The world spun.
Images flashed through his head like a montage in a bad movie. He steadied himself against the fence as the pavement threatened to swallow him whole. What was supposed to be a tour of nostalgic sights had given way to a slew of repressed …Posted 2 years ago
"All hands, prepare for atmospheric entry."
It was a warning, not an order. The crew had been prepared for at least an hour.
Armored Infantry Captain Danielle Freiz was thoroughly annoyed, because her entire squad was late.
In fact, she wasn't even sur…Posted 1 year ago
One night, when I was nine years old, my parents and I were working on packing things into our cart. Then we heard screaming, and saw fire, and smoke.
"Noleka, get down!" my mom hissed, shoving me under the cart.
I couldn't do anything but watch as three …Posted 10 months ago
I grabbed our wagon, pushing it over to where my father stood, forever carven in wood. Carefully, I tipped him into the wagon, the bent steel post in his upraised fist clanging against the sides. Then I wheeled him to our workshop behind the house.
I had…Posted 2 years ago
Just one more choice and destiny is yours. The universe whispered like she might hear.
When Kimber emerged from the employee lounge she was wearing her apron stocked with straws, stirrers and napkins. She got too many looks with her hair down, but bett…Posted 7 months ago
"How many died?" The lighter one asked the other.
"Too many, nearly all. How many escaped?" She replied.
One summoned her vine-entwined rod, the other her scythe.
"We should take care of them, shouldn't we?" The lighter one asked.
"They'l…Posted 11 months ago
"I can't get back to the tunnels. We have to find a place to crash." Hard Drive said when the top sealed over the convertible. He made a few hard turns, zig zagging through town to try and lose the last drone. It crashed into the side of a building with a…Posted 4 years ago
The universe let out a sigh and breathed for the first time it seemed. Like it had been holding its breath through out every epoch of history waiting for this one singular moment in time to happen.
Its breath was baited. If it had eyes in the traditional…Posted 3 years ago
I was supposed to feed the wallabies.
Oh, I remembered about an hour later.
It was a slight the wallabies would not forget nor forgive.
I'm convinced they keep a list in their head of each person or creature that slights them in the smallest of degrees…Posted 8 months ago
I laid on top of my bed, replaying the train station good-bye over and over in my head. It had been a month since he left. He was probably through basic training and beginning his specialization. I rolled over and reached under the bed to pull out a box o…Posted 3 years ago
The train hissed as it prepared to leave. The whistle blew, signaling the last call for passengers to board.
I looked up into the face of best friend. In that moment I saw every escapade we'd ever had in reverse. I was left with the day we met. He'd lean…Posted 3 years ago
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 3 years ago
Onwards and forwards, path guided by faith, Orthael strode on. He did not see where his feet fell, he did not know where the end of his journey lay, he did not drive the weapon that tugged him onwards on its lethal dance. The golden light at the tip of th…Posted 3 years ago
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 1 year ago
Jorge stretched out his legs until his joints popped. He sighed as he relieved pressure he hadn't consciously felt. It was hard not to fidget on the plastic-y surface of the reclining chair. The rest of the room was antiseptically boring, so sterile it ma…Posted 1 year ago
With a speed and grace divine, Orthael spun to receive the blow to his shield. His foe held close, as if embracing a lover, hissing wildly.
The shadow was humanoid like its puppets, for it too had once been a man. It was a flickering silhouette of a thin…Posted 3 years ago
Story is marked as maturePosted 2 months ago
"Autumn now," Grandma spat, rocking in the tired oak chair. A graying cat sat in her lap, wide eyed.
Sure enough, the trees had become rusty red.
Grandma's children affirmed her assessment with a grunt. They were rooted here by obligation only, and pass…Posted 3 years ago
The last thing I remembered was driving . . . somewhere. Somewhere important. I think to meet somebody. Through one window, the rocky face of mountain frowned at me in slow motion. Through the other, the sea nodded in groups of white-capped heads that mur…Posted 1 year ago
Jim reached up, fingers searching for the next handhold in the sheer face of the cliff. Large patches of sweat clung to him, gleaming like armor. By his reckoning, it was the last obstacle of this night's Hypnagogia.
Little by little, he ascended.
By …Posted 1 year ago
Trilla took a step back. What.. what had she just...? Her hands were shaking, her legs were threatening to give out, and she could feel an awful lump in her throat.
The smallish girl with whi-- well, she used to have white hair, now getting stained by b…Posted 2 months ago
"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 9 months ago
"Sensei," I knelt and bowed low, forehead touching the mat before the master. I sat up and he regarded my face and my demeanor.
"What troubles you, child?"
"I keep trying and failing to execute my new move."
"What makes it new?"
"I've been adding an e…Posted 2 years ago
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 1 year ago
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 5 years ago