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  • Closing In (Superhero Black Hole, part 131)

    As Al lead us all to the weapons storage area – (because of course we have a weapons storage area) – Tsering asked him: “What is going on?” If we had a catchphrase, I’m sure that’d be it. (One day, I’ll make t-...

  • Ascension: An Unknown Hand

    “I wonder,” said Mauris, “how you come to be here? It is rare for a sentient to access the Command Hub directly. Generally only noncons do so, and they being so prosaic, it is never necessary for me to manifest like this.” ̶...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted about 1 month ago.
  • Trapped

    So, I suffocate and smile. No one can know. That’s the only way I can escape, when my dust is choking no one but me and they’re all looking up. Following my flight, my fall, my fleeing. I am tangled in their praises, their love and lust and...

    • Author: Lighty
    • Posted about 1 month ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Forked River II (Mature)

    Foxglove grinned as a foggy substance took solid form inside her mind. Leaura’s birth had made the master’s wife barren. In his desperation for an heir, he had taken on a concubine. She was barely old enough to bear children and the child s...

  • The Forked River (Mature)

    Foxglove wanted nothing to do with the boy. She thought that if his mother had lived, she’d surely have exposed him. Maybe that was just her savage blood talking but she knew no full-blood savage would ever amount to much in the kingdom they̵...

  • Magenta

    “He doesn’t do this at home.” The mother sat, frustrated, angry, at the end of her rope. Facing her was the teacher, frazzled, frustrated, also unsure of what to do with the student, who now sat calmly when only minutes before was ove...

  • Ascension: A Bird in the Hand

    “What do you want of me?” she asked the bird. “Information,” it replied, pecking the ground. “Insight.” It caught a writhing beetle and swallowed it whole. “Into what?” “This realm – and those...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 2 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mr. West Has a Bad Dream (Mature)

    Mr. West found himself in a straight-backed leather chair, in a room that was a mirror image of his. The east window was open, and the lush cherry blossoms of the tree outside it anointed the soft breeze. He fidgeted; or perhaps we should say he ‘wri...

  • Out of Mind: Kind Beast

    It’s so cold: like a wolf’s air-house in the deep winter on the mountain, yes. But their deep fur caresses them & vessels the sweet heat scavenged from sparkle-white dust. I will use this knowledge for myself, to warm myself with every ...

    • Author: Escapist
    • Posted 2 months ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • A Hare in the Grass

    We lay among tumbled stones, in a hollow beneath the ruined wall. The late summer sun was dipping, shadows lengthening. Five miles off, the barrage continued: a distant rumble, a thudding through the earth. Gently I unbuttoned him, pushing fabric aside...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 3 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Terence and the Tormaunt: Assumption Shattered

    Moving with smooth deliberation, the Tormaunt moved one of their legs forward, so that the foot was by Terence’s right forearm. The Tormaunt’s right leg knelt by Terence’s hip. It reminded Terence of the posture of one who was about t...

  • Don't Read The Autograph

    Sometimes mage’s work is drudgery – that’s what it was tonight. Molly and I were down in my lab, figuring out what ingredients I was low on. That meant knowing what ingredients I do have. Hence, drudgery – I can’t afford a...

  • Mr West Takes the Air

    Frost had turned the leaves to glass and the lawn into a glittering expanse, crisp and white as an unread letter. Lord Tor walked, trying to ignore the stooped figure of his companion, hanging beside him like a piece of tattered cloth caught in his per...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 3 months ago.
  • Screams of the Dying

    Honorable death. As a warrior, your thoughts are different from those you serve. Yes, even as my King’s top commander I serve many. The people of the land are my charges, I owe them my greatest debt, my life. I’ve mixed steel with sinew a d...

  • A Night Like Tonight

    Some nights I wish I was in some part of a nebula, part of something dead. Tonight is one of those nights. I lie and say that I won’t get out tonight because the winds are too strong and the snow is too deep. What a great excuse! And I’ll t...

  • HOLLYWOODLAND

    They found her body high above Santa Monica Valley. Under wisps of white clouds, among a mountain’s majestic monochromes, deep dark grays, lucid livid light and nestled in vibrant vegetation, there she laid, young, beautiful and dead. Cannon and ...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted 3 months ago.
  • Ascension: The Moment Itself

    A running countdown snapped me back on-task. I checked the gun’s load, switched the safeties off and settled it into the crook of my arm. The boarding craft slammed against the hull of the freighter, instantly forming a seal against the airlock. ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 3 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension: Walking Dead

    Lott looked out at the base, as the Commander continued. “Clean, as far as we can tell. But we take no chances – full hazard gear, standard arms.” “But Sir,” asked one of the platoon, “they are all dead… aren&#...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 3 months ago.
  • Scrabbled

    Zachary quickly thumbed through the dictionary. “You’ve got to be joking! ‘Xenogamy’ isn’t a word.” “What do you mean it ’isn’t a word’? Valarie’s face reddened. “Unfortunately for...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted 3 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Big Boy's

    The room reeked with the smell of sour grapes. A man shook in his shoes. The clerk, a scarred and scraped brute with firm black hair, a beast with the face of a boy of ten or twelve years, eyed his “New Hire” form. The man saw a far off loo...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted 3 months ago.
  • When In Kuln

    As we both sat and watched boats float by, on the Rhine, we mused of how we met. I sat in front of a beer in Koln, when a scarf brushed my cheek. My gaze found her, shy and sweet. ‘At what cost’ I thought, ‘might I try to know her?...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted 3 months ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Stealing the Sun

    That sweet solitude, In the serenity of the sun. Laying unabashed with no one to intrude, No more problems of the past to outrun. First the light touches upon my skin, Then it begins to pleasantly burrow Until it warms me from within. Muscles held tigh...

  • Mountains (Mature)

    Separation of white from yoke, the space between them grew, but it was automatic. Coming from sweat & passion of love making every night & reveling in each other’s natural movements, this was quite a change. Red whispered to Jane, “...

  • Ascension: Ripples

    “Unfortunate,” stated the Cardinal. He tapped the goblet, sending ripples through the ruby fluid. “A necessary sacrifice,” replied the Provost. “No doubt. But nevertheless, we feel the loss – such wisdom and experien...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 3 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Magic is What You Want It to Be

    “You’sa special one, didn’t ya know, child,” her slithering s-less words dragged together as she sat in her quilted rocking chair, rotting. Sarah held the plush butterfly in her hand, “What was I going to do? Kill you with...

  • Noir: Where Angels Fear to Tread

    Maryanne was in pain, her slender wrist in the death grip of her husband. That wouldn’t do. I strode back to her table. With one hand, I grabbed his wrist. With the other, I grabbed at his pinky finger and started to pull it away from her wrist. ...

    • Author: August 2nd
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Death of a Butterfly

    Serafine opened the trailer door and ashes spilled out onto the gravel. “I am done,” she winked at Alex and blew Inez a kiss before walking back to wherever she had come from. Inez stared at her in awe and then ran in to see how her sister ...

  • The Mind Gave Up

    Melinda thrashed around on the kitchen table as Mama Freeman tried to hold her down, but her bones were so tired. Inez and Alex hurried in through the trailer’s rickety door. “Alex, why you bring Inez? She gotta baby in the oven! You want a...

  • Noir: On the Floor

    Feeling suddenly lighter for having escaped the gravitational pull of the bar, I wove an uncertain trajectory to the dance floor, threading my way between tables. No one gave me a second glance save a waiter who proffered a stony look, and the slick su...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 months ago.
  • Elderflower (Mature)

    Things had been eaten by time: the iron gateposts, foaming with rust beneath peeling paint; the fence, broken and slick with mildew. But the old mill was unchanged. She crossed the brook, looking down at the ancient wheel, fallen into disrepair long be...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
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