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  • An Accidental Homicide

    Dear Diary,

    I killed a man today. At least, I think I did. I was alone in the room one minute, and the next there was a man in front of me. I'm not sure who was more surprised -- him or me. I know I was pretty shocked, but by his expression, so was h…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Burden's Release

    "Who be you," Malika whispered once more, her head leaning still against the stranger's chest. "Orthael you may be. Paladin you may be. But you be not like the others who would have come before, the others who would have seen me yet not seen me. They be c…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Aspects of Divinity

    There was a silent explosion of glittering light that swept through the forest in a radiant blast.

    Orthael was thrown aside, tumbling away in a dreadful kinematic arc. Orthael swayed but held on, enfolding the girl under ghostly wings of supernatural glo…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Loopback

    And three heartbeats later she was back.

    "Impossible," I breathed, my voice barely audible. This shouldn't be happening. She was so weak. She shouldn't have been able to resist my attempts to banish her. And yet...

    She was here. Again. In defiance, it s…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Rain

    It's been raining for two days straight, and I'm afraid to go out. I've seen what those torrents do to people who venture outside. Cascades of water sweep down the street, and the rain itself is dangerous as hell. I have cabin fever. We all do. But those …

    Posted 1 month ago
  • A Faulty Block

    It wasn't possible. I put the block in the Vena Cava of Chakra No. 4. There should have been no energy-body link for her to be there.

    I knelt beside her and arranged her body in Vitruvian fashion. She needed a scan. I lowered my hands over her until they…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Rebirth by Flame

    Malika was suddenly overwhelmed by the cleansing intent and purity of Flame. It flowed through and over her like an all-consuming heat -- and as it did, it drew much of the pain and fury from her slight frame. She shuddered and screamed, both in relief an…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Unwelcome -- but Welcome

    Harold skidded to a stop next to the girl, his mass and motion nearly carrying him over her. He stopped just in time, the tips of his front paws just touching the flesh of the girl's arm. She didn't react, didn't even flinch. Her eyes flickered to the mas…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Battle

    With a thought, Carlotta's sword is in her hand instantly, both blades alight with yellow plasma. She feels the change in emotions of her entire entourage. The soldiers are on high alert, their weapons now locked into firing position. The scholars are onl…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Entourage

    Carlotta walks with her escort through the corridors of the capitol building toward the platform where her transport awaits. The people walking with her are eight soldiers, two scholars, a City emissary, and a furtive pet belonging to one of the scholars.…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Prank

    "I don't want to do this, just for the record," Janos says. His voice is whiny but not without cause.

    "Don't be such a crybaby," Tharsten replies. "It just a simple prank."

    "It's wrong," Janos says. "You'd hate it if someone pulled this stunt on you, an…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Relationship Sonnet Pair, December 15, 2019 (2/2)

    I've never wished to act on those cruel notions

    That cross my mind at times, but I've felt anger,

    'Cos I've been hurt and suffered vile emotions.

    At these times, wrong decisions lead to danger.

    -

    I have responsibilities. I can't ignore them,

    Unless some n…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Relationship Sonnet Pair, December 15, 2019 (1/2)

    I feel a change is coming in my story;

    My heart's blown cold, then hot, from north to west

    If I am brave and honest, maybe--glory

    Will manifest itself. I'll do my best,

    -

    Retaining bound'ries while regaining sympathy,

    For my antagonist's grave burdens' w…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Floral Embrace

    Fiore grabbed her sword's hilt and started silently pulling it from the sheath. She just needed to get this over with. Then she could move on.

    The small fawn girl noticed her and ran over. "F-Feeor-- um... Flora! Look what I found!" She smiled and held up…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Disbelief

    Trilla took a step back. What.. what had she just...? Her hands were shaking, her legs were threatening to give out, and she could feel an awful lump in her throat.

    The smallish girl with whi-- well, she used to have white hair, now getting stained by b…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Investigator Deos

    I pushed the beaded curtain aside and stepped through the front door. A little naked boy, perhaps six or seven frowned at me as I entered his home and ran through the darkened doorway behind him without saying a word. The floor was made up of interlocking…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Crooked-Headed God

    He was here now.

    Fear wrapped cold hands around my arms and slid them up to caress the back of my neck with light fingers. Not quite coinciding with his arrival, almost as an after thought, a bolt of lightning silently struck the ground where he stood, i…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • An Embarrassment of Warnings

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Over and Over Again

    Lorelis woke up with a start. Ugh, not again. That same dream again.

    She rubbed her head before getting up out of bed. She went through the usual routine of getting dressed, eating breakfast, and heading off for a day at school.

    ...

    She didn't go to sc…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Tears for the Garden

    I checked the hurt on my tongue. It was hard not to respond in kind, a struggle to not spit red-hot knives aiming for the open wound on her heart.

    No.

    I wouldn't do that. She's hurting enough already. Even through the internet I could feel it bleeding o…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Candlemaker

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Disposal Chronicle

    I was teaching English in Malaysia when the black spot first appeared overhead. It seemed small, barely larger than a fifty sen coin but without any real context it was hard to tell how much higher over the trees it was. Was it small and close or huge and…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • A Bridge of Wildflowers

    Laying inside a field of wildflowers, Lana stretched out luxuriously, feeling every blade of grass slide along her skin. She felt so intimately connected with her surroundings, not just the flowers but the tree in the distance, and the vast pink of a dawn…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Interpreted Reality

    Our words are fragile incomplete things. Stuttering, their half-shapes try to convey ideas. They fall short, as short as the silhouette of a chair falls short of being the chair itself. Even if that shadow is crisp hard edges from perfect lighting it can …

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Dark is Not All

    They had taken the light. All lights everywhere were gone. First the stars winked out one by one. Then the Sun grew dark before vanishing. Without the Sun there was no moon. It was probably still out there in that deep darkness but we couldn't see it.

    We…

    Posted 2 months ago