Timeless Winds - Chapter TwoI laughed as Aisuru and I messed about in the sea, splashing each other at first, before racing back and forth from one end of the ship to the other. We were fairly equal in speed but I didn't have quite the stamina and Aisuru began taking more and more of the wins of our little contests. Finally, we decided to just talk as we tread water. "So does this remind you of the night I joined when I fell overboard?" I asked curiously.He laughed and nodded. "A bit, yes; though I am glad that the circumstances are not the same now." He replied honestly."For the record, getting to know exactly who a person is isn't always a positive experience."So ye are saying that ye'd rather live a lie than know the truth?" Aisuru questioned. "Personally, I'd prefer to know the truth, even if it means finding out something bad."I sighed and turned onto my back, taking short breaths so that I could float on my back and look up at the stars that danced and twinkled lazily high above us.
Timeless Winds - Chapter OneThe Sangue-Padre was sailing in a restless sea with the clouds high above an angry shade of grey. Only a few of the pirates had decided to brave the cold weather and stand on the deck. It was nearly eight o'clock at night and yet most of everybody was already in bed. I was down in my quarters, having just showered for the night. It was a few days after Christmas and I was happily wiping my new bow down with a dry cloth before setting it back up on the peg.By far, though, the best present anybody had gotten from Christmas wasn't even really a present – but Aisuru had returned. He had been away for just over seven months and, since his departure, things aboard the Sangue-Padre had been pretty somber. But, now that he was back, things were just as exciting as they had been before he left.I put on a dark purple cotton shirt that hung off my shoulders with a laced neckline, long, fitted sleeves and a hem that cut off past my hips. From there, I wore a pair of cut-off blue jean shor
Stolen Away - Chapter FiveAngel stood on the deck of the Sangue-Padre, a worried look clear on her face. She stood leaning against the railing, her arms crossed over her chest. Her black eyes watched the small town they'd made port in, looking for her friends, her usually tender smile a tight line. The sun shone down on her and the wind swept through her soft black hair as she sighed heavily."You are still waiting for them, aren't you?" A deep voice asked from behind her and Angel turned her head, knowing who it was."I will not stop waiting until they are back aboard this ship Reaper." She replied calmly but he knew how worried she was. She looked back into his bright blue eyes and shook her head. "Where could they have gone? Sarah Grace, Sparky, Aslansa and Talia… Nobody has seen them since we docked. They all just vanished." She said worriedly.Reaper remained silent for a moment before wrapping his arms around her waist and drawing her back against him. Angel sighed and leaned her head back on his shoulder
A Vampire Christmas SurpriseI opened my onyx black eyes just to see the inside padding of my coffin. Now, waking up to find that you're in a coffin in the middle of the day would most likely freak anybody else out. But it didn't scare or even surprise me in the slightest. After being a vampire for nearly a century and a half, waking up in your own coffin was just something you got used to.Forcing myself completely out of sleep, I forced my arms to push open the lid of my coffin and immediately cringed from the little light that still found its way into my room. It was somewhere around noon, meaning I'd only slept about seven hours. The sun was still up and that meant that almost everybody in the castle would be asleep. That gave me plenty of time to set up my surprise and I would probably be working all day long.Finally, I managed to get myself out of bed, as we called our coffins, and made my way over to my closet. Pulling out of my pajama pants, I pulled on a pair of dark jeans and a plain white muscle
The Perfect Pirate Present"Get up, get up, get up!!" Kris exclaimed impatiently as she shook my shoulders. "If you don't get up now, I'll be forced to go tell Sparky you stole her secret stash of cookies." She said in a much quieter voice, a smirk appearing on her face."I'm up!" I cried aloud and sat bolt-upright in bed. Looking around for the young thief, I fell back against my pillows with a heavy sigh of relief. "Don't even joke like that, Kris. If Sparky even thought that were true, she'd have my head." I said and sat back up. "Now what has you so worked up at…?" I paused to run my hands down my face. What the heck time was it anyway?"It's only eight o'clock, calm down. But get dressed!! Come on, there's something up on deck that I think you'll like." She giggled and swept out of my room."I swear, half the crew is on drugs half the time." I mumbled and finally rolled myself out of bed. I hit the floor and shivered. The wood below my bare feet was absolutely freezing from last nights chill. After al
All It Takes - Chapter ElevenNicolas held me pinned against the wall of his bedroom, his raven black eyes absolutely flaming. The darkness of the bedroom only made my fear escalate as he held me there, the shadows seemingly closing in at me. I cringed away from him, terrified of the malice in his gaze. "What did you see?" He demanded as his already deep voice dropping to a level that sent shivers across my flesh like a gust of freezing wind. When I didn't answer, he exploded. "Dammit, Kaylee, tell me what you saw!" He shouted in my face, his hot breath hitting me full-on in the face.I trembled where I stood, fighting to keep my knees from giving out. His black eyes were on fire, glaring down at me as if I'd discovered some secret he'd guarded his entire life. His fingers dug furiously into the tender skin of my wrist and I winced, my shoulder dropping instinctively in reaction to the pain. When he opened his mouth to shout again, I whimpered and finally began to speak. I'd never handled yelling well, or any other
Secret SantaBorn from a circusAnd playful as a kittenBut caring as an angelAnd even gentle tooWe love all that you areAnd will be here for youJust as we knowYou will be here for usYou are an amazing friendOne I wouldn't trade awaySo here is hopingYou have a very merry Christmas!
Are We FoolishMy heart trembles and aches with sadnessIn the wake of such a tragic massacreI cannot help but feel so utterly uselessCould something perhaps have prevented it?Could those children have been saved?Could their stories have been rewrit?The answer, as painful as it is, is noNo matter how much we want them backFor whatever reason, they had to goMen, women and children died that dayAnd their loss shocked an entire nationAnd all we can do now is sit and prayWe pray that their families can move onWe hope that we can prevent further killingsAnd, for now, we look forward to the new dawnWe look forward to the new day that brings new lifeTo the new day and age where there is peace and loveTo a world free of pain and void of terrible strifeAre we foolish to hope for such a day?
The Lost Souls of Sandy HookCharlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Jack PintoOlivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Dylan HockleyAna M. Marquez-Greene, Jesse KowalskiCatherine Hubbard, Madeline Hsu, Emile ParkerJesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Noah PoznerGrace McDonnell, Caroline Previdi, Jessica RekosAvielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison WyattLauren Russeau, Victoria Soto, Rachel DavinoAnne Marie Murphy, Mary Sherlach, Dawn HocksprungTo all you beautiful souls that were lost that dayWithout you, the country has gone greyToo many of you were innocent to this placeAnd now we have lost your excellent graceYou were loved, each and every one of youYour time was certainly not throughYou would have done so much in your livesYou would've been great husbands and wivesAnd to the teachers that stood their groundYour love and bravery was not boundYou saved your children like they were your ownAnd for that bravery, you will be knownNot one of you should have had to dieBut you did, and now we want to cryYou will be mis