Stories tagged “Katya”

  • In Between Minds: Cascade of Deceptions

    A blanket of snow covered the roof of the train car. There is no sign of anybody. It’s dangerous up here. I repeated the images over and over. By the time the officer’s hat peeked over the edge, he was breathing hard and glancing to the gro...

  • In Between Minds: Tide of Rage

    Panic and cursing followed my display of power. It was short-lived as one man snapped orders and the officer’s military conditioning kicked in. “Back up! Everybody back up! You two, climb those cars over there. On my signal shoot her. Thoug...

  • In Between Minds: Storm of Consequences

    I awoke to the rhythmic staccato of a moving train, and to a pair of voices. Soft-spoken, yet stern they discussed my future. My mouth tasted of blood and my head felt like someone had used it as a football. I didn’t think I was hallucinating- th...

  • In Between Minds: Moment of Renewal

    I had so many questions but the other voice didn’t respond to them. I didn’t know if it was ignoring me or gone. Was I getting crazier? Sometimes that happened to us. My stomach reminded me that food had been promised. I wanted to take a qu...

  • In Between Minds: Disconcerting Revelations

    Several piles of clothes in various cuts and sizes had been provided. I started getting dressed, selecting pieces for durability and warmth. I never wanted to be cold again. The conversation continued in my head and as confusing as it was, I needed ans...

  • In Between Minds: Abatement

    The solyanka was thicker than I was used to, almost like porridge, but the delicate balance of spicy, sweet, and sour was perfect. I felt some of my lost strength returning as the throbbing pain in my head lessened. While I ate, I studied the people wh...

  • In Between Minds: Dreams and Nightmares

    As the steward backed out, Kseniya reached into her pocket and gave him a handful of money. If that was the tip, then how much had the food cost? The math was boggling. My eyes must have revealed my amazement, for she smiled at me and said, “That...

  • In Between Minds- Precipice of Responsibility

    The closer I got to the door, the slower I moved. A few feet from it, I stopped entirely. “If tying up loose ends is rule two, then what is rule one?” “Why obedience, of course.” At that moment he sounded like the Polkovnik. The...

  • In Between Minds- Distorted Revelations

    The door slammed open. ‘Sir’ stood there scowling. His jacket bulged making me suspect he had retrieved his gun. “Plans have changed. You’ve seen what we wanted you to see. Remember this, " he said pointing to the Polkovnik...

  • In Between Minds- Final Preparations

    “Our choices are limited but this does have the advantage of being a kind of final test. I need you to understand that we have made an effort to stay out of the way, to not get directly involved- until you. Many people will get hurt and probably ...

  • In Between Minds: Setting the Scene

    The door slid open and the Polkovnik was shoved roughly inside by the taller of the two guards who had been stationed outside his compartment. I gave orders quickly. “Kseniya, scoot over across from me. Martin, sit next to her. Closer. Do we have...

  • In Between Minds: An Unbalancing Act

    The train began to pick up speed as it left the station. It wasn’t packed, but more passengers rode with us than before. That thought gave me some comfort. “Whatever you did, undo it. Now.” Martin growled. Sweat beaded along the hard ...

  • In Between Minds: When Walls Crumble

    The noise after the silence was jarring- a thousand angry bees invading my mind. Without the need for walls to keep the constant noise of people at bay, the same walls I’d built myself after a series of increasingly painful lessons, I must have l...

  • In Between Minds: Priority Shift (Mature)

    I wanted to answer in anger but I was frightened and knew it wouldn’t do me any good. I didn’t know how many people were on the train but all of their deaths were my fault. Val had tried to warn me. Yes I did. You keep telling me to leave, ...

  • In Between Minds: Desperation

    Martin’s voice was firm. “I’m sorry. I was wrong. There’s no place for you. Uncontrolled, emotional-” Staring down the sleek chrome of the gun barrel, I tried to reason with him. “That’s what I’ve been tr...

  • In Between Minds: Facing the Storm

    Can we trick her? I don’t know. Val’s voice was dubious. It’d be like tricking yourself- difficult but not impossible. Well we have to try something! I snapped back. Look, I don’t have all the answers- she frightens me. She̵...

  • In Between Minds: Emotional Debris

    I stumbled around for hours, trying to get away from the train and Kseinya. Need dictated my actions and I needed to be somewhere else. There was too much to process. Blood on my hands. Val gone. The other nestled in the back of my head. It wasn’...

  • In Between Minds: Gloom Above and Below

    Constant rain turned the snow into slush. It made for hard going. I walked on the train tracks whenever necessary, using the solid ground as a reprieve from the impassable areas, even as I huddled in my jacket. I was glad I’d selected clothes bas...

  • In Between Minds: Trauma and Despondency

    The silence of the last few days was oppressive but now that I had someone to talk to, I didn’t know what to say. I had many questions but emotionally, I felt raw and used up. The strange woman didn’t start any conversation, she just lead t...

  • In Between Minds: A Sliver of Control

    “FOURTEEN! I WAS FOURTEEN!” I screamed. My vision blurred under the onset of tears until the world turned into amorphous blobs that dissolved into explosions of reds and blacks. In the very center was a tiny dot of light, a speck that start...

  • In Between Minds: Another Piece of the Puzzle

    “How many?” I asked, not sure if I was asking how many lived there, or how many I had hurt. Concern radiated from Sofiya. “Does it matter?” “A little.” “Why?” “I don’t know. It just feels impo...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Moment to Moment

    After the first bit of instruction I was left alone, presumably at Sofiya’s direction. I wasn’t sure if she was in charge of everything but everyone seemed to do as she asked. I didn’t mind being alone this time. It was different than...

  • In Between Minds: Two Steps to the Door

    I didn’t have much in the way of clothes, just the ones that I’d worn on the trip here and some hand me downs from a girl named Nonna who spent more time away than at the cottage. The rest of the things I considered mine could fit in my poc...

  • In Between Minds: Stretching Out

    One small rabbit and two potatoes were hardly a feast but over the past few months I had grown used to living off the land. Grandmother’s pouches held a variety of herbs and spices that, when added in small pinches, gave each simple meal a little...