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The Reward of LifeLife is abundant. You see it all around you, every day. There are the trees in the forests. The bushes by the sidewalk. The flowers at the library, or the tigers at the zoo. Those are just a few places.
You can find young mushrooms after a long, rainy night. There might be some seaweed washed up on the beach. The birds that sing for you on your way to school. The bugs that fly, the cats that hunt, the people that talk, it's all alive.
Most importantly, you are alive. What does that mean?
Being alive means that you can see, feel, taste, hear, and touch. It means you can think, feel, and know. It means that you have this one special thing that makes our planet so amazing. You are a part of what makes this world as big, vibrant, and unique as it is. No matter who you are. No matter where you live.
You are a part of this world. Just by living, you have been given a chance to succeed. You will have happiness, anxiety, anger, and sadness. Sometimes, your emotions might make you feel l
Unwanted Bonds - 7
After the first hour of trying not to move, Leonardo felt his spine starting to protest.
Not enough yet, to risk changing his position and possibly waking his exhausted brother, but enough to become a notable discomfort.
After the second hour, sitting still like a gargoyle on a roof, it started to become really uncomfortable and the oldest brother started to consider moving at least his legs enough to prevent them from falling asleep. But he still didn't give in.
Not when he snuck a glance at Raphael's sleeping face,
Even deeply asleep, he looked so very exhausted. Lips parted and eyes firmly shut, though with a small frown of tension forming a line between his brows. Almost, Leo gave in to the urge of smoothing that away with his thumb, but he thought better of it and remained unmoving for a little while longer.
A little movement in the corner of his eyes caught his attention and instantly, he had to smile. The baby was yawning in his sleep, kicking his small legs before settling back
Infected - Chapter Two "Where are they?" Duncan muttered to himself like he usually does. "I know I dropped them somewhere around here..."
He kept his head down, scanning the forest floor not far from his castle as he searched for his beloved goggles. He hadn't been searching long before he heard leaves rattle above him. He had no time to move as he felt something heavy land on top of him. "Hey, watch-" He stopped short as he felt a blade under his neck. His eyes widened. "Wh-Who are you?"
"My name is Sky. I'm a Revolter, and I'm not about to go down to some scientist."
"Oi! I'm not just 'some scientist' buddy, I'm Lalna!" Duncan growled.
"A real scientist wouldn't get himself caught in a situation like this. I know you're infected. Anyways, is 'Lalna' supposed to scare me?"
"No, not at all." Duncan replied, letting his hand slip into his coat pocket. "But... If I were you... I would drop your sword."
Infected - Chapter Four Sky often found himself in awkward situations. He tended to have bad luck with those sorts of things. Once, he and Ian had gone to visit Husky's home village. Sky forgot that it was rude to call Mudkips "fish". Another time, Sky managed to get himself locked in a room with a squid he'd cut one tentacle off of for three hours; the two didn't have much to talk about. Then, back when he was dating Dawn, Sky couldn't have had a worse first impression on her parents; but that's another story.
All in all, even though Sky had seen a lot of awkward situations, he could safely say that this was the worst yet.
"Um.... So..." Sky bit his lower lip as he struggled for words. "How's... You magic?"
"Good, good..." Seto said with a nod. The two both hesitated in awkward silence, as Tyler - who sat between them on the couch, stared straight ahead blankly. His arm had been fixed by Seto as soon as the Sorcerer calmed down. Sips took the liberty of
My Alien Girlfriend (Chapter 6)
The sky had turned dark outside and I was in the kitchen, cleaning up the counter from where Yumi had lost control with the ketchup bottle.
Supper had been nothing short of insanity. As agreed, I had grilled burgers for the two of us so that she could experience what a burger tasted like. When I lit the grill, she touched it to try and see where the fire came from and burned her hand. When we finally got the burgers done, I asked if she wanted cheese or anything on it, and she merely asked me what cheese and ketchup were. She’d never seen pickles before and the only thing she seemed to recognize were the lettuce and tomatoes…but that was only because she mistook them for leaves and fruit from her own planet. In the end, she loved them. She asked for more, so I ended up making her a second burger…and that was when she asked if she could try preparing it herself. And that was how I ended up here cleaning up the ketchup from the counter and walls.
I sighed to myself and
A New Beginning (Month 1)Julie felt the pill fall down her throat. “How are you feeling, Ms. Dawson?” asked Mr. White. A wave of nausea slammed Julie just after the question was asked. The two mysterious men saw her face grow pale.
“I think I’m gonna...” she trailed, covering her mouth. Mr. Black grabbed the nearby trash bin and gave it to her. Julie emptied the contents of her stomach and wiped her mouth.
“Well, the pill seems to be working so far.” said Mr. White. “Me getting sick means that it’s working? That’s great...” Julie said sarcastically.
“I wouldn’t worry about that too much. It should only last a month or two.” said Mr. Black.
“Two months of vomiting sounds like a blast...” she said, before retching again. After a few minutes, they made sure Julie was able to go.
“It would probably be best if you went home and g
Duncan's Christmas Duncan hated Christmas. He always had. But it wasn't the cheeriness, or the happiness or the laughter that got on his nerves. No, he would have rather liked all that. What really made him hate it was the fact that somehow, all through his life, he had managed to spend every single Christmas alone. Simon and Lewis were always home with Hannah and Mandrew and all, Kim went home to visit her relatives, and long story short everybody in the Yogscast had somewhere to be.
Duncan had been determined to spend it with someone this year - he was sure he'd be able to spend it with Kim. But then she left for Japan and he knew he would be alone once again.
It used to make his blood boil, thinking about how everyone around him were laughing with their friends and families and having a good time... But now he was just numb.
Cold and numb in several uncomfortable places as Duncan trudged through the almost knee-high snow, his collar flipped
Unbroken Bond 2 Unbroken Family Chapter Seven"Hey, Mom, can I ask you something?" Kiki asked, threading her arm inside the sleeve of her cardigan.
Callie, folding up the hospital gown her daughter formerly resided in, turned around with a chipper smile as if nothing could make the emotion she was feeling disappear. "Anything you want, sweetheart. Fire away."
"Are you sure? Because I've been trying to ask you but it's always seemed like a touchy subject. I just don't want you to get upset or anything, you know?" Kiki felt her cheeks flare a little in embarrassment of her hesitation, but she also didn't want to cause her mother more distress than she already had.
But Callie merely broadened her grin and said, "I'll be fine. What is it?"
Clearing her throat, Kiki started, "Okay, well, um . . . uh, since the doctors said that I currently can't remember literally anything before yesterday, may I ask what exactly happened the day of my accident?"
Kiki immediately took notice of her mother's smile turning upside down. So it was a touchy
The Girl Who Chases The Wind: Chapter 3 (Part 1)The Girl Who Chases the Wind
Chapter 3: The Past
Even on standard drive, my car easily outraced the storm. I stared at the vestigial foot pedals and shriveled wheel. A leftover promise of control. I couldn’t actually drive. My car had a license, not me, and the insurance prices for human drivers made it a luxury for the super-rich.
I leaned back in the chair. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go back to the ranch. I had my notes to one side with the rough, new questions of the day scribbled below. Mari was naturally underlined with all the stuff from Edgar and Ada accented with question marks. I tapped my notes about Kala as my eyes flicked between them and questions I had about Feldon.
Pressing my head against the window did nothing to resolve my bitter confusion. Soon I’d be back on the ranch. I’d have to face Feldon.
In my head, I went back and forth between imagining how I might confront him between playing it cool and not mentioning what I knew. I rub
SWtCW: A Question of Loyalty pt.5Surface of Naboo, Theed, Royal Palace
Queen Jamillia jumped as the door to her study slammed open, looking up from her desk in alarm as three figures burst into the room.
“What is going on?” she demanded, coming to her feet. “Who are you what do you—“ she stopped as she recognized Padme. “—want.” she stiffened as she realized that Senator Binks was also in attendance. “How dare you?” she asked coolly.
“Queen Jamillia,” Padme began, her voice emotionless. “You are guilty of conspiring against Naboo and the Republic, you will be removed from the throne and your vestments stripped from you.”
Jamillia's eyes flared slightly as she looked back from the gungan to Padme.
“You have no authority to make such outrageous claims and accusations Senator! You serve by my appointment!”
“I have the same right of every citizen of Naboo.” Padme replied. “As to authority, we will have that sh
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