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BS - round 2 - In the barren, rocky mountains of the planet chosen to serve as the vast arena for the infamous Blood-Sport tournament, Tark gradually made his way up to the peak he singled out from the rest. Below him and all around him lay red-brown dirt, rocks and pebbles of all sizes, and splotches of soft white snow. He didnt notice, however, the distant footprints in the white patches that had crushed into the snow and exposed the cold rocky ground beneath.
With every step his body shivered. The gash and other cuts from the previous face-off with the female rebel had healed over the way any untreated injury would heal. His teeth chattered and he rubbed his arms in attempt to fight off the cold.
Between shivering he fought to hiss obscenities against the climate and the planet, against the tournament, against the Empire. Even obscenities against Reemaja, though she had very little to do with his current situation.
Looking up, Tark spotted the
Red Riding HoodI want to believe people so badly when they say they won’t bite
that I contemplate climbing into their smiling jaws
thinking that it might be better to be split in two than left hanging.
But always, I draw my red hood and flit back into the forest
running in the shadows of pathways, never stepping into clearings
because I’ve spent my whole life in the wilderness
and I still can’t tell the wolves from the woodsmen.
You Were Not An Aquarium BoySea-glass became your bones,
brine your blood, and seashells
melded into your skin.
You were not quite an ocean
when you said "This is your sign to love me."
My body was like a building;
tall, cold, almost unbreakable.
I was metallic and sharp,
towering over your waters.
I remember taking your hand in mine,
conch and coral shells scrubbing
my skyscraper wrists, and laughing
about how one day you would
submerge every last bit of me.
Your lips, riddled with argonauts,
found my cheek and I cringed
at the coarseness.
You asked if they bothered me
and I finally told you "I
think I love you."
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