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  • Botanical Enigma

    The doorbell chimed.

    Confused, Mina rose from her chaise, disturbing her cat, who airily strode off to preen. She wasn't expecting anyone, nor any packages. Frowning to herself, she turned the deadbolt, twisted the knob lock, and slid the chain lock back…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Hunters

    Sheriff Briggs eyed the man leaning against the dark Chevy. The pocket of tobacco in his lip had started to sour. "Been round here long?"

    "Nope, just passing through."

    "Hunting?"

    "Nah. Wouldn't know what to do with a deer if I caught it. Hate to waste …

    Posted 4 years ago
  • A Strange and Unfriendly Awakening

    I woke up flat on my belly, a rocky and uneven ground pushing uncomfortably into my stomach. My body was stiff and cold. Just out of reach was a familiar meat cleaver, its handle rising out of a puddle.

    The world seemed to be two places, overlapping echo…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Lost for Eternity

    A friendship gone

    Forever lost

    Indiscretion

    Brought the Frost

    So much in common

    Yet years apart

    So many differences

    Lies of the heart

    Deception takes on

    Many forms

    Resulting in

    Abandoned norms

    Out of sight

    Not out of mind

    Ease of pain

    A Difficult fin…

    Posted 7 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 3 years ago
  • Deck Tremor

    Captain Adriana Milosovic felt the deck tremble beneath her feet. It was subtle, barely even there at all, and yet it was enough that her senses came to high alert. She glanced around the bridge at her crew, but they were all engaged in their own tasks. N…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • A Lingering Muse

    A wholly imaginary girl appeared at the end of his desk as he typed. His mind immediately jumped to the word "girl" but she was in fact a "woman," by any real definition. He had just always thought of her as youth personified. A late teen for all eternity…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Opportunity Knocks

    Raised voices from inside greeted his booted arrival announcement, but it took him a few seconds to realize that somehow no-one seemed to have heard him.

    Grims paused, halfway up the porch steps, one foot raised - a pointer-dog parody.

    Grims listened.

    “W…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Lonely Chatter

    "This is Tonto. Anyone receiving, over?"

    "Tonto, this is Sundance. Good to hear someone else on this freq, over."

    "Likewise, Sundance. We're headed to Fort Benning to regroup. You have any news?"

    "We're from Benning. The whole place is gone."

    "..."

    "…

    Posted 5 years 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 3 years ago
  • Turn From Nothing

    Nothing.

    A vast expanse of unknowable darkness.

    I saw it. My feet may have even dangled towards its embrace. Tiny shards, the whole of my heart broken long ago, tumbled easily down the well. Perhaps I should have grasped for them. Perhaps they will …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • An End of Things

    We floated in the serene darkness of the south-eastern hydroponics dome. The plants were in their night cycle, the air smelled of organic matter, and the swelling Earthrise touched everything with a hint of blue.

    "I'm going to miss this old place."

    I th…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Write On Fire

    I wanna write on fire.

    Not with fire like a sparkler in the night.

    Not like some imaginary, magical way of literally writing on a fleeting flame.

    Writing with abandon, with freedom, with vigor; that's what I want.

    No more tiredness, mental fogginess, …

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Lunch Break

    Abandoning my sandwich yet again, I dialed 911. "Sir? Are you okay?" I emerged from behind the counter as the operator picked up. "911, what's your emergency?"

    "I need an ambulance at Rotten Tomato's souvenir shop on Presley."

    "What is the nature of the…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • A Moment of Silence

    Silence echoes through a cacophony of excuses

    and pointed fingers we've aimed at each others eyes

    A minute of chosen darkness as our cold hands cling

    To the imagined support of numbers

    Lit by swaying stars who suddenly preach for safety

    Posted 4 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 5 years 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 4 years ago
  • Recovering

    It had been fourteen days.

    Two weeks.

    A fortnight.

    It didn't feel like it had been that long.

    It felt like it had been much longer.

    I remembered it like it was yesterday, yet it felt like a lifetime ago.

    I remembered clearly, the looks on their faces, …

    Posted 2 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 2 years ago
  • And This Is Life

    I have suffered brutal betrayals these past months, betrayals no one should have to endure. I have wept and bled and fought and clung to life by any excuse I have been able to find.

    I have endured betrayals of the mind and body. Depression. Anxiety. Para…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Cow Rite 3: Rite of Whey

    Polishing her well-fingered nails against a strip of garish colored sandpaper above the visor, Ossie tromped her best L'Oeil and went gangbusters, head for leather, on her hurtling passage of Rite. She would need no rite aid today!

    Bucksnifter Lentilsgree…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Even in Autumn, She is the Spring

    Vexedly, I tapped the glass whose sloping walls warped and elongated the bookcases and fireplace of my study. It was dishearteningly thick, the Lessening having worked exactly to my specifications. Previously, when placing the bottle horizontally in it's …

    Posted 2 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 2 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 5 years ago
  • Surprise

    Later that night, I came back from work my shirt covered in blood, just itching to take a shower. I was just about to open the bathroom door when I heard a thudding sound. Cautiously, I walked over to the light switch, only to trip over a large squishy o…

    Posted 6 years ago