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  • A Splash of Wine

    Mitaran nudged the trajectory of the chestnuts with a whispered charm and caught it with one outstretched hand. Always so casual, Katy thought, taking a sip of water to hide her expression.

    "Hey, uh, Mitt."

    "Mhmm?"

    "What are you going to do next year? …

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Elugelab

    Newkirk and Beckton appeared in a cascading flash and swirl of short-lived white particles as if teleporting in from an immaterial snowstorm. They were surrounded by a thick fog that stirred in a somewhat turgid manner, as if just a touch heavier than the…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • The First War of Power, pt 2

    A man placed his hand on the woman's shoulder and asked, “Where is Mhum-Ma?”

    The leader of the left replied, “She has returned to the earth and we all bear her sorrow.” People on both sides reacted with surprise before dropping their heads in reverence. …

    Posted 4 months ago
  • The First War of Power, pt 1

    The two sides met, one coming from stone huts and arbitrary rules, the other from ravaged forests, a smoky sky, and angry rivers thick with debris. Male and female stood together on both sides, shifting nervously. A meeting this size was unprecedented. Ma…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Acceptance

    Jennifer waited expectantly for an answer while staring at her phone. Her mum had warned her about talking to strangers on the internet but it was 2018 and the world was far more connected than ever before. Besides it wasn't like she had given her number …

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Chase in the Dark

    I ran through the tunnels, following the sounds of your laughter as they bounced off the walls around me. The shape of the tunnels played tricks on my ears -- every time I thought I was close to catching you, I turned a corner to find you were no longer t…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • The Decline and Fall of the New Roman Empire

    I feel like I am a single cell in some great dying beast. It thrashes and the earth bleeds thickly, feverish and broken. It's so obvious but no one pays attention. I have to wonder that if I am a cell in this thing, could the right cell save such a massiv…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • On Music

    There are times when music reaches me. I'm open to it, vulnerable to a melody, a drum beat, or even the sound of a single note. It vibrates my exposed self and affects my emotional state. I become a mirror of the string that the guitarist plucks and the e…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Waking Up

    The music grew louder as the pattern repeated. Drawing Adrian across the boundary that separated sleep and wakefulness, it began the collapse of the dream behind them. It wasn't an unpleasant sound, in fact he had chosen the ring because it made him think…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Great Expectations

    Responder pruned, collapsing in on itself, shrinking down like bacon in a frying pan. I knew from the few weeks since he'd shown up that the intensity of his emotional distress dictated the amount of area he lost. This was the worst I'd ever seen, losing …

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Inside Pete's Skin

    Peter's skin itched as if people were watching him. He knew that he was alone in his apartment but the feeling was so strong that he looked over one shoulder and then the other. His living room lay behind him and while it wasn't well lit any more, ever si…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Dragon's Teeth

    "All hands, prepare for atmospheric entry."

    It was a warning, not an order. The crew had been prepared for at least an hour.

    Armored Infantry Captain Danielle Freiz was thoroughly annoyed, because her entire squad was late.

    In fact, she wasn't even sur…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Offline Fic'ing

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    Posted 4 months ago
  • Canine Dis-tempo

    It was a beautiful night. The power was out on our block, so I had a gorgeous view of the Milky Way. Our Husky, Demetria, decided that the middle of the yard would be a wonderful place to howl at the moon. I expected that our neighbour, ever the one to lo…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Mythos

    There is something not quite right with the world. It teems with chaos, madness, and sudden death. Worse than quick ones are the deaths that linger on accompanied by unbearable, untreatable pain. That which isn't it out to get us will surely let us die wi…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Her Name was Nia Wilson

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Knowing, Wanting, Needing

    He came in with a haunted look in his eyes. A fine suit hung from his frame, slightly threadbare but still lending an air of battered elegance. His gaze caught on the shelves full of jars, clinking gently against each other despite the utter absence of an…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Inspiration

    Start with a knife, a tree, a candle, a corpse. Start with a dead bird and its dead feathers spread out about it, mites crawling across it.

    Start with the spark of a match being struck; the brown honeycomb scraping, smudging phosphorous and chlorate toge…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • The Mask

    Remember that mask?

    Maybe you started wearing it for protection.

    You wanted to fit in.

    You were afraid that people wouldn't accept you.

    You wouldn't accept you.

    .

    At first you only wear it when you have to,

    Like armor before heading off to battle.

    A short…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Stray Words

    “Wicked are the men who dream and do nothing!”

    The voice rang out above the early morning din of the market place. The accusation wasn't directed at me but in me it found a home and dug deep.

    Before I knew it, my sandals had come to a stop in front of t…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Reclamation: Interlude I

    Emmex kept her eyes up and her the focus of her hearing behind her. The sirens had stopped but that didn't mean that no one was following her. Some street teams used “birds and the bees,” catchall slang for any flying drone, to keep an eye from the sky ev…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Special Agent, Iota

    The smallest agent, I:

    The jot-and-tittle spy.

    At times I can't be seen,

    Both placid and serene.

    At other times, a glimpse

    Is seen. Like elves or imps

    I flutter into view;

    I'll not get caught by you!

    .

    I hide among the blooms

    In fancy dining rooms

    In da…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Please Do Not Set your Mark on Me

    You are a plague. I am a child.

    You have the populace beguiled

    And spell-bound as you stride around.

    Your boots assault and salt the ground.

    We see your staff sweep here and yon

    In fear. Tou set your mark upon

    The old and canny; young men hale;

    Infants' f…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • The Kranken-Bruder's Tale

    There was a prince, and one princess;

    She was an angelle, he a mess.

    The prince called out for his man-maid

    To clean the room. The lemonade

    They drank was sweet. The fine chefette

    Had used ten lemons; then she'd set

    The sugar from her sugar binne

    The pinq…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Use this to key in student grades after logging in

    It's time to write, to start the rite

    It's time to key in grades tonight,

    For if I'm late, procrastinate,

    They'll thump the ones who hesitate.

    And so again I fetch my pen

    The red one I use now and then

    To do my chores and give out scores

    And toss them out…

    Posted 4 months ago