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Robert Quick

Joined March 2010.

1053 stories, 21 challenges, 1376 comments, and 198 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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Pokemon: Gray (Mature)

  6. 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,...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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...

  9. The Artist and the Model (Mature)

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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&...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Tales of Mysterious Adventure!

    Below you the city teems with people, people that needed their news. The door to your office bursts open and in storms your boss, the mighty E.G. White. He looks like a grim Bacchus stuffed into a twenty-one dollar suit, munching on a thick cigar. R...

  22. Unwelcome Guests at a Free Show

    The art gallery was full. It was a community of artists that had all been invited to put their hearts on to display. It wasn’t only about skill, although skill was appreciated, instead it was about what was inside of each of them. There was room ...

  23. Bonds of Blood - Part 5: All Alone

    The sheriff that had arrived twenty-five minutes after my frantic call scratched at the back of his head. “So you expect me to believe that there is some kind of monster fungus living underneath our town?” He said dryly. I had used the time...

  24. Bonds of Blood - Part 4: Looking for an Escape

    I cried out Jonas’ name but due to the tightness of my throat all that escaped was a croaking scream. Tiny patches of the blue and green fungi that carpeted the whole cavern began to vibrate, generating a horrid shushing noise. My scream was chok...

  25. The Breaking Point (Mature)

  26. A Step Away from Oblivion

    When Whittle came home that night he was not pleased to see my most recent manifestation. The wizard’s face grew hard and he slammed the door behind him. “Where did you learn this? Was it from the forbidden texts, boy?” “I thoug...

  27. Bonds of Blood - Part 3: Communion

    The “basement” turned out to be part of one of the abandoned mines that gave Iron Hill its name. Curiosity gave way to irritation, which in turn, gave way to fear. “How much further, Jonas?” “Just a little bit, just a litt...

  28. Bonds of Bood - Part 2: Strange Associations

    My brother flung open the door as I knocked and ushered me inside after giving the night sky a penetrating look. “Did they bring you here? No matter, no matter.” Time had not been kind to him. Loose, flabby skin hung off him like a baggy co...

  29. Red Roses and Dry Gin: Waiting For a Sign

    Jacqueline slapped her arm, killing the mosquito that had mistaken her for easy prey. There were a lot of things that could be said about Mexico but so far she was unimpressed. Mostly it was hot and dirty. A young senorita swayed by in a long colourful...

  30. On Patrol: Crimson Skies

    Faster than I could imagine, pairs of men reloaded each one of the big guns. This was the first time I had seem them in action and I was impressed. The cannons were devastion incarnate but the men were a wonder to watch. To my eyes, each man acted like...