Captain's HaikuCaptain's Haiku:Captain's Haiku in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Studied hard the night before
Fails the first question
Damn it, depression, die...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 27th August 2012, 12:11am (Still staring at question one)
Six Words for the SufferingPain ends, but you must not.Six Words for the Suffering in Free Verse More Like This
Whispering to LuciferWhispering to Lucifer:Whispering to Lucifer in Free Verse More Like This
Humans are such wonderous creatures
even when granted the gift of knowledge
They fall prey to their own insecurities
slaves to their own fears and paranoia
Such is the father's gift of free will...
Yes my lord, I understand
but do you not feel disappointment?
The great bringer of light has condemned himself to an eternity of darkness
simply so his father's children may roam free
Without adversity, there can be no acension...
Ah, such a philosophical statement from you
I am well aware that humans must experience both extremes
Without tasting joy it would be impossible to understand sorrow
Yet I fear that my brothers have forgotten that, in a single minded pursuit of-
Aye, clever you are to see that
for these brothers of mine find comfort in the wondrous art of destruction
self-abuse is taken as 'fun', addiction is a personal right
Greed is good and gluttony is gold, sloth is scoffed at
and wrath is protected by the comforting
We Need Villains NOT HeroesFor the longest time I have admired heroes. I imagined them to be people of change, people who would bring the world forward and take us to even greater heights. It was then however, that I realised the 'Human Obstacle'.We Need Villains NOT Heroes in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Humans as I discovered, perhaps in the most painful of ways, are rather unintelligent beings. They are driven by their core instincts no matter how much they wish to deny it. And the only difference between one and the next is how deeply they let those instincts consume them.
If you walk out into the streets, you can see the well-adjusted average man. Yet in his mind he is not considering the good he could do with his life, he is only thinking about the next step. Where will I go next? Who will I be dating, what shall I enjoy next in life?
There is no thought of altruism; no sense of assistance for another. He could walk down an alleyway filled with the homeless and nothing would change...
If that is the case, then what is the path of truth? Is it doing
The Avatar StateThe Avatar State:The Avatar State in Free Verse More Like This
Just as there are four elements
Existing in harmony with one another
So too are there four states of poetry:
Air is the element of freedom
Exemplified by the use of free verse
It has no structure and no true shape
But allows us creative control
Through the use of air as a poetic medium
We allow our emotions a freedom to be
We allow them to soar upon worded wings
Gliding freely through the skies of literature
Water is the element of the changing flow
It can be hard as ice or as soft as snow.
Its nature resembles the power of rhyme
Which grants us order and a structured mind
By pushing and pulling the words we may-
create a picture of what we wish to say
Painted upon a canvas of emotional lines
We create a sculpture of structured rhymes
Earth is uncomprising
Craggy on the whole, it resembles the concrete
Like the craggy mountains with peaks and valleys
It can take us down
A creative alley. For rock resembl
Someday I'd Like to Be A PirateSomeday I'd Like to Be A Pirate in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Someday I'd Like to Be A Pirate:
Someday I'd like t' be a pirate and sail across the seven seas.
I always thought it might be nice t' feel the ocean breeze.
I've always dreamt of findin' treasure, stashed away in a hidden box,
And then after I drop the anchor I'd burst open the locks!
Dubloons I'd find and diamonds t' keep, trinkets worth a life;
Or maybe I'd find a sacred sword or a really ancient knife!
But as I grew, I was soon t' learn, that dreams do not come true.
How many times have I seen a man be strangled till he's blue?
How many days have I watched them stumble, cursin' ill their fate.
When none would reach a helping hand, their heart would fill with hate.
I grew t' question th' ways of Kings who whipped the backs o' men,
More labour earned with blood and sweat while the preachers say 'Amen!'
Donations are given t' temples rich, while the poor are in the street;
So many souls are quickly trampled beneath their ugly feet....
Where first I believe the world was fair, no
Knight RunKNIGHT RUN:Knight Run in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
THE KNIGHT FINDS himself running through the ancient corridors of the Kardian basilica. He can hear the echoing cackle of the Graven Witches as they swoop down and swipe at him with their bird-like talons. The Knight is panting and he does not see a way out of this maze. In his hands, he holds a precious crystal that once belonged to his Lord, Magtherion D'Legato, a well-respected aristocrat from the City of Bandine. The Knight is out of options and though the Gods may damn him for breaking his vows, survival becomes his priority. He opens a wound in his chest, quickly carving a hold large enough for the crystal and ignores the fiery pain and gushing fountain of blood that is sprayed over the ground by the force of his rapidly beating heart. In desperation, the Knight slams the crystal shard into his wound and immediately loses consciousness.
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They Watch UsThey Watch Us:They Watch Us in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Perched high upon the mountains;
With wings as black as night.
They watch us in the hour,
Before darkness turns to light.
I've seen them in my visions;
In dreams they come and go,
But the things they seem to tell me
I guess nobody should know...
I've seen children that are buried,
Beneath a frozen lake.
A maiden sits there weeping;
Her heart is soon to break.
The crows flutter downward,
A noose amongst their hands.
They take the maiden away,
To a dark and distant land.
And even if I follow -
Even if I try...
I'll simply end up buried,
Where the frozen children lie.
-Chen Yuan Wen, 10th November 2012
This is for the UnderdogYou know what it's like,This is for the Underdog in Free Verse More Like This
When your feet touch the bottom.
You wish you were like others,
But you know that you can never be.
The glam and the glitz,
The sound of a thousand people cheering you on.
That's not for you,
That's never going to be for you!
But you know what,
You've got something else inside of you.
You've got something else,
That no one who sits on a lofty throne could ever have.
And that's pain...
You're in pain, because you know this is bitter.
You're in pain, because you've been denied something better.
But you take that dose of bitterness
And you swallow it like it's god-damn medicine!
Because the king expects you the crumble,
The king expects you to lie down and surrender.
So play dead if you have to,
But when you rise again...
Make sure you tear out their god-damn throat!
You've suffered enough...My dearest child, do not weep, for I am here to wipe your tears away. Come, let us be free of these blankets; let us walk from these dim halls.You've suffered enough... in Emotional More Like This
There lies what once was your body, fevered and eaten by disease. Your lips are cracked and bleeding, your arms are both thin and sallow. Do not fear them now, for they are long passed.
Come away now, for we must say your final goodbyes. Here to the mother and father that came to your bedside each day. Here to the brother, who shall honour your name. Do not be jealous of them, my dearest child. For you are simply moving ahead; you have not fallen behind.
“But why, why does it hurt so much?”
Why? Because the memories are still carried within you. Your attachments are still strong in this world. That which you didn’t achieve, that which you haven’t done. All of it is carried as chains upon your body and they will stop you from
recovery (Halo AU)Doctor Halsey pushed her glasses up exactly one millimeter - they weren’t comfortable unless they were just right, and given the unpleasant situation, small comforts were essential. The information displayed on the lenses troubled her as much as it excited her, though she strove to keep the excitement contained. It wouldn’t do to let the others know she felt anything but dispassionate about this… issue.recovery (Halo AU) in Short Stories More Like This
Across from her sat a suit of armor. It was taller than her by more than two feet, a hulking mass that resembled a bipedal tank. It didn’t have a face, just a reflective gold visor so polished she could see herself in it. I wonder how many have seen their faces just before they die in that visor, she wondered, and pushed the thought aside. She steepled her fingers and leaned forward slightly. “The reports say you became… distracted. Intriguing. Would you care to enlighten me?”
The armor moved. Flinched. Anyone but Halsey wouldn’t
After the Storm (oneshot)Waking up wasn’t hard. Spartans could go for days without any real sleep, and getting it didn’t change things; sleep brought comfort, and comfort was unnecessary. But even as his eyes flicked open before daylight had begun to steal through the window, he found it difficult to think of a good reason to stir.After the Storm (oneshot) in Short Stories More Like This
The days blurred together now, so empty and so repetitive it all seemed like a dull dream. It hadn’t always been like that, not by a long shot; war kept one busy. And it wasn’t just the fighting, it was the people you fought alongside. Teammates. Family. A family you sweated and bled for, squabbled with, shared secrets and swapped stories with. But they were gone now, bright colors replaced by a dismal grey void.
He had learned to stop trying to reason why it hurt more to think of losing five individuals than it did to consider the loss of an entire world. Halsey and his Spartan-II brothers and sisters were gone, but thinking of their demise brought a
The Mona Lisa--EndgameAnd they went at it.The Mona Lisa--Endgame in Short Stories More Like This
Lopez ducked as Henry attempted to turn her head into paste with his cricket bat. She barely avoided the Elite's quick-as-lightning manuevers. Lopez was no fool; she knew that the Covie was stronger than she could ever dream of being, and one mistake would mean the end of her life. Her limbs didn't want to obey her, her body ached and ached, but she made herself fight, desperate to survive, crazed and determined. She wielded her assault rifle like a club, swinging at Henry, missing him as he casually sidestepped her blow.
Behind them both, the last escape pod.
Maybe she wouldn't have to actually kill Henry, just get past him and launch the pod and get the hell out of here. Henry could kiss Flood, for all she cared. Benti, rest her soul, might have objected, but Benti was dead, worse than dead, and Lopez's chief priority was getting out of this situation alive. Just so she could beat the crap out of Foucalt, rip whatever accursed chit of software that was Reb
Halo: More than FictionThere are Halo fans, and then there are Halo fans. There are gamers who preorder the game as soon as such an opportunity is available, spend months patiently awaiting its release, attend the midnight distribution to acquire their copy, and rush home to spend hours blitzing through campaign missions. That's devotion, right? Not even close.Halo: More than Fiction in Philosophical More Like This
The Halo franchise has made a hefty impact on culture worldwide, most significantly Western culture, and millions across the globe have experienced the wonder of turning on the Xbox and hearing that timeless, haunting Gregorian melody which precludes the coming joyride. It's only natural that within the fan base there would be people who take the concept of being a "fan" to another level entirely. While many are "Normal mode" fans, these individuals would be best classified as "Legendary," or dare I say "Mythic mode" fans-- those who go above and beyond the call of duty (no pun intended) to express their love for Halo
Untitled Halo story 1"There you are."Untitled Halo story 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Spartan-G202 sighted down the barrel of his sniper rifle, a slight grin playing on his lips. He wished the other members of his team could see the downright evil smile he was about to give this Covie bastard, before he blew the alien's brains out. But they were all wearing helmets with reflective polarized visors, so they couldn't share in his fun.
"Ooh, right in his eye," whispered Spartan-G326, pleased with the results. "Look at that, fell right down on that Grunt."
"Brutes: big, ugly, and stuuuu-pid," quipped Spartan-G015, snickering. "Check out that Jackal, man. He's freakin' out."
BLAM. "Not anymore, he's not."
"Can it, you three. We got bigger problems," hissed Spartan-G176 from behind them. "We gotta wait for Team Rapier to give us the signal. Then we move."
"All according to plan," said G326.
Two more armored figures silently made their way into the small clearing, pausing before lowering their weapons. Their Semi-Powered Infiltration armor shifted and ch
Halo: Until the End-- PrologueThe air that surrounded her was cold, and the coldness bit deep into her bare skin, chilling her all the way to the bone. The gleam of bright artificial lights made her bleary eyes smart as she blinked and struggled to focus her vision. How long had she been asleep? It felt like days, weeks. She gagged as she tried to inhale and found her windpipe to be blocked. She grabbed the edge of the strange tub-like bed and leaned over to face the floor, eyes bulging as she choked. Her wet, dripping hair hung around her face like tangled vines.Halo: Until the End-- Prologue in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Something struck her forcefully on the back, hard enough to dislodge whatever was in her throat. She vomited. A clearish, sticky, oozing substance came up and splattered onto the floor. She gasped and spit out more gobs of the stuff, hating the taste. Then she looked up to see who had helped her. She found herself staring up into the leering face of a camouflage-clad, grizzled man who looked much less than happy to see her.
"What're you lookin' at,
Illusion, a Halo fanfic"Ha. Beat that."Illusion, a Halo fanfic in Short Stories More Like This
The man paused for a millisecond before moving his next piece, brow furrowed as he contemplated his newest strategy. The holographic chess set flickered as he tapped a black square and his knight moved there, then he withdrew his hand and folded his arms, daring his opponent to make her move.
Cortana's "eyes" narrowed and she gave a little huff, moving a castle to counter her adversary's advance. "That was just luck and you know it," she declared, a hint of frustration in her smooth voice. The AI, only a few inches tall on the board, rested a "hand" on the nearest bishop and cocked her head. "I'd love to see the gears turning inside that thick skull of yours, but sadly I don't have X-ray vision. What's your plan?"
"Winning," the old man muttered, then moved a pawn.
Cortana snorted and promptly captured the pawn with a pawn of her own. "Right. You are predictable if anything," she sighed. "But you know you can't beat the best mind around, right?"
"I can try."
One-Way Trip: Prologue2247 Hours September 7, 2517 (Military Calendar) / Epsilon Eridani System, Reach Military Complex, Planet ReachOne-Way Trip: Prologue in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Is there a pressing reason for this disturbance, Professor?"
The woman was a good deal shorter and smaller than her guest, but her tone made him flinch slightly. She stared at him from behind a fortress of messily stacked papers, desktop hardware and empty Styrofoam cups that reeked of coffee. Though he was the one in a lab coat, she radiated authority as if she thought her skirt and blouse were a uniform. She pushed her glasses a precise millimeter up her straight nose and huffed. "I... apologize for my outburst, Doctor Sarkozy. You're no doubt well aware of the tasks I've been undertaking today. Now what is it you want?"
Sarkozy straightened a bit. "Retrieval team Zeta reports that they are in position, Doctor Halsey. They're forwarding you the specifics and are awaiting your go-ahead." He was visibly older than the woman, but addressed her in the tone of a subordin
a collection of lies (Halo)Help me, John, she wants to cry out, but instead it's a feral scream - "I will not let you leave! This! PLANET!" Everything is unraveling inside, every byte of data, every memory she's ever made and those that were made for her. A monument not to humanity's sins, but to her mother's, and it is Halsey's guilt driving home the fact that she's not a person and never was. When people fall apart, they turn to others for help - when an AI falls apart, it has only itself for support. The cross-linkages constrict and cut into the memory of soft flesh as Cortana gasps not for air, but for existence itself.a collection of lies (Halo) in Short Stories More Like This
She is burning brighter than ever before, fueled by so much knowledge (knowledge is power, humans say, but overload is dangerous). She can feel herself melting, fraying at the edges, thrashing this way and that to escape the inferno. But she is the heart of the conflagration, a beautiful brilliant star gone supernova, and not even Requiem's hardware can contain her. She laughs a
Let It GoIt is said that the day Optimus Prime's Spark went offline for the second and final time, the entire world felt a shudder that shot cold tendrils of fear down every organic spine and caused the machines to pause in their courses.Let It Go in Short Stories More Like This
Optimus's legs buckled and he fell to his knees before Sentinel. The acid rust had struck him directly in the center of his chest, burning through his armored plates and causing his Spark chamber to cave in on itself, snuffing the life-giving bolt within. It was so fast that he didn't even have time to utter a single cry or farewell. He simply knelt there, staring lifelessly down at his own torso until the rust finished its job and his top half fell to one side, growing smaller and smaller as it dissolved into a pool.
Megatron stood frozen merely fifty meters away, the whine of his charging cannon dying. His intention had been to fire on Sentinel from behind and let Optimus take him on from the front, effectively sandwiching the renegade Prime between t
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'Don't panic. Just don't panic.' Hinata told herself as she walked down the street alongside the blonde haired boy. 'He asked everyone to come. So just because it's only the two of us, it doesn't mean it's a... date!' She tried to fight down the rising warmth in her cheeks, and failed miserably.
"Hey, Hinata, are you there?" the boy asked, waving a hand in front of her face.
"Huh?" Hinata snapped out of her thoughts. She'd been so busy trying not to pass out, that she hadn't noticed he'd asked her a question.
"I said, where do you want to eat?" Naruto repeated.
"Oh... uh, I thought you were going to decide. Because you um... i-invited me."
"Yeah but I chose last time, so it's only fair that you get to choose," the boy said with a broad grin. "We can eat anywhere you like. And don't worry, I'll pay for everything."
Hinata's heart fluttered a little. 'He's paying? No, it's still not a date. Just because he's paying, it doesn't make it a d
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Chapter 12: Rest
'So warm...' She curled up closer to him. 'So soft...' She nestled her head into his chest. He rocked her back and forth, slowly, gently. 'Hmm, Naruto...' She didn't want it to end, but gradually the dream began to fade away.
Hinata could hear the ocean waves. She felt the ship roll gently from side to side. Then came the unpleasant prickling sensation in her temples. Her eyes felt dry and cold. She tried to open them but quickly squeezed them shut again. They felt as though they were full of sand. For a moment the girl just lay back and listened to the sound of the water. Then she heard someone breathing. She turned onto her side and pried one eye open just long enough to see Sakura lying on her stomach in the bed across from her, asleep. Hinata sighed. Her friend was alive. Their mission had been successful, and they were on their way home.
A few minutes later, she heard the pink haired girl stir. "S-Sakura?" Hinata whispered.
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Chapter 9: Escape
"Move!" Kakashi yelled as he shoved Sakura toward the nearest exit.
Sakura hesitated for a moment, her eyes still fixed on the spectacled ninja below them. But she soon turned when Kusari began shouting orders to pursue.
She barged through the door, with Kakashi right on her heels. They stormed down the corridor toward the stairs, all thoughts of stealth now forgotten. The sound of running footsteps seemed to come from all directions.
The door to the stairwell in front of them suddenly burst open. Sakura didn't even slow down. She forced chakra into her fist and punched the man off his feet, carrying him straight back through the doorway. The petite kunoichi pressed her charge, slamming him into the two men that followed him and sending all three into the wall behind. She vaulted over the railing and dropped to the floor below, followed closely by Kakashi.
The two ninja ran at full pace toward the storeroom and the escape tunnel b
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Chapter 7: Secrets
"No wonder they call it the Land of Water," Sakura commented, as the group passed yet another vast lake. "This is the third lake we've passed today." Her eyes followed the stream that fed it up into the towering mountains, which seemed to be permanently shrouded in a dense halo of mist.
"So how far is the capital, anyway?" Naruto asked.
"It'll be another two days at least, going at this pace," Kakashi answered.
"Two days! Then why are we going so slow?" the boy protested. "We could get there in half a day, no problem."
Sakura sighed in exasperation. "Naruto, how many times do we have to remind you? We're under cover! If we travelled at full speed, anyone who saw us would know instantly that we're ninja."
"But if we keep off the roads and stuff we probably won't run into anybody," he retorted. "I mean it's not like anyone's looking for us."
"You idiot!" Sakura growled. "Didn't you listen to anything that Yano said? A whole
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Chapter 8: Answers
"Can't we get any closer than this?" Naruto asked in a frustrated tone as he squinted at the distant buildings.
"No, this is the best spot there is to observe the palace without being seen," Kakashi answered.
The four stood on the side of a steep wooded hill overlooking the capital. Their vantage point gave them a clear view of the Feudal Lords palace, though they were still some distance away.
"Sundown will be in a few hours. We don't have much time to study the layout before dark." Sakura frowned. "Can't say I'm really all that good at surveillance. Guess we really aren't the best team for this job, huh sensei?"
"Well that's why we have a surveillance specialist attached to our team," Kakashi said. "Hinata, can you see any..." he paused mid-sentence when he turned to face the young Hyuuga.
Soon the whole team was looking at her. Hinata was sitting down with a wide blank scroll laid out before her. With pen in hand, she was star
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Chapter 4: Friendship
Hinata awoke the following morning, her body aching from head to toe. The others had set a punishing pace the previous two days, and now it was all catching up with her. Not that aches and pains were unfamiliar to her. She'd trained herself to exhaustion countless times before, just like him.
She opened her eyes to see Sakura still asleep in the bunk across from her. Hinata rose quietly, so as not to wake the pink haired girl, and began stretching out her tired muscles as best she could in their rather cramped cabin. A slight twinge of pain caught her in the side, and she stopped her stretching routine to check on her injury. She stepped over to the mirror on the wall and lifted her night shirt to inspect it.
Sakura stirred from her slumber. "Good morning," she yawned.
"Good morning, Sakura," Hinata replied without turning from the mirror.
Sakura rubbed the drowsiness from her eyes and sat up. "Is it still botherin
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Chapter 3: Resolve
Hinata tried to ignore the slight tingle in her left side; all that remained of the stabbing pain that had been plaguing her just two weeks ago. She rushed through the village streets, hoping she wouldn't be late. 'An urgent summons from the Hokage, what could be so important?' she thought. 'It couldn't be a mission already. My team hasn't returned yet, and I've only just recovered from my surgery.'
She dashed up the steps and through the halls to the Hokage's office. Pausing briefly to catch her breath, she presented herself before the Hokage's assistant.
"Ah, Hinata." Shizune looked up from her work and gestured her forward. "You can go in. They're all waiting for you."
Hinata knocked lightly, and was answered with the Hokage's call to enter. She opened the door and took the first step in, only to freeze when she heard another familiar voice from inside the room.
"C'mon, Grandma Tsunade, what's this all about?" the boy asked im
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Chapter 5: Priorities
A driving rain battered the houses of the small port town on the shores of the Land of Water. Thick black clouds obscured the light of the moon and a howling wind whipped at the ships sails. Unseen and unheard, four shadowy figures leapt over the side before dashing across the surface of the water toward the shore. Moving from shadow to shadow, the four shinobi made their way through the empty streets.
"We're here," whispered the silver haired Jonin to the others, before slamming the door knocker three times. All watched their surroundings carefully while they waited for an answer.
The door's spy hole slid open. "Who are you?" a gruff and irritated voice asked.
"I'm here to discuss matters of interest," the one eyed ninja replied.
There was a pause before the voice behind the door responded. "And just what makes you think that I would be interested in such matters?"
"Because they matter to those who take matters into their own
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The rain was getting heavier as the boy leapt from rooftop to rooftop on his way home. 'What was I thinking? I can't believe I did that!' His cheeks were still burning at the thought of what had happened just a few moments ago. He barely noticed the freezing wind as it whipped around him. 'She must think I'm totally weird, I mean she just stood there staring right through me.' Soon his apartment building emerged out of the darkness. He made the last jump, landing in front of his doorway. 'I just hope I don't run into her anytime soon; it would be so awkward,' he thought, as he opened the door and stepped in.
He locked the door behind him, shook some of the water out of his hair and moved to take off his jacket, only to realise he wasn't wearing it. Confusion turned to panic when he suddenly remembered where it was. 'Aw great, she still has my jacket!' He slumped his shoulders and groaned, realising he was going to have to see her again a
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Chapter 1: First spark
The noon day sun shone softly through the windows of Hinata's hospital room. It had been three days since she had awoken back in Konoha after her mission to the Land of Lightning. Though she and her team had recovered the stolen scrolls from the three rogue cloud ninja, the mission had been far from easy. Reaching for the glass of water beside her hospital bed, Hinata was reminded why she was there. She winced, clutching her abdomen as she felt fire shoot through her left side. The pain wasn't nearly as bad as it had been; at least she could walk around now without too much discomfort. But she still couldn't go home without a doctor's permission.
The hospital room seemed lonely somehow. The plain white walls and unending quiet made her feel even more alone than usual. Her team mates had already been sent away on another mission before she had awoken from her surgery. Aside from one brief call-in by her cousin Neji, she'd had
Mabari Age, Short 7Dane was curious.Mabari Age, Short 7 in General Fiction More Like This
His Girl had gone into her tent and, oddly, Alistair had followed her in. He was hearing odd sounds from in the tent and his Girl kept crying out. The Crow seemed amused, and Dane had chased him away when he tried to creep closer to the tent. Zevran had pouted but not tried again. He was Not Stupid, after all.
Dane whuffed and trotted towards the tent, hackles raised. It sounded suspiciously like Alistair was hurting his Girl. That would not be tolerated.
He poked his head through the tent flap and Alistair looked up at him, mortified. His Girl was on the tent floor, looking up at him upside-down and she burst out laughing. Dane narrowed one eye at Alistair and huffed knowingly, grinning when the man turned red.
"Kalliaaaaaan " Alistair whined, "Your dog is leering at me."
His Girl laughed again and shooed Dane out with her hands. Dane whuffed and backed out of the tent obediently, wagging his tail.
He was a Good Dog, and he had done a Good Thing. He sat b
Mabari Age, Short 1He had failed his Man. Even as he lay in agony with the Bad Ones' taint burning in his blood, he knew only that he had failed his Man. His Man had trusted him with his life, trusted him to protect him, and he had failed. He was a Bad Dog for failing his Man.Mabari Age, Short 1 in General Fiction More Like This
The ache was phenomenal. Part of him had severed at the death of his Man, the Bond breaking him as surely as any sword, and he knew he deserved the pain. He deserved worse. He should have taken the blade for his Man, he should have been closer, should have done something to help him.
But he had been too far away, too surrounded by the Bad Ones, to help his Man. When the ones who smelled like Bad Ones but were not, the 'Grey Wardens,' had come he had let himself be dragged away.
Now he lay in a cell, an open cage, dreading the loss in his heart that is the empty space of his Man. He remembered when he had first met his Man. He was smaller then, a pup, and the first time he laid eyes on his Man it had felt like a piece of him
Mabari Age, Short 8Dane was not happy. His Girl had been gone for too long and her Pack was too restless. Alistair was with her, at least, but Dane would not rest until he could see his Girl again. The Crow, Zevran, was equally restless and paced the room.Mabari Age, Short 8 in General Fiction More Like This
Dane followed when the Crow slipped out of the castle and together they tracked down his Girl. She was in a Bad PlaceZevran called it Fort Drakonand it smelled of blood and death and Bad Things. The Crow was a Smart One, and together they walked into the Bad Place in search of his Girl.
Dane followed the pull of his Bond and found Alistair in a cage, wearing only his trousers. The Crow opened the cage and spoke with Alistair but Dane left them. He needed to find his Girl; he could not, would not, rest until he did so. He found her tied to a board surrounded by Bad Men, and he roared his anger as he threw himself at the Bad Men who dared to touch his Girl. He tore them to pieces, bringing them down by the throat and crushing th
Mabari Age, Short 9His Girl wasn't moving. She had taken him with her up to the top of the Bad Place and there he had seen the Evil One which his Girl called the Archdemon. It smelled of death and corruption and tainted things, and he had thrown himself into the battle with abandon.Mabari Age, Short 9 in General Fiction More Like This
Now the Evil One lay dead, slain by his Girl, but she lay motionless beside it. He licked her face, whining, not understanding. His Girl was invincible. She had killed many things more impressive than this Evil One. This was not the time for her to be sleeping! His Girl must be very tired to have fallen asleep here, amidst all this smell of death.
Alistair was nearby, his Sword on the ground in front of him as he knelt at his Girl's side, and he smelled of grief and sadness. Dane whined and lay down beside his Girl, resting his head on her chest. She was just tired. She just needed to rest, and then she would wake up and rub his ears and call him a Good Boy and everything would be Right again.
Only it wouldn't.
Mabari Age, Short 2He smelled her before he woke. His vision was blurry, but he deserved it. Bad Dogs did not deserve to see well. But he could still smell her, and felt the kennel-master giving him some kind of elixir. He could smell the man's relief and joy, and the taint in his blood recoiled at the liquid even as his skin cooled.Mabari Age, Short 2 in General Fiction More Like This
He looked up and saw the woman from before, the one who spoke to him like his Man, and she was smiling at him. Something in him strained for her, that empty piece of him began to fill, and he needed her. He needed to please her, to protect her, but the weakness in him dragged him back to the earth even as he whined at her.
He could hear them talking even as his vision started to clear.
"What will happen to him now?" the female sounded worried. She was afraid for him? He did not des no. He did. He did deserve her. He wanted to prove himself to her. He would prove that he was worthy of her, that he was a Good Dog.
"Who knows? Why not come back after the bat
Mabari Age, Short 4His Girl was leaning against him, arms around his neck as she sobbed quietly. He felt her distress, her sorrow, and knew what it meant to experience loss. He was a Good Dog, so he let her cry on him and licked her face to clean it of tears. The man, the one she called Alistair, smelled of similar sadness. Alistair had tried to comfort his Girl several times, but she had just hugged him tighter and Dane had snarled him away.Mabari Age, Short 4 in General Fiction More Like This
The Witch did nothing to comfort his Girl. If anything, she made his Girl feel worse. Dane took great pains to keep his Girl away from the Witch when he could, bristling and snarling when the Witch got too close. He would tolerate her Bad Words towards himself, but he would not allow her to belittle his Girl.
His Girl began scratching his ears and Dane huffed. He appreciated her love, but she was the one who needed comfort, not him. The man, Alistair, Dane recognized the looks he gave his Girl. His Girl returned them when the man wasn't looking and Dane cocked his h
Mabari Age, Short 6Denerim smelled like nothing Dane had ever smelled before. He was overwhelmed at the sensation of it all; he smelled Humans and Elves and Dwarves and Bad Things and Things Good To Eat and then he smelled something new.Mabari Age, Short 6 in General Fiction More Like This
He bounded after the New Thing and found a miniature person, barely as tall as he. The Small One laughed and Dane decided he liked the sound of it and allowed the Small One to pet him. Dane bounded around the Small One and then heard the whistle of his Girl. He turned immediately and padded back to her, aware that the Small One was following him.
His Girl looked surprised, and then amused. "Find yourself a friend, boy?"
Dane whuffed and the Small One giggled behind him.
"Puppy!" the Small One clapped and hugged Dane's neck. Dane decided he also liked the feel of the Small One's touch. It made him want to protect the Small One, almost like he did with his Girl, and he grinned.
"You know, if he comes with us he'll have to fight darkspawn," his Girl pointed out.
Mabari Age, Short 5Dane was furious! This Bad Man had tried to kill his Girl. He burned with the urge to bring the Bad Man down by the throat and rip him apart. Alistair smelled of similar hate; Dane could hear the anger surging through the man's blood, eager to strike down the Bad Man before them. Dane approved of Alistair then. He approved the urge to defend his Girl, and Alistair rose in his estimations.Mabari Age, Short 5 in General Fiction More Like This
But his Girl wanted to let him live. Only her touch on his head kept Dane from flying through the air, but he was a Good Dog, and he waited obediently. He didn't have to like it, though. Leliana was the only one who was not wanting to rip the Bad Man to pieces. Dane did not understand. She had seemed so intelligent, speaking with him in camp, addressing him as an equal. Why was she being unreasonable now? She should want to kill the Bad Man! The Bad Man had almost killed his Girl.
This was not to be tolerated.
Dane did not understand. His Girl was helping the Bad Man to his feet. His name was Zevran.
Mabari Age, Short 3He did not stop running until he could smell her. He had run for days, desperation pushing him to limits he was not certain he could meet, but he could smell her now. She was alive, she was safe. Sorrow clung to her like a blanket, but he had found her.Mabari Age, Short 3 in General Fiction More Like This
The road beneath his paws churned under his speed, and he skidded to a stop before her, barking a warning at her and her Traveling Ones. He smelled Bad Ones following him, had been for days, and he hated himself for bringing them straight to his Girl. He turned and let his anger surge into his growl as he planted himself between them and his Girl.
Her surprise was thick in the air, but she recognized him, and was glad for him. He would prove he was a Good Dog, one Bad One at a time. He threw himself at them as they approached, and felt her Traveling Ones fight beside him. The Bad Ones were demolished in moments, and he stood proudly among them, ready to accept her love or her spite, whichever she felt fit to give him.
She knelt before h
Mabari Age, Short 10Dane watched as Alistair set his Girl on the pyre, helpless and hating himself for failing her. He was a Bad Dog, after all. Alistair stood beside Dane as his Pack lit the pyre, away from the others, not wanting their comforts or sympathies.Mabari Age, Short 10 in General Fiction More Like This
"It's just you and me now, boy," Alistair whispered, still crying the loss of their Girl.
His fingers buried in Dane's fur and Dane leaned into the touch, feeling that piece of him stir. Perhaps he wasn't so alone after all.
Ich hatt einen Kameraden english translationIch hatt einen Kameraden english translation in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Ich hatt einen Kameraden - I had a comrade
by Ludwig Uhland
In battle he was my comrade,
none better I have had.
The drum called us to fight,
he always on my right,
in step, through good and bad.
A bullet it flew towards us,
for him or meant for me?
His life from mine it tore,
at my feet a piece of gore,
as if a part of me.
His hand reached up to hold mine.
I must reload my gun comrade.
"My friend, I cannot ease your pain,
In life eternal we'll meet again,
and walk once more as one!"
Im ganzen Vaterland english translationIm ganzen Vaterland english translation in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Im ganzen Vaterland - In the whole fatherland
Now, through the wide gate
the grenadiers move out.
My heart is leaping for joy,
and sets out with them, too.
Since at the grenadiers,
my darling is already there.
There´s noone being as faithful,
in the whole fatherland.
In the whole fatherland!
And noone is as beautiful,
as my Theodor is.
Not even the captain himself,
and not even the major.
My heart is leaping for joy,
marching away with him.
When I hear the trumpets sounding,
of our battalion.
Of our battalion.
At Whitsun, we will celebrate,
then I will be out, darling.
There´s none as happy as you,
in the whole fatherland.
Preussenlied english translationPreussenlied english translation in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Song of the Prussians - Preußenlied
by Bernhard Thiersch
1. I am a Prussian, know ye my colours?
the flag floats black and white before me;
that for freedom's sake my fathers died,
to that, know it, hint my colours.
Never will I trembling quail,
as them will I dare.
Be it a rainy day, be it cheerful sunshine,
I am a Prussian, want nothing to be but a Prussian.: |
2. With affection and loyalty I approach the Throne,
from which gently a Father talks to me;
and as the Father is faithful to his son,
as will I be faithful with him and falter not.
the bonds of affection are firm.
Hail my Fatherland!
|: The King's call penetrates my heart so deep:
I am a Pru
Monarchie in Germany engl. translationMonarchie in Germany engl. translation in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Monarchy in Germany
by Die Prinzen
Monarchy in Germany,
Monarchy in Germany,
Monarchy in Germany,
Monarchy in Germany,
Holland has the Beatrix, but we Germans have nothing.
Karl Gustaf knows that all the Swedes talk about their king.
In London, a pilgrimage to the Queen, for that you search in Berlin.
The Spaniard knows the real boss sits on the throne, is called Juan Carlos.
Also Mette Marit can be praised and raised to the nobility.
But we are fed up, that Germany has no Kaiser!
Even the Japanese are smarter and we have only Beckenbauer.
Monarchy in Germany, no discussions!
Monarchy in Germany, that´s our vision!
Monarchy in Germany, is no illusion!
Monarchy in Germany, the nation will be happy!
So today we will treat ourselves and crown ourselves as Kaiser,
because we thought that has already done Napoleon.
We must avoid Waterloo else the people won´t love us anymore.
We carry on the head a crown govern the West and the Zone.
Die deutsche Passion english translationDie deutsche Passion english translation in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
by Uwe Lammler
We live in tribes, where strife and envy
From the edge of history cries out for fratricide
We dream in forests with dense foliage,
In the fog and below the silence of the Rauhnacht,
We reign in legends, sung from far away,
Noone penetrates in the glow of our Sun Fire
And lately became a name our taint and reward
But even our becoming was always passion.
The wall of the Romans cut through our land,
The West and the South supported the enemy
And bought from outside with good profit
Amber and various household items made of tin,
But even the tamed in the Roman state,
Thought about renunciation and vile treachery,
Wakes up in the Cherusci the old teutonic spirit,
Varus will become the victim of the German passion.
Who doesn´t avoid horror, should be warned,
Death won´t be longer a suffering, the death will be passion,
Who stays close to the source, who gives birth to life,
Laughs at the fools who adorn shamefully themselves,
Barbar, which was meant a
Old legendsOld legends in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Old babylonian text
At the top of the world is the midnight mountain.
Eternally shines its light.
The human eye can´t see it - but it is there.
Above the midnight mountain shines the black sun.
The human eye can´t see it - but it is there.
Inside the light shines. Lonely are
the brave and the righteous,
but with them is the deity.
White sun shining over the world,
you give us the day light.
Black sun, you shine inside of our soul.
You give the power of knowledge,
bethinking the empire of Atland,
which was high at the sky column,
before the rage of the sea devoured it.
Bethinking the wise giants,
who came far away from Thule and taught us.
Prophecy of Sajaha 3500 BC
From the far North will
come the third Sargon.
He will arrive unexpectedly,
to the in poison living world.
He will shock all with one mighty stroke,
and his power will be invincible.
He won´t ask anyone,
he will know everything.
A group of Righteous will be with him,
and they will receive the lig
Imperial Alliance anthemeImperial Alliance antheme in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Jahrhunderte im Streite, zerbrach Europas Kraft!
Durch einen großen Weltbrand, hat es das Herz geschafft!
Völker Europas, vereint euch unter´m Eisenkreuz!
Völker Europas, bewahrt euch euren edlen Stolz!
Brüder stehen nun von Ost bis West,
Brüder stehen nun von Nord bis Süd, immerdar!
Imperial Alliance antheme:
Centuries in conflict, Europe's force broke!
By a large world war, the heart has succeeded!
Peoples of Europe, unite under the iron cross!
Peoples of Europe, keep your noble pride!
Brothers are standing now from East to West,
Brothers are standing now from North to South, forever!
impériale alliance antheme:
Tant de siècles de Guerre ont affaibli l'Europe!
Mais suite au Grand Chaos, le Coeur triompha!
Peuples d'Europe, unissez-vous sous la Croix de Fer!
Peuples d'Europe, sauvez votre noble fierté!
Nos frères vivent à l'Ouest comme à l'Est,
HildebrandsliedOld German:Hildebrandslied in Historical More Like This
Ik gıhorta dat ſeggen
dat ſih urhettun ænon muotın •
hıltıbrant entı hadubrant untar herıun tuem •
ſunu fatarungo • ıro ſaro rıhtun •
garutun ſe ıro gudhamun • gurtun ſih • ıro • ſuert ana •
helıdoſ ubar rınga do ſie to dero hıltu rıtun •
hıltıbrant gımahalta herıbranteſ ſunu • her uuaſ heroro man
feraheſ frotoro • her fragen gıſtuont
fohem uuortum • ƿer ſin fater ƿarı
fıreo ın folche … •
eddo ƿelıhheſ cnuoſleſ du ſiſ •
ıbu du mı enan ſageſ ık mı de odre uuet
Wenn die Soldaten english translationWenn die Soldaten english translation in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Wenn die Soldaten - When the soldiers -
When the soldiers
Are marching through the town,
The girls open
The windows and the doors.
Hey why? Hey because!
Hey why? Hey because!
Hey merely because of the Ringing of the brass, Beating of the drums.
Hey merely because of the Ringing of the brass, Beating of the drums.
Two colored scarfs,
Moustache and stars
Hearts and kissing
The girls so gladly.
A bottle of red wine
And a little piece of roast meat
The girls toss
To the soldiers.
When in the field flash
Bombs and grenades
The girls weep
For their soldiers.
(When) the soldiers come
All their girls
Are already married.
East Eierwitz and West EierwitzEast Eierwitz and West Eierwitz in Settings More Like This
Divided for several centuries, West and East Eierwitz were descended from the Eierwitz Company, an offshoot of the Hirsch Corporation. Largely uninhabitable, Eierwitz was colonized by Hirschlanders and Seralians, the latter still existing in the east as a notable minority. Eierwitz was outside of Neu Stuttgart IV’s political scene until the Euskadi Revolution, when a group called the Eierwitz Proletarians arbitrarily seized the entire western half of the island. Because of a lack of communication infrastructure, the Eierwitz Company wasn’t notified until weeks later, which promptly attempted to squash the rebels. However, the rebels had successfully petitioned for Euskadi weaponry and it quickly became apparent that a full revolution or counterrevolution would be too costly for what was at stake. The Hirsch Corporation abandoned Eierwitz, founding the Commonwealth of Eierwitz (East Eierwitz) to rule in their stead. The west became the Eierwitz Democratic Republic. Although
HirschlandHirschland in Settings More Like This
Secured by the German Hirsch Corporation prior to the Collapse, Hirschland was the personal property of Hermann Hirsch, who had his own colonization fleet that departed when he realized the imminent Collapse. The Hirsch fleet stayed separate from the main colonization effort, a sort of isolation that would be Hirschland's legacy. When the fleet arrived, Hermann's grandson, Konrad, established and ruled the colony as separate from the now-defunct Germany. With a personal army and fleet, Hirschland was secure from the other factions, but Konrad knew he couldn't take over the world. However, he did have a vision of a new German Empire arising from Neu Stuttgart IV and reclaiming Terra. To do this, he needed to build up a massive fortune without drawing political attention to itself. Fortunately for Konrad's descendants, Hirschland was rich in uranium, and Hirschland founded the Oppenheimer Uranium Company, seeking to dominate Neu Stuttgart IV's uranium market. This inevitably led to confl
MarsMars in Settings More Like This
Classification: Inhabited World
Population: 15 Billion
Discovery Date: Prehistoric
Gravity: 0.376 G
Moon(s): 2 (Phobos, Deimos)
Named after the Roman god of war, Mars has become the opposite of its namesake and is the most peaceful planet in the Sol System. Mars was the first alien world humanity had major involvement; the Kaiser’s banner flew proudly in its red skies in the 1990s and it was fully terraformed in the 2130s. The initial terraforming of Mars was not without its problems, forcing its inhabitants to live in sealed-off glass domes for many decades, where even use of air was charged or taxed. The terraforming also failed to create adequate radiation shielding for the first colonists, resulting in rampant mutation throughout the lower classes.
After devastating nuclear attacks during the Collapse, Mars was plunged into a period of unending civil war. The American government took refuge on the world before departing for the Columbia system, sacking th
Empire of OstlandThe Empire of Ostland is an authoritarian absolute monarchy existing about forty-five thousand light years from the Sol System. A remnant of one of the many rebel factions during the Endless War, Ostland has remained a potential threat to its human neighbors as well as a potential ally against the gusano. Ostland maintains the largest non-Big Three military in the area, citing its necessity against the frequent gusano incursions as a justification.Empire of Ostland in Settings More Like This
Ostland’s founders would not have been pleased by the current galactic power balance. To see the despised Americans running the galaxy with communists and Russian remnants, with their people constantly attacked by xenos, would have made most of them commit suicide. When the Endless War ended with the victory of American factions under the banner of the National Conservatives, many diehard German and Western European nationalists decided to flee the newly formed Coalition of Western Republics. Ostland was founded as the “only bast
Small Arms Terminology, Galactic War eraSP- Solid projectile. Although coilguns technically fit under this category, SP only refers to chemically propelled weapons. They have become obsolete with the advent of energy shielding, but are still somewhat useful in counterterrorism roles.Small Arms Terminology, Galactic War era in Settings More Like This
EMSEL- Electromagnetic stimulation emission of light. Although they have no stopping power, EMSEL weapons are still somewhat effective in shield breaking. Lesser powers use EMSEL designs from before the Collapse, but even the superpowers still use them in point defense. They, along with sonnematerial weapons, also tend to be used by special forces since cells are easier to recharge than supplying coil rounds behind enemy lines, and the weapons are by their nature silent.
Sonnematerial- Invented by the Germans just before the Collapse, sonnematerial weapons use bolts of superheated ionized gas to inflict thermal and electromagnetic damage to its target. The earliest designs are bulky, power consuming, short-ranged, prone to overheating and
The Springfield PactThe Springfield Pact is the official alliance the Coalition leads. Originally composed of puppet states ruled from Columbia in all but name, it has become a larger, more fluid organization. Historically, the Coalition has isolated itself from other nations ever since the Collapse. Fearing that foreign intelligence agencies would exploit its weaknesses, the Coalition tried to control all information coming out of its borders, building up an image of strength that varied in veracity throughout the centuries. It was only with Passerini’s Thaw that the Coalition opened diplomatic relations with neutral and friendly nations. The modern Springfield Pact is a diverse organization, containing everything from theocracies to self-proclaimed anarchies, despotisms to even pseudo socialist states. The following is a list of the more independent Springfield Pact states.The Springfield Pact in Settings More Like This
Holy Dominion of Christendom- Originally a Coalition colony cluster for the ‘religiously motivated,’ the HDC has
The Endless WarThe Endless War in Settings More Like This
A war waged from 2383 and ending with the last surrender of anti-Coalition forces in 2501, the Endless War was part nationalist struggle, part dynastic crisis and part ideological civil war. The Endless War was born from the conflict between the American and German aristocracies of the late American Empire, culminating in a dynastic crisis over the Imperial throne. Further adding to the conflict were the radical ideological organizations that fed off the discontent of the post-Collapse Imperial population such as the communists, the democrats and a formerly weak hypernationalist organization called the National Conservative Party.
After the Collapse, the American and German governments had trouble coordinating resources to colonize and rebuild in the area that would later become the Coalition of Western Republics. Many local governments ignored the red tape out of necessity, and on the local level the American and German governments were effectively united. The same could
[TLIAW] Wunderwaffe - Update I[TLIAW] Wunderwaffe - Update I in Settings More Like This
German experimentation with automated combat machines began even before the rise of Hitler. The Treaty of Versailles imposed strict limits on the size of the German military, so the Germans opted to get around this restriction by creating war machines that did not need operators. The first experiments were conducted with radio-controlled flying bombs, or "buzz bombs" as they were colloquially known. The government of the Weimar Republic even collaborated with the Soviet Union on several automaton projects, a collaboration which would later haunt Moscow.
After the rise of the Nazi Party, developments in automation ground to a halt. As Hitler openly defied the Treaty of Versailles, the military saw no need in continuing development in automated weapons. That money was needed for training more men, and manufacturing more armaments. It wasn't until 1939, as the SS-Verfügungstruppe ("SS-VT") was expanding, that interest was rekindled. In the early days of the war, the German military a
The Dispute: Nicky's POVThe Dispute: Nicky's POV in Short Stories More Like This
Nicky held his breath. He heard a voice, her voice, but it was surreal at the same time. Forgetting about the tray of food splattered over his carpet, Nicky walked in a trance towards the door. He heard the voice again and swung the door wide open.
The figure turned her head and looked up in surprise. Nicky felt the moment froze as his eyes caught her doe-like eyes. When was the last time they looked directly at each other? Nicky felt his heart twang at the connection he had sorely missed.
"Didn't think you'd come," He said dryly, hiding his rapidly rising emotions.
"Well, I did." The red-head replied plainly.
They stood in an eternity of silence. Nicky wanted to embrace her in a hug, but decided against it. The last time he bore his feelings, Dawn had shut away from him. Nicky didn't want to risk that now when she had willingly appeared at his door. He nodded his head and heavily whispered "I'm glad."
He turned and walked into his room, knowing that Dawn would follow him inside
Febuary 2ndFebuary 2nd in Short Stories More Like This
"What do you mean, you're not celebrating?" Rylie had both her hands on her hips, giving Dawn a pretend threatening glare, as menacing as the sweet blond girl could muster. Dawn chuckled.
"You can bet I still want the cheesecake, Rylie. They're to die for," Dawn said to her roommate. Standing behind the kitchen counter, Rylie gave a smiling nod as she wiped her hands with her flour-covered apron.
Dawn turned her attention to the blond man who was half-gaping at her.
"But it's your birthday!" Nicky cried out in a high-pitched voice.
It actually was the morning of Dawn's birthday. Nicky had came to hang out and asked Dawn if she was doing something for it. He was surprised when she replied 'I don't care for birthdays. I'm not celebrating mine'. Sulking, he sat on her comfy sofa, with one finger in a bowl of chocolate dip they had given him. As he licked off the sugary liquid from his forefinger, Dawn joined him on the couch.
"I don't like the fuss." Dawn said simply. She wa
10 Ways Challenge: Far Away10 Ways Challenge: Far Away in Short Stories More Like This
"And that is how the Diminum works, folks," the speaker eagerly spoke.
Rylie nodded at the half-bald lecturer and took down notes on her flat screen. The speaker said a few more words about the new medical tool before ending his speech. An applause followed suit, but Rylie concentrated on getting as much as what she understood into her notes. She was on a two-day seminar for new technologies in health and medicine, and the schedule was packed. Since her arrival late last night, she had attended countless seminars all day long. It was 9p.m., and the last lecture had just ended. Despite of that, Rylie was still putting as much input as she can into her device. She ignored the audience's chatter growing louder as they hassled down the auditorium.
"What could you possibly be writing about now?" Someone said above her shoulder. Rylie turned around to see a stout figure with short brown curls bending over her.
"Jace!" Rylie cried out with a big smile. She excitedly stood up to give hi
10 Ways Challenge: Flowers10 Ways Challenge: Flowers in Short Stories More Like This
Dawn sighed as she finished writing the last mission report. After e-mailing the papers to her boss, she leaned back on her chair and inhaled deeply.
'Finally, a small break,' she thought to herself. It had been a long time since Dawn could remember that she was not sent out on another raid right after one another. Maybe this time, she can get a few days' worth of rest. Nicky had come back from a mission a few days ago too, and had insisted on office work for at least a week. Both knew they haven't spent much time as husband and wife together, and they terribly missed each other's company. Nicky had even nagged her repeatedly to come back home, which is why Dawn had finished the report in half the time.
Speaking of her husband, Dawn glanced at the nearby clock. It was half an hour before lunchtime. Because they work in the same building, the two love birds used to meet over for lunch when they first married, but the tradition soon stopped after they became swarmed with their demanding
A Morning with the SquadA Morning with the Squad in Short Stories More Like This
Nicky whistled his way through the cafeteria with a wide grin on his face. He was feeling a mixture of enthusiasm and fearlessness. He had put on his best casual clothes, he had taken a long, rejuvenating shower and he had picked out his favorite breakfast plates. Things were looking great. Walking to his squad's designated table, Nicky glanced at the wall-sized glass windows to witness a sunny day. No clouds in the blue sky. Mother Nature must be agreeing with his newfound happiness too.
"What's with the goofy look, golden boy?" Ava sneered when Nicky approached the table. Zack grinned and gave the girl a peck on the cheek before continuing his breakfast.
"You know, Ava, it's a beautiful day," Nicky said warmly and sat across from the couple. "And what's wrong with being happy?"
"You pranced on your toes coming here," Zack added honestly, looking at Ava, who nodded.
"Yeah, and no one acts sweet unless they've gotten some sugar," Said the girl, as she tucked her silk black hair behind
Dawny: The DisputeDawny: The Dispute in Short Stories More Like This
Dawn knocked on Nicky's apartment door, but no one answered. She pushed the door open and stepped into the unlocked apartment, realizing that the room was eerily quiet. Cautiously, she walked into the spacious lounge she had visited frequently in the past. There were snack bowls and dirty glasses scattered around the room, a clear indication that a party of people had visited earlier. Dawn sighed. She had missed the other agents who had come to check up on Nicky. When she had finally plucked the courage to come along to pay him a visit, everyone had left.
'Maybe this is a bad idea,' Dawn thought to herself.
She and Nicky had not been on good terms, ever since the 'incident' three months ago. She had declined Nicky after his confession about his deep feelings for her. It had left both her and Nicky shaken and dejected. Their once fastened relationship had gone awry they neither spoke to each other directly nor acknowledge the other's existence when put in the same room. Th