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  • 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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.”...

  • 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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...

  • 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Think Pitcher, Think!

    The rounds kept coming – POP, breathe, POP. Pitcher had scampered over to the load bearing column between the small windows. Both of them spidered from high calibre rounds. “Think Pitcher,” he had his pistol, not that it would do much...

  • i feel fine

    I opened the door to my room and sat on my bed. The door was still open, I guess it didn’t matter. It was late. 3 AM. 4. Who cares? No one was around that late, whoever was on that floor was probably passed out as well. Everyone else? Whatever. L...

    • Author: soup
    • Posted 4 months ago.
  • Ascension II: Velocity

    I was 1500 metres from the ground before the other pods came into view. Three pods had deployed reserves instead of primaries. One reserve chute had suffered a catastrophic puncturing hit from a piece of debris and was spinning. That one, then. Drone T...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Wait up! (Mature)

    Juno Station spilled over the Biowall to form the Outer Hoods. Buildings which housed the less fortunate (really, the destitute) hugged the inner station in an attempt to share the improved air and tap the fresh water lines. Still, Pitcher strode past ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Enter Stage Left (Mature)

    The intra-dental communicator had been silent for 2 years while Pitcher was away in JDC. It was abuzz the last 3 hours. The Black Cruiser, an ostentatious and conspicuous standout had to be ditched in Juno Station’s outer hoods. The inner checkpo...

  • Ascension II: Insider

    “Jeez, what’s eatin’ him?” muttered Lynt. “How the hell a guy like that keeps a woman like Glenda,” Yrtl mused. “I’ve had better conversations with the zombies.” He indicated the noncons, mechanical...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Waiting Game

    Within the cramped confines of Shuttle 2, the crew made merry with the remaining rations while awaiting the arrival of Holmes. The shuttle was an optimistic tangle of jury-rigged repairs; having miraculously achieved lift-off and the journey to Juno wi...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 5 months ago.
  • From a Garret Window

    Abel woke at his table, the unfinished manuscript beneath him and his pen alongside, its nib dry. A leather cup lay at hand; instinctively, he snatched it up and drank dregs of sour ale. “Damn you!” he cried, spluttering, and flung away the...

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

    “Is he single?” “As far as I know he is. Don’t you go and matchmake again, our daughter is too young to be married and has no interest in matrimony.” She sighed, “She is fifteen, I’d hardly say that is too youn...

  • Insurmountable Oddness

    “Work? Yeah, work’s great. Most people are all like, complaining about their coworkers and shit, but we’ve got this family dynamic thing going. Ya know?” Marcy glowered at Jeb from over her large lenses. “Except brothers a...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 5 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Wolf Songs

    Blake knelt down by the curtain. Reller could only see half his face in the firelight. The Lord did not look unkind, but Reller was wary. “Come out and sit by the hearth,” Blake coaxed in a soft voice, “We are safe here. I will have t...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 5 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Down and Out [Version 1]

    Chance. It is not something one likes to bring to mind. The Everyman would deign to believe it is not he who will be the one in a million on whose number the roulette wheel settles, but someone must fill the position. That fateful evening, it was I. I ...

  • Ascension: A Jump to the Left

    The phony FOGmen scurried about to prepare for the FTL transition. FTL JumpGate 3 loomed in the forward viewer. “Mr. Shwartz, you had better be betting big on them letting us through.” the helmsman shouted back into the cramped hold where S...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 6 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
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