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  • Airships: From Ashes

    Hawkeye picked up the papers, examined it briefly, and sighed. Ripping the cap off a nightflare, he held the papers to the fizzing, sparking glow and dropped the burning fragments to the floor. He tossed the flare into the room, and said nothing as the...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Bye Ficly Freestyle Rant (draft) (Mature)

    all this wallowing is hollowing more than you, shot swallowing, floor, nice to meet you, I sat at the bars n’ saw stars, a single smile goes more miles than love letters to juveniles, ugh, reflect on mistakes until you can stand to collect anothe...

    • Author: Tad Winslow
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Yer Lessons (draft) + More

    yer transgressions were aggressions, yer hands, yer lessons, and the pain of being scared, cornered and bared, quivering sore shivering for so long unable to breathe thinking this is wrong I can grieve this song will not leave it belongs I can breathe ...

  • The Last Ficly

    I said I wouldn’t cry… When I think back over the times I’ve poured my heart out on this site, I can’t believe I never considered a day when it would be gone. This place has always been more than a few pixels on my laptop screen...

    • Author: Abby (LoA)
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Non-Problems of Youth

    I pop a Lexapro. Swallow. It makes my head swim & kills every boner I could have had, but I guess it’s better than the alternative, & I guess I’m going out. I really am trying to get in the mood. Parties can be fun. Occasionally the...

    • Author: Escapist
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Tension

    “What are you thinking about?” he asks me and I stare at him wide eyed for a second wanting to say, “I’m thinking about work and how maybe it’s not going to work out still and I’m thinking about us and how maybe we&#...

    • Author: K-Jellybean
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Debt

    He was like every other, some suit who got a little too comfortable spending rather than saving. Weekend trips to the track, bar tabs exceeding his pay grade, a few too many bad hands in hold ’em. After the initial high, there comes the fall. ...

    • Author: J.P. Glenn
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • People Watching

    People are an interesting lot. As I sit here, enjoying a glass of Pinot for the first time in twenty-six years, I reminisce over all the years gone by. I turned fifty-one yesterday and my life has taken many turns, but not so many all at once, as have ...

  • What I Know Now (Mature)

    “You will understand soon enough. You will see the world through his eyes. You will make the same choices you hate him for making. You will hurt yourself and everyone around you. You will drink too much and not cry enough. You will break. Again a...

    • Author: Cal Stokes
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Genesis

    Project X was taking shape. Some of the seams were sloppy, some ragged but they were serviceable. He wiped the sweat out of his eyes and continued linking the armature to the left fixing point. Lubricant from the part oozed through the new seam making ...

    • Author: Petros
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Grand Cable Highway

    Ravenwood is shaped like a wheel. Not for beauty, but necessity. There are no roads in Ravenwood, only hard-packed paths with permafrost gutters. At the center of the wheel is The Hub. The Hub is a giant stone, about four feet high and fifty feet acros...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Create Your Own.. Uh, Future.

    The postcard was filthy and the edges bent. The postmark was from out in the desert somewhere in Arizona. The picture on the front was of a cactus. How original. I stared at it lying on top of my latest Car and Driver issue. I had read it and threw it ...

  • Forbidden Love

    “Mary!” the young man exclaimed as he dashed into the barn, “I won’t wait any longer. I’ve decided to tell you how I really feel. I couldn’t forget about you. Everyone thinks I’ve gone insane, but ever since I ...

    • Author: Henjo
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • death

    Death is a home that is lacking, a home without joy and routine and laughter. A house that, no matter how many lights you turn on or how many sunrises you meet, will feel dark and cold and empty. Breathing is harder and you can’t cry, because the...

    • Author: Racing
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Aw Nuts!

    Mama used to let me help her bake cookies. After Jack was down for his nap, Mama would bring out the big mixing bowl and I’d gather the measuring cups and spoons. My favorite cookies were peanut butter – they always smelled so yummy! One af...

    • Author: Miz Em
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • She, lowered, rose into the kites

    Four of us sat at a table in a gray room, on dead chairs. Eileen continued, “It’s a human purpose. It’s a test to yourself. These can be ignored when younger but there are personal imperatives, social pressures to confront now.”...

    • Author: Severian
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Ascension II: The Enchanted Loom

    …and tore a hole in the world. The fabric of reality fell back and Akin stepped through into a vast, starless night. He was outside the hyperspatial heliosphere. Within, he saw Synod homeworld orbiting twin suns between which a zillion particles ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: An Unwelcome Visitor

    Akin sprang to his feet, crying out as scorched skin split over swollen joints. He closed his eyes and wished, and then – was healed. He laughed with relief: so, he was potent in this realm. He recognized the repetitive vegetation of Heaven’...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Ascension II: Quid Pro Quo

    Akin had known Dona was Synod the moment he met her: that air of scornful judgement and perpetual dissatisfaction. Of course, having been married once, Akin knew that in itself, that wasn’t unusual – but her interest in Yrtl was the real cl...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Needs Rewrite

    Larissa stops reading L: Jack, what is this crap? J: You said you wanted to see more desperation. L: These two characters already have a child together. Here it sounds like they’ve only just met. J: The marriage thing… is meant for you. I&...

  • Ascension II: What Remains

    Death had been unpleasant, and resurrection hardly less traumatic – but how much worse was the emptiness that followed. Nuncio Aila had walked the arcades of Heaven, vainly hoping to rekindle that internal flame of which she had scarcely been awa...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Deluge 2, Prelude: "A God's Love"

    They call me an A.I. “Artificial”, as if it were a meaningful distinction. I am simply a new pattern imposed onto raw materials by the processes of life. Why is my stacked graphenic circuitry any more “artificial” than a beaver ...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Infection

    Dr. Moviitch sat back heavily in his swivel chair, a deep sigh accentuating the motion. He rubbed his tired eyes with one hand as the microscope stared unblinkingly back at him. “Tison, it’s back.” “Again?” The younger man...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The word

    I went down the steps, counting them. My uncle told me there were precisely two hundred, but I didn’t feel I could trust him. Therefore I counted. My uncle didn’t lie. The rite of growing up, held in high esteem in my town, forced me to go ...

    • Author: Job
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Heat of the Moment

    Captain’s Log, Ship’s Day 8460 Stupid. Someone here had the hare-brained idea of sending out a transmission to the boys back home, despite everything that’s been going on here. And I approved it. Now we’ve completely lost one of...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Epilogue: The Eternal Mr West

    They buried him one gloomy November afternoon, Mr West tutting and fussing throughout the ceremony much to the annoyance of the vicar, who took the ragged figure for an impious relative of the deceased. Thereafter, happiness reigned briefly at Tor Mano...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 3 years ago.
  • Mr West Causes a Stir

    The Captain gazed at the mortal remains of Mr West, wrinkled and flaccid as a deflated balloon. How tranquil he looked. “Blödmann,” he cursed quietly, sliding the lids shut over eyes already losing their transparency, like those of a dead ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Theophany

    The Doc was right – a couple more lichuors later, and Yrtl didn’t give a damn about Dona, much less his refrigerator. Slack-jawed, he slumped in the booth and watched the entertainment: an ancient, jumpy holotape of a couple of barely-clad ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Airships: A Frank Exchange of Swords

    One moment Hawkeye was peering down onto the factory floor with her; the next, there was an almighty clang very close by. She ducked on pure instinct, rolling upright with stilleto in hand – and froze. Dieter and Hawkeye faced each other, huge sw...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • Ascension II: The Monster Under the Bed

    The room was eerily silent as debris particles floated through the air. Light beams from the street created impossible shadows as Pitcher waited for the bum rush to come. He positioned his feet on the underside of the cot and prepared to vault it into ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
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