Stories tagged “survival”

  • Never call a candle fat

    “…and the duck had a thought of genius and he died in the peaceful valley of wine and marshmallow flowerbeds.” What a strange time we live in thought Karl to himself. This was his son’s favorite bedtime story. Where did all the ...

    • Author: Solitan
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Fire Within: part 1

    Sleep would not come this night. She sipped her fragrant tea, watching some last yellow flames flicker before guttering out. Her fire burned lower now - most of the blaze was long since gone. All night she had sat there, staring at the flames. As she s...

  • Fire Within: part 2

    She tried to re-compose herself, but it was impossible now; cold had penetrated to her core. She sat atop a bleak and desolate peak, and neither airs and graces nor steely determination could make a palace of it. She huddled closer to the rock at her b...

  • Weapon's Check

    The large man looked over his scavenged loot that he had brought into the home. “Shotgun, check. Thirty boxes of shells. Check. Cleaver? Check. Right… bring on the horde.” From the second story he heard another voice, oriental in origin. “Sword...

    • Author: Beastie
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • House no. 1427

    The door to the cottage was open, but without any sign of a forced entry. He stepped lightly down the overgrown garden path to the front door, and called out, just loud enough for anyone inside to hear him. He waited a minute, but only silence came. He...

    • Author: Match
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Boom! too!

    Well, it would have been a more effective BOOM!, if the gun had actually done something rather than just click. I looked at the gun, feeling mildly bewildered, when Laverne started laughing and dropping a handful of bullets to the dust. “Saw that...

  • All the Light and Sound pt:II (Mature)

    “Don’t move.” Shaking beams of light and one brighter than 40 spotlights suddenly poured out behind the trees. It was a stolen light. He put his hands up to his eyes and sank to his knees into the snow. “Where are you coming fro...

  • On the streets

    I used to be like everybody else. I had a warm bed to sleep in, A hot meal at night, but no that’s gone now it was taken from me. You see i used to live in a temporary home i didn’t get on along with most of the people in it but i managed. ...

    • Author: Henjo
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • The night worker of Kasa Vubu (Mature)

    On the corner of Avenue Kasavubu and Pierre Elengesa stood the majority of the country. Turning tricks, scoring dope, just getting by. “How did it come to this?” She whispered. “What?” muttered her first customer of the day. ...

    • Author: moesef
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Cafe

    The cafe. 10 people. Not daring to make a single noise for fear of giving up their position. The infected congregated outside the cafe, the lingering smell of fresh flesh still warm in the air. They had barely made it in to the cafe, the savage beasts ...

    • Author: Dockboy
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • One Man's Last Stand

    We knew it was coming. Word had come from the south of the devastation that lay it its wake. I hesitated, then sent my family to safety. Their desire to stay and help defend our home was overruled by my hopes of sparing them the carnage that was on its...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Sometimes Survial is a Death Sentence

    I rested my head upon the charred bones of the earth. The spray of the ocean against my tortured skin was a balm to my poor sunburned body. My clothes, little more than rags now, offered scant protection from the elements. Hollow trenches that wound ar...

  • Survival

    The wind howled across the frozen tundra. David turned over in his sleeping bag. He was a fool and he might just die for it. He glanced over at the fire. It was getting low but he didn’t dare add more wood, not yet. He looked back over the last f...

  • 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...

  • Prisoners of a Summer Sun

    With our yachts destroyed, the fishers ignored us. What threat could we ever be to them with rafts lashed of wheat stalks? Those few of us who remained decided to make the island our home. We had land, we had seed, we had summer. Surely, we could survi...

    • Author: suncrush
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
  • The Price

    “Lorelei!” called a man at the end of the room. So, I finally had a name for the woman who’d taken everything from me. An odd name, but then again, who knew when or where she’d been born. “Yes, Jack?” Lorelei called ...

    • Author: JayDee
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Tactical Agitation

    Nausea gripped me and I turned to spit. Blood splattered on the ground. Blinking, I was amazed to find myself on my feet- leaning unsteadily against the shattered remains of some building, but on my feet. Realization was slow in coming. I still stood. ...

  • Bad Time for Reflection, Introspection, and Inattentiveness

    We stared at each other as the moon slowly gave way to a dim sunrise. I did at least; he vacantly pointed glossy eyes in my direction while groping the air. Obviously a bad time to be thus, I was transfixed. Something inside me wanted to say I knew the...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Primitive Alien Gods

    Bravado barely concealing sheer panic, Roderick bellowed, “RUN!” All four men and the lone woman of the group careened through the lush undergrowth, an unseen but hideously imagined beast thundering in the dark after them. Alien birds hoote...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Year Zero

    The War had been over for months now. Most of civilization had faded to ash after the first bombs were dropped leaving roughly half of the world either contaminated and infected or unphased. I was one of the latter. It was kinda like the lights went ou...

    • Author: Reaver19
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Yup! Zombies...

    Nobody was prepared for this. I mean, how could you right? I had read some survival guides as a kid on hunting and foraging in the woods but…fucking zombies bro? Now understand. This isn’t your classic George Romero zombie apocalypse movie....

    • Author: Reaver19
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • My mistake

    The human Rae rode along in battered silence, coursing along every back alley, drainage ditch, and dirt path she could find. Her mechanical steed said little. The human Violet meanwhile took a direct route towards home, intent on reclaiming what normal...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Glass Heart

    At first, there is nothing but the sound of machinery pumping energy through the glass cage. I can’t tell if its just the effects of the gas, or if I’m only having another nightmare. I force my eyes open, and immediately gasp for air. My lu...

  • Inside Out

    The spinning drum of the washing machine has replaced the revolving washing line. Nine months ago it would have been art. But there was no intention on my part, no creative direction. That’s just where it landed. “A happy accident.” W...