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When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts my self almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings. -
Shakespeare’s 29th Sonnet
"Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out."
WITH EXTRA CREAM: Militaire by Kevin MacLeod
Jag: Gimme Your Love by Active Force
Barbara: I Never Thought I'd Love Again by Active Force

SCREWED: Porch Blues by Kevin MacLeod
Purple P. Rose: Broken Hearted Melody by Sarah Vaughan
Peter Hard: With or Without You by U2
Richard E. Rection: Lie to Me by Chris Isaak
Benton Staff: Are you Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley

HARD CASE: Desert Rose by Sting
Case: Thunder by Nuttin But Stringz
Tres: the Eurythmic’s Sweet Dreams

HOT TIN ROOF: Summertime by Janice Joplin
Leron: Sigh by Praful
Cory: Lady Blue by Leon Russell

HOPE IN LOVE: Aria by Yanni Live at the Acropolis
Ram: Don't Let me be Misunderstood by Nina Simone
Yael: Take Care of Business by Nina Simone

PANTHER'S FLIGHT: The Agony and the Ecstasy by Smokey Robinson
Fane: Crying by Roy Orbison
Edy: I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton


RHYTHM OF LOVE: Loreena McKennitt's Tango to Evora
Carter: Tango De Manzana by Kevin MacLeod 
Bree: Gotan Project Feat. Miss Sarah Vaughan

CLAWLESS: Andreas Vollenweider's Dancing With the Lion
Griffin: Rod Stewart's Fooled Around and Fell in Love
Jenna: Andreas Vollenweider's Lion and Sheep

REPENT IN LOVE: Mea Culpa by Enigma
Uri: As the World Falls Down by David Bowie
Morta: Sentimientos by Andres Linetzky and Ernesto Romeo

DEATH IN LOVE: Fire and Desire by Rick James and Teena Marie
Sam: Sinnerman by Nina Simone
Gayly: Nothing Compares to U by Sinead O'Connor 
and Memories by Barbra Streisand

COUGAR BY THE TAIL: I'd Do Anything for Love by Meat Loaf
Trent: Unchain My Heart by Joe Cocker
Peri: On My Own by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald

ACE OF SPADES: Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney
Aldan: I Want You by Marvin Gaye
Roe: Since I Don't Have You by Bossa n Roses

STONE COLD: It's a Man's World w/Luciano Pavarotti and James Brown
Erac: Highwayman by The Highwaymen
Vena: Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt
Jason: One is the Loneliest Number by Three Dog Night

STONE DEAD:  It's a Man's World w/Luciano Pavarotti and James Brown
Etah: McArthur Park by Donna Summer
Slander: For Annette by Armik
Grant: Sweet 16 by Billy Idol

STONE NEED:  It's a Man's World w/Luciano Pavarotti and James Brown
Rekat: Rocket Love by Stevie Wonder
Gemma:  Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt
Evol: Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Patricia: Be My Baby by Ronettes

Arch/Beautiful Monsters 1: Wandering by John Luttrell
Like horses? Vampires?
How about shifters?
Short, erotic 
at Whipped Cream
Free Read/WIP Bits
Beautiful Monsters 1

Plants budded, animals chomped on new growth, and earth continued to spin slowly on its axis. If he left would it all stop? Take a stand, remain here, powerful, full of youth, stay and ignore life’s ebb and flow.

Arch Eternale could shape the world.

As Arch’s mind wandered, he hadn’t realized Tare blew in until he stood beside him and declared, “Standing here thinking you’re God will get you a smack down.”

They could read each other's mind, sometimes others according to his brothers, yet they couldn’t breach their parent’s thoughts no matter what. Since reaching adulthood, many millennia ago, the four brothers met for change of seasons using the opportunity to spend time together. Always quiet, introspective, Arch sighed. “But what if I am, Tare?”

“You’ve lost your mind.”

“What if I never had one?”

“Tare’s wavy, auburn hair fell across his forehead as chestnut colored eyes pierced Arch. “Had what?”

“A mind, jackass, you brought it up. Maybe we’re under the control of some mechanical contraption with no real thoughts of our own.”

“What’s wrong with you, Arch?”

“Summer’s coming and I’m not looking forward to his visiting. It’s as if, well, I feel as if I die.”

“We don’t die, our season ends, nothing more.” He shoved a hand through his hair. “Christ, your time will come back around before you know it.”

“I don’t want to move over and give Summer leeway.” Each brother regulated parts of nature. Tare, or Fall, ruled winds. Trope, otherwise known as Summer, represented fire. Cape, the oldest, was Winter and he reigned over water which usually worked for him in the form of ice.

“Shit I’m happy I don’t have to deal with that bastard’s heat.”

“But you feel the tail end of it.” Arch shrugged. “Why do you suppose we exist?” Tare would understand Arch’s feelings, he’d had them himself. “I know you've wondered about it.”

“Trust me, there is no machine. We are under firm control of our parents.” Tare stood with him waiting for the others to arrive. They always congregated on the same deserted beach. Spring and Fall, Summer and Winter. Equinox versus Solstice. That explained why Arch and Tare were closer; they were equinox as Trope and Cape were solstice. He glared at Arch. “But unlike mother, I’m not a bitch nor am I crazy enough to go against her favorite son, Cape.”

“How do you suppose our parents came to be together? I mean, can you imagine them…”

“Eww! Stop. The thought of it is nasty, man.”

“It is.” Arch shuddered. “I don’t want to do this, Tare.”

“Jesus, Arch, it’ll be okay. You should have gone last year. Growth around the world suffered because you didn’t. Doing something aside from caring for earth and its animal populace will help you regain your purpose. The outside world revitalizes us.”

“It’s not animals I’m worried about. There are humans out there.”

“Yeah, well, they are nothing more than animals.”

That’s what I’m worried about.” Arch twisted, plucked a blooming flower from a tree branch and tossed it beside a broad trunk. It quickly formed shoots and both watched as dirt shifted to allow tiny roots to take hold. “I’ve never dealt with them and I can’t imagine them being anything resembling a rose in bloom or a deer tasting a tree’s new growth.”

“Spring’s final day and time for your first foray outside of our guarded realm.”

Arch grunted at his brother’s use of his motherly given name. “I don’t know, maybe I’d get to linger here, not have to leave if our names had remained Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.” Arch hugged his body as he gazed over the ocean.

Tare laughed, “Hmm, that would make you Spring Eternale, it does have a nice, flowery ring to it.”

“Go to hell.”

“They’re still our names and if it was up to mother, we’d carry those monikers to the other side.” Shaking his head, Tare added, “Anyway, I much prefer Tare to being called Fall.”

Arch controlled dirt, trees, and such. Somehow, he’d also been tasked with overseeing animals in nature. “Watch this.” Waving his hands in a circular motion, the ocean bubbled violently as sand and dirt gathered over a newly formed spout of water. Soon a small island evolved near the beach’s edge dotted with young trees.

“Aww, hell, Arch.” A chilling spray blew in, threw stinging grit in every direction as it veered out to sea. The tiny island split showering the ocean with rock and crystalized tree trunks. “I suggest you move jackass.” What appeared, initially, to be a boulder spiraled into the sky before reversing trajectory and tumbling toward them as if a falling comet. A humongous ice ball, it hurdled in their direction and blasted the spot they vacated. Bitter cold swirled around them. “Cape's pissed.”

“Fuck him.”

 Cape burst from his frozen method of transport and sneered at Arch. “What are you afraid of, Spring? You can’t hide here forever.” Frosty gray eyes peered from behind a hank of midnight black hair which he quickly pushed back. “They won’t eat you.” Lips slanted. “Unless you want them to.”

“You’re revolting, Cape. Leave him be. When we made our first appearance into the human world we weren’t so brave either.”

“Bullshit, couldn’t wait to taste… Christ!” Sweat instantly beaded and ran down Cape’s face. He reached to plait his hair loosely to keep it from his damp neck. “Goddamn blast furnace.”

“Tempers your frosty ass.” Tare’s hand formed a visor to protect his eyes as he peered skyward. “Is this display of muscle necessary each time we gather?”

Trope dropped from above in a fiery ball scorching a path which ended next to Cape’s ice boulder obliterating it into a pile of snowballs and he showed unequaled audacity by sending a shower of hot water over each of them. “Hello, kiddies.” Blue eyes twinkled in sunlight as a grin split his face. “Warm enough for you?”

Tare’s eyes gleamed as he decided to take control by unleashing a crisp wind that wiped evidence of both older sibling’s prowess away. Cape’s ice balls and Trope’s sphere of fire became nothing more than a dark, wet patch in the sand.

The wind was powerful shit.

Cape laughed and slapped Arch on the back. “Think I’ll come with you.”

Trope squared his shoulders. “Are you crazy?”

“I’m not needed until winter; the world is your baby until the first day of Fall.” Arch’s eyes widened in awe. Though he was afraid to take his first steps into another dominion alone, Cape’s rashness could spell an end to… “An end to what little brother?”

“Think I’ll tag along.” Tare playfully punched Arch’s arm. “See if at least one of us can find someone.”

Tare, no!”

“Highly unlikely it'll be Arch.” Cape’s eyes narrowed. “I'm the oldest.”

Tare loved to needle Cape. “But Arch is the most handsome.”

“You’re not going to fuck with me, Tare.” Cape took care selecting the finest clothing from the best designers, he got regular manicures, wore only Italian leather shoes. As far as he was concerned – no one matched his magnificence. “Anyway, Mother Nature is off being a bitch somewhere and knowing Father Time, he’s snuggled in a warm mattress snoozing.” Using their parent’s real names, Cape added, “Natura and Aion won’t miss us.”

Crossing the boundary for the first time with two of his brothers would make his arrival easier. “If they do?”

Cape threw his head back and laughed so loud, snow flurries skittered through air.” “We are their beautiful monsters.”

Coming Soon
STONE DEAD:  It's a Man's World w/Luciano Pavarotti and James Brown
Etah: McArthur Park by Donna Summer
Slander: For Annette by Armik
Grant: Sweet 16 by Billy Idol

STONE NEED:  It's a Man's World w/Luciano Pavarotti and James Brown
Rekat: Rocket Love by Stevie Wonder
Gemma:  Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt
Evol: Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Patricia: Be My Baby by Ronettes

ZADER'S MENAGERIE: Sinister Minister by Bella Fleck and the Flecktones
Zader: Butterfly Bleu by Iron Butterfly
Skye: Smooth Operator by Sade
Leaf: Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf

SERVICED: In Your Wildest Dreams by Tina Turner/Barry White
Ren: I Don't Know Much by Aaron Neville/Linda Ronstadt
Margy: Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol

GUARDED: In Your Wildest Dreams by Tina Turner/Barry White
Wade: Smooth by Santana feat. Rob Thomas
Jetta: Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

PROTECTED: In Your Wildest Dreams by Tina Turner/Barry White
Max: Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman by Bryan Adams
Vic: Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

QUENCH: And I am Telling You, I'm Not Going by Jennifer Hudson
Alek: Running Scared by Roy Orbison
Viv: Fix You by Cold Play

THE GIFT: With or Without You by U2
Rad: Cold Blooded Lover by Active Force
Cray: Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing by Chris Isaak

SCENT OF LOVE Through the Lens by Checkfield
Obsidian: Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics

THIRSTY: Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash
Nolan: Tender Surrender by Steve Vai
Monique: Wildflower by New Birth
Peris: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

A THIRST TO DIE FOR: Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash
Nolan: Tender Surrender by Steve Vai

Arch/Beautiful Monsters 1: Wandering by John Luttrell

'Cause I like it like that! *grins*
China Girl by David Bowie
Thrill is Gone by B. B. King
Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
Crazy by Patsy Cline
Badia by Joe Zawinul/Weather Report

NOTE: I do not own the rights to any of these songs and I don't intend to portray I do. They are songs I play and enjoy when I write various stories and characters.