A Short Story Central Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone and happy holidays. As the years move forward, life here on earth seems to be getting more and more chaotic and divisive. 2019 was a crazy year to be alive, and I suspect 2020 to be just as wild. In this tangled climate of hate and confusion we’ve seen the impeachment of our president here in America, as well as the death of one of our greatest musical talents Juice Wrld. It seems everyday we get closer and closer to despising each other.

All around the world it seems pressure is rising from the politics in the UK to the forest fires in Brazil. Talk of AI advancement and global warming has us feeling like we’re in an apocalyptic war zone as of late. As Christmas time roles around I wanted to reflect on the positives of man kind the things we all enjoy. To set aside this feeling of exhaust and conflict and enjoy what makes us the same. Because, at the end of the day we are.

I’m going to to post several videos of things that I think represent the human spirit and the spirit of Christmas. I hope this is fuel for you guys as we trudge on into another difficult year. I wish to help all of us remember during all of the controversy and bickering we are all on the same team. Please enjoy A Short Story Central Christmas!

Thank you for reading and taking a look at the videos I picked out. I hope I was able to inspire you with a little more hope than this year has offered us. Even though it seems like the most divisive era of all time Its important to remember that people can also be kind. Enjoy your holidays, and remember that kindness like negativity spreads when given the proper fuel.

The Magic Profiles: Episode 2

“Power is not good or bad, It simply is.”

-Unknown

“The Leviathan is a terrible and despicable creature, I would hardly want to run into something that scary on open waters.”

MAU Director

Episode 2: The Leviathan

This is a series about the most dangerous beings to ever graze our earth. The creatures that came from a power long forgotten. While some rely on technology, or Martial Prowess to defeat their enemies, a whole other class of combat exist right under our noses. Here we’ll explore that power and its many applications. This isΒ The Magic Profiles.

Today we’ll be talking about a sea monster of biblical proportions. A creature so massive that even the ships currently in our possession get dwarfed in comparison. This iconic beast is considered a threat even by the angels that once battled him, the Leviathan exist in a completely different league even in comparison to something like the Kraken. So, let’s take a deeper look into what makes this beast such a formidable magical being. What is it that separates him as the baddest beast in the sea?

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Let’s start with his gargantuan size and significant physical advantages. The Leviathan is about a hundred times bigger than a blue whale. Human beings don’t even get as big as a Leviathan tooth, to make a more understandable comparison. Its jaw size and strength alone is enough to take massive bites out of steel war ship with little in the way of resistance. Whenever it moves its tail in order to swim thousands of gallons of water get displaced in an instant. Its size is so legendary even sailing near him is incredibly dangerous. However, size isn’t all he has.

The Leviathans magic is surprisingly fire based despite his status as a sea monster. He is known to create boiling waters with a devastating fire breath in order to intimidate and even kill his opponents. His ability to discharge fire from his mouth can be used on anything from cities to ships and is often used in conjunction with his tail and body weight. It’s well known that being in front of the heat blast of this mighty creature puts even a dragon to shame. Due to its huge belly and mouth, his breath is often compared to the blast of a volcano or geyser. That being said, he is hardly just an offensive creature.

The Leviathans skin is capable of withstanding gun fire or even explosions. Its hundreds of times denser than steel and because of its massive surface area its considered practically unbreakable. No human weapon thrown at it has been capable of even making it bleed. Angel weapons will hurt it, but its hardly an easy target. During his battle with angel kind the Leviathan withstood several heavy blasts that arguably most creatures couldn’t. All in all, the Leviathan is a complete unstoppable shield from his head to his tail.

The Leviathan is an incredibly terrifying beast with little weakness’s. He is often considered more of a force of nature than a creature. His insane size, fiery breath, and unstoppable hunger do certainly seem similar to an end of days. It is wise to avoid this beast at all costs if one values their safety. The Leviathan is and remains one of histories strongest magical beings.

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Draw the Picture Episode 5

By: Levi Wyatt

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“The Sky’s the Limit”

Anonymous

“Never give up on your dreams”

Unknown

Episode 5: My Heavenly Limitations

When I was a kid, I wanted more than anything to be an astronaut. I fantasized day and night about being among the stars in the gorgeous tapestry of space. My parents never liked the idea and told me to “have a solid back up plan”. Over the years the pestering wore me down. By the time I was in high school I had given up on my dreams.

I ended up inheriting my parents farm, It was a responsible financial choice. It was the right thing to do, it would make my parents proud. After that I married the girl my friends thought was hottest and got the car they thought was the coolest. I wore what my neighbors wore so I fit in and had kids because its what you do.

Now I’m forty sitting on the hill of whats now “my farm” looking at the stars above me. I finally have the wisdom to see that my need for safety destroyed my life. My need to fit in cost me every decision I ever made. My fear of failure cost me a future in the stars. The ironic thing is my parents have passed, and the friends I wanted to impress has faded from my life. The only thing i’m left with is a family that I didn’t really choose and a life I didn’t choose.

Now you’ve heard my tale so hear my plea. Follow your dreams no matter the cost. The only one you should be impressing is yourself. People fade but the person you become, the things you do, the legacy you leave it will last forever. Don’t be like me, follow your dreams.

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Kraken Episode 6

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Quotes

“The Kraken is smarter than most humans, but has limited capabilities because of its inability to speak, use a thumb, or see.”

The Sea Monster Manual

“You should always stay away from dead whales. Why do you ask?”

The local fisherman

Episode 6: Twisted Family

As Maddie and her Grandfather cautiously entered the throne room, the thought of their family, still alive and well, was their only source of bravery. The dark, disturbing, marble walls had a way of sucking the torchlight from the room. Pockets of light were speckled through the room and the hallway beyond it. However, everywhere else was as dark as obsidian. It would be easy to stealthily move about in order to find her family.

They moved quickly, but silently. With every torch they would duck and weave around in order to remain hidden. After moving past the Kraken throne, Maddie saw nothing but rooms of equal beauty. More requisite black marble walls and tall ceilings were everywhere you looked. When Maddie and Grandpa stopped in a bedroom it was slick and well designed, and had many paintings that looked highly valuable.

Whoever lived here had been stealing valuable goods for years using his beast. Maddie couldn’t imagine how many people they had hurt. Grandpas looked sharp and brooding. Like something was worrying him. His brow had an extra four wrinkles layered in.

“Whats wrong Grandpa?” Maddie cautiously asked

“This bedroom looks lived in be careful.” he muttered

As he said it, like a curse, the family started walking down the hallway. talking to each other in smooth warm voices like caramel millionaires. The pair ducked under the bed as they walked by there was five of them a woman, a man, and two kids. They were talking about a new shipment from ‘Beasty’. That must have been its name.

Then in a horrifying instant the family stops walking all together. Maddie’s heart starts beating like a drum. Silence for many seconds each stretching for hours in her panicked mind. She prayed in desperation they were well hidden enough. However, praying wouldn’t be enough. In that moment the room went cold and Murphy took control. In unison, the entire family spoke in a villainous hiss.

“I smell humans” Maddie’s heart stopped, they had been found.

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Burdened Dawn Episode 3

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“Escaping is futile, put your hands in the air.”

-Police Bot Protocol

“Trust is like tape once its gone it never comes back the same”

-Mama

Episode 3: The Border Guard

As Henry approached the cities border his shoulders became even stiffer than before. His heart thumped so loud he could now hear it as clear as a gong. Fear and worry filled him like an over blown balloon. The excessive security measures disheartened him even more than the impoverished suburbs.

Everything there was elite, only the best of the best for the city guard of course. The wall surrounding the city was at least 30 feet tall with turrets every ten yards. The security guards were dangerous androids with tormenting glowing eyes. Each was suppose to be more dangerous than a hundred people. The gate was many layers thick with a scanner sitting directly above ready to look through all deception.

Henry’s analysis was simple, it would be impossible to get into the city alone. He’d need to assemble a group of people capable of a highly complex break in. He certainly had little money to hire any professionals. He definitely had no favors out here in the suburbs. He’d need to find exceptional people desperate to get out themselves, and he knew just where to look.

Henry turned to head towards the suburbs, in order to get more help. For one bone chilling second Henry’s eyes met with the androids. Their piercing blue scanners taking him apart pathologically gave Henry chills. They looked so human yet so soulless it made him regret his new goal.

Henry would have to find help and sneak past them by tonight if he wanted to get to a ship. The more he moved the more conflict seemed to pile up in front of him. Even though he felt hopeless he knew what was important. His sister wouldn’t have forever, he had to keep going. Everything Depended on it…

To Be Continued…

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Halloween Special

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Quotes

Have you prepared yourself for the night of horrors?

The Dark Priestess

I survive demon exorcisms the same way I survived Vietnam, I call in frequent air strikes.

Reverend Micheal

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A Night Of Horrors

To the average citizen Halloween is a fun night filled with candy and celebration. Most people can go the whole holiday entirely blind to anything less than a splendid night. However, today I’m gonna tell you the secret that has been covering your eyes your entire life.

Every day a veil works hard to protect you from a world not unlike our own. Behind this veil are spirits of every shape and size. Some are purely good others deeply evil. Most people go their whole life unaware of this parallel universe right under their nose. Us demon hunters have no such luxury. Most of us are very aware of the presents of this spirit plain even on an average day.

Every Halloween the veil reaches the thinnest point of the entire year. Demons, ghosts, spirits, ghouls, all walk the streets unhindered by our separate reality. Even some normal people are able to see them on occasion. That’s right, us demon hunters see Halloween as a rather scary and nasty event filled with panic and often, danger.

Why would I tell you such a nasty thing? That’s simple, this Halloween will be a thinner break than any year in human history. In fact, for all intensive purposes we will have no veil at all this year. Spirits will be able to wander almost entirely free of limitation. It’s entirely possible that many of you will meet some ghastly creatures this year. While we’d love too, us demon hunters will be unable to save all of you.

We figured we owed you this warning. Considering you are all likely to be murdered if acting unaware. Now you’ve been warned, so if you wander into a scary basement of a haunted mansion, or an abandoned graveyard I wont feel too bad for you.

This Halloween will be spookier, scarier, and more dangerous than ever before. Every ghost and monster will be ready to attack at every corner. So watch your back, gather your courage, always be ready to run, and have fun. After all embracing our fear and the dangers around us is what Halloween is all about.

Sincerly,

Rex Martin- Professional Demon Hunter

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Episode 4: A Letter to a Lover

Dear Darla,


Thank you for getting back to me so swiftly I often discover myself waiting for your next letter. Is that strange for me to admit? I love language so dearly, and I feel you have a way with verbiage, unlike anyone I’ve ever met. Well perhaps excluding myself. We’re so alike you and I, I often wonder if you would’ve made the better author.

I’m sorry that I’ve been away so long, my career demands that I stay a whole month longer in the mountains. Research isn’t even half completed yet, I fear it may be even longer. Just know that I’m always thinking about you. There is not a single moment that passes you don’t hold my heart.

Strangely, I often think, that a sizable part of me is missing. Now that I write it down I suspect its only the feeling of losing you. I hope to see you soon and tend to the farm with you. Maybe, we could look up at the night sky like we used to when we were young. Just for old times sake.

Please let me know how the family is doing. I put a thousand dollars in my letter I hope it helps. I’d tell you to stay sharp but I know you already are. There’s nobody I’d rather have holding down the fort. I await the day I see you soon.

Your Loving Husband,

Arthur Belmont