Stories tagged “UNP”

  • Shadows

    There's a darkness in you. It hides in our whole family. It's a sickness that must be fought and accepted in equal parts. I know it. You won't, not until you look inside yourself without flinching and recognize that your darkness shares your face. It's in…

    Posted 7 days ago
  • Visible Consequences to Invisible Burdens

    I watched as a deep, dark, gulf widened between two people leaning against the same Honda Civic. Papers had been served, the process of divorce started. It wasn't too late to stop but it was too late to stop without consequences. My sister's whole body wa…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • An Exchange of Gray

    Behind the shimmering curtain of rain, made bright by passing headlights, a stately house appeared. Faint at first, its thin translucence swallowed the house that had been built in its absence. As the rain splashed against the walls and roof, the house be…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Like Answering a Payphone

    In the dark my hands made twisted shapes, more through intuition than direction. They danced like they belonged to a conductor, while my fingers played the air in long strokes like a pianist's. I was aware of their movements but I couldn't see them. They …

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Fractal Realities: Waking Paralysis

    Hurrying to the bathroom, I felt like I was going to burst. I prayed that no one was in it and reached for the handle. It was open. I locked it and rushed to the toilet, dropping my pants as I did so.

    I had to bending down to raise the seat up. My face…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Fractal Realities: Symptoms of Separation

    The cool of the window pane seeped into Roger's skin, bringing blessed cold. In a few minutes it would be too much but for now it felt like relief. Anything to bring down the fever that was overheating his body and stealing his energy. It was worse at nig…

    Posted 1 month 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 1 month ago
  • Lower Your Shields for My Next Trench Run

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    Posted 1 month ago
  • Fractal Realities: Lost and Found

    The last thing I remembered was driving . . . somewhere. Somewhere important. I think to meet somebody. Through one window, the rocky face of mountain frowned at me in slow motion. Through the other, the sea nodded in groups of white-capped heads that mur…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Fractal Realities: Thrill of the Fight

    The two fighters were clumsy. They didn't know that before but they knew it now. Winning a fight was something they'd both taken for granted. With size and power on their side, they hadn't bothered to learn finesse. Mastering a fighting style took time an…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Fractal Realities: Funneling

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    Posted 1 month 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 1 month ago
  • Fractal Realities: Siren's Call

    I'm in a fun house. I've always like how the good ones play with perception. It reminds me of the Get Smart opening: expectation and subversion in a fun way. And they're so enthusiastic. Not the operators necessarily, who've seen this millions of times, b…

    Posted 1 month 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 2 months ago
  • When Water Kills

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    Posted 2 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 2 months ago
  • Vulture Chic Among Fiends

    "Ah that's a real nice boon there, a standout miracle of blessings that any priest-liar's tongue would envy. Many thanks for this warmth, my fiend, that you've bestowed upon me in drink-form. She is a real beauty that touches me loving-like, a whisper tha…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • The Agony of Awakening

    Light.

    It was too hot.

    Uncomfortable.

    If I could just worm my way deeper into unconsciousness I wouldn’t have to face . . . anything.

    Something nuzzled against the top of my head. My skin crawled. Not daring to open an eye too wide lest I see too clea…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Sluggish

    The girl took a step back from me, a hand creeping to her mouth.

    “Umm, is that normal?” she asked, nodding toward the blood streaks running down the spears of grass.

    Normal? I tried to connect anything to that word but nothing came to mind. Trying to th…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Re-evaluating Strangers

    I couldn’t help but groan. Standing up had not been a good idea. Everything hurt.

    “Do you know that guy?” the girl asked.

    An icy spike shot up my spine. Panic swarmed at the edge of my vision like beating wings. I hunched down and grabbed her arm. “What…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Memory is like Water in Cupped Hands

    An uncomfortable tingling ran across my shoulders and up the back of my neck; the sensation of insects crawling across my grave.

    “Where did he go? People don’t just disappear!” I didn’t quite shout.

    The girl looked away and said softly, “People disappea…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • Unleashing the River

    I followed the stream up to where I had dammed it a year ago. I was surprised it had held this long. It hadn't taken much to build, just a couple dozen rocks stacked in the right places. Looking back, I wondered why I had done it at all. I mean I knew the…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • To Be Named

    I felt around the sides of my neck. She was right. The skin there was sore, tender to the touch. My suspicion of her seemed justified and came flooding back. I was choked recently and she finds me, leash in hand? I don't know if it was guilt or what that …

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Summer's End

    Thanks to a bright sun and a wide cloudless sky, the afternoon was warm with nothing but the echo of a breeze to prevent it from getting too hot. That just goes to show that monsters weren't caged by night. They can show up at any time, even a day as nic…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Vulture Chic Among Rats

    "Here it gors. Me and my cogs was moffing along the murky part of the Long Tews, minding our own business-grifts, we was. When all of a sudden these two 'barians spilled outta a drunkard's den. Real strangers, they was, and really going at it, faces like …

    Posted 3 months ago