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Robert Quick

Joined March 2010.

1053 stories, 20 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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. An Unusual College Experience (Mature)

  7. 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...

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

  9. 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!” &#...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. The New Guys: Unpretty Endings (Mature)

  13. 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....

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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....

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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. &...

  20. 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.” ...

  21. Staying in Silence

    When I woke up, there was silence. The apartment was quiet. It was only as I noticed the stillness in my home that I stretched out my senses beyond, listening further. No birds chirped outside my window. No cars honked angrily on the street. No trains ...

  22. Zones of Impact

    Rocks skittered away as I lost my balance. For a moment time stretched out; I was suspended on the edge of eternity. Then I was falling. Head over heels, I tumbled downhill, careening painfully off boulders and tree trunks, rolling through bushes that ...

  23. An Honor to be Chosen

    My prey had taken refuge in a metal hut. I had only hunted them for fifteen minutes and I counted myself lucky. There was no way out of there now. Though short it had been a dangerous journey, navigating the slick black ground that randomly spat fire. ...

  24. "Where are you going?"

    Three older kids fanned menacingly out around a bony kid with curly orange hair. “Now you’re gonna get it, Red.” Piggy Orderv said. He was the leader of his little gang for two reasons: cruelty and weight. He was a mean bastard that l...

  25. Changing Classes

    The air in the classroom was stale and hot. Two dozen students were on their phones- texting or checking Facebook. Few were actually talking. None were paying attention. It was the first day of class and the teacher was nowhere to be seen. A strange bi...

  26. Survival Patterns

    Darwin’s clothes were frost-charred. Black ice crystals cracked and hailed to the ground as he dusted himself off. “I guess we humans are stronger than we look.” A dry rasping chuckle escaped, making him wince in pain at the burning s...

  27. And in Time You Will Know Him

    The field of green was empty and welcoming. Construction of the stands surrounding it had finished yesterday and people were already camped there waiting for the action. “Behold, Sir Robert the Quick!” A smattering of polite applause accomp...

  28. The Room: Alone in the Dark

    “Hello? Is anyone here? Where am I?” My voice sounded loud in the darkness. I felt claustrophic, smothered by the unknown. Anything could be hiding out there. I was blind. Maybe I was alone. I didn’t know which was worse. Panic set in...

  29. In Between Minds: Moment to Moment

    After the first bit of instruction I was left alone, presumably at Sofiya’s direction. I wasn’t sure if she was in charge of everything but everyone seemed to do as she asked. I didn’t mind being alone this time. It was different than...

  30. No Recourse, No Remorse

    Jhendayre’s face twisted at the threat. “I wanted you to understand exactly how serious I am.” Ramar nodded toward Jhendayre’s bloody leg. “You’ve made your point at least three times over.” “Then why won...