Stories tagged “challenge”

  • An Abundance of Reality

    The doctors pressed their faces against the glass like children crowding a pet store window. Jack’s chubby-cheeked daughter sat on the exam table, paper crinkling whenever she shifted to examine a toy. “She’s doing it again. Watch....

    • Author: falconesse
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Suburban Triumph

    Janice walked across the grass slowly. The blades crunched beneath her pink sneakers noisily. The heat wave had effected the grass as much as the spectators. What should have been a glowing green battlefield was now a wilted brown plain. The crowd was ...

    • Author: TOAST
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • We all know it does, now we know where

    And this is where shit happens. ======

  • Touche

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  • Blaze

    The air smelt funny Like barbecued pork sizzling I was on fire

  • #!/usr/bin/perl (failed)

    Gah. This was an entry written in Perl (John Perkins provided the inspriation of using a computer language as a non-English language for this challenge). Sadly, Ficly can’t cope with hash signs very well, and at signs do very strange things. So, ...

  • For the Greater Good

    Drs. Klein and Najav worked at night – nobody around to bother them. They were particle physicists, and their particle accelerator was their joy. It wasn’t CERN, but it worked. “So, what’s in the pot now?” “We’...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Unforgiving Country

    His ridges exploded in Klingon gore. “Curious,” said Spock, eyebrow all a-lift, “in death he proves his point. It was indeed a good day to die.” Kirk laughed. Spock’s boney, green-blooded fingers snapped a few more bullets...

  • The Unforgiving Country: The Tarnished Badge

    “How can you watch this stuff?” Jen asked. Hank waited until Kirk’s green-gold figure faded into static. “It ain’t much to ask. Electrics an’ all ain’t that pricey.” “It’s not the price itR...

  • The Unforgiving Country: Old Engines (Mature)

    She was five and wanted to play the piano. Her mother said no, her father said that they didn’t have the money. That’s when she took up shooting. Down on that range, that’s where she had her first kiss with Billy Bob Zezzon. Later she...

  • The Unforgiving Country: The Apache Wing, Hall 2B

    Hank rubbed his moustache. “Comin’ in thick this year?” Davey had always said. Yeah, Hank thought, real thick this year. His pony was dead. Ol’ Duke caught a charge to the forehead, nearly ripped right through his skull into Han...

  • The Unforgiving Country: Crossed Signals

    Hank on one side, Jero on the other. “You’re no alien,” Hank said, “just a traitor.” Sweat rolled off Jero’s face and down through his moustache. “No such thing, sheriff.” The distress light blinked away ...

  • The Unforgiving Country: The Swine and Rocket

    “You want t’make something of this, partner?” Yom did, very much. But the sheriff was riding armed today— his duster was bulky and Yom saw silver barrels peek out from every break in the fabric. There might have even been a ray ...

    • Author: Rusty Crown
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Black Hole Theory

    True randomness, can never be refined.

  • A Matter of Character

    I stared at the game of Le Havre on the table – one opponent was in the bathroom, and the other was getting pop. My eyes wandered around the cards, and as I considered my next action, my eyes wandered further. What was that? It looked like a char...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Kobieta Na Drodze

    “To ty nie wiesz kto ja jestem?!” “Przepraszam panią, ale naprawdę się spiesze. Do zobaczenia.” On wział jej rękę i odrzucił ją jak by to było ręka małej dziewcynki, a nie ręka dorosłej kobiety. Naprawde nie miał c...

  • #!/usr/bin/perl

    Right. Here’s a second attempt. I don’t think ficly can cope very well with Perl code with all its hashes and at-signs. Anyway, I’ve put my actual entry at

  • Implication (Six words)

    “What’s in the suitcase?” “Nothing safe.” oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Author: DirtMap
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Sunny Day (sing-song)

    Do you remember Chasing the clouds away? All we really needed Was a sun-ny day! You and I We’re the best of friends You and I Know where the sun lives! We ran and ran Sang loud and long We found the sun There all along! Do you remember Chasing t...

  • Every Man's Worst Nightmare (Six Word Challenge) (Mature)

    Her in bed : “Is that it?” lghghghghghghghghghghghghghghghhghghghghghg

    • Author: DirtMap
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Six Words Squared

    Hugged him but it wasn’t you. Red hot cheeks told my apology. Bought me a drink or two. Forgot you for only one night. Not sorry for what we did. I had to move on sometime.

  • Open the Window

    If they could do it, why couldn’t he? Seething with jealousy, he would watch them soar through the sky. Every beat of their wings, every groundward swoop, every midair pirouette— they tugged at his soul. How was it fair that the birds, obli...

    • Author: Ranx
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Nothing Deviant At All

    “This is glorious!” Brian exclaimed, staring at his laptop. “Stop looking at porn, dude!” I faked a parental tone, hoping the accusation would embarrass my roommate with his sister in the room. She’d swung to see what he w...

    • Author: futurist
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Escape (six words)

    Embarrassed and beat up, he fled.

  • New Thought's About John (Six Word Novel) (Mature)

    “John is gay.” “Yeah?” “Yeah.” “Single?” ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Author: DirtMap
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5