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  • Fractal Realities: Symptoms of Separation

    The cool of the window pane seeped into Roger's skin, bringing blessed cold. In a few minutes it would be too much but for now it felt like relief. Anything to bring down the fever that was overheating his body and stealing his energy. It was worse at nig…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Paladin

    The man strode rather than walked into the forest. He had the mass of his Church behind him, and so he had nothing to fear. The creatures of the night howled and cried to each other, but he was unmoved. His defenses were stalwart, and any attack would bre…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Grim Satisfaction

    Malika felt no joy at the destruction she had wrought, only a grim satisfaction. She had spent enough of her anger to bring it back under control, and in the process she had cleared much of the surrounding forest of the evil that had once lived here. It w…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • How to Make Loneliness (Serves 1)

    Crush fresh melancholy with a pestle dusted with self doubt until a paste forms. If paste is too watery, add more self doubt until desired consistency.

    In a small bowl, whisk your favorite sad melodies vinaigrette with two handfuls of uninterrupted time.…

    Posted 4 years 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 2 years ago
  • Time to Get Lost

    "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 5 years 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 1 year ago
  • Surly Bonds

    Orthael came back slowly, as if he had been diving in a lake and sought the surface from deep below, and found himself gripping Judgement in his right hand. This did not surprise him: he had always assumed implicit, even in the warm domestic comfort of hi…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Alone Together

    Apparently, the principal had told Lumen to find Toria, she learned later. Lumen was more than happy to eagerly sign all sorts of things at Toria. It was strange.

    Toria mostly just listened as Lumen talked about some of the places she'd been, and things s…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Conundrum

    "I know this sounds weird, but I really do love my husband."

    "You love your best friend," the bartender argued. "There's some serious chemistry."

    "Do you have children?" I asked her.

    "Yeah. Two girls."

    "Congrats. Do you love them both?"

    "Yes, but kid…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Fall of the Great House

    "Wait. Excuse me, what? What do you mean I can't go back?"

    The gate stood resolute and impenetrable. I tried to rattle its bars, but it didn't so much as tremble at my efforts.

    I had seen the notices, read the warnings, but who could accept that their hom…

    Posted 6 years 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 1 year ago
  • Curvature

    "Explain what I'm looking at."

    "Timestream 8496775816-AQZ-25.13.4. We pulled it from yesterday's archives when it was flagged anomolous."

    "Meaning?"

    "Look here. Grid 117, Segment 16, Node 135. See that curvature?"

    "Yes. Explain its significance."

    "Ti…

    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 3 years ago
  • Haunted

    It's so frustrating not knowing why things are the way the are. I'm on a familiar street. I think it's my own but it's hard to tell. It looks and feels like I should know it but there is no sense of recognition. It's night time and the street is dark, alm…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Death, She Wrote

    Oswald hated cases like this. Common break-ins, unstable shoot-em ups in the living room; panic killings. Nothing interesting about them. The killer would hopefully succumb to their conscience and spare themselves the ordeal of the guilt.

    The floorboards…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Wet Dream

    I dreamt you cried for me.

    Posted 1 year ago
  • One Man's Space Trash Is Another Man's Space Treasure

    There's a lot of junk out in space in orbit around the Earth.

    Even though the crew of the Refuse Recovery 3, or RR3, a play on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, had been out picking up space debris for 7 years, they'd never seen this before.

    Frozen, every non-met…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Fractal Realities: Establishing a Connection

    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 2 years ago
  • Maybe

    As I sat on the train to Atlanta, my mind was full of doubt. Not too long ago, this very train had taken him out of my life. Would I ever be able to find him again? What was I going to do in Atlanta? I wouldn't make a good recruit, but I didn't have any s…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Sargon the Starfighter

    "Swift..easy," <kapow> "Dead."

    The spotter located the next target and started, "Swift..easy," <kapow> "dead!"

    A crisp cadet followed by an older officer called the sniper and spotter to attention," Platoon Guide Chapman and Assistant P. G. Gutierrez?"

    Th…

    Posted 3 years 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 3 years ago
  • Error 410

    Go to the hospital

    To check on my friend,

    Receive Error 410:

    Gone.

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Cake for Breakfast

    Friday. Sunny, cool under the shade of tall oaks. Breezy. The park was calm in this early hour where most are just starting their workday. Perfect for running.

    Not perfect for crying alone at a picnic table.

    He saw her halfway through the first lap. The…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Questions Without Answers

    Devin hungered for conversation. That didn't happen much when he was around people. He tended to be the quiet sort and when he did say something it was usually the wrong thing. Two days out with nothing but a couple of dozen head of cattle as company and …

    Posted 1 year ago