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Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 21Part 21
I am too tired for this much thinking...
The writer was slower to answer this time, rubbing his face, running his fingers through his hair before he managed to pull enough of his senses together to finally respond. He growled, then sighed, then let his gray eyes meet his coworker's. "Fine," Nathan reluctantly conceded. "But only because of the hell you've been through, and just. This. Once. Not again. Okay?"
Scott brightened immediately and nodded quickly, scooting over next to him. His enthusiastic response made Nathan feel even worse about agreeing to this; he was leading him on, just like he had told himself he wouldn't. Furthermore, he couldn't help the unease that crept over his skin, the intense feeling of wrongness in giving in to Scott's request. And Scott's eagerness didn't help matters any.
"I've, um..." Nathan fidgeted, extremely uncomfortable with his closeness. "I've never kissed another guy before..." Though technically not true -- and besides, it wa
Poetic PsychosisIn thirty seconds, the next shell would fall. Every night was the same, but every night Lorenzo experienced it as if it were the first time. His throat felt swollen; breathing was hard. He glanced around at the others; young men like him who had been shipped out in the name of honour and freedom. There was no honour in this, no freedom. Only death behind your eyelids, and a fear so gutting, that it carved out your innards and left you a hollow husk. Lorenzo tried to breathe, tried to assure himself that he was still whole, still made of flesh. They had lied when they told him he was ready.
Matteo ran towards him, arms out, rifle swinging uselessly at his side. He shouted for him to run, but Lorenzo remained motionless, unable to move as his friend’s warning was lost in the constant blare of gunfire. None of them were ready.
“The cycle is repeating. It is not safe.” The voice was soft and weak, yet it carried over the gunfire and battle cries without impediment.
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