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Joined September 2010.

146 stories, 2 challenges, 59 comments, and 3 friends

i’m paul. i write stuff sometimes.

Stories

  1. Cold Coffee and Vital Signs

    “intake levels are optimal. Signs of life functions…” John tuned in his ears, at last, to Athena’s warm, yet unsettling voice. “negative.” He sank back into his chair, pouring himself another cup of cold coffee, maki...

  2. Athena 1

    “Heh” John tips back the last of his (increasingly cold) coffee, lowering the metal cup back towards the arm rest slowly. “Athena…” His voice rolls into the empty quarters like a coin dropping into a metal can. The air is ...

  3. Just Follow the Sounds

    “Time will tell” says the aging clock But he fears nobody listens “Just follow the sounds of my hand” His words grow louder. “Because in the end, everything becomes my slave” The ticking picks up, like a time bomb ...

  4. Through the Iron and the Trees

    I wonder if he has family back home. That’s a stupid question, of course he does. Seventeen, eighteen at best. I don’t know how the drafting worked with them. Maybe it was like ours. Maybe he lied about his age. Maybe he was forced in. I wo...

  5. Zombies Exist

    Zombies exist. They’re the people you pass on your 23-foot walk to your cubical from the elevator, typing away ever so passively at their computers, waiting for the clock to strike 11:45 AM so they leave for lunch. But only to come back and do it...

  6. A Falling Tie from Far Above (Mature)

  7. The Oxidation of Paper

    The days are growing shorter, the solstice has passed. The death toll only rising, it’s time to let go. Do you still have letters from friends? The fading ink that rested in your mind for ages. The paper is oxidizing in that empty drawer. An egg s...

  8. Hardtack

    The doctor wound the bandage round and round the cut. The field hospital was silent save for the intermittent zombie-esque moans. He told the wounded soldier how lucky he was, as his arm was over his arm when the shot hit him. The solider just smiled w...

  9. A Spider's Final Moments

    The lines on the street are waving to the rhythm of the song. Left to right, sky to dirt. I recognize the stoplight from a few feet away, I stop just a few feet ahead of it. Just a few more blocks, I tell myself. A few more numbers. I press on through ...

  10. There 'Snuff-in Wrong with Good Time (Mature)

  11. Needle-ss

    The blinking line on the screen moved to the right. The words “heroin” followed closely behind it. “You know, Jess, doing this to yourself night by night isn’t going to change anything.” said the man standing in the doorway. “What’s your ...

  12. Spare Change

    He keeps his eyes straight like a horse on parade. His footsteps pace awkwardly, his mind calculates every possibility. He clenches his fists and keeps his breathing steady. He reaches for his phone, and raises it to his ear. He fakes conversation. A c...

  13. Oklahoma Nights

    The generic country music was playing softly in the background. Some glasses were clanking in the sink , but other than that, the room was silent. “You know, I had a dream last night.” “Yeah? Well?” “I dreamed about gettin...

  14. American Roulette

    The final two sat still at the table. The air in the warehouse was warm for an early spring night, but the events they both witnessed made their bodies much colder. Without speaking, they both emptied their capsules into their glasses. The white powder...

  15. I Can Taste Her Blood

    The two red lights down the far end of the road are shining like stars. I think of my girlfriend, her laugh and her eyes shining like red lights themselves. I see a white light from inside, maybe a figure. Maybe two. I can’t tell. I think of her ...

  16. C'est la Vie

    Our lives are based around hellos and goodbyes. Shallow, quarter second friendships. Moments of peace among the chaos and rippling of this world. The stupid greetings. Hello. Good day. How are you? The short little quips we exchange. Thanks. How was it...

  17. Bloody Silver and God's Own Smile

    The rains pour tonight harder than I’ve ever felt, as the murky water beads falling from the skies run down the barrel of our guns. Some men try helplessly to scribble their last words into a book , but the rain had other plans. The rain always h...

  18. Andy (Mature)

  19. Blue Lights and Iron Bars

    The white walls are bleeding, screaming. Blue lining and blooming white in every direction. Matching uniforms and smooth locking doors. Delicate dining and rotting corpses. Anarchy contained within a small building meant for royalty. The padded floors ...

  20. Musings Musings Musings Musings Musing Musings (Mature)

  21. One Little Christmas Tree

    The streets were dim, the sun having not yet risen. The apartment was as darkened as well, save for one small, rotating Christmas tree in the corner of the room. Not graced with presents nor colorful lights. No star nor ornaments, nor garland, nor bead...

  22. Breathe

    Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Keep everything normal, and for Gods sake, keep your eyes closed. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. It makes sounds from the corner of the room, you let the air out in a frightened cough. Breathe in....

  23. Fears Abound

    I could rebel against the rules. I could start a fire and torch the whole fucking building. But to be honest, I just want to get by. I get the feeling, that up to now I’ve simply been trained. The demonstration of strength, the observation of the...

  24. The List Goes On

    My friend invited himself over, to which I could not turn down. He’d been wanting to see me for a while, so I allowed him in. At first, I was nervous. Scared of his every move, scared a nail would stick him, or a glass would cut him. But after an...

  25. Rules

    The “rules” weren’t written on paper, nor computer. I found them out on my own over time. The first was sleeping in my bed, and only my bed. I made the mistake of sleeping on the sofa one night, only to awaken to my arm pinned between...

  26. The Baker Homes Apartment Complex

    I live in an apartment complex of rules. I moved here two months ago. Apartment number 29. A quiet, quaint complex. A new home, one much needed. I was fresh out of college, and needed a closer place by my job. This complex was ideal. The whole process ...

  27. Voice Mail

    Please enter your password, then press pound You have one new voice message First voice message “What I’m about to tell you is probably the most important piece of information you will ever receive in your life. Don’t stop listening f...

  28. Everything I Am

    If you’re reading this, I am hopefully long gone. Everything I am is written in following words, please, never lose this paper. Take care of it.

  29. Fog.

    The fog rolled in at 3 PM. The thing appeared at 3:34. Evan went outside to check, all I hear now are screams. The figure is coming out of the fog. Oh god, what does it want? Evan is still out there somewhere. the fog is so thick. we are a little outsi...

  30. You Will Not Find Me

    My life was empty until I saw your warm, sleek body walk past me. At first, I didn’t think twice, but as I shot that second glance back, I knew I found the one. I watched you, I followed you, I examined you for weeks. Most of the time, you didn&#...