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Robert Quick

Joined March 2010.

1063 stories, 24 challenges, 1390 comments, and 203 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. Pinned by the Past (Mature)

  2. As a Planet to the Sun

    Before the door finished shutting, I was already running back up the stairs. By the time I reached the great detective, I was out of breath and sagged against his desk for support. Holmes looked up from his writing and stared with piercing eyes. “...

  3. A Moment of Triumph

    Today was my day. It had taken three hundred and sixty-five other days to reach this one and I claimed this one as mine. We were using a new room, at least it was new to us, but it looked and smelled old and musty. Wood panelling on the walls had warpe...

  4. Divestiture of Power

    Angry wordless shouts. The sharp hiss of pottery shattering. I opened the door, pushing back a mess of debris that had piled up against it. Using my most authorative tone, I addressed my host. “Robert! Stop this madness.” “I cannot, n...

  5. Set Adrift

    Wicker watched the boat rock on the rough waters. Wicker wasn’t his real name. He avoided his real name like he avoided beggars and the diseased. Names had power, very real power that could be used against the bearer without warning. Such tricks ...

  6. ANP-day Reminders

    “The mask is too tight. It presses in against my head. And the lenses are filthy.” I slammed the old gas mask into the trash can. My mother fished it out immediately and handed it back to me. “You said the same thing last year but you...

  7. In Between Minds: Two Steps to the Door

    I didn’t have much in the way of clothes, just the ones that I’d worn on the trip here and some hand me downs from a girl named Nonna who spent more time away than at the cottage. The rest of the things I considered mine could fit in my poc...

  8. A Cold Night in October

    Standing amidst barren trees and under stars It is summer again Two people meet awakening tides of emotions Long since abandoned Blood roars along hot beds of both of their veins One wears a false face Hope and Fear battle for eons; for seconds She loo...

  9. Dreams of Cassandra

    It was half time and the lines to the concessions stretched out, winding back and forth until all of humanity was reflected in the hopeless eyes of the sophomores who had volunteered to staff the stands. The sweltering heat of the day never left and wa...

  10. Following in the Footsteps of the Apprentice

    Kerwin waited two days for his apprentice to return, before setting out himself. He had sent the fool boy into the forest to pick mushrooms. He had thought the townsfolk were having a go at him when they said the forest was haunted and cursed by both g...

  11. Surprises in the Night

    By midnight Kerwin was lost. Even by the light of a lantern, he couldn’t tell where he was going from where he had been. Everything looked the same in the dark. He cursed himself for not bringing anything to mark tree trunks with- extra handkerch...

  12. Illr

    They stared at each other for a time. Kerwin didn’t know what to say to the strange sight in front of him and the naked girl stood there oblivious to cold and propriety. “Would you like to share m’fire?” Kerwin asked. The little...

  13. One Woman, One Ghost, One Army

    Her stolen ghost gave her speed, maneuverability, and nearly unlimited ammo. Her training and her AI’s ability to integrate and interpret data and deliver real time responses made her unstoppable. She zipped through the enemy ranks mowing down th...

  14. Tactical Reversal

    The front of the ghost was covered in plasma grenades like barnacles on a whale. Monica steered it straight into the middle of the last group and as first grenade exploded, leaped out. A thumb activated the shield which she had placed under her feet li...

  15. Akin to a Red Dawn

    Kate leaned in close. “That one? The one in the middle?” “Yeah that’s her. She’s Hawaiian.” I said. “She’s trouble. In fact she’s so much trouble, I’d call her a Jenny.” Kate said matter...

  16. An Unusual College Experience (Mature)

  17. On Patrol: The Weight of Responsibility

    As the sun set far in the distance, the sky was filled with a myriad of colors- blushing, rose colored clouds where the last rays still caressed them, the pale blue of twilight that separated the day and the night, and the stars that were just waking u...

  18. Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword (Mature)

  19. The Cheshire (Part II)

    “Hold the doors please!” cried a voice. I stuck my hand in the narrowing crevice. The doors stopped and then receded away revealing a dark haired young woman in a long red coat and matching hat. She smiled brightly, “Thanks!” &#...

  20. The Cheshire (Part I)

    The elevator’s doors were the strangest I’d ever seen- covered in blue fur with a jagged purple stripe across the middle. I reached out, hesitantly, to touch them, wondering what door fur felt like. As my fingertips were tantalizingly close...

  21. The New Guys: Pay Day

    I faced off with Gustav while Flint and Jessica watched from the edge of the stage. The old man beamed at me. “I know you probably have a lot of questions. We can answer them on the way to the Graveyard.” Feeling started to return to my ski...

  22. The New Guys: Unpretty Endings (Mature)

  23. Just Lunch

    It was just the two of us again sitting across from each other, me with my hot chocolate, her with her tea. “You dating anybody yet?” I hated that question. “Nope.” “What about that cute girl in your, ummm, profile pic....

  24. The Uninvited: House Work

    Dominic flashed a grin. “Shouldn’t be any problem at all.” I shook my head. There was a lot of work to be done and very little time before they arrived. He put his hand on my shoulder. “Trust me.” “Yeah, okay. Let...

  25. The New Guys: Early Dinners and Late Warnings

    “Awww Gustav, you’ve brought more food,” A voice whispered, seeming to come from all around us, “I hope this batch is slightly tougher than the last.” “What in the hell is that?” Flint asked angrily. He was a h...

  26. Games in the Park

    Mothers walked along the Autumn paths of the park, their children like kites navigating a tempest. All of them unaware of the possibilities within their lives. Wrapped in a blanket of my own misery, I was too aware of life as I played games with Death....

  27. Taken: Memories of Absence

    In a way that memory was definitive of all the time I spent at my father’s house. More than anything else, I remembered the lengths and breadths of his absences, often punctuated with strange gifts that I invariably lost or gave away. One such gi...

  28. On Patrol: Walk About

    Walking around the ship with no destination in mind gave me time to think. I felt wound up tight, my chest compressed like a spring and sitting in my cabin wasn’t going to help. If I didn’t do something all of that energy would come crashin...

  29. The New Guys: B.F.'s Closing Argument

    “Look, I came here on the assumption that this is a paying gig. I think maybe I made a mistake.” “Sit down, sonny.” Gustav said irritably. “You can leave after I’ve finished having my say.” He smiled faintly. &...

  30. The New Guys: Second Thoughts

    A dapperly dressed scarecrow of a man took the stage and bowed theatrically. “Welcome. My name is Gustav and I’m glad to see all of you. It’s not every day that we get to welcome so many into the hallowed ranks of the Hunters.” ...