Stories tagged “challenge”

  • The Arrival

    Each drop hit the ground with a heavy thud and with the last, an eerie pipe music could be faintly heard for miles around. Her eyes grew wide as she watched with horror as the pool of blood turned a deep oily black and fell away forming an impossibly d...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • He's _what?_

    “I told him I’d kill him” “Phil, you’re not going to do that, and it’s not him. Her name is Hazel.” Pauline tried to calm her brother down, but he’d worked up a magnificent head of steam. “He’...

  • New Kid on the block

    Simon carried on the conversation without slowing even when the new kid rolled up, looking confused. Simon didn’t like the new kid. He had first arrived in their class yesterday, the Mrs James introducing him slowly as she always did, as if they ...

  • Moonlit Meanderings

    “Euri?” “Yeah, Orf?” The couple on the porch swing were really named Ann and Jack. But after meeting in a mythology class, they agreed that their names were sorta blah. They picked Eurydice and Orpheus. Then they shortened them ...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • He's Got More Courage In His Chin

    In 2005, one of my vertebral discs was a bit smooshed and needed to be cut back from hitting my spinal cord. When I came out of surgery, I couldn’t feel my legs much, nor move my feet. I was taken to a rehabilitation clinic for physical therapy. ...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Take 2

    It’s dark. There’s no sound, no sense of touch. The only feelings felt are raw, and the Pain. Damn the pain. Pressure, compression, volcanic heat, hairs ripped one by one. Where’re my shells? School? Ha-ha – forget school! Pack ...

    • Author: Dave Oei
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • A Waste of Good Research

    “So, you grew a bacterium to eat biowaste?” Dr. Martin nodded slowly. “Yes.” “And there were some problems?” He nodded again, sheepishly. “Yes.” Director Todd looked at the report Martin wrote an hour ago...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • ZIPPERS! Zippers, people!

    I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but what happens to people in cars that deducts 50% of their civility score? Why is it that drivers not only feel empowered to not merge right when the first sign goes up (and drive all the way to the narro...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Behind the Bike Shed

    The smell of the cigarette hung in the air on that cold, crisp morning. Sneaking round the back of the school bike shed, he saw David, Samuel and Jessica leaning against the wall – trying their best to act nonchalant in the face of certain discip...

    • Author: Match
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mr. Man Of The Year

    Are you really that important? Is it a necessity to be in constant contact with someone? People need to stop text messaging at inopportune times. It’s annoying, disrespectful, and outright rude to those around you. Especially if you are in a lect...

  • The Woman on the Street

    “So you don’t know who I am?!” “Excuse me, ma’am, but I’m really in a hurry. Goodbye.” He brushed her hand away as if it were the hand of a small girl, and not the hand of a grown woman. He really didn’t ...

  • Careful What You Ask For

    His wrists bound tightly behind the chair, he struggled helplessly to free himself from the ropes. (“Hey, dude.”) He knew his time was running out and that Guerro’s men (“C’mon man, I know you hear me.”) would be back any mi...

  • The Hidden

    The narrow crawl space is hot with their frantic breath, their exhaled prayers whispered in time with the stomping of thick boots throughout the house. “Save, Hashem, Your people.” The sound of heavy footsteps stops suddenly above them.

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Gift

    It was Christmas Day and she was eagerly waiting for her gift too… She asked her parents,“Can I open my eyes now?” When she did, her eyes opened to the great,wide,beautiful world and her parents whom she had just felt,heard and imagin...

    • Author: asmk
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Savage Softness (Mature)

    A wafting cloud of bubblegum aroma, laced with a thin strand of the tangy vapor of sweat, eddied lazily around him. “Come on; your mommy is waiting and she’s mad.” They walked off together into unutterable darkness.

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Holy Wars

    Mr. Stockman stood at his office’s wall-sized window. It looked onto the sea of cubicles that was his charge. His fiefdom, which he ran for the welfare of all. His program chiefs were again arguing – shouting at each other. They were gestic...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Hell hath no fury (Mature)

    The revelation made it so much simpler. Hannah looked down on the girl who had made her life miserable for five years and, this time, let the fire well up within her. “Hey! Stupid!” she called. Deb looked up. “You know your name, then...

  • In the small room

    “They’ve been in there for hours,” Gerry said, sounding worried. “I don’t like it.” Creaking and clicking drifted through the locked door to the Small Room. The occasional maniacal laugh did nothing for the mental st...

  • Will You Accept the Charges?

    “Hello, you’ve reached Ed Gruberman’s voicemail. I’m not at my desk right now. Please leave me a message.” beep “Hey, Ed – this is Ed. As in you Ed. This is your last chance. In thirty minutes, you’re goi...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Achievement Unlocked!

    I wrote furiously with my pen. I shuffled papers around, copying numbers, dates, letters. My handwriting started out big and first-grade-teacher perfect, but as time wore on, became more doctor-scribble illegible. I copied my I.D., licenses, and transc...

  • Time Difference

    A box pops up on Grace’s screen, video stream starts. A dark picture of a girl appears, she looks disheveled. “There shall always be the threat. You don’t know what you’ve done but, you’re against the rules, you’re o...

  • Strategic Floor Tiles

    He stood quietly in the corner at the party, staring down at the patterned tiles on the floor. An empty glass, now devoid of its bubbly, acidic contents, rolled in his palms. It was always the same at these events . “A chance to get to know each ...

    • Author: Match
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Please leave your message after the tone...

    “Hey Sarah – yeah, beep beep beep and all that. Don’t know if you’ll get this, but I thought what the hell – might as well put pen to paper – words to tape – that kinda thing. Because I can’t believe it. ...

    • Author: Match
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • New Year: Same Potential (do more challenge)

    I sat, surrounded by loud music with an undercurrent of mumbling crowds, drink in hand, watching the swirling disco ball. “So, new year, huh? Chance to start over, do something wild. Wanna hang out?” A man reeking of peppermint smiled drunk...

  • The Turning

    The last mage remembers the word.

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5