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  • An Explanation (& Free Recipe)

    Mushroom cloud, BOOM, loud, shh— Don’t think that way. Brush it off like banana breath in the morning. Here’s a hint, um, sometimes I write quick & rickety, like, pretty random, rambling on as long as the rhythm stays strong. Have the recip...

  • The Truth Hurts

    She keeps poking me in that irritated part of my brain. Her words are seeking to assassinate the truth. They are pounding like sledgehammers at my pride. BANG BANG BANG! Ok! “It is my fault that I didn’t consider your feelings when I said t...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 24 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Planetrise

    Mr. Black Cruiser engaged the autopilot and the 6 wheeled vehicle lurched forward. The PMH burned a straight shot across the rocky plain and vanished at the darkened horizon. “You look like hell.” He said referring to Pitcher’s releas...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 24 days ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Lullaby

    Emotion was stronger here, more pure. I barely avoided being swallowed up by my sense of failure and kicked it off and away like it was a boot, heavy with mud. There was a vague falling sensation as the feeling dropped away. Dwelling on my mistakes wou...

  • Liars

    Sometimes it’s worth it. Tell someone what they want to hear, it will ease tension. I’m talking about the little things, the passing troubles that have no greater bearing beyond the moment. I left quietly, I stayed out of the way, retreated...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 24 days ago.
  • Mr. West Makes His Point

    “A coward,” Major Percival repeated in disbelief. Fuming, the apparition waved a hand. The walls of the room dissolved, revealing a dank cellar with a beaten earth floor and fieldstone walls. “What a pleasant farmhouse you owned in Yp...

  • Ascension II: A Road to Nowhere (Mature)

    Juno had a TAE (Terran Atmospheric Equivalent) of .86, which meant that humans could survive without a spacesuit. It did not mean that Juno was a nice place to be outside. Pitcher stepped through the portal to the PMH way station and was immediately lo...

  • Ascension II: Penetration

    Bates walked into what had once been Threetown’s most popular eatery. Now it served as the mess hall for the survivors of the Synod-spawned plague and the USNE ship Nineteen Eighty-four. He took a tray and stared at the menu. He wasn’t actu...

  • Airships: Brothers in Arms

    Hawkeye shook his brother’s hand politely. Elletra was finding it to ignore the stark differences between the two siblings, despite their obvious similarities. The firm jawline and strong brow, the matching weapons – they simply highlighted...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 25 days ago.
  • Airships: Reacquainted

    “Minister,” Hawkeye gave a small salute and a handshake, “I am-” “My brother!” A deep voice cut through the throngs in perfect Martese. Elletra spotted a handsome man bearing an astonishing resemblance to Hawkeye. Th...

  • Noir: Heaven and Hell (Mature)

    At 7:58, I reached over and shut the alarm clock off before it rang, refusing to let it interfere with this perfect moment. The warmth of her skin was intoxicating, enhanced by the heady scents of lilac and musk. I listened to the gentle rhythm of her ...

  • Ascension II: Absolution

    Yrtl felt his plant activate, like a spring uncoiling in his brain, as it began downloading details of his moral transgressions over the past few days. Apprehensively, he watched the figures accumulate on the screen: Venial Sins: 47 Ouch – that was g...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 25 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Autofess

    Stopping to fess on the way to work seemed like a good idea, thought Yrtl ruefully as he waited in the queue before the public booth. But now I wish I hadn’t bothered, realizing, in the instant, that such a thought was certainly sinful. But then ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 25 days ago.
  • Fleshy Horns

    “Something about teeth and bones and horns fascinates me. I don’t have horns. At least not on the outside, but I wish I did. Particularly on nights when the boys upstairs shout obscenities, very late. I wonder, if I did grown horns would th...

  • Ascension II: Shell Game

    The steel lattice of Threetown’s dome cut the sea of cold stars into fractal bytes. Inside were warmth, air and light; outside, nothing. But despite its comforts, inside was the more dangerous. Plague and murder had stalked the city’s avenu...

  • Ascension II: Thanks But No Thanks

    “It’s done, he should be released immediately.” Estes said after a final hand gesture. “Good. Very good.” * The ominous red phaser barrier in front of his cell changed to blue, then the ScrewBot appeared. “Pitcher, R...

  • Mr. West Takes a Drink (Mature)

    Laudanum, Mr. West decided, would be necessary for this seance. Due to Percy’s increasing danger to the household, the matter couldn’t wait until night when he could sleep naturally. He repaired the salt circle around his bed, checked once ...

  • Ascension I - Synopsis

    On Threeworld, a mining asteroid far from Earth, rebels plot against their oppressive theocratic overlords the Synod, who respond by sending an envoy secretly infected with a plague virus that wipes out the colony. Back on Earth, Reckall, a soldier of ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 27 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mr. West Makes a Stink

    Mr. West, Lady Tor and Eustace shared breakfast close to noon. Melting ice sliding down the casement windows of the dining hall transmuted the feeble sunlight, as if they lived within a waterfall. “The gardener says he can’t bury Kipper,...

  • Elephant Music

    “How do you memorize a piece that is so long?” SmUGLY, the piano man smeared the humbleness across his lips. “You see, it’s a conversation.” As smug as he was, he was quite an artist. He had spider hands that spoke with ma...

  • Henry James

    Intoxicated to see your placeholder dimension space- the purple black star hole- melt into the field of light blue daisies fated to grow into vines, a river, a forest, a mountain…I ache. A cold me is anticipating, wanting to be a ladder for you t...

  • Traveler

    Hable stood before the trees. He shook, as they did. The wind made their dry leaves tremble and whisper. Nothing about the two trees stood out. Except he knew. The man bowed his head, hands and teeth clenched in indecision. He looked skyward to the dis...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 28 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mr West Sleeps Soundly

    The moon was high when Lady Tor awoke with a start. She had been dreaming of her roses, and of Percy, remembering a time when they had made love in the garden, among the very blooms with which she had sent them to war; a rose for each brave soldier who...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 28 days ago.
  • Lady Tor Mislays the Salt

    Lady Tor sat at her dresser and applied her makeup – only pausing to wonder, now that the Captain had gone, who it was all for. And then she felt those unseen eyes upon her, and remembered. Being married to a ghost, thought Lady Tor, was rather like ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 28 days ago.
  • Teachers

    I often sit and wonder, how did I get this far? How did I become this person? People tell me I moulded my own path, some say that God has a plan for my life and every decision I make is already written in His book. I think I’m still learning how ...

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