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Robert Quick

Joined March 2010.

1063 stories, 24 challenges, 1396 comments, and 204 friends

A no-name, aspiring author who can’t stop writing. Looking ahead, he strives for perfection. Shackled by various forms of entertainment, he dreams of success. Most stories here are an invitation to YOU, to join me in creating new stories, new worlds, and a different tomorrow.

Stories

  1. Second Life: Unacceptable

    A chair scraped as someone stood and joined me in the circle of light. Even though he wore a hooded cloak and a steel mask, I could tell that he was large and powerfully built. “How long did you plan on questioning him? He is obviously one of the...

  2. Gazing into the Abyss

    I was curled up with a book, enjoying the buzz from my last glass of wine for the evening when I heard a sound that I could only describe as wet movement, like a barefoot child walking deliberately through a muddy field. I dog-eared the page I was on a...

  3. Breaking Down

    I didn’t remember how I found myself sitting at a table with Alicia. She hadn’t changed a bit. Beautiful eyes stared at me over the rim of a tea cup. “Here we are again.” She said calmly. My heart broke at the sound of her voice...

  4. Second Life: First Test

    “What do you remember?” The words had a funny cadence, as if the person speaking was reading them phoenetically rather than in their native language. My memories were jumbled and I found it difficult to speak. Forcing the sounds past numb l...

  5. Melody the UniCloud: Ruminations and Investigations

    The smoke was pouring from inside a small patch of woods far in the distance. While Melody knew that she could turn back into a cloud, that would take both time and energy and honestly clouds didn’t move that quickly anyway. Well not unless one o...

  6. Tales of Mysterious Adventure: I'M TAKING SHELTER!

    Screaming winds rake your face with claws of icy rain. Throwing your arms up over your head, your first thought is to find shelter. You race, slipping and sliding, back to the stairs that lead down to your room on the ship. You try the door handle only...

  7. Red Roses and Dry Gin: Power Plays

    The car was late. To pass the time, Jacqueline practiced throwing playing cards across the room. Cards moved so differently than knives. She had once known a girl who had earned the nickname ‘Gambit’ by consistantly hitting targets in the e...

  8. On Patrol: Following in the Wake of Destruction

    The tiny Muuori drifted slowly over the wreckage of the larger airship. Gathered in the observation bubble, two members of the senior staff looked on grimly. One was a serious young man. The other, a woman of stately beauty despite the silver in her ha...

  9. Melody the Lost UniCloud: Marring Perfection

    The sun was shining brightly in the middle of the sky. Butterflies bounced lazily through the air. Everything seemed so nice. Melody beamed internally and forced her cloud form to drift down to the earth. Today was much too nice to spend as a cloud. Wh...

  10. Red Roses and Dry Gin: Ready for War

    There wasn’t enough time for the shower to be anything but business. That didn’t make it short. If anything, the date lent the shower importance it didn’t usually carry. Her targets had far more to worry about than if she stunk or not...

  11. In Between Minds: A More Direct Lesson

    Natalya was nothing like the Grandmother I had grown to know and like over the last few months. There was a kind of feral-ness to her. Eyes that had often appraised me, or been the cap of a smile, now darted back and forth as if there was something hid...

  12. Grim Company: Questions of Leadership

    “I, too, am curious about your disappearance.” Juran said mildly. Zuran spat into the fire, surprising Elein. The two of them were so much alike, reflecting each other’s temperment as well as face, that he hadn’t realized that t...

  13. The Yellow Pajamas

    Big Jim kept on hand on the wheel of the company big rig while he popped the cap off of his stash of Provigil. Putting the bottle to his lips, upended a couple into his mouth and washed them down with cold coffee. He hated taking the stuff but he was b...

  14. On Patrol: Signs of Victory

    “Nevermind that now, look!” I screamed with excitement. Everyone followed my gaze and started whooping and laughing. The only thing left of the ship that had attacked us was the one mag anchor still attached to our hull, its chain, and some...

  15. Pokemon: Gray (Mature)

  16. The First Payment

    It was the old radio in the window that drew me into the second hand store. The ancient machine stood proudly amidst lifeless dolls and wilted stick-horses. I pushed the door open to jingling bells that echoed a tittering chorus of fairies. Hesitantly,...

  17. Not Alone

    I told myself this couldn’t be happening. There was no reason for the Earth to suddenly be consumed in fire. Raising my hand to shield my eyes from the coruscating light, I tried to look into it anyway. Even with my precaution, it was too bright ...

  18. A Great Victory

    From my kneeling position I could only spit up at my captor. The general thumbed the spray of spittle off of his pants. “Good. You should hate me. I’d be worried if you didn’t. Need I remind you of what I have put you through over the...

  19. The Artist and the Model (Mature)

  20. Buried Alive

    The floor was a seething carpet of coagulated rat flesh. Each rat attached to its neighbors but writhing and squirming independently. Some gnashed wicked teeth while others hissed menacingly. BC and I watched, atop seperate chairs, as the rats half-scr...

  21. Grim Company: Assymetrical Warfare- Aftermath

    Elein slowly rose to his feet, his whole body straining against him. The deep ache in his muscles reminded him of the time he had been dragged behind his horse. He stretched out welcoming the warmth of the sun on his skin. Baruht shrugged back into his...

  22. To Sleep Perchance to Change

    Oscar looked tired. The last time I’d seen him he had been a stout bright eyed chap. Things had changed since then. He was still a large man but clearly defined muscle had replaced much of the fat. My friend yawned and then squinted at me sleepil...

  23. On Patrol: Marionette

    Navigating the ship at such an extreme angle was an excercise in upper body gymnastics. The worst part was trying to monkey around the upper decks. Going outside was not only treacherous but deadly. A single misstep could cause a man to fall to his dea...

  24. Tales of Mysterious Adventure: I Choose GERMANY!

    The Russelwaite is the largest dirigible you’ve ever seen. Such spectacle makes the laborous journeys aboard both ocean liner and train worth it. However, before entering the magnificent ship, there is a scrutiny of passports and papers like you&...

  25. Tales of Mysterious Adventure: I choose PERU!

    Despite “Bloody Thursday” being a scant eight months ago, you sail from San Franciso aboard the USS Innsmouth. Captain Barnes follows the coast to avoid being caught up and lost inside the strange grey fogs that come and go without meteorol...

  26. Egg Troubles

    “Now, once again, we present Backstage Wife, the story of Mary Noble-" Millicent paused in the act of closing the front door, groceries in hand. She didn’t remember leaving the radio on when she had left or turning it on that morning a...

  27. Dry Gin and Red Roses: Courting Danger

    She tossed back the remnants of the gin and tonic and grimaced. Gin was just too damned dry. She preferred something a little more… fun. Pausing to fan herself, she gathered up the flowers and headed up to her room, leaving her shoulder wrap and ...

  28. On Patrol: The Heart's Desire Screams

    Already braced for such an eventuality, I only suffered a minor bell ringing as my head bounced smartly off the thick iron of the wall. It was more dumb luck than training that I kept my grip on the railing. All I could do was watched as the sudden cha...

  29. The Silk Lily: Haunted

    Raiku watched the two girls disappear around the corner of the hallway in the direction of the communal baths. An aura of solemn secrecy surrounded them. In a way that was good, soon they would come to regard each other as sisters. However there was so...

  30. In Between Minds: A Dangerous Place

    “That wasn’t a test, was it?” I asked. “Not part of the training?” Grandmother cleared her throat but answered with her mind instead. Yes and no. That memory came from inside you. It is yours. The exercises helped uncover ...