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Chapter 26 - Opinions...or Facts?Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Moon Phase – First Quarter
Days until the Full Moon – 7
The place Catherine had picked out for lunch was a slightly upscale Italian restaurant. Having left his stomach a bit empty since that morning, Alex ordered an appetizer for the group to go along with their breadsticks and dipping sauce.
As they sat talking for the first few minutes, indulging in the breadsticks as they did, Alex casually tracked a few scents around him. There was a mellow perfume in the air, coming from a woman who passed by them. One of the last patrons had chewed some intense, to him, cinnamon scented gum from the smell coming from under the table.
With another few sniffs, he started to pick up some scents of old books coming off Catherine’s hands, or her jacket. Each that he could best identify was not unlike the textbooks they all had used in high school.
“Something on your mind?” Alex brought his head up at Nathan’s question. It tu
Chapter 19 - Those You TrustSaturday, September 23rd, 2011
Moon Phase – Waning Crescent
Friday passed without much change in routine, letting Alex concentrate on what was coming. At least in between sessions on his grindbox and an extended time at the Tampa shop. As it happened, that day was when Walter was taking sign-ups for the demo. Without hesitation, Alex signed himself up to take part, getting his mind to relax a bit.
At the same time, he was starting to wonder why he wasn’t seeing any messages from his friends over the last few days. The sickening thought of Nathan, or Marcus, already spilling the beans and them not speaking to him came to mind but he refused to believe that. Even so, with the approach of zero-hour, and Nathan’s car in the driveway on Saturday, Alex was hoping with everything he had that his friends would understand.
“Hey, man.” Nathan said as Alex came up to him and shook his hand.
“Hey. C’mon inside.” Opening the front door
Chapter 16 - The First TalksWednesday, September 20th, 2011
Moon Phase – Last Quarter
Behind him was his mother’s sedan, to his left a clear run to the front door, and his right the garage door. The front door was the most appealing, but if the gate came open he would be seen. With his breaths through his nose, Alex could tell his father hadn’t gotten out of his uniform yet. Nor had he taken off his utility belt or handgun.
Hoping not to get himself shot, or threatened with it, Alex backed away from the truck, keeping the cars between himself and his dad. Hearing him tell Bailey to sit and stay, a groan sounded from his pet and the side gate opened. His footfalls circled the side and back of the truck as Alex continued to back away from him.
With the sun already down, his father pulled out a flashlight and clicked it on. The initial sweep of the beam missed a part of his pelt, causing him to duck, but his father had stopped moving while wielding it. That only meant one thing.
Chapter 10 - What Does It Mean...Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous
A sudden and very deep growling in his chest then broke the silence of the room. His stomach felt drained of every bit of food he had eaten for the day, liquids included. So much so that it felt like he hadn't eaten for almost ten hours, if not more, and skated on that empty stomach. Grasping his abdomen, Alex closed the curtains, which made the house so dark he could barely see if not for his now enhanced eyesight. Making his way to the kitchen, he went for the snack cabinets to try and find something he could munch on.
The lack of choice left him with some crackers and fruit b
Secret Santa Prompt - Dragons and DinersJanuary 1st, 2012
Jasper, Arkansas – Inside a local highway restaurant
“How did I not notice him before now?” That was the question I asked myself as the young man of 22 came up to me. His blonde hair was well kempt, even if his jacket and jeans were not. His breath, as weak as it might have been, smelled of weak alcohol. The kind the humans use to make their mouths smell less ‘nasty’, but it didn’t disguise the smell of caffeine or meat.
The look on his face however…nothing but stoicism. If not intrigue.
“Excuse me.” He said to me.
“Can I help you?” I said these words loudly as if he was annoying me. In a way he was, but he had done nothing so far.
For a second, the man didn’t speak. “I was wondering if I could talk to you for a minute.”
“You do not know me, sir. And I don’t know you.”
“You think you don’t know me,” I don
Chapter 8 - The Company of FriendsWednesday, September 7th, 2011
Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous
Days until Full Moon 5
Walking out from his math class with Nathan, Alex tried to avoid bumping into the sea of students leaving with them. Most of their scents were getting familiar, for better or worse, and him being able to recognize all of his friends by their scents was starting to feel unnerving at best. It was like he was getting too personal with them, and even reminding himself that this was mostly involuntary didn't change his thoughts.
"So, how's the comic store job?" Nathan asked as they took the stairs down to the second floor.
"It's fun. I've already see
Chapter 7 - ReasoningsSunday, September 4th, 2011
Moon Phase – First Quarter
As the weekend went by, Alex took the initiative to try and better grasp his new olfactory senses. At first, the new scents he would pick up just walking around the house were a constant reminder of how sudden this change had come. The more he explored however, the more he grew intrigued rather than scared. He was finding all kinds of scents that he found interesting, despite the number he found that repulsed him. With Bailey at his side as he went through the front yard, just in case anyone gave him some weird looks, he wondered if this was the kind of sensation his pet felt every time he took him for a walk.
By late afternoon on Saturday, Alex had almost formed a mental map of the front yard from how well he was getting to know the scents around the place. Every animal that had passed through the yard recently he could smell with some effort, as well as the birds that landed in the trees every so often. The random scent ma
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27He had 27 bones
in his left hand, all under a thick netting
of coral reef. He had 27 bones in his right hand too, each perfectly preserved.
Both hands held their breath
as he approached stage exit.
Hit every bar, tour every state.
A river runs interstate through Texas.
Small yellow lines jump straight through it.
Take the US-27 from Fort Wayne to Miami. A second doesn’t make it
to his destination.
Cobalt. Aluminum. A third was found dead, drowned in his pool,
an empty shot glass floating beside him.
Cobalt weighed down his shoulders. Alumi
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