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  • Yes and No

    I wanted to say yes

    to the invitation to dinner

    to the offer of company

    to the slanted smile in your eyebrows


    I wanted to say yes

    to your desire for my body

    the hunger in your eyes

    and the scorching seduction of your skin


    but I keep saying no

    I keep c…

    Posted 4 days ago
  • Decussation of the Soul

    Old walls, sunk deep into the earth, slick with moisture and trimmed in dripping weblike vines, rose well above toward a sky of flat white. Two halls of this kind met, creating a cross of light overhead. The floor was long lost beneath brackish brown wate…

    Posted 3 days ago
  • Smoke Priest

    The smoke merchants pace along the streets of the Market. The cowls of their grey cloaks are pulled up over their heads, obscuring their features. Everyone who comes to the Market maintains a level of anonymity, but the smoke merchants even more so. The p…

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Ah, To Go Back

    Often, Penny wished she could go back in time. Quite often.

    She felt like her life had become a bit of a mess.

    She hadn't left the apartment in a few weeks. She hadn't showered in a month. Most of the time she found that she just laid in bed and stared …

    Posted 9 days ago
  • Asbriong 11

    Boots first, Hable inched down toward the hatch, keeping his legs wrapped in a firm grip around the rope. It was bright again now that they had cleared the shade of the midrock. He ignored the rapidly growing view of Ambiter as they began to pick up desce…

    Posted 4 days ago
  • Blood and Runes

    He wastes no time. Already the moonlight has crept across the box, and if he misses this opportunity, it will be weeks before another presents itself.

    He slips his tongue between his teeth -- and bites down, hard, severing the flesh. He takes the torn ti…

    Posted 9 days ago
  • In Between

    I'm spiraling. Spiraling down.

    I don't know what is at the bottom and I don't care.

    I relax into the current trying to hold me up. I close my eyes and feel weightless as long as I ignore the sting of rushing air on my skin and the strain of fabric pull…

    Posted 15 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 1 month ago
  • Reflections of A teacher at the End of the School Year

    I think I've figured it out.

    Why I've been so blazé about work. It's not that the students need a break and they've shut down for the rest of the year. It's me. I'm not trying to be a super teacher these last few weeks. Not days, no, weeks.

    I'm the o…

    Posted 6 days ago
  • Frost

    He resists the voices, even as they wrap around him. He fights but is soon overwhelmed. There are simply too many of them. He feels them clawing at his mind, dragging at his psyche, pulling him down into unknown depths -- and suddenly he is very afraid.

    Posted 4 days ago
  • Second Phone Call

    Ring "Hello."

    "Hey, what's up?"

    "Glad you called. sigh Nothing much."

    "You sound like something is up."


    "I wanna say I'm sorry if I was too overbearing."


    "If anything I texted or emailed left room for misinterpretation. S…

    Posted 4 days ago
  • Asbriong 9

    "Haul up!" Hable ordered. The man at the column obeyed instantly.

    "What in gods name are you doing?" Pol's voice screamed through the line. "We'll miss!"

    There was no time to explain. At the nose of the box, Pol would only see their trajectory alter, but …

    Posted 4 days ago
  • The Red Box

    The box rests on a small, round table, perfectly centered on its rough surface. The man who purchased it stands across the room, leaning with one shoulder against the wall, staring at the box without really seeing it, lost in contemplation. Before him lie…

    Posted 10 days ago
  • Crushed

    She mourned him. Not even the real him. She mourned the loss of the fantasy she'd made of him.

    In her dreams he said all the right things, had all the right moves, shared the same jokes, had the cutest smile and softest touch. She happily stayed in bed …

    Posted 7 days ago
  • Moonlight

    It is night now, and moonlight pours through the one open window in the room. The moon outside is full, the light it casts bright and rich. Almost the moonbeam reaches the table. Almost it reaches the box. The moment he has been waiting for has very nearl…

    Posted 9 days ago
  • Smoke Merchants

    He winds his way through the chaos, trying to avoid bumping into anyone. Such a thing is nigh impossible here. But it hardly bothers him. Here, anonymity is paramount.

    Finally, he reaches a dark corner where two grey men sit. He sits across from them, a…

    Posted 16 days ago
  • The Book of Ecclesians

    The mark was a sign of sin. Every person was born with it on the back of one hand. Through generations of living, a book was conceived to describe what actions caused the mark to fade, and which caused it to darken.

    The holiest became priests who held the…

    Posted 22 days ago
  • Smoke

    He licks his lips in anticipation, ignoring the searing pain of his torn tongue and the coppery taste of blood in his mouth. Carefully he reaches forward with both hands and takes hold of the box, gripping the top four corners between his thumbs and foref…

    Posted 7 days ago
  • The Glass Girl

    The process had begun.

    She knew better than to play in the Rhoka woods. There were evil things there. Magic of the worst kind.

    It'd been many years since the town rose up against the evil Lord Bahlo but while he was gone, his curse remained in Rhoka.


    Posted 21 days ago
  • The Black Hand

    The wastes are not empty. They are bleak, harsh, even dangerous, but people make a living out here. Some say an inferior race lives like animals. This proved untrue, becoming my saving grace.

    I encountered a band of hunters. They were wary, but led me ba…

    Posted 22 days ago
  • The Accused

    I changed in the years of my exile, and though no one in the streets recognized me beneath the beard and rough clothes, I had found my home with little effort. Heavy leather gloves with large stitching were the only reason I made it inside the gates. Ever…

    Posted 14 days ago
  • Just Do The Thing

    "You drink too much" she said to him. "Or not enough. I guess it depends on what you are going for."

    "I'm going for the 'forgetting my misery'" he said with a sigh.

    "What you need to do is write more. Especially if you are drinking. All the great writin…

    Posted 23 days ago
  • My Marcy

    Marcy was dark. Not just dark, but a shade of black that was blacker than any shade of black that you could possibly dream up. She played bass guitar too. Well. Which was part of her charm. Part of the immense and dark charm that she had. She exuded it on…

    Posted 16 days ago
  • The Ice Queen

    She was startled to notice they weren't icicles but tears. The Ice Queen didn't understand this emotion of "sadness." She'd certainly heard of it before, but she was quite certain she had never experienced it. Everyone said her heart was as cold as ice, b…

    Posted 23 days ago
  • Asbriong 7

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 23 days ago