Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Securing the Future (Day 104)

    It was the first time I killed a man in the name of something greater. Had I killed others before this? Of course. That’s what soldiers do. Those enemies were faceless. Demonized. Different. I got paid for it. When I first enlisted, it wasn’...

  • Offworlders

    I was biting the last chip of pink nail polish off my right thumbnail when the bell above the door tinkled and in walked a man who must’ve been seven foot tall if he was an inch. He stopped and looked up at the bell with all the concentration of ...

  • Fascination With the Abominable (Day 105) (Mature)

    I don’t know what caused me to turn around so quickly, so sure that someone was behind me. Perhaps it was some vestige of a sense that humanity used to keep itself safe during those times when dangers populated every shadow. Stumbling toward me, ...

  • A Roar of Defiance (Day 106)

    Sin sat like a man, her hands cuffed together. Black and red hair obscured half of her face, patterned in swimming diamonds, and so only half of her face smiled. On the visible side, an inked snake unhinged its jaw, as if to swallow her left eye, while...

  • A Shell of a Reunion (Day 107)

    Lena looked at her sister sadly. Laura blinked slowly, rendered non-functional by the drugs in her system. The knees, elbows and forearms of her clothes were streaked with dirt. “You’ve seen that we are taking good care of her, yes? Has you...

  • Lionhearts: The Gentlemen

    The lights went out. Percy flipped over. “Another day gone.” Byron turned. “And not a reader to be seen.” Ed opened a mistrustful eye. “And here we lie, forever more.” Percy yellowed in shame. “You know, people...

    • Author: Osiris
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Loss of Life

    Hester strained against the ties holding her to the table. “Don’t do that,” mutters Dr. Finnegan, “it will damage your heart. All that extra blood pressure won’t be good at all.” Dr. Finnegan draws a syringe and fill...

    • Author: Osiris
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • Fear Feeds Into Fear (Day 108)

    I am here as a Probe. It’s an unfortunate title given your race’s curious fascination with rear penetration, but back home it is an honorable title. I assure you that I have never, ever— errr—probed one of your species without c...

  • Upon the Backs of the Downtrodden (Day 109)

    “You three will be my hand maidens the bearers of my message to the world.” Wiley C. kept his voice low and intense. In its vibrato it alternated between growling and purring, filling the small dark room with his essence. Three women in whi...

  • Public Nuisance

    A loud, maniacal cry punctured the library’s air of calm and quiet, splintering silence into a myriad of broken pieces. Oh dear, Ms Davis thought to herself, he’s back again. “What’s going on?” “Who was that?” ...

    • Author: Serena June
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Before I was Ready (Day 110)

    Bearing the Light was harder than it looked. All anyone could see was a glowing nimbus of pale light, one that grew brighter as its surroundings became darker. No one could ever know how unbelievably heavy it was until they held it in their hands thems...

  • A Break in the Monotony (Day 111)

    Leonard floated along, as the train took him from station to station the way it always did. He had ridden the route so many times that he didn’t pay attention. He was secure in his destination- a tiny old-fashioned apartment set snugly between tw...

  • Haunted (Day 112)

    Dim light from over the bar gave some definition to the darkness. Eddie raised his hand. It was still balled up into a tight fist. The nightmare was over. Or was it? He waited as he so often did lately, trapped in his bed, listening intently. Tonight w...

  • Ear to the Alien Night

    I stare at the mirror. My vision fails me, or the surface is too dirty. Leaning, twisting to no avail, I cannot make out my own face. Is it there? Am I here? Where is here? I’m frustrated and bored all at once. “Benten, get off the hamper!&...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Drawn to the Darkness

    Never had a pearl moon in a purple sky looked so dull, so devoid of magic, than above the startlingly bright city of Tokyo. Traffic lights flashed as cars dashed and crashed through bustling streets, blurring into spasmodic rainbows. Neon signs blazed ...

    • Author: Serena June
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Sometimes, Two is a Crowd (Day 113) (Mature)

    “South African rabies, my ass.” Carter muttered, shaking his head. Sweat streaked clean lines down his face. “I always knew the end would come from there.” Johnson nodded knowingly. “It’s in Revelations. Dark Lady an...

  • A Burgundy Tail

    “The woman wearing the trench coat and fedora. It’s her.” Burgundy whispered, watching the woman from across the street. Her earpiece crackled, “Heading to the train station?” “That’s her.” She said as sh...

  • Looking for Thrills

    “Excuse me, mister, do you need some help? You look a little lost.” Mila delivered the line sweetly and innocently, with charm that comes only with youth and practice. Yet Janet remarked that her body language left something to be desired. ...

    • Author: Serena June
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Running Cat

    She was running. Running like she was being followed by a group of Olympic thugs. She didn’t know why she was running. It was dark, she could only make out the pavement just in front of her so she could dodge the plethora of potholes in the concr...

  • A Marked Man

    “What is the second rule of the guild?” Maul could hear his voice from five years ago, eagerly chanting the required words. These words would change his life. By the skin on my back, I will not betray any of our brothers of my own free will...

  • Let The Games Begin (Mature)

    Wiping a bit of the grog from his stubble Mark grabbed for the phone on his bedside table, knocking aside magazines and box of wadded tissues in the process, “Hullooooh?” his yawn stretched the salutation. “Hi,” a girl’s v...

    • Author: Nancy
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • It Changes You (Day 114)

    Paul staggered to a stop as he felt a squirming inside his belly. Was it a kick? The thing growing inside him moved again causing him to break wind loudly. He had felt pretty terrible lately- sweaty, bloated, constantly starving or nauseated, but more ...

  • Hope in a State of Disrepair (Day 115)

    The rotor spun lazily around in a circle, sputtering every third rotation. Tom knew it was every third rotation because he had nothing to do except sit and watch the helicopter waste gas. The noise and the heat reminded him of the times when he used to...

  • Buoyed By Hate (Day 116) (Mature)

    Randall took off his hat as he entered the bar and left it by the door. His clothes, long and black, carried dust from the road. He had been walking for quite a spell. He didn’t know exactly why he was there but the places he was drawn to always ...

  • Petty Theft (Mature)

    Even after the twenty minute bus ride, and the six flights of stairs, Jen couldn’t justify why she had come here. To confront him? No, that wasn’t right. He’d just charm his way out of the argument anyway. Bastard. It was revenge. Som...