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For Queen and Country 1.1Gnaeus Ferlae, the General of the Elite Guard, stood on the deck of the flagship of the Elarian armada, closed his eyes, leaned over the railing and retched. Such had been his morning routine since the fleet had set sail some month and a half previously. And, if you wanted to get technical about it (which Gnaeus greatly preferred not doing), it had been his lunchtime and evening routine as well. He'd never been able to get the hang of the ocean. It was too damned large, too damned unstable, and there was too damned much rocking about, regardless of the size of the boat.
He told himself he wasn't going to open his eyes until he was away from the railing, but inevitably he found himself staring down into a lot of water. He told himself the sight was supposed to be tranquil and, for a moment, it worked. Then he realized just how hard his fingers were gripping the railing and how his hands and most of the rest of him were sh
five hour energyi suppose
last week was only an aftershock
of the earthquake you were before.
this place used to vibrate
with metal strings and melodic,
testimonies to life,
emitting coffee-scented moods
and the burn of it too.
i had memorized the
sounds of silence,
i couldn't help but relish it.
no longer had i known
the sounds of folk
and scent of mocha-
you became nothing more
than an echo of the laughter
i so desperately needed to hear again.
then the echoes got louder,
bouncing ferociously off the walls
to be made manifest
i walked into your room
expecting exactly what i found-
an unmade bed,
and an empty beer
(the one that you insisted you needed
just days ago).
i pressed my nose
into the pillow
for incense and cologne and starbucks
to penetrate my mind
and thinking fervently
i already know
what a clean sheet smells like."
how strong an aftershock can be,
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