Stories tagged “UNP”

  • Chip chip chip

    It's dark and the rats are eating my sleep. They feast on my lack growing fat and fearless. I've been in bed for three hours, tossing and turning, and each time I slide from consciousness into that darkened stage of the first dream, the crinkle of paper o…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Trinity: Separate Corners

    I hate running. The thought wasn't mine. Or at least it wasn't solely mine. The walls in my mind dividing the three of us were the thinnest of paper screens and unless we were very careful, even the lightest thought bled through. Careful didn't apply to…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • The Devil's Motto

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Teetering

    The mirror didn't hold anything back. Even when it was steamed over, my bulbous shadow watched in silent judgment.

    I tried to avoid his eyes but I took up enough of the mirror that I couldn't hide my pear shaped vulnerability. The admittedly minor amount…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • A Conversation with the Unconscious

    “No, I wouldn't say you're fat.” Trent said, his face pressed against my back. Despite the heat of the apartment, it was a welcome comforting warmth. “But both of us could stand to lose some weight.”

    I stiffened. Now his face was too close. It was in my …

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Children of Angels

    A face cruel and beautiful appeared above us in the bright afternoon sky interrupting our picnic. James and I hadn't had a moment to ourselves for months thanks to a sleep stealing tax audit and the one day when we are nestled against each other like two …

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Free to Love

    We climbed to the top of Memorial Hill. I didn't think too much of the flag flapping above us. My mind was totally on Nataxia. Her hand glowed inside mine, warm against the Autumn night.

    Stone benches ringed the flowerbed and the block of bronze emblazon…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Languishing the Night

    The reeds outside swayed, swept by a breeze that I couldn't feel. The candles never wavered so it wasn't just me. The two mountains known locally as the Two Sisters stood high and dark against the star-filled night sky.

    “Why do we still wait? It's dark e…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Strength is Weakness

    "Umm, there's no shoes allowed in here." The girl said, stretching long over her legs.

    I'd been in the same room at least two dozen times and no one had ever complained until now but I just nodded and said, "No problem."

    As I started peeling off the hee…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Predatory Behavior

    “Your dad doesn't want you hanging around here.” Me, I added silently.

    A woman leaned over a white rail, pointing at choppy waves and shouted Shark.

    Margot placed her palms on my kitchen counter and danced back and forth. “Yeah, I know. I don't see wh…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Into the Wild

    We marched with triumphant certainty to the chain linked fence's gate. Mark went first, stepping on to the latch and sliding up and over before dropping down to the other side.

    “See, it's easy.”

    My eyes fell on the No Trespassing sign and all of a sudde…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Foreign Peacemakers

    I had cut through Liddell Park on my way to my girlfriend's flat. It wasn't the first time I'd tried to save time this way. Above the rounded tops of the trees, the summer sky was filled with wispy clouds like a cotton ball being stretched thin across the…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Benign and Malignant

    The echo of my boots attracted the silent judgment of every deluded man in the Hall. Under their disapproving gaze, I was glad to be wearing armor. Well judgment could go both ways and while the Order held temporal power, I was now a peer to a different k…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Reflections of Shadows Carried

    As I turned right at the old adobe building, Carmen's voice piped up from the back seat. "Grandma, where are you going?"

    I was surprised that she had noticed. Usually her head was bowed over her phone, oblivious to the world around her.

    "The Iron Skille…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • What About Incomplete Good Deeds?

    Heading to Starbucks for some writing, I turned on to Fernando Valley Road. It was one of those four lane roads where the city speed limit is upped to fifty. Across the median, I saw an old man on foot. Behind him a blue van sat defeated on the shoulder. …

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Hot Lead

    All signs pointed to a rather violent end. The lights were off, the windows smashed. Curiously, the internet had been disconnected. Why would someone disconnect the the computers if they were going to blackout the house? I suspected that the intruder was …

    Posted 3 years ago
  • The (Meta) Drama of the Game

    “Why are you kicking me out? What did I do?”

    Jack wouldn't quite meet my eye, staring just past my shoulder. He looked so pathetic standing there, shoulders slumped, hands stuffed in his pocket. I almost felt bad for him. Almost.

    I didn't respond though…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • On a Breaking Bridge

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 3 years ago
  • The Power of a Promise

    Driven by a promise, through the dark and twisted tunnels of the Dewar and the misty mountains of the Jian, through shrouded wood of the Elhu and the gray hillocks of the Hob, I have come. Step by heavy, faltering step I have traversed such distance and b…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Patience

    When my eyes grew too heavy, I listened.

    My contact with the stone made a tiny scraping sound whenever I shifted weight. Small brush and greenery rustled beyond the confines of the climbing road. Above my head what once felt like a claustrophobic cloud b…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The Second Lesson

    At the broken rail, I stopped.

    My head spun, it was difficult to focus. I could not stand. My tongue felt like sandpaper in my mouth. Thirst was a constant fire in my chest.

    I sat, took off my sandals, crossed my legs, and waited.

    From the start, I had…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Awareness

    By the third day, or at least after my third extended rest, I knew something was wrong.

    I woke as usual to the appearance of lighter fog, but discarded the idea as wishful thinking. The light never changed here. Slinging my bag, I set my foot upon the ne…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Perseverance

    Without confidence, I judged that it was my second day on the stair, and I was running low on food and water. Many of my supplies were sinking somewhere down in the valley mires. I shuddered at the memory of my escape.

    When the twilit grey dulled, I rest…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • The First Lesson

    After the Shadowed Valley, at the foothills of Mount Piru, I first saw the Ten Thousand Stares.

    That is the literal translation. It is in fact a staircase, older than memory. Starkly simple yet curiously elegant grey slabs of stone, with matching baniste…

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Corrupt Life Spring

    The fire rain came again last night, driving holes in the already pitted metal over our heads. Cossa and Sandry caught some splash drops with their faces and woke with permanent tears. Fire rain burned but everyone in our holding catches what they can to …

    Posted 4 years ago