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August Rode

Joined April 2010 and calls flickr home.

118 stories, 7 challenges, 257 comments, and 35 friends

Note to eReader owners: Digest for April 2011 is now available at http://www.box.net/shared/yg7eom74zq, as are all monthly digests. I’m happy to accept any and all feedback.

Still a fan of the slightly warped.

Stories

  1. In Between Minds: The White Room

    No! I screamed at her, but she continued to rise, her anger growing quickly. I intercepted her and tried to restrain her, latching on as securely as I was able. We struggled briefly, but she was far stronger than me. She threw me off, but a small threa...

  2. Bess

    Near midnight, after working for hours as furtively as she was able, her fingers touch the trigger guard. Her wrists are blistered and raw and her hands slick, though whether from blood or sweat she can’t tell. Another half hour’s effort an...

  3. A Phantasm of You: Second Night

    The bottle did not erase your god-damned phantasm from the face of this god-forsaken world, but at least I could no longer see or hear it distinctly. I leaned my head back against the wainscoting, closed my eyes and listened to words that no longer con...

  4. A Phantasm of You: Second Day, Early Evening

    I had no appetite for supper. I took a glass and a full bottle of scotch from the liquor cabinet and sat again by the grandfather clock. Your phantasm’s voice grew stronger. My name was now spoken with crystal clarity and other words became audib...

  5. A Phantasm of You: The Second Day

    The phone rang many times during the morning, always friends and family inquiring for news of you. I was not as polite with them as I could have been: the phantasm in the hall played havoc with my nerves. I knew that I should not stay, but I knew also ...

  6. The Gatekeeper

    She stands before me, a woman made of water and air and fire, and on the altar behind her, the vessel that I had vowed my life to find, the Most Holy Grail, limned in sacred light. With difficulty, I raise myself to a kneel. “How do you come to b...

  7. Abandoned (Ithaca III)

    He had been lucky today: he had caught a hare. It was thin and old and the flesh was stringy and tough, but at least it was meat. It didn’t matter to Argos that the hare had exhausted itself from struggling for hours in a snare before he caught i...

  8. In Between Minds: Winter Apple

    When I was young, before the Camp, Mama and Papa gave me a puppet as a birthday gift. I think I was eight. I understood now how that puppet felt. I was certain that the woman was walking for both of us. We kept to muddy paths and forgotten trails nearl...

  9. Charon

    Charon had always been my favorite dog. He’d been a big, gentle, goofy mastiff, and I still missed him 50 years later. He knew better than to jump onto the bed. “Get off, Charon,” I said weakly. “It’s time, Bill. Time to go,” Charon replied...

  10. Two Minutes in a Life

    Hitting ‘Send’ on the last email of the evening, he closed the remaining programs and turned off the monitor. Pushing the chair back from the desk, the squeak of the felt pads against the oak floorboards reminded him that he had been meanin...

  11. In Between Minds: Reprieve

    “Come, child.” A hand touched me gently on the shoulder. I was annoyed with myself that someone had been able to approach me undetected and I resolved never to abandon myself to that extent again. She helped me stand as I gradually came bac...

  12. Rebel (Mature)

  13. Protagonist's Dilemma

    Protagonist shifted uneasily on his means of transport. Perhaps it was the meteorological conditions that made him nervous, or the atypical quiet of the indigenous fauna. Perhaps the icon of the local deity of ill import, partially overgrown and obscur...

  14. Self-Referential Doggerel II

    Some poems aren’t too hard to sequel, you know, If you just take your time and think your way through ‘em. First verses are toughest; you’re finding the flow. But you’ll get it anon, and you’ll find you can do ’em. T...

  15. In Between Minds: Is He Here?

    I hid as best I could while keeping the hall and main doors in view, and watched the four that had just arrived. They seemed uncomfortable being out in the open. When they entered, they were confronted with the people scattered everywhere, and they sto...

  16. In Between Minds: Overcast

    I couldn’t shake the dream images from my mind. I wondered whether the images might have come from her, as her way of starting a conversation in the only way she knew how: by sharing the horror that was her… our… my… legacy. I w...

  17. In Between Minds: Reconnaissance

    The train to Riga was arriving in 40 minutes, while the Moscow departure was an hour away. The trip to Moscow was relatively short, and I thought I could lose myself in the crowds of people easily. I walked to the ticket agent’s position and, wit...

  18. In Between Minds: Aspirin and Soda

    I opened the door and stepped into the station. There were people everywhere, but everyone had collapsed to the floor. Most were motionless. Many were in pain, and those few that were conscious were holding their temples. Obviously, the “incident...

  19. In Between Minds: Change of Strategy

    I knew that I had already spent more time here than was wise. As quickly as I could, I rifled through everyone’s pockets, filling my own pockets with everything they had. I’d sort it all out later. I had no clear idea how long it had been s...

  20. In Between Minds: To the Ground

    My head pounded. I opened my eyes gingerly. The light hurt. I was still on my back in the snow on top of the rail car, my left arm and head hanging off the edge of the roof. I sat up carefully, my head throbbing as though it might rip open. I got onto ...

  21. In Between Minds: Signs of Spring

    Signs of spring had started to appear. There was still snow, but the river ice was breaking up and unsafe to cross. The earliest wildflowers were beginning to bloom. I studied the single set of footprints in the fresh mud on the river bank. I cast out ...

  22. In Between Minds: Disembarkation

    There was nothing about her that wasn’t contradictory. She was enormously powerful yet incredibly weak; majestically terrifying yet small and unassuming; she had the ferocity of a cornered tiger yet was meek and as insecure as a mouse. The world ...

  23. Dark Corners

    I ran up the steps of the brownstone and tried the latch. The door was open. I let myself in. The clink of bottle against glass came from the kitchen. I threw my rain-soaked coat onto the hall bench, kicked off my shoes, and walked to the back of the h...

  24. In Between Minds: Uncontrollable

    The force of her emergence stripped me of the control of my body: it belonged to her now. She screamed, a primal scream of raw power that communicated seemingly endless years of rage and pain and terror. There were no words: she had none. Kseniya fled....

  25. Swine (Ithaca II)

    On the morning of his 20th birthday, Telemachus shared breakfast with his mother in the early sun on the porch overlooking the sea. They had long since ceased taking their meals in the main hall since it had become overrun with “guests,” as...

  26. Envoy from Pylos (Ithaca I)

    “Lady, an envoy has arrived from Pylos. He’s asking to see your husband.” “I’ll see him here, Dio, please.” She resumed weaving. The spring day was warm after a difficult winter, and she was disinclined to leave the ...

  27. In Between Minds: Realization and Response

    Martin interrupted. To Kseniya, he said, “Keep talking to her. Find out what’s going on. I need to find out why the train’s stopped. I’ll be right back.” Oh, god! They don’t know yet! Martin opened the compartment do...

  28. Sophia (repost)

    It skittered across the floor and stopped at the back of the fridge. Sophia swore. It was watching her. If she took a step, it would just slip behind the fridge and disappear. She glanced down at the broken plates on the linoleum. It wasn’t like her ...

  29. The Oasis

    Vultures… circling… So tired… nearly incoherent… The oasis… within reach now… I can get there if I… just… keep… editing.

  30. In Between Minds: At What Cost? (Mature)

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August Rode's Followers (33)

  • Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)
  • ElshaHawk (LoA)
  • Robert Quick
  • Krulltar
  • shadowlight
  • Charlie K
  • Anonymuncule
  • Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))
  • robertc
  • Abby (LoA)
  • Yunalasca
  • LK Bradford
  • Conjoiner, Rejoinder, Poisoner, Concealer, Revelator [[Wednesday]]
  • smdasilva {LoA}
  • Foolhearted
  • Marli
  • code dreamboat
  • H.S. Wift
  • Ash The Beatnik
  • Jessica Cahill
  • The Electric Hillbilly
  • boxofun
  • Eve
  • morgEn
  • Amaris Wolfe
  • J. Rein B.
  • Sir Bic
  • 32 Squared
  • cthulhuburger
  • The Third Robot