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  • Burning Questions: The Stairwell

    There's a side hallway ahead and to the right, leading to classrooms.

    There's a set of stairs on the far end of the hall, opposite the classrooms hallway, leading both up and down.

    You can see a fire extinguisher hanging on the wall, and several …

    Posted 5 years ago
  • August 3, 1492

    I stand on the gently rocking deck, facing the east. The clear sky is still dark but beginning to brighten. The breeze is brisk but it's coming from the right direction and if it holds, I'll make good distance today.

    Months of preparation are done and th…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Gray Blind 4

    With one socked foot, Rachael pressed against the glass door tentatively, listening hard. Her eye was scanning the glass of the door, or the room beyond, perhaps; her eye kept being drawn to the misty gray form of the silver backed hairbrush--if that was …

    Posted 5 years ago
  • An hour in the park I truly did not expect

    Bliss.

    Lovely summer day, I could finally read undisturbed on my favorite bench in the park. Until suddenly...

    „Here, this is for you.”

    I looked up from my book, startled. A large, round plate appeared in front of me, with a huge chocolate cake on it.

    „Uh…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Inside the Perimeter

    Grims pulled the corpse of the kid from the post, allowing it to flop to the ground. There was no dignity in death, not that the Korpskys had any dignity in life, either. Once again he heaved the body over his shoulder and made his way among the weeds and…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Burning Questions: The left side of the hallway

    You walk up to the large picture window. You can see the big clock from here. The time reads 11:45. It's dark; nobody is out there, which is rather surprising, considering that the smoke is visible from the window where you are. Your feet feel hot and you…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Burning Questions: Run to the elevator and press the down button

    You wait, but there are no lights. The elevator doesn't seem to be working, and you can't stand to wait any more. You get moving.

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Fractal Realities: Slaughterhouse Eight

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 3 years ago
  • The hunt

    My steps make little noise as I move gingerly between the bushes. As I survey my surroundings, my thoughts wander.

    In the village, hunters are respected. We risk our lives to provide food in this hostile land, where killing animals is our only option. Our…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Holding on to History

    Devra picked up the completed Lego model of Big Ben. She had to be careful, the pieces weren't glued together--never that!--so putting pressure on the wrong point could lead to disaster. Looking at the minute, pixelated, shape of the iconic English monume…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • On the Perimeter

    Grims reached the outer fence, a rickety wooden thing with a large gap in between the top and bottom beam, that kept in the dumbest of the livestock. The gate was clear on the other side of the property and he didn't feel like circling the house just to u…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Your Worst Nightmare

    He squirmed and screamed but he wasn't going anywhere. My left arm was securely locked around his upper body. The claws of my left hand had perforated his upper abdomen and were interlocked with his lower ribs. With my right hand, I slowly shredded his sk…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Fractal Realities: The Juggler

    He hefted the axe, testing its balance. The razor sharp edges of the bronze blades glittered in the sunlight. Abruptly, he tossed it up, sending it spinning end over end before catching it again.

    Father would have been furious with him, to risk an inju…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • I couldn't comment, so I made a sequel.

    Well, I know the site has been having some issues. I may be able to try poking the person who manages it directly (Ethel, to the best of my knowledge), and see if they know what's going on. People have been having all sorts of issues. Namely, with sequels…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Moon Shadows

    Grims dropped it with a single shot. The bullet entered through the cat's open maw and exited through the back of its skull, causing the creature's head to vaporize in a mist of blood, bone, and brains. The mooncat hit the ground barely two feet from wher…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • META: Burning Questions

    Hi there, I think, I THINK, that I've got all the bits of "Burning Question" in place now. If you find any places where there seems to be an option but there's no sequel or link showing, please let me know at that page's comments, or here. Thank you!

    I fo…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • TRAILHEAD: Burning Questions (sample CYOA story)

    You have been asleep. But you're not in your bed. You don't even remember going to sleep. You feel like you're still half in some kind of murky dream.

    Gradually you become aware of a dull roar, not far away.

    You shake your head, hoping to clear it, but th…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Burning Questions: A Cry for Help

    "HELP! Help! Help...."

    There is nothing you can do for whoever was calling out. It's probably too late already. You never realized that you weren't alone in that building.

    Feeling obscurely guilty, you stumble to your feet and move away from the rema…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Hit the window with your fist

    You strike the window with your hand, but the only effects are a dull noise and a pain in your hand. You try again with your elbow, but no joy. You'd better go over to the stairwell.

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Burning Questions: Visit the set of stairs on the far end

    The stairs lead upstairs and down, but if you want to get out of here, down would probably be a better idea.

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Burning Questions: Return to the window with the extinguisher

    You take a deep breath, settle your feet, and smash the window with the fire extinguisher as hard as you can. There's a huge cracking sound and a triangular part of the window falls in; you jump back and are not cut, but you can feel the floor getting sti…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Windowpain

    F sat there, in that uncomfortable position, half-leaning on the windowsill, still gazing outside. It took her a while to notice the tears on her cheeks. Myriad raindrops appeared under a street light, to be illuminated briefly before disappearing again. …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Burning Questions: Leap of Faith

    The smoke is making you a bit dizzy, but you manage to stick the landing. You resist the somewhat manic urge to do a flourish and bow to the gymnastics judges' panel. You carefully grip the edge of the window frame and look down to see what is beneath you…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • We Did It

    She rolls over, the first rays of sunshine dawning in the room. There were flowers in the corner. Simple, blue things. The tye-die in the curtains sent 3, 4, Who knew how many colors blasting over the wall. Art.

    She rolls over onto him. In those colors a…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Burning Questions: Return to the back stairs

    [To get to the back stairs, please go to this page: https://ficlatte.com/stories/41197]

    Posted 5 years ago