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  1. We sit in the locker room, waiting for my dad to come in. It’s half time and we are only down by one touchdown. The opposing team has stepped up their defense and is killing us. I know Shawn is nervous; he’s made two incomplete passes and only gained a few yards on running. My dad steps into the locker room. “Gentlemen, listen, we are still in this. We have the chance to open the season up with a big win. We haven’t worked our asses off this summer and these last few weeks to tuck our tail
    18 points
  2. Morningstar: The Malaise Chapter 37 “Did you remember the letters of introduction from Denver and me?” “Yes, Mom, and we packed enough of the copper to protect all the Vega members when we get there.” “Good. I must say, everyone I talked to likes the chain so much better than that annoying wire. I hardly notice I have my necklace on even though I’ve never worn jewelry before.” “Good, because it’s a part of our life from now on. I like mine too
    16 points
  3. From the album: Famous-Barr General Images

    Defiance19 gave me this wonderful banner for Christmas, and I'm extremely happy. It's so generous; thank you!
    10 points
  4. I doubt he knows I’m watching him. If he did, he’d probably stop, or slap me if he’s feeling brave, but he certainly wouldn’t just keep going like that. Surely, he can’t know I’m watching him. It’s unspeakably early for a Tuesday morning. I left the house to avoid my parents and their arguments. They were loud enough this time that I could hear them all the way from my bedroom in the east wing of the house, a fancy name for the semi-independent extension my father had built so he could quietly
    10 points
  5. Every year. I do the same thing every year but I think this one was the worst. Zero Christmas spirit, the tree never really finished, not a card sent and the ones we received never opened, because of this lack of spirit and preparedness, Christmas Eve Day I spent in the kitchen ... baking, cutting, wrapping, until Michael said, 'Enough!' That was at about 10pm or later, I think. Christmas morning was more of the same. I had boxes to pack, meringues to paint, and we were both stressed before we left to go over Mike's parents for the afternoon and evening. We were snippy with each other and Mike was ready just to stay home. However we didn't. We ended up having a lovely time, lots of laughs, great food and drinks. We came home, then after a cup of tea and some talking, we went to bed. Oh Happy New Year!! Boxing Day found us, making cranberry sauce, stuffing, and roasting a nice turkey. Things are so calm today, we headed back to bed this afternoon for an hour or so and then we napped. I got up and basted the turkey, Mike's done the sprouts and me the potatoes. I'm hungry even though we had waffles (again) for brunch. My heart's desire is to feel how I feel right now, before Christmas Eve next year! I think I need a plan. NO! I know I need one. I need a gift list; I need to plan when to make things I do each year ... fudge, cookies. I will go and buy gift wrap, bags etc. THIS week when it's all on sale. I will put up the tree on a day I note on the nice journal Mike gave me! I want that peaceful, mostly ready for Christmas, Christmas next year. I do not want the anger and stress I felt this year. I want to look forward to the season. Okay, that's my idea ... Now i need a calendar and a plan!!! I feel better already!
    8 points
  6. When the alarm went off on Monday morning, I raced around to get myself ready first before waking Noah and Benny. Then, I helped Benny select a nice outfit to wear, while Brandon fixed breakfast. The food was on our plates and waiting for us when we got downstairs, and today we were having Brandon's version of an Egg McMuffin, along with some home fries. As soon as we'd finished eating, I had Benny and Joshie slide into the middle seat of the SUV and buckle in so we could head to the element
    7 points
  7. Brian Goes to College – Chapter 6 Copyright 2015-2016 by Nick Brady, all rights reserved. ------------------------------------------------------- “I saw the counselor at Tulsa Community College and took some tests,” Noah told Brian on Monday as they were unpacking a shipment of new bicycles. “What tests were those?” “Something called a Briggs-Myers test and something else called a MAPP test. They are supposed to tell me what sort of things I might be good at.” “Right, I took those at
    4 points
  8. I had barely gotten in the door when my phone rang on the desk. I smiled seeing Alan Belosik’s name on the ID. “I just got in!” I said without bothering to say hello. “I had to know,” Alan said. “Did it go well? Did they like you? Did you like them?” I chuckled hearing his questions. “Yes to all those questions.” “What did you do there?” Alan asked. “Did you go to the Phantom of the Opera?” “Yes, we did,” I answered. “I’ll tell you in more detail on Tuesday.” “But i
    4 points
  9. April 3, 1800 London, England Granger followed the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Salisbury, down the corridors of St. James Palace until they reached a closed door. Granger recognized this door, as it led the way to the same room he’d been ushered to before when he’d had private audiences with the King. While Salisbury scratched the door to announce their arrival, Granger glanced quickly at his reflection in the mirror, to make sure that his uniform and appearance were in good orde
    4 points
  10. After we finish eating breakfast, my dad looks at me. "Feel like going to the field and tossing the ball around for a little while?" "Do you like to eat steak?" I ask. He just grins. "That's my boy. Last toss around for a few weeks, until we can get school, practice, and games in a good pattern." I run upstairs and throw on a different tank top, and grab an extra pair of shorts, boxers, and tank top. I always have to shower after we toss the ball around.
    4 points
  11. I found a cute story today called "Paper Walls", by KD, a new author here at GA. The story was first post back in early fall, but it just caught my eye today. I read the first 11 posted chapters and I fell in love with it. It centers around a fifteen year old adopted football prodigy from Russia whose adopted dad is a coaching legend of Texas High Football, himself. KD does an awesome job of bringing his characters alive and leaves you wanting more. If fact, the chapters could be longer, but KD doesn't short change you in the content department. I don't do this too often, but I highly recommend this story to all.
    3 points
  12. I was in a great relationship for a number of years however it went from good to worse My Ex Saskue I will call him because he likes naruto I do as well. Any way back on topic. I was 16 he was 15 we were both in high school and we didn't notice each other till I told people I was bisexual, a few people know I am How ever to this day my family is the hard part. Any way we met At yughio I'm serious people who read this will think that's funny but ya that's how me and Saskue met Going on we started to hang out and it went from there his foster mom hated me lilatry we hid our relationship from her but she found out and issues arose and it went from there I always told her the truth I tried to be on her good side but he also lied to her about us as well, I guess that what made her not trust me I will never know for she passed away in 2014 I think I could be wrong. Also She refused to believe he was gay at the the time he was bisexual, a few years in to our relationship he then stated that. We lasted four full years then another four in the 11 years we have know each other The first four were fine with ups and downs but the last four just say bitter. I still have feelings for him but not as much as I did back when I was younger we came back into contact after not talking for a year or so - what's weird we have others since then but I recently got ill over the holidays and he cares still for me even though we put each other through hell and I mean that literally from fighting to stealing to blackmail Any way The fact is I still like him he made me feel safe and when others buillied me he stood up for me I haven't asked him since if he still has feelings for me but it's hard when two different personalities crash with each other. Since 2006 I've been in five different relationships and most of them could have turned out different. I want others to know don't take what you have before it's too late. As of 2012 I've been in a relationship based online and i don't know what to do with it. I love the guy I haven't met him but we have talked via Facebook n Skype plus texting as well He lives in the states while I live in Canada I don't know how to deal any more I want to met but money is issue for both of us I don't know any more I'm a guy that falls in love easy and easy to get along with. The reason I feel for Saskue is we had a lot in common isn't that what makes a relationship to work out My point is to those people who fall in love easy make sure you know what you are getting in to and hopefully the right guy
    3 points
  13. It didn’t take very long at all for the boys to fall back into their easy routine. Every morning Marc would pick Toni up with a cup of coffee and a pastry treat. The older boy walking his dearest to each class and making sure he ate well every lunch. After school they would meet at Marc’s car. The younger boy would roll his eyes when his boyfriend opened his door for him. Toni stopped worrying about what others thought about their relationship. Stopped caring if it made him look weak. And he fo
    3 points
  14. “…County has been added to list of travel bans. There is no unnecessary travel allowed for the entirety of Western New York. If you are in need of immediate assistance, call the county help line at 1-800-444-3478. The National Weather Service is predicting an additional 36 inches of snowfall over the next 48 hours, so the travel restrictions are not expected to be lifted any time soon. Remember to use space heaters safely and –“ I shut off the radio and grimaced as I looked out the window.
    3 points
  15. “Hi. My name is Jonquil—but you can call me Jon—and I am a faery.” Choruses of “Hi, Jon” echoed through the small room. I was clearly in the wrong place. The room contained about fifteen people sitting on folding chairs arranged in a circle. The heady aroma of freshly-brewed coffee momentarily distracted me from the spectacle I was witnessing. Jonquil clearly lived up to his name. His hair was bright yellow and his skin was green. He wore a yellow shirt and green jeans, completing the
    3 points
  16. Jamie looked up from his half-finished burger and smiled at his mother. He took a sip of his imported fruity cider, just to bide the time, and then put down his food. Now was as good a time as any to break the news. He’d waited long enough, finished listening to his mother bitch about the latest episode of office infighting at work, sat through all of the news of his aunt’s latest escapades in Florida, and patiently given his attention to the discussion of the new town planning meeting which he
    3 points
  17. “So, what’s Jeremy doing here?” I shrug. “It’s kind of a long story.” “Well, I have time,” he says, smirking. “It’s something I don’t want to talk about.” “Oh, my bad, man. Hey, are we cool?” “Yeah, sorry, it’s just been a weird night and morning. Want to go to my room and chill?” “No worries, man. Yeah, I figured school was canceled and I don’t have work, so I would see if you wanted to chill out.” He f
    3 points
  18. I hear a knock on the door, and I get off the couch to open the door. Shawn is standing there, dripping wet from the rain outside. “Dude, you okay?” “Can I come in?” he asks, avoiding my gaze. “Yeah, um, let me grab you a towel,” I tell him and go to the bathroom to look for one. I run back to the door and hand him the towel, “What’s going on, man?” “Is Coach home?” he asks. “No, my mom went to pick him up from the airport. His f
    3 points
  19. Jeremy still isn’t picking up my calls or returning my texts, so I do my morning run and take a shower. Debating what to wear the first day of school, I settle on green compression boxers and khaki shorts, with a pink polo shirt. A friend back home said the shirt brought out my eyes and had a nice contrast against my darker complexion I smile at my reflection in the mirror, my teeth shiny and bright. I feel myself getting a boner. I reposition myself, so it won’t be so noticeable
    3 points
  20. *Shawn* Finally, the week from hell is over. I head out of the locker room and catch up with Garret. "Sup man?" I ask, shaking his hand and bringing him in to a hug. "Nothing, got anything planned?" he asks. I shake my head and leftover water from the shower shakes off as well. "Nah, was it me, or was Coach kind of pissed at us today?" Garret just shakes his head no. "I mean, not that I really paid attention. I mean, did he ta
    3 points
  21. “Want to throw the ball around?” I ask, not sure what else to do. He nods, “Yeah, sure, why not.” “Cool, I have a ball out back.” I tell him, leading him to the back yard. He just laughs, “Of course you do.” I get a little self conscious at the statement; I guess there isn’t much else to me besides football. “Yeah, my dad and I normally throw it around after school and stuff, but probably won’t be doing that for a while.” He lobs
    3 points
  22. *Pop* the sound of helmets connecting crack in the field. Coach blows his whistle, "Again!" I stand on the sidelines impatient because I know I am much better than the quarterback that is on the field right now. The football is snapped, and I instantly can find a wide receiver to catch the ball, but Shawn doesn't and he is sacked. "Coach, I could make this play with my eyes closed." I tell him. Coach K turns around and gives me a look. "Shut up Kessler!"
    3 points
  23. Ryder is good looking, popular and on the top of his football game. At fifteen what more can a teenager want? When his dad a legendary coach takes a new coaching position his life is uprooted, and so is the past that starts to take a toll on Ryder.
    2 points
  24. Daniel Kevin. What was he doing back? Daniel watched as Kevin circled him and hoped that his face didn’t show how scared he was. He knew the bastard would feed on his fear. He wouldn’t give him the satisfaction. “So, boy. Now I have you back you're going to tell me what happened to your Master. Harold disappeared off the face of the earth and your brother just happened to turn up at exactly the same time. You and Silas are now running around whoring yourselves out at that disgusting club and
    2 points
  25. "Are you sure it's okay?" Sifta wrung his hands as the car finally pulled to a stop. "I can talk to my landlord and see if they still have my old room. I already feel like I'm imposing on you too much at home...And you said this place is supposed to be a getaway for you, where you go when you need a break from everything." The fox looked at the floor, his hair hanging to hide his face. At Loxias's urging, Sifta had let it grow back to its naturally plain brown. It marked the timid fox as a thro
    2 points
  26. The only thing I bothered about at Christmas was getting some good food to eat for just the two of us. Oh yeah, I also threw up a garland of flashing lights, but hardly ever switched them on, no Christmas tree. My partner asked me if he could take down the lights, I told him to hang on a bit, just in case friends come round. Don't want them thinking we're totally unfestive! Actually I don't give a damn, Christmas for me is doing just whatever the two of us want to do
    2 points
  27. You write it, your life, I read it, I understand. Some people believe that their soulmate is out there somewhere just waiting to be found, and maybe he is. I fall in love easily too, and I fell in love many times before I found one person who I settled down with for the rest of my life. A relationship at distance doesn't work as more than good friends, which is fine, it's love, but it's not falling in love. The difference... when you fall in love you cannot bear to be apart, it rips you to pieces to be apart, I know, I've been there, I was ready to give up everything to be with him. So what next? No one has that answer, except maybe you. I can only tell you, I've read what you say and I feel for you.
    2 points
  28. Maybe over a short distance, but not for very long. Those big chunky hounds can go all day long at the horses fetlocks, and still have energy to chase the fox. Dashi is good for a couple of miles, and then he has to have a sofa.
    2 points
  29. I looked back at Eli and nodded, he returned the nod signaling that we were still cool. It’s funny, if that was anyone else I would feel like I would need to apologize over and over and over again, but Eli, he’s not like that. Maybe he just wants to be left alone, maybe he’s just used to people treating him like an animal, or maybe, just maybe the old forgiving Eli was in there still calling the shots for at least a few minutes. I quickly made my way down the hall and into the lunchroom, I knew
    2 points
  30. From the album: Random

    Thank you, Cia for creating the perfect banner for AL.
    2 points
  31. Chapter 13: Meeting the Saint Flutes led the slow-dawning break of day, followed by the same few bars repeated on the piccolo. Single deep notes, in turn, drawn out on the clarinet and bassoon allowed the French horns, and eventually all the glorious brasses and timpani too, to crescendo on Sunrise as a series of chords. Naturally, kids awake at such hours, on such mornings, and on Christmas Day in this symphony they are no different. Jacob Jordan glanced at his program
    2 points
  32. Having not seen us for months, my father called the first week of December and offered to have Jan and I stay in Switzerland for the two weeks before the commencement of our second term. We graciously accepted, and he booked a flight for the Friday night before Christmas. After rushing us out the door, having spent the past hour scouring the house for Jan’s misplaced passport, Marie drove us out to John F. Kennedy Airport. With my parents being too occupied with work for us to take vacations, I
    2 points
  33. Chapter 12: The Beau of the Ball The night of the Veiled Prophet dance, dear readers, and see the stately edifice of the Exchange lit from every one of its hundreds of windows. Grand carriages pull up, and elegantly dressed humanity pours in via splendid steps and porticos. Inside, the music sways into being while the crowds of handsome and wealthy people effortlessly assert their social order is high with pride and self-congratulatory cheer. And who of Saint Louis' Belles and Beaux not
    2 points
  34. Voli Me Tangere ‘Tell us, Gramma…’ ‘Once upon a time, there was only Solus, no before, no after. He took from himself to build and deconstruct, to fuse, to rip apart, to pour and empty with one purpose only: to satisfy his curiosity. After he had used everything up but his mere essence, he watched what he had put in motion, for his creations didn’t remain the way he had made them. They changed in accordance to newfound laws and rules. Suddenly, direction existed. Time existed. For ages, Solu
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  35. The next day was Friday, and Antonio didn’t show up at school. By Lunch Marc was so worried he laid his head on the table to stare at his phone. “Still haven’t heard from him?” Jack asked, rubbing his blue-eyed friend’s back. “No. Not a word.” Marc mumbled, voice dripping in misery. His friends exchanged worried glances. They weren’t really sure what happened but they knew there was a fight between the two boys. Just when it looked like things were working out Antonio took off. “Maybe, you
    2 points
  36. “Mom, I really don’t need any new clothes,” I tell her as we pull up to the mall. “Really, you don’t need any at all?” she says, looking at me. “I mean, not really, I have a lot of clothes.” “So, you don’t need any compression boxers, jeans, socks, or shirts,” she says, looking at me. I think about it. I kind of do need some more compression boxers. “I mean. maybe some boxers, and socks.” I tell her, going red in the face. “That’s
    2 points
  37. The next week doesn’t go by as quickly as I would like; it still seems like most of the team resents me. I mean, none of them are hostile towards me, but they don’t go out of their way to talk to me. Which really sucks if I can be honest, but I never let it show. Shawn actually does talk to me a lot, and I can tell other players want to as well, but they just don’t know how to approach me. As usual, I’m the last one left in the locker room waiting for my dad., Shawn has lon
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  38. *Shawn* "How old is your brother?" Coach asks. "He's thirteen, sir," I tell him, looking over at Ryder, whose brows furrow. "Does he play ball?" Coach asks. "No sir, he doesn’t," I tell him. "I thought you had a little brother," Ryder says. "He is my little brother." "But you said you have to watch him," Ryder presses. I sigh, "I do." "Is he, like, special or something?"
    2 points
  39. We did take the carriage ride and it was very romantic. I was enjoying this trip. I was learning a lot about Tony. I looked up at the dark sky. “I always heard the stars can’t be seen in New York.” I commented. “Now I know it’s true.” Tony pointed to the many lights around us. “We make our own stars.” Then he reached in his coat pocket. “We agreed to not buy presents for each other…and this really isn’t a Christmas present.” He pulled a small box out. “But I’m giving it to you now…I want
    1 point
  40. And Dad did try to be more accepting. I helped Mom get things ready for Thanksgiving Day. Making several pies and two cakes. Pecan, apple and chocolate pies, a red velvet and coconut cakes. The coconut cake was for me. It was my favorite. Not a yellow cake with coconut frosting, now there was coconut in the cake, coconut milk, it was coconut! Even Dad and Tony tried to help but were getting in the way. The kitchen wasn’t that big! In the meantime, Mom and I talked. “I know you think I gave u
    1 point
  41. Nick and I had birthdays in the same month. So we had a joint celebration in the middle. His was on the eighth, mine was on the twenty-second. We did it a weekend in between. “So, what are your plans for Thanksgiving?” I asked Nick at the table in the restaurant. He shrugged. “I was planning to spend it with you guys.” Tony smiled. “We’ll be in Asheville.” “You’re welcome to come. You’re family.” I said. Nick looked at me uneasily. “This is the mountain family?” I nodded.
    1 point
  42. Morningstar: The Malaise Chapter 36 The looks they exchanged were charged with excitement. There were no longer limitations to how they communicated in wolf form? Ironically, Kellar was rendered speechless for the moment, as his brain went into overdrive. It was an astonishing development; his healer mind began cataloguing the benefits, and safety was the biggest. This new gift from the joining had already saved his life. His guts would have been on the ground if
    1 point
  43. Tony looked at me sadly. “Is that why you left the mountains?” I shrugged. “I had to.” I sat forward. “My parents don’t think I’m gay, but possessed.” “Possessed!?” Tony said loud enough to attract some looks from other customers. I chuckled at the lady that was looking concerned. “We’re fine, thanks.” I waved, then looked back. “Yes,” I whispered. “Possessed. They believe it’s a demon making me do these things.” I took a deep breath. “First is the McKenzies. My late grandfather, my
    1 point
  44. My Friend’s House The next couple of weeks passed by accompanied with much studying, and then it was time for final exams. With finals, you never know how well you did because you take your exams and then you’re off campus for the summer before the exams are graded. You can only gauge how well you did by how you felt you did. Eventually you are pleased or not when you get your final grades mailed to you a month later. But the most important part is that once final exams are over, no
    1 point
  45. POV: Denny, Benny I was almost floating as I followed Jay and Miles into the barn, the smells of feed, straw and dust mixed with the scent of cattle and horse was a potent combination; add to that the sweet smell of my boyfriend Greg, and I was nearly delirious. This barn was so different from the one at home—it was a vibrant thing, unlike ours, which hadn’t seen a living creature other than mice or a stray cat in decades. My parents had no time for animals, so when Grandpa Watson died, the
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  46. Chapter 12: Barrone and Beyond The Village of Questa, En Route to Barrone “Come on, guys,” Javari said. “We’re all overdue for a hot bath.” “You, especially,” his little brother Maranon said. “Have you been sleeping with your horse?” “No,” Javari retorted, “as you well know.” The companions had ridden cross-country, detouring around hills that were too steep, trying to keep close both to water for themselves and their horses, and to the mountains that Zosa required for food and conceal
    1 point
  47. Chapter 11: Dragon Fortress The elven king assembled his privy council in a tent on a barren plain in an inhospitable mountain range far from the pomp—and comfort—of the court. That they traveled there by dragon-back, mollified most of them, a little. “It’s been a long time since I ate army rations,” the Masterguildmaster Smith said. He patted his small paunch. “Perhaps I should remain for a few weeks.” “I’m sure they could find something for you to do,” Mistressguildmistress Stonemason said.
    1 point
  48. Chapter 13: Time Flies Like an Arrow Prologue Turbulence buffeted the DHC-2 Beaver aircraft. The radio direction finder showed an emergency beacon nearby. Paul held firmly to the wheel. Beside him, Larry split his attention between a map and the instruments. “I’ve got our location,” Larry called over the engine’s sound. “The beacon’s somewhere on the south slope of that peak. No name on the map.” “Call it in,” Paul said. “I’ll move in a little closer—maybe we can spot wreckage.” Larry
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  49. “Do you want to borrow some pyjamas?” Dmitri asked. “You and Gísli are about the same size, so I could get him to lend you some.” It was nearly two in the morning, and we were alone in his room. As he spoke about getting clothes for me, he quickly got rid of his own. “Unless you like baggy shirts, then you can wear one of mine, or even Siggi’s. He probably wouldn’t like it, though. Ah, well, it’s up to you.” My boyfriend stood completely naked in front of me, and I suddenly forgot everything he
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  50. December 3, 2000 Escorial, CA Will I’d sent my lawyer an e-mail to tell him about my mother’s care meeting, and he’d asked me if I wanted him to attend. I told him not to come. I figured that if he were there, it would just inflame Robbie even more, since he was undoubtedly pissed off at me for suing him in the first place. Ironically enough, my big decision this morning was what to wear. I didn’t want to look all formal, like I was going to a hearing, but I didn’t want to look s
    1 point
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