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Robert Quick

Joined March 2010.

1063 stories, 23 challenges, 1396 comments, and 204 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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Heartless

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

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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...

  11. The Chopping Block

    John looked out onto the empty street where the rain pounded against the street. His thoughts were of his ex-girlfriend. She had loved the rain. Clint Black popped into his head. just like rain, I’m falling for you, falling for you now She had cu...

  12. Successful Fishing

    My family’s grotesque history was not made known to me until that wretched summer after my twenty-second birthday. As was the custom, I received a letter, one identical to the one my cousin, Westley, had shown me in secret two years before. My le...

  13. Wherever You Choose

    The knight pondered his answer, Wond’ring how she hadn’t heard, His tragic story, That caused him to flee; Years of loneliness assured. “It is too good to be true, But I will believe in you, And take up this blade, ’Til my stren...

  14. Men of Vision, Part 1

    Leo looked down sadly as Derrick preached to a group of scared colonists that had gathered on Main Street. He was all but inviting another riot. Derrick’s best friend, Mortimer, loitered nearby. Worry, perpetually etched onto his face, made him l...

  15. Numbers 7-11

    Challenge 7: The End of Summer. Write something that takes place during the end of summer. Is the summer fling over? Is the start of school exciting? Or terrifying? Is there a TV show you are dying to see? Something weirder happen? Does the end of summ...

  16. A Reckoning Postponed

    Desperate, the three crept through infinite darkness. They shared one flashlight between them, and crowded each other while trying to stay near the narrow beam. Around them water dropped from the ceiling in irregular, almost musical, patterns. Sarah sl...

  17. "Trusted" 396 - 22 (Mature)

  18. The First Six

    Challenge 1: Haruki Murakami Bingo- Use any combination of the following: Mysterious woman, ear fetish, dried up well, something vanishing, the feeling of being followed, unexpected phone call, cats, old jazz records (specific), Urban ennui, supernatur...

  19. Lessons at the Academy: Gravity and Erosion

    Even though it was only a few meters, the climb down had been much easier, perhaps fueled by his need to escape the bullies. Now Daffyd’s left eye was swollen shut and throbbed with pain. Being reduced to one good eye distorted his depth percepti...

  20. One Wish

    He dusted off his armor, Begging the lady’s pardon, Living out here a while, (Self-imposed exile) Weeds had o’ergrown the garden. I mumbled out excuses, Feeling more and more foolish, Entranced by her eyes, Eden’s paradise, In my hea...

  21. A Reason to Fight

    The tarnished knight sat alone, Armor dull and far from home He heard a great cry, Calling through the night, But his heart had turned to stone. I need a damsel tonight, One to rekindle the light, Awaken my soul And make my heart whole- Give me a reaso...

  22. Driven

    When the last tear had dried and the consolers had gone home, Kent wandered around in the gloom like a purposeless ghost. What had once been a home, now smothered in its desolate emptiness. Things were broken; he was no longer whole. “-to love an...

  23. The Last Time

    The room was dark and I was alone. Most of my friends no longer visited. I didn’t expect them to. The sun had set completely but I didn’t remember it happening. My unfinished lunch sat on the table- a third of a bottle of eight dollar tequi...

  24. Lessons at the Academy: Practical Applications of PE

    Daffyd’s bare feet slapped against the stone floor. He looked back and wished he hadn’t. The two older boys were catching up. Gritting his teeth, he pushed himself to run faster. Desperately he took turns and dashed through doors at random....

  25. Grim Company: Degrees of Responsibility

    “It’s all well and good for you two to disappear, but what about the rest of us?” Sahlina’s voice was still angry but it was subdued, almost whiny. Elein waited for Neff to say something but the little wizard appeared content to...

  26. Ashes to Ashes: On Patrol

    Most people hated patrol duty but Lance didn’t. Even after five years, he still enjoyed the gentle bobbing motion of the giant machine around him. He always felt so powerful. It was easy to do when encased in seventy-five tons of machine guns, fl...

  27. On Patrol: A Compromise

    A knock at the floor of the crowsnest preceeded the form of my watch partner, Bertram, crawling up through the hatch. He was late and reeked of rum. Normally, Firus ran a taught ship and I knew I should send Bertram away but there was a sense of camrad...

  28. Sisters of the Page: Delivering the Message

    Sybil entered the room, eyes downcast, as was proper for a guild messenger. That did not stop her from taking in the opulance around her. Last night she had worked in the dark and seen none of the beauty. Vases holding exotic plants alternated along th...

  29. Sisters of the Page: The Duel

    They crossed swords dozens of times. The Countess was good but Sybil was better. Each time the Countess over extended even a fraction, Sybil capatalized on it and delivered another red stripe across the green of the Countess’ dress. Confident in ...

  30. Homecoming

    Andre made the long trek down the thin strip of red carpet that lead to the only piece of furniture in the room- an oversized throne. Up close, he could see the dials and complicated looking machinery that covered it. Six feet tall and four feet wide, ...