Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Santiago

    I felt so embarrassed with the string of pearls around my neck. We were at a beach, for God’s sake, not last night’s bar. My little black dress, the conduit to last night’s love making, was shackling me on the stones today. I was so d...

    • Author: Escapist
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • A Seed of Truth

    “Who are you?” I whispered. Mary placed a cold palm against my cheek. “I’m whoever you need me to be. Whoever you see, that is who you need most.” Memories of Mary surfaced, swimming up through the intervening years. I tri...

  • The Face of an Angel (Mature)

    “You aren’t really here, you can’t be.” He said to the woman before him. His fiancĂ© was standing before him, but it wasn’t her. Something was off; she was holding herself differently, and her hair was a different color. &...

  • An Apple a Day

    Red and yellow. These are the colors that define my fate. These are the colors that I live or die by, The colors of choice. Round and juicy. This is the description of my temptation. This is the description of this wicked thing, The description of cho...

  • Jack's Corner

    Jack sat in HIS corner, yes, HIS corner, quietly muttering to himself. “I’m a good boy… I’m a good boy… I’m a good boy…” There was a noise at the door. “Horner! Meal time!” the orderly called,...

  • Distant Screams

    “That’s my inheritance?” Erin asked, wrinkling her nose. “It is, it is—and a fine one too.” Uncle Jeb said, overturning the filthy burlap sack that had been stained with huge dark blotches. Tools spilled out, clatter...

  • Grammophone

    The sack had arrived a week ago. Inconspicuous, wrapped in burlap, smelling faintly of Chanel No. 5. Left on the doorstep of his Bronx apartment. He’d almost tripped over it before he took it inside and, like a fool, opened it. Inside was a box w...

  • Depth Charge

    The first explosion rocked Habitat Four. Which was disconcerting in itself, since the Habitats were supposedly indestructible. Frank raced to South Pod to see what the problem was. He ran against a tide of people surging northward. He reached South Pod...

  • Faint

    “Dad, wake up”, I said, firmly grasping my father’s lifeless hand. Throughout the day, the nurses frequented his room, monitoring his condition, waiting for the solicitous doctor to return with inspirited words that would garner us ho...

  • Silence will fall

    The darkness was closing in, pressing on me from every corner. I could feel a chill running down my spine. I was all alone. “Beware the shadows” a faint whisper said. “Beware the shadows” I looked around for the source of the vo...

  • The Long War

    I walk through these trees, brown and dry with decay, remembering days past. I once walked through these very woods as a child, before that fateful day. Pausing for a moment, I realize that I am in the very spot that changed my life forever all those y...

  • The Big Adventure

    “Hey dork, it’s 2 in the afternoon. Why are you in a sleeping bag?” “Nuh-uh, it’s a submarine. I call it The Big Adventure.” “Big adventure, huh, in the middle of the basement floor, Darryl?” “Nope,...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The rise of Shadow

    I don’t remember the last time I was happy. I used to be a normal kid, until the day the borealis flared. The Northern Lights is what they used to be called, and they used to be viewed as a beautiful thing. Now they are viewed more as a curse. Wh...

  • All Too Telling Failure of the Pre-Interview Interaction

    “Mr. Isaacs will see you now,” the receptionist chirped in her cutest business voice. Rising and wiping sweaty palms down his pant legs, Roger attempted, “Th-that’s grantastic…er, great. It’s great. Thanks you.”...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Blood of the Daughter (Mature)

    “Ego dico vobis Ashimina , temerarius nostrum vox vocis.” He chanted, tightening the straps around the sacrifice’s wrists. The girl stirred. “Where am I?” she asked, taking in her surroundings. She saw writing on the wall ...

  • The Magic Man

    A magic man once told me That “you only live once”. The magic man lied; I’ve been alive nine times, And now I have become life’s dunce.

  • Adam

    Adam bolts down the alleyway between his building and the next, clambering over the wire fence at the end. The Heli-Coppers are closing in. He runs through the streets, colliding with strangers, tripping over his feet. If they catch him, there’ll...

  • Deep-Rooted Grudges

    Just a rustic shack on the crest of a small hill. The adjacent property looked hardly any different, excepting a new paint job that caught a glint of sunlight at precisely 2 o’clock in the afternoon. But the shack was different. Because he lived ...

  • Body and Soul

    Rainy afternoons brought the sound of jazz with them. Samson would watch as droplets trickled against the window, tear-staining the glass. Strangely, the watery substance felt to him like an ignition spark, triggering a sax quartet so unbelievably smoo...

  • Expiry Date

    Passing a porthole on his way to the lab, Lev noticed that the sea outside their vessel was streaked with tar-like scars. Dark stripes, bleeding wisps of oil into the vast sapphire waters. Cursing under his breath, he dashed down the corridor to find M...

  • Wood Wanderer

    I wander the woods. In whatever season may come with its precipitations or bolts of sunshine, the miriad voices of nature, flora and fauna and the land sculpted by the master’s hands, speak in hushed tones, a language unspoken by the blunt and cr...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The Call

    The haze of dawn crept through the forest, infusing the ferns and jagged rocks with its golden mist. By the chirping of bluebirds and magpies, Jane knew the hour had come. She kept perfectly still, balancing on the sturdiest branch of a bloodwood at le...

  • Home

    He recieved a phone call early one frigid autumn day. “Shaun! You’re a dad; you have a daughter!”

  • Lucky Me

    “Brings back memories of my trauma-unit days,” I said, staring at the red debacle all over the walls and floor. Vic was lucky that the last tenants at his bed-and-breakfast hadn’t decided to sue, instead opting to get their stay compe...

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