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  • Made in America

    Donnie thumbed a crease out of his otherwise perfect white cuff. His hands didn’t look any different today. He knew that blood didn’t really stain skin but he felt like there should be some evidence that marked him. Not that his hands had d...

  • Out of the Rain

    Stephen crouched on the edge of a toilet seat, gingerly picking twigs out his hair and dropping them into the water below him. Once he had picked his hair clean, he checked his bruised skin for blood. Probing a purplish bruise that ran along his wrist ...

  • 9. Finally, my Solo!

    Pride was something I never had much of, for my own part. I was proud of my parents, proud of my siblings and friends. I was always waiting for the moment I would do something worthy of praise. That moment still hasn’t come, and now in my after l...

  • 8. ZXooomed!

    Speed increases as I hurtle my way downwards towards my incipient concussion with some as-yet-unseen ground. At least, I assume there will be something hard below me to impact. This is a mental flight: destination, oblivion, or so I hope. However, as t...

  • 7. Cramped

    Space is limited here in the box. It reminds me of the other boxes I left behind. The bullies’ spaces, after dying. Like this glass compartment, a viewing booth of sorts, their boxes were sterile, clean. So were their bodies. The ichor I left beh...

  • Burning Both Ends

    William Joseph Eddington walked from chaos to tranquility. Be it all but for a moment, the spinning door of the MSB Building in downtown Los Angeles allowed him an opportunity to leave the hubbub of city life and enter a Shangri-La of silence. He knew ...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
  • Larry's Suspension of Disbelief

    Row by row, the image formed. Since her leg was not a flat surface, it was distorted. This could be seen as symbolic: mysterious shards of the complete works. “You eluded me in the case of Marie Roget, Madeleine, but I solved your cipher of the ...

  • Free Wheeling

    Alice crept silently into the tree outside Jane’s window for the third time in a week – the first two times had ended in lectures and the threat of grounding. She was sure the hooded flashlight and rubber-soled shoes would make the differen...

    • Author: ipe
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Cheerfulness

    I used to be happy most of the time, but that changed this spring when Pa found my collection, the bits of rats, I had stashed behind the woodstove. He locked me here in the cellar, taking my collection with him. Later I smelled it burning. I was desol...

  • Mounties Against Drunk Equestrianism

    Hank pushed through the swinging doors and stared slowly across the sky. He said goodbye to another saloon, in a cold Manitoba town, under another tequila sunrise. Hank was a hired hand, working on the dreams he planned to try. Drinking made the days g...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Medium

    ‘Thank you for calling New World Industries Incorporated. For general enquiries, press one. For product information, press two…’ Every corporate answering service seems required by law to include a voice full of artificial joy. I could he...

    • Author: n0m
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Lookout

    Joe scrambled to minimize his email at the sudden appearance of his boss. “Hello, Joe,” said Mr. Blitzstein. “Say, I know this is short notice, but I need you in Vegas this weekend.” “Is there an issue with our Nevada dist...

    • Author: awayken
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Hole in the Head

    Time and space fell into oblivion. The sleeper slipped into unconsciousness. He found himself again, outstretched on the bed and alone, but the air no longer had the same sour sent. A fresh coat of paint and the gentle sting of new carpet touched his n...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Deleted. J

    I just deleted a couple stories on Ficly. I’ve done it before. The stories received multiple positive comments. Most had five stars. But that one negative, the one that turns a good story into the worst I’ve ever written. Why do I put impor...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Psychosis

    The curtains did not close completely and so light found its way through. With a laptop, in a hotel room on the Strip, he told a story that no one heard. The story was her story, it was their story. She was with him, at his side, on the bed. He knew he...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Recession - II

    Humanity sat at the edge of disintegration. Two boys followed a trail of broken concrete grafted in and between parched vegetation. They walked, past twisted wooden beams and emaciated structures, toward the end; the house at the bottom of a long and f...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Twitter Stalker

    I was still holding Dan’s phone when the knock came again. His eyes were wide, while mine were narrowed. I was trying to make sense of what he’d shown me when he got up to answer the door. On his phone was a message from a Twitter follower:...

    • Author: awayken
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
  • Liddil Did I Know

    This old man He wrote ficlets He wrote ficlets on Ficly. With a lightning bolt as his avatar he became a Ficly star! You know, I always thought of you as my crazy little sister. Then you told me the picture was your crazy sister and I was devastated. I...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
  • freewrite (dreary day turnt night) (Mature)

    You want to too much gaunt cheek bones haunt EEK groans bold font here goes goals he heaves he throws those out the windows she blows all the bros damn ho’s fam 1st over the damsels menstrual flowin real mental so in conclusion, sorry if you̵...

  • Wing's Sermon

    Brothers and Sisters, you’ll recall a time when dark clouds engulfed our deep turquoise skies. A time before McKee, Reynolds, Platzman and I walked afar and far below, on the desolate ocean floor, in search of an oasis. In search of a promise of ...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Pilot

    A pilot’s life doesn’t have many constants. It’s a lonely life; always flying from one place to another,but never stopping long enough to have real relationships. Until Marie, the longest I’d kept a girlfriend was two months. I&...

  • Buying Time

    CALL 1-888-BUY-TIME A static frame displays a grassy knoll encircled by lofty trees; a father with outstretched arms, a flying disk hanging in midair, a teenage son readying for the catch. In the foreground; a little girl in pigtails, her hands held be...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Dear John

    To: John T. Stankey – AT&T CTO; RE: TM-453 John; I understand the importance of protocol in your time. It has been made abundantly clear to me since my arrival in this Temporal Occurance (TO 68.344.123.T-23) 7 days ago. Protocol dictates that...

    • Author: ipe
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Thirty One Nine Four Two

    // # MESSAGE BEGINS Check, check. Text field entry mode activated. // This message was generated by an automated system. This is Aion Central Node 31-942. An unregistered and unauthorised chronotranslative vehicle has been detected. You are ordered to ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
  • Empty Nest Syndrome

    We started building colony ships in the 2050s. They weren’t exactly visually impressive: the main bulk was the industrial nanofab, resembling a dull grey quonset hut. Also on-board: some rad-shielding, some primitive AI navigation and replication...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
  • Jungle Jane Junior

    I got the call on my radio at 6AM. I dressed with speed, praying the Jeep would run. Working in isolation from society was nice most days, but not when I was the only civilized one, a daughter of Jane Goodall. There is no room for fear when approaching...

  • Deity - Entry Level

    Man, these job boards are the worst. Spam. Dubious work-from-home “opportunities.” Unpaid internships that require 10 years experience. Well, I guess I’ll refresh the page one more time and call it a day. My unemployment runs out in t...

    • Author: Enoxice
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Literal-Minded Seashore Bartender

    I went to my favorite seaside saloon and my friend the barkeep asked me, “What’ll you have, Tom?” Just then, my phone rang and I had to answer it; it was my boss calling. “Give me a sec,” I told the bartender. But he was ...

  • End of a Grand Tradition

    I want to welcome you all to our annual talent show and contest. This is the 59th year of the series, and it is sure to be among the greatest. Personally I’m excited to see so many local kids participating—and not all of these people are do...

  • Reach Inside

    Shuddering in Sylvia’s little jar. A few more endorphins—why not? I could use ’em. To reach inside myself and shudder, the only way to keep going, the only way to remind myself I’m human. To reach inside myself and shudder, the ...

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