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Osiris

Joined July 2012 and calls The Writer's Butcher Block home.

29 stories, 3 challenges, 15 comments, and 5 friends

I comment on what I love and what I hate. Mediocrity is the greatest crime a writer can ever commit.

Stories

  1. An Irish Drinking Song (Mature)

  2. The Sophomore Slump

    Welcome home! This is the first semester I get to say that. I’m one year older, and I feel much wiser now as the torch of hazing passes to the next round of freshman. God, they look young. We’re a pretty all American team here. We’ve ...

  3. A Loss of Life

    Hester strained against the ties holding her to the table. “Don’t do that,” mutters Dr. Finnegan, “it will damage your heart. All that extra blood pressure won’t be good at all.” Dr. Finnegan draws a syringe and fill...

  4. Lionhearts: The Gentlemen

    The lights went out. Percy flipped over. “Another day gone.” Byron turned. “And not a reader to be seen.” Ed opened a mistrustful eye. “And here we lie, forever more.” Percy yellowed in shame. “You know, people...

  5. A Thousand Times

    It was the first time I killed a man. Almost ritualistic, like when dad hands you your first beer. It doesn’t taste good. It’s bitter. You vomit a bit in the back of your mouth. But give it time and it can be a crippling addiction. My fathe...

  6. A Black Tie Affair

    It wasn’t until early afternoon that the invitations could go out. That was just as well, reflected Mrs. Selwick. There remained a seemingly insurmountable amount of work to be done before the party had any hopes of being a success at all. In tru...

  7. Last Man Standing

    August 19, 2089 18:00 “It’s your call.” CapCom buzzed over the radio. August 19, 2089 09:00 A small window was the only view Criss had. For 15 hours the window showed nothing but black with stars sprinkled around. The next 9 hours w...

  8. To Speak of Sins

    Free at last! Free from the bondage of guilt! Never again would John be forced to hide under a veil of false forgiveness! She had freed him. John shouldered his bag and walked down the driveway. Cutler could hang himself for all John cared, and Alice c...

  9. A Golden Swiss Watch: An Unravelling

    Mr. Fermi led Kyle Ross into a dim room. Fermi pointed to a lone chair and Ross slowly sat in it. “Mr. Ross, Ms. Bloom is in the ICU. Before we admit you, there are some things we must discuss.” Sweat dripped from Fermi’s forehead. &#...

  10. A Silver Swiss Watch: Mr. Teller (2)

    The car whirred over the silence as Mr. Teller drove to the hospital. Ross just looked at his hands. This feeling was so familiar, yet entirely new. His mind began to wander. He remembered the woman he’d have done anything to save, but couldnR...

  11. A Steel Swiss Watch: Mr. Bainbridge

    Ross examined the seemingly lifeless body. Bainbridge stood and pulled his cap over his eyes to shield out the sun. “She’s taken quite a hit,” Ross sighed. “The worst of her wounds were cauterized by the explosion, but she’...

  12. A Treatise on Thought: Part 1 (4/4)

    Things outside of reality that are conjectured to exist must fall under an entirely new category. This category is referred to as “super-reality.” For years, the term “supernatural” has been applied to this category. This word falls horribly sh...

  13. A Treatise on Thought: Part 1 (3/4)

    No sane man could possibly attempt to explain to another man what reality is. For now, a working definition of reality will suffice. Reality is everything that is contained by the universe which we can experience or perceive through our physical senses...

  14. A Treatise on Thought: Part 1 (2/4)

    There is no way to prove what precisely happened between nothing and something. It is safe to assume that something did happen, although not entirely necessary. An increasing number of the world’s populous has become aware of the very real possibilit...

  15. A Treatise on Thought: Part 1 (1/4)

    In the beginning, there was: well, nothing. It is shocking how disturbing that is to many of us. It is time for the general public to face reality, however. If we examine all the sensible alternative theories, we come to understand that each theory, re...

  16. A Treatise on Thought: Introduction

    There are three basic questions in life. Where did the universe and all that is in it come from? What state is it in now? Where is it going? To live is to answer these questions. To understand the way mankind thinks and believes, we must examine what ...

  17. A Treatise on Thought: Preface (pt2)

    It is safe, then, to assume that these same sensible people will find no ultimate goal, point, or crux of this written work within these paltry lines but will resoundingly denounce this particular work as utter rubbish. This grim truth does not bother ...

  18. A Treatise on Thought: Preface (pt1)

    PREFACE: The beginning and ending of philosophy is much the same. Though the pursuit of wisdom is an honorable task, it has very little use for “sensible” people. Those who think themselves sensible have no use for another man’s wisdom. They wi...

  19. The Poet

    He had a dream, from whence he could not tell, It came to him as he slumbered here. Ay! Ay! The joyous ride he knew so well, From distant memories to him brought near. The sinful vanities he cherished - Splashes of red ink in a ledger bare Were, by a...

  20. A Golden Swiss Watch: Mr. Fermi

    Mr. Fermi nervously adjusted his glasses as he ran to a phone booth. Everything was choking: the ash in the air, the necktie wound tightly around his collar. People were screaming as they fled. Fermi threw himself into the phone booth and shut the door...

  21. The Pagliacci (5)

    That night there are two inspectors in the camp. I sit alone. I am approached. “I am Petruccio.” “And I am Festus. We are investigators.” I already know. “Did you, the man they call Pagliacci, strike Signore Simon, the man they call Propizio?...

  22. The Pagliacci (4)

    I am miserable. The audience laughs. Misery is always humorous when it is not your own. I am misunderstood. My words are my lines, my lines are the act. They don’t realize there’s one more step. I am not acting. “What can a man do when all the wo...

  23. The Pagliacci (3)

    Tonight we drink. Misery drowns quickly in wine and merriment. Lotario, no longer peddling his tickets, lies drunk on a couch. Feruccio dines but does not drink. Enter Simon and Carlotta. Exit Pagliacci. It seems odd that hatred and love so easily walk...

  24. The Pagliacci (2)

    I step out into the ring. Words that once stuck in my throat now spill out. Truth can be a miserable lie to perform. “Why do I mourn?” The audience holds its breath. “E perche, signore, my wife is unfaithful to me.” The audience chuckles.
 I...

  25. The Pagliacci (1)

    I am Pagliacci, the buffoon. “Bravo! Bravo!” The audience shrieks in delight as Feruccio the Acrobat leaves the ring. Signore Gasparo steps into the center ring to introduce the next act. My act. “Veni, vidi, vici,” Feruccio sighs. “Every tow...

  26. Reflections of a Man Condemned: To My Father

    Once more I’ll say goodbye to you. I don’t hate my enemy, I hate the cloud he’s brought over my land. There’s no virtue in killing a man. Neither is there virtue in being afraid to stand. Through adversity, there is redemption. It’s been a w...

  27. Finding Fisher pt. 1

    Mal dragged her hand in the water as Sebastian paddled the canoe away from the dock. “Hard to believe it was 2 years ago” Mal chirped. Seb nodded. “Do you ever wish you could go back?” Mal turned to face Seb. “No.” &...

  28. A Swiss Watch: A Novel Idea

    Breucker reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a dime store novel. It was a poor book, Ein Spaziergang um Mitternacht, but it gave him something to do while he waited. Anyone who noticed him would realize – but no, the book made them neve...

  29. A Confidence Man Has Many Children

    William Edward Blackstone. Edward Blackstone. Eddie Black. Four countries and two names later, he was where he belonged. But no one was counting. New Years Eve, 1941, 11:59 PM. Lisbon smelled sweeter than New York. London, Rome, and Paris were far too...

Osiris' Friends (5)

  • Faircloth Kirk
  • Robert Quick
  • airborne
  • Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)
  • memento

Osiris' Followers (5)

  • Robert Quick
  • Faircloth Kirk
  • airborne
  • Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)
  • memento