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  • She Didn't Even Know Why Anymore

    Doctor Tanner waited until the clock read 8:00 before approaching Darlene. She was munching on baby carrots while watching some kind of colorful cartoon on the wall screen.

    “It's time for bed.” Dr. Tanner said gently.

    Without looking, Darlene replied, “…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Fire and Flame

    Fire blossomed through her arm, and Malika sucked air between her teeth. Blood spilled onto the sheet covering her, but the coldness in her shoulder suddenly vanished, and she sensed that it was gone for good this time. Blue flame licked up from the blade…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Blazing Sparks

    Orthael felt her blow crash into his guard with a stunning violence. He spun to deliver a pommel strike and felt her duck under him before his shield caught two quick blows. Judgement came back around, its edge silently hunting for the gaps and holes in h…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • 9/21/16

    I don't want to change anything, don't get me wrong. The more time passes, the more I see how it couldn't have worked. The more I see how much I would've suffered for you. Because I loved you and I love you and I would take so much pain for you just beca…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Fourth Post!

    Doom fell from the sky that next day. At least, that's where we assumed it came from. There were mutterings in that cloudless expanse -- and rumors of mutterings. We had listened to them all that night and assumed they were the last breaths of the god-t…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • How to Exist When You Forget Your Medication

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  • Silhouette and Shadow

    There was a still silence. Orthael exhaled with a still patience, keeping Varenniel's presence with the same careful grip he used with Judgement: firm yet loose, secure without being crushing. It was exhilarating, to wield power that was beyond men.

    Eno…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fractal Realities: Relief from the Tedium

    Social situations were fraught with problems that invariably led to people getting hurt and so Bob went out only to get the necessities of life and was never out for long. He was also a hoarder. His residence was littered with the remnants of past meals n…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Post of the Father

    I carried my father's post on my left shoulder as I walked back to the front of the property. I took care to avoid the golden post, though I knew it would not harm me. It was merely an omen, a message from the gods, but it was better not to tempt fate. In…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • A New Cellmate

    The cell door slammed open. Kerr looked up, and locked eyes with his brother. "Gierard," he growled, contemptuously.

    Gierard's voice, by comparison, gave no indication of any emotion at all. "When I ascended to the throne..." he began.

    "Usurped!" Kerr…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • House of Caged Birds

    Birds, hundreds of them, squawked and chirped in a frenzied cacophony. Bigger ones used their wings to violently bat against their cages. I'd never seen so many in one place, much less in doors. All manner of birds in cages lined the cavernous hallways fo…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Third Post!

    The third post, well... the third post didn't actually exist. Not in any way that mattered. It was an idea, if you will -- a concept, a metaphor. It was a lynchpin of belief. It was, of course, all hot air and bluster and metaphor, a puff of wind as insub…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Insubstantial

    I can feel it happening again.

    It's been a while...

    Of all the worlds - I've lost count - that have truly captured my soul, only two stand above the rest.

    One is a world of masks, the other is a world of monsters.

    The rest, whether created by others or my…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Nightmarish Anxiety

    I'm heading on a trip soon. I'm trying to be excited about it. I've got Pinterest boards, my suitcase is open and slowly being filled, plane ticket is paid for, nice people waiting for me when I get there... Honestly I should be thrilled!!

    But then I get…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Cold Fire, Hot Fury

    At last Malika leaned away from the stranger, shrugging off his embrace like a cloak. She wanted her pain, needed it in order to do what must be done. She reached down and plucked Morduth from the ground where it had fallen.

    Mistress, are you alright?…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Dead and the Living

    The Lesser Dead in all their varieties watched as the swordmaiden passed, followed a moment later by the holy man, now made impotent by their master. They allowed both to escape unscathed. Indeed many still held the swordmaiden in fear, for the way she ha…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Sequlus secondus

    Please move along, he said, as he climbed over the fence. It is easy to think that what he was doing was untoward, after all, on the other side of the fence was a pride of hungry lions.

    Posted 6 years ago
  • 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 1 year ago
  • Loopback

    And three heartbeats later she was back.

    "Impossible," I breathed, my voice barely audible. This shouldn't be happening. She was so weak. She shouldn't have been able to resist my attempts to banish her. And yet...

    She was here. Again. In defiance, it s…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Start A New Life

    The veil waited, carefully spread over a chair back. All of the dressing room photos had been taken, the bridesmaids and her mother had taken their places, and the bride had a few moments to herself.

    The mirror reflected her perfect form, the perfect dre…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The Quiet Ones

    You knew each other in school, you were neighbors, but it wasn’t until years later that you become friends. You would meet, make each other laugh, have fun. You needed that in your life; there wasn’t anyone else you could hang out with.

    But suddenly he…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    A bell rang in the distance, and Malika rose from her cot, plucking Morduth up from where it lay beside her. She knew the sound of that bell because she had heard it regularly most of her life. This was not quite like the bell in her village, though. The …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grounded

    Malika barked a derisive laugh. "If by 'grounded' you mean, did it feel more real than the lesser deathless we cut down? Then yes. Yes, it did." She reached up and pointedly rubbed at her shoulder again, even though the ache was barely there. "I don't kno…

    Posted 11 months ago
  • A Faulty Block

    It wasn't possible. I put the block in the Vena Cava of Chakra No. 4. There should have been no energy-body link for her to be there.

    I knelt beside her and arranged her body in Vitruvian fashion. She needed a scan. I lowered my hands over her until they…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Caught Out with a Corpse

    It would be quicker to go through town but Grims didn't want to carry the corpse through the streets of Eggtown South. He already had a reputation, hard and bitter, but there was a difference between being rumored as a child-killer and toting a dead one d…

    Posted 3 years ago