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Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 12

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Twelve.

Gently leading Mother Daniella after the priest towards the back door and the gardens I wondered if the Assassini were watching the back, too. If they were I would have to either bet on them still having no idea about what was going on and talk to her and then lead her back to her lodgings or kill those, that would see us. If they were not watching the back my best bet would be to make her disappear, so that she could give us all information she had. Then I would group my little force and raid the Vatican this night. In that case I would desperately need to talk to Carlo and Emberto.

The Blossoming of Ciri, Chapter 3

The Blossoming of Ciri

Chapter 3- The Flower Blooms

“Hi my full name is Alex Damion Marteau and I’m. Well currently I’am 18 but in this story I will be telling you about when my life got turned upside down and changed both me and my family forever...” Chapter 3...

“...Ugh... why are the lights always on?” I said as I briefly opened my eyes before slamming them shut again at the bright light coming from the bedside table.

“Oh sorry sweetheart...” My Mom said as she reached over and turned off the annoying light.

Bait

Bait
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

I came to, laid out on a bed in what was clearly a dimly lit cell. I tried to think back to work out how this had happened. I was on the street. The surveillance van was around the corner. I must have been bundled into a van. It must have been quick. There was a small chemical burn on my chin. I had been drugged with ether or chloroform, was my guess. It must be him – the killer.

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 11

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Eleven

I went to have a bit of rest then, as I wanted to go on my own to scout in the small hours. I was sure to be the most safe on my own, as none of the others knew the art of the dragons to melt into the shadows like Liu and I had done at Tivoli. I got up when my feeling said it was time. The clock said half past three in the morning. I put on my black fighting clothes and wrapped my now blond hair in a black scarf, that also covered my face leaving only my eyes free. I wore black leather gloves, just in case I met any assassini. Alphonso insisted on staying at the point where I penetrated the Vatican with his men and that was no problem for me. I was not going to be seen, even if one or two of the assassini would not survive the night, but the men could certainly help to dispose of the corpses if the need arose.

The Blossoming of Ciri, Chapter 2

The Blossoming of Ciri

Chapter 2- The Tree Dies

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In Mother's Place

In Mother’s Place
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

My mother was a beautiful woman but seemed to us to have always been sad. I was just 17 and still in high school when she finally put an end to her life.

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 10

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Ten


After that call I sat down with Alphonso and his men and told them, what Mother Angelica had said. It meant, that we were ready to make contact with Mother Daniella. The next morning I’d try and meet her at the chapel, so right this afternoon uncle Alphonso and I would go to the Vatican as visitors. I had brought two of my best dresses and some jewellery as well as some heels, so that with the now blonde again hair I looked definitely European. I had another PPK and another silencer as well as some ammunition in my handbag and Alphonso was carrying a gun the same way Franco did, in an ankle holster under his trousers. His men would pretend to be ordinary people on a visit to Rome and the Vatican and stay close, but not too close to Alphonso and myself, as we’d walk towards the Chapel for a first impression of the layout around it and the Palace next to it. It was going towards the end of the afternoon, so I hoped there would not be too many people milling about.

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The Blossoming of Ciri

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Fishing Trip

Mahi Mahi

Fishing Trip
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

There was no undoing it once it was done. Sam just said: “I've invited Michelle.” That was it.

Milos and I looked at one another. I think we shared the same expression. Trepidation with resignation. We knew that one day we would be face to face with one our oldest friends.

Immersion

Immersion
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

I sort of, fell into Sociology. I had always intended to study the liberal arts and I enrolled in College in Political Science, Economics and Sociology. Frankly, I found Political Science annoying and Economics confusing. Sociology just seemed to fit. I cruised through the bachelor courses and was invited to do honours. Even before I received that degree I was invited to do a master’s degree, based on a research program.

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 9

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Nine

Grandfather then took me aside to tell me about his phone call to Hamburg. Master Hong had promised to put the four young men on the TEE-Helvetia (*) from Hamburg to Zürich, from where they’d be able to take the TEE-Gottardo to Milano. From there it would be an ordinary Italian train to Rome. The whole trip should not take any longer than two to three days at the most. It would help, though, if someone Italian or able to speak the language could meet them at Milano. Both of us thought it best to send Liu, who readily agreed. Grandfather and Franco would meet them at Rome, where Alphonso, his men and I would already have scouted out the Vatican. For that purpose I would have to return to my natural hair colour, which would turn me back into signorina Del Soto, a tourist eager to learn about the Vatican, accompanied by her uncle Alphonso. My goal was to find a way into the chapel Mother Daniella would be praying to find her early in the morning and help her to regain her life and courage. Then I would ask her to give us all the information we needed to find and kill the Assassini, without running into the Swiss Guard.

Always Fi

Always Fi
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

There was no voice. With a buzz the gates swung open and the cab continued up the drive to the large house.

It was impressive. Large columns beside the entrance. Two storeys with attic rooms visible. Wings extended either side. A fountain in the forecourt. At least one of us has done well, Gary thought to himself.

He wondered for a moment whether his war buddy would meet him on the step, or whether he would have to ring the bell. Only for a moment as he could see the figure stepping out of the house.

Thai Plastic

Thai Plastic
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

Rock, paper, scissors. That was how we decided it. Best of three. Somebody had to stay in Thailand. One of our local partners had absconded with some of the profits. We still had a well-connected local who had invested hard cash, but he knew nothing about plastic extrusions. One of us would need to commit to staying to run the factory. So it was down to chance.

Second Life

Second Life
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

I thought we were happy. I am not sure that any marriage was perfect, but I thought we were happy. I just could not understand why he would disappear and leave me and the boys behind.

It was the day after we returned from holidays together. For some reason he had not had a haircut for months and had grown what for him was a fairly substantial beard. He had said that he was going in to town to have a haircut and a proper shave before starting back at work the day after. He just never came back.

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 7

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Seven

As much as I would have liked to enjoy the peace and healing that now permeated the ward, my mind was occupied by these assassins. How could it have been, that such a group had existed within the church of Rome, without it being discovered and raising objections among the faithful christians? There was only one logical explanation my mind could come up with: fear. Well, I could play that game, too. It had already worked with Michele and his “family” of hell hounds, with the help now of the Great Dragon, master Liu, and my Dì yī qíshì I, as again the ghost of Viper would be able to spread terror inside the Vatican and possibly Rome. But first I needed to know all that Cardinal knew.

Paralyzed

Paralyzed
A Short Story
By Maryanne Peters

She turns off the television. Bitch.

“Your daughter and her fiance are here to see you, Mr Rixon.”

God, no. And why does she have to talk to me like this, that Nurse Kelly. She even says the words “Mr Rixon” as if I am a small child, not a full grown man lying inert and useless on this bed.

And now I must go through it all again. My nightmare. The loss of my son.

“Hello Daddy, how are we feeling today?”

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 6

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Six


When we got back to the ward where the girls were mum and the mother superior came rushing to hug me together with Marina and Mei Ling. I still felt the connection with both of them and was amazed at feeling Sister Angelica hesitantly touch my mind sending love and reassurance. I smiled.
“I have no idea, Xiăolóng, how you are able to do the things you do and not break. Had it not been for Angelica even the reduced version of what you felt would have broken me.” mum said.
“She may not call it Chi, mum, but I realised yesterday already, that she and I draw our strength from the same source. The way we do it and what we use it for may be entirely different, but it definitely is the same source.”

Pretty

Pretty
A Short Story
Possibly inspired by an old movie
By Maryanne Peters

The voice on the other end of the phone surprised him. It was not at all masculine. Had he not been calling a man, he would have thought that he was talking to a woman.

“Is that Eve?” he asked.

“It is I,” she said playfully. “Eve. The first of women. At your service.” He liked her already. She would be perfect.

“Would you be available for a longer-term hire?” he asked. “Maybe starting this afternoon and finishing around 1:00 in the morning?”

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 5

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Five


Nothing happened that first night. We all had a good rest in the hours we were off watch, as we knew the compound well guarded. The next morning we all assembled in the canteen of the compound and the nuns prepared breakfast for the girls on Mei Ling’s advice. She had been slow cooking several chickens into a special nourishing soup in accord with the five elements (the Chinese medicine regards the world split in five elements, Water, Fire, Air, Earth and Metal), a preparation specially for recovering from injury and a couple of the nuns were eager students of Mei Ling’s explanations. Then, after an early breakfast we all went to the ward of the children and the nuns fed the girls, all of whom asked after who had prepared the soup.

The Mad Adventures of Suzie Lavender - Suzie's operation

NOTE: Please note that this is a fantasy that is set a thousand years into the future. I don't profess to be a doctor and I'm sure what I'm suggesting in this story is anatomically impossible. But a girl can dream, can't she? :D

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 4

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Four

The energy in the hospital had changed completely. The girls had been in pain and desperate, before my mother and I came in, then they had been disturbed by the harsh confrontation between me and the bishop. When I had gone round and spoken to them and the nuns had started to really help, little Isabella had greatly relieved the fear by calling me an angel and now Mei Ling had helped all of them with their pain. The mother superior and the sisters were now crowding around Mei Ling, who, through Franco, explained Zhēn cì to them in general terms and that it was in a way a development, that was like the counterpart to the martial arts and that she was my sister. The mother superior looked at me questioningly and I just knew what she was asking. She wanted to bless Mei Ling, too. I smiled at her and nodded. She did again what she had done with me, kissed her cross and touched it to my sister’s forehead and just like I had, Mei Ling smiled, as she felt the deep love, that accompanied the blessing.

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 3

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Three


Holding the Commandante firmly by his arm I led him towards the ward, where the children were. Curious eyes followed us everywhere, only the guys from the Polizia Militare grinned. Emberto stopped to address the soldiers, while Tenente Da Silva saluted me smartly but only had a derisive grin for the Commandante. I knew that the man had wasted any respect he might have had among the men. His career was over. Too many of them had families and children of their own and could not understand his attitude. It was only now that I realised that the family in Italy had at least as much if not more importance as the faith.

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen, Part 2

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Two

It took only about half an hour to get to the hospital in the compound of the Army that was the closest and where the Polizia Militare unit had come from. Emberto was duly greeted by the commander of the brigade housed here and then we were led to a cordoned off building next to the hospital. The MPs I had met at the villa stood watch here and we were greeted by tenente Da Silva.

Weeping Willow - Part 19

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Weeping Willow
Part 19

Open For Business

by **Sigh**
Copyright© 2019 plaintivesigh
All Rights Reserved.

“Are you the friend who’s picking me up? I don’t know who you … wait. … *gasp!* … AMANDA?!”

~o~O~o~

**CONTENT WARNING: Sex; not salacious, but very descriptive**
**CONTENT WARNING: Spiritual content (a conversation with God)**

Viper II - Mother of the Dragon Queen

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It seemed that most of the people in Tivoli were in the mood to celebrate as the trattoria and the place in front were filling up quickly, but as happy as I was about having been reunited with my mum, the fate of the poor girls we had rescued was heavy on my mind and I could feel my Dragons were the same. Mum looked from one to the other of us, wondering why we were not wholeheartedly joining in the fun.
“What is it, Xiăolóng, that keeps you and your dragons from being happy with me?”

Rairy Contrary

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Rairy Contrary


By Katherine Phillips

Rairy a 16-year-old high school student who lives in one of the most dangerous places in the US a Trans person can live in. North Carolina. She's been disfigured by her mother and tossed from foster home to foster home. She's smart, dedicated and just want's to catch a break.

Rairy Contrary - Chapter 2 - Agonizing Retreat

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Rairy Contrary Chapter 2 Agonizing Retreat

The Hero, The Mouse & The Cheshire Pt. 9

“Come on Covern, why did you kill that woman that worked for the agency?” Tizzy was leaning over him, trying to get him to talk.
Her partner was standing nearby, just in case she got out of hand. He knew how Tizzy loves to use force to get her answers.

“Maybe he doesn’t talk unless he has a dildo shove up his ass?” Keith walks around him.

Covern was strapped into a metal chair in the interrogation room. There wasn’t any window or furniture in the room. He looks at both police officers and just smile at them.

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