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The Man in the Chair

Tilly Drake had worked hard all her life to get what she wanted. She worked two jobs to pay for her nursing school tuition. When she finally graduated, it was as if she was beginning a whole new chapter in her life. She started searching for nursing jobs, but continually came up short. 

M. C. Clay

M. C. Clay

Billy

Billy did an interview on this site. Billy wrote a book. Everyone bought his book and Billy lived happily ever after. The end. :-)

Billy J. Barnum

Billy J. Barnum

Monster

 Ava gasped for air and thought about her next move. Don't tell anyone your secret. Lock it up, bury it deep. You did this. You let him in. Pull over to the shoulder. Gather your thoughts. As she veered to the right, her car began to jerk and flutter as if it were out of gas. The steering wheel tightened, becoming difficult to turn. With all her strength, she forced it enough to pull over just as the car tailing closely behind her made an exaggerated swerve around, the driver honking and swearing as he sped off.

Krissy Baccaro

Krissy Baccaro

Naomi

February can be an odd month these days; odd in the sense that you never quite know what to expect as far as the weather is concerned. Take today, for example. It is the middle of the month and yet the sun is shining brightly, and it should have felt warm outside but there is a cold, merciless wind blowing from the north and everyone is wrapped up in their fur-lined coats.

Mike Rickett

Mike Rickett

A little Christmas story

Beth Hamlin was not opposed to tights.

On the contrary, they added a nice layer in winter, and when it came to northern Indiana winters, layers were a good thing. She owned three pairs of yellow tights, and three pairs of white.

Mark R. Hunter

Mark R. Hunter

K. M. Doherty's Story

As the two elven boys walked deeper into the canyon, the pair passed through slivers of light into the long, dark shadows cast by the tall stone columns which nearly filled the canyon.
     “These statues’re creepy,” said Chatur, gazing up at the massive stone figures towing above them. “Like trolls, only uglier.”

K. M. Doherty

K. M. Doherty

Letter to the Future

Dear Reader,

If you are reading this message – and indeed can understand this – then I will have succeeded in the great task that has been entrusted to me. Namely to save humanity.

Adam Carpenter

Adam Carpenter

What makes you Valuable?

What makes you valuable? What do you value about yourself? What do other people that know you appreciate about you?
Value. We can go on and on about friendship, love, partnership, and other similar concepts, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to value.

Sean Michael Paquet

Sean Michael Paquet

Room

I’m hearing voices again. It’s like they float in from another world.  Sometimes they comfort me, being my only company. Other times they frighten me with angry words. I don’t know what the voices want. They never ask me any questions. 

Michael Kelso

Michael Kelso

The Bruder Brothers

Ripped the pages of the Jewish Daily Forward comes the stories of struggling immigrants as described in A Bintel Brief. In the year 1906, the Forward reached more than a half-million immigrants struggling to make their way in the New World. Within its pages the paper ran a popular advice column titled A Bintel Brief, which translates into a bundle of letters.

Neil Perry Gordon

Neil Perry Gordon

R.A. Schwartz's Short Story

Once lived a girl who never quite fit in with anyone else. She was bullied at school. Abused and neglected at home.

R. A. Schwartz

R. A. Schwartz

Sean Patrick Little's Short Story

JACK MASSEY WAS taken prisoner by the Germans during WWII. His unit was captured late in the European campaign and he was placed at the Stalag VII-A camp in Moosberg, the largest POW camp in Germany, filled with an odd assortment of American, British, French, Belgian, and Russian servicemen, officers and enlisted men.

Sean Patrick Little

Sean Patrick Little

Gaia

She’d had enough. As a rule, She didn’t like to interfere, but now they were just taking the piss. She was too hot, too dirty, and She couldn’t breathe.

Sam Anthony

Sam Anthony

Autumn’s Predicament

Ah, how I love fall.  It’s a nearly perfect season when hillsides are filled with splashes of vibrant crimson and gold.  A time when nature’s chilling breeze orchestrates a blissful dance of leaves drifting to the ground.

Diane M. How

Diane M. How

Riverbank

As I stood by the riverbank and stared down at the debris that had washed up on shore my mind went back to the events of this past night and the horror that I faced.

Barry K. Nelson

Barry K. Nelson

A story by E. N. Crane

"Did you hear that?" Lionel asked, sitting up in the tent.
"Shut up and go back to sleep," Fiona answered and swatted in his general direction. It was the last time she'd let her friends talk her into taking a city boy camping. For the past 4 hours, through dinner and campfire time, it had been nothing but panic and alarm over basic nature sounds.

E. N. Crane

E. N. Crane

Brent Golembiewski's Short Story

The wind howled, green foliage above me shuddering in the onslaught. Morning light illuminated the sky, heat radiating from the small semi-circle peeking over the green canopy. The sounds of metal gears grinding one another, interlocking with little room to spare, rattled overhead. The distinct sound of rescue, a whoomp whoomp, echoed above the other noises. My senses adept at picking up the noise. Noise that spelled salvation for the solider in my arms.

Brent Golembiewski

Brent Golembiewski

CHASING GHOSTS

A prominent frown sat on Calley’s face as she pulled up to the palatial white Dutch Colonial house with the fresh-off-the-lot SUV sitting in the driveway. The perfect and peaceful picturesque suburban image of the white picket fence, expansive green yard and cute little flower garden was ruined by the sight of the rope in the attic window.

Sallie Moppert

Sallie Moppert

The Unusual Case of Ephemera Higgins

 Ephermera lives from charcoal black burnt toast to charcoal black burnt toast, 
that, and her friend who occasionally has intercourse with the little bell that 
hangs in his cage. They keep her going from long year to long year. 
She wakes by sound. The little bell tinkling in the cage as the budgie humps the metal thing: tinkle, tinkle it goes. 

Frank Wayne

Frank Wayne

An Ice Crystal

Above the Arctic Circle a crystal of ice came into being and for three hundred years it hovered in the atmosphere without once bonding to another of its kind.
Day in and out it searched for a partner through the frigid haze except that with each instance he came near to coupling, his potential opposite repelled.

Robert E. Kearns

Robert E. Kearns

A rain drop plopped down....

A rain drop plopped down right in the middle of my forehead, I could feel it winding it’s way through the hair on the my face slowly making it’s way towards my little upturned nose. This wasn’t my first rain, I knew that those drops would increase in frequency and force and would no longer trickle towards my nose but run like a river and I would need to tuck my face under my furry siblings if I was going to keep myself from drowning in it.

Rae Elliott Williams

Rae Elliott Williams

Oliver Phipps' Short Story

Dear cousin Fred,

Despite your reluctance and apparent lack of confidence in my abilities, I am pleased to inform you we have safely arrived at Chavanew Mexico. It took a week of difficult travel to reach the destination for your new factory.

Oliver Phipps

Oliver Phipps

Labaleen and the Whaler

There she hangs aloft! Twisted devil-horns
upon a head of green, translucent skin.
See those razor teeth! With two curved fangs that,
as the maw snaps shut, clamp hard against her
hungry, drooling chin.

Michael Rothery

Michael Rothery

𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝔾𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕚𝕒𝕟: 𝔸 𝕋𝕣𝕦𝕖 ℂ𝕒𝕥'𝕤 𝕋𝕒𝕝𝕖

..
Angels or guardians come in many forms; ones of which we are most familiar with and this tale you’re about to read, is based on a true story; focusing on the most worshiped creature in history...the mysterious feline.

YzaDora

YzaDora

Reprieve

The daily grind.

It’s a struggle to get out of bed sometimes knowing that the majority of my day will consist of two different jobs. It’s not enough anymore to have one job. That doesn’t quite pay the bills.

Kayla Krantz

Kayla Krantz

Musings from the end of a long leash

At age nineteen, I was living in what was Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, had recently finished High School, and was studying further by correspondence through Cambridge University. Back then, there was no such thing as on-line!

David Harvey

David Harvey

What about that one?

“What about that one?”

Beck pointed to the indigo drakeling darting through the pen, long wings folded on its back.

“You don’t want Uly.” The breeder spat in the mauve dust. “She won’t fly.”

Hayley Reese Chow

Hayley Reese Chow

The Tooth Fairy

"Wally my boy, always take good care of your teeth," my grandpa once advised me, "you will die a happy man." I was seventeen then and thought my grandpa to be senile.

Tanishq Sheikh

Tanishq Sheikh

INDIRECT

Whenever I do ventured to his porch, the purpose was to either collect the newspaper which the newsboy cast from the sidewalk with trepidation or gather the mail from the skewered mailbox which sat on a flimsy pole, and encased in vines along the dilapidated fence.

David Harder

David Harder

NO

Rude.  Stuck up  Brat  These are a few of the things I've been called.  Is it because I mocked and teased?  Is it because I shouted and hit?  Is it because I made someone bleed? 

Veronica Sierra Lawson

Veronica Sierra Lawson

Brother Jonathan’s Treasure

Jake first heard about the big disaster while he was painting in front of his grandfather’s house. He was putting whitewash on the wood picket fence when Tolly came running down the road towards the waterfront. Tolly shouted to Jake as he passed. 

James E. Sanford, Jr

James E. Sanford, Jr

Keep your head down

When every man, ever presented to her had been a boy then along came a man.
She had encountered him before when he was just a green lieutenant, who had been lost and alone in a war-torn city.
He had no fear a stupid state to be in, to her way of thinking. Silly idiot was about to have his head taken off.

Marieke J. Treloar

Marieke J. Treloar

Wild West

Carris watched out the window as a fancy red helicopter floated down behind a building just beyond the White Mountain Bus Terminal. She took a few quick steps to catch up with Will, her eyes watching the top of the rotary blades beginning to slow. “Will!” she called.

Jodi Lea Stewart

Jodi Lea Stewart

KNOCKING

Every night I would wake at precisely 3 am to a knocking. I would drag myself out of bed half asleep and investigate. But I could never find anything, so I naturally assumed I was dreaming. The following nights had me waking twice each night, once at 3 and again at 3:15. I was confused with the same results of finding nothing. I couldn’t figure out what was making the tapping sound.

Ellie Douglas

Ellie Douglas

Extinction Chronicles

The following descriptions were compiled from diary entries written beginning in the year 2160 by a thirty-five-year-old woman named Thea Bristol. Each entry is dated and together they cover a five-year period. Thea lived in an enclave of humans in northern New York State. At the time, the group had existed as a community for about twenty-five years. 

Arleen Alleman

Arleen Alleman

One brother...

One brother carried another, his own wounds seeping and dripping blood onto white marble that would one day be a street of the great trade city of Moras.  King Ivant, never one to lead from behind, now labored under the pain of his injuries and the weight of a noble brother in arms.

R. J. Hanson

R. J. Hanson

"Candy Apple Red" (Flash fiction piece)

The right side of my face is numb.  The wind lashes against my body.  Snowflakes lick at my cheeks and escape into the miniscule gap between my coat zipper and my skin.  

Megan Weiss

Megan Weiss

A Ball of Beige Wool

“This is the craziest idea you’ve ever had,” David said when his wife had announced her plan the night before their daughter’s eighteenth birthday. “What on earth possessed you to even think about this?”

Diane Bator

Diane Bator

Ben Berwick's Story

Derek's eyes watered as he chewed on the Carolina Reaper, once again regretting how he'd let his girlfriend trick him into entering the chili-eating contest.

Ben Berwick

Ben Berwick

Tyrion & Azalia: A Snippet (part of the story)

Turning to Azalia as he lands, Tyrion holsters his sword. “You are either very brave for hunting here or very, very stupid for doing it.” He smiles and says in human when he realizes she is human.

Howlett and Dixon

Howlett and Dixon

Michelle Schad's Short Story

Death is sort of a strange thing. When it happens, there is a flurry of activity: emotion, thought, sensation. It all just wooshes by like wind being pushed out of an inflatable raft. What’s left is just the shell, a flat, sad, pathetic little reminder of what used to be.
Unlife was totally, totally worse.

Michelle Schad

Michelle Schad

Evil Dog

"There's evil in him."
Jeb stared into the dog's soulful eyes.
The dog yawned.

Armand Rosamilia

Armand Rosamilia

Sarah Patt's Short Story

There were three life-changing experiences that filled my summer months in the year 1994—what seems like a lifetime ago. First, my boyfriend was transferred to Baltimore and asked me to move in with him.

Sarah Patt

Sarah Patt

Lot’s of Uncle Billy stories … here’s one...

Uncle Billy jumped in the passenger seat, shut the door and set a pair of DVD's in his lap. "Swing by the video store on the way to Manny's."    "Hi, Uncle ... good to see you, too."

Christopher Hudson

Christopher Hudson

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