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  • 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  • An Embarrassment of Warnings

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  • The Candlemaker

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  • Averting My Eyes, I Ascend

    When the cliffs came into sight, I found that I wasn't ready to see them. Their vast dominance of the sky, those dizzying heights, even from this far away, toyed with my body's perception of which way was up. The sensation that I was about to fall sideway…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • One Last Look Around The House Before We Go

    The last of the movers maneuvers the hand truck with the last of the boxes through the front door. I close the door behind him. Through the living room window, I watch as the movers finish loading their truck and drive off. For the first time in a long wh…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Autumn Return

    The medic paused for the span of several breaths, staring into the distance while he thought.

    "The chances of survival if I operate now are not high. We should take every chance we can to get him to a situation better suited for surgery."

    Beckton flipp…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Other Side of the Looking Glass

    He is already there when she arrives, waiting for her on the other side of the glass, holding a red, early summer rose. She watches as he mouths Hello.

    "Hi," she says.

    He holds the rose out toward her, touching it to the glass. She reaches for the ros…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Panning for Gold

    “Why are you here.”

    Wasn't it obvious? There were lines around the block to sign up for the E.D.C. and had been ever since the attack that melted southern California. “To fight aliens, same as you.” I tried to keep the irritation out of my voice but knew…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • A Place in Memory

    I saw the fat man with a beard again today. He had been a stranger kind enough to lend me half of his table at Starbucks. People are never that nice and honestly I thought it was a ploy to talk to me. Nope. He didn't interrupt me once while I was studying…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Setting Son

    My dad has aged a lot in the past few years. It was probably as gradual as the rest of us but I'm noticing it more now. His walk has become more of a shuffle but he's strong enough or perhaps willful enough that he doesn't want any help. That's fine. It w…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Sonnet for Pyretta 01

    Pyretta! Dear Pyretta, Sapphic Fire!

    Of all the souls I've known, I love yours best--

    Affection and compassion fill my breast

    Whene'er we are together. I admire

    .

    Your courage, perseverance, and your power;

    Your gentle reassurance when I'm stressed

    And in…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Broke Friendship with Beloved Friend

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Two: Together; Apart (Sonnet Pair) 2/2

    I shall not end my life and hurt you worse,

    Despite the ideation in my mind--

    How cruel an act! If reason I can find,

    I'll fix it in my head, beguile the curse.

    .

    No healing comes from lying in a hearse,

    I know. There is no need, so don't remind;

    If we ca…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Two: Together; Apart (Sonnet Pair) 1/2

    Today I broke a friendship once again

    It lately seems to happen every day

    I try so to be kind, but what I say

    Hurts lovely people, causing grief and pain

    .

    How come? It truly goes against the grain

    I long to be a nurturer, and pay

    Respect, attention--Sadl…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fire-Engine Red

    Today my nails are red; so are my shorts,

    And, as I shaved my arms at CCH,

    That colour flowed again. And, glad to see

    My blood come dripping down, I slashed again.

    Oh, fire-engine red looked fair to me--

    .

    But then I thought back, and I bit my tongue,

    Rec…

    Posted 1 year ago