Who's Writing This?: Fifty-five Writers on Humor, Courage, Self-Loathing, and the Creative Process

Who's Writing This?: Fifty-five Writers on Humor, Courage, Self-Loathing, and the Creative Process

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Mothwing sniffed the air. She caught a strange smell that was unfamiliar, so she catiously followed it. It led her to a dark, abandoned cavern. She kept following the scent, wondering where it was leading her. She stopped when she came to a partly lit cavern, where she saw a pack of wolves. Being a cat, she was terrified. "And who is this... cat?" A dark male wolf with an air of authority asked, stepping foward. Mothwing trembled with fear. A light grey she wolf came up next to the dark wolf. "Welcome. I am the Alpha female, and this is the Alpha male." The Alpha female dipped her head. "What is your name?" The Alpha male asked. "Mothwing." The wolves gasped, making her tremble all the more. "You are ment to save us. 'When the light is fading, the moth will work it's magic.'" "That's the prophecy." The Alpha female explained. "I-I don't understand. I belong to my own clan, and surely there are plenty of Moths out in the world. Certainly you don't need me." "We will let you go home, but remember you are ment to save us." *** Mothwing thought about the wolves until she fell asleep that night. 'Surely I, of all animals, can't save them.' She thought. *** "Mothwing! Wake up! You've overslept!" Stormpelt called. "Uhhh. Go away." "Blazingheart says NOW." "Okay, okay, I'm coming." Mothwing crawled out from the warrior's den. "Mothwing, you, Stormpelt, and Hazelpaw are going hunting." Blazingheart, the deputy, ordered. All while she was hunting, Mothwing could not concentrate, thinking about the wolves. All she carried back to camp was a mouse, although it was greenleaf. "Mothwing, what's up? You've only brought a measly mouse back." Glazestar, the leader, asked. "Sorry. I was distracted." Well, don't let it happen again." *** Mothwing wandered to the cave again. She snuck in and found a twoleg trying to kill the wolves. Angry, Mothwing lept and hurt the twoleg, making it run away. "You have saved us. We are grateful." The alpha male said. "Yet I feel this is not the end."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pad twards the hills of the valley. I knew the wolves of the watch would come. They knew what sh had down. My ears twitched as I heard the sound of thundering paws. I looked franticly around. I spotted an abandoned den and quickly pad there. I curled up inside. The wolves of the watch were scouting the area still so I stayed in place. I sighed I closed my and slowly drifted to sleep. The next morning I yawned. I then checked to see if he was still there. He was he was curled up right next to me. "Dear lupus Im in trouble" I murered to herself. My gray fur glistened in the morning sun. I sighed. Last night I had kidnappd this pup from the cheiftans mate. I ha done it for the prophecy. The prophecy of war; "When wolves begin to die and you hear battle cries you know there is a war. Lupus cant help us, te choosn ones can. The four pups, who were summonded form the cave of souos. One pup who is a prince. Anoter a cowardly outcast. The third a bowing servant. And the last a fearless pup. They will end the suffering. They will end the war." I had just grabbed the first pup. And now I was a wanted criminal. I sighed. I looked at the pup. He had reddish fur and deep blue eyes. I was gonna get killed because of this pup. And i had to train him... to be a fighter. It all seemed impossible. I licked his ear. I glanced out to make sure it wa safe. I then stepped out. A large male wolf then tackled me. I growled as i began to nip at him. He then barke at me. "You theif!" He barked. I whinned. "Do you relize what you have done!" He asked. I nodded. But rhen I threw him off and pinned him down. I then used my powers to control him. I hypnotized him. He then got up. "Look here," I began. "Im not evil Im just trying to fofill the pophecy." I expalined. "Can I help?" He asked. I stood there shocked. I then nodded. He smiled. "I know where the third pup is" he said. I gasped. "She is a servant to us watch wolves" he said. I looked at him and smiled. "Whats your name?" I asked. "Arogon" he said. "And you?" He asked. "Ceilidh" i replied. He then spotted the pup in the den. "What ya gonna name him?" He aasked. I shook my head. "How about Teron.. it means "bold" in old wolf" suggested Argon. "Teron is a good name" i agreed. I then picked him up by the scuff of his neck. "Im gonna go up into the mountains where we will be safe" I said muffledly. Arogon nodded. "And im gonna get that pup" said arogon. "Then bring it to the mountains" he said. I nodded. I then began to pad off. I made it to the mountains before sun-down. I sighed. I found a den then collapsed exausted. I feed the pup. Then slowly drifted to sleep with him. The next morning I woke up. I walked outside. Then arogon pad up with a small she-pup in his mouth. She was small and skiny. The pup had whie fur and green eyes. He pad to the den and set her down. "I got her and nobody caught me caude noboy cared" he said. I licked the pup. "And her name will be gnaw because in old wolf it means "surviver" I said. I then put her with Teron. "Together we will fofill the prophecy" I promised. He nodded. We then pad into the woods. I sniffed around while he scouted. I had found the scent of deer but then found a wolf lying in the morning sun. I walked up to her. She looked up at me. "Hi Im Akhal" she greeted. "Im Ceilidh" i replied. "What are you doing so high in the mountains?" She asked. "Um...." I trailed off. "Can I join?" She asked. "Sure" I replied cuiously. We then joind arogon and went back to myden
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As Leapordstream ran along the edge of the stream in Riverclan she could sense something. Some cat was following her she didnt know who it was though. She was certain someone was there though. When she turned she saw a grey she cat following her. "Who are you and why are you following me" she hissed at the she cat. "Do not fear Leapordstream i am here to protect to something bad will happen to the clans and your the one who can save them" the grey she cat said then she ran out of the forest. Leapordstream kept getting the vision of that she cat in her head how was she suppose to save the clans. When she reaches her River clan she sees everyines face in horror. "What happened" she asks her clanmates. "Mistystar has died" the clan replied. "No she just got her nine lives" leapordstream murmured and walked away. Maybe this is what she meant Mistystar didnt lose any if her nine lives and now shes dead something must be going in with starclan. That night she had a dream the same grey she cat was there she told her some cat will come and try to destroy your clan then alk the others.
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She look at the energon pile and frowned. Energon is get low. She said. I will go hunt for some she said to optimis. She transformed into a motorcycle and left. She got a reading on her radr. As she arrived cons were there. Shoot she said. She open fired and and killed them alll. Brought back 20 tons of energon. Optimis congraulated her. Good job soldjer. He said. Thank you sir. She smiled. P.s join new transformers prime beast hunters rp at transformers result one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The light gray shewolf was smelling the flowers. It was a sunny day. She played with her babies. She had a wonderful day intill that night. She was sleep when she hear footsteps. She woke up. Her babies were gone. She did the wolf call. It didint work. She ran intill she found her babies. She started to fight with the taker. She kill it. She went back to her den and fell asleepwith her babies in her hands. The end
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Amberwing bursted out of the warriors' den, the cool chilling air ruffled against his black fur. Spiderdust and Softsong padded out of the warriors' den too and brush their pelts against Amberwing's as they get a piece of fresh-kill. Amberwing focuses his light amber eyes on everything in sight. 'ShadeClan looks as normal as it can be' he thought in bordom, but his littermates, Spiderdust and Softsong, might have something he could do. As Spiderdust and Softsong picked their fresh-kill, they padded back inside the warriors' den, their pelts disappeared when they padded in. Amberwing followed them, but his belly rumbled on the way there. 'I better find some fresh-kill...' he thought but already knows that the fresh-kill pile is almost empty. So instead, when no one is around, he sets off for some fresh-kill. ----------- Amberwing looked down at his half-buried mouse as he tried to bury up the rest. Then, out of the corner of the eye, he spotted a black figure that is as big as a 5-moon old kit. 'Rabbit!' He thought and dropped into hunting position. The rabbit didn't hear him yet but Amberwing didn't think of that yet until it is time. When he was ready, he wiggled his haunches and shot up with his hind legs building up speed. But, something crashed into him and the rabbit ran away. Amberwing yowled in pain as he stumbled on a hard sandy ground. A large figure blocked his veiw from the forest. The figure stood up and snorts up. Amberwing's eyes grew wide. He has never seen anything like this before. It was a light-gray she-wolf, her eyes narrowing on Amberwing's anxious and surprise gaze. Amberwing's heart raced. He could hear blood pounding in his ears as the she-wolf's frusterated gaze turn into a confused one. "Who are you?" She asked him. Amberwing's face froze. This wolf could speak cat?! "Amberwing. Yours?" Amberwing mewed. "Light." The she-wolf replied. "Why do you come here, stealing my prey?" Amberwing tilted his head. 'She is in ShadeClan territory! How is that her fresh-kill?' He wondered. "But you are in ShadeClan's territory, so it is my prey." Amberwing corrected. "ShadeClan? What kind of pack name is that? I live in SlashPack and that was my prey until you came stumbling along and ruin everything my pack needs." Amberwing could tell by her voice and information that her Clan-no, Pack-needs fresh-kill too as much as his Clan does. "You need to watch out where you are going, cat." Light snarled. "Or else my Pack will hunt you down and take you as prisoner." With the flick of her tail, Light turned around and bounded away. Amberwing got up, eyes wide like a size of a medium-size mossball. He couldn't beleive that a Pack of wolves live near ShadeClan's territory! He needs to tell Heavystar about this! He raced back to ShadeClan camp. ----------- "Heavystar! Heavystar!" Amberwing called out. Heavystar stepped out of the leaders' den. "What is it, Amberwing?" He asked. "A Pack of wolves live near our territory!" Amberwing reported. "A Pack of wolves?!" Heavystar froze. "They live near the rocky mountains, where all of our prey live! What will he do?" Amberwing gasped. "We speak to their leader at once. Come on, Amberwing. Lets go." --------- Amberwing and Heavystar padded in the SlashPack's camp, showing no fear. Amberwing reconized Light as she padded up to them. "I'm the leader." She told them. "Good." Heavystar meowed. "You-" Light crashed in. "We moved our border, so you are allow to come and have prey." She dipped her head.
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Silver Scale's Prophecy By: Tommy Girl Scale of the Silver Fish woke with a start. She was not in her Pack's camp. The grassy clearing she was in was dark and gloomy, lit only by a scratch of light in the sky. Silver Scale looked around her. There was nothing and no one else here, except for a river on her right and a mountain on her left. Someone was approaching from behind. Silver Scale spun around, ready to face danger, but she stopped, jaw open in shock. Standing there were the two wolves she had ever loved, Lake of Blue Water, her mate, and Shriek of the Eagle's Cry, her mother. This couldn't be, she thought. They're both dead! "You are dreaming, my daughter," Eagle's Cry said, reading her mind. "We have called for you. In times of need, you will have to guide the Pack to your new home." "What?" Silver Scale was confused. "Times of need? New home?" "Quiet, my love." Blue Lake silenced his mate. "It will all make sense soon enough. Look to your right." Silver Scale looked at the river. Her eyes widened in shock. There were flames coming toward the river, on the river, everywhere! "Do not run," Eagle's Cry said. "You will be safe from harm if you go somewhere high." She looked towards the mountain on Silver Scale's left, and Silver Scale did the same. A ray of sunlight was shining down straight onto the mountain, nowhere else. When she looked back, her mate and her mother were starting to fade. "Wait! Don't leave! It doesn't make sense!" But it was no use. The two wolves were already gone. Everything turned black, and Silver Scale felt like she was falling. As quickly as it came, the sensation of falling and the darkness surrounding her vanished. The light gray wolf landed in her den with a thud. As she woke, she thought she heard her mate calling out to her, "We love you!" Slowly, everything started to fall into place, everything started to make sense. As soon as the smell hit her nose, Silver Scale screeched, "Fire!" As the other wolves came out of their dens, Silver Scale remembered her mother's advice. 'You will be safe from harm if you go somewhere high.' "Everyone to the mountains!" She shouted. The wolves quickly cleared out of the camp, and as the made progress towards the mountains, they turned back and watched the flames slowly swallowing up the land, devouring the place they called home. As the journey to safety continued, Silver Scale remembered her mother's prophecy: 'In times of need, you will lead the Pack to your new home.' I have to lead the Pack? The gray she-wolf asked herself. Am I really ready to do that? THE END (TO BE CONTINUED) Submitted by: Tommy Girl Hope you like my story!