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  • Lost Things: Case 39

    "What has been lost can be found at Building Grachkin, Floor 60, Row 95, Shelf 7, Case 39 between 9:30 and 9:40 tomorrow morning."

    The note was unsigned and apart from the location referred to, nothing on either side of the paper indicated its origin. I …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fire, After the Ashes

    I hate being a slave to my feelings. I don't know how not to feel something. Shit, feeling something on command isn't something I can do either.

    Try not being angry

    Try not to be sad.

    Stop being depressed.

    Don't like her.

    Don't feel bad for him, h…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Unsafe Living Conditions

    You know it's damn difficult to focus these days so you don't. You distract yourself with Youtube videos and Netflix, focusing on the new Dave Chappelle special and reruns of Friends or the Office. The outside world can burn without your help. It's beyond…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Lost Things

    The floorboards creaked with my passage, threatening to collapse, but the key is to be sure and confident - uncertainty is infectious, and many a man has died by his own hesitation. My boots did not pause until I reached my destination - Building Grachkin…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Perri Paulina Pint-sized Pirate

    I stood squinting up at the main mast. It was clear sailing and I saw Lookout Lenny in the galley. That meant the crow's nest was empty. I checked over my shoulders and gripped the shroud. I always wanted to do this. The crew did it all the time.

    I eased…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Inevitable

    Outside the diner, the dark concrete of the city cast deep shadows in the rain that seemed to cut through, corral, and dull the already wan lights that did nothing to keep the night at bay. I couldn't help but wonder when those black towers would collapse…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Atlas Squatted

    This wasn't our first date together but I still felt like I had to impress her. I was keenly aware that I wasn't very good looking and constantly reminded by my friends, not to mention the amused looks of strangers, that she was way out of my league. Mayb…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • A Fugue in B manor

    I wake up in a strange room, unsure of how I got there. I don't remember going to sleep. I feel sluggish. The walls are beige and the floor is immaculately clean white tile. I've never seen such clean tiles. I'd heard about floors so clean you could eat o…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Consumed in Fear

    I feel like I'm trapped inside a box. It might be a coffin. The air is oppressively stuffy and it's impossible to move so I can't tell where the walls are. I appear to be laying on fabric warmed by my own body.

    It occurs to me that I should be breathing.…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • A Promise of Vengeance

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Eating Tree

    There are experiences and ideas that we have as children that are vivid and real. Some stick with us for a while before we shed them like dead skin cells. Others live within us dormant; lurking. In my neighborhood, every kid's parents warned us not to go …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • A Visitor in the Grey Room

    After standing alone for days in the emptiness of the Grey Room it was impossible not to notice the sudden presence; the sleeping body of a girl lying in a heap on the floor. Harold noticed too but stayed obediently by my side.

    She opened her eyes. My he…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Wet Dream

    I dreamt you cried for me.

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Cone of Power

    There was no immediate response; the others looked at each other warily. Mornington spoke first, shaking his head.

    "There was some kind of Roman ritual. A massacre in Caledonia... a senatorial edict. What does this have to do with the patient?"

    Osterley…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Waiting Game

    She promised she'd meet me here. It was our favorite place in all the world and it had the benefit of being a place that no one would think to look for us: a small cafe named "Kis Nyúl" in the remote town of Zics, Hungary. Nothing about our separate and s…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Winter on Planet Unia

    Winters here are not bitterly cold, just barren. The acid rainy season drives everyone underground as the leaves melt off the trees. Harvest was good, we will survive until the leaves sprout again, but the council meets every day to craft more rules.

    The…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Ghostly Tears

    "What's this ring about?" he rounded on me with accusation, hurt, and anger in his eyes.

    "This is a promise ring."

    "Promise!? You took VOWS to be my wife!"

    Patiently, and without fear, I patted to the cushion next to me. He sat, but his hands shook. "List…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Welcome Rescue... or Not

    Being adrift in space in a rescue pod is freaking scary. First, you just lost your HOME in space in some disaster, all your stuff, everything that kept you alive. Second, you were floating out there after you ran out of fuel sending a distress signal out …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Unconditional Love Transcendance

    In the white room, you are there. The light here should be blinding, but we can see so much. We can see our imperfections and we love them. They are what make us recognizable and relatable. In fact, I know how to heal your hurts and where you have darknes…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Precognition over Pills

    Slowly, Grandma's frantic rocking petered to a halt.

    "An ambulance is on it's way." Charlie announced. Lucy was bandaged with ice, but blood was already pooling again beneath her.

    "She's getting worse." Paul's gaze shifted from Lucy, to their mother, an…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Worth It?

    I drove 3 hours to find your boat pushing barges up the mighty Mississippi. You were not supposed to be on your phone, but you coordinated with me your location so I could stand on the bridge and wave.

    The moment you passed, I smiled and waved like a mad…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Surprise Slideshow

    At the end of our speech we took questions.

    "Why aren't you two a couple?"

    "Have you slept together?"

    These questions popped up often from giggling fans dared to ask, or brave souls wanting some drama.

    This time I was ready.

    "Run the bonus material!" I ca…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Cost of Friendship

    She cried silently on the video chat, tears running down, sniffles, and gasps for air. "I... n..know. I can... do this."

    "Listen, it's not personal. It's just that the last time this happened to me, I lost a friend. We used to be close and then it ended. …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Don't Stop in the Woods

    "We need to keep moving."

    "It'll only be a sec. Which pocket is it?"

    "Left." I hunch over as Ally unclips my pack. I feel like a turtle. I fit right in with the toads.

    "You sure it's in here?"

    "Try the right pocket then." A high pitched whine rises ou…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Never Quit, Just Changed Format

    It had been fourteen days five months and one year since her last Ficlatté. She'd nearly forgotten how to write one. Most pieces she had been writing were Tweet length, capturing and enrapturing a new audience. Then there was the collection of short stori…

    Posted 1 year ago