A Black Market "Don't do it... Please, we can make it on our own we don't need this. Please Syd, I can sell my mother's ring I can thin out the soup, not this," Eve was pleading her husband, tears beginning trickle down her cheeks.A Black Market in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He glared her in the eyes with an iron look. "I need to do this. The little one shouldn't come into this world starving." He put his hand on her full belly. "You're eight months in, Eve." There was no changing his mind. He turned around and began walking away.
"You don't even remember our first date anymore," Eve whispered as Syd left, slamming the door after him.
It was true. No matter how hard Syd tried, he could not remember his first date with Eve. Nor their first kiss. The thoughts ran chills along his spine.
The black market was crowded to the point where you had to push your way through the streams of people shouting and exchanging money and goods over each other's heads. Syd saw peopl
Singing Flames He sat staring into the singing flames. She sat down beside him, long black hair casually draped around her shoulders. They fell dangerously close to the licking flames as she bend over to look at his face. "You look familiar." She tucked her hair behind her ear, but it fell down again instantly.Singing Flames in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He looked up from the fire. She was wearing a short, black dress, blood-red lipstick and a pair of casual sandals. There was sand in-between her toes. He wanted to brush them clean.
"I'm sure I've met you before," she said. The flames were reflecting in her amber eyes.
He looked back into the flames. Leave me alone, he thought. He was rubbing his hands.
She wasn't. She was grabbing him by the cheek, turning his head towards hers. "It's not polite to look away when you are talking to someone."
"I'm not talking. You are."
She let his head go. His eyes went back t
Tea Party "Would you like some more tea, Mister Fitzroy?" Lucy poured happily, skipping around the table to give everyone some tea. "How about you, Mr. and Mrs. Stone? May the little one drink tea?" She poured and poured until she was out of tea. Then she seated herself right next to Jeremiah R. Winchester and began sipping from her own teacup. Jeremiah had donned his old military uniform. Red and white with gold buttons that went all the way up to his brown fuzzy beard. He looked like he had just come home from war. He was great company. They all were.Tea Party in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
It's a shame all of them were dead.
Lucy sat sipping for minutes, chatting with the dead bodies. Sometimes she would stop and be silent as she stared in front of her, but her guests didn't mind. They were so polite. They were much better friends than she'd ever had.
She had been handy with a shovel ever since she was five. Father had taught her how to use it, how to put yo
Sane "Next, please." The voice from the speakers was tired and worn-out, like he had said the words so many times it stopped having a meaning. There was one man before me, unable to move. His hair was brown and greasy, his limbs short and thick and his hands shaking. Somewhere inside his mind, he was probably screaming for his body to move, but nothing happened. He looked around him quickly, catching the gaze of two angry guards. Their uniforms were grey. Grey like dust. Ash. Death.Sane in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Next. Please." The man was still glued to the ground. I wanted to shake him back to his senses, but that would be seen as assault. So I was forced to simply stand and watch. The guards grabbed the man by his shoulders, forcing a soft whimper from his lips. They shot him quickly and pulled him away.
"Next, please." The guards were looking at me now, clunching their guns with a smile. The tallest one was itching to pull the trigger. So I walked over the pool
The Boy That Couldn't Tell the Truth This is the story of Jonathan Stone. Jonathan lived in England, Birmingham on Templefield St. the fifth in the little red house with the shutters on the windows. He seemed like a normal child, brown-haired, freckle-faced with a big nose and small ears. He was tall for his age, but not tall enough to stand out, just tall enough to reach up and wash his own hands in the tall sink. Jonathan Stone lived with his mother Lilian Stone, his father Hank Stone and his little sister Margery Stone. They were a happy, family that loved swimming and sending silly holiday cards to all their relatives. To the naked eye, the Stone family lived a normal life there on Templefield St. the fifth in the little red house with the shutters on the windows.The Boy That Couldn't Tell the Truth in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
But if you observed their daily routine, you would notice something was a little bit off about little Jonathan Stone. You see, ever since Jonathan began to talk, he'd had a terrible condition. Jonathan Stone couldn't tell the trut
HopeThere are so many daysHope in Free Verse More Like This
when humanity frightens
the most compassionate
it takes only a knife
or a word or a gun, and
we scare so easy.
I'm tired of living
I'm tired of not believing
There may not be a god above
but believer or not,
there are so many
reasons to love
I'm not giving up
I'm not letting go;
I'm going to dream
and one day
perhaps I will fly
and I will believe
the best of people
until it kills me,
because the moment
that you give up
is the moment
you become the problem.
strange habits (FFM 4)Coming home had always been a challenge for Natasha. The music was constantly just a little too loud, the ghosts in the corner too rowdy, the poltergeist in the attic too fond of guilt-tripping, or just plain tripping. Everything in the old house seemed to crowd Natasha, to shout and jeer and laugh; she even found the ornaments distasteful and a little embarrassing. And all of that, that was before she even began thinking about her family.strange habits (FFM 4) in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Nonetheless, here Natasha was, making the seven hour drive back to the house she'd grown up in. Only on one day of the year did her family enforce attendance, enforce 'social behaviour' and 'family spirit'; it wasn't worth the consequences of not going.
Natasha drew out the trip as long as she was able. She stopped multiple times at petrol stations, buying a chocolate bar, or a drink. She tried desperately to ignore one over-friendly cashier, who wouldn't stop asking questions;
"Why aren't you out partying? Young thing like you, I'd'
blackout (FFM 3)At some point, I start to become aware of what's going on around me. Not all at once; it's a flash here, a voice there, a touch on my shoulder. But gradually, I'm waking up. I open my eyes, blinking at the bright light. I'm on a couch. There's a girl standing with her back to me, holding a cellphone. I know her, I think.blackout (FFM 3) in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
All at once, I'm panicking, terrified. There was danger. I had to hide. No-one was supposed to find me. I fell. I couldn't get up. Why? How did I get here? She turns at the sound of my quickened breath.
"Sarah, you're awake! How are you feeling?"
I can't respond, I feel sick, I don't know what's happening. I'm hyperventilating.
"You must be freezing. I'll grab you another blanket."
She leaves. I doubt she even realised how awful I felt. Or maybe she didn't care. Confused, bewildered, I tried to remember.
* * *
It's dark, and I'm running, but I've never been very good at walking in high heeled shoes, so I stumble. A lot. I'm running, and it's dark a
behind, and to the righti.behind, and to the right in Free Verse More Like This
you were a series
of battles won--
of your strength
litter the kitchen bench,
something to hold on to
when the need's
wasting you away
twelve months sober
undone by one hour
the vodka bullet
dismantled a persona
in jagged pageturns,
like tomorrow was
already a memory,
and one day, tomorrow
you died on valentine's day;
symbolism gifted in the form
of a flowing red bouquet
and desperate hopelessness
at least, that's what
they didn't say,
once the war
radiancei am runningradiance in Free Verse More Like This
on blood and light
fluttering firefly chasms
in spaces once
i spit silver silences
that colour quickfire
a vivid fragility
i'm not faded;
eggshells in my throatI am cradled,eggshells in my throat in Free Verse More Like This
rustling ribcage bursting
in feathered fragments
through still air,
and you ask what's wrong
but each breath is a triumph;
words would be a desperate freefall
I cannot fly--
I'm barely crawling.
I am embraced,
entwined in almost-whispers,
struggling, and I flinch away
from compassion; it would be kinder
just to leave.
I am caged,
my cries for help flutter in
wing-beat echoes from
larynx to lip
only to collide,
beaten and bruised,
with the towering walls
shallow by designshe's a bare distraction,shallow by design in Free Verse More Like This
echo falling from her lips
over and over in revolutions
that do little more
she's caught in a curtsey
that's half seduction,
and half a mannequin movement
poised just how you like her.
they carefully planned her
from blueprint bruises,
the puppeteers dripping vice
down her strings like virtue
in saccharine whispers;
a lewd command-cum-question
leaking slick into moments
that were supposed
to be dulcet.
and you can't help but pity
the porcelain fleshling,
for she's only
overcastcold water reignsovercast in Free Verse More Like This
a rain-drenched moor
of crocus buds and
i fall with the rain,
whispering of fickle
fears to the earth.
folding in and over
safe havens under
a hollow netted sky,
i drift like needles
sewn in delicate footsteps
through silken-still air
as i pine, pine, pine.
as if asleepIas if asleep in Free Verse More Like This
She lies, all aflush with color;
her wide eyes half open,
and a willow branch caressing
her gently curved cheekbone.
As the sun drifts off
her face, thrown into darkness,
is made wild by shadows
and no amount of catharsis
in this setting idyllic
can bring back the light.
practise (FFM 6)G flat arpeggios. Modulation. E flat descending motif. Mistake; start over.practise (FFM 6) in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The piano was old and out of tune, but he'd saved up for three years, he'd paid for it; this knowledge made his battered old Collard & Collard the most beautiful darn piano this side of the country. He knew her every mood, the G, E, and F# keys that stuck in cold weather, the low C that twanged before it rained, the aggressive clash of the A's that didn't quite make a perfect octave. They worked together, a strangely lovely synergy of tired piano and determined boy.
Etude. Half-speed, quarter-speed, double-speed. Again. Get bored, play pop songs and add an alberti bass. Segue into Mozart. Accidental accidentals; make it sound intentional. Another etude.
At six on a chilly April morning, the cold air made his fingers feel stiff and unwieldy; they stubbornly refused to respond in a timely fashion to the commands his mind was sending. The heat pump was too expensive to run, so he had to make do
Twelve Drowned RosesThey are waiting for him in the water.Twelve Drowned Roses in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He can see their faces – pale and fish-bitten, so swollen with water that the tide might slough them from their skulls at any moment. Their eyes are dark and hollow, but he can see the emotions swirling in their depths: love and lust and loneliness, despair, longing. They claw at him with rotted hands. Always they stay below the surface of the water; never do they reach out into the air.
He looks from one waterlogged face to another, naming them. Emma, Jamie, Kathryn, Elsie – little Elsie – she was his first, in her fluttery white dress. He remembers the flowers she was holding, roses in pale yellow and white. The petals fluttered about her in the breeze – now her dress is fluttering beneath the waves, ragged and torn, and her little mouth forms his name in silence.
She was his first, and an accident. He had never meant for it to happen. But it happened all the same; and she looked so lonely there, a single white rose burie
His EyesIt has been three months since we heard from the mainland.His Eyes in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Speculation abounds. Some catastrophe has befallen them there: a plague has ended them, perhaps, or a war, or something so dreadful that we cannot even imagine it. We are left here to starve, slowly, as we wait for news and supplies.
At noon we saw a boat on the horizon.
Through the spyglass we saw that its occupant was a lone boy, and that his skin was patterned with lesions. Sula saw something in his eyes, he said, though he would not speak more clearly of it; but he was so shaken by the sight that he begged us to shoot the boat down at a distance.
We were without choice but to obey. We pitied the boy, perhaps, but if he carried a plague – as indeed he must have – any show of mercy might have doomed us. We fired the cannon as soon as he came within range.
At nightfall we burned the flotsam brought in by the tide. There was no sign of the boy's body. With luck the current carried it away, to be eaten by the fish.
Here, There, and Everywhere“I've had it.” Paul grabbed his guitar and strode out the door.Here, There, and Everywhere in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“You can't—” Ringo ran after him. “Hey, you can't leave!”
Paul spun to face him. “You know what? We aren't—weren't—even that good. Losing a member can't make it worse.”
The audience glared.
Ringo glared back. A handful of people from a handful of villages—there were fewer people in the tent than there were cigarette stubs. As they continued to play, he saw several groups come in, look at the three-Beatle stage, listen to a few bars of a three-Beatle song, and leave. He suspected that their potential fans living in Kottspiel—who could hear the music from outside the tent—weren't bothering to come in at all. It was obvious what was wrong.
“There are meant to be four Beatles,” said John. “We'll need another Paul.”
“Paul. Ha!” Ringo jutted his chin at the audience. “They're the proble
BrevityThere was an explosion.Brevity in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“That's it?! I've been working on these pyrotechnics for months, and all I get is 'there was an explosion'?!”
“Sorry. This is flash fiction, not an action movie.”
The Way After WakingThe man fell heavily to the ground. Rain washed his blood into the fallen leaves, and his eyes were already misting over with death.The Way After Waking in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The sounds of the battle faded; and it seemed to him that he was standing again, though he felt no weight on his legs. His body lay at his feet, staring eyes and parted lips and dark blossoms of blood. He looked at the empty woods around him and saw that he had died.
Then it seemed that a woman came to him, as pale and misty as the rain itself, with a somber mouth and hollow eyes. She said to him: “Come, and I will wash the life from you.”
He took her hand: her fingers were as thin and light as the wind. She led him past trees that grew ever barer, through mist that grew ever thicker, until he could see nothing of the woods around him; then the mist cleared, and he found that he was standing in a lake, with the walls of a cave all around and above him.
The clothes he had worn had vanished, and he stood before the woman as naked as a child. Wit
Four WordsThis is how the world ends:Four Words in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
A quiet morning, a rainy day, a glass of orange juice. Your hand on mine, heavy. Your voice:
“We need to talk.”
My shoulder to cry on shoves a beer under my nose. “Hey,” he says, “it's not the end of the world.”
But he doesn't realize: it is.
To Skirt DestinyThe first messenger was an old woman wrapped in patchwork skirts and shawls, with eyes so milky that she must have been nearly blind. Seth had seen her before. She'd always carried so many bags with her that he thought they must be all she owned.To Skirt Destiny in Short Stories More Like This
She dropped something that day. A small parcel, wrapped in brown. He picked it up and ran after her; she took it from him, and took both his hands in her withered old claws, and stared at him with her milky eyes. “You'll do what's right,” she said.
He shivered, but before he could speak she had moved on, leaving only the soft swishing sound of bags and skirts. A yellowed envelope slipped out of one of her bags, and he picked it up and scrambled after her through the crowd – but she was gone, and her flock of bags with her.
He took it home, and kept it for three weeks without seeing her again. Curiosity overcame him at last, and he slit the envelope open.
Inside was a letter, handwritten and blotched with spilled ink. It addre
The Earth-Queen's SorrowThe earth-queen's son was born in springtime, and his birth was heralded with crocuses and fresh green and a splendor of sunlight. Through summertime he grew, golden and beautiful, dearer to her than the wind itself.The Earth-Queen's Sorrow in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Then autumn came, and the leaves ran red with his blood. He fell, and withered, an empty husk of brown.
Winter came: in her sorrow, the earth-queen swept the world with white. Snow would be his shroud and his finery. The chill in the air would mirror the cold emptiness in her heart. Ice would cover her lakes and rivers and the wounds of her soul; and her frozen tears would fall from the heavens as tiny flakes of crystal.
The winter drew on, and many died under the cold weight of the earth-queen's sorrow. At last the people chose a hero to go to her, to beg for mercy.
They fitted her with fatted leather boots, with a thick leather vest, with fur-lined gloves and a fur-lined cloak. “You go into the heart of winter,” they told her. “Give no quarter to the co
Flight and VengeanceIt began as an argument. A cruel argument, but – at first – just words. “I think you'd do it.” “So what if I did?”Flight and Vengeance in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
It turned into a beating. They slammed Jeremy's head against the wall, kicked him, called him whore and demonspawn: the latter of which was as good as a death sentence in that part of town. Half an hour ago he'd been an ordinary kid (though not ordinary enough according to them, of course) – now he was a fugitive. There was no sense in hoping that the angels wouldn't hear.
He uncurled and peeled himself up from the bloodstained dirt, and tottered off towards buildings and alleys and anyplace else he could find that wasn't open to the sky. There was no sense in going home now, either. He texted his dad: Im demonspawn now, pls run, stay safe. Then he turned his phone off and ditched it, because he couldn't afford the risk of being tracked.
There was no place safe to go.
But he knew what he wa
The Color Without a NameThere is no name for the color of my hair, but there is a small section of it just left of the back that I must always braid when I leave home, so my sisters told me. As long as I wear that braid, I will be safe and nothing can harm me.The Color Without a Name in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
There was a girl I loved who lived on the edge of the desert. She was a year older than I was, and a bit larger, and light-skinned and blue-eyed with hair like twilight. Rashkah was her name. We were friends at first, but then we were more: she would take me dancing, and she would hold me on her lap, arms tight around me, lips by my ears, and she would kiss my cheeks and my lips and my hair and my braid, and I loved her.
On my last night she ran her hands through my hair and found my braid between her fingers, and she whispered into my ear – won't you undo your braid for me? And I knew that she meant more. I knew the words she never spoke.
And I wanted to say yes –
– but we were young, and my sisters had warned me so often that
FFM24: It's Raining MenShe's finally done it, Dani realized as lightning streaked across the sky, the damn writer had lost the last bit of grey matter keeping her from the cuckoo bin. The forecaster had predicted rain, but not this kind of rain. The first drop to hit the pavement was six feet tall of glistening, rippling sex beast. He should have died instantly, but since the writer was out of her vulcan mind, he landed gently beside the first and just as shirtless.FFM24: It's Raining Men in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Love me,” he said, holding out a hand.
Dani groaned, pretending not to look. This was so wrong.
All around the world, people stopped to watch this mysterious rain. Traffic stalled. Inside, the forecaster who had predicted a wonderful summer shower hid in his office, studying the readouts. It just wasn't possible. Men don't fall from the sky like rain.
“You've done it now,” Dani shouted, “Don't pretend you can't hear me. I know you're typing this right now. You have to stop this.”
Kaleen, the writer, ignored he
FFM19: Where No Sock Has Gone BeforeHis socks blinked at him. Jim hunched his shoulders. The socks tried to mimic the motion but since they had no shoulders they just kind of bunched up a little. Captain Bob, as usual, was not impressed.FFM19: Where No Sock Has Gone Before in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“It's life, Jim, but not life as we know it.”
“Shut up, Bob, this is serious.”
Captain Bob gave him a look that made him immediately regret his outburst. It was the “I'm your superior officer and I have the airlock codes, so no one will think twice if they see your body suddenly floating in space “ look.
“So am I,” Captain Bob said, “Stop leaving your dirty uniforms next to the radiation shields. It's an old ship, there's bound to be some spill off.”
The socks agreed.
But it wasn't until his uniform pants tried to bite him that Jim truly learned his lesson. He spent the rest of the voyage in the laundry room, learning how to operate the machines. Captain Bob was still not impressed.
FFM12: Lies are Bad and Don't Talk to BirdsThe silver prince lived in the far off land of Nomas. He was a good prince who loved his people. As much as he loved them and as much as they loved him, there was one thing that kept peace and harmony from the kingdom.FFM12: Lies are Bad and Don't Talk to Birds in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The silver prince told lies.
Most of the time, they were little lies. If the royal shirt maker asked what color shirt he wanted him to make, he might say red when he really wanted a blue shirt. When the cook asked if he liked roast beef for dinner, he might say yes when he really wanted chicken legs. When his lies were discovered, he didn't understand why it was wrong. He'd told them what they wanted to hear. What did it matter if it wasn't the truth?
The silver prince was walking in the royal rock gardens when he saw a crow land atop one of the big, marble boulders. It carried something shiny clasped in its beak.
“Hello, Crow, what have you got in your beak?” he asked. In the land of Nomas, it wasn't unusual to talk to birds or for them to talk back. The cro
FFM20: What Did You Say Your Name Was?Hiring a new assistant was a big deal. The Paranormal Researchers and Investigators Society was so broke, it didn't spring for new staff unless we were stretched so thin you could almost see through us. I should have known it would go wrong.FFM20: What Did You Say Your Name Was? in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The first was was a well dressed man who kept spraying himself with Axe body spray.
“You don't really want me to carry anything, do you? Because I'm more a reporter than an assistant. Like, you need someone to make this look legit, some one pretty. I was voted hottest in my class four years in a row,” he said. Somehow, I doubted that. Maybe it was because he looked like the offspring of a bulldog and a donkey
The second was an ordinary looking woman in a sharp suit. She got my hopes up until she opened her mouth.
“I know you said this was an assistant position,” she said, “But I'm on the fast track for management. In two years I will be running this place. We'll just skip all the entry level work and you'll start train
FFM7: Muffin TimeWe were supposed to be tracking down the stolen Eye of Oberon, but my fearless leader, Mortimer Tweed, insisted on making a "quick" stop. When he finally emerged, it wasn't from the pawn shop he'd gone into, but the faery owned and operated bakery three stores down. Mortimer was red eyed and entirely too pleased with himself.FFM7: Muffin Time in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Surprise," he said, handing me a slightly mangled, brown box of blueberry muffins.
"I love surprises as much as the next jerk but that's not what this is."
"Don't be silly, you had no idea---"
"I saw you leave the store and I can smell the blueberry. How many times have I told you not to go to that bakery? Faery dust is not something you want to mess around with."
He started down the street, still too pleased with himself. He waddled in between each parking meter as though his life depended on it. I carried his stupid muffins. If he could sense how deep my irritation ran, perhaps his haste was justified.
"If you want to be an adventurer, you have to develop a tol
Just GoneThey found her shoes near the bottom of the escalator. Red plaid on black soles, double laces neatly tied---it was as if she had just taken them out of the box and left them. But that was crazy.Just Gone in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
She had been threatening to disappear for years now. No one thought she meant it literally.
FFM23:Destroyer of WorldsI thought it was some kind of government bullshit. Some saw a giant man made of smoke. Others saw a mass of tentacles. I saw hundreds of golden gears connected by wriggling maggots and ribbed, purple strings. The only thing we could agree on was the one, giant eye ringed with teeth.FFM23:Destroyer of Worlds in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
It peeled the moon like it was a grape. As it wrapped itself around what was left, the pieces disintegrated into a fine powder---the trail stretched across the sky. That's when I knew this wasn't a government conspiracy designed to stir the masses.
That's when the creature turned its eye toward earth.
ffm 1: DemonicMaster Alaric wielded the Light of Sila like it was his dinner fork. One short thrust into the demon's chest cavity and the creature erupted into a shower of ash and bone dust. The undead warriors stopped attacking and then collapsed, once again, just piles of bones.ffm 1: Demonic in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“You were enlightening me about the virtues of patience, I believe,” he said.
Serena bit her lip. She had been. Master Cyril was supposed to bring reinforcements. He'd told them to wait after chastising Master Alaric for recruiting an apprentice to assist. He'd given her a look that said he'd expected her to have more sense.
She knew why she'd let Master Alaric talk her into coming to the Wizard's Boneyard---she was a bone head. An apprentice curse breaker in her first year had no business assisting her adviser in his quests of madness. She should have just shut the door in his face and gone back to poring over the required reading, but she'd let his enthusiasm convince her everything would be fine and dandy.
FFM2: Space ScumDonnelly cursed in English, Common, and Y'Tak just to be sure the pig-faced spacer understood.FFM2: Space Scum in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“There are more to choose from in the back if none of these are to your liking,” the spacer spoke in Y'Tak, but Donnelly doubted it was his first or only language. A man who kept live merchandise was a special kind of scum. They tended to have to know how to say “Don't shoot me” in at least five kinds of speech.
“You have some kind of nerve, don't you think?” Donnelly asked. The spacer laughed nervously.
“I don't understand your accent, sir. Would you like to browse?”
The store's holo-front had promised power converters and shield clamps. They were the last doggone items on Cricket's stupid list. Finding both meant Donnelly could hit the Blue Warp before he had to get back. He had so been looking forward to real whiskey and s'mores for the last three hundred hours. It'd be another three hundred at least before they reached the next outpost, and
FFM19: Elise Lived in the WoodsA little girl lived in the woods with her mother, her grandmother, her sister, and her brother.FFM19: Elise Lived in the Woods in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
When Elise was seven she did all the chores. She chopped the wood while her grandmother rocked in the big chair. She cleaned the fireplace while her mother sang Amazing Grace. She made her own breakfast while her sister and brother played in the front yard among the irises mother planted last spring.
There was only one chore Elise wasn’t allowed to do, she wasn’t allowed to go in the back bedroom to make the beds. She could only shake the sheets and air out her own mattress, and she was never for any reason to open the heavy oak door. Before last spring, it was Elise’s only chore, and now, it was the only chore she wasn’t allowed to do. Some days, she missed it. She liked to pull the blankets tight over the bed and smooth them until they lay flat.
Mother had even made her move her mattress into the pantry to sleep. She said it would be warmer when it was cold and cold
The Talking Dead “If you thought it was alright to be a zombie...” Bruce pumped his shotgun for emphasis, “you were dead wrong.”The Talking Dead in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Aaah!” yelled the zombie. “Not the face! Not the face!”
Bruce jumped in surprise, accidentally pulling the trigger, but only after he had also made an ungainly flailing motion with the shotgun. The result was that he not only missed the zombie, but the recoil caught him completely by surprise, prompting further flailing. All in all, it didn’t really fit with the badass action hero persona he had been trying to cultivate since the start of the zombie apocalypse.
“Stop! I’m not a zombie!”
Whether or not this was true, the slightly-rotten figure in front of Bruce was cowering, and since he had already ticked “shoot first” off his mental list, this seemed like a good time
It's a Wonderful Spoof“Goodbye, cruel world!” Greg prepared to take a long jump off edge of the bridge—he didn’t want to bump into the side on the way down.It's a Wonderful Spoof in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Suddenly, there was a blinding flash of light. Barely managing to stop himself falling off in surprise, Greg looked to his right. A glowing, winged figure was perched on the railing. “No, stop, don’t do it,” he said, not particularly enthusiastically. He took his cigarette out of his mouth for a moment to have a swig from a three-litre bottle of cheap cider.
“Who are you!?”
“I’m your guardian angel.”
Greg just stared.
“I’m not being sarcastic. I literally am.” He put the cigarette back in his mouth, freeing up a hand to offer to Greg. “The name’s Lawrence.”
Greg shook his hand. “Greg.”
Lawrence screwed his face up, as if talking to an idiot. “Yeah, mate. I think I picked that up at some point over the last forty or fifty years. N
Sicklefox Once upon a time there was a naughty boy. He was about your age, if I’m not mistaken. This naughty boy loved to run and jump and play with his friends, but more than anything he loved sweet things. So when he spied the baker coming down the street with two trays of iced buns, he wasted no time in running over to him.Sicklefox in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Aren’t you afraid carrying all those buns?” asked the naughty little boy.
“Afraid?” asked the baker. “Of course not—why would I be?”
“Why,” lied the naughty boy, “because Sicklefox likes nothing better than iced buns, and I hear he is nearby. If he finds you, he’ll cut out your tongue and eat it.”
The baker stopped. This was new to him, but all had heard tales of Sicklefox and all knew them to be true.
“Perhaps I should take half,” said
Come With Me if You Want to Live“Are you Sally Connal?”Come With Me if You Want to Live in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Do I know you?”
The musclebound gentleman stared through his sunglasses. “That is improbable.”
“Because you look kind of familiar. Aren’t you the Governor of somewhere?”
“This is not a productive area of discussion. Are you Sally Connal?”
To Sally’s surprise, the man slowly drew a large handgun from his coat pocket. To her even greater surprise, a motorcycle crashed through the café window next to her, knocking him through a similar window on the opposite side of the building. The rider of the motorcycle did a tight lap of the room, brought the vehicle to a dramatic halt and stretched out an arm.
“Come with me if you want to live!”
Sally glanced over at the first guy who had spoken to her. He was already standing, the glass under his feet crunching dramatically, as it would under the feet of an implacable bad guy in an action movie.
Sally set do
The Trouble with Tybalt “What light through yonder window breaks?The Trouble with Tybalt in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.”
“Beautiful,” whispered Splirda from the front row, dabbing a tissue to her eye with one of her many facial gnathopods. “He may be young, but I doubt there’s been such a moving performance since Lemon Nimrod originally took to the stage a thousand years ago.”
Splurg leaned forward, peering through his thick omnifocals. “I don’t get it,” he grumped. “Who’s that guy? What’s going on? Why is that battleturret made of plywood?”
Splirda sighed, exasperated. “That’s Romulo. He’s in deeply in love with Juliet, but they can’t be together because he's a Montagen and she’s a Capulet: Montag II is stuck in a bitter war with planet Capule, much to the consternation of
A Bold Stratagem July 5th, 1944:A Bold Stratagem in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
They will give me the Dickin Medal for this.
I have intercepted a report indicating that reinforcements are to be sent to the 4th Army, east of Mogilev. I cannot allow that to happen. Though my actions in Berlin have drawn a significant amount of attention already, I am determined to hold my position. The ground I have chosen to make my stand is exposed. Every day, things get a little more uncomfortable. The enemy is just feet away. But I will persevere.
I will prevail.
“I was going to write important Nazi stuff, but there’s a cat sitting on my typewriter.”
“Can’t you just shove it off?”
The Superfluous Adventures of Captain Redundancy “Sorry,” the robber adjusted the tights he had pulled over his head as a disguise, “who are you supposed to be?”The Superfluous Adventures of Captain Redundancy in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“I’m Captain Redundancy!” boomed the hero. “The vengeful masked avenger!”
“And this is my sidekick, Tautology Boy!”
“We already know who you are,” added Tautology Boy, pointing a gloved hand at the criminal.
“Yes! You are a bank robber, because you are robbing a bank!”
The robber glanced nervously up at a security camera. “But you don’t know my identity, right?”
“No,” admitted Tautology Boy. “Your identity is disguised due to your disguise.”
The robber breathed
AerosolIt has been a day and a half since the crash, and I have found a cabin. In some ways, this is a relief. I don’t know if I could face another night on the mountain without shelter. Outside, a fire does no good: the heat simply travels upwards. However, this place also raises some difficult questions. I estimate that I’ve put eight miles between myself and the crash site. I don’t know if this will be enough. It occurs to me that I don’t really know anything.Aerosol in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The survival manual recommends staying with the plane. It explains that this affords the best chance of rescue. It explains that the wreckage offers warmth and shade. It explains that seventy percent of pilots who stay are located within three days, while seventy percent of those who leave are never recovered. It does not explain what to do if the payload begins to leak.
Jenkins shouted after me as I ran, said it was our duty to defend the aircraft. I tried to warn him about the spur of wood protrudin
Before the Black Throne There was a rattle of chains as the rusty iron cage dropped from the ceiling. It was accompanied by the rattling laugh of the Dungeon Lord himself. The same mechanism that had dropped the cage over the great stone altar had also revealed his terrible black throne.Before the Black Throne in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“You may have found my gems of power, thief, but I don’t think they—or you—will be going far.”
“No,” the thief admitted. “This cage looks pretty secure. Very sturdy. Lots of spikes.”
“I claimed it from the Keep of Akragokh, where it once held prisoners of the Thousand Day Siege. Still, I don’t think it has witnessed such suffering as it shall see today.”
“Oh no,” said the thief. “What are you going to do to me?”
Standing, the Dungeon Lord approached an alcove near the throne and retrieved a
A Story about a Story that is Not This StoryI can’t quite remember what went wrong that day. In hindsight, it was probably a lot of things, chief amongst them the fact that I’d just stopped caring by that point. But regardless of how it went wrong, it went wrong, and it went wrong in the space of just one question:A Story about a Story that is Not This Story in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
“Can I have your creative writing coursework?”
It’s one of those questions that either slips by without a second thought—of course I’ve got my coursework! What do you think I am, some kind of imbecile?—or, as on that troublesome morning, hits you in the face like a wet sack of cephalopods.
I don’t recall exactly how I answered at the time, but it was something along the lines of “I’m sorry. I could do with a little longer just to clean it up a bit. When’s the absolute deadline?”
Whatever I said, it was good enough to get the teacher to go away, giving me the chance to formulate a plan:
1) Check you are wearing clothes.
CupboardingMagnolia and Bertie were sitting side by side in bed, reading.Cupboarding in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Magnolia put down her Georgette Heyer and turned to her husband. “Do you think the romance has gone out of our marriage?”
“Hmm..?” said Bertie, flicking through his copy of Aeroplane Weekly.
“We never seem to do anything together any more,” said Magnolia. She put her book away on her bedside table. “Why don’t we go out for a meal on Saturday? That new Chinese restaurant seems promising. We could have sweet and sour chicken or some nice stir-fried pork.”
She looked into the middle- distance. “Oh, I can just smell it…” She paused. “Hang on, I can smell it.”
She put her hand on her husband’s arm and he looked up at her. “Do you smell that?” she asked. “Someone cooking?”
“Don’t be daft,” said Bertie, going back to his reading.
“It seems to be coming from…” Magnolia g
Sense MemoryI developed taste.Sense Memory in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
We lost touch.
Flower PowerPink roses, white lilies, lilac freesias and cream stocks.Flower Power in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Now, how would you describe this beautiful bunch of flowers? Yes—how about you?
A ‘stunning bouquet’. Yes, that’s absolutely right—well remembered! When thrown directly at the head, this kind of bouquet can stun an attacker for up to 30 seconds.
I shall demonstrate a few throwing techniques for you.
You can throw… underarm!
Or, if it’s possible for you to turn your back on your assailant, there is always… ‘The Bride’!
Oh. Oops. Is he… OK? Is he breathing? Oh, lovely. Just pop him into the recovery position then and we’ll crack on.
Next we have the glancing-blow posies. These are used simply to distract the assailant so that someone more heavily armed has time to get into position—maybe with a stunning bouquet, or perhaps even a wreath. But wreaths are only used in extreme circumstances. They don’t call them funeral flow
CursedWhen I was five I told my teacher that my mother magically appeared whenever I was doing something wrong.Cursed in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Miss Jones laughed. “All mothers do that, Jill.”
So it wasn’t until I was about thirteen that I realised that my mother was unusual in this respect. Picking my nose, yelling at a friend, trying to copy someone else’s homework—no matter how far apart we were, if I did something bad my mother would abruptly appear at my side glaring at me.
And she still does.
Mum doesn’t talk that much about my curse. I only know that it came from my father. Well, he was Mum’s husband—he wasn’t actually my father. Hence the curse, I suppose. I’ve never met him but he’s some kind of natural magician. Very rare.
The situation felt bearable as a child. I didn’t know any different and I was reassured by it, to be honest. But as a teenager going through a rebellious phase… Smoking, bit of graffiti, kissing boys. And more. My mot
Musical ChairsThree women.Musical Chairs in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
I've Really Lost My MindThe young man smiled, with just a touch of embarrassment. “I seem to have lost my mind.”I've Really Lost My Mind in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The female attendant looked at him. “This is a railway ticket office.”
“You want the lost property section over there.” She pointed at a counter where a severe-looking man was rearranging misplaced umbrellas.
“Thank you!” The young man nodded politely and headed across to the other section.
The lost property attendant looked up as the young man approached. “Is it an umbrella you want?” He indicated the display.
The young man appeared to be tempted for a moment by a purple one decorated with cats and dogs, but then apparently remembered why he was there.
“No,” he said. “I’ve lost my mind. I’m pretty sure here was the last time I used it—I was trying to work out what would be the cheapest ticket to Inverness on a weekday in June, outside peak hours, travelling with my back to the engin
Fan FicJohn punched Sherlock.Fan Fic in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Sherlock detected animosity.
CarP arkAlice had been searching for a parking space for three-quarters of an hour. Damn the company sending her on this presentation when Palanchester was in the middle of a Morris men convention. Every car park was full and every street was lined with cars. Flaming Morris dancers. If she had to see one more waving hanky… And she’d nearly mown down a group earlier because they’d been too occupied banging their sticks together.CarP ark in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
She’d reached the outskirts of the town now, and was following the road by the river. So that was it. There wasn’t a single parking space left in Palanchester apparently. Alice was just considering driving back out to the nearest station and getting the train back in when she saw it. A large boat on the river. It had a little wheelhouse and a huge deck and—miracle of miracles—a sign painted on it saying “CAR PARK”. What an enterprising idea, she thought—floating parking spaces. The businesswoman in Alice hearti
ItchyFirst anniversary: Paper.Itchy in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Our love unfolded.
Seventh anniversary: Wool.
It all unravelled.
Insects“Thank you for coming in,” said the interviewer, as they settled down on opposite sides of the desk. “It’s Mr. Carlton, isn’t it? May I call you Paul?”Insects in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“Yes. Yes, that’s fine,” said Carlton, attempting to relax.
The interviewer checked the piece of paper in front of him, and looked up again. “Well, Paul, perhaps we could start with you telling me a little about why you would be suitable for the job.”
“Right,” said Carlton. “Um, well, I’ve worked in security for 15 years, first for—”
The interviewer interrupted him. “Actually, it’s not security work.”
“Isn’t it?” Carlton looked bewildered. “But the advert mentioned intruders and keeping out unwelcome visitors…”
The interviewer smiled a little. “That is true. But we’re talking more about pest control.”
Carlton’s face fell. “Right. Well, I’m sorry fo
EternityDown by the lake, a child stands overlooking the water. Her dark hair is damp from a drizzle of rain not long passed, and her shoulders are lightly hunched beneath a pink jacket. Her small hands cup something tenderly as she seats herself on the grassy knoll by the water's edge. Once settled, she carefully tips the object into her lap, creating a bowl with her dress.Eternity in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Her hands dip quickly into pockets and pull out items that she lays beside her with reverence: a crumpled sheet of paper, a pen, and a lighter. She ignores the pen and lighter for now, smoothing the paper and folding it attentively. Spiders drop from the trees above and she periodically swats them without giving it much thought.
When she is finished, she holds up a paper boat and examines it. Satisfied, she uses the pen to mark it with what she feels is an appropriate name, leaning sideways to avoid spilling the object from her dress. She holds the boat up again and nods in solemn satisfaction, slipping the pen back into h
ApocalypseContrary to popular misconception, the end of the world is not global warming, a nuclear fallout, or a mechanical uprising. Zombies do not erupt from their graves, aliens do not suddenly decide to invade. There are no horsemen, vengeful Gods or wayward comets. Lightning does not smote the wicked and angels do not lead the worthy to peace. The end of the world is not a mass disaster; there is no exploding sun, tidal wave or earthquake. Instead, it is those quiet moments happening all over the world, every day.Apocalypse in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Resting my hand on the gentle curve of my belly, I croon sweet nothings to my baby. I have decided that "it" is a "she", though the ultrasound confirmation is still several weeks away. Still, I have heard her heartbeat, and I am looking forward to hearing it again later today. I sit like this for an hour or so, soaking the sunlight into my skin and communing with the life growing inside me. I am lulled by the sound of traffic in the street, but the unmistakable drone of my hus
ParallelIt's 2014 and you've spent the better part of the last four years dealing with a diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Your head is more full of noise than ever, and your skin still feels like it's the wrong size far too often, but life is slowly starting to improve as recovery begins to take shape within you.Parallel in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
You are touching the mirror, nose to the glass and examining your face in minute detail when it happens. The floor shudders beneath you, your forehead hits the reflective material and a crack forms. Something in you likens the crack in the mirror to the crack of your fractured personalities, and then there is nothing.
The silence wakes you, and you take stock. All your limbs are there, and except for a bump on your head, you seem unharmed. Whole. The word seems to want to connect to something, but you're still a little muzzy. Pieces of the puzzle gradually come back to you - the mirror, the ground shaking beneath your feet. The mirror.
You try to see how the glass fare
I, ResurrectedYou make a point of turning your back on him as you dig. Albert moans lightly, but, except for increasing the ferocity of your digging, you don't respond. There's no going back now. You've returned your library books, the shopping's done, and all that's left is to bury Albert and you'll be back on top of things.I, Resurrected in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The trouble is, Albert really doesn't seem to want to stay buried. This is, after all, the sixth attempt so far, and he just keeps turning back up and knocking on the door. It's getting ridiculous, to be honest. The yard is riddled with makeshift graves, and the stake you tried to send through his heart is discarded by the last one. His heart, impossibly enough, is still attached.
Albert moans again and when you look up, you see the dog licking his mouth. "Mr Tickles," you admonish, "come away from him!" The dog whines up at you. "Oh, come here, you stupid mutt." You pat him twice and send him home to the lady next door. He's probably been responsible for several of Albert's gr
Fresh HellShe missed the first sign that something wasn't right, and the second flashed past so quickly she mistook it for a misunderstanding. By the third sign it was getting a little more obvious, but still not enough to spark her curiosity.Fresh Hell in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The fourth sign, the one that should really have made her realise she wasn't alone, was the lovely scent of vanilla. She'd set her air freshener in the kitchen deliberately - it was one of those "spray when someone enters the room" types, and she'd left it focused on the door. She, meanwhile, was in the bedroom when the scent wafted around her. She put it down to lingering scent from an earlier spray.
The fifth sign occured late at night. She slept through it.
And so it continued, sign after sign of another presence in her house being ignored, misconstrued or simply unnoticed. She remained blissfully unaware and he, for his part, made good use of her ignorance. He had come from rags to riches, Hell to Heaven, and he was determined to make the most of it.
ptsd (otherwise known as you)i. you.ptsd (otherwise known as you) in Free Verse More Like This
ii. the world bears down,
into my path and raining
ash like platitudes.
(none are as heavy as
this solid mass growing
beneath my gums
and setting my mouth alight:
an ulcer birthed in history.)
i begged Eirene
to no avail.
i still have faith:
the impurities that bind themselves
to my throat, and carve sorrow
into bones that were never hollow
cannot outlive love.
iv. today not even the Gods
can reduce the stain of you
i will breathe again.
BabydollPropping my daughter against the towel on my shoulder, I rhythmically pat her back. Nevaeh's just had her second bottle of the day, and try as I might, I still can't get her to burp. Today is no different, and in the end I give up, wipe her small round mouth, and pop her in the bouncer for a while. It's the electric kind, with a soft lullaby and swinging motion, so I know she'll be entertained while I get on with the mountain of washing that needs to be folded.Babydoll in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
You wouldn't think just two people could make so much washing, but ever since her dad had left me, it seemed like the washing pile had grown larger instead of smaller. Despite the lullaby, I make conversation with her as I fold - it seems to me that it's the best way to develop her speech, for her to hear it. She's such a good, quiet baby, I often wonder how long until she starts making more noise.
By the time I've reduced "mount fold-me" to a mere foothill, she's asleep, so I leave her in the bouncer and dash out to check the m
Those Heady Days of SummerThrough June, Frank Stein's cloak hid a grotesquely disfigured body. If one didn't know better, one might even think the shape resembled that of a spare head, but of course that would be freaking ridiculous. Nobody approached the derelict building, and Frank, frequently caught in bizarre situations, gradually deteriorated. He threw fruit. The villages watched from a respectable distance, forming opinions: their eyes wide and their mouths whispering rumours.Those Heady Days of Summer in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Frank Stein was well-known for being unique. He kept to himself, talking only to his butler - a man with a penchant for dried figs, and a predisposition to solitude. He threw fruit. He could frequently be heard muttering to himself. When the butler disappeared, the villages assumed he had fled. Nobody fretted, and life went on. Frank took to wearing a cloak that made him resemble a double hunchback.
Under the burning of the August sun, Frank Stein laboured. His thick cloak left him sweating, but the grotesque sight beneath would hav
2015 FFM Feature: Days 1-3You guessed it, folks, it's FFM again! Apologies for my continued lack of presence here on dA except for this past week (which will extend into the rest of this month, but still be mainly limited to FFM related activities). I am well and reasonably happy most of the time, but I've started studying towards a Diploma of Counselling, and it takes up a lot of my energy. I'm thoroughly enjoying it, though, and finally making some local friends.2015 FFM Feature: Days 1-3 in Literature Features More Like This
Anyway, onto the first of my FFM features for the year! I know there's a lot of works in here, but I do recommend you read as many as you can as these are the best of the best for each day.
Clockwork Girl by Rieal-Dragonsbane FFM15 - 2: The Incredible Adventures of Skycaptain by C-A-Harland
ArtistryIt was almost perfect. One or two more strokes were all that it would take, and as he finished preparing, the young King sighed with contentment and fatigue. He'd been at it for almost 12 hours this time, and his muscles were straining in protest, but he knew in his bones that it was worth it. Art, after all, was a skill that took time to master, and the King was determined to cultivate it in himself until he was the best in all the lands.Artistry in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He stretched, his bones crackling along his spine and arms, then grasped the picture box provided by his Mage. "Hold still," he admonished his squirming models before giving the box its appropriate command. "Image," he demanded, and the box complied, spitting out an exact replica of the scene before him.
Examining it quickly, he sighed again. "Imperfections," he moaned. He waved the image in his Chamberlain's face, still moaning. "They look like they're in pain! This won't do at all," he stressed, before brightening. "Tomorrow! We will begin a
The Ritual of CrossingI.The Ritual of Crossing in Free Verse More Like This
The ritual of passing through
your heart and into the void
is stuck in the sudden emptiness,
and the scattering of an estranged wind
that whistles so loudly into my ears.
I'm on my own, frozen
inside the longing for
the old breeze that holds
your scent, laughter and
the little taps you left along my neck.
The ritual of passing through
my skeleton and back into your heart
is probably a kite of bright blue
that's born out of the scorching pain in my ribs.
It'd bend its wings a little and soar
right into the hand you use to protect
your eyes from a sun that
doesn't shine as bright for me.
I left you the light, instead
I sipped water out of your hands
and decided to live, even a little.
I still have tears waiting for me,
echoing in the distance, chanting
the tones of a broken heart
You never said my blood would burn
the minute I find rest in another's arms.
You never told me I'd suffer
three hundred and sixty five days
of blazing flames.
I always thought th
A simple HeartHe remains bewildered before her calm eyes,A simple Heart in Free Verse More Like This
a sorry escaping his lips for the millionth time.
Yet with a shrug, she smiles and lets him know
it no longer mattered, he only tore a heart in two.
DethronedI have created Eden, through the strokes of my pen,Dethroned in Free Verse More Like This
But it was made of promises, and angels
That were too fragile to hold the weight of our sins.
You were my goddess, on a throne made of dreams.
Which you were probably
They didn't glimmer and shine
like the diamonds decorating your rings.
They were the hopes of a man
So madly in love, but you poured poison into his heart
And so he rotted, each time you gifted him with a kiss.
Lingering LoveShe told her best friend about him,Lingering Love in Free Verse More Like This
said he's passionate and sweet,
she spoke about the happy glint in his eyes
each time he looked at her,
and his kissable red lips.
He promised never to hurt her,
to always stay true.
He fell head over heels in love
she sensed it in the way he speaks her name
The tenderness in his whispers
and the warmth of his embrace.
He was there every morning,
and a text came through each night.
He found a new home in her dreams,
and fended the ugly nightmares.
She felt his care deep inside her,
warm her to her very core.
It's been so long she almost forgot
just how sweet passion can be.
Though she had to admit,
in the silence of her days
she prayed for their story to stop
at this beautiful moment of confusion they live in,
before the phase of love and pain.
She wished for it to linger till sunrise
and maybe, just maybe,
she'd forget about him
and he'd leave in peace.
Ut Ames, She was a woman of wonder,Ut Ames, in Free Verse More Like This
whom he fell in love with,
but her spirit was too much for him.
He even dared to tell.
But out of love she let go,
of all those hopes of a better life,
even the dreams she cherished,
she burned so he wouldn't feel ashamed
that he wasn't good enough for her.
Yet his words came down as shock,
when he simply announced:
There's no more us in you and I.
What am I to do
with a dreamless girl?
Farewell LoveI try to bury you again,Farewell Love in Free Verse More Like This
The scent of our love,
is now a dreadful stench
and I can no longer stand the rot
M'lady, I've dreamt of my rebirth
in the warmth of your arms,
between life and death
and love and death
in the limbo that stands still
you've proven hard to forget
Your still image is imprinted
within my youthful years
like a martyr, love stayed after death
and in my grave I stir and toss
yet it feels like lying in your embrace
A champion in forgetting,
that's how I was nicknamed,
but your memory was nailed
a hopeless love refusing to end,
though I died listening to your heartbeat.
my deviantart storywell, it's part of dA birthday celebration, i figured what the hell. i can introduce myself properly at one pointmy deviantart story in Personal More Like This
you know british manners and all :iconlikeasirplz:
i won't lie, Mars came to life out of sever depression. it was my final cry for help and some friends know i call this account my miracle. A year ago i returned to deviantArt after having lost pretty much everything, friends, lover, college, my family had their own lives, they didn't know. By june 21st, 2013, i'd hit the lowest point of my life and i realized something, i wasn't happy about it, i didn't like where i ended up, i wanted out of my self destructive cycle, and i wanted to live. so i wrote my pain out, i picked up my pen again. This is one of my favorite pieces, it was perfect to describe how i felt back then, between frustration, shitty news pouring every
Remember WhenRemember, rememberRemember When in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
the first days of September,
when the breeze was
still cool and tender
Red leaves twirled around your dress,
as we danced in ultimate bliss.
and amidst the wind i stole a kiss
something I never thought I'd miss
But as the Autumn faded away,
our love gradually swayed,
much to our painful dismay,
we could no longer stay
At the city lights I look and sigh,
mourning the memory of what's gone by
and not a single day passes by
without regretting the word goodbye.
Medley of a Flawed HumanIn the few occasionsMedley of a Flawed Human in Free Verse More Like This
when my senses snap back
and good vs evil tugs at my heart.
I sit, think and sigh,
guilt is overwhelming and
shouldn't be felt
I already realize,
I couldn't be more flawed if I wished.
If I lose an atom for every lie told,
I'll mostly be a speck of dust, aimlessly
wandering a world of fiction I strived to build
My perfection is an illusion, and reality
runs by as a mere blur.
And I wonder if,
I'll be pushed through a stake
when the truth is told out loud.
Forgiveness won't be a choice,
they'll demand the demon to be sent back to hell.
I simply ask you to bury my bones,
and write he's finally found peace
over my lifeless tomb.
Vapid.I alwaysVapid. in Free Verse More Like This
a kiss requires
is two pairs
and a willingness
for the dream
of a raft
you might find nestled
between the hundredth
pair you try;
even more broken
in the pursuit
of a love that
Blink.there's a futureBlink. in Free Verse More Like This
I don't want
past I don't
want to let go,
and a present full
of distance intimacy
I hold closest,
because it runs
so deeply with their own.
and in the balance
of all of this
is where my story sits
Oblivion.We've all got a blindOblivion. in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
date with oblivion and
lateness just won't do.
Unique.I don’t buy that shitUnique. in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
about every snowflake
Remembrance.I rememberRemembrance. in Free Verse More Like This
the coarse feel
of the tepid sand
beneath our feet
as we stumbled over them:
beside a stale creek,
for a night
and if only
at the bottom
of a bottle
your blissful face
your chaotic hair
just as the sun came up
over our bodies
our skin still drunk
off the touch
of each other's
My cheeks remember your lashes
how they fluttered
as our kisses deepened;
the subtle sweet of love.
And it's a good ache,
And I press it
like a bruise,
And I listen
to those blues
as they spread out
under my skin.
Adolescence.We became cold-eyed and questioning things,Adolescence. in Free Verse More Like This
Religiously reading their careful lips
To sink the deceptive ships they steer,
The sails swollen with mindful lies.
And it was ecstasy for us,
The bleakest nightmare for them,
To see the act of becoming
In a younger thing,
Because the question of death is enough
To melt them down to size,
Return them to their days with wider eyes,
Because there is no first adult day,
But a first dance in a decades-long masquerade,
That ends with sweat
Racing down the corset
Of a child russet-cheeked from red wine.
Who lays down still spinning
And glad for the moon
To be keeping the dark things at bay,
For death is the monster
We know not how to fear
Until the moment we become "gone."
Easy.We don't need easy.Easy. in Free Verse More Like This
We will hold the impossible
between the fingers
of our joined hands;
that would reduce
kings to cold sweats,
And together now,
in the labyrinth
we have both wandered
in screaming solitude,
with a single breath
set free the leaves
on each branch
before falling exhausted
beside our shoes.
And in doing so,
cut the dead ends
and the ambiguity
and the pain
will be foreign
instead of familiar.
We will make easy.