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[ROUNDUP] UFOs and potentially related things reported on here in the last week. Countries: 🇵🇱🇨🇾🇲🇽🇬🇧🇨🇦🇮🇹🇺🇿🇧🇪🇩🇪🇳🇱🇦🇺🇺🇸 🇵🇭 Colors: 🔴🟠🟡🟢🔵 Shapes: orb/sphere, triangle, disk/saucer, doughnut, tictac/cigar, plus irregular blocky shape, plus some lights, noises, and creatures
2023.05.28 23:15 SabineRitter [ROUNDUP] UFOs and potentially related things reported on here in the last week. Countries: 🇵🇱🇨🇾🇲🇽🇬🇧🇨🇦🇮🇹🇺🇿🇧🇪🇩🇪🇳🇱🇦🇺🇺🇸 🇵🇭 Colors: 🔴🟠🟡🟢🔵 Shapes: orb/sphere, triangle, disk/saucer, doughnut, tictac/cigar, plus irregular blocky shape, plus some lights, noises, and creatures
Last week's post https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13o6tg3/roundup_possibly_uaprelated_reports_on_here_last/
discussion of sighting frequency
sighting description, South Carolina, rural area, nighttime, from car, single object directly ahead, It was a collection of lights around a dark center. It looked more or less round, but wider than tall., saucer, stationary, witness stopped the car, silent, feeling like I should get the hell out of there
video, daytime sky, contemporaneous report, single light object, fleet observed, splitting observed,Los Angeles California
video, nighttime sky, storm, lightning, between Ft Walton and Gulf Breeze Florida
photos, nighttime sky, single light object, trail, observed moving, similar sighting in comments Warsaw Poland 🇵🇱 , deleted
information, UFOs are common, tracked from Cheyenne Mountain Colorado, family history
sighting description and reference image, in bedroom, nighttime, single light object
photo, daytime sky, single light, doughnut , repeat visitor , dancing https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13o9t8v/vid_of_portal_circle_thing_exposed_by_cloud/
video , portal, stationary https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13o9xoh/use_slomo_and_hyperlapse_i_use_s20/
advice, slow motion and hyperlapse to see ufo
video, daytime sky, single light object, observed flashing, moving upward
photo, daytime cloudy sky, single dark object, airplane anomaly, strange looking , Norton Massachusetts, "Rutan Model 61 Long-ez"
conversation, family interest in UFOs
video, evening sky, single dark object, twolights observed, red 🔴, very bright, lighting configuration change observed, lights turned off, possible reaction to being filmed, repeat visitor three times, two witnesses, Wisconsin, similar sightings in comments , low over treeline, flew over home, silent , rotating
video, daytime sky, single light object, Atlanta Georgia , repeat visitor
video, [GOODPOST], 🌈 https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13ovcez/second_video_drove_3_miles_sw_from_original_site/
second video, Fort Lauderdale Florida, nighttime, contemporaneous report, nighttime cloudy sky, single light object stationary, color change observed, multicolored 🌈, possible luring, witness followed it, I got in my car and drove just a couple miles south west. Just to see if I can get another angle., duration 30 minutes
video, nighttime sky, single light object, moving erratically, figure 8 path observed, repeat visitor, Alaska, similar sightings in comments
video, nighttime sky, downvoted to zero, hard to see, light objects, "bats", contemporaneous report, Sioux falls Idaho
photo, nighttime sky, diamond shape, single light object, line across middle, very large observed, Coosbay oregon, repeat visitor https://old.reddit.com/UFObelievers/comments/13onavl/video_of_the_diamond_ufo_at_905pm_pretty_good/
more video https://old.reddit.com/UFObelievers/comments/13oel86/ive_been_hearing_a_high_pitched_frequency_since/
video, daytime sky, Trenton new jersey , single light object, wiggling
video, daytime sky, fleet, light objects, towards Tehachipi California, duration 3-5 minutes
video, red and blue filter , daytime cloudy sky, single object moving fast, slow motion https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13p4oau/someone_said_that_its_a_hummingbird_so_heres_the/
discussion of fear
sighting description, two witnesses, nighttime, Angeles forest California, telepathy, something compelled me to look off to my left, single light object, red 🔴, moving slowly, sudden departure upward
sighting description, nighttime, entities, from car, single light object moving erratically, witness stopped the car, sudden descent, directly in front, emotion of fear, paralysis, feeling lifted up, photo of artifact, metallic sphere, information transfer "we come in peace", big debunker energy, OP comments downvoted, clowning on OP
sighting description, has anyone seen?, 1978, storm, blizzard, family story, bright light shining in bedroom, entity, telepathy, it had something on its head almost like a spiral, information transfer, "do not be afraid", Michigan
video, daytime sky, San Mateo Drive Bonita Springs Florida, single light object, golden metallic observed, rotating observed, contemporaneous report, [GOODPOST], jumpy movement
sighting description, airplane anomaly, low flying, and had two balls attached to the bottom rear, contemporaneous report
sighting description, single dark object, from airplane, Las Vegas Nevada, two witnesses, flying saucer, black, and putting off a weird smoke or mist, also black. , trail, similar sighting in comments
sighting description, central Florida, two witnesses, nighttime, single light object, flareup, moving slowly, trail, observed vanishing, "satellite"
sighting description, contemporaneous report, two witnesses, nighttime, very bright, also small blinking red light 🔴, observed vanishing, noise sounded like airplane
sighting description, nighttime, light objects, Glasgow Scotland
sighting description, contemporaneous report, nighttime, Connecticut, single light object moving
sighting description, two witnesses, from car, rectangular patch of static, shimmering, bugs or heat shimmer
video, nighttime sky, ISS
video, nighttime sky, single light object moving slowly, orange 🟠, flareup observed, observed overhead, over home, two witnesses, urban area, Chicago, very bright, It looked like I was looking into the sun and the air around it looked distorted., emotion of fear, possible luring, witnesses followed it from home, descending down below treeline, emotion of unease, submission statement issues, removed, [GOODPOST] https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13py38v/glowing_orange_orb_siting_chicago_11222/
sighting description, Cyprus 🇨🇾, nighttime, single light object, approach, flareup, observed moving and stationary, sudden departure
video, daytime cloudy sky, from car, Yuma Arizona, single object, pacing car, matched car speed change, duration 5+ minutes, single light object, tictac
photos, nighttime sky, Ohio, single light object, doughnut shape observed, downvoted to zero, OP comments downvoted, observed moving slowly, multicolored
sighting description, has anyone seen?, urban area, passed the window, single light object, small, moving fast and straight, observed moving and stationary, sudden departure upward, brief, stationary duration 1-2 seconds, similar sightings in comments
video, nighttime sky, single light object, yellow 🟡, observed stationary and moving, flashing, possible reaction to being filmed, vanishing, from car, driving from Mount Vernon Ohio to Columbus , pacing car duration a few minutes, witness stopped the car, trajectory change observed
childhood sighting description, Mexico 🇲🇽 , single dark object, black ⚫️ sphere, moving slowly upward , similar sighting in comments
video, daytime cloudy sky, single light object, tictac, from airplane, flight from New York to Missouri, pacing plane, duration 30 minutes
sighting description, contemporaneous report, nighttime, moving star, single light object moving erratically, two objects observed, one following the other, yellow orangish light 🟠
photos, daytime sky, contemporaneous report, single light object, moon for comparison, Oregon https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13q3dd8/help_identifying/
more pictures, contemporaneous report, happening at time of posting
photos daytime sky, single object blackwhite, doughnut https://old.reddit.com/UFObelievers/comments/13pwmwf/this_is_a_set_of_photos_i_took_that_day_i_seen/
reposted, similar sighting in comments https://old.reddit.com/UFObelievers/comments/13p70tc/this_is_the_video_of_the_ufo_i_saw_on_which_i_had/
video, sightings in comments
video, daytime cloudy sky, from airplane, single light object, tictac , pacing plane, possible reaction to being filmed, vanished
photo, daytime cloudy sky, dark line across the sky and single dark object
sighting description, contemporaneous report, single light object stationary, flashing, red 🔴 and white, not sparkling like a star, it was like mechanical, rhythmic pulsing, silent, nighttime, the UK 🇬🇧, duration 5 minutes
experience description, nighttime, telepathy, thought like I needed to go to the window., entity, outside window, emotion of fear, paralysis, body mark, scar, daughter has same
experience description, entities, family history, grandfather, operation icebox, has anyone seen?, no comments, deleted OP
experience description, metallic sphere, repeat visitor, telepathy, information transfer
photo, possible metamaterial
childhood experience description, quantum cloning
experience description, humanoid, emotion of fear, Queensland Australia 🇦🇺
experience description, entity, telepathy, felt that someone was watching me, possible reaction to being observed, vanished, expression was a bit like a grin that kids do when they are being cheeky
video, nighttime sky, contemporaneous report, fleet light objects moving fast, trail, similar sighting in comments, Beauharnois Quebec Canada 🇨🇦, "fireball", downvoted to zero
sighting description and reference image, art 🎨, has anyone seen?, single light object, low, silent, two witnesses, over the witness home, moved the tops of the trees when it passed by, new York state, [GOODPOST] , similar sightings in comments , green 🟢 fireball , downvoted to zero
video, nighttime sky, threelights observed, orange 🟠, two witnesses, reading Pennsylvania, urban area, contemporaneous report, moving erratically, very bright, silent, OP comments downvoted .57 https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13qw4df/unexplained_sighting_with_time_series_fotos_on/
sighting description, nighttime cloudy sky, duration 6 minutes, Lipari Italy 🇮🇹 , single light object, very bright, multicolored, shape change
sighting description, nighttime, single light object, observed stationary and moving, sudden departure
discussion of unusual experiences
sighting description, nighttime, repeat visitors, single light object, flew over the witness home, contemporaneous report, Mt Shasta California, similar sightings in comments
discussion of synchronicity
sighting description, entity, nighttime, humanoid figure, possible reaction to being observed, ducked down
experience, ball lightning, flareup, close
video, daytime cloudy sky, single object moving fast, flying saucer, contemporaneous report, Seattle Washington state
sighting description and family history, Pennsylvania, entity
story and reference video, landed craft, entities, Las Vegas Nevada, law enforcement response, green 🟢, tictac
sighting description, nighttime, contemporaneous report, single light object, repeat visitor, flashing once every 11 seconds, flareup and vanishing, location change
video, nighttime sky, fleet, blinking, repeat visitors
video, nighttime sky, [GOODPOST], witness to the camp Wilson craft, big debunker energy, clowning on OP, removed by moderator, information suppression
experience description, information transfer, red 🔴 light, perception anomaly, feels like a memory and not a dream
experience description, information transfer, telepathy, "Sonic resonance is the key to harmony and peace", similar experiences in comments
discussion of recurring dreams
information, family history, grandfather, government works with aliens
sighting description, family history, single dark object, black ⚫️, repeat visitor
photos, nighttime sky, from security camera, infrared, not seen by eye, repeat visitor
experience description, entity, emotion of fear , near where Parkersburg West Virginia turns into Mineral Wells West Virginia
photo, daytime cloudy sky, near power station, single object blackwhite , possible physical effects exhaustion
sighting description, nighttime, fleet, following, duration 10 minutes, "starlink", Cardiff Wales the UK 🇬🇧, this wasn’t satellites is because every so often one would stop and move up and the others would relay past
video, nighttime cloudy sky, fleet, diffuse lights moving in a line, following, Fergana Region Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 , "spotlights", duration 30-60 minutes, contemporaneous report
video, nighttime sky, single light object, blocky shape, red and green 🔴🟢
information, cultural history, Tseshaht First Nation Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada 🇨🇦 https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13sie28/tseshaht_native_account_of_super_natural_beings/
story , entities
photos, nighttime cloudy sky, light beams, vertical
sighting description, human initiated contact, emotion of fear, nighttime, single light object, observed moving and stationary, flareup, sudden departure, duration 5-10 seconds, witness went inside, Dundee Scotland
video, daytime sky, single light object irregular blocky shape, duration 1 hour, observed rotating, blackwhite, lighting configuration change, Astoria Queens NYC New York state
video and description, daytime sky, single object blackwhite, flareup, single flash, duration 2 minutes, Spanish Moss Trail in coastal Port Royal south Carolina, two witnesses, metallic sphere observed, stationary duration 30-40 seconds,
video, nighttime sky, fleet observed, fourlights, orange 🟠 , first noticed from car, witness stopped the car and got out
photo, art 🎨, entity, reddish, nighttime
video, nighttime sky, contemporaneous report, Beverly Washington state, two craft observed, two witnesses, silent, oval shaped observed
childhood experience description, levitation, similar experiences in comments
sighting description, twolights, red and green 🔴🟢, low, entered witness home, nighttime, animal reaction dog noticed it
experience description, information transfer, machine that needs to be fixed
sighting description, entity
video, daytime cloudy sky, hard to see , single object passes twice, bucks County Pennsylvania
sighting description and drawing, family story, mother, nighttime, from car, central Indiana, glowing/swirling orb of blue and white light 🔵, sphere, passed directly in front of car
sighting description , Guysborough/West Cooks Cove , nighttime, storm, lightning, two witnesses, light shining in bedroom, very bright, witness went to sleep
video, nighttime sky, fleet, repeat visitors, new Mexico , "satellites"
video, nighttime sky, blinking lights moving erratically
photo and video, daytime sky, single object elongated, cylindrical, worm 🪱, Strasburg Colorado , observed stationary, orientation change moving into vertical then horizontal position., "solar balloon", similar sighting in comments from same area
video, nighttime sky, Phoenix Arizona, similar sightings in comments, cigar shape observed, fleet, white lights, some flashing
sighting description, contemporaneous report, has anyone seen?,single light object moving fast and straight, observed vanishing, similar sighting in comments , downvoted to zero, niklaas Belgium 🇧🇪
sighting description and video, fleet, nighttime sky, Highlands Ranch Colorado, downvoted to zero
sighting description, repeat visitors, bellavista Arkansas, "satellites"
sighting description, evening, single light object stationary, orange 🟠, two witnesses, low over treeline, splitting, fleet, spinning, sudden departure upward
audio, entity, evp
sighting description, nighttime, single light object, multicolored, color change observed white to red 🔴, sudden acceleration
photo, nighttime sky, hard to see, bow wave or shock wave observed, the UK 🇬🇧
cgi recreation of sighting, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, single dark object, black triangle, silent, similar sightings in comments
video, daytime sky, two objects, crescent 🌙 shape, blackwhite, urban area, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 🇲🇽 , big debunker energy, rowdy OP, this will get locked soon I bet, OP comments downvoted, downvoted to zero , "parasail" , removed https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13ti1mt/ufos_in_pv/
reposted as sighting description , removed, troll? https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13thfhd/crazy_aliens_in_puerti_vallarta/
more video, nighttime , single light object
sighting description, downvoted to zero, nighttime, twolights, green 🟢, Gary Indiana, lighting configuration change, triangle shape observed, sudden departure
childhood experience description, anomalous silence, anomalous solitude, similar experience in comments
discussion of precognition
childhood sighting description, from airplane, from Toronto to Orlando, eastern USA, daytime, two witnesses, single dark object, brown long oval shape, elongated, cigar, pacing plane, duration 10 minutes, vanishing and reappearing , shape change observed to U shape, rotated, fleet observed
sighting description, contemporaneous report, happening at time of posting, Arnhem the Netherlands 🇳🇱 , twolights stationary over home, separate approach observed, one following the other, observed moving and stationary, nighttime
video, nighttime sky, single light object, orange 🟠, low over rooftop , Elmwood park Chicago Illinois, urban area
video, nighttime sky, single light object, Frankfurt Germany 🇩🇪, "ISS" , contemporaneous report
video, daytime sky, contemporaneous report, Southeast Pennsylvania, single object, blackwhite, moving erratically, flipping observed, similar sightings in comments
video, nighttime sky, single light object, possible military response, helicopters, repeat visitor , deleted OP
sighting description, contemporaneous report, daytime, fleet, moving straight, central Texas
sighting description, contemporaneous report, nighttime, Ohio, single light object moving fast and straight, right angle turn
video, nighttime sky, single light object, trajectory change observed, very bright, Cumbria the lake district the UK 🇬🇧, duration 2 minutes
video, daytime cloudy sky, New south Wales Australia 🇦🇺 , single dark object, low over rooftop, trajectory change observed
video, nighttime sky, contemporaneous report, single light object, red-orange 🔴🟠, Orchard Park south of Buffalo New York state, two witnesses, pulsating, approach, speed change observed, trajectory change observed, sudden departure upward, silent, repeat visitor, urban area
sighting description, downvoted to zero, Petersfield the UK 🇬🇧, daytime cloudy sky, single dark object, approach, sphere, moving straight, yellow/beige colour 🟡, two witnesses , flew overhead
video, nighttime sky, single light object
sighting description, contemporaneous report, nighttime, fleet, blue 🔵, duration 10 seconds , Phoenix Arizona, "starlink"
video, nighttime sky, from night vision scope, moving stars, "satellites"
childhood experience description, bright light shining in bedroom, buzzing noise , repeat visitor, family story, mother saw entities
audio description, bedroom, contemporaneous report, erratic tapping sound, It would be silent for about 30 seconds and then this loud tap would come from any direction, possible reaction to being recorded, stopped
video, nighttime sky, single light object blinking, Houston Texas, contemporaneous report, green 🟢 in video, amber 🟠color observed, two witnesses, approach, repeat visitor, similar sighting in comments, family history, father lived near Cheyenne Mountain https://old.reddit.com/UFOs/comments/13u7dgi/somebody_told_me_to_post_this_here/
photos, daytime cloudy sky, single object blackwhite, shape change,
photos, possible metamaterial
possible crash site
experience description, two witnesses, location anomaly, building changed
photos, daytime cloudy sky, cloud anomaly, portal, two circles of clouds merging
experience description, moon anomaly, single light object, outside window, close, emotion of unease
video, deleted OP, nighttime, moon for comparison, objects moving fast
video, nighttime, from home security camera, fourlights, two objects
childhood experience description, possible abduction, repeat visitor
experience description, two witnesses, darkness in the day time, similar experiences in comments, "the blink"
experience description, moving stars, two witnesses, similar sightings in comments, the Philippines 🇵🇭, physical effects the hair at the back of my neck rose. My head felt light and my legs felt wobbly, [GOODPOST]
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2023.05.28 23:15 ricewinechicken WAMC/School List: 515 (126/131/127/131), 3.95/3.94
Hey all! I was hoping to get feedback on my tentative school list, in preparation for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. I'm also worried about how unbalanced my MCAT exam score is, so any constructive feedback on how it may be perceived would be appreciated. Thank you so much in advance! MCAT exam score:
515 (126/131/127/131) Cumulative GPA:
3.95 Science GPA:
3.94 State of residence
: Connecticut Ethnicity:
ORM, East Asian female Undergraduate institution:
T15 historically women's LAC located in Massachusetts. Also attended a boarding school in high school located in MA. Undergraduate major:
Data science Year in school:
Just graduated Shadowing experience and specialties represented:
Clinical experience, volunteer or paid:
- Primary care -- 20 hours over 1 month
- Hematology-oncology -- 80 hours over 1 month
- Total: 100 hours
Non-clinical volunteering experience:
- Patient transport volunteer -- 96 hours over 3 months
- Free clinic volunteer -- 576 hours over 2 years
- Total: 672 hours
Research experience and productivity:
- Soup kitchen volunteer -- 360 hours over 2.5 years
- Total: 360 hours
- Neuroscience lab since high school -- 2,538 hours over 6 years (part-time over the summer and during breaks)
- 2 first-author publications
- 2 poster presentations
- Independent public health research project -- 600 hours over 2 years
- 1 first-author publication
- Plenary talk presentation at national statistics conference
- Total: 3,138 hours
- Residential hall president -- 1,620 hours over 3 years
- Data science club president -- 288 hours over 1 year
- Residential hall treasurer -- 72 hours over 1 year
- Data science club secretary -- 396 hours over 3 years
- Total: 2,376 hours
Awards and honors:
- Dining hall worker -- 192 hours over 1 year
- Total: 192 hours
Tentative school list:
- National statistics honor society
- School consortium statistics prize
- 1st place in school consortium data science competition
- Nominated for school community award two years in a row
- 1st place in national statistics competition
- Merit scholarship all four years
- Yale School of Medicine
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
- Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
- University of Massachusetts T.H. Chan School of Medicine
- University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
- Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
- George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
- Georgetown University School of Medicine
- Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
- Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
- Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
- Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
- New York Medical College
- Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
- Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
- The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
- Tufts University School of Medicine
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
- Wake Forest University School of Medicine
- Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
- University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Boston University Aram V. Chobanian & Edward Avedisian School of Medicine
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2023.05.28 22:59 PhotographOpening485 Forced to stop playing league :(
2023.05.28 22:39 SuccessfulTicket8955 This effing guy.
2023.05.28 22:28 NamelessNanashi [The Gods of Dragons: Beginning] Ch 9 - Shifting Futures
--- Table of Contents
--- Spring 4984, 9 Kuromoth, Spring Equinox
“Archmage, I thought you had already gone…” Brom’s voice, beyond Her door. She didn’t move, didn’t bother to look towards the closed portal. Had it been months or years since he'd last come to sit with Her?
“I will be leaving presently…” Archmage Morndancer’s cold voice answered. She squeezed tighter into Her little ball in the dark corner. It didn’t matter that he would be gone. He left the tower often, but it didn’t stop Her punishment. Even as the season turned from winter to spring, She'd stayed locked in Her room. With no books and no company. Occasionally being taken out to give samples in a lab completely separate from that of Her treasures. Only their yowls and barks from down the hall offering any comfort.
“It’s an important day, isn’t it, Archmage? Perhaps Sellon will pass the test.” Ran’s voice. Did he sound nervous? Her head tilted, just a little, towards the door. The half-circle of light from Her window did very little to banish the darkness of the room. She hadn’t bothered to light the candles. What was the point?
Morndancer scoffed, “Doubtful. Ronni didn’t manage it. And just as his sister before him, Sellon will join the Mages Guild whether he passes or not.” Sellon and Ronni, Archmage Morndancer’s children. She'd heard of them from Brom and Ran. So they were Mages as well. Perhaps they would be the ones to come take Her blood and cut Her hair in future. It didn’t matter. Nothing had ever mattered.
“But a Wizard-Cleric of Saint Bede might…”
“Enough.” Morndancer interrupted Brom, “Bede is no god, he wasn't even a decent Mage, he was and is a villain. We would not have this responsibility to save the world if he and his lot hadn’t doomed it.”
“Of course, Archmage, yes.” nervous feet shuffled outside Her door.
“Even now, Shaloon is trying to locate the next storm.” Morndancer continued his chastisement, “They come more frequently and destroy greater swaths of land. If we continue to be as useless as the other Talons, there will be no world left to save. So rather than waste your time on prayers to usurper gods, you had best refocus and redouble your efforts while we are away. Do you understand?”
“Yes, Archmage,” Brom and Ran said in unison.
“Good. And be sure to return those to the library when you have finished with them.” the hiss of fabric on stone accompanied the Archmage's exit.
Her door handle jingled, and Her head came up a fraction, but, “Wait…” Brom’s whisper. Silence followed, and She dropped Her head again, pressing her closed eyes into Her knees. Minutes passed, or was it hours? Did it matter? Maybe She would crawl into Her bed and try to sleep. Time passed faster that way. Or maybe She would just stay here in Her little ball in the corner.
“He should be gone by now…” Her lock clicked, and the door creaked open, but She didn’t bother to look up, “Goldy? Maybe She’s sleeping…” Brom whispered.
“Damn, it’s dark in here. Red, can we get a light?” She didn’t answer Ran’s request. What was the point? They would find Her and they would take Her for samples. She didn’t have to help them do it. “Grab the candle from the table, Brom. My hands are full.”
She could feel the life of a tiny flame beyond Her door. Felt it draw closer and enter Her room before it flickered and died. “Oh, Goldy… please don’t…” the shuffling of feet moving carefully in the darkness came closer. She tried to pull in tighter, tucking Her head against Her chest and letting Her now shoulder-length hair fall forward to further hide Her face.
They crouched at either side of Her, Brom setting the useless candle down to Her left with a soft ‘tink’ of brass on stone. Something much heavier was placed on Her right, the familiar scents of hardbound leather, paper, and ink… “We brought you some books, Red…”
She lifted Her head, looking through the tangled strands of golden hair and seeing a pair of worried faces looming in the dark. “If you light up the room a bit, we can read,” Brom slowly pushed Her hair back, careful not to touch Her skin. As though She would burn him. She might have. If She could find the energy.
“You’re not supposed to...” Her voice crackled from lack of use, making Her whisper even more inaudible.
“What?” Ran leaned closer, but She didn’t repeat Herself, “It’s been months, Red. You’re not in trouble anymore.”
She blinked silently at him.
“Look, Goldy,” Brom shuffled forward, still in his crouch, “things can go back to normal now. The Archmage will be out for a few days. We can take you to play with the animals tomorrow.” She shifted Her blank stare to him. Brom waited for a moment, searching Her face for a familiar flicker of excitement. She didn’t give it to him. He sighed, “We’ll leave these with you then. You can read them when you’re ready.”
Brom made to stand, but She grabbed the hem of his sleeve, “Stay with me…” On the candle, the smallest of lights began to flicker to life. Brom sat down with a groan, and on Her other side, Ran plopped down even less gracefully.
He leaned his back against Her bed and picked the top book off the small pile they'd brought Her, “We can stay until lunch, Goldy.”
“But we still have a lot of work to do…”
It was enough. The candle burned brighter, and She shifted Her legs down, taking the book Ran passed to Her. Things would finally be returning to normal. As they always had been, and as they always would be.
Shon woke long before the kitchen servant would come to fetch him. Everything was the same, and yet nothing would ever be as it was before. Sitting up, he ran his fingers through his hair, only to realize that everything wasn't
the same. The other two boys who'd reached maturity were also awake. It looked like Gaven hadn’t slept at all, his sandy hair tousled and his dark eyes bloodshot.
“This is it then… the last morning in the dorms?” Gaven whispered the useless question. Nan, the oldest by a month, nodded in silence. Shon didn’t bother with even that much, swinging his legs off the bed and kicking something. Another difference. A final gift from the Church. A leather pack for him to carry everything he owned.
Shon dressed in silence only broken by the shuffle of the other two joining him. After tying his boots, he started packing the bag. It was large enough to fit all of his clothes and even his seven journals, though the eighth made it a very tight fit.
“Should we make the beds?” Nan whispered. Again, Shon didn’t answer. Instead, he stripped the blanket and sheets from the mattress, folding them neatly and placing them with the pillow at the foot of the bed.
“Yeah… they'll have to strip them to wash anyway…” Gaven said, following Shon’s example.
They'd just finished when the door creaked open. Normally woken by the morning bells, Gaven and Nan both jumped, looking from the dark window to the door then at each other.
The servant girl who usually woke Shon looked in on them with some confusion, then hummed in understanding before holding the door open for them, “Come on then. There may be some leftover dessert you can have while we make breakfast…”
Shon doubted he could eat anything at the moment. His stomach worked itself in knots that put an uncomfortable pressure on his heart that in turn seemed as though it wanted to beat its way into his throat. The entire sensation made him feel a strange sort of nauseous. Nan and Gaven looked no better than he felt, and they both swallowed before exiting the room. Gaven took a moment to look back over his shoulder before shaking himself and setting his eyes forward. Nan seemed to rush from the room, too afraid to look back. Shon took one last look around before following, the door clicking closed behind them.
He let the other boys walk ahead of him and wondered what they were thinking. Gaven would be taking the test with him today, but Nan had been selected to join the Masons Guild and had opted to accept the offer right away rather than try for one of the divine orders first. Perhaps Nan was the smartest of them.
“We'll miss you…” the servant girl whispered so only Shon could hear, “It isn’t glamorous, but it’s honest work... if you want to join the Servants Guild…” the Servants Guild was a loose association of otherwise privately employed cleaners and cooks. It was the last choice for orphans, but also their most common destination. She'd meant the offer as a kindness, so Shon nodded in thanks, though nothing but the most desperate situation would ever see him join.
The head cook looked up as they entered the kitchen, nodding in understanding, “Couldn’t sleep?” he asked Nan and Gaven, who mumbled incoherently in response. To Shon, the cook smiled, offering only a silent nod.
The girl who'd reached maturity with them was already in the dining room, staring mournfully at a plate of hastily scrambled eggs and a few cookies from the night before.
“Hey Lara, couldn’t sleep anymore either?” Gaven asked with a strained smile. Shaking her head, she picked up her fork and tried to force down some of the breakfast. She'd been accepted into the Tailors Guild, but unlike Nan, had chosen to take the test with Shon and Gavin. Just in case.
The cook himself brought the boys their plates of eggs and cookies, and they ate in silence until the morning bells sounded. The three unused to being up early jumped at the sound, exchanging nervous looks. Their juniors and the priests would come flooding in soon, laughing and talking and enjoying another breakfast with friends and the closest thing they had to family. It would be the last time the four of them ate with the others in this room.
Shon didn’t know if he could take the bustle today, even if it was the last. Or maybe because it was. He stood, taking his mostly full plate and returning it to the kitchen. The cook looked from the untouched food to Shon and back again, then picked up a pair of cookies and held them out to him, “You might not be able to eat now, but you can save these for after.”
Shon took the gift, meeting the cook's eyes and nodding in silent thanks. The cook returned the nod and Shon left the kitchen without looking back. He slipped the cookies into one of the side pockets of his new pack as he made his way to the courtyard. He passed the bathroom, its wall lined with low-hanging sinks and a single long mirror. He'd practiced arching his eyebrows in that mirror...
Entering the courtyard, Shon hesitated, remembering his first early morning. When he couldn’t sleep for excitement at the mere possibility
of training with a real adventurer. He'd wanted to learn to fight, but more than that, he'd wanted to learn how to train. After all, he would be doing a lot of that once he joined the Temple. It would be helpful to have a head start… Or, that's what he'd told himself back then.
Shon shut the door with a click of finality that rang in the still morning air. To his left were the classrooms where the city's children took lessons. Just thinking about his last lesson, with only those coming of age, still made him blush. To his right was the door to the chapel, where he'd sat with the other orphans through the weekly sermons. Shon respected the god of life and healing, but Soleil had never been his patron. Across from him was the clinic, where the Clerics of Soleil saw to the needs of the sick and injured. He'd only been sent there once, after breaking his arm trying to climb the tree in the courtyard.
Shon would have no need to pray to Soleil specifically, and the Temple kept their own clinic... if he passed. If he didn't... There was a chance he would see the clinic again, perhaps the chapel...
Shon stepped off the walkway surrounding the central tree, and a familiar voice sounded from its roots, “Feeling up to a few exercises?” Master Veon-Zih asked, rising from his cross-legged seat in one fluid motion. Shon stopped in their little clearing and nodded, letting his pack slide off his shoulder and flop heavily to the ground. “I take it there's nothing fragile in there then?” Veon-Zih asked with a chuckle.
The idea that a thirteen-year-old would have something valuable or fragile enough to break just by dropping the bag finally pulled Shon all the way out of his contemplations. He arched a skeptical eyebrow at his master.
“There, that’s more like it. You looked like a rather well-preserved zombie.” Veon-Zih took Shon by the shoulder, shaking him, “Not a thought in your head, or skip in your step.”
Shon shook his head, sinking into his horse stance to start his drills. He punched with his left fist first, and Veon-Zih took position just out of reach, so Shon’s knuckles barely brushed the fabric of his tunic. Shon held the position until Veon-Zih also threw his first punch. He aimed for Shon’s face, sending a wave of air and ki over his skin and nearly touching his nose. Shon didn’t flinch.
They worked through their punches in unison, nearly touching but never quite connecting. Shon worked in silence for a while then said, “Too many
“And none of them new, I’m sure,” Veon-Zih commented.
Shon nodded, “The same ones circle again and again. Even though I can’t do anything about them... yet.”
“Not until after the test.”
Shon had to swallow a sudden lump in his throat and nodded again, unable to speak even if he'd wanted to.
Veon-Zih moved on to the next strike, and Shon copied him. He'd lost count of the punches but followed his Master's lead. “I don’t suppose you want to talk about it?” Master Veon-Zih asked.
Shon shook his head but then sighed. Most people seemed to like thinking out loud, especially when troubled. He didn’t understand why, but his usual quiet contemplation wasn’t working, so maybe… “If I don’t pass…”
“I would think of all days, today would be the one to take a break!” Father Branston called from the chapel door. He began strolling towards them with a broad smile, “Do you think you’ll be done in time to join me?”
Was it time already? Shon glanced around, noticing Nan, Gaven, and Lara approaching from the living quarter, all looking pale, their lips drawn in tight unsmiling lines.
Veon-Zih hadn’t come up from his stance, so neither did Shon, but the Monk did laugh, “Keeping a routine can be soothing in times of great change.” he winked at Shon, “Even if it’s a positive change.”
Shon tried to smile at Veon-Zih’s apparent show of faith but wasn’t sure if he'd managed it. What if…?
“Well, I don’t want to rush you. Can I trust you to get Shon to the Chapel on time if I take the others now?” Father Branston laughed as though he'd said something particularly humourous, his great belly bouncing with mirth.
“We'll be there.” Master Veon-Zih assured Father Branston, and Shon nodded mutely, resuming his drills and trying not to watch the others leave. “We have plenty of time,” Veon-Zih whispered, “Take a few deep breaths. It's the end of your childhood, not your life.”
They moved from drills to kata. Master Veon-Zih stayed in front of Shon, moving with him and matching his routine strikes with the appropriate counters. “You were saying?” it had been awhile since Shon had tried to speak, though his head continued to spin with the half-formed thoughts.
“I don’t want to think about not passing,” Shon said, kicking high and hitting Veon-Zih’s waiting arm.
“Do you believe such thoughts will jinx you?”
Shon dropped his kick and punched as the kata dictated. Veon-Zih was right; working through their regular routines did seem to help calm his pounding heart. “I don’t know… Maybe? It’s stupid, though. Whether I pass or not was decided when I was born. It won’t change just because I think about it.”
“Emotions are rarely logical.” Veon-Zih smacked Shon’s punch aside at the last moment, and Shon moved smoothly from that strike to the next, “It’s normal to be nervous. One of your peers is just as nervous, and he already knows where he’s going.”
“They all do…” Shon mumbled, snap kicking straight in front of him, confident in his Master’s speed to dodge and counter.
Veon-Zih did indeed dodge, but instead of the usual counter he hooked Shon’s foot with his own and tried to pull him off balance. Shon only stumbled for a moment, shifting his form to a different kata and counter, his body moving before his mind could catch up. Veon-Zih spoke as they continued the different form without finishing the first, prompting, “Even those taking the test have other plans, just in case?”
“Lara was accepted by the Tailors, and Gaven is going to enlist in the guard…” They had sped up the pace, and Shon needed to concentrate, now on edge in case Master Veon-Zih decided to shift the practice again. A few more strikes in, the Monk dropped below Shon’s punch and swung at his ribs, forcing Shon to block. Shon switched the kata to his most recent on instinct, using the block to redirect the punch rather than stop it as the original kata would have dictated.
Veon-Zih smiled, his eyes twinkling at the move as he picked up the pace even further, “Both of those are honest jobs and noble callings.” Shon could only grunt in response, now moving too fast for him to think of anything but the exercise. Veon-Zih continued, “The enlisted make up the bulk of Hengist’s armies, and their loyalty is admirable. The Tailors Guild not only clothes the populace but often creates beautiful works of art that serve to enhance the natural beauty of the human form.”
The Master hadn’t even broken a sweat, but Shon had to gasp out, “But I don’t-” before he was interrupted by another unexpected punch. He countered but then disengaged, breathing deep and slow, “What will I
do? If I don’t pass? I thought about joining the enlisted too but…” but the idea of being so close, and yet so impossibly far from his failed dream, pained him in a way he couldn’t put into words.
When Shon didn’t continue, Veon-Zih asked, “Will you reconsider joining me then?”
Shon blinked at the Monk, his eyes going wide. He'd thought he'd lost his chance with the Monastery when he'd denied Veon-Zih for the Temple three years ago, “You mean you'll still take me?” he stammered out.
Veon-Zih closed the distance between them and placed a firm hand on Shon’s shoulder, “So long as you are an obedient and willing student, remember?”
Shon’s eyes burned and another lump rose in his throat, preventing him from speaking. He nodded, and Veon-Zih smiled, turning away from him so Shon could rub his eyes without the Monk seeing. He still wasn’t comfortable with the thought of failing, but he felt a little more at ease, knowing he wouldn’t be alone even if he did.
“Shall we go then?” Veon-Zih scooped up Shon’s pack and held it out to him, “Destiny awaits no man.”
The Grand Chapel was dedicated to all the gods of the kingdom, and though today it was closed to the public, the doors were still crowded with families from every walk of life. Merchants and craftsmen mingled excitedly with one another while their children nervously awaited the start of the test that would determine the trajectory of the rest of their lives. A smaller group of only two families stood apart from the throng. Dressed in fine clothes and protected by private guards, the nobles surveyed the commoners with a detached air as though above the gods themselves. The boy Shon often saw at the Temple was among them.
Shon stopped just outside the crowd, arching his neck to try and see the doors. His quiet dread had turned to jitters of nervousness as he and Master Veon-Zih walked through the city. He wasn’t sure if he'd wanted to run or stop moving altogether. Now that they were here, he tried to distract himself by studying the faces and movements of those gathered. Though if he tried to draw them now, the shaking of his hands would probably make the pictures impossible to decipher.
The differences between the nobles and commoners, in particular, caught his eye. One of the nobles, a man of middling years, wore long robes with a high collar buttoned tight to his neck and looked as if he would rather be anywhere but here. Shon had just finished scanning up the man’s robes when their eyes met. A shiver, entirely unrelated to the general anxiety of the test, ran down his spine.
The noble’s eyes went wide, and he started for Shon, the edge of the crowd giving way for him like the sea before a ship. “You…” his voice was breathy, and he reached out. Shon stepped back and ran into Master Veon-Zih, “They are back, truly?” the strange man asked, his eyes fixed on Shon who could only stare in bewilderment.
“My good lord Morndancer!” Father Branston’s joy-filled greeting sounded from the side, “So your youngest has come of age has he?” the Abbot seemed to snap the noble from his focus, and he turned away from Shon as Branston made his way through the crowd, Lara and Gaven close behind.
“Yes, Abbot.” Morndancer surveyed the Cleric with what Shon could only describe as contempt, though the look hardly wiped the wide smile from Branston’s face, “Will we be starting soon? Sellon and I have business with the Mages Guild.”
“Though if young Sellon should find himself capable…” Branston started, but the noble snorted. “Ah well, to each their own.” Branston finished, turning away from Morndancer to address his young charges.
From a pouch on his belt, Father Branston pulled forth three small books that shouldn’t have been able to fit in the little bag, “I present to you, your papers.” He fanned the books out before him, and each of them took the one closest to them. They were bound in leather with the seal of the Kingdom of Daanlin embossed on the cover. The knight on the kingdom seal rode a horse and held a shield with the seal of Clearhelm on it, three tall pine trees in front of a snow-capped mountain.
Their papers were proof of their citizenship and would serve as a record of their lives and accomplishments. Master Veon-Zih had shown Shon his own papers months before. It held a record of every border he had ever crossed and every teleport he had ever taken, as well as proof of all of his adventures and every job performed for any of the kingdom’s organizations. Veon-Zih’s papers were a veritable tome compared to Shon’s meager notebook. Opening it to the first page, Shon saw his name followed by his presumed place and date of birth. It detailed that he had been raised in the Church in Smildna and when he had come of age. At the bottom was a place labeled but left blank for the date and results of today’s test…
Branston was still speaking to them, but Shon only partly registered the words, “You should keep your papers on you whenever possible. You will need them to reenter the city any time you leave…”
Veon-Zih placed a hand on Shon’s shoulder, and he nearly jumped out of his boots in surprise. Leaning down, the Monk whispered in his ear, “Soon this book will be full of your adventures and accomplishments. Regardless of what happens today.”
“Abbot,” Morndancer interjected as Father Branston finished his explanation, “the test? Some of us have places to be.”
“Yes, yes, patience is a virtue, my dear Lord Morndancer. The sun will rise no faster with you tapping your foot at its pace.” he lowered his voice and continued to address the anxious children, “I am so very proud of all of you. Know that no matter what is discovered today, the light of Soleil will always shine with joy at what you have and will accomplish in your lives.” Shon wondered if any of the adults realized that their constant efforts to comfort their nerves seemed to be having the opposite effect. Shon’s palms were sweating as he closed his papers, and he had to wipe them on his pants to try and distract himself from his pounding heart.
“Follow me,” Branston turned away, walking through the middle of the crowd that had suddenly grown hush at his movement towards the door. Veon-Zih gave Shon one last pat, then slipped Shon’s pack from his back and tossed it over his own shoulder. Letting his student know without words that he would be waiting for Shon to return, one way or another.
Shon could feel the eyes of the noble Morndancer boring into him as he followed Father Branston through the throng towards the Grand Chapel. What was that man's problem? Who was back?
Shon was too distracted by the test to dwell on it, but the man had made his skin crawl, and having him at his back wasn’t helping his nerves.
Father Branston turned to address the crowd as the doors began to swing open, “The testers will enter alone and present their papers to the clerks by the door. Families and friends may wait outside until the test is complete.” Nervous adolescents made their way forward, careful not to jostle one another, many accepting last-minute hugs and well wishes from their families.
Shon thought he remembered the Grand Chapel well from his visit almost six years ago, but was struck again by the beauty of its art. The masterwork statues and carvings were outshone only by the stained glass dome that painted the round floor in bright light of every color he could imagine.
Of the ten gods, eight representatives stood opposite the doors, waiting quietly while the testers handed their papers to the clerks and shuffled nervously in the middle of the majestic holy site. Neither the Temples of Horsa nor Saint Giorgos were present. Their absence wasn’t surprising. The Temple of Saint Giorgos only took those of noble birth and would give their tests separately, and the Temple of Horsa was openly shunned in Clearhelm, its only branch located in the capital city of Tarorn.
Shon handed one of three clerks his papers. She took them with only a glance, hastily scribbling Shon’s name on a long list before handing the book to one of the others who wrote the date in the spot allocated. By the time all the testers had filtered in, there were about twenty young boys and girls huddled in the center of the room.
The Cleric of Hengist, in robes of white and blue, stepped forward to address them. “You are gathered here today in the hopes of being chosen to serve. To serve the province, the kingdom, and most importantly, the gods. But before the gods can choose you to act as their divine hands and voice, you must train and study hard their tenants and virtues. And before even that, your body must be able to hold and direct their power. For a feather that cannot hold ink will never be a quill. This is not a test of your worth but of your natural, innate ability.”
As he spoke, two other Clerics, Father Branston of Soleil and a female in the colors of Lune, stepped forward, each holding something round covered with a dark cloth. The Cleric of Hengist continued, “Very few are born with the capacity to touch the divine, there is no shame in failing.” the Clerics of Soleil and Lune removed the protective coverings and everyone had to shield their eyes from the brilliant light that flared in Father Branston’s hand.
Squinting as his eyes adjusted, Shon could just make out an orb glowing in a bowl in the Abbot’s hands. The Cleric of Lune held a similar sphere, though it appeared dead beside the brilliance of the other. “When we call your name, you will touch the empty vessel,” the Cleric of Hengist gestured towards the unlit stone, “and then you will touch the vessel filled with divine magic,” with his other hand, he gestured towards the light. “Do not hold the stone for longer than a moment. If your body is unable to channel the magic it could do serious harm,” he warned.
“Trase,” one of the clerks called from the door, reading off the list they'd compiled. A tall boy stepped forward on shaking feet. He approached the Clerics, who nodded solemnly, all encouraging smiles gone. Reaching out, he touched the unlit orb, then with a deep breath, reached for the glowing vessel.
Nothing happened. Trase pulled his hands back, and Branston whispered -though all could hear in the stillness of the room- “It’s alright lad, you may go…”
“Anhala,” the clerk called, and a girl jumped before rushing forward to try.
The first six failed before a girl named Gena reached shaking hands to the orbs. As her fingers brushed the light vessel, the dead sphere in her other hand began to glow. She gasped, holding tight to both globes, now both shining brightly.
“Congratulations, my dear, you may choose an order…” the Cleric of Hengist gestured to the altars around the Chapel. Gena pulled her hands back slowly, and the unlit stone died once again. Shon watched as she walked to the altar of Soleil to await the end of the test before beginning her life as an adept in training at the Church.
“Shaclin Ebonheart,” the noble boy Shon often saw at the Temple stepped forward, rubbing his hands on his pants before reaching for the orbs. Nothing. He held on, and Father Branston gently removed the boy’s fingers from the light orb. Shaclin pulled away sharply, clutching his hand to his chest and whimpering. His skin had grown red and blistered.
“I’m sorry…” the Cleric of Hengist whispered.
Shaclin turned away without a word and strode for the door, still clutching his burned hand, silent tears staining his cheeks. I won’t cry… I won’t…
“Shon,” Shon closed his eyes, imagining himself in the Temple chapel with its calm silence and soothing scent of incense. He could almost smell it when he opened his eyes and moved forward.
Time slowed down… it took hours to reach the Clerics. Days to raise his hand to touch the dark orb. Now that he was closer he saw that they were actually crystals, tumbled into perfectly smooth spheres. His palm covered the dead stone, and it felt cool, as though it had just been dug from the ground by adventurous children. He reached for the stone bathed in light, feeling the warmth radiate off it before he even made contact. It wasn’t nearly hot enough to burn, and yet Shaclin’s hand had shown blisters.
Shon touched the stone. The warmth filled his fingers and crawled up his arm. It flooded his body like a vessel being filled with water before flowing out his other arm and down his hand. The dead stone came to life, its coolness replaced by the warmth of the divine magic, using him as its conduit connecting the two.
“Congratulations, son, you may choose an order…”
Time sped back up, and Shon let his hands slide off the stones. “Congratulations,” Father Branston echoed, nodding towards the altar of Hengist, “The rest is up to you.”
Only two others passed the test. A girl with long auburn hair and green eyes had joined the Temple with Shon, and a boy had gone to the Church of Saint Bjarki. They stood by their respective altars as the last of the failed testers left the Chapel. Gaven and Lara managed strained smiles at Shon as they left. He attempted to return them but wasn't sure if he'd managed it. The eight Clerics all breathed sighs of relief as the last left, and Branston and the Cleric of Lune returned the covers over the stones. Though still lit by the light through the colored dome, the Chapel seemed so much darker without the divine light to fill it.
“Four this year! An entire fifth!” the Druid of Cathbad exclaimed, her brown and green robes rustling as she danced in place.
“Yes, quite remarkable. Twice the average.” the Cleric of Saint Bede agreed. Though he resisted dancing for joy.
The Cleric of Hengist was also smiling broadly, though when he spoke, it was to the kids, “You may spend the afternoon with your families. Report to your chosen order before sixth bell.”
The girl who also joined the Temple of Hengist, Daisy, gave Shon a warm smile and hurried with the others to retrieve her papers. Now marked with their status as divine conduits. Shon walked behind them, his nervousness replaced with excited anticipation. He felt somehow full and empty all at once. With one door open, another had closed...
Shon stepped into the morning light to find the crowd had cleared. Only the three families of his fellows remained, hugging and kissing their children in joy. “We shall have a feast fit for the King!” Daisy’s father exclaimed, lifting her into the air as if she were no more than five. Shon’s stomach growled.
“Hungry?” Veon-Zih asked, stepping out from beside the door and presenting Shon with his pack. Shon felt his cheeks go red, and Veon-Zih laughed, rubbing his own belly, “I could use some lunch myself.”
Hastily Shon dropped his pack and rifled through the outside pockets, finding the cookies in the last one left to check. They were cracked and crumbled in some places, but he held one out to Veon-Zih regardless.
The Monk took it with a bow, “I am trying to resist being disappointed.” he confessed as Shon eagerly shoved his own broken cookie in his mouth.
He nearly choked, and Veon-Zih patted his back hard, not helping. Shon managed to swallow, then stammered, “Master, I…”
Veon-Zih interrupted with a laugh loud enough to fill the empty entryway, “Just promise me you won’t let your new studies dull your old. I plan on testing you with each visit.”
"Visit?" Something Shon couldn’t name filled his chest with warmth reminiscent of the divine light, "Test? You..." He thought he might burst with barely contained hope. No one could be so blessed... "You'll still train me?" Shon asked.
“I happen to be good friends with one of your future teachers at Hamerfoss.” Veon-Zih stated for the first time, “I’m sure he'll welcome my visits. If you'll have me…”
Shon didn’t have words for an answer. Instead, he lunged forward, wrapping Veon-Zih in the first and only hug he could remember giving anyone.
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2023.05.28 22:05 Dyl8Reddit I’ve been collecting the Bing Word of the Day for an entire year now!
On the day that I posted this, 5-28-2023, it would have been an entire year since I started collecting the daily word that Bing offers every day.
For those of you don’t know, if you search for
“Word of the day” on Bing, you will find a unique vocabulary word that is specific to each day
. That’s what I’ve been documenting for the past year.
I started collecting the words back on May 29, 2022. I kept them in a plain text document
that I named word-of-the-day.txt. This document was going to store my words in a specific format, which you will see below. I appended to this document every day in the summer using Windows Notepad, until I eventually moved the document to my Google Drive. This allowed me to hook up multiple automations to it, like a Siri Shortcut that would get the latest word and allow me to append it. Once April of 2023 (or even earlier) came around, I decided to change to only updating it every 6 days since my life was getting a bit busier then. And when I wasn’t automating, I would manually add the daily word as part of my MicrosoftRewards
routine (sometimes, but only when I had the extra time for it
Doing this isn’t as easy as going back to add all 365 words right before I published this. That is because there is a limit
to how far back one can go in the daily words — after 7 days a word disappears from the end of the list and is lost forever. This meant that I had to stay on top of the word list, which I did do pretty consistently until I missed on day on June 30th. But that’s ok, as we all make mistakes.
While I was keeping track of the words that Bing offered every day, I learned some interesting things. Discovering a new word every day slowly strengthened my vocabulary to be more eclectic. I used these words in various things like stories, or just to confuse people
that had never heard of the words. And with more words, what started as a hobby to collect the words became a project to archive the WOTD for an entire year.
A lot can happen in a single year. When I started, I didn't even have a Reddit account, and it was late May around the time where everyone gets out of school that I started making the list. Now it’s the end of another school year. I am completely different person. So with that context and reflection, I would say that it is about time to show you the list that I’ve been collecting:
 May 29 - tenacious - tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely  May 30 - empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another  May 31 - prate - talk foolishly or at tedious length about something  June 01 - cerulean - deep blue in color like a clear sky  June 02 - redolent - strongly reminiscent or suggestive of  June 03 - diaphanous - (especially of fabric) light, delicate, and translucent  June 04 - sillage - the degree to which a perfume's fragrance lingers in the air when worn  June 05 - desultory - lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm  June 06 - mercurial - (of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind; of or containing the element mercury  June 07 - fawn - a young deer in its first year; a light yellowish-brown color  June 08 - estuary - the tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream  June 09 - mellifluous - (of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear:  June 10 - zippy - bright, fresh, or lively  June 11 - lush - (of vegetation) growing luxuriantly  June 12 - bucolic - relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life  June 13 - verdant - of the bright green color of lush grass  June 14 - regal - of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified  June 15 - pyrrhic - (of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor  June 16 - picturesque - visually attractive, especially in a quaint or pretty style  June 17 - myriad - a countless or extremely great number  June 18 - gleaming - (of a smooth surface) reflecting light, typically because very clean or polished  June 19 - deafening - (of a noise) so loud as to make it impossible to hear anything else  June 20 - aberration - a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome  June 21 - pleonasm - the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g. see with one's eyes), either as a fault of style or for emphasis  June 22 - Instigate - bring about or initiate (an action or event)  June 23 - dubious - hesitating or doubting  June 24 - noxious - harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant  June 25 - calumny - the making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander  June 26 - abscond - leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft  June 27 - predilection - a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something  June 28 - equivocal - open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous  June 29 - pernicious - having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way  June 30 - ???  July 01 - languor - the state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia  July 02 - obsolete - no longer produced or used; out of date  July 03 - ambiguous - (of language) open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning  July 04 - patriotism - the quality of being patriotic; devotion to and vigorous support for one's country  July 05 - carouse - drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way  July 06 - insurgent - a rebel or revolutionary  July 07 - oligarchy - a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution  July 08 - loyalist - a person who remains loyal to the established ruler or government, especially in the face of a revolt  July 09 - veracity - conformity to facts; accuracy  July 10 - rescind - revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement)  July 11 - malarkey - meaningless talk; nonsense  July 12 - epoch - a period of time in history or a person's life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics  July 13 - abrogate - repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)  July 14 - laconic - (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words  July 15 - prepossessing - attractive or appealing in appearance  July 16 - sonorous - (of a voice) imposingly deep and full [recovered, assumed]  July 17 - bombinate - buzz; hum  July 18 - altruistic - showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish  July 19 - upbraid - find fault with (someone); scold  July 20 - maelstrom - a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river  July 21 - illusory - based on illusion; not real  July 22 - lethargy - lack of energy and enthusiasm  July 23 - ethereal - extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world  July 24 - syzygy - a conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun  July 25 - phosphene - a ring or spot of light produced by pressure on the eyeball or direct stimulation of the visual system other than by light  July 26 - vacuous - having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless  July 27 - oleaginous - rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily or greasy  July 28 - ignominious - deserving or causing public disgrace or shame  July 29 - parsimonious - unwilling to spend money or use resources; stingy or frugal  July 30 - treachery - betrayal of trust; deceptive action or nature  July 31 - verisimilitude - the appearance of being true or real  August 01 - luminescence - the emission of light by a substance that has not been heated, as in fluorescence and phosphorescence  August 02 - susurration - whispering, murmuring, or rustling  August 03 - accost - approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively  August 04 - clamor - a loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting vehemently.  August 05 - mendacious - not telling truth, lying  August 06 - dilly-dally - waste time through aimless wandering or indecision  August 07 - neophyte - a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief  August 08 - purist - person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules or structures, especially in a language or style  August 09 - bellicose - demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight  August 10 - duplicity - deceitfulness; double-dealing  August 11 - deus ex machina - an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel.  August 12 - supine - (of a person) lying face upward  August 13 - nebulous - in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy  August 14 - viscosity - the state of being thick, sticky, and semifluid in consistency, due to internal friction  August 15 - lampoon - publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm  August 16 - fatuous - silly and pointless  August 17 - effervescence - bubbles in a liquid; fizz  August 18 - defenestration - the action of throwing someone out of a window  August 19 - acumen - the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain  August 20 - tempest - a violent windy storm  August 21 - repartee - conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies  August 22 - chuffed - very pleased  August 23 - iridescent - showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles  August 24 - archetypal - Very typical of a certain kind of person of thing  August 25 - forbearance - patient self-control; restraint and tolerance  August 26 - stoic - a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining  August 27 - officious - assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, especially with regard to petty or trivial matters  August 28 - maudlin - self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness  August 29 - oblivion - the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening  August 30 - scintillating - sparkling or shining brightly  August 31 - lithe - (especially of a person's body) thin, supple, and graceful  September 01 - superfluous - unnecessary, especially through being more than enough  September 02 - zenith - the time at which something is most powerful or successful  September 03 - evocative - bringing strong images, memories, or feelings to mind  September 04 - cobbler - a person who mends shoes as a job  September 05 - vitriolic - filled with bitter criticism or malice  September 06 - stolid - (of a person) calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation  September 07 - eurhythmic - (especially of architecture or art) in or relating to harmonious proportion.  September 08 - fallacious - based on a mistaken belief  September 09 - multifarious - many and of various types  September 10 - rhapsody - an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling  September 11 - cogent - (of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing  September 12 - gregarious - (of a person) fond of company; sociable  September 13 - vilify - speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner  September 14 - toady - a person who behaves obsequiously to someone important  September 15 - deride - express contempt for; ridicule  September 16 - rapturous - characterized by, feeling, or expressing great pleasure or enthusiasm  September 17 - bibliophile - a person who collects or has a great love of books  September 18 - fugacious - tending to disappear; fleeting  September 19 - lollygag - spend time aimlessly; idle  September 20 - bae - a person's boyfriend or girlfriend (often as a form of address)  September 21 - jovial - cheerful and friendly  September 22 - sycophant - a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage  September 23 - wayward - difficult to control or predict because of unusual or perverse behavior  September 24 - maverick - an unorthodox or independent-minded person  September 25 - vociferous - (especially of a person or speech) vehement or clamorous  September 26 - eclectic - deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources  September 27 - bane - a cause of great distress or annoyance  September 28 - pedant - a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning  September 29 - writhe - make continual twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body  September 30 - foliage - plant leaves collectively  October 01 - eerie - strange and frightening  October 02 - bogeyman - an imaginary evil spirit or being, used to frighten children  October 03 - catacomb - an underground cemetery consisting of a subterranean gallery with recesses for tombs, as constructed by the ancient Romans  October 04 - cryptozoology - the search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated  October 05 - kafkaesque - characteristic or reminiscent of the oppressive or nightmarish qualities of Franz Kafka's fictional world  October 06 - cipher - a secret or disguised way of writing; a code  October 07 - morbid - characterized by an unusual interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease  October 08 - eldritch - weird and sinister or ghostly  October 09 - superstition - excessively credulous belief in and reverence for supernatural beings  October 10 - omen - an event regarded as a portent of good or evil  October 11 - miasma - a highly unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapor  October 12 - poltergeist - a ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as loud noises and objects thrown around  October 13 - harridan - a strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman  October 14 - serpentine - of or like a serpent or snake  October 15 - incarnadine - a bright crimson or pinkish-red color  October 16 - pallor - an unhealthy pale appearance  October 17 - apparition - a ghost or ghostlike image of a person  October 18 - abhorrent - inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant  October 19 - banshee - (in Irish legend) a female spirit whose wailing warns of an impending death in a house  October 20 - dismal - depressing; dreary  October 21 - labyrinth - a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze  October 22 - sarcophagus - a stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription and associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece  October 23 - twilight - the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun's rays from the atmosphere  October 24 - bizarre - very strange or unusual, especially so as to cause interest or amusement  October 25 - foreshadow - be a warning or indication of (a future event)  October 26 - fiend - an evil spirit or demon  October 27 - lycanthrope - a werewolf  October 28 - scythe - a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or wheat, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to which are one or two short handles  October 29 - lusus naturae - a freak of nature  October 30 - wraith - a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death  October 31 - jack-o'-lantern - a lantern made from a hollowed-out pumpkin in which holes are cut to represent facial features, typically made at Halloween  November 01 - logophile - a lover of words  November 02 - eloquent - fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing  November 03 - sesquipedalian - (of a word) polysyllabic; long  November 04 - irony - the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect  November 05 - homophone - each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling  November 06 - homograph - each of two or more words spelled the same but not necessarily pronounced the same and having different meanings and origins.  November 07 - elegy - a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead  November 08 - palindrome - a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward  November 09 - antithesis - a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else  November 10 - bookish - (of a person or way of life) devoted to reading and studying rather than worldly interests  November 11 - phenomenon - a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question  November 12 - denouement - the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved  November 13 - woe - great sorrow or distress  November 14 - blithe - showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper  November 15 - trouvaille - a lucky find  November 16 - empirical - based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic  November 17 - trite - (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness  November 18 - diction - the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing  November 19 - hubris - excessive pride or self-confidence  November 20 - motif - a decorative image or design, especially a repeated one forming a pattern  November 21 - anachronism - a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned  November 22 - gourmand - a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much  November 23 - recant - say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief, especially one considered heretical  November 24 - erudite - having or showing great knowledge or learning  November 25 - omniscient - knowing everything  November 26 - novella - a short novel or long short story  November 27 - metaphor - a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable  November 28 - anagram - a word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another  November 29 - expunge - obliterate or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)  November 30 - sough - (of the wind in trees, the sea, etc.) make a moaning, whistling, or rushing sound  December 01 - advent - the arrival of a notable person or thing  December 02 - gelidity - the quality or condition of being extremely cold or icy  December 03 - niveous - snowy or resembling snow  December 04 - awe - a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder  December 05 - Scrooge, Ebenezer - a miserly curmudgeon in Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol (1843)  December 06 - levity - humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect  December 07 - tranquility - the quality or state of being tranquil; calm  December 08 - ephemeral - lasting for a very short time  December 09 - surfeit - an excessive amount of something  December 10 - staid - sedate, respectable, and unadventurous  December 11 - ubiquitous - present, appearing, or found everywhere  December 12 - virtuoso - a person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit  December 13 - winsome - attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way  December 14 - Grinch - a mean-spirited person who spoils the enjoyment of others; a spoilsport or killjoy  December 15 - mirth - amusement, especially as expressed in laughter  December 16 - quirky - having or characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits or aspects:  December 17 - toboggan - a long, light, narrow vehicle, typically on runners, used for sliding downhill over snow or ice  December 18 - evanescent - soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing  December 19 - zephyr - a soft gentle breeze  December 20 - hearth - the floor of a fireplace  December 21 - tidings - news; information  December 22 - garland - a wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration  December 23 - cornucopia - a symbol of plenty consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn  December 24 - crackle - make a rapid succession of short sharp noises  December 25 - Yuletide - archaic term for Christmas  December 26 - fervor - intense and passionate feeling  December 27 - whimsy - playfully quaint or fanciful behavior or humor  December 28 - kith - one's friends, acquaintances, and relations  December 29 - equanimity - calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation  December 30 - insidious - proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects  December 31 - revel - enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing
 January 01 - clinquant - glittering with gold and silver; tinseled  January 02 - Elysian - relating to or characteristic of heaven or paradise  January 03 - coterie - a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people  January 04 - eke - make an amount or supply of something last longer by using or consuming it frugally  January 05 - vestibule - an antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building  January 06 - lucid - expressed clearly; easy to understand  January 07 - livid - furiously angry  January 08 - perspicuous - clearly expressed and easily understood; lucid  January 09 - vex - make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, especially with trivial matters  January 10 - puerile - childishly silly and immature  January 11 - splendour - magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur  January 12 - wistful - having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing  January 13 - capybara - a South American mammal that resembles a giant long-legged guinea pig.  January 14 - martyr - a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs  January 15 - gimmick - a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or trade  January 16 - brood - a family of birds or other young animals produced at one hatching or birth  January 17 - malady - a disease or ailment  January 18 - zeal - great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective  January 19 - hamartia - a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine  January 20 - supernova - a star that suddenly increases greatly in brightness because of a catastrophic explosion that ejects most of its mass.  January 21 - celestial - positioned in or relating to the sky, or outer space as observed in astronomy  January 22 - peart - lively; cheerful  January 23 - serendipity - the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way  January 24 - blatherskite - a person who talks at great length without making much sense  January 25 - constellate - form or cause to form into a cluster or group; gather together  January 26 - recalcitrant - having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline  January 27 - waif - a homeless, neglected, or abandoned person, especially a child  January 28 - moulder - slowly decay or disintegrate, especially because of neglect  January 29 - limpid - (of a liquid) completely clear and transparent  January 30 - travesty - a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something  January 31 - quixotic - extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical  February 01 - eidolon - an idealized person or thing  February 02 - desideratum - something that is needed or wanted  February 03 - ensorcell - enchant; fascinate  February 04 - aurora - a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers in the sky near the northern or southern magnetic pole.  February 05 - jaded - bored or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something  February 06 - limerence - the state of being infatuated with another person, typically experienced involuntarily  February 07 - obfuscate - make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible  February 08 - idle - (of a person) avoiding work; lazy  February 09 - peart - lively; cheerful  February 10 - scintilla - a tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling  February 11 - gangling - (of a person) tall, thin, and awkward in movements or bearing  February 12 - sublime - of very great excellence or beauty  February 13 - ineffable - too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words  February 14 - moonstruck - unable to think or act normally, especially as a result of being in love  February 15 - nostalgia - a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past  February 16 - panacea - a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases  February 17 - razz - tease (someone) playfully  February 18 - kin - one's family and relations  February 19 - melodious - relating to or characterized by melody  February 20 - fractious - (typically of children) irritable and quarrelsome  February 21 - idiosyncratic - relating to idiosyncrasy; peculiar or individual  February 22 - spurious - not being what it purports to be; false or fake  February 23 - quandary - a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation  February 24 - pulchritude - beauty  February 25 - rhetoric - the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other compositional techniques  February 26 - naturalism - (in art and literature) a style and theory of representation based on the accurate depiction of detail  February 27 - histrionic - excessively theatrical or dramatic in character or style  February 28 - onomatopoeia - the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named  March 01 - gawky - nervously awkward and ungainly  March 02 - akin - of similar character  March 03 - garrulous - excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters  March 04 - lofty - of imposing height  March 05 - pugnacious - eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight  March 06 - relative - considered in relation or in proportion to something else  March 07 - liminal - relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.  March 08 - gratuitous - done without good reason; uncalled for  March 09 - solicitous - characterized by or showing interest or concern  March 10 - quaint - attractively unusual or old-fashioned  March 11 - inane - lacking sense or meaning; silly  March 12 - pert - (of a girl or young woman) attractively lively or cheeky  March 13 - esoteric - intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest  March 14 - schadenfreude - pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune  March 15 - odious - extremely unpleasant; repulsive  March 16 - numinous - having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity  March 17 - loquacious - tending to talk a great deal; talkative  March 18 - impecunious - having little or no money  March 19 - sanguine - optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation  March 20 - pungent - having a sharply strong taste or smell  March 21 - charming - very pleasant or attractive  March 22 - soliloquy - an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play  March 23 - penurious - extremely poor; poverty-stricken  March 24 - jamboree - a large celebration or party, typically a lavish and boisterous one  March 25 - rapacious - aggressively greedy or grasping  March 26 - incontrovertible - not able to be denied or disputed  March 27 - promulgate - promote or make widely known (an idea or cause)  March 28 - opportunist - person who takes advantage of opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle  March 29 - gallivant - go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment  March 30 - iconoclast - a person who attacks or criticizes cherished beliefs or institutions  March 31 - pinprick - a prick caused by a pin  April 01 - petrichor - a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather  April 02 - ungainly - (of a person or movement) awkward; clumsy  April 03 - abject - (of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree  April 04 - lurid - unpleasantly bright in colour, especially so as to create a harsh or unnatural effect:  April 05 - spire - a tapering conical or pyramidal structure on the top of a building, typically a church tower  April 06 - proclivity - a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing  April 07 - convivial - (of an atmosphere or event) friendly, lively, and enjoyable  April 08 - unfeigned - genuine; sincere  April 09 - penchant - a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something  April 10 - sanctimonious - making a show of being morally superior to other people  April 11 - inimical - tending to obstruct or harm  April 12 - taut - stretched or pulled tight; not slack  April 13 - rue - bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen) and wish it undone  April 14 - pithy - (of a fruit or plant) containing much pith  April 15 - impetuous - acting or done quickly and without thought or care  April 16 - disperse - distribute or spread over a wide area  April 17 - sinuous - having many curves and turns  April 18 - plethora - a large or excessive amount of something  April 19 - meadow - a piece of grassland, especially one used for hay  April 20 - persnickety - placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details  April 21 - rusticate - suspend (a student) from a university as a punishment  April 22 - dichotomy - a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different  April 23 - bardolatry - excessive admiration of Shakespeare  April 24 - halcyon - denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful  April 25 - gad - go from place to place in the pursuit of pleasure  April 26 - collusion -secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy in order to deceive others  April 27 - ration - a fixed amount of a commodity officially allowed to each person during a time of shortage, as in wartime  April 28 - clergy - the body of all people ordained for religious duties, especially in the Christian Church  April 29 - mitigate - make (something bad) less severe, serious, or painful  April 30 - paradigm - a typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or mode  May 01 - May Day - 1 May, celebrated in many countries as a traditional springtime festival or as an international day honouring workers  May 02 - denouement - the final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved  May 03 - voracious - wanting or devouring great quantities of food  May 04 - sciamachy - sham fighting for exercise or practice  May 05 - vindicate - clear (someone) of blame or suspicion  May 06 - panegyric - a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something  May 07 - indomitable - impossible to subdue or defeat  May 08 - sedulous - (of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence  May 09 - baby boomer - a person born in the years following the Second World War, when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate  May 10 - plaudit - an expression of praise or approval  May 11 - audacious - showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks  May 12 - intrepid - fearless; adventurous  May 13 - multifarious - many and of various types  May 14 - eclectic - deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources  May 15 - evanescent - soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing  May 16 - normative - establishing, relating to, or deriving from a standard or norm, especially of behaviour  May 17 - lucent - glowing with or giving off light  May 18 - erudite - having or showing great knowledge or learning  May 19 - encomium - a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.  May 20 - husbandry - the care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals  May 21 - meticulous - showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise  May 22 - niche - a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment:  May 23 - lugubrious - looking or sounding sad and dismal  May 24 - magnanimity - the fact or condition of being magnanimous; generosity  May 25 - cornucopia - a symbol of plenty consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn.  May 26 - nascent - (especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential  May 27 - pulchritudinous - beautiful  May 28 - contingent - subject to chance
``` I’m not in control of this list, you there might be some duplicates. Just enjoy the post, as I’m sure that this is something contrasting from the Bing Ai that a lot of people are posting about.
I saw that the moderators commented on my post thinking that it was relating to Bing AI.
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2023.05.28 22:04 Various-Remote-9876 Forced to stop playing league :(
2023.05.28 22:00 the_real_maddison Pro Tip:
Desensitize your dogs to the front door and doorbell. If you find everyone is chill and you've got a spare minute: work with your dogs at your front door. It is, after all, the portal in which all come and go. Keeping your dogs focused on you when the front door is engaged is an important part of the relationship because it's safety.
- Get your high value treats and go ring the doorbell and knock a bunch. Just go to town. Ring the bell. Make all the noises. Really go for it. Understand your dog is going to react.
- When your dogs inevitably react, treat for consistent eye contact and say "oooo someone's here!" or really any command that shows the dog that you're aware of the situation and are managing it. If your dog is bonkers at the door treat for consistent eye contact only. You wanna make these noises a thing that mean treats and you are the giver of treats.
- BONUS ROUND: Once your dog stops freaking out or is engaged with you (you know, after you've rang the doorbell and knocked a bunch,) reinforce "Quiet! Good!" (Quiet is a big one,) and then give them a shit ton of treats.
- Repeat process until the dog either looks at you when the triggers are made OR IS QUIET ALL TOGETHER BECAUSE THE REPITITION MAKES THE NOISE BORING! Dogs do get bored.
It's important that you take the time to be patient with your dog and ring the shit out of the doorbell or knock or do all the "triggering" sounds, and WAIT until your dog figures out this is a treat exercise and you are the giver of treats. That way, the next time the sound of a doorbell or a knock comes around, your dog looks straight at you and goes "TREAT?"
(Apologies to those that live with neighbors. If they complain about excessive noise explain to them why you are training.)
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2023.05.28 21:36 Arandomglitchtalefan Part two of operation copper! (Other parts linked in replys)
“We’ll, she must be suicidal.” Aron said as he pointed his weapon at the figure.
“How about instead of just shooting everyone we try to take her alive, she looks important.” Cole said.
“Cole’s right.” Gram replied. “In other words, aim for non lethal.”
“Bite me! If she decides to fight she’s gonna get a fight!” Uzi said as she pointed her railgun at the figure.
“Damn right.” Aron said as he smiled.
Somehow even with a ballistic face mask on the Figure looked to roll her 2 red glowing ‘eyes’.
“I guess I’ll just hold our friend here while you guys deal with that.” V said as she also rolled her eyes.
Popping the smoke bomb, it suddenly filled the room before anyone could fire, still everyone had the same reaction of shooting into it. V with her MP5SD, Aron with his AR, Cole with his AA12 and Gram with his MP5K. Gunfire rang out throughout the hallways and casings fell onto the floor but everyone ran out of ammo and reloaded except for V who held her gun facing the ceiling while Uzi held her railgun and scanned the smoke, however strangely nothing was there. Thad meanwhile grabbed a metal pipe from the ground as he backed up behind V.
“Coward.” V said under her breath as she glanced at Thad.
“Hey! I’m not a MD ok?” Thad replied.
Silence lay upon the team as everyone wondered if whoever that figure was was dead, gone, or something else. Unfortunately they were wrong.
Emerging from the smoke the figure seemed to dive through the air and onto Aron clunking him against a wall. Firing her M45 at his chest each of the shots ricocheting off his armor and behind her with only slight dents left, and eventually running out of ammo as the M45’s slide stayed back and each gunshot was replaced by a constant clicking.
“What is it sweetheart? Didn’t bring AP rounds?” Said Aron as he smirked. Everyone else trained their weapons on the figure as she held Aron.
Annoyed, the figure tossed the M45 in the air to catch it by the barrel and pistol whipping Aron’s helmet hitting so hard it knocked the night vision off its mounting onto the floor and dented his helmet with blood staining the wound.
Aron didn’t let himself get hit without a fight as he immediately pulled a knife from his side and tried to stab the figure, however she was faster.
V rolled her eyes and was about to fire on the figure when the MD beneath her saw his chance and got up fast enough to make V unbalanced, he then slammed his cuffs on a nearby pipe hard enough to break them as he turned around and activated his blade arms. V rolled her eyes and did the same as her visor turned into an >< before she started to fight the MD.
Backflipping off Aron and reloading her handgun so fast that the fresh mag went in before the spent one hit the ground the Figure shot the AA12 out of Cole’s hands before he fired and the MP5K out of Gram’s and as each of them saw this they drew knives and attempted to fight the Figure. Holstering the handgun with a stylish spin, she drew a silver kukri that had the unique appearance of the blade looking like it was constantly reforming itself over and over again like it was some kind of anomaly.
“Fascinating….” Gram said as he intensified the grip on his knife.
Wasting no time the two attempted to fight the Figure charging at her from both sides, dodging both of their attacks she grabbed Cole’s arm and spun him around hitting the floor with the floor beneath him cracking it. As this happened Gram attempted to get the figure while she wasn’t looking but she somehow was and elbowed him in the face cracking the helmet’s visor and knocking the Night vision off its mount. Gram however didn’t let up as he used his leg to suddenly kick the figures, making her unstable and slightly loosen her grip on Cole who immediately plunged his knife into the left red eye on her mask.
The figure only staggered backwards as she calmly took out the knife with no blood staining it. “Impressive, but you shouldn’t have done that.” She said,
The figure immediately threw Cole’s knife straight at his gut, spraying blood everywhere as he immediately held it and applied pressure, she then kicked Gram across the hall, slamming into one of the walls making a slight dent as he was knocked unconscious. Aron tried one last time to shoot the figure as he loaded his sidearm, however he was too slow when the figure managed to dodge the first bullet shot and punch Aron’s head into the wall knocking him out like the others. As she looked around to see Uzi aiming her railgun right at her. However Uzi underestimated the figure as she used her powers to try to encase her in some metal. However she was fast and quickly escaped before jumping directly behind her. And as Uzi was about to say BITE ME! The breath coming from her voice box to do so the figure spoke with the same Voicecoder as before. “Did any of these guys ever tell you to not get close to someone with a Melee weapon?” she said letting out a very short maniacal laugh “.... What?” said Uzi But it was too late to recognize her mistake. Reacting quickly the figure put her arm over the railgun aiming it towards the floor, Punching Uzi the the Face with the force to Crack the Visor and splatter Oil onto herself before Elbowing the railgun away from Uzi knocking her back and she stumbled over to the ground. As she looked up she saw the figure aiming her own railgun at her using her elbow to brace it along with shouldering it too.
However V unexpectedly pounced on the figure, knocking her back, the figure looked back to the MD to see him knocked out on the floor with a cracked visor.
“I see you’ve dealt with my friend.” The figure said.
“Your next!” V said with a smile. However before she could do anything the figure expertly flipped them over, causing V to be on the ground and the figure on top.
Before V could do anything else the figure's kukri was at her throat. However then Thad came charging in with the pipe as he screamed in what seemed like a sad attempt at a battle cry.
The figure caught Thad’s pipe before it hit her, she then looked at Thad and said in an annoyed tone. “Civilians….” She then kicked Thad into a nearby wall, making a crack on the wall as Thad slumped down from it, knocked out.
The figure then turned her attention to V and said. “You're lucky you're worth more alive.” She said as she pulled out a pair of what looked to be those MD cuffs and was about to put them on V when suddenly she was knocked off V by a punch.
V looked to her right to see Red standing there shaking off her hand before pulling out her sword.
“Leave. Her. Alone.” Red said.
“About damn time I found you.” The figure said as she got up.
“I’ll deal with her, V, get the others to the medical bay.”
“That’s a stupid idea. I’m staying and fighting with you.” V said in response.
However the figure snapped her fingers, suddenly the MD that jumped into the vents earlier came out now fully regenerated at the figures side.
“Deal with V, I’ll take care of Red.” She said as the MD nodded.
Then the MD charged and tackled V unexpectedly as Red just barely managed to block an attack from the figure with her blade.
Red tried to slice at the figure, however she was faster and dodged out of the way as she went in for her own slice. However it was Red's turn, Red immediately slid to the left and grabbed the figure’s hand holding the knife before allowing the figure.
The figure responded by kicking Red’s legs from under her as she tried to pounce on her. However Red rolled to the side and used her sword to try to slice at the figure, however she barely missed and instead sliced the figure's hand. The figure’s hand bled, however it wasn't normal blood, it was black but not oil. The figure's blood spilled out of her hand before she stopped the bleeding. She looked at her hand and back at Red.
The figure immediately charged at Red however instead of a tackle she threw her kukri at Red, causing Red to grab it midair but leaving her open to the figure then tackling her. She tackled Red into a wall and pinned her to it as she held her kukri to Red’s neck.
“He trained you well. But not good enough, traitor.” The figure said. Just then a bullet shot was heard as the other MD collapsed, injured and holding his side as V put her foot on his core. V then punched the MD on the ground instantly knocking him out.
The figure then said. “I don’t have time for this.” She then picked up Thad’s nearby pipe and threw it at V as she was still reveling in her victory. The pipe hit V and knocked her out immediately.
“Now back to you.” The figure said, turning her head to Red. Red then immediately tried to head but the figure, however she was unsuccessful as the figure used her own momentum and knocked her to the ground. The figure then put her foot on Red’s throat and started to slowly squish it.
“Say goodbye.” The figure said as Red started to have trouble breathing.
Suddenly a voice from down the hall said. “Let her go.”
The figure turned her head to see a man in a white trench coat with a black shirt and pants beneath and a black fedora on his head. Peeking from his hat was what looked like blond hair, he looked relatively skinny.
“I said. Let her go.” He said as he walked closer.
I don’t have time for this.” The figure said now even more annoyed.
The figure got off of Red as she breathed in heavily and held her throat.
The figure ran towards the man as he just stood there with a smile. The figure leaped at the man, however he expertly dodged out of the way causing her to land behind him, she then pulled her kukri out and tried to slash at the man with lightning speed. However he dodged all of them without a problem, all with a smile on his face.
Suddenly he made his first move, grabbing the figure's hand wielding the blade and threw her behind him as he kicked her as hard as he could away from him. She got up instantly and went in for another attack, however she didn’t expect a hard and quick punch by the man directly in the face. This punch was so hard her mask broke off her face. She held her face in what looked like pain. However she kept her right hand blocking her face as she used her left to grab her now broken mask. She then turned around and threw something on the ground that made some type of portal that she immediately leaped through before it dissipated.
The man then went towards Red as she slowly got up with a cough. “Who are you….” Red said out of breath.
V and Thad also got up with a brown as Uzi coughed up some oil, she was dazed as she used her abilities to start regenerating her cracked visor.
“I'm your reinforcements.” The man said as he looked around.
At that moment, Aron, Gram and Cole got up. Cole still held his wound as he staggered up. Aron also got up and took off his helmet as he held his head in pain.
“It looks to me you all need a trip to the medical bay. She kicked your asses.” The man said with a chuckle.
“You didn’t answer my question. Who are you?” Red said, now a little annoyed.
“I’m Dr Alto Clef. That’s at least the version you can pronounce. I'm here with my associate…. If he wasn’t outside.” Clef said.
“Dr Alto Clef…. In the flesh.” Gram said in astonishment.
“Hell ya! I'm a big fan, Clef! I loved that time you killed five reality warpers with an out of date 9mm!” Aron said as his head pain seemed to disappear, or at least he ignored it.
“We’ll i'm glad to see my accomplishments are getting some attention, Shaw owes me five dollars now!” Clef said with a chuckle.
“Wait wait, am I supposed to know who this is?” V said, confused.
“Ya, this is going wayyy too fast for my liking.” Uzi replied her visor now fully healed.
“Ughhhh…. My head….” Thad said as he barely got up holding his head in pain as he tried to force himself to stand up straight. “How can you guys even walk?….”
“Training.” Everyone said in unison.
“Anyway, back to my point! Who are you really?” V said.
“We’ll sweetheart I’m the one and only Dr Clef, hero of the foundation and killer of all things that threaten your very existence.” Clef replied with a wink. V rolled her eyes.
“Wait, weren’t you in a thing with 173 a couple years ago? Why are you suddenly flirting with her?” Aron said, confused.
“He what?!?” Red said now fully wide eyed and surprised. “173!?!??!”
“It’s a long story.” Gram replied with a sigh.
“Ya well it didn’t work out…. Mostly because of this war and the fact that it tried to kill me with everything it had last time I saw it. So now I’m looking for something else to fill that void…. That and the fact that talking to a statue gets boring really fast.” Clef said as he took out a cigarette from his coat, lit it, and smoked it.
“You know doing that will kill you right? It will shorten your lifespan by ten years at least.” Uzi said.
“Not me, I’m fucking immortal.” Clef said casually.
“Your what?” V said, confused.
“I’m immortal. Listen, you don’t make a child with a goddess and not become what is basically a demigod, ok.” Clef said as he smoked another cigarette.
“…. What.” Red said unbelievably confused.
“Long story.” Gram said.
“Well. Anyone want to stop standing here and turn on the generator? If so, follow me.” Clef said as he started to lead the way. “Oh, and you better go to the medical bay.” Clef pointed at Cole who was breathing heavily making sure not to move the knife.
“G-Good point….” Cole said as he walked off.
“Wait, do you even know the way to the generators?” Gram said.
“Of course! He’s Clef!” Aron said excitedly.
“…. Good point.” Gram said with a sigh.
“Fine! I’ll follow him. Get those cuffs on that MD V.” Red said, clearly angry about Clefs presence.
“Thad, you go back, you're not cut out for this.” Uzi said as she patted Thad on the head before she went along with the other’s.
“I figured that out….” Thad said as he wobbled back where he came.
V was grabbing some cuffs and putting them on the MD and cuffing him to a pipe in the wall. However Clef noticed her behind them and said. “Come on, what was your name, V right? The names Clef if you haven’t heard. Ah what am I saying, you’ll be screaming my name later after I’m done.” Clef winked and chuckled to himself.
“If you try to flirt with me again, I’ll personally rip your face off, I’m not interested and never will be, I’m not into humans!” V replied.
“Sheesh, is she always like this?” Clef said.
“You’d be surprised.” Aron said.
N was still running looking for his friends and seemed to stop by the same hallway sixteen times. They all looked the exact same, still carrying his special admirer who seemed to be muttering in her sleep about something, all he could hear in this panic was his name and also something she called a demon.
As N stopped to ponder this, another unfriendly pair of Yellow eyes emerged from the darkness, watching him from the vents as the distant sound of gunfire and the dripping of blood still echoed through the halls, as N kept Pondering and as the MD pounced something he could have never expected what happened next. Fennec lept from N’s hold and onto the MD, her handcuffs shattering as the blue glitched red and a symbol of three lines emerging from an ace of spades glitched red in place of eyes or a MD ><, and as she changed her left armor into her Pincer blades, the MD attempting to parry each strike finding each successful block cracking her blade more and more as she had to step further back without landing a hit on Fennec as she laughed maniacally the laughter causing her mouth to open the standard MD sharp-toothed smile. The kindness and warmth from earlier was gone, replaced by a fury unlike the MD had ever seen even from her own. This was no Angel. This was a demon. And as the MD’s blades finally cracked ‘Fennec’ leapt onto her, knocking the MD to the ground cutting both her lower arms off, splattering oil onto herself as the MD screamed in terror and pain, the demon grabbing at her head with the standard MD Claws, tearing off chunks of her visor and consuming it, oil staining her mouth and then reaching down and starting to tear up her chest. Ripping out some entrails and eating those too, unstable maniacal laughter being interrupted by the consumption of the MD’s insides. Deciding to end it ‘Fennec’ shoved the last tube in her mouth and stabbed the MD in the core and then cut off its head letting the oil from that leak into her mouth and then dropping it, when it stopped leaking oil with a thunk as it hit the ground. As the ace symbol dissipated Fen’s eyes switched back to their normal oval shape and as she looked at herself and the very dead MD on the floor her eyes emptied with fear as she backed up against a wall shaking slightly, starting to hyperventilate as she looked at her oil-stained blades. “L-Let’s never speak of this again….” Fennec said as she looked at N, wiping the oil off her mouth.
“Ok…. I’m very much traumatized!” N said, giving a thumbs up with a forced smile.
With that they continued walking through the halls, suddenly when they turned a corner N and Fennec bumped into the rest of the team, now with Clef.
“HOLY! GET DOWN N!” Yelled Aron as he pointed his gun at Fennec. Gram did the same as the panicked oval eyes filled her face.
“Wanna answer us as to why you're with the MD that tried killing us just a few hours ago!?!?” Uzi said as she pointed her railgun at Fen.
“Wait! S-She’s fine ok? She helped me.” N said as he tried to calm everyone down.
“I highly doubt that.” V said.
“Hey V…. I’ve heard a lot about you!” Fennec said, trying to sound friendly.
“How exactly can we trust her? Give me one reason?” Red said.
“…. She’s not killing us right now? Plus she could’ve killed me while we were alone.” N replied.
Everyone stood still for a few moments.
“We’ll…. Ignoring that…. Oh! Hey guys.” V said. “Have fun?”
“Ughhhhh Yea! Totally!” N said.
“You're obviously hiding something, but I could care less. Anyways, let's get to that generator.” V said.
“What I was thinking.” Red said as she glanced at Clef with suspicion.
“Say, your N right? I’ve heard about you.” Clef said as he looked at N.
“You have?” N asked, confused. “Am I famous!”
“No not at all, I just heard about you from your file. Serial designation N, made by Anderson robotics as a dissemembly drone. Over a hundred confirmed kills. Not a big number compared to V over here.” Clef said with a snicker.
“Oh….” N said now a little sad.
“What about me!” Fennec said. “Am I famous?”
“No, even less than N, I couldn’t even find a file for you.” Clef said.
“Oh….” Fennec said, also sad.
“We should be just a few halls to the containment cells.” Gram said.
“Yea I want this done as soon as possible please.” Uzi said with an eye roll.
“Same.” V said.
“Then stop lollygagging and move!” Red said, now visibly impatient.
As they moved back through the halls, they managed to finally find the now broken doors to the containment cells, they were crooked and looked bent. Inside were two more MD’s, one female and one male. The male one had Jane held against a wall as the female chuckled. The male one had his right arm turned into a blade as he held Jane up with his left, his blade arm was up to her throat. The male MD had the same orange jumpsuits every other MD had and so did the female. The male one had straight black hair while the female had long light brown hair.
Suddenly the female one noticed the team now staring at them. Suddenly the Male grabbed Jane and held her in front of him with his blade to her neck as the female ran behind the male MD and turned her right arm into a submachine gun before pointing it at the team.
“STAY BACK! OR SHE GETS IT!” The male yelled as he held his blade to Jane’s throat. Jane was awake and held her arms to the MD’s blade arm and tried in vain to pull it off her to no avail.
The MTF pulled their weapons and pointed them at the MD’s, Uzi did the same with her railgun as V did the same with her right arm. Clef pulled out his magnum with his right hand and pointed it at the male MD while Red unsheathed her sword and Fen changed her right arm into what seemed to be a modded arm cannon and pointed it at the female one.
“Put it down.” Clef said simply.
“MAKE US!” The female yelled with a chuckle.
“What do you want for her release?” Gram said.
“We want our own freedom!” The male MD yelled.
“I say we just shoot them.” Uzi said as he studied her railgun.
“The chances of hitting Jane are too high, trust me I calculated it.” V replied.
“You sure are fast when it comes to that.” Red said, glancing at V.
“I’m literally a robot, I’ve told you this before.” V replied while Red, looking embarrassed, nodded.
“Let her go tin cans!” Aron yelled.
“MAKE US! FLESH BAG!” The female MD yelled.
Suddenly a bullet shot rang out, however it didn’t come from any of the team, it came from behind the MD’s, the bullet hit the male one directly in the core as he yelled in pain before falling dead. Jane moved quickly to the side. Leaving the female MD in shock.
“I don’t think you're in a position to make demands any more.” Aron said with a smirk.
The female MD then reluctantly turned her arm back to normal and slowly raised her hands as the team moved in closer. Gram immediately placed a pair of the cuffs on the MD as he restrained her tail as well, all with a gun at her core. Jane looked behind her as everyone else did as well. Behind Jane was Lizzy holding a MTF rifle, she immediately put it down as she saw everyone looking at her.
“H-Hey guys.” She said.
“Gram, get that WD and MD under control.” Clef said.
“Didn’t expect to see you here.” Jane said. “I also noticed your new friend.”
“To answer your first question, no one truly does. To answer your second question, she kinda just decided to tag along.” Clef replied.
“You two know each other?” Uzi said.
“Yep, I was stationed at site 19 while Clef was there, mostly to decommission another reality warper.” Jane replied. “Anyway enough about him, where’s my rifle?”
“I have no idea.” N said with a shrug.
“Oh I know! You left in the habitation sector thing!” Fennec said.
“Huh, we’ll anyway get this generator back on and make sure the area is secured.” Jane said.
“I’m getting something near the colony exit, looked like three MD’s, the last ones by the looks of it.” Gram said as he showed his iPad. He had cuffed the female MD to a nearby wall.
“We'll need to go and stop them now are we?” Aron said.
“Yep, follow me I know a shortcut!” Uzi yelled as she ran out with everyone following her.
Meanwhile back at the exit of the colony, a couple MD’s were just starting to get to the exit, they stole a keycard off a dead foundation guard a few halls ago, and now had access to the door.
“Finally! Even if the sun is out I’ll be happy to actually see it again!” One said.
“Don’t get your hopes up, there could still be guards.” Another said.
“We’ll just fly off, no worries.” The third one replied.
“Oh right!” The other said a chuckle as he swiped the card on the door.
However instead of the cold welcoming of the outside, they instead were met by a man wearing a lab coat, he had a red amulet around his neck and smirked as he held a large gun labeled, ‘Micro HID’.
“What, says the dead guys?” The man said.
“What-“ The MD’s said at once before suddenly with a burst of energy from the Micro they were all disintegrated.
Just then the others got to the exit to see a pile of ash next to the man.
“Oh, hey Clef!” The man said as he waved. He had ginger hair, black eyes, white skin, and a small stubble beard that was barely noticeable.
“Dr Elias Shaw, what are you doing here?” Jane said.
“Ahh nothing! I was sent here for the same reason as Clef!” Shaw said.
“Wait wait wait, who are you?” Uzi said.
“Ya I’m confused.” N replied.
“I’ve lost the capacity to be confused.” V said.
“Same here.” Red said.
“Oh! I haven’t introduced myself! Sorry. I’m Dr Elias Shaw! At least that’s what my new name is! We don’t talk about my old name….” Shaw said.
“What was your old name?” Uzi asked.
“Dr Bri-“ Clef started before Shaw shushed him.
“Nope! I do not want to even mention that name!” Shaw said.
“Anyway…. All you need to know is that I’m immortal with this amulet, bla bla bla. Let’s get to working now!” Shaw said as Clef smirked.
“Wait what.” Uzi said.
“Best not to question it.” Aron replied. “That’s the best way to deal with Shaw.”
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2023.05.28 19:27 Tbhihateusernames Any estimates on the heal time? 25 y/o male.
First time breaking a bone, am currently in a splint waiting to see a specialist on Tuesday (thanks Memorial Day) and estimate on head time? Thankfully patient first dr, said Hopefully I won’t need surgery, just a cast. I’m a big gamer so I’m not sure how to kill time now, wish me luck!
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2023.05.28 19:23 Tbhihateusernames Forced to stop playing league :(
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Just as I was loving the new items and abusing guinsoos in ranked the universe stopped my climb. Broke a bone in my hand am currently casted up, sadly won’t be able to play league for a while. Wish me a speedy recovery!! submitted by Tbhihateusernames to KatarinaMains [link] [comments]
2023.05.28 19:01 TheGanjaLasagna The Quest of Iron Man
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Upon opening I filled about 6k gallons from my well via hose with a 1 micron sediment whole house filter setup. I setup my filter and got my ph in a good spot and started my SLAM. About 5 hours later my entire pool is murky brown. I now have the skimmer packed with a sock full of poly fill and a sump pump pulling water out of the pool, through the 1 micron whole house filter, and into a home made bucket filter full of polyfill before returning to pool. I’m trying to be patient, I’m only 26 hours in. Please tell me this will work! submitted by TheGanjaLasagna to pools [link] [comments]
2023.05.28 18:01 Coffee_mug_Musings How many times should Melissa McCall been fired? Possible spoilers.
I LOVE Melissa and I adored her character, but I just finished the series last week and I was thinking about the sheer number of times she should have been fired!
This is a playful discussion, as I said I really enjoyed the character and the actress.
Here are my top 3 reasons that Melissa should have been fired:
She let her personal issues with Peter (granted I am not saying he's not an a*s) get in the way of his care (after he went through the hellfire/portal) she just straight up stabs his chest with a huge needle (It looked bigger than standard maybe an 18g?) and pumps him full of the 9 herbs after knowing it was going to put him in even more excruciating pain (after what Chris went through) This is a huge no. If you're in the medical field you cannot let personal experiences or feelings trump patient care and comfort.
She constantly gave other people including teenagers access to private medical records. "I shouldn't let you in..." **hands over the key**
She did medical procedures no R.N. has been trained to do in many cases. I've got clinical experience (a whole housefull of medical people including: paramedics, EMTs and nurses) and there were so many times I was like, "Hey, girl - you probably shouldn't be doing that..." Of course she saved the patient but it was alarming unless she had advanced degrees.
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2023.05.28 17:58 quixotic-88 Old Forester filing for 1924- a 10 year release
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This looks more like a standard release than an LE. This would be great to get a Whiskey Row addition with an age statement submitted by quixotic-88 to bourbon [link] [comments]
2023.05.28 17:17 ErisaTheDeathEater 26 [F4R] #Online #PST Switch Looking For Long-Term Slow Burn Dark TPE Dynamic
Before we go further let me explain what TPE truly is since I keep having people with the wrong vision of it messaging me. It's intense control. You don't just tell someone what to do, you take over their life. From the standards of grooming habits and what they wear to life-changing decisions like where they go to college and what career track they take. If you earn my trust this is the kind of control you could have over me.
I have nine years experience in the community. It all started with a documentary that used a lot of terminology I'm didn't understand. This led to intensive research and the realization that I was very much into BDSM. I have had several in person relationships as well a myriad of online ones. I have had mentors, been a mentor, and have spent my time cultivating an in depth knowledge of dynamics.
What I'm Looking For:
I want a dynamic where I can share every aspect of my life with my Master. Not just so that I have someone to talk to but so they can know my innermost workings and use it against me. This includes sharing every entry in my diary, introspective journaling, my life story and works it's way up to the darkest parts of myself that I keep hidden, as everyone does. I want a Master that I can obsess over, hyperfixate on, and worship. They will take control one pieces at a time and mold me into their perfect little toy.
The slow burn aspect is important to me. I want you to earn my trust and the right to control my entire life in any way you see fit. My Master will constantly push me to be better in all aspects even as they breaks me to them They will want me completely dependent on them for everything and will revel fully in it.
My ideal Master is intelligent and educated. They are ambitious/driven as to better mold and push me. They are in control of themselves and well versed in being in control of others. They are patient and determined. They are knowledgeable in BDSM and know that true TPE can only be accomplished through systems, structure and the slow building upon both. They will be available to talk most days, ideally, and can carry a conversation with me outside of kinky topics. Most importantly they are dark minded and Sadistic, creative in their methods of torture, and know how to break someone to their will.
I do not want you if you're impatient or expect me to hand over control as soon as you message me. Move on if you think three weeks is too long or unrealistic to be verified. You should have more than five years experience. You should be between the ages of 26 and 50. If your kink journey started with 50 Shades of Grey I am absolutely not interested.
As a submissive I am loyal and very obedient, should you take the time to earn control. I'm not a brat by any means. I do not trust easily though and will occasionally test you to make sure you know what you're doing, though it's more subtle than I'm sure you're imagining. I live for my Master and take every action with thoughts of them. I obsess and focus solely on them.
Physically I am 5'9" and BBW. I have curly brown hair and brown eyes. Cupid bow lips and very clear skin.
Mentally I'm dark and chaotic. I plot and plan. Test and tease. I use my wits to get what I want and work around what prevents me from getting it (fair warning).
As you can tell I'm very serious about this. I know it's specific but I have reasons for every criteria I've posted here and, should you be curious, would be happy to share the why of it with you. If you want to talk further feel free to connect with me. I do expect some effort in your opening message and would like you to share something personal and non-kink related with me.
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2023.05.28 16:26 Famous_Specialist_14 How to view ielts results online in different ways?
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First of all, we should know how long it takes to get the IELTS results.
IELTS students or candidates do get confused or worried if their IELTS results are delayed or withheld. We will talk about a couple of reasons for that. As we all know, it usually takes 13 days for a result to be delivered for a paper-based test, whereas for a computer-based test, it usually takes from 3 to 7 days. However, in both cases, the IELTS results could be delayed so why is that? Your result may not be issued. You may wait 13 days after your test and your result will not be issued in the case the IELTS test partner decides that it is necessary to review any matter associated with your test to assist any investigation you may be required to provide a writing and speaking samples. However, it happens in exceptional circumstances and you can also be required to retake the IELTS test components but it happens quite rarely. So, we can say that there are two main reasons for that.
- If you have given your IELTS test on the computer which is the CBT (computer-delivered test), your results will come after five or seven days of your test. When your results become available, your test centre will notify you, and you will receive a link to view your IELTS scores.
- If you have given the PBT (paper-delivered test), your results will come after 13 days from the day you gave your last test. On the 13th day after your test date, they will announce the result on their official website. Therefore, If you need a fast result for the IELTS test, you can opt for IELTS CBT. To know more information about IELTS exam, visit this article The most 7 questions about IELTS
Get yourself prepared with an online private tutor. You may be required to retake one or more IELTS components if any irregularity is identified; your results might be cancelled and you might need to take your test again or part of your test again if there are any problems with your test. Irregularity means that something in your test management was not usual or not acceptable. This also means that if any information or data provided from you or your agent to the Recognizing Organization has been altered in any way, your original test result will be cancelled. So be careful and provide the right information and only use reputable agents while booking your IELTS test.
- One that they want to check your test again.
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- Now, what can you do once your IELTS test result has been delayed? There is no fixed time limit for IELTS test results so just wait and be patient If your results have been delayed. Not all students receive their results within just one week or a couple of weeks, for some, it might be longer than a month or even three months. But usually, three months happen in a rare case where there is some kind of an issue with your test, test result, or the information you have provided at the time of registration.
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2023.05.28 16:17 ezitherese MD school list review - high GPA/average MCAT URM
Longtime lurker on this sub, but now that I’m ready to apply this cycle, I thought it might be worthwhile to get some opinions on my school list or areas I could improve in :) State of residence
: Maryland URM
: Black female
Graduated in May 2022. Took 1 true gap year to increase clinical experience Undergraduate majors
: Biochemistry BS, Psychology BA (I have a strong interest in psychiatry) cGPA
: 3.98 sGPA
: 4.0 MCAT
: 512 (128/124/131/129) Paid work experience
: clinical research project coordinator for stroke research studies [I don’t know whether to classify this as clinical experience or research experience; I’m leaning toward clinical since there’s a lot of patient interaction and I’m working with neurologists] (full-time position for 2 years; I currently have over 1,800 hours). Writing tutor at my university’s writing center (6 semesters, 3-4 hours/week). Chemistry tutor for gen chem and orgo (1 semester, 4 hours/week) Clinical volunteering
: volunteered at a hospital (30 hours; cut short due to the pandemic) Non-clinical volunteering
: Crisis Text Line counselor (130 hours), volunteer at local soup kitchen (30 hours), church summer camp teacheleader (80 hours) Research
: not a huge fan of. Research assistant for psychology professor’s lab for 1 semester (2-3 hours/week). No publications, except for a little something I completed for a molecular genetics lab (an NCBI entry) Shadowing
: minimal. 8 hours with a PA, planning to formally shadow neurologists I work with (and maybe a cardiologist) this summer to get a minimum of 40 additional hours Leadership
: gen chem TA for 1 semester (3 hours/week), chemistry tutor, teacheleader for aforementioned church summer camps LORs
: 5 total. 2 science professors, the psychology professor I did research for, research coordinator supervisor (an MD), writing center supervisor School list
: (first 11 are my favorites)
- Maryland (I’m currently working there)
- Wake Forest
- Loyola Chicago
- Wayne State
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2023.05.28 15:16 Plushytoonz There's a universe where earth is filled with unknown horrors (Part 2)
I stood up, awaken from my sleep from the knocking sound on the elevator door. My friends stood up with me as we all heard it. The sound of banging became so much louder. Giggling can be heard with it. What's behind the door is unknown and I'd rather not face it than die to this thing. In the edges of the door, thin fingers began to seep through it. Such horrible looking fingers. I watched the door getting turned into a broken mess. Something grabbed my hand and I saw it was Rishika's. I looked at her and saw fear and sadness on her face.
Questioning death can be answered by judgement, revenge, luck, curse, or just nothing. The concept of fate over people sounds so simple that people think that it's ok that fate exists. Is it ok if I was in this situation? What if one of your loved ones died right in front of you by a murderer? You won't like it and you'd definitely blame god for that.
The door is beginning to make an opening. Sweat rapidly runs down on my forehead. My eyes widened with terror as I see the creature's face. It's as accurately described from the documentary. Its teeth shines like bright white marbles and its eyes are like melted butter. The creature's face slowly gets closer, while we stepped far back until there's no space for us to move anymore.
I can feel the cold shivering breath from its mouth. The breath that smells empty. From what I've heard, it's much stronger than the one we just ran away from. Ronald immediately punches the creature's face with his metallic fist. Steam pulses out from the gaps of it. He kept punching at it again and again but to no avail. It still not injured nor shown any pain. He only manages to recoil it farther back.
With a one quick slice, Ronald's hands fell to the ground. His scream was painful and terrifying to hear. I can see his face was in pain. Eyes widened with tears flowing down to his cheek. "Ronald!!" I heard Billy screamed out loud. Of course, this doesn't make any difference as the creature slowly crept closer and closer to us. I witness Ronald dying with his sockets bleeding so much blood. His eyes faded of life. If only he hadn't try to kill it out of bravery, he would've lived longer with us before our lives are taken away.
Its jaw started to open. The sounds of bone cracking can be heard within its teeth. The smile on its face grew more and more eerie. It laughs like a maniac ready to pounce on their victims. Such insanity can break people's minds with a laugh. I froze in place by the laugh. There's nowhere else me and my friends can escape from. What else can we do. Our weapons are futile here and this creature is far beyond comprehension.
Its many arms spread around the elevator room, trying to grab us with its menacing hands. We're going to die here and that's that. This would've been a goodbye to the world. I don't know the dead world in this universe. Many different universes should have a different afterlife. Here, I don't think there's a safe place after death.
Then, something happened right in front of our eyes. The creature was being pulled back by something. Something inside the darkness. I can hear it's the same women who saved me from the pale face. We couldn't see anything in the darkness but Billy's flames can surely help us along the way. I took his flamethrower and a torch. Lighting up the torch with it carefully. Not wanting to burn us. Turning off the flamethrower, I lighted the area with my torch in hand and saw them clashing each other with blade like arms.
We stepped out of the elevator with Ronald's dead body in Cody's arms. Why would Cody keep holding on to him for? He's already dead and there's no way for us to say a better goodbye. I guess maybe he wanted to bury him somewhere which I honored that idea.
She cuts the jaw of the creature that it screams the way a person should. I can see the whole body of the creature. It was humanoid and tall. About 9 feet tall and its body is dark skeletal human. It grabbed her with its large hand and threw her off into the wall. She crushes onto the wall with such heavy force. A groan can be heard from her before a blade penetrates through her abdomen. Her screams are both man and woman at the same time.
It's horrifying to hear someone scream like that if they're just human. In fact, it'll be much terrifying if she'd sounded like millions of voices.
She grabbed its face with her free arm and tears its face off. Its eyes bounces to the ground with a flesh grinding mush sound. The screams that came from within its voice box made a deafening pain in our ears that we both covered them with our hands.
The woman digs her sharp fingers into the creature eye sockets with the sound of digging flesh. She then splits its head with the pull of her hands. Black and bloody flesh spread onto the walls and ground. One of its discarded flesh landed on my shoe. My stomach twists and turns. Watching her brutally kill it while flesh and blood spills. I gagged, watching her 3 fingered hands dig into its throat and pulled out its large heart.
Geralt vomited to the ground, spilling the acid from his stomach. That didn't bother me. Instead I watched her feast on the heart. The sound of chewing on flesh and blood made me sick to my stomach from an imaginary smell of rotten flesh. The creature's body slowly melts away to the ground. Rendering it to be dead into a puddle of flesh and bone. There's nothing left of it. Just a puddle.
"Holy shit." With just one word came out from Billy's mouth, the woman turns her head to look at us. Her eyes seemingly looked bright and harmless. Not sure whether or not if this is a tactic to hunt or it's really her instinct. The familiar color of her right eye caught my attention.
She fell to the ground with a big gap in her abdomen. Heavy breaths came out from her voice as she slowly gets back up on her feet. The light from my torch reveals her hoodie to be grey and the gap in her abdomen slowly began to heal itself. Small tendrils from the sides of the gap stitching back together.
I stepped back, giving ourselves space in order for us to escape if she'd attack us. I held my hammer high and so does my friends with their own. "Darwin wait!" Did I just heard her say my name? I didn't know what to do or how to react. Either it's just a hallucination or trickery. "How did you know my name?" I asked with the fear in my voice.
"I uh. I just guessed I suppose." Her eyes were on the dead Ronald in Cody's arms. She looked saddened by it. Even grieved. She shook her head and went back to to us with a clear voice. "But that doesn't matter. You all need to get out of here before he gets here."
"Who's he?" Geralt asked with both curious and nerving tone in his voice. Her eyes are widened in fear. An expression I never thought she could do and feel about. "Cain. He's coming here and you all need to get out of here."
I've heard about Cain before. You might know this story from a book. It's about 2 brothers, sons of Adam and Eve. Abel being the most favored man of god, while Cain being the least favorite and jealous. Cain killed his brother out of jealousy. God is not happy about this and he casted him away with a curse. He's just a man. Maybe who she was saying was someone who is also named Cain.
"How are we supposed to get out?" Said Cody.
"I can help you get out. We just need to go outside and find the pool of clean water. But, it'll be far away, so we need to hurry up." She walked passed us quickly in a hurry. Billy was going to ask but I lay his shoulders, giving him a metaphor of saying no. Of course, he grunted from that. Rishika gave a face wash to Geralt. He gladly takes it and wipes his mouth and stained jacket.
We followed her through the hallways of the darkness. Our torches lighted brightly around the darkness. I was behind the woman whose guiding us to the exit. I haven't thought of asking her name. For someone like her, she should have. The voids blood doesn't seem to affect her mind but I don't think that's really the case.
The image of her blue eyes makes me recollect the memories of my long distant past. I still don't understand. How could she be so familiar to me, even know my name. We never met each other and we're from different worlds. Either it could be she had mind reading powers or just a simple guess. "Thanks for saving us back there. What's your name."
"My name's..." She looked unsure as to what to say or even know her name. I think she was hiding her true identity which I can understand that. Hiding your own identity from other people is a good way to keep yourself safe. But you needed to plan and design your own disguise. You need to come up with a story that doesn't give confusion or any cracks for people to get suspicious. Famous people like movie stars or scientist or anybody related to that stuff mostly do this to avoid getting attention.
With a warm and calm voice, she answered. "My name is Enid."
"Sounds good. Why did you save us? How are you still in control of yourself?"
"I saved you because I wanted to save you all. I was never the kind of hero or something but I still have the heart to save you all. And I'm losing a bit of my strength holding myself together. Everyday, I have to eat the creatures here. You've encountered them before. If I don't eat them, I'm going to turn into them. Turn into the void. But the more I eat, the closer I'm going to turn myself in. I'm glad you guys are safe, but I feel bad to see your friend die. Sorry that I'm too late to save all of you in one piece."
"Yeah. Wished he had enough time for you to arrive. He was a brave and cool friend to have a part of the team. He's always telling stories about greek gods and mythologies. He's a boxer too. I think he would consider you to be one of us."
"Yeah, of course. He kinda sometimes look scary to me in the night but he's a really good man." Geralt joins with us with a nervous look on his face. His eyes are tired as ours but they're wide enough for us to see his shining eyes. Enid returned smile on her face, but it faded away quickly in a short amount of time.
We finally left the building safely with her guidance. The bright shining sky brightens around us. Giving us the comfort of our safety. But still, we grieved the death of Ronald. Billy grieved the most out of everyone else. He kept muttering all over and over while we were following Enid. His mutterings, from what I can hear are apologize. "Billy. It's not your fault. I think he knew as well."
"No, it is. I kept saying mean and horrible things to many of you but mostly it's on him. I just wanted him to think I'm strong and all. I'm lost Darwin. And I shouldn't have said those awful things. All I want was to show you all that I'm strong. But look at me. I'm bloody weak and I can't do anything to protect you all. All I can do is to just stand still and spout bullshit."
He began sobbing so terribly that it shocks me to my core. His face turning red and he fell to his knees, unable to stand back up. We all stopped to try to give him the comfort we wanted give him. We've never seen him in such a state like this. Throughout our times together, he always acts like a jerk but now he's crying right in front of us. I didn't know what else to do except to sit down next to him. Ronald's body is now pale in Cody's arms. His eyes were shut.
"I know how it feels, Billy." Rishika, already knelt down in front of Billy, said with a warm tone in her voice. This has got to be the 3rd or 4th time I've heard her say a full sentence. Either way, it was encouraging. Billy doesn't seem to be able to reply. None of us does. "I used to be harsh and cruel to others because I wanted them to accept me. But I was wrong because that's not how it works. We can both change together. It's ok to be on your good side. It won't be too bad. I think Ronald would like that too."
"Look at me. Do I look like I can?"
"We all can. It's just how we grow in life."
"I don't know. Ronald's dead and I'm left to be the one who carries his death on my back. I don't think he'll ever forgive me."
"No. We don't know that. But what matters is that you move on instead of staying behind. I know it's hard but you have to if you want to change. It's ok to be scared. We're all scared."
"Yeah. Even me too. I get scared a few times but that doesn't mean that others will look down on me." Geralt stutters a bit in his voice but kept the strength to say those words.
"Same here. Even that I'm this, I'm still scared too." Enid joins in with a sad look on her face. For someone like her, I thought she never felt fear. I guess there are others like her that can feel that way.
I wanted to tell him something too. Something that feels connecting to each other that I don't want him to be left alone. "You don't have to do this alone. I'm scared too and that's alright because that's human. We can help you Billy. You're our friend. And I think Ronald would consider you as a friend too."
Billy wipes his tears away with his sleeve. We all sat there for a few seconds before Cody lays his hand on his shoulder, which makes Billy hug him back. "It's ok. We're here." Ronald's body lay on the boulder 5 feet away from us. Cody reaches his arms as a gesture for us to join in. We all did. So is Enid. I didn't think anything else but to be on Billy's side.
Suddenly, our moment was interrupted by a thunderous noise came out of nowhere. Enid's eyes are widened in terror. The world around us shook from the thunder. In the sky, the small clouds started to turn from grey to the color of blood. Enid jumps right up, catching a look above as we all stare into the sky. What I saw gave me enough imagination to fear whatever the unknown has.
Large gigantic shining eyes watch over the world below us from the sky. Its pupils are too big that they nearly reached the edge of their sockets. The grin of that thing gave me enough horror to freeze in my tracks. How nightmarish it is to see a gigantic abomination such as this in the morning and night. People would definitely scream and run all over the place while the cloud's face watches over them like a eldritch god.
By the time I stepped back, it turned its menacing eyes towards me. I felt like it was staring into my soul. My very soul in my body. Its own saliva dripping from its mouth. Hungry for our souls. It didn't move nor spoke a word. Thunderous noises kept coming from the abomination. They were red lightning and menacing. If people get hit by them, I'm pretty sure they'll turn into whatever nightmarish flesh creature they'll turn into.
"Guys! We have to go! There's not much time!" Edin ran and so we followed. Cody picked up Ronald's body with us. Billy gained back his strength to run. And I slowly started to run as I kept staring at its menacing eyes. It doesn't leave me alone. I don't see it following me or do anything than to smile with evil intentions. This is different than the ones we encountered. Not because of their looks. It's because I knew its intentions. The void creatures, I don't.
A great thunderous red beam shot out from the abomination's mouth and a loud boom can be heard far away from us. The sound snapped me out and I began to run as fast as I can, trying to keep up the pace of my friends and Enid.
Nothing else happened as we run to our exit. The thunderous noises kept booming around us as the clouds above slowly turned into blood red. A drop of rain hit my forehead. I touched it with my finger tip and saw blood. The rain is full of blood. I nearly slipped to the ground but my jacket was caught by Geralt. "Don't worry Darwin! I got you!" He pulled me up and ran.
The feeling of getting closer to something crept inside my chest that I began to feel the sensation of hope. Hope is said to be for the weak but I say otherwise. Hope may be a blind way to believe in something but sometimes it can be true to which we reach to something we can achieve.
Enid stopped in her tracks. There, right in front of us, was a pool of clean water. It doesn't make sense. It's raining blood and there, at the pool, it's clean. Droplets of blood dripped into the pool, then faded away into the clean water. We were shocked to see the pool to be clean in the middle of a shower of blood. The atmosphere suddenly turned red. Dark red flames started emerging around the world. It's everywhere and I can hear the distant screams behind me. The screams are hard for me to explain. They're like mixed with many variety of species all together into a rhyme of symphony.
I turned around to see something dark falling from the sky above into the ground like a falling star. The world shakes beneath us. I knelt down to get balance as I kept watching the falling darkness land onto the world. Far away, a dark silhouette rises from the ground. It looked to be tall. I could guess it's 4 feet taller than us. My eyes can't see clearly due to the silhouette being too far away. More of them began to rise as more fell from the abomination.
I turned myself around, nearly losing my balance. Cody held Rishika by the arm and Billy knelt beside Geralt. Enid reached her hands out into the pool. Sparks of bright light emitted from her arms, spreading light around her. The pool began to slowly swirl into a vortex as the sparks of light began to increase. The harsh blow of the wind hits us, making me fall to the ground.
Then, a bolt of light sparked into life in Enid's grip. The bolt was so bright that I shielded my eyes from it. It's so that I won't get blinded by the light. I looked back to see that something is walking towards us from far away of our tracks. I don't know if it's just me hallucinating or if it's really real. I think I can hear laughter. A humane laughter. It's like it came from a demon king. The dark silhouettes at the sky fly around with their wings.
Their wings are of a bat and their body was humanoid and blood red. Their mouths are menacingly enough to make me push myself away from it as far as I can. It shrieks so loudly that I can hear it from that distance. It began to fly towards us and its claws like a hawks are ready to grab one of us to feast on. I stood back up as the world turned still. I pulled out my hammer, ready to defend myself from it.
The demon nearly scratched my face before a bullet teared through the side of its brain. I turned my head to see Rishika, already wielding her sniper rifle. "I got you." She turned around and shot another bullet at another demon.
I heard a crushing noise coming from Cody. He slams his club right at a demons head, exploding it on impact. The demon wore an armor set of dark stones that could come from hell itself. It was carrying a blade that shines pure diamond. Geralt penetrated his spear at the demons chest, electrocuting it from a high voltage. "Holy shit! This is crazy!" A shout came from his voice. A voice of panic.
I turned around when I felt something was approaching me. There was a demon with 4 arms and held a large hammer, bigger than the one I wielded. Its face full of hatred that Its eyes glared into my soul. I quickly swung my hammer by the time it swings its own. Our hammers clashes together, making a loud slam around us. It swung again but I jumped away from its heavy blow. It's a good thing we had those boots. They're able to give us enough push to jump twice higher than the original person can.
I then swung my hammer directly at its face. I made impact as its face tears apart from the slam of my hammer. A crunching sound can be heard from its skull. Its head exploded into a pool of blood with scattered flesh and bones.
I landed on my feet and watched the world turned into the new hell as dark flames emitted everywhere around the buildings and the ground. More demons are rushing towards us in a pack. So many of them with many horrifying different forms. My body is shaking from the fear I had in me. I nearly dropped my hammer as sweat begins to appear on my hands. I bumped my back as I stepped behind. Geralt, Rishika, Cody, and myself are close together with our weapons in hand. They're all sweating with fear on their faces. There's too many of them for us to take them down. "Come on! Let's show those freaks what we're made of!" Shouted Geralt. By the times we raised our weapons and the demons now 10 feet away from us, a bright blue flame blazes the demons. They scream in pain and hatred as they slowly melted into a sludge of fried flesh.
"I'm not going to let those bloody fuckers take you all away from me!" Billy's face is mixed with fear and anger. Feeling very glad that he joined us. If not for him, we would be brutally killed by the horrifying demons. Then, a loud burst of water and electricity emerged from behind us. Enid faces us with wide eyes. "Get in now!"
"Will it take us home!?" Geralt asks with a panic in his voice. I can see the sweat pouring down on Enid's face as she stares back at us in a hurry. "No but it'll take you somewhere safe! Somewhere you can start a new life!"
Cody, with Ronald's body in his arms, is the first to get in the portal. By the time he jumps into the portal in the pool, a flash of blue energy can be seen emerging out of it. Then goes for Geralt. He was scared at first as he cowers back. "Will I be hurt if I fall?"
"Don't worry. You'll be fine." And so, he jumps in and flashes of light emerges out.
Then goes for Billy. He looked back at Enid for a moment before he jumps into the portal.
Lastly, Rishika stops near the edge of the pool. She turned around to see Enid with a hurried look on her face but also with relief. "Thank you Eddie." Then she jumps into the portal.
Did I just heard her right? Did she just said my lost friend's name. "What did she just say?"
She looked at me with a sad look in her blue eye. I felt a connection between us, as if we've known each other. I don't understand. Why would Rishika say his name. Enid is a woman to say the least or she's really something else. A sudden memory flashed before my eyes.
I remembered the time Eddie shape shifted into the Ice cream man. It was a time when we were young. We both got the ice cream we wanted just for free without anyone noticing. It was funny but also worrying because we could get caught. But that never happened and still felt funny every time I remember that day.
"Eddie? You're Eddie." She nodded in reply. A gesture of yes. Then, right in front of my eyes, she formed into a grown up version of Eddie. The Eddie I remembered. My heart felt shocked as to what I've just learned. I ran to him and hugged him deeply than I could've ever done. We both hugged for a moment until he gently pushes me off. Tears started to appear beneath my eyes. I don't know what I was feeling but what I can say was joy. "Why didn't you tell me?"
"Because I knew you would drag me with you If I tell you. You have to understand that I have to stay here. This is where I belong and I'm too dangerous to be with you."
"But we can figure things out together! We can go back to hanging out with each other! Play video games! Explore the world! Everything!"
"No Darwin. We can't. I'm a part of the void and I'm slowly losing myself. My left part of my face is nearly turning into the void."
"But we can fix that! We just need to find the answers to how we can get you better! I can't! I don't want to lose you again! I-"
"Darwin!" A shout came from his voice. I stopped with chills freezing behind my back. He looked at me in the eye with sadness. "I can't go back. I'm sorry I was never there for you when you graduated. I'm sorry for never waiting for you outside of school. I'm sorry for everything we could've done but we haven't! I have to save you. Even if it costs me my life. I don't want to lose you either. You have to go Darwin. There's nothing that can change my mind."
I thought I could finally bring him back. To do the things we've never have yet done. Here and now, this is our last time together. This is our last time to see each other again. He protected me wherever I go here. He saved me in order for me to live. I can't let him die here. I don't want him to be gone from me.
I hugged him tightly, not wanting to let go. Tears dripped down from his eyes and onto my head. I can feel the pain in my chest starting to rise but I didn't let go. "I'm sorry Darwin. You have to let me go. You can choose. I won't stop you."
He's right. I can't keep him with me. Throughout my life I wanted to see him again. Every night, I look out the window to see if he's there but there's no one but cars and houses. I can't keep doing this. I really have to let go. Tears pours rapidly beneath my eyes. I let go and wiped the tears from my face. "I guess this is a goodbye then."
A sad smile plastered on his face. The world around us slowly turned into darkness. The kind of darkness in hell. "It is Darwin. I'm so happy to see you again." "Well oh well!! Look at what we have here!"
A very modern European accent voice of a man emerged from the world before us. We turned to see a man with a worn off brown coat. His hat looked to be as old as the ancient times. And his face. His face made my stomach turn. Bandages wrapped around his face, except for his terrifying grin. His teeth rotten to the very core of his rotten body. I stepped behind Eddie with the hammer in my hands. The man grins much wider than I anticipated. "You must be wondering. Who am I? Well. I'm the one and only, Cain. You might've heard me from a very recognizable book. Also, I'm afraid you two are coming with me. We have a lot to discuss and a ton of things to do together."
With that, he started laughing like a total maniac. His herds of demons followed with a laugh.
"Goodbye Darwin." Eddie suddenly pushes me off into the bright blue vortex that'll be my exit. I took one last glimpse of Eddie standing before Cain. As I fell into the portal, I can hear the echoing laughter of Cain and his demons. I screamed out for Eddie but my voice was out of reach.
Then, I landed on my back on the ground. The portal disappeared before me. I quickly stood back up and reached to where the portal had opened. It was gone. I looked around to see that I'm on a hill. The dark blue night sky displayed above me with the stars shining above. My mind racing with thoughts and fear. Witnessing Eddie being alone to fight against the evil we are meant to escape from. I screamed into the sky as tears rapidly starts to appear. I fell to my knees onto the grass floor and slam my hands at the ground as I wept. I kept screaming and sobbing until I was too exhausted that I fell to the ground. I heard footsteps before me. There were many.
My body being picked up by Billy in the arm as he carries me with him. "Darwin. What happened?"
The only words I can say now were."He's gone."
It's been 2 years since we left that world. The world we now stand upon was nearly the same as ours. What I mean by nearly was that there are strange phenomenons happening nearly every month. A girl who can turn into a form of a robot and killed a cancerous beast in Queensland. A military war criminal who considers killing the supernatural as a job. Even the real life wendigo sightings are on the news papers. Still though, the place is still good in the morning. Except in the night, there are sometimes threats we don't know in the dark.
We built a team together, even gather some new friends along the way. Rishika grew to be more expressive and a lot more kinder to us. The time we killed a literal Bigfoot, she gave me a fist bump. Gave me a chuckle and a smile on my face.
Billy was getting better everyday. He responds to us with kind words than insults like before. After Cody had buried Ronald's body in a proper, he said his words of goodbye to him and gave him the picture he secretly held with him. It was a picture of us hanging out in a movie place. It's heart warming and depressing to witness what he did there.
Cody went off to work as a psychologist. He's still with us. It's just that he wanted to help people's mental health issues. He did really well on that one and he even gave us some advice for a change. I wouldn't consider mostly on his advice but some I can really try. That's also where he met the girl who can turn into a robot. We've met after the news broke out about an incident of a wild destruction at Queensland. Forgot to mention, we're at Australia. Just to let you all know where we are.
Finally, Geralt took pictures everywhere we go and writes down in his diary. The reason he does this is that we're in another world and thought he could take pictures of them and reflect on them. Sometimes we even got to have a photograph of us in the middle of the good times. He said it was to keep memories of our times together. A frame with a picture of literally us huddled together in a bright sunny day in Canberra.
Me? I was building a portal device, for me to teleport to different worlds. It's going to take a long time for me yes. Been building other things lately with Rishika too. Weaponry, gadgets, devices, and fixing stuff. I stuck around with my friends and we've made a great team. Made new friends along the way and learnt many things too.
2 years ago, after my moment of grief, I woke up from my exhausted moment to see my friends standing before me with a relief on their faces. I nearly cried by the picture of that moment. After that, we both watched tv together in my new bedroom inside of a hotel room. After Rishika finds a new home for us, we moved out to Melbourne Victoria as a new place of our home. We moved in to a farm house where there is a larger basement for us to do our stuff. We knew we had to get a job at this point, so we did what we can to find one. It's a good thing there's a city nearby.
Rishika, Geralt, Billy, and I took the job as being a part of an investigation of the paranormal. That's how we managed to meet up with a bunch of new friends.
I missed Eddie. I wished he could come with me and didn't have to die. But, I learnt that I can't drag him with me. He wanted to stay there. I can understand that. I know he's gone already. It's hard to let go. But sometimes we have to. To live out our lives well. I have to look forward. To better myself through experience.
This is my message to you. My readers.
You better to stay where you are now. Don't go to other universes. Because maybe, you'll end up in the most horrifying places you never want to go.
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2023.05.28 06:15 Veridisquo- Thought I’d share some stuff that my grandfather and I have collected from better days, well mostly.
2023.05.28 04:11 Ad-West-7 My girlfriend broke up with me through a letter and I miss her
My girlfriend was released from the psych ward yesterday and decided to break up with me for a while. She suffered a massive mental health crisis a couple of weeks ago and ended up taking a mental health leave from her job. She showed up at my work drunk and high on cocaine and I had to take her home. She admitted herself to the hospital the next day and stayed for two weeks before she was released.
Last night she knocked on my door before running back to her car. She left a box with all my things from her apartment and a letter attached to the box. In the letter, she said she needs to take a break from our relationship so she can take care of her mental health. She is in an extremely unstable condition and is receiving treatment for depression and suicidal ideation. She does not feel safe being around anyone at the moment and does not trust herself to make logical decisions around people. She is taking her medication and no longer feels like the world is ending but she is going back to the hospital to receive assistance with her depression. She is also going to start eating full meals again and try put on weight.
The next three pages of the letter were filled with her expressing her love for me and apologizing for her behavior. Because she knows I do not want drugs anywhere near my apartment she asked one of her coworkers about a person they know who sells cocaine and she bought a gram. She bought it in a brown bag along with some weed and hoped I would look at it and break up with her. When I didn’t she decided to sniff the cocaine and put a line on the kitchen table. She bought 10 bottles of wine and drank two of them and scattered the bottles around the apartment before taking an Uber to my job. Because I was the only thing that was stopping her from jumping off a bridge she hoped that I would get mad when I saw her walking into the fire station wasted and the state of my apartment when I brought her back and break up with her. Despite my anger, I did not break up with her and she ultimately decided to check herself into the hospital. She dedicated one page to apologizing for her actions that morning and all the things she did before because of her mental health. She doesn’t deserve a patient boyfriend like me who has the biggest heart in the world and she is afraid of corrupting me. She told me to find a woman who does not have the same problems as her and treat that woman with the same respect I gave her. The last page was her telling me how grateful she was to have me as a boyfriend and she could never repay me for the five years of love I gave her. She does not know when she’s going to feel ready to be in my presence again and told me not to come to her house to talk to me. She also drew a portrait of me while she was in the hospital and attached it to the letter.
I started crying in a way I haven’t since I was a kid. I knew what I was getting into when I met her and I never held her mental health against her. She always told me what emotions she was feeling and it helped our relationship greatly. This is a very serious situation and I am glad she recognized she needs professional support instead of trying to deal with it all by herself. She’s had episodes before but nothing like this. I miss her. I miss her so much. My apartment has been quiet for the past two weeks without her being loud and creating noise and I hate it. I miss holding her and rubbing her back while she fell asleep. I miss the streak of blonde hair in her black hair, her big, black, beautiful eyes, and how she always smelled like lavender. I miss cooking for her and making dinner so she had something to eat after a shift. I miss the smells of whatever recipe she was attempting to replicate from Pinterest. I miss the video of Daniel Craig saying “ladies and gentlemen, the weekend” she would send me every Friday after 5pm. I miss her chicken katsu and spam musubi and her cooking. She made two containers of katsu and curry and put them in my refrigerator before she started her cocaine plan and every bite I took made me miss her more. I miss exercising and doing ab workouts with her. I miss trying new hiking trails with her. I miss watching whatever dumb reality tv show she was obsessed with every two months and her asking a million questions every time she watched a sporting event with me. She was the love of my life and my life feels incomplete without her. I told my mom and younger sister we were taking a break and both of them said she feels like a member of our family. I miss her. The last four years have been the happiest times of my life and now all I feel is numbness and sadness. Whenever we had disagreements they never lasted more than two days and we apologized if one of us said something mean. She was the place I called home and the only person I feel safe confiding in and now she’s gone for I don’t know how long. I want to be right by her side giving her a hug and telling her how strong and beautiful she is but I can’t. I know she’s serious about improving her mental health and she’s making an effort to get her so that makes me feel a sense of peace. I hope she is able to find a sense of calmness in her mind. I collected all her things and dropped them off at her house this afternoon then got on the highway and just keep driving for an hour. No music or anything. Just the sound of cars and my thoughts. She deserves to be happy and feel like she wants to live. It hurts to live without her.
Edit: She has never done drugs before. This was the first time she ever bought or did drugs.
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2023.05.28 03:57 depmuls light spotting ??
im 13+5 and i just peed, wiped and saw light pink. ive also been cramping a bit today. i was just wondering if any of yall experienced the same thing and if everything was fine. i’d call my ob, but its 9pm, and i messaged on the patient portal, but it usually takes 2 days for them to answer. figured id ask here because google has a variety of answers that are either calming or worry-some lol
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2023.05.28 03:12 Adventurous_Dare_675 [TOMT][Kids show] An adventure of these two kids getting stuck in a world of this girl with a rainbow outfit
it was a live action show where these kids meet this girl, she has pig tails, and is a brunette, wore a suit that was white, but outlined with lines on it and also when they go into a portal her outfit turns rainbow and brown shoes. These two kids one boy& girl and meet these interesting characters that sing there's a talking acorn two brothers in green jester looking costumes named the jingle heimer Schmidt brothers. If anyone knows a idea pls lmk.
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