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Robert Quick

Joined March 2010.

1063 stories, 24 challenges, 1395 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. It had to be Somebody's Home

    Near the end of ‘K’ street, just before it crosses the stone bridge, there sits an old blue house. Though it is the last thing I see when I leave town, and the first I see when I return home, it has always filled me with a peculiar kind of ...

  2. You Can Lie to Your Friends... But Never to Your Bartender

    All I could do was stir things up. Sometimes that was the best way to get answers. Shake up the scenery and see what comes crawling out. I pushed on the door and entered O’malley’s. It proclaimed itself to be an Irish Bar of Great Tradition...

  3. Death and Accountability

    The tank treads rolled across the battlefield with indifference. They weren’t even looking for resistance fighters anymore. There was no reason to. They had already won. Tim grabbed Daphne and forced her head in the direction of the window and po...

  4. A Lion's Share of Trouble

    The submarine swept silently through the dark depths near the Piccard Walsh Station. A habitat designed to house a combination of scientists and engineers overlooking the Marianana Trench. Captain Adrian Wilkes stood ramrod straight, fingering an old p...

  5. Souls of Virtue, Blades of Vice

    The sound of ringing steel broke the morning’s stillness. An underlying sound called to her. “Come and see.” it whispered. She followed the noise, lured by a song violence. Quietly, the young girl crept as close as she dared and watch...

  6. More Powerful than Weak

    I hit the ground hard and wiggled my way through the brush, wincing each time mercury shot exploded nearby. I hoped Roger found cover on his side. The snipers were shooting blind but they only had to hit one of us to slow us down. How in the world had ...

  7. California Dreaming

    “You got banned from the Grid?” Gracie asked. Tom’s face colored. “Yeah, they’re pretty serious about drugs on the trains.” Gracie smacked him in the arm- hard. “Damn it! How’re we gonna get to an airport...

  8. Schneider's First Rank Symptoms

    I awoke to find myself driving down a dark expanse of road, bloody hand prints on the inside of the windows and windshield. Only a vague sense of numbness- like anesthesia wearing off- kept me from slamming on the brakes or panicking. Instead, I lifted...

  9. Missives and Misgivings

    “Wait your turn, mouse!” The guard at the door, a large, armored rat, blocked his way. Not wanting to provoke a confrontation, Phil waited impatiently. His news was urgent! Craning past the guard, he could see the Thimble King in the distan...

  10. Trust is a Whisper

    “What brings you to our camp?” “I’m here to see why the People of Secrets were violating my domain.” “Do you not fear us? You know our reputation.” “Are you such cowards that you would threaten innocent m...

  11. Don't Forget the Dry-cleaning (Mature)

  12. Upping the Ante

    Cobblestone streets gave way to the dirt of the less traveled Quarry Road. With the faint light of the city’s gas lamps behind us, and the darkness of the forest betwixt us and Kings Mine, my companion and I were forced to don lucent-goggles. Hea...

  13. Gazing into Dark Tomorrows

    The earth yawned. Pavement cracked and buckled. Asphalt rippled under strange pressures. Trees hung by their roots like bunches of mistletoe. Houses and and stores with flickering lights slid into the widening maw that opened in the middle of Main St. ...

  14. No Laughing Matter

    Grant groaned when he saw the note on the refrigerator. Written in red ink with big looping letters, it could only be one thing- a list of Things to Do left by mum. It was bad enough that he went to school for eight hours a day, commuted two hours each...

  15. The Magician's Last Trick

    “You can’t blame yourself.” he said. “It was my fault! I should’ve been there.” Tears leaked out from under my mask. He gave me a wry smile. “You were always there for me. I never expected you to get between me...

  16. The Last Mercy of a True Friend

    The corrupt vessel emerged from the over-sized cauldron, its defiled form a grotesque mockery of a human being. It stood taller now, bones had been relocated, some stretched outright. Puffy flesh, reminiscent of maggots, clung here and there, acting as...

  17. Pearson's Children

    The afternoon waned slowly, and when the wind moved, it felt like the breath of the devil himself. It was the kind of day where sensible folk stayed inside and kids came back late, tired and bruised from the old swimming hole. Even the bugs crawled rat...

  18. In Dreams, You Can Visit

    The school hall is empty. It looks the same though. There is something wrong with it looking the same but I can’t recall what it means and I move on. The hallways are decorated with colorful artwork and special achievements. A solar system keeps ...

  19. Silence is Consent

    “All right, three of us have made it this far-” “FOUR!” “Right, you’re still alive. I forgot.” “Damn right you did. One of them bit me but I’m ain’t goin nowhere.” “Fine. May I con...

  20. Sometimes Survial is a Death Sentence

    I rested my head upon the charred bones of the earth. The spray of the ocean against my tortured skin was a balm to my poor sunburned body. My clothes, little more than rags now, offered scant protection from the elements. Hollow trenches that wound ar...

  21. To be a Guardian- Il'yanni's Trial

    Hand over hand, I climbed the knotted rope. I don’t know how long I climbed, but the ground fell away under me. Difficult work, but my prey was a difficult man. Looking up, I examined my progress. The rope disappeared into clouds that hugged the ...

  22. Bound by Lies, Lost by Choice (Mature)

  23. How Far is Too Far?

    When Richard opened his eyes, the blue lights and blurred vision from cryo-stasis disrupted the dream. A moment ago, a red-headed woman had cupped his face and was in the middle of whispering something exciting into his ear. He tried to will her back i...

  24. Some Mistakes Cost a Fifth (Mature)

  25. First Encounters: The Visitor

    A corpse fell out of my closet. This is not a metaphor. A human body is lying on the dirty carpet in front of my hall closet. How did it get there? I don’t know. I didn’t put it there and I certainly didn’t kill anybody. Sure, there a...

  26. 24 Hours Before the Fall of Narche

    Jek stood in awe. The armor was a behemoth, thrice as tall as a man and shaped like a terrifying, clockwork chocobo. Somehow its components didn’t do it justice, but fully assembled, this weapon was intimidating. He knew that this and its two bre...

  27. It Starts with Entitlement

    I hungered for Jessie and deserved her far more than loser Tim did- she would be mine one way or another.

  28. Rampant Problems for the Lifestyle

    A beefy warrior slashed his way through a dozen animated skeletons. They offered only token resistance before collapsing into dust. I am a god, he thought to himself. This isn’t even fun. I need better challenges. A whisper invaded his mind. Seek...

  29. Practical Applications of Game Theory

    The jungle moved. Dense leaves and thick grasses surrounded trees bigger than the drop ship that had brought them in. Sensors were off due to the constant motion. “They say that everything changes at night.” Karen glanced away from the wind...

  30. Forged in Fire, Quenched in Blood

    The splash of blood was hot and wet, and the screams that followed were the birthing cries of a new empire. Such things always required blood. A lone horseman stopped beside General Kao-Tsung. He wasn’t worried. There was only one man that his gu...