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Scent on a Jacket
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Arccy Shroomie
Sep 10, 2022
oh my god, whaaaatt 💕💕💕tysm
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Consistency: 08/31/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 31, 2022
This ended up being p bittersweet-- >:) Uh, idk how to tag this so uh, end of the world and the mc's both die and become one with the force universe. It's not graphic, they just kinda die oogway style T-T ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ CW: Death, very brief death idealization So this is how the world ended, peacefully and quietly, devoid of the revolt humanity carried with them, left to slowly dissolve and become one with the universe once again. But amidst the vast emptiness of earth, only two souls lingered. Two souls waiting for their last moments to pass, together. As Galena looked out at the beautiful scene before her she felt a touch on her hand, gentle and hesitant but she recognised it immediately. She smiled to herself, taking Tae’s searching hand into hers as she spoke. “This is it, my darling, the last day of Earth.” she turned to her lover, catching sight of his glossy eyes, staring into nothing at all. “Just you and me, huh?” he smiled. She hummed in response, wrapping her arms around him and pulling him close, resting her head on top of his, basking in the feeling of him close. “I always thought this moment would come and I’d face it alone…” her voice was quiet, her words lined with bitterness. “But I’m glad you’re with me. I couldn’t ask for more in my final moment” she pressed a kiss onto his hair. “So we’re reversed Adam and Eve then?” he asked, tilting his head up to beam his dorky smile up at her, a modest attempt at easing their heavy hearts. Galena didn’t bother to reply, simply shaking her head as she clicked her tongue in fodness. She leaned down, pressing a feather light kiss onto his lips which he happily returned, the two resuming each other’s embrace shortly after. “You feel it, right?” she whispered, threading a hand into the soft locks of his raven hair, revelling in the still tangible touch as the tingle spread across her body. That familiar feeling which though so faint, was so overwhelming, ever so slowly forcing her soul from her body. He nodded, squeezing her closer as he buried his head into the crook of her neck, taken over by the same tingle. His voice faltered, his breath shallow as he whispered out his final words “I love you, Galena” A single tear rolled down her cheek as her eyes fluttered shut, her head tilted up at the sky feeling the final touch of the gentle breeze on her skin before the tingle rose to her face, taking with it her final breath. Only the words that remained at the tip of her lips managed to fall, the final sound echoing across the world itself. “I love you, Tae” Her soul parted from her body at last, a relief that had been denied to her for much longer than anything should be finally welcomed her. After aeons of waiting, the gentle flutter finally enveloped her as she joined her lover’s waiting soul, lingering together with him one last time before becoming one with the universe. Never again to exist as anything other than everything. WC: 483
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Consistency: 08/30/2022
In Discord Challenges
Arccy Shroomie
Aug 31, 2022
I am once again making fluffy stuff to counter yelelele's sadness. ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ “Do you ever think we’ll get out of here?” Jamie asked out of the blue, looking up at her boyfriend as she laid her head on his lap, comforted by the gentle touch of his fingers running through her dark locks. Leon smiled at the question, looking out at the crashing waves in front of them as he pondered his reply. “I think so. One day– very soon” He nodded, sounding fairly confident in his words. “Well?” Jamie asked, taking one of his hands into hers, giving it a brief kiss before holding it close to her chest. “I think one day… we’re going to graduate and we’re going to have one hell of a party with all of our friends” his eyes lit up at the mention, already able to envision the event unfolding before him. “And then you’ll get accepted into your dream college and I’ll follow you” he glanced back down at Jamie with a beaming smile, brushing away the few strands that dared find their way onto her face with the wind. She smiled back, a faint, subtle thing compared to his but every bit as genuine. “That sounds nice” “And then one day we’ll graduate uni and you’ll get your dream job in the place you’ve always wanted to work in as the thing you’ve always wanted to work as… and I’ll be by your side every step of the way” he nodded, as if he was proud of himself for it already. “Pretty ambitious, huh,” Jamie replied with a chuckle. “And then?” His face went serious and he looked back down at her. “Not enough? What do you want to happen?” A scoff fell from her lips as she looked away, briefly glancing at the sea, taking in its soothing sound before replying quietly. “I want us” “Us?” Leon blinked. Jamie sat up with a grunt, turning to look at her boyfriend properly, meeting his curious stare. “One day, we’re gonna get married” she announced confidently, watching as his cheeks turned red from her words. “And we’re gonna have a nice house, in a nice place. And I’ll have a good job and you can do music like you always wanted… and maybe– maybe we’ll even have a kid… or two” she shrugged. “No more than that” He laughed at her words, burying his face into her shoulder to hide the embarrassment on his face. She leaned down, pressing a kiss onto the top of his head, whispering softly. “What do you say?” “That sounds really nice…” She took his hand into her own once again, giving it a gentle squeeze as the two turned towards the sight of the ocean before them. “The future will be bright for us, Lee’. You just wait and see” # 462
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Consistency: 08/29/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 30, 2022
Something cute to counter Yelele's sadness ;-; ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ Yesterday passed in a flash. Before I knew it the morning I so nervously woke up to turned into night and flocks of people surrounded me like I was some celebrity they found in the street. The gentle music filled my ears, resonating in my mind throughout the event like a melody of the universe, keeping me company long after it all ended, following me into the sunrise of today. As I sit by the windowsill watching the gentle warmth wash over the world, I’m finally able to think back on the night and reminisce on everything I missed out on. I remember you, dressed so beautifully in that white suit you insisted was totally different from mine. I remember two golden rings, one for your hand, one for mine. I remember the touch of your lips, a moment so brief, yet it lingers for so long after. I remember the sound of your voice as you uttered those two words we practised days to get right. “I do” I whispered them to myself as a reminder, smiling at the thought as I held onto the warm cup of tea in my hands. I remember the tears streaming down my cheeks as we walked hand in hand down the aisle. Having come in as only a couple but walking out as so much more. Spouses. The rest of the night was a blur, mostly flashes of faces I didn’t much care for or conversations I couldn't remember. But amidst them all was you. Laughing, dancing, drinking. All of you I remember. I suppose it’s a good thing we spent so much on a photographer, huh? Looks like I’m going to need it. But how could I ever look at anything else when there’s you? Yesterday was about us. Just you and me and no one else. It was our vow that mattered. Our night; our enjoyment. And what a hell of a night it was. Yesterday morning we were only a promise. A silent agreement for a future we might one day share. Yesterday evening we united, joining into one. And today that future is no longer only a maybe. Today we are forever. WC: 364
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Consistency: 08/28/2022
In Discord Challenges
Arccy Shroomie
Aug 28, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ Buildings collapsed in every direction, falling with an earth shattering thunder onto the ground below. Screams and sirens filled the air as people ran from the catastrophe unfolding in their home to anywhere. Anywhere other than here. Tae stood still amidst the destruction, staring wide eyed as the city he grew up in collapsed into itself, swallowed by the very earth it was built upon. After long centuries of abuse, nature finally took back its claim, laying waste to a city of millions. It wasn’t like this… It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Everything was fine when he left– Everyone was fine. How? How could this happen? Within moments, Tae was the only remaining person standing in the still intact street unable to look away from the scene that neared him with every passing moment he lingered. But from the midst of the dust and debris a figure emerged, walking steadily down the middle of the misty street; their walk leisure and calm, contrasting the terror behind them. As soon as the figure stepped into the light a gasp fell from Tae’s lips, his eyes focused on the unmistakable void-like eyes that found him and the short brown hair that swished in the wind, framing the face of doom. “Galena…” he breathed out, unable to look away from the sight of his companion, so different from the last time he saw her while simultaneously looking exactly the same. After all, time had no effect on the immortal. As soon as he whispered her name, her act fell, her eyes widening as she stared him down, her body frozen in place. “Little flower…?” her voice trembled, her hand reaching out for him only for her to hold it back, the horror settling on her face as the realisation struck her. Tears gathered in her eyes and she collapsed onto her knees, taking in a sharp breath as she grasped her head in her hands. “What have I done?” Without a second though Tae rushed over, taking her face in his hands as he knelt down in front of her. “Gal?” his thumbs caught the tears that streamed down her cheeks, her face showing more emotion in that single moment than in all their months together before. She took his hands into hers, gripping him tight as she leaned her head against his’. “I’m sorry… Tae, I’m– I’m so sorry” “Gal, come on, we have to go” “It’s no use…” another tear slipped down her cheek as she shook her head. “It’s already started. There’s no stopping it now.” Tae glanced briefly at the destruction nearing them, his heart beating violently against his chest as he turned back to Gal. “What are you going on about, Gal? There’s no time for riddles right now” Ever so slowly she raised her gaze to meet him, the void in her eyes glistening with the united guilt of every monster history knew the name of. “This is the end, darling. Doomsday is here… and I brought it.” WC: 503
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Consistency: 08/27/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 27, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ “Cove?” The familiar voice greeted me, a pleasant sound to my ears. It sure beat waking up to blaring alarms. “Yes, captain?” “Read me my schedule, please” I said, stretching on the bed as I looked over at the speaker in the corner of my room, waiting. Silence ensured for a moment, before Cove started. “Breakfast at seven thirty, training at eight. Karmin announced she was unwell and won’t be attending. At twelve the counsel requested your presence to discuss your latest report.” I nodded along to everything he listed, making a mental note of them in order to actually remember to prepare for them. Specifically the last, that one was scary. I held my hands behind my head, propping it up as my eyes scanned the dull grey ceiling. “Current time?” “Three past seven, Captain” Always so specific. “Estimated landing time?” “Approximately fifteen hours,” he replied. “It is very likely that your schedule will need to be altered tomorrow in order to allow you to rest after landing.” I hummed in response, gathering up enough strength to bolt up from bed, not allowing me any time to drag the action out, knowing if I did, I’d fall right back in. "There’s no need for that, Covie. I’ll rest once we’re settled in” I replied, lifting my arms over my head in a stretch as I made my way over to the small mirror where I was greeted by the mess of a bed hair. “But Captain, I must insist you sleep at least six hours a night” “A night?” I raised an eyebrow, holding back a snicker as I smoothed out my hair. Despite the amount of times I made that very same joke, it still didn’t get old to me. Though I suppose he seemed to enjoy it a whole lot less. He sighed. “You’re insufferable. I don’t know why I put up with you” “Because you love me” I laughed, quickly working through my ‘morning’ routine before changing into my uniform and slipping on the comlink into my ear. With that I marched out my room, making my way down the brightly lit hall, greeting my crew as I passed by. I held my hands on the small of my back, my head tilted up and a polite smile stretched on my lips. A perfectly elegant stance I totally hadn’t practised in front of a mirror for days. But now? Now it's a habit. A soft beep rang in my ear before Cove spoke. “I do not love you” I laughed. Despite the conversation already having ended, he found the need to respond. “Right, keep telling yourself that.” I replied, about to pass by the kitchen when Cove spoke again, stopping me dead in my tracks. “Breakfast” Letting out a heavy sigh, I walked inside, starting to rummage through the cupboards for food as I repeated the schedule list over and over in my mind. Breakfast, training, meeting. It was the only way I could ever really remember my schedule. To the captain of a renowned space-craft, order and discipline were key. But needless to say, neither were exactly my forte. I suppose that’s why my father installed a nanny feature into my AI, huh? Typical. WC: 542
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Consistency: 08/26/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 26, 2022
Kinda scary that I'm the first entry.... ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ Remnants of a world long lost to time towered over the pair as they made their way across the ancient city spread across the gargantuan cave. Cracks lined the walls of the half broken buildings like lightning on a stormy sky, threatening to collapse at any moment, which likely occurred at least a couple of times judging by the debris that littered the ground where they walked, shifting under their feet with every step. The structures seemed to be an amalgamation of various different architectural styles while not committing fully to any single one. Tall pillars held up fallen roofs, walls scaled up in a wide stair-like fashion, while intricate carvings of a lost dialect adorned the walls. For the first time in their journey here, Tae put his book away, his attention focused solely on the ancient city his companion had led him into. “What is this place…” he whispered quietly, mostly to himself. “Some, some sort of… Egyptian, no– Greek– no, not that either… Aztec, but we’re too far.” he brushed his fingers lightly over the wall’s surface, trying to identify the carvings, but they weren’t like anything he’d studied in his history books nor seen in any timeline he travelled to. “How do you know of this place…?” he asked. Galena watched him carefully, inspecting his movements with an unchanging expression, giving no indication of anything at all as he turned to her with a look of surprise and intrigue, his eyes scanning through her features trying to find any reaction at all, but he got none. She simply continued down the abandoned street, walking in silence through the labyrinth of the ghost city until she came to a long and wide stone staircase, quietly making her way up with Tae lagging behind just long enough to take in his surroundings. An echoing silence greeted them as they stepped into the temple at the top of the stairs which unlike all the other buildings was in a far worse state. The ceiling had mostly collapsed with a tall opening at the top giving way to the starry sky above them, allowing for the moonlight to illuminate the space just enough for the slightest bit of greenery to grow in the area. The walls and floors were littered in cracks like a shattered plate pieced back together with tar rendering the carvings on the wall useless to decipher. But unlike anything they had found in their travels through the city, the temple held some strange looking machinery, similar to things Tae had grown up with only, ancient. In the core middle of the room was a black mark on the floor, spreading its dark veins across the stone surface before coming to an abrupt halt. Galena stood beside the black space, staring down at it as if everything she lost was contained in that burnt piece of stone. Hesitantly, Tae made his way over, clutching his backpack tight as he looked from his companion to the ground. “What is it?” “My curse” she whispered quietly, her voice carrying across the vast room and returning right back to mock her. She crouched down, placing a hand gently on the burnt floor. “Don’t you remember…?” she asked. “Remember?” Tae repeated, taking a look at his surroundings. “Remember what? This?” Galena sighed heavily, standing upright once again. “I know. I’ve repressed the memory as well… It took a lot to come back here at first, but– It’s home.” “Home?” Tae asked, brow furrowed. With every passing moment in this long lost city, the mystery of his companion grew. Instead of getting answers, he got more questions; things he never wondered about suddenly wouldn’t leave his mind. Who was Galena? She scoffed. “Our home isn’t with them. No matter how much we might try to fit in with these humans… we’re not like them. We’ve seen things, done things, been things that they could never even imagine.” she gestured to the room but her arm quickly fell limp on her side, mimicking the defeat on her face. “I didn’t think anyone else survived… Until I met you” she turned to look at him and though she wore the same deadpan expression that she always did, a faint glimmer of hope resided in her eyes. Tae stared at her, wide eyed and speechless. “Gal… I…” “You don’t have to say anything” she shook her head, her voice softening. “I know how difficult it must be to come back here… after everything we lost” she took a step towards him, reaching for his hand only for him to step back. “I don’t think I’m what you think I am” he quickly blurted out, holding his hands in front of himself to set some distance between them. Gal frowned, her eyes narrowing into that cold glare as she looked him up and down once again. “But… you’re like me…?” All Tae managed was a quiet awkward laugh as he took another step away from the woman in front of him. “Uhh… no? No, not really.” “Then what are you?!” Galena snapped, teeth gritted in frustration, her hands balled into fists. The glint in her eye vanished, leaving only dim voids in its wake as she stared Tae down. “I… I’m from the future!” and with that he ran off. WC: 884
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Consistency: 08/25/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 26, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ His voice lingered in her mind, repeating those same handful of words over and over again, echoing across her very soul; jabbing violently at her heart. “See you in a second” A second for him. Long, agonising decades for her. But she was used to it. That’s been her life for well over three-thousand years. Always the one left behind, always the one to remember, to remain; to linger. An immortal body containing a fractured soul. So why… Why was it so different this time? Why did his words have an effect unlike anyone else’s before him or since? Why did it hurt so much when he smiled at her for a moment longer than he used to before disappearing? Why did she feel tears aching in her eyes when he was gone? Why was it so hard to lose him when he wasn’t even hers to lose? She didn’t know. Ever since she met him, nothing made sense anymore. She stopped trying to find rhyme or reason in what she felt; it was far too suffocating for the little results she actually got from centuries worth of soul-searching. Years later, his presence continued to accompany her. His words, his smile, his laugh; if she zoned out long enough, she could even see him next to her, only to be gone when she looked his way. He wasn’t there. Not really… The only thing that kept her company throughout a miserable existence were his lingering words and the promise that she would see him again. WC: 255
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Consistency: 08/24/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 25, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ Faint thuds stirred Galena from her sleep, her eyelids dragging open to the sight of her dimly lit room as she sat up. A thick curtain covered the window shielding the room from the golden afternoon sunlight but doing little to nothing for the chirps of the birds outside. She groaned out, turning towards the other single bed in the room only to find it empty. “Huh–” she frowned, tossing aside the covers and getting up, making her way out of the bedroom and into the only other room in the house which functioned as a kitchen, living room and dining room all in one. The source of the thudding quickly presented itself as Tae, struggling with Gal’s hunting knife to cut… something; swearing profusely under his breath in the process. She rubbed the side of her head as she made her way over, checking to find it was carrots he was struggling with. “...What are you doing?” she asked in her low, husky voice. Tae flinched back at the sudden sound, turning around to catch Gal looming over him, staring him down with that dim glow in her eyes. “Oh, you’re awake–” his voice was soft before it bounced right back into his usual loud tone, his surprise replaced by cheerfulness. “Good morning! I’m just making breakfast, or well, lunch really since it is already midday… Brunch, if you will” he rambled on, continuing to struggle with the vegetables. “Where'd you get this?” she asked, gesturing vaguely to the pot cooking over the fire. “Grabbed eggs from the chickens in the coop then checked your garden and actually found some veggies! After that I went ahead and gathered mushrooms in the forest” He took a moment to breathe before continuing, talking so fast Gal struggled to keep up in her sleepy state. “I must admit, I don’t understand why people stopped gathering. It’s soo therapeutic, I feel revived!” “Mushrooms?” Gal asked, that being the only thing she actually grasped from his rapid chatter. “Oh, don’t worry, I brought a handy-dandy guide to all things mushroom!” Tae replied, gesturing to the small booklet lying on the table beside him. Gal glanced at the book, reading something about ‘edible mushrooms’ on the cover as she stepped behind Tae, leaning over him and resting her chin on his shoulder. “You need to be careful with those…” her hands reached around either of his sides grabbing onto the counter, never embracing him but still lingering far closer than they likely should. “Yeah, yeah, I know. They’re dangerous.” Tae giggled, shaking his head. Gal glanced at him with narrowed eyes, murmuring quietly. “They posses you” Her reply caused Tae to burst out laughing, suddenly waking her up far more than a splash of water to the face ever could. Her heart fluttered at the sound and though she wanted nothing more than to linger there and hold him, she stepped away, knowing not to overstep. How nice it was having someone around. Not waking up to the horrid silence of whichever house she currently called her own. Even if it didn’t last… she’d savour every moment of his company. “Come on now” Tae set the knife down, picking up the wooden tray with the veggies and turning around to meet her gaze. “Let’s sit outside while it cooks. It’s really nice today” and with that he walked off, leaving the door to the outside open for her to follow. The bright afternoon sunlight assaulted Galena’s eyes as soon as she stepped out, forcing her to squint and raise a hand over her forehead as she looked around the porch to find the firepit lit with a pan sitting on top. Tae gathered up all the ingredients into the bowl, stirring the mixture for a moment before stepping back and beaming proudly at his work. Gal quietly sat down on the chair, resting her arms over the small table while she watched her companion walk over. “I can’t believe you made breakfast for me…” “Lunch really” He laughed, taking a seat next to her. “I might be a scientist, but I’m not useless” “Never thought you were” WC: 692
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Consistency: 08/23/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 23, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ “What’s eternity to you?” Gal asked, eyes fixated on the myriad of stars adorning the night sky. Tae looked at her in confusion, taken aback by the sudden question. It wasn’t like her to start a conversation, much less such a philosophical one. Her usual was just relevant mission-related things and little to nothing else. He hummed quietly in thought. “I suppose being remembered would be eternity. To make a mark on history and have your name come up in conversation hundreds or even thousands of years later” he shrugged, giggling softly. “I don’t really know, haven’t thought about it before, you?” Galena didn’t reply right away, taking her time with her brief response as a mysterious, dramatic immortal should. “Love is eternity,” she said, her voice hushed in the silence that surrounded them. “Love? Didn’t really take you for the romantic type…” he said, tilting his head to the side in thought before he abruptly turned back to her. “So… eternity to an immortal… is love? Rather ironic since you are already eternal” “Am I?” Her eyes looked away from the scene dancing above them, turning to her companion beside her, watching the flames of the campfire flicker shadows across his features. Tae blinked in surprise at her reply, thinking it through for just a moment before replying, suddenly unsure of himself. “Yes?” “Once the world ends, I do too. That’s not eternity.” She shook her head, returning her attention to the sky. “Well– But how would love last, then?” “Love is beyond our mortal, or immortal forms. Just like time, it exists outside of what we could ever hope to truly understand. Love knows no bounds, no limits, no end” she shifted her gaze to him for just a moment before looking away again, just in time to avoid being caught. “Love lasts forever, even when that which you love is long gone… even when you are long gone. Love lingers; haunting existence.” Tae listened intently, fascinated by what she said, but maybe more specifically by the sheer amount of words she actually said. “Poet Galena… I think you missed your calling” he giggled. “What?” she huffed, snapping out of her trance to send him a glare which only seemed to make him laugh more. “God, you’re unbearable” she grunted, crossing her arms over her chest and turning away from him. “I know” His voice softened, much closer to her as he gently rested his head on her shoulder. Galena froze in place, eyes wide as her breath hitched in her throat. She looked at the young man learning against her; his eyes fluttered shut, peacefully drifting into slumber. It’s in times like these that she wished moments lasted forever too. Though maybe they could, if there was an unspoken something that would give them such value. Something… such as love. WC: 473
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Consistency: 08/22/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 23, 2022
I tried doing research on ancient calendars but uh.... I gave up :/// ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ “The day is right, the month is right, the year is right, so that means that in exactlyyyy– or well, semi-exactly 4-ish hours the lunar eclipse should occur, which would be the perfect moment for our entry!” the young man spoke, mostly to himself as the pair made their way through the desert village. The sun set in the distance of the sandy hills, casting its final rays on the world below; a last attempt to leave behind a blanket of warmth before the moon took over. Galena looked over at her companion beside her, watching him as his sole attention was fixated on a strange looking screen disguised as some form of ancient tablet that he held in his hands, showing a collection of calendars. It wasn’t quite like anything she’d seen for well over three thousand years… and even then, it was vastly different. “How do you know when there’ll be an eclipse?” she finally asked, pulling him out of his incoherent mumbling to himself. Tae looked up, blinking up at her with a smile. “A friend calculated all the dates for me and compiled them into this handy history-calendar” he held up the device for her to see which showed a whole sheet of numbers in neat little boxes labeled by names. “Calendar?” she asked, eyebrow raised. “It’s awfully small for one of those” “That’s what sh–” he stopped himself mid sentence once the realisation hit him and he quickly cleared his throat before answering properly. “Well, everything in the future is condensed into small machines. Or well, almost everything. It's easier to carry that way, you know” Gal hummed lowly in response, her dark eyes scanning the street they traversed. She looked behind them, catching sight of a brief image which forced her to an abrupt stop. The wind howled as the darkness of night finally encompassed the town in its cool blanket, casting dark shadows across every corner. Galena searched but found nothing out of the ordinary behind them, though that did nothing to ease the nettle in her gut. Something was wrong, she could feel it. And a little voice in her head told her that it was Tae and his strange calendar thing they were after. WC: 373
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Consistency: 08/21/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 22, 2022
Some days be real rough, this be one of em for sure. ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ Tell me, little flower could we ever be more than this? Does my love stand a chance against the forces of time and the eternal abyss? I want to hold you, but I can’t have you. I want to love you, but I can’t lose you. Your lifetime isn’t like mine. One day, I know I’ll have to carry on without you. But I don’t think I can go. Life without you would be walking through an eternal fire. Living without you wouldn’t be living at all. I know that one lifetime isn’t enough. I know that how I want you isn’t for a while. It’s forever My forever. I hate you for what you did to me; breathing me to life. Filling the void of my vacant heart with just a simple touch. I hate you for being someone I cannot resist, but how could I? When I’ve spent countless lifetimes deprived of any love. I love you so much I hate you. You make me feel alive and I hate it. But I crave it. You don’t even know the hurt you cause me, do you? So stuck inside theories and stories that you can’t even notice. I’d sell my soul for your affection trade all I own for your smile. I’d give you every piece of my broken heart, to hold you for a lifetime. It’s wishful thinking, I know. To ever think that we could last. But sometimes dreams are all we have. All we’ll ever own. For I could love you for a lifetime. But could you love me even for a while? WC: 269
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Consistency: 08/20/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 21, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ CW: brief mentions of death Nevermore. That’s the oath she made to herself as she buried yet another lover in the ever growing graveyard of people she’s outlived. Each space overgrown with greenery to adorn the single pieces of rock with rough carvings of distant names no one would remember. No one but her. The woman who cannot die. Every single one of them carved into her mind, accompanied by the memories shared and the love they so freely gave. Forever a part of her undying heart. Final words whispered by lips she so dearly loved echoed in her mind even to this day. Their disbelief, their anger, their disgust… their loving smiles and withering touch. It hurt so much then, and it hurts so much still. Somehow despite her inhumane existence she still wasn’t rid of the weakness of love. “Never again.” She whispered as she stood over the grave of another she lost to time. The cold air seeped into her bones, settling deep into her very core freezing over whatever bliss life had allowed her wilted heart to hold. Once, long ago, she’d mourn them. Crying bitterly over their departure from this world. But now? Now, she could only feel the void left in their absence. All she felt was the lack of anything remotely human in her chest. So she promised herself that they were the last… She filled a graveyard with all those she loved but nevermore shall she love another. How foolish she was. It’s like the goddess of love herself took up the challenge, determined to prove the wretched immortal wrong and test the endurance of her undying soul. So the goddess sent her him. The man from the future. A beautiful spring flower for her scarred hands to hold. Maybe he and his vibrant smile and cryptic knowledge could finally melt an immortal’s heart and make her take back the words she so freely spoke out. WC: 319
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Consistency: 08/19/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 19, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ CW: ableism All my life I’ve been forgetful. From mundane things like answering a text or putting my things away to a lot more important things such as missing appointments or sometimes even forgetting to eat. It’s not something I can control, no matter how much people tell me to fix it. It’s not some bad habit or laziness that I can simply break with enough willpower and effort. My mind simply doesn’t retain short term memories. But it’s bothersome. It’s frustrating. For me, but mostly for everyone around me. It upsets them; angers them even every time I forget something, no matter how big or small that thing is. So they told me to set alarm clocks for everything, and for a while, it worked. I ate on time, did my chores, worked, texted back immediately and barely ever missed an appointment. It’s a good alternative, for them, for me. Mostly for them. But it’s not the solution, is it? Every time I need to do something, I have to scroll through an ever growing list of alarms set up on my phone, each single one followed up with at least two backups in case I forget the first one. The list is never ending. And it’s disheartening, really, every time I look through the list I’m overwhelmed by a wave of guilt that doesn’t leave. But it works, so who am I to end a good thing? Now, every time an alarm goes off I flinch as if someone just yelled in my ear. Because really, that’s all it is. A reminder of their insults and annoyance; a reminder that I’m not like them, that I’m unwell, ungrateful and even stupid. Once a good thing has now turned into a nightmare. Nowadays, I don’t even allow myself a moment to finish what I’m doing anymore. The alarm goes off and I go do the thing it tells me to like a conditioned slave. And not doing it immediately? That makes it so much worse. Even my own mind belittles me now. Sometimes I wonder if it was worth it… All the tightness and tension that clutches my chest every time one of those insufferable beeps goes off and how long afterwards it persists. The sound has been carved into my brain; my mind repeats it even when it’s quiet. Now my days are plagued by an endless cycle of waiting to be told what to do so I’m not a hindrance on anyone ever again. The alarm clock will beep and I will do what I’m told, regardless of what it does to me. WC: 434
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Consistency: 08/18/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 19, 2022
Really not my usual type but I kinda enjoy it sooo- some more sassy AI ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ I relaxed onto my chair, starting my skim through the documents HQ sent my way. It was tedious work for sure, but someone had to do it. That someone specifically needed to be the Captain. And the Captain? Well, she’s me. My heart seeks adventure, it’s the reason why I embarked on this journey to begin with. I crave chaos, violence; adrenaline coursing through my veins! But here I am, going through paperwork and technicalities; nerd stuff. Other people’s work at that too… I didn’t even write this. Which, come to think of it, is probably for the best. I took a bite of my delicious blueberry muffin as I continued my reading, mostly focused on it when I was rudely interrupted by a familiar voice. “Captain?” “Oh, hi Cove–” I glanced over at nothing at all before remembering I was in fact, talking to an A.I. “gonna keep my company?” I quickly added, turning back to my work. “Aren’t I always?” I smiled with a nod. “Fair point” “It’s ten past seven, Captain” He said, as if I was supposed to know what that time meant? Did I miss a meeting or something? “So…?” “It’s mealtime. Captain.” his voice became slightly threatening and maybe I would have cared if he actually posed a threat– oh wait, he can totally just shut down our oxygen huh… Note to self, don’t anger the sassy AI. I arched an eyebrow, taking another bite of my muffin before speaking, mouth full. “So?” “...You should be having dinner at dinnertime, Captain- I–” I could immediately tell the frustration in his voice and it took everything in me to hold back on laughing. “Captain, how did you ever survive for over thirty years–?” “Fast food and alcohol” I replied carelessly. It might’ve been a slight exaggeration, but I wasn’t wrong either. I’ve only recently picked up the ‘healthy-lifestyle’ crap. Mostly because ‘I need to be a good example’ or whatever. As if these bunch of kids would ever listen to me of all people. He sighed. The A.I. sighed. Honestly, that in and of itself is an achievement worthy of my father’s pride. While indulging in the amusement of my accomplishment the screen before me shut off abruptly, the very interesting piece I was very much enjoy, gone. I bolted up, looking around myself to find every screen in the cabin turned off one by one. “Cove! What did you do!?” “Oh, I just activated a little something called ‘Parental Block’. Your sister programmed it for, and I quote ‘when Hal decides to be a workaholic idiotic brat and not take care of herself’ end quote.” An overwhelming amount of sass lined his voice. My god, I can’t escape the sass of my family even all the way out here in space. DARN YOU MEGAN! I narrowed my eyes, curling my free hand into a fist while the other gently held onto the half-eaten muffin. “Cove, I’ll fucking kill you” “I am not alive, therefore I am unable to die, Captain.” he replied dryly. “You on the other hand…” That little shit! If he’d been standing in front of me– I… I wouldn’t do anything. But, I’d think about it for sure! Letting out an outraged huff, I walked off, taking an angry bite of my muffin. “Fine! I guess I’ll go have dinner then” I called out after me. “Good idea, Captain” the little shit replied from the speaker I just passed. That little shit and his little shit makers– little shits, the whole lot of them. But my god do I love them. WC: 600 (yeah, idk either)
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Consistency: 08/17/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 18, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ Everything was perfect. The engagement was well on the way, the family was finally happy. And I? I didn't really pay it much mind. It wasn’t up to me. I have my duties and I was willing to see them through. So why– why did you have to crash back into my life like that? Showing up unannounced; disorientating me from everything right. Why did I have to go out that night? Why did I have to run into you of all people in the world? Why couldn’t you have stayed away like we agreed? Like we had. All of a sudden everything that had gone so perfectly until now came crashing down on me like an avalanche, drowning me in memories long buried and gone. All at once, I find myself second-guessing everything; staying up late into the night thinking about everything… And at the centre strage of all my misery and doubt. You. Do you like that? Making me feel like a hopeless fool? It’s a game to you, isn’t it? Building me up and then watching me fall– God, why do you hurt me like this? With your sweet smile and mundane “Congratulations!”. We both know you didn’t mean it… How could you when I was the love of your life? Does it hurt? Watching me commit to someone else? Does it keep you up at night with all the maybes and could have beens like it does me…? Was your life perfect until you saw me too? Or is it all just a stupid game to you? To think we could’ve had it all. To think it could be you… How much I wished I hadn’t gone out that night. How much I wished I never saw you again– maybe then I’d be able to say my vows and mean them without having to imagine it’s you in front of me. WC: 315
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Consistency: 08/16/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 17, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ CW: implied depression Dearest beloved, I’m sorry it’s been so long, I’ve really got no excuse. I received all your letters and read them a thousand times over, but when the time came to write back, I didn’t know what to say. It’s been rough without you. Harder than I ever thought it would be. Sometimes I still look for you in the forest or hear your voice in my ear. I suppose the sickness has really been getting to me of late. You know the one. The one that never quite seems to leave. It’s not even been that long. Yet somehow it feels like it never ends. The pain. The longing. The bitter nights. The lonely days spent listening to the ignorant ‘it’ll get better’s and ‘she’ll come back’s from the townsfolk you’re so fond of. I know they mean well and I know it isn’t their fault… But every word strikes me in the heart. It’s so much. You promised me that it would all get better, that we’d be together until the last of our days; that I’d never have to suffer alone again. But you promised me things you couldn’t keep, didn’t you, love? In one way or another, you always have. It’s a nasty habit of yours you’ve yet to grow out of, just as I’m yet to learn my lesson in believing what’s too good to be true. I know you don’t want this any more than I do. I know how hard it’s been for you– and how hard it still is. I can only imagine the horrors you witness every day. I wish I could be a better husband for you. I wish I could write you beautiful love-letters scented with your favourite flowers to ignite your will to fight, or better yet, be there with you; holding you up. But I’m stuck here in the eternal fissure of the anguish that's my mind without you. Surrounded by the promise that ‘it will get better with time’. But what good has time ever done for anyone? You can’t fix this chronic illness with time. Time only serves to remind me of how long it’s been since I last felt the flutter of innocent bliss. Or how long it’s been since I’ve seen your face… or smiled, or laughed… And what little joy I’ve ever held parted with you. The fall from the high you gave me shattered my soul. I’m not just bad now, I’m so much worse than I’ve ever been; holding on only for your promise. Holding on so you can see me again when you return. I hope to hold on until then, my love. Promise me, you will too. Yours until the day I die, Ilya. WC: 456
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Consistency: 08/15/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 15, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤The Eternal Spring ◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ PT. 1. - The Love. How long must I wait until I see your face again. How many nights must I lie in this state, held only by the cold uncertainty of ‘when’. I met you in spring. Our paths entwined into one. Once a rocky beginning blossomed into love. I loved you for ninety days and ninety nights alike. Cherishing your ethereal heart until I called you mine. And though you spoke of goodbye, I never thought it’d come. For what could ever break apart the lovers we've become. But just as you said, the moment came for us to separate. Nothing could've prepared me for the ache your absence left. I met you at the start of spring, And said farewell at the end. Our love lasted only a season, And my pain lasted the rest. What followed were long months drowned in desolate longing. Longing for a season that I never treasured, and now its absence haunts me. But even the sun’s glow in summer and the colours that autumn offers felt more like the bleak of midwinter waiting for the flowers that brought you. PT. 2. The Pain. Never did I think being devoid of someone could hurt Quite as much as being away from you does. My heart bleeds for the season of life and the joy it brings when you return. But tell me why, my love… Must we always part with the season? Why must you go time and time again? Is this love of ours not enough for you? Do you crave me more when I’m not with you? You say it’s fate, that our love’s destined for pain. But I believe not in fairytales nor in the gods that threaten damnation. So next time the season comes, I will be prepared. This newfound purpose has brought me great solace throughout our time away. Fear not, my love, this time things will change. Our love will no longer last just a mere season. We’ll be together. For the rest of our lives. Even if it means, basking in the eternal spring forever. Wc: 341
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Consistency: 08/14/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 15, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ “So what you’re saying is that the king will be assassinated tonight–” Gal spoke in a hushed tone, careful not to alert anyone of their suspicious whereabouts. Tae nodded, his eyes focused on the couple that strolled through the garden hand-in-hand, entirely oblivious to the two strangers watching them from the window of the palace behind them. “And we can’t save him… because…?” A scoff fell from Tae’s lips and he turned to his companion, sending her a look of annoyance. “Gal. The king has to die” he insisted, but it didn’t seem like his lacking explanation served to clear anything out for her. He sighed, turning to her properly. “If we save the king tonight, who’s to know how the timeline would be affected–! Just saving him could– well, it could cause the end of the world for all we know” Galena blinked. “Timeline?” “Yes, we can’t alter anything in history or things won’t turn out well. No matter how tempting it might be” he sighed, turning back to the garden, quickly scanning through it to find the couple once again. The woman went quiet, her brow furrowed in thought as she pondered his explanation. “So then… why come here?” “Well…” Tae’s strong start faded into a mutter, offering no true reply to Gal’s inquiry. With a grunt of annoyance she gripped his arm, forcing him to face her; her beady black eyes staring him down, leaving no room for him to ignore or otherwise talk his way out this time. “Well– I just wanted to see…” he mumbled out, lowering his head with a pout. The expression on Gal’s face shifted in an instance to one of apal, her lips parting in disbelief. “...You dragged me all the way here, had us sneak inside in disguises… all so you could experience a murder?” When she put it that way it sounded awful, but it wasn’t intentionally messed up. Tae was about to explain himself when a scream interrupted them. The two turned towards the sound, eyes wide and within seconds a group of soldiers emerged from the garden into the hallway they were in, coming to a sudden halt upon seeing the duo. “Who goes there!?” one yelled out, already approaching them. Without another second of thought, Gal bolted to her feet, dragging Tae with her. “We need to go. Now” “Stop it right there! THE ASSASSINS ARE GETTING AWAY” another voice shouted behind them as they ran, soon accompanied by the rhythmic sound of footsteps behind them. Gal turned to Tae as they ran down one hallway into the other, stirring commotion in every turn and sending the entire castle into panic. “How’s that for messing the timeline?!” she snarled out. “I didn’t mean to!” WC: 458
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Consistency: 08/13/2022
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Arccy Shroomie
Aug 13, 2022
◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤◢◤ happier times today :) The lights had turned off a bit over an hour ago, leaving the long hallways illuminated only by the faint night-lights on the corners of the floor. I made my way down the quiet corridor, hands behind my back as I basked in the silence of the ship. All the way out here in space and my crew still adhered to such things as bedtime. It was admirable, really, their dedication and steadfastness. And as far as they were considered, I was the same. “Captain.” The familiar voice spoke from the speakers that surrounded me. Ah yes, all save for one. “Cove” I smiled, arching an eyebrow. “Not sleeping?” His tone instantly shifted to one of annoyance. “Shouldn’t I be the one asking you that?” I stifled a laugh. “Not tired” and with that I stepped into the cabin, looking out the large window before me giving view to the empty space we travelled through. “But captain, it is your bedtime” “Says who? We’re in space, Cove– there’s no such thing as ‘bedtime’ here. There’s no day, there’s no night. We’re not bound by social constructs like that” My companion went silent for a moment and even in silence I could tell how done he was. Imagine even getting on an A.I’s nerves– “Humans require a consistent sleep schedule in order to function properly. According to my data, it is fourteen past eleven on Earth, making it exactly one hour and fourteen minutes past your usual time of sleep. If you continue to do this, I’m afraid it will have severe effects on your health” He nagged more than my own father did, but it was endearing. I suppose at least he cares. “Let me be rebellious just this once, hm? It’ll be our little secret” I smiled. “If you insist,” he sighed. “Shall I play some jazz?” “That’d be nice” WC: 311
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