The End of This Story

They say that in life, all good things must come to an end, and this story is no different. I should know, as I have to put an end to a part of a story that I have written since I was eight years old.

It was time for me to end my obsession with the book series “The Trees of Light” by D.B. Painter.

I’m not sure how much I’m going to regret this, but I know for sure that I had to give up reading those books. It’s not healthy to obsess over one book when there are so many other books out there to read. And I had learned that lesson the hard way.

But it doesn’t mean I won’t miss reading the books; far from it, actually. I know that despite the inevitable depression that will set in, I will have to give up something I love for something I need, which is a normal life.

prompt #52. A story entitled “The End.

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Christmas is Coming

It was Christmastime and all throughout the Red Keep, the wards were causing trouble for King Viserys Targaryen once again. To make things worse, their families came and were wreaking havoc everywhere.

“I swear if I have to deal with one more family squabble, I’m going to lose my mind,” Viserys snapped as he and Varys were cleaning up the dining hall. Earlier, Robert and Renly had started a huge fight due to Renly’s poor diet and weight gain and Robert’s new designer clothes (which came courtesy of his wife Cersei). To date, no one knew who won that round, even though almost everyone was betting on Robert to win.

“Well, Renly is getting uglier and fatter, as if he’s not like Robert before Cersei put him on that diet,” said Varys. “I don’t know why we should bother with him. He’s a horrible man; the sooner he leaves, the better for all of us.”

“And he’s my cousin too,” said Viserys. “Why is it that the worst people come from our families?”

“I don’t know,” said Varys. “But whatever’s going on with Renly, we’ll figure it out soon.”

“I hope so,” said Viserys.

prompt #51. A story set at Christmas.

The Real Truth about Atlantis

So, what’s really going on in Atlantis?

It’s not the lost city of Atlantis that everyone knows about, it’s about an entire planet called Atlantis. While I want to say something good about the planet, I’m afraid I can’t.

Not as far as the people living in the Ainysian Valley, that was.

According to the story “Attack on Fandom”, the Ainysian people were created using foul sorcery in the Ainysian Valley and the Titans existed to destroy their enemies.

While the people of Ainysia were good, their creators were wicked men who sought to use them to control the world. The wise men of Atlantis prayed to the gods to deal with the wicked men and their Titanic monsters, only to unknowingly unleash the Biblical Great Flood. The flood drowned both Atlanteans and Ainysians as well as the Titans. The survivors were returned to Atlantis, but the Ainysians were punished for existing by being imprisoned on an inhospitable island called Nefaria; they were expected to die in a number of generations.

After a number of years, a group of Ainysians returned to Earth, where they live among the unsuspecting humans and protect them from the monsters that lurk in the shadows.

Prompt #50. A creation myth.

The Fake Suicide

I jumped off the bridge and hit the water.

OK, so I didn’t judge the height of the bridge or the depth of the water, but I jumped nonetheless. Instead of the sudden death I had anticipated, I found myself floating on top of the water. The bridge was about 5 feet high, but the water underneath was only four and a half feet deep, as deep as a normal swimming pool.

Well, I’m still alive, which is kind of ironic because I didn’t intend to jump off the bridge in the first place. But my friends yelled at me, saying, “I can’t believe you actually did that! What were you thinking?”

I said, “Well, I figured that if I jumped off the bridge and faked my death, those jerks would leave me alone. I mean, aren’t you tired of everyone wanting me out of the way so they can hang out with you?”

My best friend said, “Are you kidding? They’re going to do a lot better if they want to get rid of you. Speaking of which, let’s fool them into thinking that you’re actually dead. Then you can hide here and scare them when they show up.”

I laughed, knowing that when the bullies next saw me, they would get a taste of their own medicine…

Let Justice Be Served

“Well, I can’t say I’m glad this is happening,” Stuart Greer said to his friends Mara Llewellyn, Irene Haughton, and pearl tanner as they all sat in the courtroom. It had been two and a half months since the trial of Mrs. Schindler began. And to be honest, many people expected her to plead insanity and avoid the entire thing.

(In case you forgot, Mrs. Schindler was accused of cyberstalking and cyberbullying the kids after their friend/ringleader Tanya Chinook disappeared without a trace in 2010. Mrs. Schindler was also accused of hampering police efforts to find Tanya and return her to the Shinnok family.)

“Oh, but it is,” said Irene with a weird smile on her face. “It was already bad enough when Mrs. Brezetta was found guilty of orchestrating Tanya’s kidnapping and was sent to that mental hospital in Montana, but this is ridiculous. I don’t know what’s going  on here, but I know she isn’t going to be let off with a warning.”

“But still, she’s Tara’s mom,” said Mara, “and we can’t wish she’d go to jail, no even to keep us safe.”

“She stalked Tara too,” said Pearl.

“Yeah, and that too,” said Stuart.

To make a long story short, Georgette Schindler was found guilty of her crimes and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The group all sighed with relief, knowing that the nightmare Mrs. Schindler had put them through was over.

Prompt #49. A story about justice being done.