Who Wants To Be Normal?

Est. Read Time: 1 min Today the doctor said that everything is just fine. That I’m COMPLETELY normal. What? How can that be? I mean, he’s a DOCTOR, right? Of all the people in the world, surely HE’D notice! Yet, he didn’t even wink when he said...

Jail Time

Est. Read Time: 1 min ‘I can’t believe I ended up in jail!’ Brad exclaimed. His friends glanced at each other and sipped their drinks. They were all thinking the same thing; Brad knew exactly what he was getting into and should quit complaining. ‘You weren’t in...

They Call It Grace

Est. Read Time: 1 min The chief’s son broke one of the major tribal laws. One that the chief himself had made. The penalty was thirty-nine lashes with a whip in the public square. He loved his son so much, he couldn’t bear the thought of his...

Best Be Sure

Est. Read Time: 3 min Mersion stayed off the open streets, choosing to pick a much more demanding path through the cratered homes and rubble where the bombs had fallen. His progress was further impaired by the amount of meat that he’d lost from his body. Blade...

Innocence

Est. Read Time: 1 min Linda smiled at me today. I cannot describe the immense feeling of bliss I get in the pit of my stomach when I’m around her. We’ve only been collegues for a few weeks, but she is by far the most astounding woman...

Evelyn

Est. Read Time: 3 min Catherine Jenkins has worked on the dissection floor for many years but has not once considered the gory nature of her job. Nobody here does. Humanix is a huge corporation and this factory is surely one of its largest. Multi-storied, perpetually filling...

Abduction

Est. Read Time: 1 min I awoke in a dark room today. A headless body sits a few feet from me reeking of excrement. I hear men shouting, burst of what I believe to be gunfire and animals gnawing on somthing moist… I fear the worst. Although...

Bringing the Children Home

Est. Read Time: 4 min This morning I scrubbed the apartment more thoroughly than was necessary considering I’d declined all visitors, both the well- and ill-wishing kind. I ignored the phone. The battery will be dead in a few hours and I’m considering letting it stay that...

Continuity Failure

Est. Read Time: 3 min There’s an expectant pause as the screen fills with blurry grey patterns. Martin gently places a finger on the forearm of the dishevelled man to his left. Thumbs stop flicking across the screen of a smartphone. Bleary eyes lift to briefly focus...

Lights Off

Est. Read Time: 1 min The door is locked and my hands are trembling, covered with blood. I heard constant sound of loud knocks. I shake in fear, and hide immediately behind the door. ‘Someone’s got the key.’ Ice melted from my nape down to my system....

First Kill

Est. Read Time: 1 min I killed a man today. I keep telling myself it was self defense but I know the truth. This would be the first time I have not coward in a corner like a frightened child but actively pursued an adversary. Alas, like...

Computer Assistance

Est. Read Time: 2 min “You’re just a goddamn computer!” And you are an annoying human being. “Yeah, but you don’t get to tell me what to do. Who the hell do you think you are – my mother?” I am sure if your mother were here...

28 Years

Est. Read Time: 1 min They’re still married and still live in the same house, though they sleep in separate bedrooms and have no use for each other these days. The children have their own lives and hardly come around. Their parents’ lives amuse them if they...

Solar Flare

Est. Read Time: 3 min I feel a rattling and distant heat; the final storm is brewing. Yet I lie here in the grass, full of optimism. *** Enthralled, I gazed at the sky. Auntie taught me the constellations and planets as a child; I loved to...

Joey and Joe

Est. Read Time: 1 min At nine, Joey couldn’t wait to grow taller so he could go on the rollercoaster. At sixteen, Joey bought a used car and, soon after, got his first parking ticket. At twenty, friends called him Joe instead of Joey. At thirty, Joe...

Bullfrog’s War

Est. Read Time: 2 min Notes from the field: The tank commander, Bullfrog, washed down military-issue amphetamines with cold coffee carefully rationed from his thermos. Skirmishes along the Bolotene fields on the Eastern Front of this unfolding armageddon had left him battered and weary. But the long-anticipated cyphers...

Cape Town, 1991

Est. Read Time: 2 min (trigger warning for sexual assault involving children/minors) The ceiling is white, the walls are white, the curtains are white. They swell and recede in unison like lungs. On the breeze, Mina can smell frangipani and chlorine. She is pinned to the sofa...

Marital Tension

Est. Read Time: 1 min Our married writing couple disagree on one major point. He is addicted to the present tense, while she wrote only in the past. The books they read fit those preferences. Picture the scene. He writes a scathing review of her latest novel,...

The End

Est. Read Time: 1 min Nothing seemed important – mostly because nothing was. All needs were provided for; food and water were dispensed on demand, clothes fabricated and distributed automatically, everything necessary for sustaining life was available and effortless. That was the grand idea the Predecessors. Every...

The Lone Soldier

Est. Read Time: 4 min The Last Squadron This is the tale of the Lone Soldier, to be a message to those who stand. The ground shakes, rumbles, and roars as the shells fall. The Earth itself torn asunder by the power of invention; lumps of stone...

The Missing Ingredient

Est. Read Time: 1 min “BANG! I GOT YOU!” I hear from my children outside. Frustration, it can come in different forms. And for me, it’s coming in the form of my children today. The deadline for my publisher is in only a few hours, and all...

Bridge

Est. Read Time: 1 min Knight encounters a troll on a bridge. “Do I have to fight you, you hideous creature?”, said the knight. “You won’t have to fight me if you pay the toll” “I’m in a hurry, troll. What is the price?” “Promise to keep...

A Happy Birthday

Est. Read Time: 7 min In the La Perouse Peoples Square everything was prepared for this Years festivities. The LN was displaying a new Anti-Meteor Railgun. People where gathering around it to study its technical specifications. It was based on ancient technology, built down to cost, impressive...

Cubalub

Est. Read Time: 3 min Cubalub, my son woke up saying the last time he was home. Cubalub in his calloused, cigarette-torn voice. I started to like how he said it, liked how he spoke as if it were something obvious, a given, a garnish on top...

The Only Ones

Est. Read Time: 3 min Civilizations often realize it before the end. They do talks and debate it in whatever type of media they’ve invented. At first nobody really cares, or thinks about it too much. However as time goes on, more and more realize it. It’s...

Home-baked Apple Pie

Est. Read Time: 3 min As James crept up to the door, a sense of dread flowed within him. Going from his head to his toes, he knew he wasn’t going to make it out alive. The curiosity was terribly crippling, as he had no clue what...

Doorways

Est. Read Time: 2 min I heard a knock at the door, but I looked out my window to an empty porch. I figured I’d made a mistake. I resumed reading Transworld Snowboarding. Eyes glaze over Travis Rice’s backside 3 as another knock, more distinct and purposeful,...

Sentinel

Est. Read Time: 4 min “A sentinel is never corrupted. A sentinel never falters A sentinel never fears A sentinel is never defeated If a sentinel falls Another will take his place We are the gate of mankind The spear that keeps the darkness at bay And...

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