Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Unlikely Companions

    Why the hell is it so cold? I knew that there would be some discomfort involved, but I didn’t know that feeling the cold would be one of them. I’m not supposed to be conscious. The day before the lights went out, I sat in the park with . . ...

    • Author: S. Zee
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Without Light

    There are those who relish the light, who bask in its glory like worshipers of old; I am not one of them. The light is not my friend, it is my enemy. And no matter how many times I tell the servants to turn off the damn lights, they always turn them on...

  • Pantone 286C

    From the window of her room, she could see the sea and the sky. Hard to see much else from the top of the highest tower in a castle perched on a cliff. On the best days, pale, fluffy clouds floated weightlessly in a cornflower sky, while their reflecti...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • How Dark These Edges of Edelweiss

    He loved her hair, fragile and ivory, still fair against her eggshell-pale skin. Her fingers, translucent and papery, rested gently against his own icy cheek. No matter how many wrinkles hung in the corner of her eyes, they still remained as clearly an...

    • Author: Acantha
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Gehennan Kitchen

    It was hotter in the kitchen than I’m used to, and I’ve limped through burning buildings to see the evidence was destroyed. I rubbed my forehead with the back of my wrist, smearing foie gras all over it. It sizzled. “Jesus, McArthur,&...

  • The Colour of Grandma

    A lilac grows beside my house, a small thing getting bigger every year. It was brought, the piece that was planted, from 800 kilometers away, from the place where Grandma’s ashes lay. Above those ashes, a lilac grows grows, its fragrance perfumin...

  • Gliding through the City of Dreams

    I’d taken great care with my appearance. No stubble, no cleavage, clothing loose and comfortable but not baggy. No pastel shades. Sensible shoes. My hair, short and dark, was going through a wavy phase, but I’d not let it get so long as to ...

  • After the main sequence

    Haruhiko paused outside the house, hearing the door close behind him. Here, away from the streetlights, the world was claret. It was like living in a darkroom. The crimson light made his eyes itch and ache, it felt like he was always straining to see t...

  • There's nothing new about repression

    She was what would become known, centuries later, as a strong woman. Determined, open-minded and very intelligent. She had spent years learning how to make medicines from the herbs that grew in the woods around the cottage. She had studied the animals,...

  • My Sexy Quirky Love

    The first “date” was more one of convenience than a real date. Galina and Richard had both been programming late and ended up sharing a pizza, cola and their likes and dislikes. Today the database just did not want to perform and both had b...

  • Her Land

    Her fingers left a trail along the glittering water, like champagne this time of day. The boat glided easily along the tawny shore, its saffron exterior reflecting back the water’s inner glow. The incidental princess leaned back and surveyed what...

    • Author: S. Zee
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Puih Ponders Precipitation

    It looks like rain, thought Puih. “Tut, tut, it looks like rain,” Puih said to himself. The clouds were as dark as a swarm of angry honeybees, and Puih didn’t know where he’d put his umbrella. “Oh bother,” he muttere...

  • Needlepoint

    I dive towards the white, straight and narrow, steely and determined. As I get closer, details resolve; lines of colour grow huge and then vanish, replaced the pure white that is my target. Closer still and now I can see the warp and weft of what is in...

  • All The News That's Fit

    The newsroom was only partially lit. It was pretty late even for this place. Jim wondered if anyone besides the overworked maintenance staff was still around. Looking across the room he saw that one light was still on. It was the so-called “Entertain...

    • Author: TOAST
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Touch Of Madness

    “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? " -Albert Einstein People usually find deep thinking, creative people weird . The ‘weirdos’ usually end up isolate, because they don’t fit into the ...

    • Author: asmk
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Speech Gone Wrong

    As the majestic music died down, the president stepped to podium. Meanwhile, his two young speechwriters huddled in the wings, anxious for their first speech to be given life. With waves and his politician’s smile, the president quieted the crowd...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 35 chips in every cookie (If I ruled the world challenge)

    “If I ruled the world, Mummy, I would make sure there are 35 chocolate chips in every cookie.” “Not 36?” “No. I think 36 is too many. You can’t taste the cookie then.” “What about 34?” ’Mu-uum...

    • Author: Melia
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • You Don’t Always Need Protection =D

    A little boy found on the streets of a busy city…a gangster picks him up..trains him… The boy grows up as one of his confidants … One day, the boy is attacked in the middle of the street and the gangster rushes to protect him …t...

    • Author: asmk
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 2 out of 5
  • You Don't Always Need Protection (Mature)

    “Dude, so what do I do..?” He was sitting on the bench in the locker room, pulling on a plain black Converse, his mind pre-occupied with the job of thinking. “What do you mean, what do you do? You take off your clothes and then-”...

  • You Don't Always Need Protection (2) (Mature)

    “Hey, Julie! Come here! They’re talking about ‘you-know-what!’” The girls giggled, both of their ears pressed against the ventilation grill in the wall in between the boys’ and girl’s locker rooms. “Julie! How could you say that to him!...

  • The tomb of Nektah

    Professor Lebnoch finished chanting. Dust sparkled in the candle-lit tomb as it danced in the air, and the chill of the ancient stones was as far removed from the heat of the Egyptian desert as it could get. As the echoes of the chant died away, reverb...

  • 35 chips in every cookie (If I ruled the world challenge)

    “If I ruled the world, Mummy, I would make sure there are 35 chocolate chips in every cookie.” “Not 36?” “No. I think 36 is too many. You can’t taste the cookie then.” “What about 34?” ’Mu-uumy! 34 is not enough!" “Then 35 it...

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

    In the beginning there was nothing, or at least that what it seemed like. Really, there was just me, and my desire to meet someone here in this new alien place called ‘school’. I had been to the big city before. My grandparents lived here a...

  • Granny's Botulism Brew

    “I thought canning food was for a season, like over the winter, not for 30 years!” I hefted a jar of red stuff with tiny yellow seeds and big black spots, it’s brass top swollen. “Is grandma conducting some kind of experiment do...

  • Going for a Ride

    ”Mr. Taylor, you’re a vision in green!” Steve paused the DVD player playing Say Anything. “You know the old guy’s wearing more white than green. He should have said he was a vision in white.” Maddie looked up. “Hate to break it to you...

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