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FTS -VIII- Behind Closed Doors
Part VIII - Behind Closed Doors
Roderis stormed into his quarters slamming the door behind him. "Curse him, how could he be so blind," Roderis muttered under his breath.
"What's wrong? Another cardinal turned down your offer of the avatar's blessing," came a sarcastic voice.
Roderis whirled around to see Sivon standing next to the door, just out of sight from anyone entering the room. The perfect spot for an ambush. "What the hell are you doing here?"
"I am but your humble adjunct." Sivon punctuated his movement with a deep, but sarcastic, bow.
"Get out!" Roderis's face was red with fury, "The ascension is practically in my hands, your interference will interfere with my divine right!"
Sivon stepped closer to Roderis and put an unfriendly hand on his shoulder. "You would do well to remember that without my help you would still be lost in exile. Keep in mind your benefactors... and their abilities. Do you think that so many cardinals are backing you simply because of your rioting
6Flag Characters: Family 1The Dad, with thinning hair and broad smile, is talking to two girls. One is older, she has blonde hair, pink shirt, pink skirt, pink pocketbook. The other girl is about half Pink Girl's age. Freckles is also wearing pink, as a top, but is wearing some darker color as pants. Pink Girl, is standing next to dad, across from Freckles. The two will sometimes exchange words in a sisterly manner, but not often. Dad directs comments to both in an equal manner, though seems to share more jokes with Pink Girl. The relationship in this manner is equally cordial to both from dad. However Freckles can't be a visitor to this group, otherwise they would be paying more attention to each other and from the manner of Pink to Freckles it seems the two are sisters under Dad.
Since women (physically) mature early, it's difficult to judge female age after a certain point. Pink has passed this point. She is pretty, but young. Her clothing seems to be the latest style and she is adult enough to emulate her i
6Flag Characters: Surfer BunchSurfer Dude has curly blond hair. He's tall and thin, complete with his two color shirt and single color pants. Surfer dude has a complete even tan. It's obviously artificial or done via a cream, but he would never admit it, even to Surfer Babe, his girlfriend, because it's a matter of pride. He also has the once unique shell (?) necklace, with fake shells and weird string. Chances are, he's never been to a beech in his life, and even if he does have a surfboard in the back of his warn tan truck, he has absolutely no idea how to use it. He is currently talking to Surfer Babe, who is also blond, wearing a t-shirt, tight, above the bellybutton, with a single word (undecipherable) along the breast line and a short pair of tight small single color shorts. She has the identical fake tan, along with her boyfriend. The same perfect gold. She is wearing her sunglasses, as always, despite the fact that it is quite dark inside already. She and Surfer Dude, are giggling to each other, without act
Have you ever wished you could tell the future? That you could see what was to come and thus stave off the tediousness of life by telling yourself you knew what you were working for? Would you simply memorize all you needed to know for the next day so you could work without doubt? Did you think that with your foreknowledge you could change your fate?
Did you consider the consequences of that? If you could fight against your future then would you truly be seeing the future at all? I often think back to the original Superman comics, the ones that only cost 25 cents. Superman was blessed with repeated trips into the past. He tried to change it once or twice, to make humanity better or perhaps just to lighten his own load. But the strange thing was that no matter how he strived to change the past, it didn't work. Something would happen that would cause what he was trying to change to stay the same, despite his super-human efforts. Then the movie came along and ignored
FTS VII - The Summons - Part B
Part VII - The Summons - Section B
Location: Central Church, Planet Nilux, Somewhere in Antarean Space.
One day after the death of the First Sward
Roderis, lost in thought, walked swiftly down the gilded marble hallways of Central Church. It was only a little more then half a day since Cardinal Jona, the highest ranking Second Sward, had confirmed the death of the First Sward. The church was now in chaos. The scheduled meeting of the Assembly of Swards had been canceled and the contestants to the post of First Sward were on campaign. Cardinal Roderis knew that he should be talking to the other Third Swards, gaining their support for his ascension. But he was not worried about the Third Swards, before the Church had been closed to outside communication (as tradition dictated) they all had heard of the riots of the Faithful demanding Roderis's assertion. There was one whose support could be far more valuable. The only contesting Second Sward besides Jona, Cardinal Phil Grem
FTS -VII- The Summons - Part A
Part VII - The Summons - Section A
Location: Slipstream 5A, Argula System, Antarean Space, United League of Planets Territory - District 2, Sub-District 5.
10 minutes after the death of the First Sward.
Sivon watched with amusement as the Chamber of Assembly in Central Church exploded into chaos. Roderis would no doubt be furious if he knew Sivon had planted a spy-eye on him, but Sivon would be dammed if he did otherwise. He had watched the previous proceedings with something approaching satisfaction. Roderis had done an excellent job inserting doubt into the opposition and quickly gaining allies.
Now the entire chamber rushed to the First Swards chambers, but Roderis stopped them. He grabbed Jona by the shoulders and shouted. "Wait, we cannot delay."
"What- what are you talking about?" Jona said in distracted confusion.
"Every minute that this Church is headless increases our vulnerability! You are the highest ranking Sward here. You must broadcast The Summons to recall
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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