The Ritual of Leviticai

Est. Read Time: 4 min Seldon Vermanth marched in time with the rest of the One Thousand Chosen. They marched in five tight lines down the long path leading to the Great Arch, a group of drummers keeping time behind them. On either side of the path,...

Dream Synopsis

Est. Read Time: 3 min With the waves crashing, and the sun setting, I knew that this would be one of my last chances to tell her how I feel. The weather felt tropical with the sand biting in between my toes. I thought as I walked...

Losing

Est. Read Time: 11 min I would appreciate any advice, notes, comments ect. I am a very amateur writer working on autobiographical fiction collection of stories. I don’t need up-votes. I just want a little help. Yes, I know my sentence structure, grammar the such sucks. I’m...

Beach Living

Est. Read Time: 1 min My disintegrating RV was by the ocean, on a lot in the middle of nowhere. The beach sucked, which is the only reason I could afford it, but at least it didn’t smell. No one came here, even in the prime season....

ERS 176-0505/013

Est. Read Time: 7 min The automated checklist only found two issues. Remarkably few for a transport of this age. The backup starboard data bus had a connection issue and one of the xenon tanks is losing some pressure again. Nothing too serious. It‘d be enough for...

Employee of the Month

Est. Read Time: 1 min I spent the day putting on the finishing touches on the report I’d been working on all week and checking it over for errors before submitting it just before the end of the day. Just as I was about to leave, my...

Beneath The Living

Est. Read Time: 2 min I’m in the dark place, now. I feel cold ichor and water dripping on my head. My voice echoes as I cry vainly for help into the lightless cave. The last bolt clicks into place above me, in the world of the...

A World of Glitter and Nonsense

Est. Read Time: 6 min She stared into a cup full of cold, milky-white liquid, a hazy reflection of her own face looking up at her with disinterest. Finally lifting the cup to her mouth, she closed her eyes as a streak of sweet, citric goo slushed...

The Protein Shake

Est. Read Time: 5 min The Protein Shake “I take the hydrolysed whey protein. The partially pre-digested type,” he said. “Because you can’t compromise on this stuff, especially when it’s all too easy to fill your body with food that’s not natural or interfered with,” Pre-digested? That...

Parting

Est. Read Time: 2 min They split the chattels in two. Half an eggplant sat in a half Tupperware container in what was left of the refrigerator. Half a television perched on half a cabinet. Half a Siamese spread itself over the semi-circle of the felted rug....

Flower of Power

Est. Read Time: 4 min In a small village where everything is green, a group of young boys are playing while they are walking back home. Clink! A flowerpot falls down, breaks apart, little white lily flowers touch the ground. “Oh Billie!! What should we do?” Danny,...

Natural Disaster

Est. Read Time: 3 min My mother wore the broken back of the house inside her. She made us grey dinners and lifted her face to see our faces when our lips moved. “Hello,” was all her face said, even if we made her angry, even if...

Born Under a Bad Sign

Est. Read Time: 12 min It was a little before three am when I crossed the border into South Dakota. But I could already hear the lights and sirens in the distance. “You have got to be kidding me.” I knew I must have been speeding, and...

Peppermint

Est. Read Time: 2 min “AAHT AAHT AAHT,” the alarm on the side table blares. “Whump.” The arm hits heavily. Johnny slumps out of bed and clicks on the daily news byte. “Don’t forget to take your preventative peppermint supplement today, the autumnal equinox. For nearly a...

Voyager 96

Est. Read Time: 4 min It takes me hours to fall asleep and even when I do, I’m just reliving the memories of him. His mother always said he took after me with his strong jaw and blonde hair. But it was the way he acted and...

The Midnight Window

Est. Read Time: 2 min He was watching them again. He found his nose pressed against the cold glass window, his eyes locked on the room beyond, unconsciously counting the rising and falling breaths of each dark lump snuggled warmly in the bed, and he had no...

Cheated

Est. Read Time: 5 min Winslow had been having a rough week in school, from falling asleep to troublesome grades. He wasn’t doing so well at home either. His parents had not noticed their son’s grades due to their constant fighting as of late. Normally his father...

When It Rains

Est. Read Time: 3 min It was a Thursday. In truth it was the last Thursday of the spring semester. The weather was humid, but clouds started to appear in the light blue sky. They brought the promise of rain. Rain that would end the torture of...

A Thin Sliver of Her Heart

Est. Read Time: 4 min There once was a Queen who desperately wanted a child.  Year after year, her longing grew, but no child came. It is most unfair, thought the Queen. She sought answers from her usual sources – physicians and therapists and Pilates instructors; sorcerers...

Flight of the Dandelion

Est. Read Time: 4 min In 2037, the people of the Earth knew that the end was near. At least they had a short warning to prepare for the inevitable. A massive, unknown comet was detected at the edge of the solar system on a deadly, unwavering...

Worms and Rats

Est. Read Time: 1 min The dresser is a mess. Every drawer is either crooked and open or missing altogether. Clothes from the early 1970’s overflow its wooden boarding and freefall onto a heavy shag carpet. A massive pile has accumulated. Collared shirts, collared jackets, jeans, and...

On the City Walls

Est. Read Time: 5 min He was a captain of the guard. He held his pike in his hand. They had defended the walls of the city for a thousand days. With his men he guarded his ruler and the people within. Dawn was breaking. The invaders...

Learning to Type

Est. Read Time: 3 min In the spring of 1964, I needed an easy class to fill out my schedule of college prep courses, so I signed up for typing. How hard could it be for someone routinely acing advanced math courses? On the first day of...

Beethoven’s Fifth in C Minor

Est. Read Time: 3 min My husband doesn’t listen to the voice from my lungs or the nuance of my protest, only the music of California wine and Beethoven’s Fifth in C minor. He says it has to be the Fifth. He has rules, my husband. It...

My Deja Vu Isn’t Deja Vu

Est. Read Time: 3 min Everyone knows what deja vu is. It’s the feeling of being somewhere and experiencing certain events before even though you haven’t had these experiences. I get that feeling a lot. But it’s not typical deja vu anymore. It’s almost like I’m experiencing...

Happy Hollandaise

Est. Read Time: 1 min He thought back to his parents. They had met at a graduate school conference on traditional beliefs of the west. It was an obvious match, both attending to present their research on the recent evolution of the predominant religion of the southern...

Foolish Love

Est. Read Time: 1 min It was a gloomy morning. He dreaded the day to come. He kissed her on the check and whispered, “Goodbye love, till we meet again.” As he stared at her silently resting in peace, he remembered all the good times; their first...

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...

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