One night, when I was nine years old, my parents and I were working on packing things into our cart. Then we heard screaming, and saw fire, and smoke.
"Noleka, get down!" my mom hissed, shoving me under the cart.
I couldn't do anything but watch as three …Posted 2 months ago
I hope, through all of this, that I have learned
Some lessons to apply to later life,
So I may save fond friends from future strife,
And loathe myself a little less. I turned
My eyes upon myself, at point of knife,
From others' viewpoint: hard. It changed…Posted 2 months ago
My left leg's been through surgery--ah! Twice.
I'm walking nearly normally by now,
But that was taxing. Very. I'll allow,
My limp's a minor thing, one grain of rice
Within a heaping bowl.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Oh, I would splice
Tho…Posted 2 months ago
My life, in recent months, has been o'erfull.
There's too much going on, inside my heart
And head, to parse, to handle. As for art,
I've had no spoons to work. I'm gath'ring wool,
Bereft of words, o'ercome. I've been a fool
Both in and out of love. How ca…Posted 2 months ago
My name with foul insinuation's tarred
By people who seek easy victims meek
To charge with crimes in public. Life is marred
And razed for me. Now, everywhere I seek,
I picture enemies in friends I knew
Before this whole fiasco. Do they now
Believe tho…Posted 2 months ago
For a moment Dana was paralyzed, not truly understanding what had just happened. It seemed impossible for a man to whole one moment and then dying without warning the next. Then she recovered her senses enough to duck behind the raised seat of the driver,…Posted 2 months ago
A beam of blinding white light shot down from a sky thick with clouds, centering on Kym and bathing her in a gentle warmth. Under the intense brightness of the light her sweatpants and rumpled hoodie seemed to lose their color before fragmenting into piec…Posted 2 months ago
“Thank the gods! It feels like it's been forever. ” Dana stretched her arms toward the sky, reveling in the long strain on her ligaments. Bracing herself on the rim of the cart, she rose to her feet. Even a few feet off the bed of the cart, the smell got …Posted 3 months ago
Ohmwari, the city where all things find their end. It was a place that Dana only knew by reputation. Stories first and later jokes had been carried long distances, spreading on the trade routes that made up the connective tissue from kingdom to kingdom …Posted 3 months ago
A bump in the road jolted the cart hard enough to force Dana past the edge of near sleep and into wakefulness. She noted that the wheel on the right side had picked up another squeak. At the next stop, she'd have to oil it again or it would grate on her f…Posted 3 months ago
"Not who you were expecting?"
The snake dropped from the branch, out of view before emerging mere heartbeats later - as a wolf. Its cold yellow eyes weighed heavily on Rahmi's neck.
"I doubt there are any other shape-shifters here, so I'd wager you are e…Posted 3 months ago
The orange girl watched as the city burned. Smoke billowed high into the sky, and people ran screaming through the streets, trying desperately to escape.
She wouldn't let them.
With a swift motion of her hand, she made more flames, blocking paths.
"Nerim,…Posted 3 months ago
The girl was flipping through her notes on her phone one day when she found the words she'd jotted down months earlier. She remembered that little story she'd wanted to write. The details weren't all there, but some of them were.
She got up and went to si…Posted 3 months ago
The small creature jumped up on her shoulder, faintly glowing, perfectly poised with its chest slightly puffed out.
Oh, that was actually a neat idea! The girl picked up her phone and typed a few notes, before setting it down and returning to homework.
Sh…Posted 3 months ago
The faintly glowing creature approached the girl sitting at her desk, frustratedly typing away on her keyboard. It leapt lightly onto the corner, peering at her work.
It sat, curling a dainty tail round itself, watching as she continued typing, jumbled me…Posted 3 months ago
"How many died?" The lighter one asked the other.
"Too many, nearly all. How many escaped?" She replied.
One summoned her vine-entwined rod, the other her scythe.
"We should take care of them, shouldn't we?" The lighter one asked.
"They'l…Posted 3 months ago
A yearning pit of doom. This place felt like death. Empty. Desolate. Yes, someone or something had killed everything that was good here long, long ago. Privately, she knew what it was. She could see it. She could feel it. She watched as the creatures walk…Posted 3 months ago
A lifeless void. This place was had no life to be seen. None she could feel. All that remained of it were traces of life... momentos from a long forgotten past. The feeling that something had once lived here. The memories of light. The only thing that liv…Posted 3 months ago
Nara ran over, body slamming an off-white girl, before jumping back and blasting her with inky black balls of magic. "Stay away from them!"
Rima blocked it the best she could before getting back up, a little worse for wear. "If you'd keep those foul thi…Posted 3 months ago
"Would you like to be a magical girl?"
The ad popped up on her screen for the third time. "Why won't you bug off?" she asked, clicking the ad blocker to attempt to block it again.
"Please wait. I need your help," pleaded the cute little mascot on the ad.
…Posted 3 months ago
Rylis stepped back a little as blood pooled around the person she'd just killed, looking at it with mild disgust. But this had gotten easier. The fifth time, she'd still thrown up. The 27th time, this time, she just felt a little nauseated…Posted 3 months ago
Another night, another peaceful dinner with gently clinking silverware and soft voices discussing the days events.
"How about you, Aria?"
"Ah, you know, usual boring school."
"You know it." Oh no. "I'll be back!" Aria took off up the stairs.…Posted 3 months ago
Banging exploded across the breadth of the door as people tried to break in. My worry was fleeting. It wasn't impossible to break down a VouchSafe steel door but you'd need specific tools to do it.
“Let us in, you bastard!” Voices shouted in waves, muffl…Posted 3 months ago
Trissa walked through the pouring rain. She was getting soaked, but it was hard to care.
She stepped under an overhang, finally taking a moment to relax. She unzipped her jacket, and carefully removed the poor broken mess inside. Her heart was in so many …Posted 3 months ago
The cyan girl struggled to no avail. "Please don't, I didn't do anything to you!"
"I told you it's not personal." She raised her scythe into the air to strike, before being blasted off by lilac energy.
The cyan girl immediately scrambled to another ro…Posted 3 months ago