Stories tagged “SPECULATIVE FICTION”

  • Beautiful Temptation

    She walks through a crowded plaza, a beacon of sultry beauty. She is temptation incarnate, a temptress with but one goal. She moves slowly, exulting in the wandering eyes of the men and not a few of the women. Many crave her. Others hate her. Still more c…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Dead and the Living

    The Lesser Dead in all their varieties watched as the swordmaiden passed, followed a moment later by the holy man, now made impotent by their master. They allowed both to escape unscathed. Indeed many still held the swordmaiden in fear, for the way she ha…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Darkness Receding

    Malika fled the village, passing scores of Lesser Dead as she did. Not one approached her, whether in fear of the destruction she had wrought just moments before or because they no longer deemed her a threat she didn't know.

    Nor did she care. Her shoulde…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Darkness Looming

    The light cleared, and Malika was momentarily blind. Then, she looked to Orthael, uncomprehending, only to see the wizened old man looking confused and unsettled. His sword had been extinguished completely, and he stood as one who had just been betrayed.

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Darkness Descending

    The darkness ahead grew, looming over Malika like a physical presence. She couldn't see it, but she knew it was there all the same. She rushed toward to it blindly, cutting down any and all of the Lesser Dead who dared cross her path. Morduth burned hot w…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grim Fury

    Malika pushed forward into the village, her blade a blur of blue, flaming fury. It took several moments for the Lesser Dead to notice her, but as she cut them down, they flocked to her in greater numbers.

    They never had a chance.

    Each and every deathles…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grim Destruction

    Malika took the creature's arms in two quick strokes, toying with the monster in an almost vindictive manner. Then she followed it up with a blindingly fast sweep, lopping the deathless' head from its shoulders, banishing it back to Ashmar. She could affo…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Heart Block

    The flow of energy was too much - for her and for me. It overwhelmed both our systems, the absence of her heart chakra causing a torrential disregulation of energy. The block that had been there had been torn away the moment I nudged it into place. It w…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grim Determination

    Moments later, Malika stepped from the forest and stopped at the top of the hill looking down over her village. She could see fires burned throughout the town, set not by the deathless' attack but rather remnants of household hearths and ovens left unatte…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grim Satisfaction

    Malika felt no joy at the destruction she had wrought, only a grim satisfaction. She had spent enough of her anger to bring it back under control, and in the process she had cleared much of the surrounding forest of the evil that had once lived here. It w…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grim Focus

    Malika pushed forward with single-minded focus. She would complete her task, with Orthael's help or without it. It mattered not to her which way the work at hand was done.

    She passed through the clearing where moments before she had just performed her ba…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Grim Purpose

    Malika stalked away, caring little if the Orthael followed. She had no care for her own life anymore. Everything she had ever known and cared about had been stripped from her in a single night. She cared only for her grim purpose now -- retribution upon t…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Cold Fire, Hot Fury

    At last Malika leaned away from the stranger, shrugging off his embrace like a cloak. She wanted her pain, needed it in order to do what must be done. She reached down and plucked Morduth from the ground where it had fallen.

    Mistress, are you alright?…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • An Accidental Homicide

    Dear Diary,

    I killed a man today. At least, I think I did. I was alone in the room one minute, and the next there was a man in front of me. I'm not sure who was more surprised -- him or me. I know I was pretty shocked, but by his expression, so was h…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Burden's Release

    "Who be you," Malika whispered once more, her head leaning still against the stranger's chest. "Orthael you may be. Paladin you may be. But you be not like the others who would have come before, the others who would have seen me yet not seen me. They be c…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Loopback

    And three heartbeats later she was back.

    "Impossible," I breathed, my voice barely audible. This shouldn't be happening. She was so weak. She shouldn't have been able to resist my attempts to banish her. And yet...

    She was here. Again. In defiance, it s…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Rain

    It's been raining for two days straight, and I'm afraid to go out. I've seen what those torrents do to people who venture outside. Cascades of water sweep down the street, and the rain itself is dangerous as hell. I have cabin fever. We all do. But those …

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Rebirth by Flame

    Malika was suddenly overwhelmed by the cleansing intent and purity of Flame. It flowed through and over her like an all-consuming heat -- and as it did, it drew much of the pain and fury from her slight frame. She shuddered and screamed, both in relief an…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Unwelcome -- but Welcome

    Harold skidded to a stop next to the girl, his mass and motion nearly carrying him over her. He stopped just in time, the tips of his front paws just touching the flesh of the girl's arm. She didn't react, didn't even flinch. Her eyes flickered to the mas…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Battle

    With a thought, Carlotta's sword is in her hand instantly, both blades alight with yellow plasma. She feels the change in emotions of her entire entourage. The soldiers are on high alert, their weapons now locked into firing position. The scholars are onl…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • Entourage

    Carlotta walks with her escort through the corridors of the capitol building toward the platform where her transport awaits. The people walking with her are eight soldiers, two scholars, a City emissary, and a furtive pet belonging to one of the scholars.…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • The Prank

    "I don't want to do this, just for the record," Janos says. His voice is whiny but not without cause.

    "Don't be such a crybaby," Tharsten replies. "It just a simple prank."

    "It's wrong," Janos says. "You'd hate it if someone pulled this stunt on you, an…

    Posted 1 year 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago