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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. The Logic of Idiots (Mature)

  2. Happy Holidays to the Mortimers! (B) (Mature)

  3. Happy Holidays to the Mortimers! (A)

    Happy holidays to the Mortimers! Has it already been a year? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. We really need to get together more often before it’s too late. Our annual family update is very exciting this year. First off, Victor and ...

  4. Entry 14- 3 Word Prompt Chain: BOLD, BRAZEN, CREAM

    Monica fluttered her fan, trying to dispel some of the sweltering mid-day heat. Antonio dropped to his knees, wincing as they banged against the tile floor. His constant praise did not stop or even slow down. If anything the pain appeared to spur him o...

  5. Knowing Where is Not Enough

    After rapping the iron door, Rose waited. The hatch slid open with an uneven grinding of metal on metal revealing dark slanted eyes that searched the entire alley before coming to rest on Rose. A muffled voice grunted, “What do you bring?” ...

  6. Trapped and Alone

    Meaganne regretted saying the words as soon as they left her mouth. She was trapped here and this would only make things worse. The insult seemed to pierce the thick lord, paralyzing him in mid stride. After a single breathless moment, Renn rounded on ...

  7. The Perfect Drug (Mature)

  8. It's Not All Part of the Plan

    I stared into the darkness behind the woman’s eyes. Her lips curled into a smile but her eyes held the vacant stare of a corpse. Something chirped in the breast pocket of my suit. It took me a second to realize that it was the special ring tone. ...

  9. Getting Familiar

    “You humans think you are far cleverer than you actually are.” Priti sniffed. I chortled to myself. Demonics held powers that bent natural laws but they had a tough time handling positive emotions. Things like hope, love, compassion and joy...

  10. Out Running

    Through dark forest, Sheri ran. Tripping, stumbling, she fell a dozen times. Each time she scrambled to her feet as fast as she could, trying to recapture lost momentum. Sometimes she skidded, half tumbling, half falling down a sloped hill. Other times...

  11. Rats in a World of Cats

    Jagged shards of glass lined the window. Jetta gestured at my crowbar and mimed wrapping something around it. I nodded at her and took off my scarf. The thick wool made a sleeve for the crowbar and I cleared the glass from the frame. Some shards tinkle...

  12. Broken Wishes

    As the window exploded into a whirlwind of broken glass, all I could think was, Please, oh please, not today. Just once I wanted a cake and presents. I wanted to have a special day. I did as I was taught and crawled on my hands and knees away from the ...

  13. Ashes of the Past

    I cupped the top of the rock with a hand that was larger now and darkly tanned. Ridges and scars decorating my skin almost blended in to the rough surface of the rock’s face. It was strange to come home. I had never dreamed that I’d return....

  14. Sand Castles of the Mind (Mature)

  15. On Patrol: Division of Information

    The rest of the watch was relatively uneventful. I briefly caught sight of the ship that was following us. Or at least I thought I did. Shadows moving among clouds at night made me uncertain but it did set me to thinking. Why would any ship follow us t...

  16. Preying on Loneliness

    I unzipped my coveralls and let the top half hang down behind me like skin I had sloughed off. It felt good to be warm again. The drive core was practically the only place on the ship that could maintain heat. Space was just too cold. Actually, people ...

  17. Strength Shared is Strength Multiplied

    Her hand tightened around mine. “Never let me go.” The storm broke overhead. Shivering, we stood against it together, refusing to give up.

  18. Fortune's Fool (Mature)

  19. A Hollow House

    The door bell rang. Warped sound fought back the silence that permeated my house. For a moment I thought it would be her. It was impossible but I that didn’t keep me from thinking that everytime someone came to the door or called me on the phone....

  20. Monster in the Mirror

    She stood naked and stared at the monster in the mirror. She could see every criticism ever levied against her as if it was written on the contours of her skin. It was unpleasant. Intolerable. Her body was a catalog of invisible scars and half-healed w...

  21. Bill Me Later (Mature)

  22. A Pervasive Kind of Sickness

    Winds, spurned by the white-capped mountains to the east, blew across the valley plain in hacking spasms. The long stemmed grasses of the valley’s floor prostrated themselves obediently in the face of such violence. Directly in the path, a lone f...

  23. A Clean Slate

    Mass finished his early morning exercises and flopped back on to the bed. With practiced ease, he opened the drawer of the lamp table, his fingers dipping inside to retrieved the finger-length piece of chalk that mysteriously reappeared every day. He c...

  24. Oh, to be a Fly (Poetry)

    Oh, to be a fly, To be able to get close to you, To attract your attention To bring your hands to me, To have you see me, And follow me with your eyes, If only for a moment, To have you think of me, Whether I am near or far away, Oh, I’d give any...

  25. Haze

    Tong . . . tong . . . tong. The distant peal of Lizzie’s Pride finished striking eleven. The clocktower could be heard throughout the city, dominating the night. Nearby a refuse can lay on its side. A cat pawed through contents that had spilled o...

  26. Waylaid

    Ku-Rivalle stank like only a town populated by Mounts could. Thankfully there was no law against covering your face. Even though we were stained with sweat, all three of us kept our hoods up and mouthguards closed. I tried not to gawk but I had never s...

  27. Barriers

    Laying in bed awake, I take long deep breaths to try and loosen the tightness in my chest. It’s after midnight and I should be asleep, I need to be asleep. Tomorrow is a full day. I hate facing packed days short on sleep with no room for a nap bu...

  28. Challenge Accepted

    In the back seat of the towncar, Rachel ran her fingers over the embossed letters of the invitation. She knew the words by heart but lately whenever she grew restless, she instinctively sought the comfort of the letter. It represented freedom, the free...

  29. Loss After Loss

    I took a deep breath and tried to quiet my mind. It was no use. Stories of those that had preceded me, desperate men all, gave rise to visions of blood soaked fields and merciless spirits that hunted debtors in the night. My need drove onward and I ope...

  30. The Sensation of Disquiet

    Someone had been in my house while I was away. Cups I had left in the sink had been washed, dried and put back into the cupboard. The television was now favoring the overstuffed armchair more than the couch. Shirts, hanging in my closet, were grouped t...

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