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  • Crowns

    Grey hairs come from stress

    Silver comes from wisdom

    White hair, righteousness

    And baldness if you miss them

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Control

    One of the hardest lessons I've learned is that some things you can control, and some things you can't. With that lesson came the realization that accepting what you can and cannot control will make you happier.

    For example, I cannot control the attitude…

    Posted 7 days ago
  • Debasement Antecedence

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 9 days ago
  • Cake for Breakfast

    Friday. Sunny, cool under the shade of tall oaks. Breezy. The park was calm in this early hour where most are just starting their workday. Perfect for running.

    Not perfect for crying alone at a picnic table.

    He saw her halfway through the first lap. The…

    Posted 9 days ago
  • Honesty's Break at Freedom

    "What kind of like?"

    The kind that drives a childish desire to be clever. To be recognized as smart and interesting so I can be worth your attention.

    The kind that makes me fear that perhaps you are just nice and put up with my shenanigans not because …

    Posted 11 days ago
  • Promise Ring

    My ring grew ice cold. I hid it under my leg. I wasn't sure if it would glow in the dark theater, but I wasn't about to chance it.

    I leaned towards my boyfriend, laying my head on his shoulder until the ring warmed up. He knew I had it and what it meant,…

    Posted 11 days ago
  • Asbriong 5

    "DRAW"

    Launcher's voice echoed over the amplifier.

    The box began to descend into what miners called the slingshot. The similarity in operation was not far off.

    From the lowest seat, Hable glared upward at the two extra passengers. He wasn't the only one.…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Asbriong 4

    "Launcher we can't bring these dods on a drop."

    "No choice, I'm ordered, now you are. They're researchers from a university across the gap. Something about looking for ancient structures."

    Hable's eyes went wide in disbelief, then fury. "You joshing me? T…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Asbriong 3

    The box was just that: a three story block with porthole windows, taller than wide. It was not in the least aerodynamic. Structurally, though, it was sound. Sometimes that made a difference when landing, but the miners still didn't wear helmets. If you cr…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Asbriong 2

    A shadow fell across the window. Hable glanced out, pen hand poised over his journal, his mouth slowly forming into a frown. The sky held only the ghosts of clouds. This shadow was cast by one of the midrocks, a large one. It's arrival meant-

    Sure enough…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Behind the Scenes

    "How do you feel about me?"

    Ahh, I wondered when you'd ask.

    You are fun, in a stimulating way. You're a thinker. You sharpen your wit every time I see you. As we spar, I get a better sense of your reactions and humor.

    We have surprising similarities,…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • The Final Contestant

    They called it The Game. Every month a new round began, drawing thousands of competitors. Most were insane, or simply suicidal. Its ten deadly traps, called Levels, had claimed their millionth victim just last month. The billion-dollar prize was seductive…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Like Taurus

    "She'll call." My girlfriend patted my shoulder comfortingly.

    "No, she won't. She's stubborn like that; Taurus and all." I stared down at the blank screen of my cell phone.

    "Well if she doesn't, forget her."

    "Forget her!? She was the only person who di…

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Tuesday

    "...Hello?"

    "Where are you right now?"

    "In my car. I'm driving home from work."

    "Are you alone?"

    "I'm talking to you. You're in my car, so I'm not alone. Where have you been? I haven't heard from you in days."

    "Hmpf. Well, maybe that's because I'm ma…

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Burning Coals

    They fought on. Orthael gave ground again and again, knowing that he could not - would not - strike her. She threw him a dangerously open slice, daring him to show her that Fire destroyed without meaning or mercy. But that was not the case. He caught her …

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Blazing Sparks

    Orthael felt her blow crash into his guard with a stunning violence. He spun to deliver a pommel strike and felt her duck under him before his shield caught two quick blows. Judgement came back around, its edge silently hunting for the gaps and holes in h…

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Writing Nostalgia

    When I look back, why does it hurt?

    From the first written word, every unrefined blurt

    Grew in shape and meaning, over time it matured

    'Til the days and months into years all blurred

    A historic collection that was left behind

    And when facing forward it fa…

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Asbriong

    On clear nights you could see the distant glimmering pinpricks of light denoting the city's presence. It was tucked away amongst deep mountain ridges and thickly forested land, with hints of water hidden in the surroundings.

    The view was beautiful this ti…

    Posted 14 days ago
  • It's windy on the tops

    "I did warn you."

    "You've seen my underwear before."

    "Yes, but not in the open air. On the highest hill in the county."

    "It's windy. I'm a web designer: my wardrobe is a bit thin in the hiking skirts department."

    "A lack we are clearly going to have to ad…

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Basement Transcendence

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 15 days ago
  • Just a Boy

    I took a deep breath and knocked on the door. A petite woman in her mid-30s answered. When she saw my uniform, she began to shake, and had to grip the door frame to keep from collapsing.

    "You found his body," she whispered. It was a statement, rather tha…

    Posted 15 days ago
  • Scrolls

    He looked over the scrolls. Perfectly preserved, even after 8,000 years!

    The script flowed like no other writing system, past or present. Since their discovery in the 1800s, no one had been able to decipher the language. All that was known about the 'Wri…

    Posted 16 days ago
  • Pandemic

    Pandemics have wreaked havoc throughout human history. In the 14th century the bubonic plague, or “Black Death”, killed an estimated 30-60% of Europe’s population. Close to one hundred million people died of the disease. According to the Italian poet B…

    Posted 17 days ago
  • Early Retirement

    After browsing for almost twenty minutes, the customer looked ready to leave. Eric put the phone down, and walked over. "Sorry, sir," he said. "Can I help you find anything?"

    "I don't think so." The man looked around one last time. "This establishment do…

    Posted 17 days ago
  • You Hurt Me So Quietly

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 18 days ago