Stories tagged “Sequel”

  • Never again, this time I'm sure.

    Jan, how could you? We shared our innermost secrets, and our darkest fears. The tears stream down my face, I don’t even bother brushing them away. My nose runs like a spigot; it’s raw and cracked from excessive wiping (first with tissues &#...

    • Author: mark.i.wang
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • They Said It Was Going Better

    In the dark of the pod, Bondar stewed, helped in no small measure by the rising temperature. Hadn’t the trial gone better? They showed me the vids. There were crowds of supporters, rallying to my cause. Weren’t there? The accelerator thrumm...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
  • Meeting of Minds

    The door to the library burst open, startling Edward out of his reverie. He snapped to attention, quickly stashing the parchment and quill as the door snapped closed. “Who crosses that threshold?” He queried the shadow at the door, squintin...

  • Melody the Unicloud: Smoke Signals

    Heedless of any danger or threat to her own well being, Melody charged into the forest determined to stop whatever was going on. Weaving through the trees, leaping over fallen logs, she relied on her powerful sense of smell to guide her in the right di...

  • Scavenger's Forest

    I hadn’t planned on eating all of the stew. I really hadn’t. But it was gone and the sun was creeping up over the horizon. I had slept remarkably well, with none of the nightmares that usually plague me. I tidied up my shelter and rearrange...

  • Marked by Death part 2: The Beast (Mature)

    Eric stood in the doorway to the bedroom,shifitng nervously. The whole place stank of sweat and sex. No matter how he looked at it, it just didn’t seem smart to wake up an assassin. Finally, he cleared his throat. Twice. The bed seemed to come al...

  • Runner Among Plagues

    The Bots skidded to a stop at the end of the Bridge of Clouds, disgust written all over their metallic faces as they looked on at the gray and black mess spread across the valley that was the last standing human colony. The woman stopped running as she...

  • From the Library of Failure, a Jenny Nowhere Prologue 2 (Mature)

    Gwen watched the stupid girl fall into the void with mixed feelings. It had been easy to let her die, easier than she ever imagined. Self-disgust rose with bile in her throat. She gulped it down. There had been nothing fair about this, no grand fight o...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Melody the UniCloud: Standing Up To Giants

    “Hey, hey! Stop this!” Melody cried. Her voice seemed to disrupt the rhyme and rythm of their song and the three men fell silent. They looked around for the source of the noise and Melody made no attempt to hide. She wanted them to see her....

  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 1, Part 2)

    “Rewind.” Gwen watched the two figures reappear onscreen, holding hands. They ran backwards together until they disappeared out of frame. “Play.” It was grainy security camera footage that had been filtered and remastered to mak...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 2, Part 2)

    Jenny’s friend, Gracie, leaned against the mouth of the alley that was their shortcut to the bus stop. “Sup, Ewok!” Gracie said, peeling off the wall, as Jenny passed her. “Whoville!” Jenny replied, answering nickname with...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Melody the Uni-Cloud: Unfair Dealings

    The three giants continued to stare down at the uni-cloud, expressions of disbelief on their faces. “Grimmstuff,” Red said to Green, “Wot’s wiff dis wond’rous speaking beast?” Grumstuff passed the buck. Eying Blue, h...

  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 1, Part 3)

    If Jenny Everywhere could contact her other selves or help them directly, then what chance did Gwen have of surviving her assignments. If even one of them figured out they were being hunted, the results would be disasterous. Uncertainty turned to an ic...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 2, Part 3)

    Despite a rocky start, the day ended up being quite satisfactory. Jenny was looking forward to her classes. Most of it was the basic freshmen lineup: Algebra, English, Foreign Language (Latin), Art, and P.E. (Track and Field). The only exception was AP...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 1, Part 4)

    Gwen left her room with a purposeful stride that became a run anytime she let her attention wander. Doors to other living quarters dotted the hallway seemingly at random. Although there were many doors, she had never seen another person besides N in th...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 2, Part 4)

    By the time Jenny walked up the path to her house, her dad was home from work and making dinner. Both of her parents were amazing cooks and in completely different ways. In the background a mournful cello filled the air with melancholy. “Hey, Dad...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 1, Part 5)

    Gwen arrived at N’s office as the timer on her wrist ticked down to 18:31:10. N wasn’t her boss’ real name but it was all she had ever known and somehow the single letter fit her perfectly. N sat behind her desk, typing into the compu...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Dangerous Boundaries: Desperate Moves

    “I’ll not ask what arrangement you made with Midden, but I must know why. You know what he is, what he’s capable of.” Lukas said. “I know.” Sirach put his hands on the table. “Jeofram was pressuring me, said he...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 2, Part 5)

    After dinner, Jenny went upstairs to do homework. Where all of her other teachers had followed the same procedure- handing out a syllabus and boring everyone with the same rules, Mrs. Graham had jumped straight into teaching. When the AP History teache...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Dangerous Boundaries: Dangerous Suspicions

    “Are you absolutely sure that the Truce still holds?” Sirach asked quietly. Lukas voice was confident. “I am. If the Truce is broken by one of us, the others will hunt down the offender and render final judgment, the alternative is an...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 2, Part 6)

    “Oh your cat fell.” Jenny’s mom said from behind her. “It must have a ton of money in it to make that kind of racket. Well, look on the bright side, now you can count it.” “Mm-kay.” Jenny said without convictio...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 1, Part 6)

    Once again N had preempted her. She always seemed to be expecting her. Gwen dragged her finger across the face of the glass case, past the three objects on the top shelf. Shattered goggles, a half-burned scarf, and a dented toaster all had lived there ...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Dangerous Boundaries: Chilling Scenery

    Together they left Lukas’ room and moved into a freezing hallway. Sirach rubbed his arms before digging out the key ring and unlocking the door. Once open, the door revealed the reason for the intense cold. Lukas’ old room was covered in a ...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 1, Part 7)

    N leaned forward. “Don’t worry. You more than anyone else should be aware that we’re solving our problems one Jenny at a time. Each one you’ve dispatched is one that can no longer trouble us. So what are you afraid of?” Gw...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • From the Library of Failure (Branch 2, Part 7)

    Why would anyone break her bank, glue it back together, and then leave drop it on the floor? Jenny shook her head. It boggled the mind. She decided her mom was right- now was as good a time as any to check her savings. She walked to her desk and used t...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5