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Urban Fantasy Heartbreaker - VampireShe slew her husband, but that was not the sin.
They had been walking for many days across a great desert. Neither had water but each others' sweat touch their lips for nearly a week. Both could feel nothing but hot dust in their throats. When the woman turned on her husband, it was for water. She cut open his neck and drank from him in the heat of the daytime sun, and for the rest of the day she lay in the sand breathing heavily. Sun looked down upon her.
“You wish to slake yourself with all the blood in a human's body. You cannot do this. Only the gods can do this. So, you shall be like them, holding power mortals can never touch,” the Sun said. “Blood will sate your hunger and thirst, only for a time. Only blood can sate the hunger. Forever, until even the stars wink out, one by one, and unto again the next iteration, and when there is no blood, you will shrivel until blood is spilled upon you again. I sleep now, and if I ever again see your face, I will tear this
Raw-Meat-GirlPeople used to not know anything from anything, you know. We ate our meat raw and terrorized everyone. This tribe would attack everyone and smash everything. At the same time, when it rained, our children would get sick, and when we drank water from the river, some of us would slowly die. We would say that was fine, because Spider's third daughter is mean to everyone, and that is acceptable, the harsh world teaches us all to be strong. Eventually, though, one girl got fed up with all this and left behind her family. She would have told them she had enough, but no one could speak back then, either.
So this girl goes up to start wandering the songlines back and forth, and nobody knew what those were, either. And she makes noises on the road, like “choo-whoop! Choo-hah! Choo-ki-yi-yi-ya!” since nothing like that existed.
Then, suddenly, in front of her appeared a big tapering trunk, like a tree trunk, and it had crackling legs and long hands, and it screamed out loud, like
The Underground PeopleThere was once a very old people, older than even the people who live now, and they were nothing like human people. They could change from one thing to another like water in the river, but they were more like the earth than that; their bodies were brown and rough and made of clay and blood, rather than being made of blood and corn like all of us, and they thought in the same way the Everywhen spread out. They built great stone cities; their remains can be seen on the shores of the sea, where Uluguru the paddle-lizard swims. Their bodies would ripple like the surface of the water, and they could appear in any shape. They were among the creations of the Mother of All Things, and when the big hornhead went to sleep, they were one of the people he would dream about.
One of our people found out once that they're still alive, even after that old time's all turned into rocks. It was Raw-Meat-Girl, actually, but this was after she learned how to make her own fire, so she's Cooked-Meat-Girl now
How Johnny Lee Makes FireBy Adam J. Thaxton
One day Johnny Lee was out picking fruit from the frost-vines when he heard a cry for help. He followed it to a find a small clearing where there was a woman sitting there with a scowl on her face and her arms crossed. She huffed at him when he entered the clearing, and he looked at the pile of sticks by her feet.
"So, what is the matter?" he asked.
"Wood is hiding the fire from me again," the woman grumbled, and Johnny Lee nodded in understanding.
"Wood hides fire from me quite a lot," he said. "But sometimes I can get it to give it up."
She looked at him and nodded.
"That is all well and good, but how does it help me?" she asked.
"Very simply," he said, and clapped his hands together. "I will make the fire come out."
He scowled at the fire, screaming in rage and anger, then struck his fist into the ground.
"Wood!" he shouted. "You best give up your fire or I will come in there myself and get it!"
No sooner had he shouted this than all the sticks in the clearing bur
The BugsThere used to be a man who could fly up at the abbey. That was Wilkins Abbey, an old church built back in the 19th century or something that sat up on the river like an obsidian edifice through which the light shone, the hill taking on the gape and shoulders of a grinning giant whenever the sun would set behind it. We'd always look up at it and watch him come and go, his big wings unfolding like a forgotten statue, and he'd take to the air.
He always seemed so happy, even though he was crying when he would fly by all of us, he would always wave and laugh. Sometimes he would ask if we wanted to join him in the air, but we always said that no, we couldn't fly because we didn't have wings. He would tell us that having wings is great, and we should try it sometime, even though it would make him sad to realize we didn't have them.
Sometimes we would see lights coming from inside, and the flying man would tell us that they were people made of blue light or fog or something, that there were m
Folk Devil Prologue DraftHe was digging where he buried the body.
He'd been at the thick, black mud for maybe four hours now, switching from shovel to trowel, chopping away an odd root or two with his axe. He'd wondered for awhile if there had been enough time for roots to grow over it, but he wasn't sure, now. He wasn't sure of much of anything, his eyes clouded as they were by tears and rain. Every hole he dug, every time he got six feet down, every time it wasn't there, he'd panic, the trowel would go into the four inches of water and mud at the bottom, and he'd frantically push around his hands in the soil, finding nothing.
That wasn't to say he hadn't found anything at all. An old necklace, a lost ring, coins, even a maize-cutter's mouth knife. That one had worried him; he hoped that they hadn't come and found the body. He heard they eat corpses, but he'd also heard they could walk through walls and smell hatred. Even so, he'd been on the lookout for them, watching for those distinctive two and a half toe
The Repentant FarmerThe Repentant Farmer
There was once a farmer who lived at the edge of the Kingdom of Grasses on the plain of Serna, and he was also a woodsman of great skill. His carvings were the envy of his village and his wife was young and beautiful as she was wise in the ways of money and upkeep. One day, however, a priestess passed through and stayed the evening with him.
She told him that she feared for his safety, that he never prayed or burned incense or made cocoa cakes for the spirits of the forest. He replied that if she had a husband and as many children as he had, she would not have time to do those things, either. She replied to him that he must find time to both work and do such things, lest he be reborn as a mouse or toad, or even a small fly for millions of years. She told him to be cautious, however, because all praying does is get the spirits to pay attention to you; you must then prove yourself to have the worth you claim to have.
This was horrible to the selfish woodsman,
The Shield Lizard's BetThe Shield Lizard's Bet
Many years had passed since the hopper had given up half his cunning to be with man and woman in their home, and he had prospered above all the other animals. Shield lizard looked in on them often from where he was in the world, and wanted to prosper so well himself. He wandered off into the jungle, seeking out the other half of hopper's cunning, which was also a hopper, and found her chasing dragonflies by a waterfall.
"Hopper," he said, and she turned to see him.
"What do you want?" she asked, "to play fivestones? I will win."
"I want to live with man, too," shield lizard said, "I want to prosper like the other half of your cunning."
Hopper thought for a moment.
"I will help you," he said, "if you give me your horns and your size so I can make a frightening disguise. If you live with man, after all, you will not need them."
Shield lizard so agreed and gave hopper his three horns and his great size, and when it was done he was small and had only a beak t
The Hopper and UtchusuThe Hopper and Utchusu
Once all the spirits did not know where the animals should be. It was right after the animals had got made that the spirits thought they would get fed up very quickly with all kinds of chaos, so they went to the first hunter, Utchusu, who was out looking for food to bring to his wife, for she could get very irate if she had nothing to cook.
They said, "man, you will need to make us a spear shaft for every animal, and each one must be a different size" and Utchusu agreed, not wanting to offend the spirits. They went to his wife Hetchea, and they said "woman, you will need to make us a spear head for every animal, and each one must be a different size." Thinking this might be hard, she agreed anyway, and when Utchusu returned home, they both talked about making the spears.
So they began, working for a thousand years to make them, and when at last they were done, the spirits appeared before them again. "Now," they said, "you must take them to Pyaku mountain a
~Kissing You Better~ Erwin x Reader Chapter 1
"Ouch! Watch where you're-oh!" Shit, it was higher-up. Double shit! It was Commander Erwin himself. Great. How am I supposed to advance the ranks in the Corps if I disrespect the commander on my first day as a member of the scouting legion? you thought. You bowed your head slightly, you entire tone of voice changing. "I'm so sorry sir! it won't happen again!"
When you did not hear him say anything, you looked up to see a smile on his lips, a sparkle in his bright blue eyes. "I see, cadet. If I were anyone else, you would have chewed me out, am I right?"
You began to squirm under the intensity of his gaze. He was calling you out on you behavior. Wonderful. Slowly, you began to nod, feeling that admitting to it was better than standing there, frozen in fear.
He patted you on the shoulder. "I'd much prefer if you'd treat me like you do everyone else. I am just another person, after all. Or, better yet, treat everyone like you treat me. Kindness and compassion is more likely to solve probl
~Kissing You Better~ Erwin x Reader Chapter 3
This was an absolute nightmare. You stood high up in a ridiculously tall tree at the entrance to a forest of even larger trees, looking down at the grotesque faces of titans, all too eager to tear you limb from limb. What the hell was going on in the forest, where Erwin's group had entered not to long ago, followed by Squad Levi and most lately by that Female-type titan?
After a single glance at her, you were immediately unsettled and confused. Why did she look so familiar to you?
Snarling as an aberrant titan began climbing between two trees to say hello to you and eat you for dinner, you surveyed the surrounding area. After seeing no other titans in the immediate vicinity, you lunged downwards with your gear and a slashed a wide chunk out of its neck. It fell to the ground with a dull thump!
You maneuvered your way closer towards a group of people. Soldiers were supposed to stay with their squads, but considering yours was dead, you'd have to make do. Being placed on the right flank
~Kissing You Better~ Erwin x Reader Chapter 2
For the next few weeks, you did your absolute best to find a reason to go to your commander, whether it be for delivering paper work or randomly bringing him a cup of tea or some food you snagged from the larder, stating that it was good for him to get something to drink or eat every once in a while. He never turned you away, so he must not have been bothered by your intrusions. As a matter of fact, he requested to see you several times, all for business, though the tasks he asked you to complete were things any random cadet could've done for him. But he always asked for you.
Today was no different, as the two of you sat quietly in his office, sipping tea from mugs as he worked through paper work while you sorted papers, filed some and packed and sealed others in envelopes. You found yourself constantly looking at his serene features while he worked. Commander Erwin rarely looked up once he was focused on something, no matter how trivial it may have been. That dedication was part of wh
Seth And Natalee Part III
Sitting next to Sadie, Nat gave her the rest of her sandwich as she started to pick berries, eating one while she's at it.
The delicious taste of the berries made her smile, wishing Seth were here to enjoy these.
In the meantime, Seth was having a quite pleasant time too.
A loud, guttural gurgle was hear as the squirming form of his latest catch was slowly kneaded down his snake body, further swelling his already thick tail until finally end its trip, tightly pressed inside the dark, slimy tomb of the naga's second stomach.
Seth sighed in relief, happily twitching his tail while licking his lips in satisfaction.
Although he wasn't completely full, this deer was nice and big, putting out a quite wild fight inside him, much to the very organ's delight.
Nat gave Sadie a berry to try, to which the dog declined by backing away from it. "Come on, Sadie." Natalee giggled. "You won't know that you like it until you try it."
~Epiphany~ Levi x Reader Prologue
"_____? Can you hear me, _____?"
"I don't think she's awake."
"But-but she needs to get up!" This voice belonged to a high pitched male. "She has to come to Eren's trial. She has vital information that they'll need to hear!"
"Trial?" you murmured, slowly waking up. "What's Eren having a trial for? The only thing I remembered him killing was titans." Then you jerked up out of bed. "Holy shit! Eren is a titan, too!" You looked at the two people standing by you, who were Mikasa and Armin. "We need to go!" A momentary spasm of pain burst through your head, but it was nowhere near as bad as it had once been. Still, it was enough to make you cringe.
"Slow down," Mikasa said, placing a hand on your shoulder, steadying you as well as holding you in a sitting position on your bed. "You've been asleep for a week with a concussion. Moving around suddenly isn't a good idea."
"I've been out that long?" you asked, confused. You had been awake last night, tossing and turning in your bed, but you'd on
~Epiphany~ Levi x Reader PREMISE!
That damned room was so fucking claustrophobic. Sighing as you twisted around in the hospital bed, you winced when a bolt of pain shot through your head.
"Oh, hell," you whispered, wincing in pain. You wondered if this is what your mother had felt that night, so many years ago. Or was it worse? The thought echoed in your mind as the memory flashed through your mind, incapable of forgetting it.
"Momma? Why are you sending me to bed so early?" five-year-old you had asked, wrapping your small hands in your mother's skirt.
She smiled at you fretfully. "I've got something I need to do before I go back to work tomorrow, dear," she had said, her smile looking strained.
"Aw, you have to go back to work?" you sighed, your small, childish face twisting into an adorable pout. "The survey corps never lets you have long breaks, do they mother?"
"Well, if I succeed at what I plan on doing, I'll be on a permanent break, honey," she said, picking you up and setting you on you bed, tucking you in betwe
Seth And Natalee Part II
As Natalee kissed him again, the naga looked at her for a moment and then closed his eyes, letting a resigned but yet amused smirk cross his lips while sighing quietly.
"She will really never change…"
"It's about hours you're out..." he said, noticing that the sun had already moved so much "Your friend could be worried about you"
"Would you like to meet Kale?" the girl said sweetly to Seth. "He's supposed to be back with my friend, Aggy."
Seth narrowed his eyes, looking up thoughtfully.
Actually, he had other plans for the day, but, before today, he hadn't ever known such strange human like this girl and the idea to meet this Kale too intrigued him very much.
"All right, take me to them" he finally decided.
Smiling cheerfully, Natalee pulled his hand to direct him to her home. There, Kale and Aggy was sitting on the porch, eating some berries he and Agatha picked today.&
Autumn nights“Where will you sleep?” He asked, superiorly, gazing at the forest floor around them, after carefully choosing his own spot, which was both dry and sheltered, squinting as the autumnal light fled fast. She padded here and there, pretending to inspect the ground, as a critic might examine a work of art, before finally meandering back, and promptly falling down on top of him- which wiped the smirk off his face to her vast amusement, replaced by a blushing one which made her chuckle. She snuggled into his shirt, fitting perfectly on his huge chest.
“I’ll sleep here,” she said in a superior tone, “it’s far more comfortable than the rest of the ground, I’m sure.” It was a bold move, however correct her statement was; he was so warm. And autumn nights were cold. Despite this irrefutable logic, she couldn’t look into his face, still scared of the rejection it might hold. She tried to reassure herself, reminding her head she’d d
~Epiphany~ Levi x Reader Chapter 1
"It hurts, doesn't it?"
"A little," Eren responded.
You alone entered what looked to be a sitting room, with three people wearing jackets emblazoned with the wings of freedom on their jackets. Erwin had led you to the room, then claimed that he had some business to take care of, leaving you to bravely enter the room alone. Off to the side sat Eren, on a couch and having his wounds tended to by a woman with glasses and a brunette ponytail. Not like he really needed it. Most of his injuries were already healed, and the ones that weren't were halfway there.
Eren jumped up when he saw you. "_____!" he blurted out, rushing over to you and grabbing you in a tight hug. "It feels like I haven't seen you in years," he whispered in your ear.
"Ow, ow, watch the head," you said, cringing when he accidentally nudged your head.
Pulling away, he looked at you questioningly, taking in your thinner appearance and the shadows beneath your eyes. "What happened to you?"
"Hit my head at Trost," you said, w
Spider's VirtueThe story is a lie, unless you are a Spider.
Spider loves all her children, and there is very little she wouldn't do in order to protect them. One day every animal was sitting around talking about their own families and how many virtues they have.
“My children are strong, and they can thrash their enemies about!” said Alligator. “Without strength, no one is anyone.”
“My children are full of courage,” shouted Green Lizard. “Without courage, no one is anyone, what use is strength without courage to apply it?”
“My children are resourceful,” said Scrub Jay. “Without resourcefulness, what use is either of those? To smash a wall perhaps, but nothing more.”
Spider skittered by.
“Loyalty,” is all she said.
“What does Spider know about loyalties?” asked Alligator, burbling water.
“Without loyalty, any virtue you possess does nothing but serve your enemies,” Spider replied. “My daugh
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