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  • Gunfire: The Hearth

    It wasn't long before I recognised the gentle tread of my sister making her way down the hall. I smiled at that, even as she opened the door and rushed into an embrace.

    "Oh, it's good to see you, Illy."

    "You too. Cerian, this is Ryle. We met at Four Pea…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Entrance

    Standing behind the door was a young woman. I knew her name, she used to be a maid at the Lightreach manor, I saw her around a lot more than I expected, she was - ah!

    "Good evening, Grace. I would like to see my sister, if it is at all convenient."

    She …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Escape

    I dropped a handful of silver for a reasonably nondescript pheasant from a market stall. With our collars up and eyes averted, we blended in easily with the twilight crowd. I was a hunter going home tired and hungry, and we were given barely a glance.

    Cu…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Silence

    Ryle inclined his head, eyes flicking left.

    Kill them, he was saying. I'll take the left.

    I had no choice. We drew our revolvers and split up.

    They entered the chapel from the great wooden doors. We waited until they were fully inside, the better t…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Moment

    Ryle, who acting as spotter tonight, muttered something about the rising wind. He seemed utterly unconcerned about the situation. I nudged the crosshairs left.

    The Minister lit his cigar and leaned on the balcony. Through the telescopic sight, I could al…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Gunfire: The Target

    It was not a technically challenging shot to make, not in comparison to some others. A stationary firing position, to a stationary target. Wind conditions were calm, and I had calculated yardage well in advance. That the target was nearly third of a mile …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Thoughts drifting through water

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Observer

    I watch the paramedics work. They’re trying so hard. I can’t see who they’re working on, but they’re determined.

    I try to recall what happened. Everything flashes by in a blur. The party. Taking the keys from Tom. Driving him home.

    We started arguing. I…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Moving House

    Anyone who has moved house before will know the way it goes.

    You walk through the old house, flooded with nostalgia, reliving the memories you shared there. All the stories you shared. The romances, the fights... the ice cream.

    And as you pass once more…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Immortality

    Everyone, at some time, has played the "What if I were immortal?" game. Pondering how it would be to see loved ones grow old and die, or how it would be to live through history being made.

    Well, I am immortal. And I don't mean Highlander movies immor…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Ancient Creatures

    We are a feeble, short-sighted people

    We cannot pretend to know even a fraction of reality

    We are incapable of being able to fathom the possibility of life itself

    We, with the collective mindset, are as unintelligent as motes of dust

    The expanse of life …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • My Deepest Regret

    Regrets, I've had a few.

    I love a bit of Sinatra, and this line from My Way comes to mind right now. I have had some regrets in life, and regret is the emotion that floods my mind right now.

    By some bizarre happenings that I still barely comprehend, it …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • The Winged Messenger

    We called them Blackbirds, after the queens of speed from another age. Beautiful machines, though you have to become slightly detached from the numbers to fly them. At the cruise phase, they fly at 0.9C - ninety percent of the speed of light.

    Incompreh…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Sequlus secondus

    Please move along, he said, as he climbed over the fence. It is easy to think that what he was doing was untoward, after all, on the other side of the fence was a pride of hungry lions.

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Bel: Sunset

    "Wait! Please! You can't leave me out here at night!" Someone shouts from outside. I peek outside and see a person is running towards the halfway-closed doors. He’s being chased by a pack of mutant humans. I'm still surprised the mutants come out so soon …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Mia: Sunset

    The elderly man was laying at Bel's feet as she torched the mutant to death. Mia froze. In Bel's hands were a can of hairspray and a grill lighter. This young girl, no more than 14, had fashioned a flame thrower out of two common objects and rescued an ol…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Bel: Scream

    I decide to ask her how long she's been working here, when I hear a loud shriek behind me. I whirl around to see an old woman pointing outside. People are running away from the doors so it's difficult for me to make out what's going on.

    Then I see an old…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Bel: Recruit

    She turns to me, "What's your name?"

    "Bel," I answer as the girl eyes me.

    "Well, Bel. Where did you learn to bandage wounds like this?" I shift my weight around, feigning discomfort.

    "My father was a doctor." I say to her, a half-truth. I can practical…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Bel: Bandages

    We walk around in the blazing heat and I head towards the old hospital downtown that my dad may have or may not have helped at. I imagine there are at least some people there, since the number of casualties and fatalities hasn't slowed down.

    When we get …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Bel: Surgery

    "Take these pills; they'll alleviate the pain a bit." I say and I'm secretly happy that he hasn't noticed that he is missing a leg, but I'm dreading every millisecond till when he notices.

    His eyes widen, I can practically see his pulse get as fast as wh…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Mia: Scream

    Bel opened her mouth to speak but suddenly an unearthly scream exploded behind her. Mia's head snapped in the direction it had come to see one of the elderly women in the lobby pointing and screaming at the opened lobby doors.

    A man was being dragged jus…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Mia: Recruit

    "What's your name?" She eyed her carefully. She looked so young and meek. How could she have the knowledge to bandage an amputated limb so professionally?

    "Bel."

    "Well, Bel. Where did you learn to bandage wounds like this?" The girl shifted uncomfortab…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Mia: Bandages

    "Please, just drink this. I'll be right back." She said to the grinning injured man. She rolled her eyes after turning away. He was probably a hunter or soldier of fortune who got in a fight with a mutant bear. She hated the way they always stared at her.…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Sonnet for Jehanon

    Provoking dreams, you’re welcome at my door

    To enter, and to make yourself at home

    The myriad uses of this ballroom floor

    Can serve each purpose, rather like a tome

    Of tales and poems, redolent of dreams.

    Oh, we can dance there, never doubt it’s true!

    Bu…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Too anxious to fix it

    I'm lonely, I'm lonely

    I'm drifting away

    If only, if only

    Friends weren't far away.

    I've wandered much longer

    Than I thought I would

    Forever I ponder

    If my choice was good

    I want so to reach out

    And touch someone's hand

    Before thoughts can leach out

    The…

    Posted 7 years ago