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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • For PrincessLapis, sent with a Frowny Face

    I hope someone that can help, reads this. I stop by now and then to read all of your works. Normally I'll flick through the most recent stuff, other times I'll browse deeper. Today I saw a piece by PrincessLapis, titled The Morning Before. I noticed that…

    Posted 2 months 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…

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Accident

    Thinking of you.

    A summer dream. Violently happy.

    All the love... Absorbed in you, Oblivious.

    One time, Red light means go.

    Sudden death! Passenger.

    Nobody’s fault but mine.

    Oh, no!

    Pray for me. Save me!

    Roads: Relentless Reminder.

    The family. The funera…

    Posted 4 years 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…

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Burning Questions: Run down the hallway to the main stairs

    When you get to the main stairs, you see a cloud of black smoke rising before you. Moving cautiously closer, you see flames leaping up the stairs!

    Good grief, this will never do!

    However, though you are frightened of the fire, you see that it is still on…

    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: Run to the right to the back stairs

    As soon as you get to the opening of the back stairs, you can see that it's no good. The ceiling has fallen down and there's a pile of burning textbooks blocking the entire stairway. You'd better

    go back to the elevator, or try the main stairs

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Sonnet: An Unlaced Life

    My name with foul insinuation's tarred

    By people who seek easy victims meek

    To charge with crimes in public. Life is marred

    And razed for me. Now, everywhere I seek,


    I picture enemies in friends I knew

    Before this whole fiasco. Do they now

    Believe tho…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Fractal Realities: Slaughterhouse Eight

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 3 years ago
  • An hour in the park I truly did not expect


    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.


    Posted 4 years ago
  • Burning Questions: Run to the Second Floor

    You reach the landing for the second floor. The fire is building up higher. If you stay here, it'll surely reach you soon. But you're not a fool!

    You go into the hallway just outside the landing.

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Phoenix

    I watched you burn.

    I watched as your multi-hued plumage singed and reduced to grey, dead ash.

    I watched powerlessly as your skin, flesh and bone blistered, seared and charred. Before long, a pile of soot and slag was all that remained where you had bee…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • A Ton of Bricks

    Today, I was hit with a ton of bricks. Killed me outright... stone dead.

    I never even saw it coming. I was just walking along with a friend, talking about something trivial just to make conversation. Then, suddenly... right out of the blue, wham!

    So wha…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Burning Questions: Try the main stairs

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    Posted 5 years ago