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Ilk

Moongaze sat in her room, the sunlight streaming through the window and hitting her desk. She was in the middle of drawing a comic about a unicorn that owned a bakery when the rumble of her father’s snarl ripped the air. “Moongaze!!” he yelled, his rage barely contained as per the usual.

Moongaze hid her work hastily as her mother entered the room, her eyes sad. “Moongaze, why aren’t you at dinner with us?”

“I’m coming,” she warbled, reluctant to leave the sanctuary of her room. There, she would not be teased endlessly. In her art, she could be free. Free from the pain of being different, free from ridicule and criticism by turns from her siblings, her parents, her so-called friends.

Years had passed since that time of living with her parents, but the memories flooded her mind as she set foot in the conference, donning her new fursuit.

“What are you doing, associating with that ilk?!” her father would admonish her for creating her characters. “You need to get serious about your career!”

Moongaze tried to hold her head high inside her unicorn suit. Echoes of her father’s voice traveled to her from the lion that shook his head at her, the shocked conference attendees.

She made her way toward the bar, eager to drink some of her pain away.

She sat, unable to see who was next to her. Her plush pastel pink fur contrasted with the rich mahogany of the bar table, her punky rainbow swirl of mane and tail catching the fluorescent lighting and making it sparkle.

A throat was cleared, and someone sat next to her. “Nice suit,” a male voice grunted. It sounded muffled and far away.

“Thanks,” Moongaze sighed. She gestured for the bartender, but the male next to her took care of her request.

“What’ll it be…uh…”

The bartender, a gray fox, wrinked his nose at the sight of his new clientele. One was in suit as a unicorn, the other a dragon. Other conference attendees leaned in and whispered to each other, their looks a mixture of confusion, scorn and dismissal.

“Some wine for my lady?” the dragon turned to the unicorn.

“Uh…sure,” Moongaze blushed.

The dragon slid some cash to the bartender, who quickly turned away to get the glasses and wine poured. “These conferences get weirder every year,” he grumbled as he popped the cork.

“So uh…the conference is off to a good start,” the unicorn began nervously, pawing her multicolored tail with her golden hooves. The bartender slid the unlikely pair the glasses of wine.

“Yes, it is,” the dragon nodded. “Tell me true,” the dragon swirled the wine in his glass, “how are things with you?”

“They are going well,” the unicorn lied, sipped her wine slowly. “And with you?”

“Eh, yes, they are going well also.” He tossed the wine back, a practiced move that indicated he was used to drinking in suit, a feat unto itself.

“You don’t belong with them,” came an old echo, a harsh hiss in Moongaze’s ear. “You can’t be an artist, what money is there in that? You will fail at everything you want to be good at, because you can’t do it. What do you have to offer? You are disabled and antisocial, Moongaze. No one wants you around, you are a burden and you are a curse upon this family!”

Moongaze swallowed the wine. It burned through her body like her father’s harsh words.

“Old wounds take a long time to heal,” the dragon sighed, staring at the empty glass. He set it on the bar table, gazed at Moongaze gently. “Is that why you suit?”

“…huh?” Moongaze was pulled out of her dark reverie.

“…do you suit, to escape the pain?”

“I…uh…” Moongaze felt her cheeks flush, the interior of the suit becoming hotter every second. It was a bad idea to drink while in suit, she thought as the buzz washed over her.

“It’s okay,” the dragon turned toward her. He held her paws in his, in a sudden gesture of gentleness. “I understand how you feel.”

Moongaze felt tears sting her eyes. This complete stranger was so warm and tender, and all at once she felt like a fool for just sitting there, her paws in his, not saying a word.

She felt she didn’t deserve any of it.

“Um…excuse me,” she stood, her legs wobbly from the drink. “I uh…I have to go…”

“Want some air?” the dragon nodded. “It does get really hot in these things.”

“No…I uh…listen, this is all sudden, you know? I…I’m not ready…I’m not what you think, who you want.” Moongaze looked around for the bathroom, feeling lightheaded and as clouded as her unicorn suit.

The dragon was taken aback. He sat at the bar again. “Well…it’s okay. Thank you for your time. Take care, okay?”

Moongaze stumbled into the bathroom, slammed the stall door shut.

She tore off her unicorn head, sat down on the toilet, and sobbed.

“I feel so alone,” she wept.

A knock on the stall door. “Hey,” came a soft feminine voice. “Hey. You ok?”

“…uh…” Moongaze quickly wiped her tears and nose, dabbed the sweat off her tongue and flushed the toilet. “Uh…sorry, I didn’t know I wasn’t in here by myself…”

“You ok?” the voice repeated.

“…yeah. Yeah, I’m okay. Thanks.”

Moongaze waited for the other fur to leave. She replaced her head and sighed.

She unclipped her badge, wandered out the convention’s doors, her father’s words gutting her.

“Wait a second!” called the dragon, who ran up behind her. She was about to get into her ride home.

“Why?” Moongaze hissed at the kind stranger. “You’ll just reject me anyway.”

She slammed the car door shut and the dragon stood, watching her leave. He clenched his fists in rage, wondering why he wanted her to come to the convention, why he expected anything else.

Moongaze looked out the car window, her unicorn head’s eyes reflecting the streetlights. She sighed. She regretted her decision, but it was too late to change it.

Rejecting one of his ilk is easier than being rejected in the first place, she told herself.
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news forum / Re: No Fursuiting In Austria Now
« Last post by Kobuk on Today at 12:16:08 pm »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/10/09/austria-wanted-to-ban-burqas-now-it-also-fines-mascots-and-stops-cyclists-who-wear-scarves/?utm_term=.5522ccd03579

So how exactly does this affect parades and festivals where people dress up in costumes and may have their faces covered? Going to ban those too?  >:(  MAGA used to stand for Make America Great Again. Now it stands for Morons Are Governing Austria.
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Trump day 265
President Trump is interviewing possible nominees for atterney
general for the area Trump Tower in New York  sits. And in
Washington DC. It's possible Trump is wanting people that won't
come after him for legal offenses.  Also Trump has nominated
unqualified men for federal judges. Some have radical religious
opinons. I fear people in the LGBT community may be facing tough
times if these kind of people  are made federal judges. Much less
womens rights.

It seems Trump feels it's okay to bend or break the law if he
can get away with it.

By the way Trumps tax cuts will increase the national debt by over a
Trillion dollars. That's a 1000 billion people. These tax cuts are for
corporations, and the fat cats like Trump. By the time the middle
class finds how little the tax reform/cut works for them it will be too
late. Anyone notice the way it seems Trumps belly is growing?
Perhaps it's those fancy chocolate cakes. Maybe he should leave
his golf cart at the club house. LOL.

Trump apparently sent his chief of staff out to back him up on his
unfeeling phone call to a greving mother about her son being
killed. This is something Trump should have done personally
instead of hiding behind a spokesman. Chief of staff Kelly not
only backed up Trump, he lied about the florida congress woman
who told the press what Trump said. A black woman who who
has done much for her district, and is a close friend of the
family of the fallen soldier. Chief Kelly turns out
to not only support Trump, he acts like him, and after
telling a false story about the congress woman he should
hang his head in shame.

The Trump administration put the African country of Chad
on a list of Moslem countries that can't get visa's to the USA.
So the leader of Chad pulled his army out of the area our
men were killed in. Trump had no business putting Chad
on the no visa to the USA list. They were helping us fight
Isis terrorists in the neighboring country untill Trump screwed
up. It's very possible this was a direct cause for the deaths of
the soldiers. If the Chad soldiers had been there the sneak
attack probably couldn't have happened. Trump never seems
to think about cause and effect in foreign policy.

Puerto Rico has had less than a third the aid and help Texas
recieved after the hurricane hit them. The army could have
provided fuel, water, ad transportation to the american citizens
there. Trump claims he has done a great job, but it's more
like a fake job. almost 60,000 people  have moved to the
mainland in the past month. They could turn Florida into
a blue democrat state for the next election and for 2020.

A news man asked Trump, how about making Puerto Rico a
state?. Trump replied, 'Not now". Well I think this would
be a good time to do it. They have applyed several times
over the years. They pay taxes, and their young people
serve in the military. But congress continues to stall on
the application for statehood for Puerto Rico, and the
Virgin Islands.

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word games / Re: Things To Avoid While Fursuiting
« Last post by Rocket T. Coyote on Today at 08:55:40 am »
Austria!
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word games / Re: 1001 ways too get kicked out of school...
« Last post by Rocket T. Coyote on Today at 08:52:13 am »
Show up for class while wearing a Maskimal.
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word games / Re: Quotes...
« Last post by Rocket T. Coyote on Today at 08:46:03 am »
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
 And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
 Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
 Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
 You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
 High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
 I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
 My eager craft through footless halls of air… .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
 I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
 Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
 The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
 Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 


~John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
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news forum / No Fursuiting In Austria Now
« Last post by Rocket T. Coyote on Today at 08:31:09 am »
A law meant to ban the burqa in Austria was expanded to include all face coverings so as to not be discriminatory. It just went into effect and is having unintended consequences. A number of mascots have been arrested and fined 150 Euros each for violating the new law.

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How is it that the shooter was able to bring all the guns, ammunition, and equipment all the way up to the 32nd floor without anyone batting an eye? How was he able to build the shooting platforms without notice? Why did the security guard Jesus Composte suddenly cancel his scheduled appearance on Hannity? Casinos have more cameras than some high security prisons. Something hasn't risen to the surface to explain these details. The man was wealthy and a licensed pilot, he could have crashed a planeload of explosives into the crowds.
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general non-furry discussion / Re: What really "grinds your gears"?
« Last post by Rocket T. Coyote on October 20, 2017, 02:21:39 pm »
Owners of large motor vehicles who do not seem to know how to drive them.
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general non-furry discussion / Re: The "Bad News" thread.
« Last post by Rocket T. Coyote on October 20, 2017, 01:58:47 pm »
While driving to the drive-up window to get her prescription, someone hit my Mom's car. It's been in the shop most of the week and the loaner car is too scarey to drive.
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