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August 2nd

Joined June 2011.

128 stories, 27 challenges, 305 comments, and 44 friends

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Stories

  1. Under the Ivy

    I extricated myself from the myriad of conversations in the room and extracted the note that Elise had slipped into my pocket. I sipped from my scotch and opened the note. You know I’m not good with crowds. Please make my apologies to everyone. W...

  2. In Between Minds: Awe and Shock

    The song, lacking any specific source, flowed around and through me with an ethereal beauty that awed me. It seemed impossible that the many thousands of voices that this choir seemed to comprise could produce so perfect a performance. I was intimately...

  3. Noir: Heaven and Hell (Mature)

  4. GPS: Tracking Toward Crater

    Petrov turned from the screen. Reaching for his coffee, his hand stopped as he noticed the barely perceptible standing wave rippling across the surface of the dark liquid. He stepped to E-ELT’s control monitor and watched some of the data readout...

  5. Noir: Loose Cannon

    She mumbled a lie about how she didn’t want to leave me, knowing how much danger she’d put me in. I sighed, stepped into the hall, retrieved her suitcase and escorted her into my flat. She hung her coat on the coat rack, removed her shoes a...

  6. Faux Noir: Interruption

    “Maryanne’s” slender wrist was in her “husband’s” grip. I strode back to her table. I pulled his hand away from her wrist, shoved the table out of the way, and pushed his chair back. The chair slid, caught on somethi...

  7. Noir: Before Dawn (Mature)

  8. Motivated (Mature)

  9. Noir: Intruder in the Dark

    I checked the bolt on the flat’s entrance door. I turned out all of the lights in the apartment and returned to the living room couch. Again with my gun at hand, I dozed off. A click from the entrance awoke me. I scrabbled behind the couch, gun a...

  10. Blanc

      White. A blank page or canvas. The challenge: bring order to the whole…   through design… composition… tension… balance… light… and harmony.     — Stephen Sondheim, Sun...

  11. Noir: The Unexpected Phone Call

    I figured I’d be fairly safe at home. Except for Tugger, I hadn’t seen anyone at the club who knew who I was. Nevertheless, I lay down on the living room couch with my pistol drawn. It had been an expensive night. Between giving cash to Tug...

  12. Noir: Safely Away

    “Don’t worry about the clothing, doll. I’ll wire you some money to cover some new clothes and rent. I don’t have enough on me right now.” “Oh, Nicky, you don’t need to do that. I have more than enough money of ...

  13. Noir: Fools Rush Out

    Shouting followed us outside where we came face to face with the hired palooka. His eyes widened, then narrowed again as he took in the situation. A shift in his posture told me what was coming and I threw my left arm up beside my head in time to harml...

  14. Noir: Where Angels Fear to Tread

    Maryanne was in pain, her slender wrist in the death grip of her husband. That wouldn’t do. I strode back to her table. With one hand, I grabbed his wrist. With the other, I grabbed at his pinky finger and started to pull it away from her wrist. ...

  15. Noir: The Walking Dead

    Tugger and I stepped away from his table. “Kid, there’s something I need you to do for me. The lady that I’m with claims that her husband has stolen a very valuable necklace. The problem is that I don’t know if she’s telli...

  16. Noir: Confirmation

    “What else do you know about it?” I asked. “Well, until recently, the Bête Noire belonged to Randall Stone. Maryanne was seen with it in public after the divorce so it seems likely that he gave it to her. Say, does this have anything...

  17. Noir: Looking for a Lifeline

    “No, I never did. You can trust me, but I don’t know if I can trust you.” She blanched. I continued, “Look, because I loved you once, I’ll lay it on the table. I’ve never heard of this Bet Nwar and I don’t know...

  18. Noir: In Deep

    “But I don’t think he still has it,” Maryanne continued. “I think he’s either sold it or given it to someone.” “What makes you think that?” “Look around you, Nick. Look at this place. Everything is ...

  19. Noir: The Bête Noire

    We returned to our table as the waiter served the drinks, took our meal order and retreated. “So, Mrs Otellio, what’s this about?” “Don’t call me that, Nick. I never took Vincenzo’s last name. Just as well.” &#...

  20. Noir: Lost Lambs and Leopards

    Small talk dominated our conversation. There were questions, evasions and lies about the past ten years. At times, there were signs of the floozy Maryanne had been in the woman that sat before me; here a barely suppressed giggle, there her posture a bi...

  21. Noir: Into the Frying Pan...

    I offered my arm again and she took it with both hands. I gestured to the maître d’ to lead us. He picked up two menus and guided us into the dining area. Business was good and the place had been filling rapidly. Few tables remained open. Any ho...

  22. Noir: Old Friends

    She smiled. No… she beamed. The maître d’ came around his podium and offered her his arm but she declined it. Instead, she waited. Waited for me. I was her instrument and she was playing me like a virtuoso. I knew that and was powerless to...

  23. Noir: Then Suddenly...

    I sat there at the bar for a few minutes and I couldn’t help but enjoy the ambiance of the place. If Otellio was proud of the club that he had put together, it seemed entirely justified. During a lull in the dinner music, the band was joined by a...

  24. Noir: Eyes Open

    I continued down the length of the bar, heading for a stool at its far end that promised an easy view of the entrance. Halfway there, something that I had picked up in my peripheral vision registered. I backed up a couple of steps. “Unbelievable,...

  25. Noir: Reservations

    A hand grabbed my left shoulder strongly enough to prevent me from entering the club. The hand’s owner, a muscular and well turned out young man, stepped between me and the door. “Do you have a reservation?” It was a demand more than ...

  26. Noir: En Route

    I stood at the window, looking at the cold, wet city outside and wondering why I had ever stayed in this godforsaken place. Surely a good PI like me could find work in Miami or Honolulu. Why was I still here? Where was the damn taxi? I waited until fiv...

  27. Noir: Dressing for Dinner

    In my apartment, I stripped and stepped into the shower. Streams of hot water poured over my head and down my back. Whatever awaited me at the Topaz couldn’t be better than this, I thought. I pulled my grey suit out of the closet. It was wrinkled...

  28. Noir: In No Mood (Mature)

  29. Noir: Press Conference

    Turning quickly, I caught a glimpse of motion as my tail disappeared into an alley about 40 yards back. Another mistake… purposely losing sight of your target. A few quick steps brought me to the entrance of my apartment building. The overhang ga...

  30. Noir: A Walk in the Rain

    The cold drizzle would have dampened my spirits if I hadn’t already killed them with spirits. I had nearly two hours to figure out what I was going to do and, given my current condition, I suspected that it was going to be as much a surprise to m...

August 2nd's Friends (44)

  • August Rode
  • Robert Quick
  • THX 0477
  • Krulltar
  • Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))
  • ElshaHawk (LoA)
  • Conjoiner, Rejoinder, Poisoner, Concealer, Revelator [[Wednesday]]
  • H.S. Wift
  • Jessica Cahill
  • Sir Bic
  • J. Rein B.
  • 32 Squared
  • ALRO613 (LoA)
  • Abstract
  • Garsecg
  • Over the Precipice of the Unknown; Into the Frontier of Uncertainty
  • Abby (LoA)
  • Nuno Teixeira
  • Elizabeth Greene
  • memento
  • Sage Autumn
  • ipe
  • 32 ^2
  • MaddyRose
  • The Ghost in the Machine LoA
  • In Night's Arms
  • airborne
  • Sanglorian
  • Patroclus81
  • BiC

August 2nd's Followers (36)

  • Jessica Cahill
  • Robert Quick
  • Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))
  • Sir Bic
  • smdasilva {LoA}
  • Krulltar
  • ElshaHawk (LoA)
  • H.S. Wift
  • MultiversalInk
  • Seven
  • Garsecg
  • Over the Precipice of the Unknown; Into the Frontier of Uncertainty
  • Abby (LoA)
  • Nuno Teixeira
  • Elizabeth Greene
  • Sage Autumn
  • ipe
  • Nickel
  • In Night's Arms
  • airborne
  • righterellis
  • BiC
  • T-Text
  • Funky Chunky
  • mark.i.wang
  • Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)
  • Conjoiner, Rejoinder, Poisoner, Concealer, Revelator [[Wednesday]]
  • Serena June
  • 32 ^2
  • kwatz