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  • Stolen Treasure

    She was one of those monster people Ruta had heard of. She'd never actually seen one. She prepared an arrow and let it fly, but the small girl easily dodged.

    Ruta shot several more arrows, but the girl dodged them, too. "Just let me hit you, you stupid th…

    Posted 18 days ago
  • I Matter Naught

    I don't get you. I don't get me.

    I should give up, as you can see.

    Thanks for the friendship; thanks a lot.

    I'm here, where ev'ry day's too hot.

    .

    Don't follow me! Don't hold me back.

    My kindness changes to attack.

    Please save yourself while you still…

    Posted 6 days ago
  • One Side of the Looking Glass

    He can see her there, standing just on the other side of the glass. She's next to him, of course, there but not here. He can reach out with a hand and touch her shoulder. She smiles at him. Warm. Affectionate. But also sad. Because he is not truly there. …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Lost Things

    The floorboards creaked with my passage, threatening to collapse, but the key is to be sure and confident - uncertainty is infectious, and many a man has died by his own hesitation. My boots did not pause until I reached my destination - Building Grachkin…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Wrong Season for Frogs

    There aren't many frogs out and about now, being late autumn and all. By this point, most have already burrowed into the mud to hibernate for the winter. As the ground around them grows colder, their bodies will eventually freeze into solid blocks of ice …

    Posted 9 days ago
  • Fractal Realities: On the Black Sea of Misery

    Arden Waithe never wanted to be on the boat. Or any boat. His experience had taught him that sailing was misery cubed. The rolling of the ground that never stopped, rising and falling, clenched his stomach inside an iron fist even as it spun his conscious…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • All That Glitters

    Ruta stepped through the portal and onto one of the scattered little islands. Her golden hair, clothes, and tiara all shimmered with each movement she made. She summoned a golden bow, and pulled back the string, and a golden arrow appeared.

    She let it fly…

    Posted 18 days ago
  • Sonnet for Pyretta 01

    Pyretta! Dear Pyretta, Sapphic Fire!

    Of all the souls I've known, I love yours best--

    Affection and compassion fill my breast

    Whene'er we are together. I admire

    Your courage, perseverance, and your power;

    Your gentle reassurance when I'm stressed

    And ins…

    Posted 6 days ago
  • Finders Keepers

    "Give back my magic!" Ruta called. She forced herself to get up.

    "Oh, no. I won't. I'd much rather keep this. Look at how lovely it is!" She twirled.

    Ruta attempted to catch her, and the girl bounced away.

    "Let's try out these new powers, shall we?" She…

    Posted 17 days ago
  • Twelve Word Entry Challenge 2

    Prunella turned from her novel and rolled her eyes in copious disgust.

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Fractal Realities: It's Infectious

    Five men stood around the pool of greasy black tar that used to be Zach Cho. Everything had happened so fast. Even with their suspicion, no one could have foreseen human flesh blackening and sagging like hot taffy. There weren't any bones or organs. All t…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fractal Realities: Maiden Voyage

    Richard stood at the stern of the ship, looking longingly back toward England. He had really hoped to extend his tour of the continent but the untimely death of his father dictated otherwise. His memories of the rough eastward crossing a scant month earli…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fractal Realities: Exposure Therapy

    Roger had been in the cradle of the Marula tree's branches for three days. Muscles ached unevenly across the map of his back, and in knotty pockets in his thighs and arms. Below, the thick savanna grass moved in waves as if strings in a grand harp played …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fractal Realities: An Eclipsed Dawn

    Dana gasped as Don rose up off the floor, power and presence radiating from him like light from a sun. Despite all their efforts, the Azure was sill in him. Had the parasite fought off all the poisons that were now running through Don's veins? His right h…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fin

    There's no experience quite like it.

    The rush of being free...

    ...

    She'd done it. She'd actually done it. That lingering pressure in the back of her mind-- gone. She didn't have to worry about the fight being worth it anymore, because it was.

    ...

    Ri…

    Posted 18 days ago
  • Fractal Realities: Through the Door

    I have a screen door that doesn't open. The sliding glass door sit between the kitchen and the backyard patio, little more than a translucent wall. At the edge of the property is a chain link fence that separates my property from a steep grass-covered hil…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fractal Realities: Siren's Call

    I'm in a fun house. I've always like how the good ones play with perception. It reminds me of the Get Smart opening: expectation and subversion in a fun way. And they're so enthusiastic. Not the operators necessarily, who've seen this millions of times, b…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Lost Things: 09:30:47

    I kept my hands to myself and hurried on. I had a reasonably generous timeframe to get what I needed from Case 39 and leave before the window of opportunity closed.

    "Sam, is that you?"

    I started quite considerably. I had seen other case-seekers today on…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Lost Things: Pandora

    The elevator doors opened. Pandora stepped onto the 52nd floor of the Pouthena Building. Pulling her shawl closer, she gingerly set out for Row 31, her cane tapping a slow staccato on the marble tile as she walked. She had all the time in the world.

    Care…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Moving On

    "Hero. Hope for us all."

    Funny. She didn't feel much like one anymore. Nor did she have any hope for herself.

    Not after everything she'd done.

    "Not your fault."

    But it was. Like a lie of omission, it was her fault for inaction.

    "Uncontrollable. Dange…

    Posted 6 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: A Drink in the Dark

    Matthews woke up, head flat against his desk, arm curled around a bottle of apricot brandy. It was the scream of the work whistle that did it.

    Moving nothing but a shaking hand, as if it were the spider-hourglass emblem of his Ministry of Spies badge, he…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fire-Engine Red

    Today my nails are red; so are my shorts,

    And, as I shaved my arms at CCH,

    That colour flowed again. And, glad to see

    My blood come dripping down, I slashed again.

    Oh, fire-engine red looked fair to me--

    .

    But then I thought back, and I bit my tongue,

    Rec…

    Posted 6 days ago
  • The Best; The Worst

    I did my best. I did my worst.

    Somehow, these two were one.

    "I'd never wish to hurt you, Dear,"

    I call, and aim my gun.

    .

    Oh, can I even learn from this?

    Or will it still recur?

    I try to analyze my sins--

    They scatter, melt, and blur.

    .

    Perhaps self-love …

    Posted 6 days ago
  • Motive

    She sighed. Exhausted. Exasperated. Emotionally drained. More than a little demoralized.

    And yet. All this and yet she was alive. She was both physically and mentally here. Not absent. Not somewhere else.

    She was capable of listening. Of feeling.

    Or at…

    Posted 6 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: Waking Paralysis

    Hurrying to the bathroom, I felt like I was going to burst. I prayed that no one was in it and reached for the handle. It was open. I locked it and rushed to the toilet, dropping my pants as I did so.

    I had to bending down to raise the seat up. My face…

    Posted 1 year ago