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E. Williams

Joined June 2009 and calls My Bucket of Parts home.

52 stories, 0 challenges, 41 comments, and 2 friends

When I use semicolons, I feel really smart. When I place a colon correctly, I feel unstoppable.

Stories

  1. The Seventeenth Sign

    Heavy rainfall douses the wooden porch as rivulets of red drain in between the boards. Her eyes open to the feeling of rain hitting her exposed legs. Her long summer dress is soaked, and sits piled up against her thighs. She pushes herself up, rubs her...

  2. Skunk Juice

    She said, “I double dare you,” and I drank the skunk juice. That’s all I remember because when I came to, a nurse had implanted an IV into my arm, and I could feel my heart beat through my finger. Mom was on my left and Dad, on my rig...

  3. The Sixteenth Sign

    Jack’s boots crunch against the leftover stalks of his recently harvested field. Brittle corn stumps scratch against his boots as he places the axe on his shoulder. The news is right. They flock to the forest. Hot orange sunset spills over his sh...

  4. Cyanide

    What was that noise? “Charlie, was that you? Did you fall down again?” Wait. “Charlie, why are you on the floor?” You’re not breathing, oh God, he’s not breathing. His fur isn’t going up and down. “Charli...

  5. Eustacia Roach

    While no one was looking, Eustacia took the victim’s finger from her Coach purse. It was wrapped in Prada, the ring on it — Louis Vuitton. The Tiffany Blue lining of her purse was unscathed. For this, she was thankful. A Tide pen wasn’...

  6. The Fifteenth Sign

    The baby awakens and pulls herself up. Nap time was over a couple of hours ago, but the shrieking cries she howled earlier didn’t bring her parents to her rescue. Instead, she fell back asleep. What rattles her awake this time is the noise downst...

  7. The Fourteenth Sign

    Martha lets her Great Pyrenees out, but regrets it and shouts for her dog to come back, but it’s too late; Kumquat has already found it. Lush overgrown green pushes through the fence at the farthest reaches of the acre lot that lays flush against...

  8. The Thirteenth Sign

    Mark recalls having dinner with Sally, the night she started showing the signs. The flushed skin around her throat still glows in his mind. Had they not been in public, he would’ve reached across and graced it with his fingertips. He got his chan...

  9. The Twelfth Sign

    Sally sits at her desk, as the news-ticker across the bottom of the TV reports of death, but there’s good news, too. That is on the screen now. Yellow suits, with doctors’ faces aglow, walk around the body. Its femur is exposed, and the bon...

  10. The Eleventh Sign

    Smells of pine and dead leaves fill Nathan’s nasal passages. The mold throughout this forest will be the death of him, he believes, if he can’t find his way out of this hiking trip gone so wrong. With the flip of his blade, he hacks a chunk...

  11. The Tenth Sign

    Groceries are all over the floor as her son walks into the kitchen. This wasn’t good. It usually takes his mom 2 minutes to put away groceries, especially groceries purchased on a Wednesday. Wednesday is dairy day. “Mom, you know Dana hates...

  12. The Ninth Sign

    Sally saw the photograph in the newspaper that morning. She saw it and thought, “God, that’s an amazing photograph.” It was awful, but profound, and it captured the fear that was going to pulse through the city. It hadn’t yet, but that photogra...

  13. The Eighth Sign

    This was going to be Pulitzer material, he thought. The photographer can’t look away, and must always hit the shutter. To his dismay, he left the camera bag in the car. He was without his telephoto. To do this story justice, he needed to inch clo...

  14. The Seventh Sign

    The first time Sally saw the footage, she drank an entire mug of hot tea, scalding her mouth. She didn’t realize her mouth was bleeding until later. The out-of-focus stumbling body was the first image. Was he naked? A reporter muttered bath salts...

  15. This is Why the Flu is So Bad This Year

    47 states are red right now, not because of the GOP, but because of H3N2. “We unleashed this,” claimed the small being. “And we are happy.” The Swine Flu didn’t create the zombie apocalypse like the virus had wished, and t...

  16. The Sixth Sign

    She drinks a lot of water at dinner. The burning in her throat is merciless, and the tide she consumes, pitcher-full after pitcher-full, does nothing to extinguish it. Besides the fire in her throat, she is beside herself. She turns and looks in the mi...

  17. The Simpleton

    Behind the brush, the Simpleton watched as the Professor checked the Map, the Compass and the Sextant. Silly tools, the Simpleton thought. As the Professor continued his trek toward the tower that once belonged to the maiden Rapunzel, the Simpleton lea...

  18. Salliford Jimney

    Salliford Jimney sat at the dining room table, surrounded by the likes and the like-nots. Such a dinner party, darling, such. She bent down a second, running her polished candy apple red nail up and down her last pair of good panty hose. This was it. T...

  19. The Abacus

    In the tower, the abacus sat on the table. It balanced the scales between good and evil. As of now, the beads were scattered across the rods in, what looked like, a random pattern. It wasn’t random, but a dead language. Was it still spoken? Still...

  20. And There It Was

    Driving down 32, a country road with old people in Buicks driving the speed limit, the corn fields had been raped to the dirt and lay lifeless and covered in frost. Winter’s gray hurt my eyes, but I forgot my sunglasses that day. The day was dead...

  21. The Thing That Betty Has

    She asked where the knife was. All he said was, “It’s on the thing that Betty has.” Anytime they had all gotten together for dinner, Betty always talked about how she, too, had that same table. But after Betty died, things started to ...

  22. I'm Worried About Santa...

    I answered the phone and there was heavy breathing. “Santa, is that you again?” There was just some mumbling, but the area code on my phone was definitely the North Pole. “I heard about your tachycardia, that and how the doctor put yo...

  23. William and Jack

    William lived in the poor part of town. The houses were peeling from sunburns. The yards were choking on spiky weeds. Shutters hung off the windows drunkenly. Blacks and whites sat out on their front porches, alike, hiding from the vacuum of heat that ...

  24. Pressing the Green Button (Mature)

  25. Penny Pockets

    Ricky thought he heard a rattle. He looked at his little sister and asked her what she thought it was. “You weren’t supposed to hear that,” she said. He asked again and threatened to punch her. She threatened to tell mom, but he looke...

  26. The Fifth Sign

    It’s the fear that strangles his movements and pauses his actions. He gazes past her eyes and watches the people living. They sit and eat dinner, they butter a roll, they tip a glass of water into their mouths, they live. This living, without rea...

  27. The Fourth Sign

    You know what else is primal, she thinks. Eating flesh. A spasm quickens down her spine, electrifying her nerves, and her eyes begin watering again. She dabs them with the restaurant napkin. This urge to kiss him is primal, but she’s seen the nas...

  28. The Third Sign

    “The heart starts to beat something else through the body, other than blood, and it keeps you alive,” he says. “That’s the third and final sign.” He steps backward. “I haven’t had my vaccination yet,” he ...

  29. The Second Sign

    “It’s not too late,” Sally says. Her date doesn’t nod and he just stares at her. It is too late. After the spots of blood erupt onto the napkin, or sleeve, or Kleenex, it is too late. “That’s why your eyes have been ...

  30. The First Sign

    Sally’s eyes are red rimmed. She stalls during the conversation. Something comes over her. Her date asks if she’s alright, why she looks so sad. She responds and says that, “I’ve been crying all day.” But that’s not ...

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