Stories tagged “FANTASY”

  • Snug

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 5 months ago
  • When Friends are not Friends

    By the time Kharon showed up, there was virtually no sign of the camp at all. We didn't try to hide the fact that a number of people had been there, but there were no signs of the tents or the campfire. Everything had been packed up and stowed away. Nothi…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • When Friends Have Already Met

    I returned to the camp and let them know the good news. “Kharon agreed to help. He hates what the new governor has done as much as we do and will be here momentarily to guide us through a secret way under the walls and back into the palace.”

    Civitas stoo…

    Posted 8 months ago
  • Pathways in the Dark

    The room, if you can call it that, for it was enormous, easily the largest single chamber I'd seen down here in the dark, was a nightmare landscape of chaos. I had to shake my head and blink my eyes several times to try to rid myself of the vertigo it i…

    Posted 9 months ago
  • Chase in the Dark

    I ran through the tunnels, following the sounds of your laughter as they bounced off the walls around me. The shape of the tunnels played tricks on my ears -- every time I thought I was close to catching you, I turned a corner to find you were no longer t…

    Posted 9 months ago
  • Beautiful Triumph

    An adolescent boy, nude but for a spotlessly white loincloth. Great feathered wings sprout from his shoulder blades, so perfectly clean and glorious that anyone who saw them would be instantly blinded. But of course there are none who can.

    He stands in t…

    Posted 10 months ago
  • Memorial Post

    "And on that day, I will be here to turn you back. This truce will stand, this war is over, whether you wish it or not." I approached the god-post and jammed my blade into the wood just below the loathsome face that peered back at me.

    "You are releas…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Message Post

    "This is truce by ultimatum," the god sneered.

    "It is," I agreed. "But it is a truce, nonetheless. You and your kind leave this world alone forevermore, and I and my descendants will cease our war upon yours. That I must force this is irrelevant, but pea…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Post of Ultimatum

    The god was silent for a time. Irritation appeared across its countenance, but it knew now it had no choice in this matter. It was merely processing this information, coming to terms with it, making peace with its new fate.

    "Very well," it agreed. "I am …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Broken Post

    "You are not a man at all, are you?" I heard the god ask behind me. "Nor a god. You are both less -- and more."

    Suddenly the weight of everything that had happened fell upon me. The burden weighed heavily on my head, on my shoulders, and I felt immensely…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Bronze Post

    The god finally found its voice, and not to my surprise, there was a quaver to it. "What are you?" it asked. "You are less than expected, yet more than you seem. The power you hold does not compare even to the simplest Alderman, and yet you are fluent i…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Carving Post

    I said nothing to the god, merely turned my back to it and stepped to the golden post from which the spectre of death continued to emanate. The fleshing blade was still in my hand, and using the curved tip of that sanctified steel, I drew the point along …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Post-War, Pre-Truce

    "The bargain is this," I began. "A truce. An end to this petty war that began with my ancestors, that has led to so much death."

    "NEVER!" the god roared, cutting me off. "WE WILL HAVE OUR VENG--"

    I held up my blade again and said nothing. The god's mout…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Dance in the Dark

    We moved lightly through the corridor, which eventually opened up in a larger space, pocked with deep pools of the evil liquid. We paused, scanning the room, then looked to each other. Without a word, we clasped hands.

    We moved quickly but carefully acro…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    It had all been a fantasy, a fever dream of sorts, the kind that lasts for a year. I had truly believed he could love me back the way I loved him.

    First, the straw man, or men, of which there were many. I'd convinced myself that his little girlfriend wa…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Dreams into Nightmares

    Everett called at the door, "Hey, you guys having a party in there?"

    Sasha wiped her tears and checked her face in the mirror.

    "Just a minute!" Natalie called out.

    Some lady pushed her way in, looking perturbed. Natalie shoved Sasha out of the bathroo…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Danger in the Dark

    At some point the redolent scent of moisture reached our noses, clinging to the air around us. Soon, it became apparent why.

    We reached a section of tunnel that was damp and cool, moist with condensation that itself brown and foul-smelling. We avoided to…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Companions in the Dark

    We traveled again, the tunnel growing narrower and wider at sporadic intervals. At times we were able to walk side-by-side. At others we were forced to move one behind the other, and when we did, we each took turns leading the way forward. When you led yo…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Aid in the Dark

    You were at my side in an instant, an angel of light and beauty so magnificent that even now I cannot put it to words. You fell to your knees and cradled my head in your lap. I barely heard the slight pop of a vial being uncorked, but a second later a liq…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Wounded in the Dark

    We spotted dozens of other traps as we progressed, avoiding each with ease. They were not well hidden, seeming to be laid more as an annoyance than as to be any genuine threat. And yet we took no chances. We treated each one as potentially lethal, until f…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Discernment in the Dark

    The floor leveled out and opened up into a cavernous space. We held our lanterns aloft, as high above our heads as we could manage, but even so there was not enough light to chase away the inky blackness. In the shadows around us we could hear things movi…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Descending into the Dark

    We set out again, following the same pathway we'd been on before. The floor beneath us continued to slope downward. The ceiling of the tunnel dropped low in places but never so much that we needed to stoop. We weren't certain where we were headed. Such wa…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Comfort in the Dark

    You reached out your injured arm, placing your hand on my shoulder while I wrapped and bound it. You didn't even wince as I pulled the bandages tight to help slow the blood flow. One of the Healers would need to tend to the wound once we returned to the H…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Piercing the Dark

    Our blades flashed in the dark, sparks of light from our lanterns flickering off our weapons. The things were all around us, attacking from the sides, the floor, even the ceiling. We stood back-to-back and warded them off -- one, two, sometimes even three…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Traversing the Dark

    We traveled like that for some time. Talking. Sharing. Laughing. It was always a joy to travel with you, and it was no less so this time.

    And as we walked, we noticed the ground beneath our feet begin to slant ever so slightly downward.

    The thing about…

    Posted 1 year ago