Stories tagged “challenge”

  • Interregnum

    I became a king when I was twenty-seven. I’d just acquired a castle (admittedly the bankers actually owned it; the treasury was to pay a monthly tribute for some time, after which I would become the full owner) and I wanted to mark the occasion f...

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

    Sunset is a lovely time, Jathos thought to himself pleasantly enough, The clouds make such a merry tableau as prelude to night’s solemnity. His reverential mood was all but ruined by the coarse cry of, “Oy, what you doin’ up theres?&#...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Some Pretty Things

    Jenna lined up her beauties on the window sill, these fractions of heaven distilled for her pleasure. Her humming was infectious, helped along by the bouncing sway of her youthful hips. Newspaper spread before him and pipe clenched firmly Erlich looked...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The End Game

    First it was a scientist with a thick Germanic accent tittering about impact forces. Next it was various world leaders proclaiming the need for unprecedented cooperation. And finally it was the preachers extolling repentance. All over the world, people...

  • Time served

    Dearest betrayer, I tire of spinning this thread, one sighed, white robe sliding up a pale arm as nimble fingers traced the line of his cheekbone. And I the measuring, added another. The third glided silently behind the others, consideration smoldering...

    • Author: kwatz
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Vacancy

    The billboards for the motel featured smiling faces and the tagline “We are the most hospitable folks in Florida!” Never ones to question roadside advertising we pulled off the exit ramp. My wife’s eyes grew large. “What?”...

    • Author: kwatz
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The Gods Are Restless

    There was once many worlds. One world decided it wanted to be One. First, they built Elemental Machines, then they buried the universe’s Four Natural Gods on Earth. Earth is like Australia, an island for prisoners. Here, the Naturals are buried a...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Timeless as the Elements

    “Martin, how’d you get so…weird?” Martin gave her a playful look and wiped the mud from his cheek with his shirtsleeve, “I’m sure I have no idea what you mean.” “Pffft,” she scoffed, “Come on....

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Waiting for May (Mature)

    “I’m sorry, I’m running late. You don’t mind waiting while I shower, do you?” May bit down on her lower lip. “Just think about me, naked, with hot water running down my—” “Keep that up and we’...

  • End of an Age

    Cracks sprouted up the impenetrable stone walls like rapidly growing trees. There wasn’t much time left. Soon the whole island would crumble back into the sea. “We have to hurry!” the high priestess cried. Carmon, gray in beard and cl...

  • Dreaming Lately

    I’m late. I know I’m late. The gravel crunches under my boots as I turn another corner. If this place weren’t so monotonous I might have a clue where I was. Every path is dusty gravel or shoddily made sidewalks. Every building is plyw...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Quiet Life

    “Hey, Denton, you okay?” “Is he dead?” “Nah, look. His eye is twitching.” “Anybody see what happened to Denton? Anybody? Hello? Anyone awake in here?” “No point asking the cubicle crew—bunch o...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Elemental Queen

    The circumstances of my existence have defined me. They have brought me great power and freedom, but also a great deal of torment. Although I am profound; with my abilities to define the winds and weather, my birth has placed me in a throne of unbearab...

  • Other Place

    I shall be going away The trips is short but erelong I shan’t know knight from day I travel from right to wrong Out of this mundane world Intend I to fall headlong Noone sees realities swirled Both light and dark my sight plague So to there my sa...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Until Curtain Call (Poem)

    Arms wide, I reached for you— would we embrace, or not? Eyes turned, delivering my cue— few fish like to be caught. Naught have I that gleams or snares, my lures are made of dreams and thought. I freed you from your cares with cheerful laughter and...

  • Said The Darkness to the Candle

    Said the darkness to the candle, “Why fightest thou the night?” Said the candle to the shadow, “Why begrudgest thou my light? ’Tis only in the contrast that thine shape and form is known.” “Oh, thine folly is what of...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The Shadow of the Colossus

    —wasn’t a great man but he was a good one, honest in his emotions, kind, generous with his possessions, time and money. That generosity eventually made him wary of being used but he still befriended many people, people that cycled through his l...

  • Monosyllabic Love - She Chose Me

    I got there. She stood on the road. It was by god’s grace that she was still there. She smiled at me, and the old days played in front of my eyes. Our old love was as strong as ever. I guess that love fades for some guys, and grows for guys like ...

  • I am; I Might

    I am…not. That is all. It’s all I can think or feel at this point, if I am to be frank. The world swirls this way and that, to and fro. I sit still. I watch. They play, laugh, and seem with so few cares to love each day. I fret when not num...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Fragmented Return

    World’s a blur. Am I really here? Is this another dream? Clearly, a boy jumps, unadulterated glee, “Daddy, daddy, daddy!” Dear god, I’m home.

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Day In the Private Life

    “About…face!” Barked orders fill the heavy air. Cut-downs and slurs follow soon after. Down in the muck we struggle dutifully. Every man-jack of us wants to quit. Few will. G.I.s don’t quit, not real ones anyway. Hell arrives in...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Promises to Keep (Mature)

    Rachel pushed up her sleeve and grimaced. “Question, is this normal for NF?” Pockets of skin ripped. Opaque puss weeped out. “No, this is different.” Matt pulled on his beard. Little had changed for him since the quarantine. “Kindly unbutton ...

  • Broken Stories

    Five heads chatter in a round blue and green basket. Their stories interrupt each other and mix. Every conversation is binary—heard and unheard.

  • To His Dying Breath

    Mark was strong and lean. He knew how to fight, how to shoot, and how to make love. His world was small, full of small men. One of them, a mob guy by the name of Gus, was in his way. “You can’t come in.” Gus said. He stood in front of the door to...

  • Angry, Angry Arguers

    “My l-love is a lie. All in all, my life is l-l-lacking in what you might like to call l-lust, or perhaps l-la liberté de la sexe. L-l-laugh if you lean towards the l-lighter side. My leaving is entirely m-my loss, which I shall l-lament the re-...

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