Stories tagged “fiction”

  • Hard to Read, Easy to Read

    There was too much noise to think straight. Music hung high in the air over countless converations and merged to create dissonance that could not be ignored. Jordan tried to concentrate anyway, but after reading the same sentence four times, gave up in...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Two More for the Farm (Mature)

    The old farm was known to be dangerous. Though it was deserted, many people had disappeared over the years on that ancient land. Horrible sounds and strange lights made for good ghost stories but finally the police of Larson County installed signs arou...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Accepting Hunger's Call

    Jordan stalked the streets, passing a number of flyers advertising tonight’s party. More of them littered the streets and yards in squares of yellow and red construction paper; man-made autumn leaves. Her mind flitted back to her encounter at the...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Passing the Torch

    Jordan was still a few blocks away but she could already hear the party. The music pulsed out with a steady rhythm that dominated the night. It was a thousand times louder than the coffee shop and felt much more aggressive. A beat up station wagon bega...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Six-Legged Prestige and Tradition

    A black shape dashed through the forest of tall grasses that towered high above, creating a canopy that blocked out the moonlight. The shape moved again and again in short zig-zagging bursts. Wind caught some of the blades of grass and parted them allo...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Sense and Census

    An old man, weather-beaten and sinewy, casually walked west toward the summer sunset. A young boy kicked up dust behind him, looking at the passing scenery with young eyes. He had never been this far from home before. “Why do we have to go to the Cap...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Multiple Reservations

    Tonight was turning out to be a really weird night. Where did that lady go? And who was she? Jordan looked at the lighter she’d been given one more time before shoving it into the front pocket of her jeans. She had a simple plan- go the party, gr...

  • Running the City Limits

    Curtis ran from the raggedy man, leaving his goods behind. He knew that men that wore rags were covering up their plague-cursed body. If he caught the plague the villagers would never let him inside the settlement. He was a Scrounger and he couldn̵...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Breaking the Rules

    Curtis shivered as he hung suspended from the edge of one world and over another. The cold wind cut through his dirt-caked clothes with ease. He looked up. The plagueborn was still standing a few feet above him blocking the only way back up. It looked ...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • One Across and One Down

    The inside was crowded, a sea of people that ebbed and flowed in chaotic whirls of color. The dancers were sexy. Girls dressed in fairy wings and highlighted with glitter, writhed to the deafening music. The guys, more undressed than dressed, with intr...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Love Amidst the Gravestones

    I found myself standing in the graveyard with flowers again. It wasn’t even a particularly nice graveyard. It was just a place where people’s bodies were delivered when they died. I was one of two exceptions and I was here for a kiss. The f...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Through the Bathroom Window

    Sara kept to the shadows around the school. The day’s humiliation warmed her cheeks. How dare he read her diary to the class? He should know better. She could still see Mr. Marson peering over his wire rimmed glasses. He’d caught her trying to...

  • Recovering His Pride

    Two men, first friends and now partners, stood facing each other, rapiers in hand. Both were slender, average-looking men. Jared the Grey, lived up to his name by being immediately forgettable- the man who is overlooked in every conversation. Lemon had...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Once a Thief?

    “Who are you?” Sara squinted in the dimness. “ Where are you? Late for what?” “So many questions for one so young.” A tall, orange-skinned male stepped into the light. His eyes glowed. “I am Grebl.” Sara staggered back, searching for th...

  • A Very Tiny Lighthouse

    “I’m sorry that this won’t work out. I want to like you as much as you like me, but it didn’t happen. I never wanted to hurt you, I just- I’m sorry.” John heard the words. Julie was breaking up with him. He shouldn&#...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Falling for Food

    As the stairs wound down and around, the smell of food became more pronounced. Grilled meat, funnel cakes, and pizza all roiled together in the air to give off the same smell as the campus carnival. It smelled like heaven. The light dimmed as Jordan de...

  • The Devil with 'C'-cups

    Jordan looked up from the ground to see the cruel face of a demon smirking at her misery. That face belonged to Christine Banaducci. She was a genius, a prodigy, and a monster. It wasn’t fair that God had given her body of a pinup, a face of the ...

  • WorldStorm Express

    Here I go again. The train came. It snatched my thoughts away and I can’t retrieve them fast enough. The trail left behind stretches onward for growing miles; I only stop every so often when a fact outshines the rest, and I must let my eyes adjus...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
  • Faith, Hope and Love

    James stretched out on the hood of his Cadillac. Donna lay on her side with an arm draped across his chest. Even thought it was after midnight, the air still carried the heat of the day. A chorus of crickets serenaded them. The two youths were enjoying...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Moment of Illumination

    Jordan felt something tickling her arm. She tried to push it away so she could go back to sleep. Two things happened in that instant- first, there was a squeak of irritation and second, there was a flash of pain as she became fully awake and remembered...

  • Balancing Pride and Need

    Patrice pushed herself forward with a burst of speed and leapt into the night. She didn’t care if the stranger followed her. If he proved to be a problem then she’d show him a few of the stranger gifts God had given her. Right now, she didn...

  • The Night After

    I sat with my head in my hands. “I’m tired of being in mediocre relationships.” I said. “Maybe you should try loving someone who loves you back. I don’t know how you do it. It’s like you only pick one way streets to ...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Only Blood and Pain

    When night was thickest, the men of a certain village did steal away to the Cave of Trials. There they shucked their clothes and became spirits as they covered themselves in blood, feathers and fur. It was time to welcome another into manhood. Karil wo...

  • No One Would Believe Him (Mature)

    Daniel huddled in a kitchen corner of his house. Of their house. Really it was her house and one didn’t argue with her. The lights were on but dim. She didn’t like bright lights. They hurt her eyes. That wasn’t the reason that the bli...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Window into Summer

    Summer set in. The days long and beautiful, provided everyone with a font of good will, and as long as you could steer clear of neighborhood gossip and avoid the evening news, you could keep that sense all summer long. Kids rode bikes up and down the d...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5