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airborne

Joined October 2011 and calls nicholas.chng home.

34 stories, 2 challenges, 161 comments, and 31 friends

and the imperfect will inherit the words

Stories

  1. preamble

    when you’ve had your fill of being scorched and throwing frisbees and high pitched races down still staircases, when your organs queue to dysfunction on the way to polyclinics and your body is a patchwork of scars and galaxies of bruises - here i...

  2. tense

    brake for the man who thought the world his artichoke, got broken, went broke

  3. unsolicited sympathy

    keep it together my dear it’s just some turbulence in an ambulance you can’t be a writer unless you’re damaged in some way she’s probably a bitch though I could use the serotonin “but I don’t want the golden ticket,&...

  4. tense

    I knew a man who thought the world his artichoke - he failed, and went broke use your foot for the brake – and shout for whose sake you will yourself remake

  5. taxonomy

    taken down for submission, 2012

  6. angst

    in the background anonymity and colourless attention mix with shrill cicadas, glowing red and at 7 ‘o’ clock magpies burst from the darkening sky short-sighted and screaming about some dream where synthetic sheep lie on queen-sized mattr...

  7. silk-screen prints

    taken down for submission, 2012

  8. freedom

    ataraxis: n. a state free from stress of anxiety and stress, eg. he lives in the state of ataraxis, capital, his room top up your water bottle fill a taxi with confetti let’s go, you and I, we’ll never grow up we’ll live in a bomb she...

  9. absolutions

    taken down for submission, 2012

  10. all word and no play

    when news broke that her water did, thousands in the city fled the dam

  11. vfx poetry

    find a scene, and what it means. then rotoscope and dubstep everything.

  12. time capsule

    I still have the movie ticket stubs, the fused bulb I changed for you in january, in a cardboard box shelved in the back of my mind I went out today it’s like being a child all over again jumping on sofas, except this time instead of the floor ...

  13. vertigo

    taken down for publication, 2012

  14. fisheye lenses

    taken down for submission, 2012

  15. vulnerability (and other tabs to hide it)

    sometimes I surprise even myself – like now: (hap py birthday to me)

  16. faux pas

    may I have the honor of this one last dance because I can’t seem to distinguish between a foxtrot and reality I’m a leading man may I have the honor of this one last dance before it all goes out with a bang

  17. raw filament

    taken down for compilation

  18. you said you were out of my league

    when I am perfect you’ll be among the first few to be notified.

  19. Endgame

    fifty six seconds and the cold calculated perfectionists win.

  20. Greyscale Arson

    lighted sound breaks at dawn but all around the world is grey midday, the city simmers noise the system is fully functional. rise up – the streets are free fight the counterfeit dignity build your world from oils and canvas and set it alight with...

  21. Scar City

    At its root, class, economics is the study of incentives: we put incentives in place to stop people from wrongdoing, like cheating in tests, theft, homicide… Like going to war, sir? You wake, soaked and aching. The sky’s a snuffed out mess ...

  22. Meltdown

    You can almost see the hair on the guard’s neck. The sweat drips from his beret, drips from the rusting pipes above. Step closer Soap, run your hand past the metal walls expanding like custard tarts in an oven. Ignore the heatwave- you can’...

  23. Violet Hill

    The storm’s coming in fast – I can barely make out what’s ahead. A chorus of dull notes go off and I hold my breath, but for a moment no bullets fall upon us. “We’re almost there -” My breath stops and starts. There had to be help t...

  24. Christmas Lights (Paranoid Android)

    Color seeped from the pitch black sky, as the frail figure on the path tightened her grip on her plastic bags. A wind whispered behind, brushing trees. Nothing but darkness now. Her breath stuck in her chest. The old lady stopped. Back in the slums, sh...

  25. Embankment Breached

    Sigvard Boulevard came to life as billboards and skyscrapers brightened all around, like a thousand lanterns aglow in the night sky. A chorus of crickets chirped somewhere distant. The old assassin stood, waiting, the night breeze a stream of clear wat...

  26. Embankment

    The walls of the decrepit factory shuddered as the doors burst open, letting in the sound of the city burning. The old assassin whirled around. “Ah, its you, old friend.” He let his hand fall from his dagger, then leaned against a mossy pil...

  27. Just Another Day

    I weave between the alleyways, stopping to shake the grains of sand from between my sandals. Hassan follows closely behind. I raise an arm to shield my face from the blast-furnace heat. “They all love you.” Hassan looks at me in awe, grinni...

  28. Running Down

    Fastened and clasped And tightly wound Silver hands over Thousands of cogs In their own private spaces Humming quietly as Teeth grind down to dust Without thought to The world run past Till the very last second.

  29. Crimson Sky

    “And Captain Crimson saves the day again, right Farid?” Hassan lifts his head, breaking into a grin. “He saves the day again.” I ruffle his hair gently. “Can I color your drawings this time Farid? Really?” “Course you can.” I lie back o...

  30. Northern Lights

    I loosen my pinstriped tie As the evening breeze brushes To the rhythmic rain Which lulls the world to rest I drift, of ardour drained Amidst the merry laughter Of old friends, like distant fires. And that is how I want to die.

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airborne's Followers (27)

  • Abby (LoA)
  • Concerned Reader
  • Nickel
  • ajschwartz
  • dan balman
  • Reaver19
  • Malcolm Ramsay
  • Krulltar
  • neil kant
  • 32 ^2
  • Robert Quick
  • August 2nd
  • Allyson Arroway
  • Iris...Alone
  • Patroclus81
  • helig
  • In Night's Arms
  • Funky Chunky
  • Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)
  • bluefish4
  • Faircloth Kirk
  • Osiris
  • brazen
  • punpun
  • temporary abbreviation
  • caprichor
  • Cursorial