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  1. Hey guys. Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I had a rollicking good time finishing up my last week of classes before break. But now I'm back with a Thanksgiving Pile-o-Fun before returning to do finals.Chapter 6: Thanksgiving Turkey Time Tussle, Part 1Everyone groaned with agony after they finished Icarax’s epic meal.Takanuva: Oh the horror! Tren Krom: TREN KROM DOES NOT SEE THE ISSUE HERE.Greg: No really, why don’t they include this in the video? They don’t even have a disclaimer like “don’t eat giant piles of bacon at home”.Binkmeister: Greg? Can I talk to you for a second?Greg: Of course Bink.Binkmeister and Greg stepped out of the dining room.Greg: Look, if the food was poisoned it’s not my –Binkmeister: Greg, I’m considering retirement.Greg: Buh? Binkmeister: I mean come on. Back in my younger days as a BZPower administrator, I probably could have crashed through the concrete wall of a secret Iranian nuclear facility without any issue.Greg: I don’t think you –Binkmeister: No, I definitely could. And I did once. Don’t tell anyone though. But now, I’m old Greg. I just want to retire to a nice little cottage in the reference desk and laugh at Brony arguments.Greg: Well, this is some heavy news Bink.Binkmeister: Isn’t it? I was waiting for the right time to tell you and I figured that if I died of heart disease from Icarax’s cholesterol pile you would never know that you are my handpicked successor.Greg: Well gosh Bink, this is an honor!Binkmeister: There’s an issue though. You need a Masters of Business Administration to have my job.Greg: I don’t remember you getting an MBA Bink.Binkmeister: Yeah I did. Actually, I’m Dr. Bink.Greg: Wow, didn’t remember that either.Binkmeister: You will have to do this in secret. I’m counting on you Greg!Binkmeister used his grappling hook and sailed out the window.Greg: Yeah, that’s unsafe. Hopefully he retires to somewhere that’s safe for non-stuntmen.Tren Krom: TREN KROM HEARD EVERYTHING AND IS COMING WITH GREG TO COLLEGE.Greg: Absolutely not Tren. Do you understand how rigorous college is academically?Tren Krom: NO BUT TREN KROM HAS LISTENED TO ASHER ROTH’S “I LOVE COLLEGE” AND IT DOESN’T SEEM SO BAD.Greg: The fact that Asher Roth made a song called “I Love College” should tell you something about his reputability.Tren Krom: FAIR ENOUGH. TREN KROM STILL WISHES TO LEARN.Greg: Did you even graduate high school?Tren Krom: DID YOU EVEN RUN A UNIVERSE GREG? Greg: …Tren Krom: THOUGHT SO. TIME TO RETURN TO TREN KROMS HIGH SCHOOL AND FINALLY TALK TO HIS GUIDENCE COUNSELOR.Tren Krom slithered under the wall, got in T-Pain’s Mercedes, and drove to Bara Magna High School.Tren Krom: WHAT’S GOOD TEACH.Angonce: Ugh, hello Tren. Didn’t you walk out of here a few years ago and say that you were going to make more money as a garbage collector?Tren Krom: YES BUT TREN KROM IS NOW ON THE SILVER SCREEN.Tren Krom took a Kindle out of his pocket with a picture of himself on it.Angonce: What do you want?Tren Krom: TREN KROM WANTS THE COLLEGE.Angonce: Tren Krom needs to not speak in third person if he wants to have any chance at getting into college.Tren Krom: TREN KROM IS SEVERAL METRIC TONS, COULD BLOCK AN ENTIRE SIDE OF A STADIUM, AND CAN PLAY EVERY POSITION IN FOOTBALL.Several NCAA scouts suddenly pressed up against the door.Tren Krom: PROBLEM TEACHER? Angonce: Alright! Fine, I’ll get your SAT scores mailed. And I’m not your teacher.-Greg’s House-Takanuva: So Greg, I overheard you were planning on going to college?Greg: I already went to college, but I need a MBA.Takanuva: Whatever, you can’t spell MBA without BA! You already have two thirds! Time to fulfill my dream and get that golden opportunity of a college diploma!Greg: Takanuva, I never knew you didn’t go to college.Takanuva: Yeah, there was a bit of a bias in the admissions office…-University of Ko-Metru-Teridax: I am the shadow that guards the admissions – oh, its you.Takanuva: Yeah…Teridax: Well this is awkward. Takanuva: I take it my application has been declined?Teridax: You assume correctly. Bye!-Greg’s House-Takanuva: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!Greg: It doesn’t help that you had an SAT score of 100.Takanuva: Um…tests are for the weak minded!Greg: Takanuva, you get 200 points for writing your name on the test.Takanuva: Uh. Greg: Per section.Takanuva: Leave me alone. Once I show them my special Kohlii move, they’ll have no choice but to let me in!Greg: I don’t think any school has a Kohlii league. University of Ko-Metru cut theirs due to funding.Takanuva: Seriously? Who cuts Kohlii? Greg: Definitely not the three people who care about it as a sport.Takanuva: Slow your roll, Greg. As a matter of fact, halt your bakery. Kohlii has a proud heritage. I will make sure it returns to the mainstream!Greg: Good luck with that. I have applications to do.The rest of the guests cleared out and Greg went up to his computer.Greg: Let’s see the cost of a master’s degree…Computer: Warning! Number is too big for monitor.Greg: Seriously? It’s only like $50,000. Still a lot, but…Computer: Nope. Sorry man.Greg: That can’t be right. Someone must have raised tuition.-Nuparu’s House-Nuparu: Ha! I got you this time Greg! I got you good! -Greg’s House-Greg: Well this is awkward. I guess I can’t do it. Sorry Bink, I let you down.Bink: It’s okay Greg.Greg: …why are you in my house? Bink: I got bored.Greg: It’s 11:00pm at night.Bink: Whatever. I think you’ll do fine without a degree.Greg: Wait, really?Bink: Yeah! Mark Zuckerberg never graduated from college.Greg: But I did.Bink: Oh. Well we’ll see then. You start tomorrow!Greg: WHAT?! :OMG:Bink: A little uncomfortable with the responsibility?Greg: No…this is A Day in the Life of GregF. It’s supposed to be one day. We don’t know what happens when I go to sleep!Bink: Relax. No one will pay enough attention to the title to worry.Greg: We’ll see. Good night Bink.Binkmeister sailed out the window with his wingsuit as Greg fell asleep.---Greg woke up and realized he was sitting at his desk.Greg: What the…Carapar: Greg, I need help with invitations for the dinner party I’m throwing.Greg: Yeah, get in line. Wait, what dinner party? Aren’t you still stuffed from Icarax’s epic meal?Carapar: Who? Whatever Greg. I’m talking about the one that Ehlek is making me throw after he hurt himself rappelling through my wall.Greg: Huh. That’s odd.Carapar: Oh, forget it. You’re no help. I’ll go ask Bink in human resources.Greg: Didn’t Bink retire?Carapar: No, stupid. What gave you that idea? I’ve heard rumors about Ehlek considering it though.Carapar walked off, leaving Greg confused.Greg: Something is wrong here. I may have to violate the Farshtey Protocol.The Farshtey Protocol, designed to stop bored people on BZPower from suing Lego, meant that Greg couldn’t read fan fiction in case it inadvertently inspired him. But this was a strange time, and desperate measures had to be taken. Greg logged onto BZPower and looked in the Comedies forum.Greg: Hey, where’s A Day in the Life of Me?Greg couldn’t find it anywhere. There was just a comedy called Makuta Hunt. Returning to the Libraries menu, he saw that the Short Stories forum had thousands of posts every minute. Then, he went to the Epics forum and saw what he feared:A Day in the Life of Carapar: by The Professional Great Being of Kansas City.Greg: What…no! No!Ending guy: Will Greg get out of this strange universe? Will Tren Krom and Takanuva find academic success via athletics? How many parts will this chapter be? Find out in Chapter 7!
  2. I'm probably not going out unless I have a riot shield or something. I'm considering some online deals though. Anyone know of anything really cool?
  3. this post made my daypop music sells albums but it'll never win awards. people (and by people i mean teenagers) like katy perry because she sings about love and other such garbage that they can relate to, and she sings it to a catchy beat. it's all flash. no substance. is that overrated? or is it just appealing to peoples more shallow sides?Well put. Pop music gives the people what they want. It's shallow and commercial, but by no means overrated.
  4. You understand that Pop music is designed for large amounts of people to like it, right? Short for "popular", and by its nature a lot of people will like it or it wouldn't be pop. I don't view either of those artists as overrated because what you see is what you get. Bieber is a teen pop idol, just as much as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. I think almost everyone realizes that he has no discernable musical talent and that most of his (female) fans like him because they think he's a cute little kid, not because he's the legendary 5th Beatle hatched from an egg. Katy Perry too is a prototypical pop singer, and I'm not sure why you would single her out over Ke$ha or Lil Wayne. Her Teenage Dream album has the same number of #1 singles as Michael Jackson's Bad. Like Bieber, I've never seen anyone describe her as anything other than a pop star: not the most talented artist in the world, but they make fun catchy little songs that are fun to listen to."Popular" is not synonymous with "overrated". I think this thread is trying to figure out what bands people think are more talented and respected than they actually are. Look at some of the other bands listed as overrated: Queen, The Beatles, Metallica, and all those other bands. These are bands that are often listed as the top rock bands of the decade. I've never seen Katy Perry or Justin Bieber listed as the best artists of the decade. In terms of sales, they aren't even up there. For something to be overrated, it has to be acclaimed by a decent amount of people. Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, for all its #1 singles, received something like 52% on Metacritic. Evidently, it's not viewed as anything more than a collection of catchy pop hits.Here's a better example: Nirvana's "Nevermind" scored a perfect 100 on Metacritic (I checked, doesn't have forums), which means that critics think it is a flawless act of music. However, the fan reviews averge out to about 72%. That suggests something is overrated, when critics love it more than actual listeners do. Outkast's album Stankonia earned a 95%, making it the best reviewed hip-hop album on the site, but others claim that Outkast was simply making weird music for the sake of critical acclaim. Yet I don't see a single pop artist with over 90% on Metacritic.You're definitely entitled to your opinion, but I just felt the need to say this because pop bashing on the internet is incredibly overdone. It just seems like once you get online, everyone rushes to hate any album or single that stays on the charts for a while. It may be annoying, it may be overplayed, but that is the essence of pop music. It will get played at all the dances and obviously on all the pop stations. It doesn't mean people think it is a musical masterpiece. It means that as a whole, people enjoy it. Maybe you don't and that's fine, but pop music is by no means overrated. People like it, but they rarely think it's "good".I wasn't singling Perry out; she's just one of the many pop artists I seem to see/hear everywhere I go.And I get the concept of Pop music. But like most abbreviated things, its cultural meaning is Pop, not Popular. The reason I can't stand Pop is because it's purely commercial music. Pop artists only do what their producers tell them to do, and they only do it for money. Real music comes from the heart (sure someone is going to mention that I like Dubstep, but whatever =p), and Pop does not. Lots of Pop artists have good talent, but none of it is really put to use. I'm sure that Ke$ha has a good voice, but because Autotune is popular, her producer gets an editor to make her voice sound fake, so she makes more fame/money. It's a pretty disgusting catch-22, like a rapidly-worsening influence on modern society (referring to everyone who loves Pop).If you wanna make a #1 hit, get a teenage girl to write a poem, make a Pop singer sing it, make her voice sound robotic, get a rapper to say something in the middle of the song, and spend five minutes putting together a beat.All Pop music of today seems to be the same; a hot woman singing very silly auto-tuned lyrics, with a cliche, boring, un-catchy beat for some rhythm. And every one that makes it to the top ten gets a music video of that Pop star wearing twenty weird outfits and big sunglasses staring into the camera, with some dude bobbing his head while driving her car. Cliche, boring, and meaningless. That's an apt description of pop music and I agree completely (except the beat is designed to be catchy. Not just subjectively, I've heard of producers actually testing a beat on people in studies to see if it appeals to them psychologically. That's why California Gurls sounds like Tik Tok.) but I still don't think that constitutes it as overrated. It is commercial music designed to make money, and to me that makes it the McDonalds of music genres. People will eat there regardless of it being bad for them, but they'll never claim it's choice sirloin they're being served.Another example of pop music being catchy is Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama. The guy used the exact same tune from Lynard Skynard a few years later and still soared up the charts. Some tunes are just catchy.
  5. You understand that Pop music is designed for large amounts of people to like it, right? Short for "popular", and by its nature a lot of people will like it or it wouldn't be pop. I don't view either of those artists as overrated because what you see is what you get. Bieber is a teen pop idol, just as much as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. I think almost everyone realizes that he has no discernable musical talent and that most of his (female) fans like him because they think he's a cute little kid, not because he's the legendary 5th Beatle hatched from an egg. Katy Perry too is a prototypical pop singer, and I'm not sure why you would single her out over Ke$ha or Lil Wayne. Her Teenage Dream album has the same number of #1 singles as Michael Jackson's Bad. Like Bieber, I've never seen anyone describe her as anything other than a pop star: not the most talented artist in the world, but they make fun catchy little songs that are fun to listen to."Popular" is not synonymous with "overrated". I think this thread is trying to figure out what bands people think are more talented and respected than they actually are. Look at some of the other bands listed as overrated: Queen, The Beatles, Metallica, and all those other bands. These are bands that are often listed as the top rock bands of the decade. I've never seen Katy Perry or Justin Bieber listed as the best artists of the decade. In terms of sales, they aren't even up there. For something to be overrated, it has to be acclaimed by a decent amount of people. Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, for all its #1 singles, received something like 52% on Metacritic. Evidently, it's not viewed as anything more than a collection of catchy pop hits.Here's a better example: Nirvana's "Nevermind" scored a perfect 100 on Metacritic (I checked, doesn't have forums), which means that critics think it is a flawless act of music. However, the fan reviews averge out to about 72%. That suggests something is overrated, when critics love it more than actual listeners do. Outkast's album Stankonia earned a 95%, making it the best reviewed hip-hop album on the site, but others claim that Outkast was simply making weird music for the sake of critical acclaim. Yet I don't see a single pop artist with over 90% on Metacritic.You're definitely entitled to your opinion, but I just felt the need to say this because pop bashing on the internet is incredibly overdone. It just seems like once you get online, everyone rushes to hate any album or single that stays on the charts for a while. It may be annoying, it may be overplayed, but that is the essence of pop music. It will get played at all the dances and obviously on all the pop stations. It doesn't mean people think it is a musical masterpiece. It means that as a whole, people enjoy it. Maybe you don't and that's fine, but pop music is by no means overrated. People like it, but they rarely think it's "good".I've posted a lot in this thread about my take on the Biebs but I haven't actually posted for the topic. I'll change that:Overrated: Tyler the Creator, Eminem's recent work, Lil Wayne and everyone on the Cash Money Records roster, Metallica, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, Breaking Benjamin, most country music, Oasis, Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E, and 2Pac.Underrated: Tech N9ne, Hopsin, and Nas. I feel most rap music ends up being overrated ("Drake's new album is the best ever!") or underrated like these guys. Pretty much the more popular artists turn people away from the entire genre.
  6. Cold and Flu season is here, which is why your chapter is not. Send chicken soup!

  7. Wow thats really sad... :PBut yeah not as bad as what I did in my 3-5 leauge... I gave up Arian Foster for 3 busts! (Kevin Kolb, Sidney Rice and Jammal Charles) And Freddy Jackson for Pitts D and Curtis Painter. (This isn't as bad as I had New England's D)I am still mad about it.I also drafted Rice. :/Almost all my original picks busted.Yeah...I got really messed up not getting a QB until David Garrard (SP?) and Josh Morgan going on IR as well...I have McGhee from the Jackson trade though! (Forgot about him)I traded Jamaal Charles and Rashard Mendenhall for McFadden and Ray Rice, so that worked out well for me.
  8. Author: Fresh Makuta of Bel-AirEntry: Rise of the RahkshiGood luck to everyone!
  9. Rise of the Rahkshi "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em."- Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC Hafu looked down on the assembled Ta-Matoran from a rooftop. Their movement into Po-Metru had gone unchecked for days now. The mostly barren district, dotted with a few carver’s homes and sculptures, provided little in the way of natural barriers to keep out invaders or provide cover for the defenders. As a result, the 1st Po-Metru Squadron had been pushed back time after time and was in danger of being marched right into the sea.The fiery tempers of Ta-Matoran that started this civil war also made them very effective at prosecuting it. Their warriors were unafraid of collateral damage, Kanoka disks, and pretty much anything the Po-Matoran could throw at them. If there was one thing they feared, it was their commander Riami.Riami was a powerful trader before this whole mess started and was known for his hardline negotiating style and refusal to quit until his goals were met. This translated into warfare with considerable effectiveness. An old proverb went “the Great Spirit is in the heartstone of every Matoran”. That considered, Riami seemed to be on a mission to slay the Great Spirit himself judging by how many Matoran had fallen to his brutal, elite unit. Their merciless fighting style led to the nickname “Rahkshi” by both their allies and opponents.And now it was up to Hafu and his scouts to hold them off.Hafu had received word from the chain of command that their new Le-Matoran allies were cooking up a surprise for the Rahkshi. As a mere sergeant it wasn’t his place to know what this plan was, just that it was up to him to keep the Ta-Matoran occupied long enough to spring it.“Well, just me and my favorite Ta-Matoran marauders,” Hafu mumbled to himself. “I don’t care what rank Ahkmou is, he’ll get a piece of my mind after this.”Hafu grimaced as one of the wandering Ta-Matoran raiders kicked a statue over. He worked hard on that! His first reaction was to shout obscenities as he would have before the war, but then he remembered the assembled army below him. Not a good idea, Hafu.There was a tap on his shoulder that made Hafu jump up as if stung. “Mata Nui, Onewa! Announce yourself next time,” whispered Hafu. “I’m sure the Rahkshi would love that,” replied Onewa. “I have word from Ahkmou. Our spy reports that the Riami’s men plan on a rendezvous at the Archives, where they can meet up with Nuparu’s men. We don’t want them to get there. The last thing they need is that blasted Nuparu working on their weapons.” Hafu frowned. While Po-Metru was very much the manufacturing core of Metru Nui, the Onu-Matoran were mostly responsible for the design of the products produced there, including weapons. Allowing the Rahkshi to break through would practically hand them the district.“Alright, I think we should act now,” said Hafu, handing Onewa a Kanoka disk. “You run over to that other rooftop and shoot that guy in the face with this disk.” “What? What kind of plan is that?” said Onewa, flabbergasted. “Shoot that guy in the face? What guy? What disk is this anyway?” “Read the code genius, and I assumed you would realize Riami is the guy we want,” replied Hafu tersely. “Oh yeah great idea, let’s shoot a disk at the leader of a murderous band of Ta-Matoran and then walk away clean. Another Hafu original.” Their argument was interrupted by the edge of their rooftop being turned into some sort of topiary.“You Po-Matoran really need to learn some discretion,” yelled a Ta-Matoran from below. Hafu peered over the remains of the wall and saw about sixty Kanoka disk launchers pointed at him. “Oh yeah Onewa, my plan was awful. I like the “get everyone’s attention” tactic you’ve just employed, they’ll be teaching it in Ko-Metru –“ The rooftop froze. “Never mind, we can discuss this later,” said Hafu.Hafu and Onewa scampered across the rooftop, ducking all manner of Kanoka disks being lobbed at them. “You know, here’s a new plan,” panted Onewa. “We keep running around until they run out of Kanoka disks.” “I think a better plan would be to just trust my plan,” hissed Hafu. “If they run out of disks they take out their swords, and they may not have any fancy Kanoka powers but stabbing still seems pretty severe.” “Such a critic!” yelled Onewa, and threw the disk Hafu handed him into the crowd of Ta-Matoran. About forty-five of them vanished.“Wow, good deal,” said Hafu. “Glad I grabbed that high powered teleporting disk before the war broke out and the Ta-Matoran monopolized the darn things.” “I agree, this is probably one of the better results of a teleportation disk I’ve ever gotten,” said a voice behind Hafu. Hafu turned and saw Riami along with about ten other Ta-Matoran, now behind them on the rooftop. “Well that went poorly,” said Onewa.“Do you really think that we would so willingly let our Kanoka stockpile vanish?” smirked Riami. “Deceit is a funny thing, stone rat. Every Kanoka produced for export in the last three months has been mislabeled. That level eight disk was more like a level two. I’m surprised I moved as far as I did, although I can’t complain about the strategic value of ending up right behind your opponent.”Hafu grinned and held up a disk marked 421. Riami was visibly shocked. “I take it this isn’t a low powered disk?” smirked Hafu. “Wha-where did you get that?!” demanded Riami, and put a foot on Hafu’s chest, drawing his sword. “You don’t think we’re aware of your little plot? Reverse order is a terrible, terrible way to disguise something,” chided Hafu. “And judging by the look on your face I’d say this is the Great Kanoka Disk of Ko-Metru. Not something you should try to vandalize.”Riami looked like he was about to explode with anger, but his blade held fast out of fear of exploding with the most powerful freezing effect on Metru-Nui. “How do you know of the great disks, carver? That is considered a maskmaker’s secret,” growled Riami. “I personally dabble in maskmaking. It’s one of my favorite hobbies along with Akilini, Muaka wrestling, and helping Ta-Matoran with their anger issues,” joked Hafu. “Hafu, why would you view it as wise to annoy this guy?” sighed Onewa. “Well, we have the most powerful freezing disk on Metru Nui right now. If anyone tries anything, we’re all popsicles. Now I love me, but in terms of strategic value I think two carvers is a small price to pay for stopping the pride of the Ta-Matoran military,” explained Hafu.Onewa was startled. Hafu never spoke so selflessly before. His sole aim in the war had always seemed to be his own hide. Onewa remembered groaning when Hafu was promoted to sergeant and thought of entire units of Po-Matoran fleeing across the desert. What had changed? “I thought about it when I saw your man kick over that statue. I can run, I can hide, but not before you destroy everything I ever worked for and loved. I guess I’ve decided to make a stand.”The Ta-Matoran who hadn’t been teleported to the rooftop watched, transfixed by the exchange up above. One of them drew a fire staff.“Well, it’s been real Riami. You do have some anger issues to work out, so I think we should all chill out for a bit.” On that note, Hafu froze the entire rooftop.The dozen or so remaining Ta-Matoran were shocked. The majority of their chain of command was frozen on a rooftop, and there they sat almost leaderless. “Well what are you waiting for?” said the Matoran with the fire staff. “Let’s go thaw them out!” The Matoran raised his fire staff high and fired off the symbol of unity, duty, and destiny into the air. “Sergeant Vakama, with all due respect, what does that accomplish for us?” asked Nuhrii, looking up at his sergeant with a bemused expression. “This,” grinned Vakama, and a airship sped across the sky dropping several Le-Matoran in its wake. The company of Matoran levitated above the ground momentarily, and then spread out to surround the remainder of Riami’s troops.“Traitor!” gasped Nuhrii. “Am I?” asked Vakama. “I had a dream the other night; a dream of death. I’m sure you all have, but this was far darker. It was the death of the Great Spirit. If we are all part of Mata Nui, then why would we kill each other? This has to stop before everything ends.” “I knew it,” said Jaller, standing off to the side. “I say we kill him!” There were general yells of agreement from the surrounded Ta-Matoran. “Did you not hear anything I just said?” yelled Vakama. “You will kill Mata Nui, and for what? Border disputes? The price of protodermis?” “Shut your traitorous mouth!” said Kapura, drawing his sword. “Look at what you’ve become. They call you Rahkshi. Is that what you are, a beast? A monster?”“Hey, um, firespitters,” interrupted Matau, leader of the 1st Airborne Le-Matoran Squadron. “Before you kill old futurewatcher here, I’d just like to remind you that we have you surrounded. Just something to considerthink.” “You don’t think we can fight our way out? We’re Rahkshi! The most feared force on the –“ The Le-Matoran opened fire with a wide variety of disk powers. The boasts stopped, as did most other movement.“Well that should cease his bragsaying,” said Matau with a sense of finality. “You alright firespitter?” Vakama got up and pushed his way out of the circle of frozen and otherwise altered Ta-Matoran. “I think I got hit with a regeneration disk, so I feel great. By the way? Not the best disk to shoot at your opponents,” Vakama replied. Matau chuckled. “Oh firespitter. You truly are a joy to work with.” “Likewise,” said Vakama. “Maybe we’ll see each other again someday.” “Believe me, I’ll make a point of it,” said Matau and raised his hand to signal for his unit to fall in behind him. A small stasis bubble descended from the airship and picked up the Le-Matoran, returning them to the skies.Vakama now stood alone in what seemed like a vast field of icy sculptures. The Rahkshi would thaw, no doubt, but they had prevented what seemed to be inevitable defeat. Perhaps these Po-Matoran could return to their homes soon. Perhaps a settlement could be reached.But first, his friends had to be taken care of.Vakama climbed the steps of the half frozen carver’s hut and reached the roof. Taking out his fire staff, he thawed out Onewa and Hafu.“Thanks Vakama. Knew you’d come through,” said Onewa gratefully. He then turned and punched Hafu square in the jaw. “Ow! What was that for?” gasped Hafu. “For that obnoxiously corny line! Up until that point I hoped you would have been remembered in tales as a hero, but if the legends include the whole ‘chill out’ pun I think I’ll be sick.” “Yeah, you need to work on that a little. Now let’s get out of here, these guys won’t be frozen forever.” Vakama, Onewa, and Hafu turned away from the battlefield and walked off.---The trio of Matoran left just in time, as Riami was among the first to thaw. “Men! Rally around me! We will seek vengeance for this humiliation!” he yelled. Few Ta-Matoran joined him. He drew his sword. “You fight with me, or against me! Pick a side!” “Do you think the Great Spirit’s really dying?” asked Jaller, concerned. “Be concerned about your own death if you trouble me with such thoughts,” Riami replied. “Rally! We will make these stone rats pay!” “I don’t think the Great Spirit would take kindly to being killed,” said Jaller. “Have you considered that there may be some divine intervention coming our way if this continues?” “Nonsense. You make as much sense as those moronic seers on the Knowledge Towers. Fall in! We own Po-Metru tonight!”There was a horrific hiss from the direction of the Archives, and all of the remaining Rahkshi turned to see a massive horde of actual Rahkshi descending upon them. “Well, it was nice knowing you,” said Jaller, and moved in the opposite direction of the incoming horde along with a majority of Riami’s unit.Riami stood alone against the horde. “Come on, you ugly beasts! Face me! Face Riami, the true Rahkshi!” A large being appeared, grabbing Riami and disappearing.---The next thing Riami knew, he was walking with a strange giant with giant golden fangs. “I appreciate this whole ‘massacre’ thing you had going on,” said the being. “What – who are you?” gasped Riami, confused as to where he was. “I am Botar,” the being replied. “And you have given me quite the mess to clean up.”The lumbering Botar stopped short of a large imposing gate guarded by a silver giant. “Hello Hydraxon,” said Botar. “We’ve got another one.” “Great news, great news,” nodded Hydraxon. “Soon this entire ordeal will be over. Any news on the big man upstairs?” “Kind of a casual way to refer to the Great Spirit, but the news is not good. They’re dispatching a Toa team as we speak.” Riami, bold up until now, was horrified. What had he done?“And the Brotherhood?” “Oh you know Teridax,” spat Botar. “Has all the finesse of a Tahtorahk on ice. There’s roughly six hundred Rahkshi just ravaging Metru Nui right now. Because, you know, the best way to stop Matoran from killing each other is to kill them all.”“That’s a shame. At least we stopped this so-called ‘Rahkshi’,” mocked Hydraxon. Riami shook with terror. “How’s it going? That whole ‘fearless monster’ thing working out for you?” asked Hydraxon. Riami stammered but before he could answer Hydraxon aimed a sharp punch at his ribs. “You are not fearless it seems,” smirked Hydraxon. “But you are a monster. Have fun in there. Maybe you’ll make some new friends!” The jailer chuckled as he threw Riami roughly into The Pit.---As Vakama, Onewa, and Hafu continued their long foot journey back to the Po-Matoran headquarters, they found their way blocked by Jaller and a few other remnants of Riami’s Rahkshi.“Still? Have you not learned?” cried Vakama, exasperated. “No, I believe I have,” said Jaller. “Unity, duty, and destiny. It’s more important than I thought. It’s not some battle cry or anthem, it’s a way of life. Maybe I got so caught up in unity with my district that I forgot unity with my brothers.” “Agreed,” said Nuhrii. “When Riami stood there in front of that horde of Rahkshi I saw a madman. He truly is an affront to Mata Nui and I hope he gets his just desserts.”“Glad we’re in agreement then,” said Vakama. “So can we stop trying to kill each other?” Nuhrii laughed. “Of course…brother.”Hafu had to admit he was glad with how all this turned out. These ‘Rahkshi’, for all their faults, were some decent people in the end. He was glad to see them rise above the mob mentality of their leader and become something greater: Matoran, not beasts. “So Onewa,” began Hafu. “Yes, oh great one, your plan worked to perfection,” finished Onewa, rolling his eyes. “No, no. Nothing of the sort. I’d imagine that now that this whole thing is over they’ll probably get Akilini going again. Want to try out for the district team?” Onewa chuckled. “Akilini sounds like a great way to resolve our issues. Nobody gets hurt and everybody has a good time. How refreshing, actually.”“We just have to wait for those darn Rahkshi from the archives to stop their pillaging. Who thought that was a good idea, in all honesty?” frowned Hafu. “Actually,” said Onewa. “I’d prefer it if we didn’t mention Rahkshi for a while.”__________________________Well guys, there's my SSC8 entry. I'd never entered one of these before so I figured I'd give it a shot. Let me know what you think!
  10. Not really. I've never seen anyone claim that Justin Bieber is a good artist, just that a ton of people think he's cute. In fact since we're on the internet I think there is literally no one that likes Justin Bieber here.As a person, he's overrated. Musically? No one has ever claimed he's a musical genius.
  11. I picked up Cam Newton in two leagues after Week 1 and I've been sooooo happy. If there is a BZPower fantasy league I'd probably be good for joining. Five leagues this time around: 7-2, 7-2, 7-2, 4-5 (I thought CJ2K and Reggie Wayne would do fine but they had other ideas), and 6-3. In the first league one of the losses is by 3 points to a guy who has McCoy, Welker, Rodgers, and Forte and the other is when Peterson, Rice, and Foster decided to collectively choke.
  12. I won't lie, it looked all too familiar when Roethlisberger threw that touchdown. I thought Baltimore was going to lose another game in Pittsburgh.
  13. Just saw Harold and Kumar the other night. It was spectacular."The only Karate Kid I know is with Jackie Chan and my man Jaden Smith!"
  14. Hey guys. Chapter 5 was released yesterday so go check it out. It took longer but it's about 2800 words so there's your reason. That's probably longer than one of my entire comedies as a newb, true statement. Chapter 6 may be up tomorrow. Tuesdays are usually easier days for me and I don't have much lined up. Also the Ravens game last night was incredible, great comeback at the end.
  15. Hey guys. Chapter 5 was released yesterday so go check it out. It took longer but it's about 2800 words so there's your reason. That's probably longer than one of my entire comedies as a newb, true statement. Chapter 6 may be up tomorrow. Tuesdays are usually easier days for me and I don't have much lined up. Also the Ravens game last night was incredible, great comeback at the end.
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