• chanpheng commented on the post, beard 3 months ago

    Once he had shaved off his beard, she turned him around to look at him. Brushing off the remaining hairs from his smooth chin, she gazed at him for a long moment. “You look younger.”

  • chanpheng commented on the post, resident 3 months ago

    The resident artist sat alone in his tree house, his pencil to his lip and his notebook open in front of him. He had a far away expression on his face. Finally, he started to jot down some words on the paper. “monkey” “far away” “Moonshine”.

    Jenx looked away from the screen and towards her teacher. The other students looked as confused as she…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, influence 3 months ago

    The influence of the Dort period could be seen in Mari’s painting. The tall glistening towers and the perspective of both depth and flatness were strange. the towers leaned in on each other. Xam looked closer and could see other people looking at him as well.

    He backed away and looked out the window in the gallery. He wondered who was in the…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, cheated 3 months, 1 week ago

    She felt cheated, looking at the small toy that the machine had dropped into her hand. She looked in the window again. She wanted one of the big stuffed animals on the display, not this ugly plastic soldier. She started to cry and her mother comforted her. “That’s just the way life is.”

  • chanpheng commented on the post, skater 3 months, 1 week ago

    The skater glided across the ice. The movement looked so easy and so natural. The sound of the ice, the slicing of its surface, was clean.

    She puts on her skates and went out onto the ice and promptly fell day. The ice was hard and cold.

  • The list of ingredients was long, and written in the old-style script, on parchment. They included many strange things, which were not readily available on Medin. She looked over the list and wondered what they could substitute for the gall bladder of an Inzit.

  • chanpheng commented on the post, studying 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Deb knew that she should be studying, but the news program drew her attention. Her father was sitting in the big chair in front of the television, and he had dozed off with the paper in his lap. The announcer on the TV was talking about the current flare up of tensions between Earth and Mars. She sat down, wondering whether spending all her time…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, oven 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    “It’s only March and it’s already as hot as hottest part of hot season.”

    He shifted in his kneeling position on the floor. When his grandmother made that remark, he suddenly felt even more uncomfortable. The temple felt like an oven.

    “I can’t wait for April,” Bounnack said. “At least for Lao new year, we’ll be able to throw water.”

  • chanpheng commented on the post, Buddha 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    The Buddha image sat on the coffee table, surrounded by all the other trinkets that Jeff had brought back from his trip to Asia. “I bet Noy will like to see this.”

    But she was distressed when she saw the statue. “You can’t put it there,” she told him. “It’s disrespectful.”

    He was about to say that it was only a piece of cast iron, but he…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, rattle 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Seth drove the old truck through the desert, deciding to ignore the rattle coming from beneath his seat. He kept looking into the rear-view mirror but no other vehicles followed him. He parked next to a rock outcrop and climbed to the summit. There was only sand, other rock outcrops and horizon. No dust clouds which would indicate that they were…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, dodged 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    The explosion shook the ground. “Shrapnel,” Det yelled to her friends and she flattened herself on the ground, behind a car. Thinking she had dodged the worse, she stood up, but noticed that her sleeve was torn. The car had taken the blunt of the blast but still pieces of metal had gone right through it.

    “That was some blast,” Mek said from…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, rooftops 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    The sky lighted, though the rooftops of the group of buildings in the temple, remained dark, outlined against the sky. As the dawn light started to touch the other structures around the temple, the monks started to wake up and walk around the grounds. The novices swept the yard, and the older monks congregated with their alms bowls.

  • chanpheng commented on the post, steady 4 months ago

    He was frightened but he tried not to show it. He didn’t want Gary to feel that he was out of his depth. But after he admitted that he didn’t remember the past year, Gary said he would get the doctor. As he turned his back, Wilson held out his hand to see whether he could hold it steady. It wavered up and down and Wilson smiled grimly. He didn’t…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, gorgeous 4 months ago

    He looked down at the gorgeous view, drinking in the colors. Behind the closed window, he could imagine the flow of air and the smell of grass in the hot sunlight. He didn’t dare to open the window, afraid that what would enter the room would not meet his expectations.

    He closed his eyes and when he opened them, there was another view, of…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, sleeping 4 months ago

    “Are you awake?” She asked into the darkness. She thought that her husband was sleeping, but she couldn’t hear his breathing. “I wanted to ask you something.” She waited for a reply, and since it seemed that he was deep sleep, she continued on. “Did you really do that? Sleep with her?”

  • chanpheng commented on the post, banter 4 months ago

    They drove along the road, sometimes silent sometimes engaged in easy banter. They had known each other for years, and maybe didn’t even have to speak but they knew what the other thought or felt about things. They reached the picnic spot and looked out over the fields and the hills in the distance.

  • chanpheng commented on the post, true 4 months, 1 week ago

    He adamantly replied, “It’s true. I saw it in a museum.”

    She sighed. Her cousin was so naive; he believed everything that people told him. “Dinosaurs and men were not on the planet at the same time. The dinosaurs had died out a long time before humans appeared.”

    “How do you explain the Flintstones.” She left the room, wondering what would…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, loss 4 months, 1 week ago

    She walked quickly away from the park, but as the distance grew, she started to feel more panic and started to run. At every street crossing, she looked back but whatever she had seen did not follow her. She started to feel more confident and convinced herself that this was not really a loss of her pursuer but just an illusion that she had not…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, crumble 4 months, 1 week ago

    She walked along the sidewalk, or rather, floated in the area of the sidewalk. Memories had been stirred up by the taste of that burned apple crumble. Good memories of learning how to make blueberry or cherry crumble to serve to her friends. But she always stayed away from cooking the apple variety of the species crumble.

    When she had eaten…[Read more]

  • chanpheng commented on the post, pawn 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    This whole situation didn’t feel good. He stood by the bar and looked around. His contact was somewhere in the crowd but he had never met him. He was just a pawn in this whole exchange and would play his minuscule part and then be gone.

    “Where is it?” he heard someone say from behind him. “Don’t turn around, just pass it back to me.” Which he…[Read more]