The two of the last three stories have been of poor quality. I’m going to make an ‘Author’s Choice’ list of the best stories so far. Feel free to comment if you’d like to see something on it. All the best! Joseph
I updated The Tour. Some copy corrections by Bec and the ending changed. I was just trying to do too much in one little story too early in the morning 🙂 It is a setup really that has lots of possibilities and I hinted at one without giving anywhere near enough explanation of what was… Continue reading ADMIN: Updated #32 The Tour
Amenhotep sits outside his humble shack in the early dawn. His life is in unimaginable ruins. At least, he thinks to himself, he would be free from the 20% tax his kind had long paid. There is nothing to tax. He had been a successful man, as these things went. He’d built a life out… Continue reading Day #33: Darkness
The 3rd-grade class dutifully lines up single file – just as their teacher directs. Each of them is wearing a brightly colored hard hat. A young man, gaunt and excitable, strides to the front of their line. He is holding a similar hat in his hand. “Welcome, kids!” he announces, in an energetic voice. The… Continue reading Day #32: The Tour
The kid seems out of place from the moment she steps into the bar. Her face is open, young and earnest. Her hair is a flaming red. Freckles dominate. She’s nervous, but it’s clear she has an easy smile. It’s 11:00am and the place is quiet and dark. Large flat-panel TV screens peer down from… Continue reading Day #31: The Interview
Prisoner’s Diary – Day 1 I don’t know what they’ve done to me. I find myself unable to move. My vision is blurry. Somehow they’re sustaining me with some warm formulation. I am exhausted. I can’t even lift my head. They must have drugged me. I can’t remember how I got here. Nothing is making… Continue reading Day #30: The 7th Street Prison
I’m going to be a bit behind today. The trips have rsv and one of them, Itai, was having some breathing trouble. I ended up having to bring him to the ER. Everybody’s okay now, but the story pace is temporarily slack 🙂
The kleig lights blare down on the small set. The overwhelming hue is blue. There is a small round table and seated at either end of it are the host of the show, the world-famous sportscaster Donald Highsmith, and 5-time Gold Medal Winner James Hodges. Highsmith is a man in his late 40s, of solid… Continue reading Day #29: The Group Build
The man storms past my desk. His face is red with anger. His entire body is coiled with frustration. I shout, “You can’t go in there.” But he does anyway. I shoot up from my seat just in time to see him force open the mayor’s locked door. This isn’t looking good. I chase him… Continue reading Day #28: Someplace Familiar?
I updated the ending a bit. There was something I couldn’t get in to the last few lines last night – and I worked it out this morning.