Stories tagged “family”

  • The Loveless Vacation

    Some say the house was haunted, but everyone knows all houses moan with grief and sigh with discontent when their owners are away. There was nothing special about this house; simply another box in Jersey that a young couple had bought because the City ...

  • Donner: Party of Two

    “You know that only one of can leave this room.” I wondered if I felt as tired and worn out as Bruce looked. “I know. Now that there’s two of us it feels real. I wish we had better odds. Fifty-fifty is not that good.” I sa...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Best of the Worst

    It’s funny that when I look back on my childhood, I remember very little on my own. But, the simple waft of a freshly baked apple donut or the seductively simmering smell of apple cider creates short, film like flashes of memories in my mind. Whe...

    • Author: itsElisey
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • When I Die

    “When I die,” Lia’s eyes flutter open. “-bury me in pink.” Abigail stares at her younger sister, the only family Abby has left, her hand combing back the sweaty hair glued to Lia’s forehead and her fingers laced betw...

    • Author: itsElisey
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Logic, Emotion, and Mathematics

    Gravity was my Key I pushed myself up off the cold ground. Rocks from the road clung to my nakedness. I brushed them away with a shaking hand. Even though I had starved myself relentlessly to get my weight down, it hadn’t been enough to allow me ...

  • Recurring Dream

    Touches of Collective skin (Such is love)— Water rushes Large and luscious Light and slim In between my dim Conscious, Heaven, seven phases of Venus, And all of my responses There develops a recurring dream Of a torrential storm Blurring my un...

  • Mother In Law

    “Oh John! It is so good to see you, It is a shame you couldn’t come up last night with Lily and the kids.” The septuagenarian grandmother had the hunched posture of age, but the broad smile of a young woman. Her eyes, however, were di...

  • Christmas Gifts (Wishful Thinking)

    Socks, Sea anenome soft, Bought For Christmas Wrapped In a BIG box With a BIG bow The size of a bungalow! Just so I can throw Them off the trail Of how small this sentimental Purchase is that I will mail. Ahh, how I miss this Snowy day Of gifts With ...

    • Author: Tad Winslow
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Christmas Returns

    Jesse never should have listened to George. Now he was sitting on his unmade bed in the dark staring at the floor. It wasn’t the floor he was seeing. It was shattered glass, trash and discarded cd cases. It was the look on George’s frighten...

  • One Little Christmas Tree

    The streets were dim, the sun having not yet risen. The apartment was as darkened as well, save for one small, rotating Christmas tree in the corner of the room. Not graced with presents nor colorful lights. No star nor ornaments, nor garland, nor bead...

    • Author: soup
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Paper Clip for Remembrance

    The teal T-shirt with sunshine yellow lettering and screen-printed ribbon usually seemed unappealing. Those just aren’t my colors. Sorry. They remind me of that nursery rhyme: Green and yellow Green and yellow Mother be quick I’m gonna be s...

  • Homecoming

    The 737 was painted in a red-and-white color scheme. The air rippled in the wakes of its engines as it taxied down the tarmac just off the Las Vegas strip. It was a blazing hot night; the casinos were giving out fans with imprinted logos and that laste...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Orphan part 1

    The hotel door greeted me with a reflection of a girl with a new scarf ($24), new pants ($56), new top ($65), new heels ($110), and a bright ($250) smile. Being bribed in New York was heaven. And I was planning to juice it as long as I could. So that g...

    • Author: MangoQT
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Orphan part 3

    I cautiously stepped forward and looked through a window of people. My breath caught in my throat instantly as I saw the site. I maneuvered through the crowd until I got to the front. I just stared at the body, not letting my emotions explode yet. I ...

    • Author: MangoQT
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Orphan part 2

    The click-clack of my heels matched my frightened heartbeat. Sirens always scared me, bringing the images of murder and death to mind. They were usually just false alarms or mild cases but I couldn’t help but think of the worst. I reached a mob of pe...

    • Author: MangoQT
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • The Text to Adventure

    I refreshed the screen and the icon of the chat bubble changed into a shadowed crescent moon. Stupid facebook. Super convenient when it worked, very irritating when it didn’t. Oh well, Bryan could wait until tomorrow. I powered off the monitor an...

  • If you Painted the World

    If you painted With every color imaginable The world through your eyes What would you paint? Would you paint your family What means the world to you? The love of your life, Who is the world to you? Or would you paint money? What keeps the world changin...

  • Take care. (Mature)

    I won’t blame this on anyone but myself, but I do have valid reasoning that you will surely discount. When your son comes to you with a struggle, it’s welcomed to offer understanding. When he cries with emotional pain of isolation and fear,...

  • Antique Mawl

    When did antique malls change for me? What used to be cheerful momentos of past lives are sad collections of things no longer wanted. Like the Island of Misfit Toys, they gather waiting to be loved once again. A collection of terrier figurines proclaim...

  • Happy Reunion

    The aroma of fresh baked cookies greeted us as we arrived. “You smell that, kids? We’re in for a treat tonight.” I ushered my family up to the front door. Inside I could hear the buzz of conversation and the faint sound of discordant ...

  • every night

    “I dreamt about her again last night.” “Your mum?” Steve swallowed, trying to bring some moisture to his mouth. “Yeah..”

  • Minivan

    Charlie’s mother slapped the white table cloth, “Ah, You’re reaching! Use the manners I raised you with!” She giggled at herself. “Mom, please pass the salad.” “Love to, sugar lumps.” Charlie groaned and bus...

    • Author: Writtence
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
  • Out of Nowhere

    You all see Continually A lot like me It’s more than Purely likely We sprung From one Impregnating sun And the earth Gave birth With the sterile elements Of a fertile universe How is it perceived to be right That we’ve been conceived By i...

  • Prodigal Son

    There are the monsters Called consequence, troubles and pain Sinking their mighty teeth Into your delicious tiny brain Venom numbing your senses Swirling through your veins Your eyes are tunneling black holes Dipping into the grumbling insane I’m t...

  • I'll Be Home For Christmas

    “It’s only gonna be a short time. I’ll be home for Christmas. Right champ!?” The solider said to his son who he held near his chest before departing for service. “Are you gonna go fight bad guys daddy?” the son asked...

    • Author: Paradox
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5