Category Archives: Uncategorized

Zina unSeen – Chapter 5

Zina watched the stranger run up the hill and disappear into the city streets. She thought about chasing after him to see if he was okay, but she had no intention of getting herself into a confrontation with a crazy man. There had been something wild in his eyes. He was definitely a strange one.

She replayed what had just happened as she tried to process it. Somehow, she had let her portfolio slip from her arm when she whirled around to watch the giant ship that was sailing past. She thought it would be good inspiration for a project she was working on. Instead, she had underestimated the distance between herself and the man beside her and the portfolio bumped his leg. He had proceeded looked at her like she was about to get devoured and then ran away like he had just seen a ghost.

Her encounter with the weirdo made her uneasy, so she decided to head back home to the apartment that she shared with her best friend. Lain was usually pretty busy throwing paint or wailing loudly into her microphone whenever Zina was out, and so she wasn’t surprised when she opened the door and heard a loud string of melodic profanity, followed by Lain’s sweet voice chorusing “I’ll never be who you want me to be.”

Zina flicked the lights on and off so that Lain would know she wasn’t alone anymore. The amp quickly clicked off, taking the hum of feedback out of the air and leaving them in clear silence. Lain bounded over to her and grinned.

“What did you think?” she asked, flipping her long blonde braids behind her back. They were spliced with the blues and pinks of dyed strands, and Zina found comfort in her friend’s characteristic flair.

“It sounded great,” she said. “I’m sure Kylie will love it.”

This caused Lain to look down and blush, but she peeked up at Zina with an embarrassed smile.

“We’ll see. Hey, are you all right?”

Lain had noticed that something was off.

“It’s nothing…well, there was this creepy guy at the waterfront. Something about him really bothered me. He got into my head or something, I can’t explain it.”

Lain raised an eyebrow.

“Well you’re safe here, okay? No weirdo is going to get to you. They’d have to go through me.”

Lain puffed up, thumping her chest, and Zina laughed. It actually was comforting knowing that her roommate was a living weapon. Lain had been in martial arts since she was a tiny child, and more than once Zina had seen her get the better of much bigger people.

“Come on, I made some soup. There aren’t even any dead things in it!”

Zina grinned and let Lain lead her into the kitchen, where they spent the rest of the evening talking softly and playing Yahtzee. She tried to let the memory of the strange man slip from her mind, but every once in a while her thoughts would return to him and she would clutch her arm and stare out the window and grip her arm uneasily, wondering where in the city he might be.

Zina unSeen – Chapter 6

Zina watched the stranger run up the hill and disappear into the city streets. She thought about chasing after him to see if he was okay, but she had no intention of getting herself into a confrontation with a crazy man. There had been something wild in his eyes. He was definitely a strange one.

She replayed what had just happened as she tried to process it. Somehow, she had let her portfolio slip from her arm when she whirled around to watch the giant ship that was sailing past. She thought it would be good inspiration for a project she was working on. Instead, she had underestimated the distance between herself and the man beside her and the portfolio bumped his leg. He had proceeded looked at her like she was about to get devoured and then ran away like he had just seen a ghost.

Her encounter with the weirdo made her uneasy, so she decided to head back home to the apartment that she shared with her best friend. Lain was usually pretty busy throwing paint or wailing loudly into her microphone whenever Zina was out, and so she wasn’t surprised when she opened the door and heard a loud string of melodic profanity, followed by Lain’s sweet voice chorusing “I’ll never be who you want me to be.”

Zina flicked the lights on and off so that Lain would know she wasn’t alone anymore. The amp quickly clicked off, taking the hum of feedback out of the air and leaving them in clear silence. Lain bounded over to her and grinned.

“What did you think?” she asked, flipping her long blonde braids behind her back. They were spliced with the blues and pinks of dyed strands, and Zina found comfort in her friend’s characteristic flair.

“It sounded great,” she said. “I’m sure Kylie will love it.”

This caused Lain to look down and blush, but she peeked up at Zina with an embarrassed smile.

“We’ll see. Hey, are you all right?”

Lain had noticed that something was off.

“It’s nothing…well, there was this creepy guy at the waterfront. Something about him really bothered me. He got into my head or something, I can’t explain it.”

Lain raised an eyebrow.

“Well you’re safe here, okay? No weirdo is going to get to you. They’d have to go through me.”

Lain puffed up, thumping her chest, and Zina laughed. It actually was comforting knowing that her roommate was a living weapon. Lain had been in martial arts since she was a tiny child, and more than once Zina had seen her get the better of much bigger people.

“Come on, I made some soup. There aren’t even any dead things in it!”

Zina grinned and let Lain lead her into the kitchen, where they spent the rest of the evening talking softly and playing Yatzee. She tried to let the memory of the strange man slip from her mind, but every once in a while her thoughts would return to him and she would clutch her arm and stare out the window, wondering where in the city he might be.