Stories tagged “challenge”

  • On the Scene, Ready for It

    A battered pick-up ferried Doctor Wonder to the disaster in progress, driven by a pair of well intentioned citizens eager for their hero to arrive in a timely fashion. The hero thanked them, weakly and quietly, before turning to carefully make his way ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Eclipsing the Light

    The great mystery becomes clear in the end. What began in warmth and light is swallowed by deep darkness. The enigmatic monsters came, injured, and destroyed. Power flows through my veins, at a cross road, one last time. The masses undulate in an angry...

    • Author: Adukes
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Dennis, His Missus, Or Something Else

    “Dennis. Dennis? Dennis!” “You’re very shrill when you get tired, you know.” This, mostly likely, did not represent the best response in the given moment. He’d uttered worse things, usually more quietly. Mrs. Uldridg...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Center of the Universe

    My hair, ruffled by the wind. My feet, dangling over the roof. I can see the highway from here, and all the cars moving endlessly towards unknown destinations. Cell towers blink in concert in the distance, their red lights creating a calming pattern. I...

  • Soar

    I soar. High above I scan below, drifting swiftly on currents acridly scented. It is hard to hunt when the breeze brings not prey, but choking smoke. Plumes rise from tubes, great clouds that are not clouds and to be avoided. Winging around, I face the...

  • The Itch

    An itch in my nose stirs me from my sleep. I awaken in complete darkness, but of course, it’s always dark here. The itch, while irritating, soon gives way to a greater sensation: hunger. I let myself drop from the ceiling and immediately begin flappi...

  • A Poem for the Love of Poetry

    I love poetry for all it’s worth The words come easier for some For others, they must search the earth To find the perfect rhyme. For others, meaning must be obvious While some fancy the more obscure Searching out the almost curious Phrases that ...

  • Sunbathing

    Janet wears sunglasses in the bath. Some people have swimming pools in their backyards. Others have hot tubs. Janet simply took it to its logical conclusion. The bathtub’s little clawed feet rest on a concrete slab in the yard, protected by a fen...

    • Author: Sonata Green
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Songs, Rhyme, and Failure

    “Tatter, tatter, naught and matter,” hummed the old drunk as he stumbled across the cobblestone. Every other lamplight was blown dark by the gale. Those that stood valiantly against the inky black of night did so in feeble enough mien. He s...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • We Should Go

    Her girlfriend stands in the waves, only to her knees. The water pushes at her shins then drags at her heels. She smiles at the discordant effort. Janet ponders her own body in the sun, amused with her tan lines, less so with the red of her suit upon h...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Breathless Tales and Dusty Trails

    Heaving and panting down the country road Kevin and Robert kicked up as much dust as a whole mess of hounds. Delbert brought up the rear, choking on dust and attempting to halt the other two. “You idgits!” Delbert rasped, “You dag-gum...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Remains of the Hot Day

    The day is hot. Spot, every spot heated up, up, up. Down, down beats the brightness from the hole in the sky. Air rises. Hope falls. I love it! From craggy perch to rustling weeds I get to flit. I get. I flit. I flop and flap. I chortle and giggle. All...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Survival Against the Odds

    We used to roam these woods and forests freely. We outnumbered our predators. Our dens were safe and secure and our pups grew and thrived. We balanced the world. The Elk and the deer flourished as we did. There was no disease and over population in our...

  • Salty Sea-doggerel

    The grass is pale brown by the edge of the sea; it rustles and scrapes in the wind, brushing against the gray stones. The best stones are those nearest the water, and their words fade quickest, worn by the spray. Far back from the water’s edge, i...

  • By Night, By Day

    The town butcher initially gave me some strange looks when I asked for two freshly slaughtered cattle. No cuts, nothing… Just the raw meat. “I’m hoping…” I told him, “…that I can lure the Legion toward this off...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Defenders of Ravenwood

    Here in Ravenwood, we are surrounded by monsters. There are the typical ones you don’t see, either because you choose not to or because you are too high status to mingle with them, or are one of them. There are also the ones that everyone sees, a...

  • Rumors and Cold Facts

    Each time the door opened, Carol pretended to be asleep, his arm curled around his tankard. Being in one of the lower cross spokes, the view of Hub towered over everything, looking like a giant fist raised to the sky. Two men came in, talking loudly as...

  • A Memorandum

    A Memorandum Regarding the Subject of Barona: The poisoning of the Ecosystem at the end of the last Great War continues to claim lives through the claw and fang of mutated wildlife. Our best minds continue their research into finding a way to reverse t...

  • Everywhere's a Beach

    One sunny and clear day has collided into another. I can’t recall the last time it was a dark or stormy night. Almost nothing but sand as far as the eye can see as I stand here in what used to be a forest. Well… that was about five billion ...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Watermind

    Stepping out of a dimly lit mindset, the sun feels real passing through some orifice and out into light. The reflections feel endless as I twirl. A stone set path leads me to water. Bubbles’ flight, trickles backwards and up, respecting pressure ...

  • Without Mercy

    Head Judge Durus looked down over the city of Ravenwood. His city. Snow fell hard upon the buildings under The Tower of Judgement. A voice piped up behind him. “Lord Durus? We are ready for you.” Durus turned around. Four men were bowed bef...

    • Author: Joshua Leon
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • The Horizon

    Standing at the edge of the surf- Breeze blowing in light gusts- My dress whipping back and forth against my legs- The waves break softly across my ankles as my feet sink with each wave Staring out into the horizon, the moon begins it’s ascent. The...