Theme Quiz – What do your Sacred Jewels say about you?

Welcome to a new special theme quiz – What do your Sacred Jewels say about you? As always, please answer the following question with the deepest sincerity, making your decision within the first 10 seconds after your mind has understood what each image means. Also, please do NOT read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. And, most of all, enjoy!

THEME QUESTION:

Which of the following jewels are you most inclined to call your Sacred Jewel?

  1. Crystal – you feel compelled to seek secrets, the hidden, the true and the authentic; you have a visceral need to discover what lies beyond pretenses, and you’re mostly successful; you have a talent of seeing through façades right to the core.
  2. Ring – you show people how much you value them, and appreciate being valued in return; you cherish relationships and love to bring joy into a loved one’s life; you love to give, but also to receive in return; if you’re only on the giving end for too long, you will desist and retreat.
  3. Crown – you’re a decision maker, a doer and, under the right circumstances, a ruler; you can be a leader; you’re strong-willed, bold when necessary, and sometimes stubborn; you truly believe some things must be done only your way; you’ve probably had your measure of success to boost confidence.
  4. Dagger – you’re a fighter and a protector; you will go all the way for the causes you believe in; you’re reliable and very strong, resilient and often feared; you’re probably a very nice person, and your other face may come as a shock to many; you’re dependable, and you do everything in your power to keep your promises.
  5. Necklace – you often feel chained by the world, a prisoner in your own life; you’re very creative and imaginative, and you’re determined to make yourself a worthy adornment if you’re doomed to be one; you’re interesting and intriguing to people, but also complicated and sometimes demanding; you have a highly pleasant way of loving.

Enjoyed this quiz? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other quizzes in the Quizzes section on this site, and please share your feelings in a comment. I’m always happy to read from you.

Please feel free to roam this site not only for Quizzes, but also for stories about hot crushes and young women falling in love with dangerous individuals that can be any kind of villain from evil scientists to murderers. Check out Hyperion, Saphira and Lila here. Enjoy!

Pic sources: Crystal, Ring, Crown, Dagger, Necklace. Featured image.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ – What do your Fairy Tales say about you?

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

And because tonight is the big night, Santa has allowed me to assist him with a special gift: a special Quiz for you tonight – What do your Fairy Tales say about you? Your choices in images and what these trigger have the power to reveal secret sides to you that you yourself may not have discovered yet. This is what I wanted to assist you with these past quizzes, and what I intend for the New Year as well – discover more of yourself.

As always, answer the following question with the greatest sincerity. The time for the decision is of 10 seconds. It is also very important that you don’t read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. And, most of all, enjoy!

CHRISTMAS EVE’S QUESTION:

Which of the following Fairy Tale Pictures do you identify with best?

  1. Surface and Cave – You’re always looking for the hidden, for what lies beyond and beneath; you have a talent for discovery, whether you call it bad@$$ sixth sense or not; you’d probably make a good detective or therapist.
  2. Tale Venice – You’re schooled in the fine ways of the world; you’re a scholar and a fighter; you have a noble heart and relevant knowledge of the world; you’re wise, protective and kind, fascinating and often compelling.
  3. Window and Book – You have a rich and reliable imagination; you’re creative and productive, an optimist but you may sometimes feel limited by the outside world; you express yourself, but have certain self-imposed boundaries.
  4. Prince and Kids – You’re realistic but optimistic, solution-oriented but creative on the foundation of your own childhood fairy-tales; you believe in the good and ultimately, in your best moments, in the supernatural; you’re a people-lover, a good soul.
  5. Knight and Dragon – You’re a strong and dangerous fighter with inner demons; whether hero or antihero, you have a rich inner world, you’re profound and brave; you can be a leader and really take forward a cause you believe in.

Enjoyed this quiz? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other quizzes in the Quizzes section on this site, and please share your feelings in a comment. I’m always happy to read from you.

Speaking of fairy tales, I for one miss the stories that engaged my imagination so much as a child. I’m often able to enjoy the very same, but, being an adult, I do crave a bit more, more suspense, more refinement, more mystery, more “bold”. If you’re in the same boat, check out the Christmas Stories – Suspense & Mystery for Adults, available in as e-book on Amazon here. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more quizzes until the New Year’s Eve, with an explosive one on the big night itself.

Pic sources: Surface and Cave; Tale Venice; Window and Book; Prince and Kids; Knight and Dragon. Featured.

Personality Test – What do your Bridges say about you?

Welcome to the Theme Personality Test – What do your Bridges say about you? First of all, thank you Marta Frant for the quiz idea! Indeed, bridges and pathways do say a lot about the human psyche, and Marta realized that very well. Please feel free to come up with ideas and requests, I’ll most probably oblige.

As always, answer the following question with the greatest sincerity. The time for the decision is of 10 seconds. It is also very important that you don’t read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. And, most of all, enjoy!

THEME QUESTION:

Which of the following bridges is more representative for your life?

 

  1. Bridge – Hanging – You often feel your way in life is hard and bumpy, but also beautiful; riddled with hurdles, but mostly you wouldn’t want it any other way; you’re creative when it comes to problem solving.
  2. Bridge – Arch – You’re industrious and crafty, you think big and have a rather majestic personality; you have an eye for the big picture, you have vision and you have a feeling for the mechanisms that move a small or a big universe.
  3. Bridge – Moon – You’re introspective and often baffled by the wonders you encounter in your own inner life; you’re more aware and accepting of the inner workings of the psyche than most people, and you’re creative with them as well.
  4. Bridge – Green mist – You’re attracted to the unknown and sometimes to the dangerous; you’re adventurous and often fearless, even though not necessarily reckless; forever young at heart and hopeful, many people feed on your good energy.
  5. Bridge – Clear – You’re realistic and dependable; you have strong opinions and rarely change your mind; you have an eye for detail and a deep respect for the world of the senses; you rarely fantasize about things you consider unachievable; reality inspires you.

Enjoyed this personality test? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other personality tests in the Personality Tests section on this site (above), and please share your feelings in a comment. I’m always happy to read from you.

Also, there’s a big ANNOUNCEMENT I have today. Tomorrow is the big day! In the evening of the 22nd of December, tomorrow evening, the Christmas Stories – Suspense & Mystery for Adults will be available in Amazon Kindle Store! I must announce that in addition to the episodes that have been released on this site of Hyperion, Saphira and Lila, the final episodes to two of the stories have some steamy scenes of intimacy, so please make sure the book reaches only the hands of suitable audiences. Enjoy!

Pic sources: Bridge 1; Bridge 2; Bridge 3; Bridge 4; Bridge 5; Featured.

 

Personality Test – What do your Gems say about you?

Welcome to the Wednesday Personality Test – What do your Gems say about you? Please answer the question below within the first 5 – 10 seconds after you have registered all five images, with the greatest honesty. Also, please do NOT read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. Enjoy!

WEDNESDAY’S QUESTION:

Which of the following gems to you identify with most?

  1. Pearl – you’re a child of the night; you love the moon and the sea, the sound of waves and mystery; the night energizes you and gives you pleasure; you’re not a party person, but rather an introvert or even a recluse.
  2. Diamond – you shine bright, you have charisma and love to be in society; you’re often attractive to the opposite sex and admired or envied by the same sex; you’re desired as trophy as well as partner.
  3. Ruby – you’re fierce and a bit of an aristocrat; you don’t tolerate betrayal, but may be prone to it if you felt it’s for a good reason; you’re vengeful and devious – some of your plans may make even Macbeth envious.
  4. Sapphire – you’re clear but profound, still but potentially overwhelming like a destructive wave; you’re mostly bright and patient, pleasant and accommodating, but you can become a nightmare for transgressors.
  5. Emerald – you’re imaginative and entertaining; you have an intriguing personality, colorful and witty; you have a gift for keeping people hooked somehow, at least for a while; you’re fresh and refreshing.

Enjoyed this personality test? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other personality tests in the Personality Tests section on this site (above), and please share your feelings in a comment. I’m always happy to read from you.

An announcement: Stay tuned for the last episode of suspense & thriller story Hyperion tomorrow, when Hyperion is faced with a battle that might claim his life. Enjoy!

Pic sources: Pearl; Diamond; Ruby; Sapphire; Emerald; Featured.

Personality Test – What do your Spirits say about you?

Welcome to the Monday Personality Test – What do your Spirits say about you? Please answer the question below within the first 5 – 10 seconds after you have registered all five images, with the greatest honesty. Also, please do NOT read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. Enjoy!

MONDAY’S QUESTION:

Which of the following Spirits do you feel represents you best?

  1. Spirit of the Wind – you’re as hard to pin down as air; you love freedom and tolerance, diversity and enterprise; at your core you’re gregarious and friendly, innovative and spontaneous.
  2. Spirit of the Water – you’re elusive and profound, you’re interested in matters of the soul and have a talent for the occult; you’re a creature of the senses; your energy is the energy of night and moon, of deep and mysterious oceans.
  3. Spirit of the Woods – you’re physical and strong; your body and mind are aligned; your personality is cohesive but diverse, and your interests grounded; your intelligence is sharp; you’re determined, reliable and often a born leader.
  4. Spirit of the Fire – you’re majestic, domineering and powerful; you have a competitive and even combative nature; you’re impulsive but control your fears; your passion consumes and your love possesses.
  5. Spirit of the Stars – you’re imaginative and inquisitive, ethereal and intriguing; you feel infinity and believe in fantasy; the world of your mind is vast; you love mysteries and dreams, and often become one yourself.

Enjoyed this personality test? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other Personality Tests in the Personality Tests section on this site (above), and please share your feelings in a comment. I’m always happy to read from you.

An announcement: Stay tuned for the last episode of suspense & thriller story Lila tomorrow, when Lila will discover a terrible truth. Enjoy!

Pic sources: wind; water; woods; fire; stars; featured.

Personality Test – What do your Castles say about you?

Welcome to the Friday Personality Test – What do your Castles say about you? Please answer the following question as always, with the greatest sincerity. The time for the decision is slightly longer this time though, 10 seconds. It is also very important that you don’t read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. And, most of all, enjoy!

FRIDAY’S QUESTION:

Which of the Castles below represents you best?

 

 

  1. Fortified – you’re structured and organized, defensive and often forbidding; you’re wary of the new and intimidating; you have a strong sense of duty, and you’re sometimes domineering; your value system may be Spartan, and you do well in a disciplined environment.
  2. Misty mountains castle – you’re impressive and mysterious, powerful and fascinating; you have a complex personality, yet you’re elegantly cohesive; you’re secretive and maybe with good reason; you may be in possession of some very disturbing truths; you may have a talent for the occult.
  3. With wood and lights – you’re private and romantic; you enjoy your fairy-tale world, your dreams and wild hopes; you’re attracted to secrets and late-night revelations; there’s a lot about you that’s endearing, especially a certain innocence and kindness.
  4. Imposing old mansion with garden – you’re classy and even a bit aristocratic; you take pride in your complexity, value tradition and taste, style and authenticity; you see the importance of history and you trust the filter of your mind; you may be cultivated and often erudite, but you can be grounded in a very business kind of way.
  5. Ice castle – you’re a tough terrain, and only the worthy make it through; getting to know you is a long, hard road in harsh conditions; sometimes you feel you’re out of your own reach; intriguing and a bit eccentric, you’re very imaginative and aim high; you’re still a mystery to yourself in some ways; some people see you as a challenge, and desire you as trophy.

Enjoyed this personality test? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other personality tests in the Personality Tests section on this site, and please share your feelings in a comment. I’m always happy to read from you.

Stay tuned for another suspense & thriller episode of Saphira tomorrow, and enjoy the rest of the stories on the Stories for Coffee Breaks section above. I have ambition to win the Best Santa prize from you guys, so I can show the old master reindeer is his only competitive advantage. So feel free to roam the site for goodies, and let me know what you liked best – it may just slide down your chimney on Christmas.

 

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Personality Test – What do your Landscapes say about you?

Welcome to Wednesday Personality Test – What do your Landscapes say about you? Please answer the following question, making your decision within 5 seconds, with the greatest sincerity. Don’t ponder on it, just let instinct decide – and please relax, there’s NO pressure. Also, do not read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. Ready? Here we go.

WEDNESDAY’S QUESTION:

Which of the Landscapes below do you feel represents you best?

 

  1. Mountains – you’re well grounded and you love nature; you have a special relationship with nature and respond well to its challenges; even though you may have a mind and a heart for fantasy, you find the hardships of natural life often healing; you’re a bit mysterious and have a rich inner life; you may have a special liking for books.
  2. Path in forest – you’re not one to fantasize about the impossible, and you like things clear; you have an eye for detail, and love the light; even though you have a vivid imagination and can work well with its products, you’re anchored in the real world and can make a good life in it.
  3. Light of universe – your inner life is very rich; you’re creative and have a strong sense of beauty; you feel the infinity of the soul in yourself and in others; your imagination is on steroids; you’re fascinated with the vastness of the universe, and find it mirrored in yourself and others; you’re often a fascinator yourself.
  4. Sea and rock – you’re determined; you value freedom and dream of dizzying highs, but also of delicious lows; you’re calm but strong like the tide; you’re a dreamer, but also a doer; you may love the universe, but you love Earth more; water energizes you; you have a reliable sixth sense.
  5. Fire rocks – you’re molten and intense; you’re not afraid to call the devil by its name and face it head-on; your inner life is like creeping lava, and people sense that; you’re dangerous in many ways; you understand and tolerate much; very strong sexual aura; you attract people like a magnet – those you like and those you don’t.

Enjoyed this personality test? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other personality tests in the Personality Tests section on this site, and please share your feelings in a comment. I’m always happy to read from you.

I also have some announcements to make: Since CHRISTMAS is knocking on the door, I’m preparing a story book containing the three on-going stories on this site, suspense & mystery Hyperion, Saphira and Lila. The date is finally set – The Christmas Stories for Adults will be released on the 22nd of December.

But there’s more goodies for you here. Stay tuned for the next episode of Hyperion tomorrow, a new personality test (What do your Castles say about you) on Friday, and a new episode of suspense and thrill with Saphira on Saturday. ON SUNDAY there’s the cover reveal for the Stories in plan – I got the goose bumps, I’m so excited about this. Enjoy!

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Personality Test – What do your Elements say about you?

Welcome to the Saturday Personality Test – What do your Elements say about you? This is a new kind of personality test. The rules are very much the same as until now, even though this personality test is more visual than the ones before. You’re still required to make your decision within the first 5 seconds, with the greatest sincerity. Please do NOT read the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. Ready whenever you are.

SATURDAY’S QUESTION is:

Which of the following pictures resonates with you most?

  1. Candle – you’re intense, but also cultivated; you’re elegant in self-expression and often romantic; you’re introspective and hard to know; you don’t offer yourself on a silver plate – who wants to know you needs to work; a scholar, refined but hot; often fascinating to the opposite sex.
  2. Fire – you’re fireworks and sparks; your passion bursts and rustles, and it can become dangerous for whomever stands too close; you’re a fighter and dazzler, often physically active, attractive to the opposite sex not only through looks, but also a personality; competitive and often combative.
  3. Dripping branches – you’re majestic and demanding; an artistic soul, but you can do well in business as well; sociable, you make an impression; you often stand out, and you take style seriously; you’re interesting and often cunning, intelligent and creative; your effect on the opposite sex is often obvious.
  4. Water bubble – you’re profound and calm, but turmoil can reign under the surface; you’re empathic and caring; you have a way of seeing the whole picture, and not get blinded by details; you’re recharged by water and cherish emotion, have vivid dreams and are strongly spiritual; you are capable of the most profound kind of love.
  5. Lightning – you’re a leader and a doer; often an inspiration to others, even though you can be impulsive and aggressive; there’s a power in you that’s hard to define but impossible to miss; you can be fearsome, and you’re relentless in your pursuit of your purposes; as a kid you may have often been referred to as the one with “great potential”.

Enjoyed this personality test? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other quizzes on this site, and tell us your feelings in a comment.

As promised, tomorrow I’ll post the schedule for next week (personality tests and stories). Since CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, I’m preparing a promotion of my novel The Executioner – a review of which will be posted on Rosie Amber blog on the 8th of December, in just a couple of days. I was very honored that Rosie enjoyed the book and posted such a positive opinion of it on both Amazon and Goodreads. But that’s not all.

The suspense stories released in episodes until now – and which I’ll be posting more of next week – will become a Christmas Story Book for Adults, that will be relased within two weeks max. Stay tuned for the cover reveal next week, and many more gift goodies. Enjoy!

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Hyperion Episode 8 – In the Moonlight

BLURB:

Hyperion is on a mission to slay the Swine, a powerful Night Wraith. Yet in the last episode he found himself compelled to save his target’s wife, Ligia, from rape by one of her husband’s men. Hyperion killed the attacker, and now he has to dispose of the body, which he takes deep in the woods. Yet in the moonlight there’s more than Hyperion’s wraith that comes to life. Enjoy the story as secrets even Hyperion doesn’t expect reveal themselves “In the Moonlight.”

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The Weasel’s body now lifeless at my feet, I hide my face deeper under the hood. This is the part where I become a real monster, and I don’t want Ligia seeing it in my eyes. I don’t want her to know I’m no better than her husband.

Without a glance at her or the widow, I grab the Weasel by his ankles and drag him over the sill. The adrenaline is still alive in my blood, and I must take advantage of it while it lasts. I jump over and sling the body over my shoulder, but as I advance into the darkness my feet begin to sink in the thick snow, the cold and the strain catching up with me. It’s been a draining night.

By the time I reach the heart of the woods I can’t feel my toes or my fingers. My lips are split and start to hurt. The ground is too frozen and too hard to dig anything resembling a tomb, so I give in to my other monster impulses. I take the Weasel’s knife – dented and blunt – and start around his face, applying more strength than I would with a good blade, and more skill.

He’s already rigid and barely bleeds as I cut around his forehead and cheeks, making sure he’s unrecognizable. I rip his shirt open with the same bad temper he ripped Ligia’s, shred his pants and underwear, and I chop him open. The cold neutralized his smell, but the warm insides of his body are an odor bomb.

I wait for a while in the frosty shrubbery to see if wild animals take a chance on him. They don’t – they prefer their prey wounded but fresh. They will devour him eventually nevertheless. Food in the winter woods is scarce. Still, if he doesn’t fall prey to fangs, by the time anyone finds him he’ll be long forgotten anyway.

The break helps refill my tanks just enough to start back towards the old widow’s house. I remember the story about the orphans in the widow’s barn, and I decide to seek shelter there. For that, I have to take a path through the village to cross to the other side of the woods, and so I have to pass by the well. When I do, my heart leaps in a way no wraith could ever cause it to.

Ligia stands in the moonlight with her back at me, her blond locks falling free down to her waist. I approach, the snow crunching under my feet. Apart from the sound of it there’s an unfamiliar pounding in my ears. Maybe I’m worried about the consequences of her leaving her house. What I know for a fact is that I can’t believe she honors the midnight meeting she suggested even under the circumstances.

“What if your husband returns and doesn’t find you?” I admonish when I’m close enough. Not too close, I don’t want her feeling the stench of death on me.

Her frame straightens and stiffens at the sound of my voice. She spins round, and her bright blue eyes meet mine, the blush in her cheeks like roses on porcelain. The sight stirs me, and I feel the urge to shield against it. I square my shoulders, putting on a forbidding face.

“He’s –,” she babbles a bit and gathers the afghan around her like a shy child. “He’s not coming back until morning. It’s not the first time he goes out like this.”

I give a stiff nod.

“I mean he’s at –”

“No need for explanations,” I interrupt, doing my best to sound unfriendly. It makes her feel embarrassed, and my stomach clenches. Not what I aimed for. “He’s seeing other women, I understand. You don’t have to give me the details if they hurt you,” I add a little softer. This encourages her.

“Hurt me? No, they don’t hurt me. I’m happy to have him away.”

She walks closer and looks me right in the face. I take a step back and she stops.

“I’m sorry about the first night at the citadel,” she says. “I didn’t realize you were . . . You’re not going to tell him, are you?”

“I just killed a man in his house, right before your eyes. Do you think I’m in any position to expose you?”

Her eyes wander all over my face, greedy and relentless, and I realize my hood is off. I want to pull it back on, but it seems awkward and pointless. It’s too late.

“Then we keep each other’s secret.”

I don’t reply, and keep my gaze fixed between her eyes. It helps me look distant, but something very strange happens inside of me.

“The widow’s lips are sealed as well,” she whispers. “She said she prepared the old Father’s chamber at church for you, it’s warm and cozy now, and she will be attending to you. I will as well, if you wish.” Her cheeks go even redder and hotter despite her breath turning to steam in the cold. I’d like to breathe in that steam.

“No. It would cause trouble for the both of us.”

Now she feels embarrassed again. She sinks her head.

“No it is, then. But if I may ask – why did you do it? Why did you save me?”

“Just an impulse. I came to see your husband, and –”

“You came to kill him,” she cuts off. It doesn’t really surprise me, the widow must’ve told her. I decide to restrict the answer though.

“It’s not that simple.”

“I understand. No need for explanation on my side either. Just know that whoever seeks to free this place of the Swine – freeing me of him in stride – has my complete and purest loyalty.”

She walks by me and stops by my side. She’s too close.

“Father Jacob. Is that your real name?”

“It’s the name they gave me in the monastery.”

“But not the name your mother gave you?”

The words make my jaw lock, but Ligia is patient. She doesn’t move until I speak again. “My mother was young. She had big dreams and daring ideas. She picked a more pretentious name.”

“Tell me. Even if it’s the last word you ever address me,” she pleads, her voice sweet and broken. It blows my shield into pieces.

“Hyperion,” I hear myself before I think it.

“Hyperion,” she repeats. There’s a kind of reverence in her voice. She seems to take my name with her as she departs, while I remain motionless by the well under the moonlight, my heart pounding, my face burning. The adrenaline races through me, but this time it isn’t anger or bloodlust. It’s something different. Something new to me. And strangely pleasant.

To be continued.

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Liked this? Share your thoughts and feelings in a comment. Hyperion’s whole story will be published in a Christmas Story Book for Adults, so stay tuned for Gift Promotions and other goodies. This Story Book for Adults will also be quite fit for a Christmas present – stay tuned for the reveal of the cover versions next week, and you’ll see how come.

Enjoy Hyperion’s former episodes on this site 1, and my muse for Hyperion’s fabulous works here.

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Buy Hyperion’s whole story here.

 

 

Personality Test – What do your Heroes say about you?

Welcome to the Thursday Personality Test – What do your Heroes say about you?

Which of the following characters do you feel more akin with? As always, please make your decision within the first 5 seconds after you understood what each choice means, all with the greatest sincerity. Please keep in mind that this Heroes quiz is one of a series of Heroes and Villains that will follow in different contexts during the following weeks, along with more theme personality tests. Today’s choices are:

a) The Archangel Gabriel; b) The Hooded Vigilante; c) The Wise Wizard; d) The Mighty Leader; e) The Strong Genius.

 

WHAT YOUR CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU:

a) The Archangel Gabriel – you believe in justice; you can be fierce and sometimes ruthless on those you believe evil; you have high standards and strong morals – a strong value system that you stay true to; you’re reliable and trustworthy, strong and protective.

b) The Hooded Vigilante – you have trust issues, especially with today’s society; you take everything with a grain of salt, and you resent political correctness; even so, you’re not the most direct of people, you’re actually a bit obscure with your true intentions; you’re a good improviser and often devious.

c) The Wise Wizard – you’re a scholar; you first observe, then you act; your power lies in information and education, and you can influence people because you’re entrancing and often enticing; you have a strong sense of responsibility and a deep kind of power.

d) The Mighty Leader – you secretly believe you do things better than others; you crave power and work on getting it; you may have a good charisma and social persona, and you might be interested in methods of manipulation; your dreams are great, and your plans structured and systematic.

e) The Strong Genius – your IQ is your greatest pride; your intelligence is your strength; you believe in the supremacy of the mind, and don’t miss a chance to train it; you’re bright and scientifically inclined, meticulous and maybe a bit eccentric.

Enjoyed this personality test? Plenty more where it came from. Check out the other quizzes on this site, and tell us your feelings in a comment.

And there’s more goodies waiting for you on this site. Enjoy the Stories for Coffee Breaks, available in episodes on the site, and which will come out in whole in a Christmas Story Book for Adults. If you know someone who enjoys a good fairy tale for adults, take advantage of the Gift Promotion coming up next week and make it a present for them.

To get a taste of it, stay tuned for Episode 8 of Hyperion, coming up tomorrow, with a dark and thrilling moment.

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Saphira Episode 4 – Bewitched

BLURB:

At the Marquis’ ball Saphira has learned that, apart from being a murderer, the young man is slowly taking control over the entire region. Soon there will be no place for her to hide. She attempted to leave the ball when her way was blocked by one of her overly insisting admirers. Then something that happened behind the man drew her alarm, and now she finds herself in a very perilous situation.

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The young Marquis walks close behind the piranha Vladimir Pukov and stops him with a hand on the piranha’s shoulder. Something flashes in his other hand –metal. I only see it for a second or two, but it’s enough to make things clear – he can kill the piranha in cold blood, same as he did the man at the Royale.

“I have to step in,” he says. “You’re heading too confidently towards my date.”

At that word both the piranha and I look puzzled from one to the other, then to the Marquis.

“My apologies,” the piranha says, his shoulders slumping, his baldhead glistening with sweat under the chandelier. He has no idea that he’s facing a murderer, but he’s intimidated nonetheless. It’s the first time I see the bastard humbled, and it feels good. “I didn’t realize you and Miss Lothar –”

“Apologies accepted,” the Marquis replies before the piranha finishes, then offers me his arm. I’m afraid of the consequences of a refusal to take it, so I do without a thought.

He sweeps me with elegance away from the staring piranha. Surprised faces and Venetian masks draw from our path as we glide among them, and I become ashamed of my appearance. Most women look glittery and flamboyant but decent, their dresses long, so I feel more like an escort than a lady in my short golden cocktail dress, my hair unrestrained down my back. It’s too much, maybe even ostentatious. Inside I’m shooting reproof at my mom, who I now notice on the side, a happy smile on her face. Dad must be ecstatic at the sight of the Marquis and me together too.

In order to sheathe our heading for the exit, the Marquis stops here and there and introduces me to people I know already. They’ve been spending their holidays in this town for years, but one fact is indeed new and shocking to them as it is to me – I’m the Marquis’ girlfriend. Some of them would’ve considered their own daughters, sisters or themselves a far better pick, especially since they’re leading rich sharks in London and Paris. They have some difficulty swallowing the info that a bankrupt artist from the province has won the freaking lottery with the Marquis’ interest.

I have even more difficulty. I stare up at the Marquis’ face as he speaks, and find myself compelled by those dark, murky eyes. The way his hair frames his head, rich and glossy, it enhances the youthfulness of his features and the menacing feel of his gaze. I’m all too aware that he was ready to kill a man just minutes before. The scene of him removing his gloves after taking that man’s life at the Royale comes back like a stinging warning, and fear makes my muscles clench.

It’s baffling how he manages to lead the way amidst the crowd and then out of the banquet hall without anybody noticing. A line of people who look like guests but must actually be the Marquis’ staff close behind us like a human wall as we leave through a narrow – and secret – exit. My heart pounds in my throat as he takes me up dark stairs to the tower, an architectural ghost.

“Why are we going there?” I manage, breathless with anxiety.

“Don’t be afraid,” his voice resounds close. It makes me feel drunk, and I know he’s got a grip on my senses again. The fear subsides, and my hand relaxes as he takes it in his. The touch of his skin electrifies me.

I’m little more than a zombie with a crush by the time we reach the room at the top, the door creaking open like an old cell grate. The place looks a dungeon, the walls black and foreboding. The Marquis leads me slowly to a niche to the side, lights a candle, and holds it up to illuminate what I expect to be a wall. But when the painting I made of him reveals itself in the candlelight my senses shudder out of the trance, and I reawaken to reality.

I’m standing in the manor’s oldest tower with a murderer, looking at my best-kept secret. The Marquis seems to read my mind.

“You took mine, I took yours.”

“How did you even know about it?” I whisper, trying to hide my fear. I’ve painted it in repeated fits of nightly obsessions after the day he visited at my parents’ house, he shouldn’t even know of its existence.

“Your father. I suppose he wanted to make it clear to me that the chances stood high for the two of us.”

I’m embarrassed and enraged. “He had no right.”

“He had a reason.”

“He just wants to see me married to someone wealthy,” I spit. “I understand you’re as filthy rich as they come, so he’s doing his best to bring us together. That’s as noble as his reasons get.”

I can feel the warmth of him close behind me, and my knees threaten to melt. I struggle to keep control. My jaw tightens as my thoughts run in errant circles. The Marquis bends his head so that his lips touch my ear, sending a thrill all through my skin.

“You think it’s a good idea to put your father in that light? I understand tonight you learned what I do with greedy bastards.”

My head snaps to the side, and I stare at him baffled. A smile draws his young lips, and I feel an urge to kiss him. I bite the inside of my cheek until I taste blood.

“Yes,” he says, “I know what was discussed at your table.”

“How?”

“In my business I have to keep spies everywhere.”

“You mentioned your business before. What is it exactly?”

“Direct again.” He looks up at the painting and raises the candle. “Let’s talk some art first.”

I decide on direct once more. “You want to know why I painted you?”

“Oh, I know why you painted me. It’s how you did that I find intriguing.”

I look up at the portrait too. It shows him in his full beauty. I’ve been waking up at night with the urge of plunging into the oily colors, forgetting the brush and working on it with my fingers, wishing to feel him, to become one with him so I can understand him. I felt possessed, pushed into it by some evil force, moving like a nut case until I fell exhausted and smeared with pasty color all over, my eyes puffy and heavy.

“How did it get here?” I whisper.

“Your father helped. After you left for the banquet tonight, your maid opened the door to my people, who packed it and brought it here.”

“They were fast.”

“They always are.”

“What’s your name, Marquis?”

That smile again. “I can’t tell you that.”

“Why not?”

He looks me in the face, and I’m lost in the depths of his eyes, glittering dangerous in the candlelight. “Because it would give you power over me.”

“Are you a demon, then?”

“Yes.”

“You’re mocking.”

“You’re shaking.”

I haven’t realized that he walked to me while I retreated, and now I bump into the wall opposite from his portrait. I’m hot and start sweating, yet I can’t control my shivering.

“Why do you do this?” I whisper. “Why do you tell people I’m your girlfriend?”

“I’m making this serious. Otherwise you’d think I’m playing with you.”

“I don’t want us to be serious.” The words hurt as they leave my mouth, because in truth I desperately want him to kiss me.

“What do you want?”

“I want you to leave here and never come back,” I lie blatantly.

“I can’t do that, Saphira. Not after everything you saw.”

“I saw the end of a murder, yes. But not exactly what happened. I’ll keep my mouth shut, I assure you.”

“It’s not only what you saw at the Royale.” He’s now too close, and I feel high again. “It’s what you see in me. What you put in that portrait. And what you might reveal in other works too.”

“That is the portrait of a young man, nothing more.”

“That portrait is a confession. You don’t realize this, but it talks too much. You won’t be able to hold back, you’ll reveal more in time.”

I want to keep the line of replies open, but the Marquis’ next move stuns me. His arm winds around me and presses me to him, his other hand stroking its way up the halter under my dress. My heart jumps and my breath catches as his lips, warm and soft, take over mine. My head spins, and I can’t help touching him, letting my hands knot in his hair. He retreats before my passion breaks out of control, a satisfied smile on his face. I know immediately that he’s aware of his power over me, that he’s aware I’d go all the way.

“Not yet, Saphira. Not yet.”

He withdraws in the dark, leaving me shaking with desire. I’m under his spell, and I barely realize where I am until the door creaks sharply, bursting open. My head turns in its direction, and I see the last person I expect to see.

To be continued.

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Personality Test – What do your Villains say about you?

Welcome to the Daily Personality Test, the entertainment project on Top Topiks. Thought I’d start with a quick update as to the schedule for this week, which includes the following:

We have the Tuesday Personality Test and the Thursday Personality Test, while on Wednesday Saphira will discover the real danger the mysterious murderer known as The Marquis poses in a new episode. Hyperion will dive into the darkest moment of his story on Friday, so stay tuned for suspense and worthwhile mysteries. Saturday will bring another personality test, and on Sunday I will be announcing the goodies for next week. Should you have specific wishes, expectations or suggestions, please feel free to express them in a comment.

That being said, here we go with the Tuesday Personality Test.

TUESDAY’S QUESTION:

Which of the following villains makes you angry more? As always, I must ask you to make your decision within the first 5 seconds since the moment you understand the meaning of each choice. Complete honesty is a necessity, as well as NOT reading the interpretations until you’ve made your choice. The choices are:

a) The Demon; b) The Serial Killer; c) The Dangerous Whore; d) The Mafia Boss; e) The Devious Traitor.

WHAT YOUR CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU:

a) The Demon – you’re by nature a loving person, nice despite what you might believe of yourself – which is usually the worst; you don’t hate people, just the purely evil in them; you might not always play fair with your rivals though, but it takes a lot to make you go against the rules of fair play; you might have an occult side, and entertain some belief in the supernatural.

b) The Serial Killer – you’re strongly empathic; you’re a trustworthy friend, reliable and strong, no matter the mistakes you might have made in your life – they only helped to shape you; you value life and feel protective of the innocent; you’re dangerous when necessary, and would go to any lengths for a cause you believe just; you have a strong sense of justice.

c) The Dangerous Whore – you’re most sensitive to unfair advantage; most of all, you resent individuals who make a bad name for a whole group; you’re stern and intransigent, and might have a strong moral side; you have a code of conduct, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have understanding for perversion or darkness; you do, it’s the abuse of them for manipulative purposes that rubs you the wrong way.

d) The Mafia Boss – you have a sensitive spot for abuse of power and disregard of the individual; the geo-political-economical layer might be of particular interest to you; you don’t hate the rich, you hate the privileged; you resent the hijackers of the modern world, the ones that take control of resources through corruption and nepotism; despite all this you believe in civilization, which is the very source of your fury; you might be an idealist.

e) The Devious Traitor – you value trust above all else; other feelings considered important by the world at large such as love and respect may hold a high place, but trust is at the very top of your value system; you’re fiercely loyal yourself – even though few people may enjoy this privilege in a lifetime; you mostly keep it to your closest circle; you’re a private person and don’t open up easily – at least not truly; even if you put on display a gregarious, sociable persona, your core is very hard to reach.

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Hyperion Episode 7 – Bloodlust

BLURB:

Hyperion has been feared in battle. The creature he turns into in his fights is fierce, draining, and impossible to tame when provoked. In this scene Hyperion returns to his target’s house to save the man’s young wife, Ligia, whom he might’ve put in danger. The situation he encounters surpasses his expectations and he is no longer capable or willing to control the wraith inside.

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The Weasel has Ligia pinned against the wall, one hand ripping her shirt open and grabbing her breast. I can see it all through the window – it’s the only one lit. My senses spike free, my hearing now sharp enough to pick up every sound in and around the house – only some old furniture creaking in the main room, and two guards outside the front door. Not wraiths. The Swine took the heavy weight with him when he left. The Weasel must’ve stayed behind as indoor guard, and does the hell of a job attacking the boss’ wife. Ligia struggles and screams, her blond ringlets whipping the air around her.

“You’re doing this, you little bitch,” the guy spittles through his rodent front teeth, “unless you want your husband to hear more of you and your lover-boy the priest.”

“Nothing happened with the priest.” The despair in Ligia’s voice makes my blood surge. But it doesn’t seem to touch the Weasel at all. On the contrary, it makes him want more. He looks her in the face and grins.

“And who’s the Swine going to believe? He’s sort of lost interest in you anyway, he’s at the brothel as we speak.”

Ligia scratches him with a cry, and he slaps her hard in return. She covers her cheek with her palm, and I zoom in on her teary eyes in an impulse.

“I’ll fight all the way,” she tries to defend herself. “How will you explain the bruises to your boss?”

“I doubt he’ll tell the difference between mine and his own.”

That second I spring forward from the shrubbery toward the window, but a new element stops me in my tracks. I see the old widow launch into the room and push the Weasel with all her strength. He’s short, skinny and a bit hunch-backed, but the women are still no match for him. He sweeps the widow with one arm, sending her sprawled on the floor, and returns his attention to Ligia.

I can’t take any more of this. All pain and discomfort from the last hour is forgotten, my blood now hot with adrenaline. All I need is minimal input from my wraith to unhinge the window frame soundlessly and slither inside without the Weasel noticing. The moment he faces me I’m already close enough to squeeze his balls, the other hand covering his mouth and pushing him against the wall.

“Hello there,” I hiss, relishing the wide fear in his eyes. He stinks badly of alcohol and excrement, and his clothes are dirty. My nose creases as I look him up and down. “You and water are mortal enemies or what?”

He mumbles something behind my fingers, and I can’t resist the temptation to hear his fear too. I want to take it in through all my senses before I kill him, letting it recharge me.

“If you scream I’ll kill you slowly and painfully,” I say as I free his mouth. He’s surprised at the sudden freedom and stares dumbly at me before he gathers himself.

“What are you doing here? How come –,” his voice cracks. He clears his throat and tries again. “What are you doing here?”

“You presumed to know already.” I give him my evil grin. “I’m lover-boy.”

The Weasel’s jaw drops. “But you’re a priest. You said Catholic priests –”

“What does it matter what I said? You accused this woman of having an affair with me. So why are you surprised to see me here on a night her husband is away?”

“I –”

I don’t give him a chance to find his words, and punch him hard in the face. I hear his jaw split, so I grab his nape and press my hand on his mouth again before he can howl. The pain and inability to let it out makes powerless dread expand his pupils like a drug addict’s. Now I have a grip on the back of his head and the front of it, as well as on his full attention. I bring my face real close to his, so that he can get a good look at the creature under the priestly hood.

“This is what this woman felt as you prepared to rape her.” I give him a few seconds to feel it. Then I pull the arm behind his neck to the right, and the one on his mouth to the left. His head fires to the side, his spinal cord snaps, and he falls dead on the floor.

To be continued.

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SATURDAY Personality Test – One question. One choice. What does it say about you?

Welcome to the weekend personality test. Today we’re looking at fears. Please remember to stay honest to the core, and keep in mind that no one has to know your choice. It’s for you and you alone, so there’s no reason to feel protective of this sensitive part of yourself. In future personality tests we will explore this part more. Also, remember to make your decision within the first 5 seconds since the moment you understand the meaning of each choice. Please do not look at the interpretations before you’ve made your choice.

SATURDAY’S QUESTION:

Which of these are you more afraid of?

a) Rottweilers; b) Snakes; c) Rats; d) Killers; e) Knives.

WHAT YOUR CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU:

a) Rottweilers – you’re hard-working and determined; you kind of like routine; you’re comfortable with a pattern; you prefer being extraordinary at one or a few things than mediocre at many; you are trustworthy, and you can become downright violent when protecting those you love; you usually fight fair, but you may be unpredictable.

b) Snakes – you have a devious mind; you’re intelligent and cunning, cautious by nature, always expecting the worst; you can think of really scary scenarios, and are afraid of them in return; you don’t normally react on impulse; you plan ahead and pay attention to detail, but your attacks can be swift and deadly.

c) Rats – you’re wiser than you may think, and when faced with a fight-or-flight situation, you know what to choose; you can rely on your mind; you don’t normally fight losing battles or militate for lost causes; you see the value of time, and make the best use of it; you have a talent at spotting falsity.

d) Killers – one of your strengths is your fantasy; you have rich imagination, and you know how to make use of it in daily life; you may be a good artist, or a creative business person; you’re good at improvisation, which often makes you a situation-saver; people turn to you for solutions and ideas; you often anticipate your rivals’ scenarios.

e) Knives – you’re powerful and speak your mind; you go straight to the point and resent roundabouts; you’re an action person, and you’re quick to take it; you may be physically strong and particularly resilient; you’re often cold and calculated, and you have enough self esteem to fear your own kind.

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