Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Rethink Your Plan

    Adele had been okay while she still seemed interested in her, but now her brother, Julian, was who spent the most time around her… Oh, Julian was terrible with her indeed. He would always pull at her hair, calling her names, forcing her to places...

  • Temple of Aphrodite and Ares (Mature)

    My crime? Looking a guy in the face. I gritted my teeth and wriggled helplessly to keep the crowd happy. Completely immobile and spread-eagled, at the centre of the great amphitheatre of the 22nd-century temple of Aphrodite and Ares. Four hundred littl...

  • Strange Collections (Mature)

    There were jars and bottles everywhere, which would have not been half as disturbing as it was if half of them had not been filled with things one did not dare name, the other half with things one did not dare guess. They were covered in dust, apparent...

  • Quiet Fall

    The sound of the wind was surprisingly loud this morning. Jake was waiting in the right spot on the roof of the office building. Looking down the nine stories to the scene below he wondered for a second if he had made the right choices in life. He hear...

    • Author: TOAST
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Goodbye, World!

    Eulogy for East Seedling Island. Born: January 2007. Died: May 2009, of complications arising from a bad case of Windows Vista. We are gathered here today to say goodbye to the citizens of East Seedling Island. They were a varied and somewhat strange...

  • Rise to the Occasion

    His task was clear. Never before had he felt so much courage in his heart. He had trained for months, years, a lifetime for this moment. He wasn’t sad. He wasn’t mad. He couldn’t even say he was happy. He had transcended those feeling...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • On dragon's wings

    Flight Lieutenant Martin Jenkins dabbed salve on the left foreleg of his mount. Shaldrach stood over him, putting on a brave face as usual. The dragon was getting old and slow but nothing could break the bond they’d formed through these last few ...

  • How To Get Fired

    //HTGF JOB (45), ‘CHLLNG’,CLASS=A //STEPDEL EXEC PGM=IDCAMS //SYSPRINT DD SYSOUT=A //SYSIN DD * DELETE ALPHA.PROD.PAYROLL.* PURGE ERASE ALL ARCHIVE /*

    • Author: Trann
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Ficly Element

    War was coming. The stones weren’t safe on Earth, so they came and took them away, leaving the archaeologist’s body for the vultures. Well, they were looking a bit thin. Nothing is easy, though. Good attracts evil and great power attracts g...

  • Alphabetical Alliteration

    Allen Alfredson, was a brutish bully, constantly conniving and doing dastardly deeds. Each elegant eaglet that flew free from him grieviously grew into a horrific harpy, indicating irrationality. Joining jaguars, jackrabbits, kangaroos, kinkajous, llam...

  • And Not Get Washed Away - Poem

    And sunken in the cherry sands A sleeping sun awaits, That hiding cannot find it’s soul And drowsing learns to hate. The bloody sands are ripe with dew, The sun in shadow sits It tosses as they lengthen And rots within the pit. And newly washed w...

  • Anniversary

    “Wine?” “Do you have something stronger?” “Not with me.” “Then wine’s fine.” She took the glass, and set it down as best as she could on the table in front of her, stealing a sip in the midst of the...

  • The End

    Her heart sank as darkness enveloped her, but she didn’t realise that this was the end until her nails were torn and bleeding while she screamed from six feet under.

  • Hic Sunt Dracones

    John pointed at the flapping thing on the rear viewscreen. “What the hell is that?” Goraidh leaned forward, squinting against the brightness in the otherwise dark bridge. “I would say that’s a dragon.” John shook his head....

    • Author: Colt Lemons
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Heisinger Geometry

    “…and that causes position and momentum to decouple which increases Planck’s constant locally.” “But what does that do to the Uncertainty Principle?” asked Jo-Beth, gazing at Dr. Rimini with awe and terror mingled. &...

  • The Street Sweepers

    Nobody sees this side of the city but us: The donut-shop owners starting their machines. The street walkers who didn’t catch the right eye. The lonely taxi drivers making circles around the park. The staggering drunks. The beat cops. The street s...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Transcopernican rift (technobabble challenge)

    “Sir, we’re getting a graviton flux! It’s distorting the warp correlators. Initiating emergency transporter shut-down.” The young lieutenant seemed not to be taking the stress too well. “Well, Christine, we are heading thr...

  • Exciting Venus Adventures!

    “Venus CC, this is ESN Interlocutor requesting C-5 clearance.” “ESN Interlocutor this is Venus CC, please pass clearance codes.” Captain Jones swiveled up his OptiProj before turning to the AstroNav-328 behind him. “328, c...

  • In a Blink

    It just sat there mocking me. Blinking its blink of mockery. Pure white. Black bar. Pure white. Black bar. I could almost hear it. Blink. Blink. Blink. I moved my eyes down away from the mocking cursor and looked at my hands. I wanted to castigate them...

    • Author: TOAST
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Space Nero needs an Empress!

    They reclined, carefully entwined, in the midst of the fantastic scene. The architecture was a crass mixture of neo-classical and 50s science-fiction kitsch. She’d helped the set designer pick some of it out. He’d helped the set builder mov...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Typical Monday Night

    “Hey baby?” “Hmm?” “What should we do tonight?” “Iuno.” “Hmm. Want to go to the mall later?” “Hunh.” “Or we could go to the movies. There is that new movie out I wanted to se...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • To the Elder Ones I Call

    With this blood a line I now trace To drill a hole in both time and space Two separate circles, concentric each Into the void I extend my reach A murder each sabbath for every week of the year The heart of a sheep, the spleen of a steer All the parts b...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Posttranscriptional Event

    Dr. Sterngold is very agitated. His assistant is late again and the photolithographic microarrays need to be characterised. He paces up and down checking his watch every five seconds. He is about the pick up the EST chart to do the job himself when she...

  • I'm done yet I'm not done?

    Home renovations: mobius strip of work! (60 character minimum: bane of brevity?)

    • Author: Trann
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
  • One is the Loneliest Number

    No one would write my obituary. (I don’t even know 6 10-letter words!)

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5