Encouragement

"Well," a gravelly voice said, "are you gonna do it?" “I…I don’t rightly know,” replied a shakey timid voice. “Well, it’s not going to do it on its own. Why don’t you let me help?” “No, no, I’ve got this,” said the second person as they pressed the scalpel into their wrist.

Pretty Woman

Her skin was like cream, milky, and smooth. Her beautiful hair was painted a deep red that only seemed to accentuate and define her features. A floral scarf hung gently around her neck, barely concealing fresh shades of blue. Mark's hands trembled, and his breath shook erratically. She wasn't real, he continued to tell himself…

New House

January 17, 2011 It was a sunny spring afternoon. I had recently come into possession of a house in the woods on the outskirts of town. It wasn't too far from my current living situation, so it was easy to go find. I made my way over in my '89 RS Camaro with the T-tops…

Moldy Food

A block of old cheese and an unrefrigerated loaf of Salami was all we had to eat. I broke off a fuzzy piece of each and gave it to my brother. As I ate my portion, I coughed a little bit. My brother had the same cough before he stopped moving. Carefully, I wrapped up…

Her True Form

I remember that day well. The light of torches cast a yellowish-brown glow on the cave walls which was strange as there were no torches to be seen, just the glow that they cast. I was deep within the cave, totally unprepared for the task at hand. No rope, no pickaxe, no shovel, nor flashlight.…

Modern Vampyre – Prologue

Contrary to popular belief, vampyres do exist. The modern interpretation, however, is so far removed from reality that one would hardly know a vampyre if it bit him to his face. -William S. Christos Somewhere in New England, 178X As the rain beat down upon the roof of a horse stable with torrential might, two…

The Civil Army

The Geek Fourteen-year-old Patrick ran through the woods as fast as he could, fearing the repercussions should he stop. Dry leaves crunched under his heavy, yet nimble steps as he hurried along. His backpack swung uncomfortably to the left and to the right from his shoulders as the books inside slammed around from the rapid…

Reflections and Failures

As he stared over the edge into the dark abyss below, no tears ran down his cheeks. He had thought long and hard weighing all the options and in the end, this was the only choice that made sense. It wasn't the irrational choice of an intoxicated man. He was sober-minded. Through everything, he had…

Where We Put Our Faith

Matthew sat alone at his desk in the living room, the only light coming from the computer monitor in front of him and the kitchen through the doorway. Smoke rose up from the cigarette between his fingers as he stared at the bright screen. It had been a particularly miserable day and he felt completely drained. He scrolled down…