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awayken

Joined July 2009 and calls Of Miles Rausch home.

32 stories, 0 challenges, 17 comments, and 13 friends

I’ve made a smart playlist of all the songs with 0 plays. I listen to them because I feel bad for them not because I like the music. I’m THAT guy.

Stories

  1. Revelations

    “Chuck, you guys can’t prank me right now,” said Char, waving the light red sheet of paper. From her TV anchor desk, Char could barely see Chuck. She leaned around one of the hairdressers to make eye contact with him. Chuck rolled his...

  2. Anxious Hands

    He had last seen her at graduation. Sunny outlook, sunny hair, sunny future. They had been comfortable friends and never more. It had suited them. They had sat near each other in the clarinet section of the high school band. She had once brutalized him...

  3. The Lookout

    Joe scrambled to minimize his email at the sudden appearance of his boss. “Hello, Joe,” said Mr. Blitzstein. “Say, I know this is short notice, but I need you in Vegas this weekend.” “Is there an issue with our Nevada dist...

  4. Twitter Stalker

    I was still holding Dan’s phone when the knock came again. His eyes were wide, while mine were narrowed. I was trying to make sense of what he’d shown me when he got up to answer the door. On his phone was a message from a Twitter follower:...

  5. SPACE PILOT

    Space hung like black infinity before Darren. As on every space walk, he gasped at the awesomeness of it. Behind him floated The Impetus, to which he was liberally tethered. At his feet spun the Earth, all blues and greens splattered with white. Watchi...

  6. 1XF 033

    “What’s the memory address?” w1zz asked. “1xF033,” said FOX1E. The room was dark but not devoid of light. Four monitors sprayed rectangles onto two young, male faces: w1zz had dark-rimmed glasses and a forgotten goatee, FO...

  7. Like Preschoolers

    Like preschoolers (queued all lined-up uneven like a breeze bumbling rumbling vibrating with tiny energy — not small, but compact — young voices crackling with electricity swapping places and again and again and again arms outstretched in h...

  8. The Pride of a Lion

    Tomas Delgado was sobering very slowly. The unrelenting afternoon sun, pouring into the hotel room through dust-streaked windows, was helping. Also, his father’s booming voice and concussive disappointment. “Get the fuck up, you little shit...

  9. EKS 2699

    “Eks! For $26.99!” Liz could not have been more excited as we pulled the Tahoe to the side of a quiet stretch of Arizona road. She couldn’t wait for the vehicle to be in park before bolting out her door to the pickup truck where she&#...

  10. 1ZW 421

    “Is that water for Patient 21? I can-” “No, Amy. You can’t.” Dr. Moser stopped her by the elbow. He glanced around then led her to a nearby office. He closed the door. “Amy, Dr. Churning knows,” Moser said. “He knows...

  11. Seven minus two

    The five Barrowman children shuffled into their living room. They absent-mindedly took their typical spots. The two eldest, Grace and Sam, took up either end of the couch with Faith, the youngest, in between. Hope, just younger than Sam, took up one of...

  12. White Umbrella

    From above, she would have been nearly invisible. On the phone, she completely was. Tenma could hear his breathing, but he hadn’t said anything for nearly a minute. She waited. The thick, wet snow fell in rice-ball-like clumps. There was wind, to...

  13. A Fake Review of The Lean Startup (which I haven't read)

    Eric Bees is the KINGALING of the lean startup! Most startups fail, and so have most of his: Poodar, the public bathroom review site, tanked; Hot or Not Yet, the preteen attractiveness rating site, was too immature; Happy To See You, the dick-pic-only ...

  14. 29Z 426

    Janice was used to the sounds by now. The beeps and whooshes had a rhythm she could feel. It was the percussion of her husband, still alive. For twenty-nine days she’d watched his body slowly heal, and his eyes remain closed. Occasionally, she...

  15. DLA

    “Dripping lobster arms.” “No.” “Dried leaves from Argentina?” “No.” “Oh! Dried leaves from Ar-hen-tina.” “Still no.” Carla and Alec had used the better part of a half-hour trying t...

  16. 1YG 945

    “One year ago, on September 4th, 2004, Stephanie Childress went missing. She stopped her car alongside I-83, crawled out the passenger door, and vanished. Today, after 365 days of searching, we officially declare her deceased.” Stephanie tu...

  17. 1NW 656

    Paul slid the contract across the mahogany table. “This is a substantial contract, Mr. Rankin,” Sultan Qaboos mused. “I made sure of it,” smirked Paul, looking over the city of Salalah from the newly-constructed office building....

  18. B3387

    “B-7,” Mary Hoffer called from the front of the crowded church hall, her voice distorted by the poorly maintained PA equipment. “BINGO!” shrieked Gladys Reynolds, excitedly waving her Bingo board above her head. Marilyn Feinstei...

  19. 1WN 083

    Black 83 bounced from foot to foot, feeling the ache in his left knee. He closed his eyes and took inventory: his left hand pounded, his back was beginning to spasm, and his right arm wouldn’t lift above his head. It was the end of the game. It w...

  20. SEEKER7

    She’s here. She’s actually here. Patty felt as though she’d been hit by a full body-bind curse. Even as the queue around her shuffled on, she couldn’t command her limbs to their proper order. She could just stare, as her favorit...

  21. 1STMATE

    “I miss the boat,” John sighed, his eyes nearly fixed on the waters. “I know, honey.” The RV rocked gently as they cruised down the interstate, Lake Qaneska to their left. “No, really. I really miss the boat.” “...

  22. THE HUN

    “CHICKEN WINGS!” the twins screamed from the back of the SUV. “Alright, Hun family, we’re going full assault tonight. No chicken left whole, hear me?” Dad barked from the front. And there I was, literally in the middle, im...

  23. 1AP N47

    “One app in 47,” Agent Carlson barked, and he slammed file folders on my desk. An office this small, I hadn’t noticed him come in before he was at my side. “Uh, I’m sorry?” “One application of the 47 who applie...

  24. 1AM GU4

    “One AM, GU4,” came Master’s stern voice, moments before the lights flickered on. “What are you doing in here at one friggin’ AM?” “Nearly done, sir,” answered GU4, his robotic attention given entirely to...

  25. Articulate Greg, part 2, Epilogue

    If Janet had seen “pages of figures”, Greg was seeing libraries of them. A fog of images flew in and out of his vision, and he struggled to focus on even one of them. Faintly, through the fog, he could still make out the details of his lab....

  26. Articulate Greg, part 1, Epilogue

    Janet’s eyes fluttered, as if she was clearing them. Visions of pages, illustrations, figures, graphs still clouded her vision. “600,000 books, Janet. What’s different? What revelations do you have?” Greg had removed her “...

  27. Articulate Greg, part 2

    Greg saved his project in Storyline. “17 million books?” asked Janet. “But-” Silent, he jammed the “knowledge jack” into his brain. Then- “My God!”

  28. Articulate Greg, part 1

    Greg saved his project in Storyline. “Ready to eLearn, Janet?” He jammed the “knowledge jack” into her brain. Seconds later, she knew everything.

  29. Presenting: PLEX 100

    “You’ll wear out your shoes.” Dr. Roberts bounced from foot to foot, twisting his notes in his hands, not facing the voice. He was too concerned with the crowd of scientists, researchers, and journalists waiting just beyond the curtai...

  30. The Terrible Boredom Strikes Mr. Potts upon Dimping Street

    Mr. Potts could only describe it as a scheduling conflict, what left with him with a spare twenty-seven minutes on September sixth. Whatever the details or impetus of the discrepancy, it was those very twenty-seven minutes that brought about his second...

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