Stories tagged “fear”

  • 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 over 4 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...

  • Rabid Dogs

    “I don’t blame you.” “Blame me for what?” “For not wanting to be out here alone.” “Who said I was afraid to be out here alone?” “No one said anything about you being afraid.” The old ma...

  • Always and Ever Present.

    Darkness. Always and ever present. We are born in the dark. We return and surrender to the dark at the end of every day. We adventure into the darkness. We feel the magic of the dark at midnight. It relaxes us. It refreshes us. It cools us. Yet, someho...

  • Special Order (Mature)

    The address had been consuming too much water; a thawed frozen hose, spigot still on. The poor bastard slipped on the deck’s slushy surface, landing hard on his ass. Immediately he heard a childlike voice “Would you like to come out and pla...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Sifting Through Life (Mature)

    Within twenty minutes of the Water Department worker calling 911, the boxy backyard was turned into a huge present offered up to the grieving, wrapped up in miles of yellow police tape. Keep this area clear. Sir, get back! Sargent Ferrone studied the s...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
  • On Parade (Mature)

    Ferrone stood motionless in the icy room. Behind him was another door to a much larger room. A lounge really where fifty one searchers waited to KNOW. Ferrone thought it was too early, his team needed more time to properly identify all the children. Bu...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
  • 4. I Laughed Myself Away

    Comedy often makes us laugh, if it is done well. Curiously, so does a jolt of sudden fear, if it turns out that the shock was needless and especially if we have been seen in our vulnerable moment and feel self-conscious. Maybe some of the best comedy ...

  • Airships: The Walls Hiding Our Souls

    Hawkeye could feel her searching gaze piercing into his skin. His mind was bracing up every emotional wall he had been conditioned to put up. His feet automatically walked to the only place where he could think clearly. She silently followed and he kne...

  • Airships: A Heart's Paradox

    Elletra couldn’t breathe. She stared at his desperate eyes, her tongue seeming to forget how to speak. Her thoughts were on a speeding train just about to derail. The one man that she had found again. The one that she actually wanted. And he had ...

  • Who's Afraid Of Canadians?

    Having the right wrestling name, the recruiter had told him, would make all of the difference. Ideally, it should in strike fear into the hearts of his enemies and intrigue in the minds of his fans. Other than suggesting using a location name and some ...

  • Let It Rain Down on Me

    There stood Ni Kuo. He did not flee the cursing. His hands were raised but not to cover himself. Fury shone on his face like the Summer sun. I lost sight of him for a few moments while I ran for cover. All the land could offer was a bit of jutting rock...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 14. Persis Performs

    Dark stage. PERSIS appears in taffeta, ribbons in hair. Curtsy. Rainbow appears upstage and vanishes. PERSIS: Dark is the hope that Papa fears the most; Light is the scorching sun that blinds his eyes. When Mama holds him tightly, I despise Her tattere...

  • Wish Upon a Star

    Dark meets light in an age-old dance of skin Slick with sweat And sounds Too primal to be just moans Though their skin so clearly reflects Their utterly incomprehensible incompatibility Beneath those pigments Beat two hearts Which pound To the ...

  • 17. Conclusion: My Dark Campfire

    I PILOT my FEAR from EARTH to MARS, I hurtle through SPACE at the SPEED of LIGHT SOCIETY may CALL to me from afar; But I RUN through DARKNESS in my fright. I’ll never calm my DAUGHTER’s FEARS, Or take PRIDE in her laughter at a COMEDY show....

  • Am I a Merciful Being

    A slosh of the ocean’s spit spilled over into the lion’s cave. He roared at the Earth-baby’s spit up And stretched his neck, his head all circle-motion. The roar shook the water till it crawled backwards into its limitless self. I...

  • Visitors

    “Momma!” screamed the little mouse. “She was in my window!” Her skittering hind paws slid across the floor as her little hands found purchase upon her mother’s skirt where she buried her face. “There is no witch, dea...

  • Unwanted Visitor

    There was a knock at the door. It echoed throughout the foyer. The matriarch mouse took a deep breath. She opened it to the witch. “Where is your daughter?” “Leave. My. Family. Alone.” Her composure was already beginning to shak...

  • Re-evaluating Strangers

    I couldn’t help but groan. Standing up had not been a good idea. Everything hurt. “Do you know that guy?” the girl asked. An icy spike shot up my spine. Panic swarmed at the edge of my vision like beating wings. I hunched down and grabbed her arm...

  • 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 almost 4 years ago.
  • Letting Go

    They say if you really love someone you will let them go. As I watch you walk away, I know what they mean. When I thought I loved you, I clung on. Hard. I was afraid of being without you. I was afraid of you leaving me. But then one day it clicked. If ...

  • Noir: The Home of the Ladies Luck

    At first I was making sure my tail didn’t get lost. As I began to try very hard to lose him, things got a bit dicey. This guy was good, or just very motivated. Both presented certain dangers should he catch me. Every alley I ducked into led to a ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Company of Birds

    I see the birds. They swoop in gentle arcs, all grace and streamlined elegance. In flight their voices remain mute. Once nestled on a rooftop here or a hesco there a stacatto song erupts, call and response between a dozen of them. Some are small, chika...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • silence

    I’m going crazy with this silence. Why aren’t you talking to me? I’m being stupid. It’s nothing. So we disagreed. Whatever. It happens to people all the time. We promised each other we would talk things out and not give each other the silent tr...

  • Infection: Revelations and Business

    “The ennnnnnnd,” croned a wizzened roadside preacher in a braying nasal tone, “cometh to us all! We can no more escape the wrath of the Lord than we can hide from the sun. His. Judgment. Shall. Return!” Some in the crowded shout...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 3 years ago.