Burdened Dawn Episode 4


Episode 4: Finding Help

That night, Henry went to the local pub in order to find help for his unfortunate situation. As the electric door swung open he was greeted by a less than friendly sight. The pub was dirty and smelled like a garbage can. Inside the most intense people Henry had ever seen stared at him with merciless hunger. Henry still couldn’t believe this was the suburbs.


His whole life this place seemed like an attainable goal for somebody like him. However, all Henry had seen his entire trip was poverty near the level of the train tracks. He wondered if the city would even be better than this. Perhaps it was all a lie, put together by wishful thinkers. Henry pushed the thought aside forcing himself to focus on the threat at hand.


“I’m looking for passage into the city, does anybody have advice?” Henry asked plainly, the attention already fully focused on him.

The crowd in front of him hardly answered in glee. They stayed silent and returned to their conversations apparently deciding Henry was no longer a threat. Henry didn’t know whether to be offended or relieved to have all the focus so quickly shifted away from him. He looked around hoping to see anyone still willing to hear him out. He saw nothing not a person in the room still noticed his existence.

That’s when Henry locked his eyes on a board at the end of the room. On the board only a single piece of paper was pinned with a scary looking man and a sum of money at the bottom of the sheet. He was a mercenary for hire who went by the name of Vega. Perhaps, this was the man who could help him. He hardly had enough money to afford it, but the way he saw it he was running out of options.

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KSI VS Logan Paul 2

My Thoughts On This Weekends Historic Boxing Clash In LA, and It’s Effects on the Sport

By: Levi Wyatt

Spoiler Warning for KSI VS Logan Paul 2 (DUH)

This weekend, one of the biggest boxing events of all time finally took place. Logan Paul, the controversial mega star finally got his rematch with his British arch rival KSI. In their first battle last year the event ended in a perfect draw. Now, they’d be robbed of their head guard’s and both of them wanted blood. This match from the beginning took the world by storm. It happened so explosively that I think many of us are left asking “Now what?” Id like to look back and consider how this massive fight effected the sport I love so dearly. I understand how different this is from my usual material, but personally I have a ton to say about it. So without further a due, lets get into Logan Vs KSI 2.

In the lead up to this fight, I thought Logan had a major mental edge. The media build up to this event gave me flash backs to Mayweather vs Mcgreggor. Logan spent little time convincing us of his skill, and spent a lot of his energy cutting at KSI. This isn’t a new strategy by any means. Yet, Logan escalated it much farther than fight fans were ever used to. He predicted a first round decapitation, sported an atrocious mustache, and came at KSI for his lack of math skills. Unlike Floyd, you could see many moments were Logan broke KSI’s cool with his jokes and showboating. All around it seemed Logan had mentally gotten into KSI’s defenses. That mixed with his imposing size led to a massive favoring of Logan leading into the fight. During this time KSI was more focused on showcasing his killer team and intense training, something Logan should have taken seriously. As the fight approached closer, tempers only got hotter, and as the fight came to a start the tension had become indescribable.

During the first two rounds, it was a very different story. Logan at times had his guard as low as his hips. He hugged in a repeated and unprofessional way. He tried fighting conservatively, but without the defensive skills to back it up, he seemed overwhelmed. KSI on the other hand came ready to fight. In the first half KSI landed several incredible punches. All in all, the fight was much different than the mind games. Logan’s groundbreaking confidence had left him. As they swung into the third, it seemed to be over for Logan. With KSI landing a beautiful hook overhand combination and knocking him down to his knees. Yet, Logan looked far from ready to give up the fight.

In the second half Logan seemed to be gaining a little more control. He started the fourth bringing the fight back to an even exchange. To many it seemed he was ready to turn this fight around. That’s when everything changed, Logan grabbed KSI and held him in place with his arm, then punched him to the ground. After that, he struck him while he was still on the mat. The ref immediately withdrew two points for the foul. Also deciding he would save him from the cancellation of his knockdown. For the rest of the fight KSI went back to controlling the match landing several powerful shots, while Logan was never able to recover from his lost points.

When all the dust had settled, the judges called it a split decision. KSI was given the victory and it was finally over. The Nightmare KSI remained the champion and Logan was in shock. Logan and his couch think the call was a bad one. They think they are the rightful winners. I personally disagree, Logan Cheated, His only knockdown realistically shouldn’t of counted and he definitely hit a man while downed. In my opinion he lost not by a split but to a significantly better boxer. He wasn’t ever in control of the fight and the judges were right to award KSI the belt.

So what will this event do for boxing? Frankly, a lot actually, Logan and KSI brought excitement back to this sport. It brought eyes and ears away from everything for one night to show the world the incredible entertainment of boxing. No matter the mistakes they made or the lessons they were faced with, they were both fearless and deserve the utmost respect. Personally, I think they both need a lot more work, but that’s whats so amazing about boxing to begin with there’s so much to learn, you could spend a life on it. Logan has time to work on his guard and his wrestling issues or the time to do something else entirely. What matters is that they worked there hardest and were brave enough to take the leap.

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Halloween Special


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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.


Rex Martin- Professional Demon Hunter

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While not all species from Sabylon Nine are violent, it’s best not to approach anything from the planet if you value your life.

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“The only universal language in the galaxy is resources. Even in space currency talks.”

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Episode 1: Henry Levesque

Henry Levesque, while legendary, was not a man born into his privilege. He was born on the peculiar planet Ra kai. It was a wildly dangerous place to live at the time. The super wealthy, self proclaimed, C.E.O of the Galaxy Rorlack Lexington had destroyed the middle class and created a state of wealth imbalance unlike anything earth has ever seen. In the city the rich live like goddess’s eating gourmet food and sleeping in incredible estates. While the normal people like Henry had to struggle just to eat. If that wasn’t bad enough, he had a little sister to feed too. Ana bell was only ten, meaning all she could do was hide in their tiny closet sized apartment. You wouldn’t have recognized that Henry, the young twenty year old willing to do anything to survive.

Henry lived on Mcbuba Avenue, in the deepest part of the projects. Here on the streets its known as the train tracks. They call it that because the avenue isn’t an actual road. Its a bunch of tiny storage unit sized houses along an abandoned train track. It’s the type of place where everyone knows everybody, where family is more than just blood, and where everyone knows how to defend themselves.

Mcbuba Ave.

Our story begins in the coldest part of the year. This time of year many people worry if they may die of cold or starvation. The crops die out and the animals hibernate. Food becomes scarce and that always means casualties. That’s why when Henry walked in the house with a big smile on his face Anabel was almost scared. That is, until he dropped a big bag of mushrooms onto the table. She immediately understood and got a similar smile on her face.

“I found a mushroom cave,” Henry exclaimed with glee.

“Thank you, this is wonderful brother we’ll be fed for days.” she wrapped him in a big embrace.

Henry sat down with his family for dinner. His mother was thanking him graciously for his work foraging in the woods. It was so kind, that Henry was actively insisting he was only doing his share out of pure embarrassment. His sister Anabel was so busy stuffing mushrooms in her mouth she was unable to say anything at all. Despite their rough environment, tonight was a good night.

“Darling we need to tell you something, but you have to promise to not do anything…crazy.” She said it with the caution of a grieving mother.

The news hit him like a bullet train, he felt violently ill his sister would go blind within the year. Progressive sight loss, the only way to stop it would be a 3000 credit surgery. Henry had not seen that type of money in his entire life. His sister would be doomed to a life of darkness if he couldn’t make real money quickly.

Millennium City

Despite his oath to his mother that he would simply go to bed, he needed to do something. There was no money here in the train tracks the only way to save her would be to sneak into the city to find work. It will be dangerous, and illegal but he has no choice. As he finished his diner he made a silent but potent oath, only to his god and himself. Yet, it would stick with him the rest of his life. That day he swore to rise above for his family and for himself.

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Spirit Visa Episode 4

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“If you have a problem with that, I could always eat you”


“What makes this YOUR bridge?”


Back at the village, Uma had packed a large hide bag full of supplies. In it, she had every essential item she may need. She had medical kits, rations, rope, even a bedroll. Uma was well prepared and always armed with her trusty wand. She felt like no challenge could stop her, not even a dragon, or an ogre.

 Uma started her journey at the crest of the hill hours ago. Now she was well over ten miles from the village. Her mission led her to an astonishingly handy cobble trail that weaved smoothly into the mountains. For almost a day, nothing disturbed her. Uma was able to keep a brilliant pace. If anything, her pet coyote hunting for food had antagonized any creatures living here. 

 As Uma walked further, under cover of the setting sun, she approached a roaring river. The only way to cross was a sturdy stone bridge. As Uma approached the bridge, a disgusting monstrosity crawled from underneath it.

 It had green fur covered in long tendrils of spider webs. It was towering and thin, at least seven feet in height. Its mouth, filled with fangs, had been fixed in a sinister grin.

 “Hello little one, would you like to cross my bridge?” He sneered with a toxic breath

“What makes this YOUR bridge?” She asked indignantly, holding her hand to her wand.

The creature looked at her, deeply shaken. His toothy grin became a haughty leer. 

“How dare you, girl! I am a troll, my father and my father’s father guarded this bridge.” he roared in a vindictive raving. His teeth were inches from her face now as sharp as razor blades.

 “I’m sorry if I offended you, I had no idea of your families esteem.” She said sheepishly, admittedly regretting her initial reaction.

“If you wish to cross the bridge, you must answer a riddle, it is tradition,” He said much calmer now. 

“If you have a problem with that, I could always eat you,” The troll threatened callously.

“No, no, there’s no problem I’ll answer your riddle.” She insisted.

 Uma thought this troll was an emotional mess. He was bouncing between rage and sensitivity. She didn’t know whether to attack him or apologize.

 “I’m as light a feather, yet no man can hold me for long, what am I?” The creature hissed.

Uma thought about her riddle meticulously. It could be something painful or unsafe. If it’s as light as a feather, there’s another reason it can’t be held. Uma thought maybe it could be something cold, hot, or possibly even poisonous.

 Uma was sitting there frustrated, pondering the many possible answers. If she was in-correct, her quest would be ended. Without a way to cross the river, Uma would be forced to return all the way home. Uma needed to think, and she had no time to do it.

Kraken Episode 4

A Kraken is a terrifying beast. Ten times the size of a fishing ship, with ten tentacles winding around its slimy body. It was a horror to witness. Every nerve in her body felt numb and dead. Her fear was like lava flowing through her body. She was a sitting duck. Unable to move or think. Above her, was a massive unstoppable creature. Worse of all it was hungry.
With one of its massive coils, it lifted Maddie. Its strength was so great it was much like lifting a feather for the beast.
“Please…” She croaked desperately
It stopped for a second looking at her with confusion. Perhaps, the Kraken had thought she was some kind of fish or seal.
Can this massive creature understand English? Its eyes widen as if curious about her. Could it be discovering I am different? She knew that she had to keep talking.
“I can help you if you just don’t hurt me,” She cried desperately. It continued to look at her, intrigued by the sounds Maddie was creating.
It had never heard a language before. Its big black eyes seemed to be as deep as the abyss. The Kraken also seemed to give recognition in his eyes. Maddie remembered reading how intelligent octopi are. They can open cages and understand words. Octopi this enormous would have an even greater understanding.
“Please let me down” She demanded in a harsh tone.
To Maddie’s surprise, the creature humored her. The Kraken put her down in the soft dirt. Maddie’s body was still paralyzed, but she could now talk with relative ease.
A chilling thought occurred to her this thing had created the paralysis poison. It wasn’t anything that could be considered natural. This creature was highly intelligent. The Kraken stared at Maddie and her grandfather. I’m sure he was Considering if he planned to go through with mercy. After deciding these children probably wouldn’t taste good anyway he sunk beneath the surface again.
Maddie sat there for many minutes hoping it would not return. To her surprise, the paralysis wore down before it did.
“It never wanted humans it must be confused.” A gruff older voice remarked
Maddie cheered and limped over to the sound. Her grandfather was finally awake! With the poison wore off she was able to speak to him at last.
“You have a lot of explaining to do” She scolded.
Her Grandfather laughed at the remark and agreed.
“We certainly aren’t in Kansas anymore” He joked. He was finally taking a look around the cave in awe.
“Alright, I’m sure you have a ton of questions…” He said.
“That’s a huge understatement.” She shot back finally with the feeling of safety and the lingering thought of the returning creature on her mind. This was only beginning.