Stories tagged “sacrifice”

  • Star of Bethlehem

    He looked confident, but the way he clung to her hand told her otherwise. Their entwined fingers, green and pink, made a strange contrast. They stood before a tree that was also a person and also a cradle for the galaxy. Ten thousand years hung heavily...

    • Author: Acantha
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • An Opened Door (part one)

    “The key could not be used…” I whispered sadly. My gaze fell to the floor, but the eyes of all who had faith in me bore into my soul. All hope was gone now. Something that I had once thought to hold significant opportunities was noth...

  • An Opened Door (part two)

    How stupid I was to almost believe my words right then and there. I was older now, but I couldn’t call myself wiser. If I had wisdom, then I would have been able to use the key. It shined in the fleeting light of the sun that poured through windo...

  • An Opened Door (part three)

    But the people would still need someone. Clearly, the person they were looking for wasn’t me… Even so, how could I abandon them after all they had done for me and for each other? I searched for a hidden truth; some impunity or forgiveness for ...

  • An Opened Door (part four)

    I dared to look up. My gaze was fixed on the little wooden cross that hung on the wall across from where I stood. Jesus had sacrificed himself for the people he loved. Many had doubted him and wanted him dead, but he still suffered for them. It was s...

  • Bess, the Landlord's Daughter

    When the Redcoats burst through her door, Bess knew. Her highwayman would return that night; they meant her to be the bait they caught him with. As they tied her up, fondling each breast in the process, her thoughts ran. How could she possibly warn him...

    • Author: April Raines
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Sacrifice of Saffron Truefoot

    “I’ll go,” the halfling said stepping forward. Heads turned, human and elven, but not the half-ogre who stood between her and the devil. A smile spread across the devil’s face, his tail twitched. “Are you certain? The cont...

    • Author: April Raines
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Urheimat

    On the plain of the ancestors, the priest held the boy. There were five mounds, pyramidal in form but with flat tops. The blood from the ritual sacrifice was still running thick as the fires burned. They had sacrificed to Sehul and Mehnot, the Sun god ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Working Nine To Ph'tagn

    The followers stood in the chamber. Benches faced a dais, and shadows from torches might have flitted over faces – but two years ago, the chamber was redone with a drop ceiling and fluorescents. The Elder ordered it so he could see unholy texts w...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Guitar for Supper

    I felt the strings of my new guitar twang under my fingers, and then I felt a chill. The front door was open…she was home. “It’s me! Where are you…” Her voice faded as her eyes fell on the brand new, sparkly guitar in my a...

    • Author: Mackizme
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • The Roads We Walk Upon

    “M’lady I have warned you not to sell yourself short -” “Can we focus on the matter at hand Therys, we have far more pressing concerns than your admittedly sweet desire to see me fully esteemed. Now what exactly do the Denar req...

    • Author: ReynoldsEco
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Digital Love

    Thelonius-rM3-00879 (Thel879 for short) was damaged. A plasma bolt had hit the gun ports he had been operating. His upgraded armor had protected him from the bulk of the damage, but he was operating at half power and his cooling units were nonfunctiona...

    • Author: Silven
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Thousand Nights Before

    A thousand nights just like this one. A handsome man at my side. A camera flashing as the local paper gets a picture for the lifestyles page. Tonight shouldn’t have been any different. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a flash of something out of ...

  • Escape

    In the dim light I nearly ran into it. Valctor and Feela were sobbing for breath. Both looking to me for a solution. Down the tunnel behind us, the feeders were closing the distance – us, their escaping prey trapped. The passage blocked off with ...

  • Out of Gas

    “How long until someone finds us?” Katie asked. “Ninety-six hours. Less if they follow my notes.” Kurt replied. “We’re going to end up sucking vacuum! " Her helmet distorted her voice. “We’re going t...

  • From the Deep

    A discordant wailing sound filled the air as the priests began to play a gigantic set of pipes that looked as ancient as the rocks themselves, weaving a melody over the constant tattoo of the drum beats that drowned out the girl’s incoherent pleading...

  • Living the Lesson

    I looked at the crowd, all staring at me- some with compassion, some with anger. There was nothing I could do. Except begin. I cleared my throat. It was still raw. “I knew early on that my younger brother was destined for greatness. By the age of...

  • Donner: Party of Two

    “You know that only one of can leave this room.” I wondered if I felt as tired and worn out as Bruce looked. “I know. Now that there’s two of us it feels real. I wish we had better odds. Fifty-fifty is not that good.” I sa...

  • Marcus Curtius

    The forum had cracked, cutting a swath through the very heart of Rome. Auguries were taken, priests consulted, we learned that we must throw the most precious thing of all into the depths, as sacrifice to the gods. I knew that the strength of arms was ...

    • Author: Akheloios
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • Unhappy Endings

    “I heard that you were writing stories about me. About us. Like some kind of retarded fan-fiction. Is that true?” Dorothy demanded. “Maybe.” I answered, wondering who she’d heard it from. “So what, do you think writi...

  • Sing the Hero Song

    His mother coos softly to soothe the infant at her breast. The raging hormones in his veins make him restless, hardly a night of steady sleep. Times are tough, she tells herself. He won’t survive without them, she whispers to the empty hovel. He ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Old Man, Strong Man, Young Man

    There was a tavern. It was a busy tavern, nicely situated within a village that received ample travel from merchants and pilgrims, and the occasional knight. However, it was late and most of the tavern’s patrons had returned home or retired to th...

    • Author: memento
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Riksur the Accursed: Family Matters

    Riksur’s hand, raised to strike his brother again, fell limply. “You fool. How many times did I warn you that your appetites were going to be trouble.” He sighed. “I suppose it was my fault. I am the eldest and I knew- I knew!- ...

  • Staggering Minutes

    The minutes stagger by, slowed by my perception and vain desire to make them run. They glance at me, a confused stare dominating their faces. I deeply know that I want more time. I want to relish experiences and live life. I know that time will expire ...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Disappearing Act

    “Ugh! Why do I have to do this?” He exclaimed to the sky with his arms outstretched. “God damn it all.” A sob in the back of his throat swallowed the last word before it could escape. His chin slammed into his chest as his eyes swelled up with ...