Agony in Ecstacy

He kissed her lips gently before rolling over onto his back and tucking his arm under her neck. “That was great. You’re great,” he said. She smiled and kissed him on the cheek. Lying in that bed, everything felt amazing to April. She and Justin didn’t have the best […]

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Coffee

She was too tired to stand up. She had slept for only two hours after studying for her exams. “Coffee,” she mumbled to herself as she sat up in bed. “I need coffee.” Lola stumbled down the stairs to the bottom floor of her dorm. She wished that the […]


The Man in the Field

His breath fogged the chilled glass door as he leaned against it to have a look outside. Raindrops spiraled down the pane in patterns, clearing it just enough to see his fading reflection. A face with gutted eye sockets stared back at him. He pressed his body closer to […]

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The Look

I don’t quite know what exactly it is about her that I find so fascinating; maybe it’s the way her golden curls fall across her face, or how radiant she glows when she smiles, or how friendly her gentle voice sounds. Maybe it’s some combination of the three. Whatever […]


Half Life

The sea rippled a throbbing blue in front of the man’s eyes. He realized he was awake although couldn’t actually remember being asleep. As his vision stabilized he realized the blue sea was merely the color of the curtains in the room—a room he didn’t recognize at all. His […]

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The Liar

In the past twenty-four hours, I have convinced various people that I am a fireman, that I make my own shoes, that I am a qualified pilot, that my middle name is Wenceslas, and that I have an inoperable brain tumor. Only one of these things is true. This […]


Suitor

“Please, sir, I must see the princess.” “No! I am the captain of the king’s guard. You know the law. The princess is confined to her castle and these fields. Except for once a week, she is allowed to take a walk through the streets.” “Of course, sir. And […]

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And Then There Were Two

I pump my arms hard, running as fast as I can. I push myself to the breaking point, but I run on. My feet hit the ground again and again, almost tripping over loose rocks and tangled roots. You can make it. I don’t think I can, but I […]

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Empty Witness

It’s happening again. That awful feeling I get. It’s been coming and going for the last couple of days. The feeling of the blues hits me like a ton of bricks. Everything seems bleak and gloomy. Like there’s an air of melancholy all around. I open my eyes a […]


Ideas

“Run away with me.” Her pale blue eyes glistened in the fading sunlight, shimmering with hope and joy. Her childish tone and mellifluous voice washed over me, drawing me into the idea. The words she said could not be taken back, and our conversation snowballed before my eyes. “Run […]

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Best in Show, First Place, Sci-Fi: The Change 2

The world has changed a lot since my father was a kid. He tells me the technology we rely on now was a lot more primitive back then. But when I feel baby Hunter kick inside my belly, I wonder why pregnancy hasn’t become any easier. I look down […]


First Place, Fantasy: The Walls

Part I Mel followed. A trembling sun cooked the yellow dirt under sandals and blurred the air so slogging bodies appeared as through warped glass, and Mel followed as she had always done. As they walked, they kept their eyes on the horizon where the walls seemed to meet, […]

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First Place, Horror: Dark Mirror 1

The first time he was sent to the attic he was five. His mother was on the phone, red lips rounding and curling, forming words he did not understand. His cup was on the table, out of reach. He called to her; she turned her body away, pressing a […]


First Place, Thriller: Dirty Little Secret

The dark hole seemed to fill with water as quickly as he dug. His salty tears intermingled with the rain streaming down his face. The night was silent except for the slicing sound of the shovel as it hit the wet dirt – the wet dirt that smelled musky […]

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