Browse Recent Stories

  • Conversations With Dad

    “The world is bigger than you and I,” Martin put his arm around the young man. The teenager was shrugging off the moment his father was trying to create. The same thing happened when Henry came out as bisexual to Martin; his dad wanted to m...

    • Author: gafroel
    • Posted 16 days ago.
  • The Defenders of Ravenwood

    Here in Ravenwood, we are surrounded by monsters. There are the typical ones you don’t see, either because you choose not to or because you are too high status to mingle with them, or are one of them. There are also the ones that everyone sees, a...

  • Just Another "Normal" Night in Ravenwood

    Just another normal night in Ravenwood, thought the Night Watchman, whistling while he walked down the cobblestone road. Fog rolled through the empty streets; People were sealed up safe in their homes; The gates that led into the town were locked up ti...

  • The Library of the Forbidden and Unknowable: The Third Visitor

    “Sounds like you had a really bad day,” said the third visitor, unable to come up with anything more original to say in response to her friend’s account of the day’s trials. “That’s an understatement,” the desk...

  • Dreaming

    Covered in mud, gleaming bright light from underneath, the creature existed without the slightest aid. No mother to nurse from, no caregiver to hold when the frightening bolts shot across an amber-colored, gray specky sky. He was still lonely, left dri...

  • East Coast Americana (Mature)

    “Thank you, Daddy,” I murmured, pleased but calculating silently how many bandages I would need. Relocating to a 9 million dollar estate in the Hamptons hadn’t changed my baby at all. His tattooed arms still moved with the nervous wei...

  • 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 19 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Random Prompt 3: Mechanical Extraction

    Brian trailed after Lucy as she scampered down to the cellar. He gagged on the cocktail of fumes wafting up from the cluttered chamber. Beakers and bottles clogged the high shelves, while electronic parts were strewn over every other surface. “I...

  • Random Prompt 2: Cryptic Instructions

    Jeff hadn’t thought they built crypts any more, but his grandmother had managed to find one to be buried in. Her other demand was even stranger – that her estate go to whoever would spend the night down here after the funeral. He was just ...

  • Random Prompt 1: The Forgotten God

    The sandstone columns seemed to glow a dusky red in the burning dusk light, marking them out from the sand and shadows which swallowed most of the ancient temple. The small party of travellers staggered towards it. “Do you think this could be it?...

  • 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 19 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Made a Mistake

    You know, I’ve done some really dumb things in my life, but this has got to take the cake. So my wife and I decided to try for a kid, and idiot that I am, I was a bit careless. Okay, okay, I was very careless. I won’t go into details(for th...

  • Exultation

    Carver jotted down some notes and nodded slightly. “The experience is different for each person based on personal history, mental schemata, neuro… I’m sorry, I should not… cheapen… your experience with such psychobabble. P...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted 20 days ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • By Night, By Day

    The town butcher initially gave me some strange looks when I asked for two freshly slaughtered cattle. No cuts, nothing… Just the raw meat. “I’m hoping…” I told him, “…that I can lure the Legion toward this off...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted 20 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Evocation

    “Where am I going?” I asked. “It doesn’t matter, go wherever you want. Turn on the radio and then shush.” Jim said. He had a yellow legal pad propped up by one knee, pen in hand ready to take notes. I shook my head and kept my comments to mys...

  • Bad Timing

    Akiko descended back to the pavement on a swirl of sparkles, resplendent in her tight-fitting suit of solid glitter and armed with an opal-topped staff which had appeared from nowhere. “Now to show those villains the power of the Shimmer-Stone!&...

  • Life of Clockwork Man

    I remember the day I was awakened. I was strapped down, with cords everywhere. There were several restarts and my calendar was updated each time. Finally I was allowed to sit up and walk. My creator was joyous and clapped for himself. I learned to make...

  • The Library of the Forbidden and Unknowable: The First Visitor

    “Do- Do you have an appointment?” The desk librarian asked, somewhat taken aback at the visitor’s brashness. You don’t just walk into the Library of the Forbidden and Unknowable and demand to see the Chief Librarian. At least, n...

  • The Run (7)

    Stu slipped out his front door and shut it quickly behind him. “I just hate trading air with the hallway, Celeste hates the smell out here.” He acknowledged his 2 year old back in the hermetically sealed unit. Stu was the survivalist in our...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 20 days ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • One Voice After All

    “I gotchu, battle!” That was Richards’ voice. Was it? Perhaps it was only a dream, a stinging hot dream. “I.” That was hardly a sentence. “Got.” Barker tried to speak, tried to make light of something, of whate...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted 20 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Conflict: Between Worlds

    I picked up the tea again and took a long draught. It was barely half of one hour until the night meal, so I would wait until then to eat. Odessa, however, started on a pack of biscuits immediately. It was a common phenomenon for younger mages to overu...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 21 days ago.
  • The Library of the Forbidden and Unknowable: The Second Visitor

    The librarian startled a little at the request. At nearly every other library this would have been a perfectly normal and harmless action, and the word “library” did carry the implication that the contents would be freely available. For thi...

  • 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 ...

  • The Library of the Forbidden and Unknowable

    Three visitors came to the Library of the Forbidden and Unknowable that day, which was unusual, as most beings considered it somewhere between terrifying and suicidal. The first visitor strode in, confidently, head held high, and demanded loudly to the...

  • Let His Gaze Fall . . . (Mature)

    The serial killer inaccurately called the Black Widow, aka the Dame (or Diva) of Death, waited in silence. It wouldn’t be long before he showed up. She wiped clear oval in the fog on the bathroom’s mirror and used it to check her make-up, thumbing ...

The big ol' Ficly book