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  2. Letter 71 29 March 2016 Dear C, Today is what could have been our 3rd anniversary together. Doesn't time just fly? I know it doesn't matter anymore, but I couldn't stop myself from mentioning this. Maybe next year I will not even notice it. I hope. I had this surreal dream last night. Your sister and I were in the kitchen making you breakfast. Full English. You were somewhere upstairs. Once it was ready I went to your room and as I walked in you were putting the roller skates on - the ones I bought for us when I lived in Wimbledon. You looked at me and smiled. I put the tray on the table and before I even said anything, your sister came in and started to jump around the room. Then the windows in the room started to collapse and the sun burst inside. You didn't pay much attention to it, you seemed to be checking if you had everything on you in order to start skating. Then the entire floor collapsed and I woke up. I was laying on the floor covered with some blue and red liquid. It was very sticky. The blue one smelled nice, but the red one stank terribly. I wanted to get up from that floor and wash the liquid or whatever it was, when suddenly you walked into this place and started to laugh at me. You laughed really hard. It was rather a sarcastic laughter - similar to how Chandler from Friends laughed when Rachel dropped a cheesecake on the floor. I asked you what was going on, but you kept laughing. I saw how the red liquid started to drip down my sleeves and the smell became unbearable. And then I really woke up. As confused as I was, I knew that this dream had to mean something. Why blue and red colours? Why skating roller-blades? What was that liquid all about? Why did I wake up within a dream? And that horrible smell... I got used to you laughing at me in my dreams though so I wasn't surprised about that. Anyway, today I officially finished my music production course and I am now waiting to get the CD with all of my recordings. First, it has to be listened to by a manager from the education department to check, if there isn't anything illegal on my CD. I told the tutor, that for sure I never sang on that CD, nor I used any pre-recorded vocals - all my tracks are instrumental. He said that these were the rules. So now I might wait for months before I get that CD. And I will not even be able to have it in my cell. Once it's approved, it will go to my property box and I will get it on the day I will be leaving this prison. Welcome to my world. You know, today I was thinking about the day when we celebrated our second anniversary. It was beautiful. I remember how surprised you were when you opened that big box I gave you! First you thought I got you some chocolates and a long charger. But then, as you dug a bit deeper, you discovered I got you a brand new iPad mini. Your reaction was priceless! I loved it. You were literally shocked. I felt so happy. So happy. Your joy was my joy. How I wish I could go back to that particular day from the past and relive it with you again. I guess I cling onto all of these memories so much, because I am so terribly scared of the future. I don't know what would happen to me. Will I ever find peace? Will I ever start living again? Happy anniversary C. Forever yours, Sebastian
  3. Yes, Trey is definitely a doting father and I'm glad you appreciate the little details that I include in these chapters. Thanks for the feedback.
  4. Thanks, flesco, and things seem to be going fairly well on all fronts, except for Wyatt's little bout with tonsillitis. Yes, I'm sure Julie is pleased and feeling that she made the right decision by asking Danny and Brandon to take her children, and Julie and the twins seemed to be very happy in their new home. Thanks for the feedback.
  5. Bill W

    Ghouls and Wizards

    Thanks, flesco, and there's a lot going on. The haunted house, and the disagreements there, and the combined birthday party for Wyatt and the twins seemed to go over very well. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it and enjoyed the ideas the adults came up with to make it work.
  6. spikey582

    Chapter 26

    Oh my god, this chapter was so good. It’s hard to take it all in. A couple of great moments, that really stood out would be the scene where Tyler realized he was pretty much adopted already. I think Blake sealed the deal on that. And so much stuff made me laugh, I mean obviously the magic wand. But also Steph making a reappearance, and man does she catch on fast with Tyler. And then Sam showing up and being all mischievous. All I can say is I was sorry to see it end, I was so engrossed in everything going on.
  7. Geemeedee

    Chapter 22

    I know I’m a dork, but my favorite parts are when they guys are focused on the details, making out their to-do list and planning stuff like getting a new license and bank account. 🙂 I’m surprised the hearing went so smoothly. It IS Georgia. I half-expected the judge to take one look at the guys and decide that allowing Liam to go live with a succession of gay couples was not in his best interest. I think I was more relieved than Jarren! LOLL
  8. Mancunian

    Chapter 4

    Being prepared, where possible, is always an advantage when visiting hospitals and if your offering donuts and good homemade food I've only one question to ask, when I'm next in hospital will you come and visit me please, lol 😊. Luckily I've never been homeless but I have seen it from a different angle and hope I'm getting it at least close to being right in the story. If I'm not I hope that someone will let me know as constructive criticism is always good. As for Judy, she is based on a ward sister I got to know from my hospital visits as a boy, she could be hard and uncompromising but she was really a soft pussycat who cared deeply for her patients, I remember her with a great fondness and always will. 😊
  9. flesco

    The Plan is Revealed

    Outstanding chapter! Yuri the self appointed Tsar of Russia is delusional, self absorbed and homicidal. He’s apparently planning to ensure that he becomes king of the world by administering the freedom from disease benefits to all of the people. It’s a nice thought but he’s a monster and his rule would make Stalin look like a saint. The team is up against a madman who has extensive military training and unlimited resources. I’m definitely looking forward to the next chapter! 😃❤️
  10. Tylor_hr

    Epilogue

    Will there be follow up on Spark&Stone company or maybe a story about Michael and Jess? Great story. Realy well written.
  11. droughtquake

    Chapter 4

    Not being a coffee- or tea-type person, I try to bring my own (non-alcoholic) refreshments to the hospital. Of course, that only works if you have time to prepare. When it’s an emergency, as it was with the Major, you just have to go with what you have. Bringing donuts or homemade comfort food is especially valuable for those in the waiting room when a serious hospital procedure is pre-scheduled, like major surgery. People who work with the homeless need to figure out a strategy for coping with a Major-style personality. If you don’t, there are people who will take advantage of you. Many of the needy have been in situations like prison or foster care where they are competing for extremely scare resources. If you can’t figure out a strategy, you quickly burn out. A Judy-type is not an uncommon occurrence. ;–)
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  14. Mancunian

    Chapter 4

    Thank you @Talo Segura for the positive comments, they really are appreciated and encouraging. I hope that I'm making it interesting enough to encourage everyone to continue reading and hopefully attract new readers. It's surprising the effect that babies can have on us, I think it has a lot to do with emotional overload, lol. Most hospitals here have a cafeteria which is open during the day but if your there during evening or night time hours you are reliant on those horrible vending machines, yuk.
  15. Without a doubt, history lessons teach us well. As for Sparky ... well, let's just say, it is a fair bet, and one that I support with all my heart! (But, really, how could US win against China? Chinese knockoffs are everywhere! And not only ... Anyone looking at their iPhones or sports shoes should wonder if the war hadn't been lost already ... I don't know how it's in other parts of the world, but the only way in my country to stay away from Chinese items of any kind, and that without spending half your salary and a kidney on designer stuff, is to go Turkish - especially clothes - they are better, not by much, but still)
  16. I'll take that as a compliment! And seriously, your comment had me breathless with laughter! I think you should write comedies, and let the world enjoy your skill!
  17. Talo Segura

    Chapter 4

    I've caught up and the story is progressing nicely. I like the different plot lines, The Major and his boys, John and his trust fund, Beccy and the baby. I didn't know babies could have that effect on people, making them drop like flies 😁. I did wonder how the lads would manage a strong tea for The Major, but then I imagined those hospital vending machines which mostly dispense warm coloured liquid and not a cafeteria where you might found a nice human behind the counter. Btw, your self-editing is not too bad, any little errors that creep in don't really count for much.
  18. AC Benus

    Into The Valley

    The fight scene was brutal and convincing. The skill with which you wrote it rings out because you did not shy away from details of the engagement. This is written perfectly with enough blow-by-blow to make it come to life for us, and enough struggle to make it real. But my favorite moment in this chapter happens later. The way Stravor wakes Keter from his bad dreams, and then their conversation, is beautiful. This book has such deep-seeded emotions to it, and you present them naturally and exquisitely. "The Searcher" has not only the elements of a great book, but of a great opera. Fantastic work
  19. Thank you, Def! The final Part is now up, and I appreciate you reading and commenting on the entire poem
  20. Yes, Tim, you quote a very important section of the poem. We mustn't let the majority think they have a monopoly on love
  21. Thank you, Parker. You know 'beautiful' is a compliment I'll always accept with relish. Thanks for your support of this piece
  22. Thank you for reading and supporting Hymenaios, Lyssa! The finale is now posted
  23. Thank you, Mike. The finale is now posted. I appreciate your reading this every week while I was posting it. Your feedback has been great!
  24. . Part X. A Double Wedding Twilight of the nuptial day slowly Was coming to its rich inheritance: From eastern sky crept the edges of night, While the boldness of the west continued To send the brilliant orange and yellow rays Of a proud celestial father on his Son’s most glorious of wedding parties. On the heavenly heights of Olympus, Hymenaios had a rise in status As Zeus, Hera and Aphrodite draped The offspring of their sun-chariot kin With the admiring pleasure of watching His adventures serving for the gods Eros and Artemis with pluck and love. The congress of immortals had gathered ‘Round the visionary well of Lord Zeus And cheered on the defeat of human greed By the force of mortal devotion, and The Olympians a body then Granted the bright demi-god and his bride Deathless form to join them when Death would call. So it was with immeasurable pride Helios pulled his chariot across The high arc above the Acropolis Where families would congregate to witness Beautiful children unite in wedlock. Earlier, while He could still watch, one group Decorated the altars of Eros With the sweetest boughs of myrtle strong, where Every manly blossom a poet could Dedicate to the synchronized beauty Of boys and the bold wisdoms which bless Love-matches between the masculine tribes. Meleager’s keepsake for Myiscus Interwove pale roses with narcissus, Young vines of grape blooms, sweet-scented iris, Fragrant marjoram amid maiden-hued Crocus and sorrow-tainted hyacinth. Among these bright blossoms of hope were set Dark-leaved sprigs of laurel, ivy clusters, Boughs of walnut, and sprinklings of wild thyme; And because love among men is sometimes Presented with a rougher road to haul, An occasional dark-eyed violet Rounded out the love garland to remind A tear or two is oft shed in pursuit Of a lovely lad whose heart is too hard. In stirring fruitful contrast, the nursemaid And doting mother of Kathros had plait Some dear maternal drops of sentiment Into the swag they wove as offering To the earthy and fecund side of love. For Terrestrial Aphrodite’s shrine Upon the heights of the temple complex, They strung a garland of terebinth boughs With globes of purple, tight-leaved artichoke, Aromatic sprays of demantoid pine With slick stalks of razor-edged-but-sweet rush. Upon this foundation, pink-scented sprigs Of infant apples upon their branches, First fruit of sandstone-hued pomegranate And spear-like, tapering twigs of wild pear Were set on cushioning dollies of wheat Golden and ripe, promising nutrition. Interspersed with these were the proud blossoms Of redolent cooking from the chefs: Herbs dry and rich from the fields of parsley, Sacred lovage with its scent of celery, And the undoubtedly bawdy hing[1] From its yellow sprays of spicy spikenard.[2] The length of this great and fruitful garland They hung around the altar of She who Watches over earthly reproduction; The nursemaid and Kathros’ mother also Shedding a few more tears as they did so. But now the Sun God from his western place Could begin to see the wedding procession. It slowly went its way up the white steps To the summit of the Acropolis – The smoked, red-veined altar ‘fore the temple Of high-handed but loving Artemis. In symbol of his absent, godly father, Hymenaios bore three-foot tapers, Both lit, and meant to reflect the Sun’s light On the Earth, even after darkness falls. In token too, one torch represented His deeply abiding love of Kathros And the other as its equal among The love of Meleager and Myiscus, For equal, all equitable love is. Behind the saffron-tunic'd torchbearer, The wedding party slowly followed. Up, ever up to the Goddess’ steps, They trod their way as stars came out above. Myiscus was arrayed just like his friend, Only his arms were laden with four wreaths, Each bandied with verdant needles of pine – To show the power of eternal love – And rosebuds of yellow to signify The budding pleasure of all earthly life. Then behind the young men out in the lead Came Meleager and Kathros – both in white, While over the head of the lovely bride, A diaphanous veil of flame colors Was embroidered round-a-bout with living Sprays of blooming lilies of the valley. Next to come after the four espoused, As many sets of parents beamed with pride. At last mounted the white temple steps To stand before the holy altar of Artemis with its fragrant incense fire; Much of the city had already come And stood in awe to witness the nuptials. Hymen placed his now brightly glowing lights In slots besides the waiting high priestess. A hush fell upon everyone, even The tenant birds of the Acropolis. At the signal, Hymen lifted her veil And crowned Kathros with one of the pure wreaths. Myiscus did the same with his beaming Meleager, poet he’d love for life. Once complied, their partners mirrored actions And placed gentle crowns on their belovèds. Both couples then joined hands for the priestess, Who soon bound a flower garland around The two sets of sacredly linked fingers. “Do you,” asked the pleased officiator, “Hymen and Kathros; Meleager and Myiscus here vow to defend in love The person with whom you will share your life?” “I do,” rang out in affirming quartet. “Do you also,” continued the priestess, “Avow to live in honor as equals, Never stating your match better than that Of your brother’s? Knowing sacred is love Arranged for each of us in heaven.” “I will,” was the tender, life-sustaining Pledge for all present – and all of mankind – To hear now, and for every age to come. “Then,” said the priestess, “Kiss to trow your faith.” Myiscus and Meleager did so, Starting their married life as lovingly As each boy had pursued their long courtship. Smiling, Hymen slapping his best friend’s back, The bright young man then raised his hand to touch The divinely rosy cheek of Kathros, Drawing them by slow degrees together. They kissed, and what heart that day didn’t melt? The poet and his spouse rejoined hands, and Myiscus, so taken with life’s great joy, Began to mutter a loud tribute: “Hymen – dear, Hymen. Come, O Hymena,” But yet, what started as a single phrase Others in the crowd took up as refrain; Soon the cheer rose to fill the sky with light And the grinning boy once more touched his wife By her sweet flower-laced hand to draw her Into another, longer-lasting kiss. For then the folks did shout, rejoice and learn to say: “Hymen, come. Hymenaios, O Hymenae!” ~ [1] Hing: asafoetida (Ferula assa-foetida). A savory staple of Greek and Roman cuisine, in Latin is it known as Iaser; in Greek, silphium. Today it is best utilized in Indian cooking, thus the “hing” appellation here. [2] Both of these tribute garlands – one to same-sex love; one to opposite-sex love – are based on Greek Anthology 4.1. This is the dedication of the real-life Meleager for his Garland, the verse collection upon which the Greek Anthology is based. In his tribute, he associated each plant with a poet represented in his collection of their work. _
  25. mmike1969

    Chapter 72

    JJ living only with $2k a month and no private car and no unlimited credit cards... How will he survive?!?!?. 🙄 I'm with Brad on this. If JJ made a promise to see a doctor, he should of followed up in this. Edit #1: And we see Zach again... How long before they have sex, have a fight, both leave to separate corners, have sex again, apologize, get mad and have sex again before Will dumps Zach? Edit #2: Oh and BTW Mark, NYC subways stopped using tokens several months earlier.
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