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Childhood Dream

Vidia's head breaks through the surface of the water, but a hand smothers her face. She goes under again, shutting her eyes just in time. Salty, bitter water floods into her nasal passages, causing flaming sparks to set off in the back of her skull. Her chest caves in, convulsing in and out as it fervidly begs for air. The hand lifts off her and she uses her last strength to reach out above the water. With air accessible now, Vidia spits the water out of her mouth and fills her lungs. She breathes heavily, feeling returning to...

Your Story

You do the thinking.Or do you? Did you prompt yourself to think over this question the writer has posed you? The writer thinks not. The writer argues the thinking happened on its own, and even now, is happening without your so-called will with all its so-called freedom having a say in the matter. Or should the writer say, ‘In the “grey” matter?’You didn’t find this joke funny. Or maybe you did. Some of us did. The writer certainly hopes you did get the pun, but can’t always count on the probability of us having the required ...

Scavengin' For Gold

The clouds were shapeshifting, growing lethargically grey. The bitter air pricked against Jeremiah’s skin. His steps were heavier than usual as he trudged along the sand. His coat zipped all the way up accompanied by a hat and gloves, Jeremiah placed his metal detector against the gritty sand and began his morning like any other.The scraping sound brought joy to his ears, like a melody sang by angels. The corners of his mouth lifted upwards slightly; this was a rare occurrence as his expression is usually fixed down into...

WITHOUT MALICE

Satish and Sanjana, and their German Sheppard dog, Boxy, stayed in their villa on the outskirts of Indore. Satish was an ex-Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force who had taken voluntary retirement and was now engaged in a business of his own. Sanjana was a housewife. They were an amiable couple always willing to lend a helping hand for anybody in trouble. So when...

Change in Leaves

In the middle of the dark cruel city laid a small bunch of buildings. They were tall and skinny brick structures. Bars and black curtains hung on all the windows. No music floated through the streets, no people walked by and talked. The only sounds were the clicking of falling water droplets and the occasional automobile. Out of the buildings, the middle one stuck out the most. Though it had no significant difference the inside shined brighter than anything. When you opened the creaky black door the second you walk in, the atmosphere cons...

Putting it out there

“So go on then, what are your intentions with my Carys?” This was not quite how Drake had imagined the morning after the best night of his life to be. A little less than eight hours ago he’d been in bed with Carys, the most beautiful girl he’d ever laid eyes on. She also happened to be the host of the most outrageous, chaotic, exhilarating house party he’d ever att...

Fighting for Allegiance

Pacing across the marble entrance hall of the Moonminster Embassy in Nightborne, Kaelia waited for Zaivro to return from his late morning run. They’d both been itching to get out of the embassy since they’d arrived in Nightborne, but the embassy’s rules had restricted so much of their freedom. When the administrator had finally given in to their persistent requests and allowed them to go out for up to half an hour doing ‘exercise’, Zaivro had taken the opportunity to get out. Well, so he’d told the administrator. In reality, Zaivro had in...

A Land Turned Person From Heaven

I.....the one that was created by the divinity, by the ruling nature, just to lift the weight of sins and sorrow of the future....this is me LAND. Yes, you may treat me a non living yet useful thing, but I do have life, I was like a person in heaven, who now took the form of land and tried to make a happy living condition on this new planet, which the supreme head named 'Earth'.My memories of my bestie soil, the tiny microbes that reside on and in me, the plants that lasted for a century and the animals...

T'Skala and Vivian Steal a Rocket (Part 1)

“You want me to skip school?” I scratched my head with my cyborg arm, touching the back of my neck. “I don’t know.” “C’mon, it’ll be fun!” T’Skala looked at me with three wide, pleading eyes. “I used to do it all the time on Taurus Prime! You just have to pretend you’re sick.” “People do that on Earth too, T’Skala,” I said, rolling my eyes. “That’s like the oldest trick in the book.” “Well do pe...

The Cat Came Back

Bittie had always loved animals. She’d grown up on a farm in Kansas with cows, goats, a mule, rabbits. There’d been lots of dogs and lots of barn cats during her growing up. Years back, in her second hometown of Pawkuntsy, Ohio, she’d taken a puppy to the vet after it was hit by a car. Not able to afford to have it fixed up, she’d had it put down. Days later she’d gotten a thank you note from her office and an invitation to make her the first stop for veterinarian needs. Enclosed had been a sweet poem about The Rainb...

Snow ball

The chilly air of winter was hitting the gray shadows of that concrete building, where a local radio station occupies its five floors. The first four floors are occupied by the functional departments, like financial and personal ones. There are many rooms for that purpose. But, it is exactly at the top of this edifice, fancy glassy door is divised. it introduces the visitor to the main office:...

Good Results

I quietly closed the door as I walked into the empty room. The room was rather small and appeared to be unused for quite some time, hence the dust on the furniture and the old, almost dirty scent that you usually smell when going into an old, abandoned house. I begin to wander around the room trying to get a feel for everything.  Within the room was a neatly made bed against the corner wall with a small nightsta...

Dark Visions

One evening in a roadside motel, about twenty years ago, I woke up to the strangest noise. I tore the covers from my ghostly white face and frantically gazed about my room. There was no creature waiting in all black at the edge of my bed, but even still I wouldn’t take any chances. I waited upon my pull-out bed wondering if whatever made the noise would make it again, but nothing came, nothing at all. I pulled out my shotgun, which was propped up, against my bed, and began to make my way to the bathroom...

A Good Neighbor

“Anything you need, you need to just take that phone and ring my number!” Ariya said, smiling, as she waved at the middle-aged woman in front of her.        “You’re always so kind, you know,” Tami commented, her eyes twinkling as she shut the door after Ariya.  “No one ever bothers to wave anymore.”      Ariya nodded wistfully.  “It’s sad, isn’t it?”      Ariya turned and breathed in the sweet ...

The Exchange

Frank looked up from his coffee to see Norman sauntering in. Dressed in a gray business suit, Norman might have been anybody. A banker. A film executive. A lawyer. Frank, however, could only have been a cop. There was no mistaking the world-weary eyes and rumpled, off-the-rack suit. Even the waitress had said, "Can I take your order, Officer?" Maybe she'd seen him before; maybe he'd busted her once. Norman locked on him and crossed to the booth, self-consciously smoothing his tie."Thank you for joining me," said Frank, watching Nor...

The cross checked

There are two kinds of people in this world. One who understands with no word and the other must give them solid proof to make them understand. However, it is very easy to explain to a person who understands without explanation. It’s very difficult for people who need proof in every single thing to understand. Especially in a ...

Needed You.

He, understandably, doesn’t look like a gentle person. He got physique like the athlete he is—the rising star of the volleyball team—he looks like he can punch a man bloody without breaking any sweat. Tall and domineering, with a certain aura that screams powerful surrounding him. He never really seems to understand how intimidating he is and he never find any reason to communicate—he doesn’t really like those meaningless banters. He never finds the need to be with someone, despite countless courtship from both men and women.&nbs...

Life on Repeat - A Reflection

Friday 17:33A student sits in the campus bar amidst the throng of other students. She is on her own reading the instructions for her first lesson. Her eyes bright and eager though apprehension lives on their edges.Monday 09:30 Film Suite, Prof. ArkinLesson 1 – Dramatic portrayal of the everydayArrive 09:00 for ful...

New Era

“Run.” Ira was struck for a moment at the bluntness of the way the word was communicated silently with just a quick movement of hands. Unnoticed or ignored by those in the crowd, but so plainly visible to her. The hands had raised from the old man’s sides and the fingers had pulled back like he was pulling the trigger on two pistols aimed at her head. Ira swallowed hard. Her father’s cold, blue eyes met briefly with her own as his hands returned to his sides. In those wizened eyes wer...

Disaster Buddies

REEDSY.COM  28AUG2020 Writing prompt #56 Write a story about two people meeting during unusual circumstances and becoming fast friends. Disaster Buddies   by clcronan 2020 The entire morning had been monstrously difficult. She felt as though nothing in the world was safe or normal. But finally, Angel boarded the inbound bus,...