• annie commented on the post, peppers 6 years ago

    “Peppers,” He looked at her with big, brown puppy dog eyes, a look he’d perfected since she came to work for him. unfortunately, it worked far more often than Virginia Potts liked to admit.

  • annie commented on the post, bloomed 6 years ago

    He bloomed out of the floor the way blood pools on the floor, his scarlet eyes bright.

  • annie commented on the post, gamer 6 years, 1 month ago

    We thought they were games. All the kids did. We lived here and played games. Pretended to shoot people from the sky. It wasn’t until I grew and saw the world I’d helped create that it wasn’t a game.

  • annie commented on the post, smudge 6 years, 4 months ago

    There was a smudge across the painting. A pissed off FBI agent stood in the brightly lit gallery, gazing at the giant painting hanging on the blank wall. It was a perfect copy, hanging in the original’s place. Perfect, that is, except for the giant, multicolored smudge dragged across the canvas. Peter could almost hear Neil laughing.

  • annie commented on the post, wheat 6 years, 4 months ago

    The stalks swished against my fingers as I trailed them through the field. It was almost time to harvest. Too bad we wouldn’t have time to bring in one of our biggest crops. I suppose it didn’t matter at this point, what with the market destroyed, along with almost everything else. But here, in the endless sea of gold, it was hard to believe all…[Read more]

  • annie commented on the post, bronze 6 years, 4 months ago

    The medal dangled from my neck, shining in the thousands of stage lights trained on the platform. The stadium echoed with the clapping and shouts of millions of attendees.

  • annie commented on the post, tales 6 years, 5 months ago

    I never told my stories anymore. I left that to whoever was left after I was done. They are tales best told by others; they wouldn’t be believed coming from me.

  • annie commented on the post, swell 6 years, 6 months ago

    Well that’s just swell. There was no way I was getting out of the snow that night. I’d neglected the chains and now I was stuck on the mountain. And I could hear the wolves. Just swell.

  • annie commented on the post, visitor 6 years, 6 months ago

    “You have a visitor.”
    My groggy mind struggled to comprehend this unlikely event through it’s cocktail of painkillers. A visitor? Who? Who in the world?

  • annie commented on the post, speak 6 years, 6 months ago

    “Speak!” I ordered.
    He stood there with his mouth hanging open, his eyes wide as the moon overhead. Where was the rest of his unit? I feared the worst as I looked into his haunted eyes.
    “All dead,” he whispered. “Ambush. There were so many…”
    They’d left no one alive to tell the tale besides this catatonic young man who couldn’t be more…[Read more]

  • annie commented on the post, responsibility 6 years, 6 months ago

    It had been my responsibility. Well, they should have known better than to trust me with the ring for crying out loud. I stood at the sink, my tux sleeves shoved up to my elbows, trying to work my hand down the drain. Why was her finger, and so, the ring, so small?

  • annie commented on the post, real 6 years, 6 months ago

    It had to be real. There wasn’t an alternative. I stood at the station looking at the small ring, more of a promise ring realyl. But that wasn’t the point. I thought of what my mother said, what everyone else said. I’d been so sure they were wrong. Completely wrong about what he said, what he was thinking. Because I knew what he was thinking. He…[Read more]

  • annie commented on the post, visit 6 years, 6 months ago

    There was a sharp knock on the door. It was the only warning I had before the door was blown off it’s hinges. They weren’t messing around this time. Now I had nowhere to run, unlike the first visit.

  • annie commented on the post, fire 6 years, 7 months ago

    The flames licked at my feet, curling around my toes. I fought against another wave of tears as I desperately clung to the rafter. I’d only wanted to help. Now I was going to die and he was miles away.