• Laura Riddle commented on the post, cursed 5 years ago

    I was cursed with this ability. Hair grew out of my arms to shield my body. My legs broke, twisting to conform into an animal. Everything changed when I became a wolf. I no longer knew any of my friends. I had teeth that could bite, and eyes that could kill.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, wallow 5 years, 1 month ago

    I wallow by the pond in the woods. I love the squishy feeling of mud squeezing through my toes. Giggling and squealing my cheeks are dirty like a little pig. Mud is my favorite. When my mother finds out how I ruined my pretty pink smock, I’m sure she’ll be furious.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, eligible 5 years, 1 month ago

    “You are eligible to win the grand PRIZE!” His voice exploded with excitement against my ears. “What kind of prize?” I asked sheepishly. His perfect smile widened. “Only the grandest prize you have ever DREAMED of! Now…” With a deft stroke of his wrist he pulled a booklet from his leather folder. “If you’ll just sign a couple of these papers,…[Read more]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, globe 5 years, 1 month ago

    I’ve been around the globe, traveled to many countries. Tell me where you have been and I will tell you a story of living there. I’ve been amongst great monuments and places that would awe any human being. I’ve seen people at their best and their worst. Yet everywhere I go, it’s always the same.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, soar 5 years, 1 month ago

    I am a phoenix prepared to fly. My feet pound over the ground until I leap off the cliff. My heart jumps in my chest. The wind lifts me higher, while the sun shines through my wings as I soar through the sky.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, rented 5 years, 1 month ago

    I rented a boat and drove across the harbor. The island was empty, except for me. A few macaws flew overhead and the sea carried their sounds across the waves. I never knew how great it was to get away, even for a weekend. Now, I never wanted to leave this place. But I’d have to go sometime… I took off my sandals and strode across the sand.

  • I was devastated when I found out the news. Soaking wet in the rain, I slipped my cell phone back inside my jacket pocket. Rain dripped down my nose as I stood in the dark waiting by the bus stop in vain. I thought he would be here. As the light from the approaching bus illuminated the street, I realized that my trip had all been in vain. I got on…[Read more]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, slate 5 years, 1 month ago

    I often see a blank slate in front of me. Blank and boring like a piece of paper. I start to write and then the words make sense. Little black markings fly across the page, dotting each line and telling their story. Carrying each letter with a swish and a stoke, I make up and imagine a new word, a new phrase, a new formula.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, trenches 6 years, 1 month ago

    Lighting illuminated his dark hair and trench coat soaking in the rain. He gazed up at the climb that he would soon endure.. The black tower was a tall fortress of human invention. Yet it was nothing that he couldn’t destroy. He took one step onto the iron rails with his wet boots and began to climb.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, claims 7 years ago

    Claims to what! He exclaimed to himself. Shuffling around the room in a mad dash, he tried to scoop up all the papers before they burned. Get out of there! His brain was screaming at him over the buzz of smoke filling his consciousness. But his body wouldn’t listen. He grasped the documents for dear life before he decided to run out and save his own.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, sweep 7 years, 1 month ago

    “Welcome back!” I said, sweeping him off his feet. Of course, he was a little shocked, being nearly a foot taller than myself. His long hair spun around and slowly a beam started to show on his face. His weight finally caught up with me, but soon he was the one hoisting me off the ground. “I missed you too.” He said.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, under 7 years, 2 months ago

    He looked under the cabinets but there was nothing there. Boss was watching him. Of course it wasn’t there, Alex thought. This was a ruse. The real key is… He studied hard the clay floor in front of him, delving deep into the senses in the back of his mind. He sprang to his feet, striding over to the pantry and reaching into a sack of flour. In…[Read more]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, draw 7 years, 3 months ago

    Alex drew on the piece of paper until all the lines conformed to a series of lines, patterns, a sketch that laid out the innards of the city streets. Like an architect, only the lines showed where the electricity was. The pulse, the heartbeat of the city. Alex handed it over and the boss took the paper and examined it. A cigar was smoldering…[Read more]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, bury 7 years, 4 months ago

    The old man buried his face inside the wooly scarf that was bundled around his neck. Lapsing quietly into a slumber, he rested beneath the canopy of trees that provided shade for his front porch.

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, upper 7 years, 4 months ago

    His thick upper lip was twisted from so many sinister smiles and his bushy eyebrows needed more than a waxing. Not that he would be the waxing type anyway, for he was far beyond masculine, and perhaps even a […]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, fresh 7 years, 4 months ago

    He shook the canteen above his lips, but produced nothing from its dry well. He continued to shake the vessel until he threw it to the ground, collapsing right next to it.

  • “Don’t come any closer to me!” She screamed, holding up her hand to protect herself. The move made Lyle freeze.
    “What are you talking about?” He said in a barely audible whisper. “I would never hurt you. What’s […]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, happy 7 years, 4 months ago

    [One sentence] I just wanted to be happy, I thought as I sat at the end of the bench watching him walk off and ending our long standing relationship with each other, leaving the world, our old world behind us […]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, combine 7 years, 4 months ago

    I put both my fingers together, pinching the skin of the peach like a newborn. It had the texture and firmness of a marshmallow, not a softball or even a fuzzy baseball. Bringing the peach close to my nostrils, I […]

  • Laura Riddle commented on the post, signs 7 years, 4 months ago

    The signs were all around me. Frostbitten as my hands were, I pulled them under my armpits, clenching my teeth together and staring at each road sign in turn. I started walking down one of the paths. My footprints […]