Stories tagged “fiction”

  • Made in America

    Donnie thumbed a crease out of his otherwise perfect white cuff. His hands didn’t look any different today. He knew that blood didn’t really stain skin but he felt like there should be some evidence that marked him. Not that his hands had d...

  • Sluggish

    The girl took a step back from me, a hand creeping to her mouth. “Umm, is that normal?” she asked, nodding toward the blood streaks running down the spears of grass. Normal? I tried to connect anything to that word but nothing came to mind....

  • Burial at Sea

    Once the water spraying out of the shower head began to steam, Jeff pushed his underwear down and kicked them off before stepping into the tub. Scalding water pricked at the skin of his back like flaming needles and he flinched forward, away from the p...

  • The Face of Hunger

    Kiriko’s stomach growled.Lighting another cigarette, she took a drag and hoped the nicotine would stave off hunger for a little while longer. Rain pelted the over hang. She shivered. Across the street Ari, squatter and more peasant-like, stood on...

  • A Seed of Truth

    “Who are you?” I whispered. Mary placed a cold palm against my cheek. “I’m whoever you need me to be. Whoever you see, that is who you need most.” Memories of Mary surfaced, swimming up through the intervening years. I tri...

  • Distant Screams

    “That’s my inheritance?” Erin asked, wrinkling her nose. “It is, it is—and a fine one too.” Uncle Jeb said, overturning the filthy burlap sack that had been stained with huge dark blotches. Tools spilled out, clatter...

  • Beggar Boy

    He didn’t know what was going to happen to him, nor did he really want to think about it. All he’d wanted was a loaf of bread! Jin huffed, and twisted his wrists in the confining ropes that tied and hobbled him. The hemp burned. The beggar ...

  • A Poniard Contender

    “Is this something you are prepared to accept, Mr. and Mrs. Gverrero?” The man’s black robe swished slightly as the woman next to him took his hand. “Yes we are prepared.” The couple stood tall as they listened to the shad...

  • "Incorporated" Ch. 1 - Hustle

    Felix Ruehl waited apprehensively for his turn to shine, poised, ready to shake hands with the next interviewer. Would this get him out of his slump? His plan was to dazzle with charisma, proclaim stellar experience, and above all to get back into a st...

    • Author: AnthonyTNT
    • Posted about 6 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...

  • UNtied

    unloved and alone, sometimes i hide from my face, the one in the mirror, the one in the dark. Please don’t blame me for leaving you. It’s so hard to remember that I wasn’t always this alone. I got your message and press my palms again...

  • UNbound

    I turn away from me Back to back Not on track My dreams in a sack Courage I lack North, I tack Once there were three I, myself, me Now set free To wander yonder To wonder about thunder If we each walk far enough From place to place Maybe ten years Ma...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
  • Waiting for a Better Tomorrow

    Stretching out my fingers, I imagined them as wings. The joints and ligaments tightened and then loosened as I reset my hands back into the rest position—palms arched, fingers draping down over an invisible ball, like a pianist preparing to play. If ...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Invitation: Prologue

    It would be a grave mistake to share my story. Speaking of madness often gets one sent to sanitariums—as I know all too well. However the events of the past eat at me, devouring my thoughts during sun-dappled days. In turn, my nightmares grow strong,...

  • The Ant and the Grasshopper

    In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. “Why not come and chat with me,”...

  • Before She's Gone

    I watched as the glass door swung shut. Outside, Rei walked away with renewed purpose. I didn’t care where she was going. Her destination didn’t matter at all. This was the whole of our relationship. Beyond the shifts she put in while I ate...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 6 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...

  • 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...

  • Room of Renewal

    The area was vast and open, though I could still see walls in the distance, and not nearly as foggy on this side. The air was comfortably warm but not hot and smelled of fresh flowers. Dotting the scene were several nearly round pools carved out of smo...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Remnants and Reminders

    The sound of echoed laughter stopped me in my tracks. I hadn’t heard any other voices than my own in a long time. Honestly, I had thought the House was empty but it was connected to so many realities that I wasn’t ever sure. We often though...

  • Unintended Bridge Burning (Mature)

    “What do you mean she likes you?” Rebecca’s nails dug into arm of her chair. The smile hadn’t left her face but it had taken on a kind of frozen quality. “Why are you surprised?” Antonio asked. “I sent you to her as a joke—no th...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Utopia Now (Poem)

    Utopia Now by Marie Fujimoto the city is overwhelmingly tall, bright, gleaming in eye-stabbing glory all glass and contours a museum built atop coffins stacked end to end, constantly recycled from a slave’s graveyard. the sun paints every skyscraper...

  • 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...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 ...