Stories tagged “challenge”

  • sympathy for the devil

    The whole Corey family is lined up before him and James wonders how no one ever picked up on them before now. Their house was police-raided only to find that it was filled with stolen belongings, items, money. The whole damn house is filled with thieve...

  • Words That Cut, Wounds Not to Heal

    “You…rat! You piece of filth!” The words spat from her mouth. Her bony fingers extended then curled back into white-knuckled balls of fury. Head low, he stepped back slowly, taking note of the environment, the pan of hot grease, the k...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Truth Behind Closed Doors

    “Oh come now, Maisy! You are being utterly ridiculous.” Her cousin scoffed with a quick roll of her bright blue eyes. “I am being ridiculous!? You are the one who was galavanting around London, like some silly school girl. Really, Zah...

  • Of Dough and Dreams

    “Hello, friend.” I didn’t raise my head to acknowledge the voice. There wasn’t any way that someone could be there. Therefore this had to be a dream or hallucination. A doughy hand landed on my arm, moist and warm. “Don...

  • Free from Pain (Day 117)

    Mario felt the rising tide, the overwhelming weight of numbness, blanketing him from the inside. It’s curling grayness was a fog that drowned heart, mind, and soul together at once. He felt a small flare of fear but already the alien force was dr...

  • Who Comes? (Day 118)

    Inside the frost covered walls of the cabin, three of us huddled together in the frigid air, trying to share what little body warmth we could spare. The awkward perpetual group hug didn’t work very well but it was better than freezing alone. It g...

  • Can't Sail From Your Past, Either

    The freighter cut through the waves like butter. He gazed out over the rolling sea. The blue sky and steely gray waves were vastly different from the yellow-orange sand dunes behind. The salty sea air was invigorating. The ship made a strange sound tha...

  • Precocious Cook and His Audience

    “And so you see,” The teen aged boy said as he stirred the pot of caramelized onions, carrots, beans, potatoes, beef, and vegetable stock, “That is why parallel worlds are not only possible but actually exist. It’s the only thin...

  • Reluctant Captor

    Eileen could not move; she could not scream. For all her efforts she only managed to squirm and dart her eyes around a room that was either cramped and poorly lit, or infinite in its darkness. A swaying figure lurched into view, a staid smile of welcom...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Death by Water

    “Will this wailing ever stop?” I tried to scream over the noise. Lester just looked blankly at me, both hands firmly wedged against his ears. It was no good of course; the ultrasonic squeals could penetrate flesh as easily as metal or plast...

  • Cracks in the Storm

    Repeated motion, drew Keri’s attention. As she closed the distance, the orange ball became one of Scotty’s gloves waving frantically from the base of a rock. Keri bent next to him, putting her ear next to his mouth. “We’ll never...

  • Discussions What Shouldn't Be

    The heavier of the cats, a grayish mass of fluff aptly named Fezzik, rolled his bleary eyes, “Perhaps if you had something original to say…” The slick black cat hissed him to silence; Jasmine always was tempermental. The lad paused ov...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Train Station

    A woman stood on the edge of the train tracks, her scarf wrapped tight around her too slender neck with the strength of a hungry boa constrictor. As she stared into the blinding headlights of the approaching train, she heard the thunder of familiar fee...

  • Rose

    stem and only one. Only one rose, only one love. Love and roses. Rose bush. Jumping up and across, that scarlet letter gleams and steams with the pain of passion flowing. Flowing blood around and through to the end of the tunnel. What waits? The roses,...

  • Nothing is Greater Than One

    “There’s nothing under your bed,” the father yelled, exasperated at his cowering son who wanted a light on and a glass of water and his pillow fluffed and to be tucked in just so. Later, a strong box was discovered under the floorboar...

  • Quit Hounding Me

    “Aw, quit yer yappin’, Mackey,” the gruff voice rumbled against the patter of rain on the tin roof. “Jolly, I’m just sayin’ that she was…” whined a response from behind a sweeping spotlight. Mackey checke...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Nothing Is As Nothing Does

    Never have I ever seen nothing. Nothing is as nothing does. Never have I ever heard nothing. The tree of nothing never falls. Never have I ever tasted nothing. Nothing is so bittersweet. Never have I ever cried for nothing. Tears cannot fall from a str...

  • No Time For Assumptions

    Dear Sir, We have met. You granted my previous application to travel back in time. I read through your fine print and nothing says that I can’t go back again. I’m afraid I have to. You see, and this is embarrassing, but I may have violated ...

  • Weapons Training Guide

    I am the daughter of a society on Mars. We live in isolation, fighting our way out of this dark hole, void of Earth’s poetic technology, such as firepower based on philosophy and metaphysics. Starships sail near. When we see them in space, we sen...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Jungle Jane Junior

    I got the call on my radio at 6AM. I dressed with speed, praying the Jeep would run. Working in isolation from society was nice most days, but not when I was the only civilized one, a daughter of Jane Goodall. There is no room for fear when approaching...

  • Cost of Flight

    Call me Old fashioned Melancholic Traditionalist Life is a soup Time flowing flowing flowing down down Caught in the current Awash in chronology We thrash bash crash Call me Just call me Don’t go Bob a while Here Some dash We dart Get away away F...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.