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wedding

The air is warm, sunshine beating down through breaks in the clouds. The white drapery softly defuses it. I squint against the light, only to blink back tears. The sun disappears to me along with the world. The only thing left is my bride. My wife. Today, she is my wife.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 02.05.2019 @ 7:27 pm

atrium

In the wide atrium, the central pedestal was the only source of light. The rest of the room was bathed in light shadows that flickered with the shifting of the mysterious object in its centre.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 08.10.2018 @ 3:12 pm

sleepless

All those long, sleepless nights were coming back to haunt him. Luke tried to play it cool, but his mouth forced its way open into a wide, loud yawn. It drew attention from most of the crowd around him, including – to his great misfortune – his boss.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 07.13.2018 @ 4:28 pm

tedious

“Isn’t it getting tedious for you too?” I voice the question I have been thinking for weeks. “All this running around, pretending not to care too much?”

» Posted By darseyrsm On 07.11.2018 @ 3:02 pm

heatwave

The heatwave outside meant that when Zoe finally entered the sheriff’s station, she shivered at the blast of cool air that enveloped her. The soothing coolness didn’t last long though. Inside the station, doing pull-ups and sweating up a storm, was Jo, the unreasonably good-looking deputy sheriff.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 07.09.2018 @ 10:45 am

pricey

“It might be a little pricey, but I guess, if it really makes you happy…”

“Oh, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

“It’s… it’s really nothing.”

» Posted By darseyrsm On 07.06.2018 @ 3:36 pm

liar

She’s a liar, and you know that, but you still just want to trust her. You want to believe she’s telling the truth when she promises not to hurt you. But you don’t. So you push just little further until you feel the breath escape her lungs in one harsh blow.

“I really liked you,” she says, like it isn’t a lie. And the world crashes down around you when you start to think that right here, in this moment, you were the only liar.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 07.05.2018 @ 12:39 pm

sanity

“Are you questioning my sanity?” the lady drawled from the bed. The detective raised his eye at this, and simply opened her file to the part that read, highlighted: “multiple casualties.”

“I wouldn’t dare,” he said with a smile.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 06.25.2018 @ 9:18 pm

motel

The motel room was clean. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, I suppose, but somehow I always pictured these sorts of things in dirty, poorly-lit rooms. The beds are both made, and the garbage can has a fresh bag in it. There’s a book on the side table with a bookmark saving a page close to halfway through. I wonder for a moment if the book has any hints in it as to how to stage a kidnapping, or if the person reading it was looking for something a little more escapist. Hard to tell from the cover.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 06.21.2018 @ 2:19 pm

lawn

Out on the lawn, a huge dog lay on the grass. Its dark fur was soaking up the sun, and its large tongue lolled lazily to one side. The tree to its left was spreading shade out just over the dog’s water bowl so that it would stay cool.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 06.19.2018 @ 1:08 pm

ceiling

I am looking up at the ceiling and watching spirals of shadow take over the space above my head. I think the shadows are just a trick of the light. But just as I’m thinking it, I see them stop and change direction, creeping slowly closer until the ceiling has all but disappeared. I try to scream, but I choke on their beach water taste.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 06.17.2018 @ 2:15 pm

orbit

Everyone in her orbit was perfect: symmetrical faces, white teeth, well-dressed. The kind of people who strolled through the world without a moment’s thought that they might not be wanted there. Who wouldn’t want them?

» Posted By darseyrsm On 06.16.2018 @ 12:21 pm

metabolism

“I have a fast metabolism.” Branwen says, voice cutting through the night air like a sword through an ogre’s belly.

“What?” I respond, eloquent as always.

I can’t see if she rolls her eyes, but it feels like she does. The firelight glints off her teeth, and her small smile ends up looking dangerous.

“You were looking. The doctor said I have a fast metabolism. That’s why I look like this.”

“Oh.”

“Either that, or it’s just the will of the gods, but that seems sort of… obvious, I guess.”

» Posted By darseyrsm On 06.15.2018 @ 1:00 pm

care

The care she put into each stitch was clear. The final piece showing the very essence of the woman’s soul.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 04.26.2018 @ 3:29 pm

teacher

I peered through the half-open blinds into the classroom. The teacher at the front of the room looked bored, eyes unfocussed on the documents she was pretending to read. The students were all hunched over their desks, pens racing to fill in spaces on their crisp, white test papers.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 04.17.2018 @ 1:08 am

spikes

The spikes of metal pierced the trucks tires with ease, sending the huge machine swerving wildly. Mack tried to hold the wheel, but his efforts only served to turn the truck sideways as it flipped upside down, skidding to a rough halt just as it reached the edge of the cliff.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 04.08.2018 @ 5:12 pm

tea

My tea is cold by the time I sip it, and its bitter flavour makes me want to gag. Unwilling to show weakness, I push the urge down, taking another sip and smiling.

“Now, what would you say if I could guarantee you double that price?”

» Posted By darseyrsm On 03.18.2018 @ 8:09 pm

comedian

“What are ya? Some kinda comedian or something?” The disembodied, slurred words came floating out from the brightly lit room. The air tasted of beer and gym socks, making the poor lady at the front of the crowd gag when she opened her mouth to respond.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 03.08.2018 @ 8:01 pm

conflict

The conflict between the wolf-people and the tree folk was coming to a head. The leader of the wolf-people had been called to the capitol, and she came. The crowds in the streets shrieked and cried as she made her way with purpose to the tallest building to meet the leader of the tree folk. The guards smelled like fear when they moved to let her pass, and she flashed them each a wolfish smile when they shivered despite the hot sun.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 03.05.2018 @ 6:11 pm

heartache

The heartache was worse than she’d ever expected. Sure, she knew that playing along with her mother was a risk, but she’d had so much support so far… she’d started to believe someone might be able to look past her last name and just trust her. She was wrong.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 03.01.2018 @ 3:08 pm

penguin

“Penguin,” he spat, hackles up like a displaced cat. The name made him want to scream; it made him want to claw the eyes out of each and every one of those smirking, muscle-bound imbeciles. But he could wait. No need to be hasty and lose his advantage. He had the patience of a mountain lion waiting for the right moment to strike.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 02.19.2018 @ 12:39 am

danced

I danced through the doors of my office with a grin on my face, excited about the day ahead. Just as the doors shut behind me, a voice spoke up from behind my desk.

“You sure look like you’re having fun,” the girl in my chair said, voice dripping with derision, “Mom.”

» Posted By darseyrsm On 02.16.2018 @ 11:50 am

lighters

In the packed stadium, there had to be over a thousand lighters raised in the air, gently swaying in time to the music.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 02.08.2018 @ 5:01 pm

physics

“The physics engine just isn’t working right. And I can’t find the bug!” Courtney slammed her fist down on the desk. The coffee cup next to her hand tipped precariously from the quake, threatening to spill out over her keyboard.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 02.08.2018 @ 12:24 am

hospital

Standing in an empty hospital hallway, I hear the hum of the florescent lights. It is the loudest sound in the world in that moment – all the beeping and buzzing of machines, and the bustling and bumbling of people: gone.

Gone.

Gone…

» Posted By darseyrsm On 02.04.2018 @ 10:31 pm

lessons

The lessons I learned from our esteemed leader were mostly what not to do. She was brilliant, of course, but strategy was something prison had taught me too – which fights to pick, which to turn away from. Instead, I learned that when you are all alone on the top of the world, it is because you made yourself that way. And it is impossible to follow someone into battle who doesn’t care to learn your name.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 01.28.2018 @ 2:25 pm

sensitive

The sensitive skin on the back of her neck was warmed by a hot breath that made her shiver.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 01.25.2018 @ 1:42 pm

locked

The door is locked behind them with a heavy clang. It sounded final, but they knew they’d eventually get out – that’s what they pay so much money for, after all.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 01.18.2018 @ 5:20 pm

paradise

It was paradise for a time. No one went hungry. No one was hurt. Every person had a place to rest their heads and a place to feel safe.

But then the Quivers came. With their weapons – far more advanced than anything the continent had ever seen before – they carved a crater into the world and filled it up with the bodies of the innocents. Innocents like Cherry, and like her brother, Rav.

But unlike all the others thrown down into the pit, they woke up. Gasping on fumes, and choking on the stench of death, they crawled their ways to the surface where they could see the billowing smoke rising up from their old homes, and watch the sun set over the horizon. Paradise slept.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 01.17.2018 @ 6:08 pm

order

“Order’s up!” Mitch called from the kitchen, bored and still smelling like last night’s cigarettes.

» Posted By darseyrsm On 01.16.2018 @ 6:51 pm

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