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The Day Minato Saw The Light

Minato Harada was playing on the beach on the northern shore of Inoko island. Dawn had been a couple of hours ago, and he was skipping stones across the sea. His father was out on his boat, trying to catch fish to feed his family and to sell so he could buy other goods they needed. And his mother was at home, a few hundred yards away. At first, when she'd allowed him to go down to the beac...

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Should I stay of should I go. That is the dilemma I have been pondering for the past several days. After growing up in a military family, yes I am or was a military brat, I determined that when I left home I would find a place to settle and would stay. I had hated that we had moved so much while I was growing up. It kept me afraid of making friends as I knew that as soon as I became tight w...

Cross country misadventure to San Diego comic con

Melissa’s prov Where should I begin, it all started off fine in the beginning on our journey towards San Diego, just us girls. Though granted it is not just us that is going, it is us and the boys from work also, but my mom does not know about that part. See I told my mom that it is just going to be me and a group of my female friends that driving up there and splitting the hotel bill for a week. Granted I have never lied to my mom like this, but a g...

Women Like Kendra

Kendra Miller lived in Glitters, Texas up until her abrupt departure on a scorching July 14th afternoon. The mosquitos sizzled amidst the heat, smashed against the hot metal of her speeding Chevy Silverado, bound for anywhere past simplicity. Kendra lived in Glitters, and she could not go backPeople in the town were of simple patchwork, intertwined in ordinary ways like a machination with outlined, uncontested purpose. They swallowed steak and potatoes, bathed in buttere...

The Last White Fox

Edgar awoke when the first rays of dawn light poured in the entrance of his den. He stretched his back and slowly climbed out of his den into the bright beautiful day. He was ravenous, he had not been able to hunt for the past two days because of the rain. Although he did not enjoy the cold wet feeling of his fur soaked in water, it was not the rain he feared as much as the flashes of light followed by the loud bangs tha...

Handstands and Mystery Cans

"Higher! Higher!" Norah squealed with delight as her cousin pushed her toward the sunlight trickling through the clouds.Andrew and I reclined next to his stone fire pit, enjoying the fresh air and the sound of tiny giggles. "Thanks for coming down here, sis. I know a four-hour drive isn't easy with two kids.""It wasn't too bad, actually. The baby slept most of the way. Our SUV came preset with soothing sounds– knocks him right out.""That's good."I chuckled. "Yeah. Cou...

IN THE FACE OF A PANDEMIC

James took in the face of the tall curvaceous woman standing beside her in the subway station. She was beautiful! A kind of beauty that only reminded him of his late wife Elena. The train pulled up and he could not help but throw a last glance at the lady before stepping into the carriage. Once inside, he realized that the only available seat was right opposite where the lady she had been admiring outside sat.He looked at his watch and shrugged, it was going to be a really long six hours’ journey if he was going to stare at his wif...

THE VINCENT FILES, REVISITED

EXCERPT FROM THE DIARY OF HOWARD J. VINCENT, FOUND BENEATH THE ABANDONED OFFICE BUILDING ON 9TH AND 18TH STREET DURING DEMOLITION, ALONGSIDE A ROTTING BRIEFCASE OF SEVERAL THOUSAND EUROS AND A SINGULAR HUMAN HAND.____________________________________________Pages 25-27The One Hundredth and Twelfth Day of the Year of the RatDear Howard,You must believe me. Above all else, you must read this ent...

Sanity Stolen

“The Great wall of China?” the investigator asked.“Stolen,” his partner replied, turning a new page on his notepad. “What about the Statue of Liberty? Oh, no wait. It’s been stolen, I remember.”“Yep,” his partner nodded. “Two weeks ago.”“Damn!” The investigator slammed a fist at his palm. “We need to find who’s behind this, Watson!”“Um, sir,” the other raised his head above his notepad. “For the third time, my name isn’t Watson. It’s Stewart.”The investigator waved a dismissive hand. “Close e...

Waiting

I am waiting for an answer to a question. I have just asked my boyfriend of five years to marry me. I don’t know why I did such a thing. Well, I do. I love him very much. He’s always been there for me. He’s always come around when things aren’t looking good. I’m ready to spend forever with him. I’m just not sure whether or not he’ll say yes. I hope he does honestly. I could never live with myself if he d...

Torchlight

The darkness hides secrets, but sometimes, it also holds a small measure of comfort. The power goes out on Friday night, plunging the city into total darkness. It’s large shadow, seemingly cast by the footprints of a giant, overwhelming, and only eclipsed by the pale ring of the moon. (Sickly, ill light standing alone against the void; a single person standing tall, defying judgement before wrathful armies. There’s something fascinating about that that holds your attention, makes you breat...

Worth Fighting For

“Do you ever wonder if we belonged in a book?” I asked Jack. It was simply a question out of the blue that I thought about. “Or a movie…? Hey Jack, are you even listening?” I sat in a fast-food restaurant with my best friend Jack eating dinner after a long day of high school. He looked at me with droopy eyes; he slept late last night studying for today’s math test in school. He made a great gaping yawn, then rubbed his eyes. “I’m sorry, can you say that again? I’m terribly exhausted from last night. You said something about… what ...

May I Have Your Consent?

“May I have your consent, Connor?”The man in question blinked once, twice. He was still not familiar with the total whiteness of the room. The doctor sitting before him mentioned the idea of purity, like a newborn. Connor thought it fit the description of this Reborn programme.“Sorry, could you walk me through the last minute? I—”“Probably the medicine is still kicking. You might find it difficult to maintain concentrat...

The Witches Who Save Halloween

Ursula closed her book shop for the day. It was Halloween, and like every Halloween before the woman in her family were preparing to meet for the night.               She thought of her black lace dress hanging in the back of her closet, haven’t been touched since the Halloween before. Her black laced up boots sat in the closet as well, waiting for her to put them on. She thought of her witches hat she had left...

Hackney Holiday

It was my first time in London. Despite what I read in history books over the years, and had seen on the screens of popular cinema, I wanted to see the fabled city on my own terms. It was getting to be late afternoon on my second day in town. I had visited Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, and had my fill of lukewarm pints and meat-pies. I was ready to delve out of the thin veneer of tourists attractions, and get more into the “local” experience. I wanted to get my mind off of the banalities of work, too. My friend “Ozzy” had ...

Lycaon and Medusa

LYCAON AMD MEDUSA Scene 1: Transformation of Lycaon at the palace of the Arcadian kingdom. Lycaon:              (with a devilish smile)oh! King of all gods! It is truly an honour for me to prepare a feast for you. (Zeus sits at the Royal Table) Please, enjoy your meal. (Looking at the food and knowing th...

The Adventures of Malachi Norton: The Mystery of the Missing Memory

My dear friend Malachi Norton and I received letters and callers at our London apartments seeking our detective services on a nearly daily basis, but even so, my friend refused to interest himself in any of the cases, claming they lacked novelty. Average, run-of-the-mill crime had always bored him; he craved a challenge worthy of his outstanding mental capabilities. The nearly catatonic appearance of my friend, sitting motionless in his armchair, remained unchanged for the major portion of the day. He was seated thus in perfect silence, ...

Memories Between Pages

*Based on a true friendship*The doorbell rings and I jolt from my thoughts nearly spilling my coffee. The dogs are barking ferociously at the Amazon delivery man as he walks back down the pathway to his truck. I let them calm down before I attempt to open the front door to grab my package. I’d really rather not chase them through the neighborhood. Again. I smile proudly at my guard dogs doing their duty. No one would dare break in once their intimidating barks are heard. I certainly don’t need an alarm system.

Bruce never tells the truth

I live in Texas and there is a saying in Texas. I rather climb a tree and tell you a lie than stand on the ground and tell you the truth. Most of my friend and family were good about making more of a story than was really there. With Bruce not even the story he was telling would be his own. Every one in town knew Bruce He was the guy who reused everybody stories and by the time you heard it again it was Bruce in t...

Of Shattered Fields and Fire Storms

Peter found himself wandering the shoreline after his meeting. There had been attacks along this stretch of coast as of late and Peter had come with the general in charge of Sea border defense, to assess the situation. They’d wanted to get the lay of the land and meet with the locals in the area.He’d never been to this part of his kingdom before, he’d just never had the time as a prince. He had been trying to make an effort to see his lands as king, but after his coronation three years ago, he’d just never gotten around ...