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#1 Jesse Team XC Head Admin 5515 posts 431.00 XCB

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 11:36 PM

I wanted to create a thread here where I can just post short stories that I think of. Recently I've been writing ideas down but have never followed them through. I don't know how many I have, but it would be nice to commit to something fun like this, which I've just called The Cluster. I'll take my time updating this.

I won't just be posting fiction. Interesting things happen in my life that could too be converted into writing.

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That Puts A Bad Taste In My Eyes

Actually, now that you mention it, there was this one time. My family and I were overseas visiting our other family members, and we were staying in an old house they owned. It was free and nobody else was using it, so it made a lot of sense. It was alright, I guess. The beds were comfortable, the curtains were dark, the water was powerful, you know? I recall the bathroom door not having a lock, but aside from that it was all you could ask for.

I woke up one morning (which was actually the afternoon), to find that my family had gone out... I think they probably went to go shopping or have lunch with everyone else. I need to pee. Not sure why they didn't wake me, but I'd assume it was only for a short while. I should probably get up and pee. Surely they haven't been abducted, right? That's a bit cliché. Anyway, I need to eat. Let's see if there are any good cereals. Hey, this choice isn't so bad actually. In fact, I really want to eat this now. But damn, I'm actually bursting for the toilet. If I run, I'll get back quicker to eat. That's a good idea. I'm proud of myself.

So I got there. And then the door slid wide open. And I jogged inside. And I looked up. And he looked down. And he looked embarrassed. And I looked away. And my mouth opened. But I didn't say anything. And I raised my eyebrows. And I pinched in between my eyes and looked down. And I shook my head. But I still didn't say anything. And I was wondering why he decided not to wrap a towel around him while he was checking out his hair in the mirror. And I know it wasn't his hair that he was checking out. And I know I didn't see anything, even though it was in plain sight.

But the cereal tasted horrible.

Edited by Jesse, 13 April 2014 - 11:41 PM.

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#2 Hypermaster117 Oldies WABIT SEASON 2117 posts 265.00 XCB

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 03:59 PM

you can't have a cluster without a fuck
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Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

Oh, I'm not a fan of embarrassing moments. u.u

But you are very good at narration, Jesse!
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#4 Jesse Team XC Head Admin 5515 posts 431.00 XCB

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 10:18 PM

Something small...

Fear.

And there he was.

Looming over me.

A 20-foot tall skyscraper with arms and legs.

With claws.

And sharp teeth.

I was completely engulfed in his shadow.

I couldn’t see a drop of light.

He was talking to me.

Shouting at me.

Screaming.

I couldn’t hear what he was saying.

The only thing I could hear was my own breathing.

Louder and louder.

Faster and faster.

My body was in pain in anticipation.

It knew what was coming next.

I knew what was coming next.

Surely this isn’t what a father should do?

Edited by Jesse, 29 July 2014 - 10:20 PM.

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#5 Hypermaster117 Oldies WABIT SEASON 2117 posts 265.00 XCB

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 10:53 PM

And that's when I realized my father was 8 stories tall and a crustacean from the Paleolithic Era?
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#6 Jesse Team XC Head Admin 5515 posts 431.00 XCB

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:27 PM

Something tells me you're not that fond of creative writing...

I have to admit I laughed... But it's not really the place.
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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:28 PM

Sorry xD

I'm the kind of person who has to make the stupidest joke ever no matter how awkward it is >_>


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#8 Jesse Team XC Head Admin 5515 posts 431.00 XCB

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 04:17 PM

It's been a while. But I wrote something and figured I'd post it. Here it is.

 

From the Poké Ball

 

Weird. Usually I only wake up when I’m needed for battle. So why am I awake now?

 

There’s no light in here, but it feels darker than usual. I feel restricted. I feel emotionless. There’s a massive weight on my shoulders. This overpowering depression, numbness, guilt; it’s coming from Jack. I know his atmosphere. And right now it’s infected. What’s happening?

 

I try to remain calm and learn the meaning behind these emotions. It’s more difficult than it should be. But I can hear his young voice. He’s talking to a boy. I’ve heard his accent before, but not often. I figure it’s a boy from a different class. It’s a bit muffled, but I can make out the conversation.

 

“Man, I don’t know…” I hear Jack say.

“Come on! You want to be the best trainer in your class! Why not?”

“Because… uhh…”

Jack paused after that. He’s lost for words.

 

Mixed feelings. I know that’s what it is. It’s unpleasant. I bet he wishes he could teleport away.

 

“There’s literally no reason not to go through with this. It works out for both of us.” The other boy added in order to fill the silence. “Here, my Gabite’s Poké Ball. She’s really strong. Everyone will look up to you two. Don’t you want her?”

“I do…” Jack answered slowly.

“So? Trade her for your Abra!”

 

Oh.

So that’s the situation.

 

The other guy wants me in return for his Gabite. And Jack is torn, because I’m the first Pokémon he caught alone, with the Quick Ball his sister gave him. How loving of him to hold me in such high regard. But his friend is right. If he wants to be the best trainer, he needs a Pokémon like Gabite.

 

And it’s not like I wouldn’t manage with someone else. It won’t be the same, but I’m happy as long as Jack is happy. I don’t want him to hold back on his dreams just because of me.

 

There’s quite the silence. Please, Jack. Make the right decision for your sake. You and I, we’ll be okay.

 

Suddenly, I felt a release. No more weight on my shoulders. Light fought with and overcame the darkness. My mind – Jack’s mind – was at peace.

 

“Okay. I’ll do it.” Declared Jack. His voice was firm and ready. I’d expect nothing less.

 

Good job, Jack. I’m proud of you.


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#9 Jesse Team XC Head Admin 5515 posts 431.00 XCB

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 07:23 PM

The Circle

 

"Mum, Dad, I want to join the circle."
"What, the circle? And what would you do there?"
"Trapez..ium. I've got the potential, I just know it."
"Excubes me? No. You're going to be a lawyer."
"For fucks sake, every time. This is my life. Look at this from my triangle!"
"Don't square at us, boy. You'll be wasting this life of yours if you join the circle. The specialists said you were one of the most quadrilateral thinkers they'd ever seen, how can you let that talent go to waste?"
"I don't want to be a lawyer. Prism it time you let me make decisions for myself?"
"How can we do that? You're clearly cylinder frame of mind that doesn't care about your future."
"I do care. Let me make a metaphor for you. I'm at a bus stop. One bus - the lawyer bus - arrives. It's dull and boring and scary. Pays well, but only if I put in the effort. That's the rhombus for me, Dad. I want the bus behind it, the circle bus, where there's no anger, no sphere, no hatred, and no boredom - just happiness. I don't understand why you're not on my side."
"Did you ever think that it's kite possible we are? When you were born, your mother and I looked at each other and laughed. We knew that a star was born."
"I'm joining the circle. I'll cone my skills. I'll show you the star I was meant to become."
"Son, please, rethink this. We just want what's best for you. It's plane simple."
"No, you want what's best for you! Sorry, Dad. Stop trying to shape my life. This conversation's oval."

Two weeks later, the boy realised. There really is no money to be made in the circle. So now he's studying law, and takes part in the semicircle on weekends.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 04:15 AM

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Edited by Yami Stomach, 10 August 2016 - 04:15 AM.

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#11 Jesse Team XC Head Admin 5515 posts 431.00 XCB

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:32 AM

Dory

 

Hello! I am a door.


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