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  • Fractal Realities: The Arena

    As the finely honed edge of his opponent's weapon sliced the air where his head had been a mere fraction of a second previously, he would have sworn to the gods that the blade sang, not with anger but joy. Stinging above his left eye told him that the bla…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • An Ill-fitting Mask

    The mention of a hospital stabbed a spine-shaking spear of coldness through my middle. Gritting my teeth, I powered through the feeling. “No. Wait. I'm better now.”

    Veronica had taken a step back from me, putting a little distance between us. Alfie, her …

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Murphy's Grasp

    Two more minutes and she would be free. It had been fifty-eight minutes since Rosa had trapped herself in the hourglass. Like much of her magic, it had been an accident. Spells were tricky like that. Intent and annoyingly detailed description had to match…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: Chosen of Harnepher

    Jeremy knelt, his breath catching at the beauty. This find was proving to be an even greater treasure than he'd ever imagined. Using a tiny brush, he dusted up and down the length of the axe. Once this was polished up, it would outshine every other piece …

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Agony of Awakening

    Light.

    It was too hot.

    Uncomfortable.

    If I could just worm my way deeper into unconsciousness I wouldn’t have to face . . . anything.

    Something nuzzled against the top of my head. My skin crawled. Not daring to open an eye too wide lest I see too clea…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Sluggish

    The girl took a step back from me, a hand creeping to her mouth.

    “Umm, is that normal?” she asked, nodding toward the blood streaks running down the spears of grass.

    Normal? I tried to connect anything to that word but nothing came to mind. Trying to th…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Re-evaluating Strangers

    I couldn’t help but groan. Standing up had not been a good idea. Everything hurt.

    “Do you know that guy?” the girl asked.

    An icy spike shot up my spine. Panic swarmed at the edge of my vision like beating wings. I hunched down and grabbed her arm. “What…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Memory is like Water in Cupped Hands

    An uncomfortable tingling ran across my shoulders and up the back of my neck; the sensation of insects crawling across my grave.

    “Where did he go? People don’t just disappear!” I didn’t quite shout.

    The girl looked away and said softly, “People disappea…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: Partners in Time

    Each spadeful of dirt opened the earth a little further. It never seemed like much but it added up bit by bit. It always felt like it took forever. Patrick had lost count in the eighties at least three times. His mind was slow now. He supposed this kind o…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Bob and the animals

    We watched from inside as Bob mowed the lawn. Then one moment he saw something through the garden fence and rushed to the gate. He looked upset, and quickly took his phone out to make a call.

    „Hello? Yes, I’d like to report an intrusion of cockroaches. W…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: Slaughterhouse Eight

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Outback

    Northern Territory, January 1933

    Hot lazy arvo here in outpost 606. The Dust Cloud looming on the horizion. It hasn't moved since our arrival. It might move at any second but. That's why we're here.

    The men are running out of patience and grog. I wond…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: A Drink in the Dark

    Matthews woke up, head flat against his desk, arm curled around a bottle of apricot brandy. It was the scream of the work whistle that did it.

    Moving nothing but a shaking hand, as if it were the spider-hourglass emblem of his Ministry of Spies badge, he…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Pinned Down

    Everything was wrong. I didn't want to be Thomas Tinsley. He looked like a dope. It took effort not to snatch the driver's license back and toss the whole wallet into the woods.

    Into the woods.

    That thought brought images, feelings, and sounds. Leaves, …

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: Relief from the Tedium

    Social situations were fraught with problems that invariably led to people getting hurt and so Bob went out only to get the necessities of life and was never out for long. He was also a hoarder. His residence was littered with the remnants of past meals n…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: A Flayed Mind

    Irritation built as Anders stepped past the perimeter marker of Base Camp Aktina. No matter how loud he turned his music up, the sound of metal on metal always cut through. He was up to seven and still he could hear dozens of knives being sharpened at the…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • As the Casualties Mount

    Bombs.

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    Rain.

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    Down.

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    Trembling, we breathe.

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    Posted 3 months ago
  • Six-word dreams

    Dark nights often lead to dreamlands.

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    Posted 3 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: The Juggler

    He hefted the axe, testing its balance. The razor sharp edges of the bronze blades glittered in the sunlight. Abruptly, he tossed it up, sending it spinning end over end before catching it again.

    Father would have been furious with him, to risk an inju…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • What Screams May Come 2

    Tom looked around, but did not see anyone.

    The voice said "Tom, enter the building in front of you and walk upstairs and to apartment 509." Tom did so.

    "There is a large cardboard box sitting right before the apartment door", continued the voice. "I wa…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • What Screams May Come

    The glass door of the lab slid open, and Tom walked in.

    The room was quiet.

    He swallowed the pill the Doctor gave him, and sat on the edge of the bed. He waited patiently as the nurse applied electrodes on his chest, his forhead and his temples.

    It was…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • The Package

    It wasn't a gate.

    Those were the bars of a cage - that house, my prison.

    Could I not open it? Of course I could.

    Could I just leave? Any time.

    Could I break free?

    Could I break free?

    What is freedom? Nothing but a pair of wornout boots.

    There I sto…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Strangers

    I reread the unfamiliar name slowly. “Thomas Tinsley.” Repeating it three more times, accenting it differently, trying to find a cadence that sounded familiar. It never did. The face next to the name looked even less so if that was possible. Tan-ish skin.…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Fractal Realities

    What would it be like to break into a hundred different worlds? A thousand? Would he ever get used to it, the way you get used to the routines of a new job? Ray looked at the device he held in his hand. Abruptly, he tossed it up, sending it spinning end o…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Just to say--

    This isn't just to say

    That I have eaten the plums

    From the icebox that you unwisely left unlocked

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    Like, you didn't even install a lock

    What were you thinking?

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    Any butthead could come along and steal your plums!

    You're damn lucky it was me.

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    They wer…

    Posted 3 months ago