Stories tagged “DEATH”

  • My Roller Coaster Buddy

    My Roller Coaster Buddy,

    The man who’d “bomb” my hair,

    A man of integrity, kind and fair.

    Who loved to tease,

    Who was silly and always had fun,

    Everyone has a favorite memory of “Brother Murphy”.

    To everyone he would meet,

    He’d give them a …

    Posted 17 days ago
  • Fractal Realities: The Sound of Fear

    Cicadas sang in the heat of the day. Mostly. But it was well past sundown and the night was far from silent. It overflowed with strange sounds, as if the darkened woods themselves were awake and agitated. It wasn't just the pulsing buzz of the cicadas e…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Fractal Realities: Suffering Builds Character

    It's difficult to grow up. Shoot, it's difficult to even figure out what that means. I suspect that the act of growing up is rooted in pain. Pain that is unfair, unique to you, callous, and solely your responsibility. From the white-hot shard of ice whose…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Point of Origin

    I hopped over a pair of the ash-filled streams, so contaminated that the clear water of my childhood had become an opaque gray. The air wasn't much better but it was getting clearer. The sun behind the smoky sky was still such an angry red that I could fe…

    Posted 4 months ago
  • New World Order: Prologue, Part Three

    Without altering his course, the man brushed by the human obstruction and with a negligible hand gesture sent him spiraling to the ground.

    More hands reached out for him trying to take hold of anything they could. When they found something to hang on to…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • A Many-colored Sheet

    A sullen sun, tired and heavy, settled on the Locata mountain ridge. It lay there like a man dying, bleeding pastel oranges and pinks out across the cloud streaked sky and down the purple shadows below.

    These last moments before night were the most beaut…

    Posted 10 months ago
  • Those Cloud-capped Towers

    Lloyd skated across an unnaturally still sky, the kind that looked and felt like twilight but you knew if you checked it would be nine pm or three am. Behind him followed a woman that wore many faces. He recognized some of them briefly, but knew that she …

    Posted 11 months ago
  • Dead Man Walking

    I am a dead man walking. That's not a metaphor, not a promise of a future event the way you usually think of it. I really am dead -- and have been for some time now.

    I walk the streets of this city. I pass by people on the sidewalk, and they instinctivel…

    Posted 11 months ago
  • Less than Salubrious Reminder

    I joined my papa at the top of the hill. Intertwining my fingers, I stretched again, slowly pushing the sky away, reminding my muscles that they too must wake and ready themselves for work. The pleasant ache started in my upper arms and flowed both up and…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Fever

    When the storm abated, we emerged to tie things down and try to get a fire going to dry some clothes. I carried chunks of wax in paper egg cartons for fire starter and we found plenty of downed sassafras, which burns when wet. Mom and her covers were stil…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • On the Perimeter

    Grims reached the outer fence, a rickety wooden thing with a large gap in between the top and bottom beam, that kept in the dumbest of the livestock. The gate was clear on the other side of the property and he didn't feel like circling the house just to u…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Caught Out with a Corpse

    It would be quicker to go through town but Grims didn't want to carry the corpse through the streets of Eggtown South. He already had a reputation, hard and bitter, but there was a difference between being rumored as a child-killer and toting a dead one d…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Falling Dark

    Grims surveyed the horizon moving only his eyes. He held a long butted rifle against his shoulder, barrel hot enough to warm the air near his neck. Nothing moved. The jamperscamps and mooncats had vanished at the sound of the first shot. In the ruddiness …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Tropes of the Trade: Muddled Bitters

    “Don't be so sure of yourself. You killed a man and blew up a building, you did not kill F.A.C.E. Honestly, you did as much as you could have. Impressive work for a pair spies."

    Jacqueline felt the familiar punch to the stomach that happened every time s…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Romp Roto

    The elephants decide to jump

    Upon the sofa

    bump bump bump

    Unfortunate, as I see now

    The couch had people

    Holy cow!

    But never mind, it's time to change

    A cheaper one in

    My price range

    Four hundred dollars more or less

    For couch and cousins

    What a mess

    The …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Quiet Ones

    You knew each other in school, you were neighbors, but it wasn’t until years later that you become friends. You would meet, make each other laugh, have fun. You needed that in your life; there wasn’t anyone else you could hang out with.

    But suddenly he…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Cabin Boy and the Sea (Con't) (Poetry)

    The cabin boy, now Master of the Ship, walked alone

    stepping over the glass-eyed corpses of meat and bone,

    men who had once been, the only fathers he'd ever known.

    He cried for his own loss and the light-lost souls forever gone.

    The ship shuddered and cr…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Intersection

    The lights flashed red and I raced forward. Car horns and the screech of tires blared at me, scolding me. Careening towards the woman that stood opposite me on the crosswalk. She registered me with a look of surprise, then she smiled and spread her arms …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Death, Cheated (2)

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Auntie Jean

    Wonderful Auntie,

    Beautiful Jean,

    Oh, how I will miss you,

    You'll never know what your friendship did mean.

    Sleep well, my friend,

    Jehovah saw all you did,

    In His loving memory,

    is where you'll be hid.

    Your positive attitude,

    Your loving spirit,

    Will no…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Death, Cheated (1)

    And when my time comes for a nat'ral death,

    Some future era of our shared, shamed land,

    I hope and firmly plan that I shall be

    Already gone and, I hope, barely missed.

    At best, of course, I'd be received by God,

    But as it's likely that I'll break His rule…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Connected by Love (3/3)

    I've learned to trust that love exists aplenty,


    And that most people long to be adored.


    Some think that one love's all they can afford,


    But open minds can oft embrace its bounty

    -

    And love the world entire, and each in turn!


    My heart, so full of you, …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Connected by Love (2/3)

    When you departed, love, you'd been afflicted

    And mute so long. My strength and hope had flagged.

    I felt myself alone, exhausted, ragged,

    But then there came a blessing unpredicted.

    -

    I'd thought my love was dying, nearly gone,

    And never to return, once …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Connected by Love (1/3)

    I'm torn, my dear. I don't know what to do.

    I wish you were alive, that you'd respond

    To guide me, as before--but you're beyond

    Such interactions now; still, I seek you.

    -

    Just hear me, please. I lack all peace of mind.

    It shuffled off just after you with…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • These Long Nights: Conversing with the Red Queen

    The cell was small and stone. Although the occupant was a thin woman, her presence filled the room to overflowing. I could feel it in the hallway. I set my chair down just out of arms reach from the thick iron bars, removed my hat and sat down. I smoothed…

    Posted 2 years ago