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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. The Many Faces of Patriotism

    The gate to the internment camp slowly swung open and the armored truck drove in. The detectors barely moved when it passed them and decontam was postponed until the next detour through a RadSec. The driver hopped out, wearing the dark uniform of the U...

  2. That Hollow Feeling

    I felt something break inside of me, and as I watched her walk away with another, I knew that all I had left were empty dreams.

  3. The Dark Side of Castigation (Mature)

  4. Honoring the Bargain

    The chill of the night air penetrated clothes with ease and the ground, darkened by shadows, mirrored the moonless sky above. We stood in the bowl of the valley, surrounded by tree-covered hills that kept outsiders out and hid our rites from prying eye...

  5. Every BMW has a Sphincter

    The driver in front of me swerved abruptly into the right lane. No blinker or anything, I swear he didn’t even look. Somebody should show him what he did was wrong. Not me though. My anger had gotten me into trouble in the past but I was learning...

  6. The Juxtoposition of Prometheus

    Proud, independent Eagle flew as far as her wings and the wind could take her. One day Eagle spied an ugly rock, that she alone found beauty in. The rock became Home. She still journeyed afar but returned to the rock each night. Crow asked Eagle, ̶...

  7. The Last Flight of the Iron Condor

    The dirigible shuddered again and the engines spat out thick columns of black smoke as the entire world tilted under me. I wasn’t in any danger though, not yet. The real danger was in the lower cargo hold. If we hit anything but water, Chicago wa...

  8. Strange Harvests: The First Event

    “How many teeth do you have left?” That was the last message on my voice mail. There was no name, just the question and a burst of static. I replayed it. “How many teeth do you have left?” It seemed to be an innocent question bu...

  9. Repeat Mistakes

    A letter just arrived, written in my own fevered hand and addressed to a Ryan Williams- me. The letter indicated knowledge of a night I cannot account for, and alluded to further answers found in my attic. I clearly was in a delusional state when I had...

  10. The Last Point

    I bore my corner of the casket with dignity, despite the sweltering Nevada heat. The ground around the open grave was broken and uneven. Our plan involved lowering the casket gently into the grave with long straps, like a whale in a cradle. As we moved...

  11. Echoes

    Two men ran along the cliff’s edge. One, hindered by sixty pounds of armor, that encased him from neck to toe. The other, a bobbing flightless bird, that kept checking on their pursuers’ progress with quick darting movements. “I’...

  12. A Touch of Winter (Mature)

  13. Pascal's Release (Mature)