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Black Box Blues a Sci-Fi short story

Black Box Blues

Just as we emerged from the gateway two indicators came to life on our car’s console. The green light indicated that this cluster’s nav data had been picked up and stored in memory. The red one, that a piece of the car’s micronics had fizzled out of existence. Something profane immediately came to mind, but since the kids were on board, I kept the thought to myself. “Something wrong, dear” Rhiannah, my wife, sat in the front seat opposite mine. “I’m checking it out”
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PRESS START a Horror short story

PRESS START

They say video games can be addictive, but little did Justin realize; that in this case it’s a literal statement. For he became addicted to one game in particular. Justin’s your average twenty-something gamer, that once had a stable life, job and relationship; but all that changed when his gaming started getting out of control; ruining his life. He got fired from his job as he slacked off, playing games during business hours. He lost his apartment due to the loss of his job, having him move...
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REQUIEM OF A MONSTER a Adult Horror short story

REQUIEM OF A MONSTER

How long have I been walled up in here? How many rats and flies have I named, and feasted with? How many days have I paced beneath the meager half-light these narrow barred windows afford me? How long since my children have known the embrace of me, their mother? My persecutors assail me with accusations, more befitting some trashy storybook than any act that I know, and all the while seizing my estate for their own petty whims. Abduction, molestation, torture, the drinking and bathing in...
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The Burial a Relationship short story

The Burial

A cool, gentle breeze rustled through the Magnolia trees, dispersing the sweet fragrance of the flowering buds and jostling a lackadaisical bumblebee. A teenager in a borrowed, over-sized suit stood next to a pile of dirt in an approximate twelve by twelve area, surrounded by an obviously homemade, knee-high, aged wooden fence. His boyish face, spotted with evident pubescent acne, also showed signs of a sparse blond mustache, more in the line of “peach fuzz” It was obvious that the boy-man...
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Persuading Annie by Melissa Nathan

Meet Annie Markham. Gentle, sweet and kind. Except for her dark side. A dark side called Jake Mead. Seven years ago he'd been her entire world, even though her godmother had tried to persuade her to dump him. But when the going got tough, Annie's 'tough' got going. Jake's hasty departure from her life proved that a) godmothers are cleverer than they look and b) the only thing reliable about men is that they're totally unreliable.
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Single, No Prospects

My mom was 27 when she married my dad. She had me at age 29. As a child, I thought she was old. At 33, I was single with zero prospects. I was not even dating. This was not how I planned my life.... continue reading click image.



Merlin and the Magic Stone

In the days of King Arthur, when the first dragon attacks were launched against Arthur’s kingdom, there was destruction, devastation and misery throughout the kingdom and across the British Isles. ... continue reading click image.



Citizen of the Cosmos

Morgan’s parents were hosting yet another dinner party with their well-to-do friends. He was an only child and actually enjoyed hanging around listening to the adults. After he piled some food on a... continue reading click image.



The Wooden Door

Marden spotted the wanderer the moment he stepped into the line of stalls where the merchant had set up. You had to watch the little creatures. Fortunately, their method of colorful and often... continue reading click image.



The name of Dreams

Since the time we are born, we are trying to learn the name of everything, from objects around us, to persons, feelings, and situations... Sometimes, the most difficult thing to learn… is to learn... continue reading click image.



The First Kill

The first kill was the hardest. His father staring with those dark narrow eyes that had incited fear for so many years. Even as the life seeped out of him, those eyes were full of scorn. “You... continue reading click image.



Nicks Favorite Toys

A little boy who loved his collectible soldiers was no longer a little boy any more. Now a grown man it was time for him to give his play things away. Very reluctantly he took the cardboard box that... continue reading click image.


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