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  • Basement Transcendence

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 15 days ago
  • My Defiance

    It soared out of midnight, all gas envelope and aerosolized Nightmare, propelled by only God knows what. It carried a tiny bomber bay, loaded with a lethality that would have made any nation quake to its roots, if any knew it existed.

    The airship was bla…

    Posted 19 days ago
  • Cake for Breakfast

    Friday. Sunny, cool under the shade of tall oaks. Breezy. The park was calm in this early hour where most are just starting their workday. Perfect for running.

    Not perfect for crying alone at a picnic table.

    He saw her halfway through the first lap. The…

    Posted 9 days ago
  • Unexpected Guest

    Thermu burst into the parlor without knocking, her voice raised in excitement.

    "Esma! I found it! I finally found-"

    Esma turned with a panicked smile and owl-wide eyes from her seat in the wingback chair. Across from her sat a sharply dressed man with lon…

    Posted 21 days ago
  • Asbriong

    On clear nights you could see the distant glimmering pinpricks of light denoting the city's presence. It was tucked away amongst deep mountain ridges and thickly forested land, with hints of water hidden in the surroundings.

    The view was beautiful this ti…

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Control

    One of the hardest lessons I've learned is that some things you can control, and some things you can't. With that lesson came the realization that accepting what you can and cannot control will make you happier.

    For example, I cannot control the attitude…

    Posted 7 days ago
  • You Hurt Me So Quietly

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    Posted 18 days ago
  • It's windy on the tops

    "I did warn you."

    "You've seen my underwear before."

    "Yes, but not in the open air. On the highest hill in the county."

    "It's windy. I'm a web designer: my wardrobe is a bit thin in the hiking skirts department."

    "A lack we are clearly going to have to ad…

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Promise Ring

    My ring grew ice cold. I hid it under my leg. I wasn't sure if it would glow in the dark theater, but I wasn't about to chance it.

    I leaned towards my boyfriend, laying my head on his shoulder until the ring warmed up. He knew I had it and what it meant,…

    Posted 11 days ago
  • The Final Contestant

    They called it The Game. Every month a new round began, drawing thousands of competitors. Most were insane, or simply suicidal. Its ten deadly traps, called Levels, had claimed their millionth victim just last month. The billion-dollar prize was seductive…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Tuesday


    "Where are you right now?"

    "In my car. I'm driving home from work."

    "Are you alone?"

    "I'm talking to you. You're in my car, so I'm not alone. Where have you been? I haven't heard from you in days."

    "Hmpf. Well, maybe that's because I'm ma…

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Burning Coals

    They fought on. Orthael gave ground again and again, knowing that he could not - would not - strike her. She threw him a dangerously open slice, daring him to show her that Fire destroyed without meaning or mercy. But that was not the case. He caught her …

    Posted 13 days ago
  • Opportunity Knocks

    Raised voices from inside greeted his booted arrival announcement, but it took him a few seconds to realize that somehow no-one seemed to have heard him.

    Grims paused, halfway up the porch steps, one foot raised - a pointer-dog parody.

    Grims listened.


    Posted 20 days ago
  • Trains of Thought

    "You've got to stop yawning like that."

    "I can't help it! I'm bored."

    "Well, yawn any bigger and I'll be able to see out the other end."

    "Ugh! You're gross. Keep your voice down."


    "Because the last thing I want is for everyone to remember me as the …

    Posted 20 days ago
  • Crowns

    Grey hairs come from stress

    Silver comes from wisdom

    White hair, righteousness

    And baldness if you miss them

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Lonely Chatter

    "This is Tonto. Anyone receiving, over?"

    "Tonto, this is Sundance. Good to hear someone else on this freq, over."

    "Likewise, Sundance. We're headed to Fort Benning to regroup. You have any news?"

    "We're from Benning. The whole place is gone."



    Posted 20 days ago
  • Debasement Antecedence

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 9 days ago
  • Behind the Scenes

    "How do you feel about me?"

    Ahh, I wondered when you'd ask.

    You are fun, in a stimulating way. You're a thinker. You sharpen your wit every time I see you. As we spar, I get a better sense of your reactions and humor.

    We have surprising similarities,…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Assumptions

    Captain's log, ship's day 8482

    I, Fleance Conor Norton, hereby assume command of the generation ship Hope. Let the record state that Captain Kettering performed his duties with dignity and honor, and willingly surrendered himself to the recyclers. Ther…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Backyard Bob Works Overtime

    Captain's log, ship's day 8483

    Our number is 88 now. Lisa gave birth this morning.

    Backyard Bob got the power back on and I have made the decision to switch on the receiver. It is a considerable expenditure of power, but with much of the ship missing th…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Hotel Window

    The hotel room had large windows overlooking the touristy beachfront with sills wide enough to sit one cheek on. Settling my lean silhouette into the window frame I gazed out over the lighted boardwalks that ended at the dark ocean beyond. Both sun and mo…

    Posted 22 days ago
  • Asbriong 5


    Launcher's voice echoed over the amplifier.

    The box began to descend into what miners called the slingshot. The similarity in operation was not far off.

    From the lowest seat, Hable glared upward at the two extra passengers. He wasn't the only one.…

    Posted 12 days ago
  • Scrolls

    He looked over the scrolls. Perfectly preserved, even after 8,000 years!

    The script flowed like no other writing system, past or present. Since their discovery in the 1800s, no one had been able to decipher the language. All that was known about the 'Wri…

    Posted 16 days ago
  • Just a Boy

    I took a deep breath and knocked on the door. A petite woman in her mid-30s answered. When she saw my uniform, she began to shake, and had to grip the door frame to keep from collapsing.

    "You found his body," she whispered. It was a statement, rather tha…

    Posted 15 days ago
  • That Which Shall Not Be Named

    I stared at the blinking cursor on my screen. Like a tapping fingernail upon a counter top I felt it impatiently waiting for me to use it.

    "I can't take this silence. You wanna listen to some music?" Daniel reached for his phone, eager to oblige my whims…

    Posted 21 days ago