Lieutenant Commander Morell watched twelve specks of white light streak away from the carrier and tried to ignore the captain's pacing. Without prompting, the view boxed in Gray Two-Two and zoomed in close. Angry at herself for such a momentary lapse in h…Posted 6 hours ago
My best friend works on a tugboat out in the gulf pushing barges loaded with tens of thousands of tons of raw materials.
I was having a rough day eight hundred miles away on dry land seven hundred feet above sea level.
Work was tiring, my children were…Posted 31 hours ago
Deep night air swirled visibly in departing tendrils of fog as I ghosted along the rooftops. Each footfall was light, as soft as a bird landing, and only the moon could see the smile that twisted my face as I ran. Muted bells chimed the midnight hour from…Posted 32 hours ago
“Well at least this place has a real bed. Stay comfortable, I'll be back.” Lenn said to Liv. He stepped into the dark hallway to the staccato hoarseness of Liv's muffled coughs. She sounded so miserable. He needed to get his hands on some kind of cough su…Posted 3 days ago
Sheriff Briggs eyed the man leaning against the dark Chevy. The pocket of tobacco in his lip had started to sour. "Been round here long?"
"Nope, just passing through."
"Nah. Wouldn't know what to do with a deer if I caught it. Hate to waste …Posted 4 days ago
"So this is it?" she asked, "one drop in here and it's all over?"
A short pipe stood up from the floor of the dark warehouse, twisted metal piled haphazardly around like so many broken bones. She peered through it into an incomprehensibly large tank. The…Posted 6 days ago
And yet, nothing is ever new.
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Transpacific diplomacy warming, like global climate.
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My steps make little noise as I move gingerly between the bushes. As I survey my surroundings, my thoughts wander.
In the village, hunters are respected. We risk our lives to provide food in this hostile land, where killing animals is our only option. Our…Posted 11 days ago
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Lamar took a chocolate drumstick out of the waist high freezer and spun out the door, leading with his shoulder.
“Be back on Friday.” he called back to Ashish.
The Indian man didn't say anything, returning only a long suffering look. As Lamar turned awa…Posted 14 days ago
It's dark and the rats are eating my sleep. They feast on my lack growing fat and fearless. I've been in bed for three hours, tossing and turning, and each time I slide from consciousness into that darkened stage of the first dream, the crinkle of paper o…Posted 16 days ago
At some point the redolent scent of moisture reached our noses, clinging to the air around us. Soon, it became apparent why.
We reached a section of tunnel that was damp and cool, moist with condensation that itself brown and foul-smelling. We avoided to…Posted 18 days ago
We traveled again, the tunnel growing narrower and wider at sporadic intervals. At times we were able to walk side-by-side. At others we were forced to move one behind the other, and when we did, we each took turns leading the way forward. When you led yo…Posted 18 days ago
I'm pretty certain now
That I just can't do this anymore.
It's not some talent I found,
But a skill I had forged
In a fire of restlessness
Somewhere i found a voice
Instead of lines on a page.
So I made the choice
To put aside this way
Of…Posted 19 days ago
When I look around me, the world is sunny, despite the real weather. When I think about you, my heart is content in the knowledge that you are right where you are supposed to be.
I am balanced, centered, and able to accept things as they are.
The best…Posted 24 days ago
Wish you were here
In my shoes
In my heart
Wish you could feel
All the love
All the pain
Wish you understood
How I feel
How I ache
Wish you felt it, too.
Never willPosted 25 days ago
You were at my side in an instant, an angel of light and beauty so magnificent that even now I cannot put it to words. You fell to your knees and cradled my head in your lap. I barely heard the slight pop of a vial being uncorked, but a second later a liq…Posted 31 days ago
We spotted dozens of other traps as we progressed, avoiding each with ease. They were not well hidden, seeming to be laid more as an annoyance than as to be any genuine threat. And yet we took no chances. We treated each one as potentially lethal, until f…Posted 31 days ago
The floor leveled out and opened up into a cavernous space. We held our lanterns aloft, as high above our heads as we could manage, but even so there was not enough light to chase away the inky blackness. In the shadows around us we could hear things movi…Posted 31 days ago
Thing is, this piece I'm writing, bares my entire soul. It involves you and me and all that we love and hold dear. It's told from my perspective, one that I think you need to hear.
But if I let you read it, I am crucifying myself. The sacrifice it entai…Posted 1 month ago
We set out again, following the same pathway we'd been on before. The floor beneath us continued to slope downward. The ceiling of the tunnel dropped low in places but never so much that we needed to stoop. We weren't certain where we were headed. Such wa…Posted 1 month ago
You reached out your injured arm, placing your hand on my shoulder while I wrapped and bound it. You didn't even wince as I pulled the bandages tight to help slow the blood flow. One of the Healers would need to tend to the wound once we returned to the H…Posted 1 month ago
Our blades flashed in the dark, sparks of light from our lanterns flickering off our weapons. The things were all around us, attacking from the sides, the floor, even the ceiling. We stood back-to-back and warded them off -- one, two, sometimes even three…Posted 1 month ago
There are times like this when I feel you've drifted so far away that I don't know you anymore. The disconnect is so complete that I can't guess what you are doing right now. Your schedule and mine no longer sync up, our timelines are separated, and histo…Posted 1 month ago