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  • Lunch Break

    Abandoning my sandwich yet again, I dialed 911. "Sir? Are you okay?" I emerged from behind the counter as the operator picked up. "911, what's your emergency?"

    "I need an ambulance at Rotten Tomato's souvenir shop on Presley."

    "What is the nature of the…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Rooftop Run

    "Stop running, dummy!"

    "You're trying to kill me, and I kind of don't want to die!" The cyan girl leapt up onto a building, shooting bright blue balls of energy at her attacker.

    "Oh, don't worry so much! It's nothing personal. I hate all your kind!" the…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • First post!

    Come one, come all, and welcome to Ficlatté. The site is organised much like Ficly was, so things should be mostly familiar.

    Please, come on in and make yourself at home.

    Posted 6 years 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 2 years ago
  • A True Beginning

    She heaved, great, gasping, shuddering sobs, still clutching the sword in her hand. Her tears that fell on the blade glistened and glowed blue, etching fine, dark lines into the metal as they traveled along it. She was oblivious of the carnage she had lef…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Eleanor's Dare

    It's one of those mornings--an anything-is-better-than-pretending-to-sleep-while-I-actually-just-worry sort of morning.

    It's the third morning of its kind this week. I'll be into work two hours early. Again.

    I've flipped through the radio stations, a…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Return to Darkness

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Yes, Let's

    Let’s get messy;

    Let’s run around

    In places we’ve never experienced before;

    Get lost in delirious abandon.

    Let’s get wet;

    Let’s find a lake

    And jump in, shoes and all,

    Let’s share towels and shoes and body heat;

    Let’s dive off cliffs

    Watching the Earth r…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Yes and No

    That day had been bleaker than most. The smog cloud over head was especially dense, and I needed the headlights on my bike even at midday.

    Recently, it had been getting easier coping with his absence. Yes, although I hate to admit it, it seemed like the…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Ice and the Fire

    Malika's rise to consciousness was agonizing. She needed more sleep, but her shoulder was like ice. The deathless' grip, it seemed, had not entirely relented, dragging her from the brief respite of unconsciousness.

    She looked for Morduth and panicked mom…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Second Post!

    The first was wooden and splintery. Brittle. Damn thing would fall over at the slightest gust of wind. It wouldn't hold itself up, much less an entire fence.

    This one, though... this one was made of metal. Stainless steel. It was solid -- and heavy.

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Manufacturing Inspiration

    Start with a knife, a tree, a candle, a corpse. Start with a dead bird and its dead feathers spread out about it, mites crawling across it.

    Start with the spark of a match being struck; the brown honeycomb scraping, smudging phosphorous and chlorate toge…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Notions and Musings 1 (June 1, 2015)

    Yesterday I somewhat rashly read a typo as an intentionally significant respelling, a dropped letter suggesting an element missing in the story, conspicuous in its absence. I am sorry that I misunderstood, but I'm grateful because that would be an interes…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Silence after the Storm

    The forest lay in perfect stillness around her, the bodies of the beasts she had slain strewn haphazardly all about. She stood, head tilted forward, listening for the next attack. It never came. She held the sword aloft, the blue raging flames towering ov…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Block: the Pitiful Personification

    I'm not sure when fun became a fight.

    Tiny, temperamental typed letters, once my allies, took up sawn-off exclamation marks and loaded their cannon with blotted full-stops. They barred the way across the blank white battlefield with hyphens and ellipses …

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Love hurts

    He saw that fake look of self assurance on her face, and it reminded him of a mosquito. People, like mosquitoes, rise out of the warm fluids, and their lives are just what they did in between feeding and reproducing. Here she was, with the life span of …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Fire Consuming

    Orthael was not entirely surprised when the first creature stepped out from behind a tree, not far ahead. It had once been a man, but grossly elongated arms led to a soft rustling from knuckles dragged along the forest floor. A few others joined it, all-t…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Aspects of Divinity

    There was a silent explosion of glittering light that swept through the forest in a radiant blast.

    Orthael was thrown aside, tumbling away in a dreadful kinematic arc. Orthael swayed but held on, enfolding the girl under ghostly wings of supernatural glo…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Swordmaiden

    The little girl entered the forest, armed with nothing but her courage, her grim determination, and the rusty sword strapped to her back. There were monsters in those woods - she could hear their howls, their cries to one another - but she was not afraid.…

    Posted 4 years 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 2 years ago
  • Lost Things: Solo Extraction

    The storm was rising, fine red dust obscuring everything, but I checked my compass one last time before spotting Building Arrethe just ahead. The combination of night-vision and rubber gloves made me clumsy and slow, but it was better than the alternative…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Even in Autumn, She is the Spring

    Vexedly, I tapped the glass whose sloping walls warped and elongated the bookcases and fireplace of my study. It was dishearteningly thick, the Lessening having worked exactly to my specifications. Previously, when placing the bottle horizontally in it's …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grim Fury

    Malika pushed forward into the village, her blade a blur of blue, flaming fury. It took several moments for the Lesser Dead to notice her, but as she cut them down, they flocked to her in greater numbers.

    They never had a chance.

    Each and every deathles…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Twisted luck

    Klaxons. Klaxons everywhere. Truly this was it.

    After months of combing through this enormous abandoned spaceship, we’ve all started to lose hope. But V’Ru kept pushing us, and she was right to do so. If we were to make any use of this monstrosity of a v…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Eeyore

    I've got a monster in my chest

    A sad one

    Like the evil Eeyore that hides underneath your comforter at night when the room is too hot and your skin is too cold and everything is too much and not enough and you're certain that you're dying inside of your sk…

    Posted 4 years ago