White Hot Darkness part 2The chick sprawled out on the blankets had not yet opened its eyes. Its thin white feathers were drenched in egg fluid, and it was shivering violently. After nearly a minute had passed with everyone staring in horror at it and no one making a motion to pick it up, it began to chirp weakly, instinctively wondering where its parents were. To the physicians, and to Jin and Ah-lam, its chirps sounded faint and hoarse, more like high-pitched coughs than any sound a healthy peacock should make.
At last, the head palace doctor hesitantly scooped up the chick and began to towel it off, acting as if it might shatter if he pressed on it too hard. Jin and Ah-lam were beginning to come to themselves. Ah-lam had both wings pressed against her beak, and Jin demanded shakily, "What is that?"
"Well, sir, it's, er " stammered the physician, not succeeding too well at swaddling the chick. "It's a little boy "
"That's not a little boy!" The lord's eyes were filled with slowly dawning mortificat
Dante's PlayhouseThere was a boy named Dante who was bullied at his school,
And yet he was the fall boy when he broke a single rule.
Now, after being beat up and called Pasty, Dweeb, and Shorty,
He was expelled. Today he'll start at Public School 140.
His daddy Virgil didn't think his son committed treason,
For Virgil liked a bit of fun but also trusted reason.
So he said, "Son, before school we can stop just for a treat!
I'll take you to McDonald's, and we'll get something to eat."
They went into McDonald's, on that bright and sunny day.
While Virgil went to order, Dante headed off to play.
He went up to the playhouse he was in for a surprise.
And when he finally saw it, he could not believe his eyes!
The playhouse was HUGE and SCARY!
"My son," said Virgil, "you must think this whole thing isn't fair.
You were expelled from your school when you did nothing wrong there!
You may think that the bullies weren't punished, but in fact,
Right now they're getting lessons in the proper way to act
White Hot Darkness part 1The birth of one's first child is a life-changing event for any new parents. Once the expectancy is confirmed, fantasies of the unborn child soon overtake the mind, and expectations begin to grow. Oftentimes parents are certain that their baby will be healthy, be intelligent, and be able to achieve what is required of them. But things don't always go as planned.
Lord Jin and Lady Ah-lam, the Royal Peacocks, were no exceptions to this rule. When they conceived their first egg, celebrations were declared all over Gongmen City, and the young rulers could not have been more delighted. They were not yet ready to think about needing an heir, but they had been eager to become parents for quite some time, and now their wish seemed to be coming true. Soon there would be a new prince or princess to truly unite them as a family, and no sooner had the arrival of the egg been announced than they were dreaming longingly of what a prosperous ruler their little chick would grow up to be.
They gave the
Keeping a Secret chapter 10About half of the group was quiet and somber as they solemnly marched up the steps towards the Jade Palace. Shen and Xun had the feeling that they were about to get kicked out, as they would naturally be the ones to get the blame for a disappearance like this, and Kurisu was paralyzed in fear of Master Shifu's bamboo rod; she was hiding behind Shen, with her tail tucked between her legs and shielding her rear. She kept tripping over the peacock's long train, and when he finally snapped at her to stop it, she shrank back and settled for just walking at his side. He didn't think that he'd be in any position to protect her from punishment, though.
Po, Lady Biming, and the soothsayer didn't seem too concerned about what would happen when they got home. On the contrary, Lady Biming seemed the most cheerful she'd been since leaving her old village, and Po was too excited to be scared. Shen detested the way that his Nana looked so smug, though. She clearly knew that she would be the last pers
Keeping a Secret chapter 9Bihai, the pig who ran the commercial sampan boat that ferried passengers from Gongmen City to the river just outside of the Valley of Peace, had shared his vessel with many odd people. He had serviced travelers with odd cargo and even odder stories to tell, dreamy-eyed artisans that stared off into space no matter how much he'd tried to talk to them, and a few particularly roughed-up merchants who he'd been fairly sure were actually pirates. But never in all his years had he seen two pandas, an albino peacock, a wolf, a goat, and a cat requesting to board for a voyage together.
At first he was tempted to say no. After all, there were so many of them, and that wasn't even mentioning the four heavy-looking crates that were stacked around their feet. Then he realized that one of the two pandas, the younger male, was the Dragon Warrior. After that, refusal didn't seem like such an intelligent option.
The Dragon Warrior and the other panda, a much older female, appeared to be related. It d
Keeping a Secret chapter 8He was face down in the snow, and he could feel the cold and damp seeping into his body, chilling his bones. Every part of his body seemed to be gripped by ice, everywhere except for his heart, which was still throbbing and trying to maintain its warmth. He pushed himself up – but he was so tired, so weak – he just wanted to lie back down and sleep…
He was in a forest, and a very dark one. He couldn't see more than a foot in front of him…but he could see the wolves that were charging forward, lunging at him. He tried to cry out, but he had no voice; he tried to get up, but his feathers seemed to have turned to lead, and the ground was sucking him down as if it were covered in viscous quicksand instead of snow. But just when it looked like the wolves were about to tear him to shreds, something barreled into him – attacking him? – no, pushing him out of the way! He rolled hard against a nearby tree, smacking his head, which began to ache dully