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  • Have Blue

    The decks below were no less chaotic than above. Osterley helped Silvertown get the stretcher down a steep flight of stairs, treading carefully while water sloshed to and fro on one side of the corridor - a list was developing to port. Mornington glanced …

    Posted 11 days ago
  • Quick Release

    There's dust gathering on the bed frame

    Interspaced with gaps left by careless and infrequent touches

    A chair piled high with jackets worn but once

    or crumpled on a cold floor

    Sheets collect long hair on the left side

    unwashed dishes pile on the right

    T…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Nonverbal

    Let me be clear

    I understand very little

    Least of all the people closest to me

    But as I babble about my day

    Their fleeting feelings interrupt my stories

    The curl of a lip when my joke fall flat

    The glazing of their eyes when my tale runs on

    Are crashing c…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Jazz is Life

    my melody started with bright and brassy horns

    on a triumphant and unexpectedly quick note

    But the timbre was muted by deep and violent percussion

    cymbals crashing and drums beating the tune into the background

    until these discordant notes edged towards u…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Solitude of Silent Struggle

    There was dead silence in the cockpit except for the click of controls and my own laboured breathing. I pushed the control stick as far right as it would let me, holding down the countermeasures release as if my life depended on it - which it probably did…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Faded, Worn, Lost

    He came in without any idea of what he wanted. The light of a dead afternoon slunk in behind him, lazy and guilty. Yeah, it had been a hell of a day. He slumped against the wall a moment, taking in the rest of the place. The shelves were mostly empty, tho…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Scout's Big Day

    Scout woke up and rubbed her eyes. It was Saturday which, as any kid knows, is the best day. She kicked her blanket off, sat up, legs dangling just barely above the floor and stretched her limbs. A yawn escaped.

    Then she remembered. This wasn't just any …

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Are You Happy?

    Are you happy? You look happy. I'm glad.

    I mean, it hurts a little deep inside because it used to be me that made you happy but still, I'm glad.

    You deserve to be happy. You're wonderful.

    I remember that I was happy during our short time together but…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Apology Options

    Annette whirled on Mike. "Get out of my shop!" she yelled.

    Mike took a step back, raising his hands. "Woah, woah! I'm here to apologize."

    "Apologize?" She almost laughed. "Apologize for which time, exactly?

    "Well..." he started.

    "For sleeping with my …

    Posted 5 months ago
  • Grand Slam

    The medic blinked upon re-entry into normality and had to repeat himself, louder, in order to be heard over the groaning of metal, the rushing of waves and the screams of men. Still dazed by the impact of being reduced to one reality, as if waking from dr…

    Posted 5 months ago
  • No Second Thoughts

    I just want to run away now

    Not even truly angry anymore

    Just exhausted and hurt

    There's been wounds on both sides, yes

    But not once was I malicious

    Or intentionally hurtful to you

    I tried so hard to be

    The person you needed.

    Well.

    The one you said you ne…

    Posted 6 months ago
  • Sibling Rivalry

    The ceiling of Stormcrow's base shattered. She glared up at her nemesis.

    "So-Lar!" she yelled. "What..."

    "Where is she?" the hero bellowed. "Where is Jane?"

    "You dare..." She stopped, confused. "Jane's missing?"

    In a flash, So-Lar was face-to-face wit…

    Posted 9 months ago
  • I Don't Know what to Do

    "I don't know what to do." That's what I hear

    So many times. I say this constantly.

    Yet what I mean, I cannot say for sure--

    I only know I'm lost, it's hard to see

    .

    The purpose in my life; it's hard to feel

    What's best to do--what I need most in life

    And…

    Posted 10 months ago
  • Self-Love, ii

    But live I must, for now, so I'll contrive

    To try things, to explore, to seek a guide

    Or mentor to help lead me. I'm alive,

    And thus there's hope, and so upwards I'll glide

    .

    T'wards better love, t'wards more, if e'er I may;

    I'll build on what I learn. I'…

    Posted 11 months ago
  • Self-Love, i

    I need to love myself--but that's quite hard.

    I don't know how to do it, nor do I

    Have guidance, step by step success. I'm barred

    From learning this great skill--I heave a sigh.

    .

    Oh, if there is a way to learn, I'll study,

    Take notes, and practice till I…

    Posted 11 months ago
  • Senior Crown

    Mornington did not need to close his eyes. Rather, there was a superposition of that which would be over that which merely was. Descending under erratic control, he fumbled with infinite possibility and finite perception. His exhalations slowed, turned to…

    Posted 11 months ago
  • The Earth Remembers

    Had it been a year already, since the day Tor stood before his master and all the words turned to ash on his lips? It seemed so much further in the past, and yet he could not say what had taken him so long to arrive here.

    The darkness stretched out before…

    Posted 11 months ago
  • Monster

    Nine-year-old Timothy Lane sits on the edge of his bed trying not to look at his closet. The room is dark, but that yawning portal is darker and more terrifying to Timothy than anything else. He twists his hands in his lap, trying to find the courage to w…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Husky

    The rippling shockwaves and blinding detonations battering at their senses were in turn briefly overcome by the new and incredible din of piston engines starting up somewhere above. Mornington riffled through his knowledge of the Navy's carriers: this had…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • For you, Always.

    “You seem off,

    Is everything okay?”

    “Yea I’m fine,

    I just need to pray.”

    “Are you sure?

    I’m here to talk...”

    “Yes, uh, of course..

    There’s no need to balk.”

    ...

    I should be worried....right?

    I shouldn’t just let them be.

    Because it’s the middle of the…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Elements of Us All (3)

    When we find each component,

    We become So that not water, no flame or air or quake could not break us down.

    This is how you make sure you love who you are and you stand within your power.

    When you know you are:

    Powerful

    Solemn

    Courageous

    Determined

    Stand …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Elements of Us All (2)

    Have you ever wanted to fly?

    Well let me tell you how to jump.

    The weightless and dragging feeling.

    When will the wind catch?

    Do I want a bird, plane or Aladdans carpet to catch me?

    Which could save this moment?

    I didn’t want to fall through air, but soar…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Elements of Us All (1)

    Who, What, Where, When & How.

    We ask these all the time,

    But do YOU know?

    Do you, truly?

    If you do, turn around...

    But if you don’t,

    Let me help you think.

    Have you ever wanted to float?

    Well let me tell you rhythm will tell you what to do.

    Stay …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Tiger

    The fading splash cleared, revealing forces locked in combat across land and sea. Mornington saw two cruisers come past, cutting through the waves with majestic authority at flank speed, loosing a six-inch salvo at a target lost in smoke and distance. Fur…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Splice

    In complete silence they walked ahead to a watertight door a short distance ahead, of the type commonly seen on ships. It was worn, textured, maintained - solid graspable reality in stark contrast to the otherness that surrounded them.

    Silvertown twisted…

    Posted 1 year ago