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  • Out of Mind: Black Cherry

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Death in the family

    He eased himself onto the plastic seat in the waiting room – seemingly every hospital on the planet used the same, uniquely uncomfortable seating – and cradled her in his lap. It took a long time before she stopped crying and longer still before the shive…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • One by One

    The diesel motor ran loud. It drowned out the rattling of the nearby chain link fence. The distant cars in the review mirror slid by noiselessly.

    And still we waited.

    The dry drone of the news complained of the usual terror attacks in other countries: a…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Thoughts of the Day

    Whispering, whispering, always whispering. Inseparable pair, sharing secrets, tales, complaints. They don't want me to hear. Why? Is it about me?

    I shouldn't try to listen. I shouldn't let it bother me. I can do things how I want, disregard, disregard th…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • DIY 3 Word Prompt: Orbiting Her Before

    I spun around in lazy, mostly elliptical, circles. Enough time had passed--years, decades?--that I couldn't remember being caught. Orbiting her was an honor, a duty, a pleasure, a pain. It was all I knew. I kept watch because I didn't have a choice. I was…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: outlaw before smile

    Before I had known her

    Before I could see

    Before we had met

    Before there were three

    Before she had run

    Before she could tell

    All had been good

    All had seemed swell

    and then...

    Clearly I saw it

    Surely I could see

    It covered her face

    The way she smiled…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Gone With the Draft

    Tonia saw the tiny robotic bug skitter underneath the sealed metal door and into the Writing Room. Xe knew that there remained less than a minute before the fuse it carried would reach the bomb and tear the room to flinders, and Grace along with it. Tonia…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Solitude, Isolation, and Loneliness

    She came home and began to write by the light of a candle:

    When it started, my forced adulthood, I chose solitude after a childhood of endless interruptions of privacy; we were abandoned by Father and death took Mother away. As soon as I could find a way,…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Rooting for the Villain

    Of course there are many who fear and hate Jason Voorhees, the masked killer from Crystal Lake; he brought many to misery and worse. It's only natural.

    However, there are also fans who consider Voorhees a jolly good fellow--an opinion that, they feel, nob…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • DIY Three-Word Prompt: The Poe Shadow, never, my, from

    " Never from my lips would come a word of criticism about this site, but I have a few ideas that might be of use. This is not what I expected to happen when I came to write my first prompt response, but since ... well, let me just make my suggestions.


    Posted 6 years ago
  • Cape-Fear

    There's a new super-villain in town, Dark Cloak. Their face is never seen, but they seem powerful and definitely malicious; their most notable characteristic is a deep, black, flowing cloak or cape that serves Dark Cloak's many sinister purposes.

    This eb…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Elizabethan Fishwife's Tale

    Last year I wrote an essay on edible fish; during a performance of an Elizabethan play this evening, I suddenly got the news that I had won a huge award for my Cod piece!

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Legends Alike

    ME: Hey, I heard that Karl Urban, the actor who plays Dr. McCoy in the new Star Trek films, is the twin brother of Kieth Urban, the singer. That's pretty amazing!

    NEIL: Oh, for Pete's sake, Joan, you can't believe everything you read! That's just an Urban…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The Necessity of Defence

    Tenever grudgingly released the spell in his hand, but readied his wards all the same. They were complex, interlocking affairs with Byzantine safety procedures and a hellish rate of drain, but they were effective.

    "Guys, this is Eraeon of the Firsts. Era…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Song: "Brockton" (Introduction)

    It’s time to come back, it’s time to come home

    I’ll find my way home to Brockton

    Though I’ve been away for ever so long,

    I think I’ll return to Brockton

    With Brockton I’m safe, I’m not misunderstood

    It’s never my fault, I’m loved ‘cos I’m good

    With Brockt…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Red Hairing

    Communism really only works on paper. Don’t try to use Communism with plastic, wood, metal, or glossy paint surfaces. Communism is not engineered to be compatible with Windows 3.1 or later, or Mac OS 8.6. However, some Communism might work on your Vectrex…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Let your Pages do the Walking

    The King sent out a messenger into the Wide World to seek out information. The messenger did not return. So he sent out more than four hundred servants to seek the messenger out. The King then assembled these servants to inquire as to their progress.


    Posted 6 years ago
  • Anti-Biker Vows

    All of us--Troy, Maxine, and I--made a solemn vow to protect the liter of wine from the biker gang. We set it down at the top of the stairs and kept a sacred vigil.

    But then a hullabaloo started outside and the head of the gang, Sharpe, kicked down the f…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • To Scale

    Somewhere out there, describing a perfect sphere at this point, is the very first radio transmission made by humans. Attenuated and weak, but detectable information in a sea of noise.

    And after that comes the second radio transmission. And a third. The t…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The Companions of Necessity

    Tenever's reflexes were superb, and before Sadie could issue a warning he threw a firebolt that flashed across and-

    The elf flicked a hand and the fire vanished in an instant, darkness returning to the cabin. Having done so, he stood calmly, clearly wait…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Tongue Tied and Fluttering

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Undercover Slayer

    The tone sounded for break. I slumped into a chair with my coffee. Sipping it as it cooled, I noticed that I was not joined by any coworkers. Was there a staff meeting?

    The door opened. I watched with interest, but it was only the postman.

    "This needs a…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • It's Not A Green Thumb

    The first day I saw it, it was just a little spot. Right over my left ring-finger knuckle. I thought maybe I had not washed well, or I got some ink on it from work.

    The next morning my whole knuckle was green and looking a little fuzzy. I considered a tr…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Still

    Captain Chessington stood behind her desk, her face stern as she listened to the report from the Quartermaster.

    "You are quite sure, Mr Jones," she queried, willing him to retract even a sentence of the report he had just made to her. "I'd best do this i…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Food Fight?

    "The cooks will not take such abuse from the swabs!" Chef's face was red, and he slammed his ladle into the round table.

    "Your soup is little better than our mop-water!" screamed the chief swabbie.

    "My steersmen and engineers can't stay awake, living off …

    Posted 6 years ago