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Ebony City : The dark house

Setting the cup of tea down, she swallowed her drink and raised her eyes up at the visitor in front of her. The woman's face was stricken and she seemed to be in shock of it all as she wrung her hands together. Her knuckles had turned an ashen white on her olive, brown skin. "I was only going to pick up my newspaper early at dawn. That's when I saw him, just sitting there, watching me." He stood in front of the house with his hands stuffed in his pockets. The pitch black street received no ligh...

Tit for tat

Until I met my girlfriend, the only holiday I cared about in April was 4/20. I’m sure when I was younger, I cared about Easter, but we’re not talking about baby Jim; we’re talking about grown man Jim. Jim, who’s got a car note and is paying $1700 in rent every month. Jim, who’s got $13,400 in his savings account, pulls in $120,000 OTE and is living with a girl who’s crushing it even more than him. Nancy makes $140,000 OTE. She pays the other $1700 for rent, and when the utility bill arrives, she covers all of it. I know, it’s pretty sweet...

THE SNOWDROP IN THE SPRING-TIME GARDEN "

Oh-ooo!" It was a most delighted little cry. In fact, Phyllis was a most delighted little girl. Right here in her own garden was the first spring blossom. Phyllis's bright brown eyes shone eagerly, and her brown gold curls blew wildly as she rushed to the door to tell the family. "It was my secret!" cried the little girl, dancing first on one foot and then on the other. "I've known for whole days that it...

EXPEDITION IN TIME

Experimental maiden flight of GAIA -1 time machine.  Take off: 1st October 2020 1400 hours. Departure from Hammerfest, Norway.  Destination:  2070. Passenger details: Name: Miss Ylva Groop. AGE : 22. Nationality: Norwegian. Occupation: Researcher in social science. Objective of time travel: To study result of our actions on society afte...

Jannat for Jai

“Let me go, Jai”, Ali said, just before slipping away from his grip, and into the house, alone and armed. Maybe five minutes passed, and then there was the blast. Jai wasn’t sure what hurt the most. Whether is was the physical pain from the explosion, or the immense heart ache he felt, when he realised, he had lost Ali. A month earlier.. “I must be really popular. Otherwi...

The Sun and the Ashes

By the time I stepped outside, the leaves were on fire. My dreams from countless nights had apprised me, but once I laid my eyes on it, I knew I wasn’t ready to see it. To imagine I had to endure it, what could remain from such destruction and what beautiful colors would be lost to leave behind burned wood and black piles of ashes that the October wind would make sure to vanish as well. My dreams had alre...

The different perspectives of two people meeting for a blind date Holi

Brains could blind the beauty. With this philosophy Jaideep was quite sure that he will be able to get closer to Jotsna someday, sometime, somewhere, and somehow. He was also sure that he was not a match to her in any other manner whatsoever. Jaideep had no qualms about his being very unhandsome in looks under any circumstances. Ja...

A Shirt without flowers

Content warning: mention of drug use Her hair grows back every night. She braids them carefully and patiently every single morning, then she cuts them and puts them under the carpet, besides the rest of her hair from the nights before. Then she goes out of the house with her short hair. It is night. She has already come back home. She is afraid to turn off the light, so she goes to bed to sleep because her nightmare will come back. She does not clearly remember her nightmares, but she knows that she sees them ever...

Of a Captive Angel

Oh, look, there he is. Sebastian Bloom. He’s staring at you, waiting.  Sebastian Bloom, downturned mouth and blond lashes. Sebastian Bloom, coattails long and grey. Sebastian Bloom, prematurely silver hair falling over key lime eyes.  You have just woken up. The world is fresh, still dewey, sticky, leaving cobwebs between your fingers as you open your hands. The world is curved lines and long-legged w...

The Window

The Window Downtown Cincinnati, 10th Floor SMASH! A wailing alarm goes off at the Federal Reserve Center on Main Street Cincinnati OH. A pair of federal police officers charge up the stairs with their weapons drawn at the smashed window in the Federal Reserve Center. “You t...

A NEW HOME IN A NEW CITY

Despite living in an old shattered house in that huge old town, it was hard for him to settle in a new home of a new city, mingling with so many strangers. It was the city that never sleeps; Bustling, crowded, lively, and also fascinating. How will you imagine a perfect city with all the facilities? But despite having all that comfort, he found it laborious to have a fellow feeling. Even with huge buildings and clean roads, with trees running along the paths and birds cheering on the trees, with the sky showing glints of violet above the ...

Bastien's Blessings

The coming of the seven-day night, as they called it, was a warning they all took seriously. The news that there would be no daylight for one whole week troubled the people of the small town of Cairns greatly, but not as much as when they learned that the gods would come down from the skies during this darkness. As to why this particular time, the book of knowledge was silent. "They are gods," the people ...

Family

She heard the neighbor’s cock crowing a long crescendo, rolling over her dreaming consciousness. Unlike many of the village cocks he reliably woke and announced the day just at the right time. Time to get up, dress, feed the fire and make bread. Her husband felt her stirring and wrapped his arm around her, snuggling closer. It was tempting to close her eyes again and sleep warmly just a little longer. Pictures in her head rise unbidden, blocking out the remnant o...

Happily Every After

Happily Ever After Susan W. Hudson Becky and Anna were sitting at Anna’s kitchen table. Anna had poured them both a glass of Chardonnay as she braced herself.  She knew Becky was going to share something dreadful. Becky looked like she had not slept in days; tears filled her bright blue eyes and spilled over onto her favorite shirt, which matched them. Her normally beautifully coiffed blonde hair was pulled...

Enduring

Greta felt the sun on her face and the wind in her hair during the long drive to the coast. Having the top down on the old Mercedes sports convertible was heavenly, especially this time of year. There was little that could beat it on any given day. The scenery of North Yorkshire that stretched before her on the winding road was stunning, soothing and filling her restless soul with rolling hills and a lengthy highway leading her to her beloved seashore.Greta had been making this annual trip for twenty-nine years and looke...

The Two Hundred Gold Coin Story

ONE Once there was an old man; and there was an old woman, too, who was his wife. Together they had everything they could possibly need or want, for that matter. They had each other, of course; and they were so close – they knew each other so well – they finished each other’s sentences. They shared stories … but if one of them knew a story, so did the other. They fi...

Krasnosamarskoe, or How I Learned to Accept the Dark Truth of My Heritage

I had a dog once. I had him when he was just a very small creature, not much different from myself at the time. ___ 16:00.  It was nearing the end of a rendition of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade conducted by Valery Gergiev of the Vienna Philharmonic. I sat there, quietly absorbed in my own thoughts amongst the other researchers in the cargo...

Nightless Desert

“This winding river is much like life, only flowing in one direction, until a current strong enough comes along to pull you completely off course into a new direction; whether an adventure, or a nightmare, however, is solely up to the individual. You were that current to me, you know.” “Oh my god, would you PLEASE shut up!” Seth pursed his lips to keep himself from laughing aloud, not looking back at the...

THE ROOF MAN

She awoke startled and drenched in sweat. Listening for the source of her unwanted wake up call. She leant forward to peer down on the street below through the skylight that stretched above her bed. An uncomfortable cot, slotted tightly against the wall beneath the sloping ceiling. A compact but necessary set up in her tiny but cost-effective abode. A loft room on the top floor of the building. What was once a spacious merchant’s townhouse now mercilessly divvied up, every inch rammed to the brim with tenants. There did not appear to be a...

Stalked

“Virginia! I’m going to kill you!” the man’s shriek reverberated through the still forest.  “You can’t hide from me!”Startled Virginia froze, her eyes darted back and forth searching her surroundings, she had been making breakfast at her camp fire when she heard the man. She didn’t know who he was or why he’d be screaming at her, but it filled her with apprehension.“Virginia!”She jumped and spilled the hot water of her coo...