YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 42 (CHAPTER 189)


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120 Days Until Anxiety And the Uncertain End (part 1)

Evester sat with Crass watching as Karla and Rayda showed the soldiers the proper training practice moves. The General was rotating through soldiers at a break-neck pace. Evester understood why, but he was tired of having to intimidate them each time. The General, luckily enough, seemed to have realized that Karla was dangerously skilled, and with each group, more respect was given to her. The new batch needed to begin from the basics. Most soldiers caught on fast enough, having trained in the weapons for a long time, and once they moved from practice, they  were moved to intermediate on the course that they’d managed to make. They had nothing after that and had to send them off, but each group had its own challenges.

“You okay?” Crass asked him.

“I’m not going to tear the soldiers apart, if that’s what you mean.” Evester had calmed down. 

Insulting him, he didn’t care about. Insulting his father? It was probably true. Insulting his mother? She could take care of herself. Insulting his siblings? He went rabid. The worst part was that he always forgot it was his reaction until it happened. One Soldier, had called his mother a demagogue, which phased him none, but then called Europa a demon in the making. Evester probably would have accepted it as truth, if the guy hadn’t called his sister brainless after that. 

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 41 (CHAPTER 188)


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121 Days Until Care And the Uncertain End

Zeydar woke in a fright. Heart beating wildly, the visions swam before him in the form of a fresh memory of terror. The screams had returned. The pain, the flames, the smell of blood. The death. The memories, all the memories. The Catastrophe, the Night of Oblivion, Tyler, on the road, the deaths, the collapse of Valaria, all of it was replaying. And he was there again, screaming, trying to escape but this time he wasn’t chained. This time his magic was with him, sparking like a powder keg, ready to strike out.

Focus on me.

Hands in darkness, Zeydar fumbled around trying to find the recording. His magic spun around him, and he recognized the sound of breaking as the memories formed before him. It was happening again. It was coming again. Everything was so hot. Everything was too much. He needed Dreams to take it all away. The sounds of the night were loud. Sharp breathing scraped him, both his and Kony’s. The darkness was swimming, swirling, and then there was the stinging of the air. He couldn’t breathe.

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CON – B1: Serenity – Chapter 5


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First Date

Alexis leaned against the wall, looking up to the blue sky in the sweltering heat. Her thighs were sticky and her entire body felt as if she were melting. It was terrible. Her hair was a mess of humidity induced frizz and she was certain that whatever makeup she’d had on was gone. Sipping on her water through her straw, she thanked the heavens for ice. When Nathan tapped her shoulder, she jumped almost three feet into the air like a frightened cat, before pulling her headphones off her ears and starring at him. He had changed out of his work uniform.

“Sorry.” He apologized before Alexis could say hello. After he said the words, she did not have the heart to tell him that it was her fault and that she should have been prepared for him to appear. She had been the one to call him out and see if he wanted to go out on a date after his shift. She was the one waiting for him outside of his work place. She should have been expecting him, however she had not heard him approach. What was it with these southern boys and their frequency she could not track? She was going to have to do more to get to know the land so that she could sense when someone was approaching her.

It was going to be a date. She had framed it as a date so that there would be no confusion between the two of them. She had not known him long but she had gone on dates with less information before. Boys on dating apps were always hits or misses, and Nathan seemed like a far better option than any of them. She told him was a date when it was an information scout to learn more about the door. The date and hanging out with him was a bonus. She had asked him to show her around town, and to all of the cool music spots. He had agreed. She had told him it was a date, and had flustered him.

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Stain Review

Stain Review

Okay. So hello. Wow. This has been a while. I know. I know. What is even happening. Book reviews? Turns out I had a lot just in my write up folders. That means I have stuff to give you. I figured, I might as well start now. Please forgive me as I get back into the swing of these. It is going to take me a minute to do so, as I have to get used to writing a lot again for these. I didn’t complete this one, before. So I will have to do that now.

The synopsis for this might be the longest synopsis I have written. I won’t lie. It is intimidating compared to what I say for likes and thoughts on it all. Basically. I wrote a long synopsis to give myself a clear picture of what to write later, and I’m too lazy to do that now. Just know I LOVED this book. I loved it. God I love this book. Yeah. That’s the whole review.

I loved this.

But if you want more, I guess you can keep going.

Ready?

Let’s go!

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 40 (CHAPTER 187)


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122 Days Until Perfection And the Uncertain End (part 3)

Zeydar looked to May who stood before him disheveled and then to Shawn who stood as if he hadn’t just been caught making out with May. Zeydar had been walking down the hall. He had been planning to read books, to practice his magic, something. He didn’t remember his initial goal anymore, because when he had turned the corner he found them. Shawn had May pressed up against a door, and she had been clinging to him. He had not made a single sound and was about to turn when May had seen him and shoved Shawn away.

Then she started stumbling and making excuses.

“Listen. I’m not judging.” Zeydar looked to her, stopping her excuses from digging her into a deeper hole. “But are you sure? Shawn?”

“Yes. Me.” Shawn rolled his eyes.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 39 (CHAPTER 186)


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122 Days Until Perfection And the Uncertain End (part 2) 

The facility wafted with the odor of humans. Airships had lined the building spanning miles. People moved about creating a cascade of noise bouncing off the walls. Thousands of people were living in the spare warehouses along the strip of land where airships were being transferred. They had what they could carry, enough to fit in their specified storage containers, and nothing more. These people were here to work, and then to move. They had come to assist in fleeing the planet.

“We are currently stocking ships with supplies. New clothes, and the likes.” Alan Penn told Heia as she watched people being checked in. “With the Circles assistance, we have started the transport ships of goods and weapons for all.”

The first thing that was being packed were the ships that would hold food, clothes, instruments, books, documents, technology, and many other things to jumpstart a new economy. Other ships would hold animals and seed for food. Still others would have machinery and equipment along with metal, wood, and other building supplies. There were people being transported all over the world to collect materials and to rip up the remains of the earth before it was destroyed for good. Years of treaties and protocols to protect the planet were being broken for their survival. Each of the ships with human civilization upon them would carry similar things, albeit in smaller numbers. Circles were providing weapons, guns and holoblades, to any who could use them. They were bolstering numbers for the armies and collection groups. The coming battles would need everything they could get for protection.

Karla had requested assistance and Estashia had listened. Things were looking up. 

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CON – B1: Serenity – Chapter 4


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The Costume

When Alexis and Nia arrived at the bowling Alley, Alexis realized too quickly that she was sticking out like a sore thumb. She had pulled some of her curls back and pinned them out of her face. She had decided to go with a pink plaid shirt and blue jean shorts. Nia had thrown on a crop top with her shorts. They had thought that they would fit in. 

There were people cosplaying characters from cartoons and others dressed as fantasy races. There were people from shows she knew and more that she didn’t. Everyone was dressed up in some way and they looked at Alexis and her sister like invaders. They did not want Alexis and Nia there. They did not appreciate the two impeding on their space. The worst part was that Nia and Alexis were nerds in their own right. They deserved to be there under normal circumstances, even if they stuck out now. Walking into the hall, Alexis was bombarded with elaborate fantasy music and a scent reminiscent of a forest.

Alexis contemplated leaving for a long moment before she saw Nathan waving her down. He was dressed in a tunic and pants with what looked like chainmail. His bright smile was accented by detailed scale makeup on his face and hands, and a crown upon his hand that glimmered gold. James stood next to him in a more simple outfit with a fake lute on his back. He was dressed in brown linens and slightly elongated teeth and ears. As they got closer, Alexis noticed how he wore cat eye contacts, and his nails were painted black.

“You didn’t tell me it was a costume party!” Alexis hissed when they got close enough.

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CON – B1: Serenity – Chapter 3


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The Diner

Alexis had an entire summer to stay in this new house and she had not even gone seventy-two hours without finding trouble for herself. She tried to ignore the itch of adventure, by organizing her entire music collection. She placed all her CDs in their racks, the records in their boxes. She organized her racks of cassettes. She checked her record player, her gramophone, her boombox and multiple radios. She organized and organized until there was nothing left to organize. Her walls were a beautiful display of musical players and her mind was no more focused.

The itch of adventure crawled at her skin telling her that it was there and it remembered. She knew that she was not supposed to remember it for some reason. Jordan? Jordan was the cause and the fault and the issue. However the door was whispering at her. come back. help me.

When her phone rang, Alexis thought for a long hard moment. She did not need to go and meet up with the man who had a mysterious long hallway that she couldn’t even remember. But she remembered the door. With each passing minute she remembered the door more. She thought of the black door that seemed to be a blackhole sucking in all light. She thought of the silver handle that was too bright to be old. She thought of the wafting smell of summer that came from under the frame and the fact that there was no keyhole. She could picture the light from the other side, a soft blue that flickered. She had felt so cold, and had wanted nothing more than to open it.

“Are you okay?” Nia asked from the doorway. Alexis’ head snapped up to her sister who was looking at Alexis walls. Alexis’ phone was no longer ringing. Her screen had returned to the image of Tiana holding her blow torch and a bike behind her. She had been fixing something in her shop, casting some sort of metal work. Alexis did not remember now. She had snapped the photo because Tiana looked cool. Nia touched Alexis’ shoulder. “Did you sleep at all? How are you already completely set up?”

Alexis did not want to admit that she had not slept. Tiana had taught Alexis to use power tools and so the installation of her shelves had been easy. She had brainless about it all. She had to focus on something else. She had to think of anything else. She needed… She opened her phone quick and then immediately shut the message. Tiana had messaged her a picture: Up all night. Go to bed. It had been accompanied by a photo of Tiana’s latest project.

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