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  • Engaged

    Smoky morning eyes made the light blur,

    but I knew where I was.

    I was home.

    I woke just before she left,

    just before she came to gently shake me

    to tell me goodbye and

    that she loved me

    and that she'd be back in the evening.

    The holes in my socks and ne…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Yellow Beats Purple Black-and-Blue

    I broke the mountains majesty

    To get beneath her skin

    To show the truth of buried beauty

    And the gold that lies within


    But she wont thank me for my effort

    For she does not understand

    How her pain could be called “progress”

    And her rape could have been p…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Paid in Full

    I stare at the picture a few seconds longer. Anyone else would just think it's another ghetto teen couple in cheap Hawaiin garb in the middle of a dirty city.

    A grin spreads across my face. She's hideous in her coconut bra and grass skirt.

    He's lost all…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Immortality or Bust

    Sigh. Scream. Cry. Maybe wordlessly, certainly breathlessly. My jaw is locked, my lungs crunched up like paper bags. My fingers dropped off one by one. By rights, my brain should have shut down too.

    And yet it moves.

    Matter in motion. And a universe wit…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Non-fic

    This is a work of non-ficly-tion. Like a tenant who finds the locks changed on his return to the house he lived in for years, I came back to Ficly and couldn't get in. Last contribution, nine months ago. A gay pirate scene with a massive innuendo.

    I blu…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Thoughts Drifting through Leaves

    Sun up, tools down for the day, it was a good time for a walk through the oaks. A learned man might sink down with a book, but a man of little learning who needs to settle his thoughts must leave that job to nature.

    He took a leak against a tree. The st…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Start a New Love

    She wasn't the prettiest girl that he knew, or even the kindest. She plied her razor tongue on the "stick insects" and "puffed up princesses" that he had crushed on and asked out and been dumped by. But she had a sharp and hard morality that left her appa…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Arrest

    Aery Bergun was a soaring construction braced against two sides of a narrow canyon. An arch constructed out of huge lumber spars spanned and supported the width of the Aery, which looked more and more precarious as the Silver Skies made its approach.


    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Order

    It was the captain.

    "Captain. What a pleasant surprise."

    "Quite so. There is a communication for you, monsieur. My communications officer tells me that it is addressed to your good self."

    "Thank you, Captain."



    "You are not going t…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Airship

    The Silver Skies was surprisingly spacious, for a clipper. Wooden crates lined two cargo bays in the side of the ship, while a larger stern bay housed two launches and the larger items of cargo.

    "The captain would like to apologise for the mess," the f…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Captain

    Ryle handed the reins to the head butler, nodding, and we rolled off the coach at the next available turning. The evening was well advanced, and it was a simple matter to merge into the deepening shadows.

    The Silver Skies was hardly a difficult ship to…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • A Healthy Diet

    It's the strangest thing.

    My dog, a little Pekingese cross I got about a month ago, isn't eating. I've tried everything to get him to eat, but nothing I try works. Dry food, wet food, he just turns up his nose. In the last three weeks, I've bought over $…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Turn

    There was shouting behind us, and the sound of hooves on cobbles.

    Ryle held a hand to the window. Two fingers. Pause. Five fingers. Five fingers.

    Two horsemen. Kill them. Ten seconds to shot window.

    I knelt down in the coach, loading the rifle with …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?

    "Excuse me, little boy." Tommy jumped at the sound. He thought he was alone in the backyard. He turned around, seeing a large, heavy set old man behind him. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to frighten you," the old man said, smiling.

    Tommy looked over his shou…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Night

    Cerian was silent while the coach spun silently towards the dock structures. She was pale and expressionless, and watched me carefully as I wiped off the knife.

    "So this is who you are, now."

    I sensed the many layers to this not-quite-statement, and hes…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Residue

    The coach receded into the night. Heartbeat slowing from its frantic pace, I suddenly felt the weariness of the day settle onto my shoulders at last. I had been granted a reprieve at Master Lorenz's knock, and no more.

    It's a silly dream, I told myself…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Blades

    We were stopped at the huge dockyards where wooden crates lay waiting to leave on outbound airships. Three men, wearing the royal hawk on their jackets. One respectfully bowed as Cerian lowered the window.

    "We're sorry to trouble you, ma'am, but there ha…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Coach

    "Illy, at the airship docks there is a clipper by the name of Silver Skies. Captain Jerem is taking a package to some friends of mine in the Raventops, and leaves very soon."

    I nodded, frowning. The only friend she had out there would have to be the de…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Bel: Inspection

    "It's only a scratch." She says, and she stumbles. We both know that's not true, since we both are aware of what a head wound can do.

    She inspects him, and I know she's trying to find any claw marks or bites that punctured skin. If the mutants came into …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Mia: Inspection

    "It's only a scratch." Mia waved it off although she knew she had gotten hit hard with the metal bars as they had swung into place over the doors. But she had more important matters to deal with at the moment than herself.

    She stumbed towards the figure …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Bel: Sealed

    I take quick stock of the doors, making sure the bolts and bars are in place. It seems secure enough although the mutants are actually howling on the other side now. I'm not sure if that's from pain or disappointment.

    I look around the room and notice pe…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Mia: Sealed

    "On my count, slam the doors shut. We will need every bit of strength we have to seal the doors."

    "This is crazy." Bel whispered, her eyes locked on the pack of mutants.

    "Trust me." Mia glanced at Bel who nodded back.

    "Albert, Scott, Richard. I need he…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Emblem

    Faster than I could react, she pulled something from her apron and pushed it into my hands.

    "Please, stay safe. I couldn't... if you..."

    This wasn't what I had expected. Still trying to catch up to the present, I looked down at the object she had given …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gunfire: The King's Men

    The head butler coughed meaningfully. My sister glanced up, and rose without a sound.

    "I will thank our guest for his company, and we will attend to your situation shortly. In the meantime, Charles, would you put together some provisions for these two? S…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Night Sky

    The sky is amazing. So many stars. A view you will never see living your whole life in a city. I must be a hundred kilometres or more from the nearest town of any size. The night of the new moon, too, means a view that too few people in this world ever ge…

    Posted 4 years ago