• Excruciata commented on the post, bypass 1 year, 4 months ago

    At first, I thought the way around meant more to me than it did. But that;s one of the misconceptions that I lost real quick as I stared into the abyss that was my soul. Or maybe it was the dark behind my eyes as I waited for the doctor to fix my heart. Who knows? I sure don’t.

  • Excruciata commented on the post, made 1 year, 6 months ago

    “What happened, do you think?” Jimmy asked, staring down at the burned body.
    “What?”
    “I mean, what made him do this? He seemed sane enough, according to his girlfriend. He wasn’t someone who would just set himself on fire.”
    “I don’t know.”

  • Excruciata commented on the post, embrace 1 year, 6 months ago

    “I can’t do it.” Terry stared down into the fresh dirt, thrown from the hole. “I thought burying her would be the easy part, But this… what you’re asking… I can’t.”
    “Try,” Reggie snapped, his grey eyes burning.

  • Excruciata commented on the post, rays 1 year, 7 months ago

    The sun beat down, burning and stinging. Sweat ran int rivulets down his face, pooling in his eyes as he lifted them to the horizon. “Going to be a hard day,” he observed to his companion, a small black cat who sat beside him. “We’d best get to work, Salem.”

    “Aye,” the cat muttered.

  • Excruciata commented on the post, earbuds 2 years ago

    I didn’t think we could make it happen, but he actually grew new ears. They grew from the buds we’d planted, from where his old ones had been burned away. We couldn’t believe that the technology had worked: what were the odds that you could grow a new set of ears from a couple of corn seeds?

  • Excruciata commented on the post, charity 5 years ago

    “Are you sure that’s what you want?” Derrick asked her. “You know how this works…”

    “I know,” Sara said, her eyes downcast at the table. “But I can’t live like this any longer. He needs to be gone. He needs…”

    “You need him to be gone.”

    “Yes.” The relief in her voice was palpable. “I need him to be gone. Can you do this for me?”

    “I…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, fled 5 years ago

    His gamertag said “FledBox”. “What does that mean?” Sara asked. “Is it like a Redbox that runs from you? That must be hell when you have to return the movie. I bet the late fees are astronomical. ‘Sorry, I’d have gotten it in on time, but the damned box kept running from me!'” She snorted.

    “It’s just a random pair of words,” he said, giving…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, sinking 5 years ago

    Her heart slid down in her chest, making her feel like she was on a sinking ship. Of course Derrick wasn’t there. What had she expected? He hadn’t been there for her for months; not since the messy breakup they’d had at that Italian restaurant on her birthday. Why would he come through now, just because he was the only one who could help her with…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, worn 5 years ago

    The jeans were old and faded, torn at the knees and worn along the seams. Sara held them up to inspect them, then sighed and set them on the bed again. They would make it another day- heck maybe even two and a wash cycle, but she knew she would be replacing them soon, and it made her uneasy. “Why don’t you throw those ratty things out?” her mother…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, starry 5 years ago

    The sky was full of stars, bright and shining in their orbits. The girl stared up into the night sky, her weary shoulders slumping against the weight of the evening she’d just spent; long and complicated and not something that made her happy. But the stars- they were beautiful and she wasn’t sure why, but they made her feel less alone. It was odd,…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, difficult 5 years, 1 month ago

    No one wants to live forever. They think they do. They think they want immortality, but as they watch those they love die around them and realize that they can’t die- that they are stuck forever in a place that they can’t leave, they realize the truth of it. They wanted to be remembered, but living forever is too hard, too much. You have to stop…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, chores 5 years, 1 month ago

    I had no idea how long it would take, but I knew I had to get this done. It wouldn’t do to have people stumbling over a fresh dead body and me the only one who had been in the tent last night. People would suspect I had something to do with it. That’s why I have to put it somewhere that no one will find it; not because I’m guilty of anything, but…[Read more]

  • Sometimes the world we wake up in isn’t the one we remember falling asleep in. Sometimes the laughter is silenced and the good people are gone. Sometimes we wish we could take it all back and start over from yesterday, to tell someone that we love them or that we need them. Sometimes we want to save a life, and we can’t.

  • Excruciata commented on the post, deserved 5 years, 1 month ago

    Maybe Jordan deserved what he got, and maybe he didn’t. I’m not one to judge things like that. All I know is, that fall before it happened, he was asking for some kind of trouble, and brother, did it ever find him. We hadn’t been friends for as long as some of the others in our group- we’d both been in the school about a year by the time we met…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, entitled 5 years, 1 month ago

    You don’t know what it’s like to live in a white trash hell- poor, starving, maybe even homeless. You have no idea, because the doors of privilege open up to you and share everything. You think you’re entitled to whatever good fortune I have, but I’ve fought my way up from less than nothing, and you can’t have what’s mine.

  • Excruciata commented on the post, metro 5 years, 1 month ago

    The train clicks on the tracks, swaying with the rhythm of the railroad ties. Jenna looks up from her book when she hears a noise, further down the car. It sounds like someone crying, and she sees a little girl near the window. The girl looks right at her, then fades slowly from sight, leaving Jenna confused and uneasy.

    “You saw her, huh?”…[Read more]

  • Excruciata commented on the post, nobody 5 years, 1 month ago

    The little boy nearly missed the tiny, shivering kitten that sat in the shade of the tree beside the old house. The tiny movement caught his eye and he crouched next to the animal, which stared up at him through gooey eyes. “Aw, kitty,” he said, patting its’ head.

  • Excruciata commented on the post, cutlery 5 years, 1 month ago

    The scraping of forks and knives stopped and everyone stared at Genny. She stared back. “Did you hear me?”

    “I did, I think,” Paul offered. “But maybe I’m wrong. Did you say that you were leaving?”

    “Yes,” Genny said. “I did.”

  • Excruciata commented on the post, allowed 5 years, 1 month ago

    Sometimes a person has a right to do something, and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes, even when they don’t, they do it anyway. I’m tired of asking the world for permission to do the things I want. I’m not asking for anything illegal, so why should it matter to anyone else what I want out of my life? Why shouldn’t I be allowed to live the way I want?

  • Excruciata commented on the post, gazing 5 years, 1 month ago

    The one place in the world that I felt at home was the garden. Rows upon rows of flowers, in a riot of colors, all growing large and surrounding me, while down the garden path set an oasis, with an arbored bench and a gazing ball. I spent much of my youth in that garden, on that bench, sighing and dreaming of love.