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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 Price

    We stood silently in stylistic costumes modelled after Those That Had Come Before. Mostly the coats and trousers were a uniform drab with the occasional splash of color giving the impression of trampled petals peeking back through the mud. It looked li...

  2. The Warning

    Laura stood in front of the cracked lens of her Matrix. Catching a glimpse of her reflection, she smoothed some of the wildness out of her hair and tugged creases in her bloodsplattered jumpsuit smooth. There was nothing that she could do for the bruis...

  3. Neptune: First Blood

    “Unnh. Let me up!” Ryan yelled upward at Jake who was straddling his chest, his knees pinning Ryan’s arms to the muddy ground. His back was cold and wet and he knew his mom would be disappointed that he had ruined his clothes again. E...

  4. Neptune

    The man who later became the superhero, Neptune, was born a curly haired baby that his mother named Ryan. Ryan and his mother lived a relatively normal life until the week before his ninth birthday. Swimming in the pond behind their low income apartmen...

  5. The Return

    Over the next few days Robert began to notice changes all around him. Warmth loosened Winter’s tyrranical grip, forcing the snow to recede back up the slopes of Kejajo Mountain, leaving behind a thin layer of ash and partially rotted leaves. Trav...

  6. A Night of Wonder, Part 1- Caught

    “Come on, let’s get out of here.” Shelley tugged on my wrist, trying to lead me back to the door. “Hang on.” I said, yanking my arm away from her. My friend squeaked and then covered her mouth in embarrassment. “Sorr...

  7. The Less Glamorous Side of Dungeon Crawling

    Idly, I traced different pawprints into dust that had accumulated undisturbed for centuries. Forimus and Bedewin stood in the corner quietly arguing over which direction we should head next. Bedewin moved her hands in quick jerky arcs to emphasize her ...

  8. Damning Testimony

    Know this. When I first took the job at Millson’s bakery on fourth street, I had nothing but the best of intentions. My writing had not been well recieved of late and I needed a job. I would like to tell you of the first morning that I arrived, w...

  9. Party of One (Poetry)

    Where are you going? And why did you leave? Is there a better party somewhere out there? I know you were mine, But I guess it was time, For you to move on. Life’s color’s have dulled to gray, All the balloons have flown away, How could I ha...

  10. -To the Beat of His Own Keyboard

    “Why don’t you tell her?” Colin groaned inwardly as the question left his mouth. Asking had been as involuntary as a sneeze. Tristam shot Colin a dirty look. “You know I don’t bother other people with my emotions.” E...

  11. Troubled Waters

    It was slow going. I made my way across the frozen surface of the lake, one sliding step at a time. I feared falling in. That was a death sentence. The freezing water would shock flesh into numbness and swallow a body whole. My thighs ached from trying...

  12. There is No Confidence Without a Reliable Reality

    I squared off with the giant bearded biker as a drunken crowd roared enthusiastically. The biker looked like a sadistic Santa Claus- one that had discovered steroids and meth. He raised his enormous fists up in front of his face and I saw that his knuc...

  13. -plus five is twenty-seven!

    23. Uncommon beauty. Beauty comes in many forms. Beauty exists in the eye of the beholder. But what constitutes uncommon beauty? Instead of answering the question, tell me a story. 24. Universal Themes: Food Brings Us Together (or does it?). Write a st...

  14. Black Balloons: XIII

    At the Malenfant house someone’s life was ending. “Wait, are you telling me that I’m a DEMON?” Julie’s voice rose in pitch and volume until the last word was a barely intelligible shriek. “Just half.” her mom s...

  15. Wild Honeycomb

    “Hajime! Wait up!” Akiko cried from a street behind. Hajime closed his eyes and quickened his pace. She had made a fool of him yesterday and he really didn’t feel like talking to her today. Or maybe ever. He had trusted her and she ha...

  16. Dark Times

    Robert trudged on through the ashen snow, hugging a tattered cloak around him. Once the cloth had been crimson and gold but time had sucked the color out. In the absence of caretakers, the land had warped. Blight spread in patches, draining life from t...

  17. Preparation Tempers Fear

    Dis kept his head down as he moved through the the empty subway. He tried to prevent his footsteps from echoing but that required tip-toeing and he couldn’t bring himself to slow down. Offering a prayer to She-That-Walks-Sideways, Dustin hopped o...

  18. Surprises for Everybody

    Jacqueline kept to the shadows, sliding along a long book case in the dark room. Ahead, James Ashford stood in front of a large multi-paned window. Bright lights from the Paris streets turned him into a broad shouldered silhoutte. Jacqueline couldnR...

  19. Strong Incentives

    Everyone in the bar was hustled out into the snow at sword point. The sober ones were tasked with bringing out those too drunk to stand. Soldiers, their faces hidden by shadow and helm, surrounded the bar’s patrons. Outside, a fat man with more b...

  20. Caging the Abyss . . .

    Lightning forked over the old Bittarly barn. My father had been a young man the day that the governer had exiled Lord Bittarly. Respect had filled his voice when he told me of the young lord that had laughed at his misfortune and waved gaily as he had ...

  21. Not the Intended Lesson

    Taz positioned his index fingers and thumbs into a triangle again. This time he forcefully pushed his chi into his hands rather than merely guiding it, and exhaled. The stump in front of him burst, exploding into ring of flying splinters. Taz threw his...

  22. The Forlorn Hope

    We had jettisoned most of the bodies out the torpedo tubes. Due to some trick of the pressures, they floated all around us, neither rising nor falling, but instead drifting along side of us like horrid carnival balloons. Only five us remained and I was...

  23. Cool Twenty-two

    Challenge 16: Black Jack Jezebel. I heard this name in a song (by the Clockwork Dolls) and thought the name was intriguing. Without looking her up, tell me her story. Challenge 17: A murderous robot in the middle of a killing spree stops and spares som...

  24. Honoring Our Commitment

    We dragged the still-twitching corpses and threw them into a pit. I tried not to gag. Mickey was waiting there with a gas can. He baptized each new occupant as solemly as a priest, liberally shaking the can over what remained of their clothes. I don...

  25. Heartless

    Weakening ethics, Force all the leaves from the trees, Hungry is Winter.

  26. In Between Minds: A Moment of Emotional Mastery

    Fear, hate, and mistrust, flocked around me like giant shrieking ravens and my mind struggled to recoil from them like a wild animal. In the instinct of fight or flight, my mind needed to flee from Koslov but there was nowhere to go. The shrieking grew...

  27. A Reputation Besmirched!

    Friend zone? Why was that such a bad thing? Friends were awesome! Dakota slammed the laptop shut in disgust. Immediately, she cringed and pet it. “Sorry, I’m not mad at you, Lappy.” Her face reflected back at her in the glossy black s...

  28. Men of Vision, Part 2

    A few weeks after the second riot had been broken, angry men gathered outside the council room, armed with knives and makeshift clubs. Derrick stood at the head. “Leonard! Your people wish to speak with you.” “Dr. Strom.” Leo vo...

  29. Challenges Turned to Fifteen

    Challenge 12: Meet the Future. This one requires watching the following short film (7 min and totally worth it). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK_cdkpazjI&feature=g-all-a Write whatever it inspires you to write. Challenge 13: Make Physical Sports ...

  30. Running Along the Fringe of Sanity

    An ocean of hands reached up, blindly grasping. Fingers bent and straightened rhythmically. Except for some splashes of red, the nails growing out of the fingers were clean and uniform. Occasionally one hand would find another and they would wrestle vi...