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Drake West

Joined November 2013.

132 stories, 2 challenges, 218 comments, and 17 friends

Plagued with a million stories in my mind. Can’t finish a one of them. This site should help :)

Stories

  1. Ascension: PONY (2)

    In an instant part of the vidwall cleared and the chiseled face of Admiral Kantz appeared. “Mr. Shwartz…um, good day to you. What do I owe-” “Admiral, why am I looking at 3 class A emergencies this morning?” The servo-skel...

  2. Ascension: PONY (1)

    Shwartz awoke suddenly. Not quite dawn yet. His servo-skeleton awaited his verbal command. “Awake now, attach please.” He said into the air of his massive bedchamber. Whirring and clicking noises followed by a pleasant and positive sounding...

  3. The Weight of the Kingdom

    I trotted on atop Stella and slowly approached the rear of the column. When Zinn’s footmen turned and noticed me they stumbled over each other while trying simultaneously to ‘stay in formation’ and catch a glimpse of the fabled Field ...

  4. The Island

    .The .awe that .you .feel .when .coming .up from .beneath .the street .awakens us. A hustle here .a landmark there .the concrete jungle is .alive and well. Was that a .celeb, star or hero? Maybe? .In the city that never sleeps .a respite...

  5. Today is Forever Ours

    Once finished with the Supply Captain I tucked my helm under my arm, took a deep breath and burst out of my tent. As the flap swung shut I considered that I would never again enter such a tent. “General, the commanders ready the march from camp. ...

  6. A Band of Brothers

    I pulled my sword from the rug and flipped it around in mid-air. The blade landed in my hand and the hilt was thrust toward my comrades and laid on the table. I was offering my surrender to them. Not an official surrender, but a request for them to do ...

  7. Preaching on the Sword's Edge

    I knew well all the men before me. I had shared the field with them and that meant we were all brothers forever. “All these years we have fought, for the most part with reason in our heads and valor in our hearts. I have come to know now, in thes...

  8. Treason with Reason

    The tent went silent. A heartbeat could be heard. Even the usually vocal Hadalvi froze. Zinn was similarly motionless. I reviewed their faces, looking for the first crack. “Commanders, let us consider our mission here. Tread carefully onto the ba...

  9. Wedding Jitters

    Cambourne Cathedral was beautiful in spring, there was no doubt. Boris emerged from the limousine first and the wedding party followed. Quite a sight to see all the marvelously adorned bridesmaids and ushers standing on the stately steps of the cathedr...

  10. All We Had (Mature)

  11. Emergence

    A battlefield has no idea what is about to happen to it. After dressing and eating a small meal of fresh bread and fruits I send Rodney to bring in the commanders. They are already waiting outside my tent, at least the ones who have hopes of a successf...

  12. The Sun Rises

    A new day holds the only hope in the world. After several fitful hours and sleepless dreaming the sound of dawn broke the silence. I could smell the dewy grass outside my tent. Rodney stirred. I went and stood over him, I wonder what he dreams, what he...

  13. Screams of the Dying

    Honorable death. As a warrior, your thoughts are different from those you serve. Yes, even as my King’s top commander I serve many. The people of the land are my charges, I owe them my greatest debt, my life. I’ve mixed steel with sinew a d...

  14. No Rest

    Sleep, a luxury reserved for those I protect. My men slept, their wives and mothers slept, my King slept. I pondered a career spent covered in blood. Eighteen years ago I stepped onto my first pitch. A swordsman in the rear guard of Harshbarger’s...

  15. War

    The soldier left my tent. He would regale his mates about how he stood and spoke to the great General Arlin. Should he live till tomorrow’s dusk and return home, he will make this moment part of a barroom tale, a holiday yarn for grandchildren &#...

  16. Solitude Disturbed

    I retreated to my tent. In it was a large table with the map of Ardentus spread out. We had poured over the battle plan all day and into the night. My commanders were comfortable with our conclusion, I was not. I was never. They are fighting for their ...

  17. The Field General

    Our camp extended for one mile across the backslope of tomorrow’s battlefield. I stood motionless for the first time in 3 days and inhaled the chilled night air. Just across the valley camped our enemy, ruthless invaders, Godless heathens –...

  18. Noir: Cleanup Time

    The dried bloody wad of hair on the back of my head had to be remedied. I rose and crossed to the back office and flipped the switch on my private bathroom. The light hurt my eyes. “What a night!” I took a white hand towel from the rod and ...

  19. Noir: Contemplation

    I stumbled over to my massive leather chair behind my desk and sat. This is where it all began. In just 30 hours my whole empire had crumbled – or had it?! “What empire?” I said to the paneled walls. What do I really want? I felt grea...

  20. Noir: Sent to the Office

    Mr. D. just sat there. I could see well oiled gears turning in his head. He stared straight out toward the stage and the band. The music, which had been playing the whole time my life sapped away returned to my ears. The Duke’s Solitude groaned t...

  21. Joy

    Oh to grin, to smile, to gasp, to laugh, to guffaw. to jump, to flit about, to embrace life, to love all, oh joy.

  22. Mono-what?

    This darn thing is weak! I can’t even think of a thing to write. Over and over in my life I have been kept from a win by dumb rules. Please stop this whack BS!! I was born a smart guy, but, the man has kept me down for so long. Ok, I see now, thi...

  23. Noir: Mr. D.'s Neighborhood (Part 2)

    DiSibio continued to speak. “Vincenzo, you do not have this ability, outside this club, but inside, you are wonderful. I will now take over this problem you have. It suits my interest since I am an investor.” My last rites. A waiter arrived...

  24. Noir: Mr. D.'s Neighborhood (Part 1)

    Alberto DiSibio was a stout man in his early sixties. His balding head and leathery face gave away his age. His impeccable appearance gave away his station. “Vincenzo, you have trouble in your club my friend. You have held it together well for a ...

  25. Noir: Squeezing a Watermelon Through a Garden Hose

    I was past the point of fearing Mr. D. I was still smarting from the encounter with Crumpled Suit, and my pride was wounded worse. Maryanne was gone, everyone saw that. “Mr. D., you saw that?” He nodded to Goon #1 who proceeded to walk bris...

  26. Noir: Right Frame of Mind

    Pure adrenaline fueled my ability to stand and walk. Jefferson jumped up to support me. The entire club was paralyzed by our events. I stood tall besides my heavily armed barkeep. “Patrons, please may I have your attention,” I already had i...

  27. Noir: Point of No Return

    Maryanne’s friend appeared and proceeded to physically overpower me. Before I knew it, my chair was up-ended and my head was spinning. I heard him barking at her to get her coat and leave with him. Jefferson was over the bar in seconds and by my ...

  28. I Burn

    I am red I am yellow I am orange I am blue My life can be short, or last forever My purpose can be benign or maleficent My desire can be help or harm My thirst cannot be quenched My vastness is incalculable My simplicity is perfection My existence is p...

  29. Noir: The Plot Thickens

    When I pointed at Mr. D. I noticed that most of the dining floor was staring at us. Bad move Vincenzo! Was I really pointing at the one man whose anonymity was most important? This woman was disintegrating my whole life in one night. I quickly withdrew...

  30. Noir: Things Get Small (Mature)