THOUGHTS AFTER

 

by Jasmine Williams

I have a state of mind
No not right a fragile state of mind
Tries to rhyme but has no time
My time runs low my body feels so cold
My thoughts eat me alive until I’m out of time
Never seeming to slow
Racing racing slowing in my mind
Wont get out in time
They wont come in time
Out of time
Slowly slowing racing to the finish line
Am I out of time
I can’t rhyme
But I hope one day this is seen
Cover all the things that could ever be seen
So one day I can say that I was seen
I was heard slowly slowly I was heard
Open mouth closed eyes
These thoughts won’t escape me I give them outs but they are here
Wondering wondering when they will get of here
I have a fragile state of mind
My thoughts eat me alive
They beat on my state mind
A fragile state of mind
Cracking cracking
I will break
They wont be on time
I have a fragile state of mind.

BAREFOOT TOGETHER

By Margie Rafalowski

 

Introduced

warm wool-covered

leather loafer-ed

quick paced

ten toes

to white(ish) cotton hidden

‘neath canvas and laces

meandering

ten toes

Occupying

asphalt pavements,

dusty wooded paths,

autumn’s flitting leaves,

icy perilous surfaces.

Faltering and unsteady

alongside solid sturdy

ten toes

ten toes

Balanced

syncopated striding

climbing or stumbling

Always ten toes

ten toes

Sifting sand

moving waters

Resting between sheets

Stark, plain, bare

in concert

Twenty toes.

SAPONIFIED

By Margie Rafalowski

 

Asteroids unavoidable

impact

Assortment of chocolates

picked over and devoid of the favorite

Disheveled, messy feelings

 

Conflict, confusion takes the lead

holding hostage the sunshine

Smashing atoms into bombs

within the heart

Allowing entry of pain

No protection

 

Wretchedness prevails

even though uninvited

Laughter is lost,

despite attempts to call upon

its comfort

 

Relationship’s

relevant rapport

Struggling together

Together

Two-gether

 

WE

form alliance

create the chemical reaction

acid and oil

commingle

Saponify

a new compound

Cleansing

 

Yandere Tale By Samuel Clayton

Yandere Tale

By  Samuel Clayton

Chapter (5-6)

Chapter 5

            It happened after Wendell’s funeral,  there was a small convention for video-games, Anime, And most of nerd culture. Rose, who had become quite lonely since her friends were revealed to be terrible people, Decided to attend wanting to get her mind off of the lack of friends. She thus decided to learn about some of nerd culture and maybe make new friends, although John wouldn’t let that happen if he could help it.

            While there, John, of course, kept an eye on her. Rose, unknowingly did the worst thing that she could have done. She made a friend. The guy she started talking to was named Gerald Thomson Albertson. He was a short, stout young man with red hair. He had brown eyes and was overweight in the way one might find cute.

            At first, Rose didn’t find what Gerald was talking about interesting, however, as they kept talking she, in her loneliness started finding what Gerald found interesting. Listening to each word that Gerald said, John winced at each single word. Throughout the convention, John followed Gerald eventually stepping in to act as a good friend. He, as usual, tolerated the competitor but, Gerald would have to go. John was now sick of anyone that even dared to get his his way, even if they were only going to be friends, John was the only friend rose needed now.

            The next day he walked with her to school for the first time having gotten up the courage to do so. However there was one problem that john had with the current situation. Gerald also walked with them. Again, John tolerated the existence of this interloper but he had watched the tables that jerald visited and his mind was already coming up with plans that would get rid of Gerald.

            At lunch that day, As much as john wished to have this person disappear he couldn’t do it in front of Rose so he merely listened to everything that the intruder said so as to better weave his web of destruction.

            Something that he could do came into johns mind as Gerald took over the conversation talking about his favorite shows and the characters in them. Johns suspicions of the character of this would be thief as, all of Gerald’s favorite characters were on the younger end.

            The next few days went like that and, Despite the new member of Roses little group, John was happy as he was getting closer to Rose. Over those days he also stalked Gerald online and discovered some questionable behavior. Eventually through hacking Gerald’s computer, John finally had enough evidence to destroy the would be interloper.

            John had found thousands of images that could get gerald in huge trouble with the law. This calmed john as he knew that soon enouph Gerald would be behind bars and unable to ever speak to Rose again.

            After going through the day as usual John enacted his plan. He first planted some evidence from Geralds own computer on one of the computers that the school had then called the police when he was alone. The cops came in and inspected the computer system and by the end of the day Gerald was drug off the campus in hand cuffs. He would be convicted with five years prison and registered in a list prohibiting going within fifty feet of anyone at a school. Gerald was gone and John was confident that he finally had Rose all to himself.

 Chapter 6

            After finding out why Gerald was arrested Rose was disgusted with the guy and decided to stick with john. The good times only lasted a couple of weeks and during that time john was getting closer and closer to his Rose.

            However, after Wendell’s death Shawn had fallen into a small depression. During this depression his girl friend had dumped him because he wouldn’t spend time with her. After this Shawn Johnson did the worst thing he could to, the worst nightmare of John, Shawn noticed the existence of Rose. Whats worse is, as soon as Shawn came over to say Hi to rose, John learned where he stood in his relationship with Rose. He was a friend, a close friend, But still just a friend.

            Not only that but Shawn had figured out after Dawson’s gang didt immediately dissipate that, there was a new leader and he had seen John giving them instruction. Shawn didn’t like John. He thought of John as a stalker and a neurotic freak. As such, He proceeded to try and separate John from Rose.

            Over several painful weeks Shawn pushed John out of Roses life, further and further.

            It wasn’t like John wasn’t fighting back, he was. During those weeks he tried everything he could to stop Shawn from pushing him away . Every attempt failed and he no longer had Dawson’s gang because of the car accident a bit ago. Eventually however, the push back stopped, he never got any closer, but at least he wasn’t moving further back. This equilibrium was torturous however as he no longer attended the group lunches, no longer was able to talk to her often, every gain he had made for months had been undone within a couple of weeks. John however was a patient man, he could wait, after all, Rose didn’t actually like Shawn right?

            It was a week before the homecoming dance and, in Johns mind, It was the last chance he would have to win Roses heart. He however had already lost as, during a lunch he couldn’t go to, Shawn had already been asked and, had said accepted. John hadn’t figured this out until after he asked her though.

            One day John came up to rose and asked if she would like to go to the dance with him. A sad look came across Roses face as she said that she was already going with Shawn and, soon after john went through a roller coaster of emotion related to loss. Upon hearing about it from Rose he ran. For the next couple of days didn’t even go to school, instead he sulked in his room and slowly stewed with his disappointment and anger and the rejection.

            When John came back he was in a sad phase and people seemed legitimately worried about him. People were asking him what was wrong and who had hurt him but under that sadness was an intense, seething rage towards the one who had taken his rose from him.

            After John started a couple of fights in the school, Been called into the principals office, and even sent to the school councilor, Shawn too was worried about John. He couldn’t find him however, because john was skipping class and sulking on the roof. At lunch Shawn went up to the roof and found him. He looked with a worried expression wondering what he might have done to bring on such a change in the freaks character.

            Seeing Shawn up on the roof with him John stood and looked strait at him. Shawn looked slightly worried at the fact that this guy was looking at him but was more curius about what John meant as John asked, “Why…”. Shawn looked confused at this but didnt have time to respond as john said in a slightly more angry tone, “Why did you take my Rose!”.

            Shawn questioned this assumption of Rose being John’s but couldn’t finish as john interrupted him with, “She was everything to me, and you took her you…” Shawn had already started to aproch slowly thinking that John needed some help. John spoke as Shawn approached, “YOU TOOK MY ROSE RIGHT FROM UNDER ME YOU BASTARD!”

            With that Shawn was about to back up but he couldnt get away and was hit with a mean right hook and then an upper cut. Shawn reciprocated and the fight on the roof continued for hours. John was weaker but more skilled and Shawn was stronger and less skilled. From the outside the two combatants would appear to be evenly matched, however, John was pushing Shawn back towards the fence slightly.

            The two fought for a long time both now in a druken stuper hitting each other again and again. Eventually however John pushed in his anger one step too far. He stepped into shawns center of balance and hit Shawn’s gut with his knee. Shawn tiptoed back from his breath knocked out of him then off the opening in the fence.

            Time slowed as John regained control of his actions and watched as Shawn fell off of the building. He watched as time seemed to slow. Shawn tumbled down the five stories and landed head first a few feet in front of Rose with a, “Splat!”

            Seeing this John went to his knees looking at his hands with a shocked expression. He eventually regained his composure and, before the police arrived to question everybody. John knew well what had happened but the story he came up with was ingenius. John had tried to commit suicide and Shawn had tried to get john away from the ledge before falling off himself. The police arived at the scene and questioned everybody. Johns story checked out as several people reported that John had been depressed after his rejection by Rose.

            After school was let out early due to the death John went down to the exit of the school to see Rose and maybe walk her back home. John then saw the effect of his own actions as Rose, looking scared and shocked by the death she had seen right in front of her, ran up and hugged John and buried her face in his chest crying.

            She had lost everybody that had ever loved her save one, John. And as such, would grip onto the only thing that hadn’t left her or been revealed to be some terrible monster. She would never leave him. He had gotten rose, in doing so however he had destroyed the very things he loved about her the most.

Yandere Tale By Samuel Clayton

Yandere Tale

By Samuel Clayton

Chapter (3-4)

Chapter 3

            John’s labors were not over however because, after only a week of having no challengers for Roses heart, One seemed to show up out of nowhere. His name was timothy right and he was a thin and short kid who, although he was only a Junre in High-school, looked as if he was a freshman. He had light brown hair and hazel eyes that appeared at least twice as big under his thick glasses. He joined the group a week after Jessica’s family moved out of town, after meeting Samuel. There were two problems that john had with the kid, first of all he liked Rose, and second of all he was completely clean. He had committed no crimes, done nothing wrong. There was nothing john could use to control him.

            At first, John was only suspicous of the kid and, so far, the kid hadn’t done anything to enact Johns wrath. John was patient but, over a few weeks, Timothy had been getting closer and closer to Rose. John finally hit his breaking point when the new guy had become a core member of Roses inner circle. John wasn’t going to take any chances this time, Timothy would have to go.

            To this end john acted on what he did know about the kid. First of all he was weak, not only physically but mentally. Secondly the kids family babied him. With all of this information in hand john concocted his plan. Johns plan went like this, first he would become Timothy’s friend, he would then, have the remainder of Jimmy’s old gang of bullies bully him physically while John did so over the internet until Timothy had been good and broken down. John predicted that, if John acted like a good friend at that point, then he would become the cornerstone of the kids sanity. Then as he did to Jimmy he would drop him, throw him under the bus and, his family would soon after move their poor son was hurt by the school. After that, John would finally have his love all to himself.

            To this end john both supported the creation of, and joined Timothy’s one Hobby, Computers. John pushed the kid to make a computer club and in support, Rose and the others joined also. John also convinced several other people to join the club to make Timothy feel better.

            He started the bullying campaign soon after the founding of the computer club. Using a variety of methods and different social media platforms and accounts. At first he didn’t see many results but after a week of his online bullying as well as the bullying from Jimmies gang john started to see results.

            John learned that Timothy had been hiding this from his parents and others really well because, on this occasion he seemed to suddenly become sullen and depressed. Rose, to johns chagrin tried to help but, it failed. The rest of Johns plan took place when, at the appointed moment all of the members john had promoted the club too left. With that the last thing that Timothy had been using as a coping mechanism dissipated and he was now in shambles. Johns plan had worked to more then the intended effect and the next day Timothy wasn’t around. His parents had moved away because their poor Timmy had been hurt by this town. With this john hoped to have his Rose all to himself for once.

 Chapter 3

            John’s labors were not over however because, after only a week of having no challengers for Roses heart, One seemed to show up out of nowhere. His name was timothy right and he was a thin and short kid who, although he was only a Junre in High-school, looked as if he was a freshman. He had light brown hair and hazel eyes that appeared at least twice as big under his thick glasses. He joined the group a week after Jessica’s family moved out of town, after meeting Samuel. There were two problems that john had with the kid, first of all he liked Rose, and second of all he was completely clean. He had committed no crimes, done nothing wrong. There was nothing john could use to control him.

            At first, John was only suspicous of the kid and, so far, the kid hadn’t done anything to enact Johns wrath. John was patient but, over a few weeks, Timothy had been getting closer and closer to Rose. John finally hit his breaking point when the new guy had become a core member of Roses inner circle. John wasn’t going to take any chances this time, Timothy would have to go.

            To this end john acted on what he did know about the kid. First of all he was weak, not only physically but mentally. Secondly the kids family babied him. With all of this information in hand john concocted his plan. Johns plan went like this, first he would become Timothy’s friend, he would then, have the remainder of Jimmy’s old gang of bullies bully him physically while John did so over the internet until Timothy had been good and broken down. John predicted that, if John acted like a good friend at that point, then he would become the cornerstone of the kids sanity. Then as he did to Jimmy he would drop him, throw him under the bus and, his family would soon after move their poor son was hurt by the school. After that, John would finally have his love all to himself.

            To this end john both supported the creation of, and joined Timothy’s one Hobby, Computers. John pushed the kid to make a computer club and in support, Rose and the others joined also. John also convinced several other people to join the club to make Timothy feel better.

            He started the bullying campaign soon after the founding of the computer club. Using a variety of methods and different social media platforms and accounts. At first he didn’t see many results but after a week of his online bullying as well as the bullying from Jimmies gang john started to see results.

            John learned that Timothy had been hiding this from his parents and others really well because, on this occasion he seemed to suddenly become sullen and depressed. Rose, to johns chagrin tried to help but, it failed. The rest of Johns plan took place when, at the appointed moment all of the members john had promoted the club too left. With that the last thing that Timothy had been using as a coping mechanism dissipated and he was now in shambles. Johns plan had worked to more then the intended effect and the next day Timothy wasn’t around. His parents had moved away because their poor Timmy had been hurt by this town. With this john hoped to have his Rose all to himself for once.

 Chapter 4

            At the beginning of the last semester there were no problems in johns quest to claim his Rose. Her friends, Both sam and Erica were suspicious of John after it seemed that for the past while everything had been going according to some plan. For very good reason too they suspected. John had committed his plans without considering Samuel and Erica in his calculations. The situation only got worse when, a new challenger entered the arena, Wendell Johnson.
            He was as shy and modest individual that, though was rather introverted, if you talked about something like history or literature, would socially blossom. He was sandy haired with bright green eyes that were said to read the minds of those he looked at. He also had another side to him. That of the second place individual in the school. His brother was the most popular, smartest and best looking guy in school, Shawn Johnson.

            Shawn was the person that everyone wanted to be, even john. The older brother of Wendell was sandy haired just like his brother but had the body of an action hero. He always had white teeth and blue eyes that could make any girl swoon. Not only that but he was the only reason that John had only the second best grades. Shawn was the quarter back of the football team and alos the nicest guy in the school. John was lucky that Shawn wasn’t after Rose as well.

            John had already come up with an idea to get rid of Roses friends but also how to get rid of Wendell. After all Wendell had eyes for Rose, and that simply wouldn’t do, not at all. To start with, John would get rid of Roses interloping friends. John knew that, in the time between Jessica moving out and this time, Samuel and Erica had gotten together. Johns plan was simple, too simple. John merely spread rumors all over the internet and social media spreading every bad thing that Samuel and Erica had done in their entire life. Not only did that work but it worked too well. Sam and Erica not only separated, but, because of their habits, they were ejected from Roses group of friends.

            Within the week he had her only closest friends gone and his rose was all to himself. That weekend, before john could get rid of Wendell how he planned an unfortunate accident. After a party john was throwing that weekend, on their way back home, the remaining members of Jimmy’s gang had gotten into a car accident with Wendell Johnson. The accident killed everyone involved. The latest victory came at a great cost, John had lost a valuable piece in his game to Claim his lovely Rose.

 

Yandere Tale by Samuel Clayton

Yandere Tale

Samuel Clayton\

(Chapter 1+2)

 

Chapter 1

            John was a tall fit young man who had black hair and piercing reddish eyes. His countenance had always been a tad bit creepy in some way as he was very good at eves dropping on every conversation within thirty yards and had the memory to support this memory. All this may have helped him make many friends except for the fact that he was a tad bit shy and a little bit anti social so he always came off as a little bit weird. He also had a habit of seeming emotionless and when his parents moved to another town he didn’t feel any better or any worse about the new location.

            Johns family had moved in during his Junior year of high-school, but despite this, he managed to make some new friends and quickly rose to be the student with the second highest grades.  His papers were graded so well in fact that the teachers used his essays as examples in class for how to properly write a paper.

            On the First day of his senior year of high-school John was on his way to class when he came across a girl that had tripped and needed some help picking up her things.  John helped her out and gathered her things for her.  The encounter however was however, cut short by the bell for the next class rang loudly throughout the school.

            John rushed off to his first class but from that point onwards his thoughts and actions were consumed with the girl.  He couldn’t get the girl out of his head. To john this chance encounter was, to John, Love at first sight.  For the next couple of months John followed her taking a slower route to school, getting to know her and her friends in the process.  She lived down the street from him and walked to school with her group of three friends. Their names were Jessica, Erica, and Samuel. Hers, as he found out was the beautiful name of Rose.
            Jessica was a sporty young woman that looked older then she was. She was a member of the cheer team.  She had green eyes and brown hair and was taller then usual in the school.  Erica was an attractive and fit girl that was short for her age. She had brown eyes and dirty blond hair. Among some other details john found that she liked to write short stories. Samuel was a taller then average young man. He usually didn’t shave normally, even though he should have, except for every three days. He had brown hair and was fit but not the strongest guy in the school. John could see as soon as he started his spying on her friends that Sam had eyes for Jessica.
            Rose however was the most important out of all of them. She was well endowed with long curly brown hair.  She had beautiful blue eyes that seemed endlessly deep when john looked into them and tanned skin.  She wore modest clothing consisting of either a blue, purple, or pink blouse and a long skirt on most days.  Her teeth were always shiny white and her face was perfectly smooth only drawing more attention to her endless sky blue eyes. Even her hobbies were perfect in johns eyes. She loved to talk about books and media that john loved already, if not for his shyness he would already have asked her out.
            Eventually, John decided to stop dwelling in the shadows, just out of view and formally become friends. It took some doing on johns part but he finally went up and formally introduced himself to her and her friends. However her friends, although she did not, found him suspicious because he got along a little too well with the group. He knew just a bit too much about all of them and their habits.  As one of many examples john knew, even though nobody else but the effected parties, that Jessica was currently in a relationship and, in a similar manner that, Erica had some interesting internet habits. It took some doing on Johns part but despite the best efforts of her friends john wormed his way into her circle of friends. He eventually convinced her friends to accept him.
           

 

 

Chapter 2

            John, over the next couple of weeks had formed a bit of a habit. In the morning he would follow rose to school. He would then to to his classes, five of which were shared with her. At lunch he had prepared too much to eat and thus would willingly share his food with Rose and, begrudgingly, with her friends. Sam still suspected at this point but had been quickly silenced by Jessica. John would then hit his remaining classes and follow rose on her way home to protect his love. After heading home and finishing his homework, John would then stalk her and her friends over social media until he fell asleep. Waking up in the morning he would repeat this every school day so long as he could.
            Everything was going perfectly until a legend of the sophomore year came back. Jimmy dawson, otherwise known as the titan, had returned from his year long expulsion under the terms that, for the next six months, he would do nothing wrong. For the most part, that is what he did, Jimmy was very much a changed man. Although, he still had his reputation of the terror of the sophomore year. John had no problems with this figure exept for the fact that jimmy, the 6’ 4”, muscle bound young man, was making moves and getting a little bit too close to Rose.

            Things got worse when john found out that, while following rose back home, Rose had been “tutoring” Jimmy at her house. This would not do, not one bit, so, John watched the two on the nights for the next few days finding out that they were doing a little bit more then just studying. Seeing this rankled John to no end and he wouldn’t stand for it. John decided for his love that Jimmy had to go, he wouldn’t be allowed near rose ever again.
            John knew he couldn’t just say that jimmy was a bad guy because then Samuels suspicions would be proven correct so, John decided to make a plan. John, having studied jimmy for a little bit and put together a personality chart for the guy, knew exactly what to do. Jimmy was still on his probationary phase so all he would have to do is frame jimmy and he would go. But for his perceived crimes jimmy would suffer much worse. John would make sure that jimmy never saw or got near rose ever again.

            John first started by gaining Jimmy’s trust. When john ruined everything he would come running to john then john would drop him where he stood, breaking the man. Johns plan was to intoxicate Jimmy and have him assault Jessica. Since he knew how her parents would react to there little flower being injured he knew that they would level a law suit against the guy. When jimmy would inevitably call upon his good, “friend” for assistance, he would throw the guy under the bus.

            It took about a week but john eventually gained the interlopers trust. Jimmy was even under the impression that john was his friend. This didn’t stop him from his rutein though. John in fact increased what he did during the week. John had started that week throwing late night parties where he would invite much of the school and all of his “friends”. This was two fold, it kept Jimmy away from rose at night and also started to make jimmy legitimately like john as a friend. The only disappointment to john was that his beloved Rose never came, no matter how many times he invited her. This however wasn’t the biggest deal as these parties allowed him to spy on the entire senior class all at once which was highly useful. Not only that but it gave him a degree of control of the people as well. John could, for example, spike the punch and cause everyone but him to get drunk.

            One day john decided to put his plan into action. He slipped a pack of ciggeretts into jimmy’s pack at the party and, Just as planned he was yelled at by the principal. Again as john planned at the next party Jimmy went to john for help. John tried to help the guy out, but he was suspended again anyway. He consoled Jimmy to say that it would be, “all right” and jimmy was completely in the palm of john’s destructive, soul crushing, hand.

            The next weekend part two of johns plan took place and he invited all the class but rats and teachers. It was a huge party with dancing and john was out quite a pretty penny for all the refreshments. He then, Near the end of the party, Spiked the drinks and, Jimmy, who was already stressed from arguments with his parents went to johns party to relax. He drank and drank and soon enouph he was more drunk then anyone else around in the party. John suggested that he make advances on jessica and Jimmy, like John’s puppet, did.
            In his attempt though jimmy irritated Samuel and made Jessica uncomfortable. Already being an irritable man an argument started between the two and Jimmy was the first to escalate the conflict hitting Samuel in the Jaw and flooring him before, inappropriately making advances on Jessica again. The party was called off but it was too late. Jimmy’s fate was sealed.

            The law suit came soon after and Jessica’s parents struck at the former bully hard. The trial however was long. Long and painful. Jimmies public defender couldn’t do anything to argue against it. Jimmy had done it. Not only that but everyone had seen him do it. The breaking point happened when John was called to the scene to testify in support of Jimmy, being his only “friend”. This was when john had planned to completely destroy any hope of future success for the evil interloper. John threw Jimmy under the bus and soon enough he was sentenced with several years in prison as well as being put on a list that would ban him from most jobs, anywhere.

            Jimmy was taken way a broken and miserable young man. His last and only friend had thrown him under the bus and, as john found out years later, Jimmy had committed suicide thanks to the depression he felt. He would hang himself a week after entering prison by his belt. John hoped that no other challengers would rise.

 

Journal of the Last Shadow Reaper: the quest for revenge on the reapers (a bleach fan fiction) Chapter 8 By Samuel Clayton

Journal of the Last Shadow Reaper: the quest for revenge on the reapers (a bleach fan fiction) Chapter 8

By Samuel Clayton

Chapter 8

The Invasion

June 3rd 1922

            everything is finally ready, our men are stablized as they can be and all of them have been divided into groups of 500 each to follow the four groups. We will meet up in a few days after our operational goals have been reached. Crom and I will be the last to leave as I have some last minute preperations to make . About 30 hollows have agreed to follow us given the meal that this invasion promises among them a single vastos lord, one related to the one I defeated years ago.

 

June 4th 1922

             more hollows joined and from what I can hear the operations to open the gates have succeded. Much of their forces seem divided up and I sensed only a pittance of what would normally be guarding the gate. The gate keeper held no fight and was soon cut to pieces by the vastos lord that joined us. Most of the other hollows were sent off to deal with the reapers still outside the gates. A menos grand opened the gate with its feet and all my men rushed in and forced the weak resistance back. So far we have caputured the outer ring of the city and control the exits, nobody will be making it out of here alive.

 

June 5th 1922

            The most of the hollows seem to have run off to eat some weaker foes or have just stayed outside the gates of the city. A nice hot breakfast of gruel and rations greeted us in the morning and I am really missing the meals from before. Operations today worked like a charm, we left from our spot by the gate and moved in about three miles. I am going to leave on my own tomorrow and leave the 500 men as a distraction. Crom and I will head to the first division baraks to knock out the head captain. Once he is gone the moral of the enemy will go with him.

            As far as the other groups go it seems that goliath was fighting some giant armor on the west side and seemed to be winning. Winning is a relative term however because I know how strong the captain of that squad is. He only need exaust the captain and he will be out of the fight.

            Harmony has set up camp outside of the stealth division and knocked out the guards, I suspect that she will be embattled with the current captain of that squad, soifon if I remember correctly.

            Yuki and the research division have begun their fight, it seems as if the captain is now that creepy guy from when I first met him. Yuki seems to be winning but I cant tell from this distance I hope he isnt over his head as far as captain strength goes.

 

June 6th 1922

            The ruse worked! Crom and I made it into the sewers and the defenses set in place are meager in comparison to the forces we left there, with all hope the forces well be pushed back and I might actualy have some forces to hold the first division barracks with. We will make camp about at the penence tower and leave in the morning for the first division. I am slightly worried about the others because of the fact that I cant sense them through this thick stone. I conversed with my blade after lunch and discussed the state of the invasion. My blade warned me of the head captain and his strenth but I am sure I can take him.

June 7th 1922

            So far so good, we made it to where we wanted to and headed off in the morning with the familiar breakfast of rations with water. It was more then usual as we senced the captain of squad 11 aproching us. Crom said that I should move on but I decided to stay and watch. It was an impressive display.

            The captain rushed in with a large aura but crom kept on blocking as if with no effort. I realized that he had his time slowing aura up as when the captain attacked with his jagad blade crom almost instantly had his guard in the right place to block. After crom had managed to make a single cut on Zarakis body he took off his eyepatch and well, a rather massive burst of power came up. Enouph that with a single blow he sent crom against the wall. I prepared to block by releasing the first level of my power but something funny happened. Crom had said the words “bankia” and I realized that he had attained a much greator power. The tables turned quickly after that.

            There wasnt much different in the apearence of the blade accept that the slowing aura was gone!   Amazingly though Crom was able to block each blow in turn. Zaraki was having a ball, so much so that he failed to realize what was around Crom. Seemingly cracks in time and space were following him each with a different image of the future. There were several around crom but as the two fought the number was decreasing on crom and the captains side. It didnt take long before there was only two and it was an image of crom cutting zaraki down the chest diagonally and of crom having a small cut apear of his cheek. Within about three seconds the vision came true and zaraki lay on the ground with Crom sweating and exausted standing over him. We traveled until the not quite dead body of zaraki was out of view and made camp in one of the doorways.

            Crom explained to me how his ability worked over a dinner of more rations. Apearently in bankai he loses the ability to slow time in a small distance and instead gains the ability to see all possible futures. As he explained this is dangrous however because once there is only one future on each, both are bound to that future. Both parties once the abilities are active have the ability to do so and the stronger one is destined to win. He said something to the extent that he was lucky that his fate had not been to die on that spot but that he would win. In every other occasion he has seen a far off death to a much older and more powerful kaze.

 

June 20th 1922

            we made it to our goal but that was when I saw kaze waiting at the entrence of the first division barracks. He had a look of pure hatred on his face and said “You monster have no right to live, you would disrupt the balance of this universe and leave no safe place in the afterlife for the dead. The universe has signed your death warrant and I am to be the one to do the deed.” I tried to convince him as he charged me and forced me to release my first release. As was his ability he managed to catch several weak magic attacks and send them back but I merely dodged out of the way. The spinning ring blades were a small problem and I delt with each in turn grabbing them with my right gauntlet and sending them away before slashing him with my claws across his chest.

            He then released his sword to a state I hadn’t trained him to, bankai. His bankai was an impressive one, first he dropped his blade and then as soon as it hit the ground it released millions of his ring blades each sharper and faster then before. I too did the same but I had long since known how to, I also activated my mask and went forward at great speed attempting to get him again but the wind speed he sent out with the blades as numerus as they were was too great and I was sent flying to the wall.  I went in several times but only found the same fate in time. I then made a grave mistake I charged up and fired out a massive cero which was amazingly captured and put into a gyroscope like state. While this was happening I was hit again and again from all angles by his ring blades each seeming to follow the other like a whip. Soon enouph it seemed that the cero changed from a black with a green background to a bright blue with a white and several of them formed a line from the gyroscope and a beam came at me. It went strait through my left arms armor and then I blacked out.

            I remember the blaze from earlier now consuming the forest and the camp both. It was obvious that I had died as it was collapsing. I was greeted by the armor that said to me, if I desired to survive that I needed to go into the tent in the center. I however sensed a great evil inside the tent and was worried about what it was. He told me to be unafraid but I couldnt stop fearing what was inside until the centeral tent burst into flames and I found him having fallen into the black inky void. I rushed to the blade and it seemed ok. One thing haunted me in that state though. The voice of my founder saying, “beware the blade of darkness, all it touches is lost, all who use it are killed, all who wield are consumed”. I knew not what he meant by it.  As soon as my inner world had stabilized it was different. It was a black void with a stone floor appearing underneath as I walked. When I looked around I kept on hearing laughter, a mad insane laughter that seemed to be all consuming. It said, “you who try should die or leave me in control. Else suffer the consequences” out of the darkness came a seemingly recognizable face, my own. It was twisted and insane looking with bright red eyes and was surrounded by an aura of complete and utter darkness.

            He attacked with me with recless abandon but no matter how I fought he would just dissapear like a mist when hit. I fought for what seemed like centuries before I woke up. My suragate son, kaze was gone. My armor to was gone, instead I layed on the ground to tired to move.

            Harmony and the others looked worried down at me and were yelling something I couldnt make out before I fell unconscious. From what I was told after I was hit with the beam of light something was different. It seemed that I had died and another more sinsister force had taken over. My sister told me of a dark aura surounding me and how when the same beams were sent my way it just passed through me as if I was a mist. They were greatly releaved to see ok and in one piece however I was still confused about what had happened.

June 22nd 1922

            I have finally managed to leave my bed. I was told that they had moved to a place in the USA and were now hidden. I was also told how our invasion had failed and how we were lucky to escape. I still plan to invade but first I must understand this new power more. For some reason I remember this being my true ability but I dont quite remember how to use it. When I last went into my inner world I was greeted by the darker me chained to a wall in the inky blackness and growling at me. It said, “You may have bested me but I will rise again, I the blade Yamioni will rise to destroy this world, do not think yourself safe because you gained some control you only have a pittance of my power fool!” I may attempt a new invasion but I feel I should attempt to learn more about my new power first.

Journal of the Last Shadow Reaper: the quest for revenge on the reapers (a bleach fan fiction) Chapter 7 By Samuel Claton

Journal of the Last Shadow Reaper: the quest for revenge on the reapers (a bleach fan fiction) Chapter 7

By Samuel Claton

Chapter 7

Betrayal

7th February 1922

            Amazing to think that 16 years have passed and we still live here.  In those years my little experiment has grown into a great young man.  My sister met someone and has been married for 5 years.  I even started up the family business again. 

            Among the notable customers was the current pastor of the church we have to go to.  It was hilarious he, a man of god, came to us desperately asking us, servants of the devil, if we could help him with his problem.  Another one was the head of a “Peoples revolution” in Russia.  He wanted us to kill all of the royal family members within his country.  We declined him on the basis that we don’t do mass murders, we target specific enemies of the individual in question and make them disappear, vanish, any other euphemism related to killing the enemies of our clients.

 

12th February 1922

            An interesting customer by the name of Adolph came in today.  He had this little mustache right above his lip.  He wanted us to kill every jew in all of Germany because “They caused Germany to lose the great war”.  I thought this was just ridiculous not because he sounded like a nut but.  I promptly gave him a copy of what jobs we will and will not do and sent him on his way. Yuki protested but the others agreed with me in my decision. I send a letter to the authorities to keep a watch on this man as to deal with any problems he might cause.

 

27th February 1922

            Preparation has begun on the production of our army. The mod soul false body method during our first attempt to make kaze will be sufficient to deal with our low numbers. I have told Crom to get on it instead of taking on any jobs today.

            Noteworthy costumers today really didn’t exist. There were several merchants that wanted debts collected, a few that wanted enemies gotten rid of, and some politicians that had obsticals that needed to be removed. I sent kaze on them, he should be back by tomorrow morning.

            Weather was quite nice today.  the bishop of the local church tried and failed to convince his flock that I was a demon of some kind, which spoiled my mood so I decided to go into our underground training arena to hone my skill with the sword I have grown used to. In meditation I have conversed with the spirit of my blade and it seems he is hiding something from me. I have grown at least a small bit stronger but still, it is rather suspicious that my own blade is hiding things.

 

3rd march 1922

            it took kaze a little bit longer then usual to finish his jobs but he is more new to it then the small group of friends I collected. He does seem a small bit distracted though. In our training today he seems to have not thought about a basic lesson I tought him several years ago. Afterwards he kept on asking about the army that crom was ordered to make and how many I wanted to send. Other details were also asked. I answered the questions to his satasfaction but it seems a small bit suspicous that he would want to know such things.

            Crom has been working hard in the last five days since I asked him to make the army he has made about 500 men. Each of them wielding some type of magic based blade that sends out an extended cut when swung. I was warned by him however that because of my energy level demands they will only live for about three hours past the time they activate their sword’s ability. This will be fine I will have several ranks prepared and so far as I know they are about two times stronger then the average reaper.

            In the afternoon the two brothers we met with special powers asked that I see their new special techniques. Goliath seems to have had quite a bit of practice with shrinking rocks and then throwing them at high speed. The dummy had a clean hole right through its head. It was a pretty display but I am not sure when I would think it useful. The other however had a move which I though was pretty effective. He seems to have figured out how to make a doppleganger out of ink. It does take him a small about of time but the resemblance is uncanny. Strenth wise they seem to be much better then before they must have been training a lot when I was doing paperwork. I need to step up my game and improve more.

 

25th march 1922

            I am going to call a strategy meeting tomorrow. It will be in relation to our upcoming attack on the city of reapers. So far as I have it planned out we will attack all the gates at once Goliath and, as he wants to be called now, kami will attack the north gate. Harmony the south gate, and the remaining two will be headed by yuki and I. Each will have different attackng goals. Crom will deal with the research division and make sure no experimental weapons can be used on us. Yuki will go after the 8th and 9th division while harmony deals with the stealth core. I will make a B line to the headcaptian so I can take out their strongest member. Once he is down no reaper will remain alive in the city, not a one. Finally they will know what it feels like to have lost everything like I did. Everybody will be getting ready and training together until the attack, thatway we can avoid catching an ally in one of our attacks.

 

26th march 1922

            everyone attended the meeting today. Even kaze who I have been sending on more and more jobs attended. Several people in my group seems to have some small complaints and worries about my plans. For one crom thinks that yuki can handle the research division and wanted to act as backup on my part to deal with the captains that would manage to get in my way. I had no complains about this so I revised our plans so that Crom, Kaze and I would be in one group. Harmony was fine with the possition she was given, it seems she was mistreated by the 2nd division and as such wanted to personally take out the captain of it. All the others seemed fine with the arrangements so we all headed to the training areana so I could figure out who needed help and who didn’t.

            At the arena we all released the power of our blades. As for me, I had some new armor bits on my first release, a paladrone and both my lower legs were now covered. Harmony had since then unlocked her final release which was glorious to behold. Her standard tuning fork stave was replaced with a proper spear with a split blade. Inside it was a floating ring with a tuning fork attached to it. She could move the ring around at will and could now actually cut things without forming an energy blade.  Yuki’s ice spear was impressive as usual and the size that goliath was able to atain was about three times bigger. Kaze had impressive control over his spinning blades, more then usual. And Crom had a more impressive aura about his blade but I couldnt tell any differences in its shape or relative power. We would all be ready when the time came.

 

April 5th 1922

            it was a rainy day today, everyone was around except for kaze who was aperently on a job but I knew of no jobs we had accepted recently. Of more concern however was that I have been sensing many more reapers then usual in the area. I could chalk it up to an increased hollow activity but I dont think that is the case. The number didnt just increase by one or two but by about 30 over these past days. Reguardless our plans are almost complete, only if one of my own betrayed me could we be stopped. Even then I am exponentally more powerful then all but kaze and harmony.

            Other then that it was a silent day today. It seems that we must have some aura of dread around us or something as I havent had anybody come in. I took the day to meditate and get closer with my blade. The scene had changed today when I entered the inner world though. The empty forest that was there when I first obtained my abilities long ago was now parcialy cleared to form a small military camp. There was one large central tent and three smaller ones. On each of the smaller ones was a symbol representing one of the beings I had made a part of me. I could enter all but one tent, the central one which had the symbol of my clan on it. I asked the spirit what was inside the tent but he merely said that it was nothing. There was something worrying in the distance, I saw an orange blaze in the distance. The spirit knew not what it was so I could only guess that it was some instability in my power.

 

April 30th 1922

            We were so close! Only 50 more men needed to be produced. What was worse however was the  presence of my student, proxy child, kaze on their side. At first the barrier we had errected stood up to the attack but as soon as kaze started attacking it fell. Crom managed to move all the new solders in to the underground bunker where we had a gate to the afterlife waiting but the mansion above was destroyed.  We will have to attack early , they have forced our hands. So far they havent made it inside the bunker as they didnt know where is was but it is only a matter of time. For now we leave in the morning.

 

June 1st 1922

            The operation to make it there worked out. We made camp deep in the woods and I made peace with several of the more inteligent hollows given the mutual hatred we both had for them. I have filled the woods with an increased aura of hollows so as to hide our presence. We blew the tunnels as soon as we got through. We managed to get about 90 percent of our solders across before the tunnels blew and so far I have been prepping for an attack.

            Crom seems to have gone on a scouting mission and has reported that the reapers dont know where we are. However they were alearted to the attack we were planning and as such have drawn in their forces to better defend against us.

Walnuts

Walnuts

By Tony Rafalowski

 

The walnut tree

outside my window

(that I thought was something else)

yielded fruit for the first time

this autumn.

 

Accidentally planted

by an unknown breeze,

no one noticed it

until it had already

taken root.

 

For years mostly

it seemed a twig,

gray, barren, dull, mundane,

a budding branch or two

in late spring.

 

Until this year –

full of bronze leaves,

it covers the empty lawn

with an unlooked for harvest:

love is like that sometimes.