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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44
[Author's Note: I feel it's important to explain that Shattered Skies hasn't been canceled or put on hiatus… The reason it's been months since my last update is because the last two months have basically been Hell for me. I'm dealing with a serious health crisis in my family, among many other disasters, so I've been prioritizing my mental health rather than my writing. Now that I'm feeling a bit more stable, I can only assure you that I still intend to continue (and finish) this story, but I must ask for your patience as I get my life and my head back on track. Thank you for understanding. - BHS]
Chapter 44: The Trees Are Bare and Everywhere
La Fin de Toute
(formerly Galactica Palace)

Communications Hub
"She WHAT?!"
"E-e-escaped, M-Master Joker," said Moerumba. His knees failed him, and he collapsed at Joker's feet. More lithe and graceful than many of the muscleheaded brutes in Dead End's service, Moer
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 43
[Author’s Note: I’m not dead! Many apologies, I intended to take a break from this story after pushing myself to get three chapters out in December, but I didn’t intend to be away so long. Back on board now, though, so enjoy!]

Chapter 43: And My Theater Never Closes…
La Fin de Toute
(formerly Galactica Palace)

37th Floor - Library/Security Center
The grating buzz of an alarm woke Labyrinth Commander Eas from her sleep. Perplexed, she opened her eyes and swiped the air with one fingertip. A dozen scrolling lines of holographic text flared before her, throwing her pale face into shadow.
It wasn't a system failure or an intruder alert; those would have been loud and grating enough to rouse her in an instant. Nor was it a summons from Joker, for that would do the same. No, the largest and most prominent status update came from the Merry-Go-Round.
All power to it had been shut down.
Eas lift
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 42
Chapter 42: Special Chapter
The Bird in the Cage
The Lighthouse
Vertex Point Five
Homura Akemi's Room
Incubators don't panic.
True, this particular Incubator was trapped in some unknown location and imprisoned with little hope of escape. True, this one was cut off from the group mind, and if Homura Akemi's word was to be trusted, the group mind was either gone or corrupted beyond hope of recovery. For most other sentient beings, such circumstances would induce fits of helpless panic.
Incubators, however, don't panic.
He ("he" being the pronoun Incubators generally used for ease of communication with humans, despite its fundamental inaccuracy) was perhaps the last unaltered Incubator in existence, and true Incubators did not fear. Humans had a curious idiom he remembered hearing: "Afraid? I don't know the meaning of the word!" The statement implied ignorance to basic vocabulary on
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 41
Chapter 41: Night of Anguish
-VERTEX FOUR: 8.36679-
Uminari City
A superhuman battle tore through the streets of Uminari like a tornado; it was doubtful there would be anything left of the shopping district once they were done. The noise was incredible: peals of thunder shattered glass up and down the block of the deserted shopping district with each sounding, and the earth shuddered as the combatants threw each other through walls, through ceilings, through entire floors, leaving leveled buildings and piles of rubble in their wake. Blow after blow landed with titanic shockwaves, setting off waves of car alarms that added to the growing din.
This was no fight between a Precure and a giant monster; this was a duel between two Cures at full strength, so evenly matched that neither could triumph over the other. Another hit connected, and the city quaked in fear.
Yayoi Kise, Cure Peace, skidded backwards with her arms crossed over
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Ch. 40-2
A crash of thunder, a brilliant flash of light. The battle raged on in the skies above the Uminari shopping district, the two old enemies once more locked in a mortal struggle. Rubeus had new tricks of his own, Sailor Moon thought. The exploding dark energy ball thingies were no picnic the first time around, but this time they seemed stronger and hit harder, even with the added protection of her new shielding. The Black Moon soldier roared and made a headlong charge, his hands brimming with flame. She pirouetted out of his way, diving down a few meters before once again checking Imperium's readout: Cooldown 78% complete. Great.
"I remember, you know!" Rubeus said from above her. "I remember dying when my ship exploded above Earth… I remember the heat, the pressure, my body catching fire and crumbling away… and I have another set of memories of Wiseman killing me! I was supposed to be a great warrior f
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Ch. 40-1
Chapter 40: The First Attack

-VERTEX FOUR: 8.36679-
Uminari City
Dead End had come.
Of course, the mysterious warning message that flashed across every TSAB screen weeks before reached here as well, though its audience was much smaller. Vertex Four's Earth—"Non-Administered World #97" in Bureau parlance—was not considered at all notable until a few years ago. More specifically, it was Uminari, a seaside city nestled in Tokyo's Minato ward, that piqued the Bureau's interest, though it was hard to tell why on the surface. At a distance, Uminari could have been almost any Japanese city: clean, peaceful, somewhat crowded. It used to be wholly unremarkable, no one's idea of a place to stage an invasion.
However, after the extraordinary first meeting of Nanoha Takamachi and Yuuno Scrya three years before, Uminari had become an unlikely hotbed of Bureau activity. Uminari was the home of the Takamachi family, Hayat
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 39
Chapter 39: Fantine's Confession
TSAB L-Class Inspection Cruiser Arthra
First Recovery Ward
Erika Kurumi's eyes opened just a crack. The glaring light from above was much too bright for her, so she groaned and squeezed them shut again. It took more effort than it should have, like the command got stalled on the way from her brain to her eyelids.
"Erika!" said a familiar voice next to her. "E-Erika, are you awake? Please say you're awake!"
"Dun' wanna," Erika muttered. She rolled over to go back to sleep… or attempted to, she didn't get far.
The arms that seized her around her neck and hugged her tight were Tsubomi's; nobody else smelled like a fresh-cut spring garden even weeks removed from any real flowers. "Erika…" said Tsubomi, choking back more tears.
"Oog," said Erika in reply. Surprisingly articulate for first thing in the morning. Or whenever.
"I was so worried, I thought I'd lost you, I tho
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Uravity Falls, Chapter 2
Chapter 2: Misfire Number One
The Next Day
“... so, sensei , I know you’re still angry with him about the fight, but what do you think? Is it okay?”
“GRR... Bakugou… you want to… ARGH…”
“Just meet with him, that’s right.”
“Up… RRRRRGH… up on… RRRAARGH...”
“... The roof?”
“ROOF!” shouted Ryo Inui, also known as Hound Dog, U.A.’s guidance counselor. Froth flew from the edges of his muzzle. “ROOF ROOF ROOF ROOF ROOF ROOF…”
“I’ll, uh…” Ochako swallowed and took a few steps backward. “I’ll just come back another time.”
“BARK,” Inui-sensei added. And furthermore, expanding on that statement: “BARK! GRR RARRGH BARK BARK BOW WOW WOW WOW BARK!” He continued much in that manner even as he tore apart his desk drawer, eve
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 38
"Nothing changes, nothing ever will
Every year another brat, another mouth to fill
Same old story, what's the use of tears?
What's the use of praying if there's nobody who hears?
Turning, turning, turning, turning, turning through the years...

Turning, turning, turning through the years
Minutes into hours, and the hours into years
Nothing changes, nothing ever can
Round and round the roundabout and back where you began
Round and round and back where you began..."
- Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer
Chapter 38: Master of the House
La Fin de Toute
(formerly Galactica Palace)
Sayaka Miki sat on the lip of the battered half-asteroid that housed Dead End's palace, wrapped in layers upon layers of energy shielding as she gazed up at the stars. The shielding likely wasn't
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Uravity Falls, Chapter 1


For Healy, who got me on board.
[Author's Note: This story takes place after Episode 61 of the anime, or roughly Chapter 121 of the manga. Spoilers for plot developments up to this point.]
Chapter 1: Sauntering Vaguely Downwards
"There's someone you like, right~?"
That question had been echoing in Ochako Uraraka's mind for days on end.
"There's someone you like, right~?"
True, the girl who asked it was disturbed… okay, crazy… okay, psychotic. Just the thought of that girl made Ochako sick. Toga giggled and squealed and declared herself "friends" with poor Tsuyu and babbled about intimate, private things, all while trying to murder her and Tsuyu both.
Psychotic she was… but she wasn't wrong.
"There's someone you like, right~?"
The question came to mind yet again as Class 1-A filed out the double doors of Heights Alliance on t
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Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Ch. 37-2
Vertex Point Three
Yayoi and Yui's Room
They sat together in the dark, their hands entwined. Neither Yayoi Kise nor Yui Nanase had spoken for a long time. As things were, they hardly needed to speak. The two had achieved that special kind of closeness, where one partner could tell what the other was thinking… a kind of magic that put Precure powers to shame.
"Yui-chan," said Yayoi finally. She took a deep breath to steady herself. "Kaioh-san told me. My… my friends, they're…" An uncontrollable shudder wracked her body. "Joker's doing horrible things to them. A-and... and th-there's another me. Another me from another world, a me that he's… that he's made into something evil and twisted like he is…" A deeper shudder. What Kirara told her about her other self was almost too awful to bear: an innocent version of herself that
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These are art-type things that are done by me and organized in a gallery-ish fashion.

Random Favourites

Sailor Mars S.H.Figuarts by MoonCollectar Sailor Mars S.H.Figuarts :iconmooncollectar:MoonCollectar 35 3 Rabies Star Brushset by Rabieshund Rabies Star Brushset :iconrabieshund:Rabieshund 11,902 1,344 Star Brushes 3 by LadyVictoire Star Brushes 3 :iconladyvictoire:LadyVictoire 1,153 201 Free Floral Brush Pack by Stockgraphicdesigns Free Floral Brush Pack :iconstockgraphicdesigns:Stockgraphicdesigns 71 8 Floral Brush Set .:Part II:. by kush-solitary Floral Brush Set .:Part II:. :iconkush-solitary:kush-solitary 358 90 Music Notes Brushes by GENAYNAY Music Notes Brushes :icongenaynay:GENAYNAY 63 16 Sailor Moon Photoshop Brush Set by NelaNequin Sailor Moon Photoshop Brush Set :iconnelanequin:NelaNequin 77 10 Magical Girl Transformation Brush Set by NelaNequin Magical Girl Transformation Brush Set :iconnelanequin:NelaNequin 523 82 My Heart Brushes by mcbadshoes My Heart Brushes :iconmcbadshoes:mcbadshoes 1,228 371 Heart Brushes by xCassiex24 Heart Brushes :iconxcassiex24:xCassiex24 1,490 454 Bubble Brush by monib Bubble Brush :iconmonib:monib 396 155 Light Beams + Rays Photoshop and GIMP Brushes by redheadstock Light Beams + Rays Photoshop and GIMP Brushes :iconredheadstock:redheadstock 9,352 4,130 Kagami Hiiragi by Frostwave89 Kagami Hiiragi :iconfrostwave89:Frostwave89 28 8 Day 16 - Princess of the Sea by tanitak Day 16 - Princess of the Sea :icontanitak:tanitak 76 11 Vulpix Patronus by TheVirusAJG Vulpix Patronus :iconthevirusajg:TheVirusAJG 19 2
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BHS (Brian Stanley)
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
I'm a writer. I write stuff that's generally weird, but mostly entertaining. I've been on DA since 2003, ranking me among the Official Community of Old Farts™.

I write an ongoing original YA fantasy series called Tasakeru. I also host a YouTube toy review series called Silent InvenTOYry.

I'm also a Trekkie, a Browncoat, an incurable Japanophile, a trainee in the Evil League of Evil, and a devoted follower of the Church of Madoka. Now serving as Founder of PuellaMagi!

Become my Patron!

Current Residence: Roanoke, VA
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Classical, J-Pop, J-Rock, Soundtracks
Operating System: Windows 10
MP3 player of choice: Media Player Classic
Shell of choice: Peanut butter in a candy shell.
Wallpaper of choice: Homura Akemi
Favourite cartoon character: Too many to choose from!
Personal Quote: "The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
Week 24 - Editing is Terrifying
  • Tasakeru Book IV: Twilight's Dreaming, Chapter 9: On hold
  • Tasakeru Editing Process: ~16% done
  • Tasakeru Patreon: 6 Patrons
  • Twitch Follower Count: 64 followers
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 44: COMPLETE!
Something that I don't often discuss about the writing process is the editing. There's a reason for that: I hate doing it. Going over your work with a fine-toothed comb and asking yourself "Keep it? Change it? Reword it? Cut it?" about every sentence is a laborious and nerve-wracking process, and it doesn't get any better if you have someone else do it for you... in that case, depending on how nice your editor is, you may see large chunks of your hard work chopped away and thrown out.

VDrake gets the first look at everything I write, and while sure, having your best friend edit your stuff may not be the most objective method of doing it, he works for free and his instincts are usually right on the money. He's being a huge help in the ongoing Tasakeru editing process, natch. For all you writers out there, I suggest getting a VDrake of your own to assist you.

One more week to go until I can make my announcement about the Big Thing™ that's happening at the end of the month. I've kept it hush-hush for six months now, but it's almost time. It'll be worth the wait.

  • Watching: Star Twinkle, Jojo, Dororo
  • Playing: Skies of Arcadia: Legends, Warframe

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Petaldraws Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! by Petaldraws  
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bhsdesk Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
NeoChandler Featured By Owner May 14, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
I might be way too late to make this joke, but screw it. Here we go. 

Remember (Small descriptions of) Smile!Precure novel that takes place years after the series ended?

It's basically a happier version of IT's second half (Adults confront monster clown from childhood) 
bhsdesk Featured By Owner May 14, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
So I hear. I'm glad that Joker stays as monstrous as ever... I was worried they would try to redeem him. I know Precure is all about friendship, but some villains are just too vile to be friends with.
NeoChandler Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
*Listening to this*

*Notices that the composition sounds familiar*

*Looks up series composer on wiki*

*Sees that it's the composer of several Precure shows, Yasuharu Takahashi*

You cheeky bastard.
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, he did the music in Sailor Moon Crystal too. He has a very recognizable style.
CloneWarrior85 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I may have found a Magical girl show even worse than Raising Project.

Have you heard of Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka? It's like Magical Girls in a Call Of Duty-like setting shooting enemy forces with guns, though they dress like Strippers often, complete with very revealing outfits. Even worse is that it has a lot of BDSM moments, such as a scene of one girl being forced by a Dominatrix to strip naked, put on extremely revealing BDSM gear, then wear a leash and walk on all fours while acting like a dog. And another girl being tied up and asked to be "punished" with a whip.

Yeah, I think you'll like this one even less.
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
I've heard of it, and yes, I've heard it's bad. It wasn't something I was going to watch regardless, but thanks for the anti-recommendation.
CloneWarrior85 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I know how you're like about Magical Girls, so I thought that I'd tell you.
bhsdesk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, I appreciate you thinking of me!
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