Charles left the house five minutes after his wife, and heard sirens blasting through the rainy morning. Strobe lights flashed ahead in the distance. His route became a bottleneck as Denver police officers directed traffic along the only lane not blocked by emergency vehicles, and pedestrians. It wasn’t until he drove close by the ambulance that he recognized the wreckage was his wife’s vehicle. He pulled off the road, and ran toward [...]



Chapter One "The red one is mine," he said. I didn’t raise my head although instinct urged me to. Father had called me Red. He said I was born screaming, skin deep red like the beets in the garden and hair fiery like the setting sun. The man who spoke was not my father. I glanced at him from beneath my cloak’s hood. Arrogant in his size and superior mass, his eyes picked [...]

Duty - First Novel of Rhynan


THE VANISHING CORN MYSTERY A Short Story By Dutch Rhudy * Chapter Six Three days of heavy snowfall broke the short bitter cold spell. Hank used up most of the corn in the first bin. The two other bins are still level full and untouched. The only tracks in the snow led from the house to the barn and sheds. The sticky dots he placed on the locks were never tampered with, yet more corn was missing [...]

The Vanishing Corn Mystery (06a)



The Sea Speaks by: K.Z. Morano   One night, the fat-faced moon sat terrifyingly close as if it meant to devour us all. People went out of their houses, seemingly hypnotized… tears streaming, lips moving together in sacred chorus. I screamed. Because I couldn’t hear a thing. I watched helplessly as everyone held hands and walked together to embrace the sea, meeting their ecstatic end… leaving me behind. Sometimes, I imagine the waves are spirits speaking to me in small terrified whispers. Escaping souls slap against the shore and slip away reluctantly, leaving behind foamy fingerprints… like something out there keeps dragging them back against their will.   from 100 [...]

The Sea Speaks -- a 100-word story from 100 Nightmares

With shape-shifting abilities, Haven sets out on a path of revenge against child predators, while she searches for the monster who ripped away her innocence, murdered her trust and abused her body. Hoping one day she will come eye to eye with the man who stole from her the only thing that cannot be given back or replaced. But, when she discovers Cassidy and her mysterious Uncle Bryce, Haven’s world of secrecy is exposed. Her solitude life is challenged and the protective walls she built around her scarred heart begin to crumble. Tossing her into uncharted territory and reminding her [...]

I See You by Frantiska Oliver

As a young man, a few years out of high school, he worked on a ranch near Midland, Texas branding the spring’s first bunch of young bulls before castrating them. Every day, an old Ford flat bed truck pulled up at noon. A short, heavy, light skinned Mexican woman routinely got out and began preparing chow for the hungry ranch hands. Helping her was her daughter, Nella. She couldn’t have been more than fourteen years old. She was always clad in worn faded jeans and boots that had seen better days. He remembered that her hair was always braided in [...]

From the Chapter "Nella"

“You use to tell me that I was too young for you Wayne and that you didn’t think of me as someone you would ask on a date. What do you think now?” she spoke in a soft contented tone. “I think it’s different now Nell. You are the prettiest girl I’ve ever known and you aren’t the same now. I have watched you change before my eyes. Nella, I have wanted you for a long time now.” That’s when Wayne leaned over and pressed his lips against hers. Her mouth parted slowly allowing their tongues to meet. She felt his strong [...]

Wayne and Nella

This microcerpt could contain adult content. Adam brushed his hand softly across the curve of Bethany’s belly before pressing his left ear gently against her taut skin, a contented smile spreading her pretty pink lips apart as she watched him. His fingers were so gentle against her abdomen as he spread them wide, the mingled reactions of both wonder and nervousness surfacing in the depths of dark eyes as he stared down at the telltale bump of her belly. “It’s absolutely amazing..I mean, I don’t even really know what to say..” Bethany laughed softly and reached her left hand down in [...]

Just One Kiss

They talked on the phone occasionally as he saved his money. He told her of his dreams of buying a ranch of his own someday and working away was the only way he could do it. When she found out she was pregnant she wanted to tell Wayne but decided against it. She didn’t want him to feel like she had trapped him. She didn’t want him to blame her or the baby for him losing his dreams. She craved for them to be together as husband and wife but not like this. She dreamed that he would sweep her [...]

Nella's Secret

Two tears slid down Melinda's cheek. She shifted in the uncomfortable hospital chair that she had been sitting in for hours, or at least it felt that way. She stared out the window. It was dusk. The colorful leaves were falling from the young, maple trees that lined the hospital driveway. They fell silently, gliding gently on the evening breeze just like her tears that were falling, silently, gliding down her face. It was the end of September. The doctors said her dad wouldn't live to see the holidays. Not that that really mattered, her dad hated holidays. He really didn't [...]

Dad's Christmas Secrets- Page one- WIP

Time: First Grade Once I moved into the first grade, life became more regimented. Whenever you were ready to enter the school, whenever you were ready to go to recess, whenever it was time to come in for recess, they had you line up. You didn’t line up by gender or by alphabet, you lined up in size order. What were they thinking? I was short for my age. I couldn’t help it. It was genetics. Why rub it in? Was it the aesthetics of heads going on a gradual slope from small to large? If not, then why line up [...]

Future Past - Essay 2 - Stephie Calisto

“Shit,” I said as I nudged him aside and pulled out my revolver taking aim at the woman.  They were less than thirty feet away when I took my first shot.  The .357 round struck home boring a vicious wound through the once beautiful woman’s forehead causing it to snap backwards with a crack.  The back of her head exploded into the face of a guy whom looked as if he just stepped out of the gym.  He then tripped over her crumpling form and sprawled to the ground with a grotesque slap.  Joe Blow Forbes in the business suit [...]

Dead Pulse Rising: "Heart-Pounding, Pulse-Rising zombie action!"~S. G. Lee Author of the Journal of the undead series.

The slavering hordes of undead rule the streets of Baltimore, their decaying forms shambling across the ruined city, implacable and unstoppable. The remaining survivors hide desperately, for all hope seems lost... until an armored fortress on wheels plows through the ghouls, crushing bones and decayed viscera. The vehicle stops and two men emerge from its doors, armed to the teeth and ready to cancel the apocalypse. This is K. Michael Gibson's "Dead Pulse RISING." The story follows the onset of a mysterious disease that infects the populace of Baltimore, turning many into flesh-eating zombies. Whether it is a manifestation of Mother [...]

Dead Pulse RISING: (The Kyle Walker Chronicles Volume 1)