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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 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. "Trusted" 396 - 22 (Mature)

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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....

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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, ...

  21. When Sociopaths Ruled the World

    One hundred of the most powerful industrialists in the world, wealthy billionaires all, formerly content to pull strings from behind the scenes, took direct control in 2020. The first world government was not the democracy that people hoped for, but a ...

  22. Ignore at Your Own Risk

    Faeries danced in a meadow touced by dawn. Above them an elf hopped from branch to branch as deft as any squirrel. Music notes played by an unseen harpist- Dr. Woodwright awoke to the harp music he had programmed the ‘night’ before. Around ...

  23. _____ Makes Strong Men Weak

    Mario grit his teeth. Angelina was sitting a little too close to Martin for comfort. The two sat facing each other as if the party around them didn’t exist, as if he didn’t exist. Martin leaned closer and said something that caused Angelina...

  24. From the Library of Failure (Branch 2, Part 10)

    Jenny recoiled from the woman and in a flash of violet light, everything changed. There was a momentary sense of astonishment and hurt that Jenny knew came from the woman but she didn’t have time to dwell on it. Inexplicably, she found herself st...

  25. These Long Nights: Maintaining the Lower Hand

    “Do you know what kind of trouble?” Max asked. Men on the run tended to turn into drifters and drifters were almost always trouble. “I’ve said too much already. You can ask him when you see him. I’m assuming of course that...

  26. These Long Nights: Unpleasant History

    For a moment, Max considered the idea that the doctor could actually read his mind and then dismissed the thought. Doctor Francis appeared to be a lot of things, creepy and annoying chief among them, but Max doubted that the man had made a deal with th...

  27. These Long Nights: Psychology and Deceit

    In the sitting room, a tense silence grew between the two men. Evidently, the Doctor had finished speaking. Max shifted uncomfortably. He was about to break the silence when Doctor Francis spoke again. “Do you agree that I am correct in my observ...

  28. Discomfort Draws Them Closer

    Latrana returned home with her haul in a little red wagon, the way she always did. She knew her Red was lucky. Today it contained two and a half gallons of stolen milk- grocery shopping made fun! Five minutes in to the apartment, Latrana realized that ...

  29. These Long Nights: A Keen Mind

    Max’s heart beat faster. The doctor had read him like a book. How could his guesses be that accurate? Who could have told him? “What makes you believe that?” Max asked carefully. “Come now.” The doctor smirked. “Your...

  30. These Long Nights: Questioning the Doctor

    The doctor gestured to the closest couch. “Please have a seat.” Max perched on the edge of a cushion as Dr. Francis deposited himself into a chair and then leaned his crutches against the arm. “That’s better. So what kind of ans...