Stories tagged “tunnel”

  • 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
  • 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
  • Ginger: Stones and Scribbles

    It’s impossible to judge distances in a tunnel that long, that dark, and that wet. I’d later discover the distance I traveled was a bit further than a mile, but at the time it felt infinitely longer. I began to wonder if I’d make it o...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Push Off

    I step up to the platform; a bored man motions me to sit. I look over my shoulder to get once last glance before I plummet down. Their faces are in a smiles, they’re jumpy and overly excited. I am scared out of my mind. I sit down reluctantly and...

  • Ginger: The Underground

    “The pirates have a castle?” I couldn’t believe it. Hunter blinked at me. “You’re new to the Underground, aren’t you?” “To be honest, I don’t know anything about any Underground. I discovered this t...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Ginger: A Plan of Sorts

    “I’m sorry, this is so much to take in. What are lucies?” “Elucidating hounds,” said Hunter. “They can sniff out secrets. The pirates have been using them to locate our tunnels.” “So there are other tunne...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Ginger: The Spice of Life

    “I shouldn’t waste any more time here,” I said, trying to be resolute. I’d never left Harken before. I wasn’t even aware there was anything beyond Mapless, and found that the idea both intrigued and terrified me. “Be...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Escape The Iron Fist

    “Alice” “Come on Alice, we haven’t got all day.” A startle voice spoke “Alice they are going to find us sooner or later we must go.” The startled voice spoke again in a clearer tone “Kyle go on they will...

  • Tunnel

    I opened the trap door and turned on my flashlight, aiming the beam into the swallowing darkness. A faint dust drifted through the light as I stepped down the short ladder into the tunnel. The grain elevator had been turned off and it was quiet. To the...

    • Author: Paddy Festus
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Ginger: The Old World

    The tunnel ran alongside the castle wall for several hundred yards. I had never seen a wall so long, and of course only a small portion of its height was exposed here in the underground passage. I could only wonder how enormous the castle was and how h...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ginger: The Last Shall Be First

    It took only a few hours, four or five at most, to travel from one end of Harken to the other. It was faster on the ground, but we knew it would be foolish to spend much time in the open down there. One never knew where a band of pirates might set up c...

  • Ginger: Navigating the Darkness

    It must have been more than a day that I crept through the muddy pitch blackness. I lost all track of time. I know that I fell asleep at one point, laying my head upon my satchel in the ankle-deep sludge. When I awoke nothing had changed; all was silen...

  • Ginger: Arrival

    I hadn’t been traveling down the tunnel toward Generatia for long when I noticed the path was beginning to slope gently upwards. Presently the mud gave way to solid ground, and the dirt walls to something rather like stone on all sides. And then ...

  • Ginger: The Suspicious Woman

    Until that point I hadn’t realized how accustomed to near-blindness I’d become. When the daylight struck my eyes it was like seeing the world for the first time. The figure of a woman stood about a yard over my head, a silhouette eclipsed i...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The White Van

    He pulled me into an embrace, crushing my body against his own. He leaned in and whispered, “Got to make it look realistic now!” he sneered, “Smile” he said, pulling me tighter. Meekly I did as I was told. The crushing pain rele...

  • The Vertical Option

    Tara sat slumped upon the floor, staring at her shoes. Just beyond her toe-tips she saw the tiles rattle. She caught the edge of a dull scratching sound beneath those tiles. Tara smiled and looked at the stone-slab door with its granite sill. She conti...

  • Light at the end of the tunnel

    “Know what?” I ask, my shrill voice echoing off the cavern walls, but there’s no answer. I stand alone in the cavern. The explosion of colour which had appeared to me only moments before is now gone. It’s just me. “Over h...

  • A Leave for Change

    Could it be that there is a way out? A place beyond the blandness behind me? The thought forced doubts into my head. I turned around, the entrance of the tunnel was just as close as it was before. The heat rising from the ground outside was bending the...

  • Tunnel Vision

    I’ve been digging for hours. The scree under my feet rattles and scatters as I swing my pick against the temporary walls of my confinement. I couldn’t see any ore if I was looking for any. Even the happy glimmer of a gold vein would be lost...

  • Broken Half

    There was light – that meant they were near an exit. She reaches a trembling hand, held back by the barrier of her own terror. The blood is no longer pulsing, rather it seeps from his face, his eyes, out of his ear. “He’s dead.”...

  • What Happened in the Tunnel?

    One. Two. Three. Four. Four times. Enough. He dropped the rock and it hit the ground with a thud. The noise echoed down the tunnel, amplifying slowly as it traveled. But he was the only one who heard it. He was, after all, the only person in the area. ...

  • Nearly There

    Eleven days since the first needle of daylight pierced the darkness of the tunnel. The miners had been so startled, they had stood frozen, staring at the hair-thin shaft of white, so faint that it did not reach the tunnel floor. A brief celebration had...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted about 7 years ago.