TNBA: Music Drabble: Here's To Never Growing UpThe two had returned to Gotham after a couple of days away in Metropolis, visiting the sights. But upon trying to enter part of the city, they found the city to be under some sort of lock down. But not the whole city of Gotham was. Some sort of invisible wall or fence seemed to be trapping the northern part of the city but both of the figures had tried to see a way around it. They walked around aimlessly but there was no way in. And they were the only ones who seemed to be on the outside. The redhead young woman had decided to try to find a ladder to climb over the invisible wall. But after a half an hour, no amount of throwing rocks, ladders or any kind of method seemed to do, getting back into that part of the city, justice.TNBA: Music Drabble: Here's To Never Growing Up in Short Stories More Like This
"Well, if they're in there, and we're out here, what now?" Erin Knightly quirked an eyebrow curiously at her shorter companion.
"Twinkle, twinkle little bat! My oh my look at that!", Jervis Tetch proclaimed, smiling, "It seems we've got the rest of the city to ou
One-Shot: Madness Meets MagicIt was late afternoon and a thunderstorm in Gotham was not unheard of. A fierce wind seemed to hit against windows, rattling anything that was not nailed down. Thunder clapped loudly as lightening seemed to light up the sky, flashing blindly and brightly. The window in Jason Blood's apartment had been left open with the intention of making the air less stuffy in the living room. The apartment was quiet and left unattended. It's occupants out in the city for the time being. Perched on the second shelf of the book case was a snow globe. Although, the snow globe was not there intentionally for decoration. It was holding a being who had been grounded. The figure sat in it's chair, arms folded and looking annoyingly tempered. His cat, Teekl, had been curled up on the shelf, napping since her master's imprisonment in the globe. She had snuck back into the apartment some time ago and had been napping there ever since. Klarion gave her a sideways look, not believing how disobedient she was beiOne-Shot: Madness Meets Magic in Short Stories More Like This
TB: Helene's TrainingThings had escalated pretty quickly in the past few weeks or so. She had thought life in Gotham City might have been uninteresting for her considering her job choices steered clear of all criminal life activity. She had been pretty good at being cautious and not cause any trouble, just as she had promised her parents. However, as she followed her new friend, she realized this was breaking every one of her promises directly. Her sneakers scraped against the old carpets and floorboards of Cobblepot manor as she looked around the hallway they were currently walking down. The place looked as lived in as an old cardboard box that a fridge once had been packed in. The brown haired young woman tried not to think about all the spiderwebs or the spiders that probably inhabited half the crawl spaces or corners of the large house. She just stayed as close to her companion as much as her comfort level would allow, as to not get lost while looking around rather curiously at this new environmTB: Helene's Training in Short Stories More Like This
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Daniel Knightly did the most decent thing a father could do. To the best of his abilities, despite the loss of his wife, he took it upon himself to take care of his daughter. Daniel and Elizabeth had been known to Gotham's community as being part of the wealthy socialites. However, they were a middle class wealthy family at best. Though, they went to fundraisers and gave to charities when they could. Now, a single parent, Daniel had decided that his daughter was more important. Erin was like any other baby, crying when her diaper was wet and when she needed to be fed. Sleeping when she wanted and gazing up at the world lost in her own head when ever anyone was near her. Daniel had personally fought himself about reading to Erin at night but he knew it was what Elizabeth would want. It wasn't that he didn't like reading, no, but it was the fantasy world Elizabeth had wanted their daughter to know about that seemed to make Daniel uncomfortable. But it was what Elizabet
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Curiouser and Curiouser...
Finding a needle in a haystack is rather difficult when the needle isn't there to begin with and you just wasted half your time looking. Needless to say, it had been weeks since the police had found any clues. All they had in their possession was several poems, hand written and apparently written word for word. Gordon had not really slept well, trying to figure out how to find this mysterious person who had claimed Gotham for their own use.
The Commissioner had begun to stay up late, drinking large amounts of coffee, staying at work late. Sleeping only in small dozes. Allen had gone to the roof of the GCPD building and turned on the Bat-signal. He knew Batman was looking for Scarecrow but Scarecrow seemed to be under their radar as well. And it was time to call in Gotham's greatest detective. It was time to get down to the bottom of these mysterious crime waves.
So, Batman had agreed to help the police. He knew his time was worth spent look
Shipping Drabble 7: JErinShe lay wrapped in his arms as the blizzard outside raged on. It had knocked out the electricity and of course the heat. Luckily Jervis had found some candles in the kitchen and lit them for warmth and a bit of light. He sat on the bed with Erin in his arms. She was covered with his coat and about five blankets. Of course this would happen while she was five months pregnant with their first child. Jervis was just lucky he hadn't been sent to Arkham. He would have been out of his mind with worry about her being on her own while pregnant and this storm striking through Gotham City. According to the news, the storm would pass in a couple of days and electricity would be restored within the next thirty five hours. Hopefully sooner than that.Shipping Drabble 7: JErin in Short Stories More Like This
Jervis bit his bottom lip as he ran his fingers through Erin's curls. She was fast asleep. Her hand clutching his arm as she slept. In her sleep, she squeezed his arm as though wondering if he was still there. He would take her hand and squeeze it back
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Commissioner Gordon had asked his men to back away from the scene for a few minutes. Batman, with Robin in tow, inspected what was one of the cells in Arkham Asylum. The thing was, there had to have been guards on duty & yet, the cell was empty. Jim Gordon just stood in the hallway as Gotham's vigilante's did the work. He couldn't even bring himself to really look at the cell, deciding instead to investigate the floor. Batman looked in the commissioner's direction, feeling how he felt.
The cell in which they were looking over belonged to one of Gotham's finest officers, Ethan Bennett. Bennett had escaped exactly fourteen hours previously. The former officer was known as Clayface. Bennett had been at the hands of the Joker when the incident had occurred. After that, everything else was as they say, history. Gordon had asked Detective Yin & Tankenson to stay behind at the station to stay alert just in case something went down. Gordon finally let his eyes rise upwards as Batman a
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Erin eagerly glanced out the window, dancing on the balls of her feet as she stood by the door of the Chinese restaurant she and Guen had picked. She and Guen had to wait for a booth to open up and the waitress just raised an eyebrow as she tried to grab Erin's attention that a table had opened up.
"Um...miss...if you would just follow me, please", the waitress replied.
However at the moment Erin bolted out the door without even hearing a word. The waitress just looked at Guen.
"Will your friend be fine?" The waitress asked, looking concerned at Erin's abrupt departure.
Guen chuckles. "Yeah, she'll be okay. She's getting married in less than two weeks, and I expect her fiance just arrived. If you show me the way, I'll hold seats for us."
A few seconds later, Milo and Edward came into the restaurant both trying not to laugh. They saw the waitress showing Guen to their table and walked over.
"We were almost run over by a red haired love-sick woman", Edward exclaimed, grinning.
TAS: Valentines Day Pt.1'Six o'clock alreadyTAS: Valentines Day Pt.1 in Short Stories More Like This
I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissin' Valentino
By a crystal blue Italian stream
But I can't be late
'Cause then I guess I just won't get paid
These are the days
When you wish your bed was already made'
'It's just another manic Monday
I wish it were Sunday
'Cause that's my fun day
My I don't have to run day
It's just another manic Monday'
It was about ten in the morning and the Mad Tea Shop's radio was drowning out the noise of the morning traffic outside. The cafe's owner, Erin Tetch, was busy resetting some of the place-settings on the little tables.
'Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by nine
And if I had an aeroplane
I still couldn't make it on time
'Cause it takes me so long just to figure out what I'm gonna wear
Blame it on the train
But the bus is already there'
Her red curls swept and danced around her as she happily sang along to the radio. Placing cups, silverware, napkins and saucers on the tables and making sure eve
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Snow covered Gotham City like a wet blanket, heavy and cold. Chilling the bone. It was late, dark to the eyes. No stars were to be seen under the dense color the night sky provided. The only stirring came from the upstairs bedroom of the Knightly home. Small, round, curious light blue eyes searched her room for a moment as though she had awoken from a dream and thought it to be real. She frowned to herself, as though cast in thought. A tree branch outside rustled against the house like a slight flick as though it were reminding her of what time it was. Very late for a little girl to be up. But the eight year old did not obey such terms and got out of bed. She went to her bedroom window, eyes searching the snow outside as though she had forgotten something out there. Something about the mysterious night caught her attention. An odd thing too as she had never once woken up at this hour before unless to use the bathroom. And rarely did that happen.
But the little gi
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Batman had searched half of Gotham and still no sign of either Joker or Penguin. There was still one place he could check for Joker. A place he'd seen in Joker's mind when looking for Detective Yin. Abruptly the batwave sprang to life, jarring him from his thoughts. Great Sadie Curio and Zai had escaped three hours ago. One orderly was injured. They had somehow been able to avoid security and leave without anyone recognizing them
"Interesting nice to know Arkham pays such close attention to its patients " he muttered.
Curiosity awoke to a strong odor. She felt as if she were going to puke but she kept it in. She was overcome by a sense of vertigo when she finally opened her eyes. But then after a few seconds she realized that it wasn't vertigo She was hanging upside down from some sort of crane. She attempted to swing her body up towards her feet but realized she was bound in a rather colorful straightjacket.
She glared down a
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Joker looked out the window of the recreational room frustrated as he continued to grasp at the hazy memories of the night he had returned to Arkham. Even Dr. Strange had noticed this change in mood and had tried to find out just what was wrong. Surprise, surprise
He couldn't stand it anymore. Maybe old Brucie boy had an idea about what happened that night. If he had wanted to talk to him in private surely he would have at least gassed him or something. Joker looked up at the T.V. screen. A picture of Bruce on a date with Vicky Vale flashed across the screen as E news came on telling about his love life. Like anyone wanted to know what Brucie boy did on his evenings off. He was just about as dull as they came.
The corners of his lips arched up at this as his smile returned and he let out a howling laugh, which startled a few of the orderlies and even a few patients.
"What are you all looking at?! I got something in my teeth?" He let out another howling laugh as
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Batman looked at the girl unconscious in his arms. Thinking about the events of the night
He had checked the carnival and two of the three party favor stores in Gotham and still no Joker. Suddenly his batwave lit up.
There was an explosion reported off of the docks.
Not Joker's typical hideout out but something none the less.
Bruce cut the wheel sharply, turning the Batmobile around and speeding off toward the docks.
When he got there he quickly parked the car out of sight and made his way to the end of the docks where he found that one of the buildings was partially crumbling and black soot stained what was left of the doorway.
Batman narrowed his eyes. The head of a jester lay at the entrance of the building.
Joker was here, or at least had been here recently. The air still smelled faintly of smoke and cinders lined the ground as he entered the building. He could hear voices from down the stairs and he listened carefully.
"This is HILLARIOUS! Curiosity about
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Curiosity slipped into her cell just in time for Hugo to round the corner and smirk slightly at her. She glared heatedly at him and revealed her teeth slowly as if she were a wild animal ready to attack at any given moment.
He waved the orderlies next to him away and stopped in front of her cell.
"You must be very persuasive Miss. Davis isn't one to do patients favors. Might I ask what you told her?" he asked evenly.
"The truth." She growled, her eyes never leaving him.
"I see Then you told her that I wished for you to receive medical treatment?" He asked casually, "And she ignored my request?"
"You tried to have me killed." She hissed lowly.
Hugo glanced up at the ceiling now calmly and it looked as if he might actually laugh but he didn't.
"Did I? Is looking out for your wellbeing now a crime?" he asked lightly, as if they were talking about the weather rather than her life, "Your friend has been released by the way He refused medical treatment as
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Zai paced back and forth in her cell. Things were really boring in Arkham. Except for the occasional escape attempt, or prank on Dr. Strange, she laughed as she remembered her mischief. Suddenly she was jarred from her thoughts as she heard and earsplitting crack. She jumped to her door and watched as angry flames licked the walls down the hallway.
"Dr. Strange's office "
She thought and then she glared at an invisible Joker on her door and mumbled...
"Great! You blew up my doctor. Now how am I supposed to leave?"
As if in answer to her question the cell doors to all of the inmate's rooms sprang open.
"I guess there's one way of course "
Zai ran from the building as fast as her legs would carry her, bounding past any surprised orderlies who were trying to deal with the chaos.
Zai may not be able to go home but she had another plan. It was time to see if the Clown Prince of Crime could actually take a joke.
Zai ran to the place where she had last seen catwom
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Joker took a breath so he could finally speak. "So, what's your name?"
The girl wiped the tears from her eyes and turned towards him. She stopped laughing but her smile remained.
"Couldn't tell you if I wanted to." She replied almost matter-of-factly.
"Why not? Do you have amnesia or something? Or are you some secret agent?" He smiled sarcastically at the last part.
"No, I just can't remember which name is my real name. I've had so many it's hard to keep track."
Joker was curious now. He knew absolutely nothing about this girl yet he felt as if he should.
"So What should I call you then? I don't want to go around calling you something like girl or green eyes or something stupid like that."
The girl's smile widened now, showing her sharp teeth, making her look very similar to the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland.
"You can call me Curiosity." She said as she left to go with one of the orderlies to her cell.
Joker hesitated for a moment before going with the f
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"I'm sure you remember exactly what night I'm talking about ." Curiosity said, keeping her eyes locked with Joker's. She may not have felt exactly as confident as she made herself appear but if she ever wanted to know her name (or survive the night) she couldn't back down.
Joker eyed her carefully but eventually let her go and motioned for her to sit on a couch on the opposite wall.
"Sit." He said rather impatiently.
Curiosity eyed him once more but obliged.
"If you're talking about the night I think you're talking about then you're definitely treading on thin ice coming here "
"I knew the risks when I got myself admitted into Arkham."
Joker raised a nonexistent eyebrow but said nothing. She had never seen him this serious before. She had obviously struck a nerve bringing up this conversation.
His frown finally faded slightly as he took her in and sat down across from her.
"How would you know anything about that night? I knew everyone there and they all ran
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Haley flipped her shoulder length hair so that it fell back over her bruised face and twirled it half-consciously.
"So why are YOU taking the train all the way out? Don't think I haven't noticed you haven't gotten off either." She asked the man casually.
"I was away on business." He stated simply and she smiled at the term she knew certainly wasn't "business".
"And who do you work for?" she asked casually, turning to face him and dropping the lock of hair she'd been twirling.
The man grinned at this. "Myself." He answered simply.
"Interesting so do I." she grinned, "Am I correct in assuming that we have similar career paths?" she asked curiously, tilting her head ever so slightly.
He grinned broadly at this and stole another glance at her sharp teeth.
"I'd assume so yes. And might I ask what your name is?" he asked mock-casually.
At this she faltered slightly and then let her features cool back into a lax smirk.
"Chloe, Chloe Form." She said with a
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Arkham Asylum seemed a rather desolate place now. The air around the asylum grounds seemed to hang there, the fall leaves that now sat decaying under the trees barely ruffled as the building itself seemed to be holding its breath in anticipation of the cold night to come. A thin coat of ice covered the windows of the common room, irritating some of the residents who normally gazed through them at the city beyond.
One of the residents being the Joker. His normally pleasant demeanor had been replaced with dull irritation as he halfheartedly drew a smiling face on the cold window with his toes.
Penguin seemed happy to see the ice and snow but then his look also turned sour as he remembered that he wasn't permitted outside to enjoy the frosty weather after his last escape attempt. He sighed, irritated as well.
"So What's got you down Joker? You're usually bouncing off the walls by now." He thought about it, "literally."
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Bruce rushed to the alleyway, breathing hard and quickly changed into his street clothes, removing his suit and placing it in a nearby dumpster, not bothering to fix his tie as he cradled Adrian in his arms. She was losing quite a bit of blood and she was beginning to look pale. He ran from the alleyway, making his way to the intersection of Elm and Jackson Street and dialed 911.
"Hello? 911? Yes, I'm here at the intersection of Elm and Jackson and my friend Adrian has been shot, she's losing a lot of blood! I'm putting pressure on the wound but she needs to get to a hospital quick! No, no I'm fine, just get down her now!" He yelled, hanging up the phone to cradle Adrian's head in the crook of his arm.
He looked into her pale face and ran a hand through her hair, brushing it around her ear. She really was beautiful; she would look almost peaceful were it not for the gaping wound in her chest. She seemed to be having difficulty breathing, it was a good thing she was u
Rescue From Falcone'sJoseph Kane is sitting in some sort of supply closet, tied to a chair, looking very pissed. There are two guys standing outside it.Rescue From Falcone's in Short Stories More Like This
Guard 1: So why did Mr. Falcone have us kidnap this guy?
Guard 2: Mr. Falcone is trying to get some power back in this town. Bruce Wayne is pushing that gentrification initiative, and that twerp there is one of his VPs and assistants on it.
Guard 1: That guy? He's barely old enough to shave.
Guard 2: He broke Tommy Vito's arm when we grabbed him.
Guard 1: That runt?
Guard 2: Yeah.
Guard 1: Must have been lucky.
Guard 2: Yeah, I pistol whipped the kid and brought him here.
Joseph: Hey, you two, would you mind getting me some reading material? And maybe a sandwich?
Guard 2: Oh shut up! Be glad you still got all your fingers and toes, for now.
Joseph: *narrating* Oh great, those Falcone nuts are going to use me to send a message. Plenty of chemicals I could use to escape...though at the risk of either suffocating, burning myself, or blowing myself up. But fir
Snake Eaters, Part ISam Kane is sleeping in his bedroom in Wayne Manor. He's curled up under the covers of the big bed, clutching a duck stuffed animal. The duck stuffed animal in question has a blue silk ribbon around its neck, and a downy tuft, a bit like Sam's hair, on top of its head. Barkley sleeps in the corner, lazily dozing on a doggie bed. Other stuffed animals are piled on the bed. His bedroom door opens and a shadow crosses the bed where Sam is sleeping. A tan hand shakes Sam.Snake Eaters, Part I in General Fiction More Like This
Damian: Wake up, Kane!
Sam: *sleepily* huh?
Damian: Wake up!
Damian: Time to train.
Sam: What time is it?
Sam: Go away, I wanna sleep.
Damian: Don't be lazy.
Sam: I don't need to get up....
Damian: Yes you do.
Sam: We don't have tutoring...we got all day.
Damian: You're such a lazy weak wuss.
Sam sits up, yawns, and stretches. The duck is in his hand.
Sam: And you're a meanie, but you don't see me point that out often.
Sam smiles sleepily at that as Damian scowls. Sam lies back down.
Sam: Just anot
Ronin/Joseph Kane: Revised Origin InfoJoseph's childhood remains mostly the same; genius intellect, sick body. His meeting Dick Grayson changes his life.Ronin/Joseph Kane: Revised Origin Info in Profiles More Like This
But life goes on...By age 10 Joseph was well on his way to getting his doctorate. The original events that would set him on the path of being a hero doesn't happen in Prospect Park. Or Brooklyn for that matter....
It happens in Gotham.
A few months after Dick Grayson was taken in by Bruce Wayne and became Robin, he invited Joseph to visit him in Gotham, having missed Joseph's graduation. Joseph convinced his parents to let him and so Joseph and his bodyguard went to Gotham City. However, Joseph felt something funny was going on...when Dick and Bruce would vanish into thin air at night, leaving him alone to his own devices.....
Joseph at this point had begun an interest in heroes, especially Batman and Robin since to him they meant the peak of human achievement. So when Bruce and Dick would disappear, Joseph would have his bodyguard drive him around Gotham, hoping to get a
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Dick Grayson, dressed only in his boxers, admires himself in the bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, outside the door......
Damian: *kicking the bathroom door, dressed in tank top and boxers* Damn it, Grayson, stop preening and let me use the bathroom!
Joseph: *dressed in t-shirt, pj bottoms, and bathrobe, has a towel around his neck, a toothbrush and soap pokes out of his robe pocket* Seriously, some of us have a job to get to!
Sam: *dressed in Batman PJs, is doing the "pee pee dance* Joey, I gotta go.....
Jason: *shirtless, in boxers* Seriously, he's just admiring himself....
Stephanie: *t-shirt, boxers stolen from Tim* Hey, I don't judge him.
Tim: *tank top, boxers* Still, he's being inconsiderate.....
Harper: *pj bottoms, sweatshirt* Cullen, don't stare!
Cullen: *t-shirt with Red Robin patten, boxers* But Tim's right there....
Cass: *tank top, sweat pants* Is this the end of the line?
Alfred: *normal attire* Glad you have your own private bath, si
Early Days Story: Tim Drake meets Joseph and SamRed Robin/Tim Drake decides to take a break from the Teen Titans and do some crimefighting in Gotham. However, in the process of stopping a crime that is incredibly organized; Red Robin in seriously injured by a powerful opponent who takes him by surprise. He doesn't see who it is; he only knows that his opponent is good. Red Robin is beaten to a pulp and is thrown off a building. He begins floating in and out of consciousness. First, he sees Nightwing talking to him and putting him in his car. He's told he's being taken to the Batcave. Next thing he knows he's hearing people around him but sees them as foggy images due to the damage to his body and the painkillers he's on.Early Days Story: Tim Drake meets Joseph and Sam in Sketches More Like This
Batman: What are his injuries?
Tim: (narrating) Bruce...I'm home! I'm back in the Cave.
Alfred: Cracked ribs, blood loss, a broken leg and a concussion; not to mention bruises and cuts. Whoever did this to him is an able combatant.
Tim: (narrating) Good old Alfred; he'll get me fixed up.
Batman: Can you get him on t
Batman Drabble- Small Gossiper"So, it's a little DJ you've set your sights on?" Nanette placed a finger on her lips and gave her a fleeting glance as she watched her brother re-enter the salon. "Strange, never expected you to be the waifu type. That's what those anime fans call it, right?" She added with a smirk.Batman Drabble- Small Gossiper in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"For your information, she's Chinese," Nicolai corrected her with a huff. "And I never said that I have my 'sights' on. She's not some target."
"Mon frere, you are such a liar." Nanette teased. "You were so nice to her. You're only nice to people you like, or else you're polite. Like how you're polite to me~"
"I'm not polite to you, I merely put up with you because I know how mischievous you can be otherwise," Nicolai quipped, shooting his twin a glare. "If I don't give you want you want, you'll flutter right into the middle of my business like a silly pigeon."
"Oh please, I'm not a pigeon," Nanette cooed, turning her attention to her customer. However, just because she was busy making someone's nails
Ice CreamThe time was four fifty-eight, two minutes until she got off work. Gary had planned this out quite well, an action that for others would have been more of a spur-of-the-moment sort of thing. No, not Gary, he preferred planning his moves carefully, much like in the games that was the idee fixe of his secret lifestyle. However, this wasn't to say that he wasn't looking forward to a relaxing activity. Hardly. I relaxing venture was one of the very reasons why he had planned this out.Ice Cream in Short Stories More Like This
He looked again, and watched as the young woman was just now beginning to leave the organic food store that she worked at as a clerk. Gary smiled softly, admiring Bessie. They were... Pretty good friends, he guessed. They knew each other well enough to share conversations and refer to each other by first name, but in his own opinion, they had gained enough experience to advance to the next stage in their relationship
GerDrew- FaithAndrew did a double-take, a look of disbelief on his face.GerDrew- Faith in Short Stories More Like This
"Wait, I thought you were teasing when you said you were going on a business trip! Why isn't that Lance guy you work for going instead??" The blond groaned, kneeling backwards on the chair he was previously merely sitting in.
"Mr. Pendragon just happens to be a little too busy here in Gotham to be pulled away just at this time," Gerard explained, with a matter-of-fact tone. "Besides, it's only going to be two days, not like I'm moving away. I've told you this already."
"But two days is forever!" Andrew pouted. "What am I supposed to do until then?"
"... Your job?" Gerard had to pause for a moment, before shrugging. "In fact, sometimes I wonder how you get so much time off from the force, just to spend it near me."
"Eh, there's a lot of people on the department already." Andrew shrugged. "Plus vigilantes do most of our work for us, unfortunately.... I mostly just do public work, like being the crossing-guard when the
White Camellia -Evan-x-Rosie-Finally, classes were over. Evan walked out of the high school, at a slightly slower pace than his peers. His messenger bag softly bounced against his side, and he held two small slips of paper in his hand. He walked out of the gates surrounding the campus, to be welcomed by a sweet feeling, like a breath of fresh air.White Camellia -Evan-x-Rosie- in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey, Evan!~<3" Rosie greeted him cheerily, the white flower in her head fashionably disguised as an adornment in a head band. "How was class?~<3"
"Hi, Rosie," Evan replied, looking down at his shorter childhood friend. "Uh, classes went alright...."
He paused and handed her one of the pieces of paper he was holding. It was a ticket to see the new amphibian hall in the the zoo.
"Some students were selling these in the commons area," Evan explained quietly. "Thought it'd be something interesting to do."
"Ooh! Yeah, I love froggies!!~<3" Rosie squeaked with enthusiasm, which ma
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He was falling. At one moment he was looking outside the window at the cloudless sky above, the next glass was falling all around him like many tiny stars and he was hurtling to the ground below. It all felt really surreal to Remus, the instantaneousness of it all dulling his reaction to the impending doom.
There was a whizzing sound, and a green glove grabbing him by the shirt and pulled him up. He was dragged up and up before he was placed softly on a rooftop.
"I don't suppose you can see ghosts, can ya?" A voice called out, and the person who saved him floated down on a broomstick, her legs crossed and a confident smile on her lips. Black hair cascaded down her green-clad shoulders, though it had a small sheen like it was just a false wig. The mask was just enough to make her features vague, and her voice had that small hint of familiarity, but he couldn't place his finger on it.
"Ghosts?" he asked, and the witch smiled, giving a small chuckle.
Andrew Gets a Date- Scene 2"Okay, I think that's about it..." Arden leaned back in the chair. He was currently in Andrew's apartment. "Well, except for one thing. Andrew."Andrew Gets a Date- Scene 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Andrew was busy playing with Columbine, a white lop-eared rabbit with a black flower-shaped mark on her nose, as well as scatted black splotches on her back.
"Andrew," Arden repeated, and when the blond still did not answer: "Andrew!"
"Dammit Andrew." Rayna picked Andrew up from the floor, thus catching his attention.
"Yeah?" Andrew smiled, looking back and forth at his two friends. Arden sighed a little.
"Andrew, tell me what you're looking for in a partner." Arden said.
"Wait, you do know I'm..... Uhm.... Into men, right?" Andrew asked innocently, to be responded by Rayna's palm going to her face. "Ooooh yeah, sorry Rayna, I forgot," Andrew chuckled, then added: "Shouldn't you, like, be able to know what kinda guys I like?"
"No, Andrew, I wouldn't know," Arden sighed again, bu
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Rayna stared straight forward, clutching her rosary close to her chest and remaining as still as she could manage. She had gotten accustomed to doing this around Toby, since it was so easy to upset the ghost. Toby, however, wasn't quite as talkative.
"My dear," Ramsey remarked, stroking Rayna's bangs from her face. "My Queen should not be afraid of her beauty!"
Rayna just sat there and shivered instinctively. She wasn't a queen, not his or anyone's. How dearly she wanted to tell him that, but who knew what he would do to her if she denied his claim. He was so large, he could easily crush her if he chose to. It was only her resemblance to his
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"You're almost a stalker," Nicolai quipped in French as he idly watched his sister mark the newspaper in red ink while he dried dishes. Nanette smiled and rolled her eyes, crossing her legs as she replied.
"Can you really blame me? He's a real show-off, and you know I like those types~" She clicked her tongue against her front teeth teasingly, holding up the picture she circled of the Firefly, a villain who had just made the headlines. "Can you imagine what kind of power he puts out?" she added in English. "And I am not talking about that jetpack of his~"
"You're completely deplorable," Nicolai made a small tsk of annoyance, checking the clock before crossing out of the room to yell for his daughter.
"Eh, at least I still have a sex life," She remarked snidely as she took another sip of her coffee. "Too bad I hear he has a preference for redheads. Shame we don't have a Nordic in our family tree."
"Red hair hardly ever looks good, unless it's dyed,"
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In the far back of the library, where the shelves grew dusty with records held from far back in Gotham's history, Dorothy swept the cold room; spring cleaning, of course. She was quite sure she was alone, so she used her time alone to recite words to herself. They were, for the most part, gibberish to any observer, but they held an instinctive knowledge that only Dorothy could recognize as the sounds passed syllable to syllable from her throat. A charm for tracking, a ward to keep one's eyes clear, even an incantation for agility. She wasn't invoking them by any means, just... Going over them, quietly. She noticed that each spell could potentially have a usage in the field, in case someone got stranded in a forest.
It also crossed her mind that they're also skills that a hunting animal would use. Heck, there was even a trick she could invoke to make herself less noticeable, that woul
Witch's Ink- Chapter TwoAs the weeks passed from that fateful incident, Dorothy began to notice a few changes in how she perceived the world. It was small at first, like noticing small details in food and in her surroundings, but then it grew to more useful skills. She began to notice that she could always find something she misplaced, even things others misplaced, with uncanny accuracy. This skill for finding even extended to travel, as she soon noticed that she hardly ever lost her way like she used to anymore.Witch's Ink- Chapter Two in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was all quite strange, she reflected, placing a new shipment of young adult novels onto the shelf. Her internet searches only brought up fairytales and Wicca- while interesting to read, did not illuminate anything new to her. However, she did have one last resource, if she asked her questions right. She looked at her watch, half-past three, so he should be entering any time now.
"Hello Ms.Dorothy," she turned to the young man who had pol
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"The baby's coming?!" Dracula gasped still in shock.
The rest of the group was surprised as well. "Wayne honey, could you take the kids up first?" Wanda asked. Wayne was about to protest but he went with it, "Kids, lets go." The pups ran up the stairs with Wayne following behind. As the rest of the group was about to leave, Frank and Eunice came in through the revolving door. "Hey Frank, what happened to traveling by mail?" Murray said as he came over. "Well, we had to use an alternative mode of travel for now," Frank said while setting down some bags. Everyone else came over and took notice of the little bundle Eunice was holding. "Oh and who is this?" Wanda asked. "This is our baby boy Kevinstein," Eunice said as she moved the blanket covering his face. Kevinstein woke up and yawned slightly as he fell back asleep.
"Aww, he's so cute," Mavis cooed.
"Oh Ruby's having her baby right now!" Dracula said out loud.
"What? Really? Wow, looks
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Later that evening the party was almost ready to begin, Ruby at the time was brushing out her long deep red hair. Within minutes she was ready to go, she headed out the door and walked down the hall, down the stairs, and stepped outside to the pool area where the party was going to be held. The layout looked great there were torches with skulls around the posts, a buffet, some of the employees had some flower necklaces ready to hand out, and a stage with a dj stand including multi-colored lights. Ruby looked around for a moment and spotted Dracula as he checked the decorations.
"Hey Drac!" Ruby said as she walked over.
"Hey Ruby," Dracula said, "What do you think?"
"It looks amazing, and are those fireworks?" Ruby asked.
"Well yes but I thought it would be a nice touch to add later," Dracula said.
"Sounds good to me," Ruby replied.
Mavis and Johnny arrived wearing Hawaiian shirts and flower necklaces
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Meanwhile Twilight walked back down the hall as she approached the door she noticed the door was partially open. 'Please tell me they didn't...' She thought. She peeked in and saw that the room was empty. "Oh no," Twilight muttered out loud to herself. She rushed into the hall and searched up and down the area. As she turned the corner she jumped slightly when she almost bumping into Ruby. "Ruby, hi what's going on?" Twilight nervously said.
"I was about to check on you and the kids but what are you doing?" Ruby asked.
"Umm...Well I was about to go the bathroom and I told them to stay put, and when I got back...Um they uh..." Twilight trailed off.
"What is it?"
"They weren't there, I was only going to be out for a few minutes and they were gone and I was looking for them and I ran into you Oh Rue I'm so sorry!" Twilight said hysterically.
"Calm down, you were only away for a few minutes, how far could they have gone?" Ruby says while trying
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"N-27," an old gremlin lady said in a somewhat quiet voice then she stamped out the number called.
A few of the participants stamped the number they had, Dracula look like he was having the time of his life, Mavis and Ruby just sat there bored out of their minds, and Jonathan was asleep then he suddenly woke up when his head slid off his hand. The next number called out was G-61 which Eunice had on her card.
"Bingo! Bingo!" Eunice yelled out only to have the winning card snatched and eaten by the gremlin lady next to her.
"How dare you! Do you know what Doctor made me?"
"I didn't do that," the gremlin lady replied.
Next place was the gym where a charades contest was held, one group tried to guess what The Fly, who was also the fitness instructor, was doing.
The Fly vomited in his hands and rubbed them together.
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And so, the day finally came.
At that time, a whole pack of werewolf pups came storming in and began to wreak havoc in the lobby; running over guests, jumping up and down on the organ, and urinating on the furniture.
"Hey kids reel it in you're only supposed to make mom and dad miserable," Wayne said as he and his wife Wanda, who is now pregnant with another litter, came in.
One of them was gnawing on the end of Dracula's cape and the other was chewing on one of Ruby's boots, again. This wasn't the first time one of the pups chewed on her shoes, no, it was about 15 pairs since she started working here.
Dracula picked up his cape while the pup still held on, "Now, now is that anyway to behave this is a hotel not a cemetery," he gently said.
"Sorry uncle Drac," the pup said with the cape still in his jaws before letting go.
"That goes for you as well," turning to the other pup chewing on the younger v
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Dracula quickly pulled Johnny out of the pool and motioned to Ruby, "Follow me." With that they went through the doors and went inside the hotel. "Now what?" Ruby asked. Dracula took in a deep breath, "Alright new plan, Rue you take Johnny and have him change, then meet me by the doorway to the cemetery and I'll take care of the rest."
"Ok, see you later," Ruby replied, and Dracula returned outside.
The both of them walk down the long hallway to the changing room. "Is he always like that?" Johnny asked.
"No, no, not always," Ruby replied.
Johnny sighed, "He's so uptight, how do you deal with it?"
Ruby rolled her eyes, "He maybe all high-maintenance but he's a really nice guy."
Johnny paused, "Seriously?"
"No really, I've worked here for about 40 years and we get along great."
"40 Years!" He exclaimed. "And I thought High-School
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The stage was set once again, Wayne took over the dj set, Frank, Griffin, and Murray took their places while the music began. Johnny slid on stage with a mic in hand.
"I thought I found a love but she was just a fling
And then I met a girl and felt a different thing
It's like your hit in the ring like you're pulled by a string
Can't breathe like you're choking on a chicken wing
It was a thing called a zing and I wanted to sing
And listen to the ballads of a man named Sting
Baby looks in your eyes and it's suddenly spring
Like when Nala kissed Simba in the Lion King"
"Zinging in the air and I don't have a care
I'm winging from the zing that we share"
(Mavis and Ruby both flew in, change to their regular forms and landed on stage with mic in hand.)
Mavis and Ruby:
"Zinging in the rain now I'm feeling no pain"
Murray, Mavis, and Ruby:
"It's a real time for celebrating cause you're my zing"
(Dracula glided toward the sta
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Mavis sat on the floor of her room, her arms sat on her knees brought up to her chest. Suddenly something flew in through the open window and crashed on the other side of her room. Mavis coughed as she struggled to fan away the smoke and dust with her hand.
"Dad?" She said wondering what's going on.
The smoke cleared up a little more and revealed Dracula with slight burns that began to heal up. "Ohhh, I'm fine I, I just, just a little sunburned," Dracula said reassuring his daughter. Mavis took a few steps forward, he looked up.
"Honey," Dracula said as he walked toward Mavis. "I always thought the worst thing ever would be seeing you go, but the worst is seeing you unhappy. Mavy, I want you to live your life."
Mavis sighed, "I don't know how I'm supposed to do that."
Dracula paused for a second, "You know mommy already gave you her birthday present can I now give you
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They continued down the road until the saw a figure walking in the distance. "Look, a human," Griffin pointed out, everyone stared as they passed by. He wore simple pants and t-shirt but he also wore a vampire cape and pointed ears.
He turned around, "Welcome to Transylvania! Ah-roooooo!!!" They continued to stare, not sure what to make of that bizarre outburst.
"That was trippy," Frank said out loud.
"You don't say," Ruby responded.
At the front of the town, there was a black banner with purple trim, and bright green letters that spelled out; WELCOME TO MONSTER FESTIVAL.
"Monster festival?" Wayne said, "What's a monster festival?"
They slowly drove into town and saw more banners in different colors, some of them said; WE 'HEART' DRACULA, I CARRY A TORCH FOR FRANKENSTIEN, DRACULA FOR PRESIDENT, etc.
"Did they know we were coming?" Murray asked.
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When Ruby made it to the lobby, the guests crowed the front desk area, throwing keys, and yelled all at once.
She flew over the crowd and stood behind the desk, "Everyone calm down I'll try to get to everybody!" She yelled, trying to settle the shouting.
"What's this minibar charge?" Wayne asked his wife looking over the bill.
"Honey the kids through the minibar out the window," Wanda said.
"And that's our fault?" Wayne complained.
Murray moved through the crowd as he carried two large packages, one containing Frankenstein and the other Eunice. "Excuse me, pardon, yes, excuse me uh, I got a couple of people to express mail," he said as he placed the packages on the desk.
Dracula flew in to the front desk, "Please friends stop."
Murray wasn't in the mood to listen, "It's too late, rat-bat!"
He changed to his normal form, "Please, I'm begging you I need you to help me find Johnny."
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“You guys never support me!”
A six year old girl stood in front of her parents, glaring at them in anger.
She had bright orange hair pulled back in a rough ponytail, and dazzling green eyes.
She was wearing a blue t-shirt and green shorts, her sneakers torn and muddy.
Laid atop her head was a tan and brown fedora, which was too big for her, so it drooped behind her head.
Pulling it back into its proper position, she growled at her parents again.
“That’s because you are being ridiculous! A spy!? Ha! Please. That is hilarious.”
Tears came to her eyes as her father nodded in agreement to her mother, and she tore down the hall to her room, slamming the door.
She slumped down to the floor, closing her eyes as she let herself cry.
Her parents never liked her, for they always wanted a boy.
When they had her, they raised her as one, not letting her wear anything the other girls at school did.
They taught her baseball and how to mow the backyard; jobs that boys wou
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He only had a fragment of the memories from her. The way she laughed, and how each smile of hers made a ray of sunlight enter his dark heart. The way her orange hair glinted in the sun, and how her bubbly personality made their daughters always happy. The way she made him happy. He knew he would never see her again, for her heart had been torn from his. It would never return; he knew that. He just couldn't live with the fact that his brightest ray of sunshine would never return to him.
Without her, he was empty.
He looked up at the glowing moon, his dark striped scarf blowing in the autumn breeze. A tear fell down his face and landed on the metal platform of which he was sitting on, shining in the bright moonlight. He could remember it all if he wanted to, but remembering everything just made him upset once more, and he knew he didn't want to make his three girls be sad just like him. He hadn't gotten any sleep in the past three months, for he kept wakin
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Lucy walked into the girls' bedroom, and seeing them jumping up and down on their beds, she let out an exasperated sigh. "We can't sleep!," said Edith, throwing a pillow at Lucy. Lucy caught it quickly to avoid getting hit in the face, and set it down. "Your dad told me you guys like stories? I guess I should read one?" The girls all froze, smiling brightly as she plopped down on the floor. "YEAH!," they all shouted in unison, looking up at Lucy as she forced a tired smile back. She walked over to the nearby nightstand and looked at the two books. "Which one?" Margo's smile turned to a frown of confusion. "Which one? But there's only one!" Lucy shook her head. "I think you're wrong sweetpea. There are two hear. One New Unicorn, and One Big Unicorn. Both unicorn ones though...." The girls looked at each other. "How about One NEW Unicorn!," said Agnes, bouncing up and down on her bottom. Edith and Margo looked up at Lucy with a pleading look, and Lucy gave in,
Gem Stones and Cursed Bones"Thank you for helping me organize Spikey!"Gem Stones and Cursed Bones in General Fiction More Like This
Spike smiled a toothy grin up at the mare who had spoken to him. "It was my pleasure Rarity," he said, the dazzling white mare happily looking around at her now-spacious room. "Now I can get started on my new line of dresses!" She squealed excitedly and trotted her hooves up and down, oblivious to the small dragon staring dreamily at her in the process.
When she opened her eyes, she looked down at the dragon and displayed a frown on her face. "Spike?" She waved her hoof in front of his face, and he quickly snapped out of his trance. "Yes my...um....Yes Rarity?" She smiled and leaned her head down, now face to face with the dragon. "I'm glad you came to help me." She trotted over to her dresser and her light blue magic twinkled causing the drawer to open and rummage through it.
"I must repay you!"
After a few moments of searching and a loud "YAY!" come from her, Rarity's magic held up a large blue sapphire. "This is for my little Spikey Wikey
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It was the day after the El Macho incident. Everyone was traumatized, especially Gru and the girls. Lucy felt bad for them, since they thought their father and his partner were both going to die in a volcano. She was still traumatized too, for she wouldn’t go near water now as well as hiding under her coffee table when her neighbor’s son launched his fake rocket into the air. She decided it was time to have some fun, and she knew just the thing for the three girls. She rapped on the black door again, and tapped her foot as she waited once more. “Go away Jillian.” She chuckled at the sound of Gru’s statement.
“It’s not Jillian.”
There was a small silence, and then the door slowly creaked open, revealing Gru himself. “Oh! Lucy! I deedn’t know zhat was you….” She smiled. “Can I ask you and the girls a question?” He shrugged and gestured for her to come in. The house was dark and def
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Lucy smiled down at Agnes, who was beaming back up while holding a box of crayons and two sheets of paper. “Sure sweetheart!” She sat down on the ground, taking the sheet of paper while crossing her legs. She had decided to jog over to Gru’s house for a friendly visit, so she was still in her teal blue tank top and tight, knee short, black jogging shorts. As Agnes scribbled stick figures on her piece of paper, Lucy took time with hers. She took the one pencil in the pile of dumped out crayons on the wooden floor, and decided to sketch the girls something nice. She had taken a few art classes in college, yet she had always been a natural. She drew curly letters at the top and bottom, spelling out short words around her picture. She then drew more details, no longer paying attention to her surroundings. “Done!,” screamed Agnes, bouncing up from the ground. Lucy jumped in fright at the sudden noise, but stood up as w
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The large wrecker walked up to his blank-faced friend, waving one large hand in front of him to snap him into reality.
“What!? Sorry Ralph. What were ya’ saying there!?”
Ralph chuckled and smiled.
“I asked if you were ok.”
Felix smiled back.
“Yes. But I’m not ok; I’m great.”
Ralph sat down next to him, adjusting his red-checkered overall strap in the process.
“So I assume the date went well?”
Felix nodded, staring out of the game console and into the dim arcade with a haze in his eyes.
“It was amazing. I mean….Shucks! She wore the most beautiful dress, and she smelled of fresh rosemary…..”
He sighed, his smile growing even larger.
“We talked for a while, and we actually have a few things in common!”
Ralph rolled his eyes, speaking with a hint of doubt in his voice.
“Oh really? Like what?”
Felix pondered for a moment, and he lit up when h
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A tall woman stepped out of the shadows, examining the row of people standing in front of here.
She looked extremely intimidating; a dark glare combining with her tall, thin posture making her look as though she were a threat.
She wore black high heels and a black suit, the only color in her being her emerald green eyes and fiery orange hair.
"You are all the most talented villains in the world, and by the end of your testing, one of you will accompany me to ruin the one family I care too little about."
She slowly walked down the line, her heels clicking slowly on the floor as she looked at each villain.
"Anyone who doesn't wish to work with me; leave."
Once the emphasis on her last word ended, most of the people in line scurried towards the exit, for they were unwilling to work with a woman who seemed to have a higher authority than them.
"Don't get tazed on the way out!," she chimed in a sing-song voice, smiling
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A girl drummed her fingers against the outdoors picnic table in impatience.
She had bright orange hair that went down to her back and curled at the ends as well as a pair of bright green eyes.
She was wearing her usual get-up; A teal t-shirt with white sneakers and a pair of jean colored overalls.
The boy across from her pleaded again, adjusting his big, bulky glasses as he did so.
"Come on Lucy. It's time you made some friends. You and I are both eight now, and we won't be eight for long."
Hearing her friend's dorky comment, Lucy chuckled a bit.
"Nobody likes me besides you and Ally," she said, looking over to the girl with blonde hair and hazel eyes on the swing.
"That's because we're AWESOME!," said Victor, punching his fist up in the air.
Lucy smiled, revealing dazzling white teeth.
"Just go play with Ally. I'd rather sit here and read my book if you don't mind."
As Lucy reached inside her beaten and torn up backpack, Victor rolled his eyes.
"All you do is read!
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The night before had been fun, she had to admit. Watching her partner’s daughters dance the night away was exhilarating, and she couldn’t wait to see them again. The night ended with three girls fast asleep in the back seats of her car, and a deep thanking conversation with her partner. She now felt different, with a feeling she didn’t understand. “I probably need to get rid of some energy,” she murmured, staring at her frizzy hair in the mirror of her bathroom with a brush in her hand. After taming her hair and putting it in a ponytail, she slipped on a teal t-shirt and jean shorts. After walking downstairs, eating breakfast, and doing everything she knew she had to do, Lucy laced up her sneakers and walked outside. “It’s nice.” She just stood there after her comment, letting the cold fog slide over her skin and let the goose bumps rise up. She then opened her eyes and started to run do
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"V-ve, th-that's impossible!" Italy stammered, hugging himself, fighting tears.
"How is it impossible?" Holy Rome asked in confusion.
"V-ve, b-big br-brother Fr-france... He s-said th-that he... Th-that h-he ki-killed y-" Feli cut himself off & took a deep breathe before continuing, voice stronger, "the person you claim to be."
"France says a lot of things, & a lot of the things he says are lies." Otto said, jaw clenched in anger. An anger that Ludwig could understand.
"V-ve, I... I d-don't be-believe you are wh-who y-you claim to b-be." Feliciano replied.
"Then I shall prove it, mein liebe." Otto said. Ludwig's brow twitched at the pet name. "We lived together when we were young; I'd chase you, you'd run; I'd run, only for you to chase me. When I asked you why, you said you didn't know(check fact); when I asked you to join me & become the new Roman Empire, you said no; when I asked why, you cried & said it was because you didn't want me to become like your grandpa & that you liked me
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"Always." Ludwig nodded, face a mere inch away from Feliciano's. Just then, something to the left of them exploded, causing them both to jump and remember where they were. Which was, unfotunately, a battlefield. Bullets hit the tank from almost all angles but behind, where the trio hid.
After much heavy pelting, the potective armoring gave way in the one place no one wanted a bullet to hit. The gas tank.
"Would you mind telling me what the HELL was so urgent that you had to tell me NOW?!" Prussia demanded of his bruder's boss.
"I figured we could strike up a peace treaty." Ludwig's boss shrugged.
"Who the hell with?! The nation trying to kill my little bruder?!" Prussia snapped.
"No, between Germany and yourself." the other stated. Prussia looked like a doe in headlights.
"What do you mean between West and myself?"
"You mean you don't know?"
"Know what?! What the hell don't I know?!
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Feliciano Venieziano Vargas was an extremely excitable person & not in the good way. He got anxious & nervous & always surrendered at the wrong times, save the Pict Incident. So, now with the rather blunt Otto around, he was uncomfortable & anxious. Not that he voiced his opinion, everytime he tried to talk to Ludwig or Gilbert, they'd either be locked in or gone. Feliciano was also increasingly having nightmares & couldn't go to Ludwig in the middle of the night because the door & windows were locked. The Italian felt like crying but was never able to, Otto his constant shadow.
One day, Otto excused himself in that he had errands to run. Ludwig had gone out to train. Gilbert had gone over to Liz's. Feliciano slumped in exhausted relief when Otto had shut the door after him. He leaned against the wall for awhile before gathering strength.
Feli stood & dashed out the door. A few hours later, Feliciano found himself in front of Antonio's house. He knocked continuously on the door, lookin
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Feliciano fiddled with his fingers as he walked back to his & Ludwig's home. He paused & ran the thought again "his & Ludwig's", no Gil's or Otto's, just him & Ludwig. He felt his heart become a humming bird & his tummy begin to feel warm. His brain clicked. He wanted it to be just Ludwig & himself there, no Otto & Gil could move in with Liz. Feli skipped the rest of the way home, intent on telling this to his German friend.
"Ve~! Ludwig I'm ho-" Feliciano stopped in the doorway upon seeing Otto there, arguing with Ludwig.
"You have no right!" Ludwig snarled.
"I'm the oldest & this is Vatti's land, making it my inheiritance & my house." Otto said.
"Germania's land went from almost Russia into Italy & France! You do not own those lands or people anymore than you own this house! My house!" Ludwig snapped.
"You are the youngest & least experienced, this house does not belong to you!" Otto growled.
"Says the 'man' who has been living under a rock for almost four centuries!" Ludwig said. Th
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"West! Feli!" Gil ran up, a group of soldiers and medics following. "What happened to West?!"
"Switzerland shot him and I'm worried he got Ludwig's heart!" Feli explained, watching the medics gather Ludwig unto a stretcher with worry.
"That fu- who's that?" Gil asked, pointing at the captain.
"That's Captain Machiavelli, she's been helping Ludwig and I since we got here. Though, she's been unconcious since the first explosion." Italy said.
"The FIRST explosion? There've been multiple?" Prussia's brows rose.
"Only two." Feli replied.
"Okay, let's get you three out of here." GIl pulled Feli to a stand and picked up the captain.
Gil watched Feli gripping his little bruder's hand, staring at his face in concern. Beside Gil was Liz and on the other side of her was Roderich. Liz looked like she wanted to cry. Slowly the hall outside was beginning to fill with nations. America was the first one to enter. He looked around the
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Prussia paced in front of the door. Every now and then he'd pause, growl and continue pacing. He was cursing the man who's door it was under his breath. No matter how long it had been since their last fight, the Prussian was still pissed at the man for his victory over him. Finally the door opened to show Hungary standing there.
"Gil? What do you want?" Hungary asked.
"What are you doing here, Liz?!" Gil demanded.
"Roderich asked me to come listen to his new piece. And you?" Liz replied.
"I have something important to discuss with him."
"Look, this is actually something important so let me in!" Gil snapped. Liz blinked before stepping out of the way.
"But if you do anything to Roderich-" Liz started.
"I know, I know, you'll kick my ass." Gil waved her off, stepping into the house. Gil heard piano music drifting through the house and strode to Roderich's piano room and slammed open the door. "Oi! Austria! We need
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Warning! Personified countries! Human names used! Bad spelling! Slightly snapped Italy!
Feliciano started at the heart-monitor. Ludwig's heart slowed then stopped. Grief flooded him as did tears. Feli covered his face with his hands and sobbed.
"Mein Italia?" A voice he hadn't heard for centuries asked. Feliciano looked up in shock to see his first love floating before him as a spirit.
"H-Holy Rome!" He cried in surprise. Holy Rome smiled softly at the man before him and place a crown of flowers on the other's head.
"I." Holy Rome started, repeating his confession to Italy, morphing through a stage from boy to man with every word. Before he spoke the last word the adult Holy Roman Empire smiled sheepishly at his love. Italy gasped. He looked exactly like Germany and spoke in Germany's voice, "900's. And I always will."
Feliciano was too shocked for words and, through tears, watched the spirit of Ludwig lay back in his own body and his heart monitor jump to life. Once Ludwig's breathing
I Will Always Return Chpt 1I Will Always Return Chpt 1 in Settings More Like This
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"Until we meet again, my Italy!" Holy Rome called out to little Chibitalia. As young Italy watched his first love start marching off, he truly hoped that it would be true.
Months passed and Chibitalia heard no word from Holy Rome. Then, one day, Hungary pulled her Ita-chan to the side. Austria was discussing business with an oddly silver-haired young man.
"Ita-chan, I... I have some news... news of Holy Rome..." Miss Hungary began, trying to swallow her tears.
"Really?! Is he returning soon?! How is he?! Is the war over?!" Chibitalia asked, eyes shining with hope. That's when Miss Hungary's tears started to fall.
"I-ita-chan... Holy R-rome... is dead..." She whispered. Chibitalia's eyes grew as wide as saucers as the news slowly sank in. Horror caught Italy by the hair.
"NOOOOOO!!!!!" Feliciano cried, bolting upright in the bed, tears flowing freely down his cheeks. Beside him, Ludwig burst from sleep into action, surveyin
I Will Always Return Chpt 16I Will Always Return Chpt 16 in Settings More Like This
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"Ahh! What if he says no?! What if he says yes but doesn't mean it?!" Feliciano exclaimed, flailing about the small room.
"Ita-chan, you doon't need to worry about that! He'll say yes and mean it." Liz sighed at him. Feli hugged her tightly.
"But what if he doesn't?!" Feli worried.
"He will, he will." Liz soothed. Lovi walked in.
"Oi! Veneziano, you better not keep that potato bastard waiting!" Lovi said, not as much venom in the insult as usual.
"Ahhhh, r-right! Ve~!" Feli stammered, straightening. Liz laughed, gave Feli's hands a brief squeeze and went outside.
"C'mon then." Lovi said, holding his arm out to Feli. The younger nervously took it and was led to the main door. The music started and the Italians strode forward in sync. Standing all the way on the opposite side of the room was France, smiling and holding a bible. To his left was Lis in her pretty gown. Directly across from her was Gil, who winked at her. She r
I Will Always Return Chpt 6I Will Always Return Chpt 6 in Settings More Like This
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Italy struggled against whatever was holding him, flailing about in order to get free. He felt himself hit his captor in the face, and the heard the loud slapping sound of flesh against flesh. The hand moved from his mouth to his shoulder and turned him towards his captor. Germany was cradling his right eye and looking at Italy with in an annoyed manner.
"Oh, Doitsu, I'm so sorry!" Italy gasped.
"It's fine Italia, I just wasn't expecting you to hit me." Germany murmured. Italy opened his mouth to apologize again but was cut off by Captian Machiavelli stumbling in the door. Germany turned on a swinging light above their heads and found some bandages for Captian Machiavelli's leg.
GerIta Mpreg part 4Germany gulped. Italy came running down the hall towards the door.GerIta Mpreg part 4 in General Fiction More Like This
"~Ve! Doitsu, I'm sorry. I forgot how much Romano hates you, and Spain was the first one I called to tell the news... Romano overheard and he started yelling, and I heard a door slam on the other end of the line, and-" Italy heard the pounding on the door. "~Ve! He's here!" Italy stood between Germany and the front door. "~Ve. I won't let him hurt you Doitsu!"
Prussia had been standing there in thought the whole time. He thought about how Romano hated him so much, then remembered that Herbert was in the living room alone, soundly sleeping through Romano's rage in his playpen. "I must save mein awesome son! His awesomeness must be preserved!" Prussia said as he ran to get his son. After Herbert was safely in his arms, Prussia went and hid in his basement bedroom.
Germany picked Italy up from in front of him and put him on the stairs. "Don't get between me and your brother. He may still try to get at me even if you are in
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Itabby paced nervously around the house. Feli hadn't come home yet. The tabby cat was getting worried. Feli had been gone for days, which was really out of the ordinary. Sure she'd been gone for long periods of time before, but usually Feli would send somebody to feed Itabby.
Itabby's food bowl was almost empty, and she didn't like being alone in Feli's huge house. She let out a sad meow and wandered upstairs to Feli's room. She hopped up onto the bed and let out another sad meow. The cat cuddled against her owner's pillows and slowly fell asleep.
-At Germany's place-
It had been three, maybe four days, and there had been no sign of Ludwig or his brother. Germouser had figured Gilbert would forget about him, and had been conserving his food. It was only a matter of time before he would have to venture outside to hunt for small animals. The sun was shining, so Germouser wandered into the kitchen and hopped onto the counter, then climbed into
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The next morning the two cats were awakened by the sound of someone rather obnoxious coming into the house.
"Kesesesese! The awesomely awesome Gilbert has arrived! West! I'm stealing some of your beer!" It was Ludwig's older brother Gilbert, who represented the former nation, Prussia. Germouser sighed. Itabby climbed out of the bed and went to investigate. She hadn't been around Gilbert before, so she didn't know who it was. Germouser followed closely behind her.
Gilbert was wandering around the house, a beer in his hand, looking for his younger brother. "West? Hey bruder, are you home? We-WOAH!" The albino man nearly tripped over Itabby as the tan cat came wandering into the room. Germouser, being afraid that Gilbert had hurt her, hissed at the albino for doing so. "Holy cats!" Gilbert looked down at Germouser. "Germouser, where's West?" Germouser looked up at the albino German and blinked. Itabby went to the gray cat's side and meowed. Prussia gave Itabby a
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The main reason Prussia had finally gotten around to sending out the search party for his brother was the fact that the animals were running out of food, and he was running out of beer. Prussia felt that he was much too awesome to go to the store and pick up more food for two cats and three dogs.
Itabby had still been in the cat bed when Prussia had been making calls. Germouser was wandering around the house to ease his worried mind. He happened to walk past Prussia and catch the albino mention to someone on the phone that he was finally sending out the search party.
'Itabby will be so happy!' he thought to himself as he wandered back towards the storage room where Itabby was.
When Itabby woke up, she was alone. She didn't like this at all and was scared. She burrowed into the pillow case and tried to stay calm. When she was by herself, Germouser's house was scary and unfamiliar. He made her feel safer when he was with her. She thought about how she had met the gra
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Itabby rolled over onto her back and purred in a sunbeam. Germouser was right, sunbeams were really relaxing! Germouser was watching by the door. Prussia had gotten word that Ludwig, Feli, and Kiku had been found. They were due back any day now, which meant that Ludwig and Feli would be home soon.
Upon hearing the news, Itabby had gotten really excited. All her fear and worry had disappeared, and she now couldn't wait to see Feli again. She looked at Germouser, the tan cat still on her back. 'Are they here yet?' She'd been asking that every five minutes for the last few hours, around the same time every day since she had gotten the news.
Germouser sighed. 'Nein, Itabby. I think you'll know when they're back.' He looked back at her. The tan cat let out a sad meow. They sat there in waiting, not really sure what else to do. They didn't want to fall asleep and have their caregivers completely miss them, so they just watched the door.
GerIta Mpreg part 5Month 3GerIta Mpreg part 5 in Humor More Like This
Germany was in his office, reading one of the books on pregnancy that he had bought. He had a notebook on the desk in front of him, and was taking notes on anything that he thought he should keep in mind for a future date. "Alright. 'Make sure the mother to be is under no stress, as it could cause harm to the baby. Just keep her relaxed and there shouldn't be any major troubles.' That should be easy enough." Germany muttered as he wrote down the information. He glanced at the clock. Italy had an appointment with the doctor, so Germany had been trying to pass time reading. It was almost time to go, so he sat the book on the desk, picked up his notebook and went to look for Italy.
Italy was in the bathroom. He had his shirt off, and was looking at his profile, and feeling his stomach. He knew he wasn't really showing yet, but he wanted to see if it was at all noticeable. Germany walked up behind him and put a hand on Italy's stomach.
"You do know you von't show for a vhile yet...
GerIta Mpreg part 6Month 5GerIta Mpreg part 6 in General Fiction More Like This
"~Ve! Doitsu! We need to get the baby's room ready!" Italy said one day in the middle of the night. Italy was just starting to round out. He was at the point where you could tell he was pregnant just by looking at him.
Germany woke up confused and looked at the clock. It was 3 in the morning. He let out a sigh. "Italy, can this please vait until morning? I'd really rather try to sleep before I do any heavy lifting, or anything that may require me being fully avake." Germany asked, looking at the Italian.
Italy looked at the half awake German. "~Ve. I guess. I'm hungry." Italy climbed out of bed and wandered out of the room. Germany stared after him, tempted to follow and make sure Italy didn't fall down the stairs, but sleep overtook him.
A few minutes later Italy came back up the stairs with a bowl of gelato with cheese puffs, chocolate sauce, and cream cheese. He climbed back into bed. He spotted one of the pregnancy books on the night stand. He ate his gelato and read the bo
GerIta Mpreg part 7Month 6GerIta Mpreg part 7 in General Fiction More Like This
It had been a month. The doctors appointments had been going good, the baby was healthy. The baby's room was mostly set up. Italy had yelled at Germany multiple times over the simplest of things.
Germany had been relaxing on the couch with a beer. Italy came in and glared at the German. "~Ve! Doitsu, I want that spot on the couch." The Italian growled. Germany sighed and moved over. Italy sat down, and then continued to complain. "~Ve! Doitsu! How do you stand this spot, this arm of the couch is so freaking uncomfortable!"
Germany sighed. "Vell, Italy, that is my spot. You usually end up cuddling next to me, which is why you don't like it." Italy gave Germany his puppy eyes.
"~Ve. Doitsu! How could you ever claim any single spot as your own. Nothing in this house is just yours anymore! ~Ve! You're going to be a Papa, so everything of yours is also your child's!" Italy got up and left the room to cry. Germany had stopped following Italy when he did that. Every time G
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"~Ve! But Luddy I don't want to go to the meeting." The auburn Italian whined. "~Ve. I need to stay home with Aksel!" Italy was holding his 9 month old son in his arms. Aksel turned his blue eyes onto his mother. The baby had no idea why his Mama was so upset, so he patted Italy's face with a tiny hand.
"Feli! You haven't been to a meeting since Aksel was born." Germany glared at the Italian. "You need to go to this meeting!"
"~Ve! We need someone to stay home with him! Aksel's too tiny to be left by himself!" Italy protested. Aksel looked up again at the sound of his name. Germany continued to glare at Italy with his icey blue eyes.
"Mein bruder lives in this house too. He can vatch Aksel vhile ve're gone." Germany said. Prussia looked up from his spot on the couch.
"What was that, West?" Prussia called. Germany took Aksel from Italy's arms. The baby smiled and patted the side of his Germany's face. Aksel spotted the iron cross hanging from the chain &
GerIta Mpreg part 2A couple days later, at around noon, Germany was standing in the kitchen doorway, watching Italy in amazment. The Italian was happily eating a bowl of gelato, while also randomly cooking up a pot of pasta. The phone rang and Prussia came running up from his room in the basement and quickly answered it. He listened for a moment, said "Wait a sec." and looked at his brother.GerIta Mpreg part 2 in General Fiction More Like This
"West, it's the doctor's office. They want to talk to you, and they sure picked an unawesome time to call. I just managed to get Herbert down for his nap, and now he might wake up and never go back down." Prussia said, obviously very annoyed. Germany walked over and took the phone from his brother.
"Hallo?" Germany asked
"Hello, is this Feliciano's friend Ludwig?" asked a voice on the other end of the line. The voice was clearly that of a woman, so Germany assumed it was a secretary, or a nurse.
"Ja..." Germany replied.
"This is the clinic, Feliciano's test results are in. Could you let him know and come down here so
Outfielder: Chapter 13The minute Jake walks through the door, he knows something’s up.Outfielder: Chapter 13 in General Fiction More Like This
Chris is sitting at the motel room’s desk, chin tucked against his chest, arms folded up tight under his armpits, gazing distractedly at the wall.
“Chris?” Jake asks, but he doesn’t get a response and he steps forward, irritated. “Hey, man- snap out of it. I went back to Sherry’s but she wasn’t there- I dunno where she could’ve gone off to but we gotta find her, okay? We can fix it, get her to drop the hunt, maybe.”
Chris doesn’t say anything. Doesn’t even move.
“Hey.” Jake takes another step towards him. “Hey, I’m talking to you. You gotta get on board with me here now, or you’re gonna be in deeper shit than you already-”
But he cuts himself off there, looking around suddenly. “Hey. Chris- where’s Nivans?”
Chris doesn’t budge.
“Chris. Where the hell is Nivans?”
Always this awesome“Is he always this awesome?” Finn asks.Always this awesome in General Fiction More Like This
It’s understandable, of course. The kid’s a rookie and it’s his first time with the crew so it’s understandable that he’s completely taken with Chris. They all are, at first.
Piers had been, himself.
He remembers how he wouldn’t shut up, how he’d prattle on about his favorite sniping positions and the best way to polish a gun. Like Chris didn’t already know, with all his years in the service.
He’d beamed the way Finn did when Chris had clapped a hand on his shoulder, boosting his confidence with the short pep talks he was so fond of. “Just do what you’re best at, all right? Don’t worry about a single thing- you’re ready for this. Always remember that we’ve got your back.
The team’s got your back, Piers.”
“Is he always this awesome?” Finn asks, and Piers stares at him.
He’d lost the eager anticipation every first-tim
Outfielder: Chapter 6“You what?”Outfielder: Chapter 6 in General Fiction More Like This
Sherry faces Chris, hands on her hips. “I want Piers to move in with you.”
Chris shakes his head, dizzyingly fast. “Uh-uh. No. I- I can’t.”
“Why?” she asks. “You think you won’t be able to take care of him? Because you know better than anyone how stubborn he is- he’ll try to do everything by himself, even if you offer otherwise.”
“I’m not a doctor,” he says.
“Neither am I,” Sherry soothes. “You don’t have to be anything other than yourself, Chris. All I’m asking is for you to be his friend.”
The ex-Captain laughs harshly. “I doubt he wants me to be his friend, Sherry. You know the way he reacted back at the hospital.”
But she also knows the way he reacts when he hears Chris’s voice from over the phone, and the way his face contorts when he realizes that Chris has only called to talk to Sherry.
Outfielder: Chapter 1Sherry volunteers to go.Outfielder: Chapter 1 in General Fiction More Like This
It has to be her. Sherry knows Claire and Claire is Chris’s sister and Leon says that Chris will respond best in the most comfortable situation possible and she’s going and she volunteered, damn it, so why does she feel so uncertain?
She glances at the hallway mirror as she tugs her fingers into her gloves. Her face is paler than usual and she narrows her eyes at her reflection, her mouth narrowing in what is meant to be a hard, determined line.
It looks more like a grimace.
“You’re going,” she tells herself loudly, turning face the mirror fully and putting her hands on her hips. “It’s decided; you’re going.”
She hears his chuckle from the other room, soft and mocking. He clicks the door open and slouches around the corner, grinning at her.
“Having second thoughts?”
Her bottom lip sticks out when she's irritated and it's sticking out now. “Jake Muller, you shut your mouth.”
Outfielder: Chapter 15Days Until the Game: 4Outfielder: Chapter 15 in General Fiction More Like This
Chris doesn't stay.
How could he, with the monitor recording every faltering heartbeat and the nurses gathered up by the door watching them and Piers' fingers clutching at Chris's hand, telling him it's okay, it's okay, it's okay-
Someone stronger would've stayed. Would've held his hand until the light went out of his eyes and the monitor flatlined. Piers would've stayed, if it had been the other way around.
Chris isn't Piers. And when Piers drifts off, closes his eyes and succumbs to sleep, Chris gets up and leaves.
Sherry ducks her head, shies away when Chris walks towards her. But Chris pauses and stops a few feet away, looking her straight in the eyes.
"Thank you," he croaks.
She looks surprised, then alarmed, panicked. Like he's supposed to yell- or hit her, or...something. Like she wants him to yell- like it'd be better that way.
"Why?" she blurts, then- "you aren't...angry?"
He pulls her into a tight embrace, squeezing his eyes shut. "God," h
Outfielder: Chapter 9He’d always hated the ocean.Outfielder: Chapter 9 in General Fiction More Like This
The sand gritty and irritating in your eyes, the burn of your cool soles against the scorching ground. The brackish taste of salt in your mouth, the piercing cries of the gulls overhead.
And the waves. Squeezing the life out of you. Spitting you to the surface only to drag you back down again.
Water swirling around him, the rush and roar in his ears. Pressure increasing, bearing down on him, crushing his skull and his shoulders and his lungs. When he opens his mouth to scream, white froth replaces sound as the seawater pours down his throat, burning as it goes.
When he finally starts to pass out, it feels like heaven. And at first, somewhere in the back of his fractured mind, he thinks he might be dying.
But he’s not.
He doesn’t remember breaking the surface of the water but he knows what it must have looked like, to the fishermen passing by. Half-human, the rest of his flesh mangled and mutated and preserved beneath the oily solution s
Outfielder: Chapter 12Chris pulls into the Wrigley parking lot twenty minutes later.Outfielder: Chapter 12 in General Fiction More Like This
The truck screeches to a halt and he jumps out, slamming the door behind him, flashlight in one hand. He scans the lot, breath coming short. “Piers?” he shouts, flipping the flashlight on and sweeping it across the blacktop. “Piers!”
There’s no answer. Nothing but the squeal of a second set of tires as another car pulls up next to Chris’s truck. Jake slides out of the front seat, expression set.
“Jake.” Chris had called him, not knowing who else to go to, and had managed to explain everything with frantic, rushed fragments of sentences and shaky words. He’d been relieved to find that Jake hadn’t been involved in the scheme- Sherry hadn’t ever talked about it, thank god. “Thanks for coming,” he says.
“Don’t mention it.” Jake’s eyes move over the dark corners of the lot. “He’s a good gu
Outfielder: Chapter 4The nurse at the front desk looks unusually relieved to see Sherry, and that's the first warning she gets when she walks in.Outfielder: Chapter 4 in General Fiction More Like This
"Thank god you're here," is the second. "There's been a development- not the good kind."
Oh, no. Sherry's stomach clenches. "What's the matter? Is he okay?"
"I'm so sorry," the nurse says. "The infection in the arm has started to spread again."
"What?" Sherry stands on her tip-toes and leans over the counter, gripping it tightly. "That can't be; I thought the doctor said that they'd stopped the virus."
Sherry whirls around to see the doctor, hands shoved into her lab coat pockets and her expression sympathetic. "Especially in cases like these," she finishes. "You of all people should know that, Ms. Birkin."
She would bristle if she was a less collected woman, but Sherry holds her ground, arms crossed and tone sharp. "You said everything was fine. You said he was a go."
But the doctor can only provide her condolences. "This isn't
Outfielder: Chapter 14Days Until the Game: 7Outfielder: Chapter 14 in General Fiction More Like This
Jake has tried to call, tried to stop by, leaving voicemails- I can't find Sherry, have no lead on Piers, I'm freaking out here, Chris- pounding on the apartment door- god damn it, I know you're in there. Chris doesn't answer the phone, doesn't let him in- seeing Jake, talking to Jake would only remind him of what he's trying to forget.
So instead he spends it locked in his flat, drinking, smoking, watching the hours tick away on the clock. He watches cheap soap operas. Skips through ads and clicks through channels.
He's so, so tired.
And he always ends up pausing on one station.
"It's Rizzo, up to bat. Done well this season, a real asset for the team so far. Pitcher winds up...a little high, and that'll be 0 and 1. He'll go again...and- oh, man! That's up there, and- yes, it's outta here! Fantastic hit by Rizzo-"
Chris turns off the TV. Nine days, and he has no one to go with and no one to throw to.
So he does what he alway
Outfielder: Chapter 10Days until the Game: T-17Outfielder: Chapter 10 in General Fiction More Like This
“Why are we doing this, again?” Jake mutters, puling the meatloaf out of the oven. Sherry’s been teaching him how to cook, and he’s learning. Well…learning slowly. There’s progress, at least- which is better than anything she’d hoped for.
“I’ve told you twice already,” she tells him fixedly, taking the pan from him and carrying it over to the table.
“Humor me. I’ve forgotten the genius behind the plan.”
He’s got sarcasm in his voice again and so she turns to face him with her hands on her hips. “We’re doing this because I said so. Get the green beans.”
He looks at her sulkily. “Come on- don’t pull that on me. Sherry, can’t we just…call it off?”
“Jake, it’ll be fun. Anyway, this is what normal people do.”
“Since when have we ever been normal, supergirl?”
“Get the beans,” She