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Sphinx Without A Secret

Joined December 2009 and calls Zoe's Fledgeling Literary Career home.

85 stories, 2 challenges, 40 comments, and 4 friends

Stories

  1. Random Prompt 3: Mechanical Extraction

    Brian trailed after Lucy as she scampered down to the cellar. He gagged on the cocktail of fumes wafting up from the cluttered chamber. Beakers and bottles clogged the high shelves, while electronic parts were strewn over every other surface. “I...

  2. Random Prompt 2: Cryptic Instructions

    Jeff hadn’t thought they built crypts any more, but his grandmother had managed to find one to be buried in. Her other demand was even stranger – that her estate go to whoever would spend the night down here after the funeral. He was just ...

  3. Random Prompt 1: The Forgotten God

    The sandstone columns seemed to glow a dusky red in the burning dusk light, marking them out from the sand and shadows which swallowed most of the ancient temple. The small party of travellers staggered towards it. “Do you think this could be it?...

  4. Bad Timing

    Akiko descended back to the pavement on a swirl of sparkles, resplendent in her tight-fitting suit of solid glitter and armed with an opal-topped staff which had appeared from nowhere. “Now to show those villains the power of the Shimmer-Stone!&...

  5. Love Lost

    The roof slid open and her weave tensed with a painful twist of hope. Six of her people tumbled in, layering upon the crowd already in residence. It took only an instant for her hope to die again. They were already formed into three mirrored pairs. The...

  6. Suited For Success

    The fortune-teller idly shuffled her deck as she called out, “Who is next to seek the insights of Madam Akkaviri?” A small, grubby face poked through the tent flap. “Come on, my dear, Madam Akkaviri doesn’t bite,” she ges...

  7. Games Within Games

    Paris France’s parents had a cruel taste in names. She’d never found an employer willing to put such an awful name on their payroll, leading her to the dingy world of the private eye. The casino had been at its collective wits’ end w...

  8. The Easy Life

    Kara had not passed a house in days when she came upon the little run-down shrine along the Great Wastes Road. Curious, she brushed open the torn curtain to peer within. The room was bright with lamps and gaudy paint. Cushions smothered the floor and u...

  9. World Forge Invocation

    I stand before these gates, wrought by the drowned kingdom and twisted by the bound chaos, I bid these gates to open before me, for I am a Hekau of Egypt and entrance is my right.` I am a servant of Isis, Great of Heka, who won the ways of the world f...

  10. Marginalia

    The young illuminator lifted his quill from the parchment and watched his creation dry. He wasn’t entirely sure what it was that he had just doodled on the 147th page of the manuscript. He had given up making up sensible illustrations seven folio...

  11. Any Point On The List

    The cheap brown envelope crumpled beneath the door as I swung it open. I picked it up with a soggy glove as I slammed the door shut against the horizontal rain. I didn’t recognise the address printed on the back of the flap. Tossing it on the kit...

  12. The Good Old Days

    Cinder dashed up the garden path and reached up to tug on the front door’s handle. Her baby charmander waddled after her. “Grandad Ash! Where are you?” “In the basement!” came the faint response. As always, the house was h...

  13. State of Mind

    “And what can I do for you, Miss?” he leaned over the vast mahogany desk, his bloated, oily face squashed into a smile. “A great deal,” the small, plain woman sat primly in the undersized chair. “I disagree with your polic...

  14. Debt Collection

    “But Dad,” the boy peered through the dark windscreen, “you never take me out anywhere.” “Well, today is special,” I replied, parking the car in the forest clearing. “You don’t turn 12 every day.” &...

  15. Cosmic Leftovers

    “So I’ve been thinking of moving out of my parents’ place,” said the six-limbed fawn-like being as it stirred an expresso in the pan-dimensional coffee shop, “and getting a little universe of my own. You’ve got one n...

  16. The Amazing Accountival

    “Roll up! Roll up!” cried the man in a dull grey suit. “Roll up and see the Amazing Accountival!” The crowd shuffled through the ticket booth in quiet confusion. The posters had plastered the town for the past week. All who saw ...

  17. Means of Production

    “That… was not what I was expecting.” Jake stood in the doorway, flung open by Karen moments before. The basement stretched out before them, illuminated in sickly yellow light. Shelves were weighed down with endless cages, built for h...

  18. The Same and Simple Answer

    The smoke coiled about her, the shadows of shapes swirling in the corners of her vision. Two silver slits appeared above her and spread into a pair of shining eyes. “So you would know that most elusive secret, mortal?” the voice seeped from...

  19. Comforts

    Mark settled down next to Dave and his stuffed backpack, huddling against the bitter wind. He felt the muck of the playing field give way like a cushion as he sat. It would stain and soak through his thin trousers, but it was still better than standing...

  20. The Scent of Summer

    My throat fought against the spore-clogged air, coughing up as much breath as it sucked down, as I slipped over the window sill. The glass was long gone and with it the house’s hope of resisting the elements. The walls were mottled black with mou...

  21. LARP Character - Mesupet 1

    The message had arrived at dusk, on the fleeing remnants of his fleet. Alexander was dead, smashed by the gods at Babylon. Mesupet had been in her study ever since. The fire devoured the sheets of papyrus so eagerly, curling and charring hours of writi...

  22. The Needs Of A Knight

    “Right, I know you’re all so fresh that you’re still sore about the shoulders from being dubbed, but it’s important you know the practical side of knighthood. So, packing. Don’t look at me like that. You think you’re...

  23. Let Me Count The Ways

    Hi, I know you can’t reason someone into a relationship, that you can’t calculate the optimum partner. But I’m really not sure how else to express things – the curse of a scientist, I guess. I know they say statistics are lies a...

  24. The Edge of Europa

    They didn’t believe the first patrols who reported the phenomenon. Too long in the wilderness must have addled their brains, scoffed the civil servants in the warmth of their coral-caves as they cast away the shell-engraved reports. The patrol co...

  25. No Strings Attached

    The demon leapt onto the rooftop, rising three storeys in a single leap. The sack fell heavily against its back, yet the weight of the Golden Buddha had not hindered it. Chi Lei skidded to a stop in the street below. The thieving demon grinned and kic...

  26. Whims of a World

    The portal shone as the two figures stepped through it. The woman wore the robes of a Grand Wizard, the man the shabby suit of an estate agent. A thick forest clustered around them, a fairy tale palace just visible through the canopy. “As you can...

  27. Initial Trial

    I fought into the bulky mass of pistons, joints and rods, unconvinced by the assurances that this suit was made to accommodate a human being. Dr Jones tugged the clips and seals into place. I was trapped in the contraption. I could feel myself begin to...

  28. Every Moment Of Every Day

    I laid down the thick purple leather-bound tome on the library desk with wide-eyed reverence and dropped limply into the seat. No disaster struck as I pushed back the cover and tugged it open with the bookmarking ribbon. The book fell open on the curre...

  29. Better Than Money

    “Ha! It’s finished! Finished and perfect,” gloated High Wizard Mabel as she stepped back to admire her freshly potted creation. “Errm…ma’am?” her apprentice frowned. “It’s not really like the creatu...

  30. The Body Is Willing But The Mind Is Weak

    The two sisters had worried when they caught the smell of another troll on the wind, but when they found him, there was only sadness. It was time for his Mercy Pyre. From a distance, he seemed like any other troll, but as they watched, his path wandere...

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