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Human: Part 5"Yame!" Sensei cries.
I stop, panting.
"That was better. You will in time become a great wielder of the Bo."
I bow and almost fall on my face.
Sensei catches me.
"You push too hard, however. Go and rest."
"Hai, sensei." I pant, stumbling out of the dojo.
"How was it?" Peri asks.
"Sensei says I push myself to hard, but I do well..."
"Hey, RJ!" Mikey says, patting me on the back.
I lose balance and fall onto the floor.
"Ha!" Raph laughs.
I grumble as I get up.
"Sorry!" Mikey says.
"That's ok." I say, taking the hand that was offered me.
"Hey, RJ, do you want to come out with us?" Peri asks.
"I don't know..." I say.
It would be cool.
I haven't had fresh air in a while...
But I'm not ready.
Not with what they do.
"No. Rhiannon is not ready to go with you." Sensei says.
At least sensei understands...
I stand opposite my new student.
I don't fit in.
I like something different...
And I keep it all in.
Pick yourself up.
You're different, yes.
But you're just as good as them.
No matter what they say...
I won't earn their respect.
Don't you see?
They hate me because I am me.
They walk all over my dreams.
I won't accomplish anything.
I won't be let in.
Thrown away like rubbish.
Just left and not let in.
You can accomplish anything.
They don't know what they say.
You are an amazing individual.
Don't let them stop you dream.
I don't know how to stand it.
All the comments and the digs.
Just stop this Homophobia.
I want to be let in...
Human: Part 4Ok, so, I'm sitting in Donnie's workshop.
I'm gonna kill April for that remark...
Why would they even think that?!
I focus on the monitor.
The fly's doing well so far.
"How are you guys doing?" I ask into the headset.
"Good, can you see anything?" Leo asks, out of breath.
"Nothing so far... What am I looking for?"
"A huge round spider that spits acid." Donnie explains.
"Spiderbites!" Mikey chips in.
"Ok..." I say, staring at the darkened streets of New York.
I suddenly see something that fits the description.
"I think I see him! He's on the street in front of you!"
"Thanks, RJ." Leo says. "I see him!"
The fly picks up their movement.
I move the fly in and let it land on Donnie's shoulder.
I can see most of the fight from there.
"Donnie! Help Mikey!" I say.
Donnie leaps and pushes Mikey out of the way of a leg.
"Thanks, RJ!" They both say.
I watch from Donnie's shoulder again.
Damn, Peri is good!
I've never seen her fight like that before.
It's slightly unnerving...
I suddenly spot
Human: Part 3Sensei walks into the main room.
I immediatly get up.
"I have decided that you can stay."
"Really?" I ask, looking shocked.
I didn't think he would.
Honestly, I thought I wouldn't be useful...
"Yes, sensei?" He asks, getting up.
"You are to show Rhiannon to the room right down the hall, next to the workshop."
"Do you have any belongings other than that bag, Rhiannon?"
"Yes, sensei, but only a few."
"I trust Perianth will get them?"
"Hai, sensei." Peri says, getting up to leave.
"Wait, shouldn't I go with her?" I ask, confused.
I wonder what's wrong.
"No, Donatello will show you the equipment in the workshop. You are to work with him from now on."
"Are you sure, sensei?" Both me and Donnie say at the same time.
"Yes. I think that Rhiannon is being modest. She seems to know a lot more about science and machines than she says."
I don't think so...
I follow Donnie down to the little room.
"Ok, so, only I really go down here, so you've got nothing to worry." Donn
Human: Part 2"RJ? RJ?!" Peri says, shaking me.
I wake up and look round.
I'm in the lair.
I rub my eyes and get up.
"Are you ok? You look like death."
"Don't I always? You know I don't sleep well under the best of circumstances."
"Yeah, but why are you out here?"
"I was trying to sleep. I guess I dozed off out here instead."
"Or she could have been trying to kill us in our sleep." Raph says, close behind.
"She wouldn't do that." Peri says.
"Yeah, what's your problem?" I ask, straightening up and holding a stare.
He keeps eye contact for a moment, then looks away.
I hate it when people do that.
Jump to the wrong conclusions.
"RJ?!" Mikey shouts from the main room. "Sensei wants to talk to ya!"
"I was just about to say that..." Peri says, leading the way to what must be a dojo.
Sensei's sat in the middle.
I know what he looks like, sure.
But... he has such a presence...
I take a deep breath and walk in front of him.
I bow and sit in front of him.
"Now. If you are to stay
The TypewriterThe Typewriter
It began and ended with a word.
Not a particularly strong or powerful word, but a word that changed everything. It wasn't too long or difficult to spell. It wasn't uncommon either. In fact, it was a perfectly ordinary word, but, I suppose, its commonplace origin is what made it so special.
I loved that word.
But the word doesn't mean much without the story along with it and I was always one for telling good stories.
I ignored the call from the other room and remained seated. That tone wasn't unfamiliar. Taking a bite from my toast, I waited for him to call again. It wouldn't be more than ten—
"Sammy! Come q
I wonder if you're enjoying
the curvature of her back.
The spine, a row of ossified crowns
crowded and curved around that defining neural superhighway;
that extension cord,
adventurously connecting the visceral
to the peripheral.
The horseshoe crab vertebrae
scuttle to break through skin at your touch;
a defining shiver.
I see your hands
around the rounded hills of her shoulders.
Scapulae jutting out with the extremity of the bend,
like a chicken's wings.
And the bands of these dorsal muscles
stand up like wings,
cast shadows in the dimples of the pelvis that she lifts;
that will fold o
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