Stories tagged “FICTION”

  • Forward the Torchbearers

    “When we walk, we put one foot in front of the other. Each step forward we take is one that matters. If you are able to advance a yard, a foot, even an inch, then congratulations, you're still alive and doing us proud. Holding the line is good and it has…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The House of F

    The house appeared abandoned. It was spacious, boasting of what looked to be a dozen rooms, but falling apart. Broad windows, glass gray with dust. An iron plate set into the brick walls proclaimed the house as belonging to F. The massive front door was b…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Cast Downward

    "Oh you thought our world was the dark reflection of yours?" The man laughed. "That's quite the reversal. Your world is so terrible that we exile the worst of our criminals to your world."

    That stopped my accusations flat. "What?"

    "Any being that cannot…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • A City's Fury

    Damaran wove through the crowd with a thumb in his belt and glare for anyone that would meet his eye. It was a calculated posture designed to ward off would-be thieves. The sly ones would note the proximity of his hand and the apparent thinness of his mon…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    Sad, I picture myself cutting the sugary crust with my stainless steel fork. When it cracked apart there'd be a sharp sound of metal against porcelain. The crust, dark brown seeping to deep red, is softer, gooey, nearby.

    There is a ring of pineapple again…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • An Intrusive Thought

    I hadn't heard from you in several days, my dear close friend. Sunday when I thought of you I was suddenly sure that I would hear from you later that day, and that you had decided that it was best to stop all contact with me, that you could not feel any m…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Clash of Silent Drums

    Captain Iremond paced the length of the bridge. He knew it wasn’t good for the crew’s morale but he couldn’t stop himself. Today he was in charge for the first time. He’d be a fool if he wasn’t nervous. Even if everything went to plan, men were going to d…

    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 5 years ago
  • Filling the Void

    Marcos massaged his temple with a thick thumb. "Good party last night."

    I offered him some of my Water Plus. "You never know which one will be your last."

    He didn't grimace or laugh, just nodded as he accepted my canteen. He knew the stakes. We all did.…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • April Seventh

    I raised my glass of Southern Comfort to the lone cupcake. "Cheers."

    The whiskey was sweet and warm but didn't sit right in my stomach. Groaning, I set the glass back on the stained table, which was sad and bare except for the cupcake and the whiskey.

    M…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Getting Up

    I lay in the bed craving sleep. Even though I’d gone to bed at midnight, I’d woken up dozens of times, turning over and over, back and forth, continually searching for comfort that teased me. I felt groggy and gross. My body felt heavy as stone. I wanted …

    Posted 5 years ago
  • One by One

    The diesel motor ran loud. It drowned out the rattling of the nearby chain link fence. The distant cars in the review mirror slid by noiselessly.

    And still we waited.

    The dry drone of the news complained of the usual terror attacks in other countries: a…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • DIY 3 Word Prompt: Orbiting Her Before

    I spun around in lazy, mostly elliptical, circles. Enough time had passed--years, decades?--that I couldn't remember being caught. Orbiting her was an honor, a duty, a pleasure, a pain. It was all I knew. I kept watch because I didn't have a choice. I was…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Between Fire and Smoke

    "How do you kill an Empress?"

    I steeled the muscles in my face, and let my eyes rest on the man's shoulders. If this turned into a trap, I would make sure to take him with me into the void. Leaning back, I wormed myself into the chair's thick cushions, l…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • City Reds

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 5 years ago