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  • Afterwards

    The young woman staggered backwards into the wall – the people in the room idly glanced over at the sound of the impact and got back on with their business – and slid into a sitting position. Elbows on knees, arms crossed, forehead on arms, she sat, tremb…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Star Bucks

    I waited in line for at least ten minutes to get my coffee that morning. I knew I'd be late to class, but it was worth it. As I got to the counter, I spewed out my lengthy order.

    "Venti salted caramel mocha latte with soy milk and an extra shot of espres…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Pretentious Ego

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Ad Absurdum Pt. II (For shame, Ionesco!)

    Things are only ugly when they have no purpose.

    And even then, useless things can be beautiful.

    I knew one once—an undisclosed, discolored discard—

    who was beautiful despite her lack of worth,

    and isn't beauty inherently valuable?

    One can argue either way…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Ad Absurdum Pt. I

    There is ten minutes 'til my train's departure.

    There is a man bathing in the bathroom sink.

    There is a wet spot on my pocket; I don't know how it got there.

    There is room enough for all of us anywhere we go.

    There are blotches of orange paint on my watch…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Commodore

    The first officer and a handful of the crew looked up at our approach, but I briefly slowed at the mention of a familiar name nearby.

    "... tight ship on board the Decisive, that's for sure. Commodore aul Cantor-Sobel fought in the last war, you know th…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Navy

    I hadn't quite expected Neptune to escalate quite so dramatically. Perhaps the great ship-of-the-line had already been in the area, perhaps the captain owed favours. Either way, we needed to get out.

    Ryle squinted at the slowly banking silhouette.

    "We c…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Response

    I followed him, and caught the first constable around the corner with a raised hand.

    "Martese Royal Armed Forces, sir, please stop there. There has been an incident. Please instruct your men to form a perimeter here; officials from the His Majesty's Cour…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • I've Tried

    I'd write you a song

    And trust me I've tried

    But it never works out for me

    How do I write something I don't get


    You're rocket fuel in my veins

    You're dead weight on my mind

    You're a strange new beat

    Seems I've got two left feet


    Sucks to be me

    But look…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • A Minute in My Mind



    (Sounds like) Orangutan



    Jeff Corwin


    Cooking stars




    French Revolution


    Three musketeers







    Dwarf planet

    Cognizant planet

    Bullied planet

    Unstable planet


    Posted 7 years ago
  • Letting Go

    I saw you walking yesterday

    The sun setting on your back

    And as you ventured on your way

    I noticed a lightness to your step

    A happiness to your demeanor

    Your strides were long and true

    Not seeing where you were going

    Or who you were walking to

    Then I re…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Ahanu: Inspection

    Oh god. I hope it's not me they're talking to. If they think I got cut by one of the Ferals, then I'm sunk. They'll kill me on the spot if they have any common sense.

    "It's just a scratch, Bel." I hear a woman's shaky response and then before I realize i…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Loss

    It's always sad when you lose a loved one. More so if you're there when it happens. And the how doesn't matter.

    It doesn't matter if they're suddenly struck down by a heart attack, or spend years wasting away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The los…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Bringing You Up to Speed

    This isn't so much a story as it is a bit of a reference point for the Next Breed of Thief series, a cyberpunk tale started by ElshaHawk, on Ficlatté.

    The final installment on Ficly was "The Drive for Freedom", located here:…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Trick Or Treat

    The door bell rang. Again. God damned kids, he thought. Nothing better to do than disturb descent people and beg for candy.

    He stomped to the door, and, just before opening it, put on his most pleasant face. The one he usually reserved for suckers...…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • A Parody of Fate

    There are comedies, there are tragedies, and there is Fate - who enjoys a laugh as much as the next man, and has a lot more power to make it happen.

    That, and a sort of quiet fuming, was what was on my mind when I stepped out onto the glass concourse. I …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Sleeping, Steam

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Ahanu: Sealed

    There's a little girl that peeks her head out the doors. For a second she almost looked like Viv and I bite my tongue from calling out to her. A woman joins the girl and she looks like she's yelling to someone behind her.

    I hear teeth gnashing behind me …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Lights Out

    I don't sleep with the lights off, anymore.

    A little over a year ago, I worked as night security at a psychiatric institute. There was one guy who would freak out if the lights were off. On nights when I was on my own doing a walk-around, I would stop by…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Enquiry

    Ryle stepped over the broken bodies littering the floor in order to retrieve the knives.

    "Ryle, do you ever think about the men you've killed?"

    He didn't answer immediately, instead choosing to wipe down the hard black blades with the edge of the dead m…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Karma

    Isn't it funny how things you do in your youth come back to bite you? What is it the New Agers call it?

    Karma! That's it.

    Like when you're a teenager, and you hit-and-run someone's car. Then, as an adult, some kid slams into the new car you just bought,…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago