All writings here are original stories by Autumn Brutyn.
The second-to-last edition of the Elementals. Artemis searches the crypt for her Hunter Orion and comes face to face with her greatest threat.
An original fable, inspired by the works of Aesop. A young wolf pup wanders through a freezing blizzard in search of shelter. Will he find refuge with his fellow creatures? Or will he perish in the night?
A short second part of the Elementals finale; Talia learns good news and her impending fate.
Part 1 of the finale for this long-running series. We take a closer look at what made Selene the way she is, and the aftermath of the hunter’s chase. Could these girls have remained normal? Or does their power, like Selene’s, tempt fate?
The sixth edition in the Apocalypse writing series. Chains are shattered and boundaries crossed in this new addition in the saga. Ash faces a tough decision as Jax faces a ghost from his past.
Another heart-pounding edition of the Apocalypse series. Ash and Jax face dismal odds under the mercy of a strange group of men; will they survive through this never-ending day?
Jax and Ash face the aftermath of the events at the safe house and come to a crossroads–literally and metaphorically.
A closer look into the enigma of the Midnight Rogue. What makes this skinny teenage girl the ultimate assassin? Find out here!
A continuation of the “Elementals” series. Selene is shocked by the sudden resurrection of a friend; a crowd flocks to the streets for a mysterious death.
Elementals is back! Continued series: Daria faces life after death, and Selene makes a tough choice.
The conclusion to Apocalypse Part 3… learn the truth behind Vixen and her true name, and see Ash’s perspective on the mysterious nameless people.
In part two of Apocalypse edition three… will the family in the building help them, with Ash on the brink of death and Jax muddied and panicking? Will they turn them away… or even worse, shoot them where they stand? Learn it all on Apocalypse 3- Part 2- Storm Clouds and Smoke.
In this edition, you get a brief glimpse at some of the internal turmoil of Jax as he treks through the mud bogs.
You won’t want to miss the second edition of the Midnight Rogue saga! The Midnight Rogue may be the huntress, but someone is hunting her down. Ben Renee attempts to track down the assassin after she kills the man responsible for his sister’s death.
A mysterious renegade assassin stalks the outer boroughs for sinners, seeking justice for the innocent. No one knows why she does this, or what becomes of her victims. All the people know is to lock your doors. Board up the windows. Turn off all lights. Be careful at night… because she always waits till midnight to strike.
A poem about the struggle of writing… well, anything! Essay, story, important document… this is dedicated to all my writers who have stared at a blank page and can only manage your name and the date.
Life was perfect. For two weeks, Vivian had it all… and more. The concert of her middle-school career is dawning, starring her as a soloist. But after James suddenly disappears, Vivian is thrown back into the treachery. Will she end it all for good? Or admit defeat to her worst nightmare?
*This is the second edition in the Apocalypse series. Find the rest in the archives! Something like remorse fluttered on the wind that day, the whole Earth exhaling a gentle sigh of lost hope. Petrichor meandered on the faint breeze, a mere glimmer of the rains that used to bless the land. Ash and Jax… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Apocalypse 2
*This is a continuation of a series. Find the rest in the archives under the Elemental series. Crisp daylight fell in choked slivers through the cracks in the crypt door. Dust danced in the bright white light, falling and settling restlessly down onto the hard concrete slab of the tomb. The cloying stench of death… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Into the Crypt
Ash and Jax, two teenagers on the opposite sides of life are united by the crumbling world. They are forced to make the ultimate choice: once the world has caught fire and the only voice you can hear is your own, do you continue the search? Search for human life that may or may not exist? Or do you rise from the ashes like a phoenix, building an entirely new life? A dramatic new story, all on this week’s Writer’s Wednesday.
Recently, I entered into a contest with the topic of “Why Words Matter” hosted by my city’s Cultural Awareness Society. I won in my age group with this short essay I wrote with the topic in mind. Enjoy! ********************** Could you imagine even a day of utter, all-encompassing silence? As a child, the silent game… Continue reading Sharing Our Stories: Language, Communication, and Why Words Matter
Beady black eyes stared into his soul with a fiery calm that could only come from murder. It stared at me, unblinking, and within seconds he felt the lethal pinch of its pincers piercing the paper-thin skin of his cheek. Fire itched along his nerves determinedly as a rapid-spreading virus. This is the end. Pain… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Star Crossed
The last thing I remember before I died was the sickening smirk on his ugly, bald head morphing into a snarl. Then, in the blink of an eye, I was dead. That was the only way to describe it. An unbearably strong pang of raw love that struck me so hard it hurt, every cell… Continue reading Mind Games 4- Aftershocks
*Note- this is a continuation of the Elemental series (find the first edition in the archives page)! A new perspective has been added to spice it up. Hope you enjoy! For all my Twitter users, remember to hit the Life and Lemons logo in the corner to visit the actual site (if you aren’t already… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! The Huntsman
Jame’s father wreaks havoc.
“Without a trace.” These were the words that rang in the ears of the people, that sliced on the wind with whispers and ruffled the wise willows (who seemed to droop lower and lower with each time her name was spoken.) Pictures plastered the windows. Amber alerts screeching their discordant call into the night air.… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! 🌠Without a Trace
Shoutout to Jina Bazzar (check out her blog, authorsinspirations.wordpress.com,) my friend Kamina Lambert, and my amazing aunt Teresa Arend for commenting on the last edition! You are all amazing! The smell of coffee and a good story was in the air. Crescent Cunningham breathed in deeply, a sly grin spreading over her thin lips, unkempt… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! 🌎Earth 2- Frenzy
*This is a continuation of the Elemental Series! You can find the rest in the archives. Comment below who your favorite Elemental is and why and I will give you a shout out in the next edition! Blood stained her black swimsuit, gushing steadily from the torn flesh of her gut. Her incredibly wavy hair… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! 🌎⚡Earth 1- Storm’s Quest
*A multi-perspective continuation of the Elemental series- find the rest in the archives! 🔥Kenna King- Embers I woke up in a pool of blood, a sea of red. I was drowning in fire, throat burning, head throbbing. My memories were a hazy fog rolling over a roiling sea of thoughts- Why am I here? What… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! 🌊Sea 2- Kidnapped
*Note- This is a continuation of The Elemental Series. Find the rest (categorized by element) in the archives! Daria woke up in a cold sweat. There was someone watching her. Cautiously tiptoeing over to the window, she skirted around her bedside table, pushing aside the flowing curtains that billowed in the wind. Squinting out, the… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Sea 🌊
You know when you are in a moment so bizarre, so fundamentally wrong that you just know that it must be a dream? Well, I was caught up in the most intensely real “dream” of my life. I was chasing my mind-reading crush down the hall, after single-handedly persuading the teacher with powers of my… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Mind Games 2
Rain. Everything was rain. Droplets streamed over my head, beading my hair, my arms, covering everything in a spray of diamond drips. Nothing could be as crystal clear, as perfect as the rain that fell that instant. Every diamond, no matter how expensive, no matter whose neck they are on or where they came from,… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Storm 2- In Search of Sea
“Get out!” His angry voice bellowed through the room, echoing off the austere walls. The world blurred as tears brimmed and swirled in my eyes, my vision a haze of the angry red of my father’s face and the blank white walls. “I’m sorry! Please, don’t make me go!” The words came out in a… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Storm ⚡🌀
Happiness… The true treasure of man. People search their lives for the key to it, Desperately looking for some big secret. But they will never find it, though they try with all their power. The harder they search, the further it slips away, Like grappling for soap in a hot shower, Getting more out of… Continue reading ✨Happiness- A Writer’s Wednesday Poem!
*This is the seventh edition in the Kate Paxton series. Find the rest in the archives! The world blurred around me as I sailed through the open air. It was so right. It was so wrong. It was just so… different. Something about it felt wrong. But, in the same way, it felt better than… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Home at last
*A new addition to the Starlight saga, but you do not need to read the rest of the series to understand this. Have you ever met a person that takes on the world with a passion so intense that you could’ve sworn they had seconds left to live? Like everything is life and death, each… Continue reading 🔥Writer’s Wednesday! Embers
In the spirit of April, the poetry celebration month, this is another poem I wrote for English class that I think is thought provoking and really makes you think about everyday things. A house is just a house- A poem by Autumn Brutyn A house is just a house. Each wall is simply wood, The… Continue reading A house is just a house- A Writer’s Wednesday Poem!
This week, I was inspired to change it up a little bit and post a poem instead of the usual fictional piece because of the poetry unit we are doing in ELA. In English, summer soiree translates to summer evening, and I wanted to represent my vision of a warm, late summer night when the… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Summer Soiree- A poem
*This is a continuation of Kate Paxton’s story, starting from the first ever Writer’s Wednesday. Some days were fine. So fine that I almost felt like a normal student as I sat at my desk, twirling a lock of sun-bleached blond hair around my finger. Other days the late-summer mountains looked like heaven outside the… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday… Escape!
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. The seconds chug along, the minute hand inching across the barren white background like a snail trekking over a wide path. I groan, fiddling with the braided bracelets on my wrist, noticing how the vibrant neon blue and bright violet clash with my olive skin. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Could… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday- Mind games
How was I supposed to know? That with all the royalty and golden light would come such pain? That the shining silver stilettos and marble pillars that stretch their stony fingers to the sky are only there to distract me from the real cost. My ignorance. Ignorance is not always a bad thing. No one… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday!🌙 Starlight Edition.
I awoke in a sweat to blinding fluorescents shining down on me, expecting to be greeted by the brilliant array of the vibrant colors of the mountain forest. The serene viridian blue of the lake, golden sunlight filtering through the leaves, warm and soft and sweet, gleaming dew on yellowing emerald grass. Blinking, I registered… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Back to reality
*Note- this is a continuation of the Kate Paxton story. Just when I least expected it, they came. Hard and heavy. There was nothing I could do to stall them. Not a single thing. They had found me. Finally, finally they had found me. The birds sung a sweet, soft melody from an austere pine… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! 🌲Captured!
Aoooh…a wolf sang into the soft summer air. I sat at the makeshift fire, watching the golden flames dance and leap, cutting through the dark void of the night. I let out a long, sweet sigh. The moon was full and brimming with silvery light; light that took over the night, illuminating every branch and… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Selene’s return
Imagine one night, you have a dream that feels so real, it’s almost as if you are there. Like the reality fell away and the dream took its place, so vivid you can feel the emotion and taste the air on your tongue. Every smell, every texture is just as real as it is is… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday… Special Lunar Edition!
A scream pierced the quiet of the night, reverberating through the twists and turns of the tunnel and finding my ears. Jolting right out of a deep sleep, I was on my knees in seconds. Crawling towards the mouth of the cave, I cocked my ears. Had I just heard what I thought I’d heard?… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! The Epic Crossover Finale
*This is not a continuation of the previous issues about Kate Paxton. This is an entirely new edition, but the Kate Paxton stories will be continued at a later date. Sparks danced into the humid air on the night of the attack, and the oblivious campers sat around the leaping flames. Nobody knew the terrors… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! Campfire Horror Story
A continuation of last week’s story (scroll down to read it!) “Mrs. Paxton, how would you say that you’ve done with your daughter’s disappearance? Do you think that they can find her?” The wide-eyed reporter asked, with an almost childlike anticipation hanging off her every word. And exactly the opposite of her, Mrs. Mae Paxton… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday! The Search
“Come back… Kate, come back!” A frantic woman called after me, over and over. “Come back!” More voices joined in with cries of their own. “You are in big trouble!” “You can’t just run away!” “Kate Paxton! Get back here this instant. You can’t just live in the woods, now can you?” The begs and… Continue reading Writer’s Wednesday!