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The Ghost in the Machine LoA

Joined March 2010.

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A student in the craft.
Well traveled and not well off.
Seen a little to add to tales.
Still on the journey
-Unknown

http://www.protagonize.com/author/The_Ghost_in_the_Machine

Stories

  1. Adrift

    I float away on a soft current, the smell of salt and fish strong in my nostrils. With each breath, a small geyser of water lifts itself from the bottom of my raft, briefly wetting my face. The waves brush languidly against my broken form, caressing my...

  2. Separate Ways

    We split up after that. Nick stayed on in Milwaukee, getting the job we all wanted. I sort of pitied him, to be honest. Trapped there with no options or friends anymore. But he got the job. Cramer was now happily married in Milwaukee, if by happily mar...

  3. The New Thing

    Once the centerpiece of Saturday night dinner parties, I now rule of a kingdom of dust and worn memories. I used to fill these halls with music, laughter, and adventure. The Shadow, that one was my personal favorite. So much potential. Now I sit forgot...

  4. No One In Particular

    Steven sat on his couch surrounded by unopend medicine bottles. He rocked back and forth and sobbed silently, his eyes on his sister’s body. Caroline was on the floor, motionless in a growing puddle of blood. Steven grabbed the closest pill bottl...

  5. THX 0477

    The man glanced up from his trashy novel and over the rim of his sunglasses. The woman who had just a minute ago sat next to him shyly touched the rim of her scotch with a finger and looked away. Dr. Tim stared at the beautiful woman and smiled mischev...

  6. Unexpected Developments

    Cancerous vapor fills my lungs as I take another deep drag of my cigarette. The smoke wafts towards an open skylight, at odds with the sunlight streaming through the broken glass. Glass shards litter the floor, intermixed with blood. I pull the shell c...

  7. Letters, Numbers, and Symbols

    Caroline turned the key hesitantly. As the door to the dingy apartment squeaked open, she gasped quietly. The only light was an uncovered bulb in the kitchen; papers and books covered every inch of the apartment. Dirty wallpaper covered the walls and w...

  8. Patient Zero

    Natalya screamed in horror and surprise. There was a sickening crunch and Nikita doubled over in pain. Natalya cowered in the corner and sobbed hysterically as Nikita writhed on the floor in bone wrenching agony. Blood spurted and pooled around his tor...

  9. Utter Silence

    Our world is extremely noisy. People are bombarded with auditory interference almost every single moment of their waking lives. The daily assault has become so constant and relentless, that people’s bodies have stopped knowing how to react to utt...

  10. Therapy, Thoughts, and Endorphines

    Snow drifts slowly down from a dark sky. Streetlights provide secluded illumination and bare trees stand silent on the calm night. The snow stifles all sound in the world, as if it were trapped behind a glass wall. Breath condenses around me in a silve...

  11. Untitled

    Mother, You will never read this, but somehow that is the point. I will never talk to you again, and if at all possible, I will never see you again either. Despite this fact, it would be impossible for me to not acknowledge the fact that you made me wh...

  12. The River

    Joesephine was nearly unconcious, waiting for death when she felt Brandon’s outstretched hand clutch at her shirt, and she was both relieved and terrified. Josephine tried to scream a warning, anything, but the icy water reduced her screams to we...

  13. More Questions than Answers

    Alice shook her head in disbelief. Apparitions don’t just happen, and that was a fairly realistic hallucination. About as realistic as a floating, talking, purple cat can be she supposed. Alice settled into her corner and tried to sort her though...

  14. Listen to Your Feet

    There is no sound other than the far away drone of late night traffic and the rhythm of my own body. My footfalls set an easy but fast pace for my breath to follow. With each padded step, I grow farther and farther away from this world. I run barefoot ...

  15. Solitary Man

    As Tom and his son, Johnny, walked purposefuly down the street, they were struck by the odd site of a solitary man walking into town. Johnny stared wide eyed at the forlorn stranger as his father put a hand on his head and hearded him into their nearby...

  16. Glory and Envy

    It was tedious work, being a research assistant. Long nights spent cleaning up the master’s mistakes, weekends missed that beckoned with thoughts of women and booze in equal quantities. He had no life to speak of other than his work; he was total...

  17. This Line of Work

    There’s only 2 kinds of people in this world, winners and losers, and its the choices we make that make us who we are. In my line of work, there was a very fine line between the winner and the loser; detectives don’t have very much leeway, ...

  18. Doctor's Orders

    Alice peeks out from behind her knees briefly, and shudders at the sight of a large, floating purple cat that has materialized in her room. It’s lime green eyes are strangely piercing as they stare back from the cat’s smiling face. Alice si...

  19. Unexpected Company

    The ghostly, gravelly voice drifts into the room like a puff of smoke. Alice continues to lie on the floor and sob softly into her knees, small spasms of madness and revulsion wracking her thin frame. “Come now, Alice. Is that how you would greet...

  20. My Outlook

    My greatest fear is complacency. I know what I have to do and when to do it, but I often times take an extra step just to make sure my task is completed to the best of my ability. This sounds like a good thing, but alot of the times I am looked at as a...

  21. Too Much is Never Enough

    What do I fear most in life? It’s hard to describe or explain, like a forgotten classmate’s name you just can’t quite put a finger on. It has been called many different things by many different people, and has even drove men to kill. ...

  22. Dreams of Madness, Nightmares of Reality

    A girl turns restlessly on the floor, unable to find a comfortable posistion. Stringy, unwashed black hair lies wreathed around her tortured face. Her once pristine gown is now no more than a dirty excuse for cloth; it offers her neither comfort nor mo...

  23. Justice

    Justice. Whoever had named this little rabble of dilapidated buildings must have had one hell of a sense of humor. Situated beneath what had once been a bustling inter-enclave highway, the only people in Justice were the forgotten and those that wished...

  24. Saturday, January 7th

    There is a house party in the midst of a wild crescendo raging all around me. Sounds are strangely muted however; the only sensation is of the air vibrating with exaggerated bass. I stand alone in a corner, not holding anything, dressed in a plain, wor...

  25. The Everman

    The sun ran over everything in sight. An oppressive heat poured over anyone brave enough to venture out during the daylight hours. Even the lizards, so common this far into the Mexican desert, were nowhere to be seen. The droning of locusts made the op...

  26. Midnight Ritual

    I hear the voices from my invisible prison. Calling me. Inviting me. Tormenting me. Though it has happened so many times before, I can’t help myself but feel a small sense of growing hope that this time, this time is the time. They found him, som...

  27. Alone in the Middle of a City

    I lay in my bed in the early morning; 1:38 glares at me from the face of my alarm clock. My hands crossed behind my head, the ceiling hasn’t changed since I lay down. Thoughts run around and around my head, keeping me awake long after the rest of...

  28. Thoughts

    I try to explain to her how I feel, what thoughts are fluttering around my head, but it’s no use. Nobody understands how I feel. I am at times blissfully unaware of passing time and at other times agonizingly aware. The loneliness, the angst, the...

  29. Thanks for the Memories

    One day, my roommate didn’t return from his checkup. Stuck together for almost a year, and then suddenly all alone. Despite my current circumstances, nothing made me more aware of my own mortality than the day my roommate didn’t return. As ...

  30. Home

    He jolted upright in the improvised computer chair, instantly alert. He was startled by what he had seen at the bottom of the screen, he half didnt believe it had been there; lost in the links, he couldnt be sure of what he was seeing. He frantically c...