Stories tagged “mystery”

  • A Mystery Explained

    I should have known the pale faces would respond well to fear. I chuckled, remembering. I can still see the terror flashing across their faces, their eyes wide as I strode from the sea, a blue skinned demon with eyes of liquid fire. I’d burned th...

    • Author: Nemo
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Gates & Shadows

    She stood before the gates, looking up at the aged iron and hesitating to touch them. It was close to eleven o’clock at night, and here she was, standing outside the Diviny manor, cowering like a mouse before its yawning gates. It was safe to say...

  • Ginger: Bag Man's Message

    I didn’t cry. I don’t cry. I’ve seen too many things. I did lower myself into the compartment with Bag Man and I held him for a long, sad time, his burgundy blood staining my coat and trousers. His body was cold, lifeless now, the spa...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Hamburg Man

    Schander, sat in the disused old German bunker in the city of Hamburg pondering the results of his most recent adventure. Adventure, he called it, as if the latest murder of a 17 year old christian girl from the Hamburg Academy for Young Ladies was a t...

    • Author: Marli
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Dwayne Dreams

    Dwayne woke up from yet another dream. At least he thought it was a dream. Lately he’s had trouble distinguishing fact from fantasy. Tonight was no exception. He looked around and, much to his amusement, had no idea where he was. Perhaps he was s...

  • When did it become Tuesday?

    Julian Stevens emerged from the toilet bowl feeling better but looking substantially worse. The diced carrot swam merrily in the pan for a while, waving to him. He reached up and clung to the chain as to the winch rope of a rescue helicopter. He seemed...

    • Author: ethelthefrog
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The key

    The bank is large and ostentatious: marble facades and room for ten tellers, though only three are occupied this afternoon. I’m pretending to fill out a deposit slip. The small woman next to me is looking for the key to her safety deposit box. I ...

  • Clues in the Diner

    Numbers were safe. I counted my steps, my heart beat, things I passed, groups of people at the park. I walked to my favorite diner. I liked it because they played good music and had interesting people walk in. The waitresses all wore retro uniforms of ...

  • Clues on the Bus

    I left her a three dollar and twenty-one cent tip. Then I walked to the bus station. The one that was like greyhound, only local. I hopped on a bus that was blue. It wasn’t red, but it wasn’t yellow either. I sat in the third row, left hand...

  • Counting the Way to Dietz Lake

    The blue bus stopped in front of the only gas station in Dietz. I counted my steps as I crossed the road to the gas station. 12 steps across the asphalt, 14 to the door. My heart beat harder the closer I came to the squat brick building. Maybe they kne...

  • Clues At Dietz Lake

    It was some sort of camping/wilderness resort place. I paid two dollars to get in. The lady in brown in the tiny cabin where they take admission was all smiles. She handed me a park map. I unfolded it and searched for the cabins, then cabin number 43. ...

  • Ginger: Tunnel to Nowhere

    The tunnel was dark and damp, carved out of the wet compacted black soil twenty yards underground. About a yard and a half from floor to ceiling. As best I could approximate, it ran in a straight line northeast and continued beyond the range of the lig...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Calling Card

    A soon as she heard it, that muffled sound of a cellphone ringing in the pocket of the dead girl at her feet, officer Sherali knew it was him. The ringtone was always the same. A Fifth of Beethoven. Filling the dark forest where they found the bodies w...

    • Author: J. Dack
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The silent behemoth

    Quiet bird chirping disturbed the otherwise oppressively silent atmosphere of this house. She wasn’t even completely sure that the bird chirping wasn’t her imagination, the garden was decaying and living things seemed to shun it. Inheriting...

    • Author: Ponchifer
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • The train

    “Gareth,” he said. “You were wondering if you knew my name. You didn’t. It’s Gareth.” Jerry had been wondering, but had said nothing. He felt rather than saw or heard another train arrive. The doors opened silently b...

  • A pleasure

    Jerry let his left foot slide back into the carriage, placing all his weight on his right. He considered his options. He wished he had some. Reluctantly, he reached out to shake Gareth’s hand with great enthusiasm. “A pleasure,” he li...

  • The box

    The bank is large and ostentatious: marble facades and room for ten tellers, though only four are occupied this afternoon. There will be a robbery here tomorrow. I’m waiting for the woman who handles safety deposit boxes to take her break. She...

  • Swift As

    The wound was both painful and numbing. The blade had cut a perfect line across his forearm in appreciation of its well kept edge as he had tried to block it from his own throat. But now, the poison upon the blade was apparent as it ran it’s cour...

    • Author: Jer Ray
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • NOIR - Gates of Hell

    It was largest port in the US, or at least it had been. Now yellow beams of light bathed faded warning signs as the wind sang through the shell of broken buildings. The land of mist and ghosts. Nick chafed against the Hazmat suit. His thoughts drifting...

    • Author: SerKevin
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Splinter, 1: Adrift

    “What the…? Vic, come here. Take a look, what the hell’s this?” Victor took three graceful leaps and ended up right behind Jake’s console. Quite a feat considering the ship’s close quarters. He pointed to an blip tha...

    • Author: Dave Oei
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Rebirth / Kindness of Strangers (II)

    She looked around again, “and Dr. Green?” she asked me. “He had to step out.” I hedged. “No doubt,” she said. She looked somewhat disappointed but not surprised. “My own fault really, I should have told him before we got here. I just wasn...

    • Author: Lainey Jane
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 2 out of 5
  • Splinter 2: Awake

    The phone buzzed. The captain didn’t pick up. It was dark in her cabin and the clock read 0210. It must be a mistake. It wasn’t. It buzzed again, this time angrier. “What is it?” “Captain, sorry to bother you.” ̶...

    • Author: Dave Oei
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Scar in the Forest

    Cabin 42 was on the end of a long row of cabins. There was a family renting it, so I didn’t get too close. It was made of logs, 11 large logs high, as you would expect a cabin to be, and had a little porch that looked over the lake. Little window...

  • Cabin 43?

    The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I expected at any moment to be caught by a ranger or police cruiser. Why would they tear down a cabin? Maybe I was mistaken, maybe this was a new plot for a new cabin. I spied something bright yellow stuck to a...