Pursuit of Happiness

Est. Read Time: 2 min As I walked along the forest path, I was surprised by all the people out as well on that cool spring day. They ran in pairs down the path, rode bikes in groups, or slowly walked alone. My mind was full –...

Ok Maggy

Est. Read Time: 16 min “SHIIIITTT! TRISH GET IN HERE!” yells Mr. Ratcliff Trish barges in the office door and surveys the scene with a practiced calm. Thomas Ratcliff, her boss for the past four years, is frustratingly sopping up steaming hot coffee from his office bar...

An Invasion That Was Forgotten

Est. Read Time: 3 min BY ORDER OF THE ARKAN COUNCIL THIS FILE IS NOT TO BE REVEALED TO THE PUBLIC. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION BY A SECURITY COGNITOHAZARD. FILE DESIGNATION: 2019; MASS INCURSION OF SOLAR SYSTEM ADDENDUM 2019-1: INFORMATION DESCRIBING THE ALPHA...

The Meaning of “Yandere”

Est. Read Time: 1 min The prototypical Yandere would be the girl who falls in love with some guy, goes crazy for him (literally), bumps off the other girl who likes him and makes it look like an accident, then dates him for a few weeks until...

Call My Name

Est. Read Time: 5 min Call my name. Call my name, he repeated. And again, and again, and again, non-stop. Call my name. The atmosphere was dark and dense, my head weighed heavily, I could lift it if I really tried, but my neck was in so...

They Ain’t So Bad

Est. Read Time: 2 min They arrived just over five years ago. The aliens showed up like a meteor out of the blue, coursing through the wrinkles in space, from a star so remote, we didn’t even have the telescopes to see it. It wasn’t just a...

Persona 9

Est. Read Time: 23 min Beyond the large showroom windows of Asimov Robotics, the world lay obscured by the pouring rain. Crowds of people hurried up and down the boulevard amidst the towering building in lumbering masses of raincoats umbrellas. Cars shot across the sky overhead in...

The Pill

Est. Read Time: 2 min The Pill rests in my hand. The sweet sweet release from this world rests in my palm One swallow, and my pain will be freed, never again. On the palm of my hand, happiness rests. Should I take it, or should I...

Bricolage

Est. Read Time: 1 min 1. Recipe Card I sob into the meatloaf. No one must know. I knead my tears into the breadcrumbs. They fall against shiny egg white. In the end everything combines. Everyone smiles as they eat my tears. Extra good meatloaf, Mom! they...

Bells on the Mind

Est. Read Time: 1 min The bell tolls every fifteen minutes instead of on the hour. It quarters her time, her life, her mind, until it takes fifteen minutes to eat lunch, read a memo, stretch her legs. The human mind is habitual and Sarah’s was no...

The Last Trial

Est. Read Time: 2 min “What have you come here for, wanderer?” The dark one was terrible and tall, its face covered in black feathers. It spoke to me through a throat-medal of gold, copper, and rose quartz. On either side of the creature, giants with elongated...

Acceptance

Est. Read Time: 1 min A knife scrapes against a wall of a prison cell etching another tally in a long line of markings. “I can feel it taking over now. This sadistic labyrinth has molded my mind and contorted my will. Now, with my teeth reddened...

Host

Est. Read Time: 6 min “So, how exactly does this thing work?”; The reporter asked. While his cameraman focused his lens on the subject of the news story, the producer pantomimed off-camera for Richard to ask more informative questions. He nodded back that he understood. “We use...

My First Words

Est. Read Time: 1 min I had reached my fourth birthday and had yet to utter my first word. My parents had brought me to speech therapists, psychologists and doctors. Father took me out and bought me a model railway set. When we got home, there was...

Off the Grid

Est. Read Time: 11 min Despite the entrancing plot and compelling characters, her crime novel became an indistinguishable blur. On the third pass reading the same line over, Anna drowsily conceded defeat. Reluctantly she closed the book and put it on the nightstand. It was way past...

Midnight Visitor

Est. Read Time: 2 min Last night, while asleep upstairs in bed. I was startled awoke by the sound of something heavy hitting the living room floor. Mere seconds went by, then the sound of what appeared to be a chair falling over. I just lied there,...

Winter Light

Est. Read Time: 3 min In the morning, I am surprised to find that I have lived through the night. There is grey light behind the blinds. I roll over and check my phone, look at the time, turn off the alarm before it rings at me....

Away

Est. Read Time: 1 min She walked beside the pavement pulling her bedroom behind. Her head faced the road trying to find an escape. Holding out an arm she extended her thumb, an attempt to catch the next ride to anywhere. A strong wind blew through, causing...

The Sky Is Just Another Neighborhood

Est. Read Time: 4 min In Camperland, we wake up early. The traffic starts before sunrise, all those people speeding down PCH from Malibu or the Valley to go to work, the endless hamster wheel, dad says. Britt and I sleep in the bed that converts to...

River

Est. Read Time: 1 min You were a glass full of idiosyncrasies. You barely spoke with anyone and when you did, the words that tumbled out of those tantalizing cherry-stained lips of yours were riddles. You were an enigmatic being, an archaic puzzle that everyone wanted to...

The Bridge

Est. Read Time: 1 min “Do it.” He said. I placed my hands against the waist-high cement wall that blocked us from the ten foot drop. Leaning over I coughed, hawked, and shot a bullet of snot and saliva into the rushing water; the water that was...

She Waits between Egg and Slug

Est. Read Time: 2 min In the refrigerator: two brown eggs. The farmer warned of blood spots in the yolk. Now she can’t crack them. On the porch: an enormous slug, luminous trail winking wherever the sun outwits the trees. Inside on a stunning day. Snappish and...

Ambiguity of Love

Est. Read Time: 1 min Regret It’s the darkest of the night.Yet the night seems even darker to him.Fear does that to people,shows them things at their worst or perhaps as something more sinister than they possibly could be.His body is drenched with sweat yet he has...

Tales from the Sim: The Addicts

Est. Read Time: 2 min “I don’t think we should be doing this.” Dave turned as his coworker came in and sat down. Matt shot an annoyed glance back, but didn’t say anything. “Matt,” Dave tentatively put a hand on his shoulder, “we can’t keep this up....

The Fire

Est. Read Time: 2 min The fire changed everything. Nothing was right anymore. Nobody was right anymore. The fire came from the sky to take the lucky ones. It showed no mercy to the rest. It destroyed the land. It destroyed the water. It destroyed living and...

Metaphors in the Forest

Est. Read Time: 2 min “It’s okay.” She told him. “Take a few paces forward and you find yourself in a new place with a new purpose.” “I can’t just abandon all I was and what I am.” He protested. She studied him, wondering what to say....

Liquid

Est. Read Time: 1 min The black liquid of the small bottle shone under the moonlight. Thoughts of the promise of the old woman filled her head. “Drink this and the person you hate the most will die.” With one gulp, she drank the bitter liquid. Pain...

She’s Drinking Alone

Est. Read Time: 2 min I see the pictures Amie left for the world on various social media outlets. It’s disturbing to me, she’s getting drunk by herself on a Friday afternoon, but calling her seems inappropriate. Who am I, her mother? And anyway, our last conversation...

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