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beard

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.”

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.28.2017 @ 4:17 pm

resident

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 felt. “Those words don’t mean anything do they?”

The teacher scolded her. “How are we to know? Do you understand the creative process? He is writing something great.” Jenx shrugged and looked at the next screen, viewing other specimens from Earth. She still felt a nagging sense that the words meant something.

When the teacher called them, she gave a final glance at the screen of the resident artist. He was standing behind his table and staring directly at the camera. For a second, it seemed their eyes met and Jenx felt strange. She wondered if he knew that he was being watched.

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.27.2017 @ 6:46 am

influence

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 painting, himself or the other people. That was definitely the quandary that the Dort had proposed – what was real and what was the dream.

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.23.2017 @ 7:53 am

cheated

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.”

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.20.2017 @ 3:13 pm

skater

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.

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.19.2017 @ 5:30 pm

ingredients

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.

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.14.2017 @ 5:16 pm

studying

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 in the books was worth it.

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.13.2017 @ 8:16 am

oven

“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.”

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.11.2017 @ 6:19 am

Buddha

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 stopped when he saw the look on her face. “I understand,” he said, although he didn’t. “What can I do to make a respectful place for it?”

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.09.2017 @ 6:14 am

rattle

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 following him. He was safe.

When he returned to the trip and started it again, the engine revved for a moment before dying. Now Seth wondered, if he was really safe. The night was closing in and he had no warm clothing, nor extra food or water. This could be very bad.

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.05.2017 @ 8:29 am

dodged

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 behind her.

“Yeah.” She patted down the torn fabric and then stopped. She could hear people crying. “Let’s go see what we can do to help.”

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.04.2017 @ 7:29 am

rooftops

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.

» Posted By chanpheng On 03.02.2017 @ 10:01 am

steady

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 want to try to pick up a glass or water.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.27.2017 @ 6:34 am

gorgeous

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 mountains, replacing the green fields. He liked this view as well.

When the scene changed again, he could briefly see what the views were hiding, an alley filled with discarded scraps and overfilling garbage cans. He closed his eyes again and opened them to a seascape.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.26.2017 @ 7:39 am

sleeping

“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?”

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.25.2017 @ 6:41 am

banter

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.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.23.2017 @ 7:54 am

true

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 shake his faith in false facts. And then she wondered again, if he became less trusting, maybe even cynical, would he still be the same little cousin she loved?

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.19.2017 @ 7:04 am

loss

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 really seen.

But when she walked up the steps to her apartment house, she saw a movement out of the corner of her eye. A shadow slipped into the alley way. She forced open the lobby door and closed it, to make sure she was safe. But was she?

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.17.2017 @ 6:59 am

crumble

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 the apple crumble in Jeff’s apartment, her stomach clenched and she felt trapped. She hesitated before scraping off the burnt part, imagining her mother’s hand coming down on her face. “Wasting food, aren’t you?” And watching her mother picked off all the burned pieces and placing it in front of her.

“You’re going to eat every last crumble, if you know what’s good for you.”

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.16.2017 @ 12:03 am

pawn

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 did and a moment later, he could feel that the man had left.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.13.2017 @ 7:34 am

overtime

The bed looked inviting and she fell into it. She was so tired and turned over in the clean sheets. But her mind continued to work overtime, thinking about the events of the day and wondering about the consequences. Finally, she stood at the window looking out over the unfamiliar city from the window of a strange hotel.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.12.2017 @ 5:34 am

guidance

Matz looked over to Zerk for guidance but he turned away from her gaze. She looked at his back, feeling that he was frowning and wishing that they had not taken such an inexperienced person on their team.

She turned back to the person at the door, wishing that the team had not taken such an inexperienced person as well. The woman was still standing at the door, but this time, she held a gun in her hand.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.10.2017 @ 6:51 am

educated

People always thought that Stella was educated. The other strippers were in awe of her, the way she would talk in big words and walk peacefully, as if in her own world. They would whisper how they would have wanted to be like her, if they had the time and money to go to school.

Before going to the club, where she went would have surprised them. Without her makeup on, and with a scarf covering her head, she would spend the morning in a cold, damp room, sitting with her tutor and sounding out the words in a primary school reader. For a brief time, she would forget the cold brutal world outside the classroom and immerse herself into the lives of Dick and Jane. At the end of the morning, she would close the book, put it into her purse and thank her tutor and enter the gray drizzly world.

She always wished that she could have a dog like Spot. Maybe later, when she learns how to read better.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.08.2017 @ 7:02 am

repay

Dan had borrowed the money months ago but every time he saw Mark in the crowd, or talking with friends, Dan avoided him. Sure Dan had the money but he wanted to keep it, in case he had a short fall again. He didn’t even put the money in the bank but carried it with him all the time.

But Mark never asked Dan to repay him. “I’ll pay him when he asks for it,” he decided.

Until the day, he saw Mark passed out on the street. Dan called the ambulance and accompanied him to the hospital where he learned that Mark had been living on the street for a month.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.07.2017 @ 5:00 am

voyage

The trip was originally supposed to be for two days but suddenly, as they cast off from the shore, Duc realized that it was going to be a much longer voyage. The waves got bigger and the people around him started to vomit and get sea sick. He felt hungry and nauseated at the same time and only wished that the babies would stop crying.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.06.2017 @ 5:54 am

cages

The cages were stacked up on top of each other. Each cage was filled with dogs, some with collars identifying them as someone’s pet, and the animal being acquainted with humans had probably run up to its abductor, wagging its take. Some were street dogs, that no one had wanted. They were all packed, head to tail, waiting to be loaded on to the trucks and being taken to restaurants.

Just as the trucks were about to leave the compound, a crowd of people ran up, brandishing hoes, shovels, machetes, brooms, whatever they could get their hands on. The truck drivers fled and the crowd unloaded the cages, children searching for their pets, and farmers searching for their loyal guard dogs.

» Posted By chanpheng On 02.04.2017 @ 9:46 pm

answer

“There’s no answer,” the lawyer said. He pressed the red end call button on his phone and put it in his pocket. “You’re safe right now, but there will continue to be legal actions and counter-actions throughout the night.” He looked around and some of the families preparing to sleep, the fathers struggling to stay away as they guarded their families huddled under the seats in the airport. “You should get some sleep.”

Richard nodded. He wouldn’t let the lawyer see him cry but he suddenly felt lonelier than any time during his journey, starting off in Ohio and now stranded at the Canadian border. He pulled the blanket around his shoulders and tried to get comfortable on the floor. He wished that he had someone to look after him while he slept.

» Posted By chanpheng On 01.30.2017 @ 5:25 am

stunts

“Oh, not again,” she moaned.

They watched as Kenny stood on his head in the middle of the hallway. She was getting tired of his daily stunts and having to get him back on his feet so he wouldn’t get fired.

» Posted By chanpheng On 01.29.2017 @ 6:50 am

weave

She sat down at the loom and started to weave. She had situated the loom so she could look out on to the road and watch the children in the front yard. Sometimes a cow wandered into the yard and she would jump up to shoo it away. Other times, she smiled as she watched the children share their toys or use sticks to act out something from their imagination.

» Posted By chanpheng On 01.25.2017 @ 6:24 am

madman

There were too many people in the restaurant, all demanding their food. He started turning out pancakes like a madman, filling plates and the waiters ran back and forth, to keep the customers satisfied and quiet. But long after the people left, he continued to squirt the batter onto the hot griddle and throw the pancakes into the bowl on the counter, until the bowl overflowed and the pancakes spilled out on to the floor.

» Posted By chanpheng On 01.22.2017 @ 4:28 am

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