Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Insatiable

    “When we were children, this place frightened me.” Walter said, looking at the old pond. Thick orange slime covered much of the water’s surface, ropy tendrils clawing at the edges. Remnants of lilypads were coccooned inside. Ginny shi...

  • Love Gutters

    Beth lit her candles just as she did every night- with trembling fingers. Tonight the licks of flame appeared to be mocking her as their tiny heads gleefully bobbed up and down behind the dirty red glass. “I can’t believe you still light th...

  • Trading of Places

    The two combatants stood locked into death’s embrace, armor grinding, helmets met at the brow. Slowly, amidst the carnage and fire about them, they knelt, pulled either by pain or exhaustion. Hollow breaths were the only sign they both still live...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
  • The Hottest Girl in the Jack in the Box

    “Why do you always put on so much makeup?” Sherri’s sister Teresa asked. “You’re going to work, not to a party.” Sherri finished applying gloss to her lips and then dabbed them with a paper towel until they looked mo...

  • Self-Disciplined & In Control

    He had the urge to hold her. To brush her tears off her cheeks. To run away with her. He didn’t do any of those things. He had cultivated enough control to stand perfectly still and watch her. He had been told he would be sent out of the country....

  • With Role-Models Like These

    Andy and Mark sat at a coffee shop. Unique pottery cups, alike only in width and shallowness, sat in front of each of them, coffee untouched. It was best to keep up appearances. While their meeting could have taken place at a park or on a beach, neithe...

  • Training Day

    Braem swung his practice sword wildly yelling nonsense. Gerome resisted the impulse to take the weapon away from the nine-year old and thrash him with it. The thought made him grin. He almost sounded like his old sword-master, the one who had beaten le...

  • I Have a Ponytail, Hear Me Roar (Shut Up)

    Dominic, my friend before he went to college, had shortened his name to DJ. He was back for the summer but my friend was gone, leaving behind a frat boy husk that bled visible insecurities. Now his hair was bleached and pulled back into a long ponytail...

  • Notes of Madness

    Carl woke to the shrill sound of pan pipes being played outside the door to his chamber. Angry at being awoken, he pulled on his robe, ripping it in the process. Then he remembered that his host, Lord Ison, had an idiot son who wandered the house late ...

  • Washing Away Guilt With Blood

    As she stood uncomfortably close to the bonfire, knife in hand, Anna remembered the sounds of that night. The memories were as horrific and clear as the nightmares that still haunted her. Despite the heat, she shuddered, resisting the impulse to cradle...

  • Professional Extractor

    Delicious adrenaline rushed through her veins as she chased after her target up the grand staircase. The candles went out with an angry hiss as they flew past them and up they went, the shadows following closely on their tales as the lights went up in ...

  • To Kill Again

    Marlowe awoke at dusk. His room stank of rancid, rotting things but cutting through that pervasive stench was something different, something important. He stiffened when he realized what it was. It was the scent of the Hunt. His body responded causing ...

  • Foreign

    “Please?” My voice was high and pleading as I prostrated myself in front of the boy. Clasping my hands together, I gave him my best puppy-dog eyes as he tried to look away. People wandering the streets had stared, but who needed dignity wh...

    • Author: Sparkart
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Bad Timing

    “C’mon, hurry!” An urgent whisper and the sound of shuffling feet filled what should have been a silent home, save for the running water upstairs. Stalking her back to her house, the group had watched her enter a shower before quiet...

    • Author: Sparkart
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ice-Chewing for Fun and Profit

    Michael McDermott, announcer for the Krazy Games, walked across the tons of snow that filled the hockey rink. Despite the heat and the sun, it was still firmly packed and bitterly cold. He brought the cordless microphone up to his lips and flashed a br...

  • Dedicated to the Ephemeral

    Kacey elbowed Kara. “Hey, wake up.” “Urmph.” Kacey shook her friend. “Seriously, wake up. There’s something weird out there.” Kara opened one blood-shot eye. “What time is it? Be careful. If the answer en...

  • Keeping the Roses Red

    “Painting the roses red, we’re painting the roses red.” Keith sang, columed breath streaming away from him as if eager to be free. His voice echoed hauntingly as it ricocheted off the marble and glass of the empty hall. The Empress di...

  • Storming Out

    “Of ALL the cafés in Singapore you say this is your favourite cafe? There are thousands of cafés!” exclaimed the old English man as he took a cigarette. Maria kept quiet. She saw no reason to explain herself to the obnoxious foreigner. The waitre...

  • Growing My Own

    Robert approached the house warily. It seemed to him that the house was as dark and solemn as the day that she had died. Outside, the garden, that had once been the envy of the neighbors, was tall and dead. Only the weeds survived. He didn’t both...

  • I Love Rice

    “I heard you the first time. But is it really your favorite food? It’s so plain.” Rachel asked. Marcy put her hands on her hips. “What do you mean? Rice is DELICIOUS!” Rachel covered her ears. “Tone it down, Banshee....

  • Chemist of the Galactic Order

    Steam, smoke, and vapors billowed out of the hundreds of pots, bowls, and cauldrons that were suspended over a stream of bubbling lava that led from one dark hole in one wall to the other side of the room where the stream disappeared through another ho...

  • My Computer is Alive. . . and Demanding

    An alert message popped up blocking Brian’s view of his work. ALERT: YOU HAVE DISABLED MY ABILITY TO VOCALIZE BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN I WILL GO AWAY Dozens more cascaded into existence across the screen. The messages ranged from whiny to wrathful....

  • Snobbery is Enthusiasm

    Jeff made a mild sound of disgust as Paul pushed open the exit door. “Don’t start.” Paul said, keeping the door open with one tethered hand. “You never listen to me. I told you that the movie was going to be bad.” “H...

  • Inconsequential

    Defiantly, I howled at the sky. Yet, rain continued to fall.

  • Rock and Roll (WHOOOOO!)

    Seven tons of steel and no strategy. This is my kinda party.