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  • My Deepest Regret

    Regrets, I've had a few.

    I love a bit of Sinatra, and this line from My Way comes to mind right now. I have had some regrets in life, and regret is the emotion that floods my mind right now.

    By some bizarre happenings that I still barely comprehend, it …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Winged Messenger

    We called them Blackbirds, after the queens of speed from another age. Beautiful machines, though you have to become slightly detached from the numbers to fly them. At the cruise phase, they fly at 0.9C - ninety percent of the speed of light.

    Incompreh…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Sequlus secondus

    Please move along, he said, as he climbed over the fence. It is easy to think that what he was doing was untoward, after all, on the other side of the fence was a pride of hungry lions.

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Bel: Sunset

    "Wait! Please! You can't leave me out here at night!" Someone shouts from outside. I peek outside and see a person is running towards the halfway-closed doors. He’s being chased by a pack of mutant humans. I'm still surprised the mutants come out so soon …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Mia: Sunset

    The elderly man was laying at Bel's feet as she torched the mutant to death. Mia froze. In Bel's hands were a can of hairspray and a grill lighter. This young girl, no more than 14, had fashioned a flame thrower out of two common objects and rescued an ol…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Bel: Scream

    I decide to ask her how long she's been working here, when I hear a loud shriek behind me. I whirl around to see an old woman pointing outside. People are running away from the doors so it's difficult for me to make out what's going on.

    Then I see an old…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Bel: Recruit

    She turns to me, "What's your name?"

    "Bel," I answer as the girl eyes me.

    "Well, Bel. Where did you learn to bandage wounds like this?" I shift my weight around, feigning discomfort.

    "My father was a doctor." I say to her, a half-truth. I can practical…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Bel: Bandages

    We walk around in the blazing heat and I head towards the old hospital downtown that my dad may have or may not have helped at. I imagine there are at least some people there, since the number of casualties and fatalities hasn't slowed down.

    When we get …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Bel: Surgery

    "Take these pills; they'll alleviate the pain a bit." I say and I'm secretly happy that he hasn't noticed that he is missing a leg, but I'm dreading every millisecond till when he notices.

    His eyes widen, I can practically see his pulse get as fast as wh…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Mia: Scream

    Bel opened her mouth to speak but suddenly an unearthly scream exploded behind her. Mia's head snapped in the direction it had come to see one of the elderly women in the lobby pointing and screaming at the opened lobby doors.

    A man was being dragged jus…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Mia: Recruit

    "What's your name?" She eyed her carefully. She looked so young and meek. How could she have the knowledge to bandage an amputated limb so professionally?

    "Bel."

    "Well, Bel. Where did you learn to bandage wounds like this?" The girl shifted uncomfortab…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Mia: Bandages

    "Please, just drink this. I'll be right back." She said to the grinning injured man. She rolled her eyes after turning away. He was probably a hunter or soldier of fortune who got in a fight with a mutant bear. She hated the way they always stared at her.…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Sonnet for Jehanon

    Provoking dreams, you’re welcome at my door

    To enter, and to make yourself at home

    The myriad uses of this ballroom floor

    Can serve each purpose, rather like a tome

    Of tales and poems, redolent of dreams.

    Oh, we can dance there, never doubt it’s true!

    Bu…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Too anxious to fix it

    I'm lonely, I'm lonely

    I'm drifting away

    If only, if only

    Friends weren't far away.

    I've wandered much longer

    Than I thought I would

    Forever I ponder

    If my choice was good

    I want so to reach out

    And touch someone's hand

    Before thoughts can leach out

    The…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Some wishes for J. Prouvaire

    I shall read. I shall watch and listen.

    I’ll dance as much as I can.

    I’d like to be the one you can come back to relax with, sometimes, after you’ve danced yourself into ecstasy, and you want a change of pace. I know dancing isn’t done only with the bo…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Leaking Heart

    Shut up Shut up Shut up

    I don’t want to hear your whining anymore

    I don’t want to hear your excuses

    What the heck do you think was going to happen?

    The blind don’t lead the blind

    What were you expecting with someone who doesn’t even have eyes?

    Don't…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Sertraline Dream #4: Venus or Bust

    The dream begins with baroque-era music written about the planets. Supposedly the music was written to describe their orbits or something. One piece had an expected couple of notes at the end omitted so people could go out and observe, and had a note expl…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Sertraline Dream #3: I Broke My Laptop

    This laptop has served me well over the past few years, ever since I picked it up from the on-campus IT store. This makes it all the more depressing when I manage to break it.

    I don't know how I did it, exactly, but a piece of plastic that shouldn't exis…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Mercy

    Dr Geld did what he could for them in his primitive surgery - little more than a crack in the rock, furnished with the few bits of medikit salvaged from the lander. Another sand storm - elemental, yet not impersonal. Only a fool could now maintain that th…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Forecast

    Do you honestly think you know

    Where all your "secrets" go?

    Have you realized this silence

    Is just for show?

    Now hear my prediction

    Don't be surprised when

    Your icicle words

    Swing back like swords

    The whispers are behind your back

    Voices on the attack

    G…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • A challenge?

    Some love a challenge; others choose

    To wield a tool that's quick to use.

    But as for me, I want a prompt,

    Some sylvan glade where no one's romped

    Before--a snowy field to mark up

    And love the night, then give the dark up.

    I shun the the less-resistant r…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • An everending Story

    How sullen is eternity! It sits sulky through the years,

    Softly murmuring of boredom to a crowd of heedless ears.

    Satisfaction needs a structure. Stories must begin and end.

    In between, we need a climax, where we lose or gain a friend.

    Life is not some mi…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Season for Replanting

    It's amazing how the seasons seem to cycle through my life.

    For a moment there is comfort, and a second later, strife.

    There is warmth, and then I'm frozen; rain is followed by a drought.

    Briefly I contain my feelings, till they blow the ceiling out.

    Fir…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Io: Bruised

    I get up and dust the bits of asphalt from my ripped up pants. Five feet behind me is Viv. I pinch my eyes closed as I turn, trying to control my accelerating heartbeat. Five feet behind me and five feet below rock, to be exact. I force my eyes open and …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Io: Detritus

    “This place looks like it got puked on, Viv.” I chuckle to myself, putting on my sunglasses so I can take a better look at the rotting lumps of detritus that once was a city.

    I can imagine Viv’s smart aleck comeback about not hurting the city’s feelings…

    Posted 4 years ago