly around five nine and is very handsome with captivating indigo blue colored eyes; with fair colored skin to go add to his homely looks. He is the representative of the country of love also known as France, yet he was given the human name Francis Bonnefoy. Panting he finally arrives to his destination, an old cemetery in the city of Orléans. A city that harbored many memories for him, some good others painful and not very welcomed by his conscious. Steadily he places a hand on the iron gate and pushes it, it moans as it gives way and yields to him letting him in. Slowly he begins to make his trek in grass moving towards the far back
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Chapter 4: Struggle
Hours later Jeanne found herself near the river under the willow tree, her eyes staring at the fish as they swam up and down the streams. She held her knees close to her chin and remained silent, she was hurt by La Hire's accusations about her being romantically in love with France. A soft sigh escapes her lips as she glances up towards the star filled sky.
She places her hand over her chest as she begins to think about what was the cause of her inability to communicate with the angels. "W-What if... I-I have committed sin... But it has to be the sin of pride..." she whispers thinking about what sins she could have committed, suddenly an Iris dangles in front of her and she glances over her shoulder to see Francis leaning against the willow tree holding out a single white Iris.
Jeanne smiles sweetly at the nation as she accepts the flower and inhales its wonderful scent, Francis proceeded to take a seat beside her and look at the sky. "I heard from one of
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Chapter 3: Memories of an Rose
Francis's eyes narrow at the man, his face remains in a frown as Jeanne stares in wonder and awe of the former military commander. A twinge of jealously runs through Francis's body, La Hire had befriended someone who apparently knew sorcery, and made him immortal in exchange for something. La Hire never revealed what it was he exchanged for immortality, he often changed his name over the years and continued to fight alongside Francis in many wars.
Although Francis never minded the great commanders' help in battle, there was still a great deal of tension between La Hire and Francis. Francis still to this day was somewhat angered that La Hire did not get to Jeanne in time, while La Hire was angered that Francis didn't give him warning that they was going to be captured for trying to aid Jeanne and was later imprisoned.
Jeanne happily embraced the military commander and began asking him questions on how he still remained and alive. He gave answers her
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The trees sway with the wind as the heavens cry from above, the dark clouds moved slowly. Jeanne stood in the rain staring at the tombstones before her, Here lies Jacques D'Arc, beloved husband and father. Beside his grave was another that said Isabelle D'Arc, a loving wife and mother. Jeanne gulped as she could feel the tears sting her eyes, Francis informed her that after her death Charles IV made them nobility, but she felt like he only did to ease his guilty conscious.
Jeanne jumps when she has the sudden feeling of being watched, she glances about the cemetery in Domremy-La-Pucelle. She turns to leave her eyes grow wide in disbelief, standing before her were the spirits of her parents. "Jeanne, our dear child..." Isabelle whispers Jacques puts his hand on his wife's shoulder and looks at Jeanne with worried blue green eyes. "Jeanne you have to listen to us... Listen very careful to what we have to say..." he says to her, Jeanne gulps but nods although s
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Chapter 6: Capture
France feels the soft touch of another's hand putting a damp cloth on his forehead. He grabs the hand that was caring for him, he pants weakly as he stirs trying to force himself to awaken. "J-Jeanne... Forgive me...." he whispers still thinking he had done something to cause Jeanne's spirit not visit him. His body ached so badly, it felt like it was on fire. Fire. The word triggered more memories, ones of darker caliber.
The war was nearing an end, he could feel it in his heart where he also felt something else. A human emotion, one that enjoyed feeling very much. Love. He was in love with Jeanne D'Arc; and if he were human and if she was not married to the Lord. He would ask for her hand, he wanted to be with her so badly he longed to tell her how he felt.
France was making his way to the field of Irises. It was Jeanne's favorite place to be it was also the first place he realized he maybe falling for her. France stops when he sees Jeanne standing under t
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Russia's eyes darken at her protests this really upset him, she held so much info in her hands. Knowledge that could be used to help the world. And not just that she may possess could heavenly gifts coursing through her veins. She was an guardian angel before she returned to earth as a city so wasn't there a slim chance she had angelic powers.
She was something to be coveted even more now than she had been during her human days. Russia looks at Francis with his violet eyes. "Does your lil angel not understand how much help she could be to the world?" he growls taking a step closer to the French nation and his city.
Jeanne grips Francis tighter; she was shaking in fear of Russia and in fear of upsetting her Lord. "Unless my Lord wills it you will hear nothing about the heavens from these lips!" she sobs into Francis's chest. Francis wrapped his arms around her when she buried her face into him. "That's enough, Russia. Jeanne is no longer an angel. She is the City
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A few days later Jeanne found herself walking through the streets of Paris, she rubs the back of her neck achingly her thoughts swirled around the visit from sweet Saint Catherine. She bit her lip and began to chew on it as she stairs at the ground she walked on trying to decipher the meaning behind her dream that involved her parents, the one that included the fire, and now her what Sweet Saint Catherine spoke to her.
She stumbles back when she bumps into something, she looks up to see a tall man with platinum blond hair that was trimmed to a few inches past his ears, he stood roughly around six two, his skin was pale, he wore a long beige coat, black gloves, light green pants, brown laced up boots, around his neck was a faded pink scarf.
But what caught her attention was his violet eyes, she hadn't seen eyes like those before she steps back. "Forgive me Monsieur I didn't mean to bump into you." She apologizes, a grin creases to his lips as he extends his gloved hand out to
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Chapter 8: Capture.
An entire month has passed since Jeanne met Russia, and yet there were no attacks or threats like she and Francis were expecting. Jeanne began to wonder if Russia was simply playing mind games, she rises from her chair in the living room when Francis begins to head to the door. He was preparing to leave for a nations meeting.
Jeanne smiles up at him sweetly he smiles back happily and not wanting to part from his beloved. "Can you me a small favor mon cher?" She asks adjusting his tie, "Oui of course Ma Cherie what is it?" he asks her brushing back her hair. "Promise me you'll try not to get into a fight with Angleterre?" she asks sweetly.
"I shall try, m'ange." he sighs and kisses her lips. He then rests his cheek on her forehead, wrapping her up his arms. "Why is it when I'm with you, I feel like nothing can go wrong?" he asks Jeanne smiles hearing his words. "Because we are together and nothing can break us apart." she says before watching him leave the house enti
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Chapter 7: Promise of An Iris.
Hours later Jeanne sat on the couch curled up against beside Francis, who had his arm around her her rubbing her shoulder gently as he rested his head on top of hers as it laid on his shoulder. "Don't worry Ma Cherie, nothing is going to happen to you. I won't let Russia harm you." he whispers staring at the fireplace, the small flames dancing around around the logs.
Jeanne smiles softly hearing his words, she then snuggles into him before lifting her head and smiling up at him. "Francis... Do you remember the promise you made me? The we made on that Iris you gave me the night before my capture?" she asks curiously Francis's mystic blue colored eyes grew as he and Jeanne recalled that night so many years ago.
Jeanne twirls around when she hears her name be called, she blinks in surprise as she stares at the Iris before her and its holder. Francis, he smiles at her as she accepts the flower. "Jeanne, ma cherie I want us to make a promise to one a
Defunct FuturesSo, what's it like in the year 2012 in the...Defunct Futures in Settings More Like This
2012 in 50's-world, everyone in the US wears hats. Men wear suits, women wear dresses or cute pantsuits. T-shirts and jeans or sweats are something nobody older than a teenager would be caught wearing. There are a lot of uniforms. Everything is very clean and often metallic or gleaming.
The Cold War is of course going on, and China, the Soviet Union, indeed everything from East Germany to Vietnam is the Red World, a unified entity which includes some parts of Africa, including the Red Congo. (Cuba, on the other side, is Capitalist and more-or-less democratic, if corrupt). Everyone in the Red World dresses the same, drives the same standard car, and reports for interrogation four times a year. (Except for the Inner Committee. But to get to that position on must have taken the interrogation drugs dozens of times). Although a "standardized" Socialist culture is promoted, the Chinese are still Chinese, and the increasing tendency of
A Campbellian FutureIn this world an alien spaceship with a blue shape-changer and body-snatcher frozen alongside was discovered by a US Antarctica expedition in 1939. It was defeated, but left behind some gadgets it had made to escape: with anti-gravity and an atomic power source, the US intervention in WWII looked rather different from OTL, with US anti-gravity fliers bombing German cities pretty much at will from 1942 onward, from heights where they couldn't be reached, and atom-powered US ships zipping across the Atlantic at speeds that subs couldn't intercept. (The Japanese sensibly stayed out of the war).A Campbellian Future in Settings More Like This
The US didn't find a way to use the atomic power process to make big booms till 1949, but the Soviets had stolen the initial secrets even faster than they stole the ones relating to atom bombs OTL, and although it took them till 1956 to find a way to make an earth-shaking kaboom, a chunk of iron with an anti-gravity drive on the other end makes a fine substitute, given a long enough trip through sp
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It's now 26 years after 1984, and the Inner Parties struggle with various problematic issues. The increase in stormy weather, rising temperatures and melting icecaps has come to the notice of people in positions of power, and they are Not Pleased to say the least about the correlation between CO2 production and rising temperatures that the State's small number of weather scientists have suggested. Due to backward computer tech, the modeling is still primitive, and many in the Inner Party prefer to think it's a natural phenomenon. AIDS is becoming a major health problem, but the Party is reluctant to announce a major failure and thus is pushing pro-condom propaganda hard without telling people exactly why, and increasing state violence against the "promiscuous." People seem to be increasingly skilled at hacking the state spy-camera system to conceal their activities, and the inhabitants of the "disputed areas" seem to be increasingly turning to bizarre, apocalyptic r
The Day After the Day After Tomorrow"Perhaps our most controversial president, Dick Cheney (2007-2012)  is often and understandably portrayed as a monster. It is certainly true that many of his policies were ill-advised operation "Preserve America", the establishment of US rule in Mexico by US troops from the South and recalled from abroad, was carried out in the awareness that there was no way Latin America was going to be able to absorb roughly 150 million refugees on short notice many of his initiatives were poorly thought out, hastily put together in a terrible rush to do something, anything, as people starved and froze by the millions remembers operations "Freedom from want", in which crops and food supplies were seized in Central America, the Caribbean " Lend a Hand" and the mass use of forced labor to carry out agricultural expansion and construction programs "Restore Freedom", in which the reestablishment of government authority over much of the US was carried out more liThe Day After the Day After Tomorrow in Settings More Like This
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In this world it is the same date as in 2010 here, but the positions of the planets in the sky indicate it is six months ahead in its orbital path.
What used to be the USSR in our world is today a peaceful social-democratic federation and the world's greatest power: the US is the crumbled remnant of a former fascist superpower, now aggressively moving back onto the world stage.
In the Americas, Canada is an impoverished former US territory, its inhabitants known for their political violence and criminality. Mexico, shorn of its northern territories by the US, is a first-world country to which many Americans flee. Brazil is a fascistic dictatorship where the 40-year rule of its mulatto dictator has been supported by the power of Voodoo, but which on the bright side treats its jungles as sacred. Argentina is a futuristic socialist technocracy, the legacy of Evita Ibarguren, greatest of 20th century popular revolutionary leaders. Wealthy Cuba is gambling, beaches, and offs
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Some may note that much of this contradicts later films: the problem is that with James Bond as with superheroes, new technologies or political arrangements different from the real world are never allowed to change the actual course of events
The Cold War ended in this world not so much due to the USSR's desperate economic condition and the futility of the arms race (although that helped) as due to the need to join forces to fight against the menace of such evil secret organizations as SPECTRE, and the ever-present problem of rogue mad scientists.
For this world is actually a world of low-level super-beings. There are those with abnormal intellectual skills: super-engineers able to rewrite the heck out of your technological paradigm show up with annoying regularity, while evil Masterminds with the coordinating skills to keep fifty balls in the air at the same time are a constant nuisance. There are those with abnormal physical skills: men able to shru
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It's the world of Star Trek - the original series - in the year 2010. The international situation is, to say the least, grim: the last of the genetically upgraded supermen were overthrown 13 years ago, but much of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and South and SE Asia remain in chaos as nationalists left and right struggle against former bullyboy servants of the "Augmented" now trying to take their places as dictators and in turn both struggle against various groups backed by external powers, as they try to either restore the former status quo, maintain the larger empires created by the Augments, or create states more useful to the ambitions of other powers. The USSR and China took years to stomp out the rebellions that broke out in the Central Asian and deep interior provinces, leading to a collapse of Soviet power in Eastern Europe and massive damage to China's efforts to modernize economically.
The US got off relatively lightly, in
After the World got moving againAs the ship slipped into Underspace, Gort gently laid to rest the fragile body of its android companion and servant. It was a shame, really, but given the humans xenophobia, it had been necessary to give them a humanoid mask through which the Galactic Union could speak to earth, and the android had suffered damage too severe for permanent repair.After the World got moving again in Settings More Like This
The humans, which Gort had watched and studied through its various invisible orbiting eyes and those of its servant, were a crude, barbarous, race, their passions and fears most often overriding their reason, but they had potential, and it would be a shame if in their pursuit of "safety" through ever-greater arsenals of atomic weapons they were to destroy themselves or wreck their civilization to the point where it could not reemerge. Such things had happened before.
Now, a sufficiently alarming common threat might distract them from their own foolish quarrels. Gort liked the touch about the Union fearing the spread of terrestrial aggression i
After StrangeloveIn a tunnel under a mountain in the Urals, a number of power drills and other tools lie scattered where they were abandoned by despairing workers, who had only managed to work halfway through the twenty feet of rebar-strengthened concrete that protected from traitors and spies the "off" switch only meant to be used after the final collapse of Capitalism.After Strangelove in Settings More Like This
Both sides had cover stories, of course.
The Soviets claimed it was a US attack, and invaded Western Europe, mostly to keep all but the most insanely loyal far away from the leadership while they scrambled to furnish underground space to wait out the radiation. The US claimed that the Soviets had poisoned their country by Meddling With Forces Man Was Not Meant to Know, and were now trying to conquer new living space. Both sides surrep
After Independence DayThe 10-megaton nuclear device, in the most probable outcome, would have caused serious but not irreparable damage to the Mother Ship. The world-ship was, after all, some 550 kilometers wide.  Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen design error, the main Small Craft Embarkation Area was only about 8 kilometers from the space-twisting drive, which was destabilized by the blast.After Independence Day in Settings More Like This
As a result, the ship's mass was accelerated rather violently in all directions at once: the majority of those directions being space-time other than our own, which, combined with the fact that what mass was in our dimension was usually moving beyond earth's escape velocity, meant that although the giant ship was in a near-earth geosynchronous orbit a mere 22,000 or so miles up only a small proportion of its mass actually hit the earth (and that was generally in pretty small pieces).
Still, it was an awfully large ship.