Beckton applied pressure to the wound through Newkirk's wadded-up coat, leaning in and using both hands. His attempts were met with no success, even after Silvertown joined him.
A noise came from behind, a rhythmic thump of boots against a wooden floor. …Posted 8 months ago
Far away. In another room, in another place.
On a map table surrounded by officers and staff, a painted wooden figure that looked remarkably like Silvertown - down to the sparkle of her dress - took on a sudden lifelikeness. It waved for attention, spok…Posted 8 months ago
He was tired. He'd read the same sentence four times and he was still stumbling across the words like he'd never seen them before. He instantly dismissed the absurd thought that the book was rewriting itself as he read it.
Inserting the bookmark, he cl…Posted 8 months ago
There was blood everywhere. The wizard's shirt and jacket were soaked through and one blood-red stain was spreading across his coat. Beckton was covered in it, as was the floor, but he drew a pocket knife and started cutting at fabric. It wasn't hard to f…Posted 8 months ago
He liked the knife; it was his favourite. A Wusthof chef's knife, he'd bought it online and it hadn't been cheap. He liked it's shape, the fit of the handle, the grind on the long cutting edge.
He liked the way the knife cut.
He liked the way the knife pe…Posted 8 months ago
Tap tap tap tap tap tap.
The pink girl darted across the rooftop, jumping gaps and dodging arrows, crystals, rocks, and all manner of magical projectiles.
"Talu, wait up!" The little weasel-like creature followed after her, much slower on its short litt…Posted 9 months ago
Grafham Road; left into Cable Street.
The sun was sinking. The flow of people on the street ebbed as people sought warmth and the company of their families.
Tessa drifted onward, the sound of cracking pavement filling her head with every step she took. …Posted 9 months ago
"Mum, you're on the TV!" Sally yelled into the kitchen as she stared, rapt, at the screen which showed a rapid-fire sequence of her mother as a teenage hero, obliterating huge monsters with her magical pink laserbeams.
In the next room, Tessa slumped int…Posted 9 months ago
Celesta let out a breath and tossed the shovel aside. The hole was deep enough now.
She walked back to the wooden cart, and lifted a large crystal out of it. "Here we go."
She gently placed it in the hole, then pressed on it a little more firmly, making …Posted 9 months ago
She sighed. Exhausted. Exasperated. Emotionally drained. More than a little demoralized.
And yet. All this and yet she was alive. She was both physically and mentally here. Not absent. Not somewhere else.
She was capable of listening. Of feeling.
Or at…Posted 9 months ago
"You're afraid of me."
"Afraid? Afraid? No, I'm not afraid of you. I pity you. Pity that you sold the best parts of yourself for power. Pity that you lived eight more meaningless years. Pity that your family will never know what happened to you. My famil…Posted 9 months ago
Her family. Her friends. The reasons she hadn't given up yet. They'd all be hurt if she didn't succeed.
She had to.
She pulled on her magic and focused.
She'd done it, sure, but it took her too long to figure it out. She couldn't br…Posted 9 months ago
"Hero. Hope for us all."
Funny. She didn't feel much like one anymore. Nor did she have any hope for herself.
Not after everything she'd done.
"Not your fault."
But it was. Like a lie of omission, it was her fault for inaction.
"Uncontrollable. Dange…Posted 9 months ago
"I guess your bounty wouldn't be so high if you were easy to catch." A fiery arrow erupted from her hand to catch the girl.
"Like you even have a chance!" She daintly jumped up, dodging the arrow. "Ha! Lets see how much you like my wand!" She hurriedly s…Posted 9 months ago
They emerged into darkness punctuated only by headlights and gunfire. Night vis added laser sights and muzzle flare to the confusion.
Mountbatten kept moving, running into the trees. Fisher waved to him, already having set up a small firing position - h…Posted 9 months ago
More and more werewolves jumped from the forest whilst the convoy slowed, but the men in Mountbatten's vehicle had their own trouble to worry about. The two on the roof were trying to pry their way in. The armour held against multiple blows, though it bow…Posted 9 months ago
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I don't think I answered her, but she figured out all the same. Both dead. She held me tightly, trying her best to comfort me. I remember her meeting up with the others, faintly. Those who escaped the attack. I can't say I remember the rest very well, but…Posted 10 months ago
One night, when I was nine years old, my parents and I were working on packing things into our cart. Then we heard screaming, and saw fire, and smoke.
"Noleka, get down!" my mom hissed, shoving me under the cart.
I couldn't do anything but watch as three …Posted 10 months ago
I hope, through all of this, that I have learned
Some lessons to apply to later life,
So I may save fond friends from future strife,
And loathe myself a little less. I turned
My eyes upon myself, at point of knife,
From others' viewpoint: hard. It changed…Posted 10 months ago
My left leg's been through surgery--ah! Twice.
I'm walking nearly normally by now,
But that was taxing. Very. I'll allow,
My limp's a minor thing, one grain of rice
Within a heaping bowl.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Oh, I would splice
Tho…Posted 10 months ago
My life, in recent months, has been o'erfull.
There's too much going on, inside my heart
And head, to parse, to handle. As for art,
I've had no spoons to work. I'm gath'ring wool,
Bereft of words, o'ercome. I've been a fool
Both in and out of love. How ca…Posted 10 months ago
My name with foul insinuation's tarred
By people who seek easy victims meek
To charge with crimes in public. Life is marred
And razed for me. Now, everywhere I seek,
I picture enemies in friends I knew
Before this whole fiasco. Do they now
Believe tho…Posted 10 months ago
For a moment Dana was paralyzed, not truly understanding what had just happened. It seemed impossible for a man to whole one moment and then dying without warning the next. Then she recovered her senses enough to duck behind the raised seat of the driver,…Posted 10 months ago
A beam of blinding white light shot down from a sky thick with clouds, centering on Kym and bathing her in a gentle warmth. Under the intense brightness of the light her sweatpants and rumpled hoodie seemed to lose their color before fragmenting into piec…Posted 10 months ago