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  • How to Exist When You Forget Your Medication

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 5 months ago
  • Rebirth by Flame

    Malika was suddenly overwhelmed by the cleansing intent and purity of Flame. It flowed through and over her like an all-consuming heat -- and as it did, it drew much of the pain and fury from her slight frame. She shuddered and screamed, both in relief an…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Silk and Fur

    "Not who you were expecting?"

    The snake dropped from the branch, out of view before emerging mere heartbeats later - as a wolf. Its cold yellow eyes weighed heavily on Rahmi's neck.

    "I doubt there are any other shape-shifters here, so I'd wager you are e…

    Posted 11 months 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
  • Fighting Medusa's Cousin, or Something

    All was dark in his field of vision, but he could not open his eyes. This creature was akin to Medusa and would turn him to goo if he looked at her. Something flared outside his eyelids, creating a red glow to his left. He smelled the sulfur of a struck m…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • No Safety in Sleep

    “This is what you don't see.” Janine unpaused the recording and upped the contrast and tint until everything on the screen became spiky darkness.

    Before I could say anything to contradict her, she pushed a button and bright colors appeared next to my he…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Acceptance

    Jennifer waited expectantly for an answer while staring at her phone. Her mum had warned her about talking to strangers on the internet but it was 2018 and the world was far more connected than ever before. Besides it wasn't like she had given her number …

    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: 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
  • The Waiting Game

    She promised she'd meet me here. It was our favorite place in all the world and it had the benefit of being a place that no one would think to look for us: a small cafe named "Kis Nyúl" in the remote town of Zics, Hungary. Nothing about our separate and s…

    Posted 6 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: Chosen of Harnepher

    Jeremy knelt, his breath catching at the beauty. This find was proving to be an even greater treasure than he'd ever imagined. Using a tiny brush, he dusted up and down the length of the axe. Once this was polished up, it would outshine every other piece …

    Posted 1 year 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 month ago
  • Beautiful Insanity

    He is a tiny man. Under four feet tiny. Balding pate. Small eyes. Round, tortoiseshell glasses. Tattered brown suit. Nothing to look at, certainly, not that anyone is looking.

    He glides through the crowd, clearing a path without word or gesture. People m…

    Posted 3 years 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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

    My kindness changes to attack.

    Please save yourself while you still…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Apathy is Annoying

    Unregistered college graduates drink through a discussion on the possibility of fewer student loans

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    Overworked parents scoff at the idea of paternity leave and cheaper child care

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    A dusty ballot woolgathers at the bottom of stack of medical bills

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    Why…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • Delta-V

    I can see the stars, but I don't have the fuel.

    My trajectory is set, but I'm gazing off to the side.

    I'm going somewhere, but not where I'm looking.

    The possibilities are limitless, but my choices finite.

    I started too early, and I'll be too late.

    W…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • Return to Darkness

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Base

    “Sure is coming down real hard.” Teeny returned the pot to the burner. “Glad I'm inside even if I am working a double.”

    I nodded. It was a familiar story. Long before I had ever set foot inside the Hot Plate, Teeny's husband, Ralph, had been laid off fro…

    Posted 5 months ago
  • She Just Said Yes.

    We used to believe things when I was a kid; I'm only 17, but that's plenty old enough now. We used to believe we would live forever, and things would would work themselves out. We used to believe this was our planet.

    The year is 2040, and now we know…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • That's Not My Name

    A silent journey home.

    Foxglove came over when she spotted us. "Noleka, what-"

    "Please don't call me that."

    Foxglove tilted her head. "What?"

    "Don't call me that name. I don't want it anymore."

    "But Noleka, that's your na-"

    "Not anymore. Please. Call me T…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • Unwelcome -- but Welcome

    Harold skidded to a stop next to the girl, his mass and motion nearly carrying him over her. He stopped just in time, the tips of his front paws just touching the flesh of the girl's arm. She didn't react, didn't even flinch. Her eyes flickered to the mas…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Second Phone Call

    Ring "Hello."

    "Hey, what's up?"

    "Glad you called. sigh Nothing much."

    "You sound like something is up."

    pause

    "I wanna say I'm sorry if I was too overbearing."

    "Overbearing?"

    "If anything I texted or emailed left room for misinterpretation. S…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Fractal Realities: The Other

    Grosser looked away. Averting his eyes didn't help. It didn't stop Marnie from flinging his accusations at poor Julia. The woman had seemed near a breakdown after the expedition's second night.

    “Where did it go? What did you do with it? Cause I'm damn s…

    Posted 1 year ago