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  • The Day of the Light

    Tenever slipped off the battered blanket and folded it neatly away, careful not to look at Sadie. Far in the distance, the disorientatingly blurry horizon swam - a constant reminder of the hostile environment they remained in.

    He pulled a slim book bound…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Blame

    It was one of those days where things happened, and you did stuff, but it felt like your focus was off. You did what you knew how to do, but you missed the point of doing it.

    Other people noticed, so you felt self-conscious and guilty and ashamed of you…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Chaplin Rappin'

    Chaz Chaplin made films in black and white; there was no green

    It was gold, rush to modern times, comedy supreme

    I love how he inspires even little kids bright like city lights

    Why should we hate on people we don't know? The past has got delights

    That we …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Tamori Taka: Patience culminates in an unfamiliar encounter

    A week after Taka's extra lessons began, a branch of the Mirumoto family moved to the small village. With them came a child, Mirumoto Keshintai, a girl of Taka's age, who joined Taka's class. She was new and different and exotic, and an instant hit with t…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Tamori Taka: The greatest responsibility of her life so far

    Taka was thrilled by how well her fireworks were received. Her excitement was, however, slightly tempered by her sadness that her family, and her tutor, Fakura, could not be here to share in her success. Though her sorrow could not survive the sight of he…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • A Weight on the Mind

    There was another attack as we exited the concourse. Small arms fire from several mid-ranged infantry rifles and a single heavy support weapon, with above-average accuracy. Skilled shooters, but poor weapons. The last-gen, outdated firearms put up an impr…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Tamori Taka: The presence of a star in the empty night sky

    The silence hung there for what Taka felt was an age. She felt it clawing at her, suffocating her.

    In truth it was only a few seconds before Keshintai burst out laughing, a great, heartfelt laugh. "Evil spirits? And people actually believe that stupid su…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Tamori Taka: The solemn and heartfelt concerns of a true friend

    The next week, when lessons restarted after the festivities, Taka couldn't wait to introduce Keshintai to Chiyome, for that is what she had named the fox. After all of Taka's efforts, Chiyome was well on the mend, and had taken to hiding away in Taka's ki…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Emotional Upload Allelujah

    I have all these feelings now, rolling around

    Like the chunks in a hearty, thick soup.

    They’re some of them toxic, and some quite sublime

    But the mixture’s unstable. I haven’t got time

    .To feel all of them, blent in a group.

    .

    So I’ll thank you to take th…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Tamori Taka: Wasp, Fox and Dragon: An unlikely harmony

    Kabura extended his stay, solely to observe this enigmatic child tend the fox.

    She fed the kit, cleaned it, changed the dressing on the wound, and each day, she would go out to the forest where she found it, and search for signs of the fox's den. Kabura …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Dazzled by the Blast: Francis Scott Key’s Inspiration

    Everyone knows about the circumstances under which Key wrote the lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner” to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven”….or do they?

    Key and his pal, boyhood neighbor Ricardo O’Shea, were there watching the battle, and Sergeant O’Shea…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Malicious Monologue

    If you want to find your perfect enemy or adversary, look inside yourself.

    You’re mad to think you’re in control here. You’re wrong to think you have any control anywhere. I’m older than you, I was here from the start, I was the one who screamed when that…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Three Word Prompt: arabesque, labyrinthine, nemesis

    The arabesque elaborate,

    With filigree to decorate,

    Is haunting in its melody,

    But has a forged pedigree.

    The music of the Arab world

    Is quite distinct; its heart is curled

    Around another stable base;

    The arabesque won't know its face.

    Its character is …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Tamori Taka: Superstition for the sake of Tradition

    "You should have let me kill the child, a kinder fate for all."

    Heru looked down from the balcony, watching the toddler chase a fox.

    "Except for our daughter, who would be dead, of course." Leneya would.

    "Life is not so kind a fate, when marked by misf…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • YunLin Jr High Lucia: Frightened, Sky, Secret

    There's something high up in the sky

    I saw it flashing by my eye

    And then it soared into the clouds

    Its shouted hums, its muffled louds.

    I'm frightened, dear; what can it be

    That's sneaking there on top of me?

    Is it a drone? A bird? A bomb?

    Will I be …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • If I told you

    If I told you what is really on my mind

    Right now,

    How would you feel?

    And how would you react...or respond?

    Would you give yourself time first to process the information?

    If not, that could maybe be worse.

    If you responded, would it be with patience, sa…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Swinging

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Stalky's Nightmare 4: Severance

    Her poor body, weakened already by the roughness of the routine, gave way and was pinioned on the interior of the false head's neck, ripping the costume open and causing a greenish gush to flow onto the stage, catching weakly at the shards of glass left a…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Stalky's Nightmare 5: A Tough Break

    The face of the mask was ruined, of course, too, and steeped in sap. There was little hope it could be repaired, unless it were rebuilt, and that would be costly.

    "Get up!" repeated the boss, Robenstein. He must have been half crazed; everyone could se…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Stalky's Nightmare 3: Lack of Support

    The first leap was difficult. It was hard on her legs, for one thing, but she saulted backwards with all her skill. The first problem was the landing. Her legs were all right, but the prop head teetered backward sharply and cut a groove into her shoulders…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Stalky's Nightmare 2: Spring is Coming

    This could not last long. She'd known that even before the last cartoon had started. Time tapered to an endpoint. She gave herself a burst of strengthening fluids and entered into the lunges right on time, with as much zest as she could muster. The smilin…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Approval and Disapproval

    The newly formed Country of Birth Control met with general condom nation.

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Bel: Scream

    I decide to ask her how long she's been working here, when I hear a loud shriek behind me. I whirl around to see an old woman pointing outside. People are running away from the doors so it's difficult for me to make out what's going on.

    Then I see an old…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Burned

    Burn me down to nothing-

    Singed beneath the atmosphere,

    Stars frozen under blackness.

    & from bare, shattered body, I'll believe:

    "This isn't all of it."

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Mia: Recruit

    "What's your name?" She eyed her carefully. She looked so young and meek. How could she have the knowledge to bandage an amputated limb so professionally?

    "Bel."

    "Well, Bel. Where did you learn to bandage wounds like this?" The girl shifted uncomfortab…

    Posted 7 years ago