Stories tagged “fiction”

  • Death and Accountability

    The tank treads rolled across the battlefield with indifference. They weren’t even looking for resistance fighters anymore. There was no reason to. They had already won. Tim grabbed Daphne and forced her head in the direction of the window and po...

  • You Can Lie to Your Friends... But Never to Your Bartender

    All I could do was stir things up. Sometimes that was the best way to get answers. Shake up the scenery and see what comes crawling out. I pushed on the door and entered O’malley’s. It proclaimed itself to be an Irish Bar of Great Tradition...

  • Watercolor, Part 1

    We sat under the dogwood tree, where the shade was just right. The sun was out, and it was painfully humid. Nice Combo. Oh, summer. It goes by too fast, and then it’s only a memory. I never told Jason how I felt about him. We’ve spent one ...

  • Watercolor, Part 2

    I woke up feeling excited for the day’s new surprises, and then depressed by the fact that in about a week, school will start up again. Life will become what I most hate – Busy. I like to remember the simple days, the times when I didnR...

  • It had to be Somebody's Home

    Near the end of ‘K’ street, just before it crosses the stone bridge, there sits an old blue house. Though it is the last thing I see when I leave town, and the first I see when I return home, it has always filled me with a peculiar kind of ...

  • Jade Dragons and White Ribbons

    When we met, I wore my lucky jade bracelet and she wore a hat with a white ribbon in it. It was like God had matched us Himself. She was short, but not too short, and shapely, or even fat depending on when and how you looked at her, but her white ribbo...

  • Sipping from the Cup of Madness

    “I followed the maze of secrets. Along the way I uncovered terrible events long forgotten. I was a discoverer, and an explorer. In the summer of ’46 I became a spy.” I said. “When did you come upon the forbidden book of Alhazred...

  • In Search of Soft Skin?

    My legs hurt from walking. The station wagon was back a ways, blocked by all the stalled cars on the bridge. Van stopped to stretch. I noticed that his skin was much darker than mine now. Hopefully in this new world, that wouldn’t matter anymore....

  • The Dream Thief of Stories

    Once I dreamed of a place, where wondrous beings of other worlds did mingle and their coin for trade was universal- a story. I sat in the market place nursing a drink and overheard the following: “We come from weird places, strange and distant, y...

  • By Any Means

    I do not know how long I wandered, blinded by the unceasing light of the sun, but I am sure I walked for many days. Strangers yelled obscene phrases and pelted me with rotting fruits and stones in a rain of violence. Despite my wounds, no wretch was lo...

  • High Priestess and Herald

    Bony hands grabbed Marie and hoisted her aloft as if she was some sort of prize. They carried her through the streets and though it was day, no one raised a hand against them. People had learned to avert their eyes rather than risk getting involved. Ma...

  • Poor Me!

    The androgynous figure sat at staring at the monitor on the desk. Stale light flickered from it catching her greasy not-quite-shoulder-length hair and reflected off broken glasses that had been jury-rigged with wire and tape instead of being taken to a...

  • The Grey Zone

    The war room was heated. An odd assortment of people from around the world sat around a table arguing about what needed to be done. They had just voted down the last proposal- Adam’s proposal. Adam did not give up. It couldn’t end this way....

  • Mariner's Thirteen aka the Fellowship of the Woods

    A ragged group of animals huddled around a small fire. The woods were dark. Night had fallen, but that was nothing to them. They had bigger problems. Made up of a trio of raccoons, a pair of squirrels, one irritable bobcat, a lost ferret, and six hares...

  • Heaven is a Recess in the Game of Life

    I woke up as if from a long dream. In the distance, I can hear the soft whisper of an ocean. Opening my eyes, I blinked at the clarity and mildness of the sky- even the sun was gentle. On the fringes of the horizon, white fluffy clouds hovered as if th...

  • Nights of Rouen

    Patrice swung through the night sky effortlessly, acrobatic and beautiful, her cloak snaking out behind her. None would see her from the ground and if perchance they did she might be mistaken for a giant bat or one of the gargoyles that guarded high pl...

  • The Ghosts of Summers Past

    Two years have passed since we touched hands through the chain length fence, all forbidden fruit and hormones. On especially quiet Sundays, I often find myself laying in the grass; the very spot where we once laughed and talked and planned for a future...

  • An Unwelcome Wake Up Call

    The door to my office slammed open waking me up. I tried unsuccessfully to shake off the hangover drunk driving through my head. Squinting, I tried to see past the headache that was censoring my vision. My ex-wife followed her bodyguard inside. She was...

  • Good Intentions and Difficult Lessons

    Ronald tried to be invisible because today was important and that had to stay a secret. Today was his birthday and he didn’t want anyone to know. It wasn’t because he was a shy, though that was true. It was because of Ty and Joey. They were...

  • Vigilance Rewarded

    High upon the Cathedral of Ruoen, Patrice sat and waited for a sign. She knew that she was supposed to do something. There was a lot unrest along the River Seine lately. She stifled a yawn and promised herself that if nothing happened soon, she would g...

  • Far From Helpless (Mature)

    They had left him in the interrogation room by himself. The door was locked. He had listened to the guards walk away, secure in their belief that steel and stone would hold him. Caid knew he looked like shit. Between the capture and interrogation he ha...

  • Dreams of Piracy

    Three boys crowded around the prow of their stolen boat betraying little of the excitement in their hearts. James turned to the others, his thin face framed by long dark curls that cascaded from under a feathered hat. “We made a mistake in not ki...

  • Unstable Truces in Unstable Times

    Two men stood at the prow of the ship, different, yet they shared the same shadow of violence and the same air of authority. Their eyes roamed the waves of the sea, like lords overlooking their birthrights. They were looking for proof my claims, claims...

  • If You Can Sing, You Can Climb

    “Are you bleeding?” I called to my junior partner. “No.” He sounded far away. “Are the goggles all right?” A short pause. I could tell he was counting to ten- in Greek. I smiled. He answered a moment later. “Ye...

  • Mother of Corruption

    A great crack appeared in the ceiling as it buckled under enormous weight. My partner disappeared under the falling debris that heralded the horror that landed in a heap of sweltering flesh. The creature had once been a woman but now she was a monster....