• betaveros commented on the post, cursed 4 years, 1 month ago

    The explorers stumbled down the dark corridor, cursing the whole way.

    “Why did I ever agree to come on this trip with you, Dad!?”

    “It wasn’t my idea! Don’t blame it on me! It was your mother!”

    “Wait, what?”

    They crashed into a new room and discovered the glowing amulet, who was a shapeshifter who had masqueraded as their female…[Read more]

  • betaveros commented on the post, wallow 4 years, 1 month ago

    The children jumped into the watery mud and squished their toes in it.

    It took about twenty seconds before they began realizing something was wrong.

    They watched in horror as the mud began to bubble, and something unfathomable began to rise from the depths…

    “Can I interest you in some healthy carrots?” asked the demonic salesman.

  • betaveros commented on the post, devastated 4 years, 1 month ago

    The airplanes whirled above head across the desolate landscape.

    Below, there was no sign of life anywhere. Bland coffee-colored dust spanned the plains and valleys for as far as the eye could see.

    The pilot turned around and looked at his copilot. “Did we take a wrong turn somewhere?”

  • betaveros commented on the post, slate 4 years, 1 month ago

    The student slouched further into his seat, eyes scrolling lazily across his teacher, writing flowery but incomprehensible markings with pale red chalk on the slate hanging in front of the room.

    “What about the animals?” he asked.

  • betaveros commented on the post, fiery 4 years, 2 months ago

    The couple gazed into each other’s deep, passionate eyes, desperate to make the last ounce of their emotions last.

    The man turned away. “My eyes are burning,” he said.

    The other man jumped up, grabbed the fire extinguisher next to him, and pulled the safety pin.

  • betaveros commented on the post, maestro 4 years, 2 months ago

    “M-E-”

    He stopped. That wasn’t right. The word had, like, this really weird double vowel in it.

    “I’m sorry, let me start over. Maestro. M-A-E-S—”

    The clock shuddered really loudly.

  • betaveros commented on the post, bargain 4 years, 2 months ago

    The shopkeeper flashed a toothy smile. “He’s all yours, for just twenty bucks!”

    “That’s crazy! There has to be some catch or something!” The man thought, then shook his head. “Fine. Deal.”

    Five minutes later, the shopkeeper brought the haunted car back and cleaned off the bloodstains.

  • The man scrambled his hands desperately trying to untie the knot tying his boat to the dock.

    “Why do they make these things so complicated!?” he wailed.

    In the background, a pack of raptors raced towards him.

  • betaveros commented on the post, trails 4 years, 3 months ago

    The people gathered on the hill top to enjoy the starry night.

    “Hey look, a shooting star!”

    They watched the little orb fall from the sky, mesmerized by the faint trail of light it left behind, not noticing when the orb became a massive rock landing on their houses.

  • betaveros commented on the post, sympathy 4 years, 3 months ago

    I laughed, standing tall above his prostrate figure. “Who do you think you are?”

    He grimaced, looking up at me. His eyes bore a hole into my conscience.

    As if by magic, I saw his past, laid out like a map. I faltered.

  • betaveros commented on the post, fishing 4 years, 3 months ago

    The boys sat quietly in the boat while the man carefully positioned his rod and threw the hook over.

    “This is bo-o-oring,” complained one boy.

    “Let’s play charades!” shouted his younger brother.

    They started waving and shouting and the boat capsized.

  • betaveros commented on the post, grove 4 years, 4 months ago

    Strolling through the woods.
    It was where he spent his time. The only place he could be himself.
    Carefully, he lowered himself into the stream and felt the special tingle of his nature.
    His feet turned into roots and he let go.

  • betaveros commented on the post, locket 4 years, 4 months ago

    The man staggered along the rocks, tightly clutching his only memoir of times past. His loving wife, his two happy children, his successful career and everything else.

    He finally collapsed as the rising water swallowed the ledge he was standing on.

  • betaveros commented on the post, doubt 4 years, 4 months ago

    Everybody feels it. It’s like a crack in your armor that you can’t get rid of because it’s at that weird angle. Courage isn’t not having it, it’s being fully aware of it and continuing regardless. That’s the only way to live life.