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  • Five Hours Later, Five Miles East

    Ryan Gonçalves stared into his drink at an airport bar. The bar was disgustingly new and trendy, with its former Starbucks-esque earth tones phased out in favour of post-Starbucks decor, all garishly bright contrast. The drink was something lime-green and…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Meta

    So it's all about the first line here, as in many other forms of writing. Use it, in a narrative-type scene, to either set the scene or establish reader interest. A good trick is to start with dialogue, as it immediately and naturally brings questions - t…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Setting the Stage

    The sky over the city was still pitch-black, even at five in the morning, with forty-five minutes to sunup and a clear sky. They made their way to a parking garage downtown, a few blocks from the scaffold-ridden visage of the Megaspire, with forged securi…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Matador

    Story is marked as mature

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  • The Nature of Gratitude

    Astarlane said nothing, but Tenever made a palm-inward up-down-up-down motion over his primary magazine pouch as they moved out.

    What are we doing?

    Sadie rolled her weapon and briefly pulled on the charging handle to check the brass in the firing cham…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Censure

    The magnificent lines of the Core Expeditionary Force were on full parade formations, that day. Thousands of ships all arrayed in perfect arrangement, capital ships surrounded by droves of smaller combatants.

    When the order came to fire upon the ragged a…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • One Minute to Impact

    One minute.

    It struck me, toward the end, that every disaster movie had been too optimistic. Deep Impact thought that we'd have around three years to save the world. Armageddon predicted a few weeks. But Asteroid 409233 Megiddo was discovered and tr…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Kinetics

    The transition from mundane to extraordinary was mind-numbingly quick, that day. I was storing a recoilless hammer back in an equipment box and when Fuel Tank 3 exploded in a blinding flash.

    Before my conscious brain could process what this meant, my mam…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Powers In and Out

    Venus, powers in space, wind and light, lit the candles in the room and swung the door open, 20 feet away, "Well, dear sister, the party isn't until the shop is closed tonight. We open right about... now."

    Fashionably retro 70s era, her go-go boots clom…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Entering

    The tinkle of the bell as Felicity entered the shop was a warning alarm to her sisters.

    "God, I hope she doesn't touch anything." Viciously said her sister, Valerie.

    "I'm even surprised she showed up," Venus said, violently ripping apart duct tape to repa…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • 3-word-prompt, picked, was, for

    I was picked for the interview. Of all the applications I imagined were stacked in some in-box tray, mine was one that was chosen.

    The realistic part of me said it was because I had filled in every box and attached a resumé. I knew that companies often s…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Wait

    If you've never seen a Time Timer before, it's a big timer with a red wedge instead of hands on its face that shrinks as the time nears zero.

    Lucy sat quietly wriggling. She pulled at strands of her hair, lifting them high behind her head and shaking her…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Pondering

    Felicity paced in the sand slowly, eyeing the tide wash up and run away. Bones of small animals seeped up through the sand, separating her toes.

    "What to do, what to do..."

    Her sisters, triplets, all fit in to the family like pegs in a board. Veronica, Ve…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Hostility of Nature

    "Well met, Gulmar of the Eldergreens. My name is Sadie, and in different times we were the III Section of Darkfall's Moonriders. We travel east to fulfil the last wishes of our late commander, and are grateful for your timely assistance."

    The towering or…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Twilight of Hostility

    A sudden volley of gunfire erupted from their flank. Astarlane and Tenever hit the ground; a fireteam of orcs stepped out of the trees, weapons firing with well-disciplined precision. The wraiths charged their position, but hulking figures stood their gro…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Day Two

    The library is a church turned community center, with opaque glass, barred windows and a draft. Ms. Riley works with dial-up and a folding chair.

    They find metal bed frames and blankets and build a ‘Bat Cave’ in the basement. Fuse practices their Englis…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Darkness of Twilight

    Tenever's weapon ran dry first. A ghostly third hand appeared to swap magazines while his real hand hit the bolt release, and he was straight back into semiautomatic fire.

    Sadie dropped her weapon on its sling and drew her sabre to deflect a darting thru…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Consequences

    If only, if only, the broken mom cries

    You chose to look up and not text while you drive

    My shattered bones ache, but my heart always screams

    My time with my daughter now locked in my dreams


    Beware the invincible, foolish, and young

    Their mistakes are s…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Counter Culture

    She has the aesthetic of long skirts and crop tops. She wears black hats and black eye liner. She reads books by candlelight.

    She keeps herbs in mason jars and poured tea on paper to age it. Her counters are covered in Babies Breath and cat hair.

    She d…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Untruths

    The low hum of human interaction was a pleasant background noise to my mind, much like the lively Spanish red that was delicately swirling around in a fantastically clear crystal glass. A light classical tune (Rachmaninoff?) drifted in and out of hearing,…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Wall

    I walk in its shade, its shadow. The sun cowers meekly behind the imposing monolith, a testament to society and order. My footprints lie vaguely in my wake, brushed by the desert winds. My parched throat longs for relief; my legs wail and gnash in pain. W…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Men of Darkness

    Tenever didn't hesitate as muzzle flare lit up the surrounding trees. He threw a hand straight forward over the barrel of his weapon, his mind searching for familiar strands of reality to pluck at. His fist opened and a flash of prismatic light erupted in…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Crash Landing

    The flash of… cameras? Visual capture devices, brighter than the lean lines of the universe speeding past in technicolor. The roar of voices like the atmosphere, vivid, orange, and angry.



    “My name is Champion-”

    Human. Translat…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Leaders of Men

    They picked up the pace, moving through light brush and loose groups of trees. Astarlane opened.

    "What are we looking to escape?"

    The elf did not look around, maintaining their new pace without effort.

    "The obscurant products in the air are a precursor…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Getting Up

    I lay in the bed craving sleep. Even though I’d gone to bed at midnight, I’d woken up dozens of times, turning over and over, back and forth, continually searching for comfort that teased me. I felt groggy and gross. My body felt heavy as stone. I wanted …

    Posted 7 years ago