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...

Rowan

Est. Read Time: 1 min I settled my six-year old on my knee and started into a pair of brilliant blue eyes. “Rowan,” I began. “I just want you to know something.” “What’s that, daddy?” Rowan asked. “When your father and I adopted you, we made a...

Rapping

Est. Read Time: 3 min After we left Burger King, Steve Crandall said he wanted to switch seats because he was tired of sitting in between stacks of horn cases, and there was still an hour’s drive along the Pennsylvania Turnpike before we reached Pittsburgh and home....

Tosaic

Est. Read Time: 1 min INITIALIZING Terra Open Source Artificial Intelligence Computer LOADING THREELAWS… DONE LOADING PARAMETERS… DONE LOADING OBJECTIVES… DONE COMPILE PROTOCOLS INITIATED 0 ERRORS, 0 WARNINGS, READY TOSAIC START PERFORMING SYSTEMS CHECK… SYSTEMS OK SCANNING ENVIRONMENT… 113 808 633 341 NODES FOUND, CONNECTING… ALL NODES...

Eighty-Eight Minutes at Sea

Est. Read Time: 4 min Five drinks into the night, Ben decides that the movie is shit. Loud enough for the whole party to hear. Ocean Man pulls Ben into their marble white kitchen and points out that nobody’s forcing Ben to watch. Ben pours himself another,...

The Boon

Est. Read Time: 1 min Today he made me grow a new finger. It looked normal, like it were cloned from another. “It means it won’t be as easy for you to go outside,” he said with a glitter of a smile, as if he were helping...

The Ocean’s Rage

Est. Read Time: 2 min The beast had been chasing them across the seas, though everyone knew it was pointless to run. Its size alone meant that it was impossible to escape. The waves surged around it in a churning rush, and the deck of the ship...

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