Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Pinyon avifelinus

    Juniperus avifelinus, common name Gryphon juniper, is a small epiphytic conifer that lives on top of saguaro cacti in America’s Southwest. It was named due to its peculiar life cycle. The seeds have feathery appendages that allow it to float far ...

    • Author: claireBGC
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
  • Missing You

    The aching and squeezing in my chest is almost unbearable as I think about how much I miss you.

  • It's What's for Dinner (Challenge Re-post)

    Prometheus gets all the sympathy. Sure, he set himself up as some sort of hero to those humans, what with giving them fire and all. But trust me: They would have figured the whole burning thing out themselves, especially with Zeus hurling his lightning...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Labor

    “Why can’t I just have the baby while I’m sitting right here?!”

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
  • Genetic Drift

    After Faerie returned, the mundane corporations, naturally, scrambled to figure out how to capitalize on new revenue streams, how to maximize profits beyond CEOs’ wildest fantasies. Perhaps no one benefited as greatly as Monsanto, with its chemis...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Tequila (Mature)

    “You know,” Irene said, taking a sip from a bottle of cheap, two-year-old tequila- the only thing her ex had left in their apartment. “We had a dog when we were kids. It was the sweetest thing in the world.” She was pacing, leaving tracks on he...

    • Author: Mayra
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Dear Jic, Grant, and Ron,

    I wanted a tattoo. And it would describe: I am pissed off! The rest of my friends are getting jobs and acting as busy as I could possibly notice, and they got someone else to text or call, while I reread my college textbook. Business? I’ve got no...

  • A Love-ly Day

    Dear Jones, I so loved spending time with you yesterday. I loved that it wasn’t organised, and that we were both open to anything. I loved having dinner at that Afghani restaurant I’ve walked past 100 times without ever having entered. I loved the ...

  • Dreams in a Dead World

    Navigating her way through the hatch, Ren went for the proto-goo dispenser. It wasn’t much of a breakfast, but it kept the hunger at bay. She sighed and replayed her night. It wasn’t much, but it beat the harsh, gray world out the porthole....

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • You Don't Always Need Protection

    Darren’s mother is always on his case about the same damn thing. Wear your helmet. Wear you elbow pads. Don’t forget the long sleeved shirt. Yadda, yadda, yadda. I mean, Jesus Christ it’s only a freakin’ skateboard. He’s t...

    • Author: Mayra
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • I Doth Bestow A Wee Bit of Competition (Milkshake Challenge)

    The Clopping Goat was busier than usual this late morn. Villagers roamed around outside waiting to get a table. My pub was emptied and I was quite furious. I stomped over and lurked outside the back alley of the establishment. An aproned woman elbowed ...

  • Dreaming of You

    I still dream about you sometimes; the screams wake up my husband.

    • Author: starfishpaws
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • You Don’t Always Need Protection

    Mommy is reading her list and talking to herself: “Cereal, ice cream, olives…damn, I forgot the stupid cucumbers.” She looks around the pet food aisle and then down at me. “Wait right here, Emily, I’ll be right back.”...

  • That Cashier Has A Dirty Mind! (shopping list challenge)

    I unload my cart in checkout lane 27 at the Megalo-Mart. It’s 4:00 in the morning and I’m dressed in a skin-tight cocktail dress, red, sequined, complete with heels. candle sticks BEEP candle holders BEEP red wine BEEP I pick up a magazine ...

  • Term Served

    “You know,” mused Sid, “There’s bound to be some haters.” His partner of three months nodded in agreement. “I know, I know,” Chaz lamented. “One thread gets picked up and the next thing you know, there...

    • Author: Trann
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Trapped Here

    I wake with a start. But that can’t possibly be the right word for it. I haven’t moved a muscle in what feels like a lifetime. It’s been years I’m pretty certain. But then again, it might only be a matter of hours. It’s ju...

  • Your Hand In Mine

    Your hand in mine, even after all these years, it’s never meant anything less than butterflies for me. I didn’t know where we’re headed, I didn’t care. I looked over at you, you we’re gazing out on the river, excitedly poi...

  • Imperfect Order

    Kevin had to have everything just so. Just so. There had been too much to organize outside. Overwhelming. Not everyone wanted to be here, but the measured routine suited Kevin fine. He felt calm here. Peaceful. He got to arrange his room exactly the wa...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Pinestein's folly

    Poison Ivy slithered along the corridor, rustling softly as she skated over ventilation gratings. Behind her, his eyes still wide with awe, walked Timmy, the young boy who had won the science journalism competition. He was on his way to claim his prize...

    • Author: Bill Hartzia
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Corporate Espionage.

    Ainsley’s face turned to frustration, “He did it again!” she said to Tommy, her best friend this week. Ainsley was 8, and Tommy was ONLY 7. He was just a KID. But she liked him. She looked down at her table. One jug of iced tea, a sta...

  • Picking Up A Few Things (shopping list challenge)

    I pushed the cart up and down the aisles. No one bothered me as I picked up garlic cloves for my famous garlic bread. I was going camping and stopped in the outdoor section and grabbed a spade, package of wooden tent stakes, some long rope, and oil lan...

  • Perfectionism Redux

    He rarely held the honours that his brethren did but at this precise moment, he would take the spotlight and perform his role to perfection. The intial move began fast, rising high above the usual positions. It was a flourish, he knew, and he relished ...

    • Author: Trann
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The 2 Items (Idea from xkcd.com. Check Them Out!)

    I hide a grin as I stand in line. I love this game! The pillow underneath my dress is uncomfortable, but necessary for my ruse. I look down into my purse and grab an onion, the pieces of which I rub on my eyelids. My eyes are full of tears as I walk up...

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Little girl Sammy

    Sammy was just a little girl with eyes as bright as spring. She could laugh for hours at a time, and she had always loved to sing. Her mother was a little odd, with a mind that was not quite sane, though Sammy loved her more than anything and she never...

    • Author: Moonshine
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.