Stories tagged “challenge”

  • He Knew The Whole Time

    We’re too young to die he would always say before we were about to do something stupid, a sort of reassurance that nothing bad would happen, a motto I came to live by. We went to a lot of parties. We drank. We smoked. We snorted. We shot up. And ...

    • Author: musicgirl
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • To Save the City, We First Must Betray It

    After Chayle finished his report, the eldest among the August Council of Demas spoke first. “Where is the High Marshall? Why doesn’t he bring such important news himself?” “He did not want to bother you with trivial details, Pri...

  • The Morning Nightmare

    I walked across the dingy carpet of the lobby and down the ill-lighted hall. My coworkers passed by, each flashing a quick smile or giving a subtle wave. The pressure of deadlines left little time for conversation. Passing the break room, the smell of ...

    • Author: musicgirl
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Elegy

    “I’m sorry for your loss” those words echoed in my head. She’s not sorry. She can’t even be bothered to remember his name. I turned on the radio to silence the intoxicating words, but it only worsened, like spraying a foul...

    • Author: Emily
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Strange Welcome

    The island had beckoned me by appearing in my dreams. It was the first haunting of a person by a landmass in humankind’s history, I was sure of that. When I arrived at the Huntsman, I was met at the door by an elderly fellow whose thin, warped fr...

  • In The Wrong Moment

    It’s late. Nobody knows where I am. My eyes drift this way and that, the focus shifting between the imperfections of the windshield and the infinitely distant stars. The immediacy and potential of the situation presses in upon me. The expanse of ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Justice, Retribution, and Shut Up

    Beaming and struggling to contain excitement the younger fellow whispered inreverentially, “It’s a good day for justice, eh Big D?” Big D rolled his eyes, mostly on account of the fact that no other soul in all creation referred to hi...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Appearances

    I’m jolted from sleep by the painfully intrusive sound of the alarm clock. My heart sinks with the acknowledgement of being brought back to reality. My hand immediately goes to my stomach, and I feel its distention from the sweets eaten last nigh...

    • Author: musicgirl
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Eddie Tucker

    “And may I introduce you to – Eddie Tucker!” With that, the xenobiologist whips the coroner’s sheet back, revealing a small humanoid corpse. Just over 4 feet tall, the body has smooth greyish skin that is mottled with decomposi...

  • What We Seek

    “Ghost-men should pray and seek the…” A sharp voice cut his sentence short, “Ortiz, what are you mumbling about? Wait, don’t answer that. I don’t care. Get that knot undone and get in.” The silence of a wet daw...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Solitary Girl

    I chose the farthest corner possible. Tucked away the best I could manage, I observed the hundreds of people within the food court. Friends grouped together, couples holding hands. Some young, some old. As I scanned the faces within the crowd, I began ...

    • Author: musicgirl
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Cultural Phenomenon

    " Humans, the council has decided your fate." The deep voice boomed, sound waves echoing throughout the city. People stopped what they were doing immediatley and craned their necks upward towards the gigantic screen in the sky. Voorg’s ...

  • Paper

    We stand outside in the pouring rain, I can feel the frigid water pouring down my shaved head and I have to supress the urge to shiver. I watch the floating sentries out of the corner of my eye, their floating, vaguely birdlike shapes give me the creep...

  • The Exile

    A thick bored looking guard stood with his prisoner, waiting to send another criminal into exile. If this one was the infamous Bondar, what of it? “This isn’t right. You know it’s not.” The condemned pleaded. Guard 6601 yawned a...

  • All Stop (Almost) (Mature)

    D. Evil tapped his foot in irritation as he waited for Peter to fetch the Big Guy. In his home palace, his mood would have been conveyed by a loud TAP TAP echoing against the black and red tile. Up here, all his foot tapping accomplished was tiny splas...

  • Despite Everything

    Today was a special “treat” day. I carefully unwrapped the last Hershey’s kiss and slid it into the hollow of my cheek, letting body heat melt it without chewing. Then I moved on to my meager entertainment supplies. I tapped my finger...

  • The things that keep us human. (Mature)

    She wipes the dirt from his face with a damp cloth. Then she removes his unkempt clothing and brushes his hair. If she had water, she’d bathe and shave him; but water was a precious commodity now. At least she’d managed to scavenge a tube o...

    • Author: mark.i.wang
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5