Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Blinded

    When the lights were on, life was vibrant. The people danced, colors swirled, music blared and smiles shone as bright as the glitter and sequins. The night was dark, but after the club closed we drove around, the crew attempting to keep the party going...

  • Locked in the Dark

    The Marauder strike force had blown the generator. Breakpoint—the transforming robot automech with whom I was partnered—and I were stuck in one of the automech-sized service corridors, between Blast Door 3F and Blast Door 3G, which had automaticall...

  • The First - pt 1

    “Where are you going son,” my father asked. “Out,” “I know that; out where?” “The mall,” I admitted. “What’s at the mall?” My mother rescued me, finally, “Oh Howard, for cripes sak...

  • My First - Pt. 3

    Andrea Leeman had black hair, and majestically blue eyes. In fact, between the shadow of her hair, and the almost porcelain complexion of her skin, her eyes were electric, stunning, hypnotic. She was not a skinny girl. And at age 14, she looked more li...

  • My First - Pt. 4

    She embraced me, putting her right hand behind my head, and she gave my short hair a playful scratching (sending chills down my left side). “I’m so glad you came!” she said. “You’re glad!? I wouldn’t miss it!” ...

  • My First - Pt. 5

    “Are you alright?” Andrea laughed, “relax. It’s just me, Eric,” “Just you,” he laughed, and nodded, “I know. I know. I get so nervous all the time. I’m not, you know… used to..” i looked...

  • My First - Pt 6

    Did I just say that out loud? I know I was thinking it. But did my mouth actually say it? A smile spread over Andrea’s face, and she giggled, “Thank you Eric. You aren’t so bad yourself. Very handsome actually in that shirt.” &#...

  • My First - Pt. 7

    We talked. We laughed. We did everything that anonymous couples did in a cheesy diner milkshake shop did. And I wasn’t a dork. I started to realize that I could tell Andrea anything. ANYTHING. She didn’t think i was an idiot because there w...

  • My First - Pt. 8

    It was a warm night, and at first, we walked in silence. I was happy, proud even, just to be walking next to her. “Tell me something,” I asked. “Shoot,” “Have you ever .. you know, kissed .. somebody before?” “...

  • Taking a Wish Back

    Thomas clinched his eyes against the harsh light of the bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling, one for each cot. His vision was a sea of pink. “Li-i-ights out!” came the call, and he knew for certain where he was. He was back. His eyes opened...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Xerox Girl

    I*zz*ie made m*y* heart strings *q*ui*v*er like a bow pulled across a *v*iolin. A herd of ga*z*elles and *z*ebras chased butterflies in m*y* *q*uickl*y* constricting chest. I watched her work the *x*ero*x* machine at Kinkos. I had gi*v*en her a *z*an*y...

  • This Challenge Has Legs

    Squee!!! ZZ Top was in town! I was very, very, very, very excited, ‘cuz they roxxor my soxxor in a boxxor! OK, so maybe not exactly every teenybopper in my generation would be so quick to squee, but I grew up on ZZ Top—well, them and Ozzy. Quee...

  • The Darkness In My Silence

    I saw colors in harmony. Chaos destroyed the colors, the images, the memories that I saw. Memories for me were like photographs, moments frozen in place never to be smote by time. Others did not understand. I did not speak; for to verbalize such beauti...

  • Martyr For Culture

    They’d taken me hostage. They’d found me sitting in my home, drinking some tea, and minding my own business. I knew they would. Even though I’d destroyed my computer, burned all my paintings, and surrendered my ipod when the law was s...

  • Final Mixture

    Quintus Maximus eyed the bubbling mixture in the vessel before him. Something was still not right. He double-checked the ingredient list in his memory. Shredded rorqual baleen, aqua vitae, beeswax, ground bivalve shell. It was supposed to freeze and be...

    • Author: Alfvaen
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • When All Else Fails

    “There’s not much that impresses a 178 IQ,” Portia said. “Really, I’m surprised I went out with the guy at all, he was such an idiot.” I stared at her across the restaurant table, marveling at her arrogance. As thoug...

  • In the Good Ole Summertime

    If there’s one thing I know, it’s that my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. It’s the dash of Kahlua that does it. Cold, refreshing, ice cream, and alcohol; what more can you want? They’d been inside watching the game, d...

  • John's Sweet Program

    John sat happily in his chair at work. “Im done! It’s finally done!” John tells his boss Dan about a tool he wrote that will improve collaboration on projects for the team. As he brings it up and shows all the possibilities and the ef...

  • Officer Jones is on the Case

    Officer Jones took a deep breath before leaving the patrol car. In her limited time with the Police Department, she had made mistakes. She could not understand the laughter of the other officers, the anger of superiors, or the presumption that she woul...

  • In the Morning

    The lights had gone out a long time ago. All safety had vanished with the first flicker of the bulbs. A lightning flash sent her burrowing under the covers, making her ignore the subtle creaking of the bedroom door. “Kitty-cat?” She had wok...

    • Author: NightMaiden
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Probe Work

    The old transmission ‘skimmer’ probe had returned some time ago. Jerich glanced up from his samples to see the flashing emitter telling him the probe was ready to be cataloged. He reluctantly walked to the probe and started the playback dev...

    • Author: TOAST
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Self preservation 101: Always take your gun

    Crack The lights went out, then. That’s what tends to happen when a thug has just swung a metal pipe really damned hard in the direction of your unprotected head. It was my own fault, as always. But the broad who’d brought me this cock and ...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Path of Tonatiuh

    Ahuitzotl squinted as he absently rubbed sweat from his eyebrow. The calculations before him troubled him. He shook his head and looked up. His eyes focused on the temple stairs. The smooth stone ascent always reminded him of the order. The pure order ...

    • Author: TOAST
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Counting

    Eighteen steps around the corner. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Damn! Only twelve. Seven steps to the bench. One. Two. Three. Four. Fi- “Hi, Chuckie!” Damn. “Hi, Dana.” Two. “Wh...

  • Better than the first

    I hadn’t been this nervous since high school and my very very very first date. But it became a little bit like panic when I realized I couldn’t seem to buckle the ankle strap and might have to wear a not-planned-for-a-week pumps. Jenny̵...

    • Author: Vail Indigo
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5