A Spark in the Dull Embers“Cole!” The voice yelled, startling the blonde-haired teen out of her deep sleep.A Spark in the Dull Embers by weaveroffantasy
“Hm?” she managed to mumble incoherently, suspended between reality and her dream.
“Are you going to school or not?” The angry voice called out from the other room.
“Hm,” Cole mumbled again, already drifting off to sleep once more. She was trying to go back to her dream again but it was already fading away and the only thing she could manage to hang on to were indefinite fragments that made no sense. That still didn’t stop her from going back to sleep though.
The next time Cole woke up was because her phone was ringing. She turned her head and reached for her beside dresser, eyes still closed. “Hm?” she muttered into the phone.
A laugh. “Are you seriously still asleep? It’s already past ten.”
“Shaddup,” she groaned. She was lying on her back now, her free arm slung across her closed lids as if somehow that woul
Cave of Blood and Bones V Leith’s usual grace felt dragged down by all the weapons he had pocketed. It felt odd to have so many guns at one time and for the first time since their predicament he actually began to worry. He hid it, however, because he knew Cameron was worrying enough for all of them. Besides this was, technically, his mess. At the very least he had to pretend to be brave and help them get out of their dilemma.Cave of Blood and Bones V by weaveroffantasy
They followed Sierre down another long corridor and found themselves pass through a door that led outside. Leith narrowed his eyes against the sun and stared around. It seemed as though they were at the back of the mansion. Several cars were parked in a semicircle around the place, various men in suits malingering around.
“Guess he’s really not lacking in protection,” Leith commented with his usual humo
A Conversation Overheard ~In a disreputable bar, two pirates tell a story~A Conversation Overheard by weaveroffantasy
It was a dry heat, the kind where the air burned the lungs and nurtured the idle dreams of procrastinators. Sandra felt her heart beat as though she were running, her breath harsh and quick in the shimmering heat. Sweat perspired down her face, dampening her neck and shirt till she felt as though she’d been dunked in some filthy, stagnant water. It certainly didn’t help that she was wearing her jacket- too heavy for the heat but she was proud and much too stubborn to take it off. Her arm ached, sending a dull pain throughout her body, casting her brain into a frenzy of emotions: pain, anger, frustration. She had an overwhelming urge to kick something, to cause as much pain as she was feeling right now, but she kept her cool- somehow.
Sandra swallowed, passed a hand over her brow. “How much again?” she croaked through a raspy voice.
“Fifty credits,” the man said irritably
The Lost Children“What is the Mystery Bookshop?” Aithley asked. “And don’t tell me it’s a bookstore because I can see that,” she added pointedly. Hein smirked.The Lost Children by weaveroffantasy
“I was going to say that,” he admitted. “And as for what it is… Which one of you saw my little lodestar?” he asked, his eyes going from Aithley to Fane with curiosity.
“I saw it first,” Aithley said. “And Fane saw it for the first time today.”
“What’s a lodestar?” Fane asked.
“My guiding light. Greenman!” He shouted suddenly, startling the two.
Something moved out of the shadows, a tall lumbering figure that seemed to tower over everything. Fane brought his rod forward as they saw a gaunt face surrounded by shoulder-length black hair that looked as if it hadn’t been washed in a while. “Put this back in its place,” Hein told him, handing the Ciarailiad to him. He only grunted in response, eyes lingerin
The Intelligence of PlantsThe Intelligence of Plants by techgnotic
The Intelligence of Plants
By istickboy, Truepicturesinc.
Psychedelic Blossom by psion005
What if plants were intelligent, exploring and analyzing the world with a sophisticated system of senses?
Over at Reality Sandwich, a long essay outlines a growing body of research about the intelligence of plants.
Increasing numbers of researchers, in a multiplicity of fields, are beginning to acknowledge that intelligence is an inevitable aspect of all self-organized systems—that sophisticated neura