Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Sympathy Card

    Dear Mistress Brown; I am writing on behalf of the entire farm. We’ve been effected too by the untimely death of Master Brown. The entire affair frightened us; the loud sirens, helicopters, police cars, television crews, angry in-laws and lawyers...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Moral of the story.

    When my tour ended I went into private security. Same job, I figured, with less killin’ and more pay. Big fancy corporation hired us on to protect their factory makin’ gadgets an’ whatnot. Stuff worth more money than you and I will ev...

    • Author: Silven
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • To Play Plato's Play-Doh

    To play with Plato’s Play-doh is to play with Life itself. For the Play-doh of Plato doesn’t really exist, Except inside the mind of yourself.

    • Author: J. A. Keane
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Challenge of Love is to Overcome Fear [Rap]

    Paralyzed with indecision, Pair of eyes seeing double vision Wishing I could just say hello, Sifting for gold at a bordello, Jello for legs, love is a plague No, love is a cage makin my heartbreak, Faking a happy life without a wife, Waking up crying w...

  • Two Impossible Things Before Breakfast

    Face down on my couch, I reached out blindly searching for my glasses. I vaguely remembered them falling to the floor in the middle of the night. My fingertips brushed against brittle softness that crumbled at my touch. Had I tracked leaves into my apa...

  • Real Paleontologists Sweat

    Doc Williams thumped the belly of the triceratops affectionally known as Pokey. “You’re all done, big fella. Now quit trying to play with the big boys before you get seriously hurt.” He warned. Pokey snorted and started to lumber away...

  • Violating the Buddy System (Mature)

    Aidan cradled his stomach and groaned. “Pull over. I can’t wait.” Justin smirked. “I told you that roach coach looked sketchy.I feel fine.” “Shut up and pull over now!” Aidan cried. Aidan burst from the hatchba...

  • A Toast to Mortality

    Four shot glasses filled with absinthe rose together. “To the death!” We chorused happily. It was our traditional toast, somehow managing to be the phrase that encapsulated our good luck and yet also dared the gods to do their worst. We rea...

  • Even the Sun Cries (Mature)

    “How much money do you think we’ll make today?” Irma asked as she unfolded the table cloth. She could hear her mom’s voice. Presentation is always important. Rosa gave a tiny shrug. “Not sure, mi madre said that it’s...

  • Lifetime Inspiration

    UC Berkeley is an intellectually challenging school to say the least. If you’re like me and don’t have parents to financially support you, this being before financial aid existed, you worked and attended school. While feeling abundantly ove...

  • Sunshine in the Darkness

    Plinks of water echoed in the closed space. Mud and rocks challenged Devin’s groping fingers as they sought purchase. His breath felt ragged, as if he were choking, though he knew the cave held plenty of air. At a pause he gave a forceful whisper...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Brought To Light

    Rose stomped toward the window, leaned against the wall, and let out a discontented sigh. We had been sitting in that dank room for nearly four hours. “I just don’t understand it!” she shouted. “Julia wouldn’t just run off...

    • Author: musicgirl
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • One by One the Voices fall Silent

    I must escape this place before it is too late. My sickness grows upon me. I know not how much longer I can perservere. Some of the voices have fallen silent while others have become hollow, mere shadows of sound. Noise poured forth from my mouth that ...

  • On Patrol: Eyes in the Sky

    “Don’t worry- I’m right behind you.” I wasn’t going to risk letting him out of my sight. Just because he had reason to trust all of his crew didn’t mean I did. This would be a perfect time for an assassin to strike. ...

  • Dramatic As She Is

    The two children, a boy and a girl in the throes of adolescence, sat on the green grass and let their bare toes dangle into the gurgling creek. She smiled, “My sickness grows upon me.” “Janey,” he sighed, “Can we not talk ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • On Patrol: Going Down

    My fingers were beginning to burn from the wind. I carefully flexed them to keep feeling in them. More of the strange creatures dropped through the cloud cover and curved toward us. The frame of the ship shook violently, once and then again, as the can...

  • Thanks for the Memories

    One day, my roommate didn’t return from his checkup. Stuck together for almost a year, and then suddenly all alone. Despite my current circumstances, nothing made me more aware of my own mortality than the day my roommate didn’t return. As ...

  • Thoughts

    I try to explain to her how I feel, what thoughts are fluttering around my head, but it’s no use. Nobody understands how I feel. I am at times blissfully unaware of passing time and at other times agonizingly aware. The loneliness, the angst, the...

  • Nothing Lost is Nothing Found

    My mission to find Lynn was all that was holding insanity back. Now my girl was out of sight again, possibly for good. How could it turn out this badly? From start to finish, nothing was right. Our painful history ran though my mind, razor-ribbons slow...

  • Shaken to the Core

    I was walking through the mall when I recieved the text message. I read it. And then I read it again slowly, one word at a time. The entire message consisted of two simple sentences that crippled me. You once told me that you would always love me. I...

  • Why Don't You Write Me?

    Impatient with the steady clack of hoofbeats on the hard trail I nudged Emily to a trot. I knew the noise would draw Ernesto out to meet me. The look on his face, sauntering into the equitorial swelter told me I had no need to dismount. “No lette...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • Nighttime Leakage and Other Embarrasments

    Marjorie awoke to the tinny whinnie of a miniature unicorn prancing across the pillow. Billowing pink clouds the size of sandwiches wafted over from the other side of the bed. A host of doe-eyed satyrs danced and cavorted in the stallion’s glowin...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • The Way Comes But Once

    My backpack hung heavy in my hands as if it could anchor me to the ground. I moved like a ghost down the hall, stopping at each of our children’s rooms to peer in. Imagining their faces in the morning when they realized that they were alone broke...

  • One Last Chance

    “There!” Alan yelled, pointing at a dark shape towering above us in the rain. Lightning stroked the clouds above us with skeletal fingers, revealing the Jacobsen’s abandoned barn. Once inside, I rubbed my arms trying to work some warm...

  • Love Is Life

    Stark grey walls built from large stone blocks gave the castle a dreary, lonely look. With its large vacant windows, it looked like a skull that had been dropped by a careless graverobber. My grandson clapped his hands. “Who lives there?” I...